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Mists of Pandaria Rare Spawns: Lost and Found Preview
2012/09/11 at 11:06 AM
We covered the
rare spawns of Pandaria
a few weeks ago, and thought it was cool how they dropped a bunch of unique vanity items like
Mr. Smite's Brass Compass
. We thought Blizzard really outdid themselves by returning to some of the detailed insanity of vanilla with quirky rare spawns.
Well, there's more.
Lost and Found
Exploration achievement series, you'll loot rare items that are just
Pandaria--pulling them out of trees, opening boxes, exploring caves. It's like hunting for a rare spawns' loot, except the NPC step has been cut out! As for what you'll find:
BoA rare weapons--some with unique models for transmog.
Fun recipes including
Four Senses Brew
that gives the illusion that your character is wearing a red
Cursed Vision of Sargeras
Vendor trash like
Ancient Pandaren Woodcutter
with joking flavor text.
Useful profession perks like
Ancient Pandaren Fishing Lure
BoP rares, usually looted from a chest.
Items are still being added--there were several in the most recent patch--so right now not every object listed
Mists of Pandaria: New Titles, News Round Up
2012/09/10 at 12:19 PM
Mists of Pandaria has new titles, rewards from everything from completing raid achievements to collecting pets! We've listed all the new titles below and their sources Don't forget, with account-wide titles now, many if not all of these will be account-wide in Mists!
<Name>, The Beloved
: Raise 70 reputations to Exalted. Ghostcrawler clarified on Twitter that friendship bars, such as
, count as factions as well--making this a bit easier.
<Name>, Delver of the Vaults
Heroic: Will of the Emperor
: Exalted with the Tillers.
<Name> the Fearless
Heroic: Sha of Fear
in Terrace of Endless Spring.
<Name>, Master of the Ways
: Raise your cooking to 600 and complete
Master of Pandaren Cooking
<Name> the Relic Hunter
Is Another Man's Treasure
. In addition to rare spawns bringing quirky flavor to MoP, there are rare objects hi
Mists of Pandaria: Druid Class Preview
2012/09/08 at 12:15 PM
Today's preview covers the
class! We've got a ton of things to share in this preview, including
3D models for all specs and fur colors, and screenshots of all the vanity glyphs. We also have the usual breakdown of changed class abilities, a visual preview of the new PvE and PvP tier sets, and an updated table for all the
ability swaps. For those wondering what
, the new level 87 ability actually does--the Druid casts it on a fellow player, and based on the class and spec, the Druid and player each get a new ability!
Mists of Pandaria: Warrior Class Preview
2012/09/07 at 2:26 PM
Today's Mists of Pandaria class feature covers
s. We have previews of all the new armor sets as well as screenshots of vanity glyphs and a list of ability changes! New abilities include
, and level 90 talents are
Also, if you like reading up on class changes,
Ghostcrawler joined twitter yesterday
. So far, nothing new, but his feed is quickly turning into another Beta Class Analysis thread with clarifications on achievements and abilities.
Mists of Pandaria: Rogue Class Preview and Build 16048 Spell Changes
2012/09/06 at 12:59 PM
We continue our Mists of Pandaria class previews with a look at
s today. Blizzard has stated in the past that they are quite happy with Rogue core mechanics, resources, and niche specialties, but there are still some interesting changes. Most notably, poisons have been extensively reworked and rogues bring more raid buffs than in the past.
There was a very minor beta patch today, so we've put the spell changes under the cut!
Spaulders of the Thousandfold Blades
Q&A with Blizzard's Creative Development Team
2012/09/05 at 1:30 PM
We're used to hearing answers about class balance in beta from Blizzard developers, but today we have some details about WoW's lore moving forward from the Creative Development team!
The heroes of Azeroth have faced down many foes; blazing Elemental Lords freed from titanic prisons, mighty demons from beyond the stars, armies of shambling corpses and even eldritch gods who defy explanation. And yet, there exist only a chosen few equipped to deal with the powerful beast that is . . . Ask CDev. Through the heroic efforts of our brave loremasters here at CDev Publishing, we proudly present to you the answers to Ask CDev #3! We even managed to get them out before our stated deadline of “when the Andromeda galaxy collides with our own.”<br/><br/><strong><span class="underline">Here, there be dragons and magical beasts</span></strong><br/><br/><strong>Q:</strong> Wrathion constantly claims that he is the last black dragon, but what of Sabellian and the other black dragons in Outland (and even the Netherwing)? Did Wrathion somehow have them killed, or is he ignorant of their existe
Mists of Pandaria: Hunter Preview and New Tames
2012/09/04 at 2:01 PM
Today's class preview covers
s in Mists of Pandaria. Besides new abilities and talents, we'll take a look at the new pet classes Hunters can tame. In addition, Hunter Challenge Mode and PvP gear looks completely different since the first time we previewed it.
Yaungol Slayer's Spaulders
Yaungol Slayer's Legguards
Yaungol Slayer's Headguard
Yaungol Slayer's Gloves
Yaungol Slayer's Tunic
Yaungol Slayer's Spaulders
Yaungol Slayer's Legguards
Yaungol Slayer's Headguard
News Round Up: Shorter Raid Cooldowns, Darkmoon Rabbit, 5.0.4 Class Mechanics
2012/09/03 at 2:16 PM
Now that 5.0.4 is live and players have had time to try out the new abilities, there's been many blue posts over the long weekend clarifying class mechanics and procs for abilities, weapons, and trinkets. You may also have noticed that some long cooldowns in 5.0.4 reset between raid encounters like
: there are plans to have even more 5+ minute cooldowns function this same way.
Also of particular note:
The Darkmoon Faire is back in town and brings with it
. This ferocious rabbit requires a large raid to take down and drops
one lucky player can win. Everyone in the raid is awarded
That Rabbit's Dynamite!
Most long-term cooldowns are not reset when a raid encounter ends. The ones we specifically wanted to hit were the battle rezes and the big, raid-wide cooldowns like
. The question we asked ourselves was: would a reasonable, progression-oriented but not world-first guild delay their next pull by several minutes to wait for X to come off of cooldo
Mists of Pandaria: Raid Weapon Models Preview
2012/09/01 at 12:54 PM
We're finishing up our Mists of Pandaria weapon previews with a look at 3D models from raids. In addition to the Sha-Touched weapons we previewed recently, all other weapons from LFR, Normal, and Heroic difficulty have unique colors and intricate models. There's also an unexpected bonus--we found that some Tier 9 raid models made their way to Pandaria, even some that are unobtainable since the removal of attempt-based Tribute Chests.
For past model previews, check out our weapons posts on
Questing and Dungeons
Tier 14 Raid Weapons
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Mists of Pandaria: Mage Class Preview and Build 16030 Spell Changes
2012/08/30 at 4:48 PM
There's a beta patch today for MIsts of Pandaria, but it's a small patch so we're going to post our mage class preview as well!
Hit the break to see the spell differences, and read today's class preview first! For today's class preview, we'll look at
s. Each of the three iconic playstyles has undergone changes, opening up signature abilities to all specs. There's also a bunch of quirky minor glyphs, including one that summons elemental pets.
Patch 5.0.4: Account-Wide Achievements, Tier 13 Bonuses
2012/08/29 at 1:17 PM
We're taking a closer look at the new account-wide achievement system and some other changes we found while playing yesterday. Highlights include:
Realm-first titles are account-wide, like
. Blizzard stated in the past that they weren't in favor of doing this, so this is a big surprise.
Dragon Soul is up to the 35% buff and
Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider
no longer requires
Heroic: Spine of Deathwing
Heroic: Madness of Deathwing
Many Tier 13 set bonuses changed in light of the talent tree revamp.
Have Group, Will Travel
and flask guild perks are gone.
Also be sure to check out our
extensive 5.0.4 patch guide
with information about new talents, Theramore's Fall, and the revamped dungeons!
Account-Wide Achievements, Titles, Mounts, and Pets
Many achievements, titles, mounts, and pets are now account-wide in 5.0.4. Your achievement total will reflect the sum total of everything earned on all your characters. But
Wowhead's Patch 5.0.4 Guide
2012/08/28 at 12:46 PM
5.0.4 is live today and we have an extensive guide to everything new! While there's no new raids or gear in this patch, many things will keep you busy. Class abilities, talent trees, and glyphs have been drastically changed, so it's good there's a month before Mists of Pandaria to familiarize yourself with the changes! If achievement-hunting is more your thing, all achievements are account-wide in 5.0.4, as well as many mounts, pets, and titles.
Below, you'll find consolidated versions of our 5.0.4 feature coverage, as well as patch notes, videos, class guides, and links to blue posts.
Patch Notes and Overview
The talent system received an extensive overhaul
: players get one talent every 15 levels now, for 6 maximum in MoP. Specialization and core class abilities have changed as well.
Prime glyphs are removed
and many new minor vanity glyphs are added.
Achievements are now account-wide
and some can even be completed across characters. In addition, many mounts, pets, and titles are account-wide as well.
It is not possible to earn
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