Midsummer Fire Festival Guide
It's officially summer and that means it's time for the
Midsummer Fire Festival
to begin! The festivities just went live in Europe a couple of hours ago; unfortunately, those of us who play on US servers will have to wait until just past midnight of June 21st to begin celebrating. At any rate, we have our guide updated with the new loot from the event and are updating coordinates as they come in from those who use
our Wowhead client
. Most of them are correct in our guide, but a few have been moved with the changes that Cataclysm wrought--for example, the
fires seem to have been removed--and we'll be updating them as soon as possible.
Updated Loot Drops
We've previewed these before, but there are updated capes for adventurers and a new Scythe (which does not scale well with Cataclysm's changes to stats, as it only has stamina) from the
encounter and its reward bag as well. These capes look especially nice for alts.
The Frost Lord's War Cloak
The Frost Lord's Battle Shroud
Shroud of Winter's Chill
Cloak of the Frigid Winds
Frostscythe of Lord Ahune
New Bonfire Locations
Many bonfires have had their locations slightly shifted or completely moved with the
2011/06/20 at 5:46 PM
Patch 4.1 Hotfixes (5/19 - 6/1)
A few hotfixes today, the biggest ones are probably the "nerfs" to the goblin racial discount and Archaeology gains--even though they weren't working as intended.
May 20-June 1
Stationary ground effects should no longer move with the casting character if he or she moves (or is moved) from his or her current location.
It is no longer possible under specific circumstances for players to keep the buff from the now-defunct Improved Demonic Tactics talent.
should not be increasing the spell damage of all warlock pets by 20%.
Dungeons & Raids
now prefers to cast
on caster targets more than 15 yards away. Tank-specialized characters are not targeted, but Flash Freeze can chain onto them. If all the characters in the raid stack up within 15 yards of the boss, they can be hit by Flash Freeze.
Throne of the Tides
s now award much less experience when killed on normal difficulty.
2011/06/01 at 10:11 PM
Winged Guardian Hits Blizzard's Pet Store and All Races Get a Roar
Two fun new vanity features were just announced by Blizzard. The first is the long awaited
to the Blizzard store for $25 USD.
A new arrival has just landed in the Blizzard Pet Store: the majestic Winged Guardian flying mount, a titan creation designed to protect Azeroth’s most ancient secrets. As with the Celestial Steed, this Guardian of the Titans will carry you across Azeroth as fast as your riding skill will take you. Head over to the
to see this new addition and other World of Warcraft companions, and check out the
for more information.
The second bit of information is that the /roar emote will now have roaring for all. If you recall, it was hotfixed out in 4.1 because Worgen had their own roar and other races didn't. Well, don't worry; now
2011/05/31 at 12:49 PM
Patch 4.1 Hotfixes (May 15 - 19)
A few big hotfixes were just announced for live today.
's AP coefficient has been reduced from 0.75 to 0.7.
has been reduced from 160% to 150% base weapon damage.
has been reduced in power by 20%.
now deals 25% less damage.
First Batch of BlizzCon Tickets
Also, as a quick reminder, BlizzCon tickets go on sale in less than 24 hours. Remember to get up prepared on Saturday!
Just in case May 21 isn't circled on your calendar, here's a quick reminder that BlizzCon 2011 tickets will be going on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. PT -- keep your eye on
the ticket sales page
tomorrow for the chance to get yours. If you are unable to purchase tickets tomorrow, a second batch will go on sale Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. PT. In addition, tic
2011/05/20 at 1:58 PM
News Roundup: May 2nd Hotfixes and Blizzard Daily Posts
Some hotfixes were just posted for 4.2--a lot of minor quest changes and fixes to things that broke at 4.1's launch, nothing too important. Additionally, we have your roundup of daily blue posts in which they give advice on how to deal with bad players and tease to BoA gear eventually being cross-server at some point in the not too distant future!
Last but not least, there's also long list of all the shiny stuff they've been showing us lately as well which is always worth a second look.
2011/05/02 at 9:51 PM
Want an Amani Battle Bear? Tips and Tricks to Completing the Speed Run in 4.1
Itching for a new mount or sad you never got an
Amani War Bear
first time around? There's a new
Amani Battle Bear
in Zul'Aman and it can be yours if you follow these tips to shave off a few minutes when clearing the first four bosses and freeing their prisoners. We'll assume you've already acquainted yourself with the basic flow of the instance, either by running it several times this week, reading our
for boss strats or were familiar from the BC version.
Anyway, here are our favorite tricks to beating the timer this early on. You'll only have 25 minutes to get this mount, so listen closely!
2011/04/28 at 1:16 PM
Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (4/26 - 4/28)
Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari. Hotfixes are updates we make on our end without requiring you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented, while others may require your realm to be restarted to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied. Visit our Bug Report forum for a list of 4.1 known issues.
Disconnecting immediately after dying no longer causes players to lack a Release Spirit button upon logging back in.
Spells or talents which provide pushback protection should now be functioning correctly (i.e.
being active will no longer prevent
Omen of Clarity
from being consumed when it should be.
2011/04/28 at 9:29 AM
In-depth Boss Strategies for Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub
Now that the servers are stable, you're probably thinking of queuing for
later on today. As you can imagine, slightly harder heroics is nothing to laugh about--especially if you choose to be brave and PUG them. Add in the fun with rare mount drops, epic BoE drops, and they can even seem like a nightmare.
We here at Wowhead have you covered, though! Every boss page on the database has a strategy up that's current as of last night. We're also posting them here for you in a nice miniguide so that you can use this post as a cheat sheet to how to do every new encounter in 4.1. So sit back and read on if you want to learn how to put those trolls in their place.
Before you get into the strategies,
make sure to enter our Noblegarden Contest
if you haven't already. It's only got three days left to enter to win WoW Official Magazine subscriptions and more!
This version of Zul'Gurub is quite similar to the old version--the scenery hasn't changed much and some of the old bosses remain. Fortunately for you, there's a lot less trash and a lot more neutral Gurubashi trolls milling
2011/04/27 at 11:18 AM
Conquest Changes and Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (April 26th)
Apparently conquest earned for rated PvP was changed to a flat amount regardless of team rating this patch. This was not included in the patch notes, but it's a fairly interesting change--one that's already generating a fair amount of negative feedback on Blizzard's official forums. They're looking into the amounts to see if they need to be changed; right now it's 135 conquest points for winning an arena match and 335 for a rated battleground.
Of course, that's if you can even login. Patch days generally mean hotfixes and today is no exception, but at least
are finally accessible if you're patient enough. There are no estimated deployment times for some of these hotfixes, however, Blizzard says sometime this morning they should be implemented for all servers.
Conquest Earned Changed to Flat Rating
In patch 4.1 the amount of Conquest earned for both Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds has been changed to a flat amount regardless of team rating, to 135 and 335 respectively. This change should of course have been in the patch 4.1 notes, but due to a fairly straight forward error, was not included.
The current r
2011/04/26 at 10:54 PM
Blizzard Interview with Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer
Blizzard has just posted an interview with Lead Encounter Designer
, including a behind-the-scenes look at the content featured in
Patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari
! Of course, most of these answers can now be found in-game but it's still interesting to learn how decisions were made when scaling down the content to support a 5-player format. In addition, Mercer hints that we may see more redesigned classic content in the future of World of Warcraft - including perhaps revamped
all for that.
In patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari, the devastation wrought by the Cataclysm drives the troll tribes of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub into a renewed frenzy that threatens to escalate into outright war.
To learn more about this troll onslaught, the
recently sat down with World of Warcraft Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer. Read on to get the behind-the-scenes details of the upcoming content patch, whic
2011/04/26 at 5:12 PM