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Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/07
2011.06.08 um 11:49
New patch notes Blizzard released late last night. We've got some feral changes for druids, DK nerfs, useful information about Season 10 arena gear, and clarification on Justice Points in 4.2--as well as even more rare tamable beasts for hunters to find!
New Daily Quests Available
A large assortment of all-new daily quests and rewards are now available in Hyjal, where players can help the
Wächter des Hyjal
push back the allies of and establish a forward operating base in the . In order to partake in the Regrowth and daily quests, players must have at least completed up to and including the quest
. Once this quest has been completed, players should speak with in the Sanctuary of Malorne to take part in the Regrowth efforts.
s in the Currency tab have been converted to
. Any points above the Justice Point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of per point and mailed to characters.
New Dev Watercooler Blog: Content for the Casual 85
2011.06.08 um 11:24
This new dev watercooler blog covers casual content for 85s. As we've covered in recent posts, there's a ton of content to do even if you don't raid with Firelands coming out: dailies, epic questlines, new achievements and zones. Blizzard has created great quest hubs and events that tie into the current plotlines before--Isle of Quel'Danas, the war efforts for Ahn'Qiraj, the Argent Tournament dailies to name a few--and now we get to read a dev's perspective on Firelands.
As this is my first dev watercooler, I thought some introductions would be in order. I'm the lead quest designer for World of Warcraft, but many of you may already be familiar with my writing and webcomics under the pen-name "Fargo" from years past. To all my new and old friends: Hello! I hope to have the opportunity for more chats like this in between cramming our game full of epic experiences capable of melting your frontal lobes with pure liquefied awesome. (It says that on my business card.)
I'm 85. Now What?
World of Warcraft has a pretty big footprint: we try to create a world that appeals to casual and hardcore players alike. There's a whole body of players -- be t
News Roundup: Upcoming Daily Quests, 4.2 Currency Clarifications, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets
2011.06.07 um 18:51
Just a few new Blizzard posts today, including an interesting discussion in which a player relates the idea of completing new daily quests to " to throw my pc in a river." How do you guys feel about the upcoming daily quest hubs? Excited for the new storyline, rewards and content? Or are you burned out over the idea of Isle of Quel'Danas 2.0? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
In addition, we have some clarification on how Justice, Valor and Honor points will be handled when 4.2 hits, with promise of an upcoming blog post covering the conversions and such in more detail - looking forward to it! Also, don't forget, tomorrow is your last chance to purchase tickets for the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, available at $500 USD and includes admission to BlizzCon!
Patch 4.2 - Are You Excited For It?
In case you missed it, we posted an extensive guide to the first stage of Hyjal daily quests coming in patch 4.2. With these new quest hubs, the upcoming Firelands raid content, a [url=http:\/\/
PvP Season 9 Ending as early as June 21st, Patch 4.2 Soon After
2011.06.07 um 14:02
Blizzard just posted the speculative end date to season 9 for PvP as soon as June 21st. While this isn't set in stone, it points to patch 4.2 and season 10 within a week after this. As such, our bets are on the last week of June or possibly the first week of July for 4.2, but we'll see. It's most likely that Firelands will have some sort of gated content if this release is so soon as there has been no heroic testing thus far and no indication that such encounters will be doable on live. Several fights still have major bugs, too, even on normal 25-man. As someone who has tested every encounter, I can say that it doesn't feel as completed as it usually does.
At any rate, hopefully Firelands' gating is not one as painful as Sunwell's was, if it indeed has one.
Arena and Rated Battleground Season 9 is scheduled to end as early as June 21. At that point we will determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards, a process that should take approximately one week. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for Arena titles and\/or the Vicious Gladiator\u2019s Twilight Drake to refrain from transferring their characters to anothe
Patch 4.2: 3D Models for Firelands' Weapons and Offhands
2011.06.07 um 08:19
Back in the beginning of March, we posted a large collection of 3D models for weapons and offhands we had discovered through datamining. Of course, this was all before Firelands was pushed into the next patch; with that bit of news, our models got lost in the depths of the blog.
However, since we recently provided a list of drops from Firelands, this is a good time to check out what these items will look like in addition to knowing their stats. Although the jury's still out on the tier sets, personally we think these models are looking pretty awesome.
Update: We have included screenshots of the models that weren't previously mentioned in our blogs.
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14241 - New Items and Spell Changes
2011.06.06 um 09:37
There was a small patch on the PTR today -- and we mean really small. The only item added was a new staff to Ragnaros' loot table:
. The new pet biscuits are also now
which now make your pets bigger, presumably it works on vanity pets as well.
There were also a couple of spell changes that we've posted below for you to look over.
Forum | Talent Calculator
: Deals AP*0.192+1311 to AP*0.192+16170.0982+932 to AP*0.0982+1150 damage, and causes all targets within 8 yards to bleed for (AP * 0.0326 + 8150.0167 + 581 * 3) damage over 6 sec.
Forum | Talent Calculator
Talents and Specialization
: Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing 20352850 Shadow damage over 15 sec. Black Arrow shares a cool
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage One of the New Dailies
2011.06.06 um 05:22
Patch 4.2 introduces a completely new daily quest hub and provides an excellent new direction for dailies. The only downside is that some of the quests are so enjoyable while others aren't half as cool; it creates a stark contrast of dailies that feel like fun and others that feel like a chore. Still, it's a lot better than other daily hubs of yesteryear and the rewards are much better. Our volunteers (Neutronimity and ArgentSun) plus myself have been doing the dailies every day, so we have a series of guides in the works for you!
The first stage of the Firelands Invasion serves as an introduction to the current events of Hyjal. The Guardians of Hyjal have made a call for all heroes to join them in their effort to protect Hyjal from Ragnaros' armies and to push the battle back to the Firelord's domain. Each stage of this effort in pushing them back becomes a stage of dailies to unlock. If your character hasn't completed the zone prior, you will first be asked to assist the four Ancients of Mount Hyjal. Only after this is done will you be able to join everybody else in their war against the Firelands.
As it's usual with PTR content, keep in mind that while there is a good chance that the content presented here will remain
Shifty Hands: A Guide to Picking Pockets
2011.06.04 um 07:48
, for the less-agile and uninitiated, is a unique ability allowing rogues in stealth to loot special items from hostile mobs without entering combat. If done sloppily, it can aggro mobs, annoy your party members, and make you look pretty clumsy. If done correctly (and with enough bag space), you can amass a collection of unique items, and if you\u2019re lucky, some epics inside of a lockbox. There's a lot of mundane objects in the pockets of Azeroth, but one's trash is another's treasure--you might find something amusing like a trashy novel or loaded dice.
This is a guide using Wowhead's vast database to show you every fun item you can pickpocket in World of Warcraft. Either for vanity item collections or just to send your friend something fun, this list will help you rediscover Azeroth and more.
Patch 4.2: Eight New Hunter Pets Preview
2011.06.02 um 15:56
Two days ago, Blizzard dropped the bombshell that there will be eight new hunter pets to tame in 4.2--and that all of them will be rare spawns in the zone that currently serves as a daily quest hub. Unfortunately, these pets aren't all that exciting since they're mostly spiders (PvP pets, anyone?) or reskins of old rares, but the mechanic they use is actually exciting. Taming them will be a unique challenge as each one has a brand new ability and mechanic meant to challenge players, sort of a throwback to the hunter quests of vanilla. So any hunter who fancies themselves a true marksman will probably want to get these guys just for the sake of getting them.
We've taken the liberty to track down these new creatures with the help of our awesome friends at WoW Insider and make a short video showing off their models while Perculia helped compile a bit of their strategies. We'd also like to thank the forum goers from Petopia for finding the names of a few we couldn't find yet.
Patch 4.1 Hotfixes (5/19 - 6/1)
2011.06.01 um 22:11
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.
Thron der Gezeiten
s now award much less experience when killed on normal difficulty.
Patch 4.2: Celestial Dragon, Nuts, Brilliant Kaliri, and Mylune's Call Preview
2011.06.01 um 14:50
Vanity items and pets are fun. And if you like them, 4.2 has them in droves like any beefy content patch should.
To help show you some of these cool things, we threw together a quick video of the achievement pets plus an item that you get from the 4.2 dailies: . Originally we were going to just describe the item and its effect in a post, but it's one of those you should see for yourselves hence the video. The effect is surprisingly cool and it can be yours after you complete the second stage of the dailies for a mere 2,800 gold.
The additional pets we're including are the achievement pets. 3D models don't give them justice, especially when their animations are so cool (and, in the case of one squirrel, downright silly).
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Cataclysm Talent Tree Post-Mortem
2011.06.01 um 12:33
Ghostcrawler's back after a hiatus from posting his developer blogs and this time he wants to talk talent trees. A lot of us aren't a big fan of the new trees, especially because it feels foreign to take an entire tree without looking up; frequently a good spec boils down to a cookie cutter spec with 1-2 points in a different ability or two.
Then again, cookie cutters were always popular--even in vanilla. Cataclysm just streamlined them. All in all, this is an excellent post-mortem into why Blizzard changed talents and how they feel about it currently, even if the system has its detractors. It's also a good examination into mastery and early leveling as well as endgame goals.
You may have noticed we changed class talent trees for Cataclysm. We changed not just the trees themselves, as you might expect for an expansion, but the entire structure of the trees and the way you choose talents. Now that the Cataclysm model has been in play for several months, the team has been discussing what we like and don\u2019t like about it, and I thought that might be of interest to some of you. As always with this series, this is design rumination,
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