MMO-Champion - Cataclysm Screenshots, Blue Posts
It's amazing how much stuff you have to post after 2 days of "omg patch!".

Cataclysm Screenshot of the Day
The Screenshot of the Day Gallery has been updated with more stuff that I didn't have the time to post because of the patch.


Desolace

Feralas

Abyssal Maw

Twilight Highlands



Icecrown Citadel Raid Buffs Active
[blizzquote author=Zarhym source=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/t/23425467230/icecrown-citadel-raid-buffs-active/]We have increased the potency of the Strength of Wrynn and Hellscream’s Warsong buffs in Icecrown Citadel by an additional 5%. These buffs now increase total health, healing done and damage dealt by 25%. In addition, the number of attempts allotted for all final bosses on Heroic difficulty has been increased to 55.[/blizzquote]


The Ruby Sanctum Preview
[blizzquote author=Blizzard source=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/index.xml]Wyrmrest Temple has been breached. The Ruby Sanctum, hallowed domain of the red dragonflight in Northrend, is under siege.

Now, the mighty dragons must rely on the mortal races for salvation. The fate of the red flight, caretakers of all life on Azeroth, hangs in the balance. Stalwart champions, Horde and Alliance alike, will rush to the defense of the sanctum. Will you be among them?

Featured in the upcoming World of Warcraft patch 3.3.5., the Ruby Sanctum is the final Wrath of the Lich King dungeon and a precursor to the events of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Learn about it here. [/blizzquote]


Arena Tournament Realm Status - Ending
[blizzquote author=Zarhym source=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/t/25482070514/arena-tournament-realm-status-ending/]The 2010 North American World of Warcraft Arena Tournament will be coming to an end on June 21, 9PM PDT. The Murkimus pet and the "Vanquisher" title will be sent to eligible participants in the following weeks after the tournament concludes. We hope everyone had fun in this year's tournament and we wish the best of luck to the top 8 teams who will go on to compete at our Regional Finals!

More information on the top 8 teams and details regarding the Regional Finals will be posted soon!

[...] We are aware that the Arena Tournament Realm went offline later than the scheduled time. Please rest assured that only matches completed before June 21, 9 PM PDT, the scheduled cutoff time, will count towards the rankings for the participants invited to the Regional Finals.[/blizzquote]


2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest
[blizzquote author=Blizzard source=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/index.xml]You're called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!

Enter a short story for the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard's headquarters in southern California! This contest is open to entrants from around the world and will be judged by Blizzard's very own writers and masters of lore. For more information, head to the contest page. [/blizzquote]


Blue posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Battle.net Facebook integration
There has been some confusion over the implementation of this feature. We announced the addition of Facebook integration with StarCraft II and as such, it's actually integrated as a part of Battle.net as it is tied in to that game. When StarCraft II goes live, you will have the option to import the friends you select from there as long as they too have a Battle.net account. (Source)

Scorchling Pet
As is evident by now, Ahune’s Scorchling pet of yesteryear has been replaced with a new Frigid Frostling, but the Scorchling might just make an appearance elsewhere in the future.

[...] Hehe. I know, I know. I'm not speaking about other pets/mounts/titles. But as I said in this case, the Scorchling will return elsewhere along with some friends representing the remaining elements. (Source)

New Class
In any event, we have no plans to add another class in Cataclysm. We don't want to saturate the game with new classes if they start to feel and play way too similar to existing classes. We came up with some unique class mechanics for death knights we ultimately think work very well. It's a much younger class and took some times to really fine-tune, but we're happy with the role they play in World of Warcraft now.

With two new races and a number of new race/class combinations available in Cataclysm, I have a feeling you're not going to see newly created characters overwhelmingly death knights. (Source)

Cataclysm
Premades group for Rated Battlegrounds
We feel like 5-player dungeons are the kind of thing we can more-or-less randomly assemble and give you a reasonable chance of success. Even in that case, however, we make sure you have a tank and healer and look at gear and experience and that sort of thing.

Putting together groups for BGs is much taller proposition, especially when rating and epic gear are potentially involved. We want players to individually decide what kinds of classes and mechanics they need to be successful. We want players to decide what gear or experience requirements they are looking for. Most importantly, we want players to organize themselves -- we want you to decide who is the leader and / or what your strategy is, and we want you to have a mechanism for handling players who refuse to follow those goals, just want to argue, or are refusing to be team players. Randomly assembling groups would require many additional features, tools and rules that are very tricky to design in order to enforce these things. When someone else does the inviting, they can set the ground rules, and you can choose to live with them, challenge them or look for another group. It does require a little more work on your part up-front, but you'll have a much better experience in the long run. (Source)

[...] To be clear, you can still solo queue for normal (i.e. non-rated) Battlegrounds and still earn honor points to purchase gear. If you want conquest points (which we call Arena points today), you will need to enter rated BGs and you will need to form a group to do so. This is the same requirement we make for raiding, which provides similar rewards. (Source)

Low level quests itemization in Cataclysm
We have reitemized every quest in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. We have also spent a great deal of effort on the leveling experience of every class. Even classes that traditionally struggled with low-level leveling should feel dramatically better. (Source)

UI Improvements in Cataclysm
We are working on many raid / party improvements for Cataclysm. The challenge is that different features or layouts are "mandatory" for different players. Thus I would not at all be comfortable saying that you won't want UI mods for Cataclysm, and that's not our goal anyway. The default UI could be improved a lot though. (Source)

Cataclysm Beta Opt-in
It will be coming "soon". It's important though to make sure those interested are signed up with their correct information so that when it does start, we can get you in should you be selected. We also want to make sure that those that are looking forward to the beta are aware that they will be activated via their Battle.net account and will not need to follow any links to any other sites. We are aware there are some phishing scams out there trying to take advantage of people's desires to be in the beta. And there is only one place where signing up to or activating a beta should happen (your Battle.net account via the main login on the site. ) Please be safe and we'll be getting the word out once we actually do enter into the beta. (Source)

Cataclysm Talent Trees
First off, I think your actual feedback hit the right mark. I try and advise players when giving feedback to imagine that we are making bullets on a list of things to discuss in a class design meeting (because honestly that is often exactly what happens). If I go into a meeting and say "Some players said they were bored by the talent trees," the other designers might ask "What do they mean by that?" and I would have to answer "I don't know." On the other hand, if I go into a meeting with a 20-page list of someone's redesigned talents, we're not going to make a lot of progress either. If I say, just to give a couple of examples, Subtlety rogues are worried that the tree is changing focus, or Combat rogues think they don't have any cool, new mechanics, then that's the kind of thing that can launch a brainstorming session.

Here's a secret about game design: ideas are cheap. Coming up with something clever isn't really the hard part. The hard part is thinking of all the ramifications of your idea, including how it will impact various parts of the game, whether it will be understandable by players, whether it's consistent with the rest of the game design, how difficult it will be to implement and maintain, its propensity for bugs and so on. That's a long way of saying many times we can't use the actual suggestions, but from the suggestions we can tell what problems the player is trying to fix, and then we can decide whether we think the problem is legit and explore ways to address it.

As far as the actual Cataclysm talent trees, they are early. We are exploring some new ideas now but I'd be very surprised if the shipping versions look anything like this. We still want to remove more passive talents and we want to make sure there are more meaningful decisions. Now, sometimes meaningful may mean slightly painful when there are two things you really want and can't afford both. (Source)

Patch 3.3.5
"Unable to Connect" error
Looking at the technical support forum it appears the majority of people are resolving their 'unable to connect' error by deleting their realmlist file, running the repair tool, or making changes to their firewall.

Turn off chat pop-ups
There is a new option in the UI panel under Battle.net (new section): Show Toast Window. Disable that if you don't want the pop-up alerts. (Source)

Zalazane's Fall / Operation Gnomeregan
Operation: Gnomeregan and Zalazane's Fall will work similarly to standard holiday events. They're available for a limited time. The only difference is that they don't come around annually. These events lead to new starting experiences for trolls and gnomes in Cataclysm, so you'll need to participate while they're active for a chance to be a part of the activities.

[...] We will do our best to give some sort of relative time frame. The circumstances by which we intend to start and end these events might make providing set dates a little tricky, but we don't want to be so vague that players won't have any idea whether the events last for two days or two months.

One big difference though between these events and something like the zombie plague is that there is a finite number of quests to complete on a single character. So it's not some indefinite event you can choose to do however often you want. It's closer to the Battle for Undercity, with the exception that players will have a limited time to participate. (Source)

New Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 4 new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.




New World of Warcraft Fan Wallpaper
The World of Warcraft Fan Wallpapers Section has been updated with a new wallpaper titled "Dancing with Blood and Mist Blue" by Jian Guo (Breathing2004).

This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Screenshots, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 72 Comments
  1. Garots's Avatar
    /die @ the screens
  1. Nirron's Avatar
    Cool
  1. Garots's Avatar
    So, the twilight Highlands will be home to Frodo and Sam?
  1. Vajarra's Avatar
    Still no way to make a cow not look like a silly cow :P
  1. Garots's Avatar
    He looks like a cute doll
  1. Brittany's Avatar
    Operation: Gnomeregan and Zalazane's Fall will work similarly to standard holiday events. They're available for a limited time. The only difference is that they don't come around annually. These events lead to new starting experiences for trolls and gnomes in Cataclysm, so you'll need to participate while they're active for a chance to be a part of the activities.
    Guessing from this that Gnomes will start in Gnomeregan and Trolls will start on Echo Isles in Cataclysm? Sounds good.
  1. whiteshadw's Avatar
    I demand tauren, dwarf and gnome dancers!
  1. Talron's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Garots View Post
    So, the twilight Highlands will be home to Frodo and Sam?
    You just taught me a valuable lesson friend. Never read comments while drinking soda or you might end up ruining your keyboard!
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Female Troll in the wallpaper looks like a Na'vi. Just needs the cat nose. :P
  1. Igantinos's Avatar
    Garots - Today

    So, the twilight Highlands will be home to Frodo and Sam?
    You beat me to it Twilight highlands =shire?
  1. Oogzy's Avatar
    Pretty cool that there's a new wallpaper of all the females of the races of Warcraft :] Too bad it's missing Goblins and Furries
  1. kozzamuu's Avatar
    Nice :3
  1. MikeDaSpike's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Oogzy View Post
    Pretty cool that there's a new wallpaper of all the females of the races of Warcraft :] Too bad it's missing Goblins and Furries
    All? They left out the most sexy ones!

    I demand a wallpaper with female tauren, gnome, and dwarf. Else I will quit the game and post about it on MMO-Champ!
  1. Duskmourne's Avatar
    I really thought that you were going to queue up for rated battlegrounds by yourself. I assumed it would rate your individual performance over time, and then pair you up with similar players.
  1. NefariousNinja's Avatar
    Always love the fanart that is posted.

    And:

    I demand a wallpaper with female tauren, gnome, and dwarf. Else I will quit the game and post about it on MMO-Champ!
  1. Amsden's Avatar
    lol lots beat me to it but twilight highlands is the shire
  1. Kaneiac's Avatar
    The orc in that wallpaper has turned me off the other females. Forever.
  1. Demoncrash's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Garots View Post
    So, the twilight Highlands will be home to Frodo and Sam?
    ... and Merry and Pippen!

    Also nice fan wallpaper but the lack of dwarf n gnome females makes me a sad panda =(
  1. Brickwall's Avatar
    Either Blizzard doesn't knows its own loot tables or people which said that they got scorchling pet this year are actually lying.

    I'll go with second assumption.
  1. anotherhunter's Avatar
    the shire? seriously?? hobitsessss

    and OMFG at deathwing screaming at alexstraza MAKE ME A SAMMICH

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