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The NDA is lifted. You're free to discuss anything on the forums.

I didn't expect it to be lifted that soon, some pages look ugly, working on it. Recent forum posts box disabled to (try to) prevent a crash of the site.


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This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Closed Beta - NDA Lift started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Zaerix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Asshi View Post
    Santified Light - 3 points - increases the critical strike chance of Judgement and Holy Shock by 5/10/15%
    Improved Holy Light - 5 points - Reduces the cast time of Holy Light by .2/.4/.6/.8/1 second.
    Divine Light - 1 point - Big Heal(Basicly new Holy Light) - 3sec cast - Requires Rank 5 Illumination.
    Aura Mastery - moved from Tier 3 - unchanged - Requires Rank 1 Divine Light
    Improved Holy Shock - 2 points - Reduces the mana cost of Holy Shock by 35/70%
    Beacon of Light - Only works w/ Holy Light and Holy Shock.
    The main changes that intrigued me. Imp. HL and Imp. HS are both nice, although I'm disappointed about Beacon only be working with HL and HS now. As for Aura Mastery, why is it in that specific spot in the tree if it has basically nothing to do with the prerequisite talents? I'm thinking either it's being changed, it'll be replaced by something else.

    I'm also curious about how much Divine Light heals for in comparison to the other two. I'm just thinking if we will eventually get to the point where we use FoL and DL most of the time, while hardly using HL at all.
  1. Gractan's Avatar
    New things posted on worldofraids.com.

    Leveling Up
    When leveling up, the game now displays a "toast" to congratulate you and also make you aware of new skills, talent points and features available to you as of the level. This includes alerting you of battlegrounds, the dungeon finder, riding and glyphs. In addition to this, all of the messages are sent as text in your chat window as well, and the primary "You reached level x" is clickable, displaying the entire toast summary.

    Character Panel
    The character panel has been updated. The stat display has been moved out away from the model preview and onto the right side in a collapsible area. The screenshots below show it expanded; you can collapse it by clicking on the bottom-right arrow button on the panel.

    Spellbook & Professions Book
    The spellbook has been updated due to the changes to the spell system, and now also displays your abilities even if you can't learn them yet. In the screenshot example you see a new ability is ready to be trained. The professions tab of the book is brand new and displays all of your known professions, as well as buttons to create hotkeys for them or to open the recipe panel.

    Profession Recipes - Multiple Skillups
    With Cataclysm, professions such as Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Leatherworking, etc. can now give multiple skillups for certain items when creating them. The recipes panel has been updated to reflect this. The number of skillups you receive (beyond one) will be displayed with an up-arrow and a numerical value, to the right of the recipe name.

    Remote Quest System
    A new remote quest system has been added, allowing you to receive and complete some quests out in the field, without having to visit the starting NPCs. When a quest is completed and ready to turn in using this system, you will see a graphical alert on the quest tracker.

    Quest Tracker - Minimap Arrow
    The quest tracker has been further enhanced with Cataclysm, now displaying an arrow on your minimap directing you to the "#1" quest in your quest tracker. It's recommended you sort by proximity to take full advantage of this arrow.

    Kill Target Enhancements
    Kill Target quests, primarily those for "named" NPCs will now display a window to the right of the quest dialogue that shows the model for the NPC you must kill, as well as a bit of flavor text.

    Track Everything & Minimap
    The tracking options have been revamped as it's now possible to track multiple things (or everything) at once. The minimap has also been updated to display unique icons for various tracking options.

    some pretty cool stuff with in this expansion!!!
  1. Collected's Avatar
    A model showing you what you need to kill? *sigh* Can it get any easier? How about a "Teleport me directly to the mob" option. I hope that is just for the lower levels.
  1. Pope's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    A model showing you what you need to kill? *sigh* Can it get any easier? How about a "Teleport me directly to the mob" option. I hope that is just for the lower levels.
    I think it's interesting, and I don't think this makes it any easier than the Map-quest-tracking and mouseover-quest-tracking.

    Just kind of a funny feature, and maybe this leads to more unique skins for quest-mobs :-P
  1. Gractan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pope View Post
    I think it's interesting, and I don't think this makes it any easier than the Map-quest-tracking and mouseover-quest-tracking.

    Just kind of a funny feature, and maybe this leads to more unique skins for quest-mobs :-P
    That's the thing I am thinking of. I remember walking through areas full of mobs and the only difference between the "special" mob and all the rest is that it is gray versus brown. Knowing WHAT to kill might be nice...but yes, it is making it easier. I guess we can all just say "In my day, we used to WALK to Westfall, uphill both ways and kill everything we saw because it was probably part of a quest somewhere..."
  1. Skodhippie's Avatar
    undercity and tristfall glades is in the wrong section...
    otherwise im very excited about the nda being lifted
    hoping to see some screens from deadwind pass soon
  1. Skodhippie's Avatar
    undercity and tristfall glades is in the wrong section...
    otherwise im very excited about the nda being lifted
    hoping to see some screens from deadwind pass soon
    the uldum part reminds me of star gate
  1. TobiasX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    A model showing you what you need to kill? *sigh* Can it get any easier? How about a "Teleport me directly to the mob" option. I hope that is just for the lower levels.
    Wanted posters have always been shown to have a picture of the person who's Wanted, so where's the harm in this?
  1. xnickybx's Avatar
    While the troll bear form is hideous, the troll cat forms are totally awesome. Was gonna level a worgen druid, might have to do a troll one now instead. Cat with a mohawk, tusks, and tiger stripes, yes please.
  1. Bucky Mclachlan's Avatar
    Oh god shut up nerds. Questing has never been hard ever. Period. Time consuming? Sure. But that's something enytirely different.

    Short of it is: no one cares. Really all Blizzard is doing is making useful add ons like questhelper part of the default UI and perhaps improving it in some ways.

    ---------- Post added 2010-07-01 at 04:17 PM ----------

    BTW, if Elementium is the new Titanium, does this mean I should start saving up ores right now?
  1. Haasor's Avatar
    http://cata.wowhead.com/item=58903

    http://cata.wowhead.com/item=52905

    hrhr
  1. Naylol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bizzy View Post
    How come there are a lot less comments than they used to be? I remember 2k comments before the NDA was enforced now it barely has 300. Just curious.
    Because this website really needs an overhaul. I personally can't be bothered to look at screenshots if I have to open and close them all one by one for example. The layout has been the same since the start and this new forum is pretty meh as some others said.
  1. TobiasX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Naylol View Post
    Because this website really needs an overhaul. I personally can't be bothered to look at screenshots if I have to open and close them all one by one for example. The layout has been the same since the start and this new forum is pretty meh as some others said.
    Close, but I'd guess the comments are going to be spread out over the new sub-forums Boub has created.
  1. semetin's Avatar
    Why,oh why troll druid forms suck so much, no uniqueness at all, just nelf anf tauren forms thrown together with mohawk and tusks. Colors suck ass too,where are the details,all I see on cat forms is simple texture that doesn't look like fur at all

    I wonder if they'd still have the chance to change it?
  1. Thetrollific's Avatar
    did anyone happen to notice garrosh's model is extremely updated?
  1. Gractan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thetrollific View Post
    did anyone happen to notice garrosh's model is extremely updated?
    They probably will do it to all of the "leader" models at some point. Jaina and Sylvanas made sense since they played such a roll in ICC, but now either they will do the rest just to finish the group or when they have more of a role will change them.
  1. Airidesi's Avatar
    Hmm...a tentacle model...

    o.o

    C'thun is coming back perhaps in the future in Cata?

    ---------- Post added 2010-07-02 at 03:15 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by semetin View Post
    Why,oh why troll druid forms suck so much, no uniqueness at all, just nelf anf tauren forms thrown together with mohawk and tusks. Colors suck ass too,where are the details,all I see on cat forms is simple texture that doesn't look like fur at all

    I wonder if they'd still have the chance to change it?
    It's still the beta, they're still working on things, I hope they do improve it a tad, at least put their manes shiny (like how the troll's hair naturally are). And three of the troll druid cats skins look the same, they should fix that as well imo. I still like them though, especially the bear ones.
  1. jishdefish's Avatar
    Umm... I don't mean to nitpick, but Undercity and Tirisfal are currently under "Kalimdor"...
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Airidesi View Post
    Hmm...a tentacle model...

    o.o

    C'thun is coming back perhaps in the future in Cata?
    at least there's the kraken, and only it's tentacles are visible when it's taking a boat down durin one of the starter quests

    Umm... I don't mean to nitpick, but Undercity and Tirisfal are currently under "Kalimdor"...
    and there's some hillsbrad foothills screenies in alterac mountains page
  1. dulci5's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pisholina View Post
    Light Elementium Chestguard

    Hmmm... Intellect + Hit rating... makes me think
    [Blizzard] says: We are happy to announce that heals can miss come Cataclysm, healers will need to be hit-capped!

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