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Uldum - Screenshots, Tol'vir, and Video
TotalBiscuit released a video of Uldum during the week-end, keep in mind that this zone isn't finished yet and this is just a preview.



It's a pretty good opportunity for me to throw tons of screenshots of Uldum in a news post, the zone definitely had a couple of updates since the last time I posted it and you should discover a couple of interesting things there.




Last but not least, the models of the Tol'virs (Stone-like cat people created by the titans) and the Ramkahens (Descendant of the Tol'vir who lost their "stone" form) are now fully implemented.


Tons of variations exists for these models and you will probably see a lot of them around Uldum.



Arena Tournament Realm Online
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
The 2010 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament’s online portion has come to a close, but fear not! The Arena Tournament Realm is coming back online for everyone that participated in the 2010 event! Skirmish mode will be disabled during this time, but players will still be able to create new characters and teams in addition to being able to participate in “rated” matches. Please keep in mind that the online portion of the 2010 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament has come to a close, and that all matches played on the Arena Tournament Realm are not counted toward tournament standings or any prizes.

Enjoy!

The 2010 EU Warcraft Invitational: Activities
Originally Posted by Slorkuz (Blue Tracker)
The 2010 European Warcraft Invitational is drawing near, and while you’ll have the chance to watch some of the top players on stage, you might also want to take an occasional break from the thrill of the games and prove yourself in one of our fun activities:

  • Play against fellow goblins to prove you are worthy of becoming a member of the Kezan Trading Company.
  • All your gold are belong to us! Collect as much gold as you can to win the gold rush challenge.
  • You’ve played StarCraft II and think you can take on the universe? Prove it in the StarCraft II tournaments and competitions.

Best of all, the winners will be receiving some great World of Warcraft and StarCraft loot, including mouse pads, posters, t-shirts and WoW: Cataclysm Beta keys.

More information about the 2010 European Warcraft Invitational can be found here: http://www.wow-europe.com/rf10/

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Guild wipe last week on beta servers
We had to wipe guilds on the beta server in regards to a number of bugs that were introduced with the new guild advancement system. The wipe also helps us get the most accurate testing we can with the new system.

Sorry for the late notice on this, we will do our best to give warning if we need to do it again. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Protection Paladin (Source)
Here is how Prot paladins are working in our current beta build. You might not see these changes in the next beta build, but in the one after that. Things are still in a high degree of flux however.

Shield of the Righteous -- Now consumes Holy Power to cause damage.

Holy Shield -- Now a passive ability that causes your Shield of the Righteous to provide 5% block per stack of Holy Power consumed. In other words, you never click Holy Shield. You just click Shield of the Righteous and buff yourself.

Hammer of the Righteous -- Now generates Holy Power but shares a cooldown with Crusader Strike. Almost all talents that affect one or the other will affect both. The intention is you use Crusader Strike -> Shield of the Righteous for single target and Hammer of the Righteous -> Shield of the Righteous for multitarget.

Avenger's Shield -- No real change, but it still hits pretty hard. Both CS and HotR can proc Grand Crusader to lower the Avenger's Shield cooldown.

Vindication -- can be caused only by Crusader Strike or Hammer of the Righteous.

Holy Wrath -- With the above changes, we think Prot paladins have enough rotational buttons to hit, so we are downplaying Holy Wrath. Holy Wrath is really intended as a Ret filler spell (for when other attacks are on cooldown). Prot could technically use Holy Wrath, but we aren't providing any talent hooks.

Consecration -- Now on a 10 sec duration with a 30 sec cooldown. The Hallowed Ground talent makes it cheaper and hit harder -- it does not affect duration. Use Consecration when you need it, but you can't spam it. This is consistent with the AE changes we are making to all tanks.

With these changes in mind, Prot will be thinking about buttons such as these:

Single Target: Judgement, Crusader Strike, Shield of the Righteous, Avenger's Shield.
Multi-target: Judgement, Consecration, Hammer of the Righteous, Shield of the Righteous, Avenger's Shield, possibly Exorcism.

None of this includes things like Seals, Inquisition, defensive cooldowns, Word of Glory, etc.

So with Vindication off of Holy Wrath, is it intended that Prot Paladins are the only tank without an AoE Physical Damage debuff, or will similar changes be made to the Warrior/Druid/DK mechanics?
Hammer of the Righteous will be AoE enough. It hits many targets. It may not be as widespread as Demo Shout on a pull like a jillion Onyxia Whelps, but we don't really expect you to debuff pulls of that size.

Let me just clarify something - Hammer of the Righteous will generate 1 Holy Power per cast, or 1 Holy Power per target hit?

One per cast. Otherwise we think paladins might want to always be hitting multiple targets, like "Let me tank the boss and one of the adds or my Holy Power generation will be low."

Is Holy Wrath going to have the same model it currently has? As a split damage ability?
Yeah, we like the split damage because it lets Ret (and Prot if needed) use it in most situations.

Also will 3 stacks of holy power when using shield of the righteousness roughly equal the amount of threat it did before it got removed or is it changed?
It will be a hard-hitting button, especially with 3 stacks. I'd guess your highest damage ability.

World of Warcraft Calendar Wallpapers
The official World of Warcraft Wallpapers section has been updated with 2 new wallpapers.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Uldum, Tol'vir and Ramkahen, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 127 Comments
  1. Azalu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lightfist View Post
    I don't call this terrible 3 button and a proc "rotation" love, my friend. It's punishment. For what? I don't know.




    Yes, the rotation looks more than dull. It's asleep-at-the-wheel pants-on-head-retarded boring.

    I've been a Pally tank for a while. I endured Seal-twist and reflective damage.

    I'm not sure I can endure falling asleep every fight because we have 1 unique move...which is throwing a damn shield like a comic book super-hero.
    Well it's just nice to know something about your class at least. Most of us are being kept completely in the dark and when a blue post does go up it's nothing but 1 class all the time
  1. Robbykig's Avatar
    Nice to have a 20 second zone where if you get some adds, paladins are fucked.

    Kinda like a DK who blows his runes.

    I think pala's now lack an instant unlimited target aoe just to get mobs hitting them so the other aoe's can kick in, or make Hammer hit more targets, like swipe/thunderclap/howling blast.

    Because if you dump your consecrate in the wrong place, you're up shit street for half a minute.
  1. Lightfist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Robbykig View Post
    Nice to have a 20 second zone where if you get some adds, paladins are fucked.

    Kinda like a DK who blows his runes.

    I think pala's now lack an instant unlimited target aoe just to get mobs hitting them so the other aoe's can kick in, or make Hammer hit more targets, like swipe/thunderclap/howling blast.

    Because if you dump your consecrate in the wrong place, you're up shit street for half a minute.
    I strongly dislike Hammer being our "AOE" move. It was my favorite move, and I hate that I'm replacing it with the generic-as-hell Crusader strike for most fights.

    I hope they change it, or I may just roll a warrior and enjoy my revenge spamming.


    Quote Originally Posted by Azalu View Post
    Well it's just nice to know something about your class at least. Most of us are being kept completely in the dark and when a blue post does go up it's nothing but 1 class all the time
    I see your point...but hey, ignorance is bliss, right? =P
  1. Faladrath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azalu View Post
    Well it's just nice to know something about your class at least. Most of us are being kept completely in the dark and when a blue post does go up it's nothing but 1 class all the time
    Funny tho we're more in the dark then anyone as they change their mind drastically from build to build. This being the "dumb it down as much as we can" build-_-
  1. Unorthodox's Avatar
    Uldum looks absolutely amazing. Cant wait to see the finnished product of it!
  1. Chaoyll's Avatar
    Love the look of these Tol'vir. They look kickass. <3
  1. Shaun's Avatar
    So wait they give consec a 30sec CD with 10sec Duration and make Thunderclap a full blown spamable AoE with a Duration that can be over written by spamming it again in a different place..so warriors have the ultimate paladin ability
  1. Peeb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Monxerot View Post
    Hater post be hatin
    2.Furries FURRIES EVERYWHERE...and they ruin everything :c First the worgen which most likely if not already will spawn several pages of "delightful pron" and now these...Tolvir sphynxlooking...THINGS uggh...enough already >_<
  1. Lord Xavius's Avatar
    From the looks of it, Uldum will be my new favorite zone. It looks awesome!

    And all antropomorphic animals are pornographic furries now? I had no idea. I'd better go tell the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
  1. Summerdrake's Avatar
    Lol, funny video!

    Cataclysm Beta - Punching Deathwing Quest
    OMFGcata
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4VcMKK-ZR4
  1. Shampayne1985's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Summerdrake View Post
    Lol, funny video!

    Cataclysm Beta - Punching Deathwing Quest
    OMFGcata
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4VcMKK-ZR4
    Making consecration hit harder...was this really needed lol?

    InB4 OMG Prot Paladins are going to be so much harder we have 1 MOAR button to push11!!!!
  1. Monxerot's Avatar
    Tolvir and Worgen both delightful yiff material urgh >_< Do not want.
    Ok fine so it may happen to a lot of RPGs but why this, why now? Can't it wait until next expansion for the furries so i can enjoy my HC DM in peace :<?

    Ah well, whatever, at least its sort of fun to watch the paladin class get gangrayp'd by blizzards intelligent classdesign team.

    Hope we can do some Crash Bandicooting as gnomes on turtles ^_^
  1. Lord Lichfury's Avatar
    Yay, "even more" paladin news. The last time I checked Paladins weren't the only class in WoW >.>
  1. Panoramixe's Avatar
    New beta client? Bah I just finished downloading and patching the beta client 10 seconds ago. Still waiting for my beta key, so at this rate I'll have to uninstall and reinstall the entire thing by the time I have my key ...
  1. videotape's Avatar
    Cats and birds living together? This is truly apocalyptic.
  1. Lightfist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shampayne1985 View Post
    Making consecration hit harder...was this really needed lol?

    InB4 OMG Prot Paladins are going to be so much harder we have 1 MOAR button to push11!!!!
    It hits harder with a 20 second CD...yeah.

    And we actually have less buttons to press in Single-Target...and not many people are happy about it. They took away one of our most iconic moves and replaced it with the as-generic-as-possible Crusader Strike.
  1. Paradoxin's Avatar
    I always thought Uldum was going to be just a raid/dungeons, is it going to be a new zone as well? The Tol'vir look like they'll probably be enemies in the dungeons while the Ramkahen will be possibly neutral/friendly and in the outside zone.

    Also

    http://static.mmo-champion.com/mmoc/...m_12644_47.jpg

    Looks like a giant horde bulldozer or sandcrawler or something
  1. Sakashima's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Lichfury View Post
    Yay, "even more" paladin news. The last time I checked Paladins weren't the only class in WoW >.>
    They're just the one that whines the most.
  1. TobiasX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sakashima View Post
    They're just the one that whines the most.
    That's shaman, and they can justify it.
  1. Lightfist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sakashima View Post
    They're just the one that whines the most.
    Said the person whining about Paladins.

    cwutididthar?

    Hell, you people are complaining right now about Blizzard raping our class. You want to switch places? Be my guest.

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