MMO-Champion - Epic Crafted Items, Blizzcon Contests, Concept Arts
It looks like the official news are calming down, it can only mean one thing: We're back to datamining!

Epic crafted items in Cataclysm - Updated
The first batch of crafted epic items was released when the NDA was lifted, due to some technical issues it was ... difficult to get the new ones. This is now fixed and I should have a couple of interesting previews for you in the next few days. (or you can spoil my fun and lurk on the latest additions but not everything is listed there)

Alchemy
Apparently, Alchemists will finally get another epic stone in Cataclysm. That's also where you realize how useful Mastery Bonus is, the item is just great for everyone.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359TrinketAllTrinketLifebound Alchemist Stone


Blacksmithing
Blacksmith get all the happy-fun-stuff again and will create the weapons that a lot of people will use when they start raiding. Don't expect them to be easy to craft.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359PlateTankChestHardened Elementium Hauberk
359PlateTankWaistHardened Elementium Girdle
359PlateMeleeChestElementium Deathplate
359PlateMeleeWaistElementium Girdle of Pain
359PlateSpellChestLight Elementium Chestguard
359PlateSpellWaistLight Elementium Belt
359DaggerSpellMain HandElementium Spellblade
359MaceHealMain HandElementium Hammer
359PolearmPhysicalTwo-HandElementium Poleaxe
359AxeMeleeOne-HandElementium Bonesplitter
359DaggerPhysicalOne-HandElementium Shank
359ShieldTankOff HandElementium Earthguard
359ShieldSpellOff HandElementium Stormshield



Engineering
All 3 types of ranged weapons are craftable and your epic helms ... are actually even more epic than we thought in the first place, they are socketable with Cogwheels and Hydraulic Pumps, engineer-only gems.



Engineers are definitely getting some love in Cataclysm ... an updated preview of the profession will be up soon, with all your new toys. (Assuming they reach the live servers ...)

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359BowPhysicalRangedOverpowered Chicken Splitter
359CrossbowPhysicalRangedFinely-Tuned Throat Needler
359GunPhysicalRangedKickback 5000
359PlateMelee,TankHeadReinforced Bio-Optic Killshades
359PlateSpellHeadSpecialized Bio-Optic Killshades
359ClothSpellHeadLightweight Bio-Optic Killshades
359LeatherSpellHeadCamoflauge Bio-Optic Killshades
359LeatherPhysicalHeadAgile Bio-Optic Killshades
359MailPhysicalHeadDeadly Bio-Optic Killshades
359MailSpellHeadEnergized Bio-Optic Killshades


Jewelcrafting
Your epic gems are back.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
85RedN/AGemBrilliant Chimera's Eye
85RedN/AGemDelicate Chimera's Eye
85RedN/AGemFlashing Chimera's Eye
85RedN/AGemPrecise Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemSolid Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemSparkling Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemStormy Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemRigid Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemSubtle Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemSmooth Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemMystic Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemQuick Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemFractured Chimera's Eye


Leatherworking
The Mail/Leather gear is back, you also get the Tanking and Physical DPS cloak just like in Wrath of the Lich King.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359MailSpellWaistStormleather Sash
359MailPhysicalWaistCorded Viper Belt
359MailSpellChestTwilight Scale Chestguard
359MailPhysicalChestDragonkiller Tunic
359LeatherSpellWaistLightning Lash
359LeatherPhysicalWaistBelt of Nefarious Whispers
359LeatherSpellChestChestguard of Nature's Fury
359LeatherPhysicalChestAssassin's Chestplate
359CloakPhysicalBackRazor-Edged Cloak
359CloakTankBackTwilight Dragonscale Cloak


Tailoring
Your epic items aren't in-game yet, don't hate me!


BlizzCon 2010 Online Contests Begin
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The BlizzCon 2010 Fan Art, Original Song, and Movie contests have begun! To enter, simply submit your original Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo-themed work before September 27. We have over $25,000 worth of prizes to give away between these and our Dance and Costume contests on Friday night at BlizzCon, and winning entries will be showcased live at this year's show.

Head over to the Fan Art, Original Song, and Movie contest pages to see the submission requirements, read the official rules, and check out the prizes. Information and online sign-ups for the BlizzCon 2010 Dance and Costume contests will be coming soon, so keep an eye on BlizzCon.com for details.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Additional raids before Cataclysm
There are no plans for any additional raids before Cataclysm ships. With that said, there will be at least one major patch leading up to Cataclysm with a lot of core features and framework being added for the new expansion for players to explore. There will also be various limited-time events to set the tone for the release of Cataclysm. (Source)

Warlock (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Making Soul Shards "exciting"
That is still the goal, but we don't think just hooking up a big +damage buff or spell is going to feel that way. It will just be done on cooldown without some kind of situational requirement for doing so. We haven't given up on the idea at all, but it's not a trivial one to resolve. (Source)

Concept Art
The Concept Art Gallery has been updated but if you're addicted to artworks, you probably saw a lot of them before.

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Comments 127 Comments
  1. zmyth's Avatar
    This looks amazing! im excited
  1. jantimirlol's Avatar
    whats with the twilight dragonscale cloak?

    dodge, mastery, strength, stamina and... Spell hit rating?
  1. Jabbaprime's Avatar
    As a tank am really happy with the engineering changes, as I only mostly use its perks for my DPS spec.

    Didn't the BS sheild used to have more stamina? around 500?
  1. Karnadas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jantimirlol View Post
    whats with the twilight dragonscale cloak?

    dodge, mastery, strength, stamina and... Spell hit rating?
    Well, taunts are on the spell hit table.
  1. Canazza's Avatar
    Lot-a-rang! fantastic!
  1. Nekovivie's Avatar
    Hit rating on the holy paladin chest?

    ........wat?

    edit, waist too!
  1. furydeath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jantimirlol View Post
    whats with the twilight dragonscale cloak?

    dodge, mastery, strength, stamina and... Spell hit rating?
    Should see one of the JC trinket's with it's int and agi.
  1. Manethereon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jantimirlol View Post
    whats with the twilight dragonscale cloak?

    dodge, mastery, strength, stamina and... Spell hit rating?
    I'm sure it's a typo to regular hit rating.
  1. DementedHamstr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nekovivie View Post
    Hit rating on the holy paladin chest?

    ........wat?

    edit, waist too!
    No, silly. It's for Death Coil!

    Anyways, the Loot-A-Rang sounds interesting...
    Maybe it could be an aoe type thing and it loots everything it passes over or something?
    Travels in a curve n' stuff.
  1. Kuromikittie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jantimirlol View Post
    whats with the twilight dragonscale cloak?

    dodge, mastery, strength, stamina and... Spell hit rating?
    Maybe Pally's Finally get a Tanking Cloak?
  1. BirdLady68's Avatar
    Actually, I was under the impression that hand of reckoning and even thunderclap were "Spells".

    "Jewelcrafting
    "Your epic gems are back, for the moment they have different colors but I assume they'll be flagged as Prismatic when they're finally implemented."

    Also, the JCer's gems Used to be Prismatic but they were changed to fill color slots many patches ago.
  1. Maleficious's Avatar
    WOAH...just WOAH
  1. Inshabel's Avatar
    Jewelcrafting
    Your epic gems are back, for the moment they have different colors but I assume they'll be flagged as Prismatic when they're finally implemented.
    Just wanted to comment on this, are the Cata JC gems becoming prismatic again or did it slip your mind that the WotLK JC gems have been colored for quite a while?
  1. Lumocolor's Avatar
    Engineers getting love?

    Hell, at least half my guild has engineering already it needs a nerf not love hehe
  1. remain's Avatar
    Jewelcrafting
    Your epic gems are back, for the moment they have different colors but I assume they'll be flagged as Prismatic when they're finally implemented.
    Actually they took out prismatic gems, when ToC was released I believe, because it was to OP to get the meta sockets.
  1. Dingolicious's Avatar
    It's a good day to be Alchemist/Engineer *Cheer!*
  1. Cloud92684's Avatar
    No Tailoring epics? hate you!
  1. Cernunnos's Avatar
    Seems like BS is missing a few things to me at this point.

    Why only a polearm? I can't dual wield that as fury!?! Where is the two handed sword, twohanded axe or two handed mace?

    How come the engineering gun doesn't have additional stats on it?
  1. Nomicakes's Avatar
    This is datamined from an early beta, stats aren't final, items aren't final.
    You *expletives* are blinder than a mole in a Minecraft cave.
  1. Boubouille's Avatar
    Yeah, screwed up on the prismatic. Not sure why I wrote that, I guess I just miss the overpowered-JC days. Fixed, we'll all pretend it never happened and I'll unlearn Jewelcrafting from my DK.

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