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. john18761's Avatar
    a lot of the patterns use elementium correct me if im wrong but isnt there already elementium on the live servers used to create thunderfury but the tool tip shows it as a rare quality item the elementium from blackwing lair is legendary has it been downgraded or completley different item
  1. drsjohnny's Avatar
    some very good stuff so far can't wait to make that leather helmet for my rogue engineer
  1. Dalehan's Avatar
    A new fanart contest? Sweet, I'll have to compete!
    .... Though I just bought a Cintiq 21UX myself, good thing I'm not aiming for first place anyway. XP
  1. Vasz's Avatar
    Those epic gems don't look very epic to me.

    3 Prismatic gems ATM give 102 AGI, that's 42 more than non-JC's.

    The new gems only give 67 agi each, that's still only 201 AGI total. About 140 more than using WoTLK's normal blue gems.

    Engineers get TWO 132 of the same stat weight (like mastery and hit)

    Seems like these are normal epic gems and not JC only gems
  1. sugarfree's Avatar
    I thought spellpower is gone???? I'm confused.

    EDIT: Well if you click on the item itself, the stats are still the old ones, but the tooltips when you just hover them are actually cataclysm stats (w/o spellpower).
    So that got me confused a bit.
  1. Zaerix's Avatar
    I hope they change the Loot-A-Rang to not be a trinket or at least have no cooldown. Even if one trinket slot isn't that big of a deal, I'd still rather have my normal trinket instead of the ranged loot item on instance/raid trash.

    Also, what's the point of having a cooldown on it anyway?
  1. Salculd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by john18761 View Post
    a lot of the patterns use elementium correct me if im wrong but isnt there already elementium on the live servers used to create thunderfury but the tool tip shows it as a rare quality item the elementium from blackwing lair is legendary has it been downgraded or completley different item
    I think I read somewhere that the ores/bars from that quest were being changed to different ones and not being shared with that. I forget the names, though. The new ore has "ingot" in its name, which I'm sure clears it up a lot.
  1. det's Avatar
    Makes we want to level engineering on my main ....
  1. quiz's Avatar
    The amount of stats are getting huge.
  1. centrius's Avatar
    You know you have played for a long time when u remember gear having 20+ stats. Seeing the new gems with 66+ stats are lol
  1. Fungalstorm's Avatar
    Engineering gems are better than Jewelcrafting gems. Interesting.
  1. Cernunnos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by john18761 View Post
    a lot of the patterns use elementium correct me if im wrong but isnt there already elementium on the live servers used to create thunderfury but the tool tip shows it as a rare quality item the elementium from blackwing lair is legendary has it been downgraded or completley different item
    Elementium ore from BLackwing lair is renamed Elementium Ingot, which gets smelted into a hardened Elementium Bar.
  1. Crysthalica's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fungalstorm View Post
    Engineering gems are better than Jewelcrafting gems. Interesting.
    But the Engineering gems only go in Engineering sockets.

    Btw, I hate you Bibi, no epic items for Tailoring yet! :@
  1. Izenhart's Avatar
    I said it yesterday on another post...start gathering at least 30-40k just for the starter gear because that'll be their cost..
  1. pbean's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by centrius View Post
    You know you have played for a long time when u remember gear having 20+ stats. Seeing the new gems with 66+ stats are lol
    20+? That's huge!!!

    What about no more than 10? :P
    6 Stamina on an item ftw!!

    ---------- Post added 2010-08-13 at 09:37 AM ----------

    I really hate all these simplified stats. I really liked it when the average chest piece has so many different stats, like stamina, strength, dodge, defense, parry, expertise, etc. Sometimes fewer, sometimes more. Now it's just stamina+strength+dodge, and if you're lucky it has hit or mastery too.
  1. Falkus's Avatar
    The amount of stats that are appearing on the items are getting out of hand, I think. 500 odd stamina? 300 odd strength? Some 400-ish agility?
    I can't help but think that we'll be sitting on some 100k health or whatever as a tank.
  1. Snorri's Avatar
    Where did stuff come from? Was a new beta build released? I hope so. It was a long time ago since the last big update.
  1. Sting's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by john18761 View Post
    a lot of the patterns use elementium correct me if im wrong but isnt there already elementium on the live servers used to create thunderfury but the tool tip shows it as a rare quality item the elementium from blackwing lair is legendary has it been downgraded or completley different item
    The elementium ore that is currently ingame will be renamed to hardened elementium or something, not quite sure on the name.
  1. Dalehan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sugarfree View Post
    I thought spellpower is gone???? I'm confused.

    EDIT: Well if you click on the item itself, the stats are still the old ones, but the tooltips when you just hover them are actually cataclysm stats (w/o spellpower).
    So that got me confused a bit.
    SP and AP will remain on some weapons, but will disappear from clothing. If I remember that correctly, at least.. Something about keeping weapons a bit more homogenized.
  1. bregtann's Avatar
    So 359 is the new 200...

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