MMO-Champion - The Day Deathwing Came, Legends, Blue Posts
The Day Deathwing Came Spoiler
The Day that Deathwing Came is one of the ridiculously awesome quest introduced to the game with Cataclysm, I had a LOT of requests to post this video over the last month and it gives you a pretty good idea of why you should be excited about a few things in Cataclysm.



Legends - Part one: The Gathering
It's been a while since the last time we saw a huge machinima project (the last one was probably Tales of the Past). "Legends" is a machinima created by Lucas Cedergren, the first part is 1 hour long (split in 5 Youtube Videos) and is the result of months of work in cooperation with a lot of people from the machinima scene, see the description below for more information!


Background
After centuries of conflict the world of Azeroth has found, at long last, sense of peace and well being. New generations rise and new allegiances are forged in a brave and exciting new world with hope of an even brighter tomorrow - but in these times there are those who would seek to crush hope and extinguish the light. Minds dark and twisted, focused only on spreading the darkness that clings to their very being. Unaware of this rising darkness Azeroth continues, in blissful ignorance, to enjoy new-found freedoms, unknowingly walking towards their demise. But there are remnants of wars past. Heroes of old... Some would say... Legends. Brave warriors who selflessly sacrificed themselves to protect their people. But that was long ago, things have changed and the heroes of old have been scattered and forgotten, un-needed, until now. Maybe if they could be found in time.. Maybe the course of this dark destruction could be averted.

All hope now rests on the shoulders of two young, fresh faced Warriors, as they rush to save Azeroth and reunite these heroes so that they can once more restore peace to the world.

Quick Note From Lucas "Lima" Cedergren
Most movies are made in Modelviewer. But this is recorded 90% in-game. We've had the help of some of the best voice actors in the machinima community, additional sound design by Glenn Xaydin Govan and special effects by Johan Vågstedt I think we have created something to be proud of. I very much hope that all of the viewers will enjoy it! This is the first part of three. We are currently writing the script for the second one and we are sure that it won't take 4 years to complete it this time. This movie is more of a prologue for the upcoming 2 that will contain a lot more action and delve deeper into the plot. If you want more information about the movie and our upcoming ones please visit www.cedergren-productions.com.


Guild Leveling and Rewards - Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Dark Phoenix Mount Reward
The guild rewards you guys are seeing in game are not hooked up yet. Guild rewards have 3 requirements that must be be met before you can use them. First and foremost, they must be unlocked via a guild achievement. Let's just say, that for example, you need to complete the new guild achievement "We are Legendary" in order to unlock the Dark Phoenix. That achievement requires the guild to gain access to all 6 legendary weapons currently available in the game. (note that all guild achievements start on Cataclysm launch, so anything you have now will not matter, it must be done with your guild after launch)

So, let's say that your guild get's this achievement and thereby unlocks the Dark Phoenix on the guild vendor. At this point anyone in the guild can see the item on the vendor, but they will need a specific amount of guild faction to be able to purchase it. In this case, let's say exalted. Now, once you have the guild faction, you can purchase the item for its gold price. (prices will vary based on the reward)

I am using the Dark Phoenix and the We are Legendary guild achievement as examples here but you should get the idea. Don't worry, we wont be handing out all the goodies so easily. =)

Guild Heirlooms
The heirlooms on the guild vendor are just like other heirlooms in the game except that these must be unlocked via a guild achievement and you must have the required guild faction to purchase them. After that, you can use them just like normal heirloom items.

We did have thoughts of making these items guild bound a long time ago but we came to the conclusion that that was just too limiting of a design. Imagine leaving a guild and losing all the guild rewards that you worked so hard to get? Taking items away from players is something that we would like to avoid at all costs. (Source)

Guild Leveling
Guild experience can be earned in any of four ways:

1. Completing quests / daily quests that reward experience
2. Killing any dungeon / raid boss with a guild group/raid
3. Winning a rated battleground with a guild group/raid
4. Earning a guild achievement (these are nice, fat chunks of experience so they feel great when you get em)

A guild group/raid is 4/5, 8/10, 12/15 or 20/25 members of the group/raid being guild members. (Source)

Guild Reputation
Any quest that rewards experience to you will also reward guild experience. The amount of guild reputation earned is based on the amount of guild experience rewarded. Note that daily quests will also reward guild experience.

All guild reputation is gained as a factor of guild experience. (Source)

[...] As I mentioned in the other post, anything that grants guild xp will also grant guild facton. So that means that winning a rated BG with your guild or completing specific guild achievments will reward faction as well as completing quests or killing instance bosses. (Source)

Guilds Q&A (Source)
1.) No matter how hard you work at your own guild rep, even if you farm it like a psyco, can a GM just "Deny" you of the guild rep rewards.
1. GM's have no control over the guild rewards. As long as your guild has unlocked the item via the achievement and you have the required guild rep, you can purchase the item.

2.) Are all the standard guild control functions staying the same? (GBank control, inv and remove settings, ect)
2. Yes, most all of the guild control functions are remaining the same. We are however introducing a new ui for guild ranks that will allow you much more control.

3.) I understand there is going to be an exp cap per day, but as per reward and ability, will this at least be the determining factor that a 10 and 25 guild are not equals. (its an mmo ppl, go make friends)
3. The experience cap is in place to help balance out the experience curve between large and small guilds. We tuned the cap to be be high enough that in most cases, you will never hit it. (when I say most, I mean average size guilds which make up the majority of wow's guilds)

Guild Ranks system overhaul
The entire guild rank system in the process of being overhauled. The new interface for this will be much better and allow you to actually move ranks up and down as well as copy an existing ranks permissions into a new one.

Sorry for the inconvenience on this right now but it will be fixed up in an upcoming build. (Source)

Guild UI
A lot of the UI for the guild advancement system is in progress. The "at war" box will be removed from the guild faction at some point in the future. (Source)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Beta Servers - Characters stuck in Moonglade
We've investigated this issue and believe we've determined a fix to be released in the near future. I'm unable to say for sure in what build the fix will appear, or when that build will be released.

I have a character stuck as well. (Source)

Guild Leveling Speed
We are looking for as much feedback as we can get on the guild advancement leveling speed and experience gain. Please use this thread to report any feedback you have. As much info as you can give on the size of the guild, active members and what you were doing to earn the guild experience would be extremely helpful.

We know that not all of the ways to earn guild experience are active yet (rated bg's for example), but they will be soon. The feedback on how it feels with just quests / bosses now would still be useful.

We will be tuning the values to get where we need to be until they feel right. Your input on this is greatly appreciated. =)

Thanks! (Source)

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Hammer of the Righteous
I think if Hammer of the Righteous went back to its old design of hitting 3 targets, you'd see the forums swarming with paladins in a few weeks demanding some way to AE, such as... removing the cooldown on Consecrate again. There is no way to change the Prot paladin rotation up without changing some core abilities, and we are committed to changing the Prot rotation up.

We have some room to experiment with the proc rates for Grand Crusader, but remember that the more often it procs, the weaker it has to hit. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Elemental Changes
In the next beta build (or the one after that), you will see two important changes to Elemental shaman. First, you will use Lightning Shield (for damage!) instead of Water Shield. Second, you will want to use Earthquake for AE over Fire Nova. These changes, especially the former, will provide Elemental shaman with a bit of an upgrade in the rotation over what you're used to in LK.

I don't want to oversell it, because players have a tendency to imagine herds of glittering ponies when left to their own imaginations, but it should be a fun change. (Source)
This article was originally published in forum thread: The Day Deathwing Came, Legends, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 208 Comments
  1. Cernunnos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jontus View Post
    So basically we should get someone to 1 less shard and fragment needed, as well as the pieces for Thunderfury and Sulfuas pre cata launch, then farm the hell out of BT and Sunwell. Awesome! Wait no that's not.

    Looks like the way to go.

    You get your FOS for equipping the item. So you can make Sulfuras and Thunderfury before cataclysm, then equip them after launch.
    This seems awfully convoluted.

    I don't see why any legendary your guild already has couldn't count towards the achievement.


    Ok guys we have 3 thunderfuries, 2 sulfuras' 4 Shadowmournes, 2 Val'anyrs, 2 sets of War Glavies (that's 2 sets of 2), 1 sunwell bow. But not a single one counts for the guild achievement. Fuck, guess what we are doing when we aren't raiding new content.
  1. Sonoka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cernunnos View Post
    Looks like the way to go.

    You get your FOS for equipping the item. So you can make Sulfuras and Thunderfury before cataclysm, then equip them after launch.
    This seems awfully convoluted.

    I don't see why any legendary your guild already has couldn't count towards the achievement.


    Ok guys we have 3 thunderfuries, 2 sulfuras' 4 Shadowmournes, 2 Val'anyrs, 2 sets of War Glavies (that's 2 sets of 2), 1 sunwell bow. But not a single one counts for the guild achievement. Fuck, guess what we are doing when we aren't raiding new content.
    They say they didn't want to give things away easily, I cannot even imagine why you complain about this.
    WotLK have been so insanly faceroll and that is making me sick.
    I LOVE that you have to farm for this again, finally you have to WORK for items and mounts instead of just getting them for free 2 days after Launch, because that's pretty much what you want.
    Anyone who disagrees with me should be ashamed if they concider themselves hardcore players.
    I'm saying this because I do not want WotLK all over again, as soon as naxx was over.. no1 raided it.
    As soon as Ulduar was over, only like 5% continued raiding it, then with ToC it was just farm for anyone who was newly dinged to get easy epics and achivements so they could later on progress into ICC with total lack of knowledge of any previous content.
  1. Killsyah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Moralio View Post
    I hope the post about Dark Phoenix will stop all the QQ about Blizz giving away mounts.
    Lol, it probably won't be too hard to farm that content at 85... Ulduar isn't even hard anymore and Icecrown isn't really either, LK is puggable with this 30% buff (on some servers).
  1. Krysia's Avatar
    Getting another Valanyr will be a pita
  1. Sonoka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Killsyah View Post
    Lol, it probably won't be too hard to farm that content at 85... Ulduar isn't even hard anymore and Icecrown shouldn't be either, LK is puggable with this 30% buff (on some servers).
    And obviously, this^.
    It wont be that hard anymore, just require some farm and WORK.
    This is what I miss! I hope they don't screw this up and just gives the mount to any guild that alraedy has the legendarys.
    That would be insanly stupid and ignorant of they way that their game once was and should be once again.

    EDIT: Also, I do like that they finally give elemental a real shield to use (=
    Also probably improving earthquake, nice one.
  1. Tokru's Avatar
    But you have read, that the phoenix is not bound to exactly this achievement? It was only mentioned as example because obviously there are not even remotely all guild achievements implemented/developed.
  1. Nahte's Avatar
    Fuck the "news". Jesse is on the front page!
  1. Eled.'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tokru View Post
    But you have read, that the phoenix is not bound to exactly this achievement? It was only mentioned as example because obviously there are not even remotely all guild achievements implemented/developed.
    Yup, this^

    People in this forum have a really serious lack of reading skills, that's frightening.
  1. Malthurius's Avatar
    Just got done watching that Machinima, and I gotta say... I'm not impressed.

    The voice acting was lousy, the volume of the voices were poor, the story is boring and pretty dumb, the captions look like they weren't spell checked at all, and it all feels rushed. They could have done much better than this.

    EDIT: Btw, it doesn't make any sense at all for the horde to just pick up and follow Gul'dan with no reason. It makes even less sense that Thrall, Craine, Lor'themar, Sylvanas, and Vol'jin don't do anything about it at all. "Follow me and I'll give you freedom."? Bull shit, the horde isn't that dumb.
  1. Hypnotik's Avatar
    I just have to say those movies were horrible... the girl has to be the worst voice actor ever!

    Edit: Also I'm pretty sure having to farm old content legendary weapons isn't the requirement for obtaining The Dark Phoenix mount considering Blizz stated that they were just using the "We Are Legendary" achievement as an example for getting the mount. People are already acting like that example is the actual way of obtaining it.
  1. Sonoka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tokru View Post
    But you have read, that the phoenix is not bound to exactly this achievement? It was only mentioned as example because obviously there are not even remotely all guild achievements implemented/developed.
    Yeah I have, but I'm talking about everything involving guild achviements, it should be extremley ahrd no matter which item it is.. with maybe an exception for the heirloom items which I don't really care about.
  1. Frozenbeef's Avatar
    yay you finally posted somthing from jesse cox :P
  1. Typhron's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Haleth View Post
    Second part of the movie is even worse. "A guild named Nihilum was sent to pursue..." really?
    Fail.
  1. S@thi's Avatar
    We are legendary is a pain in the ass...
    if that would be the requirement for the mount...
    Haha that will stop it being the new celestial steed
  1. Sonoka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hypnotik View Post
    I just have to say those movies were horrible... the girl has to be the worst voice actor ever!

    Edit: Also I'm pretty sure having to farm old content legendary weapons isn't the requirement for obtaining The Dark Phoenix mount considering Blizz stated that they were just using the "We Are Legendary" achievement as an example for getting the mount. People are already acting like that example is the actual way of obtaining it.
    Yeah I know, but I'm standing with what I said.
    Farming the legendarys again should be obligatory for completing the achivement.
    Wether it gives you a mount or a tabard or even a banner that gives you "10% lolz".
    Get it?
    If however the mount should be easier or harder, I don't care.
    My point is made to the legendary achivement itself, even tho I may have mentioned the mount.
  1. Cernunnos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hypnotik View Post
    I just have to say those movies were horrible... the girl has to be the worst voice actor ever!

    Edit: Also I'm pretty sure having to farm old content legendary weapons isn't the requirement for obtaining The Dark Phoenix mount considering Blizz stated that they were just using the "We Are Legendary" achievement as an example for getting the mount. People are already acting like that example is the actual way of obtaining it.
    Personally, I hope We are legendary is requirement of getting the mount. I just feel any legendaries your guild currently has, should count towards the We are legendary achievement.
  1. Sonoka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cernunnos View Post
    Personally, I hope We are legendary is requirement of getting the mount. I just feel any legendaries your guild currently has, should count towards the We are legendary achievement.
    Then everyone will have the mount the first day.
    Seriously, you are one of those people that just come online, facerolls them game through & gets free items.
    Why? Because that is what WotLK is all about, there is also NO WAY that you played Vanilla or even TBC.

    Concidering those times were 100x better than whole WotLK, sure may have been balance issues in PvP.
    Buhu, atleast the PvE was AWESOME and HARD. The PvP balance and the 10/25man normal/HC destroyed raiding SOO MUCH.
    I can't wait until the endles farming days again, actually PLAYING the game.
    No more watching a movie while spamming 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 1.

    Oh god I miss the old days, I miss hard content.. I hate all new people that complain if something takes more than 2 minute to do.
    And people leaving after 1 wipe in PuGs because they can obviously not handle the repair bills when they buy endless amount of golds online. Also, having no more time? That's a lousy excuse, why'd you even join in the first place then?
    Seriously, I can go on and on and on about how easy this game has become and how stupid people are.

    That is why I wan't the harder content back, and the harder achivements.. then all the ignorant fools will finally go away or just stick to casual or heroic farming.
  1. Gak32's Avatar
    Anyone know what the music is that starts in part 1 of that Legends machinima at about 3:40? Best part of it imo. I've heard it used in another video "Linadillar - The Tankadin", and I really like it, but no idea what it is Huge thanks if anyone knows and can clue me in!

    Really want to watch the quest video though, but I don't really like looking into too many spoilers. Ugh, can't decide!

    EDIT: decided to watch the video and OMG, that was hilarious! Truly epic.

    Also interested in seeing what's coming for Elemental Shaman via Lightning Shield. Hope it's more than just a Static Shock "clone" (even though I never played Ele, but have wanted to try it).
  1. Underskilled's Avatar
    Alright, time to give my honest opinion on the movie.


    Story

    The story is pretty solid. I giggled a bit when you mentioned Nihilum attempting to bring Gul'dan back. The only thing I wasn't fond of was how they always referred to the Heroes as they, or them, which starts to make them sound like Mary Sues. Also, the ending did seem a little out of the blue.


    Voice acting

    Very good. None of the voices seemed out of line for their character. Although the person who played the paladin didn't have the best quality of microphone, it was still good. However! I think we can all agree Jesse should have voiced the Gnome, since he can do that sick high pitched Gnome-y voice.


    Video

    Not as exciting or action packed, but you did say most of the action will be in part 2, so it's understandable. Also, I'm not sure if it's more trouble filming using the model viewer or in-game, but the model viewer scenes were much better.


    Overall, I'd say it was good, can't wait to watch part 2!
  1. Explosion_Rex's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gak32 View Post
    Anyone know what the music is that starts in part 1 of that Legends machinima at about 3:40? Best part of it imo. I've heard it used in another video "Linadillar - The Tankadin", and I really like it, but no idea what it is Huge thanks if anyone knows and can clue me in!

    Really want to watch the quest video though, but I don't really like looking into too many spoilers. Ugh, can't decide!

    Also interested in seeing what's coming for Elemental Shaman via Lightning Shield. Hope it's more than just a Static Shock "clone" (even though I never played Ele, but have wanted to try it).
    It's Nie Inch Nails, don't know the name of the song. Now that I just got done watching the whole video I gotta say it was pretty shitty.

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