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Bastion of Twilight will be one of the first raid instances of the expansion.

Encounters
There are 4 encounters in Bastion of Twilight, plus an additional Heroic-Only encounter.

  • Valiona and Theralion
  • Halfus Wyrmbreaker
  • Twilight Ascendant Council (Ignacious, Feludius, Arion, and Terrastra)
  • Cho'gall
  • Lady Sinestra (Heroic Only)




Zone Screenshots
The screenshots of the zones are without NPCs or doodads, this isn't representative of the final instance, just a preview of the architecture. Obviously a subzone like the Throne of Apocalypse is more impressive when Cho'gall is here sitting on his huge throne.

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MLG Raleigh Tournaments This Weekend
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
Tune in this weekend to the MLG Raleigh Starcraft II and World of Warcraft tournaments!

The live streams for North America's first major StarCraft II event start at 2:00 PM PDT, today, Friday August 27 with the Pre-Game Show featuring Day9, JP, HD/Husky, Vhell and Vansilli. The matches culminate in the championship finals held tomorrow, Saturday August 28 at 2:30 PM PDT. All matches feature live commentary by Day9, JP, and Husky.

The MLG World of Warcraft games begin at 4:00 PM PDT on Saturday with the championship match running at 2:30PM PDT on Sunday.

For more information about the teams attending, tournament schedule and how to watch the streams, visit www.mlgpro.com
Live Streams



WoW Schedule
Saturday August 28th
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Check-In / Account Setup
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Check-In / Account Setup / Warm-Up
7:00 PM - 7:40 PM - Dinner Break
7:40 PM - 10:00 PM - Winners Round 1

Sunday August 29th
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Warm-Up
10:00 AM - 11:10 AM - Losers Round 1
11:10 AM - 12:20 PM - Winners Round 2
12:20 PM - 1:30 PM - Losers Round 2
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Losers Round 3
2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Winners Round 3
3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Losers Round 4
3:45 PM - 4:20 PM - Losers Round 5
4:20 PM - 4:55 PM - Winners Finals
4:55 PM - 5:40 PM - Losers Finals
5:40 PM - 6:25 PM - Finals

Starcraft 2 Schedule
Friday August 27th
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Early Check-In
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Check-In / Warm-Up / Account Setup
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Welcome
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Winners Round 1
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Losers Round 1
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Winners Round 2
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM - Losers Round 2
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM - Winners Round 3 / Losers Round 3

Saturday August 28th-
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Warm-Up
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Losers Round 4
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Winners Round 4 / Losers Round 5
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Losers Round 6
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Winners Round 5 / Losers Round 7
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Losers Round 8
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Winners Finals / Losers Round 9
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Losers Finals
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Finals


UI Addon Functionality Returning
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
With the release of the next beta patch, we plan to re-enable the ability for players to use third-party addons. Many of the core user interface features are now implemented in the beta test and functional, so we feel it’s a good time to open up the field for developing and testing UI modifications.

Be sure to continue leaving us feedback about all of the new user interface features here: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...66722&sid=2000

Feedback about the new guild interface can be provided to us here: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...66721&sid=2000

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

We Are Legendary - Retroactive!
We are making a exception for this guild achievement. Any legendary items you have already earned will count. (Source)

New content for the next Beta Patch
We do not plan to patch today, though we plan to have a great deal of new content in the upcoming patch. You'll get access to new zones and dungeons, and potentially an increase in level cap to 85. (Source)

Druid (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Feral Q&A
Can you make savage roar undispellable?
This is something we're discussing, but haven't made a decision yet.

Will Shred ever have no positional? : \
We like Shred and Backstab with positional requirements. We haven't changed our stance on this. If you find Shred too difficult to use in PvE, then Mangle. If you're not happy in PvE with the damage you can do while Mangling, and can't manage to stay in a position where you can Shred, then I hate to say it but this probably isn't the spec for you. In PvP we think it's more of an issue, but we've also buffed Mangle to where you can do credible damage with it.

Will dash be given the same treatment as sprint? (lower CD lower dura)
We think Dash is fine.

Is the new version of innervate intended to be worth less to specs with small mana pools like Feral?
Yes, exactly. In Cataclysm, healer mana matters a great deal. In that environment, having some dps who can prop up healer mana so well is quite overpowered. It's okay to have utility in providing the healers extra mana, but it can't get out of control. Balance and Resto druids will have bigger Innervates, but then they are also balanced around needing to use those on themselves most of the time.

Can you change the new version of survival instincts to have less of an effect but a shorter CD?, 60% is great, but at a 5 min cd, id rather have 40% on a 3 minute cd or something to that effect ya know?
This is the kind of thing we're still messing with. There are situations where the short cooldown weaker version is more useful and others where it isn't.

Is Bear form damage going to be a little bit higher then it currently is for Cata? can pulverize and mangle at least hit harder then maul? its kinda lame that our talented abilities hit much weaker then maul in bear atm
I wouldn't worry too much about numbers yet. We haven't made much of an effort to adjust them and won't until we're happy with the basic mechanics.

What is the purpose of thorns? you've been consolidating weird buffs so, i figure this is on the list of weird buffs with no real purpose
We think it has more of a purpose with more damage packed into a smaller window than weak damage available 100% of the time. In the latter case you'd never think twice about attacking someone with Thorns because it's never not there. It also asks a little more of the druid to use Thorns at the right time rather than just whenever the buff drops off. Thorns isn't a raid buff on the scale of something like Fortitude or Bloodlust so we see no reason to consolidate it.

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Crusader Strike
I see this comment a lot, but I don't understand it. Can you explain to me why a 4.4 Crusader Strike is not strictly better than a 4.5 Crusader Strike? That might be the case if your rotation was so jam packed that you can't fit in another Crusader Strike until its cooldown drops by an entire 1.5 global cooldown, but we've gone on record saying that the rotation won't work that way. Hitting Crusader Strike even a fraction of a second sooner means a Templar's Verdict comes that sooner, letting you start the rotation again. That's a dps increase.

Haste is valuable above and beyond the Sanctity of Battle talent of course. Swinging more often is a dps increase alone, and can also lead to more frequent Art of War procs or Seal ticks.

Templar's Verdict at less than 3 stacks will almost never make sense unless you're in a situation where perhaps someone is running away (and for whatever reason you can't stun them etc.) so you might as well hit them now. (Source)

Priest (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Lightwell Feedback Needed
While any kind of feedback is helpful to a degree, we are much more interested in the feedback of players who have tried Lightwell in the most recent beta builds than those who just never cared for the talent. We are actively making changes to the spell to see how it plays, so it's important for us to know if the changes are noticeable and fun without that feedback getting buried under the cruft of bad reputation that Lightwell has built up over time. If it's still not cutting it, we're prepared to try something different, but we need a chance to see if that is in fact the case. (Source)
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Comments 90 Comments
  1. Hoothor's Avatar
    Hopes:
    1) Bosses will be hard
    2) The acendants boss will have multiple difficulties depending on kill order (iron council ulduar)
    3) The two dragons will also be similar, or perhaps a romulo and juliane style fight,both must die at same time?
    4) Cho'gall has some kind of internal comflict with himself during the fight, the heads arguing with each other :P
    5) Sinestra gets new voice acting, her fight has the difficulty as algalon
  1. Puntar's Avatar
    Their stand on Shred still being a positional attack is quite stupid. Feral Cat have no option than mangle.

    Mangle buffed in Cataclyms? Why the hell Feral cats need 2 different attack, one from behind and one for up front. Either remove one skill or get rid of "positional requirement" on Shred, Blizz!
  1. Alaceris's Avatar
    Oh, man. I really hope they give Theralion his old voice back.
  1. Jaronicity's Avatar
    a thought occurs: does anyone remember seeing the screenshots of like a zombie/undead onyxia and nefarion? perhaps they are part of the sinestra encounter (unless it has already been stated otherwise, in which case i will retract my supposition)
  1. jbblaze's Avatar
    the chogall model is seriously hilarious
  1. malletin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaronicity View Post
    a thought occurs: does anyone remember seeing the screenshots of like a zombie/undead onyxia and nefarion? perhaps they are part of the sinestra encounter (unless it has already been stated otherwise, in which case i will retract my supposition)

    nefarion is the last boss in blackwing descent and onyxia judging by audio files are gonne play a part in the nefarion fight.
  1. Riboflavin's Avatar
    I had half expected them to either remove lightwell or make it something like:
    Lightwell:When this spell is used a Holy Aura radiates forth improving the healing recieved by friendly targets within X yards by X percent for X duration.
    The Lightwell also heals for y over y time when touched by friendly targets. Healing stops if target takes damage equal to 30% of the priests health pool.
  1. Calaba's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Riboflavin View Post
    I had half expected them to either remove lightwell or make it something like:
    Lightwell:When this spell is used a Holy Aura radiates forth improving the healing recieved by friendly targets within X yards by X percent for X duration.
    The Lightwell also heals for y over y time when touched by friendly targets. Healing stops if target takes damage equal to 30% of the priests health pool.
    I've been expecting them to remove lightwell for years lol! As i'm sure many others have. It's never been a useful talent and never will be now that we have prayer of mending and circle of healing. The only fix is to make it into a kind of HoT counterpart to the warlock's healthstone (call it a "healthshard" or something?), and remove the break on damage entirely. Then maybe it'll be useful, rather than be the most useless talent in the game. But I doubt they'll do that.
  1. Dredamor's Avatar
    Those dragons looked awesome :O
  1. Kryn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zaerix View Post
    Well she is alive, it's just that in Outland she used a generic dragon model so you couldn't see the scars afflicted upon her by Deathwing attempting to mate with her and being defeated by Korialstrasz.

    Also, I'm not sure, but I believe BC takes place before she created the first Twilight Dragons, one of whom, Dargonax, destabilized during a fight with various dragons and lore heroes and burned away, taking Sinestra with him.

    Whether she survived or died but was resurrected is up to speculation.
    Thanks for the info.
    It would be nice if the model in the Outlands was updated to reflect what the new model shows.
  1. Milanor's Avatar
    With that much DERP Halfus Wyrmbreaker and Garrosh could probably be cousins, if not estranged half-brothers.
  1. Myzou's Avatar
    Just to clarify: Now that Curse "owns" the site, we won't have the gigantic MLG board on the front page for a week ever again, right?

    It sucked having to avoid the site due to a crappy computer. XD
  1. Maleficious's Avatar
    Nice looking raid!
  1. Netherfall's Avatar
    I like all of the models, but I think Cho'gall stole too many eyes from C'thun for my tastes.
  1. Dingolicious's Avatar
    I can't help but laugh when I see cho'gall's right head.

    Looks unbelievably retarded and probably wouldn't look out of place captioned with "Herp Derp Derp!"
  1. Ghrog74's Avatar
    If they want to make the Cho'gall model look 10 times better, just replace the big googly eye on his left head (our right... you know the one I mean) from a big eye with a normal iris to something similar to the eyes that are on his body, with a slitted iris instead of a normal big round one.

    Tiny simple change, would do wonders.
  1. Blockbuster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Theratzil View Post
    Have you guys missed something? no ones mentioning, WE MIGHT RAISE THE LVL CAP TO 85 NEXT PATCH! !
    Well, it's about time. Feels like the beta will go on forever anyway...
  1. Bierbuikje's Avatar
    Is MLG Offline at the moment? since i can't see it. it's just the logo.
  1. Girlyman's Avatar
    Anyone else noticed that the Twilight Concil cowl resembles Sinestra's Head (ears/horns)?

    http://www.wowwiki.com/Cho%27gall

    The twilight dragons look like twilight dragons...so what?
  1. row's Avatar
    I always found it odd that people moan about dragon models being reused. What are they supposed to look like they're dragons! Dragons look like other dragons.. I'm failing too see why we need all of them looking different. Its like saying that human model is the same as the rest its reused!!!1111 Ofc its reused what do you expect them to do add a 3rd arm?

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