MMO-Champion - Zalazane's Fall and Operation Gnomeregan now on live servers
Update - Added today's blue posts (well, blue post) at the end of the post.

Zalazane's Fall and Operation Gnomeregan now on live servers
The first part of the Cataclysm prologue just started on live servers. Alliance player will find the Operation Gnomeregan event in Dun Morogh and Horde players should go to Durotar for Zalazane's fall. See the quest links below for more information.



Important - The events are fairly short and entertaining, I really suggest that you go play them on live servers instead of checking the screenshots.




Zalazane's Fall Screenshots
This is a very fun questline, it's not too long and it's a pretty nice introduction to what will happen in Cataclysm! For more details on the quests please read:





Operation Gnomeregan Screenshots
This is a very fun questline, it's not too long and it's a pretty nice introduction to what will happen in Cataclysm! For more details on the quests please read:





Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Cataclysm Dungeons difficulty
The normal dungeons require a little more crowd control than many LK players are typically used to, but they aren't intended to be brutal. You shouldn't need to farm a lot of gear before stepping into one. Keep in mind that feedback is going to be all over the place in a beta. Some players are heading into dungeons they know nothing about and getting frustrated when someone can't immediately explain the boss mechanics to them. Some just have no sense in investment since this isn't their "real" character (such irony). Some of the bosses are overtuned and some of the class abilities are undertuned at this stage. Because Uldum and Twilight don't have quest rewards yet, there are also some folks who are just really undergeared. Half your glyphs probably don't work. The new enchants aren't readily available. And so it goes. That sort of thing will all get ironed out over the next several weeks.

You shouldn't have huge mana problems in a normal dungeon. Your middle heal should get you through most of it just fine. You'll have to use more of your emergency heals in the heroics and raids, and you'll also be expected to gear up a little more for the heroics and raids. In Burning Crusade, players went and finished the Shadowmoon quest lines or got their reps to Exalted or maxed out their trade skills in order to have the best gear available for the heroics and raids. That is our model for Cataclysm. (Source)
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  1. deplorable's Avatar
    thought the over cloaks would be AS intended by now... not the shitty grey item cloaks from PTR... but you know OVER cloaks, that were promised to go on top of your chosen cloak.

    hopefully the next patch (Where we get the new trees to play with before cata) will.. have something decent... probably not.

    hurry up cata !
  1. bethofwow's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wakaflocka View Post
    The two events, while nice, werent as good as the events leading up to bc and wrath.

    I liked the world pvp farming EPL when wrath was coming out

    Remember though this isn't the main show yet. All this is designed to accomplish is for you to be involved in the retaking of the Gnomes and Trolls new starting areas. I suspect the Cataclysm event will be epic.
  1. Nathanyel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Taleas View Post
    Training and planting spy frogs..? What am I, 6 years old?
    In a world where there exist means to magically enhance frogs, you would probably used magically enhanced frogs as well.
  1. Velasco's Avatar
    For those who are wondering about the overcloaks...they won't be coming anytime soon.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

    It is true that the cloak rewards had overcloak functionality when these events were up on the public test realms some months back. In the end we decided that implementing the cloaks in such a way that players could aesthetically change the cloak they're wearing could set a bad precedent. We like customization and flavor items, but we don't want to start implementing aesthetic items in the game which allow players to look however they want while keeping all the stats they want. We felt the overcloaks were breaking that barrier a little too much.
  1. Doktor Faustus's Avatar
    Looking forward to the actual main pre-Cataclysm Twilight hammer event
  1. Gihon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Velasco View Post
    For those who are wondering about the overcloaks...they won't be coming anytime soon.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

    It is true that the cloak rewards had overcloak functionality when these events were up on the public test realms some months back. In the end we decided that implementing the cloaks in such a way that players could aesthetically change the cloak they're wearing could set a bad precedent. We like customization and flavor items, but we don't want to start implementing aesthetic items in the game which allow players to look however they want while keeping all the stats they want. We felt the overcloaks were breaking that barrier a little too much.
    This is extremely disappointing, but at least they let us know. I honestly won't be renewing my account now until Cataclysm since there really isn't an item I just have to have - the Darkspear Pride item is BoP so it won't turn into something you can eventually sell for a thousand gold or more (like the Haunted Memento from the pre-WotLK event) and the cloak is also BoP and a crappy version of the original overcloak we were teased with, so all in all you get an achievement and about forty-five minutes of fun.
  1. fru's Avatar
    nice try to force some accounts being reactivated before the addon comes.
  1. Shokzman's Avatar
    Nooo I was looking foward to being a Dwarf >_<
  1. The Little One's Avatar
    I thought we were supposed to be getting titles for completing this. Apparently not? I am very much disappointed.
  1. Rukh's Avatar
    Why do the gnome infantry hold their swords like guns. Stupid gnomes. Those are swords and not guns, hold them like swords.

    No wonder they lost gnomeregan, sheesh.
  1. Nathanyel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Velasco View Post
    For those who are wondering about the overcloaks...they won't be coming anytime soon.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

    It is true that the cloak rewards had overcloak functionality when these events were up on the public test realms some months back. In the end we decided that implementing the cloaks in such a way that players could aesthetically change the cloak they're wearing could set a bad precedent. We like customization and flavor items, but we don't want to start implementing aesthetic items in the game which allow players to look however they want while keeping all the stats they want. We felt the overcloaks were breaking that barrier a little too much.
    Wait what? When the events were on the 3.3.5 PTR, the rewards already were the same normal cloak items as today. Overcloaks were merely datamined by Boub.
  1. Geekissexy's Avatar
    Still highly aggrivated that the alliance one one bug out so easily with the tunnel. Trying to keep people out sucks. >.<
  1. Throrion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calaba View Post
    At this stage, I very, VERY much doubt that'll happen. Talent trees and spell co-efficients aren't 100% ready yet, so they're not being implemented onto live this month. October is next month, and i'd expect patch 4.0 to go live at the end of October (20th, or 27th perhaps) for a November (pre-Xmas) launch. This means that if there IS a 3.9 patch, it'll need to go live on... the 13th of October. There simply isn't time on either end to have it go live at any other time. Not unless they cut this event VERY short indeed.



    http://www.wowwiki.com/Soon
    Doubt all you want, this is what Kalgan said at Gamescom, so
  1. Nathanyel's Avatar
    I think they should just go on with overcloaks, and ignore people asking for other customization. If they hold back this positive change because people might expect even more changes, what change can you actually implement?

    Overcloaks would be great as Back is not among the "show your progress" slots like Head and Shoulder, it even has maybe 3 or 4 "models" only.
  1. Supertramp's Avatar
    "In Burning Crusade, players went and finished the Shadowmoon quest lines or got their reps to Exalted or maxed out their trade skills in order to have the best gear available for the heroics and raids. That is our model for Cataclysm."

    Big love.

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