MMO-Champion - Blizzcon on Friday, Raid Videos, Loot Update, Blue Posts, Fan Arts
Update - Changed from "Tomorrow" to "Friday" to make all the timezones happy. The last thing I want is half of the world against me and I'd hate to be wrong if Friday never happens there!

Blizzcon 2010 Starts on Friday!
Blizzcon 2010 starts on Friday! As usual you can expect a full coverage on MMO-Champion, including a live blog this year (if everything works as planned!). Apparently blue posters will be more active during the convention and you can probably expect a couple of exciting updates in the next few days!



Friday, October 22
Opening Ceremony - 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Dungeons & Raids Panel - 01:30PM - 02:30PM
Quests & Lore Panel - 03:00PM - 04:00PM
Live Raid - 04:30PM - 05:30PM
Tournament - From 12:00PM to 08:30PM
Saturday, October 23
Cinematics: Cataclysm - 10:30AM - 11:30AM
World of Warcraft Class Q&A - 12:00PM - 01:00PM
World of Warcraft Open Q&A - 01:30PM - 02:30PM
World of Warcraft Art - 03:00PM - 04:00PM
Tournament - From 10:00AM to 04:30PM




Cataclysm Raid Videos - Atramedes, Maloriak, Ascendant Council
More bosses have been tested on beta realms, today we have videos of Atramedes, Maloriak, and the Ascendant Council!







Cataclysm Raid Loot Update #3
More testing, more loot! I think we have a good idea of what to expect in the first tier of Cataclysm raid instance.

ilvlTypeSpecSlotItem
359BowPhys.DPSRangedThemios the Darkbringer
359MaceMeleeOne-HandMace of Acrid Death
359Off-HandSpell SpiritOff-handScepter of Ice
359ShieldHealOff HandKingdom's Heart
359PlateHealHandsFlash Freeze Gauntlets
359PlateHealHeadGlaciated Helm
359PlateMeleeChestBattleplate of Ancient Kings
359PlateMeleeHandsGravitational Pull
359PlateMeleeHeadDragon Bone Warhelm
359PlateMeleeWaistBelt of Absolute Zero
359PlateTankLegsLegguards of the Unseeing
359MailPhys.DPSChestTunic of Failed Experiments
359MailPhys.DPSFeetBoots of Vertigo
359MailSpellFeetTreads of Flawless Creation
359MailSpellHandsGloves of Cacophony
359LeatherPhys.DPSChestSark of the Unwatched
359LeatherPhys.DPSLegsAberration's Leggings
359LeatherPhys.DPSWaistDispersing Belt
359LeatherSpellHandsHydrolance Gloves
359LeatherSpellHeadHelm of the Blind Seer
359LeatherSpellLegsLeggings of Consuming Flames
359ClothHealChestShadowforge's Lightbound Smock
359ClothHealFeetTreads of Liquid Ice
359ClothHealLegsLegwraps of the Greatest Son
359ClothHealWristBracers of the Burningeye
359ClothSpell DPSShoulderMantle of Roaring Flames
359ClothSpell DPSWaistBelt of Arcane Storms
359CloakPhys.DPSBackCloak of Biting Chill
359NeckMeleeNeckIronstar Amulet
359TrinketHealTrinketJar of Ancient Remedies
359TrinketMeleeTrinketCrushing Weight
359TrinketSpell DPSTrinketBell of Enraging Resonance



BlizzCon 2010: Blues Among You
Originally Posted by Nethaera (Blue Tracker)
For the past few years, you may have noticed Community Team members moderating the various BlizzCon panels. This year, things are a little bit different. Instead of moderating panels, we’ll be providing BlizzCon updates on the forums, Facebook, and Twitter as well as mingling with attendees around the convention center. That’s right, this year we will be among you and look forward to getting meet and talk with you during the convention. If you see one of us, feel free to stop us and say, “Hi”.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
AQ Scepter Quest Line Feat of Strength
We don't feel just completing this quest line should give you something permanently unique. The feat of strength is a nod to this epic quest line and for those who worked all the way through it. It isn't as awesome as a title or a legendary and it isn't meant to be.

Also, I guess I'm just a little weird as I often compare feats of strength as I feel those matter more than achievements. (Source)

Talent trees too easy?
I'm not convinced these posts aren't exaggerations popping out in the wake of major change. I've tried choosing specializations for several different classes and had tough, but fun choices to make in every case. There are at least a few talents in each tree which will provide extra flavor or utility according to your play style.

Will people determine the best min/max builds and spread them to the masses? Sure. That happened before patch 4.0.1 anyway. Prior to 4.0.1 you sure did have more talents and more points to spend, but the illusion of choice isn't the same thing as true choice. So many of the choices you had were between rather boring passive talents, and the choice was usually very clear. You usually chose the obvious power-increasing talents to improve your performance. Now your choices are a little more flavorful, and the best route to take is a little more subjective. You also have a greater choice of utility and power in your glyphs, and on your gear via Reforging.

Try taking another look at your old talent trees and let me know if there were truly a lot of very compelling talents that made choosing really hard, or if there were just a bunch more branches to throw points in. Look at the trees today and let me know if there are truly no choices for you to make that might enhance the enjoyment of playing your class. (Source)

Low Level Class Balance
We are going to spend some effort adjusting numbers for 1-80. It's not as big a priority as 85 because frankly, more players care about balance at 85 than they do lower level balance. As some folks have pointed out, inexperienced players almost by definition, don't place a premium on balance, and experienced players tend to not worry about balance much until they're at max level since things are changing so quickly.

Rather than adjusting everything independently, we tend to focus on max level and then work backwards from there. It doesn't help to nerf say rogue damage by 5% from level 1-60 if we then find we also need to nerf it at level 85 and then buff the 1-60 numbers to compensate.

There is some goofy stuff going on at lower level, but we'll get it all straightened out. After spending so much effort revamping the old zones and quests, we don't want the leveling experience to be an odd one. (Source)

Fan Arts
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 3 new pieces of artwork.


This article was originally published in forum thread: Blizzcon Tomorrow, Raid Videos, Loot Update, Blue Posts, Fan Arts started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 66 Comments
  1. Vindir's Avatar
    As far as the Blizzon streaming goes, last year they had it so you can replay the entire blizzcon (in 10-15 minute segments) for a few days after it ended on the blizzcon live stream website. You had to have purchased the live stream in order to view it, however. I don't see any reason for them to remove this feature
  1. douche's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cirque View Post
    In love with the fanart as usual. Oh, if I had half the skill those people have, it'd be fantastic. Since that's never gonna happen, I'll just drool on what others make. Keep up the good work guys!

    The goblin "fanart" is 100% stolen from existing Bliz art. Search for "wow goblin" in google and see for yourself. Plagiarism sucks.
  1. Bodde's Avatar
    Low level imbalance? Naa its all good

    Mutilate for +200 at level 16 and evi dIRR makes it +150. GEGE?
  1. ZeroWashu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wiIdi View Post
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Look at the trees today and let me know if there are truly no choices for you to make that might enhance the enjoyment of playing your class.
    Okay. I look at the trees today and and there are no choices for me to make that might enhance the enjoyment of playing my class and the fact that you force me to put 31 points into the same tree doesn't help either.
    GC needs to get a clue, half the classes I spec'd had no choices. It was back filling crap talents just so I could progress up the tree.
  1. Sumberg's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Akhran View Post
    People should not be posting these types of comments. Live means as it's happening. If any of you did not know this then yes, you have wasted your money due to lack of knowledge. If you see anything which says "Live" and you want to know what time in your area that would be simply find out what time zone the "Live" broadcast is in and find a converter to show what time it would be where you live. Also for "like, as if it were live, except it's just not?" I'm sure there will be plenty of videos online available afterwards for those who don't get to watch it live.
    Sure, I understand the concept of "live", I'm not an idiot. Why I asked this questions is basically, when watching the blizzcon testing videos that are up right now, you can choose to watch live and choose to "go back in time", if you understand what I mean. I was just wondering if this is a possibility to do the entire weekend, or just during airing hours. About lacking of knowledge; I couldn't find the time zone info anywhere on the current blizzcon page. All it said was "11 am", which could just as well have been 11 am in Britian/France/Whatever.

    So, back to my question, how was it last year? Could you catch up the stuff that you missed, during the weekend?
  1. Stadler's Avatar
    I can't view the Atramedes-video from germany, due to licensing issues :-(

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