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Cataclysm Digital Pre-Sale FAQ
Originally Posted by Slorkuz (Blue Tracker)

Q. In what regions is the Cataclysm pre-sale available? What day/time is Cataclysm launching in my region?
A. The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:

Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. PST Europe and Russia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. CET

Q. When will my credit card (or other payment method) be charged?
A. You will be charged on the day that you place your pre-order for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Q. Why do I need to log in to the game once after I’ve upgraded?
A. The first time you log in after pre-ordering, your account will become eligible to begin receiving the Cataclysm data when it’s available. The data will automatically download in the background while you play World of Warcraft or while you have the Launcher window open.

Q. Can I pre-order a physical copy of Cataclysm and have it shipped?
A. Not from Blizzard Entertainment, but many retailers offer pre-orders of physical boxes and Collector’s Editions.

Q. Will a digital version of the Collector's Edition, with the exclusive pet, be available?
A. No. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition is exclusive to physical retail copies. The digital version consists of the standard edition.

Patch 4.0.3 / The Shattering Date
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)

Even though we have a set December 7 release date for Cataclysm, we still want to avoid giving out specific dates for upcoming events and patches in the event we need to shift our scheduling around at all to meet production needs.

I'll try my best here to give you useful information without it feeling like a non-answer. :)

Be patient! If you're really hoping to roll brand new characters once the shattering of Azeroth takes place, I'd strongly recommend just waiting. You'll get a sense soon enough for how events will unfold from now until December 7. I suggest you stick to your main characters for now. Very soon the pre-Cataclysm events will begin and they'll continually ramp up in severity and things to do over time, leading up to the shattering (patch 4.0.3a). You're going to want to participate in these events, as they'll only be around for a short time and will not return once Deathwing is unleashed.

[...] One thing we'll be clarifying a bit better next week is the distinction between what is in patch 4.0.3 versus when the shattering takes place.

Patch 4.0.3 will implement virtually all of the content necessary to make the changes to Azeroth, but those changes will actually take place in patch 4.0.3a, which is scheduled to be released shortly after patch 4.0.3.

Expertise Cap
Originally Posted by Ghostcrawler (Blue Tracker)
Due to recalibrating expertise for Cataclysm, level 80-83 creatures (which includes bosses) dodge and parry less, so you need less expertise, 23, to be exact. Sorry we didn't announce this. I would classify it as an unintended consequence (though not unknown) and not a desired change on our part.

At level 85, you will need 26 again.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Current class balance
At 85 on the current beta build, Fury is high. Ret, Feral and the DKs are either close or slightly high. Rogues and Enhance might be a little low. This is how things look this AM and after a few more raid tests and balance tweaks, we might feel differently.

We know not everyone is able to beta raid test, but it is very useful to compare our internal tests and estimations to what players are actually able to accomplish. (Source)

Unique Buffs
Nobody brings unique buffs anymore. It isn't a tenable design when you have 30 different specs and raid groups that are sized 10 and 25 to have 30 very valuable unique buffs. I further question how fun it is to know that you probably only got brought because you make everyone else functional.

[...] A raid leader should bring you because you perform well, contribute to guild progression and are a pleasant person to play with. If your dps is dreadfully low, then it's understandable if a progression-focused leader feels like he or she can't afford a spot for you. The only PvE specs we felt were dreadfully low in the previous expansion were Arms warrior, Frost mage, Subtlety rogue and BM hunter. If we can fix those for Cataclysm then we'll be in pretty good shape and the onus will be on you to be a capable enough raider that folks want to raid with you. (Source)

Insane of the Membrane breaking in 4.0.3
Most of those changes are specific to when the world actually changes (mounts, feats, quests, etc). That's technically patch 4.0.3a. We'll have more information on the distinctions between patches 4.0.3 and 4.0.3a to announce next week. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Shield of the Righteous changes in latest build
We changed Shield Slam and Shield of the Righteous to do more base damage and scale less with AP. This was to fix a problem where numbers became absurdly large with a lot of AP, especially under the effects of Vengeance, dwarfing the damage done by druid or DK tanks. With these changes, a tank in heroic dungeon blues should deal the same damage with no Vengeance, but Vengeance will have less of an impact.

The coefficient for Shield of the Righteous was lowered from 120% to 60% at 3 Holy Power. The coefficient for Shield Slam was lowered from 75% to 60%. (Source)

Word of Glory
We buffed Word of Glory base points for Holy paladins. We nerfed the Ret and Prot talents to keep it about the same for them. (Source)

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Vanish Bug
The only live Vanish bug we know of had to do with pets and guardians still being able to target you. We have fixed that on our end. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Enhancement
We are seeing Enhancement at about the same dps they were at before at level 80, and are competitive with e.g. Fury warriors, Ret paladins and Unholy DKs at 85 as far as PvE dps goes. As always, it depends a lot on the encounter and the individual behind the keyboard.

If you find that is not the case for you, let us know, but it would be helpful to provide something more than anecdotal information.

[...] From a quick glimpse at some of these parses, the priority of abilities seems fine but the numbers are lower than some of the other ones we've seen. That suggests it could be a gear issue. Mastery is pretty good for Enhancement shaman, and some chose to reforge and regem for it. I didn't go inspect all of you to know if you tried that or not.

We'll keep looking into the issue though.

I am looking at an Al'Akir parse right at this moment with an Enh shaman tied with Frost DKs, Fury and Ret. (Source)

Enhancement and Lava Burst
We don't intended for Enhance to use Lava Burst rotationally. If you hard cast a Lava Burst when you're out of range, no problem. The value of Lava Burst to score a crit will also go down as your natural crit rate rises (at 85; I assume your crit rate is probably pretty high at 80). (Source)

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Shield Slam changes in latest build
We changed Shield Slam and Shield of the Righteous to do more base damage and scale less with AP. This was to fix a problem where numbers became absurdly large with a lot of AP, especially under the effects of Vengeance, dwarfing the damage done by druid or DK tanks. With these changes, a tank in heroic dungeon blues should deal the same damage with no Vengeance, but Vengeance will have less of an impact.

The coefficient for Shield of the Righteous was lowered from 120% to 60% at 3 Holy Power. The coefficient for Shield Slam was lowered from 75% to 60%. (Source)
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  1. Idras's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheSauce View Post
    So what I would like to know is, will the collectors edition pet come bundled together with the game key like it did for Star Craft 2 (the pet was applied to your acct. when you registered the key on battlenet), or will there be a code on a separate piece of paper.

    I'd prefer to just digitally download the game so I can play right from the time they turn the servers on, and then apply the pet with a code later once the game gets there in the mail. I could then give the extra physical copy of the game to a friend of mine that isn't quite as hardcore about wow as I am. You think with the price we pay for the collectors ed. something like that would(should) be possible. Well, here's hoping for collectors ed. digital downloads sold on battlenet for the next xpac . . . (Blizz there is money to be made here!)
    If all the previous WoW Collector's Editions were an indicator (with the exception of TBC perhaps, where they messed this up in Europe), the game key included in the box will upgrade your account straightaway to a Collector's Edition account; there will not be any separate code really.
  1. raggoo's Avatar
    Seems to me the reality is that there are not enough enhancement to warrant Blizz giving a shite about what we think.
    His replies have been withouth thought, care or consideration. His arragant attitude, i'll informaed comments and lack of empathy is outstadning.
    All i read from him is that we Enhancement do not know what we are doing....
    He's ignored some extremely dedicated, knowledgeable beta testers (and others) - and blamed us for being inept (where ave we heard that before!)

    Truth be told, they have ignored 90% of the shaman feedback, suggestions and requests...once again done little to address huge concerns like the totems system, lack of "o shite button" and burst. Now they are ignoring clear, obvious and documented facts in parses and saying its going to be alright at 85

    Good job swifty showed the great burst potential on his latest video... oh wait, he was unable to find an enhance!!
    Obvioulsy swifty showed pvp burst.... stated he was worried that warriors had too much dps......

    And dont enhance scale badly??
    Warriors scale well?
    ....so... wha's he saying... in greens/blues we are both comparable at 85....
    wish i could believe were fine at 85... must admit i am a little dubious that when we are in epics we are going to be coparable to dps warriors
  1. Vancha's Avatar
    I can already imagine the amount of collectors edition pets on ebay if they provided a separate code for it. No, hopefully they'll stick to the same system as past CEs.
  1. Tanthalus's Avatar
    the digital download does NOT include any movies


    http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...849287&sid=1#2
  1. Walktheline's Avatar
    They are kidding, right? Shaman dps as high as fury, feral, ret dps? no way... when you look at the source, ghostcrawler says, that he saw enh shamans increasing their dps for 2k on festergut? wtf? post that shaman, because that cant be... I've been pulling 17,5k on 3.3.5, and now, after 4.0.1 im cant do more than 15,7k...

    it can be true, that on lower gear levels enh shaman gained some dps. But in high end gear levels enh shamans lost 1-3k dps on encounters...
  1. Herrm's Avatar
    In the blue post regarding the online pre-order FAQ ( link here http://forums.wow-europe.com/thread....10913705&sid=1 ) it states:

    Q. In what regions is the Cataclysm pre-sale available? What day/time is Cataclysm launching in my region?
    A. The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:

    Americas , Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. PST Europe and Russia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. CET



    In the screenshot above from the original post it says "Play Cataclysm at midnight on December 7th (EST)."

    Is there some way to get a confirmation on which one is correct?

    The reason it's an issue for me is that I already have the Collector's Edition pre-ordered and paid in full, but if I can get the game pre-installed and be playing at midnight eastern time (my time zone), I'll just buy the regular version online and pick up my Collector's Edition the following day or whatever. If I have to wait until midnight PST (3 a.m. my time) then I'll just go pick up my Collector's Edition at midnight from Gamestop and not have to worry about missing out on play time.

    Thanks in advance!
  1. Gorgathor's Avatar
    I think it's funny that people are gonna get digital copies of Cataclysm so they can play it as soon as it goes live...even though everyone knows there servers are gonna be down on launch day.
  1. Herrm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gorgathor View Post
    I think it's funny that people are gonna get digital copies of Cataclysm so they can play it as soon as it goes live...even though everyone knows there servers are gonna be down on launch day.
    That's a lot more probable if they (for the first time ever) don't stagger the release based on time zones. WotLK launch was fine, but there was a stagger. Login servers especially are going to be raped if the whole US is trying to log on at 3 a.m. EST.
  1. Kogerbarnet's Avatar
    Will I be able to play beta if i buy the digital now?
  1. Seani's Avatar
    That will mean the parry cap for tanks will be 63, although it is unlikely that any tank with the exception of a bear tank will reach that. Anyway, it seems to be more of an update for dps who want to max out their dodge cap.
  1. lilaughingwolf's Avatar
    Ya, my husband and I bought it, we'll buy the collectors addition later for the pet.

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