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Cataclysm Prologue - Elemental Invasions Started
The elemental invasions just started, new quests NPCs are available in capital cities and elementals will randomly spawn in zones!




Tripping the Rifts achievement
  • Rifts appears everywhere, including Northrend and Outland. You can get your achievement by destroying rifts anywhere but you won't be able to loot lower levels Mysterious Objects.
  • Rifts seems to spawn at the beginning of each hour (01:00AM, 02:00AM, etc) pretty much everywhere in the zone, however there are confusing reports about this and some people reported them spawning in the middle of the hour. If you arrive in a zone and can't find rifts, you probably just have to wait for a respawn.
  • Rifts are destroyed by killing elementals, each elemental death lowers the health of the rift.
  • The Mysterious Object looted from rifts gives a daily quest with gold/XP reward.

Rifts zones by Type (Source)

Fire
1. Westfall
2. The Barrens (Between Razorfen Downs and Razorfen Kraul)
3. Dustwallow Marsh (Inside Theramore near Armory; North of Witch Hill)
4. The Hinterlands
5. Searing Gorge
6. Blasted Lands
7. Winterspring
8. Hellfire Peninsula
9. Zul'Drak (South of Zeramas; East of the Reliquary of Pain; In the middle of Zeb'Hakkar)
Water
1. Silverpine Forest (East of Shadowfang Keep; South of the fork in the road east of Sepulcher; West of Dead Field towards the shore)
2. Ghostlands
3. Wetlands (On the shore near the Bluegill Murlocs and the two ruined ships; Between the Greenwarden and Dark Iron Dwarf Camps)
4. Thousand Needles (Darkcloud Pinnacle)
5. Stranglethorn Vale
6. Swamp of Sorrows (Stonard)
7. Un'goro Crater
8. Zangarmarsh
9. Shadowmoon Valley
10. Dragonblight (Agmar's Hammer; Wintergarde Keep)
11. Icecrown

Wind
1. Darkshore
2. Hillsbrad Foothills (Southshore; Tarren Mill)
3. Duskwood
4. Arathi Highlands (South of Circle of West Binding; Hammerfall)
5. Eastern Plaguelands
6. Terokkar Forest
7. Netherstorm
8. Borean Tundra (Magmoth)
9. Sholazar Basin
Earth
1. Loch Modan
2. Redridge Mountains
3. Desolace
4. Western Plaguelands
5. Burning Steppes
6. Silithus
7. Nagrand (Laughing Skull Ruins)
8. Blade's Edge Mountains
9. Howling Fjord (Wyrmskull Village near the hut Alliance players witness the visions of the past)
10. Grizzly Hills
11. Storm Peaks (Gnoll Camps west of K3; Maker's Library)













Cataclysm Direct Download and Game Cinematics
There, Blizzard still loves you, and you will have all the cinematics if you buy the digital version of the expansion!
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
We’d like to take a moment to clarify how we’ll be delivering World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematics to players who purchase the expansion digitally through Battle.net or download the installer from the web in the future.

Prior to the December 7 launch of Cataclysm, all current World of Warcraft players will receive the Cataclysm intro cinematic as part of an upcoming patch. In addition, all other in-game cinematics (including previous ones such as the Wrathgate movie) will be available for download to players who have not previously installed them. These cinematics will be automatically downloaded in the background while you play the game, after other critical game data has been received.

Cataclysm Realm Launch Time Information
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
Wondering exactly what time you’ll be able to begin playing your goblin or worgen or making your way to level 85? On all North American realms, World of Warcraft players who upgrade to Cataclysm will be able to begin experiencing the new content at 12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) on December 7, whether they purchase the digital download through Battle.net or buy a physical retail boxed version in stores. Players will not be able to access Cataclysm expansion content prior to 12 a.m. PST, regardless of how they upgrade or what time zone they’re located in.

Cataclysm Raids available for testing!
Almost all bosses are now available for testing!
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
All raids are currently available for testing, except for Magmaw in Blackwing Descent.

Note that to reach some of the final bosses you must currently kill the previous bosses in the zone. So be careful what you skip for now.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Elemental Invasions
There are four stages of the event. We're on the first. This is only the beginning. (Source)

Hunting for Elementals to get the achievement
I know. And I'm saying the elementals are merely leaking out at this point. It's but a small sign of a larger, more malevolent presence threatening to tear apart the land.

If you don't want to camp elementals for one achievement, wait until they're camping you. (Source)

"Low" DPS specs in WotLK
When there are multiple specs that fill the same role, as is the case for Fire vs. Frost mage or Arms vs. Fury warrior, we have found that some players will play their favored spec because they like the theme or mechanics, as long as the damage difference isn't too significant. Sadly, those players also seem to be in the minority. Many others will respec, regem, etc. for even a slight *theoretical* (very important word there) gain in dps.

If you recall earlier in the LK patch cycle, we attempted to bring Marks and Survival hunters up to the Beastmaster level. We didn't get the numbers quite right though, so what happened is that many hunters felt like they had to switch out of BM and into Survival. (Let's please not turn the rest of this thread into a lecture about how if we had only listened to *your* idea for tweaking hunter damage, everything would have turned out fine.) We heard from many players how frustrating that was -- to wake up one day and have to learn to replay their class because the anointed highest dps spec was now a different tree completely. Players are much more tolerant of huge, sweeping changes between expansions than they are in between patches.

If you look at the patch history of the rest of LK, there were many tweaks to Subtlety, Arms, Frost and BM. We were cautious though, because we were trying to avoid driving everyone who played those classes to have to switch class to class. We were trying to get the dps elevated without going over, and that's just a very small target to hit.

We learned from this mistake though, and part of the overhaul of the talent trees was specifically to make tweaking a lot easier for us. The passive talent tree bonuses are just one example, but we also did things like break our old rules for how spell coefficients relate to things like cast times, and the budget of a talent point in general. We wanted to develop a system that gave us more knobs to adjust and more fine-tuning we could deploy in between expansions to adjust specs that are low without going over.

Here's hoping it works. (Source)
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Comments 348 Comments
  1. xfactormunky's Avatar
    so does this mean that since i'm in CST(2 hours ahead of PST), that i will be able to go pick up my copy at best buy and have 2 hours to install it and get ready to go and still be able to log in as soon as the realms come up?
  1. powerstuck's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xfactormunky View Post
    so does this mean that since i'm in CST(2 hours ahead of PST), that i will be able to go pick up my copy at best buy and have 2 hours to install it and get ready to go and still be able to log in as soon as the realms come up?
    Yes exactly. Someone of Westcoast will go to store, be the first one to get their copy at midnight, drive home and install. If they are very lucky and organized. They will be able to log in at 00:10. While you, will have time to pick it up at midnight, drive home, install and wait for 2:00 or midnight PST to get ingame.
  1. Cleir's Avatar
    This is a really annoying FoS lol.

    Pretty much you can get lucky and find some hanging around or you can camp out a known location until they spawn in <=1hr.
  1. Nozgoth's Avatar
    I think this was pretty much boring as hell you go around kill a bunch of elementals and thats it ... and thats a FoS achievement
  1. bocaop's Avatar
    If the past is any indication I wouldn't be expecting anything except for long queues to get in, server lag, game crashes and maybe servers being taken down for an extended period to roll out a fix. I am hoping the launch goes well but I would never book time off for the release of an expansion.
  1. Magruber's Avatar
    I am still working on getting my warrior to find them all. I guess I need to try a little harder.
  1. Aguacero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nozgoth View Post
    I think this was pretty much boring as hell you go around kill a bunch of elementals and thats it ... and thats a FoS achievement
    The rifts will start to spawn in cities soon. And will be much more frequent. Plus, this is a limited time event, thus the FoS. Just like the Gnomer/Echo Isles. Or logging in during the WoW anniversaries. FoS arn't supposed to be just super hard achieves, theyre supposed to include limited events.
  1. iHunt's Avatar
    Does someone know which addons are being used in this screenshot and can you post them per catagory please?
    That would mean alot to me, thanks in advance!

    Example:

    -Hotbars:
    -Players/Party/Raid/Target HP/MP bars
    -Map
    -Buffs

    Also I see that the map, player ui, hotbars, titanpanel, damage meter and threat meter, are in the same style.
    Is this an addon that redesigns your whole screen along with addons or do you have to configure this individually?

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