MMO-Champion - 4.0.6 Release Date, 4.0.6 Notes Update, Nefarian 2nd Kill, Blue Posts, Artwork
Patch 4.0.6 Release Date?
A lot of people have been asking me for a release date, and to be honest at this point I'm not really sure I have one. The last 2 PTR builds (13561 and 13580) were both flagged as Release Candidate but the last one isn't even deployed on PTRs.


Also, someone did something funny with the official blog and put up a Patch 4.0.6 Official Notes [PLACEHOLDER] post as a test, it would be logical to see Patch 4.0.6 on live realms next week after that but with an undeployed PTR Build in my hands I'm not really going to confirm anything before Monday, and personally I wouldn't be surprised if it happened the week after.


Patch 4.0.6 - PTR Notes Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
PvP
Tol Barad
  • Attacking forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control 2 keeps.
  • Defending forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control all 3 keeps.
  • Daily quest creatures, herbs, minerals, etc. will only spawn when Tol Barad is in the quest phase between battles. There will be 5-minute and 1-minute warnings before the quest phase ends. The quest phase ends 15 minutes before the battle for Tol Barad begins and queuing is made available. At that time any players in the daily micro dungeons will be ported just outside. This does not apply to Tol Barad Peninsula or the daily quests there.

Classes
Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Fireball mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • Frostfire Bolt mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Discipline
  • Strength of Soul now occurs when the priest casts Inner Focus on oneself, rather than Power Word: Shield. In addition, Strength of Soul now also causes the priest to become immune to silence, interrupt, and dispel effects for 2/4 seconds after using Inner Focus.


Professions
Fishing
  • Rare fishing poles now have a chance to be found in the Bag of Fishing Treasures earned via the Stormwind and Orgrimmar Fishing daily quests.

Jewelcrafting
  • Wrath of the Lich King purple, green, and orange gems have been increased in cost to match red, blue, and yellow epic gems (220 Justice Points). Burning Crusade epic gems have been increased in cost to match the most expensive Wrath of the Lich King gems.

Items
  • Item Sets
    • Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho'gall on Heroic difficulty. Instead, the Heroic PvE helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372) only require their associated Crown/Shoulders of the Forlorn tokens to purchase, and do not require players to obtain the normal helms or shoulders first.

Nefarian World 2nd kill by Method
Method killed Nefarian a few hours ago and is the 2nd guild in the world to take down the big black dragon. It's also the world first kill since the hotfix preventing class stacking but technically, that wasn't an exploit, so I'll just let people debate endlessly about it in comments. Congratulations to them!


Statement from Method
Nefarian down, putting us at 13/13 (finally a breath of fresh air!!!). Thumbs up for the dedication shown by our raiding team.

The current heroic difficulty of raiding is both enjoyable and demanding. We can all welcome, with open arms, the more challenging raid content, but the sheer quantity of content available since Cataclysm launch has required more time investment than ever before to remain competitive. Personally I would have welcomed a 'reasonable' gate-system or similar to allow for more real life time the past ~2months, especially with xmas/new years/exams etc. Taking a few day breaks over the festive period only to be notified that other guilds were currently raiding obviously wasn't ideal!

This tier of raiding has unfortunately contained multiple bugs, with bosses like Atramedes, Sinestra, and Nefarian standing out. Sinestra had some notable issues for us; having infinite lines at Twilight orbs making progress prior to this current reset difficult. Twilight Flames properly spawning at the Egg locations in phase 1 was also fixed recently on the fight (can see they are non existent @ Paragon's video). The issues on Nefarian are of more concern, with Blizzard seemingly overlooking certain class abilities on a key encounter mechanic. Unsure as to why it was waited with until after a guild had killed Nefarian before applying the fix, especially with "top guilds" apparently under surveillance, such delayed fixes are harmful to the 'PvE race'.

Hoping that Blizzard can keep up with the quality of heroic raid difficulty while considering the quantity available and as always more vigorous encounter testing/monitoring.

/Sco



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Dalaran/Shattrath Portals
Portals existed to give people access back to capital cities to reach auction houses and class trainers. Auction houses and class trainers were kept in the old world capitals because we knew that if we didn't require people to go back the old world would be a ghost town.

Those portals had a few fun side effects like letting people warp all around the world toot-sweet at the shake of a nose to do anything they felt like. This was not the intent of the portals and regardless if people enjoyed being able to zip around, it is not the intent of our travel as it exists now to allow them to do so.

Now that the old world capitals are the major hubs in the current expansion, the expansion zones are in Azeroth which keeps more people around, and we've decided to add trainers and auction houses to Shattrath and Dalaran to aid in the leveling experience, the portals no longer serve their original purpose and were removed.

[...] We have no plans to implement the old portals back in the game, but thank you for you reasons as to why they should. They've been noted. (Source)

Blizzard Art Gallery Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Art Gallery has been updated with five pieces representing the Warcraft universe. Make your way through the gallery to take a glimpse into the process behind bringing Blizzard games to life, and the artistry those games have inspired.
The high res version of the Kil'Jaeden artwork is a 17280 x 10368 image (16mb!), you can probably make an awesome poster out of it.


This article was originally published in forum thread: 4.0.6 Release Date, 4.0.6 Notes Update, Nefarian 2nd Kill, Blue Posts, Artwork started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 181 Comments
  1. Zeldorian's Avatar
    •Item Sets
    •Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho'gall on Heroic difficulty. Instead, the Heroic PvE helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372) only require their associated Crown/Shoulders of the Forlorn tokens to purchase, and do not require players to obtain the normal helms or shoulders first.


    so we cant get 4p t11 befor we are on heroics? or will they allow us to buy the normal ones for JP? cuss if we cant get it befor heroics thats gona be unfair as hell for those that havent gotten that far yet
  1. Herbo4's Avatar
    Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho'gall on >>HEROIC<< difficulty.
    The norm versions of the tier dropped on heroic just in case people had not obtained the normal versions yet the heroic were bis. You need the normal version traded in to get the heroic one.
  1. Temma's Avatar
    Basically from what I read: "Hi! we are from Method and we are going to QQ becuase we couldve beat Paragon if we were as good as them if they wouldve waited for Blizzard to fix their bugs"...Face it Method...you are never going to be world first whether there are bugs or not...pretty sure if you were where Paragon was you wouldve been claiming world 1st 13/13 if you were where they were. But, since you werent, GG better luck (cause they totally need it) with the next major content patch...world 2nd is not a winner and doesnt deserve a quote (poorly stated or translated) on MMO front page
  1. Tinyo's Avatar
    that SS made me lol, love Kil'Jaeden artwork
  1. Lekscene's Avatar
    am i the only person who doesn't see their joke as malicious? from the sound of their post, if they're mocking anyone with that killshot, it was blizzard for not fixing the buff before paragon killed him.

    nor do i see anyone qqing. they're making what they believe to be honest comments, both positive and negative. there is a lot of compliments to the raid design but pointing out things they weren't happy with is hardly crying.
  1. Alysana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeldorian View Post
    •Item Sets
    •Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho'gall on Heroic difficulty. Instead, the Heroic PvE helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372) only require their associated Crown/Shoulders of the Forlorn tokens to purchase, and do not require players to obtain the normal helms or shoulders first.


    so we cant get 4p t11 befor we are on heroics? or will they allow us to buy the normal ones for JP? cuss if we cant get it befor heroics thats gona be unfair as hell for those that havent gotten that far yet
    What part of the normal tokens not dropping on HEROIC mode anymore is difficult to understand?
  1. Temma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeldorian View Post
    so we cant get 4p t11 befor we are on heroics? or will they allow us to buy the normal ones for JP? cuss if we cant get it befor heroics thats gona be unfair as hell for those that havent gotten that far yet

    Yea...its totally unfair that a large majority of people in this game are better than your guild and can down more bosses at a quicker pace
  1. Balo's Avatar
    I forsee the QQ will be strong in this one
  1. Swagger's Avatar
    I'm normally not one to respond to PvE stuff like this... but Method, ya sound like a bunch of douches.

    Notice how Paragon doesn't mention other guilds in their statement, but Method spends their statement throwing out excuses on why they weren't the World 1st, you sound pathetic.

    Paragon did what they needed to do to be the World 1st, and Method had all the same opportunities to do so themselves, but they didn't, because apparently they all have such BUSY lives raiding 40+ hours a week.

    And you know they thought they were HILARIOUS when they decided to use potions to all be druids, I bet they had a huge laugh about that one, man you showed them. Maybe if Method was a little more willing to do whatever was needed to kill a boss, they could have some World 1st kills also.

    Absolutely pathetic. Whenever you need to bash someone else to attempt to make yourself look better, you're truly a loser. And for the race to World 1st, Method, you truly are losers.
  1. Epiclurker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeldorian View Post
    •Item Sets
    •Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho'gall on Heroic difficulty. Instead, the Heroic PvE helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372) only require their associated Crown/Shoulders of the Forlorn tokens to purchase, and do not require players to obtain the normal helms or shoulders first.


    so we cant get 4p t11 befor we are on heroics? or will they allow us to buy the normal ones for JP? cuss if we cant get it befor heroics thats gona be unfair as hell for those that havent gotten that far yet
    They are removing the normal helm and shoulders from the loot table . Instead their tokens will drop and you just trade them in. That means if your class token drops you can roll on it rather then being SOL because your never got the normal version. You will simply trade in the token to get your heroic piece.
    This is simply my take on it and I could be completely wrong
  1. blackangel209's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Temma View Post
    Yea...its totally unfair that a large majority of people in this game are better than your guild and can down more bosses at a quicker pace
    I think you're misunderstanding his misunderstanding.

    OT: I don't think they were trying to insult Paragon, as much as they were making valid criticisms of Blizzard. They weren't saying they deserved world first over Paragon.
  1. implicationmmo's Avatar
    Congratz Method for the true first kill.

    I believe that, even if Paragon shouldn't have been banned for their kill, it should have been removed.
  1. aggression's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zagnaphein View Post
    It's so sad when world ranking guild's qq...So sad...
    Hehe, I reacted to this aswell. No one force anyone to play WoW and with that comment it really sounds like "You should have made some gates or so. Because it's x-mas and other stuff we can't miss. But there was no gates so we had to play anyhow! "
    But same time WoW also have some responsibility. They know that ppl would play more or less 24/7 till all world firsts was completed. No matter if it's x-mas, new years eve or whatever. BUT, everyone know that ALL do not celebrate these days due to religion or whatever. They have other days they can't play WoW. So I'm guessing it's more fair to have it always open than start to gate just because big holidays etc. Pretty lame comment, coming from a top guild.
  1. Yalingo's Avatar
    screenshot was hilarious
  1. blackangel209's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by implicationmmo View Post
    Congratz Method for the true first kill.

    I believe that, even if Paragon shouldn't have been banned for their kill, it should have been removed.
    Except that the Paragon situation was completely foreseeable and entirely Blizzard's fault.
  1. shocknawe's Avatar
    The method ss is awesome

    I don't really care who gets world 1st of anything, but those of you who are complaining about method's ss or comments make yourself look pathetic...I really don't get how all these people can be so diehard for a guild (Paragon in this case) that they have no part in at all.
  1. Firefly33's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swagger View Post
    I'm normally not one to respond to PvE stuff like this... but Method, ya sound like a bunch of douches.

    Notice how Paragon doesn't mention other guilds in their statement, but Method spends their statement throwing out excuses on why they weren't the World 1st, you sound pathetic.
    Go back and see Paragons statement after gettting World 2nd Cho'Gall heroic. I am not saying Method are acting like little babies, just saying that Paragon are just as much crybabies.
  1. Caldrumr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfieone View Post
    I'm pleased they won't bring back the Dal/Shatt ports, but I do wish they'd add the new-zone ports to another major city- Darn and Undercity for instance - to help spread the playerbase out a bit more. it helps prevent cities like SW and Org from being lag fests (which they are occasionally for me.)
    I agree. Cata zone ports in the other main cities would definitely be helpful. As it is, everyone is hanging out only in two cities (Orgrimmar and Stormwind, respectively). Also, a portal to (but not back from) Dalaran would be nice, to cut back on the major flight time from Borean Tundra that is required after taking the zeppelin.
  1. Temma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by shocknawe View Post
    The method ss is awesome

    I don't really care who gets world 1st of anything, but those of you who are complaining about method's ss or comments make yourself look pathetic...I really don't get how all these people can be so diehard for a guild (Paragon in this case) that they have no part in at all.
    So do you feel the same way when someone says "My team is going to the Superbowl"?
  1. KClovesGaming's Avatar
    Funny how everyone was up in arms about the portals being removed now barely anyone cares. Like anything give it a few months and people forget about it. Blizzard needs to do this more and stop caving in. People end up stop whining as time goes on.

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