MMO-Champion - Cory Stockton interview on Buffed.de - Patch 4.2 Extra Information
Update - Added screenshots from Getbuffed.com at the bottom of the post. You can also find the english version of the interview there.

Cory Stockton interview on Buffed.de - Patch 4.2 Extra Information
We're finally bathing in tons of delicious Patch 4.2 information and the latest update comes from an interview of Cory Stockton on Buffed.de!

List mostly built from the translation posted by Samin on our forums.

Firelands Raid:
  • The raid instance is supposed to be 4 times the size of Obsidian Sanctum, roughly the size of Alterac Valley
  • All the bosses will have new models
  • Ground mounts will be allowed.
  • The first four bosses will be non-linear before you get to the final three that are in a linear fashion, with Ragnaros at the end.
  • Ragnaros will be the final boss. It will NOT be an heroic-only encounter like Sinestra but the heroic version will be completely different from the normal one and developers wanted to make sure it feels really unique and pretty hardcore.
  • There will be more bars/meters to make it easier to watch certain mechanics in contrast to a simple debuff stacking
  • You won't need fire resistance and bosses won't have any either.
  • There will be epic recipies drops for all the usual professions.

Tier 12 Armor Sets
  • All T12 sets will be fire themed (duh)
  • Not new but reminder: Warlock will be themed after those awesome looking fire spiders
  • One plate set will be themed after the new fire giants (Anthricyst maybe?), the shoulders will be like the fire giant's face.
  • Set bonus will be firelands themed too and may resemble certain boss abilities

Raid Misc.
  • There will be a new Baradin Hold boss - another loot pinata (his words!)
  • The interviewer also asked for a second raid dungeon, Cory ignored that part and only answered the Baradin Hold part - interpret yourself.

Legendary:
  • The proc of the weapon will be offensive and not suited for healers
  • Weapon will be forged in major cities (Stormwind and Orgrimmar respectively)
  • There will be a 'very long' event with a lot of voice acting and the Blue Dragonflight.
  • Your guild will get a reward if you complete the achievement for the Legendary staff. It will most likely be a pet, it will have an unique look (not necessarily fiery) and a "legendary" feel.
  • Both 10 & 25 are supposed to get the weapon roughly at the same pace
  • 25M will have s small advantage of getting the profession related parts done quicker
  • Nothing more on what profession related parts of the legendary are but it will be only a minor part of the progression to the legendary, focus is on raiding.

Encounter Journal (i.e. boss guides):
  • Will be on PTR
  • Will not require unlocking by killing the boss or something
  • They start with entries for Cataclysm content only but plan to add WotLK, TBC and vanilla entries too - later
  • There will be no loot wishlist but they have plans for that. Loot will be listed for encounters and sorted by difficulty.

Quests:
  • There will be a new epic level 85 questline around Thrall
  • It's not revealed if that is about Thrall (maybe) becoming the new aspect of earth
  • No epics as reward, story is the reward
  • This new questline can be completed entirely in solo.
  • New Daily quests will be "modular" i.e. you start with a base set of quests and earn a currency as reward. With this currency you can unlock other quest hubs and decide how you unlock all of the dailies. This will be acompanied by heavy phasing.
  • Phasing will only change the area, you will still be able to play with your friends even if they have progressed further
  • There will be new gear, cosmetic rewards, and mounts.



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Comments 80 Comments
  1. caninepawprints's Avatar
    I still strongly believe Thrall isn't going to be the new earth aspect. If he is, I will be deeply disappointed in Blizzard. The aspects need to be dragons, and Thrall isn't one. If they do something cheesy like make Thrall a dragon, I'm going to be even more angry.

    I believe Thrall is going to help defeat Deathwing and the uncorrupted egg we save in Badlands is going to be the new earth aspect.
  1. Littleraven's Avatar
    kalec!!!!!!!
  1. Arean's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by caninepawprints View Post
    I still strongly believe Thrall isn't going to be the new earth aspect. If he is, I will be deeply disappointed in Blizzard. The aspects need to be dragons, and Thrall isn't one. If they do something cheesy like make Thrall a dragon, I'm going to be even more angry.

    I believe Thrall is going to help defeat Deathwing and the uncorrupted egg we save in Badlands is going to be the new earth aspect.
    While I agree that the uncorrupted egg is more likely for the position of the Aspect of Earth, where does it say that all Aspects Have to be dragons? Yes, the Titans empowered 5 Dragons, because they were the dominant species at the time. That does not entail that only dragons can be Aspects.
  1. cyzzie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowgale View Post
    Yes, this is the most important change on that list!

    If they change all the current phasing quests in both the old world and in the Cataclysm zones to work like that, it would pretty much fix the whole leveling experience

    Now they just need to make the Dungeon Finder server-only and I might just consider resubbing ^^
    i'd love a checkbox for that in dungeonfinder ... cause at night when few people are on or i am levelling twinks in 1-80 dungeons i dont actually care where people come from ... when doing 85 heroics esp in prime time 19-23h i DO care and would want them from my own server
  1. Bludstorm's Avatar
    Lore questline with Thrall?
    Phased Daily area with different unlockable quest areas?

    Looks like 4.2 is gonna have a lot of stuff even for casual non-raiders like me. Awesome!
  1. Yinja's Avatar
    i just hope they dont forget about uldum :'(
  1. blackangel209's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Baygon View Post
    Kalecgos replaced him as the Leader of the Blue Dragonflight, he is no where near as powerful as Malygos was, due to him not being blessed by Norgannon, same thing here, except it's more stupid cause only dragons should be able to become Aspects, seems like a really bad retcon if it's true.
    Retcon doesn't mean what you seem to think it does.
  1. orcshaman24's Avatar
    DON'T MAKE THRALL INTO THE ASPECT OF EARTH DAMMIT!

    Seriously. If blizzard make Thrall into the aspect of earth, it would kill the story for me in wow. All this promise that Thrall would return one day to the horde, would be cut right there. They'd make Thrall into a demi god, and he'd never be able to return.

    If this goes about, any hope I had in the story of wow would be gone, and thats pretty much the only thing keeping me playing it these days.

    ---------- Post added 2011-04-28 at 06:32 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by caninepawprints View Post
    I still strongly believe Thrall isn't going to be the new earth aspect. If he is, I will be deeply disappointed in Blizzard. The aspects need to be dragons, and Thrall isn't one. If they do something cheesy like make Thrall a dragon, I'm going to be even more angry.

    I believe Thrall is going to help defeat Deathwing and the uncorrupted egg we save in Badlands is going to be the new earth aspect.
    My thoughts exactly. Thrall has to be mortal. What he does it part of the mortal plane. He's a hero because of who and what he is, an orc unlike any other. If they make him into an overpowered aspect, he would either have to be made into a dragon, or just be so powerful he'd need to be godlike, and when he becomes godlike, he'd never be able to return to the mortal world or among his people.

    This would kill his character, and just like Bolvar, shove him out of sight and mind.
  1. psdew1813's Avatar
    gear that has set bonuses after the raid bosses? hmmmm nice i can see some cool stuff coming from that.
  1. Weiland's Avatar
    Can't wait to see the warrior tanking set .. hope it is better than the current tier. uuugghh rock biter
  1. Talon88's Avatar
    I was a part of the "bash Blizzard" bandwagon for this last bit of time, but i kept my tongue, and keyboard :P, in wait to see the content and previews of this raid and it's patch.

    I can now say that I'm glad I did, this looks to be a great redemption for blizzard, and an awsome pay off for loyal players

    Good job Blizz, cheers
  1. Blayze's Avatar
    Place the chin upon my head, Tirion!
  1. bian785's Avatar
    wtf, their making the hc raggy encounter unique? What if I don't do hc raids but still wanne do the so called unique fight with ragnaros? did they think of that? It's the same as: "here have a cookie cuz ur pro!"
  1. khatsoo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by goobygoober View Post
    Well we all know warriors will be after the fire boss, because Dks are ALWAYS skull themed >.>
    Well.. have you seen Anthricyst's head? I have a bad feeling that it will be DK's set.. and it's probably going to be my main for the FL!
  1. Spotnick's Avatar
    Something doesn't make sense.. this is only 7 bosses, 8 with the BH boss, half of what we have now, so it's obvious we'll get Battle of the Ancients (the new Cavern of Time raid) very close to that one...

    There is still supposed to be an Abysal Maw raid, and well, we do have to fight Deathwing somewhere..

    I wonder what is their plan.
  1. gabrield's Avatar
    Remember guys multiple raids per tier =/= multiple raids per patch. They've already proven with 4.1 that their 4.x patches don't have to contain a new raiding tier, we may end up seeing 2 to 3 patches based around T12 content.
  1. Katoamaton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bian785 View Post
    wtf, their making the hc raggy encounter unique? What if I don't do hc raids but still wanne do the so called unique fight with ragnaros? did they think of that? It's the same as: "here have a cookie cuz ur pro!"
    Your only choice is the hard mode. And that's the way it really should be. Saying you want to experience the HC fight without being in a HC is like saying that you want to get paid without working a single hour. It's unreasonable.

    And as a clarification, I'm a huge fan of the "casualcraft" this game has become, it leaves me with so much more to do when I don't have the time/will to raid regularily. But I don't go around demanding to eat the same cake as the HC raiders, it just doesn't work that way.
  1. crackleslap's Avatar
    maybe, i wont quit now. Although my computer still needs to be fixed FOR FUCKS SAKE. This the 3rd time in a year.
  1. Contravene's Avatar
    Oh man did I start playing Wow at a great time! As soon as it hits the PTR I gotta go see it.
  1. Conscious's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer View Post
    Blizzard will redeem themselves with Firelands, they will show once again that they are top of their game.
    I doubt that.

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