MMO-Champion - Patch 4.3 - Deathwing, Transmogrifier, Void Storage
Update - Added the translation of the original article, thanks to Treeston!

Patch 4.3 - Deathwing, Transmogrifier, Void Storage
Tom Chilton (Kalgan) answered a couple of questions from Gamona.de on Patch 4.3, and we got a bunch of very interesting news out of it. Patch 4.3 will feature:


  • New Raid - The Deathwing raid, making it very likely to be the last patch before the next expansion.
  • 3 new 5-man instances - Including one in the Caverns of Time. (War of the Ancients was mentioned as a cataclysm instance a few years ago, but a lot of things have changed since then, who knows!)
  • The Transmogrifier NPC, which will let you change the appearance of any armor piece on you, while retaining the stats of your current gear. (= T12 stats, but with the Tier 2 look!)
  • Players won't be able to change the appearance of their armor into another armor type or class armor set, and you might have to own the armor before you can use it to swap the appearance of your existing armor.
  • The Void Storage is a new type of bank where players will be able to store their old armors in order to free up space in their regular bank.
  • The Abyssal Maw dungeon is gone for the moment, the storyline wasn't convincing enough/fitting.

If someone feels like adding information or even translating the article completely, post in comments!

Translation of the original article on gamona.de
We're at GamesCon in Cologne, Germany, and just did an interview with Tom Chilton, Lead Game Developer and Chris Robinson, Lead Art Director, in which they revealed a lot of details regarding patch 4.3 - and it seems that the announcement of it being huge was no joke:

Patch 4.3 will bring us the Deathwing raid instance! This means it's likely that we'll be able to fight the Aspect of Death in an epic encounter within this year. The raid that was originally expected for this patch, the "Abyssal Maw", was cut from the schedule because, as Chilton states, the setting and the story were not convincing enough.

Furthermore, 4.3 will also bring three entirely new 5-man instances - Chilton assured us that these won't contain any re-vamped content, but instead be brand new with unique design and models. Chilton also hinted at one of those being within the Caverns of Time, allowing players to experience another great moment of Warcraft Lore first-hand.

The interview also revealed the purpose of the "mystery ethereals" in Stormwind (and likely other cities, too). The "Transmogrifier" NPC will allow players to change the displayed model of equipment to that of another item while keeping the original attributes: Transmogrification is only possible within an armor class - Plate armor can only assume the looks of other Plate armor, for example.
  • Class restrictions apply to Transmogrification - Warriors cannot transmogrify their armor to look like Death Knight tier sets.
  • The developers are considering whether they should only allow using the models of equipment that has already been obtained

The "Void Storage" is a very large bank-esque storage which allows old equipment to be stored, freeing up inventory/bank slots for players. The developers aren't sure yet about the definition of "old equipment". The cost of the storage (and whether there even is one) is another thing that is not yet decided

Another possible feature that was hinted at is the possibility of "void stored" equipment being available to other characters on the account (NOTE: That part might be speculation from Gamona, not cross-server transfers actually confirmed. Hard to tell.)

Overall, it seems that we've got a huge patch ahead of us - a new raid, three brand new instances, Transmogrification and Void Storage.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3 - Deathwing, Transmogrifier, Void Storage started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Holywraths's Avatar
    Am i the only one that smell the epic fail Xpac Of the year award coming for taking Deathwing raid out so soon?
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    So Deathwing will be in 4.3? Kinda dissapointed :/
  1. trinzel's Avatar
    • I hope that you need to store armor in this .....
    The Void Storage is a new type of bank where players will be able to store their old armors in order to free up space in their regular bank.

    • to use it for....

    The Transmogrifier NPC, which will let you change the appearance of any armor piece on you, while retaining the stats of your current gear. (= T12 stats, but with the Tier 2 look!)

    • so that ppl who actualy ran Nax in van stay unique and ppl that put the effort in getting other sets shows their efforts.
  1. Bruhn's Avatar
    i think that its some bullshit that DW already is coming out soon...
  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dundebuns View Post
    So 2 of their previous raid ideas are either gone or now 5 mans. For content this expansion has been utter tripe. If they do not make the Deathwing instance amazing, and not a collection of 7 bosses that feature incredibly frustrating mechanics, then Cataclysm will have failed.
    Yeah, that is one of the major problems with Firelands. The bosses are mostly gimmick fights and burn phases.Rag is alright, decently challenging and fun mechanics. I like the meteor ideas, but I think it works poorly in the shape of the room. The sons of flame thing was pretty good. Gets people to use other abilities they wouldn't normally. The problem there is that it hurts classes without stuns.
  1. Feerles's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by s-zilla View Post
    Ripping off RIFT's wardrobe feature after saying they wouldn't do this because they didn't want players to alter the way their armor looked. That's why they rolled back the cloak modifications associated with gnomer / dark spear, and why they changed the MC engineer enchant graphic changing the way your helm looked. Then we get this : /. Flip flop express. All it really ends up being is another timesink for people to go back and farm old raids for gear.

    My call for the 'new' 5 mans are going to be heroic gnomer, heroic blackrock depths, and heroic scholo. I'm just waiting until they announce we can just buy gold and wow items with real life currencies.
    You sir are an idiot!! Rifts wardrobe feature? this feature has been in EQ and EQ2 as well as several other games that came out wayyyyy before Rift was even thought of so no it is not Rifts wardrobe feature moron.
  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nisala View Post
    How on earth does an expansion "only" lasting a year equate to a bad expansion? Since when was a long time span a necessary condition of a good expansion? The only "god damn joke" appears to be your stance at the moment - since you've failed to substantiate it in any meaningful way.
    Because it costs as much as a 2 year expansion. And they lied to us by promising the same or more content in less time.Not sure if you're a kid or just have no understanding of economics.
  1. Gangstermoo's Avatar
    HAHA AT LAST I CAN PUT YMIRJAR WARRIOR FROM ICC SET will look wicked on pvp :P
  1. Alyngwen's Avatar
    In b4 the QQ! Oh never mind, too late.
  1. Pimenta's Avatar
    I think its better to add dyies so pvpers get some of these feature too, changing armor in pvp will be a major change since you can identify weak enemies by their armor appearence
  1. CaptainClaw's Avatar
    On the plus side, the nearer we are to Deathwing, the nearer we are to putting this god-awful expansion behind us and moving on to pastures new. Mind-you if those pastures include the lets-appeal-to-the-china-market pandas then I don't think I'll be resubbing anytime soon. Shame - I used to absolutely love this game.
  1. Taiki420's Avatar
    Sure hope they don't finish off the expansion without giving the Tol'vir voices!
  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowdream View Post
    Really, they should've just added dyes, this way we get to get evolving gear but use an ounce of sense to correct the designer's horrible colour choices.
    Dyes would mean the designers would have to make it in 5 colors and you'd only be able to use those 5 dyes. Their poor style choices would still exist.
  1. Tripz's Avatar
    looks like the Tansmogrifier does change armor? I thought it was a neat idea to toy with but now that it IS with patch 4.3, is anyone else feeling it might be a bad thing?
  1. killersdw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nisala View Post
    How on earth does an expansion "only" lasting a year equate to a bad expansion? Since when was a long time span a necessary condition of a good expansion? The only "god damn joke" appears to be your stance at the moment - since you've failed to substantiate it in any meaningful way.
    Have you played this game since day 1.....this expansion has the biggest lack of content by far making it a crappy one or do you like to pay blizzard for every patch that gets out.....oh i know lets make every patch an expansion of the game and pay for it.
    And yea it is a god damn joke and if your brain is that small to realize that pls dont comment . As for the meaningful of this expansion i am lucky to say that i did all the raid content HM (except for firelands 4/7 atm) so again don't talk about my statement if you have no clue
    Blizzard is ripping of every buck they can from wow atm
  1. TheJekyll's Avatar
    In b4 everyone going back to tier 2 looks. Also, no news on whether or not this transmogrifier will be a 'premium' service? I'm assuming it isn't, but you never know.
  1. barkles's Avatar
    I have an entire bank full of 26 slot bags 80% full of old gear sets, 20% holiday items and weird crap, not to mention my other bags that are close to full of crap/gear as well. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS I am going to be able to collect so much more crap!!!
  1. Stoobs's Avatar
    With the implementation of the Transmogrifier and the blue post commenting on cross realm raiding, I bet they are going to release a random old school raid finder. I'm glad Cataclysm is finally coming to an end though, it was amazing at the start but has slowly become stale. Here's to the next expansion!!!
  1. shadowkass's Avatar
    I'm going to assume then that i wont be able to get any of the Tier 3 gear looks since well, you can't get it anymore?
  1. Maxed Out's Avatar
    FINALLY! So tired of the ZA/ZG dungeon farming every week on 10 diff classes to get Vp capped, drives me insane....

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