MMO-Champion - Patch 4.3 Updated Information, Transmogrification Preview
Update - Added Press Conference Video and fixed "Whack-a-Gnome" ... Apparently, that's "Whack-a-Gnoll" .... Too bad. The guy who gave me that info will be quickly fired!

Also, Transmogrification will have a lot of restrictions when it's first released, check out this blue thread for more information (I'll get everything on the front page soon)

Patch 4.3 Press Conference Video
The entire video of the press conference is finally online! Watch it on own3D in HD. The World of Warcraft stuff starts around 19:00


Patch 4.3 Interviews - Updated
Interviews keep hitting the web and we now know a few more things thanks to the interviews on Kotaku, Gamona.de, and Buffed.de!

New Raid
  • Deathwing raid will be the final raid of the expansion.
  • You will even get to ride on Deathwing's back during the fight, apparently to take him down over multiple phases.
  • The project for an Abyssal Maw is gone for the moment, the storyline wasn't convincing enough/fitting.

5-Man Instances
  • 3 new 5-man instances will be added in this patch.
  • One of the instance will be in the Caverns of Time, for the War of the Ancients

Transmogrifier (Preview below)
  • 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.

Void Storage
  • 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.
  • It will hold 100-150 items. Anything stored there will lose all gems and enchantments.

Raid Finder
  • The Raid Finder will be introduced in Patch 4.3, it will work like the Dungeon Finder.

Darkmoon Faire
  • There will be a new Darkmoon Faire island with a bunch of new activities such as "Whack-a-Gnome" "Whack-a-Gnoll" (Sorry gnomes!)


Patch 4.3 Preview - Transmogrification
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
You’ve been asking for it, and we were listening. In patch 4.3 you’ll be able to customize the appearance of your weapons and armor like never before.

The Ethereals, emerging from the nether, will bring with them a new technology they call Transmogrification. They’re heading to the capital cities of Azeroth to set up shop and to offer adventurers a unique service -- copying the appearance of one magical item onto another. They only ask for a modest gold donation to recoup their costs.

Visiting a Transmogrifier will present players with a new interface that will allow them to change the appearance of an item while retaining its original stats. This means that you can raid in your paladin tier 12 Immolation set, but look like you’re wearing Lightbringer, while priests can bring Benediction back -- at least in spirit. Hunters can once again roam the jungles of Stranglethorn Vale in their tier 2 Dragonstalker set. You could even slip into the saucy tailored Black Mageweave set for that matter. You know, with the thigh highs, and the little gloves, and the cute little… ahem.


Placing an item into the Transmogrifier interface will offer a preview of how the item will appear once the change is applied. However, not all item pairings are compatible with Transmogrification. In general, only items that have stats can be used in the transmogrification process. You must also be able to wear both items when using this service. Ethereals don’t have much in the way of ethics, but allowing someone to appear as if they’re equipping unusable items crosses the line. Similarly, they won’t allow you to change weapon or armor types. Sneaky death knights can’t make that breastplate look like a cloth robe, and you can’t make a one-handed axe look like a two-handed axe, or transform a sword’s appearance into that of a mace. Guns, bows, and crossbows will be the exception to this rule. You will finally be able to retain your dwarf’s racial gun bonus while appearing with all the splendor and elegance of a bow wielder (or at least the relative silence of one).


Placing items into the Transmogrify interface will increase the gold cost of the process, and clicking the Transmogrify button (assuming you have the necessary funds) will put the appearance change into effect. The process can be reversed by clicking the undo icon on each item, and then hitting the Transmogrify button once more to save the changes. Any item that’s transmogrified will have text indicating it’s been altered by the process for all to see, similar to the item tooltip callout for reforged items.


Transmogrification encourages players to hold onto items with sentimental or aesthetic value, and the Ethereals anticipate that personal bag and bank space will be at a premium now that everyone will be hoarding their frilly pantaloons and leather jerkins. In anticipation of this new demand for additional storage space, they’ll be introducing a unique Void Storage service. What’s Void Storage, you ask? We’ll provide more details soon.


We’re looking forward to seeing how players choose to customize their character’s appearance, and hope you’re as excited as we are for the arrival of patch 4.3 and the Transmogrification feature. Do you have a favorite set or weapon that you’ll be bringing back? Let us know in the comments below.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3 Updated Information, Transmogrification Preview started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Traigor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Roudene View Post
    I think I will never back to this game.
    u rly shouldnt, game's better without u =P

    j/k... anyway =) its kinda cool to see something like that, too bad, dudu tiers never been sexy @ all =P
  1. sturzengel's Avatar
    This transmogrification thing...It looks like a cool concept, but really. Bliz says all the time "This is something we'd like to implement in the future, when we have more time to work on it" but isn't transmogrifying something really rather erroneous? I'd rather they spend that time balancing the game than changing our eye candy around.Also, I seem to remember hearing the Caverns of Time instance lets you fight alongside Illidan, kinda like CoS is with Arthas.
  1. Kelfarr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sturzengel View Post
    This transmogrification thing...It looks like a cool concept, but really. Bliz says all the time "This is something we'd like to implement in the future, when we have more time to work on it" but isn't transmogrifying something really rather erroneous? I'd rather they spend that time balancing the game than changing our eye candy around.Also, I seem to remember hearing the Caverns of Time instance lets you fight alongside Illidan, kinda like CoS is with Arthas.

    You really think the people that balance the game are the same people that write code to allow you to change the look of a piece of armor? REALLY?
  1. Thruan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sturzengel View Post
    This transmogrification thing...It looks like a cool concept, but really. Bliz says all the time "This is something we'd like to implement in the future, when we have more time to work on it" but isn't transmogrifying something really rather erroneous? I'd rather they spend that time balancing the game than changing our eye candy around.Also, I seem to remember hearing the Caverns of Time instance lets you fight alongside Illidan, kinda like CoS is with Arthas.
    So you dont care if the games you play look good? personally i love this change
  1. Slyminxy's Avatar
    Oh look.. a feature stolen from Aion. How can you not be ashamed Blizzard?!
  1. Baikalsan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sturzengel View Post
    This transmogrification thing...It looks like a cool concept, but really. Bliz says all the time "This is something we'd like to implement in the future, when we have more time to work on it" but isn't transmogrifying something really rather erroneous? I'd rather they spend that time balancing the game than changing our eye candy around.Also, I seem to remember hearing the Caverns of Time instance lets you fight alongside Illidan, kinda like CoS is with Arthas.
    This has been requested since launch, just because it isn't important to you doesn't make it any less valueable to others.


    I haven't raided in ages and yet a ton of resources go into raids.......
  1. Black Rider's Avatar
    What abous new island?Was there any info and boub deleted that?
  1. Yomommazpimp's Avatar
    HI all,For my rogue the Merciless Gladiator's Leather Spaulders will be a great comeback
  1. otarma's Avatar
    I wonder how many VP will be given each time we run these "Tier 3" dungeons. Could it be more than 140 VP since they are more challenging than the troll ones?
  1. Rhunok's Avatar
    So we have Cataclysm launch content together with Firelands that should´ve been in the launch aswell. Abyssal Maw was thrown down the toilet because of lore issues (like some of that isn´t fucked up already lol) and now patch 4.3 including the last raid of the expansion with Deathwing in it, when not even a year have passed since the expansion first came out. Incredibly disappointed because I was honestly hoping for more raid content. To me this sounds like a,"fuck we lost 900k subscribers we need to wrap this shit up to keep people entertained in WoW before Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm comes out" move. So basically we got launch content and what was supposed to be launch content together with one extra raid, 3 instances and a shitty gear modeling tool that won´t matter anyway because obsolete models does not give prestige and represent what you have done, while actual models represent what you have done. /golfclap /facepalm /facedesk /facefloor
  1. reverendball's Avatar
    "Transmogrification encourages players to hold onto items with sentimental or aesthetic value......."

    soooooo now to open half a million GM tickets to get all my old tiers and stuff that is now unobtainable gear restored, kgo

    also, im wondering who else immediately thought of this:

  1. nuttan's Avatar
    oh lord !!!
  1. TrapTime's Avatar
    ok, wow cata was released like 8-9 months ago and now we are going to fight deathwing that soon? Wait..what the fuck is this? This is shortest expansion. I knew blizzard wouldn't bother follow up the story lore, they just want your money is all they care. Thanks god i quitted wow 5 months ago but yet who cares
  1. Of-the-horde's Avatar
    I wanted to whack a gnome ..
  1. peterpan007's Avatar
    Cant wait for 4.3Everything sounds awesome !!
  1. Amalisa's Avatar
    Anything stored there will lose all gems and enchantments.
    Nooo but my Illidan mace with its shiny glowy enchant!!

    On the plus side... Priest on a Stick anyone?
  1. ContentsMayVary's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TrapTime View Post
    ok, wow cata was released like 8-9 months ago and now we are going to fight deathwing that soon? Wait..what the fuck is this? This is shortest expansion. I knew blizzard wouldn't bother follow up the story lore, they just want your money is all they care. Thanks god i quitted wow 5 months ago but yet who cares
    Patch probably won't be out for 12 weeks, and then it could easily last another 16 weeks, making the expansion last at least a year and 4 months...
  1. Rofty's Avatar
    This transmogrification thingy, it sounds like one of the best ideas Blizzard has had in a long time. If there are enough bosses in the raid, and if the 5-mans are not as badly handled as the troll ones, I'll come back for this patch.
  1. chase_the_mofo's Avatar
    More and more people are quitting wow, since new firelands raid is nothing but a fat joke and making raggy look dumb in new environment.
    So what blizzard can do to keep players and to maybe bring the one that quitted? Give them flavor of vanilla, let them raid in old wrath set, using aegis of blood god+quel'serrar...(99% of tanks will be in that skin)
    This is worst idea blizz came up, but they did it only...to get more money.
    Lame blizzard, lame. We, gaming community deserve more. We know we do, since we pay more then enough.
  1. rockdontroll's Avatar
    Cata lacks the huge raid sizes of ulduar/naax/icc that makes it feel small. It also covers 5 levels instead of the previous 10. However the expansion lifespan is about the same:

    TBC release January 16th, 2007
    2.3 (ZA) 13 November 2007

    WOTLK release November 13, 2008
    3.3 (ICC) 8 December 2009

    CATA release December 7, 2010
    4.3 (DW) Q4 2011

    by this pattern...

    Next expansion: Q4 2012
    5.3 Q4 2013

    Then I think
    2014: death of wow

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