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BlizzCon Schedule
BlizzCon is coming up later this week, and we have whipped up some fancy countdowns for you to stare at while you wait! The schedule is entirely dynamic and will automatically update the panel times according to your timezone! For those of you who want to speculate on the potential next WoW expansion, there are only 2 things that might point to what's going to happen at Blizzcon:

That's all we know for the moment! Pinky swear.

Blizzcon Schedule

Note: all times are converted to the timezone your computer is currently in.

Thanks to Thoorium, Dinnerbone and Marlamin for putting these together!

Dragon Soul PTR Testing - Ultraxion, Blackhorn, and Spine of Deathwing
More of the Dragon Soul raid was tested recently and n1kftw was once again kind enough to upload videos of the encounters on Youtube for us.

It also seems that some guilds were able to reach the Madness of Deathwing, even if the testing wasn't available. This is a nice first peek at the last raid encounter of the Cataclysm expansion!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Number of Changes in Patch 4.3
As we mentioned in the Rate of Change blog not long ago, we feel like we have reached a point where too many changes can do as much damage as not enough changes. It shouldn’t be too surprising to see lots of requests (or demands!) here on the forums for balance changes, whether those are small numbers tweaks or larger ability redesigns. The risk of the echo chamber effect can be strong though. A great majority of players don’t participate in forum discussions at all, and even among those who do, it tends to be those with a grievance who make a post. Indifferent players don’t often post to say they are indifferent, and many players won’t expend the effort to publicly state that they disagree with your idea. (When they do, they also risk igniting some exhausting flame wars.) But you have to remember that even if it seems like “everyone” is rallying for a certain change, you’re not seeing the majority and you have no idea if they would agree with the necessity of the change.

When asked directly, they might not even disagree with the their character getting buffed or a mechanic smoothed out. But over time these seemingly “no brainer” changes can build up into an intimidating list. Class changes, especially in between expansions, and especially when hotfixed in between two patches, can be exhausting for many players. They don’t want to have to figure out if their rotation or gear strategies have changed overnight. They don’t want to have to devour all the latest theorycrafting and wonder if they’re supposed to respec every time they log in. That sort of thing may be fun for a lot of you guys – the active forum community. Heck, it’s fun for the kind of people that end up being game developers. But that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for the game. We have to weigh very carefully whether a seemingly innocuous change is worth making, because those changes are not “free” in the sense that they do burn some political capital with players. We have definitely been getting the message lately that the design churn in the last few patches has been too great, so we’re trying to be more cautious.

It's the kind of topic that is worth discussing though. It may be that small changes to passive abilities, like the hunter, warlock and DK tweaks in 4.3, are small enough not to bother people. On the other hand, it could be that some players may be still living under a fear of change and we haven’t scaled back enough.

We didn’t say we weren’t going to make balance changes when we feel they are justified, and we have made many for 4.3 already. We just wanted to point out that too many changes, even with the noblest of goals, can be as unhealthy for the game as failing to make changes that are necessary. We don’t want to hit either extreme. Some players seem to be looking for near constant balance adjustments (weekly or more often), and while the designers would be thrilled to do it, they also believe it would have severe long-term consequences. You may not know the kinds of players who get weary of constant design noodling, because they might not post on the forums, but there are a lot of them out there. Our strategy will continue to be: make most changes in expansions, some changes with patches, and the occasional change via hotfix. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Is Cataclysm the final expansion?
Cataclysm is absolutely not the last expansion. We have plenty of vigor left in us yet. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
No Word of Glory through Beacon?
Word of Glory definitely triggers BoL. That was an oversight in the patch notes posted 90 minutes ago. We apologize for the confusion. We have updated the notes to read:

Beacon of Light is triggered by Word of Glory, Holy Shock, Flash of Light, Divine Light and Light of Dawn at 50% transference and Holy Light at 100% transference. It does not transfer Holy Radiance, Protector of the Innocent or other sources of healing. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PTR: Holy Paladin Changes
The 4.3 design is that Holy Radiance generates Holy Power if you have the Tower of Radiance talent. This is the only way it has ever worked for 4.3. In a nutshell, we did not want Ret and Prot paladins using Holy Radiance on cooldown just for the Holy Power benefit. It looks like some bad data-mining may have led to the belief that Holy Radiance would always generate Holy Power even without Tower of Radiance, but that was never the intent. The quote “Holy Radiance no longer grants a charge of Holy Power,” [post 1] is likewise incorrect and confusing. Before 4.3 there was no connection between Holy Radiance and Holy Power. After 4.3, the Tower of Radiance talent provides the Holy Power. We will let you know if the design changes again, but do not anticipate that being the case. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Comments 165 Comments
  1. Pinkbunnie's Avatar
    Thank you for the time zone convertion! Now it is soon Friday, so exited!
  1. ElAmigo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by N4th4n View Post
    " The Muse Song" - lol. Kids these days.
    Yeah, man kids these days and their not.......being born in a certain time period; damn them
  1. Eclipsed1234's Avatar
    Pinkie swear?!
  1. Alanar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seezer View Post
    Damn, I'll be at work for the announcement.
    DW, just keep checking mmo champ for the info.
  1. Keosen's Avatar
    I didn't saw the videos beside the first 10secs so excuse me if my questions are answered. I'm curious to see how the vast difference in Deathwing's size occurred as well how it's possible to kill something this big.
  1. Worgoblin's Avatar
    So pumped for that opening announcement. And the talent panel? Seems like they're gonna have something major to talk about regarding the talent system? Can't wait to find out
  1. Lockula's Avatar
    I just wished the video showed them actually getting one of the metal plates up, and attacking a tendon. Though it looks like the range bug strikes again. Eh ptr is ptr.
  1. Adonael's Avatar
    Hey Blizzard the first Legendary item Nerfage just shows that your game designers dont know what theyr doing.. WTF iIS GOING ON WITH THAT? you have bunch of idiots there or something, you need to think ahead...
  1. Lenin's Avatar
    I don't believe in your Pinky Swear, Boub.
  1. Soulwind's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keosen View Post
    I didn't saw the videos beside the first 10secs so excuse me if my questions are answered. I'm curious to see how the vast difference in Deathwing's size occurred as well how it's possible to kill something this big.
    He was always supposed to be that big. If it wasn't during questing, etc. it's because it would be hard to put him into places and cinematics.

    In the first battle we only remove part of his armor so the ships can fire into the wound, that's easy (lorewise). In the last battle all Aspects plus Thrall are there to help us.
  1. Monokuma's Avatar
    For the Deathwing fight, turn off in game music. Play You know it makes sense.
  1. Davlar's Avatar
    We already at the last encounter ? Blizz better be ready to announce their next expansion in that case if we aren't going to wait a year or more again with the same thing to do.
  1. sillytoe's Avatar
    popeye have been eating alot of spinach...
  1. Umbra's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keosen View Post
    I didn't saw the videos beside the first 10secs so excuse me if my questions are answered. I'm curious to see how the vast difference in Deathwing's size occurred as well how it's possible to kill something this big.
    It kind of helps that the guy in question is falling apart in the first place. The other Aspects - and Thrall - being there helps too.
  1. Rofty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pickles View Post
    For the Deathwing fight, turn off in game music. Play You know it makes sense.
    Quoted for truth good sir. Although in this particular case, A Despair-Filled Battle would be more appropriate.
  1. Cakka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protectus View Post
    Well it is safe to say pala tanks will be the best still and DK tanks will fail for rest of the expan lol
    Yep, its like Blizzard can't thing of anything new anymore. Deathwing is just another old gods fight again...
  1. Rofty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kneeo View Post
    Your move, "Blizzard rehashes everything" guys.
    Well, recently they have been rehashing content, yes. That fact doesn't change just because they're not doing it this time.
  1. Mech's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    No kidding. I was flipping through my image folders and saw tons of pictures of Cataclysm content from the first week of October, two years ago. Pretty much everyone exactly two years ago knew exactly what was coming announcements-wise at Blizzcon.

    It seems like they narrowed down their F&F alpha lists to stamp out all the leakers.

    ---------- Post added 2011-10-19 at 05:12 AM ----------

    It's the loot chest for the Deathwing's Spine fight, actually.
    The only reason Cata leaked was due to Tyren after he left Blizzard.
  1. SteelerD24's Avatar
    Pinky Swear... you know something don't you? lucky bastard.... send me a private message on what you know and i'll make it worth your wild... anything you want. literally. i will do it.
  1. Howard Moon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    • And Tom Chilton said the speculation was, "wildly overhyped." He added, "if you look at traditionally how we've handled that race it's been in those secondary products because we haven't realized it in the world. Most of the time when we do anything panda-related it's going to be a comic book or a figurine or something like that." [source]

    But that would be too unspectacular for front-page news I guess.

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