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Darkmoon Faire Has Begun
The brand new Darkmoon Faire started today and the new games await! You can get there via the locations where the old fair used to be, right outside of Thunder Bluff and Stormwind.

The daily quests now give just 1 x Darkmoon Prize Ticket each instead of 5.



Patch 4.3 Profession Changes
We didn't plan on posting profession changes, but people are still confused about epic gems and still profiting off of Maelstrom Shatter, so it is time for another update! Patch 4.3 brought several new professions changes, including new crafted items, gems, and spells.

Blacksmithing
TypeNameReagentsSource
LegsPyrium Legplates of Purified Evil8x40x4x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
LegsUnstoppable Destroyer's Legplates8x40x4x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
LegsFoundations of Courage8x10x4x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristSoul Redeemer Bracers4x30x2x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristBracers of Destructive Strength4x30x2x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristTitanguard Wristplates4x10x2x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone


Enchanting
LevelNameReagentsDescription
515Maelstrom Shatter1xSplits a Maelstrom Crystal into two Heavenly Shards.
515Formula: Enchant Weapon - Executioner6x10x6x30x3xSold by Dealer Jadyan. Not limited quantity


Inscription
LevelNameReagentsDescription
105Glyph of Shadow3x1xAlters the appearance of your Shadowform.


Leatherworking
SlotNameReagentsSource
LegsLeggings of Nature's Champion8x40x4x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
LegsDeathscale Leggings8x40x4x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
LegsBladeshadow Leggings8x20x20x4x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
LegsRended Earth Leggings8x25x10x10x4x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristsBracers of Flowing Serenity4x10x10x10x2x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristsThundering Deathscale Wristguards4x20x30x2x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristsBladeshadow Wristguards4x20x20x2x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristsBracers of the Hunter-Killer4x20x20x2x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone


Tailoring
SlotNameReagentsSource
LegsWorld Mender's Pants8x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
LegsLavaquake Legwraps8x8xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristDreamwraps of the Light8x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone
WristBracers of Unconquered Power5x4xDragon Soul Raid Zone
ChestBlack Silk Vest5x4xWorld Drop?


Jewelcrafting
LevelNameReagentsSource
510Vicious Sapphire Ring1x4x8xJewelcrafting Trainer
510Vicious Amberjewel Band1x4x8xJewelcrafting Trainer
510Vicious Ruby Signet1x4x8xJewelcrafting Trainer
520Vicious Sapphire Necklace1x5x8x4xJewelcrafting Trainer
520Vicious Amberjewel Pendant1x5x8x4xJewelcrafting Trainer
520Vicious Ruby Choker1x5x8x6xJewelcrafting Trainer


Epic Gems
Epic quality gems were released in Patch 4.3 however they are not obtainable through prospecting ore this time. You can obtain them from:


  • Bosses within the Dragon Soul raid.
  • Mote of Darkness, which are obtained from the first 7 boss' in Dragon Soul, are used to purchase a Crystalline Geodes from Dasnurimi on the ground floor of Wyrmrest Temple within the Dragon Soul raid that reward either an uncommon, rare, or epic gem.
  • Essence of Corrupted Deathwing drops from Madness of Deathwing in Dragon Soul and are used to purchase Elementium-Coated Geode from Dasnurimi on the ground floor of Wyrmrest Temple within the Dragon Soul raid which obtain either a Shadow Spinal (Purple), Lava Coral (Orange) or Queens Garnet (Red).
  • Patterns are purchaseable from vendors in Orgrimmar & Stormwind. Purchasing a Tome of Burning Jewels costs 4 x Illustrious Jewelcrafter's Token and rewards a random epic quality JC pattern, or you can purchase individual specific patterns for 5 x Illustrious Jewelcrafter's Token per pattern.
  • Currently Jewelcrafting only gems are not being upgraded.




Archaeology

Archaeology leveling speed was also increased, now granting 5-9 fragments per dig. The number of fragments required to solve an artifact has also been decreased slightly. The Archy addon that we previously reviewed has been updated for 4.3 as well!


Fishing

Fishing leveling speed was increased with Patch 4.3, now taking roughly half of the time to level 1-525. El of El's Anglin did the leveling and made a nice graph.



Summer 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Internships
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
What’s better than playing Blizzard games? Shaping them!

Blizzard Entertainment’s internship program is designed to give college students an opportunity to work directly with development teams and business operations departments to gain hands-on experience.

We have opportunities in departments throughout the company, including development, licensing, eSports, publishing, and quality assurance.
Internship Program At-A-Glance

  • Applicants must be currently studying at a university or college in the United States and planning to return to school in the fall of 2012 after the internship
  • 12-week paid opportunities during the summer
  • Located at Blizzard headquarters in Irvine, CA
  • Applications must be submitted no later than January 31, 2012

If you’re a student, or know of one who’d be interested, head on over to the Internships page to submit your application!

Blizzard Entertainment's Student Art Contest
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Blizzard Entertainment's university relations and World of Warcraft development team are proud to present their first-ever student art contest.

If you’re a current university or college student you could be one of three grand-prize winners to be awarded a package containing a t-shirt, a free year of World of Warcraft, a Blizzard notebook containing an original sketch, and a three-month mentorship with a World of Warcraft artist! Submissions must consist of a 3D modeled and textured set piece, fit for use in World of Warcraft.

Check out the link for more information, official rules, and submission form.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2012. Good luck!

Blizzard Holiday Dessert Contest 2011
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Most people enjoy the holiday tradition of sharing a meal with family and friends -- and delicious desserts are a big part of the reason why. This year, we're hungry to see you spread holiday joy from your kitchen by cooking up sweet culinary creations -- and finishing them off with a Blizzard touch.

Simply prepare and decorate a Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo-themed dessert. Take a picture of your creative confection and submit it, and you might just find something special under your tree from Greatfather Winter!

We will handpick three of the most inventive, hearth-warming, or funny entries to win awesome prizes:

First Place
  • Wilton Ultimate Decorating Set
  • Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard
  • Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset
  • Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse

Second Place
  • Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard
  • Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset
  • Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse

Third Place
  • StarCraft II Zerg Edition Messenger Bag

We're waiting to see what delightful, dazzling, and delicious submissions you whip up. The contest begins on November 29. If you're ready to put on your apron and get cooking, you can find the contest rules here.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Darkmoon Faire Live, Patch 4.3 Profession Changes, Blizzard Contests and Internships started by chaud View original post
Comments 79 Comments
  1. Livermunch's Avatar
    Not liking the fishing and archaeology nerf I felt special having them maxed
  1. andea's Avatar
    [QUOTE=greyghost;14499767]Fishing and Archaeology leveling rates didn't need nerfing, what needed nerfing was the Guild Achievement for fishing.

    I've got characters in huge, level 25 guilds that normally have more than 50 people on at one given time, any time of day... and they just in the last two weeks got the fishing achievements to make the Fish Feasts.

    The guild I actually raid with isn't even close to getting it yet, even with 2-3 people devoting time towards leveling it when they can (an hour after raids, normally). There is minimal incentive to fish from pools, which is what the guild achievement demands. This is because the best food that people want (lavascale minestrone, sagefish tails or fortune cookies) don't involve catching fish from pools. The achievements could've been done in WotLK, maybe, but definitely not now. To work on this guild achievement in this expansion is a grind for just the sake of the achievement which runs counter to Blizzard's design intent. Screwing with the leveling rate won't fix it.

    ---------- Post added 2011-12-04 at 11:45 PM ----------



    What my guild did with about 8 of us, over a few nights.... We went to borean Tundra, kill the animals to get the blood debuff, went into the water to wash it off, and then had people fish in the blood pool. We had 4 running blood and 4 fishing. Not sure if this still works but it took us only a few hours.
  1. lostdrewid's Avatar
    ...people felt special having *those* professions maxed? How can you have done so little in this game that *that* is something you consider special? My main did the work for fishing and archy. I do *not* need that kind of headache on my alts.
  1. Barracks00's Avatar
    I don't recall reading about it, but it seems that tailors' Northern Cloth Scavenging works on Cataclysm mobs now.
  1. thunderdragon2's Avatar
    aowch that ticket nerf hur theres atotal of wat 9 quests? 4 of witch seem to be 1 time only

    as a mount and pet collector this disapoints me as the fair is only avalioble for 7 days a month....

    180 per mount and 90 per id like to see the price comne dow and/or more attractions apear
  1. furydeath's Avatar
    Wanna talk fun who all remember leveling fishing to 300? :
  1. JebJoya's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    You can also argue that the gems are even allowed for Raiders who aren't able to do a full clear of Dragon Soul off the bat. This week, my guild only got 2 epic gems from 20(!!) geodes. That isn't even remotely CLOSE to what my guild needs in preparation for progression.
    2 from 20? Wow, you're lucky! On our raid night (4 bosses down, 10 man raid, so 40 geodes) we got 1. It was me though, so

    Back on topic, I'm quite looking forward to jumping on to give the DMF a go, but I have to say I'm not too bothered about the prizes, not really a collector - guess I can get the transmog gear or something though - I assume these aren't class specific? As a DK, not sure what I want to transmog to - only done my head piece so far, just because I had one in my bag at the time... Maybe the Acherus gear I guess? Meh.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by beigemore View Post
    I don't recall reading about it, but it seems that tailors' Northern Cloth Scavenging works on Cataclysm mobs now.
    That went in for 4.1 I think, if not earlier.
  1. seru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by beigemore View Post
    I don't recall reading about it, but it seems that tailors' Northern Cloth Scavenging works on Cataclysm mobs now.
    cata mobs drop extra frostweave?

    edit: i think it always been there... remeber from cata begining looting extra cloth from mobs in dungeons when only tailor there
  1. Holydruid's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fir_ost View Post
    nerfed fishing and archeology :| kinda sad was nice to have something which needed a bit of dedication
    You mean not having anything better to do than fishing.. in a freaking game... and it takes for frekkin' ever to reach max level.
  1. arukas's Avatar
    Engeneering kicked in the nuts again!
  1. ruzdu's Avatar
    Yay for the fishing and archeology changes. Finally gonna do it on more than one alt.
  1. Rolly's Avatar
    Oh look gems and recipes for raiders only.

    All I can say is 11 days to go BAAAABY.
  1. Greyback's Avatar
    just talked to a gm he stated that jc only gems will receive an upgrade later in the 4.3 progression with another patch.
  1. Juicebox's Avatar
    I can confirm that the spawnplaces for archeology seems to be changed. I barely had two spawnplaces in one zone before. Now I'm getting 2-3 in the same zone everytime!
  1. Venteus's Avatar
    Nice! Maybe I can finally farm that Tol'vir archeology mount now..
  1. MasterOutlaw's Avatar
    The fishing nerf is a good thing since it was such a huge and unnecessary grind. It also depresses me, however, since I had just finally made myself grind it out to cap (having never bothered after capping it the first time back in Wrath) barely a month ago. I never bothered with arch simply because it was an even worse grind than fishing, but with the changes I might pick it up.
  1. huth's Avatar
    Profession quests still give more than one ticket, and reputation gain is 250 DMF. 275 includes the 10% guild bonus already.
  1. Juicebox's Avatar
    It seems they've also increased the spawn rate of Tol'Vir digsites. I just hit the proper skill to get them, but so far I've been getting one Tol'Vir digsite everytime I dig somewhere else. As soon as one pops up, I go straight there before doing a digsite that's not Tol'Vir.
  1. Nightfury Treann's Avatar
    just checked the cave on the east of the map, and there's nothing XD, just some crabs there, why's that cave there then?

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