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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.
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Comments 79 Comments
  1. Barimalek's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by yell View Post
    bye bye.


    Hint for other look at the "under construction" tents.
    Yeah , but you know what ? WHY releasing half-finished content ? And WHY doing the nerf NOW , instead of when those "under constructions" tents will be finished ? Darkmoon Fair is the biggest grind in all WoW right now .
  1. Brimi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by keldoen View Post
    Poor engineering. No goggle upgrades, no new guns and in fact, Nothing new at all. Man i should change to blacksmithing.
    Hear! hear!
  1. lanerios's Avatar
    Gratz Blizzard on nerfing the 2 only things my guild really liked in the game. (Yea, we are grinders, stop whining ok?) Pathetic change, but alas, even the raiders need to have food fast instead of working for it I guess. Archeology? Why nerf an FUN profession? If you need the epics for progression, stop raiding.
  1. juggerneat's Avatar
    Nerf more.
  1. Kennycommenter's Avatar
    I think it's clever they took out Transmute for epic gems, I know several people, as well as myself who were ready to transmute on day 1 of 4.3
  1. bbr's Avatar
    Good for new people, but an insult to the work people already put into fishing and archaeology so far. :/ They are horrible skills to raise, no doubt at that,... but there SHOULD be skills that are hard. so you have something to DO, to raise, to keep working on - however slowly. THAT is the thing that gives you the sense of actually ACCOMPLISHING something. Not "oh fishing? yeah i leveled that in two hours"... Dumbing the work down, means people are less involved with the progress their characters make, it lowers the value people put to the work they accomplish, and makes it emotionally easier to quit.
  1. Bub's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by arukas View Post
    Engeneering kicked in the nuts again!
    Especially ally engineers...
    Horde got 2 new mount tracks with Cata, and all we have is a picture frame as a rare drop.
    And you have to be worgen to place photo of yourself in it. As a new "ally mount"...

    Not even talking 'bout new guns or eng head (c'mon! Blizz got better things to do) :O(

    ---------- Post added 2011-12-05 at 02:41 PM ----------

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

    What is it? Joke? What 'bout ppl who doesn't have time running endless heroics in hope to get drop? To get one freakin' pet we have to wait 2 months? Not even talking 'bout to collect them all + mounts...

    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.
    Go on Blizz... U r the best. Lets make this game more "made in China" for brainless ppl.
  1. slayton's Avatar
    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.
    Go on Blizz... U r the best. Lets make this game more "made in China" for brainless ppl.[/QUOTE]

    Because getting fragments at a way slower rate requires more brain power? I am not seeing your logic here.

    I've maxed out both fishing and archaeology and have ALL the achievements associated with both (sans that damn turtle mount).
    I for one am happy that other people don't need to go through a ridiculous grind just to enjoy a profession. I also don't understand how some people seem to imply that archaeology will lose its fun now. Unless the grind itself was fun for you everything that was actually enjoyable about Arch is still there. Aka finding and reading about the interesting items you dig up.
  1. slayton's Avatar
    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. Go on Blizz... U r the best. Lets make this game more "made in China" for brainless ppl.[/QUOTE] Because getting fragments at a way slower rate requires more brain power? I am not seeing your logic here. I've maxed out both fishing and archaeology and have ALL the achievements associated with both (sans that damn turtle mount). I for one am happy that other people don't need to go through a ridiculous grind just to enjoy a profession. I also don't understand how some people seem to imply that archaeology will lose its fun now. Unless the grind itself was fun for you everything that was actually enjoyable about Arch is still there. Aka finding and reading about the interesting items you dig up.
  1. Tzunade's Avatar
    In my opinion, i guess they need to put another way to get epic gems. Why now they don't let the alchemyst transmute? I guess cause they don't want the people get epic gems easy, but what happen with PvPers or people that can't raid on normal and heroic and only raid on finder????? that is not fair for JC and alchemist to get money, so then why they wait all this time to get epic and now no? this is insane really, i don't know what are they looking now.
  1. lustyevilgnome's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bub View Post
    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.
    Go on Blizz... U r the best. Lets make this game more "made in China" for brainless ppl.
    So leveling archaeology at the slower pace required a lot of smarts, did it?
  1. Bub's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lustyevilgnome View Post
    So leveling archaeology at the slower pace required a lot of smarts, did it?
    Nope.
    But look at nerf history over the years.
    Game become more and more simple with every patch. Most of professions r useless now.
    But once again it's MO as a person who's playing since vanilla.
  1. Hellaciouss's Avatar
    Saddened nothing was added for Alchemy. Not even new Alchemy only trinkets. Can't make much money through Alch anymore. Everyone just uses those dumb cauldrons for flasks for their raids, and pretty much no one uses them outside of raids. Getting those to be BoE would be a good start.
  1. ZenX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bub View Post
    Nope.
    But look at nerf history over the years.
    Game become more and more simple with every patch. Most of professions r useless now.
    But once again it's MO as a person who's playing since vanilla.
    I beg to differ having to fish through all the way to illustrious, at some point I even missed my Dire Maul grinds, oh the horror

    Actually, the old version were bad, the problem is, Blizzard doesn't apply such fixes properly as removing of such a time-sink would require them to add an additional one if it is to be considered a true fix...
  1. PaisleyFox's Avatar
    Aw, it's too bad that the internships require you to return to school afterwards. I'm graduating in May. I guess I'm still mainly trying for Disney!
  1. Terbear624's Avatar
    I have both my fishing and my Archaeology maxed but I'm so glad Blizz made a change to them. They are the most annoying pointless grind.Thank you Blizz
  1. BrotheerDog's Avatar
    The only change that was needed for archeology was either the ability to lock-out a race, or put a cap on fragmaents per race to keep from getting nothing but nightelf sites, even on continents where they shouldn't spawn. Mild exageration, but not really.

    The only other changes would be to add more items. Perhaps even change that "Wisp Amulet" into a pet and extend the time on "Bones of Transformation" without it getting cancelled from doing any action.
  1. lanerios's Avatar
    Short: A lot of posters here want the archeology epics without any work whatsoever. Guys, they solved that for you. It's called LFR and the AH, might want to check them out ok?
  1. mikekolas's Avatar
    Does anyone know which is the maximum amount of tickets in one week?

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