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by Published on 2011-08-11 05:56 PM

Void Storage and Transmogrifier - Patch 4.3 Teasing?
A teaser on the official Warcraft Facebook Page hints at two new types of NPCs coming in a future patch, most likely Patch 4.3: the Transmogrifier and Void Storage NPCs.

"Transmogrifier" seems to hint at a way to change the appearance of something, the first thing coming to my mind is either a way to change the look of your items (it was experimented in the past with things such as Darkspear Overcloak but dropped later). I guess it could also be a way to change facial/body features on characters.

The "Void Storage" is probably ... well, another kind of storage? Or a high-tech magic trash can.

by Published on 2011-08-11 03:56 AM

Important - Also today, Patch 4.2.2 now available on Test Realms + Patch 4.2.2 Patch Notes

World first Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest by Siiz (US-Senjin / Premonition)
Siiz from Premonition (US - Sen'jin) was the first player in the world to acquire Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest! Congratulations to him.

And to answer the top 2 questions about the mount portion of the staff:


  • The mount has a 1.5 sec cast time just like any other mount.
  • People can't ride on your back.
  • The giant dragon in the 2nd screenshot isn't the mount, it's Tarecgosa during the end event of the questline.






Patch 4.2 Hotfixes - August 10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
August 10

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Applicable death knight abilities are now using the correct amount of resources (and putting them on cooldown) when there are 4 Death Runes available and the Unholy Runes are depleted.

Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Druids that shapeshift will now clear the Potion of Illusion buff.

Mage (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Combustion damage from Ignite is no longer penalized by Resilience more than once, nor can it gain double benefit from Flashburn (mastery).

Dungeons & Raids
Dungeon Finder
  • If a player is kicked by vote from a dungeon finder group, the leader of the group is no longer able to invite that player back.

Firelands
  • Rogue Smoke Bombs cannot prevent the spawning of Magma Traps during the fight against Ragnaros.
  • Several creatures in the Firelands are no longer susceptible to snares or other immobilizing effects.
  • Unbound Pyrelords, Unbound Smoldering Elementals, Unbound Blazing Elementals, and Patriarch Fire Turtles now drop silver instead of gold.

Guilds
  • The Recently Mass Resurrected debuff is correctly being applied to players who are in the process of logging out of the game.

Items
  • Brawler's Trophy and Core of Ripeness cannot be active at the same time as each other, or other burst trinkets.
  • Eternal Embers are now epic quality.
  • Heirloom items can once again be linked in chat.
  • Creating a macro to use the Runestaff of Nordrassil multiple times will only trigger the use once.

Quests & Creatures
Hyjal Regrowth & Molten Front
  • The Burning Treants summoned by the Druid of the Flame now disappear when the summoner is captured.
  • 3 different elementals spawn on any given day for the Death From Above achievement, up from 1.
by Published on 2011-08-11 12:24 AM

Update - Added official notes from the patch files.

Patch 4.2.2 now available on Test Realms
Patch 4.2.2 is confirmed'ish and now available for download to anyone who tries to connect on test realms. No signs of community managers today yet, we will most likely have to wait before we get any information on testing and/or patch notes. The PTR servers aren't online yet.


World of Warcraft Patch 4.2.2 - Patch Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Dungeons & Raids
Firelands
  • The visibility of Ragnaros' Dreadflame ability has been increased.
  • The size of Ragnaros' hit box during the final phase of the Heroic encounter has been increased.

User Interface
  • Raid Frames should now remember whether they were shown or hidden upon subsequent logins

Technical
  • Players using multiple accounts should now be available to be invited to a Real ID Party.
  • Attempts to purchase Arena Season 10 items should no longer sometimes cause a client crash. (Korea Only)
by Published on 2011-08-10 04:21 PM

Patch 4.2.2 on Test Realms soon?
A wild Patch 4.2.2 appeared on the test realms download servers a couple of hours ago, and it looks like we'll go through a bugfix patch before we get to see Patch 4.3.

Important - Most of these changes are nothing more than tooltip fixes to reflect Patch 4.2 Hotfixes already active on live servers. I'm mostly documenting them for the sake of it.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Achievement Changes
PvP - Arena
  • Challenger now also includes Vicious Gladiators.
  • Gladiator now also includes Vicious Gladiators.
  • Duelist now also includes Vicious Gladiators.
  • Rival now also includes Vicious Gladiators.

PvP - Tol Barad

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Blood
  • Improved Death Strike increases damage done by Death Strike by 40/80/120%, up from 30/60/90%. Increases critical strike chance by 10/20/30%, up from 3/6/9%.

Shaman (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Elemental
  • Shamanism gives an additional 32% benefit from spell power, up from 20%.

Items
World Events

Weapons
  • Deflecting Star is now bound when picked up.
  • Lava Bolt Crossbow now increases haste by 81 instead of mastery by 75. Increases critical strike rating by 88, down from 91.
  • Lava Bolt Crossbow (H) now increases haste by 92 instead of mastery by 85. Increases critical strike rating by 99, down from 103.

Trinkets

Plate

PvP Gear

Professions
Blacksmithing

Leatherworking

Tailoring

Client Strings
  • LanguageRegions["ptBR"] = 12;
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT = "Guild Name Change Alert";
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT_GM_HELP = "You must pick a new name within the guidelines of our naming policy.";
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT_MEMBER_HELP = "Your guildmaster must pick a new name within then guidelines of our naming policy.";
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT_WARNING = "Your guild has been flagged for a rename.";
  • OLD_GUILD_NAME = "Old Guild Name:";
  • TRIAL_ACCOUNT_LEVEL_CAP_REACHED = "You have reached the maximum possible level on a trial account. [Click Here] to upgrade your account!";
  • TRIAL_ACCOUNT_MONEY_CAP_REACHED = "You already have the maximum amount of money on a trial account. [Click Here] to upgrade your account!";
  • TRIAL_CAPPED_MONEY = "Trial money cap reached.";
by Published on 2011-08-10 04:27 AM

Stats - Character Gender Ratios
News has been slow and we've been looking at building random stats to keep you interested! We're still working on the juicy stuff but let's start with character gender ratios!

You might think that Female Dwarves are player's least favorite female model, but you would be mistaken! Female Orcs take the lead by a few percent margin in our poll of Level 85 characters.

Race Male Female
Human 66.48% 33.52%
Orc 89.34% 10.66%
Dwarf 86.72% 13.28%
Night Elf 56.2% 43.8%
Undead 77.4% 22.6%
Tauren 85.82% 14.18%
Gnome 69.43% 30.57%
Troll 74.24% 25.76%
Goblin 72.44% 27.56%
Blood Elf 55.05% 44.95%
Draenei 47.73% 52.27%
Worgen 80% 20%



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Tier 11 Shoulders and Head for Justice Points
Sometimes raids don't go our way. Sometimes drops don't go our way. I think anyone who has ever farmed for a mount or a particular piece of gear has had a similar experience and, while not getting a drop can be frustrating, one hopes that delayed gratification adds a little savor when you finally do obtain the object of your desire. Good things really do come to those who wait, or at least, exercise persistence and patience.

I should add that, unlike the olden days, you aren't leaving empty handed from any boss encounter, and you can spend the Valor Points you're obtaining to acquire even more powerful gear. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)


We Want Your Comics!
We’ve spent 8 years adding awesome community comics to our Comics section, but we’re far from finished. We’re looking for the best new World of Warcraft comics to become front page news on our site, and we’d love to have your help, whether you’re a seasoned contributor or a first-time cartoonist. If you’d like to have your comic displayed on our website, submit it here. (Blue Tracker / Official Blog)

API - HTML scraping no longer allowed
This is important to anyone who is still scraping the new Armory HTML, as it will break anything that relies on doing so.
Originally Posted by Osundir (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Now that the API is live, we want to make you all aware that HTML datamining (via us.battle.net/wow or any of the other regional wow sites) is not acceptable. Within the next 7 days, we will start to blacklist users that are making excessive requests to our regular community sites.

If you are currently in the process of porting over to the API and have not requested a key yet, please do so. We do not want to interrupt service for community sites that are following that path.

Unless you're making 1000s of requests a day, its unlikely you'll get caught up in this. This is highly unlikely to apply to blue tracker sites (Assuming they are doing it sensibly), or personal guild sites.

New World of Warcraft Fan Wallpaper
The World of Warcraft Fan Wallpapers section has been updated with a new wallpaper titled "Cataclysm" by Shock.




Trading Card Game Art Gallery Update
The Trading Card game art gallery has been updated with ten new pieces.





NVIDIA Drivers
A quick note for those of you that keep your drivers up to date. There are some significant bugs in the 280.26 drivers that were recently released, including a bug that makes cards run warm. Avoid upgrading until a fixed driver is released.
by Published on 2011-08-08 06:29 PM

Update - Added today's few blue posts. Sadly, nothing really new/exciting and no news of Patch 4.3 yet.
Update - Added Patch 4.2.0A Official Notes

Patch 4.2.0a deployed on live realms
Patch 4.2.0a has been deployed on live realms and your game build should now be 14480. We're not really sure what bugs are fixed with this patch, hopefully we'll get official notes at some point.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Bug Fixes
  • Using an instant cast spell right after a target dies should no longer re-target the dead target’s body.
  • Using an ability immediately after switching targets should no longer affect the previous target.
  • Resolved a movement error when jumping onto an object while experiencing a low frame rate.
  • Mac: Fixed a bug preventing shift and mouse wheel commands from registering properly.
  • Resolved issues that were causing client crashes near Beth’tilac in the Firelands.
  • Disconnecting while riding as a passenger in a vehicle should no longer cause an error upon subsequent login.
  • Entering a password with Japanese Hiragana selected as the keyboard type should no longer cause a crash.
  • Resolved an issue that was causing the client to crash under certain conditions when minimizing the game client.

Items
  • The tooltip color for heirloom items has been returned to gold.

Quests
  • A move enforcement issue has been resolved that was affecting the death knight starting area quest Death Comes From on High.
  • Tarecgosa's platform during the cutscene from Alignment (Elemental Bonds legendary quest) should now be visible before she lands on it.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Tier 11 Shoulders and Head for Justice Points
As of this moment, there aren't any plans to make those items available for Justice Points.

That doesn't necessarily mean that those items are still out of reach, though. We re-tuned the tier 11 raid instances in the hopes that players who haven't seen that content might be willing to give them a shot. If you don't have a group of friends or guild mates that are interested in trying out those raids, the Raid Browser is an under-used tool that can be convenient for getting a raid group started, or for filling the gaps in your raid composition.

(For those who are unaware, the Raid Browser is available as a menu button at the bottom of your interface titled 'Raid') (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Why does Blizzcon exist? Can't Blizzard just attend E3?
E3 is an expo primarily geared toward employees and press in the gaming industry. BlizzCon is a convention we host ourselves for our Blizzard gaming communities. In order to make sure it's packed full of cool stuff, we need to make sure it roughly pays for itself.

The size, scope, and purpose of BlizzCon is so different from E3 that there's no meaningful way to compare the two. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hiring Game Masters
Hiring Game Masters is a lengthy and expensive process, and one that we are constantly going through. Speaking as a former Game Master myself, it's not an easy job. There's a lot of demands that need to be made, both from the employer and the players that you interact with. Much training is required, and even then, some tasks are limited to more experienced Game Masters.

This is a topic that comes up frequently, and it seems to stem from the general lack of knowledge about how we do the things that we do in Customer Support. Some of that will have to remain a well-protected secret - we provide the best customer support that we can, and we feel that's something extremely valuable that no other company offers at the same level. We know it's important to you guys, and we agree.

However, we're also working on ways to bring to light our policies, procedures, and our day to day lives here so that our players can better understand what's necessary to get these difficult tasks done in the best and most efficient way possible. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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