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by Published on 2011-06-15 01:29 AM

Valor Point Conversion in 4.2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World of Warcraft update 4.2, Rage of the Firelands, will introduce the first new raid tier in Cataclysm, and with that it will also introduce the first conversion from Valor Points to Justice Points. For anyone running Heroics and raids, this is important information to ensure you spend your points wisely before release of the patch.

With the release of patch 4.2 all Valor Points will be converted down to Justice Points up to the 4000 point cap, with any points over the cap being converted to gold at a rate of 47 silver per point. In addition, all previous Tier 11 Valor items will now be purchasable with Justice from the Justice Point vendors, and new Tier 12 Valor items will be available from the Valor vendors.

For example: I have 3300 Justice Points and 1600 Valor Points. Upon logging in after 4.2 releases I’ll see that my Valor has been down-converted to Justice; I now have 4000 Justice Points and 0 Valor Points. 900 of my Valor Points were over the 4000 point cap, they converted at a rate of 47 silver per point (.47x900), and so I received 423 gold as compensation.

The maximum you can have is 4000 Justice points, and Justice will be able to buy Tier 11 gear, so it’s important to go ahead and spend Valor before 4.2 if the conversion would take you over the 4000-point Justice cap and you have no need for the gold.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Clarification: Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
Dragonwrath is designed to be DOT-friendly. Simply put, it has a chance to copy each tick of a DOT spell. There is no internal cooldown, since we want it to be good for warlocks and Shadow priests.

Furthermore, the proc chance is adjusted favorably for pet specs that derive a significant portion of their DPS from pets.

Our goal is to tune Dragonwrath in such a way that you can give it to any caster without anticipating certain classes or specs getting a bigger benefit than others. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The Daily Blink - Lament of an Ex-Mage
The Daily Blink feels very sorry for tanks today.

by Published on 2011-06-14 09:49 AM

Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14288
A new build is being deployed on test realms. The build isn't a release candidate anymore and is flagged as "Test" but it's already 4 days old and I doubt it will have any impact on the release date of the patch.


Also, the language selection menu is now fully implemented and the game is now available in all localizations just by selecting the language from the menu and restart their game. It it looks like more languages are now available and all languages seem to be fully supported in-game.


Strings
The description of the arena season confirms slightly that the patch is to be expected on June 21st.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Arena
  • ARENA_MASTER_NO_SEASON_TEXT = "Arena battles and Rated Battlegrounds are only available during an active player versus player combat season. Season 10 will begin one week after the end of Season 9, so be prepared at that time to take your shot at glory!";

Trial Accounts
  • TRIAL_CAPPED = "Trial cap reached.";
  • TRIAL_LEVEL_CAPPED = "Trial level cap reached.";
  • TRIAL_RESTRICTED = "You need to convert your account to access this feature.";



Spell Changes
Note: Don't pay attention to the tooltips of druid spells, they're slightly bugged for the moment, just stick to the nice notes below.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Leatherworking

Death Knight (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Unholy

Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Balance
  • Starfire damage has been increased by 23%.
  • Wrath damage has been increased by 23%.

Feral
  • Mangle now deals 540% normal damage plus 302, instead of 530% normal damage plus 315.
  • Rake initial damage on hit now deals the same damage as each periodic tick (and is treated the same for all combat calculations). Periodic damage now gains 14.7% of attack power per tick, up from 12.6%, and base damage per tick has been lowered from 557 to 56. There is a known issue with Rake's tooltip being incorrect from this change will be corrected in a future patch. (Taken from official notes, tooltip bugged)
  • Ravage (Cat) now deals 950% damage plus 532, instead of 975% damage plus 330.
  • Shred now deals 540% damage plus 302, instead of 520% damage plus 330.
  • Savage Roar now increases autoattack damage done by 80%, up from 50%.

Item Set
by Published on 2011-06-14 12:53 AM

Patch 4.2 PTR Notes - 06/13 Update
Blizzard updated the official notes once again, most likely for the last time before the live release.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes: General
General Class Bug Fixes
  • Players should no longer incorrectly receive a message stating they interrupted a spell cast when they did not.
  • Actions bars will no longer briefly disappear when characters that have a stance bar enter a vehicle.

Currency
Conquest & Honor Points
  • All existing Conquest Points in the Currency tab have been converted to Honor Points. Any points above the Honor Point cap must be spent within the next week before Season 10 starts. Once Season 10 begins, all Honor Points exceeding the 4,000 point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of 35 silver per point and mailed to characters.

Dungeon & Raids
The Bastion of Twilight
  • Bound Deluge's Frost Whirl ability now deals 50% less damage.
  • Arion
    • Chain Lightning damage and chain distance has been reduced.

Dungeon & Raid Bug Fixes
  • Bosses are now immune to the shrinking effect from Gnomish Shrink Ray.
  • The achievement Aberrant Behavior should no longer incorrectly reset its kill tracking during the Maloriak encounter in Blackwing Descent.
  • Anshal's Soothing Breeze should no longer cause combat pets to behave erratically in Throne of the Four Winds.
  • Raid Marker icons are now visible in all phases of boss encounters.

Items
  • Applicable tier 11 items now cost Justice Points.

PvP Items & Rewards
  • Applicable Season 9 items now cost Honor Points.

Quests & Creatures
  • Creatures will now display smooth energy regeneration for players.

User Interface
  • The Interface Options screens have changed size to match the Video and Audio screens. This allows for a larger Compact Unit Frames Profiles panel.

Technical
  • The Blizzard Launcher now utilizes Universal Plug and Play for port configuration. If your router supports UPnP it will automatically open the ports that it requires and your downloads will be unrestricted.
by Published on 2011-06-13 04:31 PM

Update - Added a quick HD preview of the T12 Druid Set, because the official one might be a little too small. Yes, I know the hands are bugged on 2 colors but they're also bugged on the official preview so ... I don't know.


Tier 12 Official Preview - Druid and Warrior
Blizzard finally released the last 2 previews of Tier 12 armor sets, the Warrior and Druid sets. It means I finally have a confirmation that the T12 Druid set use pants and I can work on final versions of Tier 12 pages. Yay!



by Published on 2011-06-12 10:00 PM

Druid Fire Cat Form - Fandral's Flamescythe
The premade druids on PTRs are now equipped with Fandral's Flamescythe (Majordomo Staghelm Loot - Firelands Raid) and players had a chance to test a very interesting feature of this weapon: the druid automatically changes into a fire cat when in combat!





Patch 4.2 - Updated Valor Points Rewards
Valor Points rewarded were updated in the latest build of Patch 4.2, names have been moved around, item models have changed, and most importantly a couple of stats were changed. Among other things, Relic items now have a Prismatic gem slot instead of a Red one.

See the updated list below, now with item screenshots.

Level Type Spec Slot Name Price
378ThrownMeleeThrownMorningstar Shard700 x
378ThrownMeleeThrownGiantslicer700 x
378ThrownTankThrownDeflecting Star700 x
378WandSpell DPSRangedTrail of Embers700 x
378WandSpell SpiritRangedScorchvine Wand700 x
378PlateMeleeWristGigantiform Bracers1,250 x
378PlateSpell SpiritWristBracers of Imperious Truths1,250 x
378PlateTankWristBracers of Regal Force1,250 x
378MailPhysical DPSWristBracers of Forked Lightning1,250 x
378MailSpell SpiritWristBracers of Misting Ash1,250 x
378LeatherMeleeWristFlamebinder Bracers1,250 x
378LeatherSpell SpiritWristSmolderskull Bindings1,250 x
378ClothSpell DPSWristEmberflame Bracers1,250 x
378ClothSpell SpiritWristFiresoul Wristguards1,250 x
378NeckMeleeNeckStoneheart Choker1,250 x
378NeckPhysical DPSNeckNecklace of Smoke Signals1,250 x
378NeckSpell DPSNeckAmulet of Burning Brilliance1,250 x
378NeckSpell SpiritNeckFiremind Pendant1,250 x
378NeckTankNeckStoneheart Necklace1,250 x
378FingerMeleeFingerSerrated Brimstone Signet1,250 x
378FingerPhysical DPSFingerSplintered Brimstone Seal1,250 x
378FingerSpell DPSFingerCrystalline Brimstone Ring1,250 x
378FingerSpell SpiritFingerSoothing Brimstone Circle1,250 x
378FingerTankFingerDeflecting Brimstone Band1,250 x
378RelicMeleeRelicRelic of the Elemental Lords1,250 x
378RelicPhysical DPSRelicCovenant of the Flame700 x
378RelicSpell DPSRelicSoulflame Vial700 x
378RelicSpell SpiritRelicSinged Plume of Aviana700 x
378RelicTankRelicDeathclutch Figurine700 x


Avengers of Hyjal - Updated Reputation Rewards
The Avengers of Hyjal reputation rewards now seem to be final and it's time for a recap! All the items now have screenshots and I also included prices and reputation requirements for each item.

Level Type Spec Slot NameFactionReputationPrice
391FingerMeleeFingerObsidian Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerPhysical DPSFingerViridian Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerSpell DPSFingerInfernal Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerSpell SpiritFingerQuicksilver Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerTankFingerAdamantine Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
378TrinketMeleeTrinketEssence of the Eternal FlameAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketPhysical DPSTrinketAncient Petrified SeedAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketSpellTrinketRune of ZethAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketSpell SpiritTrinketFiery QuintessenceAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketTankTrinketStay of ExecutionAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378PlateMeleeWaistCinch of the Flaming EmberAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378PlateSpell DPSWaistBelt of the Seven SealsAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378PlateTankWaistGirdle of the Indomitable FlameAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378MailPhysical DPSWaistFirearrow BeltAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378MailSpell DPSWaistFiremend CinchAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378LeatherPhysical DPSWaistFlamebinding GirdleAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378LeatherSpell DPSWaistFirescar SashAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378ClothSpell DPSWaistEmbereye BeltAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378BackMeleeBackBladed Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackPhysical DPSBackSleek Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackSpell DPSBackRippling Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackSpell SpiritBackFlowing Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackTankBackDurable Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250


Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
New SSDs are here, faster and more expensive than the current generation. Look for small price drops over the next few months as the last gen is put on sale. New AMD CPUs will be here in August or later, performance is still unknown.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date. If you experience problems after updating, roll back to the recommended Nvidia Drivers.

New to building your own computer? ArsTechnica recently released a nice guide for new builders (Part 2 and Part 3). They don't talk about it specifically, but Artic Silver 5 is standard for thermal compound, avoid using what came with your heatsink. Usually it is easier to connect the case headers when the motherboard is not in the case, provided the wires are long enough. She does mention a five hour build time, two hours seems more likely.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals/Monitors

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $130ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $202
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $25Cyborg V.5 - $38
MouseLogitech MX518 - $45Logitech G500 - $54
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $306Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $499
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $65Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $74 ($110)
MouseRazer Deathadder - $45Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $69
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $70



Puppy and Dolphin

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $36NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36
Power SupplyCorsair Builder Series CX V2 500 - $60Corsair 650TX V2 - $80
CPUAMD Athlon II X4 640 AM3 - $100AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $112
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30
MotherboardASUS M4A88TD-V EVO AM3 - AMD 880G - $110Asus AM3+ 880G M5A88-V EVO - $127
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $424GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $62
Graphics CardXFX 6770 - $130XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $145/ $170
Hard DriveSAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $61SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $61
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$595$679 / $704


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $60Cooler Master HAF932 - $155
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $80Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $130
CPUIntel i5-2500k - $224Intel i7-2600k - $336
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $58Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80
MotherboardASUS P8P67-M PRO - $147ASUS Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - $210
Memory4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $628GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $106
Graphics CardXFX 6950 1GB OR EVGA GTX 560 Ti- $245 / $225XFX 6970 OR EVGA GTX 570 - $320 / $330
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $250
OR
OCZ 120 GB Agility 3 (Review) - $210
Intel 510 Series 120 GB (Review) - $285
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $270
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$972 - $1298$1663 - $1748
by Published on 2011-06-10 11:16 PM

Update - Zarhym clarified who the "Molten Lords" required to start the legendary questline are.
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Molten Lords are mobs in the Firelands. Killing one will unlock the quest for you, after which you need to visit Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar or the Wizard's Sanctum in Stormwind to pick up the quest.

You do not have to have defeated any bosses from the previous tier. That was a requirement we ultimately decided to get rid of.
For more information, check the preview posted a couple of weeks ago!



Patch 4.2 PTR Notes - 06/10 Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
New Quest Chain: Elemental Bonds
  • A New quest line is now available to level-85 Horde and Alliance characters, bringing brave adventurers to Thrall's aid. The Call of the World-Shaman, the quest which will point players toward Thrall and The Nordrassil Summit, can be obtained in Stormwind or Orgrimmar.

New Raid: The Firelands
  • Located within the Elemental Plane, the Firelands is an all-new 10- and 25-player raid featuring normal and Heroic difficulties! Battle-hardened veterans of the Horde and Alliance now have an opportunity to strike at Ragnaros the Firelord and his loyal servants by venturing into their domain via Sulfuron Spire in Mount Hyjal.

New Legendary Item: Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
  • Steadfast raiders have an opportunity to embark on a series of quests to create an all-new legendary caster staff. In order to begin the process of assembling the staff, players must first kill a Molten Lord in the Firelands. Once a Molten Lord is killed, players can accept the quest A Legendary Engagement from Ziradormi or Coridormi in Orgrimmar or Stormwind.

New User Interface Feature: Dungeon Journal
  • A host of dungeon information is now built into the user interface via the all-new Dungeon Journal. This feature can be accessed via a new button in the Navigation tray from anywhere in the world. Boss background story, encounter details, abilities, and loot can be viewed with the Dungeon Journal for all bosses which have been integrated into the new system (this includes bosses for all Cataclysm dungeons and raids). Additional dungeons are planned to be incorporated in future updates.

Dungeons & Raids
  • Raid Profiles have been added which allow players to save the raid window user interface layout based on type of content (i.e. 10-player raids, 25-player raids, Battlegrounds, etc.) for future use.
    • Players can select PvE, PvP, specialization, and group size. Each Raid Profile type will then automatically setup going forward.
    • The pullout panel will be available for 5-player content as well when Show Raid Frames is selected.
    • Raid Profiles can list groups horizontally as well as vertically.
  • A Raid button has been added to the Navigation tray which will bring players straight to the Raid window in the Social pane.

Valor Points
  • The maximum number of Valor Points which can be earned in a week from any and all applicable dungeons and raids is now 980, down from 1250.
  • The maximum number of Valor Points awarded for completing Rise of the Zandalari dungeons remains at 980.
  • The maximum number of Valor Points awarded for completing Heroic dungeons remains at 490.
  • The number of Valor Points awarded for killing a boss in the Firelands is 70 in 10-player mode, and 90 in 25-player mode.
  • The number of Valor Points awarded for killing Occu'thar in Baradin Hold is 35 in 10-player mode, and 45 in 25-player mode.
  • The number of Valor Points awarded for killing a boss on Heroic difficulty in The Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four winds is 35 in 10-player mode, and 45 in 25-player mode.

Baradin Hold
  • Occu'thar has broken free from his cage and presents an all-new boss challenge to players in 10- and 25-player arrangements who control Tol Barad.

PvP
Battlegrounds
  • New PvP ground mounts, the Vicious War Wolf (Horde) and Vicious War Steed (Alliance), will be awarded to players for completing achievements to win 75, 150, and 300 Rated Battlegrounds respectively, rather than for being in the top .5% of the ladder at the end of each season as with Arenas. This award system is to better compliment the spirit of Battlegrounds. One account-bound mount will be awarded for each achievement unlocked, allowing players who obtain 150 and 300 Rated Battleground wins to earn this mount a second and third time. The additional mounts earned can then be sent to alt characters, given they’re account-bound. These mounts are awarded as soon as an associated achievement is unlocked and do not correspond with end-of-season rewards.
  • The individual Matchmaking Rating column has been removed from the Rated Battleground scoreboard and replaced with a team Matchmaking Rating.

War Games
  • Many improvements have been made to the War Games interface. It now has its own panel for ease of use and raid/group leaders are the only ones who can challenge another group to War Games.

Death Knight (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Unholy
  • Unholy Might now increases Strength by 10% 20%, up from 5%.

Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Feral
  • Druids now gain 1 attack power per point of Strength, down from 2. They continue to gain 2 attack power per point of Agility while in Cat Form or Bear Form. In addition, Cat Form’s scaling rate from gear upgrades was slower than other classes, which was causing them to fall behind in damage with higher item levels. To counter the Strength change and improve scaling, the following changes have been made. All numbers cited are for level-85 druids.
    • Mangle (Cat) damage at level 80 and above has been increased to 530% 540% weapon damage, up from 460%, and bonus damage has been lowered to 302.
    • Rake initial damage on hit now deals the same damage as each periodic tick (and is treated the same for all combat calculations). Periodic damage now gains 14.7% of attack power per tick, up from 12.6%, and base damage per tick has been lowered from 557 to 56. There is a known issue with Rake’s tooltip being incorrect from this change will be corrected in a future patch.
    • Ravage damage at level 80 and above has been increased to 975% 950% weapon damage, up from 850%, and bonus damage has been lowered to 532.
    • Savage Roar now grants 80% increased damage to melee auto attacks, up from 50%. The Glyph of Savage Roar remains an unchanged bonus of 5% to that total.
    • Shred damage at level 80 and above has been increased to 520% 540% weapon damage, up from 450%, and bonus damage has been lowered to 302.

Balance
  • Starfire damage has been increased by approximately 23%.
  • Wrath damage has been increased by approximately 23%.

Set Bonuses
  • The 4-piece Balance druid tier 11 PvE set bonus, Astral Alignment, now provides a total of 15% critical strike chance with 3 charges, decreasing by 5% per charge, instead of 99% decreasing by 33% per charge. This change was made because the set bonus proved so valuable it was not possible to upgrade out of the set into tier 12. To compensate, changes have been made to Starfire and Wrath (listed at the top of the druid class section).

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Holy
  • Illuminated Healing (Mastery) has been adjusted slightly so that if a paladin refreshes an existing copy of his or her own Illuminated Healing on a target, the new absorption amount will be added into the old absorption amount and the duration will be reset. The total absorption created can never exceed 1/3 of the casting paladin's health.

Retribution
  • Inquiry of Faith now increases Inquisition duration by 66/133/200%, up from 50/100/150%.

Guilds
Guild Finder
  • Long comments will now work and not be cut off in the display.

User Interface
  • The User Interface panels have been resized so there is no more need for scroll bars.The
  • Addons will no longer be able to intelligently swap items by working with the built-in Equipment Manager.
  • Character talent specializations can now be viewed on mouseover of the Battlegrounds Scoreboard.
  • There is now a Dismiss Pet option on unit frames.
  • The durability character display will now show items as yellow when they are below 20% durability, instead of when items have 5 durability or less.
  • The Macros window and Spellbook can now both be open at the same time to allow for more intuitive macro creation. In addition, the Macros window has a Save/Cancel button.
  • It is now easier to change the language of the game client to any language available in the region.
  • A target or focus target can be selected within the mini-map tracking (does not include enemy players).
  • Vendors now display currency types they use.

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