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by Published on 2011-05-24 04:34 PM

Patch 4.2 PTR Notes Update - May 24th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons & Raids
Bastion of Twilight
  • The damage modifier on Normal has been reduced for Arion, Elementium Monstrosity, Feludius, Ignacius, and Terrastra.
  • Removed one of each type of Bound elemental from the Ascendant Council chamber.
  • Arion
    • Chain Lightning damage has been reduced.
  • Cho’gall
    • Health, melee damage, Health of Corrupting Adherent, Depravity damage, Corrupting Crash damage, Flaming Destruction damage, and Unleashed Shadows damage has all been reduced by 20%.
    • Corrupting Crash and Depravity
    • Halved the amount of Corruption they give to 5 from 10.
    • Corrupted Bite effect caused by Blood of the Old God reduced.
    • Damage Taken from Corruption of the Old God per Corrupted Blood has been reduced from 3% per stack to 2% per stack.
    • Debilitating Beam damage has been reduced by 20% to 6,400.
    • The duration of Twisted Devotion has been reduced by 25%.
  • Dragon Siblings
    • Health, melee damage, Twilight Meteorite damage, Devouring Flames, Blackout damage, Unstable Twilight damage, Twilight Zone damage, Twilight Blast damage, Fabulous Flames damage, has all been reduced by 20%.
  • Elementium Monstrosity
    • Electrical Instability damage has been reduced.
  • Feludius
    • Damage due to being Frozen while Waterlogged has been reduced.
  • Halfus
    • Health, melee damage, Fireball/Fireball Barrage damage, Furious Roar damage, Scorching Breath damage, Shadow Nova damage, has all been reduced by 20%.
    • Nether Scion, Slate Dragon, Storm Rider, Time Warden, and Orphaned Emerald Whelp health has been reduced by 20%.
    • Shadow Nova base cast time has been increased.
  • Ignacious
    • Rising Flames now increases damage by 3% per stack, down from 5%.
  • Terrastra
    • Harden Skin now increases Physical damage dealt by 20% (down from 100%.)

Blackwing Descent
  • Atramedes
    • Health, melee damage, modulation damage, Roaring Flame Breath damage, and Searing Flame damage has all been reduced by 20%.
    • Modulation no longer causes Sound in normal difficulty.
    • Sound given by Sonar Pulse has been reduced to 3 (from 5.)
  • Chimaeron
    • Health reduced by 20% and melee damage reduced by 10%.
    • Chimaeron will now only cast two caustic slimes per 30 second cycle, at second 17 and second 23.
  • Drakeadon Mongrel
    • Time Lapse no longer stuns.
    • Frost Burn silence is now 3 seconds
  • Dwarven Kings
    • Whirlwind no longer drops threat.
    • Execution sentence now deals damage only.
    • Shield of Light absorption now reduced.
  • Magmaw
    • Damage and hit points reduced by 20%.
    • Lava Parasites have been diminished
    • Lava Spew damage, Magma Spit damage, Massive Crash damage, and Infectious Vomit damage have all been been reduced.
    • Mangled Lifeless no longer instantly kills, and damage has been reduced.
    • Parasitic Infection has been decreased.
  • Maloriak
    • Health, damage, Aberation health/damage, Arcane Storm damage, Prime Subject damage, Flash Freeze/Shatter damage, and Scorching Blast damage has all been decreased by 20%.
    • Aberration stacking damage buff decreased.
    • Prime Subjects no longer fixate, and are no longer immune to taunt.
  • Nefarian
    • Animated Bone Warriors take 33 seconds to fall over, (down from 50.)
    • Blast Nova cast time increased.
    • Chromatic Prototype Health reduced 20%.
    • Electrocute damage reduced 30%.
    • Fewer Animated Bone warriors spawn.
    • Magma Stacking debuff effect reduced 75%.
    • Nefarian health and melee damage reduced by 20%.
    • Nefarian's Shadowblaze cast frequency cannot increase beyond 1 per 15 sec.
    • Onyxia health and melee damage reduced by 20%.
    • Shadowflame Barrage damage reduced 20%.
    • Tail Lash damage reduced 50%.
  • Omnotron Council
    • Barrier absorb amount increased by 100%.
    • Increased the cooldown on Power Conversion (Converted Power chance).
    • Health, Melee damage, Electrical Discharge damage, Lightning Conductor damage, Health of Poison Bomb, Incineration Security Measure damage, Arcane Annihilator damage, has all been reduced by 20%.
    • Flamethrower damage has been reduced by 40%.
    • Static Shock caused by Unstable Shield damage and Poison Bomb damage has been decreased by 50%.

Throne of the Four Winds
  • Al’Akir
    • Acid Rain now stacks every 20s (up from 15s.)
    • Electrocute now pulses every 1s (up from 0.5s.)
    • Feedback duration increased to 30s (from 20s.)
    • Health, damage, and Wind Burst damage have all been reduced 20%.
    • Lightning and Lightning Rod recast time has been increased.
    • Lightning Strike friendly chain damage has been halved.
    • Will no longer use Static Shock on normal difficulty in phase 1 or phase 2.
  • Conclave of the Four Winds
    • Gathering Strength cast time has been increased
    • Ice Patch slow is now 5% per stack, up to 10 stacks (down from 10% per stack, up to 30 stacks), damage reduced by 20%.
    • Rohash, Anshal, Nezir melee, Ravenous Creeper health/damage, Ravenous Creeper toxic spores damage, Hurricane damage, Sleet Storm damage , Permafrost damage , Slicing Gale, and Wind Blast damage have all been reduced by 20%.
    • Wind Chill damage decreased by 20%and now increases damage taken by 5% per stack.

Classes: General
  • Dodge: Death Knights, paladins, and warriors no longer receive any bonus to their chance to dodge from Agility. Their base chance to dodge is now a fixed 5%.
  • Parry: Death Knights, paladins, and warriors now receive 27% of their Strength bonuses as parry rating, up from 25%. This conversion still only applies to Strength above and beyond their base Strength.

Mage (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Pyroblast: The version of this spell cast when Hot Streak is not active did slightly less damage than the Hot Streak version. Its damage has been increased so that both versions of Pyroblast now do the same amount of damage.
  • Spellsteal mana cost has been increased 100%.

Fire
  • Impact: When Living Bomb is spread via this talent, it will only be spread to two additional targets. The net effect is that if the Mage’s most recent Living Bomb target is the same as their Impact target, that target will no longer lose the Living Bomb effect. If Living Bomb is active on multiple targets when the Impact effect is cast, Living Bomb will remain active on the most recent Living Bomb target, and will be added to two other nearby targets.

Frost
  • Deep Freeze and Ring of Frost will now cause diminishing returns for each other.
  • Ring of Frost now has a 1.5-second cast time.
  • Spellsteal now has a 6-second cooldown.

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Seal of Righteousness – now can be proc’d by any melee ability, not just single target melee abilities. This adds Hammer of the Righteous (the physical component) and Divine Storm to the list of abilities that can proc it. In addition, Seal of Righteousness procs can now crit.

Holy
  • Walk in the Light now improves Word of Glory healing by 30% in addition to its current effects.

Protection
  • Guardian of Ancient Kings now uses the ‘Assist’ pet stance functionality.

Retribution
  • Seals of Command: This talent now makes Seal of Righteousness hit an unlimited number of melee targets, instead of only 2 additional targets.

Glyphs
  • Glyph of Seal of Truth: The expertise bonus granted by this glyph now also works when Seal of Righteousness is active.

Priest (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Shadowfiend now uses the ‘Assist’ pet stance functionality.

Shadow
  • Sin and Punishment’s Vampiric Touch backlash Fear effect no longer has diminishing returns.

Items
Tier 11 Set Bonuses
  • Restoration druid Tier 11 2-Piece: This set bonus has been redesigned to work with the new Restoration druid mastery. Druids with this bonus now receive the bonus to Spirit while the Harmony mastery bonus to periodic healing is active.

Tier 12 Set Bonuses
  • Hunter 4P: The effect which makes Shots cost no focus now also makes Kill Command cost no focus.
  • Mage 2P: This set bonus can now also be triggered by Frostfire Bolt.
  • Mage 4P: The portion of this bonus referring to Arcane Missiles have been removed. Instead, the set bonus now makes Arcane Power reduce the cost of Mage spells by 10% instead of increasing their cost.

PvP
Arenas
  • The Ring of Valor has been added to the Arena rotation once again.
by Published on 2011-05-23 04:33 PM

Update - Added a list of the keys staying in-game.

Patch 4.2: We Bid Thy Keyring Adieu
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World of Warcraft has evolved quite a bit since the day the Keyring bag slot was added in patch 1.11. When implemented, this Keyring provided players with a convenient way of storing dungeon, quest, and other keys automatically. Back when the largest bag was a mind bottling 18 slots - rumoured to be bottomless - the Keyring helped save precious bag space. But as things tend to do, time went on, bags got bigger, and designs for gating content (literally and figuratively) evolved through the years.

In today’s Azeroth, keys don’t really serve much of a purpose except to take up physical storage space from the game (which could be used for other awesome stuff), and visual interface space on yours. Because of this, we’ve decided to get rid of the Keyring in order to free up some user interface space for exciting new features. This change could also potentially allow us to play around with the amount of default storage space you’re allotted down the road. So, what does this mean for you and the keys you might not have looked at in the last couple expansions or so?

We’re currently working on the implementation of a system in patch 4.2 which will handle the removal of the Keyring, while causing you as little hassle with keys as possible. Some keys which no longer serve a purpose in the game will automatically be removed from your inventory. In return, you’ll be compensated for them with their respective vendor sell prices in gold. You might also have random leftover quest keys from outdated quests, or quests which were removed in Cataclysm. Keys that fall into this category have no use and no sell price, as they are labelled as quest items, and will be automatically removed from your inventory. Any remaining keys that might still potentially serve some use in the game will be transferred into your regular inventory. If there is not enough space in your inventory to hold any leftover keys once patch 4.2 hits live realms, the keys will be placed in a backlogged storage system. Once space is made for a backlogged key, the key will take that space after you log out or switch to a new zone (i.e. changing continents, entering a dungeon or Battleground, etc.).

We are continuing to work on new ways of allowing you to better manage the storage of various items in the game, and it is our goal to make sure the removal of the Keyring causes as little inconvenience to you as possible.
Update
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
So, just as a reference here are the keys we're currently seeing as ones that will not be converted to gold or removed upon release of the patch -- if you have them they'd be put back into your normal inventory. This isn't necessarily a final list, and it's possible we could cut the list down even further before 4.2 releases.


by Published on 2011-05-22 08:51 PM

Update - Added Alysrazor kill video (including air fight phase) and Shannox kill video by Blood Legion.

Tier 12 Preview - Priest Tier 12 Armor Set
Another day, another Tier 12 Preview! This time a short video of the priest armor set! The multi-race screenshots will be a little late for this one because I got older this week and was much drunker than usual.



Patch 4.2 Faction - Avengers of Hyjal Reputation Rewards
The item rewards for the Firelands content are still a work in progress but I guess the Avengers of Hyjal have enough item by now to do a short preview.
Originally Posted by Lylirra (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Not specifically for the daily quest hubs, but we are adding a separate reputation for the Firelands raid currently called the "Avengers of Hyjal." It'll work a lot like Ashen Verdict, except players won't be able to grind their way up to Exalted simply by farming trash mobs.
Level Type Spec Slot NameFactionReputation
378PlateMeleeWaistCinch of the Flaming EmberAvengers of HyjalHonored
378PlateSpell DPSWaistSearing Slice GirdleAvengers of HyjalHonored
378PlateTankWaistGirdle of the Indomitable FlameAvengers of HyjalHonored
378MailPhysical DPSWaistFirearrow BeltAvengers of HyjalHonored
378MailSpell DPSWaistGirdle of the Flaming FootholdAvengers of HyjalHonored
378LeatherPhysical DPSWaistFlamebinding GirdleAvengers of HyjalHonored
378LeatherSpell DPSWaistFirescar SashAvengers of HyjalHonored
378ClothSpell DPSWaistEmbereye BeltAvengers of HyjalHonored
391FingerMeleeFingerObsidian Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted
391FingerPhysical DPSFingerViridian Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted
391FingerSpell DPSFingerInfernal Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted
391FingerSpell SpiritFingerQuicksilver Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted
391FingerTankFingerAdamantine Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted
378TrinketTrinketAncient Petrified SeedAvengers of HyjalRevered
378TrinketTrinketEssence of the Eternal FlameAvengers of HyjalRevered
378TrinketTrinketMark of the FirelordAvengers of HyjalRevered
378TrinketSpell SpiritTrinketFiery QuintessenceAvengers of HyjalRevered
378TrinketTankTrinketStay of ExecutionAvengers of HyjalRevered
378BackMeleeBackNimble Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly
378BackMeleeBackSpiked Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly
378BackSpell DPSBackRippling Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly
378BackSpell SpiritBackFlowing Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly
378BackTankBackDurable Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly



Firelands Raid Boss Videos
Reckoning (US - Lightning Hoof) killed a lot of Firelands raid bosses on test realms and had the very good idea to record most of their kills. I didn't post any video of boss kills yet, so enjoy!

Update - Added Alysrazor kill video (including air fight phase) and Shannox kill video by Blood Legion.

Shannox



Alysrazor



Majordomo Staghelm (Fandral)



Baleroc



Lord Rhyolith



Ragnaros Area Preview

by Published on 2011-05-21 04:04 PM

Update 10:25AM PDT - Sold out!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The initial allotment of tickets for BlizzCon 2011 has now been sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets this time, you'll have another chance on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time, when a second batch goes on sale. In addition, tickets to special pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PT. In-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which is offered as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via DIRECTV in the United States. Keep an eye on BlizzCon site for more details in the near future.
Update 10:00AM PDT - They're on sale!

Update 09:45AM PDT - 15 Minutes!

Update 09:15AM PDT - 45 Minutes!

Blizzcon Tickets on Sale!
The Blizzcon tickets will go on sale in 1 hour at 10:00AM PDT! Head to the Blizzcon Tickets Sales Page and start refreshing if you want to grab one before everyone else can.


  • BlizzCon 2011 will take place October 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center
  • Tickets cost $175 USD each.
  • Up to four (4) tickets per billing address can be purchased
  • Another sale of Blizzcon Tickets will take place on May 25 at 07:00PM PDT

Who knows, maybe this year it will take a little more time to run out of tickets. (I think it took 3 seconds last year, or maybe 1)
by Published on 2011-05-21 07:32 AM

Tier 12 Armor Sets Model Preview - Warlock
I finally wrapped up the Tier 12 Warlock video and hopefully people will be happier with this set after they get to see it in HD with all effects. If you missed them, check out the multi-race screenshots in the previous news post.





Nozdormu NPC Model Video
Nozdormu's model was pretty popular yesterday and I figured he was worth a short video, if you pay attention you will even notice the nice reflections on his tatoo.



Encounter Journal Update - Class/Roles/Important Events Warning
The Encounter Journal has been updated in the latest PTR build and now includes a lot of icons to warn players of important events.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG1 = "Tank Alert";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG2 = "DPS Alert";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG3 = "Healer Alert";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG4 = "Heroic Only";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG5 = "Deadly";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG6 = "Important";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG7 = "Interruptible";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG8 = "Magic Debuff";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG9 = "Curse Debuff";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG10 = "Poison Debuff";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG11 = "Disease Debuff";
ENCOUNTER_JOURNAL_SECTION_FLAG12 = "Enrage";



BlizzCon Tickets on Sale Today
Last but not least, don't forget that Blizzcon tickets are on sale today.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Just in case May 21 isn't circled on your calendar, here's a quick reminder that BlizzCon 2011 tickets will be going on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. PT -- keep your eye on the ticket sales page tomorrow for the chance to get yours. If you are unable to purchase tickets tomorrow, a second batch will go on sale Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. PT. In addition, tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PT. For those unable to attend the show, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which is offered as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via DIRECTV in the United States.

BlizzCon 2011 will take place October 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost $175 USD each. Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner cost $500 USD each and include BlizzCon admission. For further information, check out the official BlizzCon site.

Click here to go to the BlizzCon 2011 ticket sales page.

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