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by Published on 2010-11-06 05:02 PM

Reminder - MLG Dallas is this week-end! No WoW this time, but the Starcraft 2 tournaments and the other games are always nice!

Cataclysm - Heroic Raid Loot List
Recent datamining yielded interesting results, and we now have a pretty much complete list of heroic raid loot! This is the list of the most powerful items you will get in the first tier of raid in Cataclysm, including the loot table of the Heroic only Lady Sinestra in the Bastion of Twilight.

Armor models aren't implemented yet (pretty please, Blizzard?) but all weapons should have screenshots.

Lady Sinestra Loot Table (Heroic Only)

Level Type Spec Slot Name
379PlateMeleeWristBracers of the Mat'redor
379PlateSpell SpiritWristBindings of Bleak Betrayal
379PlateTankFeetWar-Torn Crushers
379MailPhysical DPSLegsTwilight Scale Leggings
379MailSpell SpiritFeetBoots of Az'galada
379LeatherPhysical DPSWaistBelt of the Fallen Brood
379LeatherSpell SpiritFeetNightmare Rider's Boots
379ClothSpell DPSHeadCrown of the Twilight Queen
379ClothSpell SpiritWristBracers of the Dark Mother
379FingerMeleeFingerDargonax's Signet
379NeckTankNeckCaelestrasz's Will
379TrinketSpellTrinketShard of Woe
379BackSpell DPSBackShroud of Endless Grief


Cataclysm Heroic Raid Loot

Level Type Spec Slot Name
372AxeMeleeTwo-HandShalug'doom, the Axe of Unmaking
372AxePhysical DPSOne-HandCrul'korak, the Lightning's Arc
372BowPhysical DPSRangedThemios the Darkbringer
372CrossbowPhysical DPSRangedDragonheart Piercer
372DaggerMeleeOne-HandOrganic Lifeform Inverter
372DaggerSpell DPSMain HandBlade of the Witching Hour
372DaggerSpell DPSMain HandIncineratus
372Fist Weap.Physical DPSMain HandClaws of Torment
372GunTankRangedCrossfire Carbine
372MaceMeleeTwo-HandAkirus the Worm-Breaker
372MaceSpell DPSMain HandTwilight's Hammer
372MaceSpell SpiritMain HandAndoros, Fist of the Dragon King
372MaceTankOne-HandMace of Acrid Death
372Off-HandMeleeOff-HandClaws of Agony
372Off-HandPhysical DPSOff-HandMaimgor's Bite
372Off-HandSpell DPSOff-HandBook of Binding Will
372Off-HandSpell SpiritOff-HandScepter of Ice
372StaffPhysical DPSTwo-HandMalevolence
372StaffSpell SpiritTwo-HandChelley's Staff of Dark Mending
372SwordRandomMain HandStormwake the Tempest's Reach
372SwordRandom SpellMain HandStormwake the Tempest's Reach
372SwordMeleeOne-HandLava Spine
372SwordMeleeOne-HandSoul Blade
372SwordMeleeTwo-HandReclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
372SwordPhysical DPSOne-HandFang of Twilight
372SwordSpell DPSMain HandMaldo's Sword Cane
372WandSpell DPSRangedTheresa's Booklight
372WandSpell SpiritRangedFinkle's Mixer Upper
372ShieldSpell SpiritOff HandKingdom's Heart
372ShieldTankOff HandAkmin-Kurai, Dominion's Shield
372PlateRandom MeleeLegsSky Strider Greaves
372PlateRandom MeleeWaistSky Strider Belt
372PlateRandom HealingLegsTempest Keeper Leggings
372PlateRandom HealingWaistTempest Keeper Belt
372PlateRandom TankLegsThunder Wall Greaves
372PlateRandom TankWaistThunder Wall Belt
372PlateMeleeChestBattleplate of Ancient Kings
372PlateMeleeFeetMassacre Treads
372PlateMeleeFeetTreads of Savage Beatings
372PlateMeleeHandsGravitational Pull
372PlateMeleeHandsPlated Fists of Provocation
372PlateMeleeHeadDragon Bone Warhelm
372PlateMeleeHeadHelm of Maddening Whispers
372PlateMeleeLegsTerrastra's Legguards
372PlateMeleeShoulderPauldrons of the Great Ettin
372PlateMeleeWaistBelt of Absolute Zero
372PlateMeleeWristElectron Inductor Coils
372PlateSpell SpiritChestBreastplate of Avenging Flame
372PlateSpell SpiritFeetLife Force Chargers
372PlateSpell SpiritHandsFlash Freeze Gauntlets
372PlateSpell SpiritHeadGlaciated Helm
372PlateSpell SpiritLegsLegguards of the Emerald Brood
372PlateSpell SpiritShoulderBurden of Mortality
372PlateSpell SpiritWaistBelt of the Blackhand
372PlateSpell SpiritWaistCorehammer's Riveted Girdle
372PlateSpell SpiritWristShackles of the End of Days
372PlateTankChestBattleplate of the Apocalypse
372PlateTankFeetMolten Tantrum Boots
372PlateTankHeadDaybreaker Helm
372PlateTankLegsLegguards of the Unseeing
372PlateTankShoulderHeaving Plates of Protection
372PlateTankShoulderPauldrons of the Apocalypse
372PlateTankWaistJumbotron Power Belt
372PlateTankWristBracers of Impossible Strength
372MailRandom SpellLegsLightning Well Legguards
372MailRandom SpellWaistLightning Well Belt
372MailRandom Phys.DPSLegsStar Chaser Legguards
372MailRandom Phys.DPSWaistStar Chaser Belt
372MailPhysical DPSChestTunic of Failed Experiments
372MailPhysical DPSChestVoltage Source Chestguard
372MailPhysical DPSFeetBoots of Vertigo
372MailPhysical DPSHandsProto-Handler's Gauntlets
372MailPhysical DPSHeadArion's Crown
372MailPhysical DPSLegsLeggings of Lethal Force
372MailPhysical DPSShoulderSpaulders of the Scarred Lady
372MailPhysical DPSWaistCoil of Ten-Thousand Screams
372MailPhysical DPSWristChimaron Armguards
372MailSpell SpiritChestCircuit Design Breastplate
372MailSpell SpiritFeetTreads of Flawless Creation
372MailSpell SpiritHandsGloves of Cacophony
372MailSpell SpiritHeadHelm of the Nether Scion
372MailSpell SpiritLegsKilt of the Forgotten Battle
372MailSpell SpiritLegsPhase-Twister Leggings
372MailSpell SpiritShoulderFeludius' Mantle
372MailSpell SpiritWaistLifecycle Waistguard
372MailSpell SpiritWaistWaistguard of Hatred
372MailSpell SpiritWristChaos Beast Bracers
372LeatherRandom Phys.DPSLegsWind Stalker Leggings
372LeatherRandom Phys.DPSWaistWind Stalker Belt
372LeatherRandom SpellLegsGale Rouser Leggings
372LeatherRandom SpellWaistGale Rouser Belt
372LeatherMeleeHandsDouble Attack Handguards
372LeatherMeleeHeadMembrane of C'Thun
372LeatherPhysical DPSChestSark of the Unwatched
372LeatherPhysical DPSFeetStorm Rider's Boots
372LeatherPhysical DPSLegsAberration's Leggings
372LeatherPhysical DPSShoulderPoison Protocol Pauldrons
372LeatherPhysical DPSWaistDispersing Belt
372LeatherPhysical DPSWristParasitic Bands
372LeatherSpell SpiritChestScorched Wormling Vest
372LeatherSpell SpiritFeetTreads of Hideous Transformation
372LeatherSpell SpiritHandsHydrolance Gloves
372LeatherSpell SpiritHeadHelm of the Blind Seer
372LeatherSpell SpiritLegsLeggings of Consuming Flames
372LeatherSpell SpiritShoulderHide of Chromaggus
372LeatherSpell SpiritShoulderPassive Resistor Spaulders
372LeatherSpell SpiritWaistBelt of the Nightmare
372LeatherSpell SpiritWristManacles of the Sleeping Beast
372ClothRandom SpellLegsSoul Breath Leggings
372ClothRandom SpellWaistSoul Breath Belt
372ClothSpell DPSChestShadowblaze Robes
372ClothSpell DPSFeetEinhorn's Galoshes
372ClothSpell DPSHandsHands of the Twilight Council
372ClothSpell DPSHeadPower Generator Hood
372ClothSpell DPSLegsFlame Pillar Leggings
372ClothSpell DPSShoulderMantle of Roaring Flames
372ClothSpell DPSWaistBelt of Arcane Storms
372ClothSpell DPSWristBracers of the Bronze Flight
372ClothSpell DPSWristBracers of the Dark Pool
372ClothSpell SpiritChestRobes of the Burning Acolyte
372ClothSpell SpiritChestShadowforge's Lightbound Smock
372ClothSpell SpiritFeetTreads of Liquid Ice
372ClothSpell SpiritHandsBrackish Gloves
372ClothSpell SpiritHeadCrown of Burning Waters
372ClothSpell SpiritHeadHelm of Eldritch Authority
372ClothSpell SpiritLegsLegwraps of the Greatest Son
372ClothSpell SpiritShoulderMantle of Nefarius
372ClothSpell SpiritWaistX-Tron Duct Tape
372ClothSpell SpiritWristBracers of the Burningeye
372FingerRandomFingerCloudburst Ring
372FingerRandomFingerMistral Circle
372FingerRandomFingerPermafrost Signet
372FingerRandomFingerPlanetary Band
372FingerMeleeFingerRing of Rivalry
372FingerPhysical DPSFingerLightning Conductor Band
372FingerSpell DPSFingerSignet of the Fifth Circle
372FingerSpell SpiritFingerSecurity Measure Alpha
372FingerTankFingerBile-O-Tron Nut
372NeckMeleeNeckRage of Ages
372NeckPhysical DPSNeckNecklace of Strife
372NeckSpell DPSNeckValiona's Medallion
372NeckSpell SpiritNeckWyrmbreaker's Amulet
372NeckTankNeckIronstar Amulet
372TrinketHealingTrinketJar of Ancient Remedies
372TrinketHealingTrinketFall of Mortality
372TrinketMeleeTrinketCrushing Weight
372TrinketMeleeTrinketHeart of Rage
372TrinketMeleeTrinketDONTUSEFury of Angerforge
372TrinketPhysical DPSTrinketDONTUSEUnheeded Warning
372TrinketPhysical DPSTrinketEssence of the Cyclone
372TrinketPhysical DPSTrinketPrestor's Talisman of Machination
372TrinketSpell DPSTrinketBell of Enraging Resonance
372TrinketSpell DPSTrinketHeart of Ignacious
372TrinketSpell DPSTrinketTheralion's Mirror
372TrinketTankTrinketSymbiotic Worm
372TrinketTankTrinketVial of Stolen Memories
372BackMeleeBackGlittering Epidermis
372BackPhysical DPSBackCloak of Biting Chill
372BackSpell DPSBackShadow of Dread
372BackSpell SpiritBackDrape of the Twins
372BackTankBackIronstar's Impenetrable Cover



Cataclysm Heroic Raid Loot - Tier 11

Level Type Spec Slot Name
372PlateMeleeChest Magma Plated Battleplate
372PlateMeleeHands Magma Plated Gauntlets
372PlateMeleeHead Magma Plated Helmet
372PlateMeleeLegs Magma Plated Legplates
372PlateMeleeShoulder Magma Plated Pauldrons
372PlateMeleeChest Reinforced Sapphirium Battleplate
372PlateMeleeHands Reinforced Sapphirium Gauntlets
372PlateMeleeHead Reinforced Sapphirium Helmet
372PlateMeleeLegs Reinforced Sapphirium Legplates
372PlateMeleeShoulder Reinforced Sapphirium Pauldrons
372PlateMeleeChest Earthen Battleplate
372PlateMeleeHands Earthen Gauntlets
372PlateMeleeHead Earthen Helmet
372PlateMeleeLegs Earthen Legplates
372PlateMeleeShoulder Earthen Pauldrons
372PlateSpell SpiritChest Reinforced Sapphirium Breastplate
372PlateSpell SpiritHands Reinforced Sapphirium Gloves
372PlateSpell SpiritHead Reinforced Sapphirium Headguard
372PlateSpell SpiritLegs Reinforced Sapphirium Greaves
372PlateSpell SpiritShoulder Reinforced Sapphirium Mantle
372PlateTankChest Magma Plated Chestguard
372PlateTankHands Magma Plated Handguards
372PlateTankHead Magma Plated Faceguard
372PlateTankLegs Magma Plated Legguards
372PlateTankShoulder Magma Plated Shoulderguards
372PlateTankChest Reinforced Sapphirium Chestguard
372PlateTankHands Reinforced Sapphirium Handguards
372PlateTankHead Reinforced Sapphirium Faceguard
372PlateTankLegs Reinforced Sapphirium Legguards
372PlateTankShoulder Reinforced Sapphirium Shoulderguards
372PlateTankChest Earthen Chestguard
372PlateTankHands Earthen Handguards
372PlateTankHead Earthen Faceguard
372PlateTankLegs Earthen Legguards
372PlateTankShoulder Earthen Shoulderguards
372MailPhysical DPSChest Lightning-Charged Tunic
372MailPhysical DPSHands Lightning-Charged Gloves
372MailPhysical DPSHead Lightning-Charged Headguard
372MailPhysical DPSLegs Lightning-Charged Legguards
372MailPhysical DPSShoulder Lightning-Charged Spaulders
372MailPhysical DPSChest Cuirass of the Raging Elements
372MailPhysical DPSHands Grips of the Raging Elements
372MailPhysical DPSHead Helmet of the Raging Elements
372MailPhysical DPSLegs Legguards of the Raging Elements
372MailPhysical DPSShoulder Spaulders of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell DPSChest Hauberk of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell DPSChest Tunic of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell DPSHands Gloves of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell DPSHead Headpiece of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell DPSShoulder Shoulderwraps of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell SpiritHands Handwraps of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell SpiritHead Faceguard of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell SpiritLegs Kilt of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell SpiritLegs Legwraps of the Raging Elements
372MailSpell SpiritShoulder Mantle of the Raging Elements
372LeatherMeleeChest Stormrider's Raiment
372LeatherPhysical DPSHands Stormrider's Grips
372LeatherPhysical DPSHead Stormrider's Headpiece
372LeatherPhysical DPSLegs Stormrider's Legguards
372LeatherPhysical DPSShoulder Stormrider's Spaulders
372LeatherMeleeChest Wind Dancer's Tunic
372LeatherPhysical DPSHands Wind Dancer's Gloves
372LeatherPhysical DPSHead Wind Dancer's Helmet
372LeatherPhysical DPSLegs Wind Dancer's Legguards
372LeatherPhysical DPSShoulder Wind Dancer's Spaulders
372LeatherSpell DPSChest Stormrider's Robes
372LeatherSpell DPSChest Stormrider's Vestment
372LeatherSpell DPSHands Stormrider's Gloves
372LeatherSpell DPSHead Stormrider's Cover
372LeatherSpell DPSShoulder Stormrider's Shoulderwraps
372LeatherSpell SpiritHands Stormrider's Handwraps
372LeatherSpell SpiritHead Stormrider's Helm
372LeatherSpell SpiritLegs Stormrider's Leggings
372LeatherSpell SpiritLegs Stormrider's Legwraps
372LeatherSpell SpiritShoulder Stormrider's Mantle
372ClothSpell DPSChest Firelord's Robes
372ClothSpell DPSHands Firelord's Gloves
372ClothSpell DPSHead Firelord's Hood
372ClothSpell DPSLegs Firelord's Leggings
372ClothSpell DPSShoulder Firelord's Mantle
372ClothSpell DPSChest Mercurial Vestment
372ClothSpell DPSHands Mercurial Gloves
372ClothSpell DPSHead Mercurial Hood
372ClothSpell SpiritChest Mercurial Robes
372ClothSpell SpiritHands Mercurial Handwraps
372ClothSpell DPSChest Shadowflame Robes
372ClothSpell DPSHands Shadowflame Handwraps
372ClothSpell DPSHead Shadowflame Hood
372ClothSpell DPSLegs Shadowflame Leggings
372ClothSpell DPSShoulder Shadowflame Mantle
372ClothSpell SpiritHead Mercurial Cowl
372ClothSpell SpiritLegs Mercurial Leggings
372ClothSpell SpiritLegs Mercurial Legwraps
372ClothSpell SpiritShoulder Mercurial Mantle
372ClothSpell SpiritShoulder Mercurial Shoulderwraps
by Published on 2010-11-05 06:37 PM

The new version of MMO-Champion is live!
It's been a long time since the last major change on the site, the current theme is now 3 years old and it's time to replace it with something a little nicer and a lot more useful! The new website has a couple of interesting additions that should make your life easier.


  • A feed of the latest Blue Posts is finally available on the front page!
  • The left menu is gone, news posts can now use the full width of the page. It will allow me to post more information when I have to use tables, lot of pictures, etc ...
  • Patch menus have been moved to the top right of the site.
  • The forums are much, much, much, much better. You can now go through a couple of posts
  • Overall, the site is much nicer and is a lot more polished than the previous theme.



Now that the Blue Tracker is integrated to the website, we also updated it to match the new theme and added a couple of features.


  • Support of Battle.net forums in the future, we shouldn't have any downtime when the new WoW site is launched.
  • Support of Spanish and French language.
  • Addition of boxes with Recent News and Recent Forum posts from MMO-Champion.
  • Cleaned up categories, you can now click the name of a Blue Poster for his post history, etc ...

Feel free to post any comment, bug report, or anything useful in comments!
by Published on 2010-11-05 07:06 AM

Updated Combat Resurrection Design
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
The design for combat resurrection effects has changed a good deal for Cataclysm, and we want to make sure players are clear on how spells like Rebirth and Create Soulstone now function. Rebirth has a 10-minute cooldown and Create Soulstone has a 15-minute cooldown. On raid boss encounters, you can only use one of these combat resurrection spells (so one Rebirth or one Soulstone) per attempt for 10-player raids. For 25-player raids you can use three forms of combat resurrection per raid boss attempt (so three of any combination of Rebirth and Soulstone). The count is incremented as soon as a player accepts a resurrection, so one can always choose not to accept if he or she wants someone else to get the resurrection instead. There is no equivalent of the Sated debuff (which tracks Bloodlust/Heroism usage), but you will get an error message if you try to resurrect too many players, and we might add tracking to our raid interface if there is demand for it. Outside of raid content, you can use as many battle resurrections as you have available.

For those of you currently participating in the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta test, please note that this functionality may not be fully implemented as of yet. If you notice combat resurrections are not currently functioning as explained here, this is just a heads-up about the updated design intent behind them.

Unless Soulstone is being changed, why does the harder to use combat rez (that being Soulstone, since you have to predict ahead of time who to Soulstone) have the longer cooldown?
One thing we're considering with Soulstone is making it possible, in addition to its current functionality, to be cast on a dead player to give them the option of joining the living again.

New Community Site Live Preview
Looks like we won't be the only one with a new design this week. The new community site is live and is very similar to the one launched with Starcraft 2.
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
Many exciting changes are coming to World of Warcraft with the upcoming Cataclysm expansion, both in-game and out. We're excited to offer you an early look at the new World of Warcraft community site, which will soon become the prime gathering spot and source of information for players on the web. You can read more about the transition from our existing website to the new one in our original announcement: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...87366608&sid=1

As you’re exploring your future home, keep in mind that this is a live preview, and not all of the new features are ready quite yet. We want your feedback about the look and feel of the new site, so while you're browsing, we encourage you to submit bug reports and make feature requests -- let your voice be heard. Go ahead. Check it out!

New World of Warcraft Community Site: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/

Website Bug Reports: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/1025938/

Website Feature Requests: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/1025939/






Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
5 Tanks on Halfus Wyrmbreaker
We have a fix going in for this in the next beta build. Should no longer be possible to do this without inflicting terrible, terrible damage and wiping. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Guarded by the Light
We changed rank 1 of Guarded by the Light to provide the Holy Shield functionality and buff Word of Glory a little bit. Rank 2 provides the overheal shield functionality and buffs Word of Glory a bit more. (Source)
by Published on 2010-11-04 11:01 PM

Update - Added Rated Battlegrounds FAQ.

PTR 4.0.3 - Build 13245
A new patch is being deployed on PTR realms.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Blood
  • Death Pact now heals the Death Knight for 25% of his/her maximum health, down from 40%.

Glyphs
  • Rune Tap now heals your party for 5% of their maximum health, down from 10%.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Feral
  • Leader of the Pack now causes you to heal for 4% of your total health and gain 4% of your maximum mana. Down from 8%.
  • (Mangle) Mangle base damage increased by 55%, from 667 to 1044.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Fire
  • Scorch base damage reduced by 5%, from [ 704-835 ] to [ 669-794 ].
  • Pyroblast now costs 17% of base mana, down from 22% of base mana.

Glyphs
  • Evocation now allows you to regain 40% of your health over its duration, down from 60%.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Protection

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Enhancement
  • Windfury Weapon now deals 125% weapon damage when Unleash Elements is used, up from 40%.

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Arms
  • Second Wind now regenerates 2/5% of your total health over 10 sec, down from 5/10%.

Fury
  • Blood Craze now regenerates 1/2/3% of your total health over 5 sec, down from 2.5/5/7.5%.

[Character Copy] Epic Pre-mades Available!
Originally Posted by Valnoth (Blue Tracker)
Pre-made characters with level 359 epic gear are now available and ALL should have functional tradeskills. We've also reset everyone's available character copies back to 5.

HEROIC Bastion of Twilight now open
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
Bastion of Twilight is now open for testing, including Heroic difficulty!

HEROIC Blackwing Descent now open for testing
Reposting this one as a full front page news because it's a pretty huge change!
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
We're going to open Blackwing Descent for testing today, and Heroic difficulty will now be available. The zone will stay open for at least a day to allow different regions to test the content.

Throne of the Four Winds and Bastion of Twilight will be closed for now. They'll open up later.

Rated BG's are now available!
Originally Posted by Mumper (Blue Tracker)
I am happy to announce that rated battlegrounds are now available in the beta. The bracket is set to 10v10 for this period of testing. We will rotate the brackets to get testing in all areas as we see fit. Please queue up and leave us any feedback that you find on the system.

We will be setting up a "play with the devs" focused test for Rated BG's sometime next week. Be on the lookout for a post with more info soon.

Yeah, I have loads of questions about rated BGs. It sounds like it's "Guild BGs With Ratings", rather than Rated BGs; if I'm not misinformed, all members of a BG "team" have to be in the same guild, no?
Your guild membership has no impact on rated BG teams. You can form a raid to join up no matter what guild you are in. However, if you join a rated BG with the minimum number of required guild members, you will earn guild xp for a win. You will be notified in the top right of your screen via a guild banner that you are in a guild group.

It actually sounds like there is a lot of confusion going on with players about rated battlegrounds in general. I will get a basic FAQ together and get it posted ASAP.

Rated Battlegrounds FAQ
Originally Posted by Mumper (Blue Tracker)
Judging from the posts on the forum, it looked like most players were confused about what rated battlegrounds really are and how to interact with them. Hopefully this FAQ can help clear up some of those questions. Feel free to respond with any other questions you might have and we will do our best to post up the answers in this thread.


  • Rated Battlegrounds are broken down into three brackets. 10v10, 15v15 and 25v25. These brackets rotate weekly and can be viewed in-game via the calendar by activating the battleground holiday filter.

  • Players must create a raid with the full number of players required for the current bracket before entering the queue. Any level 85 player of your faction may participate in the battle (regardless of guild association).

  • When players win a battle, they are rewarded conquest points, up to their weekly cap. Weekly caps are individual for each player and are based on your highest single pvp rating from the previous week (the cap resets on Tuesdays). This rating can be derived from your 2v2, 3v3, 5v5 arena, or your rated battleground rating.

  • Players start at zero rated battleground rating and progress upward from there. Rating is only reduced after a lost battle when the player is above their internal matchmaking rating. For the most part, a rating only goes up.

  • Epic ground mounts will be rewarded at the end of each season to the top 0.5% of players. Titles are also available as you gain rating in the system. The titles are rewarded directly from achievements earned from gaining the required rating.

  • Winning a rated battleground with a team composed of 80% guild members will result in the additional benefit of guild experience gain for your guild. The UI will display a guild banner near the minimap that lets you know if you are eligible for guild achievements and experience.

Region Wide Battlegroup Matching
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
As we previously announced, we’re in the process of rolling out region-wide battleground matchmaking. Once completed, all realms for our North American players will be matching together for battlegrounds, and four larger groups for dungeon finder use. This is a large technical undertaking, and while we’re extremely excited to see this huge advancement in connecting players within World of Warcraft, the complexity means we’ll be rolling it out slowly in a staggered approach.

Battlegroup listings and which realms are within each can be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/pvp/b.../battlegroups/

Phase 1 - Complete

Battlegrounds
The below battlegroups are now linked for battleground matchmaking.
  • Whirlwind
  • Emberstorm

Dungeon Finder
The below battlegroups are now linked within their group for dungeon finder matchmaking.
  • Group A
  • Whirlwind
  • Emberstorm


Phase 2 – Implemented 11/3/10

Battlegrounds
Two additional battlegroups are added and all four are linked for battleground matchmaking.
  • Whirlwind
  • Emberstorm
  • Vengeance
  • Bloodlust


Dungeon Finder
The below realms are linked within their groups for dungeon finder matchmaking. In the final phase, all realms are expected to be grouped in this manner based on their physical locations.
  • Group A
  • Whirlwind
  • Emberstorm
  • Group B
  • Stormstrike
  • Nightfall
  • Retaliation

Final Phase – TBD based on performance of previous phases

We’ll be updating this thread as these phases progress.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Leveling speed on beta
Just to follow-up on the question about the 80 to 85 leveling experience in the beta, we feel it's where it needs to be right now. We feel the current pacing is correct, based on what each zone supports via quests while allowing you to mix and match dungeon runs along the way. Keep in mind though that there are always those that are likely to power level their way to 85 fairly quickly.

Also keep in mind that the leveling experience now (1-60) will be changing. I guess we will see if the perception of whether it's too fast or not will change based on that. At the very least the flow of how you level should be improved. (Source)

Magmaw Testing (Blackwing Descent)
Magmaw was not available for testing previously simply due to some bugs that needed to be fixed. Magmaw will be available for testing sooner than you think. (Source)

New official forums
These new forums will be available "soonerino" and I'm glad you asked. While we obviously can't mind control everyone or force anyone to make certain sorts of posts, we CAN encourage you all to report those that violate the forum Code of Conduct AND we can also encourage you all to uprate or downrate posts you like or don't like. By doing so, you can bring to light the posts you see as better quality or help hide the ones you feel just don't cut it. Keep in mind though, it's just a tool to be used, and it's up to you all to use it. (Source)

Classes
AE Healing nerf
The beta still does not have all of our AE nerfs, so e.g. Holy Radiance and Efflorescence are still healing by too much. Once those numbers kick in, then we can lower AE damage accordingly. Priest and shaman AE healing are closer to our targets. (Source)

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Buffs effects on pets
We believe all of these buffs are affecting pet stats correctly (meaning that the pet does not get buffed directly but inherits the master's stats). Sometimes you may need to reequip a piece of gear or zone to get the tooltip to update correctly, if for example you have just spec'ed into Trueshot Aura. (Source)

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Backstab isn't nerfed, and tooltips are lying to you
Backstab is also 200% at level 80. If you are on beta, you may have a tooltip that says 150%, but it is lying to you. If you are on live, it has always been 200% and will stay that way for Cataclysm.

Below level 80, Backstab (and other attacks) will do less weapon damage, which is really all this change was trying to accomplish. (Source)
by Published on 2010-11-03 08:34 PM

Update #5
Important blue posts.


Cataclysm Beta - Build 13241 (Codename Unicorn)
A new build will be deployed on beta realms soon.

Companion Pets Icons
Icons for the Lil' Ragnaros and Moonkin Hatchling. The Moonkin Hatchling's companion pet was announced to be the next Charity Pet during Blizzcon. And before you ask, I'll double check but I didn't see any model for those pets yet.



Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
World Events

Raids & Dungeons

Player vs. Player

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Companion Pets

Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Frost
  • Rune Strike now scales from 15% of Attack Power, down from 20%.
  • Icebound Fortitude now reduces damage taken by 20%, down from 30%. Cooldown increased from 2 min to 3 min.

Unholy
  • Mastery: Blightcaller now increases damage done by your diseases by 40%, up from 32%. Each point of Mastery increases disease damage by an additional 5%, up from 4%.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Feral
  • Mangle (Bear Form) now deals 360% normal damage, up from 230%.
  • Bear Form now increases Stamina by 10%, down from 25%.
  • Survival Instincts now reduces damage taken by 50%, down from 60%. Cooldown changed to 3 min, down from 5 min.
  • Savage Defense now reduces damage from the next physical attack that strikes you by 35% of your attack power, down from 65%.

Restoration
  • Rejuvenation now costs 26% of base mana, up from 20% of base mana.
  • Revitalize is now a 2 Ranks talent, down from 3 Ranks. Now has a 20% chance to proc at all ranks, now regenerates 1/2% of your total mana (down from 3%) and cannot occur more than once every 12 sec (up from 6 sec).
  • Heart of the Wild now increases your Stamina in bear form by 2/4/6%, down from 3/7/10%.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Marksmanship
  • Chimera Shot now scales from 48.8% of Ranged Attack Power, up from 28.8%.

Survival
  • Black Arrow base damage increased by 20%, from 3077 to 3685.
  • Explosive Shot now scales from 42% of Ranged Attack Power, up from 22%. Base damage increased by 25%, from 558 to 697.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Arcane
  • Arcane Blast now increases damage by 10% (down from 20%) and mana cost by 150% (down from 175%) with each cast of Arcane Blast. Now also reduces the casting time by 0.1 sec with each cast. Base cast time reduced from 2.5 sec to 2.35 sec.
  • Arcane Missiles base damage has been increased by 5%, from 341 to 358.
  • Focus Magic tooltip clarified to add the 30 min duration and 1 target limit.
  • Arcane Barrage base damage has been increased by 5%, from [ 1004 - 1228 ] to [ 1054 - 1288 ].

Fire
  • Combustion now combines all your damaging periodic Fire effects on the enemy target, but does not consume them.
  • Fire Power damage has been added to the tooltip - [ 1134 to 1336 ].

Frost
  • Shattered Barrier now freezes enemies within 10 yards for 2/4 sec, down from 3/6 sec.
  • Fingers of Frost now has a 7/14/20% chance to proc from your Chill effects, down from 10/20/30%.
  • Early Frost now reduces the cast time of Frostbolt by 0.3/0.6 sec, down from 0.35/0.7 sec.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Holy
  • Holy Radiance 20 yards range added to the tooltip.
  • Light of Dawn now uses Holy Power instead of Mana. Now heals up to 5 targets. No longer has a cooldown - Consumes all Holy Power to send a wave of healing energy before you, healing up to 5 of the most injured targets in your party or raid within a 30 yard frontal cone for 1008.96 to 1124.15 per charge of Holy Power.
  • Blessed Life now cannot occur more than 8 seconds (up from 2 seconds).
  • Protector of the Innocent now affects heals on any target except yourself.

Retribution
  • Sanctity of Battle now also affects Divine Storm.
  • Divine Storm no longer uses Holy Power. Now deals 60% weapon damage, costs 5% of base mana, and has a 4.5 sec cooldown.

Protection
  • Mastery: Divine Bulwark now increases your chance to block melee attacks by 18%, down from 24%. Each point of Mastery increases block chance by an additional 2.25%, down from 3%.
  • Shield of the Templar now reduces the cooldown of Guardian of Ancient Kings by 45/80/120 sec, down from 1/2/3 min.
  • Holy Shield now increases the amount your shield blocks by an additional 10% for 20 sec instead of increasing your block chance by 15%.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Discipline
  • Rapture now cannot occur more than once every 12 sec, down from 6 sec.
  • Atonement (Rank 1) now heals for 50% of the damage dealt, down from 100%. Rank 2 remains unchanged.
  • Inner Focus no longer affects Heal. Now affects Binding Heal.

Holy

Shadow
  • Mastery: Shadow Orb has been renamed to Mastery: Shadow Orb Power - Increases the damage done by your Shadow Orbs. Each point of Mastery increases damage by an additional 1.25%
  • Shadow Orbs *New* - You have a 10% chance for your Shadow Word: Pain and Mind Flay spells to grant you a Shadow Orb each time they deal damage. Casting your Mind Blast or Mind Spike spell consumes all Shadow Orbs, increasing damage of that spell by 0% per Shadow Orb, and granting 0% increased damage on your periodic Shadow spells for until cancelled. You can have up to a maximum of 3 orbs.
  • Mind Spike now stacks up to 3 times (Tooltip fix)

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Assassination

Combat
  • Backstab now deals 150% weapon damage, down from 200%.
  • Bandit's Guile now increases damage to the target by up to 30%. (Up from 15%)
  • Aggression now increases damage of Sinister Strike, Backstab, and Eviscerate by 7/14/20%, up from 5/10/15%.

Subtlety
  • Redirect now also redirects any insight gained from Bandit's Guile.
  • Mastery: Executioner now increases damage done by all your finishing moves, and the effectiveness of your Slice and Dice and Recuperate abilities, by 16%, down from 20%.

Glyph
  • Slice and Dice now increases the duration of Slice and Dice by 6 sec, up from 3 sec.

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Elemental
  • Elemental Reach now also increases the range of Searing Totem by 7/15 yards.

Enhancement
  • Windfury Weapon now deals 40% of weapon damage when Unleash Elements is used, up from 20%.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Affliction
  • Bane of Doom base damage has been reduced by 12%, from 2213 to 1948.
  • Bane of Agony base damage has been reduced by 12%, from 1743 to 1535.
  • Drain Soul base damage has been reduced by 12%, from 437 to 384.
  • Drain Life base damage has been reduced by 12%, from 125 to 109.
  • Corruption base damage has been reduced by 12%, from 1004 to 883.
  • Jinx now affects up to 15 nearby targets.

Demonology
  • Hand of Gul'dan base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 1597 - 1886 ] to [ 1405 - 1660 ]

Destruction
  • Chaos Bolt base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 1490 - 1893 ] to [ 1311 - 1665 ]
  • Shadowburn base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 737 - 823 ] to [ 649 - 724 ]
  • Fel Flame base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 251 - 291 ] to [ 220 - 256 ]
  • Shadowflame cooldown has been changed to 12 sec, down from 25 sec.
  • Incinerate base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 579 - 673 ] to [ 510 - 592 ]
  • Soul Fire base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 2468 - 3094 ] to [ 2171 - 2722 ].
  • Searing Pain base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 322 - 382 ] to [ 283 - 336 ].
  • Immolate base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 756 + 2401 over 15 sec ] to [ 665 + 2112 over 15 sec ].
  • Shadow Bolt base damage has been reduced by 12%, from [ 640 to 714 ] to [ 563 to 629 ].

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Arms
  • Mastery: Strikes of Opportunity's additional attack now deals 100% normal damage, down from 115%.
  • Overpower now deals 125% weapon damage, up from 100%.
  • Heroic Strike now scales from 75% of Attack Power, up from 60%.
  • Rend base damage has been reduced by 17%, from 635 to 528. Additional bleed damage increased by 25%, from [ 8.57% of MWS * AP + 60% of MWB + 60% of mwb ] over 15 sec to [ 10.71% of MWS * AP + 75% of MWB + 75% of mwb ].
  • Mortal Strike now deals 150% weapon damage, down from 185%.

Fury
  • Mastery: Unshackled Fury now increases the benefit of abilities that cause or require you to be enraged by 37.6%, up from 25%. Each point of Mastery increases enrage effects by an additional 4.7%, up from 3.13%.
  • Bloodthirst now scales from 62% of Attack Power, down from 75%.
  • Raging Blow now deals 110% weapon damage, down from 150%.
  • Slam now deals 125% weapon damage, down from 150%. Additional damage increased by 55%, from 277 to 430.
  • Whirlwind now deals 65% weapon damage, down from 75%.
  • Cleave now scales from 56.2% of Attack Power, up from 45%.
  • Victory Rush now scales from 56% of Attack Power, up from 45%.

Protection
  • Shield Block (Passive) now increases your chance to block by 25%, down from 100%. In addition, if your total chance to block or avoid an attack exceeds 100%, your chance to critically block is increased by the excess.
  • Vigilance no longer reduces damage taken by the target by 3%.
  • Mastery: Critical Block now increases your chances to block by 12%, up from 10%. Increases your chance to critically block by 12%, down from 20%. Each point of mastery now increases your chance to block by an additional 1.5%, and your chance to critically block by an additional 1.5% (Down from 2.5%).
by Published on 2010-11-03 09:31 AM

Cataclysm Beta - ilvl 359 Weapons List
It's a little too early for a full list of raid loot but we definitely have enough content for a short preview of the first tier of PvE weapons available in the expansion!


  • Screenshots have been added! Just click the links!
  • New items have been added, such as the wonderful Reclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
  • I added basic drop locations.
  • Some items are flagged as "Pick Pocket" because they are LVL 85 versions of the BOE epics already found in the Lockboxes that Rogues could pickpocket in TBC and WotLK.

ilvlTypeSpecSlotItemSource
359AxeMeleeTwo-HandShalug'doom, the Axe of UnmakingRaid
359AxePhysical DPSOff-HandMaimgor's BiteRaid
359AxePhysical DPSOne-HandCrul'korak, the Lightning's ArcRaid
359BowPhysical DPSRangedThemios the DarkbringerRaid
359CrossbowPhysical DPSRangedDragonheart PiercerRaid
359DaggerPhysical DPSOne-HandThe Twilight BladePick Pocket
359DaggerPhysical DPSOne-HandOrganic Lifeform InverterRaid
359DaggerPhysical DPSOne-HandUhn'agh Fash, the Darkest BetrayalRaid
359DaggerSpell DPSMain HandIncineratusRaid
359DaggerSpell DPSMain HandBlade of the Witching HourRaid
359Fist Weap.MeleeOff-HandClaws of AgonyRaid
359Fist Weap.Physical DPSMain HandClaws of TormentRaid
359GunTankRangedCrossfire Carbine?
359MaceMeleeTwo-HandAkirus the Worm-BreakerRaid
359MaceSpell SpiritMain HandAndoros, Fist of the Dragon KingRaid
359MaceTankOne-HandMace of Acrid DeathRaid
359ShieldSpell SpiritOff HandElementium StormshieldBlacksmithing
359ShieldSpell SpiritOff HandKingdom's HeartRaid
359ShieldTankOff HandElementium EarthguardBlacksmithing
359ShieldTankOff HandAkmin-kurai, Dominion's ShieldRaid
359StaffPhysical DPSTwo-HandMalevolenceRaid
359StaffSpell DPSTwo-HandStaff of Sorcerer-Thane ThaurissanArchaeology
359StaffSpell SpiritTwo-HandDark Mender's StaffRaid
359StaffSpell SpiritTwo-HandStaff of AmmunaeArchaeology
359SwordMeleeOne-HandLava SpineRaid
359SwordMeleeOne-HandSoul BladeRaid
359SwordMeleeOne-HandScimitar of the SiroccoArchaeology
359SwordMeleeTwo-HandReclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the BrotherhoodRaid
359SwordMeleeTwo-HandZin'rokh, Destroyer of WorldsArchaeology
359SwordPhysical DPSOne-HandFang of TwilightRaid
359SwordPhysical DPSOne-HandKrol DecapitatorPick Pocket
359SwordSpell DPSMain HandMaldo's Sword CaneRaid
359ThrownPhysical DPSThrownSpinerenderPick Pocket
359WandSpell DPSRangedTheresa's BooklightRaid
359WandSpell SpiritRangedFinkle's Mixer UpperRaid


Cataclysm Beta - Raid Loot and Random Items Update
Now that most of the bosses are available for testing, a couple of extra items have been discovered on test realms.

ilvlTypeSpecSlotItem
359AxePhysical DPSOne-HandCrul'korak, the Lightning's Arc
359SwordMeleeTwo-HandReclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
359MailPhysical DPSWaistCoil of Ten-Thousand Screams
359MailHealChestCircuit Design Breastplate
359TrinketPhysical DPSTrinketPrestor's Talisman of Machination

I also found a lot of extra random items, apparently Blizzard really wants you to get random stats item to make sure you can come up with awesome combination with Reforging.

ilvlTypeSpecSlotItem
359PlateTankLegsThunder Wall Greaves
359PlateHealLegsTempest Keeper Leggings
359PlateMeleeWaistSky Strider Belt
359PlateTankWaistThunder Wall Belt
359MailPhysical DPSLegsStar Chaser Legguards
359MailSpellLegsLightning Well Legguards
359MailPhysical DPSWaistStar Chaser Belt
359MailSpellWaistLightning Well Belt
359LeatherPhysical DPSLegsWind Stalker Leggings
359LeatherSpellLegsGale Rouser Leggings
359ClothSpellLegsSoul Breath Leggings
359ClothSpellWaistSoul Breath Belt
359FingerRandomFingerPermafrost Signet
359FingerRandomFingerPlanetary Band
359FingerRandomFingerCloudburst Ring


Cataclysm Zones Update - Badlands, Western Plaguelands, Tirisfal Glades
I'm finally updating all the old pages from the Cataclysm menu! Starting slowly today with an update on 3 of the old zones: Badlands, Tirisfal Glades, and the Western Plaguelands. Expect a lot more in the next days!

I will probably add a few more things to zone pages before the end of the week. (Even if giving public deadlines is always a terrible, terrible idea!)







Official Wallpaper - Deathwing
A new wallpaper featuring Deathwing is now available on the Official Site



The Impending Cataclysm
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
With patch 4.0.1 now live and the official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematic trailer released at http://YouTube.com/Warcraft, it's time for you to find out just what's in store in the weeks leading up to Cataclysm's launch on December 7.

Elemental Unrest

As earthquakes rumble and the very foundation of Azeroth becomes increasingly unstable, key members of the Horde and Alliance have begun to assemble in Orgrimmar and Stormwind to investigate the cause of these disturbances. Unconstrained elementals are terrorizing Azeroth's inhabitants, and it's become clear that a malevolent presence is threatening to tear apart the land. Suspicious strangers have taken to the Horde and Alliance capitals to offer the frightened citizens an explanation for the recent phenomena. Pro-tip: it's all doom and gloom.

The events leading up to Cataclysm are underway, and the disturbances will only become more severe as the weeks pass. Pay close attention to your faction leaders, Thrall and Varian, and be on the lookout for unfamiliar faces gathering on the city streets. This one-time-only series of events features all-new quests and multiple stages of dire happenings, so stay vigilant!

Patch 4.0.3

This patch will contain the final preparations for the Cataclysm launch, including the new login screen and official cinematic. The Shattering of Azeroth will take place sometime after patch 4.0.3.

The Shattering

Shortly before December 7, Azeroth will change forever. Deathwing will emerge from the Elemental Plane, bringing about the Shattering of the world and burning anyone and anything in his path. The events leading up to the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will reach their culmination, and Azeroth’s citizens will face the devastation they feared all along.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Entering Tol barad
Portals exist in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that take players directly to Tol Barad (requires level 85). In addition, Mages learn both a teleport and a portal spell to Tol Barad at level 85. If either of these options still don't cover you, you can purchase the faction themed tabards in Tol Barad as they have a 4hr teleport to the island as an on use effect. (Source)

In-game Cinematics
It took a bit of time for me to get back to this thread, but I wanted to make sure I conferred with our Cinematics team before making the quantum leap.

We acknowledged as a company the positive reaction of the fans to the game's cinematics very early on, and since then we've always made sure to foster a world-class cinematic division to help bring more epic storytelling to our games.

With the advent of in-game cinematics, in the case of Starcraft II, we were able to over triple the amount of cinematic storytelling compared to any previous Blizzard release. As mentioned by another poster, these moments, without in-game assets, would have been character portraits plus voice-over. Instead, they were able to be brought to life with a much more vivid realization by using in-game cinematics to help tell the story.

During the Cataclysm Cinematics panel at BlizzCon, we discussed how each pre-rendered cinematic can take a year or more, with the involvement of dozens of animators, modelers, concept artists, FX artists, programmers and more working to make the picture's vision a reality.

These pre-rendered movies take time and a lot of planning, but with game development being a very dynamic process, the opportunity may arise for a story that deserves to be told cinematically. Logistically though, there may be only a small window of time to make it happen. That is when in-game assets come into play. The unfortunate alternative would be to pass on the moment altogether.

With that said, we are definitely mindful of the desires of the community for cutting edge content, and are putting a lot of effort into pushing the limits of World of Warcraft in-game cinematics to new horizons. If you've had the opportunity to play the Cataclysm beta, the new goblin cut scene should demonstrate some of our new in-game capabilities in action, and we will continue to strive to create the best in-game cinematic content that World of Warcraft has to offer.

It all comes down to pushing the story forward. The real strength of using in-game cinematics is to harness the opportunities for additional cinematic storytelling that, without the in-game option, may never be told. Our belief here is that we'd all prefer to see more stories, regardless of the medium that is chosen. (Source)

Beta Testing
Rated Battleground Queuing
We are looking for feedback from players using the Rated Battleground queuing system. We have seen numerous reports of different behavior so if you guys could summarize your experience in this thread, that would be great.

We are working as hard as we can to get rated BG's into a playable state on the beta so any input you have would be extremely helpful. (Source)

Guild XP and Reputation
We will be returning the guild xp and reputation to normal levels in the next beta update. Just wanted to give everyone the heads up. (Source)

Guild Leveling/Rewards
Guild rewards after a gquit
You keep all rewards that you earn via the new guild system. Some require a specific amount of guild rep to use, but we never take them away. (Source)

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