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by Published on 2011-04-10 07:54 PM

When is Patch 4.1?
People keep asking when Patch 4.1 is, the only thing we know is that the release isn't imminent. We didn't see any Release Candidate build on the PTRs and Blizzard is still implementing things left and right. If I had to give an estimation I would say the patch will hit the live servers before the end of the month if we're lucky, but definitely not before that.

For a quick recap of the Patch 4.1 features, check out the following articles:




Patch 4.1 Cooking and Fishing Daily Quests
Patch 4.1 will add 10 Cooking and Fishing daily quests to each faction, see the list below!

Patch 4.1 Cooking Daily Quests

Lvl Name Objective
10 Ribs for the SentinelsUse the Uncooked Ribs near a stove or campfire to cook them and then use them to feed 5 Darnassus Sentinels.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 2 x
10 Keepin' the Haggis Flowin'Obtain a Bag o' Sheep Innards, 5 packets of Mild Spices, and 4 Sacks of Oatmeal.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 2 x
10 The Secret to Perfect KimchiFind 8 Buried Kimchi Jars in Darnassus.
Rewards: +2 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 I Need to Cask a FavorPick up the Cask of Drugan's IPA outside the brewery in Kharanos and run it back to Ironforge.
Rewards: +2 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Remembering the AncestorsCollect the Blessed Rice Cakes from the Temple of the Moon.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Back to BasicsHelp the inhabitants of the Craftsmen's Terrace and Tradesmen's Terrace make rice flour by pounding the contents of Rice Baskets.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 A Round for the GuardsDistribute the Ironforge Rations to 6 Ironforge Guards.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 A Fowl ShortageCollect 6 Dun Morogh Chickens near the entrance to Ironforge.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Can't Get Enough Spice BreadMake or obtain 10 slices of Spice Bread.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Spice Bread AplentyMake or obtain 10 pieces of Spice Bread.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Perfectly Picked PortionsObtain four "perfect portions" from merchants stalls around Thunder Bluff. Deliver the ingredients to Aska Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff.
Rewards: +2 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Escargot A Go-GoCollect 8 Brightwater Snails. Deliver them to Eunice Burch in Undercity.
Rewards: +2 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Roach CoachObtain 20 Plump Cockroaches. Deliver the insects to Chef Audrey in Undercity.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 2 x
10 Corn MashHelp the inhabitants of Thunder Bluff make cornmeal by pounding bowls of Corn Kernels.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 2 x
10 Fungus Among UsObtain 12 Sewer Caps. Deliver the fungus to Eunice Burch in Undercity.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Lily, Oh LilyObtain 10 Stillwater Lillies. Deliver the plants to Eunice Burch in Undercity.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Pining for NutsObtain 30 Pine Nuts by toasting Mulgore Pine Cones from Thunder Bluff. Deliver the nuts to Aska Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Would You Like Some Flies With That?Obtain 25 Bloated Flies from the "meat" near the Meat Wagons. Then return to Eunice Burch in Undercity.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 "Magic" MushroomsGather 6 "Magic" Mushrooms from the Pools of Vision in Thunder Bluff. Deliver them to Aska Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x
10 Mulgore Spice BreadUse Mulgore Spices with Spice Bread to create 5 Fresh Mulgore Spice Bread (you may make your own Spice Bread or use someone else's). Deliver the bread to Aska Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff.
Rewards: +1 Cooking Skill Point, 1 x


Patch 4.1 Fishing Daily Quests

Lvl Name Objective
10 A Slippery SnackGather 6 Baby Octopi from the shallow water near Rut'theran Village.
Rewards: +2 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 An Old FavoriteCatch 8 Kaldorei Herring by fishing in Rut'theran Village.
Rewards: +2 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Happy as a Clam DiggerGather 10 Teldrassil Clams from the shores near Rut'theran Village.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Stocking UpCatch 5 Lake Whitefish by fishing in Darnassus.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 The Sister's PendantRetrieve Aquinne's Moon Pendant from the belly of a Giant Catfish. You should be able to catch them anywhere you can fish in Darnassus.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Cold Water FishingCatch 5 Arctic Char by fishing in Helm's Bed Lake in Dun Morogh.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 One fer the AgesCatch a Young Ironjaw in Ironforge's Forlorn Cavern and display it in the Library near the Empty Plaque.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Fish fer SquirkyCatch 3 Blind Minnows in the pool in the Forlorn Cavern and feed them to Squirky.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Live BaitUse Grimnur's Bait on yourself, then jump into Helm's Bed Lake in Dun Morogh.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 The Gnomish Bait-o-MaticUse the Bait-o-Matic Blueprint with 5 Shiny Baubles, a Hair Trigger, and 3 Rat Traps to create the Gnomish Bait-o-Matic.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Tadpole TerrorArmand Cromwell in Undercity wants you to bring him 8 Giant Flesh-Eating Tadpoles.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Like Pike?Dig up a Corpse Worm in the Ruins of Lordaeron courtyard and use it as bait to catch a Corpse-Fed Pike. Corpse-Fed Pike can be fished up in Brightwater Lake, northeast of Undercity.
Rewards: +2 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Time for SlimeCollect 10 Squirming Slime Molds. Deliver them to Armand Cromwell in Undercity.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Pond PredatorsKah Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff wants 8 Azshara Snakehead fish from the Thunder Bluff pond.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 The Ring's the ThingFish up a Blind Cavefish from the Pools of Vision in Thunder Bluff. Once you catch a cavefish, fillet it and check if it swallowed the ring.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 The Race to RestockKah Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff wants 2 Randy Smallfish and 2 Amorous Mud Snappers from Stonebull Lake in Mulgore.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Craving CrayfishKah Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff wants 10 Stonebull Crayfish from Stonebull Lake in Mulgore.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Shiny BaublesNahari Cloudchaser in Thunder Bluff wants 20 Shiny Stones from around the central rise's base.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Moat Monster!Use the Alliance Decoy Kit to summon the Moat Monster in the Ruins of Lordaeron. Then use the Bloated Frogs to feed the monster.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x
10 Fish HeadArmand Cromwell wants you to fish up a Severed Abomination Head in Undercity for Master Apothecary Faranell.
Rewards: +1 Fishing Skill Point, 1 x



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Fan Arts
Two very impressives pieces of fan art today, the first one is from osp.deviantart.com and the 2nd one from gallery.artofgregmartin.com.



by Published on 2011-04-09 10:33 AM

Patch 4.1 Archaeology Rewards
As promised in earlier blue posts, Patch 4.1 adds a couple of Archaeology rewards to the game. The Fossile and Troll branches are getting some love and you should be able to find these new rare items after the patches.

Artifact Project Type Branch Fragments
Extinct Turtle Shell Extinct Turtle Shell Shield Fossil 150
Pterrordax Hatchling Pterrordax Hatchling Companion Pet Fossil 120
Voodoo Figurine Voodoo Figurine Companion Pet Troll 100
Vrykul Drinking Horn Vrykyl Drinking Horn Misc. Vrykul 100
Ancient Amber Ancient Amber Misc. Fossil 100
Haunted War Drum Haunted War Drum Misc. Troll 100




Patch 4.1 Public Test Realm Notes - April 8 #2
The Patch 4.1 PTR notes have been updated slightly after Blizzard published the update on their blog yesterday. The change to allow player to use flying mounts in Ghostlands was removed and Sinestra is being slightly tweaked.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
General
  • Flying mounts can now be used in Ghostlands.
  • Several persistent ground effects now display different visuals for hostile and friendly players. The following spells have the same visual effects for friendly players, but new alternate visuals for hostile players: Ring of Frost, Consecration, Desecration, Wild Mushroom, Flare, Ice Trap, Power Word: Barrier, Smoke Bomb, and Hand of Gul'dan. As a general rule, the alternate effects have a red tint or hue indicating they are created by an enemy player. There are currently some issues with this new change which are affecting several of these abilities and is not working as intended at this time.

Raids & Dungeons
Sinestra
  • Twilight Slicer is now less likely to target two helers at once.
  • Wrack will avoid jumping to tanks.

Guilds
Guild Challenges
  • Gold rewards require the qualified guild members of the group to be honored with their guild, and the guild must be are now deposited into the guild bank once the guild reaches level 5. The text for the Cash Flow guild perk has been updated appropriately.

Blue Posts
Blue posts outside of announcements almost feel like christmas lately, I wonder if anyone is going to bring cookies.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Making WoW Easier
I understand and respect gaming masochism. But, I think that changing mechanics to be more reasonable and less punishing is an improvement, not a detriment, to games in general. Many of us Original Gamers pine for the days of D&D-based yore when games were seemingly intended to break us down into sobbing masses created by an uncaring necromancer of pain and suffering, or at least didn't try to avoid it. Overcoming all of the obstacles (I CHOOSE NOT TO SHOOT HER WITH THE SILVER ARROW... NOOOOO) was a big part of what gaming (I HAVE 1 LIFE!?), and especially PC gaming (HOW DO I LOAD MOUSE DRIVERS?), were about. But, I feel we're lucky to now be in an age where those ideals (intended or not) are giving way to actual fun, actual challenge, and not fabricating it through high-reach requirements (I NEED A FAIRY MONK WITH A MAGIC LOCKPICK?).

What we've always been trying to do, what WoW has always been about (and to which much of its success is due) is to make an accessible MMO. Anyone that looks back at the game at launch and wishes it was as challenging now as it was then is not aware of the painstaking effort put into making this game accessible as compared to its predecessors. Since release we've refined that intent, eventually evolving the very few masochistic designs WoW actually ever started with, but ideally still offering those same prestige goals that give that feeling of achieving something great if you're able to pull it off. We've made a lot of progress toward striking that balance and continuing to evolve the game, but it's not something we're ever likely to perfect, and we'll be constantly working to hit that elusive goal. Hopefully it's to the benefit of everyone playing and enjoying the game, and they'll continue to enjoy the journey that a living, breathing, persistent universe will take us on. (Source)

Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Art gallery has been updated with three pieces representing the Warcraft universe.



The Daily Blink - Tragedy of the Commons
The Daily Blink published a new comic about the new Call To Arms in the Dungeon Finder.

by Published on 2011-04-08 12:51 PM

Dungeon Finder Call to Arms - Clarification
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We’ve been following discussions and reading feedback on the Dungeon Finder Call to Arms feature, and appreciate everyone’s opinions on the topic. We wanted to share a few items though that supplement the recent announcement:

The additional reward for completing the Dungeon Finder Call to Arms (called the Satchel of Exotic Mysteries) will be Bind on Account; able to be freely sent to other characters on your account once you receive it.

An error existed in the announcement regarding flasks and potions being picked based on your spec. This is not the case. If someone earns a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries, and if it rolls the random chance to provide a potion or flask, it will be a randomly selected. This helps ensure a broad array of available flasks and potions for all characters.

We also wanted to clarify, mounts that have a possibility to be found in a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries are found with the same rarity as if you had slain the dungeon boss that normally drops them.
by Published on 2011-04-07 10:40 PM

Patch 4.1 PTR Notes - April 8th Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
General
  • Honor is now purchasable from the Justice Commodities Vendor at 250 Honor per 375 Justice.
  • Justice is now purchasable from the Honor Commodities Vendor at 250 Justice per 375 Honor.
  • Conquest is now purchasable from the Valor vendor at 250 Conquest per 250 Valor.

Raids & Dungeons
  • The Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms will now identify which class role is currently the least represented in the queue, and offer them additional rewards for entering the Dungeon Finder queue and completing a random level-85 Heroic dungeon.
    • The least represented class icon will show within the Dungeon Finder to indicate the role that is eligible to earn the bonus reward.
    • Players must queue solo with the currently indicated least represented class (by the system) and complete the dungeon up to and including the final boss in order to be eligible for the bonus reward.
    • The bonus reward will be displayed to eligible (system identified as least represented) classes within the UI.
    • Once the dungeon is completed the eligible player will receive a goodie bag with various potential rewards including: gold, rare gems, non-combat pets, and (very rare) mounts.

Halls of Origination
  • Temple Gardian Anhuur should now properly go into his Shield Phase at 33% even if he was channeling his 66% shield phase.

Lost City of Tol'vir
  • Soul Fragments that spawn during the High Prophet Barim encounter should now perform an emote when they merge with the Harbinger of Darkness.

Wailing Caverns
  • The maze section has been removed to make the overall dungeon more accessible and quicker to complete. Nearby creatures and bosses have been adjusted to compensate.

Guilds
Guild Challenges
  • Gold rewards are deposited into the guild bank once the guild reaches level 5. The text for the Cash Flow guild perk has been updated appropriately.

Quests & Creatures
  • New Cooking and Fishing Dailies have been added to Darnassus, Ironforge, Thunder Bluff, and Undercity.

Classes: General
  • Several persistent ground effects now display different visuals for hostile and friendly players. The following spells have the same visual effects for friendly players, but new alternate visuals for hostile players: Ring of Frost, Consecration, Desecration, Wild Mushroom, Flare, Ice Trap, Power Word: Barrier, Smoke Bomb, and Hand of Gul'dan. As a general rule, the alternate effects have a red tint or hue indicating they are created by an enemy player. There are currently some issues with this new change which are affecting several of these abilities and is not working as intended at this time.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Enrage no longer increases physical damage taken.
  • Stampeding Roar's duration has been increased to 8 seconds, up from 6. The movement speed effect has been increased to 60%, up from 40% and is no longer cancelled by cancelling shapeshift form.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Hunter Bug Fixes
  • Deterrence: The area damage of the paladin ability Hammer of the Righteous will no longer hit Hunters with Deterrence active.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Frost Armor has been reworked:
    • It now reduces physical damage taken by 15%, instead of providing 20% additional armor.
    • The Chilled proc from Frost Armor can no longer proc Fingers of Frost.
    • The attack speed slow from the Chilled proc is now 20%, down from 25%, but it also affects ranged attack speed.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Retribution
  • Selfless Healer: The damage bonus from this talent now has a 30 sec duration instead of 10 sec.

Paladin Bug Fixes
  • Avenger's Shield can no longer be blocked.
  • Judgements of the Just debuff can no longer trigger talents and other effects.
  • Seal of Truth: Fixed a tooltip error that stated swings at targets with Censure fully stacked dealt 9% weapon damage. They actually dealt 15% damage and the tooltip has been updated accordingly.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Dark Intent: The friendly target of this ability now receives 1% (stacking 3 times to 3%) periodic spell damage and healing bonus instead of 3% (stacking 3 times to 9%). The casting Warlock still receives 3% (stacking 3 times to 9%).

Affliction
  • Unstable Affliction damage done when it is dispelled has been doubled, but this damage can no longer be critical.

User Interface
  • Targets and focus targets now display on the mini-map.
  • Moved Video and Sound to a new �Options� screen.
  • Added a network category to the new Options screen and included the two network checkboxes.
    • The Network category contains the options "Optimize network for speed" and "Enable IPv6 when available".

  • Visual Settings Updates
    • Removed the red bar preventing the overall graphics slider from going to ultra based on computer specs.
    • When the user moves the overall slider to a setting that would have previously been prevented, any option that can't go as high as that setting will get the warning icon with a tooltip explaining why it can't go higher. For example: The user sets the overall slider to Ultra and the water setting can only go to Fair. The water setting would automatically switch to Fair.
    • Support for DirectX 11 can now be found in the Advanced tab of the Options screen.

  • At the login screen:
    • Moved the "Reset User Options" button from the popup window that appears when you click Options to the actual Options window.
    • Clicking Options now goes directly to the Video tab of the Options screen.
    • Removed the now-unneeded popup.

  • The New Features (!) Option Screen has been updated:
    • Cast action keybinds on key down (Combat)
    • Pick Up Action Key (ActionBars)
    • Nameplate Motion Type (Names)
    • Graphics API (Advanced)
    • Network category

Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13850
A new PTR build is being deployed on test realms.

Wailing Caverns Changes
The "maze" of the Wailing Caverns has been removed, that's basically half of the instance.



Spell Changes
Reminder: If it's not in the official patch notes above, it's probably just a tooltip fix or something like that. If it's a real change, Blizzard will eventually update the real notes.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
New Items

Guild Perks
  • Cash Flow - In addition, completing guild challenges will reward gold directly to your guild bank.

Alchemy

Blacksmithing

Jewelcrafting

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Feral
  • Enrage no longer increases physical damage taken by 10%.
  • Faerie Fire (Feral) apparently now deals 679 damage instead of only dealing damage based on Attack Power.

Balance
  • Sunfire base damage has been increased by 50%, from 372 to 558.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Frost
  • Frost Armor now reduces physical damage taken by 15% instead of increasing armor from items by 20% and Frost resistance by 44. Now increases time between enemy attacks by 20%, down from 25%.
  • Fingers of Frost now procs from offensive Chill effects.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Retribution
  • Seal of Truth now deals 15% weapon damage once stacked to 5 times, up from 9% weapon damage.
  • Selfless Healer now lasts 30 sec, up from 10 sec.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Holy
  • Blessed Resilience now procs when you're critically hit by any non-periodic attack.
  • Body and Soul now increases the target's movement speed by 30/60%, up from 12/30%.

Shadow

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Affliction
  • Dark Intent now increases periodic damage and healing by 1% on the other.
  • Haunt now scales from 69.71% of Spell Power, up from 53.63%.
by Published on 2011-04-07 01:23 AM

Patch 4.1 Preview -- Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In patch 4.1 we'll be introducing Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms, a new system intended to lower queue times. Call to Arms will automatically detect which class role is currently the least represented in the queue, and offer them additional rewards for entering the Dungeon Finder queue and completing a random level-85 Heroic dungeon.

Any time the Dungeon Finder queue is longer than a few minutes for level-85 Heroics, the Call to Arms system kicks in and determines which role is the least represented. In the case of tanking being the least represented role, the "Call to Arms: Tanks" icon will display in the Dungeon Finder UI menu where class roles are selected, and will also display on the UI when the queue pops and you are selected to enter a dungeon. Regardless of your role, you'll always be able to see which role currently has been Called to Arms, if any.

Call to Arms is meant to lower wait times by offering additional rewards for queuing as the currently least represented role. To be eligible for the additional rewards you must solo queue for a random level-85 Heroic in the role that is currently being Called to Arms, and complete the dungeon by killing the final boss. Every time you hit these requirements (there is no daily limit) you'll receive a goodie bag that will contain some gold, a chance at a rare gem, a chance at a flask/elixir (determined by spec), a good chance of receiving a non-combat pet (including cross faction pets), and a very rare chance at receiving a mount. The pets offered come from a wide variety of sources, and include companions like the Razzashi Hatchling, Cockatiel, and Tiny Sporebat, but the mounts are those specifically only available through dungeons (not raids), like the Reins of the Raven Lord from Sethekk Halls, Swift White Hawkstrider from Magister's Terrace, and Deathcharger's Reins from Stratholme.

This system is meant to address the unacceptable queue times currently being experienced by those that queue for the DPS role at max level. The long queue times are, of course, caused by a very simple lack of representation in the Dungeon Finder by tanks, and to some extent healers. We don't feel the tanking and healing roles have any inherent issues that are causing the representation disparity, except that fulfilling them carries more responsibility. Understandably, players prefer to take on that responsibility in more organized situations than what the Dungeon Finder offers, but perhaps we can bribe them a little. While this system gives tanks and healers something extra, the incentive is being provided so that we can help players in the DPS role get into more dungeons, get better gear, and continue progressing.

While the gold, gems, flasks, and elixirs are OK incentives, we knew we needed something more substantial. We had briefly considered Valor Points and epics, but decided that wouldn't be working toward the goal of helping DPS players progress, and ultimately wouldn't keep tanks and healers in the Dungeon Finder system for very long. We settled on pets and dungeon-found mounts as they’re cosmetic/achievement items that players tend to try to get on their own, so why not change that up and offer them a chance to get some of those elusive pets and mounts in a way that also helps other players? Even if they don't get a pet or mount, or get one they already have, the gold and other goodies still feel rewarding enough that it won't feel like a waste of effort.

We think it's a pretty solid incentive to get tanks and healers queuing, give max-level players another way to collect the pets and mounts they so desire, and above all, to improve wait times for DPS players sitting in queues. In the case of lower level dungeons, it's actually not uncommon for DPS to be the least represented role, and so if this new system works out and we're pleased with the results, we may consider applying this same mechanic to lower level dungeons as well.
by Published on 2011-04-06 10:10 PM

Remote Guild Chat Preview
Blizzard posted a small preview of the remote guild chat on the World of Warcraft Remote Services page.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Real time guild chat on your phone. Keep in touch with your guildmates and always be in on your guild's discussions with the new mobile Guild Chat feature. With a subscription to World of Warcraft Remote, you can view and participate in your guild's chat in real time, engage in one-on-one conversations with other guild members, and more!

Subscription Features

  • Stay in touch with your entire guild wherever you are
  • See which guildmates are online
  • Initiate one-on-one conversations with guild members
  • Keep the guild up-to-date with your Arena team and Rated Battlegrounds plans
  • Filter by guild chat, officer chat, and whispers


Savage Defense and Blood Shield "Issues"
Originally Posted by Daxxarri (Blue Tracker)
There are two issues here.

One is that the combat log is saying “refresh” in a confusing way when it’s really just applying damage to the shield (i.e. a new shield has not been created). We’re looking at some ways that might be fixed.

The second issue has to do with our combat log (or third party logs) apparently disagreeing about what happened. Remember, our combat calculations are done on the realm side and then reported to the client, but the client only gets those reports periodically. The message has to travel a potentially long distance between your client and our realms. It’s important that the calculations are done realm-side though, to maintain gameplay integrity.

Because of the latency inherent in client – realm communication, it can appear that a hit lands before the shield procs, yet still applies to the shield, leading to the mistaken impression that the proc isn’t occurring properly. In reality, the server is (probably) performing the steps correctly, but the client sometimes lags behind. For example, there's a case where what actually happened is this sequence: 1) shield proc, 2) hit, 3) absorb, but the client is slightly behind and instead (incorrectly) shows 1) hit, 2) shield proc, 3) absorb in the combat log. Or it could appear that you lost shield points without actually taking less damage, when in reality either the shield or your health pool weren’t affected. Or it could appear that if you take multiple hits nearly simultaneously that the shield did nothing to the later hits, but in reality the shield was gone on the first hit and your client just hasn’t been notified of that fact yet. We will investigate this issue just to make sure, but we’re pretty confident that Savage Defense and Blood Shield are working correctly and are just sometimes getting misreported. With Savage Defense lasting longer in 4.1, you may see this kind of thing more often.

The takeaway is that latency can in some cases cause combat log display issues like the one we’re seeing here. We understand that a lot of you use the combat log as a reporting tool to analyze a fight after the fight has concluded. The combat log as currently implemented is supposed to give you a data feed in real time. We’d like to redesign the combat log to fill that post-combat analysis role better (as Ghostcrawler alluded to in a recent Q&A) but that is a Very Big Task. Just delaying the current combat log so that it was in 100% parity with the server could cause serious issues with third party mods among other things, so we have to be careful not to turn a single screw and end up dismantling the whole machine, so to speak. Despite its limitations, it remains an accurate and useful tool in the vast majority of circumstances.

Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Art gallery has been updated with six pieces representing the Warcraft universe.



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