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by Published on 2010-12-04 01:23 PM

Updates might get a little crazy over the week-end as I push the final bits of content to get ready for the release of Cataclysm. Hopefully, I won't crash the site or kill a moderator, but if it happen I'm sure the guy who will replace me after I get fired will be as nice as I am.

Cataclysm Dungeons Pages Updated
I finally updated most of the Cataclysm dungeons pages to let you prepare before the release! If everything goes as planned, I'll probably have some extra time for the Deadmines/SFK pages and we might have a couple of strategy guides, maybe. Thanks to Marlamin and Simca for their precious help on these pages.






Leaders of the Alliance and Horde Part 1 - Garrosh
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
King Varian Wrynn, Queen Sylvanas Windrunner, King Genn Greymane, and Trade Prince Gallywix—these are just a few of the leaders who continue to shape Azeroth's destiny. They are the embodiments of their races' strongest traits... and at times their greatest failings. In the coming months, Blizzard Entertainment will be releasing short stories that will peer into the hearts of these legendary heroes and offer insight into what new trials might lie ahead as they lead their people in a world forever changed by the Cataclysm.

The first story of this series, "Heart of War," offers a glimpse into the experiences that have shaped Garrosh into the leader he is today: his heroic exploits in Northrend; his uncertainty as he arrived in the imposing Horde capital of Orgrimmar; and most importantly, his friendship with his mentor, the warchief he would eventually replace, Thrall. This tale was written by Sarah Pine, the winner of Blizzard Entertainment's 2009 Global Writing Contest.

Brady Games Cataclysm Strategy Guide
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Whether you're a first-time player or a Molten Core veteran, Brady Games' official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm strategy guide has something for everyone. The guide weighs in at nearly 500 pages and dives into the areas you want to know about most. It covers the playable worgen and goblin races and their starting zones, as well as detailed information on Azeroth's shattered landscape and all the new quests. You'll also find a thorough guide to the new level 80-85 content.

The Brady Games World of Warcraft: Cataclysm strategy guide will be available on December 7 at retailers that sell World of Warcraft strategy guides and at the Blizzard Store.

The Daily Blink - Solliden Farmstead
The Solliden Farmstead is hiring apparently! (From The Daily Blink, yeah, turns out I like these guys!)

by Published on 2010-12-03 10:43 AM

Cataclysm Cinematic - The World Reborn - Make sure you check Cataclysm Cinematic - The World Reborn if you missed it yesterday!


Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes - December 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the release of patch 4.0.3a. While many have already been deployed on all realms, some may not be implemented until the next time your realm is restarted. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied.

December 2
  • Players can no longer skin Crushcog Sentry-Bots or Crushcog Battle Suits in Dun Morogh... because they don’t have skin.
  • The grace time for players who have disconnected from a Battleground has been increased to three minutes before being issued the Deserter debuff.
  • Stats on the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat have been reduced, as it can currently be equipped by players of all levels.
  • Crafty players again found a way to catch Cataclysm fish. Crafty designers have made this impossible without a Cataclysm key attached to a player’s account.
  • Revitalizing Sandals now have an enchantment of +1 Intellect.
  • Ravenous Jaws off the coast of Icecrown grew strangely large and have been returned to their normal size.
  • Players who die within Ahn'Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom are no longer granted a Spectral Gryphon mount while in spirit form.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Rake is now dealing the same damage outside of Cat Form when the druid has the Razor Claws mastery. Rake damage also stays consistent when modified by Mangle as a druid shifts out of Cat Form.
  • The proc buff from the talent Shooting Stars should no longer be consumed without providing its benefits if the druid is already casting Starsurge.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Silithid Swarmers are now tamable by hunters.
  • Hunter pets that changed pet families prior to patch 4.0.3 will no longer retain their previous talents on top of the new Cataclysm pet talents. Hunters will have to untalent their pets to pick up this correction.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The Fire mage mastery Flashburn will now properly increase the periodic damage of Combustion.
  • Frostbolt for low-level mages was doing too little damage. Frostbolt damage has been increased at low levels, while low-level Water Elemental damage has been decreased slightly to compensate.
  • The Pyromaniac talent is now properly triggering when 3 or more targets are affected by a mage’s periodic damage Fire spells.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The presence of the Word of Glory effect from the paladin talent Guarded by the Light will no longer prevent casting or get overwritten by Power Word: Shield.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Smite's scaling coefficient has been increased. The damage of Smite is now very similar to Heal in value. This change has been made to ensure the Archangel Discipline sub-specialization remains viable.
  • The presence of the Word of Glory effect from the paladin talent Guarded by the Light will no longer prevent casting or get overwritten by Power Word: Shield.
  • Killing priests with the Spirit of Redemption talent now correctly awards Honor, killing blows and Honorable Kills. Also, abilities that proc off of killing blows like Victory Rush are now proccing properly when a priest is talented into Spirit of Redemption.

Quests
  • The Horde version of the Ashenvale Quests achievement now requires 62 Ashenvale quests completed, down from 80.
  • The Alliance version of the Un’Goro Crater Quests achievement now requires 40 Un’Goro Crater quests completed, down from 45.
  • All non-elite NPCs in Mord'rethar: The Death Gate, Icecrown now respawn more slowly. In addition, Undying Minions no longer award experience.
  • Blackfathom Tide Priestesses required for the quest "Deep Despair" in Ashenvale now respawn more quickly.
  • Razgar’s Fillet Knife and Drowned Thunder Lizard Tail are now removed from a player’s inventory upon completing the quest “A Golden Opportunity” in Orgrimmar.
  • The Alliance shaman quest “Blessing of the Elements” in Stormwind was not providing rewards for all talent specializations. It now rewards either an Agility-based axe for Enhancement shaman, or an Intellect-based axe for Restoration/Elemental shaman.
  • Writings of the Dark Herald will now drop from Telarius Voidstrider in Darkshore for all players in a party.
  • Dead Alliance players are no longer able to die in spirit form while on the quest "Bael'dun Rescue" in Southern Barrens.
  • Scourge Disguise is now removed as soon as a player leaves Zul'Drak.
  • Pylons in Un’Goro Crater no longer play a sound effect when interacting with them to complete the associated quests. This is a temporary fix to address an issue with the audio continually playing until logout after completing the quest "The Northern Pylon".
  • Teegan Holloway for the quest “The Looting of Althalaxx” in Darkshore has had his respawn time decreased.
  • Warlord Thresh'jin for the quest "Out of the Ziggurat" in Eastern Plaguelands can now be looted by all players in a party.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
City Tabards
If you are wearing one of the new faction tabards (e.g. Thunder Bluff, Stormwind, Orgrimmar, Ironforge, etc.), you will only receive reputation gains for that city/faction when in Classic (1-60), Northrend (70-80), and Cataclysm (80-85) dungeons. Outland dungeons will not currently provide reputation gains for the "home city" faction you are championing; this is intended.

Also, just as a heads up, if dungeon mobs and bosses are trivial to you, you will receive less reputation than if they are within your level range. This is just to ensure that players who exceed the dungeon's intended level range can still benefit from championing a specific faction, but aren't given a distinct advantage over those who are of the appropriate level and are unable to solo the content. This should also help encourage players to improve their reputation in dungeons more appropriate for their level, rather than running lower level content solely for the reputation (which isn't a bad thing by any means; we just want you to enjoy the content designed for your level range, too).

[...] For a period of time after patch 4.0.3a launched, Wrath of the Lich King dungeons did not provide reputation gains if a new faction tabard was worn. This was hotfixed, however, shortly after Sapperwix's post on November 24: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/1232869#blog

After speaking with our designers further (as promised earlier in this thread) and reexamining how our hotfix was applied together, Inushi was indeed correct and new faction tabards will only provide reputation gains for the championed city in Northrend if the dungeon is Heroic or otherwise level 80. This is how the current tabard system works for Wrath of the Lich King, but we may consider revising the system to include all dungeons, regardless of level, in a future patch.

Apologies for the confusion! I've already amended my first post to ensure it reflects this information. (Source)

This still doesn't answer why no rep with regular non 80 wrath instances while wearing the city tabard.
Similar to Outland dungeons, there are technical limitations which we must first overcome for this to be possible. It's a bit complicated, but hopefully I can explain.

In Wrath of the Lich King, we implemented a system that allowed players to champion factions by wearing a corresponding tabard; however, that system was limited and only supported level 80 dungeons (including Heroics). Fortunately, we were able to incorporate the new city tabards into this system through a hotfix, but the same rules and restrictions still apply. If we want to allow the new city tabards to provide reputations gains in all Northrend dungeons, we'll have to completely retrofit the entire Wrath of the Lich King tabard system -- which is something we may consider tackling in a future patch. (Source)

Disconnected in Battlegrounds / Deserter debuff
This is a bug for which we have developed a hotfix. Unless you type "/logout" while in a Battleground, you should be given a three-minute grace period when disconnected to log back in without the Deserter debuff.

This hotfix is not yet active on live realms as it will require cross-realm restarts. It should be fixed by tomorrow. (Source)

Beginner Tooltips
For a veteran gamer like yourself, it's understandable that the Beginner Tooltips might be a bit jarring. But, before you write them off as an embarassment, think back to when you first began playing World of Warcraft. Or, if you were already familiar with MMORPGs at the time, think back instead to when you were initially introduced to another complex gaming environment. It was likely a bit overwhelming.

Between clicking all the interface buttons, discovering how the combat system operates, learning how to move your character, adjusting those complex camera angles, and figuring out why that knight over there is wearing an exclamation point as a hat, there's a lot of data for new players to process -- and those first few minutes of playing, prior to our most recent improvements, could sometimes feel like you were getting shot in the face. In the face.

You may have had a different experience, of course -- and if you did, that's awesome! -- but for a number of new players, their introduction to World of Warcraft was a bit disorienting. No bueno! To help combat that early game confusion, we streamlined a lot of beginning content including tooltips, ensuring that the first set you see when you log in clearly describes what a specific type of spell or ability actually does. In combination with other quest and UI enhancements, the entire new player experience is now more meaningful and better at introducing game mechanics to those who are otherwise unfamiliar with them.

Now, if you're wondering why Beginner Tooltips is selected by default, this is because new players -- those who would most thoroughly benefit from this feature -- probably aren't going to know how or where to turn them on. While this may sometimes catch our more seasoned adventurers off-guard, we know you guys have an understanding of how to modify in-game settings and can likely deduce how to disable them on your own, either by poking around the interface menu or by asking for assistance on our community forums. (Source)

Glyphs and new players
(Perhaps one suggestion I could make would be for a class trainer to give you a set of 3 glyphs appropriate to your spec - but make these new, weaker glyphs - worth using but also worth replacing as soon as you can afford to.)
I think that's actually a pretty kickass suggestion, and one I will bring up. I don't doubt it's something that's been thought of already, but may bear repeating. (repeating bear says *rawr*)

Having a character customization/power system dependent on the market means there is going to be a rub when asking new players to spend their new-player amounts of cash on well-aged-game inflation rates. I also don't think it's realistic to think that new players are going to make inscription buddies or choose inscription (or maybe any profession) themselves.

Of course the use of glyphs is really not going to make or break the game for you while leveling, and really maybe even at late levels/end-game to varying degrees. It's potentially also a stretch to think that it will be completely forgotten. BUT! fundamentally, good idea. (Source)

The Daily Blink - Double Secret Reverse Psychology

by Published on 2010-12-02 07:26 PM

Cataclysm Cinematic - The World Reborn
A fly-through of the epic environments players will explore in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. It was the final reward unlocked as part of the 'Your Fortune Awaits' promotion at http://fortune.worldofwarcraft.com.

by Published on 2010-12-02 06:39 AM

Raidcomp (finally) updated!
You can finally stop posting about it on forums, sending mails and private messages about it, and kidnapping my lovely Garfield plush. Raidcomp has been updated by the lovely and sometimes useful chaud and should be fairly up to date for Cataclysm! Feel free to report any bug report to him.



New Battleground Brackets
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The uneasy armistice between the Horde and Alliance is steadily cracking beneath the strain of Deathwing's devastating return and the Shattering of Azeroth, heralding a new era of bloody conflict.

The clash between the factions has also never been so hotly contested: Battleground brackets now match up teams more evenly. The new brackets span five levels each, except the final bracket composed of level 85 players:

10-1430-3450-5470-74
15-1935-3955-5975-79
20-2440-4460-6480-84
25-2945-4965-6985


Fighters can also join the battle in Arathi Basin, Eye of the Storm, and Alterac Valley at an earlier level than ever before:

Level 10 - Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch

Level 35 - Eye of the Storm

Level 45 - Alterac Valley

Level 65 - Strand of the Ancients

Level 75 - Isle of Conquest

Level 85 - Battle for Gilneas and Twin Peaks

These changes should offer players a more consistently competitive experience in the Battlegrounds as their characters level, as well as provide for more exciting PvP conflict than ever before. Are you eager to try 35-39 Eye of the Storm? How about 45-49 Alterac Valley? Perhaps you'd like to cut your teeth on a 10-14 Arathi Basin.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Tanking With a Vengeance
Originally Posted by Ghostcrawler (Blue Tracker)
A very nice paladin player asked me recently about Vengeance. She had concerns about the mechanic, which made me realize that we haven’t done the best job of explaining to players exactly what Vengeance is supposed to accomplish.

Vengeance is a new passive ability gained by choosing one of the tanking talent trees: Protection for warriors and paladins, Blood for death knights, or Feral for druids. When a tank with one of these talent specs takes damage, she gains an attack power bonus based on the damage taken. This bonus can’t exceed 10% of her health.

Vengeance was designed for a single purpose, which is to make sure tank threat scales as other players improve their gear. Imagine a raid of reasonably geared level-85 characters. In the absence of Vengeance, the tank might generate about 50% of the damage of a DPS character. With the tank’s threat modifiers this should be sufficient for her to generate enough threat to keep her targets stuck to her (unless something unusual is going on in the encounter). The problem is that in later tiers the mages and rogues in the raid accumulate gear that continues to increase their damage, while the tank chooses gear that increases her survivability. Tanks will pick up some threat stats along the way, but as their survival is almost always a necessary condition for victory, they choose gear accordingly. In later tiers, instead of doing 50% of the damage of a DPS class, the tank might start to slip to 30% or less of a DPS character's damage. Now threat becomes an issue. Threat needs to be an important part of the game -- I’ll try to explain why we think so in a future blog. However, it isn’t our design intent for threat generation to get much harder in the third tier of content relative to the first.

So that’s what Vengeance is supposed to be. Here is what it’s not supposed to be. Vengeance is not supposed to solve the threat problem completely. A tank shouldn’t be able to just auto-attack and let Vengeance do the rest. Vengeance isn’t a replacement for the tank generating enough initial threat to get the targets to stick to her. She shouldn’t need to rely on Vengeance in the first six seconds of combat. It’s there to prevent the warlock from slowly creeping up on her threat in the middle of the fight. (If this has never happened to your raid, it’s possible that the huge threat transfer potential of the rogue Tricks of the Trade and hunter Misdirection masked how dicey threat really was for you, but those abilities were redesigned for Cataclysm.) In fact, you shouldn’t need Vengeance at all in the first couple of tiers of Cataclysm content. If a lucky dodge streak causes Vengeance to fall off, and that means that you can’t generate enough threat, then either our numbers aren’t tuned correctly, or you need to L2tank.

Vengeance also isn’t supposed to make you scared to attack a tank in PvP. Tanks have enough benefits in PvP, such as being hard to kill and control, especially in Cataclysm when Rated Battlegrounds provide them with a role where they can defend flags or towers. Players generally don’t hit hard enough to trigger the full effect of Vengeance, unless they are all ganging up on one tank, at which point someone in the group should have the ability to dispel it (Vengeance is treated as an Enrage effect for dispel purposes).

Vengeance is a new mechanic, and like many design changes, it may take some tweaking to get right. Maybe it takes too long to stack up or falls off too easily. Maybe it does too much of the tank’s job for her and ends up producing a generation of lazy tanks. Threat is a tricky thing to balance. If it’s too easy to maintain, then the tank isn’t having fun. If it’s too hard to maintain, then nobody is having fun.

Believe it or not, we want tanking to be fun.

-Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street is the Lead Systems Designer for World of Warcraft and once killed a dinosaur with a spreadsheet.

Blizzard Holiday Contests
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
There's a tradition at Blizzard Entertainment of creating a very special holiday treat each year to share the warmth of the season, but with a uniquely Blizzard touch. We invite you to help us spread the holiday cheer this year by entering our second annual Blizzard Holiday Card Contest or our Blizzard Holiday Dessert Contest. You can win great prizes from Razer as well as special autographed copies of Blizzard titles by crafting a Blizzard themed holiday card or dessert. Want to learn more? Pack your creativity and visit the contest pages.

Blizzard Holiday Card Contest

Blizzard Holiday Dessert Contest

Darkmoon Fortune Rewards
A couple of extra rewards went up on the Darkmoon Fortune website. All the artworks below are in high-resolution and could make decent wallpapers/posters.




by Published on 2010-12-01 03:10 AM

Update - Added November 30 hotfixes, including a massive boost to Gamon's already incredible power!

Blizzard Product Slate "Leak"
People are pretty excited about a new picture going around the web, supposedly a leak of the schedule of Blizzard's release for the next year. I don't usually comment that kind of things but ...


Source
The image appeared on MMOGamesite.com, apparently this is an english MMO site based in China and I already know a lot of people will hate me for reporting that news. The document itself is probably a slide from an internal presentation to executives and/or shareholders, and seems to be 8 months old according to the date at the top.

Battle.net 2.0
  • BNET2 - Well, that's the Battle.net we now use on WoW.
  • BNET2MapMarket - This is pretty self explanatory, but I'm a little surprised by the timeline.
  • BNET2 3rd Parties - The end-game with Battle.net is as far as I know to compete with Steam. One of the best way to do that would be to use the new platform to distribute a popular game, and if that game was an upcoming Call of Duty title the Activision/Blizzard merge would suddenly make a lot of sense, right?

Starcraft 2
Nothing really new here, but I have no idea what SC2 Phoenix is.

Diablo 3
Target release date in a year makes sense. The 2 expansions aren't really a surprise but I wouldn't take it as a confirmation, that's usually the kind of stuff you mention in company meetings with the higher-ups to make everyone happy.

World of Warcraft
  • WoWMobile - Done/in-progress with the mobile Auction House and the upcoming extra features.
  • Cataclysm - Well, we all know about that.
  • WoW Brazil - Portuguese translation of the game. I already heard a couple of rumors about that and at this point I'm 99% sure it's true, this is one of the reason why I think this document is legit. (The 2 others being the TCG Game and Titan)
  • WoW X4 - 4th expansion in a year and a half sounds very plausible.
  • WoW TCG - TCG Game, this part will probably remind you of one of my old posts ... The Future of World of Warcraft: TCG
  • WoW Movie - I'd say the timeline is off because the document is a few months old, before Sam Raimi decided to work on other projects before the Warcraft movie (but I still want to believe).
  • WoW X5 - 5th expansion a year and a half later, nothing surprising.

Titan
Yeah, that's Blizzard's new MMOFPS and I might have hinted at that in the past but I don't have a lot of extra information about it and the release date is just an estimation. Don't assume that it will be released by the end of 2013 based on that document, it would be very stupid. (Edit: Titan is a new game by the way, not an existing IP. But I'm really not sure what's the plan with it, I just know that the FPS bit is most likely here to stay)

Conclusion
The document is probably legit, even if it's already a little old it still confirms and backups a couple of information I already mentioned, and mentions the portuguese translation for the first time in public. Don't take it as a hard fact and don't bring it up too much on official forums but I think it's an interesting piece of information.


New Forum Titles are here!
The new titles are finally deployed on the forums and I'm only a few months late! Hopefully it will make the regular forum posters happier and it will be an awesome opportunity for the 40 new moderators I will promote tomorrow to ban hundreds of people trying to boost their post count. See the list below, the post count required for the last 3 titles will remain secret for the moment, it's ridiculously high anyway.

0 Keyboard Turner
10 Grunt
25 Blademaster
50 Field Marshal
100 High Overlord
200 The Patient
350 Stood in the Fire
500 Mechagnome
750 Dreadlord
1000 Bloodsail Admiral
1250 Brewmaster
1500 Epic!
1750 Pandaren Monk
2000 Warchief
2250 Pit Lord
2500 Herald of the Titans
3000 The Lightbringer
4000 Scarab Lord
5000 I am Murloc!
6000 Legendary!
7000 Immortal
8000 Elemental Lord
9000 Over 9000!
10000 Old God
11000 Titan
????? The Insane
????? The Unstoppable Force
????? Merely a Setback



Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes - November 30
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the release of patch 4.0.3a. While many have already been deployed on all realms, some may not be implemented until the next time your realm is restarted. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied.

November 30
  • Gamon is now immune to all forms of crowd control, uses the abilities Charge and Battle Shout, and wrecks adversaries with his new two-handed axe.
  • Players should no longer be prevented from entering a Battleground for no reason.
  • Many loot tables for NPCs have been adjusted to provide the correct items and scaling.
  • The Alchemy bonus from Flask of Stoneskin now grants 120 stamina, up from 80 stamina, to keep it in-line with similar bonuses from other professions.
  • Many creatures in Uldaman were not awarding reputation upon death. This has been corrected.
  • Wrathbone Reavers, Wrathbone Sorcerers, and Fallen Warriors no longer grant reputation in Pit of Saron.
  • Players can again start the Thrall escape event in Caverns of Time: Old Hillsbrad regardless of quest status.
  • The temporary guardian Basalt Rockling no longer drops from Balboa in Azshara.
  • Magma-Lord Kolob in Burning Steppes no longer awards dungeon tabard reputation.
  • The rest area for Tarren Mill is now correctly located in the inn.
  • Golden Skeleton Key can no longer open lockboxes that requires a higher Lockpicking skill than 125.
  • Bronjahm should once again drop Heroic-quality loot in Heroic Forge of Souls.
  • Random, mean level 15 deer appeared in Teldrassil to the shock and awe of low-level players. They have been replaced with level 1 fawn.
  • Gunships in Isle of Conquest should now work properly when a member of the opposite faction is on the gunship.
  • It is no longer possible to bypass Fatigue beyond the borders of Dun Morogh (looking at you here, death knights).

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • All ranks of Lifeblood are correctly granting the amount of Haste listed in their tooltips and are no longer affected by max health.
  • Ravage! is no longer consuming Clearcasting when it is used, and is only benefiting from Stampede.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Trueshot Aura now functions correctly for level 39 hunters.
  • Hunter pets that were immortal can now be killed, flying pets no longer fly, and pets that were immobile after tamed properly move.
  • Beetle and turtle pet armor is now consistent with other Tenacity pet armor.
  • Qiraji Scarabs from the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj are no longer able to be effected by the Mutate Bug buff after being tamed.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • When Freeze misses or resists on the first target, but is successful on another target, the mage will correctly get the Fingers of Frost procs from the target successfully hit.
  • Applying a damage-over-time Fire spell to a target that is being tanked no longer causes that target to face the mage.
  • The effect of the talent Firestarter will no longer stop functioning when Molten Armor has only 30 minutes remaining when cast with Glyph of Armors active.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Hammer of the Righteous now consistently hits all nearby targets, including those behind the paladin.
  • Hammer of the Righteous should now function correctly if used right as an auto-attack begins.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Holy Word: Sanctuary was healing for too much when used with Glyph of Prayer of Healing. This has been corrected.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Demon pets should not be receiving the appropriate contribution of the warlock's armor.
  • Blood Pact is now properly scaling with the level of party members.

Quests
  • Dungeon quests for level 1-60 dungeons on Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor now reward significantly less experience. Read more about this change here.
  • The event for "The Battle for Darrowshire" properly resets after a failed attempt and the Relic Bundle will correctly trigger the event again after a failed attempt.
  • Soldiers in Northwatch Foothold, Durotar now spawn more frequently.
  • Players should no longer get disconnected if they attempt to share a quest that isn't supposed to be sharable.
  • Players should still be able to interact with Orgus after offering a drink for the quest "Let's See What You've Got, Zanzil".
  • Ranger Glynda Nal'shea no longer has a duplicate personality appearing in Lor'danel, Darkshore.
  • Satchel of Helpful Goods should be rewarded when players complete Shadowfang Keep via the Looking For Dungeon system.
  • "The Secrets of Uldum" can be completed.
  • Margol the Rager in Searing Gorge now respawns in a much more reasonable timeframe.
  • Plainstriders in Northern Barrens now respawn considerably faster to meet the demand of their demise.
  • "One Draenei's Junk..." and "Kum'isha's Endeavors" can no longer be shared.
  • The quest item Enohar's Explosive Arrows for the quest "Curtail the Darktail" can now only be used on Darktail Bonepickers within Blasted Lands.
  • Mounted characters can now proceed through "Rise of the Brotherhood" in Westfall without any complications.
  • Buttonwillow's Hand Grenade from the quest "Remove Their Arms" can no longer be used outside of Blasted Lands.
  • Golems at the Grimesilt Dig Site in Searing Gorge should now respawn at a more reasonable rate.
  • Players should no longer experience a client crash when accepting the quest "A Destiny of Flame and Sorrow".

BlizzCast 15 Now Available
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
BlizzCast 15 is now live! In this episode, we bring you in-depth coverage of the upcoming Cataclysm expansion and discuss everything from world creation to class changes to sound design.

In our first segment, we discuss world-building with World of Warcraft Lead World Designer Alex Afrasiabi and Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton. For our second segment, we delve into music and sound design with Composer and Director of Audio Russell Brower and Senior Composer of Music and Sound Derek Duke. Our third segment focuses on the voice acting in Cataclysm with Producer of Casting and Talent Relations Andrea Toyias. Last, but certainly not least, we sit down with World of Warcraft Lead Systems Designer Greg Street to discuss the class and systems changes in Cataclysm.

Head over to the BlizzCast page to listen now, or download it from iTunes.

Dungeon Quest Experience Reduction
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
We are applying a hotfix today to all level 1-60 dungeon quests for Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms dungeons which will significantly reduce the amount of experience they award.

While dungeons should remain integral to our evolving storylines, and great places to collect gear in cooperative environments, we need to make sure each player’s questing progress remains relevant as dungeon quests are completed. In many cases we’re seeing players enter dungeons to complete quests, only to come out ahead of the leveling curve for the zones they’re in.

This change should allow players the opportunity to reap the benefits of running dungeons, while not outpacing the leveling flow from levels 1-60. At this time there are no plans for making any adjustments to dungeon quest experience for Outland, Northrend, and level 80+ Cataclysm dungeons.

You can find a list of all of the latest hotfixes here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/1232869

Dungeon Level Changes
Originally Posted by Daxxarri (Blue Tracker)
The Cataclysm has wrought changes to many facets of Azeroth and the dungeons found across the world are no exception. As many of the zones throughout the world now have new level ranges, the dungeons within their borders have been adjusted to match, and the items that drop within those dungeons have had their stats changed accordingly.

Here's a list of all 1-60 dungeons and the level range at which each should be explored, followed by the minimum level required for entry in parentheses.

In order by minimum level to enter.

  • The Deadmines - Level Range: 15-21 (10)
  • Ragefire Chasm - Level Range: 15-21 (10)
  • Wailing Caverns - Level Range: 15-25 (10)
  • Shadowfang Keep - Level Range: 16-26 (11)
  • Stormwind Stockade - Level Range: 20-30 (15)
  • Blackfathom Deeps - Level Range: 20-30 (15)
  • Gnomeregan - Level Range: 24-34 (19)
  • The Scarlet Monastery - Graveyard - Level Range: 26-36 (21)
  • The Scarlet Monastery - Library - Level Range: 29-39 (21)
  • The Scarlet Monastery - Armory - Level Range: 32-42 (21)
  • The Scarlet Monastery - Cathedral - Level Range: 35-45 (21)
  • Razorfen Kraul - Level Range: 30-40 (25)
  • Maraudon - Purple Crystals - Level Range: 30-40 (25)
  • Maraudon - Orange Crystals - Level Range: 32-42 (25)
  • Maraudon - Pristine Waters - Level Range: 34-44 (25)
  • Uldaman - Level Range: 35-45 (30)
  • Dire Maul - East - Level Range: 36-46 (31)
  • Scholomance - Level Range: 38-48 (33)
  • Dire Maul - West - Level Range: 39-49 (34)
  • Razorfen Downs - Level Range: 40-50 (35)
  • Dire Maul - North - Level Range: 42-52 (37)
  • Stratholme - Main Gate - Level Range: 42-52 (37)
  • Zul'farrak - Level Range: 44-54 (39)
  • Stratholme - Service Entrance - Level Range: 46-56 (41)
  • Blackrock Depths - Prison - Level Range: 47-57 (42)
  • The Sunken Temple - Level Range: 50-60 (45)
  • Blackrock Depths - Upper City - Level Range: 51-61 (46)
  • Lower Blackrock Spire - Level Range: 55-65 (48)
  • Upper Blackrock Spire - Level Range: 55-65 (48)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
City Tabards and reputation in dungeons
If you are wearing one of the new faction tabards (e.g. Thunder Bluff, Stormwind, Orgrimmar, Ironforge, etc.), you will only receive reputation gains for that city/faction when in Classic (1-60), Northrend (70-80), and Cataclysm (80-85) dungeons. Outland dungeons will not currently provide reputation gains for the "home city" faction you are championing; this is intended.

Also, just as a heads up, if dungeon mobs and bosses are trivial to you, you will receive less reputation than if they are within your level range. This is just to ensure that players who exceed the dungeon's intended level range can still benefit from championing a specific faction, but aren't given a distinct advantage over those who are of the appropriate level and are unable to solo the content. This should also help encourage players to improve their reputation in dungeons more appropriate for their level, rather than running lower level content solely for the reputation (which isn't a bad thing by any means; we just want you to enjoy the content designed for your level range, too). :) (Source)

Aesthetic minor glyphs
We've enjoyed the few that have been made and really hope to continue on with them. A big issue is always time constraints, but the biggest hurdle is probably that we don't have the capability to alter spell effects directly with a glyph yet. The tech doesn't exist for us. Swapping out models, like the two you mentioned, are somewhat easy as long as we like the actual effect and want it in the game. Changing fire to be colored green though, while awesome, isn't as easy.

Some of the things you mentioned are certainly possible, some are quite like never going to happen, and some we just need the tech to pull it off. :)

We do indeed though hope to keep adding aesthetic minor glyphs. (Source)

Upcoming realm status page
The page itself has undergone some key improvements. Realms will now be sortable by status, name, type (Normal, PvP, RP, RP-PvP), population, locale (i.e. time zones: Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern), and current queue. Also, when you're logged in, there will be a separate tab that will display the most relevant realms based on where your characters are, allowing you to quickly reference the status of the realms on which you play. :) (Source)
by Published on 2010-11-29 11:14 PM

Update - Added November 29 Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes and a blue post about the 150mb download you get before entering the game.


150mb "Patch" Download
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
It's not a new patch, it's actually "re-downloading" data which will replace current files. It's intended to resolve a few issues including disconnects and 'pink squares'.

As it's not a patch, if you're extremely eager to get into the game (or it's taking too long) you can actually bypass the launcher and run the wow.exe in your game directory and play normally. You can then continue on downloading it later after you're done playing.

WoW's 6th Anniversary
It's WoW's 6th Anniversary in-game! Don't forget to log on all your characters on November 30th or later to get the achievement! Last year, the WoW's 5th Anniversary was available for 2 weeks before Blizzard deactivated it.



Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes - November 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

  • Emalon the Storm Watcher is no longer despawning on death and his corpse can be looted normally.
  • Rain of Chaos cast by the warlock versions of Severed Essence in Icecrown Citadel was doing substantially more damage than intended and has been adjusted.
  • Cataclysm leather can no longer be skinned from low-level NPCs.
  • Azure Watch flight master Zaldaan has been reminded that he should hate the Horde.
  • Alchemists Flask bonus for Flask of Steelskin is now consistent with other profession's Stamina buffs.
  • Characters that have Illustrious Grand Master Engineering are now able to use the Gnomish Army Knife without errors.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • It should no longer be possible for any druid to maintain the old talent Predatory Instincts.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The free Aimed Shot from Master Marksman was dealing too little damage. It now deals the same or a little bit more damage than the base Aimed Shot.
  • Spirit Bond is now correctly applied when monkey or dog pets are active.
  • The Gorishi Fledgling Colossus is now longer immobile when tamed.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Sanctuary now functions correctly for paladins below level 30 and no longer refunds talent points upon relogging or zoning.
  • Light of Dawn casts correctly and does not produce an error when it does not hit a targeted ally.

Quests
  • The Bulging Sack of Gold rewarded upon completion of the quest "Forged Documents" now actually contains gold.
  • The Fireliminator X-21 quest item for the quest "When Science Attacks" is no longer able to be used outside of Azshara.
  • The Mad Magus Tirth's Soul effect from the quest "The Mad Magus" is now zone-bound to Thousand Needles.
  • Players can no longer receive Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation by killing Booty Bay Bruisers when phased after completing the quest "Doublerum".
  • General Grimaxe and his Dark Iron Golem should now correctly spawn for all players on the quest "Grimaxe's Demise".
  • Level 61+ players should now be able to complete the quest "Uther's Blessing" by using the item Chillwind Tribute at Uther's Tomb.
  • "A Mother's Worries" in Wetlands should now display quest text.
  • Players with the Enchanted Imp Sack aura from the quest "Do the Imp-Possible" in Felwood are no longer able to use their mount to carry passengers.
  • Skybreaker Recon Fighters are visible now and it is again possible to complete the quests "Keeping the Alliance Blind" and "Blinding the Eyes in the Sky" in Icecrown.
  • Banshee Essences can now be looted by all party members in Stratholme.
  • The Desolace quest "Satyrical Offerings" is no longer flagged for Cataclysm and can be obtained without the expansion.
  • The Southern Barrens quest "Segmentation Fault: Core Dumped" now correctly awards experience, money, and reputation upon completion.
  • Carrion Scarabs spawned by the Crypt Horrors in Eastern Plaguelands are now correctly level 40.
  • The quest "The Hunter's Way" is now first available at level 8, down from level 10.
  • The murlocs for the quest "Ever So Lonely" now correctly respawn as players capture them.

Moonkin Hatchling and Lil' Ragnaros Now Available
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We're pleased to announce that the two recently revealed in-game pets, Lil' Ragnaros and the Moonkin Hatchling, are now available in the Pet Store section of the online Blizzard Store at a price of $10 each.

Lil' Ragnaros, the Tiniest Firelord

Ragnaros, the dread master of all fire elementals, will return in Cataclysm to avenge his defeat in Molten Core. And what better way to head into battle than with a miniature version of the firelord himself following at your beck and call? Lil' Ragnaros, just like his full-scale namesake, burns with constant fury (not to mention flames that serve as a handy cooking fire) and comes equipped with the legendary hammer Sulfuras. And as a being of pure elemental fire, he has no need to walk from place to place -- he just submerges into the magma below the world's surface when you start walking and reemerges when you stop.

Moonkin Hatchling Charity Pet -- For the Children!

The googly-eyed Moonkin Hatchling, which comes in unique Horde and Alliance versions, will occasionally plant flowers at your feet, and happily /dances with any willing partners. Like last year's Pandaren Monk, the Moonkin Hatchling has a soft spot for helping children. For every Moonkin Hatchling adopted from November 29 through December 31, 2010, Blizzard Entertainment will donate 50% of the $10 purchase price to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.


Thanks to the support of all the World of Warcraft players out there who purchased the Pandaren Monk last year, we were able to donate more than $1.1 million to Make-A-Wish this past February. We’re looking forward to making another big contribution to this great cause on behalf of the World of Warcraft community following the close of this year’s promotion.

To learn more about the Pet Store, please visit the Pet Store FAQ, and for more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in the U.S. visit www.wish.org and outside the U.S. visit www.worldwish.org.







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