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by Published on 2010-12-28 05:15 AM

Upcoming Class Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We have a lot of players at 85 now doing everything from Heroic dungeons to rated Battlegrounds, and the class design team is starting to prepare our list of items to investigate for our next patch.

Before you dive down into the meat below (not really a pleasant image, that), be advised that we’re still early in the preliminary stages. The patch isn’t coming out tomorrow. I wrote this before the end of the year and other things may have cropped up in the meantime. Just because your class or pet problem isn’t mentioned below doesn’t mean we won’t address it.

PvE
We’re happy with damage overall. We have very few traditional tank and spank fights (even Argaloth likes to parry melee) so it’s hard to get consistent numbers without very large data sets. Still, we see Survival hunters and Unholy DKs on top of a lot of single target fights. Arcane, Marksman, and Beastmaster damage is too low. Retribution, Shadow, and Fire and Frost mage damage might be too low, but we’re still watching them. We aren’t seeing a lot of Subtlety rogues in PvE yet, so that sample size is still small. On fights where there is a lot of area damage, Demonology warlocks, Frost DKs and possibly Survival hunters are all too high. Shadow priest AE, mostly due to a weak Mind Sear, feels too low.

Healing in PvE is working out pretty much as intended. There are some Heroic dungeon bosses that are probably tougher than the required item level average permits. In general, you might have a tough time upon zoning into a Heroic dungeon with a bunch of strangers as soon as Dungeon Finder permits, especially if your group isn’t willing to communicate and work together. We want Heroics to be challenging -- if you want to zerg the content, stick to normal dungeons.

Tank balance overall seems good at this point in time. Threat seems to be in a good place -- good tanks don’t have much of a problem, but they can’t “phone it in” either. We’re seeing all four tanks get a lot of use, even on Heroic raid fights. That could change as more guilds are able to make serious heroic attempts.

PvP
The larger health pools, decreased impact of Mortal Strike debuffs, and slower healing are all having the desired effect in PvP. Burst damage has its place, but doesn’t determine the outcome of every encounter. There are several individual abilities that we aren’t happy with in PvP.

We’re keeping a close eye on dispels. We still like the design of making dispels more of a commitment rather than liberally sprinkling around dispel resistance or consequences for every class. Defensive dispels (removing a debuff) generally feel good, but we think offensive dispels (removing an enemy buff) feel too powerful, especially for DPS specs. In particular, Purge and Spellsteal will probably get nerfed.

We’re also looking at crowd control, interrupts, and self-healing in PvP. It’s possible we’ll reduce the durations of some crowd control effects, especially the area effect ones, and decrease the duration of interrupts.

Priests are a little weak in PvP, especially at mobile healing. We have made some changes to glyphs and talents to enhance their survivability and instant healing.

We also want to make sure the epic PvP gear isn’t too easy for just anyone to obtain, given that the PvE endgame content is more challenging than it was in Lich King. We don’t want the player base to just migrate to the most efficient epic delivery mechanism; we want you to participate in what you find most enjoyable.

Stats
We’ll make a pass to make stats that aren’t attractive (but are supposed to be) more attractive. For example, we don’t want Assassination rogues to dismiss crit or Feral tanks to dismiss haste. We are considering making some physical attacks such as Lacerate, Steady Shot, and Slam scale with haste.

Mastery is a new stat for us, and there are a few specs that don’t value it enough. In some cases (e.g. Combat rogues), the design for mastery is fine and we just need to buff the effects to make it more desirable. In others, we don’t think it’s possible to buff mastery enough in its current form. For example, the Retribution mastery, Hand of Light, is fun, but it doesn’t contribute enough damage. To make it contribute enough damage, the proc would need a very high chance, which then can cause paladins to devalue other sources of Holy Power. Instead, we are redesigning Retribution mastery to add a percentage of the damage of Templar’s Verdict, Crusader Strike, and Divine Storm as Holy damage (which also plays better with Inqusition). Because Hand of Light is fun, however, we are going to change Divine Purpose as a chance to proc Hand of Light instead of a chance for extra Holy Power (which will also remove a little of the randomness from the rotation). Unholy DKs are another spec for whom mastery just isn’t working out. Our current intent is to redesign their mastery so that their attacks cause more damage to diseased targets (in a similar manner to the Restoration druid mastery).

Potpourri
Some additional class-specific tweaks (keeping in mind this is not the full list):

General
  • We’re making some additional buffs, such as Pain Suppression and Barkskin, undispellable.
  • We think we overnerfed Every Man for Himself, and are reverting it back to a 2-minute cooldown again. We might evaluate other racials after we’ve seen more PvP.

Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • We want to make sure Unholy DKs prefer two-handed weapons.
  • Necrotic Strike needs to be affected by resilience.
  • For Cataclysm, we changed Death Strike almost completely into an ability for Blood DK tanks, which is a bit unfortunate. We want to make sure it is still a useful button for Frost or Unholy DKs who need healing.
  • We also want to address DK mobility in PvP.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Even after we fixed their mastery, Feral druid bleeds still do a lot of damage and are undispellable. We plan to shift some of that damage back to main attacks. They are also a little too hard to control. Given that they are already hard to root, snare, or polymorph, we think the fear immunity from Berserk is too much.
  • We’re buffing Wild Mushroom. It’s a cool spell that isn’t getting enough play.
  • Empowered Touch will now benefit from Regrowth as well. We’re also buffing the Glyph of Regrowth.
  • We are looking at Holy Concentration (after our most recent buff) and Omen of Clarity to make sure they don’t account for too much mana savings.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • As part of the Marks and Beastmaster buffs, we’re buffing Aimed Shot, Kill Shot, Chimera Shot, and Kill Command.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • To reduce mage control, we are discussing reducing the duration of Frost Nova and Ring of Frost.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Censure will no longer break Repentance.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • For Holy priests, we’re increasing Chakra’s duration and changing Surge of Light so it can now from Flash Heal and Greater Heal and can crit.

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • We want to make it clear that Combat is intended to use fast off-hand weapons. We also want to polish Revealing Strike a bit.

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • We want to make sure Enhancement shaman avoid caster weapons.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • We are probably going to remove Drain Mana from warlocks. It is incredibly situational in PvE but causes problems in PvP. This might mean we need to evaluate Mana Burn as well.
  • Inferno will no longer increase the radius of Hellfire.
  • Shadow and Flame can now proc from Incinerate in addition to Shadow Bolt.
  • We want to redesign Improved Soulfire.

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Arms warrior burst damage might still be too high in PvP, while we don’t have a great way to adjust their sustained damage for PvE. The Lambs to the Slaughter talent is a good place to address this. We also might nerf warrior stuns.
  • We think Arms and Fury warriors are getting too much damage out of Heroic Strike. We want it to be clear that it’s a rage dump and not make it the hardest hitting ability.

“GC, is this the final list of changes? Does this mean I can expect no changes for my class? Does this mean you don’t care about me?”

No. This is some stuff we are looking at so that you’ll have some context if you see changes on a future PTR. The final list of class patch notes for the next patch will doubtless be much longer.

- Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street is the lead systems designer for World of Warcraft. He uses words like “potpourri.”

Cataclysm Hotfixes - Updated Dec. 27
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 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. 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 22 - 27

General
  • Graveyard Rats are no longer considered critters and do not give credit toward the Critter Kill Squad guild achievement.
  • Weekly guild reputation caps should now properly reset at the scheduled time. An error which prevented this reset from taking place if guild experience was earned at exactly 3:00 AM server time immediately prior to weekly maintenance has been corrected.
  • The achievement Saving for a Rainy Day has the same requirements as its predecessor Time to Open a Savings Account. For this reason Saving for a Rainy Day has been temporarily disabled (it will still show in the user interface), as it requires a fix via a client-side patch.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The heal from Frenzied Regeneration was too powerful and has been reduced by 50%.
  • Pounce now correctly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Cheap Shot now correctly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The Felguard ability Axe Toss now properly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.

Dungeons & Raids
Blackwing Descent
  • Sweltering Armor is now properly applied to Magmaw's Mangle target once the debuff has faded, regardless of whether Magmaw was successfully impaled or not.

Gnomeregan
  • Mekgineer Thermaplugg no longer sometimes awards dungeon completion prematurely.

Throne of the Four Winds
  • It is no longer possible to disarm Al'Akir.

Items
  • The Inner Eye proc from Heroic and normal versions of Jar of Ancient Remedies was not activating with some priest healing effects. This has been corrected.
  • The Signet of High Arcanist Savor and Gilnean Ring of Ruination now have proper stats.

Professions
Archaeology
  • Vashj'ir dig sites no longer unlock for players. They felt too punishing without additional benefits compared to low-level sites, and were much more difficult to obtain artifacts in due to the way Vashj'ir navigation works.

Cooking
  • Stormwind Lobster Traps now respawn more quickly and can be gathered across all Stormwind quest phases.

Inscription
  • The following reagents no longer have limits and are now available from Una Kobuna and Casandra Downs in unlimited quantities: Deathwing Scale Fragment, Scavenged Dragon Horn, Bleached Jawbone, Silver Charm Bracelet, and Preserved Ogre Eye.

PvP
Arenas
  • Arena ratings are appropriately tabulating for wins and losses. More information on this issue can be found on our forums.
  • Negative amounts of Conquest Points can no longer be awarded after a match win.

Battlegrounds
  • Upon winning a rated Battleground, rating, wins, and Conquest Points are awarded and display properly.
  • Negative amounts of Conquest Points can no longer be awarded after a match win.

Tol Barad
  • Winning as an attacker now rewards players with 1800 Honor Points, up from 180. Winning as a defender still rewards players with 180 Honor Points.

Quests & Creatures
Deepholm
  • Gyreworms, Enormous Gyreworms, and Gorged Gyreworms no longer drop money or elite-level loot.

Tol Barad
  • Cell Watchers in the D-Block area no longer have boss-like immunities. Interrupts, stuns, snares, taunts, knockbacks, Banish, Root, Freeze, Fear, Horror and Death Grip all work correctly.

Twilight Highlands
  • Crucible of Carnage quests can no longer be shared.

Uldum
  • The Unearthing Uldum quest achievement can now be obtained after completing 105 quests in Uldum, down from 108.
  • Players are now granted 250 Ramkahen reputation after completing the daily quest "Fire From the Sky".

Vashj'ir
  • The Luxscale Grouper's Grouper Bite debuff now has a 5-second duration and will no longer sometimes get stuck on characters.

Zul'Drak
  • Due to adjusted health pools, the heal-over-time effect provided by Blightblood Infusion (used by players controlling the Blightblood Troll) during the Overlord Drakuru encounter has been increased.
by Published on 2010-12-27 11:37 AM

Guide Contest - 2 Days Left
You have 2 days left to finalize your guides and make them pretty before the contest ends! I would also like to add that if you had a super awesome guide on our forums and have decent ideas on how to improve it (= put some real work in it and don't just copy paste your post) you are free to submit it. It seemed a little unfair to "ban" from the contest people who already contributed to the community in the first place.

At this point we have over 300 submissions and anyone can win as long as you write something nice! Also, I think we have enough "fun"/5 lines guides ... You can go back to the useful/helpful stuff now

If you didn't hear about the contest before, check this post: MMO-Champion Guide Contest - Win a Mottled Drake and a Riding Turtle!


MMO-Champion "Be nice, not naughty!" - Winners
The "Be nice, not naughty!" Giveaway has been a success and almost 2000 people submitted their screenshot after being nice in-game!

I will contact winners and send them a private message on forum before sending the prizes, mostly to make sure that people didn't just register and forget about it (and also to ask for the region of the mount/pet codes, etc ...). If you want to spy on how it went, I covered my back and recorded it but I doubt it's very interesting.

Thanks again to WoWTCGLoot.com for providing some of the prizes for this contest.

PrizeNumberUserPost Link
X-51 Nether Rocket463bigmackiePost #463
Steam Holiday Pack1489AcrimonyPost #1489
Ethereal Portal1570AchronymusPost #1570
Goblin Weather Machine74NytsuaPost #74
Lil' Ragnaros1832FeezusPost #1832
Moonkin Hatchling870ThrenodyPost #870
Pandaren Monk825LiggenorPost #825
Lil' K.T.989nFacPost #989
Lil' XT1648JaedPost #1648
Celestial Steed585gaymer77Post #585
Curse Premium1089ThedoorsPost #1089
Curse Premium497WanhapartaPost #497
Curse Premium303verxzPost #303
Curse Premium600WarlemPost #600
Curse Premium579athanasiosPost #579
Curse Premium1202tehfussaPost #1202
Curse Premium1834SMCaboosePost #1834
Curse Premium1270MayplePost #1270
Curse Premium10CybbelajlajPost #10
Curse Premium378ThunderCroPost #378



Atramedes Heroic 25 World First Kill by Method
Bosses are getting harder and world first kills happen slower, especially during the holidays! Method was the first guild in the world to defeat Atramedes in heroic mode! It also makes them the first guild with 6 heroic boss kills, congratulations to them!



Cataclysm Mounts & Pets List
Someone pointed out in the mail that I never listed the mounts and companion pets available in Cataclysm. I did list most of them in news prior to the release of the expansion but I guess I forgot to post/update it at the release of the expansion, it's time for a short recap!

Cataclysm Mounts

NameTypeSource
Volcanic Stone DrakeFlyingAchievement - Glory of the Cataclysm Hero
Drake of the East WindFlyingAchievement - Glory of the Cataclysm Raider
Kor'kron AnnihilatorGroundAchievement (Horde) - Guild Level 25 (Costs 1500 Gold)
Golden KingGroundAchievement (Alliance) - Guild Level 25 (Costs 1500 Gold)
Dark PhoenixFlyingGuild Achievement - Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider (Costs 3,000 Gold)
Drake of the South WindFlyingRare Drop - Al'akir in the Throne of the Four Winds
Drake of the North WindFlyingRare Drop - Altairus in the Vortex Pinnacle (Normal and Heroic)
Vitreous Stone DrakeFlyingRare Drop - Slabhide in the Stonecore
Phosphorescent Stone DrakeFlyingDrop - Aeonaxx in Deepholm
Grey Riding CamelGroundDrop - Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
Drake of the West WindFlyingReputation - Exalted with Baradin's Wardens / Hellscream's Reach
Brown Riding CamelGroundReputation - Exalted with Ramkahen
Tan Riding CamelGroundReputation - Exalted with Ramkahen
Spectral WolfGroundReputation - Exalted with Hellscream's Reach
Spectral SteedGroundReputation - Exalted with Baradin's Wardens
Goblin TrikeGroundReputation - Goblin Racial Mount. Exalted with Bilgewater Cartel
Goblin Turbo-TrikeGroundReputation - Goblin Racial Mount. Exalted with Bilgewater Cartel
Sandstone DrakeFlyingAlchemy - Vial of the Sands - Recipe: Vial of the Sands found in Canopic Jar (Tol'vir) through Archaeology.
Fossilized RaptorGroundArchaeology - Fossilized Raptor
Ultramarine Qiraji Battle TankGroundArchaeology - Scepter of Azj'Aqir
Abyssal SeahorseWaterQuest - Early quest reward in Vashj'ir - The Abyssal Ride


Cataclysm Companion Pets

NameSource
PebbleAchievement - Rock Lover
Armadillo PupGuild Achievement - Critter Kill Squad (Costs 300 Gold)
Dark Phoenix HatchlingGuild Achievement - United Nations
Guild HeraldGuild Achievement - Profit Sharing
Guild PageGuild Achievement - Alliance Slayer / Horde Slayer
Fox KitDrop - Baradin Fox in Tol Barad
Tiny Shale SpiderDrop - Jadefang in Deepholm
Rustberg SeagullReputation - Honored with Baradin's Wardens / Hellscream's Reach
Clockwork GnomeArchaeology - Crawling Gnome (Dwarf)
Fossilized HatchlingArchaeology - Fossilized Hatchling (Fossil)
Crawling ClawArchaeology - Crawling Hand (Tol'vir)
Enchanted LanternEnchanting (Horde) - Enchanted Lantern - Recipe costs 20 x Hypnotic Dust from the Shard Trader in Twilight Highlands
Magic LampEnchanting (Alliance) - Magic Lamp - Recipe costs 20 x Hypnotic Dust from the Shard Trader in Twilight Highlands
De-Weaponized Mechanical CompanionEngineering (Gnomish) - De-Weaponized Mechanical Companion
Personal World DestroyerEngineering (Goblin) - Personal World Destroyer
Elementium GeodeMining - Rare Drop - Elementium Veins
Blue Mini Jouster
Gold Mini Jouster
Quest - Reward from Egg Wave in Mount Hyjal. Can only pick one.



The MMO Report - Uncle Casey's Mail Bag Special
It's time for your weekly MMO Report!



Comics
Dark Legacy Comic #269 is out!

by Published on 2010-12-25 06:17 PM

Merry Christmas! MiniZep Christmas Gift!
The Christmas gifts are now available in-game and you might want to log in to grab this year's gift: MiniZep Controller!

by Published on 2010-12-24 12:04 PM

Update #2 - Obviously, one post per user.
Update - Yes, all languages are allowed for the giveaway. Any dungeon is fine (including non-Cata dungeons)

MMO-Champion "Be nice, not naughty!" Giveaway
It's almost Christmas! All the WoW players around the world are happy and busy being nice to everyone they know and don't know in-game! ... Ok, most of you aren't that nice and I heard that Santa's "naughty" list is getting longer and longer with so many people gearing up in PuG/random instances.

That's why Christmas and the holidays is a wonderful time to change that behavior, especially if you can get free stuff just by being nice!

Prizes
A lot of these items were kindly offered by WoWTCGLoot.com, thanks to them!


I never joke when it comes to being nice, and this is definitely the biggest giveaway to date!


Giveaway Rules
This giveaway is very simple and will require you to do 3 simple things.

1. Join a random instance group through the /lfd tool, any level is fine it doesn't have to be a Cataclysm dungeon. When you arrive in the instance you have to:
  • Say hello to the members of the group. (Any language is fine)
  • Wish them Happy Holidays/a Merry Christmas!

2. You have to finish the instance with that same group, I'm expecting you to kill the last boss and finish the instance instead of quitting after the first wipe. Let's say that two members are allowed to change over the course of the instance because you can't control other people ragequitting over stupid things (but it won't happen if you're nice!)

At the end of the instance:
  • Say goodbye to the members of the group and thanks them for their time.
  • Wish them Happy Holidays/a Merry Christmas again!

3. Post on the MMO-Champion "Be nice, not naughty!" Giveaway - Screenshots Thread the two screenshots of 1. and 2. to show the world how nice you are. After you're done with that, you will officially be on the list of the people nice enough to be picked for free stuff! (One post per user allowed)

4. Winners will be picked on December 26th at 08:00PM GMT based on their post numbers. If there are 2437 replies at the end of the giveaway, I will do a /random 1-2437 (either in-game or on a random number generator site) and will select winners based on their post number!

I will finish this post with the most adorable artwork ever, posted on the forums by Equilibrioception. Good luck to everyone, and Merry Christmas!



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

Read if you plan to upgrade - New Intel CPUs with a 0-15% gain in some applications are coming in January for those who wait and will be included next time.

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

Peripherals/Monitors

Component Puppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $134ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $218
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $25Cyborg V.5 - $37
MouseLogitech MX518 - $38Logitech G500 - $60
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $28Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $28
Component Narwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell E2311H 23-inch LED-backlit Widescreen - $318Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $568
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $66Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70
MouseRazer Deathadder - $47Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $71
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $83



Puppy and Dolphin

Component Puppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $39NZXT GAMMA Classic - $39
Power SupplyOCZ ModXStream Pro 500W - $55Corsair 650TX - $70
CPUAMD Athlon II X4 640 AM3 - $99AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $144
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 - $94GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 - $135
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $524GB CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $75
Graphics CardXFX 5770 - $145XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $199
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB - $46SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$582$774


Narwhal and Unicorn

Component Narwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master Centurion 5 II - $54Cooler Master HAF932 - $140
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX - $70Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $133
CPUIntel i5-760 - $205Intel i7-950 - $290
HeatsinkNoctua 6 NH-D14 - $80Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80
MotherboardASUS P7P55D-E - $149Asus Sabertooth X58 (5 Year Warranty) - $199
Memory4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $756GB Corsair DDR3 12800 - $87
Graphics CardXFX 6870 OR EVGA GTX 470- $240XFX 6970 - $370
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $87Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $87
SSDNoneOCZ Vertex 2 120 GB (Review) - $225
OR
Corsair Force 120GB (Review) - $211
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$961$1637
by Published on 2010-12-23 11:17 AM

Update - Oops, fixed the first kill news. Method got the first kill, my bad.

Blue posts officially stopped today and will be back after the holidays, it doesn't mean that updates on the front page will stop and hopefully I will have enough content to keep you busy during the holidays. And, well, if it doesn't work, I'll just throw more free stuff at you.


Guides Contest - Update!
I went through some of the submissions I already received and wanted to point out a few things regarding the contest:

  • I saw a couple of people reposting old guides, I even saw a Black Temple guide. I'm not necessarily expecting top-edge Cataclysm info but posting a 3 year old guide there and hoping to win is probably a bit optimistic.
  • Pictures, pictures, pictures. They make everything easier to read and pretty, 99% of the submissions I saw lacked some.
  • Make sure your text is structured with nice titles, paragraphs, etc ... The forums aren't notepad, use the tools you have!
  • The people who are the most likely to win are people who will post fairly detailed guides about an interesting/helpful subject. I saw a couple of short submissions detailing just one tip, even if it's a helpful tip you will probably get trampled in the competition by people who wrote very complete guides about something else.
  • That doesn't mean you have to write 15 pages, if you want an example of the what I'm expecting for this contest I guess you could always check out the old and now outdated Auction House Guide I posted a while back. It doesn't mean that you can't surprise me with something awesome.

You have 5 days left to work on your guide. Good luck! (And if you do not know what this is about, check MMO-Champion Guide Contest - Win a Mottled Drake and a Riding Turtle!)

There will probably be another giveaway starting tomorrow.


Chimaeron's 25-Man Heroic World First Kill by Method
Method was the first guild in the world to defeat Chimaeron in 25-Man Heroic mode, congratulations to them! (I also heard that Method is recruiting Druids, Hunters, and Warlocks, if you're interested)

Paragon also killed Chimaeron last night and missed the world first kill by ... 1 minute. Ouch. Congratulations to them as well.



Archaeology Fragments Distribution
Simca posted a very useful thread on the Professions forum compiling data from Archaeology's dig sites to find out which continents are the best to farm fragments of a specific race. I compiled the results in a nice table, original data is mostly from Wowpedia's list of Dig Sites (and a lot of work in-game to make sure it works as intended).

RacesEastern Kingdoms (Pre-450)Eastern Kingdoms (Post-450)Kalimdor (Pre-450)Kalimdor (Post-450)OutlandNorthrend
Dwarf28,57%32,14%2,33%1,79%N/AN/A
Fossil26,53%23,21%27,91%21,43%N/AN/A
Night Elf4,08%8,93%58,14%53,57%N/A14,81%
Troll40,82%35,71%11,63%8,93%N/A18,52%
DraeneiN/AN/AN/AN/A53,57%N/A
OrcN/AN/AN/AN/A46,43%N/A
NerubianN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A18,52%
VrykulN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A48,15%
Tol'virN/AN/AN/A14,29%N/AN/A



AFK for the Holidays
After Ghostcrawler's departure from the forums a few weeks ago, Community Managers are also leaving for the holidays. I feel lonely.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The holidays are upon us and, as in previous years, we will be AFK to spend it with our friends and family. While we won't be far, we may not be around as much as we usually are. (The moderation elves will still be hard at work over the holidays, however, and will know if you've been naughty or nice.)

We wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe holiday in the meantime, and can't wait to see all of you again in the new year!

[...] To my knowledge, our customer support offices will remain open for the holidays -- this includes the days of the 25th and 31st of December, as well as the 1st of January. If any changes are made to their normal hours of operation, our representatives will usually create a post in the Customer Support forum or the Technical Support forum (or both) to announce the adjusted schedule. Just keep an eye out there. :)

Free Character Moves Now Available - Dec. 22
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
New Free Character Moves are now available. If you're on one of the source realms listed below, you can move your characters to one of the designated destination realms and avoid the queues -- for free!

By initiating one of these transfers, you will be moving your character to a new realm and home. This is a one-time, one-way move. If you wish to move your character elsewhere, you will need to use the paid transfer service.

Please be aware that, due to the unpredictable nature of free transfers, we may close down any Free Character Moves at any time and without warning if the target realm becomes full. If you plan to move with friends or your guild, we suggest that you coordinate the effort to reduce the chance of any stragglers being left behind.

Early closures aside, this set of Free Character Moves will end on Thursday, January 6.

Source Realms Barthilas, Blackrock, Frostmourne, Illidan, Kel'Thuzad, Kil'jaeden, Tichondrius.
Destination Realms Altar of Storms, Arathor, Fenris, Garrosh, Grizzly Hills, Gul'dan, Gundrak, Nazjatar, Shattered Halls, The Forgotten Coast.

Characters on these source realms are eligible to transfer to any of the destination realms listed above.

Begin a Free Character Move now! We recommend reviewing the FAQ, as it details what is or isn't allowed for transferred characters.

Happy Holidays!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
From everyone at Blizzard to you and yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!

To help celebrate the arrival of Greatfather Winter, we've prepared a special Holiday Card Gallery featuring the Blizzard 2010 holiday card you see below as well as a pair of festive StarCraft II and Diablo III greetings.

Enjoy!


Your Contest Winners Await...
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
You did it! The combined efforts of the Alliance and the Horde have paid off, the final reward on the Your Fortune Awaits page has been unlocked, and the Cataclysm Print Ad and YouTube Commercial Contests have both come to a glorious end!

Thanks to all of the talented artists and members of the community for seizing this opportunity and making these contests such a shattering success! It was tough to choose winners from such an amazing batch of entries, but the following Cataclysm-inspired ads, commercials, and PSAs proved to be the most creative and persuasive:

Print Ad Contest Winners
Grand Prize: Deathwing Wants You
Runners-Up: Poojipoo, Vermis, Deepdive Helmet, ooo

YouTube Contest Winners
Grand Prize: Gree D2
Runners-Up: Archangel565, Irdeen, Alliance recruitment PSA, Cataclysm Awareness Group

Please join us in congratulating these deserving creators -- the citizens of Azeroth will no doubt be lining up for miles to procure the indispensible wares and services you're peddling!
A few examples of the nicest contributions to this contest below.




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