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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.






by Published on 2010-11-28 07:31 PM

Moderator Recruitment Update / Off-Topic Forums
The review of moderator applications is now finished! It definitely took much longer than expected and we almost got 400 applications from users who wanted to help, about 40 of them will be accepted and promoted as moderator in a few days.

People who are accepted as a moderator will receive a private message from me with more details on what to do. If we refused your application please do not take it personally, we refused some of them for tons of various reasons, in a lot of cases good posters didn't make it because they weren't active enough on forums, etc ... I'm still glad that so many people applied to help on the forums and even if you didn't make it, your efforts are appreciated.

The increased amount of moderators will allow us to make sure that things stay under control on forums and should allow a couple of extra features that I couldn't deploy earlier without causing total chaos. The amount of users and posts on the forum increased dramatically over the past few weeks and I'm glad that more and more people are joining our little community!


During the next few days, the Cataclysm and World of Warcraft forums will be merged in a single category after the release of the expansion. Hopefully, I will also have some time to expand the Off-Topic forum section and I'll try to find a way to make them accessible from the front page. (Probably with a simple filter on the latest forum posts box, or something like that)

Also, if you want to see extra WoW or Off-Topic forums, now might be the right time to bring it up in the comments of this news post.


Season 9 - PvP Armor Sets Final Preview
Someone pointed out that I never posted a preview of the final models of the Season 9 Armor Sets, I'll probably have time to do multi-races at some point but I'm not going to promise it, I still have tons of work to do before the release of the expansion. (Also, I'm pretty sure the Rogue set is still bugged ... not sure if that's a bug on my side or not, can't seem to fix it)

Season 9 - Male


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Season 9 - Female


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"What Wrath players need to know to not suck at Cataclysm"
Daetur posted a very interesting post on the forums: What Wrath players need to know to not suck at Cata! I'm not going to front page the whole thing but you might want to read it if you're not sure if you will survive Cataclysm's raiding.



The Daily Blink - Mage Monopoly
I don't think I ever posted something from The Daily Blink, their comics are usually decent and I'll try to feature them on the front page more often in the future.

by Published on 2010-11-27 09:31 AM

Your Fortune Awaits: 50% Unlock
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The curious continue to flock to the Darkmoon Faire, hoping to catch a glimpse of their fate from the wise and (some say) frighteningly insightful Sayge. The combined efforts of the Horde and Alliance have brought them to the halfway point of the 'Your Fortune Awaits' campaign, unlocking a truly rare treasure. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this sneak peek of the Collector’s Edition DVD video, “The Making of Cataclysm.”

We look forward to sharing even more treasures with you!


The Story So Far...
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Shattered Hopes

The Lich King's reign of terror was over. As if to affirm that a bright future would soon dawn on Azeroth, other joyful events occurred across the world. Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage was at last freed from his imprisonment by the shadowy Emerald Nightmare through the efforts of his love, High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind, and her allies. Elsewhere, after years in exile, the highly intelligent gnomes and the fearless Darkspear trolls made gains toward reclaiming their respective homes in Gnomeregan and on the Echo Isles.

Yet just as hope was beginning to surge among Azeroth's races, tragedy struck. The world's elemental spirits grew increasingly erratic, setting off a series of deadly natural disasters. Agents of the nefarious Twilight's Hammer cult surfaced throughout Horde and Alliance cities, spreading word of the impending apocalypse. The world's leaders scrambled to find a solution to Azeroth's growing instability.

In the dwarven bastion of Ironforge, King Magni Bronzebeard undertook a mystic ritual to commune with the earth. The ceremony, however, had an unexpected effect: Magni was transformed into diamond and became fused to the depths of the mountain city itself. In the wake of his petrification, the Bronzebeard, Wildhammer, and Dark Iron clans agreed to rule over Ironforge via the Council of Three Hammers, but the city's future remained uncertain.

Meanwhile, Thrall journeyed to his ancestors' lands in Nagrand, hoping to glean insight from Outland's elemental spirits as well as other respected shaman. In his absence, Thrall appointed Garrosh Hellscream, son of the legendary orc Grom, as acting Horde warchief. Garrosh's brash demeanor inflamed relations between the Horde and the Alliance. A gruesome slaughter of druids in Ashenvale, which the Twilight's Hammer had perpetrated to look like an act of the Horde, escalated tensions further and sowed mistrust among Garrosh's own comrades.

In particular, Garrosh infuriated Cairne Bloodhoof, the wise tauren high chieftain. Believing that the new warchief would lead the Horde to ruin, Cairne challenged Garrosh to a duel of honor. Although the mighty tauren fought valiantly, no amount of strength could have led him to victory. The matriarch of the Grimtotem tauren tribe, Magatha, had poisoned Garrosh's blade, unbeknownst to either of the duel's combatants. Cairne became immobilized after he received a flesh wound during the battle, allowing the new warchief to land a killing blow.

Following the duel, Magatha's agents seized the tauren capital of Thunder Bluff for the Grimtotem. The usurpers also intended to murder Cairne's son, Baine, but the young tauren eluded his assassins and staged a counterattack. Ultimately, Baine and his forces reclaimed Thunder Bluff, expelling Magatha and her traitorous followers from tauren lands forever.

Unaware of these critical events, Thrall received an ominous warning in Nagrand from the Fury of Earth: the fear and turmoil of Azeroth's elementals echoed the condition of Outland just before that world—then known as Draenor—had been ripped apart. Yet Thrall had little time to act on this unsettling revelation....

In a sudden upheaval eclipsing the world's recent elemental unrest, Azeroth shattered. Violent quakes tore through the earth. Mountains of fire and magma burst from the ground. Colossal tidal waves obliterated coastlines and caused widespread flooding.

The Cataclysm had begun.

To be continued in part two of "The Story So Far...".

New Realms for Cataclysm (Europe)
Originally Posted by Wryxian (Blue Tracker)
We have no plans to open new realms while there exists realms that need greater population. Despite this, as I said, it is a possibility but again, we want more than anything to ensure our existing realms are healthily populated (and people on those realms do too -- it's made clear to us time and time again.)

We do not open new realms because people ask for them, irrespective of how many may ask. We open them when our existing realms cannot take on any more players and when we anticipate an influx of new players. Though we realise a fair group of new players and returning older players may come back to our realms in Cataclysm, they will find their homes on existing realms before we even consider the idea of any new EU English realms.

That's pretty much end of story, and though I'm sorry if this upsets people to hear, we are more concerned about those who play on realms that need a greater population, than those who just want a new realm. We've been telling people on low populated realms that we are wanting to help them out and we want to follow through with that, however we are able to.

If you want a new realm experience, roll on a realm like Magtheridon that's been converted to PVE -- the majority of the population on that realm are low level characters leveling up to endgame. Honestly, it really does feel like a new realm -- there's only a small amount of 80s there at the moment, the rest are leveling up and forming new guilds and behaving seemingly exactly as though the realm was new. By all means, go roll on there and check it out.

If you're wanting a PVP realm instead, roll on the New Player realm -- those realms also have a lot of space to take on lots of new players, and though they don't have that "new realm feel" that converted realms like Magtheridon have, they are as close as you can get to it on the PVP side.
by Published on 2010-11-26 12:27 PM

Cataclysm Level Flow Map
A lot of people are looking for an updated maps of the zone levels in Cataclysm/Patch 4.0.3a. Zeror posted his map on the forums a few months ago and apparently, this is what tons of you are looking for!



Cataclysm Professions Pages Update
I'm still working on the final versions of a lot of the Cataclysm pages but I made a first pass on the seriously outdated professions pages and most of them should be fairly useful now!







Darkmoon Fortune - 40% Rewards
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
Horde 40% Trove Opened

Amidst inner-turmoil and a struggle for power in the absence of Thrall’s wise leadership, the Horde have managed to claim a new reward. But these are dark days indeed. Deathwing has devastated the planet and its people. The Alliance has begun an assault on what is left of the Southern Barrens. Yet the Horde remain vigilant. Continue the fight for greater riches, brothers and sisters of the Horde!



Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
40% Alliance Musical Gem Discovered

In the wake of utter devastation and an unprecedented assault by Garrosh’s barbaric Horde, the Alliance will surely prevail. Even in the absence of King Magni Bronzebeard, the leadership remains strong, wise, and capable of ending the Horde and Twilight’s Hammer threat. Honorable members of the Alliance, claim your latest reward and be prepared to fight for each new treasure!



The MMO Report
Let's try to post The MMO Report on time this week!



Reminder - Curse is Hiring!
We're still hiring a lot of people to work on MMO-Champion and the other Curse sites and I like the idea of recruiting more people who already know MMO-Champion. If you're awesome, join us.

Full Time Positions

Internships

by Published on 2010-11-25 07:43 AM

Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes - November 24
More hotfixes! So many more hotfixes!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
November 24
  • Players should now be able to champion a capital city and earn reputation in Heroic and normal Wrath of the Lich King dungeons while wearing that city's tabard.
  • Players are no longer required to discover Wrath of the Lich King dungeons before accessing them via Looking For Dungeon.
  • Players should no longer be interrupted when eating or drinking in a Battleground before the battle starts.
  • Many former Steamwheedle Goblins have switched over to the Gadgetzan faction. If a players happens to be "At War" with these NPCs, they will no longer attack in many areas.
  • Collision has been removed from Argent Tournament banners so they can no longer block players.
  • The door to the Alliance Keep in Isle of Conquest should again be closed at the beginning of the battle.
  • Creatures spawned during the Hadronox encounter no longer award reputation.
  • After changing races to tauren and learning the Sunwalker Kodo mounts, they continue to remain available after porting, zoning, and relogging.
  • Trapjaw Rix no longer has a duplicate manifestation standing on top of himself.
  • Players can no longer catch new high-level fish when fishing near level 80-85 zones unless the account is upgraded to Cataclysm.

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Death Strike now properly heals for 20% of the damage taken within the last 5 seconds, and Blood Presence now increases armor contribution from items by 30%, down from 60%.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The heal from Gift of the Earth Mother when the druid casts Rejuvenate is now gaining the correct benefit from Improved Rejuvenate.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Flame Orb will no longer attack PvP-flagged enemies unless the mage is already flagged for PvP combat.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The Empowered Shadow buff is no longer granted when a player cancels the Shadow Orb buff. Mind Blast correctly removes the Shadow Orb buff and grants Empowered Shadow.
  • The Glyph of Shadow Word: Death no longer provides the outdated 10% bonus damage to targets under 25% health when Shadow Word: Death is cast.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Bane of Havoc no longer persists when overwritten by another Bane.

Quests
  • The quest "Reinforcements from Theramore" can now be obtained by Alliance players.
  • Players no longer keep the invisibility aura and the Hunting buff after logging out while in the wolf vehicle on the quest "The Wolf and the Kodo".
  • The quest "Diplomacy By Another Means" no longer auto-completes in the field.
  • The spawn rate for Frostmane Scavengers in Dun Morogh has been substantially increased.
  • Obtaining the achievement for completing quests in Silverpine now requires 55 quests, down from 60. The interface will still list it as 60 required quests until a client-side patch is applied.
  • Players should no longer get stuck in a phased state when attempting to complete the quest "To the Rescue!"
  • Players are now able to complete the quest “Uther’s Blessing” by using the item Chillwind Tribute at Uther’s Tomb.
  • Horde players are no longer able to obtain the Stormpike Insignia Rank 2 from Lieutenant Haggerdin while on the quest "Infiltration".
  • Experience granted by quests in Arathi Highlands has been increased.


Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Things are starting to get better on MMO-Champion and it's time for a new feature on the front page! 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!

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!

Lowest-End and Lower-End

Component Lowest-End Lower-End
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $39NZXT GAMMA Classic - $39
Power SupplyOCZ ModXStream Pro 500W - $59Corsair 650TX - $79
CPUAMD Athlon II X4 630 AM3 - $79AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $144
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 - $95GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 - $131
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $524GB CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $79
Graphics CardXFX 5770 - $139XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $199
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB - $46SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $65
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $167ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $212
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $20Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $20
MouseLogitech G500 - $35Logitech G500 - $35
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24
Total$778$1,050


Average and High-End

Component Average High End
CaseCooler Master Centurion 5 II - $51Cooler Master HAF932 - $99
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX - $79Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $139
CPUIntel i5-760 - $205Intel i7-930 - $271
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Xigmatek HDT-S1284 + the bracket) - $54
MotherboardASUS P7P55D-E - $149Asus Sabertooth X58 (5 Year Warranty) - $199
Memory4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $796GB Corsair DDR3 12800 - $106
Graphics CardXFX 6870 - $254XFX 5870 - $329
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $871.5TB Western Digital Green - $69
OCZ Vertex 2 100 GB (Review) - $249
-OR- Corsair Force 120GB (Review) - $229
MonitorDell E2311H 23-inch LED-backlit Widescreen - $299Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $556
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $65Razer Black Widow (Mechanical Keys) - $80
MouseRazer Deathadder - $40Razer Deathadder - $40
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $75
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24
Total$1,408$2,210



Addons - AtlasLoot v6.00.00 Released
The latest version of AtlasLoot has been released and is now fully updated for Cataclysm.

Most importantly, the new Cataclysm client changed how items are stored in the client and you no longer have to wait for the item to be active on your server to have it displayed properly in AtlasLoot. The current version of Atlasloot should get you a decent list of most of the items you will get in the expansion and you should be able to check most of them in-game with the proper drop location, ability to try them out in the dress-up room, etc...

Download Links

v6.00.00 Changelog
  • Compatible with World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
  • Added support for Atlas 1.18.0
  • New Features: New loot browser, Quicklook revamp, Wishlist revamp, Heirlooms can now be viewed by lvl, button to switch between price and description
  • Added all new dungeon loot: Blackrock Caverns, Throne of the Tides, The Stonecore, Vortex Pinnacle, Lost City of Tol'vir, Grim Batol, Halls of Origination
  • Added all new faction rewards: Baradin's Wardens, Dragonmaw Clan, Hellscream's Reach, Ramkahen, The Earthen Ring, The Guardians of Hyjal, Therazane, Wildhammer Clan
  • Added the following factions into the Classic faction page: Darnassus, Exodar, Gilneas, Gnomeregan, Ironforge, Stormwind, Bilgewater Cartel, Darkspear Trolls, Orgrimmar, Silvermoon City, Thunder Bluff and Undercity
  • Added the following factions into the Wrath of the Lich King page: The Silver Covenant and The Sunreavers
  • Added Tier 11 sets
  • Added Lvl85 PvP sets
  • Added Daily Cooking rewards.
  • Added new Darkmoon Faire trinkets
  • Updated Crafting professions (Blacksmithing, Cooking, Engineering, First Aid, Jewelcrafting and Mining) with new Cataclsym recipes.
  • Updated events: Brewfest and Love is in the Air.
  • Reorganized Companions, Mounts and Tabard pages. All new Companions, Mounts and Tabards added.
  • New collection page - Transformation items.
  • Converted all PvP prices into the new Honor Point system.
  • Converted all Badge and Emblem gear into the new Justice Point system.
  • Tons of minor fixes and additions



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