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by Published on 2011-05-31 05:16 PM

Winged Guardian Arrives in Pet Store
The Winged Guardian is now available from the pet store!


  • US Price - $25
  • EU Price - 20€
  • UK Price - 17£

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A new arrival has just landed in the Blizzard Pet Store: the majestic Winged Guardian flying mount, a titan creation designed to protect Azeroth’s most ancient secrets. As with the Celestial Steed, this Guardian of the Titans will carry you across Azeroth as fast as your riding skill will take you. Head over to the Pet Store to see this new addition and other World of Warcraft companions, and check out the FAQ for more information.

Blizzard.com Pet Store (US)
Blizzard.com Pet Store (Europe)
by Published on 2011-05-31 07:16 AM

Patch 4.2 Mounts Preview
We now have a decent amount of information on Patch 4.2 and I can start building nice recap/previews, let's start with mounts!

PvP Mounts - Twilight Drake PvP Mounts
Gladiators get a brand new mount next season! As far as datamining goes the color of the new Vicious Gladiator's Twilight Drake seems to be that one.


Vicious Gladiator's Twilight Drake

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PvP Mounts - Epic Wolf and Horse PvP Mounts
Two new awesome PvP mounts have been added, the Horde War Wolf and the Alliance War Steed are rewards of the Veteran of the Horde II and Veteran of the Alliance II achievements. There's also a couple of recolors but as far as I know only the first 2 pictures below are used.





PvE Mounts - Fire Hawks
3 different Fire Hawks are currently in the game files but only 2 seem to be implemented/have a known drop location.







PvE Mount - Fire "Raven God" / Flametalon of Alysrazor
The Fire "Raven God" model is the Flametalon mount from Flametalon of Alysrazor. The mount isn't listed as a loot from Alysrazor in the Encounter Journal for the moment but it's very likely that it will drop from this boss, let's just wait and see if there's an official confirmation in an upcoming PTR build.



PvE Mount - Flameward Hippogryph
The Flameward Hippogryph is a reward of the The Molten Front Offensive, you can get this achievement by completing all the questlines of the new Firelands daily quests area.



Comics
Dark Legacy Comics #290, with an extra comic from Nerfnow.com this week!

by Published on 2011-05-29 08:34 PM

Patch 4.2 - Firelands Daily Quests / Mark of the World Tree Rewards
In my previous post I listed the updated Valor Points Rewards, today we'll take a look at what we can get from the daily quests area of the Firelands. The vendors can be accessed after completing the very long questlines in the Molten Front, see the Mark of the World Tree article on Wowpedia (the new daily quests currency, just like the Champion's Seals of the Argent Tournament.

Basically, after unlocking all phases of the Firelands Dailies you will eventually gain access to 3 NPCs. You will need 125 more Marks of the World Tree to unlock each NPC and finally gain access to his/her inventory!


  • Filling the Moonwell - Secure sacred water for the moonwell from Matoclaw at the Sanctuary of Malorne in Mount Hyjal. (Obtain 125 Marks of the World Tree.)
  • Calling the Ancients - Secure the aid of the Ancients from Elderlimb at the Sanctuary of Malorne in Mount Hyjal. (Obtain 125 Marks of the World Tree.)
  • Additional Armaments - Seek out Matoclaw at the Sanctuary of Malorne in Mount Hyjal. (Obtain 125 Marks of the World Tree.)

The good news is that after you've unlocked the quests, you won't need marks anymore and items sold from the merchants are paid with gold. (Thanks to ChaosStorm for his forum post)

Damek Bloombeard - Additional Armaments

Level Type Spec Slot Name
365PlateMeleeWaistRickety Belt
365PlateSpell DPSWaistBelt of Living Obsidium
365PlateSpell SpiritHandsGauntlets of Living Obsidium
365PlateTankWristRicket's Gun Show
365MailSpell DPSFeetFiery Treads
365LeatherSpell DPSWaistFireplume Girdle
365ClothSpell DPSHandsWidow's Clutches
365FingerMeleeFingerMeteorite Ring
365TrinketPhysical DPSTrinketRicket's Magnetic Fireball
85BlacksmithingPhysical DPSOne-HandPlans: Brainsplinter
85BlacksmithingMelee DPSOne-HandPlans: Elementium-Edged Scalper
85BlacksmithingSpell SpiritMain HandPlans: Lightforged Elementium Hammer
85BlacksmithingMelee DPSTwo-HandPlans: Masterwork Elementium Deathblade
85BlacksmithingSpell DPSMain HandPlans: Masterwork Elementium Spellblade
85BlacksmithingMelee DPSOne-HandPlans: Pyrium Spellward
85BlacksmithingTankOne-HandPlans: Unbreakable Guardian
85BlacksmithingPhysical DPSTwo-HandPlans: Witch-Hunter's Harvester
85EngineeringPhysical DPSRangedSchematic: Extreme-Impact Hole Puncher
85EngineeringPhysical DPSScopeSchematic: Flintlocke's Woodchucker


Ayla Shadowstorm - Filling the Moonwell

Level Type Spec Slot Name
365Off-HandSpell DPSOff-HandGlobe of Moonlight
365FingerPhysical DPSFingerBand of Glittering Lights
365FingerMeleeFingerMoon Blessed Band
365TrinketSpell DPSTrinketMoonwell Chalice
365TrinketTankTrinketMoonwell Phial
365RelicMeleeRelicRelic of Elune's Shadow
365RelicSpell DPSRelicRelic of Elune's Light
85TailoringJewelcraftingBagPattern: Luxurious Silk Gem Bag
85LeatherworkingInscriptionBagPattern: Royal Scribe's Satchel
85LeatherworkingMiningBagPattern: Triple-Reinforced Mining Bag
1PetPetPetCrimson Lasher
1Misc.Misc.Misc.Mushroom Chair


Varlan Highbough - Calling the Ancients

Level Type Spec Slot Name
365MailPhysical DPSFeetLancer's Greaves
365LeatherPhysical DPSHandsAviana's Grips
365FingerSpell DPSFingerSpirit Fragment Band
365FingerTankFingerNemesis Shell Band
365FingerTankFingerLylagar Horn Ring
365TrinketMeleeTrinketDwyer's Caber
365RelicMeleeRelicRelic of Lo'Gosh
365RelicTankRelicRelic of Tortolla
1PetPetPetHyjal Bear Cub
85Misc.Misc.Misc.Mylune's Call



BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets Sold Out
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner are now sold out.

If you weren't able to get tickets to the show this year, keep in mind that coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which is offered as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via DIRECTV in the United States. Keep an eye on the BlizzCon website for updates on panels, exhibits, events, Virtual Ticket info, and more. We look forward to meeting some of you at the show!

The MMO Report
It's already time for Casey! I mean, time for the MMO Report (and Casey).



Comics
Dark Legacy Comics #289 and Teh Gladiators #240 + #241 are out! (Technically, Dark Legacy has been out for a week but I forgot to post about it, let's pretend we didn't notice)

by Published on 2011-05-28 07:15 AM

Patch 4.2 - Justice and Valor Points Rewards
The latest PTR patch updated the Justice and Valor Points vendors and we finally know what to expect from them in the next patch. A couple of important things:


  • Old epic ilvl 359/"Valor" gear is now available from the Justice Points vendor at the same prices.
  • "Old" rare/Justice Points gear is still for sale at the same price.
  • When Patch 4.2 is released, your existing Valor Points will be converted to Justice Points.
  • Normal versions of Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds will be nerfed and will only reward Justice Points.

Level Type Spec Slot Name Price
378ThrownMeleeThrownMorningstar Shard700 x
378ThrownMeleeThrownGiantslicer700 x
378ThrownTankThrownDeflecting Star700 x
378WandSpell DPSRangedTrail of Embers700 x
378WandSpell SpiritRangedScorchvine Wand700 x
378PlateMeleeWristGigantiform Bracers1,250 x
378PlateSpell SpiritWristBracers of Imperious Truths1,250 x
378PlateTankWristBracers of Regal Force1,250 x
378MailPhysical DPSWristBracers of Forked Lightning1,250 x
378MailSpell SpiritWristBracers of Misting Ash1,250 x
378LeatherMeleeWristFlamebinder Bracers1,250 x
378LeatherSpell SpiritWristSmolderskull Bindings1,250 x
378ClothSpell DPSWristEmberflame Bracers1,250 x
378ClothSpell SpiritWristFiresoul Wristguards1,250 x
378NeckMeleeNeckStoneheart Choker1,250 x
378NeckPhysical DPSNeckNecklace of Smoke Signals1,250 x
378NeckSpell DPSNeckAmulet of Burning Brilliance1,250 x
378NeckSpell SpiritNeckFiremind Pendant1,250 x
378NeckTankNeckStoneheart Necklace1,250 x
378FingerMeleeFingerSerrated Brimstone Signet1,250 x
378FingerPhysical DPSFingerSplintered Brimstone Seal1,250 x
378FingerSpell DPSFingerCrystalline Brimstone Ring1,250 x
378FingerSpell SpiritFingerSoothing Brimstone Circle1,250 x
378FingerTankFingerDeflecting Brimstone Band1,250 x
378RelicMeleeRelicRelic of the Elemental Lords1,250 x
378RelicPhysical DPSRelicCovenant of the Flame700 x
378RelicSpell DPSRelicSoulflame Vial700 x
378RelicSpell SpiritRelicSinged Plume of Aviana700 x
378RelicTankRelicDeathclutch Figurine700 x


Ragnaros Testing on Test Realms
Players had a chance to test the fight against Ragnaros last night and a couple of guilds released videos of the encounter. No kill videos yet, but a couple of 40-20% wipes. If you have no idea what's going on, you can always check out the details of the fight in our Encounter Journal Preview.





BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets On Sale - Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PT
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Before the BlizzCon festivities begin, we're inviting you to join us for an evening of good food and good conversation -- all for a good cause. Approximately 200 tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will be going on sale tomorrow, Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PT. Keep your eye on the ticket sales page tomorrow for the chance to get yours. For more information on the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, visit the official BlizzCon website at www.blizzcon.com.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Need roll makes items soulbound in Patch 4.2
It's in 4.2 (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Anti Ninja Loot System
I think what you want is a system that keeps people from rolling on the gear you want because you don't believe they deserve it to the same degree you do. There are already restrictions in place that keep people from rolling on items they can't use. We don't want to begin restricting what people can roll on based on current spec, because that's not a black or white situation, which is how the system would need to be set up to work how you'd like.

There are some surefire ways to avoid or seriously cut down on situations like this, but it should be understood that if you enter into Dungeon Finder your rolls can go up against the rolls of someone else, regardless if you think you should get preference or not.

If you're looking for a certain item, I'd let the group know before the first pull and ask if anyone else is going to roll need on it. If nothing else it'll show everyone your intent, and put anyone on display who (at the consensus of the group) isn't playing by what you'd consider to be fair.

[...] To bring one more to the table (or reiterate one, I haven't read all 20 pages), and it's one that is a big reason why the system works as it does: if only tanks can roll on tank gear, then it becomes really hard for anyone else to build up the gear they need to be able to tank. We would end up with a bunch of undergeared tanks ("Sorry guys, but this is the only way I can get armor,") or worse, fewer tanks in the system overall because nobody can get gear. People would be forced to gear for healing or tanking through other means because they wouldn't be able to move fluidly from leveling as DPS to Dungeon Finder and begin acquiring the gear they need to fulfill their role. Or, the Light forbid, one day someone decides they want to try healing or tanking and needs to begin building a set.

At some point systems become so 'helpful' that they're a detriment. For that reason we have to reach a point where we're making sure we're stopping the majority of negatives, but not squeezing the egg of problems so hard that we create four messier ones. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Art gallery has been updated with 4 new pieces of TBC Art.


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