Stats changes and Masteries in Cataclysm
One of the biggest change introduced with Cataclysm is the simplification of existing stats. I usually get a few mails each week asking me about this, time for a reminder!
The expansion will also remove a lot of the passive talents for each class like bonuses to hit %, etc ... The goal here is to only keep the fun and useful talents like Body and Soul or Juggernaut. These bonuses won't disappear, they will be added to your character through the new Mastery system.
Masteries are the passive bonus you get when you spec in a talent tree, the deeper you go in the tree the higher the bonus is. You can see a small preview in the screenshots below.
- Holy - +% Healing, +% Spell Crit, +% Crit Heal
- Protection - -% Damage Taken, +% Health, +% Block Amount
- Retribution - +% Melee Damage, + Melee Crit, -% Ability Cooldown
- Assassination - +% Melee Damage, +% Melee Crit, +% Poison Damage
- Combat - +% Melee Damage, +% Hit Chance, +% Armor Penetration
- Subtlety - +% Melee Damage, +% Melee Haste, +% Energy Regeneration
- Marksmanship - Unknown Bonus #1, Unknown Bonus #2, Focus Regeneration
- Beast Mastery - Unknown Bonus #1, Unknown Bonus #2, Pet Damage
- Survival - No information.
A new Mastery stat will also be added to the game and will let you improve one of this bonus, in the case of the Retribution Paladin the stat affects the bonus to abilities' cooldowns.
Terrain Phasing in Cataclysm
A "minor" feature of Cataclysm is the improved phasing. Wrath of the Lich King allowed developers to phase out NPCs and Cataclysm will let them modify the terrain over time! In the example below you can see 3 stages of terrain phasing :
World of Warcraft Magazine Wallpaper
This wallpaper looks almost like a spoiler ... The Lich King isn't doing well apparently.
A complete version of the artwork was also posted earlier this week. (Source)
Happy Holidays from Blizzard
[blizzquote="Nebu;http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/index.xml]The holiday season is upon us, and it's gift-giving time! We've released the artwork featured on this year’s Blizzard holiday card. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. [/blizzquote"]
2009 Blizzard Holiday Card Contest Winners
[blizzquote="Nebu;http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/index.xml]Congratulations to the winners of our inaugural Blizzard Holiday Card Contest, and thanks to everyone who sent in their Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo-inspired take on season's greetings! If you're looking to spread some last-minute holiday cheer, we've made our favorite entries available for you to download and send out to your guildies and broodmates. [url=http://www.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/holidaycard/winners.html][b]Click here[/b][/url] to see our 2009 Blizzard Holiday Card Contest winners and honorable mentions.[/blizzquote"]
Blizzard Holiday Dessert Contest Winners
[blizzquote="Nebu;http://www.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/holidaydessert/winners.html]After hours of deliberation, multiple mugs of hot chocolate, a few rounds of Winter Veil carols, and one reindeer-related "incident," our judges have decided on ten scrumptious sweets as the winners of our Blizzard Holiday Dessert contest. To view the winning delicious delicacies before we viciously attack them with our dual-wielding fork abilities, [url=http://www.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/holidaydessert/winners.html][b]click here[/b][/url]. [/blizzquote"]
New Holiday Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 4 new holiday artwork from World of Warcraft.