Page 1 of 6
1
2
3
... LastLast
  1. #1

    Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Cataclysm Alpha release date
    Lately we saw a bunch of rumors about a potential alpha test of Cataclysm starting this week and judging by the amount of mails I received, a lot of people got excited. Time to clarify a few things!

    First of all, the Alpha test of the expansion will not start this week and probably won't start before some time. At this point I'm not even sure if there will be a Friend and Family Alpha test, this phase of testing doesn't seem to be very important and the amount of players on the server isn't high enough to get things really tested. After a few weeks of testing you can usually connect to the server in the morning, type /who 1-80, and realize that you're the only one connected.

    As far as I know the latest update in the testing of Cataclysm was the introduction of a few computers with the expansion installed in the european HQ to let the employees here try the expansion, and the version they have access to is very similar to the one people played at Blizzcon.

    You also have to understand that each time you spread a rumor like that, thousands of accounts are hacked because scammers use that wonderful opportunity to scam people who do not understand what the F&F Alpha really is.

    When the Alpha/Beta starts, you will know about it. Blizzard worked hard to improve their communication over the past years and I wouldn't be surprised if we heard about it through a blue post before it's leaked on a fansite. (But I'll make sure you read it on MMO-Champion first if something happens, don't worry)

    Stop worrying about Cataclysm and enjoy Icecrown Citadel for the moment, the next minor patch should be deployed on January 19th or January 26th. (And will include the cinematic ending the Lich King storyline)


    Professor Putricide Hotfixes
    Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
    Professor Putricide is getting two hotfixes deployed right now.

    One of them fixes an issue where the Mutated Transformation and Mutated Plague ability were doing significantly less damage in 25 player mode than intended. Mutated Transformation was actually doing less damage in 25 player mode than in 10 player mode!

    In a separate hotfix affecting both 10 and 25 player modes, Tear Gas should no longer cancel player abilities such as Devotion aura. Instead of being totally immune, players now take 99% less damage. This also means Heals over Time spells will continue to work while Tear Gased, Dispersion will grant mana, etc.
    Blue posts
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator)
    Balance druids in 3.3.2
    Keep in mind that we tend to make much smaller adjustments during a minor patch cycle due to the limited amount of testing time we're allotted before applying such patches. For this reason you're not likely to see any major Balance druid changes coming in the next minor patch.

    With that being said, one small change we have in the pipeline will double the passive effectiveness of Earth and Moon so that it provides a flat 2/4/6% spell damage increase, up from 1/2/3%. As an obligatory warning, this is subject to change prior to the next minor patch going live. (Source)

    Shaman (Forums / Talent Calculator)
    Elemental T10 4pc Bonus
    We're not happy with Elemental 4PT10, even with the change Eyonix announced (not requiring Flame Shock for LvB to crit). I think we're likely to completely redo it. We'll try and post soon what we think that change will be so you can make gear choices accordingly. (Source)

    [...] The Shaman Tier 10 bonus has been redesigned and will no longer reduce the cooldown of Lava Burst or enable Lava Burst to be guaranteed to critical strike without Flame Shock present. Instead successful Lava Burst casts now increase the duration of Flame Shock on the target by 6 seconds.

    Please note this is still a work in progress and we may end up with a different or modified bonus before the patch goes live. (Source)

    Warlock (Forums / Talent Calculator)
    Using Nevermelting Ice to boost Corruption's crit %
    I don't think either haste not crit qualify as an "exploit." That word implies you are somehow abusing mechanics so bad that you risk some kind of punitive reaction on our part. Usually if we don't like how a class is working we'll just fix the mechanics and not blame players for it.

    In any case, haste provided a huge damage boost and was hard to fix. Crit provides a moderate damage boost and is hard to fix. So we probably won't be changing the way rolling crit works any time soon. You can use it without fear of ramifications from us. (Source)

    Warrior (Forums / Talent Calculator)
    Prot Warrior DPS
    We understand that warrior damage is on the low end but regarding the raid progression, it's a hard case to say that your wipe on Festergut (as an example) was caused by the difference between tank damage when the dps from focused classes like rogue, warlock, etc. can probably improve to beat the enrage timer. (Source)

    [...] I honestly think it's hard to argue that your choice of tank often costs you a kill because of the dps of the tank. Often those numbers are rounding errors compared to the damage capable by the dps specs in the raid. However, I don't think you even need to invoke that argument. I think it just feels crappy when your dps is lower than other tanks.

    I don't think the block diminishing returns exacerbates this much to be honest, but it was a problem that was already there. We'd like to buff Prot sustained dps in a way that isn't risky for PvP.

    (Standard: "no promises" implied.)

    I'll say again that we have nothing against threat modifiers. Some of you need to stop treating them as if they are cockroaches to be stomped out whenever they appear. Bonus threat is really the only way to keep tank damage lower than dps damage but threat higher than dps threat. It only becomes a concern when A) the threat modifiers are flat (because then when the dps do more damage with gear, you aren't doing more threat with gear) or B) you're spamming abilities that do lots of threat but no real damage, because that just feels lame (and really we're just talking Sunder Armor here, which nobody spams anymore anyways). (Source)
    Artworks
    Another artwork was published on the Battlecry Mosaic page.


  2. #2
    Dreadlord .Nensec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    763

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Yay, news!

    Hmm, does that mean that PP was actually easyer than intended? o.0

  3. #3

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Looks like cata alpha/beta wont be out for atleast a month.

    I hope blizz gives a good t10 bonus to ele to buff thier dmg a little.
    Quote Originally Posted by Culnar
    Sometimes people act like blizzard is their friend who betrayed them and now they're pissed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Vulpei View Post
    Actually the backlash from pandas is because alot of the people didn't grow up.

  4. #4

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Havent been at Putricide yet myself .. but the changes made actually makes it sound like it used to be a weird experience for the ppl that already cleared it in 10/25man and then tried the other

    Anyway .. /afk (Preparing for the whine from shamans over the new t10 bonus when it comes out)

  5. #5

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Looking forward to beta.
    You face not Malchezaar alone, but the legions he commands.

  6. #6

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Voisin
    Yay, news!

    Hmm, does that mean that PP was actually easyer than intended? o.0
    Lol poor guilds who didnt do him b4 he was BUFFED.
    Quote Originally Posted by Culnar
    Sometimes people act like blizzard is their friend who betrayed them and now they're pissed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Vulpei View Post
    Actually the backlash from pandas is because alot of the people didn't grow up.

  7. #7

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Voisin
    Yay, news!

    Hmm, does that mean that PP was actually easyer than intended? o.0
    Sounds like it....

    Look ma, they aren't nerfing something for once!

  8. #8

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Voisin
    Yay, news!

    Hmm, does that mean that PP was actually easyer than intended? o.0
    If I'm not mistaken this ability is used by the player who is playing the part of Abomination, so this would actually make the boss somewhat easier. I'm not saying it will be REALLY easy now, but a tiny fraction or so.

  9. #9

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    edit: Ice stone has melted.

  10. #10

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts


    Good news everyone! More damage!

  11. #11
    High Overlord Xeonic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Posts
    113

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Noddie
    If I'm not mistaken this ability is used by the player who is playing the part of Abomination, so this would actually make the boss somewhat easier. I'm not saying it will be REALLY easy now, but a tiny fraction or so.
    Actually, mutated plague is an ability the prof gains in p3 that deals aoe damage, so buff! Mutated transformation is an abomination aoe spell TOWARDS the raid, meaning a buff! 2x damage buffs = harder prof.

  12. #12

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    thank god they buff putricide when lots of guilds are still having trouble with festergut and rotface

    it's good that hots and such will work now when the tear gas goes off.

  13. #13

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Accounts hacked because people are fools. not because of rumors.

  14. #14
    High Overlord
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    199

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    "Birds fly out at random intervals when player climbs ladder".

    Characters will start to climb in 4.x? *scratches head*
    -.-

  15. #15

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Xeonic
    Actually, mutated plague is an ability the prof gains in p3 that deals aoe damage, so buff! Mutated transformation is an abomination aoe spell TOWARDS the raid, meaning a buff! 2x damage buffs = harder prof.
    Ah, thank you for clearing that up.

  16. #16

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    The old wotlk-beta realmlist "set realmlist 12.129.236.126" Kinda works, you get an blank realmlist if you login with an non-battle.net account, through that could be why its blank... but Idk :x

  17. #17

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Moonkin buffs! Nomnomnom
    *French guy inside*
    *please forgive my poor english*

  18. #18
    Dreadlord Evyan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    842

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Doh, hate the title of this post ><.
    I opened site with slow internet so only the title appeared above and had to wait another 5 minutes to see what the post was really about. I got all excited and then read the alpha won't be happening .
    I know mmo does its best to update with info, but i'm just hungering for more information, female worgen and a prediction of release date (which can be made with start of beta).
    Guess it's gonna be october/november after all then.
    Add Alpha female worgen as an option ^^!

  19. #19
    Epic! phai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Switzerland
    Posts
    1,607

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    As I said in the previous news comments ... and some people didn't belive me.
    Well, thanks for the disillusion boub <3

  20. #20

    Re: Cataclysm Alpha, Putricide Hotfixes, Blue posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Deathgasm
    "Birds fly out at random intervals when player climbs ladder".

    Characters will start to climb in 4.x? *scratches head*
    This artwork was included in the "Art of Warcraft" book that came with the original Collectors Edition, so it's been sitting around a long while, not necessarily something coming up soon.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •