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    Cauldron of Battle, Druid Animations, Curse.com Redesign, Blue Posts, Fan Art

    Patch 4.3: Cauldron of Battle
    Big Cauldron of Battle and Cauldron of Battle were recently changed on the PTR to Bind to Battle.net Account from Bind on Pickup. No more hassle with using your Alchemist alts!



    Patch 4.3: Hurricane and Wrath Animations
    Last PTR update Druids got a new animation for Hurricane. An updated version of Wrath that looks much better than the first preview was also added. See our previous preview for the other updates to Druid, Shaman, and Warlock.





    Curse Website Redesign
    Curse.com has a fresh new design and even more supported games. In addition to add-ons, Curse.com offers custom maps, high-quality/exclusive demos, client downloads, and beta key programs. Head over to the new Curse.com now and try it out! You can let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter. The updates include:


    • Updated UI - Easier browsing of addons and a cleaner and more modern look.
    • New Net Bar - Allows you to log in to many Curse sites with just one username and password as well as keeping up to date on beta key giveaways and other contests.
    • Easier add-on discovery - Easier to find and share add-ons through filters, browsing categories, and addon packs. Addon packs take the hassle out of selection addons for your UI by letting someone else do the work.
    • More downloads and supported games - Not only WoW, but Rift, Minecraft, Starcraft II, Runes of Magic, Warhammer, and more!
    • Premium Upgrades - Premium users will benefit from their faster download speeds as file sizes for demos and game clients are much larger than add-ons.



    Blue Posts
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    Tome of Light Buff
    We didn’t actually buff Tome of Light per se. It was just twice as good as the tooltip said it was, and since we didn't think that a nerf was in order, we're just correcting the tooltip for 4.3. You guys shouldn't notice a change to Tome of Light.

    You should notice a change to Holy Word: Serenity, though. As you know, that ability hasn't always benefited from the 25% crit bonus that it's supposed to get. It was a little tricky to figure out why that was happening, but we've gotten to the bottom of it. Holy Word: Serenity should be fixed for 4.3, so you should notice a change there.

    [...]Sorry for the confusion! The bug came in an earlier version of 4.3 and was fixed recently in 4.3. Please recall that, while you guys are just getting your first look at it, internally we have been working on 4.3 for a long time.

    However, this fix has introduced another bug. With the priest tier set bonus, the duration of Sanctuary can be longer than its cooldown. This causes a host of technical problems because that spell just isn’t set up right to have multiple copies, nor do we really want Sanctuary to have 100% uptime in the first place. So, we're likely to revert the change to Tome of Light (restoring it back to 15% / 30%) but we'll also lower the base cooldown of Serenity so that it will have a 7 sec cooldown with Tome of Light.

    Note: All of this discussion applies to the 4.3 PTR, where some amount of "design churn" is to be expected; we want to avoid making you to feel like your character is under a barrage of constant changes after a patch goes live. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Guardian Cub: Legal Gold Selling
    TCG Loot card mounts like the Spectral Tiger have been BoE for a long time now (since patch 3.2), and that was and continues to be well-received, and as far as we've been able to tell hasn't had any adverse impact to the game or economy - despite them selling for sometimes astronomical amounts of gold.

    It’s potentially worth noting that no new gold is being introduced into the game's economy with those mounts or the new Guardian Cub pet.

    Our goal with the Guardian Cub is to provide alternative ways for players who don't want to spend real money to add these pets to their collection. Even though this has been available a while now with the TCG mounts, this is obviously a new kind of way to deliver Pet Store pets, and we're definitely interested to hear your feedback and ultimately see how this will play out. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    No Orc or Undead Paladins?
    [...] We've already incorporated a lot of race/class combos that never existed from the release of the game. I think you could argue we should just make it so every race can be every class at this point, we're pretty much there, and I think you could argue that we should hang on to the few distinctions we have left.

    I'll make one argument, it would be a lot of work to scale/fit each class-specific armor piece to two additional models (male/female) of a new race. Not insurmountable, but it'd be a call we'd really have to evaluate and be prepared to take on that extra work for every set that's produced. Aside from any lore-related explanations we want to keep.

    Personally I think the distinction that only some races can be some classes adds a lot to the game. It makes it feel more real, even if I don't know what the lore reason is. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    BlizzCon: Ask the Artists
    At this year’s BlizzCon we have a stage dedicated to featuring Blizzard artists of all disciplines and styles, from Glenn Rane (Digital Painting, Creative Development) to Samwise Didier (Traditional Drawing, StarCraft II). Whether you’re attending the event or watching from home, we’re giving you an opportunity on the forums to ask a question of the artists. All you have to do is list the discipline and/or category below which best fits your art-related question and ask away here: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/for...c/3341766856#1

    If selected, your inquiry will be read and answered live from the Artist Stage at BlizzCon! [...] (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Blizzard Art Gallery Update
    The World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Art gallery has been updated with five pieces representing the Warcraft universe.



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    New Hurricane and Wrath animations look badass
    Last edited by Elysia; 2011-10-12 at 05:55 AM. Reason: Don't edit your posts just to add a reason that's against the guidelines.

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    not too sure on the new wrath animation still

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    Neat. Now I wont have to do it anymore.

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    New curse website is utter crap. I registered just to let you guys know that.

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    Hurricane is awesome! shame it doesn't get used much..

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    Loooove the Hurricane.

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    Wrath is nature magic. It should be green!new hurricane looks nice though.

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    If only we actually used hurricane :/ I miss using it to aoe. I really don't like mushrooms.

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    I don't care whtat other people say. the new hurricane spell is infinatly cooler than the old one, hands down. I have no clue why people don't like it. On a side notw, i can't see much of a difference in the shadowbolt, hopefully it gets a little more updated. PS. I miss the old animations for the other aoe effect's like the orb that went into the ground when you cast rain of fire, they were out for a bit during I think 3.0 3.1 but removed because of fps issue or something.

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    Ah so druids get all these awesome graphic changes. Please give us a new blizzard graphic, flamestrike, frostbolt, and fireball graphic. kthxbai /pissed mage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BodycountQQ View Post
    Wrath is nature magic. It should be green!new hurricane looks nice though.
    Wrath is supposed to represent the power of the sun. Solar and Lunar, you know.
    Vol'jin fanboy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaud
    Big Cauldron of Battle and Cauldron of Battle were recently changed on the PTR to Bind to Battle.net Account from Bind on Pickup. No more hassle with using your Alchemist alts!
    Yay? Don't get me wrong, it is a welcome change but I'd rather just be able to stick it in the guild bank.
    Alayea - Enhance/Resto (Main) Lithala - BM/Surv Gekkani - Disc/Shadow
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    Vexbolt - Demo/Destro Yin - WW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    Yay? Don't get me wrong, it is a welcome change but I'd rather just be able to stick it in the guild bank.
    You can still do that?
    It was never Hardcore Vs Casual. It was Socialites Vs. Solo players
    Quote Originally Posted by ringpriest View Post
    World of Warcraft started life as a Computer Roleplaying Game, where part of the fun of the game experience was pretending to be your character. Stuff like applying poisons and eating food enhanced the verisimilitude of the experience of playing a fantasy character in another world. Now that game has changed to become a tactical arcade lobby game.

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    Hurricane is dope!

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    I believe curse staff has it all backwards. It is not a website that need to be updated. But a curse client, slow startup turd as it is. For what it does, the program is extremely heavy on resources. Website design is alright tho, but it's suited only for widescreen monitors.

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    I will be intensely disappointed if druids get all these graphic changes and classes such as the mage which have even more vanilla based graphics are left in the dust.

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    GG Blizz mentioning the BoE TCG loot. Way to completely kick the legs out from under of any sort of "THE ECONOMY WILL BE RUINED" doomsayer.

    I've got a friend that has sold some of those Nether rockets on our AH, and has been doing so for about 2 years now. Our server's economy is just fine.

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    For some reason I love that Wrath gallery update piece of the frozen dragon in Dragonblight. I don't think they actually have any frozen, preserved dragon corpses in the ice there, right?

    It seems so simple, yet makes me realize - even though I don't miss Wrath - how Blizzard's team and every other video game team probably has HUNDREDS of awesome things they want to implement EVERY expansion but they don't have the time (or possibly technical resources) to pull it off.

    Shit, I'm feelin inspired. Here's to video games progressing through simple stuff like art design, I guess, and props to Blizzard for hopefully helpin with that directly or indirectly through their efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sw1tch View Post
    I will be intensely disappointed if druids get all these graphic changes and classes such as the mage which have even more vanilla based graphics are left in the dust.
    Just be patient, 4.3 is still long way from being finished.

    As for the topic, I do like the new animations. Looks neat.

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