Update - Real Names on Official Forums Cancelled - I just heard from a couple of people that the plans to display real names on official forums have been cancelled. Official confirmation soon.

The cataclysm news will resume shortly, the recent announcements slowed down the news flow because ... well, a lot of super important stuff happened.

There is also a couple of things happening on MMO-Champion and it definitely takes some of my time, hopefully I will be able to give you an update on that pretty soon. A lot of people asked how I plan to react to the RealID thing, for the moment I will probably just add a couple of new forums to the site this week to give everyone a new home depending on how that RealID thing evolves.

And just because I hate posting a news only filled with blue posts, here are two screenshots of Cataclysm to help you wait and cheer you up.

Cataclysm Talent Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Passive talents vs. Specialization bonus
We could add a passive bonus that says "You do +50% melee weapon damage and +25% Frost and Shadow damage." Why make you buy essentially that same bonus in 12 separate talents when you are almost certainly going to do it anyway (unless you're a very misinformed player)? The passive bonuses don't carry a lot of risk. Other talent specs can't go fishing for them and we don't have to worry that you skipped over them. (Source)

Healers running out of mana
It happened pretty regularly before this last expansion. We have even seen it happen on heroic Halion today.

Back in Molten Core raiding, healers installed mods to help them cancel heals. They did that to conserve mana. (Source)

Reasons behind the Mastery stat
Mostly because we wanted a new stat on gear. Currently there isn't much to compete with haste vs. crit, especially once things like mp5 and arpen are gone and non-healers won't want Spirit.

We also thought having a new stat would help make the Cataclysm gear seem more interesting instead of just bigger numbers from your current gear. We met a lot about it and finally decided the best way to introduce a new stat that everyone would want would be for it to do different things for every spec. (Source)

Fun talents are here to stay
Exactly. We didn't want anyone to worry that we were pulling fun talents like say Hot Streak or Borrowed Time. Some specs need a little more help in the rotation department and we weren't trying to say everything will play just as it does today. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
Beacon of Light
Beacon is a good spell in our opinion.

Most of these arguments seem to be essentially that Beacon is the reason you can't have nice things. But that's a tuning issue, not a fundamental flaw with the spell. What you really seem to be saying is that paladins need more interesting mechanics going on when healing. I totally agree with that, but I don't think killing Beacon needs to be a part of it. (Source)

Priest (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator)
Holy Changes
Holy would lose or have significant changes made to the following talents: Searing Light, Holy Focus, Empowered Healing, Divine Accuracy, Improved Renew, Improved Healing, Healing Prayers, Holy Reach, Improved Holy Nova, Thriving Light and Divine Providence.
Good guesses. Honestly it was kind of fun pruning the talent trees for this overhaul because it was surprisingly easy to pick out the talents that had to go and often cathartic to delete them. One of the hardest decisions was deciding what to push up to the first couple of tiers and rectifying that with what you get at which level.

Empowered and Improved Healing are still around (in slightly altered form) but available to Disc. We kept Improved Holy Nova and might keep Improved Renew because we want Holy to be good at Renew. The others, unless I am mistaken, were destroyed in the Cataclysm. (Source)

Warrior (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
Thunder Clap
We're still iterating on the Cataclysm design of Thunder Clap. It needs to fall into a space where it isn't monotonous to AE tank while still giving warriors the tools they need to do the job. (Source)

Casting revenge when not taking damage
4. A way to cast Revenge when not the taking damage - e.g. "when the player with Vigilance takes damage, there is now a 20% chance to allow the use of your Revenge ability" or something similar. One reason protection warr. dps is so much lower when not taking damage is because we lose Revenge, which has become our hardest hitting ability.
I think this is a valid point. (Source)

We all knew we'd see comics about this.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Blue Posts, Comics started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 138 Comments
  1. davidwh2's Avatar
    Wow, the horation laine picture was great. im actually going to have a reason to go to Westfall just to see that.

    as a big CSI miami fan i have to say this was a cool way to start friday.
  1. Soothing Voice's Avatar
    I think its sad that as a community, we all fear the wellbeing of a horse over two dead people. Then again this is all fake...
  1. Hexxx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Futhark View Post
    Insert your own Lt. Horatio Laine quote:

    Stormwind Investigator: "Lt. Laine! ***SETUP LINE***"
    Lt. Horatio Laine: "***IRONIC ANSWER: FIRST HALF*** ..."
    /equip glasses
    Lt. Horatio Laine: "... ***IRONIC ANSWER: SECOND HALF***"


    Lmao!! win
  1. Mr. Smith's Avatar
    Jeez,yet another CSI Miami reference?
    Blizzard is really...*sunglasses*...beating a dead horse.

  1. Lazertrooper's Avatar
    no what? they killed old blanchy? nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo >_<
  1. heatersgonnaheat's Avatar
    (actual quote*
    Looks like they really put the cart
    *puts on glasses*
    before the horse

  1. Thessalor's Avatar
    Stormwind Investigator: We caught this Warrior on the scene of the crime.

    Nubtanx: I didn't do it! I need Rage to be useful!

    Horatio Laine: Well of course you're out of rage, because...

    Horatio Laine puts on his sunglasses.

    Horatio Laine: You needed something to empty it on.

  1. heatersgonnaheat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thoriel View Post

    I think Blizzard watch CSI
  1. Belize's Avatar
    Oh god old Blanchy nooooooo why oh why!
  1. Sungamnori's Avatar
    Update - Real Names on Official Forums Cancelled - I just heard from a couple of people that the plans to display real names on official forums have been cancelled. Official confirmation soon.
    *crosses fingers*

    Here it is:
  1. turbotuna's Avatar
    Update - Real Names on Official Forums Cancelled - I just heard from a couple of people that the plans to display real names on official forums have been cancelled. Official confirmation soon.
    I win. You're all welcome.
  1. Tore's Avatar
    Oh, I'm constipated with anticipation!

    inb4 storm of "I told you so!"
  1. Roflomnom's Avatar


  1. Necrotica's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Roflomnom View Post

    Now lets hope they start seriously considering privacy options for the ingame REAL ID feature too, especially since a unique account number is created according to Mike's message.
  1. link_991's Avatar
    I am disappointed by the posting of CAD and the lack of Penny Arcade
  1. aramco007's Avatar
    like i thought
    i knew from the begining they will cancell it
  1. Airidesi's Avatar
    Poor Old Blanchy!! D:
  1. Powerogue's Avatar
    those are some snazzy glasses, i hope they're BoE so i can murder him on my horde, loot his epic glasses, and then use the neutral auction house to give them to my gnome.

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