It looks like the official news are calming down, it can only mean one thing: We're back to datamining!

Epic crafted items in Cataclysm - Updated
The first batch of crafted epic items was released when the NDA was lifted, due to some technical issues it was ... difficult to get the new ones. This is now fixed and I should have a couple of interesting previews for you in the next few days. (or you can spoil my fun and lurk on the latest additions but not everything is listed there)

Apparently, Alchemists will finally get another epic stone in Cataclysm. That's also where you realize how useful Mastery Bonus is, the item is just great for everyone.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359TrinketAllTrinketLifebound Alchemist Stone

Blacksmith get all the happy-fun-stuff again and will create the weapons that a lot of people will use when they start raiding. Don't expect them to be easy to craft.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359PlateTankChestHardened Elementium Hauberk
359PlateTankWaistHardened Elementium Girdle
359PlateMeleeChestElementium Deathplate
359PlateMeleeWaistElementium Girdle of Pain
359PlateSpellChestLight Elementium Chestguard
359PlateSpellWaistLight Elementium Belt
359DaggerSpellMain HandElementium Spellblade
359MaceHealMain HandElementium Hammer
359PolearmPhysicalTwo-HandElementium Poleaxe
359AxeMeleeOne-HandElementium Bonesplitter
359DaggerPhysicalOne-HandElementium Shank
359ShieldTankOff HandElementium Earthguard
359ShieldSpellOff HandElementium Stormshield

All 3 types of ranged weapons are craftable and your epic helms ... are actually even more epic than we thought in the first place, they are socketable with Cogwheels and Hydraulic Pumps, engineer-only gems.

Engineers are definitely getting some love in Cataclysm ... an updated preview of the profession will be up soon, with all your new toys. (Assuming they reach the live servers ...)

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359BowPhysicalRangedOverpowered Chicken Splitter
359CrossbowPhysicalRangedFinely-Tuned Throat Needler
359GunPhysicalRangedKickback 5000
359PlateMelee,TankHeadReinforced Bio-Optic Killshades
359PlateSpellHeadSpecialized Bio-Optic Killshades
359ClothSpellHeadLightweight Bio-Optic Killshades
359LeatherSpellHeadCamoflauge Bio-Optic Killshades
359LeatherPhysicalHeadAgile Bio-Optic Killshades
359MailPhysicalHeadDeadly Bio-Optic Killshades
359MailSpellHeadEnergized Bio-Optic Killshades

Your epic gems are back.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
85RedN/AGemBrilliant Chimera's Eye
85RedN/AGemDelicate Chimera's Eye
85RedN/AGemFlashing Chimera's Eye
85RedN/AGemPrecise Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemSolid Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemSparkling Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemStormy Chimera's Eye
85BlueN/AGemRigid Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemSubtle Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemSmooth Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemMystic Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemQuick Chimera's Eye
85YellowN/AGemFractured Chimera's Eye

The Mail/Leather gear is back, you also get the Tanking and Physical DPS cloak just like in Wrath of the Lich King.

ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
359MailSpellWaistStormleather Sash
359MailPhysicalWaistCorded Viper Belt
359MailSpellChestTwilight Scale Chestguard
359MailPhysicalChestDragonkiller Tunic
359LeatherSpellWaistLightning Lash
359LeatherPhysicalWaistBelt of Nefarious Whispers
359LeatherSpellChestChestguard of Nature's Fury
359LeatherPhysicalChestAssassin's Chestplate
359CloakPhysicalBackRazor-Edged Cloak
359CloakTankBackTwilight Dragonscale Cloak

Your epic items aren't in-game yet, don't hate me!

BlizzCon 2010 Online Contests Begin
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The BlizzCon 2010 Fan Art, Original Song, and Movie contests have begun! To enter, simply submit your original Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo-themed work before September 27. We have over $25,000 worth of prizes to give away between these and our Dance and Costume contests on Friday night at BlizzCon, and winning entries will be showcased live at this year's show.

Head over to the Fan Art, Original Song, and Movie contest pages to see the submission requirements, read the official rules, and check out the prizes. Information and online sign-ups for the BlizzCon 2010 Dance and Costume contests will be coming soon, so keep an eye on for details.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Additional raids before Cataclysm
There are no plans for any additional raids before Cataclysm ships. With that said, there will be at least one major patch leading up to Cataclysm with a lot of core features and framework being added for the new expansion for players to explore. There will also be various limited-time events to set the tone for the release of Cataclysm. (Source)

Warlock (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Making Soul Shards "exciting"
That is still the goal, but we don't think just hooking up a big +damage buff or spell is going to feel that way. It will just be done on cooldown without some kind of situational requirement for doing so. We haven't given up on the idea at all, but it's not a trivial one to resolve. (Source)

Concept Art
The Concept Art Gallery has been updated but if you're addicted to artworks, you probably saw a lot of them before.

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  1. DrgnDancer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Delia View Post
    I don't mean to be an ass... but pretty sure they scrubbed the "increases with talents" portion of mastery when they decided to do the "select your spec" at level 10. Your master % at level 10 will be the same mastery % until you start getting Mastery rating. It still scales with level, because its a percentage, and that's what percentages do, they scale.

    That makes a certain amount of sense, but I can't find any confirmation. I was just explaining as I've seen it described.
  1. laserfloyd's Avatar
    I like how they are called welfare epics and yet you still have to spend at the VERY least days gathering the material. For some things it takes weeks. So you're working your butt off to get the crafted and it is called welfare?

    From wiki:
    "Welfare or welfare work consists of actions or procedures — especially on the part of governments and institutions — striving to promote the basic well-being of individuals in need."

    People don't sit around and beg for these epics. They are WORKING for them.

    If anything, raid epics are welfare. You have to depend on other people to get them. Read that description from wiki again. You certainly can't solo your way to those epics can you? Most entrepreneurs in the world are individuals or very small groups of people.

    So, there you have it. Epics from raiding are the new welfare epics because you have to depend on others to get them.

    [I do not raid nor do I have any interest in raiding. I used to raid and I found it unenjoyable for the most part. I will, however, enjoy the epic or two that I spend time gathering my own mats for.]
  1. xnickybx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kewz View Post
    engineering helms suck tbh plz give em secondery stats.. so i can actuly stay engineer without feeling silly -;D cuse atm i would rather wear a blue helm with the same item lvl
    Yeah, you should just delete your engineer, like me. I mean, it's not like the cogs and pumps give us the secondary stats that we want. So Boub please change the engineering helms or we are gonna delete our engineers.
  1. Mandible's Avatar
    Eh.. tanking cloak with spellhit?
  1. Bohemian's Avatar
    Potential Engineering changes listed, and things like the Elementium Dragonling (first post so I can't link to it apparently) certainly have me hopeful.
  1. slimj091's Avatar
    ummm... did they forget about strength gems?

    ---------- Post added 2010-08-13 at 07:59 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Senaelanna View Post
    Good to see welfare epics are out again in full force for all the trashcan casuals to feel good about themselves.
    why do you have to hate? play your game, and they will play theirs. quit trying trying so hard to sound like a hardcore raider on a message board.
  1. Jasyn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Blur View Post
    thank you for informative answer
    Informative, but unfortunately dead wrong.

    A - Mastery stat has NEVER increased the passive masteries
    B - Masteries don't work like that anymore.

    Now, you get a couple certain bonuses for picking a tree (you get this when you put your first point in the tree): I.E. Fire mage gets +crit and +fire damage (I think) for putting their first point in fire at 10.

    Each tree has one unique "mastery" ability to the tree, which will take affect just about when you get the 31st point in the tree. Arms Warrior unique mastery ability is much like the old sword specialization, a percent chance to proc an extra weapon swing. Let's say at base it is 5% chance. Now, with mastery rating, that percentage will increase. Perhaps ~100 mastery rating = 1% better chance to proc the extra swing.

    Some other class/spec unique abilities:

    Ele Shaman get elemental overload (proc a 2nd identical spell) - mastery rating increases the chance to proc
    Fire mages get an extra ignite effect - mastery rating increases the amount of spell damage that becomes the dot
  1. Karot's Avatar
    Yay for profession goodies!

    Double yay for engineering perks! =D
  1. ZiiSqueak's Avatar
    Oh snap, time to dust off the ol' Photoshop and have a whack at that art contest.
  1. silendeath's Avatar
    Anyone notice that that crafted 1h axe hs attack power as a stat on it?
  1. fangless's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by silendeath View Post
    Anyone notice that that crafted 1h axe hs attack power as a stat on it?
    explain your surprise, please?
  1. Dizka's Avatar
    Unless engineers cannot create gems on agility and strength?
  1. Blur4stuff's Avatar
    This is me begging blizzard to add stamina options for eng so my tank can use the profession
  1. bouddieehh's Avatar
    is it me or did blizz go berserk with RNG stats? weapons with nearly 2k spellpower...
  1. FyreRT's Avatar
    amg, crafted bows, and a looter-rang, awesomeness!
  1. Snes's Avatar
    To the people arguing over what makes epics epic etc.; just stop wasting your energy. This is MMO-champion, land of the stubborn. Neither side of the argument will change anyone's minds, it's a cesspool of stupidity.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiro View Post
    This time, hopefully people can't do the first raid in T10 gear, and need to gear up appropriately first.
    1) Wut?

    2) What's your problem?
  1. rokshox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bregtann View Post
    So 359 is the new 200...
    If you think about it. This jump in iLVL really isn't that big. a lvl 75 axe has iLVL 162. and that's a green so, 5 levels up and epic (200) = + 38 iLVL'S. not too much.
    Considering this is an expansion and the jump is from starting epic to starting epic. an increase of iLVL from 200 > 359 isn't that much.

    The power on random greens in cata at lvl 81 will be astounding
  1. Notos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rokshox View Post
    If you think about it. This jump in iLVL really isn't that big. a lvl 75 axe has iLVL 162. and that's a green so, 5 levels up and epic (200) = + 38 iLVL'S. not too much.
    Considering this is an expansion and the jump is from starting epic to starting epic. an increase of iLVL from 200 > 359 isn't that much.

    The power on random greens in cata at lvl 81 will be astounding
    Seems pretty big to me. The jump from BC to WotLK was from 115 to 200. Roughly half the jump here.
  1. navik659's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karnadas View Post
    Well, taunts are on the spell hit table.
    Yeah but they rolled spell hit and melee hit together into one stat a while back. I really hope they aren't making them two stats again /facepalm

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