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Bastion of Twilight will be one of the first raid instances of the expansion.

There are 4 encounters in Bastion of Twilight, plus an additional Heroic-Only encounter.

  • Valiona and Theralion
  • Halfus Wyrmbreaker
  • Twilight Ascendant Council (Ignacious, Feludius, Arion, and Terrastra)
  • Cho'gall
  • Lady Sinestra (Heroic Only)

Zone Screenshots
The screenshots of the zones are without NPCs or doodads, this isn't representative of the final instance, just a preview of the architecture. Obviously a subzone like the Throne of Apocalypse is more impressive when Cho'gall is here sitting on his huge throne.

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MLG Raleigh Tournaments This Weekend
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
Tune in this weekend to the MLG Raleigh Starcraft II and World of Warcraft tournaments!

The live streams for North America's first major StarCraft II event start at 2:00 PM PDT, today, Friday August 27 with the Pre-Game Show featuring Day9, JP, HD/Husky, Vhell and Vansilli. The matches culminate in the championship finals held tomorrow, Saturday August 28 at 2:30 PM PDT. All matches feature live commentary by Day9, JP, and Husky.

The MLG World of Warcraft games begin at 4:00 PM PDT on Saturday with the championship match running at 2:30PM PDT on Sunday.

For more information about the teams attending, tournament schedule and how to watch the streams, visit
Live Streams

WoW Schedule
Saturday August 28th
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Check-In / Account Setup
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Check-In / Account Setup / Warm-Up
7:00 PM - 7:40 PM - Dinner Break
7:40 PM - 10:00 PM - Winners Round 1

Sunday August 29th
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Warm-Up
10:00 AM - 11:10 AM - Losers Round 1
11:10 AM - 12:20 PM - Winners Round 2
12:20 PM - 1:30 PM - Losers Round 2
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Losers Round 3
2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Winners Round 3
3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Losers Round 4
3:45 PM - 4:20 PM - Losers Round 5
4:20 PM - 4:55 PM - Winners Finals
4:55 PM - 5:40 PM - Losers Finals
5:40 PM - 6:25 PM - Finals

Starcraft 2 Schedule
Friday August 27th
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Early Check-In
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Check-In / Warm-Up / Account Setup
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Welcome
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Winners Round 1
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Losers Round 1
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Winners Round 2
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM - Losers Round 2
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM - Winners Round 3 / Losers Round 3

Saturday August 28th-
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Warm-Up
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Losers Round 4
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Winners Round 4 / Losers Round 5
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Losers Round 6
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Winners Round 5 / Losers Round 7
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Losers Round 8
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Winners Finals / Losers Round 9
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Losers Finals
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Finals

UI Addon Functionality Returning
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
With the release of the next beta patch, we plan to re-enable the ability for players to use third-party addons. Many of the core user interface features are now implemented in the beta test and functional, so we feel it’s a good time to open up the field for developing and testing UI modifications.

Be sure to continue leaving us feedback about all of the new user interface features here:

Feedback about the new guild interface can be provided to us here:

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

We Are Legendary - Retroactive!
We are making a exception for this guild achievement. Any legendary items you have already earned will count. (Source)

New content for the next Beta Patch
We do not plan to patch today, though we plan to have a great deal of new content in the upcoming patch. You'll get access to new zones and dungeons, and potentially an increase in level cap to 85. (Source)

Druid (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Feral Q&A
Can you make savage roar undispellable?
This is something we're discussing, but haven't made a decision yet.

Will Shred ever have no positional? : \
We like Shred and Backstab with positional requirements. We haven't changed our stance on this. If you find Shred too difficult to use in PvE, then Mangle. If you're not happy in PvE with the damage you can do while Mangling, and can't manage to stay in a position where you can Shred, then I hate to say it but this probably isn't the spec for you. In PvP we think it's more of an issue, but we've also buffed Mangle to where you can do credible damage with it.

Will dash be given the same treatment as sprint? (lower CD lower dura)
We think Dash is fine.

Is the new version of innervate intended to be worth less to specs with small mana pools like Feral?
Yes, exactly. In Cataclysm, healer mana matters a great deal. In that environment, having some dps who can prop up healer mana so well is quite overpowered. It's okay to have utility in providing the healers extra mana, but it can't get out of control. Balance and Resto druids will have bigger Innervates, but then they are also balanced around needing to use those on themselves most of the time.

Can you change the new version of survival instincts to have less of an effect but a shorter CD?, 60% is great, but at a 5 min cd, id rather have 40% on a 3 minute cd or something to that effect ya know?
This is the kind of thing we're still messing with. There are situations where the short cooldown weaker version is more useful and others where it isn't.

Is Bear form damage going to be a little bit higher then it currently is for Cata? can pulverize and mangle at least hit harder then maul? its kinda lame that our talented abilities hit much weaker then maul in bear atm
I wouldn't worry too much about numbers yet. We haven't made much of an effort to adjust them and won't until we're happy with the basic mechanics.

What is the purpose of thorns? you've been consolidating weird buffs so, i figure this is on the list of weird buffs with no real purpose
We think it has more of a purpose with more damage packed into a smaller window than weak damage available 100% of the time. In the latter case you'd never think twice about attacking someone with Thorns because it's never not there. It also asks a little more of the druid to use Thorns at the right time rather than just whenever the buff drops off. Thorns isn't a raid buff on the scale of something like Fortitude or Bloodlust so we see no reason to consolidate it.

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Crusader Strike
I see this comment a lot, but I don't understand it. Can you explain to me why a 4.4 Crusader Strike is not strictly better than a 4.5 Crusader Strike? That might be the case if your rotation was so jam packed that you can't fit in another Crusader Strike until its cooldown drops by an entire 1.5 global cooldown, but we've gone on record saying that the rotation won't work that way. Hitting Crusader Strike even a fraction of a second sooner means a Templar's Verdict comes that sooner, letting you start the rotation again. That's a dps increase.

Haste is valuable above and beyond the Sanctity of Battle talent of course. Swinging more often is a dps increase alone, and can also lead to more frequent Art of War procs or Seal ticks.

Templar's Verdict at less than 3 stacks will almost never make sense unless you're in a situation where perhaps someone is running away (and for whatever reason you can't stun them etc.) so you might as well hit them now. (Source)

Priest (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Lightwell Feedback Needed
While any kind of feedback is helpful to a degree, we are much more interested in the feedback of players who have tried Lightwell in the most recent beta builds than those who just never cared for the talent. We are actively making changes to the spell to see how it plays, so it's important for us to know if the changes are noticeable and fun without that feedback getting buried under the cruft of bad reputation that Lightwell has built up over time. If it's still not cutting it, we're prepared to try something different, but we need a chance to see if that is in fact the case. (Source)
This article was originally published in forum thread: Bastion of Twilight, MLG Raleigh, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 90 Comments
  1. Civfanata's Avatar
    Time to start farming MC and BWL..... again.
  1. Syrco's Avatar
    Love the new models! And the screenshots!

    About the Legendary achievement: Good cause then they won't make people go back to farm everything. Would just be annoying for those who already are the owner of legendary items. But not good if you just can invite players with the legendaries to a guild and they get the achievement, and then they can leave again.
  1. Dragonshardz's Avatar
    I don't know about the rest, but I sure love the whole "dragon-theme" for this expansion. Sure, there's the Goblin's high tech and the Worgen's misty-nightmarish thingy, but for me, the return of the Dragons as the main feature in the game is just pure awesomeness.
  1. Migari's Avatar
    Cho'gall, looks creepy!
  1. Zaerix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kryn View Post
    I probably missed something lore wise but why does Lady Sinestra look dead? In the Outlands she looked very much alive.
    Well she is alive, it's just that in Outland she used a generic dragon model so you couldn't see the scars afflicted upon her by Deathwing attempting to mate with her and being defeated by Korialstrasz.

    Also, I'm not sure, but I believe BC takes place before she created the first Twilight Dragons, one of whom, Dargonax, destabilized during a fight with various dragons and lore heroes and burned away, taking Sinestra with him.

    Whether she survived or died but was resurrected is up to speculation.
  1. MysticalOS's Avatar
    The egg snatcher herself.
  1. Store1989's Avatar
    Argh i wanna watch the MLG! But stuck at the GF's place, having to attend a dinner party XD!
  1. Jaronicity's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Store1989 View Post
    Argh i wanna watch the MLG! But stuck at the GF's place, having to attend a dinner party XD!
    Just bring a laptop and "go to the bathroom" every 10 minutes or so...they will be none the wiser mwahaha
  1. Keilden's Avatar
    Wasn't there a fifth ascendant, Monstosoue or something. Perhaps they will merge into him during the fight or as a hard mode?
  1. JackBauerLOL's Avatar

    Reskins everywhere

    Atleast Cho'gall looks neat until there's a neutral faction of recoloured clones (just smaller)
  1. Avendryl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JackBauerLOL View Post

    Reskins everywhere

    Atleast Cho'gall looks neat until there's a neutral faction of recoloured clones (just smaller)
    This is exactly why Blizzard should stop listening to the whining masses and just make the damn game the way they want. Seriously? Reskins? It's two 'generic' Twilight dragons, which look like--gasp!--OTHER DRAGONS.
  1. Jerakal's Avatar
    Wow, does anyone else think that Cho'gall's googly eye totally robs him of some of his intimidation?
  1. Medlarew's Avatar
    Lady Sinestra.. Wasn't it her who had that little repeating cut scene in smv when grinding netherwing rep?

    Was ideantical in appearance to ony if I remember right, now she looks like a giant glow worm, was it something she ate?
  1. Theratzil's Avatar
    Have you guys missed something? no ones mentioning, WE MIGHT RAISE THE LVL CAP TO 85 NEXT PATCH! !
  1. xwonic's Avatar
    Finally some druid feral talk and i don't feel any love for it.

    Improvements in cataclysm are almost none.

    My favorite WOTLK class is druid specially feral both tank and cat but since there isn't gonna be almost no changes i wont stay faithful for much longer, i need new stuff, loads.
    Even resto their just gonna change rotation.


    I'm gonna rerrol now... kk whine more.
  1. Kelzam's Avatar
    Wow, a news post that doesn't consist of a wall of text of GC responding to Paladin QQ.
  1. xnickybx's Avatar
    I want my 2700g back blizzard! Oh wait, wrong news post...

    Same old dragon model reskinned! Lazy blizzard!

    Did I get this news post's QQ, right?
  1. Syce's Avatar
    you have to admit, the bastions look pretty badass.
  1. CarnatiaSpiritfield's Avatar
    I love CHo'gal body eyes.

    There on his right arm there is a eyeball going 'What!?' and the eye of his chest is staring at it going 'I hate you so much arm eye.' xD hat made me giggle. Eyes with minds of their own xD... maybe kinda creepy too.

    But next patch raising the cap to 85 with ton new content... SQUEEE! Getting closer : DD
  1. Kiro's Avatar
    Yeah, not one, but two recycled twilight dragons!

    But the more shocking thing is that there's a couple new models, and blizzard didn't recycle just about everything like usual. Hopefully we're not at quota and get more new models.

    How many times was "amazing" overused in this thread?

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