Update Beta Raid Testing Schedule for Oct. 20
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
More raid testing!

I'm going to turn on the following encounters in Bastion of Twilight, and leave the encounters from yesterday for Blackwing Descent open for a bit longer.

The following encounters will be available:

Halfus Wyrmbreaker
Theralion and Valiona
Ascendant Council

The Bastion of Twilight's entrance is located within Twilight Highlands.

Since these are the beta realms, this schedule is subject to change at a moment's notice due to bugs and server issues. More raid tests will be occurring over the next few weeks.

5 Things about 4.0.1 that I never had the time to news
Because, I really have to get them on the front page at some point.


  • Epic gems cooldown aren't removed, they're just syncronized with the daily quest reset now.
  • You can farm Anzu in heroic Sethekk Halls for his epic mount even if you're not a druid.
  • You can buy most of Arena gear even if you do not have the proper rating, requirements seems to be gone from all items. ilvl 277 weapons and shoulders are the only items left with a rating requirement.
  • The gold cap is now 1,000,000 Gold.
  • I don't actually have a 5th one, so here is a hug. /hug


Raid Testing Videos
More videos of the new raid instances have been released following yesterday's raid testing.









Class Balance & Hotfixes - 10/19
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
We have pushed a hotfix to improve hunter damage.

Specifically, we increased the damage of the signature abilities (Chimera Shot, Explosive Shot and Kill Command) by 15-25%. This will both improve overall damage-dealing and make sure that these abilities are prioritized higher than other shots. We think this will bring hunters to a good enough state until they hit 85. Aspect of the Fox and Cobra Shot solve some specific issues at higher levels. Marksman hunters may still trump Survival and Beastmaster hunters until they’re 85, since their rotations rely a little on Cobra Shot.

EU Raid Testing on Beta
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
Don't worry, EU can test these bosses tomorrow! I'm not going to turn them off right at 10am our time, I'll keep them up through most all of the day tomorrow.

On a seperate note, 25 player Maloriak currently has a significant bug in place. We're working on a hotfix, but until that goes live it's not functioning properly. 10 player seems to be much better behaved, but we're looking at a despawn issue with it.

Atramedes is testable.

BlizzCon 2010 Registration Bar Codes
Originally Posted by Lylirra (Blue Tracker)
We are currently in the process of resending all BlizzCon 2010 registration bar codes. Now, don't panic—this is simply for your convenience. These bar codes are identical to those included in previous emails and the printable versions from your Battle.net order history.

Please be sure to bring a copy of your bar code along with a photo ID to pick up your ticket(s) at BlizzCon registration. We'll see you there!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Armor changes in 4.0.1
We looked into your findings, and the armor numbers reflect an intentional change meant to cover the armor increases players would get between levels 81 and 85. We should have been more explicit with the rest of the announced Cataclysm changes that physical damage would go up. (It only affects creatures higher than level 80 -- bosses in this case -- so this change has no current PvP ramifications.)

Now that our live class balance changes are slowing down* and players are starting to learn their class changes, we can get a better idea of whether players are struggling more on content that they used to be able to clear. We've made some Icecrown and Halion changes already and we may need to make more.

Nice job on the analysis.

* -- We are continuing to make Cataclysm changes for classes. We will extend these to level 80 and / or hotfix when we think it's relevant. (Source)

Resilience Hotfix
My resilience post above was confusing.

We had buffed resilience by 50% and then lowered it by 25%. This is a 12.5% buff from before the patch. To use clean numbers, if you had 40% damage reduction, we buffed it to 60% (a 50% increase) and then lowered it to 45% (a 25% decrease). (Source)

Balance in low-level BGs
So can a blue state whether or not the very, very high damage outputs in low level pvp will be addressed or not? Rogues able to one-shot most enemies in sub-80 pvp: working as intended, or not?
Nobody should be one-shotting at any battleground level, so yes that (and many other class abilities) will be addressed. (Source)

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Weak mages on Beta
This is a case of having to balance differently between 80 and 85. The original mage numbers were targeted at 85, which made them overpowered at 80. We nerfed them at 80, which then made them weak at 85. We now have two sets of numbers in place so that they should be relatively balanced at both levels.

Mages are not the only class with this problem, sometimes in the opposite direction. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Holy Paladin Hotfix
Yes, we buffed the 5 paladin direct heals (FoL, HL, DL, HS, WoG). This is a change for both level 80 and 85. We are going to tone down Holy Radiance as I described in the other thread. It can be powerful without being 75% of paladin healing.

I know it's customary for players to classify everything as either overpowered or garbage, but we believe there are actual numbers in between say 1 and 100, so give the changes a chance before you dismiss them.

It is possible we will nerf Word of Glory for Prot and Ret at 85 to compensate for this buff since they probably don't need stronger Words. (Source)
This article was originally published in forum thread: 4.0.1 Changes, Raid Testing Videos, Class Balance Hotfixes, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 153 Comments
  1. Boylicious's Avatar
    The Anzu change is really disappointing. It shows no consideration for the people who spent months clearing those halls to finally have a unique mount. If it wasnt enough having the final challenge of the druid flight form quest being use-able by non-druids.

    I wonder how they come to conclusions about things like this. What about people who still want a shot at the black scarab or the soon to be gone zg mounts. If youre gonna make something rare and challenging to get, then leave it that way for good. Make a new mount if you want everyone to have it.
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Heh, I was wondering why I was seeing so many people with the ilv270 arena shields.

    Man, it feels like Burning Crusade all over again!
  1. Winke's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wupti View Post
    hehe fail "The gold cap is now 1,000,000 Gold" ... so if u see a thing on ah for, lets say 125k ... what do u do then :P
    buy it if you want it?
  1. mmoc3eb006e951's Avatar
    On what realm and which vendor is this true? I find that every Wrathful t1 and t2 weapon and all wrathful set pieces 5/5 have rating requirements still.
    The tooltip still says you need rating and the item is greyed out, but you can actually buy it. Anything except Wrathfull Shoulders and 2200 rating weapons.
  1. levanto's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boylicious View Post
    The Anzu change is really disappointing. It shows no consideration for the people who spent months clearing those halls to finally have a unique mount. If it wasnt enough having the final challenge of the druid flight form quest being use-able by non-druids.

    I wonder how they come to conclusions about things like this. What about people who still want a shot at the black scarab or the soon to be gone zg mounts. If youre gonna make something rare and challenging to get, then leave it that way for good. Make a new mount if you want everyone to have it.
    Welcome to Warcraft... still have the Red Skeletal Warhorse from Vanilla PVP on my lock. Only I know it these days but everytime I ride it, still feel proud of it.

    BTW, Black AQ40 mount is unattainable since some patches ago.
  1. Emerelle's Avatar
    Thanks for the hug! Could really need some those days.. however, you also will need rating for ilvl 270 pvp-shoulders. I could only buy the head..
  1. Marlamin's Avatar
    hug 2 u 2 buboile! <3
  1. turbare's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by levanto View Post
    Welcome to Warcraft... still have the Red Skeletal Warhorse from Vanilla PVP on my lock. Only I know it these days but everytime I ride it, still feel proud of it.

    BTW, Black AQ40 mount is unattainable since some patches ago.
    Well, that was the whole point, since we're going this route we should just bring back content that is unattainable since well, that's the way Blizz likes to handle stuff :|
  1. Typhron's Avatar
    Way to tell everyone about Anzu </3

    /hug anyway
  1. greven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by turbare View Post
    You can farm Anzu in heroic Sethekk Halls for his epic mount even if you're not a druid.

    Totally lame. Now every noob out there will have one.
    Do keep at least some rare things rare :|
    I'm a Druid too, but that made sense when TBC was out, now a Druid can SOLO it, so it's nice that gave this option after almost 2 expansions.
  1. Mortalol2's Avatar
    999k is gold cap actually
  1. ejfimp's Avatar
    /hug
  1. mmocb1848b600a's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boylicious View Post
    The Anzu change is really disappointing. It shows no consideration for the people who spent months clearing those halls to finally have a unique mount. If it wasnt enough having the final challenge of the druid flight form quest being use-able by non-druids.

    I wonder how they come to conclusions about things like this. What about people who still want a shot at the black scarab or the soon to be gone zg mounts. If youre gonna make something rare and challenging to get, then leave it that way for good. Make a new mount if you want everyone to have it.
    What's the problem? You just don't need a Druid anymore to summon him. You're butthurt because of that?
  1. iakal's Avatar
    Are blizzard forgetting rogues are doing alot LESS damage after the patch? They seem to have taken care of every other class, apart from rogues.

    And also,

    Ghostcrawler - We've made some Icecrown and Halion changes already and we may need to make more.
    Don't you think your being a little vague? Can someone shed some light on exactly what's been changed, unlike last time where the raging spirits on LK went from 3 second spawn timers to instant.

    /rant over
  1. mmoca245a9446a's Avatar
    Did anyone else notice that the guys from the videos spam abilities? Now the weird thing is they actually removed the need-to-spam-to-get-many-global-cds thingy and you can just queue your abilities a short while before the global cooldown is off (note the yellow border on the spells activating before the spell is actually going off, you can even try it on live, it's there and it's working). I'm glad they made this modification, but I guess it will take a while before everyone will get used to it :P
    I didn't mean to be mean, but it felt like I have to say that.
    On my way to kill Anzu now !
  1. Zehroh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon View Post
    What's the problem? You just don't need a Druid anymore to summon him. You're butthurt because of that?
    Because he can't showoff anymore that's why.
  1. Not A Cat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by turbare View Post
    You can farm Anzu in heroic Sethekk Halls for his epic mount even if you're not a druid.

    Totally lame. Now every noob out there will have one.
    Do keep at least some rare things rare :|
    Right, because every noob out there has the White Hawkstrider!!
  1. Azerox's Avatar
    You cant buy any Wrathfull set gear nor weapons of any rating.

    Only the Rentless gear and Wrathfull bracers/shoes etc are buyable from honor, just like normal.

    Atleast, so it seems, or should i ignore the ratings and just buy/try?
  1. mmocd689e38951's Avatar
    At least in my server(Neptulon EU)every pvp purchasable still has its rating requirements.
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    Hmm...

    They have time to hotfix classes and shit but not all the problems during instances and HH.

    Good job Blizz.

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