PTR 4.0.3a - Build 13316
The shattering happened on PTR 4.0.3, the login screen is the one shipped with Cataclysm and the world is changed forever!

This build is already tagged as (Release), if there isn't any major bug you can totally expect patch 4.0.3a on live servers next week.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
  • Blood Fury now increases attack power by 1170 at level 85. Up from 342.
  • Blood Fury now increases spell power by 585 at level 85. Up from 173.

Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Death Strike now heals you for 25% (down from 30%) of the damage sustained during the preceding 5 sec, minimum of at least 7% (down from 10%) of your maximum health.
  • Rune Tap now heals you for 10% of your maximum health, down from 15%.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)

  • Holy Shock base healing reduced by 33%, from [ 3943 - 4272 ] to [ 2628 - 2847 ]

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Binding Heal base healing value increased by 20%, from [ 3960 - 5091 ] to [ 4752 - 6110 ]
  • Greater Heal base healing value increased by 20%, from [ 6968 - 8098 ] to [ 8361 - 9717 ]
  • Heal base healing value increased by 20%, from [ 2613 - 3037 ] to [ 3136 - 3644 ]
  • Flash Heal base healing value increased by 20%, from [ 5227 - 6074 ] to [ 6272 - 7289 ]

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Healing Rain base healing has been increased by 100%, from [ 345 - 410 ] to [ 690 - 820 ].

Cataclysm Preview: Tol Barad
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
An island off the coast of the Eastern Kingdoms, Tol Barad is a historic land now sought-after by the leaders of the Horde and the Alliance. Its strategic, isolated location makes it an ideal stronghold from which to conduct military strikes. In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, a battle will be waged to seize control of this prized territory. Should you triumph, unique rewards await you. Read more about this all-new world PvP and questing zone here.

The Fight for Tol Barad
Similar to Wintergrasp, Tol Barad will serve as an open world PvP zone, although there is also a hub on Tol Barad Peninsula for both factions to complete daily quests. Reachable by portals in Stormwind and Orgrimmar, or via a level-85 mage teleport or portal, Tol Barad will accept up to 80 players per faction to engage in brutal combat across the island's surface. Unlike Wintergrasp, Tol Barad will not have Tenacity buffs. Instead, the queue system will attempt to match each side at a 1-to-1 ratio. Battles will take place every two hours and thirty minutes, giving the offensive faction a chance to claim territory.

Tol Barad will feature capture-point gameplay. There are three keeps and three towers for the defending side to hold. When destroyed by the attackers, each tower will add five minutes to the standard fifteen-minute battle timer. In order to win, though, all three keeps must be captured and controlled by the attackers. If these keeps cannot be taken by the attacking forces, the defending faction will claim victory in Tol Barad. Similar to Eye of the Storm, Tol Barad determines whether a keep has been captured by the number of players from each side in the immediate area. There is, however, a new twist: each time a member of your faction is killed in the immediate vicinity of a keep, a slider bar will move slightly in favor of the opposing faction. So not only does the size of each force in the area determine who controls each keep, but losing allies during the contesting process determines control as well.

In order to destroy the defenders' towers, attackers will have access to an all-new type of war machine: Abandoned Siege Engines. Six of these Siege Engines will be placed around the map, and these vehicles can be used to bombard the towers. In contrast to the Siege Engines of Wintergrasp, these machines cannot attack players or buildings while the vehicles are being driven. Instead, players must drive them within range of a tower and jump out, allowing the vehicle to transform into an automated cannon that can lay siege to the tower. The Abandoned Siege Engine will continue to damage the closest tower in range until the machine is destroyed by opposing forces.

To the Victor Go the Spoils
Players who win the battle for Tol Barad will be awarded honor points in addition to Tol Barad commendations. These commendations can be used along with new reputations as currency with special vendors who sell rare and epic items, mounts, and more. In addition, the controlling faction will have unique access to extra daily quests. Similar to the Vault of Archavon, Tol Barad gives those who control it the chance to form a raid and best foul beasts locked within Baradin Hold for precious rewards.

Questing for a Living
Aside from the battle to control Tol Barad, there are many quests available to both factions just off of the main island on Tol Barad Peninsula. Members of the Horde will assist Hellscream's Reach, an all-new faction vying for control of Tol Barad. At odds with the Horde are Baradin's Wardens, an Alliance faction also seeking to command the territory. Six unique quests, randomly determined from a larger pool of missions, will be offered daily. This will allow for diversity in completing quest objectives as you explore Tol Barad Peninsula over time. The faction that controls Tol Barad will also have sole access to six additional daily quests. Completing each of these exclusive quests will award experience, gold, and Tol Barad commendations. By accomplishing these tasks, players will learn of the perilous inmates held within the prison on Tol Barad, as well as why this isolated land is of great importance to Hellscream's Reach and Baradin's Wardens. In addition, increasing reputation with these new factions will grant access to incredible rewards.

With so much at stake in the wake of the Cataclysm, Tol Barad will be fiercely sought-after by the Horde and the Alliance, but it's up to you to help determine which side makes this island the next great military port of the Eastern Kingdoms.

World of Warcraft’s 6th Anniversary!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
World of Warcraft turns six on November 23rd, 2010! It’s been a truly incredible six years, and we’d like to thank you all for joining us on this momentous occasion. To celebrate, players that log into the game between the dates of November 30th and December 14th will receive a feat of strength added to their Achievements. We look forward to another great year ahead and many more to come!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Official forums going read-only
We're still hammering out some last minute issues, so the new forums aren't quite ready for prime time use just yet. We're working day to day to see when we can transition to the new site, so putting these forums as read-only could happen any time between tomorrow and early next week.

Consider it a standing warning that these forums will go read-only soon™. (Source)

Class changes and Blue Posts on official forums
We don't want the expectation to be that the reason you come to the forums is to get a blue post.

I tend to confine my posting to the three role forums. I read the PvP one, professions, dungeons and raids, UI, achievements, bug reports and a few others every day or two, and even if I don't regularly read a forum, rest assured that many folks at Blizzard do. Consider for example that I don't read forums posted in languages other than English (you'd think with the number of years I spent in school that I could have picked up something as practical as a second language), yet somehow that feedback still gets back to us.

While forum communication has advantages, such as quick turn around and the ability to have a fairly intimate conversation with developers, it has disadvantages too. We often lose the context of a conversation when folks read only the blue response, then jump in to a thread without reading it all. Many times the blue post detracts from an excellent conversation already taking place. Blue posts are famous for derailing conversations. Smart players in parts of Europe, Asia or Latin America get to participate in the conversations only indirectly. It drives me nuts that players sometimes assume only the threads (or forums!) with blue responses are the ones that get read. Finally, I think knowing that there is a small chance that a forum will get a dev response spurs some players into saying ridiculous things in the hopes of "winning the lottery."

We think these forums work best when they are 99% defined by players communicating with other players. With the new community site going live, it gives us an opportunity to try some things differently. I still plan on communicating with players as much as I can -- it is very important to me personally and I think it's a critical part of my job to get feedback on World of Warcraft's design. However, we're going to try some different avenues for communication in addition or perhaps in place of frequent developer forum posts.

We'll see how it works out. Blizzard is nothing if not iterative on design, so if we're not happy with the results, we promise to try different things. (Source)

Fan Wallpaper
A new fan wallpaper has been added to the official site.

This article was originally published in forum thread: PTR 4.0.3a - Build 13316, Tol Barad Preview, 6th Anniversary, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Naturae's Avatar
    Great picture of the tree.

    ---------- Post added 2010-11-17 at 08:35 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Chupathingy View Post
    i bet, if there is a 6th anniversary pet, it'll be lil' alexstraza
    Or maybe Alexsratazian Whelpling! (lol get it? Like the Onyxian one!)

    Bad joke. =x
  1. bethofwow's Avatar
    How do you update the ptr to 4.0.3a? Ive been trying but it says it already exists. When I launch it still says its 4.0.1

    Edit: Nvm, figured it out
  1. Naylol's Avatar
    Time to download the PTR. Blizzard betrayed me so I didn't play the beta :\
  1. Sny's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chupathingy View Post
    i bet, if there is a 6th anniversary pet, it'll be lil' alexstraza
    I think they removed that pet

    A Twilight Whelpling would have been nice and fit with the overall theme.
  1. Arrelliana's Avatar
    Really wished my ptr character wasn't logged out in dalaran..I am no "on a boat" to azeroth... checking out the changes..
  1. Kniffel's Avatar
    alexstraza would be awesome
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    That spirit wolf looks awesome.
  1. Racetrack's Avatar
    There is no pet this year. Read the Blue posts
  1. Charblaze's Avatar

    But I must go to sleep!!!
  1. Chupathingy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Racetrack View Post
    There is no pet this year. Read the Blue posts
    i think this honestly makes me slightly mad....

    they couldn't just like reskin a pet and hand it out or something? ......
  1. Schlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Racetrack View Post
    There is no pet this year. Read the Blue posts
    That sucks. So the 4th and 5th anniversaries were 'important milestones' but the 6th isn't? If the only pet had been for the 5th anniversary I'd understand, but the 4th doesn't strike me as any more important than the 6th...
  1. LancerEvo's Avatar
    If all goes well we'll see 4.0.3a NEXT WEEK? But... um, I thought that wasn't happening until a week before Cataclysm's launch? Or are they giving it to us earlier now? Which, hey, I'm all for, don't get me wrong. I'd just like some closure, heh. Anyone?
  1. reve's Avatar
    I also thought that we dont get 4.0.3a until around a week before the expansion comes out. The fact the patch is on PTR in release state doesnt have to mean that it comes out live asap... But it sure would be nice if it did .
  1. Kuja's Avatar
  1. jareq's Avatar
    yes healing rain buff! spirit wolf mount looks great, and i thouhgt the shattering will be like week or so before cata, not two
  1. Meia's Avatar
    Cannot fathom this patch hitting next week. The game is changing radically, potentially a ton of bugs released.....and it's coming out a few days before Thanksgiving? Nah, can't see it.

    The 30th is probably the smarter money on this. They said the world would be shattered shortly before Dec 7th, and a week would qualify, probably not two.

    I also hope it isn't because we need more invincibles and mimi heads.
  1. Sitar's Avatar
    Getting this message when trying to install the PTR

    The installer does not need to be applied. It requires a version of "World of" older than, but you already have version

    Is the 4.0.3a PTR not available in europe, or am I getting the wrong installer of wow's website?
  1. Kinkeh's Avatar
    I bet all the priests did exactly the same thing i did...oooo flash heal 20% buff yay & just not even look at any of the others apart from maybe binding heal.......come on blizz you should have figured out by now that the reason we dont use greater heal is because 1) to much mana pool & 2) too long of a cast time :/

    Now say for example you added 20% base haste to greater heal might have made it viable but i think us priests and ill speak for us all here will still not be using greater heal because of a 20% base increase ill stick to the sheilds pennance renews and a few flashes
  1. Karot's Avatar
    No! I'm not ready for the shattering! Put ZG on a one-day reset or something please! xD
  1. Sal's Avatar
    I went off-topic once thinking "Oh, it's the WoW forums, nobody will care!" BAM Ghostcrawler QUOTES me and tells me to stay on topic.

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