Update - Added Press Conference Video and fixed "Whack-a-Gnome" ... Apparently, that's "Whack-a-Gnoll" .... Too bad. The guy who gave me that info will be quickly fired!

Also, Transmogrification will have a lot of restrictions when it's first released, check out this blue thread for more information (I'll get everything on the front page soon)

Patch 4.3 Press Conference Video
The entire video of the press conference is finally online! Watch it on own3D in HD. The World of Warcraft stuff starts around 19:00

Patch 4.3 Interviews - Updated
Interviews keep hitting the web and we now know a few more things thanks to the interviews on Kotaku, Gamona.de, and Buffed.de!

New Raid
  • Deathwing raid will be the final raid of the expansion.
  • You will even get to ride on Deathwing's back during the fight, apparently to take him down over multiple phases.
  • The project for an Abyssal Maw is gone for the moment, the storyline wasn't convincing enough/fitting.

5-Man Instances
  • 3 new 5-man instances will be added in this patch.
  • One of the instance will be in the Caverns of Time, for the War of the Ancients

Transmogrifier (Preview below)
  • The Transmogrifier NPC, which will let you change the appearance of any armor piece on you, while retaining the stats of your current gear. (= T12 stats, but with the Tier 2 look!)
  • Players won't be able to change the appearance of their armor into another armor type or class armor set, and you might have to own the armor before you can use it to swap the appearance of your existing armor.

Void Storage
  • The Void Storage is a new type of bank where players will be able to store their old armors in order to free up space in their regular bank.
  • It will hold 100-150 items. Anything stored there will lose all gems and enchantments.

Raid Finder
  • The Raid Finder will be introduced in Patch 4.3, it will work like the Dungeon Finder.

Darkmoon Faire
  • There will be a new Darkmoon Faire island with a bunch of new activities such as "Whack-a-Gnome" "Whack-a-Gnoll" (Sorry gnomes!)

Patch 4.3 Preview - Transmogrification
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
You’ve been asking for it, and we were listening. In patch 4.3 you’ll be able to customize the appearance of your weapons and armor like never before.

The Ethereals, emerging from the nether, will bring with them a new technology they call Transmogrification. They’re heading to the capital cities of Azeroth to set up shop and to offer adventurers a unique service -- copying the appearance of one magical item onto another. They only ask for a modest gold donation to recoup their costs.

Visiting a Transmogrifier will present players with a new interface that will allow them to change the appearance of an item while retaining its original stats. This means that you can raid in your paladin tier 12 Immolation set, but look like you’re wearing Lightbringer, while priests can bring Benediction back -- at least in spirit. Hunters can once again roam the jungles of Stranglethorn Vale in their tier 2 Dragonstalker set. You could even slip into the saucy tailored Black Mageweave set for that matter. You know, with the thigh highs, and the little gloves, and the cute little… ahem.

Placing an item into the Transmogrifier interface will offer a preview of how the item will appear once the change is applied. However, not all item pairings are compatible with Transmogrification. In general, only items that have stats can be used in the transmogrification process. You must also be able to wear both items when using this service. Ethereals don’t have much in the way of ethics, but allowing someone to appear as if they’re equipping unusable items crosses the line. Similarly, they won’t allow you to change weapon or armor types. Sneaky death knights can’t make that breastplate look like a cloth robe, and you can’t make a one-handed axe look like a two-handed axe, or transform a sword’s appearance into that of a mace. Guns, bows, and crossbows will be the exception to this rule. You will finally be able to retain your dwarf’s racial gun bonus while appearing with all the splendor and elegance of a bow wielder (or at least the relative silence of one).

Placing items into the Transmogrify interface will increase the gold cost of the process, and clicking the Transmogrify button (assuming you have the necessary funds) will put the appearance change into effect. The process can be reversed by clicking the undo icon on each item, and then hitting the Transmogrify button once more to save the changes. Any item that’s transmogrified will have text indicating it’s been altered by the process for all to see, similar to the item tooltip callout for reforged items.

Transmogrification encourages players to hold onto items with sentimental or aesthetic value, and the Ethereals anticipate that personal bag and bank space will be at a premium now that everyone will be hoarding their frilly pantaloons and leather jerkins. In anticipation of this new demand for additional storage space, they’ll be introducing a unique Void Storage service. What’s Void Storage, you ask? We’ll provide more details soon.

We’re looking forward to seeing how players choose to customize their character’s appearance, and hope you’re as excited as we are for the arrival of patch 4.3 and the Transmogrification feature. Do you have a favorite set or weapon that you’ll be bringing back? Let us know in the comments below.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3 Updated Information, Transmogrification Preview started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Mokisan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tideki View Post
    Warlock t6 helmet. Leveling a warlock.
    I had this thought, too.
  1. Warrax's Avatar
    They said many times that they are trying to release an expansion every year, sounds like it finally happen. I hope they gonna release Abyssal Maw during the next expansion.
  1. Eurhetemec's Avatar
    The day after 4.3 comes out, I am going to play a drinking game. I will get a bottle of vodka. I will drink a shot every time I see a Paladin in T2. I expect to empty the bottle (and probably be semi/unconscious as a result) before I am able to leave the capital city.
  1. VanishO2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Balager View Post
    Before you(or any douche for that matter) starts flaming me ,this is a summary of what I noticed, which may or may-not be my opinion.
    The people who don't stop bitching are concerned about any one of the following:
    • No love for PVP content(I myself am far from pvp oriented but I think that since vanilla only EotS and SotA added something cool to the BG's)
    • The end coming too soon(this is the last raid. it has been confirmed)
    • War of the Ancients being a simple 5-man at best.
    • Abyssal Maw getting tossed out the window
    • Void Storage not being an account wide bank extension.
    • The Random raid finder causing a lot of chaos, with the overflow of unprepeared people.
    • Older encounters getting swarmed by people who want the item looks and ninja them away from the ones who actually need them.
    Abyssal Maw is out because it goes for a nice content for another $$ xpac, since they now want to sell more xpacs and give away less content in free patches.

    Don't worry about raid finder, the dungeon journal is there to make it a success... lol good lord, they will start to nerf things even more now with all the chaos from random players trying raids.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by valcrist View Post
    With this raid being the final battle, then can we expect a new expansion announcement for this years blizzcon?
    The blizzard product slate had the next expansion at Q2 2012 so it may be sooner than you think.
  1. Mokisan's Avatar
    What about Death Knights? We never had earlier Tiers; are we going to be limited by how many Transmorgification choices?
  1. zaneosak's Avatar
    War of the ancients is a 5man? What the fuck blizzard? Fuck you... Where is the old god lore reveals we were promised at blizzcon too? That raid better be fucking massive , 10+ bosses with a shit ton of lore.
  1. Riboe's Avatar
    I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet...

    You can't change the appearance of a legendary item, nor can you change an item's appearance into a legendary.

    Confirmed by Kaivax: http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/1...tion-is-coming

    Originally Posted by Kaivax
    You will not be able to transmogrify using a legendary item as either the source or the recipient of a change.
  1. brown's Avatar
    I don't know if I like the sound of losing my old gems and enchants. Still nice to free up some space I guess.
  1. Prag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mokisan View Post
    What about Death Knights? We never had earlier Tiers; are we going to be limited by how many Transmorgification choices?
    Wondering this as well.

    Would give my left nut for the T6 Warrior Tier look-a-like.
  1. Amalisa's Avatar
    Time to raid in Bunny Ears!
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mokisan View Post
    What about Death Knights? We never had earlier Tiers; are we going to be limited by how many Transmorgification choices?

    Well there are a tonne of non tier plate pieces that share the same looks as tiers just different colours, so I am sure you will have just as much choice as everyone else, maybe just a tad less.
  1. Kufell's Avatar
    Dang. And there I was hoping to make my dagger look like the off-hand Warglaive of Azzinoth.
  1. lios's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mokisan View Post
    What about Death Knights? We never had earlier Tiers; are we going to be limited by how many Transmorgification choices?
    Yes, you will have a few less options. Out of the many hundreds of options, I doubt you will miss those six? seven?
  1. daggereye's Avatar
    oh fuck yes! I can't wait to wear my outlander's helmet thingy like Drakedog . Now which shoulders should I pic :P
  1. brown's Avatar
    Be kind of cool if the transmogrification would work in sunc with the void storage. If you want that T6 set then you have to go get it first. Could be a nice little time consumer and chance to go back to some old contents again. Since some raids are no longer around, I don't see it happening. Just kind of interesting.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Something I was thinking of.. I wonder what they have in store for the xpac. If they've announced this now.. so close to Blizzcon when they could have held it back for the next expansion.. I wonder what other goodies they have in store.
  1. Twix's Avatar
    Do we have to go back and get our tier 6 first before we can make our gear look like tier 6? OR we can make our gear look like tier 6 even though we don't have the items in our bags or bank..
  1. Pumps's Avatar
    So if this is the last patch, when is the next expansion? Years from now? Aren't people going to leave in droves??

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