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by Published on 2010-10-17 08:01 AM

Reminder - Today is the last day of the MLG World of Warcraft 3v3 Tournament in Washington DC!



Tier 11 - Models Preview
It's time for one last model preview of Tier 11 models, I have most of the sets fixed now and most of them should be very close to what you will have on live servers.

  • There are a few bugs with missing textures on male models, I'll have to wait for Blizzard to fix that.
  • Some of the models for gloves/boots might be wrong but ... well, it's barely noticeable and I probably got most of them right.
  • I added the missing belts on most sets. (Sets are still 5 pieces, we're just talking about non-set with matching skins here)
  • All the effects on sets are fixed.
  • Yes, the multi race screenshots / videos for each set / super awesome preview will be available very soon.

Death Knight



Druid



Hunter



Mage



Paladin



Priest



Rogue



Shaman



Warlock



Warrior

by Published on 2010-10-15 10:16 PM

Update - Added Beta Raid Testing Schedule for Oct. 17
Update - Added What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Cataclysm - Beta Build 13195
A new build will most likely be deployed on beta realms tonight to fix the funny bugs introduced with the latest ones.

Tier 11 Models - Paladin and Hunter
IMPORTANT - The paladin set seems to have a nice light effect that I can't seem to render yet, I'll keep you updated.

Paladin



Hunter



Achievements Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Quests

Beta Raid Testing Schedule for Oct. 17
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
We're going to start testing a few raid encounters on all Beta servers this Sunday, October 17 at 13:00 PDT. Two encounters will be tested:

Omnitron Defense System in Blackwing Descent
Halfus Wyrmbreaker in The Bastion of Twilight

Blackwing Descent is a raid zone with an entrance located along the side of Blackrock Mountain.
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.

What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
I provided an update in the lengthy thread about Master riding, so in case it gets missed I'm throwing it up in its own non-sticky thread for now.

http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...id=1&pageNo=28

I have a slight update to spread to the masses. We are going to be adding a hotfix for the achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been. This hotfix will make it so that obtaining the Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake will award players Master riding.

The way in which 310% will be awarded is going to be a little quirky at first, but we plan to make it a more smooth process in a future patch. For now, you will need 280% flying in order to learn to use the Violet Proto-Drake. Once you mount the drake for the first time it will teach Master riding. The only catch is that you have to dismount and mount the drake again in order for 310% speed to take effect.

Spell Changes
A lot of these changes are most likely the hotfixes we saw on live servers. They probably do not reflect how Blizzard wants to build classes at 85 and I will punch you in the face if you whine about it on forums. Seriously, I will.

If you look at it closely, most of these changes are just proper documentation of the changes announced on live servers earlier this week.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Balance

Feral
  • Maim now deals 155% weapon damage, up from 100%.
  • Rip base bleed damage has been increased by 50%.
  • Shred now deals 350% damage, up from 225%. Additional damage increased by 55%.
  • Swipe now deals 335% weapon damage, up from 215%.
  • Ravage now causes 850% damage, up from 550%. Additional damage increased by 55%
  • Claw now causes 155% damage, up from 100%. Additional damage increased by 55%.
  • Ferocious Bite base additional damage increased by 55%.
  • Rake bleed damage has been increased by 55%.
  • Fury Swipes now deals 310% weapon damage, up from 200%.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Arcane

Fire

Frost

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Holy
  • Holy Wrath base damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Exorcism now scales from 15% of Spell Power or AP, down from 22,5%. Base damage increased by 30%.

Retribution
  • Hammer of Wrath base damage has been increased by 300%. (That's from [ 1253.82 to 1385.8 ] to [ 4890.09 to 5404.84 ]
  • Crusader Strike now deals 150% weapon damage, up from 120%.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Shadow

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Affliction
  • Drain Soul now causes double damage if the target is below 25% health, down from 4 times the normal damage.

Destruction
  • Searing Pain base damage has been reduced by 60%. Mana cost reduced from 18% of base mana to 12% of base mana.

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Arms

Fury
  • Slam now deals 150% weapon damage, up from 100%.
  • Whirlwind now deals 75% weapon damage, up from 50%.
  • Raging Blow now deals 150% weapon damage, up from 100%.
  • Bloodthirst now scales from 75% of Attack Power, up from 50%.
  • Bloodsurge now also makes Slam free to cast.
by Published on 2010-10-15 07:03 AM

Mounts and Items Removed in 4.0.3
Originally Posted by Lylirra (Blue Tracker)
As stated in the Under Dev page (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/), patch 4.0.3 brings about The Shattering, a cataclysmic event that will forever change the face of Azeroth. As we prepare to raise the level cap and introduce two new races with the Cataclysm expansion, it's important to keep in mind that the game world is going through tremendous changes that will affect the availability of certain rare mounts and items.

Swift Zulian Tiger
Zul'Gurub is changing from a raid to a leveling zone in 4.0.3, and this mount will no longer be obtainable.

Swift Razzashi Raptor
This mount will also no longer be obtainable after the change to Zul'Gurub.

Razzashi Hatchling
With the change to Zul'Gurub this non-combat pet will no longer be obtainable.

Tome of Polymorph: Turtle Mage
This tome will continue to be available through other means.

Crusader's White/Black Warhorse and Swift Alliance Steed/Swift Horde Wolf
As the attempt-based tribute system is being removed from Heroic Trial of the Crusader, the Argent Crusade Tribute Chest will no longer spawn, and these mounts will no longer be obtainable

Reins of the Blue Drake
This mount will once again be available from defeating 10-player Malygos without needing to use the Dungeon Finder. The Reins of the Azure Drake will only be available on 25-player Malygos.

Mimiron's Head
This mount will change to be a very low drop chance when defeating 25-player Yogg'Saron with no Keepers assisting you

Invincible
This mount will change to be a very low drop chance when defeating Heroic 25-player Lich King

Although we have no current plans to introduce new ways to obtain the Zul'Gurub mounts, pets, and the tribute mounts, they may return should we find a place where they fit in the future.

Tier 11 Models - Death Knight
The Tier 11 model for the Death Knight is now available.



TiVo Alert: Cataclysm TV Spot Debuts 10/17
Now I guess that explains why the files are encrypted.
Originally Posted by Lylirra (Blue Tracker)

This Sunday, during the Dallas Cowboys versus Minnesota Vikings NFL game on Fox (starts at 4:15 PM EDT, 1:15 PM PDT), we are debuting a new television commercial for World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion. The commercial will feature the first look at cinematic footage from Cataclysm, so tune in to an exciting game this Sunday and catch the new commercial!

MLG DC is coming this Friday!
Originally Posted by Daxarri (Blue Tracker)
Major League Gaming's tournament series continues as MLG Washington DC 2010 fires things up this Friday, October 15th, starting at 5:00 PM EST.

For World of Warcraft arena, top teams will be fighting for their places in the upcoming MLG National Championships. This is the final event of the season, and will determine where these teams are seeded at the MLG National Championships.

On the StarCraft II front, 64 of the best players, including luminaries like MLG Raleigh's champion HuK, as well as IdrA, White-Ra, TLO and iNControl, will compete for $7500 in cash prizes as well as MLG Rank Points to determine their placement in the National Championships taking place in Dallas next month.

You can catch it all streamed live at (http://www.mlgpro.com), including both standard def and HD options. If you live in the area, this would also be a great time to pick up passes for MLG Dallas (http://www.mlgpro.com/store/product.php?pid=143), happening on Nov 5th - 7th. The National Championship event is the culmination of the MLG 2010 season for StarCraft II, with $17,500 in prizes on the line.
by Published on 2010-10-14 10:39 PM

Cataclysm Beta - Build 13189 (Codename Kitten)
Apparently, Cataclysm Beta Build 13183 will never reach the beta servers and has been replaced with 13189. this build has a few extra changes. And yeah, I'm in the mood for another stupid codename.

Achievements Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Feats of Strength
  • Veteran of the Shifting Sands - Completed the gates of Ahn'Qiraj quest chain up to and including Treasure of the Timeless One (even if someone else ended up with the mount).

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Druid (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Restoration
  • Healing Touch now costs 30% of base mana, down from 38% of base mana.

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Holy
  • Speed of Light has been revamped to only affect Holy Radiance - Speed of Light - Grants 1/2/3% spell haste and reduces the cooldown of Holy Radiance by 30 sec. Casting Holy Radiance increases your movement speed by 20/40/60% for 4 sec. /
  • Clarity of Purpose now reduces cast time by 0.3 sec at Rank 2, down from 0.35 sec.

Retribution
  • Zealotry now requires 3 Holy Power to use, but does not consume Holy Power.

Priest (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Holy
  • Chakra now has a 30 sec cooldown, down from 1 min.

Shaman (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Elemental
  • Hex now has a 30 yards range, up from 20 yards.

Glyphs
  • Windfury Weapon - Increases the chance per swing for Windfury Weapon to trigger by 2%.

Warrior (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Fury
  • Intimidating Shout now causes the the targeted enemy to cower in fear and up to 5 additional enemies within 8 yards to flee. (Old - causing up to 5 enemies within 8 yards to cower in fear.)
by Published on 2010-10-14 07:08 PM

4.0.1 Class Balance - Update
Originally Posted by Ghostcrawler (Blue Tracker)
We made many changes yesterday. A lot of these were bug fixes, and many bug fixes will affect damage one way or the other. So just because you don't see a specific change referenced below, doesn't mean it didn't change.

With that said, here are the specific changes we made in reference to my previous post:

1) We buffed the base points and coefficients of many warrior dps abilities. We didn't do as much to tanking abilities.

We buffed the base points and coefficients of many Ret abilities.

We buffed the base points and coefficients of many Feral cat abilities.

2) We lowered the base points and coefficients of many Mage abilities, but lowered Fire more than the other two.

3) We nerfed Shadow Word: Death, but it is possible we didn't nerf it enough. It should not be Shadow's biggest spell.

4) We returned Searing Pain's damage to its 3.3.5 levels.

5) We increased the benefit of resilience by 50% for players level 80 and below. The tooltips will probably not reflect this change.

We don't have any other changes to announce at this time. I am reluctant to mention additional classes or specs that we are looking at currently for fear of instilling excitement or panic.

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