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    Blizzcon Schedule, Spine and Madness of Deathwing Video, Blue Posts

    BlizzCon Schedule
    BlizzCon is coming up later this week, and we have whipped up some fancy countdowns for you to stare at while you wait! The schedule is entirely dynamic and will automatically update the panel times according to your timezone! For those of you who want to speculate on the potential next WoW expansion, there are only 2 things that might point to what's going to happen at Blizzcon:

    That's all we know for the moment! Pinky swear.

    Blizzcon Schedule

    Note: all times are converted to the timezone your computer is currently in.

    Thanks to Thoorium, Dinnerbone and Marlamin for putting these together!

    Dragon Soul PTR Testing - Ultraxion, Blackhorn, and Spine of Deathwing
    More of the Dragon Soul raid was tested recently and n1kftw was once again kind enough to upload videos of the encounters on Youtube for us.

    It also seems that some guilds were able to reach the Madness of Deathwing, even if the testing wasn't available. This is a nice first peek at the last raid encounter of the Cataclysm expansion!

    Blue Posts
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Number of Changes in Patch 4.3
    As we mentioned in the Rate of Change blog not long ago, we feel like we have reached a point where too many changes can do as much damage as not enough changes. It shouldn’t be too surprising to see lots of requests (or demands!) here on the forums for balance changes, whether those are small numbers tweaks or larger ability redesigns. The risk of the echo chamber effect can be strong though. A great majority of players don’t participate in forum discussions at all, and even among those who do, it tends to be those with a grievance who make a post. Indifferent players don’t often post to say they are indifferent, and many players won’t expend the effort to publicly state that they disagree with your idea. (When they do, they also risk igniting some exhausting flame wars.) But you have to remember that even if it seems like “everyone” is rallying for a certain change, you’re not seeing the majority and you have no idea if they would agree with the necessity of the change.

    When asked directly, they might not even disagree with the their character getting buffed or a mechanic smoothed out. But over time these seemingly “no brainer” changes can build up into an intimidating list. Class changes, especially in between expansions, and especially when hotfixed in between two patches, can be exhausting for many players. They don’t want to have to figure out if their rotation or gear strategies have changed overnight. They don’t want to have to devour all the latest theorycrafting and wonder if they’re supposed to respec every time they log in. That sort of thing may be fun for a lot of you guys – the active forum community. Heck, it’s fun for the kind of people that end up being game developers. But that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for the game. We have to weigh very carefully whether a seemingly innocuous change is worth making, because those changes are not “free” in the sense that they do burn some political capital with players. We have definitely been getting the message lately that the design churn in the last few patches has been too great, so we’re trying to be more cautious.

    It's the kind of topic that is worth discussing though. It may be that small changes to passive abilities, like the hunter, warlock and DK tweaks in 4.3, are small enough not to bother people. On the other hand, it could be that some players may be still living under a fear of change and we haven’t scaled back enough.

    We didn’t say we weren’t going to make balance changes when we feel they are justified, and we have made many for 4.3 already. We just wanted to point out that too many changes, even with the noblest of goals, can be as unhealthy for the game as failing to make changes that are necessary. We don’t want to hit either extreme. Some players seem to be looking for near constant balance adjustments (weekly or more often), and while the designers would be thrilled to do it, they also believe it would have severe long-term consequences. You may not know the kinds of players who get weary of constant design noodling, because they might not post on the forums, but there are a lot of them out there. Our strategy will continue to be: make most changes in expansions, some changes with patches, and the occasional change via hotfix. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Is Cataclysm the final expansion?
    Cataclysm is absolutely not the last expansion. We have plenty of vigor left in us yet. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
    No Word of Glory through Beacon?
    Word of Glory definitely triggers BoL. That was an oversight in the patch notes posted 90 minutes ago. We apologize for the confusion. We have updated the notes to read:

    Beacon of Light is triggered by Word of Glory, Holy Shock, Flash of Light, Divine Light and Light of Dawn at 50% transference and Holy Light at 100% transference. It does not transfer Holy Radiance, Protector of the Innocent or other sources of healing. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    PTR: Holy Paladin Changes
    The 4.3 design is that Holy Radiance generates Holy Power if you have the Tower of Radiance talent. This is the only way it has ever worked for 4.3. In a nutshell, we did not want Ret and Prot paladins using Holy Radiance on cooldown just for the Holy Power benefit. It looks like some bad data-mining may have led to the belief that Holy Radiance would always generate Holy Power even without Tower of Radiance, but that was never the intent. The quote “Holy Radiance no longer grants a charge of Holy Power,” [post 1] is likewise incorrect and confusing. Before 4.3 there was no connection between Holy Radiance and Holy Power. After 4.3, the Tower of Radiance talent provides the Holy Power. We will let you know if the design changes again, but do not anticipate that being the case. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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    Scarab Lord Kuja's Avatar
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    Ooh.. just 2 more days! :O Can't wait.

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    No leaks yet amazing.. I'll be awaiting news about next expansion.

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    It's looking fantastic!!!. I cannot wait for this to drop.

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    Stunning first views of the Deathwing fight.

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    Interested in the "World of Warcraft Preview" portion. Only 2 days 15 hours to go.

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    DW fight looks pretty sick...

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    I want to go to Blizzcon so bad...

    I plan on going next year though!!!! Gonna save that cash all year.
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    Can't wait to see some info on MoP

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    To me, it seems like the fact that WoW is on the main stage the majority of the time means they'd announce the expansion.

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    Underwater being eaten by Murlocs
    Deathwing looks beastly
    Kind of why vigilantism isn't a policy to be proud of. It's rather like trying to solve a rat problem by beating them to death with a live cobra.

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    Your move, "Blizzard rehashes everything" guys.

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    I am Murloc! Seezer's Avatar
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    DEEEEZ NuUuUuuTssss
    Damn, I'll be at work for the announcement.

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    This looks amazing. The Deathwing fight seems to be epic.

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    God, Deathwing is so BIG :O When they said we were going to fight in Deathwing's back, I figured it would be bigger, but not that much O.O

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    The Lightbringer dragothica's Avatar
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    Hopefully it's still possible to buy the Virtual Ticket Direct Stream at Friday just a couple of hours before the event starts. I'm too poor until then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneeo View Post
    Your move, "Blizzard rehashes everything" guys.
    Can't wait for what they make up now.
    "I just wanted them to hand us our award! But they were just talk!, talk!, talk!......" - Wrathion

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    High Overlord
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    I never grasped the magnitude of Deathwing till that last video. Sure, his back looked big, but when he is rising up out of the Maelstrom? -damn-

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    looking at that deathwing video, i cant help but wonder what happens to all the water that gets sucked into the maelstrom, does it go into deepholme or sumthing? there's an ocean's worth of water going thru that thing, also how come azeroth's ocean's keep replenishing?

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