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Patch 4.1

Patch 4.1

There’s been less Patch 4.1 talk and news this week, not much less, but still not quite as much as the mountains of updates and reveals we were seeing last week. We’re about to take a look at the new updates, new items we’re set to be looting in the newly redone Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman instances, a few new maps that were added for some older content and a few smaller extras.

Patch 4.1 Public Test Realm Notes – March 15

New patch notes have just hit the Public Test Realms with some interesting new changes. Atramedes, Nefarian, and Cho’gall all got a couple nerfs, several persistent ground effects now display different visuals for hostile and friendly players. The following spells have the same visual effects for friendly players, but new alternate visuals for hostile players: Ring of Frost, Consecration, Desecration, Wild Mushroom, Flare, Ice Trap, Power Word: Barrier, Smoke Bomb, and Hand of Gul’dan. As a general rule, the alternate effects have a red tint or hue indicating they are created by an enemy player.

And, perhaps one of the biggest, and to me weirdest changes is that Colossus Smash now ignores 50% of armor in PvP but still ignores the 100% armor in PvE. This was done after Blizzard’s developer answers said that they did not want to make two rule sets for the game, for PvE and PvP. Oh well, I guess the changes do make sense, though. You can read the full March 15 Patch notes below!

Patch 4.1 Public Test Realm Notes – March 15 – Official

Zul’Gurub & Zul’Aman Item Lists

As you all probably know by now, due to all the talk, good and bad, the upcoming patch 4.1 marks the return of the classic Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub raids as 5-player Heroic dungeons. These instances are set to feature item level 353 epic quality loot and, well, we’ve just been given a bit of a preview of what kind of items to expect, thanks to MMO-Champion and Wowhead. The items have apparently just shown up in the latest batch of PTR data and they’ve all been posted for our viewing pleasure! The only sad thing about all of this is that the items are not yet implemented as drops, nor do any of them have any unique models just yet. This is where everyone will start wondering what Blizzards plans are… are we just going to be seeing some recolored versions of the previous ZG and ZA items? I can think of a great many people that would have a great many complaints about that.

If you’re keen to see how beefy those items are and which of your items you’ll probably be replacing soon, check the links below! And as usual, keep checking back here soon for more! ūüėÄ

Patch 4.1 – Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub Items on PTR– Wowhead

Zul’gurub and Zul’aman Loot List – MMO-Champion


New Maps In 4.1

Next up, it seems like Patch 4.1 will add the last wave of missing dungeon maps to the game by updating all the Burning Crusade content! Yes, most TBC 5-man dungeons and raid instances now feature a shiny new map. Along with that, the latest PTR build also included the maps of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub and the updated map for Baradin Hold, which features a brand new boss wing. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the next arena season is only set to start with Patch 4.2, so we probably won’t be exploring that new wing for quite some time! So if you’re keen to check those new maps out, you know exactly where to look, I gotta say, it is great seeing some of those old dungeons getting some love, let’s just hope Blizzard don’t decide to remake them, next.

Patch 4.1 Updated TBC & Zul Maps – MMO-Champion

Patch 4.1 Exras

As a few 4.1 extras you can read about how the Blood Elves and High Elves are set to unite against Zul‚ÄôAman, you can read all the complaints that players have about the recycling of content that is taking place and all the blue responses to those complaints. Zarhym replied with the following – There definitely is not a hard and fast rule about updating existing content. If we feel revamping existing content makes sense in the current state of the game and lore — and we think it will be fun — sure, it’s a possibility. You definitely shouldn’t expect this every patch though. In the grand scheme of World of Warcraft’s history, we’ve reintroduced very little existing content per patch and expansion. He also just reminded everyone that there wasn’t a singular art team working on all the Blizzard games. Diablo III and Heart of the Swarm will not slow down production on any of the World of Warcraft updates or patches. Good to hear, again! Next up, one of the latest beta builds of Patch 4.1 on PTRs added a new mount model, the Winged Lion Mount! MMO-Champion reports that we don’t have any information on this mount for the moment, and it does look like a very early version of the model but hey, it’s a lion with wings… Lastly in the 4.1 extras, you can read what Blizzard had to say about the changes made to the Ragnaros model, you know, those legs. In short we were told that the problem is we have no context or perspective on the model we’ve seen but a static image of. There’s more to it, obviously, so read all about all those extras below, if you wish.

WoW PTR 4.1 (13726) Blood Elves and High Elves Unite Against Zul’Aman РBlizzPlanet

Blues On Recycling Content – MMO-Champion

Blues On Ragnaros’ Legs – MMO-Champion

Winged Lion Mount – MMO-Champion

Why GhostCrawler Stooped Posting On The Forums…

What I will call a concerned fan, or fellow World of Warcraft player, recently posted an open letter to Ghostcrawler pretty much thanking him for, during the Wrath era, giving us as the players of their most epic and intricate of games, a view into the development process and for caring enough to read, listen, and impart. Sadly for the fan, or I guess all of us, there was no response from Ghostcrawler himself, but Bashiok did step in to enlighten the masses. he basically just said that the forums have always been about players talking to players and that they don’t want to foster the expectation that everything will get a blue response if the poster tries hard enough. Bashiok says that while Ghostcrawler added a lot to the forums, the North American forums, he says that he is sure Blizzard can reach more players, especially those in all the other regions of the world, through their blog posts or concerted Q&A’s.

After that Bashiok just lists all the reasons that the blog posts actually work better, and he makes a lot of sense while doing so. (But let’s not fool ourselves, the World of Warcraft forums are never, ever and easy place to post, let alone be taken seriously!) So if you want to know why Ghostcrawler has not been quite as active on the World of Warcraft forums as he was back during Wrath of the Lich King then I guess these blue posts will be worth a read for you.

Where’s GhostCrawler? – MMO-Champion

Ask The Devs

Ask the Devs – Answers #1 & Questions #2

The answers are in from Blizzard’s last installment of Ask the Devs, and a new questions thread is now available, this time around they want PvP questions. When posting your question, please keep in mind that each edition of Ask the Devs is now focused on a specific topic as noted in the thread title and, to make things that little bit easier it would probably be better just to stick to the topic. The anwsers provided to all the questions asked in the first installment of the Ask The Devs Q&A were indeed quite interesting and diverse covering everything from Updated Textures: Will We Ever Get Any? To the Northrend and Outland leveling flow, to even asking if anything was going to be done about World PvP, as many feel it is quite dead right now. Yeah, there really is a lot more than I can possibly mention here, so, if any of you are keen to read all those questions, you know where to look!

And, as I mentioned, remember to get those PvP themed questions in for the next round!

Ask the Devs – #1 – Official


But Really, I’m Number One

The latest image from the guys over at the Daily Blink. This one is for all those mages out there, definitely made me chuckle!

The Daily Blink РBut Really, I’m Number One РThe Daily Blink

Banshee Queen

Art Updates

Time for a few new World of Warcraft art updates! The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with a whopping ten new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe, quite a few of which are of the always attractive Banshee Queen, so that’s a bonus. We’ve also been treated with four new official pieces in the official Wrath of the Lich King art gallery. These updates are, as usual, well worth getting, or at least looking at, in full size. Check the links below!

Blizzard Art Gallery Update – Official

New Warcraft Fan Art – Official

As a little art extra you can also check this amazingly cool Murloc Space Marine fan art out. This was created by Jorge Jacinto from over at Deviant ART and CDHub. Very cool!

Aren’t You Murlocs A Little Short For Terran Space Marines?– Kotaku

Wow Smalls

World of Warcraft Smalls:

Poll: Reel Serious Options – Official

New Player Tips: We’re Going To Need A Bigger Boat – Official

The Razer Switchblade concept slithers its way to GDC 2011 – WoW Insider

Site Updates: New Profiler Features, Custom Stat Weights and Reforging!– Wowhead

Site Updates: Anvil and Forge Tracking, Polls for Premium– Wowhead

Blizz Blues – Ep 9 – AndroBots in Ya’lls BGs!– Wowhead

Cataclysm Leveling Flow Guide: 1-60– Wowhead

This Woman Used Japan’s Tragedy to Troll The Entire Internet– Kotaku

World of Warcraft: Wolfheart (Richard A Knaak) On Oct 11, 2011– BlizzPlanet

World of Warcraft T-shirts Super Colossal Sale Ends 3.17.2011– BlizzPlanet

GDC 2011: J. Allen Brack on Cataclysm– BlizzPlanet

2011 PAX East: Cryptozoic Entertainment & WoW TCG: Worldbreaker – BlizzPlanet

Blizzard Products 2011 Release Dates List– BlizzPlanet

PST Episode 20 – YouTube

The Weekly Marmot – Dealing with RNG – YouTube

Death Knight Solo Yogg-Saron Kill – YouTube

The MMO Report – Guild Wars 2 at GDC – G4TV

World of WarCraft Blue Posts:

…On Botting in WoW – MMO-Champion

…On Heroic Leap – MMO-Champion


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More Patch 4.1 Goodness

The recently announced patch 4.1 PTR notes¬†have been updated and we have been treated with even more fresh and exciting changes. The guys over at Blizzard posted an updated list of changes on the 28th of February and there are quite a few interesting additions. There were a few class changes, most notably to warlocks, warriors, druids and priests, but I won’t discuss those fully here. The biggest change in this update of the update¬†was probably that you can now fly in the Ghostlands¬†and this was obviously done in response to¬†the fact that a lot of players will be streaming to the area to do Zul’Aman once the patch goes live, so why not make it a little easier for them to travel there? (You can see an exploration video of the whole ‘flight in Ghostlands’ thing below, courtesy¬†of TotalBiscuit.) There were also a few changes made to the way resilience scales.

Patch 4.1 Public Test Realm Notes – Updated Feb. 28 – World of Warcraft Community Site

WoW PTR РGhostlands, now with added flying РYouTube



As usual, there are tons more unreported changes and additions that I have no choice but to discuss. This patch finally unlocks the Old Ironforge area of the dwarven capital, now you will finally have a chance to walk around the area without having to exploit your way through the door, hooray! You will be able to explore the area and even see Magni Bronzebeard in a petrified state following the events of the Cataclysm. A bit sad, but still quite nice to see! TotalBiscuit has a nice exploration video up of the area and you can find it, quite conveniently, linked below!

More mounts, pets and other finery have been discovered and, as usual, MMO-Champion has the scoop. A couple of new Firehawk¬†mounts were dug up, which you can see in another rather convenient YouTube video,¬†along with a Flameward¬†Hippogryph¬†and¬†even a quick look at the two new¬†mounts we’re set to be picking up in¬†Zul’Gurub, the Zulian¬†Panther and Razzashi¬†Raptor. The Winterspring¬†Frostsaber’s¬†grind, which I am sure some of you are quite familiar with, has been changed quite drastically, in a good way! The quest is now pretty much identical to that of the Venomhide¬†Ravasaur quest that the Horde gets. So yes, the mount takes a minimum of 20 days to get¬†now, but it only costs you a¬†couple of minutes every day to¬†do that daily quest, so it’s not that bad!¬†Lastly, there are a bunch of new companion¬†pets to check out below, too.

Fire Hawks and Patch 4.1 Mounts/Pets, The MMO Report – MMO-Champion

WoW PTR РOld Ironforge РYouTube

Old Ironforge – MMO-Champion

Looking for Guild Feature Coming in 4.1 (Maybe!) РWowhead

Patch 4.1 PTR: Wintersaber mount grind goes daily – WoW Insider

Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes – February 25

The next few, and I really do mean few, Patch 4.0.6 hotfixes are upon us and these, well, these are all in the Bastion of Twilight. I am pretty sure the raiders amongst you will appreciate this batch, the ones doing heroics even more so. Along with those there was also just a quick fix for some of the issues player neutral with the Twin Peaks and Battle for Gilneas factions were having while playing. See the full list below!

Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes – February 25 – World of Warcraft Community Site

Rejected Concepts

Daily Blink – Legs, Legs, Legs!

The guys and girls from the Daily Blink are back with even more humorous images concerning current events in the World of Warcraft. What can I say,¬†this one was bound to happen.¬†In their latest image they take a jab at the whole¬†‘Ragnaros with legs’ debacle by throwing some extra legs on various other big names from Azeroth, calling them rejected concepts.¬†Quite funny and¬†worth checking out! ūüėÄ

This Idea’s Got Legs – The Daily Blink

Wow Smalls

World of Warcraft Smalls:

New Player Tips: Dial M for Macro – World of Warcraft Community Site

Poll: /cast [target=WeeklyPoll] Vote – World of Warcraft Community Site

SwagDog Hoodie Sale – World of Warcraft Community Site

Cryptozoic: World Tour in Paris – World of Warcraft Community Site

Blizzard Artists Signing at 2011 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con РBlizzPlanet

PST Episode 18 – YouTube

TankSpot’s Guide to Heroic Conclave of Wind – YouTube

Datamining Cataclysm’s legendary staff – WoW Insider

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Cataclysm Patch 4.1

Patch 4.1 Public Test Realms Coming Soon

Patch 4.1 has been revealed! That’s right,¬†development on the first major content patch for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is well underway! Blizzard are currently making preparations to bring some of the initial content and updates¬†they’ve been working on for this patch to the Public Test Realms.¬†So,¬†what will we find in the first 4.1 test client? Here it comes and be careful, there’s a lot of it.

The Gurubashi Tribe Persists

Firstly, Zul’Gurub, originally a 20-player dungeon released in patch 1.7, Zul’Gurub¬†will once again open its gates, featuring updated lore, all-new encounters, achievements, and improved loot! Zul’Gurub is, or will soon be, a level-85 five-player Heroic difficulty dungeon. To provide a new tier above the current Cataclysm dungeons, players can expect to find epic-quality item level 353 loot. The minimum average item level to enter this Heroic dungeon is 346, also a step up from the 329 required for the current Heroics.

The Return of Zul’Aman

Next up, another Zul¬†in the form of Zul’Aman. Ever a player favorite, the level-70 ten-player dungeon of Zul’Aman¬†is also¬†being reintroduced as a level-85 Heroic five-player dungeon. Zul’Aman¬†will be joining ZG in a new Dungeon Finder tier of Heroic dungeons, also providing epic-quality item level 353 loot. The minimum average item level to enter this Heroic is also 346. While Zul’Aman will be more of a throwback to the original dungeon featuring many of the same encounters, players can expect to find some updated gameplay mechanics, as well as new environment textures and lighting. Also sounds good to me!


So, with the Zuls returning, the biggest question is definitely about those silly, and yes, unique mounts, that were once contained therein. Blizzard are quite pleased to announce that new versions of the rare raptor, tiger, and bear mounts will be available, while the old versions of these mounts will remain unique to those who already have them. Blizzard said that they will reveal more about how these updated mounts can be obtained in the future.

Class Design

Now, on to the class changes we can expect in this new, and certainly anticipated, patch. While¬†Blizzard do intend to make fewer balance changes in patch 4.1,¬†we can still expect to find a fair number of updates. Below are just a few¬†that they’d¬†like to share with¬†us right now. They ask us to keep in mind that¬†these changes don’t encompass the entirety of the 4.1 changes, nor do the initial Public Test Realm patch notes and these are just the big ones, there’s much more to be seen below.

  • To start,¬†it seems like Blizzard¬†want to do a better job of balancing the AoE power of the different damage-dealing specs, so, we¬†can expect to see some changes to this end made throughout the testing process.
  • Inner Rage is now available at level 56. It was intended to solve an excess rage problem that largely isn‚Äôt affecting warriors anymore. They’ve added a replacement ability for warriors at level 83: Rallying Cry.
  • Colossus Smash now ignores 70% of an opponent’s armor, down from 100%. Blizzard are compensating Fury and Arms warriors by increasing the damage of other attacks.
  • Word of Glory: Blizzard want Retribution and Protection paladins to have reasonable healing on themselves or others, but¬†they know paladins sometimes feel like they can‚Äôt use their Holy Power on anything but their heals in some situations. Blizzard would rather these two specs spend most of their Holy Power on damage-dealing abilities, with occasional healing.

More To Come

As I mentioned before, there is a lot more than just that, and it can all be found below. Blizzard are still hard at work on additional features, balance updates, and bug fixes for patch 4.1.¬†They let us know that they do¬†look forward to sharing more information with¬†us in the days and weeks ahead as they release new content on the Public Test Realms. Until then, have a look at the patch notes that they’ve prepared thus far. As always, these notes are not final and will continue to change as¬†they go through the iterative development and testing processes.

So if you’d like to read more about any of the stuff I just mentioned, check the post linked below. Now that the official changes are out-of-the-way, let’s get on to the good stuff.

Patch 4.1 Public Test Realms Coming Soon – World of Warcraft Community Site

Looking For Guild Feature

One change that was not mentioned in the Patch 4.1 post but was in fact in the patch notes was that work has begun on a¬†Looking for Guild System.¬†There’s isn’t much known about it yet and Blizzard only says that further details will be provided when¬†they are¬†ready for feedback.¬†This feature was hinted at during BlizzCon last year and it’s great to see it finally implemented, sort of, at least. There seem to be a few options available but I am unsure as to how well something like this would actually work, as with the Dungeon Finder Tool, you might get stuck with people don’ t really want¬†to be stuck with. Oh well, check it out above and read more about it over at MMO-Champion. Enjoy!

 Spellcasting Changes

Another pretty big UI related change is that spells bound to a key now start to be cast when the button is pressed down by default, instead of waiting for the key to go up. This is an option that can be turned off in the Interface menu under Combat. Mouse clicking has not changed and operates on mouse click up. I think this would probably just help people who are used to that feature from other games or feel it would make them a bit faster when playing, personal preference I guess.

Ragnaros New Model

New Models

On the unofficial changes front we have quite a few new models that were dug up by the guys over at MMO-Champion. The most talked about? Probably Ragnaros¬†and his new, pretty pimping, gear and, um, legs? Yeah, Ragnaros is now sporting a rather out-of-place looking pair of legs, check it out above. Other than that, which is really quite enough, there are two other big ones, namely the ‘Salamander Hunter’ NPC / mob and a new mount called a¬†¬†Crimson Fire Hawk. You can check all three of those¬†out, in full size, below.

Other than all the big ones, Wowhead have an entire collection up of smaller NPC’s, pets, other random goodies and lots of kitties. All cool looking and more than worth a look!

Patch 4.1 РPTR Build 13682 Р3D Models: Ragnaros and Kitties! РWowhead

Crimson Fire Hawk and Salamander Hunter – MMO-Champion

Lastly, you can check how sad Ragnaros looks about the addition of those legs to his previously magnificent form. Thanks reddit!


Patch 4.1 Extras

There are lots more changes that are popping up by the hour and, well, one of them is that, come the patch, we will see Battle.net account bound items that can actually be transferred¬†to different servers. Yes, proper bind on account items, but there is no word¬†on how this will work, or whether it will change our existing items or not. There are a bunch of new and updated icons for achievements, items and creatures,¬†in the new PTR¬†client, there’s some newly discovered Trading Card Game loot being added, Blizzard will be tracking your elevator deaths from Blackwing¬†Decent, there is a lot of speculation about a new caster legendary item from the Caverns of Time that has a placeholder in the new client files, there’s a lot of new loot to be seen, all those high level items and even a new, epic,¬†guild tabard that gives you 100% extra rep when worn. All of that and much, much more can be seen below, courtesy of WoW Insider, MMO-Champion and Wowhead,¬†enjoy!

Patch 4.1 РPTR Build 13682 РNew and Updated Icons РWowhead

Patch 4.1 РPTR Build 13682 РSpell Changes РWowhead

Battle.net Account Bound Items РMMO-Champion

 New WoW Trading Card Game loot РWoW Insider

Caster legendary news and speculation – WoW Insider

New pet collecting, food, drink and tabard achievements – WoW Insider

WoW now tracking your BWD elevator deaths РWoW Insider

The story moves forward – WoW Insider

New pet collecting, food, drink and tabard achievements – WoW Insider

New hydra pet available for hunters – WoW Insider

Joyland Progressing

Earlier¬†this month I spoke about that¬†Blizzard themed amusement park called ‘Joyland’ that was set to open in China sometime in March. Well,¬†thanks to an article in The Huffington Post, it seems like the rumors are true and that the theme park is in fact being constructed¬†in the Wunjin District of China. A few new photos of the park were released and I gotta say it is coming along quite nicely and looking almost exactly like the concept art¬†shown of the park on their site. Anyway, I just thought I would mention that for all those theme park junkies out there. No, for those wondering, Blizzard still doesn’t have anything to say about all of this. If you wish to see the new images of the park or just read a little more about it be sure to check the post linked below. Enjoy!

‘Joyland’ Blizzard Theme Park Being Built In China (PHOTOS) – Huffington Post

Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes

To stray away from that which is yet to come and have a look at what’s going on¬†the live servers right now,¬†a few more sets of Patch 4.0.6 hotfixes have been applied. Below you can find the lists of changes from the February 18, 19 and 22 hotfixes. The notable changes for these sets include the following: The previously proposed Dungeon Finder changes have been implemented but, some changes may yet require a realm restart.¬†For hunters, Aimed Shot damage has been decreased to approximately 160% weapon damage (at level 80+), down from 200% & Aspect of the Hawk now provides 2000 attack power at level 85, these changes are set to take effect after this weekend and¬†Demolishers¬†were apparently respawning¬†too quickly in Strand of the Ancients, they are now on a 20-second spawn timer. There were a couple more changes, but, it does seem like the hotfixes are getting less every week, and that’s a good thing. I guess that will only last¬†till 4.1¬†hits the live servers.¬†Read the full lists below, enjoy!

Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes – February 22 – World of Warcraft Community Site

Patch 4.0.6 hotfixes for Feb. 18 – WoW Insider

Patch 4.0.6 hotfixes for Feb. 19 – WoW Insider

Patch 4.0.6 hotfixes for Feb. 22 – WoW Insider


Art  Updates

In some more¬†of our favourite type of updates, art updates, we have some new Fan Art from the Warcraft Universe to drool over and a couple of updates to the official Wrath of the Lich King gallery. See my favourite above and links to the new work below, enjoy! ūüėÄ

Blizzard Art Gallery Update – World of Warcraft Community Site

Media Section Update (Fan Art) – World of Warcraft Community Site


Blizzard Comic Goodness

Blizzard¬†challenged¬†us, the fans,¬†to submit our comic creations to the Blizzard Comic Contest, and the¬†entries never fail to amuse and amaze, that much is sure. The following comic from Melissa Boston was selected as an honorable mention Blizzard’s ongoing contest. Check it out, I think it’s totally cute and well¬†made,¬†and keep checking back here for more!

Bonus Blizzard Comic Contest Entry – World of Warcraft Community Site

As an extra you can also check this comic out from the guys over at GU Comics about the recent debacle with the Whiptail¬†in Uldum, quite fun! ūüėÄ

The Value of Whiptails – GU Comics

Wow Smalls

World of Warcraft Smalls:

Battleground Horde/Alliance Win Ratio – MMO-Champion

Brazilan and Japanese locale added in 4.0.6 – Blizzard Slate confirmed? – MMO-Champion

About the link above, remember the leaked Blizzard Product Slate from a few months back? World of Warcraft Brazil was actually on there, and, if you think about it a little, well, the timing is near perfect. That means that the rest of the items on that list may well be correct too. Diablo III in¬†Quarter 4 2011? Yes please! ūüėÄ

2200 Rating PvP Weapons Now Available For Purchase – WoW Insider


Know Your Lore: Garona: A Study on Stealth and Treachery, part 1 – WoW Insider

World of Warcraft # 15 Comic Book ‚Äď Digital Download at Comixology¬†– BlizzPlanet

Legendary РThe WoW Video Podcast РHotfixes vs PTR РWowhead

The Weekly Marmot – Raid Leading: A Crash Course – YouTube

PST – Episode 17 – YouTube

World of Warcraft Blues:

…On 4.0.6’s Warrior Juggernaut Nerf¬†– Wowhead

…On Major Cities Which are Ghost Towns in Cataclysm¬†– Wowhead

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Patch 1.2.1

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty patch 1.2.1 is now live! So if you’re on the SEA, or US servers, you are probably playing this version already. There wasn’t really anything major in this patch, though, and the saddest part is that we didn’t even get the new ladder maps. A few matchmaking optimizations were made, that silly  bug that caused the zerg creep to kill the foliage on certain maps has been fixed and a couple of other, slightly random changes are fixes were made too. But, as I always say, a patch is a patch and I’m happy for it. If you’re interested in all the fixes and changes made be sure to check out the full patch notes below and enjoy Starcraft II, minus a few bugs!

Patch 1.2.1 Now Live – Starcraft II Community Site

‘Read more’ to see the full patch notes!


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Love is in the Air

Love Is In The Air!

Something is in the air in the major cities of Azeroth. Some call it love, and some just call it friendship and admiration. Whichever it is, many guards and townsfolk now spend their days giving and receiving tokens and gifts to other amorous citizens. The more skeptical, however, are suspicious of the strange “love sickness” clouding the hearts of so many…

There you have it, don’t miss the exciting gift exchange and worldwide popularity contest¬†that hit Azeroth¬†this past Sunday, love is indeed in the air! There is a lot to see and somehow even more to do with both the Love is in the Air and Lunar Festival events running. So as usual, if you don’t want to miss a single piece of the action and¬†if you absolutely need all those achievements then you’ll just have to check the links below for a couple of¬†amazingly in-depth¬†guides courtesy of Wowhead and WoW Insider. Also, don’t forget to queue for the seasonal boss, Apothecary Hummel,¬†enjoy!

Love is in the Air! – World of Warcraft Community Site

The OverAchiever: Guide to Love is in the Air 2011 – WoW Insider

Love is in the Air Guide! (Feb 6 Р20) РWowhead

Known Issues With Love is in the Air

If you, as quite a few others, have been expeirencing problems while trying to those Love is in the Air achievements, running that boss or just doing the quests, well, Blizzard has answers!¬†It seems like¬†Deathwing did a bit of a number on the entire festival when he shattered all of Azeroth.¬† Blizzard Blue Poster Nephadne has offered¬†some feedback and work-arounds for known issues affecting this year’s event!¬†So if problems have been plaguing your experience¬†of the world event, if you want¬†to know what to expect,¬†or if you want to read a quick Q&A about all these issues and workarounds,¬†then I guess you’ll just have to check the post out below. Good luck!

(Sticky) [NEW!] Love Is In The Air… Is In The Air!¬†– World of Warcraft Official Forums

Conquest Points – Breaking Skulls and Buying Stuff

There’s a new post up on the World of Warcraft community site called Conquest Points – Breaking Skulls and Buying Stuff and well, I guess you don’t really need me to tell you what its all about… but I will anyway. It pretty much just covers all the various ways you can earn those all important Conquest Points and, once you get them, what you can spend them on. The post goes¬†over all of¬†it in quite a lot of detail, even giving you things like the weekly Conquest Points Cap and how it increases with your team rating. If you’re an avid PvPer¬†that still doesn’t quite understand the inner working¬†or are about to hit that big 85 and just want to know what to expect¬†then you’ll probably want to check this one out. See the full post linked below!

Conquest Points – Breaking Skulls and Buying Stuff – World of Warcraft Community Site

Patch 4.0.6

Patch 4.0.6 – Coming Next week

It is beginning to look more and more like Patch 4.0.6 will be hitting the live servers during the planned maintenance this week, maybe! Yes, there is always that random chance that things may not turn out the way Blizzard planned it. Anyway, there are a lot of changes, improvements and fixes that you can brush up on in the mean time. One thing that I didn’t realise before was that it seems like Ink Traders are being added to Stormwind¬†and Orgrimmar in 4.0.6. That is good news! So if you want to check the full patch notes out you can do that below and¬†the patch only seems to be around 150 megs big, so that’s a plus. Keep checking back here for more Patch 4.0.6 related news!

World of Warcraft PTR Client Patch 4.0.6 РWowhead

Patch 4.0.6 Next Week! РWowhead

All Rated Battleground Weeks Now 10 v 10

Sticking with the PvP¬†related news for a second here, Blizzard are in the¬†process of developing a hotfix¬†to push out before next Tuesday that will change all 15 vs 15 rated battleground weeks into 10 vs 10 weeks. Apparently after looking at participation, the 10 vs 10 rated battleground weeks have been far and away more popular than the 15 vs 15 weeks. The difference in organizational requirements as well as battleground map popularity have been a couple big factors that have led to the 10 vs 10 weeks seeing a great deal more action. So by making this change and supporting the popular option Blizzard hope to encourage even more players and teams to participate, as they won‚Äôt have to wait out every other week, or struggle to beef up to 15 players to match the requirement. Lastly, Blizzard¬†mention that they¬†also have plans to adapt¬†additional battleground maps in the future to work in the 10 player bracket to increase the variety of maps available.¬†I personally think that’s a great idea and fits in beautifully with the whole 10 man raid guild thing, too. Bigger maps working for 10 vs 10? Yes please! So if you were a little reluctant to participate in those rated battlegrounds till now, this may well be what you were waiting for. Check the official announcement below and happy PvPing!

All Rated Battleground Weeks Now 10v10 – World of Warcraft Community Site

Luck of the Draw

Luck Of The Draw Buff

Blizzard is taking yet another step towards improving the quality of random pickup groups and hopes to increase their success rate, specifically¬†in Heroic dungeons, with their latest plan to increase the effect of the Luck of the Draw buff. In Ghostcrawlers¬†latest blog he discusses the issues they had with the system quite indepthly. It seems like the buff, which¬†gets¬†applied whenever you have a random player in your Dungeon Finder group, wasn’t even working properly in Cataclysm dungeons. As you can expect this¬†caused some of those encounters and dungeons to be harder than Blizzard first intended for pickup groups. Lucky for us that do in fact do those PUGS, this has been corrected, and the buff will now increase 5% per random player up to a maximum of a 15% increase in damage, healing and health. So while this won’t fix the fact that, well lets face it, sometimes you just get bad groups, it will indeed help out a little! As usual the blog post was¬†ended with quite a strange line¬†– Greg ‚ÄúGhostcrawler‚ÄĚ Street is the lead systems designer for World of Warcraft and was attacked by a coati as a child. (True story) Read the full thing below, enjoy!

Luck of the Draw Buff РWorld of Warcraft Communtiy Site

J!NX World of Warcraft T-Shirt Design Contest

You extinguished Ragnaros’s¬†flame within the¬†fiery core¬†of¬†Blackrock¬†Mountain. Illidan¬†ran scurrying from the Black Temple when he heard you approaching. The Lich¬†King lies trapped in the Frozen Throne thanks to your efforts. Now, Deathwing¬†presents the greatest challenge Azeroth has ever faced. Are you up to the task?

J!NX presents the World of Warcraft T-Shirt Design Contest.¬†They are calling¬†upon us, the champions of Azeroth, to muster our¬†artistic skills and design the next wave of tees in the J!NX World of Warcraft Collection. Will you declare your fealty to the Alliance or will your design scream “For the Horde!“?¬† Yes indeed ,this is your chance¬†to design the epic gear that all your guildmates will be wearing. If you have a good idea that has yet to be put to paper or¬†an old image you feel would look good on your chest, you’d better get working and send your entry in as soon as you possibly can!

To submit your t-shirt design concept for judging by the World of Warcraft and J!NX creative teams, download the design kit, create your design using the template, and click SUBMIT to upload your work. Good luck and happy crafting!

J!NX World of Warcraft T-Shirt Design Contest – World of Warcraft Community Site

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New Fan Art

The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 4 new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe and I gotta say some of these are pretty amazing. I only wish there were wallpaper versions of them available for download somewhere out there! Anyway, enjoy and remember to check the full size images out below. ( Yes, as usual, you can see my favourite of the new entries above! )

New Fan Art – World of Warcraft Community Site

Mike Morhaime – Keynote Speaker At 2011 D.I.C.E. Summit

The AIAS organizers posted a press release today announcing their distinguished Hall of Famers’ from the past four years and yes,  our favourite is there represented by the Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime! Mike, along with four others, will be keynote panel speakers for the 2011 D.I.C.E. Summit. These five video game luminaries will be conducting a lively discussion, debate and predict the next frontier of interactive entertainment. It sounds like it could definitely be quite informative to hear what these legends have to say, so, if you want to read more about this you can check the post below courtesy of BlizzPlanet. Times, dates and all the other details are included!

Mike Morhaime to be Keynote Speaker at 2011 D.I.C.E. Summit РBlizzPlanet

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Skill vs Gear

For a little more visual stimulation you can check out one of the latest comics from the guys over at Nerf NOW!! titled ‘Skill vs Gear’ and ooh does it ring true, definitely made me chuckle! If you liked this one, check the rest of their comics and other goodies out on the site, you won’t be disappointed, enjoy! ūüėÄ

Skill vs Gear – Nerf NOW!!

Wow Smalls

World of Warcraft Smalls:

¬†New Player Tips: Don’t Fear the Reaper – World of Warcraft Community Site

Poll: If It’s Red, It’s Dead – World of Warcraft Community Site

What would Deathwing’s FB status be? – World of Warcraft Official Forums

Nethaera Addresses Questions About Community Manager Process – WoW Insider

Nethaera’s guide to getting the most from the forums – WoW Insider¬†

A Fond Farewell РMalgayne Leaves Wowhead РWowhead

Nefarian 25 Heroic World 2nd Kill by Method – YouTube

Al’akir Heroic World 2nd Kill by Paragon – YouTube

OMFGcata¬†– Cataclysm – Cho’gall Boss Strategy Guide Bastion of Twilight – YouTube

The Weekly Marmot РHow Addons Alter Game Design РWowhead

PST Episode 14 РWowhead

 World of Warcraft Blues:

…on Real-Life Threats¬†– Wowhead

…on Bandaging in Raids¬†– Wowhead

…on Gem Slots Being Added to Epic Craftables¬†– Wowhead

…on Why Tundra Mammoth Doesn’t Sell 85 Food/Water¬†– Wowhead

…on PvP Balance (or Lack Thereof)¬†– Wowhead

…on Improving Looking For Dungeon Queues¬†– Wowhead

…on “Linear” Cataclysm Leveling Content¬†– Wowhead

…on Potential Tol¬†Barad Changes¬†– Wowhead

…on Improving Outland Leveling¬†– Wowhead

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Patch 1.2.1

Patch 1.2.1 Now Available on PTR

StarCraft¬†II: Wings of Liberty patch 1.2.1 is currently in development and now available for testing on the PTR. This minor patch contains several bug fixes as well as a sneak preview of new ladder¬†maps. So as usual, by participating in the PTR, you’ll be among the first to test out these latest changes and help Blizzard ensure that when the patch is released its¬†of the highest possible quality. This is, sadly, only available to the US players amongst you and as I just said, the biggest thing is probably just that you can test the new maps out. Might well be worth it, though. So if you’re interested, check the Patch 1.2.1 notes out below or hop onto that PTR now. Enjoy!

Patch 1.2.1 Now Available on PTR РStarcraft II Community Site

New Ladder Maps

As an extra, if you want to check the new 1v1 or 2v2 maps out and can’t get onto the PTR, AskJoshy has a nice video up reviewing the lot of them! You can find that video embedded above or linked below!

NEW 1v1 Maps! – StarCraft 2 Public Test Realm! – YouTube

NEW 2v2 Maps! – StarCraft 2 Public Test Realm! – YouTube

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

TotalBiscuit¬†to cast Fnatic’s PLAY Open¬†– GosuGamers

Nerchio wins InsideNation National Challenger Cup #2 РGosuGamers

TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open #12 Р5 Feb РTeamLiquid

Kas Wins Champions Trophy EU – SK Gaming

SeleCT Wins Champions Trophy US – SK Gaming

Adel Wins Spirit-LAN, ToD 2nd! РMyM

SjoW Wins Go4SC2 Cup #77 РMyM

elfittaja Wins ZOTAC Cup #41 РMyM

DIMAGA Wins Go4SC2 Monthly Finals – MyM

Recent Craft Cup Winners РCraftCup

Assembly Winter Groups Released РMyM

New ESL / Sennheiser Cup Announced (5000 Euro Prize Pool) РESL

Brood War – Bacchus OSL Champion Decided – SK Gaming


GSL January Code-S Grand Final РIMMvp Wins!

The first season of the new and improved GSL¬†Sponsorship League’s Code-S¬†has been completed and we have our winner.¬†IMMvp¬†faced off against MarineKingPrime¬†in an epic best of 7 series, that, well… didn’t really last as long as some would have liked. Mvp¬†managed to destroy MarineKing¬†with a score of 4 to 0 to claim his first place and the prize of¬†over $40,000.¬†This¬†makes Mvp¬†the first¬†terran¬†GSL Champion and, well, he fully deserves that number 1 spot. Below you can find the final standings of the event along with a full recounting of the finals. Enjoy!

GSL Jan 2011 Code S champion crowned – SK Gaming

GOMTV GSL January Grand Final РReport РGosuGamers

GSL Jan 2011 final standings:

  • 1st¬† Jong-Hyun¬†‘mvp’ Jung (T) – $44,480
  • 2nd¬† Jung-Hoon ‘MarineKing’ Lee (T) – $17,790
  • 3rd-4th¬† Jae-Duck ‘NesTea’ Lim (Z) – $4,450
  • 3rd-4th¬† Jonathan ‘Jinro’ Walsh (T) – $4,450
  • 5th-8th¬† Gregory ‘IdrA’ Fields (Z) – $2,670
  • 5th-8th¬† Hyung-Sup¬†‘choya’ Lee (P) – $2,670
  • 5th-8th¬† Ki-Soo ‘Trickster’ Seo (P) – $2,670
  • 5th-8th¬† Yoon-Yeol ‘NaDa’ Lee (T) – $2,670

GSL Up / Down Matches

The Up-And-Down matches to determine the next seasons Code-A and Code-S players have also been completed. The players knocked down into Code-A were the following:

¬†Seong Hun ‘Polt‘ Choi
¬†Man Hyuk ‘jookToJung‘ Jo
¬†Seo-Yong ‘Rain‘ Park
¬†Han Eul ‘Maka‘ Kwak
¬†Dong-Nyung ‘Leenock‘ Lee
¬†Gyeong Su ‘LegalMind‘ Kim

The following six will replace them and will get the chance to prove themselves in Code S:

¬†June ‘Lyn‘ Park
¬†Seung-Chul ‘sC‘ Kim
¬†Hyun Wo ‘Byun‘ Byun
¬†Jung Hoon ‘TOP‘ Kim
¬†Myung-Duk ‘BanBans‘ Seo
¬†Sung-Jun ‘July‘ Park

Lastly, Artosis¬†recently revealed the four¬†foreign seedings¬†making it into¬†the Code-A for the next season of the GSL.¬†HuK, HayprO, Ret and mOOn-GLaDe have all been invited to participate.¬†That is pretty exciting and I absolutely can’t wait for the next season to¬†kick off! Read more about¬†all those moves¬†below. ¬†

Season V Code S settled – SK Gaming

HuK, Ret, HayprO, mOOn-GLaDe to GOMTV GSL Code A РGosuGamers

GSL Extras

There are, as usual, a bunch of little GSL related extras you can check out, too. SK Gaming has a pretty in-depth article up called The State of the GSL, Artosis has an incredibly long video up of his visit to the Code-A qualifiers (Including a bunch of interesting interviews) and you can even read about the apparent new maps that are set to be used upcoming seasons of the GSL and ESL events, too.

The State of the GSL – SK Gaming

[Official] GSTL map pool change РTeamLiquid

ESL gets new maps РGosuGamers

ESL and GSL add new maps РMyM

[V] Interviews from the GSL Code A qualifiers! РTeamLiquid

New ESL / Sennheiser Cup – 5000 Euro Prize Pool

ESL has added yet another¬†cup series to their already¬†long list of events.¬†This ‚ā¨100 Euro¬†weekly cup titled the ‘Sennheiser¬†StarCraft¬†2 Cup’¬†is set to carry on for 16 weeks with each winner qualifying for an offline play-off that will happen at the GamesCom¬†expo in Koln, Germany, on May 28. These cups are happening on the EU servers and they sound¬†like a lot of fun.¬†As I alway say, everyone had better take¬†part. Read the full details below.

Sennheiser Starcraft II Cup РESL

FXOpen Invitational Series #1 – $1500

The guys and girls from over at FXOpen¬†are proud to announce their first 64-player invitational tournament in their latest series of invitational events. This new format sees yet another increase in the prizepool, with $1500 cash up for grabs. There are¬†a ton of great players that have been invited and, well, they even managed to sign¬†Artosis to¬†do the English casting for the event! It all sounds quite exciting and I can’t wait for the event to kick off on the 19th of February.

[FXO] FXOpen Invitational Series #1 Р$1500 РTeamLiquid

Top 200 Starcraft 2

Top 200

The top 200 lists have been updated, yes, again. This time, though, there’s something different about them, the EU one in particular. One of our very own South African players has managed to creep up in there at the 183rd position. Yes, you guessed it, its¬†Shase¬†and he is doing us all proud!¬†You can check that out on the EU top 200 list and leave him a¬†grats in the comments, I’ll be sure to pass it on! Below you can also find the US, Korean and South¬†East Asian¬†lists, enjoy!¬†

EU Top 200 РStarcraft II Community Site

US Top 200 РStarcraft II Community Site

KR Top 200 РStarcraft II Community Site

SEA Top 200 РStarcraft II Community Site

Community News

Community Smalls:

Day[9] voted as best ‘Community Effort of the Year’ 2010¬†– GosuGamers

Demuslim with broken hand after “skirmish”¬†– TeamLiquid

StarCraft Premium Series 1 Action Figure Set Pre-Orders РBlizzPlanet

Sjow applies for foreigner house in Korea – SK Gaming

Junwi РPresident Of Starcraft II Players Association

Incredible Miracle zerg player Junwi has been voted the first ever president of the StarCraft II Players Association and is expected to hold the office till the end of 2011. Junwi apparently received 26 out of a possible 84 votes to win his position. After being appointed he had the following to say:

“Thank you to all the players who voted for me, I will try my best to become a president that every single player will respect and enjoy.”

Junwi will lead the association in establishing an emphasis on the importance of education for professional players, as many GSL players are still in high school, or only recently graduated. He will also lead his team, Incredible Miracle, in the running of a blood drive for the Brood War pro Violet, who was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia last week. Now that sounds like a whole bunch of good things that Junwi is set to do this year and everyone had better wish him the best of luck. Read more about this story below, courtesy of SK Gaming.

Junwi voted SC2 players association president РSK Gaming

Grubby Interview

Fragster¬†recently spoke to Grubby about his big move of switching¬†to Starcraft¬†II. In the interview they cover his current success in Warcraft III, whether that will translate into wins in Starcraft¬†II or not, and how Grubby is enjoying Starcraft¬†II right now. It really is a good read, especially for all those Warcraft III players that changed to Starcraft II recently¬†themselves. Check¬†the entire thing, titled ‘I am the underdog’,¬†out below, enjoy!

“I’m the underdog”¬†– Fragster

BoxeR’s Wings Episode 1

The guys from over at TL¬†Subs have posted the first episode of ‘BoxeR’s Wings’, a documentary that follows the life of¬†Lim Yo Hwan, BoxeR, as¬†he makes his comeback to professional gaming in StarCraft¬†II. It really is a close up look at what makes BoxeR tick, his fears, hopes and dreams for the future. A great watch and I urge all of you to check it out. Big thanks to dinki and his team for doing the subs!

[TL Subs] BoxeR’s Wings Episode 1¬†– TeamLiquid

Liquid Weekly #26

The latest TeamLiquid¬†weekly is here and well, it’s a good one! This week we are treated with a lengthy TLO¬†interview done by Sebastian from PolygonreVue¬†that includes some Bloodline¬†champions related¬†talk and footage¬†that’s probably worth checking out, an interview with LiquidTyler¬†and a nice replay pack for all those zerg¬†players out there from¬†HayprO. All that and more, check it out below!¬†

The Liquid Weekly #26 РTeamLiquid

Tour Of The GOMtv Foreigner House

Artosis is at it again, this time he takes us on a tour of the newly rented apartment for a potential 8 foreign players from outside of South Korea. The apartment has everything, from bunk-beds, great looking bathrooms with electric toilet seats, a ready-to-use kitchen and a capacity of eight practice computers. The place looks great and what makes the video even better is that John the Translator is the one giving the tour of it! Artosis also conducts a short interview at the end with John wherein he mentions a few interesting pieces of information, most notable of which is that GOMtv will be picking the players that get to stay in the apartment based on their past accomplishments and current ladder ranking. So, head on over to ArtosisTV on YouTube to check that out. 

GSL Foreigner House Tour – YouTube


Starcraft II Sculptures

The guy that brought us the amazing Husky Infested Marine Sculpture, and many others, is back and in business! Well, sort of. The Notbusch Modeling website is back online and showing off some amazing new sculptures. I suggest you all give it a look and let me know what you think. I gotta say, the detail in some of these is pretty freaking amazing. Check that out below and wish the creator luck with getting a licence to sell these from Blizzard. Enjoy!

Sc2 Sculptures are back РTeamLiquid

IMBALANCED! – EP 01 – Introduction

Big names Artosis¬†and IdrA¬†bring us a new show, a show about¬†imbalance! In this first episode¬†they just¬†introduce the show, talk a little about what it is and what they plan to do with it and then start talking about the protoss Colossus. Is the Colossus imbalanced? I think you’ll just have to watch the episode for the answer to that one!

IMBALANCED! – EP 01 – Introduction – YouTube

IdrA vs IMMvp

In one last little bit of IdrA related news, as I know you all love it so much, below you can find an amazingly epic ladder game from IdrA’s livestream between himself and IMMvp. The game clocks in at around 40 minutes and, well, it has pretty much everything you’d ever want from a ZvT. No, no spoilers. Check it out!

IdrA vs Mvp – Justin.tv

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Starcraft 2 Patch 1.2

Patch 1.2.0 Now Live

Starcraft¬†II patch 1.2 is finally here! Chat channels, Master League, an extreme graphics options, new customizable hotkeys¬†feature¬†and a ton of interesting balance changes await those that dare to log in. The balance changes? Well, the swarm didn’t receive much work in this patch, apart from the fact that you¬†can’t block ramps with just two pylons anymore,¬†that’s all that needs to be said about that. Protoss¬†see big changes to their air units including the Phoenix, Void Ray and Observer. In the last of the balance changes, terran¬†SCV’s¬†have had a few changes made to the way they build and move around while doing it. If you’re in any way involved in Starcraft II, I assume you’ll want to see those patch notes. You can find the full list below, enjoy!

Patch 1.2.0 Now Live РStarcraft II Official Site

In addition¬†to that you can also read a quick FAQ post by the guys from over at Blizzard detailing the entire Masters League, how it works and how you can get into it.¬†Lastly, you can also check out the apparent¬†‘hidden changes’ that came with 1.2. Also, there was no ladder reset, so don’t bother asking!¬†Check all¬†that out below.

Master League РStarcraft II Official Site

1.2 Patch Changes Not Noted РTeamLiquid

Stealth change in 1.2.0 Рmore creep from Overlord РTeamLiquid

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

GSL News

With the GSL¬†Round of 16 coming up we finally¬†have our final list of players. The following 16 players will move into yet another¬†group stage, the groups of which can be seen below. It is pretty exciting and its great to see that both IdrA¬†and Jinro¬†have made it this far. So, if you’re trying to follow the GSL and all the happenings there, check the posts below!

  • Group A : Imnestea¬†vs oGsZenio¬†, SlayersBoxer¬†vs TSL-Trickster(ssks)
  • Group B : TheBestfou¬†vs ImMvp¬†, oGshyperdub¬†vs choyafou
  • Group C : NspGenius¬†vs oGsNada¬†, TSL-Clide¬†vs EGIdra
  • Group D : St-Rainbow vs oGsMc¬†, MarineKingPrime¬†vs LiquidJinro

[R&S] GOM Code S/Code A Jan 2011 РTeamLiquid

GOMTV GSL Round of 32 Day 8 РReport РGosuGamers

GSL Hiring Casters

GOMTV¬†has announced that they are¬†currently recruiting new casters to commentated¬†their Code-A match broadcasts in English. With the¬†thousands¬†and thousands of new casters that StarCraft¬†II has brought into the world, many¬†of them are probably looking for this ‘big break’. Some of the key points include that GOMtv¬†will only pay the casters salary, not their airfare or accommodation¬†and you will have to be able to acquire a working Visa in Korea. You can apply by submitting a VOD with your casting, these may be solo or dual commentary. It really does sound interesting and I would absolutely¬†love to do something like that myself, but I won’t. You can read the official post below and find the address to send those VODs to.

Additional English caster/commentator Recruitment РGOMtv

GOMtv Open House

In the last of our GOMtv¬†and GSL¬†news, it seems like GOMtv¬†is taking steps to encourage foreign players to compete in the GSL. For foreign players thinking about making the trip to Korea, the question about housing accommodations¬†always comes into play, but today, GOMtv¬†furthered their dedication towards this cause by announcing that a house will be made available for foreign players to¬†stay¬†in during their participation in the GSL. This move apparently¬†came after GOM noticed many players having difficulty in finding a place to stay. They say the house has enough room for¬†8-10 players and that you’d need to send your passport along with your ladder ranking to them at gsl@gomtv.net. I have to say it is really cool that they are doing this and it really shows that they are trying to support absolutely everyone, not just their own countries Starcraft II players.

Code A Preliminary Announcement (Jan. 11, Updated) РGOMtv

Community News

Community Smalls:

MaDFroG And SK Gaming ‘Part Ways’

SK Gaming’s first StarCraft¬†II player and Warcraft III legend, Fredrik ‘MaDFroG’ Johansson, will be departing from the organization, due to unfortunate circumstances. Not much else was said about this parting of ways and I have to say I would be pretty shocked¬†if I heard he was ‘let go’ instead of quitting.¬†All that SK Gaming said¬†was that recent circumstances have arisen and after a series of discussions, it has unfortunately been reached through mutual consensus that MaDFroG¬†will be unable to remain with SK Gaming for 2011. Sad, sad day if you ask me. Well, good luck to MaDFroG in all his future endeavors, and, well, shame on you SK Gaming.

MaDFroG departs from SK Gaming – SK Gaming

Life In The StarTale House

Starcraft¬†Pro Torch and his girlfriend Seltzer recently¬†went back to Korea after GSL¬†3 qualification, before christmas. During their stay they¬†took¬†a lot of footage of the GSL, the commentators and¬†everything else that transpired there.¬†Lucky for us it seems we’ve not seen it all just yet!¬†Torch still had some content saved up finally put together a video of the StarTale¬†house in South Korea. You can watch the video linked above and read a lot more about all of that below, courtesy of VTGaming. There are also a bunch of great photos, too. As always it is highly entertaining to see how those guys get down, worth a watch, and read!

Life in the StarTale House РVTGaming

Photos from STARTALE РTeamLiquid


The TotalBiscuit Story

After the little piece of news mentioned about¬†GSL¬†hiring casters for their Code-A games quite a few gamers suggested the one and only TotalBiscuit¬†for the job. He did reply by saying that he won’t be applying for it, as awesome as it would be. He said that he was already fighting a legal battle to get back into the¬†US, to be with his wife and kid again, after being apart for 2 years thanks to the irreversible decision of a single Homeland Security officer.¬†So now, as you can¬†expect, he can’t¬†go running off to South Korea on a whim. He gave us a long and short version of the story, here’s the short one. He met¬†his wife at Blizzcon¬†in 2005, as nerds do.¬†They kept in touch, it got serious after a couple more visits and¬†he decided to take a chance to move to the States in 2007, so¬†he packed up all my stuff, put the rest in storage and went to go live with her.¬†He¬†explains¬†that he was¬†at the time of¬†his life where¬†he felt like taking risks and was in a position to take them. So, the rest, as they say, is history. So if you want to read the full version of this heartwarming story, which I totally recommend, you can find it below. And that, my friends, would be why we won’t be seeing TotalBiscuit¬†at the GSL casting those games.

GSL Hiring Casters РPage 12 РTeamLiquid

TotalBiscuit РOn The Matter Of Spectating

In one last bit of TotalBiscuit¬†related news he recently wrote a piece on his website, CynicalBrit.com about spectating¬†games and eSports¬†future in general. He basically just talks about how entry-level¬†casting, casting for the sake of entertainment, like the commentators do for live sports events on TV, is the future of eSports. Needless to say he is probably right and you can read the full thing below, it’s a great read and might put a few things in perspective for those of you that actually whine when certain casters don’t seem to make their casts technical enough.

Draft scribbling on the matter of spectating – The Cynical Brit


Liquid Weekly #22

The 22nd Liquid Weekly is out! This time around there is, once again a lot of focus on Liquids wonderboy, Jinro’s, performance in the GSL¬†along with TLO’s¬†recent victory at the Pokeridol.com tournament. You can also find the usual smalls along with some cool fan art of The Gracken vs The Gorilla Terran (See¬†above!)¬†, check it out.

The Liquid Weekly #22 РTeamLiquid

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