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Patch 4.1

Patch 4.1

The recent World of WarCraft news has been pretty much solely about Patch 4.1 and and all that’s coming, and not coming, with it. There’s also been a bit of talk about Patch 4.2, which has more than a few people frustrated, seeing that some thing that Patch 4.1 does in fact not have enough content lined up for it…

Let’s start with what is actually confirmed to be coming with Patch 4.1, the changes, additions, fixes, updates and, um, others stuff! In a recent blue post, Zarhym let us know exactly what we can expect and promised more details in the days to come. The main content features currently planned for 4.1 are the following:

  • Zul’Gurub revamp
  • Zul’Aman revamp
  • New level-85 Stranglethorn quest line (phased) leading players into the troll dungeons
  • New tier of Heroic dungeon gear (epic item level 353) to give players a slightly bigger boost going into raids for the first time
  • New & updated flavor items, vanity pets, and mounts
  • Guild Challenges (new guild quests)
  • UI Improvements
  • Class Balance Changes
  • Much More

We kinda knew about most of this already, though, but one big surprise, to me at least, would be the Guild Challenges. (And yes, let us not even mention the fact that there is no new raid coming in 4.1, I will talk about that in just a second!) We’ve not been given any details concerning the guild challenges, but, never fear, as soon as the information is available I shall report on it! Warriors and cloth users will be happy to know that both Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub will also feature appropriately itemized pre-raid ranged slot weapons, something that Cataclysm was kind of lacking untill now. Next up, archaeologists, yes! Players with appropriately leveled archaeology will be able to unlock the new Edge of Madness bosses in Zul’Gurub! (This even used to require alchemy back in the day.) 

The latest sets of changes to the patch notes were made on March the 1st, March the 3rd and most recently March the 9th. There were, as usual, quite a few balance changes and improvements added with some notable ones being the following: Lifebloom’s bloom effect has been reduced by 20%, Howling Blast has a facing requirement. Shattered Barrier’s root effect now has diminishing returns. Grand Crusader will generate holy power if Avenger’s Shield is used within 5 seconds of the proc, Prowl has a new icon, Druids now innately have 100% pushback protection from damage while channeling Tranquility, Pet Happiness system has been removed, and all skills which previously provided it to pets will no longer do so, many Arcane spells have had their damage increased, Priests now innately have 100% pushback protection from damage while channeling Divine Hymn and Hymn of Hope – Priest – Chakra now lasts until canceled, up from 1 minute, the Dungeon Finder now attempts to avoid putting damage-dealing classes with the same armor type in a group and, well, much more that I won’t bother mentioning and can be found in the full and updated patch notes below.

Patch 4.1 Public Test Realm Notes – March 9 – Official

PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (3/1) – Wowhead

PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (3/3) – Wowhead

PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (3/9) – Wowhead

Blizzard Posts on Upcoming 4.1 Features (Including Guild Challenges!) – Wowhead

Patch 4.1 Extras

So then, as a few Patch 4.1 extras, below you can find all the new icons and graphics that Wowhead dug up, quite a few 3D Models of quite a few new items that we can expect to see in the Firelands Raid, (Yes, yes, I know, that’s patch 4.2) some preview shots of the new character pane and looking for guild UI, there were a ton of new maps added in the latest build, including maps for Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman, a legendary fishing pole that apparently adds 1000 to fishing, (I am almost sure that’s a joke!) and lastly the Amani Battle Bear is now in the game. If you want to read all of the aforementioned 4.1 related stuff, plus a few blue posts about the same topic, check the links below!

Patch 4.1 – PTR Build 13726 – TONS of New Dungeon & Raid Maps! – Wowhead

Patch 4.1 – PTR Build 13726 – Latest Additions – Wowhead

Patch 4.1 – PTR Build 13707 – Spell Changes – Wowhead

Patch 4.1 – 3D Models – Huge Assortment of Firelands Raid + PVP Weapons – Wowhead

Patch 4.1 – Character Pane Updates + Guild UI – Wowhead

Patch 4.1 – PTR Build 13698 – Spell Changes, Icons, Maps – Wowhead

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Firelands Raid & Patch 4.2

Blizzard has just come out and said it, put us out of our misery, The Firelands Raid won’t be coming with Patch 4.1, they feel it is too soon. This, to many players shocking information, was revealed during a recent interview with Eurogamer.net at the GDC, in which Blizzard stated that the Firelands raid would not be included in the upcoming patch 4.1. We will instead be seeing the Firelands raid added as part of the next big content patch, 4.2.

They said that the decision to move Firelands to 4.2 was also motivated by a desire to move away from the “monolithic” content patches World of Warcraft has received recently, towards smaller updates. Here are a few quotes from the interview with J. Allen Brack:

“We feel like the player base isn’t really ready for the next raid yet, and that led to some changes where Firelands is now actually going to be in 4.2.”

“Patch 4.1 provides our players with access to the completely redesigned Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub five-player dungeons, where they’ll be able to experience challenging encounters featuring all-new boss mechanics, obtain updated epic-level loot, and possibly acquire rare mounts.

“One of our long-standing development goals is to release regular content updates for the community to enjoy. These updates are generally focused on introducing specific content, like a new raid or new gameplay features.

“Our plan is to package these features into smaller content updates and to release them as soon as possible, rather than wait and release larger updates more infrequently.”

So yes, love it or hate it, excited or not, we will have to wait for patch 4.2 for the next set of raid content. After this announcement and interview, Bashiok stepped in and said a few words regarding all of it.

He basically just said that Blizzard’s goal with each major patch release, and especially with each expansion, is to learn from the past and use that knowledge to improve the game as they move forward. One of their biggest regrets in the pacing of Wrath of the Lich King was the Crusaders’ Coliseum. The Trial of the Champion 10- and 25-player raid was released while many raiders were still busy with Ulduar, which meant a premature end to Ulduar raiding — and a lot of players didn’t get a chance to experience all of Ulduar’s content during the normal expansion progression. Having learned that lesson in pacing from Wrath of the Lich King, they don’t feel Cataclysm needs a new raid tier just yet. He then also just reiterates what I mentioned before about there being more regular, smaller content patches.

So while Blizzard know that some raiders feel prepared to smack down the Firelord once again, releasing an epic raid dungeon before its time would, in the words of Ragnaros himself, be “too soon!”

Blizzard Says Putting Firelands in 4.1 Would Be “Too Soon!” – Wowhead

Firelands raid will not be in WOW patch 4.1 News – Eurogamer

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Patch 4.2 Extras

As a few extras you can actually see an entire raid preview of The Firelands over at MMO-Champion as well as a preview of the new daily questing area we are set to be hitting, come patch 4.2. The conversion from Valor to Justice Points, as well as the release of the next Arena season, won’t happen until the release of 4.2, and you can read all about that below, too. Lastly, Season 10 arena armor models, yet another preview courtesy of MMO-Champion. Some cool stuff and well worth having a look at!

Firelands Daily Area Preview, Blizzard Anniversary Video, MMO Report, Comics – MMO-Champion

Firelands Raid Preview, Reckful 3 PvP Video, Blizzard Retrospective Video – MMO-Champion

Patch 4.2 – Season 10 Armor Models Preview – MMO-Champion

Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes – March 1

Back on the live server front we have yet another round of Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 hotfixes! I am not even sure why I even wanted to mention these here, but hey, do I need to say it again? Yeah, okay, fixes are fixes and they are always welcome! So in the March 1 set of hotfixes we see the following changes: Flag carriers in rated Battlegrounds now take 25% more damage from all magical and physical attacks. The 25% additional damage from carrying the flag stacks with the Focus and Brutal Assault debuffs. Flag carriers in normal Battlegrounds are not affected by this change. Secondly, and yes, lastly, we see the temporary removal of the escort daily quest in Tol Barad. The issues plaguing the quest require a server restart to be fixed!

That’s it, that’s all the changes and fixes and you can find the official notes below!

Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes – March 1 – Official

Ask The Devs

Ask The Devs

Blizzard is hosting a Global World of Warcraft ‘Ask the Devs’  Q&A where players can post and vote on questions that will be answered by Blizzard developers themselves!  The main idea is that the community gets to help decide on what questions Blizzard needs to answer through the thumbs-up voting system. The Blizzard guys let us know that they will be collecting questions from around the world in each of their regional forums to make this a truly global effort. So if you want to read how it works, get your questions in, check the rules, or just find a few tips to help get your submissions noticed, check the links below for all that and more!

 Ask the Devs – Official

In With the New: Cataclysm Quest Mechanics

Blizzard are, as you all no doubt know, always looking for ways to improve World of Warcraft and, for Cataclysm, they introduced several UI features and new types of technology to help make questing more accessible, more immersive, and, most importantly, more fun! I have to say, that is one thing I find they really succeeded in doing. The new level 1 to 60 experience was out of this world. So, the World of WarCraft players amongst you have probably already encountered  many of these mechanics as you’ve explored post-shattering Azeroth, but Blizzard still wanted to take some time to discuss these changes’ purpose and functionality with all of us, as well as get our feedback on how they’ve contributed to our leveling experience this expansion.

Yes, enter Blizzards latest ‘blog’ post. Som what’s new, you ask? A few worth mention would be the ability to complete and accept new quests in the field, quest NPC objective windows, highlighted quest NPC names, new and shiny resource bars for certain quests and raid encounters, terrain phasing and quite a few others! As usual, Blizzard would love to hear our thoughts on these new mechanics and how they’ve improved or otherwise affected our gaming. So if you’re interested, check the post out and tell them what you think in the comments section of it!

In With the New: Cataclysm Quest Mechanics – Official

Therazane

Seriously, if only this was how Therazane really looked!

Art Updates

Time for the ever interesting art updates of the past week! Both the Fan Art and Official Galleries have been updated and I have to say, as I always seem to, there really are some great pieces, especially in the fan art, this time around. There are four new official Burning Crusade and Warcraft III pieces along with those five amazingly crazy looking pieces of fan art. My favourite, and yes, how could it not be, can be seen on your screens right now! 😀

Blizzard Art Gallery Update – Official

New Warcraft Fan Art – Official

Wow Smalls

World of WarCraft Smalls:

New Player Tips: U Mod, Bro? – Official

Poll: Add-on Your Opinion – Official

Numbers Where You Want Them: Movable Stats – Official

Curse of the Worgen Issue #4 Now Available – Official

Celebrate March Murloc Madness with Free Mug Offer – Official

GDC 2011: Blizzard’s Cataclysm And Retaining A Game’s ‘Soul’ – Gamasutra

World of Warcraft: Shadow Wing Vol. 2: Nexus Point On Sale – BlizzPlanet

Richard A. Knaak Q&A Transcript: War of the Ancients & Warcraft Manga Interview – BlizzPlanet

FNATIC Welcomes Fans to Chat on Raidcall – BlizzPlanet

2011 WCG Adds StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – BlizzPlanet

Rob Pardo Shows World of Warcraft At TED 2011 Conference – BlizzPlanet

Blizz Blues – Ep 8 – ‘Exclusive’ Charlie Sheen Interview – Wowhead

BFF Report – Cataclysm 4.1 – Zul’Gurub – Wowhead

Legendary – The WoW Video Podcast – Firelands? – Wowhead

Public Service Announcement: Don’t file false GM reports – WoW Insider

Know Your Lore: Darius Crowley, Lord of Silverpine – WoW Insider

PST Episode 19 – YouTube

The Weekly Marmot – Taking out the Trash – YouTube

TankSpot’s Guide to Heroic Atramedes – YouTube

World First Glory of the Cataclysm Raider by Immersion – YouTube

Warcraft III patch 1.25b is now live! – BlizzPlanet

World of WarCraft Blues:

…On Soulstone as a Combat Resurrection – Wowhead

…On An End to Graveyard Camping in WSG – Wowhead

…On Preventing Spam Through Chat Limitations – Wowhead

…On the State of DK Tanking – Wowhead

…On Upcoming Druid Lifebloom Nerf – Wowead

…On Upcoming Battle of Gilneas Graveyard Changes – Wowhead

…On Upcoming Change to ‘Ambassador’ Title Achievement – Wowhead

…On Winterspring Frostsaber Quest Changes in 4.1 – Wowhead

…On Archaeology Item Cooldowns – Wowhead

…On Why Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman Are heroic instances – MMO-Champion

…On The Planned Daily Quest Hub In Mount Hyjal – MMO-Champion

…On The Size Of Tol Barad – MMO-Champion

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In this episode we take a look at lots of Patch 4.1 and PTR News, Some 4.0.6 Hotfixes, Joyland, Lots of cool and funny art and much, much more! 😀

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Cataclysm Sales Records

Cataclysm One-Month Sales Top 4.7 Million

Blizzard issued a press release to announce that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has actually managed to sell 4.7 million copies in its first month of release, including retail sales and digital downloads. Cataclysm shattered the previous record held for monthly PC-Game sales held by Wrath of the Lich King. That is a pretty impressive feat and if you want to read more you can check the press release out for all the details. As usual, Blizzard thanked everyone for playing and supporting them.

Cataclysm One-Month Sales Top 4.7 Million – World of Warcraft Community Site

Patch 4.0.6

PTR Patch 4.0.6 Notes – Updated Jan. 11

The 4.0.6 patch notes have been updated once again and, as expected, there are a ton of new changes and improvements. One thing that struck me as kind of, erm, interesting, was that they do in fact include a ton of dungeon changes. This was on the same day that Ghostcrawler said heroics and raids are meant to be hard. Other changes include that some missing Azerothian rare spawns have been re-added with buffed loot and respawn timers, A socket has been added to all crafted epic armor pieces that did not already have one, new alchemists stones have been added, troll and worgen epic flight forms now have their correct models and many, many, many, many others. As you can expect there are also a bunch of achievement and class changes. You will absolutely have to check the full list out below, enjoy!

Public Test Realm Patch 4.0.6 Notes – Updated Jan. 11 – World of Warcraft Community Site

You can also read about the patch and all it entails at various other sites linked below:

Hand in hand with the patches come a couple of explanations and/or discussions from the blues. I’ve summarized them below, too, enjoy:

Ghostcrawler

Wow, Dungeons are Hard!

Ghostcrawler is back, and well, he has a lot to say. This time he has a talk about the dungeons in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, a long, long talk. The frustrations healers face, the difficulty tanks might have and the new responsibilities that dps have, the bosses that Blizzard’s keeping an eye on that seem to be causing a lot more wipes that others, and much more. I really can’t even begin to describe it all here, in the little time and space that I have, but I can say that it is in fact worth a read. They said that, in short, they hear us and that they are working around the clock to keep the game as fun and balanced as possible. I’ve linked the article below and, once again, it was ended with an interesting line: Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street is the lead systems designer on World of Warcraft. He has four dogs: three epic retrievers and one green terrier suitable for disenchanting.

Wow, Dungeons are Hard! – World of Warcraft Community Site

Cory Stockton Talks Tol Barad Balance

Cory Stockton recently posted on the World of Warcraft Community Site about Tol Barad Balance and the plans Blizzard has for it. A surprise from the post is that Blizzard is actually happy with the difficulty of attackers winning Tol Barad. The biggest reveal, or surprise, from the post is that Blizzard is actually happy with the difficulty of attacking in Tol Barad. This is, once again, a huge post and it contains a bunch of talk that doesn’t really give much solid information about the balance. Lucky for us, Patch 4.0.6 it is going to make it a little easier to capture a third base in Tol Barad, assuming you already have the first two. If you spend a lot of time in Tol Barad and would like to know what the future holds in store for you, check it out below.

Tol Barad Balance – World of Warcraft Community Site

 World of Warcraft Mugs

Ironforge and Undercity Mugs Now Available

Blizzard has revealed their two new World of Warcraft stoneware mugs and they are now available for viewing at purchase at www.wowsteins.com! A little information about the two mugs? The Undercity mug features a panoramic scene of the Horde’s capital of the undead while the Ironforge mug captures the cavernous city of the Alliance’s dwarven domain. Each handcrafted mug holds a hefty 18 oz. (.53 ltrs.) of your favorite hot or cold beverage and are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. So if you want a little World of Warcraft memorabilia that’s actually practical, check this out below.  

Ironforge and Undercity Mugs – World of Warcraft Community Site

Cataclysm LP Now Available on iTunes

Want to bring the music from the latest World of Warcraft expansion with you anywhere you go? Well now you can! The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm soundtrack is now available as an iTunes LP from the iTunes Store, featuring 17 epic tracks as well as special bonus content including artwork, liner notes, and behind-the-scenes interviews. Blizzard does mention that if  you previously purchased a copy of the Cataclysm soundtrack album from iTunes prior to the release of this special LP version you won’t have to worry, you’ll be able to receive the bonus content at no additional charge. So if you want to read more about all of that or want to purchase the Cataclysm soundtrack LP, check the post linked below.

Cataclysm LP Now Available on iTunes – World of Warcraft Community Site

Razer Switchblade Revealed

A new device was shown by Razer at the CES 2011, the Razor Switchblade. The Switchblade is a 7-inch pocket gaming that is still in its concept phase. According to the concept shown at CES 2011 and the video released a couple of days ago you can do quite a lot with this little package of power. I won’t even begin to try to explain it all, but, this may well be the handheld device PC gamers have been waiting for and, always wanted. So yes, Razer currently already has a Blizzard Entertainment license to make keyboards and mice based on Starcraft II and World of Warcraft. Razer is now jumping into the world of handheld gaming, exciting stuff. Watch the video above to learn more about the device and all its capable of. And yes, it can play World of Warcraft.

Nefarian Heroic World First Kill by Paragon

Lastly in the World of Warcraft news it seems like Paragon has scored the world first kill on Heroic mode Nefarian. So congratulations to them for the hard work and you can read more about it below!

Nefarian World First Kill – MMO-Champion

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Heralds of Twilight

The Story So Far – Heralds of Twilight

The next part of the lore post ‘The Story So Far…’ has been released. This second part is titled Heralds of Twilight and picks up where the previous part left off. It covers pretty much everything that happened after the Cataclysm hit. Deathwings arrival and all it’s repercussions, Thralls return from Outland, the Twilights Hammer and Cho’gall, the goblins and worgen and much, much more. I recommend reading this if you don’t want to be left in the dark, if you want to know what is happening or has happened in your beloved Azeroth. Check the full thing out below, enjoy!

The Story So Far… Part II – World of Warcraft Community Site

Continued from part one of “The Story So Far…”.

As the world’s races struggled for survival in the wake of the Cataclysm, details came to light concerning what—or who—had caused the disaster. Prior to the upheaval, the Fury of Earth had cryptically told Thrall that Azeroth’s instability had been caused by something good that had turned unnatural. Something that wished to inflict pain and suffering on the entire world.

The warning was in reference to an ancient being once known as Neltharion the Earth-Warder. Long ago, this Aspect of the black dragonflight had been granted dominion over Azeroth’s earthly expanses by the benevolent titans. Yet the incessant whisperings of the Old Gods had gradually driven Neltharion insane and caused him to abandon his sacred charge. He had later revealed his treachery during the War of the Ancients by turning an immensely powerful artifact—the Dragon Soul—against his allies, annihilating nearly all of the blue dragonflight. Forever after, Neltharion would answer to a new name: Deathwing.

Deathwing’s murderous aim had become the subjugation of the other dragonflights, a goal left unfulfilled decades ago when he was chased into hiding by the Dragon Aspects Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, and Malygos. In Deathwing’s absence, agents of the black dragonflight continued one of his darkest schemes: creating a more powerful breed of dragon. The most promising of these vile experiments resulted in twilight dragons, malefic creatures that first appeared in the cursed and abandoned dwarven city of Grim Batol, and later within the hallowed Chamber of the Aspects.

During many of these developments, Deathwing remained hidden. Rumors regarding his death circulated, leading to the assumption that his malevolent influence on Azeroth was at an end. Such was not the case. In Deepholm, the domain of earth within the Elemental Plane, Deathwing nourished his hatred of Azeroth’s inhabitants, awaiting his moment to burst forth from his lair and reforge the world in flame. That fateful day—the Cataclysm—arrived shortly after Thrall’s return from Outland.

Deathwing’s violent return did much more than sunder the lands of Azeroth; it also ruptured the boundaries of the Elemental Plane. In the aftermath, chaotic elementals emerged into the world from within the Abyssal Maw, Deepholm, the Firelands, and the Skywall. Working with Deathwing, the Twilight’s Hammer cult and its twisted leader, Cho’gall, established footholds across the world with the aid of twilight dragons and enslaved elementals.

Thus far, many of Azeroth’s defenders have devoted themselves to combating the cult and allaying the elemental forces threatening to tear the world apart. Chief among these champions are the shaman of the Earthen Ring, including Thrall, Nobundo, and Muln Earthfury. Other Horde and Alliance heroes have also risen to the challenge, but their focus has been split due to skirmishes between the two factions.

Amid the turmoil, two other beleaguered groups are striving to overcome their own hurdles. The human kingdom of Gilneas, walled off from the rest of the world for years, has come under assault by Queen Sylvanas’s Forsaken. Aside from the undead, the kingdom is assailed by a debilitating curse that transforms its victims into feral wolf-beasts known as worgen. Meanwhile, a volcanic eruption on the tropical Isle of Kezan has ousted the Bilgewater Cartel and other goblins from their homes. Trade Prince Gallywix has capitalized on this moment of panic and swindled his fellow goblins out of their life savings—and their freedom—in exchange for transport off of Kezan.

Much like Gilneas and the Bilgewater Cartel, other kingdoms and factions the world over face their own trials, from internal political strife to the reappearance of ancient foes. Yet there is one inescapable truth that they all share: if Deathwing and his nihilistic servants are left unopposed, the Cataclysm will pale in comparison to the chaos that lies ahead for Azeroth.
Blizzard Entertainment

New WoW Site

New Community Site Officially Live

The new World of Warcraft Community Site that I have been raving about in nearly every episode for the last couple of weeks is now finally and officially live. Yes, indeed, it was in beta till now. A built-in armory, fansite integration, a new incredibly in-depth and amazingly well presented game guide which you absolutely have to check out below and much, much more can be found on the site. So if you are interested you can check below for the full list of features of the new community site, or just check the actual site out instead, that’s probably a better idea.

World of Warcraft Community Site – Battle.net

The New World of Warcraft Community Site Features

Along with the new site going live Blizzard also have a few posts up that will help you get around it. As I mentioned the new World of Warcraft game guide is now live and is titled “What is World of Warcraft’. I have to say that it truly a sight to behold and word can’t really even begin to describe it. Well, maybe they can, but I think I will leave the explorative process to you guys. Read more below!

What is World of Warcraft – World of Warcraft Community Site

There is also a FAQ dedicated to the unique 3D renders of your in-game characters that are usable on the new site. These new character images will appear in your Armory profile, in the character card once you’re logged in, and whenever you post a comment or reply. The FAQ covers everything you could possibly want to know about using and setting this feature up.

Character Image FAQ – World of Warcraft Community Site

4.0.3a Hotfixes

Cataclysm Hotfixes – Updated December 8

Blizzard has released yet another round of hotfixes, well, two actually. Below you can find the December 7th and December 8th list of bug fixes, changes and improvements to the currently live Patch 4.0.3a. It seems like most of the fixes were made to the higher level content this time around, mostly targeting the level 80+ leveling zones. There were also a few changes made to the fishing skill which was apparently being leveled ‘too rapidly’ past 500 skill and the following I think is probably the biggest change of all – It is no longer possible for an ill-mannered person of the opposing faction to one-shot a flight trainer in Stormwind or Orgrimmar, which in turn made the 500 players standing on top of the flight trainer with their mammoths really sad.

Blizzard has stated that most changes may not be implemented until realms are restarted. You can find the full list of hotfixes below, enjoy!

Cataclysm Hotfixes – Updated Dec. 8 – World of Warcraft Community Site

Cataclysm Launch Round-Up

With the launch of Cataclysm now a thing of the past, well, sort of, there’s a lot of information floating around about the various launch events that happened all around the world. Apart from my own coverage of the midnight launch I attended, which I urge you all to check out, I have linked you all up with a bunch of different sites takes on the launch, aswell as a couple of really interesting re-caps, videos, writeups or FAQ’s of the bigger launches around the world. Enjoy!

Worldbreaker

Worldbreaker Release Parties

Worldbreaker, the first World of Warcraft Trading Card Game set to feature Cataclysm content, releases worldwide on December 14. Soooo, Blizzard have let us all know that select stores around the world will be hosting Worldbreaker Release Parties on the weekend of 18 and 19 December. As expected, if you attend one of these Release Parties will get you a bunch of cool swag related to Worldbreaker. Find the full details about Worldbreaker and these cool sounding launch events at the official post below.

Worldbreaker Release Party – World of Warcraft Community Site

Worldbreaker, the first World of Warcraft Trading Card Game set to feature Cataclysm content, releases worldwide on December 14, and stores around the world will host Worldbreaker Release Parties on the weekend of 18 and 19 December.

Participants will play Worldbreaker Sealed Pack and take home foil Ruby Enforcers as the participation prize. If you don’t know how to play the World of Warcraft TCG, you can visit these locations on the weekend of 11 and 12 December for a free demo. See you there!
Blizzard Entertainment

World First Level 85 – For Science

So as always the race to max level was a furious and ever pointless one. The first level 85 characters were popping up here and there mere hours after Cataclysm’s launch. However, now that the near-final rankings have been released it is pretty clear that one character leveled much faster than the others. Forscience, played by the ever entertaining Athene was the first character in the world to reach level 85. He did it in around 5 hours and afterwards released a video explaining how it was done and showing all the people who helped him do it. Just a quick warning, never take Athene too seriously. Well done though and well done to the rest of the players that were close behind. Read more about all that below and watch the video above!

US & EU Level 85 & Raid Rankings – MMO-Champion

Azeroth Daily Pilot – TotalBiscuit

The Azeroth Daily, by Total Biscuit, is a daily World of Warcraft news show that is set to put the rest of us news-casters out of business. No, but seriously, he explains it best by saying that it is an easy to digest source of news and comment and the only daily WoW videocast of its kind currently in existence. He mentions that there is still a lot to work out and work on but I have to say that the amount of time he must be spending on it and the amount of information he crammed into the first episode is already pretty impressive. It works the same way as my show with the links to the relevant news being posted below but he does go one step further and provide in-game recordings of whatever he is talking about, so that’s cool. He even has a cool screenshot competition running right now where he’s giving the winner a 2 month Game Time Card, niiiiice. What more do I need to say? Check it out now.

TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit – YouTube

WoW Smalls

World of Warcraft Smalls

If you haven’t noticed there was a change made to the whole guild leveling and guild achievements system. You no longer receive bonus experience when guild achievements are earned. Read the full quote and reasoning behind it below.

In some smaller news there are a bunch of new and free character moves available to players on US realms.

There are a couple of cool new pieces of concept art up on the World of Warcraft Community site.

Wowhead has a world exclusive video up of the new Level 80 or 85 Elite Tauren Chieftain that all you metal fans really have to check out. The new song is titled ‘Warriors of Azeroth and is dedicated to, well, all the warriors out there. Enjoy.

A fan asked if there was any chance that we would be seeing new servers any time soon. Blizzard replied by saying that they doubt there will be any new ones coming out this year. They also said that you never know, anything could happen. So, that pretty much makes the first part of the answer null and void.

A player recently complained, quite heavily, about being constantly ganked on his… wait for it… PvP Realm. He went on to demand a free transfer for his character to a new realm from Blizzard because the whole story was just not acceptable. Blizzard was quick to shut him down by saying that maybe life on a PvP realm was just not for him and that if he wanted to move his character he could use the transfer feature or just create a new one on a normal realm. Silly, silly guy. Read the full interactions below!

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Starcraft II Patch 1.2

Good news everyone! Well, sort of at least. Patch 1.2 for Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is now being tested on the Public Test Region. Yes, there is a Public Test Region for Starcraft II now. The big changes and additions include chat channels being added and Stalemate Detection is being tested. Also, they have added the Master League, which is the top percentage of the players from any region. Dont confuse this with the Grandmaster League, though, which will be the Top 200 players. There were some other slightly smaller, slightly questionable changes, too. You can no longer just hold a key down, as zerg, to spawn multiple units, Fungal Growth no longer hits air units and you can no longer block a ramp with only two Pylons.

These are some really, really big changes and I hope they go down well with all the Starcraft II players out there It is good to see Blizzard testing them first, at least. You can check the full patch notes below and get a lot more information about undocumented changes and the PTR below, enjoy!

Starcraft II Patch 1.2 – Full Patch Notes – Starcraft II Official Site

Official PTR FAQ – Starcraft II Forums

Patch 1.2.0 on PTR – TeamLiquid Forums

To try this patch the Public Test Server you can just, after updating your game, run the Starcraft II Public Test.exe in your Starcraft II folder. Right now you can only try the PTR from the North American Region, though. Enjoy!

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Protoss Are Weak

Protoss Are Weak

An interesting thread popped up on the SEA Starcraft II forums recently. I think the only thing that really makes it interesting and different from the others, of which there have been many, is that a blue poster actually replied to it. The thread was titled ‘Is Protoss the Weakest Race?’ and the player was seeking answers to the question. Blizzard deemed it worthy of a reply and hopped into the fray. They mention that the GSL was not the reason that zerg was buffed and that they always, absolutely always take multi-pronged approaches and never nerf or buff on whim. The most interesting line in the entire reply, though, has to be the following:

Some players have been reporting that the race feels a little ‘weak’, and that matches our in-house experience

Yes, you heard it here, protoss is weak. I know, I know, I am taking it totally out of context, but that is what us in the news industry do!  If you want to read the full reply from Blizzard about their eternal struggle to balance the game, check it out below!

I want to clarify that this is not the reason why zerg was adjusted. While we pay close attention to feedback from pro players and it is extremely valuable, one of the great flaws in pro player feedback is that they are usually so heavily focused on the experience that they have playing one race that they may not be evenhanded in their feedback.

Any alteration to StarCraft II balance is the result of a multi-pronged approach, including internal testing, statistical analysis of all leagues, modeling, player feedback (including shoutcasters, pro players, developers and of course, ladder players), etc. There’s a lot that goes into these decisions and they aren’t made lightly.

Protoss are a prime example. Some players have been reporting that the race feels a little ‘weak’, and that matches our in-house experience. Conversely, protoss is performing pretty well on the ladder. From yet another perspective, protoss players did not make a good showing in GSL 2, for example. This is painting a complex picture, and we’re approaching the situation cautiously.

Any adjustments we plan for the future will be very carefully considered, and will not be the result of feedback from a single source.
Daxxarri, Blizzard Entertainment (Source)

Blizzard Interview – South Korea, KeSPA & GOMTV

Bob Colayco, the Blizzard Public Relations Manager, was interviewed by Games.On.Net to talk about the success and challenges of getting Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty into South Korean territory. With Bob was Chris Davey, the Senior Brand Manager for Blizzard in the Australia & New Zealand region. As I actually mentioned a week or two ago here, it has not all been peaches and cream. Blizzard are struggling a little to get the Koreans to fully embrace Starcraft II. I can imagine that it would be a little hard to beat the 11 good years they had with Starcraft 1. So if you want to read about Blizzard wherein they actually talk a little bit about KeSPA, GOMTV, the lack of LAN mode for Starcraft II and their various other endeavours in South Korea you can find the full interview below. Enjoy!

Stratagems: Exclusive StarCraft 2 Uber-Interview – Games.On.Net

Various Tricks In Starcraft II

A posted called TheRabidDeer on the TeamLiquid forums has set up a nice little post about some of the interesting tricks you can pull off in Starcraft II. Some of them are pretty useless, but some may well come in handy, in some absurdly obscure situations, I guess. Cloak dodging, pathing exploits and my personal favourite, the colossus skywalking. You can watch a nice video by HDStarcraft, which I have embedded above, that covers that last one. So if you want to know all the little intricacies and tricks in Starcraft II I guess this post is for you. The real great part about it is probably that the guys replying to the post are also adding their own interesting and fun tricks, check it out!

Various “tricks” in SC2 – TeamLiquid

Dreamhack

Dreamhack 2010 – Naama Wins!

One of the bigger Starcraft II Tournaments or events of the year, Dreamhack, has been completed. The event on the whole seemed like incredible fun and I wish I could just have sat here all weekend long to watch the streams. Day[9] and his casting partners were, obviously, amazing to watch. There was a bit of drama concerning the group stages being best of 1, but, those problems faded fast as the players started to concentrate fully on their games. oh, but wait, we are here to talk about the winner of Dreamhack!

In a pretty dramatic and incredibly exciting final series,  Naama was able to win the first two maps relatively easy. But  MaNa didn’t give up. He fought back, resisted the urge to just give up and took the following two maps. It came down to a final set, which the Finnish terran player Naama managed to win. So yes, 3 to 2, after an incredible weekend of Starcraft II, Naama walks away with over 10,000 Euro in prize money. MaNa pockets around 3,000 Euro for his second place and Fenix 2,000 for his third. Below you can find various sites coverage of the event and all the details you could possible want concerning Naama’s route to the finals.

DH: Naama wins 3:2 – MyM

Dreamhack 2010 Brackets – Dreamhack

Caster & Player Interviews

There are a few extras to be seen, too. GosuGamers have a great bunch of interviews up with the casters of the event and many of the players, definitely worth a watch! There’s also, as there always seems to be, a great recap thread up on the TeamLiquid forums covering pretty much all of it. Enjoy!

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: DreamHack Winter 2010 – GosuGamers

Dreamhack Winter 2010 Coverage – TeamLiquid

GSL

GSL3 Ro32 – Day 1

The Round of 32 in the GSL3 has started with the first play-day already completed. MakaPrime, NesTea, ST_Squirtle and Rain have all won their games and progressed to the next round. There are a bunch of big names playing in the next couple of Round of 32 days and I am confident that those will be games you won’t want to miss. The next play day is on Monday, November 29. Read more about the going ons of the Global Starcraft II League Season 3 below, enjoy!

RESULTS: GOMTV StarCraft 2 Open Season 3 – Round of 32 – GosuGamers

[GSL] S3 Ro32 Day 1 – TeamLiquid

GSL3 Round of 32 – MyM

SjoW Wins EPS Nordic

SjoW won the EPS Nordic after taking a pretty clear and decisive 2 to 0 win over MaDFroG in the finals that were held at this past weekends Dreamhack LAN. That means the terran playing SjoW walks away with a nice 2,000 Euro and MaDFroG with a decent 1,000. You can read more about the event and the final playoffs below, courtesy of MyM.

SjoW wins EPS Nordic – MyM

Nerchio Wins First TeamSpeak TL Open

The first TeamSpeak TeamLiquid Open was won, this past weekend, by relative unknown, Nerchio. The random player took down the terran playing Fuzer in the finals to score $100. The next TeamSpeak TeamLiquid Open is set to happen on the 4th of December on the US Battle.net servers. Read more about all of that below!

TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open Series – TeamLiquid

TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open (EU Server) – TeamLiquid

ProLeague Round 1 Recap

TeamLiquid has a brilliant and incredible in-depth recap of the first round of the Starcraft: Brood War Pro-league up on their site. I won’t pretend to know anything about it at all, so if you feel you still need to follow the Brood War scene or if you just want a healthy dose of nostalgia, you can check that out below. There are some cool photos, a lot of information and a bunch of results, too.

[PL] Round One Recap – TeamLiquid

ZeeRaX Wins Craft Cup Lite #16

The terran player ZeeRax took the 16th Craft Cup Lite last week by taking down the zerg playing Akki in the finals with a relatively close 2 to 1.

Craft Cup Lite #16 – Craft Cup

Splendour Wins Craft Cup Lite #17

Protoss player Splendour took the latest Craft Cup Lite, #17. He faced off against the zerg player Eizcaj and took him down, pretty cleanly, with a score of 2 to 0.

Craft Cup Lite #17 – Craft Cup

sLDeathAngel Wins Craft Cup #20

DeathAngel won the 20th Craft Cup this past Friday. He, or she, played zerg and took down the protoss playing joe in the finals with a score of 3 to 2.

Craft Cup #20 – Craft Cup

Player and Clan news

Team Liquid – Pony Tales #1

Disciple and IntoTheWow from over at TeamLiquid bring us the first monthly issue of Pony Tales. Pony Tales is a very interesting and pretty amusing magazine covering, well, TeamLiquid and their various endeavours in the community over the past month. It is brilliantly put together and looks like a real, should-be-printed magazine. So if you want to read something slightly more lighthearted, then you’d best check that out below!

Pony Tales #1 – TeamLiquid

Naniwa Joins Power Gaming

The British based organisation and gaming clan Power Gaming has announced the addition of former MeetYourMakers player Naniwa. He joins their current member and fellow protoss player elfittaja. You can read more about the transfer below!

Power Gaming signs Naniwa – MyM

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Cataclysm Beta Build 12942 

Yet another build, oh nay! This one is around 500mb in size and boasts quite a few changes, improvements, fixes and bugs. Yes, bugs! I am having a lot of trouble even logging in at the moment. For some reason the game has decided that it needs to load for about 5 minutes every time I Enter World with a character. It’s silly. The changes more than make up for it, though! 

Map Changes And Updates

We’ve got some new and updated maps out in the latest Cataclysm Beta Build, these include new maps for The Maelstrom, Uldum and The Twilight Highlands. It seems like a few other, older maps, have been updated too. You can find a full list of updated maps over at Wowhead.com. 

World of Raids – Cataclysm Map Update (Build 12942)! New Uldum, Maelstrom Maps + Updated Azerothian Maps! 

Azerothian Navigation

Azerothian Navigation Skill

To be able to fly in Azeroth one now has to buy yet another flying skill, this time the Azerothian Navigation Skill. It seems to be a license of sorts for taking to the skies in the Old World. You can purchase this skill in any of the Capital Cities or in Dalaran. See the official quote below! 

We’ve added a new flying skill called Flight Master’s License. When World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is released, players who purchase the expansion will see this skill available from flight trainers for 250 gold once they reach level 60. This new skill is required for flying around all Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms zones, including the new level 80-85 zones.
Zahrym, Blizzard Entertainment (Source) 

Tier 11 Set Bonuses Discovered

We are one step closer to the full reveal of the new tiers of armor. This is the process we have to go through every time, little leaks of information, small pieces of concept art or even models that are not quite complete yet. It won’t be long till we get a glimpse at the first new tier of armor that we are going to be getting our greedy little hands on. The set bonuses seem pretty interesting and I can’t wait to see how amazing / interesting the higher tiers will be! Visit the post on MMO-Champion to see the full list of discoveries. 

MMO-Champion – Cataclysm Beta – Build 12942 (Codename Fluffy) 

Cataclysm Archaeology

Archaeology Profession Added

The Archaeology Profession has been added to the Cataclysm Beta! Yaaay! I have been waiting for this profession to pop up and finally, it’s here! I was kind of curious to see how they would spin this, what Blizzard would to do keep this fresh, interesting and indeed rewarding. It seems like, thus far at least, they have something really interesting cooked up for us. I am going to be doing a separate post on the Archaeology Profession over this weekend, stay tuned for that! Till then, though, you can see the official patch notes pertaining to Archeology below!

Archaeology, a new secondary profession, has been added. Players can learn this profession in order to search for ancient artifacts around the world to advance their Archaeology skill and create unique new items

To recover artifacts, you need to collect artifact fragments. Fragments are found in dig sites visible on your map. When you reach a dig site, use the Survey ability. Your survey tool will indicate the approximate direction and distance to the cache of fragments. You can collect fragments three times in a dig site before you need to move to a new dig site. Once you have enough fragments, you can solve an artifact to learn a little more about Azeroth’s past. Happy hunting!

You can find my Archaeology Guide and Maps below

Archeaology Guide Click me!

New Achievements And Titles

A couple of new Guild Achievements, Raid and Dungeon achievements and I think most interestingly there are now also new Achievements for Battle of Gilneas, Twin Peaks and Rated Battlegrounds in the Cataclysm Beta. The best place to see the full list of achievement changes and additions is probably MMO-Champion. Enjoy! 

MMO-Champion – Cataclysm Beta – Build 12942 (Codename Fluffy) 

New Concept Art

New Concept Art Discovered In Cataclysm Credits 

 The guys over at MMO-Champion have once again been scouring the Cataclysm Game files. This time they have discovered the concert art from the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm credits, there is a lot of cool new art to see there and it’s definitely worth checking out! See the full gallery in the post linked below. 

MMO-Champion – Cataclysm Concept Arts and Tier 11, Druid Forms, Blue Posts 

Nessingwary In Cataclysm? 

A thread was started on the official Cataclysm forums with the intent of finding out why Nessingwary, or at least a new and updated version of him, was missing from the Cataclysm Beta. The poster got this blue reply in response: 

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence…
Wryxian, Blizzard Entertainment

Let’s hope this means we will be seeing a fresh looking Nessingwary return in Cataclysm!

You can find the full updated patch notes here (Thanks World of Raids!) and a new and updated talent calculator here. (Thanks MMO-Champion!) The chances are also good that more changes or updates will be discovered or uncovered in the coming days, keep checking back here for more!

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