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In this episode we take a look at some more Patch 4.1 goodies, why Ghostcrawler has stopped posting on the official forums, the latest Ask The Devs questions and answers, some cool new art & much more! ūüėÄ

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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In this episode we take a look at everything that’s coming (and not coming) in Patch 4.1, Patch 4.2 and Firelands, Hotfixes, Art Updates & More!

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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) РWowhead

PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (3/3) РWowhead

PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (3/9) РWowhead

ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅBlizzard 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 РPTR Build 13726 РTONS of New Dungeon & Raid Maps! РWowhead

Patch 4.1 РPTR Build 13726 РLatest Additions РWowhead

Patch 4.1 РPTR Build 13707 РSpell Changes РWowhead

Patch 4.1 Р3D Models РHuge Assortment of Firelands Raid + PVP Weapons РWowhead

Patch 4.1 РCharacter Pane Updates + Guild UI РWowhead

Patch 4.1 РPTR Build 13698 РSpell Changes, Icons, Maps РWowhead

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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‚Äôt 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 РMMO-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 РOfficial

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

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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! ūüėÄ

Blizzard Art Gallery Update – Official

New Warcraft Fan Art – Official

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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 РBlizzPlanet

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

FNATIC Welcomes Fans to Chat on Raidcall РBlizzPlanet

2011 WCG Adds StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm РBlizzPlanet

Rob Pardo Shows World of Warcraft At TED 2011 Conference РBlizzPlanet

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

BFF¬†Report – Cataclysm 4.1 – Zul’Gurub¬†– Wowhead

Legendary РThe WoW Video Podcast РFirelands? РWowhead

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! РBlizzPlanet

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! ūüėÄ

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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

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Extras

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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

A WILD MOLTRES APPEARS Рreddit

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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