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World of Warcraft Turns Seven
Remember when we datamined
WoW's 8th Anniversary
? Well, it's time to celebrate WoW's seven years--starting this Sunday, you will be able to login to get a feat of strength as well as get reputation gains.
World of Warcraft turns seven on November 23, 2011! It’s been a truly incredible seven years, and we’d like to thank you all for joining us for yet another fantastic year. To celebrate, players who log into the game between November 20 and December 3 will earn a feat of strength added to their Achievements and a “Celebration Package” item. Using your item will get the celebrations rolling by shooting off fireworks*, applying a (visual only) tabard to your character, and granting a 7% bonus to experience and reputation gains while active.
We look forward to another year of adventures ahead and many more to come!
*Please observe all goblin and gnome fire hazard warnings and celebrate responsibly.
2011/11/18 at 2:13 PM
Firelands Raid Hotfixes Sept. 20 -- Updated
As announced in the ‘Firelands Raid Changes Incoming’ blog post (
), we’ll be making the below hotfixes which have gone into effect during today's raid reset.
- health and damage reduced by 15%.
Other bosses - health and damage reduced by 25%.
All adds’ health and damage have been reduced in the same proportions as bosses.
deal much less damage.
s move slower.
Wings of Flame
buff duration on Alysrazor is now uniformly 30 seconds.
Alysrazor drops 1 additional
for 10-player mode and 2 additional feathers for 25-player mode in all cycles.
Wrath of Ragnaros
in Stage 1 now knocks targets up, but not back.
Boss health and damage reduced by 15% (Heroic
' health has not been reduced.)
All adds’ health and damage have been reduced in the same proportions as bosses. However, Heroic Ragnaros adds have been reduced by 15%.
2011/09/20 at 12:20 PM
Dungeons & Raids
Foe Reaper 5000
has been reduced from 50,000 fire damage to 20,000 fire damage on Heroic difficulty.
's spawn timer has been increased in both phases of the encounter on Heroic difficulty.
packs should now behave as originally intended. As Flamewaker Subjugators become damaged, Flamewaker Animators will be attackable, and must be killed quickly to prevent a significant buildup of
Bottle of Dalaran Red
Bottle of Aged Dalaran Red
Cask of Dalaran Red
Cask of Aged Dalaran Red
should no longer award the player the next tier of Dalaran Red when placed on the ground.
Quests and Creatures
The Storm Peaks
should again be applied correctly to flying characters, and will not cause mounted characters to dismount. The transformation should not affect druids in
Alliance and Horde players are able to teleport to [npc=151
2011/09/14 at 3:27 PM
Hotfixes (September 9th)
After monitoring thousands of Firelands kills, we've concluded that Retribution’s damage was not where we wanted it to be, so we're going to increase Censure damage by roughly 40%. We'll also be keeping an eye on paladin damage as we move towards patch 4.3. We expect that this hotfix should be applied sometime later today.
We're also considering shifting some of the damage from Hammer of Wrath into other attacks. While that may not necessarily cure some of the current concerns about proc reliance, it should help smooth out damage a bit.
The damage dealt by Censure from Seal of Truth has been increased by 40%.
Quests and Creatures
If the Steamwheedle Rescue Balloon is killed at the start of Rocket Rescue, players should now be ejected properly, and the ballon reset to its home location.
When a player exits the Skeletal Steed vehicle in Welcome To The Machine, all quest NPCs will now despawn.
2011/09/09 at 5:31 PM
Hotfixes (September 9th) and Legendary Quest Changes
Dungeons & Raids
The number of Smouldering Essences that can be collected from a single boss in 25-person Firelands on Heroic difficulty has been reduced.
The number of Smouldering Essences that can be collected from a single boss in 10-person Firelands on normal mode has been increased.
The hit points and damage done by drones and spiders in this encounter have been reduced by 10%.
Ragnaros should now be crushing fewer souls on Heroic difficulty.
Kalecgos should no longer despawn when first engaged.
The Wrath of Tarecgosa should no longer ignore cooldowns when a clone spell procs.
The Wrath of Tarecgosa should no longer trigger melee procs from trinkets, however, it should still trigger melee procs from abilities such
2011/09/08 at 7:02 PM
Heroic Ragnaros Receives a Major Nerf
With only seven US guilds and thirty-seven guilds killing Ragnaros on heroic mode in 25-man, it was inevitable that Ragnaros would get a nerf. The fight was hard and many guilds three healed it for their kill, mine included.
Tonight, the nerfbat finally landed. Mid-attempt for many, Ragnaros' health was reduced--it's a fight based on health percentages for phase transitions, so this will reduce the second phase probably by an entire seed phase, greatly reducing the encounter's difficulty. Additionally, phase four--the heroic mode phase--allows Ragnaros to heal up for 50% of his health. With his overall health changed this much, it means he'll heal up for a lot less.
On heroic mode, Ragnaros now has 74.2 million on 10-man; on 25-man, it's now 246.9 million from its previous 290 million.
Prenerf Kill Statistics
, here are the statistics prenerf for kills in Firelands. Expect them to change
25-man Heroic Mode Kills
H: Beth'tilac (25): 682 (16.14%)
H: Lord Rhyolith (25): 1204 (28.49%)
H: Alysrazor (25): 581 (13.75%)
H: Shannox (25): 2040 (48.27%)
H: Baleroc (25): 428 (10.
2011/09/06 at 10:08 PM
4.2.2 Live on Servers
4.2.2 just hit the live realms--it's a real quiet one in terms of a patch, just miscellaneous technical fixes that couldn't be hotfixed in. However, the good news is that with 4.2.2 off of the PTR, it's time for 4.3 to start. We'll be watching out for it and we're definitely cooking up a storm of surprises for 4.3 coverage.
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Dungeons & Raids
Dungeons & Raids
The visibility of
ability has been increased.
The size of Ragnaros' hit box during the final phase of the Heroic encounter has been increased.
Raid Frames should now remember whether they were shown or hidden upon subsequent logins.
Players using multiple accounts should now be available to be invited to a Real ID Party.
2011/08/30 at 2:16 PM
Hotfixes (August 16th - 29th)
should no longer hit enemies with whom the player is not in combat in Grim Batol or the Firelands.
The Feral druid 4-piece tier-12 set bonus (
Item - Druid T12 Feral 4P Bonus
) should now interact properly with
The radius of effect of the Restoration druid 4-piece tier-12 set (
Item - Druid T12 Restoration 4P Bonus
) has been increased.
now properly triggers
on the primary Fireblast target, even if that target was not yet in combat.
The radius of effect of the Holy paladin 4-piece tier-12 set (
Item - Paladin T12 Holy 4P Bonus
) has been increased.
Dungeons & Raids
A few of the
patrols in the entrance area of Firelands have gone on vacation.
The number of enemies that must be killed before Shannox spawns has been reduced.
2011/08/29 at 8:06 PM
News Round Up: Hotfixes, Dev Watercooler, and Dragonwrath Questline
Major changes to threat today were hotfixed in. And when we say major, we mean
--basically it's a non-factor from this point on.
Threat generation for all tanks has been increased to 500%, up from 300%. This applies to
Veteran of the Third War
should no longer be generated when damage is fully absorbed by damage shields. When the shield breaks from damage or damage is partially absorbed, the amount of Vengeance generated is equal to the full amount of damage taken (including the damage absorbed.)
More information can be found in our latest
Dungeons & Raids
has come into a larger supply of PvE gear than he previously possessed.
s should now be nigh impossible for a single player to kill.
The first six bos
2011/08/16 at 3:55 PM
News Round Up: Latest Hotfixes (August 10), Blizz on Character Limits
Latest hotfixes have been posted, including a previously undocumented change to the dailies for the
, which were hotfixed with the patch earlier this week. Instead of one elemental spawning, three now spawn; this should make getting the achievement way easier as many people still didn't have it (despite doing the dailies every day). It was completely RNG and some servers didn't even have an elemental switch yet.
Latest Hotfixes (8/10)
Applicable death knight abilities are now using the correct amount of resources (and putting them on cooldown) when there are 4 Death Runes available and the Unholy Runes are depleted.
Druids that shapeshift will now clear the
Potion of Illusion
is no longer penalized by Resilience more than once, nor can it gain double benefit from
Dungeons & Raids
If a player is kicked by vote
2011/08/10 at 11:04 PM
4.2.0A Patch Notes
Blizzard has been pretty quiet lately, but they have just posted some new patch notes for the latest live mini-patch 4.2.0A. This patch contained no new content, items, or any of that fun stuff but instead includes a number of system bugfixes. Many of the issues which were causing client crashes have been fixed, so some players should still appreciate this boring little patch!
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2.0A is now available on all realms! Below you'll find the official patch notes.
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Using an instant cast spell right after a target dies should no longer re-target the dead target’s body.
Using an ability immediately after switching targets should no longer affect the previous target.
Resolved a movement error when jumping onto an object while experiencing a low frame rate.
Mac: Fixed a bug preventing shift and mouse wheel commands from registering properly.
Resolved issues that were causing client crashes near Beth’tilac in the Firelands.
2011/08/08 at 5:48 PM
News Round Up: WoW Released in Brazil, Adding Battlegrounds, Twilight of the Aspects, and More
World of Warcraft is coming to Brazil and Blizzard posted an excerpt of their newest novel, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects! Big news, eh? We also have the latest blue posts from the past few days rounded up, including rumors of adding more battlegrounds and a breakdown of need vs. greed in World of Warcraft 5-mans.
SAO PAULO, Brazil. -- July 21, 2011 -- At an exclusive press event at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulotoday, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced that a fully localized Brazilian Portuguese version of its critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®, will be released in Brazil later this year. Brazilian Portuguese will be the ninth officially supported language for World of Warcraft worldwide, and the third supported language in Latin America, complementing the existing English and Spanish versions.
An official Brazilian Portuguese World of Warcraft community website will also be available at launch.
In addition, players in Brazil will have access to customer service for the game in Brazilian Portuguese.
"One of our top priorities is ensuring that our ga
2011/07/21 at 7:59 PM
News Round Up: Tier 11 Valor Point Hotfix, Mastery, and More
A lot of people were complaining about
valor point acquisition
being from only Firelands and heroics. They're back in tier 11 raids now as of tonight!
In other news,
Swifty got permabanned
and then got unbanned for accidentally crashing a server when thousands of level 1 alts were made. There were a lot of blue posts about that--the community managers spent the day troll policing. Poor guys, you know we love you.
Due to some recent player feedback we’ve made the decision to implement a hotfix that will put Valor Points back on the bosses in Blackwing Descent, Bastion of Twilight, and Throne of the Four Winds (except Argoloth).
We agreed that players should have some additional options for earning Valor Points beyond Firelands, Zandalari dungeons, and tier 11 Heroic difficulty raids. We don’t want raiding guilds to feel like they have to raid Firelands AND the old raids every week, but we do want players to feel like they have some options besides running ZA/ZG over and over.
Bosses in these raids will award 35 VP o
2011/07/18 at 11:02 PM
Vanity Roundup and Guides for 4.2
We've been enjoying the small additions as well as the major raid content in 4.2; here's an overview of some of the quirky items that didn't really fit anywhere else. We've also provided a practical guide to
Littlest Pet Shop
Mountain o' Mounts
if you've been trying to sort out the numerous options from our previous guides.
The Molten Front introduces 4 additional pets and two vanity items.
If you miss throwing bears from the dailies, check out
Hyjal Bear Cub
for . It is purchased from
Calling the Ancients
. We made a video featuring
, also available from Varlan for --it's gorgeous and summons flowers and animals in your path.
costs , available from
. It is obtainable only after completing
Filling the Moonwell
. Ayla also sells
for . This chair is quite literally a mushroom chair—perfect for fishing.
Vigilance on Wings
10 times will award you
The 'Unbeatable?' Pterodactyl: BEATEN.
. Inside will be the other mini jouster you
2011/07/18 at 12:15 PM
4.2 Hotfixes (7/12 - 7/14) and Real ID Reminder
2011/07/14 at 9:53 PM
News Round Up: Cross Server Real ID Grouping, Valor Point Acquisition, and More
A little while ago Blizzard mentioned that they had a new Real ID feature in development--one that would allow Real ID friends to form parties across multiple realms, so that friends can run dungeons together, even if they are not on the same server.
Well, this feature is now somewhat done and available to be tested for free. Blizzard also mentioned that this will be one of the premium features of the Real ID service, so it might become paid in the future.
When delving into the depths of Azeroth's darkest dungeons, it always helps to have some friends at your side... now you're able to issue a call to arms no matter what realm they play on. We're pleased to announce the new Real ID Party feature is now available for testing! This new feature will allow World of Warcraft players to invite their real-life
Real ID friends
of the same faction to a party regardless of the realm they play on, and then queue up for a 5-player regular or Heroic dungeon.
To learn more about Real ID, please visit the Real ID
and read the FAQ.
For more information about how the Real
2011/07/14 at 2:19 PM
News Round Up: Latest Hotfixes, Honor Reimbursement, Baine Bloodhoof, and Firelands Talk
The honor reimbursement is still on track for happening next week--if you bought a piece of season 9 gear before it became season 10 ilevel, you will be receiving 4000 honor as compensation.
Otherwise, we have tons of blue posts to share with you. There are a lot of
ones, specifically about the design of the encounters and their difficulty. There's also a new story for the lore fans out there involving Baine Bloodhoof.
Update @ 9:40PM CST: Latest 4.2 hotfixes have just been posted!
Latest 4.2 Hotfixes (7/12)
Pet Defensive stance will no longer cause the pet to assist the player while a vanity pet is active.
Rake should again be able to trigger Primal Fury.
Dungeons & Raids
Characters who make for a good Dinner Time should no longer be ported to Ancient Core Hounds they are not in combat with when the ability’s effects end.
Fire Scorpion and Flamewaker corpses no longer provide loot or reputation when they’re eaten by Hell Hounds and Fire Turtles.
2011/07/12 at 5:36 PM
The Exalted: An Overview of all Reputations
Like achievement points and reputation rewards? 4.2 introduces a new raid-only reputation, the
Avengers of Hyjal
, as well as a slew of daily quests to boost reputation with
Guardians of Hyjal
. It's a crazy time in 4.2 with all the new things to do, but really, quest hubs and rep grinds are nothing new to the game.
is still a prestigious title to get, especially if you haven't been playing since vanilla, so we'll highlight the available factions and spotlight fun titles and vanity items you can get along the way. Blizzard has a history of putting in complex reputation hubs--Isle of Quel'Danas, Argent Tournament, so if you enjoy Hyjal dailies, these older hubs are worth checking out when the 4.2 dust settles. if you can't stand questing, you can zerg older instances in your level 85 epics. We've recently updated the information on some of our faction and currency pages, so now is a great time to check them out!
For personal achievements, there are a series of reputation-related ones:
Somebody Likes Me
5 Exalted Reputations
10 Exalted Reputations
15 Exalted Reputations
20 Exalted Reputations
25 Exalted Reputations
30 Exalted Reputations
35 Exalted Reputations
2011/07/10 at 4:26 PM
News Roundup: Latest Hotfixes, PVP Season Transition Compensation
Today brings a new batch of 4.2 hotfixes, including a number of changes and fixes to some Firelands encounters, and important details on Blizzard's planned action regarding the recent Season 9 and 10 PVP item mess. We reported on this "disaster" in
, where Blizzard admitted fault in miscommunication of new PVP item availability, resulting in many players spending their saved Honor points on now-outdated gear. Well, affected players can rejoice because Blizzard plan on making it up to you with some free Honor!
Oh, and no 4.3 details just yet. ;)
Latest 4.2 Hotfixes (7/8)
Combat pets should no longer aggro creatures while the player is mounted.
Dungeons & Raids
Death knight Bloodworms are no longer removing stacks of Torment when they explode to heal other players.
Molten Elementals are no longer able to critically hit players.
The responsiveness of the Molten
2011/07/08 at 9:46 PM
News Round Up: Crystallized Firestones, Level 80 RAF, and Firelands Progression
There has been a lot of speculation that the rest of the VP items will indeed be able to become 391 ilevel with the use of a
. Instead of getting these upgrades from the vendor like you do for the other 391 items, you would be able to apply it to the item for your upgrade. Unfortunately the firestone droprate is lower than it should be, so few guilds have seen them, and the ones seen have been presumably used right away on the existing 391 vendor items so no one has tested this theory.
A user sent
this link in
to us showing their conversation with GMs and there have been a lot of other logs circling around. Hopefully someone confirms this ASAP;
a GM response is never proof
, but at the same time, it would be nice and it would explain the 391 items we have in our DB. It's possible that they just never implemented them.
On Firelands Progression Speed
As Paragon hits 6/7 heroic modes in 25-man,
officially starting the race to Ragnaros' world first, a blue comments about the progression.
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2011/07/07 at 9:10 PM