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News Round Up: Tabard Slot, Pugging 4.0 Content, and STARS Exploits
2011/06/30 at 7:30 PM
So now that the dust has settled from 4.2's eerily smooth launch, it's back to raiding and waiting to see what 4.3 will bring. While we wait, though, we have some interesting blue posts and a round up of what's been going on so far.
On some servers, the new dailies have been resetting. A lot. Many players are already on or about to be on the third stage. If you find yourself up at 3AM when dailies should reset on your server, they may reset again at 4AM and then again at 5AM. Hopefully it gets straightened out.
Daily quests aside, there are some even bigger "exploits" rumored to be happening right now that's got the PvE scene worked up. The well-known guild STARS decided to kill Ragnaros like many of us did--his death is required before you can begin heroic modes, much like how ICC had the LK as a gating mechanic for heroics. Unlike the rest of us, however, they took it a step farther when right after their kill the entire guild faction transferred to reset their raid lock, forming
a new guild
. This is clearly not an intended use of game mechanic and, in the past, when guilds have done thi
Latest Patch 4.2 Hotfixes (6/29)
2011/06/29 at 11:17 PM
And here are those hotfixes! Of course, I anticipate we'll be seeing more over the next few days so if some bug that's bothering you (bugging you?) hasn't been fixed, be patient!
Feral druids can now use
raid. It only seems fair.
Dungeons & Raids
Eye of Occu'thar
damage and health is now properly scaled for 10- and 25-player versions of the dungeon.
All Brood Affliction debuffs applied by
are now removed after zoning out of Blackwing Lair.
pack at the front of the dungeon should no longer cause players to become stuck in combat.
There are now fewer
, making the engagement a little less… hellish.
and her offspring now have increased health and damage on Heroic difficulty.
's Face Rage is now slightly less rageful, as the increase of the rate of damage per tick has been reduced.
News Roundup: Missing 4.2 Hairstyles, Holiday Bags Changed, 4.2 Featured Items
2011/06/29 at 8:41 PM
Just a few Blizzard posts today - no new hotfixes yet, but if any show up I'll definitely add them. You can check out previous Patch 4.2 hotfixes in
Some 4.2-Added Hairstyles Not Yet Implemented
You guys may have seen our awesome
4.2 hairstyles preview blog
which showed off a variety of new player hairstyles being added with Patch 4.2. Unfortunately, not all of these have been implemented, but it looks like some of them made it to live...
We did have a lot of new hairstyles we had created over time up on the patch 4.2 Public Test Realms. The problem was that, even though these hairstyles were added on the test realms, many of them were not finalized or approved by our art team. Because of this, a good portion of them (about half) were pulled shortly before patch 4.2 was released on live realms, leaving only a partial implementation of new hairstyle choices.
Unfortunately, this means some races/genders now have more hair
News Round Up: Hotfixes, Avengers of Hyjal Reputation, and More
2011/06/28 at 9:46 PM
Currently on Majordomo so I will make these look prettier later but we have some hotfixes to cover, also some blue posts for a round up over the past few days.
Dungeons & Raids
Atramedes's Sonar Pulses are properly moving toward raid members when spawned underneath him.
Fiery Blood from Fire Scorpions now only affects other Fire Scorpions and Giant Fire Scorpions.
Fire Turtles should no longer keep players in combat after their pack is killed.
Alliance and Horde Guild Battle Standards cannot be used inside the Firelands raid.
Both Faldren Tillsdale and Jamus'Vaz (Valor Point vendors) now display items grouped together in the following manner: rings, necks, bracers, relics, ranged weapons, thrown weapons, then tier sets.
The Severed Visionary Tentacle is no longer infinitely applying to characters.
Quests & Creatures
Elemental Bonds Quest Chain
Aggra's bubble i
New Options in Firelands: A Guide to Gear in 4.2
2011/06/28 at 1:49 PM
Edit 7/6: Clarified info about tier as well as upgradable gear with Firestones. All VP items can be upgraded with Firestones--you 'use' the stone on an item. Source:
Edit @ 7:00PM PST: Regular Firelands trash gives rep until 5999/6000 Friendly, with Molten Giants and Hounds giving small amounts of reputation beyond that. Can hit honored just on trash.
Edit @ 3:00PM PST: Bosses give 250 (275 with
) rep; can get to friendly easily farming trash--this means Avengers capes are pretty easy to get.
Edit @ 2:00PM PST: Ashelia has confirmed that the new crafting recipes for boots and gloves drop from Firelands trash:
Firelands and 4.2 introduce a whole new set of epics; it's the easiest it's ever been to gear up. From raid epics to additional rep rewards, there's something for all playstyles. We've taken the basic framework of the 4.1 gear guide; this time we've skipped the blues and just compared the epics.
See how good the new loot is and also see what gear is easily obtainable before raiding right after the break!
This guide does not aim to provide a BiS set of heroic Firelands gear for e
Breaking Down 4.2: Patch Day Guide
2011/06/28 at 9:02 AM
Edit @ 7:45AM PST: 4.2 is now live to download, make sure you're patching up!
Edit @ 11:00AM PST: Servers are up and live!
Edit @ 11:10AM PST: As expected, there is a lot of lag out there in Hyjal. It's basically unplayable in Hyjal, but fine in other zones. The keyring is also bugged
and still shows up
Edit @ 2:00PM PST: Ashelia has confirmed that the new crafting recipes for boots and gloves drop from Firelands trash:
Edit @ 3:00PM PST: Bosses give 275 rep; can get to friendly easily farming trash--this means Avengers capes are pretty easy to get.
Edit @ 7:00PM PST: Most trash will give rep until 5999/6000. Molten GIants and Hounds still give reputation to push you into Honored.
Although there was a lot of coverage to be had through out the past two months, we've rounded up most of it into a quick one page guide so you can know exactly what to do when the patch goes live on the servers.
As for the patch itself, it's going to be today after the servers come up. It's weird; most players don't "feel" like it's a patch, this process has been a little different than
News Round Up: Season 10 Armor Preview, Dungeon Journal Preview, and More
2011/06/23 at 11:18 PM
It's been a busy day here at Wowhead and also for Blizzard. There were tons of previews for 4.2 coverage today. All of them were topics we've already covered, such as
season 10 armor sets
so we've gathered them up for a news round up.
We also have some site news to cover before we get to the blue posts. First off we'd like to announce we picked up two new moderators on our forums Squishalot and Asakawa! If you see them around in our forums, be sure to give them a hearty welcome to their new jobs!
Secondly, we'd like to say hi to all the massive amount of readers we've picked up in the past few days. It's great to have you guys here--Wowhead News is Wowhead's newest venture and 4.2 was our test run of offering quality news as it breaks at lightning speeds. We hope you'll like what you've been reading and stick around on our site. We'll have a roundup of all our 4.2 coverage as a refresher soon and we're also holding an exciting contest starting tomorrow pwith awesome TCG prizes, so make sure you stick around for both news and loot. We aim to be your number one source for reliable and in-depth World of Warcraft news!
Wowhead's Patch 4.2 Guide
2011/06/22 at 1:03 PM
4.2 is coming soon--very soon in fact. And we aren't oblivious to this fact, either.
In fact, as the news dries up, we're inclined to make a singular compendium of all the vast changes this patch brings in the form of
yet another Wowhead guide
. Patch 4.2 is a huge patch and it's more than just a new daily hub, legendary, and raid instance. There are also new rares, loads of new gear, and many new achievements. Overall, it's massive and it's the first true patch of the expansion--4.1 simply didn't cut it!
This guide is the product of hard work by the volunteers ArgentSun, Neutronmity, Perculia, and even Gnub (a moderator who pretends to do content time to time, or at least when a legendary he wants strikes). Special thanks to them for putting forth such a great effort and also nagging me to do my dailies daily as well as make some videos for 4.2. We hope you enjoyed this guide and find it a great resource in the weeks to come. We also hope you enjoyed our 4.2 coverage these past few months; it was Wowhead News debut and we've been going out of our way to bring great content quickly to everyone. You can always browse the
News Round Up: Midsummer Fire Festival, Paladin Changes, War Games, and More
2011/06/21 at 6:46 PM
A lot of blue posts the past few days. From 4.2 explanations to holiday talk, there's a little bit of everything for everyone in these posts.
Midsummer Fire Festival
The festivities have begun as the citizens of Azeroth and Outland celebrate the hottest of seasons by playing with fire all across these worlds! You'll want to take part no matter your experience or character level, as this is one of the most rewarding holiday events of the year. It's also one of the most PvP-heavy events, so strap into your gladiator gear and get ready to desecrate or defend the Midsummer bonfires.
As with most holidays you'll want to stop by a capital city to begin the event’s main quests, including the ever-fun torch tossing challenges. While in each of the capital cities, be on the lookout for enemy players; stealing the flames from capital city bonfires is a necessary step in getting everything out of this once-a-year event.
Ultimately you'll collect Burning Blossoms through your participation in these events, a special holiday currency you’ll then spend to purchase various items and pets available from the Midsummer suppliers and m
Patch 4.2: New PvP Ground Mounts
2011/06/20 at 2:32 PM
We've posted about the ground mounts before, but Blizzard did an official preview and it's nice to see them in their actual environments. They look great and hopefully it's a step forward for mount design. Back in April, Ghostcrawler said it was hard to come up with new mount designs during their BlizzCast--we think this proves you don't have to do anything extremely fancy or inventive, sometimes adding more textures and details can be enough to create awesome new mount rewards!
In order to best accommodate players under the unique play style of Rated Battlegrounds, we’ll be offering all-new PvP ground mounts -- the
Horn of the Vicious War Wolf
Reins of the Vicious War Steed
(Alliance) -- in a unique way. If you want to sit your knickers on these sweet new rides come patch 4.2, Rage of the Firelands, you must earn achievements for winning either 75, 150, or 300 Rated Battlegrounds. One account-bound mount will be awarded for each of these achievements earned, so if you win 300 Rated Battlegrounds with a character, you’ll be afforded the opportunity to give that character and two of your alts each a wolf or steed. Since these mounts are tied to
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage Two of the New Dailies
2011/06/18 at 8:02 PM
Don't forget to check out our guide to phase one of the new daily quests, available right here on Wowhead News!
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage One of the New Dailies
Now that many of you have been introduced to the daily quests available from the
Guardians of Hyjal
faction at the new quest hubs implemented with patch 4.2, we've put together a handy guide to the next phase of daily quests, which is unlocked upon obtaining 20
Mark of the World Tree
Calling for Reinforcements
. This phase brings the counterattack even further into Ragnaros' domain, as the Guardians of Hyjal's forces move into the the
via a new portal spawned in Hyjal, and set up their operations at Malfurion's Reach.
At the Sanctuary of Malorne, Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem gives you the quest
, asking you to find and slay the deadly Druid of the Flame,
. Upon heading over to her location in Hyjal and after an unpleasant exchange of words, she fatally wounds the Arch Druid and ensnares you in
. She quickly makes an escape and you are left with the fallen Arch Dr
Patch 4.2: Craftables
2011/06/17 at 3:01 PM
We thought we'd wrap the week up with a post about all of the crafted items that are available in patch 4.2. Since it's only ten days away, there's a lot of ground to cover. Overall, most professions will be happy to see a lot of lucrative items to craft are in this patch--from PvP to PvP gear, to glyphs, and even a scope!
Right now, we're unable to confirm where
of the epic recipes are dropping. We suspect the ones that are ilevel 378 are from the instance themselves and we can confirm the 365 ones are from the vendors. It's worth noting though that when we downed a boss last week, there were no patterns tied to its loot table, so it may just be from trash.
Regardless of their source, however, since the recipes are BoE they will be widely available to any type of crafters. It will be a lot like the BoE recipes from
Update: The ilvl 339 rare-quality PvP recipes available on live for Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, and Tailoring are no longer obtainable on the 4.2 PTR. They have been upgraded to ilvl 358 Bloodthirsty PvP recipes (instead of two separate sets of PvP gear). This means that crafters who have already obtained the ilvl 339 recipes on live will find that they have automa
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