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4.3 Battlegrounds Will Award Conquest Points
2011/11/17 at 11:14 AM
Very interesting news: non-rated battlegrounds will now give you 50 conquest points per win. You will be able to reach the weekly conquest cap without having to ever step foot in a ranked game.
You have to wonder if part of the reason isn't because
season 11 gear
looks amazing for transmogrification purposes! (Kidding--mostly.)
4.3 Conquest Point Changes
In patch 4.3 we’re changing the daily battleground (BG) to reward 100 conquest for a win (up from 25). In addition, every non-rated BG that you win will also give you 50 conquest. There is no limit to how many BGs you can run this way, up to the normal conquest cap.
Our intent is to start acting even more on our Mists of Pandaria philosophies of encouraging players to approach the content they want to, how they want to, and be able to work toward meaningful player progression. Arenas and rated battlegrounds will still earn Conquest faster, but with this change you can now work your way up by running normal BGs, if you so choose.
4.3 Valor Point Changes
News Round Up: WoW Released in Brazil, Adding Battlegrounds, Twilight of the Aspects, and More
2011/07/21 at 7:59 PM
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
News Roundup: Hotfixes, Honor Compensation, and Heroic Ragnaros
2011/07/19 at 10:51 PM
Paragon got world first heroic Ragnaros which is by no means a small feat! Over 500 tries later, the Firelord was downed. Other than that, we have a huge news round up and some hotfixes which were just posted.
The frequency at which players can use /yell, /say, and any emotes is now throttled to prevent excessive spamming of chat logs from occurring.
Improved Death Strike now provides 40/80/120% bonus damage, up from 30/60/90%, and a 10/20/30% critical strike bonus, up from 3/6/9%.
Flight Form now cancels the Leyara’s Locket buff.
Moonfire will now generate Lunar Energy when crossing from Solar to Lunar on the Eclipse bar.
Dungeons & Raids
All bosses in The Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds once again award Valor Points in all raid sizes and difficulties. 10-player bosses award 35 Valor Points, while 25-player bosses award 45 Valor Points. This change does not apply to Argaloth in Baradin Hold. More informati
News Roundup: Latest Hotfixes, PVP Season Transition Compensation
2011/07/08 at 9:46 PM
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
News Round Up: Season 10 Starts, Boss Strategies, and More
2011/07/05 at 8:58 PM
The first real attempts on hardmodes are happening today; so far, since the EU servers still can't complete, it's a pretty intense race between
has been killed by a lot of guilds (20+ so far), but few others have killed another boss yet. We'll have to see what the EU guilds have in store for us later.
Remember to check out our
in-depth strategies for all normal mode Firelands' bosses
PvP Season 10 Begins
PvP Season 10 has officially begun, and players can once again take to the Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds to compete for the new Ruthless Gladiator PvP sets!
All Team Ratings and Personal Ratings have been reset, and any Conquest Points from Season 9 have been converted to Honor Points. Any Honor Points above the cap were converted into gold at a rate of 35
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
PvP Season 9 Ending as early as June 21st, Patch 4.2 Soon After
2011/06/07 at 2:02 PM
Blizzard just posted the speculative end date to season 9 for PvP as soon as June 21st. While this isn't set in stone, it points to patch 4.2 and season 10 within a week after this. As such, our bets are on the last week of June or possibly the first week of July for 4.2, but we'll see. It's most likely that Firelands will have some sort of gated content if this release is so soon as there has been no heroic testing thus far and no indication that such encounters will be doable on live. Several fights still have major bugs, too, even on normal 25-man. As someone who has tested every encounter, I can say that it doesn't feel as completed as it usually does.
At any rate, hopefully Firelands' gating is not one as painful as Sunwell's was, if it indeed has one.
Arena and Rated Battleground Season 9 is scheduled to end as early as June 21. At that point we will determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards, a process that should take approximately one week. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for Arena titles and/or the Vicious Gladiator’s Twilight Drake to refrain from transferring their characters to anothe
Blizzard's Second Q+A Answered, UI Selected for Next Topic
2011/03/22 at 1:32 PM
Blizzard just posted their next set of answers to the
their second global Q+A session they held through the forums
recently. It's mostly a mixture of questions about balance, how PvP has changed from its earlier iterations, and what Blizzard is doing to address PvP in the future. Somehow there managed to not be that much complaining, all things considered!
Of course, there will be more of these sessions coming up in the near future. The topic of user interfaces is slated to be tackled next; starting at 4PM PDT today, Blizzard will field questions from NA players while
they are currently already taking
ones from EU players. We'll edit this post with a link when it goes alive.
Some of the topics of the questions they were asked include:
Death Match Battlegrounds
Will a PvP Guild Ever Progress the Same as a PvE Guild?
The Value of CC in Cataclysm PvP
Hybrid Classes and Their Effectiveness
PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (2/28)
2011/02/28 at 9:05 PM
The first batch of major updates to the PTR Patch 4.1 patch notes has been posted, including some
changes (finally!) as well as some
. In addition, this update also brings adjustments to the battlegrounds flag-carrying debuffs and an obnoxious nerf to
. Looks like more of those beloved PVP changes that end up screwing over players in PVE... oh well.
Apparently Blizzard snuck a few more changes in within the past half-hour, I've added these as well to the full update below so check 'em out! Also, I take back my complaining about the
change because with this latest update, they've added a very strange restoration
(passive) also reduces
's cooldown by 2.5/5 minutes.
I'm not sure where they're getting the 2.5/5 minutes, since
is passive and has no ranks, but if we're really going to get 3 minute
after all these years then sign me up!
Other notable changes include:
Flying mounts can now be used in
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