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News Roundup: Blood in the Snow Scenario Introduction, Auto-Learning Flightpaths Disabled
2013/03/29 at 11:43 AM
Blood in the Snow Scenario Introduction
If you ever thought that Scenarios felt a bit abrupt and wanted more of a lore buildup--hey, here's a quest to help Vol'jin--you're in luck in Patch 5.3. Our friends at
mentioned that there was a special scene leading into one of the new 5.3 scenarios,
Blood in the Snow
, so we hopped on the PTR to check out what goes on!
You're first sent a mail by Lorewalker Cho asking you to head to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Once there, he shares with you what he just discovered about the Alliance and gives you
The King and the Council
. Varian is facing some unforeseen difficulties in making a deal with the dwarves.
We're curious to see if these lead-in quests and Lorewalker scenes will be added for additional scenarios in the future--it was pretty effective here.
Transcript and screenshots of the quest below:
Once upon a time - moments ago, in fact - a great King sought the help from a trio of powerful dwarves: The Council of Three Hammers.
The King's scouts had discovered that Zandalari tro
Isle of Thunder Preview: PvE and PvP Dailies, Troll Transmog, Single-Player Scenarios
2013/02/14 at 9:46 AM
The 5.2 PTR is up to testing Stage 2 of the Isle of Thunder questing! We last previewed it during Stage 0, so there are some new things available such as the option to choose between PvE and PvP dailies, single-player scenarios tied to each phase, and the addition of troll-themed drops like
Forlorn Loa-Binder Cage
from Zandalari mobs.
PvE or PvP Daily Quests
Kirin Tor Offensive
let you choose between PvE and PvP dailies from a battle map near your respective faction leader. The following Quest UI pops up:
PvE quests send you to various areas around the zone to battle the Mogu, Trolls, and Saurok--which we've
, along with quirky things like dps buffs and disguises.
As for PvP quests, accepting any of these quests will flag you for PvP, even on a PvE realm. These quests send you into the heart of the enemy's base and while none of them specifically ask you to kill enemy players, you'll definitely be running into them as you kill enemy g
5.2 PTR: New Reputations and Rewards Preview
2013/02/06 at 11:21 AM
There are three new factions in Patch 5.2:
Kirin Tor Offensive
. Here's an overview of their different types of reputation rewards:
Kirin Tor Offensive
After the Dalaran fallout in 5.1, these two new factions led by Jaina Proudmoore and Lor'themar Theron respectively are investigating the new island both to help the Pandaren and profit for their own political gain--check out our
5.2 Audio Spoilers
for more details. You can also check out some of the daily quests
were initially not intended
to have Valor Point rewards, but since 5.2 was a very raid-heavy patch, epic rewards costing
are being added to be palatable for non-raiders.
From Zarhym: "These rewards are ilevel 496 and will only accommodate a few slots, as they aren’t intended to be very attractive to raiders (including those running LFR),
5.1 PTR: New Alliance Scenarios - Lion's Landing, A Little Patience
2012/11/10 at 12:33 PM
The latest PTR patch opened up new scenarios for the Alliance and the Horde. Today we'll take a look at the two Alliance ones--"A Little Patience" and "Lion's Landing." In these scenarios, you help the Alliance defeat the Horde, in spite of being at a disadvantage, by using teamwork and organization.
, the Alliance find their base under attack by the Horde. Players work with SI:7 and other Alliance NPCs from Jade Forest questlines to defeat them.
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5.1 PTR: New Darkmoon Faire Pets and Games, Audio Clips (Spoilers)
2012/10/12 at 3:23 PM
With the PTR up today, we found out more information on the six datamined pets from yesterday. While there seems to be an error logging onto level 90 characters, 85s from past PTRs can log on to find all of these pets automatically learned!
was confirmed in the Pet Journal to be from the Blizzard Pet Store.
has been added to
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
is a drop from
Darkmoon Pet Supplies
, according to the Pet Battle Journal. Perhaps this is a reward for defeating the new Darkmoon Faire Pet Master.
is acquired by capturing it from pet battles on the Island.
are crafted by Tailors--it's a possible chance to make when doing your daily
cooldown. We datamined these two models over the summer and glad they're being used and that tailoring gets a nice vanity perk!
Interviews with Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas
2012/09/20 at 1:31 PM
With Mists of Pandaria a week away, we're excited to bring you some interviews covering the expansion!
Wowhead interviewed Dave Kosak, Lead Quest Designer, this past week. Mists of Pandaria has a lot of exciting
, not to mention quirky exploration details like
rare spawns dropping vanity loot
and treasure chests hidden around the world. Plus the new
is innovative--it will spawn several content patches and has rewards for
class. Read on to learn about how these features were developed!
Our friends at
also interviewed Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer. Lore spoke with Ion about Tier 14 raids, Blizzard's plans for Legendaries in future patches, Challenge Modes, Scenarios, Proving Grounds, and more!
Wowhead's Interview with Dave Kosak
What sorts of things inspired Pand
Q&A with Blizzard's Creative Development Team
2012/09/05 at 1:30 PM
We're used to hearing answers about class balance in beta from Blizzard developers, but today we have some details about WoW's lore moving forward from the Creative Development team!
The heroes of Azeroth have faced down many foes; blazing Elemental Lords freed from titanic prisons, mighty demons from beyond the stars, armies of shambling corpses and even eldritch gods who defy explanation. And yet, there exist only a chosen few equipped to deal with the powerful beast that is . . . Ask CDev. Through the heroic efforts of our brave loremasters here at CDev Publishing, we proudly present to you the answers to Ask CDev #3! We even managed to get them out before our stated deadline of “when the Andromeda galaxy collides with our own.”<br/><br/><strong><span class="underline">Here, there be dragons and magical beasts</span></strong><br/><br/><strong>Q:</strong> Wrathion constantly claims that he is the last black dragon, but what of Sabellian and the other black dragons in Outland (and even the Netherwing)? Did Wrathion somehow have them killed, or is he ignorant of their existe
Mists of Pandaria Preview: Scott Mercer and Ion Hazzikostas Interview
2012/07/30 at 11:05 AM
Blizzard just posted two important news stories. First off, they have a very in-depth interview about the raids in Mists of Pandaria. There are some important tidbits shared in this discussion:
Mogu’shan Vaults will be the first raid and it will probably be delayed up to a week on release, so there is less pressure to hit level cap as a raider.
The other two raids will unlock weeks after Vaults to give raiders even more time acclimate.
Lore has been really thought out this time around. The instances should ideally flow into each other, as opposed to back in WotLK where they felt so jarringly different. For example, you'll fight the Sha of Fear at the end of one raid only to have her flee to the next.
The raid rewards players with items with the following item levels: item level 476 for Raid Finder, 489 for normal mode, and 502 for Heroic.
There’s also a new mount that can be obtained by defeating Elegon, a celestial dragon found deep within the Vault:
Reins of the Astral Cloud Serpent
Other than that, Blizzard also confirmed that
will be delayed so it doesn't make players feel rushed to experience Mists of Pandaria as well as do the holiday. This is welcomed news, as mo
News Round Up: Beta Raid Preview, Ghostcrawler Class Feedback, Tides of War
2012/07/02 at 5:54 PM
In today's news round up, we've got visual previews of the Mogu and Mantid raid bosses open for testing on beta! We also have the corresponding Encounter Journals toggled for all featured bosses.
As far as blue posts, Ghostcrawler has answered many more questions on the Beta Class Balance Analysis thread, which we've organized by topic, as well as clarified PvP Power. Blizzard also announced the release of the latest Warcraft book,
Tides of War
, which focuses on Jaina Proudmoore, and did a summer spotlight on Blackrock Mountain.
We also have a preview of the new
Collector's Edition vanity items
, so be sure to check them out!
Imperial Vizier Zor'lok
Zor'lok shrieks his proclamations so they're heard throughout the sprawling mantid palace. He is the Voice of the Empress, and his words alone inspire the insectoid race's warriors to give their lives without question. Unwaveringly loyal, Zor'lok will stop at nothing to defend his beloved matriarch, regardless of the corruption within her.
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Townlong Steppes
2012/05/16 at 9:02 AM
, intended for level 88+ players to quest in, is a dangerous place. The Pandaren generally live on the other side of the Great Wall, but the mantid have burst through their defenses a hundred years early. The Pandaren have no other choice but to bravely enter Townlong and investigate the majestic empire of the Mantids--while also dealing with the vicious Yaungol, enraged by the Mantid's attacks on their territory.
On the other side of the wall lies all sorts of dark secrets--cloudserpents turned to stone, great trees corrupted by magic, swarms of elite mobs.
is home to the
and the dungeon
Siege of Niuzao Temple
, the Temple of the Black Ox.
There are a number of quirky
including a cloud serpent mount:
Reins of the Onyx Cloud Serpent
We have a visual preview below, as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone!
Temple of Niuzao
Niuzao Temple, Fields of Niuzao, Niuzao Catacombs, Sra'thkin Incursion
Each zone so far has had a sacred temple--Townlong Steppes is that of the Ox. Initiates train in the fo
News Round Up: Class Beta Feedback, PvP Gear, Leaders of Azeroth
2012/05/07 at 6:21 PM
Today's news round up has a ton of blue posts. First off, there's a lot of detailed beta feedback for
s, including discussions about Level 90 Druid talents and Rapture for priests. There's also discussion about PvP gear in Mists,
Mass Spell Reflection
nerfs, Dungeon bugs on beta, and the recent completion of the Leaders of Azeroth short story series. Click the cut to see all the posts!
PvP Gear in Mists
You will have less resilience on your gear coming into beta. However, you will also have some base resilience and that base should offset the PvP power that everyone is getting. The net result should be that you take about the same damage you do today in a PvP setting, but will take less damage from someone not wearing PvP gear.
Currently on your beta build, I believe the ratio of power to resilience is off. You should have more resilience and less power than you do.
It is entirely possible that some new talents or spell changes will result in too much burst damage in isolated cases, but when giving feedback, it's useful for us if you distinguish between those and survivabili
News Round Up: Patch 4.3.4 Live, Hotfixes and Customer Support Changes
2012/04/17 at 3:21 PM
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.3.4 is now available on all realms. Below you'll find the official patch notes.
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Ticket Submission UI Improvements
A new Submit Bug button has been added. Clicking this option will open a report dialog box, along with basic instructions on what to include in your bug report.
A new Submit Suggestion button has been added. Clicking this option will open a text dialog box, along with a description of what to include in your suggestion.
The Report Lag button has been removed.
The Report Abuse button is now called Report Player.
The Report Player function offers four categories: Spamming, Language, Name, and Cheating.
Reporting a player for Cheating now opens a text window in which a description of the occurrence can be written.
Reporting a Name opens a window with three categories: Player Name, Guild Name, a
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