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News Roundup: Blizzard Posts on New Ink Traders, LFD, Tol Barad and more!
Yay for Blue posts finally starting up again! Unfortunately, it seems that most of the threads addressed today involve topics which have already been commented on in the past. However, further clarification from Blizzard on
is always appreciated!
Today's topics include:
Ink Traders Coming to Stormwind and Orgrimmar
Improving Looking For Dungeon Queues
"Linear" Cataclysm Leveling Content
Potential Tol Barad Changes
Improving Outland Leveling
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
03.02.2011 um 17:51
News Roundup: J!NX Shirt Design Contest & Detailed Conquest Points Guide
Still relatively quiet before the imminent release of patch 4.0.6 - until then, not a whole lot going on, unfortunately. Blue posts on the forums are sparse and hardly worth mention, but you can always check out our
for the latest fix.
Latest news from Blizzard includes the announcement of
contest (you can view details of other recently announced contests in
) as well as a detailed and informative guide on the new PVP Conquest Points system!
Check out the full Blue posts after the break!
02.02.2011 um 17:31
PTR Patch 4.0.6 Notes Updated (1/28)
Just a quick batch of Friday night PTR patch notes updates! Notable changes include:
Attacking forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control 2 keeps.
Defending forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control all 3 keeps.
Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho'gall on Heroic difficulty. Instead, the Heroic PvE helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372) only require their associated Crown/Shoulders of the Forlorn tokens to purchase, and do not require players to obtain the normal helms or shoulders first.
As always, you can find the full patch notes right here on Wowhead!
Be sure to check out the full list of tonight's changes after the break!
28.01.2011 um 22:20
News Roundup: Core Hound Pup Adoption Campaign & Blue Posts
A few quick Blizzard posts today, most notable being the Core Hound Pup adoption campaign! Send Blizzard your best Core Hound Pup screenshots for a chance to win an iPad! Yes, please!
If your account is protected by a Battle.net Authenticator or the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator, then you already know how safe and secure your Core Hound Pup pet can make you feel. But there are plenty of players out there who can still benefit from the companionship and peace of mind that our infernal puppy provides.
We're kicking off a Core Hound Pup adoption campaign and we need your help! Simply send us funny, cute, or just plain epic screenshots featuring your fiery two-headed buddy. We'll be picking two of the most memorable images each month in 2011 and awarding the winners with a brand new iPad.
If you have yet to adopt a Core Hound Pup of your very own, then don't wait a moment longer, or we just might have to give you the big puppy-dog eyes. Visit our
account security site
to learn how to get a [url=
27.01.2011 um 20:44
News Roundup: Blue Posts on 2200 Weapon Delay, Paladin "Nerf," Tabard Storage and More!
More Blue posts for you guys! Today's topics include:
2200 Rating PVP Weapons Being Delayed
Paladin Healing Nerf Actually Being a Buff
Tabard Storage Woes
The Inevitable Demise of PVP Double 2-Piece Bonuses
Tradeskill Reagent Justice Point Costs
Also, an added bonus for any StarCraft II players out there - you can now beta test the awesome custom games Blizzard showed off at BlizzCon: Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, and Left 2 Die!
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
25.01.2011 um 16:27
News Roundup: Blue Posts, World of StarCraft, WoW in the Classroom
Not a whole lot of
info being provided by Blizzard, but still some interesting Blue posts today and over the weekend! Today's topics include:
Providing Detailed Raid & Dungeon Information In-Game
Using PVP Gear In PVE
Healing Being Hard
Leveling Fast in Outland
In addition, I've found some interesting World of Warcraft-related articles for you guys - one involving the creator of the now-infamous World of StarCraft mod that you guys
may have heard about
and another about a revolutionary "
WoW in School
" program shared between two middle schools! I wish I could have been playing WoW when I was in class... oh well, at least we had
Be sure to check out the full posts and article links after the break!
24.01.2011 um 13:55
Tol Barad Balance Discussion
Cory "Mumper" Stockton has posted a dev blog about balance in
, and the developer's approach to gameplay in the zone.
If you've been curious about their recent changes, this post should shed a little light on the subject. Some of you may remember a blue post a
few days ago
indicating that this post was coming.
The full text is after the break!
10.01.2011 um 12:33
Tol Barad Honor Reward Hotfixed Yet Again
the honor rewards for the
battleground to grant attacking players a whopping 1800 Honor Points for a victory. This was intended to promote actually bothering to attack, as it appears that the battleground is so stacked on defense it was not worth the trouble. However, this led to an unintended and undesired result - players were instead win-trading and purposefully throwing battles on defense so that they would have a chance to switch places and reap that sweet 1800 Honor reward for attacking. As this was not Blizzard's intention at all, the Honor reward has been adjusted yet again for attacking players, now awarding a mere 360 Honor points (twice what is earned for a successful defense).
As you’re probably aware by now, an update was applied to Tol Barad shortly before the holidays which granted the attacking side 1800 Honor Points for a victory. While the goal with that change was to provide more incentive for the attack
03.01.2011 um 16:26
News Roundup: Rated Battlegrounds Honor Change, Traveling Azeroth
Just two little brief tidbits of news today!
Blizzard changes Rated Battlegrounds to award full Honor to players already at the Conquest Points cap, and have also posted a helpful and informative guide on getting around in the World of Warcraft!
We've recently made a change in an effort to promote continued play in Rated Battlegrounds. Now when a player is at their weekly Conquest cap they will receive the full amount of Honor from kills, objective completions, victories and losses while in a Rated Battleground match. Those not at their cap will continue to earn Conquest normally, and will only earn Honor once they reach their weekly cap.
Whether you’re capped and others on your team aren’t, or you’re all capped and just want to keep playing, we hope this change will allow more flexibility for those participating in Rated Battlegrounds.
Check out their informative post on travel methods in Azeroth and beyond after the break!
30.12.2010 um 16:48
News Roundup: Tol Barad Balancing, Daze Mechanic, WoW on Kinect
The latest World of Warcraft news is starting up again in full force as the holidays come to a close, with Blizzard posts popping up from beloved blue poster Zarhym!
Today's Blizzard posts include a look at the balance issues affecting the new
battleground and a look into the Daze mechanic and why it still exists! We've also got an awesome video of a talented team at USC's
Institute for Creative Techologies
who got WoW working with a
Check out the full posts and my own thoughts after the break!
28.12.2010 um 14:08
Ghostcrawler Discusses Upcoming Major Class Changes
Now that many players are level 85, Blizzard has been receiving a ton of feedback (both positive and negative) regarding their classes, specs and other balancing / playability concerns. They've taken a lot of these concerns, with their own review, and Ghostcrawler has just posted a very inclusive and informative post detailing developer impressions of the current state of the game and various aspects of it, projecting potential and possible changes we'll see in the near future. Definitely worth a read!
We have a lot of players at 85 now doing everything from Heroic dungeons to rated Battlegrounds, and the class design team is starting to prepare our list of items to investigate for our next patch.
Before you dive down into the meat below (not really a pleasant image, that), be advised that we’re still early in the preliminary stages. The patch isn’t coming out tomorrow. I wrote this before the end of the year and other things may have cropped up in the meantime. Just because your class or pet problem isn’t mentioned below doesn
27.12.2010 um 23:49
PvP Season 9 Has Begun
The first PvP season of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is underway! Players are now able to compete in level-85 Rated Arenas for top gear, items, and titles -- and for the first time ever, they can enter level-85
to fight for the same rewards available through Arenas, along with the original World of Warcraft PvP titles. Players can also participate in unranked
, skirmishes that allow Battleground and Arena teams to hone their skills against opponents of their choosing -- even if they're in the same faction. So prepare yourselves, aspiring Grand Marshals and High Warlords, as the struggle between the Horde and the Alliance is about to get bloodier.
14.12.2010 um 14:10
Blizzard Launching "War Games": PvP Practice Matches
Blizzard is implementing a
system—a system broadly similar to the old Arena skirmish system.
Basically, with a simple text command, you can now start a "War Game" against another group in a battleground, or another arena team, the matches don't actually count for achievements or currency rewards, and you can only initiate them against other people on your realm—but it's a great way to test out new players in PvP, or hold grudge matches against old enemies.
The new system opens up with Arena Season 9!
The full blue post is after the break, complete with a Q&A.
13.12.2010 um 13:01
News Roundup: Battleground Bracket Change, Vengeance Explanation, Rob Pardo Interview
I was writing up individual posts for these, but I figured it'd be best to combine them so I didn't spam your RSS Feeds. So!
More news—a post from Ghostcrawler about tanking changes, a major change to the way Battlegrounds are divided, and a cool interview with J. Allen Brack.
Read on for the breakdown, and the full blue quotes!
01.12.2010 um 13:36
Tol Barad Official Preview
The Cataclysm draws near, but Blizzard still has a few zone previews to entertain us with. Tol Barad joins the rest, as the European WoW site narrates the story of of the Battleground-like world PvP zone and daily quests hub.
Read the preview snippet below and follow the link to the real deal!
An island off the coast of the Eastern Kingdoms, Tol Barad is a historic land now sought-after by the leaders of the Horde and the Alliance. Its strategic, isolated location makes it an ideal stronghold from which to conduct military strikes. In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, a battle will be waged to seize control of this prized territory. Should you triumph, unique rewards await you. Read more about this all-new world PvP and questing zone here.
16.11.2010 um 13:12
Region Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking Update
Bashiok has just posted an update showing the current progress on
Region-Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking
Phase 2 was implemented today—in this phase Whirlwind, Emberstorm, Vengeance and Bloodlust are now all linked for Battleground queues. Whirlwind and Emberstorm are now also linked in the Dungeon Finder queue. The same thing is true of Stormstrike, Nightfall and Retaliation. In the final phase all battlegroups for the Dungeon Finder will be linked together by their physical location.
You can read the original announcement after the break!
03.11.2010 um 13:31
The Weekly Marmot - WoW as an E-Sport
The Weekly Marmot goes HD! New camera, new microphone, and 150% more awesome.
For the inaugural episode in the new and updated studio, I depart from the standard Weekly Marmot fare just a little bit and spend some time talking about PVP. Specifically, I talk about WoW's future as an E-Sport. What have other games done that makes them successful? What's missing from WoW arenas? And what can we expect in the future?
02.11.2010 um 20:27
Cataclysm Beta: Tol Barad Focus Testing with Devs
Blizzard is once again joining players for a match or two, this time in their
The testing will begin at 4PM PDT (UTC-7) on Wednesday October 27th! They've made some changes since the last time they had a round of testing, including tripling the health pools of siege engines and lowering the damage taken on vehicles before a player hops in for the first time.
If you're around, why not log in to the beta realms and check it out?
We have made a number of changes to Tol Barad and are looking to get some good feedback from the beta players. First off, a few of the big changes.
Siege Engine HP tripled to 1.35m.
Tower HP reduced from 180000 to 150000.
Vehicles now protected from 99% of damage until someone hops in the first time.
There’s now a Spiritual Immunity Area Aura given by the Spirit Healers at all GYs.
4 guards have been added to the bridge spawn point to protect it.
The queueing system has been modified to keep th
26.10.2010 um 17:50
PvP Wizards (2010 BlizzCon Arena Discussion)
Congrats to CompLexity.Red for an AMAZING performance against *aAa*! A last-second kill of *aAa*'s lock in round four allows C.R to close out this incredible tournament 3-1 in the finals, and they take home $75,000 and championship rings as a grand prize! *aAa* takes home $30,000 in prize money, and LightZ CaMerA ActioN rolls into a strong 3rd for $15,000 in prize money. Congrats to all!
Original post follows below...
DUDE. Me? Loving PvP? What?
You know, I've never been a big PvP guy, but this? The BlizzCon WoW Tournament Stage? This is pretty damn sweet. I mean c'mon, announcers? Play-by-play? Gladiator-like cheering? I could get into this! And that's just the start...
23.10.2010 um 15:35
Likely Cataclysm Release Date: December 7th!
Edit: The release date was right there all along, and we didn't see it! See
for the details!
While poking through the game files for the next patch, we found this little snippet of text!
"Arena battles and Rated Battlegrounds are only available during an active player versus player combat season. Season nine will begin on
, so be prepared at that time to take your shot at glory!"
It's official: Season 9 starts on December 14th. Combine this with a blue post from Zarhym...
We are currently planning to end Arena Season 8 as early as October 12. At that point we will go through our normal process to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards. This process should take approximately one week. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for the Arena-specific titles and/or the Wrathful Gladiator’s Frostwyrm to refrain from transferring their characters to another realm or faction until after Arena Season 8 ends.
The next Aren
30.09.2010 um 16:34