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News Roundup: Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands Official Trailer, DK Tanking, Questing Clarifications
Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands Official Trailer
Blizzard has just unveiled the official trailer for
Patch 4.2: Rage of the Firelands
Across the breadth of Azeroth, the Horde and the Alliance have dealt crushing blows to Deathwing's elemental minions and fanatic Twilight's Hammer cultists. Through it all, the Earthen Ring has never wavered from its tireless charge, holding Azeroth itself together amid the tidal fury and errant magical energies that churn at the Maelstrom. Yet as the elements continue their chaotic upheaval, it seems that the noble shamanic order might finally be on the verge of breaking beneath the great weight that rests on its shoulders. Even Thrall, for all of his wisdom and skill, has grown aggravated by his failure to effectively communicate with Azeroth's elements. Recently, his calls were acknowledged, but the malevolent entity that responded has only intensified Thrall's fears and doubts....
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2 is just on the horizon. Building off of our preview of the Rage
16/6/2011 em 02:01
News Roundup: Upcoming Daily Quests, 4.2 Currency Clarifications, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets
Just a few new Blizzard posts today, including an interesting discussion in which a player relates the idea of completing new daily quests to " to throw my pc in a river." How do you guys feel about the upcoming daily quest hubs? Excited for the new storyline, rewards and content? Or are you burned out over the idea of Isle of Quel'Danas 2.0? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
In addition, we have some clarification on how Justice, Valor and Honor points will be handled when 4.2 hits, with promise of an upcoming blog post covering the conversions and such in more detail - looking forward to it! Also, don't forget, tomorrow is your last chance to purchase tickets for the
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner
, available at $500 USD and includes admission to BlizzCon!
Patch 4.2 - Are You Excited For It?
In case you missed it, we posted an
extensive guide to the first stage of Hyjal daily quests
coming in patch 4.2. With these new quest hubs, the upcoming
Firelands raid content
, a [url=
07/6/2011 em 18:51
PvP Season 9 Ending as early as June 21st, Patch 4.2 Soon After
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
07/6/2011 em 14:02
Patch 4.2: 3D Models for Firelands' Weapons and Offhands
Back in the beginning of March,
we posted a large collection of 3D models
for weapons and offhands we had discovered through datamining. Of course, this was all before Firelands was pushed into the next patch; with that bit of news, our models got lost in the depths of the blog.
However, since we recently provided a
list of drops from Firelands
, this is a good time to check out what these items will look like in addition to knowing their stats. Although the jury's still out on the tier sets, personally we think these models are looking pretty awesome.
We have included screenshots of the models that weren't previously mentioned in our blogs.
07/6/2011 em 08:19
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage One of the New Dailies
Patch 4.2 introduces a completely new daily quest hub and provides an excellent new direction for dailies. The only downside is that some of the quests are so enjoyable while others aren't half as cool; it creates a stark contrast of dailies that feel like fun and others that feel like a chore. Still, it's a lot better than other daily hubs of yesteryear and the rewards are much better. Our volunteers (Neutronimity and ArgentSun) plus myself have been doing the dailies every day, so we have a series of guides in the works for you!
The first stage of the Firelands Invasion serves as an introduction to the current events of Hyjal. The Guardians of Hyjal have made a call for all heroes to join them in their effort to protect Hyjal from Ragnaros' armies and to push the battle back to the Firelord's domain. Each stage of this effort in pushing them back becomes a stage of dailies to unlock. If your character hasn't completed the zone prior, you will first be asked to assist the four Ancients of Mount Hyjal. Only after this is done will you be able to join everybody else in their war against the Firelands.
As it's usual with PTR content, keep in mind that while there is a good chance that the content presented here will remain
06/6/2011 em 05:22
Patch 4.2: Crystallized Firestones Used to Upgrade Gear Into Heroic iLevels
There's a new vendor and loot system up after today's patch on the 4.2 PTR. Outside of
Terras do Fogo
, there's a new vendor
that flies on a
Hipogrifo Protetor das Chamas
. In exchange for one
Pedra de Fogo Cristalizada
--an item which drops from heroic mode bosses every kill--she will upgrade an item into its heroic version. It is worth mentioning that the base items for these upgradeables can come from both from the Valor Points vendor in Orgrimmar/Stormwind and from the Firelands raid. Currently only twenty-one items are affected, but what's the most important are that the relics are affected along with wands and other ranged weapon slots. This means that, unlike current content, we won't be in max ilevel gear with a significantly lower level relic slot.
Interestingly enough, there are also some items for other slots--like a leather belt and a necklace. This may mean that Blizzard will use this vendor to enhance loot tables without having to needlessly increase the diversity and RNG of a boss' loot table. It will be a smart way to make sure that seven bosses have an entire tier's worth of ilevel, for sure. As I speculated previously, with the loot tables being so varied, they had a good opportunity to pull s
01/6/2011 em 01:01
Tier 12 Set Bonuses and Stats Preview
It's starting to look like the tier set bonuses will be final now as the patch gets closer and closer without frequent changes to them. We figured this would be a good time to remind you of what they are plus show you the stats for the individual tier pieces so you could see what pieces you'll covet and what ones you'll wear offset for.
Price (Normal, 378)
Price (Heroic, 391)
Pontos de Bravura
Base item +
Manoplas do Subjugador Flamejante
Pontos de Bravura
Base item +
Peitoral do Subjugador Flamejante
Pontos de Bravura
Base item +
Perneiras do Subjugador Flamejante
Elmo do Subjugador Flamejante
30/5/2011 em 17:24
Patch 4.2: Ragnaros 10-man Preview and Strategy
We got a chance to check out Ragnaros yesterday on 10-man normal mode. Seeing a final boss for an instance on the PTR is a rare treat; Blizzard usually doesn't give away the end of the instance so easily and it was surprisingly polished except for a minor glitch with visuals on the platform.
As you might remember from
the dungeon journal entry
, Ragnaros is a three phase fight in normal mode. There's an additional fourth phase in heroic. We were able to get him down into phase three and close to a kill. He seemed a little undertuned, even if it was 10-man normal mode and it is PTR. It was just too easy to get down quickly. This was largely because few abilities were punishing--it was only in phase three and during intermissions which served as phase transition that you could wipe from a single mistake.
We made a quick video to show you the footage of our progress (special thanks to my guild
Out of Line
for being awesome and helping). This video is a rough guide and hopefully will give you a better overview of the fight's general progression. Of course, if you prefer text, there's a
28/5/2011 em 08:38
Patch 4.2: Firelands Boss Loot Including Where Pureblood Fire Hawk Drops
Thanks to the Encounter Journal feature on the PTR, we now have what drops from what boss in our knowledge for
Terras do Fogo
. This is pretty awesome and it confirms things most people speculated about ilevels, including how
has an elevated ilevel like
does from current content (as well as a mace that any Holy paladin would probably kill to have).
Pedra de Fogo Cristalizada
also drops from all heroic modes of bosses it seems and it is uncertain as to what this item is used for, though it could quite possibly be used to upgrade armor pieces.
A lot of people thought that
Ovo Fumegante de Millagazor
would drop from a rare mob, but no, that's also our favorite Firelord. Speaking of mounts, however, it's possible that since
Garrachama de Alysrazor
isn't tied to a loot table for a boss currently that it could be from a rare mob or a random drop from doing the zone quests--which
plays a role in. We'll have to wait and see.
Cocar da Ameaça Clicante
Vestes da Devastação Fumegante
Carapaça da Chama Embebida
Kilt da Chama Torácica
Espaldares dos Olhos Variados
Luvas de Sedacinza
26/5/2011 em 07:36
Ask the Devs #8 Answered, Next Topic is Tanking
And here comes the latest Ask the Devs rubric we'll see for a long time.
. If you have submitted any questions regarding the new bosses, T12, the daily quest hubs in Hyjal and the Firelands, or just about lore, here's your chance to see them (or ones like them) answered. Some of the more interesting questions inquire after that Abyssal Maw dungeon Blizzard promised us a while back (we are not getting it), raid balance and boss mechanics in the Firelands, and even a little bit of lore to make those of us into that kind of thing very happy.
Ask the Devs #9 was
, and its topic will be
. The official thread for it will come a little later today, so get your questions ready!
Welcome to the answers thread for our World of Warcraft "Ask the Devs" global Q&A. These answers are in response to the round #8 questions, which can be seen here:
What happened with the Abyssal Maw dungeon that was supposed to come with Firelands? – Maryjanee (EU-EN), Espiritu (NA)
25/5/2011 em 12:26
Patch 4.2: Elemental Bonds Quest Preview
The Elemental Bonds questline is finally up on the PTR and we've taken the liberty of doing it all so you can spoil yourselves silly. As a point of note, this questline is the main lore point behind 4.2 and it features both the villains as well as the heroes of
Terras do Fogo
As the Blizzard preview teased, this quest chain focuses on Aggra and Thrall both as lovers and heroes trying to save the world. Having seen it in-depth, we can confirm that it focuses on both traditional and nontraditional enemies; as much of the questline is Thrall overcoming his fears and desires as a mortal being with limited time on Azeroth as it is fighting elementals.
To help showcase this truly epic quest, we've compiled a YouTube video of all the scenes from start to finish and we also wrote up more in-depth guide. You can find both in this post.
However, if you don't want to be spoiled, close this page
. Even the comments will probably be rife with debate or speculation on this quest chain and its implementation, outcome, and so on. In short, it's not our fault if you spoil yourselves. We've warned you
22/5/2011 em 11:16
Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Video Previews
We love our model viewer as much as the next person, but we know sometimes it can be daunting to load up Java or Flash just to see what new gear you'll be sporting come 4.2.
While you still can view them in the viewer
, we've also put together a bunch of videos that preview these new sets. You can find them after the cut.
18/5/2011 em 02:25
Dungeon Journal Preview: All Seven Firelands Encounters Unveiled
The PTR updated this weekend with the encounter journal. The developers at Wowhead have been working on integrating it into our database entries and it's an exciting feature you should see soon. However, in this case, soon isn't enough: you probably want to see it right now. Well, you can! With the help of volunteers ArgentSun, Perculia, and Remnath, I've transcribed the data you care about--
Terras do Fogo
Below are the encounter journals for all seven bosses in the zone (plus Occu'thar in Baradin Hold), so tread lightly if spoilers scare you. Of course, if you're into seeing what you'll be facing on 4.2, go and indulge yourself. It's worth it. Ragnaros is the best looking fight in particular; it's epic on a level that
Sussurro nas trevas (25 jogadores)
and quite similar in design, too. During the fight on heroic mode, you will face an additional stage in which you will be aided by three familiar friends: Cenarius, Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem, and Malfurion Stormrage. It sounds a lot like the Keepers in Ulduar.
Anyway, if these journals are any indication, this dungeon should cure a lot of burnout players have been facing. And hey, who knows, maybe those ~600,000 subscribers Blizzard "lost" will come back on patch d
15/5/2011 em 07:55
Patch 4.2: Lord Rhyolith PTR Strategies and Preview
Today on PTR we got some time with the newly renamed
. He's a well-tuned encounter and one we preferred to yesterday's boss,
. Some of his mechanics were refreshing, particularly in the way you actually controlled him, and we managed to test both phases of the fight thoroughly. If you've done
, you'll find some elements from those bosses borrowed and rehashed with
Phase one starts out different from most fights as there is no need to tank him. He ambles around slowly and does not attack directly; instead, the real threat is where he intends to walk. Consequently, you'll need to steer him where you want him to path by attacking his left and right legs--applying DPS to the leg in which direction you want him to turn. We found it best to only have two or three melee on him at most communicating on ventrilo where they wanted him to turn and calling out switches. There is also a bar on the screen the indicates how much in the respective direction Rhyolith will be turning to help you out.
Your immediate goal in steering him is to make sure that he stays
12/5/2011 em 21:44
Patch 4.2: Beth'tilac PTR Strategies and Preview
The PTR was open today for testing on Firelands 10-man and we were able to get some time with
. Unfortunately the US servers got a lot less time with this boss than EU and we only got eight or so attempts in before the server was shut down.
is the spider boss
first previewed by Blizzard
at the end of April. She ended up being a fairly simple fight. Of course, as usual for the PTR, she was untuned and will most likely change in the future. The encounter has two easily defined phases: the first is a kiting phase, the second is a burn phase. For phase one, you split into groups for below her web and on top of it; for phase two, everyone groups up underneath her web and you must kill her before her increasing damage is too high while dealing with a debuff similar to
Overall, it's a fun introductory fight and seems to serve well as a gear check for the zone.
11/5/2011 em 23:18
News Roundup: Dragonwrath Legendary Staff Clarifications, 4.2 Firelands Preview Updated
Just a small handful of Blizzard posts today, as it's the start of the week and we haven't been completely flooded with new info from the Blues (though there have been many welcome additions in the latest PTR patches, as I'm sure you guys have noticed)! As expected, most of the forum discussion has focused around
Fúria do Dragão, o Descanso de Tarecgosa
since it has finally been datamined (with its datamined stats). I'd like to take this moment to remind you guys that (as always)
that has been datamined from the PTR files is subject to change. All of it. Even the things Blizzard says themselves in their patch notes is subject to change. Remember that the Public Test Realms are just that -
realms - and that you may not be seeing the final version of some of these awesome items which are planned to go live. :)
10/5/2011 em 19:05
News Roundup: Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes, Dungeon Finder Change and more!
It's FRIDAY. Yet another day of awesome Patch 4.2 previews from Blizzard, including x and y, and a handful of new blue posts as well! Today's posts include the lateest Cataclysm hotfixes, a retrospective on the quality of Trial of the Crusader and a bit of input from Zarhym on just how "friggin' epic" Firelands is going to be. Who cares if there's "only" seven bosses, if those seven bosses and their encounters are
, right?In addition to this reassurance, we've also a few posts about a few 4.1 changes that needed just a bit more clarification. Check 'em out!
Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (April 28-29)
Some interrupts were still incorrectly missing targets. Wind Shear, Spell Lock, Counterspell, Mind Freeze, and hunter pet abilities Nether Shock and Serenity Dust should no longer miss.
Characters who mount up with a pet bar active should no longer lose control of the pet if they dismount while under the effects of any crowd control.
Divine Aegis will no longer produce a shield if the full heal that should cause it is a
29/4/2011 em 20:51
Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Armor Sets for Paladin, Mage, Rogue, Hunter, Death Knight, and Priest
This is probably the preview we've all been waiting for! Quests and zones are nice, but what everyone really wants to know is how they'll be looking for the next several months. Well, it's a mystery no longer for some classes; Blizzard just released a preview of how tier 12 armor sets will look for
Cavaleiro da Morte
. We'll let the images do the talking and have you form your own opinions in the comments as we're too busy staring at the hunter one and thinking about
--it has an
and that's awesome.
All in all, 4.2 seems to really be living up to the anticipation it built. These recent previews have made it seem like Firelands will be a rewarding patch for raiders; the questlines look epic, the bosses look interesting, and
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
looks to be the most complex legendary since
Atiesh, Grande Cajado do Guardião
. Even the daily hubs look engaging--Blizzard seems to have learned its lessons from Argent Tournament Grounds and the Isle of Quel'Danas.
29/4/2011 em 16:25
Patch 4.2 Preview: Thrall's Return, World Tree Restoration
Thrall's back in this new 4.2 teaser released by Blizzard today. However, freeing him won't be easy; you'll have to face elementals as well as Thrall's own past. It's interesting that they chose to bring him back by tying him so closely to the World Tree's restoration, hinging its fate largely on freeing him from his elemental bonds.
It should be exciting to see how it plays out. Personally, we're wondering if this quest will have any room for choices. Blizzard has been alluding to the possibility that phasing in 4.2's new areas will be based on a player's choices, ultimately aiming to make Firelands a very personal experience for players. It would be quite compelling if Thrall were linked to the personalized outcome that they desire, especially given his rich history as a prominent Warcraft lore figure.
Don't forget to check out yesterday's exciting previews:
Patch 4.2: Regrowth & Molten Front Preview
Patch 4.2: Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest Preview
29/4/2011 em 11:21
4.2 Firelands Preview: Bosses, Dragonwrath, and More
Blizzard is heating things up with more 4.2 previews after
yesterday's stunning videos
were released. This time, they're here to tell us about each boss in Firelands and tease us a little about the new caster DPS legendary:
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest
. Apparently not only will the legendary reward those who receive it, it will also reward the entire guild with a unique non-combat vanity pet!
But wait--they're not stopping there with this preview! According to Blizzard, besides having seven new bosses, 4.2 will also have new mounts, achievements, guild challenges, and a new tier of gear as well as weapons. All in all, it looks like this is warming up to be a really good patch. Hopefully it will be one that serves as this expanion's Ulduar; memorable and rewarding for all ranges of players.
For ages, the Elemental Plane served its purpose as a secure realm to imprison Azeroth's primordial spirits... until the Cataclysm ruptured its boundaries. Without warning, Ragnaros's armies surged toward Mount Hyjal, intent on burning the World Tr
28/4/2011 em 11:18