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Icecrown Citadel Raid Buff Increased to 15%
2010/04/27 at 12:22 PM
It's been a busy week in the World of Warcraft! With this latest raid reset, the
-specific raid-wide buff has had its effect increased again!
Strength of Wrynn
will now increase damage, healing, absorption effects and health by
You may remember that the buff was last increased to 10% at the end of last month, up from the 5% it provided when first launched at the beginning of March. Seems our
was correct, and this latest increase to the buff's effects was applied exactly four weeks later. I guess we can now assume we'll see the buff reach a staggering
on May 25th,
on June 22nd, and
on July 20th.
This buff should definitely help out players trying to down some of the more demanding hard modes in Icecrown Citadel. Personally, I don't think that a lot of Icecrown Citadel's encounters were scaled properly for their intended difficulty level to begin with (ie. 10-man modes being downed without 25-man gear), so hopefully this helps even out the playing ground a bit more. Remember, you still have
X-53 Touring Rocket Available Today
2010/04/27 at 10:55 AM
You may recall that Blizzard announced some changes to the Recruit-a-Friend
mount reward a little while ago. If you had an unclaimed Zhevra, the announcement said, or if you decided to recruit a friend in the near future, you would have the normal Zhevra reward changed to a spectacular
X-53 Touring Rocket
Well, the big day is today. As of today, April 27, 2010 (possibly after the maintenance), if you recruit a friend or if you have Zhevras waiting to be assigned to one of you characters, you will start getting the X-53's!
Here is the short post by Zarhym:
Time is running out for those who wish to claim their Zhevra, as the launch of the X-53 Touring Rocket is now scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27! If you’ve fulfilled all of the Recruit-A-Friend requirements necessary to claim a mount now but choose not to claim the Zhevra, you will be able to claim the X-53 Touring Rocket instead once it launches. Sounds like they’re firing it up for a final test run now....
You can find the original announcement here:
Cataclysm PvE Badge and PvP Point Changes
2010/04/26 at 10:20 PM
Blizzard just posted changes to the badge system in
... they are going to become Hero and Valor points! Basically the PvP point system being applied to PvE raiding.
will be earned from most dungeons (much like
Emblem of Triumph
will be from high-tier raids (like
Emblem of Frost
While there will be a maximum cap of Valor Points you can earn each week I personally think this could be one of the better changes to come to the badge/emblem/point system since the introduction of them in The Burning Crusade. So what does everyone think of the changes?
On the PvP side,
will replace Arena Points as the complement to Honor Points. Personal rating requirements will also be removed from almost all items, including weapons.
You can read all the details in the original blue post, available after the break.
Cataclysm Raid Progression Refinements
2010/04/26 at 10:58 AM
Some clarifications have been added to the bottom of the post.
Another blue post from the blue world of blue Blizzardness descends from the skies - this time it's about how raid progression is going to work in
10- and 25-man raids will share the same lockout.
10- and 25-man raids will share the same loot.
Heroic loot will be, like in Icecrown, just a buffed up version of the Normal loot.
The raid leader will be able to decide between 10-man and 25-man (possibly on a boss-to-boss basis), much like you can now choose between Normal and Heroic mode for a raid.
Since 25-man raids will drop the exact same items as 10-man, to promote people actually going to 25-man raiding, Blizzard is making 10-man encounters drop less loot per player (actual items, badges, gold...). In short, if you can get 25 people, you will get more out of the raid than if you were to go with 10.
Heroic mode for the bosses will be unlocked simply defeating a specific boss as few as (probably) 1-2 times. Limited attempts will likely go away completely, except for rare bosses (e.g. Algalon).
A Tour of the REAL World of Warcraft - Blizzard's Headquarters
2010/04/26 at 12:59 AM
It's midnight here, and I'm still awake, pretending I don't have to be up for gym (and work!) in a matter of hours. Thankfully, tonight my persistence in staying up late breeding Pokémon and browsing the Internet has paid off! I stumbled upon a post on one of my favorite sites of all-time,
, who were recently invited to tour Blizzard's Irvine campus (again).
I don't know about you guys, but I
these sort of things because I'm just like every other geeky kid out there who wants to grow up and design video games for a living. Being able to see where the magic happens AND being able to go, "Holy crap, they have a SLIDE in their food court!" just blows my mind.
(Please note, I don't think Blizzard actually has a slide in their food court, but I remember reading ages ago that
Some New Features!
2010/04/23 at 5:55 PM
So those who are paying close attention will have noticed some ninja fixes around the site recently!
I thought I'd take a moment to point some of the cooler ones out:
We now have
pages in the database menu! These give you a simple, straightforward place to look when you're trying to find abilities, talents, quests, trainers, item sets, or anything else related to a specific class or race.
We've added a "Disenchants into" filter to item searches! Now you can do searches like, "
all tailoring-crafted items that d/e into Nexus Crystals
Character tooltips like
now include titles!
We've added a "Deprecated" filter to items so you can look for
items that aren't in the game anymore
You can now see the
latest blog comments
under the "Tools > Utilities" menu.
We've tweaked the
menus! You can now see the Profiler dropdown under your username in t
ZAM Interview with Richard Knaak
2010/04/21 at 7:18 PM
Cody Bye, the Director of Content of ZAM, has just interviewed
, one of the most famous writers of novels and short stories for not only World of Warcraft, but a number of other fictional worlds. Knaak's "Blizzard" bibliography includes novels like
(the latest official Warcraft novel on the market), 3 standalone Diablo novels,
The Sin War
War of the Ancients
trilogy, as well as 2 standalone novels other than
. In addition to those, he has an impressive number of Dragonlance, Dragonrealm, Conan, individual novels... not to mention his short fiction pieces and the manga.
Sadly, this interview didn't quench my thirst for lore (could anything?), but it was an interesting read nonetheless. The interview is after the break!
Bidding for Good: World of Warcraft Basket
2010/04/20 at 2:41 PM
The website Bidding for Good is running a charity auction to support the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. You may be wondering why you are seeing this mentioned on a World of Warcraft site? Well, there seems to be a rather nice basket of items that everyone might be interested in...
World of Warcraft Collector's Edition (Signed by the Development Team)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Collector's Editions (Signed by the Development Team)
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector's Edition (Signed by the Development Team)
World of Warcraft TCG
World of Warcraft TCG
World of Warcraft TCG
Spectral Tiger Cub
World of Warcraft 1 year Subscription Card
World of Warcraft
Plushie with In-game Companion
World of Warcraft
Wind Rider Cub
Plushie with In-game Companion
You can check this basket out
The auctions run until April 26th, and while this i
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2010/04/19 at 6:36 PM
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Wowhead Client & AVG LinkScanner: Together at Last!
2010/04/19 at 12:31 PM
who have been trying to use the
will be happy to know that
we had under development has been tested and released to the public. Simply open up your client and it will update to the newest version, thus allowing you to upload tasty dataz while also using AVG's LinkScanner capability.
A special thanks goes out to the folks at AVG who were very helpful in determining the cause (even going so far as to reproduce the problem at home since they didn't have WoW installed at work). <3
Apr 16 #BlizzChat Developer Chat Transcript
2010/04/16 at 7:07 PM
has just ended. Here are some of the most interesting posts:
Can we have all mounts scale to 310?
New rank of flying that will make all mounts go 310%.
Will we be able to fly from the get-go in Azeroth?
We might make you get "Old Weather Flying"... Kidding! Right from the start most likely.
Changes to relics or wands?
Relics are planned to be more generalized, such as a relic that gives Strength for paladins and death knights.
Changes to racials?
Dwarves may get a bonus to Archeology and Undead may get a more useful cooldown for PvE.
PvP utility for Ret?
Ret will be gaining an interrupt.
Planned UI updates?
Complete changes to the spellbook, talents pane, professions pane and even nameplates.
Most excited for?
Some of the new Balance Druid talents like Solar Beam, similiar to Freya's spell where it instantly silences a target a
Wowhead Comic #22
2010/04/16 at 2:39 PM
Wow, its been a while, hm?
With all this commotion about possibly the most wonderful thing to ever happen to this game (in my opinion), I thought its a good time as any to make a comic about how ridiculous I find all the flame and troll wars.
I have been waiting for a
flying pony mount
for such a long time, and now not only does my main character get to have one, but ALL OF MY TOONS! And all levels of riding skill! Happiest day of my life. Kinda. ... I really like ponies. And sparkly things.
I threw together some wallpaper versions of the comic for you guys. :3
1920 x 1200
1920 x 1080
1280 x 1024
Note: The lyrics are from an
all-time favourite song
of mine, that most of you will probably recognise as the Ro
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