Posts Tagged ‘changes’

Pre-4.0.1 Madness

With Blizzard officially announcing the release of Cataclysm, the question now becomes when does 4.0.1 drop? There has been much speculation based on the hidden patch notes, what has been live on the PTR, what’s available and tested on Beta, etc. So many rumors, but no concrete evidence. One Tuesday we’re all going to attempt to log in and see that we have on our hands a hefty wait time while the game patches.

So many changes are awaiting all of us when path 4.0.1 becomes live on the servers, but what does this mean to the players? First, the talent changes we’ve all been hearing about will finally be a reality. Which means all of the players will be learning how to play their characters all over again. Playing the game will suddenly be brand new for all of us, all over again.

We’re also going to see a new Launch Client (screen shots available at tentonhammer.com), Reforging goes live, Flexible Raid Lock System (this should have been implemented a LONG time ago, imho), the new Glyph system becomes active and the new currency changes also go live. (via PTR 4.0.1 Patch notes).

However, this means Zul’Gurub is officially going to go. As are weapon skills. What last minute achievements are you trying to get before they’re removed from the game?

Master of ArmsDid Somebody Order a Knuckle Sandwich

I’ve been working on [Master of Arms] on my Druid. She just recently got [Did Somebody Order a Knuckle Sandwich?] leaving her with only one more weapon skill left before completing [Master of Arms]. I’m also considering working on [Hero of the Zandalar Tribe] since they’re taking away Zul’Gurub.

What achievements are you trying to score before they become Feats of Strength? Anything you’re terribly sad to see go? Are there changes you’re glad to see happen? Or are you one of those who are not at all lured by achievements at all and thus are just ready for Cataclysm to release already?

Want to Know Why WoW Insider is No Longer WoW.com?

The folks behind WoW.com (now WoW Insider again, located at wow.joystiq.com) announced pretty abruptly that they’d no longer be using the domain they were so thrilled to be using, WoW.com little more than a year or so after they got it. Of course, with any change, communities go crazy and the community at the site (myself included) wondered what the change meant, both for AOL’s blog network and what it meant about the site and where it was headed.

Well, slowly but surely the folks behind the scenes worked to move everything to the new URL, and while largely successful, this morning was the first day that the old WoW.com URL pointed to something other than the actual blog, and what you see above is a screencap of what you’ll get if you miss the mark.

Kind notice to find the site elsewhere aside, it looks like WoW.com will shortly be AOL’s attempt at a GroupOn-style “deal of the day” clone. Considering how popular services like GroupOn and Living Social and other daily deal sites are, it makes sense for AOL to try and use a recognizable and easy to remember URL to launch their own.

Why they didn’t go back to WoW Insider’s old URL, wowinsider.com, I don’t know (likely consolidation of gaming sites), but at least we know what AOL’s plans for WoW.com were when they asked the World of Warcraft folks to move on over to a Joystiq sub-domain. According to a post over at AppScout, it looks like prospects for the new site are good, too.

Cataclysm Beta: New Talent Trees!

Among the goodies that Blizzard snuck into the most recent Cataclysm beta were brand new talent trees for just about every class – the new trees reflect changes that Blizzard has been talking about making for a while now, but the new trees finally reflect what we’ve been told would happen and they’re available to play with.

If you’re in the beta (lucky you) you have the new talents to fiddle with, along with the new customizations and specializations you have to pick early on in the game, but for those of us on the outside, we’ll have to wait patiently until we get an opportunity to try for ourselves.

If you want to play with the trees though, you can head over to WoWHead’s Cataclysm site now to try out the new trees.

New Female Worgen Models Unveiled

After a long wait and lots of doubt, Blizzard finally rolled in the new Worgen female models into the latest iteration of the Cataclysm beta, and they certainly look fiercer and more complete than the previous ones did.

Over at WoW Insider they have a gallery of several of the new models, and there are scowly, growly faces abound – which kind of matches up well with the male models, I think.

But enough about what I think – what do you think? Has Blizzard finally ditched the “super-sexy” approach to just about every female model in the game? If you’re inclined to play female characters in-game, will you roll a female worgen? Sound off in the comments!

Video :: Archaeology Preview – Cataclysm Beta

Straight from the mouth of the cynical Brit himself, TotalBiscuit, comes this fabulous new preview of the upcoming secondary skill coming in Cataclysm, Archaeology. Since it’ll be a secondary skill, it means that anyone will be able to learn it, much like fishing or first aid.

TB walks through the skill as it stands in the beta now, and some of the things you’ll be able to do with it when Cataclysm is released. Head over to YouTube to see the video in higher-quality, widescreen glory!

Edited: Cataclysm Point Conversion Announced

Lately I’ve been doing a lot more tweeting. Especially about WoW. I’ve been working on gearing up to be most prepared for the Cataclysm release. My druid has already made the server transfer over to Eldre’Thalas, my original WoW home realm. So, reading all of the various blogs from those who are actually on the beta, I’ve come to realize a few things.

1. We’re all (and by all I mean each and every single person playing WoW right now) going to be relearning the game… all over again. All of us on equal footing.
2. Some quest reward gear from Cataclysm will be better than most T10 items from WotLK, much like WotLK quest rewards were better than BC end game items, and Vanilla before that.
3. The game will be wholly different than what we’ve all become accustomed to.

Lately Ive been reconnecting with old friends from EldreThalas on twitter (find me at a @hestiahdruid if youd like). Lots going on there. My friend Kurn is rebuilding her old guild. Were getting ready to hit the ground running at the very onset of Cataclysm, and Im getting excited over the possibilities! Getting to see the game before its been old news for months. Wowhead let me know, via twitter, that a Blizzard announced the currency conversions.

Previously it had been announced that Blizzard was taking WoW to a point system that was universal across the board. Something I believe should have been implemented a long time ago, but I digress. All of your old badges of Conquest, Valor, Heroism and Justice will be converted to a designated gold amount while Emblems of Frost and Triumph will convert directly over to the new Justice Point system. Equally a similar conversion will happen with the Honor system and all previously earned honor points, Arena points, Wintergrasp Marks, etc.  will convert over to the new Honor Point system.

There is a hard cap of 4000 points for either point system. At the beginning of Cataclysm there will be a soft cap allowing those players who have banked large quantities of Emblems or Marks to go over the hard cap. The difference being, players will not be able to earn more Justice Points or Honor Points until the previous points are spent to below the 4000 cap. All Justice points and Honor points earned over the cap will be converted to their designated monetary value and mailed to the character.

The biggest thing to pay attention to is the fact that both Frost and Triumph emblems have the same conversion value into the new system. Anyone without a raiding guild knows that obtaining Frost Emblems is much harder than getting Triumph Emblems. At level 80 you can earn 2 Frost Emblems for a random dungeon, and 5 Frost emblems once a week for the weekly. Anything above that requires the player to participate in ICC or VoA to get Frost Emblems.

A player needs roughly 1500 emblems of both types to even come close to hitting the hard cap once Cataclysm arrives. Those of us who want to have the ability to spend freely once the expansion hits know this means its time to run back-to-back random dungeons.

EDIT:  The new conversion rate of emblems has been changed to reflect an equivalent mathematical value to the current emblem system. This blue post explains that Frost and Triumph emblems now convert at a 11.58 Justice Point per emblem. Meaning that in order to max out at the start of 4.0.1, you’ll need roughly 345 Frost/Triumph emblems.

WotLK Bucket List

I sort of met a new blogger through random chance on Twitter. It’s a very small world, in the grand scheme of things, when you start posting what you’re doing in game on a site like Twitter. I started doing it simply for a couple of my friends, one of them including the blogger Kurn. There’s a whole bunch of backstory here, but to put it simply, come Cataclysm, Kurn is bring back the ol’ gang. And so, because of the the forums have been reopened for all of us who are transferring or have transferred1.

Through Kurn I kinda met Apple. Followed Apple on Twitter and then we were chatting and DruidMain joined in the mix.

DruidMain has made herself a WotLK Bucket List. And I started thinking, what would I put on that list if I were to make one. I have yet to actually sit down and create my list, but I’m sure some of my items will look similar to DruidMain’s list.

With Cataclysm just around the corner, what sort of things would you put on your WotLK Bucket List? What achievements or things would you like to see and do before the expansion comes out?

1: I transferred a couple days ago due to some ridiculous nonsense on my old server.

Operation Gnomeregan and Zalazane’s Fall Available After Today’s Patch

After today’s maintenance, Horde and Alliance players will find that the updated instances for Operation Gnomeregan and Zalazane’s Fall will be available to enter, so Horde players can head into the Echo Isles to retake the Troll homelands and put an end to Zalazane’s tyranny, and the Gnomes and their allies can muster their forces to retake the Gnomes’ home city of Gnomeregan.

The quests went live on the PTRs a while back, and today’s the day for them to go up on the live realms. Ready?

New Character Intros for All Races in Cataclysm

Warning! Here there be spoilers for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm!
Do not read on if you don’t want to be utterly spoiled as to the fate of your character’s races when the expansion hits!

Now then, with that out of the way, I have to hand it to the folks at WoW.com for uncovering this from the most recent update to the beta (which none of us here at the Azeroth Metblogs are in yet, sadly) – each of the character races will get new introductions in the expansion, and if you’re still thinking it’s not a big deal, you’re missing the fact that a lot of the “where we are now” lore for each of the races is explained in those few opening moments before you take the reins of your character and begin playing.

Head over to WoW.com to read the full transcripts, direct from Blizzard.

Thrall, Ysera, and Others Get New Models!

Wowhead found a treat for us in the most recent Cataclysm model update, including some new models for Ysera, Thrall, and the Guardian of the Ancient Kings! Also in the new update, models for tons of new drakes and mounts, a new surveying tool that will be used with Archeaology, and more. Ysera’s model is above, although right now she’s essentially a recolor of Sylvanas with some horns added – it’s likely she’ll see a few more tweaks before release. After all, Alextraza is based off of the same model that Sylvanas is, but they’ve both been tweaked a bit so you can definitely tell them apart.

There are tons of NPC and other object models as well, including weapons and guild items, so it’s worth looking at if you’re curious what the visual dynamic in Cataclysm will resemble.

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