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New PTR Build (10596): Patch Notes Updated!
16.10.2009 в 20:53
Blizzard has been pumping out the awesome in overdrive as
PTR Build 10596
is now available for testing!
3.3 Patch Notes
have once again been updated, with some significantly notable changes including new glyphs, amazing reputation changes, and more! This build also marks a monumental change in game mechanics, as Blizzard has implemented glyphs that modify the speed at which certain healing-over-time and damage-over-time spells "tick." I know
excited to try it out! Check out the changes in the new PTR build after the break!
New ZAM Video Series: The BFF Report
15.10.2009 в 14:16
So those of you who follow WoW videos on
may be familiar with the work of Mr. Mike B., aka
. He's the creator of the presumptuously named "
Greatest Twink Video Ever
" series, as well as the "
Completely Unbiased Aion Reviews
" that have been floating around YouTube for a while.
Well, Fony has hooked up with our friends over at
, to produce a new web series called the
! He's going to be turning his eye toward reviewing some of the other MMOs out there.
The video page is here:
Alienware Giveaway on ZAM
14.10.2009 в 14:45
So anybody out there need a new computer?
is hosting a contest right now, and they're giving away an Alienware Aurora Desktop PC, as well as a big pile of swag from Bigfoot Networks (who make the Killer Network cards we've given away in a
) and throwing a few copies of
into the mix!
Head on over to the
to sign up!
3D Models for Build 10571!
13.10.2009 в 19:22
So there's a new build on the PTRs, and that means more new models! We're planning on making this a regular thing when a new PTR build hits, and updating the
with new model data every time there's a new build.
We'll also be updating the
to show thumbnails, and a bunch of other cool stuff, so keep checking back. I'm also putting together a post with all the T10 stuff for you to try on your own characters, but In the meantime, join us after the break for some juicy new 3D goodness!
New PTR Build (10571): Patch Notes Updated!
13.10.2009 в 17:56
Build 10571 is now on the PTRs!
have been updated—a lot of interesting changes this time. Keep an eye out for the New! tag to find the things that have been added or changed. Some VERY interesting changes this time—hopefully a few we can use to make the database even better.
: We've added all the new loading screens!
Attack of the Icons
13.10.2009 в 17:53
OH GOD, THE ICONS ARE COMING! EVERYONE GET DOWN!
A new PTR build means new icons, so everyone hold onto your hats—here we go!
new icons in the current PTR build.
Forge of Souls Impressions
13.10.2009 в 16:24
So it took me a good few days to find some time to test the new 5-man introduced in the latest PTR build. Yep, I am talking about the Forge of Souls, the first wing of the Frozen Halls, which is the composite name of all 3 5-mans in the Icecrown Citadel. Story-wise it is the first section of the Frozen Halls you are going to enter, so I am going to spend a little time talking about the story behind those three dungeons.
Yep, after the break :D
Oh, and let me tell you something. Instance full of creepy flying skulls that seem to be laughing at you while floating around playfully is one of the creepiest things I have ever seen in the game.
The Return of Blizzard's Halloween Pumpkin Contest!
13.10.2009 в 14:48
Please note: This contest is open only to residents of the United States, Canada and certain other provinces;
do apply. My apologies in advance to all the non-US readers, but when the EU site hosts a
we'll be sure to let you guys know!
Celebrating it's 7th anniversary this year,
Halloween Pumpkin Contest
has returned to give US fans a chance to score some sweet prizes for showing off their squash-slicing skills. Here's the scoop:
Between 12:00 a.m. PDT on
and 11:59 p.m. PDT on
, the RPSA will be accepting submissions for the pumpkin contest. The shutterbugs who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on WorldofWarcraft.com and Blizzard.com on Halloween. In addition, the crafters of the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs wil
New Models on the PTR
12.10.2009 в 15:58
So Patch 3.3 is up on the PTRs, as the
has been covering for the past week or so.
In our excitement, we've been digging through the model files in our PTR client, trying to find some interesting stuff. We decided to plug them into our
3D model viewer
, so you guys could play with them too!
Join us after the break to see Jaina Proudmoore's new model, as well as Shadowmourne and Quel'Delar, in full 3D! Now there are a lot of models that aren't represented here—we're just digging through them for now. But we'll have posts up soon for T10, as well as many others. :)
Wowhead Weekly Review (Oct 4 - Oct 10)
12.10.2009 в 14:45
Hey there, this is our thirty-first Wowhead Weekly Review!
Opinions presented in the Wowhead Weekly Review are not necessarily those of Wowhead.com or its staff members.
Battle.net Mandatory Starting Nov. 11 (US) / Nov. 12 (EU)
11.10.2009 в 01:55
UPDATE – 12 Oct:
It looks like Blizzard employees have no doubt made it clear the merges will be mandatory starting next month. Players on North American servers will need to merge their accounts before
, and players on EU servers will need to merge their accounts before
if they have not done so already. The threads are located
We all know this day was coming, but we didn't know exactly
it would happen until now: You will need to merge your WoW account in order to access it before November 11th/12th, or else your account will be inaccessible. This report came directly from Boubouille on
, and the source came directly from
EU Blizzard's Battle.net FAQ
The quoted FAQ and article come right after the break!
Gadgetzan Times Update
09.10.2009 в 22:10
"Get 'yer Gadgetzan Times! Get yer' new Times! Fresh out of the
Перо гномского мага
! Only ! Get it while it's hot!"
That's right! The new issue of the Times has been released, and here's what Nethaera has to say about it:
Brought to you straight from a printing press deep in the frozen hills of Icecrown, the new edition of the Gadgetzan Times has hit the stands and is packed full of Azerothian goodness. In this issue:
You No Take Candle!: A new kobold poem that is all the rage
The Airstrip: A tale of a warlock down on his luck, but seeking new frontiers in Northrend
The Heart of Battle: A priest wins the day in the hotly contested Warsong Gulch
New Holiday-Themed Crossword Puzzle
Fresh classifieds hot off the presses
Have a tale to tell or need to get the word out in a classified ad? Submit your stories and new classifieds
If you wish to read the new edition, go
Gnomes Back in Gnomeregan?
09.10.2009 в 03:07
There have been many jokes about the gnomes not being able to take their capital Gnomeregan back, despite the fact that there are quite a few gnome NPCs with level and gear sufficient enough to obliterate every single trogg and leper gnome in immediate proximity. Well, we
get to see the end of those jokes in
! Some two weeks ago "PC Gamer" magazine revealed some new information about the upcoming expansion, but it seems like one of the things was majorly overlooked: a hint that gnomes might be going back home!
Here's what the short caption on the image reads:
After 5 years of players purging Gnomeregan of its irradiated inhabitants, Gnomes may finally be able to reclaim their home as a new capital city for Alliance... until they mess it up again.
Without jumping to conclusions, it is highly probable (in my opinion at least) that Gnomeregan will be introduced in Cataclysm. Whether it is going to be there at launch, or players will go through a series of phasing quests to "purge" the place for good is of little relevance. The only problem is that we may very well get our super excited little fr
Blizzard Releases Tier 10 Set Bonuses on PTR (Updated 10-10!)
08.10.2009 в 16:04
Blizzard has been taking user feedback into consideration and has made changes to some set bonuses. We will stay on top of these updates as they are posted! :)
I'm sure many of you guys noticed Blizzard's
Tier 10 Sneak Peek
earlier this afternoon, in which Blizzard showed off some of the new class tier armor designs and proved to us, yet again, that the person responsible for designing leather helms is a nutjob (just kidding!).
They have since elaborated on this information by releasing the Tier 10 set bonuses, which have been released for each class' respective item sets. Blizzard is requesting that users (especially those currently testing on the PTR) provide them with any feedback, as these items will soon be available on the PTR for additional testing. Theorycrafters, hardcore raiders, and casuals alike are all given their chance to get their ideas thrown out there!
Blizzard Wants Feedback on PTR Nameplate Changes (Updated!)
08.10.2009 в 15:01
The updates are coming fast and furious, and I'm working on another post for later today, so I'm just going to take a moment to copy/paste this update from our friends at
Those of you on the public test realms may notice that Blizzard has made some changes to the way creature and character nameplates are displayed in World of Warcraft. Zarhym actually
these updates on the official PTR forum and is asking for feedback. Here's the list of changes straight from the blue post:
The range at which you can see the nameplates is now much longer.
You can no longer see the nameplates through objects which block line of sight.
Instead of the nameplates trying to sort themselves, they just overlap. We think this makes them more useful for very large groups (example: Onyxia whelps).
Have you noticed these changes on the PTR? What do you think of them in PvE and PvP?
Some clarification has been added on the official forums:
As long as you are able to peer into the doorway of a room, you will see nameplates of players
Character Bios Posted on the Official Site
08.10.2009 в 12:57
Now this is interesting. It makes sense that these two characters should be the first to appear on any sort of "Character Bios" list, since they're the ones who are going to be helping us bring down Arthas in 3.3—but I sincerely hope they fill these two out with more bios for the other characters.
The official link on the WoW Europe site is
, though I imagine it'll be up on the US site before long.
Or, as always, you can read the text here after the break. :)
Tier 10 Armor Preview!
08.10.2009 в 02:07
Man, you look away for a second, and Blizzard releases a T10 armor preview on the official site!
Only Death Knights, Druids, Hunters and Warriors so far, but still...looking very good. Be sure to check the high resolution images, because they often show them from different angles.
As the threats within Icecrown Citadel continue to take shape, so do the rewards for the brave souls who seek to face them. We’ve just released a first look at some of
the new tier-10 armor sets
that will be available to intrepid adventurers upon the release of the Icecrown Citadel raid dungeon. The preview contains all of the sets that we’ve completed so far, and you can click an image to see each set from different angles. We’ll add more classes’ sets as we continue to develop and polish them, so be sure to check back for updates.
New Patch Build = New Icons
08.10.2009 в 01:58
That's right, there's a new build on the PTR, and as such there are new icons!
Bunch of good ones this time, including some updated versions of some common old favorites. Check them out!
new icons in the current PTR build.
Patch Notes Updated—And Some Interesting Haste Changes
07.10.2009 в 18:26
We've updated the
with new info!
All of the new data has been conveniently marked with a "New! (10/7):" flag, and the top has a section for the last date it was updated. Looks like a new PTR Build on the horizon, so stay tuned for more dataz!
Haste Rating and DoTS/HoTs
In other news, casters may be interested in
from Ghostcrawler, which discusses proposed changes to DoTs, HoTs, and haste rating. They're talking about a system which actually lets the spells tick faster—and are considering testing the technology out on
. None of this is confirmed yet, it's just something they're testing—but still very interesting to explore the way things work over there.
New Patch Notes:
Icecrown Citadel Preview!
06.10.2009 в 14:29
The official World of Warcraft website has released some details on the
Icecrown Citadel Raid
From the sound of it, the
Knights of the Ebon Blade
have joined forces to create a new faction called the
, which will storm the Frozen Throne together—with the help of Highlord Tirion Fordring, High Overlord Saurfang (the Elder), Muradin Bronzebeard, Highlord Darion Mograine, King Varian Wrynn, and YOU.
The item levels are listed as 251 for 10-man normal, 265 for 25-man normal and 10-man heroic, and 277 for 25-man heroic. We've also got a bunch of screenshots of the new artwork, and a description of the individual wings. Go check it out on the
, or join us for the full text after the break!