The Weekly Marmot - Surviving the Cataclysm (Beta)
So, say a new build has just hit the Cataclysm beta. You're looking through the patch notes and you come across a highly controversial change to your favorite class. You immediately do one of the following:
Rage about it on the forums
Cancel your subscription, then rage about it on the forums
Cancel your subscription, murder your friends, then rage about it on the forums
Watch this week's Weekly Marmot
If you chose option 1 or 2, you should check out this week's Marmot, where I talk about how to properly handle all the weird things that happen during beta. If you chose option 3,
Cataclysm Collector's Edition Announced!
Blizzard has just announced the
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition
! Some items included in the Collector's Edition are a 176-page Cataclysm themed art-book, Lil' Deathwing in-game pet, a behind the scenes DVD, the soundtrack from Cataclysm, a special edition mouspad depicting Deathwing himself, and World of Warcraft: The Trading Card Game cards from the Wrathgate expansion. According to the Press Release the Collector's Edition will be available for $79.99 (US dollars).
has been updated with extensive details and pictures!
Now features correct Lil' Deathwing model!
You can read the official Press Release after the break.
Best. Warcraft Music. Ever. - Cataclysm's Opening Theme
It's been a pretty busy weekend in the Cataclysm Beta, with the addition of the
and a number of interesting
new UI changes
. However, there's one aspect in the development of the new World of Warcraft expansion that's been coming along
and isn't getting quite the attention it deserves - until now! Many Cataclysm zones feature entirely new or completely changed music which I'd love to share with you guys - if you'd be interested?
In any case, I present to you the most amazing World of Warcraft musical piece ever (well, except for
Power of the Horde
- but I'm just biased):
, the 12-minute long epic currently gracing the Cataclysm Beta's login screen. Enjoy!
for uploading, I'd have gotten this up sooner for you guys but I'm terrible at making even the most simple of YouTube videos!
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12759) Over 200 New Icons!
The latest Cataclysm Beta patch included
of new icons! We've got some new items for Archaeology, including the main skill icon, and ones for artifact fragments and other related items. We've also uncovered ton of new icons for different types of armor; which, judging from detail, will most likely to be used for quest rewards and dungeon gear. Personally, I can't wait to see new, highly detailed tier armor and endgame item icons!
There's also few new weapon icons and a
of new miscellaneous item icons, including new Darkmoon Cards, a ton of strange reagents, and the most adorable lil' brown bear cub ever. D'awwww. And speaking of cute companions - Lil' Deathwing has an icon now! HE'S SO CUTE ITS EVIL. Don't forget to check out the latest items, NPCs and other recent finds by browsing the
section of our
and be sure to keep up with our
as we add tons of n
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12759) Updated Continent Loading Screens!
The latest Cataclysm build also included freshly updated loading screens featuring amazing new art for each of the major continents. We've uploaded them here in both original and widescreen variations! Which one is your favorite? Also, which other old-world loading screens still deserve some love?
New Loading Screens
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12759) Guild Vendor, Achievements Added!
The latest Cataclysm Beta update marks the return of guild features, with some awesome new additions! Guild vendors have been added to the game, located near the Guild Master / Tabard Vendors in the major cities, who sell items which will (eventually) have guild reputation requirements. New items include a ground mount, flying mount, new heirlooms and more! Sadly, most of the items have not been fully implemented and do not actually function at this time.
Blizzard has also added few more guild achievements - keep checking the blog for more information as we can add it! Check out screenshots of the newly added goodies after the break!
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12759) UI Changes!
A new beta build has just been deployed on the beta realms and with it came some excellent changes to the UI that I think everyone will enjoy.
have moved out of the character pane and into their own tabs in the spell book. This allows a player to easily browse through the pages looking for the right mount or pets to add to your bars instead of guessing if that's the right icon for your
There was one other things that got a
needed overhaul was the Video Settings window. Now all the sliders have been removed and turned into drop downs, this way you no longer have to guess what each section of the sliding bar. All settings have different options ranging from the standard fare of Low, Fair, Good, High and Ultra to simple Enabled or Disabled options.
Another small addition is you're now able to
Glyphs and they show up in your general tab of your spellbook. You will automatically learn a glyph upon purchasing and using the glyph item. Now, whenever you want to change glyphs you will no longer have to run out and buy new ones and can just apply them directly from the spellbook.
Blizzard also added a tweak for the new streaming client t
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12759) New Rank of Riding (310%)!
In the latest beta build Blizzard has introduced a
new rank of flying
, which was originally mentioned in a
back in April. At level 80, a player is allowed to purchase
for a hefty price of
(discounted by reputation by appropriate vendors) which will allow you to fly any mount at
. To purchase this you will need to visit any riding trainer that teaches flying, such as in Stormwind for the Alliance or in Orgrimmar for the Horde. I would assume that your 310% mounts will still go 310% without the training skill, but this will allow players to bust out some more preferred mounts and enjoy the convenience of high speed
A lot of sites are reporting that 310% riding will be learned automatically if you have a 310% - which may or may not be true anymore. For clarification, here is the original blue post from back in May of this year, in which this feature was promised by a Blizzard poster:
Write a WoW haiku / Win a Cataclysm key / And beta access!
Looking for Cataclysm beta access? Well you've come to the right place!
We're having a
WoW haiku contest!
If you want to participate, go on over to our
, submit a haiku, and check back on Monday! Every weekday for the next two weeks, we'll be posting the best haikus in the forums for
to vote on!
The winners, as voted on by the community, will receive a beta key for Cataclysm! Send in your haiku over the weekend, for the first round of entries!
And yes, that's
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
in a kimono over there!
Cataclysm Beta: Mob Damage Increased
Zarhym posted a rather interesting announcement on the beta forums today: it seems
on mobs level 65 and above have been
. An example used by Zarhym states that mobs in a level 80 area had their damage increased by 2.5, while mobs at 81 were increased by 3.2—and it scales further on according to level.
Blizzard is also asking for feedback regarding how combat feels in the level 80-85 exterior zones, including spawn rates and the amount of NPCs in specific locations.
You can read the the original announcement after the break.
Wowhead Client, Cataclysm Beta and You
As usual, when there's a beta up, we need your data! But there's been a little bit of confusion as to how to make the Wowhead Client work with the beta installation of Cataclysm.
So I've come to answer the question on everyone's mind,
how do I upload data for the beta?
Well, that's an easy one! First you need to make sure you have the Wowhead Client installed, which you can get
. Unzip the files and copy the Wowhead_client.exe to somewhere you can easily remember—I personally keep mine inside the World of Warcraft folder for my live install. When you open the Wowhead Client for the first time it will try to auto detect your World of Warcraft installations. Typically this will be done automatically, but if for some reason it does not detect your game files properly, all you will need to do is click on Tools -> Options and Browse for Live, PTR and Beta installations. Once you've done all this, all you have to do is click OK and upload your data!
Remember at this time
Addons are disabled
in the Cat
The Weekly Marmot - Cataclysm Healing Q&A
In this episode, I answer a handful of the questions that you beautiful people sent in. Included are: What's happening to the five second rule? What stats are healers going to be interested in? Are there still going to be "raid healers" and "tank healers"? And how did I get so
Okay, maybe not the last one.
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