Cataclysm Stat Revamps—GC Nerfs EVERYTHING!
So I'm going to go through and list some of the crazy changes that are being made to itemization here. I'll be elaborating more on this later, but here's the basic rundown:
Because there seems to be some confusion: These changes are proposed changes to come with the next WoW expansion, called Cataclysm. These are still a long way off. When they come, they will also come with a complete revamp of existing gear, as well as a total reconstruction not just of the quests that lead you through the original zones, but of the zones THEMSELVES. Thousand Needles is being flooded. The Barrens is being split into two zones. Desolace is green and growing. Azshara is a lowbie leveling zone. Zones are being condensed so you spend fewer levels in each one. So have no fear. Everything is changing, but it's all changing TOGETHER. The whole game is getting redesigned for the new expansion—check out all the details on how in our
But in the meantime, let's take a look at the stat changes coming in the expansion!
WoW: Cataclysm Recap
So this is the rundown for the new expansion!
All of my random thoughts are on the Twitter page here:
But I will also be listing them here in bullet points, to keep them organized. Join us after the break for some amazing news!
Cataclysm Officially Announced!
So here's the rough run-down. It's pretty much as it was leaked, but here's the interesting stuff I thought:
Guild levelling, and Guild achievements
New Character Progression: "Path of the Titans". Not sure what this means.
New Secondary Skill: Archaeology
Heroic Classic Instances: Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep
So it looks like everything MMO-Champion had was correct, but apparently Blizzard still managed to keep a FEW secrets. :)
The goblin lore looks interesting. It seems like the Horde Goblins will be a splinter group of island-faring goblins—similar to the Darkspear trolls—that were forced off their island by the incoming Cataclysm, and have fallen in with the Horde. It's possible, we'll have to see. :)
The full details are up on the World of Warcraft site here:
Stay tuned for the next blog, when we hit up the preview panel!
BlizzCon Day 1—and Wowhead Quest!
So I'm in my hotel room, packing my stuff up and heading down to the convention floor. I'm going to use this blog post to write down my random thoughts as we go on through the day, just in case some of you may be bored enough that they want to hear MY running commentary on their DirecTV broadcast. :P
Don't forget that for more immediate news and pictures—the kind I don't have to run up to the press room to publish—you can follow us on Twitter:
For those of you who are actually attending the convention, Wowhead has a quest for you!
If you manage to find one of us on the convention floor—you'll know us by our Wowhead T-shirts—then you get a card for a free month trial of
The updates will be coming after the break!
More BlizzCon Info!
Our sister site
has their own editorial coverage of Blizzcon going up this weekend, and they already have a few posts that are looking pretty awesome.
Specifically, the ones I wanted to bring your attention to were these:
Diablo 3 demo run-down
Fansite Summit recap
Photo gallery and goody bag contents
The full list of Blizzcon posts will automatically update as new ones are added, and can be found here:
Fansite Summit Recap!
So now that I've gotten to sit back down at my computer and actually do some typing, I'm going to elaborate a little on some of the thoughts I mentioned in the previous
, and on
. I wasn't made for
—I talk too much. :(
I'm also posting the (admittedly meager) gallery of photos I managed to take, though the majority of the time we were restricted from using cameras.
BlizzCon 2009 Fansite Summit!
So for those of you who don't know, this year (like last year) Blizzard is hosting an exclusive Community Summit for their official Fansites—like us. It's a pretty exclusive thing—only one representative from each site is allowed to attend, and this year it just happens to be me!
Now Blizzard is very particular about what we're allowed to show you and what we're not, but nonetheless I'll be putting on my journalism hat and taking pictures (where possible) with my terrible iPhone camera, and as I get the opportunity I'll be adding content to this blog post!
All of the coverage and updates will be after the break. In addition, don't forget to follow us on
, since we may be able to get information up there before I can reach a computer and get it up on this blog post.
There may (or may not?) be spoilers ahead!
BlizzCast #10 (Now with Contests!)
BlizzCast #10 is here, and to celebrate, Blizzard has a little contest to go along with it!
Continuing our behind-the-scenes look at Blizzard Entertainment games and developers, BlizzCast #10 features a Q&A session about World of Warcraft patch 3.2, Call of the Crusade. As players have begun exploring all of the new content available in this patch, you’ll get to hear the developers’ take on some of the highlights of the Argent Tournament, Crusaders’ Coliseum, and the Isle of Conquest. We’ll put all of the new action in and off the coast of Icecrown in perspective for you and even talk a bit about our thoughts on BlizzCon 2009 (coming August 21 and 22 to the Anaheim Convention Center).
BlizzCast #10 Quiz Contest
It’s been a little while since our last BlizzCast, and we’re celebrating its return with a brand-new contest. Are you a BlizzCast enthusiast? Have you downloaded every episode within minutes of its release? Do you take notes to distribute amongst your guild? Well then, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Listen caref
Strategist: Northrend Beasts
Ha! Not Ulduar. Surprised, aren't you? You better not be...
Ulduar's Strategist was kind of a filler. Many of you had already done it, and a new patch was coming. However this new patch is here now, and it makes sense to start writing more
guides. You know, stuff people might actually get to use. Worry not, Ulduar won't be forgotten - just pushed down the list for a while.
So here I give you the first Strategist in Patch 3.2. The raid is Crusaders' Coliseum,
Trial of the Crusader
. The encounter:
Wowhead Weekly Review (Aug 9 - Aug 15)
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Patch 3.2: Call of the Crusade Review
So 3.2 is upon us, and the Argent Coliseum is live! There's been a lot of coverage leading up to the new patch, and a lot of coverage now that it's out, but I thought you guys could use a single rundown for everything—which means that you are about to get a full-blown review of the Call of the Crusade, and all its awesomeness!
First, let me just give you the link to the official patch notes, if you prefer to read them there - and then we move on to the review!
We're going to lay this out for you: for every section, we'll have the patch notes first (click the title to see them), and then the reviews of that section of the patch notes. Then the patch notes for the next section, and so on and so on...
New Expansion Info on MMO-Champion!
has just posted an announcement with all of the currently known information about the upcoming expansion:
World of Warcraft - Cataclysm!
considered speculation, as it has not been officially confirmed by Blizzard, but Boubouille at MMO-Champion doesn't usually post something unless he's pretty sure and so far he's rarely been wrong. Some of the recently-gathered information includes: the new
(you'll be surprised!), as well as new
You can read the entire thread
Do you think this is going to be the big announcement Blizzard plans on releasing at Blizzcon 2009?
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