Ragnaros Spotlight: From WoW to Heroes of the Storm
debuts as a playable hero in Heroes of the Storm today so we thought we'd give you a little insight into his character from World of Warcraft!
was the final boss of Molten Core, and then made a reappearance as the final boss of Firelands. He also made a reappearance for the
10th Anniversary Event
We were also sent a tasty box of
from the Heroes of the Storm team; as cereal jokes about Ragnaros are some of the most highly-upvoted comments on Wowhead, we thought our community would appreciate the pictures.
Burning Seeds: Fire Kitty Disguise Added in Patch 5.2
During the Patch 5.2 PTR, players noticed that
had been datamined, which would allow players to "harness the essence of Fire granted to the Druids of the Flame." The buff given,
, explicitly stated that players turn into a Druid of the Flame while in Cat Form. This sounded exactly like the fire kitty effect granted by
, except you didn't need to farm up the staff. What was the catch?
Well, nobody knew how to get them, which has led to a heated discussion if this item ever made it to live servers. Earlier today, Community Manager Crithto
made a post
s were in fact available in game, but
well hidden--nobody had reported finding them since Patch 5.2 went live over a month ago.
for finding it and emailing me the intial details, and
for going to Firelands with me!
These seeds are available from the portal by
. They look like tiny [object=1
Firelands Raid Hotfixes Sept. 20 -- Updated
As announced in the ‘Firelands Raid Changes Incoming’ blog post (
), we’ll be making the below hotfixes which have gone into effect during today's raid reset.
- health and damage reduced by 15%.
Other bosses - health and damage reduced by 25%.
All adds’ health and damage have been reduced in the same proportions as bosses.
deal much less damage.
s move slower.
buff duration on Alysrazor is now uniformly 30 seconds.
Alysrazor drops 1 additional
for 10-player mode and 2 additional feathers for 25-player mode in all cycles.
in Stage 1 now knocks targets up, but not back.
Boss health and damage reduced by 15% (Heroic
' health has not been reduced.)
All adds’ health and damage have been reduced in the same proportions as bosses. However, Heroic Ragnaros adds have been reduced by 15%.
Firelands Changes Coming for Heroic and Normal Modes
Much like the nerfs to tier 11 content, Firelands is about to go through some of its own next week; as usual, Blizzard's logic is solid. It's nothing against those who have completed the content, they want more players to see more bosses before they become obsolete. But how do you feel? Is this too soon, as Ragnaros might say--or just right? Where are you at in progression with your guild?
With the final showdown against Deathwing approaching, we’ve been keeping a close eye on players' progress through the current Firelands raid content. Before patch 4.3 is released, we want groups who are working on Heroic-difficulty content to be able to get as close to Ragnaros as possible, and we want players who are tackling normal progression to be able to experience as many of the encounters as they can. To achieve these goals, we’ll be toning down the difficulty of both normal and Heroic raids through hotfixes in the coming weeks. In general, we plan to reduce health and damage of all raid bosses in both normal and Heroic Firelands by around the same percentage we brought difficulty down for the original Cataclysm raids when Rage of the Firelands (patch 4.2) wa
Hotfixes (September 9th) and Legendary Quest Changes
Dungeons & Raids
The number of Smouldering Essences that can be collected from a single boss in 25-person Firelands on Heroic difficulty has been reduced.
The number of Smouldering Essences that can be collected from a single boss in 10-person Firelands on normal mode has been increased.
The hit points and damage done by drones and spiders in this encounter have been reduced by 10%.
Ragnaros should now be crushing fewer souls on Heroic difficulty.
Kalecgos should no longer despawn when first engaged.
The Wrath of Tarecgosa should no longer ignore cooldowns when a clone spell procs.
The Wrath of Tarecgosa should no longer trigger melee procs from trinkets, however, it should still trigger melee procs from abilities such
Hotfixes (July 19 - August 15)
Balloon pets can no longer be sold to vendors.
Flight points in Outlands should correctly display for characters created after the release of patch 4.2.
Melee auto-attacks should properly trigger trinkets.
is correctly triggered when Rake gets a critical hit, and is putting an extra combo point on the target.
should no longer strike targets with which the druid is not in combat.
is properly removing the focus cost of
should now properly trigger trinkets.
should no longer incorrectly apply double damage when certain buffs are present on the warrior.
Dungeons & Raids
is properly flagged as a quest NPC and not a rare spawn.
Burning Orb attack range has been increased for the
News Round Up: Heroic Firelands Hotfixes and More
There were a lot of changes to Firelands tonight--in particular, heroic Baleroc and Majordomo have significantly less HP along with changed fight dynamics.
Heroic 25-man Baleroc is now 196 million down from 217 million while heroic 25-man Majordomo is now 432 million health.
This seems like it's less of a nerf like we first reported and more of a "change."
For example, in addition to lowering health, on Baleroc they also reduced the rate at which stacks are gained from Torment. This makes the fight much harder to heal, requiring either two tanks or more healers from a usually one tank and four healer fight. This changes the fight's dynamic completely.
Heroic Ragnaros Kill Video
Making good on their promise to post their Ragnaros kill video after another guild downed the fight,
posted it tonight. Can you count how many healers they used? Hint: not many.
Diablo 3 Beta Slated For By September 30th
A MvP poster said that the beta is supposed to go live by September 30th on the forums today... While this isn't a Blizzard employee, it is someone who knows more than a regular poster would and
News Roundup: Hotfixes, Honor Compensation, and Heroic Ragnaros
Paragon got world first heroic Ragnaros which is by no means a small feat! Over 500 tries later, the Firelord was downed. Other than that, we have a huge news round up and some hotfixes which were just posted.
The frequency at which players can use /yell, /say, and any emotes is now throttled to prevent excessive spamming of chat logs from occurring.
Improved Death Strike now provides 40/80/120% bonus damage, up from 30/60/90%, and a 10/20/30% critical strike bonus, up from 3/6/9%.
Flight Form now cancels the Leyara’s Locket buff.
Moonfire will now generate Lunar Energy when crossing from Solar to Lunar on the Eclipse bar.
Dungeons & Raids
All bosses in The Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds once again award Valor Points in all raid sizes and difficulties. 10-player bosses award 35 Valor Points, while 25-player bosses award 45 Valor Points. This change does not apply to Argaloth in Baradin Hold. More informati
News Round Up: Latest Hotfixes, Honor Reimbursement, Baine Bloodhoof, and Firelands Talk
The honor reimbursement is still on track for happening next week--if you bought a piece of season 9 gear before it became season 10 ilevel, you will be receiving 4000 honor as compensation.
Otherwise, we have tons of blue posts to share with you. There are a lot of
ones, specifically about the design of the encounters and their difficulty. There's also a new story for the lore fans out there involving Baine Bloodhoof.
Update @ 9:40PM CST: Latest 4.2 hotfixes have just been posted!
Latest 4.2 Hotfixes (7/12)
Pet Defensive stance will no longer cause the pet to assist the player while a vanity pet is active.
Rake should again be able to trigger Primal Fury.
Dungeons & Raids
Characters who make for a good Dinner Time should no longer be ported to Ancient Core Hounds they are not in combat with when the ability’s effects end.
Fire Scorpion and Flamewaker corpses no longer provide loot or reputation when they’re eaten by Hell Hounds and Fire Turtles.
News Round Up: Crystallized Firestones, Level 80 RAF, and Firelands Progression
There has been a lot of speculation that the rest of the VP items will indeed be able to become 391 ilevel with the use of a
. Instead of getting these upgrades from the vendor like you do for the other 391 items, you would be able to apply it to the item for your upgrade. Unfortunately the firestone droprate is lower than it should be, so few guilds have seen them, and the ones seen have been presumably used right away on the existing 391 vendor items so no one has tested this theory.
A user sent
this link in
to us showing their conversation with GMs and there have been a lot of other logs circling around. Hopefully someone confirms this ASAP;
a GM response is never proof
, but at the same time, it would be nice and it would explain the 391 items we have in our DB. It's possible that they just never implemented them.
On Firelands Progression Speed
As Paragon hits 6/7 heroic modes in 25-man,
officially starting the race to Ragnaros' world first, a blue comments about the progression.
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News Round Up: Season 10 Starts, Boss Strategies, and More
The first real attempts on hardmodes are happening today; so far, since the EU servers still can't complete, it's a pretty intense race between
has been killed by a lot of guilds (20+ so far), but few others have killed another boss yet. We'll have to see what the EU guilds have in store for us later.
Remember to check out our
in-depth strategies for all normal mode Firelands' bosses
PvP Season 10 Begins
PvP Season 10 has officially begun, and players can once again take to the Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds to compete for the new Ruthless Gladiator PvP sets!
All Team Ratings and Personal Ratings have been reset, and any Conquest Points from Season 9 have been converted to Honor Points. Any Honor Points above the cap were converted into gold at a rate of 35
Firelands Normal Mode and Baradin Hold Boss Strategies
Today we have a list of the boss encounters in
along with their strategies--the videos are from our affiliated site,
, and the strategies mostly written by Wowhead with some of TS' strategies mixed in. Hopefully this helps out those of you who are looking to engage and start clearing the zone this reset; it's a fairly easy zone, but it can be hard to progress past a certain point for a lot of guilds.
is also finally live, as the PvP season has started. This means you have an easy loot pinata to check out, even if you don't regularly raid, so be sure to check out
Hotfixes (July 1st) and Wowhead Contest Winners
A lot of hotfixes to tide us over for the three day weekend, most notably:
Blizzard officially responds in their own way to STARS by changing it so heroic difficulty isn't enabled until next week, regardless of if you killed Ragnaros or not.
Firelands trash farming got hit with the nerfbat; epics won't be dropping half as much.
More Firelands trash fixes were put up, in particular the HP values and damage they do are now better suited for the difficulty. In other words, 25-man trash mobs now have increased values befitting a raid of 25 players.
There was a particularly random bug where you would randomly take fall damage and die while walking in areas--Blizzard assures us that's now fixed.
The winners of our latest contest have finally been chosen. Congratulations to the lucky people, and better luck to the ones who didn't get picked! Emails will go out by Tuesday, if not sooner (three day weekend here)!
News Round Up: Tabard Slot, Pugging 4.0 Content, and STARS Exploits
So now that the dust has settled from 4.2's eerily smooth launch, it's back to raiding and waiting to see what 4.3 will bring. While we wait, though, we have some interesting blue posts and a round up of what's been going on so far.
On some servers, the new dailies have been resetting. A lot. Many players are already on or about to be on the third stage. If you find yourself up at 3AM when dailies should reset on your server, they may reset again at 4AM and then again at 5AM. Hopefully it gets straightened out.
Daily quests aside, there are some even bigger "exploits" rumored to be happening right now that's got the PvE scene worked up. The well-known guild STARS decided to kill Ragnaros like many of us did--his death is required before you can begin heroic modes, much like how ICC had the LK as a gating mechanic for heroics. Unlike the rest of us, however, they took it a step farther when right after their kill the entire guild faction transferred to reset their raid lock, forming
a new guild
. This is clearly not an intended use of game mechanic and, in the past, when guilds have done thi
News Roundup: Missing 4.2 Hairstyles, Holiday Bags Changed, 4.2 Featured Items
Just a few Blizzard posts today - no new hotfixes yet, but if any show up I'll definitely add them. You can check out previous Patch 4.2 hotfixes in
Some 4.2-Added Hairstyles Not Yet Implemented
You guys may have seen our awesome
4.2 hairstyles preview blog
which showed off a variety of new player hairstyles being added with Patch 4.2. Unfortunately, not all of these have been implemented, but it looks like some of them made it to live...
We did have a lot of new hairstyles we had created over time up on the patch 4.2 Public Test Realms. The problem was that, even though these hairstyles were added on the test realms, many of them were not finalized or approved by our art team. Because of this, a good portion of them (about half) were pulled shortly before patch 4.2 was released on live realms, leaving only a partial implementation of new hairstyle choices.
Unfortunately, this means some races/genders now have more hair
News Round Up: Hotfixes, Avengers of Hyjal Reputation, and More
Currently on Majordomo so I will make these look prettier later but we have some hotfixes to cover, also some blue posts for a round up over the past few days.
Dungeons & Raids
Atramedes's Sonar Pulses are properly moving toward raid members when spawned underneath him.
Fiery Blood from Fire Scorpions now only affects other Fire Scorpions and Giant Fire Scorpions.
Fire Turtles should no longer keep players in combat after their pack is killed.
Alliance and Horde Guild Battle Standards cannot be used inside the Firelands raid.
Both Faldren Tillsdale and Jamus'Vaz (Valor Point vendors) now display items grouped together in the following manner: rings, necks, bracers, relics, ranged weapons, thrown weapons, then tier sets.
The Severed Visionary Tentacle is no longer infinitely applying to characters.
Quests & Creatures
Elemental Bonds Quest Chain
Aggra's bubble i
New Options in Firelands: A Guide to Gear in 4.2
Edit 7/6: Clarified info about tier as well as upgradable gear with Firestones. All VP items can be upgraded with Firestones--you 'use' the stone on an item. Source:
Edit @ 7:00PM PST: Regular Firelands trash gives rep until 5999/6000 Friendly, with Molten Giants and Hounds giving small amounts of reputation beyond that. Can hit honored just on trash.
Edit @ 3:00PM PST: Bosses give 250 (275 with
) rep; can get to friendly easily farming trash--this means Avengers capes are pretty easy to get.
Edit @ 2:00PM PST: Ashelia has confirmed that the new crafting recipes for boots and gloves drop from Firelands trash:
Firelands and 4.2 introduce a whole new set of epics; it's the easiest it's ever been to gear up. From raid epics to additional rep rewards, there's something for all playstyles. We've taken the basic framework of the 4.1 gear guide; this time we've skipped the blues and just compared the epics.
See how good the new loot is and also see what gear is easily obtainable before raiding right after the break!
This guide does not aim to provide a BiS set of heroic Firelands gear for e
Breaking Down 4.2: Patch Day Guide
Edit @ 7:45AM PST: 4.2 is now live to download, make sure you're patching up!
Edit @ 11:00AM PST: Servers are up and live!
Edit @ 11:10AM PST: As expected, there is a lot of lag out there in Hyjal. It's basically unplayable in Hyjal, but fine in other zones. The keyring is also bugged
and still shows up
Edit @ 2:00PM PST: Ashelia has confirmed that the new crafting recipes for boots and gloves drop from Firelands trash:
Edit @ 3:00PM PST: Bosses give 275 rep; can get to friendly easily farming trash--this means Avengers capes are pretty easy to get.
Edit @ 7:00PM PST: Most trash will give rep until 5999/6000. Molten GIants and Hounds still give reputation to push you into Honored.
Although there was a lot of coverage to be had through out the past two months, we've rounded up most of it into a quick one page guide so you can know exactly what to do when the patch goes live on the servers.
As for the patch itself, it's going to be today after the servers come up. It's weird; most players don't "feel" like it's a patch, this process has been a little different than
Wowhead's Patch 4.2 Guide
4.2 is coming soon--very soon in fact. And we aren't oblivious to this fact, either.
In fact, as the news dries up, we're inclined to make a singular compendium of all the vast changes this patch brings in the form of
yet another Wowhead guide
. Patch 4.2 is a huge patch and it's more than just a new daily hub, legendary, and raid instance. There are also new rares, loads of new gear, and many new achievements. Overall, it's massive and it's the first true patch of the expansion--4.1 simply didn't cut it!
This guide is the product of hard work by the volunteers ArgentSun, Neutronmity, Perculia, and even Gnub (a moderator who pretends to do content time to time, or at least when a legendary he wants strikes). Special thanks to them for putting forth such a great effort and also nagging me to do my dailies daily as well as make some videos for 4.2. We hope you enjoyed this guide and find it a great resource in the weeks to come. We also hope you enjoyed our 4.2 coverage these past few months; it was Wowhead News debut and we've been going out of our way to bring great content quickly to everyone. You can always browse the
Patch 4.2: Craftables
We thought we'd wrap the week up with a post about all of the crafted items that are available in patch 4.2. Since it's only ten days away, there's a lot of ground to cover. Overall, most professions will be happy to see a lot of lucrative items to craft are in this patch--from PvP to PvP gear, to glyphs, and even a scope!
Right now, we're unable to confirm where
of the epic recipes are dropping. We suspect the ones that are ilevel 378 are from the instance themselves and we can confirm the 365 ones are from the vendors. It's worth noting though that when we downed a boss last week, there were no patterns tied to its loot table, so it may just be from trash.
Regardless of their source, however, since the recipes are BoE they will be widely available to any type of crafters. It will be a lot like the BoE recipes from
Update: The ilvl 339 rare-quality PvP recipes available on live for Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, and Tailoring are no longer obtainable on the 4.2 PTR. They have been upgraded to ilvl 358 Bloodthirsty PvP recipes (instead of two separate sets of PvP gear). This means that crafters who have already obtained the ilvl 339 recipes on live will find that they have automa