Since around midnight a lot of Realms went down and were unreachable. They seem to be back now, according to Realm Status Page but players are still stuck at connecting. The login screen gives some hint at an emergency maintenance, but of course “Realm Status” Forum gives no hint. Why do they have the forum if it does not get used? Just because they hope to have the realms back up before the majority of Players gets up today to avoid another reimbursal of play time? Update: Loginserver is back online and Realms are available since around 09:30
The new Classes introduced in the upcoming Addon Burning Crusade will make it possible for the Bloodelves, the new Horde race, to become Paladin. At the same time the Draenei will be able to become Shamans. Read all about “Stealing the Light” and “Velen’s Vision” here. Personally, I do not like this step at all. But I think its Blizzard’s way to make sure there will be enough characters of the new race available.
Blizzard published more information about the upcoming new professions Jewelcrafting and Socketing. They also included a web based example of how it will work. Jewelcrafters can learn several types of cuts for each kind of gem: the Azure Moonstone, for example, can be cut into a lustrous, stormy, solid, or sparkling Azure Moonstone, and each one of these cuts offers different bonuses when used in a socketable item. Take a look here.
Here is some information and links about the upcoming rogue changes in patch 1.12. Rogue Talent Changes Eviscerate, Rupture and Garrote Rogue Talent Review Rogue Talent Calculator Finally there is a little buff for us rogues, but I am not 100% sure how I will finally set my talents. The changes are less than I expected, since they left out a buff for Sinister Strike and I am not happy at all with Vanish, Blind and Adrenaline Rush.
Blizzard is beginning to offer a paid Realm- and an Accounttransfer service for 19.99. Due to high population and other restrictions not all Realms will be available as target from the beginning. Also the account-to-account transfer service is severely restricted. You can read everything here.
With the introduction of Patch 1.12 on the Public Test Realms, Blizzard Entertainment has published the patch notes here. The kewords are Cross-Realm Battlegrounds, World PvP, Rogue Talent Changes.
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker will receive a nice change. It will no longer be a mainhand only weapon and you will be able to wield it in offhand. The change has been confirmed on the US Public Test Realm Forum. Personally I do not understand the hype about this change since the sword is rather rare and there is quite a number of guilds out there that have not gotten the necessary drops in 1 year of weekly Molten Core raids.
World of Warcraft Stratics has published answers by the developers to various Questions. “Does a higher skilled fisherman(woman) catch fish faster than a someone of lower skill? Or maybe higher skill has a higher chance of catching better fish?”. You can find the answer and more here.