WOTLK NDA is lifted, here are the Beta Patch Notes

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The Start of the Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK) clsoed Beta seems to be near. The Beta Forum has opened and the first official Patch Notes have been released. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King: Beta Welcome to the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Beta Test. The list below contains information on the current available content for testing and general information. This information is subject to change. Alpha testers should note that your characters have been temporarily locked out. In a few weeks time, we will unlock these characters and you will be able to continue to level them. Please visit the Beta forums to submit feedback and discuss the expansion development with others. General The continent of Northrend is now available! To travel there, visit one of four transportation masters in either Orgrimmar, Undercity, Stormwind Harbor,or Menethil Harbor. The floating magical city of Dalaran is now available! The Barber Shop has been implemented and you can now visit one of the Barber Shops in the major cities to change your appearance. The all new Achievement System has been implemented. Transportation between Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra can be found at the Tuskarr villages …

Patch 2.4.3 hits Live Realms

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Patch 2.4.3 finally came live. The biggest changes are mounts at levle 30, M’uru nerfed to nothingness and undispellable Buffs for Mages and Warlocks. Hardcore raiders absolutely loved the M’uru encounter, the biggest challenge since the 4 horsemen fight in Naxxramas, but this patch brings him to easy mode. 400.000 HP reduction on M’uru and Entropius and the humanoid adds also reduced by a significant amount (think it was 120k HP -> 80k HP). Why nerf this last great challenge? When they made Shamanistic Rage undispellable they severely nerfed its duration, while our worst enemies were not able to dispell it anyhow. To give mages and warlocks unnerfed, undispellable Buffs after 3.5 years of WoW sounds rather odd to me. Anyway here are the full Patch Notes: The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.wow-europe.com/en/patchnotes/ The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/underdev/testrealm.html General Dispel effects will no longer attempt to remove effects that have 100% dispel resistance. Parry Rating, Defense Rating, and Block Rating: Low-level players will now convert these ratings into their corresponding defensive stats at the same rate as level 34 players. Haris Pilton has launched a new line of bags …

Patch 2.4.2 is now live

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Patch 2.4.2 is now live, however it seems that some changes are different fromt eh patch realm. Scare Beast for example is not an instant spell, it has 1.5 seconds cast left. While the Dragonstrike is dualwieldable the procc does no longer stack. This makes the weapon less desireable, since it is outdated since Mount Hyjal/Black Temple, not to even mention Sunwell Plateau. World of Warcraft Client Patch 2.4.2 The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.wow-europe.com/en/patchnotes/ The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/underdev/testrealm.html Druids Talent: Primal Fury (Rank 2) will now be properly unlearned when it is untalented. Hunters Aspect of the Viper: This ability now grants an additional amount of mana each 5 seconds equal to 35% of the hunter’s level. Boar Charge: This ability will no longer make Growl cast immediately after it generates excessive threat. The pet ability Growl will no longer scale with pet Attack Power and now scales with the hunter’s Attack Power. Dire Ravens in Blade’s Edge Mountains are now tameable. Scare Beast: The range on this spell has been increased to 30 yards and it is now instant cast. Tamed Drywallow Snappers now will know …

How to kill annoying Goldspammers!

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Izriul from Laughing Skull made an interesting post on the official forum, how to kill Gold Sellers with the Shaman Fire Nova Totems (see the original post here). The basic idea is, that totems become neutral for a splitsecond, once their owner logs off just before they disappear. If you time the Fire Nova Explosion for the brief periods where the totem will be neutral it will deal damage to allied players. Testing it I found out that it works best for me to type /camp, but not to hit enter until yata (yet another totem addon) shows 1.6 seconds remaining. Then I hit enter and will be logged out a few miliseconds later, leaving my neutral totems on the ground. Depending on your latency it should work roughly the same for you. I put up a short demonstration video (5mb) for you:

Season 4 Arena Sets revealed.

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Blizzard turned on the Arena Season 4 vendors on the Test Realms. World of Raids has a list of all Sets here. The Enhancement Shaman Set is just like T6 a failure in itemization stats. We have again useless 20 mp/5 on our set, the same mistake Blizzard did on T6. I have been starting to wonder if the devs, after all our "adjustments", still know what is good for our class and what is not. But with a 2200 rating requirement for the shoulders it is out of reach of most Enhancement Shamans anyhow. Anyway here it is: New honor gear bracer: 1575 personal rating requirement boots: 1700 personal rating requirement ring: 1650 personal rating requirement It used to be a nice way to get some decent bracer, boot, belt, ring and neck for my alts by honor. I kind of dislike to be forced to do the totally imbalanced Arena jsut to get rewards for my hard earned honor, so why bother at all with BG's?

Dual-wielding Dragonstrike

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With Patch 2.4.2 the crafter only blacksmith weapons like Dragonstrike, Wicked Edge of the Planes and Blazefury become dual wieldable. They will lose their current unique and mainhand only status. While this might be nice for players pre-Hyjal, blacksmithing is still not an option for Rogues/Shamans who are beyond Tempest Keep. It is quite ironic that most professions got some high end crafter only items with the introduction of Sunwell Plateau with the exception of Weaponsmiths. Blacksmithing The most exciting innovation in blacksmithing will be the ability for blacksmith players to make epic quality items that only they can wield. A master swordsmith will be able to forge a special sword for him(or her)self, and a suit of epic armor awaits the master armorsmith. The smith will be able to upgrade these special items, so they will always be a solid item for the smith to wear or wield no matter what stage of the game he or she is in. To allow everyone to take advantage of this, blacksmith specialists will be allowed to change their focus in The Burning Crusade. Excerpt taken from the official Homepage. With the introduction of Hyjal and Black Temple 1 year ago these …

Patch 2.4 goes live.

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Patch 2.4 has come live. I was stil hoping Kalgan had some hidden Shaman buffs up his sleeves, but it seemes the tries to make Enhancement Shaman viable for Arena stopped halfway. World of Warcraft Client Patch 2.4.0 The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/ The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html Fury of the Sunwell The glorious fount of arcane energy known as the Sunwell empowered the high elves for millennia, until the death knight Arthas laid siege to the elven kingdom and corrupted its sacred energies. Seeing no other alternative, a band of survivors led by Prince Kael’thas destroyed the ancient fount. Over time the surviving elves fell pray to a crippling magical withdrawal. Now, promising salvation for his people, Kael’thas has returned. Soon the Sunwell will shine once again, but whether the sacred fount will usher in deliverance or destruction remains to be seen. In Memoriam: Gary Gygax Blizzard Entertainment would like to dedicate the patch in memory of Gary Gygax. His work on D&D was an inspiration to us in many ways and helped spark our passion for creating games of our own. As avid D&D players and …

World of Warcraft Patch Notes – PTR 2.3

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Taken from the official World of Warcraft website here are the latest patch notes for Patch 2.3, introducing Zul'man, Guild Banks, Shaman Review, new Badge of Justice (heroic Badges) rewards and much more. Read on here: Latest Patch Notes Disclaimer: The test realm patch notes only apply to features that exist on the public test realms. We provide these patch notes to players who wish to know what features and changes exist in the test environment in order to more effectively test these features. To learn more about the Public Test Realm, visit our Test Realm Page. World of Warcraft PTR Patch 2.3.0 The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/ Zul'Aman Zul'Aman is a 10-player, level 70 outdoor instance located in the Ghostlands. Players will be able to confront six new bosses including the Forest Troll Warlord Zul'jin. Guild Banks Introduced The Guild Bank is a shared repository for an entire guild and will be accessible through new NPC's called guild bankers. The Guild Bank will allow players with the appropriate permissions to store items and money for use by the rest of the guild. Permissions to withdraw and deposit money and items are controlled by the …