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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Same-Faction Rated Battlegrounds

Much like Arenas, Rated Battlegrounds pit organized teams of players against each other in a fight for supremacy. As a reward for displaying great skill, teamwork, and coordination, Rated Battleground teams can earn the best PvP rewards that World of Warcraft offers. Since the introduction of Rated Battlegrounds, competitors have been restricted to testing their might against teams from opposite factions -- until now.

We’re happy to announce that Rated Battlegrounds now allow for matchups between teams from the same faction, just like Arenas. Not only will a larger team pool aid in matchmaking, but it will also help determine who the best of the best truly are. So stand ready, members of the Horde and Alliance, leave your petty squabbling outside these sacred grounds, and be prepared to face all challengers for glory and honor!

Try the Remote Auction House and Remote Guild Chat Free

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been giving World of Warcraft® players a chance to gab with their guildies on their mobile phones during a free preview of Remote Guild Chat, a new feature being added to the subscription-based World of Warcraft Remote service. Now we’re giving players a chance to get in the goblin spirit and strike it rich remotely -- for no money down! -- with seven days of free access to the Remote Auction House.
Between now and May 10, players will be able to access both features of World of Warcraft Remote -- Remote Guild Chat and the Remote Auction House -- for free. The Remote Auction House allows players to place bids, post auctions, collect their hard-earned gold, and more from a supported mobile device or the World of Warcraft website.
To try either of these features out, simply download the free World of Warcraft Remote app for Android™ or the free World of Warcraft Mobile Armory app for iPhone® or iPod touch®.
Beginning May 11, players will need a subscription to World of Warcraft Remote to access both of these features. If you already have World of Warcraft Remote, we’ve got you covered -- current subscribers who signed up for the service before May 4 will automatically receive an additional seven days of World of Warcraft Remote subscription time for free.
Time is money, friends -- so start buying, selling, and chatting up a Maelstrom!

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Patch 4.2 on PTRs - Build 14002 - Updated!! Added A Whole Bunch of Stuff An Probably More Throughout The Night



Wowhead's new news site has datamined the new patch 4.2 PTR client and come up with, well, a whole heck of a lot of stuff. There are over 800 new items in this patch alone. So far we've seen:
There's sure to be a lot more cool stuff incoming, including new models, so keep an eye out!
Right when i post Patch 4.2 PTR soon!  MMO-Champ puts some changes up.

Patch 4.2 is upon us! See the list of changes below.

Important - As usual with datamined changes, be very careful. Especially on a first build of a PTR where most of our internal tools explode because of changes to the game files.

Achievements Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Dungeons & Raids

Cataclysm Raid

Feats of Strength

Guild
Dungeons & Raids

Rated Battleground

Professions
Cooking

Fishing


Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Companion Pets
  • Feline Familiar Right Click to summon and dismiss your Feline Familiar. Instant
  • Fire Lasher Right Click to summon and dismiss your Ammen Vale lashling. Instant
  • Hyjal Bear Cub Right Click to summon and dismiss your Hyjal Bear Cub. Instant

Mounts
  • Alliance War Steed Summons and dismisses a rideable Alliance War Steed. 1.5 sec cast
  • Corrupted Fire Hawk Summons and dismisses a rideable Corrupted Fire Hawk. This is a flying mount. 1.5 sec cast
  • Green Fire Hawk Summons and dismisses a rideable Green Fire Hawk Mount. This is a flying mount. 1.5 sec cast
  • Horde War Wolf Summons and dismisses a rideable Horde War Wolf. 1.5 sec cast
  • Pureblood Fire Hawk Summons and dismisses a rideable Pureblood Fire Hawk. This is a flying mount. 1.5 sec cast

Death Knight (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Frost
  • Rune Strike now scales from 18% of AP, up from 15%. No longer causes a high amount of threat.

Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Balance
  • Entangling Roots no longer deals damage.
  • Innervate now causes the target to regenerate 5% of maximum mana over 10 sec. Still regenerates 20% of maximum mana on self cast.

Feral
  • Lacerate no longer causes a high amount of threat.

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Holy

Priest (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Discipline
  • Focused Will now procs from critical hits by any non-periodic attack.
  • Atonement now heals for "a percentage of the damage dealt" instead of 100%. (Wording change?)

Rogue (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Subtlety
  • Blind now lasts 1 min, up from 10 sec.

Warrior (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Arms

Fury

Protection

Posted by Fehnris
Is there a reputation at all though being added? Was kinda hoping for another fun raid rep for rings or whatnot.
Probably Legendary Quest items
0Junk

Seething Cinder
85Quest

Heart of Flame


Update - 8:19pm est: 
Not specifically for the daily quest hubs, but we are adding a separate reputation for the Firelands raid currently called the "Avengers of Hyjal." It'll work a lot like Ashen Verdict, except players won't be able to grind their way up to Exalted simply by farming trash mobs.

Personally, just based off the name alone, I plan to wear an eye-patch à la Nick Fury at all times while raiding.



Update 8:39pm est:
Among those 800 new items are a few new vanity pets which should keep pet collectors on their toes:

Companion Pets

Winged lion pet Hallow's End kitty Orange Hallow's End kitty!
Tarecgosa whelp

Mounts

Fire hawk mount Fire hawk mount (green) Fire hawk mount (purple)
Horde PvP mount

Bosses

Fandral Staghelm Fandral (Fire cat) Fandral (Fire scorpion)
Lord Anthricyst Anthricyst's left leg Anthricyst's right leg
Legged Ragnaros Fire elemental "Kar" Tol Barad's Flame Leviathan

NPCs

Fire spider Unarmored fire hawk Malorne
Tauren mummy Hellhound (red) Hellhound (orange)
Hellhound (green) Hellhound (blue) Fire spider boss
Unarmored fire hawk (green) Unarmored fire hawk (purple) Shaman Thrall
Tarecgosa Salamander Hunter Possible future Tarecgosa mount?
Bramblestaff Liquid magma giant Overfiend

Objects

Firelands druid portal Firelands Sulfuron chest Tasteful art
    I'm willing to bet that both the Hyjal Bear Cub and the Fire Lasher will be rewards from the new daily quests in the Regrowth and Molten Front. The same likely applies to the new Trampoline item that appeared in the patch 4.2 data.

    Dragonwrath will be the guild reward for completing the new caster legendary, so the origin of that pet isn't a mystery at all.

    The Feline Familiar's origin is currently an unknown, but I'm willing to take a guess and say that it will be a part of the revamped Hallow's End event. We started to see pieces of a new Hallow's End in patch 4.1, so it's not a surprise that we might see more of it in patch 4.2.
    Lastly, there's an icon for a baby version of the upcoming Winged Guardian microtransaction mount. It's unknown how you get it, though it very likely involves the Blizzard store one way or the other.

      4.2.0 PTR Will Be Available Soon - 5/4/2011

      Sapperwix blue poster simply said: Will update this thread as more information is available.

      Im saying probably this week if not tomorrow, PTR forums are up, it just seems like it from previous ptr's.
      I will update you when its up of course, and we'll have live footage, pictures and videos from all of patch 4.2.

      If you see anything with 4.2 in the name in the coming days, know its probably a spoiler.

      Arena Pass Registration

       (Source)
      Registration for the 2011 World of Warcraft Arena Pass is now open. Remember, this year all participants in the Arena Pass have a chance to earn the exclusive Armored Murloc pet as well as the exclusive "Vanquisher" title, so get your team together and be ready for fierce competition.
      For more information on the 2011 World of Warcraft Arena Pass, take a look at our FAQ and remember to check back on the World of Warcraft Community Page for updates.
      In addition, a special Arena Pass forum has been set up on the World of Warcraft website for Arena Pass discussions.

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      PTR forums just came up, expect the actual PTR to come up anytime now. I'll tell you when that happens don't worry :) (Source)