PTR 3.3 – Forgemaster Garfrost New Model

Forgemaster Garfrost in the Icecrown Citadel: Pit of Saron has gotten a new unique model that reflects he is a undead frost giant, in contrast with the normal model which is usually associated with undead storm giants usually seen around the Galakrond’s Rest casting lightning.  The art designers made a pretty neat job on his new design. Check out the video below.

PTR 3.3 – Jaina Proudmoore Gets A New Model

The new PTR 3.3 build released yesterday, introduced a new high-resolution model of Jaina Proudmoore which makes stand above all female human models as unique.  Blizzard plans to overhaul other leaders when it makes sense to do so in future content patches.  The new model may be found in Theramore and in the Icecrown Citadel: Forge of Souls dungeon.

The new model looks pretty nice, in comparison to the old model which can be seen still in the Icecrown Citadel: Pit of Saron dungeon.  King Varian and Lady Sylvanas Windrunner had similar overhauls during the Battle for the Undercity event.  Who among other leaders do you think deserves a new model?

   

Blizzard Quote:

I like it, much better than the old one. I really hope they will update the graphics on the player models as well!

Vaneras: This is most certainly something we would like to do as well, but art development is something that is rather restricted by time. Our artists are a busy bunch of people, and unfortunately there is not enough time to do everything we want all at once. Right now our artists are working on a lot of different things related to the future of World of Warcraft, things I am sure you will learn more about sooner or later wink

In regards to Jaina

PTR 3.3 Feedback Sought by Blizzard

Blizzard has updated new Patch 3.3 details and kick off with the introduction of the all-new bios page for Lady Jaina Proudmoore and Lady Sylvanas WindrunnerNew Character Bios: Jaina and Sylvanas

Many fans would like to take a look at the new Tier-10 Armor Preview, which will put your Ulduar and Argent Coliseum gear to shame, and give you an extra incentive to roll through Icecrown Citadel content.

The WoW developers want your feedback on the new Tier-10 Armor set bonuses and have created threads for feedback here:

The WoW developers and community managers are looking for feedback on a new Nameplate functionality added to the PTR at the following forum thread.

Cataclysm: Guild UI

Guild Rewards | Guild Perks | Guild Heirlooms | Guild Mounts | Guild UI

The Guild System UI can be accessed between the quest log icon and the PvP icon, or type (J) to open it up. You can find the following option tabs at the bottom of the UI: Guild, Roster, News, Rewards and Info.

Guild Tab

The Guild Tab shows you a summary page consisting of the latest guild news, the upcoming guild event, the latest guild perk, your guild reputation bar, and the members online. The latest guild perk window can be expanded or collapsed to show all the perks’ descriptions and at which level it was obtained.

The Roster Tab

The View dropdown menu allows you to check out: Player Status, Guild Status, Guild Activity (Weekly), Guild Activity (total), Achievement Points, and Professions.

  • Player Status: Allows you to see the roster by level, class, name, and zone where the player is.

  • Guild Status: Here you can see the name of each member, their rank (i.e. member, officer), you may see which members wrote a note, and Last Online can tell you how long it has been since the player was online (only if you check mark the Show Offline Members box at the bottom-left of the window).

  • Guild Activity (Weekly): It displays the amount of experience each player has contributed to the Guild (The cap seems to be 7875010), and the rank number of that member in comparison with other members for that week. This allows guild leaders to determine who has contributed the most experience for the guild to reach guild level 1-25 (for example).

  • Guild Activity (Total): Displays the total of Guild experience the member has accumulated, and their guild rank number from # 1 -600th (the guild cap is 600 members, in this case apply the amount of members in your guild)

  • Achievement Points: Curiously, in this tab you can see the amount of Achievement Points each member has accumulated. Could possibly mean Blizzard has future plans for Achievement Points which players have accumulated since the introduction of the Achievements feature in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. You can see from # 1- 600(*) which players have the most or the least Achievement Points.

  • Professions: This is definitely a very handy feature. It allows you to see profession tables: Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, etc. Under each table is the name of the member that has that profession, the member’s current location (i.e. Orgrimmar, Mount Hyjal, Uldum) and what is the skill level of that member’s profession (i.e. Enchanting: 525 skill). When you double click the member’s name the profession window pops to display all the recipes that member has in that profession and the materials and requirements needed per recipe.

News

The Guild News tab allows you to see all the achievements earned during the week by each member. As you scroll down you can see the days of the week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.

To the right of the Guild News title is an option to filter the type of info you wish to read. You can check or uncheck mark the following boxes: Guild Achievements, Members Achievements, Raid Encounters, Epic Items Looted, Epic Items Crafted, Epic Items Purchased and Guild level. Blizzard is really storing a lot of guild member data and making it accessible to you straight from within the game.

Guild Rewards

This tab shows you the whole list of rewards the guild can acquire from level 1 to 25, and the gold cost when you go to the Guild Vendor NPC. Hovering your mouse cursor over the rewards text shows the item tooltip.

Info Tab

The Info Tab in the Guild UI displays the Upcoming Guild Events, Message of the Day and Guild Information (i.e. Vent server, Port, website URL).

Guild Rewards | Guild Perks | Guild Heirlooms | Guild Mounts | Guild UI

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WoW Patch 3.3 – Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Throne Preview

All across the lands of Northrend, many battles have been fought against the vile Scourge. Countless lives have been lost since the Alliance and Horde first reached the frozen wastes, but the champions of Azeroth continue to march forward. Now Icecrown Citadel, the cornerstone of the Scourge’s power and the home base of the Lich King, is their final target. Tirion Fordring and the Argent Crusade have forged an alliance with Darion Mograine and the Knights of the Ebon Blade to form the Ashen Verdict. The strongest combatants of this coalition, along with the champions of the Alliance and Horde, will lead the charge against the citadel.

 

This dungeon reveals the culminating story events and battles of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack. Join the legendary heroes Highlord Tirion Fordring, High Overlord Saurfang, Muradin Bronzebeard, Highlord Darion Mograine, and King Varian Wrynn in an epic battle against the Scourge and their master. Icecrown Citadel features 10- and 25-player versions of the raid dungeon, and each version has 12 encounters. Each encounter can be fought in either normal or Heroic mode, and players can use a new user interface feature to toggle easily between difficulties. The rewards in the raid dungeon start at item level 251 in the normal mode with 10-player encounters, increase to item level 264 in the Heroic mode mode with 10 players and the normal mode with 25-player encounters, and then finally reach item level 277 in the Heroic mode with 25 players.

 

Grand Entrance of the Citadel

After breaching the fortress, players will face a legion of undead guards directed to repel any invaders. Commanding the defenders is Lord Marrowgar, a monstrosity fused together from the bones of the undead. Supreme Overseer of the Cult of the Damned, Sister Deathwhisper is the next opponent. She bolsters the faith of her followers by promising them the opportunity to give eternal service in undeath.

As they continue their ascent, the Alliance and Horde heroes ultimately end up outside of the citadel where their hatred for one another erupts into a battle for dominance over the Rampart of Skulls. Players will join in battle alongside High Overlord Saurfang on the Orgrim’s Hammer gunship or Muradin Bronzebeard on The Skybreaker in a unique encounter. Each faction will protect its gunship and try to destroy the other one in a back-and-forth battle to see who is truly worthy of facing the Lich King.

The Lich King’s most powerful death knight then stands as the final obstacle for the heroes to enter the upper reaches of the citadel.

 

The Wings of Icecrown Citadel

After the heroes of the Alliance or Horde defeat the other faction on the gunships and wipe out the creatures near the entrance, players will venture into an area with three separate wings. Here they will face a multitude of terrors that must be vanquished in order to confront the Lich King.

In the Frostwing Halls players will battle alongside the Ashen Verdict and push into the lair of the deadly frost wyrm Sindragosa, who continues to strengthen her brood with the help of Ymirheim’s vrykul. Along the way, the heroes will stumble upon Valithria Dreamwalker, a captured green dragon whom the Scourge is using as a test subject for their own ends….

The Plagueworks contains the most twisted experiments ever produced by the Scourge. In this wing players will face two new forms of abomination in Festergut and Rotface, who currently protect their devious creator, Professor Putricide.

The Crimson Hall contains the leaders of the San’layn, undead blood elves who oversee the Scourge’s operations throughout Azeroth. The blood-princes Valanar, Keleseth, and Taldaram were raised into undeath by the Lich King to avenge themselves while protecting their blood-queen, Lana’thel.

 

The Frozen Throne

After clearing all three wings, players will ascend to the Frozen Throne, where the Lich King and his runeblade, Frostmourne, await to deliver them to their deaths….

Blizzard Quote:
With the legendary heroes Highlord Tirion Fordring of the Argent Crusade and Highlord Darion Mograine of the Knights of the Ebon Blade joining forces to lead the charge through the fortified gates of Icecrown Citadel, members of the Horde directed by High Overlord Saurfang, and Alliance marshalled by King Varian Wyrnn, will be called to end the reign of the Lich King once and for all. It may be the greatest challenge our most courageous adventurers have yet seen. With animosity between the Horde and Alliance building, and the most potent forces of the Scourge standing between the front gates of the citadel and the Frozen Throne, the task is nigh impossible.

Let us take you through our latest preview, Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Throne, the upcoming epic raid dungeon in patch 3.3:
http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/3p3/icecrown-raid.xml

Paul Sams Interviewed by Post-Gazette: Warcraft Film in Pre-Production Stage

The Post-Gazette interviewed Paul Sams concerning the recent news that he is one of the co-owners of the Pittsburgh’s NFL team The Steelers. He confirmed his friendship with Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures CEO), who is also a new co-owner and shareholder of The Steelers. At the end of the interview, the Post-Gazette pitched a question to find out the current status of the Warcraft Film.

For now it is in pre-production stage, putting the script together, while Sam Raimi works on Spider-Man 4.

Blizzard Quote:
Post-Gazette: When is the “World of Warcraft” movie coming out?

Paul Sams: Sam Raimi has been attached as the director. We’re working really hard with Legendary [Pictures] and Sam—he has “Spider-Man 4” first, then he’ll move to this project. We’re in the process of developing the scripts.

Via: WoW.com

TOKYOPOP Announces World of Warcraft Manga 2010 Schedule

TOKYOPOP announced the schedule for the upcoming manga based on World of Warcraft.  Warcraft Legends ended with Volume # 5 on sale now.  For 2010, we can expect at least three new manga:

PTR 3.3 – Scourgelord Tyrannus Video

Scourgelord Tyrannus is the last boss in the Icecrown Citadel: Pit of Saron dungeon, the east-wing.  He’s a Vrykul Death Knight who watches the Pit of Saron mining-operations and guards the gates to the Halls of Reflection.

Technically, it is a tank and spank fight.  Scourgelord Tyrannus will dismount his frostwyrm Rimefang, and melee the tank.  He has an arsenal of abilities that need to be constantly monitored.  First thing, all spellcasters and range DPS—yea, you healer and hunter, need to get the heck out of the mouth of the cave.  All the freed slaves will fight the bunch of undead that is coming up the cave. You will aggro them if you don’t move quick.

One player will get a debuff named Overlord’s Brand for 5 sec. During that time, that player shouldn’t cast any DPS or healing spells, because it will do damage to the tank or heal Tyrannus. Watch the messages onscreen to run away from icy clouds. These clouds slow your movement by 70% and while you stand on them you get a lot of damage over time. That’s what may kill players aside from the Hoarfrost bolt shot by Rimefang.

After killing Scourgelord Tyrannus, we get to see Sindragosa for the first time in all its glory, and if what happens next is any indication of what the fight with her will look like in the 25-man raid, it is a reason to worry. You will see in the video what I mean.  Lady Jaina Proudmoore will teleport you out of harm’s way. Curiously, doing this as a Horde player, Lady Sylvanas also teleports you away to the mouth of the cave … kinda strange. When did she learn mass-recall (teleport)?

Watch the video after the break.

SCOURGELORD TYRANNUS

  • Melee Swing: 2431 – 7023 Physical
  • Forceful Smash: 9134 – 9252 Physical damage
  • Unholy Power: A message appears onscreen: “Scourgelord Tyrannus roars and swells with dark might.”
  • Mark of Rimefang: It is a mark cast on a random player. The debuff lats 5 sec. You will see onscreen: “The frostwyrm Rimefang gazes at you and readies and icy attack.” Rimefang will begin to cast Hoarfrost.
  • Overlord’s Brand: Damage dealt also hurts Tyrannus’s target Healing done also heals Tyrannus. Lasts 6 sec.  This debuff marks a specific player who needs to stop dps and heals while this debuff is active.

RIMEFANG

  • Hoarfrost: It is an icy breath that hits by 5679 – 5834 Frost damage.  If you are standing on Icy Blast (a white cloud on the ground) when this is cast on you, you will be trapped in an ice block for 5 sec.
  • Icy Blast: Hits a single target for 2330 – 5296 Frost damage.  Movement speed reduced by 75%. Suffering 2313 – 2687 Frost damage per sec while you remain on top of the icy cloud on the ground.

QUOTES

  • Rimefang, destroy this fool!

LORE DIALOGUE

ALLIANCE

Scourgelord Tyrannus: Persistant whelps!  You will not reach the entrance of my lord’s lair!  Soldiers, destroy them!

(After the gauntlet run, entering the cave triggers a series of seismic movements on the cave that cause the ceiling to drop icy chunks down)

Scourgelord Tyrannus: Rimefang, trap them within the tunnel!  BURY THEM ALIVE!

[Walking past the cave tunnel, you arrive to the platform where Scourgelord Tyrannus awaits.  It’s a trap. Behind you the scourge ambushes the freed slaves that defend the perimeter while you take care of the boss)

Scourgelord Tyrannus: Alas, brave, brave adventurers, your meddling has reached its end.  Do you hear the clatter of bone and steel coming up the tunnel behind you?  That is the sound of your impending demise.  Ha. such an amusing gesture from the rabble.  When I have finished with you, my master’s blade will feast upon your souls. Die.

Martin Victus: Brave champions, we owe you our lives, our freedom … Though it be a tiny gesture in the face of this enormous debt, I pledge that from the day forth, all will know of your deeds, and the blazing path of light you cut through the shadow of this dark citadel.

This day will stand as a testament not only to your valor, but to the fact that no foe, not even the Lich King himself, can stand when Alliance and Horde set aside their differences and—-

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Heroes, to me!

(Lady Jaina Proudmoore teleports everyone to the mouth of the cave behind.  Sindragosa, Queen of the Frostbrood casts Frost bomb on the ground. Martin Victus and many of the freed slaves fighting with you die. A few survive and sob contemplating the dead and the dramatic experience.)

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: The Frost Queen is gone. We must keep moving – our objective is near.

[Lady Jaina Proudmoore walks toward the gates of the Halls of Reflection and teleports behind the gate]

HORDE

Scourgelord Tyrannus: Persistant whelps!  You will not reach the entrance of my lord’s lair!  Soldiers, destroy them!

(After the gauntlet run, entering the cave triggers a series of seismic movements on the cave that cause the ceiling to drop icy chunks down)

Scourgelord Tyrannus: Rimefang, trap them within the tunnel!  BURY THEM ALIVE!

[Walking past the cave tunnel, you arrive to the platform where Scourgelord Tyrannus awaits.  It’s a trap. Behind you the scourge ambushes the freed slaves that defend the perimeter while you take care of the boss)

Scourgelord Tyrannus: Alas, brave, brave adventurers, your meddling has reached its end.  Do you hear the clatter of bone and steel coming up the tunnel behind you?  That is the sound of your impending demise.  Ha. such an amusing gesture from the rabble.  When I have finished with you, my master’s blade will feast upon your souls. Die.

Gorkun Ironskull: Brave champions, we owe you our lives, our freedom … Though it be a tiny gesture in the face of this enormous debt, I pledge that from this day forth, all will know of your deeds, and the blazing path of light you cut through the shadow of this dark citadel.

This day will stand as a testament not only to your valor, but to the fact that no foe, not even the Lich King himself, can stand when Alliance and Horde set aside their differences and—-

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Take cover behind me!  Quickly!

(Lady Sylvanas Windrunner teleports everyone to the mouth of the cave behind.  Sindragosa, Queen of the Frostbrood casts Frost bomb on the ground. Gorkun Ironskull and many of the freed slaves fighting with you die. A few survive and sob contemplating the dead and the dramatic experience.)

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: I thought he’d never shut up.  Alas, Sindragosa silenced that long-winded fool.  To the Halls of Reflection, champions!  Our objective is near … I can sense it.

[Lady Sylvanas Windrunner walks toward the gates of the Halls of Reflection and teleports behind the gate]

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