Ulduar on PTR Soon

Vaneras has revealed a few details about the upcoming new 25-man raid dungeon: Ulduar It will be partially available on PTR at some point in upcoming weeks with various hard-modes to tackle.  Blizzard is satisfied with how the Sartharion dungeon was designed and plan to create new dungeons with many hard-modes.  Ulduar will not be just for everyone. Even in normal mode it will be challenging. It is developed for those guilds that have geared up through Malygos, Naxxramas and Sartharion, yet those will find Ulduar a hard experience..

Blizzard Quote:
Ulduar will be available on PTR in the future, however we are planning on having several limitations in place so that we can control what can be tested at any given time. Ulduar will also not be available permanently like Naxxramas was in the WotLK Beta.

All this basically means that if there is something we want to test, then we will enable the zone and encounter so that it is available. If at some point there is something that we no longer want to test, then the zone will be disabled so that it is no longer available.

Keep in mind though, that there will be quite a few encounters to test in both the 10 and the 25 man versions, and there will also be a whole lot of “hard modes” and achievements to test.

We are quite pleased with how Sartharion and his drakes worked, so we would like to expand on that idea quite a bit in Ulduar and future raids. We are currently planning for most of the encounters to have “hard modes” that will allow for raids to increase the difficulty. Increasing the challenge will of course also mean an increase of reward level if successful.

Ulduar will be on PTR in the future, but we’re going to have tight controls in place on what can be tested at any given time. Ulduar will also not be up permanently like Naxxramas was in the WotLK Beta. If we have something to test, we’ll make the zone and encounter available. If we don’t, we’ll disable the zone.

That being said, there’s going to be a LOT of encounters to test in both 10 and 25 player modes. There will also be a whole lot of “hard modes” and achievements to test. We’re shooting for most all of the encounters to have “hard modes” that allow raids to increase the challenge and reward level if they’re up to it. We’re pretty pleased with how Sartharion and his drakes worked, and we’re going to expand on that idea extensively in Ulduar and future raids.

The reward for completing the hard modes are not going to be just achievement points, titles, or mounts, but improved, additional item rewards.

I think it’s safe to say that Ulduar will be a bit more difficult overall than Naxxramas, even without the hard modes. We’re still going to tune the zone for accessibility(*), but a raid group that’s done Naxxramas, Malygos, and Sartharion and obtained the gear from those encounters should be well prepared for Ulduar. Not only is the raid’s gear better, but players should now have some raiding experience under their belts. We also have a much more accurate picture of what guilds are capable of from a healing, damage, and tanking perspective then when WotLK first went live. If Naxxramas was the introduction to raiding 101 class for players who have never raided before, think of Ulduar as the second year class.

* There will be one optional encounter that is only tuned as a “hard mode” encounter.

I don’t think you have to worry about spoilers from Achievements, to be honest. Seeing achievement text before you fight a boss is like seeing a single piece of a large jigsaw puzzle. Sure, it’s something, but it’s nothing really without seeing the context of the encounter as a whole. I also expect achievements to be something tested late in the PTR process. Implementing them is one of the last parts of the development pipeline.

Winter Veil Ends on January 2

By now most players have completed all the Winter Veil achievements and acquired their The Merrymaker title reward. If you are among the few who haven’t completed all the achievements, you should consider doing it asap. On January 2, the Winter Veil ends.  A very good reason to finish all the achievements is that if you complete all of the Seasonal world events year-round, you will get a special reward: Violet Proto-drake Mount.

For your benefit, finish the Winter Veil if you haven’t.  You can check out all of the achievements here. Don’t forget to visit the complete Winter Veil Guide by Maticus.

Voodoo Extreme 2008 Game of the Year Awards

Voodoo Extreme (Ve3D) has announced the 2008 Game of the Year Awards winners and Wrath of the Lich King won the Expansion Pack of the Year.  The fans are responsible for voting and selecting nominees for this Awards. As a Wrath of the Lich King player myself (since closed beta) I have to agree. This is a great expansion with various Quartermasters, outdoor daily quests, dungeon daily quests, new vehicle and mount mechanics for either quests or PvP and a great set of storylines among many other features.

Happy New Year to Blizzard and to our fans!

Teen Arrested For Suicide Remarks To WoW GM

The EndSights reports a teen was arrested on Monday after making suicidal remarks to a World of Warcraft GM in order to obtain virtual items for his character.  The GM immediately contacted 911 in good faith to offer assistance to the player. Shortly, paramedics and the Middletown police arrived to the home where the teen told the officers he was joking. The teen was taken under custody and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for the stunt. For this matter, we advice fans to be careful with their jokes when contacting a GM after opening a ticket. The GM will call your bluff and contact the authorities to protect you.

Wrath of the Lich King: Leatherworking Recipes From Dalaran Vendor

Leatherworkers may purchase new Grand Master Recipes with two types of currency: Heavy Borean Leather or Artic Fur. These function like Emblems or Badges, except this currency comes from killing beasts throughout Northrend. The recipe prices cost either 3 Heavy Borean Leather or 2 Artic fur. The recipes have different pre-requirements ranging through Leatherworking level 400-440.

These are sold by Braeg Stoutbeard (Fur & Leather Trader) at the Mages Commerce Exchange district—coordinates [37,29]—in Dalaran. Take a look at all the 46 recipes below.

Name Cost Level Type

Pattern: Stormhide Stompers

 x 3

425

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Facemask

 x 3

420

Leatherworking

Pattern: Giantmaim Legguards

 x 2

440 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Giantmaim Bracers

 x 2

440

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Shoulderpads

 x 3

420

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Chestguard

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Revenant’s Breastplate

 x 2

440 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Bindings

 x 3

420

Leatherworking

Pattern: Revenant’s Treads

 x 2

440 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Gauntlets

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Trollwoven Spaulders

 x 2

440

Leatherworking

Pattern: Trollwoven Girdle

 x 2

440

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Waistguard

 x 3

425

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Legguards

 x 3

425

Leatherworking

Pattern: Earthgiving Legguards

 x 2

440 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Eviscerator’s Treads

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Earthgiving Boots

 x 2

440 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Polar Vest

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Headguard

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Polar Cord

 x 3

420

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Spaulders

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Chestguard

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Polar Boots

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Bracers

 x 3

420

Leatherworking

Pattern: Icy Scale Chestguard

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Icy Scale Belt

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Handwraps

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Icy Scale Boots

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Belt

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Leggings

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Overcast Boots

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Helm

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Shoulderguards

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Hauberk

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Bracers

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Gauntlets

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Belt

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Leggings

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Swiftarrow Boots

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Stormhide Crown

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Stormhide Shoulders

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Stormhide Hauberk

 x 3

420

Leatherworking

Pattern: Stormhide Wristguards

 x 3

420 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Stormhide Grips

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Stormhide Belt

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Pattern: Stormhide Legguards

 x 3

425 

Leatherworking

Wrath of the Lich King: Enchanting Recipes From Vendor NPC

Enchanters have a very special way of getting new recipes outside of the Profession Trainer that doesn’t require to knock a dungeon around senseless over and over again; as was the case with dungeons in WoW Classic and Burning Crusade.  All you need to do is disenchant any green item drop you find from farming mobs or from the quest rewards to acquire Dream Shards.

This is a form of currency for Enchanters, similar to how you use Emblems of Heroism or Emblems of Valor to purchase armor, trinkets and weapons.  In this case, Enchanters use Dream Shards to purchase new recipes from a vendor. You can find Vanessa Sellers (Shard Vendor) at the Simply Enchanting building, next to the Violet Citadel in Dalaran at the Magus Commerce Exchange district. The catch is that you need to have Enchanting 425 to purchase and train the first recipes. A good incentive to dust off and start leveling your Enchanting profession.

Below you can take a look at all the Enchanting recipes available from this vendor.

425 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Icebreaker x 10
430 Formula: Enchant Cloak – Mighty Armor x 4
430 Formula: Enchant Bracers – Greater Assault x 4
430 Formula: Enchant Cloak – Greater Speed x 4
430 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Scourgebane x 10
430 Formula: Enchant 2H Weapon – Massacre x 10
430 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Giant Slayer x 10
435 Formula: Enchant Gloves – Armsman x 4
435 Formula: Enchant Cloak – Titanweave x 4
435 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Mighty Spellpower x 10
435 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Superior Potency x 10
440 Formula: Enchant Cloak – Wisdom x 4
440 Formula: Enchant Boots – Greater Assault x 4
440 Formula: Enchant Cloak – Shadow Armor x 4
440 Formula: Enchant Chest – Powerful Stats x 4
440 Formula: Enchant Boots – Tuskarr’s Vitality x 4
440 Formula: Enchant Bracer – Superior Spellpower x 4
440 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Lifeward x 10
440 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Berserking x 10
440 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Accuracy x 10
440 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Black Magic x 10

Chinese Wrath of the Lich King Leak Under Investigation

JLM Pacificreported there was a leak of the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King with a Chinese interface that allowed players to join North American servers. Links to said file were since removed. The9 and Blizzard Entertainment are investigating this incident.

Chinese players will need to be patient in the meantime to play the expansion. During the expansion’s midnight launch in New York, Frank Pearce told Wolrdofwar.net the following:

Blizzard Quote:
We are still going through the process of iterating on that, working with the different government authorities responsible for that, so we don

Icecrown Daily Quests Guide Part 1

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King offers many daily quests to entertain, and as good source to increase your economy. These are optional, but daily quests allow you to pay repair costs, to buy special mounts from the Sons of Hodir and Wyrmrest Accord, or to cost your gear’s enchants and jewels.

This time we will discuss the daily quests given at the gunships in Icecrown: Orgrim’s Hammer (Horde) or The Skybreaker (Alliance).

Some daily quests are not available right away. You require to do all the quests at the gunships, but eventually you will get access to all of the daily quests. Below you may read the Icecrown Daily Quests Guide Part 1 with links to our WoW Digger.

1. Not a bug

You have to collect 4 Dark Matters and summon a Dark Messenger at Aldur’thar as a spy to the Ebon Blade faction. You have to kill voidwalker minions that can be found around [54,28]. After killing its master and the minion, click the minion and click the Rod of Siphoning and make sure not to move. Your character needs to channel the siphoning for 5 seconds before you get to auto-loot the Dark Matter.

Quest NPC: Thassarian or Koltira Deathweaver

2. Drag and Drop

You must go to the south are of the Aldur’thar Gate to kill Bitter Initiates [53,46]. They drop Orb of Illusion x 3. The goal is to throw the orb of illusion to a Dark Subjugator. However, don’t aggro them and don’t engage in combat. You may stand 20 yards away and throw it from a safe distance by targeting them and clicking the orb in your inventory bag. A gargoyle will swoop down and grab the transformed Dark Subjugator, then it will drop him to the ground like a ragtag.

3. That’s Abominable

You will be given an Abomination Reanimation Kit to kill Icy Ghoul x 15, Vicious Geists x 15 and Risen Alliance Soldiers x 15. In order to use the Abomination Reanimation Kit you need to kill an Abomination to loot a Chilled Abomination Gut. Once looted, go to the southern side of the Mord’rethar Gate [69.60]. Click the Abomination Reanimation Kit in your bag to summon an Abomination. A pet bar pops up with a few abilities. Click a distant mob so that your abomination aggros all mobs in its trajectory. Use the Flatulate button a couple of times. Before your Abomination dies, hit the Burst at the Seams button to make your Abomination explode. You will kill many mobs, but be ready to run away if some remain alive. They will automatically aggro you. You will probably need to kill three or four Abominations to loot their Chilled Abomination Gut to rinse and repeat.

4. Blood of the Chosen

Go to Ymirheim [56,54] to kill 20 Vrykul. They are a bit spread around. If you are a healer or AOE class just run around aggroing at least four or five Vrykul with constant AOE to maintain threat. Then DPS them down. That way you get to finish this up quick.

Quest NPC: Knight-Captain Drosche or Warbringer Davos Rioht

5. Make them pay (Horde), No Mercy! (Alliance)

Unless you are into PvP in a PvE server, you can ignore this one. You will become PvP flagged. The goal is to kill 15 players (of the opposite faction) within Icecrown. You will get 13 gold 23 silver plus a Honor Bonus: 200 as reward.

Quest NPC: High Captain Justin Bartlett or Sky-Reaver Korm Blackscar

6. The Solution Solution  (Alliance), Volatility (Horde)

Your mission is to go south of the Mord’rethar Gate, at the Broken Front, to search on the ground for various items to create a dummy: Abandoned Helm x 3, Abandoned Armor x 3 and Pile of Bones x 3. Once you have gathered the items, go to a safe area and click the Volatile Oil item found in your bag. A dummy will spawn and a Frostbrood Skytalon (Frostwyrm) will swoop down to grab the dummy. It will explode in the sky.

Quest NPC: Chief Engineer Boltwrench or Chief Engineer Copperclaw

7. Retest Now (Alliance), Retest Now (Horde)

Go to Aldur’thar at [48,33]. Click the Diluted Cult Tonic in your bag before engaging in combat. It will give you a 30 minutes buff. After that start killing any mobs in the specified location. Loot 10 Tainted Essences. Once you got 10, click them in your bag to combine them into a Writhing Mass. Click the item near any of the three cauldrons at the specified location to complete the quest.

There is a random chance to get a special buff bonus after throwing the Writhing Mass into a cauldron: Agony of the Fallen Cultist (Spell Power increased by 60). Lasts 2 hours.

Quest NPC: Chief Engineer Boltwrench or Chief Engineer Copperclaw

8. No Rest for the Wicked [5]

You may need three or five people to do this quest. Go to Aldur’thar and enter inside the building – the door at coordinates [51,32].  Once within, at your right is a large table and many Cult Researchers. They are in groups of three. Although they have low health, their spells hit pretty hard for 3,000 shadow damage. Shadow buff or aura will help greatly. Kill them and look out for big chests. One on each end of the south end of the table is Alumeth’s Heart. The north end of the table has the Alumeth’s Scepter. Not far from the Scepter chest, to the north is the Alumeth’s Robes chest.  The last chest, Alumeth’s Skull, may be found on the west side (center) of the room.

Once all of them are gathered, click any of the items to combine them into Alumeth’s Remains. Go to the big crystal on the center north of the room and click Alumeth’s Remains to awaken him. DPS him down as fast as you can. He will be spamming mind control on a random player. If your healer is mind controlled too often, you might wipe if the DPS isn’t efficient.

Quest NPC: Thassarian or Koltira Deathweaver

9. Capture More Dispatches, Keeping the Alliance Blind

Horde: Use the SGM-3 item to destroy 6 Skybreaker Recon Fighters (if you are Horde). They fly all around the Valley of Fallen Heroes, west of the Aldur’thar Gate. Go to the northwest ledge of Ymirheim at coordinates [48,36]. Type /macro to open the macro window. Type the following:

/target skybreaker
/cast sgm-3

Drag the macro icon into your spellbar to use the keybind [1].  Spam the 1 button while on the ledge. You will shoot the SGM-3 at any nearby Skybreaker automatically and be done within a minute. Easy cake.

Alliance: Use the macro:

/target Orgrim’s Hammer Scout
/cast dart gun

Bring the 6 dispatches to High Captain Justin Bartlett.

Quest NPC:  High Captain Justin Bartlett or Sky-Reaver Korm Blackscar

10. Slaves to Saronite (Alliance), Slaves to Saronite (Horde)

Very straightforward. Go to the mine cave at Ymirheim located at coordinates [56,56] and free 10 Slaves. Some will be friendly, and some will attack you randomly. Beware the elite boss on the left side of the cave. There are also many val’kyrie casters flying inside the cave. Simply target a slave, and click their dialogue option to free them.

More Daily Quests will be added in Part 2 of this guide.

2008 Myndflame Christmas Machinima

With Christmas right around the corner, Myndflame featured some of the best Machinima movies for the holidays. In addition to those listed below, Myndflame has a few more debuting next week including Johan’s version of “Winter Wonderland” sung by Arthus, and “The Grinch”, a community collaboration by Teagen, creator of “I’m too Pally”.

  • The Bells of Northrend, by Kamuraki, a frosty themed WoW video complete with the WoW band
  • To Home For Christmas, by Baron Soosdon. Another top notch movie by one of WoW’s leading machinima makers
  • Kael’thas and the Santa Claus, by Ian Beckman. The maker of Azerothian Super Villains has made this little film just for Christmas.
  • WuaG: The Winter’s Veil Whiners, by Mushanga. Frost Mages take over the Winter Veil celebrations. One for Gnome fans!
  • Ugly Goblin’s Christmas, by FireboltPro. A touching tale of a Goblin who comes good in the end.
  • Oxhorn’s Christmas Special, by Oxhorn. This old favorite makes a return for this special time of year.
  • Thrall’s Christmas Tree, by AFK PLAYERS. Thrall gives a difficult quest to a young Tauren.

Watch all these machinima videos below …

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