Amazon has sent an email to its customers, including myself and Eldorian, to inform the delivery date for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition has been changed to an Estimated arrival date in January 2011.

    We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on August 20 2010:

    “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition”
    Estimated arrival date: January 06 2011 – January 10 2011

Amazon updated just a few days ago a similar email placing Cataclysm at November 23. There has been rumors these past days from certain websites the date would be December. And now Amazon says January. Some of these websites even say the Cataclysm expansion has been [delayed].

The fact is Blizzard Entertainment has never issued an official release date for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. These sale companies are pulling dates out of their imagination possibly as a marketing strategy to stimulate pre-orders; or simply to do what normal fellow forum posters do when they want something to be reminded … they bump. In this case, Amazon is certainly getting a lot of attention from gaming sites — including Gamespot. It’s normal for gaming sites to believe these dates, but the truth is Blizzard Entertainment hasn’t issued any release date.

Blizzard will release the Cataclysm expansion when it is ready. They can’t place a date when they can’t foresee possible bugs and issues arising after a build. The expansion is currently in beta testing, and none of the 25-man dungeons are available for testing. Many bugs are still found throughout the current build. A lot of content is still NYI (Not Yet Implemented). There’s no way for Blizzard to determine a release date at this point without even hearing beta tester feedback about the 25-man dungeons. The token system conversion hasn’t been implemented.

We can triangulate a “possible month of release (not a date)” by reading the Arena Season 8 ends in October 13th. Arena Season 9 will start a week after Cataclysm ships. That might hint Blizzard has an internal release date goal, but not a final one. Nothing is certain or written in stone at this point. If you hear rumors, and magical proof of a release date — sorry to burst your bubble — but it’s not fact until Blizzard Entertainment makes an official announcement via a press release.

Just ignore it along with those “the end of the world draws near” rumors.

There are some hot weapon enchants in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm that have beta testers excited for its special effects. It’s unknown to me if they are working as intended or not. The Avalanche enchant is a very luminiscent enchant with frost symbols.

However, the Elemental Slayer Enchant is definitely the biggest, coolest and most psychodelic enchant in Cataclysm. It has a huge radius and the radiance changes color hue constantly.

The Elemental Slayer enchant requires the following reagents: Hypnotic Dust x 5, and Greater Celestial Essence x 1.

Permanently enchant a weapon to sometimes disrupt elementals when struck, dealing Arcane damage and silencing them for 5 sec. Requires lvl 300 or higher item. Video available for different internet connections including 1080HD.

Special thanks go to Gibbygobby for posing for the camera.

Stewart McMichael (associate producer) invites BlizzCon 2010 attendees to a pre-screening event of the film titled “The Raid“. This pre-screening will take place at the House of Blues (across the street from BlizzCon).

When and Where

Saturday, October 23, 2010
9PM – 1AM

House of Blues
1530 S. Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, California
Rose Terrace

Pre-Screening

Join us and mingle with your favorite World of Warcraft fan community personalities.

Famed coast-to-coast DJ, Big Daddy, spins World of Warcraft parody songs along with his unique take on the game’ original score.

Give your take on the most anticipated documentary the World of Warcraft community has ever seen.

About

The Raid will be a film about raiding and what it means to be a raider. We will capture the numerous hours invested by a diverse group of gamers in a complicated and choreographed digital environment, where every contribution weighs on their success or failure. We will watch, in person and virtually, as members strategize, fail, re-strategize, and inevitably find victory in their pursuits. We will sit with them in their homes and seek to understand the value this kind of commitment has in their daily lives, amidst their work, and within their families. We will question them about virtual achievements and their value. We will sit with social experts concerned about the growing issue of internet addiction and seek their opinions. We will question the future of the MMO experience and its place in the global landscape of culture, education, and business. Most of all, we will demonstrate and feel the excitement and energy of this kind of experience, which is so often criticized and misunderstood.

“The Raid” Update – 8.9.10 from blue loon films on Vimeo.

Arena Season 8 is ending in upcoming days and that means players got to hurry up to get their gear and spend those Arena points before they get wiped. Bashiok offers a few hints on what not to do before the season ends. You’d really want to get ahold of the Wrathful Gladiator’s Frostwyrm don’t ya? Listen up!

Arena Season 9 will begin approximately a week after Cataclysm goes live. — Source

[BLUE]We are currently planning to end Arena Season 8 as early as October 13. At that point we will go through our normal process to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards. This process should take approximately one week. It’s very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for the Arena-specific titles and/or the Wrathful Gladiator’s Frostwyrm to refrain from transferring their character to another realm until after Arena Season 8 ends.

The next Arena Season will begin for level-85 players approximately one week after the official launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. During the break between seasons, all rated matches will be turned off and only skirmishes will be available. All Team Ratings, Personal Rating, and Arena Points will be wiped when Arena Season 9 begins, but Matchmaking Rating and Honor Points converted to the new currency system will remain.[/BLUE]

Bashiok posted a new update the developers have decided for the Justice Points conversion to be applied to Emblems of Triumph and Emblems of Frost in the upcoming patch 4.0.1. The Justice points have drastically increased to benefit players. The gold per emblem in excess of the soft cap will be lowered down too. – Source

[BLUE]We’ve revised the Justice Points conversion rate for Emblems of Triumph and Emblems of Frost. When the upcoming 4.0.1 patch goes live, these emblems will be converted into 11.58 Justice Points (up from the previously planned 2.75 Justice Points per emblem). Justice Points accrued above the soft cap of 4,000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 47.5 silver per point (down from 2 gold per point) when patch 4.0.3 goes live.

The original explanation thread (https://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=26850245012) and the subsequent conversion math update (https://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=26850245012&sid=1&pageNo=10#184) have been updated to reflect these changes.

The previous conversion rate was intended to devalue Frost and Triumph a bit to discourage some amount of farming and hoarding of points before the conversion, but then we came to the conclusion that no matter what we do people would be farming well above the softcap, and we shouldn’t try to make it more difficult for them to do so.[/BLUE]

The recent Cataclysm Patch removed all portals from Dalaran except for Caverns of Time and PvP Battleground/Arena; and all portals from Shattrath except Isle of Quel’danas. Instead, you will find class trainers where the portals used to be. This is a painful tradeoff in exchange of flying in Azeroth, but one we will have to get used to. With the absence of a new major city hub like Shattrath was for Outland, and Dalaran was for Northrend, players must get back to their roots: Orgrimmar and Stormwind as the main hubs for Cataclysm.

Both major cities have portals to the high-end content regions: Mount Hyjal, Vashj’ir, Twilight Highlands, Deepholm, and Uldum. On the other hand, players with low level characters will have handy class trainers in Outland and Northrend and won’t be populating Orgrimmar as much.

[BLUE]The reason the portals from Shattrath were not removed from Outland when Wrath of the Lich King released is that there was a new central hub with portals to all major cities in Northrend. There is no longer a neutral city hub which both factions will be using in Cataclysm. We want to ensure visiting the major faction capitals is still the most attractive thing to do in Cataclysm, rather than having people use Shattrath and Dalaran as easy connector hubs.

To make up for this, we’d like to add class trainers and Auctioneers in Shattrath and Dalaran for those leveling through The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King content.[/BLUE]

SteelSeries, J!NX, BradyGames, and Cryptozoic Entertainment have joined once more to launch the third annual Win a Trip to BlizzCon Sweepstakes! One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive two tickets to BlizzCon, including airfare, hotel, and $300 in spending money! In addition, following winners get twenty prize packs worth over $2,500 in total.

Personal Note: This is your chance to go to BlizzCon. It’s gonna be by far the best Diablo III reveal with the fifth class and lots of new features. Theorycraft — It is highly possible, not confirmed, among the topics Blizzard might be announcing are Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm news, World of Warcraft film update, and the Next-Gen MMO reveal. By the way, Disneyland is right in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. What else can you ask? You don’t want to miss the opportunity to win that round trip airfare for 2 to BlizzCon. Enter today for your chance to win! No purchase necessary to participate.

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  • Round trip airfare for 2
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  • 1 x SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse
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  • 1 x SteelSeries Qck Lich King Edition Mouse Pad
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Future US, the special-interest media company, is offering new subscribers of World of Warcraft: Official Magazine the chance to win a trip for two people to attend BlizzCon, hosted by Blizzard Entertainment. Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on October 22-23, 2010, BlizzCon is an annual celebration of the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo franchises and the communities that surround them.

HOW TO ENTER

Today through September 30, 2010, new subscribers can submit an essay of one hundred (100) or fewer words describing why he/she would like to attend BlizzCon 2010, online at www.worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a judging panel, comprised of editorial staff of World of Warcraft: Official Magazine, who will evaluate all eligible entries. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: equal parts originality, creativity, and consistency with theme. Judging will be completed by October 4, 2010. There is a limit of one entry per household and the contest is open to individuals only.

For fans of the World of Warcraft franchise, BlizzCon offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow players and the game developers in person, take part in casual and competitive tournaments, attend panels and more. Attendees at the show can stop by the booth to purchase single issues of the magazine or sign up for a full year for $39.95. New subscribers of World of Warcraft: Official Magazine will receive a free green Murkie plushie, while supplies last.

The contest is open to all new subscribers in the US, UK and Europe. There is also a no-purchase necessary submission option for US residents. The grand prize is a trip for two people to attend BlizzCon 2010, which includes roundtrip airfare, three nights hotel and passes to the event.

For more information on the BlizzCon trip for two contest and how to subscribe to World of Warcraft: Official Magazine, check out www.worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com, their Twitter and Facebook.

The Dragonmaw Clan barely survived after the second war, and took refuge deep into the lands of Grim Batol now known as the Twilight Highlands. In the present, the Dragonmaw has to deal with three enemies in all its flanks: the black dragonflight, the Wildhammer dwarves and the Twilight’s Hammer clan.

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream led a zeppelin fleet toward the Twilight Highlands to destroy Cho’gal and his forces, but the fleet is intercepted by the black dragonflight. Ashore, adventures must test the waters and see if the Dragonmaw clan takes sides with the Horde to fight a common enemy. Brave the horrors within Grim Batol and the Twilight Citadel to put an end to Cho’gal, Deathwing, and the Old gods’ plans.

The Dragonmaw Quartermaster will sell powerful gear to those who fight for Blood and Honor against their sworn enemies. The quartermaster may be found at Bloodgulch in the Twilight Highlands (view the map). Increase your reputation by wearing the Dragonmaw Tabard in Heroic Cataclysm Dungeons. These are the Dragonmaw Reputation Quartermaster Rewards:

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

The Earthen Ring arrives to the sunken lands of Vashj’ir after the Horde fleet is sunken by the naga. Players quickly help the survivors settle in underwater caverns to group up and explore the depths.

L’ghorek and Nespirah, two ancient trilobites, reveal the naga has allied with the faceless ones to assault Neptulon the Tidehunter. It’s the Earthen Ring’s mission to prevent the fall of Neptulon.

Adventurers may join their cause and don the Earthen Ring tabard to gain reputation in Heroic Cataclysm dungeons. Players can find the Earthen Ring Quartermaster at the Silver Tide Hollow located in the Shimmering Expanse (see the map).

The following items can be purchased through honored, revered and exalted:

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal