|4.01: Preparations for the end|
|Written by Kilzoth BlackBlade|
|Tuesday, 12 October 2010 08:38|
With 4.01 released today I have compiled a comprehensive list of changes for you in the news post below. Most important is the class changes, which we will have to compile ourselves.
**WARNING: TO INSTALL THE PATCH YOU WILL NEED 20GB OF FREE SPACE FOR WOW'S FILE TRANSFER**
**WARNING: THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT PATCH NOTES DISPLAYED DURING THE INSTALLER ARE INCORRECT**
New In game Event: ELEMENTAL INVASION: **Click for spoilers**
PvP: In addition to the Arena's and Battlegrounds that we currently have blizzard has added in another option to gain Arena points, which are now referred to as Conquest points. You may choose to do Rated Battlegrounds to gain team rating and points instead of doing Arena for the best PvP gear. In addition the Honor Gem vendor has been removed.
Emblem Conversion: All of your emblems have been now changes into Justice and Valor points. Justice points are used to buy all gear that is not new top-tier content. Valor points are used to purchase level 85+ epics of current content. When a new tier of content gets released all Valor points will convert to Justice and all previous items which were purchased with Valor will now cost Justice. This solves the current problem of multiple badge vendors. Valor points only drop from level 85+ top tier raids and certain quests. Justice points will drop from anywhere. Click here for drop values.
Spell Book: You now only have one rank of spell
Class Trainers: They have had an interface replacement
Multitracking: You may now track more then one object at time on your minimap. This is a huge benefit to you miner / herbalists
Professions Filter: Have had an interface replacement
Dressing Room: Zoom in feature added
Spirit Rez: A new Return to Graveyard button has been added for when you get your corpse stuck!
Pets: There is a new non-combat pet interface
Guild Menu: The guild interface has been completely redone
Expert Flying: If you currently have a 310% speed drake you have been awarded Expert Flying for free. This skill increases the speed of all mounts you own to 310%. If you do not have a 310% speed drake, you will need to pay an addition 4K gold in order to move at that speed.
Duel Spec: Cost reduced to 100g
First Aid Change: All bandages have become instant cast HOT's now. In game testing is needed but more then likely you will be using them every minute.
You will notice upon logging in that most of your gears stats has changed. Please re-enchant and gem your gear AFTER you figure out your new rotations.
Spirit = MP5 for Healers, Hit for Shadow priests, Boomkins, Elemental Shamans
Agility = Attack power and Crit (Hunters, Shamans, Druids, Rogues)
Strength = Attack power and Parry (Warriors, Death Knights, Paladins)
Mastery = New stat only available through reforging at 80. It does something different for each class.
Hit rating has changed
Armor Pen is removed
Attack Power is converted to Agi or Strength
Spellpower is converted to INT on all items but weapons
Gem Changes: <--- Click for pewpew's article
Reforging: Reforging is a new system which will allow you to trade 40% of a single minor stat (haste crit spirit mastery) for another stat. This gives you more customization in your gear.
In the upcoming 4.0.1 patch, we'll be introducing a major overhaul of the current glyph system. This update features a host of changes including the addition of a new glyph tier, the transition of glyphs from consumable items to permanent spells, and a more streamlined user interface.
In its Prime
Glyphs will now be separated into three different tiers: minor, major, and prime.
• Prime - Prime glyphs will typically provide direct increases to damage or healing throughput. Examples of prime glyphs include Glyph of Howling Blast, which will cause the death knight ability Howling Blast to infect targets with Frost Fever, and Glyph of Insect Swarm, which increases the damage of druid's Insect Swarm ability by 30%.
• Major - Major glyphs will typically augment spells and abilities to offer additional utility. Examples of major glyphs include Glyph of Silencing Shot, which will cause a hunter to instantly gain 10 focus when successfully silencing an enemy's spell cast, and Glyph of Ice Block, which will reset the cooldown on Frost Nova every time a mage uses Ice Block.
• Minor - Minor glyphs will typically provide players with additional convenience or cosmetic changes. Examples of minor glyphs include Glyph of Righteousness which will reduce the mana cost of Seal of Righteousness for paladins by 50%, and Glyph of Levitate which will remove the reagent requirement for a priest's Levitate spell.
In total, there will be nine glyph slots: three minor, three major, and three prime. As players level, they will be able to progressively unlock "sets" of these slots in increments of three (one minor slot, one major slot, and one prime slot). The first set of glyph slots will be unlocked at level 25, the second at level 50, and the final at level 75.
Teach a Man to Glyph...
In addition to the glyph tier changes, glyphs will also be transitioning from single-use items to permanent spells that a player can learn. While the item from which a glyph will be taught will still be consumed on use, once a glyph is learned, a player will always have access to it. This functionality will feel very similar to the current mechanic that allows players to learn certain recipes and patterns from item drops.
Despite these changes, activating a glyph will more or less function as it does now. To activate a glyph, players will simply need to select the desired glyph from their list of known glyphs and then click on the appropriate tiered slot.
Dust to Dust
With the transition from single-use items to permanent spells, the process for switching activated glyphs has been slightly altered. Similar to activating a learned glyph, players will need to select the new glyph from their list of known glyphs and then "place" it on top of the old glyph. While this process will not destroy the old glyph as it does at present, it will require a new reagent, Dust of Disappearance, which can be purchased from Inscription vendors or be crafted by scribes.
As a precaution, the following dialogue will also appear before a glyph is exchanged:
Are you sure you want to inscribe this glyph? The existing glyph will be lost.
Cost: 1 Dust of Disappearance
Players will be given the opportunity to confirm the exchange or cancel out of it. Please note that the old glyph will not be permanently lost; it will simply be deactivated.
Gotta Catch'em All
To complement each of these changes, the glyph UI window has been completely redesigned. All glyphs will now be organized in the glyph panel according to their tier (minor, major, or prime) and, much like how class spells and abilities display in the trainer window, will be sortable by "Already Known," "Unavailable," and "All Glyphs" categories. Players will also be able to search for glyphs using keywords and results will populate under each corresponding collapsible tier.
To access the new glyph UI, players will need to open up the Talent pane (default: N) and then click on the "Glyphs" tab.
Dust will now be sold at guild raids and provided for free if you are asked to respec from your standard raid spec.
Patch 4.0.1 will bring about major changes to all World of Warcraft classes, including sweeping talent tree revamps, altered spells, and improved abilities. We wanted to go over some of the more complex changes that are being made. If your class isn't listed here, it does not mean we didn't spend as much time on it -- the class will still receive a broad range of updates to talents, spells, and abilities -- we simply feel that these mechanics merit additional explanation.
New Talent Tree design: The new talent trees are designed to be 41 points total at level 85. You will get one talent approximately every other level. When you choose your first talent you will be rewarded with one active and three passive abilities. You *MUST* then spend 31 points in that tree before you can spend your final 10 any way you would like. Most of the passive +damage +healing +HP talents have been removed after the first 2 tiers. You will NOT recieve the one active, three passive abilities from your secondary tree(s). You will more then likely have to pick up "PvP" type talents, survivability will be important.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class Overhauls and Data Collection: I NEED YOUR HELP
Ladies and Gentlemen, over the next few weeks we will be collecting all the information we can about level 80 WoW post 4.0 and how all of our spells and abilities have changed. I need help from each of you in order to do this quickly and to confirm information that will be collected by sites such as Elitest Jerks. We need to make a proper raid buff / debuff matrix, a complete list of "best" specs with reasoning behind them, and rework on all rotations. WoW today is a completely different game then it was yesterday, and assuming you know anything about your spells and abilities will only hinder our information collection. Please click here or on the title and fill out the template I have made in order to help this effort.
|Last Updated on Monday, 06 December 2010 19:23|