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Patch 4.2 Daily Quests: Punting Season and Echoes of Nemesis

Patch 4.2 is bringing one of the most ambitious daily quest hubs ever to World of Warcraft, as players dive into Ragnaros' fiery domain. Before players enter the Firelands, however, there is work to be done in the Regrowth, an area of Mount Hyjal under siege by Ragnaros' minions and the Druids of the Flame. Are you a bad enough dude to repel invaders from the Firelands?

Players begin at the Sanctuary of Malorne, where Matoclaw, Malfurion, and Mylune offer players quests to fend off invaders, save the denizens of Hyjal, and team up with the ancients once again. Today, we're going to talk about one of the most fun dailies since the creation of bombing runs back in The Burning Crusade: turtle punting.

Today's quests:
Remember, there are mild spoilers about quests launching with patch 4.2, so please be warned if you're particular about that sort of thing.

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Patch 4.2 New Hunter Pets: Ahnka

Patch 4.2 introduces two brand new daily quest hubs to Cataclysm called The Molten Front and The Regrowth. Yesterday, Blizzard updated the public test realm to include a new tidbit of information about eight new unique and rare creatures that would provide unique challenges to tame them by savvy hunters.

8 new rare tamable beasts have been added, each of which provides a unique taming challenge. Will you be the first hunter to tame Deth'tilac, the rarest and most powerful of them all? Players will need to progress through the Hyjal Regrowth and Molten Front daily questing areas in order to unlock access to the full gamut of taming challenges.


I hopped on to the PTR this morning and, lo and behold, found the first of these eight new challenges -- Ahnka, the spirit cat.

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Filed under: Hunter, Cataclysm

Ask the Devs Round 8 answers your Firelands questions

The Ask the Devs question and answer series continues with Round 8, where Blizzard devs answered user-submitted questions about patch 4.2's raid content, the Firelands. Players are anxiously awaiting the next tier of raid content, and Blizzard has had a lot to answer for due to the changing nature of patches in the months to come.

Blizzard answers some pretty good questions this time around and even addresses the melee DPS problem in many of the tier 11 raid fights. Some answers are a bit cryptic, however. When discussing the planned Abyssal Maw dungeon (we thought it would be a 5-man, but apparently, raid fights would have taken place there as well), Blizzard says that it believes that the Neptulon story is wrapped up fine with Throne of the Tides but doesn't make mention of the Abyssal Maw dungeons making a return. They only mention "for now," so hopefully the complete Neptulon story will be told in the depths of Vashj'ir.

Another interesting point that the devs make is that they don't really understand the complaint that some aspects of the raid game are too easy, when they look at the number of people who have completed the 25-man heroic encounters in relation to the normal content modes. Also, the devs wanted to stress that they were not trying to turn 25-man raiding guilds into 10-man raiding guilds and actively tried to make the 10- and 25-man versions of encounters similar in order to stress that point.

I am very excited for a new Lady Vashj bridge in the Firelands, though. WoW always has the coolest bridges. Read the full Q&A after the jump.

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Filed under: Blizzard, Raiding, Cataclysm

Patch 4.2 Daily Quests: Assault on Sethria's Roost

Once you've sufficiently advanced the Firelands storyline to the point that you can enter the Molten Front, the Regrowth portion of patch 4.2's daily quests breaks into two types of quests. The first type is a small daily quest chain. You do some gathering, and then you use what you've gathered to kill an elite.

The other type of quests are simpler, one-shot quests that can occasionally be organized into even smaller hubs. The kill-and-collect daily quest that sends you into Sethria's Roost, which we'll be talking about today, is quite nice when it shows up, because it can be completed alongside The Protectors of Hyjal which you'll be doing regularly. The quests we will be looking at today are: If you're doing these daily quests, that means you've already quested through Mount Hyjal before. You're already familiar with Sethria's Roost. The entire region is now phased. The twilight drakonids, which you personally murdered the last time you were through here, are long gone and replaced by minions of the Firelands: Fiery Behemoths and Seething Pyrelords.

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Patch 4.2: New achievements include new daily areas and companion pets

Tons of new achievements have been added to the PTR for the upcoming patch 4.2, including the Molten Front and the Regrowth achievements. Blizzard has stated that a bunch of the encounters in the new daily hubs will be directly linked to "raid-type" damage dodging and healing, so it is nice to see achievements for some of those feats.

Some of the achievements hint at some awesome characters showing up in unexpected places, like Have... Have We Met?, potentially getting Mankrik, Thassarian, Linken, and more on the front lines in Hyjal and the Firelands. Also, pet collectors are going to jump for joy, as collecting 100, 125 and 150 pets now rewards players with pet biscuits for 100 and 125, and a new pet, Nuts, at the 150 mark.

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Filed under: Achievements, Cataclysm

Patch 4.2: Blizzard gives more info on Hyjal dailies

Players eager to jump into even more new content coming with patch 4.2 -- specifically, the new Hyjal daily questing zones -- have just been hit with some more information and clarification on the requirements for doing this content.

The Flameward Hippogryph, the flying mount that players can earn after completing their own personal progression through the Regrowth and the Molten Front, will be available to everyone who makes the effort. In addition, players will be able to start the content at level 85 and must have completed the Hyjal questing up until reclaiming the Regrowth area.

Marks of the World Tree, the personal currency being used to open up content in these new daily zones, will not be used to purchase gear and items from vendors. These marks only exist to open up content, not purchase things. Gold is still the currency used to purchase items, and if I wanted to take a guess, I would imagine the cost of items will be similar to those of an already existing Cataclysm reputation vendor. Blizzard has assured players that any marks that they have afterward will be able to be used for rewards as well, but at this time there is no information on what.

Finally, the two new factions that players will be assisting in the Regrowth and the Molten Front, the Druids of the Talon and the Shadow Wardens, will not be receiving their own factions to grind in the patch.

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Patch 4.2 Preview: Regrowth and Molten Front quest hubs

Blizzard has just released the next installment in its series of patch 4.2 previews. First, it was the video teasers, then the raid, and most recently, the legendary staff. Now it's previewing the Regrowth and Molten Front daily quest hubs.

After reading through the entire preview, I'm very excited. Personally, I feel like patch 2.4's Isle of Quel'Danas was one of the few times we've felt true progression in World of Warcraft. Even the massive phasing used throughout Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm didn't carry much weight -- you rarely saw the fruits of your labor for very long. Generally, you were moving out of the areas you changed by the time things happened. Quel'Danas was a long-term change that you personally contributed toward and were exposed to repeatedly, and it felt like you really made a difference. From Blizzard's description of the Firelands quest hubs, it sounds like Quel'Danas has been the major inspiration, and I love that.

The zone will also have over 60 new daily quests, so hopefully this quest hub will take much longer to stagnate than previous daily hubs have -- cough cough, Argent Tournament.



Check out the full preview past the fold below.

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Filed under: News items, Cataclysm

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