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Arcane Brilliance: On the 12th tier and the set bonuses thereof

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, we'll be discussing the Firelands patch and the sweet new mage gear it will be providing to us. Also, what is that thing sticking out of our helmets? Is that a tail? Made of fire? A flaming headtail of magical might?

So we're only a few weeks into patch 4.1, and already our sights are focused squarely on patch 4.2. You can hardly blame us, though. I mean, while I am thoroughly enjoying the current patch, what with its freshly recycled 5-man content and its new Dungeon Finder Call to Arms that I don't seem to benefit from in the slightest (my queue times are right back up to 30 minutes, thanks), but I think we can all agree that for a major content patch, 4.1 was substantially light on ... well, content.

Not so with 4.2. Patch 4.2 will be bringing us the Firelands, which is apparently a raid where epic cupcakes fall from the sky like rain, hardcore raiders experience orgasms just by zoning in, and we all ride flaming unicorns across lava bridges to do battle with volcanic dragon manticores. I'm not kidding. The entire raid sounds like something you'd see painted across the side of a rock band tour van in the '70s. We're also getting two new daily quest areas with their own epic loot vendors, and yes, the game's first legendary staff. And no, it doesn't have spirit on it.

New raid content means new tier sets, and this time around, we're reaching a cool dozen. The tier 12 set bonuses are interesting, to say the least, and bear a bit of looking at. Keep in mind, though, as we discuss these bonuses that we're still early in the PTR process, and everything on the test realms right now is entirely subject to change -- which is, in this case, a very good thing.

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Filed under: Mage, (Mage) Arcane Brilliance

Patch 4.2 PTR notes for May 13

Fresh from the official Warcraft blog, we've got another round of patch 4.2 hotfixes, courtesy of Blizzard Community Representative Zarhym. Today's notes include some class changes, including a few tweaks to the priest class, some new voices and a new achievement. Also included is the unnerfing of fun, for those who enjoy dancing in combat:
  • Players are once again free to dance in combat. Be sure to equip your dancing shoes before you fight, okay?
  • Vanessa VanCleef now has a "sweet, sweet voice" for all her dialogue in heroic Deadmines.
  • The achievement "Bear-ly Made It" has been added for those that save all four prisoners in Zul'Aman on heroic difficulty.
Follow after the break for the full list of notes.

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Filed under: News items, Cataclysm

Patch 4.2 PTR notes for May 10

Patch 4.2 is looking pretty promising on the content front, what with new raids, new dailies -- and oh yes, a legendary staff on the horizon. Today we've got some updates to the Patch 4.2 PTR notes, courtesy of Zarhym over on the official Warcraft blog. Included are a ton of notes for druids, paladins and shaman, among other classes, some changes to the way buffs are applied and some changes to the guild leveling system.
  • All class abilities that place a buff on friendly targets no longer generate threat, with the exception of buffs that directly cause healing or damage, such as Thorns or Renew.
  • When interrupted while casting a single-spell school, players will now be able to cast dual-school spells. In other words, if you're interrupted casting Frostbolt, you'll still be able to cast Frostfire Bolt despite being locked out of the Frost school.
  • The daily guild experience cap and weekly guild reputation cap have been increased by 25% -- and the guild experience cap is now removed at level 20 instead of level 23.
Follow after the break for the full list of patch notes.

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Filed under: News items, Cataclysm

Patch 4.2: Stats for Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest revealed

A new build of patch 4.2 hit the PTR today (that's build 14040, for all of you keeping count). Every new build carries with it new information, and this one is no different. Datamining is still ongoing, but the big news so far has been the reveal of more details regarding the legendary DPS caster staff, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest.

Here's what we know about the new patch 4.2 legendary so far:
  • Preliminary stats for Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest and its lesser versions (Branch of Nordrassil; Runestaff of Nordrassil) have been revealed (courtesy of Wowhead News). Dragonwrath itself will be an ilevel 404 two-hander with 440 points of intellect, 689 stamina, 324 points of hit, 256 points of crit, 2,633 spellpower, and three red slots (with a +30 intellect slot bonus).
  • Once a guild completes the staff, its members will obtain Lil' Tarecgosa, a companion pet.
  • Per the Dragonwrath preview offered by Blizzard a few weeks ago, obtaining the staff will require the completion of an "epic questline" that can only be started by players who have completed all three of the currently existing Cataclysm raid instances.
  • The staff lets its holder transform into a blue dragon. Awesome.
We've been blessed with a slow trickle of information about this legendary staff, but there are a lot of questions still to be answered. We don't know all the specifics about how the staff will be created, especially regarding what will be required of raid teams. We also don't know what kind of proc Dragonwrath will have (assuming it does eventually have one, like the legendaries preceding it). Despite this, though, one thing is known for sure -- this is clearly shadow priest loot. (Ahem.)

The news is already rolling out for the upcoming WoW Patch 4.2! Preview the new Firelands raid, marvel at the new legendary staff, and get the inside scoop on new quest hubs -- plus new Tier 12 armor!

Filed under: News items

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