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Patch 4.2 PTR Firelands Impressions: Lord Rhyolith

Do you like driving? Have a thing for coordinating DPS? Then you'll want to raid lead this bus of a boss. This oversized, flaming rock guy is a fairly unique encounter that involves much driving. If you can navigate through those driving cones on a track, then you should be able to master this guy in a timely fashion. On the other hand, it feels like a 10-legged potato sack race. Some tight and precise control will be needed here for coordination. If even one person deviates and isn't listening properly, everyone dies.

Again, spoiler warning on this one. If you don't want to know what's hot, just moooooove on.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Raiding

Patch 4.2 PTR Firelands Impressions: Alysrazor

It's Moltres!

That was the first thing that came to mind when I was up close. One of the bosses we're tackling in Firelands is a giant, flaming bird. Actually, it looks more like a phoenix; the Encounter Journal says it's actually a dragon. Either way, it's a multi-phase encounter with some fast player movement, controlled DPS and a phase where we can just sit there and burn the boss.

That being said, do you prefer your former dragons original recipe or extra-crispy?

Also, spoilers after the jump. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Raiding

Patch 4.2 PTR: New haircuts

New hairstyles for many races have appeared on the 4.2 PTR, and they're looking really nice! This thread over at MMO-Champion gleans the first batch, but there are more if you look. I think this is the first time we're seeing hairstyles with more attitude, rather than what would be more culturally appropriate for each race. There are sure to be more in the upcoming weeks, while some races haven't received any at all. Tauren females, for example, have a few new horn styles, but nothing for a new do.

While not all of the new hairstyles are available in the PTR barber shop, most of them are, so I would suggest having some fun and seeing what looks good! It only costs a couple of gold, and you don't even have to wait for it to grow back!



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: Cataclysm

Patch 4.2 PTR Firelands Impressions: Beth'tilac

When I was younger, I absolutely loved the Donkey Kong Country franchise. So when I got wind that one of the new bosses in Firelands was a flaming spider, the first thought that leaped into mind was "Oh my god, I get to fight Squitter!" He first appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2 as an animal companion for players. He had a goofy grin and had 8 sneakers.

By the way, that game came out in 1995 on the SNES.

Now that I've managed to remind some us how old we are, I'm going to move on and describe my first impressions with the Bethi'lac encounter after the jump.

Spoiler warning -- don't say I didn't warn you!

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Filed under: Raiding

Raid Rx: Healing changes and Firelands thoughts

Every week, Raid Rx will help you quarterback your healers to victory! Your host is Matt Low, the grand poobah of World of Matticus and a founder of No Stock UI, a WoW blog for all things UI-, macro- and addon-related. Catch his weekly podcast on healing, raiding and leading on the Matticast.

Here's one of the larger healing changes coming up in patch 4.2. It'll affect all healers for sure, since it affects the critical strike of heals. We first learned Blizzard was contemplating this change several weeks ago in a Dev Watercooler post.

All healing critical strikes now heal for 2 times a normal heal (+100%), up from 1.5 times a normal heal (+50%).


I'll go over my thoughts about the proposed healing changes for patch 4.2. I also had the opportunity to try out some of the new raid encounters on the PTR in Firelands. Think you're ready for the upcoming healing challenge?

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Filed under: Raid Rx (Raid Healing)

Patch 4.2: Druid tier 12 revealed, new tier armor information and models

Wowhead has put up some excellent shots of the previously unseen druid tier 12 armor set called Obsidium Arborweave, as well as new information about the names of other classes' tier 12 sets. Also, we were anxiously awaiting the new molten giant model -- and lo and behold, it is awesome and is definitely the source of inspiration for the warrior tier 12 set.

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Patch 4.2 PTR: Warrior tier 12 and recolors

Though it hasn't had an official preview yet, the tier 12 set for warriors is available in the patch 4.2 PTR files, and Wowhead dug it up along with recolors for all of the other already-previewed tier 12 sets. You can even model them on the race and gender of your choice with the 3-D model viewer. If you can't see from the above picture, yes, those are molten giant heads on your shoulders, which is fitting, given the set's name of "Molten Giant Battlegear."

When you're done modeling your set on your character of choice, be sure to check out the preliminary tier 12 set bonuses to go along with it.

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

Patch 4.2 PTR: Over 800 new items

Wowhead's new news site has datamined the new patch 4.2 PTR client and come up with, well, a whole heck of a lot of stuff. There are over 800 new items in this patch alone. So far we've seen:
There's sure to be a lot more cool stuff incoming, including new models, so keep an eye out.

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, Cataclysm

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