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Old 09-19-2011, 12:02 AM
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Default Patch 4.3 raid: Behold! The Dragon Soul!

The original link is http://wow.zone.gamebase.com.tw/zone...6/1#1316415684


This is Greg Street A.K.A. Ghostcrawler interviewed by Taiwan's media: Gamebase.com.tw. And since the NDA had lift. I'll post the content now:









The story of 5 men dungeons are featuring time travel sagas related to Deathwing. The story is a continuous-event which will finally lead to the Deathwing raid.



Endtime
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First 5 men dungeon. Under Nozdormu’s guide, players will venture into the future of Azeroth (Location is the Dragonblight) to see the first hand of what if Deathwing’s plan had fruited. It would be the world which the Hour of Twilight had happened. It will be the end of the time. Sylvanas (Sorry, I deliberately want to troll around when Joystiq forgot the true time when NDA would be lifted ) and undead army will be featuring in this dungeon, as well as an infinite dragon – Murozond.



Well of Eternity (War of the Ancients)
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Second 5 men dungeon. The story is circling around the wrestling for the Demon Soul. Queen Azshara and her Highbornes would make an appearance.



The Hour of Twilight
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Third 5 men dungeon. Accompany Thrall and the dragon aspects to the present time of Wyrmrest Temple. Player will need to protect Thrall when he is re-forging the artifact – the Dragon Soul in order to defeat Deathwing, as well as preventing the Hour of Twilight from happening. Black and twilight dragons, Twilight’s Hammer will be the enemies of this dungeon.



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Rogue legendary weapon. They are a pair of daggers.

The storyline of the legendary daggers is actually continuing the plot of Badland’s uncorrupting black dragon egg. The egg will hatch into a new character which happens to be a role like a black dragon prince. He offers the legendary quests to players. Only rogues can do the quest. It will be very time and gold consuming. The quests will involve in killing some evil dragons and collecting holy ingredients from the 5 men dungeons as well as the Deathwing raid.

There will be some specific effect that designed for rogues only!



The Dragon Soul
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Deathwing raid. 8 encounters total. It starts from Wyrmrest Temple, ends at Maelstrom.

Though the whole story is a long continuous-event, but The Dragon Soul raid does not need any attunement or key to access.

First boss is a giant ice elemental. Name is Morechunk.

Minions of Old gods for the 2nd and 3rd boss. Featuring scaring, horrible tentacles and creatures. The 2nd is a faceless general – Warlord Zon’ozz.

4th boss is in the Eye of Eternity. A female mortal race shaman, featuring some totem combat mechanics.

5th boss is a monstrous twilight dragon that you had never seen before. Location is at the top of Wyrmrest Temple. It is so big that it cannot land. Players will have to fight in the air.

6th boss is the general of the Twilight’s Hammer. Players will pursue Deathwing by riding a gunship as he’s trying to flee. Twilight’s hammer will try to intercept the players, and an imposing tauren general of Twilight’s Hammer will be the main antagonist of this encounter.

7th and 8th is Deathwing.

7th is fighting on Deathwing’s back. Other dragons and aspects will assist the players along the way. Deathwing will try to roll over, dive as he tries to get rid of the players. Thrall and players must rip Deathwing off his armors and eventually made him crush into the Maelstrom.

The last encounter has many phases. The location is the Maelstrom. The first phase is moving around the isles around the Maelstrom, player will have to fight his claws, wings, tail alone and the tentacles. And traveling around the isles is similar to the fight in the Throne of the Four Winds. The second phase, the four dragon aspects will arrive and use their specific abilities to assist players battling Deathwing. Players need decide to call which aspect’s help. For example, Nodzormu can create a time-warp field to slow down Deathwing’s molten missile attack. Alexstrasza can annihilate the small tentacles Deathwing calls upon. Ysera and Kalecgos both have their own abilities. And, Thrall will use the artifact, the Dragon Soul, to join the battle. For further phases, no more spoilers!

4.3 is the last major raid patch of Cataclysm, but not the last patch of this expansion. Blizzard will offer some buffer contents for players to enjoy between 4.3 and the next expansion.

There will be several cut scenes cinema for the whole The Dragon Soul raid.




No comment for Mists of Pandaria. Not gonna talk about anything of the next expantion.



Darkmoon Isle
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There are lots of new games and rewards for the new Darkmoon Faire. It will be very fun, a little bit creepy. Player can arrive Players can enter the Darkmoon Isle by walking through a portal in cities.

The Darkmoon Isle might be located around Gilneas and Silverpine Forest. But it’s very secret and you can’t find it and can’t enter by flying or swimming alone. And the truth is, they haven’t decided where to put it.

The Darkmoon Fair had constructed the whole new fair for years secretly. It’s all part of Silas Darkmmon’s grand plan.



Random Raid Finder System
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Raid finder: designed for the casual players only. The purpose of this system is to let the casual players can easily find a raid group and enjoy it with the dungeon-finder system. The difficulty will be easier than the normal raid, and the loots will be less powerful.

The difficulty of using raid-finder will be easier like: bosses have less HP, complicated mechanics removed, damage to player lowered.

The raid-lock of raid finder will be independent of the normal / heroic raids.




Other Q&A:
No updates for Silithus and Dustwallow Marsh.

No updates for old classic dungeons.

The other plot holes will continue when they feel the time is right.



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Crushed Horde Gunship in Endtime






Ruby Dragonshrine infested by undead army in Endtime






Echo of Sylvanas Windrunner in Endtime






Murozond in Endtime






Illidan Stromrage in Well of Eternity






Furion and Illidan in Well of Eternity






Alexstrasza in Well of Eternity







Ysera in Well of Eternity (yes, new model)






Nozdormu in Well of Eternity






Zin-Azshari in Well of Eternity







Azshara's Highborne guards in Well of Eternity






Well protective shield in Well of Eternity






An old god breed abomination in The Hour of Twilight






Wyrmrest Temple in The Hour of Twilight





Thrall in The Hour of Twilight






Warlord Zon'ozz in The Dragon Soul


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Everything.

Everything about this. I can't explain my feelings in words.

SO EXCITED.


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In my excitement I missed this... lolwut?
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4th boss is in the Eye of Eternity. A female mortal race shaman, featuring some totem combat mechanics.


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Sylvanas (Sorry, I deliberately want to troll around when Joystiq forgot the true time when NDA would be lifted ) and undead army will be featuring in this dungeon, as well as an infinite dragon – Murozond.
Hah, evil. So we get to see her all psycho Lich Queen, eh? Nice.

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No updates for Silithus and Dustwallow Marsh.
Aw.

edit: Thanks to Cata's beta, I will always read "An old god breed abomination in The Hour of Twilight" as "Old god-bread"
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:06 AM
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:07 AM
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Wow undead army huh...I pitty forums everywhere in the coming days. Ty curll for the info now to collect my thoughts...
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So Sylvanas' undead army is the only thing that survives the apocalypse?

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Sylvanas and undead army will be featuring in this dungeon
WHAT? Sylvanas survives past the Hour of Twilight? Sylvanas is in league with Deathwing? WHAT?!?!?!

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The storyline of the legendary daggers is actually continuing the plot of Badland’s uncorrupting black dragon egg. The egg will hatch into a new character which happens to be a role like a black dragon prince.
Blizzard: thank you, seriously, for not forgetting about this.

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Gunships: making everything more awesome.

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Curll, THANK YOU SO MUCH for this info.
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Sooo the black dragon egg is mature enough to be a prince and give quests? Looks like he'll be the next aspect.
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This.

Also, MORE DETAILS ON SYLVANAS


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The only thing that disappoints me is the lore for the dagger legendary. That's just kinda meh all around.

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WHAT? Sylvanas survives past the Hour of Twilight? Sylvanas is in league with Deathwing? WHAT?!?!?!
Technically its not said that she's with Deathy and if she is why she is.
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I'm still confused by "Morechunk"

HAS to be a place holder name >.<

The Well of Eternity looks AMAZING. They really nailed the perfect kind of dark vibe with this patch. Nice to see Illidans old self with a unique model as well.
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MMO Champion has stuff up too:
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/

Not sure where it came from.
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WoE shots look kick ass, like Ysera's model, though the moon is huge.

Illidan looks boss. Hopefully he kicks all sorts of ass.
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Why is Illidan shirtless and using glaives? Wasn't he basically just a mage at that time?
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The story of these legendary daggers has to do with the last remaining pure black dragon egg. So kind of how we got here is the black dragons are a really cool enemy in our universe, they have been for a while, but we’re kind of killing them off a lot. Onyxia has been killed and brought back so many times that we’re starting to feel bad for the old girl. Nefarian is dead, again, and Deathwing is going down. So we thought we were running out of black dragons, and we really didn’t want to do that because they’re a really great enemy and we really want to use them again in the future.

So players who play through the Cataclysm quests in the Badlands will remember a questline around this uncorrupted black dragon egg. It was free of the taint of the Old Gods. So what is going to happen is that black dragon egg eventually hatches and there is a black dragon prince who is pure – he’s not a minion of Deathwing; he’s not corrupted by the Old Gods. But that doesn’t mean he is necessarily a good guy. He’s kind of out for himself, he’s kind of got his own agenda, and to bring his plans to fruition he contacts the Rogue because Rogues are a little shady, always working in the shadows, always playing a number of games and has other things going on. The black dragon prince reaches out to the Rogue character and says “If you help me out, I’ll reward you with these increasingly more powerful daggers”.
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It’s really funny because every player out there wants and almost expects the next legendary is going to be for them. We try not to let it fall into too much of a pattern. We want legendaries to be something exciting, something that is earned, not something that you “deserve” because it is “your time to get one”. We thought that we liked part of the Rogue story. We thought that Rogues had maybe felt a little bit not special in this expansion with all the high damage numbers that were being done by classes like Mages. We thought it was just the right opportunity to make them shine and feel kind of special. Unless you count the bow, we haven’t done any class specific legendaries to this extent before, so we thought it would be fun to make the legendary quest VERY Rogue-themed. There will be stealthing and pickpocketing, things we know that a Rogue can handle. Then, the weapons themselves, their proc, we’re still building, but the idea is that their proc will tie in something very Rogue specific as well.

One of the problems with tanking weapons is that our tanks use very different weapons so we could say “Well this legendary weapon is going to be for the Warrior and Paladin and hopefully we’ll get to the Death Knight and Druid someday in the future”. With all the talk about a legendary weapon that transforms “you could have a 2-handed version or a 1-handed version”, too much of that I think starts to suck away what is really special about the legendary when it can turn into all these different things.

I guess the message to the players is don’t despair and don’t assume that you’ll never get a legendary for your guy. Hopefully we’ll eventually get them all, but we don’t want to keep it on such a timetable that players are able to predict “Okay, the Elemental Shaman legendary is coming in Patch 6.2 followed by the Hunter crossbow”.
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He got the glaives in the WotA... As for the shirt? No idea.
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Ghostcrawler: Sure. It is a pair of daggers – a main-hand and an off-hand dagger. We are designing them such that all three Rogue specs will be able to use it. We have a little tweak in there so that Combat Rogues will be able to Sinister Strike with the daggers without it being a big DPS loss.

The story of these legendary daggers has to do with the last remaining pure black dragon egg. So kind of how we got here is the black dragons are a really cool enemy in our universe, they have been for a while, but we’re kind of killing them off a lot. Onyxia has been killed and brought back so many times that we’re starting to feel bad for the old girl. Nefarian is dead, again, and Deathwing is going down. So we thought we were running out of black dragons, and we really didn’t want to do that because they’re a really great enemy and we really want to use them again in the future.

So players who play through the Cataclysm quests in the Badlands will remember a questline around this uncorrupted black dragon egg. It was free of the taint of the Old Gods. So what is going to happen is that black dragon egg eventually hatches and there is a black dragon prince who is pure – he’s not a minion of Deathwing; he’s not corrupted by the Old Gods. But that doesn’t mean he is necessarily a good guy. He’s kind of out for himself, he’s kind of got his own agenda, and to bring his plans to fruition he contacts the Rogue because Rogues are a little shady, always working in the shadows, always playing a number of games and has other things going on. The black dragon prince reaches out to the Rogue character and says “If you help me out, I’ll reward you with these increasingly more powerful daggers”.
Interesting. ish.
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Just realized something.

Why is Nozdormu standing around the WotA era Zin-Azshari as a high elf when high elves don't exist yet?
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Why is Nozdormu standing around the WotA era Zin-Azshari as a high elf when high elves don't exist yet?
Time travel + don't wanna make another model + hand-waving = high elf. I think.
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Why is Nozdormu standing around the WotA era Zin-Azshari as a high elf when high elves don't exist yet?
Malygos had the same issue in the dream of Yogg-Saron.
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