• Character's inventory will now saved instantly on receiving an item on epic quality or higher.

• All raid members are now able to see invisible players from same raid instead of group only.

• Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer should no longer cause a server crash.

• Improve caster NPCs responsiveness by reducing timers.

• Mobs will now spread around your hitbox instead of stacking in front of you.

• Spell systems has been improved for better performance.

• Fix spell haste rounding errors.

• Caster NPCs will now face their target on cast, instead for example firing fireballs in the wrong direction

• Spell range check has been improved and corrected.

• Prevent NPCs pets chasing you forever.

• Amnennar the Coldbringer script has been improved for better performance.

• Correct Rock Elemental snare/root immunity.

• Show Real NPCs and players health values instead of percentages.

• Prevent Mage Armors from stacking.

• It should now be possible to continue quest The Great Masquerade if you don't start the quest
through previous quest hand in.

• Added missing texts and abilities to Isalien for quest In Dreams.

• Quest A Crew Under Fire is now scripted.

• Taming the Beast has been improved and now working correctly.

Dungeons & Battlegrounds
• With Doctor Zum'rah script has been improved for better performance.

• Alterac Valley's mine NPCs faction has been corrected.

• Alterac Valley's mine NPCs should not attack friendly players anylonger.

• Bloated Fish can now be found in floating wreckages.

• It's no longer possible to summon engineer pets as soon as you learn this profession.

• Tons of item prices and level requirements has been corrected.

• Fix some herbal spawn positions.

• Item stacking has been corrected for the current Patch and affect following items...

• Light Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Medium Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Heavy Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Thick Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Rugged Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Enchanted Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Devilsaur Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Frostsaber Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Chimera Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Core Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Primal Bat Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Primal Tiger Leather changed from 20 to 10.
• Small Glimmering Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Large Glimmering Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Small Glowing Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Large Glowing Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Small Radiant Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Large Radiant Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Small Brilliant Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Large Brilliant Shard changed from 20 to 10.
• Strange Dust changed from 20 to 10.
• Soul Dust changed from 20 to 10.
• Vision Dust changed from 20 to 10.
• Dream Dust changed from 20 to 10.
• Illusion Dust changed from 20 to 10.
• Flash Powder changed from 20 to 10.
• Crippling Poison I-II changed from 20 to 10.
• Mind-numbing Poison I-II-III changed from 20 to 10.
• Instant Poison I-II-III-IV-V-VI changed from 20 to 10.
• Deadly Poison I-II-III-IV-V changed from 20 to 10.
• Wound Poison I-II-III-IV changed from 20 to 10.
• Essence of Pain changed from 20 to 10.
• Deathweed changed from 20 to 10.
• Essence of Agony changed from 20 to 10.
• Shadowcat Hide changed from 10 to 5.
• Thick Wolfhide changed from 10 to 5.
• Black Vitriol changed from 20 to 10.
• Un'Goro Soil changed from 20 to 10.
• Blue Power Crystal changed from 100 to 10.
• Green Power Crystal changed from 100 to 10.
• Red Power Crystal changed from 100 to 10.
• Yellow Power Crystal changed from 100 to 10.
• Bloodpetal Sprout changed from 100 to 10.
• Encrypted Twilight Text changed from 250 to 20.
• Nexus Crystal changed from 20 to 10.
• Empty Wrapper changed from 10 to 1.

• The debuff limit has been increased to 16 (from 8).

• The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is a grand new event set along the coasts of Stranglethorn Vale.
Early on the appointed day, friendly neighborhood goblins will visit Ironforge and Orgrimmar to inform aspiring
anglers of the grand tournament and give instructions. At the appropriate time, the shout will ring out across
Stranglethorn to bait your hooks and cast your lines!

• Something is amiss in the Emerald Dream. Immense dragons with the shimmering emerald scales of the Green Dragonflight
have been sighted guarding the portals at the Great Trees... but these once-noble creatures crawl with a new,
strange menace, not the peace for which Ysera is known. Bring many allies should you dare to confront them;
their powers are formidable and they will not hesitate to crush any who draw near.

• The arid sands of Silithus are shifting. Something is awakening beyond the wall to the south...
Aid the Druids of the Cenarion Circle as they delve into the mysteries of the desert.
Seek answers behind the Twilight Hammer's presence.
Discover more about the alien creatures known as the Silithid as you explore their hives.
Many new endeavors await the high-level adventurer!

• When the decorations of Hallow's End light up Azeroth's cities, you know there's mischief afoot!
Seek special vendors in Orgrimmar or Ironforge and get your hands on treats!
Aid a sick orphan in a little trick-or-treating! Darkcaller Yanka, attending the Forsaken's Wickerman Festival,
and Sergeant Hartman of Southshore are seeking your aid in keeping the enemy out of their holiday affairs.
Are you up to the challenge?

• The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj will house two massive, unique dungeons - the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, a 20-man raid dungeon,
and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, a 40-man raid dungeon. As players delve deeper into the mysteries of Ahn'Qiraj,
they will discover revelations of the Silithid infestation and their shadowy masters, the Qiraji.
Players will have to complete a world event of massive proportions before they can open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj.

• Schools of fish have appeared around the world that can be fished from a few times before being fished out.
These schools tend to contain valuable fish types such as Oily Blackmouth or Firefin Snapper. In some places,
wreckage can be fished from for even better rewards.

• Hunter:
• Base pet speed is now standardized for all pets, including legacy pets.

• All hunter pets will now always deal Physical damage for their base attack.

• Battleground "holidays" have been added to Warsong Gulch, Alterac Valley and Arathi Basin.
Holidays occur during most weekends, starting on Thursday night at midnight and continuing until Tuesday morning.
During a holiday, emissaries from that Battleground will be found in the major cities, and honor/faction rewards
for performing objectives in that battleground are increased.

• Join the League of Arathor or the Forsaken Defilers as they battle for the precious resources stockpiled within
the latest Battleground, Arathi Basin! Pitting 15 members of each faction against each other,
the race is on to be the first to 2000 resources, capturing strategic landmarks around the Basin to increase
your team's gain and cripple the enemy. With an all-new set of reputation-based rewards,
there's never been a better time to join the war!

• Each Battleground has an individual turn-in quest associated with its related victory/loss condition.
Upon completion of a Battleground, the winning side will be awarded three Marks of Honor while the losing side
will be awarded one Mark of Honor. Three Marks of Honor may be turned in to the associated questgiver for Honor points
and faction increase. Should players complete this turn-in quest, they will find that the bonus Honor Points for
completion are twice that of normal turn-in conditions (individual).

• A great number of quests and events added to Zul'Gurub.

• A level 50 class quest has been added for all classes.
Trainers in the major cities will let you know where to start your quest.

• Two new quests have been added to Thorium Point in the Searing Gorge for Thorium Brotherhood reputation turnin
for players with neutral faction. You will now be able to turn in Iron and Heavy Leather to increase
your reputation with the Brotherhood.

• A few new quests have been added in Tanaris. Head over to Steamwheedle Port to see if you can help out.

• Old quests have been revised, and several new quests involving the Timbermaw Furbolgs have been added.

• Hidden within the jungles of Stranglethorn, an ancient Troll city full of peril has been uncovered.
Do you have what it takes to delve into its mysteries with a band of hardy explorers?
There's only one way to find out! Zul'Gurub is a high-level, 20-man raid instance with 120 new rare and
epic items to uncover. Adventure awaits!

• There are now Alchemy Labs that are needed by alchemists to make flasks inside of Blackwing Lair.

• We have determined that the defense statistic was being applied to items too liberally,
causing those items to be stronger than they should have been relative to other items of
the same level with different effects. As a result, we have reduced the amount of defense points on all items with
bonuses to defense by approximately 33% in order to bring those items in line with other similar items.

• Proficiency Bonuses have been added to the game. Some sets of equippable items have been added that will give
bonus effects to the player only if they have a specific skill, such as Leatherworking.

• The Lawbringer Paladin Set's Healing Circle effect now only affects your party,
but the range of the heal has been increased to 30 yds.

• The pants and gloves for the Dreadmist, Magister's and Devout sets have had their Agility removed,
and other statistics slightly increased.

• The effect of The Judge's Gavel has been changed to a stun.

• Flarecore Gloves now bind when equipped.

• Flarecore Leggings and Robe now provide a damage bonus to all spells, not just fire spells.

• The duration of the Bonereaver's Edge weapon debuff has been lowered, but the frequency of the effect has been raised.

• Alterac Valley Spring Water now has a minimum level of 55.

• The Marshal's Lamellar Legplates now have the proper strength bonus.

• The Marshal's Silk Gloves now has the Mana Shield improvement effect.

• The Sergeant Major's Silk Cuffs and First Sergeant's Silk Cuffs now have the same amount of stamina.

• Key to the City is now considered Uncommon loot.

• The Amulet and Orb of the Darkmoon have had their stats improved and are now Epic.

• New crafted sets have been added that require reagents found only in Zul'Gurub or through the reputation gained
from adventuring therein.

• Black Lotus is no longer soulbound.

• Blackfury and Black Amnesty now bind when equipped.

• The Mooncloth Robe pattern changed so it displays as white quality instead of blue since it is vendor purchased.

• There is now a Horde cooking recipe that uses Tender Crocolisk Meat found at Brackenwall Village.

• Dark Iron Boots have been added as Blacksmithing plans that require Exalted reputation with the Thorium Brotherhood.

• Cured Rugged Hides now stack to 10 instead of 5.

• All of the Tier 2 Class Armor sets have been updated with new art.

• The Drape of Benediction had the statistics and effects of a Superior quality item, but was an Epic item.
The item has been improved to have the proper Epic stats.

• The effect of the Admiral's Hat has been changed. You can now click the Admiral's Hat to provide yourself with an aura
that gives you and your nearby party members a stamina increase. Taking the hat off will remove the effect.
The Headmaster's Charge item has also been changed in a similar manner.

• Shard of the Flame and Shard of the Scale are now unique.

• The Resurgence Rod now heals more health over time.

• Demonic Rune has been changed to a Good (green) item so it will display the bind on pickup dialogue when looted.

• Additional Tailoring and Blacksmithing recipes can be found in encoded messages found on the members of
the Twilight's Hammer in Silithus.

• Two additional pieces of Dragonscale Leatherworking were added to the Dragonscale Leatherworking Trainer.

• The Blue, Green, and Black Dragonscale Leatherworking Armor pieces are now parts of sets and have set bonuses,
so they should be significantly more desirable.

• Green Dragonscale Armor has slightly reduced spirit and now has a stamina component.

• Ironfeather Armor set bonus has been improved.

• Leatherworking item Murloc Scale Belt improved.

• Leatherworking pattern for Black Whelp Tunic added to vendor in Redridge Mountains.

• All Wild Leather patterns for Leatherworking are now bind on acquire.

• All Wild Leather patterns for Leatherworking no longer have cash value with vendors.

• Enchanter-made wands are now Good (green) quality and have had their damage increased.

• The minimum level for the Artisan First Aid, Artisan Fishing, and Artisan Cooking quest lines has been lowered to 35.

• The Pet Healing effect of the Robe of the Void has been improved.

• Tailors now can make soul bags to hold soul shards. The smallest is a 20-slot bag,
the recipe for which can be purchased in Gadgetzan. The recipe for a 24-slot bag can be found in Scholomance,
and one for an even larger bag can be found in Molten Core. In the main UI,
these soul bags will display how many shards they contain. So long as the soul bags have room,
any soul shards a warlock creates will automatically go into the bag.
The counter on the bag will max out at the number of bag slots even if you have more soul shards in your inventory.

• The Defiler's Talisman and Talisman of Arathor are now available at Friendly reputation.

• Level 48, 38, and 28 versions of the Defiler's Talisman and Talisman of Arathor have been added.

• Two new rewards have been added for reaching Friendly reputation level with the Silverwing Sentinel and
Warsong Outrider factions.

• New caster ring reward added for reaching Exalted status with the Stormpike or Frostwolf factions.

• Superior Health Draughts, Superior Mana Draughts, and Battleground-specific bandages are
now available uniformly at Friendly reputation.

• Major Health Draughts and Major Mana Draughts are now available uniformly at Honored reputation.

• Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin now offer Battleground-specific rations at Friendly reputation.

• Many of the pieces from the Tier 2 Armor sets have received updated statistics.
The armor sets with the most extensive changes include the Netherwind, Nemesis, and Judgement sets.
Other sets received fewer revisions, or none at all.

• Stormshroud Shoulders have been fixed to be a superior item and have had the stamina on them slightly
increased as well.

• Whistle of the Black War Raptor was changed to Bind on Acquire.

• The Runed Stygian Belt is no longer Unique.

• The Seal of Wrynn, Nogg's Gold Ring, and Talvash's Gold Ring have been improved to be superior items.

• Flamewaker Legplates and Sash of Whispered Secrets improved to have the proper stats of an epic item.

• The Abyssal Plate Gauntlets are now Bind on Equip.

• The Mendicant's Slippers now have the proper amount of stamina for the level of the item.

• Arcanist's Bindings had more resistances than proper for the item, and these were removed.

• Alcor's Sunrazor is now Bind on Equip.

• An Alchemy recipe to Transmute Heart of Fire into three Elemental Fires has been added at the Friendly level
of the Thorium Brotherhood.

• Enchanters can now turn some of their dusts and shards into magical oils.
These oils when applied to weapons add a temporary bonus to magical damage or mana regeneration that stacks
with permanent enchantments. The lower levels of these recipes are found on normal enchanting vendors.
The higher level versions are found on special vendors and are rewards for high Zandalar faction.

• The Enchanting Trainer in Cenarion Hold in Silithus sells some of both new types of enchanting formulae.

• The cooking trainers around the world sell the recipe for Sagefish and Greater Sagefish.
These two fish types can be found in schools in inland areas and provide health and
mana regeneration as well as additional mana regeneration for 15 minutes after eating.

 We have made a decision to remove the +20% HP raid buff from current and future content.
• We have resolved a few issues causing the server to crash.

Technicians in Firemaw room's left alcove are now linked with the rest of the group.
Will you do 4x XP again?
Mode: We hear you, the XP event will start today on 12:00 p.m. AEST and will end on the release of patch 1.12.
As per normal you will be able to activate this service on the XP NPCs at level 6 for free.

Will there be open transfers from other realms?

Mode: No, not at all.

Do you have an estimate of when TBC will be released?
Nolin: We aim to launch patch 2.0 in the first quarter of 2019.

Given the answer to my previous question of TBC Release, Do you have a timeline for Vanilla?
Nolin: We will be releasing patches in batches as we know we are close to releasing TBC,
November 14th we will go to Patch 1.9, and December 12th we will go to 1.12.

How are you going to manage the Arena rankings? It will be impossible to get weapons & shoulders due low pop.
Qoth: We will likely adjust the rating based on the servers average rating.
What that exactly is we cannot say but there are a number of options.

Keep in mind that the earlier seasons did not have any rating limitation on weapons and shoulders.

With the lessened amount of teams in arena, will the matchamking be edited to expand the search to allow for games?
Mode: If I am understanding your question correctly, You are asking if we will allow lower ranked teams to match against
higher ranked teams to ensure games are played.
That is not something we thought of but will take it on board.

As we get deeper into TBC the attunement requirements for raids stack up over time to very high level.
Players who started from the beginning will be fine but on a low pop server if you miss the first wave,
it will be very difficult to obtain the required reps and attunments as they are very extensive.

Qoth: We do not currently have any plans to modify attunements outside of what patches do.

Are you using a progressive patch system for TBC?
Nolin: NPC spawns, quests, world events, dungeons and BGs will be progressive.
Items, loot tables and maps wont.

Will the current Vanilla Character Database be used to migrate over to TBC?
Mode: Yes as previously mentioned all toons, gold and items obtained will be migrated to TBC.

When patch 2.0 is released, will the vanilla content XP be boosted? I seem to remember this happening at some point.
Nolin: As we offer an increased XP rate already, there is no need for this.

Have you planned the release of TBC, are you ready for it, can the server handle it?
Last thing players would want to experience is crashes non stop on release day!

Nolin: Yes we have spent a lot of time preparing for launch,
a lot of discussions around how to handle it and what could go wrong.
We are ready, our infrastructure is specced far beyond the expected population.

We are constantly working extremely hard to finalise the core,
polishing scripts to ensure everything at launch and beyond is as stable as possible.

How much testing / development time has gone into TBC?
Nolin: We have been through over 10 TBC projects and we were invited to assist a project
that has been in development for over 9 years which has provided us an insane boost
in progression to get TBC ready for you all.

We can't thank them enough for allowing us to be a part of their project,
and allowing us to use and refine their code for our needs.

What type of population are you expecting / hoping for?
Mode: We would like to have a few hundred on the server, we know a lot of people are waiting for TBC.
The dream is over 1K, but 300-400 is what we expect.



• Nefarian's sanctum, Blackwing Lair, can be found at the very height of Blackrock Spire.
It is there in the dark recesses of the mountain's peak that Nefarian has begun to unfold the final stages of his plan
to destroy Ragnaros once and for all and lead his army to undisputed supremacy over all the races of Azeroth.
Blackwing Lair is a max-level, 40-player raid dungeon,
with many new encounters and tempting rewards awaiting the intrepid adventurer that dares enter its halls.

• A gathering of the exotic from around the world and beyond,
Silas Darkmoon has brought together the Darkmoon Faire as celebration of the wondrous and mysterious found in Azeroth.
While the Faire spends most of their time in parts unknown they do stop from time to time in Mulgore and Elwynn Forest.
When the faire is on its way barkers will stop by Orgrimmar and Ironforge to announce its arrival.

• Removed the 15% HP boost from Scholomance, Stratholme, UBRS, LBRS, Blackrock Depths, DM North / East / West,
also removed 20% HP boost from Onyxia's Liar and Molten Core.

• The "Human, Theramore" faction is now the "Theramore" faction.
This faction is allied with the Alliance and is at war with the Horde.

• Rashona Straglash was moved to be with other cloth-centric citizens in Orgrimmar.

• There is a new way to enter the battleground queues. Battlemasters!
Located in each of the cities, right-clicking on a battlemaster will allow your character
to enter a battleground queue just like you normally would if you touched that battleground's entrance portal.
The functionality is exactly the same, so when it's your character's time to enter the chosen battleground,
you will be teleported directly in.
Local guards can give you directions on how to find the battlemaster that you're looking for.

• Warsong Gulch has new item rewards at the appropriate faction vendor near the entrances to the zone.
These are available starting at Honored faction.

• Both the Warsong Outrider Supply Officer and the Silverwing Sentinel Supply Officer of Warsong Gulch
now offer distinct tabards for purchase.
Those heroes who are of Exalted status with one of these factions may purchase the tabard for 5 gold.

• Players now receive a faction bonus for completing the repeatable Warsong Gulch quests.

• Several Alterac Valley vendor items are now bind on acquire.

• Felheart, Cenarion, Giantstalker's and Earthfury item sets now have updated art.
The Felheart Skullcap is now also called something more appropriate to the new art.

• Grand Marshal and High Warlord PvP Honor rewards have been updated with improved statistics and new unique art.

• The Alliance Mail and Horde Leather and Mail Epic PvP Honor reward armor sets have received art updates.

• The Feral Speed Increase ability of the PvP Reward Druid sets has been temporarily removed in this patch.
The ability will be readded to the sets in a future patch.

• The Horde and Alliance PvP Battle Standards may now only be used inside PvP Battlegrounds,
but the cooldown has been reduced to 10 minutes.

• Snowblind Shoes are now properly marked as an Epic item.

• Band of Sulfuras is now unique.

• Flask of Forest Mojo can now be sold.

• Dark Iron Bracers have been changed to Bind on Equip.

• Set bonus for Stormshroud armor improved. It should be more compelling for rogues and druids now.

• Thorium Brotherhood now offers several new recipes.
Additionally, several of the old recipes now have different faction requirements.

• Additional Smithing/Leatherworking/Tailoring/Enchanting Recipes added to Timbermaw at Honored Reputation.

• Additional Smithing/Leatherworking/Tailoring/Enchanting Recipes added to Argent Dawn at Honored and Revered Reputation.
Also new First Aid recipe added to Argent Dawn at Honored.

• Lokhtos Darkbargainer in Blackrock Depths now has many additional recipes that can be learned at Honored,
Revered and Exalted reputation.

Recipes are available for Enchanting, Tailoring, Leatherworking, Blacksmithing.

• Darkmoon Cards have been seen dropping from high level Humanoids around the world.
Collect a set of them and bring them to the Darkmoon Faire when it is in town!

• The loot tables in Molten Core have been revised slightly.

• The chance for an Epic quest item dropping from the Majordomo's chest has been increased to 100%.

• There is now an access quest to gain entry to Blackwing Lair. Happy Hunting!
Good September Barrens!

First of all we would like to congratulate past staff member and developer Kel on the safe arrival of his baby boy!
Kel was a key contributor to getting the server up and running and we wish him and his family all the best!

PvP Has kicked off with a bang, Seeing games go off every night is very exciting!
The race to High Warlord / Grand Marshal is on!

A Second guild "No Soup For You" is looking to start Molten Core this week,
This is a very exciting time and we wish you all the best!

Now onto the juicy stuff...

Patch 1.6 - Assault on Blackwing Lair

We are pleased to announce the release date for Patch 1.6 Assault on Blackwing Lair.
This patch will be released on the 3rd of October!

Exotic Vendor

Reinstated by popular demand, The exotic vendor is back! The services on this vendor will be the following on release:

- Name Change
- Race Change
- Faction Change

We will be looking to add additional services and possibly custom pets / mounts
(Strictly cosmetic, Items will not give you a competitive edge apart from looking awesome).

Disclaimer: Donations are voluntary and cover the following:
- Dedicated servers, including live, internal and backup servers
- External Development resource cost
- Security Expenses (Eg Anti-DDoS)
- Development and Expansion of website and Realm Infrastructure

TBC Development

Finally, The Burning Crusade release date is.... Just kidding had ya going
As part of our monthly newsletter we have comitted to provide on going updates on our progress with the TBC Core,
The main purpose of this is to keep you informed and so everyone stops asking Mode.

- Raid testing was completed. We are now in the process of porting Raid Content from our Old Core to the New Core,
Raids of course will be restested after this.

- Class testing has been completed, and we are working on a few niggling issues.

As we have always stressed,
The release of content patches is directly related to how TBC Core Development is progressing,
So you can relate to how fast patches come out to how far we have come.

So sit tight and enjoy the ride. Remember if you think it is a bugged (Undocumented Feature),
Please report it to GitHub!

As always, have a safe flight, and thank you for flying Barrens Airways.
Hello Barrens!

Wow what a 2 months it has been, First off from all of the staff, We would like to thank you for playing here.
We know we have been through some rough patches but we appreciate your patience in letting us resolve all issues!

Let's go over a quick recap of what has gone on

- We have progressed to Patch 1.5.
- Ragnaros and Onyxia have been slain.
- Nearly half the player base lives in Dire Maul!
- Hunters are the strongest class in Warsong Gulch pats Lupos.
- We have welcomed a new Dev to the team (Exarch) to assist us in bug fixes and TBC Development.

Now.. We would like to provide you all with some insight into what is going on with our TBC Development.

It has been a long road with vigorous testing, Our team has been hard at work doing end to end testing of
everything and we have been making teremendous strides.

No this is not an announcement with a release date, because giving one currently is unrealistic,
But I can provide you with a few teasers.

- We have a working stable core
- Quest and Dungeon testing has been in progress for some time
- Raid testing just begun this past weekend.

We currently have a team of 11 testing the TBC Core, and over time we will invite more players to join in on the fun.
(This is not an open invitation to start harassing staff for an invite!)

Patch 1.6 and Beyond

Many people have been asking us about a patch time line for the Vanilla aspects of The Barrens.
The answer is we don't have one, our release time line is dependant on how we are progressing with the TBC Core.

Given we have released a few patches in quick concession it should give you some
positive reinforcement on how we are coming a long with TBC.

There is no hard release date for Patch 1.6 - Blackwing Lair or any future patches!

So sit tight, be patient and good things will happen in time!

• Children's Week is celebrated in Orgrimmar and Stormwind City at the start of May and lasts for a week.
It is a time to give back to the innocents of war: the orphans!

• There is now a regular event in Gurubashi Arena in Stranglethorn Vale. Every three hours starting at midnight,
a pirate with too much treasure on his hands will drop a chest in the center of the arena.
Whoever can open the chest first gets the contents! Of course, the arena is a PvP Free for All area,
so there might be other players who are trying to open it first...

• Invasions by elementals at different locations on Kalimdor have reportedly been occurring sporadically every few days.
Concerned adventurers should investigate Silithus, Un'Goro Crater, Azshara
and Winterspring to counter these incursions.

• Level 60 mounts purchased at vendors now have a whole new look.
Faster undead mounts already have a different look and so have not changed.
The new mounts can be seen standing near the mount vendors. If you have one of the old fast mounts,
you can exchange it for one with a new look at the mount vendor.

• The Thorium Brotherhood faction is now peaceful - players cannot go to war with them.

• The Wildhammer Clan in the Hinterlands is now a peaceful faction to the Alliance,
meaning Alliance players cannot intentionally declare war on them.

• Additional mithril nodes have been added in Un'Goro crater.

• Buff Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer will now reach every player in Orgrimmar and Stormwind
on quest hand in at the same time.

• The talent costs has been reduced if you are using a higher level rate.
For example mage's arcane intellect costs 10 copper while using blizzlike rate,
it will costs only 5 copper while using x2 rates, etc.

• The Player versus Player Honor System is now active.
Players will be able to gain rankings based on their PvP performance,
with lucrative rewards for those who distinguish themselves on the field of battle!

• The Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley battlegrounds are now available.

The Warsong Gulch entrances may be found in the northern Barrens near the Mor'Shan Rampart (Horde)
and south of Silverwing Outpost in Ashenvale (Alliance).

The Alterac Valley entrances may be found east of Sofera's Naze in Alterac (Horde),
and in the Headlands of Alterac (Alliance).

• The following set items have had their art updated:
Arcanist Crown, Devout Crown and Mantle, Magister's Crown, Circlet of Prophecy, all parts of the Warrior "Might" set,
Lightforge Helm, Helm of Valor, Dreadmist Mask, Wildheart Cowl and Pauldrons, and Coif of Elements.
Other class sets will receive updated art in future patches.

• The following item sets have had their statistics, effects, and set bonuses updated:

Arcanist, Netherwind, Prophecy, Transcendence, Felheart, Nemesis, Cenarion, Stormrage Raiment, Nightslayer, Bloodfang,
Giantstalker, Dragonstalker, Earthfury, Ten Storms, Might, Wrath, Lawbringer, and Judgement.

• Tiny Black Whelping item changed to Dark Whelpling to reflect the name of the creature summoned.

• Pimgib's Collar is now unique.

• Garon Hutchins in Silithus now sells a VB Longneck. (Only for true Aussies!)

• Description of Onyxia's Head has been updated for xfaction. It now shows if the item is for Alliance or Horde.

• Frayed Abomination Stitchings are now considered to be uncommon items.

• Fordring's Seal has been improved with additional Stamina and Intellect.

• Ring of Protection's armor has been lowered, but the ring's Stamina has been increased.

• Voodoo Band has been slightly improved.

• Underworld Band is no longer unique.

• The Demon Forged Breastplate effect no longer requires channeling.

• The Amberseal Keeper's melee DPS has been reduced, but an additional +Spell Damage effect has been added instead.

• Warstrike Shoulder Pads have been improved.

• Living Leggings, Breastplate, and Shoulders now have Stamina, but had their Nature Resistance lowered.

• Legplates and Legguards of the Chromatic Defier have been improved.

• General Drakkisath will now drop 2-4 Blood of the Black Dragon Champion instead of 1.

• Mature Blue Dragon Sinew and The Eye of Shadow can both now drop off appropriate level demonic and
blue dragonkin monsters.
It should be noted that both Lord Kazzak and Azuregos will guarantee a drop of the aforementioned items,
but to get the items from the lesser creatures will be a much rarer occurrence.

• Murloc Scale Belt and Breastplate recipes now are white items instead of green since they are vendor bought.

• The Druid of the Claw quest in Teldrassil will now provide a weapon choice more appropriate for low level Night Elves.

• The Dreadmist set now has a bonus for wearing all 8 pieces of the set.

• Cutthroat's Loincloth name changed to Cutthroat's Pants.

• Ritual Kilt name changed to Ritual Leggings.

• Deepstrider Tumors are now a 100% drop off Deepstrider sea giants in Desolace.

• A significant number of additional engineering devices have been added to the world both as new recipes on vendors and
as drops on monsters in the higher level (50+) dungeons and in raids.

• Seven new blacksmithing recipes are available to seasoned blacksmiths via a series of turn-in quests.

• Three new armorsmithing recipes are available to master armorsmiths. All 3 recipes are gained via quest.

• Ghostweave Belt pattern is no longer bind on acquire.

• Flame Deflector and Frost Deflector now do an elemental damage absorb rather than a resistance increase.

• Minor Recombobulator now restores health and mana as well as removing polymorph effects.

• Requirements to make the Helm of Fire were reduced.

• New Engineering firework recipe added.

• Added leatherworking recipe for mid level blue bracers.

• Restorative Elixir name changed to Resorative Potion with potion cooldown timer.
Functionality has been changed so it should be more effective as it now dispels one
harmful effect every 5 seconds for 30 seconds.

• Two new transporter recipes have been added, with one for gnomish and one for goblin engineers.
Gnomish engineers can get their recipe from Gadgetzan, Goblin engineers from Everlook.

• Tribal Leatherworkers who have restarted their profession are now able to relearn the various Wild Leather patterns if
they've already completed the quests prior to restarting the profession.
Speak with Pratt McGrubben (Alliance) or Jangdor Swiftstrider (Horde) in Feralas to relearn what you once knew!

• Small Throrium Veins now sometimes will have Emeralds or Diamonds.

• Engineering Vendors now sell Blacksmith's Hammers.

• Wicked Leather Bracers Plan is no longer bind on acquire.

• Jumper Cables no longer have a chance to break when they fail.

• Elemental Flux added to blacksmith vendors.

• Searing Gorge has a new quest hub for both Alliance and Horde players called Thorium Point.
The supported level ranges are 45-52. Craftsmen will be happy to know that the
Thorium Brotherhood has opened up many new opportunities to gain favor amongst their clan.

• The Hinterlands has a new Horde quest hub known as Revantusk Village, located on the eastern coastline.
Horde players level 44-52 are encouraged to visit Revantusk Village and assist the Revantusk
with their myriad problems and tasks!

• All members of both the Horde and Alliance are reporting low stockpiles of various textile resources!
Donations of cloth are now being accepted in the following locations:
Darnassus, Stormwind, and Ironforge for the Alliance;
Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff for the Horde.
Seek out an official Cloth Quartermaster for more information.

• Several quests have been added to Feralas for level 45-52 characters.

• Krueg Skullsplitter has moved from Thousand Needles to a more appropriate location at Camp Mojache in Feralas.

• Everyone's favorite Alliance quest, "Deep Ocean, Vast Sea" now gives
a substantial coin reward in addition to the choice of item.

• Bael'Gar, Lord Incendius, and Golem Lord Argelmach are now slightly lower level than previously.
This will provide a much better progression of creature and boss levels in Blackrock Depths.

• 20 new Rare items have been added to Scholomance.

• Several Uncommon items have been upgraded to Rare quality.

• Rattlegore, Jandice Barov, and Lord Alexei Barov will now always drop at least one Rare item.

• Ras Frostwhisper will always drop at least two Rare items.

• 26 new Rare items have been added to Stratholme.

• Several Uncommon items have been upgraded to Rare quality.

• Archivist Galford, Baroness Anastasi, Nerub'enkan, and Maleki the Pallid will now always drop at least one Rare item.

Molten Core
 • Ragnaros should now drop 2 pieces of Tier 2 set.

• Players who defeat the Majordomo Executus encounter will now be rewarded with new epic items.
This reward will only be granted the first time the encounter is defeated
during the 6 day lifespan of a Molten Core instance.

• Prior to this patch, Molten Core boss creatures could drop items from one of two different tiered sets
for every character class. The loot tables have been changed so Molten Core bosses will now only drop items
from the lower tier class sets. The higher tier class set pieces that once dropped in Molten Core will be
found once again in Blackwing Lair, the next raiding zone scheduled for release in a future patch.

• It is no longer possible to equip fist weapons without the required skill.

• Player's pets are now able to attack players feigning detah.

• Implemented progressive enchant system.

• Improved NPC's caster leeway calculation.

• Spawn locations for Undead and Night Elf has been corrected.

• The Auction House's deposit cost has been reduced by 50% and the cut has been removed.

• The Argent Dawn is offering new rewards to heroes who are Revered and Exalted to the Argent Dawn.

Speak to a quartermaster of the Argent Dawn for more information!

• Certain key NPCs (such as bankers and auctioneers) in the cities and main outposts are now harder to kill.

Additionally, when they die, they will respawn more quickly.

• Two new outdoor raid bosses have been introduced to Azeroth. Azuregos, a monstrous blue dragon, has landed in Azshara,
while Lord Kazzak the demon can be found in the Tainted Scar of the Blasted Lands.

• Dire Maul, a new dungeon for players level 56-60, is now open and ready for business.
Dire Maul is populated by a fierce tribe of ogres and is located in the western region of Feralas.

• Meeting Stones are located outside of each dungeon to help players find a group to adventure with in the dungeon.
The meeting stone will try to find you a viable five-person group by looking for a tank, a healer, and so on.

• All dungeons now have a cap on group size to limit the number of players that may enter the dungeon.
It was necessary to add this cap as raiding these dungeons trivialized much of the content.
Because of this change we can now look to adding better loot to them during future content patches.

With that in mind, the dungeons below now have the following caps:

Onyxia/Molten Core - 40 members
Blackrock Spire - 15 members
Dire Maul - 5 members

All other dungeons in the game will be capped at 10 members.
Several dungeons will be re-examined for balancing in light of this change.

In addition, they will have their loot improved significantly for the next content patch.

• Reset NPC's threat list after Mind Control ends.

• Enemies have the chance to resist your Feign Death.

• Traps now only trigger on neutral mobs if they're in combat and wont trigger on players if the caster has PvP off.

• Totems will no longer attack neutral mobs if you are not in combat with them.

• Food crates and barrels of milk are now lootable at any level.

• Doubled Untamed Blade's proc chance.

• Various Bind on Pickup items that were previously of common quality (white) have been changed to green.

• Several of the dungeon and raid armor sets have been updated with their non-placeholder textures.
These sets include the Devout, Prophecy, Elements, Arcanist's and Wildheart sets.

• Postmaster's Treads now have stats more appropriate for clothwearers.

• Crown of the Penitent effect made more appropriate for the quality and level of item.

• Bloodlust Epaulets stats improved to the appropriate amount for the item's level and quality.

• The effect of the Spirit of Aquamentas and Choker of Enlightenment has changed to
a +damage and +healing of all spell schools effect.

• Magister's Mantle, Robe, Belt, Crown, and Binding changed to include more stamina in lieu of spirit.

• Deathstriker name changed to Felstriker.

• The Lion Horn of Stormwind now properly gives AC to members of the party.

• The buff effect of Blessed Sunfruit has been changed from Stamina to Strength.

• White Bandit Mask is now Uncommon and Bind on Equip.

• Frenzied Striker is now Bind on Equip instead of Bind on Pick Up.

• Sorcerer Sphere is no longer Warlock only.

• Twilight Orb is no longer Warlock only.

• Shadowcraft Boots now have +21 Agility instead of +21 Intellect.

• Finkle's Skinner is now Main hand only.

• 16-slot bags are now set to Uncommon.

• Hurley Blackbreath's loot table has been modified.

• Rend's loot table has been modified.

• Goraluk Anvilcrack loot table has been modified.

• General Drakkisath loot table has been modified.

• Deathcharger's Reins can now be used by Tauren.

• Vanquisher's Sword and Amberglow Talisman, the rewards for the quests
Bring the Light (Alliance) and Bring the End (Horde), have been upgraded to be rare instead of uncommon.

• Chimeric Glove recipe is no longer bind on pick up.

• There is now a recipe at leatherworking trainers that allows thick leather to be turned into rugged leather.

• Turtle Scale Gloves recipe has been added to vendors in Feralas to make completion of the
tribal leatherworking quest easier.

• The cooking trainer in Dolanaar now sells cooking recipes for several types of fish.

• The Recipes for Robe of the Void, Robe of the Archmage, and Truefaith Vestments are no longer soulbound.

• Cooking recipe, Tender Wolf Steak, added to vendors in Aerie Peaks and Gadgetzan.
Allows players to cook tender wolf meat.

• Horde cooks can now cook up raptor eggs from a recipe found in Grom'gol and Hammerfall.

• Questioning Reethe has been improved.

• A Rogue's Deal has been improved.

• NPC Lathoric is now attackable in Rise, Obisdion!.

• Quests that are not completable while in a raid group are no longer allowed if the instance is owned by a raid group,
regardless of whether you are currently in that raid group or not.

• Decrepit Guardians in Andorhal were changed to non-elite.

• The Heroes of Darrowshire quest in Eastern Plaguelands now gives an experience reward.

• The It's Dangerous to Go Alone quest in Un'goro no longer requires a deprecated item to complete.

• The health of the Corrupted Saber (escortee in the Corrupted Sabers quest) was increased.

• The Scarab Shells quest in Zul'Farrak's item requirement was reduced from nine Uncracked Scarab Shells to five

• The epic item questline for the turning in of the Beast's hide has had its monetary requirements lowered to 50 gold.

• End quest added to Hydraxis quest line, offering players a reward.

• The Order Must Be Restored quest now gives a Stormwind reputation boost upon completion.

• There are now more lockboxes available in the Ruins of Andorhal for the Counting Out Time quest.

• The Winterfall Activity quest is now available to players who are at the minimum point of
Friendly reputation with the Timbermaw Furbolgs.

• In Dreams has been fixed and enabled again.

• Ambassador Flamelash will now start to summon Burning Spirits that will buff once they reach him.

• General Angerforge's adds will now assist him in combat on 30% health and the guards respawn if Angerforge evades.

Molten Core
• Players who have completed the Molten Core discovery quest can now port directly to the zone,
bypassing Blackrock Depths.
Hi all,

It is with great pleasure that I can announce we will be releasing Patch 1.3 – Ruins of the Dire Maul
on the 1st of August during our weekly Maintenance.

Due to this Maintenance will be extended and will last approximately 2 Hours.
This patch brings with it many changes, the crucial one being changes to raid sizing for end game dungeons.
 Blackrock Spire – 15 Members
Scholomance – 10 Members
Stratholme – 10 Members
Dire Maul – 5 Members

Full patch notes will be posted in #patchnotes

We know this has been much anticipated and are happy to finally deliver this content patch to you!

As part of the Ruins of Dire Maul release, we will be holding a Special XP event for the first 2 weeks.
Players who are level 6 or higher will be able to select up to 4x the normal XP Rate!
(This is available too current and new players)
This will be in effect the minute the server comes up from Patch Wednesday!