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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

[4.0.3a] The Shattering!


Note: I am going to schedule this to post a little early, in light of the timing and content.

Today should see the application of the Shattering patch, causing physical changes to the world and various other mechanical stuff.  But it's not everything just yet.  Check out this MMO-Champion post for the details.

The highlights from that post are as follows
What's in Patch 4.0.3a
Sammew posted an interesting list of the features you should and should not expect in Patch 4.0.3a on the official forums. Zarhym also jumped in, and announced a 20% reduction to the XP required to gain levels from 71 to 80.

What is not in:
  • Creating worgen/goblin characters
  • Worgen/Goblin start zones
  • Archeology
  • Professions past 450 (Illustrious Grand Master)
  • Guild leveling
  • Guild achievements
  • Eastern Kingdoms/Kalimdor flight
  • New Zones (80+)
What is in:
  • Portals in Dalaran/Shattrath Removed
  • Class trainers in Dalaran where portals once were
  • New race-class combinations (excluding worgen/goblin)
  • New Gnome/Troll starting areas
  • Changes to existing zones
  • New cata load screens
  • New cata intro cinematic
  • New cata login screen
  • New music
  • City Quartermasters, with rep tabards
  • Bug fixes
  • Class balancing
  • Druids, paladins, priests, and shaman will have their talent trees reset
  • Experience required to gain levels 71 through 80 is being reduced by 20%
  • New tamable hunter pets (Monkey, fox, dog, and beetle, as well as new skins for existing pet classes.)
Yep, that's right, the portals are going away.  Bummer.  Dalaran will suddenly become a very distant place for folks in Orgrimmar.  There is really no good place for your Hearthstone anymore, it seems.

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