Firelands pushed back to patch 4.2

This last week I started a new job, the first job I’ve had since 2006 in fact and this job is full time. This means that I’ve been slacking off the blog a bit and might have to do that in the future as well. I’m gonna try to keep to a “one post per week” format instead of randomly posting here and there. This means I get a bit more time per post and I don’t need to be as stressed about it. Hopefully it’ll be good.

Having said that, I might just disregard the entire thing and just do what I feel like… 🙂

No Firelands raid in patch 4.1

This week we got the news that the promised Firelands raid with Ragnaros will be pushed back to patch 4.2 instead of patch 4.1. This upset a lot of people on the forums but really, there’s no reason to be upset. This is a smart move by Blizzard.

Raggy is sad because he's gonna have to wait even longer for his new and shiny raid

Why? Very few people are even close to done with the current tier. On my realm, the farthest any guild has progressed is 4/13 in heroic mode and no one has gotten the Glory of the Raider achievement yet. In fact, Immersion got the realm first Glory of the Cataclysm Raider a few days ago!
My own guild is still sitting at 10/12 done in 25-man and 11/12 done if we count in 10-man as well (we are very close to getting Nefarian down – 7% last time!).

So basically, we don’t want t11 to turn into another t8 (Ulduar). The absolute best and most fantastically awesome and beautiful raid ever made, which quickly had to move aside for the most horrendous, boring, easy, small and uninspired raid ever made; Trial of the Crusader.

If Blizzard feels they need more time to make Firelands an awesome raid I say “go ahead, take more time”, we know they can produce amazing things when they get the time to do it. And really, there are plenty of things for us to, we’re not getting bored just yet. 🙂

What will be in patch 4.1 and what will be in patch 4.2?

Patch 4.1 (Source):

  • Zul’Gurub revamp
  • Zul’Aman revamp
  • New level-85 Stranglethorn quest line (phased) leading players into the troll dungeons
  • New tier of Heroic dungeon gear (epic item level 353) to give players a slightly bigger boost going into raids for the first time
  • New & updated flavor items, vanity pets, and mounts
  • Guild Challenges (new guild quests)

All of this is in addition to a number of UI improvements, class balance changes, and more. We’ll have more information on the patch 4.1 features coming soon.

As you can see, there’s plenty of new cool stuff coming in patch 4.1. I imagine just about any seasoned Wow player will want to do the new troll dungeons on a regular basis to try and get those mounts.

The new mid-tier item level is a great idea which I have written about before – it gives us something to do on our alts and even some possible upgrades on our mains while keeping the current tier of raids relevant in terms of loot.

The new guild challenges/quests feature sounds really interesting and I’m quite excited about it! Blizzard has promised to release some more information on this soon, so keep your eyes open!

Patch 4.2 (Sources: 1, 2, 3):

  • Firelands raid
  • New Mount Hyjal daily quest hub
  • Valor Point to Justice Point conversion for all Valor Points earned previous to patch 4.2

Blizzard has stated that the patch 4.2 content will go up on the PTR very soon after patch 4.1 has been released so it might very likely arrive sooner than you think. Don’t expect Blizzard to release content patches as slowly as they have in the past, it’s in their current mission statement that they want to get new content out faster. Hopefully this means we won’t see another Icecrown Citadel-patch which lasts for a year.

More information on this patch will be released in the future of course, expect more rumors to surface after patch 4.1 goes live. For now we know that Ragnaros is the last boss in the Firelands and that there’s a caster legendary associated with the raid.

Also, we do know that there are crossbows:

Picture taken from Wowhead.

This is currently the only new PvE model for ranged weapons. It comes in four different colors and is of course a crossbow. There are also two new PvP models, one for guns and one for bows. This could mean that we’ll only be able to get one ranged PvE weapon in t12, and that it is a crossbow. If that’s the case then it sucks major balls, however this is still early in development and there might be more ranged weapon models coming.

Personally I can’t stand crossbows. Could I have a bow please? Thank you.

No seriously, a bow.

B O W!

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Cheers,
Gav

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About Gavendo

I write a World of Warcraft blog called "Rapid Fire" on the topics; hunters, pets and achievement hunting.
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2 Responses to Firelands pushed back to patch 4.2

  1. Zinn says:

    I shamelessly snaffle this post to ask a pretty unrelated question!
    I am struggling with my hunter. Well actually I just push buttons and things die, but I don’t have much of a clue what I am doing. I read through your guide and noticed I had been doing some “interesting” talent choices *ahem*. But my question is: How do I use Kill Command? As often as possible or does it have some special area of usage? Does it depend on the pet I have or some other factors? Thanks in advance!

  2. Gavendo says:

    Kill Command is BM’s equivalent to Chimera Shot or Explosive Shot, commonly referred to as the “signature shot”. This is the ability that deals the most damage and is something we want to use as soon as it comes off cooldown.

    So yes, use that Kill Command as often as possible. 🙂

    Kill Command is a bit special though since it requires your pet to be in melee-range of the target for you to use the ability. If you’re struggling to use Kill Command since your pet doesn’t seem to always be in range, spend some of the pet’s talent points on speed increases such as Dash, Boar’s Speed and Charge.

    Good luck. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Gav

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