Icecrown Citadel official release date.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

We are glad to finally be able to provide the official release date of The Icecrown Citadel: Saturday, 27th May.

Because this patch’s content is quite extense and it involves many important matters, we have decided to progressively announce several informative posts before the release, so the community is properly informed and every possible question that may arise is answered. We will try to fully cover things such as:

-How everything will be released.
-What content will be included in this patch.
-Attunements and restrictions.
-Emblem system.
-Arena season.
-General information, fixes and updates.

We would like to thank everyone who has collaborated on the Beta test sessions, we have received a massive participation. From individuals who have demonstrated a lot of effort and passion, through guilds from the same faction that have organized and synchronized between themselves to fully check every single detail of the raid while providing very professional reports, to those loyal groups and players who have participated on every of our Betas.

Special thanks to those critical and strict players who have helped us by pointing every little detail they found, because thanks to this, we believe we have achieved great and polished results.

It has been a long waiting but, we truly hope it was worth it because we are absolutely sure the community will enjoy this content on which we have worked so hard and tested so thoroughly.

Rise up, champions of the Light!

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The Arena Season 7 has started

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

The Arena Season 7 has already started, we hope everyone enjoys it. We are currently working on many class corrections in order to make the experience much better, we shall slowly deploy them to the Algalon realm.

Koralon the Flame Watcher was supposed to be released today, however we are going to postpone its release to the next Friday, due the recent amount of unexpected issues and world events/dungeon releases.

Thank you very much.

ToC 5, Koralon and the new PvP season

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

Now that everything is a bit more settled, we can already release Trial of the Champion dungeon and welcome to the new PvP season.

The dungeon will be opened the next Tuesday, December 1st and the PvP season will start the Friday 4th, on which day Koralon the Flame Watcher shall be also available.

We hope everyone enjoys it.

Thank you very much.

Dates and further details about the new content.

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Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

We would like to let the community know certain dates and details about how the next content is going to be released.

First of all, as you already are aware, the Trial of the Crusader raid (every difficulty on their pre-nerf status) is going to be opened this Saturday November 7th, this will happen at 20:00 Server Time. Each player will need to have completed Ulduar on normal mode in order to be qualified to enter ToC, which means you need to have achieved The Secret of Ulduar (10 players) if you want to enter into ToC/ToGC 10 man and The Secret of Ulduar (25 players) for ToC/ToGC 25 man.

We will not mention Onyxia’s Lair, as we have to perform a previous Beta Test before it is released, but you shall be updated regarding this matter once the realm first is achieved. However, as mentioned before, Onyxia’s Lair will be available around 2 months after ToC’s release.

Now, as we would like to make every release enjoyable without breaking the progression feeling, we are not going to open the Trial of the Champion dungeon this Saturday, but the November 20th. Koralon The Flame Watcher will be available with this update as well. Also because of this, the Northrend’s Heroic dungeon bosses will not drop any Emblem of Triumph yet, we will announce when they are going to after see how the guilds are progressing through the new content. Remember that in order to be entitled to loot these emblems the Keepers of Ulduar personal achievement will also be required. We shall explain everything before update Algalon with such feature. Of course, every Emblem of Triumph or item which is not supposed to be obtainable right now but it was due our mistake shall be wiped this Saturday.

The arena season ends this Saturday as well, we are going to announce the beginning of the next one and the rewards through another new. Before the next arena season starts, we are going to check every wintrading report in order to exclude them from the rewards and the season itself, so we can perform the proper punishment.

Thank you very much.

 

Edition:

Due the massive amount of suggestions that we have received through tickets and e-mails about reconsidering the entrance requirement for ToC, we have decided to accept them. So, in order to access ToC/ToGC 10, each player shall need to have achieved The Secret of Ulduar (10 players) and The Secrets of Ulduar (25 players) for ToC/ToGC 25.

However, as we want to have a healthy and active patch, we will be open to suggestions during the next content’s progression. As always, we are really thankful to every player who respectfully presents his opinion thinking the best way to improve the server.

Thank you very much.

Trial of the Crusader Beta test

Hello citizens of Dalaran,

Finally, I can set a date for the Trial of the Crusader’s Beta where I can dedicate all my time to those players who are going to participate – which is the Friday, October 2nd. So, as I expect, if no major issues appear during the testing, Trial of the Crusader’s official release would be the weekend after.

We have received some suggestions as for the Beta, and based on my previous experiences I would say they are right. This time the time to access will be limited and there shall be a list with some specific tasks to do when testing. So, I would suggest you stay organised and focused on such tasks. The Beta testers are invited to help us to check those things on a real player raid environment that can not be checked properly while the content is still being developed, in order to to deploy the encounters to the live server as polished as possible. The instructions and details about how to connect and how to proceed are going to be sent via e-mail to each group or guild.

There will be also an e-mail group, like Ulduar one, so we can be in constant communication altogether, even outside the game. I will be updating with the corrections if there is something to be correct, as well as with other relevant things.

Remember, the next content patch’s release shall include Trial of the Crusader raid (every mode and difficulty), the new 5 man dungeon (both modes), Koralon from Vault of Archavon along with the new tier set, vendors, emblems and the start of the new PvP Season. Onyxia’s Lair shall be released a bit later, most likely between 1 and 2 months after the ToC’s official opening, with all that it implies – the remaining parts of the legendary chain quest. Since it will be an extraordinary event, we will announce it with time enough so the players can prepare themselves and compete for the legendary mount.

The duration of this patch will be much shorter than the previous tiers, being Icecrown Citadel and its dungeons released in few months.

There shall be another Beta test for Onyxia’s Lair, the requirements to assist are still pending to be decided.

Thank you very much.

How the progression works in Algalon realm.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

Algalon´s realm content will be a bit different from Kirin Tor’s, so you can find some things that work on Kirin Tor and that do not work on Algalon, and vice versa. But soon they will be equal, thus improving the content and quality of both realms.

If you have any doubts and it has not been explained here, it does imply that it works exactly as in Kirin Tor or as it is supposed to do on the 3.3.5a patch.

There will be 2 Eras which will define Algalon Realm:

  • 1) First Era: The raids and arena seasons will be gradually released and will last as “the current raid/season” for around X months (depending on the raid).

    For example, as soon as Algalon is launched, you will be able to enjoy Naxxramas and arena season 5 for about 3 months (will post exact dates and times with the official release), once the time to open the next tier raid and season arrives, Ulduar and arena season 6 will be opened.

    There will be an exception with the way to release some of the first 25 player raids. Eg: Once the realm is opened, there will be available only 10-player mode of Naxxramas. Once Kel’Thuzad is defeated on his 10 player mode for the first time, then we will open the 25 player mode. In this way, we avoid rushes to the Realm First of Naxxramas 25 and we grant some time to stabilize the player base so that everyone has the same chances to obtain it.

 

  • 2) Second and final era: Once all the content is released, there will be a constant and eternal progression. Thanks to the systems we have implemented, Algalon has been designed with certain restrictions and features that allow the players to progress through the content making each raid / arena season a real challenge for everyone. If you want to progress in the game, either through PvE or PvP, you have to earn it and make an effort.

 

 

PvE 

  • Northrend 5 player Instances

    Access restriction: There will be no restriction on accessing the Northrend instances, except: Trial of the Champion, The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and The Halls of Reflection. Only those players who meet the previous requirements (having progressed through the content prior to these instances), will be able to enter.

    Emblems: Emblems of Triumph will be dropped only to those players who have already progressed through the content up to Trial of the Crusader.

    Example: If your character has progressed up to Ulduar (and has not yet managed to get The Descent into Madness 25 players achievement), he will not receive any type of emblem after defeating bosses on 5 man heroic instances.

    However, if your character has progressed up to Trial of the Crusader (which means, you have already got the achievements of Naxxramas/Ulduar) then you will be able to loot the emblems of triumph as reward for killing bosses in heroic mode of 5 man instances.

 

  • Raids

    Access restriction: Each raid will require the previous tier raid’s achievement on the same difficulty the player is trying to enter. For example, if you try to enter in Ulduar 10 player mode, you will need to have The Fall of Naxxramas (10 players) . Hence, the same goes to 25 player mode, you will need The Fall of Naxxramas (25 players) if you wish to enter into Ulduar 25 players.

    Emblems: Bosses will always drop that raid’s correspondent emblems for everyone. Example: Players getEmblems of Conquest upon killing any boss inside Ulduar, no matter what is the character’s progression.

  • Exceptional case: Vault of Archavon.

    Every boss within the vault was released in a chronological order and synchronized with the WoTLK raids. Therefore, we have designed a system to analyze and contemplate the overall raid member’s progression. The bosses will be available or not depending on the progression of the players. Here’s an example:

    Archavon will be always available, regardless of the players progression as it was released with Naxxramas, thus since the very beginning of the WoTLK. However, Emalon was released as the same time as Ulduar, which implies that he will be available if each and every member has completed the Naxxramas raid. What if there are several players who have not completed it yet? The other bosses are not available for the raid until these players leave the instance, there will be just Archavon. If just one player does not meet the requirements, the bosses will disappear and the instance will configure itself in real time.

    Other quick example: every raid member has progressed already up to Trial of the Crusader (this means they have Naxxramas/Ulduar achievements), then Vault of Archavon will configure itself and there will be available Archavon, Emalon and Koralon.

 

 

PvP

All vendors have been set and will be adapted to each arena season so that will be impossible to get equipment that does not correspond to the current season. The PvP is subject to constant rotation; it will start in the season 5 and end at 8. When the 8th season ends, we will go back again through season 5.

  • Arenas, Battlegrounds, and Wintergrasp:

    There will be gear restrictions depending on the current arena season. For example, with the release of Algalon the current season will be 5, and there will be no chance that players have items with higher item level than that which correspond to this season or the current High end raid (as I mentioned all PvP vendors in Azeroth/Outlands will be fully configured ). However, once the season have rotated, there will be people who own PvE or PvP high gear ( Eg. Wrathfull or even trinkets like Deathbringer’s will ), but the 5th season would be running again, thus everything will be restricted again with the appropriate level as maximum. Hence, these players cannot equip those items within Arenas, Battlegrounds and Wintegrasp and create an imbalance in regard to those who are not geared yet. With this, we have created a tight and really challenging PvP, where all that the players get, will be hard-earned and always with the same conditions for everyone.

-Donations: Of course, as we have stated many times, there would never be high end game gear in our shops. Algalon’s shop will be more restrictive than Kirin Tor one.

-Random Dungeon Finder: As already discussed, the random dungeon finder will not be active yet.

-Weekly quests: The weekly raid quest will not be available.

-The related professions, talents, mechanics… etc will have the same systems specified by the patch 3.3.5a .

We will not answer questions that have already been answered or explained in other posts, so please, if you have any questions, be sure you have read all the information.

Thank you very much.

 

Emalon, the Storm Watcher and T8 vendors update.

Hello there,

Emalon, the Storm Watcher has been released in the Vault of Archavon.

In order to keep the progression feeling of the progressive realm, you will have this encounter available only AFTER defeat all the bosses from Naxxramas and obtain the achievement “The Fall of Naxxramas”. For example, if you want to do Emalon 10 players, you must have “The Fall of Naxxramas” 10 players.

If someone from the raid party does not match this requirements, the raid will not have the possibility to engage Emalon. So we have to warn you about this: be careful. We will not reset any ID or grant any achievement.

As a side note: PvE Tier vendors were also deployed on the server and the Kirin Tor ring vendor was updated with the new rings.

Before the questions about PvP start filling this post: This weekend we will grant the rewards of the Arena Season 5. The Arena Season 6 will start this Monday (October 6th).

Regards.

 

Stay tuned: http://www.dalaran-wow.com/forums/algalon/information/topic/3712/emalon-the-storm-watcher-and-t8-vendors-update