Onyxia’s Lair Beta test.

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Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

We are glad to announce that Onyxia’s Lair Beta test will be done the Saturday April 23rd. The PTR realm will be opened from 18:00 until 03:00, Server Time.

We do not expect any major issue to appear during this test so, the official release date should be announced the day right after the Beta is finished. With the Onyxia’s Lair official release announcement, we shall also set a timeframe for the Icecrown Citadel’s Beta.

We will need the players to test every mechanic from this encounter and report any issue that they may find, so we can hotfix it as fast as we can.

As for who is invited to this Onyxia’s Lair test – if your guild has participated on any of our Betas, you are implicitly invited to come and check Onyxia. However, if you did not but your guild is actively raiding, you can also write us and apply for it (explain why your guild should be considered, tell us your guild’s current progression, etc.).

Every guild who wishes to participate, should select a representative and he/she must write us an e-mail to dalaran.community@gmail.com with the following format:

Subject: GUILD NAME – Onyxia’s Lair Beta test.
Content: Which difficulties you are going to test (you can check only 10 players mode, only 25 players mode or even both of them) and a list of players who will assist (alts and replacements can be added).

Information about how to connect and more related details will be explained through the e-mails some days before the given date.

Thank you very much, we really hope you enjoy it.

Step forward.

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Hello there,

 

As you might be aware, we have been performing more maintenances than the usual lately. Most of the changes and fixes that have been deployed are related to exploits that were spread across the community and some important spells, quests and dungeon fixes that were reported a while ago. The main reason of them, though, is to improve the performance of the server itself and to provide an improved quality to all the players before the incoming releases of Onyxia’s Lair and Icecrown Citadel.

 

The changes have been tested thoroughly but they are pretty delicate, so I will be prepared to deal with any unforeseen instability issue that may arise. By performing the changes one by one, we make sure to be able to find the source of the problem and to fix it pretty quick, in case it is required. Some known crashes that were affecting the server for the last few months have been fixed. As soon as a new one appears, we investigate it and deploy a fix for it as soon as possible. There could also be the case where a very unlikely crash happens a couple of times in a short period of time, but that does not mean that there are more crashes than the week before, it is basically bad timing, if we can call it that. We seek with perseverance stability and good performance.

 

We would like to thank you all for the patience you are having and we would also like to ask you to refrain from spreading rumors or false information about what is happening, since it will just mislead players.

 

We are going to drastically reduce the prices of the faction change for some time (Horde -> Alliance), with the intention of bringing a bit more of balance to the factions. Just for now, the transfers from the Alliance to the Horde shall be closed. This change will be active between today and tomorrow.

 

New prices for Horde characters:

 

  • 20 Vote Points.
  • 1 Donation Point.

 

During this week, I am planning to announce the Onyxia’s Lair Beta testing (most likely tomorrow) in the news and announcements section of the forums as well as in our Social Media, so that everyone becomes aware of it.

 

It may seem we are not going very fast, but our steps are steady. Thank you very much.

Back on track

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Hello, citizens of Dalaran.


Now that the Holiday season has finished, we would like to update you a bit.


We will close the Game Master’s application, thank you once again for the massive participation and interest to volunteer with us as Game Masters, it will really help us to improve the assistance and the home feeling for every player. A response to everyone shall be delivered whether they are accepted or not. Those who have already been accepted and contacted will receive another e-mail with additional information.


Once the new Game Masters join the team, we will open some recruitment slots for Developers, it will be announced also through the website, with more details regarding such position and the requisites needed to fulfill.


If everything goes as we have planned we would be able to set a date for the Onyxia’s Lair Beta Test really soon, Lothloryen has to make space in his schedule in order to hotfix and assist to the different raid groups with the possible issues that may appear. So, we will announce it as soon as we know it.


Also, we would like to communicate that we are working on several patches with fixes that will be deployed before Onyxia’s Lair release, they will be mostly corrections of old reports, in order to clear out the Bugtracker. Of course, the classes are already being improved and we will continue doing so. Remember that you can update any issue already reported with more information as a comment, try to be as much descriptive as you can if you want to include more details. As we have stated many times, after the raids releases we would improve other aspects of the game experience, such quests, events, low level dungeons, spells, etc…


As a side note, since the pet Baby Blizzard Bear did not get the attention we thought it would, we will let it in our shops the whole month. This way everyone will have the chance to get this furry friend.


The Community Manager from our Social Media will be back on track too after the New Year holidays, and the media support will also be a way to stay tuned to the latest news, information and contact with the community in general. Did you already liked our Facebook page, followed us on Twitter, and subscribed in our YouTube channel or Reddit? Don’t miss it out.


Cheers!

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 official release.

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Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


We are really glad to announce that the official Trial of the Crusader’s release will happen on 7th November, Saturday.


Before the opening, we are going to explain everything in detail, from the raid requirements to how the next patch’s content is going to be distributed and released. Of course, we would like to remind you what we already said few weeks ago:


“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.”


We really hope everyone of you enjoys the new content.


Thank you very much.

Second Trial of the Crusader Beta test.

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Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


After these days working on several issues reported by our Trial of the Crusader Beta testers, I have fixed most of them already. I would like to perform a second test this Monday at 19:00 Server Time. I want to be sure that the fixes are indeed working on a real player raid environment and for that I need some help once again.


This test will be much more specific and quick so, with one or two groups would be more than enough, even though all of them are welcome to come back and test it again. If anyone interested has any inconvenience with the date, write me via e-mail and I will see what I can do.


To be clear regarding the release, I will announce the exact official date right after ToC is ready and with at least one week in advance so everyone can be prepared. If the issues I have been working on result indeed properly fixed on this second test, I will announce the release day this next Tuesday.


As a side note, we have received some questions regarding the Beta participation requirements – do not worry, we will post the requirements to assist to the next ones with time enough in advance, which are Onyxia’s Lair and The Icecrown Citadel (ICC will require a huge testing with many sessions so we would like to have as many groups as possible checking every single detail, this epic raid deserves to be perfectly scripted – and it will be).


For those who wrote me reporting some general issues: Once this new content patch is released; low level dungeons, Northrend questing and classes will have lots of improvements. Hopefully the new website will be up then and you can track every change trough the changelog instead of the bug tracker.


Thank you everyone for your support and help, we really wish every single player is able to enjoy our next content release.

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.