Approaching the Second Era.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

 

A few months ago we gave you some strokes of information about the upcoming Second Era of Progression. We also gave you the opportunity to fill a survey in order to see your opinions about us performing a possible “Raid and PvP Soft reset”, emulating once again a Fresh WoTLK progression, without players losing anything.

 

As a quick reminder and briefly explained; we believe we have found a middle ground that should please old, current, returning and new players. It is a totally new system never seen before, so we want to make sure that everything is crystal clear and there is no room for doubts. Therefore, we are going to post a new, as well as open a new section on our website specifically dedicated to this Second Era during early October, where everything will be clearly explained. You will also be able to fill a very small survey after you read it, this way we will be able to see the overall reception of such idea.

 

After much consideration, we think it will bring the feeling of competition directly into the raiding scene and freshen the air for everyone, while emulating a fresh realm but, without erasing our player’s effort (remember, no one would loose items, achievements, pets, mounts, levels…etc).

 

We have been developing this idea for a long time (we explained its essence a few years ago), and we are really confident it will set a new path into the world we already know. We will be offering a new direction for the WotLK realms, as we did with the Progressive release/system, Pre-nerf mechanics, buffed up encounters, challenging content…etc. Making our ideals the WoTLK standard.

 

As we announced 6 years ago right before Algalon’s release, we wanted to always keep the Progressive content relevant and challenging. It is absolutely wonderful to look back, we feel really proud and full of nostalgia. Watching our Algalon’s video Trailer brings up many good memories of this beautiful journey. Now is the moment to proceed with the next step and, with the information we are going to announce we will explain how everyone will be able to benefit from this Second Era, no matter if old, current, returning or new player.

 

We would also like to share a reflexion about the previous Survey’s results. It looks like our community liked both The Soft Reset and the new realm similarly and there is a small fraction that wishes to keep everything as it is right now. We think that after the Second Era’s full explanation is released in early October, many players that preferred a new realm or to keep everything as it is may be pleased with the Soft Reset’s option (as it emulates a fresh raiding / PvP scene while honouring every player’s effort until now). This is why a small survey will also be available, so every one of you can tell us if you like it after fully knowing how this actually would work. Please, remember that no step will be done without our community’s approval.

 

We have ready the First Beta test for this second Era of Progression. It will basically consist into checking the mechanic quality from the first tiers (with the new improvements), buff values, and the functionality of some general systems we have been working on to support the Second Era.

 

As we have always been doing, the groups that have access by default to our Betas are the ones who participated in the last PvE Tournament. However, after such a long journey and since this is a very emotional moment, we would also like to offer the possibility to participate as special guests in The Second Era’s Betas to old Guilds, old Realm First players…etc. Of course, if a current guild wishes also partake, will be more than welcome. Anyhow, more information about Betas will be published after the upcoming announcement.

 

Thank you everyone for your support, we hope you enjoy what comes next!

 

Second Era of Progression: Survey.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


A long time ago, even before Algalon’s release, we did promise that once the First Era of progression was finished, we would welcome a Second Era bringing back the thrill of starting everyone altogether and stand against Northrend’s menaces. This second progression would allow our community to relive again the content of this expansion that we all love so much, from Naxxramas to Icecrown Citadel. But, on top of that, they would be able to join such a journey with the characters whose feats they have been developing for so much time.


Allow me to give you a quick update first. We have been working for quite some time in several systems to make possible the technical support for this Second Era. Due to these changes, some pending fixes weren’t fit to be deployed yet and needed to be put on hold until we ascertained stability, so we have been reworking many things and deploying only those that could go live, bit by bit (Malkavia and I will be updating the bug tracker and will write a changelog as soon as we can).


Now that we are able to fully deploy the remaining corrections, our purpose is to review every dungeon, raids, classes and old issues in order to improve and polish our quality as much as possible before this upcoming Second Era. You probably have already noticed many of them went live on Algalon.


Very well, our idea about this Second Era has always been a “Soft Raid and PvP season reset”. We didn’t want to announce anything about it until we had every system implemented and performed a thorough testing, in order to be sure that it would be viable for Algalon. This reset would basically consist in the closure of every WoTLK raid (and everything related to its corresponding patch), granting some time beforehand for the forthcoming opening of Naxxramas, rest of Tier 7 and PvP Season. Once available, the raids would have some internal restrictions and systems that would allow to recreate again a proper challenge and transmit the feeling of progression through the tiers. Each tier’s release, would be properly scheduled and of course, the pace faster than it was for Algalon.


A really important thing is, no items or achievements would be deleted/lost (although if a player earns an already acquired achievement, it will visually pop, for the shake of the progression feeling). It is a complex system with a lot of details, however, we won’t explain more about it for now. What matters and what we need the community to know in order to be able to fulfill our next request is that no one would lose a thing while everyone would be able to enjoy the progression once again.


This being said, we have received plenty of suggestions about the opening of a new realm so, we understand there are a lot of players who might prefer this option to the Soft Reset’s one. After a lot of thought and consideration, we have decided to hear you individually, through a survey.


This next step, the Second Era of progression could come in two forms: The explained Soft Reset or a New Realm (obviously, with transfers from Algalon).


Please, if you could fill this survey and let us know your preferences it would be much appreciated. We can’t wait to hear your opinions and, just for filling the survey (it won’t take you more than a minute) you will receive a small token of appreciation: 50 Vote Points or 5 Donation Points if you are premium.


Being a Progressive server that has been up for almost 6 years, we absolutely respect and value the progression and work of each player, therefore no matter the outcome of this Second Era (either the soft reset or the new realm), we want to reassure everyone that the effort put on your characters will be kept for those who wish to. We will explain this further when the time comes.


Before this Second Era of progression begins, we will open our ranks and recruit more Game Masters (even though our current ones are doing a fantastic job), PvP Moderators and high skilled video creators/editors. Stay tuned, please, more information about how to apply will be published soon.


Thank you everyone, we are truly excited and happy to bring to life this Second Era, it is very thrilling and it is possible thanks to all of you. Your support and suggestions are inspiring. Ours is the pleasure to have such a dedicated and loyal community, we promise our constant devotion and we will try to give our best.


PvE Tournament: The Legends of Dalaran – Icecrown Citadel.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


As announced some weeks ago, our PvE Tournament Legends of Dalaran: Icecrown Citadel will start the 18th of May.


We have published some useful information about the Tournament:





The Achievement’s challenge specifications and rules will be published soon.


Remember, If you want to become a Legend of Dalaran, this Tournament is for you.


Trial of the Crusader

Hello there,

The Trial of the Crusader will be opened in few minutes, we really hope everyone enjoys it.

We have tried to polish the scripting with the help of every Beta tester. However, there might appear some minor glitches. If anyone finds any issue regarding the scripting, please write us an e-mail to dalaran.community@gmail.comand let us know, so we can hotfix it as quick as we can.

The proper vendors shall be spawned during this night.

Remember the raid is on its pre-nerf status and the bosses are tuned in order to make it changeling to the players.

Those pre-nerf and tuned were tested already by raids with Ulduar equipment, so try to not report those things, please.

Once again, 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 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.

Recovering the planned schedule:

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Greetings,

The major instability issues that have been occurring over the past few weeks seem to have been corrected and we can return to our planned schedule. That means that some of the fixes that were reverted during the daily maintenances will be re-deployed and we can continue improving the server.

We are also working on several things that will help us keep you notified more easily regarding the updates and new content in the months to come.

In regard to Legends of Dalaran Tournament: Ulduar rewards and the Beta ToC invitations, please stay tuned – we will publish the results and grant the rewards, as well as contact you via the email addresses provided before announcing the final date.

Unfortunately, the unexpected issues made the last few weeks quite chaotic for us. As you may know, we are a small team and much of the planned work had to be postponed to identify and root out the problem. We offer our sincere gratitude for the patience, support and trust you have shown us – it has certainly helped us work harder and get it done faster. With work back on schedule, the rest of the announcements and fixes will come during the following days.

Thank you again.

Back to normal: Information

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Hello there,

We want to clarify some possible doubts about certain matters, and take advantage of this post to inform about on what we are currently working:

  • You can PLAY NORMALLY with us, as always. Just be sure you have changed your realmlist to: set realmlist logon.dalaran-server.com
  • Right after the unscheduled and 4 hours long maintenance which happened during the past Sunday, all the players have been playing on Algalon or Kirin Tor realms without any issue, and not on a temporary realm.
  • You can forget and erase the previous realmlist (logon.dalaran-wow.com). Check how to change it to the correct one here: http://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/58/realmlist/
  • The Recruit a Friend mail delivery is again working as it should, now when you recruit a friend an automated message with all the instructions will be sent.
  • We have been setting back the infrastructure bit by bit, if you encounter some issues, let me know by private message, and I will report it for a fast fix if needed.
 
  • We have resumed our development schedule, back to fixing quest bugs, classes and so on (you can check our bugtracker).
  • Website synchronization with Algalon realm is also on the way, we will announce when you can use your Algalon character as Main Avatar on the forums.
  • Since the Ulduar realm firsts achievements have been taken, we will announce the release of theArgent Tournament (World Event), after some scheduled fixes and tasks.
  • With the release of the new website section: Legends of Dalaran, the PvE Tournament, we will also publish the news and rules of the participation on the next step from the Legends of Dalaran Tier 8: Ulduar.


Regards.


Stay tuned: http://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/59/back-to-normal-information/


Also do not forget to vote about the RDF release: here

Ulduar: Important.

Greetings,

As you might be aware we have zero tolerance people using hacks or exploits. With the opening of the gates of Ulduar it may be very tempting for some to try and cheat their way to victory. We would like to remind you of the consequences and advise you against it.

If a raid member uses a hack or an exploit in any of the raids, he will be banned permanently, should the rest of the raid members are aware of that and allow that player to continue with them, all raid members will share his fate.

If we see any kind of weird behavior with the mechanics of the game, due an exploit of the tactics, or using buffs that do not belong to the raid environment, the ban will be also permanent for the user and for all the raid members with him at the moment we see it.

If you have knowledge of any kind of illicit behavior by a player, your duty is to report it immediatly. Should you choose not to do so and are in his group when we catch him, you will all suffer the same punishment.

We have designed the encounters to be done in their natural way for every boss. If we see any of you trying to avoid one of the steps in order to progress further and faster by avoiding some fights, there will be no excuses, you will be banned, same as all your raid members if they did not report you for that.

Let us keep the battles clean and fair.

As a side note:

– Vendors related to this tier content will be deployed during the next week.
– Emalon in Vault of Archavon will be released during the next weekend. You will need Naxxramas 10/25 achievement in order to be able to defeat him.
– Reply Code Alpha quest will be deployed during the next weekend.

 

Stay tuned here: http://www.dalaran-wow.com/forums/news-and-rules/news-and-announcements/topic/3657/ulduar-important

Secrets of Ulduar: Opening

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For millennia, Ulduar has remained undisturbed by mortals, far away from their concerns and their struggles. Yet since its recent discovery, many have wondered what the structure’s original purpose may have been. Some thought it a city, built to herald the glory of its makers; some thought it a vault containing innumerable treasures, perhaps even relics of the mighty Titans themselves. Such speculations were wrong. Beyond Ulduar’s gates lies no city, no treasure vault, no final answer to the Titan’s mysteries. All that awaits those who dare set foot in Ulduar is a horror even the Titans could not, would not destroy, an evil they merely… contained.


Beneath ancient Ulduar, the Old God of death lies, whispering…. Tread carefully, or its prison will become your tomb.


Their gates will open at 19,00 Server Time during the next Friday 26th, enjoy this epic raid and good luck to the future Death’s Demise and Celestial Defenders!


Stay tuned here: http://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/53/secrets-of-ulduar-opening/