A minor update

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Hello community,

As you probably have already noticed, almost every day we are performing a maintenance in order to deploy several fixes, exploit corrections and other preparations before the incoming ToC release.

We are trying to perform them during the off-peak times with the minimal shutdown time as we can. We are also announcing them through our social media (Facebook and Twitter) and within 15-30 minutes in advance in the live realm, so everyone can stay tuned about what is going on.

We are sorry for the inconveniences it may cause.

Cheers!

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.

About yesterday’s Beta

Hello there,

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to every player who has invested his time into this testing, I really do appreciate it. The experience has been pretty useful and encouraging.

I am still waiting for two reports, but I did receive the feedback from most of the groups as they were progressing through the raid. There were found some minor glitches which I already have been correcting, so it is now in a very good shape.

I am currently working on two issues which I expect to fix without much troubles so, once I get the rest of the reports and analyze them – I will announce the official Trial of the Crusader release date.

If for some reason I need help with some quick tests more, I will write the Beta testers via e-mail. But I believe this will not be necessary, however I will require few 5 player groups to perform the final checks of the Trial of the Champion dungeon once the raid is ready, you will hear from me through the e-mail.

Thank you very much for reading.

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.

A few words.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


I would like to give you a small update regarding the current progression point and situation. As many of you are aware, we have had to attend to several unexpected issues over the last few months, which has, of course, slowed my work on the new content release quite considerably. I can imagine some of you have noticed these disturbances and that my attention was required.


Nonetheless, I am quite pleased with the state of TOC and I think it is ready for a good session of beta testing. I would like to open the PTR in 2-3 weeks, as I am currently finishing my work and trying to set a concrete timeframe for the Beta (until then, the beta testing date is not official). I need to have everything prepared, because once the Beta is open, I will need to be fully focused and ready to fix any issue that may crop up, as well as stay in constant contact with the Beta testers. The official release of TOC will be one week after the Beta is finished (if no major issue appears).


There is also a topic I would like to mention, which is the last week’s server unstability – it has nothing to do with us, our host company has been experiencing some issues with their network sessions and many hosts have been affected randomly, for several days at a time. They are already aware of the issue and working on it so it should not persist. If it continues, however, we are going to move our realms to another host provider – the effects on player experience should be minimal.


Anyways, there is a matter I believe has been managed poorly from my side, which is the lack of communication. Some players have mentioned it to me and they are indeed right. I should have kept the community more updated with current events – I would like to make an apology for that, I have been very overloaded, trying to manage many tasks at the same time and I may have underestimated the importance of keeping you, the players in the loop.


From now on, communication is one of the things we are going to work on most and try keep our community properly updated.


There have been some issues with the Tournament’s results and videos. I have sent an e-mail to every group leader and am currently awaiting response from some of them. Once we get all the required information we will distribute the points. We will try to at least partially compensate you for the delay and will add an extra reward to every tournament participant.


Thank you for reading everyone.

Server maintenance

Hello there,

As you all may know, today, May 19th at 23:59 ST we will be performing a maintenance for both realms that will last for at least 4 hours, in order to deploy the patch which contains a lot of fixes and improvements, as well as the world event: The Argent Tournament. We will keep you informed about when is finished via website/forums and our Social Media.

Note that there will not be any instance or raid released with this patch, but you can start your training in the Argent Tournament and its grounds.

During this week, we will announce some more important informations, stay tuned to the News and announcement section.

The ToC Beta will be delayed one weekend due some unexpected issues that we are still trying to solve. We will comunicate the exact date as well as some other details about it through the forums. Also, the person who subscribed his group to the Tournament will receive an e-mail about how to join our PTR server, how long will last the Beta and the requirements to accomplish as Beta Testers.

During this week, we will publish also the results of the Ulduar tournament, and deliver the rewards to the participants and winners.

Regards.