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Patch 3.2.2 - WoW's 5th Anniversary, Onyxia and More!
22/09/2009 à 12:02
World of Warcraft is celebrating its
starting this month! Five years of leveling, questing, partying, pvping, raiding, farming - what a long, strange trip it's been, indeed! Some of you may remember logging in last year and finding an adorable new
Ourson du Blizzard
waiting for you in your mailbox. This year, you're in for another treat! Log in this year during the 5th Anniversary celebration and you will receive an Onyxian Whelpling, an adorable little dragon whelp in the likeness of the brood mother herself,
! And speaking of Onyxia...
The Brood Mother Onyxia Returns!
Patch 3.2.2 hails the return of of one of the most feared and beloved raid encounters in WoW history -
! Classic raiders will remember the horrors of her seemingly random Deep Breath ability, crossing their fingers in hopes for a shiny new Tier 2 helm, turning the Head of Onyxia for fame and glory (as it sat mounted on a pike for all to see), and (of course) getting punted into many whelps! The Onyxia encounter has been updated for WoW's 5th Anniversary, so while it will not be exactly the same old encounter as before there should be quite a few familiarities (yes, she'll still Deep Breath!). For players who have not yet had the joy of experiencing
, now's your chance to challenge the great mother of raid bosses as she finds new and embarrassing ways to wipe raids. Or maybe you'll be skilled enough to take her down and get your hands on some new and improved loot!
Onyxia will be available in both 10- and 25-player flavors, with the 10-player raid dropping item level 232, epic-quality loot and the 25-player raid dropping item level 245 epics. The Head of Onyxia will be lootable in both versions of the encounter and can be turned in at either
in exchange for updated rewards!
Onyxia's drops include updated versions of her level 60 loot - including all-new versions of the beloved Tier 2 helms, classic weapons, rings, and more! To expand her loot table a bit, some upgraded
items have been added as well.
Probably the most significant item added to Onxyia's loot table is a brand new, extremely rare 310%-speed flying mount - the Brood of Onyxia. This mount modeled after Onyxia herself "will be available for the luckiest of challengers" - ie. will have an extremely low drop rate, so good luck!
In addition to epic loots and a new flying mount, new achievements have been added for Onyxia's Lair! The achievements are relatively simple though challenging, and it's worth mentioning that Onyxia has no "hard mode" or extra loot - sorry, hardcore raiders! Everyone knows Blizzard loves inside jokes, as two of the achievement titles are named in homage to the popular Onyxia flash video of years ago (
- warning language and screaming)! Also it's worth mentioning that since it is now impossible to clear level 60 Onyxia's Lair, the
Le repaire d'Onyxia (niveau 60)
achievement has been recategorized as a Feat of Strength.
Les dragonnets ! Butez-les ! (10 joueurs)
Les dragonnets ! Butez-les ! (25 joueurs)
This achievement requires you to cause 50
to hatch within 10 seconds after she takes off for phase 2, and then manage to kill the boss! This will probably be messy in terms of timing and execution, think of it as a significantly tougher version of
- good luck!
Plus de dots ! (10 joueurs)
Plus de dots ! (25 joueurs)
This achievement is essentially an Onyxia speed kill, requiring you to defeat the boss in a mere 5 minutes! You heard the guy, more DoTs!
Le repaire d'Onyxia (10 joueurs)
Le repaire d'Onyxia (25 joueurs)
This achievement is awarded for simply defeating Onyxia in either 10 or 25-player difficulty.
Elle inspire plus profondément (10 joueurs)
Elle inspire plus profondément (25 joueurs)
This achievement is another tribute to old school Onyxia's Lair and the mysticism surrounding her Deep Breath ability. What exactly causes it?! Will we ever know? Defeat her without anyone in your raid managing to get hit by this Deep Breath and you will be rewarded with this achievement. Keep track of which way she's facing!
Battleground Queue Changes
Patch 3.2.2 also features a few significant changes to the Battleground queuing system. Straight from the patch notes:
Players may now only queue for no more than two Battlegrounds at a time.
The dialog box for entering a Battleground match has been changed to reflect the following options: "Enter Battle," "Leave Queue," and "Minimize."
The time a player has to enter a battle when selected has been reduced to 40 seconds when not already in a Battleground and 20 seconds when in a Battleground.
Players already in a Battleground can now choose "Enter Battle" for a new Battleground under any circumstance (i.e. while dead, in combat, falling, etc.).
A new Battleground will not launch until the maximum number of players on each side are in the queue (i.e. 40 players per side for Alterac Valley).
I can't say I'm particularly happy about most of these changes, as I prefer to queue for multiple battlegrounds when it's late at night and being limited to two may make the waits significantly longer. Also, while it is more convenient that we will be able to join a battleground "under any circumstance," the reduction of the time to accept a battleground queue invite will probably prove to be pretty annoying when doing battlegrounds in a group (especially if you or another party member likes to alt+tab during the wait). We'll have to see how these changes pan out after a few weeks of PVP.
New Profession Buff Items
A few new profession-specific items have been added in Patch 3.2.2 that will grant lite versions of class raid buffs. Now, if your group or raid lacks a priest they don't have to lack
! These items can be used by any class/profession to provide a buff to the entire raid. Note that these buffs will not stack with their class equivalent spells, and that the class spells will typically be more powerful.
Parchemin runique de robustesse
- Crafted with
. This item grants a stamina buff equal to the highest rank of
(untalented) to all players in the raid. (Does not stack with other stamina scrolls and
Tambours des rois oubliés
- Crafted with
Travail du cuir
. These drums increase all stats by 8% for all players in a raid. (Does not stack with
Tambours des fauves
- Crafted with
Travail du cuir
. These drums grant a buff equal to the highest rank of
(untalented) to all players in a raid. Does not stack with
Other Important Links
We have a number of other guides, blogs, and other content for those of you looking for updates on Patch 3.2.2!
The 3.2.2 Patch Notes
guide to the new Onyxia encounter
5 Years of WoW
added in 3.2.2
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