World of Warcraft 2.01 Patch Released - Big Changes!

Well the lead up to The Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft is indeed in full swing now. Today Blizzard released the much anticipated 2.01 patch for WoW aptly named the "Calm before the Storm" patch. Indeed it is the "calm before the storm" as players gear (pun intended) up for the expansion big time. The 2.01 patch changes loads of things in the game, fixes tons of bugs/nagging things and overall changes the base game quite alot actually.

For starters PvP is given a total redo here, and its a pretty substantial update here folks. For one, the Honor system is now gone, instead we have a new system where Honor earned each day can be used as a sort of currency to buy gear/items. PvP rewards are no longer unique, two new Arenas have been added and can be played in several forms and all current Honor totals are nuked and reset. Everyone will have their talent points refunded to them when they log in tonight, as the talent trees are being revamped and changed for The Burning Crusade and the base game gets some of that loving as well. New abilities and talents are available for all classes.

A new "LFG" or Looking For Group UI thingie has been added to the game, to make things easier to find raid/instance/party partners now. A new improved enchanting UI is here, a new "Spell alert" bar which will show you when enemies are casting spells (default is off), and Auto-Loot is now available without a mod! There is just way to much to list here, seriously its alot of stuff! Its also a rather large patch, clocking in at about 490 megs! So download away (if you haven't already) and prepare to load in to the new improved "Calm before the storm" World of Warcraft. Oh and the server maintenance should be finishing up here within minutes - hopefully.

Link: World of Warcraft Community Site (Totally hosed right now though)
Link: Patch 2.01 Changelog @ due to main site being dead right now
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And as usual with big patches the servers are still down. Now im not complaining just stating a fact. But its nice to see all the monkeys on the official wow boards having seisures and threating lawsuits. They just dont understand that this patch is practially a UI overhaul and there we bound to be some issues.

From what I tested on the PTR this patch should make raiding and causal play a lot more "fun". Hopefully the servers wil be up sometime tonight though. Cant wait to have me some fun,

I think the problem is the lack of thoughtful honesty on Blizzard's part.

Bring back 'when it's done'. Ya know that phrase they used to say before they lost that great chunk of people in the Vivendi acquisition. :nuts:

Quote - Aahz said @ #1.1
Bring back 'when it's done'.

this brings the question - is it ever really 'done'?

This patch was well needed. The PvP changes are awesome and I can't wait until the servers are up to gain some honor points so I can spend spend spend!!

apparently there is a bug in the arena system so instead of coming up at 1pm pst the servers will be down to 7pm pst (im australian so i have no clue what time that is)

Bleh this patch is like 1 month older than the latest TBC patch. Old talent points and everything /me goes off back to testing TBC

It seems to be somewhat of a mix between old and new builds, this patch takes on the new change to ignite that makes it almost useless compared to its old mechanic yet misses lots of other changes.

Oh well only a month to the expansion.

Those new talent trees look pretty sweet, but I'm too busy enjoying Phantasy Star Universe at the moment. :P

Hmmm.... I may have to re-subscribe to see what all the hype is about. I've been patiently waiting for the expansion to come out before I jumped back on the WoW bandwagon.

Made it to level 59 with my Paladin, and lost my interest in the game.

Big Changes? Not exactly.

Mainly because all the Druid fixes promised are not actually there

And by this i mean, the changes are ALL there in the patch notes as you install it, but are not actually there! GG Blizzard

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