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Blizzard Entertainment has posted some new information about an upcoming patch for World of Warcraft. Version 4.0.1 will lay the groundwork for the release of the Cataclysm expansion and will include item reforging, a flexible raid lock system, and "major changes" for all classes.

Patch 4.0.1
General
Cataclysm Launcher Update
The new Cataclysm Launcher allows you to stream game data while you play. This will reduce the time you spend downloading, installing, and patching World of Warcraft. We'd like to get your feedback on the toolset and gameplay experience. Please head to the forums here for additional information.

Reforging
Players can now visit special Reforging NPCs in capital cities located near Enchanting trainers. 40% of any one secondary stat on an item can be can be allocated to add a new secondary stat to the item. The stat being added cannot already exist on the item. An item cannot have more than one reforged stat at a time, though the Reforging of an item can be undone and changed.

Patch 4.0.1 Class Mechanics Changes
Patch 4.0.1 will bring about major changes to all World of Warcraft classes, including sweeping talent tree revamps, altered spells, and improved abilities. We wanted to go over some of the more complex changes that are being made. If your class isn't listed here, it does not mean we didn't spend as much time on it -- the class will still receive a broad range of updates to talents, spells, and abilities -- we simply feel that these mechanics merit additional explanation.

Follow the links below to read more about the changes.

World of Warcraft Test Realm Patch Notes
Patch 4.0.1 Class Mechanics Changes
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