The Dungeon Journal (currently labeled ‘Encounter Journal’ in-game) is one quite handy dandy feature currently being tested on WoW’s Public Test Realm for Patch 4.2. A cheat sheet of sorts, this new tab can be accessed via the bottom, right-hand menu of buttons in-game, right next to the dungeon finder. It gives all sorts of useful information about Cataclysm dungeons and raids, including a basic synopsis of lore, boss character models and detailed lists of abilities with which bosses will attempt to pummel you in an encounter.
While the feature doesn’t specifically give tactics, an experienced player should be able to take hints from the boss’s listed abilities and decide how to perform. I’m guessing that the addition of this feature and making this information easily accessible without a trip to WoWhead, TankSpot or other website of choice may make players pretty harsh against anyone who goes into an encounter without at least some information.
Want to do a random dungeon but worried about getting put in one you don’t yet know? This will help cancel those worries. Plus, it will ease strain on players who simply cannot alt-tab out without facing dire consequences. Heard enough? Take a look at the video below to get a feel for how it works.