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World of Warcraft : PvP Centric Live Developer Q&A Coming Thursday

Posted Apr 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

World of Warcraft Senior Game Designer Brian Holinka and members of the WoW Community Team will be on hand this Thursday, April 16th in a special Live Developer Q&A session specifically centered around PvP. The event will take place on the official World of Warcraft Twitch.tv channel at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern.

Players are invited to submit questions about arenas, battlegrounds, Ashran and other forms of PvP content in WoW.

You can submit your questions via Twitter by using the hashtag #WarlordsQA, or simply by replying to this thread in the General Discussion forum. As we’d like to get to as many questions as possible, we’ll only consider forum questions that use 40 words or less.

Questions need to be submitted by 12:00 am Pacific the day of the event.

Check out the World of Warcraft forum thread about the event for more information.

World of Warcraft : Revisit Old Dungeons in 6.2 with New Timewalking Feature

Posted Apr 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Blizzard team has gone on record with a new World of Warcraft feature that is not yet on the PTR but will be soon and that will be included in the v6.2.0 update. Called "Timewalking", it will feature special three day weekend events that will allow players to revisit dungeons long since outgrown, but in a new iteration that will see players' gear scaled down to bring the challenge back.While gear is scaled downward, players will retain all skills and talents.

In addition, loot drops will be appropriately scaled upward to be of value to high level players.

The dungeons mentioned for timewalking, and that will be tested on the PTR over the next several weeks are:

  • The Arcatraz
  • Black Morass
  • Mana-Tombs
  • The Shattered Halls
  • The Slave Pens
  • Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
  • Gundrak
  • Halls of Lightning
  • The Nexus
  • Utgarde Pinnacle

Players of level 71 or higher can take part in Burning Crusade dungeons and level 81 for Wrath of the Lich King dungeons.

Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.

World of Warcraft : You Want Content? 6.2.0 Bringing Literal Boatloads

Posted Apr 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warcraft site has been updated with a first look at the v6.2.0 PTR patch notes. Fans and players will be happy to note that the next update will contain a significant amount of content, something many players felt was missing from 6.1.0.

The Invasion of Tanaan Jungle will begin in v6.2.0, a completely new zone for players to adventure though. The zone will unlock for those with a Level 3 Garrison and who accept the mission called "War Council" that will require the construction of a shipyard. Tanaan will feature daily quests to assist players acquiring shipyard resources. Tanaan will also have open world questing with rares and hidden treasures throughout.

Completion of the shipyard will allow players to construct ships and to send them on naval missions. There is no further information at this time but the team promises much more as development progresses.

A new raid, Hellfire Citadel, will open up in the next update as well. It is located in Tanaan Jungle and will feature thirteen bosses including Kilrogg Deadeye, Gorefiend, reanimated Mannoroth and Archimonde himself.

Mythic dungeoneering will also be part of v6.2.0 that will allow players to pursue an alternative progression path that will reward gear up to iLevel 700. Mythic dungeons will have a weekly lockout similar to raids.

The conclusion of the Legendary Ring quest will also be included in the update, as well as a newly added Adventure Guide that will provide players with information similar to that found in the Dungeon Guide.

There are also some updates to Darkmoon Faire, changes to Spirit of Harmony vendors, new iLevel caps for non-PvP gear, collection additions, mount improvements, skill balance tweaks and more.

Check it all out on the World of Warcraft site.

World of Warcraft : Token Supply Exceeding Buyer Demand, Price Tumbles

Posted Apr 08, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The 30,000 gold initial price for a World of Warcraft game time token on the auction house has tumbled to just over 21,300 a mere twenty-four hours after deployment. While the tokens are selling well, the number available is currently exceeding the demand of the players looking to purchase one. Bargain hunters looking for a great price for 30-days subscription time should keep an eye on WoWToken.Info to assess the current going price.

World of Warcraft : Crimean Accounts Suspended, Steep Price Increases in Russia

Posted Apr 08, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Crimean gamers woke up to find that Battle.net has suspended accounts as a result of Western-backed sanctions against Russia implemented to try to stop tensions between Russia and the Ukraine. Crimean players no longer have access to Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Hearthstone, and Diablo III. While World of Warcraft has been blocked in Crimea for several months, Battle.net had remained open for Blizzard's other titles.

"In accordance with current trade regulations relating to the region of Crimea, we are legally required to suspend access to your Battle.net account," the company's notice read, Geektimes.ru reported.

In addition to, but seemingly unrelated to the cut off of Battle.net services mentioned above, the Russian community will see a steep increase in the cost of all Blizzard products. For instance, the WoW Battle Chest (base game and all expansions through Pandaria) will rise from 359 Rubles ($6.67 USD) to 549 Rubles ($10.20 USD) with similar increases for all Blizzard products and services across the board.

At this time, subscription prices for World of Warcraft will remain unchanged.

Price increases for gaming-related products have been rising in the past several months as the Ruble has fallen off against Western currencies and as pressure to implement sanctions has mounted.

Read more at the links above.

World of Warcraft : WoW Tokens Coming to the Americas Tuesday, April 7th

Posted Apr 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

UPDATE: Blizzard has sent out a new "feature preview" video to explain the entire WoW Token system, including purchasing, redeeming, selling and more. Check it out below.

Blizzard has announced that the Blizzard Token will begin being sold in the Americas region (North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand) beginning after the weekly update on Tuesday, April 7th. The tokens will sell for $20 USD / $25 AUD. Players will be limited to purchasing ten tokens over 30-days but Blizzard will be assessing that number over time.

At this point, the amount of in-game gold for which tokens will be sold will be 30,000 via a special version of the World of Warcraft Auction House, though the market to determine how much gold each token is worth over time.

Once purchased in game, the tokens become soul bound and can be kept indefinitely until a player chooses to redeem one for a month's subscription time.

Check out the full announcement on the World of Warcraft community site.

World of Warcraft : The Forging of Gorehowl

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The legendary weapon of Grommash Hellscream is being brought to life by Hollywood blacksmith Tony Swatton. Blizzard and the World of Warcraft team have produced a mini-documentary about the forging of Gorehowl. It's a fascinating journey.


World of Warcraft : Hodor May Sap You Yet

Posted Mar 25, 2015 by Suzie Ford

According to a new Twitter post on Yogscast founder Simon Honeydew's page, Hodor from HBO's Game of Thrones, aka Kristian Nairn, maybe ready to sap and steal in World of Warcraft with his subtlety rogue.

Honestly, there's not much else to say but "cool" (with exclamation points!) and HODOR!

World of Warcraft : New WoW Token Info - Rolling Out in Americas Soon for $20

Posted Mar 23, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with new information about the recently announced "WoW Tokens". Tokens can be bought with real world currency and resold in-game via the Auction House for gold. Purchasers of the tokens in game can then turn around and use them for subscription time and sellers can obtain gold through Blizzard-approved means.

The token system is currently live on the public test realm but will be moving onto live servers after the March 24th update. The token system will roll out on the Americas servers (including North America, Oceania, and Latin America) first, with other regions to follow. This will ensure that the system is working as intended prior to launching in other server clusters around the world.

According to the posted information, tokens will run $20, or equivalent in local currency, and can be sold in game via a region-wide exchange to maximize the number of potential buyers.

As the token system begins, Blizzard will set the gold price for purchasing a token based on several factors including regional in-game economies but will be striving to set a "fair and reasonable" price for tokens. After the initial roll out, the price will be determined by supply and demand according to each region's potential buyers / sellers.

Read the full token update post on the World of Warcraft community site.

World of Warcraft : Blizzcon Announced for November 6-7, 2015

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has announced that Blizzcon will be held on November 6-7, 2015 in Anaheim at the convention center. Tickets will be sold on April 15th and 18th.

What will we see this year? I'm placing my money on new WoW expansion, and a Diablo 3 expansion... maybe one of their mystery new games as well? Doubtful, but who knows. There is that Warframe-esque game rumor to contend with.

Aside from that we'll for sure see the final Starcraft 2 chapter, more Hearthstone, and Overwatch will be in beta. I'm betting Heroes of the Storm will be close to officially launched too, if not already.

In any case, we'll all be there! Hope to meet some of you too.

World of Warcraft : The Daily Quest - Will You Buy or Sell WoW Tokens?

Posted Mar 02, 2015 by William Murphy

With today's announcement of Tokens coming to World of Warcraft (think EVE's PLEX or WildStar's CREDD), we're asking: will you be getting in on the action? Do you think the addition of Tokens will do anything to stave off gold sellers in Azeroth?

I'll admit it, the proposition is a good one. There are a lot of gold sinks in WoW, and as the type of gamer who doesn't play one MMO, the thought of being able to buy a bunch of gold to get a shiny mount or something else I might want seems like a good deal. Especially when it's sanctioned and internally hosted by the game itself. 

In fact, much of the Gems I've bought in Guild Wars 2 have been converted to gold instead of just used on cosmetic items.

So today's Daily Quest is a short one: will you use WoW's Token system and do you think it'll stave off the rampant gold selling and spam in Azeroth?

World of Warcraft : Tokens Introduced as Currency for Subscription Time

Posted Mar 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has announced that a new token system will be introduced to World of Warcraft that will allow players to purchase tokens with real world cash via the Blizzard Store and resell the token in-game at the auction house for gold. Players purchasing a token in game will find it account bound but can use it for 30-days subscription time.

The auction house will have a set price for tokens based on market pricing and no bidding will be required. Players simply purchase the token with in-game gold and receive it in the mail. Further, tokens will have no expiration date and can be used at any point in time when additional days of subscription are needed.

Q: Why are you introducing the WoW Token feature?

A: We’ve heard feedback from players that they’d be interested in a secure, legitimate way to acquire gold that doesn’t involve the use of unauthorized third-party gold-selling services—one of the primary sources of account compromises. We also know players who’ve amassed large amounts of gold through regular play would be interested in the ability to trade some to other players in exchange for game time, helping cover their subscription costs. The WoW Token feature gives players on both sides of the equation a secure and straightforward way to make that exchange. It opens up a new kind of payment option for World of Warcraft players, and we hope that it will also help lead to fewer account compromises and a better game experience overall.

Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.

 

World of Warcraft : Play to Play for Free

Posted Mar 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Big news today for World of Warcraft players. Blizzard has announced plans to allow players to purchase game time with gold! Similar to the PLEX system in EVE or C.R.E.D.D. in Wildstar, you’ll soon be able to purchase a WoW Token from the auction house using gold that can be consumed for 30 days of game time. This is huge.

Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Play to Play For Free.

World of Warcraft : Cindermane Charger for Recruit-a-Friend

Posted Feb 27, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warcraft Recruit-a-Friend program has introduced a new perk for those whose buddies sign on for at least a month: The Cindermane Charger. You can check it out in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Find out more about the Recruit-a-Friend program on the World of Warcraft community site.


World of Warcraft : The Adventure Continues Beginning Tomorrow

Posted Feb 23, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warcraft site has been updated with a new blog post called "The Adventure Continues" that is a nice little write up of some of the additional features coming in tomorrow's v6.1 update. The post is designed to introduce players to some of the new content for their followers and themselves.

Players can look forward to:

  • Garona Halforcen as the first legendary follower
  • Bounty quests and professions quests, including new recipes, for players
  • Follower relic hunting
  • Daily dungeon and weekly raid quests that can reward an iLevel 655 token
  • A new vendor to spend resources on to upgrade follower gear to 675
  • A new "Treasure Hunter" trait that followers can earn
There's a lot coming in 6.1. You can check out the blog post here and the full patch notes on the World of Warcraft community site.
 

World of Warcraft : Patch 6.1 Headed to Live Servers February 24th

Posted Feb 18, 2015 by Suzie Ford

World of Warcraft will be updated with the much-anticipated v6.1 patch on Tuesday, February 24th. The patch brings some major features into the game including support for the color blind, Twitter integration, an heirlooms collection tab, the updated Blood Elf models, improvements to existing character models, and anti-aliasing / lighting improvements.

The patch also brings quest improvements, character balance updates, garrison improvements, a new legendary follower, the ability to summon a world boss to a garrison and much, much more.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of v6.1, the World of Warcraft team has put together a new video to show off some of what players can expect.

The full patch notes can also be found on the World of Warcraft community site.


World of Warcraft : $1.9M Headed to Africa to Assist the Red Cross

Posted Feb 11, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard announced today that the sale of its charity pet, "Argi" the Space Goat, has earned $1.9M for ebola relief in Africa through the Red Cross. The charity pets were sold in the World of Warcraft item shop, with 100% of the price going to support the Red Cross efforts in Africa.

Congratulations to World of Warcraft players and to Blizzard for making a difference in the world.

World of Warcraft : Players to be Twitterpated Soon

Posted Feb 10, 2015 by Suzie Ford

When the World of Warcraft v6.1 patch goes live later this spring, players will be able to use Twitter from within the game. The in-game app allows for text-only Tweets but also gives the ability to take, crop and send out image-based Tweets as well. The app will be available in the 'social' tab of the main interface and will require players to authenticate their Twitter account to allow integration with WoW.

Tweeting from within the game can be accomplished by using a keyboard command, clicking the "share" icon or by bringing up the interface itself.

The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a handy FAQ about how Twitter integration will work so be sure to head over and check it out.

World of Warcraft : This Month in WoW

Posted Feb 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has posted a new blog update that gives World of Warcraft players a look ahead at what they can expect to find in game during February.

The biggest news is, of course, the opening of the second raid in the Warlords of Draenor expansion that was released in November. Players have been progressing through the Highmaul raid since early December and most are looking forward to the opening of Blackrock Foundry which arrives later today, February 3rd.

  • The annual Valentine celebration, Love is in the Air, will be ongoing through February 16th.
  • Darkmoon Faire will kick off on February 8th and run through the 14th.
  • The Lunar Festival begins on February 16th and runs through March 2nd
  • The last chance to tame a Snowy Owl ends with the end of winter
Lastly, the team is encouraging players to look ahead to patch 6.0.1 that is currently on the PTR. There are several guides on what to expect, what will be changing and how to prepare for the patch launch later this spring.
 
Read the full article on the World of Warcraft community site.
 

World of Warcraft : v6.1 PTR Patch Notes Reveal Updated Belf Models & More

Posted Jan 24, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has posted the World of Warcraft public test realm patch notes for v6.1. The PTR will be playing host to several new updates including the overhauled Blood Elf models, the new heirlooms tab in collections, big updates to garrisons, Twitter integration and much more.

New Heirloom Collections Tab

  • The Collections system now supports Heirloom items.
  • Heirlooms have a tier system to denote the maximum level that the item scales up to.
  • New neck slot Heirlooms are now available and allows the character to cast a heal once a minute. This heal shares a cooldown with potions and Healthstones.
  • Vendors in Stormwind (Alliance) and Undercity (Horde) now sells Heirlooms for gold.
  • Alternate methods for obtaining Heirlooms are also available.
    • Darkmoon Faire sells Heirlooms for Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
    • Argent Tournament sells tier-1 and tier-2 Heirlooms for Champion's Seals.
    • Some world events now sell either tier-2 and tier-3 Heirlooms for currency obtained through the event.
  • Collecting all heirloom items awards a special mount usable by level 1 characters.

Read the full notes on the World of Warcraft community site.

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