Reddit user 'Aetheree' has created a bunch of really awesome panoramic views of World of Warcraft locations in Draenor and throughout Azeroth. Each one gives a different take on familiar locations in ways we've never seen before. Check out a few of these below and then head to Aetheree's Imgur locations (here, here and here) to see even more.
Blizzard has a full slate of tournament events going on this weekend as the European Road to Blizzcon event kicks off. The tournament events take place in Prague, Czech Republic with Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft EU Championships and $300,000 in prizes are at stake.
The Heroes of the Storm action begins earlier, when the group matches are played on Friday, October 2 from 3:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. PDT. On Saturday, crowds will pack the O2 Arena as the main event kicks off and the excitement truly begins. Tune in from 3:00 a.m. -2:40 p.m. PDT to follow the Heroes group decider matches and semi-finals, and the Hearthstone and World of Warcraft group matches and semi-finals. All three grand finals will be played in front of a live audience on Sunday from 3:00 a.m. PDT-10:45 a.m. PDT—you won’t want to miss them!
You can watch all the action on the 2015 European Road to Blizzcon tournament page.
World of Warcraft players will no longer be required to log out of the game to change details about their characters now that several once-online only services have been moved directly into the game client via the in-game store. Players will be able to change appearance, faction, name or race directly from the shop interface on the character-select screen (not while logged into the game itself).
Source: World of Warcraft Community Site
It’s been awhile since we wrote about World of Warcraft, not because we wouldn’t like to, but because there is honestly next to nothing new to write about. Don’t misunderstand: There’s nearly always something that can be said about WoW. Right now, however, what people want to know is the one thing that we have heard next to nothing about since Gamescom at the beginning of August: Legion.
Read more of Suzie Ford's and Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft: All We Hear Are Crickets, Blizzard! What's Up with Legion?
Two of the world's favorite icons have come together in a new fan made video that gives World of Warcraft the Game of Thrones intro treatment. Made by Marc Ottensmann, the video is a short look at several of WoW's capital cities, though sadly not all. Check it out and let's hope the creator finishes it.
Blizzard has revealed the virtual contents of the 2015 Blizzcon goodie bag, the gift given to attendees and virtual ticket holders. This year's virtual items include the Murkidan battle pet for WoW, the Nexus Battle Beast mount for HotS, a new Blizzard 2015 card back for Hearthstone, two new Starcraft II portraits, and a Blizzcon pennant, pet and portrait for Diablo III.
Got your ticket yet? Find out more on the Battle.Net Blizzcon site.
Blizzard has announced a new partnership deal with mega-publisher Random House to bring brand new novels from each of its main franchises: World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. To introduce the philosophy behind the new novels and how they enhance and expand the game worlds. Check it out!
The new series will begin with a book about Illidan set to arrive in March 2016, perhaps a harbinger of Legion's imminent arrival. Do you agree?
A few months ago, Blizzard announced that 100,000 World of Warcraft player accounts had been temporarily banned for up to six months for using bots. While arguably not actually solving the entire issue, it was a significant slap to bot users everywhere.
Fast forward three months or so and it appears that bot use is as prevalent as ever. Given dwindling player subscriptions, one has to wonder how many bots count these days?
Check out this video of a player in a dungeon event with, not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR bots. Be sure to turn your volume down before watching the video below as the streamer's mic was up much too high when recording.
Want to know more? Check out the Reddit thread.
UPDATE: Warcraft movie director Duncan Jones took to Twitter to effectively dismiss the claim that his project is "a problem":
@CLAWX I wouldn't worry about that. Universal moved us to the same date as Jurassic World, so we must have done something right!— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 16, 2015
In a new report at Collider.com, it appears that there is growing tension between Universal Studios and Warcraft movie studio Legendary. The report indicates that Warcraft and a pair of other Legendary films currently in development are considered "problem movies", though what exactly this means remains unknown.
Over the summer, Warcraft debuted some footage at Comic-Con to mixed responses, especially from fans of the game, but Adam’s panel recap was determinedly positive, praising the footage for its wow-factor and exceptional CGI effects. However, a number of people express worry that the…let’s say, exceptionally nerdy…tone of the footage could be a challenge for a broad audience. As it stands, Warcraft still has a prime summer release date set for June 10, 2016, so there’s at least some confidence there.
Read the full report at the link above.
Thanks to Slapshot1188 for tip!
The World of Warcraft Americas Region Arena Championships will be held this coming weekend on September 12-13 with teams competing for the $100,000 prize pool. The top three teams will advance to the World Championships to be held at this year's Blizzcon in November.
[B]eginning at 12 p.m. PT each day, [t]he eight competing teams are as follows:
- Dream Deferred (North America)
- FolloweSports.com (North America)
- Hype (Australia & New Zealand)
- Juveniles (North America)
- Luminosity (North America)
- Method (North America)
- Santos Dexterity (North America)
- Tempo Storm (North America)
All matches can be viewed on the Blizzard Twitch.tv channel over the course of the weekend.
Find out more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Blizzard has announced that both the iOS and Android versions of the Battle.Net authenticator have been updated from the ground up to provide users a "faster, more efficient, and easier to use" program. iOS users will be able to take advantage of iCloud as well in order to back up and restore authenticators with ease.
Source: World of Warcraft community site
Blizzard Senior Game Designer Jonathan LeCraft is on hand at this weekend's DragonCon and conducted a special World of Warcraft: Legion panel that saw a few nuggets of information revealed that had not been heard before.
LeCraft spoke some about Demon Hunters and included these new pieces of information:
Now that a week or two have passed since Blizzard’s Gamescom announcement of the World of Warcraft expansion, Legion, it’s time to turn the eye to the things that, at this early stage of information, cause the heart to flutter in both good and worrisome ways. Obviously, Legion is either going to breathe new life into what is perceived by some as a struggling WoW, or it will further exacerbate the decrease in revenue due to players abandoning the game as over 4M have since the launch of Warlords of Draenor.
Read more of Suzie Ford's and Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft: Kudos & Questions About Legion.
Blizzard has posted a very short notice at the top of the World of Warcraft public test realm patch notes that indicates that v6.2.2, the "flying patch", will be released on Tuesday, September 1st, September 2nd in Europe. Flying has not been part of Warlords of Draenor since it released in November 2014, the lack of which has been a source of controversy in the WoW community.
In order to fly in Draenor, players will have to complete a meta achievement called Draenor Pathfinder that includes a number of smaller achievements including reputation gains, exploration and collection.
Source: World of Warcraft community site
Up to thirty North American World of Warcraft servers were down earlier today during an apparent DDOS attack. At this time, all servers are back online after a Blizzard representative confirmed that Network Technicians were handling the issue. European servers were not affected as they were undergoing weekly maintenance at the time of the attacks.
Source: US Battle.net
The World of Warcraft team is getting players ready for flying to debut in the Warlords of Draenor expansion, something that has up to now been unavailable. While the ability is not yet patched into the game, it is on the PTR and will be coming soon. In an effort to make sure all players are adequately prepared, Blizzard has published a guide about how to attain the multi-part achievement necessary to fly. Check out the WoWhead video before heading to the World of Warcraft site.
You can also check out the MMORPG.com handy dandy guide to flying in Draenor!
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a quick look at several of the pets and mounts that will come with the Legion expansion. WoWHead managed to datamine the names of each, as well as new information about new additions to Hallow's End and Winter Veil.
Players choosing to purchase the Legion Collector's Edition can look forward to the Illidari Felstalker mount and Nibbles the pet. In addition, Legacy of the Void CE owners will receive Zeradar and those purchasing either an on-site or virtual Blizzcon ticket will receive Murkidan.
On the rumor front, a Reddit post made prior to the Gamescom reveal of Legion contained most of the relevant information developers announced during the convention, lending credence to the writer's speculation. Part of his post seems to indicate that a patch containing the events leading up to Legion will be released at the end of 2015 and that the expansion itself will be released sometime in Quarter 1 2016. Given his track record of accuracy (though the name of the expansion was incorrect), it could be insider information.
You can see all of the pets and mounts on the World of Warcraft site.
When do you think Legion will be released? Let us know!
11:35 Demon Hunter is very different from Death Knights and other tanks, being more similar to the Monk. DH is very aggressive doing a lot of damage, lots of mitigation. The team's expectations are that those who will play Demon Hunters are those who are currently playing other melee classes.
11:32 Demon Hunter - It has a lot of history in the franchise starting with Warcraft 3. They're high mobility oriented melee class.
Everyone will get a 12th character slot.
11:26 Professions are a focus. Garrisons replaced them too much. We have a bigger team working on professions (individual quest lines for each type) than ever before. We're looking into updates to improve the UI and new functionality with new recipes and things like that.
11:22 Artifacts - Artifacts are your most trusted ally in Legion. DPS will be derived from relics you find that you socket that are obtained in many ways. These will take the place of traditional weapon drops. You progress your Artifact.
What about dual specs? We want to make sure it's not a complicated process. You'll start with one, but have the opportunity to earn more. You'll have catch up mechanisms to make them more powerful to equal your primary. You'll still have to earn relics specific to your Artifact. As it currently is, players will be able to choose loot specialization which would affect the type of relic that would drop.
11:20 New Zones - Dalaran - Is the Northrend Dalaran moving? Conceptually, yes, but the Northrend Dalaran will remain.
Eventually, you will fly in the Broken Isles, not immediately. The way we did it in WoD is a good compromise to allow the ground-based gameplay to shine and then reward players who have experienced the content with the ability to fly.
The first steps of the flying achievement will be introduced from the start of Legion so that players can work on it.
11:14 How did the Legion get to the Broken Isles? Twelve thousands years ago on this exact spot has been a huge festering wound on the face of the world. Night elves have sealed it by using the five Pillars of Creation and build Temple of Elune. Now it has burst open again and the Legion is pouring out.
11:10 Lore - We are in "our current" Azeroth. We need to fight off the Legion in a world we actually care about.
The core question is "why is the Legion so focused on taking over our world?"
Gul'Dan is under orders, plans he has to fulfill. Illidan is important to those plans.
Is Illidan a bad guy or is he on our side and won't he resent us? Illidan's pretty pissed off. We put him down and now we need to find him to help us. We don't know how he'll react, hope you're prepared for it!
11:08 We've been working on this expansion for a year, year and a half. It's something we kept under wraps and knew it would be happening since before Warlords.
11:07 am Tom Chilton, Ion Hazzikostas and Alex Afrasiabi take the stage.
11:00 am And we're off.
10:38 am Eastern Blizzard developers are on hand on the final day of Gamescom to talk to the world about the World of Warcraft expansion, Legion. The presentation is to begin at the top of the hour and we'll be live blogging the event, or you can watch for yourself in the embedded stream below.
During Gamescom this week, our own Gareth Harmer had the opportunity to interview Executive Producer and World of Warcraft Vice President J. Allen Brack to talk more about the Legion expansion. We've got some terrific new information to share.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's exclusive interview World of Warcraft - More About Legion - Melee Hunters, Artifact Transmogs & More.
With today's World of Warcraft expansion announcement of Legion, we have a full report of what we know so far. Check out the synopsis of the big press announcement from earlier today and then leave us your thoughts and impressions in the comments.
Read more of Suzie Ford's and Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft - What We Know About Legion So Far.