As part of today's earlier announcement that the World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is now available for preorder, Blizzard has also released a new video that shows exactly how the level 90 boost, available immediately on purchase, will work.
Blizzard has announced that preorders for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor have officially kicked off. Players can choose from the Standard ($49.99) or Digital Deluxe Edition ($69.99) and will receive in-game bonuses that will be available upon completion of the preorder. The game lists a release as "on or before December 20, 2014".
Check out the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor preorder page for more information.
This week in the WoW Factor we look at upcoming honor changes to World of Warcraft Battlegrounds and I attempt to rank the tanking classes by how fun they are to play. I bet you’ll disagree with my first pick!
Read more of Reza Lackey's WoW Factor: Ranking the Tanks.
Well, maybe not actually, but Blizzard has posted a brand new trailer, perhaps heralding the start of preorders for the World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. In it, we get a first-hand look at a fanciful boost to level 90. It's definitely one you have to see for yourself. Let us know what you think in the comments.
In addition to the trailer, Blizzard's latest water cooler series takes a look at changes coming to PvP that will make the survivability gap between PvP and PvE less drastic. Among other things, player health will be doubled so that attacks shave off less life. By so doing, a player's dependence on the PvP stat of Resilience will be reduced.
Healers and healing spells will also receive love from the dev team:
One of our goals for healing in Warlords of Draenor is to tone down the raw throughput of healers relative to the size of player health pools. Currently, as healers and their allies acquire better and better gear, the percentage of a player’s health that any given heal restores increases significantly. As a result, healers are able to refill health bars so fast that we have to make damage more and more “bursty” in order to challenge them. Ideally, we want players to spend some time below full health without having healers feel like the players they’re responsible for are in danger of dying at any moment. We also think that healer gameplay would be more varied, interesting, and skillful if your allies spent more time between 0% and 100%, rather than just getting damaged quickly to low health, forcing the healer to then scramble to get them back to 100% as quickly as possible.
Read the full water cooler report on the World of Warcraft community site.
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a short notice that indicates that the digital deluxe edition of Mists of Pandaria will be headed to the archives sometime on or before March 10th. Those who wish to purchase MoP have until then to take advantage of the digital in game items including the Imperial Quilen Mount, the Lucky Quilen Cub pet, a Mists of Pandaria–themed Diablo III banner sigil and accent, and Horde- and Alliance-themed StarCraft II portraits.
In approximately one week (no sooner than March 10), the Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe edition will be earning a bit of much-deserved rest in the Blizzard Archive. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your standard edition for the in-game extras or contemplating coming back to the game to check out the latest content, you might want to consider snagging the Digital Deluxe Edition now before it heads into the vaults.
If you already own the standard edition of Mists of Pandaria and are interested in upgrading, you can head over to your account management page to do so now. The Digital Deluxe edition might come back out of the archive in the future, but even the jinyu waterspeakers don’t know if or when.
Could this be interpreted as a sign that the Warlords of Draenor expansion preorders will be starting soon? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Source: World of Warcraft Community Site
Last week, word got out that Blizzard had set its price for boosting a character to level 90 after the World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor expansion is released. There was already speculation going on, given previous leaks that included surveys with Blizzard asking players how much boosting a character up to cap was worth to them. It was thus pretty inevitable that we were going to see this sort of thing come to the shop. The settled upon price, as we know now, is $60. For those buying the expansion, they will get one character boosted up included, but for others, they’ll have the option to pay in order to save a lot of time. Blizzard eventually responded to the leak, confirming the pricing and explaining the cost. Yet, from a community perspective, there are a few serious questions that have come
Read more of Christina Gonzalez's The Social Hub: The Impact of WoW’s Instant Boost to Level Cap.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Blizzard's Ion Hazzikostas explained why the cost of leveling a single character in World of Warcraft will cost $60, a price many feels is too high. Blizzard wants to allow players to boost more than one character without, he said, the need to purchase a second copy of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. The $60 price point, however, was chosen so as to "not devalue the accomplishment of leveling".
"If our goal here was to sell as many boosts as possible, we could halve the price or more than that - make it $10 or something. And then hardly anyone would ever level a character again.
"But levelling is something that takes dozens if not over 100 hours in many cases and people have put serious time and effort into that, and we don't want to diminish that."
He added: "I am not an economist, I'm not the one setting the dollar value myself, but it's not the profit maximising price. That was not our aim here."
Does this new information and explanation assuage concerns over the $60 price tag? Leave us your thoughts in the comments after reading the rest of the interview at the link above.
This week on the WoW Factor we take a look at upcoming changes to Arenas, two updated player models and what Alliance players can look forward to in their Garrisons.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: Arenas, Models and Buildings.
Blizzard has taken the World of Warcraft show on the world in both Korea and Europe. As a result some new information, including a trio of game play videos, has surface to give players a great look at some of the new features, content, character models and more that can be found in the forthcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion due out later this year.
In addition MamyTwink.com has posted a nice wrap up (in French) that has been translated at MMO-Culture.com that goes over the specifics of the event and some new information. CAUTION: THERE ARE SPOILERS below and on the linked site so read with caution!
Leveling and Other Numbers
- I played a gnome warrior in the Shadowmoon Valley, the Alliance starting zone. After about 5 hours of /played and 80 quests I reached the end of the zone and Level 92.
- At level 91, I had 63k health as a Tank.
- Monsters had around 100k health.
- I was dealing around 1k to 5k damage on normal hits. Up to 10k critical damage for some abilities (Shield Slam).
- It takes 597k XP to go from level 90 to level 91 and 640k xp to go from level 91 to 92.
- Quests rewards were between 10k and 15k xp. Up to 20k for the difficult ones.
- A new quest type is available: the "Bonus Objectives". When you walk around a zone, new objectives might appear randomly in your quest list. Completing the objectives will reward you with extra experience, leaving the area will drop the quest.
- Shadowmoon Valley is composed of lush green plains lit by the moonlight. It has a very peaceful feeling. The glades and forests are amazing and very colorful. You will find Naarus, Draeneis cities, and Iron Horde strongholds in the zone.
- The Alliance starting zone seems pretty much finished. Lots of details, impressive vegetation, and a lot of different monsters.
- I found a lot of monsters from The Burning Crusade that have been updated: Talbuks, Nether rays, Turtles, Larvas, Boars, Sporebats, Wolves, Bees. The new Talbuks and Sporebats models are EPIC.
- Ner'zhul is the principal antagonist of the zone.
- The zone ends with a scenario that I couldn't test because it wasn't available. It was called "Grommar's Purge" (Note: roughly translated)
- I found the zone really well made. The vast plains and colorful glades immerse you entirely in the game. The scenery is new and doesn't give you a feeling of deja vu (except for some monsters, but it's not really shocking).
Read more at the link above and check out the videos below (BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!!)
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with the latest Artcraft article. In today's installment, the new female Orc model is revealed and details are given as to how she has been spruced up in preparation for the Warlords of Draenor expansion due out later this year.
When we first discussed the direction for this character, I think we all agreed right off the bat that we wanted to focus on her “warrior” side a little more. That means moving away from the more doe-eyed version we know now toward a character you would expect to see fighting on the front lines alongside any of her Horde brothers and sisters. We’re still ironing out the fine details, so the art you see here is subject to change, but I’ll let Senior 3D Artist Dusty Nolting and Lead Animator Steve Aguilar expand a bit on where we currently are with our green-skinned . . . oh wait, green and brown-skinned, long-tusked heroine.
Check out the full blog and the rest of the screenshots on the World of Warcraft site.
The official World of Warcraft site has been updated with news about some new things coming to PvP when Warlords of Draenor goes live later this year. The team has plans to add "skirmish" PvP matches, basically unranked 2v2 or 3v3 events that will reward players with honor, small amount of Conquest points and/or a random item. In addition, spectator invites will be made available to give viewers a chance to check out high-end tournament action.
Our new Spectator Invite system will allow a match organizer to invite two teams to play against each other in a PvP spectacle called a War Game. Then, when the match begins, everyone in the match organizer’s party will be able to watch those two teams duke it out. We’ll also be opening this feature up to add-on developers so they can come up with tools for tournament organizers to customize how the match is presented on the screen. Finally, we’ll be providing Tournament Mode gear—a special set of gear that can only be used in War Games—to help tournament runners ensure that all players are on equal footing.
Read more about the important PvP changes coming with Warlords of Draenor on the World of Warcraft community site.
WowInsider.com is reporting that the World of Warcraft live servers with the new cash shop items in it are showing a "Level 90 Character Boost" for the whopping price of $60.00. According to the report, it appears that this is a mistake on Blizzard's part since pre-orders for the Warlords of Draenor expansion have yet to go live, which will also include one free character boost to 90.
Would you pay $60 dollars for a level 90 character? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks to Fendel84M for the tip!
The World of Warcraft Twitter has been updated with the notice that PvP Season 14 will close with the next realm maintenance next week and that Season 15 will begin a week later. The speculation is that Season 15 will last approximately sixteen weeks and that Season 16 will perhaps usher in the Warlords of Draenor expansion. This would put the release in mid- to late-June.
PvP Season 14 is currently scheduled to conclude with next week's standard realm maintenance. Good luck! http://t.co/MxsaULpaE1— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) February 15, 2014
Warlords of Draenor has already begun to make its appearance in the Blizzard desktop launcher further leading to speculation that preorders for the expansion will be arriving soon.
Season 14 is coming to an end as early as the scheduled weekly maintenance on February 18, 2014. On that day, we’ll begin the process of determining end-of-season reward eligibility, which could take up to two weeks to complete.
Qualifying players should note the following in order to ensure you receive your just rewards:
- Please do not transfer your characters to another realm or faction until after Season 14 has ended.
- Award distribution for Season 14, including titles and mounts, could take up to two weeks after the season ends, though our goal is to finish in one.
- Only players who have a rating of 1,000 or better are considered when calculating rewards.
At the end of the season, Conquest Points will be converted into Honor Points, and any Honor above 4,000 will be converted into in-game currency at a rate of 35 silver per point. There are a few other things to keep in mind once the season ends:
- The Honor Points cap will remain at 4,000.
- All Season 14 items will have their costs converted into Honor Points equivalent to their previous Conquest Points cost, with the exception of any items that have a rating requirement.
- Season 14 items with rating requirements will no longer be available for purchase.
Season 15 Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds will begin approximately one week after the end of Season 14, and all Personal Ratings will be reset at the same time. Also note that Arena and Rated Battleground matches will not be available during the break between seasons. Once Season 15 begins, players will battle for the right to equip Prideful Gladiator gear, the most powerful PvP gear in game to date with an Item Level of 550.
Do you have Conquest points yet to earn to get your full Season 14 set? Best get to it!
Blizzard Entertainment has announced on the official World of Warcraft forums that the Scroll of Resurrection will be taken out of the game beginning February 18th. Scrolls could be sent to former players to bring them back into the game and to gain rewards if a subscription was renewed.
The time has come to bid adieu to the Scroll of Resurrection. It’s served its divine purpose, but like most scrolls, it only has so many charges before it loses its magic and crumbles into ethereal dust. For those who’d still like a chance to use the scroll, you have until February 18 before players are no longer able to send invitations. For those who have an invitation outstanding, that’s still good for 30 days from the time it was sent, after which point the invitation will expire and the benefits can no longer be claimed.
Thanks, Volgore, for the tip!
See the World of Warcraft community site for more information.
This week on the WoW Factor we touch on the World of Warcraft PvP Season 14 transition and the current state of Patch 5.4.7 on the Public Test Realm. Then we check out what some Hearthstone devs have to say about where the game is and what’s to come.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: PvP Season Transition.
This week, Blizzard announced that its subscription base for World of Warcraft rose by more than 100,000. Since all logic says that a near-decade-old MMO should be tailing off, that's something of a surprise—especially since game industry augurs have spent the last year or so predicting the death of subscription-based games. For some time now, the free-to-play model's been rolling over the games business like some kind of evil Katamari, getting bigger and bigger as it sucks up developers, publishers and game projects alike. So what's up with WoW's upward trend? Is the turnaround just a fluke, or could it mean gamers aren't as gung-ho about free-to-play as business analysts say they are?
Read more of Neilie Johnson's Free-to-Play Fatigue: Are Micro-transactions Losing Their Appeal?
During today's investor call-in, Activision-Blizzard revealed the fourth quarter results for 2013. Bobby Kotick stated that World of Warcraft subscriptions were up to 7.8 million, slightly higher than last quarter's 7.7 million. In addition, Starcraft II was the best selling PC title in 2013 and Diablo III has sold over 15 million copies across all platforms.
Blizzard Entertainment has a n expansion to the top - selling PC and console game Diablo® III and another major new release. Also in our pipeline for 2014 and the next few years are at least three potentially groundbreaking new free - to - play franchises — Blizzard’s Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ and Heroes of the Storm ™, and Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty Online . We believe these games have great global potential. Free - to - play as a business model has now achieved scale, both in the West and in China. Hearthstone , which released in open be ta on PC last month and which Blizzard Entertainment plan s to expand this year to tablets and smartphones, is already attracting millions of players with strong engagement and monetization in the West and China, putting it on track to join World of Warcraft ® , Diablo , and StarC raft ® as their fourth mega franchise.”
Read the financial overview here.
The Blizzard Store has been closed since late 2013 but, as of today, has reopened under the name "Blizzard Gear". As expected, the site features clothing, artwork, toys, etc. Interested World of Warcraft players can also get their hands on a physical authenticator for account protection. Most interestingly, there is a new "Caverns of Time" section that will allow players to get hold of Blizzcon items from years past.
Check out Blizzard Gear.
Blizzard has created an absolutely amazing new infographic to show off the impact of the past decade in World of Warcraft. Love it or hate it, there's no denying WoW's impact. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so take a look and let us know what you think in the comments. (click the image below for the full infographic and stats)
One of the immediate bonuses that World of Warcraft players will be able to take advantage of when preodering Warlords of Draenor is an instant "boost" to level 90 for a new or lower-level character. According to several posted screenshots on Imgur.com, the boost is already existing on the public test realm, perhaps an indication that preorders for the Warlords expansion are coming in the very near future.