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World of Warcraft : Artcraft & the Male Draenei

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Artcraft has been posted on the World of Warcraft site. This time, the team reveals the updated character model for the male Draenei that will arrive with the Warlords of Draenor expansion set to be released later this year.

Welcome once again to Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, art director of World of Warcraft. This Artcraft is another quick one, but still packed with goodies. Today we’re showing you our work on the male Draenei. The original was one of the better character models in the game, so it didn’t require a ton of translation—but with higher-resolution textures and more polygons to work with, we were able to bump up his fidelity quite a bit, as well as improve how we convey emotion through a new animation rig.

Check out Artcraft on the World of Warcraft site.

World of Warcraft : Warlords of Draenor Beta Key Sweepstakes (Week 1)

Posted Jul 04, 2014 by Craig McGregor has setup a random drawing sweepstakes to give away the next 1,000 beta keys for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor!  From now until July 8 @ 9PM EDT you can enter for a chance to win one of these elusive keys!

NOTE: As a reward to dedicated members you will get a bonus entry ticket that will increase your odds of winning for every day you login to between now and 7/8/14 @ 9PM EDT.  No more than 4 bonus tickets can be earned for a total of 5 tickets.

Good luck!



World of Warcraft : Second Key Drawing Chaos

Posted Jul 03, 2014 by Craig McGregor

Today we held our second beta key handout for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion.  Unfortunately this did not go as planned and the community being aware of our 4PM-7PM PDT event window brought our web servers to their knees. 

Just as the many users could not access our site  - we were also unable to load the keys through our normal administration interface and make a traditional news post, twitter post, etc.  The only option we had was to "poke" the keys into our database server so that we could meet the commitment we gave the community to get the keys online in that timeframe.  After we did this the 500 keys were gone in just over a minute.

We were unaware that we would see this kind of demand for these keys as we have never seen this in the past with any beta key handout event.

The good news - we still have 4,000 beta keys to issue in the month of July.  The rest of these will be issued through a weekly sweepstakes event where we will give users 72+ hours to enter the sweepstakes and we will then randomly select the winners and send them keys in the following 24-48 hours.  This is the only way that we can capacitate this kind of demand.

We are very sorry for how difficult it was for users to even try to get one of the few 500 keys we had to offer today and we hope these random sweepstakes will at least give all members a free chance to get access to this exciting beta opportunity.

World of Warcraft : Rob Pardo Leaves Blizzard

Posted Jul 03, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard is down one Chief Creative Officer with the announcement that seventeen year veteran, Rob Pardo, is leaving the company. Pardo did not cite reasons for his departure, only that he will spend the summer enjoying time with his family.

"As to what I will be doing next, I don't have an answer for you yet... but I will 'when it's ready,'" Pardo said. "My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what's next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It's like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time."


World of Warcraft : More Warlords of Draenor Beta Keys Coming Thursday

Posted Jul 02, 2014 by William Murphy

We told you'd we'd have more beta keys for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, and we finally know when! This Thursday, July 3rd is when the next batch will hit. But when will the giveaway go live?

In the interest of giving you all a heads-up, we can give you this time window... there will be 500 keys available between 4pm and 7pm PST (7pm - 10pm EST).  For those who want to convert those times, see here

Stay tuned, and be watching the site during that window tomorrow!

World of Warcraft : Auction House Faction Lock to End in Warlords

Posted Jul 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

According to a new 'blue tracker' post on the World of Warcraft forums, the faction-based auction house system will end with v6.0 and result in a unified auction house between Horde and Alliance.

Posted by Verrazano
Hopefully it is. It would make life a lot more bearable as minority faction on an unbalanced server.

Yes, in 6.0 auction houses are unified between factions on a given server. The benefit you cite is a major reason behind the change.

Read more in the discussion thread on the World of Warcraft forum.

World of Warcraft : More Warlords of Draenor Keys Coming Soon

Posted Jun 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Late last week, and Blizzard partnered up to give away beta keys for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. The event was so successful and the keys were given away at a lightning pace that we will once again be working with Blizzard to give away even more! Keep your eyes on the site to get your beta key to get started in the new WoW expansion.

In the meantime, check out all of our coverage of World of Warcraft.

EDIT: Just an update! Blizzard has confirmed we will have the 2nd giveaway on Thursday, July 3rd!  Just in time for fireworks!  Stay tuned for when!

All Things Warcraft : Human Models, Warlords Settings, Naxxramas Dated

Posted Jun 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

This week in ATW we look at several new player models, new Warlords settings and a more specific release window for Curse of Naxxramas.

Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Human Models, Warlords Settings, Naxxramas Dated.

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World of Warcraft : Warlords of Draenor Beta Keys!

Posted Jun 28, 2014 by Craig McGregor has been given a very limited quantity of closed beta keys for the latest World of Warcraft expansion - Warlords of Draenor! Get your key while supplies last!


EDIT: Fret not, we have more keys coming soon!  Keep an eye out on the homepage and social media for news on when!

World of Warcraft : Latest Artcraft Shows New Human Male

Posted Jun 25, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Alliance fans rejoice! The Humans are finally being updated. In the latest in a series of Artcraft articles, the team reveals the new look for the Human male. The blog offers few details but dishes out some tasty new screens that are sure to please. Check it out!

Welcome to another Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, art director on WoW, and today we’re keeping it short and sweet with a reveal of the updated male Human model. As with the previous model redesigns, our goal here was to honor the silhouette and style of the original, while increasing fidelity and fixing some of the big issues we’d identified. The male Human has long been a source of criticism from some of you for his odd proportions and face geometry. We’ve taken great care to ensure we’re not changing so much that he looks completely unlike anything you’d expect, while also correcting some of the more glaring problems. We hope you enjoy the results!

Read the full Artcraft article on the World of Warcraft community site.

World of Warcraft : Warforged Nightmare Wings Its Way into the Shop

Posted Jun 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

World of Warcraft players can now purchase the Warforged Nightmare from the in-game shop. For $30, players get the steed itself and the Nightmareish Hitching Post that allows an entire party or raid to transform their mounts into Warforged Steeds for a limited period of time.

Charge into battle astride a Warforged Nightmare, unleashing unbridled chaos upon your enemies! Those who own this terrifying steed, crafted from cold steel and vengeful spirits by grandmaster smiths, are also able to place a Nightmarish Hitching Post. This mysterious artifact has the power to summon a Warforged Nightmare for every member of your war party strong enough to handle the reins and worthy enough to be given the honor.

The Warforged Nightmare mount is available now from the in-game Shop as well as the Shop.

Source: World of Warcraft community site

World of Warcraft : FOR THE HORDE!! Azeroth Choppers Winner Announced

Posted Jun 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Followers of the World of Warcraft - based web series, Azeroth Choppers, will be happy to hear that the winner of the competition between "Horde" and "Alliance" has been settled. For this round, Horde is king! The Horde chopper will be digitalized and arrive in game sometime later this year.

All Things Warcraft : War Crimes & Crash Courses

Posted Jun 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

This week we look at the latest Warcraft novel, War Crimes. We also check out the new crash course videos and welcome a brief Valor Point buff!

Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: War Crimes & Crash Courses.

World of Warcraft : Azeroth Choppers #7 - Let the Voting Begin

Posted May 29, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Voting on which of the two choppers, Horde or Alliance, that will be presented into World of Warcraft has officially kicked off with the release of Azeroth Choppers #7. Check out the video, pick which one you think best for the game and head to the Azeroth Choppers site to vote!

World of Warcraft : Garrisons to Be Explained in New Series

Posted May 28, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warcraft team is set to take the lid off the forthcoming Garrison system that will arrive with the Warlords of Draenor expansion. The four part series begins with an overview of garrisons, and introduces a few new features that will be further expanded upon later in the series.

We want the process of staking your claim on Draenor to fundamentally shape your gameplay experience. Over the course of building your Garrison, we want you to face exciting decisions that will meaningfully impact how you interact with the world around you, fulfilling that fantasy of building and operating your own Warcraft base.

The story you weave in Draenor is one of personal heroism, but your actions have a wider impact—part of your mission is to raise an army capable of toppling the Iron Horde, and the Garrison is integral to that experience. In terms of gameplay, that means you’ll be creating and strengthening your Garrison as you journey to level 100. While questing through Draenor, you’ll encounter opportunities to choose between different types of buildings to add to your Garrison. Each choice will have an impact on your leveling experience, influencing the quests you’ll have available and the zone-specific benefits you’ll unlock upon completion of your chosen structure.

Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.

World of Warcraft : Azeroth Choppers #6 Released

Posted May 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The sixth episode of the World of Warcraft-based we series, Azeroth Choppers, has hit the airwaves. "The Blizzard teams have seen their bikes, so it's time for paint and finishing touches! Meanwhile, back at Blizzard HQ, the teams meet with the art department to see what it'll take to the winning bike into the world of Azeroth."

World of Warcraft : Class Accessories Latest Artcraft Subject

Posted May 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

World of Warcraft players will be interested in the latest Artcraft posted on the community site. In the article, the design team talks a bit about class accessories that are being worked on, including tomes, quivers, packs and more. The accessories are designed to give players even more customization for their characters than is even now available.

Hi, I’m Chris Robinson, senior art director of World of Warcraft, and welcome to a special edition of Artcraft focused on an idea that’s still quite early in the inception phase: class accessories. For a long time now, we’ve felt that our character classes could use some more visual customization options, and we’ve heard you might be thinking the same thing. When I play WoW, I see Hunters pulling arrows from thin air, firing shot after shot with no visible clue as to where that ammo is coming from. I’ve heard Druids speak fondly of mystical objects called Idols, and listened to Shamans talk of Totems. And my Paladin seems to have developed a strange hitch in his gait due to the lack of a Libram at his side.

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

All Things Warcraft : Blizzcon, Nelfs & Naxxramas

Posted May 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Welcome to All Things Warcraft - the new name for the previous WoW Factor column. The name change is to more accurately reflect what this column will be about going forward, Warcraft. This week we discover a source to find wild BlizzCon tickets, we check out the new female Night Elf model and see what’s going on in the world of Hearthstone. 

Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Blizzcon, Nelfs & Naxxramas.

World of Warcraft : Azeroth Choppers #5 Arrives

Posted May 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The saga of building a Horde or Alliance bike continues in this week's installment of the World of Warcraft - based Azeroth Choppers. This week, the teams begin to show off progress on their projects and even a bit of sabotage sneaks in. Check it out!

World of Warcraft : The Future of Raiding? A Place for Everyone

Posted May 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

It’s the fall of 1999 and my Paladin is sitting on a pyramid in the eastern commonlands of Norrath waiting on the start of a raid.  Our raid leader is barking instructions, to the extent one can bark in a /shout channel.  Fairly soon 30-odd player characters take a trip up to the Plane of Hate to fight the minions of a god.  

Read more of Ryahl Smith's World of Warcraft: The Future of Raiding? A Place for Everyone.

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