Fans of classic heavy metal will be happy to hear that Metallica will be performing at this year's Blizzcon to be held in early November in Anaheim, California. The iconic band will be performing on November 8th to a sold-out show.
Metallica is coming to BlizzCon® 2014! On November 8, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration will culminate with Metallica performing to a sold-out convention crowd, broadcast worldwide through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.
“We’re thrilled to have Metallica blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home.”
Source: Blizzard press site
This week in All Things Warcraft we talk numbers, the pre-expansion patch and anticipate a look at the Warcraft film at BlizzCon.
REd more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Numbers Up, Blizzcon & the Iron Horde.
The first round of balance changes have been patched into World of Warcraft. Hunters saw the most significant change as many felt the class had been nerfed into the ground. The overall damage for many Hunter skills has been increased ~15%. Several other classes saw significant increases in damage, while others, most notably Fury Warriors and Arcane Mages, took a hit in the damage department due in large part to one-shot kill abilities in PvP.
Check to see how your favorite class fare in round one of class balancing on the World of Warcraft community site.
The last time Blizzard introduced a content update to World of Warcraft was September 10th, 2013. That was the Siege of Orgrimmar patch. It has been a long time since Blizzard has updated their game, especially when you consider they charge a subscription. Finally relief is in sight, however. With the release of the fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor (WoD), imminent Blizzard has released patch 6.0.2 The Iron Tide, or what I like to refer to as the Squish patch.
Read more of Rob Lashley's World of Warcraft: The Iron Horde is Coming.
In anticipation of the forthcoming World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion, subscriptions are up over 600,000 and places WoW subscriber population at 7.5M. This significant jump nearly erases the 800,000 subscriber loss experienced by WoW in the quarter ending at the end of June 2014.
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A wave of destruction washes over the land as an army of orcs pours through the Dark Portal. With today's launch of World of Warcraft Patch 6.0.2: The Iron Tide, the Iron Horde's invasion of Azeroth has begun! More than 7.4 million of Azeroth's champions have taken up their positions on the front line, ready to face the full might of the Iron Horde with the upcoming release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion on November 13.
Features introduced with today's Iron Tide content update include:
- "Iron Horde Incursion" World Event: players looking to upset the Iron Horde invasion can journey to the Blasted Lands to face down the onslaught and venture into the revamped five-player version of the Upper Blackrock Spire dungeon
- New Character Models: several of the game's original races are new and improved, with increased resolution as well as updated animations and facial expressions
- Interface Improvements: questing is now easier than ever with an updated quest log and inventory changes, including a Toy Box for the fun items players acquire through their adventures
- Character and Class Changes: myriad character- and class-specific updates are now live, making this a great time for players to refamiliarize themselves with their characters ahead of the expansion's November 13 launch
Full details on the changes and new features added to the gametoday can be found in the patch notes.
After nearly twelve hours of downtime, World of Warcraft North American players can log into the game to check out the massive changes that have arrived with the Iron Tide update, the precursor to next month's Warlords of Draenor expansion.
Updated Character Models: The Dwarf, Draenei, Gnome, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Tauren, Troll, and Undead models have all been updated! Blood Elves, Goblins, and Worgen are planned to be updated at a future point in time. If you want to customize your face to tweak your new look, you’ll be able to visit your local Barber Shop and pay a small fee. You can also view all of the updated models within our character viewer.
Class Ability, Spell, and Talent Changes: We’ve made lots of changes to how each class plays in preparation for Warlords of Draenor. Check out the full patch notes here to read up on what’s new with your favorite class.
Character Undelete: Regret wiping that Death Knight from existence? You’ll now be able to use the new Undelete Character feature if you’ve accidentally deleted a character—or just changed your mind about its fate. Read the post to find out more about this feature, including some important restrictions.
Character Name Reclamation: As of this patch, we’ve released the names of any characters that have not logged into the game since November 13, 2008. Read more about it here.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Blizzard has announced that a new comic by Robert Brooks that is based on the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion is now available. Called "Blackhand", the comic centers around one of the faction leaders that players will encounter when returning to the past in Draenor.
Blizzard has a new post that indicates that the 'bridge' patch preceding the Warlords of Draenor expansion to World of Warcraft will drop on Tuesday, October 14th. The patch will bring in the new class skills and updates, as well as quality of life improvements such as the Toy Box, dedicated bags, the ability to make a 'favorite mounts' list and more.
Patch 6.0.2: The Iron Tide is scheduled to crash into Azeroth on Tuesday, October 14. Featuring new content heralding the Iron Horde incursion, updates to the skills and abilities for every class, and a host of gameplay adjustments, this overture to Warlords of Draenor is coming at you armed to the teeth.
The Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands has turned blood red. Hundreds of strange-looking orcs are violently pouring into Azeroth, killing everything that stands in their path. Nethergarde and Okril’lon have already fallen, and while the Horde and the Alliance moved as quickly as they could to get reinforcements to their people, they are too late. The Iron Horde invasion has begun.
In this desperate hour, King Wrynn and Warchief Vol’jin have called upon their greatest champions to join the front lines in the Blasted Lands and do whatever they can to stop the Iron Horde . . . before the rest of Azeroth falls before them.
Word of this surprise attack sends players rushing to the Blasted Lands to reckon with the barbarous infiltration. After the fall of a high ranking Iron Horde general named Gar’mak Bladetwist, you’ll report what you’ve witnessed in the Blasted Lands to King Wrynn or Warchief Vol’jin. It’s apparent to both the Horde and the Alliance that this is only the first salvo in a much larger conflict, and the only way to win is to take the fight directly to the Iron Horde . . . by journeying through the Dark Portal into Draenor.
The Infiltration of Blackrock Spire
An advance party of Iron Horde forces has barged right out of the Blasted Lands and pushed all the way to Blackrock Mountain, where they found refuge and supplies in Upper Blackrock Spire. There can be only one response: the Alliance and the Horde of Azeroth must face this iron incursion head on.
Available to level-90 characters for a limited time, this specially revamped five-player version of Upper Blackrock Spire sets the stage for the coming counterstrike against the Iron Horde. Here, you will face Orebender Gor'ashan, Kyrak, and Commander Tharbek as you begin to take the fight to the enemy and sharpen the skills—and swords—you’ll need to succeed on an unwelcoming alien world.
Prepare yourself. Draenor is waiting.
Source: World of Warcraft community site
The third in a series of articles to provide information about garrisons has appeared on the World of Warcraft site. Garrisons will arrive with the Warlords of Draenor expansion due out next month and followers will play a major role in the game.
Once your Garrison starts to come together, with a Barracks up and running, you’ll encounter your first Follower and send him on his first mission. You’ll use the command table in the Garrison to activate the Followers window, which allows you to manage your Followers. Therein, you’ll have a searchable list of all Followers available to you in the game and all of the information you need to work with them: their class, spec, quality, abilities, traits, level, xp needed to reach next level, and what they’re currently up to. Followers can level up to 100 just like you can, and you’ll want to level them up, as each Follower becomes more powerful as she gains levels.
While you aren’t restricted from collecting as many Followers as you like, your Garrison can only operate properly with a maximum of 20 active Followers (this number is increased to 25 if your Garrison features a level 3 Barracks). Followers can be inactivated to maintain the total population you’re going for, and inactive Followers don’t forfeit any of their experience while waiting for you to activate them again later.
Read the rest on the World of Warcraft community site.
The World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will feature a level cap increase from 90 to 100. To help players gear up and get to 100 in a smooth arc, four dungeons will open with the expansion. Bloodmaul Slay Mines (90-92), Iron Docks (92-94), Auchindoun (94-97) and Skyreach (97-99) give players a smooth progression to near the level cap.
Bloodmaul Slag Mines
Some like it hot and others are simply slaves within it. This level 90-92 dungeon takes you into the sweltering heat of active volcanic caverns wherein Bloodmaul ogres run a brutal mining operation powered by the blood and sweat of slaves acquisitioned from all across Draenor. The Slag Mines produce a bounty of gemstones and ore, but it’s rumored that the true purpose of these mines is to dig for an ancient relic of immense power.
You’ll encounter four new bosses and a lot of fire power as you try to disrupt their machinations. We’re sure you’ve learned that ancient relics in the hands of – well anyone– are probably not going to lead to very good things. You know what to do, heroes.
Read more about each dungeon on the World of Warcraft site.
Patch 6.0.2, the pre-expansion patch, is just weeks away and is already available for testing on the private test realm. This week we look at five new features that will drastically improve the game.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: 5 Improvements Coming in Patch 6.0.2.
It is no secret that any article about Blizzard's World of Warcraft will garner a lot of attention and, often, a long list of forum pages of debate. It is obvious then, that World of Warcraft has become a polarizing game over its decade of existence. Millions of players have streamed through its virtual doors during those ten years. Some have stayed for the duration. Others have left and returned with each expansion. Still others have waved goodbye to WoW and never returned. No matter what, however, anyone who has had the chance to play the game, arguably the MMO of this young century, are never the same and in a very real sense, will always be a WoW player.
Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: Wow Players Never Die. They Resurrect.
A few years ago, rumors and some pixelated images of an amusement park based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft surfaced during its construction. Fast forward to 2014. Thanks in large part to a couple from England, we can now see that the WoW themed amusement park has indeed opened, illegally for the record (copyright infringement and all that), and can be viewed in a series of images the couple posted to Imgur.com.
World of Warcraft accounts that have not been accessed since 2008 and before will see the names reclaimed by Blizzard to free them up for other players to use. Those wishing to hold on to legacy account names will want to log into each character in order to preserve the name.
Our goal with this great name liberation is to make sure new and returning players have a large and varied pool of names available to choose from—so log in now if you wish to preserve your unused characters’ names for your journey intro Draenor.
Source: World of Warcraft Community Site
Blizzard has released the latest in a series of videos designed to introduce World of Warcraft players to the leaders of the Iron Horde who will arrive in game with the Warlords of Draenor expansion. In this episode, players are introduced to Durotan, leader of the Frost Wolf clan.
Warlords of Draenor will be released on November 13, 2014.
Check it out and let us know what you think.
Wowhead has a report and several screens that have been datamined from the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta that shows the Robin Williams memorial. The information was datamined by beta players. After Williams' death last month, Blizzard confirmed that it would memorialize him in WoW and it has kept its word.
You can summon Robin by rubbing the Ever-Burning Lamp. When first summoned, he exclaims "INFINITE COSMIC POWER" and then shrinks and waves goodbye, saying "itty bitty living space."
Nearby is a large broken egg, a tribute to the character Mork. We have datamined an alternate version of Robin dressed like Mork with overalls, so perhaps he will make an appearance here as well.
There are also some stuffed animals and tanks, hinting at a potential tribute to Toys. Our third datamined Robin NPC is also dressed like Mrs. Doubtfire.
Finally, we have datamined a Comedian title--it currently has no source, but it would be fitting if it was tied to this tribute in some way.
Check out all of the screens at Wowhead.com.
Blizzard is sporting an interesting splash page that invites new World of Warcraft players to take on the game for free from now through September 26th, likely right before the release of the v6.0 patch that will lead to the Warlords of Draenor expansion. How this differs from the endless free 1-20 game play remains to be seen. We'll keep you posted.
The media link to our site is a graphic used from some promotions we were running for select players of our other games that haven't tried WoW yet. It's part of an email sent to them.
The free time it's referring too is the 30 day month that all new subscribers get.
Check it out on the World of Warcraft site.
Perhaps signaling the imminent arrival of the pre-expansion v6.0 patch, Blizzard has announced that the Gaze of the Black Prince buff for World of Warcraft will be in effect from September 2-14. The Gaze of the Black Prince assists players with obtaining the necessary resources to create their legendary Pandaria cloaks, a lengthy process that is shortened measurably with the buff.
Blizzard's post specifically states that this is the final time players will have an opportunity to take advantage of the buff, a likely portent to the arrival of the pre-Warlords of Draenor patch, v6.0 that will bring significant changes to all classes and introduce the "bridging" lore preparatory to November's release of the expansion.
Beginning Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, through Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, we’ll be applying the Gaze of the Black Prince buff for the final time before the Warlords of Draenor expansion. This buff will increase the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It will also increase the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line including: the Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, or Titan Runestones.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
This week I geek out over the new Warlords cinematic, we check out the new Lords of War animated series and inspect the goodies in the Warlords Collector’s edition.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All things Warcraft: The Ramp Up to Warlords.
With the launch for the World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, a scant three months away, Blizzard is beginning to foment excitement as it begins the bridging lore from where the game is now to where it is going with Warlords. To that end, a new short story called "Hellscream" has been published on the community site that can be read there or downloaded into a PDF file.
Garrosh surveyed the Nagrand landscape carefully. No Warsong scouts had come into sight for days. Why would they? This hilltop was on the edge of the clan's territory, and in peacetime, there was little reason to patrol here. Raiding ogres would come from the west. Other orc clans would approach from the east. Even the hunting here was poor during this season, Garrosh remembered.
He had been very young the last time he had sat on this hilltop, and—
No. Garrosh had never sat on this hilltop or climbed these trees or run his fingers through these patches of grass as a child. This was a different world.
Read the rest on the World of Warcraft site.