Retribution Paladins are ferocious warriors that utilize the powers of the Light to bring destructions on enemies via the use of 2-handed weapons. Up to Legion, Retri Paladins have been, surprisingly enough, fairly adept at the use of several strong ranged and healing abilities. In Legion, that will change to make them, as seems to fit the fantasy better, into close- and short-combat melee crusaders.
Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: Legion Retribution Paladin Change Guide - Learning a Few Tricks from D3's Crusader.
A wily World of Warcraft: Legion alpha tester has found, believe it or not, a Diablo 3 Treasure Goblin in the game. Sadly, the little bugger was a level 110 with the user being only 101 so no grabbing hold of all gold...though the icon above the counter at the bottom of the screen looks suspiciously like a garrison resource icon, not a pile of cash. This makes some of us sad pandas.
Found a Diablo Treasure Goblin in Legion. I was 101 and it was 110 so couldn't kill it in time. Notice gold meter pic.twitter.com/HE1BPY4BBy— Bendak (@BendakWoW) December 4, 2015
The spotlight of this overview is the Enhancement Shaman, a powerful close-range fighter and the only mail-wearing melee spec currently present in the game, soon to be joined by Survival Hunters in the Legion.
Read more of Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft: Legion Enhancement Shaman Change Guide.
Today we’ll take a look at the Guardian Druid, a tank class that takes on bear form and that World of Warcraft devs and Blizzard want to become less attuned to agility tanking and to become able “to survive through their sheer tenacity, thick hide, massive resilience, and strong regeneration”.
Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: Legion Guardian Druid Change Guide - Becoming a Wall of Fur and Tenacity.
For savvy World of Warcraft players and Final Fantasy fans, the Aerith character has been living in Dalaran for quite some time. In the latest alpha build for Legion, however, she is now joined by none other than Cloud, this time as a Blood Elf and yet another in Blizzard's many nods to the wider gaming culture.
Check it out:
The first big update for the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha client has gone off just last night, but the forums are already aflame with the bits and pieces of upcoming expansion datamined or tried out in the latest build. This overview is focused on one of three specializations of Hunter class: Beast Mastery.
Read more of Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft: Legion Beast Master Hunter Change Guide.
From all that Blizzard has said, Death Knights are in a pretty good place overall as far as capturing the class fantasy but that some things needed tuning to bring more variety in the way Blood, Frost and Unholy Death Knights play. Across all specs, runes have been combined into a single type rather than the three that currently exist. For our purposes today, we’ll take a look at the Frost Death Knight since it is the one that will undergo the most significant change in Legion with the removal of the spec’s ability to use 2-handed weapons.
Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: Legion Frost Death Knight Change Guide - An Icy Dealer of Doom.
The first big alpha patch for Legion dropped last night, and I was too busy sleeping to get a look at all the changes coming to classes in World of Warcraft. However, with the help of our friends at WoWHead, we’ve got some thoughts on the most major changes coming to the Hunter. For starters, the Survival spec will forego ranged attacks for a melee spec with a Polearm as their artifact weapon. Let’s dive in and take a look at the changes, shall we?
Read more of Bill Murphy's World of Warcraft: Legion Survival Hunter Change Guide.
Blizzard has announced the sale of another battle pet for charity in World of Warcraft. Named Brightpaw, the pet sells for $10 and 100% of profits will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Give something magical to children in need by adopting Brightpaw today! From now until December 31, 2015, 100% of Brightpaw’s adoption fee will go to support Make-A-Wish®, helping them grant the wishes of children throughout the world with life-threatening medical conditions.
Check out the World of Warcraft site for more information.
An alpha tester for World of Warcraft: Legion has posted several cool screenshots to show off the promised increase in the draw distance that players will experience with the expansion's launch. Screens include locations in the live game and in Legion. The difference is stunning. See for yourself in our example, then head to Kastel197's original Reddit post and Imgur page to see the rest.
Northrend on the current live servers:
The same Northrend location in Legion:
As Illidan says, "You are not prepared" for my first impressions of the Demon Hunter!
A new World of Warcraft expansion is like our Olympics, or the World Cup. Every few years it swings around and becomes all consuming, until we forget about it a few months after the fact. Some of us, at least.
Read more of Paul Nadin's World of Warcraft: Demon Hunting in Alpha.
UPDATE: We reached out to Blizzard Entertainment and have confirmed that both Chris Robinson and John Lagrave are still with the company and World of Warcraft. These advertised positions are considered "openings for additional people."
The Blizzard corporate web site has been updated with three key positions on the World of Warcraft team: Art Director, Assistant Art Director and Lead Producer. Currently, Chris Robinson is the Art Director and John Lagrave is listed as the Lead Producer for WoW. Whether these two are moving internally to other Blizzard projects will remain to be seen.
World of Warcraft players will be interested to hear that Gnome Hunters are indeed going to be a reality when Legion launches. These tiny adventurers will start their epic journey with their first pet, a Giant Mechanical Rabbit. Goblins and Gnomes will have the special ability to tame mechanized creatures with other races participating via a tool created through Engineering.
For example, one rare mechanostrider requires you to create a special punch card that grants access to a closed section of Gnomeregan (we hope you remember the way). Once you locate the clockwork creature, you’ll then need to figure out how to overload its circuits. Solve the puzzle, and you’ll have this magnificent mechanized minion striding by your side.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
With the commencement of the limited "limited alpha" that includes VIPs, streaming notables, members of the games press, and some rank-and-file players, the information about the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion has flooded out the gate. Blizzard places no limits on its alpha players and, in fact, encourages them to stream game play, write about it, post impressions and screenshots and much more. But is it too much of a good thing? What does it leave players when the expansion really launches in 2016? Not. Very. Much.
Read more of Suzie Ford's and Catherine Daro's World of Waracraft: Legion Information Overload - Too Much of a Good Thing?
Several World of Warcraft community members, including a few of the admins at WoWhead, are reporting that their invites to the Legion beta have arrived. With friends and family, the internal beta begins and, over time, select community members, streamers, ViPs and more will be added before the more extensive beta begins. All in all, it's a good sign.
We'll keep you posted on what comes out of the beta. In the meantime, go check your mailboxes!
Activision Blizzard is once again holding the news headlines hostage, between Black Ops 3, WoW subscriber news, the latest expansion, Hearthstone, Overwatch, the film studio, the Warcraft film, Blizzcon, and of course the quarterly finance releases you all love to pour over, but what is really turning heads and inspiring groans from the Blizzard base is the news that the developer publisher is acquiring King, a company whose titles (including Candy Crush) are sure to be in every hardcore gamer's library.
Read more of Connor Wack's Activision-Blizzard Once Again Holding News Headlines Hostage.
Just in time for today's eleventh anniversary, World of Warcraft players can now legitimately spam trade chat with the arrival of a new limited-use toy that transforms any weapon into (an inflatable) THUNDERFURY, BLESSED BLADE OF THE WINDSEEKER! Not only that, but everyone donning the transformation will get a Feat of Strength achievement called "Did Someone Say...?"
Other goodies include an Edwin VanCleef Exquisite Costume with 50 charges, a pair of celebration wands to transform friends into Gnolls or Murlocs and a celebration package with an 11% experience/reputation boost.
Thanks, WoWHead, for the report!
During Blizzcon 2015 earlier this month, World of Warcraft: Legion took front and center during the festivities. For the first time since the expansion was announced in August, fans and players alike finally got to hear more details about Legion and what it means to the game millions around the world still adore.
Read more of Suzie Ford's The List: 5 Great Things & One 'Oh Really' Moment Straight From Blizzcon 2015.
World of Warcraft will be updating to the v6.2.3 patch on Tuesday, November 17th in North America and on Wednesday, November 18th in the EU. This patch brings Cataclysm timewalking dungeons online as well as an addition Wrath of the Lich King dungeon and an additional dungeon from The Burning Crusade.
Players will also mark the return of Valor as an upgrade currency and the Grove Warden mount will arrive in Hellfire Citadel.
Lastly, Warlords PvP season two will end on the patch's deployment, with season three beginning at the same time. New PvP gear will include the Warmongering Combatant (iLevel 730) and Warmongering Gladiator (iLevel 740).
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Alex Afrasiabi has sent out a Twitter image and post that seems to indicate that years of advocating for Gnome Hunters may have finally paid off. Check this out...and either celebrate or weep.
Do you think Afrasiabi is trolling? Only time will tell!