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World of Warcraft : Warcraft Movie Trailer to Debut at Blizzcon

Posted Oct 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

According to 2P.com, the first trailer for the Warcraft movie is set to debut during Blizzcon 2015. The information was posted on the Warcraft Movie Chinese Twitter (sadly not linked by 2P) and indicates that the trailer will be shown on November 6th, though no indication of this is shown on the Blizzcon schedule posted earlier this week.

The film is set to debut in June 2016 in theaters around the world after over two years of post-production work.

 

World of Warcraft : Time-Walking Rewards, Valor's Return & New Mounts

Posted Oct 14, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a preview of the next patch coming to the PTR soon that, while called a "small" patch, contains some important and interesting changes to time walking dungeons, the return of Valor as a currency, the end of Arena Season 2 and more.

Six Cataclysm dungeons will be added to the time walking events held on periodic weekends: Grim Batol, Stonecore, Lost City of Tol'vir, The Vortex Pinnacle, Throne of Tides and End Time. In addition, the Pit of Saron will be added to Lich King time walking dungeons as well as the Magister's Terrace to the Burning Crusade event.

In addition, players will be excited to learn that they'll possibly be able to score the Infinite Dragonflight mount as a rare drop from any time walking dungeon boss!

One of the most common requests we’ve heard ever since introducing Timewalking was for there to be some way to obtain an Infinite Dragonflight mount, since it’d fit perfectly with the theme of time manipulation, aside from being just plain cool-looking. We agree. Inspired by Murozond, the final boss of the End Time dungeon that is included in the Cataclysm Timewalking rotation, the Infinite Timereaver will be a rare drop from any dungeon boss during all of the Timewalking events.

Other notable additions to this patch:

  • Cross-realm Mythic raiding
  • The return of Valor as a currency to upgrade gear. Players will earn Valor from Heroic and Mythic dungeons and from the first Raid Finder run in any given week. Gear can be upgraded five iLevels two times for each piece.
  • Players defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will receive a fragment that sets off a quest chain that gives insight into what is in store for Azeroth and an epic Grove Warden mount as a reward
  • Mythic dungeon gear will drop up to iLevel 725 and Baleful items from Tanaan will scale to 695 along with a new mythic dungeon drop of an heirloom trinket that scales to iLevel 110.
Read the full post on the World of Warcraft site.
 

World of Warcraft : Darkmoon Faire Making a Trip to Blizzcon

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has posted a new article on the Blizzcon site to let fans know that World of Warcraft's Darkmoon Faire will be making its way to Anaheim, California for this year's party on November 6th-7th.

Attendees can check out the following:

  • The Slaughtered Calf Inn -  hobnob with the Diablo III devs and grab a drink from Tristram's most popular (and only!) tavern
  • Community Amphitheatre - rub elbows with developers from all Blizzard games, including community managers
  • Pin Trading Booth - grab your collectible Blizzard pins and complete your collection by trading with other fans
  • Capsule Toy Depot - buy a token, stuff it into a gnome-machine to get a special capsule toy that's suitable for trading
  • Adopt-a-Pet - the one stop shop for all Blizzard plushies
  • BlizzCam 360 - get a special epic pose immortalized in full 360 degrees
  • Temporary Tattoos and Face Painting
  • Animated GIF Booth
You can read more of the details on the Blizzcon Darkmoon Faire page.
 

World of Warcraft : Blizzcon Schedule Revealed - Legion Taking Center Stage

Posted Oct 09, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The 2015 Blizzcon schedule is now out and available to give fans a chance to set aside time to check out news and eSports coverage of their favorite Blizzard games during the two-day event to be held in Anaheim on November 6th and 7th.

World of Warcraft will grab center stage as the kick off event on Friday, November 6th with Legion's World and Content Overview taking place from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Pacific (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Eastern).

Other notable panels to be held in and around all the esports action for Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, WoW, and Starcraft include:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6th

  • World of Warcraft Cinematics - The Road to Legion - 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Pacific (5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Eastern)
  • Diablo III Dev Talk - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Pacific (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern)
  • Hearthstone - What's Next? - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Pacific (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern)
  • Overwatch: What's New? - 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Pacific (7:45 pm - 8:45 pm Eastern)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th

  • Hearthstone: Fireside Chat - 10:00 am - 11:00 am Pacific (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern)
  • The World of Overwatch - 11:30 am - 12:30 am Pacific (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern)
  • Heroes of the Storm State of the Game - 11:30 am - 12:30 am Pacific (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern)
  • World of Warcraft: Legion Game Systems - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Pacific (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Eastern)
  • World of Warcraft Q&A - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Pacific (5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Eastern)
  • Heroes of the Storm: Battlegrounds - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pacific (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Eastern)
We'll have boots on the ground during Blizzcon this year and full coverage from our Virtual Ticket Team as well to bring you the most up-to-date coverage anywhere.
 
Check the Blizzcon schedule for more information about your favorite eSports game and for further coverage of Starcraft II.
 

 

World of Warcraft : A Panoramic Look at Azeroth

Posted Oct 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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.

Source: Kotaku

World of Warcraft : European Road to Blizzcon Ongoing Throughout the Weekend

Posted Oct 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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 : Changing It Up - Character Services Move to Game Client

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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

World of Warcraft : All We Hear Are Crickets, Blizzard! What's Up with Legion?

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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?

World of Warcraft : Worlds Collide - Game of Thrones Meets WoW in New Fan Video

Posted Sep 24, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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.


World of Warcraft : Blizzcon Goodie Bag - Packed Better Than Mom's Lunches

Posted Sep 21, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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.

World of Warcraft : Partnership with Random House to Bring New Franchise Novels

Posted Sep 18, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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?


World of Warcraft : Did 100k Bot Bans Really Accomplish Anything?

Posted Sep 18, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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.


World of Warcraft : Warcraft Movie Considered a "Problem" by Universal?

Posted Sep 17, 2015 by Suzie Ford

UPDATE: Warcraft movie director Duncan Jones took to Twitter to effectively dismiss the claim that his project is "a problem":

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!

World of Warcraft : Americas Region Arena Championships This Weekend

Posted Sep 10, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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.

World of Warcraft : Battle.Net Authenticator Updated for Speed & Ease of Use

Posted Sep 08, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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

World of Warcraft : New Nuggets of Information From DragonCon

Posted Sep 04, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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:

  • will start at level 98
  • can use one-handed swords as well as glaives
  • metamorphosis is a short transformation, not continuous
A few other interesting pieces of new information also came out:
  • the new wardrobe system is said to be something like that found in Diablo 3 and could end up becoming account-wide
  • void storage will not be increased but the wardrobe should ease space concerns
  • Illidan will be leading the Demon Hunters agains the Legion (DOH!)
  • dungeons will be more relevant than ever before
  • multistrike will be removed from the game
  • a major pet battle update will be coming in the first patch post-launch
  • "adventure mode" may be coming, but not ready to reveal anything yet
  • there's an entire team working on crafting
  • no more stage upgrades for crafted items, though only three crafted items can be worn at any given time
  • crafted items can be destroyed to get materials called "Obliterium" used for upgrades
Wowhead did a great job collecting all the Twitter posts and more so head to this link to check it all out.
 

World of Warcraft : Kudos & Questions About Legion

Posted Aug 20, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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.

World of Warcraft : Update That Includes Flying to be Released Sept 1st

Posted Aug 20, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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


World of Warcraft : Blizzard Fights Off DDOS Attack on NA Servers

Posted Aug 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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

World of Warcraft : Learning to Fly - Draenor Pathfinder Guide

Posted Aug 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

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!


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