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World of Warcraft Magazine Canceled
Blizzard just sent a mail to all the subscribers of the World of Warcraft magazine. If you subscribed to the magazine, you can either ask for your money back or get a package of 6 companion pets in game, you might want to look into it now since you apparently only have 2 weeks to do so.






Here is the mail sent to subscribers, thanks to Ocnarian for his forum thread.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Dear Subscriber,

The World of Warcraft Official Magazine is ending its run, and the current issue, #5, will be the last one.

This has been a difficult decision to come to. Although both Blizzard Entertainment and Future US are very proud of the magazines that we have created together, we have each decided to focus our efforts on other areas.

We really appreciate your support for the magazine and would like to offer you a premium based on your remaining subscription term, or, if you prefer, a full refund of your remaining balance instead. To redeem your premium or request a refund, please visit www.worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com by September 30, 2011.

On the website, you'll need to input the following code to access your options:

[Code removed, obviously]

(Please be aware this code is non-transferable and can only be used once.)

Again, we would like to thank you for your continued support and hope you enjoy reading issue 5 as much as we enjoyed making it.

With thanks,
Future US and Blizzard Entertainment

BlizzCon Store Online Pre-Sale for Attendees
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Have a ticket to BlizzCon 2011? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? Between now and Tuesday, September 20 at 9:59 a.m. Pacific time, BlizzCon 2011 ticket holders attending the show in person are able to shop for items from the BlizzCon 2011 store (while supplies last) during our limited-time-only, online BlizzCon Pre-Sale. Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, allowing you to avoid store lines at the show and giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at BlizzCon 2011.

To participate, simply log in to the online Blizzard Store using the Battle.net account you provided when you purchased your BlizzCon 2011 tickets, and click the BlizzCon Sale button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen to browse this year’s selection. Please note that only ticket-holders who provided Battle.net account info will have access to BlizzCon 2011 merchandise during this online sale -- you can view this information in the ticket buyer’s Order History.

Shop BlizzCon now!

If you're planning to purchase this year's BlizzCon Virtual Ticket to watch BlizzCon from home, you'll have an opportunity to participate in a second BlizzCon merchandise pre-sale September 23 through September 27. Check out our previous BlizzCon Pre-Sale blog post for more information.

Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you at BlizzCon 2011!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Tier 13
[...] Most of this tier was attempting to play off a new ability the class got in Cataclysm, so for instance Time Warp for mages and Wild Mushroom for druid, in some cases (like warrior or warlock) there's playing off of the raid and those themes, and then for others it's a bit more just doing something we think represents the class in a more abstract manner. We're putting them up as soon as they're done, essentially, so from here on out they're likely to be posted rather randomly. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Wind Shear
It's still a part of the plan and you'll find out more information once we get into discussing patch 4.3 class balance. I'm not really able to reveal any plans as of yet. Without any context the information I could provide would only lead to a slew of follow-up questions, which will be answered better in our upcoming announcements. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Tier 13 and Future Armor Art
There is only one objective truth about every single armor set we've ever made -- some people love, and some people hate, each of 'em. The art is completely subjective and your tastes reflect your viewpoint.

That said, our design philosophy for epic sets is not changing at all with the introduction of Transmogrification. We're still going to keep designing what we think is fitting and awesome for each class and tier. We want people to want to wear all of the major armor sets we release. In the future you'll just have the option of deciding what set fits you best aesthetically and adventuring to obtain it, without worrying about the stats. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Paypal and Diablo III Auction House
We're pleased to announce that in most regions, PayPal will be our payment-service partner for the Diablo III auction house, allowing players who trade with real-world currency the ability to cash out the spoils of their battle-torn adventures via a PayPal account.

PayPal will also soon be added in several regions as a payment option on Battle.net, providing another convenient and secure payment method for digital purchases of Blizzard products and services.

We’ll share region-related specifics, as well as further details on everything mentioned above, in the near future. Stay tuned! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Comments 163 Comments
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Oh man. I hope this means that Paladin teir will be based off of Inquisition.... and look like an epic Scarlet Crusade suit of armor.
  1. squeedwiddle's Avatar
    There's a wow magazine?
  1. Messick's Avatar
    Haha i paid 2 years when it came out, got 5/8 issues and now i get $60 worth of pets for my wife.
  1. subanark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sokolas View Post
    I wonder how exactly are they going to nerf Wind Shear. Looks like my shammy will be even more useless in raids now...
    Note that the original poster that the blue responded to mentioned restro shamans. It might be the case this only get nerfed for restro, which as much fun interrupting halfus or alyas's adds as restro is, I can see requiring a dps to do it making sense.
  1. davep's Avatar
    Only thing they can do to Wind Shear is put the CD on the same CD as all other interrupts, which is dumb, they should just buff everyone else interrupt if anything.
  1. Hean's Avatar
    So to get a refund I have to send a hand written letter from the EU to the US ...really? Is it that hard to just refund on the paypal which I bought my sub with ?
  1. Designer's Avatar
    I don't think that a pair of flashlights is fitting for top of mage head. Why not at least wear the goggles? I still need to confirm that the lights don't look good in game, but we will see.
  1. squeedwiddle's Avatar
    Funny how they won't even say what they're doing to wind shear, yet everyone assumes the post about the rogue legendary is real.
  1. MrApple's Avatar
    Nerf resto shamans, frost mages and dks and the game might be balanced again pvp-wise. Dont nerf above classes and the game will continue to be faceroll-fotm-specs for gladiator. Interested in how 4.3 will be. Fail as usual or good for once
  1. blackangel209's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by davep View Post
    Only thing they can do to Wind Shear is put the CD on the same CD as all other interrupts, which is dumb, they should just buff everyone else interrupt if anything.
    Because the mere existence of a single 6-second-CD interrupt isn't already OP in PvP. Nerfing it to a 10 second CD makes a lot more sense.
  1. Prag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kerwyn View Post
    Magazines are a dead form of media, I'm surprised it took them this long to axe it.
    I've been a media buyer for advertising agencies long enough to call you out on being dead wrong.
  1. mikefrosty's Avatar
    When the magazine started during wotlk, the magazine sales were doing great. Then left the swarms of people during cata when blizzard ruined this game. It's no wonder everyone cancelled their magazine subs.
  1. Ireth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ; View Post
    ...play off a new ability the class got in Cataclysm...
    Oh, wow, yes! Smoke Bomb for rogues, my expectations just rose by a 100%.
  1. JamesCGamora's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Clee View Post
    I can only imagine what Hunter Teir 13 is going to look like with Camouflage being our new ability for Cataclysm.

    Shame about the WoW Magazine though.
    I wouldn't be too terribly surprised if they went with a Predator theme for the armor to make resemble the Camouflage ability.
  1. balatro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Prag View Post
    I've been a media buyer for advertising agencies long enough to call you out on being dead wrong.
    Magazines currently out, generally speaking, cater to an older demographic or a primarily female audience. While it's a generalization, individuals who play are heavily involved in technology, play video games, tech savvy typically don't subscribe to magazines.

    Walk down the magazine aisle of your grocery store and take a look - the magazines are geared for an older demographic or young female teenagers. The magazines geared for mid 20's-late 30's don't generally target gamers.
  1. Amsden's Avatar
    Wait... there was a Warcraft Magazine? I need to pay more attention to the launcher.
  1. Mofux's Avatar
    Tier 13[...] Most of this tier was attempting to play off a new ability the class got in Cataclysm, so for instance Time Warp for mages and Wild Mushroom for druid, in some cases (like warrior or warlock) there's playing off of the raid and those themes, and then for others it's a bit more just doing something we think represents the class in a more abstract manner. We're putting them up as soon as they're done, essentially, so from here on out they're likely to be posted rather randomly. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)Wind ShearIt's still a part of the plan and you'll find out more information once we get into discussing patch 4.3 class balance. I'm not really able to reveal any plans as of yet. Without any context the information I could provide would only lead to a slew of follow-up questions, which will be answered better in our upcoming announcements. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)Tier 13 and Future Armor ArtThere is only one objective truth about every single armor set we've ever made -- some people love, and some people hate, each of 'em. The art is completely subjective and your tastes reflect your viewpoint.That said, our design philosophy for epic sets is not changing at all with the introduction of Transmogrification. We're still going to keep designing what we think is fitting and awesome for each class and tier. We want people to want to wear all of the major armor sets we release. In the future you'll just have the option of deciding what set fits you best aesthetically and adventuring to obtain it, without worrying about the stats. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Yeah... WoW is dying.
  1. Kraide's Avatar
    The problem with the magazine (and I was a subscriber from issue one) is that they didn't give any exclusive info in there. It would have been the perfect place for a few reveals, and putting some in there would have gotten it a lot more sales. Unfortunately, the last issue was about Firelands; it was FULL of great developer interviews about how they felt about Firelands and what was going to go into it and what kind of content you would have access to... but the issue wasn't released until AFTER the patch was. A bit of a wasted effort there.

    The magazine was fine, and would have been awesome if developers decided to divulge that information EARLIER than it could be datamined and not long after.
  1. Revanchism's Avatar
    They had two open positions for the Magazine a few months back too. Shame if anyone had to move out to San Fran for one of those spots.
  1. EviForums's Avatar
    Really quite angry about the mag, it's obvious this would happen since last year. First issue came out December 2009, paid for 4 issues, then by late 2010 they were asking for more money, and I don't even think issue 4 had been released. It's now September 2011, and they've only just managed to squeeze out issue 5.

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