MMO-Champion - The Opening Ceremony has Started!
The Opening Ceremony has Started!
Stay tuned for updates as they happen.

Update 2:52 PM EST: The Warlords of Draenor trailer is playing
Update 2:47 PM EST: The dark days from the early Warcraft are coming again and will be the Alliance's finest hour.
Update 2:44 PM EST: Draenor produced some of the biggest villains of Warcraft, but the races of Azeroth came together to stop them.
Update 2:43 PM EST: Many WoW players never got to see the early Blizzard games or earlier Warcraft story.
Update 2:42 PM EST: The team has been thinking about the early days with the first Blizzard games.
Update 2:40 PM EST: Chris Metzen is here to talk about the next chapter of WoW
Update 2:37 PM EST: Pardo is talking about Hillsbrad and Southshore, Onyxia, and other things from Vanilla. Next the Dark Portal, AQ Gate opening, Corrupted Blood and other fun shared experiences.
Update 2:31 PM EST: Hearthstone is coming to iPhone and Android in the second half of next year
Update 2:30 PM EST: Hearthstone is adding animated golden hero cards, earned in the new Ranked Play mode.
Update 2:29 PM EST: Hearthstone Blizzcon card is Elite Tauren Chieftain.
Update 2:29 PM EST: Hearthstone is hopefully going into open beta next month
Update 2:26 PM EST: Rob Pardo is taking the stage to talk about Hearthstone
Update 2:25 PM EST: Heroes of the Storm beta opt in begins today!
Update 2:24 PM EST: Heroes is playable today at Blizzcon.
Update 2:20 PM EST: Heroes will have Blackheart's Bay, collect treasure, deliver to evil pirate lord, who joins you and uses cannon on enemies. Haunted Mines where you collect skulls, combine them to create giant golem which will help your team. Dragonshire map will let you capture altar, send hero to altar, will be transformed into more powerful version of the hero.
Update 2:20 PM EST: Heroes of the Storm gameplay video playing
Update 2:17 PM EST: Dustin Browder took the stage to talk about Heroes of the Storm
Update 2:15 PM EST: Heroes of the Storm cinematic playing
Update 2:05 PM EST: WarlordsofDraenor.com now redirects to http://us.battle.net/wow/en/warlords-of-draenor
Update 2:00 PM EST: Mike Morhaime is taking the stage

This article was originally published in forum thread: The Opening Ceremony has Started! started by chaud View original post
Comments 241 Comments
  1. Zardi's Avatar
    "Oh hello guys, we ran out of ideas about how to advance the Warcraft storyline, so we're just going to travel back in time!"
  1. Blur4stuff's Avatar
    they can't redesign player models without pissing off half the player base

    updating is the best option available, so at least they will look better
  1. Raysz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bufferunderrun View Post
    anyone think the new model are lame? basically high res faces and nothing more
    No, they look awesome, way more life like. I hope we get to see some other races as well.
  1. SunRA's Avatar
    Official expansion site - eu.battle.net/wow/en/warlords-of-draenor/
  1. Nitrax's Avatar
    Awesomeawesomeawesomeawesome... proper orcs and demons to fight!
  1. Grelsha's Avatar
    http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/warlords-of-draenor/ - Starting Zones from Blizz Website
  1. kamikaze148's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Avutu View Post
    I hope the boost to 90 needs a payment. Feels insane that blizz makes all those expansions and content and then let players just skip all of that.
    This.

    I am literally like a kid in a candy store excited right now with all the new info coming in, but instaboost to level 90 seems crazy excessive.

    Instaboost level 60 or even 70 seems more reasonable for a catch up mechanism. Gives those players who dont know the ins and outs of a class to tinker around a few levels before hitting lvl cap, my 2 cents.

    Otherwise. Awesome so far!
  1. Grelsha's Avatar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3UQw9rJkZo#t=16 - Watch watch - Starting Zones video - lol one is Shadowmoon Valley - timetravel
  1. Mitsjel's Avatar
    Confirmed, there will never be an emerald dream expansion, a raid or some dungeon/scenario content tops. Source, Chris Metzen.
  1. bufferunderrun's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Raysz View Post
    No, they look awesome, way more life like. I hope we get to see some other races as well.
    the orc look less epic and still has the hunch
  1. Achaman's Avatar
    draenor being a planet better be huge and have both huge zones and lots of them
  1. Tinkertee's Avatar
    GC mentioned some "sands of time" system. There will probably be an account-bound resource the you can use to level up your alts or to do another things. I guess level-up is gradual i.e. you need lots of sands to get to 90, otherwise you'll get to a lower level.

    Also, the worst of it all is the quite strange flow of time the new story creates. Level up in outland at 60, and then level up in Draenor again at 90?
  1. Achaman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grelsha View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3UQw9rJkZo#t=16 - Watch watch - Starting Zones video - lol one is Shadowmoon Valley - timetravel
    shadowmoon looks amazing
  1. Requiem4aDr3am's Avatar
    sounds like the book Rise of the Horde. No new class? sounds like a mistake. I have a feeling this is going to end up like Cata.
  1. Grishnok's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dibbletiki View Post
    "level to 90 and play immediately" Do you guys really think they're just going to let any new player just skip EVERY SINGLE THING THEY HAVE CREATED SO FAR? This is more than likely for people who have already hit max level on a few characters. I mean lol come on, like they're just going to let everyone skip everything they have spent years creating? Get a grip.
    I got a grip. On the text I took right from the WoD website.

    " Even if you’re new or returning to the game, Warlords empowers you to immediately upgrade one of your characters to level 90 and master new abilities at the gateway to Draenor, so that you can charge into grand combat right away. Play the races and classes you’ve always wanted to try, wage war alongside your friends, and take your place among Warcraft’s finest."

    So yeah you can skip everything. This game just got even shittier. Prepare for a bunch of scrubs who have no idea how to play the fucking game. So realistically WoW is now a game with 10 levels.
  1. gamgee76's Avatar
    Omg the new player models!!!
  1. Lolsteak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Raysz View Post
    No, they look awesome, way more life like. I hope we get to see some other races as well.
    Despite your reply bufferunderrun is correct, i believe it's a good step into bringing things up to date however the armor textures are still quite bad, flat textures low polygons, clipping / hovering (Just look at the shoulderplates on the orc)

    http://media.mmo-champion.com/images...nOpening45.jpg
  1. Ferum's Avatar
    This customisable garrison sounds interesting. From official site:

    "To clash with the greatest army Draenor has ever known, you’ll need your own forces and your own fortress. Construct a mighty garrison: an enduring home base integrated seamlessly with the world, not a hiding spot far from the action. Customize it with specialized structures like farms, stables, armories, workshops and more.

    Establish trade routes and unlock new quests, gear and pets to support your war for Draenor. Recruit stalwart followers to man your base, and send them to loot dungeons, fulfill missions, and craft items, even if you’re offline. Tame a deadly realm, and build an unbreakable monument to victory."
  1. Skodhippie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Snorri View Post

    From left to right: Kargath Bladefist of the Shattered hand clan, Tagar Spinebreaker of the Bonechewer clan, Fenris the Hunter of the Thunderlord clan, Grom Hellscream of the Warsong clan, Kilrogg Deadeye of the Bleeding Hollow clan, Gul'Dan of the Stormreaver clan, Ner'zhul of the Shadowmoon clan.
    The third person is same FEMALE orc in "Frostwolf gear" from the trailer i belive it could be Thrall's mother Draka or his Grandmother Zuura.
  1. Grishnok's Avatar
    Also right from the website: any quest can randomly award bonus rare or epic items.

    This game is fucking ruined.

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    Also right from the site: any quest can randomly award bonus rare or epic items. This game is fucking ruined.

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