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Warlords of Draenor - Hydra Pets Tameable
It appears one of the new Hunter pet families in Warlords of Draenor will be hydras!



Upcoming Siege of Niuzao Temple Hotfix
You asked, and Watcher delivered! Siege of Niuzao Temple is going to be hotfixed to let you start the waves on Vo'jak faster.



Warlords of Draenor - Upcoming PvP Blog Post
Holinka mentioned that we will get a blog post about PvP gear changes in April.



Patch 5.4.7 - Arena Rating Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We recently implemented a hotfix to address a bug that allowed Personal Ratings to exceed Matchmaking Rating. As a result, some players may notice that they do not gain or lose Personal Rating in the wake of a match. As more matches are played, these ratings will normalize and converge to the correct rating, and Personal Rating will then rise or drop accordingly.

In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments if necessary.

Make-A-Wish® Charity Pet: Thank You!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks to the epic outpouring of generosity from World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased an Alterac Brew Pup pet, we’ve raised $1 million to benefit Make-A-Wish in their continuing efforts to grant the wishes of children throughout the world with life-threatening medical conditions.

Last November, we announced that 50% of the Alterac Brew Pup’s $10 purchase price would be donated to Make-A-Wish, and the WoW community rushed in to lend their support. Thanks again for helping to make a difference in the lives of children.

Learn more about Make-A-Wish America at wish.org and Make-A-Wish International at worldwish.org.

EU Connected Realms Update - 28/03
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The following realms are due to be connected next week:

English Realms
  • (PvP) Shattered Hand and Kor’gall/Bloodfeather/Executus/Burning Steppes
  • (PvE) Aggramar and Hellscream

French Realms
  • (PvP) Illidan and Naxxramas/Arathi/Temple Noir

German Realms
  • (PvE) Ulduar and Gilneas

The following realms are scheduled to be connected after the realms above:

English Realms
  • (RP) Darkmoon Faire and Earthen Ring

German Realms

  • (PvE) Rexxar and Alleria

Hello, can you please answer one question? Are you done with our group Darksorrow/Genjuros/Neptulon or you are planning to add more realms?
Yes we're done with that group for now.

Was wondering if the Darkmoon Faire/Earthen Ring connection means we will have a 2 way and a 3 way connection of the smaller 5 RP realms (as opposed to the 5 way most were expecting).
Still waiting to see how things pan out, but we're not currently planning to add more realms to the Darkmoon Faire/Earthen Ring connection.

Ok, I have to ask because the wait is driving me crazy; Will Steamwheedle Cartel ever get connected?
Current plans are to connect it, yes. But as I always stress, nothing is set in stone; we have to carefully analyse how things go as we proceed

Thats a shame really.. I seen server be merged into fives.. that would help the 5 minor Role Play servers if they became one. Seems a lot are hoping for this to happen.
Connecting all five of the EN RP realms would result in mild queues at quiet times for players on those realms, and hours of waiting to log on at busy times

Would it really be the case if all except AD were connected, it'd make queues? I always thought all except AD were suffering in a minor way.
You're right, apologies, I edited my post to clarify I was talking about the low/medium population realms. Argent Dawn often has queues by itself so it won't be connected to any others. But yeah as I said, the others aren't as small as, say, some of the PvP ones we've been connecting.

US Connected Realms - Update 3/28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Future Connections
We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, April 3 during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PDT through approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Borean Tundra and Shadowsong
  • Dath'Remar and Khaz'goroth

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, April 10 during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PDT through approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Drenden and Arathor
  • Nagrand and Caelestrasz

We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this post when we do.

  • Blackwater Raiders and Shadow Council

Postponed Until a Future Time

  • Alterac Mountains and Balnazzar/Gorgonnash/The Forgotten Coast/ Warsong
  • Elune and Gilneas
  • Sisters of Elune and Cenarion Circle

*Plans for these connections may change at any time, but we’ll provide additional updates on specific dates for future connections here as we can. Please note that as a part of the connection process realm times may change to match each other.

New World of Warcraft Short Story: The Untamed Valley
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In Pandaria’s Valley of the Four Winds, modest farmers have worked the land for generations. They are the true backbone of Pandaren society, feeding an empire with an honest day’s work...scant preparation for war.

Though Garrosh Hellscream has been defeated, the flames of his hatred still rage in the hearts of his followers. When the worst of these descend on Pandaria, closely followed by Alliance heroes Maraad and Lyalia, the humble Tillers find their farms transformed into battlefields.
The Tillers are committed to their homes and the earth they cultivate, but will they give up their lives to protect them? Worse, will they give up their lives for nothing?


The answer is in the 7th Pandaria faction story, “The Untamed Valley,” written by Robert Brooks. It’s available now on the Destination: Pandaria site as a free download. Enjoy!
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Comments 71 Comments
  1. ShadowyFanatic's Avatar
    Just so everyone's clear: If Make-A-Wish get's $1 million from the Brew Pup sales, and Blizz donated half of $10 to that org - then the total raised was at least $2 million. So basically Blizzard got everyone to donate $2 Million to them, which they then gave half of to Make-A-Wish, which is a tax write-off, so, yeah, basically $2 million for Blizzard. For what was probably two weeks worth of an animator/modeler's work time. Yeah, charity or not, let that sink in a tiny bit. And it still takes 5-6 months between patches and an entire year+ for a new expansion. #classy #cynical
  1. Ecwfrk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowyFanatic View Post
    Just so everyone's clear: If Make-A-Wish get's $1 million from the Brew Pup sales, and Blizz donated half of $10 to that org - then the total raised was at least $2 million. So basically Blizzard got everyone to donate $2 Million to them, which they then gave half of to Make-A-Wish, which is a tax write-off, so, yeah, basically $2 million for Blizzard. For what was probably two weeks worth of an animator/modeler's work time. Yeah, charity or not, let that sink in a tiny bit. And it still takes 5-6 months between patches and an entire year+ for a new expansion. #classy #cynical
    Yer absolutely right. They should have made the product, sold it and kept all the money for themselves like a real American corporation should g'dammit!! #chewtabaccy #bush4evah
  1. snegro's Avatar
    Good laugh at that guy embarrassing himself trying to imply this change was going to make challenge modes easier.
  1. billielecter's Avatar
    Still no trace of evidence why WoD takes so long.
  1. Ecwfrk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by billielecter View Post
    Still no trace of evidence why WoD takes so long.
    Because like everything Blizz does, they want to get it right before they release it.

    The real question is why, if they're going to bother telling us they don't want the final content patch to stagnate for an inordinate amount of time again, they didn't plan enough content for MoP, or at least space it out more, to last until WoD could reasonably be expected to at least be approaching beta status. They should have a pretty good handle on how long their development process takes by now, so why do they still keep dropping the ball with the end of every expansion?
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Another "major selling point" of WoD.
  1. mindw0rk's Avatar
    When they finally connect russian realms. Some like Thermoplugg are deserted!
  1. TmrAsakura's Avatar
    ive wanted hydras to be tameable so long now
  1. ChaosWolf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ecwfrk View Post
    Because like everything Blizz does, they want to get it right before they release it.

    The real question is why, if they're going to bother telling us they don't want the final content patch to stagnate for an inordinate amount of time again, they didn't plan enough content for MoP, or at least space it out more, to last until WoD could reasonably be expected to at least be approaching beta status. They should have a pretty good handle on how long their development process takes by now, so why do they still keep dropping the ball with the end of every expansion?
    It is an objective and factual impossibility for the content in an MMO - any MMO, not just WoW - to be produced faster than it can be consumed, because the playerbase will always outnumber the developers.
  1. Cezella's Avatar
    think a hydra would be cool
  1. Kilmir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ChaosWolf View Post
    It is an objective and factual impossibility for the content in an MMO - any MMO, not just WoW - to be produced faster than it can be consumed, because the playerbase will always outnumber the developers.
    Nobody argues with that. It's simply that basically more then 6 months of no new content in any form starts to irk people. Bliz knows this and they promised not to have a gap like the end of previous expansions. Yet they will now again have over a year of no content, in fact the longest wait period at any point of WoW's history.

    We don't expect a continuous supply of content that keeps up with the top 100 guilds or so. We just want regular patches spaced enough for average gamers to not get bored while still able to enjoy the content to the fullest. Sure an expansion content can take a bit longer, especially if there's a beta phase where people can take a look around. But over a year means tons of people will get bored and unsubscribe.

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