MMO-Champion - Shadowmoon Valley Preview, Alliance Garrison, Connected Realms, Forging Frostmourne
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Warlords of Draenor - Shadowmoon Valley Preview
Today we are taking a look at Shadowmoon Valley, the Alliance zone in Warlords of Draenor.



Warlords of Draenor - Alliance Garrison
Shadowmoon Valley also contains the Alliance garrison. The initial base with barracks and a monument is pictured here.


US Connected Realms - Update 6/30
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As previously announced, we’ve been working toward connecting realms to increase the number of players on low-population realms. Here's a continuously updated list that contains currently planned connections, future plans, and completed realm connections, all in one convenient location.

*Please note this list does not encompass all potential future connections. Please check back for further updates.

Next Connections
We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, July 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.

  • Alterac Mountains and Balnazzar, Gorgonnash, The Forgotten Coast, and Warsong
  • Gnomeregan and Moonrunner

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, July 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.

  • Zuluhed and Andorhal, Scilla and Ursin
  • Ysera and Durotan

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warlords of Draenor Theorycraft Discussion
With the changes to haste breakpoints, how will temporary haste buffs like the one from elemental blast affect HOTS or totems? Will we see the additional tick or heal long after the temporary buff is gone?
Haste is checked at the beginning of each cast, and on each tick of periodics.

Is there any way that you can set the healing dummies to put you into combat whenever you heal them and for something like 30 seconds after your last healing event to them? It would make healing testing a lot more accurate and let us test combat regen/sustainability of different spell selections.
Ah, hmm... I'll see what I can do about that. In the meantime, easy solution should be to just stand between the healing dummies and some damage dummies and throw a spell on a damage dummy. As long as you stay within 50yd of the damage dummy, it'll stay in combat with you. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
On the good news front, currently working on something awesome we haven't even told you about. (holinka)

e.g. brand new PvPer goes in at 1500 MMR. Gets wrecked 10x. Better experience if they start at ~1000 or so, win as they learn?
You are bootstrapped at the beginning of the season. You are actually 800 MMR. (holinka)
Admittedly poor transparency. Discussing that. (holinka)
ah, well, fair enough IDK, from friends starting arenas, losing a lot right off the bat is a reason why several don't continue.
Yeah agree with that and common complaint. Something we are discussing going forward. (holinka)

The objective of the developers should be to get more people playing pvp, not pissed off at the gearing process
Removing MMR tanking could be argued as helping there as new players aren't facing ppl that tanked. (holinka)

Have you considered matching by ilvl and then by rating? Does that extend queue time too much?
MMR adjusts on winning/losing so gear gets taken into account. There are all kinds of edge cases/exploits to gear matchmaking. (holinka)

MMR is MatchMaking Rating, and by tanking I think he means it's going to lower everyone's rating a LOT initially.
Tanking MMR means deliberately losing games to lower your MMR for easier wins against lower skilled players. (holinka)

Make Prideful Conquest achievement account wide? Would boost bg queues and reduce the amount of players tanking
The average player queues to earn conquest. Making them not need conquest will not improve queues. (holinka)

So you are turning 5hours+ into atleast 24hours. Because honor gear will be required, which u will replace later
Yes you have to devote time into making your character more powerful in WoW. It's a pillar of the genre. (holinka)

Man At Arms - Forging Frostmourne
Tony Swatton created a Frostmourne sword this week after fans requested it.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Shadowmoon Valley Preview, Alliance Garrison, Connected Realms, Forging Frostmourne started by chaud View original post
Comments 43 Comments
  1. MikeBogina's Avatar
    That Frostmourne
  1. Andelormon's Avatar
    Nice Man at Arms. Love that show, and glad he finally got to Frostmourn!
  1. Master Guns's Avatar
    Dat Sword tho
  1. Rayaleith's Avatar
    Do they have to make Alliance starting zone and garisson so much prettier? Or the opposite, make Horde so much uglier?
  1. Desareon's Avatar
    Thanks very much Blizzard, for making so everyone's Garrison will look the same...So much for that unique player experience that was talked about at Blizzcon...Jeez.
  1. Anium's Avatar
    Sick sword braj
  1. selrah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Desareon View Post
    Thanks very much Blizzard, for making so everyone's Garrison will look the same...So much for that unique player experience that was talked about at Blizzcon...Jeez.
    Well if you don't like the way the Garrison looks you can always go hang out at Ashran. I'm sure it won't at all look like the garrisons..




    /The sarcasm was thicker than molasses.
  1. Casomir's Avatar
    Khadgar's servant again? NOOO!! I don't want to have to bear his long boring tours!
  1. Oishi's Avatar
    http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/3...e-of-warlords/

    Woah!

    Quote Originally Posted by Casomir View Post
    Khadgar's servant again? NOOO!! I don't want to have to bear his long boring tours!
    He's a raid boss. endurance fight
  1. CasCrow's Avatar
    Good to see a dwarf innkeeper.
    maybe we can play hearthstone in-game. check out the lumberjacks playing it.
  1. hunterakos's Avatar
    Oh look more Karabor pics......Plz more salt in our wounds
  1. lightspark's Avatar
    dat frostmourne
  1. Kaleredar's Avatar
    "For the horde?"

    Bah, he should have shouted "FOR THE SCOURGE!"


    Looks utterly badass though.
  1. lightspark's Avatar
    damn, SMV looks sooo good wish I had beta acc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaleredar View Post
    Bah, he should have shouted "FOR THE SCOURGE!"
    Should be "Glory to the scourge!"
  1. Alixie's Avatar
    The overweight hairy guys are horde players. No surprise. Arthas having a much closer connection to the alliance makes that part extra cringe worthy.
  1. Zenny's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alixie View Post
    The overweight hairy guys are horde players. No surprise. Arthas having a much closer connection to the alliance makes that part extra cringe worthy.
    Under that fat it's likely pure muscle. He is a professional blacksmith after all. But hey, let's not pass a opportunity to needlessly insult a entire faction?
  1. Darthyogi's Avatar
    DAT SWORD! Looks utterly bad ass!
  1. AndreiBD's Avatar
    great job ! Arthas would be proud
  1. Ramian's Avatar
    That Sword is just WoW !! Bloody Awesome .
  1. Alenarien's Avatar
    Nice of them to show us Shadowmoon Valley; a zone that we'll hardly ever see on account of their stupid decision to move the Alliance Capital to Ashran; just as they've done with the Horde one too.

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