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Warlords of Draenor - Upcoming Beta Additions
It looks like upcoming beta builds (next week) will give us Gorgrond, Talador, and Ashran!



Warlords of Draenor - 7/15 Beta Invite Wave
A sizable invite wave went out tonight, allowing many more people to join the beta testing for Warlords of Draenor. Bashiok also explained a little bit more about how invite targeting works.


Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
Targeting was at subscription length + recent activity of accounts who are (of course) opted in to beta test on the website. So account creation date wasn't necessarily a factor, although of course those with a lot of sub time also have old accounts. Also it was a target and not a guarantee, and so certainly not everyone who has been playing a long time got one.

But more are going out to opt-ins every week, and there are fansite and gaming news site giveaways. Plenty of additional opportunities every week.

Warlords of Draenor - Holiday Updates
Muffinus hinted that holidays may see some changes or updates in Warlords of Draenor.



US Connected Realms - Update 7/15
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 17 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.
  • Dawnbringer and Madoran
  • Zuluhed and Andorhal, Scilla, and Ursin

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, July 24 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.
  • Deathwing and Executus, Kalecgos, and Shattered Halls
  • Gilneas and Elune

Future Connections
We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this post when we do.
  • Malfurion and Trollbane
  • The Venture Co and Maelstrom

*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.

EU Connected Realms Update - 15/07
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The following realms are due to be connected on 16 July:

English Realms
  • (PvE) Saurfang and Darkspear/Terokkar

German Realms
  • (PvE) Teldrassil and Perenolde
  • (PvE) Durotan and Tirion
  • (PvE) Lothar and Baelgun

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

English Realms
  • (PvE) Lightbringer and Mazrigos
  • (PvP) Dentarg and Tarren Mill

German Realms
  • (PvE) Norgannon and Dun Morogh
  • (PvP) Nefarian and Nera'thor

Russian Realms
  • (PvP) Пиратская бухта and Ткач смерти

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
does everyone get a base multistrike %? Don't have beta yet so can't test
No, no global base amount. A few specs have passives which some though. (Celestalon)
...which *grant* some. (Celestalon)

Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
also also about mirror images. Giving mages an ability we've had for years as a lvl90 talent isn't fun or exciting gameplay.
It does like 3000% more damage now though! (Muffinus)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Will a warrior have to commit to glad stance before a bg starts?
In its current implementation, yes. (holinka)

Warlords of Draenor Stats
Is Rating -> % conv. going to be the same for Crit and Multistrike? If so, it feels like Crit will always be numerically better.
Nope. (Celestalon)
Good to know. Are we going to see Multistrike Damage bonuses (> 30%) the way we do with Crit? (> 100/50%)
Yes, but they're very rare. (Celestalon)

PvE
Is it realistic to expect we will frequently switch gemming and enchanting, esp given stat attunements?
The average player? Maybe not. A top 10 guild tank doing progression? Wouldn't surprise me at all. (WatcherDev)

With most ench/gem/reforg gone, how do we promote build diversity aside for drop RnG. It's fairly important during progression.
But enchanting and gemming aren't gone? Also flask/food is a good chunk of secondary stats - you can make large stat adjustments. (WatcherDev)
I was under the (misguided maybe?) impression that available enchants and gem slots are severely reduced in WoD?
They're consolidated into fewer slots, so you can wear more gear instantly, but each enchant you do have is more impactful. (WatcherDev)

In other words, will heroic dungeon gear be powerful enough for normal mode Highmaul?
Absolutely. Normal Highmaul is tuned for Heroic dungeon blues, and Normal Highmaul will be open before LFR. (WatcherDev)
Question, is that Normal which is "Flex" now, or "Normal" right now?
If I ever talk about Warlords raids, I'm using the 6.0 difficulty names. So, the former. (WatcherDev)
Follow-up inquiry, what is Heroic Highmaul tuned for?
"Tuned for" can be misleading. Tuned to be done in Normal Highmaul gear by the audience for which Heroic is the likely endpoint. (WatcherDev)
But Mythic-caliber raiders should be quite able to do Heroic Highmaul without much/any Normal gear. (WatcherDev)

PvP
Any chance at getting a few more bgs for low levels, random bgs xp <3
Actually yes! We are going to redistribute when battlegrounds come available. More at lower level. Also Random BG at level 20. (holinka)

I don't play much. I did however start at release and saw the game wither away since Cata.
Arena participation grew 50% over the course if the expansion. Not dead, growing. (holinka)

constant new rewards take resources. motivation at top end is a recognition issue, maybe in game ladder UI to show off?
Definitely thinking about ways to improve rewards and progression in PvP. Any change would need to be clearly better. (holinka)

we going to see an different version of nagrand arena in WoD? Maybe more #savage
One of our longterm goals is to improve the visuals of the arenas while preserving their layouts. More to come on that. (holinka)
awesome, looking forward to see what is to come. Cant wait testing out Ashran when its on beta, druid ready to explore n kill!
We're working to get Ashran playable in Beta very soon. (holinka)

then what about shooting through a hill in a bg map? Is that latency to?
No terrain does not break LoS in WoW. (holinka)

so do you think they will ever make an arena that is wide open? Nowhere to hide type arena
No, line of sight and positioning are a critical part of arena PvP (holinka)
of unless you are a caster or hunter who can shoot through solid objects. Which has been a problem for years
In arena? Barring latency, the objects in arena do block line of sight. (holinka)
so all the complaints about shooting through solid objects is being blamed on latency.
do you have any specific examples? Generally, objects in arena break LoS. But for moving targets, latency matters. (holinka)
for instance, on my client, I may see myself behind the pillar, but on your client I haven't made it there yet. (holinka)
is that something that is trying to be fixed in WOD?
No because it's the nature of online multiplayers games. Synchronization is often sacrificed for responsiveness. (holinka)

I remember you asking how to increase arena participation a while back. *hint*hint*
We are creating new Vicious mounts of the Combatant achievements. It was very effective for increasing participation. (holinka)

I remember seeing something about the window for getting the vicious saddle being extended. True or am I just imagining things?
The vicious saddle will be available each season. (holinka)
The same one available for s14 is still obtainable now then? Just trying to be sure to clear up confusion between friends and I
You can obtain one Vicious Saddle per character each season. (holinka)

Well you can't really blame people. I don't give a crap about store mounts, but your answer was kinda poor and now deleted
The irony is that we're already making more PvP mounts. I know people are upset, but we are doing what they want. (holinka)
1 Ground mount per expansion isn't what people want. Again you presume to thin you know what we want.
who said one per expac was the plan? I think you are making assumptions. (holinka)
Sorry, it's actually two. For each faction. That's what we got for MoP. Did the plan change for WoD?
We hope to do 2 per season as long as we can. (holinka)

Lore
So Dave, outside Pandaria are there any beings to compare the celestials to? Or are they unique?
The ancients (Goldrinn, Aviana, etc) are just like Celestials. (DaveKosak)

WHOA! The elements on Draenor want balance? They aren't fighting with early h other or mortals for supremacy?
Unlike Azeroth, they don't seek the end to all, but the balance of all elements. The Breakers have other plans... (Muffinus)

Garrisons
are there any negative ramifications for bulldozing your plots?
There is a cost in garrison supplies, but there are also a ton of ways to obtain them (mostly through adventuring!) (Muffinus)

Why the cut to only 3 small garrison plots? Forces picks for the player now, Storehouse or Salvage only choice.
What would you have done with 4, specifically? (Muffinus)
I'm afraid of losing that impressive base feel, that houses a true army. Less complete base now.
It's still REALLY big, and full of stuff. Looking forward to feedback when t3 unlocks for sure. (Muffinus)

Yep, more alts with Garrisons...
Fine line to walk, rewards per alt. Didn't work out well on the farm. Check out garrison capacity system. (Muffinus)

What type of armor will non-human and orcs have? People are nervous around Worgen in Stormwind plate.
They come in the armor of their origins, Night Elf sentinels will look like sentinels, etc. (Muffinus)

Can we have a variety of racial guards? Not just one race, but a combination of orcs, trolls, etc?
There are some plans to allow you to customize where your guards come from (e.g. what main city) (Muffinus)
You mean faction right? Cause there are races without cities.
Yes. You can have all worgen guards and call it Dogfort. (Muffinus)
Please say Pandaren will be included in this.
Yup! Even some Shado-pan may choose to show up... (Muffinus)

UI / Addons
you said earlier no "new stuff for arena frames" - not even letting us scale/move them? Or do we have to rely on scripts?
Those frames are reusing the boss frames. We'd prefer to do a more comprehensive overhaul. (holinka)
Is it actually on the list, or something you'd simply like to do?
On the list of things we'd like to do... (holinka)

Warlords of Draenor - Mage Frost Mastery Visual Update
Along with the new mage spell visuals, some older spells are getting updated visuals as well. Mastery: Icicles is one example.



Dark Legacy Comics - #448
This week DLC takes on "same face"!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Warlords Beta Invites and Content, Connected Realms Update, Blue Tweets, DLC #448 started by chaud View original post
Comments 68 Comments
  1. Ihnasir's Avatar
    These second wave plebs have no idea where to go or what to do... I've never seen so many stupid questions in trade while not on live. I've guided far too many people to the obvious dude as tall as a building when they ask "how do i get 2 dranor?". We figured it out, you figure it out.
  1. Durandro's Avatar
    I really do hope I get a beta invite. Not going to touch Horde content though, will focus on Alliance. Want to keep the Horde stuff for when its live.
  1. ShuaVerde's Avatar
    Glad to see some updates on spell effects like icicles. It adds a new layer of "shine" for me.
  1. Musta's Avatar
    WTB update for shadow orbs.............
  1. TrollShaman's Avatar
    Another day no invite. At least next beta build looks pretty sizable!
  1. Sharped's Avatar
    Wow at the mage pics!!
  1. Spirthealer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Musta View Post
    WTB update for shadow orbs.............
    here here!
  1. Lindseysig's Avatar
    kinda crap..my brother just got one and he doesn't even play right now..I play every day and have for 8 years and have never got one..kinda pisses me off too
  1. Fool's Avatar
    here we go, portals everywhere, pathetic.
  1. bumr's Avatar
    Yep, im in finally . I planned to level my char from 90lvl to 100 , but when i create char it is already lvl 100 and copy character from my live acc is not working for me :/ In the other hand i can immediately try max level features/spells etc .
    This was probably really huge wave , because most of my guild mates got invited too. I am sorry for you guys who have not yet received an invitation
  1. fengosa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    here we go, portals everywhere, pathetic.
    I think it was a given Ashran would have quick access...it's really no different from Tol Barad in that regard. Your hearthstone is a second way to get somewhere quick and gold challenge modes will probably offer ports to their respective dungeons as well. It's about par for the course as far as travel goes.
  1. Caylis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    here we go, portals everywhere, pathetic.
    With no flying until atleast 6.1 it had better be damn fucking convenient to get around. I want portals to everywhere.. and I mean everywhere
  1. SebastianRooks's Avatar
    well i have not been subscribed to wow in 7 months.. i guess blizzard wants you to buy your way into the beta unlikely I will ever get in.
  1. Asulz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bumr View Post
    Yep, im in finally . I planned to level my char from 90lvl to 100 , but when i create char it is already lvl 100 and copy character from my live acc is not working for me :/ In the other hand i can immediately try max level features/spells etc .
    This was probably really huge wave , because most of my guild mates got invited too. I am sorry for you guys who have not yet received an invitation
    I think you may have just created a character on the PVP test server "Mekkatorque" If you use a premade it's auto 100 and pvp gear on that server, However on "Gilneas" if you premake a character it will be level 90 with 500 ilvl, i was also able to copy my own characters over on this server.

    As for leveling though as far as i know it's capped at level 92 at the moment! hope this helps
  1. Demoneq's Avatar
    Anyone in beta able to explain, what the "garrison capacity system" is about?
    I'm referring to the Tweet I quote below:

    Yep, more alts with Garrisons...
    Fine line to walk, rewards per alt. Didn't work out well on the farm. Check out garrison capacity system. (Muffinus)
  1. Dome Fossil's Avatar
    So is the new icicles model the one on the right or the one on the left?
  1. Mkgego's Avatar
    Guess who still doesn´t have beta >< yeaaaah...
    Blue posts just makes my frustration bigger...
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    im so calling it Dogfort
  1. Warrieur's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dome Fossil View Post
    So is the new icicles model the one on the right or the one on the left?
    Depends on the picture, but the more detailed white one is the new model. The light blue one is the old one.
  1. lunethzero's Avatar
    It's nice to know where they are shooting out those beta invites out to, my friend got one and he says he isn't going to even use it because "I don't wanna level". Great. Just great... so much for that feedback blizzard's lookin for. :P

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