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Warlords of Draenor - Grimrail Depot
Today we are taking a look at Grimrail Depot, one of the new dungeons in Warlords of Draenor. If you are a fan of trains this is just the dungeon for you!





Warlords of Draenor - Weekly Story Quests
It looks like there will be even more reasons to log in frequently in Warlords of Draenor, as there will be weekly story quests!
Originally Posted by Craig Amai
Finally met up with Azuka Bladefury, a female Warlord, in Nagrand
You'll be seeing much more of her during level 100 weekly story quests. (craig_amai)
Weekly short stories that tap into our many level 100 spaces. Many different subjects, but Azuka plays a big role. (craig_amai)
Do we learn about various lore each week? Are they random or a scheduled order?
Semi-scheduled intro, midpoint, and finale with randomness in between. A mix of local stories and big character stories. (craig_amai)
Is it possible to 'miss' these quests? Say, by not being able to play on a given week? Possible to do them again later?
You can't miss them. If you skip a week and it rerolls something else, you'll still get it again later. (craig_amai)

Warlords of Draenor - Black Market Auction House
The Black Market Auction House has moved from Pandaria to the Ring of Blood in Nagrand for Warlords of Draenor.

Kalidiar has noted some interesting new items for sale, such as Tabard of the Arcane, Grimoire of the Four Winds, Swift Razzashi Raptor, and more.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
New major glyphs coming for defensive dispels in #Warlords. 2 charges but increases cooldown by 4 seconds. Courtesy of & co. (holinka)
Bad idea if reducing cc. Also, can you stop adding glyphs like this. Priests have more mandatory glyphs than we can use
we'd be pretty happy if everyone had more than three "mandatory" glyphs (holinka)

Do you ever think you went too far with ability pruning?
Not sure. Playing some classes on beta, I really love the extra action bar space and streamlined nature of the classes. (holinka)

Melee uptime seems really high. Dmg is high from some melee but I assume you have a series of numbers passes to do. Good stuff.
there is tuning but have heard a lot of concerns about melee mobility...but I don't think it's all melee. (holinka)

Any mobility changes planned for next build?
We probably need to start getting more specific than "mobility" at this point. Some melee are great here, others are not. (holinka)

On live I can go 10 min with almost no empty gcd. On beta I already had more empty gcd in less than 2 min testing.
There's quite a few tiers of difference involved there. That's normal. (Celestalon)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Purpose of "Enhanced Will of the Necropolis"? Are dk tanks designed to drop below 30% every 30 secs?
"Designed to", no. Able to benefit from Will of the Necropolis that often, yes. (Celestalon)

Monk (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
maybe when the ww numbers start to drop you guys will agree. Blizzard sold us a "fast pacing street fighter style".
.Threats like that have long lost their sway over us. It's still a fast-based combat spec. People are are spreading this idea... (Celestalon)
...that Windwalkers are some slow spec now that is energy starved. That's not at all the case. It's simply not. (Celestalon)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Attack speed from Empowered seals doesn't have any effect on Crusader Strike cooldown in beta. Intended?
Yes; attack speed is not haste. (Celestalon)
It isn't worth to seal-dance then, is it? Thank you for your answer.
It should still be. Tuning may be off. (Celestalon)

1) Can you give me a PvE scenario where Seraphim > FV/EmpS? I really don't see it beating them even after...
You find the pooling/burst gameplay fun, you want bursts semi-frequent of damage. (Celestalon)
Even if you could call it fun(you can't), damage(which it lacks) trumps fun on and serious progression
Tuning hasn't happened yet. (Celestalon)

Art
the basilisks, warpstalkers and tallstriders of draenor will have new model? please they need one, thanks
We tried to update as many iconic creatures as possible, sadly we could not get them all. (_DonAdams)

PvP
you mentioned a "cool new feature" you hadn't shared yet...still coming, or did I miss something?
Still coming...but there have been hints out there. (holinka)

I've been around since Day one - I would love to see stats that show me I'm wrong and PvP is not a niche
In the US and EU, the number of people doing random battlegrounds is as high or more than LFR. (holinka)
likewise as many people do 2s as normal raiding. As many do 3s as heroic raiding. Not a niche. (holinka)
and the number of people doing 5's is the same as those doing CM's?
Yeah very few people do 5s and we don't think it is very good gameplay either (holinka)
Does that number filter out people doing only the legendary quest?
This was the trend before the legendary quest (holinka)

(wod) why are incaps and disorients seperate DRs? promotes caster cleaves with moonkin or wl. if combined: melee+ranged best comps
A lot of history with those DR categories. Not prepared to make that seismic of a shift. (holinka)
reading from your comment that i'm right essentially, but the change would be too much for now. right?
No not really. The game has been working pretty well with those DR categories. Don't feel such a disruptive change is needed. (holinka)

so basically Ashran is a AoE fest with PvE mobs thrown into the mix for fun?
It's important to note that we're trying to offer a new type of experience with Ashran including the "giant zerg" feel (holinka)
it isn't for everyone but some people REALLY like it. Variety is the spice of life...in WoW (holinka)
Also regarding the zerg, spell clutter culling will be coming soon, and that'll help with the visual soup. (Celestalon)

Are the Vicious Saddle mounts going to be obtainable in WoD as well, or will they get replaced by new mounts?
still obtainable (holinka)

Lore
Reading the Talador preview. Is the Kirin Tor neutral again in WoD?
Khadgar is. He wants to get the politics out of the Kirin-Tor. (DaveKosak)
Can't you just make him a alliance hero that is willing to work with the Horde for the greater good.
That's exactly what he is. (DaveKosak)

Will we see the ettin in Draenor (WoD)? Thanks .
No ettins, but we have Ogronn, Lesser Gronn (don't think that's the real name) Gronn and Magnaron. Many giants! (_DonAdams)
Why no Ettins? WoD is as good a time as ever to explain their existence.
There is evidence that they're in the ogre/ogronn/gronn family. That's all anyone knows. (_DonAdams)

Didn't the Arakkoa try to summon an Old God to Outland so why isn't he showing up????
The Dark Conclave doesn't exist yet. Most arakkoa do not worship Old Gods. At least not at the time of WoD (BC -30 years). (_DonAdams)

Who are the Scorpars? beasts o humanoids scorpions? we will see them?
Creatures we ended up cutting. You won't see them in WoD. At least not at launch... (_DonAdams)
To clarify: MAYBE NEVER. (_DonAdams)

So is Sethe who the arakkoa in Outland's SMV were trying to summon?
Nope. That was Dark Conclave trying to summon an unnamed Old God. Sethe is a primal god worshipped by the Sethekk (_DonAdams)
Is that Old God planned to show up in WoD? I.e. is he native to Draenor?
No plans for him at the moment. The arakkoa may not even be in contact with him yet. We don't know.

Reputation / Questing
Hi!, is the ending for FFR under redesigning? We've never been able to see it/test it, while SMV has an ending with Karabor.
Not being redesigned. The finale for Frostfire has an (amazing) in-game cinematic which we have not yet revealed. (craig_amai)

World
Then... Why have them next to the giant PvP zone? Why not just make it hard by distance, which Kara/BSF provides.
Seeing other players is totally cool, see: Dalaran. Flying to stuff because your hub is not near anything isn't cool. (Muffinus)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Ashran the island off the coast? Seems like you put the hub far from everything...
Looking at fast ways to get from your garrison to Ashran hub. Keep in mind: Garrison is in SMV/FF, you see a lot of them. (Muffinus)
So World > Garrison > Hub is the intended path to take this expansion?
The endgame of WoD has yet to be unveiled - you'll be fighting all over, think 5.1+Timeless Isle combined (Muffinus)

Dave... Alex... Why is there suddenly, what appears to be, a portal to the Emerald Nightmare near Stormwind?
OOOoooo mystery!! (Will make sense once all the dungeons are in.) (DaveKosak)

are we going to have intact draenei cities outside of shadowmoon? ie shattrath a neutral hub?
I believe there are some in Talador? Smaller pockets of resistance, at least. (_DonAdams)

Will The Dark Portal in Outland fade away? Thanks .
Well the portal in Blasted Lands now links to Draenor (Tanaan Jungle) but as for the Hellfire portal... good question. (_DonAdams)

Garrisons
Oh so will my faction Leaders randomly show up garrison? No? Ok well how about access to my bank? No?
If you've played the beta, you've seen Thrall/Durotan there. So yes, they do Storehouse gives you bank acc (Muffinus)

the ability to destroy our forces while being united
This is why you're building a garrison, Ashran isn't half of the story of what you're ultimately building up to in future. (Muffinus)
I still disagree with moving the capitols to Ashran but okay
The capitol is really your garrison, it's where you start from, where many things intersect, and ultimately = winning vs ??? (Muffinus)

So, do we get a target dummy at some point in those garrisons?
If you take the Sparring Arena, yes! (Muffinus)

Normal Garrison missions are 30m, I just got a rare mission with an 8 hour duration! Intended?
Longer time, epic-er rewards (Muffinus)

Computers - Setup of the Month
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are trending slightly downward over the past few months, with all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale.

The Haswell refresh is here for non-overclockable CPUs, with the overclockable versions likely coming in the next few months. These may offer somewhat better overclocking performance, which may worth waiting for if you are overclocking to the limits of air cooling.

The new Haswell Refresh CPUs are here and just like their predecessors they run a little bit on the warmer side. Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 4790K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions! If you are interested in Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $120ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $150
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $14Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400s - $50Razer DeathAdder 2013 - $66
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $26Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $35
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $210HP ZR2440W 24-inch - $305
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $78CM Storm QuickFire XT - $120
MouseLogitech G500s - $53Razer Naga 2014 - $60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $75


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $35NZXT Source 210 - $35
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $45EVGA 600B - $45
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $110AMD FX-8320 - $150
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $30Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $30
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $95ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $115
MemoryKingston HyperX Blue 4GB 1600 - $438GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $81
Graphics CardGigabyte R7 260X - $100ASUS R9 270X - $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $51Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $75
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$531$733


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $44Corsair Air 540 (Special Layout) - $130
Power SupplyRosewill Capstone 650W - $95Rosewill Fortress 750W - $130
CPUIntel 4690K - $235Intel 4690K - $235
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $63Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $78
MotherboardASUS Z97-A - $145ASUS Z97-A - $145
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $8116GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $185
Graphics CardASUS R9 270X - $180MSI R9 280X OR ASUS GTX770 - $290 / $300
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $75Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $136
SSDCrucial MX100 128GB (Review) - $75
OR
SanDisk Extreme II 120GB (Review) - $75
SAMSUNG 840 EVO 128GB (Review) - $90
OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 128GB (Review) - $130
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$940 - 1070$1404 - $1459


Warcraft Movie Concept Art
We got a better look at the movie concept art that was shown off yesterday.



Dark Legacy Comics #449
DLC #449 takes a look at how to stop some disasters.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Grimrail Depot, Weekly Story Quests, BMAH, Setup of the Month, Movie Concept Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 42 Comments
  1. smpJest's Avatar
    Grimrail Depot looks amazing. Thank you Blizzard.
  1. schiwing's Avatar
    For those that have a hard time looking for pc parts on their own and look at "suggestions" posted by people from a heavily visited site, please do yourselves a huge favor and find a better "narwhal" and "unicorn" power supply. A power supply is a crucial component in your new system, you want to provide a reliable source of power to all of your new components. Power supply failures can take out other components in your new system.
  1. Memory's Avatar
    That dungeon - Grimrail Depot - looks awesome[*], but it's just about the fanciful and immersive environment. Let's hope that the gameplay will be interesting and challenging as well, or it's gonna be just another non-memorable eye candy like there's plenty in WoW already.
    Well, that's more about the sort of tuning that we're gonna get for heroic 5-mans, at this expansion... Any hint about it, yet?

    [*] Although I may also quote a good friend of mine, here, who used to comment on the Toy Train with noticing that he was playing a fucking fantasy game: what do trains have to do with it?
  1. Zakiel's Avatar
    Pretty excited for this instance, looks incredibly fun!
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by schiwing View Post
    For those that have a hard time looking for pc parts on their own and look at "suggestions" posted by people from a heavily visited site, please do yourselves a huge favor and find a better "narwhal" and "unicorn" power supply. A power supply is a crucial component in your new system, you want to provide a reliable source of power to all of your new components. Power supply failures can take out other components in your new system.
    Both of the listed power supplies are excellent choices.
  1. Mellrod's Avatar
    I love Grimrail Depot. Very promising, it's a shame the other instances seem to pale in comparison. atleast on the visual front anyways. Also that concept art looks phenomenal, but i don't remember hearing of a mountain next to the Dark Portal. I know the details of it's construction were never truly fleshed out so filling in the small details is completely open to anything, but the final version has no mountain, so if they did choose this concept art for their inspiration, would the horde have blown away the rest of the mountain or something? Oh well. I just REALLY hope this movie can capture the essence of Warcraft and take people who think WoW is just killing monsters, or people who just don't know the game's story like us lore nerds, through some of it's rich lore in a more engaging way than books (suffice to say the books certainly are engaging) and youtube videos.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GanonDoom View Post
    Dark Legacy comics are such shit. I can't be the only one that thinks that?
    Read the next one that one is about the two clones is funny especially the end..
  1. Mendes's Avatar
    4 years i farmed ZG mounts and now they sell them? Ridiculous...
  1. hieronymus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mendes View Post
    4 years i farmed ZG mounts and now they sell them? Ridiculous...
    That mount is my pride. To bad its going to be a "casual" item now. At least we have the experience of getting the raptor in our hearts which can't be bought with gold
  1. ProfessorTjc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by schiwing View Post
    For those that have a hard time looking for pc parts on their own and look at "suggestions" posted by people from a heavily visited site, please do yourselves a huge favor and find a better "narwhal" and "unicorn" power supply. A power supply is a crucial component in your new system, you want to provide a reliable source of power to all of your new components. Power supply failures can take out other components in your new system.
    Both the "Narwhal" and "Unicorn" power supply have 4.5/5 and 5/5 stars on Amazon. Rosewill is actually a company is my top 3 trustee companies because they have never done me wrong. The only other companies I would trust over them are Corsair and Thermaltake.
  1. OneSent's Avatar
    Grimrail Depot looks like Siege of Orgrimmar on wheels.

    Honestly, it appears to literally use the same art assets and everything. If not for the outside-world view or the fact that you're moving, you wouldn't even be able to tell the difference.

    Orc steel, wood and crates is getting more tiresome by the day. And after 12+ months of SoO, they're the last thing I want to see in a "new" expansion.
  1. F-Minus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    Both of the listed power supplies are excellent choices.
    ... good choices, an excellent choice is an Enermax. In this case either a Enermax Platimax 750W or Modu87+ 700W. $50 more wont kill you to get an excellent power supply that will last you 5 years + reliably, consistently and way more efficiently.
  1. Arvandor's Avatar
    I still disagree with moving the capitols to Ashran but okay
    The capitol is really your garrison, it's where you start from, where many things intersect, and ultimately = winning vs ??? (Muffinus)

    this answer is weird! did blizz think that a garrison is a personal capitol? then the concept of an mmo is false..
  1. Wayne25uk's Avatar
    If this train was in England you would have to wait an hour to play each instance as its always late,either that or you have to do a replacement instance instead.
  1. Trassk's Avatar
    Am I the only one who hates the new ogre model?

    It looks even more derp then the original.
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    "Then... Why have them next to the giant PvP zone? Why not just make it hard by distance, which Kara/BSF provides.
    Seeing other players is totally cool, see: Dalaran. Flying to stuff because your hub is not near anything isn't cool. (Muffinus)
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Ashran the island off the coast? Seems like you put the hub far from everything...
    Looking at fast ways to get from your garrison to Ashran hub. Keep in mind: Garrison is in SMV/FF, you see a lot of them. (Muffinus)"

    This is supposed to make sense? Who is Muffinus anyway?
  1. BlaQ's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mellrod View Post
    i don't remember hearing of a mountain next to the Dark Portal. I know the details of it's construction were never truly fleshed out so filling in the small details is completely open to anything, but the final version has no mountain, so if they did choose this concept art for their inspiration, would the horde have blown away the rest of the mountain or something?
    Doesn't have to be our portal. Might be one of the other ones...
  1. Synbios's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GanonDoom View Post
    Dark Legacy comics are such shit. I can't be the only one that thinks that?
    This isn't their best one, and their best stuff is in the past from what I can tell, but they still get a smile out of me, which is more than I can say about most horrible comics like Penny Arcade.
  1. Wayne25uk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BlaQ View Post
    Doesn't have to be our portal. Might be one of the other ones...
    Think about it logically,i think they are trying to give the image that the portal was carved out of a mountain and the mountain bit attached is the last part of the portal being carved,portals of stone dont just pop up out of thin air,they are either built and put together or carved from an object (which would be twenty times easier).
  1. Sylvanas's Avatar
    I see they only put an SSD in the Narwhal and Unicorn. Is it also possible to add the SSD: "SAMSUNG 840 EVO 128GB" to a Dolphin build pc?

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