MMO-Champion - Raid Release Schedule, Mists of Pandaria on Sale
Update (1:15 PM EST): Added some additional clarifications from Watcher and UK Subscription price changes.

Gamescom Interview - Raid Release Schedule
Our friends over at Vanion had the chance to talk to Tom Chilton again during Gamescom and came away with some interesting details. The highlights of the interview are below.


Raids
  • Raids will open roughly two and a half weeks after the expansion releases. This will give players time to level and enjoy some dungeons and other content before they move on to raiding.
  • Normal and Heroic will open first, with Mythic and LFR starting to open the following week.
  • Blackrock Foundry will open some number of weeks later. (4 weeks for MSV before HoF opened was too short - WatcherDev)
  • Grommash is really the final boss! When players get to the Grommash fight, they will see that it is a completely different fight from the Garrosh fight in Siege of Orgrimmar.
  • There will be more than just Orcs in the raids. For example, there will be a heavy Legion influence in the raid that has Grommash Hellscream.

Items
  • The legendary items (other than the ring) will most likely come from defeating really difficult content.
  • Warlords will have more activated trinkets compared to Mists of Pandaria.
  • Challenge modes will reward players with transmog weapons for Gold, a mount for Silver, and a title for Bronze. (WatcherDev)
  • Challenge modes will have a daily quest that can reward Raid Finder quality loot. This will give players a reason to do Challenge modes while they wait for raids to open. (WatcherDev)

Garrisons
  • Depending on what buildings your Garrison has, there will be different relevant content out in the world.
  • If you build the Inn, you will have a dungeon daily quest in the Inn, similar to the Wrath of the Lich King dungeon daily quests.
  • There are four tiers of Garrison missions for your followers, giving followers increased item levels and access to better missions each tier. Eventually you will have access to a mission that rewards raid quality loot every couple of weeks.

Misc
  • Armistice Day is on the Tuesday of the release week, which is why they went with Thursday instead of Tuesday for release this time.
  • The team has talked about doing an updated version of Karazhan, but it was created as a 10 player raid. There isn't space for 30 players.


Gamescom Dev Interview
Gamona also had an opportunity to talk to Tom Chilton at Gamescom. The highlights of the interview are below.


  • Patch 6.0 is coming roughly a month before the November 13 release date.
  • Warlords of Draenor took longer than anticipated to create, by roughly 6 months. Getting the new members of the team up to speed took longer than anticipated and slowed things down. A group is already working on the next expansion though, so hopefully there won't be another long gap next time.
  • Moving your Garrison is still something that would be nice to do in a content patch. Players will most likely want the ability to move the garrison after they have had it in the same place for a few months.
  • Rather than armor dyes, the team has made multiple color variations of armor sets and provided different ways for players to earn them. A dye system might cause the team to lose a little bit too much control over the way the world looks. Players coming into the game shouldn't see everyone wearing crazy neon colors or something like that.


UK Subscription Price Increase - Secure Your Current Price for Two Years
It looks like UK subscribers have a price increase coming, but players can lock in their price for two years if they keep their subscription active.

  • 30 Days - Increased to £9.99 from £8.99.
  • 90 Days - Increased to £28.17 from £25.17.
  • 180 Days - Increased to £52.14 from £46.14.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We regularly look at our pricing around the world and from time to time we make changes in light of local and regional market conditions. As such, we want to give everyone a heads-up that we will shortly be adjusting the pound sterling subscription price of World of Warcraft.

The new price for recurring subscriptions will be £9.99 for 30 days, £28.17 for 90 days, and £52.14 for 180 days. The suggested retail price of the 60-day prepaid time card will be £20.99.

As a thank you for current World of Warcraft subscribers, we guarantee that players with recurring (auto-renewing) subscriptions at the time of the price change will retain their current price for two years, as long as they remain in the same recurring subscription without interruption. This applies to anyone who is already in, or signs up for, a recurring subscription prior to the price change, which is scheduled to take place at the Warlords of Draenor release. We will reach out to relevant players approximately two months prior to the price change with a reminder.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – Now Only €9.99!
The new $9.99 price is not reflected in the US Shop just yet, but will likely appear soon.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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Comments 219 Comments
  1. Epsi's Avatar
    13.11.2014 + 2,5 weeks = ~30.11. (new ID => 02./03.12.)

    So raids will be open in December, and Mythic even mid December? Omfg.
  1. cadb's Avatar
    Calling it now, we'll fight alongside or to save Grommash from the Legion.
  1. tangers58's Avatar
    4 weeks was too short my ass...
  1. markdall's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cadb View Post
    Calling it now, we'll fight alongside or to save Grommash from the Legion.
    You know you're getting old when you can remember when the following things weren't a feature:

    1. Offline single player mode. (D3, looking at you)
    2. LAN multiplayer mode. (D3, looking at you harder.)
    3. Actually killing the end boss.
    4. Had no way to spend money on them after the initial purchase.
  1. frogger237's Avatar
    I wonder if the heavy legion influence means Grom ends up taking Mannoroths place in the burning legion.
  1. tangers58's Avatar
    ... Or you could put in dyes without crazy neon colors if that is the reason you don't want to add them? /logic
  1. Kilmir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Epsi View Post
    13.11.2014 + 2,5 weeks = ~30.11. (new ID => 02./03.12.)

    So raids will be open in December, and Mythic even mid December? Omfg.
    Yeah about the worst timing possible. Just when the harder bosses are up for Mythic killing by my raidgroup we'll be dealing with Christmas, New Years and everyone taking holidays during those times.

    I am not going to enjoy this first tier of raiding as a RL.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    I like the extra week of no raiding. With just a week, you really did feel a little rushed to level. and in my opinion, it just isn´t as fun seeing content on alts first or once you have raid gear on your main for the first time. It will be nice to be able to experience everything on my main with the appropriate gear.

    Disappointed with Grom as the final boss. Unless he really gets mutated and made huge.
  1. azurrei's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tangers58 View Post
    ... Or you could put in dyes without crazy neon colors if that is the reason you don't want to add them? /logic
    Just call a spade a spade - it is a super lame excuse... lol
  1. Myr010's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzelbar View Post
    A question to UK guys: what happened? Has pound dropped so much? Or is it somethings others can expect also?
    No its not the currency, is most likely to do with the tax change they are bringing in which effects suppliers of telecoms, broadcasts and digital content. At the moment VAT is paid in the country of the supplier, this is changing in 2015 so that it is payable in the country that the customer resides.
  1. gamgee76's Avatar
    Allow me to preface this post by saying i have played horde almost exclusively since vanilla....with that said, i am sitting here reading this article and im sure i cannot be the only one to see what is potentially coming. End boss = Grommash, Grommash = Garrosh's father, we kill grom in turn it kills garrosh off in the process as you manipulate groms death thus perhaps based off when garrosh was conceived it in turn eliminates garrosh as well....am i crazy or is this seeming to be a legit ending?
  1. Tierbook's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gamgee76 View Post
    Allow me to preface this post by saying i have played horde almost exclusively since vanilla....with that said, i am sitting here reading this article and im sure i cannot be the only one to see what is potentially coming. End boss = Grommash, Grommash = Garrosh's father, we kill grom in turn it kills garrosh off in the process as you manipulate groms death thus perhaps based off when garrosh was conceived it in turn eliminates garrosh as well....am i crazy or is this seeming to be a legit ending?
    Garrosh has already been born in this AU. Also anyone else think it's sad using the term AU for a game? AU should only be used in people's fan fiction.
  1. Alakallanar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gamgee76 View Post
    Allow me to preface this post by saying i have played horde almost exclusively since vanilla....with that said, i am sitting here reading this article and im sure i cannot be the only one to see what is potentially coming. End boss = Grommash, Grommash = Garrosh's father, we kill grom in turn it kills garrosh off in the process as you manipulate groms death thus perhaps based off when garrosh was conceived it in turn eliminates garrosh as well....am i crazy or is this seeming to be a legit ending?
    For the umptillionth time: alternate universe. Killing this AU Grommash will have no consequence on the existence of our Garrosh. Which already dies during the Nagrand questing afaik.
  1. Cursalock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Teebone View Post
    They are in no way skilled enough to write themselves out of this bullshit they just got cornered into.
    Boring fucking Orc lore bullshit. Not worth my time or money.
    Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.

    IT WAS RIGHT ON THE COVER, 19 YEARS AGO.
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Abstieg View Post
    And yet Grom is still the final raid boss. Even if he's horribly demonically corrupted, it's still a Hellscream.
    Maybe he turns to the Legion for help once we smash the rest of the Iron Horde. Or maybe he's still fighting them to the bitter end. Guess we'll wait and see.
  1. Fibbles's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormolyce View Post
    Maybe he turns to the Legion for help once we smash the rest of the Iron Horde. Or maybe he's still fighting them to the bitter end. Guess we'll wait and see.
    I get the feeling that at this point Garrosh is much more concerned with vengeance than giving glory to the old Horde. There might still be some part of him that wants to help his father, but at this point he's fairly irredeemable. He's mostly just helping the Warlords organise so that they'll go do his bidding and fsck up Azeroth.

    It's possible that when we steam-roll the Iron Horde that Garrosh will turn to the power of the Legion in a last desperate attempt for vengeance. In that case we could be teaming up with Gromm to take down a fel infused Garrosh.

    It's very unlikely, not least because that'd make Garrosh the end boss of two consecutive expansions. Still, every time I've watched the trailer I can't help but draw comparisons with Medivh when Garrosh is standing around all hooded and mysterious. If Garrosh is indeed under the influence of the Legion then his actions would somewhat mirror Medivh's. A hero of their respective faction gets corrupted by the Legion, opens a portal to Draenor and encourages the Orcs to go on a rampage.
  1. Shadee's Avatar
    So increased sub prices for less and less content, makes sense....
  1. Trillian's Avatar
    The end boss is Grom because we have to fix the timeline. In the canon lore Grom dies with Mannaroth. In this expansion Grom lives which means things will change in the present. So we have to kill him to correct the time flow.
  1. hornfreak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Trillian View Post
    The end boss is Grom because we have to fix the timeline. In the canon lore Grom dies with Mannaroth. In this expansion Grom lives which means things will change in the present. So we have to kill him to correct the time flow.
    wrong this is an alternate timeline they have stated that this timeline doesn't affect ours.We just need to stop him to stop him plain and simple.
  1. Lumajo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadee View Post
    So increased sub prices for less and less content, makes sense....
    Indeed.Seems a complete rip-off tbh.I'm not very impressed to say the very least .

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