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by Published on 2017-10-23 09:25 PM

Alienware Peripherals Giveaway

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Giveaway

New Ways to Connect Through Blizzard Battle.net
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We’re excited to introduce an array of new social features designed to give Blizzard players even more ways to stay connected inside our games and out—all available starting today in the Blizzard Battle.net® desktop app.

The new Social tab includes the brand-new Blizzard Groups feature and hosts all of your chats, and player-to-player gifting gives you new ways to show your appreciation to your friends.

We’ve also launched some new features that let you control how you appear to the Blizzard community, including profiles and avatars that let you customize your online persona, along with the ability to appear offline—read more about all these features below.

Social Tab
Our new Social tab is your one-stop-shop for managing all your various social interactions, including chatting one-on-one with a friend and engaging in our new Blizzard Groups feature.

Chat now works even when you’re offline, so you can send a message to an offline friend and they’ll receive it when they come back online. You’ll also see a history of your chat, so you’ll easily be able to pick up where you left off in all of your conversations.

These chat features are designed to work seamlessly with the recently launched Blizzard Battle.net mobile app, which lets you chat on the go—download it free now for iOS and Android to help stay connected to your friends anywhere.


Blizzard Groups
Blizzard Groups are a new way for you to connect with your friends and other groups of players who share common interests, whether it’s prepping for a raid, hanging out to cheer on your favorite esports team, or geeking out over a new comic or animated short.

Each Group can have multiple text and voice chat channels, and Group administrators have a variety of tools to help manage membership, send out invitation links, and more. When it’s time to go offline, you can easily catch up on conversations you might have missed once you return.

Head to the new Social tab to get the party started!


Player Gifting
One of your Blizzard friends have a birthday coming up? Or just want to say “thanks” for some awesome support in a recent game? With player-to-player gifting, you can purchase and send in-game gifts to your friends.

To send a gift, head to the Shop tab and select a gifting-enabled item such as Hearthstone card packs or an Overwatch Loot Box. Select the Gift button, and then choose the desired recipient’s or BattleTag from a drop-down menu during the purchasing process.

When someone sends you a gift, the upper right of the app will light up to show you that something’s waiting (you can also select View Gifts from the drop-down menu under your BattleTag). Click Claim or visit the Gifts web page on mobile to add the gift to your collection in the associated game.


Profiles and Avatars
Let the Blizzard world know a little bit more about you by customizing your profile and choosing an avatar.

Your profile lets you share what’s on your mind with an About message, add links to where people can find you on social media, show people what games you’ve been playing recently, and more. You can also choose whether to make your profile public so that potential pals can learn more about you.

Your avatar will represent you in chats, in Groups, and other places in the Blizzard community. You can choose from more than 100 different heroes, villains, and other iconic characters from across Blizzard’s game universes and beyond.

Customize your profile and choose an avatar through the View Profile button in the app header and Friends list drop-downs.


Appear Offline
Appear offline allows you to set your status to show you as “offline” to your Blizzard friends while remaining connected to Battle.net. This means you can launch the app and game away without distraction.

Appearing offline will show you as offline to everyone in your Blizzard friends list both in the Battle.net app and in-game. Gameplay and game-specific features such as matchmaking are unaffected while you are appearing offline. Note that in the case of World of Warcraft, you will still appear online as your character in-game.

While appearing offline you can still send and receive messages in the app, but it is up to you when you want to respond.

Thanks to everyone who’s provided feedback on these new features during the recent beta test, and to all those who’ve given us suggestions for improving the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app. These features are here because you asked for them, and we’re looking forward to continuing to evolve the app experience and help the Blizzard community stay connected.

Once you’ve had a chance to try these new features out, head to the forums and let us know what you think!
by Published on 2017-10-23 07:13 AM

Diablo at BlizzCon 2017

All Pro Decks from DreamHack Denver 2017

World of Warcraft Novel - Before the Storm
Christie Golden is writing another WoW book! Before the Storm will release on May 15, 2018. The book may have been previously titled "Lightning Crashes".


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
An all-new, official tie-in novel to Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed World of Warcraft, from New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden

Taking place after the climactic events of Shadows of Argus, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm tells the story of what awaits the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance in the wake of their struggle against the demonic Burning Legion.



Patch 7.3 - Character Races
This weekend there has been lots of excitement in the Expansion Hype Thread about the addition of entries to the ChrRaces database file.

  • Patch 7.3 added entries to the file for the Nightborne, Highmountain Tauren, Void Elves, and Lightforged Draenei.
  • Many of the races in this file are playable character races, but some are just NPCs, such as the Naga, Vrykul, Tuskarr, and others.
  • The last NPC race was added to this database during Wrath of the Lich King.
  • All four entries have a character select screen background set.
  • None of the new races are used in-game on a creature except Lightforged Draenei.
  • All four entries are flagged as being unplayable, set to a Neutral faction, and have reputations linked to existing reputations in the game.
  • There are no entries specifying race-class combinations for these new races.
  • Data in other linked files are not consistent with being playable races.
  • The data left behind is not consistent with something complete that has been intentionally hidden. It is possible that we are seeing a work in progress.
  • Patch 7.3 added an additional model related file to allow models to have bones used for customization but share animations with other models.
  • In Patch 7.3.2, the Lightforged Draenei and Draenei are the only models in the game to have this new file.
  • TL;DR: There is a chance we are seeing the groundwork being laid for playable subraces, but we will probably have to wait until BlizzCon for confirmation of sub-races.
  • Maybe Mag'har Orcs, Dark Iron Dwarves, and other sub-races finally got bumped up the priority list!
  • You can find a longer and more technical analysis on the forum.


Build of the Month - October 2017
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!


This month
New CPUs from Intel have been released but are proving challenging to actually find in stock. If you aren't in a hurry to build, it is worth waiting for next month when stock should improve for these new CPUs. They will require a new motherboard as well. We will update our build list with the 8600K and other Coffee Lake CPUs when stock improves.

The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

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

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$225
KeyboardLogitech G710+$97
MouseLogitech G502$54
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$444
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$60
SpeakersLogitech Z523$74


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated October 15, 2017
$575
Case Carbide Series 200R$57
Power Supply EVGA 600B$49
CPU Intel G4500$71
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270$95
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$100
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$120
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Dolphin

Updated October 15, 2017
$942
Case Carbide Series 200R$57
Power Supply EVGA 600B$49
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$135
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$79
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$220
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated October 15, 2017
$1244
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$40
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$140
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$162
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$260
$440
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$93
$100
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Unicorn

Updated October 15, 2017
$1501
Case Corsair Air 540$127
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$140
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$163
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $419
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$129
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22


Subrace Fan Art
Shoc put together some nice subrace mockups on the forum back in 2013. Keep in mind this is just fan art!

by Published on 2017-10-21 10:30 PM

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Giveaway

Alienware Peripherals Giveaway
Our friends at Alienware have provided us with 20x Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse and 10 x Alienware Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard.

  • The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states & D.C. that are 18 or older.
  • The contest will run from October 21st 2017 to October 26th 2017 at 11:59 pm CT.
  • To enter, just reply to this post with which product you want more (Mouse, Keyboard, or Either)
  • You can see the full set of Official Rules here.



Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - October 20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Classes

Battle Pets
  • Lesser Pet Treats and Pet Treats should once again stack.
  • Naxxy will now fly alongside you when you’re on a flying mount.

Player versus Player
  • Your item level is now set to 935 while participating in Tournament Rules wargames (was iLvl 900).

This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

Tier 11 Models Released
The first raid in the Cataclysm brought us some great looking sets which were featured in 2010 prior to the release of Blackwing Descent. This was the first raid where loot was normalized in 10 and 25 man modes, allowing guilds to choose which raid size they wanted to go with.



Incoming Cataclysm
In 2010 a short TV commercial aired, giving all World of Warcraft fans a Cataclysm teaser. The full trailer was also released on YouTube, which showed us Deathwing bringing the Cataclysm to Azeroth. Expansion trailer reveals typically happen at BlizzCon, however this was released over a week before it, which further built the anticipation for more details to be shared at the event.



Mists of Pandaria Announcement
Mists of Pandaria was officially announced, showing off the new race and class to come in the next expansion. With this post we also got some information, such as the level cap being raised, pet battle system being added, and our talent system being redesigned.



Endgineer Omegaplugg - Let the Puzzles Begin
One of many secrets discovered in Legion was the hidden boss in Gnomeregan. This was a 5 man boss, which was summoned by pushing a hidden button in the room of the last boss. This new boss was also much more difficult than the typical dungeon boss, which required players to be well geared, and execute a clever strategy to deal with all of his mechanics. After defeating him, the group was rewarded with the Vial of Green Goo toy.



World of Warcraft and Cooking
Have you ever wondered what Conjured Mana Strudels taste like? In 2016 the official World of Warcraft Cookbook released featuring many of the iconic in game meals and drinks. This book is still available for purchase on Amazon, so if you wanted to bring the tastes of Azeroth meals to your home, it’s time to pick one up.

by Published on 2017-10-20 09:54 PM

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Giveaway
Blizzard sent us 15 Virtual Tickets to give away! This year the in-game goodies include some faction themed mounts.

  • To enter the giveaway, reply to this post with panel on the BlizzCon schedule you are looking forward to the most.
  • This contest ends Wednesday, October 25th 2017 at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Winners will be selected on Thursday, October 26th.
  • Winners will be contacted by PM on the site. There is no email alert by default, you will need to log in and check your PMs.
  • A note will be added to the front page of the site when winners have been contacted.


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