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by Published on 2014-11-06 10:25 PM

Blizzcon 2014 - Day 0
Blizzcon is less than a day away and goody bags are out! If you haven't already grabbed one, be sure to pick up a Virtual Ticket to see the whole event and get some in-game goodies. If you aren't planning on watching with the Virtual Ticket, we will be providing live updates throughout the day, similar to last year.



Blizzcon 2014 - Goody Bag
Mur'ghoul, Pins, bouncy balls, and more in this year's goody bag!



BlizzCon 2014 Opening Ceremony and eSports – Free Live Streams
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
BlizzCon 2014 kicks off tomorrow, and you can watch the opening ceremony and all of the eSports tournament action streamed free at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream/!

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on Friday, November 7 at 11 a.m. PT, and tournaments run throughout both days of the show across multiple channels—check out the BlizzCon schedule for details. You can also check out our BlizzCon Tournaments pages to find international partners covering the eSports action in your preferred language:

StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals
Hearthstone World Championship
World of Warcraft Arena World Championship
Heroes of the Storm Exhibition Tournament and BlizzCon Brawl

If you’re interested in even more BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, exclusive interviews, the costume and talent contests with Chris Hardwick, the closing concert with Metallica, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. The Virtual Ticket gives you complete access to content on the Main Stage and Panel Stage channels, and also includes this year's in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone. The Virtual Ticket also lets you watch on-demand replays of any coverage you might have missed.
by Published on 2014-11-06 06:44 AM

Diablo at Blizzcon, Fresh Meet N' Greet, Pumpkin Contest

Blizzard Q3 Conference Call: Hearthstone for Android - December 2014

Town Hall: Heroes #38 - BlizzCon Speculations

The End Game Tournament - Round 2: Day 2

Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Barracks
The Barracks takes up a Large plot which can also be used for a Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge, Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop, Stables, or Dwarven Bunker / War Mill. Once upgraded to Tier 3, your garrison will have two Large plots available.

Abilities
This building is good for leveling followers quickly, having more active followers, having a bodyguard in Draenor, and some garrison visual changes.

  • Level 1 - Unlocks patrol missions. Patrol missions have higher than normal follower experience rewards.
  • Level 2 - Allows a follower with the bodyguard trait to accompany you as a guardian in Draenor zones.
  • Level 3 - Increases your follower limit by 5 and grants access to racial guards and banners.


Level 3 Unlock
The Level 3 version of this building is unlocked by completing the Patrolling Draenor achievement, which requires you to complete 50 garrison patrol missions.


Bodyguard
The Level 2 Barracks will give you a bodyguard in Draenor that will assist you in combat. There are currently five followers that have the necessary Bodyguard ability.

Each follower has their own reputation with three levels of 10k reputation each. Killing mobs in Draenor will give you ~11 reputation per kill. Abilities are unlocked at the second level of reputation, followed by perks at the third.








Achievements

Name Points Category
Wingman Become a Personal Wingman with one of your Barracks Bodyguards.
5Buildings
Wingmen Become a Personal Wingman with all of your Barracks Bodyguards.
5Buildings


Interface Art



Level 1 Alliance Screenshots


Level 1 Horde Screenshots


Level 2 Alliance Screenshots


Level 2 Horde Screenshots



Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge
The Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge takes up a Large plot which can also be used for a Barracks, Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop, Stables, or Dwarven Bunker / War Mill. Once upgraded to Tier 3, your garrison will have two Large plots available.


Abilities
This building is good for quick travel around Draenor and a combat perk.

  • Level 1 - Allows the collection of ogre waystones from Ogres on Draenor. These waystones can be used to power an Ogre Waygate of your choice on Draenor. Also occasionally triggers Runes of Power during combat.
  • Level 2 - Unlocks access to a second Ogre Waygate for a total of 2.
  • Level 3 - Unlocks access to a third Ogre Waygate for a total of 3.


Level 3 Unlock
The Level 3 version of this building is unlocked by completing the Finding Your Waystones achievement, which requires you to collect 500 Ogre Waystones from killing Ogres in Draenor.


Waygates
Waygates are one-way portals to specific points in Draenor, with a maximum of three open at once with a Level 3 building.

Activating a Waygate costs 25 Ogre Waystone and Deactivating a Waygate costs 10 Ogre Waystone.

You can find a map of the waygate locations in Draenor below, or find a more detailed location on the Ancient Waygate Protector's page for each zone: Frostfire Ridge, Shadowmoon Valley, Gorgrond, Talador, Spires of Arak, Nagrand.





Runes of Power
This building also gives you a in combat perk of Rune of Power. These runes appear on the ground near you every 1 - 2 minutes of combat and last 20 seconds, giving you 100% increased critical strike chance.



Achievements

Name Points Reward
Finding Your Waystones Loot 500 Ogre Waystones.
5


Interface Art



Level 1 Alliance Screenshots


Level 1 Horde Screenshots


Level 2 Alliance Screenshots


Level 2 Horde Screenshots



Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop
The Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop takes up a Large plot which can also be used for a Barracks, Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge, Stables, or Dwarven Bunker / War Mill. Once upgraded to Tier 3, your garrison will have two Large plots available.


Abilities
This building is good for playing with inventions of limited usefulness.

  • Level 1 - Unlocks a personal engineer that creates a powerful invention each day. Exceptional work!
  • Level 2 - Your engineer gains access to five new and amazing devices.
  • Level 3 - Allows the creation of a siege vehicle once per day. Drive it to victory in Draenor!


Level 3 Unlock
The Level 3 version of this building is unlocked by completing the Terrific Technology achievement, which requires you to use all of the inventions at the workshop 5 - 50 times each, which is 2 - 5 times per invention taking into account the number of charges.


Inventions
Each day you will have access to another invention with a limited number of charges.

Level 1

Level 2



Achievements

Name Points Reward
Terrific Technology Use all of the inventions available at the Workshop specified below.
5


Interface Art



Level 1 Alliance Screenshots


Level 1 Horde Screenshots


Level 2 Alliance Screenshots


Level 2 Horde Screenshots



Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Racials
  • Dwarven Stoneform ability should no longer cause the character to break out of stealth.

Classes
  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
    • Survival
      • Serpent Sting should now be correctly applied to targets even if they move more than 40 yards away when struck by Arcane Shot.
    • Hunter Pets
      • Tenacity Pet Specialization: Blood of the Rhino now reduces the pet's physical damage taken by 15% instead of increasing armor by 20%.
      • Tenacity Pet Specialization: Great Stamina now increases the pet's health by 60% (up from 12%).
      • Carrion Bird: Bloody Screech can now be set to autocast.
  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Discipline
      • Divine Aegis should now correctly factor in the increase from Might of the Mountain racial passive.
      • Holy Nova healing has been decreased by 15%.
    • Talents
      • Divine Star healing or damage (depending on Specialization) has been increased by 15%.
  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • DoomGuard should no longer run out of energy from casting Doom Bolts.
  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talents
      • Sudden Death is now 2.5 RPPM (real procs per minute increased by Haste) instead of a 10% chance to activate from autoattacks.

Quests
  • Just Around the Corner: Characters should now be able to interact with Sparksocket's Tools.
  • The Brothers Bronzebeard: Brann's Flying Machine has been made to be more sturdy and should no longer be destroyed too quickly.
  • The Fall of Neferset City: Dark Pharaoh Tekahn should now spawn in correctly, allowing players to complete the quest.
  • The Strength of Tortolla: The quest can now be completed by characters with the PvP flag enabled.
  • Truce?: Characters should now be able to interact with Dull Carving Knife.

World Environment
  • Fixed an issue where Zidormi may send players to an incorrect phase in the Blasted Lands.
  • Timeless Isle

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Terrace of Endless Spring
    • Protectors of the Endless: Protector Kaolan's Defiled Ground ability now deals less damage.
  • Heart of Fear
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Garalon: Destroying Garalon's Legs should now correctly damage Garalon and resolved a situation where players facing one of the legs may incorrectly receive an error message that they're not.
  • Dungeons
    • Siege of Niuzao Temple: Players should now be able to complete the achievement, Where's My Air Support?
    • Well of Eternity: Players should now be able to complete the achievement, That's Not Canon!
  • Challenge Mode
    • Once a Challenge Mode has started, characters can no longer change specializations, talents, or glyphs.

PvP
  • Resolved an issue where some eligible characters did not receive a Prideful Gladiator's Cloud Serpent.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Battlegrounds
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Characters should now receive a popup notifying them with the amount of bonus Honor that was awarded at the end of a Random Battleground match.
  • Arenas
    • Priests entering an Arena match while in Spirit of Redemption form should no longer die during the Arena Preparation phase.

Professions
  • Mixology should be working correctly doubles the duration of flasks and elixirs once more.

Items
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Adjusted a number of item enhancements from earlier expansions that were providing a larger than intended bonus.
  • Adjusted a number of potions from the Cataclysm expansion that were providing a larger than intended bonus.
  • Crocolisk Au Gratin should now correctly provide a buff to Haste and Stamina instead of Expertise and Stamina.
  • Fisherman's Feast now provides a more reasonable buff to Stamina.
  • Formula: Enchant Ring - Striking no longer has a use effect as the formula it teaches no longer exists.
  • Haunted Memento's Haunted effect is now a buff that can be removed by the character.

Bug Fixes
  • Resolved an issue where items transmogrified into The Horseman's Horrific Hood or The Horseman's Sinister Slicer could revert back to their original state.
  • Resolved an issue where boosting characters could cause them to forget spells that have been taught by items.

World of Warcraft: Looking for Group – Documentary Premiere at BlizzCon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Join us Saturday, November 8 at 5 p.m. PST for the premiere of World of Warcraft: Looking for Group, an all-new documentary celebrating 10 years of adventure, camaraderie, and /dancing on mailboxes all around Azeroth. This decade-spanning archive explores the history of WoW with the people who create it, collects stories from players around the world, and takes you into corners of Blizzard and the WoW community you’ve never seen before.


Join us either in person at BlizzCon at the Main Stage in Hall D at 5 p.m. PST, or watch it free on the World of Warcraft Tournament Live Stream. You’ll also be able to find it on the official World of Warcraft YouTube page and official World of Warcraft site.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Hunter Pets now inherit 60% of the Hunter's Attack Power (up from 33%). The buff doesn't seem to affect basic attacks,intended?
Yes. Basic attacks' damage are based on the master's AP. (Odd, I know.) (Celestalon)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Otherwise tanks won't know it's there and could move out of it, further increasing one of the other problems with EQ
We don't really have a suitable art asset that we can plug in - need to make something new. (WatcherDev)

PvP
can you please explain why the candles would be removed from ruins of lordaeron especially in a LAN setting? MAP placement not rel?
We removed some candles that people complained about getting stuck on frequently. Is that what you mean? (holinka)
why remove map based skill? Why create turret classes? Is there a serious pvp meta response?
I don't agree that janky collision is map based skill. They were just annoying. (holinka)

please don't force us into randoms for maximum honor. 6.0.2 was great because we got to choose BGs we liked w/o missing add. honor
If specific battlegrounds give as much honor as random battlegrounds, we end up with queue time problems. (holinka)

What about a pvp equivalnt of dungeon journal that people new to pvp could read brief synopsis or basic start for the BG they're in
Yes this is something we'd like to do. Really like the Heroes loading screens. (holinka)

I've been hearing (Probably lies) about Versatility having less DR in PvP. I just want a dang confirmation on the MS..
Versatility's benefit is the same in PvP (holinka)

Lore
I can't find an answer to this anywhere, how to Night Elves get their facial tattoos (the process) and what does each shape mean?
We've never specified anywhere in the lore, to my knowledge. In general they represent a close tie with the natural world. (DaveKosak)

World
i have a question, why have you guys removed the new racing from darkmoon?
Needs polish. I'm literally watching the legendary Pat Nagle work on it right now. He is amazing. (Muffinus)

Garrisons
Quick question that is VERY important. Can you have a level 3 plot on a level 2 Garrison if you have mats and blueprints? Thanks!
Nope, level 3 plots require level 3 garrison, just like needing a castle to build a gryphon roost in Warcraft. (Muffinus)

Celebrate World of Warcraft’s 10th Anniversary With Us!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Blizzard is marking the 10-year anniversary of World of Warcraft’s launch with awesome events in three major cities across Europe. If you can make it to central Paris, London, or Berlin on November 22 you’ll have the chance to attend and be part of the celebration. You’ll be able to mix with fellow players, well-known fan sites, and Blizzard staff, take part in fun activities including WoW dance and costume contests, win cool prizes, have unique photo opportunities to show your WoW pride, and much more… Of course, there will also be drinks and birthday cake!


Each venue has strict capacity limits so it’ll be first-come, first-served. If we don’t have enough room for everyone who wants to enter, we’ll do our best to reward your WoW passion even if you can’t get in.

We’ll update this blog post in the coming days with final details of event timing and locations, and there’ll be dedicated forum threads to answer your questions. For now, gather your guild-mates, get your WoW costume ready, practice your dance moves, polish your party axe, and mark November 22 on your calendar!

Warlords of Draenor Irvine Signing Event
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
While you can’t get a much bigger Warlords of Draenor launch and signing celebration than BlizzCon, we’ll be holding a local signing event the night of the release of the expansion for those of you who live around the Orange County area. We’ll have over 100 developers on-hand to sign your box or piece of Warcraft memorabilia and help celebrate the beginning of a new adventure through The Dark Portal.

Where:
GameStop, Irvine Spectrum Center
71 Fortune Dr. #856
Irvine, CA 92618

When:
Wednesday, November 12, starting at 10:00 a.m. PST

  • Once the store opens at 10 a.m., pre-orders can be finalized, and a line can begin forming.
  • When GameStop opens, product may be purchased and wristbands are distributed when pre-orders are finalized.
  • Early arrivals should form a line on the left side of the GameStop front door.

Thursday, November 13, 12:01 a.m. PST
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor available for pick-up (final sales receipt required).
  • Blizzard developer signing tables open.
  • NOTE: To try to ensure everyone can get home to play the game as soon as possible, we’ll only be signing 1 item per attendee.

If you pre-ordered at GameStop at the Irvine Spectrum Center:
1. Pay for and finalize your pre-order at the GameStop in Spectrum Center any time after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12 and pick up your wristband.
2. After you have your wristband, join your fellow WoW players in-line to the left side of the front door of the store (left side when facing the front door). As the line grows, please be sure that it does not block the entrance to any other stores.

If you pre-ordered at a different GameStop:
Your pre-order will not be accessible from a different store, but can be refunded any time before or after the event in the store where you placed the order. When you arrive at the GameStop location at the Spectrum Center:
1. Purchase your copy of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor at the GameStop store between 10:00 a.m. and midnight.
2. After you have your wristband, join your fellow WoW players in line to the left side of the front door of the store (left side when facing the front door). As the line grows, please be sure that it does not block the entrance to any other stores.

If you have not pre-ordered World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor with GameStop:
No pre-order? No problem! Purchase your copy of the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor standard or Collector’s Edition at the GameStop located at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Supplies are limited, so be sure to stop by the store as soon as you arrive to make your purchase and get your receipt and event wristband.

If you purchased a digital version:
You are still welcome to join your fellow friends in the World of Warcraft community to get an item of your choice signed by the development team. Please be sure to obtain your event wristband beginning at 7:00 p.m. on November 12. NOTE: To try to ensure everyone can get home to play the game as soon as possible, we’ll only be signing 1 item per attendee.
If you do not wish to have your copy signed:

No problem! At midnight, GameStop will host a separate distribution for those who want to get their copy, get home, and begin playing.

We’ll see you there!

Changes coming to the WoW forums November 12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On November 12 at 6:00 p.m. PST, we will be closing the following sub-forums permanently:

Tech & Science
Books & Comics
Raid & Guild Leadership
Community Events & Creations
Class Roles ->> Damage Dealing, Tanking, & Healing

Additionally, the Fan Fiction forum will be merged into the World's End Tavern forum at that time.

We will also be opening some new sub-forums immediately thereafter, with the launch of Warlords of Draenor.

We suggest that you save any content in any sub-forum (that you wish to keep a copy of) as soon as possible.

Blizzcon 2014
Blizzcon is almost here! Be sure to check out the map and schedule.

by Published on 2014-11-05 08:11 AM

BlizzCon begins this Friday, Blizzcon Merch Sale, Loh and LaK clarification

Warlords Cardback Changes Incoming, Mekkatorque's Workshop #1

BlizzCon Heroes Exhibition Teams, Auth Maintenance: Nov 5th

The End Game Tournament - Round 2: Day 1

Warlords of Draenor - Stormwind Repairs
It looks like the previously mentioned Stormwind Repairs won't make it in this expansion after all.



Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Stables
The Stables takes up a Large plot which can also be used for a Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge, Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop, Dwarven Bunker / War Mill, or Barracks. Once upgraded to Tier 3, your garrison will have two Large plots available.

Abilities
This building is good for collecting additional mounts, moving faster in Draenor, and gathering faster in Draenor. Some of the mounts that you have marked as favorites will walk around your Stables, allowing you to show them off.

  • Level 1 - Enables the capture and training of special mounts on Draenor. Also allows you remain mounted while interacting with objects in outdoor Draenor zones.
  • Level 2 - You will no longer get dazed by enemies while riding mounts in outdoor Draenor zones.
  • Level 3 - Increases mount speed in Draenor by 20%.


Level 3 Unlock
The Level 3 version of this building is unlocked by completing the Master of Mounts achievement, which requires you to unlock all six mounts that the Stables provides.


Trained Mounts
The Stables allow you to complete a series of quests to collect six different mounts. Initially you must capture a mount, which will open access to other quests that require you to train with it. After a sufficient amount of training has been done, you are ready to learn the mount. These mounts will remain yours to use even if you replace the building with another.

Name Description
Trained Icehoof Summons and dismisses your Trained Icehoof.
Trained Meadowstomper Summons and dismisses your Trained Meadowstomper.
Trained Rocktusk Summons and dismisses your Trained Rocktusk.
Trained Riverwallow Summons and dismisses your Trained Riverwallow.
Trained Silverpelt Summons and dismisses your Trained Silverpelt.
Trained Snarler Summons and dismisses your Trained Snarler.


Achievement Mounts
These mounts are rewarded from the Advanced Husbandry and Stable Master achievements (according to the Mount Journal). The achievements do not list them as a reward currently.

Name Description
Armored Frostboar Summons and dismisses your Armored Frostboar.
Armored Frostwolf Summons and dismisses your Armored Frostwolf.


Achievements

Name Side Points Reward
Intro to Husbandry Complete all of the capture quests at the Stables.
5
Master of Mounts Fully train all six mounts at your Stables.
5
The Stable Master Defeat all mount-in-training targets in Nagrand while carrying the Garn-Tooth Necklace.
Alliance 10
Title Reward: Stable Master <Name>
The Stable Master Defeat all mount-in-training targets in Nagrand while carrying the Garn-Tooth Necklace.
Horde 10
Title Reward: Stable Master


Interface Art



Level 1 Alliance Screenshots


Level 1 Horde Screenshots


Level 2 Alliance Screenshots


Level 2 Horde Screenshots



Blazing Wings and Shapeshift Forms
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There were some issues with certain cosmetic effects, such as Blazing Wings, attaching to shapeshift forms incorrectly (e.g. backwards, upside-down, etc). We had to disable them temporarily, but we've isolated the issues causing the bug, and should have it fixed for the next major patch. We think a feral Druid with fiery wings is going to look pretty sweet too.

Longer-term, we're working on a way to allow cosmetic toys that completely take over your character (such as Smite's Brass Compass or Krastinov's Bag of Horrors) to work with shapeshift forms as well. I don't have details to share on exactly how that's going to work yet, but we're working on a solution that will allow everyone to enjoy their toys, without hurting gameplay for other players (such as being able to recognize when a Druid is in Cat form and thus unable to be Polymorphed).

Blizzard Activision Q3 2014 Earnings Call
There wasn't much of note in this call, as the subscriber increase was announced before the call.



Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Dwarven Bunker / War Mill
Our Dwarven Bunker / War Mill guide has been updated.



Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Town Hall
Our Town Hall guide has been updated.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Any chance we could make it so friendly Earthquake doesn't show up or looks different? It's annoying as a melee.
We'll likely hide Earthquake for allies of the caster (hotfix), and work on a chilled-out visual for a later patch. (WatcherDev)

PvP
Where Dota-like games an inspiration for some concepts of ashran? (like respawning at your base to balance the lane push)
It was more based on Alterac Valley (holinka)

World
you said you would maybe revisit it, would you consider moving the horde event to Orgrimmar since its the main capital like SW?
It's a Forsaken holiday, so no. (_DonAdams)

Misc
We added more hardware to the Australian instance server pools this morning. Players there should find themselves on US much less often. (Source)

BlizzCon 2014 Live Raid - Method vs. Midwinter
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The ongoing battle between two raiding behemoths continues! This year’s BlizzCon World of Warcraft Live Raid will once again pit Horde guild Method (EU-Twisting Nether) against Alliance guild Midwinter (US-Sargeras) in a battle for PvE supremacy.

These two teams of exceptionally skilled raiders will be testing their mettle in the unreleased of Warlords of Draenor Raid dungeon Highmaul on Heroic difficulty. What could possibly go wrong?

Each Raid team will have a trio of representatives on stage—and when the battle begins, they’ll need every ounce of your support wherever you’re watching BlizzCon from.

Representing Midwinter on stage will be:
  • Gondlem – Windwalker Monk
  • Slootbag – Protection Paladin
  • Kaowa – Assassination Rogue

Representing Method on stage will be:
  • Blatty – Arcane Mage
  • Rogerbrown – Marksmanship Hunter
  • Treckie – Protection Paladin

World of Warcraft lead game designer Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas will be joined on stage by community manager Josh “Lore” Allen to provide commentary on the Live Raid.

If you’re attending BlizzCon 2014 in person, join us Saturday morning at 10 a.m. PST in Hall D to witness the epic battle—otherwise, you can tune in to watch the race live from the comfort of your home with the Virtual Ticket.

Curse - The End Game Tournament and Giveaway
Curse is running a WoW Boss Battle Tournament with new lineups every day until Warlords of Draenor release. Along with the tournament they are giving away a SteelSeries mouse and mousepad every day. Be sure to vote every day from noon EST to 10 AM EST on the following day for your chance to win.



Dark Legacy Comics - #464
DLC #464 looks at new facial expressions.

by Published on 2014-11-04 10:34 AM

BlizzCon begins this Friday, Blizzcon Merch Sale, Loh and LaK clarification

Hearthstone World Championship Opening Weekend Survival Guide

Skin Spotlight: Master Stitches

The End Game Tournament - Day 4

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 3
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Darkmoon Faire
  • Reduced the levels of Moonfang, Moonfang Packmate, Moonfang Dreadhowl, Moonfang Snarler, and Darkmoon Rabbit back to pre-Warlords expansion levels. The creatures needs to respawn for the changes to take effect.
  • Heirloom items sold at the Darkmoon Faire should no longer have a gold cost associated with them.
  • Firebird's Challenge: Blazing Rings are no longer shared with other players.
  • It's Hammer Time: Characters that have been flagged as PvP enabled should now be able to complete the quest.

Classes

Quests
  • Blood of the Betrayer: Rogues should now be able to remove Arcane Infused Armor from Nalice, and be able to complete the quest.
  • Dah, Nunt... Dah, Nunt...: Players should no longer remain stunned indefinitely and be able to complete the quest.
  • Get Kraken!: Increased the health for North Sea Kraken by 1000%.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Raids
    • Throne of Thunder
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Dark Winds debuff should no longer incorrectly persist on the character, preventing them from being able to use mounts.
    • Ulduar
      • XT-002 Deconstructor's Searing Light ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
    • The Obsidian Sanctum
      • Defeating Sartharion too quickly should no longer cause him to not drop a mount.
    • Black Temple
      • Illidan Stormrage: Fixed an issue where defeating Flames of Azzinoth too quickly in phase 2 may cause Illidan to not land.
  • Dungeons
    • Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom: Resolved an issue where players defeating multiple packs of creatures in the room too quickly could cause Jedoga Shadowseeker to remain not attackable.
    • Hellfire Ramparts: Players should now be able to loot the Reinforced Fel Iron Chest after defeating Vazruden the Herald.
    • Razorfen Downs: Resolved an issue where Amnennar the Coldbringer may sometimes fail to be summoned when Death Speaker Blackthorn is defeated.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Battlegrounds
    • Increased Honor gains for Arathi Basin, Deepwind Gorge, Eye of the Storm, and The Battle for Gilneas. Honor is now awarded for every 150 resources gathered (up from Honor being awarded for every 250 resources gathered).
    • Returning a flag in Battlegrounds should correctly play an appropriate sound once more.

Items
  • Made a number of adjustments where lower level food items were providing a larger than intended buff.

UI
  • Timeless Isle Tokens and legendary weapons looted during the fight with Kael'thas Sunstrider in Tempest Keep are no longer included in the guild news panel.
  • Bags set to "Ignore this bag" should now be saving the setting correctly when the character logs out or zones into a new area.
  • /console colorblindshader [0-8] has been re-enabled and replaced with /console colorblindsimulator [0-8].

Bug Fixes
  • Resolved a frame rate stuttering issue that was affecting some Mac OS clients.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Mobile Armory's guild chat should be working once more.

Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Gladiator's Sanctum
Today we are taking a look at the final Medium building, the Gladiator's Sanctum. You can find the other Medium building previews in the Warlords of Draenor menu above this post.

The Gladiator's Sanctum takes up a Medium plot which can also be used for a Lumber Mill, Barn, Trading Post or Inn / Tavern. Once upgraded to Tier 3, your garrison will have two Medium plots available.

Abilities
This building is good for PvP perks, achievements, and titles.

  • Level 1 - Increases your out-of-combat regeneration in outdoor Draenor zones and allows the collection of broken bones from defeated enemy players (used for Conqueror's Tribute).
  • Level 2 - Enables safe fall and underwater breathing in outdoor Draenor zones. Also enables the Nemesis quest series for defeating enemy players of specific races.
  • Level 3 - Show your might over opposing hostile players across Draenor and hone your strength on the blood-soaked arena floor. Slay your enemies and return with proof of their demise to earn powerful tributes!


Level 3 Unlock
The Level 3 version of this building is unlocked by completing the The Bone Collector achievement, which requires you to collect 4,000 Broken Bones from killing players.


Work Orders
The Gladiator's Sanctum allows you to collect Broken Bones from killing players, with ~4 earned per kill. You can then trade 10 of these bones for Gold, Honor Points, and Conquest Points.



Training Dummies
This building has multiple DPS training dummies, as well as a Healer training dummy.



Highmaul Coliseum
Upon unlocking the Level 3 building, you can queue for Highmaul Coliseum. The Coliseum is a scenario that has a large number of players that participate in free for all PvP to the last man standing. If the fight goes on too long, the environment may finish it for you.

The winner gets The Last of Us achievement, along with a title and some items. If you didn't win, you will get some mail with a Highmaul Lockbox, which has a chance for an item level 620 PvP item, Apexis Crystals, some honor, or other things.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
You fought well...
For a complete failure. Perhaps this box of trinkets will help you in achieving victory next time.

Try not to lose so badly again. Just remember that second place is first loser.

- Gharg

P.S. It might also just be a box full of junk. Who knows?



Achievements
Many of these achievements reward a title for killing many players of another race. Once you select an enemy race, you cannot change to another until you have completed the selected one.

Name Side Points Reward
The Last of Us Become the last gladiator standing at the Highmaul Coliseum.
The Bone Collector Collect Broken Bones from other players in Player versus Player combat across Draenor.
5
Nemesis: Death Stalker Complete the quest Nemesis: Death Stalker at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Alliance 5
Nemesis: Draenei Destroyer Complete the quest Nemesis: Draenei Destroyer at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Horde 5
Nemesis: Dwarfstalker Complete the quest Nemesis: Dwarfstalker at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Horde 5
Nemesis: Gnomebane Complete the quest Nemesis: Gnomebane at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Horde 5
Title Reward: Gnomebane <Name>
Nemesis: Huojin's Fall Complete the quest Nemesis: Huojin's Fall at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Alliance 5
Title Reward: <Name>, Huojin's Fall
Nemesis: Killer of Kezan Complete the quest Nemesis: Killer of Kezan at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Alliance 5
Nemesis: Manslayer Complete the quest Nemesis: Manslayer at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Horde 5
Title Reward: Gnomebane <Name>
Nemesis: Orcslayer Complete the quest Nemesis: Orcslayer at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Alliance 5
Title Reward: Orcslayer <Name>
Nemesis: Scourge of the Kaldorei Complete the quest Nemesis: Scourge of the Kaldorei at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Horde 5
Nemesis: Slayer of Sin'dorei Complete the quest Nemesis: Slayer of Sin'dorei at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Alliance 5
Nemesis: Terror of the Tushui Complete the quest Nemesis: Terror of the Tushui at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Horde 5
Nemesis: The Butcher Complete the quest Nemesis: The Butcher at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Alliance 5
Title Reward: <Name> the Butcher
Nemesis: Troll Hunter Complete the quest Nemesis: Troll Hunter at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Alliance 5
Title Reward: Troll Hunter <Name>
Nemesis: Worgen Hunter Complete the quest Nemesis: Worgen Hunter at the Gladiator's Sanctum.
Horde 5
Title Reward: Worgen Hunter <Name>
Warlord of Draenor Complete all of the Nemesis quests at the Gladiator's Sanctum and the quest Fight, Kill, Salute! at the Highmaul Coliseum.
Horde 10
Warlord of Draenor Complete all of the Nemesis quests at the Gladiator's Sanctum and the quest Fight, Kill, Salute! at the Highmaul Coliseum.
Alliance 10


Interface Art


Level 1 Alliance Screenshots


Level 1 Horde Screenshots


Level 2 Alliance Screenshots


Level 2 Horde Screenshots



Machinima - On My Own
A nicely done parody of Let It Go was recently released.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Safe to assume some live tuning changes are aimed specifically at level 90 and will be re-evaluated at launch?
Tuning changes were made primarily (but not exclusively) for better 90 balance, but do affect 100. Will adjust at 100 as needed. (Celestalon)

Character / Items
Wha!? I guess I only ever try mounting with the few shapeshifting items that aren't allowed.
If it has a mount anim, we're generally ok with letting you mount (Muffinus)

What happened to the idea of account wide class mounts? It made it to the beta but never made it to live.
Class mounts are iconic parts of each class, in the same way that stag form and ghost wolf are emblematic of druid/shaman. (Muffinus)

as you're pointing out "usable all year around" yourself, I hope some other holiday-only items change with time. Broom mounts?
We've discussed the broom before. It feels cool and unique being insta-cast, keeping it to the holiday keeps it from being OP. (Muffinus)

Idea for next Hallow's End: Cosmetic witch hats!
This is a good idea. (Muffinus)

How is the random stats/gems on items being affected while doing challenge modes?
Draenor gems and tertiary stats will have no effect in Challenge Modes. (WatcherDev)

PvP
in season one arena = 180 conquest, so one arena skirmish should = 180 honour points (or at-least half).
Skirmishes are not intended to have rated arena levels of efficiency. (holinka)

In WoD, will random battleground wins reward Conquest points?
Yes (holinka)

Lore
Do you have anything to say to someone like me who thinks the story and lore in AU draenor is lessened by the fact that it is AU?
It's also just a super interesting and epic setting that adds a lot of history and clarity to Outland, orcs and draenei. (_DonAdams)
For all we know our Arakkoa could have a completely different history then the ones on AU draenor, for example.
My understanding is that the histories are the same up to the point where Garrosh arrives and begins mucking things up. (_DonAdams)
They're not the same until then. Characters like Rulkan (who was long dead 35 years ago in our timeline) are alive on AU Draenor.
I would say Rulkan is an exception, not the rule. (_DonAdams)
So if you folks wanted to expand on the stories of say the Arakkoa then you should've made a timeline split when Garrosh arrived.
It did split when Garrosh arrived. He's been there for at least several months before they open the portal to Azeroth. (_DonAdams)
As for arakkoa, I wrote the WoD arakkoa lore and took care not to retcon. This is what they were before the first horde. (_DonAdams)

World
so can we expect a fix next year? I think we all respect the tech side. Just frustrating that Ally is overlooked again.
Respectfully, you weren't overlooked. I worked on this content in Cata, and specifically tried to make Ally one just as cool. (_DonAdams)
It has been this way for almost 4 years, and only now am I seeing reports about the flagging issues. Crappy bug, want to fix. (_DonAdams)
But it has nothing to do with Alliance content being somehow less cared about or overlooked. It's not fair to insinuate that. (_DonAdams)

Yes saw that, I still feel that making a change that harms actual players because of bots or exploits is like fixing 1/2
Again, the intent isn't to harm players farming mobs, it's to let us grant you XP for things we couldn't before. (Muffinus)
But only once through as you said. It should be all that it should grant at level. Your bot/exploit problem shouldn't impact me.
That's the goal! No impacts for your normal playing experience! (Muffinus)

End of Beta Event
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We had a lot of fun over here with today's event, I hoped you all did too.

On behalf of the World of Warcraft Quality Assurance team, I want to thank all of you for helping us test the Warlords of Draenor expansion. You folks were invaluable throughout the beta in providing feedback and helping us track down important bugs before we go live next week. I loved interacting with you all on the forums, in-game, and on twitter; you're a great bunch of people!

Thanks again! See you all in Draenor!

Blizzcon 2014 Virtual Ticket Giveaway
Our friends at Gamepedia are giving away 25 Blizzcon Virtual Tickets.



Blizzcon 2014 Party
Our friends at AskMrRobot and OpenRaid are taking part in a party at the Hilton for Blizzcon 2014. There will be panels hosted by various podcasts and fansites, Hearthstone tournaments, a photo booth, fan art exhibit, and lots of giveaways. Goody bags, t-shirts, Blizzard swag, posters, fan art, and more! There will also be 1,000 AskMrRobot Premium keys and 1,000 Curse Premium keys up for grabs!

by Published on 2014-11-02 09:25 AM

Overwatch Trademark
With Blizzcon approaching, now is a good time to remind everyone of the Overwatch trademark that Blizzard filed for earlier this year. Three different applications for Overwatch have been filed so far:

  • Trademark: Overwatch (April 1, 2014)
    • Computer game software, computer game discs, downloadable computer game programs, computer game software downloadable from a global computer network, electronic games software for wireless devices, interactive multimedia computer game programs, mousepads, computer mouses, headsets for use with computers, computer keyboards
  • Service mark: Overwatch (April 1, 2014)
    • Entertainment services, namely, providing on-line computer games; providing computer games that may be accessed via a global computer network.
  • Trademark: Overwatch (October 24, 2014)
    • Printed matter, namely, strategy guides, comic books, graphic novels, novels, framed art prints, art books, calendars, posters, notebooks, and stickers
    • Clothing, footwear, and headgear, namely, caps, overcoats, costumes, Halloween costumes, hats, hooded sweatshirts, jackets, pajamas, socks, sweaters, and T-shirts
    • Toys, games, and playthings, namely, action figures, collectible figures, board games, dolls, plush toys, statues, toy guns, and vinyl figures



Eye of Azshara Trademark
A trademark application for "Eye of Azshara" has appeared in the EU Trademark database. If this trademark is legitimate, it could be related to the next Hearthstone expansion. Our friends over at Hearthpwn have more details.

  • Computer game software, computer game discs, downloadable computer game software, computer game software downloadable from a global computer network, interactive multimedia computer game program; downloadable electronic game software for use on portable electronic devices such as mobile and cellular phones, laptops, handheld computers, and tablet PCs.
  • Entertainment services;namely, providing on-line computer games; providing on-line non-downloadable computer games that may be accessed via a global computer network; providing on line news and information in the field of computer games.







Darkmoon Faire Updates
The Darkmoon Faire is here once again, bringing some new features thanks to the Warlords of Draenor update.

Icy Veins has a complete guide to the Faire. Be sure to buy any heirlooms you want while it is active, as the old Justice Points vendors are gone for now.

If you enjoy pet battles, pay Christoph VonFeasel a visit to complete A New Darkmoon Challenger!

Several old items are now toys, such as Moonfang's loot, the Darkmoon Whistle, and the Flimsy Yellow Balloon.

There are some new novelty items for sale by Chester.

Level Type Slot Name Cost Model Viewer
1Other Last Deck of Nemelex Xobeh130 × 
1Other Haunting Memento90 × 
1ClothChest Nobleman's Coat75 × 
Modelviewer
1ClothChest Noblewoman's Finery75 × 
Modelviewer
1ClothLegs Noblewoman's Skirt75 × 
Modelviewer
1ClothLegs Nobleman's Pantaloons75 × 
Modelviewer
1ClothFeet Noble's Fancy Boots55 × 
Modelviewer


The most interesting addition is the Blazing Wings. These are a set of cosmetic fiery wings that appear on your character. The one hour buff is granted by a toy that has a character specific one hour cooldown. This means you can have wings on your character constantly, as long as you don't die!

The wings are earned through the achievement Brood of Alysrazor, which requires you to fly through 50 rings, similar to the rings that appear in the Alysrazor encounter in Firelands. This challenging part of this achievement is that the rings are shared by everyone and there are only slightly more than you need, so only one person can do the achievement at a time. It looks like this is unintended though, so if you aren't in a hurry you can wait and see if a hotfix is coming soon.





by Published on 2014-11-01 11:28 AM

Halloween Buff, Thibbledorf's "Venomous Horde" WD, Hardcore High GR Gameplay

Nescafé 3in1 Hearthstone Tournament Survival Guide - DreamHack Masters Bucharest

Into the Nexus #27, BlizzCon Goodies Now In-Game

The End Game Tournament - Day 2

Day of the Dead Updated
Day of the Dead finally got an update in 2014. There are now several wrestling inspired costumes you can purchase for 100 from Chapman. Once in the costume, you can do battle with other costumed players. You can use the costumes even after the holiday is over!


If you haven't already done the other part of the holiday, be sure to check out the guide on Icy Veins.

Level Type Slot Name
1Holiday "Blooming Rose" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Night Demon" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Purple Phantom" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Santo's Sun" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Snowy Owl" Contender's Costume

Name Points
To The Afterlife Defeat a contender while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
5
Vientos! Defeat 20 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
5
Calavera Defeat 50 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
10


Blizzcon In-Game Goodies Released
The Blizzcon 2014 In-Game Goodies have started to go out, including Grommloc, who casts Mrgrgrgrgrll! to Fear nearby critters.



Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Barn
The Barn takes up a Medium plot which can also be used for a Lumber Mill, Gladiator's Sanctum, Trading Post or Inn / Tavern. Once upgraded to Tier 3, your garrison will have two Medium plots available.

Abilities
This building is good for stockpiling leather, meat, fur, and Savage Blood for crafting epic armor and weapons.

  • Level 1 - Allows you to capture clefthoof, elekk, wolves, and talbuk for leather and fur. Used for leatherworking and tailoring recipes.
  • Level 2 - Allows you to capture boars and riverbeasts for rare meats used to create the most powerful food.
  • Level 3 - Allows you to capture elite beasts to harvest for savage blood, used in all epic crafted armor and weapons.


Level 3 Unlock
The Level 3 version of this building is unlocked by completing the Master Trapper achievement. Unlocking Level 3 will give you access to the Pygmy Cow. The Glass of Warm Milk can spawn on the first or second floor of the barn.


Work Orders
The Barn allows you to capture animals in traps, which gives you caged animals. You can then trade 1 of these animals for leather, fur, food, and the chance for Savage Blood.

For an added bonus, you can get a follower with the Skinning ability to work in the Barn. Currently Goldmane the Skinner is the only follower with the ability accessible to everyone. You can find him in Nagrand by killing Bolkar the Cruel. You can use Goldmane's Cage Key from Bolkar to release him and claim him as your follower.

Dark Ranger Velonara / Hulda Shadowblade is the other follower with the Skinning ability, unlocked by completing the Standing United quest in Spires of Arak.



Achievements

Name Points Reward
The Trap Game Place 50 Work Orders at the Barn by trapping creatures in the world.
5
Master Trapper Place 125 Work Orders at the Barn by trapping creatures in the world.
5
Trapper's Delight Place 250 Work Orders at the Barn by trapping creatures in the world.
5
Trap Superstar Place 500 Work Orders at the Barn by trapping creatures in the world.
5


Interface Art


Level 1 Alliance Screenshots


Level 1 Horde Screenshots


Level 2 Alliance Screenshots


Level 2 Horde Screenshots



Join Us for a Special World of Warcraft 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s been 10 epic years since World of Warcraft opened the way to Azeroth and players around the world set out on a decade’s worth of adventure. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, we wanted to invite you to join us Friday, November 7 from 8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. for a little get-together just outside of BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA. This event is open to everyone, whether you’re attending BlizzCon or just happen to be in the neighborhood. We’ll have great food, drinks, entertainment—and even a surprise or two.

When: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. PT

Where: Outside BlizzCon 2014—no BlizzCon ticket required
  • Grand Plaza (open space between Marriott and Hilton)
    • Food Trucks
    • Main Stage featuring BlizzCon 2013 Talent Contest winners Songhammer performing live!
  • Palm Court (space between Anaheim Convention Center and Hilton)
    • Tattoo artists
    • Photo booths
  • Arena Plaza (open space in front of the Anaheim Convention Center Arena)
    • A live DJ will be spinning the latest hits—get ready to show us your best Warcraft dance moves!

You’ll be celebrating the occasion right alongside Blizzard developers, staff, and fellow World of Warcraft players. You won’t want to miss a moment of this special event—we can’t wait to see you there!

2014 Pumpkin Contest Winners
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The winners of this year's pumpkin-carving contest have been chosen -- and they're monstrously spectacular. We'd like to thank everyone who participated this year, and we can't wait to see your mad scientist skills in action again next time around. Check out all of the creepy, incredible, and creative winning pumpkins here.

Winners



Honorable Mention


Nerdlords of Draenor - Mannequin Army
Originally Posted by Blizzard
Self-proclaimed videogame nerds Jesse Cox and Wowcrendor have gathered a few of their friends to storm the frontlines of Draenor in an extension of their popular Cox n’ Crendor podcast and animated short series. You can catch their display of skill, comic agility, and utter madness in new episodes each week leading up to the November 13 launch of Warlords of Draenor.

Nerdlords of Draenor finds Cox and Crendor jumping onto the beta realms and exploring various aspects of the new expansion with a different guest each episode. The duo will also be releasing animated shorts capturing some of the best moments from their escapades—with a few artistic liberties taken.

Episode 2 features Cox and Crendor teaming up with special guest SmoothMcGroove to enter the Dark Portal and scramble to disrupt the Iron Horde forces in Tanaan Jungle. Watch as these three unlikely heroes are imperiled in a savage past, desperately attempting to stake their claim as Nerdlords of Draenor.

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