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by Published on 2014-11-07 08:27 PM

Overwatch Unveiled
The Overwatch site is now online, so you can read about all of the heroes and watch some gameplay. You can talk about Overwatch in its new forum!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
  • The game is set on Earth, 60 years in the future
  • Robots became very common in the future and they went crazy, attacking cities all over the world. The war that resulted against the robots was the Omnic (?) Crisis.
  • The strike team that took on the robots was Overwatch.
  • For the next 30 years after the war, Overwatch was a worldwide agency that displayed how great people could be when they came together, representing heroism and sacrifice.
  • In the last few years, Overwatch started to fall apart.

  • Chris Metzen is only doing one voice in this game.
  • Blizzard has been making competitive PvP games for a long time and this will be yet another.
  • Overwatch will have some dark gritty areas, but it will mostly be a world you will want to come back to.
  • The game is all about heroes.
  • The game will be accessible with non-twitch options.
  • You can do things other than put a crosshair over targets, as that is what drives people away from other shooters.
  • The game is less-lethal. You will die, but you should die less frequently than in current modern military shooters. With more time alive, you are able to do more interesting things and interact with your team more.
  • The teams are going to be 6v6, which is just big enough to make it fun.
  • There are Payload and Capture Point maps, no deathmatch mode.
  • The game is focused on Heroes, not classes. Each hero has a unique story.
  • There are 12 playable characters at Blizzcon, with many more to come.
  • Tracer has a ~10 meter teleport / blink that uses energy. Enough energy to do 3 blinks in a row.
  • Tracer has Recall, which puts her back where she was 3 seconds ago. This also includes health, ammo, and energy.
  • Lots of the story is going to take place outside of the game, unlike previous Blizzard games.
  • Regenerate ult by doing and taking damage.

Hero Roles
  • Offense - Scout, harass, press the objective, high damage. (Pharah, Reaper, Tracer, Hanzo)
  • Defense - Guard locations, create choke points, establish a front. (Widowmaker, Bastion, Torbjorn)
  • Tank - Protectors, high survivability, disruption, lead the charge, have armor to reduce damage. (Reinhardt, Winston)
  • Support - Heal, buff, utility. (Zenyatta, Mercy, Symmetra)

Maps and Game Modes
  • Exotic worldwide locations
  • Simple objectives
  • Encourage hero mobility
  • Team focus encounters
  • Temple of Anubis - At the base of a technological pyramid.
  • Hanamura - Temple grounds, homeland of Hanzo.
  • King's Row - 30 years ago there was a population of robots that lived below the streets. People were going to send an EMP underground to destroy them.
  • You can change to another hero every time you die.

  • They aren't talking about the cost yet, so no idea if it will be free to play, a one time purchase, or something else.
  • There are elements of Titan in Overwatch, both were Earth based, there were some shared ideas, but it is different from Titan.
  • There is no customization to the gameplay. Initially there was a robust customization system, but there are too many heroes to keep track of all of the customization that can be done. Customization works in Heroes of the Storm because it is a slower paced game.
  • Overwatch will be on PC, consoles are something they can look at in the future.
  • It is too early to talk about system requirements, but they should be reasonable, just like other Blizzard games.
  • The game will be balanced so that two of a hero on a team will be okay, but more than that will likely put you at a disadvantage.
  • They aren't ready to talk about skins, leveling, or achievement systems yet, but they are all good ideas.
  • There is party chat and team chat, with party chat being your group that you queued with. The team is also working on VO and chat communication.
  • There will be some kind of long term progression in the game.
  • The team is looking at outside Voice Chat options, as players prefer that over in game chat usually.

by Published on 2014-11-07 06:58 PM

The Opening Ceremony Has Started!
Log in to account management and opt in to Overwatch beta now! Overwatch's website is online and they are on Twitter and Youtube as well.

Update 2:50 PM EST: Opening Ceremony over.
Update 2:49 PM EST: Overwatch panels in the gap / Overwatch playable at Blizzcon!
Update 2:43 PM EST: Overwatch Beta - 2015
Update 2:42 PM EST: Overwatch - Team based action shooter. Approachable game for everyone.
Update 2:41 PM EST: Jeff Kaplan takes the stage.
Update 2:41 PM EST: Overwatch is set in the future, game coming sooner than you think
Update 2:40 PM EST: Overwatch confirmed!
Update 2:34 PM EST: Trailer playing
Update 2:33 PM EST: New Blizzard world after 17 years
Update 2:32 PM EST: Metzen took the stage to hype up the crowd
Update 2:25 PM EST: SC2: Legacy of the Void trailer playing - Archon Mode
Update 2:22 PM EST: Goblin vs Gnomes launches next month!
Update 2:21 PM EST: Hearthstone expansion - Goblin vs Gnomes - 120 cards, Explosive Sheep, Annoy-o-Tron.
Update 2:20 PM EST: Hearthstone - Android version in December
Update 2:16 PM EST: Heroes of the Storm closed beta Jan 13.
Update 2:15 PM EST: Heroes of the Storm trailer - Jaina, Thrall, New Battlegrounds, Ranked Play, New Skins, Lost Vikings.
Update 2:12 PM EST: New movie websites: Horde and Alliance.
Update 2:11 PM EST: Blizzcon will have a sneak peak of work in progress footage for the Warcraft movie.
Update 2:10 PM EST: The new Argi (Spacegoat) charity pet in December will be for Ebola relief with the Red Cross.
Update 2:09 PM EST: The documentary will be on the WoW site and Youtube channel if you miss it tomorrow.
Update 2:05 PM EST: Mike Morhaime is on stage
Update 2:00 PM EST: Warcraft recap video is playing

by Published on 2014-11-07 05:57 PM

ORIGIN PC Giveaway

Update 1:45 PM EST: Several mentions of the gap in the schedule and computers with blank screens during the Opening Ceremony pre-show.

Blizzcon Opening Ceremony in 1 Hour
Join us in the chat for the biggest viewing party and keep checking back as we update live with new information from the panels!

Blizzcon 2014 - Day 1 Schedule
Nothing has changed from the original day 1 schedule, so there is still a nice sized gap after the Opening Ceremony.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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 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.


Name Points Reward
Finding Your Waystones Loot 500 Ogre Waystones.

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.

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.

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

Level 1

Level 2


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

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)
  • Dwarven Stoneform ability should no longer cause the character to break out of stealth.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • [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
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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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

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.

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