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by Published on 2015-01-03 11:59 AM

Update (7:00 AM EST): All previous contest winners have been PMed, with 24 hours to reply before a new winner is selected.

Upcoming EU Currency Adjustments, Shop Discounts Coming in Beta, Skin Spotlight: Great-father Winter Rehgar

Armory Stats - Player Achievement Points Distribution
The holidays continue, so today we are taking a look at the achievement points distribution of Level 90 (end of Mists of Pandaria) and Level 100 players. There are 3.7 million characters and 2.6 million accounts that make up this sample. Keep in mind data collection started recently, so there may be some characters that we haven't come across yet.

The number of characters in Mists of Pandaria was scaled down to make the comparison between the two easier. The number of EU characters was also scaled down to make the comparison between the two easier.

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CurrencySorter Addon
One small annoyance in Warlords of Draenor is the default currency window ordering. The CurrencySorter addon allows you to sort categories so that you can finally have the Warlords of Draenor category on top.



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3D Printed Frostmourne
Kirby Downey recently shared a 3D printed version of Frostmourne along with some in progress shots and construction / design details. You can even download and print your own Frostmourne!

The sword can be assembled without any glue and has joints that are visible so you can see how it fits together.

by Published on 2015-01-02 10:38 AM

Update (5:30 AM EST): All previous contest winners have been PMed, with 24 hours to reply before a new winner is selected.

Battle.Net Shop Mounts Giveaway
We aren't done spreading some holiday cheer! Today we are giving away another 10 x Battle.Net Shop mounts. AskMrRobot was nice enough to send us some Premium codes to give away, so a big thanks to them! Every winner gets a mount, one month Curse Premium code, and one month AskMrRobot Premium code.

Please note the shorter timeline of this giveaway. You have 24 hours to reply after PMs go out.

Prizes


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  • Winners will receive a PM which they have 24 hours to reply to. After that, a new winner will be selected. You can turn on email notifications for PMs in the Settings.
  • Entering more than once per contest thread is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)
  • You have until Friday January 2nd @ 11:59 PM EST to enter the contest. After that time this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.


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Fan Art - Cosplay
Today we are looking at some nice cosplay that was done in late 2014.


by Published on 2015-01-01 01:34 PM

Diablo Birthday, Happy New Year, Prepare for Patch 2.1.2

January Card Back: Marauding Maraad

Battle.Net Shop Mounts Giveaway
Happy New Year! We are celebrating by giving away 10 x Battle.Net Shop mounts. AskMrRobot was nice enough to send us some Premium codes to give away again this year, so a big thanks to them! We are continuing with some mounts, one month Curse Premium codes, and one month AskMrRobot Premium codes.

Please note the shorter timeline of this giveaway. You have 24 hours to reply after PMs go out.

Prizes


Rules
  • Enter once by replying to this news post.
  • Winners will receive a PM which they have 24 hours to reply to. After that, a new winner will be selected. You can turn on email notifications for PMs in the Settings.
  • Entering more than once per contest thread is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)
  • You have until Thursday January 1st @ 11:59 PM EST to enter the contest. After that time this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.


Happy New Year!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As we mark the end of 2014, it’s time to ring in 2015 all across Azeroth. Beginning today, December 31, the skies above all the major cities will be filled with glorious fireworks!


Every hour on the hour, look to the skies for a dazzling display of explosions as you're sipping brews and tasting delicious foodstuffs.

Join the festivities and say hello to the new year! One word of caution, though—if you’re planning to enjoy the fireworks in Booty Bay, word has it the guards there have been celebrating a bit too hard and aren’t likely to enforce the town rules.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Misc
So thank you, to the overwhelming majority that are genuinely good gracious people. Jerks are the exception so they often stand out. (holinka)

Fan Art
We have some nice fan art for the new year.

by Published on 2014-12-31 12:38 PM

Update: TCG Toy Giveaway winners have been PMed.

Season 1 Ending Date

Firebat's The Pinnacle Winning Deck Lists, Goblins vs Gnomes Comics

Armory Stats - Professions
It is another quiet holiday week, so today we are taking a look at the professions of Level 90 characters at the end of Mists of Pandaria and Level 100 characters today. There are 3.7 million characters and 2.5 million accounts that make up this sample. Keep in mind data collection started recently, so there may be some characters that we haven't come across yet.

Warlords of Draenor also changed how professions work, significantly reducing the incentive to cap your profession right away by not gating items with a required high skill level. In Mists of Pandaria, 95% or more of players capped most professions, but this has significantly changed.

If you have any requests for other stats be sure to let us know in the comments, as a quiet week is a good time to fulfill requests!

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Poll - Professions
What professions are you using in Warlords of Draenor? If you have any thoughts about the Warlords of Draenor profession changes, be sure to leave them in the comments.



Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Reveal Event
Our friends over at FinalBoss put together a video that shows a little more of what went on at the Warlords of Draenor cinematic reveal event. Celestalon even makes a short appearance.

by Published on 2014-12-30 12:10 PM

XP Holiday Buff, Rob Pardo Interview

Deck Spotlights: Master of the Elements Control Shaman & Controladin

Epic Plays of the Week #10, Skin Spotlight: Winterveil Jaina

Armory Stats - Character Item Level Distribution
It is another quiet holiday week, so today we are taking a look at the item level distribution of Level 100 characters. There are 3.5 million characters and 2.4 million accounts that make up this sample. Keep in mind data collection started recently, so there may be some characters that we haven't come across yet.

We can also look at everyone's highest item level character at the end of Mists of Pandaria. It appears that many players took advantage of the item level 550 honor gear at the end of the expansion.

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Armory Stats - Number of Max-Level Characters
Today we are taking a look at the number of Level 100 characters that players have and Level 90 characters that players had at the end of Mists of Pandaria. There are 3.5 million characters and 2.4 million accounts that make up this sample at Level 100.

While collecting this data, we came across some fun outliers, such as the player that has 42+ Level 100 characters and a player that had 195+ Level 90 characters.

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Poll - Level 100 Characters
How many level 100 characters do you have?

by Published on 2014-12-29 03:48 AM

Round 5 Livestream VOD, Skills/Runes for Top 1000, Shard of Hate Monk Build

Deck Spotlight: Divine Tempo Paladin, Mekkatorque's Workshop #7 - Rogue Damage Mitigation

TCG Toys Giveaway, Blue Tweets, WowCraft Episode 17

Warcraft III Fan Remake
WarCraft: Armies Of Azeroth is Starcraft II based fan remake of WarCraft III that adds new gameplay features. A gameplay video is apparently coming soon.





Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
This expansion made inventory management worse. Toy box was one step forward and all the new stuff 5 steps back.
What new stuff are you having trouble fitting? (Muffinus)

PvE
had a SoO lockout which I joined mid run, cleared to Garrosh. after leaving it said the first 3 bosses were available + Garrosh. few weeks later, extending the lockout, I kill Immerseus and now I have a lockout with only Immerseus dead. I suppose it has to do with lockouts being nothing more than loot locks nowadays, either way I think choosing to extend should mean you are deliberately choosing to get loot locked to these bosses you don't want to re-kill.
Agreed - I think we have some work to do there to clean up the system. (WatcherDev)

Lore
big lore moment in highmaul with cho'gall restricted to mythic only. feel annoyed by this, shouldn't better items be enough?
Not sure it qualifies as a 'big lore moment.' It's a neat fight, though! (DaveKosak)

Out of curiosity, how common is it for a Draenei to be named Exarch? Just did the quest chain with Yrel and found it interesting!
At this time in Draenor there were exactly five Exarchs, "The Hand of the Prophet." At least, they start with five... (DaveKosak)

Garrisons
What ever happened to, followers would get a rare mission to run old raids to sometimes bring back transmog gear?
Felt strange having them run old raids when they're supposed to be defending Draenor. (Muffinus)

With the legendary follower. Is it a character that we already know of or is it an entirely new character?
I'm not sure that a brand new character would feel legendary to people. (Muffinus)

I'm really surprised our Garrisons didn't get decorated for the holidays.
Def. would have been nice to have, it was on our wishlist to let you choose the holiday decoration set any time of year. (Muffinus)

Misc
also I get the feeling that after @WarcraftDevs showed up you guys just don't talk anymore, which is sad
With the release of WoD, there's a bit less to discuss atm I am thinking of making a crock pot of spiced cider. (Muffinus)

Fan Art
Some more nice fan art from breathing2004 today.


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