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by Published on 2016-01-01 04:53 PM

Season 4 Goals, Gearing Up in Season 5

Hearthstone 2015 Year in Review - Expansions, Nerfs, & Popular Decks

Epic Plays of the Week #59

Warcraft Movie in China
According to Legendary, the Warcraft movie mall tour is the biggest free movie-themed exhibition ever mounted in China. Visitors get the chance to take a look at some of the character statues and more than 150 props, weapons and costumes from the movie.

This Month in WoW - January 2016
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Happy new year! January rings in with a bang with fireworks over the cities of Azeroth, and ends with the deep of winter. Bundle up and warm yourself by the fire of activities ahead.

In-Game Events

Feast of Winter Veil [Ends January 2]
For the first couple of days of January, you still have an opportunity to enjoy the Feast of Winter Veil. While enjoying a freshly nutmegged cup of nog, and crunching on a crumbly cookie or two, be sure to visit Greatfather Winter in Ironforge if you’re Alliance, or Great-father Winter in Orgrimmar if you’re Horde. While there, you’ll find a few treats, and surely a few tasks to take on as well.

Winter Veil is the only time of the year you can acquire these pets: Clockwork Rocket Bot, Winter Reindeer, Tiny Snowman, Winter's Little Helpers, Lump of Coal.

Crafters of all stripes, rejoice! You can enhance your knowledge with these seasonal recipes: Elixir of Frost PowerEdge of WinterHot Apple CiderGingerbread CookieEgg Nog,Winter's MightSnowmaster 9000Gloves of the GreatfatherWinter BootsGreen Winter ClothesRed Winter Clothes, Green Holiday Shirt. 

Darkmoon Faire Returns [January 3-10]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on January 3, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.

The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Get in that cannon!

Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza [Every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. realm time]
There can be only three winners each Sunday on each realm, but there are rewards for everyone who participates! There’s also a chance to catch rare fish during the event which Fishbot 5000 in Booty Bay will take in exchange for even more unique loot.

Prove that you’re one of the best anglers in Azeroth for your chance at a Dread Pirate Ring, Hook of the Master Angler, Boots of the Bay, Arcanite Fishing Pole, or High Test Eternium Fishing Line. Other players are also competing for these prizes, so time is definitely not on your side!

Bonus Events
  • December 30 – January 4: Pet Battle Bonus Event
  • January 6 – 11: Northrend Timewalking
  • January 13 – 18: Apexis Crystals Bonus Event
  • January 20 – 25: Arena Skirmishes
  • January 27 – February 1: Cataclysm Timewalking

Happy New Year!
What was your World of Warcraft resolution? If you missed the poll, feel free to answer in the comments below.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Why is so much utility being pruned from classes anyways? I get ability bloat.. but Utility is not bloat.
Check out the class blogs. It's unlikely that whatever you're referring to is related to 'bloat' or 'pruning'. (Celestalon)
It's more likely that it's related to delivering a strong class fantasy, distinct from the others'. (Celestalon)
Sometimes, we've spread something around to so many classes, it no longer feels special. Trying to solve that. (Celestalon)

Activision Blizzard Acquires MLG Assets
While nothing has been officially announced yet, eSportsObserver is reporting that Activision Blizzard has acquired substantially all of Major League Gaming's assets for $46 million. MLG will be renamed to MLG Legacy Holdings, Inc.

You may remember that earlier this year, Activision Blizzard announced the new eSports Division, headed up by Mike Sepso, a co-founder and president of MLG.

by Published on 2015-12-31 03:42 PM

Season 4 Goals, Gearing Up in Season 5

Hearthstone 2015 Year in Review - Expansions, Nerfs, & Popular Decks

Epic Plays of the Week #59

Armory Stats - Battle.Net Shop Mounts
Today we are taking a look at the ownership percentages of Battle.Net Shop Mounts. The sample used was 2.2 million players active since November 1, 2015. Keep in mind that most of the mounts and pets are still 50% off until January 4th.

The popularity of the mounts roughly falls in line with when they were released, except for the poor Swift Windsteed.

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Level Type Name Source
20Mount Celestial Steed16.8%
20Mount Heart of the Aspects16.6%
20Mount Winged Guardian16.6%
20Mount Enchanted Fey Dragon14.1%
20Mount Armored Bloodwing11.8%
20Mount Iron Skyreaver9.9%
20Mount Grinning Reaver9.1%
20Mount Warforged Nightmare8.9%
20Mount Mystic Runesaber7.6%
20Mount Swift Windsteed6.9%

Poll - Most Desired Battle.Net Shop Mount
Which mount would you have liked to see Greatfather Winter bring you this year?

Ring in the New Year!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Happy New Year!

The celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. realm time tonight (December 31) with wonderful fireworks in the skies above the cities, and repeats every hour on the hour.

Feel free to sample some of the exotic brews and libations carted in from around the world, and dance in celebration as a new year dawns.

Warning: If you're on a PvP realm, you're cautioned to steer clear of Booty Bay (or perhaps get yourself to Booty Bay for the best party around) as the guards there appear to have had too much fun already and aren't likely to be enforcing the town rules until morning.

Heroes of the Storm - Beyond the Worlds
We have seen some nice WoW machinima lately, but there is also some interesting Heroes machinima that was released this year. Rather than using the existing Heroes models, they created their own.

by Published on 2015-12-30 02:05 PM

Lightning Talk: Greyhollow Island feat. Matthew Berger

Deck Spotlight: Reno Murloc Control Paladin, The Angry Chicken #127 - Guest Starring Yong Woo

Rotation for Dec. 29, 2015, Heroes WTF Moments #30

Legion - Felbat Mount
There is currently no spell, item, or mount journal entry for this mount and it is only used for flight paths as of the last alpha build.

Pet Battle Bonus Event – December 30 - January 4
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Through Monday, January 4, Pet Battle experience gains are increased by +200%. There’s never been a better time to get out there and level up your mighty minions!

Before you head out into the wild with your lower-level wild things, make sure you pick up the quest “The Very Best”. Because you’re the best – around – you’ll want to queue up for PvP Pet Battles with a team of three level-25 pets. After only five wins during the event, you’ll be rewarded with an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone, which means another level 25 is on its way to your collection.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
One of the things I love is Highmountain quests divided in questlines like the Divine Bell achv
Yeah, we prefer that format too. I'd expect to see that for the other zones a bit further down the line. (craig_amai)

Songs of Azeroth
AFK [email protected] has released a video celebrating the 10th anniversary of WoW Taiwan. The next two videos in the series have been released!

by Published on 2015-12-29 12:21 PM

Fastest Patch 2.4 T10 Farming Build

Top Constructed Decks of the Week, Mekkatorque's Workshop Returns! Discover-Related Cards

Lunara Build Highlight, Heroes Animated Short Ep. 2

Legion - Demonsaber Mount
Legion adds a Demonsaber mount, which is currently listed as a Demon Hunter mount. Currently Demon Hunters only gain access to the Felsaber mount on the Alpha, but several NPCs were riding Demonsabers during the Demon Hunter intro experience.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
There's a line between guaranteed odds and "no A'lar after six years", and farmable (with efforts) and once a year.
.A lot of new things have been tried this year wrt holidays, really appreciate the feedback, we'll keep iterating (Muffinus)

Blizz didn't learn from Love Rocket RNG, and this is significantly worse.
I wouldn't say it's a lack of learning, more "hey this is a new concept (illusions), how desired is it?" (Muffinus)

Final Boss - Outlaw Rogue
Today we have the Outlaw Rogue preview!

Heroes of the Store
We didn't get around to posting about the movie contest winner during Blizzcon, but it is definitely worth a watch! The same group also put out a Legion features recap of sorts.

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