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by Published on 2015-01-16 04:10 PM

Update (8:00 PM EST): According to the official post, all US and EU emails have gone out.
Update: Added official information. EU emails are starting to go out. There are a few reports of players getting one with small lapses in their subscription.

Gift to Veteran Players: Orc Wolf Rider Mini-Statue
The first people have started receiving their veteran gifts! The statue is an orc riding a wolf; it is a miniature version of the one located outside the Blizzard HQ. Credit to @thebl4ckd0g for the picture of the statue itself and Smitti for the picture of the inscription on the base.

Anniversary Gift
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've been secretly working on creating a one-time gift to celebrate the WoW Anniversary, and it's now on its way to players that have been with us since the beginning. Emails have been sent to North America and Oceanic players to their registered address, which will include shipment tracking info. Our players in Europe will receive a similar email, and their shipments are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

If you're an NA region player (US, Canada, Oceania, Latin America) the receipt of an email is confirmation that you met the criteria to receive an Anniversary celebration gift. Emails have not yet begun to be sent out to our European players, but we'll start sending them soon. Shipment of the gift to EU players will begin in the next few weeks.

Criteria required to receive the gift:
  • Started playing WoW within 60 days of the game launch in your region
  • A continuous subscription for all 10 years, from launch to the Anniversary

We're thankful for everyone that chooses to spend time in Azeroth with us, and hope that this small token of appreciation expresses our gratitude to those few of you that have achieved the incredible milestone of playing World of Warcraft for all these 10 years.

[Update] All notification emails have been sent to NA and EU region recipients.

Support Article
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As a way to thank our most loyal World of Warcraft players, we are sending a physical gift to players that have stuck with us since the very beginning. Eligible players have received an email at their registered email address. If you did not receive an email, your account does not qualify for this gift.

These gifts have been sent to the physical address associated with eligible accounts. To be eligible for this gift, a player must have created a World of Warcraft account within 60 days of the game launching in the NA or EU regions, and maintained their subscription or game time for all ten years.

Eligible players in the North American region, along with eligible Oceanic players, have been sent tracking information for the gift. Eligible players in Europe will receive tracking information when their gift ships later this month. If the shipping address on that email is incorrect, you will need to contact us with your updated information.
by Published on 2015-01-15 05:54 PM

Update (4:30 PM EST): Added today's hotfixes.

Blizzard Sending Gift to Veteran Accounts
It looks like Blizzard is planning to send some kind of gift players that have had an account for ten years. A few players have received a notification that a package from Blizzard will be arriving tomorrow. There was a support article about the gift that was taken down shortly after it was posted.

We don't know if the requirements from the support article are the only requirements. So far, all of the people that have received a notification have been subscribed almost all of the full ten years.

If you think you are eligible and haven't received a notification, don't worry! This hasn't been officially announced or confirmed yet. The only shipment notifications that have gone out are from UPS. Blizzard has not sent any emails yet.

If you happen to receive the gift, be sure to post some pictures of it in the comments!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Tenth Anniversary Physical Gift
As a way of thanking our loyal World of Warcraft players, we will send a physical gift to players who have been playing with us since the beginning. Players who are eligible have received an email at the address listed on their accounts. If you did not receive that email, your account is not eligible for this gift.

These gifts were sent to physical addresses of eligible registered accounts. To be eligible for this gift, a player must have created a World of Warcraft account within 60 days of the game's release in America or Europe.

Eligible players in America have received tracking information for the shipment of the gift. Eligible players in Europe will receive tracking information when your gifts are sent throughout the month. If the shipping address in the email is incorrect, you will need to contact us with the updated address.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - January 15
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Protection
      • Reduced the damage of Seal of Truth for Protection Paladins by 80%. Protection Paladins should primarily use Seal of Insight for defensive value.
      • [Currently in Testing]Seraphim now grants 750 of each stat for Protection Paladins (down from 1000).

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Garrison Campaign
    • Garrison Campaign quests can now be found in the quest log under the "Garrison Campaign" category.

Bug Fixes
  • Classes
    • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
      • Fixed an issue in in which glyphs could cause crowd controlled (cc'd) targets to have Damage Over Time spells (DoTs) removed which would cause stored Soul Swap DoT's to be removed from Warlocks.
  • Garrisons
    • Invasions
      • Corrected a bug in which Horde players weren't receiving credit toward the "It's an Invasion!" and "Invasion Specialist" Achievements for completing the introductory invasion quest.
    • Buildings
      • Mine
        • Miners now continue working after midnight instead of taking an unscheduled coffee break.
by Published on 2015-01-14 08:48 PM

January 13 Hotfixes, Garrison Campaign Quests, Garrison Music, Colorblind Options

Blackrock Foundry Raid Schedule
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It won’t be long before you’ll be able to take the assault against the Iron Horde to the next level in new Raid content. To help you plan your attack, we’ve broken down the unlock schedule for Blackrock Foundry and the third Draenor world boss – Rukhmar. Will you be ready?
Those who plan to jump into the action in the Raid Finder will need a minimum item level of 635. Here's the rundown:

February 3, 2015:
  • Blackrock Foundry opens with Normal and Heroic difficulties available.
  • World boss Rukhmar becomes available in Spires of Arak.

February 10, 2015:
  • Mythic difficulty becomes available.

February 17, 2015:
  • Raid Finder Wing 1: Slagworks (Gruul, Oregorger, and The Blast Furnace) unlocks.

February 24, 2015:
  • Raid Finder Wing 2: The Black Forge (Hans’gar and Franzok, Flamebender Ka’graz, and Kromog ) unlocks.

March 10, 2015:
  • Raid Finder Wing 3: Iron Assembly (Beastlord Darmac, Operator Thogar, and The Iron Maidens) unlocks.

March 24, 2015:
  • Raid Finder Wing 4: Blackhand’s Crucible (Blackhand) unlocks.
by Published on 2015-01-14 05:41 AM

Patch 2.1.2 on Launcher

Deck Spotlight: Budget Aggro "Hobo Druid", Popular Decks of the Week

Heroes Beta - Patch 33684: Thrall, New Skins, Sky Temple Battleground, Hero Changes

Blackrock Foundry and Patch 6.1
WarcraftDevs is here with their 3rd tweet of the year, letting us know that the release of Blackrock Foundry won't depend on Patch 6.1 being live.

Patch 6.1 - Existing Heirlooms
It appears that heirlooms that you already have, including weapons from Garrosh will automatically go into the heirloom tab with their old maximum level (or higher), as well as staying in your bags.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - January 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Highmaul
    • Kargath Bladefist: Resolved an issue where players can incorrectly get locked to the instance after wiping to Kargath on Mythic difficulty.
    • Imperator Mar'gok: Gorian Warmage's Fixate ability should now only cause the targeted player to drop out of stealth instead of incorrectly causing all stealthed players in the raid to drop out of stealth.
  • Legacy
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • Rom'ogg Bonecrusher's Skullcracker ability should now correctly deal damage to Angered Earth elementals, allowing the achievement Crushing Bones and Cracking Skulls to be completed.

  • Alliance and Horde Conquest vendors should now offer non-set cloth gloves and non-set plate chest pieces for sale.
  • Ashran
    • Amphitheater of Annihilation: Mandragoraster's Fertile Spit ability now caps out at 6 nearby targets.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Arathi Basin: Players should now always have a fixed 25-second resurrection timer while in a Rated Battleground match.
  • Deepwind Gorge: Using Ice Floes or Aspect of the Fox should no longer incorrectly allow players to capture a point while moving.


Garrison Campaign Quests
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks for the tip! If anyone else has found they haven't been able to progress their Garrison Campaign storyline from week to week, or don't believe they ever started one, please provide more info and we can try to help. Checking the campaign locations may reveal an unknowingly skipped step as these campaign chapters also include an "Assault" bar, they can sometimes be mistaken as only being an Assault on the location.

Wait there garrison campaigns? How i miss that and whee you start at? I hear about invasion and figure i did something wrong. But it seem so trivial and now i want to try.
It's a weekly campaign that unlocks over time and is intended to continue throughout future updates, not too dissimilar to the 5.1: Landfall content, but this is a bigger and more sweeping story that send you out to the various level 100 areas across Draenor. The first 8 weeks offer quests somewhat randomly, and then the four after those are a set story progression, to be continued in future patch releases. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 6.1 - Garrison Jukebox Music
The initial Patch 6.1 build added a few songs with items (Legends of Azeroth, The Burning Legion, Wrath of the Lich King), but the quests reveal other songs that likely will be available for your jukebox. There is no indication on how these will be unlocked yet.

Patch 6.1 - Colorblind Options
Patch 6.1 also adds some new options to assist colorblind players!

by Published on 2015-01-13 08:02 AM

Scheduled Maintenance, Patch 2.1.2 Preparation, Demon Hunter 2.1.2 Items

Deck Spotlight: Budget Aggro "Hobo Druid", Popular Decks of the Week

Heroes Patch Maintenance Tomorrow!, Into the Nexus #33 - Where's My Blizzard Damage?

Patch 6.1 - Character Model Changes
Patch 6.1 has fixed bugs, improved models, changed the male Night Elf run animation, and restored some things that were missing from the new character models like spots on Female Tauren, removed eye glow on some Undead Faces, added eyeliner to Human Females, removed excessive eye sagging on Female Gnomes and more. A sample of what has been discovered so far is below.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - January 12
Looks like the class tuning hotfixes from today are indeed live! - Celestalon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Secondary Stats
  • The Haste stat is now 11.1% more effective. For example, characters at level 100 now receive a 1% increase per 90 Haste (up from 1% per 100 Haste).

Please note that the following class tuning hofixes are not active yet. These hotfixes are still undergoing testing and will be implemented as soon as possible.


Patch 6.1 - Heirlooms Tab
The long awaited heirlooms tab is finally live in Patch 6.1!

  • Heirlooms now scale from 1 to 60
  • Heirlooms can be purchased for gold
  • The new heirlooms can be upgraded by items like Ancient Heirloom Scabbard and Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard to Level 90 and Level 100.
  • Currently, only the Level 90 upgrade is available for purchase and it only upgrades the heirloom to Level 85.
  • The old heirlooms haven't changed, but with character copy down we aren't sure what will happen to them.
  • Upon logging on to another character, you can click the heirloom to create one for that character.
  • Any enchants applied are only applied to that copy of the item and lost upon deleting it.
  • Heirlooms are still Bind on Account, so you can mail enchanted heirlooms between characters.

Patch 6.1 - Garrison UI: Mission Remaining Duration
Patch 6.1 adds a timer to let you know how long before a mission will expire!

Current PTR Status 1/12/15
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hi folks,

Just wanted to share some early information regarding the 6.1 PTR.

Note: this information is subject to change as plans are implemented. I'll update this thread or make a new one as I receive more information.

  • PTR Accounts and realms are currently locked to Mists of Pandaria. Upgrading the PTR accounts to Warlords is a lengthy process so I don't have an exact ETA, but it's something we're actively working on.
  • In-game Character Copy is currently offline. The plan is still to use the in-game system as opposed to the old website version (which hasn't been functional since 5.4).
  • Characters were wiped after the 6.0.3 PTR realms were brought down last month, and cannot be retrieved at this time.

Patch 6.1 - Death Recap UI
Patch 6.1 will give players a little bit more information about how they died in the default UI.

Patch 6.1 - Twitter UI
The toggle for the Twitter integration is in, but it is currently broken.

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