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by Published on 2014-08-15 04:27 PM

Update (1:15 PM EST): Added some additional clarifications from Watcher and UK Subscription price changes.

Gamescom Interview - Raid Release Schedule
Our friends over at Vanion had the chance to talk to Tom Chilton again during Gamescom and came away with some interesting details. The highlights of the interview are below.


Raids
  • Raids will open roughly two and a half weeks after the expansion releases. This will give players time to level and enjoy some dungeons and other content before they move on to raiding.
  • Normal and Heroic will open first, with Mythic and LFR starting to open the following week.
  • Blackrock Foundry will open some number of weeks later. (4 weeks for MSV before HoF opened was too short - WatcherDev)
  • Grommash is really the final boss! When players get to the Grommash fight, they will see that it is a completely different fight from the Garrosh fight in Siege of Orgrimmar.
  • There will be more than just Orcs in the raids. For example, there will be a heavy Legion influence in the raid that has Grommash Hellscream.

Items
  • The legendary items (other than the ring) will most likely come from defeating really difficult content.
  • Warlords will have more activated trinkets compared to Mists of Pandaria.
  • Challenge modes will reward players with transmog weapons for Gold, a mount for Silver, and a title for Bronze. (WatcherDev)
  • Challenge modes will have a daily quest that can reward Raid Finder quality loot. This will give players a reason to do Challenge modes while they wait for raids to open. (WatcherDev)

Garrisons
  • Depending on what buildings your Garrison has, there will be different relevant content out in the world.
  • If you build the Inn, you will have a dungeon daily quest in the Inn, similar to the Wrath of the Lich King dungeon daily quests.
  • There are four tiers of Garrison missions for your followers, giving followers increased item levels and access to better missions each tier. Eventually you will have access to a mission that rewards raid quality loot every couple of weeks.

Misc
  • Armistice Day is on the Tuesday of the release week, which is why they went with Thursday instead of Tuesday for release this time.
  • The team has talked about doing an updated version of Karazhan, but it was created as a 10 player raid. There isn't space for 30 players.


Gamescom Dev Interview
Gamona also had an opportunity to talk to Tom Chilton at Gamescom. The highlights of the interview are below.


  • Patch 6.0 is coming roughly a month before the November 13 release date.
  • Warlords of Draenor took longer than anticipated to create, by roughly 6 months. Getting the new members of the team up to speed took longer than anticipated and slowed things down. A group is already working on the next expansion though, so hopefully there won't be another long gap next time.
  • Moving your Garrison is still something that would be nice to do in a content patch. Players will most likely want the ability to move the garrison after they have had it in the same place for a few months.
  • Rather than armor dyes, the team has made multiple color variations of armor sets and provided different ways for players to earn them. A dye system might cause the team to lose a little bit too much control over the way the world looks. Players coming into the game shouldn't see everyone wearing crazy neon colors or something like that.


UK Subscription Price Increase - Secure Your Current Price for Two Years
It looks like UK subscribers have a price increase coming, but players can lock in their price for two years if they keep their subscription active.

  • 30 Days - Increased to £9.99 from £8.99.
  • 90 Days - Increased to £28.17 from £25.17.
  • 180 Days - Increased to £52.14 from £46.14.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We regularly look at our pricing around the world and from time to time we make changes in light of local and regional market conditions. As such, we want to give everyone a heads-up that we will shortly be adjusting the pound sterling subscription price of World of Warcraft.

The new price for recurring subscriptions will be £9.99 for 30 days, £28.17 for 90 days, and £52.14 for 180 days. The suggested retail price of the 60-day prepaid time card will be £20.99.

As a thank you for current World of Warcraft subscribers, we guarantee that players with recurring (auto-renewing) subscriptions at the time of the price change will retain their current price for two years, as long as they remain in the same recurring subscription without interruption. This applies to anyone who is already in, or signs up for, a recurring subscription prior to the price change, which is scheduled to take place at the Warlords of Draenor release. We will reach out to relevant players approximately two months prior to the price change with a reminder.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – Now Only €9.99!
The new $9.99 price is not reflected in the US Shop just yet, but will likely appear soon.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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by Published on 2014-08-14 05:19 PM

Update (8:00 PM EST): The Collector's Edition of Warlords of Draenor is now available for purchase. New Box Art has also been posted!

Update (6:00 PM EST): The final boss of Warlords, legendary items, a transmog revamp, and more were discussed in this Gamescom interview.

Update (5:15 PM EST): Players will have ample time to level from 90 to 100 and experience the anniversary content (Source).

Update (4:25 PM EST): Prepare for Battle: The Pre-Expansion Iron Horde Incursion

Warlords of Draenor Release - November 13, 2014
Warlords of Draenor will be released the Thursday after Blizzcon!



Warlords of Draenor Release - November 13, 2014
An updated features trailer for Warlords of Draenor was also released today.



Lords of War - Animated Miniseries
This is similar to The Burdens of Shaohao miniseries for Mists of Pandaria. You can find a teaser for upcoming episodes here.

by Published on 2014-08-14 05:17 PM

Update: The Digital Deluxe edition will also have Hearthstone card backs.

Explore the Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Want to level up your Warlords of Draenor experience? Take a look inside the Collector’s Edition, which contains a host of rare and commemorative items to aid your epic struggle against the might of the Iron Horde.

Check with your local retailer for additional details and availability—and if you’re hoping to score a copy, be sure to lock in your preorder soon, because supplies are limited.


The Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition includes:

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor — Get the full version of Warlords of Draenor on DVD-ROM.
  • Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray Two-Disc Set — Meet the development team behind the creation of Draenor and its savage warlords. This two-disc set includes over an hour of creators’ commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
  • Collector’s Edition Soundtrack — Immerse yourself in the sounds of war with the complete Warlords of Draenor orchestral soundtrack on CD.
  • The Art of Warlords of Draenor — Witness the visual evolution of the expansion in this beautifully bound tome of exclusive Warlord of Draenor art. Through 160 pages of concept pieces, finished illustrations, and CG images, you'll delve into the art team’s vision for a Draenor under siege by the apocalyptic threat of the Iron Horde.
  • Blackhand Mouse Pad — Arm yourself with a special-edition mouse pad emblazoned with the deadly warlord Blackhand.
  • Epic In-Game Content
    • World of Warcraft Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet — Descend from the skies on the back of a black-winged Dread Raven mount, a mortal progeny of Anzu. Then devour your prey in your next pet battle with the adorably ferocious Dread Hatchling.
    • StarCraft II Portraits — Summon the strength of two deadly Iron Horde war chiefs—Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand—as you take on the Dominion with these two StarCraft II portraits.
    • Diablo III Warsong Pennant — Don this battle-worn pennant and channel the rage of the Warsong Clan against the demonic forces of Sanctuary.
    • Hearthstone Card Back — Your adventures in Draenor will be the talk of the tavern after outfitting your champion’s deck with this custom card back forged in the fires of Blackrock.

Remember, one character boost to level 90 is included in the Collector’s Edition, retail and digital standard editions, and Digital Deluxe Edition of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. For more information on the content and features, check out our Warlords of Draenor web page.

Warlords of Draenor Collectors Edition on Sale Now
The US version of the Collector's Edition is now being sold for $90 on Amazon.



Warlords of Draenor Box Art
Amazon also has nice high res versions of the Warlords of Draenor Box Art.

by Published on 2014-08-14 05:16 PM

Gamescom Dev Interview - Warlords of Draenor Final Boss, Legendary Items, Transmog Revamp
Our friends over at Vanion had the chance to talk to Tom Chilton during Gamescom and came away with some interesting details. The highlights of the interview are below, but be sure to watch the whole thing for additional context.


Final Boss
  • Grommash is the final boss of Warlords of Draenor.

Legendary Items
  • Warlords of Draenor will have a questline for a legendary ring that begins at level 99 and is less grindy than the Mists of Pandaria quests.
  • The legendary ring will have a visual effect so that players can show it off.
  • It is very likely that there will be legendary items other than the ring from the questline.

Future Content Patches
  • A transmogrification system revamp could be part of Patch 6.1 or 6.2, allowing you to build a collection of transmog items rather than storing them in your bank or Void Storage. It also may include tools to better manage multiple transmog sets.
  • Tanaan Jungle and possibly Farahlon will be in future content patches, not at launch.
  • Additional dungeons could be added in content patches. There are more dungeons within Draenor that could be added, as well as older dungeons through the Timewalker system.
  • There aren't any class quests planned for Warlords launch right now, but if one fits later in the expansion it could be added.
  • The length of time beyond Patch 6.1 that you are unable to fly in Draenor will be decided upon by the community as a whole. If players enjoy it then it could last longer. If players overwhelming want flight back by Patch 6.1, then they will most likely get it.

Warlords Patch Timing
  • The Warlords patch cycle will be similar to the Mists of Pandaria patch cycle, but some of it will depend on the timing of the next expansion.
    • "Some of it will depend on the time before the next expansion after Warlords. It is very possible that if we are successful and there is a shorter gap, then we won't necessarily want to have multiple raid tier content patches. Each raid content patch needs about four months to breathe. Any less than that and it feels like you really rushed through the content."
  • The content patch schedule isn't finalized yet, as a lot of it depends on what players want to see more of once they get through the launch content. Some of it will depend on the scheduling for the next expansion.

PvP
  • The team would like to add the new Nagrand arena as a new arena, but this isn't final yet. It depends on how work on the next expansion is progressing.
  • There are no plans to add a new battleground in Warlords of Draenor.

Garrisons
  • Garrisons ended up involving all of the different teams and will be a big feature, changing the gameplay of WoW more than any other feature has.
  • More Garrison features or levels are something that could be done in a future content patch.

Misc
  • The Adventure Guide won't make it in for the Warlords launch. It will be useful as more content is added after launch, so hopefully it will be ready for a future content patch.
  • The World of Warcraft team grew by around 80 people during Mists of Pandaria, which should allow them to produce content faster in the future. This did slow things down in the short term though, which contributed to the delay of Warlords of Draenor.
  • There aren't any scenarios for you to queue for at Level 100 in Warlords right now, but some could be added in future patches. Right now they are mostly used as a storytelling tool while leveling.
  • Warforged items can appear in dungeons now as a nice bonus.
by Published on 2014-08-14 05:15 PM

Prepare for Battle: The Pre-Expansion Iron Horde Incursion
It looks like the Patch 6.0 PTR might be coming soon! Be sure to check out our preview of the changes to Blasted Lands and this UBRS video.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Get ready for first contact with the Iron Horde—oh, and you’ll probably want to prepare yourself for battle. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be testing a pre-expansion patch that will bring players to the brink of great peril, as the Iron Horde begins to aggressively gain a foothold on Azeroth.

As part of this patch, players will encounter fierce new opponents and get their first chance to experience a number of updates we’re making to the game. In addition to changes to the skills and abilities for every class, this patch will introduce brand new features such as 20-player Mythic-difficulty Siege of Orgrimmar, as well as systems adjustments including stat squish and diminishing returns on crowd control. The next chapter in the World of Warcraft saga is coming at you armed to the teeth.

Treacherous Developments
The Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands has turned blood red. Hundreds of strange-looking orcs are violently pouring into Azeroth, killing everything that stands in their path. Nethergarde and Okril’lon have already fallen, and while the Horde and the Alliance moved as quickly as they could to get reinforcements to their people, they are too late. The Iron Horde invasion has begun.

In this desperate hour, King Wrynn and Warchief Vol’jin have called upon their greatest champions to join the front lines in the Blasted Lands and do whatever they can to stop the Iron Horde . . . before the rest of Azeroth falls before them.

Word of this surprise attack sends players rushing to the Blasted Lands to reckon with the barbarous infiltration. After the fall of a high ranking Iron Horde general named Gar’mak Bladetwist, you’ll report what you’ve witnessed in the Blasted Lands to King Wrynn or Warchief Vol’jin. It’s apparent to both the Horde and the Alliance that this is only the first salvo in a much larger conflict, and the only way to win is to take the fight directly to the Iron Horde . . . by journeying through the Dark Portal into Draenor.

The Infiltration of Blackrock Spire
An advance party of Iron Horde forces has barged right out of the Blasted Lands and pushed all the way to Blackrock Mountain, where they found refuge and supplies in Upper Blackrock Spire. There can be only one response: the Alliance and the Horde of Azeroth must face this iron incursion head on.

Available to level-90 characters for a limited time, this specially revamped five-player version of Upper Blackrock Spire sets the stage for the coming counterstrike against the Iron Horde. Here, you will face Orebender Gor'ashan, Kyrak, and Commander Tharbek as you begin to take the fight to the enemy and sharpen the skills (and swords) you’ll need to succeed on an unwelcoming alien world.

Draenor is waiting.
by Published on 2014-08-14 03:59 PM

Warlords Cinematic and Release Date Event Stream Now Live!
Get ready for a cinematic, release date, interviews, the first episode of a new animated lore miniseries, and more during this event! You can also watch the stream on Twitch.

  • Warlords of Draenor will be released the Thursday after Blizzcon!
  • The pre expansion event will involve the Iron Horde coming through the Dark Portal and taking over Blasted Lands and UBRS.
  • You will be able to run the new UBRS at level 90 for a limited time to get some loot!
  • The first episode of the animated miniseries features Kargath Bladefist. Future episodes will cover some, but not all, of the other Warlords.


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