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by Published on 2014-11-16 12:31 AM

Warlords of Draenor Launch Updates
Blizzard has been posting hourly updates on steps they are taking to improve stability and reduce queues. Recent updates include:

  • US and EU maintenance was completed and added capacity by phasing all of Draenor and upgrading server hardware.
  • Realm population caps were raised to normal levels in the US and EU once again.
  • Realm population caps were then increased above the old normal capacity in the US and EU.
  • Realm population caps are now double what they were yesterday.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
12:00 p.m. PST
Since the launch of Warlords of Draenor we’ve seen a large amount of positive reaction to the new content available in the expansion. Players have been enjoying building and managing their own Garrisons and exploring the new world. With many of the new changes that have been implemented over the past couple of days, we’ve seen a marked improvement in realm performance and stability. Thank you again to everyone for your patience while we have worked around the clock to address these issues.

As we previously posted the realms in Europe, the Americas, and Oceania had rolling restarts to pick up hotfixes to address some gameplay issues. During this time we also further extended the raised maximum realm population in these regions. While the increase in realm population has allowed more players access to the game, we continue to also see realm queues on heavily populated realms.

To address the queues for these realms we are currently working on expanding the instancing tech we deployed earlier which allowed for additional copies of Draenor. We are currently testing these improvements with the goal of deploying this tech more widely. To ensure the best possible in-game experience for players this implementation will require additional oversight and testing. We will be carefully scrutinizing and adjusting these modifications throughout the day to ensure that we don’t introduce additional stability and performance issues.

Hourly updates will resume when we have more information on the progress of these changes to share with you. If you use Twitter, we recommend following @BlizzardCS and @Warcraft for updates as well.

2:00 a.m. PST
At this time, we are monitoring performance in all EU realms following hotfixes that were applied during rolling restarts a few hours ago. These same hotfixes will be deployed to the Americas and Oceania realms during rolling restarts that are set to begin in about an hour.

Please note that other hotfixes have been applied to address gameplay issues you may have encountered. We are working diligently to identify further issues in-game that can be addressed in this fashion.

1:00 a.m. PST
Following rolling restarts that were successfully completed on all EU realms a couple of hours ago, we are now preparing to deploy the same hotfixes to our Americas and Oceania realms, starting in about two hours at 3:00 a.m. PST.

12:00 a.m. PST
At this time, we continue to monitor all realms. Our Quality Assurance and Reliability Engineers are working on further hotfixes to the game, and analysis of increases in maximum number of players per realm that we made earlier is ongoing.

11:00 p.m. PST
Rolling restarts of all of our EU realms have proceeded through the last hour. We are currently bringing up the last group of EU realms that were restarted.

We continue to deploy new hotfixes to the game. These hotfixes are aimed at addressing gameplay issues.

The Americas and Oceania realms will undergo rolling restarts in four hours, at 3:00 a.m. PST.

10:00 p.m. PST
We have begun rolling restarts for all EU realms. We anticipate EU realms to be available again shortly.

We have scheduled all Americas and Oceania realms for rolling restarts at 3:00 a.m. PST. This is to apply hotfixes that require a realm restart.

9:00 p.m. PST
We are currently working hard to address a recent issue that impacted the game service for some EU realms. We are in the process of restarting the affected realms.

We will be initiating scheduled rolling restarts for all EU realms, starting in an hour at 7:00 a.m. CET.

Additionally, we are scheduling all Americas and Oceania realms for rolling restarts at 3:00 a.m. PST.

8:00 p.m. PST
Over the last hour, we've temporarily raised the maximum population cap on the Lightbringer (US) realm.

We're closely monitoring all realms, and Lightbringer (US) in particular, with the intention of continuing to allow in as many players as we can support.

Several hotfixes aimed at improving server and gameplay issues, and specifically addressing Garrison issues, are set to be deployed. These particular hotfixes require rolling restarts to apply, and we are going to start by applying them to the EU realms. We have scheduled rolling restarts for all EU realms to begin in approximately two hours at 7:00 a.m. CET.

7:00 p.m. PST
We continue to monitor performance and population in North America following the increase of maximum realm population that we applied earlier.

Additionally, we’ve developed a number of hotfixes to improve server and gameplay issues, with a focus on Garrison performance. These particular hotfixes require rolling restarts to apply, and we are going to start by applying them to the EU realms. We have scheduled rolling restarts for all EU realms to begin at 7:00 a.m. CET.

6:00 p.m. PST
All realms in North America, Oceania, and Europe have now had their temporary population cap increases applied. We’re continuing to work on developing and applying hotfixes for performance and gameplay issues. A number of these have already been applied and can be found here. We’ll have more updates in approximately an hour.

5:00 p.m. PST
We’ve begun the process of temporarily increasing population caps on European realms. As with the North American and Oceanic realms, we’re rolling out the increase a few realms at a time so we can monitor the results. We also have some additional performance increase hotfixes in production, which we are planning to try out shortly on the North American realm Lightbringer. We will have another update in approximately an hour.

4:00 p.m. PST
All North American and Oceanic realms have now had their population caps increased. We are continuing to monitor realm stability, and plan to begin testing the increase on European realms soon. In addition, we’re making progress towards correcting an issue that would occasionally cause players to get stuck on flight paths when flying to their Garrison. Our next update will occur in roughly one hour.

3:00 p.m. PST
Our initial tests to increase realm capacity were successful, so we’ve continued to roll out our testing of increased population caps to additional North American and Oceanic realms. We’re also making steady progress to resolve the issues causing instance, world, and Garrison server crashes in Europe. We’ll provide another update approximately one hour from now.

2:10 p.m. PST
After carefully monitoring server performance for the last few hours, we are now testing raising realm capacity above normal population caps. We’re going to temporarily increase the population cap on a few realms in North America, and observe them closely. Our next update will be in approximately an hour.

1:00 p.m. PST
We are continuing to optimize servers and address additional performance issues. Realms appear stable with the increased population caps. We are monitoring server stability as Europe continues through peak play time and populations increase in the Americas. We’ll provide further updates in approximately one hour.

12:00 p.m. PST
As previously posted, both Europe and the Americas/Oceanic realms went into an off-peak maintenance to upgrade realm hardware, and implement a new Draenor-wide instancing tech to improve game performance. Both regions’ maintenances concluded successfully, and so far we’ve seen very positive results, allowing us to dramatically raise the realm population caps for all realms. We’re going to continue optimizing the in-game experience, focus on the new instancing tech, and hotfix gameplay issues as they come up.

We’re currently seeing a very high demand on the game and game services due to the exceptionally large number of people excited to play Warlords of Draenor. We’re focusing on a few specific issues, one of which is a group of realms in Europe that are seeing increased instance, world, and Garrison server crashes. That’s being addressed as an isolated issue and we’re investigating the cause to ensure it doesn’t occur elsewhere.

We’ll be looking into the possibility of Free Character Transfers for our highest population realms, but first we need to get the service to a place where we feel it’s also able to process a potentially large number of transfers while not adversely affecting service stability.

Our next steps are to continue working on the few performance issues we’re tracking in Europe, and continue maintaining and improving the level of service in the Americas and Oceania. We’ll provide another update in an hour.

11:00 a.m. PST
We’re working to mitigate some localized instance and Garrison server crashes in Europe. We’re still seeing what we would expect to see in the Americas/Oceanic region for high queues on very populace realms, and for Europe there are queues across the majority of realms during their peak play time. We’ll provide a more comprehensive update in an hour on where the service currently stands as a whole, and what else we’re working on.

10:00 a.m. PST
We’re continuing to monitor the realms post-maintenance. Realms are being maintained at their raised population caps, and while many realms no longer have queues, we do expect that high population realms will still see a wait to log in. We’ll continue to provide updates throughout the day.

9:00 a.m. PST
We’re continuing to monitor realms and track any individual issues as they occur. We’re still seeing some issues occurring now that Europe is in their peak playtime, but with greatly reduced frequency compared to before maintenance.

All realms are now set back up to their normal population caps. Queues being experienced now are due to demand beyond what the realms are normally capable of handling, and we’ll be looking into how to reduce them further.

8:02 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are live. We are continuing to monitor these realms for reports of any ongoing stability issues.

The EU website and forums issues are being investigated as are reports of "World Server Down" issues and Garrison accessibility.

Thank you for your continued patience and ongoing reports.

7:10 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are now live. We will continue to monitor these realms closely.

Thank you for your continued patience and ongoing reports.

7:00 a.m. PST
We are in the process of marking all Americas and Oceanic realms live and will continue to monitor for reports of any additional stability issues.

All EU realms are live and currently stable. We are continuing to monitor them for any additional reports stability issues.

6:00 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms maintenance and internal testing continues as scheduled.

EU realm rolling restarts are in the process of being completed and we will continue to monitor reports for additional recurrences of realm stability issues.

Thank you for your continued patience. Our next update here will be in approximately 1 hour.

5:00 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are in maintenance and continue to progress as scheduled. We are working as quickly as possible to deploy hardware upgrades and code fixes that are intended to improve both access to the game and experience while playing.

Across our EU realms, we're monitoring reports of scattered stability issues and have been performing restarts to pick up hotfixes.

We continue to deploy hotfixes for specific gameplay issues through the night. These are often fixes for quests that are not working correctly or not completing, as well as unexpected behavior of various game elements.

Thank you for your continued patience. Our next update here will be in 1 hour, unless there is an urgent need.

3:00 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are now in maintenance. We are working as quickly as possible to deploy hardware upgrades and code fixes that are intended to improve both access to the game and experience while playing.

Across our EU realms, we're monitoring reports of scattered stability issues. We've seen further "world server down" issues, and are working to correct that.

We continue to deploy hotfixes for specific gameplay issues through the night. These are often fixes for quests that are not working correctly or not completing, as well as unexpected behavior of various game elements.

Thank you for your continued patience. Our next update here will be in 2-3 hours, unless there is an urgent need.

2:00 a.m. PST
Our EU realms have been up with maintenance completed, and players logged in and playing, for over an hour. We've gotten reports of some 'world server down' issues during that time, and we're looking into the situation.

We will begin maintenance on our Americas and Oceanic realms in one hour, at 3:00 a.m. PST.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 15
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Lunar Fall Inn/Frostwall Tavern: Improved the rewards for completing Budd's Gambit, Go Fetch, Ogre Ancestry, and Sky Dancers.
  • Stables Level 2: Resolved an issue where characters were not remaining mounted while interacting with herb nodes.
  • Trading Post Level 2: Multiple items for Auctioning for Parts should no longer be dropping at the same time.

Quests
  • A Collection of Coils: Increased the drop rates for Coil of Sturdy Rope.
  • A Feast of Shadows: Increased the spawn rate for Face-Stealers.
  • Bonus Objective: The Howling Crag: Increased the number and rate of Rylak Egg spawns.
  • Core of Iron: Core of Iron should now only be found on Heroic difficulty Grimrail Depot.
  • Icespine Stinger: Increased the number of Icespine Stinger spawns.
  • In Need Of A Hero: Completion credit for the quest is no longer shared amongst party members. This was causing other party members to be placed into an incorrect phase.
  • Legacy of the Apexis: Increased the drop rates for Apexis Core.
  • Ogre Diplomacy: Increased the spawn rate for Ango'rosh ogres.
  • Strike While the Iron Is Hot: Resolved a situation where the Activate Primal Device button doesn't go away after completing the quest.
  • The Battle of Thunder Pass: Players joining a party that have already completed the quest should now be able to complete the quest and should no longer get stuck in an incorrect phase.
  • The Eldest: Players joining a party that have already completed the quest should now be able to complete the quest and should no longer get stuck in an incorrect phase.
  • The Master Siegesmith: Master Siegesmith Uratok now scales his health based on the number of players engaging him.
  • The Traitor's True Name: Resolved an issue that could cause players to be unable to complete the quest.
  • Wanted: Maa'run's Hoof should no longer incorrectly reward the exact same rings as Engorged Goren.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Increased the spawn rates for creatures in the Shivering Trench area in Frostfire Ridge.
  • Felwrought Annihilator is now immune to the Warlock's Enslave Demon ability.
  • Mandragora now spawns more frequently and can be tapped by multiple players.
  • Mor the Dominator can now be tapped by multiple players.
  • Xanatos the Defiler will never be a slave and is now immune to the Warlock's Enslave Demon ability.
  • Resolved an issue where Thaelin Darkanvil may not be visible as a quest giver to players that have rescued him.
  • Resolved an issue where Warriors using Charge against some Grimfrost Lavaslingers could become stuck in the world geometry.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Dungeons
    • Increased the frequency of loot awards for Normal difficulty Auchindoun, Bloodmaul Slag Mines, Iron Docks, and Skyreach.
    • Heroic Dungeons should correctly have a daily lockout once more.
    • Auchindoun: Players should now be able to take a Soul Transporter to get back to Teron'gor if the entire party died after defeating him.

PvP

Professions
  • Characters with over 600 skill should no longer continue to find catch-up items for the respective profession.

Items
by Published on 2014-11-15 04:08 AM

Update (3:00 p.m. PST): Realm population caps are being increased above the old normal caps!

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US and EU Maintenance Saturday
Another round of maintenance is coming, this time with some hardware upgrades that should allow significantly more players to play at once. This will be done by phasing all of Draenor like the Tanaan Jungle intro zone.

  • US Maintenance - Starts on Saturday, November 15, at 03:00 AM PST and lasts until 9:00 AM PST.
  • EU Maintenance - Starts on Saturday, November 15, at 04:00 AM GMT and lasts until 10:00 AM GMT.
  • We obviously expected an increase in logins, and prepared for well above what we were expecting. The actual amount is far above even that. (CM_Lore)

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
4:00 p.m. PST
All North American and Oceanic realms have now had their population caps increased. We are continuing to monitor realm stability, and plan to begin testing the increase on European realms soon. In addition, we’re making progress towards correcting an issue that would occasionally cause players to get stuck on flight paths when flying to their Garrison. Our next update will occur in roughly one hour.

3:00 p.m. PST
Our initial tests to increase realm capacity were successful, so we’ve continued to roll out our testing of increased population caps to additional North American and Oceanic realms. We’re also making steady progress to resolve the issues causing instance, world, and Garrison server crashes in Europe. We’ll provide another update approximately one hour from now.

2:10 p.m. PST
After carefully monitoring server performance for the last few hours, we are now testing raising realm capacity above normal population caps. We’re going to temporarily increase the population cap on a few realms in North America, and observe them closely. Our next update will be in approximately an hour.

1:00 p.m. PST
We are continuing to optimize servers and address additional performance issues. Realms appear stable with the increased population caps. We are monitoring server stability as Europe continues through peak play time and populations increase in the Americas. We’ll provide further updates in approximately one hour.

12:00 p.m. PST
As previously posted, both Europe and the Americas/Oceanic realms went into an off-peak maintenance to upgrade realm hardware, and implement a new Draenor-wide instancing tech to improve game performance. Both regions’ maintenances concluded successfully, and so far we’ve seen very positive results, allowing us to dramatically raise the realm population caps for all realms. We’re going to continue optimizing the in-game experience, focus on the new instancing tech, and hotfix gameplay issues as they come up.

We’re currently seeing a very high demand on the game and game services due to the exceptionally large number of people excited to play Warlords of Draenor. We’re focusing on a few specific issues, one of which is a group of realms in Europe that are seeing increased instance, world, and Garrison server crashes. That’s being addressed as an isolated issue and we’re investigating the cause to ensure it doesn’t occur elsewhere.

We’ll be looking into the possibility of Free Character Transfers for our highest population realms, but first we need to get the service to a place where we feel it’s also able to process a potentially large number of transfers while not adversely affecting service stability.

Our next steps are to continue working on the few performance issues we’re tracking in Europe, and continue maintaining and improving the level of service in the Americas and Oceania. We’ll provide another update in an hour.

11:00 a.m. PST
We’re working to mitigate some localized instance and Garrison server crashes in Europe. We’re still seeing what we would expect to see in the Americas/Oceanic region for high queues on very populace realms, and for Europe there are queues across the majority of realms during their peak play time. We’ll provide a more comprehensive update in an hour on where the service currently stands as a whole, and what else we’re working on.

10:00 a.m. PST
We’re continuing to monitor the realms post-maintenance. Realms are being maintained at their raised population caps, and while many realms no longer have queues, we do expect that high population realms will still see a wait to log in. We’ll continue to provide updates throughout the day.

9:00 a.m. PST
We’re continuing to monitor realms and track any individual issues as they occur. We’re still seeing some issues occurring now that Europe is in their peak playtime, but with greatly reduced frequency compared to before maintenance.

All realms are now set back up to their normal population caps. Queues being experienced now are due to demand beyond what the realms are normally capable of handling, and we’ll be looking into how to reduce them further.

8:02 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are live. We are continuing to monitor these realms for reports of any ongoing stability issues.

The EU website and forums issues are being investigated as are reports of "World Server Down" issues and Garrison accessibility.

Thank you for your continued patience and ongoing reports.

7:10 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are now live. We will continue to monitor these realms closely.

Thank you for your continued patience and ongoing reports.

7:00 a.m. PST
We are in the process of marking all Americas and Oceanic realms live and will continue to monitor for reports of any additional stability issues.

All EU realms are live and currently stable. We are continuing to monitor them for any additional reports stability issues.

6:00 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms maintenance and internal testing continues as scheduled.

EU realm rolling restarts are in the process of being completed and we will continue to monitor reports for additional recurrences of realm stability issues.

Thank you for your continued patience. Our next update here will be in approximately 1 hour.

5:00 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are in maintenance and continue to progress as scheduled. We are working as quickly as possible to deploy hardware upgrades and code fixes that are intended to improve both access to the game and experience while playing.

Across our EU realms, we're monitoring reports of scattered stability issues and have been performing restarts to pick up hotfixes.

We continue to deploy hotfixes for specific gameplay issues through the night. These are often fixes for quests that are not working correctly or not completing, as well as unexpected behavior of various game elements.

Thank you for your continued patience. Our next update here will be in 1 hour, unless there is an urgent need.

3:00 a.m. PST
All Americas and Oceanic realms are now in maintenance. We are working as quickly as possible to deploy hardware upgrades and code fixes that are intended to improve both access to the game and experience while playing.

Across our EU realms, we're monitoring reports of scattered stability issues. We've seen further "world server down" issues, and are working to correct that.

We continue to deploy hotfixes for specific gameplay issues through the night. These are often fixes for quests that are not working correctly or not completing, as well as unexpected behavior of various game elements.

Thank you for your continued patience. Our next update here will be in 2-3 hours, unless there is an urgent need.

2:00 a.m. PST
Our EU realms have been up with maintenance completed, and players logged in and playing, for over an hour. We've gotten reports of some 'world server down' issues during that time, and we're looking into the situation.

We will begin maintenance on our Americas and Oceanic realms in one hour, at 3:00 a.m. PST.

1:00 a.m. PST
A few minutes ago, we brought our EU realms out of maintenance. The game is live for all European realms.

We will be closely monitoring the performance of our EU servers as we prepare to perform maintenance on our Americas and Oceanic realms starting in about two hours at 3:00 a.m. PST.

12:00 a.m. PST
We’re entering our fourth hour of scheduled maintenance on our European realms.

On our North American realms, queues continue to decrease as we move past ‘prime time’. We’re also making ongoing settings adjustments in order to improve realm stability.

Over the last hour, a number of new hotfixes have been deployed to address in-game issues.

All Americas and Oceania realms will undergo scheduled maintenance starting in three hours at 3:00 a.m. PST, with the game unavailable until approximately 9:00 a.m. PST.

11:00 p.m. PST
For three hours now, our European realms have been undergoing maintenance that includes hardware upgrades intended to improve the user experience. This maintenance period was previously scheduled to end in about three hours at 11:00 a.m. CET.

As we’re now past the ‘prime time’ of a peak number of players on our North American realms, the number of realms experiencing queues and the size of queues have begun to decrease.

We continue to identify issues and deploy hotfixes to the game.

As a reminder, all Americas and Oceania realms will undergo scheduled maintenance starting in four hours at 3:00 a.m. PST, with the game unavailable until approximately 9:00 a.m. PST.

10:00 p.m. PST
Maintenance on our European realms has continued for two hours, with hardware upgrades proceeding as planned. In North America and Oceania, we’ve been making adjustments to realms settings in order to improve performance and stability.

Update 8:06 p.m. PST
We’re beginning work on the Europe hardware upgrades now that realms have been brought down for maintenance. In addition we’re pushing out code hotfixes we’ve been testing to the Americas and Oceanic realms, and we’ll be applying those same fixes to Europe realms during their maintenance. We’ll continue providing regular updates, but please be aware that most of our efforts are now focused on the Europe and Americas/Oceanic hardware upgrades.

Update 7:07 p.m. PST
We’re making preparations for the Europe maintenance beginning in just an hour, and along with hardware upgrades we will be implementing some of the performance improvements we’ve been testing. One of these is a fairly large change to the way the game world is run by the servers—expanding the phasing tech used for the Tanaan intro experience to the entire continent of Draenor. This will allow us to run multiple copies of Draenor simultaneously, spreading out server population, while attempting to keep guilds and parties within the same copy. We’re currently running tests of this tech on a few North American realms, and have found we’re able to raise realm capacity by a significant amount. We’ll continue to provide updates as we progress through the Europe maintenance, and prepare to apply the same changes on the Americas and Oceanic realms.

Update 6:00 p.m. PST

We’re continuing to work on improving realm and login stability, reducing Character Not Found errors, and hotfixing in-game issues. We’re making progress ahead of maintenance on a couple performance improvements, and we’re in the process of testing those improvements now on a few realms. Maintenance is beginning for our Europe realms in just a couple hours, and we’ll continue providing regular updates here throughout the night.

Thank you again to everyone for your patience while we continue to work around the clock to address performance issues.

- - -

Last night we scheduled maintenance for Europe to implement server changes to help improve realm performance, and scheduled the same for the Americas/Oceanic realms today. With the maintenance in EU we experimented with raising population caps, and we’re continuing to make adjustments up and down to ensure a smoother game experience. Today we’re continuing to hotfix in-game issues, address any login and authentication issues occurring from the high number of players attempting to play, and make any changes and adjustments we can while the game is live. While these changes have made a marked improvement for the in-game experience, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.

As most of you are aware, the demand on the game is extremely high right now, leading to increased queue times on many realms. We’re also seeing some login errors as a result. This is compounded by us needing to temporarily lower the population caps on all realms to help assist in realm stability issues due to a number of in-game factors that are putting greater than normal strain on the game servers. For those in-game now we’re seeing fairly stable gameplay, but with some continued issues when phasing into the Garrison. Even with lowered population caps we’re not seeing performance where it needs to be.

We've been working toward much larger and longer term service improvements, which we’ll be implementing with off-peak maintenance tonight. A large portion of this extended maintenance will be upgrades to server hardware to help cope with the increased demand we’re seeing. We’re optimistic that hardware upgrades as well as some additional fixes and changes will resolve the in-game issues primarily centered around accessing Garrisons. We’re also continuing to test and implement new performance improvements whenever and wherever possible.

We appreciate your continued patience, and we’ll be providing updates here as work progresses. If you use Twitter, we recommend following @BlizzardCS and @Warcraft for updates as well.

Service Status and Communication
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I get that this has been a rocky launch and the servers are stressed, you need to take them down for a few hours to resolve some issues. That's fine, we all would rather the game be running all weekend at 100%.

I just wish you would communicate with your fans/customers better than the robotic way you do now.

We can only communicate about what we know to be true. We're doing what we can to communicate as quickly as we can on key issues with everyone, but there's a lot being done on this end that can't be communicated or communicated right away. As you can see by the hotfixes (Rygarius has been posting), we've been sharing those out as quickly as possible. Both Zaryhm and Bashiok (among others on the team) spent time getting more information on things out last night as well. We have people from multiple departments working around the clock to monitor issues and work on fixes including the CS team here on the forums and on Twitter. This is not anything new for us though. It's what we strive to do with every patch and expansion.

It may seem robotic to you, but we want to also make sure that when we are communicating that we're as precise as possible in what we say and don't want to come across glib to those who may not understand how seriously we take resolving these issues with everyone.

We're working and trying to communicate that work to you as we can, but our primary focus is resolving issues as quickly as possible. We are right with you in that we both want you to play and enjoy Draenor and we also want to be able to play and enjoy Draenor. These things are not mutually exclusive. We're on the same side here.

You should always add two hours to your estimate. Then it looks better when you finish early.
We've had that occur many times. Rarely do people come to the forums to talk about it... because they're playing at that point.

Unknown on the population numbers yet being bumped up. Believe it or not, sometimes we do end up waiting to the last minute in the hope we don't have to extend maintenance, but try to inform people right away.

Honest question here - are you given the discretion to answer questions by yourself (or anyone else on the team) or do you guys kind of post by committee to make sure the posting is crafted properly, without giving too much information out, or worse, implying information you absolutely aren't saying. Again, an honest, no sarcasm question into the mind of a CM and how you guys communicate.
It depends on the situation. Delicate high level information gets a lot of oversight to make sure it's correct and appropriate to go out. Other things can be more off the cuff and we're trusted to know where that line is.

World of Warcraft Addon - Broker Garrison
Today we are looking at another helpful addon, Broker Garrison. This addon requires a DataBroker display like Bazooka. It tracks garrison related things across all of your characters, making it easier to know when to check on alts:

  • Track the status of missions, building and upgrade processes, work orders, garrison resource and apexis crystals, and more.
  • Allows you to hide and mute Blizzard's notifications and replace them with custom toasts. You will have more control of the toasts with Toaster.
  • Invasion support is on the todo list.



World of Warcraft Addon - Breeze
Another garrison releated addon worth mentioning is Breeze. The animations that play after a mission are fun a few times, but the novelty will eventually wear off and you will want to click through them faster. This addon gets rid of the small animation that plays before you can collect your loot. Unfortunately it doesn't completely bypass having to click through mission results yet!



Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Mine: Mining carts should now be easier to spot and should contain more than 1 piece of ore.
  • Rangari Jonaa and Limbflayer should now spawn in for characters that have selected the Sparring Arena for their outpost in Gorgrond.
  • Followers
    • Artificer Romuul: Resolved an issue where characters were not receiving the quest.

Classes

Quests
  • Defense of Karabor: Resolved an issue where characters may not receive completion credit for the quest.
  • I See Dead People: Resolved an issue where Bryan Finn may become unresponsive.
  • Kaelynara Sunchaser: Resolved an issue where characters were unable to return to their bodies in Spirit Form if they die inside the Jorune Mines.
  • Leave Nothing Behind!: Kur'ak the Binder now spawns more frequently.
  • Mulverick's Plight: Increased the drop rate for Mulverick's Axe.
  • Save Wolf Home: Gronnstalker Korhol, Beastmaster Trokar, and Giantslayer Zhakta should now spawn more frequently. Additionally, resolved an issue where characters may be unable to complete profession quests while this quest is active.
  • The Defense of Karabor: Resolved an issue where completing this quest may cause characters to be unable to progress if they're also on the quest for The Righteous March.

Creatures
  • Echo of Murmur now spawns more frequently.
  • Made a pass on a number of rare creatures to allow multiple players to receive credit for personal loot if they helped defeat them.
  • Reduced the density of Squirrels in Nagrand and critters and Icespine Hatchlings in Frostfire Ridge.
by Published on 2014-11-14 06:10 AM

Update - All realms are now live!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
11:03- All realms are now live. We'll continue keeping a close eye on performance and see you in game!

Warlords of Draenor Stability Updates
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
[Update 6:01 pm PST]
We’re continuing to work toward greater realm stability and address the service issues impacting latency. Our current biggest hurdle is the concentration of players in specific areas and zones, and an unexpected effect of that concentration on the realm stability. We’re continuing to maintain a lowered realm population cap to help with the stability, which is resulting in increased queue times. We’re seeing some increase in individual zones drop which are causing localized player disconnections as we get into primetime in the Americas, and if someone is disconnected they will quite likely run into a queue to log back in. Work is progressing on improving realm stability through fixes targeting individual in-game issues, as well as on the backend game and network services.

[Update] 8:00 pm PST

Our top priority continues to be service issues impacting performance and long wait times on North American realms. We recently pushed a server change that caused disconnects, and as a result login services are heavily impacted as players attempt to (re)log in to the game. If you experience issues logging in, please be patient and wait a few minutes before trying again. We’re continuing to work to address other stability and latency issues as well as make additional improvements in game performance.

[Update] 9:00 p.m. PST

We’ll be performing maintenance on all NA realms beginning at 5 a.m. PST in order to address issues with realm stability. We anticipate this process will last approximately 4 hours and appreciate your patience during this time.

US Realm Maintenance 11/14 5 a.m. PST
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ll be performing unscheduled maintenance on all NA realms beginning at 5 a.m. PST in order to address issues with realm stability. We anticipate this process will last approximately 4 hours and appreciate your patience during this time.

EU Realm Maintenance 14/11 7 a.m. CEST
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ll be performing unscheduled maintenance on all EU realms beginning at 7 am CEST in order to address issues with realm stability. We anticipate this process will last approximately 4 hours and appreciate your patience during this time.

Newly Boosted Characters and Bypassing the Skill Unlock Process
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you’ve recently boosted a new level 90 character for Warlords of Draenor, you will start within the blasted lands with a limited number of spells at your disposal. Once you go through the Dark Portal and as you progress through Tanaan Jungle, more spells and abilities will be unlocked. Once you’ve completed Tanaan Jungle, you should have most of your spells and abilities (for level 90) available to you. The remaining will be unlocked shortly after the beginning quests in Frostfire Ridge (for Horde) or Shadowmoon Valley (for Alliance). This system has been designed to help players who have newly boosted to ease into their new character.

If you’re a veteran player and are absolutely sure that you want to skip this progression of spells and abilities, you can either swap specs or queue for an instance. This will unlock the remaining spells and abilities for you.

Garrison Access Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We're tracking a few issues that are impeding access or progression with Garrisons. To address these issues we'll be restarting some Garrison services which will impact access to the Garrison for some realms. While these restarts progress, this may result in characters not being able to phase into the Garrison, or become temporarily stuck while phasing in. This is a temporary effect and should resolve as these services return.

We're continuing to look into other issues outside of this impact on Garrison access, including realm latency and its affect on gameplay and questing elements. We've implemented dozens of hotfixes over the last few hours, and will be continuing to work toward resolution of any outstanding issues.

It doesn't matter if the garrisons are working when we can't even quest do to the ridiculous lag.
The majority of our fixes are aimed at issues that are resulting in latency. Latency itself is not a singular issue, but is the effect of many compound issues--a few of which are related to Garrisons.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Update 3: 09:30pm PST
Classes

Quests
  • Artificer Romuul: Resolved an issue where players may sometimes not receive this quest after completing the Embaari Defense Crystal event.
  • Book Burning: Shadowborne Dementor should now always drop a Shadow Council Spellbook.
  • Shivertail's Den: Made a change to make it easier to receive credit for "Find Shivertail's Mother".
  • The Great Salvation: Draenei prisoners should spawn more frequently now.
  • The Warlord's Guard: Increased the spawn rates for Thunk, Gullok, and Splorg.
  • These Colors Don't Run: Characters now receive credit towards planting a Frostwolf Banner when they defeat or help in defeating a Bladespire Ogre with the exception of Bladespire Mauler, Chef, Boarbuster, Ogron, and Goresnout.
  • Wrath of Gronn: Increased the spawn rate for Captive Gronns.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Collision geometry has been added to Drek'Thar, Thrall, and Gazlowe in Frostfire Ridge.
  • Gorg the Host should now allow multiple players to receive credit for defeating it.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Resolved an issue where item levels for Battlegrounds, Arenas, and Skirmishes brackets below level 100 were not scaling correctly.

Items
  • Epic rings that are a part of the Legendary quest line can no longer be disenchanted.

Update 2: 6:00pm PST
Quests
  • Adherents of the Sun God: Increased spawn rates for Adherent Bladewing.
  • Dark Enemies: Increased spawn rates for Shadowmoon Voidmancer.
  • Escape from Shaz'gul: Players can now receive completion credit for the quest by defeating Terrorfang at the end.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Gormaul Tower: (Temporary) Completion credit for the quest is automatically awarded once players reach the top of the hill.
  • Quakefist: Quakefist's health now scales based on the number of players fighting it.
  • These Colors Don't Run: Multiple players can now place a banner on a Bladespire Ogre if they had tap rights.

Creatures
  • Various Kaliri in the Spires of Arak area should no longer be too high off the ground to be attacked.
  • Various creatures should now correctly have a chance to drop fur that could be used for tailoring.

Items
  • Abberant's Paw, Gnarled Goren Jaw, and Redclaw's Gutripper now give a bonus to Spell Power.
  • Toy Train Set has been temporarily disabled.

Update 1: 1:30pm PST
Classes
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Balance
      • Resolved an issue where the Eclipse indicator in the UI can sometimes not match the Druid's current Balance power.

Quests
  • Back to Work / Looking for Lumber: Greatly increased the number of trees available to mark for both Horde and Alliance versions of the quest. Additionally, Lunarfall Ravens respawn much more quickly now.
  • Closing the Door: Resolved an issue where Void Portals may sometimes not close correctly.
  • Honor Has Its Rewards: The Shamanstone no longer requires characters to interact with it and will grant its blessing to players that are nearby.
  • Quakefist: Quakefist now spawns outside of the cave, making it easier to locate.
  • Ship Salvage / What We Need: Drudgeboat Salvage should now respawn more quickly.
  • The Clarity Elixir: Pristine Star Lily can now be looted by multiple players at the same time.
  • These Colors Don't Run: Greatly increased the spawn rates for Bladespire Ogres and made them share tap credit.
  • Vengeance for the Fallen: Bleeding Hollow orcs respawn much more quickly now.

Creatures
  • Durotan at Beastwatch in Gorgrond is now significantly tougher.
  • Gorum can now be tapped by multiple characters. All players who contributed to defeating Gorum will now become eligible for loot.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Challenge Mode
    • Characters can switch specializations once more after the Challenge Mode has started.

HandyNotes - Draenor
The HandyNotes_DraenorTreasures addon is especially useful while you are leveling, as there are lots of treasures and rare spawns that give experience, gold, items, and garrison resources. You need the base HandyNotes addon to run the Draenor module.

by Published on 2014-11-13 11:20 PM

Update (11 PM EST): Blizzard posted another update on stability issues.
Update (9 PM EST): Blizzard posted another update on stability issues.

Warlords of Draenor Launch Update
Things aren't really perfect right now, but Blizzard is working on it!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
[Update] 8:00 p.m. PST

Our top priority continues to be service issues impacting performance and long wait times on North American realms. We recently pushed a server change that caused disconnects, and as a result login services are heavily impacted as players attempt to (re)log in to the game. If you experience issues logging in, please be patient and wait a few minutes before trying again. We’re continuing to work to address other stability and latency issues as well as make additional improvements in game performance.

[Update] 6:01 pm PST

We’re continuing to work toward greater realm stability and address the service issues impacting latency. Our current biggest hurdle is the concentration of players in specific areas and zones, and an unexpected effect of that concentration on the realm stability. We’re continuing to maintain a lowered realm population cap to help with the stability, which is resulting in increased queue times. We’re seeing some increase in individual zones drop which are causing localized player disconnections as we get into primetime in the Americas, and if someone is disconnected they will quite likely run into a queue to log back in. Work is progressing on improving realm stability through fixes targeting individual in-game issues, as well as on the backend game and network services.

3:02 pm PST

We’re excited to finally launch Warlords of Draenor and explore this new world with you, but we know that the experience has been less than ideal as we approach our first full day of launch.

Europe was our first region to launch, and we encountered a few issues due to the sheer number of players attempting to enter Draenor from a single location. We worked to add multiple new ways to access Draenor, and this helped ease some of the initial rush into the new expansion as players were able to access it from their capital cities, as well as from the shrines in Pandaria.

While that solution helped a ton for our North American launch, we ran into a few other issues, including a distributed denial of service attack, that resulted in increased latency.

To help correct for this and other issues, we’ve temporarily lowered maximum realm populations. This means there will be high queue times experienced on high-population realms.

Here are some of the other important issues we’re currently working to address:

  • Instance servers timing out, which may impact dungeon access
  • Continent server issues, which are resulting in Player Not Found and disconnection issues
  • Garrison server issues, which are resulting in phasing and performance issues

We’ll post updates here as we make progress against these issues. Thank you for your zeal to face down the tyranny of the Iron Horde—and for your continued patience as we work to improve the current experience.

Login Queues
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In attempts to pinpoint latency related issues we’ve temporarily lowered the maximum number of people allowed in each realm. This will result in higher queue times as realms who have populations above the cap will not allow any new players in until it decreases back down below the new player cap. We’re continuing work on this and other issues impacting game latency.
by Published on 2014-11-13 06:22 AM

Warlords of Draenor Launch Timer
Warlords of Draenor is live in the US and EU! A hotfix for quest objective bottlenecks is in the works.


Warlords Launch - Additional Khadgars
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Khadgar has cast Mirror Image and some of you have probably already noticed a few additional versions of his NPC around Azeroth. He's there to help you get to Draenor once the expansion goes live!

We've had some time to evaluate the overwhelmingly positive response to Warlords of Draenor as it went live for European players, and realized getting you through the Dark Portal in an efficient manner is important. When the switch from Mists of Pandaria to Warlords takes place at 12:00 a.m. PST, you will automatically receive a quest titled "The Dark Portal" that will direct you to visit Khadgar in the Blasted Lands. However, now that we have four more Khadgars added to the world, you can go to one them as well!

Here are Khadgar's locations:

  • Stormwind - next to the Hero's Call Board in the Trade District
  • Orgrimmar - next to the Warchief's Command Board in the Valley of Strength
  • Shrine of Seven Stars (Alliance) - in front of the main entrance
  • Shrine of Two Moons (Horde) - in front of the main entrance

Note: if you happen to not receive the initial quest that leads you to Draenor, have no fear! Just find your closest Khadgar and he'll lead the way.

Patch 6.0.2 Recap
If you are just coming back, be sure to take a look at the Patch 6.0.2 recap for all of the system changes made to the game.



Warlords of Draenor Class Perks
While leveling from 90 to 100 you will receive a few perks to your spells in a random order. Everyone has all of the perks at level 100.



Warlords of Draenor Dungeons
Once you hit Level 100, be sure to get your Silver Proving Grounds achievement for your role so you can queue for Heroic Dungeons!






Warlords of Draenor Professions
In Warlords of Draenor, professions are heavily connected to the small garrison buildings, so both guides are combined.





Warlords of Draenor - Apexis Crystals
If you are interested in filling out some extra gear slots, mounts, pets, or transmog gear, be sure to start collecting Apexis Crystals from your garrison's daily quest.



Warlords of Draenor - Garrison Upgrade Prices
Each building, including the Town Hall has a gold and garrison resources cost to build and upgrade. Each building takes one hour to build.

Large Buildings
  • Level 1 - 150 Garrison Resources and 150.
  • Level 2 - 900 Garrison Resources and 300.
  • Level 3 - 1200 Garrison Resources and 500.

Medium Buildings
  • Level 1 - 100 Garrison Resources and 150.
  • Level 2 - 300 Garrison Resources and 300.
  • Level 3 - 600 Garrison Resources and 500.


Small Buildings
  • Level 1 - 50 Garrison Resources and 150.
  • Level 2 - 100 Garrison Resources and 300.
  • Level 3 - 300 Garrison Resources and 500.

Town Hall (Garrison Tier)
  • Level 3 - 2000 Garrison Resources and 5000.


Warlords of Draenor - Large Garrison Buildings
Garrisons have five large buildings, with two large plots in a Level 3 Garrison. The Barracks, Bunker / War Mill, and Stables are the three most useful buildings while leveling. You build Barracks by default while leveling, so you can keep it if you want.






Warlords of Draenor - Medium Garrison Buildings
Garrisons have five medium buildings, with two medium plots in a Level 3 Garrison.






Warlords of Draenor - Small Garrison Buildings
Most of the small garrison buildings are related to professions, with two exceptions. You can find all of the small buildings in the menu on the front page. Icy Veins has some guides for the small buildings as well!

  • Profession buildings - Give you an additional daily cooldown and the ability to craft the most powerful items of each profession.
  • Salvage Yard - Helps you to gear up followers faster.
  • Storehouse - Grants access to your bank, higher work order cap, access to your guild bank, more active work orders, and Void Storage / Transmog NPCs.



Warlords of Draenor - Special Garrison Buildings
The Herb Garden and Mines are two special garrison buildings that don't take a plot from other buildings. You will want to do the simple quest to unlock these as soon as possible. Icy Veins has guides on these buildings, as well as the other special buildings like the Fishing Shack or Pet Menagerie.



Warlords of Draenor - Legendary Quest Line
Warlords of Draenor has an expansion long legendary quest line, similar to Mists of Pandaria. You can start at level 98 with Call of the Archmage by speaking to Khadgar's Servant in your garrison. He will send you to Archmage Khadgar in Talador.

Khadgar will send you to Skyreach to collect an item from the last boss. This quest can be done on Normal or Heroic difficulty. After obtaining the item, you head back to Khadgar and he gives you another quest: Khadgar's Task. This quest will reward you with an epic item level 640 ring:

Level Type Spec Slot Name
640FingerFinger Solium Band of Endurance
640FingerMeleeFinger Solium Band of Might
640FingerSpell SpiritFinger Solium Band of Mending
640FingerPhysical DPSFinger Solium Band of Dexterity
640FingerSpell DPSFinger Solium Band of Wisdom


Khadgar then sends you on three quests to Heroic Bloodmaul Slag Mines, Grimrail Depot, and The Everbloom. After completing those dungeons, it is time for Tackling Teron'gor and collecting exactly 4,986 Apexis Crystal.

You then return to Khadgar (Eyes of the Archmage) and follow him to Nagrand (Fugitive Dragon). There you meet up with Chromie and follow some clues to find Kairozdormu's body. After defeating his spirit, Khadgar will upgrade your ring to item level 680. The next part of the quest line takes place in Highmaul.

Level Type Spec Slot Name
680FingerFinger Timeless Solium Band of the Bulwark
680FingerMeleeFinger Timeless Solium Band of Brutality
680FingerSpell SpiritFinger Timeless Solium Band of Lifegiving
680FingerPhysical DPSFinger Timeless Solium Band of the Assassin
680FingerSpell DPSFinger Timeless Solium Band of the Archmage


Forum Changes
The Warlords of Draenor forum has been merged back into General Discussions. Garrisons now share a forum with Professions.



Icy Veins - Class Leveling Guides
Icy Veins is ready to go with updated class guides and leveling guides!



AskMrRobot Updated and Garrison Infographic
AskMrRobot has been updated and is ready to go for Warlords of Draenor. They also made a handy image reference guide to garrison buildings.



The End Game - Final Battle
Curse is running a WoW Boss Battle Tournament with new lineups every day until Warlords of Draenor release. Along with the tournament they are giving away a SteelSeries mouse and mousepad every day. Today is the last day to enter to win by voting.



Highmaul Raid Schedule
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As with raids in Mists of Pandaria, we're staggering the unlock of difficulties for the first raid in the expansion. As with those prior staggered unlocks, our goal here is to let you have fun playing, leveling, and to have time to explore and prepare yourself and your raid group before jumping into this first raid. We'll share information on the unlock schedule for Blackrock Foundry in the future, but are currently expecting it to unlock approximately 8 weeks after Highmaul.

December 2, 2014
  • Highmaul opens with Normal and Heroic difficulties accessible.

December 9, 2014
  • Mythic difficulty and the first wing of Raid Finder (Kargath/Butcher/Brackenspore) unlock.

December 16, 2014
  • Raid Finder Wing 2 (Tectus/Twin Ogron/Ko’ragh) unlocks.

January 6, 2015
  • Raid Finder Wing 3 (Imperator Mar’gok) unlocks.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talents
      • Necrotic Plague now deals 20% more damage.
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Balance
      • Lunar Peak should no longer incorrectly display as having 2 charges (it was always only 1 charge). Additionally, the tooltip will be updated in a future patch to clarify the damage increase only applies to Moonfire's initial damage.
  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Explosive Trap now deals additional Fire damage over 10 seconds (down from 20 seconds). Total amount of damage dealt remains unchanged.
    • Talents
      • Resolved an issue where Posthaste may sometimes not trigger correctly with Disengage.
      • Binding Shot should now correctly stun targets affected by silence when they move more than 5 yards from the arrow. Additionally, targets should no longer incorrectly break out of stealth on entering Binding Shot's area of effect.
  • Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Fire
      • Combustion is now learned at level 80 (up from level 77).
  • Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Brewmaster
      • Stance of the Sturdy Ox now increases armor by 75% (up from 50%), and reduces magic damage taken by 15% (up from 10%).
  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Power Word: Shield now absorbs 20% more damage.
    • Discipline
      • Holy Nova's healing has been reduced by 41%.
      • Penance's damage and healing has been increased by 20%.
  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Destruction
      • Fire and Brimstone should now correctly hit all secondary targets within 10 yards, regardless of whether they're in combat with the Warlock.
    • Talents
      • Damage caused by Burning Rush while Soul Link is active should no longer incorrectly cause the Warlock to go into combat.
      • Stacks of Demonbolt debuff should no longer be incorrectly removed by Hand of Protection.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • The Postmaster received a talking to and should no longer be mailing large amounts of unimportant items to players.

Pet Battle
  • Grommloc, the delightfully dreadful baby murloc masquerading as Grommash Hellscream, legendary leader of the Warsong clan is now available. Players eligible to receive this pet will find it in their in-game mailbox. An Achievement for obtaining this battle pet will be added in a future patch.

ItemsRaids, Dungeons, and Scenarios

Warlords Launch Mini-FAQ
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I've seen a handful of questions with regards to what happens when Warlords of Draenor launches, so here's a brief FAQ that should hopefully clear up questions.

When will the launch of the game happen for my time zone/region?
Warlords of Draenor will launch in:

  • Europe at 12:00 a.m. CET on Thursday, November 13
  • North America (US) at 12:00 a.m. PST (1:00 a.m. Mountain, 2:00 a.m. CST, 3:00 a.m. EST) on Thursday, November 13
  • Oceanic will launch at the same time as the US.
  • Korea at 12:00 a.m. KST on Tuesday, November 18
  • Taiwan at 12:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, November 18
  • China at 12:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, November 18

How do I get to Draenor?
When the clock hits midnight (or whatever respective time zone you're in), you'll see the following things happen:
  • A server message (yellow text in your chat window) will be displayed, signaling the launch of Warlords of Draenor!
  • If you've already upgraded your account to Warlords of Draenor, a quest will popup in your quest log, directing you to the Blasted Lands. You do not need to be in a major city to receive this quest. If you haven't upgraded your account, you won't be able to receive the quest or venture in Draenor until you do.
  • Once you get to Blasted Lands, speak to Khadgar outside the Dark Portal to head to Draenor!
  • Note: you don't need to be online at midnight to get the quest, it'll be waiting for you whenever you do decide to login.

Do I need to install Warlords of Draenor or use the install disc?
If you're already playing on retail realms, you have all the files you need to play Warlords of Draenor - no further downloads or installs are required. If you haven't updated your WoW client to version 6.0.3 yet, you can either just run the Battle.net app to do so, or install the game using the Game Disc DVD (if you bought a Box Copy of Warlords of Draenor).

Do i need to logout at midnight before I start leveling?
Nope! If you've already upgraded your account to Warlords of Draenor, you won't need to do anything! You can always double check your account status by logging into the Account Management page at https://us.battle.net/account/management/
  • What happens if I boost a character to level 90 after Warlords of Draenor launches?
  • If you haven't upgraded your account to Warlords of Draenor yet, your boosted character will be placed in Blasted Lands.
  • If you've upgraded your account to Warlords of Draenor, boosted characters are placed directly in Tanaan Jungle.

Will I be able to invite a friend to my realm and quest together, vise versa? didn't see anything pertaining to this answered, would be nice to know.
Yup! You'll be grouped together on the same realm.

What happens if someone boosted a character, he's in Blasted Lands with the Iron Invasion quest chain but he can't login to play again till after WOD goes live?
The quest chain actually doesn't disappear when WoD launches. The Feat of Strength (and associated title) is no longer awarded, but you can still do the quests, gaining the quest rewards (gear) and the pet, Iron Starlette. So your friend would be able to continue the quest chain in Blasted Lands and unlock the rest of his abilities.
by Published on 2014-11-12 11:29 PM

Warlords of Draenor Live in the EU
Warlords of Draenor is live in the EU! The Iron Horde appears to be winning the battle right now, as there are connection issues on all realms. If you are having trouble mounting, you need to head back to Khadgar.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Due to technical issues players may experience latency or loss of connection on all realms. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience while this is being resolved.

Age of Iron Trailer
Blizzard released one final Warlords of Draenor trailer today.



Warlords of Draenor in the US
Khadgar and others have moved up to the Dark Portal and are preparing to head to Draenor!


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