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by Published on 2013-11-26 07:44 PM

Gear Changes in Warlords of Draenor
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Now that BlizzCon is over and Warlords of Draenor has been unveiled, we’ve been getting some additional questions about the gear changes currently planned for the expansion. To help shed some more light on what you can expect, we thought we’d take a bit of time to clarify a few things.

Keep in mind that as with anything still in development, the information we share now will likely change as we progress, but this should help give you a good understanding of our goals and thinking.


Armor Pieces: Head, Shoulders, Chest, Legs, Gloves, Belt, Boots, and Bracers

Primary Stats

One of our main intents for primary stats is to make sure that higher Item Level (ilvl) pieces from new content are almost always superior to items from older content. Further, the changes we’re making to primary stats will help make pieces more universal, so groups will find gear drops more useful more often. This means you’ll be disenchanting less Intellect plate (only usable by Paladins today) or Agility mail (only usable by Hunters and Enhancement Shamans today). As we discussed at BlizzCon, we’re accomplishing this by making it so primary stats for a given piece of gear will change based on your current spec, though it’s likely that only new gear added in Warlords will work like this, as it might be impossible to implement this for all existing gear. Here are some additional points to know regarding the changes to primary stats:

  • Armor pieces will always have some amount of Stamina and Armor value.
  • Armor pieces always have Strength, Intellect, or Agility as a primary stat. Plate has either Strength or Intellect. Mail and Leather have either Agility or Intellect. Cloth has Intellect.
  • In the cases of Plate, Mail, and Leather, the primary stat will change depending on your current spec. Specifically, casters (including healers) will get Intellect, and melee or tank specs will get Strength or Agility.

Secondary Stats

Our intent for secondary stats is to differentiate pieces that occupy the same slot, allow for player customization, and to further differentiate specs within a class. Here are a few important points regarding the changes that are currently planned for secondary stats:
  • Secondary stats don’t change based on spec on armor pieces (or any piece).
  • Secondary stats on armor pieces can still include Haste, Crit, and/or Mastery.
  • Secondary stats on armor pieces will no longer include Hit, Expertise, Dodge, or Parry. These are being retired in Warlords, and will likely be removed even from existing gear.
  • Secondary stats on armor pieces will also no longer include Spirit, nor will they include Bonus Armor, which are reserved exclusively for non-armor pieces (which are explained below).
  • In addition, secondary stats on armor pieces may include several new stats we are exploring such as Readiness, Amplify, and Multi-strike. Technical Game Designer Chadd “Celestalon” Nervig has been sharing more details about these on his Twitter account.

Additional Properties

Armor pieces may have three other properties at random. First, items may be higher Item Level than normal. For sake of this discussion, we’ll call these items Warforged for now.

Second, items may have gem sockets. Unlike gem sockets today, gem sockets in Warlords of Draenor will be rarer but more powerful. There will be no socket bonuses, but we are strongly considering requiring the right color gem for the socket. All gems will grant secondary stats, including Spirit and Bonus Armor (see below).

Finally, items may have tertiary stats. These include things like a bonus to Movement Speed, Sturdiness, Life Steal, Avoidance (less AoE damage), and Cleave. Because of the rarity of tertiary starts, stacking them to produce (for example) a Movement Speed set will take enormous effort.

The design intent of these additional qualities on items is to make itemization more exciting and to give it more longevity. Rather than waiting weeks to get a breastplate, you might get one pretty quickly—but to get a true “best-in-slot” item will take much more effort and a bit of luck. Here are a few more points to consider for these properties:

  • We haven’t decided on exact numbers yet, but for the current discussion, assume something like a 10% chance for an item to have an additional property. It’s possible for one item to have all three of these properties, but the chance of that is very small.
  • The properties are determined at the time an item is looted (and possibly even includes crafted gear). For example, if an ogre boss drops two copies of the Bracers of Crithto, one might be a normal version, while another might have a tertiary stat.

Being Warforged, having a socket, or having a tertiary stat do not count against the stat budget of the item—they are strictly bonuses. The item will not have reduced primary or secondary stats in order to have these additional properties.

Set Bonuses

Similar to primary stats, set bonuses will also change depending on your current spec. This means a Paladin may only need one tier set rather than one for Holy and one for Retribution. It also means that set bonuses can be more tailored towards a spec. For instance, Marksman Hunter set bonuses can have different bonuses or different numbers than a Survival Hunter set. Like today, not every helmet, chest piece, or other piece of armor that drops will be part of a tier set.

Non-Armor Pieces: Weapons, Rings, Cloak, Necklace, and Trinkets

Primary Stats

In general, most of these pieces will not have Strength, Agility, or Intellect. Instead, they may have Attack Power or Spell Power to make sure they are more universal. However, our current thought it to keep primary stats on weapons so that they continue to feel iconic and special. Many of the items will have Stamina as well.

Secondary Stats

The information about secondary stats on armor above also applies here. In addition, Spirit and Bonus Armor can appear on these items. Spirit is only useful for healers. Bonus Armor is generally only useful for tanks. A Spell Power piece without Spirit may be attractive to healers or may be attractive to DPS casters instead.

The intent of including Spirit and Bonus Armor on these pieces is to make sure some items are still valuable only to healer and tank specs, helping to make sure they don’t have too much competition for gear against the more numerous DPS players in a given group. These are also stats we consider interesting, because how much of each of these stats a tank or healer might want is more subjective. For example, one tank in a group might prefer more Bonus Armor while another might prefer more Haste.

In the case of Spirit, imagine that stacking Spirit on every non-armor slot will give you more mana regeneration than you would reasonably need. That is to say, you likely won’t need Spirit on every single spot in order to function as a healer.

In the case of Bonus Armor, this stat fills the niche that Dodge and Parry fill today. We like tanks avoiding attacks as a mechanic, but it hasn’t proven to be a particularly interesting gearing strategy. However, we still want a dedicated damage-mitigation stat, and Bonus Armor will be it.

Additional Qualities

These items will also have a chance to have one of the additional qualities discussed above (Warforged, gems, and tertiary stats), and the information related to these qualities on armor still applies here.

Examples

A Holy Paladin has a raid tier set from the Blackrock Foundry. If she switches to her Retribution spec, the tier set is still functional, as the primary stats and set bonuses change. However, if she prefers Haste for her Retribution spec and Crit in her Holy spec (and is someone who enjoys the min-max game), then a single set of armor may not be optimal.

For her healing set, let’s assume this player also has one ring with Spirit, a shield with Spirit, and a trinket that procs on heals. The trinket is almost useless in her Retribution set. The shield is also useless, since Retribution is designed to wield a two-handed weapon. The ring will be sub-optimal because Spirit is useless to a Retribution Paladin, but if it has another valuable stat (e.g. Haste), it may still be worth using—again depending on how min-max-focused the player is.

A more casual player would probably be fine just using the trinket anyway and using a lower Item Level two-handed mace when she plays Retribution. A more min-max player would probably want separate rings, cloaks, trinkets, neck pieces, and weapons to use in the different specs. A very min-max player—such as someone competing in world-first Mythic raid progression—might even want different heads, shoulders, chests, and so on depending on the mix of secondary stats. This player might even swap out gems between the two specs.

This may seem like a lot to take in now, but we’ll continue to watch feedback and answer any additional questions where we can. And again, keep in mind that as with anything still in development, this information or some of the details will likely change as we progress.

As always, we welcome your constructive feedback, and we look forward to reading what you think.
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Patch 5.4.2 PTR - Build 17614
Build 17614 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon. The "Karazhan Restoration" phase was renamed to Medivh's Big Birthday Bash in this build. The cobwebs, skeletons, and chairs were also added back in, but the instance remains slightly modified.

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Patch 5.4 Hotfixes - November 25
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Siegecrafter Blackfuse
      • Siegecrafter Blackfuse's Magnetic Lasso will now also pull character corpses that are on the conveyor belt to the main platform.
      • Resolved an issue during the Siegecrafter Blackfuse encounter where players dropping into the conveyor belt may sometimes take fatal fall damage.
      • Resolved an issue where destroying the last disassembled weapon right as it exits the conveyor belt may cause Siegecrafter Blackfuse to incorrectly gain the Energized Defensive Matrix effect.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Ability Squish
We do feel that, at least for some classes, there are a few too many buttons to keep on your action bars. It's an issue we'd ultimately like to solve, but something we have to be very, very careful with.

It's easy to look at your bar, go "LOOKIT ALL DEM BUTTONS", and decide that some of them need to go. In fact, we agree. It's much more difficult -- even dangerous -- to decide exactly which abilities to get rid of. Generally speaking, if you have an ability keybound, it's probably at least fairly important to your class. Getting rid of abilities you don't have bound doesn't really fix anything, so that means that, in most cases, we're talking about cutting the important ones.

That's not to say it can't (or won't) be done, but it does mean it's a fairly large task. Depending on the ability, there could be a lot of rebalancing or restructuring needed to make sure the class is still functional and fun to play. Again, it's something we'd like to do, it's just a very involved process.

Something you didn't really touch on is how some abilities exist as flavour for the class. The last time this kind of ability trimming occurred, a lot of things we players took for fun and playing about wound up biting the bullet because they were seen as "unnecessary" (i.e. Hunter's Eyes of the Beast).
True, and we want to avoid that. As I mentioned above, removing abilities you don't often use doesn't accomplish much. We often talk about this issue in terms of action bar space, but it's really keybind space that's the problem. One could make an argument that, say, Unending Breath could stand to be cut, but that's not something that's going to free up a keybind for the vast majority of Warlocks. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 5.4.2 Warrior Changes
We don't feel that Warrior damage output itself is the issue. It's strong, but not out of line compared to other classes. We think the issue lies with mobility, and the Warrior's ability to keep that constant pressure going. That's why we decided to revert the 5.4 Intervene change in 5.4.2 and move the root break back to Safeguard. Once we've had a chance to see how that affects things, we'll be able to decide if any further changes are necessary. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Reputation / Questing
Why not take the leap into mounted combat using the tech from quests like The Drakkensryd from back in Wrath?
It would take months of work to feel decent and not hacked in like it was in the (overall awesome) Drakkenryd quest. (Source)

Dailies are a grind because being able to use your class is not really a challenge anymore to ANYONE.
I agree that's a problem when you start to overgear the content. Say Isle of Thunder at its launch still had challenging mobs. (Source)

With the success of the Warlock Green Fire quest chain, are you planning to add quest chains for other classes?
If and when it makes sense. We like the feature overall but don't want it to become formulaic. (Source)

Technically questing is trivial. It's not hard and everyone can do it. It's simply a time sink until raiding.
We could make WoW a game only about raiding. I don't think it would be as popular though. (Source)
You know, the "heart and soul" thingie which is played by 5% of your players.
I don't know where that number comes from. Raiding is very popular. But that doesn't mean all players raid. (Source)

Not the same as saying "okay but make it trivial for alts". Just reduce the restrictions since we've already done it all once.
Why? Why is being able to click quest objects without fighting anything a better design than just skipping questing altogether? (Source)

Yet at max lvl, we won't be questing (no dailies at max lvl), so no real change from current flying design decision
You will be out in the world doing stuff, more like Timeless Isle than Golden Lotus. (Source)
But pls give to that T. Isle 2.0. some structure. Killing 2k Yaungols without the pacing/reward that a daily gave is boring.
Yeah, it won't just be Timeless Isle 2.0. That's just an example of content that isn't just "Kill 10 mogu every day." (Source)

in WOD will we see more shared mob tagging outside of groups. Really like that in other games. Allow more impromptu grouping
We'd like to improve our tagging rules for sure. Not convinced dot everything to get credit on all is the right design. (Source)
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BlizzPro had a chance to talk to Technical Director Marco Koegler and Quest Designer Helen Cheng at Blizzcon.

  • The goal is to have all of the Vanilla race character models updated for release, but that isn't set in stone.
  • There might be some clipping with the new cloak animation, so the team is looking at adding some more physics to the cloak rather than just using pure animations. This isn't ready to show off and uses even more CPU, so it may not be the correct solution.
  • After being boosted to 90 you will have a set of gear that is level appropriate, similar to how the level 80 Scroll of Resurrection boost works.
  • Time travel is just a means to get players back to Draenor and bring back the classic Warcraft feeling and characters.
  • As long as players prevent Garrosh from building the Dark Portal for the Iron Horde to invade, there won't be any permanent changes to the current timeline. This will let the story have some fun elements that involve characters from the present without changing the timeline.
  • The current classes are somewhat balanced, so adding a new class would upset that balance.
  • There were too many daily quests at the start of Mists of Pandaria, especially after taking into account alts. Warlords will still offer a wide variety of things to do, but it will be more exploring, dynamic events, and story through quests.
  • If garrisons end up being per character, there will likely be a way to make garrison leveling and improvements faster on an alt.


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
New Character Models
Will the new player models will also have new melee attack animations as well? The ones for the older races are rather stale.
All animations have to be redone to work with the new models. We are trying not to make them radically different but will improve. (Source)

Remember promising us to update moonkin form since WotlK and saying the glyph won't affect the update? We do.
I try to never promise. This is why. We will do the moonkin at some point, but it is lower priority than the races. (Source)

Garrisons
Please give options in the Garrison that don't require a daily login. Don't want to be forced to login every day.
The plan is for longer missions for those times when you know you won't be logging in frequently. (Source)

Can we please have the followers in our Garrisons not be limited to player races? think Ogres, Tuskarr, etc
Having some non-traditional races would be a lot of fun. (Source)

Will you consider race-based garrison design or just faction-based?
Just faction for now. Dividing things by race meant we would have had far less new art per building. (Source)

garrisons look awesome, But please dont make them mandatory for professions. Garrisons should be optional & fun. Not a grind.
The intent is to make them fun but they are not optional the way pet battles or brawlers guild was. (Source)

Warlords of Draenor Flying
What was wrong with the Wrath model of grounded leveling for main, BoA tome for alts?
If leveling is supposed to be trivial for alts, why not just make them all jump to max level? (Source)
Holy grasping at straws, Batman!
I disagree. It feels like the argument is "questing should be super fast and easy on alts." (Source)
But alts are meant to be played. If you just want more max level dudes, there are better solutions. (Source)

It IS a difference because then there's a lore reason, which is what people are asking for. Inability to mount is more boring.
I don't think many of the pro flight crowd would be swayed with a lore explanation alone. (Source)
Is there a good reason NOT to back up the gameplay decision with a plausible lore explanation and story?
Not at all. If there is a good lore reason, that's better. But lack of good lore should not bad gameplay go through. (Source)

Did you ever think about something like a 10 second cast time for flying mount summons? Or a 30 sec cooldown?
Yeah, we've tried those and also things like slow turning radii, etc. Haven't found a solution we think feels good yet. (Source)

Stand your ground GC. There are those of us who know flying was worst thing to happen to game.
That's not our stance though. Flying feels awesome, is convenient, fast and a great reward. The problem is one of timing. (Source)

Maybe because people want faster, but not instant, Mr. False Dichotomy.
Speeding up XP per quest would make it faster. Flying lets you ignore most of it. Faster is fine. Hollow, less so. (Source)

It seems like you're getting less good at giving reasons and better at excuses.
Imagine we let you fly in dungeons and raids. Do you think they would be as fun as they are today? That's really our reason. (Source)

So, do you also hate the way Rogues play the game? Sneak in, unlock prison cage, sneak away...?
I don't think you can really compare the benefits of stealth to flying. Besides it's a bonus to only 2 classes. (Source)
I understand. Just don't get what you mean by "trivial" then. I always thought flying made questing more fun.
Twitter shorthand to some extent, but you probably fight 4x fewer creatures when you can fly to avoid them. (Source)

It would be nice if flying was a risk vs reward decision. Swarms of Monstrous Kaliri? No fel canons yet tho D:
It would have to be very dangerous to overcome the benefits of flight. Kaliri didn't keep me grounded. (Source)

About no-flying stuff in Warlods, do you guys ever though about gatherers? I cannot imagine myself running for plants on foot
That's one reason why we wouldn't outlaw flying forever. But at one point you did all your gathering on the ground. It can be done. (Source)

Classes
not just that, but even 1 makes healing less fun. Spamming aoe heals is another problem.
Spamming AEs, especially smart heals, does make healing less fun in our minds. (Source)

That sounds pretty awesome to me, honestly. Prot might be sad to lose a dps CD though.
It might be fine for Prot to have an offensive and defensive CD. Depends on the whole package. (Source)

Most important stat? I cant get rid of ENOUGH Spirit as a healer ;P
To be fair, some healer specs (esp. Mistweaver) don't value Spirit enough. We intend to fix for 6.0. (Source)

1 burst cd is enough per spec
I don't know that it would be a hard and fast rule, but if you always macro your CDs together, why have different CDs? (Source)

will changes to vengeance in dreanor protection more viable in trial of gladiator arenas but less annoying without high ap?
Maybe. It's more important to have a fun and balanced trial than to have Gladiator tanks. (Source)

Actually everything we call 'skill' on the game is about responding to a visual/sound stimulus. Just like snapshotting
It's about degrees. A mod can't reliably tell you when to use a speed boost to survive. It can solve when to redot very easily. (Source)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
I was curious if you were happy with the Druid split into Feral and Guardian this xpac. Did it live up to your expectations?
Overall yes. It's tricky for us to determine how often a Guardian or even Balance Druid should use cat form. (Source)

Guardian Druid often feels boring compared to other tanks. Are there any plans to address it?
They need stronger active mitigation. (Source)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Please bring back the truly rare hunter pets, some of us like camping for them... effort worth the reward.
What was the last truly rare one by your definition? (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
While you're talking about healer stuff, when is the really bad priest T90 going away?
We like tier 90 for priests. We can split out healing from DPS / Shadow versions in 6.0 though. (Source)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
wasn't root break on intervene intended to give a choice for that tier? Back to safeguard being required.
The value of balanced PvP has to trump the value of every talent being a fun choice. (Source)
You keep using this word "balanced" I don't think it means what you think it means.
"Balance" is when other players can't crush me. When I crush them, it's "skill." (Source)
small war. nerf needed but this is boring. Was nice to have small utility with MSR. Wars very one dimensional and
What would you have liked to see instead that would have solved the problem? (Source)
Disrupting Shout gone (Warriors don't need 2 interrupts), AoE reflect replaces reflect.
To be fair, they would need a new talent to replace Disrupting Shout that presumably is something useful. (Source)

Blizzard Art Update
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Patch 5.4.2 - In-Game Store
Patch 5.4.2 adds a new UI to the in game store that will support many more categories than are currently used. After placing an order, you will receive an email and addition to your Battle.Net transaction history, just like any other store order.

Right now it is using the experience boost potions as a test item, which are only for sale in Asian regions. There have been no announcements to indicate this will be changing anytime soon.








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Patch 5.4 Hotfixes - November 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
General
  • Resurrection spells cast by players now ignore resurrection timers.

Pet Battle
  • Battle Pets
    • Kovok's Pheromones ability now deals 50% less damage.
    • Murkalot's Righteous Inspiration has had its cooldown increased to 8 rounds (up from 5 rounds).
    • Murkalot's Shieldstorm is now on the same tier as Righteous Inspiration.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
lack of tanks -> tank can not do anything with shiny new tank gear besides raid. Make tanks be able to quest properly
Tanks are pretty awesome at questing. Even healers aren't bad these days. (Source)

what's a good fix then?
Weaking temp stats boosts makes both the boosts and dot snapshotting less interesting. (Source)
we don't like wild dps swings cause of uncontrollable rng why is this so hard to understand
Neither do we. Dot snapshooting mattering so much was a major cause of this. "On the pull" uberness is another. (Source)
We don't think the answer is no RNG though. Being able to react to RNG keeps combat from becoming rote and predictable. (Source)

Anything to say about classes being homogenized prior to MoP classes felt like they each had a niche, now it all feels similar
I think that is fair, but too often before the answer was just bring X class and bench Y. We need a happy medium. (Source)

I get you don't like the mod. Nevertheless, DoT specs are pointless when you remove snapshotting. No room for skill.
I don't think you're understanding my point. The mod is what you seem to be calling skill. There really isn't much skill. (Source)
If there was no mod and you had to learn from experience when to refresh, then I might buy it. (Source)

Any plans to reduce number of spells? Failed finger acrobatics is frustrating. Ignoring spells too. 10% too many?
We would like to, but is a controversial proposition. Every spell is someone's favorite. (Source)

Vengeance was a mistake from the start. Tanking never felt so boring in Vanilla/TBC as it does now. Threat should matter.
Threat is only fun for the tank, not for the rest of the group who just feel throttled if threat is ever in question. (Source)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
and exactly how often does "more DPS" become optional when talking about guilds pushing players to minmax?
If you die all the time from not moving out of stuff, then you are doing much less DPS than taking the talent. (Source)

How do you feel Focus has worked out for Hunters? It feels very, very short term for decisions. Mana let you plan ahead more.
We like it overall, in that a resource that expires in an encounter feels bad for DPS. But we do like hunters resource driven. (Source)
I think we were too generous with base focus return, which meant that at high gear levels you can ignore focus. (Source)

Maybe I missed this, but is Snipe targetable or not? "Carefully Line Up" infers not.
The intent is that it is targetable. The line up bit is just to explain why you can't move. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
are paladins ever going to get their auras back? they just feel like glorified warriors without them and it made them unique.
In theory, perhaps. In practice you just picked Devotion Aura unless you were mounted or had a particular resistance fight. (Source)
Overall, there are precious few examples where the "pick one of this mode" mechanic really works for classes. (Source)
Flavor over function. IMO, not everything about every class must be spreadsheet-approved.
I agree, but the swing was quite large. In order for flavor > function to work, the delta can't be as big as old Devo. (Source)
Otherwise, it's not flavor. It's just playing badly. (Source)

Hi, just asking out of curiosity, do you have any plans on putting Divine intervention back?
No. It was very buggy and mostly seemed popular because it skirted repair bills, which doesn't feel very heroic. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Are you planning to revamp Shadow priests? Their kit needs a good review in 6.0
Pretty happy with them overall. We're open to things like banking orbs and removing games to start a fight with orbs. (Source)
In other words, we will polish the mechanics but don't think they need a massive overhaul. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Do you feel the Rshaman stacked niche has worked finally? Can we expect this niche to stick going into WoD?;o
They feel pretty good in 5.4 though we think Chain Heal was more fun when targeting mattered more. (Source)

Twitch.tv Presents World of Warcraft Special Show This Weekend
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This Saturday, November 23, explore World of Warcraft with popular gaming host Soe Gschwind-Penski and two seasoned adventurers starting at 21:00 CET on Twitch.tv! Read on to find out what you can look forward to from this awesome interactive event.

Memory Lane
Raakel ‘Xenophics’ Hämäläinen and Pekka ‘Arx’ Aaltonen, from the Finnish guild Paragon, will take a trip with Soe down memory lane to legendary places in Azeroth and Outland. Discover what made World of Warcraft special for them – you just may feel the same way.

Let’s Party!
This event will be an interactive adventure, and you can participate through Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, and in-game. (Check out the links below.) Soe has lots of activities planned for you, which she will unveil during the show. Be sure to watch the stream on Twitch.tv to join the party, and to find out about in-game activities and prizes!

Welcome Back
If you haven’t set foot in World of Warcraft for a while, you may have missed some cool new content and features. As veteran players since the vanilla era, your hosts will explain what World of Warcraft offers you today. We’ll be happy to have you back!

The Best is Yet to Come!
We announced the next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, at BlizzCon 2013. If you missed the panels, our hosts have you covered! Soe, Xenophics, and Arx will present you with some of the impressive new features you can look forward to in Warlords of Draenor.

We’re counting on you to join in the adventure this Saturday on Twitch.tv. You can also check out the stream on ESL.tv, and participate via ESL’s Facebook and Twitter feed. See you there!

Details
When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 21:00 CET
Where: Twitch.tv or ESL.tv

Play Warlords of Draenor at DreamHack Winter 2013
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We recently revealed that we’ll be heading to DreamHack Winter 2013, which runs from November 28 to December 1 in Jönköping, Sweden. As promised, here are details on some of the exciting activities we’re organizing during the event. Those of you watching all the fun unravel from home can also take part!

Play Hearthstone, Reaper of Souls, and Warlords of Draenor!

This year, you can visit our booth to try out three of our newest titles: digital strategy card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft; the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls; and the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.

Hearthstone Photo Booth
Immortalize yourself as a Hearthstone hero! Our full-size card frame allows you and a friend or two to become the subject of a Hearthstone card. Strike a deadly pose, and enjoy the moment forever with a souvenir photo.

Heeeeeeere’s Jaina!
Our very own Jaina Proudmoore, a.k.a Yami, will be accompanying us to DreamHack this year. Aside from guarding our booth against any rogue magical attacks, Jaina will be there to greet those of you who are brave enough to approach her. We’ll also be sending her on numerous perimeter checks, so feel free to say hi if you see her on her travels around the halls. She’s a huge Hearthstone fan, so why not challenge her to a battle?

Contests and Quests Galore
Epic goodies will be plentiful for valiant adventurers who participate in the thrilling competitions we’ll have set up at DreamHack. More details will follow soon, but here’s a glance at some of the main attractions:

  • Hearthstone Quest: Available to players at home and at the event. Find our clues, unlock the seven secret cards, incorporate them into a deck, and then challenge us!
  • Sound-A-Like Stage Contest: Think you can imitate the sounds of Hearthstone? Join us on stage and do your best to mimic some of the game’s most iconic vocals.
  • CardCraft: If you could create your own Hearthstone card, what would it be? Each day we’ll set up a new category. Bring us your entries, and the best one will win a prize! You must be a DreamHack Winter 2013 attendee to enter this contest.

Hang Out with Blizzard
All visitors to DreamHack Winter 2013 are welcome to stop by our booth any time during the event. If you’d like to chat with members of the European Community team, kick back on our couch and play Diablo III on console, mingle with Jaina Proudmoore, or just come and say hi, please do!



DreamHack Winter 2012, photo by Oskar Uhrbom

Finally, for the eSports fans, keep your eye out for news of the DreamHack Winter 2013 StarCraft II tournament!

If you’re unable to travel to Jonkoping this year to take part in all the fun, fear not. We’ll be keeping you fully up to speed via our social media channels. Our dedicated Twitter feed will be regularly chirping away with updates from our booth and our activities.

Whether you’re at home or at DreamHack, we want to see your Blizzard-themed pics and vids on Twitter. Just include the hashtag #BlizzDHW with your tweet. If it’s cool, we’ll share it with the world! If it’s really good, you might even win something.

We look forward to seeing you at DreamHack Winter 2013! To find out more about the event, visit the official site.

Conan at BlizzCon
Conan was at Blizzcon this year, helping out with arena casting and trying our Warlords of Draenor.

by Published on 2013-11-21 10:33 PM

WoW Source: Warlords of Draenor, New Undead Female Character Model Revealed

Enchanted Fey Dragon and Alterac Brew Pup Giveaway
The Enchanted Fey Dragon mount and Alterac Brew-Pup are now available on the Blizzard Shop (US and EU).

It has been a while since our last giveaway, so we will be giving away 20 x Enchanted Fey Dragon + Alterac Brew-Pup mount and pet bundles!

  • The giveaway is for 20 x Enchanted Fey Dragon + Alterac Brew-Pup mount and pet bundle. You can obviously only win one bundle.
  • To enter the giveaway, just reply to this post! Make sure to mention if you play on US or EU servers in your reply.
  • The giveaway will be closed on Monday at 11:59 PM EST and winners will be chosen randomly.
  • A note will be added to the top of the current news post when winners have been PMed.
  • Winners have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected to replace them.


New Mount and Make-A-Wish Charity Pet Now Available
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
A new World of Warcraft mount and pet are now available for purchase through the Battle.net Shop! Brighten up Azeroth’s skies with the new Enchanted Fey Dragon mount, and help grant wishes with the Alterac Brew Pup pet—50% of the Pup’s $10 purchase price goes to Make-A-Wish.

New World of Warcraft Mount: Enchanted Fey Dragon




Make an exotic and stylish statement whenever and wherever you fly with the Enchanted Fey Dragon mount. This mysterious and magical creature lives for excitement and has a zeal for adventure. True to its characteristic flair, the Enchanted Fey Dragon shifts its skin color on a whim, making big gatherings of these mystic beasts an awesome sight to behold.

New World of Warcraft Pet: Alterac Brew Pup – 50% Benefits Make-A-Wish!

The Alterac Brew Pup is a hardy friend who’s always ready to lend a paw or revitalizing swig of “good cheer” to anyone in need. Bred for rescue duty, the Alterac brewhound's bloodline is famous for having found and resuscitated many mountain travelers trapped beneath the snow . . . and then slobbering all over them. The most famous brewhound of all is Bernard, credited with saving upwards of 50 lives—many of them dwarf and orc soldiers dragged out of the snow beneath the treacherous bridges of Alterac Valley.




In honor of the Alterac Brew Pup’s warm spirit, for every Alterac Brew Pup adopted from now until December 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST, 50% of the $10 USD purchase price will be donated to Make-A-Wish. Your support will help Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of children throughout the world with life-threatening medical conditions.

In addition, you can pick up a pup—and still help out this great cause—as part of our first-ever charity bundle! Adopt the new Alterac Brew Pup pet and the new Enchanted Fey Dragon flying mount together, and you’ll save $5 on the pair—while still sending $5 to Make-A-Wish.

For more information about Make-A-Wish in the U.S., visit wish.org, and outside the U.S. visit worldwish.org.

Philippines Typhoon Relief
As many of you know, the Philippines was recently struck by Typhoon Haiyan, and you may be looking for a way to help those affected by this disaster. Internally, Blizzard is matching employee donations for typhoon relief made to the American Red Cross—if you’d like to support the Red Cross’s relief efforts yourself, we encourage you to visit the Red Cross Typhoon Appeal website to make a donation directly.
by Published on 2013-11-21 07:47 PM

New Undead Female Character Model
No animation work has been done yet, so this is still a work in progress!



New Cloak Test Models
The team has looked at making different shapes for cloaks, but keep in mind this is definitely an early test still.



WoW Source: Warlords of Draenor
Another episode of WoW Source has been posted. You can find our recap below!

Warlords of Draenor Story
  • The team has been talking about Warlords of Draenor since a few months before the Mists of Pandaria launch. Starting on it so far in advance let them set up the Garrosh story for the next expansion.
  • One of the ideas tossed around was having different Mongrel Horde races united by Garrosh to attack Azeroth. They realized it would be a cooler story if he was reassembling the old Orcish Horde. Then the team had to decide how it would be done, with one idea being resurrecting all of the old leaders. That would be confusing as far as if they were undead or how everything worked, so the idea of going back to Draenor was decided upon.
  • Early versions of old Draenor weren't going to use what is now Zangarmarsh for anything, but someone made a concept art of the giant mushrooms underwater that made the team decide to use it after all.
  • Old Draenor is supposed to be a mix of the familiar and things people have never seen before.

New Models
  • The new Undead Female model is far along enough to show off, but no animation has been done yet.
  • There was a bug that made the eye of the Human Female model look different and people got really upset about it, which is why the team is being so careful in building the new models.
  • The team is looking forward to seeing what machinima authors can do with the new models.
  • The robe models are a little tired at this point and they haven't been improved as much as the team would like.
  • The team also looked at making new cloak models that use alpha to mask out some of the cloak to make new shapes.
  • The team has talked about the different ways they could roll out new character models, including just switching them one day or allowing people to opt out and keep the old ones for performance reasons.
  • NPCs will also benefit from the new models and get some touchups to fix any custom work that was done that doesn't match the new models and animations.

Garrisons
  • Garrisons will take gold and some kind of garrison resource like wood or stone to upgrade.
  • Garrisons are mostly an individual thing because if it were a guild thing first, the guild leaders would take all of the fun parts.

Mythic Raiding
  • A 15 player size was discussed, but the devs are already asking 10 player guilds to grow so they selected the size that would work best going forward.
  • Mythic raiding was set to 20 because of the advantages it gives the team when designing raids.
  • With 20 players, raid designers can assume there is at least one of each class in the raid, something that they can't do with a raid size of 15.
  • Having 20 players also allows for more complex mechanics for the most challenging raid content.

Misc
  • The free boost to level 90 won't expire. You can boost any character to level 90, as there is no level requirement.
  • Ashran will allow you to collect scraps from other defeated opponents to build something like strong armor, a vehicle, or launch a wave of NPCs at the enemy. Players may even have longer term objectives they can work on that span multiple days.


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