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by Published on 2017-09-21 05:04 PM

A Thousand Years of War

Blizzard released another audio drama! This time it focuses on where Alleria and Turalyon have been. You can download the script or the MP3 Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Move over Tyrande and Malfurion. Step aside Durotan and Draka. With the release of Blizzard's latest audio drama A Thousand Years of War, we finally learn about where Ranger General Alleria Windrunner and her paladin companion High Exarch Turalyon have been.

If you're not familiar with their story, don't feel too bad. Despite having statues dedicated to them in Stormwind's Valley of Heroes, items and outposts named for them, and a grown son, the two have been MIA for the last 20 plus years of Azeroth's history. A Thousand Years of War catches us up on all that lost time.

But what were they doing before all that? And why is important that they make a return now? Let's get you caught up on their story of love and war before A Thousand Years of War catches you up on the rest.

Even if you don't know the details of these two lovebirds, you should be familiar with Alleria from her surname alone: Windrunner. The Windrunners are one of the oldest and most respected families of high elves, dating all the way back to the War of the Ancients. Alleria was foremost among her family, expected to succeed her mother Lireesa as the Ranger-General of Silvermoon. Instead, she chose to walk the path of the Farstriders--a group of high elves who roamed the whole of Azeroth protecting the interests of their people. Eventually, it would be Alleria's sister Sylvannas who would take the role of Silvermoon's Ranger General before the Scourge made her the Queen of the Forsaken.

It was during her time with the Farstriders that Alleria would first meet Turalyon, and from that fateful encounter they would be as inseparable as kobolds from candles.

Turalyon began his career as a priest. Through his talent, he was named as one of the original Knights of the Silver Hand, counting Uther Lightbringer and Tirion Fordring as comrades in arms. He was close friends with Archmage Khadgar and Danath Trollbane while being the lieutenant to Anduin Lothar. Where Alleria was related to some of the most important figures in Azeroth, Turalyon simply knew the rest.

Together, Turalyon and Alleria fought the orcish horde during and after the Second War, becoming close comrades and even closer friends. After a particularly devastating raid on Silvermoon City that saw a portion of the Windrunner family destroyed, Alleria sought comfort in her close friend, and the two became lovers shortly after that. It wasn't long before their son, Arator, was born of that union.

They fought battle after battle against the orcs, knowing little peace beyond each other. Their war eventually took them beyond the Dark Portal and into Draenor, hoping to stop the orc threat at the source.

But it was not to be.

The orc shaman and leader of the Horde, Ner'zhul, sought to escape defeat by opening portal after portal on Draenor, giving his Horde access to new and unspoiled worlds ripe for conquest. His powerful magic quickly became unstable and began to rip Draenor apart, sending the orcish armies into a panic and making them desperate to escape the splintering planet through the Dark Portal.

Alleria and Turalyon understood what they had to do. While they fought to keep the orcs on the Draenor side of the portal, Khadgar and his mages worked to close the portal for good, keeping Azeroth and all their loved ones shielded from Draenor's total destruction.

The ensuing chaos of Draenor's sundering into Outland ripped the pair from the world and they disappeared. When the Dark Portal opened again, Khadgar and the rest were found. Alleria and Turalyon were not. So where were they?

In the Twisting Nether, lost from space and time until they were found by the Mother of Light herself, the naaru Xe'ra.

A Thousand Years of War picks up here. It tells the story of Alleria and Turalyon's journey with the Grand Army of Light and how their new found powers could determine the fate of all life. They could even hold the key to defeating the Legion once and for all. I'm not going to spoil the specifics here, so check it out for yourself. And when you do, you'll see why theirs is one of the greatest love stories WoW ever told (that wasn't Illidan and his brooding).
by Published on 2017-09-21 04:39 PM

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Brewfest 2017
Brewfest is back again with item level 880 trinkets! This year the event runs from September 20 to October 6. As with many of the holiday events, this one was changed to allow you to queue at a lower level. You can try for the mounts on any character Level 46 and up!

If you are still leveling alts, don't forget to grab the Brewfest Enthusiast buff at 6:15 AM and 6:15 PM PDT outside of Ironforge and Orgrimmar at the Tapping of the Keg ceremony.

Updated Trinkets

Level Type Name Effect
880Trinket Coren's Cold Chromium Coaster
Equip: Chance on melee and ranged critical strike to increase your attack power by 10,179 for 10 sec.
880Trinket Bitterest Balebrew Charm
Use: Summon the Black Brewmaiden, who will smite your foes with your empty tankards. Wave at her for Brewfest Brew!
(10 min cooldown)
880Trinket Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm
Use: Summon the Brewmaiden, whose very presence bolsters a party's vigor. Wave at her for Brewfest Brew!
(10 min cooldown)
880Trinket Glowing Gift
Use: Increase your Critical Strike, Haste, Mastery, and Versatility by 755 for 20 sec.
(2 min cooldown)
880Trinket Brawler's Statue
Use: Increases armor by 654 for 20 sec.
(2 min cooldown)
880Trinket Mithril Wristwatch
Equip: Your harmful spells have a chance to increase your spell power by 10,179 for 10 sec. (10% chance, 55 sec cooldown)
880Trinket Thousand-Year Pickled Egg
Equip: Your direct healing and heal over time spells have a chance to increase your haste by 6,513 for 10 sec. (10% chance, 55 sec cooldown)


Level Type Name Cost Model Viewer
1Head Synthebrew Goggles XL200 × 
110Other Gravil Goldbraid's Famous Sausage Hat100 × 
1Chest Brewfest Regalia200 × 
1Chest Brewfest Dress200 × 
1Companion Pets Wolpertinger's Tankard200 × 
1Companion Pets Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm100 × 
1Companion Pets Stout Alemental200 × 
1Feet Brewfest Boots100 × 
1Feet Brewfest Slippers100 × 
1Head Green Brewfest Hat50 × 
1Head Blue Brewfest Hat50 × 
1Head Purple Brewfest Hat50 × 
10Head Blix's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 × 
10Head Belbi's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 × 
1Head Brown Brewfest Hat50 × 
20Holiday Preserved Brewfest Hops20 × 
1Junk Steamworks Sausage Grill200 × 
1Other Brewfest Banner100 × 
1Other Angry Brewfest Letter50 × 
90Other Ancient Heirloom Scabbard300 × 
100Other Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard500 × 
20Other Fresh Brewfest Hops2 × 
20Other Fresh Goblin Brewfest Hops5 × 
20Other Fresh Dwarven Brewfest Hops5 × 
1Other Brewfest Pony Keg100 × 
1Other Brewfest Keg Pony200 × 
1Other Brewhelm2 × 
1Other Pandaren Brewpack100 × 
1Quest "Brew of the Month" Club Membership Form200 × 
1Quest "Brew of the Month" Club Membership Form200 × 

Raid Testing Schedule - September 22
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Friday, September 22nd we will be conducting raid tests of Antorus, the Burning Throne.

Friday, September 22nd

Garothi Worldbreaker - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Felhounds of Sargeras - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Pirate's Day
And what about the rep grind required to get the toy during a 24 hour event? I hope the vendor remains after Pirate's Day ends or else this will have been an even bigger show of lack of foresight.
I don't really understand this. The intention of this small toy in the event is for folks who are already Bloodsail associated to be able to get it. It's really nothing more than an additional perk for the players who have grinded out the title in the past or are able to finish a short grind to obtain it now.

We're working on a hotfix to address an issue caused by the spawning of this event, and if people would like to try to grind the rep during the event's duration they are welcome to, but we won't be adjusting the reputation needed or anything like that.

The Bloodsail reputation grind has never been something you can sneeze at and be done with it. I would add that most people who have grinded to Exalted in the past are also hated with most goblin cities, and attacked on sight - so in actuality they lose out on some parts of the game by going down that path, and a small toy seems very just. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Guild Wars 2 - Path of Fire Expansion
A new expansion for Guild Wars 2 will be released on Friday! You can purchase it on Amazon or the official site. Check out the announcement trailer if you haven't already seen it.

This expansion sends you on the hunt for Balthazar, allows you to explore new maps, adds mounts, new new elite specializations for each profession, and more!

Samwise Didier Reddit AMA
Samwise Didier is taking part in an AMA on Reddit on Thursday, September 21st at 12pm PST. He will be talking about his work at Blizzard and his new book, The Last Winter.

by Published on 2017-09-19 08:17 PM

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Pirates Day has Begun! Login to Hearthstone and get 100 Gold for Free!

Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - September 19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Non-Player Characters
  • Fiona's Caravan should no longer be mysteriously missing on some servers.
  • Grand Lector Enaara should now properly appear during the world quest "Recurring Madness" on Mac'Aree for all players.

Player versus Player

  • Herbalism
    • Fel Lasher drop rate increased. It can now also drop from Astral Glory on Argus.

  • The Tomes of Torment are no longer difficult to see during the quest "Lessons of Fire and Pain".
  • Abandoning "Talgath's Forces" or "Flanking Maneuvers" after completing one quest should no longer prevent you from re-acquiring the other.

World Boss - Shar'thos
The Sleeping Corruption is up this week, so you can head to Val'sharah to kill Shar'thos for a chance at item level 860 loot, a Shadow Relic, and a piece of the Fury Warrior hidden artifact appearance.

Greater Invasion Boss - Sotanathor
Sotanathor is up this week, rewarding item level 930 loot!

Mists of Pandaria Timewalking
Mists of Pandaria timewalking is back! It offers rewards such as Yu'lei, Daughter of Jade

PvP Brawls - Deepwind Dunk
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Can you even dunk? If you want to win this brawl, you’re going to need to work on your skills because Dunkball has come to Pandaria. You’ll race to claim balls from the map’s center, or northern, or southern mines, take them to your enemy’s base, and then go for a magnificent long range shot or go all in for the dunk.

StarCrafts - Season 5 Ep 24 Dehaka & Swann Co-op Mission
Another episode of StarCrafts has been released!

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