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by Published on 2020-10-31 01:50 PM

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New Flavors of Azeroth: The Official Cookbook
New Flavors of Azeroth is a new official cooking book for World of Warcraft, in which Nomi shares regional recipes and techniques from Pandaria, the Broken Isles, and Shadowlands. Easy-to-follow dishes are included in each chapter, as well as tips on how not to burn your food (unlike Nomi). The book will come out on May 18, 2021 and you can preorder it now on Amazon.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Noted Pandaren chef Nomi is your guide through the culinary world of Azeroth in this follow-up to World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook.

Journey through Azeroth and prepare to feast on new culinary delights inspired by this official-licensed World of Warcraft cookbook.

In this cookbook, Pandaren chef Nomi has collected the best recipes gathered during his travels and will instruct you in everything you need to know as you feast your way through Azeroth. As a young boy in Pandaria, Nomi answered the beckoning call of the Cooking School Bell and quickly grew into a promising chef. Through the years, this intrepid cook has traveled across Azeroth, learning countless regional recipes and techniques from Pandaria, the Broken Isles, and even the mysterious Shadowlands. Each chapter features easy-to-follow dishes, as well as numerous tips on how to not burn your food. Let culinary expert Nomi be your guide in World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth.

New Leveling Route
Harldan has released a guide for one the fastest 10-50 leveling routes in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch.

Ghostcrawler Tweets about his experience in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch
Former Blizzard employee Greg Street (Ghostcrawler) has been tweeting his experience lately after returning to play Word of Warcraft in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Why He is Returning to Play
  • I haven’t played WoW in about 6 years. Coming back today.
  • Why am I coming back?
    • 1. Shadowlands looks great
    • 2. Friends demanding it
    • 3. FOMO
    • 4. Honestly I needed a clean break when I left Blizzard. I’ve compared it before to constantly checking on one’s ex. But enough time has passed now
  • And to be clear, I am just coming back as a player and fan! I’m not working on the game. I am very happy at Riot.

Leveling a Retribution Paladin
  • Some Ret paladin leveling experiences so far:
    • 1. Single target rotation is pretty fun now that I have a few talents
    • 2. Happy to see some of the abilities I worked on are still in the game
    • 3. Dungeon runs all AE but these are leveling dungeons on content everyone but me knows
    • 4. Haven’t done any PvP yet.
    • 5. I lost the quest thread in Drustvar. Either missed some bread crumbs or maybe a level squish bug? Either way I think I have to switch zones
    • 6. Boralus is pretty. Little complicated to navigate.
    • 7. Surprised at how quickly all the muscle memory came back for interrupts etc.
    • 8. Enemy models look great. I don’t notice the player model upgrade as much as I had anticipated. Camera angle / distance probably.
    • 9. Random upgrades to quest rewards is cool. I got epic shoulders.
    • 10. Exile’s Reach was great. Kudos. I worked for years on a good new player experience. Never landed it. I’ll have to try Horde version.
    • 11. I still screw up melee a lot in groups when I am clipping the mob and so technically out of range... or sometimes legit out of range.
    • 12. So many mounts! Someone needs to update the mammoth NPC lines.
    • 13. I’m missing healing in these dungeons. Guess I need a shield.
    • 14. I renewed for 6 months, so I guess I plan on sticking with it for awhile.
    • 15. I always kept my accounts secret. Still do on LoL. Part of me now wants to just friend whoever wants to chat, quest or do runs. I’ll have to think about that.

  • More WoW on the paladin:
    • 1. Leveling is insanely fast, like maybe too fast. I barely get into a new rotation before I get another ability. It’s clear I am going to hit max level before I ever finish the BofA main story line.
      • 1. (Cont.) This always bummed me out when I was on WoW. Ideally you want people to skip over the middle of a story, not leave before the end
    • 2. I had no idea Transmog had become such a... thing. It was a small feature I worked in with the UI team. My baby done all growed up.
    • 3. All of the rare spawns and chests are fun. They break up the mentality of beelining to the next quest objective. Azeroth is s beautiful place so I am all for things that get you to explore it more.
    • 4. I love finding vignettes that seemingly have nothing to do with questing like the crab fighting (yes!) area in Drustvar. In my day, level designers would just add these for fun.
      • 4. (cont.) Sometimes it was a new hire or intern learning the process in an area where they wouldn’t break anything. I always wonder what the stories are for these locations.

Leveling a Warrior in Pandaria
  • More WoW:
    • Made a warrior to relive Pandaria. Some thoughts for those interested:
      • 1) Fixing the weird time streams with Chromie is something we wanted to do for years. Glad the team finally tackled it and using that for alternate leveling experiences was clever.
      • 2) MoP Alliance used to begin with the shipwreck quest, which felt really un-epic. The whole Horde battle was added pretty last minute. My memory is a little fuzzy on all this though.
      • 3) Holy crap, Jade Forest is still gorgeous.
      • 4) Went Fury. Traditionally that was a mistake at low levels. Oh no, I am being sub optimal! Maybe.
      • 5) I am guessing Charge merged with Intercept? Seems like a fine change.
      • 6) Enrage still has its ancient black and red spell effect.
      • 7) I like the evolution of the talents. Some old faves in there with some updated mechanics. Naming warrior talents was always fun.
      • 8) I don’t need all the healing mechanics we added for warriors to help with leveling. Maybe 50-60 I will?
      • 9) The joys of making sure I have two weapons. I knew what I was getting into with dual-wield. Chose TG for aesthetic reasons.
      • 10) Wild Strike gone but Raging Blow still around. Maybe Slam is filling the nice now that weird cast is gone.
      • 11) Kind of wish we had just made an Asian themed continent with Pandaren in it instead of branding the whole expansion around Pandaren.
      • 12) We added mogu pretty late because we didn’t have enough bad guys. You can only butcher so many monkeys and sha.
    • PS Someone pointed out I made a confusing tweet about the mammoth mount. I meant the *yak* mount with the grummle NPCs. I wrote a lot of those lines and now forget what some of them referred to. “Epic yak mount” was one of the first art tasks I entered for this expansion
by Published on 2020-10-30 05:28 PM

Shadowlands Arrives November 23

Shadowlands: Bastion from Above
Blizzard has released a video preview of Bastion, the paradisiacal realm inhabited by the steadfast Kyrian.

by Published on 2020-10-30 05:04 PM

WoW Classic Patch 1.13.6 and Naxxramas Release Dates
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Testing of the Naxxramas patch is wrapping up over the next few weeks, and WoW Classic Version 1.13.6 will go live on December 1.

The Naxxramas raid and Scourge Invasion content will unlock at the same time for all realms in the world on December 3. We’ll let you know the exact time in advance. With the content unlock, players can become attuned to Naxxramas by fulfilling Archmage Angela Dosantos’s requirements in Light’s Hope Chapel.

Keep an eye on the patch notes for version 1.13.6, which includes all of the new quest content and bugfixes coming with this patch.

We’ll see you there!
by Published on 2020-10-29 08:53 PM

Ion on Raid Release Timing, Activision Blizzard Q3 2020 Investor Call

Shadowlands Arrives November 23
The release date is here, along with a few other key dates!

  • November 10 - Pre-expansion launch events begin
  • November 23 - Expansion launch
  • December 8 - Castle Nathria releases and Shadowlands Season 1 begins
  • December 15 - Mythic Castle Nathria, Raid Finder Wing 1
  • January 5 - Raid Finder Wing 2
  • January 19 - Raid Finder Wing 3
  • February 2 - Raid Finder Wing 4

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings heroes of the Horde and the Alliance,

On behalf of the entire World of Warcraft team, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank-you for your patience as we’ve continued to work on Shadowlands, and for all of the words of support after we made the tough decision to delay the game. Today, I’m happy to share that the expansion will be arriving November 23 at 3 p.m. PST (November 24 at 12 a.m. CET).

We’d like to thank everyone across the WoW community who helped us get where we are today, including players leveling up new characters in the Shadowlands pre-patch (and keeping Azeroth’s barbers extra busy), as well as all the beta testers who continue to provide us with invaluable feedback on the expansion.

Since we first told you about our decision to delay, we’ve used the time to further polish the expansion and shore up the endgame, including overhauling the combat and rewards in the Maw, and reworking the Covenant systems to make your choice more immediately impactful and have clearer long-term goals. Now the team is in a great position to get things the rest of the way to the finish line before November 23—and as always, we’re committed to working with you to improve the game for as long as you’re out there playing it.

Now that we have our launch date, we’re also excited to tell you that our pre-launch event will kick off November 10, so steel yourselves to take on a flood of the Scourge. In addition, we’ve set a December 8 date for the opening of our first raid, Castle Nathria—which takes players into the heart of Sire Denathrius’ lair in Revendreth—along with the start of Shadowlands Season 1.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone take their first steps into the Shadowlands and forging their destinies—but in the meantime, we’d like to show you just a little bit of what’s waiting for you beyond the veil.

See you on the other side,

-John Hight, Executive Producer of World of Warcraft

Release Times

  • Americas (PST) - 3:00p.m. November 23*
  • Europe (CET) - 12:00a.m. November 24
  • Taiwan (CST) - 7:00a.m. November 24
  • Korea (KST) - 8:00a.m. November 24
  • ANZ (AEDT) - 10:00a.m. November 24
  • UTC - 11:00 p.m. November 23

*To align with other regions, the Americas will launch slightly ahead of November 24 in local time.
by Published on 2020-10-29 08:52 PM

Shadowlands Arrives November 23

Castle Nathria and Shadowlands Season 1 Go Live December 8

Ion on Raid Release Timing
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
I think delaying raids til jan would be just as bad. would get even more hate “OMG, we hit 60 then have to wait 2 months to do content wtf blizzard”. It’s a no win situation. If they delayed ONLY mythic, then farming heroic for several weeks before mythic, will ruin mythic
Honestly, this pretty much nails it. We do "try to" avoid these conflicts whenever possible, and the ideal answer would have been to release the game, well... right about now, but it just wasn't ready.

Launching but delaying the raid further would ruin overall pacing; delaying the whole game to avoid the Mythic conflict wouldn't be right for everyone who's been patiently waiting. (Source)

Activision Blizzard Q3 2020 Investor Call
The Activision Blizzard earnings call is this afternoon. We've highlighted some of the written results below.

  • Activision had 111 million MAUs in the second quarter, down from 125 million in Q2 and up from 102 million in Q1 2020.
  • Blizzard had 30 million MAUs in the second quarter. This is down from 32 million Q1 2020 and Q4 2019.
  • World of Warcraft MAUs were stable year-over-year.
  • World of Warcraft franchise engagement is at its highest level for this stage ahead of an expansion in a decade, with Shadowlands presales well ahead of any prior expansion.
  • Hours played in Hearthstone grew year-over-year in the third quarter, with the Battlegrounds mode seeing sustained strong engagement since its release last November.
  • Overwatch continues to have a large and dedicated community, with 10 million MAUsD in the quarter, over four years since launch
  • Diablo Immortal will soon enter external regional testing.
  • The Shadowlands release date is the 16 year anniversary of the original World of Warcraft release!

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