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Published on 2020-05-26 07:42 PM

An Update on BlizzCon - No BlizzCon This Year, Potentially Early 2021 Online Event
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hello Blizzard community,

Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.

We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.

But we will meet again!

We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.

We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.

Stay safe and stay well,
Saralyn Smith
Whirlwind Barbarian, Executive Producer of BlizzCon
by Published on 2020-05-26 03:16 PM

New Preserved Contaminants - May 26, 2020
New Preserved Contaminants are now available for purchase from MOTHER in the Chamber of Heart.

Available in this Rotation


Choosing Your Corruption
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Choosing Your Corruption

In addition to any unlocked Essences, MOTHER will now also offer several new Preserved Contaminants, which allow for a specific Corruption effect (and the associated Corruption penalty) to be applied to a selected item. The inventory of available Preserved Contaminants will change twice each week, mirroring the Assault cadence, and will cycle through all available Corruption effects at various levels of potency.

You can use a Preserved Contaminant to apply the Corruption you purchased to any uncorrupted item that can be Corrupted, much like an enchant.
by Published on 2020-05-23 03:04 AM

New Preserved Contaminants - May 22, 2020
New Preserved Contaminants are now available for purchase from MOTHER in the Chamber of Heart.

Available in this Rotation


Choosing Your Corruption
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Choosing Your Corruption

In addition to any unlocked Essences, MOTHER will now also offer several new Preserved Contaminants, which allow for a specific Corruption effect (and the associated Corruption penalty) to be applied to a selected item. The inventory of available Preserved Contaminants will change twice each week, mirroring the Assault cadence, and will cycle through all available Corruption effects at various levels of potency.

You can use a Preserved Contaminant to apply the Corruption you purchased to any uncorrupted item that can be Corrupted, much like an enchant.
by Published on 2020-05-22 04:10 AM

Shadowlands Alpha - Build 34490 - Undead Customization, Single Shoulder Transmog

Shadowlands Alpha - Oribos Hub Preview
The first iteration of Oribos is now available for viewing on the Shadowlands Alpha. This will be the main hub for both the Horde and Alliance during the expansion. There are currently no quests to do, but here are some notes of interest:

  • There are currently four floors to explore. The main floor is the largest, with a set of stairs that lead to a small lower section and teleport pads in the center that lead to the portal room. The upstairs is currently unavailable.
  • The portal room is currently empty. Temporary placeholder portals are accessed on the outer ring of the main floor.
  • The inn is located on the right of the inner ring of the main floor.
  • The Enclave
    • Located in the lower left of the inner ring of the main floor.
    • The PvP vendors are located here. There is a conquest vendor and an honor vendor allowing you to purchase PvP gear with both currencies. There is also an upgrade NPC next to them for upgrading gear much like in Pandaria and Warlords.
    • There are also covenant embassies in this area.
  • Hall of Curiosities
    • Located in the lower right of the inner ring of the main floor.
    • You will find the barber shop, transmog NPCs, stable masters, and vendors here.
  • Hall of Holding
    • Located in the upper right of the inner ring of the main floor.
    • The bank is located here.
    • There is a large vault next to the bank in the upper right inner ring. This seems to be the location of looting your weekly chests and accomplishments.
  • Hall of Shapes
    • Located in the upper left of the inner ring of the main floor.
    • This wing is entirely devoted to professions.

by Published on 2020-05-22 03:10 AM

Arena World Championship 2020 - Trailer
The Arena World Championship begins May 22 at 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET.



Arena World Championship 2020 - Schedule

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 1
  • Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 1
  • Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 2
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 2
  • Friday, Jun 5, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 3
  • Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 3
  • Friday, Jun 12, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 4
  • Saturday, Jun 13, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 4


Arena World Championship 2020 - Viewer's Guide
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Arena World Championship (AWC) is one of the most prestigious PvP event in the world (of Warcraft and otherwise) and cups are starting up again for the final AWC season in Battle for Azeroth. Excitement in moderation is not recommended, it’s time to get HYPE. Watch exclusively on YouTube.com/Warcraft starting May 22.

Enter the Arena

To help protect the health and safety of players, staff, and partners, the 2020 Arena World Championship Battle for Azeroth season will be held entirely online. We have also made some necessary and innovative new changes to the format of AWC outlined here.

Schedule of Events


The AWC will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube.com/Warcraft on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Each broadcast day will begin at 10 a.m. PT / 7 p.m. CET, live on YouTube.

Check out our schedule page for a full list of broadcast days and times.

Casters


Elliot “Venruki” Venczel: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube

Other than becoming an Arena World Champion at the 2012 Global Finals in Shanghai, Venruki is also known for providing expert analysis and commentary for AWC tournaments. He has been playing and competing since 2008, achieving his first Rank 1 title in Season 3 and competing in Blizzard and community tournaments still to this day. You can catch Venruki at Twitch.tv/Venruki with high-end PvP gameplay in both World of Warcraft and WoW Classic.

Sid “Supatease” Compston: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube

Sid has been bringing the hype to WoW tournaments as a play-by-play caster since 2014 and has been an avid Arena player for years achieving multiple rank one titles. Outside of WoW, Sid has transformed his life by losing 90 pounds and committing himself to a healthier life. You can catch Sid on stream flexing his musical prowess with flute solos, and freestyle rap commentary of his gameplay.

Mohamed “Ziqo” Beshir: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube

The Sorcerer of Stockholm. Ziqo has achieved #1 titles in every expansion, playing World of Warcraft since he was a kid. Equipped with deep knowledge of World of Warcraft combined with his iconic laugh, deep voice, and unusual haircuts we couldn't think of anyone better to be our expert analyst for the AWC broadcasts.

Gillian “Eiya” Long: Twitter | Twitch

Gillian “Eiya” Long started working in esports in 2016. She has worked as a stats producer, observer, and tournament admin, and her passion for WoW esports is evident behind the camera and in-front. A WoW fan since Burning Crusade, Eiya debuted as sideline reporter & host last year and she hasn’t stopped since. Most recently she hosted Method Mayhem and the Mythic Dungeon International.

Rich Campbell: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube

Rich is not only considered one of the best World of Warcraft players of all time - in every aspect of the game and on every spec, but he is also very good at talking, and making it all look good while doing it. He first started hosting WoW arena in Warlords of Draenor and since has gotten to travel around the world with the show. Rich is excited to be back for what looks like the best year of WoW Esports yet.

Check out our schedule page for a full list of broadcast days and times.

Stay Connected

Stay connected and stay on top of the latest news by following us on YouTube and the brand new WoW Esports Twitter. Check out the broadcast schedule on our esports page. Good luck, and have fun!

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