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Warlords of Draenor Screenshots
Alex Afrasiabi (Furor) shared some work in progress screenshots of Warlords of Draenor environments.

Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes: February 12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Galakras: Resolved an issue where Dragonmaw Grunts were attacking the wrong Demolition Crew on Heroic difficulty.

Love is in the Air
  • Players entering the instance for The Crown Chemical Co. now spawn inside the main courtyard.
  • Lovely Charms should no longer be incorrectly awarded from Unstable Corruptions or Mutant Parasites.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Development Time Tradeoffs
That said, their constant "...at the cost of a raid tier..." excuse is getting old. We should just call their bluff and say sacrifice the raid tier and give us race-specific buildings for our garrisons.
It's just a handy reference to explain the level of resources required to do some of the things that might be requested. As has been evidenced by this thread, it seems that when we say that, it can (amazingly) be misconstrued.

I know it's easy to envision Blizzard as a mysterious Willy Wonka-esque magic factory where unfathomable entities craft limitless wonders. As cool (disturbing?) as it would be if we had a bunch of orange-skinned green haired gnomes running around to do our bidding, we don't (but we're working on it). In the meantime, there are real people working long hours with mouse, keyboard, and tablet to bring those wonders to life. It's hard work, and it's held up to an exacting standard.

The long and the short of it is that when we say that, we're not necessarily literally saying that "It's this or a raid tier". It's just shorthand for the amount of resources it might require to accomplish something. It's more like: 'this' or 'more content elsewhere in the game'. Some of you mentioned that you want 5-mans. Well, then the question becomes: Do you want a set of Garrison buildings for one new race or a 5-man? Or a new questing zone? Or new creatures, items, and gear? Or, indeed, a raid tier? So on and so forth.

It's merely an expression of equivalent effort to get across a point that no matter how many creative people we have working, we are always only be able to accomplish so much with those specific resources in a specific amount of time. And that means we have to prioritize what we do. We have to know when to call a project done, and move on to something else, and when to delay an 'Oh, that would be cool if' for later. Feature creep is a real thing, and it can cause an entire project to end up on the cutting room floor.

The quality and detail Blizz is using going into garrisons doesn't hold up with existing buildings that would just be copy pasted on, even if it was as easy as just copy pasting general racial buildings into a system like garrisons, which I highly doubt.
Correct. We want building and running a Garrison to be a fun and engaging experience, and we're not down with kludging features together. If we do something at all, we always try to do it right. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
any winged Arakkoa concepts yet? Will we not see them until 6.1 or 6.2? Doesn't seem like you had anything at @BlizzCon
working on them right now - will probably release some shots in Artcraft blog when they're ready to show. No eta (artofcgrobinson)

If / when you have the time, can you read through this thread? http://t.co/40DOD3XmD7
read the article, happy with male Worgen and aware that female isn't working for large portion of players. No ETA but on radar (artofcgrobinson)

will male night elves look more proportionate,i mean their waist is too small,will it be a bit wider? it'd be cool!! btw
silhouette will remain, but texture work should help support it as a stylistic choice rather than a mistake, if that makes sense (artofcgrobinson)

Warlords of Draenor Stats
Will mop items w/ hit/exp. in 6.0 convert to mast/haste/crit, not WoD stats? Could increase SoO-Amplify-Trinkets' value.
Yeah, hit/exp will convert to crit, haste, or mastery. (Celestalon)
WIll items be converted by a rule of thumb? Like "always turn hit->crit (unless item already has it, then haste)" for example
No, I believe we do a mixture. (Celestalon)

While on that subject, any chance for "flex raiding" to include tanks? IE, mechanics that cater to 1-3 tanks or similar.
Unlikely. This is very difficult to do, and would require very significant mechanical changes to a fight. (Celestalon)

Does PVP power work while on the Timeless Isle?
Yes will always work against another player unless in a raid instance. (holinka)

Clarification on Krasarang rares?: first time they are killed in the day by a given character or by anyone?
Each character gets once per day (holinka)

Question for : Do you know which bracket is the most used in arena ? Thought it was 2v, but not really sur about that.
yes it is 2s (holinka)

Any news/ideas on what the Conquest > Gold conversion rate will be in 5.4.7
Same as usual. Conquest converts to honor. Honor capped at 4k. 35 silver for each point of honor over 4k. (holinka)

is world pvp going to be a little more balanced next season? tired of being legit 2 shot by pve heroes and hearing how bad i am
The PvP gear has a significantly higher item level so it should be very competitive in World PvP (holinka)

UI / Addons
will white crit number become large again?nowdays when auto attack crit the numbers are still smal i want my big white numbers
No, that was an intentional change. The abilities you use are intended to be the exciting numbers; white hits are typically weak. (Celestalon)
What does it matter to you if some players liked it that way btw ? :'( More options is always a good thing !
On the contrary, more options is definitely not *always* a good thing. More confusion, overwhelming, missed by most,. (Celestalon)
Instead, we support custom addons, so that you and other players can make it work however you want. (Celestalon)

Blizzard Gear Store Grand Opening!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve recently (re)opened the Blizzard Gear store online, and you’re invited to shop ‘til you drop at http://gear.blizzard.com.

The Blizzard Gear store is the place to go if you’re looking for collectibles from past BlizzCons, StarCrafts apparel, books & comics, or toys & statues. Perhaps you’re looking for a sweet Hearthstone shirt? We’ve got those right here.

For a limited time, we’re celebrating our grand (re)opening with this promotion: Spend $50 in the Blizzard Gear store and you’ll get free standard shipping (world-wide)! Rules and Restrictions apply.

But wait -- there’s more!

A number of select items in the Blizzard Gear store are discounted for a limited time. You’ll find special prices all over the store, including nice savings on the Alliance t-shirt, the Horde t-shirt, the Diablo III Reaper of Souls backpack, and the Steelseries World of Warcraft wireless MMO gaming mouse.

Portals close soon, and all of our grand (re)opening promotions are set to end on February 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Free Character Migrations Available
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you're on one of the source realms listed below, you can move your characters to one of the designated destination realms and avoid the queues—for free!

By initiating one of these transfers, you will be moving your character to a new realm and home. This is a one-time, one-way move. If you wish to move your character elsewhere, you will need to use the paid transfer service.

  • Draenor / Silvermoon => Kilrogg / Stormrage
  • Kazzak / Outland / Ragnaros / Stormscale / Sylvanas / Twisting Nether => Grim Batol / Auchindoun

Please be aware that, due to the unpredictable nature of free transfers, we may close down any Free Character Migrations at any time and without warning if the target realm becomes full. If you plan to move with friends or your guild, we suggest that you coordinate the effort to reduce the chance of any stragglers being left behind.

Early closures aside, this set of Free Character Migrations will end on Tuesday, February 18.

Begin a Free Character Migration now! We recommend reviewing the FAQ, as it details what is or isn't allowed for transferred characters.

Dark Legacy Comics #427
DLC #427 has been released.

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Comments 38 Comments
  1. Asphyxiate9's Avatar
    Well those sort of places are typically barren sooo
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Up the texture resolution Blizzard. That desert zone looks absolutely hideously pixellated.
    Love Talador though.
  1. Durandro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tureni View Post
    Draenor-EU... Yeah, we do need some kind of something. The queues around 7-8pm are horrible. I just transferred in (I know, stupid!) with the rest of my guild. But the danish community on Draenor is just so appealing.

    Danish servers now! (JK)
    You know what would be great? If they merged huge pop realms with low pop ones, then offered free transfers to the connected realms.

    Boom, problem solved since then people actually have a reason to transfer now without losing all their friends and guilds or server economy.
  1. Tomana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aqua View Post
    DraenorEU, you guys need a serious plague or something, aren't you on free character migration constantly?
    They need to merge it with Silvermoon EU and do a Battle royale. That should diminish the server's population.
  1. Warlord Booty's Avatar
    More garrison buildings, less raid tiers, more battle pets, less 5 mans. I'm tired of the same end game, i like the fun stuff now.
  1. Feathil's Avatar
    Blizzard, is not about having dozens of ppl working...is about doing things right. Such a big company with the star mmorpg and you simply can't¿¿??? Ridiculous... I guess that smaller companies with much less budget got the talent and the hardworking ppl and Blizz just hired a bunch of lazy dudes. Racial buildings are important so...as you said, either do things right or you just don't.

    PS: Talador looks great by the way, nothing in the incoming WoD is bad ofc
  1. Glaziola's Avatar
    ''Lovely Charms should no longer be incorrectly awarded from Unstable Corruptions or Mutant Parasites.''
    LMAO fixed after 3 years!

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Fincher View Post
    Questionable decision to nerf the one spot of Love is in the Air Charms that would be "gone" anyway in the next expansion due to low level.
    I kept a lvl 85 dk for this purpose farmed it last year aswell made tons of gold ^_^
  1. Frozenbeef's Avatar
    Draenor/ silvermoon server wide hunger games <3
  1. Stormykitten's Avatar
    Remember, WiP on the screens.

    I'm excited for WoD, not too much for its story but just because I am a huge draenei fan and have played one since I rerolled on day 1 of TBC.
  1. Denarii's Avatar
    I am going to spend way more time than I should going back and forth between Draenor and Outlands to see what is different between the areas
  1. Buu's Avatar
    I can't think about Afrasiabi without remembering how Metzen offered him as sacrifice to ease the anger of Red-Shirt Guy.
  1. Bischof's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenbeef View Post
    Doesn't the gorgrond screenshot look exactly like borean tundra but a different colour? :S

    Before seeing your post I just thought exactly the same...
  1. Farora's Avatar
    Meh, the graphics looks so poor by todays standards..
  1. Celista's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bischof View Post
    Before seeing your post I just thought exactly the same...
    Looks more to me like Valley of the Four winds--the pool areas near the steps leading to Kun-Lai.

    Check it out the next time you're in game, especially flying...I'm pretty positive it's the same landscape being reused.

    Lots of reused landscapes this expansion, based on the screenshots...I've seen some that look very similar to Borean Tundra, also quite a few of the BC zones even if they are using updated art for the trees, etc...

    Not too impressed so far.
  1. Krekko's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Farora View Post
    Meh, the graphics looks so poor by todays standards..
    While I too was underwhelmed by the graphics, the game is in alpha. I'll give it some more time before judgement.
  1. Tablemaker's Avatar
    Blizzard Gear Store... Now I know why I (and many others) have not been able to log in for two weeks and why they are not in a hurry to fix it.
  1. Siddown's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tablemaker View Post
    Blizzard Gear Store... Now I know why I (and many others) have not been able to log in for two weeks and why they are not in a hurry to fix it.
    Exactly, because everyone who uses a computer can work on the exact things. People who build simple, templated store websites are often the same people who maintain game authentication servers.
  1. Sargiean's Avatar
    Honestly my first thought on the Gorgrond zone is that it looks terrible, just terrible. I was really excited to see what these zones would look like..but seeing the first screen shot of Talador reminded me of a *slightly* updated Terrokar, and this looks like a zone from BC. Reminds me of hellfire - virtually barren, and very uninteresting geographically. Very disappointed.

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