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New Hero D.Va - A Starcraft II Player, Beta Patch Notes - October 30th

Warcraft Movie Stills
Empire Magazine had an article about the Warcraft movie in the latest issue, along with three images from the movie.







Illidan Novel Cover Art Sneak Peek & BlizzCon Signing
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As previously announced, Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC are partnering to bring you some great new novels, including World of Warcraft: Illidan written by William King (coming in March 2016).

Today, we’re pleased to share with you a first look at the cover art.


If you’re heading to BlizzCon, William King will be signing cover art posters at the following times and locations. Please make sure to stop by, say hello, and welcome him to the Blizzard family!

Random House Booth

Friday, November 6
  • 12:00-1:00PM
  • 3:30-4:30PM

Saturday, November 7
  • 10:00-11:00AM
  • 5:00-6:00PM

Blizzard Signing Area

Friday, November 6
  • 5:00-6:00PM

Saturday, November 7
  • 2:00- 3:00 PM

To preorder your copy of Illidan, head over to http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/535580/

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
CM Communication
It's more that a lot of the well thought out stuff aren't quick and easy posts to make in response to, and they may not be allowed to even say anything.

If somebody makes a post about concerns for the future of PvP in Legion for example, somebody like Neth is almost assuredly under a NDA and can't actually say anything without approval from somebody else at Blizzard.

As to other things, a lot of the times comments would boil down to "Yeah I read it, and told the developers about it" to which people would probably still be upset that they didn't go more into it. Keep in mind Neth is a CM and can only really pass information onto the dev team, which I imagine she already is just without telling us about it. Blizzard has never really been in the habit of making posts just to indicate that they read a thread.

As for the comment in the OP, notice how no real information has been given about the game itself. It was a pretty "safe" comment to make, relatively speaking.

We've actually said things like this many times before.

We often leave the "well thought out" posts alone not because we aren't aware of them but they often end up in our internal reports and we don't want the thread to get derailed just because one of us shows up.

Posting or not posting isn't a hard science. We have to make calls on things all of the time. The larger 'well thought out' posts aren't going to get short quick answers either. We could do that but then we get "you don't understand" or people assume our involvement means we either agree or are going to make something happen "soon" based on their post. Design is both a fast and slow process. We do what we can to keep on top of the thoughts and ideas of the community and our development teams do too. They read and are aware of far more than you realize. But again, sometimes people take our responding to something as a promise to take action based on what they said. We'd rather wait to respond when there is a response worth sharing.

Again, it's not a cut and dry thing as much as people think it is. People are complex. They want different things. They interpret words and tone in text differently based on their personal state of mind, wants or desires.

I think many times people just want to feel acknowledged, especially when they put a lot of thought into something many stand behind. But it's a big community and I'm sure challenging, to say the least.

Some people are OK with just having their thoughts acknowledged. Others aren't unless the "I read this" is followed up by "and we did/are doing something". Some people would rather us say nothing than post as I am now unless there is a hard answer to something. Others like just knowing we're here.

I would much rather be visible (when I can be) in little ways than be invisible for long streaks of time– though I often need to be since my job is much larger than posting here. I do miss getting to speak with you all more often, but I'm doing a lot of behind the scenes work that (hopefully) results in you getting information too as well as relaying information to the developers. There's a lot of planning, excel sheets, project tracking, meetings, writing, etc. that happens on a daily basis.

You know what might go a long way to ease the tensions and nerves of the posters with good threads (or any threads, really)? A check box on the Blue Poster's version of the forum where they can indicate the thread was read by them without typing out a reply. Anybody who jumps onto the thread would see the flag at the top of the original post (Oh, a blue saw this!) and know that they weren't ignored or forgotten. You could even set it to auto-populate the flag when you click the link if you were so inclined.

Granted, I'm sure you read most, if not all posts over time, but this would be attract a more psychological response from others rather than them being left to assume and/or think the worst.

The only problem with the "this has been read by a blue" flags would be that people would say, "This was read by a blue but they didn't say anything! No response! When do we get a response?" etc.

Sometimes we "blue" things by responding so people know we were there, but again, that has it's own issues. There's no "perfect" system, but we will keep doing what we can. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
? about 6.2.3. Baleful: created between 655 - 695, increments of 5. No more upgrade token, or what will it do?
It will work the same way it does currently, and set the item's level to 695. (WarcraftDevs)

The Wrath Timewalking Plate Item Gauntlets of the Kraken is suppose to have 286 Stam,it says 274 Stam for level 100 ilvl 675 stat budget. Please check into this to verify this is indeed a number error. #TY
This will be fixed in 6.2.3, thanks for the bug report! (WarcraftDevs)

This Month in WoW - November 2015
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s a big month! A little gathering called BlizzCon will pack November to the brim with World of Warcraft revelations, announcements, videos to watch, new goodies to acquire, and the pinnacle of WoW esports. You’re not going to want to miss November!

In-Game Events

Day of the Dead [November 1-3]
Can you feel it? The spirit world draws close during the Day of the Dead. This is why we decorate the graves of our dearly departed with flowers and candles and offerings: to welcome them back, even if only for a time.

Purchase some Orange Marigolds from Chapman and use them to see the otherwise invisible spirits waiting in graveyards. Bake (or buy) some Bread of the Dead and give it to a Cheerful Spirit to kick off the Grateful Dead quest and unlock a new pet, the Macabre Marrionette – which you can only get during this event.

Darkmoon Faire Returns [November 1-7]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on November 1, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.

The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Get in that cannon!

WoW’s 11th Anniversary [November 23]
The World of Warcraft Anniversary celebrates Azeroth's heroes dedication to protecting and preserving their world. Whether you are an honorable Tauren, a brawny Orc, a crafty Gnome, or a resourceful Human, we appreciate your continued support! We hope to see you around for many years to come!

Pilgrim’s Bounty [November 23-30]
Even during hard times, the Pilgrim’s Bounty celebration emerges across the lands of Azeroth, bringing with it the opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the nourishment the land has provided. This season is the perfect occasion to brush up on your cooking skills while sharing in a veritable cornucopia of delicious offerings found on the communal dining tables located outside capital cities. There’s also no better time to go on a wild turkey hunt, or, should wild turkeys prove too elusive, transform friend and foe into tasty turkey targets.

It's a time for reflecting on your journeys and good fortune and sharing plentiful food and stories with friends. You can partake in wonderful Pilgrim's Bounty feasts near major towns by sitting at a Bountiful Table and enjoying the food!

World of Warcraft Esports

Road to BlizzCon: WoW Arena World Championship
The time has come. This is it. BlizzCon is where you’ll get to watch the Global Finals of the World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena World Championship. One team will stand victorious and take home the lion’s share of a $250,000 prize pool and the title of BlizzCon 2015 Arena champions.

The Opening Week action begins at 1:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 30, and continues at that same time on Saturday, October 31. The final rounds at BlizzCon get underway as Noon PST on Friday, November 6, and continue at 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, November 7. Be sure to tune in to our free live stream on the official BlizzCon website.

Bonus Events
  • November 4-9: Draenor Dungeon Bonus Event
  • November 11-16: Pet Battle Bonus Event
  • November 18-23: Burning Crusade Bonus Event
  • November 25-30: Apexis Bonus Event

Last Month In WoW
Among the many interesting happenings in October, we couldn’t help but take special notice of the annual Running of the Gnomes. Event organizer Dravvie tells us that over 2400 people gathered on the Scarlet Crusade (NA) realm, created new Gnome characters, and then ran from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay. From there, they all went on to Orgrimmar. Check out these pictures of the event:



Along the way, over $3,400 was raised for the Cleveland Clinic’s Cancer Program. That’s impressive! Our thanks go out to everyone who sent in a heads up about it.

What’s happening in November that you’d like us to highlight? Let us know in the comments below.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Warcraft Movie Stills, Illidan Novel Cover Art, Blue Posts, Tweets, This Month in WoW started by chaud View original post
Comments 105 Comments
  1. Sir Riptor's Avatar
    Only thing that bothers me about the illidan book is his mouth
  1. Archmage Alodi's Avatar
    This month in wow : nothing. seriously there posts are so pathetic....
  1. Eberon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Riptor View Post
    Only thing that bothers me about the illidan book is his mouth
    Why? What's wrong with March?
  1. mmocaa8b08b6ba's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eberon View Post
    Why? What's wrong with March?
    Mouth, not month.

    Also that 3rd movie still 'Son, I'm disappoint'
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Shots look okay. Either the human one is low quality, or theres a ton of motion blur. I dont like too much motion blur, so hopefully it will look alright.
  1. Anonymous1987's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny McCormick View Post
    This month in wow : nothing. seriously there posts are so pathetic....
    Yeah but that's to be expected since Blizzcon is around the corner. They want to unleash a ton of info on us there. Just 1 week to go, hope it's a speedy one.
  1. Eberon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by reebelraabel View Post
    Mouth, not month.
    Oops! At least I see the problem now … well … unfortunately I see the problem now.
  1. DonRobbie's Avatar
    That Illidan image looks like something from a self-published Kindle book.
  1. Tenjen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Riptor View Post
    Only thing that bothers me about the illidan book is his mouth
    its a snarl and effort. people have that expression with their lips pulling back when snarling and exerting themselves.

    sometimes reality is unrealistic in fiction

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonRobbie View Post
    That Illidan image looks like something from a self-published Kindle book.
    try to make a comparison people can actually get but anyway, the art is stylistic but just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny McCormick View Post
    This month in wow : nothing. seriously there posts are so pathetic....
    its the month before blizzcon...what were you expecting given the last 10 years? Everyone is busy preparing for blizzcon
  1. elnimrod's Avatar
    The movie images looks terrible
  1. Eon Drache's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DonRobbie View Post
    That Illidan image looks like something from a self-published Kindle book.
    The art is pretty cool, imo. Just because you don't like it doesn't make the art shit....
  1. Harbour's Avatar
    Movie stills looks incredible. Now i believe that there were used next-gen technologies.
  1. MrTharne's Avatar
    Orgrim looks so sad.
  1. mmoc972a289242's Avatar
    If the movie is at the level of Warlod of Draenor regarding the lore and story, it will remain in memories like Evil Dead does...
  1. mmoc30274401ab's Avatar
    That Illidan book art is hideous.
  1. DemonHunter18's Avatar
    whats wrong with the art???people are like that when they are exerting themselves.
  1. Mellrod's Avatar
    Darn! I saw the advertisement for the gnome run in trade during Brewfest times on Cairne, but I guess I just forgot about it. Really wish I could've participated, but I guess there's always next year! Time to mark it on my WoW calendar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elnimrod View Post
    The movie images looks terrible
    Why? The last 2 are a little blurry, but the makeup and costumes look exquisite and very detailed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarithus93 View Post
    That Illidan book art is hideous.
    Again, why? The artstyle looks like a blend of realism and a more "story-book" style painted look. What's wrong with it?

    I see all these people just posting negative stuff no matter how trivial. Your critiques are meaningless and hollow without reasoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny McCormick View Post
    This month in wow : nothing. seriously there posts are so pathetic....
    I think the Gnome run is pretty interesting. Community news is still valid news. They'll have more to talk about next week.
  1. DarkTZeratul's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Shots look okay. Either the human one is low quality, or theres a ton of motion blur. I dont like too much motion blur, so hopefully it will look alright.
    Definitely motion blur. The orc ones look like promo stills, while that looks like a screenshot from the middle of an action scene.
  1. Masternewt's Avatar
    The Orcs just look wrong. The eyes are completely human, you can always tell it;s a human in a mask. Check Lord of the Ring orcs, their eyes have no white, are totally yellow, or have the white but are red in the middle. Something, that makes them less human and just more like a fantasy creature. These orcs i see for Warcraft look like they belong in a musical about a land far far away.
  1. mmoceb4871ac92's Avatar
    The Orc armour looks pretty cool, but I'm not too sure about Lothar's. I'm sure they could've done better, because to me it looks like something a cosplayer would make for Blizzcon.

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