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Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Allied Races Unlock Requirements
The latest PTR update updated the banners in both factions' embassies that list the unlock requirements for each Allied Race. These requirements are account wide and not faction specific, meaning you can earn them on an Alliance character and still unlock the Horde Allied Races and vice versa. On top of this, you need to have purchased Battle for Azeroth and have an existing 110 on the server in which you are creating an Allied Race.


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World of Warcraft 13th Anniversary Art Contest Winners!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After 13 years of World of Warcraft, we continue to be WoWed by all the amazing talent in the community. We’re pleased to share with you the grand-prize winner and 10 runners-up of the World of Warcraft 13th Anniversary Art Contest. We hope you like what you see. Make sure to congratulate them all!

Grand Prize Winner




Tim Guo

Runners-Up


Justin Schmandt


Lily Grasso


Katharina Rose Stalzer


Tina Wei


Phong Le


Michael Rookard


Justin Bechtold


Christian Stewart


Louis Ayson McKeown


Jeanna Dewberry

Patrick "Vanion" Michalczak Passes Away
Patrick Michalczak ran the German WoW fansite Vanion.EU and passed away on January 2. It was always a pleasure to work with him and he will be missed.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Sadly I have to tell you that Patrick "Vanion" Michalczak passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. With this article I once again direct my heartfelt condolences to his family. I am sure that, as members of this community, you guys are as shocked as I am and every other person that has been in contact with Patrick. A lot of questions have followed after the shock. I ask that you give the family time to mourn and stray away from any sort of speculation. Vanion was a well known person and it would be sad if rumors and false news were spread.

Patrick was not only a loved member of the German WoW Community, but also a loved brother, son and friend. I personally can't and won't share further details about this tragic event. Privacy has clear priority in such a matter and I only wrote this article because there was already speculation in the German community and I did not want it to spread further. Please be considerate of the mourning family members and friends. We will talk about the topic in more detail when the time is right.

The work on Vanion.eu will continue just like it has been the past few days. It is also too early to talk about the future of this site, but you will hear from us in the coming weeks. I wish the best for all community members that have to stomach this sudden announcement and suggest lighting a small candle, even just a tea light, in honor of Patrick "Vanion" Michaelczak today. That would be a lovely gesture.



Dark Legacy Comics #615
DLC #615 has been released.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 7.3.5 - Allied Race Unlock Requirements, Art Contest Winners, Vanion, DLC #615 started by chaud View original post
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  1. La's Avatar
    Rep requirements from a previous expansion to create a new race in a new expansion is just plain stupid.

    Not surprised. Imagine if they created their own unique, long and interesting questline instead. Wow. Wouldn't that be something instead of being l a z y.
  1. Yzak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bluspacecow View Post
    I don't recall Blizzard stating as such.

    What I do know is 7.3.5's UI has code in there that checks if

    (a) You have the achievement needed
    (b) That hasExpansion is true - this variable could either be if your expansion level is BfA or if you've pre purchased (the code isn't clear on that)

    Before it allows you to create an Allied Race.

    The code's probably going to be dormant in 7.3.5 but further discussion on if Allied Races are coming to 7.3.5 is moot - Blizzard isn't going to drop 7.3.5 then at the same time release the expansion LOL

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    Groundwork bud.

    Both in technological behind the scenes patching work as well as plotting and story details.

    It's possible we'll see Allied Race NPCs coming in to build the story elements and establish a plot arc.

    But actually create Allied Race Characters.

    LOL Nope.
    If that's true then it would be looking for BfA, what sense would there be if it were looking for Legion even though you need Legion to have reached the Achieves and rep. Unless it was added as a red herring, to surprise us that they are coming this patch, but that seems unlikely.

    Quote Originally Posted by La View Post
    Rep requirements from a previous expansion to create a new race in a new expansion is just plain stupid.

    Not surprised. Imagine if they created their own unique, long and interesting questline instead. Wow. Wouldn't that be something instead of being l a z y.
    Imagine if players had to work for their rewards, that in some cases even acts as the introduction to these new races. Wow. Wouldn't that be something instead of players being l a z y.
  1. ChrisLF's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bluspacecow View Post
    I don't recall Blizzard stating as such.

    What I do know is 7.3.5's UI has code in there that checks if

    (a) You have the achievement needed
    (b) That hasExpansion is true - this variable could either be if your expansion level is BfA or if you've pre purchased (the code isn't clear on that)

    Before it allows you to create an Allied Race.

    The code's probably going to be dormant in 7.3.5 but further discussion on if Allied Races are coming to 7.3.5 is moot - Blizzard isn't going to drop 7.3.5 then at the same time release the expansion LOL

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    Groundwork bud.

    Both in technological behind the scenes patching work as well as plotting and story details.

    It's possible we'll see Allied Race NPCs coming in to build the story elements and establish a plot arc.

    But actually create Allied Race Characters.

    LOL Nope.
    Not sure you've convinced me on that last part. Redone leveling experience for low levels in old content is coming with the next patch. Why on earth would they release the first 4ish new allied races at the start of BfA, when people are least inclined to level new characters, instead of the patch that's revamping the leveling process?
  1. Shambulanced's Avatar
    Not to be toxic, but some of this art isn't very good, perspective-wise...inconsistent proportions, etc.

    Kinda surprised at some of the runner-ups.

    The winner is phenomenal, though.
  1. Tupolew519's Avatar
    RIP Vanion. :'(
  1. kraid's Avatar
    Oh my god, thank odin is acount bound!
  1. KefoAtleta's Avatar
    What program you need for that kind of animation that the grand prize winner needed for his 1st spot animation?
  1. Fayenoor's Avatar
    Is the achievement/rep requirement for allied race unlock faction bound? As in do I need a toon of each faction with the achievement and rep to unlock the corresponding factions?
  1. Leyre's Avatar
    So if new players want to try some of the new allied races they can eat shit, sigh, sometimes it looks blizzard hates money
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KefoAtleta View Post
    What program you need for that kind of animation that the grand prize winner needed for his 1st spot animation?
    Assuming they used the same method for this as the HS trailers and their motion stories (Lords of War, etc.), they actually cut out elements of the illustration and import them into the usual software they use for their fully CG cinematics. They just layer and manipulate those 2D elements in a 3D space instead of making fully 3D models -- they basically turn them into a sort of matte painting diorama, in other words.

    I think they did a behind the scenes video, but I can't recall if it was on the official YouTube or one of the CE DVDs.
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fayenoor View Post
    Is the achievement/rep requirement for allied race unlock faction bound? As in do I need a toon of each faction with the achievement and rep to unlock the corresponding factions?
    It says Account Wide and not faction specific.
  1. Ophenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by La View Post
    Rep requirements from a previous expansion to create a new race in a new expansion is just plain stupid.

    Not surprised. Imagine if they created their own unique, long and interesting questline instead. Wow. Wouldn't that be something instead of being l a z y.
    I don't get it either.

    It was so easy to just phase a few areas with a small questline up to level 20. Those areas exist !
    Nightborne could've started in Suramar city. Questline would've been them living under Legion's hand, then witnessing the Horde/Alliance rushing the Legion in Suramar City, then joining the rebellion etc (and the Horde at level 20).
    Same for Taurens with Highmountain, Void elves in Mac'Aree, Lightforged Draenei wherever in Argus

    That looks cheap.
  1. Tarx's Avatar
    I don't want to farm reputation for play the new allied races . That is so stupid .

    Btw the fan art winner is awesome .
  1. javierdsv's Avatar
    I am betting there will be a way to earn any of those reps in BfA, don't know how but it wouldn't make any sense to have rep gates from previous expansions.
    Or those will be the requirements to play them before BfA, and when the expansion launches no requirements will be needed.
  1. Habix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarx View Post
    I don't want to farm reputation for play the new allied races
    Then.... Don't?
  1. Sevona's Avatar
    RIP Vanion
  1. monopoly man's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bluspacecow View Post
    Groundwork bud.

    Both in technological behind the scenes patching work as well as plotting and story details.

    It's possible we'll see Allied Race NPCs coming in to build the story elements and establish a plot arc.

    But actually create Allied Race Characters.

    LOL Nope.
    When have Blizz ever done expansion groundwork before the actual expansion prepatch? I know it might be different this time, but the chances seem pretty low to me. Why change it? You don't need to add allied races to conclude the story in Legion
  1. Tommi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarx View Post
    I don't want to farm reputation for play the new allied races . That is so stupid .
    If you'd been playing the game even casual as fuck, you'd have them all at exalted.
  1. keymil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Leyre View Post
    So if new players want to try some of the new allied races they can eat shit, sigh, sometimes it looks blizzard hates money
    If you think that a new player would buy wow, see that they cant create an allied race then instantly unsub, you are delusional.
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    *lights a candle* RIP Vanion. Shame that it's usually drug related if no speculation is wanted.

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