Patch 8.1.5 PTR - New Kul Tiran Human Male Face Options
The newest build of the Patch 8.1.5 PTR saw some additions and changes to the Kul Tiran Allied Race models. Males received several new face options while females got a new running and sit animation. Both genders now have helmet rigs as well.



World Second Jaina - What Happened?
Limit has posted some information on what happened during Jaina progression.



Arena World Championship Spring Season: A Viewer’s Guide
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Welcome to Season 1 of the 2019 Arena World Championship (AWC). As the Battle of Dazar’alor reaches fever pitch, the most battle-hardened PvP-ers of the Horde and Alliance are preparing to showcase their skills, kicking off this Friday, February 8. Here’s what you need to know!

Enter the Arena

The AWC is a seasonal tournament taking place across five regions globally. For North America and Europe, each season features six Cups per region, which are played weekly. Each Cup will have points on offer, which will be used to determine who will participate in the end-of-season, cross-region LAN finals of both seasons. For more information about competitive Arena globally, check out our 2019 WoW esports overview, and for more information about AWC in North America an Europe, see the official ruleset.


Schedule

Beginning February 8 through March 24, we will be broadcasting every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with a one-week break the weekend of March 15-17. Each broadcast day will begin at 10 a.m. PT/7 p.m. CET, live on Twitch.

  • Fridays: European Top 8
  • Saturdays: North American Top 8
  • Sundays: European Top 4/North American Top 4

Check out our schedule page for a full list of broadcast days and times. The broadcast will be available in English.

Casters


SID "SUPATEASE" COMPSTON
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Sid "Supatease" Compston studied music performance in college, and he draws parallels between his love for music and his love for World of Warcraft. “Playing in a band is a lot like playing in an Arena team, dungeon team, or raid team—coordinating a diverse set of classes to conquer great foes,” he said. Inspired by casting greats like Isaac "Azael" Cummings-Bentley, Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski and Sean “Day9” Plott, Supatease began casting community events in 2014 before graduating to professional live events the following year. When he’s not casting AWC, you can find him on his personal channels, where he focuses on entertainment and education for all skill levels, dispersed with random flute interludes.



RICH CAMPBELL
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An avid WoW player since Classic, Rich Campbell used to pass the time drawing pictures of his Druid in Latin class. “I wanted to be a Moonkin and ride on a tiger,” he said, “but my first level-capped toon was my Warlock. It’s always been my main, although I’m an alt-aholic.” After going to college for game design, his start in casting came as a surprise opportunity while working at MLG as a cameraman. “Chris Puckett was getting married, he needed a fill-in to cast and that was how I got started,” Rich said. “When WoW came to MLG, I lost my mind.” Rich is inspired by his parents, whose work ethic he tries to emulate in his everyday life. “I try to always work as hard as them even though I have a job a lot of people want. I try to always get better, because there are so many deserving people out there who don’t get chances,” he said. “I had to fight for all my chances, too, and I remember that every day.”


ELLIOTT “VENRUKI” VENCZEL
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Elliott "Venruki" Venczel began his life in the WoW esports space as a professional Arena player, maining a Mage. The highlights of his career include playing at BlizzCon 2010 and winning the 2012 Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai. Today, he is a caster for the AWC, but you will often find him streaming World of Warcraft Arena for Method on his Twitch channel. His advice for people looking to get into Arena is to read your abilities, set up your key binds, watch streams, and have fun dueling outside your capital city of choice—he thinks it’s an important and fun way to learn how your class interacts with others.


MOHAMED “ZIQO” BESHIR
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The Swedish Mage with the mellifluous voice, Mohamed "Ziqo" Beshir rounds out the casting talent for the Spring Season of the AWC. He has played World of Warcraft since his early teens and is well-known for his deep knowledge and analysis on the desk. Ziqo is an avid streamer for Method, where you’ll often find him in his downtime. Being a Mage isn’t the only thing Ziqo has in common with Venruki: they also are both dedicated vegans. Ziqo loves his vegan burgers and encouraging good-natured vegan copy-pastas in his stream chat, so be sure to give him a visit.


This group will be your storytellers for the first 2019 season of the Arena World Championship. Set aside some time to kick back, relax, lay out your IRL mage tables, and join us for the next chapter of WoW PvP esports. We can’t wait to see you there!
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Comments 98 Comments
  1. OneWay's Avatar
    I like the spirit of Limit.
  1. Nuggsy's Avatar
    The male KT's and female KT's don't even look like they belong together. The male characters have depth and feeling in their faces, females look plastic as though their idea was 'thicc barbie.' Saw some pretty badass fan edits of the KT females from https://www.mmo-champion.com/threads...an-Female-Edit this guy. Idk if it's time restraints or what but it's sad that someone who doesn't even get paid for his work did WAY better.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggsy View Post
    The male KT's and female KT's don't even look like they belong together. The male characters have depth and feeling in their faces, females look plastic as though their idea was 'thicc barbie.' Saw some pretty badass fan edits of the KT females from https://www.mmo-champion.com/threads...an-Female-Edit this guy. Idk if it's time restraints or what but it's sad that someone who doesn't even get paid for his work did WAY better.

    I dont remember the last time barbie looked like this...

    Or this

    Or this
  1. Big Mama's Avatar
    I am sorry to say this but these new face options look like fat drag queens before doing their full makeup and putting their wigs on. Sad.
  1. Felrush's Avatar
    Apparently people at Blizzard still think that when a few creases and lines are different it's an entire new face..

    They probably wouldn't be able to identify Bruce Wayne when he'd have his mask on.
  1. Nuggsy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mama View Post
    I am sorry to say this but these new face options look like fat drag queens before doing their full makeup and putting their wigs on. Sad.
    Apparently 'Allied Race' means 'we get more but the quality is gonna be shit in many cases.'
  1. Sencha's Avatar
    Do players really want to play fat people? Or are KT going to be even less played than gnomes or pandaren?
  1. Gray_Matter's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post

    I dont remember the last time barbie looked like this...
    Toy Soldiers movie

  1. Big Mama's Avatar


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggsy View Post
    Apparently 'Allied Race' means 'we get more but the quality is gonna be shit in many cases.'
    I personally think the males were just fine and only needed a few more face options. But these are just bad.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gray_Matter View Post
    Toy Soldiers movie

    oh dear god i forgot about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mama View Post
    I am sorry to say this but these new face options look like fat drag queens before doing their full makeup and putting their wigs on. Sad.
    "Fat woman looks like fat woman"
    what..?
  1. AngryTenko's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggsy View Post
    The male KT's and female KT's don't even look like they belong together. The male characters have depth and feeling in their faces, females look plastic as though their idea was 'thicc barbie.' Saw some pretty badass fan edits of the KT females from https://www.mmo-champion.com/threads...an-Female-Edit this guy. Idk if it's time restraints or what but it's sad that someone who doesn't even get paid for his work did WAY better.
    Blizzard's art team has always been afraid of women not looking feminine enough, specially when it comes to bone structure and facial features.
  1. Nuggsy's Avatar
    People who use the one ugly scar face as proof that the KT females don't look like ('thicc') barbies are kidding themselves. Even on the 'wounded' face they seem lifeless and uninspired. Fans have done objectively better jobs designing them.
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    Lool Zandalari Trolls gonna dominate 8.1.5. Rolling both my Ret and Druid to Zandalari.

    I was gonig to go KT druid at one point cause I liked the cat/bear forms but Zandalari has killed it in flight/travel forms and the racials make KT laughable.
  1. Big Mama's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    "Fat woman looks like fat woman"
    what..?
    By drag queens I meant these:
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mama View Post
    By drag queens I meant these:
    so "fat men look like fat men" ooook...?
  1. det's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OneWay View Post
    I like the spirit of Limit.
    I thought it was a good read. I hope people can just appreciate the skills of those guilds...the top 2 above all of them, but even the top 20 or top 50 will achieve what pretty much none of us could. (enter the one guy here who isin a top 10 guild)

    Hope people can just acknowledge that and not be snarky about them "losing"
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggsy View Post
    People who use the one ugly scar face as proof that the KT females don't look like ('thicc') barbies are kidding themselves. Even on the 'wounded' face they seem lifeless and uninspired. Fans have done objectively better jobs designing them.
    there is three "ugly scar faces" and you could ping me...
    also you are looking at a stable default face picture, not actual ingame.. .so yeah it will look lifeless. much like this does

    ANY face in wow, in its most default position, in a picture not moving will look lifeless...

    also no, no fan has done an objectivly better job... you seem to be all hot over the vrykul look for the females, that for some reason removes all fat from them to just be MOOSCLES!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by det View Post
    I thought it was a good read. I hope people can just appreciate the skills of those guilds...the top 2 above all of them, but even the top 20 or top 50 will achieve what pretty much none of us could. (enter the one guy here who isin a top 10 guild)

    Hope people can just acknowledge that and not be snarky about them "losing"
    yeah it was a very good read, abit bad at the end "the best of the best in the world can do it in heroic gear, that means its too easy"
    .... what?
  1. Yag's Avatar
    And all this fat drama is why we will never get playable ogres.
  1. Explicit Teemo Nudes's Avatar
    I would take those edited faces any day over the faces we're getting. They look so much better and so much fierce.

    The biggest problem for me though, will be the casting animations. I saw male Kul Tirans will get female pandaren casting animations. That's horrible.
    All the new races are given casting animations where they are flailing their arms all over the place. The original races have so much more better animations. Human, undead, gnomes... that's the casting animations that look good.
  1. Pacster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sencha View Post
    Do players really want to play fat people? Or are KT going to be even less played than gnomes or pandaren?
    It always depends on what you call fat. Bearish lumberjack look for sure...just fat and wobbly will not do it tho. Those male facials really look like a very negative drag and that's not going to be what players want to look like. A char either needs to be goodlooking or at least scary...average just does not work.

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