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. javierdsv's Avatar
    I wonder who at Blizzard thought fat humans were a good idea.
  1. Psygon's Avatar
    Classic WoW will live or die by the character models.

    If we have variation in faces like before or the same damn Poser model with scars as we have now.

    Old character models or it’s not classic. period.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tangers58 View Post
    You see a lot of fat people that are highly trained warriors that have been fighting for at least a decade while constantly running?
    they are fighting monsters and lifting heavy cargo giving them muscles. Then ontop of that fat from lots, and lots of beer and fat to keep them full of energy

    Looka these weight lifters bellies
  1. Archmage Khadgar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by korijenkins View Post
    So are the faces really just all the exact same with differences in scarring here and there?

    Incredibly lazy. It's just like the Pandaren faces who have no variants at all and just different coloring patterns.
    I agree. Different face options should mean different faces, not slightly different wrinkles or scars. Every single character model in this game suffers from same-face syndrome. Make each option noticeably different, and then add different options like scars or wrinkles, or moles.

    And for christ's sake separate the "face" and "eye color" options, it's been 15 years.
  1. Sigxy the Lemming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Archmage Khadgar View Post
    I agree. Different face options should mean different faces, not slightly different wrinkles or scars. Every single character model in this game suffers from same-face syndrome. Make each option noticeably different, and then add different options like scars or wrinkles, or moles.

    And for christ's sake separate the "face" and "eye color" options, it's been 15 years.
    They only just invented Blood Elves having 3 faces that are the exact same of the old ones, but with golden eyes. I think we'll need another 15 years I'm afraid, dadgar...
  1. Archmage Khadgar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sigxy the Lemming View Post
    They only just invented Blood Elves having 3 faces that are the exact same of the old ones, but with golden eyes. I think we'll need another 15 years I'm afraid, dadgar...
    My disappointment when I found that out was immense. "Oh cool, I finally get to pick a different eye color! .... wait, I have to pick one of these 3 faces to use it? Really?"
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Looks like a fair bit of the layoffs are the now defunct Destiny support staff.
  1. Chapel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by javierdsv View Post
    I wonder who at Blizzard thought fat humans were a good idea.
    The same someones who made almost every other race look better or more intimidating than the humans in this game... Hell, generic humans went from decent to frumpy in the model overhaul patches back in the day...
  1. Alkizon's Avatar
    *looking on new Kul Tiran human male face options with thoughtful detachment* oh, I remembered, that's Ursula face
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    what the fuck does that have to do with this? also the older faces were literally horrible, the new ones are in every way superior.
    the old ones you could stab someone with your eyebrow.
    We already talked about this, don't even start something you can't finish
  1. ejpaints's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    they are fighting monsters and lifting heavy cargo giving them muscles. Then ontop of that fat from lots, and lots of beer and fat to keep them full of energy

    Looka these weight lifters bellies
    My brother had the same thing when he was lifting. It wasn't fat, he over developed his diaphragm from not breathing properly. But, it made him look like he had a beer gut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by javierdsv View Post
    I wonder who at Blizzard thought fat humans were a good idea.
    I wonder when people like you became so ego driven that it matters.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ejpaints View Post
    My brother had the same thing when he was lifting. It wasn't fat, he over developed his diaphragm from not breathing properly. But, it made him look like he had a beer gut.

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    I wonder when people like you became so ego driven that it matters.
    oh good to know, but i think it gets the point across more on the rest of the body, that weight lifters dont look like body builders...
    and a weight lifter, would for sure get a beer belly if they sat on their ship drinking all day when not working.

    but thats good to know, i didnt know thats how that worked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by javierdsv View Post
    I wonder who at Blizzard thought fat humans were a good idea.
    The same people who chose to play fat pandas or fat midget humans...
    hmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psygon View Post
    Classic WoW will live or die by the character models.

    If we have variation in faces like before or the same damn Poser model with scars as we have now.

    Old character models or it’s not classic. period.
    what the fuck does that have to do with this? also the older faces were literally horrible, the new ones are in every way superior.
    the old ones you could stab someone with your eyebrow.
  1. rogueMatthias's Avatar
    I don't mind the "fat" men. The look like heavy weightlifters so the bulk looks good.

    All the exact same faces are pathetically lazy. It's bad enough on other races, but the KT male face is so distinct that it's really obvious it's the same for everything.

    Still not a fan of the female KT model AT ALL. It's the most boring and dull model in game, with no personality at all. I know she's mean to look like a badass with the face scar, but it just looks like a frumpy dinnery lady got too close to the frier.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alkizon View Post
    *looking on new Kul Tiran human male face options with thoughtful detachment* oh, I remembered, that's Ursula face
    We already talked about this, don't even start something you can't finish
    just because the crrent ones are not exact copy updates of the old one does not make them suddenly worse.
  1. Alkizon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    just because the crrent ones are not exact copy updates of the old one does not make them suddenly worse.
    Well, I can agree with this wording, but this is still at least unfair. Although I don't support wording used by that mr for the same reason as yours, you simply shouldn't be like this.
  1. Lazuli's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Felrush View Post
    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.
    Lol WoW has worse customize options than 1999 MMOs
  1. Alias Node's Avatar

    Anyone else seeing Shrek?
  1. NuLogic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alias Node View Post
    https://i.imgur.com/vtqWEO1.jpg
    Anyone else seeing Shrek?
    Damn beat me to it!
  1. 8bithamster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tangers58 View Post
    You see a lot of fat people that are highly trained warriors that have been fighting for at least a decade while constantly running?
    he says with anorexic blood elves wielding swords twice their size, and undead with brittle bones doing the same.. erm? are you sure?

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