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by Published on 2017-11-10 06:28 AM

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Shadow the Fox Plush Now Available for Purchase
You can now purchase a Shadow the Fox plush to support disaster relief!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
New Plush: Adopt Shadow and Help Support Disaster Relief Efforts
Shadow is already with you in Azeroth, but now you can cuddle up to the real thing! Introducing the latest magical World of Warcraft creature up for adoption in the Blizzard Gear Store: a plush version of Shadow the artful fox, based on the void-touched in-game pet. The Shadow plush features a light-up rune and poseable ears, and comes in a collector’s box to keep Shadow safe.

Thanks to you, Blizzard is helping people affected by disasters big and small in the U.S. and around the world. Between November 9, 2017 and December 31, 2017, sales of the plush will help support the American Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies—visit Shadow’s page on the Blizzard Gear Store for more information.

Summon Shadow into your realm today!

The American Red Cross and IFRC names are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion, or political position. For more information about the American Red Cross and the IFRC, please visit redcross.org or ifrc.org.

Collegiate Dungeon Race Playoffs
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Watch the Collegiate Dungeon Race Playoffs!
Watch World of Warcraft Mythic Keystone dungeon race teams compete for a share of $20,000 in scholarship prize money. All matches will be live on Twitch from Thursday 9th through Sunday 12th of November between 5:00—9:00pm PST.

Back in September, Tespa announced The Great Collegiate Dungeon Race, and we’ve already hit the double elimination part of the tournament! As things stand, 16 teams remain—8 teams in the upper bracket (no losses) and 8 in the lower (one loss, and if they lose again will be knocked out)—getting whittled down to 4 teams as we head towards the final.

What’s the Deal?
  • 16 teams remain, with 4 winning teams heading to the single elimination championship bracket
  • Keystones start at 14, bumping up as the tournament progresses
  • The tournament will be broadcast live over all four days
  • Prize pool
    • First place: $2,000 per player
    • Second place: $1,000 per player
    • Third & fourth place: $500 per player

Upper Bracket


Lower Bracket



Where and When?
  • All matches will be streamed live on our World of Warcraft Twitch channel
  • Thursday 9, November 5:00—9:00pm PST
  • Friday 10, November 5:00—9:00pm PST
  • Saturday 11, November 5:00—9:00pm PST
  • Sunday 12, November 5:00—9:00pm PST

What is a Mythic Keystone Dungeon Race?
Group dungeons and the teamwork they involve are centerpieces of World of Warcraft. And with the Mythic Keystone system introduced in Legion™, players are encouraged to gather up four of their friends and take on even greater challenges! With each increasing level of Mythic difficulty, the health and damage of enemies increases, and at certain levels new modifiers are introduced that will require players to adapt, evolve, and work together to succeed.

We’re looking forward to seeing another great round of World of Warcraft competition, and can’t wait to see students from across North America banding together against the Legion!

Developer Interviews
We're continuing to take a look at new information from the BlizzCon developer interviews.

Lost Codex Tweets Zandalari Druid Confirmation
The Lost Codex tweeted a portion of their interview.

  • Zandalari Trolls have druids as a class option. Their travel form is a raptor.

The Starting Zone Podcast Interviews Chris Robinson and Jeremy Feasel
The Starting Zone Podcast scored an interview with Chris Robinson and Jeremy Feasel.

  • The team thinks Warfronts will take a little more time than islands to complete.
  • Islands are a major evolution of the Pandaria scenarios with higher difficulty spikes.
  • A seafaring vendor will show up on your docks every day that sells Island consumables & power-ups that fill in some holes for your spec.
    • An arms warrior could purchase consumables to become more of a tank for the island run.
    • A mage could purchase consumables to be sort of a healing mage for the island run.
  • Highmountain Tauren druid forms have moose antlers.
  • Death magic and witchcraft are a big part of the Kul Tiras storyline.
  • The team wanted to explore a flourishing troll civilization.
  • Unique mounts, pets and other items will be rewarded from Islands.
  • The team doesn’t want Azerite to feel extremely grindy.
  • Losing in Island content still rewards a payout, but slightly smaller than winning.
  • There is no set amount of different Island variations at launch, but it’s a lot!
  • The new AI for Islands/Warfronts behaves nothing like current WoW AI.
  • Spellbreakers and Phoenix Mages (caster/healer hybrid) are two specs you could see with Blood Elf Island AI opponents.
  • Island AI can even resurrect team members that you take down.
  • Islands have a 30 sec auto-resurrect spot similar to Battlegrounds for when you die.

PC Gamer Interviews Ion and Alex
PC Gamer sat down with the WoW devs.

  • Warfronts could have some things in the maps to reflect the winning side.
  • The team is willing to permanently change the old world where it makes sense.
  • The Burning of Teldrassil and the Siege of the Uncercity will be intro events.
  • There might be PVP quests that have you hunt high value targets for rewards on the PVP enabled shards.
  • The team can shard players in PVP shards with others of the same level range to avoid players getting one-shot.
  • Leveling the Heart of Azeroth will be relevant the entire expansion.
  • Internal testing of Islands and the new AI has been a lot of fun.

PC Gamer Covers WoW Classic Announcement
PC Gamer also sat down with J. Allen Brack to discuss Classic servers.

  • Classic became possible because the team discovered a way for it to run on modern infrastructure.
  • Classic servers will not have the features added to current WoW such as Dungeon Finder.

Eurogamer Talks to the J. Allen Brack
Eurogamer sat down with Brack to talk about Classic servers.

  • The team ran old school Scholomance with the Nostalrius build.
  • They have some infrastructure stuff in place and a build up and running for reference.
  • The main part of the job is the infrastructure before tackling the design questions.
  • No development will be taken away from Battle for Azeroth for Classic. A new team is being hired for this project.
  • Brack can’t say whether it will be months or years for the release.
  • Some players will return just for a nostalgia trip.
  • The team wants to provide a constant social connection and community.
  • These servers have full commitment now and will not be ditched if they are not popular.
  • Blizzard has maintained contact with Nostralius and are considering involving some of their team in the process.

Digital Trends Discusses Classic Servers with Brack and Feasel
Digital Trends also got to interview J. Allen Brack and Jeremy Feasel on the Classic announcement.

  • Blizzard wants the launch experience of Classic to be smooth and successful.
  • The experience will be as identical to Vanilla WoW as possible, but they are not sure at which point in the patch life cycle of the original game it will take place.
  • The team wants to create a Blizzard-quality experience of the original game.

GameSpot Speaks with John Height about Classic Servers
John Height answered some questions for GameSpot about the classic servers.

  • Team members who worked on the original game have been consulted, but resources are not being taken from the current game.


This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

New Companions
The models for two new companion pets were found on the PTR. Lil’ Ragnaros, and the Moonkin Hatchling were the new additions to the game. These pets are available for purchase through the Blizzard Pet Store, and remain available even today. The Moonkin Hatchling was the new charitable pet, with sales helping a good cause for a limited time.


Sandstone Drake
In 2010, during a preview of professions in Cataclysm the Vial of the Sands was discovered. This was the newest profession mount available for crafting in game. Unlike the tailoring or engineering mounts, this could be traded and used by anyone. Its most notable feature was the spot for a passenger while transformed.


The Darkmoon Faire
Patch 4.3 introduced some new content in the game, which is still active, and expanding in today’s patches. The Darkmoon Faire hit the PTR with a variety of activities, and numerous collectable items such as mounts, pets, transmog, heirlooms, and cosmetic items. The faire provided multiple profession specific quests, as well as chances for PvP, and carnival games.


Recruit-a-Friend Updated
The Recruit-a-Friend program got updated in 2013, adding the Emerald Hippogryph, amongst other mounts such as the Heart of the Nightwing, X-53 Touring Rocket, and Swift Zhevra to the game. For pet lovers, the Golden Pig, Silver Pig, Jade Tiger, and Zipao Tiger are also rewards for recruiting new players to the game. This new program also allowed players to earn triple experience, as long as the characters leveled together.


Overwatch - The New Blizzard Game
At the 2014 BlizzCon, the new project was officially announced. Overwatch was introduced with a stunning cinematic trailer, in the Blizzard tradition, as well as a gameplay trailer. A variety of heroes, maps, and abilities were showcased in this new team based shooter. Some of the early concept art and development of the game was also showcased during the Overwatch - Origins panel.


BlizzCon Legion Preview
After the announcement of Legion at the 2015 Gamescom, a lot of information regarding the new expansion was discussed throughout various panels. Systems such as Artifact Power, Artifact Weapons, Challenge Modes, new raids, Relics, and of course the preview of the new hero class, the Demon Hunters.

by Published on 2017-11-08 07:01 PM

Antorus: The Burning Throne Raid Release Schedule
The Antorus raid schedule has been released! You can visit our encounter journal and view the tier 21 armor sets for more information on what to expect in the raid.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Antorus Raid Release Schedule
It’s been an epic few days for World of Warcraft, including the announcement of the Battle for Azeroth expansion at BlizzCon, but there’s one more announcement we didn’t get to: when you’ll be able to enter Antorus, the Burning Throne.

We’ve now finalized the upcoming raid’s release schedule and are pleased to share it with you today!

Antorus, the Burning Throne Release Schedule:
  • November 28: Normal and Heroic difficulties
  • December 5: Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder wing 1
  • December 19: Raid Finder wing 2
  • January 2: Raid Finder wing 3
  • January 16: Raid Finder wing 4

Additionally, Legion PvP Season 5 will end and Season 6 will begin the same day that Antorus opens on Normal and Heroic difficulty (November 28).

Good luck!
by Published on 2017-11-08 07:22 AM

Double Treasure Goblin Is Event Live!

Upcoming Visual Change to Legendary Cards

Patch 7.3.5 - New Features
While Patch 7.3.5 has yet to hit the PTR, we did find out some of the features it includes.

  • Old World Zone Scaling
    • Racial Starting Zones - 1 to 10
    • Classic Zones - 10 to 60
    • Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King Zones - 60 to 80
    • Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria Zones - 80 to 90
    • Warlords of Draenor Zones - 90 to 100
    • Legion Zones - 100 to 110
  • Ulduar Timewalking Raid
  • New Seething Shore Battleground
    • Horde and Alliance will face off in Silithus for the Azerite bubbling to the surface.
    • Fight for dynamically shifting points across the map.


Stormwind and Orgrimmar Updates in Battle for Azeroth
Ian Bates (Red Shirt Guy) has released a blog post on Blizzplanet detailing some interesting info from the BfA BlizzCon demo.

  • Each city will now have an embassy linked to the recruitment of Allied Races.
  • The Orgrimmar embassy resides in what was the Goblin Slums.
  • The Stormwind embassy is behind the Dwarven District.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner, Varok Saurfang, Baine Bloodhoof, Lady Liadrin, Rokhan, Lor’themar Theron, Trade Prince Gallywix, Ji Firepaw, Eitrigg, and Nathanos Blightcaller reside in the Orgrimmar Embassy.
  • Saurfang, Baine and Nathanos each have a brand new model.
  • The Stormwind Embassy contains Anduin Wrynn, Turalyon, Alleria Windrunner, Tyrande Whisperwind, Velen, Genn Greymane, High Tinker Mekkatorque, Muradin Bronzebeard, Aysa Cloudsinger, and Wrathion.
  • Wrathion isn't standing next to the others.
  • When visiting these locations, the faction leaders in both places discuss finding allies for the war and eventually ask you to pick a race to go after.
  • Currently Horde could only choose between Highmountain Tauren and the Nightborne.
  • Alliance could select Void Elves or Lightforged Draenei.


Developer Interviews
We're continuing to take a look at new information from the BlizzCon developer interviews.

PCGamesN Interview with Ion Hazzikostas
PCGamesN was able to sit down with Ion Hazzikostas.

  • The hard modes will be preserved for Ulduar timewalking in 7.3.5.
  • Vanilla content scales to 60.
  • Potential to add the old world zones as a Timewalking event.

Jessie Cox Interview
Jessie Cox sat down on the show floor with Ion Hazzikostas.


  • Vol’jin’s physical manifestation is dead, but we likely haven’t seen the last of his spirit.
  • Thrall may have Vol’jin’s urn.
  • Minute one of the new expansion takes place right after the cinematic.
  • Allied races fit with the theme of this expansion.
  • Warfronts are “raid vs army” instead of “raid vs giant boss.”
  • Heavily built up faction hubs in BfA
  • High Elves are pretty much Blood Elves and so it’s unlikely they will be a playable race.
  • No third faction is planned
  • Uldir is a traditional troll raid with slight Old God/Titan themes.
  • No plans for account bound item stash right now but it’s a good idea, especially for crafting materials.
  • Gear slots affected by the Heart of Azeroth (head, shoulder, chest) will not Warforge/Titanforge.
  • The patch cycle will be similar to Legion.
  • A separate team is doing World of Warcraft: Classic.
  • World of Wacraft: Classic will take a lot of community feedback.
  • Pacing and requirements to unlocking flying are subject to tweaks.
  • Kezan is not currently planned to be more than a dungeon.
  • There are no current plans for Gnome Paladins.

Rolling Stone Interview
Rolling Stones talked to the WoW Devs.

  • The team likes the story to flow from one expansion to the next instead of in previous ones where a completely different story popped up between each of them.
  • The team wants to give something to every playstyle in every expansion.
  • BfA is more about the story and improving systems rather than making major gameplay changes.

Polygon Interview with WoW Devs
Polygon sat down with the WoW Devs.

  • Void elves will have a short-range teleport as a racial.
  • The team is thinking about bringing the faction conflict into dungeons and raids.
  • BfA is also about the world dying beneath our feet.
  • Progression of the Heart of Azeroth is not spec specific like the artifact weapons.

DigitalTrends Interview with Muffinus
Digtaltrends interviewed Jeremy Feasel. (AKA Muffinus)

  • Warfronts let you contribute to victory in any way you want. You can focus on combat while someone else can go chop wood or mine ore.
  • Existing characters are now front and center to the story.

Blizzplanet Interview
Blizzplanet sat down with Muffinus as well.


  • You will have to finish Legion to figure out Illidan’s future.
  • Bwonsamdi (the Loa of death) plays a major role in Zandalar.
  • Blood Trolls are under the servitude of a powerful new creature that you will meet in the very first raid of this expansion.
  • Uldir only has one of its three seals remaining on it. During the course of the expansion, you are going to find out what happens to that last seal.
  • Drust people were a society wiped out in Drustvar that now exists as spirits trying to work their way back into the world.
  • Another random event in Warfronts could be major figures such as Jaina showing up and rallying the raid to help her fight to take over a point.

Vanion Interview with Muffinus
Vanion also interviewed Muffinus.

  • The ending cinematic to Antorus is epic and will answer a lot of lingering questions while raising new ones.

GameSpot Interviews John Height
GameSpot interviews John Height.

  • The burning of Teldrassil is the event that causes the Alliance to lay siege to the Undercity.
  • Anduin’s moment in the cinematic is him realizing what he is really about, healing over fighting.
  • BfA is a more personal story instead of a “big bad” one.
  • There will still be zones that are 1-20 to get new players acclimated.

Hotted & Asmongold Interview
Hotted and Asmongold also did an interview.


  • No plans for more solo challenge content like the mage tower in BfA but it’s definitely a possibility.
  • New World PVP systems should even out Horde and Alliance on PVP shards.
  • Small revamps to existing PVP talents to keep rotations similar between PVE and PVP.
  • Team is talking about adding Mythic + to old world dungeons, but not yet planned for BfA.
  • No current plans for Mythic + raids.
  • 4 difficulty options for raids will continue in BfA.
  • No change to mythic raid size.
  • Not looking to add a ton of new abilities to classes, but this could change.


Jeff Kaplan Weighs in on World of Warcraft: Classic
Jeff Kaplan was asked about classic WoW servers by r/overwatch. Here is a quick recap:

  • Thinks it's a great idea.
  • It's the sense of community that made classic WoW great.
  • Lack of systems such as server transfer led to building a reputation, good or bad, on your server.
  • It was not the quests he designed that made the game great.
  • Game design isn't black and white. Players need to also look at what they are giving up when asking for things.


BlizzCon 2017 Contest Winners
BlizzCon 2017 had many amazing and talented contestants among their many contests. Here are the winners from each of the categories.

Costume
  • First Place - Laura Mercer as Hogger
  • Second Place - Hyperion Armory as Jim Raynor
  • Third Place - Mike Casteel as the Prophet Velen
  • Fourth Place - Sparkz as Mystic Kingdoms Arthas


Talent
  • First Place - Jay the Tavern Bard
  • Second Place - Have No Fear
  • Third Place - Squirloc
  • Fourth Place - Bah Ram You


Art
  • First Place - “The Light of Elune” by Sheng Yi Sun aka GASONE
  • Second Place - “Illidan Stormrage” by Wang Qichao aka Gothic Q
  • Third Place - “Valkyrie” by Joao Maria Fraga de Almeida Freire



Movie
  • First Place - “Winston” by Lisa Aschieris
  • Second Place - “Daydreamer” by Andrew McCord
  • Third Place - “Real Play” by Roman Alymov





by Published on 2017-11-07 03:34 PM

Double Treasure Goblin Is Event Live!

Hearthstone Patch 9.4 - Marin the Fox, Kobolds Pre-Order, New Brawl Cards

Greater Invasion Boss - Inquisitor Meto
Inquisitor Meto is up this week, rewarding item level 930 gear.



World Boss - Ana-Mouz
Ana-Mouz is up as this week's Broken Isles world boss.



Weekly Event - Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking
Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking is back this week.




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