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by Published on 2017-11-03 04:30 PM

New Potential WoW Trademark Filed in New Zealand
A potential trademark for the title Battle for Azeroth was discovered in New Zealand by users in the speculation thread.

In addition, whenever you type in a random url under the worldofwarcraft.com domain, you will be redirected to the url without any hyphens.
(Example: worldofwarcraft.com/corgisunleashed redirects to worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/corgisunleashed)

However, when typing in worldofwarcraft.com/battleforazeroth, you are redirected to a page in which hyphens are automatically added to the name: worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/battle-for-azeroth.

by Published on 2017-11-03 06:55 AM

Virtual Ticket Giveaway & New Diablo Fans Community Manager

Sylvanas Statue Now On Sale, BlizzCon 2017 Charity Auction has Begun

Blizzcon 2017 - Day 0
BlizzCon is less than a day away and in-game goodies are out! If you haven't already grabbed them, be sure to pick up a Virtual Ticket to see the whole event and get some in-game goodies. If you aren't planning on watching with the Virtual Ticket, we will be providing live updates throughout the day. Blizzcon 2017 Day 1 Schedule





Activision Blizzard Earnings Call
The quarterly Activision Blizzard earnings call was today:

  • Activision Blizzard had 384 million Monthly Active Users in this quarter.
  • Blizzard had the biggest third quarter online player community in its history, with a record 42 million Monthly Active Users.
  • Overwatch and Hearthstone Monthly Active Users grew year-over-year.
  • The Overwatch community rose to over 35 million registered players.
  • The company achieved a new milestone with players spending over 50 minutes per day in Activision Blizzard games.
  • Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion led to double-digit percentage growth in time spent year-over-year for the franchise.
  • World of Warcraft released a new content update in the quarter, leading to stable Monthly Active Users for the franchise quarter-over-quarter and continued participation in value added services.
  • Activision Blizzard delivered a Q3 record of over $1 billion of in-game revenues, with record performance year-to-date.


Christie Golden's Before the Storm Sample Chapter
The first chapter of the upcoming World of Warcraft Novel Before the Storm by Christie Golden was included in the Blizzcon 2017 Goody Bag as a surprise treat. Below you will find photos of the entire prologue. Be aware that this preview includes spoilers!








New Sylvanas Sculpture Available from Blizzard Gear Store
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
New Store Item: Bring the Banshee Queen Home Today!
We’ve added a new World of Warcraft item to the Blizzard Gear Store! Bring the Banshee Queen home today.

New Sculpture: Bring the Banshee Queen Home
Known by many names–Ranger-General, Banshee Queen, Warchief–you can call this new collectable sculpture of Sylvanas Windrunner–yours.
“I've walked the realms of the dead. I have seen the infinite dark. Nothing you say. Or do. Could possibly frighten me."
Standing 18 inches tall and made of polyresin, this hand-painted sculpture of Sylvanas Windrunner will make the perfect addition to your collection.








Supplies of this highly detailed sculpture are limited — so head over to the Blizzard Gear Store to get yours before it’s too late! Each statue is hand painted which may result in slight variances in the final item.

Faithfully crafted by:

  • Brian Fay (Sculpt, Mold & Cast)
  • Alvaro Buendia (Sculpt)
  • Jason Huang (Digital Model)
  • Sandra Shaffer (Paint)
  • Laurel Austin (Art Direction- Paintmaster)
  • Justin Thavirat (Art Direction)
  • Chris Robinson (Art Direction)
  • Jimmy Lo (Art Direction)
  • Blizzard Animation
  • World of Warcraft Development Team

But Wait! There’s More!
We’ve got more of the World of Warcraft items you’re looking for in the Gear Store including:


World of Warcraft Backpack and World of Warcraft Ugly Sweater


World of Warcraft Elekk Plushie and World of Warcraft Raptor Plushie


World of Warcraft Sargeras Shirt–Women's and World of Warcraft Sargeras Shirt–Men's

All this and more are on the Gear Store. Check it out now!

GET THE GEAR!

All orders will be shipped from the United States; not all countries may be eligible to participate, and international shipping rates and other fees may apply. For more information, including how to find out if the Gear Store ships to your region, see the Blizzard Gear Store Shipping article on our support site.

Blizzcon 2017 Charity Auction
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The BlizzCon® 2017 Charity Auction Has Begun!
We’re auctioning off a variety of original pieces from the talented artists at Blizzard including some truly iconic World of Warcraft items.

For over 50 years, CHOC Children’s has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. This BlizzCon, members of the global Blizzard community will have the opportunity to bid on an array of unique Blizzard artwork and collectible memorabilia to benefit CHOC through the online Blizzard 2017 Charity Auction, taking place Thursday, November 2 through Tuesday, November 7. You’ll have the opportunity to add some legendary items World of Warcraft items (and more!) to your collection, and Blizzard will donate the proceeds to benefit CHOC Children’s.


Vol’jin bust: Original polyurethane resin sculpture by artist Ehren Bienert


Chieftain Blackhand Makes War on the Ogre:Framed original pencil sketch by Alex Horley


One Grunt is All It Takes!: Framed original sketch by Sam “Samwise” Didier


Stormrage framed fine art print signed by Laurel Austin


BlizzCon 10th Anniversary Poster and Collectible Pins, Including the original ETC Pin Mold


Bloom of Ashenvale framed original ink and marker drawing by Brittany Drew


Beyond the Dark Portal framed fine art print signed by Peter Lee, matting signed by the World of Warcraft development team


Grommash Hellscream Statue, Preproduction Prototype Polyurethane Casting signed by artists Brian Fay, Laurel Austin, Chris Robinson, and Jon McConnell


Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills framed fine art print signed by Wei Wang

Visit the Auction Site now to see all the available items and place your bid!

To participate in this year’s auction, you’ll need to set up an eBay account. Head to www.ebay.com now to get started. If you already have an account, check that your contact and payment information before bidding.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Did the Convergence of Fates 'rebalance' reduce the PPM or just the trinket base agi/str and CDR values?
Convergence of Fates’ proc rate is unchanged in 7.3.2. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Since levelling up my Champions on Argus the Pet Charm missions seem not existent, intended?
We hotfixed an issue with the mission "Another Rat Problem" about an hour ago. Thank you for the feedback! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2017-11-02 09:51 AM

Virtual Ticket Giveaway & New Diablo Fans Community Manager

Miniature Warfare is This Week's Brawl!

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is back again! There are several wrestling inspired costumes you can purchase for 100 from Chapman. Once in the costume, you can do battle with other costumed players. You can use the costumes even after the holiday is over!


Nightswifty has put together a mini guide detailing all there is to know about the event.


Level Type Slot Name
1Holiday "Blooming Rose" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Night Demon" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Purple Phantom" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Santo's Sun" Contender's Costume
1Holiday "Snowy Owl" Contender's Costume

Name Points
To The Afterlife Defeat a contender while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
5
Vientos! Defeat 20 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
5
Calavera Defeat 50 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
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This Month in WoW - November 2017
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Prepare your appetite for a cornucopia of events this month–BlizzCon 2017, Pilgrim’s Bounty, and World of Warcraft’s 13-year Anniversary are all ahead.

In-Game Events


Day of the Dead - [November 1–3]
During the Day of the Dead, people gather in graveyards to celebrate with and cherish the spirits of those they have lost.


Darkmoon Faire - [November 5–11]
Meet Silas Darkmoon and his troupe, play games that test mind and nerve, and behold exotic sights from the four corners of Azeroth and beyond!


Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking - [November 8–15]
While this event is active, players level 81 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansions. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate to a player’s regular level.


Moonkin Festival - [November 12]
A wonderful celebration of all things Moonkin is happening today in Moonglade. Stop by and see what you can learn!


Battleground Bonus Event - [November 15–22]
While this event is active, random Battlegrounds will award Honor at an increased rate. Glory awaits in the fields of battle!


PvP Brawl: Deep Six - [November 15–22]

Deep Six pits teams of six players against each other in three iconic Battlegrounds: Warsong Gulch, Silvershard Mines, and Temple of Kotmogu. Each Battleground offers a little variation on the traditional format, such as flags that are a bit closer in Warsong Gulch, fewer carts to keep track of in Silvershard Mines, and only two orbs within the Temple of Kotmogu.


WoW’s 13th Anniversary - [November 16–30]
Celebrate 13 years of World of Warcraft! Login to earn WoW’s 13th Anniversary achievement, then check your mail for a special Anniversary Gift Package. We’re bringing back some familiar foes–with some slightly updated abilities–to Azeroth too. Many thanks from the WoW Dev team for enjoying the world of Azeroth and beyond with us!


Pilgrim’s Bounty - [November 20–27]
Pilgrim’s Bounty is a time to reflect upon one’s good fortune and share with all around you.


Legion Dungeon Event - [November 22–29]
While this event is active, the final boss of each Legion dungeon awards an extra item when defeated.


Pet Battle Bonus Event - [November 29–December 6]
While this event is active, your pets will earn experience at triple the usual rate! Get out there and battle!


PvP Brawl: Arathi Blizzard - [November 29–December 6]
Put away your bathing suit, pull out your parka, and enter a winter wonderland as the Arathi Basin you know and love gets a fresh coat of ice and snow.

Promotions, Esports, and Events


BlizzCon 2017 - November 3-4
Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming convention and community celebration returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 3 and 4. If you can’t make it to the show in person, you’ll still have a chance to join the celebration from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which will provide live streaming coverage to viewers around the world. This year, the videos of all panels will get subtitles in English, German, Russian, French and Korean.


WoW® Arena Championship 2017 - October 30-November 4
The 2017 World of Warcraft Arena World Championships is gearing up for battle, and the Global Finals will culminate at BlizzCon 2017, taking place November 3-4 at the Anaheim Convention Center! You can watch all the matches on all the days on*Twitch, with days 2 and 3 on the WoW esports stage live at BlizzCon 2017, and broadcast on the*BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. Meet the teams competing on the official*World of Warcraft site*and learn more about the competition on the official*World of Warcraft esports site.


Ride Into BlizzCon® 2017 with the Virtual Ticket - November 3-4
BlizzCon® 2017 takes place November 3–4, join the celebration *with the BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket—available to order now through the Blizzard Shop! With the BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket, you’ll unlock access to a variety of features. As just one of these, Azeroth’s heroes can show their BlizzCon spirit in World of Warcraft with the Stormwind Skychaser mount (for the Alliance!) and Orgrimmar Interceptor mount (for the Horde!)—available in-game now!


Adopt Shadow the Fox and Help Support Disaster Relief Efforts - Through December 31, 2017
Lost on Argus and overtaken by darkness, this playful fox can shrug off the void just being by your side. Your new companion can use its cunning to shift its way through Shadow and Light directly into your heart and home.*Adopt*between now and December 31, 2017 and 100% of the adoption fee will go to support disaster relief efforts for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, flooding in South Asia, and countless other crises.

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.

Arena Season 9 - Cataclysm PvP
Season 9 was the first Cataclysm arena season, during which the Rated Battleground system was also introduced. In the MMO-Champion tradition, the armor sets for each classes were shown off prior to release. Same as previous expansions, the first season featured pretty boring sets, but setting the theme for future armor sets.


New Map and Minimap Features
Patch 4.3 introduced a few map and minimap updates, such as showing the level range of zones when hovering over them on the main map. Archeology zones, and quest objectives were added to the minimap, indicating the objective zone.


Guardian Cub
The first tradable Store Pet was added to the game in 2011. Unlike other pets, the Guardian Cub could be bought through the Blizzard Store, then traded or sold within the game for gold. This pet is the tiny counterpart of the Winged Guardian, which can still be purchased in the store.


Upgrade Your Gear!
Valor Points, or other similar currency was used to purchase introductory gear in previous expansions. Patch 5.1 introduced a new system, which allowed items to be upgraded by 8 item levels. This system was later used in other raids as well, and re-introduced during Hellfire Citadel in Warlords of Draenor.


New Expansion Name
Prior to the announcement of the fifth expansion of World of Warcraft, it was found that Blizzard applied to trademark “Warlords of Draenor” in multiple countries. Trademarks in the past didn’t necessarily indicate the name of new expansions, such as the previously trademarked “The Dark Below” title. However, in this case the trademark proved to be the name of the next expansion, which was later announced at BlizzCon.


The Garrison
During a series of posts in 2014, the full Garrison was introduced to the players. Everything from the art of the buildings, to specific followers, levels, and achievements were showcased. The Garrison was meant to be players personal bases in Draenor. This new feature came with a variety of building choices, as well as a few standard gathering buildings. Parts of this feature was later changed and improved to be introduced in Legion as the Class Order Hall.


Warcraft: The Beginning
The long anticipated Warcraft movie teaser was released featuring some of our favorite characters and places. This movie was directed by Duncan Jones, making it enjoyable for the general audience, while sprinkling some in-game references for the players. The cast included many well known actors such as Travis Fimmel, and Paula Patton.


Class Mounts Announced
BlizzCon 2016 announced many new features to be introduced in Patch 7.2, including new Artifact appearances, Tomb of Sargeras, and the Broken Isles. The unexpected announcement was the new Class Mounts, a few of which were revealed in the presentation. These new mounts changed color schemes based on the Specialization of the player, and were only usable by their corresponding class.

by Published on 2017-11-01 03:09 PM

Virtual Ticket Giveaway & New Diablo Fans Community Manager

Hallow's End Hearthstone Pumpkins

World of Warcraft Arena World Championship: Day 1 Recap
Yesterday we saw the first day of the Arena World Championship in which the regional finalists competed to move on to day two and three at Blizzcon this weekend. Here is a quick recap of the matches and winning teams. You can see the entire day one event here!

  • Splyce Vs Pen & Paper - Winner: Splyce (3 to 2)
  • Panda Global Vs Grmbl - Winner: Panda Global (3 to 0)
  • Method: Triforce Vs Unitas Black - Winner: Method: Triforce (3 to 0)
  • Blank Esports Vs Rockets: Eclipse - Winner: Rockets: Eclipse (3 to 0)
  • ABC Vs Sneaky Snakes - Winner: Sneaky Snakes (3 to 2)
  • Method: Synergy Vs Imagine PVP - Winner: Method: Synergy (3 to 1)
  • Unitas: Black Vs Pen & Paper - Winner: Unitas: Black (3 to 1)
  • ABC Vs Imagine PVP - Winner: ABC (3 to 1)


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
We were able to sit down with one of the competing teams, Method: Triforce, for a quick interview at the World Championships. Here is a recap:

Q: What kind of effort and strategy do you do for these competitions in advance?
A: We play every day. It goes from 2 to 3, sometimes 8 hours depending on the day. Every day we try to get quality practice, but if the day just doesn’t feel right or is bad for certain reasons we play less.

Q: Do you do anything in WoW outside of arena?
A: If you want to do arena you need artifact power and so we do world quests. It’s not our favorite activity, but it’s a habit.

Q: In your spare time, do you do anything outside of video games entirely?
A: It depends. The past months we haven’t really had time for anything else. Before arenas we didn’t practice as much, but then we got into arenas which was a boost in motivation to play. We took much of the summer off. After this we will see.

Q: Do you have any interest in the Mythic Dungeon Invitational?
A: We were joking about adding it to our days but we didn’t want to do it over PVP.

Q: What about battlegrounds?
A: We play rated battlegrounds sometimes, but not battlegrounds.

Q: What do you expect for the future of arenas?
A: The game right now is mostly balanced. If you play well you usually win. Having more complex classes could bring more life into arenas. How well you pressed your buttons and positioning played a much bigger role in damage output and performance in the past.



BlizzCon 2017 Goody Bag & Epic Upgrade
The Blizzcon 2017 Goody Bag is available for purchase at the Blizzcon Gear Store for $45 USD (additional costs for tax, shipping and fees). Virtual ticket holders will receive the discounted price of $35 USD. As a reminder, here is a list of what exactly comes in the bag:

  • BlizzCon backpack
  • Overwatch figure with hanger
  • Cute but Deadly Series 3 Overwatch figure
  • Series 4 Blizzard Pin (10 pins in the series)
  • Badge Icon pack, for you to attach to your BlizzCon backpack

Furthermore, the goody bag is also available as an epic upgrade for $70 USD. Virtual ticket holders pay $60 USD. Said upgrade comes with the following additional items:

  • 3 random badges
  • An extra Series 4 Blizzard pin
  • An extra Cute but Deadly Series 3 Overwatch figure
  • A random Overwatch backpack hangar
  • An exclusive Blizzcon 2017 Merchy Pin (also available by spending $150 in the Blizzcon merchandise sale)

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
People attending BlizzCon in person will receive the standard Goody Bag with their ticket. If you'd like to purchase the additional items from the Epic Upgrade for your Goody Bag, you can purchase the Epic Upgrade add-on ($25 USD) at the on-site BlizzCon Store. (Blue Tracker)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Shadow of Argus Art Contest Follow-up
As a quick note, with the BlizzCon season upon us, we will not be sharing the winners of the Shadow of Argus Art Contest until after the show. We hope to be able to highlight the Grand Prize winners and the Runner-Up winners in a blog post and on World of Warcraft social media during the month of November.

All winners and runners-up have been contacted at this point, so please check your email(s) provided if you haven't already, as we may have requested more information from you for prize distribution!

We received a ton of amazing entries, but unfortunately we weren't able to choose them all! If you entered and have not receive an email, your entry was not chosen for this contest, but we look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

Feel free to share your entries as you see fit on social media, fansites, here on the forums, or otherwise! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
I know you have NDA and all, but can you tell us what obviously fake leak is your favorite?
Anything involving Tel'abim (Muffinus)
I thought we agreed not to give any hints, Jeremy? (Celestalon)

Endless Halls
So are the "exits" always in blocks of 4 rooms? Or are they more random than this?
It's always an 8x8 grid with those edge connections. The layout of walls within them vary. (Celestalon)

So was this post an elaborate troll, or is that still the optimal way to solve it even if you know how it really works?
Mapping it is indeed the most *reliable* way to solve it (naturally you could just get lucky moving randomly, but that's not reliable). (Celestalon)
Oh, you mean because my map isn't 8x8? Yeah, it's hard to tell where the edges are until you've mapped it all out, so you naturally go over. (Celestalon)
Unless the offset when you wrap around is also randomised?
Nope. (Celestalon)

Wow, now i know why running straight didn't work. Btw how do you identify the teleportation trap room?
Obvious case will be if you ever enter a room that has rubble where you came from. Otherwise, if you backtrack and see a diff room. (Celestalon)

Which is why I'm asking who I presume is the designer
Indeed, randomly chosen each time you hit the trap. Find the Teleportstion Trap, and avoid it from then on! (Celestalon)

now is this maze the same for everyone or just you personally?
Per the blog, "the Endless Halls is randomized based on your player ID, as well as the day of the week". That diagram is just an example. (Celestalon)
Are the dimensions similar or just the same concept?
Always 8x8. (Celestalon)

Dark Legacy Comics #605
DLC #605 has been released!


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