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by Published on 2015-07-11 11:00 PM

Update (3:00 PM EDT): Legendary finally uploaded the VR movie teaser to Youtube.

Warcraft Movie Trailer - November 2015
We finally have a release date for the trailer!

Warcraft Movie Footage
Attendees saw several minutes of footage and no recording was allowed.

  • Nerdist had a recap of the panel, but there wasn't any huge news there.
  • Recap of the footage from io9. Read the full description on their site for more!
    • Durotan says “Our planet is dying, we need food and water.” A group of orcs sit around the fire and talk about how they believe in the orc warlock Gul’dan (Daniel Wu), and will follow his lead.
    • Next Durotan and his wife, Draka, are laying on the ground of their hut. The wife has chosen a name for their child, but the father says “I’ll choose a name when I meet him.” She then reveals it’s a son and he’s very excited.
    • We see the aforementioned Gul’dan on a massive cliff with the Dark Portal from the games behind him. “Dead, alive, dead, alive,” he slowly chants. He reveals that a thousand soldiers need a thousand slaves - prisoners, not corpses - as fuel for the Fel
    • Montage of shots of the Alliance characters walking in on and around Stormwind, before we go back to the orcs, “We are not powerful enough to defeat them” one says to the other. “We could be,” the other responds.
    • King Llane Wrynn says “They’re beasts, they should be destroyed. If we do not unite to fight this enemy, we shall perish.”
    • There’s a shot reminiscent of Braveheart where the Alliance is running from the left side of the frame, it pans right and the orcs are running, and the smash into each other in the middle. That’s followed by a shot of a guy jumping off a cliff and jumping onto a Gryphon.
    • Warcraft definitely looks like it’s CG and green screen. These are not real sets.
    • Think a dirtier, dustier, more muted Avatar.
    • I think many fans are going to complain that it looks to fake but, come on, how else could this get pulled off?
  • Recap of the footage from geektyrant
    • The footage basically starts off with clips of the orcs and their lives in a desolate wasteland that is dying. They need to find a new place to live so they can survive.
    • This leads to them making their way through the dark portal into the world of Azeroth thanks to the help of warlock Gul'dan with his death magic.
    • Of course The Alliance discovers them, think the Orc are dangerous, and they go to war!
    • The audience was then treated to a ton of visually stunning battles sequences between these two factions.
    • Seriously, the footage that we saw is unlike anything I have ever seen before. It is the true definition of "epic."
    • I haven't been moved by film footage like this since I saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time.
    • Warcraft takes all of that CGI filmmaking to a whole new level.
  • Recap of the footage from ComingSoon
    • Basically it starts with a focus on the Horde as it shows a bunch of them walking across the wilderness until they come to an area with a bunch of green orcs
    • We spend some time with the orcs as they realize they need to find food and water to save their world
    • It shows a lot of Durotan and his wife who is pregnant and that seems to be a big part of the story
    • But we see a wizard creating a portal from the souls of prisoners
    • Anyway, the wizard creates the portal and the orcs rush through it and for that whole section we haven't seen a single human
    • When they get through the portal, they first see the humans on horseback and we get to see King Llane and some of the other characters who say that the Horde are monsters that need to be destroyed
    • There was a lot of footage of all the characters but it kept coming back to Durotan and his wife who has the baby in the human world where he's in danger
    • Yes, filming has been finished a long time. From the footage it's obviously very CG heavy especially in the Horde scenes because that's all CG
    • What's interesting is that it seems to be focusing more on the Horde characters in terms of the emotional base of the film
    • But maybe it was more impressive to show those characters than the humans
    • We did see a few scenes where the clash as well as characters riding on Gryphons
    • They didn't show a trailer but full footage, probably; 5-6 minutes and they were using the large side screens so the footage was being extended to either side
    • It looks good but it's very CG heavy
    • This wasn't a trailer but they obviously have enough footage to do one. I think this was more to introduce the story being told, the basic characters and the visuals
    • The individual characters looked great but there were huge scenes with thousands of orcs and the scene where Medivh opens the portal was pretty impressive
    • Yeah, the music was great and it definitely seems to be actual score from Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Pacific Rim)
    • No, they did not say when they will release the trailer online or anywhere.
    • We did get a brief glimpse of the elves, very short
    • "what about Paula Patton?" - We only see her very briefly in chains being taken somewhere
    • It seems the characters are really being given a lot of life and dimension

Warcraft Movie Posters
Some movie posters were shared on Twitter today.

Warcraft Movie Dagger
A dagger from the movie was also shared on Twitter.

Warcraft Movie Character Posters
Several character posters were shown at the panel. Thanks to several people on Twitter for the images (Latinoreview, AudejeMarot, joblocom, jjduncan, and Kraven1138)

by Published on 2015-07-11 05:40 AM

Update (1:00 PM EDT): Added two new Warcraft movie images.

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Warcraft Movie Promo Images
A few more movie images were shared on Twitter today.

Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Method and Paragon remained at 12/13 today. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.

Arena Skirmishes Bonus Event July 10 – 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Service Update July 10, 12:05 p.m. PDT - We are aware of an issue preventing the quest The Arena Calls from properly displaying your number of wins. Arena Skirmish wins are being correctly counted, and you will be able to complete the quest after your tenth win.

Through the end of the day on Monday, Arena Skirmishes award triple bonus honor. There’s never been a better time to queue up for the Arena and crack some skulls. Keep an eye out for the event-only quest The Arena Calls. When you win 10 Arena matches, the quest awards 500 Conquest Points which do not count against your weekly Conquest Point maximum.

In case you’ve never participated in an Arena Skirmish, here’s an easy how-to guide:
  • From anywhere in-game, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  • Select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window.
  • Under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3.
  • Click the Join Battle button to be matched up with teammates.

It’s Arena PvP! Rush in and bash your opponents.

Will you answer the call to battle?

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Savage Whale Shark should now drop 2 Fel-Corrupted Apexis Fragments once a day for players on the eligible quest.
  • Varyx the Damned no longer requires the beams to be blocked to start the encounter.

Darkmoon Faire

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • [Requires a realm restart] Sargerei Adjutant's Consuming Pain ability now deals 30% less damage.
  • [Requires a realm restart] Construct Peacekeeper's Protocol: Crowd Control ability now deals 30% less damage.
  • [Requires a realm restart] Sargerei Soul Cleaver's Devouring Spirit now scales with raid size.
  • Archimonde's Doomfire now deals 40% less damage on Mythic difficulty.
  • Hand of Purity now reduces the damage of Doomfire by 40% (down from 80%). Damage reduction against other abilities remain unchanged.
  • Shadowfel Burst should no longer sometimes cause the player to be ineligible for Shadowfel Burst.
  • Fixed an issue where players that were in the Twisting Nether when Archimonde is defeated would not see the cinematic.
  • Fixed an issue where players that leave the Twisting Nether could be unable to target players that didn't enter into the Twisting Nether with them.
  • Completing a Timewalking bonus event quest (A Frozen Path through Time and A Burning Path through Time) will now award a normal Iron Fleet Treasure Chest in addition to a Seal of Inevitable Fate.


Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Fixed an issue with Blood of the North that could cause Death Runes to incorrectly revert back into Blood Runes.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Seal of Righteousness should no longer sometimes deal more damage than intended.
  • [Hotfix in testing] Denounce now causes 20% less damage.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Thanks for making Ashran impossible for people who play at night.
Definitely concerned about the off peak experience. (holinka)

And if Warlocks can control/manipulate souls, which are undead, to haunt people, then they are technically practicing necromancy..
I suppose that depends on your definition of necromancy, and it's ok to have your own. Control of souls vs. raising soulless UD. (Muffinus)
Not really...necromancy extends to controlling souls/ghosts/banshees and Gul'dan used a variation of the Soulstone ability to
I don't think I'm going to convince you, nor should I Cool to see someone so passionate about their toon! (Muffinus)

abilities are non-canon?
Of course you use souls, you have soul shards. You dont use them to raise the dead though. (Muffinus)

Reputation / Questing
You guys really need to change how you get credit for events. Dying when it was 5sec away from being completed and missing out suck
Totally agree. Will work on fixing. (holinka)

Mythic Tyrant Velhari Kill Video
Method has released their Mythic Tyrant Velhari kill video.

by Published on 2015-07-10 09:21 AM

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Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Method cleared to 12/13 again while Paragon caught up and is now also 12/13. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 9
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
Kilrogg Deadeye
  • Players that die during the Vision of Death phase should no longer have Spirit of Redemption or Purgatory triggered once the phase has ended and result in the player actually dying.
  • Fixed an issue where a player can travel slower than intended if they receive a buff to their movement speed while they are on route to the stomach phase.
Socrethar the Eternal
  • Fixed an issue where transitioning between phases multiple times could cause adds from phase 2 of the encounter to sometimes incorrectly spawn in phase 1.
  • Archimonde's Shadowfel Burst now deals 900,000 damage (down from 1,500,000) on Mythic difficulty.


Bug Fixes
  • Lieutenant Thorn should no longer be sitting without a chair after players have upgraded to a Level 3 Shipyard.
  • Fixed an issue where Nagrand Prowlers were not using Leap for the Kill correctly.

Go4WoW Europe 3v3 Arena Tournaments
If you are looking for some EU PvP action, ESL has the Go4WoW Europe Cup Series with cash prizes for each tournament.

The next tournament is this Saturday at 16:00 CEST and will be cast by Supatease!

Blizzard at Comic-Con
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Whether you’re stopping by our booth, or just jealously reading about all the announcements, toys, and comics from afar (like most of us are), we have all the latest Blizzard-related info direct from San Diego Comic-Con

Warcraft Movie
The Legendary panel at Comic-Con is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Hall H, and the Warcraft movie will be part of the lineup. While we can’t really talk about the panel, if you’re at Comic-Con, trust us—you’ll want to be there. Additional information on lining up for Hall H can be found in this lovely guide that our friends at Geek & Sundry have put together.

You’ll also want to stop by the Legendary and Weta booths for a glimpse at the larger-than-life King Llane and Orgrim statues, movie props, and for signings with the cast and crew of the film. Find out more at the Legendary site.

Warcraft: Skies of Azeroth
Legendary has released a new VR mobile app: Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth, an immersive experience created in partnership with Industrial Light & Magic. They’ve also partnered with Google to distribute Google Cardboard headsets for Comic-Con attendees to use with the app.

Warcraft Graphic Novel
Setting the stage for the Warcraft movie, Legendary Comics revealed the official graphic novel prequel Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood.

This thrilling adventure of bravery, bloodshed and brotherhood is an original story conceived by Chris Metzen, written by the award-winning Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) and featuring art from Mat Broome (Batman: No Man's Land, WildC.A.T.S, Witchblade).

Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood will be released in May 2016 in the weeks before the movie hits theaters on June 10th.

Gear Store-Con Sale
Even if you’re not in San Diego, you can still reap the rewards! During the convention the Blizzard Gear Store is offering free shipping on orders over $70 USD. And if you were lucky enough to get one of the Epic Purple lanyards last year, disenchant that thing immediately . . . you just got an upgrade! Along with free shipping we’ll send you a Legendary lanyard gift with your purchase.

Head over to the Gear Store to save, and become LEGENDARY.

Visiting Us at Comic-Con? We’ve Got the Gear!
If you’re coming to see us at Comic-Con we’re selling a few exclusives that will be limited per-day, and tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis. If you receive a ticket for the item you want you can come back any time to pick your item up. Come back when there’s no line, and we’ll have your items waiting for you. If you’re hoping to get one of these we recommend arriving early—they go fast.

Our convention exclusives will also be showing up at some future conventions like BlizzCon, but if you’re at Comic-Con, these are something you’ll want to look out for, as their availability is limited.

Bonus loot: If you spend over $70 with us at our Comic-Con booth we’ll give you this giant Hearthstone bag* to help you carry it!

We also have a few new items on the Gear Store that you can buy right now! Stitches plush available at our Comic-Con booth. Coming to the Blizzard Gear Store Soon™.

Become Legendary
You can receive a FREE Legendary lanyard* if you’re at Comic-Con!

Head to the Blizzard booth (Hall A #115) during the last 2 hours of each day to get a Legendary lanyard! All you have to do is take a photo of you and two friends with anything Blizzard at the convention and post it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #BlizzardGear. Show up at our booth during the last two hours of the Exhibit Hall hours each day (full schedule), show us your post, and receive a Legendary lanyard*!

*One per guest. While supplies last.

Grommash Statue Will Conquer Your Home
The Grommash Hellscream statue is on display at our Comic-Con booth in its fully painted glory! If you can’t stop by to see it for yourself, owning it is certainly the next best thing.

Pre-orders are open, and as the seconds tick by you have an ever-decreasing chance to be able to display one of these limited-production statues as the centerpiece of your geek kingdom.

Just Announced!

Coming to the Gear Store
We just wrapped up our Blizzard Entertainment Showcase panel, during which we revealed this little video of some of our newly released products, as well as a few things we’re still working on.

Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 1
Also revealed was an upcoming book exporing the lore, stories, and settings of Azeroth: Warcraft Chronicle. This first volume will go all the way back to the creation of the Warcraft universe through Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Featuring never-before-seen artwork by Peter Lee, this holistic look back at the history of Warcraft will bring Azeroth's stories to new visual life.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP and Racials
so now that EMFH has been addressed, the ladders will fill with horde players, right? and massive numbers of alliance will go horde, right? and queue times for ashran will drop below an hour, right?
As I've said before, we don't think improving racial balance will suddenly prompt a ton of Alliance players to transfer to Horde. We don't really expect this change to have a huge effect on Alliance queue times, which is fine, because that's not why we made it. We're looking into other options to help that issue.

Quick followup: we've got a hotfix in the works to correct the bug where the Alliance Conquest vendors aren't selling the Adaptation (Versatility) Medallion, and the Horde Conquest vendors aren't selling the Cruelty (Critical Strike) Medallion. The hotfix is still in testing, but our goal is to get that out today.
Looks like this hotfix is rolling out now. These trinkets should be available on all realms shortly (if they're not already).

Will Blizzard be offering free faction transfers in an attempt to balance the factions?
I'll bring it up. It's worth noting that we've done that before and it really wasn't very effective. I think most people look at free transfers as something other people will do. "Once free transfers open, everyone else will leave and I, my guild, and my friends will be fine right here."

I don't get to make these sorts of decisions, so don't take this as anything more than me asking way more important people what they think. But I'll bring it up. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
sorry to drag you into this but how canonical should we take Hearthstone as lore? I mean it's not all canon in WoW right?
HS is a game played in WoW's inns, thus HS's things exist, but may not be "real" per se. Like you buying a Transformers toy. (Muffinus)

Why nerf the arcane constructs from the mage tower? It's no longer possible to use them to jump up onto the Ashran Portal tower.
It's a bug, result of a fix that caused people to fall through the world, fixed in small patch. (Muffinus)

Warcraft Movie Prequel
Christie Golden had some news to share today as well:

Mythic Xhul'horac Kill Video
Method has released their Mythic Xhul'horac kill video.

by Published on 2015-07-09 05:55 AM

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Warcraft Movie Teaser
Legendary released a nice teaser for the Warcraft movie tonight. This is best viewed with their app on your phone, as it is a 360 spherical video.

We contacted them to ask if recording would be allowed during the presentation and if they would release the footage from it to the public, but only got confirmation that no recording will be allowed.

Legendary took down all of the 360 degree videos, but you can download the full quality video here (right click and save as). You can watch it with VR Player, set to Over/Under format and Sphere projection.

Warcraft Movie at SDCC
Blizzard and Legendary shared some pictures of the Warcraft Movie statues at SDCC.

Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Method is still ahead at 12/13 today. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle

Garrison Quests
  • [Requires a realm restart] Fixed an issue where completing daily assault objectives in Tanaan Jungle was incorrectly also granting completion credit for daily assault objectives in the Garrison.
Spires of Arak
  • Call of the Raven Mother: Fixed an issue where interacting with items during the ritual was causing player pets to use their abilities.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
Tyrant Velhari
  • Fixed a timing issue that could cause Tyrant Velhari to use the incorrect finishing move just as a transition into the next stage happened.
  • Adjusted scaling to reduce the amount of health by roughly 10% on Xhul'horac, Omnus, Unstable Voidfiend, and Vanguard Akkelion for a 10-player raid on Normal and Heroic difficulty. Health should remain the same as before for raids with 30 players.
  • Mannoroth no longer transforms back into a skeleton after being defeated.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Gazing Shadows to sometimes not reduce movement speed.

  • Fixed a number of issues affecting Ashran events that could cause characters to drop out of stealth effects.

  • Increased stat bonuses for critical strike, Versatility, Stamina, and Spirit on all Wild Gladiator (Warlords Season 2) trinkets by 50%.

  • Clicking “Join Raid” in the Adventure Guide should now open the Premade Groups menu instead of Raid Finder.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • Yesterday's hotfix on July 7 for Tier-18 4-piece set bonus for Mistweaver Monks should now be healing for the correct amount.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Yesterday’s hotfix on July 7 that reduced the healing of Execution Sentence by 25% in PvP combat now only applies to Holy Paladins. It has been returned to its previous effectiveness for Retribution and Protection Paladins.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warcraft Movie Trailer at SDCC
Well, as the Legendary Comic-Con page says:

Legendary’s Hall H panel will be taking place on Saturday from 2:30pm-3:30pm, and hosted by Chris Hardwick of Nerdist. WARCRAFT fans in particular, you will not want to miss it. (Hint, hint!)

Anyone at Comic-Con this week/weekend should certainly fit the Legendary panel into their schedule. I've gone quite a few times and I'm pretty consistently surprised at how many times I'm told I'll never get in, or that I need to camp for days, when I always show up just a little early that morning and get into the hall with room to spare. If you're there, it's not as crazy as everyone makes it out to be. In my experience anyway. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Racials and PvP
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
So, we agree that Every Man for Himself is a problem. It's one that we want to fix. It's also a more complicated issue to solve than it may initially seem. We want to reduce the effectiveness of the Human racial, but we don't want to leave Humans with a useless racial either.

With Patch 6.2, we reduced the effectiveness of on-use trinkets which, in turn, reduced the relative strength of having two throughput trinkets equipped. Today, we’ve just pushed a hotfix that increases the raw stats on the Medallion trinkets (e.g. Versatility, Crit, Stamina, or Spirit) by 50%.

Our intent with both of these changes is to still allow Humans to benefit from equipping two throughput trinkets, but reduce how much of a benefit that is when compared to equipping a Medallion enough that other racial abilities feel more competitive. We'd love to hear how this change is working out once you've had a chance to play with it a little.

Re: "Why not just get rid of racials entirely?"

We like racials. It's cool that there's a subtle difference for, say, a Rogue who chooses Orc instead of Undead, or a Priest who picks Night Elf instead of Dwarf. It makes each race feel different in a way that isn't just cosmetic. It's only a problem when one is so much better than the others that you feel stupid for playing anything else.

Realistically, sure, there will probably always be a "best" race -- just like there will probably always be a "best" healer, or "best" comp, etc. That's to be expected. We just want things to be close enough that there's some room for difference of opinion on what exactly the "best" option is.

Looking through this thread and some responses on Twitter, I'm already seeing some people saying "Humans are still the best" and some people saying "Humans are worthless now." That's a good thing, I think. It means the difference is small enough that there's a discussion to be had.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Disgusting Oozeling no longer turns the owner green, intentional or bug?
Bug. (Muffinus)

Weird every Ashran Instance I have joined since 6.2 is 5-10 Horde and 40 or more Alliance. Lots of bots running around too.
Strange. We strictly enforce a 1:1 ratio. Even if a bunch of horde leave, the server gets priority to be filled back to 1:1 (holinka)
We look at the realm populations constantly and they are all 1:1. Every single instance of Ashran. (holinka)

have the queue times gone done noticeably ? I still get 1-2 hrs on average.
My alliance toon is currently in a 40 min queue. Better but still unacceptable. (holinka)

Flying in MMOs
Margaret is back with another video that takes a look at flying in MMOs.

Poll - Flying in Draenor
There are two different questions this time, please read them carefully!

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