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by Published on 2014-12-30 12:10 PM

XP Holiday Buff, Rob Pardo Interview

Deck Spotlights: Master of the Elements Control Shaman & Controladin

Epic Plays of the Week #10, Skin Spotlight: Winterveil Jaina

Armory Stats - Character Item Level Distribution
It is another quiet holiday week, so today we are taking a look at the item level distribution of Level 100 characters. There are 3.5 million characters and 2.4 million accounts that make up this sample. Keep in mind data collection started recently, so there may be some characters that we haven't come across yet.

We can also look at everyone's highest item level character at the end of Mists of Pandaria. It appears that many players took advantage of the item level 550 honor gear at the end of the expansion.

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Armory Stats - Number of Max-Level Characters
Today we are taking a look at the number of Level 100 characters that players have and Level 90 characters that players had at the end of Mists of Pandaria. There are 3.5 million characters and 2.4 million accounts that make up this sample at Level 100.

While collecting this data, we came across some fun outliers, such as the player that has 42+ Level 100 characters and a player that had 195+ Level 90 characters.

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Poll - Level 100 Characters
How many level 100 characters do you have?

by Published on 2014-12-29 03:48 AM

Round 5 Livestream VOD, Skills/Runes for Top 1000, Shard of Hate Monk Build

Deck Spotlight: Divine Tempo Paladin, Mekkatorque's Workshop #7 - Rogue Damage Mitigation

TCG Toys Giveaway, Blue Tweets, WowCraft Episode 17

Warcraft III Fan Remake
WarCraft: Armies Of Azeroth is Starcraft II based fan remake of WarCraft III that adds new gameplay features. A gameplay video is apparently coming soon.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
This expansion made inventory management worse. Toy box was one step forward and all the new stuff 5 steps back.
What new stuff are you having trouble fitting? (Muffinus)

had a SoO lockout which I joined mid run, cleared to Garrosh. after leaving it said the first 3 bosses were available + Garrosh. few weeks later, extending the lockout, I kill Immerseus and now I have a lockout with only Immerseus dead. I suppose it has to do with lockouts being nothing more than loot locks nowadays, either way I think choosing to extend should mean you are deliberately choosing to get loot locked to these bosses you don't want to re-kill.
Agreed - I think we have some work to do there to clean up the system. (WatcherDev)

big lore moment in highmaul with cho'gall restricted to mythic only. feel annoyed by this, shouldn't better items be enough?
Not sure it qualifies as a 'big lore moment.' It's a neat fight, though! (DaveKosak)

Out of curiosity, how common is it for a Draenei to be named Exarch? Just did the quest chain with Yrel and found it interesting!
At this time in Draenor there were exactly five Exarchs, "The Hand of the Prophet." At least, they start with five... (DaveKosak)

What ever happened to, followers would get a rare mission to run old raids to sometimes bring back transmog gear?
Felt strange having them run old raids when they're supposed to be defending Draenor. (Muffinus)

With the legendary follower. Is it a character that we already know of or is it an entirely new character?
I'm not sure that a brand new character would feel legendary to people. (Muffinus)

I'm really surprised our Garrisons didn't get decorated for the holidays.
Def. would have been nice to have, it was on our wishlist to let you choose the holiday decoration set any time of year. (Muffinus)

also I get the feeling that after @WarcraftDevs showed up you guys just don't talk anymore, which is sad
With the release of WoD, there's a bit less to discuss atm I am thinking of making a crock pot of spiced cider. (Muffinus)

Fan Art
Some more nice fan art from breathing2004 today.

by Published on 2014-12-27 08:51 AM

Happy Holidays from Blizzard, Heroes vs Diablo Fanart

Deck Spotlight: Chaoss Shaman, Versus Series: Zumwanna vs Fire

TCG Toys Giveaway
WoWTCGLoot and AskMrRobot were nice enough to send us some things to give away again this year, so a big thanks to them! We are continuing with some toys, one month Curse Premium codes, and one month AskMrRobot Premium codes.


  • Enter once by replying to this news post.
  • Winners will receive a PM which they have 72 hours to reply to. After that, a new winner will be selected. Pets will be given out in the order the winners reply to the PM, so be sure to reply promptly. You can turn on email notifications for PMs in the Settings.
  • Entering more than once per contest thread is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)
  • You have until Monday December 29th @ 11:59 PM EST to enter the contest. After that time this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
When are you planning on updating all of the tooltips that are now wrong?
These require a full client patch, so they'll be fixed in 6.1. (Celestalon)

.Please make Augment Runes not work in raids.
That's the point of Augment Runes though... (Celestalon)

Does that mean Blackrock Foundry is a 6.1 raid?
Nah, Foundry is very much 6.0 content - was fully tested as such on beta. (WatcherDev)

Many players are overly fixated on representation but probably because it is the only metric to look at. (holinka)
what aught they fixate on, instead?
their own experience playing the game. (holinka)

WowCraft Episode 17 - Rudolph the DC'd Tauren
WowCraft Episode 17 has been released!

by Published on 2014-12-25 07:31 PM

Update: TCG Pet Giveaway winners have been PMed.

TCG Pets Giveaway, Happy Holidays from the WoW Community Team, Moderator Recruitment

Merry Christmas! - Crashin' Thrashin' Shredder Controller Christmas Gift
The Christmas gift is available in-game and you might want to log in to grab this year's gift: Crashin' Thrashin' Shredder Controller (3D)! There is no achievement that uses the gift this year.

New in 2014 is the set of lounge cushions and transmog socks. You can find the cushions in Gently Shaken Gift. Keep in mind this gift has no level requirement, so you can collect all four by opening that gift on multiple characters. Socks are Bind on Pickup, but you can open Carefully Wrapped Present on any level character, so it doesn't hurt to grab other colors on alts in case they ever become Bind on Account!

Level Type Name Model Viewer
1Holiday Pineapple Lounge CushionModelviewer
1Holiday Safari Lounge CushionModelviewer
1Holiday Zhevra Lounge CushionModelviewer
1Holiday Fuzzy Green Lounge CushionModelviewer
1Cosmetic Warm Red Woolen Socks
1Cosmetic Warm Green Woolen Socks
1Cosmetic Warm Blue Woolen Socks

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