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by Published on 2014-09-23 05:31 PM

Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 Background Download Begins!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
To help you get prepared for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 release, we’ve uploaded the patch data to the background downloader. By downloading the patch in advance, you’ll be ready to get in-game and start playing as soon as the expansion goes live!

If you have issues during this process, you can find help to resolve them on the support site here.

You can adjust your download settings within the desktop app by clicking on the symbol and selecting “Settings” from the menu. Under Game Install/Update you’ll be able to adjust your download options for each of your games and enable or disable the background download, adjust the rate for your download, or pause it if you have a restriction on daily downloads

System Requirements for Warlords of Draenor
New system requirements have been posted and we took a look at how they compare to the old ones. If you are ready to upgrade, you can take a look at our latest Setup of the Month or ask for assistance on the Computer Forums.

  • Intel CPU: Pentium D increased to Intel Core2 Duo E6600
  • AMD CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 increased to AMD Phenom X3 8750
  • Drive Space: 25 GB increased to 35 GB.
  • Nvidia GPU: GeForce 6800 increased to GeForce 8800 GT
  • AMD GPU: Radeon X1600 Pro increased to Radeon HD 4850

  • Intel CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz increased to Intel Core i5 2400
  • AMD CPU: Athlon™ 64 X2 2.6GHz increased to AMD FX-4100
  • Nvidia GPU: GeForce 8800 GT increased to GTX 470
  • AMD GPU: Radeon HD 4830 increased to Radeon HD 5870

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
To make sure you’re prepared for Warlords of Draenor, we wanted to share with you the minimum and recommended system requirements for playing the expansion.

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows7/Windows8 (latest Service Pack)
Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 3000

OS X 10.8
Intel Core 2 Duo
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4850

35 GB available HD space
Broadband Internet connection
DVD-ROM drive
1024×768 minimum display resolution

Recommended Specifications

Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

Windows 7/Windows 8 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Intel Core i5 2400 or AMD FX-4100 or better
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better

OS X 10.9 (or latest version)
Intel Core i5 or better
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M or ATI Radeon HD 6750M or better

Blue Tweets
It looks like we might see some of the unused armor color variants in the future with the transmog revamp!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Clarification: Does the 5% strength for Fallen Crusader apply to Frost only? Or both Unholy and Frost?
That's a Frost perk. (Celestalon)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Storm Elemental abilities now do 15% & 30% rather than 215% & 428%. Possible change to inherited SP for elemental pets?
Yes, they inherit 100% SP now. (Celestalon)

Honestly I am getting sick of this topic never being answered so I'll ask once more. Will the wep size on fem humans be reduced?
No (holinka)

....Sorry for the novel -cough-
You'll likely see many more variants of things used when the transmog revamp happens (Muffinus)
As in it'll be part of the system to acquire alternative skins, or a whole bunch of pieces are being put in? TY 4 response btw
Not decided yet, we'll have more info eventually (Muffinus)

Character / Items
With the removal of the legendary chain. Will the vender that sells cloaks for os be going too?
The cloak/metagem/etc. vendor will remain accessible to those who have unlocked those items via quests (WatcherDev)

Any news on this?
The Sinestra FoS has been unattainable since Mists. Same deal for the Ra-den one once Draenor unlocks. (WatcherDev)

any idea of what the rating requirements for WoD elite gear is gonna be?
2200 (holinka)

chants appear to be 2.4 tabard 2.6 on beta. Maybe nothing for 2k?
Gear: 2200, Enchant 2400 Tabard/Cloak: 2600 (holinka)

Is blacklisting going away in WoD? Just heard this on the forums, but you know rumors..
Blacklisting is staying. Call to Arms is going away. (holinka)

if you build the "Enchanting" building in your garrision do you get the ability to disenchant or do you still need an alt?
You get a disenchanting font for disenchanting all of the things! (Muffinus)

So I'm exalted wit the Exodar, and I have a Level 3 Barracks for Draenei guards. What happens if I change out the Barracks?
You keep your guards, but need to make your 'rax again if you want to change them again. (Muffinus)
by Published on 2014-09-23 05:30 PM

BlizzCon 2014 In-Game Goodies Sneak Peek
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
BlizzCon loot explosion! It’s time to take a sneak peek at this year’s BlizzCon in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III*, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the upcoming Heroes of the Storm**—they’re yours whether you’re attending the show in person or watching from home with the Virtual Ticket.

World of Warcraft – Grommloc Pet
Watch your foes flee in terror before this delightfully dreadful baby murloc masquerading as Grommash Hellscream, legendary leader of the Warsong clan.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard 2014 Card Back
Infuse your deck with Blizzard spirit by equipping this commemorative card back, forged to resemble the compass design emblazoned in Blizzard’s courtyard.

StarCraft II – Portraits & Decal
Deck out your profile with a pair of portraits, including Hierarch Artanis and another to-be-revealed icon, and prep your army for battle across multiple universes with a Heroes of the Storm–themed decal.

Diablo III – Warlords of Draenor Weapon Transmogrifications
Outfit your heroes with six weapon transmogrification appearances inspired by World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor—one for each of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls’ classes.

Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Mount and Portrait
Rush into the storm atop the ethereal Nexus Charger, and embrace the unknown with the mysterious Nexus Brawler portrait.

This year’s epic collection of in-game goodies will be available to use after BlizzCon begins. Head to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket page to order or learn more.

*Diablo III content for Windows/Mac version only.

**Heroes of the Storm content will be available once you get access to the game; note that ordering a Virtual Ticket does not guarantee a spot in the alpha or beta tests.
by Published on 2014-09-23 09:46 AM

The Blast Furnace, Brewfest 2014, Blue Posts, Blue Tweets, Heroes Alpha, Blizzard Art

Patch 6.0 and the Background Downloader
With Patch 6.0 only a few weeks away, ~15 GB of data went up on the Background Downloader. It was disabled soon after due to some issues with the size.

Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As some of you may have noticed the background downloader for patch 6.0.2 began today. After discovering issues with the size of the download, however, we have deactivated it for the time being. We'll let you know once when we're ready to start the 6.0.2 background downloader again, as well as provide you with some additional details on how it works and what you can expect when downloading the 6.0.2 patch in advance of its release on live realms.

Warlords of Draenor Beta - Build 18922
Build 18922 will be deployed to the Beta realms soon.

New/Updated Garrison Images

Updated Loading Screens

Updated Maps

New Items
A good number of new mount items were added in this build.

Level Type Slot Name
100Junk Steel Strongbox
100Junk Gold Strongbox
100Junk Silver Strongbox
100Junk Bronze Strongbox
1Other Garrison Guild Banners
100Mount Witherhide Cliffstomper
100Mount Ancient Leatherhide
100Mount Tundra Icehoof
100Mount Ironhoof Destroyer
100Mount Shadowhide Pearltusk
100Mount Blacksteel Battleboar
100Mount Rocktusk Battleboar
100Mount Armored Razorback
100Mount Frostplains Battleboar
100Mount Wild Goretusk
100Mount Giant Coldsnout
100Mount Mudback Riverbeast
100Mount Solar Spirehawk
100Mount Vicious War Ram
100Mount Vicious War Raptor
100Mount Garn Steelmaw
100Mount Warsong Direfang
100Mount Smoky Direwolf
100Mount Challenger's War Yeti
1One-handed SwordMain Hand Gurthalak, Voice of the Deeps
100Food & Drink Spiced Barbed Trout

New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_252 - You may only use this item while your garrison is under attack.

Game Text
  • Game Text #84874 - Seal the gates! Protect the palace! Highmaul will never fall to the likes you.
  • Game Text #84884 - Destroy them all. Raze this city to the ground! (The stones will be ours! All shall fall to darkness!)

Realm Region
  • Realm Region #55 - Recommended Realm

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Player vs. Player
  • Thy Kingdom Come Win Kor'lok's favor for your faction by defeating his bodyguard, Muk'Mar Raz. 10 points. Gaul Dun Firok. 10 points.

  • Working Many Orders Complete 150 Complete 750 Work Orders at your garrison. 5 points.
  • Working More Orders Complete 75 Complete 250 Work Orders at your garrison. Reward: Unlocks account-wide Level 3 profession blueprints. 5 points.
  • Working Some Orders Complete 25 Complete 125 Work Orders at your garrison. 5 points.

Pet Battles
  • Draenor Safari Catch every battle pet in Draenor. 5 points. Account Wide. Pet Reward: Royal Peacock. 5 points. Account Wide.
  • So. Many. Pets. Collect 600 unique pets. Pet. Reward: Stormwing. 10 points. Account Wide.

  • Grand Treasure Hunter Find even more treasures in Draenor. 10 points. Discover 200 treasures of Draenor. 10 points.
  • Master Treasure Hunter Find more treasures in Draenor. 10 points. Discover 50 treasures of Draenor. 10 points.
  • Treasure Hunter Discover the Discover 10 treasures of Draenor. 10 points.

  • I Was Framed! Bait Cinderwing Bait Darkwing Matron into ambushing a Darktide Rylakinator-3000 in Darktide Roost. 10 points.
  • Planned to Fail Destroy 10 Secret Battleplans Warplans in Iron Siegeworks. 10 points.
  • Poisoning the Well Poison 50 Poison 10 Kegs of Impaler Ale in Iron Siegeworks. 10 points.
  • You Have Been Rylakinated! Defeat 10 Cinderwing Adolescent Darkwing Adolescents within 3 minutes while driving a Rylakinator-3000 in Darktide Roost. 10 points.

Dungeons & Raids
  • Glory of the Draenor Hero Complete the Draenor Heroic dungeon achievements listed below. Reward: Armored Bloodtusk. 25 points. Account Wide. Mount Reward: Frostplains Battleboar. 25 points. Account Wide.

Spell Changes
DPS Tier 17 bonuses got another pass this build, with others coming soon. (Celestalon)
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Unknown Class
Minor Glyphs

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Pulverize A devastating blow that consumes 3 stacks of your Lacerate on the target to deal (400% of weapon damage) Physical damage, and reduce damage taken by 15% for 10 12 sec. Requires Bear Form. Druid - LvL 0 Talent. Melee range. Instant.

Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Dire Beast Summons a powerful wild beast to attack your target for 15 sec. Each time the beast deals damage, you will gain 5 2 Focus. Hunter - LvL 60 Talent. 40 yd range. Instant. 30 sec cooldown.

  • Black Arrow Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing [*50% [*10 + 40% of AP*] damage over 20 sec. Your Black Arrow periodic damage has a 20% chance to trigger Lock and Load, causing your next two Explosive Shots to cost no Focus and trigger no cooldown. When Black Arrow is dispelled, its cooldown is reset. Requires Ranged Weapon. Hunter - Survival Spec. 35 Focus. 40 yd range. Instant. 30 sec cooldown.

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Wizardry Increases your Intellect by 5%. Passive. Requires Cloth. Passive.

  • Meteor Calls down a meteor which lands at the target location after 3 sec, dealing [*1 + 375% of Spell Power*] Fire damage, split evenly between all targets within 8 yards. Also burns the ground, dealing an additional [*30% of Spell Power*] Fire damage every 1 sec for until cancelled 8 sec to enemies in the area. Mage - LvL 0 Talent. 1% of Base Mana. 40 yd range. Instant. 45 sec cooldown.
  • Prismatic Crystal Arcane, Fire: Conjures a prismatic crystal at the target location, which is attackable by only the Mage, and takes 30% additional damage. When the crystal takes damage, it instantly releases a burst of energy dealing that damage, split evenly between all enemies within 8 yards. Frost: Conjures a prismatic crystal at the target location, which is attackable by only the Mage, and takes 50% additional damage. When the crystal takes damage, it instantly releases a burst of energy dealing that damage, split evenly between all enemies within 8 yards. Mage - LvL 0 Talent. 40 yd range. Instant. 60 sec cooldown.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)

  • Sanctuary Decreases damage taken by 15% 10%, increases your chance to dodge by 2%, and reduces the chance for your attacks to be parried by 3%. Paladin - Protection Spec.

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Mysticism Increases your Intellect by 5%. Passive. Requires Cloth. Passive.

  • Saving Grace Instantly heals a friendly target for [*1 + 630% of Spell Power*]. Reduces your absorbs and healing done by 10% for 8 sec, stacking up to 10 times. Can be cast in Spirit of Redemption. Can't be cast in Shadowform. Priest - LvL 0 Talent. 3% of Base Mana. 40 yd range. 1.5 sec cast.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Windstrike Hurl a staggering blast of wind at an enemy, dealing Physical damage equal to 170% 250% weapon damage, bypassing armor, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Lightning Shield, and Earth Shock for 15 sec. Damage is increased by 0% while Lightning Shield is active. Requires Melee Weapon. 1% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. Instant. 7.5 sec cooldown.
  • Windstrike Hurl a staggering blast of wind at an enemy, dealing Physical damage equal to 170% 250% weapon damage, bypassing armor, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Lightning Shield, and Earth Shock for 15 sec. Damage is increased by 0% while Lightning Shield is active. Requires Melee Weapon. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Windstrike Off-Hand Hurl a staggering blast of wind at an enemy, dealing Physical damage equal to 170% 250% weapon damage, bypassing armor, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Lightning Shield, and Earth Shock for 15 sec. Damage is increased by 0% while Lightning Shield is active. Requires Melee Weapon. 100 yd range. Instant.

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Nethermancy Increases your Intellect by 5%. Passive. Requires Cloth. Passive.

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)

  • Slam Slam an opponent, causing (100% 150% of weapon damage) Physical damage. Each consecutive use of Slam increases the damage dealt by 50% and the Rage cost by 100%, stacking up to 2 times for 2 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. Warrior - LvL 45 Talent. 10 Rage. Melee range. Instant.

  • Mastery: Weapons Master Increases the damage of your Mortal Strike, Colossus Smash, and Execute abilities by 20%. Warrior - Arms Spec. 28%. Warrior - Arms Spec.

  • Ancestral Talisman Consultation with the spirits of previous generations is considered essential to Shadowmoon shamans whenever an important decision is to be made. Talismans and other relics that were important to an ancestor during life provide a more clear spiritual conduit for shamans to speak to them in the afterlife. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Ancient Frostwolf Fang In life, no two creatures will share a stronger relationship than that of a Frostwolf orc and his or her companion wolf. The two eat, sleep, and fight side by side until one or both dies an honorable death. Even then, sometimes not even death itself can stop a frostwolf from coming to the aid of its beloved orc. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Ancient Nest Guardian Harnessing the power of the sun as a never-ending fuel, these constructs were originally built as automated caretakers for young Arakkoa. With the conflict escalating between the Adherants of Ruhkmar and the Outcasts, many have been repurposed as instruments of war. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Apexis Crystal Scattered in the most ancient of ruins on Draenor are fragments and whispers of the Apexis civilization, who attained a height of power during the Age of Order and then abruptly vanished. The arrival of the Iron Horde has prompted a secret but urgent escalation in retriving Apexis artifacts by the Adherents. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Apexis Hieroglyph Brittle and ancient beyond measure, this stone tablet contains carvings that vaguely describe an engine of incredible power, claiming to harness the power of the sun. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Apexis Scroll This battered scroll case has corroded shut, and the scroll within is barely readable with very careful examination. These appear to be plans and measurements for a glorious "Temple in the Sky," written in an ancient hand. It's unclear whether such a splendid structure was ever built. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Barbed Fishing Hook This arm-length nest of barbs has less in common with a traditional fishing hook and more with an elaborate halberd. You can only imagine the size of the leviathan that could be pulled in by such a hook, and it's no surprise that most orcs prefer to hunt their prey from land. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Beakbreaker of Terokk Eschewing traditional Arakkoan weaponry, Terokk carried this cudgel as a symbol of his fall from king to outcast heretic. Rumors have persisted for centuries that rather than employing traditional wing-cutting as a punishment, Terokk simply shattered the beaks of those who dared to oppose him. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Blackrock Razor Male orcs of the Blackrock Clan never cut their hair until they come of age, at which point their head is shaved and their role in this extremely regimented society is determined. This ancient switchblade is forged of blackrock and embellished with jewels, likely used by a prominent family for many generations of initiation. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Burial Urn In death all Arakkoa seek to join the Sun-God Rukhmar in the skies above Draenor, thus cremation is vastly preferred to burial. Some have their ashes scattered high in the skies, others are collected in ornate urns and placed in crypts. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Calcified Eye In a Jar This well-preserved eye must have once belonged to a chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow clan. Upon ascension to ruler of the clan, each chieftain undertakes a shamanic vision quest in which they sacrifice their own eye to receive a vision of their own death. You can only imagine the grisly fate this clouded eye bore witness to. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Ceremonial Tattoo Needles These bone needles are taken from the corpses of fallen enemies and meticuously sharpened. The mystics of the Shadowmoon often inscribe secret runes into their flesh to more clearly speak to their ancestors and the elemental spirits. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Cracked Ivory Idol An example of the Void worship once practiced but now banned by the Shadowmoon Clan elders, this idol is as dark as the night sky. Roughly and frantically chiseled from the tusk of what must have been a colossal Elekk, this idol was dyed and is inlaid with complex swirling and jagged patterns. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Decree Scrolls The incomplete writings here seem to indicate a decree of a sort of martial law, and reminders to be vigilant for signs of the curse amongst neighbors and friends. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Doomsday Prophecy This tablet speaks of the "end times." From what you can decipher, the crude scrawls of multiple authors speak of at least seven different and sometimes conflicting versions of a final reckoning for all of the inhabitants of Draenor. Eerily, the iconography of a flaming hammer is clearly depicted - is this the ancestral origin of the Twilight's Hammer clan? 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Dreamcatcher When Terokk returned from exile he was broken and flightless. Rumors of his cursed state swept like wildfire through the Arakkoa, giving rise to superstitious charms and cures. Dreamcatchers endure as one of the most clung-to icons of safety, for the Arakkoa believe the curse will entangle itself in the dreamcatcher and fade in the morning sunlight. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Elemental Bellows The Blackrock Clan originally used the naturally occurring elemental-fueled infernos of ancient Draenor to shape and harden their namesake ore. A Shaman could use these bellows to channel the power of a fire spirit directly to a blast furnace, allowing the Blackrock to set up forges anywhere. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Eye of Har'gunn the Blind While most ogres are born with two eyes, a handful in every generation regress and are born with a single eye. All but a few clans recognize these ogres are exceptional and destined for great things. An unlucky one-eyed ogre mage lost his eye in a duel and replaced it with this fist-sized stone, discovering it to have magical properties when he did so. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Fang-Scarred Frostwolf Axe In order to be granted full standing within the Frostwolf clan, each member must undertake a solo quest to befriend and bond with a wild Frostwolf. Not all clan members pass this trial, but those that do earn a lifelong companion. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Flask of Blazegrease Sticky, smelly, and highly flammable, the substance in this small container is liberally applied to the swords and axes of the Burning Blade clan before battle. Though some warriors choose to ignite their weapons before battle, most let the inevitable contact of blades and armor spark the blazegrease for unpredictable intimidation. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Frostwolf Ancestry Scrimshaw As part of the rite of passage into adulthood, a Frostwolf orc must slay a frostboar and carve their family genealogy as far back as will fit on the creature's largest tusk. Family history and tradition are of great importance to the Frostwolf clan, so the largest frostboars are hunted each season to preserve clan lineage. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Gladiator's Shield Disagreements between ogres usually end in violence. During the early decades of the Age of Order, a sly chieftain decreed that disputes in his clan would be settled via proxy in one-on-one combat between slaves. The mortality rate amongst the ogres plummeted, leading to a golden age of expansion. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Gronn-Tooth Necklace The Thunderlords are the greatest big game hunters in all of Draenor. For centuries they have used riding beasts and coordinated assaults to slay game and gronn alike. Their clan draws their name from an ancient chieftain who single-handedly slew a powerful gronn at the pinnacle of Thunder Peak. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Headdress of the First Shaman Learning to speak with the elemental spirits of Draenor was a pivotal achievement in destiny the Orc clans. Many clans claim the mythical "First Shaman" arose from their ranks, but the truth is that no one is sure of his or her allegiance. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Hooked Dagger The Shattered Hand celebrate victory in battle with self-mutilation. Their most celebrated warriors are covered with scars and piercings, and it becomes increasingly difficult with age to tell which were inflicted by enemies or by the triumphant orc. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Imperial Decree Stele Assembled fragments from this stone stele place it in Talador several hundred years before the draenei arrived. It marks an ogre imperial decree to raze several orc settlements in retaliation for a number of rebellious raids against Gorian slave trade caravans. The orders were likely carried out, since the towns no longer exist, and this stone was erected to memorialize the dark deed. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Metalworker's Hammer Despite many dents and scratches, you can see the Blackrock clan iconography etched in to this once-proud hammer. The first of the Orc clans to master the art of shaping their namesake metal, the Blackrock prefer to wield blunt weaponry in battle to honor their ancestors. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Mortar and Pestle Preferring to show off their physique, ogres eschew garments that cover too much skin. In order to look more fearsome to their enemies, they adorn their bodies with warpaints created in these grinding tools. This mortar and pestle set is stained yellow, indicating it was used by the Boulderfist clan. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Ogre Figurine Expressing with sculpture what most ogres could struggle to explain in words, this statue summarizes the most important ogre physical attribute: size. The clefthoof held above the ogre's head displays strength, while the robust waistline symbolizes great wealth. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Outcast Dreamcatcher Outcast Arakkoa have repurposed the dreamcatcher not to ward off the Curse of Sethe, but to capture and harvest tiny amounts of essences from their lost gods. Rumors persist of an ever-growing mass of swirling energy buried deep beneath Skettis, whispering promises of power to any who will listen... 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Pictogram Carving While the written word is mostly used as an instrument for the upper echelons of imperial ogre society, occasionally an ordinary ogre will try his hand at making a story immortal. This pictogram appears to tell the story of an especially distressing culinary experience. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Rylak Riding Harness A brilliant ogre once had a thought that riding a rylak would make travel much faster than using pack animals or walking. Roughly crafted from thick leather and utilizing an excessive number of knots, this seat could comfortably accomodate an ogre. However, it could only be saddled on a rylak the size of a small mountain which seems to explain why no one has ever seen ogres fly. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Screaming Bullroarer A bullroarer is an arm-length piece of rigid wood affixed to the end of a long rope and spun over the wielder's head to generate a droning noise capable of traveling long distances. This example was grooved by the Warsong to emit a high-pitched whistling noise rather than the low hum used by most other clans. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Solar Orb Central to High Arakkoan culture is reverence of Rukhmar and the sun. Hundreds of Solar Orbs are scattered around Skyreach, which cast a never-ending light so no Arakkoan need go without the sun's warmth, even on a cold and overcast day. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Sorcerer-King Toe Ring Imperial ogres jealously guard the secrets of magic in order to keep their status among the ruling class. The wealthiest among them adorn themselves with magically-enhanced jewelry and other wearable artifacts. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Stone Dentures Ogres are straightforward in combat and often suffer as much punishment as they dish out, relying on their strength and stamina to carry them to victory. These serrated-tooth dentures are proof that at least one ogre had all of his teeth knocked out and lived to fight another day. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Stone Manacles Rather than using clasps and locks, Ogres bind their slaves using unbroken stone circlets. Their centuries of manipulating earth elements lets them simply shrink the manacles tightly around the slave's ankles, wrists, or neck. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Stonemaul Succession Stone Chieftains rule small bands of ogres with an iron fist, and are never short on challengers. The Stonemaul clan have notoriously high turnover rate in their leadership; judging from the layers of bloodstains this stone appears to have been instrumental in deposing multiple Stonemaul chieftans. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Sundial This delicately-engraved instrument, when positioned correctly, acts as both a sundial and an arakkoa seasonal calendar. The base of the instrument is covered with callouts for celestial events, most of which are accompanied by grave warnings. Interestingly, the device seems to have cryptically predicted the arrival of the draenei a century before it happened. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Talonpriest Mask Believing they have been abandoned by the sun, cursed Arakkoa prefer to hide in the forests or beneath awnings during daylight hours. Talonpriests take this a step further and never show their faces to the sun, wearing ritual masks that act as a focus for their communes with Anzu. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Warmaul of the Warmaul Chieftain The first great technological innovation in ogre society was the concept of attaching a rock to the end of a very long stick to smash your enemies, rather than attempting to bash them with a rock held in your hand. The schism this innovation created amongst ogre society resolved itself only when the now-forgotten tribe broke in to the Warmaul and Boulderfist clans. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Warsinger's Drums Relying on shock and awe to overwhelm their enemies, the Warsong earned their name from their fearsome battle cries and thunderous drum marches. These macabre drums are constructed of Talbuk leather stretched tightly over what appear to be ogre skulls, celebrating the clan's freedom from the ogre empire. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Warsong Ceremonial Pike The riders of the Warsong clan are always on the move. In camp, a family's tent is marked with a long pike thrust into the ground - often adorned with the skulls of defeated enemies. This example is over a hundred years old and is branded with the names of several key battles. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Weighted Chopping Axe Taking their namesake literally, warriors of the Shattered Hand clan will ritualistically smash their own hand before cutting it off. The stump is cauterized and replaced with one of many varities of weaponry. This blade, which resembles a simple butcher's cleaver, is heavily weighted to assist in making a single clean cut at the wrist. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.
  • Wolfskin Snowshoes With the icy Frostwind desert providing little vegetative nourishment, the Frostwolf depend on their hunters for sustenance. These snowshoes, constructed of wolf bones and pelts, help keep trackers from sinking into deep drifts while pursuing prey. 2 sec cast. Archaeology. 2 sec cast.

  • Greater Assault Permanently enchant boots to increase attack power by 16 8. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Greater Cosmic Essence (4), Dream Shard (4). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Greater Potency Permanently enchant a melee weapon to increase attack power by 25 12. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Infinite Dust (2), Lesser Cosmic Essence (4). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Lesser Protection Permanently enchant a cloak to increase armor by 20 2. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Strange Dust (6), Small Glimmering Shard. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Major Armor Permanently enchant a cloak to increase armor by 120 12. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Arcane Dust (8). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Savagery Permanently enchant a two-handed melee weapon to increase attack power by 70 35. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Large Prismatic Shard (4), Arcane Dust (40). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Tectonic Upheaval Tectus unleashes his built up seismic instability into the earth, creating a massive series of earthquakes that each inflict 30,000 35,000 Nature damage to all players. If Tectus's health is depleted during Tectonic Upheaval, he will Shatter. Instant.
by Published on 2014-09-21 06:09 PM

Update (9:45 PM EDT): The background downloader was live briefly, but is no longer live.
Update (7:15 PM EDT): Another beta build is on the way!

Tuesday Maintenance Reminder, Seasonal Paragon Calculator, Alkaizer Rank #1 Crusader

Deck Talk: Spark's Legendeath Rogue, Prismata Cup 2 This Weekend, Mod Recruitment

Final Phase of Technical Alpha To Come "Sometime" After Sept 29th

Warlords of Draenor - Blackrock Foundry: The Blast Furnace
Today we are taking a look at The Blast Furnace, one of the more interesting bosses in Blackrock Foundry.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
The Blackrock clan's unique ability to smelt the black ore, a substance so dense that ordinary flame does not even soften it, has always been their most closely-guarded secret. Deep within the Foundry, their furnace contains a primal force as old as Draenor itself, raging within the confines of its prison as it emanates a preternatural heat.

  • Overview - The objective of this encounter is to destroy the Foundry's massive furnace. Players must first disable the Blast Furnace's Heat Regulators, which will release the Heart of the Mountain, a blazing fire Fury that powers the furnace. Primal Elementalists then join the fight and channel beams to control the raging Fury. Once the Primal Elementalists have fallen, the Heart of the Mountain is unleashed and must be dealt with directly.
    • Damage Dealers -
      • Furnace Engineers attach bombs to random targets. Detonate these bombs near a Heat Regulator to damage them.
      • Defeat Slag Elementals near Primal Elementalists to temporarily disrupt their protective shield.
      • Interrupt Firecallers' Cauterize Wounds.
    • Healers -
      • Players in the vicinity of Foreman Feldspar suffer Fire damage as long as they are close to him.
      • Foreman Feldspar targets random players with his Pyroclasm ability.
      • Every time the Heart of the Mountain reaches 100 Energy, he will cast Blast.
      • Slag Elementals pick targets at random to fixate on and attack.
    • Tanks -
      • Position Security Guards so they cannot protect nearby allies with their Defense ability.
      • Slag Elementals fixate on random players, and cannot be taunted.
      • Firecallers will heal their allies for a significant amount.
      • When facing the Heart of the Mountain, take turns tanking in order to manage your stacks of Tempered and Heat.
  • Phase 1 - Sabotage - Players must disable the Heat Regulators located on each side of the Blast Furnace to disable it.
    • The Blast Furnace -
      • Blast - The Blast Furnace periodically unleashes a burst of heat upon the whole room. All players suffer 112,676 Fire damage.
    • Furnace Engineer -
      • Electrocution - The caster fires a bolt of electricity at a random enemy that inflicts 33,802 Nature damage. The electricity will jump to up to 2 other targets within 5 yards of the initial target.
      • Repair - The caster attempts to repair a nearby Heat Regulator for 3% of its maximum health.
      • Bomb - The caster attaches bombs to random enemies. After 15 sec the bombs will detonate.
      • Drop Lit Bombs - The caster drops their sack of bombs. The force of dropping to the ground causes them all to arm; they will explode shortly after being picked up. If all the bombs are taken out of the sack, the sack will dissappear. Otherwise the sack will explode after 15 sec.
    • Bellows Operator -
      • Loading - Periodically increases the heat level of the Blast Furnace by 2.
      • Get in the Fight! - In Mythic Difficulty, the Bellows Operators will stop operating the bellows of the furnace and engage players in melee combat after reaching 50% health remaining.
    • Security Guard -
      • Defense - The caster provides protection for their nearby allies, preventing nearly all damage.
      • Slay Elemental - The caster strikes the target, disabling any protection their elemental nature would normally provide and causing the target to take an additional 50% more damage for 20 sec.
        Only works on Slag Elementals.
    • Foreman Feldspar -
      • Pyroclasm - The caster hurls a massive glob of pyroclastic sludge at a random target for 70,422 Fire damage.
      • Rupture - The ground beneath the target's feet rips open, revealing pyroclastic flows that inflict 56,338 Fire damage to all players in the vicinity every second.
      • Hot Blooded - Foreman Feldspar's very presence burns his enemies with Fire damage.
      • Melt Armor - The caster lashes forward with their molten gauntlets, inflicting 43,000 Fire damage and melting the victim's armor.
        Further instances of this attack received within 30 sec inflict 30% more damage.
  • Phase 2 - The Heart Exposed - The Heart of the Mountain escapes from the Blast Furnace! Primal Elementalists join the fight in an effort to keep the Heart of the Mountain from destroying everything.
    • The Blast Furnace -
      • Blast - The Blast Furnace periodically unleashes a burst of heat upon the whole room. All players suffer 112,676 Fire damage.
      • Slag Pool - The Slag Pool continues to heat up the Heart of the Mountain as long as it remains in the area.
      • Cooling Down - When the Heart of the Mountain exits the Blast Furnace it loses heat.
    • Primal Elementalist -
      • Damage Shield - The caster raises a shield of elemental forces, making them immune to all damage.
        • Shields Down - Primal Elementalists are vulnerable to damage when their Damage Shield has been removed.
      • Reactive Earth Shield - The Reactive Earth Shield will heal the target after 8 sec.
    • Firecaller -
      • Cauterize Wounds - The caster seals the target's wounds with flames, cauterizing them and healing the target for 20% of their maximum health.

        Players healed in this way are healed for 1/10th this value.
      • Lava Burst - The caster hurls a massive glob of lava at a random target for 77,466 Fire damage.
      • Volatile Fire - Afflicts random enemies with a seed of Volatile Fire that will explode after 8 sec. When the seed explodes, it inflicts 71,450 Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards of the explosion.
      • Erupt - The caster causes lava underneath the target Slag Elemental to rise up out of the ground, heating them up. The Slag Elemental is energized to full.
    • Slag Elemental - Slag Elementals will go Dormant and remove the Damage Shield of any nearby Primal Elementalist when they are reduced to 1 hitpoint. While Dormant, the Fury's Blasts will restore 25 Energy. When the Slag Elemental reaches 100 Energy they will revive.
      • Burn - The caster inflicts 42,254 Fire damage to their current target.
      • Fixate - Slag Elementals fixate on a random target, focusing their spells on the victim.
      • Slag Bomb - Upon reaching zero health remaining, the Slag Elemental explodes for 100,000 Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards and goes Dormant.
      • Hardened Slag - Hardened Slag is impervious to nearly all damage.
    • Security Guard -
      • Defense - The caster provides protection for their nearby allies, preventing nearly all damage.
      • Slay Elemental - The caster strikes the target, disabling any protection their elemental nature would normally provide and causing the target to take an additional 50% more damage for 20 sec.
        Only works on Slag Elementals.
  • Phase 3 - Freedom! - With all of the Primal Elementalists defeated, the Heart of the Mountain attacks everything in site.
    • Heart of the Mountain -
      • Blast - The Blast Furnace periodically unleashes a burst of heat upon the whole room. All players suffer 112,676 Fire damage.
      • Tempered - Exposure to Heat from the Heart of the Mountain's attacks gradually increases damage taken from Heat. Tempered will only increase its efficacy when exposed to greater Heat levels than your current Tempered level and any time Heat is initially applied to you.
      • Heat - Heats up the victim's arms and armor. This heat inflicts 28,169 Fire damage every second for each application and is increased by the victim's Tempered level.
      • Melt - The caster heats the floor under a random enemy. Players entering the affected area suffer 70,422 Fire damage every second.

Brewfest 2014
Brewfest is upon us once again, and Icy-Veins has an in depth guide to all things Brewfest. This year the event runs from September 20 to October 6. This year offers the same items as last year, such as the Pandaren Brewpack and item level 470 epic trinkets.

If you are still leveling alts, don't forget to grab the Brewfest Enthusiast buff at 6:15 AM and 6:15 PM server time outside of Ironforge and Orgrimmar at the Tapping of the Keg ceremony.

Level Type Spec Slot Name
470TrinketTrinket Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm
470TrinketTrinket Bitterest Balebrew Charm
470TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Mithril Wristwatch
470TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Coren's Cold Chromium Coaster
470TrinketTankTrinket Brawler's Statue
470TrinketHealerTrinket Thousand-Year Pickled Egg

Brewfest Prize Token Rewards

Level Type Slot Name Cost
20Companion Pets Wolpertinger's Tankard200 ×
20Companion Pets Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm100 ×
20Holiday Preserved Brewfest Hops20 ×
1Quest "Brew of the Month" Club Membership Form200 ×
10HeadHead Belbi's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 ×
10HeadHead Blix's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 ×
1HeadHead Brown Brewfest Hat50 ×
1HeadHead Green Brewfest Hat50 ×
1HeadHead Blue Brewfest Hat50 ×
1HeadHead Purple Brewfest Hat50 ×
1ChestChest Brewfest Regalia200 ×
1ChestChest Brewfest Dress200 ×
1FeetFeet Brewfest Boots100 ×
1FeetFeet Brewfest Slippers100 ×
1Consumable Pandaren Brewpack100 ×
1Consumable Brewfest Pony Keg100 ×
1Consumable Brewfest Keg Pony200 ×
20Consumable Fresh Brewfest Hops2 ×
20Consumable Fresh Goblin Brewfest Hops5 ×
1Consumable Brewhelm2 ×

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
CASC Patching
Ah, file bloat. In live, major patches tend to take the time to resort and scan the files to get rid of old and useless ones, which the beta doesn't.
There's some truth to this. For example, the user who simply patches from 6.0 to 6.1 (on 6.1 patch day) would have a different amount of data than the user who participated in the 6.1 PTR and received a dozen or more builds.

CASC is still a relatively new system, and the team will continue to work on it past WoD launch. I know file cleanup is something on their plate, but I don't have an ETA on that kind of tech.

Deleting your Data Folder in your manner is an interesting test case, I'll pass along your findings to our team. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Challenge Modes and Tertiary Stats
Tertiary stats as well as gems will be disabled inside Draenor Challenge Modes. Not all of that is currently functional, but it will be soon.

If there are other questions or a desire to discuss the nature or purpose of Challenge Modes as a system, please start a new thread and we can read it and chime in where possible. I'd love to keep this thread focused on dungeon-specific feedback and firsthand accounts of Challenge runs on beta. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Druid (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Missing the 2 Rage on Dodge for Primal Fury (Guardian)
Yes, we dropped it to 0; no more Rage from dodging. (Celestalon)
Ok. I imagine this is only the first in a suite of Rage changes.
No, no other changes currently planned. (Celestalon)

Priest (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Hopefully some more Disc changes in upcoming builds, still the worst healer by far even with Silence. Thoughts on talent changes?
I don't foresee any talent changes at this point. I do believe their healing received a recent buff. (holinka)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Not sure if bug or an intended change. did High Tide go through any changes recently besides the nerf to 2 extra targets?
I believe we refined the target selection a bit. It'll add targets to the CH that are within 30yd of the primary target, ... (Celestalon)
...and have Riptide, up until there are a total of 6 targets hit. (Celestalon)

Character / Items
Void storage is useless if you can't store items that been marked unique like some weapons, Armor, etc are in it.
Why's that? What things do you want to store multiple of? Why? (Muffinus)

is the ordos restriction removed?
Yes, you will not need the cloak to fight Ordos in 6.0. (Muffinus)
So how are people without the cloak going to get up to him? The same weird workarounds they have always been able to do?
Everyone gets the windy jump across the bridge! The Celestials are listening! (Muffinus)

All the PvP gear on vendors that doesn't have set bonuses attached--is that intended/way for people to spend points for alt stats?
yes (holinka)

Why is it that marks disappear from my team members when we do Arena? Sometimes they just.. disappear. Oo Can we get that fixed?
Some spells remove them, like mirror image. We are working on that. (holinka)

intended for BG strongbox to drop lvl 100 gear(620 Ilvl) to lvl 90 players?
No it isn't. (holinka)

you guys have the intention of increasing the size of Ashran in future builds? There are some bigger spaces above the back area
Yes we hope to keep expanding on it. (holinka)

Then there's not much to be said here. It's mainly another orc expansion. Even as a Hordie, this is getting less original.
How do you define an "orc expansion." Is it the main antagonist? The guys on the box? The final boss? Mobs you fight most? (_DonAdams)
Orcs push the driving action of the story. Other characters are largely passive and react to the orcs.
Is it possible it's just the juxtaposition of SoO with an orc-heavy expac leading to this feeling? (_DonAdams)
Possible, yes. Though I'd argue if you play Alliance, orcs have been the central antagonist since Cataclysm.
How so? Cata was Deathwing, the elemental lords, and the Twilight's Hammer. MoP was mogu, mantid and sha. (_DonAdams)
Certainly Thrall and Garrosh played big roles, we've been building up Garrosh for awhile now. But orc-centric? (_DonAdams)
Ultimately we arrived at having to solve a big crisis, but it was largely caused by our own actions. (_DonAdams)
Cataclysm largely feeling like I was a glorified janitor cleaning up messes so Thrall could steal the glory.
Yeah, there's a reason you almost never see Thrall in MoP. He had too big of a presence in Cata. (_DonAdams)

This also kind of presents a point: surely there's room for situations where the protagonists are driving the action.
This is a good point. I think that was the beginning of MoP - both factions rushing to explore a new land. (_DonAdams)
5.4 felt kind of underwhelming. I don't have a polite way to phrase how I felt about 5.3.
Sorry you didn't like it - was it primarily the content (Barrens) or the story that threw you? Working w/ Vol'jin? (_DonAdams)
I would have preferred it if Jaina or Moira had filled the same role for the Alliance.
For what it's worth, there are WAY more faction-specific quests in WoD. Spires is mostly neutral, but it's unique. (_DonAdams)
Heading out for the weekend, but thank you for the chat! I want the Alliance to feel invested and badass. (_DonAdams)

Rilak and Kirrik from BC are in the Order of the Awakened. So did the Order turn into the Shattrath arakkoa exiles?
Order of the Awakened did not exist in the BC timeline. It's a product of your actions in Spires of Arak. (_DonAdams)

EU Connected Realms Update - 18/09
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The following realms are due to be connected on 24 September:

English Realms
  • (PvE) Alonsus and Kul Tiras

French Realms
  • (PvE) Chants éternels and Vol'jin
  • (PvP) Kael'Thas and Arak-arahm, Throk'Feroth, Rashgarroth

The following realms are due to be connected after the realms above:

English Realms
  • (PvE) Anachronos and Alonsus, Kul Tiras
  • (PvE) Emerald Dream and Terenas
  • (PvP) Twilight's Hammer and Agamaggan, Bloodscalp, Crushridge, Emeriss, Hakkar
  • (PvP) Al'Akir and Skullcrusher, Xavius

We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this post when we do:

English Realms
  • (RP) Steamwheedle Cartel and Moonglade, The Sha'tar
  • (PvE) Eonar and Vek'nilash, Blade's Edge

German Realms
  • (RP PvP) Das Konsortium and Das Syndikat, Die Arguswacht, Die Todeskrallen, Der abyssische Rat, Kult der Verdammten

Plans for these connections may change at any time. We’ll provide additional updates for future connections here as soon as we can.

Final Phase of Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha
The Heroes shop is closing on September 22, with all heroes being free to play after that. The next week Heroes will be shutdown for over a week to wipe all data and move to using the live servers. This will split players by region and connect your live Battle.Net friends lists.

Blizzard Art Update
Blizzard has added more pieces to the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Art gallery.

by Published on 2014-09-19 09:15 PM

Update (7:45 PM EDT): The Southshore vs. Tarren Mill battleground is now 40v40, down from 100v100.

Warlords of Draenor In-Game Cinematics
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Warning: Here be spoilers!* Go no further! Turn back now before it’s too late! You have been warned!

The distant echoes of the Iron Horde’s war machine have already begun to reach the ears of Azeroth’s heroes. Soon, the journey into Draenor will begin in earnest—a journey filled with drama, tension, and momentous events that will shape the fate of this world.

To tell this tale, we’ve created more high-quality in-game cinematic footage for Warlords of Draenor than ever before—and as your story unfolds, these cinematics will illustrate some of the key moments of your adventure.

While we generally like to keep story beats like these a surprise, we know some players enjoy seeking out spoilers, and there are always plenty of people who find these files in the beta or on the PTR and share them. To help mitigate the potential for unsuspecting players to accidentally come across these and spoil their own adventure ahead of time, we’ve decided to go ahead and upload them ourselves—and provide plenty of caution and safeguards against watching them accidentally.

Of course, it goes without saying that we recommend you wait and watch these videos in-game as they were meant to be encountered—but if you choose to watch them here below, we hope you enjoy them, and only ask that you allow others to experience the story as they choose. Thank you for your continued excitement and passion for World of Warcraft, and we’ll see you in Draenor!

*What follows are the in-game cinematics that will play at various points during the Warlords of Draenor campaign. We encourage you to play the game and experience them in-context as you progress through Draenor—but if you decide to watch them now, don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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