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Legendary cloak quest line to be removed, buff extended

Some pretty big news for the legendary cloak today has been announced. In brief:
  • When patch 6.0.2 drops, unless you're on the quest chain, you'll no longer be able to start the quests.
  • When Warlords of Draenor releases, you'll no longer be able to start the quest chain or complete it. All traces of the quests will be removed. If you have your cloak, it will stay.
  • The Gaze of the Black Prince buff has been extended until patch 6.0.2 releases.
This is good news for those already on the quests and rushing to finish things up... but it certainly puts a deadline on the completion of the chain.

The clock is ticking! Blizzard's full post below.

Blizzard Entertainment
As a part of the transition from Mists of Pandaria to Warlords of Draenor, we'll be making some changes to the Legendary Cloak quest line and ultimately closing it out as players head into the new expansion. Once the quest is fully closed, the item will no longer be attainable, and the cloak will become a symbol of the great deeds you've accomplished in Mists of Pandaria.

With the release of the pre-expansion patch (6.0.2), players who are not already on the journey through this quest line will no longer be able to begin it. We will also be removing the Test of Valor step with patch 6.0.2 as a part of our transition from using Valor as a currency.

Once Warlords of Draenor launches on November 13, the Legendary Cloak quest line will be gone entirely-the quests and the cloak will no longer be obtainable, and any related in-progress quests will be cleared from your log.

But when one door closes, another door opens. In Warlords of Draenor, players will have the opportunity to earn a new Legendary item available exclusively in the new expansion: Khadgar's Band of the Archmage.
The Gaze of the Black Prince: One Last Look

If you haven't yet earned your Legendary Cloak, you still have one final opportunity to make accelerated progress on your quest. Rather than end the Gaze of the Black Prince buff on Tuesday, September 16 (as previously announced), the buff will remain active until the release of the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2). This buff increases the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It also increases the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line, including Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, and Titan Runestones.

Good luck on your quest, but remember that your voyage doesn't end here. Soon, you'll be setting your sights on the new Legendary item, Khadgar's Band of the Archmage, in Warlords of Draenor.

Filed under: News items

Heirloom gold vendors to be removed in patch 6.0.2

Up until today we were all expecting to be able to purchase heirlooms with gold come patch 6.0.2. This was going to happen due to the removal of Justice Points and Valor Points. However Blizzard has decided to make a change and remove the ability to purchase these heirlooms with gold completely from the game. You'll still be able to get them from other dedicated currency, like the Darkmoon Faire tokens -- but that's a far cry from being able to buy them with Justice Points or gold.

Bashiok notes that this change is due to the new Heirloom system that they're developing, and they don't want to set up bad expectations.

The full post is as follows:

With the upcoming release of Patch 6.0.2, we'll be sending the vendors who sell Heirlooms for Justice Points on a nice vacation.

As you might already be aware, both Justice and Valor Points are being removed as currencies from the game in 6.0.2. As we started to work on new ways to buy Heirlooms, we found that we were setting their value up for a rollercoaster ride. That's because we're also working on a larger Heirloom system for a future patch, and we don't want to introduce an interim pricing scheme that could temporarily devalue Heirlooms or limit how we'd be able to give them out in the future. Rather than make players face buyer's remorse and hand-wringing decisions about when to buy, we're going to give the Justice Heirloom vendors some time off while we work on improving the system as a whole.

One thing to note is that this change only affects vendors that sell Heirlooms for Justice. PvE Heirlooms will still remain available at the Darkmoon Faire and the Trial of the Crusader, and PvP Heirlooms will continue to be available for Honor.

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The main is dead! Long live the main!

In answering a question for The Queue today I realized something; my main is dead, your main is dead, all of our mains are dead. The character that we played the most and distinguished from our alts is no longer a thing. Death Wing didn't kill them, nor did any of Ragnaros' appearances. What killed the main was WoW itself, and its death has been slow and painful.

Along with the death of our mains has come the death of identity in WoW; or at least the severe dilution of that identity. When we lack a single point of reference for Self, we no longer have a tie to reality in which all actions and speech are connected to. This presents a problem at multiple levels, and it's interesting to explore why we got here, what here actually means, and what, if any, solutions there are.

Now if that wasn't vague enough, I don't know what is. Let's dive into things a bit.

How and Why We Lost the Concept of a Main
My main character used to be the one that I play most. I'd stick with it through the thick of things, when I didn't want to run raids anymore, when I didn't want to PvP anymore, when I didn't want to farm mats anymore. I did it on my main and I never deviated. During this time my identity online was connected to this one character (Osullivan, on the realm Eldre'thalas, US). There were things that happened with me where my reputation preceded me, good and bad. My main was who I was.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

The Queue: Battle tags, other classes, lore representation, and best name combinations

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

This will be my last Queue for the week. Matt Rossi is kind enough to take over while I go out and have adventure.

And by adventure I mean Gandalf. I'm going to pretend I'm Gandalf.

Benjamin asked:

Do you think we'll ever be able to search for characters in the Armory by battletag? Do you think battletags will ever become more relevant than just a more anonymous version of Real ID?

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Filed under: The Queue

Old and unused character names being made available

Exciting news for everyone that wants to get their hands on character names that haven't been used in ages. With patch 6.0.2, Blizzard will release all names of characters that haven't logged in since November 13, 2008.

The full announcement is as follows:

Blizzard Entertainment
With the upcoming Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2), we will be releasing sidelined characters' names back into the wild. Any characters that have not logged into the game since November 13, 2008 will have their names freed up, making them available to anyone creating a new character or using the paid Character Name Change service.

How Do I Preserve My Names?
You will need to log in to World of Warcraft and enter the game using each character whose name you wish to retain before patch 6.0.2 goes live. While it is possible no one will claim your recently released name and you might be able to snag it again, it is probably not worth the risk if you want to keep your names intact long-term.

Our goal with this great name liberation is to make sure new and returning players have a large and varied pool of names available to choose from-so log in now if you wish preserve your unused characters' names for your journey intro Draenor.

Filed under: News items

The Queue: Honor, Molten Core iLevel, valor achievements, bugs, and shoulders

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Thrall. I think this game needs more Thrall.

Don't you agree? They should make an entire expansion about Thrall.

Zuhani asked:

Will it still be possible to get honor points without PvPing, as it is now? I don't mean getting like 16 points when killing something in VoA, more like being able to "buy" honor like you currently do with JP?

I would use this honor to buy old PvP gear for transmogging. Or will old PvP gear be available for gold in the future?

Read more →

Filed under: The Queue

The WoW Insider Show Episode 360

Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth.

Want to have your question answered on the air? Email! And don't forget to join us for the live show again next Monday at 8:00 p.m. PDT!

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Filed under: Podcasts, WoW Insider Show

Live from our global headquarters, it's the WoW Insider Show!

Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here.

Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by!

Filed under: WoW Insider Show

The Queue: iGold, iTickets, iBrawlers, iClass

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

I'm going to be honest here.

I have a few hundred dollars waiting to buy an iWatch.


Arthur asked:

With the three auction houses merging into one with 6.0, is there still a good reason to restrict players from trading items and gold between factions on the same server?

Read more →

Filed under: The Queue

Developer Q&A: The important news as it happens

Blizzard's live Q&A happened this afternoon, and while most of the content covered was stuff we already knew about, there were a few items that were clarified and explained better. We've collected these items below in an easy to understand list.

Keep in mind that these Q&As are geared towards a wider audience than just those that read sites like WoW Insider or Wowhead; thus the questions and answers tend to be a little less than exciting for us. But still, this is all good info.

Big Items
  • Blizzard was working on WoD before MoP was released.
  • Blizzard has really strong ideas on what they want their next expansion to be.
  • They didn't do a good enough job at transitioning the team to the next expansion, but did a good job at getting MoP patches out.
  • The Blizzard Gear Store will soon have Murloc mugs (thanks to Lore for answering this).
Lore Items
  • Draenor is 35 years ago. This is confirmation of the timeline.
  • Vol'jin will have Shadow Hunters in WoD.
  • You'll be able to get outposts at level 100 in every WoD zone
  • Followers will be deactivated, not removed entirely.
  • You can reactivate up to one follower per-day.
  • Garrisons will remain per-character, but some buildings will be account wide.
  • Largest changes to professions in any expansion
  • Your two professions will get reduced cooldowns with the correct garrison buildings
  • You'll be able to create buildings for every profession in the game, they will not let you craft the absolute best items
  • No rep grind
  • No PvP requirement

Filed under: News items