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Adam enjoys all the different aspects of the World of Warcraft, although he mainly plays his Shaman, Priest, and Warrior. You can find more information about Adam at his personal blog:

North American realms are now coming up

After much downtime, North American realms are now coming up, albeit slowly. If there are further problems throughout the day, we'll have updates here.

Expect another round or two of hotfixes today, as well as some additional queues when logging in. While yesterday's server issues were large, we're betting things quite down on that front this evening.

To Draenor!

Filed under: News items

Maintenance extended until 11:00 a.m. PST

Maintenance on the North American World of Warcraft servers has been extended until 11:00 a.m. PST. This information comes directly off the official forums. Previous Blizzard tweets suggested no ETA, however those have been since retracted.

It's going to be a bit before Warlords of Draenor is playable again. Best to just sit back and relax. We'll keep this post updated with the latest news as we get it in.

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Warlords of Draenor's launch failure and where responsibility lies

This is an editorial; an opinion piece by a member of WoW Insider's staff.

The last 36 hours have not been kind to Blizzard. They've encountered a number of problems at all levels of their technical and gameplay infrastructure. In the grand books of game launches, this isn't how they, or anyone, would want things to go -- it's been the opposite of smooth and reliable. While it's hard to say if the worst is over (although I'll say it anyway), what we do know is Blizzard has been working nonstop to fix every problem.

Yesterday the server engineers didn't go home. The community managers didn't leave. Developers were cranking out hotfixes at seven o'clock in the evening. From my vantage point as an observer of this company, they were firing on all cylinders well after the close of business. Was it enough? No, not by a long shot.

But let's clear a few things up. Blizzard has their share of responsibility for what happened, but they also are not responsible for the idiocy of the criminal behavior of the DDoS attack.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

People are already level 100

There are a handful of people already roaming around the World of Warcraft at level 100. There are numerous reports from around the EU that the level has been achieved less than 24 hours after the game launched.

Some people were exploiting certain bugs and have had their levels rolled back. Others were behaving normally, but were just grinding things out non-stop. This shouldn't come as too too much of a surprise to anyone, given the nature of some player's priorities, but still -- it's quite a quick turn around.

There are no world or realm first leveling achievements anymore. Those have been removed with patch 6.0.2 entirely. I'm sure these folks had fun leveling like this; but I'm going to have a grand ol' time getting to 100 by the end of the weekend. Slow old man, that's me.

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The Queue: Leveling, realm first achievements, Blizzard HQ

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.

Ladyrhees linked this picture in the Queue's comments yesterday, and I had to use it as the header. I laughed.

Props to the original creator -- seems to have gone somewhat viral in the WoW community.

Itsdeeps asked:

how do you plan on leveling come Thursday? rushing to 100 or taking your time? I really wanted to take it slow and soak in all the story, but with the anniversary stuff going on I kinda feel the need to plow my way through... thoughts?

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The Queue: Professions, BlizzCon, and Asking Questions

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 back from BlizzCon and fully rested.

Let's do this, Warlords!

Magruun asked:

I don't quite understand the small plots in your garrison. I have Alchemy and Inscription on my character. should I build the buildings for those 2 professions or is it better to pick 2 buildings for professions I don't have? What are the advantages/disadvantages for picking one way or another exactly?

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BlizzCon 2014: Heroes of the Storm Panel

At BlizzCon 2014 Blizzard held a Heroes of the Storm panel that went over where the game is now and where it's going in the future. Instead of a live blog I'm going to give the bullet points of each segment.

What's happened since BlizzCon 2013
  • Talk-home alpha started immediately after BlizzCon 2013. Internally only, just employees, who played from home.
  • Blizzard used the take-home alpha to "find the fun" of the game, and make sure that the designers could play the game, as well as work on it.
  • Technical alpha started in March 2014. It's a very small test group. They're using this group to learn how to refine their team and learn about the development of this particular game.
  • Patches every 4 – 6 weeks, constant evolution. Lots of smaller chunks, much more often.
  • Everything is fair game for improvements.
  • Technical alpha is the core gameplay, a lot more will come in the future
  • Added Garden of Terror battleground
  • Added a lot of heroes. Murkey, Brightwing, Zagara, Rehgar, Azmodan.
  • Invites
  • Currently adding 15x the number of players than were initially invited to the alpha
  • Closed beta starts on January 13, 2015

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Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard announces new franchise: "Overwatch"

Blizzard has just announced Overwatch, an entirely new game. This will be their first new franchise in 17 years.

Details are scarce right now, but this is what we know:
  • Team based, multiplayer shooter.
  • Very approachable, not hard for new players to get into the game.
  • The game will be playable in Hall C at BlizzCon. 600 machines loaded with OverWatch.
  • Release "nearer than you think." Beta starts in 2015. Sign up at

More information incoming.

Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes Announced

Today at BlizzCon 2014, Blizzard announced Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes. This will be the game's first expansion -- the previously release Curse of Naxxramas was just an adventure pack.

Goblins vs. Gnomes will launch next month. It is playable from the floor at BlizzCon today.

Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

The WoW Insider Show Episode 366

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 Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. PDT!

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