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Adam Koebel


@BendakWoW on Twitter. Also known as Bendak from Eyes of the Beast (Hunter blog).

Khadgar is ready to send you into Draenor, mount and collision restrictions

If you've stopped by the Dark Portal in the past several hours, you may have noticed some changes. Alliance and Horde forces have begun to push the Iron Horde back closer to the portal. Khadgar, along with Thrall and Maraad, have taken up station in front of the portal.

When the clock strikes 12 a.m. PST (North America) or 12 a.m. CET (Europe), you'll be prompted to visit Khadgar in the Blasted Lands to start your journey into Draenor. In past expansions, the NPC which gave you the first quest tended to be a bottleneck of sorts. Usually it was because of some unsavory individuals who decided to sit on their oversized mammoth mounts right on top of said NPC.

You'll be happy to know that Khadgar has collisions around him, meaning no one can sit directly on top of him. And best of all, mounting is disallowed in a 15 yard radius around Khadgar. Sorry to disappoint you, mammoth trolls.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Looking for Group premieres at BlizzCon

The World of Warcraft: Looking for Group documentary recently premiered at BlizzCon, and Blizzard has put it up on YouTube for all to enjoy. It runs for a full hour and gives a fascinating behind the scenes look at the 10-year history of WoW, along with stories from players about what the game means to them. Just stop reading this and watch it!

Filed under: BlizzCon

Method wins their second BlizzCon live raid

Congratulations to Method for winning their second BlizzCon live raid! This year, both Method and Midwinter raced in Highmaul (Heroic), one of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor raids. Unlike the Siege of Orgrimmar race from last year, this race was from start to finish -- including the trash, which proved to be one of the deciding factors for Method's victory.

Midwinter started out strong by killing the first boss, Kargath, while Method still had about 20% to go. This advantage quickly shifted when Midwinter had some hiccups on the trash on the way to Twin Ogron (the 3 bosses in between are optional bosses, which they skipped for the purpose of the race). Method killed Twin Ogron with Midwinter still at 25%. Midwinter slowly caught up during Ko'ragh and ended up pulling the final boss, Imperator Mar'gok, only 10 seconds behind Method.

The final fight was pretty exciting, with Method and Midwinter only about 5-10% apart on boss health throughout the whole fight. There were several close calls, but Method ended up pulling it off. If you have the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, I'd recommend checking out the VOD. Lead Designer Ion Hazzikostas gives some good background information on the fight mechanics and some of the lore behind the raid.

Filed under: BlizzCon

The heroes of Overwatch

Blizzard has unveiled the first 12 heroes of Overwatch, their newly announced 6v6 multiplayer shooter. Each hero fills one of the 4 roles -- Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. The goal is to provide gameplay options for all types of players, not just those who enjoy the traditional twitch gameplay of shooters. It's also worth noting that with each life you are able to switch your hero. You are not locked in to one hero for the entirety of the match.

Check out our gallery above, and a full list of the 12 heroes by role after the break.

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Filed under: BlizzCon

Overwatch cinematic and gameplay trailers, sign up for beta

The official site for Blizzard's newly announced multiplayer team shooter, Overwatch, is now live. With it comes the cinematic and gameplay videos from BlizzCon. In addition, the site features detailed profiles of all the game's heroes, including lists of their abilities. There's also information on roles, gameplay modes, and more.

You can also opt in to the beta, which is set to begin in 2015. Overwatch is playable on the floor at BlizzCon, which makes me hopeful that the beta will start sooner in 2015 rather than later.

The cinematic announcement trailer is embedded above, and you'll find the gameplay trailer after the break. For more information on Overwatch, check out our liveblog of the Overwatch Unveiled panel.

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Blizzard announces new charity pet for ebola relief efforts

Blizzard has announced the next Shop pet: Argi. It will be available for purchase for $10 starting on December 3. For every Argi purchased between December 3 and December 31, 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to support ebola relief efforts.

Filed under: BlizzCon

Watch the BlizzCon 2014 opening ceremony live

The BlizzCon 2014 festivities are kicking off today with the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST). Everything will be streamed live on the official BlizzCon site. Just a reminder that even if you haven't purchased a Virtual Ticket, you'll still be able to watch the opening ceremony for free. E-sport events including the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, and the Hearthstone World Championship will also be free to stream all weekend. However, if you want to watch the developer panels, contests, closing ceremony, and the Metallica concert then you'll need the Virtual Ticket.

If you're at work or otherwise unable to watch the live stream, we got you covered here at WoW Insider with live blogs of the opening ceremony and all the World of Warcraft panels.

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Patch 6.0.3 hotfixes for November 3

You can stop pulling your hair out trying to complete the Brood of Alysrazor achievement for the Blazing Wings toy at the Darkmoon Faire. Up until these hotfixes, the fire rings were shared between players which made getting this achievement nearly impossible on a populated realm. All players should now have their own individual rings. I've personally had luck completing the achievement with this route. Here are some of the highlights from this round of hotfixes.
  • Firebird's Challenge: Blazing Rings are no longer shared with other players.
  • Moonfang should once again be tuned for level 90 players.
  • Get Kraken!: Increased the health for North Sea Kraken by 1000%.
  • Color blind shaders are back. New console command: /console colorblindsimulator [0-8].
  • Resolved a frame rate stuttering issue that was affecting some Mac OS clients.
The full list of fixes is after the break.

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Filed under: News items

20 easy toys to collect for your Toy Box

Collecting is one of my strongest motivations for playing WoW. Lately, I've been going pretty crazy with collecting toys. I thought I'd share some of the very easiest toys I've collected. You will be able to log in and get most of these toys right away, with a few possible exceptions such as the reputation toys. However, if you've been actively playing in Mists you should already meet these reputation requirements. The rest are easy drops, simple quests, or vendor purchases.

Let's get started with the easiest of all, at a cost of a whopping 10 silver.

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Filed under: Achievements, Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor beta ending on November 3

After 5 months of alpha and beta testing, the Warlords of Draenor beta realms are scheduled to be shut down permanently on Monday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. PST. As per tradition, there will be an in-game event to say goodbye to the beta. This is scheduled to happen at 2:00 p.m. PST on the same day, though no specifics have been offered up yet.

I have many fond memories of the Warlords beta, such as the hunter community effort to solve the Gara mystery and participating in "play with the blues" events just to name a couple. Beta was fun, but I'm ready to move forward. Let's bring on the real deal.

You can find the full announcement from community manager Nethaera after the break.

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Filed under: Warlords of Draenor