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When not writing for WoW.com or his personal projects, Alex is most often found playing WoW Alliance-side on the Cenarion Circle server.

The Queue: BlizzCon hype train

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

BlizzCon, eh?

Revnah asked:

Soooo, how does the Blizzcon date figure in the release schedule for WoD? Speculations, please!

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Filed under: BlizzCon, The Queue

Hearthstone World Championships announced for BlizzCon 2014

BlizzCon 2014 was announced earlier today and details for events at the convention have been trickling out since. The Hearthstone World Championship will pit 16 of the world's best players against one another: 4 from the Americas, 4 from Europe, 4 from China, 2 from Korea, and 2 from Taiwan.

The official Hearthstone site has the full details of the event, including how qualifying players will be chosen, which differs from region to region. It's interesting to note that some participants will be drawn from community-run events. The full rules for the event, however, have not yet been released.

Filed under: BlizzCon, Hearthstone Insider

BlizzCon 2014 announced for November 7-8

We've all been waiting for it and Blizzard has finally dropped the bomb: BlizzCon will be returning this year to the Anaheim Convention Center. The convention will take place November 7 and November 8. Tickets will be on sale May 7 and May 10.

Last Week in WoW: Chop chop

World of Warcraft realms will be down for maintenance today beginning at 5 a.m. PDT. The current estimate for the end of maintenance is 11 a.m. PDT. In the meantime, let's look back a week, as we always do on Tuesday mornings.

Last week had its ups and downs. Which were the ups and which were the downs are entirely dependent on personal opinion. We did not yet see the Warlords of Draenor alpha open up, but we did get a new round of patch notes. Hearthstone launched for the iPad in the US and the first episode of Azeroth Choppers went live. Exciting? Yes/no?

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Last Week on Massively: The end of the World of Darkness

WoD
This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post.

Early this week, CCP announced it had canceled World of Darkness, a hardcore Vampire: The Masquerade sandbox that had been languishing in development since 2008. A pre-production video was shown at 2013's EVE Fanfest, but layoffs slammed the studio last December.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

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Filed under: MMO Roundup

The Queue: Of sharks and trolls

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Happy Monday morning, ladies and gentlemen!

@poopsiekins2010 asked:

when will Orgrimmar be updated with the new Warchief?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

Warlords of Draenor: Cooking reagents

Cooking? Maybe not the most exciting profession ever, nor the most exciting thing to datamine. However, I have a strange love for seeing what gross ingredients will be going into the food our characters will be eating in a coming expansion. The latest patch to the Warlords of Draenor alpha included a number of those items.

Rylak Eggs are used in many recipes and, for now, appear to be the base of most Warlords cooking. Fishing continues to be heavily involved based on items like Sea Scorpion Segment, Blackwater Whiptail Flesh, and so on. Each type of fish indicates that a special form of bait can be used to catch them -- or perhaps, must be used to catch them.

Certain complex foods even require you to combine basic foods to create them. For example, Calamari Crepes require both Rylak Crepes and Fiery Calamari. Interestingly, the crepes also require something called a Nagrand Arrowbloom, gathered with herbalism. It seems to me that if you're hoping to be a chef in Warlords, you'll need access to either fishing or herbalism, if not both. Remember: your garrison can give you limited access to certain professions even if you do not know them yourself.

The stats on some of these items seem incomplete, with some complex recipes restoring less health or mana than the base recipes from which they're made. That will surely change in the relative eternity we have before launch. If you want to look at all of the currently datamined recipes and reagents, check out Wowhead's extremely convenient list.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor: Combat resurrection system overhaul

Combat resurrection is one of those mechanics in World of Warcraft that seems to change far more than others. Personally, I remember in vanilla WoW where it was possible for a player to remain out of combat on a raid boss, and you could designate a paladin to resurrect your raid members indefinitely as they died. Of course, no one considered that legitimate gameplay, only a ... creative use of game mechanics. Those days are long gone. We moved from there to a system where legitimate combat resurrections were able to be used without limit, and every expansion (and many content patches) afterwards, the number you were allowed to use in any given fight changed often. Now Warlords is bringing another overhaul.

Warlords of Draenor is not only refining the number of combat resurrections able to be used in any given boss fight, it's also bringing some transparency to the process. The relevant excerpt from the patch notes is below.

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Heroes of the Storm technical alpha patch notes

Heroes of the Storm's technical alpha has been down for extended maintenance today for its first significant patch since the alpha began. The patch notes have been released and include some much-needed balance changes. There have also been changes made to the questing system. This note stands out above the others:

Quests can now only be completed in Versus mode.

As someone who has spent a great deal of time playing the cooperative game mode, I appreciated that Heroes of the Storm treated that game mode as a valid choice. The MOBA genre is all about competitive PVP, so it's understandable that Heroes of the Storm would like to promote that aspect of the game, but the support for cooperative (PVE) play was a breath of fresh air. Personally, I wouldn't consider reducing the viability of playing Heroes of the Storm as a cooperative game a good thing.

You can find the full patch notes below.

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Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Last Week on Massively: PAX East 2014

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post.

Massively took on the wilds of PAX East 2014 this weekend. Here's what we've seen so far:
PAX East 2014: WildStar's panel was all about the endgame
PAX East 2014: First impressions of Warlords of Draenor
PAX East 2014: Landmark's current tools and future crafts
PAX East 2014: The Repopulation's Josh Hall on the future of the game
PAX East 2014: Hands-on with Infinite Crisis
PAX East 2014: State of Decay eyes multiplayer, stays offline
PAX East 2014: Guns of Icarus Online's expanding environment
PAX East 2014: PlanetSide 2's Matt Higby on weekly updates
PAX East 2014: Hearthstone reveals Naxxramas single-player adventure
PAX East 2014: Star Citizen and the DFM are 'more than just PvP'
There's more to come over the next few days. Read on for the rest of this week's top stories!

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Filed under: MMO Roundup

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