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Around Azeroth: And the seas shall run red with blood or lava or ketchup or something

Submitter Yseora of Fights Like a Girl on Blackwater Raiders (US-A) writes, "I was running Dragon Soul a few weeks ago and at the end of the raid when Deathwing had been dealt with for the thousandth time, I couldn't help but notice how big and mysterious the whole area was and how little of it you could actually explore. Taking a swig out of my Filled Festive Mug, I ran and jumped off the edge, hoping to get to another rock. Obviously, I wasn't able to make it that far, but I was able to get to the middle of The Maelstrom. Having a rare view of the surrounding area and of Thrall/The Dragon Aspects, it was interesting to see Deathwing's view and how small even the most powerful beings in Azeroth really are."

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Breakfast Topic: The Warlords surge

The other night, while recording the WoW Insider Show podcast, we talked about the general feeling we had that subscriptions to World of Warcraft had gone up. The basic consensus was that our friend's lists were full, we were seeing lots of people online for the first time in a while, that in general WoW had almost certainly seen a sub bump. We weren't expecting a three million sub jump, though. And it seems likely that Blizzard wasn't expecting it either - while some of the launch problems were the fault of a DDoS attack, some were undoubtedly the result of this unprecedented player surge.

This got me to thinking about what it means that Warlords saw this many people come back. We've talked a lot about the plot being hard for some folks to follow, but just as clearly, that didn't stop people from coming back. WoW dropped below 10 million subs back in 2012, during the Cataclysm expansion.

I don't personally think that WoW needs 10 million subs to be viable - not even close, in fact. Even at its lowest sub numbers this year it had more than two million subs over its Burning Crusade number of 5 million subs, and more than seven times its competitors. WoW is a phenomenon, and one that will continue as long as Blizzard wants to support it. But it's interesting to see this jump - what is it about Warlords that got players to come back?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Warlords of Draenor

Rygarius clarifies Draenor's Secret Power hotfix

One of the recent hotfixes was to the Draenor's Secret Power quest. Before the hotfix, players were able to complete the three heroic dungeons and turn in the quest items for the next stage in the legendary quest chain, getting an ilevel 680 ring in the process, because they were not required to complete the 4986 Apexis Crystals requirement first.
Rygarius - Sooo you're letting them keep the rings?
Here to provide additional clarification on the hotfix note that went out yesterday, November 17.

Quests
Draenor's Secret Power: Completion of this quest is now required before being able to move onto the next step of the Legendary quest chain. For characters that skipped this quest, completion of this quest has also been made into a requirement before being eligible for the next upgrade.

This means players that skipped the quest will still have to complete Draenor's Secret Power before being eligible for the next upgrade. That last part wasn't included until now cause I was tunnel visioning on hotfixes and glossed over the supplemental email for the change. Hope this clears any confusion up.


If you have the ring, you'll be keeping it, but people who haven't yet upgraded will have to wait until they have the apexis crystals. Since raids won't be open until December, this is (to my eyes, anyway) a minor advantage for a few players. Going any further in the quest still costs that 4986 Apexis Crystals.


Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Bugs, Blizzard, Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft passes 10 million subscribers

In a press release today, Blizzard Entertainment announced that WoW's total subscribers are now up over 10 million players. This comes on the wave of selling 3.3 million copies of Warlords of Draenor.

This confirms vague statements issued by community managers and other Blizzard people over the last week -- that things have gotten quite busy around Azeroth.

Filed under: Blizzard

Patch 6.0.3 hotfixes for November 18


Yes, more hotfixes. This round has numerous garrison and quest bug fixes. They've also opened up the second Apexis Crystal vendor, and reverted an earlier PvP hotfix that was originally implemented to tone down PvP damage at level 90. Here are some of the highlights.
  • Apexis Traders Dawn-Seeker Krek (Alliance) and Dawn-Seeker Alkset (Horde) are now offering Exceptional gear (item level 645) for sale.
  • Increased the spawn rates for creatures and NPCs in the Skettis Ruins area in Spires of Arak.
  • Characters with Warlords PvP gear that had its secondary item level activated due to being in PvP combat temporarily disqualifies them from queuing for Dungeons and Raid Finder.
  • Gnomes are now able to increase their reputation with Wrynn's Vanguard.
  • Reverted a hotfix from October 15 that reduced all PvP damage by 25%.
  • Miner's Coffee movement speed buff should now stack correctly with other movement speed buffs.
  • Solium Band rings can now be equipped at level 98 (down from level 100).
You can find the full list of hotfixes after the break.

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Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard reveals how new character models are made

It turns out it's a little rougher on them than you might expect. This is one of those times that the video pretty much speaks for itself. The ending is a nice reveal, though.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

The WoW Insider Show Episode 367

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The Queue: Garrisons, weekend raiding, work order cooldowns


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.

Stephen asked:

Which is better? Upgrade garrison to level 3 or upgrade some buildings to level 2?



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Around Azeroth: Postcards from Draenor

Submitter Pinkbunnie of Azeroth Alliance Raiders on Ghostlands (EU-A) continues her adventures on Draenor! In this picture, taken to send home to her parents in Gnomeregan, she poses with some of her new orc friends. They don't seem particularly happy to be showing their giant strategic map to a member of the Alliance, much less a filthy pink gnomelette, but they'll get over it. At least she's having a good time.

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: Old familiar faces

One of the biggest thrills of this expansion for me has been running into slightly different versions of people I already know. If you rolled a draenei shaman (as I did) back in the BC days, one of the big figures is Nobundo, the hero of the Unbroken short story. He's one of my favorite characters. So going to Draenor and seeing him still as a Vindicator, not affected by the fel energies that twisted him into a broken, it was an emotional moment for me. I really had a moment of 'aw, Nobundo' when I saw him.

Have you had any such moments in Warlords? Or do you barely know who any of these guys are?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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