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Patch 6.0.2 PTR going live

It's been a long time coming, but patch 6.0 will finally be hitting the PTR. Patch 6.0 is the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch, introducing many of the expansion's mechanical changes. This includes the new character models, the stat squish, and the various quality-of-life UI changes.

The full enormity of the patch notes can be found on Battle.net.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

BlizzCon tickets beginning to arrive by email

If you were one of the lucky few to snag a ticket to this year's BlizzCon, you should keep an eye on your mailbox because tickets are being sent out. (If you weren't one of the lucky few, you can still pick up a virtual ticket, though!) This year's ticketing process looks to be much like last year's: you'll need to print out your ticket and have it and a photo ID in order to get your badge. Badge pick-up is at the Anaheim Convention Center -- and if you show up on Thursday, the line shouldn't be hard to spot. Pick-up hours are Thursday, November 6 from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, from 8 am to 10 pm.

You'll also get a code to claim your virtual goodies this year, but Blizzard says nothing is available until a rather generic "later date."

See you at BlizzCon, everyone!

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

EU Connected Realm Updates for September 4

Although we have yet to hear of any more updates for US Realm Connections, the list of EU realms slated for the Realm Connection service has been recently updated with new information and new realms in regards to upcoming dates for the service. For more information on Realm Connections, take a look at Blizzard's official blog post about the service and its features.

The following EU realms are scheduled for connection on Wednesday, September 10.

German Realms
  • Anub'arak and Nazjatar/Dalvengyr/Frostmourne/Zuluhed

Read more →

Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket on sale now

BlizzCon is only a couple of months away and the Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase. The price of the virtual pass is $39.99 and grants access to a livestream of the developer panels, exclusive interviews, live contests hosted by Chris Hardwick, the closing ceremony, and various in-game items. Additionally, you'll be able to participate in the limited-time BlizzCon merchandise sale on the Blizzard store, most of which is generally only available at the convention itself.

You can acquire your virtual pass via the Blizzard Store. If you have any questions, refer to the virtual pass FAQ on Battle.net.

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

Live developer Q&A Friday, September 5

Blizzard has just announced a live developer Q&A taking place Friday, September 5, at 10:00 a.m. PDT on Twitch.tv. Community Manager Lore will be moderated the Q&A with Lead Narrative Designer Dave Kosak and Lead Game Designer Cory Stockton as panelists. The focus of the Q&A is, of course, Warlords of Draenor. You can expect information about garrisons, questing, new features, and general world design. Given the absence of Celestalon, it's doubtful questions about class design will see much traction.

Though the Q&A isn't until Friday, you can begin submitting your questions on Twitter with the hashtag #WarlordsQA.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

EU Connected Realm Updates for August 28

US Realm Connections may have halted for the time being, but EU Realm Connections are still in full swing. The list of EU realms slated for the Realm Connection service has been updated with new information and new realms in regards to upcoming dates for the service.

The following EU realms are scheduled for connection on Wednesday, September 3.
English Realms
  • Defias Brotherhood and Scarshield Legion/Ravenholdt/The Venture Co/Sporeggar
German Realms
  • Zuluhed and Nazjatar/Dalvengyr/Frostmourne
  • Kil'Jaeden and Anetheron/Festung der Stürme/Rajaxx/Gul'dan/Nathrezim
  • Forscherliga and Die Nachtwache

Read more →

Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

EU Connected Realm Updates for August 22

The list of EU realms slated for the Realm Connection service has been updated with new information and new realms in regards to upcoming dates for the service. At the present time, there are no additional updates for US realms -- all US realm connections have been completed as of last Thursday, and there are no further US connections scheduled at the moment. EU realms, however, still have plenty of realms left on the connection schedule.

The following EU realms are scheduled for connection on Wednesday, August 27.

German Realms
  • Proudmoore and Madmortem
  • Frostmourne and Nazjatar/Dalvengyr
  • Gorgonnash and Nefarian/Nera'thor/Mannoroth/Destromath
  • Der Mithrilorden and Der Rat von Dalaran
  • Kult der Verdammten and Die Arguswacht/Die Todeskrallen/Das Syndikat/Der Abyssische Rat

Read more →

Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

Robin Williams NPC appears in Warlords of Draenor

Robin Williams was a known gamer and his daughter's namesake is no secret -- Zelda Williams is named for none other than Princess Zelda. He was also a World of Warcraft player. Shortly after his death, Blizzard developers Chadd "Celestalon" Nervigg and Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas responded to a player petition to honor the actor and comedian in-game. The latest Warlords of Draenor beta build includes Blizzard's tribute in the form of Robin the Entertainer.

Currently, Wowhead has datamined three versions of Robin the Entertainer including a djinn, a human female, and a human male -- nods to Genie of Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and possibly Mork. The NPCs have yet to be seen in-game, so the nature of these NPCs is currently unknown; they might be found in three different locations, or it could be a single representation of Robin Williams rotating through some of his most beloved roles. It's been theorized that he'll be a replacement for The Burning Crusade's Perry Gatner, a character that performed standup comedy in Shattrath's World's End Tavern.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition revealed

Blizzard has just announced the contents of the Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition. The collector's edition includes:
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Get the full version of Warlords of Draenor on DVD-ROM.
  • Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray Two-Disc Set Meet the development team behind the creation of Draenor and its savage warlords. This two-disc set includes over an hour of creators' commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
  • Collector's Edition Soundtrack Immerse yourself in the sounds of war with the complete Warlords of Draenor orchestral soundtrack on CD.
  • The Art of Warlords of Draenor Witness the visual evolution of the expansion in this beautifully bound tome of exclusive Warlords of Draenor art. Through 160 pages of concept pieces, finished illustrations, and CG images, you'll delve into the art team's vision for a Draenor under siege by the apocalyptic threat of the Iron Horde.
  • Blackhand Mouse Pad Arm yourself with a special-edition mouse pad emblazoned with the deadly warlord Blackhand.
  • World of Warcraft Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet Descend from the skies on the back of a black-winged Dread Raven mount, a mortal progeny of Anzu. Then devour your prey in your next pet battle with the adorably ferocious Dread Hatchling.
  • StarCraft II Portraits Summon the strength of two deadly Iron Horde war chiefs-Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand-as you take on the Dominion with these two StarCraft II portraits.
  • Diablo III Warsong Pennant Don this battle-worn pennant and channel the rage of the Warsong Clan against the demonic forces of Sanctuary.
  • Hearthstone Card Back Your adventures in Draenor will be the talk of the tavern after outfitting your champion's deck with this custom card back forged in the fires of Blackrock.
Though Battle.net does not yet display a price for the Collector's Edition, Amazon lists it at a price point of $89.99.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

Another still from Warlords cinematic released

Warlords Still 3
Blizzard has released another still from their upcoming Warlords of Draenor cinematic trailer. Like yesterday's release, it features Grommash Hellscream, but this time we're up close and personal. This is one ominous-looking orc. It also seems like there are some sort of rockets or artillery going off behind him--tools of the Iron Horde? I guess we'll find out when the full cinematic is released tomorrow. Click the image above for the full resolution version.

Also, Grom? Dang, you need a new facial cleanser. Whatever you're using now isn't doing anything for your pores.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

US Connected Realm updates for August 8

The list of US realms scheduled for the Realm Connection service has been updated with a few new dates, the return of a few servers that have been on and off the list, and some updates on the future of the service. If you are on one of the servers listed below, please note that Realm Connections take place on Thursdays, beginning at 5am PDT and ending at approximately 1pm PDT. The list below is for US realms only -- EU realm schedules were updated earlier this week. For more information on Realm Connections, take a look at Blizzard's official blog post about the service and its features.

The following US realms are scheduled for connection on Thursday, August 14:
  • Burning Legion and Agamaggan, Archimonde, Jaedenar, and The Underbog

Read more →

Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

World of Warcraft down to 6.8 million subscribers

According to today's Activision Blizzard earnings call, World of Warcraft is down to 6.8 million subscribers. That's a loss of 800,000 subscribers since the previous quarter. Once more, the losses are said to have occurred primarily in the Eastern market.

We think it's safe to say a year without any new content carries the bulk of the blame for these losses. Historically, since WoW's subscriber peak in 2011, content droughts tend to see the largest drop in subscribers. It's also safe to say some of the losses will return with the release of Warlords of Draenor, though it's unlikely that all lost subscribers will be recovered -- and it remains to be seen how long recovered subscriptions will hang around.

Filed under: News items

US and EU Connected Realms updates

The lists for both the US and EU realms slated for the Realm Connections service have been updated with new dates and planned connections. Please note that if you are a player on an EU realm, your realm connections will be on a Wednesday. For US players, realm connections are scheduled for Thursdays. For more information on Realm Connections and what exactly they entail, be sure to check out Blizzard's official blog post about the service and its features.

The following US realms are scheduled for connection on Thursday, August 7.
  • Shadowmoon and Detheroc

Read more →

Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

Spend your gold to get the Alliance Chopper in Warlords

Alliance chopper
In a move that will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the losing bike design from Azeroth Choppers will in fact be added to the game. Currently, the winning Horde-themed bike will be given, for free, to any account that logs into the game before September 30th. The Alliance bike, however, will be added to the game sometime after the launch of Warlords of Draenor, and be available for in-game purchase.

Blizzard is being coy on the subject of cost, but their article emphasizes that it will cost "a pretty hefty sum of gold," so if you want it, best start saving now.

Filed under: News items

US Connected Realms update for July 25

The list of US realms scheduled for the Realm Connection service has been updated with new dates, and a new planned connection. Realm Connections take place on Thursdays, beginning at 5am PDT and ending at approximately 1pm PDT. If you're on a realm scheduled for connection, keep that in mind. The following list is for US realms only -- EU realms should take a look at the official forum thread for more information regarding the EU connection schedule.

The following US realms are scheduled for connection on Thursday, July 24.
  • Malfurion and Trollbane
  • Ravenholdt and Twisting Nether
  • The Venture Co and Maelstrom

Read more →

Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

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