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Blizzard wants you to update your payment information


Blizzard made a good point today -- you should probably check and make sure all your payment information is updated. If it's not and something goes wrong, now is the time to deal with it, rather than when the assist queues are busy with all the stuff that happens during an expansion release.

This probably isn't some evil conspiracy. But for those of you that want to don your tin foil hat and think that Blizzard wants to collect new payment info so that they can do nefarious things with the money, bravo. I salute your conspiracy-ness.

To check your payment info, Blizzard has outlined the following steps:
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1. Log in to your Battle.net account at https://battle.net/

2. From the Settings dropdown, select Contact & Shipping Addresses.

3. Make sure you're seeing your current Contact Address and phone number, and then click Shipping Address to make sure that's up-to-date as well.

4. Return to the Settings dropdown and select My Payment Options.

5. Select Edit next to each payment method, and make sure you're seeing your current information.

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Blizzard announces locally hosted Australian realms

Blizzard Entertainment held a Warlords of Draenor pre-launch celebration in Sydney, Australia last night. To much rejoicing among the Aussies, Blizzard announced Australia will soon have locally-hosted servers. Until now, Oceanic realms were hosted in the US, resulting in consistently subpar latency. Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas has released an FAQ for the transition for those unsure of its ramifications. A few highlights:
  • Oceanic players on North American realms will, for a limited time, have optional character and guild realm transfers available free of charge
  • Players on the new Oceanic realms will still be able to play with friends on North American realms
  • The new realms will ideally be live before the release of Warlords of Draenor
  • Oceanic players on North American realms may remain there if they so choose
Let's hear it, Aussies: are you excited?

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Metallica to perform at BlizzCon 2014

Blizzard Entertainment has announced Metallica will be performing live at BlizzCon 2014. As with previous years, the performance will take place during the convention's closing ceremony Saturday, November 8. If you won't be attending BlizzCon, you will be able to watch the concert with the BlizzCon virtual ticket.

Performances at previous BlizzCons included Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, Blink-182 and Ozzy Osbourne.

Filed under: BlizzCon

Free Character Migrations for select EU realms

Players on EU realms looking for a change of pace or simply a new place to call home should take note -- Blizzard has opened up free Character Migrations for select EU realms. These Character Migrations are a one-time move from a predetermined list of source realms to a choice of a few destination realms. It's a one-time, one-way move, but it's absolutely free of charge for those that want to take advantage of the process while it's available. At the moment, these Character Migrations will be available until October 23. However, they can be closed down at any time, if enough people have taken advantage of the offer.

Players may also want to note that this is on an individual character basis only. Any guild leaders looking to move their guilds may do so through the Guild Master Realm Transfer service, which they'll still need to pay for. However, guild members that want to follow to the new realm can do so for free with the Character Migration offer. Please note -- this service is only available to EU realms, and at this time, there are no free Character Migrations available for US players. Read on for the official announcement, as well as the full list of available realms for the Free Character Migration offer.

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Filed under: Blizzard, News items

Patch 6.0.2 hotfixes for October 17

A fresh and lengthy round of hotfixes for patch 6.0.2 have been released and posted to the official blog. Included in this round of updates are a massive amount of class adjustments and tweaks, as well as adjustments to a variety of raids both old and new, bug fixes, quest fixes, and much, much more.
  • Many, many classes have had the damage of various spells and abilities increased.
  • The Undelete Character feature is now in place, and players are now able to undelete their characters.
  • A bug causing Raid Finder, Heroic, and Mythic items from the Siege of Orgrimmar to become Normal mode versions has been corrected.
  • An issue affecting boosted players and their ability to learn talents has been resolved.
Read on for the full list of hotfixes.

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Filed under: Hotfixes, Warlords of Draenor

Patch 6.0.2 hotfixes for October 15


The second round of hotfixes for patch 6.0.2 are in, but some of these will require realm restarts to take effect. Some of the highlights include:
  • Resolved an issue where some Iron Horde Incursion quests were awarding items that had a level 100 requirement to equip or not awarding an item correctly.
  • To better account for the changes to player health and ability scaling, we've reduced the health and damage of nearly all non-player creatures and NPCs on a level-by-level basis (larger reductions for lower-level creatures, in general).
  • The damage dealt by several of Ordos's abilities has been reduced.
  • Heart of the Thunder King: Resolved an issue where players were not receiving Lei Shen's heart if they've already defeated them earlier in the week.
  • Garrosh Hellscream now has 15% less health on Mythic difficulty.
  • Resolved an issue where characters that have completed the achievement: Proving Yourself: Endless Damage (Wave 30) (Level 90) were not retaining their titles.
  • Resolved an issue where Battleground queues were not working correctly.
The full list of hotfixes is after the break.

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Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Patch 6.0.2 hotfixes for October 14


The hotfixes are in for patch 6.0.2's first night on the live servers. It didn't take long for Blizzard to respond to several issues -- this is a good sign for things to come. Major points this evening include:
  • All quest boss NPCs in the Blasted Lands now have scaling health pools based on the number of players engaging them.
  • Resolved an issue where the toy collection count was incorrectly increasing each time the character logs in.
  • The title, "of the Iron Vanguard" received from completing The Iron Invasion achievement is now account-wide.
  • Reduced the health and damage of high level creatures and NPCs in Pandaria to more closely match their relative difficulty before the stat squish.
  • Auction house NPCs in Siege of Orgrimmar's should no longer be level 100.
  • Garrosh Hellscream's Iron Star explosion damage has been reduced to a more reasonable level in a post stat squish environment.
  • Mage: Supernova now deals 30% less damage against player targets.

The full hotfixes after the break.

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Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft back up to 7.4 million subscribers

Though Activision Blizzard's quarterly earnings call isn't for another month, Blizzard has released their latest subscriber numbers a little early. As of October 14, World of Warcraft sits at 7.4 million subscribers, up 600,000 from their previously reported 6.8 million.

Warlords of Draenor's impending release is having an effect -- players are finding a renewed interest in the game. More than ever, it's clear that the long wait between content releases is Warcraft's worst enemy. If you build it, they'll come. But in the meantime, they'll have fun somewhere else.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

EU Connected Realm Updates for October 3

It's been a while, but 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. Please note that these updates are for EU realms only. There have been no updates for US Realm Connections. Today's update is just a small one, with only one set of connections scheduled for next week -- at the moment, there are no other planned connections listed as either in the works or scheduled.

The following EU realms are scheduled for connection on Wednesday, October 8.

English Realms
  • Eonar and Vek'nilash/Blade's Edge
  • Steamwheedle Cartel and Moonglade/The Sha'tar
German Realms
  • Das Konsortium and Die Arguswacht/Die Todeskrallen/Das Syndikat/Der Abyssische Rat/Kult der Verdammten

If you're on a low-population realm, but not on the above list, keep in mind that realm connections are an ongoing process, and you may see your realm added to the list over the next several weeks. Also keep in mind that planned connections may change at any time, but Blizzard will keep us updated on changes -- realms may be added or removed from the list at any point in time. For the full list of all EU realms that have been connected so far, check the official forum thread.


Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

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

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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

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Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items

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