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Get 15% off all WoW products with the J!NX Critical Hit sale

If you've ever wanted to don an epic item in real life, now's your chance. To celebrate BlizzCon, J!NX has launched their Critical Hit sale on Blizzard clothing and accessories. All World of Warcraft products are 15% off, and a few select Diablo and StarCraft products are 20% off. Whether you want to show off some faction pride, or prefer something a little more subdued, there's probably something for you.

The sale on WoW merchandise lasts throughout November, and the 20% off Diablo and StarCraft products will rotate every week. Visit the J!NX site to check out the sale.

Filed under: News items

New items for sale at J!NX

J!NX merch
Looking for the perfect WoW-themed hoodie, t-shirt, cap, or accessories? If you've recently given up on finding what you want, it might be time to give J!NX another look. They've got a selection of new, never-before-seen stock for Blizzard games that could well be worth a look. In addition, pre-orders are open for the upcoming Horde and Alliance themed track jackets, which I think look pretty slick.

Lastly, there are also new t-shirts available featuring some of the classic art from Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo II. If you've always wanted something featuring the games of times gone by, now's your chance to pick one up, whether you remember playing them the days they came out or if you're newer to the charms of our digital predecessors. Happy shopping!

Filed under: Mists of Pandaria

Breakfast Topic: How do you show your WoW?

Wandering around outside of Azeroth, in the so-called real world, you'll see a lot of World of Warcraft players. Some you'll spot with class t-shirts, others drive cars with alliance or horde window stickers (or even custom license plates), some may wear WoW-themed jewelry, and some even have WoW tattoos. But not everyone feels the need to show off their WoW fandom in an obvious way -- or even at all.

So what about you, readers? Do you have a WoW-themed t-shirt collection so you always have the right shirt for the occasion? Or is there some subtler way you like to show off your WoW love?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Do you buy real-life WoW goodies?

Breakfast Topic Do you buy reallife WoW goodies
Everybody likes stuff. It almost goes without saying that WoW players like WoW stuff. Some of us, however, like WoW stuff a little more than others. Ever witnessed someone really loading up somewhere like the Blizzard Store or Jinx? Heaven help their credit cards -- they seem powerless to resist every last murloc, T-shirt, and hearthstone key ring.

I guess it all depends how open you are about your gaming hobby; even in 2012, some folks still feel a need to be discreet about their gaming hobby. Still, those people are probably handily offset by all the enthusiastic crafters out there. Anybody remember World of WarCrafts? My office is in my house and I don't even wear shoes unless I'm headed out for errands, but even I would spring for the hot little WoW heels shown above. That's not even getting into the head-spinning variety of WoW-themed goodies you can make yourself. (All thumbs? We can show you how!)

Do you wear your love for World of Warcraft literally on your sleeve? Do you limit yourself to the odd T-shirt or hoodie, or do you let your gaming flag fly on your car bumper, at your desk, or throughout the house? Would you ever spring for a big-ticket item like a reproduction Doomhammer?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

J!NX and Blizzard announce World of Warcraft T-Shirt Design Contest

The contests, they keep coming! This particular one from Blizzard and J!NX is particularly interesting for you budding designers and artists out there, as J!NX is giving you a chance to design the next wave of Cataclysm gear! Using their design kit, you can create designs in the template and upload them for a shot at getting your designs on Jinx clothing.

J!NX has been heralding in some pretty interesting design choices over the course of the last year, and they're showing a remarkable amount of foresight into lots of different categories of clothing that gamers and geeks in general would want. When I visited them at BlizzCon 2010, they had an impressive showing of quality stuff ranging from the normal T-shirts to the offbeat murloc hoodie. If this contest is any indication, they are going to be looking for all types of designs, from the subtle to the crazy.

Check out the official contest post, where you can find links to the design kit as well as the contest submission forms.

Filed under: Blizzard, Contests

Let loose The Swag Dogs of war

If the quest for bigger and better loot leaves you craving still more, maybe you need a guild that takes things to the next level: a shot at WoW loot you can wear in real life, too. Enter The Swag Dogs, a brand new guild created by our friends at SwagDog. The Blizzard-approved apparel specialists have created a family-friendly guild where players can make new friends, get in on raiding groups on the ground floor -- oh, and get a shot at free WoW swag and BlizzCon tickets.

You'll recognize SwagDog as the folks behind those sweet guild tabard-style T-shirts you've seen on recent posts here at WoW.com, including our recent WoW 5th anniversary T-shirt giveaway. The SwagDog crew are pretty good people. They sponsor our WoW.com Guild of the Month contest, giving out a $100 SwagDog gift certificate to the winning guild every month.

When we heard SwagDog was forming an in-game guild, we smelled a marketing rat -- but as it turns out, there's no pressure to buy. Instead, The Swag Dogs have created the guild as a conduit between players and the SwagDog design team, to encourage players to bring their ideas for new products and designs directly to the source. Those who participate actively will gain a shot at special giveaways ... And of course, the pleasure of getting into a friendly, casual guild from the get-go.

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Filed under: Realm News, Fan stuff, Features

Three Worgen Moon graces Jinx



I had never stepped foot inside an instance before now. My life had been one of roleplay and sitting AFK in Alterac Valley's luxury "Starting Cave" resort. And then she came to me. My precious. She was heralded originally by our own Mike Schramm, and now she's here. My incredible Three Worgen Moon T-Shirt. She's a second gen shirt, much more powerful than her Three Wolf Moon original.

Now? Now, Arthas lays dead on the ground under my feet. Alexstrasza clings worshipfully to one of those feet, while Sylvanas looks up pleadingly from the other. Their adoring eyes proclaim the legend of my deeds. There's not much room on the floor for the defeated Lich King, but that's okay. I feel like Ash on the cover of the Army of Darkness posters. Hail to the king, baby.

No. Hail to the Three Worgen Moon T-Shirt, now on sale over at the JINX store. Available in sizes all the way up to 4XL, the Three Worgen Moon T-shirt should be all it takes to bring your game to another level. Forget a snazzy mouse, forget about primitive technology like computers. Three Worgen Moon will let you interface with the game directly via its incredible mojo, powering your character to levels that you never even imagined. You barely even have to think, before the magic starts happening.

Enough for now. I have to go kill Deathwing. Solo. You chumps who lack the totemic Three Worgen Moons can just wait until Cataclysm. Jaina just gave me a call, she's gonna go with me. Apparantly, she dumped Thrall as soon as I unwrapped the shirt from its box.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Odds and ends, News items

World of WarCrafts: Flickpainting and a playtime playlist


World of WarCrafts spotlights art and creativity by WoW players, including fan art, cooking, comics, cosplay, music and fan fiction. Show us how you express yourself; contact our tips line (attention: World of WarCrafts) with your not-for-profit, WoW-inspired creations.

In the wake of the torrential magnificence of the cosplayers at BlizzCon and Dragon*Con in recent weeks, we're going to dial back the sheer creative force this week. Let's catch up with more humble creative efforts with a new take on an old favorite (yes, it's another take on fabric painting) plus a playlist of WoW machinima and songs designed especially as an accompaniment to your playtime.

Flickpainting

Serthida of US Bloodhoof-H sent us yet another fresh take on Sugarrat's wildly popular bleach shirt. Serthida has created a bandana, but the approach works equally well on tees and other fabric.

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Filed under: Machinima, Fan stuff, Features, Fan art, World of WarCrafts

BlizzCon 2009: A look at the BlizzCon store



When the online BlizzCon store first became available, Adam Holisky pointed out that while there was a lot of unique swag being sold at BlizzCon, none of it seemed really amazing. At the time, I had agreed with him. I mean, plush murlocs are always awesome, but nothing I saw in the gallery really blew me away.

And then I saw the stuff in person. Isn't that always the way? Something about standing there, with those beautiful items lit up in their glittering case, called to me like the dork that I am. But, it's something that's hard to explain -- you have to see it yourself.

Check out the gallery below to see the items on sale at BlizzCon 2009. If I were pressed to pick my favorite, I'd probably go with the "Time is money, friend!" T-Shirt. It seemed like a neighborly way of welcoming the Horde's new friends: the Goblins.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2009: Don't forget to look for us

BlizzCon 2009 officially starts tomorrow and most of Team WoW.com are either in Anaheim or heading down there as we speak. As you make your way through throngs of people this Friday and Saturday, keep your eyes peeled for our intrepid crew. But how do you spot them? Granted, they're not like cosplayers. Although follow the throng of adoring women and you may just spot Turpster. The rest of the team are known for their ability to Shadowmeld instantly so we've had to equip them with some very special gear this BlizzCon.

You can get a good look at team at the meetup tonight, but if you can't make it and need a visual cue you can spot them on the convention floor by looking for their special BlizzCon gear: a Legendary and totally epic, limited edition T shirt (with +50 visibility) featuring a certain crab and that long-promised equine mount. So don't forget to mark them off like the rare spawns they are and come up and say "hi". They may even have a little something for you.

BlizzCon 2009 is coming up on August 21st and 22nd! We've got all the latest news and information. At BlizzCon you can play the latest games, meet your guildmates, and ask the developers your questions. Plus, there's some great looking costumes.

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, BlizzCon

World of WarCrafts: Baby Hordie shirt

World of WarCrafts spotlights art and creativity by WoW players, including fan art, cooking, comics, cosplay, music and fan fiction. Show us how you express yourself by contacting our tips line (attention: World of WarCrafts) -- not-for-profit work only, please.

Yes, it's another T-shirt update – because c'mon, people, who doesn't love to wear T-shirts? Stages of Dunemaul-US sent us her version of Sugarrat's popular bleach T-shirt, modeled by an especially cute Hordie-to-be. ("She doesn't play yet, though occasionally she talks in guild chat and yells at noobs in Vent," Stages says.)

We like this version because it uses fabric paint instead of bleach (for those of you still leery of the whole bleach idea), which also makes it ideal for light-colored fabrics that wouldn't be well suited to the bleach method.

Stages plots out the path for a perfect fabric-painted WoW insignia shirt. She's created an easy-to-print Horde insignia, or you can find or make your own design. Follow her complete instructions, after the break.

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Filed under: How-tos, Fan stuff, Features, World of WarCrafts

World of WarCrafts: Sugarrat's WoW Bleach Shirt

World of WarCrafts spotlights art and creativity by WoW players and fans, including fan art, cooking, comics, cosplay, music, fan fiction – and yes, (War)crafts. Share your stuff by tipping us off via our tips line (attention: World of WarCrafts).

This T-shirt from Sugarrat of Earthen Ring-US is crafting at its absolute best: a cool end product based on instructions simple enough that you could pull it off with your paws in bear form. We asked Sugarrat to send us the complete instructions and photos so we could host them here, to keep her guild's server from being splurched -- that's how popular we know this shirt will be.

"I am a girly girl," Sugarrat explains. "I like my pearls and my bright colours and really wish there was more wearable Warcraft art. I saw a few sexy things on Etsy -- but I am also kinda cheap, so thought I would try and make my own."

Click on the gallery below for step-by-step instructions on making Sugarrat's WoW Bleach Shirt. As Sugarrat puts it: "For the Horde! And swanky gear!"

Filed under: How-tos, Fan stuff, Features, World of WarCrafts

WoW celebrates four years in the EU


Slorkuz posts that yesterday, February 11th, marked the four-year anniversary of World of Warcraft's release in the EU, and Blizzard is throwing a few contests to celebrate. You can see all of the giveaways over on their site -- there's some nice Swagdog and Dell gear to win for coming up with a great t-shirt slogan, a piece of fan art, or answering some lore questions. Unfortunately, participation in the contests is limited to only a few countries, due to local rules, but if you're interested and able, have at it.

Congrats to Blizzard and the EU for four full years in Azeroth! North America had our anniversary late last year, and WoW Insider put together a look back at what it was like for us. We all (including the EU) got the anniversary pet as well, so apparently, other than these contests, Blizzard is just giving this date a nod rather than a big in-game celebration. But there's always the ten year anniversary -- we'll see you in 2014!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Expansions

WoW Insider Show Episode 73: Yes, Virginia, there is a Martin Thunder

Great show on the podcast this past weekend, if I may say so myself. We started off with a kickass intro from David over at Trekcast.com, and I think it set the tone well: we had Michael Sacco (a.k.a. onetime Blizzard GM Belfaire) on the show, and he revealed some great stories about what it's like to be on the other end of Blizzard's ticket system. Turpster was on with his wacky self as usual (along with some excellent Warrior insight), and we all talked about the most embarassing thing we've done in game, and how to know when you're ready to head off into Heroics, as well as the Death Knight changes coming up in the next patch.

If you want to send us an intro or anything else, the address is theshow AT wow.com. You can listen to last weekend's show using the links below, and if you'd like to hear us live, definitely make plans to listen in next weekend: we record the show live every Saturday at 3:30pm Eastern / 20:30 GMT. Oh, and don't forget to become a fan of our site on Facebook -- we're almost 3/4 of the way to our goal of 4,000 fans, and if we can reach that goal, Turpster's promised us a brand new, exclusive song. Tell your friends!

Enjoy the show and have a great week. And if you're wondering who Martin Thunder is, here you go.

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Filed under: Blacksmithing, Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Podcasts, Podcasting, WoW Insider Business, Virtual selves, Blizzard, Humor, Death Knight, Wrath of the Lich King, WoW Insider Show

World of WarCrafts: Mojo tee

Every Thursday, Shelbi Roach of The Bronze Kettle guides you in creating WoW-inspired crafts using real world mats with World of WarCrafts.

There's just never enough Mojo to go around. Fortunately, this tee will let you show off your love for Mojo without having to get lucky with your hex stick.

The method can also be applied to bags, hats, or even shoes. And if by chance you don't fancy Mojo, you could always mix it up and make a shirt with a huge Willy.

Here is what you will need:
  • T-Shirt
  • Glue-on Jewelry Beads
  • Fabric Glue
  • Cardboard
Click on the images below to view a gallery of step-by-step instructions.


Want to print the step-by-step instructions? Copy and paste the instructions below.

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Filed under: How-tos, World of WarCrafts

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