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Wowhead's Warlords of Draenor Beta Key Giveaway: Week 8
2014/08/25 at 6:37 PM
Summer is looking more savage by the second with the launch of the Warlords of Draenor beta--but don't take our word for it, experience it first-hand with our beta key giveaway!
The fine folks at Blizzard Entertainment have graciously given us an
even larger batch
of Warlords of Draenor beta keys to give away and we want you to join in on the fun.
We're picking this round of beta key winners on September 1st!
Each week, enter to win a Warlords of Draenor beta key by completing in-game achievements, which we'll track here on Wowhead. We'll keep things interesting by picking new achievements each week--this week is about collections, inspired by the
3D Cape Models, Profession Leveling Improvements, Dark Portal Updates, Hunter Changes
2014/08/25 at 1:51 PM
Today's beta news features updated 3D models for Warlords of Draenor capes, changes to the Dark Portal and Blasted Lands, and improvements on leveling and rerolling professions!
We've also added in a post made by Technical Game Designer Celestalon on
hunter changes in Warlords of Draenor
Warlords of Draenor Cape Models
In recent builds, many
Warlords of Draenor capes
received updated models! These capes have more fluid animations than capes from past expansions, showing more movement as you run.
Interested in new models? Check out our
Warlords of Draenor Tier Preview
Click the images to view them in motion in our 3D Modelviewer!
Guide to Large Garrison Buildings: Stables, Workshop, Mage Tower, Armory, Barracks
2014/08/24 at 12:59 PM
This guide takes a close look at your large Garrison buildings in Warlords of Draenor--screenshots, perks, how to acquire them, and more.
Here's some of the cool things associated with Large Buildings:
Stables Level 1
lets you learn 8 special mounts.
Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge Level 1
lets you open a portal to any zone in Draenor.
Dwarven Bunker / War Mill Level 1
lets you transmog to any Orc clan or Stormwind/Orgrimmar guard.
Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop Level 1
has tons of inventions, including a jet pack and glider.
This guide is intended to supplement our main Warlords of Draenor Garrison Guide. You can read an overview about
all Garrison aspects there
--followers, monuments, buildings, achievements, and more. We've also published a
Guide to Small Garrison Buildings
Guide to Medium Garrison Buildings
More Garrison guides are on the way, including Garrison Outposts!
Wowhead Weekly Episode 7, Beta Giveaway, Toybox and Battle Pet Updates, Robin Williams Spells
2014/08/23 at 12:00 PM
Wowhead Weekly Episode 7
Wowhead weekly is a World of Warcraft podcast with Wowhead Site Manager Perculia and Olivia, where they discuss all things Warlords of Draenor, Wowhead, and more!
are giving away Warlords of Draenor Beta Keys on Twitter! You just need to follow them
, so they can DM you, and tweet them the Wowhead link for
favorite pet, with the hashtags #percbetagiveaway and #oliviabetagiveaway respectively! They'll draw the winners on Thursday August 28.
This week they're talking about:
Robin Williams NPC
Wowhead Tribute Items
Warlords Login Screen
Faction Rewards and other Datamined items
Tier 17 and Season 16 Complete Sets
Legendary Questline Rings
Wowhead's launch of
OAuth- Battle.net logins
Spell Page Updates
Garrison Updates, including Gamon
Player Character Models for Male and Female Troll, Female Tauren, Male Night Elf and Male Human
Horde and Alliance Choppers
! Don't forget to check out Perculia's
Romeo and Juliet adaptation
Robin Williams Transform Spells
Along with this week's discovery of
Robin Williams NPCs in the Warlords Data
, there have been two "Transform" spells found:
. Both of these spells apply a Transform aura to the
NPC, implying that he can transform from his human form into Mrs Doubtfire or the Genie form, and vice versa.
WoD Build 18764: 3D Models for New Weapons, Tier 17 and Season 16 Armor and Set Bonus Preview
2014/08/21 at 7:50 PM
new beta build
, Blizzard added items for all Tier 17 gear as well as many models for new weapons! Blizzard also put correct armor models on the Season 16 and Tier 17 gear, so we thought it would be a great time to recap all the appearances, their set bonuses, and more!
Also be sure to check out our
recent datamining post
--it has updated character models,
rings for the legendary questline
, updated WoD loading screen, and more!
Video of New Weapon Models
WoD Build 18764: New Login Screen, Chopper Models, New Character Models, Legendary Quest Rings
2014/08/21 at 3:38 PM
Click here for the latest additions, including new items!
New Login Screen
Check out the new WoD Login Screen!
Click on the image to view the
animations in our modelviewer!
Player Character Models
New character models are in the modelviewer for Tauren and Troll females, and Troll, Night Elf and Human Males!
We've also got the
Over 6000 new sounds were added in today's build. We're sorting through them, and have included links below to new sound files for popular lore figures:
Chogall in Nagrand
Durotan in Frostfire
Thrall in Frostfire
Grommash in SMV
Rings possibly tied to the Warlords of Draenor legendary questline are in, like
Spellbound Runic Band of Unrelenting Slaughter
Click here to see the full list
Related procs are all
. Depending on the level of your ring, your primary stat (Agility, Intellect, Stamina) will be increased by 10% or 15% when it procs. Example
New achievements have rewards:
: Rewards Blacksteel Battleboar
: Rewards Robo-Gnomebulator. In addition, several other Toybox collection achievements are in.
Rewards the Stable Master title.
: As mentioned a few days ago on Twitter, this rewards an Emerald Drake.
New Battle Pets:
New Battle Pets:
Soul of the Forge
Servant of Demidos
: Use: Challenge your enemy to a duel to the death, preventing all outside interference until the duel resolves. (1 Hour Cooldown)
Super Sticky Glitter Bomb
: Use: Make your target sparkle like a diamond in the sun, preventing stealth and invisibility for 30 sec.
The Dungeon Journal has been updated--
to see the latest version.
Tier 17 Sets
Tier 17 items are in! Click the links below to see the Heroic and Mythic versions of the items:
Introducing Battle.net OAuth Login on Wowhead and Hearthhead
2014/08/21 at 2:42 PM
Today we're proud to announce a new site feature and partnership with Blizzard--
Battle.net OAuth Log-in
. This means that you can use your Battle.net account to log on to Wowhead and Hearthhead.
What are the benefits to attaching your Battle.net account to your Wowhead account?
Logging in with your Battle.net account is as simple as clicking a button, instead of entering a User Name and Password.
All of your Battle.net characters are automatically Verified when you look them up on Wowhead's Profiler--perfect for
Beta Key Giveaways
All of your Battle.net characters show up under "My Profiles" automatically in the "Import" submenu.
Profiles now have the option to be public or private.
"Pinning" a character (clicking on the heart) brings up your character's avatar next to your user name.
A new site achievement!
Robin Williams Has An In-Game Genie NPC
2014/08/20 at 7:53 PM
An NPC called
with a genie model is in the Warlords Data! A few days ago, Blizzard was tweeting that they'd be adding an in-game tribute to Robin Williams.
Genie gif courtesy of
There are also two additional Robin NPCs with
--we think the
is a reference to Mrs Doubtfire. Perhaps he'll tell jokes in Draenor and have costume changes?
New Pet Tamers, Blizzard Warlords interview, Drake Collector Achievement, Black Market Auction House
2014/08/20 at 2:54 PM
Don't forget to enter our
Warlords of Draenor Beta Key Giveaway
And our sister site
giving away Naxxramas t-shirts and Hearthstone pillows.
Tom Chilton Interviewed on Warlords of Draenor
interviewed Game Director Tom Chilton at Gamescom, discussing the criticism levelled at World of Warcraft in recent months. You can read the full interview over at
, but we have summarized the key points below for your convenience.
The dev team wishes Warlords was out by now, but team increases and the expansion's size have slowed them down.
Warlords is probably the most ambitious expansion to date when it comes to high level content.
The setting, if it appeals, will bring players back to WoW, but a bigger influence will be the level 90 boost and associated tutorial zone to get you back into playing your character.
WoW still sees "a pretty large number" of new subscribers on a monthly basis. Making the game more intuitive for them is a goal in Warlords
Working on an older game engine requires creativity from developers, and becomes harder and harder as new tech is added.
The Blood Elf design was perhaps promised for launch too soon, before they'd realised how long it would take to get all the models done.
World of Warcraft combat has stood the test of time, but the devs want to make it feel more visceral some time soon
Tom feels that casting while moving, like flying, cost the world a lot in the long run.
The "Dudebros of Draenor" problem was in presentation as much as anything - there are strong female characters in the expansion.
The end-game questing in Warlords will be far fewer daily quests and far more free-form interaction with the world. They're trying to avoid players feeling like they have to do it all.
Feedback from the beta has been a mixture of positive and negative - flying is a controversial topic, and Garrison feedback has reflected the devs' position on the feature.
Drake Collector Achievement Teased on Twitter, Where to get the Drakes
Game Designer Jonathan LeCraft teased followers on Twitter last night with a potential new mount collection achievement:
Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes, Blizzard on PvE Content, Class Design Blue Posts
2014/08/19 at 5:12 PM
Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes
The latest Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes have just been released! Our TL;DR summary breaks down all the changes by class, and you can see the full notes below:
Icy Talons now increases attack speed by 35% (down from 45%), and haste by 5% (up from 0%).
Glyph of Rune Tap has been redesigned. It now reduces Rune Tap’s recharge time by 10 seconds, but reduces the damage reduction it provides by 20%.
Starfall no longer cancels when mounting. However, it can no longer hit stealthed or invisible targets.
Wild Mushrooms no longer become invisible.
Mastery: Primal Tenacity causes the Druid to gain a Physical absorb shield equal to 12%
of the attack’s damage when they are hit by a Physical attack. Attacks which this effect fully or partially absorbs cannot trigger Primal Tenacity.
Soul of the Forest (Guardian) now increases Mangle’s Rage generation by 5 (down from 10).
Incarnation: Tree of Life no longer enhances Lifebloom. Instead, it also enhances Rejuvenation, increasing its healing by 50%, and reducing its cost by 50%.
Heart of the Wild (Restoration) now increases healing done by 35% (up from 25%).
Soul of the Forest (Restoration) when casting Swiftmend, the Druid gains Soul of the Forest. Soul of the Forest reduces the cast time of the next Healing Touch by 50%, or increases the healing of the next Regrowth, or Rejuvenation,
or Wild Growth
by 100%, or increases the healing of the next Wild Growth by 50%.
Thrill of the Hunt now has a 20% chance to trigger (down from 30%).
Presence of Mind is no longer a talent, and is now learned by only Arcane Mages.
Evanesce is a new Talent available at level 15, replacing Presence of Mind.
Alter Time now lasts for 10
seconds (up from 6 seconds), has a 90-second cooldown (down from 3 minutes), and no longer affects the Mage’s mana, buffs, or debuffs.
The Brain Freeze effect now increases Frostfire Bolt's damage by 15%
, and can now stack up to 2 times. It also no longer triggers from the Bomb Talents, and instead has a 10% chance to trigger from Frostbolt casts. Each Multistrike of Frostbolt increases that cast's chance by an additional 25%. (Total of 60% on double-Multistrikes).
Power Strikes now triggers every 15 seconds (up from every 20 seconds).
Chi Brew now grants 1 charge of Mana Tea (down from 2 charges).
Ascension now increases maximum Mana by 20%
(up from 15%).
Eminence now causes a nearby target to be healed for 50%
of all damage caused by the Monk and includes auto attacks.
Blackout Kick causes Eminence to heal 5 allies instead of 1, but heals for only 20%
of damage dealt instead of 35%.
Jab now costs 45 Energy while in Stance of the Fierce Tiger.
Stance of the Fierce Tiger now increases all damage done by 20%
now also increases Jab’s energy cost by 10
Elusive Brew now increases dodge chance by 45%
(up from 30%).
Selfless Healer no longer causes Bastion of Glory to apply to Flash of Light. However, it now increases the healing of Flash of Light on others by 35% per stack (up from 20%).
Sword of Light now increases damage by 25% (down from 30%).
Borrowed Time has been redesigned. It now increases the Priest's stat gains to Haste from all sources by 40% for 6 seconds.
Surge of Light (Discipline, Holy) activation chance has been reduced to 8%
(down from 15%).
Enlightenment is a new passive ability for Discipline Priests.
Enlightenment increases the critical healing chance of Prayer of Mending by 10%, and increases stat gains to Critical Strike from all sources by 5%.
Assassin’s Resolve now increases damage by 15% (down from 20%).
Deadly Throw no longer has a minimum range.
Garrote now ticks every 2 seconds (up from every 3 seconds). Damage has been adjusted to compensate.
Hemorrhage’s periodic damage is now based on attack power (instead of the initial strike's damage), and ticks every 2 seconds. Damage has been adjusted to compensate.
has rolling periodic behavior, meaning that remaining damage from the previous application is added into the newly-applied periodic-damage effect.
Sinister Calling now increases Agility by 15% (down from 30%), and the amount of Multistrike bonus received from all sources by 5% (in order to act as Subtlety’s Secondary Stat Attunement). And finally, when the rogue Multistrikes with Backstab or Ambush, they also twist the blade, causing all Bleed effects to advance by 2 seconds, triggering an instant tick
instantly tick an additional time
Ancestral Vigor has been removed.
Chain Heal now heals each chain target for 10%
less than the previous target.
Seed of Corruption and Soulburn: Seed of Corruption can no longer both apply to the same target.
One important difference between this and previous incarnations of Warrior stances is that these abilities are rotational, not utility cooldowns. Stances are now more for different gameplay modes (dealing damage vs. tanking). There shouldn’t be cases where you find yourself swapping stances, use an ability, and then immediately swapping back.
Colossus Smash now requires Battle Stance.
Recklessness now requires Battle Stance.
Sweeping Strikes now requires Battle Stance.
Devastate is now available to all Warrior specializations (was Protection only) and requires Defensive Stance or Gladiator Stance.
For Arms and Fury Warriors, Devastate has a 30% chance to reset the cooldown of Revenge.
Revenge is now available to all Warrior specializations (was Protection only), and requires Defensive Stance or Gladiator Stance.
Shield Barrier is now available for all Warrior specializations (was Protection only) and requires Defensive Stance.
For Arms and Fury Warriors, Shield Barrier can be used without a shield.
Taunt now requires Defensive Stance or Gladiator Stance.
Fury: Furious Strikes: Wild Strike costs 15
Bloodsurge’s effects have been merged into baseline Bloodthirst and no longer reduce Wild Strike’s global cooldown. Its spell alert has moved to the top slot instead of the left and right slots, and now has 2 charges (down from 3 charges).
Bloodthirst now replaces Heroic Strike for Fury Warriors.
Wild Strike now has a 0.75
second baseline global cooldown, and costs 45 Rage.
Welcome to an early look at patch notes for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor. The new expansion introduces a wealth of new content and changes. There's also a new patch note format, which we hope will help better convey the reasoning for many of the changes being made and what they mean for you, while providing more background into issues we're trying to solve.
Please be aware that
the Beta patch notes are preliminary and not final
. Details may change before retail release and new information will be added for additional features as development continues on the Warlords of Draenor expansion.
Note: Not all the content listed may be available for immediate testing or may only be available during a limited testing window during the Beta.
For more information about Alpha testing and how you can opt in for a chance to participate in the Warlords of Draenor beta test later down the line, check out World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™ Beta Test Begins! Changes since last update to the patch notes are denoted in red.
WoD Beta: Updated Profession and Toy Box Guides, Spell Pages Revamp, Community Item Tributes
2014/08/19 at 2:21 PM
We have even more guides updated today, in addition to the updated
from last evening!
Also check out the
datamined info from yesterday
Garrison Inn Quests
Toy Box Guide Updated
Each build, several more items are added to the Toy Box. The most notable addition is
Autographed Hearthstone Card
, which is a reward for completing the Garrison Mission
. As shown in the screenshot, the "threats" you face are popular Hearthstone decks.
We update our
Warlords of Draenor Toy Box Guide
every build with additions, removals, screenshots, and tips on how to get the vanity items.
Click here to see our WoD Toy Box Guide
Last night we datamined items named after Wowhead Staff
--we briefly mentioned them, but didn't cover it in-depth as we were busy working!
Here's a closer look at the staff who received items--thanks to all the Wowhead fans who made this possible by using our site :)
Aryu's Puzzle Ring
: This item is named after
, a Wowhead developer! Aryu raided in Ensidia before starting at Wowhead in 2011. He handles all of the data for Wowhead, including datamining at 3 am, presenting Blizzard's data in more user-friendly ways, and adjusting the database to handle unannounced data changes on Blizzard's end so our tools keep working. The flavor text refers to the constant process of datamining and discovering data changes.
Ashelia's Adorned Waistguard
: Ashelia became the site director for Wowhead in 2011! Under her guidance, the
were launched, as well as user-favorite contests like the
database scavenger hunts
. She was also instrumental in growing our News section to cover more beta/PTR coverage and datamining changes. Ashelia also helped acquire
--she spends most of her time there now, but you may catch her on Wowhead/Hearthhead setting up contests or helping with news!
Erorus' Ledger of Trade
: This item is named after
, who developed
The Undermine Journal
before starting work at Wowhead in 2013. The flavor text on the item refers to The Undermine Journal, which tracks all auctions. Erorus is behind many features at Wowhead, including the
Battle Pet Team Calculator
Blue Tweet Tracker
Jerek's Intractable Barrier
: This item is named after
, a Wowhead developer and designer! Jerek has been part of our
, as well as developing Hearthhead
. The item is most likely a shield as his favorite character is a Warrior.
is the site artist for Wowhead! She does the adorable logos, contest art, and holiday graphics on the site, which you can browse
. She also creates name badges for every BlizzCon, drawing likenesses of WoW players and Blizzard staff. You can check out her 2014 badges
. This year her open slots sold out in just a few days!
Olivia and I also received items in previous patches:
Olivia's Graceful Gaze
Perculia's Peculiar Signet
WoD Build 18738: Garrison Inn Quests, Battle Pets, Character Screen and Ashran Hub Updates
2014/08/18 at 10:44 PM
There's been so many discoveries in
tonight's beta build
that we split up the coverage into two posts! Check out our
for information on new 3D tabard models, reputation rewards, profession changes, items named after Wowhead staff, and more!
Garrison Inn Quests and Vanity Rewards
In the latest version of the
Lunarfall Inn / Frostwall Tavern Level 1
, famous NPCs from past expansions offer dungeon quests with generous rewards. Today, we found Gamon and Mylune, but many more are on their way. Continue reading for a full list of quests and vanity item rewards like
, and check out our
recent Garrison guide
to learn more about the Inn and other buildings.
New Character Selection Screen Backgrounds
The character selection screens received some additional brightness and polish:
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