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WoW Now Has Over 10 Million Subscribers, November 19th Hotfixes, @WarcraftDevs New Blizzard Account
2014/11/19 at 4:20 PM
With Warlords of Draenor's launch, WoW's subscriber numbers have shot up to over 10 million! You can read more in Blizzard's press release below: WORLD OF WARCRAFT® SURPASSES 10 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS AS WARLORDS OF DRAENOR™ LAUNCH BEGINS
New expansion achieves day-one sell-through of more than 3.3 million copies
IRVINE, Calif.—November 19, 2014—
On November 13, millions of Azeroth’s champions enlisted for the war against the Iron Horde with the launch of
World of Warcraft®
Warlords of Draenor™
, the fifth expansion to the world’s #1 subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.* Blizzard Entertainment today announced that as of the first 24 hours of the expansion’s availability, more than 3.3 million copies had sold-through† and the game’s global subscriber base had passed 10 million, with growth across all major regions.
Guide to Getting the ilvl Requirements for Heroic Dungeons (610) and Molten Core/Highmaul LFR (615)
2014/11/19 at 1:26 PM
This guide covers how to hit your ilvl 610 requirement for Heroic Dungeons and the ilvl 615 requirement for Molten Core. It focuses mostly on gear in the ilvl 610-630 range that you can easily get close to the launch of Warlords of Draenor, such as rare spawns, questing, Normal Dungeons, and
Gear that you can get a little bit later or with more effort, such as Challenge Mode items, fully upgraded crafted gear, Normal Highmaul loot, or loot from ilvl follower missions will not be covered in great detail. For those sources and more, check out our general
Warlords Gearing Guide
The other requirement for Heroic Dungeons is
Proving Grounds Silver
Warlords Proving Grounds Silver guide
covers descriptions of all waves and basic strategies for Tank, Healer, and DPS Silver.
Also, check out our strategies to all dungeons, so you’re prepared when you finally get the item level to queue up!
Auchindoun Dungeon Strategy Guide
Bloodmaul Slag Mines Dungeon Strategy Guide
Everbloom Dungeon Strategy Guide
Grimrail Depot Dungeon Strategy Guide
Iron Docks Dungeon Strategy Guide
Shadowmoon Burial Grounds Dungeon Strategy Guide
Skyreach Dungeon Strategy Guide
Upper Blackrock Spire Dungeon Strategy Guide
Garrison Invasions, Free Game Time for Launch, Draenor's Secret Power, Nov 18th Hotfixes
2014/11/18 at 1:05 PM
Free Game Time
Blizzard is giving all subscribers with active accounts as of November 14th five free days of game time to make up for launch difficulties.
I know how much everyone was looking forward to this expansion, and once you were able to get in and start having fun, all the comments I've seen indicate that this is one of our best yet. But the quality of the content does not excuse the subpar launch experience we delivered, and I apologize for that.
The first two days of the expansion were not a great experience, with many of you facing high queues or significant gameplay problems. We worked around the clock to tackle the demand issues and technical challenges, and fortunately things started looking better on Saturday. While millions of you were able to get in and play over the weekend, with many already reaching level 100, others still ran into very lengthy queues, particularly on the highest-population realms.
To help address this, we’ve expanded the new instancing tech we used to improve queues on Saturday and we’re continuing the process of applying that to raise the capacity of all realms again. This will result in approximately double the prelaunch capacity on each realm, which should greatly reduce queue times for most realms if not eliminate queues altogether.
In recognition of the difficulties so many of you ran into when trying to play over the first few days, we're adding five days’ worth of extra time to every subscription in the Americas, Oceania, and Europe that was active as of Friday, November 14. Things are already in a much better place than they were going into the weekend, so I hope you’ll now be able to focus on having a ton of fun with this expansion.
I also hope you'll accept my apology and keep your faith in us. The support voiced by many of you as we worked through the challenges was immensely appreciated. We're extremely grateful to be part of such a passionate community. We love World of Warcraft, and we're very proud of this expansion, so stumbling out of the gates like this was very disappointing for all of us.
On behalf of the World of Warcraft development team, as well as everyone at Blizzard, thank you all again for your patience and understanding.
See you in Draenor.
J. Allen Brack
Executive Producer, World of Warcraft
Several professions had their recipe reagents hotfixed recently without documentation in hotfixes.
We have updated the
guides with this information as well as the database.
Garrison Tools, Guides, and Databases on Wowhead - Comment to Win a X-51 Nether-Rocket!
2014/11/16 at 12:23 PM
Garrison Guides, Tools, and Databases
Wowhead has a vast series of resources to help you learn about Garrisons in Warlords of Draenor--one of the most hyped
complex features in the expansion--and it just got easier to find everything. Since we have so many ways to help users with Garrisons, we're excited to launch the
Garrison Hub page
and a Garrison-themed giveaway for an
X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME
page can be reached at Database > Garrisons, at the top of every
, or via
. It provides quick links and basic summaries to all of Wowhead's Garrison coverage so you can navigate directly to the part of the site that will help you the most.
We're proud to be at the forefront for Garrison coverage and tools--we launched the Garrison Calculator in early alpha and followed that up with weekly guides and database updates for the entire beta.
Here's a taste of what you'll find--we know everyone processes information differently, so we have something for everyone's learning style! From short beginner resources to in-depth features on each type of building, we've got it
on the hub page
. (If you think of something you'd like that we don't have already, let us know--we refine and improve our guides constantly and your feedback is welcome!)
--we're particularly proud of this tool, as we launched it during the Warlords alpha before anyone could play the game and it was a massive hit. It's received numerous updates during the beta to reflect new information players need to see at a glance.
Our Garrison databases for
--perfect for finding information on a specific topic, narrowing search results with filters, or looking up amazing user comments and screenshots! These database pages have unique custom touches in the style of our
battle pet pages
that we think you'll really enjoy--such as the
embedded on all missions pages.
. Get Wowhead tooltips
for your blog.
--get a brief rundown of
what garrisons are
, how they
interact with professions
, and how to
start a Garrison
--we have a
and guides to popular content such as
Guides to each building
if you want an in-depth look at a specific one, as well as guides to buildings grouped by plot type if you don't know what to build.
Guides sorting buildings by popular things to do in game
--read the overview for many topics or learn in more detail what buildings are good for
Click here to browse all of Wowhead's Garrison guides, tools, and data!
Comment to Win a
X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME
To thank the community for all of your support at WoD's launch, we're holding a Garrison-themed giveaway!
Just leave a comment with a link to your favorite resource on the
Garrison Hub Page
and you have a chance to win a $250
X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME
(both mounts for one code!) or one of five
. This giveaway closes on Friday, November 21st, at 3 pm EST.
Gorehowl in Shanghai, Hotfixes for 11/17, Clarifications on Garrison Followers
2014/11/16 at 8:00 AM
Gorehowl in Shanghai
Gorehowl was in Times Square
and today it's off to Shanghai!
to see more pictures by
Wowhead Weekly Episode 17 - Warlords Launch Q&A, Continued Launch Updates, Gazlowe's Realty
2014/11/15 at 12:06 PM
Wowhead Weekly Episode 17
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! This week was a live Q&A show on
Wowhead's Twitch Channel
follow us to be notified when we stream
! You can also
subscribe to our YouTube Channel
to see all our video content!
This week was all about your questions! We talked a lot about your garrison concerns, your queries on followers and missions, on buildings and outposts.
November 16th Launch Updates
12:00 p.m. PST
Since the launch of Warlords of Draenor we’ve seen a large amount of positive reaction to the new content available in the expansion. Players have been enjoying building and managing their own Garrisons and exploring the new world. With many of the new changes that have been implemented over the past couple of days, we’ve seen a marked improvement in realm performance and stability. Thank you again to everyone for your patience while we have worked around the clock to address these issues.
As we previously posted the realms in Europe, the Americas, and Oceania had rolling restarts to pick up hotfixes to address some gameplay issues. During this time we also further extended the raised maximum realm population in these regions. While the increase in realm population has allowed more players access to the game, we continue to also see realm queues on heavily populated realms.
To address the queues for these realms we are currently working on expanding the instancing tech we deployed earlier which allowed for additional copies of Draenor. We are currently testing these improvements with the goal of deploying this tech more widely. To ensure the best possible in-game experience for players this implementation will require additional oversight and testing. We will be carefully scrutinizing and adjusting these modifications throughout the day to ensure that we don’t introduce additional stability and performance issues.
Hourly updates will resume when we have more information on the progress of these changes to share with you. If you use Twitter, we recommend following @BlizzardCS and @Warcraft for updates as well.
Warlords of Draenor Hotfixes for November 15
Community Manager Rygarius shared the latest round of hotfixes, as well as tweeting about an upcoming change to Dungeon XP:
<p><strong><a id="nov15" name="nov15"></a></strong><span style="font-size:16px;">November 15</span></p>
<p><strong>Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts</strong></p>
<li>Lunar Fall Inn/Frostwall Tavern: Improved the rewards for completing Budd's Gambit, Go Fetch, Ogre Ancestry, and Sky Dancers.</li>
<li>Stables Level 2: Resolved an issue where characters were not remaining mounted while interacting with herb nodes.</li>
<li>Trading Post Level 2: Multiple items for Auctioning for Parts should no longer be dropping at the same time.</li>
<li>A Collection of Coils: Increased the drop rates for Coil of Sturdy Rope.</li>
Bite Size Guide: Warlords Profession Leveling
2014/11/14 at 2:42 PM
Bite Size Guide: Warlords Profession Leveling
Warlords of Draenor has introduced catch-up mechanisms for almost every profession, with the exception of those which had them before. This is a bite-sized guide aimed at making the changes quick to take in and easy to understand, if you're looking for more detail, we also have a full
You can create Draenor-quality recipes with Draenor materials for all professions at skill level 1. No more having to level with old-world materials!
Having a Garrison building for your profession is useful as a building's Work Orders can generate reagents needed for your crafted items.
To increase your max skill cap to 700, you complete a short questline that starts from a world drop (decently high chance to drop), which rewards a scroll--or you can buy the scroll for from Profession Trader in
or your Garrison building once you have the profession trained. See details of these items and quests in the profession-specific tabs below.
Your Garrison buildings let you craft certain recipes even if you don’t have that profession learned--including epic gear from max-level buildings. Players with the corresponding profession can craft more items including ways to upgrade epic gear and mounts.
Garrison buildings can enhance your professions--you can have up to three buildings generating materials for different professions. Play around with your Garrison buildings and perks with our
Hit the break for advice for each profession individually!
Launch Issues, Warcraft DDoS Attack, US/EU Maintenance, Hotfixes for 11/13, Friday Update Arcade
2014/11/13 at 3:36 PM
It's been quite the wild launch ride, with Blizzard coping with a large scale DDoS attack, several waves of hotfixes for quest bottlenecks, and unscheduled EU maintenance. We've been frequently updating this blog throughout the day with Blizzard's latest posts on the server instability.
Warlords of Draenor Launch Guide
2014/11/12 at 9:46 AM
Warlords of Draenor Launch Guide
Warlords of Draenor, World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, launched on November 13th. The Wowhead team has compiled a list of our most useful guides and content to help you build your garrison, pick your gear, play your class, and more! Our database is completely updated for Warlords of Draenor data as well.
Also huge thanks to our beta testers! We gave away five thousand beta keys and have received many wonderful comments and screenshots to help everyone navigate Draenor.
Bite Sized Garrison Guide
2014/11/12 at 9:09 AM
Bite Sized Garrison Guide
In preparation for Warlords, we thought we'd put together a really brief summary of Garrison buildings, and what you might like to build for different playstyles and Garrisons. This isn't meant to be an exhaustive guide, as we have several of those already!
We've split the buildings out into four categories: Raiding and Gearing, Professions and Crafting, Utility and Leveling, and Collecting. Several buildings serve multiple purposes.
For those who are wondering, the way to share your garrison with others is to invite them to a party. Then, you can right-click your character portrait and travel between each others' garrisons!
Warlords Midnight Signing Event, New Wowhead Guides for Proving Grounds, Garrisons, and Quests
2014/11/11 at 2:39 PM
New Expansion Guides on Wowhead
We've added several more expansion guides to our
section! The Proving Grounds guide was updated by our class guide writers and Serrinne wrote the other three!
Stay tuned for our Warlords overview coming soon that recaps all of the guides and content we have published during the beta:
Warlords of Draenor Legendary Ring Guide
: Learn how to get your epic ilvl 640 ring and upgrade it to ilvl 680.
Guide to Proving Grounds Silver
: Completing Proving Grounds Silver is a requirement for solo-queueing for dungeons, so we put together guides for Tank, Healing, and DPS waves.
Starting a Garrison
: This guide walks you through the initial quests you will have to do in Shadowmoon Valley and Frostfire Ridge to get set up with a basic Garrison.
Questing in Tanaan Jungle
: Learn how to get through the starting zone quickly with a summary of the quests and at what points you receive gear and unlocked abilities if you are a boosted character. (Spoiler alert)
Warlords of Draenor Smashed Taxi in Times Square
2014/11/11 at 8:59 AM
The Iron Horde has come to Times Square before Warlords of Draenor--they are unimpressed with the taxi service and smashed an iconic yellow cab with Gorehowl.
As Perculia lives very close by, she hopped out to take some pics of this awesome Warlords promo! There are tons of cool details, such as the Warcraft license plate, 11.13.14 as the cab number, Warlords caution tape, Iron Horde logo on the front, smashed advertisement, and "Flat Fare to Draenor" instead of the usual "Flat Fare to JFK."
For more details on Warlords of Draenor, check out
, and be sure to catch up with our BlizzCon 2014 coverage
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