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Introducing the Battle.net Gift Card
2014/04/18 at 9:06 AM
Blizzard highlighted their Battle.net gift card system today--this is just an EU announcement so far.
The cards are €20/£15 and can be purchased from many retailers in Europe. Gifting a card to a friend allows them to buy Hearthstone card packs, WoW mounts, or even upgrade an expansion!
<p>Have you ever wanted to give a friend a few <em>Hearthstone </em>Expert Card Packs? Or gift that epic Iron Skyreaver mount to your <em>World of Warcraft</em> guildmate? Good news! We’ve got you covered with one simple solution — the Battle.net Gift Card.</p>
<p>This €20/£15 gift card is now available at a wide range of retailers across Europe. Simply pick one up at any of the stores listed below and give it to a friend. All they need to do is claim the code on the back of the card in order to charge up their Battle.net Balance, which can be used to purchase a variety of Blizzard digital items, games, and services. You can also use the gift card to charge up your own balance.</p>
<p>For a full overview of what you can buy with Battle.net Balance, visit the <a href="
target="_blank">Battle.net Shop</a>. Here are just a few
Garrisons: Buildings in Warlords Database, New Images, Maps, and Abilities
2014/04/17 at 11:54 AM
Latest update, 5pm EST:
now live with data on all Garrison buildings.
Warlords of Draenor build
had a lot of new information on Garrisons--there are new images of Garrison buildings and maps as well as details on Garrison Abilities, which provide bonuses based on what type of area you are in.
We've also added Garrison Buildings to our Warlords of Draenor database--
has details on Garrison buildings including their specializations, bonuses, plot sizes, tiers, and more!
For our complete set of Garrison resources and guides; from basics to buildings, followers to missions, and much more, check out our
To see more details on garrisons, check out our post on
specializations, buildings, and plots
. Garrison details were also covered in great detail at [url=http:
WoD Build 18156: Spell Changes, Sounds, Cooking Recipes, Blue Tweets on Class Changes
2014/04/16 at 8:52 PM
Last update: 2:15 EST, roundup of Blue Tweets clarifying details from datamined spell changes.
This Warlords of Draenor alpha build doesn't have nearly as many changes as the
, but there are a few class changes. Check out the
Alpha Patch Notes
for a list of official Blizzard changes and explanations behind some class changes.
We also have posts on
new Garrison data
recent 3D Models
up covering this Alpha build.
Also be sure to check out our recent Warlords of Draenor model posts:
New Character Models
Warlords of Draenor Modelviewer: Images and Video of New Character Models
2014/04/16 at 3:21 PM
Last update: 8:05 EST, added
side-by-side video of old and new female gnome models
for a visual comparison.
Updated character models are a much-anticipated feature in Warlords of Draenor. Our
Warlords of Draenor Modelviewer
now shows many of these new models, so we put together some previews to show you how detailed the new emotes and animations are!
To view the new models on Wowhead, simply select the "Warlords" option that's present on the wod.wowhead.com modelviewer and then select an animation on the lower right side. You can access the modelviewer on nearly every page--
to name a few. Currently the modelviewer supports Gnomes, Dwarves, Orcs, and Male tauren.
You can even dress up a character in custom armor by using our
Item Comparison tool
to add items and then cl
Warlords of Draenor Modelviewer: New 3D Models and Warlords Character Models
2014/04/15 at 9:42 PM
Latest update: Even more weapons from
Today we're highlighting new models from
Warlords of Draenor
, many of which you can also check out via "View in 3D" on our
Warlords of Draenor database
We've got a variety of NPCs, armor sets, and more! Besides browsing the images below, click on the images to view their animations in the 3D modelviewer!
New Character Models in Modelviewer
The Wowhead modelviewer now supports redesigned character models in addition to the classic character models. Simply select between the new "Warlords" and "Classic" options at the bottom left of the tool.
The viewer currently supports the following races: Male Orc, Female Orc, Male Gnome, Female Gnome, Male Dwarf, Female Dwarf, Tauren Male. There are tons of emote options you can try out as well!
You can dress up characters in new Warlords of Draenor gear with our Item Comparison Too
5.4.7 Hotfixes, Transcript of Wowhead's Interview, WoD Press Images, PAX Beta Keys
2014/04/14 at 12:23 PM
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Siege of Orgrimmar
should no longer be incorrectly awarded from the Spoils of Pandaria encounter.
: Resolved an issue that could prevent players from being able to loot
The Lich King
if NPCs dealt fatal damage to him.
: Added additional safeguards to the
encounter to address issues that could cause him to sometimes not grant loot if he's defeated too quickly.
Insane in the Membrane
: Resolved an issue where Exalted status with the various Steamwheedle Cartel factions, as well as Honored status with the
faction, were not properly being credited if those reputations subsequently decreased. Players should now be able to earn this achievement if they have ever brought those five reputations to the required levels.
PAX East News
We've rounded up several of the interviews that took place at PAX East, as well as our own with a brand new transcript. As we find more news from the weekend, we'll add that in, so do keep checking back!
Transcript of Wowhead's PAX East Inte
Warlords of Draenor: Wowhead interviews Blizzard developers
2014/04/12 at 3:55 PM
interviewed Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut and Game Designer Steve Burke on Warlords of Draenor.
Topics discussed include:
Bad Luck Protection and the prevention of looting duplicate items
Engineering tinkers as sellable items and the impact on raidint
Garrisons and how they're tied to overall gameplay - your Garrison can be attacked by NPCs, and you get rewards for defending it
Followers—interesting ways to recruit them, specialize in different types of rewards.
Incentivizing Proving Grounds
Challenge Modes Strengths and weaknesses of Timeless Isle
You can listen to the audio below. Obviously, as it's a convention, there is some background noise for which we apologise.
Edit: transcript is now up too! We have tried to be as exact as possible, but due to the poor audio quality at points, there are a few summarized bits.
Hit the break for the Transcript!
PAX East Roundup: Warlords Beta Keys, New Heroes, Hearthstone Adventure Mode
2014/04/11 at 11:25 AM
Four new Heroes announced
Heroes of the Storm has got well and truly into the PAX spirit with an early announcement of four new heroes.
Brightwing, Zagara, Li li and Murky, from left to right across the picture to the side, are the newest heroes. All these are playable at PAX and we're starting to see some
, as well as a
trailer for Brightwing
which was already posted on the Heroes of the Storm YouTube. From their general PAX Trailer, it also looks like Pajamathur is being added to the game as a skin!
Apart from that, there appears to have been a rework of the talents system, as well as some heroic abilities. There's also a
over at the Heroes site that provides more information - expand the box below to learn more!
On Friday morning, Game Director Dustin Browder, Senior Producer Kaeo Milker, and Senior Artist Phill G
News Roundup: Heartbleed Account Security, Azeroth Choppers, Significant Tweets
2014/04/10 at 5:41 PM
Heartbleed Account Security
Blizzard has released an official statement on the Heartbleed bug. The long and short of it is that Battle.net was not compromised, but if you use the same password for Battle.net as you do for other sites, you should change it. As a rule, it's best to use unique passwords for your different accounts.
Many news sites are reporting a vulnerability (dubbed the Heartbleed bug) discovered in OpenSSL, an encryption technology used by a majority of websites and online services—including banks, email providers, and social media sites—to protect sensitive data as it’s transmitted from users to web services.
We want to emphasize that Battle.net’s encryption was not affected by this vulnerability. However, if you use the same password on Battle.net that you use elsewhere, your Battle.net account could be at risk if those sites were affected by this bug.
If the above situation applies to you, we recommend changing your Battle.net password to a new, unique password. As always, we recommend that you maintain separate login credentials for each online service you use. Using the same email or password across multiple ser
Blizzard Launches Azeroth Choppers
2014/04/10 at 2:52 PM
This video was just uploaded to the World of Warcraft YouTube account, and appears to relate to the popular American Choppers TV series.
Players will vote to see which bike gets made into a World of Warcraft mount, meaning, presumably, that only one faction gets a new mount as a result of the show. There is also an official
Azeroth Choppers site
Hit the break for the full information on the show from the site.
How to get the most out of Wowhead's Warlords of Draenor Talent Calculator
2014/04/10 at 2:44 PM
Wowhead has updated the
Warlords of Draenor Talent Calculator
, to include glyphs as well as all the updated spec-specifc abilities and Draenor Perks. But maybe you're wondering how to use it? How do you see all these new features?
The main body of the calculator, which we can see to the right, should be pretty familiar. It works exactly like the in-game one does, only it's been updated for Warlords. You'll notice some differences among the lower level talents as well as the new level 100 talents. What's more, the tooltips have been updated to only reflect your selected spec's version of the talent.
A great example is
, a new level 90 Monk talent. If you mouse over it with any of the three specs selected, the tooltip will update to show the appropriate version of the talent. You can select your spec at the bottom of the talent calculator on the left-hand side.
Clicking any of the Glyph slots you see to the right of the main calculator will open up a list of glyphs. Select from the list,
Blizzard at PAX East
2014/04/09 at 7:44 PM
Blizzard is attending PAX East this weekend in a big way, at
, with almost every franchise having something to offer up. The
PAX East Guidebook App
includes a map of all the locations, so you can easily find your way to booth #848!
Several of us from ZAM will be attending as well, such as
World of Warcraft
Playable demo of Warlords of Draenor - likely similar to what was available at Blizzcon with updated models and the intro quest experience.
Several developers are attending, PvP Designer Brian Holinka being one, along with Community Manager Bashiok
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm will be playable at PAX, featuring brand new heroes never played before outside Blizzard
Kaeo Milker , Dustin Browder , and Phill Gonzales will gather at 10.30am on Friday in the Albatross Theater for a showmatch, hero rev
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