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News Roundup: Talk Azeroth BlizzCon Edition, WoD Item and Stat Clarifications
2013/11/21 at 11:28 AM
Talk Azeroth With Olivia--BlizzCon Edition
Olivia's back after the roof blew off her studio, with a Talk Azeroth focusing on one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of BlizzCon, the changes in raid sizes. She's wondering just exactly what the impact will be on different guilds, from LFR right up to the controversial new Mythic raiding mode, as well as talking through a few of your responses to Talk Azeroth 17, and asking for your questions and views on Garrisons.
Warlords of Draenor: Itemization Changes and New Stats
Blizzard devs have been very active on Twitter discussing item and stat changes in Warlords of Draenor. You can learn about the entire itemization preview at BlizzCon on our
Warlords of Draenor Guide
, or check out the clarifications below. Most of these details were covered at BlizzCon, but it's easy to forget some details with so much new information!
Spirit (healers) and armor (tanks) will only appear on accessory slots, weapons, and gems, not main slots like helms. Accessory items will most likely just have secondary stats.
Only main armor pieces like helms will swap their prim
Alterac Brew Pup Gets Blizzard Store Page, On Sale Soon
2013/11/19 at 10:58 PM
, which summons
, just got a special Blizzard Store page:
. The sale button isn't active yet, but it seems to be going live soon, as 50% of the proceeds will go towards the Make-A-Wish foundation until December 31st.
(Edit: since we've published the above, the page has been taken down (screenshotted below), but the
tooltip still lists the Pet Store as the source.)
is a Beast pet with the following abilities:
The Good Stuff
Tough n' Cuddly
Call the Pack
Click the image below to view the 3D model!
5.4.2 PTR: Cross-Realm Account-Bound Mail and Karazhan Restoration, Student Art Contest
2013/11/19 at 10:34 AM
Cross-Realm Account-Bound Mail
In the latest 5.4.2 PTR build, we are testing the new ability to mail account-bound items to other characters on your account that may be on different servers. Notably, this should allow you to move heirlooms between servers, in advance of our planned Warlords changes that will make them fully account-wide.
Sending this sort of mail should work like any cross-server communication: You send the item to "Playername-Servername" and it should otherwise work like regular mail. Note that you can only send account-bound items, and not other items or gold.
Example: I have a character, Thrall, on the Benedictus server. I want to send my heirloom mace to my alt, Durotan, on the Lycanthoth server. I'd log in as Thrall, and attach the mace to a mail addressed to "Durotan-Lycanthoth" and hit send.
We'd appreciate any feedback or bug reports on this new feature so that we can address any issues prior to the release of 5.4.2. But even without direct feedback, just logging into PTR and mailing account-bound items across servers should give us useful data to help confirm that the feature is working as intended. Thanks!
Patch 5.4 Hotfixes for November 18th, 5.4.2 PTR Build 17595 Spell Changes
2013/11/18 at 6:29 PM
Patch 5.4 Hotfixes
's Stormlash effect now has a 50% chance to activate and deals 40% of current damage (This is up from a 20% chance to activate and down from a 100% damage increase when activated compared to a hotfix from October 4).
Stone Bulwark Totem
's damage absorption shield should now be properly affected by
PvP Rules Enabled
Zao, Calfling of Niuzao
ability should play the correct sound instead of a quote by the
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Siege of Orgrimmar
Paragons of the Klaxxi
Xaril the Poisoned Mind
should no longer be incorrectly receiving credit in the combat log for spells cast by players that were under the effects of [spell=143
WoW's 9th Anniversary: November 18 - December 2nd
2013/11/18 at 12:12 PM
Today marks the start of celebrating World of Warcraft's 9th anniversary in-game! You can get a special celebration package and achievement,
WoW's 9th Anniversary
, starting at
10am PST November 18th
and running until
10am PST December 2nd
. (The actual 9th anniversary is November 23rd.)
To get your special
, all you have to do is log in and visit any mailbox--you'll automatically find the package inside with a nice note from Blizzard.
can be used repeatedly and has a short cooldown. It grants the powerful buff
WoW's 9th Anniversary
, which increases experience and reputation gains from kills by 9% for 1 hour. Seems great for
In addition, your character gets a special vanity effect--it looks like they are wearing the removed and very rare
Contest Winner's Tabard
You also get
WoW's 9th Anniversary
just for logging in!
World of Warcraft turns nine on November 23, 2013! Another epic year has flown by, and we’d like to thank you all for joining us on so many great adventures. To celebrate, players who log into the game between the dates of Nove
Leveling Guide: Experience Gains, RAF, Heirlooms, Gear Basics
2013/11/16 at 12:53 PM
With the new Recruit a Friend program unveiled this week, it's the perfect time to think about leveling! This guide covers ways to improve your leveling experience and useful beginner info for new Recruit-a-Friend players! Patch 5.4 made it pretty easy to get epics once you're 90, so let's talk about what you need to do to get there!
We've covered the basics like how to gain experience, transportation, and talents, as well as ways to speed up leveling like experience buffs and Recruit-a-Friend. We also look at some gear details, like heirlooms that increase experience gained, scaling enchants, and gems that can be used at different levels.
Click the cut to read the guide!
Post-BlizzCon Online Store Sale 11/15-17, No Virtual Ticket Required
2013/11/15 at 12:09 PM
This is your last chance to get special BlizzCon merchandise--since we last previewed the store, tons of new items have been added to the shop like
World of Warcraft cookie cutters
. The best part is that you don't need a Virtual Ticket to access this sale!
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<p>Another BlizzCon’s come and gone, but there’s still a chance to snag some cool commemorative Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo merchandise from the show. From now through November 17, <strong>anyone </strong>can purchase select items from the BlizzCon 2013 Store directly through the<strong> <a href="
target="_blank">Online Blizzard Store</a></strong>—no need to have a BlizzCon ticket or Virtual Ticket in order to participate. Here’s a sampling of the legendary loot you’ll find:</p>
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No Flying in Draenor Until 6.1
2013/11/13 at 8:25 PM
One of the controversial announcements in
Warlords of Draenor
is the decision to have Draenor be ground-mount only until Patch 6.1. This means no flying mounts, even if you're level 100, until the first major patch hits.
Bashiok explained the reasoning behind this today, citing the following:
Previous expansions did not allow players to fly when leveling up--Warlords of Draenor will work in the same way.
Blizzard is happy with how
Isle of Thunder
were max level zones with only ground mounts, and thinks level 100 players in Warlords will be similarly successful.
Flying trivializes combat--you can just leave combat at will. Imagine what dungeons or battlegrounds would be like if you could fly--the experience would be cheapened.
The pacing of outdoor zones is thrown off by flying combat. Zones suddenly appear much smaller since traveling is fast, mountains and other striking scenery is diminished when you can just fly there, and the sense of exploration is toned down.
To learn more about Warlords of Draenor, check out Wowhead's
comprehensive expansion guide
Click the cut for the full post!
Patch 5.4.2 PTR: Build 17585, Spell Changes and More
2013/11/13 at 1:59 PM
A small PTR build was datamined today--it was revealed that the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition will have a Treasure Goblin battle pet and achievement (
Collector's Edition: Treasure Goblin
Treasure Goblin's Pack
), and there's also new mounts,
Bipsi's Bobbing Berg
Keep in mind that spell values can be misinterpreted--some of the Priest changes seem very strange.
Check out the latest additions!
3D Model for
Treasure Goblin's Pack
Click the cut for the globalstrings and spell changes!
Mythic Raiding and Existing 10-Player Heroic Guilds, 11/12 Hotfixes
2013/11/12 at 6:12 PM
Resolved an issue that sometimes caused
from the Discipline/Holy Priest Tier-16 2-piece set bonus to not function correctly while in a Battleground.
At the Stonemother's Call
: Players should now be able to accept this quest from
Terrath the Steady
have learned to respect each other's personal space should no longer occasionally try to occupy the exact same spot in the
Shrine of Seven Stars
Visual effects for
s cast by NPCs should no longer incorrectly appear twice as large as its actual area-of-effect.
should no longer incorrectly affect the entire team instead of just the swapped-in pet.
Raids, Dungeons, an
New Recruit-A-Friend Program Live, Many New Rewards
2013/11/12 at 1:41 PM
The new RAF program relaunched today with many new rewards! Instead of having one mount as a reward, players can choose between all of the RAF mounts, including those that have been removed for years, as well as some pets that were only obtainable in Asia. There's also the new
Mounts and Achievements
: Zebra ground mount. Original RAF reward, retired in Wrath. Tied to
Friends In High Places
X-53 Touring Rocket
: Two-seater flying rocket mount. Introduced in Wrath, retired at end of Cataclysm. Tied to
Friends In Even Higher Places
Heart of the Nightwing
: Two-seater flying panther mount. Introduced at end of Cataclysm. Tied to
Friends In Places Higher Yet
: New hippogryph flying mount. Introduced in Mists of Pandaria. Tied to
Friends In Places Even Higher Than That
Golden Pig Coin
: Critter, Breed 7 H/P. [petability=4
Warlords of Draenor Complete Guide, GUNNAR Party Pictures and Discount, BlizzCon Giveaway
2013/11/11 at 7:00 PM
Warlords of Draenor Complete Guide
It's been a crazy few days for us here at Wowhead liveblogging everything at BlizzCon 2013. We took a break for a day, and then organized everything there is to know about Warlords of Draenor into a massive guide that breaks down all the major topics, from Garrisons to new character models.
Head over to
to see our comprehensive Warlords of Draenor guide!
BlizzCon 2013 Contest
We've been running a huge giveaway for BlizzCon and today is your
last day to enter
. To win amazing prizes like
Reins of the Swift Spectral Tiger
, all you have to do is head over to our BlizzCon page,
and leave an insightful comment about the expansion news!
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