in your browser.
New Site Feature: Tablet-Friendly Wowhead and Hearthhead
2013/12/16 at 3:13 PM
We're always striving to improve the Wowhead browsing experience and today we have a big feature to share with you--
are now optimized for tablet devices!
Our tablet version has all the same content as regular
, just much more touchscreen-friendly. We've made improvements like redesigned page layouts and a new menu and tab system for easier navigation.
Whether you're looking forward to playing Hearthstone on your tablet or are farming in WoW and don't want to alt-tab to look something up, our optimized sites will make finding what you need even faster when you're on a tablet.
We also wanted to mention that we know a lot of users have also been asking for a smartphone version of our websites--and we haven't forgotten about that. Hearthstone is very tablet-orientated though and we wanted to test out responsiveness on
at first--smartphones could always be down the line.
Feast of Winter Veil 2013 Guide (December 16 - January 2)
2013/12/16 at 11:52 AM
Feast of Winter Veil
is hitting servers early Monday so get prepared to drink some
Winter Veil Egg Nog
, sit by your
, and open your
--wait, what? Is that a new type of present we've found in the database? There's a new holiday gift waiting for you under this year's tree, and your
Father Winter's Helper
has stopped sulking and is ready for some pet battles, so this is one holiday you don't want to miss!
Changes in 2013
The 2013 special gift in your faction's capital city is
Crashin' Thrashin' Flyer Controller
. Two achievements have been added:
Crashin' Thrashin' Flyer
The Danger Zone
has a number of improvements as well. It can drop all the old Winter Veil toys and some of them now grant holiday Feats of Strength.
Players can collect a new battle pet:
Rotten Little Helper
. This is a Humanoid battle pet with the following abilities:
Graccu's Mince Meat Fruitcake
is also a bit easier to obtain. It is sold by Copperpinch and Jingleproket vendors for and is in the daily
The Exalted: An Overview of all Reputations
2013/12/15 at 11:17 AM
last weekend guide to all titles
, this guide provides an overview of all the factions in the game to help you work towards your
titles! Friendships (Tillers and Nat Pagle) do not count as reputations, and you must hit Exalted with all the factions on the same character, so this can be a bit of a challenge if you love alts.
We've broken it down the same way it's categorized on your character's reputation tab and provided summaries of each faction, their perks, and related achievements. We've also summarized some buffs that can provide reputation boosts.
Click the cut to read our reputation overview!
New Site Feature: Tracking Collections on Wowhead
2013/12/13 at 11:19 AM
A few weeks ago, we released a new feature letting users track
their quest progress
on database pages and search results. You loved it and asked for more, so we expanded the tool to track even more things!
In addition to quests, you can now track a character's collected
Just pick a character and save it on Wowhead via the
, click on the green resync icon next to their name to make sure it's completely updated, and click on the Red Heart/Pin option to get started. When you visit pages or get a list of results, you'll now see your collection progress as well as modified tooltips showing what you've completed or still need to collect.
5.4.2 Patch Notes and Hotfixes
2013/12/11 at 3:26 PM
Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes
modified by the talent
should now correctly provide immunity to physical interrupt effects.
now has a casting time of 2 seconds (down from 4 seconds).
Resolved an issue where Battle Pets were incorrectly receiving the
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Siege of Orgrimmar
Paragons of the Klaxxi
Hisek the Swarmkeeper
will no longer hit players with Fire if the channel effect of
Korven the Prime
will now always apply
's bleed effect to the target of his
, and will pull the tank towards them during
if they're over 12 yards away.
Skeer the Bloodseeker
will now only pull the tank towards them if they're over 13 yards away (up from 12 yards away).
Throne of Thunder
Hearthstone Closed Beta Patch Notes for Build 126.96.36.19917 and Ranked Play Details
2013/12/10 at 11:59 AM
The Hearthstone closed beta patch notes were updated today, with some huge changes for players.
The special BlizzCon 2013 card has been added! This card can summon Power Chord cards: , , . It also has the achievement
Ready to Rock
Players can now abandon one
per day now.
Completely new Ranked Play system!
Each month of Ranked Play is a season.
There are 25 new ranks and minion portraits for each level.
Players gain and lose stars for wins and losses. These stars determine your rank.
Players who are already the top rank (Rank 1: Innkeeper), have an additional ranking system: Legend. These players have a legendary orange mana crystal and have their region-wide ranking displayed.
Rewards will be added in the future, such as alternate card backs and Golden Heroes.
Several overpowered cards received nerfs based on recent gameplay:
Blizzard In-Game Shop Live, Many Mounts and Pets 50% Off
2013/12/10 at 11:16 AM
The Blizzard In-Game Shop made its debut today in
! Players can purchase all the Blizzard Store mounts and pets directly in-game. All you need to do is select an item, click on Buy Now when purchasing details appear, and enter in your password. The item will automatically appear in your inventory and a confirmation receipt will be sent to your Battle.net email.
Currently, you cannot gift mounts and pets in game to other players, and if you already have an item, an error message will appear when you try to buy it.
Many mounts and pets are currently 50% off as well! This sale goes until
January 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST
Mounts ($12.25, normally $25):
Heart of the Aspects
Pets ($5, normally $10):
Soul of the Aspects
Click the cut for Blizzard's official post
Flex Mode Scaling Changes, Talk Azeroth Episode 20
2013/12/09 at 7:49 PM
Talk Azeroth Episode 20: Gearing in Warlords of Draenor
Olivia dives deep into the gear changes coming in Warlords of Draenor and dissects the implications of all the new systems -- long tail gearing, shifting primary stats, spirit as a secondary stat, loot drama and much more as well as hitting your viewer questions from last week's Garrison episode. If you want to get in touch with Olivia, email her on email@example.com
Flex Mode Scaling Changes
At BlizzCon, we'd discussed some improvements to our Flexible scaling system that would minimize the existence and impact of any real or perceived "breakpoints." Our design goal has always been for the system to be neutral with respect to group size. Specifically, you should never feel encouraged to turn away interested players whose skill/gear level matches the rest of the group's, basic role composition constraints notwithstanding. But at the same time, you shouldn't feel like you need to go out and grab warm bodies if you have a perfectly serviceable raid already assembled. Clearly we have not yet fully realized those goals.
New Hearthstone Build: Card Changes, Elite Tauren Chieftain Added
2013/12/09 at 12:16 PM
Blizzard posted patch notes yesterday for a new beta build that hit very early this morning. All of the card changes should be reflected in our
, and the patch also added the special BlizzCon 2013 card . This card can summon Power Chord cards: , , .
There were also new arena ranks datamined in the patch. Arena ranks now go up to 12.
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_0 Novice Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_1 Apprentice Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_2 Journeyman Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_3 Copper Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_4 Silver Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_5 Gold Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_6 Platinum Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_7 Diamond Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_8 Champion Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_9 Ruby Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_10 Frostborn Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_11 Molten Key
GLOBAL_ARENA_MEDAL_12 Lightforge Key
Click the cut for the card changes!
Wowhead's Patch 5.4.2 Guide
2013/12/09 at 10:28 AM
Patch 5.4.2 is scheduled to go live on Tuesday, December 10th and this mini-guide covers all the patch changes and additions.
While this patch has no major new content, it has several big quality-of-life improvements for players:
cross-realm/faction mail for account-bound items and a cross-realm raid browser
. There were also some in-game store improvements, as well as the frosty Mage-only
Bipsi's Bobbing Berg
The in-game Blizzard Shop is now live today as well
, along with a huge sale on most mounts and pets!
5.4.2 PTR Patch Notes: Updated December 9
Shop Now Available
You can now browse and purchase a bevy of mounts and pets directly from within World of Warcraft through our newly added Shop interface.
We've made it possible for you to receive your new pal right in your inventory (or via mail if your inventory is full). Just click the Shop icon on the menu bar once you've logged in to a character, and you'll be able to pick out a new friend to add to your collection and start your adventures together
The Entitled: Guide to All Titles
2013/12/08 at 11:35 AM
This guide covers all the titles in WoW from the serious to the silly, organized by topic and linked to their achievement and basic source details. Collecting titles became easier in Mists of Pandaria with account-wide titles and achievement progress.
In Mists of Pandaria, many titles became account-wide, meaning alts can use titles they haven't individually earned as long as they're at the minimum level it could be acquired at. For example, a level 80 alt could wear
<Name>, Death's Demise
if another character on the account earned it.
Only a handful of titles aren't account-wide, most notably RBG titles,
of the Shattered Sun
The other major change was account-wide progress on meta-achievements like
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
. Players can work on holiday, PvP, and raid meta-achievements across characters now, instead of repeating the achievements on any character that needed the rewards.
A few notable exceptions include
Master of Pandaren Cooking
5.4.2 PTR Patch Notes - December 5, WoD Group Finder Clarifications
2013/12/06 at 11:22 AM
Blizzard updated the 5.4.2 PTR Patch Notes with some fixes to
Siege of Orgrimmar
is also now affected by healing debuffs, and Winter Veil toys that can attack each other like the
Crashin' Thrashin' Flyer Controller
can now fight it out in Sanctuary areas, like Shattrath.
CM Lore also posted a lengthy clarification on the difference between the cross-realm functionality coming to the existing Raid Browser tool in 5.4.2 and the completely new Group Finder feature coming in 6.0.
The cross-realm raid finder coming in 5.4.2 allows players to queue Siege of Orgrimmar flex raids and world bosses cross-realm.
The Group Finder coming in 6.0 will let players create cross-realm groups for pretty much anything, not just raids. It will also not be buried in the UI, like the Raid Finder tool.
You can read more about the cross-realm raid browser, which is testable on the PTR,
Click the cut to read the new patch notes and group finder clarifications!
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