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Warlords of Draenor Alpha has begun!
2014/04/03 at 5:28 PM
Blizzard has announced the start of the Warlords of Draenor Alpha!
Of particular note:
There are some file formatting changes that are coming in WoW, which will affect how Wowhead gets data, so we look forward to handling all the changes!
Not all features will be available to test in the alpha--Garrisons are notably not available.
This marks the start of a very early Alpha stage for friends and family--it is quite limited and different from the start of MoP's beta.
<p>We’ve been hard at work on World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™, and today we’ve entered the Alpha phase of our expansion testing. As part of this, we’ll begin using public servers to host the data, which means you may begin seeing some datamined information show up in the usual places.</p>
<p>One of our goals for this very early stage of the Alpha is to test out some new technology in the wild with employees and friends and family, including a new file format called CASC (more on that below). As such, the expansion content available during this first phase will be quite limited—many of the expansion’s major features, su
News Roundup: Challenge Mode reward updates, April Fools roundup
2014/04/02 at 1:24 PM
Challenge Mode Reward Updates
Blizzard has just posted a blog which details changes to the Challenge Mode rewards issued when the current "season" ends.
Some rewards are getting big changes, notably the Silver reward mounts from
Ancestral Phoenix Egg
are now account-wide plus you automatically know all four color variations instead of having to pick one color. In addition, the nine
titles for Realm Best times
are being completely removed.
Watcher later posted clarifications on why the Realm Best titles are being permanently removed, which we've added to our blog.
* Reward ClarificationsWith the upcoming end of the Challenge Mode Season, we wanted to provide some additional clarification on how we plan to handle rewards.
All Achievements associated with Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes will become Feats of Strength.
The “Undaunted” title for achieving a full set of Bronze medals will become account-wide.
The Pandaren Phoenix mounts a
Patch 5.4.8 PTR: New Seasonal Events, Cosmetic Tab Added to In-Game Shop, Heroes Rocket Mount
2014/04/01 at 8:57 AM
This morning we datamined a new 5.4.8 PTR build and the servers were briefly up for us to grab some pictures! Read on for a summary of the datamined changes and PTR additions.
Like recent PTRs, this build appeared fairly small with vanity items and shop additions to make up for a lack of spell changes. However, these changes should make players very happy--new seasonal world events with collectible items are on the PTR! The in-game shop also continues to grow with the addition of a
tab--Warlocks, move over, Mages can get green fire now too.
Finally, while we primarily focus on WoW-related news, we've been including cool tidbits from
Heroes of the Storm
. The Wowhead Rocket was spotted as a new buyable mount on the Heroes alpha--news definitely worth sharing, even if it's not tied to WoW!
Oh, and by the way, APRIL FOOL'S!
Edit: Blizzard just published a preview of 6.0 patch notes--
click here to read them
or skip to the end of the blog! Of particulate note: Proving Ground rating of Gold will be required to post on the forums in Warlords of Draenor.
News Roundup: PvP rating issue hotfix, Blizzard tweets on gearing
2014/03/31 at 4:15 PM
Today we've had some updates on the recent MMR issues, as well as some tweets from Blizzard on gearing.
Wowhead launches Class Guides!
On Friday Wowhead launched guides for every class and spec. Aimed at new level 90s, or players new to a given spec, these are all written by experts in each class. You can check them out at our
Class Guides page
MMR issues hotfix incoming
Blizzard Community Representative Daxxarri responded to player concerns about gaining 0 points of Current Rating following wins in arena:
We recently implemented a hotfix to address a bug that allowed Personal Ratings to exceed Matchmaking Rating. As a result, some players may notice that they do not gain or lose Personal Rating in the wake of a match. As more matches are played, these ratings will normalize and converge to the correct rating, and Personal Rating will then rise or drop accordingly.
In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments if necessary.
Following several responses expressing dissatisfaction, Senior Community Repres
Introducing Wowhead Class Guides
2014/03/28 at 4:21 PM
Class information is a crucial resource for boosted 90 players and alts. Here at Wowhead we try to build tools and present data in the best possible way to help players, and since class gameplay lends itself well to guides, we've launched a new Class Guide section!
Click here to check out our new class guides!
These guides are in the style of our popular guides written by Wowhead staff, such as our holiday and patch guides. We've asked a number of raiders and bloggers, many of which were familiar faces at WoW Insider, to write guides aimed towards beginners. We've aimed for brevity, to give you just the core facts you need to get started, without bogging you down with hugely detailed strategies.
The guides include everything you need to get started:
Spells: core abilities, rotations and priority systems, self buffs, utility, CC and more
Talents: basic builds and optimal choices for different situations
Glyphs: the most popular choices and options for different contexts
Stats/Reforging: your main pr
News Roundup: Blue Tweets, Wowcraft, @WowheadTweets Now Live for Important Tweets
2014/03/27 at 11:15 AM
We're pleased to announce that our
Blue Tweet Tracker
has leveled up! In addition to checking the
on Wowhead, you can now see all of the important tweets in one place on
This Twitter feed will automatically retweet anything marked as important by the Wowhead team on the
You can still see all the important tweets on our
page, where you can also filter Blizzard twitter accounts (your preferences are saved even logged out) and view entire Twitter feeds.
Click here to check out @WowheadTweets!
Wowcraft by CarBot Animations
CarBot Animations, the geniuses behind
Diablols Reaper of Souls
, is launching a new series today--Wowcraft! Episodes are planned for every other Thursday.
Recent Blue Tweets
Over the past few days, we've gotten some tantalizing hints about new Engineering vanity
News Roundup: Patch 5.4.7 Hotfixes, Diablo Skins, Free Hero Rotation, Balance Changes
2014/03/25 at 3:34 PM
Patch 5.4.7 Hotfixes for March 25th
Resolved an issue where some boosted characters were unable to see the portal to Pandaria in capital cities.
Resolved an issue where the amount of healing received from Prayer of Mending was not benefitting from PvP Power.
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Throne of Thunder
Reduced the health and damage of Gurubashi, Amani, Drakkari, and Farraki adds during the Horridon encounter by 20% on Raid Finder difficulty.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls skins
In celebration of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
, two new skins have been added to Heroes of the Storm - Demonic Tyrael and Angelic Valla. They cost $12.49 each and are available in-game now: They are also available in v
Reaper of Souls Guide
2014/03/24 at 6:35 PM
Reaper of Souls launches on March 25, 2014. The Prime Evil rages within the Black Soulstone, its essence screaming for vengeance and release. Before the artifact can be sealed away forever, Malthael–Angel of Death–manifests in the mortal realms with a deadly new purpose: to steal the Black Soulstone and bend its infernal power to his will.
To celebrate Reaper of Souls' launch, we've put together a guide covering everything new in the expansion! If you've been away from the game a while, be sure to check out our
Welcome Back Guide
covering system changes like Loot 2.0 and Paragon Levels.
We've also updated
in preparation for Reaper of Souls. D3head covers all your database needs, including a skill calculator for the Crusader, all legendaries, and new crafting recipes and achievements.
Click here to check out D3head.com!
Finally, we've holding a huge giveaway to celebrate Reaper of Souls--we've even giving away a computer! [url=
New/Boosted Player Guide: Transmog Basics, Tools, and Guides
2014/03/22 at 12:26 PM
Continuing with our series of new players guides, today we're focusing on transmogrification--changing the appearance of your armor.
Transmog is one of Wowhead's favorite features, as we've built lots of tools to help you find perfect gear matches! We also have a series of guides that covers different types of gear.
For more guides in our New/Boosted Player series, check out our
Boosted 90 Essentials
Mists of Pandaria Content Overview
1-60 Leveling Guide
Site Updates: Blue Tweet Tracker, Profiler Additions, Hearthstone Dust Costs
2014/03/21 at 12:55 PM
This past week we've launched several more updates to popular tools! For a complete list of new features we've been working on, check out our
Hearthstone Dust Costs
Dust costs have now been added to guide pages as well as guide filters if you've saved your collection to Hearthhead!
Deck Quick Facts now show crafting costs. When a user is logged in and has a collection saved with our
Card Collection Tool
, it also shows your personalized crafting cost based off the number of cards you've already collected.
Decks can now be filtered by total crafting cost, and there is a new sortable "cost" column in results.
For logged in users with cards saved via
, there's a new sortable "My Cost" column in guide results. Users can also filter for "My Crafting Cost" which takes into account existing cards they have collected.
Since the Profiler tracks many character details, we've expanded it to now track Talents/Glyphs as
News Roundup: Female Dwarf images, RoS Hearthstone packs, Health Scaling, Heroes Q&A,Talk Azeroth 31
2014/03/19 at 8:15 PM
New female Dwarf renders added
New female Dwarf renders were just added to the Warlords site, showing new hairstyles and some model changes
Reaper of Souls awards Hearthstone packs
Heads up! Players who pick up a copy of <a href="
target="_blank">Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™</a> will soon discover bonus loot in the form of an Expert Card Pack (or Packs!) for <a href="
target="_blank">Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™</a>.
Depending on the version of Reaper of Souls you have pre-purchased (or purchase in the future) you can expect the following:
<li><strong>Reaper of Souls: Digital Standard Edition</strong> – One (1) Hearthstone Expert Card Pack, delivered to your Battle.ne
Origin PC Pandaren Monk Pet Giveaway
2014/03/19 at 5:25 PM
We've teamed up with our friends at
giveaway today and a special promo code for Wowhead users on their customized gaming rigs!
We'll be giving away five
to five lucky Wowhead users who reply to this post by Monday, March 24th.
if you order an ORIGIN PC desktop or laptop
, you can enter
as a promo code to get free US ground shipping and GPU overclocking. They have another promotion going on where you get $150 worth of in-game credit for Warface®, Path of Exile, and Heroes of Newerth along with a free physical copy of TITANFALL and Daylight through
ORIGIN PC also wanted us to mention that they have a special discount on a Razer gaming gear bundle!
The bundle is $199
and contains an ORIGIN PC Edition Blackwidow keyboard, Taipan mouse and Goliathus mouse mat.
Tell us what class you're boosting to 90 in the comments of this post and be entered to win a
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