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Blizzard 2011 Global Writing Contest
2011/08/15 at 3:44 PM
Blizzard just announced their writing contest today--of notable interest is the fact that it's now one month instead of two months to get your piece done! You better not get writer's block with that kind of deadline, eh?
Blizzard Entertainment is proud to present the 2011 Blizzard® Global Writing Contest!
You sit at your typewriter, hands frozen in fear by the sound of crumpling paper from the darkness behind you. Shadows of broken quills encroach on your sight's periphery but slither out of view when you turn toward them. Summoning your courage, you lash out at the apparitions before they fade, only to awaken in a cold sweat with pencils and pens gripped tight in your clenched fists. You know what this dream foretells: the 2011 Global Writing Contest is upon us!
The Prophecy of the Unblinking Eye portends of a time when writing contest judges, mad with ocular fortitude from judging the 2009 and 2010 Global Writing Contests, would brazenly unleash the powers of the Ocunomicon. Seeking rituals to infuse themselves with the twisted souls of fel ocularians, they look to wield powers not meant for this or any other contest. But the sacr
Free to Play: Getting the Most out of Starter Edition Accounts
2011/08/14 at 12:07 PM
Last month, Blizzard introduced free-to-play Starter Edition Accounts. With these accounts, players could level up to 20--of course with some restrictions--and play for free indefinitely. It's an easy way for new players to test out the game, but it's also gained popularity among twinks who are looking for even more of a challenge with in-game restrictions. We've covered all the things you can and can't do on a trial account below.
Activating an Account
Players can get a Starter Account edition by visiting
the home page
, receiving a Recruit-a-Friend invitation, or through a trial key obtained from other Blizzard products.
Once signed up, you will be prompted to download the game, which can be played as the streaming client downloads data in the background.
Previous trial accounts made before 4.2, which had expired, are permanently reactivated. Characters level 20 and below on these accounts can be played again.
Upgrading an Account
Upgrade Online: Use [url=
News Round Up: Tyrande Whisperwind, Tier 11 Acquisition, and More
2011/08/12 at 7:20 PM
It was an unusually slow Friday today, but it looks like Blizzard has posted the latest story to their lore section--this one is on Tyrande, one of the more overlooked leaders in World of Warcraft's lore scene.
In some exciting Wowhead news, we have a sweepstakes coming up next week that will give our users a chance at some fabulous gaming gear. We'll talk more about that once it's live, but I figured I'd give everyone a little heads up!
On Epics for Casual Raiders
We've offered players who don't raid a reasonable way to gear up, and achieve high levels of power. The JP/VP system makes a lot of sense to us, and gives everyone a pretty good personal progression track in addition to loot drops, and we feel pretty good about the system as it stands. That doesn't necessarily mean that we think that full sets are a necessary part of that picture, though.
We still want to preserve some of the most prestigious PvE loot for players who face down raid content (even if it's a tier behind), and we feel that completing a tier set means that a raid needs to fit in there somewhere. That design makes sense to us, and we want to preserv
News Round Up: Ethereals Are Back in Blizzard Teaser
2011/08/11 at 11:47 AM
So Blizzard just posted a really weird picture to their Facebook of ethereal NPCs. A blue posted it with no explanation as presumably a teaser. At this point, it's probably a hint for either 4.3 or the next expansion; in particular, maybe it even hints towards a redone Outlands or further character customization. Whatever it does mean, though, it's pretty crazy.
Curiouser and curiouser...
4.2.2 Patch Notes PTR (August 11th)
World of Warcraft PTR Patch 4.2.2
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Dungeons & Raids
The visibility of Ragnaros’ Dreadflame ability has been increased.
The size of Ragnaros’ hit box during the final phase of the Heroic encounter has been increased.
Raid Frames should
News Round Up: Latest Hotfixes (August 10), Blizz on Character Limits
2011/08/10 at 11:04 PM
Latest hotfixes have been posted, including a previously undocumented change to the dailies for the
, which were hotfixed with the patch earlier this week. Instead of one elemental spawning, three now spawn; this should make getting the achievement way easier as many people still didn't have it (despite doing the dailies every day). It was completely RNG and some servers didn't even have an elemental switch yet.
Latest Hotfixes (8/10)
Applicable death knight abilities are now using the correct amount of resources (and putting them on cooldown) when there are 4 Death Runes available and the Unholy Runes are depleted.
Druids that shapeshift will now clear the
Potion of Illusion
is no longer penalized by Resilience more than once, nor can it gain double benefit from
Dungeons & Raids
If a player is kicked by vote
4.2.0A Patch Notes
2011/08/08 at 5:48 PM
Blizzard has been pretty quiet lately, but they have just posted some new patch notes for the latest live mini-patch 4.2.0A. This patch contained no new content, items, or any of that fun stuff but instead includes a number of system bugfixes. Many of the issues which were causing client crashes have been fixed, so some players should still appreciate this boring little patch!
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2.0A is now available on all realms! Below you'll find the official patch notes.
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Using an instant cast spell right after a target dies should no longer re-target the dead target’s body.
Using an ability immediately after switching targets should no longer affect the previous target.
Resolved a movement error when jumping onto an object while experiencing a low frame rate.
Mac: Fixed a bug preventing shift and mouse wheel commands from registering properly.
Resolved issues that were causing client crashes near Beth’tilac in the Firelands.
Fine Dining: A Guide to the Food and Drink of Azeroth
2011/08/07 at 3:39 PM
No matter how you choose to level or spend your time at 85, it's a sure thing you'll be needing to eat or drink at some point. On one hand, in-game refreshments seem quite simple--they restore health and mana. But there's over 600 types of food and drink in our database. Some require specific levels, some are only sold by one vendor in the middle of nowhere, and yet others can get you completely drunk. We'll cover basic food-related things like what to use while leveling and how to complete achievements, as well as featuring some of the stranger things your character can eat.
Here you'll learn about the basics: what to eat and drink while leveling, what quests grant food and drink, and how to easily complete related achievements.
It's Happy Hour Somewhere
: Once requiring alcoholic beverages, this now works on any drink in the game. Again, find various innkeepers and bartenders--should be an easy achievement.
Drown Your Sorrows
: Added in 4.1, you'll need to track down new beverage added in Cataclysm. Here's an easy table:
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Hotfixes (July 19 - August 15)
2011/08/04 at 8:22 PM
Balloon pets can no longer be sold to vendors.
Flight points in Outlands should correctly display for characters created after the release of patch 4.2.
Melee auto-attacks should properly trigger trinkets.
is correctly triggered when Rake gets a critical hit, and is putting an extra combo point on the target.
should no longer strike targets with which the druid is not in combat.
is properly removing the focus cost of
should now properly trigger trinkets.
should no longer incorrectly apply double damage when certain buffs are present on the warrior.
Dungeons & Raids
is properly flagged as a quest NPC and not a rare spawn.
Burning Orb attack range has been increased for the
News Round Up: World of Warcraft Loses Another 300k Subscribers and More
2011/08/03 at 4:19 PM
The awaited second-quarter call just happened and World of Warcraft is at 11.1 million subscribers, down another 300k from the last reported number. The previous quarter had reported a loss of 600k.
However, this doesn't mean revenues themselves are down or that Blizzard itself is in trouble.
Gamasutra reported today
on Activision Blizzard's second fiscal quarter earnings which were 53% higher than predicted. The company largely beat its expectations because of a large increase in digital sales company wide, which includes things like Blizzard's digital subscriptions and store. CEO Bobby Kotick followed up by saying that there would be continued investments in all of Blizzard's staple titles, including the upcoming unnamed MMO nicknamed Titan.
Diablo III Beta Test Approaches!
Remember to have your beta profile up to date so you can have a chance to be in the Diablo III beta!
The beta test approaches! We’ve just updated our System Check program and would like everyone to update their Battle.net Beta Profile information by running t
Virtual BlizzCon Tickets Now on Sale
2011/08/02 at 8:24 PM
It seems that virtual BlizzCon tickets were put up today so I think I'd do a quick post to tip everyone off. A virtual ticket is the perfect way to watch BlizzCon unfold for cheap--and it also includes the in-game pet, which is Murkablo (
Murky's Little Soulstone
) this year.
They are $39.99 (
) and €29.99 (
) in their respective regions.
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out
the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!
DIRECTV customers who order the Pay-per-View even
Blizzard Trademarks "Mists of Pandaria," Next Expansion?
2011/08/02 at 7:00 PM
Put on your tinfoil hats--it looks like an April Fools' joke may become a reality. Last week, Blizzard filed for a trademark for "Mists of Pandaria" under computer software. This is a common practice for the registration of expansion titles; for example, the Cataclysm was filed for trademark on June 26, 2009 and its domain was bought subsequently. Similarly, a Pandaria domain was also purchased last week.
This means that it's possible that the next expansion will be announced at BlizzCon and that it will be Mists of Pandaria.
Let the speculation run wild--what do you guys think? Is this our future expansion or a false alarm? Will the pandarens be a playable race for both sides, a neutral faction even though Blizzard has said that they like factions to be identifiable and distinct for horde and alliance? Or maybe their role will be more of a lore one, focusing on them as quest hubs and a central conflict?
Click here to see the official filing!
New Wowhead Feature: Guides
2011/08/02 at 2:57 PM
A lot of Wowhead's forum goers pen some pretty awesome guides--from what gear to choose for a relevant patch to 10-man strategies for Firelands, we've seen it all. Even our own volunteer Perculia has written some great guides. However, there's never been a good way to highlight these contributions and let more of our database see them.
Until now, anyway.
Recently we have released a new functionality to Wowhead: the ability to write and share guides. This is in its first phase of implementation which is its most basic. Wowhead users can now
write their own guides
, share them with Wowhead's community, and view others' guides as well. Eventually, those users who write guides will find themselves with more perks and there will be forum integration with guides, but we wanted to get this phase out to the public for testing and feedback. We've also imported the most viewed of Wowhead's guides to serve as an example and a testing platform for those who want to see what an ideal and complete guide looks like.
So go forth and educate the masses! There's even an achievement (or four) for those of you who get really into guide writing!
Click here to check out gu
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