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Blizzard Update on Cross-Realm Zones
2012/09/21 at 9:32 PM
A number of concerns have popped up since cross-realm zones were introduced to live realms, and we want to take a moment to explain how they work. We also want to address some of the anomalies you may be experiencing, including some recent bugs that we’ve hotfixed, or are currently investigating.<br/><br/><strong>Cross-Realm Zones 101</strong><br/><br/>Cross-realm zones are a new technology that allows players in underpopulated areas of the world to meet, group up, and adventure with players from other realms. This technology effectively populates low-level zones and other previously uninhabited areas, resulting in a livelier game world. Cross-realm zones allow players to form a group with other players from within a select pool of realms in order to quest just like they normally would, while still allowing the social structures of their home realms to remain intact. Cross-realm zones populate an area with players from other realms based upon the following criteria:<br/><br/><ul><li>Realm type</li><li>Time zone</li><li>Language</li></ul><br/><strong>Realm Type</strong><br/><
Mists of Pandaria Midnight Launch Details, Vale of Eternal Blossoms
2012/09/21 at 1:59 PM
The time is nearly upon us as the mists begin to part and a new age of discovery amidst turmoil begins! For those of you prepared to begin your adventures the moment
Mists of Pandaria is launched in your region
, we’ve put together some important details that should get your expedition underway.
As soon as we activate the new expansion content on launch, players who already have a Mists of Pandaria license with the data installed will gain instant access. If you’re in the game when the clock strikes midnight, you don’t even have to logout!
So, what happens at midnight for those of us with Mists ready to go?
A yellow System Message will appear in your Chat Log telling you to visit Orgrimmar or Stormwind to start your travels. Level-85 characters will receive a new quest, no matter where they are in the world, which will guide them to Varian or Garrosh for further orders. If you’re online at midnight you will receive the quest even if your Quest Log is full -- or you can visit Varian or Garrosh to get started on your
Mists of Pandaria: Order of the Cloud Serpent
2012/09/21 at 12:03 PM
If you want to ride any of the fancy new cloud serpent mounts in Mists, you'll need to get exalted with
Order of the Cloud Serpent
Gaining reputation is pretty fun: it's a mix of
. You'll start off with a cloud serpent egg and raise the hatched serpent to maturity, doing daily quest that involve competitive races along the way.
In Patch 5.4, players can loot
Quivering Firestorm Egg
which is BoA and grants 1000 reputation in
A Time-Lost Treasure
In Patch 5.2, players can champion this faction when completing their first dungeon or scenario of the day.
In Patch 5.1, players can purchase a
Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
Order of the Cloud Serpent
doesn't have any Valor Point rewards--they're all vanity rewards, either for playing with companion pets or for crafting the expansive Jewelcrafting panthers, like
Design: Jade Panther
The quartermaster is
, Jewelcrafters can purchase recipes for two mounts:
Design: Jade Panther
Design: Sunstone Panther
Mists of Pandaria: Xbox Live Faction T-shirts, Tier 14 Armor Preview
2012/09/20 at 6:45 PM
Xbox Live Faction T-shirts
We found a cool Horde/Alliance promotion going on at Xbox Live--but it ends tonight. Here are the details.
Blizzard is giving away
Horde and Alliance tshirts for your Xbox Live avatar until
11:59pm today only
To get the t-shirt, simply log into Xbox Live. You have to visit while on the console to be eligible.
On the frontpage of Xbox Live, there's an ad for MoP that plays a video. After the video finishes, you can get the free Live avatar gear--but you have to wait until the video is done.
It asks you whether you want a Horde or Alliance shirt, and then you get the item. It's possible to get both shirts.
This promotion is US-only.
Blizzard's Tier 14 Armor Preview
Blizzard released a visual preview of Tier 14 Normal-mode armor today. We recently did a series of class previews, featuring all their Tier 14 Raid, Challenge Mode, and PvP armor sets, as well as their set bonuses:
Interviews with Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas
2012/09/20 at 1:31 PM
With Mists of Pandaria a week away, we're excited to bring you some interviews covering the expansion!
Wowhead interviewed Dave Kosak, Lead Quest Designer, this past week. Mists of Pandaria has a lot of exciting
, not to mention quirky exploration details like
rare spawns dropping vanity loot
and treasure chests hidden around the world. Plus the new
is innovative--it will spawn several content patches and has rewards for
class. Read on to learn about how these features were developed!
Our friends at
also interviewed Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer. Lore spoke with Ion about Tier 14 raids, Blizzard's plans for Legendaries in future patches, Challenge Modes, Scenarios, Proving Grounds, and more!
Wowhead's Interview with Dave Kosak
What sorts of things inspired Pand
"Appear Offline" Option Coming Soon to Battle.net
2012/09/20 at 9:22 AM
In the coming months, we're planning an update to Battle.net that will give you more control over your online presence when playing Blizzard games. Soon, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III players will be able to select "Appear Offline" as one of their Battle.net social-status options (along with Available, Busy, and Away) for those times when they want to wander Azeroth by their lonesome, dominate the galaxy in radio silence, or slay demons in solitude. When you choose this option as your status, all of your Real ID friends, BattleTag friends, and character-level friends will see you as “Offline” in their friends list whenever you’re logged into a game.
The “Appear Offline” status option will be added to World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III separately in future updates for each game. For Diablo III, we expect to add the feature in a patch after 1.0.5. For World of Warcraft and StarCraft II, we expect to add the option sometime after the release of each game’s upcoming expansion.
Thanks for your continued feedback, and we’ll share more information on the availability of this new feature in the months ahead.
Pirates' Day (Sept. 19th) Guide
2012/09/19 at 9:45 AM
Avast, ye landlubbers--it's that time of year again! Put on your
Bloodsail Admiral's Hat
and get ready to celebrate pirates because September 19th is
in World of Warcraft--an in-game version of the international holiday
Talk Like A Pirate Day
. While not a full-blown holiday, Pirates' Day still brings the grog and its very own achievement for the one day it comes to Azeroth.
While you can get the buff from pirates throughout the faction cities, the main festivities take place in Booty Bay; here players will find pirates celebrating on top the roof of the Booty Bay bank. Once you've arrived, speak to the
Dread Captain DeMeza
and share a festive drink. She will grant you the
buff, giving you a sweet pirate costume of whatever race your character is which lasts 12 hours! This buff will stay on while mounted, in combat, and even persists through death--unless, of course, you're a druid and you like to shapeshift.
Obtaining this buff will also earn you one achievement:
The Captain's Booty
. Since it can only be obtained in this 24 hour window, it's one of the rarer achieveme
September 18th Hotfixes, Battle Chest Updates, Mists of Pandaria Profession Overview
2012/09/18 at 10:04 PM
Some people have been asking about this and
Zarhym confirmed on twitter
: the Battle Chest now comes with Wrath of the Lich King, as of today. Official announcement to come.
There's also been some hotfixes--Theramore's Fall got buffed--and a profession overview under the cut. Of note is that the source for
has been revealed: it's from disenchanting raid weapons.
The health of all enemies in Theramore's Fall has been doubled.
Theramore Footmen have stopped using Shield Bash.
The number of reinforcements in
has been reduced to 500 (down from 600).
should no longer affect bloodworms.
should now correctly consume only one charge of Dream of Cenarius.
now increases spell haste by 7% (up from 5%).
s can now be used by all pa
Mists of Pandaria: Developer Chat Hosted by Best Buy
2012/09/18 at 6:08 PM
Best Buy is holding a developer chat with Lead Systems Designer Greg Street, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton, and Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak starting at
6 pm CST
! Community Managers Zarhym and Crithto will be moderating.
If you'd like to join in the conversation and have a question that didn't get answered at the Reddit AMA, you can join the Best Buy chat
Classes in MoP
What was the idea with Monk healing? What mix of elements inspired it and defined it?
Greg Street: Mostly we wanted it to feel different from existing healers, so there is an emphasis on a channeled spell as the main heal. We also wanted to emphasize movement and damage-dealing to heal, because those were core to the monk class.
Were Orges ever thought of as a playalbe race, at one time?
GhostCrawler: Yep. We considered them for Cataclysm instead of goblins. Figuring out the females and the two-headed mages would be (fun!) challenges. Maybe someda
Mists of Pandaria Launch Times
2012/09/18 at 1:08 PM
The official Mists of Pandaria launch times are as follows:
North and Latin American realms - 12:00 a.m. PDT, September 25
European realms - 12:00 a.m. CEST, September 25
Korean/Taiwan realms - 12:00 a.m. KST, September 27
With this expansion, we’re using a new bit of tech that will unlock the expansion content, make the intro quest magically pop up in your quest log, and allow you to begin playing the expansion immediately without the need to log out and back in. If everything goes as planned this will be a smooth transition to the adventures that await you in the new continent.
See you in-game!
Theramore's Fall: Scenario Preview and Interview with Christie Golden
2012/09/17 at 8:00 PM
is now live on US servers! It will run from September 17th to the 24th for level 85s. We've got previews of the scenario for each faction, all rewards, and an interview with Christie Golden, author of
Tides of War
, who worked with the quest team to design this scenario!
This post is pretty spoiler-heavy, so turn back now if you don't want to learn the outcome.
September 17-24 only
, players can queue up at 85 for
, a new scenario. The scenario can be later completed by level 90 players in Mists of Pandaria.
Theramore will eventually be changed permanently to its post-battle state in a future patch--but you'll only see it now if you've completed the sceanrio.
Jaina has a new in-game model after the attack on Theramore: the harmful magic from Garrosh's bomb on Theramore turns her hair permanently white. Check out the
Theramore will still be a zone players can quest in. However, the former inter
Theramore's Fall Unlocked Today, September 17th
2012/09/17 at 9:07 AM
Edit: The scenario is now live on US servers and our
Kaivax and Bashiok just updated the forums that Theramore's Fall, the MoP Pre-release scenario, is hitting US servers today
of tomorrow, as originally planned.
It is now live in Europe
and will be on US servers starting at
6 pm EST
For US servers it will be unlocked today in the afternoon.
Based on Bashiok's twitter, it seems that EU will get the scenario slightly earlier than the US!
It's tied to relative timezones and giving each region the same amount of time with it. EU will unlock first.
When it goes live, we'll have a preview of the scenario with screenshots and a video! Here's what we know so far from forum posts and datamining.
September 17-24 only
, players can queue up at 85 for
, a new scenario. The scenario can be later completed by level 90 players in Mists of Pandaria. Scenarios are not intended to be le
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