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In Memory of Judy Freeman
2014/01/31 at 3:25 PM
Yesterday afternoon we learned that
’s longtime copy editor, Judy Freeman, passed away from lung cancer. Judy had been with ZAM since October 16, 2007.
From the start, Judy worked to clean up the scribbling of our various writers, journalists, and editors. Many of us across the network were fortunate to work with Judy, relying on her expertise to hold us up and shine the brightest light on our creative work. She never wanted to be in the spotlight, but quietly mentored a surprising number of people on the front lines of ZAM News. Chances are if you ever read
you've read something she touched.
Thank you, Judy, for the time that you spent with us at ZAM. It ended far sooner than we all ever expected.
5.4.7 PTR: Build 17841 -- Spell Changes and More
2014/01/31 at 1:49 PM
A new 5.4.7 PTR build was datamined today--in the last week on the PTR we've checked out
Level 90 Character Upgrades
and seen details on the
WoD Collector's Mount and Pet
For an official list of 5.4.7 updates, check out Blizzard's
5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes
Several PvP changes in Blizzard's latest PTR notes are present in this build, including changes to Battle Fatigue and the resilience granted from the PvP trinket bonus
is doubling. The
Reins of the Dread Raven
Collector's Edition mount is also now more grandly renamed to "Armored Dread Raven."
Prideful Flaskataur should also be up in this upcoming PTR build as well, so people can test out the Season 15 ilvl 550 PvP epics.
Click the cut for the complete changes!
EU Fansite Q&A with Brian Holinka and Ion Hazzikostas
2014/01/31 at 12:46 PM
Our friends at
attended an EU fansite/influencer event at Blizzard HQ in Versailles and had the opportunity to chat with Brian Holinka and Ion Hazzikostas. They were kind enough to provide us with a transcript of the Q&A, which we've posted below--check out their show and
give them a listen
! Topics covered include:
More challenging dungeons in Warlords of Draenor.
How to keep boss encounters fresh in Warlords.
Evolving questing and outdoor gameplay.
Why your friends who don't play WoW should check out Warlords.
Upcoming WoD features like Garrisons and the Toybox.
Talk Azeroth Episode 24, Recent 5.4.2 Hotfixes
2014/01/30 at 12:53 PM
The latest episode of Talk Azeroth with Olivia is up! She starts off the show commenting on some changes coming to the upgrade system that viewers of last week's show might find familiar! Then, as promised, it's into your viewer questions. At 5.36, we're hitting profession changes and updates to racials, 11.33 it's prof min-maxing with Tillers and Garrisons, 15.10 we hit a huge question on why Mists dropped so many subs, and 24.27 it's proving ground class balance!
Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes for January 29th
Resolved an issue that could cause
to be stuck in evade. For targets that
cannot reach, he will now summon them to him.
: Resolved an issue where Pandaren characters were unable to see their ancestors after lighting the Incense Bundle.
5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes for January 28th, Recent Hotfixes
2014/01/28 at 8:24 PM
The 5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes were updated today with some changes to Battle Fatigue and Dampening. PvP Designer Brian Holinka also
said on twitter
that the PvP Trinket Set Bonus will be changed to 5280 resilience on the PTR.
In addition, there are a few minor 5.4.2 Hotfixes today as well for
, Nazgrim, and Malkorok.
Also be sure to check out our
on purchasing Level 90 Character Upgrades on the PTR!
Click the cut for the updated notes!
5.4.7 PTR: Purchasing Level 90 Character Boosts
2014/01/28 at 12:40 AM
5.4.7 PTR started last week
, and while the in-game shop didn't support Level 90 Character Upgrades on Friday, it now lets players test part of the process. The other notable addition to the PTR Blizzard Shop is the return of
, originally from the Diablo III Annual Pass--although it has a quite silly description, so it may be a joke.
Players can now test out most of the steps to obtaining a Level 90 Character Upgrade on the PTR.
The in-game shop has a new section: Test. From there, players have the option to select a Level 90 Character Upgrade and pay in test currency.
After making the transaction, you have the option to boost an existing character or to create a new character for Step 1.
For Step 2, you must select a specialization. Then, hit the Level Up! button.
Level 1 characters do not receive a "Veteran" bonus--but level 60+ characters receive a profession boost to their existing professions.
If you choose to upgrade a character in-game, you must log out to upgrade your character.
Currently, the Level up! button does not work on the PTR an
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