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Battle.net Alpha: Introducing Blizzard Voice Chat
2016/03/17 at 4:07 PM
In addition to the Legion build scheduled for today, players have been getting invites to the Battle.net voice chat alpha. Below are pictures of the patch notes and voice chat controls from
. If you would like to learn more about the features in the Battle.net Alpha, check out
FAQ on the official forums
Battle.net Access Blocked in Crimea, Shadowmourne Cosplay, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner
2015/04/08 at 5:37 PM
, Grand Prize winner of the BlizzCon 2013 Costume Contest and honored in-game with
Kamui's Crystalline Staff of Wizardry
, has completed a real-life version of
! Check out the image below, or
click on her Instagram link
to see a video of it in action--it includes glowing effects, just like the in-game weapon.
Learn more about Kamui's cosplay projects on her
--she even writes tutorials on how to craft your own armor and weapons!
10th Anniversary Gift - Orc Statue Photographs, Eligibility Criteria
2015/01/16 at 9:31 AM
Users who have subbed to WoW for 10 years are starting to receive Blizzard's 10th Anniversary gift! It's a statue of an Orc, just like the
one in Blizzard's courtyard
We've updated this post with pictures taken by Wowhead staff, the eligibility criteria from Battle.net support, and a community post confirming EU players have received notification emails.
received a statue today, check out the pictures below. The statue first came to our attention via several Twitter users who noticed a
Smitti graciously made with pictures of his gift. Grats to all who received the statue!
Be sure to check out other recent coverage including
January 15th Hotfixes and Veteran Account Clarifications
Battle.net Queue and Connection Issues for January 2nd
2015/01/02 at 3:41 PM
Edit 6:25 EST: Battle.net service
appears to be restored
If you have off today and are trying to play Blizzard games, you may be running into some authentication issues. The Battle.net launcher displays this special message:
Account Security Warning: Mobile Armory and Battle.net Website
2013/06/25 at 1:38 AM
There’s been a recent increase in unauthorized World of Warcraft account-logins via our website and the World of Warcraft mobile armory app.
We’re in the process of notifying any account holders who were not using an authenticator and whose account showed signs of unauthorized access (e.g., logging in from an unusual IP address). If you are among this group, you will receive an email describing how to reset your account.
As a result of these activities, access to the World of Warcraft auction house via the mobile app has been taken off-line temporarily. Upon request, our customer support team will restore in-game items and gold for any accounts impacted.
While no means of account security is guaranteed, every precaution you take to secure your computer and your account—including changing your password periodically—adds another defensive barrier. We strongly encourage everyone to take a few moments to read through the security tips available on our support website and follow the suggestions posted there.
All Character Services 50% Off This Week, New Battle.net Desktop Client
2013/06/04 at 4:29 PM
It looks like a new Battle.net desktop client, similar to Steam, may be on its way--a huge improvement over the Launcher. When recently going through Hearthstone data, we found some details on this desktop client:
All Blizzard games are integrated--no more separate launchers for each game.
There are tabs to view information on all Blizzard games, patch notes, and promotions, as well as news and blogs written by Blizzard CMs.
Many Settings options for all games, including game installation, security options, game updates, battle.net app specifics, and network details.
None of the screenshot shown are finalized--this appears to just be an early teaser, although the beta logo at the top left would seem to indicate that we'll hear more about this soon.
Games and News
Patch 5.3 Will Introduce an In-Game Browser
2013/04/09 at 5:12 PM
We saw some LUA strings today that indicated an in-game browser was coming our way and sure enough it was just announced! So far the browser seems to be focused on World of Warcraft support tickets and will allow players to search for answers to their in-game problems without having to leave the comfort of Azeroth!
It's currently up on the latest PTR build--you can clear cache, delete cookies, go to home/next/previous page, and refresh. There is no address bar currently.
We’re adding a feature-limited web browser to World of Warcraft that will replace the in-game support system with a direct portal to the Battle.net Support site. Our aim is to give players in-game easy access to the site’s robust knowledge base and support contact system.
We’ve gone to great lengths to improve our website support systems and we want to offer access to all of its robust features in-game. The new browser will make it it easier to find information to help you resolve issues you’re experiencing or contact our representatives if you need
10 and 25-man Lockouts No Longer Shared in 5.1 on KR Realms
2012/10/25 at 11:15 AM
So it's starting to look like 5.1 might have some surprises in store for raiders. The Korean World of Warcraft website
had this update today
stating that in 5.1, 10 and 25-man lockouts will no longer be shared for KR realms--a call back to the days of Wrath of the Lich King where the lockouts were separate and many considered 25-man raids to be vastly more beneficial than 10-man raids. Additionally, 10 and 25-man ilevels will be different giving raiders a further benefit for tackling 25-man raids.
Of course, it remains unseen if this will transition at any point to other realms. At this time, it doesn't appear to be the case.
However, if you look at World of Warcraft's recent PvE scene, it's been obvious that there's a decline in 25-mans that's both felt by the community and heard by the developers. There isn't really a reason to raid 25-mans over 10-mans, as far as time versus reward is concerned; it's hard to maintain a 25-man roster and remain competitive in today's Azeroth. Even world firsts are being tackled by 10-mans
"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.
New Recruit-A-Friend Mount Coming
2012/04/26 at 2:38 PM
X-53 Touring Rocket
will soon be a collector's item! Within the next few weeks, a third RAF mount will be introduced and the current one retired from Azeroth.
The mount will likely be
Heart of the Nightwing
--apparently it was added to both the PTR and the MoP beta, so it will be the RAF mount! (My bad for earlier saying I didn't know.)
you can always post in the Wowhead RAF friend if you're looking to recruit someone before the rocket is removed
. Happy leveling!
Heads up! The current Recruit-A-Friend reward mount, the experimental X-53 Touring Rocket, will soon be cycled out of the RAF program. If you’ve always wanted a Touring Rocket, but haven’t snagged one yet,
this is your last chance to get one by bringing a friend to World of Warcraft
While we don’t have an official launch date to reveal for the new Recruit-A-Friend mount, we wanted to give you an early heads up that the changeover will be happening “soon” (TM). You have a few weeks to claim the X-53 Touring Rocket before it goes away.
Blizzard Launches Battle.net Item Restoration System
2012/04/25 at 4:39 PM
Back in the day, getting an item restored was a big deal. It took forever and it was a pretty complex process. Everyone had rumors about how many items you could petition for in a character's lifetime and everyone had different stories involving the kindness of Blizzard's GMs.
Well, that's officially a thing of the past now! Blizzard has launched an automated item restoration process. Every thirty days, you can have an item restored via this process. Pretty cool!
Starting today, players can access a new system that will allow players to recover World of Warcraft items that they may have sold, destroyed or disenchanted:
Battle.net Item Restoration
With this new self-service option the recovery of an item or items that were recently deleted or sold to a vendor can be restored to a character immediately when using the ticket submission system on our support site. For any items that were accidentally disenchanted the same method can be used to request a review by Customer Support for restoration.
This restoration option may only be used once every 30 days on active Wo
4.3 Raid Finder Loot Rules and Blizzard Preview Footage
2011/11/23 at 5:07 PM
Blizzard posted the final raid finder loot rules--a topic I remember many of you were curious about! It looks fairly standard and hopefully will prevent loot being taken unfairly by players who want to grief or gear their offspec over main.
We were also sent a 4.3 video today showcasing Dragon Soul and the three new 5-mans. However, it doesn't have music, so we'll update links if Blizzard's YouTube channel ends up having a different one; we were sent this by Blizzard's PR team and told to post away, but it doesn't seem to be the usual quality for a trailer. Still, it features gorgeous footage and really highlights the instances.
4.3 Raid Finder Loot Rules
As previously announced the Raid Finder will use an altered version of Need Before Greed that provides loot roll bonuses to those that have entered the raid in the role (tank, DPS, healing) that uses those items. Unfortunately the system is currently unable to detect spec, and so this creates some issues for classes that utilize stats that are not "common" to that role.
To help clarify which items you will or will not be able to roll on based on the role you entered the raid i
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