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World of Warcraft 5th Anniversary Sweepstakes!
2009/11/03 at 8:46 AM
On Nov. 23, WoW will turn 5 years old, and to celebrate, Blizzard is handing out prizes every week for the next five weeks! Apparently, the winners are randomly chosen each week from a different group of accounts, all based on how long you've had your account! Rejoice old school players, newbs won't steal your spot! The first weeks prize will be a
, courtesy of Taverncraft!
Continue reading after the commercial break for the official quote and rules and eligibility!
China Gives WoW China Non-Approval
2009/11/02 at 3:40 PM
Just as Chinese players expected to finally get Wrath of the Lich King later this month, China's GAPP has given NetEase (China's World of Warcraft operator) its non-approval which means NetEase needs to stop taking in subscriptions and new sign-ups. This is strange as the content was already approved while being run by the former operator The9, which may (or may not?) mean this will be overturned.
Also, this just may have been a problem for Netease as they have been collecting subscription fees for quite some time now, which they weren't supposed to be doing without official GAPP approval. What makes this even stranger is that NetEase hasn't had any communication with the GAPP other than the official press release on the GAPP website.
G4 Interviews Blizzard Team for WoW 5-Year Anniversary Retrospective
2009/11/02 at 2:28 PM
World of Warcraft turns five years old on November 23, 2009, and G4 has kicked off the celebration a little early with a series of
with some big names at Blizzard.
X-Play host Morgan Webb sat down with Game Director
, Lead World Designer
and former Game Director
Jeffrey "Tigole" Kaplan
to look back at the history of WoW from day one.
The combined videos total more than 35 minutes in length, so there's a lot to digest in the retrospective. There's nothing particularly noteworthy mentioned in the interviews, but they're certainly worth viewing for fans who are interested in hearing Chilton, Afrasiabi and Kaplan reminisce about WoW's history and explain their duties at Blizzard.
For those of you who don't know, Kaplan left the WoW team to work on Blizzard's next big MMO project, which he's "super excited about" but couldn't discuss in det
Official Preview of Quel'Delar, the Sister Blade
2009/10/30 at 2:04 PM
In anticipation of patch 3.3, Blizzard has posted
, the sister blade of
. The articles focuses on the history of the weapon, from its creation at the hands of the Dragon Aspects and night elves to its destruction at the hands of Queen Lana'thel.
Actually, destruction is too harsh a word. Quel'Delar was shattered, and players will be able to embark on an epic quest in patch 3.3 to find the pieces and reforge it. According to the post, "several classes can use Quel'Delar, and the sword can fit several different play styles. For any class that is unable to wield it, however, the Sunreaver blood elves and the Silver Covenant high elves will gladly take this relic of their history in exchange for a usable weapon."
BlizzCast Episode 11!
2009/10/30 at 1:03 AM
Zarhym has just posted a link to the new BlizzCast!
Episode 11 is now available for streaming or download on the official site.
Head on over
and check it out!
In our eleventh episode of BlizzCast, we have a roundtable discussion with members of the community team to recap the major happenings, announcements, and other highlights of this year’s BlizzCon. Join our discussion as we relive some of our favorite moments from the show.
Icecrown Citadel Debuff Will Lower Players' Dodge Chance by 20%
2009/10/29 at 2:02 PM
on the official forums that a spell called
Chill of the Throne
will be in effect for
all players in Icecrown Citadel
that "will allow mobs to ignore 20% of the dodge chance of their melee targets."
Why would Blizzard do this? It looks like tank avoidance has grown so high that a hard-hitting melee boss can take down a raid tank in a few hits if the blows aren't avoided. Chill of the Throne will give the dev team "a bit of breathing room" while they look at ways to keep tank avoidance from growing so high in the future. Presumably, the overall damage will be reduced to compensate—meaning the damage will be similar overall, but less spiky.
Just to be clear about what the spell does, I'll use Daelo's example: "if a raid's main tank had 30% dodge normally, in Icecrown Citadel they will effectively have 10%." Chill of the Throne should be up on the PTR soon so you can check out the effects. What are your preliminary thoughts on the spell?
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Disenchanting in Dungeons in Patch 3.3
2009/10/28 at 1:40 PM
In addition to the
3.3 Dungeon System Preview
Blizzard posted earlier, they've also elaborated a little bit on how the new
This should alleviate enchanters of having to pick up the items and then later on having everyone roll for them at the end of dungeons. Along with this comes the cross-realm-instance Dungeon System that will have a few restrictions on trading, so the only way to pass out enchanting materials from a Disenchanted item will be through the new roll disenchant system.
You can read the original post and more information on this feature after the jump.
3.3 Dungeon System Preview
2009/10/28 at 1:40 PM
In the upcoming 3.3 content patch the current
Looking For Group
system is getting a much needed overhaul with many new features and even some rewards (such as a pet) too!
There are some great features planned, such as the ability to join as a group or go solo, Cross-realm instances, and the ability to be teleported to the instances similiar to how it is done in battlegrounds currently. One of the features that looks really promising is the daily random dungeons, which will pick a random dungeon (heroic or normal) and if you defeat the final boss you will receive either 2
Emblem of Frost
on heroic mode or 2
Emblem of Triumph
on normal mode.
More on the dungeon system after the jump.
Paid Race Change Now Available
2009/10/27 at 2:53 PM
Paid Race Change
service promised by Blizzard several months ago after the implementation of the Paid Faction Change service is finally here.
You can read more on the service after the jump.
Oct 22 #BlizzChat Developer Chat Transcript
2009/10/22 at 6:27 PM
It looks like the
on Twitter is complete!
Tom Chilton and J. Allen Brack answered about 38 questions over a one hour period. I must admit I was hoping for a bit more in the way of exclusive or new info, but it's still a good primer for people who want info about the upcoming content. More interesting to me was the actual questions that were asked. It's a very interesting cross-section of the WoW community.
The forum thread with the questions and answers is here:
Don't forget you can always follow
Wowhead on Twitter
Mage, Rogue, Warlock Tier 10 Previews Added to Official Site
2009/10/21 at 3:07 PM
Hey everyone! I'm Togikagi, a news reporter for ZAM. I post WoW news on our site, and (just like
) Malgayne has been kind enough to let me participate in the Wowhead blog to help provide constant World of Warcraft coverage. For my first post, let's take a look at the upcoming Tier 10 sets.
A couple weeks ago, Blizzard
previews of the new Tier 10 models for Death Knights, Druids, Hunters, and Warriors that will be available in patch 3.3. Sneak peeks of the Mage, Rogue and Warlock sets were just added to the
today, so be sure to check it out to view high-res images of the new armor.
So what do you think of the sets? The Rogue helm is certainly...interesting. It kind of looks like the model wasn't able to avoid a headshot from a Hunter.
A Word About Spoilers
2009/10/21 at 2:10 PM
So as the release of 3.3 gets closer and closer, blue poster
has taken a moment to talk to us about spoilers.
In light of this, I wanted to post our general policy on spoilers.
While we know there are people out there who want to be spoiled, there are also people out there who don't—myself, for instance, and Miyari. We
post spoilers on the site sometimes, but we also try and tag them as clearly as we possibly can. If you ever encounter a spoiler that we've posted that is not CLEARLY marked as such, please contact us at email@example.com so it can be fixed immediately.
The blue post is after the jump.
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