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The Return of Blizzard's Halloween Pumpkin Contest!
2009/10/13 at 2:48 PM
Please note: This contest is open only to residents of the United States, Canada and certain other provinces;
do apply. My apologies in advance to all the non-US readers, but when the EU site hosts a
we'll be sure to let you guys know!
Celebrating it's 7th anniversary this year,
Halloween Pumpkin Contest
has returned to give US fans a chance to score some sweet prizes for showing off their squash-slicing skills. Here's the scoop:
Between 12:00 a.m. PDT on
and 11:59 p.m. PDT on
, the RPSA will be accepting submissions for the pumpkin contest. The shutterbugs who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on WorldofWarcraft.com and Blizzard.com on Halloween. In addition, the crafters of the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs wil
Battle.net Mandatory Starting Nov. 11 (US) / Nov. 12 (EU)
2009/10/11 at 1:55 AM
UPDATE – 12 Oct:
It looks like Blizzard employees have no doubt made it clear the merges will be mandatory starting next month. Players on North American servers will need to merge their accounts before
, and players on EU servers will need to merge their accounts before
if they have not done so already. The threads are located
We all know this day was coming, but we didn't know exactly
it would happen until now: You will need to merge your WoW account in order to access it before November 11th/12th, or else your account will be inaccessible. This report came directly from Boubouille on
, and the source came directly from
EU Blizzard's Battle.net FAQ
The quoted FAQ and article come right after the break!
Blizzard Releases Tier 10 Set Bonuses on PTR (Updated 10-10!)
2009/10/08 at 4:04 PM
Blizzard has been taking user feedback into consideration and has made changes to some set bonuses. We will stay on top of these updates as they are posted! :)
I'm sure many of you guys noticed Blizzard's
Tier 10 Sneak Peek
earlier this afternoon, in which Blizzard showed off some of the new class tier armor designs and proved to us, yet again, that the person responsible for designing leather helms is a nutjob (just kidding!).
They have since elaborated on this information by releasing the Tier 10 set bonuses, which have been released for each class' respective item sets. Blizzard is requesting that users (especially those currently testing on the PTR) provide them with any feedback, as these items will soon be available on the PTR for additional testing. Theorycrafters, hardcore raiders, and casuals alike are all given their chance to get their ideas thrown out there!
Blizzard Wants Feedback on PTR Nameplate Changes (Updated!)
2009/10/08 at 3:01 PM
The updates are coming fast and furious, and I'm working on another post for later today, so I'm just going to take a moment to copy/paste this update from our friends at
Those of you on the public test realms may notice that Blizzard has made some changes to the way creature and character nameplates are displayed in World of Warcraft. Zarhym actually
these updates on the official PTR forum and is asking for feedback. Here's the list of changes straight from the blue post:
The range at which you can see the nameplates is now much longer.
You can no longer see the nameplates through objects which block line of sight.
Instead of the nameplates trying to sort themselves, they just overlap. We think this makes them more useful for very large groups (example: Onyxia whelps).
Have you noticed these changes on the PTR? What do you think of them in PvE and PvP?
Some clarification has been added on the official forums:
As long as you are able to peer into the doorway of a room, you will see nameplates of players
Character Bios Posted on the Official Site
2009/10/08 at 12:57 PM
Now this is interesting. It makes sense that these two characters should be the first to appear on any sort of "Character Bios" list, since they're the ones who are going to be helping us bring down Arthas in 3.3—but I sincerely hope they fill these two out with more bios for the other characters.
The official link on the WoW Europe site is
, though I imagine it'll be up on the US site before long.
Or, as always, you can read the text here after the break. :)
Tier 10 Armor Preview!
2009/10/08 at 2:07 AM
Man, you look away for a second, and Blizzard releases a T10 armor preview on the official site!
Only Death Knights, Druids, Hunters and Warriors so far, but still...looking very good. Be sure to check the high resolution images, because they often show them from different angles.
As the threats within Icecrown Citadel continue to take shape, so do the rewards for the brave souls who seek to face them. We’ve just released a first look at some of
the new tier-10 armor sets
that will be available to intrepid adventurers upon the release of the Icecrown Citadel raid dungeon. The preview contains all of the sets that we’ve completed so far, and you can click an image to see each set from different angles. We’ll add more classes’ sets as we continue to develop and polish them, so be sure to check back for updates.
Patch Notes Updated—And Some Interesting Haste Changes
2009/10/07 at 6:26 PM
We've updated the
with new info!
All of the new data has been conveniently marked with a "New! (10/7):" flag, and the top has a section for the last date it was updated. Looks like a new PTR Build on the horizon, so stay tuned for more dataz!
Haste Rating and DoTS/HoTs
In other news, casters may be interested in
from Ghostcrawler, which discusses proposed changes to DoTs, HoTs, and haste rating. They're talking about a system which actually lets the spells tick faster—and are considering testing the technology out on
. None of this is confirmed yet, it's just something they're testing—but still very interesting to explore the way things work over there.
New Patch Notes:
Icecrown Citadel Preview!
2009/10/06 at 2:29 PM
The official World of Warcraft website has released some details on the
Icecrown Citadel Raid
From the sound of it, the
Knights of the Ebon Blade
have joined forces to create a new faction called the
, which will storm the Frozen Throne together—with the help of Highlord Tirion Fordring, High Overlord Saurfang (the Elder), Muradin Bronzebeard, Highlord Darion Mograine, King Varian Wrynn, and YOU.
The item levels are listed as 251 for 10-man normal, 265 for 25-man normal and 10-man heroic, and 277 for 25-man heroic. We've also got a bunch of screenshots of the new artwork, and a description of the individual wings. Go check it out on the
, or join us for the full text after the break!
3.3 PTR Patch Notes Are Up!
2009/10/01 at 4:26 PM
are up for Patch 3.3 on the PTR!
Blizzard is releasing these a lot faster than we're used to. The patch notes have some interesting info in them, particularly about some changes to the early leveling game. Other than that, these are pretty bare so far.
Check them out here:
2009/09/30 at 6:46 PM
Looks like Brewfest has been extended by two days. Be sure and get your achievements in, and check out our
if you need help!
Brewfest is a time of year where the focus is placed squarely on the celebration of fun and food. In order to give everyone enough time to truly experience this event (and after some fine tuning on the part of the event organizers), we will be extending the event two additional days. The festivities will end on October 5th at 11:59PM, so don't miss it!
Official Blizzard YouTube Channel
2009/09/30 at 2:24 PM
So Blizzard has given us a bunch of big news this week! First the
, then the
, and now this: Blizzard has just unveiled their own
, with a big fat list of videos for you to play with!
This is an especially welcome change for me—I really hate having to use the Blizzard downloader just to watch a trailer. :)
Check it out here:
Also, ding 3000 posts!
New Blizzard Website!
2009/09/29 at 7:00 PM
Been to the
website lately? It has just been overhauled!
Here's the official announcement:
Welcome to the newly redesigned Blizzard.com! Featuring a brand-new design, this website is the focal point for all official Blizzard Entertainment news, press releases, and much, much more.
: The updated
includes links to our current projects as well as detailed information for all of our previously released games, including
, screenshots, concept art, wallpapers, and more.
: This section is all about Blizzard Entertainment as a company – it features our company profile,
, event information, and updated
: This is your first stop for all community
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