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Holy Crap: Mount Levels Changed
2009/06/11 at 12:00 AM
So I was out getting dinner and I missed this one, but for those of you who HAVEN'T heard the news yet: Zarhym just announced a radical re-vamp of the mount system.
Among other changes: regular land mounts are now level 20, and epic mounts are level 40. You can now get a flying mount fresh of the rack at level 60. This is going to change the levelling process
—especially in Outland.
The original post is here:
The full text of the update is after the break—come read, and leave your comments!
Shaman Q&A with Ghostcrawler
2009/06/10 at 12:30 AM
Regardless of whether or not you're happy with the job that
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street
is doing as a Systems Designer, you have to have a lot of respect for the guy for having the balls to get in front of the WoW community—a community that's famous for sending forum moderators home in bodybags—and defend his design decisions.
In the latest move in this direction, the official WoW forums have published a
—this first one for Shamans, though presumably this is only the first of many future updates. I haven't touched my shaman in a while, but I thought this was very interesting. I am
looking forward to seeing what he has to say about the other classes.
You can read the Q&A here:
...and be sure to post in the comments and tell us your thoughts!
Mountain Dew Pets Now Live (NA accounts only)
2009/06/09 at 6:36 PM
Good news, everyone—Bornakk over on the
official WoW forums
announced today in the General Discussion Forum that Blizzard's Mountain Dew giveaway contest has begun! To celebrate, they'll be giving away Battle Bot pets this week. Now's your time to go get one!
The official announcement can be found
But wait—we have even better news for you EU players out there! So you might be wondering, "Huh? I thought Mountain Dew pets were only available for US accounts." Well, it looks like Csulok over at
proved us wrong—
he's actually discovered a way to obtain the Battle Bots on EU accounts!
- 2:35 PM PDT: EU Blizzard put up a
Breaking News announcement
to let everyone know that
the Mountain Dew pets will be removed from players on EU realms, as they are NOT intended for them.
SERVERALERT:11/06 Rolling restarts
There will be rolling restarts of all realms to
Blizzard Introduces Ulduar Bosstiary
2009/06/06 at 7:00 PM
Usually I try not to post blogs that fall under the "News" category, because I feel they are more of admins' duty than mine. So unless I am specifically asked to post something, I read the news and leave somebody else to post them. As simple as that.
This time however, I could not just stand aside and watch. I had to post this, not only because it is related to Lore (which I love with all of my heart), but is also related to Ulduar, which I have grown to love as my own child. Blizzard have finally released a modified version of a bestiary - a
! It has a tiny bit of information about every Ulduar boss (and I expect to see more bosses coming soon), it has nice screenshots, and is all nice and beautiful. But don't let me waste any more of your time, see Blizzard's announcement for yourself!
Book Signing With Christie Golden
2009/06/04 at 4:29 PM
Some of you may be familiar with author
, who's written the
as well as
Rise of the Horde
We have just received word from Blizzard that she will be at a book signing next weekend! If you're interested, here are the details:
Saturday, June 13 @ 7:00 PM EDT
313 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
New Druid Forms! (Night Elf Bear)
2009/05/27 at 5:31 PM
Continuing the trend, Blizzard release the new artwork for the
Night Elf Bear
I like the work on these, the eyes are very interesting and the claws look especially dangerous.
Once again you can click on the "Original" button to see the full size version.
Blizzard's announcement follows after the break:
New Druid Forms! (Tauren Bear)
2009/05/26 at 12:28 PM
So Blizzard has just announced that they are finally updating the models for some of the druid forms!
These graphical updates will be released in the next major content patch, including separate updates for both night elf and tauren, and both bear and cat forms. Blizzard is releasing the information in four installments, and this is the first:
Tauren Bear Form
Just click on the image to see. For the original full-size version, click on the "Original" button in the lightbox.
So what do you guys think? Is it gorgeous, is it lame? Is it the update druids were waiting for, or is it totally missing the point? Thoughts and opinions are welcome!
: I've added the full details from Blizzard as to how the different colors and skin types are selected after the break. Click to read more!
Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced!
2009/05/22 at 8:09 PM
Hey everyone—MasterOfDisguise here with exciting news!
As some of you know may or may not have remembered, I posted a blogging entry (
) regarding the creative writing contest. The judges have finally reached their decision, and Netherea announced the winners on Blizzard's
General Discussion Forum
Check out the list of winners after the break!
Costume Contest for Blizzard EU!
2009/05/13 at 5:12 PM
So being US-based, we wind up running a lot of contests that are US-only, and I know our non US-based community feels a little left out sometimes, so I figured I'd let you guys know about an opportunity to turn the tables on us. :)
is having a
! Any of you who are interested in going to Blizzcon, and (like many of us) are doubtful of your ability to secure tickets when they go on sale this weekend, consider this contest a second chance!
The full details are on the contest page here:
Maintenance Complainers: Justified?
2009/05/12 at 1:09 PM
Every single Tuesday on North American servers and every single Wednesday on EU servers, Blizzard takes down their servers for maintenance. Sometimes it's for full maintenance, and other times it's for rolling restarts. Since this has been the normal routine for over four years now, one thing really confuses me. It's not the fact that Blizzard even
maintenance in the first place; rather, what confuses me is the fact that players still complain about it. It makes me wonder why they complain about in the first place, and if they've not found a way to cope with the 6-8 hour inconvenience.
Let's venture into the realm of possibilities!
2009/05/08 at 1:40 AM
Crygil recently announced some changes to the arena rating system. To give you a basic overview, they're changing the 3v3 and 5v5 rating systems to correct the imbalance between the ratings people can achieve in those brackets vs. the 2v2 bracket. Please note that they're also increasing the ratings requirements for the ilevel 239 weapons to compensate—
but the tooltips will not change immediately
, both in game and on Wowhead.
Check out the full announcement after the break!
In-Game Casinos — Legal?
2009/05/07 at 6:21 PM
I wrote this blog a little while ago, so the topic may be a little played out. But
just got around to publishing it—so blame him!
advertisements or scam players. In a more recent post, found
, Blizzard decided to ban advertisements altogether due to two reasons: one, because the advertisements were going out of hand; and two, because players expressed their disapproval over this.
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