By perculia on 2012/07/20 at 11:12 AM Pacific
Welcome to the World of Warcraft Patch 5.0.4 Public Test Realm. We thank you for testing Patch 5.0.4 with us, and ask that you participate in our PTR Feedback forum and our PTR Bug Report forum.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Please note that PTR testing is restricted to World of Warcraft game accounts that do not have access to the Mists of Pandaria beta test. You can find more information on this here.
By perculia on 2012/07/17 at 2:07 PM Pacific
Behold! The Recruit-A-Friend program has unleashed an all new reward mount—the swift and sleek Obsidian Nightwing. Unlike most other mounts, the Obsidian Nightwing is not a mount you summon, but rather a mount that you become, enabling you to take to the skies with a friend riding on your back. And who wouldn’t want to ride (or transform into) a winged panther?
As mentioned earlier, the previous reward mount, the X-53 Touring Rocket has now been retired from the Recruit-A-Friend program (but those who already earned the vintage rocket in the past will keep it going forward).
Other than the new Obsidian Nightwing, the Recruit-A-Friend program remains unchanged, so you can expect all the same epic benefits as before:
Your Recruit Gets:
You AND Your Recruit Get:
For more details on the Recruit-A-Friend program, be sure to check out the full FAQ. Otherwise you can start recruiting now and invite a friend to join you on your adventures in Azeroth.
By perculia on 2012/07/06 at 12:10 PM Pacific
When the Sha of Fear invaded the Terrace of Endless Spring, three venerated jinyu protectors were corrupted, and they betrayed the other mortal sentinels, slaying them all. The twisted guardians have now turned their attention to any intruders who might interrupt the sha's attack on the area's last defenses.
In 25 player Difficulty, Elder Regail imprisons 5 players.
In 25 player Difficulty, Corrupted Essences infect the 5 closest players.
Dedicated to the advancement of their empire, the mogu salvaged and repurposed titan technology to generate untold power in the depths of this ancient complex. Why these energies have been focused into the cold will of a celestial dragon is a mystery that lies at the very heart of the vaults.
In Heroic Difficulty, the Energy Vortex prevents targeting into or out of the Energy Vortex.
In Heroic Difficulty, Total Annihilation will trigger Catostrophic Anomaly if it hits no targets.
Get an inside look at the upcoming hardcover comic, Pearl of Pandaria with artwork by Sean Galloway in a new Q&A with New York Times best-selling author, Micky Neilson. Micky takes the time to share some insights on the setting and production of this new story.
Read the Q&A at WoW Insider and get a look at four comic panels . Don’t forget to pre-order your copy today!
The Blizzard Web Team comprises artists, writers, and engineers. They help build and maintain the websites that form Blizzard's online presence, such as the website you're on right now. They're driven by a deeply-rooted passion for games and online culture, and if you share this passion, there may be a job for you with our Web Team.
We're hiring two additional editors to help support our growing audience in Latin America. Specifically, we're looking for a native Portuguese speaker and a native Spanish speaker to join our existing Latin American editors*. Your job will be to help us translate and create new website content for players in Latin American countries, including new game guide updates, account management website features, feature previews, and much more.
If you have exceptional language skills in both Portuguese or Spanish and English, a passion for videogames, web publishing experience, a well-developed sense of adventure, and the desire to be part of a creative team in a fast-paced work environment, then we would love to hear from you.
Check out the job descriptions now:
*Must be a US resident and/or authorized to work in the United States.
By perculia on 2012/07/02 at 5:54 PM Pacific
In 10 player Heroic Difficulty, Attenuation also sends out Sonic Pulses. Sonic Pulses inflict 138750 to 161250 Physical damage to all targets in their path.
In 25 player Heroic Difficulty, Attenuation also sends out Sonic Pulses. Sonic Pulses inflict 138750 to 161250 Physical damage to all targets in their path.
In 10 player Difficulty, only four players can benefit from each Noise Cancelling zone at a time.
In 25 player Difficulty, only nine players can benefit from each Noise Cancelling zone at a time.
In 10 player Heroic Difficulty, only three players can benefit from each Noise Cancelling zone at a time.
In 25 player Heroic Difficulty, only four players can benefit from each Noise Cancelling zone at a time.
In Heroic Difficulty, the Devastating Combo consists of ten attacks.
In Normal Difficulty, Garalon also crushes foes when Pheromones passes to a new target.
In Heroic Difficulty, Garalon periodically crushes foes.
In Heroic difficulty, dissolved Living Amber will reconstitute after 30 seconds.
In Looking for Raid difficulty, destroying a Living Amber does not heal other nearby Living Amber.
By perculia on 2012/06/27 at 12:19 PM Pacific
Last year, our University Relations and World of Warcraft teams challenged college and university students to submit an original 3D work of art that would be suitable for World of Warcraft. We received many amazing entries, and finally managed to pick the winners.
Please join us in congratulating them and discussing their works in the comments below.
Whether you’re a seasoned drafter or new to the game, we’ve taken the time to break down the final installment of the Aftermath TCG block by Cryptozoic for you. Discover the secrets of Uldum, the mysterious Tol'vir, and a load of new Monsters who await you in Aftermath: Tomb of the Forgotten, the latest expansion in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.
The latest addition to the World of Warcraft TCG continues its Monster theme. The Tol'vir make their debut, bringing with them an assortment of new Monster heroes for players to use. Making unusual allies, the Tol’vir possess two classes, making it easier for you to use effects that require a certain class in play. Fans of Throne of the Tides will find that cards like Bottled Void and Baxtan, Herald of the Flame are now easier to trigger than ever.
Five dual-class Monster heroes will give players the chance to combine two different types of class cards in the same deck! Play as a mage-warrior, a druid-hunter, or one of three other different combinations! The dual-class heroes provide a new option for playing the game in a manner unlike anything printed before.
Expect to see ferocious satyrs, gargantuan ogres, and of course, murlocs. Lots and lots of murlocs. Fans from the online game will recognize many of the cards from Tomb of the Forgotten to come right out of Uldum, its quests, and its dungeons. Choose to represent the Alliance, the Horde, or Monsters, as plenty of new tools for each faction will become available.
Tomb of the Forgotten completes the Aftermath block and includes one Monster hero for each class, so new players have plenty of deck building options available to them. Be a courageous Alliance warrior, a renowned Horde shaman, a fishy murloc hunter, or take up one of several other options. Whether you're looking to play with friends or you're looking to jump into organized play, there's no better time to start than with Tomb of the Forgotten.
Moreover, if you don't know how to play and are looking for an easy way to get started, check out the Class Starter decks or the Champion Decks. Both serve as ideal learning tools for the game, and will help you understand how to build a deck around the class you want. You can start with the class and faction combination that you play in World of Warcraft online, or you can pick up a Champion Deck and represent a character from Azeroth’s history, including Sylvanas, Jaina, or even Hogger!
Oh, and one more thing. Tomb of the Forgotten marks the return of this guy–
Thrall's back, and in epic form. He is Tomb of the Forgotten’s master hero, giving any player a chance to become the mighty Go'el. Summon him as your new hero in any deck you choose to play, or get him into play faster by bringing the four essences of the iconic orc together from the elemental planes. Bring the four aspects of Thrall together and make Thrall whole to play this master hero for free!
Tomb of the Forgotten contains three all-new Loot™ cards, which are randomly inserted in booster packs. Be the first to own a White Riding Camel in-game, this expansion’s rare mount. Climb into a Golden Sarcophagus, or add a Sand Scarab to your pet collection.
Aftermath: Tomb of the Forgotten is available for purchase in the Blizzard Online Store.
For more details on Aftermath: Tomb of the Forgotten, and on upcoming products from the World of Warcraft TCG, be sure to check back to www.wowtcg.com regularly. Brace yourself. The Monsters have been completely unleashed!
Leader of the Zandalar trolls' assault on the vaults, Gara'jal is determined to crack open this trove of ancient mystery and bring back whatever arcane power and knowledge he can find. Gifted with dark talents and surrounded by a loyal cadre of Zandalar mystics, he has broken through the outer walls and will not rest until the vaults belong to him.
In 25 player raids, Gara'jal chooses 3 other players from the raid to turn into Voodoo Dolls.
In Heroic Difficulty, three Severers of Souls attack.
Ancient records tell of these legendary rulers, powerful mogu who carved an empire from the very rock of Pandaria. Their names still cause the land to tremble: Zian of the Endless Shadow, Meng Sharpfang, Qiang Steelskin, and Sebotai Swiftfoot. Some say their spirits lurk in the vaults, lost in ghostly memories of battle and glory.
By perculia on 2012/06/19 at 6:28 PM Pacific
Immortalize your World of Warcraft character by wearing one of PrintWarcraft.com’s new custom t-shirts. Build your shirt from scratch or choose from 19 pre-set poses, your character’s name, guild name, and expansion logos. Choose from PrintWarcraft assortment of t-shirt styles, including both slim and regular fit for men, and regular and fitted for women in various colors.
All you have to do is select your server region, type in your character name and realm, and you’re ready to start!
Don’t forget that PrintWarcraft also offers custom posters and mouse pads with customizable graphics to really tie the game room together.
PrintWarcraft posters are available in three sizes, 12”x18”, 24”x36”, and 27”x40”.
PrintWarcraft mouse pads come in 8”x11”, 10”x13 ¾”, and 12”x16 ½”.
There’s no better way to let the world know that your level-85 character is better than theirs.
The final addition to the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game’s “Aftermath” block, Tomb of the Forgotten, is now on sale in the online Blizzard Store. This new set introduces a new monster race -- the proud and ritualistic Tol’vir -- and three new monster heroes: paladin, priest, and rogue.
For generations, would-be conquerors have ravaged the land in search of a mythical Titan weapon -- a weapon safeguarded by a proud race. To defend the world, you must steel yourself and brave the Lost City of the Tol’vir. The future is not etched in stone.
As with previous World of Warcraft Trading Card Game sets, players will have the chance to obtain randomly inserted Loot™ cards that provide cosmetic items for their online World of Warcraft characters. The Loot cards in Tomb of the Forgotten are:
Sand Scarab (Common), allowing players to summon a non-combat companion to accompany them on their adventures.
Spurious Sarcophagus (Uncommon), providing the spooky experience of being trapped inside a mummy’s tomb, complete with creepy creaking upon entry audible to everyone within earshot.
White Camel (Rare), granting your character an exclusive mount to venture through Azeroth in true Tomb of the Forgotten style.
Tomb of the Forgotten Booster Packs contain 16 cards per pack for a retail price of only $3.99. The Tomb of the Forgotten Display Box contains 36 packs, and the Tomb of the Forgotten Epic Collection contains everything you see here:
Visit WoWTCG.com for more information on Tomb of the Forgotten and other World of Warcraft Trading Card Game releases.
By Ashelia on 2012/05/30 at 12:30 PM Pacific
By perculia on 2012/05/29 at 1:21 PM Pacific
By Ashelia on 2012/05/09 at 12:17 PM Pacific
The 2012 World of Warcraft Arena Pass has now entered the Rated Phase. All matches now count towards earning exclusive rewards, so get online and play now!
Only two weeks remain to register for the Arena Pass; at the end of the Rated Phase teams will be locked and you’ll no longer be able to sign up for the service.
If you’d like to learn more about the Arena Pass phases, read about them here.
Don’t forget, players that register for the 2012 Arena Pass will also receive access to a level-90 Arena Pass realm once they have upgraded their account with a Mists of Pandaria game license. Once this current registration phase closes on May 22, you will no longer be able to register for this special bonus realm, so register NOW!
To learn more about the Arena Pass, visit the Arena Pass information page or check out the FAQ. GL HF!
By Ashelia on 2012/05/08 at 8:59 AM Pacific
We recently added account-level changes to achievements in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, and there’s still a lot of work left before we’re done. The plan here is to illustrate the intent behind our design, which should in turn help you figure out the answers to many of your questions.
Overall, we never want you to play Character A instead of Character B because of achievement concerns. If Character A had the Violet Proto-Drake, then you might not play Character B. If Character A was only one holiday away from the Violet Proto-Drake, then you may not play Character B. If Character A had completed most of the raid achievements from Dragon Soul, you may not want to bring Character B for one fight and miss out on the achievement. Having alts is cool and working on achievements is cool, but we don’t want the two systems to work against each other.
This goal is paramount and drives everything else. If we allowed you to earn extra achievement points from completing an achievement on two different characters, then you might only want to play the character with the most points and you’d feel like you had to grind through all the achievements with every alt, thus defeating the purpose of having account-level achievements.
Most achievements are account-wide
This means you only earn the points once. If you have earned an achievement on one character, you can see it on all your characters. However, and this is important, you will still see the achievement toast (the pop-up notification) if a second or subsequent character completes the achievement. We think it’s still important to recognize milestones like reaching level 80, maxing out a profession, or killing a raid boss for the first time. It's fun to have everyone congratulate you when you get the toast. Nonetheless, this will just be a new character of yours completing the achievement that you’ve already earned on your account. You won’t double up on points.
Most criteria are not account-wide
If you start an achievement on one character, you can't then finish the achievement on another (there are exceptions, so please keep reading). We didn't think it made sense for one character to get level 60 and another to get level 20 and then see the "level 80" achievement toast. If you start to explore Thousand Needles on one character, you’ll probably want to finish that achievement on the same character.
Some achievements are "meta achievements."
These are achievements that require you to get other specific achievements. An infamous example is "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been." These achievements generally ARE account-wide. If one character earned Noble Gardener and another character earned The Flame Warden, then your account would get Long Strange Trip. (Otherwise it would be weird: it would look as if you had the sub-achievements, but you wouldn't have the meta-achievement). Even though you need Explore Thousand Needles on one character, all of your characters can contribute to Explore Kalimdor.
A very few achievements are account-only.
There are two categories of account-only achievements. One is achievements that are not possible to earn on one character. If we made an achievement to level every class to level 90, it would be account-only. (I'm not sure we will, but it's a good example.) The other category are achievements that are just brutal to complete on one character (and you’d never want to do for multiples), such as 2500 daily quests or 250K honorable kills. In these cases, the cumulative work of all your characters on those criteria will count.
We hope that rewards granted from achievements (pets, mounts, titles, and tabards) will be shared at the account level.
I'm not going to promise this yet, because a lot of magic has to happen for that to work, but it's our intent. We have discussed having a character level requirement for some rewards, so that your level-2 gnome couldn’t walk around with the “Defender of a Shattered World” title just because your level-90 shaman earned it. If the gnome made it to level 80, though, you could proudly show off your title. You also won’t be able to use a faction-specific pet, mount, or title on the wrong faction. The achievement wouldn’t go away -- you just wouldn’t be able to show it off on that character. There are probably additional exceptions and details we’ll find as we dig deeper into the system.
This is the kind of system that will evolve over time, and we don’t think this has to be the way achievements work forever. As beta players start experimenting with it and offering feedback, I am certain that we will end up making even more changes.
Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street is Lead Systems Designer for World of Warcraft. He loves you very, very much. Yes, you.