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News Roundup: Blizzard at PAX East, Top Tweets, Heroes Q&A, War Crimes excerpt
2014/03/17 at 4:52 PM
Blizzard has confirmed their attendance at PAX East, and let the world know what they'll be bringing to the Boston-based convention for their fans to try out. We've also got news on an upcoming Heroes of the Storm dev Q&A, an excerpt from the latest Warcraft novel, War Crimes, and some significant tweets from the Wowhead Blue Tweet Tracker.
We've also got a
contest open right now
to win a Diablo III computer!
Grab your gear and saddle up, because we’re headed to PAX East! PAX attendees should ready themselves for three days of demon slaying, sword swinging, hero playing, and card slinging awesomeness, as this year we’ll be featuring all-new builds for our most recent and upcoming games, hands-on time at demo stations, an epic developer panel, and awesome giveaways and prizes. Come by and check everything out at
We’ll be there from
Friday, April 11
Sunday, April 13.
Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Blizzard booth: [url=
Patch 5.4: Shaohao Reputation Guide
2013/08/23 at 12:09 PM
is a new faction on the
. There are no daily quests or "mandatory" epics to grind out for this reputation--it's all about killing things on the
for vanity loot!
, is located on the eastern side of the Celestial Court on the
. He sells the following items.
Mask of Anger
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the anger from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Doubt
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the doubt from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Fear
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the fear from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Hatred
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the hatred from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Violence
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the violence from its bearer when worn." 0
Scroll of Challenge
: Summons a rare or rare
Mists of Pandaria Mahjong Set, Quest for Epic Boots in 5.3
2013/05/07 at 11:19 AM
Path of the Last Emperor
In 5.3, players who have completed the
step in the Barrens can head back to Pandaria, learn about the continent more with an old scholar, and get rewarded with some ilvl 502 boots!
The Old Seer
: Locate Seer Hao Pham Roo on the slopes of Mount Neverest in Kun-Lai Summit.
Hellscream is using Pandaria's secrets to wage war against the world - and even his own people. Is this really what the last pandaren emperor had in mind when he cloaked the continent in mists? And why did the mists suddenly disappear? I must have answers! In my travels, I met an old scholar, an expert on the last emperor. Please, seek out Seer Hao Pham Roo. Last we spoke, he was planning to retrace the emperor's steps by scaling Mount Neverest... but he was far too old to attempt such a climb.
Path of the Last Emperor
: Attach the climbing rope to each Rope Anchor along the path to help Seer Hao Pham Roo reach Seeker's Point.
In his time of uncertainty, the last emperor walked a lonely path up this mountain, until he had at last found his answers. I am here to walk the same path, and it seems you have questions of y
5.3 Scenarios: Secrets of Ragefire and Battle on the High Seas
2013/04/27 at 1:16 PM
scenarios tied into the main 5.3: Escalation questline
, there are two more scenarios coming in 5.3.
The Secrets of Ragefire
features the Goblin-only Gob Squad investigating mysterious disappearances in Durotar, while
Battle on the High Seas
is a naval battle between the Alliance and Horde.
Both scenarios feature numerous vanity touches and fun buffs like
Power Word: Arrrr
. There's some spoilers, so we're putting the details of the scenarios behind a cut!
Check out our other 5.3 Scenario coverage:
Blood in the Snow and Dark Heart of Pandaria
Heroic Scenario Overview
Click the cut to read more about 5.3 scenarios!
5.3 PTR: Battlefield Barrens - Scenarios, Quests, and Lore
2013/04/11 at 1:32 PM
Patch 5.3 introduces a new world event, Battlefield Barrens, that explores the conflict between the Alliance, Horde, and Garrosh. There's a ton of stuff to do and collect as part of this event--but it's only around for a limited amount of time.
To unlock this world event, which takes place in Durotar and Northern Barrens, you'll need to do several
new scenarios and a quest chain showing the underlying politics behind your faction
Once the world event is unlocked, you can collect
Kor'kron supplies through various ways
purchase vanity items and armor
Garrosh's influence can be seen in
the Valley of Spirits being shut down
, a [url=
News Roundup: Blood in the Snow Scenario Introduction, Auto-Learning Flightpaths Disabled
2013/03/29 at 11:43 AM
Blood in the Snow Scenario Introduction
If you ever thought that Scenarios felt a bit abrupt and wanted more of a lore buildup--hey, here's a quest to help Vol'jin--you're in luck in Patch 5.3. Our friends at
mentioned that there was a special scene leading into one of the new 5.3 scenarios,
Blood in the Snow
, so we hopped on the PTR to check out what goes on!
You're first sent a mail by Lorewalker Cho asking you to head to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Once there, he shares with you what he just discovered about the Alliance and gives you
The King and the Council
. Varian is facing some unforeseen difficulties in making a deal with the dwarves.
We're curious to see if these lead-in quests and Lorewalker scenes will be added for additional scenarios in the future--it was pretty effective here.
Transcript and screenshots of the quest below:
Once upon a time - moments ago, in fact - a great King sought the help from a trio of powerful dwarves: The Council of Three Hammers.
The King's scouts had discovered that Zandalari tro
Isle of Thunder Preview: PvE and PvP Dailies, Troll Transmog, Single-Player Scenarios
2013/02/14 at 9:46 AM
The 5.2 PTR is up to testing Stage 2 of the Isle of Thunder questing! We last previewed it during Stage 0, so there are some new things available such as the option to choose between PvE and PvP dailies, single-player scenarios tied to each phase, and the addition of troll-themed drops like
Forlorn Loa-Binder Cage
from Zandalari mobs.
PvE or PvP Daily Quests
Kirin Tor Offensive
let you choose between PvE and PvP dailies from a battle map near your respective faction leader. The following Quest UI pops up:
PvE quests send you to various areas around the zone to battle the Mogu, Trolls, and Saurok--which we've
, along with quirky things like dps buffs and disguises.
As for PvP quests, accepting any of these quests will flag you for PvP, even on a PvE realm. These quests send you into the heart of the enemy's base and while none of them specifically ask you to kill enemy players, you'll definitely be running into them as you kill enemy g
5.2 PTR: New Reputations and Rewards Preview
2013/02/06 at 11:21 AM
There are three new factions in Patch 5.2:
Kirin Tor Offensive
. Here's an overview of their different types of reputation rewards:
Kirin Tor Offensive
After the Dalaran fallout in 5.1, these two new factions led by Jaina Proudmoore and Lor'themar Theron respectively are investigating the new island both to help the Pandaren and profit for their own political gain--check out our
5.2 Audio Spoilers
for more details. You can also check out some of the daily quests
were initially not intended
to have Valor Point rewards, but since 5.2 was a very raid-heavy patch, epic rewards costing
are being added to be palatable for non-raiders.
From Zarhym: "These rewards are ilevel 496 and will only accommodate a few slots, as they aren’t intended to be very attractive to raiders (including those running LFR),
5.1 PTR: New Alliance Scenarios - Lion's Landing, A Little Patience
2012/11/10 at 12:33 PM
The latest PTR patch opened up new scenarios for the Alliance and the Horde. Today we'll take a look at the two Alliance ones--"A Little Patience" and "Lion's Landing." In these scenarios, you help the Alliance defeat the Horde, in spite of being at a disadvantage, by using teamwork and organization.
, the Alliance find their base under attack by the Horde. Players work with SI:7 and other Alliance NPCs from Jade Forest questlines to defeat them.
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5.1 PTR: New Darkmoon Faire Pets and Games, Audio Clips (Spoilers)
2012/10/12 at 3:23 PM
With the PTR up today, we found out more information on the six datamined pets from yesterday. While there seems to be an error logging onto level 90 characters, 85s from past PTRs can log on to find all of these pets automatically learned!
was confirmed in the Pet Journal to be from the Blizzard Pet Store.
has been added to
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
is a drop from
Darkmoon Pet Supplies
, according to the Pet Battle Journal. Perhaps this is a reward for defeating the new Darkmoon Faire Pet Master.
is acquired by capturing it from pet battles on the Island.
are crafted by Tailors--it's a possible chance to make when doing your daily
cooldown. We datamined these two models over the summer and glad they're being used and that tailoring gets a nice vanity perk!
Interviews with Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas
2012/09/20 at 1:31 PM
With Mists of Pandaria a week away, we're excited to bring you some interviews covering the expansion!
Wowhead interviewed Dave Kosak, Lead Quest Designer, this past week. Mists of Pandaria has a lot of exciting
, not to mention quirky exploration details like
rare spawns dropping vanity loot
and treasure chests hidden around the world. Plus the new
is innovative--it will spawn several content patches and has rewards for
class. Read on to learn about how these features were developed!
Our friends at
also interviewed Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer. Lore spoke with Ion about Tier 14 raids, Blizzard's plans for Legendaries in future patches, Challenge Modes, Scenarios, Proving Grounds, and more!
Wowhead's Interview with Dave Kosak
What sorts of things inspired Pand
Q&A with Blizzard's Creative Development Team
2012/09/05 at 1:30 PM
We're used to hearing answers about class balance in beta from Blizzard developers, but today we have some details about WoW's lore moving forward from the Creative Development team!
The heroes of Azeroth have faced down many foes; blazing Elemental Lords freed from titanic prisons, mighty demons from beyond the stars, armies of shambling corpses and even eldritch gods who defy explanation. And yet, there exist only a chosen few equipped to deal with the powerful beast that is . . . Ask CDev. Through the heroic efforts of our brave loremasters here at CDev Publishing, we proudly present to you the answers to Ask CDev #3! We even managed to get them out before our stated deadline of “when the Andromeda galaxy collides with our own.”<br/><br/><strong><span class="underline">Here, there be dragons and magical beasts</span></strong><br/><br/><strong>Q:</strong> Wrathion constantly claims that he is the last black dragon, but what of Sabellian and the other black dragons in Outland (and even the Netherwing)? Did Wrathion somehow have them killed, or is he ignorant of their existe
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