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Wowhead Weekly #38, PvP Gear in 6.2, New Blizzard Gear Merchandise
2015/06/06 at 11:10 AM
Wowhead Weekly #38 covers 6.2 updates, Heroes of the Storm Rewards, WoW inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, and more!
Wowhead Weekly is a World of Warcraft podcast with Wowhead Site Manager Perculia and Downtime Tuesday host TradeChat where all the recent Blizzard news and Wowhead developments are discussed. You can
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WoW Down to 7.1 Million Subscribers in Q1 2015, New Blizzard Merchandise, State of PvP
2015/05/06 at 12:34 PM
Activision Blizzard released their first quarter 2015 results today, and
World of Warcraft is at 7.1 million subscribers
, down 2.9 million from
10 million reported at Warlords' launch
. Earlier in 2014, WoW was down to
6.8M for Q2
(the lengthy break between new content with Siege of Orgrimmar) and increased to
7.4M for Q3
as players got ready for Warlords of Draenor.
Click here to read the First Quarter Presentation.
This is a steeper loss than the first quarter after Mists of Pandaria launched. For
, subs were at 9.6 million after Mists of Pandaria launched in September 2012 with
over 10 million subscribers
The subscriptions from
were not counted in this report as they were launched in Quarter 2.
As for other Blizzard games, Heroes of the Storm is up to 11 million beta sign-ups and saw the release of the Founder's Pack for $39.99, while Hearthstone had steady engagement due to the recently-released
Goblins vs Gnomes
has a summary of the report and the conference call starts at
, which you can listen to at
. Here's their summary of Warcraft:
Blizzard Entertainment had the largest Q1 online player community in its history, up a double digit percentage year over year despite no major launches in the quarter. As expected and consistent with our experience following prior expansions, we saw a decline in the World of Warcraft subscriber number. Subscribers ended the quarter at 7.1 million. World of Warcraft’s revenue performance at constant FX has been more stable, driven by continued strong uptake on value added services, and price increases in select regions, which partially offset subscriber declines, particularly in the East. World of Warcraft remains the No. 1 subscription-based MMORPG in the world.
PvP Live Developer Q&A with Brian Holinka, 6.2 PTR Raid Testing Schedule
2015/04/16 at 12:51 PM
PvP Developer Brian Holinka did a PvP Q&A today! Please see the liveblogged questions below.
The Hellfire Citadel Raid Testing schedule was also just announced, make sure to check out our
Hellfire Citadel Dungeon Journal
for ability information and loot tables.
BlizzCon Tickets On Sale 7pm PDT, Ticket-Purchasing Guide, New Legendary Ring Procs
2015/04/15 at 4:52 PM
The legendary rings (
Thorasus, the Stone Heart of Draenor
Etheralus, the Eternal Reward
Sanctus, Sigil of the Unbroken
Maalus, the Blood Drinker
Nithramus, the All-Seer
) are getting updates next 6.2 PTR build:
Read the full post for more procs!
PvP Gearing and Transmog Guide for Warlords of Draenor
2014/12/05 at 1:52 PM
PvP Gear has become
easier to obtain in Warlords of Draenor than it has ever been in any other expansion, with various methods available to acquire it.
Even if you're not interested in PvP, the gear can be useful for achieving item levels for content such as heroic dungeons (610) the anniversary Molten Core LFR (615) or Highmaul LFR (615).
Or, of course, you can use it for transmogrification. The Aspirant's gear, particularly, is extremely easy to get hold of, and the historic restrictions on the purchase of Honor weapons have been removed. We've added 3D models of all the gear below so you can see what you're getting. Note that the two sets of Aspirant's and Combatant's gear are for Alliance and Horde, at the moment one faction cannot get the other faction's gear.
PvP Gear Levels
Warlords of Draenor introduced PvP item scaling to gear. If you wear this gear in a PvE situation, such as questing, dungeons, raids, and the like, it will have a lower item level. If you enter a PvP situation, such as being attacked in the world, a battleground, a skirmish, an arena or Ashran, it will scale up to the higher item level. What's more, all gear is scaled up to a floor item level, so that you are not at a huge gear-based disadvantage in PvP.
New Warlords Content For 12/2: PvP Season 16, Highmaul, World Bosses, Hotfixes, Chopper Mount
2014/12/02 at 10:56 AM
December 2nd is a huge day for new Warlords of Draenor content—Tier 17 raiding and Warlords Season 16 PvP begins. In addition, new world bosses, Apexis Crystal gear vendors, and
Seal of Tempered Fate
are accessible. There were also significant hotfixes posted late in the evening of December 2nd and
is now available to purchase!
This guide provides an overview of all the new content available and links to Wowhead’s past in-depth coverage on this content.
Highmaul Normal and Heroic
Tier 17 raiding begins with
open on Normal and Heroic difficulty!
We’ve published a series of strategy guides covering all bosses and tricky trash:
Kargath Bladefist Strategy Guide
The Butcher Strategy Guide
Tectus Strategy Guide
Brackenspore Strategy Guide
Twin Ogron Strategy Guide
Ko'ragh Strategy Guide
Imperator Mar'gok Strategy Guide
Guide to PvP Changes in Warlords of Draenor
2014/06/29 at 1:14 PM
Warlords of Draenor is introducing a huge amount of PvP changes to the game.
Along with various quality of life changes, we also have:
Gear and Gear Acquisition changes
New Weapon and Armor Models
A new PvP island called Ashran
Changes to Flagging
And much more, all laid out here!
Gear and Gear Acquisition Change Blog
There are several changes to gear coming with Warlords of Draenor, as well as changes to how you get gear. Blizzard posted a gearing blog, which you can read by expanding the blue box below, and the key points from within it are as follows:
Skirmishes give rewards
Battleground rewards now come mostly from Strongboxes, you can find the initial data entries for them on
Wowhead's Warlords of Draenor Database
Even if you don't win, you can still get rewards from Strongboxes. Rewards are issued at (for example) 500 points, 1000 points and 1500 points
Strongboxes can contain Honor Points, Conquest Points or Gear
There's now 3 tiers of PvP gear
Starter gear, earned very fast from Strongboxes in BGs
Veteran's gear, from Strongboxes and Honor Points
Gladiator's gear, from Conquest Points
Rated Battlegrounds and Arenas will have the same base Conquest cap
RBG wins will allow you to use a coin for a chance at Conquest gear
Legendary Cloak Questline: The PvP Portion
2014/06/16 at 7:53 PM
Legendary Cloak PvP - Battleground Guide
The most controversial part of the Legendary Cloak quest line is undoubtedly the PvP section, specifically
The Lion Roars
Glory to the Horde
for Horde players. Many players hate it, wish it didn't exist, and many even give up. So, Wowhead wanted to put together a short guide to getting through the PvP portion of the quest line as painlessly as possible. We're not going to go into huge depth with Rated Battleground level tactics, instead this is a survival guide to help with the basics of these two battlegrounds. Do check out our
full Legendary Cloak Guide
for more information.
If you have the resources to do so, getting together nine other players to exchange wins in these battlegrounds in 5v5 Wargames can be an easy way out of participating in Random Battlegrounds.
Temple of Kotmogu
Temple of Kotmogu's main mechanic is holding orbs. There are four orbs, and holding them earns your team victory points, depending on where you are while you're holding them.
Warlords PvP Gearing Blog, Patch 5.4.7 Hotfixes for April 28, Raid Philosophy Part 2
2014/04/29 at 12:16 PM
Warlords of Draenor PvP Gearing Blog
Blizzard has released a blog on Warlords of Draenor PvP Gearing, focusing on the changes coming to gear acquisition in the new expansion. The key points are as follows:
PvP Power has been removed and PvP Resilience has been reduced to 0
PvP Gear will scale instead, you can see just how with the
Wowhead PvP Gear Scaling tool
Strongboxes will now be a source of gear - you can find the initial data entries for them on
Wowhead's Warlords of Draenor Database
Even if you don't win, you can still get rewards from Strongboxes.
Strongboxes can contain Honor, Conquest or Gear
All gear will be scaled up to a minimum ilvl in PvP. This will be lower than even starting PvP gear.
Skirmishes will have rewards
Warlords will have three tiers of PvP gear
Rated Battlegrounds and Arenas will have the same base Conquest cap
Winning a Rated Battleground will allow you to use a bonus roll token for a shot at a piece of Gladiator’s gear, similar to the Celestial world bosses on the Timeless Isle.
Children's Week Guide - School of Hard Knocks How-To
2014/04/28 at 3:30 PM
underway, players shooting for
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
will be wanting to check this holiday off their list.
brings the meta's most hated achievement:
School of Hard Knocks
. Wowhead has a short and sweet guide to help you get this done with the minimum of fuss. Let's go from the easiest to the hardest. If you're looking for a full guide to all the achievements and rewards from this holiday, check out
Wowhead's Children's Week Guide
This guide assumes you have little or no PvP experience, and we've got tips for avoiding PvP if you're a die-hard PvE-focused player who just wants to get this done and never enter a Battleground again.
have your orphan out in these battlegrounds. No exceptions - you wouldn't want to complete one of these objectives only to realize your orphan wasn't there to see it and your hard work was for nothing.
Fiery Mechanical Mount, Warlords Animated Weapons, PvP and Challenge Mode Gear Scaling
2014/04/25 at 1:57 PM
Fiery Mechanical Horse Mount
Twitter recently posted a teaser and picture of a new mount. The tweet text seems to imply that the mount could be an upcoming Recruit-A-Friend reward. It could well relate to this placeholder mount:
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News Roundup: PvP rating issue hotfix, Blizzard tweets on gearing
2014/03/31 at 4:15 PM
Today we've had some updates on the recent MMR issues, as well as some tweets from Blizzard on gearing.
Wowhead launches Class Guides!
On Friday Wowhead launched guides for every class and spec. Aimed at new level 90s, or players new to a given spec, these are all written by experts in each class. You can check them out at our
Class Guides page
MMR issues hotfix incoming
Blizzard Community Representative Daxxarri responded to player concerns about gaining 0 points of Current Rating following wins in arena:
We recently implemented a hotfix to address a bug that allowed Personal Ratings to exceed Matchmaking Rating. As a result, some players may notice that they do not gain or lose Personal Rating in the wake of a match. As more matches are played, these ratings will normalize and converge to the correct rating, and Personal Rating will then rise or drop accordingly.
In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments if necessary.
Following several responses expressing dissatisfaction, Senior Community Repres
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