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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
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