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News Round Up: WoW at 9.6 Million Subscribers, Currency Conversions, PTR Testing
2013/02/07 at 3:22 PM
Activision Blizzard earnings call
it was revealed that World of Warcraft lost its initial burst of subscribers from Mists of Pandaria, coming down to 9.6 million. Last year WoW lost
a lot of subscribers
and was at 9.1 million right before WoW's expansion came out:
, and finally
100k subscribers last February
This is still an increase from where things were before MoP launched, but we'll have to see if the more frequent pace of these patches improves subscribers furthe
Warlock Green Fire Preview
2013/02/07 at 8:22 AM
The much-anticipated Green Fire questline for
s is now testable on the 5.2 PTR. We've got a walkthrough of the quest series, transcriptions of lore events, a video of the final boss, and most importantly...the green fire!
Green Fire Spell Effects Video
completed the challenging quest series yesterday and made a video of all the transformed abilities!
The following abilities can be colored green with
The Codex of Xerrath
Rain of Fire
. Speaking to Jubeka in Shadowmoon Valley can restore these spells to their normal color.
Blizzard Dev Notes, Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes
2012/11/08 at 11:35 AM
Earlier this week, the Blizzard Community Team shared notes from weekly developer meetings to fansites! While this is a partial transcript as not all questions and answers can be shared with the public, there's a ton of useful information covering a wide breadth of topics and it's a neat to see what's discussed at dev meetings. We've summarized the highlights below, and be sure to check out (removed) the complete Q&A over at Wowjuju, as well as their extremely-useful (removed).
Several class issues and abilities were brought up:
pet storage, PvP Balance for
The instance creation cap can be dodged by resetting while inside the instance.
Challenge Mode mounts are intended to be account-wide.
Leaderboards are planned to not be reset this expansion.
Blizzard is happy with PvP vendors on the wall: map icons and in-game mail clarify their locations. The rewards from random Battlegrounds and dungeon bonuses were changed to fit the new reward structure in MoP. Discip
News Round Up: Jade Pandaren Kite, Conquest Point Cap, LFR Analysis
2012/11/06 at 3:15 PM
For a brief look at what's new on the PTR, here's some pictures of one of the new mounts, the
Jade Pandaren Kite String
! This is a reward for collecting 150 mounts and completing
We're Going to Need More Saddles
. It doubles as both a ground and flying mount.
News Round Up
Today's news round up has an update on
, as well as additional posts on the pressure to gear up, run LFR, and do many daily quests. We have all the posts below under the cut, and our friends at WoW Insider have an
in-depth analysis of what's right and wrong with the Golden Lotus reputation grind
that should resonate with a lot of players.
To help everyone keep up with the
in 5.1 that will allow you to upgrade your Conquest gear with
s, a hotfix is being implemented very soon tha
Mists of Pandaria: Vanity Items
2012/08/11 at 10:26 AM
After previewing all the
rare elites and their vanity drops
recently, we're taking a look at the rest of the fun items in Mists of Pandaria. There are disguises, pets, picnic baskets, and trinkets with fun visual procs. to name a few!
While quest rewards use a dynamic system in Mists of Pandaria, there's still some neat vanity items everyone gets, regardless of spec. And there's collectable items from dungeons, scenarios, and reputation vendors too.
Valley of the Four Winds
Valley of the Four Winds
has the most vanity rewards out of all the zones. Fortunately, many are available early on while questing.
Orange Painted Turnip
Crouching Carrot, Hidden Turnip
: Use: Throw an Orange Painted Turnip at the target location, causing any nearby vermin to run away in fear for 3 sec. (5 Min Cooldown)
A Poor Grasp of the Basics
: Use: Throw a watermelon at target location, covering nearby enemies in sticky watermelon which will prevent them from moving for 3 sec. Has no effect on players. (5 Min Cooldown)
: Use: Set out a Pandaren Picnic for you an
Scenario Previews: Arena of Annihilation and Greenstone Village
2012/07/25 at 12:11 PM
Two more scenarios were added in beta in this recent patch:
Arena of Annihilation
. We've got writeups and screenshots of them, as well as videos by Lore! Sceanarios also now have quests implemented, as well as reward satchels that yield ilvl 463 blues:
Cache of Powerful Armor
Greenstone village has been taken over by Jade Elementals and you will have to restore peace to the village by fending off the attacks, rescuing villages, finding their kegs, and killing vengeful sprites.
Stage 1: Rescue the Villagers:
The village has been invaded by Cursed Jade Elementals and Sassy Seedlings. The group will need to clear the town and speak to the frightened NPCs.
Stage 2: Rescue the Dojo
Beasts of Jade spawn inside the Dojo and you need to help the Brewmaster kill them.
Stage 3: Recover Burgled Barrels[/
New Mists of Pandaria Quests Reveal A Legendary Questline
2012/05/16 at 5:34 PM
We just did a massive update for quests and NPCs from the Mists of Pandaria beta! There were
over two hundred new quests and thousands of NPCs added to the database
Click here to check them out
Speaking of quests, remember
Breath of the Black Prince
which we datamined?
Well, we just found its quest source.
Apparently running the Black Market Auction House wasn't enough; it looks like Wrathion is tied to some legendary quests in Mists of Pandaria--possibly for a new weapon. We think these datamined quests and items are for a new type of legendary that any class can collect--similar to how the Quel'Delar questline from Wrath had an epic questline and weapon reward for all classes and specs.
It's possible that a new legendary will increase your ilvl of a current weapon (similar to the new
ilvl system) via
Breath of the Black Prince
and add a buff to make it unique. When we datamined legendary items a few days ago, we also found these three buffs:
Hammer of Ten Thunders
Jade Infused Blade
. This system would allow for a lot more flexibility, where players could choose
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Krasarang Wilds and The Veiled Stair
2012/05/02 at 12:18 PM
is a coastal jungle with tranquil beaches and dense rainforests. It used to be the center of the sinister Mogu Empire, but now it houses the sacred Temple of the Red Crane, revered as a place of wisdom.
Originally intended to be part of
Valley of the Four Winds
, the decision was recently made to turn this area into a full-fledged zone. While some of the quests do take players back into Valley, Krasarang has a distinctive look and unique quest sequences involving the spirituality of the Red Crane and destructive presence of the Sha. There are plans to develop the coastal area further in 5.1 with Alliance and Horde fortresses, and it is also currently home to
, a faction perfect for those who love to fish.
There are also
rare spawns with vanity gear drops
quirky quest rewards!
We have a visual preview below, as well as a Blizzard Q&A on the zone!
are a group of Panda
Mists of Pandaria Pet Passives, Dynamic Quest Rewards, and 400,000 More Beta Invites
2012/04/19 at 3:33 PM
In Mists of Pandaria, both vanity pets and quests are having some pretty major additions! The pet battle system and the dynamic questing have recently gotten some love from Wowhead.
Our database now has
pet battle data
We also discovered that all pets have a type and that type has a passive (racial)
. For example, Undead pets come back to life after they're defeated!
Critters break out of crowd control effects more quickly.
Beasts deal 25% extra damage below half health.
Humanoids recover 2% of their maximum health every time they attack.
Deals 50% additional damage to targets with less than 25% health.
Mists of Pandaria: Jade Forest Quest Preview
2012/03/31 at 9:46 PM
The Jade Forest
has undergone an extensive revision since we first previewed it, to better demonstrate the Alliance and Horde conflict. This zone is the first zone players will reach upon questing in Pandaria. Unlike past expansions, there are not two options for starting zones.
Players will acquaint themselves with Pandaren culture, as well as the Jinyu and Hozen. The Alliance will trace Anduin Wrynn's disappearance, and both sides will have a tragic clash by the
Temple of the Jade Serpent
, a new 5-player dungeon. Players will also have to return to The Jade Forest at 90 to train with
Order of the Cloud Serpent
in order to ride Cloud Serpent mounts.
Of note: some of the early quests reward items that resemble Tier 9 raid gear, like
Jade Forest Quest Chains
Since we first previewed the zone, some changes have been made. Here's some screenshots from the new areas.
Interviews with Greg Street, Cory Stockton, Tom Chilton, and J Allen Brack
2012/03/19 at 2:00 AM
We had a chance to sit down with Cory Stockton and Tom Chilton for exclusive interviews about Mists of Pandaria. Lore from
got to sit down with Greg Street (Ghostcrawler) and J Allen Brack. Their answers are great and we've transcribed all of them down below.
However, in case you just aren't
into reading, we've also uploaded videos of all four interviews as well!
Make sure you also read our huge guide
the Mists of Pandaria official FAQ
for even more information!
J. Allen Brack
Beyond Loremaster: Quest Achievements
2012/02/11 at 10:31 AM
too daunting, but still like questing? There's still a ton of quest-related achievements out there. This guide covers all the achievements tied to specific dailies or questing zones. Some give cool rewards like pets, while others require you to do special challenging things while completing otherwise mundane dailies.
I've also highlighted several outstanding user guides and comments about achievements--I couldn't have explained those achievements better myself. We're always looking for more guide contributions, so if you have a favorite achievement you want to talk about--share it
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Complete the Neptulon quests in Vashj'ir up to and including
Defending the Rift
This questline essentially expects you to complete most of Vash'jir--you must do so in order to unlock the Neptulon quest chain. Wharris provides an overview of the z
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