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What to do Before the Legion Pre-Patch
2016/04/18 at 12:20 PM
With the announcement that
Legion is coming on August 30th
, here is a list of things to get done before the Legion prepatch hits! Before an expansion launches, there is a prepatch where class and UI updates are added, while some other types of content are removed. We do not know when the Legion prepatch is coming, but with the expansion on August 30th, your time is limited to get some content and achievements done.
From transmog for and
the Fabulous title
Reins of the Grove Warden
from Heroic Archimonde to the legendary ring questline, there's something for everyone to work on before the prepatch hits.
What's going away:
Challenge Mode Rewards, Archimonde Moose, Warlords Digital rewards, legendary questline completion, tons of gold from missions
What's more difficult:
Draenor achievements, Mythic mounts, Garrison Invasion bosses
What to prepare for:
new transmog system, collecting tabards and shirts, additional toys in Toy Box, leveling alts for Legion lore
Guide to Apexis Crystal Dailies: Quest Progress, Location, Tips, Achievements, and More
2014/12/13 at 12:06 PM
This Apexis Crystal guide provides an in-depth look at the level 100 dailies from your Garrison Town Hall that reward you hundreds of crystals in Warlords of Draenor. While these dailies may seem time-consuming at first with endless numbers of mobs to kill, there are tricks and tips to speeding up quest progress which we've highlighted below!
This guide contains the following:
How to reach each quest area and location info
Related achievements, some of which can only be completed when a daily is active
Nearby rare spawns that drop gear, toys, and pets
Associated friendly reputations for Draenor factions
Hostile factions you earn more "aggro" with for invasions when completing the daily
Strategies on how to speed up your quest progress
Information taken from Blizzard's tracking data on how much quest progress each type of NPC gives you
Apexis Dailies can be sped up by completing them in a group and the new in-game Group Finder tool is great for this. You can look for groups either via Quests or Custom.
We also have a new guide covering the
basics to farming and spending Apexis Crystals
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.
Highmaul Preview, Changes to Dungeon Loot, Warlords Tumblr
2014/11/20 at 12:06 PM
Blizzard has been doing a ton of creative promotion for Warlords—we’ve had a gigantic Gorehowl
smashing a plaza in Shanghai
taxi in NYC
, as well as
, a fake real estate site for Garrisons.
The latest addition is
, a tumblr with funny observations on Warlords and a pastel page.
Upcoming Dungeon Changes and Hotfixes
Blizzard posted several big upcoming changes to dungeons tonight:
Warlords dungeon loot is reverting to Need before Greed instead of personal loot. Queueing with a premade group still allows you to enable the personal loot option.
50 Garrison Resources are awarded for completing your first random Warlords Heroic Dungeon of the day.
There is a hotfix preventing people from queueing in PvP areas to avoid scaling gear up to boost ilvl requirements. However, this incorrectly affected Stormshield and Warspear, so a fix is being looked at.
Guide to Getting the ilvl Requirements for Heroic Dungeons (610) and Molten Core/Highmaul LFR (615)
2014/11/19 at 1:26 PM
This guide covers how to hit your ilvl 610 requirement for Heroic Dungeons and the ilvl 615 requirement for Molten Core. It focuses mostly on gear in the ilvl 610-630 range that you can easily get close to the launch of Warlords of Draenor, such as rare spawns, questing, Normal Dungeons, and
Gear that you can get a little bit later or with more effort, such as Challenge Mode items, fully upgraded crafted gear, Normal Highmaul loot, or loot from ilvl follower missions will not be covered in great detail. For those sources and more, check out our general
Warlords Gearing Guide
The other requirement for Heroic Dungeons is
Proving Grounds Silver
Warlords Proving Grounds Silver guide
covers descriptions of all waves and basic strategies for Tank, Healer, and DPS Silver.
Also, check out our strategies to all dungeons, so you’re prepared when you finally get the item level to queue up!
Auchindoun Dungeon Strategy Guide
Bloodmaul Slag Mines Dungeon Strategy Guide
Everbloom Dungeon Strategy Guide
Grimrail Depot Dungeon Strategy Guide
Iron Docks Dungeon Strategy Guide
Shadowmoon Burial Grounds Dungeon Strategy Guide
Skyreach Dungeon Strategy Guide
Upper Blackrock Spire Dungeon Strategy Guide
Garrison Invasions, Free Game Time for Launch, Draenor's Secret Power, Nov 18th Hotfixes
2014/11/18 at 1:05 PM
Free Game Time
Blizzard is giving all subscribers with active accounts as of November 14th five free days of game time to make up for launch difficulties.
I know how much everyone was looking forward to this expansion, and once you were able to get in and start having fun, all the comments I've seen indicate that this is one of our best yet. But the quality of the content does not excuse the subpar launch experience we delivered, and I apologize for that.
The first two days of the expansion were not a great experience, with many of you facing high queues or significant gameplay problems. We worked around the clock to tackle the demand issues and technical challenges, and fortunately things started looking better on Saturday. While millions of you were able to get in and play over the weekend, with many already reaching level 100, others still ran into very lengthy queues, particularly on the highest-population realms.
To help address this, we’ve expanded the new instancing tech we used to improve queues on Saturday and we’re continuing the process of applying that to raise the capacity of all realms again. This will result in approximately double the prelaunch capacity on each realm, which should greatly reduce queue times for most realms if not eliminate queues altogether.
In recognition of the difficulties so many of you ran into when trying to play over the first few days, we're adding five days’ worth of extra time to every subscription in the Americas, Oceania, and Europe that was active as of Friday, November 14. Things are already in a much better place than they were going into the weekend, so I hope you’ll now be able to focus on having a ton of fun with this expansion.
I also hope you'll accept my apology and keep your faith in us. The support voiced by many of you as we worked through the challenges was immensely appreciated. We're extremely grateful to be part of such a passionate community. We love World of Warcraft, and we're very proud of this expansion, so stumbling out of the gates like this was very disappointing for all of us.
On behalf of the World of Warcraft development team, as well as everyone at Blizzard, thank you all again for your patience and understanding.
See you in Draenor.
J. Allen Brack
Executive Producer, World of Warcraft
Several professions had their recipe reagents hotfixed recently without documentation in hotfixes.
We have updated the
guides with this information as well as the database.
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