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Scroll of Resurrection Revamped: Free Level 80 and New Mounts
2012/03/06 at 6:24 PM
When those spectral mounts made the rounds a couple of months ago, we all wondered when they'd show up. It turns out they're for Scroll of Resurrection's revamp!
Players who revive another person's previously inactive account will receive a spectral mount based on their faction. Meanwhile, the player who accepts a Scroll will get an even sweeter deal:
A single character boosted to 80
A free character move and faction change
Seven days of free game time
And last, but not least, a free upgrade to Cataclysm
This is pretty big, and I imagine many of you have accounts of your own you'll want to resurrect--good thing you can! As long as an account has been inactive since before March 4th, 2012 you're eligible to be brought back into Azeroth for these goodies.
We have our own Scroll of Resurrection request thread here at Wowhead.
Update: This system is now live.
The Scroll of Resurrection is currently on cooldown, but will be resurrected soon. Once it\u2019s ava
News Round Up: Stat Changes and Scroll of Resurrection
2012/03/06 at 4:56 PM
With the recent Post Mortem on Dungeons and Raids, as well as the blog on stat changes, there's been a lot of discussion on all the changes--the blue responses today cover a lot of controversial decisions on these topics.
But on to the really exciting news: it looks like there's a new Scroll of Resurrection program! It was accessible on live servers earlier today (via your Real ID list), but looks to be down for maintenance now. It's a pretty sweet deal to draw your friends back in--the recruited friend gets a free faction change, server transfer, and copy of Cataclysm, as well as a character instantly boosted to 80. This could explain all those ilvl 232 armor pieces and weapons we datamined back in 4.3--like the Zealous Armor--your fresh 80 will need some new gear.
Discuss the new Scroll of Resurrection over here as well as see the huge FAQ!
Cataclysm Post Mortem -- Dungeons and Raids with Scott “Daelo” Mercer
2012/03/05 at 9:25 PM
Soon we fly together again...
We received the following pics from Blizzard this morning, with this cryptic message: "Soon we fly together again..."
Any idea what it could mean? We're curious to know more about these mounts!
Cataclysm Post Mortem: Dungeons and Raids
As a part of our post mortem series on Cataclysm, we sat down with World of Warcraft Lead Encounter Designer Scott \u201cDaelo\u201d Mercer to hear his thoughts on Cataclysm dungeons and raids.
Q. What were your main goals going into Cataclysm?
We really wanted to make sure we were creating new challenges, strong mechanics, and cool creatures while staying true to the expansion and the themes we wanted to carry out. The three raid dungeons came out well and we had a lot of fun bringing the story of Nefarian and the Twilight\u2019s Hammer to life. We were also able to add some dynamic mechanics in Throne of the Four Winds, which featured players moving across multiple platforms.
Transmogrification Guides, Part 7: Quest Armor (Updated for 5.4)
2012/03/03 at 9:08 AM
Our Transmog database contains quest sets from each expansion. Some of these items are only from one quest in the game--better to discover a set you like now, instead of after you've vendored that unique quest reward!
This guide covers all of the quest transmog sets in the game. They're organized by expansion and armor type with information on how to acquire them and basic colors. Plus, you can mouseover each set to see what it looks like!
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
PvE and PvP Tier Armor
Lookalike Tier Without Class Restrictions
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Mists of Pandaria Stat Changes
2012/03/01 at 8:06 PM
Our recent talent calculator changes led to some players asking questions about how character and item stats were changing, because some spell and talent tooltips suggest that changes are coming. We compiled this list to attempt to explain more of what\u2019s coming in Mists of Pandaria. First of all, please note that we actually aren\u2019t making many stat changes compared to the ones we made in Cataclysm (\u201carmor penetration -- gone!\u201d). Second, the stuff below can get a little technical. If you\u2019re not into the subtle nuance of gear itemization, then don\u2019t worry about it -- you don\u2019t need to be to enjoy the expansion -- but we know there are plenty of you who enjoy some nuts and bolts talk, so here we go.
\tSpell resistance is gone. There are no buffs that improve it and there shouldn\u2019t be much, if any, spell resist gear left. We always thought the system was hard to understand and we weren\u2019t getting much gameplay out of it. Now taking a step back, we can imagine how to develop a game where you\u2019d want various forms of resist gear for certain situations and opponents. Resist gear could potentially be interesting, b
Blizzard Lays Off 600 Employees
2012/02/29 at 12:05 PM
Blizzard is letting go approximately six hundred employees globally with over 90% of them from non-development teams (source). According to Blizzard, the development cycle will not be impacted.
As a personal aside, to everyone let go, the Wowhead staff is thinking of you and we hope you land on your feet. Layoffs are horrible things to experience.
We announced today that we\u2019re in the process of cutting a number of active positions, mostly non-development, throughout the company. I'm sure this announcement has sparked some questions from all of you, so I want take this opportunity to address those as best I can. Over the past several years, the company has grown rapidly and evolved to better serve you and the rest of our global community. Thanks to all of your support, we continue to serve by far the biggest subscription-based MMO community, as well as the most passionate eSports and online gaming communities, in the world.
In order to keep making epic game content while serving players effectively, we have to be sm
Cataclysm Post Mortem -- Quest Design with Dave Kosak
2012/02/28 at 12:34 PM
To kick-off our World of Warcraft: Cataclysm post mortem series, we sat down with World of Warcraft Lead Quest Designer Dave \u201cFargo\u201d Kosak to discuss his thoughts on questing in Cataclysm.
Q: What were your main goals going into Cataclysm?
Certainly from a quest design standpoint our primary goal with Cataclysm was to remake the old world, specifically the 1-60 questing experience. World of Warcraft was released in 2004, and we've learned so much in the years since about what constitutes good MMO gameplay. We wanted to make sure that the game was relevant to new players coming in, and walking up and down the length of the Barrens on foot over and over just didn\u2019t do it for us anymore.
Remaking the entire old world -- 46 zones! -- was ambitious. Actually, it was ludicrous. It was like re-releasing a whole game in the course of an expansion cycle. Then we added a couple new races and their starting zones on top of that. I\u2019m not sure how we convinced ourselves we could make it happen, but somehow we pulled it together.
Q: Are you happy with how the old world re-vamp turned out?
I am. Leveling up a new character to 60 nowadays is a gr
Best in Show: A Guide to All Shirts
2012/02/25 at 10:01 AM
Shirts can't be transmogged, but a well-chosen one can change the look of everyday gear. They're not restricted by class or armor limitations, so nothing is out of reach for avid collectors. They're great for both bank alts, players looking to cover up skin, or show off a rare find.
Plus, Ashelia has always wanted a shirt guide, and since this week marked a year for her at Wowhead, I thought it was a good time to write such a guide!
I've organized all the shirts by color, as well as providing descriptions, acquisition methods, and crafting materials. The descriptions are more elaborate than in the past--besides a written blurb, there's toggled user-submitted screenshots for every shirt.
Here's a a set of quick links to currently-obtainable items by source:
4.3.2 Hotfixes (2/24) and Italian Version of World of Warcraft Coming Soon
2012/02/24 at 10:06 AM
We have exciting news for our many Italian players: you will soon be able to play WoW in your native language!
Existing players will be able to download a free language pack to experience the game in Italian when it launches later this year.
Gamers in Europe will also be able to purchase fully localized versions of World of Warcraft (which now includes its first expansion, The Burning Crusade) and its three following expansions, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and the upcoming Mists of Pandaria.
The games will be available for purchase at retail and digitally through your Battle.net account.
Of course, the official World of Warcraft website and forums will be offered in Italian, and we\u2019ll also be opening up Italian realms!
Stay tuned for more information on a release date in the coming months.
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News Round Up: Dragon Soul Nerfs Continue and so do MoP Talent Explanations
2012/02/22 at 2:29 PM
Dragon Soul is receiving what will be the second of its zone wide nerfs, decreasing the damage dealt and health of its enemies by 10% from 5%.
There has been some retaliation from players, but it's always good to remember that the last thing Blizzard wants is another situation like the original Naxxaramas--it is their company goal now to have the majority of its playerbase experience the encounters and this is their method of doing it. Besides, it's not like it's a surprise now, is it?
In other news, we have our recent giveaway winners to announce. We have a bunch because I went on a giveaway spree last week. I'm sorry, I won't do it again!
However, our friends at WoWInterface are holding a raffle this week--check it out if you like
Papa Hummel's Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit
Mount Giveaway Winners
Heart of the Aspects
Mount and 4 AMPM Cups
Heart of the Aspects
Wowhead's Mists of Pandaria Guide
2012/02/19 at 12:37 PM
With the recent massive talent calculator updates, we thought it would be a fitting time to highlight our Mists of Pandaria Guide. We created it right after BlizzCon, including everything from BlizzCon transcripts to blue posts organized by topic for easier reference.
Most importantly, we've been updating it regularly since November with subsequent Blizzard coverage and talent calculator updates. In the past few weeks alone, there's been a ton of new information released that we've added to our comprehensive guide. Even if you've browsed our guide when it was first released, there's bound to be something new for every topic now!
Official FAQ--Official FAQ from BlizzCon.
General Changes--General features and additions!
Like Video Games? Take a Survey and Win Amazon Gift Cards!
2012/02/16 at 2:16 PM
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