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Raid Philosophy Part 1, Significant Tweets on SoO Heirlooms and Class Changes
2014/04/28 at 12:11 PM
You can hit "Continue Reading" below to see Lead Game Designer Ion "
" Hazzikostas' blog on raiding from the game's launch right up to ICC.
Blue Tweet Tracker
is a central hub where you can view every blue tweet, and our staff hand-pick significant tweets from Blizzard employees. These are available via the Significant filter on the Blue Tweet Tracker, but also by following
on Twitter - all the significant Blizzard tweets are re-shared there for your convenience.
On Heirloom availability in Siege of Orgrimmar with 6.0's launch:
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The Garrosh heirlooms are specifically a reward for doing Flex+ while relevant. They won't be available once Draenor unlocks.</p>— Watcher (@WatcherDev) <a href="
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News Roundup: Female Dwarf images, RoS Hearthstone packs, Health Scaling, Heroes Q&A,Talk Azeroth 31
2014/03/19 at 8:15 PM
New female Dwarf renders added
New female Dwarf renders were just added to the Warlords site, showing new hairstyles and some model changes
Reaper of Souls awards Hearthstone packs
Heads up! Players who pick up a copy of <a href="
target="_blank">Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™</a> will soon discover bonus loot in the form of an Expert Card Pack (or Packs!) for <a href="
target="_blank">Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™</a>.
Depending on the version of Reaper of Souls you have pre-purchased (or purchase in the future) you can expect the following:
<li><strong>Reaper of Souls: Digital Standard Edition</strong> – One (1) Hearthstone Expert Card Pack, delivered to your Battle.ne
Cross-Realm Raid Browser on 5.4.2 PTR, New Forsaken Female Model
2013/11/21 at 12:30 PM
WoW Source: New Forsaken Models
Morgan Webb sits down with Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas, Senior Art Director Chris Robinson, and Game Director Tom Chilton to talk about the Warlords of Draenor reveal at BlizzCon 2013, and an exclusive first look at the new female Forsaken model (around 13 min in).
Cross-Realm Raid Browser on PTR
Did you know that WoW includes a raid browser to assist with finding or forming groups? Don't worry, neither do most people. But it exists, and as we work towards revamping and expanding this feature for Warlords, we figured that we could also improve the usefulness of the existing functionality in the short-term.
If you click the "Other Raids" button in the social Raid tab, you'll see a list of raids. For 5.4.2, we've added two new categories, Mists of Pandaria Raid (Flex) and World Boss, which are specially enabled to function cross-realm. If you're looking to join a group for these activities, you can check off t
Mythic Raiding and Existing 10-Player Heroic Guilds, 11/12 Hotfixes
2013/11/12 at 5:12 PM
Resolved an issue that sometimes caused
from the Discipline/Holy Priest Tier-16 2-piece set bonus to not function correctly while in a Battleground.
At the Stonemother's Call
: Players should now be able to accept this quest from
Terrath the Steady
have learned to respect each other's personal space should no longer occasionally try to occupy the exact same spot in the
Shrine of Seven Stars
Visual effects for
s cast by NPCs should no longer incorrectly appear twice as large as its actual area-of-effect.
should no longer incorrectly affect the entire team instead of just the swapped-in pet.
Raids, Dungeons, an
Wowhead's Patch 5.4 Interview with Lead Game Designer Tom Chilton
2013/08/18 at 10:24 AM
Patch 5.4 is coming very soon
, bringing with it a variety of innovative content from Flex Raiding to the daily-free Timeless Isle. This past week, we got to sit down with Lead Game Designer Tom Chilton and ask him about popular upcoming content--the unique nature of the Timeless Isle, legendary questline development, Proving Grounds, and more.
Read on to find out more about the most-anticipated features coming in Patch 5.4!
I've had a lot of fun with the
on the PTR--finding all the hidden events, getting the vanity loot, participating in the Pet Tournament, etc. What were the inspirations in designing a hub that's so radically different from past ones, where the emphasis is on participating in fun vanity content instead of daily hubs for reputation epics?
One of the resounding things that we
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar Mount Rewards and Zone Preview
2013/07/02 at 11:41 AM
The Siege of Orgrimmar has recently been open for testing on the PTR--today we've got a visual preview of the zone, as well as some details on the mount rewards.
Tier 16 will have three raid mounts as rewards. These are handled a bit differently than the other raid mounts in MoP.
Reins of the Kor'kron War Wolf
are rewarded if you've completed
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (10 player)
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (25 player)
. This is the first Ahead of the Curve achievement to award a mount, and also the first to be split into 10 and 25 player versions since the lockouts became shared in Cataclysm.
Mythic: Garrosh Hellscream
will have a 100% droprate on a truly epic mount, that will be nerfed to 2% when the next tier comes out.
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider
Reins of Galakras
mount. Blizzard has confirmed that the achievements required for the
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider
will not include heroic ones, and that the needed achievements can be completed in Flex mode.
At last week's fansite mixer held at Blizzard, I asked Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas about the mount changes, and here's a (summarized) version of his reply:
The mounts and achievements tied to the Siege of Orgrimmar ra
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar -- Dungeon Journal and Tier 16 Weapon Models
2013/06/14 at 4:01 PM
This is an early 5.4 PTR article. For the most up-to-date look at weapon models, please check out our current
Patch 5.4 weapon model
Today we have a closer look at the
Siege of Orgrimmar
, with encounter details for most of the bosses and Tier 16 weapon models!
Tier 16 Weapon Models
Click on the weapons to view them in our 3D modelviewer--you can preview them on any race!
If you're interested in more Patch 5.4 Models, check out our
Season 14 Weapon Preview
5.4 NPCs and Armor Models Preview
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Patch 5.4: Tier 16, Season 14, and NPC 3D Models, Siege of Orgrimmar Dungeon Journal
2013/06/12 at 8:25 AM
Continuing with our 5.4 PTR coverage, we have many 3D models for Tier 16 and Season 14 gear, as well as Siege of Orgrimmar NPCs like Corrupted Garrosh! Be sure to click on the images to view them with any race in our 3D Modelviewer.
In addition, we have some preliminary details on the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, including Encounter Journal details for encounters like
Paragons of the Klaxxi
Tier 16 Armor Models
Many datamined item IDs last night were for new raid gear. So far there's
ilvl 560 Heroic TF
ilvl 554 Heroic
ilvl 547 Thunderforged
ilvl 541 Normal
ilvl 527 Flex
ilvl 521 Raid Finder
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News Roundup: Titan Runestone Droprates, Flex Raiding Discussion
2013/06/10 at 11:13 AM
After the huge news on Thursday that
is coming in Patch 5.4, many players understandably had questions about this new feature. which allows players to form a dynamically-scaling raid between 10 and 25 non-pug players and receive loot that's better than LFR. Bashiok and Taepsilum addressed many of these concerns over the weekend:
Flex is intended for players that are interested in getting weekly groups together for fun and some challenge, but who also don't want super-strict raiding requirements.
Unlike Normal modes, you can invite friends from your Real ID and Battle.net tag to Flex raids.
Removing Tier Tokens from flex raids is something that's worth considering, as raiders might feel forced to run LFR, Normal, and Flex at the start of a new tier otherwise for bonuses.
Letting people zone in and clear Flex trash with 8 people is something the devs are considering. This would allow to get raids underway while waiting to fill spots.
While it may be "optimal" to clear flex raids with a certain number of players, or do 10-player normal instead of 12-player Flex, Flex Mode isn't
News Round Up: In-Game Mistborn Tribute, Scenario Analysis
2013/04/15 at 11:50 AM
In-Game Mistborn Tribute
recently discovered a very cool tribute to the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, with
Rogues can visit
outside of Ravenholdt and copy his appearance using
Glyph of Disguise
while pickpocketing him.
at the bottom of Ravenholdt Manor while disguised--he'll only be visible with
Extra-Dimensional Ghost Revealer
. Don't mount up when heading to him, as you'll lose the disguise.
After interacting with him, he'll give you
Survivor's Bag of Coins
and you'll get the buff
To get "coins" for your bag, pickpocket humanoids--you'll get between 1-4. Coins will display as a buff,
and can stack up to 50.
If you have the coin buff, you can propel yourself backwards around a zone without landing until you run out of coins--this can only be used outside. Simply target an area you'd like to move away from.
Throne of Thunder: "Forgotten Depths" LFR Overview
2013/03/19 at 12:35 PM
The second wing of
Throne of Thunder
is scheduled to go live this week: players can fight
for ilvl 502 loot, including Tier 15 legs and
. You will need a minimum average item level of 480 to queue up--if you're stuck on how to get there, check out our
We've also included strategy videos from
of the new encounters, loot tables from the new bosses, and confirmed drops from the new LFR loot satchels such as
Reins of the Black Primal Raptor
Click the cut to learn more about the bosses available today!
Patch 5.2: Throne of Thunder Overview
2013/03/16 at 11:42 AM
Throne of Thunder
, the new Tier 15 raid, opened on LFR and Heroic difficulty this week. Whether you're running LFR for the new vanity pets or are starting heroics, this guide should have something for you. We've covered the following:
Loot tables, Dungeon Journal entries, and strategy videos for bosses.
Vanity loot--gear, mounts, and pets.
Details on the LFR schedule and required item level.
Information about the
Achievements and weekly raid quests.
If you want more
Throne of Thunder
resources, check out the following:
for Tier 15 strategy guides.
for all your rankings needs, including the race to world first heroic completion!
Also be sure to check out our
Patch 5.2 interview with Lead Encounter Developer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas
, which covers Tier 15 progression and gear.
Click the cut to learn about
Throne of Thunder
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