News Roundup: Zone Updates, Realm Connections On Hold, Talk Azeroth, Significant Tweets
Database Zone Updates
We've been updating our
for Warlords of Draenor with the
Screenshots of the Day
, and the unique sounds, such as the ones found in
If you'd like to learn more about Warlords zones, there was some Frostfire Ridge video footage taken a few weeks ago from the PAX East alpha build.
has over 4 hours of footage.
This video covers gameplay towards the end of the zone, but there are 10 total in the series:
Click here to see the Warlords of Draenor zones in the database!
News Roundup: More Warlords of Draenor Flying Information, Talk Azeroth, Molten Core Spotlight
Bashiok Provides More Information On Flying in Warlords
Community Manager Bashiok has again been waxing lyrical on the topic of flying in Warlords of Draenor. The TL;DR is as follows, but you can expand the box below to read his full post:
Flight paths will be far quicker and more efficient than they currently are.
Draenor is having max-level content zones, not just to level through but to quest through. The devs feel it's important that this content is enjoyed as it's meant to be by players, and that means from the ground.
They not intending to slow anyone down, and we’re going to make sure that players can get where they want to go efficiently through more direct flight points, and potentially
alternate travel methods
Expand the box below for Bashiok's full post!
This probably should have been kept to the original thread, but caution to thee, wind, I say! (I say that.)
So everyone has seen various posts and comments around the World Wide Web about flying not being allowed in Draenor, why, and what that means. It’d probably be helpful to try to
News Roundup: Blue Tweets, Recent Hotfixes, Talk Azeroth ep29
Hello Wowhead! I'm Olivia Grace, you might know me from
my work over at WoW Insider
. I recently
, and among other things I'm going to be assisting Perculia and posting some news now and then. In today's roundup we've got a small set of hotfixes, as well as Talk Azeroth Episode 29, which I recorded yesterday in response to a viewer question about getting better at WoW. Let me know what you think in the comments! We've also got a few of the last few days' significant Tweets, straight from the
Blue Tweet Tracker
Wowhead added this week
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Paragons of the Klaxxi
Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver's Reave should now cancel properly if he's defeated while channeling the ability.
Battlegrounds and Arenas
News Roundup: Recent Hotfixes, Battleground Honor Adjustments, Talk Azeroth Episode 28
's summoned rune weapon should no longer incorrectly cause NPC guards to attack the target instead of the
that summoned it.
is no longer automatically removed from
s that leave the
Battlegrounds and Arenas
Resolved a pathing issue with
equipped while in the
Resolved a situation where players were able to retain the
effect from trinkets without equipping them while in a Battleground.
Resolved a crash in the client that affected users running Windows XP: Service Pack 3.
Resolved a crash that could occur while loading into an area or instance.
News Roundup: Proving Grounds Silver Required for WoD Heroics, Talk Azeroth Episode 27
Early this morning, it was announced that Heroic Dungeons in Warlords of Draenor would require the completion of Silver Proving Grounds for your role (tank, healer, or dps) to queue up with randoms. This was hinted before in our
Patch 5.4 interview with Tom Chilton
. Keep in mind this is just for matchmaking groups--you don't need any medals to queue up with friends.
Proving Grounds will be retuned for level 100s in Warlords, and more attention will be paid to make sure tuning is even across the board for each spec. If you want to check out Proving Grounds now, check out our
guide to Proving Grounds with maps and strategies
Olivia is also back with another episode of Talk Azeroth, hitting all this week's news, and there's a lot to get through! She starts off with a discussion of the price for the level 90 boost, then moves into looking at the new character models. Next up it's some PvP talk, but PvE fans can skip ahead to 23:45 to get past it to a brief chat and a question about the new questing style introduced with WoD!
Talk Azeroth Episode 25, Blue Tweets on Garrisons
In the latest episode of Talk Azeroth, Olivia's giving away an Alterac Brew pup this week, as well as talking about the big news -- WoW only went and GAINED subscribers! We've also found out since the last show just when patch 5.4.7 is coming, and Olivia discusses the reasons for the sub bump as well as the impact of the upcoming patch and the buy-a-90.
She then gives out an Alterac Brew Pup and answer your questions, starting with our winner's question selected at random (11.24), then moving into a question about PvP seasons that really just relates to the release date (13.20). Next up, one about Battleground bots (16.10), and finally, we chat CRZ and the queue time issues that might arise in combination with server connections(19.47).
Blue Tweets on Garrisons
For our complete set of Garrison resources and guides; from basics to buildings, followers to missions, and much more, check out our
Lead Content Designer
tweeted some tantalizing Garrison hints over the weekend. Based on tweets, you'll be able to create a building that lets
Talk Azeroth Episode 24, Recent 5.4.2 Hotfixes
The latest episode of Talk Azeroth with Olivia is up! She starts off the show commenting on some changes coming to the upgrade system that viewers of last week's show might find familiar! Then, as promised, it's into your viewer questions. At 5.36, we're hitting profession changes and updates to racials, 11.33 it's prof min-maxing with Tillers and Garrisons, 15.10 we hit a huge question on why Mists dropped so many subs, and 24.27 it's proving ground class balance!
Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes for January 29th
Resolved an issue that could cause
to be stuck in evade. For targets that
cannot reach, he will now summon them to him.
: Resolved an issue where Pandaren characters were unable to see their ancestors after lighting the Incense Bundle.
Talk Azeroth Episode 23, Recent 5.4.2 Hotfixes
After briefly discussing the large group of purchasable mounts available on the battle net store these days, Olivia discusses the best way for Blizzard to implement 5-mans in Warlords (2:40). Is it Cata-style catch-up? Mists-mannered absence? Or something in between? Then she addresses a question a lot of viewers sent in from ep22 -- should level 90 boosts include professions? (22:55)There were also some small hotfixes last night, click the cut for the changes!
Talk Azeroth Episode 22: WoD Release Date? Fair Price for a 90?
Olivia returns from her break over the holidays and is in her new studio back in the UK for another episode of Talk Azeroth! This week she's looking at the
announcement of the new PvP season
and what it means for the release date of the expansion, as well as running through the arguments for and against buy-a-90. Then it's on to your viewer questions!
Reaper of Souls Release Date is March 25, 2014, Talk Azeroth Episode 21, New Hotfixes
Reaper of Souls Release Date Announced
The Battle.Net Shop was updated for the digital pre-purchase of
Reaper of Souls
--the release date is March 25th, 2014.
Edit: since publishing this, Blizzard has added an
on the release date and deluxe perks, which we've included at the end of this article.
Reaper of Souls will cost $39.99 and the deluxe edition is $59.99. If you purchase the deluxe edition, you get a special
battle pet! Click on the image to check out his animations in our modelviewer--when he dies, he appears to spit out a lot of gold, just like in Diablo.
Check out the full Reaper of Souls announcement from Blizzard at the end of this article!
December 19th Hotfixes
<strong>Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios</strong>
<li><strong>Siege of Orgrimmar</strong>
Flex Mode Scaling Changes, Talk Azeroth Episode 20
Talk Azeroth Episode 20: Gearing in Warlords of Draenor
Olivia dives deep into the gear changes coming in Warlords of Draenor and dissects the implications of all the new systems -- long tail gearing, shifting primary stats, spirit as a secondary stat, loot drama and much more as well as hitting your viewer questions from last week's Garrison episode. If you want to get in touch with Olivia, email her on email@example.com
Flex Mode Scaling Changes
At BlizzCon, we'd discussed some improvements to our Flexible scaling system that would minimize the existence and impact of any real or perceived "breakpoints." Our design goal has always been for the system to be neutral with respect to group size. Specifically, you should never feel encouraged to turn away interested players whose skill/gear level matches the rest of the group's, basic role composition constraints notwithstanding. But at the same time, you shouldn't feel like you need to go out and grab warm bodies if you have a perfectly serviceable raid already assembled. Clearly we have not yet fully realized those goals.
Talk Azeroth Episode 19, New In-Game Store Additions on PTR
latest 5.4.2 PTR build
cobwebs and skeletons back to Karazhan
, but more importantly, it greatly improved the in-game Blizzard Store. This goes along with some new datamined
covering store transactions yesterday.
The PTR store now has categories for Mounts, Pets, and Consumables, as well as a Featured Item page. The
most recent Blizzard Store items
, aren't added to the store yet, but the other mounts and pets are. Another neat feature is that you can view the 3D model for all of the items.
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News Roundup: Talk Azeroth BlizzCon Edition, WoD Item and Stat Clarifications
Talk Azeroth With Olivia--BlizzCon Edition
Olivia's back after the roof blew off her studio, with a Talk Azeroth focusing on one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of BlizzCon, the changes in raid sizes. She's wondering just exactly what the impact will be on different guilds, from LFR right up to the controversial new Mythic raiding mode, as well as talking through a few of your responses to Talk Azeroth 17, and asking for your questions and views on Garrisons.
Warlords of Draenor: Itemization Changes and New Stats
Blizzard devs have been very active on Twitter discussing item and stat changes in Warlords of Draenor. You can learn about the entire itemization preview at BlizzCon on our
Warlords of Draenor Guide
, or check out the clarifications below. Most of these details were covered at BlizzCon, but it's easy to forget some details with so much new information!
Spirit (healers) and armor (tanks) will only appear on accessory slots, weapons, and gems, not main slots like helms. Accessory items will most likely just have secondary stats.
Only main armor pieces like helms will swap their prim
News Roundup: Talk Azeroth, New Recruit-A-Friend Soon, Blizzard Sales
For those of you interested in Recruit-a-Friend, the RAF program is being temporarily shut down to prepare for the new program coming very soon. If you liked the current
mount though, don't worry--it will be available with the new and improved program. On Friday, we datamined a
new achievement and mount for RAF
, so there may be a variety of rewards to choose from!
In light of the new RAF program being launched, it makes sense Blizzard announced yesterday that Cataclysm is now included in the Battle Chest for only $19.99--this change makes it easier and cheaper for new players to catch up to their friends. For seasoned players, there's also a 33% off sale on
We've got another episode of Talk Azeroth up with Olivia! This time, Olivia gets into the acronyms with a re-recorded (after the last one failed) version of Talk Azeroth 16. She's talking about the controversial match-ending debuff, The Crowd Chose You, and the upcoming changes to it, as well as touching on the Diminishing Returns system, answering your questions a
Battle Pet Hotfixes and Talk Azeroth: Flex Raiding
This week Olivia takes us through some of the recent forum complaints about LFR and Flex. Is it too easy? Too hard? Or have we just totally forgotten what it's like in new tiers? And is Flex taking away all the good raiders?
She also gets into your viewer questions, dealing with last week's responses to the Censer of Eternal Agony, and its issues with PvP flagging on PvE servers. Lastly she dives into the complete farce that has been the start of season 14, with the conquest vendors being up and down like your average yo-yo, the gear issues and the impact on rating.
Battle Pet Hotfixes
We have a few hotfixes to share with you and these changes should be in game now, or will take effect once the realms have been restarted:
are no longer Bind on Pickup; they can now be caged and you can collect up to 3 of each.
spell is now a one-round ability. The tooltip still erroneously states that it is a two-round ability which we plan to correct at a later date.
ability now has an eight-ro
News Roundup and Talk Azeroth Episode 14: Eternal Agony
Olivia dives right in to the World First race from her secret lair in the USA, wondering why the bosses are dropping like flies this time around and putting her pet theories out there for your examination. Next up, she's been besieged with emails about the Censer of Eternal Agony which is purchased from the Timeless Isle, and used either to mercilessly gank people like the black-hearted snakes you are, or for some fun world PvP, depending on your perspective. She hits up some viewer questions, if you want to send yours in email her on firstname.lastname@example.org, and gets back to enjoying her holiday!
Click the cut for details on an upcoming Heroic Norushen hotfix and some recent Patch 5.4 changes!
Talk Azeroth Episode 12, Cinder Kitten on Sale
This week, Olivia Grace returns from her trip to the world's largest gaming conference and—after a quick update on what she got up to, including some raving about WildStar and the Oculus Rift—she dives in to the World of Warcraft news that came out of this huge convention.
First up, it's the subject of character models, where Olivia wonders just exactly what Blizzard has been up to all this time. Then she covers the arrival of item squish, the potential for a patch 5.5, and just exactly why you're doing that Black Temple run.
If you want to have your questions answered, the best way to get in touch with Olivia is via email to email@example.com, through twitter @oliviadgrace, or by leaving a comment below!
Cinder Kitten On Sale
Every hero needs a sidekick to watch their six, and this ferocious kitty is up to the task. The
is fierce and fiery, and your enemies will think twice about engaging you in a fight when this feline is at your side. Scoop this little guy up for 25% off this week only (sale ends September 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PDT).
Talk Azeroth: Episode 11, Battlefield Barrens and Eternally In The Vale Removed in 5.4
Today's newspost is about prepping for 5.4--things you should be stockpiling for the patch, as well as things you might want to get done before they're removed!
This week Olivia's taking you on a voyage into patch 5.4 as we recently found out when it was going live on servers. She tells you just exactly what you ought to be thinking of stockpiling and what you ought to be spending, and theorizing on reasons why there might not be a Valor reset with the patch.
The main topic she wants to talk to you about this week, though, is heirlooms. Olivia's got a wacky theory she wants to share on just how the personal loot system might interact with these new heirlooms.
Then she moves onto loot equality, trying to reassure LFR-only raiders that things will turn out OK, while also waxing lyrical on the reasons why these items should and shouldn't be in LFR in the first place.
Removed Content in Patch 5.4
Along with the announcement that
PvP Season 13 is ending soon
, some other content will be changing in Patch 5.4.
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar and Timeless Isle BoA Gear, Talk Azeroth with Olivia
This week, Olivia Grace is fed up to the teeth of constantly talking about the in-game store so swears off it for now—long may it continue.
Instead, she's tackling something came to light following some research she did to answer a recent viewer question: item levels. She reckons gear is pretty broken in WoW right now and wants your ideas to fix it; Olivia gives a couple of her own to get you started.
She also tackles Ghostcrawler's recent tweets about item squish, in this context, and despite her rapidly disappearing voice, Olivia still manages to answer a viewer question or two in another packed show.
If you want to have your question answered the best way to get in touch with Olivia is via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or twitter @oliviadgrace, or by leaving a comment below!
Siege of Orgrimmar Heirlooms
In a recent PTR build, epic BoA items were datamined! These heirlooms drop from
on Flex, Normal, and Heroic difficulty--another incentive to run raids besides LFR. These items have interesting models as well--they are based on Horde PvP weapons from classic WoW.
We've received confirmation from Blizzard that the item levels and stats are not final yet.[/b
Talk Azeroth with Olivia: Support and the Store, Play with the Blues Event
Play With the Blues Event
Today from 2-4pm PST, Blizzard Devs and Community Managers will be hosting a
"Play with the Blues"
event on the PTR! They'll be testing out the
, an exciting zone filled with rare spawns, BoA epics, and tons of vanity loot!
Not sure where to start? Check out our
coverage--we've been having a blast tracking down all the hidden details on the island:
BoA Items, World Bosses, Battle Pets, Timeless Coins
Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
Celestial Pet Tournament
Timeless Isle Rare Spawns
Celestial Tournament and Sky Lantern Updates
Talk Azeroth: Episode 9
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