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    With Warlords of Draenor set to launch on Thursday, November 13, we’ve seen a few questions about how that fits in with our plans for the upcoming 10-year anniversary content. We’re looking forward to celebrating this epic milestone with you, and we want to make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to take part while still being able to fully enjoy what the expansion has to offer.

    The 10- year anniversary celebration will begin in-game on Friday, November 21 and will last until Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST. Everyone who logs in during this time period will receive the incredibly cuddly, feisty, and fiery new Molten Corgi to love, pet, and call their own. You’ll also be able to participate in a pair of special events to commemorate the occasion.

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    Maximum Molten Core


    One of WoW’s classic 40-player dungeons, Molten Core, will be available in Raid Finder during the anniversary period for level 100 players. Making it through the underground gauntlet and defeating Ragnaros will reward players with a Core Hound mount and a Warlords of Draenor Raid Finder–quality helm (100% guaranteed!). For a walkthrough of the dungeon as it stands today, check out our Revisiting Heroism’s Past – Molten Core guide.

    Southshore vs. Tarren Mill—The Battle Continues


    To recapture the feeling of the endless tug-of-war of early WoW PvP, we’ll be opening a Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on the timeless struggle between Southshore and Tarren Mill. We’ll have two different brackets for players to take part in: one for levels 90–99 characters and another for level 100. Unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, there will be a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat. A win will gain you a shiny new title: either Tarren Mill Terror for the Alliance or Southshore Slayer for the Horde.

    Onward into Warlords of Draenor


    With the release of Warlords of Draenor, all unrated PvP Battlegrounds, Skirmishes, and other unrated PvP activities will be available immediately. The new rated season will begin Tuesday, December 2 at 8 a.m. PST.

    We also wanted to make sure that everyone had time to level up before we opened our first Raid dungeon, Highmaul, in Normal and Heroic modes. These will open at the same time as the rated PvP season (December 2), with Raid Finder and Mythic modes opening the following week. We’ll provide a complete schedule in the future for those who wish to start planning their new Raid calendars. For more information on the new Raid structure for Warlords of Draenor, be sure to read our Dev Watercooler series: Raiding Azeroth – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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    Get ready for first contact with the Iron Horde—oh, and you’ll probably want to prepare yourself for battle. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be testing a pre-expansion patch that will bring players to the brink of great peril, as the Iron Horde begins to aggressively gain a foothold on Azeroth.

    As part of this patch, players will encounter fierce new opponents and get their first chance to experience a number of updates we’re making to the game. In addition to changes to the skills and abilities for every class, this patch will introduce brand new features such as 20-player Mythic-difficulty Siege of Orgrimmar, as well as systems adjustments including stat squish and diminishing returns on crowd control. The next chapter in the World of Warcraft saga is coming at you armed to the teeth.

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    Treacherous Developments


    The Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands has turned blood red. Hundreds of strange-looking orcs are violently pouring into Azeroth, killing everything that stands in their path. Nethergarde and Okril’lon have already fallen, and while the Horde and the Alliance moved as quickly as they could to get reinforcements to their people, they are too late. The Iron Horde invasion has begun.

    In this desperate hour, King Wrynn and Warchief Vol’jin have called upon their greatest champions to join the front lines in the Blasted Lands and do whatever they can to stop the Iron Horde before the rest of Azeroth falls before them.

    Word of this surprise attack sends players rushing to the Blasted Lands to reckon with the barbarous infiltration. After the fall of a high ranking Iron Horde general named Gar’mak Bladetwist, you’ll report what you’ve witnessed in the Blasted Lands to King Wrynn or Warchief Vol’jin. It’s apparent to both the Horde and the Alliance that this is only the first salvo in a much larger conflict, and the only way to win is to take the fight directly to the Iron Horde by journeying through the Dark Portal into Draenor.

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    The Infiltration of Blackrock Spire


    An advance party of Iron Horde forces has barged right out of the Blasted Lands and pushed all the way to Blackrock Mountain, where they found refuge and supplies in Upper Blackrock Spire. There can be only one response: the Alliance and the Horde of Azeroth must face this iron incursion head on.

    Available to level-90 characters for a limited time, this specially revamped five-player version of Upper Blackrock Spire sets the stage for the coming counterstrike against the Iron Horde. Here, you will face Orebender Gor'ashan, Kyrak, and Commander Tharbek as you begin to take the fight to the enemy and sharpen the skills (and swords) you’ll need to succeed on an unwelcoming alien world.

    Draenor is waiting.

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    Updated September 10, 2014

    Patch 6.0.2, the pre-expansion patch for Warlords of Draenor™ is now available for testing on the Public Test Realm (PTR). Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test content and features before it's available on the live realms. If you'd like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying a character and setting up the PTR game client by selecting PTR from the account/game region dropdown list in the Battle.net Desktop App. Once you've had a chance to try things out, be sure to visit our PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch, and the PTR Bug Report forum to report any issues or errors.

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    The European World of Warcraft Arena Tournament will be held at DreamHack Stockholm later this month, and Europe’s best 3v3 arena players will show off their skills inside the iconic Ericsson Globe.

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    Earlier this month, European WoW players with a 3v3 arena rank of 2500+ battled it out in the online stage of the tournament. Eight teams proved their might, and earned the chance to take to the stage and do battle at DreamHack!

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    From September 26-27, the teams will compete in a double elimination format. The three most successful teams at the tournament will be invited to BlizzCon, taking place in Anaheim, California from November 7-8.

    All the matches will be broadcast live from DreamHack, and fans can catch the action on Twitch. Make sure to tune in: http://www.twitch.tv/wow

    Alternatively, you can watch all the action live at the event! Spectator tickets are available now:
    http://www.axs.com/se/events/248481/dreamhack-stockholm-tickets

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    Broadcast Schedule



    September 26 - Ericsson Globe

    Lower Bracket Round 1 (2 matches)

    Winner Bracket Round 1 (2 matches)

    September 27 - Ericsson Globe

    Lower Bracket Round 2 (2 matches)

    Lower Bracket Round 3 (1 match)

    Live Stream


    http://www.twitch.tv/wow

    Be sure to follow @DreamHack and @Warcraft on Twitter, and see http://www.dreamhack.se for more news and details about the 2014 European World of Warcraft Arena Tournament!

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    Before you can harbor any hope of defeating the Iron Horde, you must first understand what—and whom—you’re up against. Our five-part series Lords of War introduces you to some of the major players in the campaign on Draenor, continuing today with the tale of Durotan, son of Garad and father of Thrall.


    The unforgiving land of the Frostwolf clan does not reward sentiment. When young Durotan’s mother fell deathly ill, he had a choice: Allow her life to come to a natural end, or pay a heavy price to save her.


    Once you’ve watched his story, visit our newly posted Durotan character page to read more about his legacy and his role in the events to come.

    Visit our Lords of War page to watch earlier installments in the series featuring the sadistic Kargath Bladefist and the mighty Grommash Hellscream.

    Visit www.worldofwarcraft.com in the weeks to come for more episodes of Lords of War, and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to survive the battle ahead.

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    To ensure that StarCraft II continues to offer a smooth experience for players when Patch 2.1.4 goes live, we’re looking for some extra help testing on the PTR, and that’s where you come in. When you test the new features on the PTR in all the various game modes (Matchmaking, Custom Games, Arcade, vs AI) and reach level 5, you’ll become eligible to win some awesome prizes.

    How to Qualify

    You’ll have from 19:00 CET on August 26, 2014 to 9:00 CET on September 23, 2014 to reach level 5 on the StarCraft II PTR in order to become eligible for the prizes below. You can check out the official rules here: Patch 2.1.4 PTR Participation Giveaway – Official Rules.


    Prizes for participation

    To all players who reach level 5 on the PTR:

    • A one month subscription for Twitch Turbo

    To 50 random players who reach level 5 on the PTR:

    • A Twitch subscription for WCS EU/AM

    To one random player who reaches level 5 on PTR:

    • A pair (2) of 2014 BlizzCon tickets


    How to Get In

    Accessing the Public Test Realm is easy with the Battle.net Desktop App. Once you've installed and logged into the App, select StarCraft II from your list of games. Next, click the region selection box above the Play button, choose "PTR: Heart of the Swarm" from the dropdown list, and hit Install. If you own a copy of StarCraft II but don’t see a PTR option available, you can enable PTR access by going to Battle.net Account Management and selecting the Public Test Region button under your game license. Once your installation is complete, hit Play to launch the PTR and start digging in to all of the goodies mentioned above.

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    If you'd like to switch back to the current version of StarCraft II, simply exit the game and head back to the Battle.net App to switch the region selector back to your preferred Battle.net region.

    Please note that the Public Test Realm can only be accessed through the Battle.net Desktop App as outlined above. Attempting to launch “StarCraft II Public Test.exe,” found in your StarCraft II installation folder will not grant entry into the PTR.

    Download the Battle.net App
    Thank you very much for helping us test upcoming StarCraft II features on the Public Test Realm. Your participation will be vital during this extended testing period as we prepare to roll out StarCraft II Patch 2.1.4.

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    As players testing Patch 6.0.2 on our Public Test Realm (PTR) have already seen, we’re making a number of changes to the WoW user interface—changes that are designed to eliminate clutter, free up more of your inventory space, help you find your stuff more easily, and improve your quality of life in-game.

    Map & Quest Log

    In Patch 6.0.2, we’ve made a brand-new UI to bring together the Map and the Quest Log with everything you need to manage multiple ongoing adventures. Now when you browse by zone in the Map & Quest Log, you’ll find all of the associated quests you’re on, your progress, and relevant cartography.

    In addition to intelligently ordering your quests, the new window (default hotkeys: M or L) gives you more information about your objectives right on the map. It also features scroll-wheel zooming, click-and-hold panning, and a handy View All Quests button—plus, if you leave it open while you’re moving, it fades so that you can see both the map and the landscape you’re venturing into.

    Toy Box

    All of the fun “toy” items that you’ve accumulated over the course of your travels now have a new home in the Toy Box. As with mounts and pets, you’ll right-click on eligible toy items in your inventory to send them to your Toy Box. Once learned, the toy will be accessible by all characters on your account.

    If you want to expand and complete your collection of toys (or mounts or pets!), you can see each of the ones that you have not yet unlocked, along with information on how they can be obtained. As you might expect, any toy that you’ve learned can be dragged from the Toy Box and placed on a toolbar for fast access.

    How to Randomize Your Dragon

    There is now a Summon Random Favorite Mount button at the top-right of your Mounts collection (default hotkey: Shift-P). This smart button selects randomly from among the mounts that you’ve marked as favorites, and chooses a mount that is suitable for your current zone and situation. For example:

    • In a zone where you can’t fly, it will choose from among your favorite ground mounts.
    • If you’re swimming on the surface of a body of water and you have a Water Strider favorited, it will be chosen.
    • If you’re submerged and you’ve favorited your Sea Turtle, the button will summon it.

    Right-click and select Set Favorite on your favorite mounts to get started.

    Bags, Bags, Bags

    In Patch 6.0.2, bags can be given designations for particular types of items. These include:

    • Equipment – Your armor and weapons
    • Consumables – Food and drink, potions, etc.
    • Trade Goods – Items that are used in professions (herbs, cloth, ore, skins, etc.)

    When you go to your main backpack and click the Clean Up Bags button in the top-right, your belongings are sorted into your bags based on the designation you assigned to each bag, with overflow going into the backpack. Furthermore, there are now borders around the icons of all items that are colored to indicate item quality; recently looted items glow so that you can quickly spot them; and gray (junk) items have a gold coin icon when you visit a vendor.

    Reagent Bank

    You now have additional storage space in your bank! The new 98-slot Reagent Bank tab offers up extra slots for your profession materials, and an option to deposit every reagent that you’re currently carrying in your bags. We’ve also increased the maximum stack size for many materials and reagents, and when you craft anything—from anywhere—you’ll now use materials that are stored back in the bank.

    But Wait, There’s More!

    • We’ve added a new tab to the Void Storage system. That’s an extra 80 slots for your long-term storage needs.
    • The dropdown menus you access when you right-click on a player portrait have been improved.
    • You can now manage your add-ons without having to log out.
    • The Dungeon Journal (default hotkey: Shift-J) has been updated with Warlords of Draenor entries.

    To get a closer first look at all of the changes coming in Patch 6.0.2, please join us on the Public Test Realm (now live).

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    With the upcoming Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2), we will be releasing sidelined characters’ names back into the wild. Any characters that have not logged into the game since November 13, 2008 will have their names freed up, making them available to anyone creating a new character or using the paid Character Name Change service.

    How Do I Preserve My Names?

    You will need to log in to World of Warcraft and enter the game using each character whose name you wish to retain before patch 6.0.2 goes live. While it is possible no one will claim your recently released name and you might be able to snag it again, it is probably not worth the risk if you want to keep your names intact long-term.

    Our goal with this great name liberation is to make sure new and returning players have a large and varied pool of names available to choose from—so log in now if you wish preserve your unused characters’ names for your journey intro Draenor.

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    As your journey takes you from Pandaria to Draenor, we wanted to extend one last opportunity to obtain your Legendary Cloak—and share some important updates related to this iconic item.


    Legendary Cloak Changes: Once More unto the Breach

    As a part of the transition from Mists of Pandaria to Warlords of Draenor, we’ll be making some changes to the Legendary Cloak quest line and ultimately closing it out as players head into the new expansion. Once the quest is fully closed, the item will no longer be attainable, and the cloak will become a symbol of the great deeds you’ve accomplished in Mists of Pandaria.

    With the release of the pre-expansion patch (6.0.2), players who are not already on the journey through this quest line will no longer be able to begin it. We will also be removing the Test of Valor step with patch 6.0.2 as a part of our transition from using Valor as a currency.

    Once Warlords of Draenor launches on November 13, the Legendary Cloak quest line will be gone entirely—the quests and the cloak will no longer be obtainable, and any related in-progress quests will be cleared from your log.

    But when one door closes, another door opens. In Warlords of Draenor, players will have the opportunity to earn a new Legendary item available exclusively in the new expansion: Khadgar’s Band of the Archmage.

    The Gaze of the Black Prince: One Last Look

    If you haven’t yet earned your Legendary Cloak, you still have one final opportunity to make accelerated progress on your quest. Rather than end the Gaze of the Black Prince buff on Tuesday, September 16 (as previously announced), the buff will remain active until the release of the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2). This buff increases the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It also increases the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line, including Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, and Titan Runestones.

    Good luck on your quest, but remember that your voyage doesn’t end here. Soon, you’ll be setting your sights on the new Legendary item, Khadgar’s Band of the Archmage, in Warlords of Draenor.

    To learn more about the Legendary Cloak quest line, check out our previous blog posts: The Time Has Come: Legendary Quest Line.

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    With the availability of the updated character models and animations that are being added with Warlords of Draenor, we’ve seen a question pop up among the community: “Will I be able to customize my face?” The simple answer is “yes.”

    We’re pleased to announce that the in-game Barber Shop will be able to provide additional facial-customization options for your character once these art updates are made available. For just a little gold, your character will be ready for any occasion and look their very best for any screenshot.

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    Welcome to the first in an ongoing series of programming- and engineering-focused articles that, over time, will cover some of the technical nuts and bolts that go into creating and running World of Warcraft.

    Before we kick this first one off, a quick warning: What follows is a fairly technical explanation for a graphical-setting change related to anti-aliasing. Most of you probably won’t notice any difference at all—this is primarily for those who tend to tinker with their hardware and graphical settings.

    In short, we’re taking strides to improve the performance of World of Warcraft, while also ensuring there’s plenty of potential to further increase graphical fidelity and enhance our support of high-end CPUs and graphics hardware.

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    For Warlords of Draenor, we made a decision to remove Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) and instead include a new anti-aliasing technology called Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing (CMAA). This change is going to allow us to bring some overdue technological advancements to World of Warcraft over the course of the next few years—we’re thinking long-term with this change.

    One reason MSAA remained viable for WoW over the past decade was that the GPU had the time and resources to handle it. WoW has been a CPU-bound game for much of its lifetime, but during the Warlords development cycle, we endeavored to change that. A lot of that work involved analyzing the flow of data through our code and making sure we work on only what we need to for any given frame. One example is we now variably reduce the number of bones that need to be animated based on proximity and view (sometimes called level of detail, or LOD), a primary consumer of CPU time. We’ve also added a job system that the engine uses to task out animation and scene management in ways we had prototyped in Patch 5.4, but are expanding in Warlords.

    The outcome of all of this is that more than ever before, World of Warcraft relies heavily on a GPU that previously was largely free to handle things like MSAA. We explored a number of options to reconcile this increased GPU demand with the game’s anti-aliasing needs, and ultimately decided to embrace CMAA as our anti-aliasing technology for Warlords of Draenor. As with anything that can potentially change the look of the game, we vetted removing MSAA through our engineering and art teams before coming to the conclusion to swap it for CMAA. CMAA provides solid anti-aliasing at a fraction of the cost in memory and performance. It also integrates well with technologies we have planned for the future, and helps us bring those to the game sooner. We also support FXAA (Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing), an even lighter-weight solution, as an option for our players using DirectX 9.

    CMAA fulfills our goals of providing high-quality anti-aliasing at reduced performance cost, while giving us the extra headroom we need to further improve the graphical fidelity of the game. We don’t have to make any architectural concessions within the engine for CMAA to work, and for Warlords of Draenor we’ve already been able to implement new graphical features like target outlining, soft particles, a new shadowing technique, and refraction—and more graphical features are on the horizon for future patches and expansions.

    For the launch of Warlords of Draenor, CMAA is the top-tier graphical setting available, but after release we’ll be exploring more options for players with high-performance graphics cards—and if they provide quality while still fitting into our future technology plans, we’ll take a serious look at adding them to the game.

    The graphical future of World of Warcraft is a bright one, and the changes we’ve made during the development of Warlords of Draenor have laid the groundwork for us to continue making the game look better and better far into the future.

    Thanks for reading!

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    The 2014 European World of Warcraft World Arena Tournament takes place at DreamHack Stockholm later this month, and some of the best teams in Europe are preparing to do battle.

    The tournament is sure to be action-packed: eight 3v3 Arena teams will compete on stage, and the top three teams will be invited to BlizzCon!

    Held in the iconic Ericsson Globe from September 26–27, DreamHack Stockholm 2014 will be the largest gathering of Blizzard eSports in Europe this year.


    With an epic location as the backdrop, some of the best Arena players in the world showing off their skills, and nothing but Blizzard games played on the final day of the event, it’s sure to be an amazing show!


    Post by World of Warcraft.

    You can find more information about the World of Warcraft Arena Tournament—sponsored by XMG—on the official DreamHack website here.

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    Avast, mateys! Commoners outfitted as scurvy pirates have appeared in all the world’s cities bringing rum news: the Dread Captain DeMeza and her crew have landed in Booty Bay and declared this day to be Pirates’ Day! If you’re brave enough to share her grog, you may have what it takes to become an honorary crew member for the day.

    OVERVIEW
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    EVENTS DETAILS
    When
    September, 19

    Where
    Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale

    Learn More on fan sites
    Wowhead, Wowpedia, WoWfan.cz (Czech).

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    MORE ABOUT PIRATES’ DAY
    On one day only, September 19, you too can celebrate Pirates’ Day. Rumor has it that Dread Captain DeMeza herself will invade Booty Bay, bringing corsairs and cannons to fire on approaching vessels. Keep an eye out for First Mate Hapana, and expect to see commoners in pirate garb in capital cities. Ask them to help you dress like a pirate, and join in the fun.

    EVENTS DETAILS
    When
    September, 19

    Where
    Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale
    Learn More on fan sites
    Wowhead, Wowpedia, WoWfan.cz (Czech).

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    MORE ABOUT PIRATES’ DAY
    On one day only, September 19, you too can celebrate Pirates’ Day. Rumor has it that Dread Captain DeMeza herself will invade Booty Bay, bringing corsairs and cannons to fire on approaching vessels. Keep an eye out for First Mate Hapana, and expect to see commoners in pirate garb in capital cities. Ask them to help you dress like a pirate, and join in the fun.


    First, talk to one of those landlubbing pirate commoners to receive a costume to help you get into the spirit of Pirates’ Day. Now you look like a proper sea-dog, it’s time to head over to Booty Bay to join in the real fun.

    There, look for Dread Captain DeMeza and her crew, who have taken over the roof of the Booty Bay bank and auction house. Pluck up the courage to talk to Captain DeMeza, and you’ll become an honorary crew member and transform into a pirate for 12 hours. This costume buff may be clicked off but persists through combat, mounting, death, hornpipes, saying “Arrrr!”, and most acts of piracy.

    Activities​

    Dread Corsair
    Talking with Captain DeMeza will give you the Dread Corsair buff, which lasts for 12 hours, and persists through death (although it will be lost after shapeshifting). Your character’s gender and race don’t change when you adopt this piratical look.

    Corsair's Costume
    This costume buff gives you the looks of a real Corsair and lasts for one hour. Just accost one of the appropriately attired commoners hanging around Azeroth’s cities and demand your outfit. As with the longer-lasting Dread Corsair buff, you’ll still be the same old you underneath your new get-up.

    Dread Crew
    Briefly ashore for mischief and revelry, a crowd of pirates dance, talk, eat, drink, laugh, and shoot fireworks atop Booty Bay’s bank. Ask Baron Revilgaz what he thinks of these invading bilge-rats.

    Thunderous celebration
    A trio of cannoneers will fire their cannons out into the bay every so often – at times, just barely missing the sails of the incoming transport. Shiver me timbers!

    Roof party!
    Lively pirate-themed music plays upon the rooftop. Time to /dance!
    ACHIEVEMENTS
    Pirates' Day currently offers a total of 10 achievement points, obtained by sharing a drink with Dread Captain DeMeza.​

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    For those looking to receive the free character boost now, but also want those sweet Collector’s Edition physical items, we’ve set up a process to ensure you can do both. Just follow these steps!

    1. Pre-purchase a digital version of Warlords of Draenor now and begin using the included character boost immediately.
    2. Pick up your Collector’s Edition pre-order on 13.11.14.
    3. Open it up and get a little emotional because of how beautiful it is.
    4. Enter your Collector’s Edition key on your Battle.net Account Management page.
    5. Contact Blizzard Customer Support for a replacement of your original Standard Edition Key!
    6. Give the digital key to a friend!

    Check with your local retailers for Collector’s Edition pre-orders as inventory is limited.

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    The Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition includes:

    • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor — Get the full version of Warlords of Draenor on DVD-ROM.
    • Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray Two-Disc Set — Meet the development team behind the creation of Draenor and its savage warlords. This two-disc set includes over an hour of creators’ commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
    • Collector’s Edition Soundtrack — Immerse yourself in the sounds of war with the complete Warlords of Draenor orchestral soundtrack on CD.
    • The Art of Warlords of Draenor — Witness the visual evolution of the expansion in this beautifully bound tome of exclusive Warlord of Draenor art. Through 160 pages of concept pieces, finished illustrations, and CG images, you'll delve into the art team’s vision for a Draenor under siege by the apocalyptic threat of the Iron Horde.
    • Blackhand Mouse Pad — Arm yourself with a special-edition mouse pad emblazoned with the deadly warlord Blackhand.
    • Epic In-Game Content
      • World of Warcraft Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet — Descend from the skies on the back of a black-winged Dread Raven mount, a mortal progeny of Anzu. Then devour your prey in your next pet battle with the adorably ferocious Dread Hatchling.

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    • StarCraft II Portraits — Summon the strength of two deadly Iron Horde war chiefs—Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand—as you take on the Dominion with these two StarCraft II portraits.

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    • Diablo III Warsong Pennant — Don this battle-worn pennant and channel the rage of the Warsong Clan against the demonic forces of Sanctuary.

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    • Hearthstone Card Back — Your adventures in Draenor will be the talk of the tavern after outfitting your champion’s deck with this custom card back forged in the fires of Blackrock – available to Hearthstone players just in time for the launch of Warlords of Draenor.

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    Remember, one character boost to level 90 is included in the Collector’s Edition, retail and digital standard editions, and Digital Deluxe Edition of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. For more information on the content and features, check out our Warlords of Draenor web page.



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    Don’t miss the opportunity to claim your Horde chopper. Log in now to reserve this mechanical marvel for your collectionbefore it’s too late!

    Anyone who logs in to the game between now and September 30, 2014 will automatically have their account flagged to receive the Horde chopper upon the release of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Everyone can (and should!) claim their chopper by logging in now, but as a reminder, only your Horde characters will be able to mount up and take it for a ride.

    Didn’t see the Azeroth Choppers series? You can still watch it here!

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    Before you can harbor any hope of defeating the Iron Horde, you must first understand what—and whom—you’re up against. Our five-part series Lords of War introduces you to some of the major players in the campaign on Draenor, continuing today with the tale of Kilrogg Deadeye, powerful chieftan of the Bleeding Hollow clan.


    The Bleeding Hollow clan once stood on the verge of extinction. To escape death, Kilrogg Deadeye first had to embrace it.


    Once you’ve watched his story, visit our newly posted Kilrogg character page to read more about his legacy and his role in the events to come.

    Visit our Lords of War page to watch earlier installments in the series featuring Kargath, Grommash, and Durotan.

    Visit www.worldofwarcraft.com next week for the final episode of Lords of War, and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to survive the battle ahead.

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    Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, the Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and booze! The competing breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew, and the Ogres, all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special ales, meads, and beers. Brave adventurers are invited to sit back, take a pull, and sample the finest wares these brewers have to offer!

    OVERVIEW
    ACTIVITIES
    ITEMS
    OTHER REWARDS
    EVENTS DETAILS
    When
    September, 20 - October, 6.
    Where
    Ironforge (Alliance) and Orgrimmar (Horde). Beer gardens will also be set up outside of Silvermoon City, Darnassus, Undercity, Stormwind, Thunder Bluff, the Exodar, and Shattrath.
    Currency: Brewfest Prize Tokens
    Brewfest Prize Tokens are the currency to purchase festival clothing and other special items. You can collect them by completing quests, including the daily quests that are part of the festival.
    Learn More on fan sites
    Wowhead, Wowpedia, WoW Center (Polish), WoWFan (Czech). ​

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    ACTIVITIES

    Every year, the brewmasters from Drohn’s Distillery, T’chali’s Voodoo Brewery, the Barleybrews, and the Thunderbrews celebrate their handiwork with two weeks of fun, frivolity, steins, spirits, and sausages right outside the gates of Ironforge and Orgrimmar.

    EVENTS DETAILS
    When
    September, 20 - October, 6.
    Where
    Ironforge (Alliance) and Orgrimmar (Horde). Beer gardens will also be set up outside of Silvermoon City, Darnassus, Undercity, Stormwind, Thunder Bluff, the Exodar, and Shattrath.
    Currency: Brewfest Prize Tokens
    Brewfest Prize Tokens are the currency to purchase festival clothing and other special items. You can collect them by completing quests, including the daily quests that are part of the festival.
    Learn More on fan sites
    Wowhead, Wowpedia, WoW Center (Polish), WoWFan (Czech). ​

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    ACTIVITIES

    Every year, the brewmasters from Drohn’s Distillery, T’chali’s Voodoo Brewery, the Barleybrews, and the Thunderbrews celebrate their handiwork with two weeks of fun, frivolity, steins, spirits, and sausages right outside the gates of Ironforge and Orgrimmar.


    With so many revelers enjoying the fermented fruits of the harvest—pretzels, cheese, and booze—it’s only a matter of time before the Dark Iron Dwarves from Blackrock Mountain will crash the party. You can team up and drive them back to the Grim Guzzler to earn valuable Brewfest Prize Tokens.

    If the Dark Iron are already running for the mountains, you can also earn tokens by completing daily keg deliveries, barking runs for the brewers, and other quests that you can drink your way through. After a few too many, you might even spot a pink elekk or wild wolpertinger.

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    Seasonal Boss: Coren Direbrew

    It's time to track down the source of the Dark Iron attacks and end them once and for all. Players will follow a trail of evidence that leads to Blackrock Depths, where they can do battle with the mastermind behind the attacks - Coren Direbrew. He drops special rewards including epic weapons, trinkets, and rare mounts.

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    Ceremonial Keg-Tapping

    Each day at 6:15 AM and 6:15 PM server time, High Tinker Mekkatorque (Ironforge) and Vol'jin (Orgrimmar) come out to the Brewfest grounds for a brief Tapping of the Keg ceremony. Witnessing the ceremony grants players a buff that increases experience earned by 10%.

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    Brew of the Month Club

    For 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens, you too can join the exclusive "Brew of the Month" Club. Once a member, you are sent a new brew in the mail every month, each with different properties. If the brew is to your liking, you can purchase more from specific vendors in Ironforge or Orgrimmar.

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    Daily Quests​

    Ram racing
    Adventurers can show their ram-riding skills by speaking with Neill Ramstein or Ram Master Ray. Before they'll trust you with their precious rams, though, you'll need to prove you can control one! Once you've proven your expertise at handling the rams, you can earn some Brewfest Prize Tokens by picking up some kegs of brew from Kharanos or Razor Hill and bringing them back to the fest.

    Barkers Wanted
    The representatives of some of the major breweries want adventurers to help out by advertizing their brews in Orgrimmar and Ironforge; just speak to one of the brewers for Barleybrew or Thunderbrew outside of Ironforge or T'chali's Voodoo Brewery or Drohn's Distillery outside of Orgrimmar to get started.

    Defend the Fest
    During the first few days of the Brewfest, the envious Dark Iron dwarves will launch a sneaky invasion of the festivities. Determined drinkers must rally to protect the ale and to give the Dark Irons a sound thrashing lest they make off with the booze.

    Merchants and Vendors​

    These professional hoarders will trade Brewfest Prize Tokens for food, festive clothes, mounts, a pet, and more!

    Find out more by clicking on the tabs above.


    Brewfest gives you the chance to collect a seasonal mount (different according to your faction) and pet, as well as a variety of costumes, fun items, and of course many dishes and beverages!

    Seasonal Mounts​


    Swift Brewfest Ram

    A sturdy decorated ram that you can find on Coren Direbrew dead body.


    Great Brewfest Kodo

    A unique decorated kodo that you can find on Coren Direbrew dead body.

    Seasonal Pets​


    Wolpertinger

    This cute companion, taught by a Wolpertinger's Tankard, can be bought for 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens to Belbi Quikswitch (for the Alliance) and Blix Fixwidget (for the Horde).


    Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm

    Is that really a pink elephant? You must be kidding. But you still buy this adorable tiny pachyderm for 100 Brewfest Prize Tokens to Belbi Quikswitch (for the Alliance) and Blix Fixwidget (for the Horde).

    Costumes and Fun Items​




    Brewfest Garb

    This Brewfest clothes set includes hats (see below), slippers or boots (each for 100 Brewfest Prize Tokens to a seasonal merchant), and dress or regalia (each for 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens to a seasonal merchant).




    Brewfest hats

    Each of these Brewfest hats are part of the Brewfest Garb, and are sold for 50 Brewfest Prize Tokens to a seasonal merchant.


    Brewhelm

    Attach two tankards to your head or helmet with this item that can be bought for only 2 Brewfest Prize Tokens to Belbi Quikswitch (for the Alliance) and Blix Fixwidget (for the Horde).


    Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles

    This amazing item can be bought for 100 Brewfest Prize Tokens to Belbi Quikswitch (for the Alliance) and Blix Fixwidget (for the Horde). They will change all players and NPCs into Gnomes (for the Alliance) or Orcs (for the Horde) to anyone who wears them.


    Synthebrew Goggles

    These beautiful goggles are a quest items and simulate the effects of alcohol. The effects can easily be dismissed by removing the goggles.


    Commemorative Stein

    Each year, you can receive a unique Commemorative Stein as a quest reward to welcome you in the Brewfest festivities.


    Direbrew's Remote

    This handy remote may be contained in a Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest. It summons an underground mole machine that gives you a ride to the grim Guzzler in the Blackrock Depths instance.


    Pandaren Brewpack

    This item will allow you to carry a keg of delicious Brewfest Brew on your back to toss some to friends! It can be bought for 100 Brewfest Prize Tokens to a seasonal merchant.


    Brewfest Pony Keg

    This item will tap a pony keg of delicious Brewfest Brew. It can be bought for 100 Brewfest Prize Tokens to a seasonal merchant.


    Brewfest Keg Pony

    This item will summon a beer-toting Keg Pony for 3 minutes. It can be bought for 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens to a seasonal merchant.


    Preserved Brewfest Hops

    This consumable item will temporarily turn your mount into either a Brewfest Ram (for Alliance members) or a Brewfest Kodo (for Horde players). It can be bought for 20 Brewfest Prize Tokens to Belbi Quikswitch (for the Alliance) and Blix Fixwidget (for the Horde).


    Fresh Brewfest Hops

    This temporary consumable item will last 7 days only and will temporarily turn your mount into either a Brewfest Ram (for Alliance members) or a Brewfest Kodo (for Horde players). It can be bought for 20 Brewfest Prize Tokens to a seasonal merchant.

    Seasonal Food​


    From the Thunderbrew Stout to the Barleybrew Light, you’ll be able to purchase many different beverages with your Brewfest Prize Tokens, as well as a great variety of food including sausages, pretzels, onion cheese and more sausages!
    ACHIEVEMENTS
    Brewfest currently offers a total of 110 achievement points, split over 10 achievements and 1 meta-achievement.
    Please note that all objectives for achievements for the Horde and Alliance are relatively the same, with some minor differences.


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    If you complete the 6 Brewfest achievements below, your character will gain the title of Brewmaster.
    The Brewfest Diet Brew of the Month
    Direbrewfest
    Down With The Dark Iron
    Does Your Wolpertinger Linger?
    Have Keg, Will Travel


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    Warning: Here be spoilers!* Go no further! Turn back now before it’s too late! You have been warned!

    The distant echoes of the Iron Horde’s war machine have already begun to reach the ears of Azeroth’s heroes. Soon, the journey into Draenor will begin in earnest—a journey filled with drama, tension, and momentous events that will shape the fate of this world.

    To tell this tale, we’ve created more high-quality in-game cinematic footage for Warlords of Draenor than ever before—and as your story unfolds, these cinematics will illustrate some of the key moments of your adventure.

    While we generally like to keep story beats like these a surprise, we know some players enjoy seeking out spoilers, and there are always plenty of people who find these files in the beta or on the PTR and share them. To help mitigate the potential for unsuspecting players to accidentally come across these and spoil their own adventure ahead of time, we’ve decided to go ahead and upload them ourselves—and provide plenty of caution and safeguards against watching them accidentally.

    Of course, it goes without saying that we recommend you wait and watch these videos in-game as they were meant to be encountered—but if you choose to watch them here below, we hope you enjoy them, and only ask that you allow others to experience the story as they choose. Thank you for your continued excitement and passion for World of Warcraft, and we’ll see you in Draenor!

    *What follows are the in-game cinematics that will play at various points during the Warlords of Draenor campaign. We encourage you to play the game and experience them in-context as you progress through Draenor—but if you decide to watch them now, don’t say you haven’t been warned!

    *SPOILERS*

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    Countless adventurers continue to brave the most trying versions of Mists of Pandaria dungeons, but the clock is ticking. This “season” of Challenge Modes will be coming to an end with the upcoming release of a patch prior to the expansion’s release.

    Challenge Modes are designed to offer as close to a “normalized” difficulty as possible, and they’re tuned to be tough to master. With Warlords of Draenor’s class changes, itemization changes (e.g. the removal of Hit and Expertise), and—of course—increased level cap on the horizon, the difficulty of Mists of Pandaria’s dungeons will no longer be tuned the same as they were. In the spirit of fair play, when the aforementioned patch is released a little while before the new expansion launches, the current slate of Challenge Mode dungeons will no longer be available, and the achievements they award will be converted to Feats of Strength. The reward items will still be available for purchase by those who qualified prior to the end of the season, but it will not be possible for new players to earn those rewards going forward.

    If you still need to earn your Undaunted title, Ancestral Phoenix, or class-specific Transmogrification sets, now’s the time to get out there and prove your worth. In Warlords of Draenor, an entirely new set of Challenge Modes will be available . . . and with them an array of new rewards for you to earn. Until then, stay sharp!

    * Reward Clarifications

    With the upcoming end of the Challenge Mode Season, we wanted to provide some additional clarification on how we plan to handle rewards.

    Achievements: All Achievements associated with Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes will become Feats of Strength.

    Rewards

    • Bronze: The “Undaunted” title for achieving a full set of Bronze medals will become account-wide.
    • Silver: The Pandaren Phoenix mounts awarded for a full set of Silver medals will become account-wide. If any character on an account has earned a full set of Silver medals, all four variants of the Pandaren Phoenix (Crimson, Ashen, Violet, and Emerald) will become available to all characters account-wide.
    • Gold: The cosmetic class sets will remain character-specific. Any character that has earned all nine Gold medals will still be able to repurchase the appropriate set, should they misplace theirs, from Challenger Soong or Challenger Wuli in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Any characters that have earned one or more “Challenger’s Path” teleport spells by earning Gold medals in Mists Challenge Modes will retain those spells.
    • Realm Best Titles: There are extremely limited titles that are held by the players who hold the best clear time for a given dungeon on a given server. Since those Challenge dungeons will no longer be available in Warlords of Draenor, their respective titles are also being permanently removed. There will be new Challenge dungeons in the upcoming Warlords season, and new titles for which to contend, however.

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    BlizzCon loot explosion! It’s time to take a sneak peek at this year’s BlizzCon in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III*, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the upcoming Heroes of the Storm**—they’re yours whether you’re attending the show in person or watching from home with the Virtual Ticket.

    World of Warcraft – Grommloc Pet

    Watch your foes flee in terror before this delightfully dreadful baby murloc masquerading as Grommash Hellscream, legendary leader of the Warsong clan.

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    Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard 2014 Card Back
    Infuse your deck with Blizzard spirit by equipping this commemorative card back, forged to resemble the compass design emblazoned in Blizzard’s courtyard.

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    StarCraft II – Portraits & Decal
    Deck out your profile with a pair of portraits, including Hierarch Artanis and another to-be-revealed icon, and prep your army for battle across multiple universes with a Heroes of the Storm–themed decal.

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    Diablo III – Warlords of Draenor Weapon Transmogrifications
    Outfit your heroes with six weapon transmogrification appearances appearances inspired by World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor—one for each of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls’ classes.

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    Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Mount and Portrait
    Rush into the storm atop the ethereal Nexus Charger, and embrace the unknown with the mysterious Nexus Brawler portrait.

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    This year’s epic collection of in-game goodies will be available to use after BlizzCon begins. Head to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket page to order or learn more.

    *Diablo III content for Windows/Mac version only.

    **Heroes of the Storm content will be available once you get access to the game; note that ordering a Virtual Ticket does not guarantee a spot in the alpha or beta tests.

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