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 Poll: Which Demon Hunter? - Nov 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM EST
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 Poll: Which Demon Hunter? - Nov 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM EST

They’re coming.

Demon hunters, disciples of Illidan Stormrage, uphold a dark legacy, one that frightens their allies and enemies alike. The Illidari embrace fel and chaotic magics—energies that have long threatened the world of Azeroth—believing them necessary to challenge the Burning Legion. Wielding the powers of demons they’ve slain, they develop demonic features that incite revulsion and dread in fellow elves.

When you create your very first demon hunter, which will you choose?

 Big News, Everyone! Gnome Hunters Are Coming - Nov 25, 2015 01:00:00 PM EST

We have some big news concerning some of the smallest residents in Azeroth. Gnome players will at long last be able to play the Hunter class! That’s right—in World of Warcraft: Legion, you too will be able to rise up to become a big game hunter.

One for the Gnomies

Long at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in Azeroth, the inventive gnomes are finally ready to break out the big guns. Their propensity for things that go “bang” and knack for high-tech weapons like rocket launchers, high-powered rifles, and death rays make them perfect candidates for hunting down prey.

And with the events about to unfold on the Broken Shore, High Tinker Mekkatorque has commanded his people to get outfitted and ready for battle—any way they know how.


Of course, gnomes wouldn’t be gnomes if they didn’t apply their own particular brand of engineering to their job—this time in the form of a new Hunter pet family: Mechanical.

Gnome and Goblin players will be able to tame this new kind of hard-to-find pet right from the start. Other races will also be able to learn how to control these artificial animals via a device Engineers will be able to make.

Most Mechanical pets will be challenging to tame, requiring you to first locate them and then use your Hunter abilities in unusual ways. (You didn’t think we’d make it easy, did you?)

For example, one rare mechanostrider requires you to create a special punch card that grants access to a closed section of Gnomeregan (we hope you remember the way). Once you locate the clockwork creature, you’ll then need to figure out how to overload its circuits. Solve the puzzle, and you’ll have this magnificent mechanized minion striding by your side.

What do you feed a high-tech pet that’s not technically alive? Mechanical Bits, of course! Hunters will be able to keep their shiny metal friends “happy” and “healthy” through the creative use of Engineering supplies such as a Handful of Copper Bolts.

And just in case you think we’re lowering ourselves by making “small” jokes, we present to you the Gnome Hunter’s starting pet—the Giant Mechanical Rabbit—as proof!


Will you rise up to the challenge and collect them all?

 Apexis Crystal Bonus Event November 25–30 - Nov 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM EST

The Sign of Apexis Bonus Event is back, and everyone is now receiving bonus Apexis Crystals from eligible creatures. Furthermore, make sure you pick up the event-only quest The Time to Strike to earn big piles of Apexis Crystals, Garrison Resources, and Oil when you complete five Apexis objectives.

Spending Apexis Crystals on gear upgrades can be a great way to improve your overall item level. Visit Dawn-Seeker Krisek in Tanaan Jungle to buy armor for 5,000 Crystals apiece, a weapon for 10,000 Crystals, and Empowered Apexis Fragments for 20,000 Crystals. Empowered Apexis Fragments are Account-bound, and they upgrade your Baleful gear from ilvl 650 to ilvl 695.

Don’t forget these other collectibles:

  • Reins of the Corrupted Dreadwing mount (150,000 Apexis Crystals)
  • Rukhmar's Sacred Memory toy (50,000 Apexis Crystals)
  • Blazing Firehawk pet (2,000 Apexis Crystals)
  • Solar Priest Vayx follower (1,000 Apexis Crystals)
  • Golden Visage of the Laughing Skull cosmetic headpiece (1000 Apexis Crystals + 5000g)

What do you plan to do with your Apexis windfall?

 'Tis the Season! Give the Gift of WoW – 75% Off - Nov 24, 2015 01:00:00 PM EST

Looking for a truly epic gift this holiday season? Give the gift of Warcraft and you can reach Legendary status with your friends and family. Starting November 24, 2015 through January 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST, you’ll be able to save 75% on the digital versions of World of Warcraft and Warlords of Draenor.

Don’t delay—Azeroth is waiting!

 Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes: November 17 - 23 - Nov 23, 2015 08:30:00 PM EST

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.3. Hotfixes are updates made without requiring a new client-side patch. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require scheduled realm restarts to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. This list will be updated as additional hotfixes are applied.

Additional information about the patch could be found below.

November 23

World Events

Pilgrim's Bounty

  • Players should now be able to correctly obtain credit for the Undercity portion of the achievement, Pilgrim's Peril or Pilgrim's Bounty.

Raids and Dungeons

Hellfire Citadel

  • Gorefiend
    • Gorebound Spirit will no longer immediately use Raging Charge when emerging from Gorefiend’s stomach. Raging Charge’s damage is now properly reduced on Raid Finder and Normal difficulty.


  • Grim Batol
    • Valiona's Devouring Flames should no longer be dealing significantly more damage than intended.

November 20

Class Balance Tuning Changes


  • Marksmanship
    • Chimaera Shot now deals 10% less damage while in PvP combat (down from dealing 20% less damage in PvP combat).


  • Windwalker
    • Rising Sun Kick now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat.


  • General
    • Weakened Soul effect from Power Word: Shield now has an 11-second duration while in PvP combat (down from 15 seconds). The perk, Enhanced Power Word: Shield (Discipline, Shadow) will continue to reduce the duration of Weakened Soul by an additional 3 seconds.
  • Talents
    • Saving Grace (Discipline, Holy) is now 25% less effective while in PvP combat (down from being 33% less effective).


  • Elemental
    • Lava Burst now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat.
  • Enhancement
    • Maelstrom Weapon now increases direct healing done by 5% while in PvP combat (down from a 10% increase to direct healing).


  • Destruction
    • Shadowburn now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat.
    • 4-piece PvP set bonus for Destruction Warlocks now increases damage dealt by Incinerate on targets afflicted by the casting Warlock's Immolate by 100% (up from 50%).



  • Players entering Ashran on a flying mount should no longer cause a Fel Reaver sound to play.


Hellfire Citadel

  • Dark Waters: Players that abandon the quest should now have an easier time acquiring it again.

Raids and Dungeons


  • Players are now scaled to item level 350 (up from 300) while Timewalking in End Time.


  • Fangs of the Father's 2-piece set bonus should now correctly grant the 5 combo point bonus.
  • Warmongering Gladiator's Runeaxe should now be correctly labeled as a Warlords Season 3 item.

November 19


Shadowmoon Valley

  • Invisible Ramparts: Fixed an issue that could prevent characters from completing this quest.

Creatures and NPCs

Tanaan Jungle

  • Fixed an issue where champions of the Blackfang in Fang'rila weren't dropping Fel-Corrupted Apexis Fragments for players on the quest, Unseen Influence.

Raids and Dungeons


  • Auchindoun
    • Fixed an issue that could cause a character to disconnect after receiving Valor from defeating Teron'gor on Mythic difficulty.



  • Conjured Mana Pudding consumed while in an Arena match should no longer incorrectly restore health and mana immediately.


  • A number of Timewalking items should now correctly have dual primary stats.
  • Timewalking version of Ghostworld Chestguard should no longer incorrectly have Spirit, and now has Critical Strike and Mastery instead.
  • Gronntooth War Horn should no longer incorrectly extend its duration for longer than intended, and fixed an issue where the chance to trigger was incorrectly benefitting from Haste.
  • Orb of Voidsight's chance to trigger should no longer incorrectly benefit from Haste.

November 18



  • Touch of the Grave damage has been increased by 100%.



Raids and Dungeons


  • Auchindoun
    • Valor is now awarded automatically after defeating Teron'gor on Mythic difficulty.


  • Warlords Season 3 Combatant’s equipment now has the same item level as Warlords Season 2 Gladiator’s equipment in both PvE and PvP.
  • Some Season 3 Warmongering Insignia trinkets should no longer incorrectly trigger its effect immediately when equipped.
  • Infallible Tracking Charm now has a massively increased damage and chance to trigger, but now only increases damage against demons for 5 seconds (down from 10 seconds.)
  • Purified Shard of the Third Moon now creates a damage shield that absorbs 100% more damage on use.

November 17

Raids and Dungeons

Hellfire Citadel

  • Archimonde
    • Fixed an issue where some players were unable to loot Crystallized Fel from eligible Archimonde kills.
    • Damage bonuses against demons should now work correctly on Archimonde.


  • Auchindoun
    • The chest that appears after defeating Teron'gor should now correctly award loot or Valor on Mythic difficulty.
  • Skyreach
    • High Sage Viryx should now award Valor to players when defeated on Mythic difficulty.


  • Players are now automatically dismounted around the new Warlords Season 3 vendors.
  • Warlords Season 3 vendors in Warspear and Stormshield should now correctly offer a full selection of Conquest quality PvP gear.


  • Corrected passive stat values on Warlords Season 3 Medallion trinkets, which were lower than intended.
  • Warlords Season 2 version of Champion's Honor now binds when picked up.

 Poll: Cataclysmic and Challenging - Nov 23, 2015 01:00:00 PM EST

The first Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event concludes in a few hours. If you haven't yet completed five Timewalking dungeons, you may still have the chance to earn Timewarped Badges, a Seal of Inevitable Fate, and an Iron Fleet Treasure Chest.

Now that you've revisited the days of Deathwing's reign, which tests were hard-won? Which Timewalking bosses gave you and your comrades the most formidable fights?

 Top Five Foodie Cooking Spots in Azeroth - Nov 20, 2015 01:00:00 PM EST

Foodies unite! It’s that time of year when those of us of the culinary persuasion turn up the heat and cook all the things. Cooking in World of Warcraft can be an exploratory adventure as well as a path to fine rewards; you only need take your pots and pans to special places. Here are our top five spots to chop and char in all of Azeroth.

#5 – The Pig & Whistle Tavern in Stormwind

Your first stop should be in one of your faction’s most prominent cities, where cooking trainers are all set up to initiate your progress, and there’s no finer place to cut your teeth on basic kitchen skills than the old Pig & Whistle.

Located in Stormwind’s Old Town, the Pig & Whistle(1) is full of people who want to help you work your way toward the Lunch Lady and then Short Order Cook achievements. Head right past the bar and down into Stephen Ryback and Erica Tate’s kitchen, where a great fire awaits your preparations of Kaldorei Spider Kabobs and Spiced Wolf Meat with ingredients that can be easily obtained in Elwynn Forest nearby.

Good for:
Easing into a life of hard work over an open flame
Enjoying your first pint
Getting back to work at the stove
Questioning your decision to make a profession out of cooking spiders

#4 – Fizzle and Pozzik’s Speedbarge

If you find yourself asking “what does this boat in a flooded zone have to do with cooking?” consider that culinary pursuits amount to more than mere levels in a secondary profession. This place has it all: gnomes, goblins, the constant threat of Southsea pirates, and an bartender named Daisy who used to start races back before the Shattering and now sells pretty much every kind of spiked beverage you might need. Seriously – if you’re looking to cook up recipes that require spirits, Daisy can probably sell you the spirits.

It’s out in the middle of the Shimmering Deep in Thousand Needles, right above where the Mirage Raceway used to be located when the area was called the Shimmering Flats. Get yourself setup near the bar, and don’t miss your opportunity to start a bar fight. Daisy is the only vendor in the game who sells Bottle of Grog.

Good for:
When you want people to see you on a speedbarge
Starting a fight – seriously you can do that here
Calling in the Brute Squad
I’m on the Brute Squad
You are the Brute Squad!

#3 – Silver Tide Hollow

A number of fine recipes in your collection are for seafood, so you should see your food cooking under the sea! Caretaker Movra is one of the few vendors in Azeroth who sells greasy whale milk(2), a requirement for the Drown Your Sorrows achievement, and sliced raw billfish, which is required for the Cataclysmically Delicious achievement. More importantly, there’s a beautiful bonfire to work with here.

Silver Tide Hollow is in the middle of the Vash’jir region known as the Shimmering Expanse. It’s a wondrous place for foodies, with an abundance of abyssal clams available from seemingly every enemy you might accidentally slay when you venture out into the water. Of course, abyssal clams are your source for blood shrimp, and you need blood shrimp to make hearty seafood soup and whitecrest gumbo, so do some venturing. Sometimes, a chef has to get his hands dirty.

Good for:
Recipes that require a lot of moisture
Putting that Under the Sea song in your head
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me

#2 – The Filthy Animal

The name alone should confirm that this Horde establishment in Dalaran is perfect for putting together a prime pudding. When this area was max-level, this was both the main place for Horde characters to set their hearthstones, as well as the hub for cooks working their way toward obtaining a lovely chef’s hat.

Awilo Lon’gomba and Misensi are waiting for you downstairs in a fully stocked kitchen that still sees plenty of action from players who consider this a cooking spot worth returning to all these years later. Remember Chilled Meat and Rhino Meat? This is the place to take those, although Awilo seems to want meat that’s a bit more gnomish.

Good for:
Jokes about Gnomes as cooking ingredients
Pondering whether those are actually funny
Nervous laughter, anyway
Anxious embarrassment

#1 – Halfhill

The day the Alliance and Horde crashed into Pandaria and discovered this place was the day that cooking truly came of age. Pandaren Cuisine is possibly the best in all of Azeroth, and Halfhill is the center of all things edible. It’s a foodie’s dream come true, and many a hash slinger returns here from Draenor on a regular basis to pick fresh vegetables and season them with 100 Year Soy Sauce.

If you don’t yet have your Apron, Frying Pan, and Rolling Pin, make your way to the center of the Valley of the Four Winds and talk to the cluster of local Pandaren cooks to get started. You’ll be flipping tables in no time!

Good for:
Slowing down
Pounding rice cake
People named Ironpaw
Replenishing the pantry(3)

There you have it -- the top five steamy foodie cooking spots in Azeroth. What hot location would you have included? Let us know in the comments below.

(1) Let’s face it – it’s a lot of fun to say “Pig & Whistle”. Pig & Whistle. Pig. And. Whistle.
(2) Short-listed for “Best Named Warm Drink of the Year, 2012”.
(3) Not a euphemism.

 Community Spotlight: Venruki - Nov 19, 2015 06:00:00 PM EST

His Arena PvP record speaks for itself, with first place wins at the U.S. Regionals and MLG Washington DC in 2010, second place at BlizzCon that year, and third place at BlizzCon 2013. In 2012, he won the World Championship along with his teammates Kelvin “Snutz” Nguyen and Timothy “Kollektiv” Yen.

He’s now a successful caster and streamer, with a channel that recently passed 10 million views and over 100,000 followers. This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Elliott “Venruki” Venczel.

Q: What got you started playing video games?
A: Fighting games were my first love and they were a fun way to be competitive with my friends. Bloody Roar and Tekken for the Playstation were my favorites. I particularly enjoyed playing them because I would always beat my friends. The first Blizzard game I played was Diablo II. I remember running around in the Cold Plains, slaying demons, and having the time of my life.

Q: Where did you go from there?
A: I saw an advertisement for World of Warcraft on television, and the game looked so incredible that I went out to buy it immediately. After getting home and installing WoW, I was quickly disappointed because my computer wasn't good enough to handle the game. Six months later I went to a friend’s house and watched him play WoW the way it was supposed to be played. I became inspired, bought a new computer, started playing, and haven't turned back since.

Q: What activity do you most enjoy?
A: Playing competitively in tournaments. I've had the opportunity to play at MLG, ESL, the U.S. Regionals, the World Championship in Shanghai, and Blizzcon in California.

All of them were incredibly rewarding. I got to travel, make some money, and compete in the game I love.

Q: What advice would you give to a player who is getting started with PvP?
A: The best advice I can give is: read your abilities, set-up key binds, watch PvP streams, and duel. In my mind, dueling is a really important way to learn how your class interacts with other classes. In addition to that, drop the ego, learn from your mistakes, and be willing to take constructive criticism.

Recording yourself and watching your game play is a good way to objectively see mistakes you're making.

Q: What advice would you give to a WoW player who wants to start streaming and be a successful streamer?
A: Find a niche, be consistent in your streaming, make friends and have fun. If you're having a good time in your stream your viewers will too. It's also important to be outgoing.

I believe the more you open up to your viewers the better their connection to you gets, increasing the chance they come back and watch again.

Q: What are you looking forward to in WoW?
A: From what I've seen and heard, Legion looks like it could be the best PvP WoW expansion yet. For the first time, PvP and PvE will be balanced separately, and that’s something I'm very excited about. I'm also looking forward to class fantasy being a theme in Legion. I'll be trying out Arcane, Frost, and Fire to see how they all play out. Also, who isn't looking forward to flying around on a Demon Hunter?!

Our thanks go to Venruki for taking the time to talk with us. You can be among the next hundred thousand people to follow his channel, and you can also find him on Twitter.

 BlizzCon 2015 Photos Posted - Nov 19, 2015 05:00:00 PM EST

We’ve added over 300 new photos to our BlizzCon 2015 media gallery, showcasing the opening and closing ceremonies and everything in between. Head to the gallery now to click through some fantastic fan and professional-captured shots of developer panels, head-to-head competitive gaming, costume contest, closing concert, and more.
Enjoy this ground-floor look at BlizzCon 2015—our best and biggest BlizzCon yet!

 New Wallpaper Available - Nov 19, 2015 03:00:00 PM EST

We’ve updated our BlizzCon Media section with the BlizzCon 2015 Wallpaper! This key art, created by Laurel D. Austin for BlizzCon 2015, features World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft: Legacy of the Void, Diablo III, and Heroes of the storm.

 World of Warcraft: Legion – 100 or Bust! - Nov 19, 2015 01:30:00 PM EST

When we last met Lemmy the gnome, he was on his way to meet high-level friends for some epic adventures. Now Lemmy’s got to reach level 100—but his archnemesis Krazzel Crashfuse schemes to get there first through a series of inventive (and occasionally explosive) machinations. Will Krazzel overcome his rival? Or will Lemmy beat him at his own game?

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