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Once again, your incessant need to gorge yourself during Pilgrim’s Bounty has left me with little choice. Oh sure, you stuffed your faces with turkey, all the fixin’s, and delicious pie, but you left the rest of us on Azeroth in quite a dangerous situation. Unadulterated danger!!
For you see, your insensitive actions are about to create mayhem on our dear planet the likes of which no one has ever seen. According to my pal Historian Llore, it could be nastier than the War of the Ancients, deadlier than the War of the Shifting Sands—no, you’ve succeeded in taking all of us to the brink of total annihilation! None shall live!
That is unless you do something about the havoc you’ve created . . . and I mean now! For upon the ground as far as the eye can see lie the carcasses of every friggin’ turkey known to have existed. You’ve hacked, slashed, and stomped your way to destroying our ecosystem, but more importantly, you’ve invited an onslaught of carnage I fear none of us will survive! Gathering in Western Plaguelands right this very moment are hundreds of Blighthawks that are filled with a bloodlust exacerbated by being undead. Not only will they converge upon our lands and begin to pick at the rotting flesh of every dead creature they find, they will also turn on us. Your fancy armor means nothing, either, because you don’t wear armor over your eyes!
Sigh . . . Crithto? Would you, please?
Crithto: Before this kettle of death can make its move, Payne needs for you to head to Western Plaguelands and gather up as many Blighthawks as you can find. They won’t go quietly, but once you’ve captured and tamed the flying dead, cunning abilities like Slicing Wind and Ghostly Bite should give you an edge in battle. They’re quite versatile, too, and can prolong their dominance by taking advantage of Consume Corpse and Lift-Off. Just please, whatever you do, avoid approaching these monstrosities if you’re like me and have bacon stuck to your face.
I’m gettin’ real sick and tired of having to discipline you people rather than see you excel in your training. But I admit that in my days as a young recruit, I too stepped out of line and onto a few turkeys here and there. Granted, I didn’t jeopardize the existence of every single living being! Go kill or capture every single Blighthawk you can find and clean up this mess. Just do what needs to be done so I can come back and yell at you again next week! BECAUSE I LIKE YELLING AT YOU!!
Patch 5.4.2 is now available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR)! Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test patches before it has been released.
If you'd like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. 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.
Changes since last update to the PTR patch notes are denoted in red.
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This promotion has been extended to January 1st 2014 at 11:59 PM PST.
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Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar.
As previously announced, we’ve been working toward connecting realms to increase the number of players on low-population realms, and since then have completed several connections. As a part of our ongoing communication, we wanted to provide you with an update that contains a list of completed realm connections, currently planned connections, and any additional future plans in one convenient location.
*Please note this list does not encompass all potential future connections. Please check back for further updates.
We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this blog post when we do.
Plans for these connections may change at any time, but we’ll provide additional updates on specific dates for future connections here as we can. Please note that as a part of the connection process realm times may change to match each other.
For more information on Connected Realms, please read the preview blog post here.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wore a red cloak. One day, she decided to take some fresh Spice Bread and Highland Sheep Cheese to her grandmother, who lived in Elwynn Forest. Skipping along the path, she hummed her favorite tune and pictured all the fun times she’s had visiting with Gammy. Upon reaching the door, she could smell the warm scent of freshly made hot cocoa with cinnamon—this was to be a great day. A great day, I tell ya!
Politely, the little girl knocked at the door and announced her arrival before letting herself in. Ahh, her home away from home—so peaceful, so warm. For her, being at Gammy’s house was like experiencing every holiday all at once. She skipped through the front room and kitchen and proclaimed her presence before peeling back the curtain to her grandmother’s room.
For you see, Gammy wasn’t home. She was at the local market, and taking up residence in her bed was a nasty, bucktoothed, demented rodent named Hopling. His beady eyes narrowed and his front teeth glistened with drool as the little girl reeled back in horror. Suddenly, his orange-tinged mouth opened and—with what can only be described as the most wretched sound ever produced—he spewed forth a torrent of semi-digested carrots. Yuck!!
Vengeance, my dear tamers . . . vengeance shall be yours! Give ’em the grimm details, pug.
Crithto: That poor little girl . . . horrified and reeking of carrots and bile. You must exact revenge for our red-cloaked friend, and this is how you’ll do it: Venture into Stormstout Brewery and seek out 30 Golden Hoplings, which are hidden throughout the facility—see the achievement Ling-Ting’s Herbal Journey for reference. Beware of Hoptallus, who will attempt to prevent you from succeeding by using a similar vomitus-based technique. But as soon as you’ve passed this beast and collected all 30, you’ll be able to take control of a Hopling of your own for your Pet Battles team! Once enlisted, place him at the front line, where the nasty little lagomorph can make good use of abilities like Sticky Goo and Dreadful Breath against your opponents. Make him your puppet for a disgusting victory—perhaps only then will Hopling reform his retch-ed ways.
There you have it! We must do what we can to avenge this atrocity and bring Hopling to justice. And see? I’m not as cold-hearted and apathetic as some of you think. I’ll be damned if a fuzzy, stinky beaver-rat-bunny hybrid can destroy perfectly delicious bread and cheese without restitution! Mmmmmm, I’m hungry now. Get to work—I’ll be here tending to my rumbling tummy whilst you get this handled.
It’s been nine years since World of Warcraft opened its gates—nine years since fledgling heroes from all walks of life spoke to their first quest giver and began their journey through Azeroth, unaware of where those first steps would ultimately take them.
Nine years is a long time for any voyage, and we couldn’t have hoped for a more dedicated and passionate community to come on this adventure with us. World of Warcraft wouldn’t be what it is today without you: the players who celebrate your passion for the game every day and share your own Azeroth-enhancing contributions with one another. From creating awe-inspiring costumes for BlizzCon to talking complex raid strategies on podcasts, from building fansites to making amazing machinima, the World of Wacraft community has forged a culture and language uniquely its own.
While our primary quest remains to create an epic world for you all to enjoy, we’ve also joined you in the trenches on our own journeys to become heroes of Azeroth. From the very beginning, we’ve engaged in endless battles on the fields between Southshore and Tarren Mill and faced Onyxia in her lair. We knew we needed “more DoTs” and there were many whelps, and we handled it together—carrying off truly epic loot for our efforts.
We banded together as realms to gather resources and ring the Scarab Gong to fight the vile Qiraji. We journeyed through the Dark Portal in The Burning Crusade, listening to Kael’thas talk endlessly about his master plans before taking him and his minions down. In Wrath of the Lich King, we set sail to Northrend to cross swords and spells with Arthas and seal his fate. We’ve watched as the world was torn asunder by the immense power of Deathwing in Cataclysm . . . and witnessed a change in Horde leadership that would one day bring the world to the brink of ruin once more. Beyond the Mists of Pandaria, we explored a strange new land—and while the Alliance found itself more united, the Horde began to come apart at the seams.
Garrosh Hellscream now sits in chains awaiting his judgment, but the journey will go on. While the war between the Alliance and the Horde continues to drive the races of Azeroth apart, the bonds outside of the game continue to strengthen and grow. We’re humbled by the stories you’ve shared about how World of Warcraft has affected your lives. We’ve celebrated marriages and births with your guildmates and PvP rivals, mourned alongside you at the loss of community members and friends, and gathered together at places like BlizzCon to swap stories face-to-face—all reminding us that World of Warcraft is more than just a game.
We couldn’t be happier to have so many of you join us on this journey all these years, and we hope you’ll lend us your swords, axes, and spells for many, many more.
Happy 9-year anniversary, World of Warcraft community—we’ll see you in game!
-The World of Warcraft Team
A new World of Warcraft mount and pet are now available for purchase through the Battle.net Shop! Brighten up Azeroth’s skies with the new Enchanted Fey Dragon mount, and help grant wishes with the Alterac Brew Pup pet—50% of the Pup’s $10 purchase price goes to Make-A-Wish.
New World of Warcraft Mount: Enchanted Fey Dragon
Make an exotic and stylish statement whenever and wherever you fly with the Enchanted Fey Dragon mount. This mysterious and magical creature lives for excitement and has a zeal for adventure. True to its characteristic flair, the Enchanted Fey Dragon shifts its skin color on a whim, making big gatherings of these mystic beasts an awesome sight to behold.
New World of Warcraft Pet: Alterac Brew Pup – 50% Benefits Make-A-Wish!
The Alterac Brew Pup is a hardy friend who’s always ready to lend a paw or revitalizing swig of “good cheer” to anyone in need. Bred for rescue duty, the Alterac brewhound's bloodline is famous for having found and resuscitated many mountain travelers trapped beneath the snow . . . and then slobbering all over them. The most famous brewhound of all is Bernard, credited with saving upwards of 50 lives—many of them dwarf and orc soldiers dragged out of the snow beneath the treacherous bridges of Alterac Valley.
In honor of the Alterac Brew Pup’s warm spirit, for every Alterac Brew Pup adopted from now until December 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST, 50% of the purchase price will be donated to Make-A-Wish. Your support will help Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of children throughout the world with life-threatening medical conditions.
In addition, you can pick up a pup—and still help out this great cause—as part of our first-ever charity bundle! Adopt the new Alterac Brew Pup pet and the new Enchanted Fey Dragon flying mount together, and you’ll save $5 on the pair—while still sending $5 to Make-A-Wish.
Philippines Typhoon Relief
As many of you know, the Philippines was recently struck by Typhoon Haiyan, and you may be looking for a way to help those affected by this disaster. Internally, Blizzard is matching employee donations for typhoon relief made to the American Red Cross—if you’d like to support the Red Cross’s relief efforts yourself, we encourage you to visit the Red Cross Typhoon Appeal website to make a donation directly.
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.
Students, get ready to show off your talents: the Student Art Contest is back!
Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams are proud to present the third annual Blizzard Student Art Contest! We’re calling on college and university students to submit original artwork or animations that would be a great fit for World of Warcraft. This year’s contest is even better than ever as we’ve thrown in additional categories for you to wow us in (pun intended).
Grand prize winners will be chosen by the World of Warcraft art team, and will receive the following epic prizes*:
*Blizzard reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize
Please note that only current US and Canadian college and university students are eligible to win. Residents of North Dakota, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, and Quebec are not eligible to participate.
For more information about the contest as it becomes available, please join our Blizzard Careers group on LinkedIn (LinkedIn account required).
Good luck to all!
Using your creativity and ability to work within the World of Warcraft art style, create a small environment diorama that would fit well in the game world. Your quest: Concept, model, and texture an environment piece that you could imagine stumbling upon during your travels across Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, Northrend, or Pandaria.
Required elements are trees, rocks, grass, and props, plus a small structure (such as a shrine).
Your final piece should have a structure similar to the example provided below. We’re looking for lower poly-count models (e.g.: around 1,500 polys for a mature sized tree), so keep that in mind when creating your environment.
The final submission should be a high resolution JPEG file no larger than 5MB.
Using your creativity and ability to work within the World of Warcraft art style, concept, model, and texture a non-player character (NPC) or creature that you could imagine roaming the plains of Durotar, exploring the depths of Deepholm, or just sitting in the Pig and Whistle Tavern knocking back a mug o’ Thistle Tea.
Required elements are the character or creature, along with some sort of clothing or armor. Feel free to go further by adding weapons or other accessories.
The final piece should have a structure similar to the example provided below. Stay within a budget of 6,000 polys with one 1024x1024 texture for the finished character.
The final submission should be a high resolution JPEG file no larger than 5MB.
Using your creativity and ability to work within the World of Warcraft art style, concept, model, and texture a main hand weapon with a complimentary offhand weapon/shield/item. It could be the pairing of the “Deadly sword of Castle AHHHH” and a “Jabberwock Scale Shield,” the “Repentant Crusader Mace” and a “Tome of Righteousness,” or even the “Beguilers Ebonwood Staff” and an “Obfuscating Eye of Yogg-saron.” Let Azeroth be your guide and pull from the many established cultures, encounters, and legends that exist in World of Warcraft.
Required elements are the main hand weapon, along with its matching offhand item, but feel free to go further by adding a player or creature wielding your creations.
The final piece should have a structure similar to the example provided below. The main hand weapon and the offhand item each have a budget of 1,000 triangles and one 512x512 texture.
The final submission should be a high resolution JPEG file no larger than 5MB.
Keeping in mind and working within the World of Warcraft art style, select a class from the game and create either a battle scene or flavor animation. A battle scene could be any type of combat situation. Think of it as a pitch for a new player class. Your scene could be as epic as a final boss fight, or something more comical like warding off a group of feisty Murlocs. The flavor animation piece is all about personality. It could be a group of characters having a good time hoisting back pints of ale or coming home after winning a PVP match. Feel free to interpret these how you wish. Be as creative as possible, but don’t forget to watch your weight, timing, strong poses, and arcs!
Required elements include one cycled animation in a stand or combat ready pose. Make sure animations return to the same start position and feel free to add additional models or weapons.
The final piece should be animated in 30 frames per second and in meters. Please avoid camera shakes and blurs as they tend to hide fundamentals that we look for.