JR Cook

@Eldorian

 

Volume 2 of the World of Warcraft lore bible has released today. Blizzard Entertainment in partnership with Dark Horse books has released the second installment of the World of Warcraft Chronicle series. The book is 184 pages long and the hardback weighs in at 2.8 lbs. It’s not a small book by any means and will match roughly the size and weight of what Volume 1 was. Like Volume 1 it has lots of full page art work and some of the artists featured Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix, and Alex Horley. You can buy Volume 2 on the Blizzard Gear Store for $40. However, you’ll likely want to go the cheaper route on Amazon for $27.49 for the physical copy or $21.99 to buy it for the Kindle and comiXology.

In a dual publication interview, BlizzPro’s own John Horstmann and Lee Vaughn in conjunction with Blizzplanet’s Danny Perschonok were able to sit down with WoW developers Brian Holinka and Michael Bybee to discuss WoW and what’s coming up in patch 7.2 and beyond. Some interesting notes in the discussion were surrounding when we would be going to Argus, that the new class mounts will change in appearance based on your spec, and just how the WoW team has been approaching Legion and beyond due to changes within the team (new blood + some old guard leaving). You can check out the full video of the interview below:

 

Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan

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Livestreamer Slootbag had a small interview with Ion Hazikostas regarding a steady stream of content after Legion is released. Ion mentioned that each raid tier should last roughly 4 to 5 months and that they want to ensure they are focused on continuously putting out content in this expansion. With that said, he was able to announce the first major patch after Legion releases. Patch 7.1 will be titled Return to Karazhan and it will hit the PTR shortly after Legion releases. Karazhan will be a 5 man dungeon with all 9 bosses. The old Karazhan raid will still exist in it’s current form. The patch will also include a small raid between Nightmare and Nighthold that will wrap up the Stormheim storyline. There will also be new Suramar quests and additional world content. Hazikostas finished the interview by saying not to worry that they are front loading content (much

The pre-expansion patch launched today with the new demon invasion, the Dark Whispers event, Broken Shore, and of course Demon Hunters being playable. All of these you can access without pre-purchasing Legion except for the Demon Hunter part. For those of you who do not care if you are spoiled (or have seen these before and want to watch them) – we have the in game cinematic sequences for the events. For those who do not wish to be spoiled, you have been warned. The first 3 videos deal with the end of the Broken Shore event and the aftermath. The last 2 videos are during the Demon Hunter starting area.

 

Blizzard Games on Sale at Amazon

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Been excited about WoW: Legion coming out in the next year? Do you feel left out at how fun everyone is having with Season 4 in Reaper of Souls? Maybe you just want to get caught up on the story line in StarCraft 2 before Legacy of the Void releases in November? Well, you’re in luck because Amazon is having a sale of digital games from Blizzard where everything is basically 50% off. Now is the best time to get into Diablo 3, WoW, or StarCraft 2. And the best thing? You can now actually buy digital Blizzard gift codes now. $19.99 will get you the $20 Battle.net gift card. You can use this to gift to your friends and family if they are wanting to buy some Hearthstone card packs or a Heroes of the Storm hero, skin, or mount. This has been something I have been wanting to

 

Patch 6.2.2 Release Date September 1st

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Flying will finally be available in Draenor with the Draenor Pathfinder Achievement on September 1st as Patch 6.2.2 will be released. Other features will include the PVP Mercenary Mode and new rewards for Timewalking Dungeons. To see all the upcoming changes that will be happening in a couple weeks check out the patch notes.

The Warcraft Movie was at the San Diego Comic Con in a big way this weekend as Legendary Pictures along with Duncan Jones made a big splash on the convention floor. We got some new movie posters showing off some of the characters, we got a VR flying simulation over Stormwind, we got a new Warcraft Movie Website, and we got to see some of the props from Weta that went into the film. However, instead of being happy with what we did get, fans that weren’t able to attend the convention or the panel are upset because the “promised” trailer wasn’t shown to the public. A lot of this stems from the words that Entertainment Weekly used that there would be a huge public reveal for the Warcraft movie and that led a lot of us, myself included, to infer this meant we would see a trailer to the public.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Warcraft Movie will have a big public unveiling Saturday July 11th at San Diego Comic Con. This is the trailer we’ve all been waiting for. I realize it doesn’t say on Entertainment Weekly anything about a trailer, but when they are less than a year from release and call it a “big public unveiling” it’s the ONLY thing it will be. The trailer will debut at the Legendary Pictures panel in Hall H at 2:30 PM that will be hosted by Chris Hardwick. This will be the first public trailer of the Warcraft movie that is set to release June 10, 2016.

Insight Editions has launched a new art book for World of Warcraft and it’s currently up on Blizzard’s store at http://gear.blizzard.com for $45. The book is 224 pages hardcover and has great binding. The quality of the book is very much like the Art of Blizzard book that came out a couple years ago. A lot of the artwork in the book can be seen in some of the Collector Editions art books but there is also some never before seen work as well. The book contains work from World of Warcraft, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, and Warlords of Draenor. The book is sequential so you can see how the style has changed (yet stayed the same) throughout the last 11 years. Unlike the Art of World of Warcraft book that came out in 2005, this book includes thoughts and descriptions from some

The World of Warcraft community team, in this case led by community manager Lore, put together  their live Q&A session with Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas regarding the upcoming Patch 6.2. This was a pretty important session for the team as not only has subscriptions been dropping very quickly, but the game has also had a lot of controversy surrounding it lately because of how they have handled flying (or the lack thereof) in the expansion. Not only that, but it has felt like the WoW team has been a lot less transparent than they have in the recent past as it seems the pendulum has shifted from being more open once they created the Warcraft Dev Twitter account that has been very under utilized. However, that of course doesn’t mean the team hasn’t been listening to the community – just the communication back has been lackluster. I think this

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