While Blizzard is raising funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation through sales of the new Mischief Fel-Kitten pet, the Warcraft community is taking on another fundraising challenge for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Beginning its third year on December 13th 2016 and running through January 14th 2017, the Icecrown Challenge is an event organized and supported by the community itself rather than Blizzard employees. The challenge is simple but can have a huge impact, raising almost $2500 last year. Players are encouraged to participate in their own way and to the extent that their budget allows, but the most common way is fairly simple: Select your raid difficulty – Normal/Heroic and 10/25 Players (remember, this raid doesn’t flex like current ones do so the maximum number of players is 25) and complete the raid. Start your timer when you enter the instance and stop when you’re able to loot the
Blizzard’s newest addition to the in-game shop announced at Blizzcon, Mischief the fel kitten, has finally been added to the in-game shop and is available for purchase. As they have done with other pets, 100% the proceeds from the sale of this pet from now until the end of 2016 will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. Along with the in-game pet Blizzard has also added a glow-in-the-dark plush version to the Gear Store, the proceeds of which will also benefit the foundation. For every plush version sold, $14 of the $25 purchase price will be donated. We’ve got the full details below or they’re also available on the World of Warcraft Community Site.
Blizzard has announced that Legion PvP Season 1 will occur on Tuesday, December 13th at 6am PST, and Season 2 will begin two hours later at 8am PST. This is an odd turn of events since in previous seasons there has typically been at least one week between the end of one season and the start of the next. At the same time, this bodes well for the next patch to be released to live realms since the end of the PvP season typically coincides with the release of the next patch.
Today starts the 12th anniversary event of the World of Warcraft and to celebrate Blizzard is once again doing something a bit different this year to allow players to get more choice from their game. The event will end on November 30th. If you recall, Blizzard’s ten-year anniversary netted players a Molten Corgi pet, revamped the Molten Core raid into a 40 player LFR event which awarded the Core Hound mount and a chance at another pet (Hatespark the Tiny), added the special event only battleground Tarren Mill vs Southshore, and special headpieces for transmog. For the 11th anniversary, players received two consumable “Celebration Wands” which turned other players into Murlocs or Gnolls depending on which wand was used, an Exquisite Costume Set which temporarily turned players into Edwin Van Cleef, an Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker consumable toy, and a token which temporarily increased the rate at
On Tuesday October 25th the first major patch of Legion will be released, entitled “Return to Karazhan. One of the major items of interest for this patch is a new 5-player Mythic Dungeon version of the Karazhan raid instance (don’t worry mount farmers, the original version will still remain available). Also included is a new raid: Trial of Valor. This three-boss raid instance will wrap up the storyline from Stormheim with players engaging in combat with Odyn, Guarm, and Helya. The raid is expected to unlock two weeks after the release of the patch (so November 8th) with the Normal and Heroic difficulties unlocking the first week followed by the Mythic and Raid Finder difficulties the next week. Additional quests in Suramar will also become available over the course of nine weeks and will lead into the upcoming Nighthold raid. These quests will also allow players to obtain the Arcanist’s Manasaber
The World of Warcraft team had another community Q&A session today hosted by Josh ‘Lore’ Allen and featured newly minted Game Director Ion ‘Watcher’ Hazzikostas. While there was a lot of information discussed during the session, one of the major announcements was that Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan is currently planned to be released to Live realms on Tuesday October 25th. The two main features being released as a part of this patch are a new 5-player Mythic dungeon in Karazhan (hence the name of the patch) and a new mini-raid: Trial of Valor. This raid is intended to wrap up the storyline players experienced in Stormheim. Other items of note in this patch are minor quality of life improvements for players such as a Blood of Sargeras trader for crafting reagents which can be sold or traded, new World Quests, and the removal of reputation requirements for World Quests, the
Blizzard and Tespa have announced a new electronic competition for World of Warcraft players currently in college: The Great Collegiate Dungeon Race. Beginning November 7th players will compete in a grueling six-week challenge to earn a share of $20,000 in scholarship money. The caveat this time around is that players won’t be directly competing against other players. They’ll be racing the clock against some of the most difficult dungeon content Blizzard has to offer through the use of the new Mythic-plus keystone system for Legion dungeons. To put all players on an even footing, participants in the race will compete on specific event realms where they will choose their preferred classes from premade templates with fixed item sets and artifact levels. As the event progresses the dungeon difficulty will increase until only one team remains standing and is named the champion. For more information about the event including how to participate
Advanced difficulty Mythic dungeons are coming next week with the release of Legion’s first raid. With the coming addition, Blizzard released a blog post breaking down how to obtain Mythic Keystones and offering a glimpse into the rewards that await those who test their resolve with the additional difficulty levels. One thing to note for those who will be jumping into Mythic dungeons early to get a leg up on raiding: During the first week the keystones are available, loot will be capped at a base item level of 850. Once Mythic raids are open the following week the rewards from Mythic dungeons will scale appropriately upward. Let us know what you think of the new system and if you and your friends will be attempting to climb the mountain of difficulty these dungeons will offer.
Blizzard announced in a press release this morning that the most recent expansion to the World of Warcraft, Legion, matched their all-time record of first-day sales with more than 3.3 million copies sold. This number places it among the fastest-selling PC games ever. Along with this record, the launch-week player concurrency (number of players online at one time across the world) climbed to its highest point since the launch of Cataclysm in 2010. To reassure players that the initial influx of new content will continue over the course of the next few months, Blizzard is also releasing information about the first major content patch to Legion, Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan. The upcoming patch will include a revamped version of one of the favorite raids from The Burning Crusade recreated as a max-level 5-player Mythic dungeon, additional quests revealing new story in Suramar, and the Trial of Valor raid which
Blizzard has released the latest set of hotfixes added to Legion and they include some fine-tuning of Hunter’s Barrage spell, a reduction in the number of players seen in your class hall, and some other fixes to improve players in-game experience. The Developer Note for the Barrage fix is particularly interesting as it provides some insight to the decision-making process and how invested Blizzard is in promoting class fantasy with this expansion while still maintaining fun gameplay.