Calling all Warcraft mount collectors! Beginning February 14th at 10am PST through March 14 10am PST you can participate in a cross-franchise challenge by completing 15 games in Heroes of the Storm with a friend as any hero from the Warcraft universe and you will be handsomely rewarded with a Primal Flamesaber in WoW and Flames of Judgement Charger in Heroes. Here are some tips and tricks to make it through the event as quickly, and hopefully painlessly, as possible. Complete the tutorial: If you’ve never logged into Heroes of the Storm before, go ahead and complete the initial tutorial in order to learn how to move around in the game and using/selecting talents. Find a friend: if you’re finding it difficult to track down buddies complete the challenge with, /join FORAZEROTH from the in-game chat in Heroes. There will be plenty of folks looking for others to team up with. Get started:
Today Blizzard announced that sales of the Mischief in-game companion pet and gear store plush reached over 2.5 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This is the first year a physical item was part of the December promotion. Last year offered Brightpaw which raised 1.7 Million for Make-A-Wish and brings up the total donated to the Foundation over 7.1 million dollars. Mischief surpasses the previous fundraising record held by the Cinder Kitten for relief effort from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 which raised 2.3 million dollars. Previous charity and relief efforts include: 2015: Brightpaw – $1,700,000 – Make-a-Wish 2014: Argi – $1,900,000 – American Red Cross/Ebola 2013: Alterac Brew Pup – $1,000,000 – Make-a-Wish 2012: Cinder Kitten: $2,300,000 – Superstorm Sandy 2011: Cenarion Hatchling – $1,900,000 – Tsunami Relief in Japan 2010: Moonkin Hatchling: $800,000 – Make-a-Wish 2009: Pandaren Monk – $1,100,000 – Make-a-Wish This brings charity and relief effort donations through
Not playing World of Warcraft any more but have several million gold stockpiled in the bank somewhere? Got some toons you need to transfer but no cash to do so? Blizzard has finally provided a solution! Teased at BlizzCon 2016 during the Warcraft Q&A session, after the addition of the WoW Token which allows players to exchange cash for in-game gold or in-game gold for game time, dataminers found additional strings added to the PTR which alluded to redeeming tokens purchased in-game for funds added to a player’s Battle.net balance. The developers explained that it was meant to be useful for all services but they wanted to ensure a smooth launch with just the subscription portion and the rest added later. As of today “later” has arrived. Players are now able to redeem in-game gold for WoW tokens which can then be redeemed for either 30 days of Warcraft game
European Community Manager Aerythlea took to the forums today to answer one of the major questions about Patch 7.2 (currently in testing on the PTR) and how the new artifact traits being added will work with regard to stockpiled artifact power. Once the patch is released players who have reached rank 35 or higher on their artifact weapon will be able to complete a short questline to unlock the new set of traits and if you’ve invested Artifact Power into the final trait it will be refunded to use on the newly added traits. On top of that your weapon will receive a power increase to compensate for the removal of the additional stats from the final trait. One item of note, however, is that if you have already maxed out your weapon(s) ranks and do not have another weapon to apply them to there’s no use in stockpiling your Artifact
January 21st starts the first new Micro-holiday introduced in last week’s Patch 7.1.5: Call of the Scarab. Celebrating the anniversary of the ringing of the Scarab Gong, Call of the Scarab hearkens back to a simpler time in World of Warcraft prior to the opening of the gates of Ahn’Qiraj. Much like the original event to open the gates, players gather supplies and slay the Twilight and Qiraji forces to gain status and earn commendations with their faction. At the end of the event the faction with the most commendations earned will fly their banners next to the gong used to open the gates until the next holiday. At BlizzCon it was stated that the goal for this reward would be earned region-wide to combat server imbalance issues so be sure to join the fray and help your faction triumph!
A German WoW fansite, Mein-MMO, is reporting that Blizzard recently won a victory against a major producer of automation (botting) software used in their games. On January 12th the German Supreme Court ruled that the “distribution and sale of WoW bot in Germany is anticompetitive”, overturning an earlier ruling by a lower court. Shortly after the ruling was announced the producer stated publicly that this would not be the end of their software and they will continue to offer their products around the world, just not in Germany. In an additional step to recoup some of their lost revenue from several years of legal battles and no longer being able to offer their services to an entire country the producer announced that any “lifetime” license keys for their product would be changed to two-year keys and players would have to purchase additional licensing to use updated versions of the software. While the
Patch 7.1.5 brings a massive amount of changes and new/updated content. Highlights include: Opening of The Nighthold raid January 17th Balancing of legendary equipment, new legendaries, and increased item level for newly acquired legendaries (existing ones can have their ilvl increased) Numerous class balancing changes and talent reworks Secondary stats have been reworked to be more valuable to all specs Professions updates PVP updates: Artifact traits 35+ are now active (update: in non-instanced PvP) Prestige cap raised to rank 9 MoP dungeons being added to the timewalking rotation Brawler’s Guild returns and has been reworked for new and amusing challenges Micro Holidays introduced Artifact Knowledge catch-up to rank 20
Since Blizzard announced that the newest raid coming to Legion, the Nighthold, will be available beginning January 17th one of the hottest topics of debate was when patch 7.1.5 would be released with all its class changes, updates, and additions to the game. Blizzard revealed this morning that, short of some catastrophic event, Patch 7.1.5 will be released on January 10th. Some of the more notable items coming in next week’s patch include Mists of Pandaria Timewalking weekends Available for players over level 91 The Return of the Brawler’s Guild No guts, no glory One item of note is that players will have to obtain a new invitation to the Brawler’s Guild through dungeons, emissary chests, or brawling the vrykul of Shield’s Rest in Stormheim. Brawler’s Guild invites are now account-wide Micro-holidays These were announced at BlizzCon as short, 1-3 day events where players can participate in various activities in
December 31st, 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Diablo franchise, originally released on December 31st, 1996. Along with the Darkening of Tristram event slated to take place in Diablo III (including a return to the Cathedral from the original game) Blizzard is including an in-game event for World of Warcraft players to celebrate the occasion as well. The event is apparently already live on EU realms which means it should be starting soon™ on NA servers as well. Along with a Feat of Strength Achievement it also includes some flavor items to temporarily increase player’s stats during the event, a Horadric Satchel 28 slot bag, and a Twelve-String Guitar toy. To obtain these items players must track down a Treasure Goblin in various areas throughout the world including the Dalaran Sewers and the end of some instances. The goblin will attempt to make his escape by casting a portal.
For those of you who were wondering when Blizzard’s Winter Veil sale for World of Warcraft players would begin, the day has come. Starting today and continuing through January 3rd, all in-game pets with the exception of the recently added Mischief the Fel-Kitten will be on sale for 50% off, bringing the price to $5US. Along with the pets all mounts currently in the store will also be on sale for 50% off their regular price, bringing them down to $12.50US for all of the mounts with the exception of the Warforged Nightmare, now available for $15US. This is a great opportunity to complete your mount or pet collection and the sale only goes for two weeks so be sure to grab them while you can! For the full blog post and links to each of the amazing pets check out the original post on the WoW Community Site. Celebrate Winter