In preparation for the impending release of Patch 7.2 Blizzard announced a sale on World of Warcraft: Legion, as well as discounts available for Character Services within the game. The Standard or Digital Deluxe editions of Legion can be obtained through the Battle.net Shop for $39.99 or $59.99 respectively. These editions still include the level 100 character boost so if you’re looking to return to the game and haven’t purchased the expansion now is the time to do so. Character service discounts of 25% are available as well for players who wish to change their appearance, race, name, or change their character to a new race or faction. The same discounts apply for guild services (name changes, transfers, or faction changes) with the same 25% discount applied. Level 100 character boosts are not included in this sale. The sale ends Tuesday April 4th.
Blizzard Community Manager Josh ‘Lore’ Allen and Senior Game Designer Ryan Shwayder announced during the Live Q&A session on Twitch today that patch 7.2, The Tomb of Sargeras, would be released to live realms on Tuesday March 28th in the NA region and Wednesday March 29th in the EU region. With this patch comes the ability for players to unlock flying in the Broken Isles similar to how flight was unlocked during Warlords of Draenor. Separately, players are also able to complete a lengthy questline which will award them with a new class-specific mount. This questline will be similar to the Insurrection questline leading to the opening of the Nighthold raid which awarded the Manasaber mount. Finally, this patch will also introduce the Tomb of Sargeras raid. However, the opening of the raid is not tied to the release of the patch or any questline currently being added so there
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.
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