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Hearthstone Beta: Upcoming Changes
2013/09/30 at 12:25 PM
In our previous blog, we covered some of the nitty-gritty facts about the wipe and what exactly it entails. It\u2019s an exciting time for the Hearthstone team, since this wipe will coincide with our first major closed beta patch for both the Americas and Europe regions. Our update covers a wealth of bug fixes and quality of life improvement within Hearthstone, and today we\u2019ll be sharing some of the highlights of this upcoming patch. Many of these changes are based on feedback that you, our valued community, provided to us on the forums.Daily QuestsWe\u2019ve gotten a lot of comments on quests. The community has discovered some fun hidden quests, but some of our daily quests have frustrated those of you who have quests that don\u2019t correspond to your favored class. After the patch, daily quests that require you to win with a specific class will now give you a choice between two classes, allowing you some additional flexibility.BalanceClass balance has been a hot topic, with many of you commenting on
Midsummer Scavenger Hunt: Win Mists of Pandaria Beta Keys and Astro Gaming Headsets!
2012/06/26 at 7:03 PM
This giveaway is now closed. Please expect keys to start coming over this Friday and weekend--the email may be from an @wowhead.com or an @mmoui.com one. Don't get scammed!
Things are heating up as the
Midsummer Fire Festival
burns Azeroth--this year it's also coming to Wowhead, in the form of a whole lot of Mists of Pandaria beta keys and two extremely awesome headsets!
Take a break from extinguishing Midsummer Bonfires and search Wowhead's database instead for this year's Midsummer Fire Festival! The fine folks at Blizzard Entertainment have graciously given us tons of Mists of Pandaria beta keys to give away, and if you're really lucky, you could win additional sweet gear from Astro Gaming!
Last week's beta key giveaway was so popular that we decided to do an even larger giveaway! This time, we have 525 Mists of Pandaria beta keys to give away and two Astro A40 headsets! You can even increase your chances of winning with multiple entries includ
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Townlong Steppes
2012/05/16 at 9:02 AM
, intended for level 88+ players to quest in, is a dangerous place. The Pandaren generally live on the other side of the Great Wall, but the mantid have burst through their defenses a hundred years early. The Pandaren have no other choice but to bravely enter Townlong and investigate the majestic empire of the Mantids--while also dealing with the vicious Yaungol, enraged by the Mantid's attacks on their territory.
On the other side of the wall lies all sorts of dark secrets--cloudserpents turned to stone, great trees corrupted by magic, swarms of elite mobs.
is home to the
and the dungeon
Siege of Niuzao Temple
, the Temple of the Black Ox.
There are a number of quirky quest rewards including a cloud serpent mount:
Reins of the Onyx Cloud Serpent
We have a visual preview below, as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone!
Temple of Niuzao
Niuzao Temple, Fields of Niuzao, Niuzao Catacombs, Sra'thkin Incursion
Each zone so far has had a sacred temple--Townlong Steppes is that of the Ox. Initiates train in the fo
Mists of Pandaria Spell Animations
2012/05/12 at 11:22 AM
Since we last covered new spell animations, there's been even more visual changes to class abilities! Minor glyphs on the beta have awesome cosmetic effects, new spells have distinctive looks, and classes like Monks and Warlocks continue to get a lot of flair.
We didn't want any class to feel left out, so we made sure to highlight cool visual effects for every class this time, as well as providing ability descriptions and level information so you'll know exactly how to spec to look good!
Big thanks to Esoth and Binkenstein for letting me take pictures of their beta characters.
Be sure to click the tabs to see your favorite classes' visual changes!
, minor glyph: When used outside of combat, your Horn of Winter ability causes a brief, localized snow flurry.
Glyph of the Geist
, minor glyph: Your Raise Dead spell summons a geist instead of a ghoul.
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Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Kun-Lai Summit
2012/05/09 at 4:29 PM
is a vast area with Pandaria's highest mountains, autumnal plains, royal underground tombs, a lush coastal area, and the dungeon
. There's also the Temple of the White Tiger, and a monk-only area, Peak of Serenity. It's a zone intended for level 87+ players to quest in.
Kun-Lai is different from the other zones in that there's a ton of scenic variety between the quest hubs, from snowy mountains to forests. Lore-wise, there's something for everyone with the invasion of the Zandalari, Yaungol attacks, the return of the Mogu, Pandaren monasteries, and the threat of the Sha.
We also found the
Sha of Anger
, a new world boss, towering over a village.
We have a visual preview below as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone!
Zouchin Village, North Wind Tavern, Isle of Reckoning, Thunder's Call
The Zandalari have attacked the Zouchin, an unarmed village located in the most fertile part of Kun-Lai Summit. As they have weak reinforcements, they need your help. Nobody has ever seen trolls before, so the Zandalari attacks are even more shocking.
To get to Zouchin Province, you ride a hot-air balloon wit
Mists of Pandaria - Build 15668 - Monk Tier 14, Spell Changes, New Items
2012/05/08 at 2:51 PM
New beta build this afternoon--the new level 90 druid talent,
is up, some changes to Spirit Shell and Rapture as promised by Ghostcrawler recently, as well as achievement and class changes in general.
Click here to see the latest additions to the beta!
Monk Tier 14
Cloth Armor Set
It's fairly open-ended, but it looks like they could
Mists of Pandaria Build 15650 and Pet Battle Preview
2012/04/27 at 9:51 AM
A small build was deployed in the middle of the night, with some quirky things like reputation-based guild shirts and new cooking recipes! As usual, click the cut to see spell changes for all class abilities, talents, and glyphs.
Click here to see the latest additions.
In addition to the pet battle information we previewed yesterday covering achievements, abilities, the UI, and new pets, we were also able to get some video footage of the pet battles in action!
Build 15650 Highlights
Reins of the Golden Cloud Serpent
Reins of the Azure Cloud Serpent
New Vanity Pets
: Reward from
Master Pet Hunter
Glyph of Crimson Banish
: Your Banish spell is now red.
: Your spell will heal you for 4% of the damage dealt.
Leatherworking Armor Kits
Brutal Leg Armor
Sha-Touched Leg Armor
Toughened Leg Armor
Sha Armor Kit
Angerhide Leg Armor
Ironscale Leg Armor
Mists of Pandaria: Valley of the Four Winds
2012/04/15 at 2:56 PM
Valley of the Four Winds
,a zone for level 86+ players to quest in, is the heartland of Pandaria.
It's the center for
and the location of
Check out the fun vanity rewards from questing.
There's numerous rare spawn NPCs in the zone as well that drop fun items.
We have a visual preview below as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone.
Don't forget, you can check out the zone page to see all the NPCs and quests!
Thunderfoot Acres, Pang's Stead, Thunderfoot Farm, Thunderfoot Ranch, Grassy Cline, Shang's Stead, Mudmug's Place
Players begin questing in the eastern part of the zone--meeting up with retired farmers, NPCs from Chun Tian Monastery, and Chen Stormstout and his impatient niece Li Li. As you quest through the zone, the four NPCs from the monastery will show up in other parts, each on their own quest to discover a secret in the Valley of the
News Round Up: Mistweaver Changes, New Beta Spellbook, and More
2012/04/14 at 5:46 PM
There's been many blue posts related to the Mists of Pandaria beta this weekend:
Blue feedback on Mistweaver
s, and Demonology
The ability to respec on beta will be available soon--in the next patch or so.
Ghostcrawler explains the pros and cons behind the new spellbook redesign.
The 2012 Arena Pass registration is now open.
Finally, Blizzard put together a mini-guide to Cataclysm for Scroll of Resurrection players.
Click the cut to see the full list of posts.
Monk: Mistweaver Feedback
We're thinking that
saw a bit too much increase to mana last patch, and we\u2019re going to reduce them somewhat.
We\u2019ve increased the mana gain from
. This spell will change whenever we tune mana and healing numbers, which has been happening a lot lately.
We've changed the number of serpent statues you can have out at once from 2 to 1. However, while in
, you now have
on yourself, causing half of yo
Blizzard Adding 250,000 More Players to the Mists of Pandaria Beta Tonight
2012/04/04 at 8:14 PM
That\u2019s right -- we\u2019re in the process of sending 250,000 additional beta-test invites to Annual Pass holders. Keep an eye on your email and Battle.net account for an invitation to come test Mists of Pandaria with us.
As with previous waves, it\u2019s going to take a while for the invites to process, so we recommend checking your games list in Battle.net Account Management to see whether yours has arrived yet. Once it does, you\u2019ll see the Mists of Pandaria beta client available for download from there. We expect this entire wave to take a day or so to complete.
We appreciate the enthusiasm of everyone who signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass, and we\u2019re working hard to get you into the beta. We know you\u2019re excited to explore Pandaria and test the new content, and we\u2019ll keep you posted here in the forums when we\u2019re ready to send out another wave.
NVIDIA GTX 560 Winners
We've picked the seven winners for our NVIDIA GTX 560 Giveaway from last week. Thanks to all who participat
Mists of Pandaria Beta Invites Being Sent Out to 100,000 Annual Pass Holders
2012/03/29 at 10:32 PM
Were you looking for a beta invite? Well refresh your inbox, according to Blizzard there will be 100,000 invites going out right now.
We appreciate that everyone who signed up for the Annual Pass is genuinely excited about seeing the new content and helping us test it for release. We definitely want to get all Annual Pass holders into the beta test as soon as humanly (and technologically) possible.
To do so, we need to make sure that our new systems remain stable as we add players. If we let everyone in at the exact same time, we risk damaging the stability of the service, and then no one would be able to play. We can\u2019t let everyone in at the same time; however, all Annual Pass holders will be invited before any opt-ins.
We\u2019re in the process of sending 100,000 invites to Annual Pass holders, and we recommend keeping an eye on your email and Battle.net account for an invite to come explore Pandaria.
Rest assured that we WILL get all of our Annual Pass holders into the beta test. Thank you for the passion and support you\u2019ve shown for the game, and please be patient with us as we continue driving hard toward finishing up Mists of Pandari
Mists of Pandaria Day One: Inscription, Guild Perks, Achievements, and More
2012/03/22 at 5:36 AM
First things first: our Mists of Pandaria database is live!
Secondly, we've broken down all the new information in easy to digest tabs so you can check out he new goodies in Mists of Pandaria. We're hard at work pouring through all this great data. You can, of course, go through the items in the MoP database and see the changes for yourself. Check out some of the highlights below, such as our Druid Visual Spell Changes.
We'll be playing the beta all morning and datamining some more information for you, so check back often!
Thousands of new items and spells--day one of datamining, including dozens of profession items.
Druid Visual Spell Changes
Spell Visuals Video
We tracked down what changed and what hadn't for the Druid class. Unfortunately the paladin glyphs were not yet implemented.
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