Blizzplanet – Guild Launch 1-Year Sub Giveaway

guild-launch-logoBlizzplanet is giving away a handful of 10 coupon codes to redeem a free One-Year Guild Launch subscription. A good way to get your new or pre-established guild started — whether on World of Warcraft, Diablo III or StarCraft II.

Does Guild Launch ring a bell? Of course, it does. They are the creators of the Dragon Slayer Awards (currently Blizzard Entertainment, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Zarhym are nominated – cast your vote!).

How to Participate

Post a comment on our Facebook, or Twitter (follow us if you aren’t).

One participant per household. Only one comment (no multiple entries).

Prize: One-Year subscription of Guild Launch’s Ultimate Plan (voice server not included) — a $240 value.

Powerful Social Networking and Site Hosting Tools for Gaming Communities

Guild Launch brings the power of social networking to your community of gamers, whether it is a guild, clan, kinship, team or fans of a particular genre, game or associated product. Designed by gamers for gamers, Guild Launch combines the ease-of-use of Facebook & Twitter, with custom, gaming-related features that enable you to grow your community, share your goals and celebrate your achievements.

Learn more about Guild Launch features.

 

Shado-Pan Geyser Gun Guide

WoW Insider is publishing a “Did you miss in Pandaria?” series that reveals some of the in-game toys that can be found throughout Pandaria, including some very obscure toys that are shrouded in mystery unless you do some exploring. I loved their recent Shado-Pan Geyser Gun article so much that I tried it myself. I had not known of its existence, which is appalling considering I thought I had done everything I needed to do in Mists of Pandaria.

So I went to the Throne of Thunder raid dungeon, more specifically the Forgotten Depths. After killing Ji-Kun, I clicked on the feathers that appear after his death, which gave me wings (without a Red Bull) and flew through the red portal above Ji-Kun. This teleported me back to Megaera’s lair. I rode back to the Forgotten Depth’s entrance point — right before Tortos.

There is a series of geysers in a circular pattern around that chamber. Stepping on one makes you jump forward in the direction your character is looking at, and buffs you with Spray water for 4 seconds. However, if you jump to the next geyser the buff is refreshed and stacks. The idea is to stack 250 buffs of Spray Water. Took me a bazillion attempts to do it, and about 12 minutes to complete. I nearly failed in this video after a priest threatened to cast Leap of Faith — which shattered my concentration as I was a few dozen jumps from reaching my goal.

There is no achievement, but after stacking 250 buffs you will receive the Shado-Pan Geyser Gun in your mailbox in-game.

 

Tips

It works wonders when you place a star symbol on your character — which helps aim your next jump. In my jumps, my eyes are glued to the star, and I try to align it with the next geyser when I am in mid-air, so that when I land, I am facing in the direction of the next geyser. Rule # 1 is to take your hand out of your mouse, and use the arrow keys instead. If you fail the landing and need to reposition yourself do it with your arrow keys. Moving the mouse will cause your camera position to shift and confuse your sense of place and aim. That buff only lasts 4 seconds, but by the time you are on the ground you barely have a second or two to position your character back on the geyser if you missed the landing.

The video below shows all 12 minutes of agony — err attempts to get 250 stacks of Spray Water, the moment I loot it from my mailbox, and a 5-minute demo of using the Shadow-Pan Geyser Gun on players. The toy has a 30 minute cooldown.

How to use the Shado-Pan Geyser Gun

Press the “Z” key on your keyboard to unsheath your weapon. Then click on the gun icon in your inventory. Your character will now equip the gun, without replacing your weapon or using the weapon slot. Aim the gun toward a player. Sadly, it has a short range, but it’s fun.

5 New Models in Beta Today

As stated below by Zorbrix, we will have 5 new models introduced in today’s beta updates.  While still in progress, the past reveals indicate that these new models will be fantastic.  Keep your eyes out and your beta’s patched.

 

I just wanted to confirm that this build will have 5 new Player Character Models. Troll Male and Female, Human Male, Tauren Female, and Night Elf Male.

We’ve mentioned this before when models are first shown to you folks in beta, but I wanted to stress this point again: These models are a Work-In Progress. Things will not be perfect, and our QA testing of these models (and the subsequent bug fixes) are not yet complete.

I do hope you enjoy the models and give constructive feedback as appropriate, but please keep this is mind when looking at the models today.

 

Lost Veil Anzu: Ogres, Arakkoa and Mind Control Oh My!

Situated between the Spires of Arak and Shadowmoon Valley is an extremely odd level 100 area called “Lost Veil Anzu”. After searching through WoWhead, I’ve found no quests mentioning it, and none of the level 100 garrison dailies appears to have sent anyone there. Besides its unusual location and lack of reason to visit, the most bizarre thing about Lost Veil Anzu is that it has an eerie similarity to places corrupted by the Old Gods…

GamesCom 2014 – Warlords of Draenor Interview with Tom Chilton

Blizzplanet member @Handclaw interviewed Tom Chilton to discuss details of Warlords of Draenor, ranging from the PvP-focused Ashran to the Garrison. A transcript will be available at a later time.

Follow Blizzplanet on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for upcoming transcripts and interviews.

Transcript coming soon. Follow us for an update.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition Pre-Orders Open

The World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition is now available for pre-orders for $89.99. GO GO GO while supplies last!

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The Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition includes:

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor — Get the full version of Warlords of Draenor on DVD-ROM.
  • Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray Two-Disc Set — Meet the development team behind the creation of Draenor and its savage warlords. This two-disc set includes over an hour of creators’ commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
  • Collector’s Edition Soundtrack — Immerse yourself in the sounds of war with the complete Warlords of Draenor orchestral soundtrack on CD.
  • The Art of Warlords of Draenor — Witness the visual evolution of the expansion in this beautifully bound tome of exclusive Warlord of Draenor art. Through 160 pages of concept pieces, finished illustrations, and CG images, you’ll delve into the art team’s vision for a Draenor under siege by the apocalyptic threat of the Iron Horde.
  • Blackhand Mouse Pad — Arm yourself with a special-edition mouse pad emblazoned with the deadly warlord Blackhand.
  • Epic In-Game Content
    • World of Warcraft Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet — Descend from the skies on the back of a black-winged Dread Raven mount, a mortal progeny of Anzu. Then devour your prey in your next pet battle with the adorably ferocious Dread Hatchling.
    • StarCraft II Portraits — Summon the strength of two deadly Iron Horde war chiefs—Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand—as you take on the Dominion with these two StarCraft II portraits.
    • Diablo III Warsong Pennant — Don this battle-worn pennant and channel the rage of the Warsong Clan against the demonic forces of Sanctuary.
    • Hearthstone Card Back — Your adventures in Draenor will be the talk of the tavern after outfitting your champion’s deck with this custom card back forged in the fires of Blackrock.

Remember, one character boost to level 90 is included in the Collector’s Edition, retail and digital standard editions, and Digital Deluxe Edition of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. For more information on the content and features, check out our Warlords of Draenor web page.

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World of Warcraft(R): Warlords of Draenor(TM) Launches November 13

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Dreanor official release date is November 13, 2014. Watch the cinematic intro unveiled in Los Angeles.

Order your boxed copy of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

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World of Warcraft(R): Warlords of Draenor(TM) Launches November 13

Opening cinematic for new World of Warcraft® expansion and premiere episode of new animated lore miniseries Lords of War™ now live at www.worldofwarcraft.com

LOS ANGELES –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Beyond the Dark Portal, the clash of iron echoes as two worlds brace for war. At a live event in Los Angeles and simulcast at the gamescom trade fair and around the world, Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Warlords of Draenor™, the fifth expansion to its acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft®, will be unleashed on November 13, 2014 . On that day, players worldwide will begin their march into the perilous wilds of Draenor to face the fury of Grommash Hellscream’s merciless Iron Horde.

During today’s event, Blizzard also unveiled the opening cinematic for the expansion, which depicts a pivotal moment in Warcraft history and sets the stage for the coming war. In addition, the company premiered the first episode of Lords of War, a new animated lore miniseries that introduces players to characters central to the expansion’s story — starting with the twisted tale of Kargath Bladefist, legendary leader of the Shattered Hand orc clan. Both videos are available to view now at www.worldofwarcraft.com, and new Lords of War episodes will debut there in the weeks ahead.

“Players will encounter an epic cast of legendary characters and a huge amount of content to explore in Warlords of Draenor,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “The countdown to the arrival of one of the greatest threats in Warcraft history has begun. We can’t wait to send everyone through the Dark Portal this November.”

Warlords of Draenor adds a world’s worth of exciting new content for World of Warcraft players to discover. As Azeroth’s displaced heroes venture across Draenor, they’ll build and manage a mighty Garrison, a customizable fortress that grows with them on their journey; delve into otherworldly draenei temples and clash in the heart of hostile orc clans’ territory; fight the opposing faction for control of Ashran, a huge and dynamic PvP zone featuring a variety of personal and cooperative objectives; and take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more. No matter what kind of content you enjoy, your legend is waiting to be forged on Draenor.

Warlords of Draenor is available for pre-purchase now at www.warlords.com. Those who pre-purchase either the digital Standard Edition (SRP: $49.99 ) or Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP: $69.99 ) will be able to immediately† boost one character to level 90, allowing them to experience the latest World of Warcraft content alongside their friends.††

Warlords of Draenor will also be available in a retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition (SRP: $89.99 ), which comes equipped with the digital bonus items from the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and a Warlords of Draenor mouse pad. Players should check their local retailer for details and availability and be sure to lock in their preorder, as supplies are limited.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available — visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

†Players upgrading to Warlords of Draenor from World of Warcraft Starter Edition must wait until trial restrictions are removed before character boost becomes available (may take up to 72 hours).

††Corresponding World of Warcraft expansions required.

 

Los Angeles Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Premiere Livestream

Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the Warlords of Draenor cinematic on Thursday, August 14 at 9:15am PDT (12:15pm New York). Gamespot streamed the event.

In addition, Blizzard launched the “Lords of War” dramatic short animation.

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Blizzplanet member @dperschonok attended the Ace Theater to witness this event courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Follow Blizzplanet on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for updates.

Transcript

Female Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Chris Watters.

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Chris Watters: Ladies and gentlemen of the Horde and the Alliance alike. Welcome to Warlords of Draenor Worldwide Cinematic Premiere

Chris Watters: I want to thank all of you here in the Ace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles for coming out today and all of you for tuning in and watching online. My name is Chris Watters. I can usually be found talking about games, playing games, generally celebrating how awesome games are on gamespot.com. But today I’m here; we’re all here to celebrate one awesome game. World of Warcraft has touched millions of people all around the world and y’all were not the only people lining up for an event like this today; in China, in Korea and at Blizzards booth in Cologne, Germany at GamesCom, hundreds and thousands of you have all come out to see what blizzards has to offer. It’s gonna be a great show in addition to the Warlord of Draenor Intro Cinematic…