Release the Names! Character Name Reclamation Coming

With time, player might have wanted to use a name for their character, but couldn’t take because someone else already used the same. For some of those cases, the name was taken by someone that hadn’t logged-in since a long time, hopefully this will be no more with the following changes.

If a character hasn’t logged in-game since November, 13th 2008, the name of that player will be freed, so it will be available for anyone that always wanted to use it.

With the upcoming Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2), we will be releasing sidelined characters’ names back into the wild. Any characters that have not logged into the game since November 13, 2008 will have their names freed up, making them available to anyone creating a new character or using the paid Character Name Change service.

How Do I Preserve My Names?

You will need to log in to World of Warcraft and enter the game using each character whose name you wish to retain before patch 6.0.2 goes live. While it is possible no one will claim your recently released name and you might be able to snag it again, it is probably not worth the risk if you want to keep your names intact long-term.

Our goal with this great name liberation is to make sure new and returning players have a large and varied pool of names available to choose from—so log in now if you wish preserve your unused characters’ names for your journey intro Draenor.

 

Lords of War – Part Two: Grommash

Lords of War Part Two is now out, go watch it, it is great, you will enjoy it.
Lords of War - Part Two: Grommash

Before you can harbor any hope of defeating the Iron Horde, you must first understand what—and whom—you’re up against. Our five-part series Lords of War introduces you to some of the major players in the campaign on Draenor—beginning with the sadistic Kargath Bladefist, leader of the Shattered Hand, and continuing today with the mighty Grommash Hellscream, chieftain of the Warsong clan.

Grommash Hellscream’s legend was not born from mere brutality or conquest. His indomitable will helped him survive the impossible . . . but only after his recklessness nearly cost him everything.

Once you’ve watch his story, visit our newly posted Grommash Hellscream character page to read more about his legacy and his role in the events to come.Visit www.worldofwarcraft.com in the weeks to come for more episodes of Lords of War, and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to survive the battle ahead.

 

Live Developer Q&A

This friday, there was an Live Developer Q&A, they answered alot of questions from twitter, it was fun watching, they answered alot of questions asked to them, it was made entertaining for the watchers. Alot of people were watching the livestream.

Live Developer Q&A this Friday

This Friday, September 5, at 19:00 CEST, Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen sits down with Lead Game Designer Cory Stockton and Lead Narrative Designer Dave Kosak for a special Q&A where they’ll answer your questions live on Twitch.TV. They’ll be discussing topics such as the world design of Draenor, the new exciting activities you’ll be able to take part in, and a ton of information on the highly anticipated new Garrisons feature.

 

The event will take place this Friday, September 5 at 19:00 CEST on our Twitch.TV channel. If you’ve got a question you’d like to see answered, send us a tweet using the hashtag #WarlordsQA. We’ll see you there!

 

Harvest Festival

 

We hope you are having fun on the Harvest Festival, cause we surely are, it lasts until the 9’th. Have a nice Festival!

Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, the Harvest Festival is a time to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to help their allies. The Alliance honors the memory of all the fallen, but most especially Uther Lightbringer. The Horde also remembers those who have fallen, with special emphasis on the memory of Garrosh Hellscream’s father, Grom.

 

EVENTS DETAILS

 
When
September, 2-9
Where

  • Alliance:   Ironforge, Tomb of Uther Lightbringer in the Western Plaguelands
  • Horde:   Orgrimmar, Hellscream Memorial in Demon Fall Canyon in Ashenvale.
Learn More on fan sites
WowheadWowpediaWoW Center (Polish)WoWFan (Czech).ACTIVITIESThroughout history, many have given their lives to aid their allies. Every year, members of the Horde and the Alliance set aside time to honor the memories of the fallen and to pay tribute to those

whose memories are held most dear: Uther Lightbringer, for the Alliance, and Grom Hellscream, for the Horde.

Virtual Ticket for Blizzcon 2014 are available!

 

 

 

It’s now official, the virtual tickets for the 2014 edition of Blizzcon that is going to be from November 7th and 8th are available starting today. Like past one, this ticket will provide you access to a large number of panel that will be show at Blizzcon with also ingame gifts. (Whispers of a murloc like previously.)

BlizzconTicket

This BlizzCon, get the best seat in the house—your own! You can watch Blizzard’s two-day community celebration online this November 7 and 8 with the BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Ticket, available for purchase now in the Battle.net Shop.

BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Ticket

The Virtual Ticket lets you be a part of the biggest Blizzard universe mash-up this side of Heroes of the Storm—right from the comfort and convenience of your own home. The Virtual Ticket provides access to two days of live HD BlizzCon coverage across two streaming online channels, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality so you can catch any of the action you might have missed. Here’s what you get:

Developer Panels & Exclusive Interviews

Get the latest news and developments on World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, straight from the people who make ’em. The Virtual Ticket gets you access to all of the panels on the Main and Panel stages, along with in-depth interviews you won’t see anywhere else.

Live Contests—Hosted by Chris Hardwick

Bear witness to the full creative force of the Blizzard community in the Costume and Talent contests, held live onstage Friday night. Guiding us through this year’s evening of inspired insanity will be comedian Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), host of shows like Comedy Central’s@midnight and AMC’s Talking Dead, and overmind of Nerdist Industries—home base for a horde of geek-minded podcasts and other multimedia pursuits.

Closing Ceremony

The Virtual Ticket also gets you a front-row seat to the epic closing ceremony on Saturday night. Acts like The Offspring, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, and Blink-182 have closed out BlizzCons past—we’ll unveil our plans for this year’s finale closer to the show.

Bonus: Epic In-Game Goodies

Every BlizzCon, attendees and Virtual Ticket holders receive a treasure trove of commemorative in-game loot to mark the occasion. This year, the development teams are crafting goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm—but that’s all we’re going to say about that for now. . . .

You’ll also get early access to a limited-time online BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.* This special sale for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders is scheduled to take place from October 17 through November 11, and will be followed by a public sale offering a more limited selection of items. We’ll have more details on the sale in the coming weeks.

Free StarCraft II WCS, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone eSports Tournament Streams

Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action free online. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, Hearthstone World Championship, and Heroes of the Storm exhibition matches—will be streamed free in HD at www.blizzcon.com. The StarCraft II finals will also be available to watch at the official WCS website.

For more information on the Virtual Ticket, check out the Virtual Ticket page or click the Frequently Asked Questions tab above to read the FAQ.

*While supplies last. All orders placed in the online BlizzCon merchandise sale will be shipped from the United States; international shipping rates may apply.

 

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.