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Legion Animated Shorts – Harbingers: The Story of Khadgar

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Blizzard Entertainment released another amazing World of Warcraft: Legion animated short. The second of the Harbingers series trio focuses on Khadgar.

Khadgar arrives to Karazhan seeking knowledge on how to defeat the Burning Legion. Something odd I found in this animated short is that Khadgar is surprised to see Medivh. It seems Medivh died a second time before Warlords of Draenor. Odd in that nowhere in-game, in novels, comics, or in the web short stories have we heard of Medivh’s demise.

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The Lore Retcon in Harbingers: The Story of Gul’dan

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Blizzard Entertainment recently launched the Harbingers short-animated series starting with Gul’dan. In this story, Gul’dan is exiled by his orcish tribe because of his physical deformity which makes him weak before the eye of his chieftain. The tribe’s shaman suggested Gul’dan to visit the Throne of the Elements in search for his destiny. However, the elements abandon Gul’dan in his lowest moment of desperation. Hungry, hopeless, lonely.

However, the Burning Legion listened to Gul’dan’s plea, and empowered him with fel magic. Gul’dan then killed the tribe that exiled him. No one will know what tribe spawned him.

 

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The Warcraft: The Road to Legion Panel Video | 2016 SDCC

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Blizzard Entertainment will host a World of Warcraft: Legion panel at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 21 to discuss details of the upcoming expansion. Bookmark this page to watch the World of Warcraft: Legion panel video. A Blizzplanet correspondent will be there to record the panel. Stay tuned.

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Warcraft: The Road to Legion

havoc-demon-hunter-artifact-questline-00066A team of Blizzard Entertainment’s veteran designers, writers, and artists talk about World of Warcraft: Legion, and the exciting content that will be leading up to its launch. The panelists include Alex Afrasiabi (creative director, World of Warcraft), Chris Robinson (senior art director, World of Warcraft), Matt Samia (senior creative director of brand marketing), and James Waugh (director of story & creative development). The panelists will also take part in a Q&A session, where you can ask all your burning questions about the Burning Legion.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 6BCF

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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 Pre-Order Opens

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Pre-orders for the World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol. 2 are now open. Dark Horse comics plans to ship this book by March 14, 2017.

If you missed the first volume, you can order it here. It’s available as a hardcover and as an eBook.

world-of-warcraft-chronicle-vol-2Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Books are thrilled to present the next installment of the wildly popular World of Warcraft Chronicle series. Volume 2 will reveal more sought-after details about the game universe’s history and mythology. Showcasing lush, all-new artwork from fan favorites such as Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix, and Alex Horley, this tome is sure to please all fans–casual and collector alike.

Hardcover: 184 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books (March 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616558466
ISBN-13: 978-1616558468

 

 

 
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Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Arrives July 19

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Blizzard Entertainment plans to release the Legion pre-expansion patch on July 19. The patch will introduce the new Transmo updates, and Class updates. In addition, those who pre-ordered Legion can play the Demon Hunter class sometime between the second or third week of August.

The skies over Azeroth are growing darker. . . .

The Legion pre-expansion patch is arriving July 19, and we wanted to give you a heads up about what to expect—and when you can expect it.

This update will include a wide variety of features and content that set the stage for the expansion, including system changes, quality-of-life improvements, and major in-game events. Some of these features will be available immediately, while other content will be unlocked in the weeks leading up to the expansion’s launch. Read on for more details.
The Opening Salvo

When the pre-expansion patch initially goes live, players will be able to immediately access many of its key system-related features. Some of these major updates include:

Transmogrification Updates

The new Transmogrification Collections system will make it easier than ever to collect, store, and sort through the gear you want to use for transmogging—without taking up storage space in your inventory, bank, or Void Storage. As you collect items that can be used with the system, you can browse through them—as well as sort by class or slot—in the Appearances tab in your Collections interface.

Class Updates

We’re making some significant changes to classes and their specs for Legion to further strengthen their identities. The core changes to spells, talents, and more are going into effect as soon as the pre-expansion patch goes live. For more information on what’s new for each class and spec, read our earlier class preview blogs.

We’re also making it easier to switch between specializations for different content. Players will be able to queue up for dungeons, raids, Battlegrounds, or Arenas as any role that is available to their class, while continuing to play as another role while they’re waiting. When they enter the content they’ve queued for, they will automatically switch to the suitable role upon entering (at no cost) and then switch back automatically when they leave the instance.

The March Toward Legion

In the weeks following the pre-expansion patch, we’ll be unlocking even more content that leads into the August 30 launch of Legion. We’re still determining the exact timing of these events, but players who pre-purchase Legion can expect to be playing a Demon Hunter around the second or third week of August (no later than August 17 globally). We’ll share more details in the weeks ahead, but here’s a look at what’s in store:

Burning Legion Invasions

Before all hellfire breaks loose upon the Broken Shore, the Burning Legion will begin its assault upon Azeroth, turning some familiar stomping grounds into demon-infested battlefields—and it will be up to the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde to face the onslaught.

Demon Hunter Early Access

In the weeks before launch, those who have pre-purchased Legion will get early access to the new Demon Hunter class. Players will begin at level 98 and will find themselves on the fel-shattered expanse of Mardum, where they’ll play the Demon Hunter starting experience before joining their allies in the fight against the Legion.

The Battle on the Broken Shore Begins

As the situation grows more dire, Azeroth’s heroes will begin their first foray onto the Broken Shore—the epicenter of the demonic invasion.

All of the features and content listed above (save for Demon Hunter early access) will be available to all World of Warcraft players, regardless of whether they’ve pre-purchased Legion. — source

 
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Expansion Concept 2.0: The Hand of Zul

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Hand-of-ZulWith Legion pretty much complete and awaiting launch on August 30th and the pre-expansion event confirmed to not start until next month as well, we’re in a bit of a dry spell. In the meantime, I thought it would be interesting to share another of my expansion concepts. You may remember my ill-fated Age of Azshara project, which I may revisit in the future, but this time I’ve chosen to focus on a different idea for an expansion. Ever since patch 4.1, the Zandalari trolls have slowly been built up as a new villainous group. Their mysterious prophet Zul has grown in infamy despite us never actually seeing him.

Some may bemoan troll raids, but they were absent from Warlords of Draenor and there’s no sign of any troll involvement in Legion. I think we’ve been given enough of a break to welcome a troll expansion to confront Zul, King Rastakhan, and the Zandalari once and for all. I’ve also been careful to fill my expansion concept with new races and enemy groups alongside the Zandalari to prevent any “troll fatigue.”

Today I’ll be talking about the basic plot and feature overview for the expansion, which I’m calling The Hand of Zul. We’ll go into greater detail on zones, dungeons, characters, races and more in future articles. Read past the jump if you’re interested.

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2016 Amazon Prime Day Begins

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Amazon Prime Day started today! If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you may register for a 30-Day Trial period. All Amazon Prime members also benefit from a 20% discount on pre-orders and newly released video games, and 2-Day Free Shipping on all orders.

 

XBox One

The most attractive offer for gamers is the XBox One 500GB Console offer for $279.

It includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card, 2 Controllers, and 2 Games (pick one of three combo-options). Good timing to get an XBox One if you plan to play Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Edition or Overwatch on consoles.

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