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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.

Ready for Patch 7.2? Leveling from 100

I spent most of the end of 2016 and early 2017 playing Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch Season 3. I got three golden weapons so far in the latter. That means, I had not played World of Warcraft: Legion when it came out. I did play all classes in Technical Alpha and Beta, so I knew my way around.

I started a level 100 character, my main actually, on February 24th. As seen in the image below, I reached level 110 on February 26th. I am disabled, so let’s say I have a lot of time.

 

Not everyone has the amount of time I do, but you can do a lot in your spare time by focusing where it matters. I reached level 110 in about two days. On day one, I had completed all the quests in Azsuna, Val’sharah, Highmountain, and probably the first 20 quests in Stormheim before heading to sleep.

On the second day, I finished Stormheim and got to level 110. Then started the Suramar quests. There is a point where the Suramar quests get sorta gated, and you have to increase your reputation with the Nightfallen to unlock the next series of quests.

So at that point, I shifted my focus on doing world quests all across the Broken Isles. Kirin Tor world quest emissary also lets you gain 1500 reputation with the desired faction. Focusing on World Quests has a purpose: Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One. You need this to fly later in Legion. Part one increases your Mount Speed in the meantime. As seen in the time stamp, it took me 16 days to complete the Broken Isles Pathfinder achievement.

 

The Loremaster of Legion is completing all the quests in each Broken Isle zone. That takes some time because you need to have reached Exalted with the Nightfallen to complete the Suramar storyline.

A Glorious Campaign is obtained by completing all of the Campaign quests.

Variety is the Spice of Life is obtained by completing 100 World Quests.

Broken Isles Diplomat is obtained by reaching Revered reputation with all the Broken Isles factions.

It is now March 21, and I have done Heroic Emerald Dream, Heroic Trial of Valor, and killed Grand Magistrix Elisande in Normal Mode (in the Premade Group Finder). I have two Legendaries iLevel 940 from Mythic dungeons. Finding gear has been slow after ilevel 780, because most players are now over ilevel 910 and either decline to invite me to Premade Groups, or end up kicking low DPS/low geared after the first wipe; but I’ll get to my goal eventually.

If you have been away from World of Warcraft for a while, I hope this article inspires you to get onboard again. You most likely do not have as much time to spend as I do, but I have shown you how quick you can accomplish some of your goals in preparation for the upcoming Patch 7.2.

Focus on your Order Hall campaign quests, do World Quests, when those are finished for the day, focus Mythic dungeons. You don’t need higher Mythic dungeons to loot Legendaries, however.

I looted Prydaz yesterday from Eye of Azshara (Mythic 0) while doing a world quest. I got Liadrin’s Fury Unleashed from Black Rook Hold (Mythic+ 3).

With the most immediate goals already fulfilled, I am now ready for Patch 7.2, when Khadgar will send me to the Broken Shore once more.

Before that, I am currently focusing on gearing up and finishing some hardcore questlines. I am currently three quests away from finishing Kalec’s story — just 5 Nightshards away to complete Into the Nighthold. I am very likely finishing that part today after the server reset’s weekly maintenance. Kalec’s questline ends with Balance of Power which unlocks one of your Artifact Appearances. In my case the Burning Reprisal appearance for the Ashbringer. I completed last week the Hidden Corrupted Ashbringer appearance.

The one goal I am focusing on is the Soul Prism of the Illidari quest — which is part of the Order Hall Campaign. It is the most time consuming one at the moment because it is gated to only 10 Lingering Souls per week lockout. You need 80. So that’s a 8-weeks endevour. You gather these Lingering Souls from the last boss of Normal, Heroic, or Mythic dungeons.

I am positive that this questline is tied to unlocking some important quests later in Patch 7.2, because this is the questline to hold the soul of Illidan. From the recent Patch 7.2 preview shown by Blizzard Entertainment, Illidan and Khadgar play an important role in the next chapter of Legion.

 

So, it doesn’t matter what part in this long chain of events you are, you gotta gear up, finish the Order Hall campaign quests and chop-chop, get ready for Patch 7.2. If I could do all this in 24 days, you certainly can.

NOTE: It’s been 26 days since I started Legion at level 100, but I spent 2 days at PAX East with no access to the game.

 

BlizzCon 2017 Tickets on Sale in April

Blizzard Entertainment announced BlizzCon 2017 tickets will be on sale in April 5 and April 8. The Anaheim Convention Center will open its doors to BlizzCon attendees through November 3-4.

IRVINE, Calif. — Rally your raid group and find the nearest flight path to Southern California for BlizzCon® 2017, returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 3 and 4! Tickets to Blizzard Entertainment’s epic gaming convention and community celebration will be made available on two dates, April 5 and April 8 .

At this year’s event, attendees will get a chance to meet and chat with Blizzard developers, learn more about upcoming features and content, and experience their fellow players’ creativity on display through cosplay, art, and a variety of contests. BlizzCon also serves as center stage for Blizzard esports activity, with multiple global tournaments culminating at the show.

“BlizzCon will be here again before we know it, and we’re looking forward to catching up with the community, taking in the awesome esports action, and showing everyone what we’ve been working on,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “We’re already hard at work making this year’s show an unforgettable experience — we can’t wait to see everyone there.”

In 2017, BlizzCon attendees can expect:

  • A chance to play the very latest in Blizzard Entertainment games
  • World-class esports competition in Overwatch, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft
  • Epic community contests with exciting prizes
  • Panels and Q&A sessions with Blizzard developers and artists
  • Exclusive BlizzCon souvenirs and merchandise
  • More activities and attractions—keep an eye on www.blizzcon.com for updates

The first BlizzCon ticket sale is scheduled to take place Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. PT; the second ticket sale will be on Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased for $199 USD each (plus applicable taxes and fees) through the online ticketing service Universe. Visit www.blizzcon.com for complete details.

An exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County will take place the evening of Thursday, November 2 , and those who attend will have the chance to spend time with Blizzard developers, artists, and community representatives while supporting a great cause. A limited number of tickets (which include BlizzCon admission) will go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. PT , priced at $750 each, and Blizzard Entertainment will donate the net proceeds to the hospital.

Once again, gamers around the globe will also have the opportunity to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of home via the Virtual Ticket, which offers live streaming coverage of the event. More details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.

Prospective BlizzCon attendees can make advance hotel reservations now and receive special BlizzCon rates by booking through the BlizzCon hotel website.

To keep up on the latest BlizzCon 2017 news, visit the official site at www.blizzcon.com.

 

Activision Blizzard 2016 Q4 Conference Call Transcript

Activision Blizzard held its financial conference call to reveal details of its business performance during the fourth quarter of 2016. The most striking highlight of the conference happened during the Q&A when it was revealed there are works to bring Overwatch linear media to expose Overwatch to new audiences.

This harkens back to the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios earlier last year which already launched Skylanders Academy Season 1 on Netflix. It is possible that Overwatch might debut in Netflix at some point in the future.

In October 2016, Stacey Sher revealed during an interview that Activision Blizzard Studios was considering to do something similar to Skylanders Academy (Netflix) for StarCraft and Overwatch.

Seems we are going to have an interesting BlizzCon announcement this year.

Audience Reach

  • Activision Blizzard had 447 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs)A in the quarter.

  • Blizzard had its highest annual MAUsA in 2016 at 36 million, up 37% from 2015 and up 87% since 2014. Additionally, Blizzard achieved record fourth-quarter MAUsA of 41 million. Overwatch became Blizzard’s fastest game ever to reach over 25 million players globally. The title broke the previous launch year record for unit sales set by Diablo® III in 2012 and received 55 “Game of the Year” awards. World of Warcraft® MAUsA grew 10% in 2016 and over 20% year-over-year in the fourth quarter on the back of the successful third-quarter launch of the expansion, Legion™. Also, Hearthstone® had its highest annual MAUsA in 2016, growing more than 20%, in part due to the fourth-quarter expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan™.

  • Activision had the biggest online player community in its history in 2016, with annual MAUsA of 50 million for the year, up 3% from 2015 and up 23% since 2014. Fourth-quarter MAUsA were 51 million. Call of Duty® was the number one console franchise globally in 2016, and in North America for the 8th year in a row.1 Life-to-date on current-generation consoles, the Call of Duty franchise had 3 of the top 10 games.

  • On October 28, 2016 , Activision Blizzard Studios , in partnership with Netflix, debuted Skylanders™ Academy, a new TV series celebrating the beloved kids franchise. The second season will be delivered in 2017, and a third season has been ordered by Netflix.

Enter the Nighthold in World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.1.5

Blizzard Entertainment deployed patch 7.1.5, and recently sent out a newsletter inviting players to participate and enjoy all the features found in this new patch.

Patch 7.1.5 includes the following features:

  • New Raid: The Nighthold — Suramar palace opens on January 17
  • The Return of the Brawler’s Guild
  • Micro-Holidays — Call of the Scarab (Jan 21-23) and Hatching of the Hippogryphs (Feb 23)
  • Mists of Pandaria Timewalking

BlizzCon 2016 In-Game Cinematics: The Cutscenes of Legion Panel Transcript

This is a full transcript of the BlizzCon 2016 In-Game Cinematics: The Cutscenes of Legion Panel. Among the panelists were the following game developers:

  • Geordie Swainbank (senior machinima artist, lightning lead)
  • Yeon-Ho Lee (senior animation artist)
  • Jason Hill (associate project director)
  • Jessica Dru Johnson (Cinematics artist)
  • Chris Evans (Supervisor, Cinematics)
  • Sherman Ohms (Senior In-Game Artist, Cinematics)
  • Terran Gregory (Project Director, Cinematics)