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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.

Pre-Order Destiny 2 for Early Beta Access

When you pre-order Destiny 2 for PC, you will receive an email three days later with a Beta Redeem Code to gain early Beta access.

Currently, the beta launch date has not be announced. Keep the Redeem Code in a safe place. You won’t be able to use it for PC yet, until the Battle.net Launcher enables the Destiny 2 game icon + Beta starts officially. So buckle up and wait until then.

Those who pre-order get beta access before anyone else. You can pre-order Destiny 2 here.

Destiny 2 (Pre-order + Early Beta Access)

destiny 2DESTINY 2 – PROMOTION DETAILS

PREORDER AND GET BETA ACCESS*
Be one of the first to experience Destiny 2.

Beta Redemption Instructions:

  • Pre-order any edition of Destiny 2 and get a Beta Access code.
  • Visit www.bungie.net/redeem and select your game and platform
  • Enter your Destiny 2 Beta Access Code
  • Enter and validate your email address
  • Before the beta, a Destiny 2 Beta Early-Access Code and more instructions will be e-mailed to you

Limit one per customer. Items must be shipped from and sold by Amazon. Registration codes will be sent within 3 days of pre-order date.

 

WHEN IS THE DESTINY 2 BETA?

The full Beta schedule, including early access period and open Beta dates will be announced at a later date.

 

I pre-ordered at a participating retailer and received a Destiny 2 Beta Redemption code. Where do I redeem my code?

Go to Bungie.net/redeem and follow the instructions on the page. You will be required to log in with a valid Bungie.net account, verify your accessible email address, and enter your Destiny 2 Beta redemption code.

At a later date, you will be contacted via your verified email address when you can return to the Bungie.net site and retrieve your Destiny 2 Beta download code. Codes may only be redeemed once, and redemption cannot be transferred or recovered to another account.

 

I don’t have a PlayStation Network or Xbox Live account. How do I redeem my PC Beta Code?

Your Beta platform will be selected closer to the Beta launch, so PC players can redeem now using a Bungie.net account linked to a PlayStation or Xbox account. If you don’t have either of those accounts, hold on to your code and we’ll add additional account options for PC players when we get closer to the Beta.

 

Correction

A fan corrected me after posting an article concerning a tweet by Christie Golden discussing [the return of 2 characters]. The Warcraft-lore fan in me got the best of me, and I [thought] this was about #Warcraft.

It turns out that Christie was talking about the Supernatural (TV series) Season 12 finale (as a follow up to one of her earlier tweets about that topic), not Warcraft.

My sincere apologies to Christie and the fans who read my article and tweet.

Theorycrafting: The Return of Lost World of Warcraft Heroes

NOTE: Originally, this article was written based on a tweet by Christie Golden. I mistakenly thought she was referring to Warcraft. Instead, she was talking about Supernatural Season 12 finale. However, there are some points of interest in the article. Read with caution. Everything henceforth is theorycrafting. You will also find Warcraft book references and quotes.

 

There are several NPC heroes that are no longer among the living, or are suspected deceased that could potentially come back from beyond in a different fashion than Illidan did in World of Warcraft: Legion. Let’s flesh out some context into how some of the dead Warcraft heroes might be able to return.

 

Christie Golden Joins Blizzard Entertainment

In a surprising spin of long-term events, Christie Golden is now working full-time at Blizzard Entertainment as a Story developer. For those of you in the Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, and Assassin’s Creed fanbase wondering if she will now be Blizzard-exclusive, she responded: “We will see.”

The last Blizzard novels she wrote were WARCRAFT: DUROTAN and WARCRAFT: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION.

 

World of Warcraft: Troll Wars by Paul S. Kemp

French-fansite Judgehype discovered a new entry in the Amazon.de database for an upcoming novel coming from Panini. Apparently, there are plans for World of Warcraft: Troll Wars by Paul S. Kemp. He is an american fantasy author known to fans of Star Wars, and Forgotten Realms.

This novel is not yet listed in the United States, and searches online at this moment aren’t shedding any other sources except for the german-version of Amazon and another book finder list. So this was a really good (oops?) find. I am currently investigating, and will update as soon as I fetch something.

Activision Blizzard Q1 2017 Conference Call Transcript

Activision Blizzard held a financial conference call yesterday (May 4) to report the latest earnings, and progress updates. There was not much info on upcoming content, but Blizzard is working on new content across all IPs.

In concurrent registered player numbers, Hearthstone peaked with 70 million players, and Overwatch with 30 million players. While no numbers will be revealed for World of Warcraft subscriptions, there was a performance compared to subscriptions during Warlords of Draenor. Revenue was increased by 50% due to the Overwatch shop (during the Lunar Festival and Uprising events), and Legion subs.

Read the transcript below (heavily edited to focus on the Blizzard Entertainment aspect of the conference call).

Activision Blizzard Q1 2017

Keystone Depleted Mechanic to be Removed

Blizzard Entertainment plans to remove the “Depleted” mechanic from Keystones, allowing players now to continue their efforts in Mythic+ runs. Instead of getting a depleted key, now you will get a new keystone that is one level below the last run, as a penalty. That means you can continue to grind until you reach Mythic +15. Otherwise, you will still be able to get better loot from Mythic runs.

Lore: We’ve been thrilled to see how positively players have responded to Mythic Keystone dungeons since Legion’s release. However, there are a couple areas in which our original design for the system hasn’t quite matched up with how things have worked out in practice. In an upcoming 7.2.5 PTR build, we’re going to try out a couple of changes to how Keystone runs work.

The first big change is that we’re getting rid of the depletion mechanic. We’d originally imagined that getting ahold of a Keystone would be more of a barrier than it is, but in reality, there are so many players participating that it’s generally not too difficult to find someone with a Keystone you’d like to run. In that environment, depleting a Keystone is more of an annoyance than anything else – especially when it happens for reasons outside of your control (such as a player disconnecting).

Instead, we’re going to try the following:

  • Completing the run on time will have the same results it currently does in 7.2: you’ll get a new Keystone for a random dungeon that’s 1-3 levels higher than the one you just completed, based on how quickly you finished.
  • If you complete the dungeon but don’t make the timer, you’ll get a Keystone for a random dungeon that’s 1 level lower than the one you just used.
  • If you don’t complete the dungeon at all, you’ll have a Keystone for the same dungeon that’s one level lower than the one you just used.

The other thing we’re looking to change is the way that rewards are given at the end of a run. Currently, when you complete a run that upgrades your Keystone by 2 or 3 levels, you’re also given a 2nd or 3rd chest. This is because, when we believed that Keystones would be rare, we didn’t want you to miss out on any of the loot you might have collected from the runs you were “skipping.”

However, because of this, players tend to look for lower-level Keystones that they can easily stomp through, instead of higher-level Keystones that are appropriately challenging for their gear and skill. That, in turn, affects who they’re willing to invite. AOE damage output is preferred over everything else, because the only concern is how quickly you can clear through easy trash packs. And gear requirements tend to outpace what actually drops: if you could find upgrades in a Mythic 6, you’ll have a hard time finding a group, because the Mythic 6 groups are full of players who are capable of clearing 10+ and are just looking for an easy 3-chest.

With that in mind, here’s the changes we’re planning to test:

  • You no longer receive additional chests at the end of a run for completing it quickly.
  • When you finish a Mythic+ dungeon, the chest at the end will contain two items and an appropriate amount of Artifact Power.
  • If you beat the timer, regardless of how quickly, there will be a third item in the chest.
  • Keystones can still upgrade by 2 or 3 steps, so you can quickly get to a difficulty level appropriate for you.

Our overall goal with these changes is to incentivize groups to take on dungeons where they know they’re likely to see upgrades, instead of preferring keys that are far too easy for them. Once the Tomb of Sargeras raid is available on Mythic difficulty, we’ll also increase the maximum rewards from Mythic Keystone runs to level 15. — source

 

Unsettled Power: Stabilized Titan Essence

There is a new quest in World of Warcraft 7.2.5 (build 24026) named The Spoiled Sample. This item is looted from the Grand Challenger’s Bounty chest — this is the chest you loot from on Tuesdays at your Class Hall, after completing Mythic+ dungeons.

The quest is then turned in at the Blacksmith building (next to the Obliterium forge) in Dalaran. Talk to Arcanomancer Vridiel who then gives you a quest named: Unsettled Power. The reward for completing it is the Stabilized Titan Essence — which Infuses a Legion Legendary item with greater power, raising its item level to 970.

Stabilized Titan Essence

Note: The Writhing Essence x 50 is a grind drop from The Nighthold raid.

This quest will be highly sought by those who haven’t yet completed the Legendary Quest at the Broken Shore Mage Tower, to get that extra oomph needed to complete the class trial.

Unsettled Power

Arcanomancer Vridiel: The release of the energy previously trapped in the Nightwell has… complicated the influence of Aman’Thul scattered around the Broken Isles. Sadly, the results of all of my previous work has been invalidated, much as the contents of this vial. I must understand what caused this change! Please, bring me more samples so that I may continue my work. Naturally, you will be the beneficiary of any breakthroughs I may find.

OBJECTIVES

Bring 50 Writhing Essence to Arcanomancer Vridiel.

 

 

Breaching the Tomb – Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Those who are on the same page through the Broken Shore Questline, today you can complete the next part of the Breaching the Tomb achievement. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy is a quest given by Prophet Velen at the Deliverance Point. Basically, you must complete 12 World Quests in the Broken Shore. This can be achieved in 1-2 days, depending the time you start. Check the Broken Shore map every 2 hours for any new World Quests.

Prophet Velen: In my life, I have witnessed many visions. Some filled me with hope… others, with despair.

Victory over Kil’jaeden lies within our grasp. I have foreseen it. But visions only show us where our path might lead. They require effort to become reality.

That effort falls upon your shoulders, (name). You have done much, but more is needed. fight on the battlefields of the Broken Shore and forge a destiny free from the Legion’s grasp!

 

QUEST OBJECTIVES

Complete 12 World Quests on the Broken Shore.

 

 

Moonkin Festival Guide

The Moonkin Festival is a new micro-Holiday: “A wonderful celebration of all things Moonkin is happening today in Moonglade. Stop by and see what you can learn!

It is currently available for testing in PTR 7.2.5. The quest starts in the southern area of Moonglade, near pet master Elena Flutterfly.

Talk to Makkaw who will give you only one quest. You have to observe the behavior of three Moonkin hatchling packs marked in the mini-map. Just stand by each pack a few seconds until you get credit onscreen for observing that pack. The first pack is dancing. The second pack is practicing Moonfire on a dummy, and the third pack is sleeping.

 

Return to Makkaw to turn in the quest, and he rewards you with a temporary Moonkin Hatchling (2 hour buff). To the left of Makkaw and at locations throughout Moonglade you can find a Moonkin Stone on the ground. Click it to loot a Moonkin Stone: “Attuned to Moonglade, allowing you to understand Moonkin. (3 sec cooldown). Requires Moonkin Festival.” You will get a buff named Understand Moonkin (1 hour).