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)
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Blizzard Entertainment issued a press release to announce the new expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion, has sold 3.3 million copies worldwide. In addition, as announced during PAX West (read panel transcript), the new Legion Companion App (iOS/Android) is available for download.
Blizzard’s new expansion for #1 MMORPG matches launch-day record with 3.3 million sold. Heroes of the Horde and the Alliance from around the globe unite as World of Warcraft achieves highest launch-week player concurrency since Cataclysm®
IRVINE, Calif. — With Azeroth on the brink of destruction, heroes from around the world were summoned to drive back the Burning Legion’s armies last week with the launch of World of Warcraft®: Legion™, the sixth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Today, Blizzard announced that players have forged a truly formidable defensive front—as of the expansion’s first full day of launch on August 30 , more than 3.3 million copies of Legion had sold through, matching the all-time record achieved by previous expansions and making it one of the fastest-selling PC games ever.† In addition, World of Warcraft’s launch-week player concurrency climbed to its highest point since the 2010 launch of the Cataclysm® expansion, as champions from around the world united to strike a mighty first blow against the fel invaders. But the battle has only just begun.
Though Gul’dan and the Burning Legion seek the complete destruction of Azeroth, there is hope yet! Heroes of the Horde and the Alliance have rallied together to drive back this demonic invasion in World of Warcraft: Legion™. (Graphic: Business Wire)
“It’s been a thrill to see players hunting demons, powering up Artifacts, and freely exploring all the new zones in Legion,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “We worked hard to make this the best World of Warcraft expansion yet, and we look forward to providing players with even more content as Legion’s epic story unfolds in the months ahead.”
While players are currently entrenched against the first wave of demonic invaders, Legion’s next exciting chapter is already in the works. Last weekend at PAX West, Blizzard unveiled new details on the expansion’s upcoming first major content update, Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan, featuring a reimagined version of one of World of Warcraft’s most popular raids. Players will explore a sprawling five-player Mythic dungeon, facing familiar foes from Karazhan’s past—and encountering plenty of surprises and twists along the way. The update also features a new set of quests unfolding over multiple weeks in the fallen night elf city of Suramar, as well as a brand-new raid: the Trial of Valor, which sends players deep into the vrykul underworld of Helheim.
WoW Legion Companion App Now Available
On Tuesday, Blizzard released the free WoW Legion Companion app, a new way for players to stay connected to their adventures on the Broken Isles, even from outside of Azeroth. With the app, players can manage their Order Hall missions and track World Quest availability, making it easy to plan out their adventures from afar. Available free now on iOS and Android™ mobile devices, the WoW Legion Companion App can help heroes keep the Burning Legion’s fel fire at bay even while on the go.
Blizzard Entertainment held at PAX West the World of Warcraft: Legion — The Invasion Continues panel (Sept 3) to discuss details of the Demon Hunter, and the upcoming Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan.
It is a tradition here at Blizzplanet to provide our visitors with a panel transcript whenever Blizzard goes to convention events (see our past coverage and panel transcripts). I’m a disable, and as such I recognize the need for transcripts for those with hearing impairment, or those with english limitations to read-only; or to those who would love an archive to read or search keywords without having to browse through the video.
The Blizzard Europe team invited me to the Legion Launch Party in Paris to interview Michael Bybee (Senior Game Producer) and Ian Lang (Senior 3D Animator). Most of the questions focused on the Demon Hunter, Class Hall missions and followers, and Mythic dungeons.
Blizzard Entertainment (Versailles) invited me, other fansites and influencers to attend the World of Warcraft: Legion Launch Party held in Paris. I met Mamytwink and other folks at the hotel, and traveled in taxi to the Petit Bain (Port de la Gare).
As we approached the Petit Bain, the first thing that impressed me was a gigantic mural of Illidan covering the top of the National Library of France.
Blizzard Entertainment announced plans for the World of Warcraft: Legion Launch event in Santa Ana, California. Further details may be found here.
California residents, get ready to perambulate (or hitch a ride) over to the Esports Arena in Santa Ana to celebrate the launch of Legion at a special signing event Monday, August 29! Beginning 5pm through 8pm PDT, World of Warcraft developers will be on hand to sign your Legion box, mousepads, T-shirts, and more. The line will be cut off at 8pm, so make sure you’re there in time to get your signatures.
Come to the event early* to purchase the expansion on location at our pop-up store. The store opens at 4pm, and we’ll have both standard edition and Collector’s Edition boxes on hand, along with a few other Legion-themed goodies to purchase—though keep in mind all supplies are limited.
Both the store and signing** lines are separate, so make sure you allow yourself enough time to make any purchases at the store you’d like before you join the signing line.
But Wait, There’s More!
Food Trucks and Concessions: To make sure you don’t go hungry, you’ll be able to purchase tasty fare from the concession counter at the venue (cash only) or the nearby food trucks that will be on hand to take your order (and hard-earned gold) in exchange for tasty comestibles. You’re gonna need fuel to fight the Burning Legion!
Azeroth Choppers: See both the Horde and Alliance custom motorcycles created by designer Paul Jr. in all their chrome and steel splendor.
Artist Mini-Demos: Watch some of Blizzard’s artists demonstrate their techniques as you traverse the signing line.
Gorehowl and Warglaives: Get up close and personal with two real-life creations from the Azeroth Armory: the mighty axe Gorehowl and a fearsome warglaive.
The Alliance and the Horde united by Khadgar, led their mighty forces to the battlefield on the Broken Shore in an effort to stop the Burning Legion invasion and to kill Gul’dan. A second wave of heroes arrived to reinforce Varian and Vol’jin’s forces, but as their armies approached the Tomb of Sargeras — Vol’jin fell to a Felguard.
Sylvanas retrieved the wounded Warchief, and called a retreat. As warhorns blared, the Horde stepped away from the battlefield — leaving the threat from the sky open to attack the Alliance’s forces.
Varian ordered Genn Greymane and Mekkatorque to retreat their forces back to the gunship. Gul’dan summoned a hellish machine of war to fall from the sky with the intention to dunk down the gunship, but Genn Greymane quickly commanded the gunship to move away. Unfortunately, the machine of war reached out into the sky to hold the gunship down.
Varian knew that for as long as the machine held the gunship in place, it could topple it to the ground any second — killing all remaining Alliance forces. Closing his eyes, looking within for an answer, he decided to hand Genn a letter for Anduin; and without second-guessing himself, Varian let go of the ladder and plunged down on the machine of war — destroying it by sinking his sword on the head.
Varian was quickly surrounded and overwhelmed by demons, and bravely fought and slay a few — but eventually two felguard stabbed him through the back.
Gul’dan mocked Varian as he laid on his knees, impaled by two weapons: “You will be known as the King who gave his life for NOTHING!”
Varian responded: “For the Alliance!” His last words were basically that he didn’t die for nothing. He saved the Alliance troops onboard the gunship.
Gul’dan pushed a Fel Orb into Varian’s guts, and the last we saw was a Varian getting bloated up with fel energy and exploding.
That’s the end of Varian. The death of King Varian Wrynn. Or is it?
During GamesCom 2016 (on Saturday, Aug 20), Slootbag interviewed Ion Hazzikostas in a livestream to talk about World of Warcraft: Legion. Slootbag plays Neltharion’s Lair simultaneously. We have the VOD below (Jump to 01:54:00):
World Quests in Legion grant a wide variation of rewards such as Artifact Power items, Artifact Relics, Order Resources, Blood of Sargeras (crafting reagent), gold, and gear.
Maybe the Order Missions won’t flood your pockets with gold like the Garrisons used to, but this time around you can make a big chunk of gold having fun yourself, rather than sending followers to do the deed.
Whenever you see an exclamation mark on a purple circle wrapped by a dragon frame, that means it is a rare boss spawn World Quest with a lot of gold as reward. These typically take about 15+ players to defeat. Recently, I posted video of one of them — Levantus.
World Quests are much better than the Mists of Pandaria Daily Quests system, and let’s not forget the Emissary Quests. Complete any 4 world quests for the Highmountain Tribes, for the Kirin Tor, for the Court of Farondis, for the Nightfallen, for the Valarjar, or for the Dreamweavers — and you get a Tribute/lockbox reward. These give you extra loot. Sometimes Blood of Sargeras.
The Kirin Tor World Quests can be found in each zone when those are up, and the emissary lets you choose the reward in Dalaran which is 1500 Reputation with the faction of your choice. The Nightfallen is the exception with about 750 Reputation.
Journey Through Time Set
In some rare instances, you might find awesome World Quests on the map that send you to dungeons, and even Mythic dungeons with a iLevel 830-840 gear reward. In this case, here is the Journey Through Time set which consists of a Necklace (Strand of the Stars) and a Trinket (Chrono Shard) with a set bonus. This set is normally a iLevel 820 loot, but the World Quest boosted it up to 840+ Mythic. The haste and movement speed stats and its potential bonus stats make this set insane good.