When Will We Get to Draenor? Warlords of Draenor Release Date Speculation

Hello Blizzplanet readers, unfortunately some technical difficulties have gotten in the way of my write-up about Shadowmoon Valley as shown at BlizzCon 2013, so in the meantime let’s look at another important topic. Just when are we going to get to Draenor, anyway?

Warlords of Draenor PvE and PvP Changes Part 1: Gear Changes

world-of-warcraft-warlords-of-draenor-logo-685x200

Now that I’ve gotten home from one epic Blizzcon, let’s go over some substantial changes coming to raiding in 6.0!

Spec is everything:

One of the biggest announcements for Warlords was that armor pieces will now change stats according to spec.  Plate is plate, mail is mail, leather is leather, cloth is cloth.  Here’s an example:  I have a Pandaren monk who starting 6.0 will have leather with agility stats in my Windwalker spec.  If I change to my other spec, Mistweaver, it will change agility into intellect the moment the spec cast bar completes!  Same goes for Brewmaster, which would shift to armor emphasis as a tanking stat.  This change also includes Tier bonuses for each spec as well!  What impact does this have on WoW?  It means a few things:  raids will gear up faster, with no more hunter mail drops that an elemental shaman can’t use for their primary spec.  A cat druid will no longer skip on intellect gear, its leather armor pieces will change stats for all roles!  There will still be non-armor gear (such as trinkets) that will be role specific, but as a whole this will be a very welcome change to how gear works.  My Ret Paladin can actually consider tanking without being in tanking armor that is more suitable for two or three raid tiers prior.  Alternate PvE specs will likely get a lot more use now that players can try out new roles on a more competitive ilvl.  Imagine having your 4 piece set bonus and switching to Prot!  This change will also apply to PvP, which is a welcome change for many classes.

Speaking of PvP, a very welcome change is coming that will have people using the same Arena gear.  No longer will you struggle in rated Arenas while you earn enough Conquest points to become competitive.  Along with the resilience changes in Mists of Pandaria, this poises PvP to be skill based.  Do you prefer flexing your PvP gear muscles in the outside world?  That gear is still available for purchase, but will not function in ranked games.

blizzcon-2013-itemization-philosophy

You may be wondering, what about gems and enchants?  They are on almost every piece of gear!  You know what is on every piece of gear?  Reforging!  So much gold and bag space for switching specs.  Fear not, for Blizzard has taken steps to make sure these obstacles are minimal:

1)      Reforging:  Removed!  Blizzard felt it was too much of a penalty without enough fun to it.  It caused people to hesitate on gear, fearing the cascade effect that so many of us are familiar with.

2)      Gems:  Less items will have gems, but they will increase in potency.  I like this change because it makes gems feel special and more manageable for switching specs.

3)      Enchants:  These have also been reduced, which will make us feel them more as well as make gear less expensive to play with different specs.

4)      What about Jewelcrafters’ and Enchanters’ pocketbooks?  Blizzard stated that they will be creating new ways for them to make money, minimizing the economic impact for those professions.

A couple of other things.  As I mentioned above about Brewmaster, armor will now be the primary tanking stat as Blizzard really likes active mitigation going forward.  Hit, and expertise will no longer be a factor as they have been removed!  The sigh of relief in the room when this was announced was universal.  It appears that Blizzard’s philosophy for this expansion is to really remove obstacles and things that are useless wastes of time (looking at you hit and expertise) so we can maximize our time playing.  Next up we will be discussing the exciting raid size and name changes!  What are you most excited about?

blizzcon-2013-itemization-philosophy-2

blizzcon-2013-itemization-philosophy-3

blizzcon-2013-itemization-philosophy-4

Red Shirt Guy Explores Draenor, Part 1: Frostfire Ridge

Hello everybody, I know this is a few days post BlizzCon, but its the thought that counts, right? Anyways, the Warlords of Draenor demo from BlizzCon has been covered elsewhere; so this won’t be quite like the other descriptions of it. Instead I’ll be focusing on some neat tidbits I found, as well as some potential theories to the expansion’s plotline. Take the jump downwards to find out more!

BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Goodies

BlizzCon goodies incoming! Not attending? Snag these in-game bonuses with a Virtual Ticket! Don’t forget to buy your tickets here: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/virtual-ticket/#goodies

blizzcon

World of Warcraft Pet: Murkalot
StarCraft II Portrait & Decal: Tearin’ Stitches & Stitches’ Hook
Diablo III Banner: Mark of Death
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Card: Mystery Minion

For people wondering who Stitches is.. He is from Blizzard All-Stars.. Looks like Blizzard’s MOBA will be releasing soon.

Stitches_SC2_DevRend1

Pandygo crashes on Blizzplanet

Greetings everyone, my name is Andy “Pandy” Go, I am very happy and thrilled that I am now part of the Blizzplanet Team. I have always been a loyal fan to Blizzplanet ever since the website started back in 2003. I have always been a huge Blizzard fan from Starcraft to Diablo to Warcaft and now Hearthstone.

I hope to provide you all the in-depth information and latest news of all Blizzard Games, and mainly Hearthstone.

starcraft
What it means to be a true blizzard fan..

Greetings from The Red Shirt Guy

Hello, my name is Ian Bates, more commonly known as the Red Shirt Guy, and I am happy to say I am now Blizzplanet’s newest contributor! In the coming days, weeks, months etc I hope to provide a variety of, perhaps not news but “flavor” articles for the site. You can expect lots of speculative ideas on future content, as I love imagining expansions, zones, where the game could go. I’m also planning on doing an article about the current “faction bias” issue that has reemerged with patch 5.3.

I hope you will enjoy these future articles and that they will help make Blizzplanet a fun read for all fans of Blizzard’s products.

Red Shirt Guy

Pre-Cataclysm World Event Phase 1 – Alliance Quests

The Pre-Cataclysm world event phase 1 introduced new quests to discover the Twilight’s Hammer plot to sway Alliance and Horde citizens to join their cult through doomsayers spreading propaganda about the end of the world of Azeroth.

You may find here screenshots of the entire Alliance questline and video (available in 720p HD, 1080p HD, and lower resolutions).

Pre-World of Warcraft: Cataclysm World Event – Horde Quests

During the Hallow’s End celebration, Blizzard Entertainment enabled the pre-Cataclysm world event which consists of elemental invasions and a Twilight’s Hammer questline. The cult has agents within the Horde and the Alliance, inciting the people with prophecies of doom and the end of the world of Azeroth.

Doomsayers located at the Drag in Orgrimmar announce an incoming cataclysm, where only those devout will ascend among the elementals and be eternal. All this talk will make more sense when you do the quests of Vash’jir when the Cataclysm expansion is launched.

The Twilight’s Hammer Cult is using the lifeforce of the demigod L’ghorek to transform cultists into Elemental Ascendants. This is what they mean with “ascending into a new way of life beyond death and been reborn” during the world event quests: “Cast off your lives of war and drudgery, be reborn in elements and claim your rightful place in this new world!”

The questline starts with Earthmender Norsala (The Earthen Ring) with the quest titled: The Situation So Far. Make sure to talk to Blood Guard Torek too. Both NPCs stand in front of the Orgrimmar Bank.

We have screenshots of each step through the entire Horde questline, and video (available in 720p HD, 1080p HD and lower resolutions).

The Allliance version will be posted tomorrow.

Cataclysm: Therazane the Stonemother New Model

Therazane the Stonemother got a new model in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta v4.0.3.13202. She was a lieutenant of the Old gods until the Titans imprisoned her in the Elemental Plane of Earth: Deepholm.

Before this beta build, Therazane’s model was the same as her daughter Theradras from the Maraudon dungeon. Now she has a very unique and interesting new model. While Theradras stands on her feet over wooden slippers, her mother Therazane gravitates magically over the ground like a massive planet. You can find her at Therazane’s Throne (northern Deepholm). Check out our screenshots and video below. Note: Video available in 1080p HD and 720p HD.

Cataclysm: Guild Rewards

Guild Rewards | Guild Perks | Guild Heirlooms | Guild Mounts | Guild UI

The new Guild System to be introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm offers guildmates several benefits by completing achievements, gaining guild experience, and increasing guild reputation. Once guild members unlock some achievements, the guild gets access to special rewards that may be purchased from the Guild Vendor who may be found outside Grommash Hold (Goram) or at the Stormwind Visitor Center (Becca Radler) near the Trias’ Cheese store.

Shroud of Cooperation: Teleports the caster to Orgrimmar / Stormwind. (8 Hr cooldown) — Item lvl 35. Requires lvl 35. (Back)
150g
Wrap of Unity: Teleports the caster to Orgrimmar / Stormwind. (4 Hr cooldown) — Item lvl 35. Requires lvl 35. (Back)
300g
Cloak of Coordination: Teleports the caster to Orgrimmar / Stormwind. (2 Hr cooldown) item lvl 359. Requires level 35 and Master Crafter Guild Achievement (Craft 1,500 Epic items with an item level of at least 359).
500g
Guild Page: Teaches you how to summon this companion. (Rare)
300g
Guild Herald: Teaches you how to summon this companion. — requires guild achievement Profit Sharing (Loot 50,000 gold from creatures).
500g
Dark Phoenix Hatchling: Teaches you how to summon this companion. — requires guild achievement United Nations (Raise 55 reputations to Exalted).
300g
Armadillo Pup: Teaches you how to summon this companion. — requires Guild reputation: Exalted.
300g
Banner of Cooperation: Place a Guild Battle Standard that increases the experience and honor gain of all guild members that stay within 45 yards of the Battle Standard by 2%. Last 2 min. (15 min cooldown). Requires Guild Reputation: Friendly. Guild Achievement Working as a Team: Obtain 525 skill points in all professions and secondary professions.
100g
Standard of Unity: Place a Guild Battle Standard that increases the experience and honor gain of all guild members that stay within 45 yards of the Battle Standard by 4%. Lasts 2 min (15 min cooldown). (Rare)
200g
Battle Standard of Coordination: Place a Guild Battle Standard that increases the experience and honor gain of all guild members that stay within 45 yards of the Battle Standard by 6%. Lasts 2 min (15 min cooldown) (Epic).
300g
Recipe: Seafood Magnifique Feast: Set out a seafood feast to feed your entire raid or party. Restores 92307 health and 72000 mana over 30 sec. If you spend at least 10 sec eating you will become well fed and gain 90 Stamina and 90 in another useful stat for 1 hour. Requires Cooking 525. Requires Mountain Trout (4), Blood Shrimp (6). Guild Achievement: That’s a Lot of Bait (Catch 10,000 fish from fishing pools). (Rare)
150g
Recipe: Broiled Dragon Feast: Set out a dragon feast to feed your entire raid or party. Restores 64903 health and 127500 mana over 30 sec. If you spend at least 10 sec eating you will become well fed and gain 60 Stamina and 60 in another useful stat for 1 hour. Requires Cooking 500. Requires Dragon Flank (6), Delicate Serpent Wing (4). (Rare)
150g
Recipe: Cauldron of Battle: Creates a cauldron that raid members can use to gain the benefit of a flask appropriate to their class and talents. Cauldron has 10 uses and lasts for 5 min. Requires Alchemy 525. Guild Reputation: Friendly. Guild Achievement: Mix Master (Create 10,000 Cataclysm flasks).
150g
Recipe: Big Cauldron of Battle: Creates a cauldron that raid members can use to gain the benefit of a flask appropriate to their class and talents. Cauldron has 25 uses and lasts for 5 min. Requires Alchemy 525. Requires Flask of Steelskin (3), Flask of the Draconic Mind (3), Flask of the Winds (3), Flask of Titanic Strength (3). Guild Reputation: Friendly. Guild Achievement: Better Leveling Through Chemistry (Create 25,000 Cataclysm flasks).
150g
Guild Vault Voucher (7th Slot): Right click to unlock a 7th guild vault tab and allow purchase.
10000g
Guild Vault Voucher (8th Slot): Right click to unlock a 8th guild tab and allow purchase.
20000g
Reins of the Golden King (Alliance Only): Teaches you how to summon this mount. Requires Guild level 25. Guild Reputation: Exalted. — epic mount binds to account. Requires Riding 75 and level 20.
1500g
Reins of the Kor’kron Annihilator (Horde only): Teaches you how to summon this mount. Requires Guild level 25. Guild Reputation: Exalted. — epic mount binds to account. Requires Riding 75 and level 20.
1500g
Reins of the Dark Phoenix: Teaches you how to summon this mount. Requires guild achievement: Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider (Complete the Cataclysm raid achievements listed below while in a guild group. Requires Riding 300 and lvl 70.
3000g

Guild Rewards | Guild Perks | Guild Heirlooms | Guild Mounts | Guild UI

© 2018 Blizzplanet - Read our Privacy Policy; and Terms and Conditions

©2004-2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. World of Warcraft, Warcraft and Blizzard Entertainment are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

DMCA.com