E3 2018 – Blizzard Teased Blood Troll Allied Race

Blizzard Entertainment’s production director John Hight just teased at E3 2018 via IGN the Blood Troll race might be coming to World of Warcraft. It didn’t sound official, but mostly teased.

“On the opposite, there is Zandalar. There are a lot of troll fans out there, and I think they are going to be pretty excited about what we are doing with their culture, their mythology, and they get pretty hairy, pretty sinister. Blood Trolls are a pretty cool looking group. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see the opportunity to play as Blood Trolls at some point.”

Thanks, @blakegoodman13

UPDATE: Don’t be alarmed, there are no plans for a Blood Troll allied race in the foreseeable future. Blizzard is aware of what was said at E3, and quickly responded:

Ornyx: Just to clear the confusion, there was a small segment in yesterday’s E3 interview with IGN in which we weren’t entirely clear – but we want to clarify that Blood Trolls are not currently planned as an Allied Race.

It can be easy to mix up words in interviews when you’re covering a range of story points such as that of the Blood Trolls and their interactions with the Zandalari – but we just wanted to be sure we could get a note out on this before we get more Allied Race rumors flying around.

Thanks for the discussion here!

 

War Front: Stromgarde Storyline

Battle for Azeroth Beta build 26788 introduced the initial questline that depicts the community effort to gather resources in preparation to the War Front: Stromgarde. After the intro, there are three chapters in the War Front: Stromgarde storyline achievement: Faldir’s Cove, Refuge Pointe, and Myzrael’s Tale.

Dell-Alienware E3 2018 Webcast: Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676

I was invited by Dell-Alienware to watch their press E3 webcast presentation where they unveiled their new product: Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676.

As you know, Blizzard Entertainment is going to discontinue support for 32-bit clients. Those who haven’t upgraded their computer systems for a long time will be affected, and need to find a gaming desktop solution.

Personally, I have built my last three computers by choosing which parts I need, assembled it, and installed the OS. Not everyone knows how. If you don’t know how to build a computer from scratch, then you need a pre-built solution.

The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 starts at $849.99 and goes on sale on June 12, 2018.

Dell didn’t mention the CPU name, but from the webcast media I can confirm it is a 8 cores/16 threads 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen CPU. Their current flagship only has 4 cores/8 threads.

Here are some of the specs for the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen™ processors with split-second responsiveness and powerful multitasking capabilities for exceptional gaming experiences.

  • Select configurations are available with Radeon graphics that are ready for VR with options up to RX580 allow faster, smoother gameplay, and are designed to help you dominate DirectX 12 gaming and virtual reality landscapes. And with dual graphics support, you can double down on power and speed for the ultimate gaming performance, and any other graphic-heavy tasks.

  • With up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, this gaming desktop is loaded with memory to ensure overall super-powered performance and intensive multitasking.

  • Dual-drive storage options include a high-capacity hard drive with up to 2TB HDD, and a responsive solid-state drive with up to 256GB for faster boot and load times so you can get into the game quicker.

  • With its unique, finned chassis and air-cooled technology, the Inspiron Gaming Desktop is purposefully designed for optimal airflow and temperatures for uncompromised, uninterrupted gaming performance. Choose the interior LED lighting option for an even more gripping gaming experience.

  • Transfer files, and connect and power devices with blazing-fast speed thanks to a USB 3.1 Type-C connector that supports newer, next-gen devices and up to six easily accessible USB 3.0 ports.

  • Five storage bays offer plenty of room for expansion, including up to three hard-disk drives, up to two solid-state drives and up to two PCIe x16 slots for graphics upgrades.

World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth Comics # 3: Three Sisters

Blizzard Entertainment has published the third Battle for Azeroth digital comic “Three Sisters,” featuring the Windrunner sisters: Alleria, Sylvanas and Vereesa. Turalyon and Alleria arrive to Stormwind, and Alleria informs her husband that she must visit her homeland to secure the Windrunner Spire from the undead. She wishes to meet her sisters as well.

In the comics, we get a glimpse at Vereesa’s twin sons.

Alleria and Vereesa discuss the scene in the “WAR CRIMES” novel, where Vereesa and Sylvanas unite to assassinate Garrosh Hellscream with poison. At the time, Vereesa sorrowed Rhonin’s death.

The artwork in this comics does justice to World of Warcraft. Many props to artist Antonio Bifulco and colorist Sebastian Cheng. I wish future ones are as terrific good as Three Sisters.

Christie Golden and Andrew Robinson added a lot of continuity nods, and deliver the problematic drama about three sisters who each have followed a different path, each have a regret and an anger toward each other. However, they are bound together by love for each other. Bound by past memories. Maybe even bound by hope? Or maybe not.

At the end, we are left with a cliffhanger of sorts, about what the future might hold. That depends on the fate of one of them at the end of the Battle for Azeroth’s finale.

Personally, I would like to see more digital comics come out more often. One for the Horde readers, and one for the Alliance readers. Preferrably each chapter in the Battle for Azeroth story (Patch 8.1, 8.2, 8.3).

Download the THREE SISTERS digital comic.

Give @ChristieGolden and @Ardrous1 good vibes and feedback.

Hidden Scavenger Hunt: The Great Sea Scrolls

In this article, I’ll discuss what to do once you start the quest: The Great Sea Scrolls. I am not sure if there are more in Kul Tiras and Zandalar, but I will share an intriguing Treasure Chest that could be catalogued as a Scavenger Hunt. As I made my way south of Corlain to complete the World Quest titled “Hunting for Truffle Hunters,” I looked at my mini-map and noticed a Treasure Chest that wasn’t marked in my Photoshop file for the Drustvar Treasure Chests.

When I looted the Treasure Chest, an item that starts a quest was awaiting. The quest is titled: The Great Sea Scrolls

 

Christie Golden Signing Before the Storm at B&N Huntington Beach

Christie Golden will sign copies of her World of Warcraft: Before the Storm novel at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Huntington Beach, California.

When: Wed, June 13
Time: 7:00pm PST

Barnes & Noble | Huntington Beach (Map)
Bella Terra
7881 Edinger Ave. #110
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-897-8781

If you wish to ask a Barnes & Noble representative if you can buy it over the phone and get a signed copy shipped to you — call 714-897-8781. I personally am not aware they do this type of arrangement, but feel free to ask them directly.

Unable to attend the book signing? Feel free to pre-order World of Warcraft: Before the Storm to get it shipped to your home, or choose the Kindle version which can be read on a Kindle device, or any device with access to a internet browser like Chrome or Firefox.

 

 

Champions of Azeroth Questline

Shortly after arriving to Kul Tiras or Zandalar, players will see Magni Bronzebeard to acquire the Heart of Azeroth necklace. Later at level 120, after you have completed the three Footholds of the War Campaign and unlock World Quests, Magni provides a quest to unlock Azerite World Quests. Those provide extra Azerite Power to help level up the Heart of Azeroth’s level.

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