Patch 8.1 Incursions: Blood Elves Harnessed Thunder King Technology

Patch 8.1 Incursions are revealing the Evolution of the Alliance and the Horde in ways Blizzard hasn’t expanded upon before. In Mists of Pandaria, you might remember The Throne of Thunder. The Horde Blood Elves have taken serious their namesake. They have harnessed the Dark Animus technology to… siphon G’huun/Torga blood?

Playing as Alliance, the Incursion world quest Cleansing Tide have you assist the Kul Tiran Tidesages. You transform into a Tidesurger to erradicate the Blood Elves invading Torga’s Rest in Nazmir. The objective is to slay 100 Sin’dorei forces.

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket can be watched via BlizzCon TV App and Battle.net Launcher

Blizzard Entertainment issued a press release to announce new ways to watch the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket livestream. You can watch the event through the BlizzCon TV app for mobile devices, or on your PC via the Battle.net Launcher.

A bigger spectacle for more spectators–Blizzard adds more entertainment with content in more languages, interactive features and, for the first time, a game demo debuting at the show that’s accessible by viewers around the world

BlizzCon 2018 is a celebration of Blizzard’s game community, with announcements, new game demos, panels, contests, and world-class esports competitions; this year’s closing festivities features three popularmusical acts

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 25, 2018– Blizzard Entertainment today released major details about BlizzCon® 2018, its epic celebration of gaming and community taking place next week. On Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3, an expected 40,000+ people, and millions more tuning in online from around the world, will come together to see what has become a spectacle of video game culture. Every BlizzCon is an epic moment in Blizzard history, and this one promises to be another one to remember—from announcements at the opening ceremony to the dozens of stage events, community activities, and esports tournaments taking place across more than 1 million square feet at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

BlizzCon 2018 is sold out, with record attendance expected this year, but Blizzard wants to make sure as many people as possible from around the world can be part of the show. This year, Blizzard is adding to its slate of free livestreams, which include the show’s opening ceremony and all esports tournaments. Last year, over 10 million viewers from more than 180 countries tuned in to BlizzCon.

Blizzard is also enhancing the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket with more features and ways to be part of the show. The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is a paid service providing the deepest access available to live content, with access to events from every major stage and field reports from the BlizzCon show floor. It includes the same in-game virtual item bonuses for Blizzard franchises that show attendees receive and comes with access to dozens of videos on demand (VODs) featuring original programming. As a first in Blizzard’s history, this year’s Virtual Ticket also brings home one of the demos being debuted at the show, with the World of Warcraft® Classic demo available to players around the world around the same time it goes live on the show floor.

“BlizzCon is simply the best part of the year for Blizzard and our player community, as we come together for an epic celebration of games and gamer culture,” said Saralyn Smith, executive producer of BlizzCon at Blizzard Entertainment. “This is a welcoming home for our global community. We co-create the show with our players, and we want to involve as much of our community as possible in forming the next epic moments that become Blizzard history.”

Never Miss a Moment

BlizzCon’s biggest news and announcements begin with the opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. PDT on Friday, November 2. Like last year, online viewers can tune in for free to see the pre-show and opening ceremony on the BlizzCon All-Access Channel starting at 10:30 a.m. This year, there are more ways to catch BlizzCon live. Livestreams are available via BlizzCon.com and the BlizzCon mobile app for Android and iOS. For the first time, viewers can watch livestreams using the BlizzCon TV app and the Blizzard Battle.net® desktop app, and they can cast to their favorite devices using Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Airplay. They can also watch in more languages than ever, with content available in English, Spanish, German, Korean, French, Chinese, Russian, and Portuguese.

For the first time, the BlizzCon All-Access Channel is airing two additional free livestream previews, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, and again from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday. To access the show programming available during these times, check out the BlizzCon 2018 Schedule.

Along with the opening ceremony and All-Access Channel previews, all esports programming at BlizzCon is livestreamed for free.

Show Events and Closing Festivities

BlizzCon spans nearly every part of the Anaheim Convention Center (with more onsite broadcast equipment than many major league sports events). Blizzard is again featuring a multi-stage opening ceremony that will be simulcast throughout the convention center. Panels and presentations featuring developers and special guests—and plenty of memorable moments—take place both days of the show across three stages: Mythic Stage, located in Hall D, and the Epic and Legendary Stages, both located in North Hall Level 2.

BlizzCon has traditionally ended with a closing headline band. BlizzCon 2018 is transforming that tradition into a closing music festival featuring three distinct entertainment experiences: the iconic American rock band Train, violinist and performance artist Lindsey Stirling, and DJ and popular actor Kristian Nairn. All three concerts will be streamed live in HD to online viewers via the Virtual Ticket.

Community Night returns with the legendary Costume Contest, Talent Contest, Movie Contest, and Art Contest. Featuring popular VO actors Darin De Paul as host and Matthew Mercer joining the judge’s panel, Blizzard’s biggest annual community stage show starts at 7:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, November 2, and is available to online viewers via the Virtual Ticket.

BlizzCon 2018 is also the site for Blizzard esports, gathering elite players from around the world to make history in the Overwatch® World Cup Finals, Hearthstone® Global Games Finals, StarCraft® II WCS Global Finals, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Global Finals, World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational All-Stars, and Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship Finals.

Other show highlights include:

  • Hands-on Gaming—Once the news is out at the opening ceremony, attendees can enjoy hands-on demos featuring new and just-announced content for our games and franchises.
  • BlizzCon Gear Store—Every BlizzCon brings exclusive Blizzard gear that’s available onsite at the show and online through the Blizzard Gear Store.
  • Inclusion Nexus—Blizzard’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) space returns, located on Level 2 above Hall A, featuring special activities, guest speakers and representatives from Blizzard’s Women’s Advisory Council, LGBTQ Council, and Veterans Group.

For a full breakdown of BlizzCon 2018 activities, programming schedule, and other details about the show, check out our BlizzCon guide or visit www.blizzcon.com.

BlizzCon 2018 Sponsors

BlizzCon is made possible in part by the generosity of our partners, who help provide equipment and other support for the show. This year’s partners include Cisco,Intel, and Samsung SSD, along with the following sponsors who will be hosting various activities at the show:

  • CORSAIR—Check out a custom PC, test your luck for prizes at the CORSAIR Claw machine, and choose your side in the CORSAIR World of Warcraft photo booth.
  • Facebook—Watch participating livestreams on Facebook for a chance to earn special In-Stream Rewards. Learn more: blizz.ly/BC18FBRewards.
  • Nintendo Switch— Join the Diablo III: Eternal Collection development team live on the show floor at the Horadric Retreat, a great place to relax and run Rifts with friends.
  • NVIDIA—Enter to win prizes including the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, hop into a photobooth with special guests, and obtain an exclusive collectible patch.
  • NZXT—Drop by the NZXT booth where experts can answer your questions about building gaming PCs and take a spin on the NZXT prize wheel for a chance to win a BLD gaming PC.
  • Republic of Gamers—Enter to win amazing prizes and demo the latest hardware from ROG including the cutting-edge new ROG Phone and a variety of powerful gaming hardware.
  • T-Mobile—Vote for the Overwatch World Cup MVP on Twitter using #TMobileMVP and your choice’s BattleTag™, take a photo with the MVP trophy, create your own custom poster at the Un-carrier Lounge, and stay connected throughout BlizzCon with complimentary Wi-Fi courtesy of T-Mobile.

Battle for Azeroth PTR 28202

Blizzard Entertainment deployed the Battle for Azeroth PTR 8.1 build 28202 today in the afternoon. The patch was 978MB+ in size. WoWHead has a bulk of new text strings composed of new Achievements, Professions, and Class changes.

What’s New in this build?

Zuldazar Incursion World quests and probably another in Kul Tiras. Before this new patch, testers could only complete Tiragarde Sound, Stormsong Valley, and Vol’dun.

 

These are some of the Horde incursion world quests in Zuldazar. Follow the links below to watch the videos:

| Zuldazar
1. Shores of Zuldazar (Complete 4 Incursion WQ)6. They Love Iron
2. Dinohunter Wildbeard7. Portal Keeper Ramuul
3. Crate n' Barrel8. Receding Treeline
4. Get on the Payload
5. Short for an Orc

 

These are from the Alliance incursion in Zuldazar:

| Zuldazar
1. Ritual Rampage (Complete 4 Incursion WQ)6. Dino Time!
2. Crater n' Barrel
3. No Bridge Too Dire
4. Scout Captain Grizzleknob
5. Gravity Matters

 

I can’t say this is common, but in this new build as I prepared to engage some of the incursions, I saw a star moving on the map. I went to it, and it was a raptor rare elite named N’Chala the Egg Thief, which dropped a pet named Dasher. Seems Blizzard has heard feedback and marking special targets not only in the mini-map, but straight in the main map as well.

 

I am working on recording the Zuldazar Incursions. I’ll scout for more content. Stay tuned.

NYCC 2018 Women of AFK panel (Scholastic): Warcraft: Traveler

At the New York Comic Con, The Women of AFK panelists discussed different topics ranging from HALO, HelloNeighbor, FiveNightsAtFreddys and RWBY; but they also discussed other topics. World of Warcraft and Overwatch were mentioned a few times by Chloe Fraboni.

During the New York Comic Con 2018 Women of AFK panel’s Q&A, I asked Scholastic senior editor Chloe Fraboni about upcoming Blizzard licensed books.

Blizzplanet: I want to ask if there is any new plans for books about World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, or Overwatch?

Chloe: Yea. World of Warcraft… we are publishing the third book in the Travelers series next Fall. So that’s going to be coming out, and we have a really exciting author that I can’t tell any of you about♪

We have some new stuff going on with Blizzard that I can’t say what property it is for. But I am really excited about it.

Blizzplanet: How soon can we hear about it? Sorry, How Soon™?

Chloe: Probably… maybe in March.

NOTE: Chloe didn’t specify the property, but if you watch the entire video (long before the Q&A), she mentioned she visited Blizzard Entertainment at some point in the past and met her dream developer… Jeff Kaplan. She is an avid Overwatch player. I am not saying the property she refers to is “Overwatch”… but it’s fair to mention what I witnessed.

You can watch the portion of the Q&A skipping ahead to 42:58 in the video.

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The 8.1 Darkshore Quests are Really Bad

I hate being negative. I especially hate it with just how toxic the community has gotten on places like MMO-Champion, the story forums, or Reddit. However the Darkshore questline, as it exists on the 8.1 PTR, has such bad writing feel I need to bring the issues with it to light. When I say bad writing, I don’t mean the normal “I dislike the story they are telling and/or believe the plot decisions and characterizations are bad,” bad writing, which is always to at least a partial degree subjective. I mean the writing is bad in a structural, mechanical sense. The quest text and spoken dialogue is completely at odds with what’s being shown. This is mostly the case for the Alliance quests, but the Horde version has issues as well. Originally I intended to release this after 8.1 goes live, as there are at least three missing cinematics which could provide some context. After some discussions on twitter, I’ve become convinced that releasing this now would be more useful. I doubt there’s enough time for Blizzard to implement any feedback on these quests, much of the voice acting is done and that’s typically the last thing they do once everything else is locked in, but perhaps it could be helpful input for future content. Let’s dive in.

Warning: the following contains heavy spoilers for Patch 8.1.

Patch 8.1 – The Hunt for Saurfang

Not sure what this questline is attached to in terms of Horde Story Achievement, but the latest PTR build introduced some kind of search or hunt for Saurfang who has escaped from the Stormwind Stockades. Sylvanas sends you and a dark ranger to search for clues that lead to finding Saurfang. Things get complicated toward the end, with you betraying the Warchief Sylvanas. Seems we are on the verge of civil war at some point in the future.

 

Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1 – Blood Elf Heritage Armor Questline

The Blood Elf Heritage Armor questline starts in Orgrimmar at the Orgrimmar Embassy (39.31,78.96) — given by a blood elf named Ambassador Dawnsworn. The requirement to start the quest is to be a Blood Elf, Exalted with Silvermoon City and to be level 120.

The player is sent to Silvermoon City to talk to Regent-Lord Lor’themar Theron. He provides you with a magic lantern that allows you to witness the series of events that led to the Fall of the Sunwell. You will see King Anasterian, Arthas the Death Knight, Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider, Sylvanas Windrunner, and a younger version of your character as you fight the Scourge to protect Quel’Thalas.

NOTE: In the PTR 8.1 you can complete the questline, but the Transmog item reward and the Achievement are not available in build 28048.

1. Pride of the Sin'dorei6. The Day Hope Died
2. Walk Among Ghosts7. Defense of Quel'Danas
3. Writing on the Wall8. A People Shattered
4. The First to Fall9. The Setting Sun
5. Lament of the Highborne10. The Fall of the Sunwell

Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1 – Dwarf Heritage Armor Questline

The Dwarf Heritage Armor questline starts in Stormwind City at the Stormwind Embassy (54.57,18.18) — given by an Explorer League dwarf named Digger Golad. The requirement to start the quest is to be Exalted with Ironforge and to be level 120.

The discovery of an Ancient Tablet leads you to the Madoran’s Study deep in Old Iron Forge. There you recover the broken fragments of Madoran’s Armor. A blacksmith now residing in Loch Modan informs Brann Bronzebeard that the ancient dwarves were able to forge that armor by transforming into their former stone form for longer periods of time than modern dwarves can achieve.

Brann forms a plan and leads you to Ulduar in Northrend to ask Ignis the Furnace Master to help forge a new armor from the old fragments. An Earthen assists with a ritual for your transformation into stone to forge the armor.

NOTE: In the PTR 8.1 you can complete the questline, but the Transmog item reward and the Achievement are not available in build 28048.

1. Keep your Feet on the Ground7. Interest Yah in a Pint?
2. Something Valuable. Perhaps?8. Recruiting the Furnace Master
3. Ancient Armor, Ancient Mystery9. Earthen Blessing
4. Watch Yer Back10. Forging the Armor
5. Madoran's Study11. Legacy of the Bronzebeard
6. Shards of the Past

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