Change To Flasks In WoW 3.1

Bornakk offered a lengthy explanation behind the changes to Flasks in Patch 3.1.  Though flasks get a nerf in duration, players will reap greater benefits.

Blizzard Quote:
As many of you have learned, we will be reducing the duration of flask effects so that they only last one hour. However, all recipes that create flasks will create two instead of one for the same material cost. Additionally, we will be increasing stack size from 5 to 20 as we anticipate players will need to carry more flasks at a given time. Vendor value for flasks has also been reduced to keep the auction house deposit low.

Our goal with the change was to allow players greater flexibility when determining how long they plan to raid, as currently we were seeing many players balance time spent raiding around flask duration. We also anticipate that this change will make using flasks in dungeons and battlegrounds a more reasonable decision for players. Though this change will not occur until patch 3.1.0, we wanted to give as much advance notice as possible in case some of you who are stockpiling flasks would prefer to wait to do so until the change is implemented.

We realize players who currently have stockpiled a lot of flasks may feel like they will lose money with this change, since their current flasks will only last for half as long once 3.1.0 goes live. To partially remedy this, we are going to allow players to exchange any current Northrend flasks (Flask of the Frost Wyrm, Flask of Stoneblood, Flask of Endless Rage and Flask of Pure Mojo) for two flasks with the shorter duration. Flasks from older content will not be grandfathered in, and going forward, it will only be possible to make the flasks with a one hour duration.

Fifth Blizzard Game In the Works Update

Recently, Blizzard Entertainment added two job openings under the category titled Unannounced. I wrote an article about it a few days ago. We have now a few interesting bits concerning these job openings for a unannounced game.

UpdateMarch 24—The job openings mentioned in this newspost is indeed a brand-new game that has not been mentioned before.

1. This brand-new game is not a World of Warcraft expansion, and it is not related to the Next-Gen MMO.

2. In the present, the brand-new game is using the World of Warcraft engine merely for testing purposes.

3. The Client Software Engineer job opening is to hire the person that will have the responsibility to develop an engine from scratch for this game.  This new engine will be built depending on the skill and interest of the person hired for this position.

Whether this game is based on the three major franchises (Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo) or a new IP, that remains unknown.

We encourage our readers who have the skills and fill the requirements for this job to step forward and submit a resume and code samples to [email protected].

World of Warcraft # 20

The solicitation for World of Warcraft # 20 is available, and it looks like the comic book is starting to catch up with Wrath of the Lich King. As shown in previous issues, Garrosh Hellscream is already in Orgrimmar, and accompanies Thrall and Rehgar Earthfury to the peace summit with Varian Wrynn (Lo’gosh) at Theramore.

Now the Scourge attacks the Alliance and the Horde. Are we gonna see some zombies shrieking the word: “BRRAIIIIIINNNSSS !!!” We will have to wait and see.

imageWORLD OF WARCRAFT # 20

The Scourge makes their move and attacks from all fronts intent on taking no prisoners! No longer united, can Varian and Thrall survive the onslaught? And will Valeera once again succumb to her addiction to magical energy?

Written by Walter Simonson & Louise Simonson
Art by Mike Bowden & Phil Moy
Cover by Walter Simonson

On sale June 17

Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 Preview Scans: Bloodsail Buccaneers

Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 is shockful of goodies with stories based on the Bloodsail Buccaneers and the Darkmoon Faire by Christie Golden. And the conclusion of the undead tauren Trag Highmountain saga by Richard A. Knaak. What happens when noble tauren arrives at Arthas the Lich King’s front door with an ancient weapon even the dragon aspects would be frightened of?  With Warcraft: Legends Vol. 4 you have a little taste of swashbuckling adventures with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Volume 4 will be available at local and online bookstores on June 16, 2009.

Product Description
Some of the world’s best manga creators join together to bring the world of Warcraft to life as never before! Between these covers lie tales of adventure, treachery, humor and bravery. Told from both Alliance and Horde point of view, these stories have entertained the likes of travelers, soldiers and thieves in taverns, inns and camps all throughout Azeroth. They have endured the trials of time and have earned the title of legend. Whether this is your first journey into Azeroth, or merely the latest in a long line of visits, this collection will not soon be forgotten!

imageAvast thar, matey! This be Captain Bloodvein, the most cutthroat pirate to ever sail the South Seas of Azeroth! Usually I care not for books (lest they be used to fuel the roarin

World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Limited Edition

Simon & Schuster, Inc. just announced a special World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King Autographed Collector’s Edition Hardcover Book available on April 21 for the price of $ 32.00.

What’s special about this Limited Collector’s Edition?

  • First Edition Hardcover Copy of Arthas
  • Christie Golden’s Signature
  • Numbered Edition
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Collectors Leather Gift Box

This is a very sweet deal for the hardcore lore fans who wish to keep this treasure well-protected in its own leather gift box, personally signed by Christie Golden.  They are a limited edition with only 5,000 printed for this collection. Pre-orders are available here. There are five shipping options: USPS Standard Mail ($5.95), USPS Priority Mail ($8.95), Fedex Ground, Fedex 2-Day and Fedex Overnight. All options show you an approximate date of arrival.

All of these books are autographed personally by Christie Golden as you can read at her personal blog. Stay tuned for the announcement of our upcoming live public chat with Christie Golden where you will be able to ask the author anything about WoW: Arthas. Your efforts to resist are futile. Let Frostmourne claim your soul.

BATTLE.NET 2.0 HAS LAUNCHED !!!

Starcraft 2 is closer than ever my brothers … BATTLENET 2.0 HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. IT IS OFFICIAL. You can now sign up to create a battle.net 2.0 account. Enter a good standing email address—probably non-gmail nor one that has given you issues before with beta signups.  Then you will receive an email verification to your inbox. Accept it by clicking the link emailed to you.

Once done, you have the option to merge your World of Warcraft account to the Battle.net 2.0 service.  This merge cannot be reverted.  Once you have merged your world of warcraft account, your old username and password are void. You will login into your World of Warcraft account and login into the game using your Battle.net 2.0 account login.

This is something to be EXCITED about guys. Starcraft II beta is upon us any minute. And that means Blizzplanet will giveaway some beta keys away courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment very soon. Stay tuned for any contests or giveaways.

via: starcraftwire.net

Blizzard Quote:
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PTR 3.1 Ulduar Raiding Schedule – March 19-22

The PTR 3.1 Ulduar Raid Schedule from March 19-22 is now available to test the bosses after the recent build 9704.  The trash mobs are now enabled. Make sure to report any bugs with those too. Boss loot is enabled, except for some trash mobs. Read the short FAQ at the bottom.

Blizzard Quote:
Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing:

On the North American test realms:

Kologarn – Thursday Night, March 19, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Mimiron – Friday Night, March 20, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Iron Council – Saturday Night, March 21, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday, March 22, starting at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.

On the European test realms:

Freya – Thursday Night, March 19 at 19:00 CET.
Mimiron – Friday Night, March 20 at 19:00 CET.
Auriaya – Saturday Night, March 21, at 19:00 CET.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday Night, March 22, starting at 19:00 CET.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) Trash has now been completed, and players will see the trash associated with each boss during their tests.

Q) Where’s the loot? (UPDATED)
A) All loot should be present, except for some loot on trash creatures.

Q) What about achievements? (UPDATED)
A) We’re still working on achievements, but many of them are now active and functional. Some achievements still have placeholder values.

PTR 3.1 Raid Schedule Replacements On March 18

The PTR 3.1 Raiding Schedule for today has been cancelled and replaced, so keep track of these changes to prepare for your raiding tonight.

USA
This evening’s test of Kologarn on the US PTRs is being rescheduled due to the deployment of a new PTR build on the servers

EUROPE
We’re going to test Razorscale instead of Freya today March 18 on the EU PTRs.