Poll Results: What did you like Most in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm?

Our recent poll investigated what players liked most in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and definitely the Flying in Azeroth feature won this poll with 216 votes, followed by the Worgen and Goblin Races with 133 votes.

It shames me to see that Tol Barad / Gilneas PvP wasn’t so exciting to our visitors with a mere 2.64% (15 votes). Shame, shame, shame. People will start to think that Blizzplanet’s visitors are narrowed down to only a bunch of carebears. That trulyz disappointz me. I thought I was the only carebear around these parts. Oops!?

World of Warcraft # 25 Preview

World of Warcraft # 25 will be packed with action, where we will learn the fate of Med’an, Cho’gall and the Twilight Hammer who are about to clash in Ahn’Qiraj, Garona, Aegwynn, Meryl and Valeera Sanguinar will be there. Hopefully this issue shows us a glimpse into what might happen to herald the Cataclysm, the events of the upcoming WoW expansion.

A few weeks ago, I provided a spoiler image which captured what Cho’gall’s plans are with breaking the barrier between Azeroth and the Elemental Plane. An event that we know since BlizzCon 2009 is the main focus of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm with the introduction of the Firelands in Mount Hyjal, the Abyssal Maw, and Deepholm.

In issue # 25, the new Council of Tirisfal led by Lady Jaina Proudmoore chant the spell that teleports them into a pocket outside time and space in the Twisting Nether in order to initiate the ritual of the Guardian to infuse Med’an as their new Guardian.

The World of Warcraft comic book’s story arc with the son of Garona and Medivh is coming to a close in issue # 25, which coincides with the apparent departure of Walter Simonson and Louise Simonson who remained as writers since launch. Don’t miss grabbing this issue # 25 while supplies last. It hit newsstands and comic shops on November 18th. The next issue is World of Warcraft Special # 1 (Dec 9) whose events will trigger the launch of the World of Warcraft: Horde # 1 title spinoff and World of Warcraft: Alliance # 26.

Walter Simonson is among the legends of comic books, remembered among many other titles for his run on The Mighty Thor (Marvel) and Orion (DC Comics). I still remember X-Factor # 25 by Louise Simonson as writer and Walter Simonson as penciler. In X-factor # 25, Apocalypse and his four horsemen, including Archangel attack New York City. Their participation in the World of Warcraft comic book is widely welcomed and hope they get back at some point.

The bonus-sized epic final showdown! Will Med’an and the newly formed Council of Tirisfal vanquish the evil Cho’gall and the Twilight’s Hammer? Will the unlikely union of Horde and Alliance be torn asunder?

Written by Walter and Louise Simonson
Art by Mike Bowden and Tony Washington
Cover by Mike Bowden and Tony Washington

Wildstorm – 40pg. – $3.99
On Sale November 18, 2009

SPOILER ALERT

I got issue # 25, and it finally reveals that little mystery whether Meryl Winterstorm was the same character as Meryl Felstorm. In this very issue, Meryl renames himself to Meryl Felstorm.

I’m a bit upset with Aegwynn’s fate. However, considering her arrogance as a young Guardian caused all of the mess that has forgone in Azeroth, it was a noble redemption. Some fans don’t like much the Captain Planet Med’an thing, but I think we have seen that already with a younger Aegwynn until she went solo — and no one complained much. Maybe it’s the tendrils. Don’t know.

Aegwynn was buried at the crypt near Karazhan: Morgan’s Plot.

Med’an continues to be the new Guardian of Azeroth at the end of this book. We will have to wait and see if something happens in the World of Warcraft Special # 1. The thing here is that if Med’an doesn’t die as the prophecy calls … that little rumor about Thrall becoming the new Guardian becomes just that: a rumor.

The only way Thrall could become the new Guardian is if Med’an dies, or if Med’an undergoes Malfurion’s cliche trip to MMO limbo for a few years while Thrall takes the mantle until Med’an returns. We will have to wait and see. I’m very curious whether J. Allen Brack really didn’t know who the New Council of Tirisfal was, or if he pretended not knowing anything when I asked him at the Blizzcon 2009 Press Q&A if the New Council of Tirisfal would play a role in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

There’s a hint that we might meet Meryl Felstorm and Garona in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Meryl has left the new Council of Tirisfal to hunt remnants of the Twilight’s Hammer minions. Garona decided to accompany Meryl in his hunt, as a sidekick. Meryl continues to hold the demon Dreadlord Kathra’natir within himself. A nice potential raid boss to tackle. You can read the story of Meryl Winterstorm and Kathra’natir in Warcraft Legends # 5. The story is titled: First Guardian and it’s written by Walter Simonson’s half-heart: Louise Simonson. Check out our video interview with both writers during the New York Comic Con 2009.

Black Friday: World of Warcraft for $4.99

Newegg just announced via e-Newsletter its ultra secret Black Friday blowout items for sale with up to 80% discounts. World of Warcraft (classic standalone) is available for $4.99 with free Shipping throughout today (Friday, November 27, 2009).

If you are among the Starcraft, Warcraft III, or Diablo II player who never tried out World of Warcraft before, or want to give it to a family or friend as a gift … that’s a very wild price to get started with through Azeroth’s adventures.

Gasp! Ultimate Boot device … OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30G 2.5″ 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) for only $ 129 (with a $30 Mail-in-rebate) which places it down to $99.99. AND FREE SHIPPING …

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Warcraft Manga and ScourgeWar TCG Sweepstakes!

Our friends from TOKYOPOP informed me they have united with Upper Deck to launch a new contest with some sweet prizes. You better participate for a chance at getting any of the prizes. All you need to do is login into your Tokyopop account and click a button. That’s all. Among the prizes are an entire collection of the Warcraft Legends manga, World of Warcraft: Death Knight by Dan Jolley and ScourgeWar loot cards (including the Spectral Kitten pet). Check out the rules page here to enter. If you have problems, feel free to contact me.

Update: Read the full rules to participate: Only natural persons who are legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia and who are at least 13 years old at the time of entry are eligible. Identification must be produced on request. Employees of TOKYOPOP, its Sweepstakes sponsor (if any), advertising and promotional agencies, and their respective affiliates and associates and such employees’ immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in the same household of each (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate.

Only one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. If any entry requires the submission of any materials, such as photos or drawings, all such submissions become the property of TOKYOPOP and will not be returned..

Upper Deck Entertainment and TOKYOPOP Present The World of Warcraft Manga and Trading Card Game Just-Push-This-Button-It’s-That-Easy Contest!

How to Participate:

1. You must be a member of TOKYOPOP.com (register here)

2. Sign into your TOKYOPOP profile here.

3. Click the “Enter” button at the bottom of the following page by Sunday, December 6, 11:59PM, PST

4. Hang out, play some Warcraft, cross your fingers

5. Winners will be chosen and announced Monday, December 7

6. Prizes will ship by January 1, 2010

Prizes:

Two Grand Prizes

Includes:
1 World of Warcraft Scourgewar Booster Pack ($95.76)
1 Warcraft: Death Knight Manga ($10.99)
1 Copy of Warcraft: Legends Volumes 1-5 ($54.95)

Three Runner Up Winners will get the following prizes:

One of these cards from the WoW TCG: ScourgeWar expansion:

  • Tiny Mount
  • Tuskarr Kite
  • Spectral Kitten pet

… and a copy of World of Warcraft: Death Knight.

Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Action Figure

The Warcraft Twitter mystery has been unveiled … Blizzard Entertainment introduces the exclusive Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Action Figure available now at the Blizzard Store (or Europe Store) while supplies last — and considering 25,000 Blizzcon tickets sold out in 30 seconds — that’s not long.

You’ve probably run into his empty keg in your travels through the Barrens — now you can own a collectible action figure of Azeroth’s most renowned pandaren wanderer. Capturing the spirit (and spirits) of Chen Stormstout, the Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Action Figure is a limited-edition, premium-sculpted piece that stands at a colossal 8 inches and features Chen’s signature bamboo bo staff and brewmaster’s keg. The Pandaren Brewmaster Action Figure is available in limited quantities and can be ordered exclusively through the online Blizzard Store. Head over there today to order one for the budding Brewmaster in your life.

The first pandaren collectible ever! Capturing the elusive (and world-celebrated) Chen Stormstout for the first time in 3D, the Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Action Figure is a limited edition, one-of-a-kind Blizzard online store exclusive! This premium-sculpted piece stands at a colossal 8″, features Chen’s signature bamboo Bo staff and Brewmaster’s keg and comes packaged in a 4-color, spot UV collectors window box.

Art Directed by Blizzard Cinematic Creative Director Nick Carpenter.

Exquisitely sculpted by Ray Villafane and painstakingly painted by Eddie Wires.

Pandaren Brewmaster Action Figure is a limited edition opportunity and is subject to a first-come, first-serve basis for distribution.

Mystery Announcement on Twitter Part 2

The mystery deepens with a new image teaser of whatever Blizzard is about to announce today.  A couple days ago the first image appeared at the official Warcraft twitter with the words: “It’s coming”.  Early today—and it’s 6:20am in New York right now—another image teaser appeared just hours away from the unveiling with the words: “It nears”.

Is it a new statue to be placed in their offices? We have seen Nova, Kerrigan, a dwarf, a female night elf, and Thrall at their offices.  Could it be an image from the World of Warcraft film?  A new merchandise such as a Sideshow Collectibles diorama? Is it related to the unannounced MMO or WoW: Cataclysm? Well, I am clueless on this one, but the teasing might suggest something big.

Onyxian Whelpling Pet Video

During the 5th Anniversary of World of Warcraft, players were greeted at their in-game inbox to a special delivery from Blizzard Entertainment: the Onyxian Whelpling, a non-combat pet to celebrate the first 40-players raid dungeon. It seems like yesterday when I was among the first groups testing Onyxia in the beta servers. Ahh, such memories. Below is a video of the pet, and a brief look at what happens when it deep breaths. Not much of a special effects, but oh well. Pet’s welcome among my collection of 76 pets.

WoW 5th Anniversary: Developer

Blizzard Entertainment celebrates big the 5th Anniversary of World of Warcraft with a community-wide effort to create a massive Mossaic of photos. Simply download the Alliance or Horde insignia from the Mossaic page and upload your photo holding any of the insignias

In addition, a new in-house interview with many developers is available with subtitles and transcript. The following developers appear in this video: Jeff Kaplan, Sam Didier, Alex Afrasiabi, J. Allen Brack, Russel Brower, Chris Metzen, Rob Bridenbecker, Shane Dabiri, Frank Pearce, Mike Morhaime, Paul Sams, Rob Pardo, Tom Chilton, Joeyray Hall, Matt Samia, Micky Neilson, Nick Carpenter, Jeff Chamberlain, Justin Thavirat, Greg Street, Cory Stockton, and Glenn Stafford …. pants. Heck, that’s a lot of people.

You gotta watch this video and see how human and emotional these developers are. One I can mention is Rob Bridenbecker who tells how his brother was a Warcraft player and later got to play WoW and he was all geeked up. His brother had cancer and fought through it for about five years, and died a couple of years ago. Chris Metzen attended the funeral and decided to write a long epic-questline [A Hero Remains] in honor to Rob’s brother. I was amazed when I recognized the questline and to learn what it’s motive was. It was epic, but you wondered who exactly this NPC was. Now we know. Remember that paladin who refused to die in Icecrown by the Silent Vigil? The paladin that stayed behind because he got touched by the undead blight? A metaphor to cancer. And you go to Remulos, Tirion Fordring, Alexstrasza and even A’dal to find a cure? At the end A’dal and other Naaru take his spirit to the Light. Epic.

I posted a video capturing the entire questline during beta. It will help you understand how emotional and epic it felt to this developer.

There is so much more in this video to explore about the developers and how this fantasy world has marked their lives. You can watch it here.

More interviews and BlizzCast # 12 are to be posted soon at the official 5th Anniversary page.

Design Your Own World of Warcraft TCG Contest

Are you an artist? Here’s a very nice opportunity to win prizes and why not, even a resume booster by participating and winning the Design Your Own World of Warcraft Trading Card Contest.

Many of the artists who provided their talent to the artwork behind each TCG card have come from the Deviant Art community. Thus you have the same chance to win than any of those who got hired by Upper Deck.

Just in time for the holidays comes the Design Your Own World of Warcraft Trading Card Contest! If you want to win some great loot from Upper Deck, all you have to do is download the Hero card frame on our contest page, design a cool piece of artwork to fit the top frame and provide a description text of your very own custom-made Trading Card Game Hero card! If your card is the best, you could find some epic loot under your tree! Be sure to check out our Terms and Conditions before entering.