Blizzcon 2009 Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

Blizzard has announced the official link where to purchase the Blizzcon tickets tomorrow Saturday, May 16.  Wish everyone luck to get one of these. Last year, 15,000 tickets were sold out within 15 minutes.  The queue system will allow fans to have better and fair chances to purchase tickets without having to reload mindlessly.

Blizzard Quote:
Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn

World of Warcraft # 22 Will Rox Your Sox

Stay tuned this Monday, May 18 at 5pm EST (11pm Paris).  Hardcore Warcraft lore fans are going to get a loregasm when they read the short and simple solicitation for World of Warcraft # 22 (Wildstorm) on sale August 15.  Subscribe or locate a comics shop here.

During my interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson, I asked this very question and they were very elusive, and their face showed they could barely resist not answering it.  Well, the wait is over.  All the roads lead to World of Warcraft # 22, and it ignites a new plotline for the future of the World of Warcraft MMO expansions.

On the DC Unlimited action figures side of things … I can see some collectors are going to be extremely happy. Ain’t I a tease? /lol

Argent Hippogryph Cost Update

I have done the Argent Tournament daily quests almost since day one it was introduced.  Probably missed the first two or three days.  So far I have 125 Champion Seals, which means players who started from day one must have nearly 150 Champion Seals by now.  If I were you, I would hold on to those Champion Seals.  Blizzard has just confirmed that in the next minor patch they will reduce the cost of the Argent Hyppogryph to 150 Champion Seals (down from 250).  That’s definitely a good move.

The Argent Tournament is not yet over, there are plans for patch 3.2 in the near future, and the Argent Pavillion won’t be built yet by then, so there is still more room for growth and more daily quests.  At the current rate, 250 champion seals at a rate of only 5 seals a day is a very harsh task.  That’s 50 days worth of seals.  Nearly seven weeks.  I am really satisfied with the reduction to 150 champion seals.  Specially because it allows you to concentrate on collecting the faction pets, and later to go after the mounts. Rather than concentrating on just one item, and forget about the other ones because it is just plain not worth the effort. The more you get the more you invest time in it I say.  These pets are like Pokemon. Gotta have them all.

Blizzard Quote:
In order to better balance the cost of new rewards that we would like to add to the Argent Tournament, we will be changing the cost of the Argent Hippogryph flying mount in the next minor patch. These mounts will be reduced in cost from 250 Champion

Patch 3.1.1 – Changes to Items with Stealth Detection

Blizzard has removed Ultra-Spectropic Detection Googles from Arenas and reduced the stealth detection of various items that offer a unfair advantage to PvP players due to its lower level quality.  This has been an issue Blizzard has addressed in the past when Burning Crusade was introduced and with Wrath of the Lich King.  PvP and PvE players always attempt to use level 60 or lower items in level 70 or 80 scenarios.  Thus was the case with the Luffa, a level 45 item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.  It is a trinket with the following ability … Use: Removes one Bleed effect.

Players would use this level 45 item to remove Moroes’ bleed effect in Karazhan, a level 70 dungeon.  Blizzard immediately fixed this by adding this requirement: Will not work on bleeds cast by enemies over level 60. (3 Min Cooldown).  Now we see a similar solution to curb players from using low level items to detect stealthed players.  The question remains whether Blizzard will introduce at a later time level 80 items to detect stealthed players.

Blizzard Quote:
We recently made some changes to items that grant stealth detection. We felt these items provided a necessary advantage in competitive PVP and forced players to use lower level equipment even when more powerful items were available to them.

This item can no longer be used in the Arena:

  • Ultra-Spectropic Detection Goggles

We have removed stealth detection from the following items:

  • All epic engineering goggles

We have reduced the stealth detection of the following items:

  • Catseye Ultra Goggles
  • Blood Guard’s Dragonhide Gauntlets
  • Marshal’s Dragonhide Gauntlets
  • Knight-Lieutenant’s Dragonhide Gloves
  • General’s Dragonhide Gloves
  • Bloodvine Lens
  • Knight-Lieutenant’s Dragonhide Grips
  • Blood Guard’s Dragonhide Grips
  • The Night Watchman

All of these changes are already active and the tooltips will be updated with the next minor patch.

Best Costume to win a free trip to Blizzcon 2009

Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20.  The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz.  The catch?  You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.

Blizzard Quote:
Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.

http://www.wow-europe.com/en/contests/costume09/

This contest will launch on May 20 so get your costumes ready!

WoW: Night of the Dragon – Live Chat with Richard A. Knaak

World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon has gone to its fourth printing due to its popularity.  This is a sequel to Day of the Dragon and one of the major reasons it continues to be read by fans is because it answers the questions of many raiding players … why are we killing Sartharion in the Obsidian Sanctuary (beneath the Wyrmrest Temple)?  Where did this Twilight Dragonflight come from?  Why is Sartharion protecting these eggs?  The story came to be in the book Night of the Dragon where the Blizzard Creative Team and the book author fleshed out the backstory behind the Obsidian Sanctuary.

Remember Lady Sinestra … the black dragon that flies down into the Netherwing Ledge and seals a pact with the Dragonmaw?  This book and the Obsidian Sanctuary dungeon are tied-in with that scene from the Burning Crusade expansion. More important … where is Deathwing? The book will open your eyes to a threat looming the horizon of the world of Azeroth. Whether you have or not read the book, your chance to get all these questions floating around your mind can be answered by no other than the World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon writer—New York Times Bestselling Author Richard A. Knaak.

Attend to the live public chat with Richard A. Knaak this very Thursday, May 14 at 8pm EST to talk about Night of the Dragon.

Time Zones

US East – May 14, 8pm
US Central – May 14, 7pm
US Mountain – May 14, 6pm
US Pacific – May 14, 5pm

Note: Europeans can access the live chat on Friday, May 15:

UK – May 15, 1am
Paris – May 15, 2am

Sideshow Diablo III Overthrown Nearing Final Stages

I had a few words with Sideshow Collectibles President and CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges tonight and there are good news for those hardcore Diablo III fans that are into collectibles.  The Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama is nearing its final stages. We will show you the photos once the painted version is ready.  New products based on the Blizzard games are not out of the question, but nothing as soon as we wish.

Below is an image of the unpainted Diablo III diorama.

What’s the Sideshow Collectibles background?

Greg: Sideshow was born from the belief that we could create more interesting, more detailed, more highly collectible limited edition figures, for a global audience.  Our belief has been proven true, but we continue to be surprised by the global appeal of our products.

Medievaldragon: Are there plans to introduce more dioramas based on the Starcraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft licenses?

Brant: Yes, we are hoping to do more Blizzard products.  Nothing in the immediate future, but we do have some ambitions.

Medievaldragon: What is the status on the Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama (Barbarian) The final painted version hasn’t been unveiled yet.

Brant: You’ll see screenshots of the painted OVERTHROWN diorama soon. It’s KILLER.

Medievaldragon: Are you eventually developing a polystone diorama for each of the five Diablo III classes?  i.e. the Witch Doctor and the Wizard?

Brant: It’s possible, but not definite.

Medievaldragon: How was that first approach between Sideshow and Blizzard Entertainment?  The first product was the exclusive Tychus Findlay Terran Marine diorama—already painted by the time Blizzard officially announced StarCraft II, which means you were already on this at least a year earlier.

Greg: Our guys are Blizzard fans and play WoW more than they should because they’re dragging their sorry asses to work in the morning with a videogame hangover.  So it was only natural that we explore other potential products.

Blizzcon 2009: World of Warcraft Panels Announced

The Blizzcon website now displays details of the panels to be held in the Anaheim Convention Center. Not all panels seem to be available at this time.  Nethaera said some panels might be added as Blizzcon nears in reference to the lack of a World of Warcraft Lore Panel.  Speculation-mode on:  Sounds like we have a new Expansion in the horizon.

Blizzard Quote:
WORLD OF WARCRAFT

Class Discussion
Always a crowd favorite, the class-discussion panel gives insight into the intricate workings of class design and balance, from conception to continuing development. If you

WoW: Arthas Makes # 23 NY Times Bestselling Fiction Hardcover List 5-03-09

Very, very surprising.  Last week, we reported straight from the publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc. that World of Warcraft: ARTHAS by Christie Golden had reached # 16 in the New York Times Bestselling Fiction Hardcover List—barely in 4 days after its launch.  On the week ending May 2, ARTHAS has gotten into the List again at # 23 position. You can check it out here.

The Lich King continues to take over the world.

Achievements: I Smell A Giant Rat

As commented previously, my latest obsession in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is to collect vanity pets.  I mostly had some pets from quests, the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals exclusive mini-Tyrael pet, and the three Collector’s Edition pets.  In less than 3 weeks, I boast 58 pets, which means it can be done with certain level of ease, if you are interested.  Some of these vanity pets are rewards from Seasonal World Events, while others are only acquired through Fishing.

I trained fishing from 1-450 in approximately 3-4 days exclusively to fish this baby … the Giant Sewer Rat.  Sadly, I have been fishing him for 6 days.  The first day wasted 8 hours straight if not longer, followed by countless hours of trial and error.

There were several fishing skill enhancements that I attempted.  All around the Dalaran Sewer: The Underbelly, you can find green-glowing crystal potions on the ground.  They respawn in 5-10 minutes, so you can keep looking around in corners, behind crates, and such.  Some spawn underwater, on the docks, even on boats.  There are three spawning spots in the Black Market area within the Underbelly. Check there for Underbelly Elixir.  These have three random effects: transforms you into a wasp, allows you to see other players and NPCs with mage armor sets, or … the most important—transforms you into a Hungry Tuskarr.  The Hungry Tuskarr form grants you a 10 minutes buff that increases your fishing skill by 50.

On a Sunday, go to the Fishing Extravaganza—even if the contest ends, you can still turn in fish to quest NPCs. While fishing during this Sunday-only event, what you are looking for to fish is a Keefer’s Angelfish (rare) and a Dezian Queenfish.

Once you grab these two rare fishes, go back to Booty Bay.  The NPCs have blue question marks on their heads.  You will find Fishbot 5000 near the giant shark hanging from a tall hook near the Booty Bay Bank and the Inn.  Talk to Fishbot 5000 to turn in the rare fish to obtain a Lucky Fishing Hat which grants you +5 Fishing skill.  The Dezian Queenfish will give you a very neat enchant item: High Test Eternium Fishing Line.  It enchants your Fishing Pole permanently with +5 Fishing skill.

Doing the Fishing Daily quests in Terokkar Forest and the Eventide in Dalaran help too.  The rewards from the Bag of Fishing Treasures have a random chance to drop a Glowing Worm that gives you + 100 fishing skill for 1 hour (cooldown) or a Sharpened Fish Hook that gives you + 100 fishing skill for 10 minutes.

Those are a few tips that are optional to aid in your quest to fish the Giant Sewer Rat. I have been fishing mostly with 450 + 192 fishing skill.  However, you don’t really need that much to fish the pet.  I fished it with 450 + 75 lure. I am not certain if some areas of the Underbelly has more chances to drop the pet or not. It did take me probably over 2000 fishing casts to get.  Once I found a spot where I saw another player get the achievement, I focused on that spot. And I got it too.  Probably less than 600 casts on that specific spot.

I would want to share it with others.  The perfect spot to catch this elusive pet is straight beneath the Cantrip & Crow Inn. Two people catching the pet from that spot is good-good on my book. Now … here we go, Mr. Pinchy.