The Battle for Azeroth PTR 8.1 (28366) introduced testing of the new Island Expeditions map: Jorundall. The isle features a Vrykul village and Storm Drakes. I also encountered Taunka & Tauren, Gorillas, Hydras, Crocs, a Pandaria elemental boss, Ice elementals, Pirates and Tol’vir invasions.
The second run, I encountered an injured Drogbar named Brunold who started a quest to administer a cure for him.
BUG: The current build has a substantial bug. When you get near a steam vent of Azerite, your graphics card goes bonkers with 2FPS. Sometimes you crash or freeze. In that case, hold down ALT+CTRL+DELETE to force quit WoW. Launch the game again. Sometimes you get spawned in the Island Expedition. Now move away toward the area you came from. That will default you back to normal FPS. Avoid that area, and move to another destination.
Here are some screenshots I was able to take when my two teammates crashed and didn’t return. Gave me a chance to explore solo.
Danny took a few photos of fans showing off their BlizzCon 2018 Cosplay costumes. Some look stunningly good and elaborate and amazing. Check out that Wrecking Ball! A Night Elf D.va? Space Lord Leoric? Sakura Auriel? Diablo III male Wizard? Much more.
The World of Warcraft: What’s Next panel focuses on Patch 8.1 Tides of Vengeance, and Patch 8.1.5. New model/skins for the Worgen and Goblins. Kul Tiran and Zandalari Allied Races. Micro-Holidays, Timewalking: Warlords of Draenor. Portal Rooms in Orgrimmar and Stormwind. Profession Questlines. Brawler’s Guild new bosses, Transmog sets, and mounts.
Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch have been remastered with updated graphics ( buildings, trees, etc). Patch 8.2: Rise of Azshara will introduce Nazjatar, new Story quests, new Allies, and replayable content. Azshara’s Eternal Palace (Raid) with 8 bosses, and an underwater Boss. Culminating with Queen Azshara herself as the last boss of the 8.2 Raid.
In addition, a new 8-boss Mythic dungeon in Tiragarde Sound known as the Mechagon Megadungeon, the ancient lost city of the mechagnomes.
Blizzplanet members Danny Perschononok and Handclaw had the opportunity to interview Robert Bridenbecker (VP of Technology and Strategy Planning) to discuss details of Warcraft III: Reforged. The interview focuses on the engine overhaul and assets, and Battle.net Launcher transition, as well as the World Editor and mapmaking’s capabilities side.
Those with a BlizzCon Ticket or Virtual Ticket have access to download and play the World of Warcraft Classic demo at home or at the computer stations. Only Westfall is available for testing at the moment.
When creating a new character, you are automatically level 15 in the demo. The character creation screen looks exactly like it did back in 2004; and you can only obtain the old models.
After login, my character spawned at Sentinel Hill. I gathered two quests, and the first thing I noticed with dread is that the quest tracker isn’t interactive, and you can only track what you shift-click in the Quest Log. Opening the map doesn’t show any markers to inform you where the quest objectives are located at.
After the Warfront: Darkshore events, the Forsaken are bringing plague barrels to wipe out the Night Warrior establishment in Nazmir. The objective of “The Blightest Touch” is to slay the Alliance invanders and to blight the Ancient of War with 5 barrels of blight.
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.
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.
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:
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.