Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.
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I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)
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After BlizzCon 2018, the public knows that Blizzard Entertainment partnered with NetEase to develop Diablo Immortal.
We also know that Cory Stockton — the World of Warcraft developer overseeing Pet Battles — joined a team that is working on a unannounced mobile game. The rumor going around these past years is Warcraft Pets-meets-Pokemon Go. But unproven.
So in short, we know Blizzard Entertainment is working on at least two mobile games (one of them Diablo Immortal, the other one presummably Warcraft-related).
GamesCom 2020 is still alive. The yearly event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but GamesCom 2020 is coming back in a livestream format instead through August 27-30.
This immediately might make you wonder a question. Knowing that Blizzard Entertainment is now attending the IGN Summer of Gaming event livestream… will Blizzard participate in GamesCom 2020’s livestream as well?
The newest Shadowlands Alpha build 34365 added new Human customization options, and other new updates. The following video is 1:46 hours long. Feel free to use the timeline bar to move to the race you wish to check out (until I’m able to get shortcuts). Click the video title to launch YouTube. At the gear icon choose 1080HD and fullscreen.
Not all races/genders got an update, but I recorded all of them because most of the hair styles and other options now have a name, not just a number.
Check out the accordion below to see which races/genders got new customization options.
Click the accordion below to browse through all the new customizations in this specific build, and what has no change.
Days of Wonder announced the launch of the Small World of Warcraft board game, based on their Small World game mechanics.
A new day dawns on Azeroth. A day like every one before it, and every one after. A day of merciless struggle for the control of the World of Warcraft. Not only is this Small World territory far too tight for everyone, it also hosts the never-ending conflict between the factions of the Alliance and the Horde. Dawn has broken and the time has come to take your place on the front lines.
Small World of Warcraft is a stand-alone board game set in Blizzard’s glorious video game universe, Azeroth. 2-5 players vie for control of several islands in this hostile world and their only hope will be to pick the right combination of races and special powers. After staking your claim to a piece of land, defeat your neighbors and expand your territory. If you can occupy legendary places and control powerful magical artifacts, you’ll reach new levels of domination. However, empires must eventually fall, so be ready to put your over-extended race into decline and lead a new one to glory so you can eventually rule Azeroth.
UPDATE (May 19): After fan backlash on Reddit and other platforms, AMD took the decision to take back their recent announcement. You can disregard some portions of my article like the title (AMD Zen 3 Not For Your Current Mobo) and the earlier announcement. Basically, AMD is now allowing Zen 3 CPUs on X470 and B450 (AM4) motherboards via BIOS update, but once you flash it, you won’t be able to downgrade as the update will make space by deleting data to accommodate Zen 3 support data into the BIOS.
“We’ve heard our audience, and we understand the concerns. We are going to work out a way to support Zen 3 on our 400-series chipsets between now and launch – we’re still working out the what and the how, but we will update you closer to Zen 3 launch.”
In the current Shadowlands Alpha build 34324, and for at least the past 3 builds, there are 4 quests you can queue to play in Torghast, the Tower of the Damned.
It is unknown how these will be accessed in Live realms post-launch, but what I can confirm is that these quests last 6 Floors and end with a boss encounter.
Disclaimer: I do not play a Shaman in live servers. The same way you don’t know how to play all 12 classes, and/or all the 30+ different specs, I don’t. Addons are disabled in the Alpha, thus I can’t use Heiki for rotation. Please, focus on the anima powers and the content found in Torghast, and not my bad rotation.
Click the video titles to launch YouTube. There you can access 1080HD from the gear icon, and fullscreen.
The latest 34278 build was over 1GB in file size. It needs to be patched again to fix some unstable server issues:
Landing after taking a flightpath disconnects the client, or in extreme cases auto-force-quits to desktop.
Clicking on the Anima Pads at Hero’s Rest in Bastion disconnects the client.
Random disconnections while riding.
Another really bad bug is a permanet loss of your Alpha character in this build. DO NOT use the Anima Gateway (transportation pads) around Hero’s Rest when you go down. It’s better to just jump down and ghost run to the body. If you don’t, your character is permanently a few yards above the air — unable to go up or down, so whenever you go past a hill, your character is further above ground. You can no longer quest in areas that are downhill. There is no fix: I tried logout/login, hearthstone, dying.
Update: A few hours later, when I login, all character are now grounded. However, if you were pretty high in the air before logout, you will land hard.
Worgen and Undead are not yet enabled in this build as playable characters.
The Horde version of Exile’s Reach is not yet available.
Only Bastion and Revendreth are available for testing. No new zones.
Level cap has been increased in Bastion. It was previously capped to level 53. I reached 54 today while in Torghast.
New character customization options for the Gnome female, and Night Elf female: Pixie, Flipped, and Large Bun.