It’s time for another of my fan expansion concepts. You may have noticed there’s been a lot of foreshadowing about Wrathion and the dragonflights in Battle for Azeroth. The most tantalizing piece is an island expedition quest (Unscarred Black Scale) that reveals Wrathion is searching for the Dragon Isles. For those unaware, the Dragon Isles were a scrapped zone north of Tirisfal Glades planned for vanilla WoW. They gained a level of infamy for their cool name and this really neat concept art. It may have been re-purposed into BfA’s own Shrine of the Storm:
Outside of the concept art and some other behind the scenes information (such as The World of Warcraft Diary by John Staats), the Dragon Isles have never been mentioned in lore and were assumed non-canon. BfA changed that. From the Unscarred Black Scale quest text, this official version of the Dragon Isles is actually related to the dragonflights. Whereas the old version was just a bunch of Old God temples based on sea creatures. Obviously the concept has changed and so for this expansion I started from scratch. Yes the nautilus temple is iconic, but at this point it really would just come off as Shrine of the Storms 2.0 and that wouldn’t work in the expansion immediately following it. Maybe it could show up in a patch.
I don’t have a name for the expansion this time. I wanted to call it World of Warcraft: Dragonsworn but that sounded too close to the Dragonborn expansion for Skyrim in my opinion. I’ve tried to follow the history of expansions sounding pretty out there story wise when first announced (no one tends to predict major side stories or in some cases even main stories for real expansions) so some of the story will be pretty out of left field. Mostly the return of a certain character. Read it after the jump.
During the Chinajoy 2019 Q&A session, the Executive Producer & Vice President of the World of Warcraft team — John Hight confirmed that Sylvanas won’t die in Battle for Azeroth. Not much of a surprise considering that in recent expansions Blizzard Entertainment has been using the bait and switch method of not killing the expansion’s main villain, and instead letting them escape or influence the next expansion.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (7nm) CPU launched on July 7, and they are almost gone except for some retailers. From what I am reading out there, online, some people have been buying them in bulk to resell on eBay for far more than the manufacturer suggested price which is around $329. Average tax as low as $33 (depending the U.S. state purchased from). So if you are planning to upgrade into a decent gaming system from scratch, right now is the time before these CPUs are gone at the legit MSRP price.
CPU Cores: 8
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Total L2 Cache: 4MB
Total L3 Cache: 32MB
CMOS: TSMC 7nm FinFET
PCI Express® Version: PCIe 4.0 x16
Thermal Solution: Wraith Prism with RGB LED
Default TDP / TDP: 65W
System Memory Specification: 3200MHz
System Memory Type: DDR4
Memory Channels: 2
Razer has announced a must-have revolutionary gaming mouse aimed at MMO and FPS players. The Razer Viper does not use mechanical buttons — which affect response time. Instead, the Razer team has created an optical switch. An internal switch shutter opens when you click, allowing an Infrared beam to pass through. The infrared beam instantly sends a signal, executing the click command. The Razer Viper offers a 0.2ms response time; and provides 99.4% tracking accuracy with up to 16,000 DPI.
This is literally the most essential tool of first-person shooters and MMO players. We need that quick a response to deliver swift combos and finishing commands. No doubt this is why it is aptly dubbed the Razer Viper.
“Every click you make actuates at the speed of light. The Razer™ Optical Mouse Switch utilizes an infrared light beam to register a click, resulting in an industry-leading response time of 0.2 milliseconds. Its instant actuation eliminates debounce and unintended clicks, giving you complete control in execution.”
The Razer Viper features 8 programmable buttons that may be customized via the Razer Synapse 3 app. The DPI toggle button is located beneath the mouse to prevent accidental switching. The mouse is ambidextrous.
You can purchase the Razer Viper now. It ships starting on August 2.
World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 3: The Shining Blade
Don’t miss the epic conclusion to the World of Warcraft: Traveler trilogy, brought to life by New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux!
Aramar Thorne and Makasa Flintwill have borne their fair share of troubles. Ever since Aram’s father entrusted him with an enchanted compass, Aram and Makasa have traveled the extraordinary lands of Azeroth, seeking out the shards of a legendary weapon: the Diamond Blade. The truth behind the weapon, and the terrible doom it seeks to prevent, seems to have been lost at sea with Captain Greydon Thorne. But not all secrets are meant to stay buried.
As the pair struggles to stay two steps ahead of Malus and the Hidden – dangerous mercenaries and sorcerers who’ll stop at nothing to gain the compass – Aram and Makasa have assembled a powerful band of their own allies. From lively goblins and fantastic creatures to mighty druids and mysterious dryads, people are drawn to the talented young artist and the formidable fighter – a fortunate fact. For in their most desperate hour, Aram and Makasa will need all the help they can get to prevent Azeroth from being plunged into eternal darkness and chaos.
This epic conclusion to the World of Warcraft: Traveler trilogy is penned by New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux and features stunning new artwork throughout.
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: World of Warcraft: Traveler (Book 3)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: December 26, 2019
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide, and whose first book was named a Teen Indie Next List Pick. She is also the author of the House of Furies series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded, and the upcoming Salvaged. Her short story contributions can be found in collections such as Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, RESIST, and New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Madeleine is a 13-year World of Warcraft veteran, a noncombat pet enthusiast, and was briefly known as the Slayer of Incompetent, Stupid, and Disappointing Minions. She spends all her DKP on treats for her beloved corehound in Seattle, Washington.
Co-founder and Chief Development Officer Frank Pearce announced he is stepping down his position and departing Blizzard Entertainment. Frank Pearce was a pillar of the original company Silicon and Synapses, Chaos Studios, and what’s known as Blizzard Entertainment as programmer of the original titles that put the company at the top of the headlines and game awards of the time:
The Lost Vikings (1993)
Justice League: Task Force (1995)
WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995)
Norse by Norse West: The Return of the Lost Vikings (1997)
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002)
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003)
Alongside the most memorable faces of the company: Mike Morhaime, Chris Metzen, Rob Pardo, Nick Carpenter, Micky Neilson, James Waugh, and many others that fans got used to see in interviews and panels — Frank Pearce will be missed by Blizzard fans. Their combined contributions to our favorite games will be remembered for decades among the legends.
Nazjatar Ally Quests become available after completing the quests Settling In and Save a Friend. The latter also unlocks World Quests in Nazjatar.
After “Save a Friend” you can click the Conch to recruit one of three Ally companions who will fight alongside you each day. These Ally companions may only get experience from the Ally daily quests. There are only 3 of these quests available per day, and reward 100 Experience each. Basically, 1 rank per day.
Ally companions can max up to Rank 30. At that point, each of the three Ally companions that reach level 30 reward a different mount. These are the quests available at different ranks.
With the Eternal Palace defeated, Blizzard Entertainment has made public the Raid’s Finale Cinematic. Azshara lays on the ground as Lor’Themar and Jaina close in for the kill, but Azshara expires with a I-Can’t-Believe-They-Have-Defeated-Me face.
At that moment, a mechanism falls into place, completing the circle circuit. A blast of light explodes outwards, shaking the ground, and the chains that held N’zoth imprisoned are shattered.
A huge eye is seen at the bottom of the prison, and after a flash of light, shadowy tendrils of “smoke?” dart out of the prison, slithering its way toward the platform to grab Queen Azshara’s corpse.
Azshara suddenly comes to life in horror, with a big surprised eyes. Azshara disappears out of view, engulfed by the shadows.
N’zoth proclaims: “All Eyes Shall Be Opened.” Read some points of views about what might come next for Battle for Azeroth, after the break.
Blizzard Entertainment will be at the San Diego Comic Con 2019 at booth 140. I am going to be blunt. I am disappointed. There is no Blizzard Publishing panel at SDCC 2019, and the only Blizzard panel scheduled is for Hearthstone.