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Siege of Orgrimmar: Flex Underhold Open 10/1, New Bosses and Loot
2013/10/01 at 10:49 AM
The third wing of
Siege of Orgrimmar
Flex, "The Underhold," opens October 1st on US servers. This overview covers The Underhold's Flex loot, Dungeon Journal, loot satchels, vanity items, and achievements.
Flex mode does not require players to have a certain item level to zone in, but it does require you to queue with a premade group. You can have anywhere between 10 and 25 players.
Check out our past
Siege of Orgrimmar
Gates of Retribution LFR
Vale of Eternal Sorrows LFR/Gates of Retribution Flex
. Also check out
for their new Flex Rankings and many character tools.
Click the cut to read more about the new
Siege of Orgrimmar
wing open today!
Hearthstone Beta: Upcoming Changes
2013/09/30 at 12:25 PM
In our previous blog, we covered some of the nitty-gritty facts about the wipe and what exactly it entails. It’s an exciting time for the Hearthstone team, since this wipe will coincide with our first major closed beta patch for both the Americas and Europe regions. Our update covers a wealth of bug fixes and quality of life improvement within Hearthstone, and today we’ll be sharing some of the highlights of this upcoming patch. Many of these changes are based on feedback that you, our valued community, provided to us on the forums.
We’ve gotten a lot of comments on quests. The community has discovered some fun hidden quests, but some of our daily quests have frustrated those of you who have quests that don’t correspond to your favored class. After the patch, daily quests that require you to win with a specific class will now give you a choice between two classes, allowing you some additional flexibility.
Class balance has been a hot topic, with many of you commenting on
Patch 5.4 Transmog Guide and New Transmog Set Filters
2013/09/28 at 12:32 PM
This guide takes a look at all the new transmog options added in Patch 5.4. There's many new sets from Tier 16 (PvE) and Season 14 (PvP), as well as some unique
. There's also a ton of lookalike tier that doesn't have class restrictions if you want to resemble another class! Mouseover the links to see an image preview of the set.
In addition to the
transmog set database
, we've added some more transmog tools in Mists of Pandaria:
Filter This Set
: Some sets have a ton of matching gear options like
, so we've added a Filter button at the top of set pages. Now you can narrow down set pieces and see their sources (
Same Model As
: Our Same Model As tab now has images of all gear with the same design--perfect for easily seeing what gear looks alike. Click on the image to open it in our 3D Modelviewer.
Image Search Results
: Our Weapons and Armor search results now come with a
Battle Pet Hotfixes and Talk Azeroth: Flex Raiding
2013/09/27 at 12:15 PM
This week Olivia takes us through some of the recent forum complaints about LFR and Flex. Is it too easy? Too hard? Or have we just totally forgotten what it's like in new tiers? And is Flex taking away all the good raiders?
She also gets into your viewer questions, dealing with last week's responses to the Censer of Eternal Agony, and its issues with PvP flagging on PvE servers. Lastly she dives into the complete farce that has been the start of season 14, with the conquest vendors being up and down like your average yo-yo, the gear issues and the impact on rating.
Battle Pet Hotfixes
We have a few hotfixes to share with you and these changes should be in game now, or will take effect once the realms have been restarted:
are no longer Bind on Pickup; they can now be caged and you can collect up to 3 of each.
spell is now a one-round ability. The tooltip still erroneously states that it is a two-round ability which we plan to correct at a later date.
ability now has an eight-ro
News Roundup: Hearthstone Beta Account Wipe Incoming, PvP Updates
2013/09/26 at 12:19 PM
A major beta patch is coming to Hearthstone soon, and in preparation for that, CM Zeriyah is giving everyone a heads up that their progress will be reset.
This includes gold, experience, arcane dust, and class levels.
Each pack purchased with real money will give players back 100 gold, and each arena entry will give players 150 gold.
There are also no current plans to do additional wipes, so any cards and levels acquired after this wipe will be usable when the game goes live.
If you tested the store before the wipe, you will get after redoing the introductory missions.
If you're not in the beta, you can always get a sense of the game from our
We've also got some details on the Season 14 PvP situation under the cut--you may have noticed NPCs suddenly being removed, and CM Lore explains why.
Click the cut to read the blue posts!
Patch 5.4 Hotfixes for September 24th
2013/09/24 at 9:13 PM
Another round of Patch 5.4 hotfixes were posted tonight--not as massive as
covering tons of class and Norushen changes, but still important. Some Grievous Conquest vendors have been removed for fixes, and there are additional
Siege of Orgrimmar
boss tweaks tonight.
Click the cut for the full hotfixes!
SoO: Gates of Retribution LFR Open 9/24, New Bosses and Loot
2013/09/24 at 11:10 AM
The second wing of
Siege of Orgrimmar
LFR, Gates of Retribution, opens September 24th on US servers. This wing opened last week on Flex difficulty--
to read about the Flex and LFR content that opened on September 17th.
For LFR, you will need ilvl 496 to queue up and the bosses drop ilvl 528 loot. If you're stuck on how to get there, check out our
LFR loot is personal, meaning you have a chance to receive an item that corresponds to your
. To see what items are open to your loot spec, check out our boss pages and click on your class icon, or browse our loot spec info on item pages or filters.
Bonus rolls also work on LFR bosses. You'll need
from bonus rolls, which is acquired from
Chest tier is now available from
Sha of Pride
in Wing 1, and gloves from
in Wing 2. These LFR tokens can be turned into gear at your faction's shrine:
Patch 5.4 Hotfixes: September 23rd
2013/09/23 at 8:26 PM
Tonight's Patch 5.4 hotfixes cover major class tuning changes, and a few item changes. The
Evil Eye of Galakras
was only reducing the cooldown on 5 abilities for Warriors, and now affects
as well, and the
Unerring Vision of Lei Shen
now has a 40% reduced chance to activate its effect for Warlocks.
Some ability changes include a 20% damage increase to
, a change to
where the heal-over-time effect is increased by 50% when used on the Paladin (down from 100%), and a 15% damage reduction to
Shadow Word: Pain
were also added an hour after the initial hotfixes went up.
Click the cut to read the complete hotfixes.
News Roundup and Talk Azeroth Episode 14: Eternal Agony
2013/09/23 at 11:03 AM
Olivia dives right in to the World First race from her secret lair in the USA, wondering why the bosses are dropping like flies this time around and putting her pet theories out there for your examination. Next up, she's been besieged with emails about the Censer of Eternal Agony which is purchased from the Timeless Isle, and used either to mercilessly gank people like the black-hearted snakes you are, or for some fun world PvP, depending on your perspective. She hits up some viewer questions, if you want to send yours in email her on email@example.com, and gets back to enjoying her holiday!
Click the cut for details on an upcoming Heroic Norushen hotfix and some recent Patch 5.4 changes!
Brewfest 2013 Guide (September 20 - October 6)
2013/09/20 at 11:12 AM
Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, the Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and booze! The competing breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew, and the Ogres, all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special ales, meads, and beers. Brave adventurers are invited to sit back, take a pull, and sample the finest wares these brewers have to offer!
During Brewfest, players can acquire the title
and collect fun mounts like
Swift Brewfest Ram
! Like 2012, there are epics available:
Thousand-Year Pickled Egg
Coren's Cold Chromium Coaster
Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm
Bitterest Balebrew Charm
In addition, there are two MoP items from vendors:
There is also a special experience buff:
High Tinker Mekkatorque
will give speeches by their camps at 6:15 AM and PM server time, and then buff every
Patch 5.4 Hotfixes for September 19th: Proving Grounds and Droplet of Y'shaarj
2013/09/19 at 8:20 PM
Time for another round of 5.4 hotfixes! Some good news and bad news:
Droplet of Y'Shaarj
no longer drops in LFR--you'll need to do Flex, Normal, or Heroic for it. LFR raiders can still get the adorable
. If you really want the pet, remember that you can use your bonus roll from
to get the pet.
Another big fix is that the NPC party members in the Proving Grounds Healing challenge are a bit better at swapping targets, moving out of the fire, and using their AoE abilities. To learn more about Proving Grounds, check out our
Proving Grounds Guide
Click the cut to read the latest hotfixes!
Pirates' Day Guide (September 19th)
2013/09/19 at 12:21 PM
Avast, ye landlubbers--it be Pirates' Day! Put on your
Bloodsail Admiral's Hat
and get ready to celebrate in Booty Bay because September 19th is
in World of Warcraft--an in-game version of the international holiday
Talk Like A Pirate Day
. While not a full-blown holiday, Pirates' Day still has its very own achievement for the 24 hours day it comes to Azeroth.
In 2013, this runs from 11am PST on September 19th to 11am PST on September 20th, so you could sneak this in too while getting ready for
While you can get a one-hour disguise from pirates throughout the faction cities, the main festivities take place in Booty Bay; here players will find pirates celebrating on top the roof of the Booty Bay bank, including the tribute NPCs
, which pay homage to the
of Talk like A Pirate Day. There's even special fireworks, music, and cannons!
Once you've arrived, speak to the
Dread Captain DeMeza
and share a festive drink. She will grant you the
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