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Blizzard Launches Battle.net Item Restoration System
2012/04/25 at 4:39 PM
Back in the day, getting an item restored was a big deal. It took forever and it was a pretty complex process. Everyone had rumors about how many items you could petition for in a character's lifetime and everyone had different stories involving the kindness of Blizzard's GMs.
Well, that's officially a thing of the past now! Blizzard has launched an automated item restoration process. Every thirty days, you can have an item restored via this process. Pretty cool!
Starting today, players can access a new system that will allow players to recover World of Warcraft items that they may have sold, destroyed or disenchanted: Battle.net Item Restoration.
With this new self-service option the recovery of an item or items that were recently deleted or sold to a vendor can be restored to a character immediately when using the ticket submission system on our support site. For any items that were accidentally disenchanted the same method can be used to request a review by Customer Support for restoration.
This restoration option may only be used once every 30 days on active Wo
4.3 Raid Finder Loot Rules and Blizzard Preview Footage
2011/11/23 at 5:07 PM
Blizzard posted the final raid finder loot rules--a topic I remember many of you were curious about! It looks fairly standard and hopefully will prevent loot being taken unfairly by players who want to grief or gear their offspec over main.
We were also sent a 4.3 video today showcasing Dragon Soul and the three new 5-mans. However, it doesn't have music, so we'll update links if Blizzard's YouTube channel ends up having a different one; we were sent this by Blizzard's PR team and told to post away, but it doesn't seem to be the usual quality for a trailer. Still, it features gorgeous footage and really highlights the instances.
4.3 Raid Finder Loot Rules
As previously announced the Raid Finder will use an altered version of Need Before Greed that provides loot roll bonuses to those that have entered the raid in the role (tank, DPS, healing) that uses those items. Unfortunately the system is currently unable to detect spec, and so this creates some issues for classes that utilize stats that are not "common" to that role.
To help clarify which items you will or will not be able to roll on based on the role you entered the raid i
Diablo III Beta Opt-ins Now Open
2011/09/02 at 9:31 PM
Interested in signing up for an advance look at Diablo\u2019s coming invasion of Sanctuary? To be eligible to participate in the Diablo III beta test, you need an active Battle.net account with any Blizzard game title attached to it. If you don\u2019t already have an account, it\u2019s easy to create one. Once you\u2019ve set up a Battle.net account, or if you\u2019ve already got one, you can access it by visiting http:\/\/us.battle.net\/en\/ and clicking the Account button on the upper right. Then, to opt into the beta, just click the Games & Codes section of your Account Management page, and then select the Beta Profile Settings option from the drop-down menu. You\u2019ll be prompted to download the System Check beta opt-in application; running it will opt you in to the Diablo III beta. If your system specifications change, you can run the System Check application again to update your information.
While running the System Check application doesn\u2019t guarantee you a place in the Diablo III beta, we wish you luck and hope to
Blizzard at Gamescom: 4.3 Announced, Deathwing, Armor Customization, Diablo 3 News, and More
2011/08/17 at 10:31 AM
So things just got really serious--4.3, which was a huge mystery, is now pretty much unveiled at Gamescom. When speaking to Kotaku and Gamona.de, Tom Chilton was very open in just how much content the patch would have for WoW players. " has a whole bunch of content," he said, "three dungeons for five player instances and a new raid instance culminating in the Deathwing fight."
Of course, it's not just dungeons to be excited for. Those ethereals we mentioned a week and a half ago? They're for what most of us only dreamed in our biggest dreams and Blizzard previously said was impossible: armor customization. "We have a wealth of armor sets we created that people no longer use," Chilton said, explaining why they had chosen to add it in.
What we know about 4.3:
Deathwing in 4.3
According to Kotaku: "The Deathwing fight will be the most epic boss encounter to date, including a battle phase that takes pla
Real ID Party System No Longer Going Premium
2011/08/16 at 10:36 AM
Blizzard announced that their Real ID cross realm party system is now out of beta testing. Apparently it's here to stay as a free service rather than the initially speculated premium one--good news to those of us who made frequent use of this service. Of course, this shouldn't come as any surprise given both its popularity as a service and the negativity it was met with when it was announced as potentially premium only.
We\u2019re happy to announce that the testing period for World of Warcraft's new Real ID Party system is now complete, and the feature is now officially live! We received a lot of great feedback from the community throughout the course of our testing, and we appreciate everyone taking the time to share their thoughts and experiences with us.
For those who haven't yet had a chance to try it out, the Real ID Party system allows players to invite Real ID friends of the same faction to a 5-player normal or Heroic dungeon, regardless of what realm their friends are on. This new feature makes it easier than ever for real-life friends to play together, and it's available to all World of Warcraft players at no additional charge -- all
4.2 Hotfixes (7/12 - 7/14) and Real ID Reminder
2011/07/14 at 9:53 PM
News Round Up: Cross Server Real ID Grouping, Valor Point Acquisition, and More
2011/07/14 at 2:19 PM
A little while ago Blizzard mentioned that they had a new Real ID feature in development--one that would allow Real ID friends to form parties across multiple realms, so that friends can run dungeons together, even if they are not on the same server.
Well, this feature is now somewhat done and available to be tested for free. Blizzard also mentioned that this will be one of the premium features of the Real ID service, so it might become paid in the future.
When delving into the depths of Azeroth's darkest dungeons, it always helps to have some friends at your side... now you're able to issue a call to arms no matter what realm they play on. We're pleased to announce the new Real ID Party feature is now available for testing! This new feature will allow World of Warcraft players to invite their real-life Real ID friends of the same faction to a party regardless of the realm they play on, and then queue up for a 5-player regular or Heroic dungeon.
To learn more about Real ID, please visit the Real ID web page and read the FAQ.
For more information about how the Real
News Roundup: Authenticator Changes, Anduin Wrynn and Gelbin Mekkatorque Lore
2011/06/16 at 5:38 PM
Just a few new posts today, including some clarifications on the new changes with Battle.net Authenticators. Players will no longer be prompted for authenticator codes when logging in from a "familiar" location (as tracked and determined by Blizzard). I assume this means it will simply recognize your local IP and no longer prompt for an authenticator code as persistently, which won't help much in protecting your account from family members or criminals who break into your home to hack your Warcraft account. Those exist, right?
Blizzard has also posted a new installment of their "Then and Now" character retrospective series, featuring Anduin Wrynn. In addition, we've got a new short story in the Leaders of Azeroth series, featuring none other than Gelbin Mekkatorque, leader of the gnomes! Alliance players rejoice, this lore's all for you!
Battle.net Authenticator Changes
If you use an authenticator \u2013 and we hope you do \u2013 you may soon notice that an authenticator prompt may not appear with every login. We\u2019ve recently updated our authentication system to intellige
News Roundup: 4.2 PTR Premades, Arena Pass 2011, Official Site Updated
2011/05/09 at 7:12 PM
A new week begins with a few new posts from Blizzard! Players eager to dive into the new patch 4.2 content on the Public Test Realms will be happy to know that character transfers have been reset and you can now transfer premade characters decked out in the finest item level 359 gear! Blizzard has also revealed some timeline details on the process of this year's Arena Pass, where players pay to compete for glory, titles, and the adorable
Murkimus the Gladiator
Blizzard has also been extremely hard at work on improving their official website, offering all sorts of nifty new pages and resources for all players new and old! Check 'em out, and tell them Wowhead sent you! ;)
4.2 PTR Premades Now Updated, Transfers Reset
Greetings,I'm happy to inform you that we have just updated the premade character copy templates with shiny new 359 item level gear. In case you already used your character copies before this update we have reset your limits. Enjoy!
Public Test Realm FAQ
Download the Cl
Bind to Battle.net Account Heirloom Items Coming in 4.1?
2011/03/30 at 7:11 PM
We were taking a peek at some of the awesome Heirloom items we discovered in today's PTR patch and noticed a majorly interesting detail: heirlooms will now Bind to Battle.net account! It seems that this feature has been added not only to the newly added heirlooms but to all previously implemented heirloom items as well! We have absolutely no idea how transferring these items between characters on different servers and whatnot will work, but we'll definitely update with any details we're able to find! Maybe we'll see a detailed Blizzard post on this real soon\u2122!
We'll (of course) have our PTR database updated as soon as possible to support this change. :)
News Roundup: More Cataclysm Hotfixes, Authenticator Giveaway, Explorer's League Journal
2010/12/16 at 11:35 PM
Just the latest World of Warcraft news for you guys! :)\r
Usually I'd post the Cataclysm hotfixes separately, but to be honest there's not a whole lot this time - thought the Hyjal portal fix is extremely welcome!\r
Check out the latest changes, plus a few more interesting news bits after the break!\r
Blizzard Offering Free Cataclysm 10-Day Trials!
2010/12/16 at 11:04 PM
Blizzard is now offering free 10-day trials of the Cataclysm expansion to Wrath of the Lich King account holders in both US and EU regions! Players will be able to access the new Cataclysm-only zones and try out the new races! What are you waiting for?\r
US Cataclysm Trial Sign Up\r
EU Cataclysm Trial Sign Up\r
Cataclysm Trial FAQ\r
If you or a friend are currently playing Wrath of the Lich King and haven\u2019t yet experienced the content Cataclysm has to offer, you can sign up now to play a 10-day free trial version of this latest expansion for World of Warcraft.\r
During your free trial, you'll undertake epic new quests, explore the reshaped and newly discovered lands of Azeroth, and see the world from a whole new perspective as one of the shape-changing worgen or crafty goblins.\r
To participate, you\u2019ll need full versions of World of Wa
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