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11Jan/120

Townlong Steppes – Zone Preview

Townlong Steppes - Zone Preview

Townlong Steppes is a new zone introduced in Mists of Pandaria.

Separated from the rest of Pandaria by the Great Wall, the rampaging mantid people of the Townlong Wastes devour everything in their path in order to build their own crystalline empire of ruthless warriors and scheming feudal lords. The Pandaren are left reeling when the mantid's thousand-year cycle of aggression kicks off a hundred years too early and their greatest warriors burst through the great wall. The beleaguered Pandaren must now face the worst swarm in recorded history while trying to isolate the cause of the mantid's erratic behavior.

11Jan/120

Mists of Pandaria Barell Roll

Just a preview of the new spell Barrel Roll.

11Jan/120

BlizzCon Costumes – Deathwing

BlizzCon presents an incentive for real-life tailors and engineers to take up their needle and thread and their cardboard and spray paint, in order to fashion amazingly realistic recreations of their favorite Blizzard characters and creatures. After this year’s costume contest, we invited the winners to write articles on the art of costume-craft for us to share with the community. Here’s the third entry in the series, written by Justin, who won third place for his take on Deathwing.

Pain!…

Agony!…

My name is Justin Floyd, and I am Deathwing. Rather, I was Deathwing. This costume started at the insistence of my wife, who decided I would fit the character of the deranged former Earth Warder quite well, which I’m not sure is a compliment. Without her help, this costume would not have been possible (mainly because my artistic ability is confined to stick figures and shadow puppets).

Let me start off by saying that I have a deep fondness for the Blizzard community. I met my wife at BlizzCon 2005 and many guildies at other BlizzCons along the way, some of whom I consider close friends. I’ve played Blizzard games since Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness was released, and it is the community and storytelling that always brings me back. Getting to be a Warcraft character for a day was awesome and the support from fellow BlizzCon attendees was amazing.

We started planning and working on the costume in April and literally finished it an hour before I had to be backstage. Of course this means I missed a lot of the cosplay meet-ups, but considering some of the mishaps we had, we’re lucky we got it finished!

The costume was constructed from a variety of materials including green Styrofoam, papier mâché, paper clay, leather, Wonderflex (a thermoplastic -- just heat and bend!), fabric, and foam rubber mats (interlocking squares usually used for the garage or kids’ playrooms).

Styrofoam was carved and covered in paper clay for the shoulders and various spikes. Foam rubber mats were used for the bracers, boots, and chest. Leather was used in a variety of areas, including the chest and loincloth. The legplates and belt were created with Wonderflex, which is truly wonderful!

Question: How did I keep everything on?

Answer: Lots of Velcro.

Walking around in costume is harder than it looks. To start, I didn’t realize I needed a spotter until I walked straight into a fire hydrant and dented one of my boot spikes. This wasn’t a big deal, since we packed some extra black paint. While waiting for my wife to get the paint from our room, I was striking a few poses for several nice people who wanted a picture. Apparently, range of motion is very limited when you’re wearing two feet of badassery on your shoulders, and to my horror, I felt my pauldrons slipping off! I went to grab for one but it was too late and the other shoulder crashed to the sidewalk. A few of the foam/paper spikes broke off. We had to trek all the way back to the hotel room, glue everything back together, and march… well, waddle back to the Anaheim Convention Center.

After my initial walk across the stage during the costume contest, I was ready to exit the area and try my hand as a fuzzy, lovable Pandaren. Needless to say, I was completely dumbfounded when I was pulled aside and asked to “wait right here.” It was a little nerve-wracking going on stage a second time, but it made for a good YouTube video to show the family. All in all, I learned more about costume construction than I bargained for, but I also learned how fun it can be. I’ll never forget the experience -- and how could I, when I now have a huge mace that lights up hanging on my wall?

In case you were wondering, I did go to Disneyland.

Okay, maybe I didn’t go dressed as Deathwing, but I was able to treat my guild to an unforgettable day at the park after winning third place. Two of my guildies had never been to California, let alone Disneyland, so it was nice to be able to do something special for them after BlizzCon.

P.S. FOR THE ALLIANCE!

11Jan/120

2nd wave of FCMs to Aggra (Português)

As previously announced, in order to allow more players to join the Portuguese community on their dedicated realm, we will be opening additional Free Character Migrations to Aggra (Português) for a period of two weeks.

As such, from January 18 until February 1, you will be able to move your characters from the following source realms to Aggra (Português):

  • Arathor
  • Burning Blade
  • Lightning's Blade
  • Sylvanas
  • Trollbane

We will be evaluating the situation concerning other potential source realms, and will let you know as soon as possible if and when additional FCMs will be open.

We would also like to remind you that the current Free Character Migrations will be closed on January 25, during the morning.

If you want to learn more about the Free Character Migrations, you can read more about them and check out the FAQ in this blog article: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3389806#blog

11Jan/120

Free Character Migration (FCM) – Outland

Due to queues and faction population differences between the highest and lower populated PvP realms, the following Free Character Migration will be available until 17 January 2012:

Alliance only:
From: Outland
To: Al'Akir

Discussion on this particular migration:
http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3225374367

Please note: FCM is opened based on realm population tracking and analysis, not by request. If you're looking for a specific migration (from realm A to realm B), you are in most cases better off using Paid Character Transfer, or you could end up waiting for a very long time.

Paid Character Transfers (PCT)
All English realms follow the regular PCT rules, found here:
http://eu.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_GB&articleId=20416

11Jan/120

New Wallpaper Available – Silvermoon

New Wallpaper Available - Silvermoon / 2012/01/11

Silvermoon

Silvermoon

10Jan/120

Mists of Pandaria Login Screen

Note: Fan made!

Mists of Pandaria Login Screen

Mists of Pandaria Login Screen

10Jan/120

Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet by Razer

Project Fiona

Project Fiona

It's a tablet. It's a pc.

Project Fiona Concept Tablet runs a PC environment on a powerful next generation Intel processor ready to play all of your favorite PC games. This tablet concept is running advanced applications on an ultra portable form factor, bringing hardcore PC gaming on the go.

Immersive gaming on the go

Project Fiona features full force feedback in each of its integrated dual gaming controllers so every bump you drive over, sword attack you block, and explosion you walk away from is giving you a more immersive and intense gaming experience.

Audio on tablets sucks today but gaming audio on Project Fiona has never been better with Dolby 7.1 surround sound and it's the only tablet today to be certified by world renowned audio specialists THX.

PC gaming hybrid user interface

Project Fiona redefines how you control your tablet. Engineered with intuitive game controllers attached on both sides of the multi-touch display this tablet offers the ultimate tablet gaming experience. Other tablets force you to use touchscreens and accelerometers for gaming which is great for casual gaming but impossible for hardcore PC gaming. This constrains you to casual games that can be played with limited navigation and control capabilities.

Adapted from a full featured PC gamepad, Project Fiona's integrated dual controllers coupled with its advanced multi-touch screen are designed to make complex game navigation ergonomic and intuitive without compromising on the portability of the tablet. You'll be able to carry out headshots and command troops in-game with ease.

This first-of-its-kind PC gaming tablet with integrated dual controllers is definitely not for playing casual games about unhappy birds or zombie-killing flora.

Tech Specs

  • Hybrid user interface for PC gaming
  • Intel® Core™ i7
  • 10.1" 1280x800 display
  • Full-screen user interface supporting multi-touch
  • 3-axis gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer
  • Force feedback
  • Dolby® 7.1 surround sound
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 3.0
Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet

Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet

10Jan/120

Patch 4.3 – PTR Build 15176


Hunter

Beast Mastery

  • Aspect of the Hawk now increases ranged Attack Power by 2700, up from 2000.

Survival

  • Deterrence now also reduces all damage taken by 30% while active.
  • Black Arrow now ticks every 2 secs instead of every 3 secs. Damage is now spread over 20 secs, up from 15 secs.

Mage

Fire

  • Fireball damage has been reduced by 6,3%
  • Pyroblast damage has been reduced by 6,2%

Paladin

Holy

  • Holy Radiance now costs 40% of base mana, up from 35%.

Weapon Skills

Wands

  • Shoot now seem to have an instant cast time, down from 0.5 sec. I'm not sur if it means anything yet, we'll have to wait for the test realms to be up to see if it's an actual change.

Encounter

10 Man

  • Stomp: Splits 750000 damage between all targets within 25 yards. Morchok's current target and their The two targets closest ally will to Morchok take a double portion of the damage.
  • Void Diffusion: Deals 180000 Shadow damage split evenly between units. In LFR mode, the base this damage dealt is 50,000. does not split.

10 Man Heroic

  • Stomp: Splits 750000 damage between all targets within 25 yards. Morchok's current target and their The two targets closest ally will to Morchok take a double portion of the damage.
  • Void Diffusion: Deals 269100 Shadow damage split evenly between units. In LFR mode, the base this damage dealt is 50,000. does not split.

25 Man

  • Stomp: Splits 2300000 to 2700000 damage between all targets within 25 yards. Morchok's current target and their The two targets closest ally will to Morchok take a double portion of the damage.
  • Void Diffusion: Deals 540000 Shadow damage split evenly between units. In LFR mode, the base this damage dealt is 50,000. does not split.

25 Man Heroic

  • Stomp: Splits 2000000 damage between all targets within 25 yards. Morchok's current target and their The two targets closest ally will to Morchok take a double portion of the damage.
  • Void Diffusion: Deals 807300 Shadow damage split evenly between units. In LFR mode, the base this damage dealt is 50,000. does not split.

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10Jan/120

Scroll of Resurrection Temporarily on Cooldown

Scroll of Resurrection Temporarily on Cooldown

Scroll of Resurrection Temporarily on Cooldown

The Scroll of Resurrection will temporarily be unavailable while it goes on cooldown. As of January 10, 2012 you will no longer be able to send Scroll of Resurrection invites to your friends with lapsed accounts. Never fear, once this ability refreshes, we’ll let you know. Keep an eye on the official World of Warcraft site for more information.

To learn more about the Scroll of Resurrection, visit the FAQ.

You can send invitations through this program to someone who previously subscribed to World of Warcraft. Also, 90 days must have passed on all paid subscription and played time in the game (this includes any previous time playing the trial). For a similar offer for those of your friends who have never subscribed to World of Warcraft, please see the Recruit-A-Friend FAQ.

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