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Datamined female Night Elf model scrapped and back on the drawing board!
Before the female Draenei model was revealed by Blizzard Entertainment, the female Night Elf was circulating the forums. She was reportedly datamined from the Warlords of Draenor alpha game files in all her bald glory.
Yes, she is bald. That was generally the main issues most players couldn’t seem to get passed — her lack of hair. But others saw several of her other flaws. “She was too toned, her teeth were too pointy like a vampire, her ears moved too much,” etc., etc.. You be the judge of it.
The Beta client is available for Warlords of Draenor.
The majority of World of Warcraft players have been salivating since the Alpha Patch Notes to get into Warlords of Draenor to try out just how much their classes are going to change once 6.0 drops. Currently, the Alpha phase is only open for Blizzard Entertainment staff, friends, and family.
A REAL update on Female Draenei models for Warlords of Draenor.
The Art Team with World of Warcraft started a fire last week when they shared their April Fool’s Female Draenei Model Update. There were some who offended by the back story and appearance flaw in the remake (I thought it was a great joke!). Blizzard Entertainment is ready to share the REAL in-progress work on the Female Draenei.
Please keep in mind that the Female Draenei is currently in-progress. She hasn’t been posed or animated yet, so her proportions are off and she will look weird at first glance. Remember that the original female has a very extreme posture and the team will try to keep the heart of the race intact for players.
After the April Fools’ joke we wanted to ensure you weren’t waiting too long to see where we’re at with her actual character model update. Keep in mind that she’s still in-progress, and doesn’t have any animation to pose her body or face.
Again, she is currently in-progress with the remodel. Check out the full article over at World of Warcraft.
Blizzard Entertainment registers a new trademark: Overwatch.
There’s a rumor circulating the news feeds (Thank you, WoW Insider) that Blizzard Entertainment has trademarked the word “Overwatch“. In fact, if you look through the trademark data base, you can see not one but two with the same name.
But what is an overwatch? For those of you not military trained, here is the meaning from Wikipedia.
In modern warfare, overwatch is the state of one small unit or military vehicle supporting another unit, while they are executing fire and movement tactics. An overwatching, or supporting unit has taken a position where it can observe the terrain ahead, especially likely enemy positions. This allows it to provide effective covering fire for advancing friendly units. The term overwatch originates in U.S. military doctrine.
Does this mean that Blizzard fans could see a FPS (First Person Shooter) as a new franchise? That’s what the majority of the speculation is according to Olivia D Grace.
Blizzard hired Left4Dead developer Michael Booth last year, and it seems like he is directing a small project, with a similar team size to Hearthstone, that isn’t Titan. There have been various job listings for positions with this new project, some of which talk about multiplayer experiences and maps. Now this might all be nonsense, but perhaps it points to a new military-styled game coming out of Irvine.
Remember that there is no official word from Blizzard themselves on “Overwatch”, but what do you think it could mean?
Good-bye tap to faction for Mists World Bosses, hello double the instance tries!
The hippogryph is back at World of Warcraft and pecking away at the latest hotfixes for Patch 5.4.7! These hotfixes are updated instantaneously into your game client without requiring a patch download. But there are some very important and exciting changes for players.
All world bosses in Mists of Pandaria are no longer tap-to-faction. Players from both factions that engage the world boss at the same time are now eligible for loot.
This has been particularly frustrating since each realm has a different faction balance and players would snooze or lose if they didn’t get the Celestial the day of weekly reset. Though I’m a little concerned on how this will play out for those on PvP servers–it might end up as a blood bath for the World Boss.
Each World of Warcraft account can now create a maximum of 10 instances per hour (up from 5).
Plenty of Warcraft players have endured the instance cap at some point in their game life either trying for BiS (Best in Slot) gear, transmogrification gear, or mount dropping bosses (curse you, Stratholme). The cap of 5 has been increased to 10 instances per hour, meaning you can hop in the same dungeon twice the amount before you have to find “something better to do.”
These changes are definitely great quality of life changes for the soon-to-be-ten-year-old-game. Now if only the mount drop rates would magically go up for me.
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Players have seen a lot of words about World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor data strings to alpha patch notes.MMO-Champion dug up several amazing images on creatures, pets, and characters that players will interact with in the upcoming expansion. We’ve gathered a few of the neater looking variations here. You can see the full gambit on MMO-Champion.
The Alpha for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor has dataminers scavenging for the latest and greatest changes. Our friends over at Wowhead have been hard at work finding new achievements, pets, characters, and more for players. But one of the more exciting bits of information doesn’t come with a flashy image, but a string of code.
Recently, I had a friend have his account hacked and characters deleted. It’s always sad news when that happens. Luckily, Customer Service with Battle.Net are amazing people and were able to restore his account the way it was the last time he played. But to have his characters restored required that he contact them either by phone or with a ticket.
With these strings, Customer Service will no longer be called upon to bring back deleted characters much like when item restoration was placed in players’ hands.
Since the Item Restoration feature is located on Battle.Net Support Website only and not in-game, I suspect that restoring deleted characters would also be only available on the site. But this string is found in the game client. Since character moving, renaming, and copying is all through Battle.Net, it seems a very safe assumption to make.
Watch out for the horns on the updated World of Warcraft male Tauren models!
The Art Team over at World of Warcraft have been hard at work updating models for Warlords of Draenor. The latestArtCraft takes a look at the animations of the male Tauren models. The team and players alike were already excited over the re-modeling of the Bulls due to all the details that were added to them by the Character Art Team.
Each team member explained what went into giving life and motion for the Tauren animations. We’ve compiled just a few quotes and images from the original article. Be sure to check out the full article over on Battle.Net.
Realm Best Titles for Warcraft’s Challenge Modes will be gone, but receive ALL the mounts at the end of the Season.
Challenge Modes were one of the new additions to World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. They were designed to, well, challenge players who enjoyed heroic 5-man dungeons. The majority of the dungeon difficulty went into Challenge Mode instead of the average queue for Valor Points. Challenge Mode did not reward better gear, but cosmetic ones to make your character stand out. Plus, there was the cool addition of titles, achievements, and mounts with each medal ranking.
More information about World of Warcraft garrisons is coming soon!
Players are anxiously awaiting more information about World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Twitter periodically provides a teaser, such as the following information.
However, due to Twitter’s character limit, it leaves players with more questions than answers. Garrisons having their own resource was minutely discussed at BlizzCon but was overshadowed by spending in-game gold for upgrades.
This tweet neither confirms or denies that gold will not be a used resource when arming players’ garrisons. There has been plenty of gold in circulation from mobile armory hacks and gold duping. Earning gold will be at an all time high with the next expansionunless treated to the same number squish as gear.
Do you feel garrisons should only rely on their own currency and resources and not in-game gold?
Despite the upcoming release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, development of the console version of the game is still chugging along. Players have even been able to try out the action role-playing game on the Playstation 4.
There is still no official release date for the console version, but it’s not that far off.
“They kind of have to wait for the PC side to wrap before they can completely finish, but they’ve been in parallel development with us the whole time.” (Source)
Meaning what is completed for PC gets sent over to the console team to make it work. It shouldn’t be that much longer since the expansion launch is tonight.
Blizzard Entertainment has always had a unique way of developing their games and then sharing information on them. As a result, when Alex Mayberry spoke with IGN about the game he stopped short of confirming XBox One development.
“I can’t confirm it at this point, as I don’t have a release date, at all for that. The way we develop, it’s as if there will be an Xbox One version, but until it’s announced there’s nothing official.”
Exciting news! Would you go dungeoneering in Diablo III on the XBox One?
Reddit reveals the early access schedule for Elder Scrolls Online.
Elder Scrolls Online is set to release at the start of April. Players can get a five day head start just by setting their alarms a little earlier than usual.
A Reddit user posted Zenimax’s schedule leading up the the wide release of the game.
For 5 day early access:
For 3 day early access:
…and for launch:
Note: console release will be in June.
Warlords of Draenor will have players traveling back in time to the prime of the Orcs. Conspiracy Craft takes a look at the clans that shaped it.
The Horde is comprised of many different clans of Orcs, each unique in their way of life. These individual clans were not always unified and filled with the bloodlust. Before the manipulation of Kil’jaeden, the Orcs were independent and only came together twice a year to honor the equinox of Draenor called the Kosh’harg. The clans were vastly different from each other with various cultures, dress, dialects, etc. so interacting with one another outside of the biannual event was unprecedented (until Orgrim and Durotan). This meant that friendships and even marriages were within the clan itself.