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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003 posting news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Next-Gen MMO, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)

RP-PvP: Summer’s End Event

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Shadowed Tribe is holding a celebration in honor of the Goddess Elune. The celebration will be held on Sunday the 2nd of October in Darnassus, in the Temple of the Moon, at 6pm server time. Anyone is welcome to attend, but we ask you to please respect the intent of the event, as being role-play and a celebration. Disruptions will be dealt with swiftly. If you wish to participate in the celebration by addressing those gathered, please contact Melisse, Thalassa, or Swan, or visit this thread (http://bottribe.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=71) and post your request.  Read more details at the RP-PvP Community

Event: Tela en Laire (Summer’s End)
Date: Sunday, October 2
Time: 6pm server time
Location: Darnassus, Temple of the Moon
Sponsor: Shadowed Tribe

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Weather Effects in the Works

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A new weather system soon to be tested. Get ready for the rains and storms!  Eyonix shared with the community the progress of the Developing Team on Weather Effects.  Three new Weather types are been tested at this point.  However, there is no ETA for the release of this new feature.

Eyonix: “The development progress for weather effects continues to move forward, and before long we hope to offer additional information on the subject. I will offer up one exciting bit of information – currently, three types of weather are “in the works”, each one designed to bring Azeroth to life in a unique fashion.

I’ll wait for a more appropriate time to unveil the specifics.”

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Warlock Class Changes by Patch 1.8

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Patch 1.8 will introduce many significant changes for the Warlock Class.  Death Coil,  Pyroclasm and Damage over Time(DOT) have been tweaked around in the internal build for patch 1.8—and the new talent Bane reduces casting time for Shadowbolt, Soul fire and Immolation spells.  For patch 1.9, end-game pets now will have higher DPS and are being tested by the QA Department.  However, Talent Ruin has been nerfed slightly to balance the new improvements, but not by much as commented by Eyonix.  For Shard bag details read here

  • Death Coil – The cooldown on this spell has been reduced to two minutes and there will now be a short duration (3 sec), non-diminishing fear effect applied to the target. The mana cost has been increased so the spell is less efficient for purposes of DPS.
  • Pyroclasm ? Now gives a chance to stun when Rain of Fire, Hellfire and Soul Fire hit the target.
  • Damage over Time – in patch 1.8 we?ve lowered the duration of Corruption and Curse of Agony, increasing the damage per tick.
  • Bane Talent – will now reduce the casting time of Soul Fire and Immolation spells in addition to Shadow Bolt. The second improvement affects Intensity, which will now reduce the chance to be interrupted while casting Rain of Fire, Hellfire and Soul Fire spells.
  • Ruin – next patch we’ve also slightly reduced the critical damage bonus of Ruin. This change is very small and shouldn’t impact overall Warlock DPS to a noticeable degree.
  • End-Game Pets – overall creature power has increased for Doomguard and Infernal.  Changes scheduled for Patch 1.9
  • Soul shard bag –  The Shard Bag is pending programmer time, which is divided amongst many tasks and projects. The designers are pushing for its production, however. All that I do know at this point in time has been stated before – the bag will be able to hold more Soul Shards than the normal bags which are available, easing the burden of shard management.

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Wow-Europe:  5-days Credit by Morhaime

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Wow-Europe gets a 5-days credit for latency and hardware issues during August 31-September 12.  Blizzard President Mike Morhaime expressed his apologies and shared with the fans all the technical issues the Blizzard Europe team went through.  A good precedent, where fans are openly explained the problems that caused the lag spike and login issues.  Fans expressed they wish this type of communication more often:

On September 12th we detected a dramatic increase in temperature at different data centers. We then brought down the servers to avoid any damage to the hardware. Our ISP quickly identified and rectified a failure in the air-conditioning system; however, before re-opening the servers, we brought our hardware manufacturer on-site to check for any damage.

Upcoming Instant Melee Attack Change

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The mechanics of most instant melee attacks will be modified to improve item balance upon the release of patch version 1.8. Currently, instant melee attacks do damage based on the damage range of the weapon, plus a bonus for the player?s attack power. This bonus is then multiplied by the speed of the weapon. As a result, slow weapons do more damage than is intended, and fast weapons are considered inferior by most players. We are changing the way the attack power bonus is calculated for instant attacks. This change will NOT affect attack power calculations for normal melee attacks. Instead of multiplying by the speed of the weapon, the attack power bonus will be multiplied by a fixed number pulled from the following table:

Two-handed weapons: 3.3
Daggers: 1.7
All other one-handed weapons: 2.4

As a direct result of this, many weapons will shift position in their relative power. In particular, many epic (purple) quality items will now be more powerful than slower superior (blue) weapons. For the purpose of instant attacks, the Arcanite Reaper and the Barman Shanker will drop slightly in relative power, while Typhoon and Alcor?s Sunrazor will increase in power.

We expect to see the total damage output of a Mortal Strike warrior go down about 4% with the Arcanite Reaper, and up about 4% with Typhoon. We expect the total damage output of a Backstab rogue to go down about 2% with the Barman Shanker and up about 2% with Alcor?s Sunrazor.

This change was not made to reduce the power of instant attacks, but to correct the relative imbalance of weapon itemization. At a given level requirement, epic quality weapons should always be more powerful than superior quality weapons.

Please also note that all normal weapon swings will be completely unaffected by this change. The following abilities are affected by the design change: Sinister Strike, Ambush, Backstab, Whirlwind, Mortal Strike, and Overpower—Eyonix.

Ladder Season Three Soon

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Warcraft III has been updated in recent days with the 1.19 patch and many of the maps available for ladder play have received a fresh coat of polish. Blizzard invites you to their first in-depth look at Ladder Season III and the new ladder implementation.

Blizzard Original Song Contest

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Blizzard announced their official BlizzCon Original Song Contest, sponsored by Creative Labs and FilePlanet! Blizzard is looking for some talented musicians to create an original song based on Diablo, Starcraft, or Warcraft. The five most-talented bards will receive a Soundblaster Platinum X-Fi Sound Card, a free year of World of Warcraft, and much more. Interested? Click the link below for more details:
http://www.blizzcon.com/song-contest-rules.shtml

Wow plague at Yahoo! Buzz

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World of Warcraft gets buzz.yahoo-ed with a small article reporting the Zul’Gurub plague that has been expanding through Azeroth, and makes a joke that hopefully the monthly $15 players get a virtual healthl plan attached.

“News from gaming circles tells of a highly contagious disease spreading through the dungeons of Azeroth. It seems that World of Warcraft (aka WoW), a massively multiplayer online role playing game (otherwise known as an MMORPG), has its own version of the plague, and it’s got people buzzing. “

XFire Version 1.45 Released!

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Our peer-to-peer software partners, XFire updated now to version 1.45—XFire now includes a very highly requested feature Blocking usernames, more download sources, improved voice activation in voice chat, and much more. Read the Release Notes.  If you have XFire, just launch it and it will auto-update.  If you have never used XFire, and wish to give it a try download it.  You may chat with your friends and keep track of what game they are playing.  With a button click you can join their game server, and use voice chat.  You can toggle XFire Chat window within World of Warcraft without going to desktop.

Warcraft 3 Patch 1.19 Released!

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The Warcraft universe continues to expand, as Blizzard announces the latest patch for Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and its expansion set: The Frozen Throne. Patch 1.19 contains new and updated maps, unit and item balance changes, and some new features in the World Editor! Simply connect to Battle.net to download the patch. For more information on this exciting new patch, please click here.

Blizzplanet Update: The Titans Lore

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Ever wanted to find out some lore about the Titans and the members of the Pantheon High Council?  We have added an article with the excerpt from Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light describing the Titans Race and mentioning some background info of each Pantheon member. Enjoy the great read!  Browse our new Titans Lore Section

RP-PvP: Sunday Mass - Maelstrom Event

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Meara—Community Manager of Blizzplanet/RP-PvP Forums has announced a server-wide event on Maelstrom RP-PvP Server:

“Sunday Mass – a ceremony of worship of the Holy Light, the faith shared by those of the human, dwarven, and high elven societies. Granted from the collected spirits of every sentient inhabiting the realm of Azeroth and empowered through the happiness a followerer envokes, the Holy Light is a philosophy of good and kind.

On Sunday, September 18th at 7PM CST/-6 GMT, the first Sunday Mass of the RP-PvP server, Maelstrom, will occur. Hosted by the chaplains of the Kul Tiras Marines, the ceremony will be conducted by Khor, Head Chaplain of the Marines.

Located within the halls of the Northshire Abbey, the event will take place at 7:00 PM Central (server time) and should last approximately one hour. Everyone within the Alliance faction is welcome to visit and enjoy some roleplay.

Light keep you…”

Richard A. Knaak Exclusive Q&A

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We had a small Q&A with Richard A. Knaak concerning few details of War of the Ancients: The Sundering—which fans found confusing, from Hakkar the Soulflayer and Hakkar the Houndmaster to Ysera/Elune/Cenarius-relation topics.  We also have the release date for Warcraft: The Sunwell trilogy: Shadows of Ice and release date for Diablo: Moon of the Spider.  Read the Q&A interview

Blizzard: Wow Wanted Posters Contest

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Blizzard is seeking talented artists to create Wanted posters for a very Cool Contest.  This contest is sponsored by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and five winners will receive a fantastic prize package. Read more.

Prize Package includes:

  • 1 2GB iPod nano ($199)
  • 1 Apple iPod nano Lanyard Headphones
  • 1 Apple iPod nano Tubes
  • 2 iTunes Music Store Card $50

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FantasyFlightGames: Wow Board Game

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Fantasy Flight Games announced the release of World of Warcraft: The Board Game.  You can read the rules and full details at the official homepage.

“Are you ready to explore the misty eaves of the Silverpine Forest, the hills of the Hinterlands, or the rotten corruption of the Plaguelands? Are you ready to set forth on a great adventure, building your skills and prowess while collecting equipment and artifacts of legend and power? Are you ready to set yourself against the overwhelming will of a great enemy such as Kel?Thuzad or the mighty Nefarian? Above all, are you ready to lead your faction to honor and dominance of Azeroth?  Voyage through Lordaeron, vanquish monsters, complete quests, and battle for the glory of the Horde! … or the honor of the Alliance.”

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Blizzplanet Update: Warcraft Timeline

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We have added an excerpt from Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict—written by Chris Metzen—gathering the Warcraft Timeline since the Titans arrived to year 25 where World of Warcraft the MMORPG begins.  The Timeline format is somewhat different to the one in the Official Site. Summarized.  Check it out in our Warcraft Timeline section.

Wow 1.7 Hotfixes

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A few hotfixes will be implemented by Blizzard today to address some issues with Zul’Gurub, Arathi Basin and Blackwing Lair.

Beginning at 4:00 AM PDT on 9/17 we will be issuing rolling restarts to all realms to apply a hotfix. We expect this to resolve several issues:

-Fixed an exploit with drakonids where players could get a head start.
-Nefarian’s drakonids have reduced damaging abilities
-The wild polymorph cast by Nefarius in Blackwing Lair, can no longer be canceled early by clicking it off.
-Arathi Basin holiday honor should now be awarding the bonus properly.
-Hakkar’s spell Corrupted Blood can no longer exist outside of Zul’Gurub

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Diablo II Patch 1.11b

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Blizzard released Diablo II and its expansion Lord of Destruction to Patch 1.11b, fixing two crash bugs. You can download the patch on that link or log in to Battle.net:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when you return to chat after playing a game on Battle.net.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when the runeword “Peace” was equipped on a hireling.

Additionally, the Area Summit homepage, updated by Nebu(GFraizer) has new changes, as shown below:

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Blizzplanet Update: Wow Story Arcs

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We have added a new section that will gather Story Arcs of World of Warcraft, gathering most of quest series and new lore.  We will be updating the list every week, so keep visiting the Story Arcs Section.  The current story arcs have the Defias Brotherhood, Scythe of Elune,  Seal of Ascension, Fall of Ameth’Aran, Stormwind Hero Tribute Statues, Pariah’s Instructions: The Five Kahns, and the Centaur’s origin narrated by Celebras the Redeemed, among others.
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Wow 1.7 Patch Notes

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The World of Warcraft patch is live offering the Zul’Gurub Dungeon, Arathi Basin Battlegrounds and the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, in addition to a plethora of new additions.  Feel free to read the Patch notes below . . .

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Wow Won’t Go To Consoles

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Gamesradar got word from Paul Sams—VP of Business operations of World of Warcraft—that the MMORPG won’t be available in Consoles anytime soon.

Blizzard has confirmed that it has no immediate plans to bring its insanely popular and dangerously addictive PC-only MMORPG, World of Warcraft, to consoles

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RP-PvP Realms Go Live

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Tomorrow Tuesday, Blizzard will release two new servers for RP-PvP starting 11AM PST.  The new servers are named Maelstrom and Emerald Dream.  After the maintenance schedule, fans can start creating their new characters and enjoy roleplaying with other players.  Join Blizzplanet/RP-PvP Forum Community to share with other members from the RP-PvP servers.

Bonus Map - Wizard’s Retreat

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New Warcraft III: Frozen Throne bonus map has been released.  Nestled in the Arathi Foothills lies the pristine resort enclave where the wizards of Dalaran retreat from the front lines to recuperate while relaxing in steamy hot mana pools.

Download Wizard’s Retreat,  a new Bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Blackwing Lair: Threat Bug Fix

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Tigole informs that the Dev Team has identified the threat bug that was affecting players in Blackwing Lair:

” We identified the cause of the threat bug that was causing erratic behavior in the Ebonroc and Chromaggus encounters. In fact, the bug could occur in any encounter but due to the length of the above mentioned fights, it’s mainly being noticed there. The bug would cause aggro to “ping-pong” after a certain threat value was reached.

We *should* be able to get this bug fix into the 1.7.0 patch. If we cannot get it in there, we’ll try to hotfix it or get it in an incremental patch soon after.

Apologies for this bug”

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BlizzCon Costume Contest

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Blizzard Entertainment announced the official BlizzCon Costume Contest, co-sponsored by Intel and Alienware. Show up to BlizzCon on Friday, October 28th as your favorite Blizzard Entertainment character and enter to compete with others for prizes and great fun! Interested?