No Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm at BlizzCon 2010

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, StarCraft 2 News

PCGamer talked with Starcraft II lead designer Chris Sigaty about Blizzard Entertainment’s plans for BlizzCon 2010. Blizzard won’t be showing Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm at BlizzCon this year. However, they will have a Starcraft II Q&A panel to discuss loose end questions fans may have about the Wings of Liberty single player lore.

Thanks, Max

Blizzard Quote:
“We’re still working on the details [of the expansion],” explains Chris, “and the last thing I want to do is to talk about theoretical things instead of talking about what’s real.”

The Starcraft II team will be delivering a story panel at the show, where fans will be able to ask the team what’s next for Starcraft II. “We will be featuring a Q&A to talk about story,” says Chris, “but that will largely just to tie up any loose ends and questions players have about what was happening during the story. We won’t be going into details about what’s going to happen in Heart of the Swarm.”

After-Party Pre-Screening of The Raid Invitation

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Stewart McMichael (associate producer) invites BlizzCon 2010 attendees to a pre-screening event of the film titled “The Raid“. This pre-screening will take place at the House of Blues (across the street from BlizzCon).

When and Where

Saturday, October 23, 2010
9PM – 1AM

House of Blues
1530 S. Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, California
Rose Terrace

Pre-Screening

Join us and mingle with your favorite World of Warcraft fan community personalities.

Famed coast-to-coast DJ, Big Daddy, spins World of Warcraft parody songs along with his unique take on the game’ original score.

Give your take on the most anticipated documentary the World of Warcraft community has ever seen.

About

The Raid will be a film about raiding and what it means to be a raider. We will capture the numerous hours invested by a diverse group of gamers in a complicated and choreographed digital environment, where every contribution weighs on their success or failure. We will watch, in person and virtually, as members strategize, fail, re-strategize, and inevitably find victory in their pursuits. We will sit with them in their homes and seek to understand the value this kind of commitment has in their daily lives, amidst their work, and within their families. We will question them about virtual achievements and their value. We will sit with social experts concerned about the growing issue of internet addiction and seek their opinions. We will question the future of the MMO experience and its place in the global landscape of culture, education, and business. Most of all, we will demonstrate and feel the excitement and energy of this kind of experience, which is so often criticized and misunderstood.

“The Raid” Update – 8.9.10 from blue loon films on Vimeo.

Arena Season 8 Finale in Mid-October 2010

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Arena Season 8 is ending in upcoming days and that means players got to hurry up to get their gear and spend those Arena points before they get wiped. Bashiok offers a few hints on what not to do before the season ends. You’d really want to get ahold of the Wrathful Gladiator’s Frostwyrm don’t ya? Listen up!

Arena Season 9 will begin approximately a week after Cataclysm goes live. — Source

[BLUE]We are currently planning to end Arena Season 8 as early as October 13. At that point we will go through our normal process to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards. This process should take approximately one week. It’s very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for the Arena-specific titles and/or the Wrathful Gladiator’s Frostwyrm to refrain from transferring their character to another realm until after Arena Season 8 ends.

The next Arena Season will begin for level-85 players approximately one week after the official launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. During the break between seasons, all rated matches will be turned off and only skirmishes will be available. All Team Ratings, Personal Rating, and Arena Points will be wiped when Arena Season 9 begins, but Matchmaking Rating and Honor Points converted to the new currency system will remain.[/BLUE]

Cataclysm: Justice Points Conversion Update

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Bashiok posted a new update the developers have decided for the Justice Points conversion to be applied to Emblems of Triumph and Emblems of Frost in the upcoming patch 4.0.1. The Justice points have drastically increased to benefit players. The gold per emblem in excess of the soft cap will be lowered down too. – Source

[BLUE]We’ve revised the Justice Points conversion rate for Emblems of Triumph and Emblems of Frost. When the upcoming 4.0.1 patch goes live, these emblems will be converted into 11.58 Justice Points (up from the previously planned 2.75 Justice Points per emblem). Justice Points accrued above the soft cap of 4,000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 47.5 silver per point (down from 2 gold per point) when patch 4.0.3 goes live.

The original explanation thread (http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=26850245012) and the subsequent conversion math update (http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=26850245012&sid=1&pageNo=10#184) have been updated to reflect these changes.

The previous conversion rate was intended to devalue Frost and Triumph a bit to discourage some amount of farming and hoarding of points before the conversion, but then we came to the conclusion that no matter what we do people would be farming well above the softcap, and we shouldn’t try to make it more difficult for them to do so.[/BLUE]

Cataclysm: Major City Portals Removed

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

The recent Cataclysm Patch removed all portals from Dalaran except for Caverns of Time and PvP Battleground/Arena; and all portals from Shattrath except Isle of Quel’danas. Instead, you will find class trainers where the portals used to be. This is a painful tradeoff in exchange of flying in Azeroth, but one we will have to get used to. With the absence of a new major city hub like Shattrath was for Outland, and Dalaran was for Northrend, players must get back to their roots: Orgrimmar and Stormwind as the main hubs for Cataclysm.

Both major cities have portals to the high-end content regions: Mount Hyjal, Vashj’ir, Twilight Highlands, Deepholm, and Uldum. On the other hand, players with low level characters will have handy class trainers in Outland and Northrend and won’t be populating Orgrimmar as much.

[BLUE]The reason the portals from Shattrath were not removed from Outland when Wrath of the Lich King released is that there was a new central hub with portals to all major cities in Northrend. There is no longer a neutral city hub which both factions will be using in Cataclysm. We want to ensure visiting the major faction capitals is still the most attractive thing to do in Cataclysm, rather than having people use Shattrath and Dalaran as easy connector hubs.

To make up for this, we’d like to add class trainers and Auctioneers in Shattrath and Dalaran for those leveling through The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King content.[/BLUE]

Win a Trip to BlizzCon 2010 Sweepstakes

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

SteelSeries, J!NX, BradyGames, and Cryptozoic Entertainment have joined once more to launch the third annual Win a Trip to BlizzCon Sweepstakes! One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive two tickets to BlizzCon, including airfare, hotel, and $300 in spending money! In addition, following winners get twenty prize packs worth over $2,500 in total.

Personal Note: This is your chance to go to BlizzCon. It’s gonna be by far the best Diablo III reveal with the fifth class and lots of new features. Theorycraft — It is highly possible, not confirmed, among the topics Blizzard might be announcing are Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm news, World of Warcraft film update, and the Next-Gen MMO reveal. By the way, Disneyland is right in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. What else can you ask? You don’t want to miss the opportunity to win that round trip airfare for 2 to BlizzCon. Enter today for your chance to win! No purchase necessary to participate.

Grand Prize (1 winner)

  • Round trip airfare for 2

  • Two nights hotel accomodations for 2
  • BlizzCon tickets for 2
  • $300 spending money

First Prize (5 winners)

  • 1 x SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse

  • 1 x $50 JINX Gift Certificate
  • 1 x BradyGames World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Official Strategy Guide
  • 1 x SteelSeries QcK Deathwing Edition Mouse Pad

Second Prize (5 winners)

  • 1 x SteelSeries QcK March of the Scourge Edition Mouse Pad

  • 1 x Cryptozoic World of Warcraft Trading Card Game Class Starter Deck (entire set of class decks for Horde or Alliance)
  • 1 x JINX World of Warcraft Talking Murloc Plush Toy

Third Prize (10 winners)

  • 1 x SteelSeries Qck Lich King Edition Mouse Pad

  • 1 x BradyGames World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Official Strategy Guide
  • 2 x Cryptozoic World of Warcraft Trading Card Game Class Starter Decks
  • 1 x JINX World of Warcraft Horde or Alliance Keychain

World of Warcraft The Official Magazine Round Trip to BlizzCon 2010 Contest

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Future US, the special-interest media company, is offering new subscribers of World of Warcraft: Official Magazine the chance to win a trip for two people to attend BlizzCon, hosted by Blizzard Entertainment. Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on October 22-23, 2010, BlizzCon is an annual celebration of the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo franchises and the communities that surround them.

HOW TO ENTER

Today through September 30, 2010, new subscribers can submit an essay of one hundred (100) or fewer words describing why he/she would like to attend BlizzCon 2010, online at www.worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a judging panel, comprised of editorial staff of World of Warcraft: Official Magazine, who will evaluate all eligible entries. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: equal parts originality, creativity, and consistency with theme. Judging will be completed by October 4, 2010. There is a limit of one entry per household and the contest is open to individuals only.

For fans of the World of Warcraft franchise, BlizzCon offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow players and the game developers in person, take part in casual and competitive tournaments, attend panels and more. Attendees at the show can stop by the booth to purchase single issues of the magazine or sign up for a full year for $39.95. New subscribers of World of Warcraft: Official Magazine will receive a free green Murkie plushie, while supplies last.

The contest is open to all new subscribers in the US, UK and Europe. There is also a no-purchase necessary submission option for US residents. The grand prize is a trip for two people to attend BlizzCon 2010, which includes roundtrip airfare, three nights hotel and passes to the event.

For more information on the BlizzCon trip for two contest and how to subscribe to World of Warcraft: Official Magazine, check out www.worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com, their Twitter and Facebook.

Cataclysm: Dragonmaw Reputation Quartermaster Rewards

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

The Dragonmaw Clan barely survived after the second war, and took refuge deep into the lands of Grim Batol now known as the Twilight Highlands. In the present, the Dragonmaw has to deal with three enemies in all its flanks: the black dragonflight, the Wildhammer dwarves and the Twilight’s Hammer clan.

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream led a zeppelin fleet toward the Twilight Highlands to destroy Cho’gal and his forces, but the fleet is intercepted by the black dragonflight. Ashore, adventures must test the waters and see if the Dragonmaw clan takes sides with the Horde to fight a common enemy. Brave the horrors within Grim Batol and the Twilight Citadel to put an end to Cho’gal, Deathwing, and the Old gods’ plans.

The Dragonmaw Quartermaster will sell powerful gear to those who fight for Blood and Honor against their sworn enemies. The quartermaster may be found at Bloodgulch in the Twilight Highlands (view the map). Increase your reputation by wearing the Dragonmaw Tabard in Heroic Cataclysm Dungeons. These are the Dragonmaw Reputation Quartermaster Rewards:

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Cataclysm: Earthen Ring Reputation Quartermaster Rewards

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

The Earthen Ring arrives to the sunken lands of Vashj’ir after the Horde fleet is sunken by the naga. Players quickly help the survivors settle in underwater caverns to group up and explore the depths.

L’ghorek and Nespirah, two ancient trilobites, reveal the naga has allied with the faceless ones to assault Neptulon the Tidehunter. It’s the Earthen Ring’s mission to prevent the fall of Neptulon.

Adventurers may join their cause and don the Earthen Ring tabard to gain reputation in Heroic Cataclysm dungeons. Players can find the Earthen Ring Quartermaster at the Silver Tide Hollow located in the Shimmering Expanse (see the map).

The following items can be purchased through honored, revered and exalted:

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Tol Barad PvP Battleground Beta Test Call

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Lead Content Designer Mumper calls PvP fans to queue to Tol Barad to help test the battleground. The developers will fight along with players. It’s a good way to get a feeling of the event to provide your feedback and suggestions to the developers. A forum thread will be open after this test ends.

[BLUE]We are planning to do a focused playtest on Tol Barad on Monday the 27th at 4pm PST. We would like to get as many players out there on the beta to help us as possible. You must be level 85 to join the battle. We will speed up the game timer so we can play multiple games during the test.

I will make a new feedback post after we finish the test for everyone to post in. Feedback is very important for us at this point so please take your time and try to be as concise as possible with your findings.

Thanks for the help![/BLUE]

Cataclysm: Therazane Reputation Quartermaster Rewards

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Players who adventure into the elemental plane of earth, Deepholm, will face several dangers to help the Earthen Ring restore balance between Azeroth and Deepholm in order to save both realms. Deathwing had been hidden in Deepholm since the second war, and with the assistance of the Twilight’s Hammer he emerged into Azeroth causing a rift between both realms that sundered the Maelstrom. Deathwing’s plan with this was to disable Uldum’s defenses.

Not all is lost. Your mission is to gather the three fragments that can restore the pillar at the temple of earth, and to gain the trust of Therazane the Stonemother — who possesses the last fragment. Players may continue to gain reputation with the Therazane faction by donning their Tabard and completing Heroic Cataclysm dungeons. Talk to D’lom the Collector (Therazane Quartermaster) to purchase reputation rewards. He may be found to the near the portal to the Temple of earth. Beneath is a list of Therazane reputation rewards:

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Cataclysm: Ramkahen Reputation Quartermaster Rewards

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

This week I will be posting most of the Cataclysm Quartermaster factions, tabards, reputation loot and heirlooms. I will add each loot as images instead of links so that you can compare and check out all the loot comfortably. You can find the Cataclysm Quartermasters in the right menu under Cataclysm for future reference.

The Ramkahen faction is a spinoff of the Tol’vir race. Their sworn enemies are the Tol’vir from Neferset. These allied with Deathwing and accepted the gift from Deathwing’s herald: Siamat (Lord of the South Winds) is a level 87 elite Elemental … a djinn. He empowered the Neferset by removing their curse of flesh, and reverting them to their metallic state.

You can find the Quartermaster at Ramkahen (center of the Uldum map). He sells the Ramkahen Tabard when you become friendly with the Rankahem. It allows you to increase reputation with them by completing Heroic Cataclysm dungeons. Blacksmith Abasi sells the following items:

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Dragonmaw | Earthen Ring | Ramkahen | Therazane | Guardians of Hyjal

Cataclysm: Archaeology Profession

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

A hobby of late I got in the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Beta is to level up Archaeology profession. It is definitely the most time consuming of the secondary professions and probably the most rewarding one. It allows you to learn a bit more about the lore of each race, while giving you rare rewards for all the trouble.

It’s not a profession you can level up fast because you require several fragments per artifact to gain five points in your profession level. Sometimes an artifact requires 35 fragments. Rare artifacts might go as high as 100 fragments. You get random amounts of fragments per survey. Usually 2-4 fragments. Each dig site only have three survey attempts before you get an error message that you can’t survey anymore there.

Some of these artifacts have a keystone slot, while rare artifacts can have up to three keystone slots. These are very helpful to cut down the amount of fragments needed. Keystones are random loot from dig sites that add up +12 fragments. Very helpful.

Players with the ability to fly in Azeroth at 310% speed will find themselves going back and forth through Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Northrend and even Outland in search of dig sites.

Where do I find the Archaeology Trainer?

In Cataclysm Beta, you can find the following Archaeology Trainers: Belloc Brightblade at Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar; and Harrison Jones can be found in the Royal Library of Stormwind Keep — head to the left when standing in front of King Varian in the throne room. There you will see a garden. The Royal Library is to the right.

How does Archaeology work?

Once you learn Archaeology with the trainer, open your Spellbook and click on the professions tab. Drag the Survey tool icon and the Archaeology icon to your spellbar. The dig tool allows you to gather fragments in dig sites. In order to see the locations of these dig sites, open your map to display the entire continent. You can see a small dig tool icon over the dig site. You will see up to four icons per continent. Placing your mouse cursor over the icon will tell you the location’s name. When you are in the region of the dig site, the map will show a silhouette around the dig site and the space within will be a solid orange to let you see the boundaries where you can dig fragments.

When you click the Survey icon in a dig site, a telescope on a tripod and a gadget appear. The gadget is some kind of staff with a light at the top. These two items serve to help you determine where to find a fragment.

The telescope tells you what direction to go. Align your character to go in the direction the telescope is pointing at. The second gadget will inform you how close or how far from your character is the fragment. Red means it is far away. Yellow means you are getting close. Green means you are within a few yards from the fragment. Sometimes you must triangulate and figure out where the object is based on the last position you summoned the telescope at and the new one. When you find the fragment, click on it to loot the fragment.

So, I got the fragment. What now?

Click the Archaeology icon that you dragged into the spellbar, and a book page will open up. To the right edge of the book you will see two tabs: Current Artifacts and Completed Artifacts.

The Current Artifacts tab opens a page with emblems of each race. Let’s say you click the Night Elf emblem. You will see a brief history of the Night Elf race. On the top-left you will see the next artifact you will find after completing the different Night Elf fragments. At the top-center you see your Archaeology level (i.e. 226/300). To the top-right is a pull-down menu to browse through pages of each race. At the bottom of the Night Elf page you will see the amount of fragments you have gathered so far for this current artifact, and how many fragments you need to complete the artifact.

You can trash the common artifacts. They aren’t worth much at vendors and take too much bag space. However, from time to time as you increase levels you will find rare artifacts such as the Fossilized Hatchling, Fossilized Mount or the Druid and Priest Statue Set.

At level 226, I have only found the hatchling and the statue set. The hatchling is a vanity pet and the statue summons a fountain of knowledge. Your character is bathed with a wide beam of green light, with holy light in its center. Your character is showered with green leaves too. The effect lasts ten seconds, and has a one minute cooldown.

Beneath you can watch a video of how archeology works, and as a bonus the Fossilized Hatchling and the Druid and Priest Statue Set effect. Choose between 360 pixels up to 1080 HD video settings depending your internet connection speed and the Zoom In button.

2010 Pirate Day Weekend: Blizzard T-Shirts 20% Off

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Jarrrrr … to celebrate the Pirate Day, J!NX has a special offer of 20% off all products for Orders over $50+. With BlizzCon just around the corner, it’s a good time to gear up with comfortable WoW, Starcraft II and Diablo III t-shirts and hoodies. J!NX also has a new line of casual shirts, polo, jackets and pants.

This special offer ends on Monday, September 20th at 11:59pm PDT. To enable the discount, simply type the following Promotion Code during your purchase check out: WHATWEDO

2010 Pirate Day Weekend: Blizzard T-Shirts 20% Off

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Jarrrrr … to celebrate the Pirate Day, J!NX has a special offer of 20% off all products for Orders over $50+. With BlizzCon just around the corner, it’s a good time to gear up with comfortable WoW, Starcraft II and Diablo III t-shirts and hoodies. J!NX also has a new line of casual shirts, polo, jackets and pants.

This special offer ends on Monday, September 20th at 11:59pm PDT. To enable the discount, simply type the following Promotion Code during your purchase check out: WHATWEDO

Pre-Cataclysm Patch Data in Live Servers

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Nethaera announced new pre-Cataclysm data is available in live servers. The file is 1.58GB, and can be downloaded while playing the game, or after closing World of Warcraft. Your download preferences can be found by clicking the options button on the bottom-left of the WoW Launcher.exe.

[BLUE]The next major content patch is coming and sets the stage for Cataclysm with many great new changes, updates, and pure epic fun. We’ve packed it to the brim with so many new things that this patch proves to be the biggest one yet. In order to smooth the way, we have started background downloading the first segment of data for this patch. People who use the Launcher and have background downloading enabled will automatically start receiving the data. Other segments of data are forthcoming over the next few days.

To make sure you are pre-downloading data, make sure to run the launcher and see text that reads “Data for the next patch is available.” You should then see a message indicating when data will be downloaded. Click “Options”, then “Downloader Preferences” to make changes to when you background download data.[/BLUE]