I’ve been waiting quite a while for the NDA to wear off on this. I am proud to announce, in a BlizzPlanet Exclusive, the next World of Warcraft novel, World of Warcraft: Yrel: Heart of Draenor! Just as World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde had a writer new to the Warcraft franchise behind it, so will Heart of Dreanor: the famous Tara Gilesbie!
In the press details I was given by Micky Neilson, Lead Story Developer for Blizzard Entertainment, he explained this novel will bridge the gap between Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor by giving readers a look into one of the expansion’s lead characters, Yrel. The story will chronicle Yrel’s journey from a simple priestess at Karabor, to her witnessing the formation of the Iron Horde, ultimately leading to her first encounter with the player character (done similarly in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War).
“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ms. Gilesbie,” Micky said in regards to the upcoming novel. He also mentioned we may be seeing a forbidden romance in Yrel’s adventures which will heavily affect her role in Warlords of Draenor.
He also clarified that, following another of Shadow of the Horde‘s traditions, Heart of Draenor will be a darker and more mature fare than most Warcraft novels. Due to this, I’ve had to censor the excerpt provided later on in the article slightly for the BlizzPlanet readership.
“We’ve seen how massively popular the pairing of Jaina and Kalecgos was in Tides of War, and Thrall and Aggra presented in-game is still considered one of our best works here at Blizzard. So it was natural to have another unique and well written romance. I wont’ say who catches Yrel’s eye, but I’ll give you a hint: his dad’s the leader of the Iron Horde.”
Just imagine the conflict that’s going to come from that! It looks like Yrel won’t just be Warcraft’s Joan of Arc, but perhaps their Romeo and Julliet as well?
As for our newest Warcraft author, Tara Gilesbie is a world renowned writer who, like many in today’s age, got her start on the internet. She is best known for her novella My Immortal, a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead-style take on the popular Harry Potter series of books; which chronicles Harry’s adventures through the eyes of a mentally challenged vampire student attending Hogwarts. Originally published for free, the full work can be read here if you want to get a taste of Gilesbie’s unique writing style before Heart of Draenor is out.
While I could not reach Tara herself, I was given this quote from her: “I m sooooo eksited to work on dis story! Fangz (geddit becuz Im Goffik) Blizzurd for givin me the change to work with u guys1″
I was also given a very short excerpt from Yrel: Heart of Draenor, detailing a scene between Yrel and her forbidden lover. As this is a spoiler, I’ll leave it under the read-more.
The front cover of World of Warcraft: War Crimes shows Garrosh Hellscream chained before the leaders of the Alliance and the Horde. According to Christie Golden, the novel is more about the leaders than about Garrosh. We’ll see what’s in the mind of each leader concerning Garrosh’s actions from their …read more
Blizzard Licensed Funko POP Vinyl figures seem to be selling really well with retails currently setting pre-orders for the new upcoming figures:
World of Warcraft Murloc Pop! Vinyl Figure
World of Warcraft Lady Sylvanas Pop! Vinyl Figure
World of Warcraft Thrall Pop! Vinyl Figure
No images are available at this time. To check out …read more
Over the years, I have been messaged by fans who reach out to me to say thanks and to keep up the good work. Especially, the Blizzard Licensed Products coverage. I have covered several eBay listings from time to time, and they have gotten popular. I’m adding a new section named Blizzarre Auctions to showcase some of the best picks of the week.
I was surprised to find a now rare collection of Tokyopop Warcraft Manga Lot in auction. Note: The Death Knight book has a tear in one of the first pages.
Tokyopop Warcraft Manga Collection
This lot contains 11 manga books consisting of the following items:
World of Warcraft Legends Vol. 1-5
Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy – DragonHunt
Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy – Ghostlands
World of Warcraft: Mage
World of Warcraft: Shaman
World of Warcraft: Death Knight
2002 Blizzard-Employee World of Warcraft L-Silk Shirt
The bottom of the shirt reads Blizzard Entertainment and also has the artist’s signature. Justin Thavirat was a World of Warcraft (2004) lead artist and credited as an artist in StarCraft (1998), Diablo (1996), and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995) and their collective expansions. Justin also got a special thanks credit in the South Park (TV Series) Episode: Make Love, Not Warcraft (2006).
Now, I don’t know if this shirt — at that price tag — should be worn. I’d treat it as a collectible piece of art. Make sure to frame it.
BlizzCon 2013 Kerrigan, Diablo, Arthas Cute But Deadly Figures
There is a Cute But Deadly collection in auction right now. The Blizzcon 2013 Exclusive Kerrigan Diablo Arthas Figures is tagged as “A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item”. The current bid as of this posting is $20 with only 4 bidders (Might change soon). Be swift as this one is expiring on Feb 06, 2014 10:58pm PST.
Blizzard SDCC 2013 World of Warcraft Mini Sylvanas Figure
Another gem in auction is the Blizzard SDCC 2013 World of Warcraft Mini Sylvanas. This was a San Diego Comic Con 2013 Exclusive item and only 2500 were created for the event. The current bid is $50 and might increase over the next days. The listing expires on Feb 06, 2014 at 9pm PST.
A bit sleepy? How about a nice cup of coffee on your Blizzcon 2013 Exclusive Hearthstone Collectors Mug ? The listing says: “This product has never been used and in immaculate condition. Make your friends jealous as you stream your games online sipping from this timeless piece knowing only the most elite of elites drink from the same hearthstone masterpiece collection”. The current bid is: $10.50 and expires on Feb 07, 2014 5:30pm PST.
Jinx launched a brand-new World of Warcraft Hoodie for this Spring 2014 season. Actually, two Hoodies. How’s that? Well, you may choose the Horde Hoodie or the Alliance Hoodie. How nice is that?
The Azeroth Alliance Hoodie has the Stormwind Lion symbol-shaped zipper, the Stormwind Lion Logo on the front at the heart-level, and a large lion symbol on the back.
The Azeroth Horde Hoodie has a Horde symbol-shaped zipper, the Horde logo on the front at the heart-level, and a large logo in the back.
Both Hoodies have the Azeroth map imprinted in the interior of the Hoodie. The interior is also colored with the same hue as the logos. Grab yours while supplies last. They come in several sizes for men and women.
Jinx launched a promo to gift a Kobold Miner Hat Plush for only $10 for Valentine’s Day — while supplies last.
The sale Ends on February 28, 2014 and cannot be combined with any other offer.
The Weekly CRITICAL HIT Sale Items puts the spotlight on three Blizzard Licensed Products. Save 30% on these popular J!NX outerwear items! Items will be returned to full price and replaced next week, so get them while there’s still time:
Above was the weekly version, this one is the permanent sale page where over 500 products are listed with a 35% OFF discount. Browsing through all 18 pages, I found several Blizzard Licensed Products, worthy checking out. As always, double-check the pricing is for a specific gender or size before checking out the purchase.
This offer ends on January 31, 2014. So, hurry up.
Blizzard Entertainment and its partners release Blizzard licensed products every year. Some of these products come in the shape of novels, eBooks, graphic novels, action figures, dioramas, statues, children’s books, and epic weapons. Did you know from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014 there are so far 41 Blizzard Licensed Products?
There isn’t an official list of recent and upcoming products. Therefore, I will share a permanent list of recent and upcoming products for which you can pre-order now and relax later knowing that you secured your copy and it will automatically be charged and delivered on release date.
Some of the products were released already, and I felt I should mention them in case you missed them. They are in stock while supplies last and shipping now.
The Fall 2013 – 2014 Blizzard Licensed Products line up is as follows: (click links to reach the pre-order page)
Sideshow Collectibles featured a special video sneak peek preview of the upcoming Sideshow Collectibles Deathwing Statue. Too fast for your eyes to catch? No wearries, mon! I took the liberty to take a screenshot of the video. Some of the quick views shows the Stormwind tower, which suggests Deathwing is on top of the tower like in the original World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematic intro.
There is no release date for this product, but my personal opinion — it might be out early 2015, based on past products sneak peeks and their actual release date. Usually a year after announced.
The previous statue was based on Wrath of the Ling … the World of Warcraft Arthas Polystone Statue (still in stock). Going by that trend, speculation-mode on … will we see a Garrosh statue sneak peek in 2015, release date: 2016? Nom, nom, nom.
The weekly Jinx Critical Hit sale has placed the spotlight on the Diablo III Tyrael Hoodie, World of Warcraft Monk Hoodie (Women-only) and the StarCraft II Vintage Hoodie lowering them to 30% discount.
You should hurry up. This Critical Hit promo will be up until January 13, 2014 or while supplies last.
Our new World of Warcraft faction hoodies have been a huge success! With this new loot, our DPS tops the charts, our healing is phenomenal, and our tanks never die. Rumor has it, Garrosh on LFR is even a faceroll with them. To celebrate, we’re offering free domestic economy shipping on these new hoodies TODAY ONLY (1/28)! Act like it’s the last day of the Darkmoon Faire and you have a deck to complete. You will need to know the password, so use the promo code below during checkout to collect on the free shipping offer.