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World of Warcraft Ended 2013 with 7.8 Million Subscribers

According to Robert Kotick, World of Warcraft ended 2013 with 7.8 Million subscribers and continues to be the #1 subscription-based MMORPG around the world.

Expecting growth and record 2014 Non-GAAP EPS driven by strong slate: Hearthstone, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and another major game.

Another major game? That’s bound for some speculation.

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PvP Season 14 Ending Soon – Warlords of Draenor Beta Imminent?

Blizzard Entertainment announced that PvP Season 14 is ending soon. No date was provided, but this might be a sign that PTR patch 5.4.7 is coming to an end.

Once PvP Season 15 starts, players will be able to acquire Prideful Gladiator gear with an Item Level 550. Make sure to read the notes to plan ahead what to do with your current Honor and Conquest points.

Speculation

A couple of questions might brew out of your mind after reading PvP Season 14 is coming to an end. Is Patch 5.4.7 coming out in the next couple of weeks? is Warlords of Draenor beta imminent?

I also remind you — Mike Morhaime is talking on February 6 at 1:30pm before shareholders at the Activision Blizzard Q4 2013 financial results conference call. Going back in time, Morhaime revealed on February 10, 2010 that StarCraft II beta would start that month (no date, but an approximate). StarCraft II beta started on February 17, 2010. That was 7 days after Morhaime announced it. Wink … wink. Stay tuned to Blizzplanet on February 6 for the coverage.

World of Warcraft: War Crimes by New York Times best selling author Christie Golden ships on May 6, 2014. The novel bridges the gap between Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar and the upcoming expansion World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

The current Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon is a novel tie-in that bridges Diablo III and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. It was released today. The expansion ships in exactly in 48 days. Let that sink in for a moment. War Crimes ships on May 6. A novel tie-in to Warlords of Draenor.

Let’s go back in time for a moment. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm closed beta began on June 30, 2010. The expansion shipped nigh six months later on December 7, 2010.

Mists of Pandaria beta began on March 21, 2012 and shipped on September 25, 2012. Six months of beta testing.

In a nutshell, Beta lasts an average of 6 months. If Warlords of Draenor shipped approximately 48 days after the War Crimes novel, the release date would be somewhere around late June or July. Do your own math and tinkering on when Warlords of Draenor beta should start.

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Blood, sweat, and tears stain the Arena floors and Battleground fields—a grim chronicle of the hard-fought battles many of you have survived. Once again, the time has come for the victorious to be heralded, and champions to be rewarded!

Season 14 is coming to an end as early as two weeks from now. On that day, we’ll begin the process of determining end-of-season reward eligibility, which could take up to two weeks to complete.

Qualifying players should note the following in order to ensure you receive your just rewards:

  • Please do not transfer your characters to another realm or faction until after Season 14 has ended.
  • Award distribution for Season 14, including titles and mounts, could take up to two weeks after the season ends, though our goal is to finish in one.
  • Only players who have a rating of 1,000 or better are considered when calculating rewards.

At the end of the season, Conquest Points will be converted into Honor Points, and any Honor above 4,000 will be converted into in-game currency at a rate of 35 silver per point. There are a few other things to keep in mind once the season ends:

  • The Honor Points cap will remain at 4,000.
  • All Season 14 items will have their costs converted into Honor Points equivalent to their previous Conquest Points cost, with the exception of any items that have a rating requirement.
  • Season 14 items with rating requirements will no longer be available for purchase.

Season 15 Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds will begin approximately one week after the end of Season 14, and all Personal Ratings will be reset at the same time. Also note that Arena and Rated Battleground matches will not be available during the break between seasons. Once Season 15 begins, players will battle for the right to equip Prideful Gladiator gear, the most powerful PvP gear in game to date with an Item Level of 550.

Lastly, as of the beginning of Season 14, PvP players no longer needed to join or create an Arena team to compete. You can find more information about this earlier change in our Patch 5.4 Arena Update blog.

 

Blizzarre Auctions: Warcraft Products – Feb 2014

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

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2002 Blizzard-Employee World of Warcraft L-Silk Shirt

The really bizarre item in auction right now is the 2002 World of Warcraft Blizzard Employee L-Silk Shirt with a whooping $429 [Buy it Now] price tag.

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.

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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.

BlizzCon 2013 Exclusive Hearthstone Collector’s Mug

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.

Blizzard Stream Awards Powered by Twitch

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced the Blizzard Stream Awards will run until February 5th. All you have to do is to browse through the categories and place a vote.

The nominees will have the opportunity to win prizes from a pool of approximately $45,000.

2013 was a great year for the Twitch streaming community, and many Twitch streamers have dedicated themselves to creating unique content based on Blizzard games. In recognition of their efforts, Blizzard is proud to announce the 2013 Blizzard Stream Awards powered by Twitch. These awards will provide recognition and cash prizes for the best Blizzard content streamers of 2013.

Award nominees will be announced on Thursday, January 30, and award winners will be announced on Friday, February 7, right here on Blizzard’s official community sites and on Blog.Twitch.tv.

For a list of awards categories and to learn how the 2013 Blizzard Stream Awards powered by Twitch works, check out the breakdown below. — source

 

PvP On/Off Toggle Coming in Warlords of Draenor

Bashiok revealed there are plans to add a PvP on/off toggle in Warlords of Draenor for PvE realms. That means flagged players can no longer mount up and stand on an NPC to force players to get PvP flagged accidentally; and can PvP only if the player wishes to participate. In some cases, the PvP system would flag a player out of the blue.

The new PvP on/off toggle system is quite a load of work — it’s basically rewriting the PvP systems from scratch.

Bashiok: Well, I understand where you’re coming from, but flagging as a PvE character is based on a player’s action to flag themselves (even if it’s on accident), so I’m not sure it’s us making you PvP. The systems that can cause someone to flag can absolutely at times be involuntary, which is notably frustrating.

In any case we are continuing toward a goal of a PvP on/off toggle for players on PvE realms to be added in Warlords of Draenor, which would absolutely and in all situations allow someone to refrain from becoming flagged regardless of their actions. Heals toward flagged players would fail, coalescing to PvP realms wouldn’t be possible, misclicks and AoE’s would never damage a flagged opponent, etc. It’s actually quite a bit of work because of all the systems involved, but it’s still something we think PvE players should have, and how the game should work for them.

 

World of Warcraft Infographics Revelation

wow-inforgraphic-1-28-2014Blizzard Entertainment recently unveiled a plethora of private information never shared before with the community through an extensive infographics.

For example:

Throughout 2004 – 2013, there have been 100 millions unique lifetime players (including trial accounts). Some new players come, some players leave, but in average that’s how many players have landed on Azeroth. Of course, would be interesting to learn how many of these accounts were multi-boxers.

100 millions is a mind-boggling number. 100 millions is the approximate combined population of Germany, Belarus and Sweden. Or two times the population of South Korea.

Jinx Spring 2014 Collection – World of Warcraft Azeroth Alliance/Horde Zip-Up Hoodies

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.

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World of Warcraft PTR 5.4.7 – Patch Notes

The World of Warcraft PTR 5.4.7 is now playable by selecting it in the dropdown menu within the Battle.net Launcher. Rygarius posted the following patch notes. Not all features recently datamined made it to this PTR build. Some will be added over time throughout the lifespan of PTR 5.4.7.

The PvP Season 15 gear is not yet available in this build.

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Patch 5.4.7 is now available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR). Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test patches before it has been released.

If you’d like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you’ve had a chance to try things out, be sure to visit our PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch, and the PTR Bug Report forum to report any issues or errors.

PTR Disclaimer

Please keep in mind that the notes below are not final, and details may be subject to change before the release of patch 5.4.7.

Updated January 24

World of Warcraft Patch 5.4.7 PTR

Creatures

  • Celestials now drop Season 15 Prideful Gladiator gear in place of Season 14 Grievous Gladiator gear.
  • Rare spawns in Krasarang Wilds now only award Honor Points when they are defeated for the first time each day.

PvP

  • Season 15 has begun! With the start of the new season, Prideful, Prideful Gladiator gear, and weapons are now available for purchase.
  • Season 14 Grievous Gladiator gear and weapons can now be purchased using Honor Points instead of Conquest Points.
  • Base Resilience for level-90 players is now 77% (up from 72%). Base Resilience for players below level 90 remain at 40%.
  • Resilience Diminishing Returns curve for Resilience has been adjusted for the new base resilience value to maintain the same value per point of Resilience as previously.
  • Battle Fatigue now reduces healing received while in PvP combat by 65% (up from 55%).
  • [PTR ONLY] Flaskataur is back for all your Season 15 gear testing needs. Play him a visit at your faction’s respective shrine in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

Arenas

  • Dampening is now applied to an Arena match starting at the 5 minute mark (down from 10 minutes).

Alterac Valley

The following NPCs now have more health and deal more damage.

  • Alliance: Vanndar Stormpike, Balinda Stonehearth, Stormpike Defenders, Stormpike Bowman
  • Horde: Captain Galvangar, Drek’thar, Frostwolf Guardian, Frostwolf Bowman

The following NPCs are now immune to disarm, daze, and Death Grip.

  • Alliance: Vanndar Stormpike, Balinda Stonehearth
  • Horde: Captain Galvangar, Drek’thar

Items

The following items sold by Mistweaver Ai on the Timeless Isle have been raised to item level 489 (up from item level 476). This change is retroactive to all items that had been purchased previously.

  • Cloudscorcher Greatstaff
  • Contemplation of Shaohao
  • Daylight Protectorate
  • Featherdraw Longbow
  • Hozen Can Opener
  • Ordon Sacrificial Dagger
  • Pandaren Peace Offering
  • Scavenged Pandaren Dagger
  • Shield of the Eternal Noon
  • Yak-Herder’s Longstaff

 

Fan Fiction Forum Added to Official World of Warcraft Forum

Nethaera created a new forum (Seat of Knowledge: Fan Fiction) for talented fans who love to practice and share with others great stories based on World of Warcraft NPCs, races and factions.

If you are wondering who is one of the handsome-devils responsible for such a treat then — Sean Copeland tweeted: “What’s that? You folks wanted a place for your fan fiction to be on a Blizzard site? WISH GRANTED. ;)”

Nethaera: What’s this? A new forum just for posting your Warcraft inspired stories? That’s right, you asked for it and now you’ve got it. We hope you have your creative juices flowing because now is the time to share just what it is that’s been crawling through your brain and itching to be be shared beyond the confines of your skull. Those voices you hear? Those are your own characters or interpretations of the world (of Warcraft) whispering in your ear and begging to be set free upon your fellows.

Now that you have the platform, we hope you’ll rise to the challenge (and perhaps future challenges) and show us (and the rest of the community) just what you’re made of (in the literary sense).

Let the writing BEGIN!

 

Blizzplanet – Guild Launch Giveaway # 2

Guild Launch sent Blizzplanet more coupons to giveaway. Guild Launch is a clan/guild hosting platform for many games including World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III. Learn more about Guild Launch here. Hosting plans here.

So now that you know the cost, and the features — how about participating for a chance at getting a FREE coupon?

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