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Community Contribution: Overwatch UI in World of Warcraft
Do you miss Overwatch when you are playing World of Warcraft? Fear no more; with this User Interface pack you will feel like you are playing your favourite Blizzard shooter, when in fact you are playing your favourite Blizzard MMO-RPG!
The Overwatch UI pack for World of Warcraft has been around for quite a while (since January 2015, according to WoW Interface and Reddit), but a slight variation of it rose in popularity yesterday mostly thanks to the launch of Overwatch.
Images from Imgur and WoW Interface
As you can see in the above pictures, the UI features the characteristic minimap and player frames from Overwatch, while the target frame is on the top of the screen. There is also a row of auras with artwork obviously inspired by Overwatch. I am not sure what its exact purpose is, but my guess would be you can customize it to show cooldowns, buffs etc. Same goes for the “ultimate ability” warning in the middle.
I am not sure if I would use it, since it is too minimalistic for my taste, but it is definitely really easy on the eye! What do you think?
Blizzard Is Giving Away 5.2k Legion Beta Keys!
Blizzard has heard your calls and is giving away TONS of keys for the Legion Beta! Read on to find out more info.
From May 24 until June 7, Blizzard is holding an official and 100% legitimate Legion Beta key giveaway. All you have to do is head to this site and answer the following two questions: who is the leader of the Burning Legion and how are Illidan’s twin warglaives called. Also, by liking on Facebook, following on Twitter or subscribing to World of Warcraft’s YouTube channel, you get an additional entry in the giveaway for each channel you follow.
According to the rules, Blizzard will give away a total of 5,200 Legion Beta keys, while the winners will be notified until June 30. Make sure to read these rules, as some countries and states are not eligible.
Disclaimer: This is a giveaway officially organised by Blizzard, not Icy Veins. We are just letting you know about it.
Warcraft Movie: Lothar Spotlight, Alliance War Room, Machinima Trailer and Twitter Q&A
In this article, we have a video of Travis Fimmel introducing his character Lothar, Rob Kazinsky giving us a tour of the Alliance war room, the entire trailer of the film recreated in World of Warcraft and a recap of Jones and Kazinsky’s Twitter Q&A!
It looks like we will have a new video about Warcraft to review every day from now on (well, we kinda did that already). USA Today has a week full of exclusive videos introducing the characters of Warcraft and Anduin Lothar (played by Travis Fimmel) is the first. The video has some new scenes and it looks like Calann is indeed Lothar’s son! We also get to see some of the training Fimmel overtook to meet the challenges of his role. You can view the video here.
Even though he portrays a Horde character, Rob Kazinsky gave us a tour of the Alliance war room with all its weapon and armor props.
Placeholder for tweet 734740668829032448 Rob and director Duncan Jones also had a short Twitter Q&A. The beginning of it was broadcast on Periscope and afterwards Kazinsky and Jones posted their answers on several questions as tweets on their individual Twitter accounts. Here are some of the answers they gave:
Duncan Jones has a plan for three movies but this will obviously depend on how popular the first movie is. Talking about why Dalaran is floating, Duncan explained hey changed the story, because they needed to fit a lot of material in a single movie. They chose the storylines that had greater depth and could be explained properly in a movie setting. Rob added that Archimonde doesn’t have that deep of a storyline, so he may not appear in the movie There are no Trolls or Taurens in the movie, but there are several Draenei. Both Duncan and Rob asked Blizzard if they had plans for Warcraft 4, but Blizzard said no. Duncan Jones is considering Toby Kebbell, who played Durotan, to also portray Thrall in a possible sequel. You will definitely recognise places from the game in the movie. Rob’s favourite Easter egg is Murlocs, his favourite legendary weapon is Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Wind-Seeker and his favourite raid boss is Yogg-Saron. There will be extended scenes in the Blu Ray release of the film. Duncan also hopes that if the film goes well, he will be able to do an extended version of the whole film (like in the Lord of the Rings). Lastly, you may remember that Ivan Kuzkin made two videos with scenes from the movie recreated in the World of Warcraft enginge. Ivan also posted how he made these two videos. Now, another fan, OrlinChris, remade the whole movie trailer as a WoW machinima.
How to Make Gold in World of Warcraft: An Introduction
Over the upcoming weeks and months I will be highlighting a number of ways to make gold in World of Warcraft. There are a great number of guides and resources available on the web but I would like to share my experiences and knowledge with you guys here on Icy Veins.
Here is a list of published articles so far:
Gold Making: A Beginner's Guide To Transmog
Gold Making: Transmog Farming - The Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
Gold Making: The Vial of the Sands
Gold Making: Inks and the Ink Trader
Gold Making: Noblegarden
Gold Making: Farming for Whelplings
Gold Making: Transmog Farming- The Admiral's Den
Gold Making: Preparing for Legion
Gold Making: Children's Week
Gold Making: The Black Market Auction House
Gold Making: Super-Squirt Weekend
Other guides that are linked to gold making:
Pet Battles: Garrison Pet Menagerie Dailies
A little about me
I have been playing World of Warcraft since launch in the US and, give or take a few breaks here and there, I have played in each expansion. I have always enjoyed making gold to varying degrees of success but have taken my gold making a little more seriously in the past year. I stream regularly on Twitch about making gold and the methods I use and take the opportunity to learn from my viewers as well. Feel free to check out my channel www.twitch.tv/peelyon and give me a follow to see when I am next streaming.
There is a great gold making community out there and again I will be highlighting a few other gold makers and the methods they employ in the upcoming months.
Just as a little disclaimer... I am by no means the font of all knowledge, however I do try my best to help others as much as I can. So if you have any comments, ideas, or thoughts, then don't hesitate to share!
Why do I need to make gold?
Gold making has always been a part of the World of Warcraft. For some it is enjoyable to do so, and for others it is a chore. Some players make gold relatively easily, while others never seem to be able to generate much gold at all. Over the course of my blogs I hope to be able to help gold makers of any level, especially those who struggle.
With the introduction of the WoW Token, a large number of players wish to pay for their subscription with gold and so this has lead to an increase of players trying to grind each and every month to continue to play.
Hopefully, with some of the hints and tips that I will provide, making gold should become a little easier and more enjoyable.
It's all relative!
Whether you have 10K, 200K, or 10 million gold, every player can learn and improve on their personal gold making. One of the key points I make during my stream is that I love to learn from others and help reach my own personal targets. So don't worry if you have never managed to get more than 20K before, by applying some of the methods you'll be able to push your own targets! It's a great feeling when you hit your goal and just remember, it's not about how much gold others have!
The most common questions I am asked on my stream are about farming.
Where do you farm?
Where is the best place to farm?
Where can I farm quick / fast gold?
Realistically, this isn't an easy question to answer. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into account that all revolve around the individual. I am a firm believer in ensuring you enjoy the game. Grinding and farming (for rep / quests / gold) can be boring dull and will result in you getting frustrated. Therefore, I advise players to be honest about how much time they have and to use that time as wisely as possible.
Whether you are farming pure materials (herbs, ore, etc.), farming for transmog gear, or even random drops like battle pets/mounts, time will always be the deciding factor (taking into account "luck", of course).
I will try and give rough indications how long an instance run takes or give drop chances for certain items to help you manage your time better and hopefully enjoy any farming you do. The greater enjoyment you get out of it, the longer you will be willing to give it a try.
What you can expect from my posts
Each post will focus on one particular area or trick that I employ to make gold. Not every post will be achievable for some readers, as they may require a certain profession / character level / or even gear level. I will try and be as clear as possible as to what requirements are needed at the beginning of each post so you can quickly see if it is something you can do or not.
I will try and provide as many screenshots of my own personal sales as I can to help give you some confidence in the possible results, but please remember that they will vary depending on your own server. I try not to embellish any of my methods, and I will give you realistic values of what you can achieve.
So, thanks if you managed to make it this far. I truly hope this will turn out to be a great journey for some of you who are wanting to make more gold in the future.
Until then: happy hunting!
Gold Making: Transmog Farming - The Admiral's Den
Welcome to my transmog farming guide for the Admiral's Den. This location is one of my favourite farming spots currently, and although it is not among the most profitable areas.
Location: The cave in the South East corner of Thousand Needles (Southsea Holdfast on your map)
Mob Level: 40-44 (Elite)
Average LIV / hour: 5000-10000g
Notable Items / Sets: Saltstone Surcoat, Trickster's Vest, Steadfast Legplates
How to get there
The cave entrance is located at (91,82) in Thousand Needles, Kalimdor. As you can see from the map it is in the south east corner and very close to Tanaris.
The quickest way (although not available to everyone) is to use Ultrasafe Transporter: Gadgetzan. Note this is a Gnomish engineering item only, but worth reminding you incase you have one sat in the bank collecting dust!
The Uldum portal (if you have it unlocked) or the Cavern's of Time portal in Dalaran are other options as well!
As the cave is not instanced there is no limitation on how long you can farm for (other than possibly bag space). One of the main reasons I enjoy this farming spot is the respawn rate. The route (as shown in the high quality minimap below) is very short and the mobs should have respawned by the time you finish each loop.
Note that I only cover half of the cave. There is no real need to farm the entire cave as all of the mobs are the same and the respawn rate keeps you close to the entrance.
The mobs you will be farming are called Den Whomper. They drop a fairly wide range of low - medium value transmog. They are fairly spread out inside the cave so a ranged attack will be useful for the ogre's that are a little far away. As always bring along a Loot-A-Rang to help speed up looting the mobs from a distance.
The Saltstone set is the main reason you are here. The chest has an average value of 15k and all of the set items have some value. The picture below is from August 2015, and with the introduction of the wardrobe in Legion, I expect prices to rise in the upcoming months.
As well as the Den Whomper's there is a rare (just after you jump down from the ledge on your route) called Strix the Barbed. The loot table does not offer up anything overly exciting, but you may get lucky and grab a valuable green.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to The Admiral's Den. It is fairly well known to a number of gold makers but perhaps not so much to the general player, so if it is a new area for you give it a try! It's a really relaxed farm that I can spend anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours farming (especially with my engineering portal as the travel time is minimal). There is rarely any competition so keep running that loop and I wish you luck in your drops!
Over the next few weeks check your auction house for cheap Small Egg and Northern Egg in preparation for my Children's Week seasonal guide!
The Admiral's Den is a simple, non-instanced transmog farming spot located in Thousand Needles. The mobs there respawn quite quickly and drop a variety of low/medium priced transmog items; most notably the Saltstone set.