World of Warcraft Weekly Recap: Noblegarden Begins, BlizzCon 2014 Announced, Hotfixes and More!
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Pet Battle Bonus Event (Ends 30th May)
Have you already planned your weekend? Make sure you have time to take advantage of the appearance of Squirt, as well as the experience bonus for your battle pets!
I know some of you are probably fed-up with leveling your pets, but don't forget, you can always use it to make some serious gold! Our resident gold guru, Peelyon has written up a guide on making use of Squirt. Make sure to read through it, since it gives a detailed recount of exactly how to make the most of this upcoming weekend.
Outside of gold-making, the bonus event offers the same 200% boosted experience for your battle pets as normal. If you've still got pets to level before Legion, I'd recommend grabbing your Safari Hat and getting out into the world!
If you're looking for an easy way to obtain an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone, make sure to grab the weekly quest from your garrison: The Very Best. All you need to do is complete and win 5 PvP pet battles with a team of level 25 pets.
Happy pet hunting!
New Class Guide Format: Feedback Needed!
We've recently recruited Furty from the guild Serenity to write a number of our class guides. The first step was to come up with an improved class guide format that would be more fitted to Furty's vast knowledge of the game at the highest level of content. The result of this work was a revamp of our Destruction Warlock guide to showcase the new format and we would like to hear your thoughts on it.
The biggest changes are the addition of a boss by boss walkthrough for Hellfire Citadel and a complete rewrite of the rotation and gearing page.
The boss by boss walkthrough includes summed-up strategies, tips and tricks, trinket and talent usage for each boss of Hellfire Citadel. The rotation page is now geared specifically towards Hellfire Citadel progression. With Legion, expect that section to cater to both players who are raiding Mythic content and the more casual crowd. It's just that with Hellfire Citadel having been released almost a year ago, the current focus for most PvE players these days is to finish clearing. The gearing page now features a proper BiS list as well as a lengthy trinket discussion, followed by a simulation chart that we've been working on with Azortharion (our Hunter writer). The goal is to eventually have all class guides written by players of Furty's caliber (he himself will write Mage, Rogue, Shaman, and Warlock guides). We wanted to start small with just one writer and expand the team after the launch of Legion (delegating class guides is a very new thing for us and we want to make sure we get it right). That said, we've already recruited Azortharion to write our Hunter guides in Legion, using the same format. He's been reviewing our Hunter guides for several years now and since he's also writing his own guides (and has been very successful at it), we felt it would make more sense if he just took over the Hunter guides.
So, any thoughts on the new class guide format?
We're recruiting top players to write our class guides and we're interested in your feedback on the new format we'll be using!
Warcraft Movie: Gul'dan and Durotan Spotlight Videos, Yogscast Cameo, Reception
USA Today concluded its week of presenting the protagonists of Warcraft with its videos on Gul'dan and Durotan. Now, all we need to do is wait for the movie to be released worldwide!
The Gul'dan featurette was released yesterday. We see the evil warlock, portrayed by Daniel Wu, siphoning the life out of his victims. In my opinion, Gul'dan doesn't come across as evil as he actually is. Obviously, this is just a 1-minute video and in the movie he is probably the badass we all love.
Placeholder for tweet 735828494937034752 The noble Durotan is the last character to be introduced. The video features some amazing CGI, as well as the whole process of capturing Toby Kebbell's expressions: they actually drew 150 dots on his face each time!
Placeholder for tweet 736191329621839872 As we reported previously, starting today you can buy the official soundtrack of the movie on iTunes. The whole album costs $9.99 and it is composed by Ramin Djawadi, also known for writing the music of Game of Thrones and several popular movies.
The Yogscast had a hilarious video of their visit to the Warcraft movie set. There, they took directions from director Duncan Jones and actors Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky.
Last time, we also talked about the reactions and the reviews for the movie last time. There is nothing new to report: more or less, critics are being quite negative about it, whereas fans absolutely love it. What's important is that a lot of people see it, so that fans can get the rest of the trilogy Duncan Jones has envisioned. On that front, we have some very good news! In Germany, Warcraft had the best launch day of the year (source), while in China it is expected to be one of the most best-selling movies ever (source).
If you have watched the movie, let us know what you think of it! Personally, I still have to wait ten more days for it!
Legacy Server Meeting with Blizzard!
Mark Kern recently had his meeting with Blizzard regarding legacy servers. Check out what he had to say afterwards!
While this isn't the official meeting between Blizzard and the team of Nostalrius, Mark Kern has been a huge presence in the push for legacy servers. As a former employee, he worked on WoW as the team lead and helped to complete many other titles for Blizzard.
Some of you might remember his open letter to Blizzard, in which he openly asked for a meeting with Mike Morhaime. This has finally come true and, while Mark is bound to an NDA, he gave a huge recount of some of the points on Twitter. You can check out his tweets directly on his Twitter, or read a transcript of everything he wrote below:
So, while he can't give us specific details, it seems he is coming out of this meeting feeling extremely positive. Much more will be discussed with the Nostalrius team, but this is still a huge step forward. For those of you supporting the legacy movement, I'm sure you'll be feeling much happier after this!
Warcraft Movie: Ingame Transmogs Available, Reactions, Khadgar & Garona Spotlights, NY Times Feature, Soundtrack Available on Friday
Warcraft is now displayed on theaters in some countries and, of course, there are several reviews by both movie critics and fans about it. With Warcraft’s launch, the weapon transmogs that were inspired by the movie were also made available ingame.
The movie was released yesterday, May 25, on France, Egypt, Indonesia and the Philippines. As a result, the previously teased movie-inspired weapon transmogs were made available ingame. This promotion will last until August 1, 2016.
The Warcraft movie is almost here, and we’re celebrating by equipping heroes of the Horde and the Alliance with a set of with movie-inspired transmogrification items. Beginning today through August 1, players who log in to World of Warcraft will receive this special commemorative cosmetic gear to permanently add to their collection.
Remember, only characters of the associated faction are able to use these items, and each set is sent to the first Horde and Alliance character to log in.
Venture into the game to get yours today!
(source) What about the reactions, though? Surely, there must have been some now that the movie has been in cinemas for a day, while it’s getting released in several other countries this week. Well, we do have several reactions and reviews by both fans and critics. Overall, fans of the Warcraft universe absolutely loved the movie. Some more neutral fans pointed out that the first 1/3 of the film felt a bit rushed, while the plot can feel difficult to follow for non-fans, but in general people liked the movie. You can find several positive fan reactions on social media.
The same can’t be said about most movie critics and movie sites. There were harsh reviews by well-known sites and publications like The Wrap, Variety, Kotaku, The Telegraph and The Guardian (that last review was absolutely bizarre), while The Hollywood Reporter is slightly more optimistic. There are also several other reviews in localised websites (and languages). Warcraft currently has 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has also scored a sweet 8,6/10 on IMDb. Don’t get disheartened: if you are interested in it, you should definitely watch the film and form an opinion of your own!
In other news, USA Today is introducing the major characters of the movie this week. We've already viewed the Lothar spotlight, so time to take a look at the Khadgar and Garona ones. (Sorry, linking tweets is currently super bugged)
The New York Times had a feature on Duncan Jones. The director of Warcraft talked about the life challenges he faced, which coincided with his work on the movie. He recounted once again the anecdotes of his first meeting with the Blizzard crew and of his "sigh of relief" after seeing for the first time how Orcs looked. There are also compliments by other actors about how prepared Duncan was and how he "had the whole film in his head already.”
Lastly, Ramin Djawadi, the composer of Warcraft's soundtrack, announced on Twitter that the soundtrack will be available on iTunes this Friday 27th of May. Some of us will not have watched the movie yet by then, but we are still eager to listen to its music!