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Check out new Warlords of Draenor zone previews!

This week in Warcraft sees the return of the Gaze of the Black Prince buff, a welcome boost which should help players finish off their Legendary Cloak questline! Blizzard has published some new previews of Warlords of Draenor zones, including additional information about Gorgrond, Talador and the PVP zone of Ashran! They've also made a few changes to the Warlords of Draenor Beta patch notes, with some additional changes to Death Knight and Hunter abilities. It's been a relatively quiet week but Blizzard has been happy to show off even more Warlords of Draenor with a new entry in their "Beasts of the Savage Lands" blog series, this time spotlighting Shadowmoon Valley! Those Podlings don't look like they can be trusted! Check out this week's Warcraft recap!


Gaze of the Black Prince Returns

The Gaze of the Black Prince has been re-activated on live servers, once again offering 100% additional reputation gain with the Black Prince as well as increased drop chance on Legendary Cloak quest items. You can check out our Legendary Cloak Questline Guide for information on this lengthy challenge! You can also check out Blizzard's blog about the questline.
  • Sigil of Power or Sigil of Wisdom - Drop in any Pandaria raid
  • Secrets of the Empire - Any Throne of Thunder boss, first 8 bosses in Siege of Orgrimmar
  • Titan Runestone - Last 6 bosses in Throne of Thunder, first 8 bosses in Siege of Orgrimmar
The buff will be active from Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. PDT through Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Happy farming!


Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes Updated

The Warlords of Draenor Beta patch notes have seen another small update, with some class changes for Hunters and Death Knights. Notable changes include:
  • Death Knight's Rune Tap ability has been redesigned, and now reduces all damage taken by 50% for 3 seconds (rather than granting an absorption shield).
  • Death Knight's Will of the Necropolis ability has been redesigned and now grants a free Rune Tap when you take damage that reduces you below 30% health.
  • Hunter's Survivalist passive now increases Hunter's chance to Multistrike by 10%.
  • Hunter's Chimaera Shot no longer heals the hunter, but now is a two-headed shot that hits two targets with Frost or Nature damage.
As always, our friends at MMO-Champion have posted a patch notes excerpt which includes only the changed/updated notes, while the full updated patch notes are available on the World of Warcraft website.


Warlords of Draenor Zone Preview: Gorgrond and Talador

Blizzard has posted two new zone preview blogs spotlighting the zones of Gorgrond and Talador! The fierce Gorgrond is home to the Blackrock Foundary and is considered the industrial heart of Grommash's Iron Horde. Blizzard's preview of Gorgrond did not include any screenshots, but our friends at MMO-Champion have got that covered, providing an excellent gallery showing off the diverse regions of the zone! The zone of Talador (which is present-day Terokkar Forest) features two major draenei landmarks in their original forms, the capital city of Shattrath and the Auchindoun burial ground. These monuments are stunning in their original forms, but are threatened by the Iron Horde as well as a corrupt sect of draenei known as the Sargerai, in service of the Shadow Council and Gul'dan. Be sure to check out these great previews of two upcoming Draenor zones!


Beasts of the Savage Lands - Shadowmoon Valley

Blizzard have posted another entry in their Beast of the Savage Lands series, which spotlights new creatures found in the regions of Draenor! Blizzard's most recent entry spotlights the beasts of Shadowmoon Valley, including the mighty Riverbeasts, mischievous Podlings, majestic Elekk and the Draenor Ancients! In case you missed it, the last blog introduced the beasts found in Frostfire Ridge. The continent of Draenor is rich and full of a large variety of never-before-seen species, so these previews are only a small sample of what players can expect to see in Draenor!


Blizzard's Ashran PVP Preview

Blizzard has posted a preview of the upcoming world PVP zone of Ashran, including insight into just how it will "work" in Warlords of Draenor. This zone will serve as the source of massive 100 versus 100 battles and provide quests, creatures and players to fight. If you're looking to get into serious PVP in Warlords of Draenor, we recommend checking out the "Crowd Control and Dimishing Returns" category of the Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes. Blizzard CM Lore has made a post of the different categories of Diminishing Returns and what spells will fall into each category.
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