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Here comes the official preview for one of the more hotly awaited features of 8.2.5, the Worgen and Goblin model rework! Blizzard have added some new pictures for the models below, and you can check out our own preview videos here as well. We had also previously found out that there won't be any heritage armor for the two races, at least not in patch 8.2.5.
For other news on the (soon) upcoming patch, you can also check out our 8.2.5 hub.
Goblins and Worgen (source)
Get ready to shapeshift your look with new worgen and goblin models and animations—coming in the 8.2.5 content update.
Goblins and worgen were first introduced as playable races in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Since their debut, we’ve made a number of improvements to the tools and technology behind the art and animation of Azeroth—and now it’s time to give these resolute races a visual upgrade.
Using the original models as inspiration, we’ve enhanced their appearances and animations while retaining the soul of the characters.
Sink your teeth into these gorgeous images!
Drool over these new appearances. Show off your wild side with the updated worgen models. With a mug like this, the races of Azeroth will buy you drinks. Look like a million gold without spending a copper! The new models will be available as soon as the 8.2.5 content update goes live, so be sure to check them out in the wilds (or Auction Houses) then!
Quests in Patch 8.2.5 have been updated with the "Show Final Destination" button, which can be found in the top right corner of the quest window. It allows for easy switching between your travel route and the final destination of a quest.
When you click on the "Show Final Destination" button, you'll see where the quest ends. Clicking the button again displays your recommended travel route to the objective.
To celebrate 15 years of World of Warcraft, retired HP server blades that once hosted WoW realms will be available for purchase on the Blizzard Gear Store on September 13 and September 18. Blizzard is donating 100% of the sale price for each blade to Pencils of Promise.
Note that the server blades are subject to import tax.
It’s been a truly epic 15 years of World of Warcraft—and what better way to commemorate this momentous event than to purchase a piece of WoW history, all while benefitting a great cause.
We’ve preserved a number of retired HP server blades that once hosted World of Warcraft realms, and you can purchase one Friday, September 13 at 19:00 CEST and Wednesday, September 18 at 02:00 CEST on the Blizzard Gear Store to support Pencils of Promise, a global education organization creating schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. For a limited time, a small number of these special anniversary server blades will be available for purchase and 100% of the sale price of each blade less shipping and handling will be donated to Pencils of Promise. *
Q: Who is Pencils of Promise?
A: In their own words: Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children around the world. PoP works with communities to build schools and create programs that provide educational opportunities for students, no matter where they are born or what resources they have. To date, PoP has built more than 500 schools and currently serves more than 100,000 students throughout Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, establishing itself as a leader amongst the innovative global nonprofits working toward sustainable social change. Learn more at www.pencilsofpromise.org.
Q: How much of my money goes to Pencils of Promise?
A: Pencils of Promise will receive 100% of the sale price, less any manufacturing and freight to warehouse costs, chargebacks, refunds, and Value Added Taxes (VAT).
Q: What is a server blade?
A: World of Warcraft realms are hosted on HP BladeSystem, which combines server, storage, network, power, and management capabilities into an integrated system. These blades were part of the hardware that provided the processing power to run the game from 2010-2016.
Q. Will I be able to purchase a specific server blade?
A. Due to advancements in the technology behind World of Warcraft and the ability to host many realms on one blade, there’s no way to guarantee purchasers will receive a server blade that previously hosted a specific realm they were interested in.
Q: What does the server blade come with?
A:Each blade server comes with a decorated plexi-glass cover and a World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary plaque.
Q: Is the server blade functional?
A:The server blade is not functional and contains no data. This retired HP server blade is intended only to be a unique collector’s item and not a piece of functioning hardware.
Q: Do I have to pay for shipping?
A: Yes, purchasers will have to pay for shipping. All shipments will be made from the United States.
Q: When will I receive my World of Warcraft server blade if I purchase one?
A: Barring unanticipated circumstances, the expected delivery time for items is 12–15 weeks after the final payment is received and acknowledged.
Q: How will my World of Warcraft server blade be shipped?
A:Your World of Warcraft server blade will ship in custom 15th anniversary packaging and a brown box with foam padding to help protect it during shipping.
Q: What should I do if I have any issues with my order?
A:If you encounter any issues with your World of Warcraft server blade order, contact customer service for assistance.
*Donation excludes manufacturing and freight to warehouse costs, chargebacks, refunds, and value added tax; purchaser shall pay shipping costs. Sale ends September 24, 2019, or while supplies last.
Public Test Realms have been updated with a new build of Patch 8.2.5, and the splash screen now shows Sylvanas, and the text mentions Party Sync, updated character models, and most importantly, a thrilling conclusion to Battle for Azeroth's War Campaign.
New Global Strings
SPLASH_BATTLEFORAZEROTH_8_2_5_LABEL: New in Patch 8.2.5 SPLASH_BATTLEFORAZEROTH_8_2_5_RIGHT_DESC: Lead the charge in the thrilling conclusion to the War Campaign. SPLASH_BATTLEFORAZEROTH_8_2_5_RIGHT_TITLE: War Campaign SPLASH_BATTLEFORAZEROTH_8_2_5_FEATURE1_TITLE: Party Sync SPLASH_BATTLEFORAZEROTH_8_2_5_FEATURE2_TITLE: Updated Character Models SPLASH_BATTLEFORAZEROTH_8_2_5_FEATURE1_DESC: Sync levels and quests with your friends to play together more effectively. Blizzard also added encrypted cinematics in Build 31812, and it appears that the War Campaign will end sooner than expected. While we don't know what Sylvanas' endgame is, we recently covered a purported screenshot of Stormwind Harbor which refers to the Shadowlands. What do you think is going to happen in Patch 8.2.5? Will there be another chapter of the War Campaign in Patch 8.3? Let us known down in the comments!
As we've seen, a whole lot of people are either returning to experiencing the origins of WoW all over again, and Chris Metzen, former Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development and creator/lore overseer of the Warcraft universe, (who left Blizzard 3 years ago, which you can read more about here) is one of them.
We hadn't heard from him in a while but it seems he dove into Classic and braved the queues, seemingly reigniting his love of the game, and definitely taking him back to the old days, as he's started tweeting about WoW a whole lot more.
In addition to a few direct tweets, he's also been interacting with players through replies and answering some lore questions as well:
And we also got this little gem about his BlizzCon opening ceremony speech performances:
We even got some Warcraft movie behind the scenes info:
And finally, we have an amazing art piece commissioned by the man himself, featuring everyone's favorite orc and his family, that also inspired many followup questions, and we found out Thrall's daughter's name!
It's great to hear from him on WoW topics again and to see he's enjoying Classic!