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Warcraft Recap: WoD Zone Previews, Screenshots, Black Temple Guide

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Check out new WoD zone previews!

This week has been full of new screenshots and information about upcoming Warlords of Draenor zones! Blizzard has published new previews of the upcoming Frostfire Ridge zone, which is the starting zone for Horde players in the expansion. Their zone preview post includes developer interviews and they've also started a new series which provides an in-depth look at some of the creatures native to this zone. Our friends over at MMO-Champion have posted a huge set of screenshots from the Spires of Arak and Shadowmoon Valley zones, the latter being the Alliance starting zone this expansion. Also, the cutest new member of WoD's pet collection is previewed on Twitter: the Molten Corgi!

In non-WoD news, the pvecurrency-valor.jpgHeart of the Valorous buff has temporarily returned to the live servers; no definite word on how long the buff will be active but we can expect it for at least this weekend (last time, the buff was in-game for two weeks). Be sure to check out our Guide to Gaining Valor to maximize your Valor gain! For those of you who would rather focus on looking awesome (which is just as important), Blizzard has posted a guide to soloing Black Temple for the plethora of awesome transmog gear (and Warglaives). They've also posted a funny video clip showing the aftermath of the events of the Mists of Pandaria trailer. Be sure to read on for this week's Warcraft recap!


Heart of the Valorous Buff Returns

The pvecurrency-valor.jpgHeart of the Valorous buff is active on live servers once more, offering players the opportunity to earn an additional 100% Valor from all sources. The only annoucement of this buff's return was made on the Warcraft_ES Twitter, which states that the buff will be available for the weekend. Maybe we'll see a return of the Black Prince buff in the future, as well? If you're looking to maximize your Valor-earning potential, be sure to check out our Guide to Gaining Valor!


Blizzard Previews Upcoming Frostfire Ridge Zone

Blizzard has published previews of the upcoming Frostfire Ridge starting zone, which players will arrive to after completion of the Tanaan Jungle intro zone. Alliance players will arrive in Frostfire Ridge, a massive snow-covered zone full of mountains and volcanoes. This preview features an in-depth interview with the zone's designers. One of the developers describes the zone as, "Cold, merciless, and beautiful." Sounds pretty Horde-like to me!Blizzard has also started a new blog series titled, "Beasts of the Savage Lands," which focuses on the creatures players will encounter in the new Warlords of Draenor zones. Their first entry also focuses on the Frostfire Ridge zone, introducing us to new beasts we'll encounter in Draenor, including the mighty Ogron and the noble Frostwolves.


New Zone Screenshots from MMO-Champion

Our friends from MMO-Champion have provided a visual preview of the upcoming Spires of Arak and Shadowmoon Valley zones, providing tons of screenshots from each new zone! Blizzard has previewed both of these zones in past blog entries, with an Artcraft entry for The Spires of Arak and a Zone Preview for Shadowmoon Valley. Check out MMO-Champion's screenshot galleries for these new zones!


Blizzard Re-Visits Black Temple

Way back in April, Blizzard published a guide detailing the Molten Core raid dungeon, spotlighting notable transmog loot from the zone and offering strategies and details to soloing the raid dungeon. Their latest classic raid revisit spotlights the Black Temple, a very popular raid due to the extremely popular transmog loot found within. Their latest guide details the popular drops and provides detailed information on the raid encounters, making note of what level 90 players seeking to solo the content will actually have to concern themselves with (from my own experience, there's very little concern to be had)! Check out Blizzard's latest classic raid guide!


What Happened After the Mists of Pandaria Cinematic

Blizzard celebrated the Fourth of July with a special video of "extra footage" shot after the events of the Mists of Pandaria cinematic. For those who might not remember the trailer (it has been a while, hasn't it), watch the trailer first and this short should at least result in a chuckle.


Blizzard Reveals "Molten Corgi" Pet

There's a ton of new pets coming with Warlords of Draenor, but none more important than the Molten Corgi previewed on Twitter by pet designer Jonathan LeCraft. Well, maybe that's just my opinion -- BUT LOOK AT IT. There's no release details for this pet so far, so it could be a Battle.net Shop pet (maybe for a new Make-A-Wish donation)? This little fiery fuzzball will certainly see a warm welcome from the Warcraft community, many of whom have been anticipating a pet of this popular dog breed since Blizzard added a corgi model quite some time ago, but then only used it for a wind-up toy doodad surrounding the Winter Veil tree. Blizzard, while we're on the subject of corgis, I'll take the wind-up one, too! I can keep it in my Toy Box!

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