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WoW Recap: WoD Release Date Event, WoD Beta, and 10 years of WoW

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The biggest World of Warcraft news of the week came when Blizzard announced that they were going to disclose the release date for Warlords of Draenor next Thursday during a live event from the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed online at www.worldofwarcraft.com and we imagine that it will also be streamed live from the Blizzard booth at GamesCom for all those attending the convention.


While the Warlords of Draenor beta is keeping us quite busy (new patch notes, zone previews, raid testing, etc.), we had forgotten about World of Warcraft reaching its 10th anniversary until Blizzard announced that they were preparing a few in-game events to commemorate the occasion.




Blizzard Icon Gearing Up to Celebrate 10 Years of World of Warcraft

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This November marks the 10-year anniversary of World of Warcraft, and we’re cooking up a few in-game plans to commemorate the occasion. Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store:

Tarren Mill vs. Southshore: The Rematch


If you engaged in PvP early on in WoW, you might have fond memories of—and perhaps a few scars from—the endless tug-of-war between Horde and Alliance players at Tarren Mill and Southshore. To recapture that feeling, we’ll be opening a Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on that timeless struggle. However, unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, there will be a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat.

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Molten Core Gets Boosted


Molten Core provided many WoW players with their first taste of WoW raiding. For the anniversary celebration, max-level players will be able to participate in a special 40-player Raid Finder version to relive the experience of hunting down Ragnaros and his minions within his fiery lair. Downing the Firelord will earn you an Achievement and a special Core Hound mount reward (fireproof leg armor not included).

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Corgi-licious


Anyone who logs in during the 10-year anniversary event will also be able to claim a feisty, fiery new pet: the Molten Corgi! Just think of the corgi-parade potential when you and your friends summon these wee waddling balls of fire for a walk.
These events and rewards will only be available for a limited time, so make sure to check back with us later for more information on when you can expect to see them in-game. ‘Til then, we’re looking forward to celebrating 10 epic years with you!
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The Warlords of Draenor patch notes were updated this Friday, without any significant change (class balance for the most part). MMO-Champion also datamined a number of undocumented changes in the 2 beta builds that were published this week (18663 and 18689). In the latest beta build, the price for the Alliance Chopper was discovered to be 100,000 gold (keep in mind that this is beta and it may change).



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A number of 7 raid bosses were tested this week on the Warlord of Draenor beta servers:
  • Heroic Blackrock Foundry
    • Kromog
    • Iron Maidens
  • Heroic Highmaul
    • Ko'ragh
    • The Butcher
    • Brackenspore
    • Imperator Mar'gok
    • Tectus
We tested all of these bosses with Envy, the famous European guild, and we are in the process of releasing preview videos on our Youtube channel, so make sure to check it out if you want to know more about the fights.
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Blizzard released previews for two new zones of Warlord of Draenor: Nagrand and Spires of Arak. Both previews feature an interview with game and quest designers that explain what to expect from the zone and how it fits in the expansion.

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