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wow WoW Recap: New WoD Patch Notes, WoD GamesCom Interviews, and Connected Realms

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There has not been a lot going on in the past week in World of Warcraft, so the highlight of the week is probably the latest update to the Warlords of Draenor patch notes. Also, a lot of websites have published their GamesCom interviews with Tom Chilton, Game Director for World of Warcraft, so we take a look at the most interesting answers he gave. Finally, new sets of connected US realms are going to be created, so we felt that it would be a good occasion to simply list all of the currently connected realms in both Europe and North America.





Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes: August 19


You will find the updated Patch Notes here. All of the changes are class balance changes. Most of them are very minor, but there is an interesting one. The DPS rotation of Windwalker Monks has been made slower to avoid GCD-capping issues.



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Warlords of Draenor Interviews with Tom Chilton


All of the extracts below are summaries, done by MMO-Champion, of answers given by Tom Chilton during the various interviews that he gave at GamesCom.
  • Raids
    • In theory, Warlords could only have two raid tiers and then a new expansion. It depends on how quickly the next expansion is ready. (buffed.de)
    • Raids will open roughly two and a half weeks after the expansion releases. This will give players time to level and enjoy some dungeons and other content before they move on to raiding. (vanion.eu)
    • Normal and Heroic will open first, with Mythic and LFR starting to open the following week. (vanion.eu)
    • Blackrock Foundry will open some number of weeks later. (vanion.eu)
    • Grommash is really the final boss! When players get to the Grommash fight, they will see that it is a completely different fight from the Garrosh fight in Siege of Orgrimmar. (vanion.eu)
    • Tanaan Jungle will be in a content patch. It contains the Grommash Hellscream raid, as well as some outdoor world content. (mamytwink.com)
  • Classes
    • The number of abilities classes have has gotten out of control, as most classes had enough abilities at WoW's launch, but more and more have been added since then. We finally reached the point where pruning had to be done. (GAME)
    • The design of the Arms Warrior lost its way over the years, moving away from what Arms felt like when WoW was launched. The changes in Warlords should solve this and bring back the identity of the spec. (GAME)


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Connected Realms Update


Last week, three new sets of connected realms for North America were announced:
  • Lightninghoof and Maelstrom, The Venture Co
  • Shattered Hand and Coilfang, Dark Iron, Dalvengyr, and Demon Soul
  • Sisters of Elune and Cenarion Circle
Below, you will find the list of connected realms, directly taken from the Auction House API that Blizzard provides to developers. We refreshed our data today, and it does not look like that the connections that have bee announced last week have been finalized. In any case, here is an updated list of all of the connected realms across Europe and North America.
  • European Realms:
    • Aerie Peak, Bronzebeard
    • Agamaggan, Bloodscalp, Crushridge, Emeriss, Hakkar
    • Aggra (Português), Grim Batol
    • Aggramar, Hellscream
    • Ahn'Qiraj, Balnazzar, Boulderfist, Chromaggus, Daggerspine, Laughing Skull, Shattered Halls, Sunstrider, Talnivarr, Trollbane
    • Alexstrasza, Nethersturm
    • Alleria, Rexxar
    • Ambossar, Kargath
    • Anetheron, Festung der Stürme, Gul'dan, Nathrezim, Rajaxx
    • Arak-arahm, Rashgarroth, Throk'Feroth
    • Arathi, Illidan, Naxxramas, Temple noir
    • Arathor, Hellfire
    • Area 52, Sen'jin, Un'Goro
    • Arthas, Blutkessel, Kel'Thuzad, Vek'lor
    • Arygos, Khaz'goroth
    • Auchindoun, Dunemaul, Jaedenar
    • Azjol-Nerub, Quel'Thalas
    • Azuremyst, Stormrage
    • Baelgun, Lothar
    • Bladefist, Zenedar
    • Bloodfeather, Burning Steppes, Executus, Kor'gall, Shattered Hand
    • Bloodhoof, Khadgar
    • Booty Bay, Deathweaver
    • Bronze Dragonflight, Nordrassil
    • Burning Blade, Drak'thul
    • Cho'gall, Eldre'Thalas, Sinstralis
    • Colinas Pardas, Los Errantes, Tyrande
    • Confrérie du Thorium, Les Clairvoyants, Les Sentinelles
    • Conseil des Ombres, Culte de la Rive noire, La Croisade écarlate
    • Dalaran, Marécage de Zangar
    • Dalvengyr, Nazjatar
    • Darkmoon Faire, Earthen Ring
    • Darksorrow, Genjuros, Neptulon
    • Darkspear, Saurfang
    • Das Syndikat, Der abyssische Rat, Die Arguswacht, Die Todeskrallen
    • Deathwing, Karazhan, Lightning's Blade
    • Deepholm, Razuvious
    • Dentarg, Tarren Mill
    • Destromath, Nera'thor
    • Dethecus, Mug'thol, Onyxia, Terrordar, Theradras
    • Die Silberne Hand, Die ewige Wacht
    • Dragonblight, Ghostlands
    • Dragonmaw, Haomarush, Spinebreaker, Stormreaver, Vashj
    • Drek'Thar, Uldaman
    • Dun Morogh, Norgannon
    • Durotan, Tirion
    • Echsenkessel, Mal'Ganis, Taerar
    • Eitrigg, Krasus
    • Elune, Varimathras
    • Exodar, Minahonda
    • Garona, Ner'zhul
    • Garrosh, Nozdormu, Shattrath
    • Gilneas, Ulduar
    • Greymane, Lich King
    • Grom, Thermaplugg
    • Kilrogg, Nagrand, Runetotem
    • Lightbringer, Mazrigos
    • Lordaeron, Tichondrius
    • Malorne, Ysera
    • Mannoroth, Nefarian
    • Moonglade, The Sha'tar
    • Perenolde, Teldrassil
    • Ravenholdt, Scarshield Legion, Sporeggar, The Venture Co
    • Sanguino, Shen'dralar, Uldum, Zul'jin
    • Skullcrusher, Xavius
    • Thunderhorn, Wildhammer
    • Todeswache, Zirkel des Cenarius
  • North American Realms:
    • Aegwynn, Bonechewer, Daggerspine, Gurubashi, Hakkar
    • Agamaggan, Archimonde, Burning Legion, Jaedenar, The Underbog
    • Aggramar, Fizzcrank
    • Akama, Dragonmaw, Mug'thol
    • Alexstrasza, Terokkar
    • Alleria, Khadgar
    • Altar of Storms, Anetheron, Magtheridon, Ysondre
    • Alterac Mountains, Balnazzar, Gorgonnash, The Forgotten Coast, Warsong
    • Andorhal, Scilla, Ursin, Zuluhed
    • Antonidas, Uldum
    • Anub'arak, Chromaggus, Crushridge, Garithos, Nathrezim, Smolderthorn
    • Anvilmar, Undermine
    • Arathor, Drenden
    • Argent Dawn, The Scryers
    • Arygos, Llane
    • Auchindoun, Cho'gall, Laughing Skull
    • Azgalor, Azshara, Destromath, Thunderlord
    • Azjol-Nerub, Khaz Modan
    • Azuremyst, Staghelm
    • Baelgun, Doomhammer
    • Black Dragonflight, Gul'dan, Skullcrusher
    • Blackhand, Galakrond
    • Blackwater Raiders, Shadow Council
    • Blackwing Lair, Dethecus, Detheroc, Haomarush, Lethon, Shadowmoon
    • Blade's Edge, Thunderhorn
    • Bladefist, Kul Tiras
    • Blood Furnace, Mannoroth, Nazjatar
    • Bloodhoof, Duskwood
    • Bloodscalp, Boulderfist, Dunemaul, Maiev, Stonemaul
    • Borean Tundra, Shadowsong
    • Bronzebeard, Shandris
    • Burning Blade, Lightning's Blade, Onyxia
    • Caelestrasz, Nagrand
    • Cairne, Perenolde
    • Coilfang, Dalvengyr, Dark Iron, Demon Soul
    • Darrowmere, Windrunner
    • Dath'Remar, Khaz'goroth
    • Dawnbringer, Madoran
    • Deathwing, Executus, Kalecgos, Shattered Halls
    • Dentarg, Whisperwind
    • Draenor, Echo Isles
    • Dragonblight, Fenris
    • Drak'Tharon, Firetree, Malorne, Rivendare, Spirestone, Stormscale
    • Drak'thul, Skywall
    • Draka, Suramar
    • Dreadmaul, Thaurissan
    • Durotan, Ysera
    • Eitrigg, Shu'halo
    • Eldre'Thalas, Korialstrasz
    • Elune, Gilneas
    • Eonar, Velen
    • Eredar, Gorefiend, Spinebreaker, Wildhammer
    • Exodar, Medivh
    • Farstriders, Silver Hand, Thorium Brotherhood
    • Feathermoon, Scarlet Crusade
    • Frostmane, Ner'zhul, Tortheldrin
    • Frostwolf, Vashj
    • Ghostlands, Kael'thas
    • Gnomeregan, Moonrunner
    • Greymane, Tanaris
    • Grizzly Hills, Lothar
    • Hellscream, Zangarmarsh
    • Hydraxis, Terenas
    • Icecrown, Malygos
    • Kargath, Norgannon
    • Kilrogg, Winterhoof
    • Kirin Tor, Sentinels, Steamwheedle Cartel
    • Maelstrom, The Venture Co
    • Malfurion, Trollbane
    • Misha, Rexxar
    • Mok'Nathal, Silvermoon
    • Muradin, Nordrassil
    • Nazgrel, Nesingwary, Vek'nilash
    • Quel'dorei, Sen'jin
    • Ravencrest, Uldaman
    • Ravenholdt, Twisting Nether
    • Runetotem, Uther

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