Connected Realms – Update 7/25

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

As previously announced, we’ve been working toward connecting realms to increase the number of players on low-population realms. Here's a continuously updated list that contains currently planned connections, future plans, and completed realm connections, all in one convenient location.

*Please note this list does not encompass all potential future connections.  Please check back for further updates.

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, July 31 during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PDT through approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Malfurion and Trollbane
  • Ravenholdt and Twisting Nether
  • The Venture Co and Maelstrom

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, August 7 during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PDT through approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Shadowmoon and Detheroc

We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this post when we do.

  • Burning Legion and Agamaggan, Archimonde, Jaedenar, and The Underbog

*Plans for these connections may change at any time, but we’ll provide additional updates on specific dates for future connections here as we can. Please note that as a part of the connection process realm times may change to match each other.

  • Aegwynn, Bonechewer, Daggerspine, Gurubashi, and Hakkar 
  • Agamaggan, Archimonde, Jaedenar, and The Underbog
  • Aggramar and Fizzcrank
  • Akama, Dragonmaw, and Mug'thol
  • Alleria and Khadgar
  • Alexstrasza and Terokkar
  • Altar of Storms, Anetheron, Magtheridon, and Ysondre
  • Alterac Mountains, Balnazzar, Gorgonnash, The Forgotten Coast, and Warsong
  • Andorhal, Scilla, Ursin and Zuluhed
  • Antonidas and Uldum
  • Anub’arak, Chromaggus, Chrushridge, Garithos, Nathrezim, and Smolderthorn
  • Anvilmar and Undermine
  • Arygos and Llane
  • Auchindoun, Cho'gall, and Laughing Skull
  • Azgalor, Azshara, Destromath, and Thunderlord
  • Azjol-Nerub and Khaz Modan
  • Azuremyst and Staghelm
  • Black Dragonflight, Gul'dan, and Skullcrusher
  • Blackhand and Galakrond
  • Blackwater Raiders and Shadow Council
  • Blackwing Lair, Dethecus, Detheroc, Lethon, and Haomarush
  • Bladefist and Kul Tiras
  • Blade's Edge and Thunderhorn
  • Blood Furnace, Mannaroth, and Nazjatar
  • Bloodscalp, Boulderfist, Dunemaul, Maiev, and Stonemaul
  • Borean Tundra and Shadowsong 
  • Bronzebeard and Shandris
  • Burning Blade, Lightning's Blade, and Onyxia
  • Cairne and Perenolde
  • Coilfang, Dark Iron, Dalvengyr, and Demon Soul
  • Dawnbringer and Madoran
  • Darrowmere and Windrunner
  • Dath'Remar and Khaz'goroth
  • Deathwing and Executus, Kalecgos, and Shattered Halls
  • Dentarg and Whisperwind
  • Doomhammer and Baelgun
  • Draenor and Echo Isles
  • Draka and Suramar
  • Drak’Tharon, Firetree, Malorne, Rivendare, Spirestone, and Stormscale
  • Drak'thul and Skywall
  • Dreadmaul and Thaurissan
  • Drenden and Arathor
  • Duskwood and Bloodhoof
  • Eitrigg and Shu'halo
  • Eldre’Thalas and Korialstrasz
  • Eonar and Velen
  • Eredar, Gorefiend,Spinebreaker, and Wildhammer
  • Exodar and Medivh
  • Farstriders, Silver Hand and Thorium Brotherhood
  • Fenris and Dragonblight
  • Frostmane, Ner'zhul, andTortheldrin
  • Frostwolf and Vashj
  • Ghostlands and Kael'thas
  • Gilneas and Elune
  • Gnomeregan and Moonrunner
  • Grizzly Hills and Lothar
  • Gundrak and Jubei'Thos
  • Hellscream and Zangarmarsh
  • Hydraxis and Terenas
  • Icecrown and Malygos
  • Kargath and Norgannon
  • Kilrogg and Winterhoof
  • Kirin Tor, Sentinels and Steamwheedle Cartel
  • Misha and Rexxar
  • Mok'Nathal and Silvermoon
  • Nagrand and Caelestrasz
  • Nazgrel and Nesingwary/Vek'nilash
  • Nordrassil and Muradin
  • Quel'dorei and Sen'jin
  • Runetotem and Uther
  • Scarlet Crusade and Feathermoon
  • The Scryers and Argent Dawn
  • Tanaris and Greymane
  • Uldaman and Ravencrest
  • Ysera and Durotan

For more information on Connected Realms, please read the preview blog post here.

FAQ

Q. My realm needs connecting, why isn’t it listed?
A. The connections listed are the phases we’ve currently finalized and have planned connection dates or estimates available for. Additional connections are possible, but they just haven’t reached that stage yet. We’ll be updating the realm connection list as phases complete and new phases are planned.

Q. When will my realm be connected?
A. We'll update this thread with the latest information on currently planned phases.

Q. My realm has a lower population than those on the list, why isn’t mine being connected first?
A. Realm connections are based on a number of factors including population, faction balance, the realm’s physical location in the world compared to other realms it may be connected to, among others. It’s also worth noting that websites which attempt to track population, while helpful in many ways, are estimates based on public data which may not provide the clearest picture of actual population.

Brawler’s Guild: What’s Your Rank?

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

Hidden away in the bowels of the Deeprun Tram and the dusty backstreets of Orgrimmar is the Brawler’s Guild, housed within the aptly named Bizmo’s Brawlpub on the Alliance and Brawl’gar Arena on the Horde. Being a member of this secret society can yield great rewards, underground fame, and even a burly mount with a majestic bruteness the likes of which few have ever seen. Getting in won’t be easy, and working your way up the ranks will be even harder, but we’re here to help with this introductory information and some upcoming boss guides. The challenge is to get to rank 10—think you can handle it?

Some of you may have already figured out how to get into the Brawler’s Guild, but for those who haven’t, you’re looking to get your mitts on a Blood-Soaked Invitation. These can be found on the Black Market Auction House, from current members of the Brawler’s Guild who are rank 7 or higher, or by defeating any number of rare enemies spread throughout Pandaria. Once you have one clutched in your unscarred fist, just /use it to gain access to the arena. That’s it, you’re in!

Bizmo’s Brawlpub and Brawl’gar Arena have very different interior-design philosophies, but both are dank, dark, and bloodstained. They also have the basics in common: an arena where the fisticuffs happen, areas to view the fights, NPCs who sell various items and rematch cards, and lots of shadowy figures who will turn on you in a whim.

Bizmo’s Brawlpub

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Getting into Bizmo’s Brawlpub is fairly easy if you know where to go. Once you’ve entered the Deeprun Tram from Stormwind, just drop down into the gap the first tram glides through and look for an opening in the wall. Head down the ramp and check out the joint! Keep in mind you won’t be able to enter the Boom Room until you’re reached rank 8, but it’s pretty swanky up there, so it’s definitely worth the effort. If you have managed to reach rank 8, head on up and enjoy access to some exclusive brew that’ll get you tipsy and some fine grub to gnash.

Brawl’gar Arena

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You’ll find the Brawl’gar Arena in the Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar, tucked away in the back corner of the area next to the ramp that leads up into Azshara. Those who dare to enter the guild will find the place to be cheerfully decorated with spikes, crates salvaged from the war, loads of Horde emblems, and a smattering of ruffians ready to laugh at your efforts. Slowly encircling the arena overhead you’ll find a zeppelin reserved for VIPs, named the Skybag. Rank 8 members should be wary of the brawling enthusiasts who are watching with you from your place in the air—they can get a little rowdy when they lose a bet.

Hot tip: As explained above, brawlers who have reached rank 8 gain access to their faction’s VIP lounge and to the NPCs that sell exclusive food and beverages. What some may not know, however, is that the drink vendor is constantly opening new and rare bottles, giving VIPs easy access to otherwise hard-to-find libations. So if you’re still working on completing achievements such as “It’s Happy Hour Somewhere” or “Drown Your Sorrows,” becoming a VIP can help. Also, for those of you with a finicky palette, the Luxury Food Vendor in the VIP lounge sells several kinds of delectable goodies you can stuff down your gullet. Emphasis on luxury.

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Regardless of where your Brawler’s Guild is located, the first thing you’ll want to do when you become a member is dive head-first into the arena. For you Alliance fighters, speak to one of the Bizmo’s Brawlpub Bouncers to get on the list; for Horde members, you’ll want to speak to a Brawl’gar Arena Grunt. This will mark you as Rank 1 with the guild, and from this point on, you’ll face a long list of challenging bosses,  each more difficult than the next. In each faction’s arena, you’ll find an NPC that sells Challenge Cards you can use to revisit encounters you’ve already defeated. There are also a handful of rare bosses that become available by doing different things in game such as fishing, dancing with an NPC, defeating one of the bosses via a Challenge Card, farming, and even by opening a Blingtron gift. You can find a handy list of all the optional bosses and how to get access to each one in Wowhead.com’s guide.

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Hot tip: Tucked away inside each faction’s guild is a statistician who can help you gauge your chances of success. Alliance members will want to seek out “Numbers” Pfeiffer, while Horde members can speak to Skizz Skuzzjock. These two number-crunching nerds will be happy to share with you the win-loss ratio of each boss in each tier.* Keep in mind that their numbers show how well a specific boss has done against Brawler’s Guild members, not how well members have done against the bosses.

*Feelings of excess anxiety due to Hexos’ numbers are not the responsibility of Bizmo’s Brawlpub or Brawl’gar Arena employees.

Aside from a variety of achievements, including one for simply joining the Brawler’s Guild and another for throwing rotten food at another member, there are also a bunch of items you can purchase as you progress in rank. Alliance members will need to seek out Quackenbush, while Horde can speak to Paul North to find what’s available. Each sells healing potions, strong stat potions to give that extra boost of power, an account-wide pet named Clock’em, an Item Level 476 fist weapon, new Heirloom fist weapons, and finally, the highly coveted Brawler’s Burly Mushan Beast mount. To be eligible to purchase these items, you’ll need to join the guild and rank up, but it’ll certainly be worth the effort.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be going over each of the bosses you’ll face as you progress through each rank. You’ll encounter four in each tier, and while some of them are a straight-up DPS battle, there are others who will require you to be on your toes. Chances are, you’ll become very familiar with dying in the ring and being lambasted by the crowd, but hopefully these guides will help give you the edge you need to join the upper echelon of Brawler’s Guild champions. Until next time, and as the orcs would say: may your blades never dull!

Character Viewer Updated: Undead Male!

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

The viewer on our website has been once more updated, this time with the Undead Male model!

Our art team and character artists worked themselves to the bone to recapture the creepy feel of the classic model and bring new (un) life to this scion of the Forsaken. We hope you enjoy it!

As development continues on Warlords of Draenor, we’ll show you even more of the updated character models and visuals coming to World of Warcraft. Let us pick your brain in the comments!

Blizzard Service Awards Unlocked

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

The Service Award ceremonies are an important Blizzard tradition that began in 1996. These ceremonies recognize the dedication and commitment demonstrated by those who help Blizzard create the most epic entertainment experiences...ever. Check out our newly updated service awards page, which now features the two-year stein, new five-year swords, fifteen-year rings, and the twenty-year helm!

Want your chance to earn such amazing loot? Get a job at Blizzard Entertainment and start leveling up. Check out our Career Opportunities.

Elite Player Gifts for August

Written by EnMasse Entertainment on . Posted in Tera Online

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TERA August elite gift

Summer’s in full swing, and it's time for TERA's elite players to receive a hot new gift pack.

Each month, En Masse gives TERA's elite players a free gift. During the month of August, each elite player will receive the elite status gift of the month, full of all kinds of goodies.

  • Summer Heat Package—A gift pack loaded with goodies: 1 Spellbind box, 1 Twice Cured loot box, and 5 Master's Additives!

Master additives increase your critical success chance by approximately 25 percent when crafting master items.

If you haven't signed up for elite status quite yet: What are you waiting for? Join the elite and get your summer gear now!

The fine print:

  • Gift delivery starts Monday, July 28, at 7 a.m. PDT. All users who sign up or renew elite status between then and Wednesday, August 27 at 7 a.m. PDT receive this gift.
  • Users who sign up or renew elite status before Monday, July 28 at 7 a.m. PDT receive July’s Gift of the Month.

Introducing the Roster for the Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars Tournament

Written by NCsoft on . Posted in Guild Wars 2

The All-Star votes have been tallied! We’re ready to introduce the PvP players who will represent their regions at the Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars Tournament during gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

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We’re proud to announce the following Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars:

Europe:

  • Denshee
  • Helseth
  • ROM
  • Sizer
  • Tage

North America:

  • Kaypud
  • Phantaram
  • Supcutie
  • Zombify
  • Zoose

China:

  • Gio
  • Nocturne
  • Loveyoumuji
  • Mrtime
  • Captain Hook

Congratulations to the All-Stars, and a huge thanks to everyone who voted!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on how you can watch this international showdown in Cologne.

Get to Your Choppa!

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

The Horde chopper is on its way, and you need to log in now to claim it!

Your votes for Azeroth Choppers were counted, and one faction’s war cry roared loudest: the Horde bike will now be turned into a mount in World of Warcraft! Anyone who logs in to the game between now and September 30, 2014 will automatically have their account flagged to receive the Horde chopper upon the release of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Everyone can (and should!) claim their chopper by logging in now, but as a reminder, only your Horde characters will be able to mount up and take it for a ride.

San Diego Comic-Con: Blizzard Showcase Panel Recap

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

At this year’s Blizzard Entertainment Showcase panel at San Diego Comic-Con, epic loot was in no short supply. But don’t worry if you weren’t at the panel this year—we’ve got you covered with a roundup of all the loot we revealed below:

Blizzard Pin Program: Premiering at San Diego Comic-Con, the Blizzard Pin Program will be available on the Blizzard Gear store (gear.blizzard.com) after BlizzCon.

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Carbot Hoodie: A hybrid of cute and comfortable, this hoodie is sure to keep you warm and stylish whether you’re slinging cards or battling the enemies in the Nexus

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Diablo Figurine Shadowclone Variant: This sinister figurine is a shadowy variant of the original Diablo action figure by NECA.

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Kerrigan Statue: You’ve already seen the grayscale version earlier—in the panel, we revealed the finished product in all its zerg-y detail in full color.

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Tychus Figure: At 1/6-scale with hyper-articulated joints, a movable visor, and a light-up suit, this Tychus figure is just as epic as his full-size counterpart.

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Heroes of the Storm Action Figures: Collect all your favorite heroes in action-packed sizes, and make your own mini-Nexus at home.

Heroes of the Storm Bang!: Round up a posse of your favorite heroes for a Blizzard-themed riff on the infamous card game Bang!

Check out the list of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives and premiere items we revealed earlier here.

Unicornalia Returns July 24 – 30!

Written by Trion Worlds on . Posted in Rift

Unicornalia2_blog_720x332Two months ago, refugee Unicorns from the Plane of Life sought shelter in Telara. Now they’ve returned in need of your assistance again! Find the PRI representatives in your capital city to discover how you can help.

Now through July 30, Onyx Unicorn mounts can be acquired from Limited Edition: Sparkle Troves, which you can get on the RIFT Store, as rare drops from the “Hooves and Horns” zone event in Moonshade Highlands, or for completing the achievement “A Rainbow in the Dark.” Opal Unicorn mounts can be purchased with Sparkle Essences you can get from Limited Edition: Sparkle Troves or by completing Unicornalia daily quests in Sanctum and Meridian!