Blighted Antechamber Now Live!

Written by Trion Worlds on . Posted in Rift

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Leap into action and a-maze your enemies in RIFT’s newest Warfront: the Blighted Antechamber!

Available now, the Blighted Antechamber features intense action on a number of levels. You can wade, sneak, or charge through its overgrown hedgemaze to steal your enemy’s flag and/or capture two control points: the Blind Alley and Cul-de-sac. Nestled into wild growth on the footsteps of Greenscale’s ancient lair, these valuable (if bloody) hot-spots are overlooked by a towering third: the Spire.

You’ll need to use a single winding ramp or one of several tactical jump pads to reach the Spire – but holding it is well worth the effort! The Spire grants improved victory points and a dragon’s-eye-view of the entire battlefield below.

Whether you’re stalking prey in the claustrophobic confines of the Lifetouched maze, or leaping towards the sky and battling for control of the Spire, Blighted Antechamber leaves no room for the faint of heart. Log in today and fight for victory in the presence of a fallen god!

2014 World of Warcraft Arena North American Arena Tournament

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

Do you have what it takes to compete on the big stage in the WoW Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2014? We’ve got all of the WoW North American Arena Tournament information you need to set you on your path to global domination.

Eight of the top 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for a chance to face off in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, taking place November 7 and 8 at BlizzCon 2014 in Anaheim, California.

If you’re an Arena competitor, it’s time to hone your skills and get ready to fight hard for a spot in the event. We’ll be holding online qualifiers for North America* in the months to come—in order to be eligible, teams need to have an individual 3v3 Arena rating of 2,500 on the live realms by August 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. PDT.

The North American Arena Tournament will use a double-elimination format to determine the top 3 teams. Beginning in the Nagrand Arena, each match will be played in a best-of-five format, with the losing team deciding the next map from the remaining pool of eligible maps. Each game will last until one team is eliminated or until 15 minutes have elapsed. When the dust settles, only the top 3 teams will move on to compete live at BlizzCon 2014.

Eligible countries for the North American Arena Tournament include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.

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For complete prizing and WoW Arena World Championship information, visit our earlier post.

If you’re a spectator, you’ll be able to catch all of the action live online even if you can’t make it to BlizzCon in person—stay tuned for more information.

Click here for the complete rules.

*Information on tournament sign-ups to follow in the coming weeks.

Ride the Iron Skyreaver—40% Off This Week Only

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

Forged by the brutal hand of the Iron Horde and tempered by hatred, the Iron Skyreaver is a fearsome blend of beast and machine. This twin-headed terror dominates the sky and strikes fear into any foe who dares challenge it. Take the reins of one of these monstrosities for 40% off this week only, but beware—the Skyreaver suffers only the most formidable masters to ride it.

Fashion Week Returns to Telara with Player-Created Items!

Written by Trion Worlds on . Posted in Rift

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To celebrate the conclusion of RiftGrate’s “Dreaming of Summer” Contest, Fashion Week is making a comeback, and this time it’s completely dedicated to the amazing creative efforts of your fellow players!

First up is the winner of the “Dreaming of Summer” Contest, Solaura@Greybriar, with their costume Deity of Summer:

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This costume, along with those of the 2nd-place, 3rd-place, and honorable mention finishers, are available in the RIFT Store for a limited time. Don’t miss this opportunity to get one of these fabulous costumes designed by the players of RIFT!

Now Available: Weapons & Cloaks

Why stop at costumes? The spectacular items designed by the winners of the Concept Weapons and Cloaks contest have been brought to life by artists on the RIFT team. Show off your favorite in your next group!

And it wouldn’t be Fashion Week without all sorts of limited-availability dyes, including highly sought-after Exceptional varieties!

Need credits? Fill up today.

World of Warcraft Arena Invitational World Championship: Learn the Score

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

Whether you’re a spectator or a competitor, we’ve even more information to share with you on the World of Warcraft Arena Invitational Global World Championship taking place November 7 and 8 at BlizzCon 2014 in Anaheim, California.

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Eight of the top 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for a chance to face off live for a share of $250,000 US dollars. Here’s the breakdown:

Place WoW Arena
$250,000 
1st $120,000
2nd $50,000
3rd-4th $20,000
5th-8th $10,000

The WoW Arena Invitational Global Championship will be played in a best-of-seven format beginning within the Nagrand Arena with the losing team deciding the next map from the remaining pool of eligible maps. Each game will last until one team is eliminated, or until 15 minutes have elapsed.

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In the end, only one team will claim the ultimate victory as World Champion and $120,000 USD.

If you’re a spectator, you’ll be able to catch all of the action live online even if you can’t make it to the show in person—stay tuned for more information.

Come Visit the Blizzard Booth at San Diego Comic-Con!

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

Tonight is preview night at San Diego Comic-Con, and we wanted to let you all in on a little secret. During Comic-Con, we’ll be doing a #LootCrazy giveaway on the show floor, and you’ll have a chance to snag some awesome exclusive gear. If you can’t join us on the show floor this year, not to worry—you can enter our online giveaway for a chance to snag some.

But that’s not all Blizzard’s up to at the convention: In addition to our epic giveaway, you’ll also have a chance to purchase SDCC exclusives and other merchandise throughout the weekend. To prepare your loot list, check out the line-up of our San Diego Comic-Con exclusives and premiere items here.

We’ve also got our Blizzard Entertainment Showcase panel on Thursday, and Duncan Jones—director of Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Warcraft movie—will be at our booth signing autographs on Saturday. Check out all the details below.

How to Go #LootCrazy

Participating in #LootCrazy on the show floor is easy! Simply snap a picture at the Blizzard booth or at one of our partners’ booths with a Blizzard product, and share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) using the hashtag #LootCrazy.

During specific redemption hours, you can swing by our booth (Hall A, Booth 115) and show us your social media post. If the post qualifies, you’ll be given a prize at random (while supplies last).

Partner Booths:

  • Legendary Pictures – Booth #3920
  • Sideshow Collectibles – Booth #1929
  • Funko – Booth #5343
  • NECA – Booth #3145
  • Simon and Schuster – Booth #1128
  • DK Publishing – Booth #1034
  • Insight Editions – Booth #1318

#LootCrazy Redemption Schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 23: 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 24–Saturday, July 26: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 27: 3 p.m.–5 p.m.


Blizzard Entertainment Showcase Panel—Thursday, July 24, 2:15 p.m., Room 6BCF

In our panel, we’ll be unveiling never-before-seen Blizzard products as well as hosting a Q&A with Blizzard game developers, writers, and designers. Make sure to line up early at room 6BCF.


Duncan Jones Signing—Saturday, July 26, 2 p.m.

Duncan Jones, director of Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Warcraft movie, will be at our booth signing autographs for 200 lucky attendees. In order to get a chance to be included in the signing, stop by our Blizzard booth at 11 a.m. on Saturday to receive a ticket to participate. These tickets are being given on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to plan a stop at our booth early. But wait, there’s more! On Friday, during #LootCrazy redemption between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., we will be giving away one golden ticket as a prize. This rare treasure will grant the holder the chance to have a one-on-one chat with Duncan Jones! 


Be sure to stop by and loot some epic merch—we look forward to seeing you there!

The Story of SWTOR, 2014

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Hi folks! I’m Charles Boyd, Lead Writer for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. Let’s talk story!

The war between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire is still raging, the Hutt Cartel’s invasion of Makeb has been stopped in its tracks, the Dread Masters have been defeated… so what’s the next step?

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On YouTube: Points of Interest Episode 3

Written by NCsoft on . Posted in Guild Wars 2

Last week’s episode of Points of Interest is available on our YouTube channel now! Take a look at the video to catch up on all of last Friday’s fun: Kate is joined by Tami Foote, Josh Foreman, and Peter Fries to talk about Entanglement.

Bill Murphy from MMORPG.com joins the PoI crew with the first round of questions from his readers, we highlight some of our favorite Guild Wars 2 art from our players, and we look into our favorite things about Entanglement–as well as speculation about what’s still to come!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay on top of our latest video releases!

5.4.8 Hotfixes: July 22

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft patch 5.4.8. Hotfixes are updates we make on our end without requiring you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require your realm to be restarted to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. We will continue to update this list as additional hotfixes are applied.

Hotfixes have been listed by the date they've been implemented. The hotfixes have also been compiled by category for those wanting a quick summary of all hotfixes that have been applied since Patch 5.4.8.

Patch 5.4 Information

By Date

By Category

5.4.8 Patch Notes

July 22

Creatures

  • Kurtok the Slayer's health has been reduced to be slightly less menacing to the denizens of Northshire.
     

June 24

Battlegrounds and Arenas

June 17

Creatures

  • NPC vendors selling Tier-16 armor pieces now have significantly more health.

Items

  • Fire-Watcher's Oath: Players transformed into an Ordon Fire-Watcher now have a 100% chance to gain Bloody Coins on killing-blows against level-90 characters. Note that there's still a short internal-cooldown on earning Bloody Coins.
  • Nightmarish Hitching Post is now usable in Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where the Nightmarish Reins buff could cause players on a flight path to travel slowly.
  • Resolved an issue where players may receive duplicate letters in-game for purchases made on the store.
     

June 13

Items
  • Censer of Eternal Agony now has a cooldown of 1 hour when used (up from 10 minutes).
  • Fire-Watcher's Oath now has a cooldown of 10 minutes (down from 1 hour) and costs 100 Timeless Coins to purchase (costs 50 Bloody Coins previously). The Ordon Fire-Watcher transformation now allows mount usage and Druid shapeshifting and significantly reduced the internal cooldown on earning Bloody Coins.

Timeless Isle

  • Non-rare creatures and NPCs on lower areas of Timeless Isle should now respawn more frequently.
     

June 9

Quests
  • Borrowed Brew: Resolved an issue that could cause players to be unable to see Lorewalker Cho after consuming Mouthwatering Brew.

Bug Fix

  • Resolved an issue where the Heart of the Valorous buff was not correctly persisting through death.
     

June 4

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Queuing for a non-random Normal Scenario now awards 30 Justice Points on completion (down from 70 Justice Points).
     

June 3

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Resolved an issue where Kor'kron Shaman's Treasure was not dropping in Flexible difficulty.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Ethereal Soul-Trader can no longer be summoned while in an Arena or Battleground.
     

May 27

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Characters in a Tanking specialization in a Rated Battleground now take 50% additional damage (up from 20%) while holding an orb in Temple of Kotmogu or escorting a mine cart in Deepwind Gorge.

Items

  • Black Grasp of the Destroyer's drain mana effect no longer affects targets above level 73.
  • Soul Breaker's drain mana effect no longer affects targets above level 63.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where credit for the achievement: Going To Need A Bigger Bag was not tracking correctly across characters on the account.
  • Resolved an issue where a graveyard near wreckage of the Silver Dawn in Darkshore was automatically resurrecting players after releasing.
     

May 21

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Resolved an issue where the Rated Battleground flag carrier debuff functioned incorrectly. Characters in a Tanking specialization should now correctly take 50% additional damage while carrying a flag in a Rated Battleground.

Items

  • Replica General's Leather Treads no longer increases the duration of Sprint in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Burdens of Eternity may no longer be used while inside a Heroic Dungeon, Raid, or Scenario.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where Feats of Strength for Collector's Edition: Dread Raven and Collector’s Edition: Dread Hatchling were not being correctly awarded to players.
  • Resolved an issue where players transitioning from Eastern Plaguelands into Ghostlands while on certain flying mounts would be unable to resummon the mount until they relog back in.

July 22

Creatures

  • Kurtok the Slayer's health has been reduced to be slightly less menacing to the denizens of Northshire.
     

June 24

Battlegrounds and Arenas

June 17

Creatures

  • NPC vendors selling Tier-16 armor pieces now have significantly more health.

Items

  • Fire-Watcher's Oath: Players transformed into an Ordon Fire-Watcher now have a 100% chance to gain Bloody Coins on killing-blows against level-90 characters. Note that there's still a short internal-cooldown on earning Bloody Coins.
  • Nightmarish Hitching Post is now usable in Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where the Nightmarish Reins buff could cause players on a flight path to travel slowly.
  • Resolved an issue where players may receive duplicate letters in-game for purchases made on the store.
     

June 13

Items
  • Censer of Eternal Agony now has a cooldown of 1 hour when used (up from 10 minutes).
  • Fire-Watcher's Oath now has a cooldown of 10 minutes (down from 1 hour) and costs 100 Timeless Coins to purchase (costs 50 Bloody Coins previously). The Ordon Fire-Watcher transformation now allows mount usage and Druid shapeshifting and significantly reduced the internal cooldown on earning Bloody Coins.

Timeless Isle

  • Non-rare creatures and NPCs on lower areas of Timeless Isle should now respawn more frequently.
     

June 9

Quests
  • Borrowed Brew: Resolved an issue that could cause players to be unable to see Lorewalker Cho after consuming Mouthwatering Brew.

Bug Fix

  • Resolved an issue where the Heart of the Valorous buff was not correctly persisting through death.
     

June 4

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Queuing for a non-random Normal Scenario now awards 30 Justice Points on completion (down from 70 Justice Points).
     

June 3

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Resolved an issue where Kor'kron Shaman's Treasure was not dropping in Flexible difficulty.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Ethereal Soul-Trader can no longer be summoned while in an Arena or Battleground.
     

May 27

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Characters in a Tanking specialization in a Rated Battleground now take 50% additional damage (up from 20%) while holding an orb in Temple of Kotmogu or escorting a mine cart in Deepwind Gorge.

Items

  • Black Grasp of the Destroyer's drain mana effect no longer affects targets above level 73.
  • Soul Breaker's drain mana effect no longer affects targets above level 63.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where credit for the achievement: Going To Need A Bigger Bag was not tracking correctly across characters on the account.
  • Resolved an issue where a graveyard near wreckage of the Silver Dawn in Darkshore was automatically resurrecting players after releasing.
     

May 21

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Resolved an issue where the Rated Battleground flag carrier debuff functioned incorrectly. Characters in a Tanking specialization should now correctly take 50% additional damage while carrying a flag in a Rated Battleground.

Items

  • Replica General's Leather Treads no longer increases the duration of Sprint in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Burdens of Eternity may no longer be used while inside a Heroic Dungeon, Raid, or Scenario.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where Feats of Strength for Collector's Edition: Dread Raven and Collector’s Edition: Dread Hatchling were not being correctly awarded to players.
  • Resolved an issue where players transitioning from Eastern Plaguelands into Ghostlands while on certain flying mounts would be unable to resummon the mount until they relog back in.

Timeless Isle

  • Non-rare creatures and NPCs on lower areas of Timeless Isle should now respawn more frequently.

Quests

  • Borrowed Brew: Resolved an issue that could cause players to be unable to see Lorewalker Cho after consuming Mouthwatering Brew.

Creatures

  • NPC vendors selling Tier-16 armor pieces now have significantly more health.
  • Kurtok the Slayer's health has been reduced to be slightly less menacing to the denizens of Northshire.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios

  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Resolved an issue where Kor'kron Shaman's Treasure was not dropping in Flexible difficulty.
  • Scenarios
    • Queuing for a non-random Normal Scenario now awards 30 Justice Points on completion (down from 70 Justice Points).

Battlegrounds and Arenas

Items

  • Fire-Watcher's Oath: Players transformed into an Ordon Fire-Watcher now have a 100% chance to gain Bloody Coins on killing-blows against level-90 characters. Note that there's still a short internal-cooldown on earning Bloody Coins.
  • Nightmarish Hitching Post is now usable in Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Censer of Eternal Agony now has a cooldown of 1 hour when used (up from 10 minutes).
  • Fire-Watcher's Oath now has a cooldown of 10 minutes (down from 1 hour) and costs 100 Timeless Coins to purchase (costs 50 Bloody Coins previously). The Ordon Fire-Watcher transformation now allows mount usage and Druid shapeshifting and significantly reduced the internal cooldown on earning Bloody Coins.
  • Black Grasp of the Destroyer's drain mana effect no longer affects targets above level 73.
  • Soul Breaker's drain mana effect no longer affects targets above level 63.
  • Replica General's Leather Treads no longer increases the duration of Sprint in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Burdens of Eternity may no longer be used while inside a Heroic Dungeon, Raid, or Scenario.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where the Nightmarish Reins buff could cause players on a flight path to travel slowly.
  • Resolved an issue where players may receive duplicate letters in-game for purchases made on the store.
  • Resolved an issue where the Heart of the Valorous buff was not correctly persisting through death.
  • Resolved an issue where credit for the achievement: Going To Need A Bigger Bag was not tracking correctly across characters on the account.
  • Resolved an issue where a graveyard near wreckage of the Silver Dawn in Darkshore was automatically resurrecting players after releasing.
  • Resolved an issue where Feats of Strength for Collector's Edition: Dread Raven and Collector’s Edition: Dread Hatchling were not being correctly awarded to players.
  • Resolved an issue where players transitioning from Eastern Plaguelands into Ghostlands while on certain flying mounts would be unable to resummon the mount until they relog back in.
World of Warcraft Patch 5.4.8

Updated May 19

Classes

  • Druid
    • Resolved an issue where Cat Form's movement speed bonus was stacking incorrectly with Warrior's version of Stampeding Shout granted via Symbiosis.
  • Rogue
    • Burst of Speed can now be activated to remove movement-slowing effects even if another movement speed bonus such as Sprint is already present (the speed bonuses will still not stack).

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios

  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • General Nazgrim
      • General Nazgrim no longer calls in an additional wave of forces at 10% health on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Garrosh Hellscream
      • Increased berserk timer for Garrosh Hellscream to 25 minutes (up from 18 minutes) on Raid Finder difficulty.

Items

  • All upgradable epic quality items introduced in Patch 5.4 (items found in Siege of Orgrimmar and Timeless Isle) are now eligible to be upgraded an additional 2 times for a total increase of 16 item levels.
  • Heirloom weapons awarded by Garrosh Hellscream have been increased by 8 item levels to keep them competitive with the additional 2 upgrade levels given to other items.
  • Mistweaver Ai on the Timeless Isle next to the Celestial Court now sells a token called Deeds of Valor for 3000 Timeless Coins. When used, Deeds of Valor grants 100 Valor Points to the character, up to the 1000 Valor Point maximum per week.
  • For additional details behind this change, please check out the forum thread titled: Gear Changes in Patch 5.4.8.

UI

  • UI Add-Ons are no longer able to update a number of CVars while the player is in combat. A complete listing of CVars affected by this change can be found in the forum thread titled: 5.4.8 Changes to CVars While In-Combat.

Achievements

  • Going to Need a Bigger Bag is now an account-wide achievement and items obtained by all characters on the account now contribute credit towards completion. This means the achievement can be completed by obtaining all the required items across multiple characters instead of having a single character obtain all the items needed.