Pop Culture References in WoW: NPCs and Quests from Games and Music
We're continuing our series of pop culture reference posts with a look at NPCs and quests that are clever references to games and music! In past weekends, we've covered items, achievements, and player tributes.
Did you know that many Operation Shieldwall and Dominance Offensive dailies are references to Queen songs? Or that Archmage Vargoth quotes "Hotel California"? Perhaps you're nostalgic for the long
Legend of Zelda
questline removed in Cataclysm, but are happy Mario and Luigi are safe in Un'Goro--unlike Dadanga.
We'll be doing another post on NPCs and Quests soon covering other topics like books, movies, and TV shows.
Check out our past guides in the series:
Blizzard and Community References in WoW
Pop Culture References in WoW Achievements
Pop Culture Item References: Comics, Books, Music, and Poetry
New Site Features: Item Finder, Improved Search Results, More Maps and Fishing Pools
Today we're taking a look at some of the projects the Wowhead team has recently finished! With a complimentary Level 90 boost in Warlords of Draenor and the
options to purchase additional Level 90 Character Boosts
, we want to make Wowhead as welcoming as possible for new players.
For a complete list of what we've been working on, check out our
We have a lot of advanced filters and data on Wowhead, but want to make the database accessible to new players as well! Our new
tool breaks down some of the most popular filters for Gear, Consumables, Professions, and Mounts with a user-friendly interface.
For Gear, just choose your level, item slot, class or specialization, then hit Find Equipment.
For Consumables, Glyphs, and other character enhancements, selecting your level and class or specialization will return appropriate results as well.
For Professions, choose a Profession and then select what type of item you
Activision Earnings Report: WoW Up to 7.8 Million Subscribers
Today at 4:30 p.m. EST, Activision Blizzard’s management hosted a conference call discussing the company’s results for the last quarter of 2013. According to the
released earlier today, WoW subs are at 7.8 million as of December 31st, up from 7.6 million announced at the end of Quarter 3. Blizzard described their 4th-quarter earnings as "better-than-expected."
Read the complete earnings report here
In the last quarter of 2013, we've seen the
$4.99 holiday sale
revamped Recruit-a-Friend program
with new rewards, and increased publicity with BlizzCon and
Warlords of Draenor
. The pace of new patches has died down however with [url=
Recent Hotfixes and 5.4.7 PTR: Build 17859 -- Spell Changes, GlueStrings, Sounds
Another small 5.4.7 PTR build is hitting test servers soon, there are datamined changes to Charge, Disrupting Shout, and Warbringer. There are also more GlueStrings talking about the Level 90 Character Upgrades for Warlords of Draenor.
In addition, there have been a few hotfixes recently for Huolon, Ordos, and the Censer of Eternal Agony.
Click the cut to read more!
PvP Season 14 Ending Soon
Blizzard just published a blog on the upcoming end of PvP Season 14--which could end in as little as two weeks. Past end-of-season announcements have been tied to
new major patches
, so it's reasonable to speculate that Season 14's end will be close to Patch 5.4.7's launch.
Season 15 will begin approximately a week after the end of Season 14.
As for Season 15 Prideful PvP gear, it's ilvl 550 and shares models with Season 14 PvP gear. However, the colors are swapped between factions so there's no faction-exclusive colors anymore.
For example, if you want to get the
iconic blue priest set with white Tyrael wings
, you can either spend
in Season 15 as Alliance for ilvl 522 Grievous Gear, or
in Season 15 as Horde for ilvl 550 Prideful Gear.
If you want the
black/red version instead
, in Season 15 it will cost
for the Horde's ilvl 522 pieces and
for the Alliance's ilvl 550 pieces.
We've added all the [url=h
5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes: Updated February 3rd
New round of patch notes tonight! The
changes from previous 5.4.7 notes are reverted, and Season 15 PvP gear is now purchasable on the PTR.
Click the cut for the complete notes--changes in red!
Blizzard Store for Non-Digital Products Reopens
Miss buying BlizzCon murlocs or the
plushies? You're in luck, because the Blizzard Shop has reopened for non-digital products at
Edit: the Wind Rider cub sadly sold out again in less than 24 hours--so if you want something in high demand, don't wait!
You'll find a variety of items from past BlizzCons including the
Lurky the murloc plush from BlizzCon 2009
. Categories include:
Apparel and Accessories
MTV's Catfish: Meet Your Online Friends, Comment to Win Mounts and Pets!
This contest is now closed. Giveaway winners have been emailed. Congrats to Kronexivous, Euphyley, Etherdreams, jasontracy, Xrafice, therantris.
Have you ever met someone in Azeroth and wanted to take it offline? MTV's new show,
, might just have the answer--provided you're a World of Warcraft player and a Wowhead user!
Catfish: The TV Show
exists to help people who have met online meet face to face for the first time.
Want to know if that Night Elf is as good at getting coffee as she is at killing Garrosh? Who knows, maybe that Paladin who always has your back in 3v3s would be a great wingman in real life? Or maybe you'd really just like to get a beer with your guildmaster?
Whatever the case, they've put up an application for intrepid real life adventurers to check out. What are you waiting for? It's time to
meet up out of game
5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes: Updated January 31st
The 5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes were once again updated today, with some changes to
. Click the cut for the complete notes, updates are in red!
In Memory of Judy Freeman
Yesterday afternoon we learned that
’s longtime copy editor, Judy Freeman, passed away from lung cancer. Judy had been with ZAM since October 16, 2007.
From the start, Judy worked to clean up the scribbling of our various writers, journalists, and editors. Many of us across the network were fortunate to work with Judy, relying on her expertise to hold us up and shine the brightest light on our creative work. She never wanted to be in the spotlight, but quietly mentored a surprising number of people on the front lines of ZAM News. Chances are if you ever read
you've read something she touched.
Thank you, Judy, for the time that you spent with us at ZAM. It ended far sooner than we all ever expected.
5.4.7 PTR: Build 17841 -- Spell Changes and More
A new 5.4.7 PTR build was datamined today--in the last week on the PTR we've checked out
Level 90 Character Upgrades
and seen details on the
WoD Collector's Mount and Pet
For an official list of 5.4.7 updates, check out Blizzard's
5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes
Several PvP changes in Blizzard's latest PTR notes are present in this build, including changes to Battle Fatigue and the resilience granted from the PvP trinket bonus
is doubling. The
Collector's Edition mount is also now more grandly renamed to "Armored Dread Raven."
Prideful Flaskataur should also be up in this upcoming PTR build as well, so people can test out the Season 15 ilvl 550 PvP epics.
Click the cut for the complete changes!
EU Fansite Q&A with Brian Holinka and Ion Hazzikostas
Our friends at
attended an EU fansite/influencer event at Blizzard HQ in Versailles and had the opportunity to chat with Brian Holinka and Ion Hazzikostas. They were kind enough to provide us with a transcript of the Q&A, which we've posted below--check out their show and
give them a listen
! Topics covered include:
More challenging dungeons in Warlords of Draenor.
How to keep boss encounters fresh in Warlords.
Evolving questing and outdoor gameplay.
Why your friends who don't play WoW should check out Warlords.
Upcoming WoD features like Garrisons and the Toybox.
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