Warlords Beta is Live, Faction Hubs Move to Ashran
Warlords of Draenor has gone into Closed Beta! Emails began to go out last night, with many players receiving access, and the servers went live early this morning.
Check your inbox for an email, and visit Battle Net account management to see if you have been given Beta access. At this time, be very cautious of phishing emails that ask you to click links - visiting your Battle Net account is the best way to verify any message received is genuine.
And if you don't have access just yet, fear not, there will be additional waves coming. Ensure that you are opted in to Betas by visiting your
Beta Profile Settings
page, and ensuring the relevant boxed are checked, and that your system specifications are up to date.
Warlords Faction Hubs Now In Ashran
Update: 5.42pm Eastern: Community Manager Lore has posted a lengthy explanation on the faction hub move. Read it below.
We're keeping on top of all the Warlords news, and the latest information is that the devs have changed their minds on Faction Capitals in Karabor and Bladespire -- they're now in PvP island Ashran as Lore clarifies.
Updated Character Models Preview: Female Night Elf and Human, Male Draenei and Undead
Updated character models are a much-anticipated feature in Warlords of Draenor. Our
Warlords of Draenor Modelviewer
now shows new Human Female, Night Elf Female, Draenei Male, and Undead Male models, so we put together some previews! We've got videos of the new character model emotes as well as screenshots of the updated facial features on the Alpha.
Do note that these models are not final or completed - they are in-progress versions which will be subject to further iteration.
You can expand these videos by clicking the player resize in the bottom right, or
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To view the new models on Wowhead, simply select the "Warlords" option that's present on Wowhead's modelviewer and then select an animation on the lower right side. You can access the modelviewer on nearly every page--
to name a few.
You can also see what your own character will look like if you go to
and enter in your realm/character information!
WoD Alpha: New Items and NPCs Named after WoW Community Members
The latest Warlords of Draenor build added tons of new NPCs and we found many references to members of the WoW Community! We've compiled a full list below and you can check out all of the Warlords of Draenor NPCs in our
We've previously written
Blizzard and Community References in WoW
which covers all the references added in MoP and earlier expansions!
Many high-level PvPers received tribute NPCs--we'll most likely see them in Ashran. Their models include neat tributes to their favored classes--for example,
is wearing ,
is an armored moonkin, and
is wearing PvP mage gear.
WoD Alpha: Tanaan Jungle Questing, Shadowmoon Valley Screenshots, UI Improvements
9:30 EST: Added Tanaan Jungle quests to the post.
The Warlords Alpha was playable this evening and Olivia and I explored the two available zones--Tanaan Jungle and Shadowmoon Valley.
We also have the latest
spell changes and new data from this build
, and our modelviewer is also updated to display the new human female, night elf female, draenei male, and undead male models.
You can even preview how your own characters will look by going to
and entering in your character's info under "Lookup Battle.Net Profile."
There's a "What's New" Screen highlighting new things in World of Warcraft--on the alpha, it was new character models, collections, and the group finder. There is also a new "Raid Graphics" setting under System, which allows you to specify texture resolution and ground clutter specifically for raids.
WoD Build 18471: Modelviewer Updated with WoD Character Models, Death Knight Tier 17, Spell Changes
9:30 am EST: NPCs, Quests, Battle Pets, and Objects added to our database!
11:50 pm EST: More Shadowmoon Valley screenshots!
11:30 pm EST: Modelviewer now supports updated human female, night elf female, draenei male, and undead male models.
Build 18471 is now playable on the Warlords Alpha!
for our past Warlords of Draenor coverage!
Click here to see the latest additions to our Warlords database including items
Updated Character Models
The Draenei male, Night Elf female, Human female, and Undead male are now updated in Wowhead's Modelviewer!
Just select the "Warlords" option in the modelviewer!
You can also see how your exact character gets updated in Warlords by going to
and entering in your character's info under "Lookup Battle.Net Profile."
Want to learn more about the modelviewer?
Check out our tutorial
Death Knight Tier 17 added.
More Tier 17 set bonuses added or changed, see below for the full list.
Many new Garrison buildings have artwork, including tons of Horde buildings.
Archaeology digsites were added, check out the full list below. or
Wowhead's modelviewer now supports updated human female, night elf female, draenei male, and undead male models.
Level 100 test realms are up for people interested in testing PvP.
The Armory's Garrison description has been updated to "Allows the collection of armor scraps from the Orc clans of Draenor for armor transmogrificaton use."
is a new inscription spell. Discovers a glyph recipe that uses Ink of War. If you know all the Ink of War glyphs, you will instead learn a glyph that uses any lesser ink.
New battle pet achievement
requires you to defeat tamers with the stuffed animal
will apparently have coded messages.
More leveling loot in the style of the Timeless Isle--create a soulbound item based on your spec. Examples:
New battle pets:
New legendary quest items:
More Ashran items:
: Dismount your target and reduce their combat effectiveness for 5 sec.
: Use: Hypnotize a critter in to following you for 5 min. (1 Hour Cooldown)
Death Knight Tier 17
Human Male Model Revealed in Artcraft
The Human Male Model is revealed in the latest ArtCraft
New Alpha Screenshots: Shadowmoon Valley, Tanaan Coming Soon to Alpha
New Alpha Screenshots!
The Warlords of Draenor Alpha was up today and Site Manager Perculia managed to take a ton of images in the 15 minutes before servers went down! You can check them out below:
Updated WoD Class Previews: Tier 17 Set Bonuses and 3D Models
Warlords of Draenor Class Previews
have been updated with the 3D models and Tier 17 set bonuses from the latest build!
Olivia also put together a video of the new Tier 17 and Mythic models we've added to our guides. If you like our Warlords video coverage, consider giving our
Youtube channel a subscribe
Tanaan Jungle: Assault on Another World
Blizzard just released a preview of
, the Warlords intro zone. In this zone, players meet important lore figures which provide an outline for the story in Warlords of Draenor.
Also of importance, this zone helps newly-boosted 90s familiarize themselves with their new class abilities and mechanics. In a past build, we datamined some info for "Character Upgrade Tier" which includes things like Basic Combat Mechanics, Advanced Combat Mechanics, Control Mechanics, Cooldown and Area Spells, Abilities Fully Unlocked.
In the Warlords database, we have an achievement,
, as well as many items marked as
For more coverage on Warlords of Draenor zones, check out our
Shadowmoon Valley Preview
published right before the alpha servers went down.
News Roundup: Summer Sale, Free Faction Transfers for Horde, Significant Tweets
Update 1609 Eastern: Hotfix Notes added!
World of Warcraft 50% off
As gaming companies are wont to do at this time of year, Blizzard has put World of Warcraft on sale - both the Battle Chest which takes users up to Cataclysm, and the Mists of Pandaria expansion pack. You can pick up both at the
Battle Net Store
for $10 a piece, $20 for the pair. The 25% off action figures ends today, so if you want one now's the time!
Free Faction Changes for Horde on Select Realms
Free Faction Changes are on offer for Horde players on selected realms: Bloodscalp, Firetree, and Frostmane. Eligible characters will be able to transfer from Horde to Alliance for approximately** two weeks beginning on June 24. This is part of an ongoing effort to balance PvP queue times, which are unacceptably long for Horde players.
2014 Midsummer Fire Festival Guide (June 21 - July 5)
is here! Embrace the spirit of summer by honoring your faction's flames and desecrating the enemy's! Throughout the world, there are bonfires surrounded by questgivers and NPCs that sell summery items in exchange for
. There are commoner NPCs of all races that can be found lingering around the major cities that will give you a short quest to turn in at one of the main bonfire camps to get you started.
It's that time of year again. Acquire
, a frosty
, epic cloaks, and more! Horde players can obtain the title
and Alliance players can obtain the title
Pandaria bonfire achievements were added in 2013:
In addition, Ahune now drops ilvl 480 capes.
Midsummer Fire Festival
(PST) and runs until
Warlords Alpha Shadowmoon Valley Screenshots and Stream Video, Latest Dungeon Journal for UBRS
Video of our Warlords of Draenor Alliance Questing Stream
As the servers came up, we took to Shadowmoon Valley to take a look at the Alliance questing experience, and the Alliance Garrison with a Dwarf Shaman! We got DC'd quite a bit but did some quests and killed some rares in this incredibly pretty zone. If you want to catch future streams, you can follow us on
Watch live video from Wowhead on TwitchTV
Warlords of Draenor Alpha: Shadowmoon Valley Screenshots
While Olivia streamed, Site Director Perculia took a huge number of screenshots, all of which are below!
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