China Gives WoW China Non-Approval
Just as Chinese players expected to finally get Wrath of the Lich King later this month, China's GAPP has given NetEase (China's World of Warcraft operator) its non-approval which means NetEase needs to stop taking in subscriptions and new sign-ups. This is strange as the content was already approved while being run by the former operator The9, which may (or may not?) mean this will be overturned.
Also, this just may have been a problem for Netease as they have been collecting subscription fees for quite some time now, which they weren't supposed to be doing without official GAPP approval. What makes this even stranger is that NetEase hasn't had any communication with the GAPP other than the official press release on the GAPP website.
G4 Interviews Blizzard Team for WoW 5-Year Anniversary Retrospective
World of Warcraft turns five years old on November 23, 2009, and G4 has kicked off the celebration a little early with a series of
with some big names at Blizzard.
X-Play host Morgan Webb sat down with Game Director
, Lead World Designer
and former Game Director
Jeffrey "Tigole" Kaplan
to look back at the history of WoW from day one.
The combined videos total more than 35 minutes in length, so there's a lot to digest in the retrospective. There's nothing particularly noteworthy mentioned in the interviews, but they're certainly worth viewing for fans who are interested in hearing Chilton, Afrasiabi and Kaplan reminisce about WoW's history and explain their duties at Blizzard.
For those of you who don't know, Kaplan left the WoW team to work on Blizzard's next big MMO project, which he's "super excited about" but couldn't discuss in det
Wowhead Weekly Review (Oct 25 - Oct 31)
Hey there, this is our thirty-fourth Wowhead Weekly Review!
This week we've had more and more patch 3.3 topics, and one of them is the announcement of the Kalu'ak Fishing derby, rivaling with the Goblins' Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. Another heap of icons have been added, among them you will find some spoiler on
--- I mustn't tell before the break. Non-spoiler-avid users, have no fear, we've hidden it inside a toggler and marked it appropriately.
Opinions presented in the Wowhead Weekly Review are not necessarily those of Wowhead.com or its staff members.
New Hunter Spirit Beast: Arcturis
So as some of you know there was a new model added to the PTR a few builds ago that looked like a new
in the shape of a bear. Finally
has found the little critter named
and tamed him.
Read on after the jump for more information.
Day of the Dead 2009 (Nov 1 - Nov 2) - Quest Guide + Information!
Fresh on the heels of the
event begins the
Day of the Dead
Dia de los Muertos
) event in World of Warcraft.
This event is a memorial holiday in which we celebrate the honor and memory of those who have passed on. They make a spiritual return to our lands, which we prepare with food and festivities, for only two days:
. The holiday is a
in-game event, similar to
, but it's pretty interesting regardless!
Everything you need to know about this world event can be found after the break.
New Holiday: Day of the Dead
Coming soon is the short 2-day holiday known as Day of the Dead which takes place this Sunday and Monday. The Holiday is based around the real world
Day of the Dead
where family members get together and remember those who have passed on.
There are a few rewards for this event, including a Macabre Marionette, which is a small pet that looks like a skeleton wearing a sombrero and holding a pair of maracas. This pet can only be used during the Day of the Dead event and cannot be learned or kept. One achievement is also available:
You can read more on the event after the jump!
Official Preview of Quel'Delar, the Sister Blade
In anticipation of patch 3.3, Blizzard has posted
, the sister blade of
. The articles focuses on the history of the weapon, from its creation at the hands of the Dragon Aspects and night elves to its destruction at the hands of Queen Lana'thel.
Actually, destruction is too harsh a word. Quel'Delar was shattered, and players will be able to embark on an epic quest in patch 3.3 to find the pieces and reforge it. According to the post, "several classes can use Quel'Delar, and the sword can fit several different play styles. For any class that is unable to wield it, however, the Sunreaver blood elves and the Silver Covenant high elves will gladly take this relic of their history in exchange for a usable weapon."
BlizzCast Episode 11!
Zarhym has just posted a link to the new BlizzCast!
Episode 11 is now available for streaming or download on the official site.
Head on over
and check it out!
In our eleventh episode of BlizzCast, we have a roundtable discussion with members of the community team to recap the major happenings, announcements, and other highlights of this year’s BlizzCon. Join our discussion as we relive some of our favorite moments from the show.
BFF Report Episode 3
Episode three of the
is now available for viewing!
This week, Fony continues his series on
, touching on Retconning (it's not just like respeccing, we swear), travel powers, and even reading some viewer feedback mail—with a surprising twist!
Check it out here:
Icecrown Citadel Debuff Will Lower Players' Dodge Chance by 20%
on the official forums that a spell called
Chill of the Throne
will be in effect for
all players in Icecrown Citadel
that "will allow mobs to ignore 20% of the dodge chance of their melee targets."
Why would Blizzard do this? It looks like tank avoidance has grown so high that a hard-hitting melee boss can take down a raid tank in a few hits if the blows aren't avoided. Chill of the Throne will give the dev team "a bit of breathing room" while they look at ways to keep tank avoidance from growing so high in the future. Presumably, the overall damage will be reduced to compensate—meaning the damage will be similar overall, but less spiky.
Just to be clear about what the spell does, I'll use Daelo's example: "if a raid's main tank had 30% dodge normally, in Icecrown Citadel they will effectively have 10%." Chill of the Throne should be up on the PTR soon so you can check out the effects. What are your preliminary thoughts on the spell?
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street [url=
Disenchanting in Dungeons in Patch 3.3
In addition to the
3.3 Dungeon System Preview
Blizzard posted earlier, they've also elaborated a little bit on how the new
This should alleviate enchanters of having to pick up the items and then later on having everyone roll for them at the end of dungeons. Along with this comes the cross-realm-instance Dungeon System that will have a few restrictions on trading, so the only way to pass out enchanting materials from a Disenchanted item will be through the new roll disenchant system.
You can read the original post and more information on this feature after the jump.
3.3 Dungeon System Preview
In the upcoming 3.3 content patch the current
Looking For Group
system is getting a much needed overhaul with many new features and even some rewards (such as a pet) too!
There are some great features planned, such as the ability to join as a group or go solo, Cross-realm instances, and the ability to be teleported to the instances similiar to how it is done in battlegrounds currently. One of the features that looks really promising is the daily random dungeons, which will pick a random dungeon (heroic or normal) and if you defeat the final boss you will receive either 2
Emblem of Frost
on heroic mode or 2
on normal mode.
More on the dungeon system after the jump.
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