New Year's Eve in Azeroth and Wowhead's 2014 Year in Review
It's time once again for Azeroth to celebrate New Year's Eve with a nice
and fireworks--catch them at the top of the hour in major cities and Booty Bay, but
not to drunkenly PvP in Booty Bay since the guards are asleep.
Don't forget to /dance back at the Revelers to get
, which increases all stats by 10% for 30 minutes. Drinking
also gives you a neat slowfall effect--
Whether you're relaxing in-game or heading out to celebrate, have a Happy New Year!
Wowhead's 2014 Year in Review
It's hard to believe that for most of 2014, we were all farming Siege of Orgrimmar instead of building our garrisons and exploring Draenor. However, even when things seemed routine in game, the Wowhead staff stayed busy with new features, fixes, and guides. While we won't bore you with all the bug fixes and custom data tweaks, here's a list of the site's most interesting new features, guides, and contests in the past year! You can check out the
section for a more detailed list of additions.
We started off the New Year with a bunch of tweaks for Patch 5.4, including the following:
Zones have been revamped to cluster
zones by level
in addition to continent.
now have their own page and Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios can now be found under the new
page as well.
image galleries can now be sorted with filters.
Subzone maps have been added to the database. They have a new menu in
and can be accessed from a special Subzone tab on their parent zone page.
In February, we evaluated how newer players browsed the database and made adjustments to be more user-friendly:
We launched our new
tool for new players or those unfamiliar with databases. Just click on a few buttons to get filters for your gear, consumables, profession items, mounts and more!
The search results page has received a number of improvements. At the top of the page, you'll find the most popular results as well as top guides for that topic. Underneath, the tabs and data lists have been organized by popularity, and you can now filter your results further.
have been added to the database with map locations and basic catch information.
With the Level 90 boosts and popularity of blue posters on Twitter, we expanded our guides and tools to keep up with the information players were looking for.
also joined the Wowhead and ZAM team!
Talents and Glyphs are now imported onto Battle.net Profiles and can be customized on Custom Profiles.
We launched the
Blue Tweet Tracker
to highlight all the important tweets from Blizzard employees, as well as
that retweets all the highlighted tweets.
We launched a series of
level 90 class guides
written by prominent raiders and bloggers, including WoW Insider class columnists.
April was a busy month for Wowhead with the start of Warlords beta datamining:
We launched the first
Warlords of Draenor database
Warlords of Draenor Talent Calculator
with Draenor Perks, spec-specific talents, and exclusive/spec glyph behavior.
We added database sections for
as well as a
The modelviewer was updated for Warlords of Draenor and players can view updated versions of their character models.
Beta datamining and refinements continued for spells and items, as well as expanding our guide selections:
Wowhead's front page
received a design revamp to better highlight database updates and other content like guides and previews.
Tooltip improvements: automatically-learnt glyphs and spec-specific talents now display that information on tooltips.
Our Garrisons database expanded with
a new section for Garrison Abiliites
WoD items now have a spec-specific tooltip option that greys out stats not counted for your spec.
We published a series of
Guides to Warlords of Draenor Class Changes
covering new, changed, and removed talents, class abilities, specializations, glyphs, and perks, as well as the patch notes and blue tweets for each class.
June was another huge month for Wowhead with the start of the Warlords of Draenor beta. This marked the start of our
beta key giveaways
--we gave out over 5000 keys total!
We launched the
Wowhead Subscription Program
, a revamp of Wowhead Premium that offers even more new features to our Patrons like the Bag Scanner tool and images in search results.
We launched the
which suggests achievements and guides you'd be interested in, as well as gear upgrades and zones that have the most upgrades.
Toybox items now have their own
and display information on tooltips and Quick Facts.
We've aded more
for our users!
The Profiler now displays two additional columns for your character's stats--one column counts stats affected by self buffs, and another column shows what your stats are like fully raid-buffed.
We revamped our
and published a series of guides organized by class.
In July, we tackled Blizzard's new format for beta items and launched the
Warlords of Draenor and 6.0 items now display item bonuses
. Item bonuses are part of Blizzard's efforts to refactor item data in Warlords of Draenor. Siege of Orgrimmar items display raid difficulty and Warforged bonuses, WoD quest items now display uncommon, rare, and epic versions, and WoD dungeon items now display a Heroic option as well as bonuses that modify the required level and item level. When an item bonus is selected, the URL is modified as well so you can link the specific version of an item that you want.
Olivia and Perc started a new video podcast, the
. Catch up on the latest news, beta developments, and site improvements on Wowhead every week.
Warlords of Draenor items can now have multiple models attached to them, as opposed to one model for one page, so our modelviewer now automatically updates based on what item bonus you have selected.
for Warlords of Draenor have also been updated with bonus modifiers for new raid difficulties, augmentations, and random stats.
In August we were a launch partner for Battle.net Oauth Login and continued to process and refine new user and item data:
Wowhead now supports
Battle.net Oauth Login
. Logging in with your Battle.net account is as simple as clicking a button, instead of entering a User Name and Password. All of your Battle.net characters show up under "My Profiles" automatically in the "Import" submenu as well.
now shows any building requirements like achievements or blueprints, the cost for a specific building level, and the total cost for building and upgrading a building! The Garrison Calculator now supports buildings with faction-specific names and displays building bonuses for lower-level buildings when selecting a higher-level building.
Warlords of Draenor boss pages now support loot tabs for all raid difficulties--LFR, Normal, Heroic, and Mythic. Due to the item changes mentioned above, these pages have been refactored to have the boss loot automatically update their stats based on the difficulty you have selected. Legacy raid difficulties are also currently supported.
We launched a new series of WoD guides, this time on
professions in the expansion
With the launch date for Warlords announced, we went through another series of refinements for Garrisons and Warlords raid changes:
Spell scaling is enabled on boss ability pages, as raids scale in size from 10-30 players in Warlords of Draenor. You can also change the tooltip to display a particular difficulty.
Garrison Building pages
now display how many followers can be assigned and their maximum amount of work orders. The main Garrison building pages also lets you browse by image view!
now have 3D models, separate pages for Alliance and Horde, source information, and in-game portraits.
now have additional filters and categories, resembling the in-game options at your Inn.
now have tooltips, display Exhausting info, show base success chance, include in-game portraits, Mechanics info, and Mission Type.
Garrison Resource costs have been added to building tooltips.
We've added a new column on item search results called
. These show all the other versions of an item, for example, a Mythic item would display the Heroic variant in this column.
The Warlords of Draenor prepatch launched in mid-October!
now have tooltips showing their abilities, level, quality, name, and source.
now shows level requirements to purchase blueprints.
Garrison building pages now show level and achievement requirements.
Items now show more stat variations, including tertiary stats, warforged options, extra sockets, random stats, and crafting stages. Items on pages can be modified to show extra stats and they are supported with our
We built a Garrison Mission calculator, visible on all mission pages, for you to plan out what followers to use on missions to counter threats. Mission pages have also received styling updates to better resemble what you see in-game.
Warlords of Draenor went live in November, and we also had a great time covering BlizzCon 2014:
Building upon the success of our Garrison beta coverage, we launched a series of
in-depth Garrison Guides
covering everything you'd want to know about Garrisons!
featured several huge giveaways, coverage on all the Warcraft panels, a jam-packed party, and the launch of our
We created a
Garrison Timer Mobile App
notifying you when your Work Orders and Missions are complete.
The character planner has a new section recommending Warlords-only achievements based on your in-game activity.
The staggered release of Warlords content meant we had no shortage of features for our users at the end of the year:
We launched a series of
in-depth Highmaul guides
, and then
partnered with top raiding guild Method
for Mythic video and written strategy guides.
The Character Planner has a new section giving Garrison building and content recommendations based on your achievements. There's also a new section making Warlords-only achievement recommendations based on your recent activity.
now lets you browse by images of followers, and we've refactored the database to have unique pages for Alliance and Horde followers that share a data ID.
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