BlizzCon 2011 Tickets Going On Sale May 21 & 25
Blizzard has just announced that
will go on sale
Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. PDT
Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m
! Each ticket will cost
USD (yes, $25 more than last year) and can be purchased through the official
. BlizzCon 2011 will take place on October 21 and 22 this year. Tickets will also be available for the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, priced at $500 each.
Not planning on going to BlizzCon? Don't worry, you can still purchase the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket for online streaming coverage or the DIRECTV stream for televised HD content for $39.99 USD.
Mark your calendars! Tickets for BlizzCon 2011 will go on sale at on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. PDT and on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. PDT through the official BlizzCon website (
). In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PDT. BlizzCon tickets will be available at $175 USD each, while tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner (which include admission to the show) will be priced at $500
Cryptozoic Shows Off New WoW TCG Loot Cards!
Log off of that alt and into the real world - we're talking World of Warcraft Trading Card Game here! Our friends over at Cryptozoic Entertainment have just given us the heads up on a spotlight of their latest expansion
War of the Elements
, which hits the shelves on April 26, 2011, and will be available in French, Italian, German, and English all on the same day! My favorite part? New
I'm sure many of you have purchased packs in the past and been disappointed to find that the super-rare items were indeed as super-rare as advertised. Well, unlike previous World of Warcraft TCG expansions, Cryptozoic's
War of the Elements
set contains a common quality loot item that is no longer a consumable (such as the
, though admittedly they were the best)! Instead, the common-quality loot item is now a
! So even if trading card games aren't your thing (but they should be, really) you can still have a good chance at obtaining another companion for your collection!
War of the Elements
expansion includes loot cards rewarding three
Cataclysm Midnight Release Events For US & EU
Cataclysm is coming!
is upon us, and Blizzard has posted extensive information detailing midnight release locations for both American and European players!
Our very own
will be there covering the Southern California event detailed below, so I'm sure we'll see lots of fun pictures and details, so be sure to check out our blog on Monday night!
Join us at
9 p.m. PST
Monday, December 6
Fountain Valley Fry’s Electronics in Southern California
for the Cataclysm midnight launch. Help us celebrate the dawn of a new age with the powerful music of The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, an epic /dance competition, autographs from the development team, and more.
The party begins at 9 p.m. so be sure to arrive early, and get your copy* signed by the developers when the store opens at midnight on December 7.
If you don’t live close eno
News Roundup: Dungeon Level Ranges, Holiday Contest, Explorer's League Journal and More!
Lots of interesting news from Blizzard in this week leading up to the Cataclysm!
Blizzard has recently posted updated level ranges for dungeons (and we've got 'em all in a chart for you guys), as well as offering feedback on their recent
tanking mechanic blog and giving away some awesome swag in their holiday contests! All that, plus a great new community spotlight and the mission of a group of individuals playing WoW for a cause! What is there not to like?
Be sure to check out these spotlights after the break!
Not Going To BlizzCon? Get the Virtual Ticket or DTV Stream!
Every year getting BlizzCon tickets proves to be a phenominal pain in the butt for the majority of Blizzard fans - no matter how much they streamline the purchasing process (which, I'll admit, was significantly better this year) the truth is that most fans won't get tickets. Some people can't justify the expense for the tickets or the travel - after all, other than the "experience" of actually being at BlizzCon, you aren't missing out on much considering there's always more than enough coverage of the events and panels, and thousands of pictures and YouTube videos of every waking second of the convention!
If that isn't enough, though, you can enjoy
from the comfort of your own home without the experience of red-eye flights or sharing a hotel room with 6 people (what was I thinking?) by ordering one of the two
BlizzCon live feeds
available this year! You'll even get the BlizzCon 2010-exclusive "Deathy" World of Warcraft pet (
) and StarCraft II in-game items!
If you aren't a DIRECTV subscriber, don't worry! Blizzard offers a
which grants you live coverage over four "inte
BlizzCon 2010 Schedule of Events Now Available
It's almost time for BlizzCon, and Blizzard has just posted the
Schedule of Events
to their BlizzCon website! The website also now features fully detailed descriptions and information on all of the
panels and events
taking place at this year's BlizzCon!
If you aren't going, don't worry - you can still order a live feed and enjoy the Blizzcon goodness from your own home or just check out your favorite World of Warcraft site(s) for the latest news! Of course, we here at Wowhead will be all over BlizzCon, providing you guys with as much information from the floor as possible - here's all of the World of Warcraft panels we have to look forward to this year!
All times detailed are in
Pacific Standard Time (PST)
WORLD OF WARCRAFT DUNGEONS & RAIDS
Friday 1:30pm, Main Stage
World of Warcraft's raid and dungeon designers discuss how the game's most epic PvE encounters are crafted.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT QUESTS AND LORE
Friday 3pm, Developer Panel S
It's Talk Like A Pirate Day in World of Warcraft, Too!
September 19th (today) is
in World of Warcraft, an in-game version of the international holiday
Talk Like A Pirate Day
! There's nothing new this year, so I'm just going to repost last year's guide for you guys, in case there's some new players out there who haven't had to opportunity to participate! While Pirates' Day not a full-blown holiday (such as
Midsummer Fire Festival
), it still provides an amusing distraction from the everyday grind - complete with pirate costumes and flagons of grog!
The 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest
Some of you may remember a
that Blizzard had back in 2009 where you were all called to write your best fan-fiction and submit it. Well, it's back once more, and waiting for you!
Official contest page
, including contest rules
I'm not going to list everything here for y'all to read, just the important stuff.
The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Blizzard's headquarters in southern California, where you'll meet and eat with the Blizzard writing staff. You'll also receive your choice of a Diablo III "OVERTHROWN" barbarian diorama or a Frostmourne sword.
Seven runners-up will each receive a prize package of the Diablo Archive, the Warcraft Archive, the StarCraft Archive, and the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, all signed by Chris Metzen, the cover artists, and Blizzard's writing staff.
E3 Coverage on ZAM!
If you're interested in following the latest developments in the MMO world—and in games in general—there's no better place to get your E3 coverage than
Mike B aka Fony
has hit the show floor to get coverage and interviews on a ton of new games, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA, LEGO Universe, Final Fantasy XIV, League of Legends, Jumpgate Evolution, LOTRO, and more.
Come check out all the info on the ZAM site!
A Personal Aside
This has nothing to do with WoW, MMOs, or Wowhead, but it's very important to me personally so I wanted to take a moment to talk about it with you.
Some of you remember my brother, William. He blogs here occasionally under the name
. He's also suffering from a chronic, debilitating, incurable illness called
Crohn's is an auto-immune disorder of the digestive tract. Basically what happens is that the antibodies in your digestive system go a little nuts, and they start attacking your body's own tissue. The results are abdominal pain, dietary restrictions, diarrhea/constipation, infections, and frequent surgery. William himself has been forced to have his intestines re-sectioned twice, at the age of 25.
Because of this, he and I are taking part in a fundraising walk this Sunday for the
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
. I mention this here because we are still looking for pledges and donations, and anything you can provide will help.
If you're interested in making a donation, the site is here:
Reminder! First Batch of BlizzCon 2010 Tickets on Sale Today!
Just wanted to make a quick post to remind you guys that the first batch of
go on sale over at the
today - Wednesday,
7 PM PST
! (you can check a
time zone converter
to find out what time they go on sale where you live)
BlizzCon 2010 will take place
October 22 and 23
at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost
each. This will be the first of two opportunities to purchase tickets to this year's event, and tickets will definitely sell out fast. Another batch of tickets will go on sale Saturday,
10 AM PST
. Pending ticket purchases will be put in a queue and transactions will be processed in the order they are received - I was late 2 minutes last year at getting on the site and throwing tickets in my cart, and I was already 24000+ in queue (and didn't get tickets), so try not to be late! And as for the wait—don't worry,
is still t
Bidding for Good: World of Warcraft Basket
The website Bidding for Good is running a charity auction to support the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. You may be wondering why you are seeing this mentioned on a World of Warcraft site? Well, there seems to be a rather nice basket of items that everyone might be interested in...
World of Warcraft Collector's Edition (Signed by the Development Team)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Collector's Editions (Signed by the Development Team)
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector's Edition (Signed by the Development Team)
World of Warcraft TCG
World of Warcraft TCG
World of Warcraft TCG
World of Warcraft 1 year Subscription Card
World of Warcraft
Plushie with In-game Companion
World of Warcraft
Plushie with In-game Companion
You can check this basket out
The auctions run until April 26th, and while this i
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraiser for WoW Players
About a week ago I got a letter that was very affecting. It almost got lost in the inbox shuffle, but fortunately I caught it only a few days late, because I found it really affecting.
It warms my heart to see gamers coming out to do something really good for society, and considering the way mainstream media only seems to notice when a gamer shoots up a school, it's more important than ever that we work together to get the word out.
Here's the message:
My name is a Maria, a SF Bay Area geek and a very avid gamer. From the age of 7 when my Dad got me into gaming and bought me an NES Action Set/Bundle, I’ve been hooked. Aside from the typical console gaming and having a day job, I am still very active playing PC games especially within World of Warcraft. I was recruited into the guild Conquest on Kilrogg (US) and have since then learned how to split group mobs and teleport through walls. :P
Anyway, the reason I’m writing is because I’m reaching out in hopes that you could help me promote a little fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I’m running a triathlon this year whic
Ozzy Osbourne Rocks Blizzcon
Hail, brothers and sisters! If you are reading this, you are either just curious about what's going on (which is fine), or you have the fiery blood of one who listens to rock and metal. Which is even better for this announcement, for you are about to receive a grand facemelt.
Remember the Tauren Chieftains? Also known as Level 60 Elite Tauren Chieftains and L70ETC? The guys that show up at Blizzcon every now and then and perform a WoW-themed rock song like
I am Murloc!
? Well, if you liked them, chances you are going to like this - Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness, one who
challenged the Lich King
himself for that title... This very man is going to perform live on Blizzcon 2009! Links below, full announcement - after the break, as usual.
Blizzard Official Announcement
A little while ago, as some of you may know, I was at
San Francisco (Game Developers Conference), and while there, I learned a lot about gamer culture.
Now, E3 is and always has been a press event—an event where game companies get to show off the new cool stuff that they're doing to the public and to each other. GDC, though, is an industry event—where it's mostly about meeting other people in the industry, awarding innovation in games, and the new middleware type stuff that's out there. Being someone who works in the game industry, and only a short drive away from San Francisco, I just had to be there.
WotLK Launch Party Picture Gallery!
So the traffic coming back from Anaheim was a little more difficult than I'd hoped, meaning I didn't get home to post these until late. The pictures are here, though, so I hope you enjoy them in all of their low-resolution, poorly lit glory.
Be sure and take a look at
Allakhazam's Image Gallery
You can find 25 pictures of the event after the break.
WotLK Launch Event in Anaheim
This is just a short one, since I don't want to spam you with blog posts too early. I did want you guys to know, though, that our sister site Allakhazam has posted some great coverage of the
WotLK Launch Event
at the Fry's Electronics in Anaheim. Tamat from Allakhazam and I got the chance to wander around and meet some of the people attending, and Tamat managed to score an interview with Jeff Kaplan, which will be posted on their news site on Friday. We got to meet a huge number of Blizzard employees (183 in all!), as well as some staffers from
, who deserve a link just for being cool.
A host of stories and interviews will be posted on the Allakhazam site over the coming days, including an exclusive interview with Jeff Kaplan, as well as interviews with some of the denizens of the line--including John Finch (the guy who camped out at the front of the line and told everyone who arrived after him that they were in line for Hello Kitty Online Adventure), and Eugene Gray (who checked out of a hospital, against doctor's orders, to stand in line).
I also have some pictures to post, which I'll try a