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In Memory of Judy Freeman
2014-01-31 в 15:25
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
2014-01-31 в 13:49
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
2014-01-31 в 12:46
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.
Talk Azeroth Episode 24, Recent 5.4.2 Hotfixes
2014-01-30 в 12:53
The latest episode of Talk Azeroth with Olivia is up! She starts off the show commenting on some changes coming to the upgrade system that viewers of last week's show might find familiar! Then, as promised, it's into your viewer questions. At 5.36, we're hitting profession changes and updates to racials, 11.33 it's prof min-maxing with Tillers and Garrisons, 15.10 we hit a huge question on why Mists dropped so many subs, and 24.27 it's proving ground class balance!
Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes for January 29th
Resolved an issue that could cause
to be stuck in evade. For targets that
cannot reach, he will now summon them to him.
: Resolved an issue where Pandaren characters were unable to see their ancestors after lighting the Incense Bundle.
5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes for January 28th, Recent Hotfixes
2014-01-28 в 20:24
The 5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes were updated today with some changes to Battle Fatigue and Dampening. PvP Designer Brian Holinka also
said on twitter
that the PvP Trinket Set Bonus will be changed to 5280 resilience on the PTR.
In addition, there are a few minor 5.4.2 Hotfixes today as well for
, Nazgrim, and Malkorok.
Also be sure to check out our
on purchasing Level 90 Character Upgrades on the PTR!
Click the cut for the updated notes!
5.4.7 PTR: Purchasing Level 90 Character Boosts
2014-01-28 в 00:40
5.4.7 PTR started last week
, and while the in-game shop didn't support Level 90 Character Upgrades on Friday, it now lets players test part of the process. The other notable addition to the PTR Blizzard Shop is the return of
, originally from the Diablo III Annual Pass--although it has a quite silly description, so it may be a joke.
Players can now test out most of the steps to obtaining a Level 90 Character Upgrade on the PTR.
The in-game shop has a new section: Test. From there, players have the option to select a Level 90 Character Upgrade and pay in test currency.
After making the transaction, you have the option to boost an existing character or to create a new character for Step 1.
For Step 2, you must select a specialization. Then, hit the Level Up! button.
Level 1 characters do not receive a "Veteran" bonus--but level 60+ characters receive a profession boost to their existing professions.
If you choose to upgrade a character in-game, you must log out to upgrade your character.
Currently, the Level up! button does not work on the PTR an
5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes
2014-01-24 в 21:28
Blizzard just published the initial 5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes, covering the next minipatch of Mists of Pandaria. While this didn't clarify all of the
datamining we unearthed earlier
, such as level 90 character boosts, it did talk about PvP Season 15 starting and Timeless Isle weapons being ilvl 489 up from ilvl 476.
And while not included in the patch notes, the 5.4.7 PTR Pet Journal lists the
's source as Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition.
Click the cut for the patch notes!
Patch 5.4.7 PTR: WoD CE Mount and Pet, Level 90 Boosts, Season 15 PvP Gear
2014-01-24 в 13:23
A new PTR build was datamined today--there are lots of new global strings, including "Your Level 90 Character Upgrade is Ready!" Blizzard posted
that in the next PTR, players could test ways to boost characters to 90.
There are also strings implying you could perhaps select professions as well--"CHARACTER_UPGRADE_PROFESSION_BOOST: Level 60+ characters will also receive a skill level boost to their primary professions." We don't know anything for certain though--we'll update when the PTR is playable.
While many spell changes are tooltip fixes for old hotfixes, there's a new mount and pet--Warlords of Draenor collector edition items. The names sound similar to this picture of a flying raven teased by Blizzard a few days ago:
Click on the teaser image below to view the mount and its animations in our 3D modelviewer!
Edit: the PTR is now up, but the option to boost characters isn't available yet. The
shows up in the PTR pet journal as the WoD Collector's Edition pet, and there is
Talk Azeroth Episode 23, Recent 5.4.2 Hotfixes
2014-01-24 в 11:37
After briefly discussing the large group of purchasable mounts available on the battle net store these days, Olivia discusses the best way for Blizzard to implement 5-mans in Warlords (2:40). Is it Cata-style catch-up? Mists-mannered absence? Or something in between? Then she addresses a question a lot of viewers sent in from ep22 -- should level 90 boosts include professions? (22:55)There were also some small hotfixes last night, click the cut for the changes!
Warlords of Draenor: Female Human Model
2014-01-23 в 12:00
In their new series "Artcraft," Blizzard previewed the new female human model for Warlords of Draenor today. Updated 3D models is one of the most-anticipated features of the expansion, and all races, save for Goblin, Worgen, and Pandaren, will be getting 3D Model updates.
Click the cut for the Artcraft blog and a recap of the previously-released WoD models!
Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes for January 21st, Iron Skyreaver On Sale at Battle.Net
2014-01-21 в 20:16
New Patch 5.4.2 hotfixes were posted tonight. Many Siege of Orgrimmar bosses received nerfs from Flex to Heroic difficulty, and an issue was fixed where damage was calculated incorrectly for some abilities used against targets with more than 75% reduction to damage from armor.
In addition, the
Железный небесный разбойник
mount is now available on Battle.net and can be gifted! Check out the
shop page here
Click the cut for the complete hotfixes!
Lunar Festival (January 20 - February 3) 2014 Guide
2014-01-20 в 12:17
It's time for the first in-game holiday of 2014, the
--so everyone break out the fireworks, show a little respect for your
, and come celebrate the (lunar) new year!
is held every year starting on a date that typically coincides with the Chinese New Year. 2014's Lunar Festival starts on
and ends on
. Ancestors of Azeroth are praised and honored by both Horde and Alliance, who then reward players with a special title,
, a celebration in Moonglade, and numerous
that can be used to purchase festive garb, patterns and fireworks!
While there were significant additions and changes in 2012, the
for 2013 and 2014 is unchanged.
Honoring elders is one of the
of the festival. In 2012's Lunar Festival, 9 elders have been added in zones new to Cataclysm.
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