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Raylan13 Raylan13 22 April 2013

Live WoW Developer Q&A

From the halls of ...

Good people of Azeroth, lend me your eyes!

We'll be hosting a live World of Warcraft developer Q&A open to the community on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT. Designers Dave Kosak, Ion Hazzikostas, Brian Holinka, Cory Stockton, and Greg Street will be available to field your questions about Mists of Pandaria gameplay and design, patch 5.2 and beyond. This will be a moderated chat on the Cover it Live platform hosted on the front page of our official site. Community managers Bashiok, Crithto, Daxxarri, Rygarius, and I will be there to filter your submissions for the developers.

We receive thousands of questions each time we host these events, so please be patient with us and bear in mind that we won't get to every…

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Raylan13 Raylan13 23 March 2013

Introducing Hearthstone

Blizzard Entertainment released their newest endeavor recently at PAX East: Hearthstone, the free-to-play online card game!

Players will be able to battle head to head against the AI, random opponents, or even their friends. A variety of heroes can be chosen, from to , all corresponding with the players' favorite classes. Pair your heroes with devastating abilities, terrible weapons, and fearsome minions to dominate the gameboard - boards emulating the appearance of Orgrimmar or Stormwind!

A handful of game modes will allow players to learn at their own pace, challenge friends and foes, and delve into the practice of deck-building. Additional decks and cards can be acquired via these modes, through achievements, and even visiting…

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Raylan13 Raylan13 6 March 2013

The Thunder King news round-up

Yes, today marks the release of Patch 5.2.0, The Thunder King. A whole lot of new changes and additions have come down the line, so here's a list of Blizzard links that showcase all the great, recently added content!

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Raylan13 Raylan13 22 December 2012

Blizzard 2012 Card

Happy holidays from Blizzard Entertainment! Featuring a pandaren using his brew to bring together a dwarf and orc, as only those from Pandaria can! Also features autographs from the Blizz team. Enjoy!

(Click here to access the full hi-res version.)

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Raylan13 Raylan13 5 December 2012

Cinder Kitten available!

From the halls of Blizzard:

Now up for adoption in the Pet Store: the Cinder Kitten, a fiery little feline looking for a home to warm. Adopt this adorable rascal, and you’ll help bring relief to the victims of Superstorm Sandy in the process.

From now until December 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST, 100% of the $10 USD/10€ (9£) adoption fee will be donated to the American Red Cross's Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. This support will enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support, and other assistance to victims of this disaster.

Visit the Pet Store to adopt a Cinder Kitten: North America, Europe

Check out a full preview of the Cinder Kitten here: NA Blog, EU Blog

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Raylan13 Raylan13 31 July 2012

Valley of the Four Winds Finale

, , and are content with staying at Stormstout Brewery now that we helped clear out a bit of the riffraff and secured Thirsty Alley. As we mentioned before, it seems we're just in time in returning things to normal, for an has come all the way from Stoneplow for . We don't quite have a clue what we might be facing as we head down the western road, but as we make our way further from the Alley and Brewery, the surroundings become a bit more wild. Mushan graze in giant packs off to the south, while wolves prowl the grasses and trees to the north.

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Raylan13 Raylan13 28 July 2012

Valley of the Four Winds Part III

at Stormstout Brewery might have broken any normal pandaren, but Chen resolves to prove himself to not only but the entire valley community. How? By doing what any self-respecting Stormstout would do: !

To do this, Chen needs supplies, and the best place to get them is at Halfhill and the market. Just like the other areas we've encountered in the Valley, Halfhill is experiencing its own problems. If his perfect brew is to ever see the light of day, Chen, , and must take separate paths for a short while, each pursuing a different but necessary component for the brewing process. Chen starts by gathering the barrels needed, but then sends us in to the Heartland.

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Raylan13 Raylan13 26 July 2012

Valley of the Four Winds Part II

Now that we've fought off the virmen and rescued the herd animals, we follow from Shang's Stead. , his niece, is ready to go as always, eager to explore the whole of Pandaria as quickly as she can. She's more than a little annoyed with Chen's steady, slow pace, but he's quite comfortable taking his time... for now.

Halfway down the hill our little trio chances upon a lone pandaren gazing across the fields. Compared to the pandaren we've met thus far, he has a distinctly... southern... drawl to him. He is none other than , a local brewer who uses muddy water for his beer. But his ability to brew has been hampered by the virmen. With beer threatened, Chen is quick to offer aid, or at least our aid.

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Raylan13 Raylan13 25 July 2012

Beta testing: Valley of the Four Winds

With the Jade Forest closed to players, we headed back into questing by diving into the Valley of the Four Winds. Unlike the Forest, this is a neutral zone, and the vast majority of our interactions are with the local pandaren. The Valley serves as an agricultural center for Pandaria, many of the giant crops within the Heartland fed by waters cascading from the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The local farmers are beset by virmen in the east, while those in the west are rapidly losing their lands to the mantid swarming over the Great Wall from the Dread Wastes.

First, a few vistas to get us off on the right foot:

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Raylan13 Raylan13 13 June 2012

Vale of Eternal Blossoms: Screenshots and Video

At last, the final zone was opened for the Mists of Pandaria expansion. After the darkness and horror of the Dread Wastes, the Vale of Eternal Blossoms is like a breath of fresh air. The trees are in an eternal state of autumn, with golds spread everywhere. The same can be said of the grasses, but while the grasses of Kun-Lai Summit might share a similar hue, there is a distinct impression that these golden blades are vibrant. Lakes and pools abound, all tucked behind the safety of the great wall.

Besides the great gate separating the Vale from the Dread Wastes, or the gate opening to Kun-Lai Summit, the most impressive structures in the west are the pair of giant mogu statues standing above the Golden Pagoda. Yes, these are very same that …

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