November, 2009 Old News
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  • Join the Grand Melee: Horde VS. Alliance - Battlecry Mosaic

    For years the conflict between the Horde and the Alliance has ebbed and flowed -- a perpetual convergence of steel and magic throughout the lands of Azeroth, Outland, and Northrend. Heroes have risen to the call wielding the banners of their chosen faction and have looked deep into the eyes of their enemies without fear. Now, the battle between the factions has spilled forth into the distant world known as Earth.

    Heed the call of the Horde or Alliance and join in the Battlecry Mosaic! This battle is not waged with magic or weapons, but instead with photos. Simply print out your faction’s banner, take a picture with you, your friends, your guild, or even your faithful pet ferret, submit it, and you can be part of history. As each faction adds photos, so too can a virtual treasure trove of Warcraft images be gained and ultimately, reveal an exclusive piece of art with their faction leaders.

    Visit the Battlecry Mosaic Page to get your banner and submit your image. Images should be in .jpg, .gif or .png format, with a minimum resolution of 1024 x768 (landscape) and a maximum file size of 5 MB.

    Who will succeed first? The fierce Horde? Or the noble Alliance? Only you can make the difference in this war.

  • World of Warcraft is now five years old, and FigurePrints is marking the occasion with a selection of limited-edition products. FigurePrints can now be ordered with an exclusive Onyxia-themed base for $9.95, and the Onyxian Whelpling is now available as a FigurePet for $29.95. Both are available for purchase at www.figureprints.com until the end of 2009
  • Worried that you missed your chance to visit the Faire? Silas Darkmoon and his curious carnival have one final stop this year at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada from December 4 to 6. Not only will there be the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and World of Warcraft Miniatures championships with incredible prizes, but there are plenty of opportunities for new and casual players to mingle -- and maybe even loot the elusive Spectral Tiger mount for themselves. For a schedule and information on the final Darkmoon Faire stop in 2009, see Upper Deck's Darkmoon Faire page.
  • World of Warcraft is now a part of the new Battle.net! In preparation for the rollout of Battle.net’s upcoming communication and community features, as of today, all World of Warcraft accounts must be merged with a free Battle.net account in order to log in to the game. To upgrade to a Battle.net account, please go here. For more info, check out the Battle.net site or read the FAQ.
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 30, 2009) is Riktors from Hellscream.

    Congratulations on winning a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260 graphics card by ASUS courtesy of this week’s sponsor, NVIDIA, one year of World of Warcraft game time, and an autographed Onyxia print!

  • You've probably run into his empty keg in your travels through the Barrens - now you can own a collectible action figure of Azeroth's most renowned pandaren wanderer. Capturing the spirit (and spirits) of Chen Stormstout, the Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Action Figure is a limited-edition, premium-sculpted piece that stands at a colossal 8 inches and features Chen's signature bamboo bo staff and brewmaster's keg. The Pandaren Brewmaster Action Figure is available in limited quantities and can be ordered exclusively through the online Blizzard Store. Head over there today to order one for the budding Brewmaster in your life.
  • Over the past 15 years, a lot has changed in Azeroth. Valiant heroes have travelled the length and breadth of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, taken wing in Outland to free the Black Temple from Illidan's clutches, and set sail for Northrend to battle the mighty Lich King. Whether you've been part of the adventure from the beginning or are just getting started now, we're glad to have you with us for the five-year anniversary of World of Warcraft and the 15-year anniversary of the Warcraft series.

    To commemorate these milestones, we've just launched the Warcraft anniversary website. There you’ll find video interviews featuring personal anecdotes from some of the shapers of Warcraft, as well as the Battlecry Mosaic where you can show off your faction pride. Visit the anniversary site now!
  • Mr. T continues his crusade to make the World of Warcraft look "goooood" in another new TV commercial which begins airing nationally this week.

    See it first at the World of Warcraft YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/warcraft.
  • The World of Warcraft five-year anniversary celebration is now officially underway! To mark this special occasion, any character that logs into the game between now and Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m. (realm time) will receive their very own Onyxian Whelpling non-combat pet, along with a special message from the development team. We have more World of Warcraft 5-year and Warcraft 15-year anniversary festivities coming soon, so be sure to keep your eye on the official website. Thanks for being part of the adventure, and we look forward to many more whelps and great memories in the years ahead.
  • As always, we appreciate when our players take the time to check out the information we’re providing about World of Warcraft, which is now entering its sixth year. In this edition of Shop Talk we’re letting the masterminds behind the Warcraft universe reflect upon their campaign to make the best games possible, and we’re also taking a look at World of Warcraft’s future. Here’s to five years of memories, along with many more years of great experiences yet to be forged. Most importantly, here’s to you, all of the gamers around the world who have enjoyed World of Warcraft and made all the work that goes into it worthwhile.
  • The sweepstakes winners for today (November 24, 2009) are Dreara from Cairne, Firestalker from Kargath, Lyerik from Zul'jin, Jormundgand from Kalecgos, and Kittyrumrums from Trollbane.

    The winners for Wednesday (November 25, 2009) are Azailin from Shu'halo, Jayhanez from Magtheridon, Irontoe from Gilneas, Soulstomper from Lothar, and Raphiel from Onyxia.

    The winners for Thursday (November 26, 2009) are Dragunoth from Cenarion Circle, Darkmeltdown from Khadgar, Sinfest from Area 52, Chakakhan from Dragonblight, and Nerdrayge from The Forgotten Coast.

    The winners for Friday (November 27, 2009) are Loyid from Area 52, Breshona from Alleria, Season from Malfurion, Mifivestone from Proudmoore, and Chrianiell from Muradin.

    Congratulations on winning a SteelSeries prize pack courtesy of this week’s sponsor, SteelSeries.
  • The sweepstakes winners for today (November 23, 2009) are Thorad from Shadow Council, Luru from Magtheridon, Bonefurt from Tortheldrin, Zaltano from Stormrage, and Kaznak from Shadowsong.

    Congratulations on winning a SteelSeries prize pack courtesy of this week’s sponsor, SteelSeries.
  • To shed some light into the chilly gloom of Icecrown Citadel, we sat down to talk about the decision-making process behind Wrath of the Lich King’s ultimate dungeon, the World of Warcraft team’s design philosophy, and the dangers that lurk in the heart of Arthas’s stronghold.

    Check out the resulting interview to learn more.
  • They say that knowledge can be a greater boon than even the most powerful spells, or armor, or weapons. The battles that lie ahead beyond the gates of Icecrown will test your mettle like none before, and you will need all the help you can get. So arm yourself with knowledge, and discover the truth about the dangers that await you within the Frozen Halls in our new Icecrown Dungeon Bosstiary.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from the World of Warcraft Comic Contest submitted by Burnslikeice.

    Remember, the contest will go on all year long. Each month's winner will receive three volumes of Blizzard Entertainment manga, and will be considered by TOKYOPOP for contributions to upcoming volumes of both Warcraft: Legends and StarCraft: Frontline.

    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 20, 2009) are Kismere from Greymane and Ourhero from Firetree.

    Congratulations on winning a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 graphics card by ASUS courtesy of this week’s sponsor, NVIDIA.
  • Come celebrate Pilgrim's Bounty with us! It's a time for reflecting on your journeys and good fortune, sharing plentiful food and stories with friends. This holiday is also great for leveling up your cooking skills with daily quests to improve your craft. Pilgrim’s Bounty runs from November 22-28th -- be sure to check your in-game calendar for exact times. To learn more about the holiday, go to our new Pilgrim's Bounty page.
  • On November 21 and 22, World of Warcraft Trading Card Game players will have a chance to explore Northrend again for the first time. Upper Deck is holding Scourgewar sneak previews around the world, putting TCG players on the first boat to the icy shores of Arthas's domain. With the Scourge forces entrenched on the frozen continent, players will need new gear, allies, and abilities to withstand the Lich King’s army. Plus, it's a chance to discover the three new Loot cards: Tiny Mount, Tuskarr Kite, and Spectral Kitten. Check out the Scourgewar Sneak Preview page to locate an event near you.
  • We've updated our Unofficial Class Guide page. This page features direct links to guides created by World of Warcraft players. If you have a class guide that you want to submit for review click here.
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 19, 2009) are Keleyna from Zul'jin and Uthegental from Twisting Nether.

    Congratulations on winning a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 graphics card by ASUS courtesy of this week’s sponsor, NVIDIA.
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 18, 2009) is Mawrick from Elune.

    Congratulations on winning a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 graphics card by ASUS courtesy of this week’s sponsor, NVIDIA.
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 17, 2009) is Austregisel from Fizzcrank.

    Congratulations on winning a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 graphics card by ASUS courtesy of this week’s sponsor, NVIDIA.
  • We've performed a healthy scan of our forums and website to compile this latest edition of Shop Talk. Come take a look around. Stay a while and listen... wait -- that's not right.
  • As the Lich King continues his dark work inside the halls of Icecrown Citadel, the warriors and smiths of the Ashen Verdict scramble to forge a weapon capable of defeating the Scourge. To aid the Verdict in its cause, you'll need to follow in Arthas's footsteps, gambling with your very soul to gather the materials that will create the legendary axe Shadowmourne.

    Find out more about the quest to build Shadowmourne, available in the upcoming Fall of the Lich King content update, in our new preview of the legendary weapon Shadowmourne.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from the World of Warcraft Comic Contest submitted by Nerria.

    Remember, the contest will go on all year long. Each month's winner will receive three volumes of Blizzard Entertainment manga, and will be considered by TOKYOPOP for contributions to upcoming volumes of both Warcraft: Legends and StarCraft: Frontline.

    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • We've created a new Lil' K.T. screenshot gallery with 15 of the best player submissions. As always, if you'd like to contribute to our galleries, please submit your screenshots. You can view all of our screenshot galleries here.

    Lil' K.T., the Littlest Lich
    Lil' K.T. is a miniature lich who bears a striking resemblance to the legendary lord of Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad. But don’t let his diminutive stature fool you: Lil' K.T. has a diabolical laugh and wields true power at his bony fingertips, randomly wreaking icy havoc on critters who dare to cross his path. You can now buy this new pet for $10 on the Blizzard Store.

  • This year marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of World of Warcraft on November 23, 2004 -- and as part of the celebration, we're giving out weekly prizes to players as a way to say "thanks" for being a part of the World of Warcraft community these past five years. We're now in the third week of our five-week-long contest; this week’s winners will receive a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 graphics card by ASUS courtesy of this week's sponsor, NVIDIA. Each week’s winners are randomly selected from a different group of accounts based on how long they’ve been playing the game. For more details on prizing and eligibility, please check out the rules here.
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 16, 2009) is Arithan from Ner'zhul.

    Congratulations on winning a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 graphics card by ASUS courtesy of this week’s sponsor, NVIDIA.
  • We've been testing out an all-new Quest Tracking feature which we plan to include in content update 3.3. Read our preview to learn how the World of Warcraft questing experience will be vastly improved in content update 3.3 for characters of all levels here.
  • Chiseled from the icy landscape of Northrend itself, the mighty Ice Shard Stand is designed for those who wield the cursed blade Frostmourne. Crafted by the artisans at Epic Weapons, the Ice Shard Stand is a floor-mount display with base lights and two directional spotlights that radiate up Frostmourne's blade and hilt. Made of durable, clear poly-resin, the stand lets owners prominently display their one-of-kind, authentic, collectible sword in any room of their home or business. Check it out here.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from the World of Warcraft Comic Contest submitted by Amaakir.

    Remember, the contest will go on all year long. Each month's winner will receive three volumes of Blizzard Entertainment manga, and will be considered by TOKYOPOP for contributions to upcoming volumes of both Warcraft: Legends and StarCraft: Frontline.

    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • The sweepstakes winners for today (November 13, 2009) are Karasuu from Bloodhoof, Azult from Ner'zhul, Whatshisface from Misha, Boopie from Anvilmar, and Destroyere from Windrunner.

    Congratulations on winning a pair of gaming glasses courtesy of this week's sponsor, Gunnar Optiks.
  • 'Tis the season for our inaugural Blizzard Holiday Card Contest! Every year, Blizzard creates a unique holiday card to send season’s greetings to little murlocs, zerglings, and imps everywhere. This year, we're inviting you to catch the spirit by creating an original Blizzard-themed holiday card of your own.

    To participate, just submit your entries here by 12 p.m. Pacific Time on December 7. We'll select three winners to receive a prize package full of gaming gear from Razer, along with an official 2009 Blizzard holiday card signed by the artist, Samwise Didier. Be sure to check back after the contest is over, as we'll be making the winning entries available for use as your very own holiday cards this season. Check out the official rules for more information.
  • We've created a new Pandaren Monk screenshot gallery with 15 of the best player submissions. As always, if you'd like to contribute to our galleries, please submit your screenshots. You can view all of our screenshot galleries here.

    Pandaren Monk Charity Pet
    Enter the Pandaren Monk, a martial-arts expert who’s here to help celebrate the upcoming fifth anniversary of World of Warcraft. He may be cute, but he’s proof that even the softest of critters can overcome the hardest of circumstances.

  • The sweepstakes winners for today (November 12, 2009) are Horff from Spinebreaker, Heretor from Stonemaul, Serei from Rivendare, Monkutaro from Thorium Brotherhood, and Dethscythe from Garrosh.

    Congratulations on winning a pair of gaming glasses courtesy of this week's sponsor, Gunnar Optiks.
  • The sweepstakes winners for today (November 11, 2009) are Ferabalesto from Blade's Edge, Monoxìde from Misha, Mainman from Sargeras, Generated from Spinebreaker, and Razheem from Mannoroth.

    Congratulations on winning a pair of gaming glasses courtesy of this week's sponsor, Gunnar Optiks.
  • The sweepstakes winners for today (November 10, 2009) are Aramon from Azjol-Nerub, Greensaturn from Elune, Frostybunz from Area 52, Feorian from Wyrmrest Accord, Roaxxe from Khaz Modan, and Groove from Stonemaul..

    Congratulations on winning a pair of gaming glasses courtesy of this week's sponsor, Gunnar Optiks.
  • We have just finished the updates of the Tier 10 Sneak Preview page with the latest armor set fresh from the PTRs: the shaman! The armor sets preview page is now complete for all classes. See what epic look awaits you!
  • Here is the next honorable mention from the World of Warcraft Comic Contest submitted by Grendelworth.

    Remember, the contest will go on all year long. Each month's winner will receive three volumes of Blizzard Entertainment manga, and will be considered by TOKYOPOP for contributions to upcoming volumes of both Warcraft: Legends and StarCraft: Frontline.

    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • Just a reminder: As we mentioned a couple weeks back, on November 11, 2009, all current World of Warcraft players must merge their World of Warcraft accounts with a Battle.net account in order to log in to the game. As our way to say "thanks" for taking a moment to go through the process, all accounts that upgrade to Battle.net will receive a brand-new penguin in-game pet. On November 11, all World of Warcraft players will need to log in to the game using a Battle.net username and password, and anyone who wishes to create a new World of Warcraft account will need to start with a Battle.net account.

    Creating a Battle.net account is simple and free. To merge your existing account with a Battle.net account and receive your penguin in-game pet today, visit here. For more info, check out the Battle.net site or read the FAQ.
  • This year marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of World of Warcraft on November 23, 2004 -- and as part of the celebration, we’re giving out weekly prizes to players as a way to say "thanks" for being a part of the World of Warcraft community these past five years. We’re now in the second week of our five-week-long contest; this week’s winners will receive a pair of gaming glasses courtesy of this week’s sponsor, Gunnar Optiks. Each week’s winners are randomly selected from a different group of accounts based on how long they've been playing the game. For more details on prizing and eligibility, please check out the rules here.
  • The sweepstakes winners for today (November 9, 2009) are Aramon from Azjol-Nerub, Heshiro from Kil'jaeden, Gwynn from Nathrezim, Arclord from Zul'jin, and Cerokos from Argent Dawn.

    Congratulations on winning a pair of gaming glasses courtesy of this week's sponsor, Gunnar Optiks.
  • As players wait to burst into the last bastion of the Lich King, weapons and spells at the ready, we've rounded up some of the patch 3.3-related announcements we made over the past few weeks for your reading pleasure. Head over to the forums to check out the latest edition of Shop Talk.
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 6, 2009) is Drenethor from Detheroc!

    Congratulations on winning a World of Warcraft Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein courtesy of this week’s sponsor, Taverncraft.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from the World of Warcraft Comic Contest submitted by Welshi.

    Remember, the contest will go on all year long. Each month's winner will receive three volumes of Blizzard Entertainment manga, and will be considered by TOKYOPOP for contributions to upcoming volumes of both Warcraft: Legends and StarCraft: Frontline.

    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • As the threats within Icecrown Citadel continue to take shape, so do the rewards for the brave souls who seek to face them. We've updated our Under Development page with high-resolution images of a couple more of the tier-10 armor sets that wait to be acquired within the halls of Icecrown Citadel. As we add more classes' sets to the PTR, they'll arrive here for your viewing. Stay tuned!
  • We're always on the lookout for eye-catching screenshots of World of Warcraft. Do you have a screenshot that would make other people go "Wow!"? Send it in. We've been really happy with our screenshots of the day and would like to thank you for your great submissions (over 1,800 and counting). We particularly enjoy screenshots featuring humor, creativity, or large gatherings.
  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 5, 2009) is Realtalk from Area 52!

    Congratulations on winning a World of Warcraft Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein courtesy of this week’s sponsor, Taverncraft.
  • In case you missed the news last week, the Major League Gaming (MLG) PC Circuit, which features World of Warcraft Arena competitions, makes its final regular-season stop at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from November 6 through 8. The best 3v3 Arena teams in the world, including SK (Europe), SK (U.S.), Complexity (U.S.), Complexity BHMS (U.S.), Button Bashers (Korea), Check-6 (U.S.), Fnatic (U.S.), and EG (U.S.) will be competing for over $15,000 cash and a chance to compete in the MLG Championship in January 2010.

    Video of all the matches will be streamed live at www.GotFrag.com, complete with expert commentary. For more information, go to www.mlgpro.com and www.GotFrag.com.
  • Today we're pleased to introduce the Pet Store for World of Warcraft, a new way for players to obtain in-game pets to join them on their adventures in Azeroth. Two brand-new companions are now available for purchase exclusively at the Pet Store in the online Blizzard Store: Lil' K.T. and the Pandaren Monk.

    Make a Difference: Pandaren Monk Charity Pet
    Enter the Pandaren Monk, a martial-arts expert who’s here to help celebrate the upcoming fifth anniversary of World of Warcraft. He may be cute, but he’s proof that even the softest of critters can overcome the hardest of circumstances. For every Pandaren Monk that finds its way to a player’s side between now and the end of the year (December 31, 2009 at 11:59 PDT), we’ll donate 50 percent of the $10 purchasing price to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in an effort to brew up a little hope, strength, and joy in a child’s life.

    Lil' K.T., the Littlest Lich
    Lil' K.T. is a miniature lich who bears a striking resemblance to the legendary lord of Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad. But don’t let his diminutive stature fool you: Lil' K.T. has a diabolical laugh and wields true power at his bony fingertips, randomly wreaking icy havoc on critters who dare to cross his path. You can now buy this new pet for $10 on the Blizzard Store.

    In order to receive a purchased pet, you'll need to merge your World of Warcraft account with a Battle.net account. For more information on Battle.net, please visit the FAQ. For more information on the new Pet Store, visit the Pet Store FAQ.

  • The sweepstakes winner for today (November 4, 2009) is Crans from Cenarion Circle!

    Congratulations on winning a World of Warcraft Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein courtesy of this week's sponsor, Taverncraft.
  • The sweepstakes winner for yesterday (November 2, 2009) is Solrando from Arthas!

    The sweepstakes winner for today (November 3, 2009) is Bioky from Suramar!

    Congratulations on winning a World of Warcraft Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein courtesy of this week's sponsor, Taverncraft.
  • This year marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of World of Warcraft on November 23, 2004 -- and to kick off the celebration, every week for the next five weeks, we'll be giving out prizes to players as a way to say "thanks" for being a part of the World of Warcraft community these past five years. Each week, we'll randomly select winners from a different group of accounts based on how long they’ve been playing the game. The first week’s winners will receive a World of Warcraft Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein courtesy of this week'’s sponsor, Taverncraft. For more details on prizing and eligibility, please check out the rules at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/contests/5year/index.html and stick around for more five-year-anniversary festivities in the weeks ahead!
  • Heroic Prints and Blizzard Entertainment have joined forces to bring you the opportunity to create customized World of Warcraft posters featuring the character you play. PrintWarcraft.com uses specially designed rendering technology and access to character information, along with a variety of backgrounds, logos, borders, and fonts, to create the ultimate custom poster. Head over and check out all the options today.
  • We've updated our YouTube Channel with the four most recent StarCraft II Battle Reports. Thanks for the great response, and stay tuned as we add more videos in the future.
 
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