6.1 PTR Patch Notes

By Blizzard Entertainment

Patch 6.1 is now available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR)! Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test patches before it has been released on live realms. If you’d like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you’ve had a chance to try things out, visit our PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch. To report any issues or errors, use the in-game Submit Bug feature (found under Game Menu -> Help -> Submit a Bug) or by visiting the PTR Bug Report forum.

PTR Disclaimer

  • Please keep in mind that the notes below are not final, and details may be subject to change before the release of Patch 6.1.
  • New information for features that are still in-development will be added as it becomes available.
  • Content listed in the PTR Patch Notes may not be available for testing or have a limited test window.

World of Warcraft Patch 6.1 PTR

Last updated: 23-01-2015

New Character Models: Blood Elf

  • Character models for Blood Elves have been overhauled with an increase to fidelity and texture resolution; while retaining the core look and feel of the originals.
  • Some character models received additional tweaks and adjustments.

Twitter Integration

  • Characters can now send Tweets for items, achievements, and screenshots from within the game client using the /share command.
  • This feature can be enabled by accessing a new social settings pane to add or remove a Twitter account.

New Heirloom Collections Tab

  • The Collections system now supports Heirloom items.
  • Heirlooms have a tier system to denote the maximum level that the item scales up to.
  • New neck slot Heirlooms are now available and allows the character to cast a heal once a minute. This heal shares a cooldown with potions and Healthstones.
  • Vendors in Stormwind (Alliance) and Undercity (Horde) now sells Heirlooms for gold.
  • Alternate methods for obtaining Heirlooms are also available.
    • Darkmoon Faire sells Heirlooms for Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
    • Argent Tournament sells tier-1 and tier-2 Heirlooms for Champion’s Seals.
    • Some world events now sell either tier-2 and tier-3 Heirlooms for currency obtained through the event.
  • Collecting all heirloom items awards a special mount usable by level 1 characters.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts

  • New Garrison Visitors

    • One of five new visitors may visit each day offering a quest to anyone that visits the Garrison.

Warlords of Draenor Raid Preview: Blackrock Foundry

By Blizzard Entertainment

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Blackrock Foundry was the ancestral home of the Blackrock orcs, wherein master smiths smelted and worked the impossibly hard ore that is the clan’s namesake. Now, massive giants captured and broken by the Thunderlord heat the great forges, flamebenders of the Burning Blade imbue the ore with an inner fire, and engineers shape the slag according to otherworldly schematics. Warlord Blackhand’s foundry is the center of the Iron Horde’s military might, churning out the weaponry that will be used to raze Azeroth.

Just when you thought you’d become comfortable (as comfortable as one can get in a gladiator pit) with Highmaul, we thought it was time to shake things up and show you what’s waiting in our next Raid—Blackrock Foundry—and introduce you to Rukhmar, the latest world Raid boss.

We asked senior 3D artist Andy Matthews to provide some insight into the dungeon’s visual development:

The Foundry’s spark of inspiration was the creation of the Slagworks’ “furnace room;” it created iconic silhouettes that we carried throughout the rest of the Raid, which has a very strong industrial look and feel.

The Dread Grotto was my favorite shot to establish in the Raid. In its early development, we wanted to show the Iron Horde’s shipping area from multiple angles, foreshadowing later content. The Workshop shows the daily grind of factory life for the Ironworkers. Most workers dread the “flame-jet Fridays.”

Some say the Iron Horde motto is, “When in doubt, add a spike!”

You’ll need a minimum item level of 635 to tackle Blackrock Foundry via Raid Finder. The Foundry’s rewards range from item level 650 (Raid Finder) to 695 (Mythic).

Let’s take a look at the bosses that await you within Blackrock Foundry. . . .

Slagworks

Gruul- Garrosh knew that the surest path to breaking the gronn lay in subjugating their great father, Gruul. Known in another time as the Dragonkiller, here Gruul has been reduced to the role of menial laborer. In a cruel mockery of the Shattered Hand’s warrior tradition, his hand has been replaced with a hook to enable him to more easily haul pallets of fuel to the furnace.

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Oregorger- The storehouses of the Blackrock Foundry, laden with heaps and pallets of unprocessed Blackrock ore, represent a grand banquet feast for the ravenous rock-eating goren who have burrowed into the chamber. Oregorger is by far the largest of the invaders, gluttony swelling his frame far beyond the size …read more

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Warlords of Draenor Fan Art Series

By Blizzard Entertainment

Artist Nicola Saviori has been hard at work creating a selection of savagely awesome Warlords of Draenor fan art. Check out the first piece in this series below!

This epic scene, titled “Grommash”, has been brought to life by animators Naël Brun and Carlos “Made” Pardo.

Download the original artwork.

We’ll be sharing more of Nicola’s Warlords-inspired artwork every Thursday for the next six weeks. You can see more of his creations on his deviantART page or his blog.

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Blackrock Foundry Raid Schedule

By Blizzard Entertainment

It won’t be long before you’ll be able to take the assault against the Iron Horde to the next level. To help you plan for it, we’ve broken down Blackrock Foundry’s unlock schedule. Will you be ready?

Those who plan to jump into the action within the Raid Finder will need a minimum item level of 635. The latest World Raid boss – Rukhmar – will also become available.

February 4, 2015:

  • Blackrock Foundry opens with Normal and Heroic difficulties accessible.
  • World Boss Rukhmar will become available in Spires of Arak

February 11, 2015:

  • Mythic difficulty becomes available.

February 18, 2015:

  • Raid Finder Wing 1, Slagworks (Gruul, Oregorger, and The Blast Furnace) unlocks.

February 25, 2015:

  • Raid Finder Wing 2 The Black Forge (Hans’gar and Franzok, Flamebender Ka’graz, and Kromog ) unlocks.

March 11, 2015:

  • Raid Finder Wing 3 Iron Assembly (Beast Lord Darmac, Operator Thogar, and The Iron Maidens) unlocks.

March 25, 2015:

  • Raid Finder Wing 4 Blackhand’s Crucible (Blackhand) unlocks.

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Happy Holidays!

By Blizzard Entertainment

From everyone at Blizzard to you and yours, have a safe and happy holiday season.

To help celebrate, we’ve prepared a Holiday Card Gallery featuring a festive card. Enjoy!

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The Perfect Gift—Save 50% on World of Warcraft

By Blizzard Entertainment

There’s still time to give the perfect holiday gift. From now through the beginning of the New Year, you can purchase the original World of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria together for only €7.50/£5.00 (Reg. €14.99/£9.99) digitally in the Battle.net Shop.

Don’t let your holiday shopping get the best of you. This sale ends Monday, January 5, 2015.

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Your Letters to Greatfather Winter

By Blizzard Entertainment

The cherished time has come at last
For little elves and trolls to ask
Greatfather Winter please to hear
Their wishes, hopes, and dreams this year.

Soon, beneath the trimmed trees and stars
In Stormwind and in Orgrimmar,
That jolly fellow, standing tall,
Will have some wrapped delights for all.

Whether gnome or orc or tauren,
Human, goblin, undead, worgen …
Even pandaren girls and boys
Celebrate year’s end with new toys!

Feel free to post your letter to Greatfather Winter in the comments below!

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Via:: http://eu.battle.net//wow/en/blog/17271281

Spread Some Winter Veil Cheer -- Gift a Pet or Mount and Save 50%

By Blizzard Entertainment

To celebrate Winter Veil, we’re offering holiday savings of 50% on select World of Warcraft mounts and pets. Through January 5, 2015, you can take advantage of the following deals in the Battle.net Shop:

World of Warcraft Pets — Now 5€

Alterac Brew Pup Blossoming Ancient
Cenarion Hatchling Cinder Kitten
Lil’ K.T. Lil’ Ragnaros
Lil’ XT Moonkin Hatchling
Pandaren Monk Soul of the Aspects

World of Warcraft Mounts — Now 10€

Armored Bloodwing Celestial Steed
Enchanted Fey Dragon Heart of the Aspects
Iron Skyreaver Swift Windsteed
Winged Guardian

All of these pets and mounts are fully giftable. Be sure to pick them up soon, because these deals end January 5, 2015.

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Via:: http://eu.battle.net//wow/en/blog/17152337

Feast of Winter Veil

By Blizzard Entertainment

Ho ho hello, um, little child. I’m Greatfather Winter, and I – courtesy of the fine folks of Smokywood Pastures… “Fresh from our farm to your plate, it’s Smokywood Pastures wholesome goodness” – would like to wish you a fantastic Feast of Winter Veil.

OVERVIEW
ACTIVITIES
ITEMS
ACHIEVEMENTS
EVENTS DETAILS

When
December 16 – January 2.
Where
Most Major Cities (with decorations throughout Azeroth, Outland, Northrend, and Pandaria).
Learn More on fan sites
Wowhead, Wowpedia, WoW Center (Polish), WoWFan (Czech).

MORE ABOUT WINTER’S VEIL

The later seasons of Azeroth are marked as a time of change in many cultures. The term “Winter Veil” is said to stem from a supernatural being referred in many cultures to as Greatfather Winter. As he would walk the land late in the seasons, winter itself would be his billowing cloak. In his wake was the blanketing of the land in snow, and thus it is said that Greatfather Winter would cast his wintry veil over the land.

The idea of feasting during this time of year is one that traces its origins to the legend itself. As Greatfather Winter walked Azeroth, it is said he would provide a bounty for those who welcomed his presence.

As such, the idea of feasting during the winter veil would bring together communities as they shared whatever they had. Typically, a single day of merriment and feasting welcomed the change, all in anticipation of the land’s renewal.

EVENTS DETAILS

When
December 16 – January 2.
Where
Most Major Cities (with decorations throughout Azeroth, Outland, Northrend, and Pandaria).
Learn More on fan sites
Wowhead, Wowpedia, WoW Center (Polish), WoWFan (Czech).

MORE ABOUT WINTER’S VEIL

The later seasons of Azeroth are marked as a time of change in many cultures. The term “Winter Veil” is said to stem from a supernatural being referred in many cultures to as Greatfather Winter. As he would walk the land late in the seasons, winter itself would be his billowing cloak. In his wake was the blanketing of the land in snow, and thus it is said that Greatfather Winter would cast his wintry veil over the land.

The idea of feasting during this time of year is one that traces its origins to the legend itself. As …read more

Via:: http://eu.battle.net//wow/en/blog/10055900

Pick up a World of Warcraft Annual this winter

By Blizzard Entertainment

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Do you know what you’re getting the younger adventurers in your life this holiday season? For the first time ever, the World of Warcraft universe is brought together in a special annual—the perfect gaming companion book for fledgling heroes!

Packed full of information and activities, there’s something for everyone in this hardcover book. Players can learn more about key heroes and villains from Warlords of Draenor, and put their knowledge of the game to the test in the quizzes, crosswords, and puzzles. There’s also plenty to discover for those who have yet to enter the world of Azeroth, with story summaries, character profiles, and plenty of real-life tasks to complete.

The World of Warcraft Annual 2015, published by Pedigree Books Limited, has a recommended retail price of £7.99. It’s currently available for purchase at a discounted rate directly on Pedigree’s website and via Amazon UK.

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