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Legion Release August 30

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Well they were saying that Legion would drop in September, so technically I guess they’re early.

IRVINE, Calif.—April 18, 2016—The great enemy of Azeroth is back, and soon the kingdoms of the Horde and the Alliance will be consumed in a storm of fel fire. Starting August 30, realms will shatter, heroes will fall, and the world will stand on the brink of destruction with the launch ofWorld of Warcraft®: Legion™, the sixth expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Defenders of the Alliance and the Horde can steel themselves for the return of the demonic armies of the Burning Legion by pre-purchasing World of Warcraft: Legion digitally atwww.wowlegion.com. Players who pre-purchase will unlock an instant level-100 character boost, as well as early access to the Demon Hunter—Legion’s dextrous and deadly new hero class—prior to the expansion’s release.

Legion opens a dark and thrilling new chapter in one of the Warcraft series’ greatest conflicts, and things will never be the same for some of Azeroth’s most iconic heroes and villains,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion is loaded with features and content that give players whole new ways to explore the world and customize their heroes. We’re looking forward to sending everyone into battle against the Burning Legion this August.”

In this expansion chronicling the events following Warlords of Draenor, all hellfire breaks loose when the warlock Gul’dan, betrayer of the orcs and twisted servant of the Burning Legion, unleashes a demonic invasion force upon Azeroth unlike any the Horde and the Alliance have ever faced. To save their world from annihilation, heroes must unlock the mysteries of the mythic Broken Isles, master powerful Artifact weapons, and strike a forbidden pact with the Demon Hunters of the Illidari—vengeful disciples of the dreaded Illidan Stormrage.

 

The news leads me to two questions:

  1. Does this mean that the Beta will be going live soon?
  2. Out of everything they’re claiming, what isn’t going to be released when Legion goes live?

What do  you think? And are you looking forward to Legion on August 30th?

Mists of Pandaria Release Date

Well it’s official – Mists of Pandaria finally has a release date – September 25, 2012!

Blizzard being Blizzard, is also making it worth your while to pick up the expansion by throwing not only swag from their other titles, but both pets AND mounts at you –

The Digital Deluxe version of Mists of Pandaria includes a full digital copy of the expansion along with the following exclusive in-game bonus items:

  • World of Warcraft In-Game Mount: Take to the skies of Azeroth astride the mystical Imperial Quilen flying mount.
  • World of Warcraft In-Game Pet: Journey across Pandaria with the Lucky Quilen Cub at your side.
  • StarCraft® II Battle.net® Portraits: Bring the Horde and Alliance rivalry to the far reaches of the Koprulu sector with exclusive Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar Battle.net portraits.
  • Diablo® III Banner Sigil and Accent: Display your status as a hero of Pandaria with the iconic markings of World of Warcraft’s newest playable race, the pandaren.

The wait is over.  Now start making plans for the release date!

Blizzard Keeps Us Guessing

You just can’t believe what you read on the Internet.

Imagine my shock and dismay when I read that BB over at MMO Champion had changed his Cataclysm release date prediction.  While he has never come out and said he has an “insider source”, it’s pretty obvious he does.  If he didn’t, the most logical explanation would be that he had his own Psychic Hotline and would probably be pocketing millions through lottery winnings and sports betting.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarondieppa/with/58699805/ Psychic Cat says -There’s either a large dragon in your future or your mama needs to lose a few pounds.

Cataclysm’s new Release Date: Early December (Dec 7 or 14).

The new release date is just vague enough to come off as more of a prediction, which is probably why he labeled his post as (Not Official), as if any of his information is (Official).  It still looks like the expansion will be out in time for the Christmas rush, which means I know what I’m putting on my Christmas list.

Like I’d wait for Christmas to get the expansion.

After playing mischief with the release calendar, Blizzard decided to mess with us a little more.  They decided that the citizens of Azeroth were looking a little on the husky fat side and that they needed to get some much-needed exercise.  Therefore, the Faction Capital portals in both Dalaran and Shattrath will disappear in Cataclysm.  No more free rides for the homesick, says Blizz.  But to show they’re not completely without sympathy (when it comes to fat characters, at least), the portals will be replaced by Class Trainers and Auctioneers.

This makes no sense.  Class Trainers and Auctioneers are the two main reasons people would go to the Faction Capitals anyway.  Put those in Dalaran and Shattrath, and people still have no reason to leave.  Good thinking Blizzard!

I’ve got everything I need right here.

This is Herculano, getting his exercise the old-fashioned way:  Cheeto Curls!

Cataclysm Release Date – What Does It Mean?

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The harbinger of doom has spoken from on high.

And by that I mean Boubouille from MMO Champion has released his forecast for Cataclysm’s release date.

Now that Patch 4.0.1 is on PTR, I get a lot of mails asking for a release date and I guess I can answer that without too much risk now.

Keep in mind that Blizzard didn’t announce it because the release can still be postponed, but as far as I know the target release date for Cataclysm is the first week of November (that would be November 2, if you like numbers). The first part of the Cataclysm prologue started exactly 8 weeks before that and the next part of the pre-Cataclysm event will probably happen in 2 or 4 weeks depending on their schedule.

You got your answer, and hopefully people won’t yell at me if something goes wrong.

Link HERE.

Now I’m always skeptical when anyone from a non-official website starts passing along knowledge like it was gospel.  I got heated last year when MMO Champion started telling folks that the new playable races were going to be Worgen and Goblins.  This was based solely on the fact that they happened to datamine some new halloween masks.  They released the information just before Blizzcon last year, which had Blizzard a little bent out of shape.  MMO Champion had information (including the name of the as-yet-unnamed expansion Cataclysm) that they only could have obtained from inside sources.  WoW.com was quick to pick up on this and pass along the information.  My rant was based on the fact that nobody offered any solid facts, only theories, yet the masses gobbled it up like it was chocolate-covered awesomeness.

Of course, MMO Champion was right.

Do they have an inside source?  Of course they do.  They repeatedly drop “rumors” that turn out to be true.  Even the wording of the release date doesn’t come off as something that’s speculation.

This time around, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.  The proposed release date is November 2, 2010.

The question is this:  Now that you have an actual number to deal with, what are your plans for that day?   Will you start on the road to level 85?  Start a Worgen or Goblin?

Myself, I may not even get the expansion on that day.  There’s always issues on release, and the zones are going to be so packed it’s going to be hard to get anything done.  With server crashes and zone lag, the first day will be insane.

What about you?  Have you booked November 2 off yet?  Let me know what your plans are in the comments below.