Wowhead Weekly Episode 1: Beta Zones & More

Join Olivia and Perculia in the first episode of Wowhead's new video series: Wowhead Weekly! The ladies discuss Garrisons, the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Beta zones, Legendary buffs and a Warlords Beta Key Giveaway.

Warlords of Draenor: Letters From the Beta

Three weeks ago I shared with you my impressions of the Warlords of Draenor alpha for World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion - focusing on the only new zone available at that time: Frostfire Ridge. Since then the game has moved into beta and Shadowmoon Valley has opened up, and so it is that I write to you now of this amazing location on Draenor.

Warlords of Draenor: Beta Begins!

Warlords of Draenor, the highly-anticipated World of Warcraft expansion, has just hit beta! Invites are first going to "WoW veterans," ruffling the feathers of the uninvited decade-plus players.

Want better odds of getting into the beta? Our sister site, Wowhead, is running a giveaway! Completing in-game achievements enters you to win one of our 2,000 keys. Check out the post for more details.

So why might you want a beta key? Let's check out what's coming up in Warlords of Draenor!

Warlords of Draenor: Letters From the Alpha

It's been three weeks since the Warlords of Draenor Alpha went live, and for three weeks I've been exploring every nook and cranny of Frostfire Ridge, the Horde starting zone in World of Warcraft's next expansion. Now, as we wait impatiently for Blizzard to release the next zone for testing, the time has come for me to share my findings.

Allow me to sum up my experience right now, in a single word. Breathtaking. Allow me now to explain why.

35% Off Armored Bloodwing and Blossoming Ancient

For this week only, two in-game World of Warcraft items are on sale in the Blizzard store: the Blossoming Ancient pet, and the Armored Bloodwing mount.

Currently available for $16.25, the giant, flesh-eating bat that is the Armored Bloodwing is account-wide and automatically scales to the fastest riding skill known by each character you choose to soar into battle with.

The Blossoming Ancient is now $6.50 and can be used in pet battles or simply as a companion. These 'spirited saplings' change color with the seasons but hurry, because these offers only last until June 3.

Filling the Gap Between Expansions

World of Warcraft is currently in an awkward place at the moment, with players wondering how to pass the time while waiting for the next expansion. With a December release of Warlords of Draenor looking more and more likely, I'm here to share some of things that are keeping me interested in the game.

Azeroth Choppers - Which Faction Will Win the War?

Paul Jr of American Chopper fame has been hard at work for the past six weeks creating two real-life choppers for World of Warcraft, one to represent the Alliance, and the other, the Horde. This week, WoW players will get to vote on which one is the best, with the winning chopper to go into the game as a mount for the victorious faction.

World of Artcraft: Class Accessories

The latest in a string of Artcraft blogs by World of Warcraft artists shows that new 'class accessories' are being worked on, which will allow players to greater customize the appearance of their characters. While still in the concept phase, the idea is a good one and the initial designs look promising.

World of Warcraft Crash Courses

World of Warcraft players who purchase in-game character boosts are now being offered helpful advice on how to play their fresh level 90s, in official 'crash course' videos released by Blizzard themselves. 

The 2-3 minute long videos, made by Community Manager Lore, are designed to be a brief introduction to each of the eleven classes available, giving players the tools they need in order to start enjoying content right away. Each video focuses on the simplest of class specializations and features an overview of important abilities that should be used.

Talk Azeroth Episode 34: DPSing Warlords

Talk Azeroth episode 34 is here! Join Olivia D. Grace this week as she finishes off her talk about holy trinity changes coming to the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. She's talked about Healers, she's talked about Tanks, now it's time for the Damage Dealers.