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  • Introducing the WoW Token
    Update: Added some additional information from an interview

    Introducing the WoW Token
    VentureBeat has an interview with Ion Hazzikostas that has some additional details:

    • The tokens are coming in Patch 6.1.2, coming to the PTR soon.
    • You can buy the token without logging in to your character if your account has lapsed. (Watcher)
    • Some BoE raid loot and Black Market Auction House changes may come as a result of all this.
    • The price isn't set yet, but it won't be less than the regular subscription price.
    • Blizzard will set the initial price and then let supply and demand take over.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Coming soon to an Azeroth near you: the WoW Token, a new in-game item that allows players to simply and securely exchange gold and game time between each other.

    Players will be able to purchase a WoW Token through the in-game Shop for real money, and then sell it on the Auction House for gold at the current market price. When a player buys a WoW Token from the Auction House for gold, the Token becomes Soulbound, and the player can then redeem it for 30 days of game time.

    Want to buy a WoW Token for gold? Head to the new Game Time tab in the Auction House, and purchase one immediately for the current gold buyout price—there’s no bidding involved.

    When you put a WoW Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive once someone buys it—you’re guaranteed to get that amount no matter how the market moves.

    The WoW Token was created to give players with lots of extra gold the option to use it to help cover their subscription cost, and give those who want to purchase gold a way to do so from fellow players through a secure, easy-to-use system. The Token will be making its debut in an upcoming patch—in the meantime, check out the FAQ below for details on how it works.

    The Basics
    Q: How do I buy a WoW Token for real money?
    A: WoW Tokens will be available for purchase for real money through the World of Warcraft in-game Shop. You can access the Shop through the row of feature buttons next to your character’s bags.

    Q: I need gold! How do I sell a WoW Token to another player?
    A: You’ll be able to sell WoW Tokens through a dedicated Token exchange in the Auction House, located in a new Game Time section. WoW Tokens cannot be traded or sold any other way.

    Q: How much gold will I receive when I sell a WoW Token?
    A: The gold value of a Token will be determined dynamically based on supply and demand. When you put a Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive upon a successful sale. If you then decide to place the Token up for sale, that amount is locked in, and the gold will be sent to your mailbox after another player purchases your Token.

    Q: I need game time! How do I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House?
    A: When you visit the Auction House, you’ll be presented with the current market price for a WoW Token in your game region—there’s no bidding involved, and all Tokens in a game region are priced the same at any given moment. If you decide to purchase one, you’ll receive it in your mailbox, and can then immediately redeem it for game time.

    Q: How much game time do I get by redeeming a WoW Token?
    A: You’ll receive 30 days of game time when you redeem a WoW Token.

    Q: Can I resell a WoW Token after I’ve purchased it for gold?
    A: No, each WoW Token can only be sold once. After you purchase a Token for gold, it becomes Soulbound. At that point, it can only be redeemed for game time.

    The Details
    Q: How much will a WoW Token cost on the Shop?
    A: Pricing details will be announced at a later date.

    Q: Why are you introducing the WoW Token feature?
    A: We’ve heard feedback from players that they’d be interested in a secure, legitimate way to acquire gold that doesn’t involve the use of unauthorized third-party gold-selling services—one of the primary sources of account compromises. We also know players who’ve amassed large amounts of gold through regular play would be interested in the ability to trade some to other players in exchange for game time, helping cover their subscription costs.

    The WoW Token feature gives players on both sides of the equation a secure and straightforward way to make that exchange. It opens up a new kind of payment option for World of Warcraft players, and we hope that it will also help lead to fewer account compromises and a better game experience overall.

    Q: How is acquiring gold by selling a WoW Token different from buying gold from third-party services?
    A: Buying gold from third-party services negatively impacts the game experience for everyone. The overwhelming majority of the gold these services provide comes from stolen player accounts, halting the victims’ ability to play the game and contribute to their guilds. On top of this, gold selling companies often farm resources using hack programs, sell fake product codes as a scam, and spam entire realms with ads to buy gold, disrupting the game in very real ways.

    The WoW Token allows players to exchange real money for gold in a secure and sanctioned way—together with the ongoing efforts of our developers, support staff, and anti-hack teams to stop the exploits these companies use and help players who have become victims of their operations, we hope the Token can help make World of Warcraft a safer and more enjoyable game for all of our players.

    Q: Why can’t players set their own prices for the WoW Token?
    A: The WoW Token feature is designed to facilitate the exchange of gold and game time between players in as secure, convenient, and fair a way as possible, and without making players feel like they’re playing a game with their hard-earned money. Having a set current market price and a straightforward exchange system is the best way to achieve that—you don’t need to worry about whether your Token will sell or not due to being undercut or the market shifting, and everyone receives exactly the amount of gold they were quoted.

    Q: What happens if the price quoted to me is different from what the Token actually sells for?
    A: You will always receive the gold amount quoted to you at the time you place a Token up for sale, regardless of what the current price is when the item actually sells.

    Q: How long should I expect to receive my gold after putting a Token up for sale? How does the game determine whose Token to sell?
    A: The amount of time it takes to receive your gold after putting a Token up for sale depends on a variety of factors, including the current supply and demand. When you list a Token, you’ll be quoted an estimated time based on the current Token supply and the rate of recent transactions, but the actual amount of time it takes to sell is likely to vary (note that Tokens do not expire). In most cases, Tokens are sold in the order in which they were put up for sale; however, there are some exceptions to this, such as when a Token purchase is undergoing verification.

    Q: If I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House, how long does it take to receive the Token?
    A: Just like a standard Auction House purchase, it will normally arrive in your mailbox nearly instantaneously.

    Q: If I’m buying a WoW Token for real money from the in-game Shop, how long does it take to receive it?
    A: Once you successfully complete a purchase, your Token should arrive in your inventory (or mailbox, if your inventory is full) almost immediately.

    Q: Do Tokens expire? What happens if I accidentally delete one?
    A: No, Tokens do not expire. They also can’t be deleted, so no need to fear accidentally trashing them.

    Q: Can I stop my auction or receive a refund after it was purchased (for gold or real money)?
    A: All transactions are considered final and auctions cannot be cancelled, so make sure you’re certain you want to proceed before listing or buying a Token. To help prevent unintentional transactions, you will be prompted to confirm your purchase or sale before it’s finalized.

    Q: Is there a deposit? Does the Auction House take a cut of the Token seller’s gold?
    A: There’s no deposit, and the Auction House does not take a cut of the gold for WoW Token sales. The standard deposit is designed to dissuade players from spamming the auction house with items that aren’t selling, and the standard cut is designed to dissuade players from buying and reselling items for minuscule markups. These issues don’t apply to the WoW Token, so there’s no need for a deposit or cut.

    Q: Will each game region have its own WoW Token exchange? Will everyone in a game region have access to it?
    A: Each game region—Americas (including ANZ realms), Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and China—will have its own shared WoW Token exchange. We’ll share additional details at a later date.

  • Darkmoon Faire Race and Changes, Archaeology Fix, Blue Tweets, Method Interview, DLC
    How to Reroll Weapons, Affix Suggestions Thread, PTR 2.2 Streams

    March 2015 Card Back - Ragnaros, Top Decks of February 2015

    Town Hall Heroes #52, Epic Plays of the Week #19

    Patch 6.1 - Darkmoon Faire Race
    The video below goes through one of the possible ways to complete the race in time for Darkmoon Racer Roadhog.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Silas Darkmoon claims to have spared no expense in finding the most wondrous wonders around as he presents the wonderful Darkmoon Faire. Beginning this Sunday, March 1, the Faire returns to Azeroth with a new racing series, new rewards and achievements, and a couple of updates to the games you’ve come to know and love.

    Off to the New Races
    Starting on March 1, the Darkmoon Faire will unveil the first part of a new racing challenge to thrill and delight players of all sorts.

    Win yourself the new Attraction Sign, and point it at your favorite things.

    Head down to the boardwalk and get started by accepting the quest ‘Welcome to the Darkmoon Races’. You’ll learn how to race all over the countryside around the Darkmoon Faire, avoiding obstacles and using any tools and tricks you can to finish the course in the fastest time possible.

    Only the quickest racers will qualify for the achievements and rewards that come with them. Along the way, you’ll want to use speed boosts, springboards, and a very careful aim all while avoiding boundaries which have been juiced up with a powerful stun.

    The Fire-Eater’s Vial is the perfect reward if you’ve always wanted to make fire with your face.

    This is but the first of several racing activities to come. When the Faire returns in April, a second race, new achievements, and associated rewards will be added to the first set. We expect Silas to keep adding twists and turns in future months until he has all of Azeroth running around his island:

    • March: ‘The Real Race’, including the Racing Strider racer and a set of achievements with rewards.
    • April: ‘The Real Big Race’, including a new Rocketeer racer, more boosts and race buffs, and new achievements for beating the The Real Big Race with both racers.
    • May: A new Wanderluster racer, new achievements for beating both races with the Wanderluster, and rewards.
    • June: A new Powermonger racer, new achievements for beating both races with the Powermonger, and rewards.

    That’s right, friends! The new Everlasting Darkmoon Firework can be yours.

    Updates are Best Dates
    From now on, the Tonk Commander game no longer has a maximum of 30 hits. You can now go for as many hits as possible in one minute, and scoring 45 hits earns you the ‘Ace Tonk Commander’ achievement and the new Darkmoon Tonk Controller toy.

    Ring Toss has also been updated. The target turtle has gotten trickier than he used to be, and the rings are smaller, but winning will just take some practice on your part. It might take a lot of practice, but you’ll want to give it a shot, since ten rings in a row earns you the new ‘Triumphant Turtle Tossing’ achievement and the Darkmoon Ring-Flinger toy. It’s an explosion of rings from your victorious hands.

    Don’t Forget the Heirlooms
    Silas asked us to remind everyone that beautiful selections of Heirloom items are available to make your very own, for only a few Darkmoon Prize Tickets each. With the introduction of the new Heirloom collection system in patch 6.1, there’s no reason to not come play the games of the Faire and get closer to earning yourself that Chauferred Chopper!

    Step right up! The next Darkmoon Faire runs March 1 – March 8, and will return again on April 5. For a general overview of this unique event, check out our Darkmoon Faire page in the World of Warcraft Game Guide.

    Patch 6.1 - Darkmoon Faire Changes
    Along with the addition of a race, there are a few other changes and additions to the faire:

    Patch 6.1 - Archaeology Progress Fix
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
    Hi everyone. We’ve just received an update from our development team informing us that this fix may not be applied to all affected players immediately after the launch of 6.1. We will be rolling it out gradually over time so that we can monitor results and ensure that everything is working as it should. So, if you’re still missing your progression when you login after patch 6.1, don’t panic! We haven’t forgotten about you and will be working to fix your affected characters as soon as possible.

    Thanks again for your patience.

    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Plz tell me (Horde) Ashran mid GY bug is fixed in 6.1. Corpse running constantly just to rez is REALLY annoying!
    Believe so. What have you experienced? (holinka)
    it destroys forward progress.Has something to do with GY changing hands and/or going neutral.H & A flags displayed 2.
    I know we tried to fix it. Have you seen it recently? (holinka)

    2v2 is a lot more popular than 3v3, despite having basically no support from Blizzard.
    General trend that If an activity rewards the same gear but requires less people, it will be more popular. (holinka)
    That "popularity" doesn't mean it's a better experience. (holinka)

    If I swap out Trade Post w/AH Bot for Inn, swap back later and rebuild to lvl 3, will I have to redo the AH Bot quest?
    You would not need to redo the quest. (WarcraftDevs)

    will you still get player kill credit for the nemesis quest line for glad sanctum when in a raid group in 6.1?
    .Yes, the Gladiator’s Sanctum quests are flagged to allow progress in a raid group. (WarcraftDevs)

    Manaflask - Method Interview
    If you missed the FinalBoss interview today, this Manaflask interview with Method should hold you over until the video is released on Monday.

    Dark Legacy Comics #479 - The Unspeakables
    DLC #479 has been released.

  • Feb 27 Hotfixes, Patch 6.1 - Build 19702, 6.1 Glyphs, FinalBoss - Method Interview
    Raid and Dungeon Q&A, New Cindermane Charger Recruit-A-Friend Mount

    New Sets Focused Feedback, PTR 2.2 Undocumented Changes, GR 35 Keys Trick

    Hearthstone Patch 8036 - Blackrock Mountain, Three New Card Backs

    Brawl with the Blues - Feb 26th, Murky Changes Incoming, Practice Mode Issues

    Patch 6.1 Hotfixes - February 27
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
    • General
      • Visiting Garrison profession traders are now on a rotation and is no longer random.
      • Summoned Garrison bosses should no longer reset or despawn after being summoned if they're engaged by pets or Garrison NPCs.
      • Visiting High Overlord Saurfang no longer offers to accompany Horde players on patrol over concerns that he may cleave the Garrison in half.
    • Garrison Quests
      • Targets of bounty quests are now open tap.
      • Learning is Painful: Huge Crate of Weapons should now be interactable and allow players to complete the quest.
    • Follower Missions
      • Relic and Bounty missions are no longer being offered.

    Creatures and NPCs
    • Fixed collision geometry designed to prevent crowding around the Horde PvP vendors in Warspear.

    Raids and Dungeons
    • Legacy
      • Drak'Tharon Keep: Fixed an issue where Novos the Summoner was unkillable on Heroic difficulty.
      • The Culling of Stratholme: Fixed an issue where the Dark Runed Chest after defeating Mal'Ganis could not be looted on Heroic difficulty.


    Bug Fixes
    • Trade Goods and Consumables should now be correctly deposited to bags assigned to favor those item types.

    Patch 6.1 - Build 19702
    A small client patch went out today to fix some bugs.
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
    Bug Fixes
    • General
      • Fixed a number of issues that could cause the client to crash.
      • Fixed an issue where name and chat filters were not blocking some inappropriate words.

    • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
      • Fixed an issue where Combat Rogues were unable to apply Deadly Poison from the Spellbook's fly-out menu.

    • Raid frames should no longer sometimes display character realm names in a second line.

    Missing Glyphs Added to Inscription Vendors
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    In Patch 6.1, the glyphs in question now have recipes and are no longer sold by vendors.

    From 6.1 Patch Notes:

    The following glyphs now have recipes and are no longer sold by vendors.

    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    How large will the 6.1 Ashran teams be? (40v40?etc) If too big, everyone going for one event will DESTROY fps due to server lag.
    yup something we'll keep an eye on (holinka)

    Wargame Battlegrounds currently can only be entered with EXP-ON. Can we address this bug?
    we'll investigate it. We have to ensure that nothing in wargames grants you XP. Need to be thorough. (holinka)
    And to clarify, wargame arenas with XP-off is fine. It's just the wargame bgs that bug.
    thanks for the information (holinka)

    Lunar Festival update: Elder Bluewolf is now back in Wintergrasp and accessible to players. (WarcraftDevs)

    FinalBoss - Method Interview: World First Blackrock Foundry
    FinalBoss is interviewing Method on Sunday at 4 PM EST / 10 PM CET.

| Date published: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:15:49 +0000
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