World Premiere of Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic

The largest games convention on Earth is happening in Cologne, Germany from Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August19 this year. Blizzard Entertainment is happy to announce our presence at gamescom 2012, where visitors will have the chance to witness the world premiere of the World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ opening cinematic. The latest creation from Blizzard’s cinematics team will be shown on giant screens at the Blizzard booth on Thursday, August 16, the first fully public day of the event.

We’re also pleased to announce that this year we’ll be showcasing World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Diablo® III, and StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™! Don’t miss your chance to experience the games first-hand and to meet members of the development teams. In addition, be sure to get creative and join in our famous dance and costume competitions.

Visit the Blizzard Entertainment booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne and prepare to be epically entertained. For more information on gamescom, check out the official site.

Announcing: Tides of War by Christie Golden

The next pivotal novel in the unfolding Warcraft saga is now available for pre-order! Written by fan favorite New York Times bestselling author, Christie Golden, Tides of War raises the stakes between the Alliance and Horde and sets the stage for World of Warcraft’s newest game expansion, Mists of Pandaria. We are also proud to reveal the stunning cover art by Glenn Rane.

About World of Warcraft: Tides of War:

The renowned sorceress Jaina Proudmoore has long struggled to maintain a lasting peace between the Alliance and horde.

But now, as mounting tensions threaten to ignite a new era of conflict, her hopes for peace could be extinguished forever...

Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina's island home of Theramore. Though the valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh's true plans…

The destruction wrought by the Horde’s brazen attack irrevocably transforms Jaina, propelling the kindhearted diplomat down a path of grief and vengeance that will alter not only her destiny – but the destiny of Azeroth itself.

Author: Christie Golden
Release date: Late August 2012
Hardcover, 352 pages
Also available in Unabridged Audio Book and eBook format
Published by Gallery Books

Pre-order your copy today on Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com.

New Warcraft Art & Comic

Art Gallery update

We've updated our Trading Card Game art gallery to feature ten new pieces. Each image is taken directly from the official World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

 

 

New World of Warcraft Comic

Last but not least, we've added a new community comic to our gallery submitted by Allen Leggett (Clef).

 

We've spent eight years adding awesome community comics to our Comics section, but we're far from finished. We're looking for the best new World of Warcraft comics to become front page news on our site, and we’d love to have your help, whether you're a seasoned contributor or a first-time cartoonist. If you’d like to have your comic displayed on our website, submit it here.

 

Did you know?... Submitting Media. Many of the best updates found on our website each week were created by you! Fan Art, Screenshots, Wallpapers, and Comics all come from player submissions, and we want to thank you for your wonderful contributions.

Be sure to give a shout-out to your favorite pieces in the comments below.

 

WoW Summer Challenge: Blackrock Mountain

Every week this summer, we’re challenging you to get together with a few friends to explore a part of Azeroth that you may not have seen in a while, or perform a feat that you may have never done. They're World of Warcraft Summer Challenges, and we’re going to be playing along with you as we hunt down rare achievements, get screenshots of amazing bosses, and try to find some rare gear for our transmogrification sets.

This week’s challenge is: Blackrock Mountain.

The Dark Iron dwarves have claimed the depths under the banner of their emperor, Dagran Thaurissan. Thaurissan is the latest in a line of dwarven sorcerer-thanes to serve in the shadow of the demigod Ragnaros, foolishly summoned to Azeroth by Thaurissan's ancestors hundreds of years ago. Though the dwarves dominate Blackrock Depths, they worship and labor for Ragnaros's mighty fire elementals, who guide the already ill-tempered and maligned Dark Irons towards increasingly dangerous and apocalyptic acts.

Blackrock Mountain, located between Searing Gorge and Burning Steppes in the heart of Eastern Kingdoms, is positively teeming with dungeons to explore. This week, we're getting together with friends who have never experienced things like controlling Razorgore or building their very own Thunderfury, and heading to Thorium Point (or Flame Crest). We're going to clear the mountain in two parts: Blackrock Depths + Molten Core, then Blackrock Spire + Blackwing Lair.

Recommended guides:

Noteable Achievements:

Desirable gear

In the dark recesses of the mountain's peak, Nefarian, the eldest son of Deathwing, conducts some of his most awful experimentation, controlling mighty beings like puppets and combining the eggs of different dragonflights with horrific results. Should he prove successful, even darker pursuits rest on the horizon.

Please join us in this discussion thread, where we’re talking about this week’s challenge, and looking forward to your stories about how it went for you this week, your screenshots, and your suggestions for other fun reasons to take on this challenge.

Student Art Contest Winners

Last year, our University Relations and World of Warcraft teams challenged college and university students to submit an original 3D work of art that would be suitable for World of Warcraft. We received many amazing entries, and finally managed to pick the winners.

Please join us in congratulating them and discussing their works in the comments below.

World of Warcraft TCG: Set 18 Introduction

Whether you’re a seasoned drafter or new to the game, we’ve taken the time to break down the final installment of the Aftermath TCG block by Cryptozoic for you. Discover the secrets of Uldum, the mysterious Tol'vir, and a load of new Monsters who await you in Aftermath: Tomb of the Forgotten, the latest expansion in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.  

The latest addition to the World of Warcraft TCG continues its Monster theme. The Tol'vir make their debut, bringing with them an assortment of new Monster heroes for players to use. Making unusual allies, the Tol’vir possess two classes, making it easier for you to use effects that require a certain class in play. Fans of Throne of the Tides will find that cards like Bottled Void and Baxtan, Herald of the Flame are now easier to trigger than ever.

Dual-Class Heroes:

Five dual-class Monster heroes will give players the chance to combine two different types of class cards in the same deck! Play as a mage-warrior, a druid-hunter, or one of three other different combinations! The dual-class heroes provide a new option for playing the game in a manner unlike anything printed before.

Monsters Return:

Expect to see ferocious satyrs, gargantuan ogres, and of course, murlocs. Lots and lots of murlocs. Fans from the online game will recognize many of the cards from Tomb of the Forgotten to come right out of Uldum, its quests, and its dungeons. Choose to represent the Alliance, the Horde, or Monsters, as plenty of new tools for each faction will become available.

Tomb of the Forgotten completes the Aftermath block and includes one Monster hero for each class, so new players have plenty of deck building options available to them. Be a courageous Alliance warrior, a renowned Horde shaman, a fishy murloc hunter, or take up one of several other options. Whether you're looking to play with friends or you're looking to jump into organized play, there's no better time to start than with Tomb of the Forgotten.

Moreover, if you don't know how to play and are looking for an easy way to get started, check out the Class Starter decks or the Champion Decks. Both serve as ideal learning tools for the game, and will help you understand how to build a deck around the class you want. You can start with the class and faction combination that you play in World of Warcraft online, or you can pick up a Champion Deck and represent a character from Azeroth’s history, including Sylvanas, Jaina, or even Hogger!

Oh, and one more thing. Tomb of the Forgotten marks the return of this guy–

 

Thrall's back, and in epic form. He is Tomb of the Forgotten’s master hero, giving any player a chance to become the mighty Go'el. Summon him as your new hero in any deck you choose to play, or get him into play faster by bringing the four essences of the iconic orc together from the elemental planes. Bring the four aspects of Thrall together and make Thrall whole to play this master hero for free!

Tomb of the Forgotten contains three all-new Loot™ cards, which are randomly inserted in booster packs. Be the first to own a White Riding Camel in-game, this expansion’s rare mount. Climb into a Golden Sarcophagus, or add a Sand Scarab to your pet collection.

Aftermath: Tomb of the Forgotten  is available for purchase in the Blizzard Online Store

For more details on Aftermath: Tomb of the Forgotten, and on upcoming products from the World of Warcraft TCG, be sure to check back to www.wowtcg.com regularly. Brace yourself. The Monsters have been completely unleashed!

Celestial Nights: A Backstage Romance

The myriad stars stretching across the night sky twinkle softly, wrapping the ground below in a warm, delicate light.
Moogles scurry about to and fro, pom poms bouncing as they feverishly toil to set the stage.
The time of Celestial Nights is upon us once more!

The crowning jewel of the festival is a stirring reenactment of the tale of Prince Yahiko and Princess Amdina, a ballad of love for all the ages, and this year's production spares no expense in bringing to you into the vivid scenes of amor.

Those fortunate souls chosen to portray our starry-eyed couple have been rehearsing for weeks – nay, months – to join all of Vana'diel in celebrating romance in all its forms.

Yet where fortune treads, so too does tragedy, as one of our leads from Bastok falls gravely ill just days before the performance is to take place. Keep your hearts and minds open as you read the musings of the Galka who was to have played the pivotal role of Prince Yahiko.

New Warcraft Art & Comic

Art Gallery update

We've updated our Trading Card Game art gallery to feature ten new pieces. Each image is taken directly from the official World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

 

 

New World of Warcraft Comic

Last but not least, we've added a new community comic to our gallery.

 

We've spent eight years adding awesome community comics to our Comics section, but we're far from finished. We're looking for the best new World of Warcraft comics to become front page news on our site, and we’d love to have your help, whether you're a seasoned contributor or a first-time cartoonist. If you’d like to have your comic displayed on our website, submit it here.

 

Did you know?... Submitting Media. Many of the best updates found on our website each week were created by you! Fan Art, Screenshots, Wallpapers, and Comics all come from player submissions, and we want to thank you for your wonderful contributions.

Be sure to give a shout-out to your favorite pieces in the comments below.

 

The Making of Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Video

Bringing World of Warcraft to toy aisles this summer has been no small task; a journey that’s lasted over a year and a half.  In that time we've tirelessly debated, designed and developed some incredible new products.  We've been met with enthusiasm and praise from our Blizzcon '11 reveal, New York/Nuremberg Toyfair showcases, and Summer Passport  previews here on the community site.

Today, we're happy to announce that we're just weeks away from seeing our efforts on shelves. 

To commemorate the occasion and the launch of warcraft.megabloks.com, we're unveiling this rare, behind the scenes video with Nick Carpenter as he talks about this heroic partnership.

While visiting the site, be sure to sign up for insider news, exclusive product previews, contests and more! 

World of Warcraft MEGA Bloks available in stores worldwide, this July!