Story of Warcraft Wallpaper and Art Updates

New Story of Warcraft Wallpaper

We’ve just released a new wallpaper image featuring art from The Story of Warcraft, a historical record that will bring you up to speed with everything that’s happened in the Warcraft universe since the release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans.

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 skylar albers david (draycoo).

The Blizzard Comic Contest Is Back!
The time has come for the epic return of the Blizzard Comic Contest! We’re looking for original comics focused on the Warcraft, Diablo, or StarCraft universes... and we want you to create them. Each month, we’ll review your submissions and select one winning comic to receive a prize. We’ll also choose several honorable mentions; winning entries and honorable mentions will be displayed on our comic pages for all the universe to enjoy. You can learn more details about the prizes, read the complete official rules, and submit your comics 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.

 

Pearl of Pandaria Now On Sale!

The original graphic novel Pearl of Pandaria is now available! Be sure to pick up this story and meet the Pandaren, the newest playable race in World of Warcraft.

Written by Blizzard’s own Micky Neilson and with art by fan favorite Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, this story follows Li Li Stormstout’s adventures through Azeroth. Li Li comes from a line of adventurers who left their homeland long ago to explore the world, and she wants nothing more than to chase that dream.

But when Li Li runs away to find her famous uncle Chen, how will she survive Azeroth’s perils?

You can find the book on Amazon.com and other comic book retailers, and at the Blizzard Store.

Free Character Transfers Available

We’re providing free transfers off of realms that are currently seeing high queue times. If you’re on one of the below realms and would like to avoid waiting in queues to play, you can take advantage of these free transfers. We’ve done our best to match realm types and time zones for a smooth transfer process.

The current transfers will go until approximately 9:00 a.m. PDT, October 4Please be aware that, due to the unpredictable nature of free transfers, we may close down any transfers at any time and without warning if the destination realm becomes full. If you plan to move with friends or your guild, we suggest that you coordinate the effort to reduce the chance of any stragglers being left behind.

Although free Guild Master Realm Transfers are not possible at this time, these free character transfers will allow you to retain your guild membership and reputation, provided the guild master completes a Guild Master Realm Transfer to the destination realm first, and does not change factions.

Early closures aside, this set of Free Character Moves will end on Thursday, October 4.

Source Realm Destination Realm
Frostmourne - Oceanic PvP Gundrak - Oceanic PvP
Illidan - Central PvP Mug’thol - Central PvP
Kil’jaeden - Pacific PvP Frostwolf - Pacific PvP
Area 52 - Eastern PvE

Velen - Mountain PvE

Exodar - Eastern PvE

Darkspear - Mountain PvP Bloodscalp - Mountain PvP
Tichondrius - Pacific PvP Dark Iron - Pacific PvP
Stormrage - Eastern PvE Trollbane - Eastern PvE
Kel’Thuzad - Eastern PvP Alterac Mountains - Eastern PvP

Characters on a source realms are only eligible to transfer to the destination realm directly across from it.

To take advantage of these transfers log into Account Management, select your World of Warcraft license, and at the bottom click on Free Character Migration. Eligible characters will be listed. Please see the Free Character Migration Disclaimers and FAQ for more info.

We’ll be continuing to closely monitor realm concurrency, and will provide updates should the above transfers be altered, or any new transfers become available.

Announcing the Mog House Decoration Contest Winners!

After gathering up all of the entries and sending them to the Mog House Management Union, the moogles held a meeting full of intense debate! Needless to say, the moogles were extremely impressed by all of the hard work that went into each submission. Once the meeting convened, the MHMU handed off their favorites to the development and operations teams, who had a tough time choosing the final winners.

For a stunning showcase of feng-shui skills, check out the winning entries!

Introducing the Challenge Mode Leaderboards

And the world's gonna know your name
And you'll be on the walls of the hall of fame

Think you're the fastest at running dungeons? Mists of Pandaria's new Challenge Mode gives you an opportunity to put your speed and teamwork skills to the test. And if you want to know how you rank compared to other players from your realm, you can now view your realm's fastest times by accessing the Challenge Mode Leaderboards in the Community Section.

Once in the leaderboards section, you can view the fastest runs of each dungeon and realm – down to the millisecond. Each party's class makeup and faction is listed, with easy access to individual character profiles. There is also the option to filter by party composition so you can see how you stack up against parties similar to your own.

If you're logged in, the Challenge Mode Leaderboards also offer easy access to your guild's Challenge Mode section, where you can view the top times achieved by members of your guild. In the near future, we will be adding a region-wide leaderboard, as well as a Challenge Mode section in the character profile where you can view your personal bests and medals.

The clock is ticking, so check out the Challenge Mode Leaderboards today!

Other Website Improvements

With the addition of the Challenge Mode Leaderboards, we've completely revamped the Community Section. This page will now give you easy access to:

In the character profile, we've added an area on the Pets & Mounts page to feature your selected Battle Pet slots.

Every voice matters to us. If you like what you see or if you have any suggestions for design tweaks to these updates, we’d love to hear from you. Just post in the comments or on our website forums and let us know what you think.

The Last Word – Unquiet Atomos (09/25/2012)


The Last Word — Unquiet Atomos

The Raven, Gridania’s leading tabloid, alights today, bearing words as dark as its wings. Startling new revelations regarding Atomos, the otherworldly monstrosity attacking aetherye camps, have added a new dimension to the threat that has sent countless Eorzeans fleeing for their lives.

As ever, intrepid reporter Kipih Jakkya is out in the thick of the action, and writes to us regarding her observations.