This Month in WoW – August 2015

August has come, and with it comes a great deal of competition. Get set to follow the next stages on the road to BlizzCon, along with a plethora of other eSports action.

In-Game Event

Darkmoon Faire Returns [August 2 - 9]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on August, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements.

The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Warm up your ring tossing hand!

Upcoming World of Warcraft Tournaments

Road to BlizzCon: WoW North American Arena Qualifiers
Teams will have the opportunity to compete for their place at the NA Regionals over three online cups, produced in partnership with GCDTV:

  • Cup 1: July 14 – July 18 (one team qualified). Check out the VODs here.
  • Cup 2: July 28 – August 1 (two teams will qualify)
  • Cup 3: August 11 – August 15 (three teams will qualify)

For all the information you need to follow the action, including complete tournament rules, click here.

GCDTV
The GCDTV [(G)lobal (C)ool(D)own TV] tournament is hosted by DMachine and cast by Arena veterans Breaker (subtlety Rogue), Supatease (restoration/balance Druid), and Venruki (three-time BlizzCon competitor).

  • GCDTV is set to resume their weekly tournaments on August 21 at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT / 3:00 a.m. CEST.

You can catch all of the action on the GCDTV Twitch channel, sign up to playcatch up on previous tournament VoDs here, and follow their official GCDTV Twitter feed to stay up to date on all of the action.

Twink Cup – July 31-August 2
The Twink Cup is a level 19 tournament with a $7,000 prize pool. For all the details on this event, head over to http://bisnation.net/forums/topic/2015-twink-cup-planningdiscussion/. You can also follow Twink Cup on Twitter and Twitch.

ESL WoW (EU)
The Electronic Sports League continues to bring the weekend WoW action on:

For more information, head over to the ESL news site, and don’t forget to follow ESL on Twitch and Twitter.

Bonus Weekend Events in WoW

July 31 – August 3 – Warlords of Draenor Dungeons Bonus

August 7 – August 10 – Pet Battle Bonus Event

August 14 – August 17 – Burning Crusade Timewalking

August 21 – August 4 – Apexis Bonus Event

August 28 – August 31 – Arena Skirmish Bonus

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Warcraft Art Updates

New Blizzard Art

We've added another piece to our World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Art gallery. Have a look at stunning artwork that reveal an all-new look at the wonders of the Warcraft universe.

New World of Warcraft Comic

Last but not least, we've added a new community comic to our gallery submitted by Aaron M Castricone .

Send us your comics by the end of each month to be considered. Don’t tarry; eternal fame for your art are only a few panels away!

Draenor Dungeons Bonus Event July 31 – August 3

Through the end of the day on Monday, it’s a fine time to venture into Draenor dungeons, as this week’s Bonus Event rewards you with reputations gains when you defeat dungeon enemies on Heroic and Mythic difficulties.

Make sure to pick up the event-only quest Emissary of War in your Garrison before you head out. It rewards an Iron Fleet Treasure Chest (containing one Hellfire Citadel Heroic quality item) that you won’t want to pass up.

Earlier this week, we asked you to choose your favorite boss encounter in Draenor dungeons. Cast your vote here!

Get Ready for gamescom 2015!

Blizzard’s gearing up for another epic gamescom this year! From August 5-9, we’ll be providing plenty of entertainment at our biggest booth to date in Hall 7 of the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany.

The highlight of the show will happen on the Blizzard stage on Thursday, August 6 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, when we unveil the next expansion for World of Warcraft! Catch it in person or via live stream at www.blizzgc.com.

We’ll have four packed days of activities around all of our games. You can experience everything from competitive gameplay to developer signing sessions, from our famous costume and dance contests to live music—including a special performance from Video Games Live! There are prizes to be won in live quizzes each day, as well as our costume and dance contests. Want to show off your moves? Sign up at the booth! Be sure to check out the below tabs for all the game-specific activities, and visit the website for a full stage schedule.

Of course you’ll also get hands-on play time with our games. Hearthstone will be available on PC and tablet, including some new cards from the upcoming expansion, The Grand Tournament. You can battle it out in Heroes of the Storm, and try out Overwatch for the first time in Europe. Experience StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and its new co-operative mode, Allied Commanders, and fight the formidable Iron Horde in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

You’ll also have loads of photos opportunities at our booth, including statues and weapon props used in the upcoming Warcraft movie! Share your Blizzard at gamescom experience on social media using the #BlizzGC2015 hashtag, and your post may appear on our dedicated site.

To pick up a souvenir, including some exclusive items, stop by the Blizzard shop in Hall 5. Stay tuned for more details on the shop in the coming days.

And if you can’t be at gamescom in person, be sure to watch our live-streamed show each evening for exclusive content, developer interviews, and more. Tune in to www.blizzgc.com at 18:00 CEST Thursday-Saturday, and at 17:00 CEST on Sunday.

  • Fight against the formidable Iron Horde in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
  • See top guilds battling it out in live raids and racing through Challenge Mode dungeons
  • Show us your moves in the World of Warcraft dance contest
  • Representing the World of Warcraft development team: Executive Producer J. Allen Brack, Game Director Tom Chilton, Creative Director Alex Afrasiabi, and Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas
  • See the next expansion unveiled on Thursday, August 6 at 18:00 CEST
  • Watch the live-streamed show on Sunday, August 9 at 17:00 CEST, featuring exclusive World of Warcraft content and developer interviews
  • Try out StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, with the new co-operative mode, Allied Commanders, playable for the first time
  • See pro players display their skills in show matches
  • Representing the StarCraft II development team: Senior Game Designer David Kim and Lead Game Producer Tim Morten
  • Watch the live-streamed show on Saturday, August 8 at 18:00 CEST, featuring exclusive Legacy of the Void content and developer interviews
  • Lead Character Artist Paul Warzecha will bring the world of Sanctuary to life with live 3D modelling exhibitions on our main stage
  • Play Hearthstone on PC and tablet, including some new cards from the upcoming expansion, The Grand Tournament
  • See some of your favorite Hearthstone personalities, including Kripparrian, sling cards in show matches at our booth
  • Representing the Hearthstone development team: Executive Producer Hamilton Chu, Senior Game Designer Mike Donais, and Senior Director of Business Operations Walter Kong
  • Watch the live-streamed show on Friday, August 7 at 18:00 CEST, featuring exclusive Hearthstone content and developer interviews
  • Battle it out in Blizzard’s new team brawler of heroic proportions, with a few surprises
  • See some of your favorite YouTubers clash in show matches
  • Representing the Heroes of the Storm development team: Game Director Dustin Browder and Lead Game Producer Kaeo Milker
  • Watch the live-streamed show on Friday, August 7 at 18:00 CEST, featuring exclusive Heroes of the Storm content and developer interviews
  • Try out Blizzard’s upcoming team-based shooter, playable for the first time in Europe
  • See Overwatch cosplayers display their creations
  • Representing the Overwatch development team: Game Director Jeff Kaplan, VFX Supervisor Jeff Chamberlain, Senior Game Designer Michael Chu, and Senior Game Producer Matthew Hawley
  • Watch the live-streamed show on Saturday, August 8 at 18:00 CEST, featuring exclusive Overwatch content and developer interviews

Patch 6.2: Fury of Hellfire Wallpapers Available

We’ve got a fresh batch of wallpaper images that celebrate Patch 6.2.

Patch 6.2: Fury of Hellfire brought Tanaan Jungle, Shipyards, Hellfire Citadel, Weekly Bonus Events, and much more to World of Warcraft. We hope one of the sizes below suits your needs.



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