Illidan Novel Cover Art Sneak Peek & BlizzCon Signing

As previously announced, Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC are partnering to bring you some great new novels, including World of Warcraft: Illidan written by William King (coming in March 2016).

Today, we’re pleased to share with you a first look at the cover art.

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If you’re heading to BlizzCon, William King will be signing cover art posters at the following times and locations. Please make sure to stop by, say hello, and welcome him to the Blizzard family!

Random House Booth

Friday, November 6
12:00-1:00PM
3:30-4:30PM

Saturday, November 7
10:00-11:00AM
5:00-6:00PM

Blizzard Signing Area

Friday, November 6
5:00-6:00PM

Saturday, November 7
2:00- 3:00 PM

To preorder your copy of Illidan, head over to http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/535580/.

2015 Pumpkin Contest Winners

The winners of this year's pumpkin-carving contest have been chosen -- and they're monstrously spectacular. We'd like to thank everyone who participated this year, and we can't wait to see your mad scientist skills in action again next time around. Check out all of the creepy, incredible, and creative winning pumpkins here.

This Month in WoW – November 2015

It’s a big month! A little gathering called BlizzCon will pack November to the brim with World of Warcraft revelations, announcements, videos to watch, new goodies to acquire, and the pinnacle of WoW esports. You’re not going to want to miss November!

In-Game Events

Day of the Dead [November 1-3]

Can you feel it? The spirit world draws close during the Day of the Dead. This is why we decorate the graves of our dearly departed with flowers and candles and offerings: to welcome them back, even if only for a time.

Purchase some Orange Marigolds from Chapman and use them to see the otherwise invisible spirits waiting in graveyards. Bake (or buy) some Bread of the Dead and give it to a Cheerful Spirit to kick off the Grateful Dead quest and unlock a new pet, the Macabre Marrionette – which you can only get during this event.

Darkmoon Faire Returns [November 1-7]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on November 1, 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. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.

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. Get in that cannon!

WoW’s 11th Anniversary [November 23]
The World of Warcraft Anniversary celebrates Azeroth's heroes dedication to protecting and preserving their world. Whether you are an honorable Tauren, a brawny Orc, a crafty Gnome, or a resourceful Human, we appreciate your continued support! We hope to see you around for many years to come!

Pilgrim’s Bounty [November 23-30]
Even during hard times, the Pilgrim’s Bounty celebration emerges across the lands of Azeroth, bringing with it the opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the nourishment the land has provided. This season is the perfect occasion to brush up on your cooking skills while sharing in a veritable cornucopia of delicious offerings found on the communal dining tables located outside capital cities. There’s also no better time to go on a wild turkey hunt, or, should wild turkeys prove too elusive, transform friend and foe into tasty turkey targets.

It's a time for reflecting on your journeys and good fortune and sharing plentiful food and stories with friends. You can partake in wonderful Pilgrim's Bounty feasts near major towns by sitting at a Bountiful Table and enjoying the food!

World of Warcraft Esports

Road to BlizzCon: WoW Arena World Championship

The time has come. This is it. BlizzCon is where you’ll get to watch the Global Finals of the World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena World Championship. One team will stand victorious and take home the lion’s share of a $250,000 prize pool and the title of BlizzCon 2015 Arena champions.

The Opening Week action begins at 1:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 30, and continues at that same time on Saturday, October 31. The final rounds at BlizzCon get underway as Noon PST on Friday, November 6, and continue at 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, November 7. Be sure to tune in to our free live stream on the official BlizzCon website.

Bonus Events

November 4-9: Draenor Dungeon Bonus Event
November 11-16: Pet Battle Bonus Event
November 18-23: Burning Crusade Bonus Event
November 25-30: Apexis Bonus Event

Last Month In WoW

Among the many interesting happenings in October, we couldn’t help but take special notice of the annual Running of the Gnomes. Event organizer Dravvie tells us that over 2400 people gathered on the Scarlet Crusade (NA) realm, created new Gnome characters, and then ran from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay. From there, they all went on to Orgrimmar. Check out these pictures of the event:


Along the way, over $3,400 was raised for the Cleveland Clinic’s Cancer Program. That’s impressive! Our thanks go out to everyone who sent in a heads up about it.

What’s happening in November that you’d like us to highlight? Let us know in the comments below.

Active Adventurer Appreciation Campaign

In thanks for your dedicated service to the world of Vana'diel, we will be giving special in-game gifts to those with an active PlayOnline/FINAL FANTASY XI subscription via a SQUARE ENIX account during the period of Tuesday, September 1 to Saturday, October 31.

* Thursday, November 5: details regarding the item distribution schedule has been added.

Read on for details.

World of Warcraft News

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BlizzCon® Charity Auction for Children’s Hospital of Orange County

This BlizzCon®, add some epic artwork to your personal stash—and support a great cause in the process! Beginning Wednesday, November 4 through Friday, November 13, we’ll be hosting a special online BlizzCon Charity Auction via eBay, featuring original Blizzard art, unique memorabilia, and other cool collectibles from our games. You’ll have a chance to score some awesome new loot for your collection, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s).

For more information and to get a preview of the items you’ll be able to bid on, visit our new BlizzCon 2015 Charity Auction page—then make sure to come back when the Auction House opens on November 4.

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World of Warcraft Dell XPS Laptop Signed by Ozzy Osbourne Hellscream Sketch by Chris Metzen

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Giant Crimson Whelpling Plush

In order to participate in this year’s auction, you’ll need to set up an eBay account—head to www.ebay.com now to get a head start. If you already have an account, you may want to update your contact and payment information before the auction gets underway.