Wow Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Wow RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to Fix WoW Legion App Not Connecting After Patch 7.2 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:48:06 -0400 ESpalding

More often than not, whenever there is an update or patch to a game, something always gets messed around a bit. Even the folks at Blizzard sometimes have problems after patching their game.

This happened recently when World of Warcraft: Legion got patch 7.2. Soon after the patch was downloaded, players started flooding to the forums to say that the WoW: Legion companion app on their mobile devices wouldn't connect.

So, in case this happened you, here is a simple and brief guide to get you going again. Luckily, the solution to this issue is pretty simple. So in just a few minutes your companion app should be up and running. 

How to Fix Connection Issues With the WoW Legion App (Patch 7.2)

All it takes to solve the problem is removing and reinstalling the app:

  • Delete the app from your phone
  • Reinstall the app from your app store
  • Reset the password to your account and log back in

Yep! It is as simple as that! 

Before you get back into the app, though, you will need to make sure that you have the app set to the right region. When reinstalled, the app will automatically reset to US region. So if you are in Europe, for example, and you don't change the region, the character selection list will show up blank.

The Broken Isles are in the palm of your hand

The Companion app was introduced in September 2016 and allows players to take care of certain in-game activities when they are away from their screens. The main purpose of the app is to:

  • Explore World Quests and World Events such as invasions and Broken Isle camp upgrades on the World Map
  • Manage followers, activating and deactivating them to make sure they are all leveled
  • Train exhausted recruits and find artifact research notes,
  • Start and complete class hall missions and change your combat ally
  • Research Order Hall upgrades.

Checking in on missions

Hope this guide was of help to you! It's a straightforward fix -- but if you don't know, then you don't know! In the meantime, take care out there in the Broken Isles. The Legion is coming in force and we all need to be prepared. If you want some extra help getting ready, check out the rest of our World of Warcraft guides as well. 

Disabled In Azeroth: The Evolution of Warcraft Accessibility Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:00:02 -0500 AbilityPowered

Many years ago, I started out on a grand adventure in World of Warcraft. My brother, my boyfriend at the time, and I made characters to check out Blizzard Entertainment's popular expansion, The Burning Crusade. I fell in love. I was running around doing a million things in the game that, due to having a progressive physical disability, I couldn't do in real life. It was freeing but just like other multiplayer game eventually I started having problems.

We were around level 20 and eventually a quest giver sent us into a dungeon called Blackfathom Deeps. We fought our way past bosses and enemy Naga. Everything was great until we came to a point where we needed to make a series of jumps to cross over water. Jumps? I played with only a mouse! How am I supposed to jump if I can't use the space bar? I watched as my party members jumped platform to platform with no problem. There I was stuck on jump 1. I tried getting a run and go with an onscreen keyboard and promptly fell into the water.

Eventually we came up with a plan. I used a command to follow one of my party members and let them run for me while I hit the jump button on my onscreen keyboard. Sometimes I made it, sometimes I didn't.

I never went to the dungeon with strangers because of it. What if I fell a lot? What if I couldn't follow anyone quick enough and got stuck? I get anxious just thinking about it! It was a problem for disabled gamers.

Fortunately, it no longer is

Before the launch of Warlords of Draenor a new detour was added. Now if you gather a party and head down to Blackfathom Deep there is something new to help bypass these. When one member of your party completes the jumps they can send a rope back across so no one else has to do it.

This is just one example of how Azeroth is continually evolving. Blizzard launched World of Warcraft 12 years ago yet still makes changes to the game to make it more accessible to more and more gamers.

In 2011, adventurers were excited to head into Firelands to defeated the newest raid encounter. What many didn't realize is disabled gamers were celebrating the addition of Move Pad. Move Pad is a directional pad added to the UI which allows players to move their character by pressing buttons on screen. It let disabled gamers move their character and cast without needing to press two keys simultaneously, something mouse only gamers were unable to do.

Additions haven't only been made to help movement issues some players struggled with. Before the launch of Legion a new bobber was found on fishing vendors in the beta realm -- called an Oversized Bobber. Instead of the normal tiny fishing bobber we have been using for years, now you can get a huge bobber that can easily be seen from far away. It was actually a request by a disabled gamer and now anyone who has vision impairments can easily see every bite they get while fishing!

Even as recently as with the latest patch 7.1 improvements, accessibility improvements continue to come to Azeroth. New macro conditionals were added that help players more easily cast spells which require you to target an area. Instead of having to click the spell, move the mouse to the area you want the spell to affect, and then click the ground, now players can make macros to cast the spell where the player is standing or where the mouse pointer is by pressing one button. This is especially important for gamers who play primarily with a keyboard only.

We live in a time where advocates are fighting and working hard to ensure video games are accessible to everyone by educating game developers on how to make games inclusive. Even when new games launch, some companies still leave out basic features such as button remapping, subtitles, and other accessibility options.

As a disabled gamer, I can't express how important it is to know a company is still working to keep it's game inclusive to everyone in its community. Especially in a game that just celebrated its 12th birthday.

Gaming for me is an escape to a world with little limitations. I can log on and play with my friends and we all have the same abilities. Knowing the Warcraft team is continually making changes to ensure everyone can enjoy these special memories and moments is why Azeroth will forever be a place for everyone. There is still much to be done, but Blizzard is constantly proving they are dedicated to ensure Azeroth accessibility is evolving for years to come.

World of Warcraft Legacy Server Nostalrius to Return on December 17th Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:04:04 -0500 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

Despite being shut down earlier this year, both PvP and PvE versions of the Nostalrius server will be relaunched under the title of Elysium on December 17th at 12pm EST.

All previous characters from Nostalrius will be preserved, and a fresh start server will be launched slightly afterwards for those interested in starting over. Additional information about the launch is coming later this week, according to the team's Twitter.

Perhaps the most famous and "Blizzard-like" of the World of Warcraft private servers, Nostalrius was at the centre of the legacy server discussion that has ensued this year. The shutdown sparked a large public outcry, demanding that Blizzard release an official legacy server or allow the fan-made server to continue.

The reasons for people desiring vanilla WoW servers are manifold, but the most common complaint is the idea of server community and identity. With the addition of many cross-server features in Warcraft, many players feel that this is now non-existent, whereas Nostalrius was able to offer this in its place.

Such a large outcry garnered an official response, and Blizzard reached out to the Nostalrius team to meet and discuss legacy servers with them. While the discussions went favourably, there have still been no official announcements of a Blizzard-backed legacy server, even at BlizzCon 2016.

As such, Nostalrius has chosen to make their move and re-open, combining with the existing Elysium private servers to restore their Blizzard-like vanilla server this month.

However, regardless of personal feelings on the subject, keep in mind that Blizzard was well within their rights to shut down the project when they did so. Despite being a non-profit project, Nostalrius has no claim to World of Warcraft, and use of code such as this absolutely must be followed up by Blizzard to preserve their trademark integrity.

Whatever kind of goodwill Nostalrius garnered with Blizzard over the recent discussions, they still have no claim to this and have no official backing from the company. As such, it's almost certain that Blizzard will act on this and issue another shutdown order, probably much sooner than later.

In addition, one could argue that the large outcry was made during Warlords of Draenor, arguably the least well-received expansion in WoW's history. By contrast, Legion is doing much better by most accounts, and has managed to maintain a more stable player count. So that may affect player backing of the server as well.

Whether this is the case or not, this won't stop Elysium from attempting to make their mark and start the debate anew. So, if you're interested in joining the community and experiencing legacy World of Warcraft for yourself, you can visit the Elysium Project's website and see what it's all about.

Where do you stand on the legacy server debate? Will you give Elysium a shot, either as an existing WoW player or a newcomer? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Gift Guide: Six Cute Clothing Ideas for the WoW Girl in Your Life Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:36:41 -0500 Justin Michael

World of Warcraft Alliance Knitted Striped Sweater

Rating: 4/5 (2 Reviews)


Price: $48.00


Buy it from: Blizzard Gear


Show your faction love and stay warm at the same time in this knit sweater (also in Horde). Reviews say that the sizes run large so keep that in mind when you order. 

World of Warcraft Bridal Wedding Garter Set

Rating: 5/5 (1000+ reviews)


Price: $16-22.00


Buy it from: Bella Diva Couture


Looking to take the plunge and ask your gamer gal to become your Player 2 for life? This wedding garter set*, which also comes in Alliance, is a subtle nod to your nerdiness.


*Item is Soulbound. 


Rating: None Available


Price: $54.99


Buy it from: J!NX


This custom Monk hoodie* is sure to keep your warrior warm even on the coldest of battles.


*Does not increase wearer's base stats.

World of Warcraft Ladies' Draenei Robe

Rating: None Available


Price: $130 / sale $69.99 at time of writing


Buy it from: ThinkGeek


this soft, cotton robe is perfect for a lazy day at home or a post-raid trip to the shower for your favorite Alliance fangirl. The horns and tail are included*.


*Care directions translated from Draenei,

Elf Armor Skater Dress

Rating: 5/5 (10 Reviews)


Price: $88.00


Buy it from: PopRageous


All the look of battle-ready armor* but in a comfy dress form, this Elf Armor inspired skater dress is sure to turn heads.


*Note does not actually increase wearer's armor rating.

Sylvanas Leggings by Wild Bangarang

Rating: None Available


Price: $55.00


Buy it from: Blizzard Gear


For the Horde! Give your gamer gal the comfort and style of raiding with these awesome leggings. These leggings feature a print of The Dark Lady herself, Sylvanas Windrunner, and are sure to become her favorite new lounging attire. 




Guys, I know your struggle when it comes to the holiday season and thinking of gifts for that special lady in your life. but, if your gamer gal is a World of Warcraft player then you, my friend are in luck. Our helpful staff here at GameSkinny, which totally isn't made up of robots slowly implementing SkyNet, did all the work in searching for WoW-themed gifts.


Here are 6 WoW-inspired articles of clothing that belong in your loved one's wardrobe, not the store shelf.

Say Hello to Your 2016 World of Warcraft Arena Champions Sat, 05 Nov 2016 13:40:27 -0400 Joshua Potter

European team Splyce took an amazing victory today in the Grand Finals for Blizzard's World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena Championship. This marks the 10th anniversary for Blizzard's own Blizzcon, and Splyce's second year in the World of Warcraft arena game.

North American team Method and Splyce both gave an amazing performance this year, bringing the finals all the way to a tight finish with both Method and Splyce with three wins each. Method fought tooth and nail, forcing Splyce to push everything they had at Paladin healer Cdew during their second match in a nail biting contest of attrition.

However as incredible as Cdew's performance was, it has a hard time stacking up against Splyce's own healer Boetar, who showed off his own Paladin skills in their final match against Method, hanging onto life by a bare thread to help secure the win for his team.

The final results: Splyce: 4 - Method NA: 3

Splyce, EU
  • Swapxy - Enhancement Shaman with 31.4m damage and 3.4m healing.
  • Boetar - Holy Paladin with 6.8m damage and 43.5m healing
  • Fabss - Demonology Warlock with 17.9m damage and 1.1m healing.
Method, NA
  • Cdew - Holy Paladin with 10m damage and 40.8m healing
  • Snutz - Shadow Priest with 15.8m damage and 10.5m healing
  • Bean - Feral Druid with 26.6m damage and 11.3m healing

Breakdown of results:

  • Splyce combined damage - 56.1m damage
  • Method combined damage - 52.4m damage
  • Splyce combined healing - 40m healing
  • Method combined healing - 62.6m healing

Even though Method had an overwhelming amount of healing on their team, Splyce was able to overcome their stall tactics with overwhelming coordination and burst from their Enhancement Shaman played by Swapxy.

This year has seen a large resurgence of interest in World of Warcraft, with the newest expansion Legion being very well received by fans. This tournament did a great job showing off World of Warcraft's competitive side, and hopefully is a portent of things to come for the game's competitive future.

WoW Legion: Balance and Class Changes in 7.1 Patch Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:41:41 -0400 StraightEdge434

World  of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.1, "Return to Karazhan", has been officially released today. The patch includes a number of updates like new dungeons, areas, quests, etc. This major update also included some class balance changes that will affect players. 

Here are the class balance changes that came with the 7.1 patch:

Death Knight:

  • Frost: Howling Blast damage increased by 50%.
  • Unholy: Death Coil damage increased by 50%.

Demon Hunter:

  • Agonizing Flames damage bonus to Immolation Aura reduced to 30% (was 50%).
  • Spirit Bomb healing from damage increased to 15% (was 10%).


  • Ysera's Gift will only heal party or raid members.
  • Activating Incarnation no longer triggers a global cooldown for any spec.


  • Posthaste now lasts 5 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Survival: Carve damage increased by 150%.


  • Arcane: Arcane Missles damage increased by 17%.
  • Fire: Pyroblast damage reduced by 6%.
  • Frost: Lonely Winter now increases the damage of affected spells by 25% (was 20%).


  • Effuse now heals for 250% of attack power (was 200%). 
  • Brewmaster Monks now gain 15% additional Armor from gear.
  • Mistweaver: Soothing Mist now heals for 64% of spell power per tick (was 55%).


  • Holy: Light’s Hammer now costs 35% of base mana (was 40%).
  • Retribution: Blade of Wrath has been redesigned: (Passive) Your auto attacks have a chance to reset the cooldown of Blade of Justice.
  • Protection: Bastion of Light now has a 2-minute cooldown (was 3 minutes).


  • Disciple: Clarity of Will’s cast time is now 2.0 seconds (was 2.5 seconds).
  • Holy: Divinity now lasts 6 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Shadow: Arcane Torrent now generates 15 Insanity.


  • Kingsbane now generates 1 combo point.
  • The cast time for all Assassination poisons has been reduced to 1.5 seconds (was 3 seconds).


  • Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, and Feral Spirits now all have totem timers.
  • Torrent now provides a 30% bonus to Riptide’s initial heal (was 40%).


  • Affliction: Unstable Affliction damage increased by 5%.
  • Demonology: Demonic Empowerment now increases health by 20% (was 50%).


  • Fury: Raging Blow damage increased by 8%
  • Fury: Execute damage increased by 8%
  • Enrage now increases damage taken by 20% (was 30%)

Of course, those are just some of the updates. There are many more updates for the above classes, as well as other classes.

Some other updates include the introduction of the Kazahan Mythic Dungeon, where players can make a party of up to five, and try to face eight different bosses on Mythic Difficulty.

For the entire list of updates, check out the official patch 7.1 notes to learn more. 

World of Warcraft: Legion player has claimed to have reached the max level Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:31:21 -0400 David Martinez_1224

Players of the World of Warcraft series need to have a special kind of dedication if they want to be the best. Well, it turns out that a player of World of Warcraft: Legion, has reached max cap level in under five hours and twenty eight minutes. The unnamed player dedicated his time to exploring in World of Warcraft, and is now an impressive level 110.

The evidence for this was accomplished via live-stream on The only actual name available is the player's Twitch username, Fragnance. Eurogamer has also reported that Fragnance is still streaming the game, anxious to get his shadow priest up to level 110 as well. The character he used to reach level 110 with was the demon hunter, a newly introduced class from the last expansion pack. The name he used for the demon hunter was Sicklikeme.

Despite the game launching only yesterday, that hasn't stopped this hardcore player from reaching a high max level. Time will only tell if other players will pass him or at least catch up to him.

Keep Order in Your Order Hall with World of Warcraft: Legion's Companion App Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:18:19 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

World of Warcraft: Legion only released a week ago, but there's already new content coming out in the form of a companion app for iOS and Android. Simply called World of Warcraft: Legion Companion the app offers services that will allow you to remotely access and control your character's Order Hall without needing to access your computer. This is a boon for players at work or away from home for long periods of time who want to be able to keep on top of the time based missions available in Legion.

The app promises to allow players access to all the important features of the Order Hall. You can access, select and even change your Order research, which allows you to gain special benefits in game for various aspects of the game. Additionally, you will also be able to recruit new minions and followers and assign them and your Champions to the various missions on your Scouting Map. Any rewards you receive will be automatically deposited into your character's inventory when you log in next time.

An added feature outside of Order Hall is exclusive to players who have achieved level 110. After completing a quest to unlock special content known as World Quests you can view what World Quests are available on the map. Legion's companion app will allow you to remotely access this map and see what World Quests are currently available in game. This is great for players looking to find a particular World Quest or just want to stay informed about what's available to them at any given time.

World of Warcraft: Legion is available now on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. World of Warcraft: Legion Companion will be available starting Tuesday September 6th on iOS and Android, free of charge.

Alliance or Horde? Decorate your home with these World of Warcraft Items Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:00:01 -0400 Kat De Shields

World of Warcraft: Legion is out and old and new players alike are merrily questing, battling and resurrecting away. We hope you're happily leveling your character(s). If your home decor is in need of some leveling, we did the grinding for you and found some sweet decorations to spruce up your living space. Whether you yell "For the Horde" to start your morning or bleed Alliance blue, we got you covered. Oh, and all of these items are less than $50. 

WoW Engraved Glasses 

Be it refreshing spring water, mead, elixirs or potions, represent your faction with each swig you take. 

WoW Stainless Steel Coasters

The perfect addition to the set of etched glasses you just purchased, defend your coffee table from those water rings with some awesome stainless steel coasters. 

WoW Word Art Print Set

Pledge your allegiance to no one or switch back and forth? Well, now you can have the best of both words with these typographical art prints. It includes the names of Horde/Alliance cities and races and memorable in-game quotes from characters and NPCs. Please note, the frame is not included. 

WoW Vinyl Record Wall Clock

Combine your love for all things vintage and WoW with this hand-cut clock made from an old vinyl record. It might help you keep track of all the hours you spend raiding with your guild. This item ships from the Ukraine, so expect longer shipping times. Bummer, right?

WoW Car Decals

Why stop at your home? Let the world know that you're both a World of Warcraft fan. Just know that the chances of you getting cut off in traffic increase exponentially should someone not approve of your faction. 

Bonus Item: WoW Trivial Pursuit 

Flex against your enemy faction in a battle of the mind. Prove to your friends and family that you know World of Warcraft lore, loot and locations like no other with this WoW themed trivia game. 

We'd love to know what faction you represent. Let us know in the comments! 

I’m always looking for new awesome products, so please send me your favorites at

World of Warcraft Legion Pre-Launch Continues: Demon Hunters, Broken Shore, and Invasions Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:27:20 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

Were you prepared? Today, August 9th, marks the next step in the World of Warcraft: Legion pre-launch event. Demon Hunters, Broken Shore, and Invasions have all gone live on World of Warcraft's servers. As long as you have pre-purchased Legion digitally through you will have access to all of these features, with some minor restrictions.

In order to begin playing as a Demon Hunter, you must have a character that is at least level 70 on that particular realm. This is not much of a setback, however, seeing as pre-purchasing Legion offers you a one-time boost for any character to level 100, allowing you to bypass the requirement with ease. Once that requirement is met, you simply need to return to the character select screen and create your new Demon Hunter. It is worth noting that this requirement must be met on every realm you wish to play Demon Hunter. This means that if you have friends on several different realms with whom you would like to play Demon Hunter with, you'll need a level 70 on each of those realms.

Broken Shore also has a prerequisite for entry. In order to begin the quest leading you to Broken Shore, you must be playing a character of at least level 98. This is, once again, not a problem for players who have pre-purchased Legion and used their free level 100 character boost. However, it is worth noting that freshly created Demon Hunters will not participate in this part of the event. Demon Hunters will receive their own story and quests to teach them about their character and get caught up on the events transpiring at the beginning of Legion.

There is a way for even low level players and players who have not pre-purchased Legion to participate in the fun. Demon Invasions have begun popping up all over World of Warcraft. These invasions are available to everyone who is at least level 10, however it is recommended you be at least level 70. You can find the invasions in the following zones around Azeroth.

  • Azshara
  • Dun Morogh
  • Hillsbrad Foothills
  • Northern Barrens
  • Tanaris
  • Westfall

World of Warcraft: Legion launches on August 30th and you can get caught up with all the events and news surrounding it here on GameSkinny.

Blizzard releases "Harbingers: Illidan" short just in time for Legion's release Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:17:38 -0400 Sean Handler

Just in time for World of Warcraft's newest expansion Legion comes a brand new animated video in the "Harbingers" series. This one focuses on none other than Illidan, the central character of the Legion expansion and his attack on the demon lord Azgoth along with a group of newly created Demon Hunters. 

We are introduced to a young female elf and we see how the Burning Legion made her life hell, killing her family and spurring her to make the decision to become a Demon Hunter. As this image shows, becoming a Demon Hunter is a painful process, certainly not for the faint of heart. 

"You wish to know the difference between demons and us?" Is the main question asked in this animated short.The answer is not given lightly, and takes a difficult lesson to learn. 

This video acts as an introduction to what will become the Demon Hunter class in Legion as well as a fantastic piece of new lore. Viewers learn why the Demon Hunters wear the blindfolds, and we see just what they are capable of in combat. The art-style of the animation feels rather like a comic book, or perhaps a manga given the softer lines and muted color scheme. It also gives Illidan some much-needed characterization beyond a man seeking vengeance. He is shown as empathetic towards his Illidari, his warrior group. 

As seen above, Illidan cuts a striking figure in this animation style alongside his Illidari. It was quite thrilling to watch the combat between the Demon Hunters and the monstrous creatures they faced. It is a very cinematic piece despite being only a few minutes long. However it does what it sets out to do; develop the backstory of the Legion expansion and show off what its newest class can bring to the table. 

Overall, Blizzard does a great job with this animated work, showing off beautiful animation and character designs. The voice acting is also top-notch, with Liam O'Brian reprising his role as Illidan Stormrage. It feels good to hear that voice again, as Illidan hasn't been a major focus of World of Warcraft in a long time. It's great to see an iconic character also become the major player in the Legion expansion pack. 

 What do you think about the newest "Harbingers" short? Let me know in the comments!

Returning WoW players' pre-Legion guide - Part 2: PVP Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:39:35 -0400 Chrisator

Having covered PVE's state of affairs last week, it's time to turn our attention to the other side of town: PVP -- or as I'd like to call it, Gnome killing party!

PVP hasn't really seen a whole lot of love this expansion. In fact, there haven't been any new Battlegrounds, nor any major changes to speak of. This is, of course, offset by Legion's massive PVP changes, but as things stand PVP is losing its popularity among the WoW playerbase.

Warmongering Gladiators

The current season provides Conquest gear at ilvl 710, which turns into 740 in PVP combat, and Honor gear at ilvl 700, which turns into ilvl 730 in PVP, and is identical to last season's Conquest gear. Considering how late it is in the season, you'd have a cap above 35,000 Conquest when you start, which is far more than you'd need for a full set of Conquest gear.


Ashran has seen quite a few updates and fixes, that have made the world PVP zone far more balanced and enjoyable. The weekly quest, Ashran Dominance, awards a Strongbox which contains an off-set tier piece -- Chest, Gloves, Helm, Legs and Shoulders without the set bonus -- and gives you 750 Conquest.

You also get a chance for some loot with every event you win, as well as a chance on an epic with every boss kill. However, as we'll get to later on, besides the weekly Strongbox, there isn't much of a need to farm Ashran for gear.

Bonus events

There are two PVP focused weekend bonus events that take place every few weeks, and they are especially helpful for gearing your character up. The Arena Skirmish event triples the honor you receive from Skirmishes, provides you Conquest for every win, and the weekly quest also gives you 500 extra Conquest (and Valor) for 10 Skirmish wins.

The Battleground bonus event triples the Honor you get from Battlegrounds, awards extra Conquest for your first win, and Conquest for every win thereafter, as well as the 500 Conquest and Valor, all for 4 measly BG wins.

Rated Battlegrounds

Rated Battlegrounds are slightly less popular than they once were; however, with the Premade Group function in the PVP pane, you can pretty much find an RBG anytime you want.


RBGs also provide you with the chance for a second Epic Strongbox (identical to the Ashran one) once a week, after 3 RBG wins. You receive this quest as soon you enter your first RBG of the week.

Additionally, RBGs now provide 600 Conquest per win, up from 400, and considering the ease of finding groups, can make a decent source for Conquest.


Not much has changed with regards to arenas this season unfortunately. Some classes have regained their strength in 3s, but apart from that things are pretty much the same. The only real change is the increased Conquest gained per win, from 180 to 270.


Battlegrounds, just like Ashran, have seen some serious improvements in queue times, making most queues no longer than a minute or two. There has also been minor bug fixes for some of the annoying bugs that used to take place in base maps (especially Eye of the Storm)

This has also made gearing up through Battlegrounds much faster. In fact, getting a premade group of 5 players which includes a couple of Healers, a Rogue, and a decent ranged DPS would be the best way to farm your Honor gear, as well some nice Conquest points.

You also get a nifty Strongbox depending on your performance in a BG - Gold, Silver or Bronze - and these boxes can contain anything from Honor and Conquest, to actual Honor gear, with the Gold having the highest chances. So, the more you win, the faster you get geared.

And that about wraps up our PVP portion of this guide series. Considering the fact that the current season contained almost no real class changes, there really isn't a whole lot you'd need to catch up on before you can start scalping those Trolls and getting stunlocked by them Rogues.

If you have any question on anything PVP related that wasn't mentioned in this guide, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

How to tell your Girlfriend and friends what Raiding is Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:32:55 -0400 Chrisator

As anyone who’s ever played an MMORPG knows, it's hard to explain exactly what you’re doing for those 3-4 hours a day you spend locked on to your screen, headset on your head, smashing those keys and yelling at your screen. Saying the word "raiding" just doesn't suffice. But that’s what we’re here for! To set the record straight. So just pass this article to your special someone, friends, or even your parents, and let us take care of the rest.

Now, this’ll certainly have to be more than just a simple introduction to raiding. You don’t just want to know why your dorky friend/partner/child (let’s just call him Dan from now on, shall we?) spends all that time playing an MMORPG, but you'll also need to know what sets a game like World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls Online, or Guild Wars 2 apart from all other video games.

Teamwork: It's not a sport, but it is an eSport


Something that any first year psychology student will learn is that people function better in a group. But, with the fast-paced world that most of us live in, this basic tribal need can't be achieved in the old-fashioned way. And therein lies the biggest appeal in raiding. You get together in a group, get assigned varying roles and responsibilities, and are expected to perform them well -- or you let the entire team down.

The carrot and the stick: Loot vs. wipes

Now while the inherent point of raiding might lie in social and tribal needs, the carrot and stick formula of punishment and reward is what keeps people going. You get together in a group, do the thing, and when the thing is done (i.e. the 'boss' is dead) you get a shiny new piece of loot, which you can then wear on your in game avatar.

The point of this piece of loot? It makes you stronger, so that you can kill bigger, badder bosses. Those bigger, badder bosses in turn give you better loot, which you then use to kill the biggest baddest boss of the raid.

You might be wondering where the stick lies in this function. Well, the stick is the countless excruciating hours you have to spend 'wiping' -- basically dying as a group -- before you perfect the mechanics that require you to kill the boss.

Competition - Another itch that raids scratch

Now if you're a smart cookie (and let's face it, you're reading this super complex guide, so you must be!) you'll be thinking to yourself "so what happens after you kill the biggest baddest monsters in all of the land?"

Astute deduction skills, dear reader. The answer to that is, of course, competition. As you can see in the image below, there is a whole website dedicated to ranking the top guilds (basically groups of people who raid together on a weekly basis) based on who kills the biggest baddest boss in each raid first. Earning these rankings is competitive on both a global level, as well as a local level, based on the server (or realm) each guild is placed on.

On top of the rankings, guilds sometimes finish content within hours of each other, making the competition for world first very tough.

New content -- the new shot of heroin that 'Dan' needs

To keep raiders coming back for more, especially the greedy and competitve bunch who kill the biggest baddest bosses as soon as nerdly humanly possible, they come up with new 'patches' of content which basically introduce a whole new set of bosses, who drop a whole new set of shiny loot, which you'd need to kill for a whole new set of epeen (ask Dan what that means).

And that is also why our lovely Dan might have to spend a little more time raiding when a new patch comes out, so that he can grow his epeen even further.

On a more serious note, what's the point to all this

Now you might be thinking to yourself, this does seem just like an another game, albeit at a much more complex level. And essentially, you'd be right. But raiding and the systems that surround it are so much more than that.

First and foremost, they give a sense of camaraderie and belonging that some people don't find outside sports and the Armed Forces. Secondly, they teach a whole lot of useful life lessons. I'm not kidding here -- reaction time, strategizing, min/maxing (maximizing performance and minimizing unnecessary hindrances), social skills, teamwork, time management, responsibility, and a whole lot more.

In fact, getting into most of the semi-hardcore guilds requires some form of application process which directly reflects a CV, where a raider needs to cite their previous experience, their intentions, their desires in the games, and often go through a great deal of scrutiny before being accepted. If that isn't a great entry test for the job market, I don't know what is.

Some cautionary tales

Raiding isn't all rainbows and butterflies either though. So if you notice Dan seems to get angrier rather than happier after a raid, he might be experiencing what can only be described as a shitty raidleader. I'll leave the explanation to the video below:

Concluding remarks

So, now that you realize what exactly it is that motivates Dan to spend all those countless hours in a week glued to his computer screen, maybe you'll stay away just a little bit and not ask him for extra affection during raid hours. In fact, since most guilds have a set time and weekly schedule for raids, you could probably find out when Dan raids, and spend that time doing something fun for yourself...Like, I dunno, playing some video games?

If you liked this little guide do share and like it, and let us know if you have any other reasons for raiding, or funny experiences of telling your friends what raiding is, in the comments section below.

5 Takeaways from the Warcraft Live Stream Event Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:18:25 -0400 Ray Hachey

In case you missed it, Blizzard Entertainment held a massive, multi-platform media event on June 6th to talk about Warcraft and the Warcraft movie. The red carpet (black, actually) was unrolled in front of the Chinese Mann Theater in Hollywood, and 27,000 fans joined in on the event via Twitch. In addition, Facebook allowed fans to post questions for the cast and crew, while a Twitter event was held an hour earlier.

We have distilled the 2 and a half hour event into five nuggets of wisdom that may interest you enough to go back to Twitch and watch the event yourself.

The countdown is on!

1. Fans don't care about the critics.

Over and over, the guests on the black carpet unequivocally supported the Warcraft movie. They demanded that World of Warcraft players see the movie multiple times to enable the making of a second and even a third movie.

The least enthusiastic statement of support was as follows:

"I'm hoping it doesn't suck."

-- Ben "Leeroy Jenkins" Schulz, who now plays Overwatch.

2. No one actually knows how long this movie has been in development.

Even the hosts' estimates varied widely, probably because the announcement of the movie was first made in May 2006. 

3. Best quote by a Warcraft cast member

This one is a tie.

An inspiring and heroic line from Toby Kebbell who plays Durotan in the film:

"You can only be brave if you do the thing that scares you the most."

And this comical, adlibbed line from Daniel Wu, who plays Gul'Dan (a bad guy) in the film:

"It's hard to look tough on set in a blue onesie with balls on it."

4. Content creators are celebrities.

The first hour of the broadcast was a steady stream of familiar names, if not faces, from YouTubers, Twitch stars, cosplayers and "Warcraft nerds in general" (Jesse Cox). The excitement in the hosts' voices as they met these internet stars was palpable.

Jamie Lee Curtis loves cosplay!

5. WoW fans care about lore.

Another common thread in the interviews and behind-the-scenes videos was speculation about how the movie may alter the lore that players of WoW have come to know so well. No spoilers here, but pay attention to how Gorona is portrayed in the movie, and then compare that her backstory in the Legion expansion.

If these brief snapshots of the event interest you, you can visit the Twitch channel and soak up some Warcraft positive energy yourself. You can learn some secrets to effective cosplay, discover some prime raid dungeons from the game's best players, and perhaps be inspired to dust off your account and get back into the game!

The 6 Craziest Modes of Transport in Games Sat, 04 Jun 2016 16:23:00 -0400 Pierre Fouquet


Transportation: M35 Mako

Game: Mass Effect

Who remembers the Mako? Everyone does I'm sure.


This monster of a vehicle starts bouncing around at the mere mention of a bump, shaking the occupants of the vehicle up. With suspension made out of the most rubbery of rubber, the Mako wants to kill by bouncing the people inside it to death. It wants to fly, using its jump jets, which rocket the vehicle into spirals -- the Mako sometimes lands on it's roof. It also has a cannon on the top of it, fire that at the wrong time and it will flip you about.


All of this, and the Mako has an element zero core, allowing it to change mass. The Mako doesn't only want to remove life from the occupants but also anyone else.


The Mako is the craziest mode of transport around, as it simply never stops buffeting. It always wants to shake everyone up, no matter what it does.


Well, that was a crazy ride! Gaming has no shortage of mad ways to get about, and these are top of that pile. From the real world, to the fantastical, if you want to get around and make a statement gaming lets you.


What is the craziest mode of transport you have come across in games?


Transportation: Depleted-Kyparium Rocket

Game: World of Warcraft

It says it right there, "rocket". While rocket doesn't mean it's a missile, going up to space with rockets is crazy enough for me, so riding one around is absurd.


Let's talk about where the mount [insert expletive] do you sit? Sitting in the middle will get your legs burnt off, and sitting on the back can only destabilize the rocket. That's leaves us with the front, which doesn't look very fun.


We are left with an uncontrollable rocket, which could explode at anytime, with stabilizing fins that don't look to be of much use, and with no where to sit, this is one crazy ride. It's not a question of IF, it's a question of when you will die from riding this rocket mount.


Next up is the craziest mode of transport in games. We move into the far future for this one.


Transportation: Skells

Game: Xenoblade Chronicles X

Skells are pilotable mechs. They can run, drive, and fly. They're Transformable and that means that if something falls off, the transformation can no longer happen correctly. Why would you pilot something that can no longer perform properly if it get's damaged?


Skells can fly, if a module get's slapped to them. This equates to rockets stuck to their shoulders. When they do fly, do they have wings? If the flimsy looking flaps count as wings then yes, but on the crazy scale they are about half way.


A Skell won't directly try to kill you, but flying without good wings, and fear of death via damage when trying to transform launches a Skell to 4th.


Next up, we find out way back to Azeroth, hopefully not flying using a Skell -- because the next WoW mount might cause some damage.


Transportation: Kor'kron Juggernaut

Game: World of Warcraft

While technically not living, this WoW mount is still a scorpion made of metal. A bug -- somewhat -- with many implements of death -- one of which is directly behind your head. Created by Garrosh Hellscream, this scorpion robotic creation will make you scream -- to hell and back.


With a drill, serrated disk saw, and laser tail directly behind the riders head, this WoW mount will kill you of it's own volition, by accident, and is a scorpion -- you know they kill stuff right?


We take a break from Azeroth for the next less-than-sane pick.


Transportation: Silt Strider

Game: The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

While a car isn't alive, it can't actively rip your head off, it's not quite as crazy as riding a bug. A Silt Strider is a logistical transport vessel, as well as a people moving mobile. It's also a giant bug.


Native to the lands of Morrowind, they were almost wiped out by a natural disaster, but thanks to the Dunmer (Elves) -- the only ones who want to ride these massive beasts -- they are still alive and carrying everyone's burdens.


Silt Striders are rideable, living bugs, why would you want to use them? Crazy Dunmer! But as they are not hostile; they are not crazier than our next vessel of conveyance, where we move over to the lands of Azeroth -- it will not be the only one either.


Transportation: Rallycross (RX) Supercar

Game: Dirt Rally

The least crazy mode of transportation is any of the Rallycross Supercars. These monsters of any surface are not ordinary cars, they are 600bhp rockets with 900Nm of torque. This is enough pulling power to drag a Boeing 747 around.


The 600bhp, combined with AWD, allows an RX Supercar to shoot off the line faster than any F1 car -- in fact faster than almost every single car on the planet. The 0-60 MPH is around 1.9 seconds, depending on the car setup, and driver.


When you take into account that there are no electronic assists for the driver to fall back on, an RX Supercar definitely wants to rip your head off.


And next on the list, a much slower, but crazier mode of transport.


We all need to get places, some prefer the humble train, but others just want to show off and use their own private helicopter. Then you come to the modes of transport in this list, they are so crazy and ridiculous that their users can only be out of their minds.


From the real world, to the fantasy realm of Azeroth, the following list will take you through the craziest modes of transport known to any being. Some want to eat you, some are simply made of every horse, some bounce at the slightest mention of a pebble, and there is even one which would blast you into all of the pieces.


A crazy means of transport is simple to identify when you ask yourself a few questions, is it a harmful creature, does it want to pull your head off, can it fly but has no wings, is it a bug? If any of these are true then the method of transportation you are looking at is crazy, but if more than one of them is true, it just gets a bit crazier.

Behind the Scenes Video of the Warcraft Movie Mon, 30 May 2016 07:43:41 -0400 Ray Hachey

As World of Warcraft fans count down the days until the June 10th release of the movie Warcraft, the Warcraft Twitter feed has released a short behind-the-scenes stroll through the Alliance capitol, Stormwind. 

In the video, we join acclaimed designer and creator Chris Metzen as he experiences (in some awe and disbelief) the recreation of Stormwind. It is incredibly moving to see him get a tad emotional as he takes in the picture-perfect reproduction of our favorite shops and merchants.

I was hoping he would go into the back rooms of the Slaughtered Lamb to see if the Warlock Trainer was still there, but no such luck.

The attention to detail is inspiring, and will encourage many past WoW players to return to the game, and more likely, to see the movie. Nostalgia sells tickets, and although Overwatch is getting all the headlines, there will certainly be a few weeks in June when all eyes are on the movie Warcraft.

World of Warcraft Private Server Debacle Remains Ongoing Wed, 25 May 2016 05:11:17 -0400 Jack Einhorn (skullkid)

While World of Warcraft still reigns supreme as the MMORPG colossus that it is, disillusioned fans of the game have often turned to other means of playing it when the current iteration of the game is lacking. These other means, which are illegal private servers not hosted by Blizzard in any way, have always co-existed with the retail version of the game, but have recently actually begun to rival it. One such private server, Nostalrius, was a progression server for the vanilla version of the game, meaning the version before any of the expansions were added. This server gained massive popularity, largely fueled by nostalgia, but may have also pointed out to Blizzard that they are losing touch with their audience.

Because of the private server’s rapidly increasing player base, and Blizzard’s own dwindling one, it was of no surprise to anyone that Blizzard threw their lawyers at the problem to make it go away -- and thus Nostalrius was shut down on April 10, 2016. This lead to a massive internet meltdown as /r/wow, the forums, and even famous YouTubers such as Sodapoppin cried out in frustration at Blizzard. These entities turned their anger on Blizzard for not only shutting down a beloved server made for and by players, but for refusing to address that their own current version of WoW just wasn’t cutting it for fans anymore.

Two weeks later, while the internet rage storm continued and Blizzard seemed to be simply ignoring it all, Blizzard community manager Nethaera made a post on the World of Warcraft forums addressing the issue. While fans have been asking for legacy servers for years now, Blizzard has not done much else than just write it off, even going so far as to tell fans that their own opinions are wrong.

Nethaera’s post was significantly less condescending than the above, but still had a mixed reaction from the player base. While it was apparent a compromise was being constructed, Blizzard still seemed unable to budge on any actual legacy play. According to the post, Blizzard’s counter-solution is “pristine servers”:

“Over the years we have talked about a “pristine realm”. In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration, including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder.”

While many believe that this is a step in the right direction, this is still just the current expansion, but just takes you longer to do everything. What Blizzard fails to see is that players don’t just want the game to be longer or harder, they want to play the actual version of the game before it was diluted by all of the expansions.

In May, Nostalrius announced they would be meeting with Blizzard to discuss the future of the legacy server, and to reach some form of consensus between the two parties. Players can only hope that something more substantial than “pristine servers” is still on the table, but only time will tell how stubborn Blizzard plans on being. In the meantime, at least we can play Overwatch

25 World of Warcraft Tattoos that will Blow your Mind Fri, 20 May 2016 08:39:15 -0400 ESpalding

Like many gamers, I've got ink and quite a lot of it. I love it. I see tattoos not only as an extension of the person wearing them but as a piece of art (yeah, even the ones we'd consider bad, to some extent), carefully applied by the artist onto another's skin.

While scouring the Internet for inspiration for my next piece, I came across some very impressive World of Warcraft tattoos. Some of these have been done by amazingly talented artists from around the World which shows us, once again, that World of Warcraft is truly a global phenomenon.

1. Illidan Stormrage chest piece by Tymur Denysenko, Tattoo Artist / Designer from Odessa, Ukraine


2. The Lich King by Jamie Schene from Hesperia, California


3. Garrosh Hellscream by Timur Rumit, Tattoo Artist from Saint Petersburg, Russia


4. Pandaren by Feio Artwork from Heart of Buda Tattoo Studio in Lisbon, Portugal


5. Sylvanas Windrunner by Jake Danielson at Royal Ink in Milton, Australia


6. Ysera the Awakened by Janelle Wallis from Electric Tattoo, Morley, Australia


7. Tauren Crest by Don at Art in Motion Tattoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado


8. Horde crest from Unicorn Ink in North Providence, Rhode Island


9. Blood Elf by Marin Urbanc at Gandalf Tattoo in Zagreb, Croatia


10. Worgen by Clay McCay from Anonymous Tattoo, Savannah, Georgia


11. Full Sleeve of Frozen Throne images by Chris Jones from Physical Graffiti in South Glamorgan, Wales


12. Loque'nahak by Josh Herman at Mayday! Tattoo in Chicago, Illinois


13. Alliance watercolour tattoo by Russell Van Schaick, Tattoo Artist in Orlando, Florida


14. A Medley of Warcraft characters by Sin-66 Tattoo studio in Apeldoorn, Netherlands


15. Illidan and Sylvanus by unknown artist (Header)


16. The Lich King by Ken Broken at Fiction Tattoo in Woodside, New York


17. Sin'Dorei sigil by artist at the Tattoo Wearhouse in Spartanburg, South Carolina


18. Night Elf by Phoenix Artwerks in New Zealand


19. Frostmourne Sword by unknown artist


20. Horde Crest by Neal at Unhinged Tattoos in Ogden, Utah


21. Orc by The Bohemian Tattoo Club in Kokomo, Indiana


22. Malfurion Stormrage, once again, by Tymur Denysenko from Odessa in the Ukraine


23. Gnome Warlock by Chad Chase from Venom Ink Tattoo in Sanford, Maine


24. Deathwing by Alex at Needle Art Studio in Gorinchem, Holland


25. Horde Shield by unknown artist

So, there you have it! A nice list of World of Warcraft tattoos. Has it inspired you? I hope it has. Maybe you already have a Warcraft themed tattoo? If you do, I'd love to see it!

No Lie, You Can Hit Level 100 in WoW in Just 5 Hours Mon, 16 May 2016 08:20:21 -0400 Chris Cooper

Youtuber Sodapoppin has found a way to run a racket on the entire World of Warcraft model at this given moment to easily level up a brand new character from 1 - 100 in only 5 hours. 

That's right. In one sitting you can hit the current level cap of 100. Through a shrewd combination of farming various experience potions and other experience buffs along with a stackable potion complete with the recruit a friend buff he works up to about 950% bonus experience!

Check out the video and note the various time stamps to see his progression and marvel at how long it took you to hit those various levels. 

Nostalrius Private Server Team to Meet With Blizzard Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:51:09 -0400 David Fisher

In early April 2016, Blizzard Entertainment shut down the Nostalrius Begins fan-made private server. On the 26th of the same month, the World of Warcraft team publicly responded as to why the server had to be shut down. Today, the Nostalrius Begins team has announced that they have been allowed to visit the Blizzard Entertainment main campus to discuss the server and the future moving forward.

This surprising turn of events - as well as the positive vibes coming from the Nostalrius Begins team - seems to suggest that there may be a possible collaboration between the two groups. It is far too early to claim the possibility of Blizzard starting a new legacy server, with Nostalrius Begins acting as the team in charge of it, but it is certainly among the probable possibilities. That said, it is also likely that they are simply being invited as a courtesy to dedicated fans.

Needless to say, fans are excited to hear what news might be coming this weekend. For now, let's hope for the best. GameSkinny will continue to cover this story as it unfolds.

What do you think the team was invited to Blizzard HQ for? Is it a trap? A chance of a lifetime? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!