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Want to bring your fan or guild site closer to our games? Then crack open a can of awesome with's OAuth 2.0 service, which enables players to securely access your site with their account and choose what types of dat...
Published Aug 22, 2014
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Published Aug 21, 2014
"We will never be slaves! But we will be conquerors…" The pit lord Mannoroth is dead. Gul'dan and his followers are in chains. In one night, Grommash Hellscream exposed and thwarted the forces that meant to subjugate the orcs. In on...
Published Aug 21, 2014
The clock is ticking for those interested in taking part in the online qualifiers for North America*. In order to be eligible, teams need to have an individual 3v3 Arena rating of 2,500 on the live realms by August 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. PD...
Published Aug 21, 2014
As previously announced, we’ve been working toward connecting realms to increase the number of players on low-population realms. Here's a continuously updated list that contains currently planned connections, future plans, and complete...
Published Aug 21, 2014

Looks like one week after Blizzcon, the new expansion for World of Warcraft is being release.  Warlords of Draenor release date is November 13th.

There will be pre expansion events.  We will also be able to run the new UBRS at level 90 for a limited time.  It will be interesting to see what loot drops from there.

Flex Raiding

Syrophenikan posted Jul 23, 14
Flex raiding is making a come back and there are plenty of people interested. Please sign up on the calendars to show interest, bring your alts, mains or whatever class you want provided it can do the content. This will be done in a more relaxed environment than progression.

Beta Begins!

Haman posted Jun 27, 14
The first wave of beta invites are going out, so check your email or page. This initial round is focused on veterans.

Good luck, we're all counting on you!
Check it out... 

Looks like their reasoning for retiring Amplify and shelving Readiness are great reasons, making the other stats have a specific benefit that's noticeable when stacked. However the new stat Versatility makes it seem like the secondary stats are getting saturated. Although I wonder if Versatility will eventually replace primary stats like int/agi/str on gear to make gear more homogeneous?

What are your thoughts?
Brehon Tank stats make no sense, retiring dodge and parry because they are useless for other raiders, makes some sense, but rep ...
kenada Versatility sounds similar to Determination in FF XIV. It’s an all around solid stat, but its higher item budget and t ...

The Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes have been posted. There have been some pretty fundamental changes for certain aspects of the game, depending on your chosen roles, plus a plethora of class changes. Be sure to check it out for a preview of what's to come for your characters. Analysis has probably already begun at your favorite class-specific haunts.
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