Level 100 Cataclysm Skycats: WoW Leveling Bonanza Episode 51

On this week’s leveling stream, everyone hits level 100! We’ve succeeded in our leveling! Now that we’ve accomplished what we set out to do back when we started this mess in March of last year, what’s next? Why heroics of course — can’t very well be a success in Legion if we don’t have the gear to survive what has yet to come in the prepatch, can we? So it’s off to visit a couple of dungeons we haven’t seen before, and spend some time dying horribly. As you do.

Watch the full video of the stream after the break — and if you’d like to catch the show live, be sure to tune in as we stream every Thursday at 2 p.m. Central on Twitch.


Role Play: Dwarf lore and character development

The Dwarves of Warcraft have experienced some of the biggest political shifts of any race over the years. Keep in mind that Dwarven history in general is a tumultuous thing. The War of the Three Hammers saw the three factions of the Ironforge clan — Bronzebeard, Dark Iron, and Wildhammer — violently fracture. In Cataclysm, those three warring clans were forced to once again come together in a renewal of the Council of Three Hammers.

It hasn’t been an easy time for the Dwarves, and for Dwarven roleplayers, that shaky political situation is one of the things weighing heaviest on their minds. Doubly so because of what happened in the new Legion comic Magni: Fault Lines. But how does this particular aspect of Dwarf lore apply to character development for Dwarf roleplayers?


The Queue: Throw the book at him

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

I already kind of liked Khadgar, but the latest Harbingers short pretty much launched him into “lore people I love” territory. Although really Khadgar, you should take more care when you’re handling those books, seeing as how your first gig was cleaning up that library way back in The Last Guardian. Speaking of which, they’re re-releasing that title and a couple of Blizzard’s other older books under the Blizzard Legends moniker. No word on a release date, but you can preorder them, anyway!


BlizzCaps: I’m gettin’ drunk with or without you

Today’s submitter writes, “While Drunkshot of The Queue on Nesingwary (US-A), played by Technoskald of, well, the Queue, digs around for the Explorers’ League, he ran across a reminder that sometimes you need to get up from drinking and fishing … or else you never will.”

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Know Your Lore: Gul’dan and Warlords of Draenor

We knew Gul’dan was evil — he was responsible for the Shadow Council, the first Horde, the original invasion of Azeroth, and the corruption of the Orcs. He was in fact so evil that even after death, a twisted remnant of his soul haunted his skull, speaking to those who wielded it. There was nothing redeemable about Gul’dan, no spark of hidden good.

In Warlords of Draenor, we meet a new Gul’dan — a different Orc. While we learn a great deal about his plans in our explorations of Draenor, we never really see just where he originally came from. His origins have changed, his ties to Ner’zhul are gone. Is he the same as his Azeroth counterpart? Yes and no.


Demon Hunters and Demon Invasions arrive August 9th

Announced during the Demon Hunter Q&A, Jonathan LeCraft revealed that Demon Hunters and the Legion pre-expansion invasions will begin the week of August 9th. The exact date varies depending on region, but Demon Hunters will be available as soon as that week’s maintenance has ended. Keep in mind, in order to play Demon Hunters, you will need to have pre-purchased Legion.

More info after the break!


Liveblog: Demon Hunter Q&A with Jonathan LeCraft

After a week off for the launch of patch 7.0, today we have an all new Legion Q&A — it promises to be a good one. Yep, today is all about Demon Hunters with Senior Game Designer Jonathan LeCraft (AKA @TheCrafticus) answering your questions. Even if you haven’t submitted any questions yourself, these Q&As are packed with information about how things will work in Legion as well as insight into what the designers are thinking. If you’re planning on playing a Demon Hunter, you should definitely tune in.

You can watch it live on Twitch (for those of you checking this post later, you should be able to find it on VOD at that link once it’s over) or, if you can’t, follow along with us here — it will be starting in just a few minutes!


Warcraft movie arriving on DVD and Blu-ray in September

Soon you’ll be able to bring the Warcraft movie home: it will be available on digital September 13 and on DVD and Blu-ray September 27. Finally we can analyze it frame by frame to catch screenshots of dreamy young Khadgar. As with any release, it comes with some bonus features I’m definitely looking forward to, including deleted/extended scenes, a gag reel, and look behind the scenes with ILM. The Blu-ray has some additional extras, including a Bonds of Brotherhood motion comic and more behind the scenes with actors, stunts, and VFX.

But there’s one thing you won’t find on any release: a director’s cut or extended cut.