Infinite Timereaver and Primal Flamesaber

I got two new mounts in my collection last week!

The first one was the Infinite Timereaver that drops from bosses in timewalking dungeons. I’ve always wanted it because it looks awesome and I like dragon mounts, but I’ve never really liked timewalking dungeons so I refused to farm for it.

Fickle and savage, these drakes slip in and out of time until they find a worthy rider

The second mount I got was the Primal Flamesaber. It’s part of the “For Azeroth!” event in Heroes of the Storm and requires you to play 15 games as a Warcraft hero while in a group with a battle.net friend. You can play versus A.I. so it’s very easy. The event was supposed to end last week but it has now been extended, so you still have untill March 26 to get your mount! More info here.

BlizzCon 2014

BlizzCon is over for now. It was two days filled with exciting news, tournaments, amazing cosplay and the greatest closing ceremony I’ve seen so far thanks to Metallica! Of course I wish I were there in person but it wasn’t possible so I had to go with the second best option which was the virtual ticket and the live stream. It has become a tradition to watch the BlizzCon live stream now, so my boyfriend and I watched it together. We managed to stay awake during the whole night both nights so we didn’t go to bed until early morning.

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Thanks to Tycer (http://twitter.com/tycertank) and DizzyMaMa (http://twitter.com/DizzyMaMa)

This year’s BlizzCon was special because of the 10 year anniversary of World of Warcraft. They showed this special documentary called Looking For Group to celebrate the 10 year anniversary. We learned everything from how they came up with the idea of the game and what they thought players would think of it to learning that they never thought it would get this big and that they once were just a bunch of regular people who loved games like so many of us are. The interviews with all the different developers and employees at Blizzard and the players who play World of Warcraft were so fun to watch because we got to hear so many different stories about their experiences in the game and what it has meant for them through all these years.

World of Warcraft has meant a lot to me because it helped me get through a difficult time, I got new friends, learned a lot, had so much fun and most importantly I met my boyfriend there. You should definitely watch the documentary if you haven’t done so yet, you can find it on here.

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I was super excited to see what news Blizzard had for us because I noticed the hole in the schedule and wondered what it might be. Of course I hoped it had something to do with World of Warcraft, like the next expansion or a big patch, but then I thought it would be too early for news like that with Warlords of Draenor not even released yet. Then I thought it might be Warcraft 4, a new StarCraft expansion or that they never really cancelled the project called Titan after all and they were going to finally announce it. So I guess I wasn’t entirely wrong, because they did announce a new StarCraft expansion, Legacy of the Void.

But I was surprised when they announced the new game Overwatch and said that it wasn’t the Titan project, because it was exactly what I thought Titan might be like, a cartoonish shooter set in the future. Though I didn’t really expect them to have come that far with it already. Beta in 2015. The announcement trailer for Overwatch was so good that I would love to see more of them. I like that there are many different characters with different roles, like offence, defence, tank and support, and the characters have so many unique abilities to use. I can’t wait to try the game so I’ve already signed up for the beta and I hope I’ll be one of the lucky ones. Also looking forward to hear the music from the game which Neal Acree, Derek Duke and Sam Cardon among others are working on.  You can learn more about Overwatch on the official website.

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Another thing I was excited to hear more about was the Warcraft movie. When I read “Warcraft Movie Presentation” on the schedule, I was pretty sure it meant a trailer or at least a teaser from the movie, but the only ones who got to see a teaser were the people who actually were there at BlizzCon in person. Super sad and disappointed face. We got to see some of the actors, Orgrim with the Doomhammer and what an orc would look like which was interesting, but I still wish we could have seen something more. It’s a bit annoying because everyone who were there and saw the teaser keep talking about how amazing it was and how excited they are for the movie. So hopefully we’ll get to see one soon.

I don’t doubt that the movie will be good, but Duncan Jones himself said it would be like Avatar and Lord of the Rings, which I’m not sure I’ll believe until I see it because those movies are some of my all time favorite movies and Avatar pretty much blew my mind and I wanted to jump right into the movie the first time I saw it. I do hope the Warcraft movie will be a movie that anyone can watch and enjoy, that they don’t have to be WoW or Warcraft players to understand it. You can get more info about the Warcraft movie by choosing to fight either for the Horde or for the Alliance.

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Cosplayers BlizzCon 2014 (http://twitter.com/DaveKosak/status/530899105338654720/photo/1)

The contests were of course something I looked forward to. It’s always fun to see the amazing costumes, movies, art and music people have made. There were so many great costumes this year so I can’t possibly pick a favorite. But I thought the winners were amazing. I can’t even imagine how much work they must have put into those costumes. I could never make anything like that. I would have liked to dress up as something if I were to attend BlizzCon, for fun, not to win the contest, so I’m not sure I would even enter the contest. I would be happy just walking around and being funny. You can check out the contest winners here.

Chris Hardwick was the perfect host. I knew he would do good as I watch him every week on Talking Dead which he’s hosting. So I hope to see him again next BlizzCon!

I watched the WoW Q&A and kept hoping someone would ask about Moonkin Form and whether or not we will see an update to it in the near future. One year after I asked Tom Chilton the very same question through Twitter at BlizzCon 2013. His answer then was that they have given a lot of love to druids over time with their different forms, so the moonkin will have to wait a little bit longer (read more here). Most people asked very silly questions at this year’s Q&A and none asked about the Moonkin Form. So I asked on Twitter if anyone could ask about it, and Restokin said she would ask someone about it if she found someone to ask and she did. The answer she got was that they might do it after they do the blood elves, but it’s not high on the priority list. So I doubt we’ll see any update in Warlords of Draenor, but I guess it depends on what else they got on their list, maybe we’ll be surprised.

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Heroes of the Storm looks great but I’ve never been a big fan of games like that, mostly because my experiences haven’t been very good. The few times I tried similar games I didn’t really know what to do and everything seemed so complicated. I tried my best to learn it but everyone else on my team and our opponents were so much better and I felt so useless and I don’t think the rest of my team enjoyed playing with me. But I think I’ll like it if I play with friends. I haven’t tried Heroes of the Storm yet but I would like to mostly because it has to be more fun when you know the characters and recognize their abilities and I hope they won’t make it as complicated as other similar games.

I had to watch the panel Heroes of the Storm – Sound of the Nexus because I love to learn about how they make the music for the games. It was interesting to hear how they come up with the different sound effects and hear them play the Heroes of the Storm theme which was amazing! You can listen to Heroes of the Storm music here.

Cosplayers rocking out to Metallica (http://twitter.com/MaynardeSC2/status/531306351838773248/photo/1)
Cosplayers rocking out to Metallica (http://twitter.com/MaynardeSC2/status/531306351838773248/photo/1)

The closing ceremony was the best I’ve seen so far! Metallica blew the roof of Anaheim Convention Center and I was headbanging, playing air guitar, air drums and whispering the lyrics in my living room. Whispering because I recently lost my voice after a week of the flu. I was incredible tired when Metallica finally went on stage, but I couldn’t miss it. They played all my favorite songs so I was happy when the show was over and I could go to bed.

I haven’t had time to go back and watch everything I wanted to see from BlizzCon yet, but I will do it now the next days. It was also very fun to read tweets and see pictures from the people who were at BlizzCon and tweets from people who like me watched the stream at home.

Thank you, Blizzard for yet another amazing BlizzCon and happy 10 year WoW anniversary!

Did you watch the BlizzCon live stream or were you there in person? What were you most excited about?

BlizzCon 2013

The BlizzCon weekend is over, I hope everyone’s had an awesome time both those who actually attended it in person and those, who like me, watched it live with the Virtual Ticket Stream. I wanted to write this post after day one, but I was so extremely tired as it was morning over here when the show ended and I just didn’t find time or energy for it yesterday after day two either. This won’t be a post summarizing everything that happened on BlizzCon this year, I just want to mention some of my favorite parts and moments of the show. I assume that everyone already know about the big announcements, if not this will contain spoilers.

I think this was the fourth time I watched the Virtual Ticket stream. It’s so great to be able to see what you want and when you want. But the sound could have been so much better during the panels on stage and music performances. It was a great experience to watch BlizzCon this year because it was the first time I watched it with my boyfriend and I also tweeted a lot and read other tweets during the show which made it a lot more entertaining.

I can only imagine how amazing it must be to actually be there in person. I hope that one day it’ll be my turn, maybe next year, I don’t know. It’s not cheap to travel from Norway or Sweden to Los Angeles and if I first travel that far, I’d want to stay there a while longer, at least two weeks because I’ve never been there before and there is so much I’d like to see. I might need some help and advice from some of you who’ve been there or live there if I decide to go. And it would have been great to meet up with other Europeans who’s going and maybe travel together.

I’m not sure how many of those who were at BlizzCon or watching the stream who know In Flames, a Swedish metal band, but we did hear them this weekend. Some parts of their songs were used as an intro several times during the show which I thought was awesome because they’re one of my favorite bands. One of the songs they used is called Pinball Map, check it out here.

We knew they were going to announce a new WoW expansion and it was either something with “The Dark Below” or “Warlords of Draenor” but I thought the first one sounded much more interesting because it made me think of Old Gods and it would seem natural to go there after what’s happened in MoP, but I didn’t think “The Dark Below” would be a very good title. To me “Warlords of Draenor” sounded more like a TCG card deck or something. But it wasn’t. At first when they announced it I thought “Hmm, well, this looks promising”, but I’m much more excited about the expansion after I’ve seen and heard so much about it! So many changes it’ll be like a new game!

Warlords of Draenor: What I’m looking forward to the most

The new character models, especially the tauren and the troll as my main will be either troll or tauren depending on which I think looks the best when the models are finished.

The garrisons which sounds very interesting but I’m still unsure how it will affect my gold income if anyone can put up an enchanting building and craft their own enchants. But the part where you’re able to invite your friends to visit sounds fun.

It’ll also be awesome to go back to Draenor and learn more about what happened there, how life there is, more about some of the legendary orc characters and the draenei.

The PvP changes with the reward changes and Ashran the new world PvP zone

The Draenor zones look absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to explore them

New hidden treasures and secret areas to explore is something I can’t wait to check out

I also love that they will create a tab for heirlooms, toys and maybe tabards, it’ll clear out a lot of bag space

I’m also excited about the new changes to stats and gear, but a little sceptical to the removal of reforging

Balance druid level 100 talents:

Touch of Elune: Balance (Sunfall) Passive – Entering Solar Eclipse will transform your Starfall spell into Sunfall and reset its cooldown.
Will of Malfurion: Balance (Zenith) Channeled – Targets all enemies within 60 yards and accelerates the caster’s Moonfire and sunfire effects, causing them to deal damage at 400% of the normal rate for 4 sec.
Might of Malorne: Balance (Equinox) Passive – Lunar and Solar Eclipse now last until the other is triggered, instead of ending at 0 Balance Power.

Thoughts on Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Diablo III

Heartstone: I haven’t played Hearhtstone yet.. At first it seemed very simple and not so interesting because I’ve never been a fan of playing card games, but now when I’ve seen and read more about it I think it’s something I’ll enjoy, especially because it’ll be available on iPhone.

Heroes of the Storm: I’ve never been a big fan of games like this, but it looks a lot more fun when it’s heroes I already know so I’ll definitely try it

Diablo III: I’m really looking forward to the expansion Reaper of Souls because there are so many great changes coming up. Like the removal of the auction house, loot changes, adventure mode, the crusader and new content.

I loved watching

The art panel: I’ve always been interested in learning more about how they create the game. How they come up with the ideas, how it goes from concept to finished. It’s was fun to see the new character models, what an improvement! Can’t wait to see the troll models. But I’m a bit disappointed that we won’t see an update to Moonkin Form this expansion, more about that in a separate post.

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Sound panel: The music in WoW has amazed me since I started playing, I listen to it in-game and on my iPhone or iTunes. I’m so impressed by everything the sound team does but especially the composers who write the music, to me they are geniuses, and I’m not missing out on a chance to learn more about how they work and how they think. And.. Great news, everyone! Jason Hayes is back at Blizzard! And his band Critical Hit performed Blizzard music pieces live which was absolutely amazing! Seeing them play music like that inspired me and I really feel like starting to play an instrument again. Check out their website or Facebook page. And by the way: You can download new Warlords of Draenor music on the new website!

Movie contest: This year’s movie contest was great, so I want to share my two favorites by <AFK> Pl@yers and Patrick James. The first one almost made me cry a little bit and the second made me laugh really hard, maybe because I’d been up for too long…

Costume contest: Oh my, there were so many fantastic costumes this year! My favorites were the troll druid in cat form, the tuskarr, pandaren and training dummy.

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Tweets worth mentioning

https://twitter.com/Kap_Kaos/status/398943237303312384

https://twitter.com/McMonkeyz/status/399304157112184833

If you want to read or see more from BlizzCon 2013, check out these links:

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/3548-Blizzcon-2013-Recap

http://wow.joystiq.com/blizzcon-2013/

http://www.wowhead.com/blizzcon