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Male & Female Blood Elf Artwork Revealed

Wandering about in Draenor in a new character model has been fun; unless you're a Blood Elf. Left out of the la mode circle of new textures and animations, the trendy elves of the Horde finally arrive fashionably late with custom models of their own.

Female Blood Elf
Old model on the left and new model on right.
I think one of the biggest changes to the Blood Elf female is that she has visibly gained body mass. Definitely, she is no longer a wafer-thin female but instead has muscle definition and thicker thighs. Of course one may note that her rear has seemingly gained mass as well. However, it's an illusion. If you look closely the rear has actually been slimmed down. The look of a 'bubbly' behind is due to the way the underwear is designed.

Another feature of note is that her jawline is no longer square. Rather in the new model the jaw is elongated quiet a bit. She has an oval-shaped face now. I suppose the art designer was leaning toward a more 'modelesque' look and feel?

Male Blood Elf

Old model on the left and newer model on the right
 Structurally I am not seeing too much of a change on the male Blood Elf. Although the shoulders do seem to be tucked inwards toward the neckline more. No more spaced out shoulder pads eh? Apart from the shoulders you can see that the male elves now have a broader neck. It really stands out more when looking from the back as it connects the shoulders to his spine much better. Speaking of the rear, he still has none. But what he lacks in a behind is made up for in his tree trunk calves! I imagine the Sindorei males play a bit of futbol(soccer) in their spare time.

Thoughts about the design:
The Blood Elves newest design really demostrates that the art team can make improvements on our characters without slaughtering the original look and feel they possessed. I'm looking at you, male orcs! A feature both models had, but now are really improved, is their hands and feet. Say goodbye to those clunky toes and hands at last.

What do you think? Is this a vast improvement on the old model or is the new model simply not cutting it?

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- All My Alts

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Trove of the Thunder King's Keys Removed in Patch 6.0

Trove of the Thunder King's Keys Removed in Patch 6.0

Treasure Trove scenario is leaving.
Recently a developer has confirmed that the Trove of the Thunder King scenario will be removed come Patch 6.0.  After this patch hits a player will no longer be able to collect the Key to the Palace of Lei Shen from the Isle of Thunder.

The Key to the Palace will no longer drop.
This decision has caused a stir amongst the World of Warcraft community as many do not understand the reason as to why this scenario is being removed. The Trove of the Thunder King is often remarked as being one of the more interesting and enjoyable scenarios available in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

The deliverance of bad news
Blizzard's reasoning behind this removal is that once Warlords has arrived, a level 100 player will find the traps and obstacles within the scenario trivial and easy to overcome. Hence, a player will be able to plow through the scenario several times over to amass a huge amount of gold.

The solution to this problem has been addressed by removing the keys from the Thunder of Isle's enemies loot tables. If a player still has keys then it is possible for that player to go through the scenario after Patch 6.0 drops. However, that key will not drop ever again. Once a player has used up all their keys, the ability to go into the treasure trove room is gone forever.

Good-bye treasure trove. It was really fun!
The act to make the keys and the scenario inaccessible is truly puzzling. The portion of the community(and potential new players that would want to) that enjoys running the Trove of the Thunder King on a weekly basis does so not for the monetary value but to have fun or to find different ways to surpass personal set goals in the scenario.

Count me amongst the many that are not understanding the need to remove this content. In my personal opinion I feel that it would have been much easier(and friendlier on the community) to simply drop the gold value to copper and keep the scenario intact. There is no reason why this couldn't have been done as running old content is a hobby for a lot of players.

What do you think?

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Lords of War: Episode Two

Lords of War: Episode Two

The second part of the web series the #LordsofWar is now available. It first showcased back on August 14th 2014 with the first episode focusing on Kargarth Bladefist. In this second part World of Warcraft players are given a peek into Grommash Hellscream's past.

Grommash Hellscream
Are you ready to witness the Iron Will of Hellscream?

Parental warning: Rated for Teen. There is blood, violent scenes, and aggressive actions against a loved one. Use your best judgement if you'd like your little ones to view the video clip.


Lords of War Part Two:

Video Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

Community Reactions:

A portion of World of Warcraft players are sounding off that although Grommash Hellscream is the best of the Warlords; this episode is not as good as the first episode.

Another popular comment is that the ogres are being portrayed with a Roman cultural influence.

Personal Reaction:

I'm on the fence in regards to which episode is best overall as we haven't seen all of the episodes of the web series. Thus far, I do tend to lean toward the opinion that the first one was more enjoyable.

I believe the ogre in this episode seems to resemble King Xerxes from the 300 movie.

Golka is denied an honorable death
My Hellscream fan meter dropped a couple of notches as I watched the scene unfold between Grommash and Golka. He really is a piece of work in this segment. He denies Golka an honorable death at his hands. Not to mention leaves her(In the short story, Hellscream it hints that Golka took on a large cadre of ogres all by herself. Therefore she's battered and broken, ) to be ripped apart by the ogres. What's more worse is that he also outright insulted her integrity as he throws his blade down at the ground. Did this guy even think of Golka as his mate? What the heck...

Apart from that much it was a good episode. And I'm looking forward to the next! What about you? Did this episode strike a chord with you or was it meh boring?

Thanks for visiting,
-All My Alts

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War of Ancients: Well of Eternity machinima

Back in January 2013  I briefly talked about machinima creators taking the old World of Warcraft models and creating amazing animations with them in a post called, Taking the Old and making it New. One of the creators was Vaanel whom was making beautiful custom models for a movie based on Richard A. Knaak's Well of Eternity novel. After four years in the making it has finally arrived!

Poster Credit: Vaanel: http://vaanel.deviantart.com
War of Ancients Screencaps:

Stunning backgrounds
Watch the War of Ancients

The Well of Eternity machinima in full screen as it does have subtitles. It's best seen at: World of Warcraft Movies or manual link (http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=242541) or at Youtube:

The movie is nearly two hours long but it boasts stunning backgrounds, beautiful custom models, and a great cast of voice actors. Grab some popcorn and have a great time!

Thanks for reading,
-All My Alts

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Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed

The release date for Warlords of Draenor may have took us all by surprise; November 13th, 2014. I was one of the many that was hoping for a release date on October 14th. A month later may not seem much but I'm sure a great deal can agree with me that we are more than ready for new content to play.

The Dark Portal has many surprises in store for us all
At any rate we now have a date that we can countdown and look forward to coming soon. Blizzard pulled out all the stops at as they debuted not only the release date for the expansion but also a cinematic, a new animation preview of Lords of War, and a revamped teaser trailer of the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Have a look if you haven't already or re-experience the thrill of what is to come:

Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Trailer

What do you think? Looks like we have a whole mess on our hands. Garrosh Hellscream certainly knows how to stop at nothing to achieve his goals doesn't he?

If that wasn't enough we were also given a new features video that highlights the Warlords of Draenor expansion and what players can look forward to experiencing:

Warlords of Draenor Features video

New dungeons and regions to explore. What did you think about the moving train dungeon? The fights look intense. Did you catch a glimpse of Rexxar(in an old model still) or how about Teron Gorefiend the first Death knight? Does watching this video make you want to play the expansion more?

A new animated series called, Lords of War, also debuted. A intimate look at each of the warlords history with a sort of Gods of War or 500 movie look and feel:

Lords of War Teaser trailer

Interesting right? In case you are wondering what the music track to this teaser trailer is the song is called: Warlords of Draenor - Warsong. Feel free to listen to it here or a manual link to: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddYpXY3_wn4) The chanting chorus doesn't begin until about 2:43 minutes into the track.

On the same note the first episode has been released:

Lords of War Part One

King Varian appears
The story is in this type of animation

Parents please be warned that the video does have blood/gore and is violent in a lot of places. This first episode revolves around Kargath Bladefist and the Shattered Hand's orgin.

It will be interesting to see the rest of the episodes as it helps to teach the lore behind the characters. At the very least it will make a bit more sense to as to why we should care about helping or defeating the Warlords of Draenor.

Thanks for reading,
-All My Alts

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Warlords World Premiere

Today the Blizzard Blues have given World of Warcraft players a huge announcement. The Cinematic and Release Date of Warlords of Draenor will be revealed together at a live event on August 14th at the Los Angeles Ace Theatre. What's more is that if you physically attend the live event then a beta key for Warlords will be guaranteed!

This is actually the art for the expansion box as well

Originally Posted by Blizzard:

A storm of iron is headed Azeroth’s way—be among the first to witness its fury at the world premiere of the Warlords of Draenor cinematic! Join Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime, Chris Metzen, and World of Warcraft designers Ion Hazzikostas and Brian Holinka for the grand unveiling, streamed live from the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles. But that’s not all—we’ll also host a live interview with the WoW developers, announce the Warlords of Draenor launch date, and debut the first episode of a new animated lore mini-series: Lords of War. You won’t want to miss it!

When: Thursday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. PDT

Where: Join us on WorldofWarcraft.com to watch the live stream, or attend** the event live at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, located at 929 South Broadway in Los Angeles. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Live Attendee Bonus: Anyone who joins us live and in person in L.A. will also receive a beta key for Warlords of Draenor.* 

*Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get there early! Beta keys will be given out to everyone who comes down for the live event.

**Please note: World of Warcraft is rated T for Teen; some content on display at the event may not be suitable for children ages of 12 or younger. Anyone 12 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult.


Note: If you are an EU player and attending the Gamescom event you can view the show and live event from Gamecom at 9 AM PDT. For more information visit Blizzard's Gamescom page here or a manual link at: (http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/events/gamescom-2014.html)

Exciting news at last. August 14th can't come soon enough!
-All My Alts

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