Wednesday, 12 November 2014

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launch Times Announced!

Grommash Hellscream
5th expansion to World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor launch times have been announced by Blizzard. Here are the times for each zones.
  • North America (US) at 12:00 a.m. PST (1:00 a.m. Mountain, 2:00 a.m. CST, 3:00 a.m. EST) on Thursday, November 13
  • Oceanic will launch at the same time as the US.
  • Europe at 12:00 a.m. CET on Thursday, November 13
  • Korea at 12:00 a.m. KST on Tuesday, November 18
  • Taiwan at 12:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, November 18
  • China at 12:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, November 18
I feel bad for Asian servers to be honest. I even have a friend in China itching to play. I'm afraid they will have to wait for 5 more days before they can play the game. 

As for me? I'm starting tomorrow!!!! 

Let's speak a little bit about the storyline of this new expansion. Draenor is the Orc homeland, that was later deemed unlivable due to Gul'dan making the Orc clans drink the blood of Mannoroth. The once fertile lands died at the feet of the newly created Warlocks. 

However, in Mists of Pandaria when Garrosh escapes from the Pandarian trial, he makes his way into The Dark Portal to go back in time to warn his father, Grommash Hellscream, not to drink Mannoroth's blood to prevent the Orcs from being enslaved by the demonic forces. And then together they form the Iron Horde. This is also what we see during WoD Cinematic Trailer.

Garrosh Hellscream
As players, we will travel back in time, once again. But this time our task will be to stop the Iron Horde from invading Azeroth. We will have plenty more extras to help us in our duty such as Garrisons. Players will be able to construct buildings in these Garrisons that will help them grow an army to fight off the Iron Horde. However, despite there being 21 building types, our Garrisons will have space to fit only 10 of them in. So we'll customise and build according to our own will, bearing in mind the special bonus rewards we get from the buildings we choose.

The level cap is also being raised to 100 with Warlords of Draenor. So, there are plenty more to do! 

Are you ready for the invasion???

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Warcraft Movie Characters Revealed at Blizzcon 2014!

Finally, the news we have waited for so long is here. The Warcraft movie! We are getting so close to it that I feel like I can almost touch it! I remember waiting for it ever since I played Warcraft 1! They always made these fantasy movies of other books/games and I never understood why Warcraft didn't have a movie. Well as long as it's done perfectly I am willing to wait for 20 years! And I have waited for 20 years! This is the 20 year anniversary of Warcraft. So let's see the movie! NOW!

We have finally received some solid update on the upcoming and veeeery greatly anticipated Warcraft movie. Posters are released, movie official websites are created and most importantly, the characters that the previously announced cast will play are revealed!

Now, let's take a look at which actor will tackle which role. I will try to give very brief information about these characters and try to avoid any spoilers because well I know what will happen :) So I don't wanna ruin the whole thing for those who don't know the lore, read the books or play the game.

The Horde Characters (Of course I'll start with Horde first!!!)

Durotan: Toby Kebbell

Durotan is my most favourite Orc Chieftain. He is the leader of the Frostwolf Clan and the father of Thrall (former Warchief of the Horde). He has been the most just and honourable Chieftain among all the other clans. He has done everything in his power to protect his clan and to provide a better future for their next generations. I really can't wait to see Durotan!

I wonder who that is! :D
Orgrim: Rob Kazinzky

Orgrim is Durotan's best friend and the wielder of the legendary weapon Doomhammer before it was passed down to Thrall. He is the leader of the Doomhammer Clan. He is close to Blackhand; however, he is not particularly happy about some of the decisions Blackhand makes.

Blackhand: Clancy Brown

Blackhand the Destroyer is one of the most fearsome Orcs that we have seen. Known for his brutality and impeccable fighting skills, even the other Orcs make sure to stay out of his way. 

Gul'dan: Daniel Wu

Gul'dan is a very power hungry Warlock who created the Shadow Council to rule over the horde behind closed doors. Being a puppet of Kil'jaeden, he didn't care who would get hurt in the way in order to be rewarded by his master and become even more powerful. He is among the most evil characters in Warcraft lore and he had a big part in shaping how the Horde is today. Aiding Gul'dan is one of the greatest shames in their history.

Garona: Paula Patton

Garona is an interesting character. She is actually half Orc half Draenei. She is a powerful assassin and a spy but she changes allegiances quite often. She previously served Gul'dan.

The Alliance Characters (Pfft I'm bored already) :P

Anduin Lothar

Anduin Lothar: Travis Fimmel

Anduid Lothar is the leader of the Alliance, who has made many sacrifices in order to protect the people of Azeroth. He is the Lion of Azeroth and he has many statues devoted to him. Current Leader of the Alliance King Varian Wrynn even named his son Anduin after Anduin Lothar. He's a very well respected man and one of the best fighters of the Alliance.

King Llane Wrynn

King Llane Wrynn: Dominic Cooper

King Llane is the king of Stormwind and the father of Varian Wrynn (the current leader of the Alliance). A grand statue dedicated to his honour can be found in Stormwind Keep.

Medivh: Ben Foster

Damn I'm excited about this one! Ben Foster is among my favourite actors as well as Medivh being among my favourite lore characters. Medivh is known as the Prophet, an order that is tasked with protecting the world against the onslaught of The Burning Legion; but he is not "necessarily" a part of Alliance. Medivh is more of a neutral character. You can never know his true intentions because even he doesn't know that himself as he is in a constant state of confusion due to his spirit being possessed by the evil Titan Sargeras even before Medivh was born. He can look for peace and then the next minute he can change his mind and wage war...


Khadgar: Ben Schnetzer

Khadgar is one of the most powerful wizards of the Alliance. He was sent to Medivh to be his apprentice by Kirin Tor, an order consisting of the most powerful mages of Azeroth and he plays a big role in the Second War to prevent the destruction of Azeroth. His deeds also earned him a statute in Stormwind, Valley of Heroes.

Lady Taria: Ruth Negga

I don't know who the hell this character is. She is supposed to be King Llane Wrynn's partner and the Queen of Stormwind in the movie; but she doesn't exist in Warcraft universe... It looks like a completely made-up character.

So these are the characters. Some very major characters that we know so well are in the movie and I'm particularly excited about that. There were many speculations as to which road the Warcraft movie would take but in order to not offend anyone, they decided to make the movie 50% Horde, 50% Alliance. I'm fine with that I guess but I'd prefer to see more individuality.

But there are so many things in Warcraft universe that can't be filled into a movie.  I just hope they won't miss certain key elements in order to add a very unnecessary storyline of some made-up characters. I really don't want this brilliant lore to be ruined just to have it adapted to the big screen. Cause I'd rather not have a movie than seeing them make a huge mess of it -.- 

Warcraft Movie Posters are Released! Choose Your Faction Wisely!

I'm glad that we are finally seeing some real updates about the Warcraft movie that we have waited for decades. At Blizzcon 2014, movie posters are released for Alliance and Horde factions. There are also official websites for each faction so you can  sign up to receive news on the upcoming movie and show your allegiance. So pick carefully or better yet, let me help you with that. Just pick Horde! Trust me...

Here are the websites:

For those who can roar the following words, with enough might and power to cause an earthquake; 

Fight For The Horde
For those who are ashamed of making a sound and end up whimpering like a puppy when they try to utter; 

Fight For The Alliance
Enjoy the posters and the websites. You can download wallpapers, avatars and banners once you sign up on each website. These websites also let you give a shout out on social media to make the whole world know whose side you are on.

P.s, Don't take offense from my sarcasm at Alliance. I played Alliance too :) It's nothing personal! :D But it's so funny when Chris Metzen tries to make people scream "For the Alliance" at Blizzard events and you hardly hear like 6-7 people attempting to make some sound whereas the whole room trembles when it's "For the Horde" time! :D

World of Warcraft 10 Year Anniversary will bring back the iconic 40-Man Ragnaros!

This November marks the 10th anniversary of the very popular MMO World of Warcraft and Blizzard has something special planned for the players! What they have in store for us will have even a more special meaning for classic players like me who started the game on the very first day of its release.

If you have been on this crazy entertaining adventure for as long as I did, I'm pretty sure that you will remember those outstanding 40-man raid dungeons. Who can forget about them, right? Molten Core is especially special for us because it's the very first raid dungeon in World of Warcraft. I still remember those incredibly long attunement quests to be able to enter the place. It's such a classic! I will never forget my amazement and shock when I saw Ragnaros for the first time in his full blazing glory. I remember zooming out to maximum just enjoy the view right before we wiped instantly. 

Apparently Blizzard also knows this because they are bringing it back for this special occasion that will take place in Warlords of Draenor. Well the dungeon itself can still be accessed but the current version is level 60 and you can solo kill the entire place.

However, on WoW anniversary; there will be a special 40-man Look-for-Raid version of Molten Core on level 100 and if players are able to defeat The Fire Lord Ragnaros on maximum level during this event, they will be awarded with a very special mount. A beast that has been a trademark of Molten Core ever since the existence of the dungeon. A CORE HOUND!

Apart from the horrific but yet equally magnificent Core Hound mount, players who log in during the 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft, will also be rewarded with a deliciously sweet Molten Corgi pet! One simply can never resist Corgis!

World of Warcraft 10 Year Anniversary event will take place on November 22. So mark your calendars! I hope this event will last about at least a month in case some players can't reach level 100 by then as the anniversary date is pretty close to Warlords of Draenor expansion release date. Until then, I suggest you read War Crimes to get even more hyped about Warlords of Draenor! :)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Hearthstone: First World Control Warrior Problems!!!

I have played Hearthstone ever since it was officially released (didn't play in beta stages). I have a completely free-to-play account and my problem was typical like any other f2p account. Not enough cards! Don't get me wrong, I still don't have enough cards (still no Ancient of Lores for example or Doomhammer so I can't even play other classes to their fullest potential). I am a player who got Nozdormu as her first legendary and didn't get anything else for at least 3-4 months until I somehow managed to gather 1600 dust for Ragnaros! My first ever legendary that I could finally put into some use. (Mine doesn't snipe like Amaz's by the way... so not even sure if he's that useful!!)

However, after a lot of blood and sweat alongside a massive amount of time put into the game, I finally manage to get together a good Control Warrior deck. I am still missing some legendaries such as Ysera, Black Knight, Hogger, Harrison Jones and Baron Geddon for different Control Warrior variations; however, I have most of the legendaries required for the deck from Ragnaros to Sylvanas, Alexstrazsa, Cairne and last but not least Grommash (not counting Loatheb).

I got these cards strictly from a free-to-play account and I've never spent any dime on the game. Now this post isn't about me finally being able to play Control Warrior, because I've already been doing that for a couple of months now (Only I crafted Alex about a week ago). The purpose of this post is; to talk about me not predicting this day would ever come. I don't even know whether to be happy or not. Check the screenshot below to see what I am trying to talk about:

Don't mock my low rank, I only play the game to do dailies. Warrior is the only class I play in ranked and I don't even play that if the daily quest doesn't involve Warrior.
If you didn't understand what I am trying to tell you by looking at the picture, let me elaborate a little bit. And here comes the first world Warrior problems so beware! TOO MANY LEGENDARIES. Hey, I live in a 3rd world country so I should at least have the right to complain about first world problems I encounter even if it's in a game, as it kind of makes me feel better about the whole thing :D

You can see my starting hand in that game. Against a Shaman too out of all other classes. Warrior is already at a big disadvantage against a Shaman and even if I had a flicker of hope, could you ever imagine me getting out of this game alive with that starting hand? Loatheb, Cairne, Grommash, Ragnaros and Sylvanas. Alexstrazsa is the only legendary I am missing in my hand! I never thought I would have problems in the game due to a hand filled with incredibly expensive legendaries. By the way, here is the shocker, I DID lose the game! :) Pretty horribly too by turn 8-9 cause Shaman had Hex, Earth Shock and what not by the time I could play something on my board. It was brutal. Not even Brawl to somehow reset the board. All my legendaries were in my hand but Brawl, the most useful card against a Shaman was most likely at the bottom of my deck :D

Now, I am not complaining or whining here. Bad starting hands happen, this is a card game after all. I just never thought I would encounter problems in the game due to having too many legendaries so I just wanted to share this with you. As I said before, I am not even sure whether to be happy about this or not but I am chuffed that I can finally play Control Warrior despite still missing a couple of cards. It is a very entertaining deck and I really enjoy heavily controlled games. Brainless Zoo or Huntards aren't for me! At least I get to have first world problems with Control Warrior as well! :) Something I will NEVER have in my real life!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Marley & Me Sequel?? Really??

Marley & Me, released in 2008 and starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, is getting a sequel. The project is picked up by NBC alongside writer Jenny Bricks and director (also director of the original movie) David Frankel.

Let's remind ourselves a little bit about the plot of this heartbreaking movie (no spoilers, I promise). Marley & Me, based on a book written by John Grogan tells the story of Marley, a very spoiled and naughty dog that manages to find a place in the hearts of our main characters played by Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Just like any other dog does, right? Doesn't matter what furniture they tear apart, we will love them no matter what!

Now this movie has a special place in my heart in that I have never EVER cried this much at a movie before. I don't even cry at movies, I just don't find any of them "tear worthy"; however, Marley & Me made me cry worse than a baby in its last 30 minutes, making it one of the worst movie viewing experiences in my entire life. The movie broke my heart so much that when I decided to rewatch it with a friend at university, I said I'd leave and not watch the last 30 minutes again. Of course she didn't really understand why. Although, 30 minutes later she knocked on my door filled with tears just to curse at me for making her watch that.

Now this movie was completely about the heartwarming story of Marley. Now why would you go on and do a sequel? What is the point? Make a whole new movie, just don't call it a sequel!

In this "sequel",  apparently our main characters will encounter a new dog a couple of years after their experience with Marley and the story will take place from there. I will watch it for sure but I just don't want Marley & Me to be one of those MANY movies that were completely ruined by sequels because the original movie was simply brilliant! 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Hearthstone Android and iPhone Mobile Apps Set for Early 2015!

Blizzard finally made a statement about the highly anticipated mobile release of their popular card game Hearthstone. With the game being released on iPad shortly after its official release, us fans were waiting patiently for an official word on when to expect the game on Android tablets/phones and iPhones. Well, of course we already had word and it was the usual "soon" but the new statement from Blizzard sheds some light on the expected release dates.

There is still not an exact date set for the release of Hearthstone Mobile App; however, considering the new information Blizzard has released, we finally know that the mobile app will most likely be available early in 2015. As for Android tablets, we can expect the release before the end of this year.

Here is the official Blizzard post on the subject,

"Throughout the past year, many of you have been asking about the release date for Hearthstone on Android. The team has been hard at work to bring Hearthstone to that platform, and is making great progress. We’re taking things one step at a time and we’ve got our sights set on a release for Android tablets, our next new platform, before the end of the year; we’ve just got a few more mana crystals to polish and some Angry Chickens to chase down.

We’re also close to having Hearthstone out to our iPhone and Android phone users, but it’s become clear that we need a little more time to get that version right. While we have a build up and running internally, it needs a bit more work, and we don’t feel like we’ll be ready to share it with you until early next year. It’s very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions. One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.

Releasing Hearthstone on iPhone and Android phones is something we’re incredibly excited about, but ultimately we’d rather take the extra time to make Hearthstone’s user interface on the phone customized to feel great for the platform, rather than a port that doesn’t take into account the limitations of a smaller screen."

With the Blizzcon right around the corner, I wonder if Blizzard will tease the fans with a demonstration of the upcoming Hearthstone mobile apps. Although, I am really hoping that we will get to see some of the new cards that will be released with the upcoming 100 card expansion. Until then, happy laddering!