On live servers you can’t transmog polearms over swords, axes or maces (and vice versa), but on the Alpha it’s a totally different story, as you can see in the header image above.wow gold No idea if this is an intended change or not (I hope it is) but it’s certainly a welcome one for those of us who happen to carry a Hellreaver in our bags.

Free Horde to Alliance Faction Change for Specified Realms

Starting this June 24th and lasting for two weeks, Horde players on the servers Firetree, Frostmane and Bloodscale will be eligible to transfer from Horde to Alliance for free. And to prove their seriousness, Blizzard is going beyond the usual here.
Guild leaders who want to faction-change their guild for free will first need to pay for the initial transaction, but will be granted a refund if they change to the eligible faction within the free-faction-change time frame.
What this is aimed at, according to the post itself, is queue times (especially in PvP) and it’s a direct attempt to reduce them. So if you’re a Horde player on those servers and you’re looking to swap sides for shorter queues, here’s your chance, and you can even bring your entire guild over for free.

Warlords of Draenor: Shadowmoon Valley preview

I love draenei. I’ve made this clear time and again. So you can imagine the throaty, masculine squeal of delight that I let loose when I saw the new zone preview for Shadowmoon buy wow gold Valley up on the official site. I’m very hopeful that we’ll get to explore it soon on the alpha (a hope fed by specific tweets) and getting to read about what’s going on in the zone made me very, very excited. Okay, so it made me giddy with delight. Exarch Akama! The Temple of Karabor! Gul’dan up to no good! If I were any more excited this entire paragraph would be in italics.

So head over to the official site and read what Senior Designer Helen Cheng has to say about Shadowmoon Valley, the Alliance’s first stop on Draenor. I am so freaking excited right now. We’re going to get to see intact draenei architecture and their greatest heroes and… I gotta go lie down now, guys. Discuss among yourselves.

Breakfast Topic: What tie-in media would excite you?

Some folks really like Azeroth Choppers, the web-series where two competing bike designs get voted on and one becomes an in-game mount. Some suspect that we’ll eventually get both mounts. Some of us, like me, are of a different mind altogether. I think that while the concept of Azeroth Choppers was cool, it wasn’t the kind of tie-in media we’d like to see. So I’m going to ask y’all what you wish they’d done.

Me, I can think of several cool things. They could have gone to various famous artists from some other media and had them design a set of armor for the game and then had players vote on that. Or maybe have Drew Struzan draw a poster for the Warcraft movie. I’m still thinking it would be awesome if they had Tony Swatton design a new weapon. So what about you?

A lot can change in six years

I worked at Blizzard from 2006 to 2008. After a year of working overnights as Belfaire the talbuk on the WoW customer service forum, the stress and screwed-up sleep schedule and lack of support got the better of me. I got let go right before Christmas 2008, just after Wrath of the Lich King launched. As I sat in my apartment and wondered what I would do to support myself and my then-girlfriend, who also got let go from Blizzard just a few months before, a lightbulb went off. If all I know right now is WoW gold, why not try to leverage that?

I emailed WoW Insider through the tips line and asked about writing opportunities. “I’m sure you get these emails all the time,” I said, and I’m sure they did. But I guess they saw a special opportunity in me. Within half an hour, then-Managing Editor Dan O’Halloran emailed me back and asked if he could call me. Within two hours, he had sent me the AOL contract information. Within a week, I was part of the team.

Around Azeroth: What a lovely way to burn

“I just got a brand new computer – one of those big-screen high-end iMacs that I’ve been drooling over forever – and thanks to the upgraded RAM and graphics card, I’ve been able to run around with ‘ultra’ graphics settings even in full LFR raids,” writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). “My husband has been manfully putting up with my squeeing every few seconds at the sheer gorgeousness of all the things I’d never noticed before. Which means you’ll be getting even more screenshots from me. Lucky you. Like this one, from the Molten Front. I’d managed to get to the highest point of Widow’s Clutch, and spent a good fifteen minutes up there, just staring around at the landscape. Just … WOW. Pun intended.”

Return of the Mike

But I queue, but I queue-queue-queue~

MTA asked:

What’s your opinion on the news that Alpha has been postponed? This is obviously bad for Blizzard but how do players view it? The more you wait the more you want it? Or is it “meh, lost interest”?

Well, as someone who genuinely likes WoW but is basically through playing until 6.0, obviously I’m sad I don’t yet have access to an alpha or beta, but I get. Certain things need to be done to make the alpha worthwhile to open to the public. Blizzard is making me less and less confident that we’re going to see the game go live before its “on or before” date, though.

WRUP: Hearthstone and Fanfic

Hearthstone

While BlizzCon tickets (and the challenges with them) is the topic of the day, let’s stick to happier subjects. After all, things with Hearthstone continue to move along swimmingly, and who doesn’t like enjoying a bit of creativity with a favorite game?

So we asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff: If your character were going to be a Hearthstone card… what would its stats be? It’s not quite fanfic but more like fancards.

Don’t forget to tell us what game you’re playing this weekend. We’d like to know!

Earn your Black Temple card back in Hearthstone season 2

The second season of Hearthstone ranked play has begun. Last season offered the reward of the Mists of Pandaria card back. This season brings some Black Temple flavor to your deck. To earn this card back, you only need to reach rank 20 on the ladder — easily achievable through casual play. This season will run throughout the month of May, and when this season is over, the Black Temple card back will no longer be available.

If you earned the Mists of Pandaria card back from last season and want to use it, you can select your card back through the in-game Options menu.

New Heroes of the Storm trailer for Li Li

Heroes of the Storm has just released a new trailer for this week’s featured hero: Li Li Stormstout. You can read all about her history and her moves in the latest Heroes spotlight. Li Li is the niece of the legendary Chen Stormstout, a powerful martial artist in her own right and an avid explorer. In fact, Explorer Li Li is one of her skins–complete with bug net and pith hat.

Li Li’s starting abilities are Healing Brew (heals allies), Cloud Serpent (summons a dragon to aid allies), and Blinding Wind (blinds enemies and blocks their auto attacks), and her Combat Trait is Fast Feet, which gains her movement speed after being struck by an enemy Hero. Judging by her abilities, Li Li seems like an interesting support character who may have a few good tricks up her sleeve. This week is her test week, so if you have access to the Heroes alpha, give her a whirl and see how she goes!