The eighth annual Blizzard Student Art Contest has finished. You can check out all the winners and runner-ups in this post.

Also check out this awesome corgi mount concept! Such a good boy!

Senior Game Designer Jeremy Feasel has shared details about the next content update, Rise of Azshara! You can watch the video on twitch or below!

If you'd like a recap for Rise of Azshara, check our Patch 8.2 Preview. We'll make sure to update it with everything new in the upcoming days!

Watch Rise of Azshara Content Preview from Warcraft on www.twitch.tv

The Darkmoon Faire returns for a week, and is now live in NA and EU. During this time you can get a 10% experience and reputation buff, which is great for unlocking the Allied Races, grinding paragon reputations, and leveling characters!

What's new in Patch 8.1.5

In Patch 8.1.5 there are three new balloon pets to collect. You can purchase them from Carl Goodup for 90 Darkmoon Prize Tickets each.

There are also some curious Severed Fish Heads that you can put on your head: Severed Crimsonscale Head and Severed Azurefin Head. They are time-limited and have Old Gods hints as descriptions: "Something strange is happening in the waters surrounding Darkmoon Island..."

Patch 8.1.5 also brings out a new attraction to the Darkmoon Faire: The Roller Coaster - a motion sickness simulation in a first-person point of view. Similar to the Darkmoon Carousel, you can take the Roller Coaster to get a 10% experience and reputation buff for 1 hour (https://www.wowhead.com/spell=46668/whee).

Darkmoon Faire World Event Guide

Check out our Darkmoon Faire World Event Guide for a full list of rewards you can get during this event, including mounts, pets, toys, transmog and achievements!

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The Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) is a global tournament where the top dungeon-running teams in the world use their skill, intelligence, and creativity to secure the best times possible in some of the most difficult Mythic Dungeons on offer. We are entering the first tournament of the year, the MDI Spring Season, so here’s a breakdown of what you need to know!

Many Turtles Made It To the Water

We opened the Proving Grounds and thousands of players around the world answered the call, completing five different level 14 Mythic Keystone Dungeons to earn their spot on the Tournament Realm. These players will have the chance every second week to compete in the Time Trials for their region, West (North America, Latin America, and Europe) and East (China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand). The dungeons and affixes are different for each Time Trial, offering new challenges and fresh chances to make the week’s Top 8, which will be broadcast live in the following languages:

Language Streams

MDI West:

MDI East:

Broadcast Schedule

All MDI Cups will broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays local region time. See below for the broadcast dates and start times by region.

MDI CupPacific TimeCentral European Summer TimeKorean Standard Time
West Cup 1March 30-31, 8 a.m.March 30, 4pm* – March 31, 5 p.m.March 31-April 1, midnight
East Cup 1April 5-6, 5 p.m.April 6-7, 2 a.m.April 6-7, 9 a.m.
West Cup 2April 13-14, 8 a.m.April 13-14, 5 p.m.April 14-15, midnight
East Cup 2April 19-20, 5 p.m.April 20-21, 2 a.m.April 20-21, 9 a.m.
West Cup 3April 27-28, 8 a.m.April 27-28, 5 p.m.April 28-29, midnight
East Cup 3May 3-4, 5 p.m.May 4-5, 2 a.m.May 4-5, 9 a.m.

* Central European Time

Each Cup will give players a chance to get their share of USD $12,000 prize money and MDI points. The top point-earning teams from the East and West will combine in a live, cross-regional, in-person Spring Season LAN final in June. This LAN offers a share of USD $100,000 in prize money, as well as a coveted place at the MDI Global Finals. We’ll share more details about the MDI Spring Season’s finals soon!

Casters

The bald and beautiful Ted “Sloot” Bacinschi has been playing World of Warcraft since the early days. He’s been raiding just as long, if you count stepping foot in Zul’Gurub, getting to the first boss and wiping over and over again. Sloot isn’t just a tank on the desk, he’s also a tank extraordinaire in game as a master of many tank specializations. An iconic figure in the North American and European PvE scenes, you can often find him streaming.

Hailing from Italy, Caroline “Naguura” Forer has come a long way from waiting for her brothers to get off the computer so she could log in and play her Paladin back in Classic. “When I couldn't play, I would just sit for hours and watch my brothers play, then jump straight on as soon as they left the chair,” she said. From Paladin to Druid and from healing to damage, Caroline grew up with the game and went on to establish herself at the core of the EU PvE scene. Now with years of experience, a multitude of World Firsts under her belt and her own forays into WoW esports (both competing and casting), she returns to the MDI casting team.

Daniel "AutomaticJak" Azenberger has been raiding in World of Warcraft for many years and is perhaps most well-known for his healing guides on YouTube and Wowhead, where he specializes in Holy/Discipline Priest and Mistweaver Monk play. He has been creating guides for over five years and enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of healing, so if you’re a healer looking to step up your game, or a tank/DPS looking to understand your healers more, AutomaticJak’s is the voice that will help you do that during MDI.

Aaron "Sours" Shaffer is a former competitor who played Hunter in the second Tespa Great Collegiate Dungeon Race in 2016 and MDI 2017. He then transitioned into casting, helping to bring North American and Chinese MDI to your screens, as well as taking on a role as an analyst at the first ever MDI LAN. He hopes to help highlight the skill and talent of the world’s best dungeon runners. His advice to the competitors is to "focus on your own game—it's not about who makes the first mistake in a race, it's about who makes the last". His goal with the MDI program is for viewers to appreciate the time and effort that competitors put into optimizing their play when they stand at the top of the world.

Former captain of the 4-man MDI team Sinking Ship, and self-proclaimed #2 Balance Druid, Peyton “Tettles” Tettleton’s appearance on the MDI desk will be one for the ages. Overall, his goal for the broadcast is to help viewers understand what makes the runs successful. “There is a lot of nuance in Mythic Plus and being able to teach the path to victory for each team is important,” he said. You can catch him on his stream or on YouTube where he primarily focuses on PVE content. He also authors the Wowhead Balance Druid Guide. He loves a good-natured meme and ridiculous photos of himself photoshopped.

Rounding out the MDI desk team, Alex "Xyronic" Tatge is an Affliction Warlock extraordinaire. You can find his guides on Wowhead, where he breaks down everything a master of shadow magic would need to know, from talent builds, Azerite gear, spell rotations, macros and addons, Mythic+ guides, and more!


After existing for years as an invitational tournament, the Mythic Dungeon International is not just an expanded, worldwide, merit-based tournament—it’s a thank you to all the fans of dungeon running around the globe. We can’t wait to get started. To stay on top of Time Trial results each week and the MDI Cups, check out Raider.IO, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Twitch. We’ll see you in chat!

World of Warcraft is free to play this weekend!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

Battle for Azeroth™ is in full swing, and everyone is needed on the front lines. This weekend, we’re upgrading all inactive World of Warcraft accounts, granting returning players full access to the game* and all their characters—including the Battle for Azeroth trial experience**, for those who don’t own the latest expansion—through March 24.

Spread the Word!

As the war in Azeroth rages on, the champions of the Horde and the Alliance look to their in-game friends for help. Whether it’s levelling up for experience, gearing up for combat, or mounting up to see the world, World of Warcraft is always best enjoyed in groups, however big or small. If you have guildmates, friends, or family who haven’t been in Azeroth for a while, let them know they can play for free this weekend.

Need Help Logging Back In?

Save on World of Warcraft ® and 30% off Select Game Services

If you’re a returning player, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of our current sales. We’re offering 30% off select game services*** and $20 off World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth or the World of Warcraft Complete Collection.

  • Character Transfer
  • Faction Change
  • Race Change

Learn more about the Welcome Back Weekend and game services sale.

*Offer available through March 25, 2019. Player is responsible for any online connection fees. Game access will be granted at the last expansion purchased or World of Warcraft®: Legion®, whichever is greater, and players can access this content throughout the entire duration of the Welcome Back Weekend.

**Players can repeat the Battle for Azeroth trial experience with up to 12 characters per qualifying account during the welcome back weekend. The Battle for Azeroth trial experience ends after three hours of game play in Battle for Azeroth, or after the quest "We Need Each Other" (for Horde) or "A Nation Divided" (for Alliance), whichever comes first.

***Sale does not include Guild Services, WoW Token, Character Boost, Pets, Mounts or Transmog items.