Hogrus, Swine of Good Fortune, has been added to the Blizzard Shop for $25/€25. This mount resembles a flying pig themed after the Chinese New Year 2019 Celebration: Year of the Pig.

In-Game Description: Hogrus was first seen by Emperor Shaohao on the third day of his meditation, and is considered by the Pandaren to be a sign of good fortune to come to those who take action.

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A Sign of Good Fortune Ahead

Legends say that in his hour of deepest doubt, Emperor Shaohao, last ruler of the Pandaren Empire, was visited by Hogrus, Swine of Good Fortune, as he meditated upon his people’s future. Today, pandaren across Azeroth consider Hogrus to be a sign of prosperity and great things to come. You would be wise to seek his blessing as you pursue your own fortune, wherever the four winds may take you.

This lucky new mount is bound to propel you into a prosperous year ahead—and it’s now available in the Blizzard Shop and World of Warcraft in-game shop.

The Lunar Festival World Event returns to Azeroth for two weeks. This year there are several new toys that you can add to your collection: one Lunar Hearthstone and two Dragon Costumes!

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Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city’s great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts…and of course, lighting fireworks.

The celebration has begun in Moonglade, and your Lunar Festival Invitation is waiting. Join in the fun by dressing up in your Lunar Festival finery, launching fireworks, and paying homage to the Elders throughout Azeroth.

When: January 28–February 11
Where: Moonglade, with camps in Ironforge, Stormwind, Darnassus, Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, and the Undercity*
Currency: Coin of Ancestry

Check out our Lunar Festival World Event Guide for a list of battle pets, toys, transmog and achievements that you can get during this holiday.

2019 Lunar Festival Holiday Updates

There are 7 new toys that you can purchase with Coins of Ancestry:

Tides of Vengeance Part 2 is live! The Battle of Dazar'alor raid is now available on Normal and Heroic difficulty, and with it comes 2 new cinematics!

Battle of Dazar'alor Cinematics

Alliance Attack Cinematic

Rastakhan Defeat Cinematic

Hotfixes

In addition we also have a few hotfixes to the Stormwall Blockade encounter, Azerite Traits in PvP, and the Bursting affix.

The Stormwall Blockade encounter has been hotfixed, making the fight easier to defeat.

 
Azerite Traits have been stealth changed and now are 50% weaker in PvP.

 
The Bursting affix is now stronger.

Allied Races Clarifications

Blizzard has posted clarifications regarding the next two Allied Races. Zandalari Trolls and Kul Tiran Humans will be available in Patch 8.1.5, and to unlock them you will have to finish the storylines in Zandalar and Kul Tiras, and complete the Tides of Vengeance / Tides of Vengeance War Campaign.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

I’m curious if I can unlock it today or if I have to wait for the new raid to go to raid finder, anyone know for sure?
At BlizzCon we talked about these Allied Races coming in Patch 8.1.5. It might feel like a new patch day with the season update and raid opening up today, but this is still the continuation of the Tides of Vengeance story. We will have more information on the Zandalari and Kul Tiran soon!

The wait sucks, but I’m at a point of apathy about it now. I wish more clear info would come out about to what extent raiding is related to unlocking the two races. Can the quest be done in LFR if a quest is needed?
There will be no raiding required. Some people may have seen the requirements on the PTR and we do plan to talk about them more to help spread the word.

As it currently stands, if you do the Zandalar quest arc (through the Blood Gate quest and Zul’s death), the War Campaign through the Tides of Vengeance achievement, and get Exalted with the Zandalari Empire, you will be able to do the questline to get access to the Zandalari Allied Race as soon as 8.1.5 goes live.

What are the requirements for Kul’tirans? I’m assuming something equivalant to the Zandalari but specifics matter.
Tides of Vengeance War Campaign achievement is the same. The story arc should be “A Nation United” achievement. Exalted with Proudmoore Admiralty.

As it currently stands, if you do the Zandalar quest arc (through the Blood Gate quest and Zul’s death), does this just mean all the quests in zul or is there some hidden quests?
It should be the “Zandalar Forever!” achievement.

The Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday returns tomorrow to commemorate the events that happened on January 23, 2006. This event is the perfect time to level alts, as well as earn rewards and represent your faction!

While the Micro-Holiday is active, a number of World Quests will appear on the map that give a lot of experience for low level characters. These World Quests will also give you 500 reputation with Cenarion Circle and grant credit to your faction. For players level 60 and above there is also a special quest Ahn'Qiraj: C'thun to defeat the final boss in Ahn'Qiraj.

There are two time-limited mounts available for purchase Ruby Qiraji Resonating Crystal and Sapphire Qiraji Resonating Crystal, which have an updated model of the original bug mounts Red Qiraji Resonating Crystal and Blue Qiraji Resonating Crystal. You can purchase them from the faction vendors for 1 Abyssal Crest, which you can get by defeating bosses throughout the zone.

Note: If your character has defeated Argus then you will have to talk with Rhonormu in Silithus to access the old version of the zone.

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On January 23, 2006, a bloody war was triggered by a simple sound: the banging of a gong. No rallying fanfare, no bloodthirsty yell; just an eerie silence. Those long, uneasy seconds of dread. The calm before the storm.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder before the Scarab Wall, no one could have predicted what would happen—an epic ten-hour battle that claimed the lives of thousands of Azeroth’s bravest—or fully comprehended the effect it would have.

Action First, Faction Second

That’s not to say the battle at the gates of Ahn’Qiraj came as a surprise. When the menace of C’Thun turned into an urgent threat, leaders across the world pored over plans and forged unlikely connections as pressure mounted. Both factions knew war was coming and personal glory was a hubris no-one could risk. Any notion that one army could defeat General Rajaxx and his colossal battalion was soon abandoned as fantasy.

It was a unique time: scattered armies with varying allegiances were thrown together and faction pride was put aside. Let’s be clear: the battle at Ahn’Qiraj was won purely on the principle “united we stand, divided we fall.”

Warmongering vs. Gold Hungering

This uneasy alliance was not without its critics. Some showed their disapproval by shunning the war effort altogether, but others expressed opposition through acts of aggression. Rogue elements on both sides, unwilling to stomach this perceived betrayal of their faction, did not sit idle. Just as neutral auction houses became a tool for factions to share resources, they also became virtual battlegrounds. Crucial resources were picked up for next-to-nothing and sold on for personal gain. As with all wars, those who profit aren’t always the brave.

The sheer scale of that war effort is almost unimaginable when we live in a time of extended storage and fast mail. But back then, backpacks and cloth stacks were smaller. Getting precious resources gathered, sorted, and sent took many hours. And it took several weeks to source bandages, food, and equipment—resources that were in high demand and would soon dwindle.

The Importance of Remembrance

We would do well, in these dark times, to remember the courage and spirit of those who were there at the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj. We must have long memories if we’re to make quick work of the demon forces we now face.

From January 21–23 we ask that you join us as we remember the fallen and celebrate the victory. All of Azeroth are invited to a special holiday, ‘Call of the Scarab,’ where we will gather to perform acts of remembrance and share our factions’ pride.

Players who are in a different phase can speak to Rhonormu near the gong to enter the correct event phase.
Were you there? Share your memories with us in the comments below.

Blizzard has shared a Survival Guide for Tides of Vengeance Part 2, which will go live on January 22 in NA and January 23 in EU.

Here's a recap of all the recent updates posted by Blizzard: