Today Blizzard posted details about a new European realm called Blade's Edge. The population cap is fairly low to reduce the amount of people in the starting areas. It's a temporary measure.
- Realm name: Blade's Edge
- Language: English
- Realm type: Normal (PvE)
- Battlegroup: Ruin
- Migration: No
- Realm forum: http://forums.wow-europe.com/board.html?forumId=5369079...
In more words
Today we're opening a new English Normal/PvE realm, named Blade's Edge, in the Ruin Battlegroup. This is a fresh realm, thus no migration will be allowed to the realm during the first months, and the Ahn'Qiraj gates are closed.
The realm will open this afternoon / evening, after 17:00 Paris time (CEST). Update: the realm went live with the others after the maintenance. Enjoy the earlier start. :-)
Please note that the starting areas may be quite flooded in the beginning, and the population cap is intentionally set a bit lower than normal to not have them even more flooded. The cap will be raised over the coming days as the population spreads out more.
Worldwide Invitational Tournament Replays
If you missed any of the tournaments at the 2008 Worldwide Invitational now is your chance to get a piece of the action. The Tournaments page of the official Worldwide Invitational site now features a “playback” option which will allow you to watch the match of your choice. Just click on the green ‘play’ arrow to witness the devastation and destruction wrought by the world’s best StarCraft, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft Arena players. Enjoy the carnage!
The Hunt for Illidan Begins
Are you ready to embark on the final battle for the fate of Outland? The World of Warcraft Trading Card Game's sixth full set, The Hunt for Illidan, caps off the game's second year with exciting new game mechanics and new Loot cards. The Hunt for Illidan introduces six new demon heroes who grant players brave enough to use them powerful new deckbuilding possibilities. Exciting new Loot cards let players walk in the Path of Illidan, throw a party with their own D.I.S.C.O. Machine, and engage the services of an Ethereal Soul Trader who gives access to ten unique cosmetic items in exchange for harvested souls. The Hunt for Illidan is in stores now, so hit up your local games retailer or head over to WoWTCG.com for more information.
Wrath of the Lich King PvP
We've also said that we are adding in more outdoor PvP objectives in Wrath of the Lich King as well as a new Battleground, a new Arena, and an entire zone (non-instanced) just built for PvP. I would like to think that those helping test all of these are going to give them thorough run throughs and submit some feedback on how to make these all the best they can be. We want to both encourage PvP and simultaneously allow for people to make choices on how and when they engage in PvP. For PvE realms, the availability and choices of when to PvP or not, is easy to figure out. On PvP realms, the chances of engaging in combat anywhere at anytime are still there. The choice to do so still comes down to players. If you feel that flying mounts cause issues when it comes to PvP, then perhaps you're one of the ones happy about the fact that flying mounts aren't going to be readily available for use in Northrend from the start. (At least that is the plan at this point in time.)
Prizes on flying mounts in Wrath of the Lich King
Well there's definitely no current plan to make people pay huge amounts to fly again in Northrend; opening the skies of Northrend to flight won't be the next big money sink.
As you've mentioned, at the Worldwide Invitational it was stated that we'll be able to fly our current mounts -- and I assume, Druid flight form -- at level 77. Regarding the "defrosting" that was referred to at the developer panel, it was pretty clear from the way it was mentioned that it was a relatively off-the-cuff remark, intended only as an example of one possibility to achieve this.
The only thing we can take from this is that currently it is planned that something will happen at level 77 to enable flight in Northrend but exactly what that something is, has yet to be revealed.