Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays and Winter Veil!

Hello community!

We would like to take advantage of the Winter’s Veil seasonal event to wish you Happy Holiday on behalf of the staff of Dalaran-WoW.

In this festive season, we have to remember having Joy, Love, Peace, and Hope. Joy killing your enemies in the Battleground, Love when you see that hard achievement pop after a long struggle, Peace when you end Wintergrasp after an even battle and Hope when you are looting the Lich King and you want to see the Invincible. May your heart be full of them this season!

Greatfather Winter has a list of all those who have been naughty, but if you were good and patient, you will get your presents under the big tree from Ironforge or Orgrimmar on the morning of December 25th. If you did leave some milk and cookies for him, of course.

Rescue the Reindeer, use the Preserved Holly to make your mount more festive, throw snowballs to each other, use the gnomish machines to transform yourselves as little helpers and kill your enemies, because being small and Santa-like dressed does not mean you need to be merciful with the other faction.

Let it snow with the handful of snowflakes you gather from the Winter Revelers, a bit of cold never hurt anyone during this special time of the year, even less after blowing some kisses under the mistletoe.

We really hope you enjoy it in your WotLK Home and have a wonderful time during these special days. We also want to thank you for your constant support and collaboration and of course, we also would like to thank every staff member that helps with their passion and devotion for this project.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/163/happy-ho-ho-holidays-and-winter-veil/

Weekly BG Tournament winner: Alliance (and more info)

And the first winner of the Weekly Battleground Tournament is: The Alliance!

Congratulations, Alliance! Good job with the team effort that brought you to Victory.

We would like to say that we are vastly impressed with the participation in the tournament; a total of 282 battlegrounds in a space of a week, most of them level 80. Some days, the sewers of Dalaran were crowded and full of duels once again, we noticed an arena activity increase aswell. Thank you everyone for embracing this initiative and for having such spirit of competition.

First of all, we are going to detail the rewards that the Alliance is going to enjoy this week as fair winners of the tournament:

  • Extra Honor.

  • Extra Experience received in Battlegrounds.

  • 25% emblem drop chance upon finishing a WoTLK Random Heroic Dungeon (Frost for ICC attuned players, and their correspondent emblem for the other attunes).

  • Extra emblem drop from certain WoTLK Raid Bosses (Frost for ICC attuned players, and their correspondent emblem for the other attunes). Naxxramas: Loatheb, Maexxna, The 4 Horsemen, Thaddius and Kel’Thuzad; Ulduar: XT-002 Deconstructor, Auriaya, Mimiron, Yogg’Saron; ToC: Lord Jaraxxus, Twin Val’kyrs, Anub’arak.

  • Small amount of Arena Points upon finishing a level 80 BG (both factions will enjoy this).

We are going to take advantage of this notification to talk about a few things regarding the tournament and the PvP status itself.

– We would like to let you know that we have been working on a system to improve the ghost-queue monitoring but, we also rely on your reports for a faster catch. Therefore, if you see anything suspicious let us know with a ticket and we will quickly take action. Any Battleground detected as ghost-queued that had no fair participation in it, is removed from the total counter, so it will not interfere with the Tournament in any way. We have been warning those players who ghost-queued and banned the ones that repeated it. From now on, the ghost queue shall be directly a 1-day ban, without any warning. If continued, it may lead to an account suspension.

– We are dealing with past win-traders, we are amending our own mistakes regarding proper monitoring. In order to balance the PvP status, we are removing the gear from people who did not earn it in a legit way. Thanks to those who understood and collaborated with us when we removed the items. That being said, we will not allow it to happen again and those who traded in the past, will see their accounts suspended if repeated.
We are preparing the terrain for an Arena Season reset, we will give you more information about this shortly.

This is just the base concept for the Weekly Battleground Tournament, we have plenty of ideas and our intention is to have more PvP areas involved, making it fun while challenging. We are open to suggestions, as always, and we will take them all into consideration. We would like to give you a sneak-peak about what we are thinking to include soon:

  • City Raiding: It will involve proper capital attacks and defense.

  • Wintergrasp will count towards the Tournament.

  • We are working on a way to incentivize players to join Alterac Valley during the Tournament.

  • Gurubashi Arena: extra rewards at the beginning but, we are thinking about giving it more relevance bit by bit.

We are going to be including totally new rewards every few weeks, the current ones are just to start with!

Our intention is to upgrade the Weekly Battleground Tournament and make it a Weekly (general) PvP Tournament. We will also keep improving the PvP section on the website so it can show more interesting stats such as top H.K kills, extended BG and WG info…etc.

This tournament is just the first step, and we are delighted to see the results. Thank you for your participation, the interest shown has been wonderful!

We can’t be more grateful for the feedback we are receiving, we are giving our best to make Dalaran your WotLK home, strong, long-established, dedicated and respectful to the hard work from our players. The PvP was an area that needed some love from our side so, we are on it now. We hope you enjoy the BG Tournament and what comes next.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/162/weekly-bg-tournament-winner-alliance-and-more-info/

 

The Weekly Battleground Tournament has started!

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


We are gladly announcing that the Weekly Battleground Tournament is now active! A faction-wide effort with faction-wide rewards.


Remember that you can take a look at the weekly statistics here: https://www.dalaran-wow.com/pvp/


It is really easy to participate and help your faction to earn the weekly rewards, you just need to queue and fight in Battlegrounds (any bracket counts), the faction that wins the most will be proclaimed the winner for that week, so during the next one will be able to enjoy faction-wide rewards such as: Extra experience in BGs, extra Honor, extra experience in dungeons, extra emblem drop from certain WoTLK Raid Bosses (attached to each own’s progression, Emblems of Frost for the ICC attuned players), emblems drop chance upon finishing an RHC (attached to each own’s progression, Emblems of Frost for the ICC attuned players), and many more that we will keep updating and announcing. Take a look here for more information: https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/159/weekly-battleground-tournament-faction-wide-rewards/


As this is the first week and there is no winner yet, we’ve decided to grant a small amount of Arena Points when finishing a level 80 Battleground for both, winner and loser.


Also, as several players have suggested, everyone can now purchase the Relentless gear with Triumph/Frost emblems from Xazi Smolderpipe in the Underbelly, Dalaran. This will ease the incorporation into the PvP scene for some players and will help to make it a bit more balanced.


As a side note, we are taking many steps to keep improving and promoting PvP, the Weekly Battleground Tournament is just one of them. More information about this will follow during the next weeks. Thank you for the suggestions and feedback received.


Remember to encourage everyone in your faction to participate!

 

Ulduar 10 players: Health nerf.

Hello Community,

As the current level of difficulty from Ulduar is quite high and may be too challenging nowadays; many players have suggested us to perform a small nerf to the 10 players mode during the last few months, we have decided to do so and reduce the health pool from the encounters.

We think that the level of challenge that Ulduar has offered for such a long time was essential, but we also understand that the difficulty may interfere with many of the current players/groups progressing through the tiers.

Therefore, the next Friday 6th of December, with the maintenance that shall welcome the Weekly Battleground Tournament: the HP from Ulduar 10 players mode bosses will be reduced to a more manageable amount.

Thank you and enjoy it!

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/160/ulduar-10-players-health-nerf/

Weekly Battleground Tournament: Faction-wise Rewards.

Drums of War can already be heard in the distance, an ancient call to defend your faction and sing ballads of victory in every tavern and city through Azeroth.

The eternal fight for power and domination it’s now a common effort; not only those prepared for the battle are the chosen ones to enjoy these challenges and rewards, everyone from the same faction is.

We are very glad to present to you our Weekly Battleground Tournament, a faction-wise collaborative event that will allow both the Alliance and the Horde to work together for glory. This event will be an ongoing Tournament and will start on the 6th of December.

This tournament is designed to promote PvP in a PvE focused server. Our intention is to encourage each faction’s participation in every Battleground’s bracket. We have tried to make it interesting with its cyclic form and the faction-wise rewards so any kind of player can overcome their PvP blockage and turn into the bloodthirsty enemies you have always feared.

With time, the PvP aspect should be more active thanks to the participation of the community. Therefore, we will be including more perks, rewards, and challenges to the Tournament as it increases in popularity.

For now, we have prepared a few initial rewards that will rotate each week and will benefit both the PvP and PvE aspects of the game while trying to increase the interest towards PvP gradually.

This Weekly Battleground Tournament should also contribute towards making the Northrend’s Heroic Dungeons and Raids more active thanks to the faction-wise perks.

How will it work?

The system is really easy to understand.

There will be a Battleground counter which will be reset every week (Fridays 15:00 p.m Server Time), the faction with more Battlegrounds won that week will be considered the winner and will be enjoying the faction-wise rewards until the next Friday’s reset.

For this, we have prepared a new PVP section on our website where you can see the weekly winner, Battleground statistics, Tournament history, active and upcoming rewards/perks…etc.

After each Friday’s Tournament reset, the rewards will be available for the winner faction. There is no need to do anything as a player: just enjoy the perks and keep pushing!

All the relevant information will be broadcasted everywhere each week: in-game notifications, website, our social networks…etc.

In the future, this website’s PvP section will also include some top rankings (H.Ks…etc), as well as some extra interesting data. We are also going to dedicate a space for Wintergrasp, Gurubashi Arena and capital cities raids into the Weekly Battleground Tournament along with the introduction of more enjoyable features.

How can you participate?

By just doing Battlegrounds. There is no need to do anything special, just participate in any kind of Battleground from level 10 to 80. Unless there are some specifications for a particular week, the level or the Battleground does not matter.

What are the Faction-wise rewards?

The faction-wise rewards are some perks that every player from the winning faction will be able to enjoy for a week, there is no need to participate in order to benefit from them though. It is a very similar case to the Stone-Keeper Shards from Wintergrasp.

There will be two kinds of rewards: static and random. The entire winner faction will benefit from them until the next reset.

Static rewards: These are the perks that will always be active for the current winner faction. If your faction wins, you can enjoy them at least until the next Friday’s reset.

A post with all the possible rewards and specifications will be released shortly.

Some of the initial static rewards:

  • Extra Honor.

  • Extra emblem drop from certain WoTLK raid bosses (e.g: Naxxramas last bosses from each wing, Ulduar’s Keepers…etc). Emblems will drop individually for each player, based on their character progression (Frost for ICC attuned players).

  • 25% chance to have an extra emblem drop upon finishing a WoTLK Heroic Dungeon through the RDF tool. Emblems will drop individually for each player, based on their character progression (Frost for ICC attuned players).

  • Extra XP in Dungeons and Battlegrounds.

Random rewards: These are additional perks that will be changing each week randomly and will be available for the winner faction.

Some of the initial random rewards:

  • Extra Wintergrasp rewards.

  • Battleground Marks of Honor available.

  • Extra reward/drop from Vanilla and TBC raids.

  • Vote/Donation Shop discounts.

  • Services discounts.

Regardless of the faction winner, the level 80 battlegrounds will grant a small amount of Arena Points during the Tournament.

A quick example:

  1. The Friday 6th of December the WBT will start.

  2. Then, the next week on Friday 13th the reset will happen at 12:00 pm and that faction who won the most Battlegrounds shall be declared the winner.

  3. A new week starts, therefore the Battleground counter starts from 0 again and all the static rewards become available for the winner faction, plus one of the random ones until the next reset.

  4. And this gets repeated every week.

Why this kind of Tournament?

Our intentions are to bring the competitive PvP scene back alive. We consider this to be one of the firsts steps. We think that by making it a faction-wise collaborative effort and rewards, would ease the participation and reinforce the faction feeling of victory. And by being able to collaborate no matter the level or the battleground will help towards a common goal: be the winners that week. So everyone with a bit of curiosity about PvP could help to achieve that weekly goal and, bit by bit, keep improving and get into the PvP scene more and more. Practice makes the master.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/159/weekly-battleground-tournament-faction-wise-rewards/

 

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Turkey!

And now is time to cook some achievements!


Becoming a chef has never been so important, acquire the Bountiful Cookbook and start your journey with the delicious seasonal recipes. Keep in mind that you may need to do a bit of a pilgrimage between the cities in order to obtain the special delicacies to craft them.


Remember to make a good food fight with your allies as well as share the bounty with them passing along the dishes, but also take a seat with your enemies in their cities, but to make it more perilous you will have to dress for that occasion if you want to transform it into a feat.


And while you may need to hunt, dominate and slaughter those Wild Turkeys before you triumph on your tasks, do not forget to blast every rogue you find around or even defeat Talon King Ikiss.


Enjoy the event, don’t chicken out!


PS: Careful when you are beside a Campfire with your Plump Turkey pet, because he will not be able to resist jumping into his destiny.


 

Double XP and RAF event is now active.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


Due to popular demand, we are glad to announce that we are going to have an XP event which will start this Friday 15th and will last until the 2nd of December. During this event, you will be able to enjoy the following:


  • Double Experience and Honor (x2).
  • Recruit a Friend bonuses will be active through Outlands and Northrend. This means you can enjoy RAF until level 80 (it was from level 1-60 and now it will be from level 1-80).
Stay tuned to our news, we are going to publish more information about the upcoming Battleground PvP tournaments soon, as well as give some insight about our future plans – we are quite excited about them.


Thank you everyone.