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You can watch the hour-long World of Warcraft: Looking for Group documentary right here

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You can watch the hour-long World of Warcraft: Looking for Group documentary right here

If you were busy irl this weekend, you might be catching up with our flurry of BlizzCon news. During the last day of the event, an hour-long documentary on Blizzard’s mammoth MMO, World of Warcraft, was shown; you’re not going to want to miss it.

We’ve got the documentary in all its glory below, so grab some popcorn and get comfy.

Nostalgia awaits.

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Duncan Jones and Blizzard discuss Warcraft movie and hyper-realistic orcs at Blizzcon

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Duncan Jones and Blizzard discuss Warcraft movie and hyper-realistic orcs at Blizzcon

One year ago at Blizzcon 2013 a short panel discussed just how far Duncan Jones - director of Moon and Source Code - had progressed with his new pet project: the long-awaited Warcraft movie. There was nothing to show and little more to talk about, but what was clear was that the Warcraft movie was to be a tale equally split between the Alliance and Horde factions. 

With much more to talk about, Duncan Jones returned this year to Blizzcon, but there was really only one thing on everyone’s minds: the orcs in Warcraft are really, really good. 

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World of Warcraft film ‘WoW MoM’ documents its use as a cancer therapy

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World of Warcraft film ‘WoW MoM’ documents its use as a cancer therapy

Blizzard’s film, World of Warcraft: Looking for Group, looks back over the ten years of their MMO’s history and it’s being screened for the first time this weekend. There’s another film, though, one that looks at a very specific role World of Warcraft has played for some of its players: cancer therapy.

WoW MoM documents how Terry Bolt uses World of Warcraft to cope with the many difficulties of her illness, both those physical and emotional.

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First blood in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship will be shed next week

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First blood in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship will be shed next week

Even though Blizzard admits that World of Warcraft’s Arena PvP is “kind of hard to watch," it’s there if you want it. The World of Warcraft Arena World Championship is part of BlizzCon 2014, with two groups of four teams duking it out in an attempt become the group champion. 

The first round kicks off next week, on October 31st, and while all teams will be heading to play at BlizzCon itself, the winners will secure two of the four spots in the semi-finals.

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World of Warcraft given subscriber reprieve ahead of Warlords of Draenor; up to 7.4 million players

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World of Warcraft given subscriber reprieve ahead of Warlords of Draenor; up to 7.4 million players

Blizzard’s next World of Warcraft expansion is less than a month away; you can almost feel the increasing anticipation from the millions of players: 7.4 million players to be exact. Over 600,000 new subscribers are back in Azeroth, ready to take on the Iron Horde this November, according to the latest investors call.

Also the current expansion, Mists of Pandaria, is now included with the base World of Warcraft game, along with all the expansions before it.

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Buy a BlizzCon 2014 virtual ticket for loot in WoW, Diablo III, StarCraft II and Hearthstone

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Buy a BlizzCon 2014 virtual ticket for loot in WoW, Diablo III, StarCraft II and Hearthstone

Between the StarCraft WCS, Hearthstone world finals and inevitable announcements of the opening ceremony, some would say that watching the BlizzCon stream is its own reward. But Blizzard wouldn’t be among that number: they’re determined to bribe you with trinkets and treats for every one of their five undying PC games.

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Blizzard on World of Warcraft PvP as an eSport: "it's kind of hard to watch"

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Blizzard on World of Warcraft PvP as an eSport: "it's kind of hard to watch"

Two simultaneous broadcasts at this weekend’s DreamHack Stockholm made for odd juxtaposition. The 16 pros in the European Hearthstone Qualifiers sat inches apart in silence, while 50,000 viewers at home screeched and wailed along with every great play.

Just metres away, by contrast, it was the professionals in the European WoW Arena Tournament who screeched and wailed - while punters walked on past in quiet bemusement.

“I can definitely say that WoW 3v3 Arena right now is kind of hard to watch, in the form that it is," Blizzard eSports head Kim Phan told PCGamesN. “And so there are things that we want to evaluate."

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Casting resurrection: World of Warcraft's getting an undelete character feature

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Casting resurrection: World of Warcraft's getting an undelete character feature

Have you ever, in a fit of rage after an unsuccessful PvP bout in World of Warcraft, deleted your character, only to regret it later? Perhaps an angry partner, sick to the back teeth of you raiding all night long, binned your hero? If so, Blizzard feels your pain.

A new feature is being brought in with the upcoming pre-Warlords of Draenor patch that will allow you to resurrect deleted characters. There are a few caveats though. 

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Don't worry: World of Warcraft's premium XP boosts won't be making the trip from East to West

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Don't worry: World of Warcraft's premium XP boosts won't be making the trip from East to West

World of Warcraft’s playerbase, despite shrinking over the last few years, remains gargantuan. But with the citizens of Azeroth being spread out all over the world, there’s not a typical player. Some are hooked on PvP, others are obsessed with the story and lore, and there are those who just enjoy the social experience of playing with a bunch of buds. And there are regional differences too. 

Blizzard has experimented with things like premium XP boosts for World of Warcraft’s Eastern audience; things that would be a lot less likely to be welcomed in the West. If the thought of Blizzard selling such stuff in Europe or North America makes you nauseous, then don’t worry - lead designer Tom Chilton says that it’s not likely we’ll see them any time soon.

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World of Warcraft tenth anniversary detailed. You get a free corgi

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World of Warcraft tenth anniversary detailed. You get a free corgi

It’s a bumper year for Blizzard. World of Warcraft’s fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor is set to release on 13 November and this year also marks ten years since the MMO originally launched.

Blizzard have announced how they plan to celebrate the game’s first decade, it includes gifts, fighting, and corgis. As all good parties do.

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Blizzard has "six or seven" World of Warcraft expansions planned; "easily 10 years worth of stuff"

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Blizzard has "six or seven" World of Warcraft expansions planned; "easily 10 years worth of stuff"

World of Warcraft director Tom Chilton has revealed that Blizzard have “six or seven" expansions planned for their iconic MMORPG. While the expansion that will arrive after Warlords of Draenor is already in active development, a number of others clocking up “10 years worth of stuff" are being discussed.

“I think it’ll be quite a while before the financials indicate that it’s just not worth doing anymore."

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Why World of Warcraft subscriptions are still dropping, according to its lead designer

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Why World of Warcraft subscriptions are still dropping, according to its lead designer

The rush of new sign-ups for Mists of Pandaria was a blip; World of Warcraft player numbers are now at their lowest point since 2006. Even with the release of Warlords of Draenor on the horizon, Blizzard don’t expect subscriptions of the world’s biggest subscription MMO to grow again, ever. 

WoW lead designer Tom Chilton told us why.

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Is World of Warcraft's Robin Williams tribute a genie NPC?

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Is World of Warcraft's Robin Williams tribute a genie NPC?

World of Warcraft players petitioned Blizzard last week in an effort to memorialise Robin Williams as an NPC. Williams had talked about his fondness for the MMO in interviews, and nearly 11,000 fans signed the request for an in-game character who would tell some of the actor's best-known jokes, “so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing".

The WoW dev team said they were “taking care of it" - and now a genie character has appeared in the game’s files. Could it be?

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World of Warcraft's 10 year anniversary will be filled with corgis and violence

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World of Warcraft's 10 year anniversary will be filled with corgis and violence

Come November, World of Warcraft will be 10 years old. Crikey. I’m suddenly reminded of how fleeting time is, and of my own slow march towards death. Thankfully Blizzard is here to cheer me up, and you, if you’re feeling gloomy. 

They’re using throwing nostalgia around like currency, celebrating the game’s past as it moves towards the fifth expansion. 

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World of Warcraft's Alliance is getting a chopper after all

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World of Warcraft's Alliance is getting a chopper after all

If you cast your mind back a couple of months, you might recall the bizarre reality webshow, Azeroth Choppers. In it, two teams of Blizzard folk constructed choppers based on the Horde and Alliance factions, overseen by that professional shouty man and bike maker from American Choppers. 

Upon creation of the choppers, folk were asked to vote for the best one, which would make it into the game. Of course, that meant that one faction would miss out. It was the Horde bike that won - because tusks on a bike are pretty wonderful - leaving the Alliance with nothing. Blizzard have backpedaled, however, and now both bikes will be available for World of Warcraft players. 

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Get clued up on the history of Warcraft while you wait for Warlords of Draenor

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Get clued up on the history of Warcraft while you wait for Warlords of Draenor

For almost 20 years, Blizzard has been constructing the universe of Warcraft, from the birth of the Titans to the wars between the Horde and the Alliance. There’s a lot to take in, with each game, expansion, comic and novel expanding and fleshing out the gargantuan story. 

If you’re not sure who the gods are or why Ner’zhul had a portal fetish, then worry no more. YouTuber Nobbel87 has taken on the massive task of gathering the lore of Warcraft and turning it into a digestible 40 minute video. So you can get an overview of the entire history of Blizzard’s universe in the length of time it takes a lecturer to teach you about one Ancient Greek vase.

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To Twitch! World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor closed beta goes live today

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To Twitch! World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor closed beta goes live today

A select few will be setting foot on the long-dead planet of Draenor today for the beta of World of Warcraft’s bravest expansion yet.

From 2pm PDT this afternoon, they’ll be stepping through the Dark Portal, establishing a Garrison, and fighting back the Iron Horde - just as we’ll all be able to in a few months’ time. And within hours, we imagine, they’ll be flooding YouTube with the sights and sound of the orcish realm.

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World of Warcraft's human male MKII

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World of Warcraft's human male MKII

The big redesign of World of Warcraft’s old character models has finally hit the humans, or at least the male of the species. Now he looks, if not human, at least more expressive and detailed. Less like a sex doll and more like a shaved gorilla. 

He still looks a little silly, but I remain a fan of the comical proportions and general dopiness, and Blizzard has tried to keep that. The fidelity is vastly improved though. 

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