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World of Warcraft patch 6.1 is out today; here's all the best bits

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World of Warcraft patch 6.1 is out today; here's all the best bits

It’s patch day today inside Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, and with it a flurry of new goodies. Patch 6.1 introduces some juicy and long awaited features such as the new Blood Elf models, Heirloom collection tab, Twitter integration and some major improvements to how Garrisons function.

We’ve compiled a list of the best and biggest additions below, so take a look for a head start before you dive into the game.

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World of Warcraft will provide colour blind options in next update

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World of Warcraft will provide colour blind options in next update

As anyone with colour blindness will tell you, trying to read a game’s HUD and interface can be an absolute nightmare. Developers frequently forget that for many people certain colours are impossible to distinguish, which is problematic when colour is used to show information like friendly or enemy players, or how rare and item is. 

World of Warcraft relies quite heavily on colour to inform, so it’s about time that it had options for people with colour vision issues. Thankfully they’re coming in the next patch. 

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World of Warcraft graphics update coming in 6.1 patch

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World of Warcraft graphics update coming in 6.1 patch

Blizzard’s been working on making the positively ancient World of Warcraft look better for its next patch, 6.1. The update will bring back anti-aliasing of the MSAA and SSAA variety and textures will all look considerably more detailed thanks to Nvidia’s HBAO+.

If none of that made sense then, suffice to say, a wizard did it.

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World of Warcraft now does selfies (with black-and-white filters if you want them)

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World of Warcraft now does selfies (with black-and-white filters if you want them)

Our fantasy worlds are filled with not-so-subtle allusions to technical equipment beyond the limits of their fiction. Blood Bowl has the CAMRA - a bound spirit in a box whose mental image is transmitted by a team of magicians using the spell Cabalvision. And now World of Warcraft is getting S.E.L.F.I.E.s in Warlords of Draenor patch 6.1.

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If an Honorbuddy bot dies in a battleground, and no-one's around to hear it...

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If an Honorbuddy bot dies in a battleground, and no-one's around to hear it...

When you turn up at a PvP Battleground in World of Warcraft, the last thing you expect to see is an army of players coldly and efficiently marching between capture points in haunting synchronicity. But that’s exactly what YouTuber Zybak found whilst he attempted to dig into some Battlegrounds matches for a stream. 

Almost every player for both Alliance and Horde were robots. Avatars puppeteered not by real players behind keyboards, but lines of code; their presence in the arena simply to farm Honor currency. The bot’s known as Honorbuddy, and it’s destroying the fun in WoW’s Battlegrounds. 

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World of Warcraft's Veteran Edition is just a Starter Edition trial for lapsed players

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World of Warcraft's Veteran Edition is just a Starter Edition trial for lapsed players

Speculation about World of Warcraft going free-to-play never seems to cease, and more fuel was added to the fire recently when, last week, MMO-Champion uncovered details of a new account type coming in the 6.1 patch: Veteran Edition. 

This account type has caps on gold and experience and other limitations that make it seem a lot like the trial account otherwise known as the Starter Edition. And that’s exactly what it is, Blizzard has confirmed today. It’s a trial account for lapsed players.

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Winter Veil 2014 starts today in World of Warcraft

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Winter Veil 2014 starts today in World of Warcraft

Come ye, come ye, all of ye who hungers for snow, candy canes, and crackers: the Feast of the Winter Veil is about to begin! It’s taking part in every major city in Azeroth, and one and all are welcome. Greatfather Winter is waiting for you, and he promises a jolly good time. 

The Feast of Winter Veil is, of course, World of Warcraft’s Christmas event, and it runs this year from today - December 16th - to January 2nd.  There’s plenty to do, and a few goodies to pick up from Greatfather Winter’s sack. So log in quick, but first check out what’s waiting for you. 

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Blizzard to scrap World of Warcraft's Death Knight level requirement

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Blizzard to scrap World of Warcraft's Death Knight level requirement

Many moons ago, Blizzard released the Wrath of the Lich King expansion to World of Warcraft, and along with it a new class: Death Knights. They were a special sort, being dubbed as a “Hero Class" due to their unique ability to start the game at level 55, which back then was a big thing. The only hitch was that you needed to already own a character that was over that level, before you could even think about creating one.

Now though, as time has passed, Blizzard have seen it fit to remove that arbitrary requirement.

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Adopt Argi the alien goat in World of Warcraft, and help the American Red Cross

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Adopt Argi the alien goat in World of Warcraft, and help the American Red Cross

You probably never realised that you wanted, no, needed an adorable alien goat in your life. You woke up every morning thinking your life was complete, never realising that there was a tiny, cute hole in your existence that could only be filled by a cloven-hoofed creature from another world, in another time. But now you do, and I bet it’s eating you up inside. 

Argi, the space goat, has been added to World of Warcraft’s roster of pets, and you can purchase the cuddly wee creature now for $10 or £9, yeah, we Brits are getting the short end of the stuck. But! Oh, it’s a big but. From now until December 31st, 100 percent of the “adoption" fee will be donated by Blizzard to the American Red Cross, and the charity will use the money to aid in ebola relief efforts in Africa. 

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Good news, everyone: The World of Warcraft Blood Elf makeover is in progress

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Good news, everyone: The World of Warcraft Blood Elf makeover is in progress

While almost all of Azeroth is swanning about, looking fancy with their new character models, only the Worgen, Goblins and Blood Elves have been left out in the cold. The first two don’t care, because their character models look just as good as the new ones, but the Blood Elves were not so fortuitous. Worse, they had to look on as their Burning Crusade counterparts, the Draenei, got updated. 

This unfortunate situation will soon be remedied. New models for the Barbies and Kens of World of Warcraft are on their way, and Artcraft offers up a glimpse of their new look. 

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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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