Explorer’s League Journal: Stuck in the Middle With You

April 5th by Daxxarri

Welcome to the Explorers' League Journal, our weekly recap of news and events from around Azeroth. Each week we'll cover a variety of topics including patch notes, hotfixes, contests, helpful guides, and recent blue posts to keep you up-to-date on the latest game and community developments.

If you missed our previous entry, you can check it out here.


Blizzard April Fools' Day Recap

Introducing Crabby: The Dungeon Helper -- Few things are more fun than plumbing the depths of World of Warcraft's dungeons (and community site) with a trusty, unwavering friend at your side. Crabby was a stalwart companion, if only for a day.

Tomb of Immortal Darkness -- Deep beneath the crumbling tombstones of Duskwood’s Raven Hill Cemetery, a dark and mysterious evil is stirring… Really, really dark. Like, pitch black. Trust us, it’s dark.

Patch 4.1.11 Preview -- The upcoming World of Warcraft Patch 4.1.11 promised to dramatically change your World of Warcraft: Cataclysm experience… for the hilarious.

Horadric Cube App -- Maximize your smartphone's potential and create brand-new apps from scratch by combining and transforming your existing apps! Did you find all 40 combinations?



Dev Watercooler -- Rude Interruptions -- Are interrupts too powerful? Ghostcrawler ruminates on that question, as well as how interrupts have influenced World of Warcraft’s PvP and PvE.

Patch 4.1: Guild Challenges -- Learn more about World of Warcraft’s upcoming Guild Challenges.

Patch 4.1 PTR Patch Notes (Updated 3/30) -- The latest PTR patch notes are now live. Learn more about upcoming changes to classes, dungeons, raids, and more.

4.0.6 Hotfixes (Updated 3/19) -- Keep tabs on recent hotfixes following patch 4.0.6. You can also visit our Bug Report forum for a list of known issues still under investigation.


Survival Guides

Browsing for Raids -- Did you know that you can find a raid group automatically with the in-game Raid Browser?


Around the Community

World of Warcraft fan sites went all out this year, with some imaginative and hilarious April Fools' Day pranks. Check them out:

Wowhead: Patch 4.1 -- Delicia Fay and Armor Dyes Coming Soon to Azeroth

MMO-Champion: Wings of Chaos and Divine Wings on the Blizzard Store

MMO-Champion: World of Warcraft -- 5.0 Panda Mania

Paragon: Firelands Sneak peek: Ragnaros, the Firelord

WarcraftPets: New in 4.1: Companion Loyalty!


There were some more serious community efforts too:

Yesterday's News -- A surprisingly touching look at the way the march of progress affects the life of a proud dwarven craftsman.


Blue Posts/Announcements:

Retribution Paladins and Healing

Dispel Protection and Unstable Affliction

Priests and Sanctuary

Honor Among Thieves Fix and Smoke Bomb

AoE Threat, Druid Tanks, and Swipe

Shadow Priest Sin and Punishment Diminishing Returns?


See you next week!


If you have any suggestions for community-created comics, guides, artwork, machinima, realm events, or forum posts that we should feature, please feel free to send us an email at WoWCommWatch@Blizzard.com. Include a link to the content and a brief description of why you think that item should be featured, and you may see it in the next Explorers' League Journal!