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.
Find out what happened last week below. If you missed our previous entry, you can check it out here.
BlizzCon 2011 Tickets on Sale May 21 and 25 -- BlizzCon 2011 is coming up soon! Mark your calendars for the dates of the ticket sales, and be sure to use permanent ink.
Blizzard Hashtag Twitter Campaign -- Come Tweet with us! (You know you wanna.)
Patch 4.1 PTR Notes (Updated 04/12) -- The latest PTR notes for patch 4.1 are now live. Learn more upcoming changes to classes, dungeons, raids, and more.
Ask the Devs Q&A
Answers #5: Achievements -- The latest round of answers from the developers is now up!
Questions #6: Guild Advancement -- If you've any questions on the topic of guild advancement, head on over to the forums to post them for the developers (and be sure to vote up other questions you like, too).
Garrosh: Then and Now -- He's the orc you love to hate, but is there more than meets the eye? Find out more about his transformation from son of Grom Hellscream to warchief of the Horde.
Council of Three Hammers -- Tensions rise between the rival Bronzebeard, Wildhammer, and Dark Iron clans in Fire and Iron, the latest entry in our ongoing "Leaders of Azeroth" short story series.
Weaponsmithing Fan Art Contest Winners Announced -- See who carved, sculpted, painted, whittled, and wired their way to fan art victory.
Memories of Blizzard Video Contest Submission Deadline Coming Soon -- Save the date: Tuesday, April 19 (tomorrow). If you haven't already submitted an entry, there's no time like the present!
New Player Tips: Defend Yourself! -- What advice would you give to new players who want their professions to complement their adventures in PvP?
WoW Reforge Calculator -- Find out how to optimally reforge your gear according to class, spec, and desired stat caps with this great online tool.
Dress for Luxurious Success -- Check out Wowhead's complete guide to gearing your bank alt.
Around the Community
Poll: PvP is Hard Work -- How important are professions to you when you PvP?
New Warcraft Fan Art - Check out the nine new pieces of fan artwork we've added to our Blizzard gallery.
World of Warcraft Players Hit Level Cap with Zero Kills -- Congratulations to Everbloom of Feathermoon-US for reaching level 85 without killing a single creature (or player).
Grek's Kitchen (GU Comics) -- Just like grandma used to make!
Heroic Barrens Chat (The Daily Blink) -- Coming in 4.1.
Music and Machinima
Archaeology -- TheGreyFoo shows us the passionate side of Doctor Harrison Jones in his latest machinima about everyone's favorite profession.
How to Win at Achievements -- Learn how to score achievement points and influence people, courtesy of Wowcrendor.
Jujufied -- April is Troll Month! Celebrate awesome accents, fetishes, poor posture, and the mighty Loa with Gigi and Letömi in their new music video, "Jujufied."
Draenei -- Sharm sings the Draenei blues in her recent parody of Katy Perry's "E.T."
(More) Fan Art
Mave -- by naon
White Griffin -- by ventralhound
Cataclysm -- by HeeWonLee
My Gifts -- also by HeeWonLee
Zangarmarsh -- by Wolfgan
WoW Barbarian Orc -- by FakeBarbare
Welcome to Tirisfal Glades -- by Osp
Orgrimmar: Horde Territory -- also by Osp
Warlock -- by KEKSE0719
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!