Okay, guys. You’ve had plenty of time to do it, and now the countdown’s just about over. As of tomorrow, only Battle.net accounts will be able to log into the game. If you merge your account before the deadline, you get Mr. Chilly, the adorable penguin pet, but if you do it after the deadline, all you get is a permeating sense of failure.
Just go and merge your account(s) while you’re on your break and reading this! It takes almost no time, the process is painless, and you get a small flightless bird that serves no useful purpose. If you don’t take care of it now, don’t say we didn’t warn you when you log in tomorrow and you’re spending an extended amount of time with Roary McFrostwyrm.
We’re not legally liable for the damage that might cause. We’ve done our part. The rest is up to you.
For those of you who’ve already merged your account, just read the next post. Don’t stare. These guys were just busy, that’s all.
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The expected race change feature is now active on the Account Management page, at least on the US realms. One of our writers has gone through with the change, and it appears to be working. The charge is $25, five dollars less than the faction change feature released a while ago, and includes a full customization — gender, name, and appearance if you choose to do them. The race changes do not include the new class combinations yet — we’ll probably have to wait until Cataclysm at least before those become available. It’s not live on the EU realms yet either, as of this writing.
There is also an extended FAQ, which we’ve posted after the break. This is something that we mostly never expected to happen, right up until Blizzard started saying that it would just a while ago. So at this point, once you roll a character, you’re now able to (for an additional charge) change everything about it save for the actual class. It seems unlikely that Blizzard would ever let that happen (given that classes are the fundamental basis of a roleplaying game), but of course we’ve learned to never say never with them.
Update: We’ve now received official blue confirmation that it is intended to be active. Enjoy, everyone!
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No, what you see above is not the logo of the (probably) upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. It’s the graphic being used by a phishing site that’s been making the rounds lately and we’ve received a number of emails about. To make sure everybody is completely clear, if you see the logo above, the website you’re visiting is absolutely not legit. There are no Cataclysm Alpha invites going out to the public, and certainly not Beta invites. When Blizzard kicks off a beta, we’ll be sure to tell you. And even better, Blizzard will be sure to tell you. Until that happens, please be careful about what you click on. The pre-expansion period is prime time for phishing attempts.
Naturally, even if that’s not the graphic you see, you should be wary of Cataclysm-related phishing sites. There are quite a few right now, and they will even grow more numerous after BlizzCon. Be mindful of the sites you’re linked, be careful where you enter your WoW account information, as well as your personal information. I know we’ve said it many times before, but we really can’t say it enough. Don’t do anything silly, and if you want to be absolutely sure that you don’t do anything silly, grab yourself an authenticator if you can. If you can’t get the physical authenticator, there’s always one of the mobile authenticators.
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