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Play With the Blues: Thursday August 21

Official Blizzard Quote:

It’s time to play with Blues on the Beta realms! Help us put the Premade Groups feature through its paces by creating and joining lots of Dungeon and 3v3 Arena groups. During the playtest, you’ll have a chance to encounter members of the Warcraft Development Team like Watcher, Celestalon, and Holinka, in addition to QA, CS, and CM team members as we join you for a Dungeon run or Arena match.

What: Create Premade Groups, run Dungeons, and 3v3 Arena groups with Blizzard employees!
When: Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM PDT.
Where: Level 100 PvE and Level 100 PvP Beta realms
How you’ll know they’re a Blue: Blizzard employees will be in a guild called  or  respectively for the duration of the event.

How to create a Premade Group:
For Dungeons, access the Group Finder pane (bound to I key by default.)
Select Premade Groups --> Dungeons --> Find a Group or Start a Group
Or
For Arenas, access the Player vs. Player pane (bound to H key by default.)
Select Premade Groups --> Arenas --> Find a Group or Start a Group (3v3)

If you want to learn more about improvements to Group Finder in Warlords of Draenor; check out Premade Groups: Looking for Adventure.

For information on how to create a level-100 template character, submitting a bug report, or suggestion; check out Welcome to the Beta Test: PLEASE READ!

Good, wholesome fun for the whole family! We look forward to grouping with you. :)

Twitch Streamers Giving Away Beta Keys

Official Blizzard Quote:

Many prominent Twitch streamers from the PvP and PvE communities have been provided with beta keys to give away in anticipation of this Thursday's "Play with the Blues" event, where we'll be testing the Premade Groups tool for dungeons & 3v3 Arenas on level-100 beta realms. If you've already opted in to test Warlords of Draenor, these giveaways provide you with additional opportunities to score beta access and join us!

These folks will also be streaming and giving away keys during the event this Thursday, August 21 from 3-5 p.m. PDT.

Tune into the following Twitch streams and visit their Twitter feeds to learn more about their giveaways and see the beta test in action:

Acherus
Twitter: @MagdalenaDK

Bajheera
Twitter: @BajheeraWoW

Chinglish
Twitter: @Chinglishtv

Elvine
Twitter: @Elvinelol

FatbossTV
Twitter: @FatbossTV

GhostZoneGaming
Twitter: @VidaMartin

Hotted
Twitter: @hotted89

Killars
Twitter: @Killarslol

Slootbag
Twitter: @Slootbag

Snutz
Twitter: @kelvinsnutz

SpartySmallwood
Twitter: @SpartySmallwood

Swifty
Twitter: @SwiftyiRL

SylessNecole
Twitter: @SylessNecole

Towelliee
Twitter: @towelthetank

Treckie
Twitter: @methodtreckie

Vanguards
Twitter: @vanguardstv

Venruki
Twitter: @ElliottVenczel

Good luck to everyone seeking keys!
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Premade Groups: Looking for Adventure - Working with PvP?

A recent post from Blizzard talks about PvP in a service similar to LFG. This means this service will work for almost any type of groups including arenas. Perhaps people can have an easier time finding partners in WoD.

Official Blizzard Quote:

Group Finder is getting a new addition in Warlords of Draenor to make it easier for you to group up. In a raid and need more adventurers to round out the group for a Normal or Heroic raid or need help finding like-minded players for a group quest? The Premade Group option within the Group Finder can help.

Looking For Adventure
To start browsing for groups that are looking for more you'll want to open Group Finder (Bound to the I key by default) then click on the Premade Groups option for PvE content such as questing, dungeons, and raids.

Within the Player vs. Player tab, you can create premade groups for Arenas (2v2, 3v3, 5v5), Arena Skirmishes (2v2, 3v3), Battlegrounds, and Rated Battlegrounds. You can also access the Player vs. Player pane directly (Bound to the H by default). Additionally, there’s a custom option to allow you to create groups for things not on the list, such as forming a raiding party to do a little world PvP in a capital city with a few new friends.

Once you’ve identified a group that looks promising you can sign up to join it; the group leader will be notified that your pending join request needs their approval.

Recruiting For Danger
Those who want to take matters into their own hands can form groups by selecting ‘Start a Group’. Here’s a breakdown for what the different fields are for.

Name: Give the group a name. It helps if the group name is something descriptive like “UBRS run”.
Type: What is the purpose of the group? Questing? Running a Dungeon? Running a Normal raid, etc.?
Requirements (optional): You can elect to use it to specify additional requirements, such as a minimum item level or use of voice chat to facilitate communications.
  • Minimum Item Level (optional): It’s important to note that the minimum item level requirement must be less than or equal to your own item level.
  • Voice Chat: Some groups may prefer the use of voice chat for greater coordination.
  • Description (optional): A place available for those that want to provide more information, such as loot rules, or other information pertinent to the group.
When your settings are ready, simply click ‘List Group’ to be listed.

Holding Out For A Hero
Players applying to join the group show up as potential applicants where the group leader can accept or decline. For raid groups, both the raid leader and players identified as raid assistants share the ability to accept or decline applicants. Additionally, raid groups will be able to see what ranks the applicants have attained in Proving Grounds (Bronze, Silver, or Gold). Meanwhile, a tally of the different roles in the group so far is reflected to provide an overview of how the group formation process is progressing.

These changes and more await, making it easier to find like-minded players. Good luck, and happy grouping!
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