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New Pet Rating System, Sortable Collections and More!

December 07, 2013
'Tis the Season for site updates and improvements!

For a number of months, we've been hard at work on several upgrades to the site. So what better time than the holiday season to unveil them!

New Pet Rating System
We've totally revamped our rating system. Pet ratings have gone from 4 stars to 5 stars, with lots of (jingling) bells and whistles...

Two Ratings per Pet - A pet may look awesome but have weak battle stats, or vice versa. Our old rating system didn't offer enough depth to indicate which of the top rated pets were best for combat or simply looked the coolest.

Well, no more...

You can now apply TWO ratings for every battle pet — one for Appearance and one for Battle.

Two Ratings per Pet
In addition, our Top 20 Rated Pets has been divided into tabs for Battle and Appearance. So you can easily check the highest-rated combat pets or discover which pets are considered the best looking.

New Rating UI - The old rating UI was clunky. You had to open a separate pop-up to log your vote. The new UI is seamless. Click a star (or half-star) to instantly save your rating.

New Pet Rating UI
Best of all, you can finally access your prior ratings and change them whenever you wish.

Fresh Data - The new system provides a clean slate. We've wiped all pet ratings and the rating history of every user. In the days ahead, new ratings will appear and give everyone a clearer picture of the utility and likability of every pet.

Whether you consider yourself an avid pet collector, an epic battler, or simply an active member of our site, start using the new rating system and make your opinion known!

My Pet Ratings
My Pet Ratings - We've created a page where you can easily review all your ratings, rate multiple pets, and change your ratings.

Access this page anytime by clicking "My Pet Ratings" under the user dropdown menu (pictured).

To rate an individual pet, simply access the pet's profile. Log your rating in the "My Rating" section.

Top Rater Achievement - Earning the Top Rater Top Rater site achievement no longer requires that you rate every single pet. Once you log 250 ratings of any type (Battle or Appearance), you'll permanently earn the achievement.

Legacy Top Raters - If you were one of the few users that rated every pet under our old rating system, don't worry — you've retained your Top Rater status. Better yet, now it's permanent.

Sortable Pet Collections
When viewing any pet collection, you'll notice new sorting options. You can sort anyone's collection by name, rarity or level.

Sortable Pet Collections
These options make it much easier to see which of your pets need an upgrade.

Plus, More Epic Updates!
We've been working hard on several other sought-after improvements, too!

Site-wide Hovercards - Whenever you hover over any pet listed on the site, a hovercard will appear. Hovercards show the quality, level and stats of your own collected pets at a glance.

Site-wide Hovercards

Pet Stats in Pet Profiles - Pet profiles now display a list of each pet in your own collection (under "My Collection" in the General tab). You'll see the pet's custom name, quality, level and stats, plus any duplicates you've collected.

Pet Stats in Pet Profiles

Favorite Pets - Pets marked in-game as favorites in your Pet Journal are now indicated in your pet collection with a star in the upper-left corner.

NOTE: Favorites won't appear in a user's collection until after a fresh Armory import is done.

Breed Letter Abbreviations
Breed Letter Abbreviations - Breed abbreviations, such as S/B or P/P, are now shown in addition to breed IDs in the Battle tab of pet profiles (pictured).

New Bulk Exclusions - We offer two new options when customizing your collection to exclude pets in bulk: BlizzCon Exclusive pets and Collector's Edition pets.

Raid Drop Filter - You'll find a new filter for Raid Drop pets so you can view a complete list of every pet that drops from a raid boss.

Duplicate Realm Fix - Duplicate realms in our database have been connected. Typically, these are the same realm in multiple languages.

Our Thanks to You
As always, we owe a big thanks to you, the pet collecting and battling community. Updates like these wouldn't be possible without your helpful feedback and suggestions.

A very special thanks goes out to our Site MVPsSite MVP. Your charitable support is always welcome and most appreciated. Season's Greetings!
Posted by Breanni
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Patch 5.4.2 is Live: Treasure Goblin Coming Soon!

December 10, 2013
Blizzard implemented a relatively small patch that includes a new addition to the Pet Journal, cross-realm mail, and the Blizzard Store...that's accessible in-game! [source]

A Preview in the Journal
Treasure Goblin
The Treasure Goblin (pictured right) was added to the Pet Journal in this patch, however the pet itself is still not available at this time.

Those that purchase the Collector's Edition of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be lucky enough to finally get a hold of this evasive little goblin and add him to their collections while earning the achievement Collector's Edition: Treasure Goblin.

The release date hasn't been announced yet, so we'll have to wait a while longer for this pet.

Mailing Pet Items Cross-Realm
Have an alt on another server that's overflowing with pet bandages and treats that you wish you could use on characters on another server? Worry not because the cross-realm mail feature is now live!

Account-Bound items are now truly "account-bound," and players can mail these items between their characters even if they are located on different realms. These items include (but are not limited to):

To mail an Account-Bound item to another one of your characters, address it to "Player name-Server name." It's that easy!

In-Game Blizzard Store
Last but not least, the Store can now be accessed while in-game. You can browse and purchase pets without ever straying from Azeroth! [source]

There's a new shop icon that will lead you to the in-game store's interface. Keep in mind prices may not be finalized and not all store options have been implemented yet.

Physical items, such as the Wyvern and Gryphon plushies, as well as the Guardian Cub and Moonkin Hatchling are not available from the in-game Blizzard Store. Additionally, the charity bundle for the Alterac Brew-Pup and mount cannot be purchased through this new feature.

The in-game store arrived just in time for the holidays. Blizzard is having a 50% off sale on certain pets and mounts! [source]

This sale will end January 1, 2014 so while there's still some time, don't wait too long to adopt or gift an adorable Blizzard Store pet!
Posted by Quintessence
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December 15, 2013
It has been brought to our attention that some users are receiving a error when attempting to update their WarcraftPets collections.

Our lead website developer, Weena, has looked into the issue. The cause of the error is a problem regarding Blizzard's API, so unfortunately there's nothing we can do to fix it on our end.

The error doesn't seem to be affecting all users, nonetheless we're sorry for the inconvenience it's caused to those that have had trouble updating.

If you receive a error when updating your WarcraftPets collection, please report it on our Site Bugs forum.

Report a error

Additionally, a description of a workaround can be found in this thread. If you have other characters on different servers that are level 10 or higher, you can temporarily use them in place of your main character.

We will be contacting Blizzard to inform them of this issue (if they aren't already aware of it) and hopefully it will be resolved in the near future.

Thank you for your patience in this matter!
Posted by Quintessence
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Doobjanka’s Murkablo Holiday Giveaway

December 17, 2013
'Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to start off the Feast of Winter Veil than with a holiday giveaway!

Doobjanka's Murkablo Holiday Giveaway

WarcraftPets' own Doobjanka is giving away TWO Murkablo pets to commemorate his four years of volunteering for WarcraftPets, and to celebrate The Feast of Winter Veil.

For a random chance to win your very own Murkablo on Winter Veil morning, simply post your idea for a new Winter Veil pet. Include the name of your pet, a brief description of its appearance, and three (3) festive abilities that it could use to trounce other pets in battle!

Remember, only one entry per person. If you have multiple user accounts, choose one to post your official entry. Multiple entries by the same person will disqualify all entries. However, you may freely edit your original entry before the close of the contest.

Post your entry here

Entries must be posted no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Tuesday December 24, 2013. Two winners will be randomly selected the following morning.

Good luck!
Posted by Quintessence
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World of Petcraft #38

December 20, 2013
Enjoy our monthly web comic created for WoW pet collectors! We feature a new World of Petcraft strip every month.

World of Petcraft #38
About the Artist
Meaghan McLaughlin is an aspiring artist and the author of "Nerds Illustrated." She's currently available to create custom WoW artwork.
Posted by Breanni
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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Pre-Orders Now Available

December 21, 2013
Blizzard has announced the release date for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, March 25, 2014! Pre-orders are now available for purchase. [source]

Players can pre-order the Digital Standard Edition or the Digital Deluxe Edition. To purchase either, the account must have a Diablo III license attached to it. The Collector's Edition will be available from select retail stores in limited quantity.

Collecting the Treasure Goblin
Treasure Goblin
If you're looking to collect the Treasure Goblin to add to your pet collection, you can either purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition or the physical Collector's Edition of Reaper of Souls.

The Digital Deluxe version will come with all of the redeemable bonus gifts, including the pet, however any physical bonuses, such as the art book, will only be available from the Collector's Edition.

Digital bonus gifts are scheduled to be sent out on the day of the game's release, but it is possible that some items may arrive earlier than expected so keep an eye on your mailboxes. You never know when a sneaky little Treasure Goblin might show up to plunder and loot your mail!
Posted by Quintessence
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Warmest Holiday Wishes from WarcraftPets

December 23, 2013
Warmest Holiday Wishes from WarcraftPets
Happy Holidays!
As always, it's our ongoing privilege to serve all of your pet collecting and battling needs. We look forward to bringing you more exciting news and site updates throughout the New Year.

Warmest wishes for a pet-filled 2014!wink

Reminder: Holiday Giveaway
If you haven't done so already, there's still time to enter Doobjanka's Murkablo Holiday Giveaway! Entries must be posted in the official contest thread no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Tuesday December 24, 2013.

The winners will be chosen at random on Winter Veil morning (December 25th) and contacted via email to claim their Murkablo prize.

About the Artist:  Michelle Spalding (Drrum) is a talented graphic artist and the creator of the most impressive gallery of pets and mounts you'll find. Check it out!
Posted by Breanni
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