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by Published on 2015-11-25 12:11 PM

New HotA and Seismic Slam Affixes, PTR Patch 2.4 Hotfix List, PTR 2.4 Builds

Iksar on the Inspire Mechanic "There's a Long Future Ahead", Noxious' Fun Tech Bombs & Spells Mage

Towers of Doom Now Available, Watch Dreamhack and Unlock Cho'Gall, PTR Offline

Overwatch Beta Returns!, Jeff Kaplan Responds to Feedback, How Overwatch Balances Heroes

Legion - Druid Artifact Forms
Feral and Guardian Druids get customized forms with their Artifacts in Legion.

Legion - Legendary World Drops
The Legion alpha added the legendary world drops that were mentioned at Blizzcon. So far, all we know:

  • Rare world drops, but not fully random. There will be ways to target specific items.
  • Powerful throughout the expansion. When you get one, you will want to keep it for the entire expansion.
  • Role, class, and spec based effects on the items.

Level Type Slot Name
940OtherHead Collar of the Lifebinder
940OtherFeet Nochtadh, Footpads of the Deft Assasin
940OtherFeet Aman'Thul's Stride
940OtherWrists Thornbraces
940OtherWrists Nightmare Strands
940OtherNeck Star of Norgannon
940OtherNeck Earth-Warder's Scale
940OtherShoulders Tidecaller
940OtherShoulders Stormwing
940OtherShoulders Gilded Wings
940OtherShoulders Amice of the Dreamweaver
940OtherShoulders Dreamboughs
940OtherChest Smolderweave
940OtherWaist Cord of the Nightborne
940OtherWrists Storm Tempests
940OtherWrists Timeshifters
940OtherBack Shroud of Ysera
940OtherBack Not Used - Stormtide Drape
940OtherBack Soulweave
940OtherBack Cursed Burden
940OtherBack Platinum Repose
900NeckNeck Vermuund's Beads of Great Convergence
940FingerFinger Helztstone
940BackBack Mantle of Ashildir
900BackBack Mantle of Flames
940NeckNeck Eyir's Tear
940NeckNeck Martyr Chain
940NeckNeck Soulcaster
940NeckNeck The Arcen Star
940NeckNeck Nether Prism
940NeckNeck Star of Norgannon
900ClothHead Wilfred's Hood of Superior Summoning
900ClothHead Halo of the Ebon Martyr
940ClothChest Vestments of the Wo-Chi
940ClothChest Fatebender
940ClothWrists Coiled Ley Lines
940LeatherHead Bramble Helm of Shala'drassil
940LeatherHead Draugr, Helm of the Everlasting King
940LeatherWaist Essence Accelerant
940LeatherWaist Cinidaria
940LeatherWaist Cannibal's Fervor
940LeatherFeet The Haugbuir
940LeatherFeet Grovewalkers
940LeatherFeet Destiny Drivers
940LeatherWrists Verjas, Protectors of the Berserker Kings
940LeatherWrists Shackles of Bryndaor
940LeatherHands Guillotine Grips
940LeatherHands Ceann-Ar Gauntlets
900LeatherFeet Boots of Wondrous Rapidity
900LeatherFeet Hidden Master's Forbidden Handwraps
940MailFeet Sparklight Stompers
940PlateHead Crown of Helheim
940PlateHands The King's Hands
940PlateHands Maelstrom Gauntlets
900PlateFeet Pauldrons of the Golden Val'kyr

Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes: November 20 - 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World Events
Pilgrim's Bounty
  • Players should now be able to correctly obtain credit for the Undercity portion of the achievement, Pilgrim's Peril or Pilgrim's Bounty.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Gorefiend
    • Gorebound Spirit will no longer immediately use Raging Charge when emerging from Gorefiend’s stomach. Raging Charge’s damage is now properly reduced on Raid Finder and Normal difficulty.

  • Grim Batol
    • Valiona's Devouring Flames should no longer be dealing significantly more damage than intended.

Class Balance Tuning Changes
  • Marksmanship
    • Chimaera Shot now deals 10% less damage while in PvP combat (down from dealing 20% less damage in PvP combat).

  • Windwalker
    • Rising Sun Kick now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat.

  • General
    • Weakened Soul effect from Power Word: Shield now has an 11-second duration while in PvP combat (down from 15 seconds). The perk, Enhanced Power Word: Shield (Discipline, Shadow) will continue to reduce the duration of Weakened Soul by an additional 3 seconds.
  • Talents
    • Saving Grace (Discipline, Holy) is now 25% less effective while in PvP combat (down from being 33% less effective).

  • Elemental
    • Lava Burst now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat.
  • Enhancement
    • Maelstrom Weapon now increases direct healing done by 5% while in PvP combat (down from a 10% increase to direct healing).

  • Destruction
    • Shadowburn now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat.
    • 4-piece PvP set bonus for Destruction Warlocksnow increases damage dealt by Incinerate on targets afflicted by the casting Warlock's Immolate by 100% (up from 50%).

  • Players entering Ashran on a flying mount should no longer cause a Fel Reaver sound to play.

Hellfire Citadel
  • Dark Waters: Players that abandon the quest should now have an easier time acquiring it again.

Raids and Dungeons
  • Players are now scaled to item level 350 (up from 300) while Timewalking in End Time.

  • Fangs of the Father's 2-piece set bonus should now correctly grant the 5 combo point bonus.
  • Warmongering Gladiator's Runeaxe should now be correctly labeled as a Warlords Season 3 item.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Is Light of the Martyr based on SP or HP, is it a one-to-one transfer of health, is only the heal modified by crit/mast/ver?
It's based on SP. Currently one-to-one, but that may change in tuning. Only the heal is modified by crit/mastery. (WarcraftDevs)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will Outlaw Rogues still use Stealth?
Outlaws do have Stealth, but it's less of a focus for them. (WarcraftDevs)

New BOA Mythic 5 man trinket drops attached to Loot eligibility? Is it obtainable with subsequent kills in the same week?
You need to be eligible for loot in order to win the trinkets. (WarcraftDevs)

Hi Holunki, will there be any sort of PvP Class Talent Previews coming, or just wait until Beta?
I don't think we'll do a PvP talent preview. We are hoping to have a broader PvP systems blog though. (holinka)

If I turn off XP, can I still gain PvP lvl? Will I have access to same PvP spell & prestige reward as a lvl 10 like a lvl 110?
The PvP Honor system is only available at level 110. (WarcraftDevs)

New tmog system: Will gear tooltips reflect if we have the item's appearance saved to the system? Would help TONS collecting.
We'll make the info available through some means, but haven't decided exactly how yet. (WarcraftDevs)

'Tis the Season! Give the Gift of WoW – 75% Off
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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by Published on 2015-11-23 09:09 PM

Update (1:50 PM EST): HotS and WoL are now also on sale
Update (12:15 PM EST): WoW and Warlords are on sale on the Battle.Net store
Update (6:30 PM EST): Added Demon Hunter customizations

Legion Quests and NPCs
Quests and NPCs are live on the WoWDB Beta site! Some interesting spoilers below:

  • King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind is dead.
  • Anduin is now King.
  • Warchief Vol'Jin of Orgrimmar is missing in action.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner is acting as Warchief.

Level Name Objective
100The Council of SixAttend the meeting of the Council of Six in Dalaran.
Fate of the Queen's ReprisalTake the Captain's Log of the Queen's Reprisal to Archmage Khadgar on Dalaran.
The Warchief BeckonsRead the Royal Summons and follow Nathanos Blightcaller through the portal to Durotar.
Combustible ContagionBurn the Forsaken Plague Caches near Greywatch.
100DalaranSpeak with Archmage Khadgar in the Violet Citadel in Dalaran.
100The Call of WarSpeak to Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner.

Name Name Zone Level React Type
Aegwynn's Construct
Aegwynn's Construct
Image of Aegwynn
Image of Aegwynn
Bolvar Fordragon
<The Lich King>
Bolvar Fordragon
<The Lich King>
General Turalyon
General Turalyon
Vision of Medivh
Vision of Medivh
Echo of Medivh
Echo of Medivh
King Magni Bronzebeard
<Lord of Ironforge>
King Magni Bronzebeard
<Lord of Ironforge>
Anduin Wrynn
<King of Stormwind>
Anduin Wrynn
<King of Stormwind>
Anduin Lothar
Anduin Lothar
Calia Menethil
Calia Menethil
Grom Hellscream
Grom Hellscream
Llane Wrynn
Llane Wrynn

Legion Alpha is now Live!
Alpha is now live! Only the Demon Hunter starting experience is available. You can see all of that gameplay from the Blizzcon streamers.

Legion - Demon Hunter Customizations
inico was nice enough to share the different Demon Hunter customizations with us!

Legion - Wardrobe UI
The new Wardrobe tab in Legion will help with your transmog sets!

  • Select an item slot from the top menu, including enchants.
  • Then scroll through all of the available appearances for that slot.
  • Hovering over an appearance tells you the item name, source, and other items that use the same appearance.
  • The top bar tells you how many of the available appearances you have unlocked.
  • You can search by name and use various filters.
  • You can save each set and link them to other players.

Artifact Weapon Videos
We started with some of the weapons with more animated effects, the rest are coming soon!

by Published on 2015-11-22 07:49 AM

Update (3:00 AM EST): Added PvP Talent Calculator.

Legion Beta - Build 20740
A big thanks to our entire team and the community members that have helped out so far! Be sure to check out the original post.

Blizzard Gear Store Addition - Cute But Deadly Vinyls
Blizzard added some new Vinyls to the Blizzard Gear store recently and we have a full set to look at!

by Published on 2015-11-20 02:46 AM

Update (5:30 AM EST): Starting to add Artifact weapon models.
Update (7:20 AM EST): Added a few new druid models.
Update (6:45 AM EST): Creatures and sets are mostly done now!
Update (1:30 AM EST): Sets are mostly done, going back to do some more creatures.
Update (8:30 PM EST): Mail is mostly done now, moving on to Plate!
Update (2:30 PM EST): Cloth and Leather sets are mostly done now, moving on to Mail!

Legion Beta - Build 20740
Obviously with any expansion comes lots of changes, so keep checking back as we update this post.

Demon Hunter Skins
This is a rough preview of the skins you can use as a Demon Hunter. Tattoos are missing and there may be other bugs. Not at all a final and polished preview!

Artifact Weapons
A few colors were skipped when they needed some extra work to fix the preview. Almost every Artifact has 4 colors for each model.

New Areas
Obviously any area previews are likely to have errors, including lighting being incorrect and other bugs.

New Armor Sets
Keep in mind these previews may be missing parts, not correctly named, or have other bugs. Nothing close to final!

New Models

New Data

by Published on 2015-11-19 02:34 PM

Update (3:30 PM EST): There are two new tweets of interest from Celestalon and SeTec9.

A Primer on Snapshotting, PTR Hack Bug, Monk's Set Dungeons

League of Explorers Wing 2 Launches Tomorrow - Boss Info & Cards, Season 2 CDC Finalist Voting

Cho'Gall Q&A Summary, Upcoming Gazlowe Changes, DotA 2 and Heroes Model Comparison

Genji Datamined Sprays, Developer Update - Matchmaking & Hero Balance

Patch 6.2.3 - Fel Reaver Noises
If you want to hear the Fel Reaver sound people are talking about, just fly into Ashran and it will play when you are dismounted.

Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes - November 18
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

  • Talents
    • Final Verdict (Retribution) damage has been increased by 8% to match a class tuning change to Templar's Verdict in Patch 6.2.3.

Raids and Dungeons
  • Auchindoun
    • [Hotfix in testing] Valor is now awarded automatically after defeating Teron'gor on Mythic difficulty.

  • [Hotfix in testing] Warlords Season 3 Combatant’s equipment now has the same item level as Warlords Season 2 Gladiator’s equipment in both PvE and PvP.
  • Some Season 3 Warmongering Insignia trinkets should no longer incorrectly trigger its effect immediately when equipped.
  • Infallible Tracking Charm now has a massively increased damage and chance to trigger, but now only increases damage against demons for 5 seconds (down from 10 seconds.)
  • Purified Shard of the Third Moon now creates a damage shield that absorbs 100% more damage on use.

Armory Stats - Challenge Modes
Today we are taking a look at the Challenge Mode achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 2.1 million characters active in the last two months. We also did this earlier this year, which you can see here.

The first chart looks at the overall percentage of players that have each challenge mode achievement. The second chart defines a participating player as one with the completion achievement for that challenge mode.

You can click the titles in the legend to turn off and on different data types.

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Poll - Challenge Modes
What is the highest level of challenge modes you have completed some of in Warlords of Draenor?

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
In Legion, are we still going to fill our bags with "Tome of the Clear Mind" in order to change our talents?
Nope! No reagents are needed to swap talents in Legion. (WarcraftDevs)

with the inclusion of gnome hunters, does this mean we can expect other new race/class combos?
We have no other additional race/class combos planned for Legion at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

If base spells change for all classes, will learning order and speed we learn them change too?
Yes, the levels at which you learn each ability will be adjusted. (WarcraftDevs)

Is leveling to110 as restore shaman going to be just using lightning bolt since we have no maelstrom power?
Nope! We're adding more engaging damage-dealing rotations for all healers in Legion. (WarcraftDevs)

any plans on HP changes for Legion?
HP pools turned out fairly well in Warlords. No wide-scale changes for Legion. Couple specs may go up or down. (WarcraftDevs)
How is it acceptable to have one level 100 player with barely 200k hp, and another with well over 500k?
What issue do you see there? There are different forms of content targeting those players. (Celestalon)

Do Moonkins and Spriests keep their in-form healing in Legion? Clarification due to the "no mana".
They will have some healing. We're still determining exactly what. Moonkin still have mana, it just isn't used for damage. (WarcraftDevs)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
this makes me sad. The presences aren't "just clutter" they have utility with movement speed and BP has saved many wipes.
There will still be ways to save wipes, and a variety of utility. (WarcraftDevs)

Hey, could u explain Marrowrend? Does it automatically activate Bone Shield (working like SotR) or can we manually use stacks?
Using Marrowrend gives you 3 stacks of Bone Shield, which work as they do now. Bone Shield isn't an active button of its own. (WarcraftDevs)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
What will happen to Bloodtalons for Ferals? Will it remain a talent or something else?
Bloodtalons works well as a high-risk, high-reward talent, and is remaining. (WarcraftDevs)

So rejuvenate cant be used in feral.. Does this applies to all specs besides Resto & as a feral what will be the way to heal?
Still determining what heals can be used in forms. Ferals do still have the very strong Predatory Swiftness + Healing Touch. (WarcraftDevs)

will the feral druid legendary overwrite the saberon appearance from the talent or will saberon appearance be customized too?
We've opted to remove the Saberon form, for now. Artifacts provide a huge amount of customizability for forms. (WarcraftDevs)

If feral or guardian druids transmog their artifacts, will their bear and cat form go back to basic, or be the form selected?
It will remain as the artifact-based form. (WarcraftDevs)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Run of Power & Incanter's Flow. Can we please go into #Legion without these? Would mean an awful lot to many mages if removed.
Rune of Power isn't for everyone, but pretty flexible nowadays. Incanter's Flow is a passive option for those who prefer it. (WarcraftDevs)

will Ice Barrier be stronger in Legion for mages?
It's hard to measure exactly, since so much changes between expansions, but in general terms, yes. (WarcraftDevs)

Every other class can self heal, how does it appropriately fit with every other class fantasy except mages?
Absorbs (such as Ice Barrier) fill the same role instead. (WarcraftDevs)
Can do harder content with worse gear on classes that I don't know as well vs mage with absorb. Any plans to improve absorbs?
Not every class is designed to be a master of sustainability. Mages are somewhere in the middle. Ice Barrier will be quite strong. (WarcraftDevs)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
SCK having a chi req.. so it's no longer spammable and can't be used without first selecting a target and generating a chi?
We chose to turn SCK into a spender, so that its damage could be strong. It will not require a target. (WarcraftDevs)

is Touch of Death staying around? it's pretty iconic to monks.
Touch of Death is remaining, but it works rather differently. It's more of a cooldown than an execute. (WarcraftDevs)

I need clarification on storm-earth-fire,Will us the main character deal 100% of the damage while both clone deal 50% damage?
No. All three, including you, will deal 50% damage. It's not for use on one or two targets. (WarcraftDevs)

will we see Chi Explosion in Legion in a new form now that chi is gone? It's one of my favorite spells!
Chi Explosion disagreed with the fantasy quite a bit, and was extremely complex. Instead, we're adding other alternatives. (WarcraftDevs)

With fistweaving gone how will mistweavers do damage?
Mistweavers still have a few melee combat abilities for dealing damage. They just won't also cause healing. (WarcraftDevs)

With their mastery changing, will Mistweaver monks still create healing spheres?
There will be no more Healing Spheres as a baseline. We may add them as a PvP talent, however. (WarcraftDevs)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will paladins still have seals in Legion or are they a thing in the past?
While they've been around forever, they haven't delivered on gameplay, so Seals will be a thing of the past. (WarcraftDevs)

the changes to hammer of the righteous and consecration interaction effect single target damage whether consecration is down?
Yes, they do. Consecration is still worth using, even on a single target. (WarcraftDevs)

With holy gone for tankadins. What's replacing it? Mana?
Gameplay-wise, Protection Paladins will treat uses of Shield of the Righteous similar to how they treated Holy Power. (WarcraftDevs)
They'll still have a mana bar, which is only used for healing others and utility. (WarcraftDevs)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Do Void- and Mind Blast share CD? Or can i enter Voidform with MB, and then cast VB immediately?
We're still iterating on the Shadow rotation, and looking to further differentiate gameplay in/out of Voidform. Stay tuned. (WarcraftDevs)

is shadow word: death gone for spreists? it was so important for pvp tbh, will be really sad if it is gone.
Currently, it remains, as the only true execute ability (other than Execute). (WarcraftDevs)

With the Shadow Priest changes in Legion, will the way Clarity of Power be changing?
The new rotation is significantly different, so most talents have to be rethought. (WarcraftDevs)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
The positioning window stuff will be interesting. Is "behind" a 90 or 180 degree arc?
Backstab is very generous. Anywhere in the rear 270 degrees counts (back and sides). (WarcraftDevs)

Shadowstrike... merging Ambush & Shadowstep... Is Shadowstep gone in Legion? Favourite sub ability next to SDance.
Shadowstrike is a merge between Ambush and Shadowstep, and replaces both. (WarcraftDevs)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
is Charred Remains gone for Destruction warlocks? Please let it be gone!!And is there any hope for fel flame? Pls answer both
Definitely gone. It turned out very un-fun. Many Warlock talents are changing, and we're looking forward to feedback on them! (WarcraftDevs)

is anything being done to address affliction warlocks aoe dps issues?
Yes. Multidotting will be strong again, and Seed will be strong, especially with a talent that allows AoE application of Seed. (WarcraftDevs)

How will Soul Swap work in Legion, it's really bad in WoD. Perhaps no cost with a CD ??
Soul Swap will not be returning. However, there's a new talent, Soul Effigy, that may interest you... (WarcraftDevs)

I noticed Rain of Fire isn't listed as an ability in the Destruction preview. Will it still exist in Legion?
RoF and FnB overlapped too much in Warlords, which is why we hotfixed RoF out of the picture until we could revise. (WarcraftDevs)
In Legion, RoF is the primary AoE, and FnB is a talent (which doesn't obsolete RoF). (WarcraftDevs)

What weapon-type is the demo warlock artifact?
It's a very unique artifact. We're still determining exactly how it will work for e.g. transmogrification. (WarcraftDevs)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Do y'all know if Fury's new rage dump, Rampage, will have its duration scale with Haste like Fists of Fury?
Haste will reduce the GCD of Rampage, along with other rotational abilities. (WarcraftDevs)

In Legion, if I DS Fury & Arms, will I be able to equip Arms Artifact as Fury & Vice Versa or will the artifact itself change?
Artifacts do not swap with your spec, and are only equippable by the appropriate spec. (WarcraftDevs)

Character / Items
is supreme lord Kazzak gear able to be upgraded with the new valor system?
Yep! Enjoy those item level 715 Marks of Supreme Dooooooom! (WarcraftDevs)

items containing multistrike will changes with Legion?Do we have to look for new equipment if we're multistrikebased spec?
Multistrike will be replaced with other useful stats. (WarcraftDevs)

the unhotfix of the 2nd boss of grimrail intentional or getting rehotfixed for Cms?
Unintended. We'll restore the pre-patch behavior. (WarcraftDevs)

and then bigger rewards like mounts/titles could be at the end of every 6-8 months or whatever of mini seasons
Glad to hear people like the idea of shorter seasons. Hopefully we'll have more to share about Legion PvP soon. (holinka)

With the new PvP scaling system in #Legion will managing multiple characters finally be doable? @WarcraftDevs
The fact that some players want to play many characters while others only want to play one is a very challenging design problem. (holinka)

Pets and Pet Battles
Will we hear about Pet Battle news for #Legion at some point ?? I know there aren't a lot of us, but we're loyal!
Not quite ready to talk about that yet, stay tuned (Muffinus)

Dark Legacy Comics #513 - Class Preview
DLC #513 takes a look at the Rogue class preview this week!

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