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by Published on 2016-02-09 05:55 AM

Update: Overwatch is back, and Overpwn is updating with all of the new features!

Keywarden Quick Reference, Fast Gem Leveling Guide

Ben Brode on Druid Basic Cards, Balancing, New Heroes, Dailies; Top 10 Regret Cards from Naxx & GvG

Balance Patch This Week, Dustin Tweets Round-Up, Rotation for Feb. 9, 2016, Weekly Sales

Overwatch Beta Returns - Full Rundown of Everything you Need to Know About Overwatch



Blizzard's 25th Anniversary
It is Blizzard's 25th anniversary! Vaeflare shared some pictures of the celebration and decorations on Twitter.




Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s with a great deal of joy that we celebrate Blizzard’s 25th Anniversary. In February of 1991, our founders came together to make video games, and it wouldn’t be long before they began work on the first new world built entirely by Blizzard Entertainment: Azeroth.

The many stories and varied types of gameplay that have taken place on Azeroth (and later, Draenor) have never stopped coming. The history of Warcraft and the history of Blizzard Entertainment are fully intertwined, with each passing year falling into a unique Warcraft era for players. Those who started in with Warcraft eight years ago, for instance, started during the Burning Crusade. Those who started twelve years ago started during the Reign of Chaos era.

However long you’ve been with us, we hope you accept our heartiest thanks and gratitude for all you’ve done to help us expand the excitement and wonder of these magical worlds. We’re going to continue to explore them with you for a very long time to come.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard's 25th Anniversary
When I was a kid, I used to beg my parents to let me go over to my friend Ben's place so we could play Justice League Task Force on his SNES. I didn't know it until very recently, but that was my first experience with a Blizzard game.

A couple years later, my friend Aaron introduced me to Starcraft. I'd played Warcraft I and II, but Starcraft really hooked me. Many of my formative years were spent hauling my PC across town to have LAN parties and just play Starcraft for hours on end.

When Warcraft III came out, it blew my mind - both the storytelling and gameplay were top-notch. Plus, since the internet had advanced to the point that I no longer needed to tie up a phone line to play online, I was able to stay connected with my friends (some of whom had moved to other states) by playing Warcraft with them.

Then I learned that Blizzard was working on an MMORPG. I'd cut my teeth on MMOs like Anarchy Online and Star Wars: Galaxies, but I knew that Blizzard was going to make something awesome. After all, Blizzard made the best games. Of course they were going to do the same in the MMORPG genre.

I had no idea how much World of Warcraft was going to impact my life.

It started out simple enough: I was just a moderator on a set of forums focusing on Prot Paladins. Then I was a co-host on a tanking-focused podcast. Then I was making the occasional boss guides for YouTube. Then a weekly vlog series. Then two. Then I was producing a weekly live show. Then two. Then three.

And then, I saw an opening for a Community Manager position at Blizzard Entertainment. I applied. I interviewed. I got an offer, which I accepted. Then I moved to California.

It's still crazy to me how much came out of just being really into a video game. I still have days sometimes where I show up to work, look up at the building, and think to myself holy **** I work at Blizzard Entertainment. I have a career because of World of Warcraft. I met my wife because of World of Warcraft. Pretty much everything about my life is, in some way or another, caused or affected by World of Warcraft. That's crazy.

Sure, Blizzard has its missteps. Sure, we're not perfect. I don't think any collection of human beings ever can be.

But damn if we don't make some pretty good video games. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 6.2.4 PTR Notes
Another PTR build went out today, removing the logo from the login screen. It is possible this was unintended.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 6.2.4 is being prepared for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR). Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test a patch before it has been released on live realms. If you'd like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you've had a chance to try things out, visit the PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch. To report issues or errors, use the in-game Submit Bug feature (found under Game Menu -> Help -> Submit Bug) or by visiting the PTR Bug Report forum.

Battle.net Infrastructure
  • Client support for Battle.net infrastructure changes, including some memory optimizations.

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Does that argument hold ground when private servers have maintained high populations for years though?
Their sub cost might have something to do with that? (OccupyGStreet)

A sad casualty of all that was the Shadow Priest support role in BC, which hasn't been reproduced since.
True,though we heard from many who didn't want to just be a mana battery. They wanted to do dps. (OccupyGStreet)
That may be the biggest challenge of game design: players want different things. (OccupyGStreet)
Yet if you try to please everyone, you end up with a mushy, compromised design. (OccupyGStreet)



Overwatch Returns February 9
Overwatch is almost here! Overpwn has a nice recap of what we know so far.



GamesBeat - 25 Years of Blizzard
Gamesbeat has a nice article about Blizzard's history.



Dark Legacy Comics #525 - Whine. Quit. Repeat.
DLC #525 has been released!

by Published on 2016-02-08 01:20 AM

Lightning Talk: 10 Items in 10 Minutes feat. John Yang, Developer Insights - Set Dungeons

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, Amazon Coin Promotion is Back, Love is in the Air

Town Hall Heroes Ep. 95, Squadron's Mini WTF Moments #15

Legion - Restoration Druid Artifact Intro
The general Druid intro has been changed up a little bit from the last Druid intro we posted. You can see the Resto Druid artifact weapons on our Artifact Weapons page.



Legion - Achievement Search
The default UI is getting a nice search box on the achievements pane in Legion!



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
So... how can there be three major land based civs and multiple land based races on a few isles that was raised only 20/30y ago?
The Tomb of Sargeras was raised. Other parts of the Broken Isles in Legion expansion have been around since the Sundering. (DaveKosak)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I feel that the class homogenization, "bring the player, not class" policy, LFR and Norm/Hero/Mythic difficulties Blizzard had all the good intentions, but they backfired, hard, causing more harm than good, changing the community's mindset in a way difficult to undo. Do you have a similar sentiment?
I agree that offering multiple difficulty levels for end-game PVE content has been challenging. It's not okay for some players to just not have an endgame. On the other hand, it's possible to make something epic feel not epic if you can reduce it to punching bag status with a slider. I don't have a good solution here, and to be fair, I haven't thought about it a lot in some time.

I still think "bring the player" was the right call. We were in a world where many specs and some classes just couldn't argue for a raid spot and others were brought just for their fabulous buffs or utility. I don't think some kind of group buff arms race is the right call either. (Would you rather have Blessing of Kings or Might? Probably Kings. Sorry paladin number 2, but we need to sit you and bring a hunter.)

In terms of role, maybe there was a way to keep Paladins as the AE tanks and single target healers. Maybe if there had been multiple endgames then there could be more variety. It sounds like the current devs are trying to differentiate the classes more without making any unviable which is a great goal. But I do think letting more classes do dungeons and raids was the right call at the time. Thoughts?
For me it meant that having a good, reliable person at your side should be more important than the class that they play.
That was the goal. My first guild had 5 highly skilled rogues. It was lame to exclude them just because of their class choice. (OccupyGStreet)



Computers - Setup of the Month
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale. New GPUs may be coming towards the middle of this year

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 6700K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $100ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $130
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $20Cyborg V.5 - $59
MouseLogitech G402 - $45Razer DeathAdder Chroma - $60
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $28Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $39
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell U2414H Monitor - $240ASUS PB278Q Monitor - $408
KeyboardLogitech G710+ - $92Corsair K70 - $120
MouseLogitech G502 - $68Razer Naga 2014 - $56
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $53Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $80


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $43NZXT Source 210 - $43
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $45EVGA 600B - $45
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $102AMD FX-8320 - $143
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $29Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $29
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $92ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $115
MemoryKingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1866 - $398GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $46
Graphics CardASUS R7 370 - $125R9 380 / GTX 960 - $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $74Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $74
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$570$696


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $68Corsair Air 540 - $125
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W - $90EVGA G2 650W - $90
CPUIntel 6600K - $254Intel 6600K - $254
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $56Noctua 6 NH-D15 - $90
MotherboardASUS Z170-A - $155ASUS Z170-A - $155
Memory16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX - $9016GB Corsair Vengeance LPX - $90
Graphics CardXFX R9 380 - $180Gigabyte R9 390 OR GTX 970 - $325 / $310
Hard DriveWestern Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $127Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $127
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $90
OR
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $88
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $115
OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $121
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1129 - 1162$1350 - 1398
by Published on 2016-02-07 02:13 AM

Lightning Talk: 10 Items in 10 Minutes feat. John Yang, Developer Insights - Set Dungeons

Collections Update: View Your Cycled Set Dust Value, Old Adventures Will Return, Deck Spotlight: Tempo Mage, Value Town #60

Town Hall Heroes Ep. 95, Squadron's Mini WTF Moments #15

Legion - Rocfeather Skyhorn Kite
The Rocfeather Skyhorn Kite is a toy that allows you to slow fall for 60 seconds, with a 2 minute cooldown. The Derelict Skyhorn Kite, Delicate Roc Feather, Gleaming Roc Feather, and Shimmering Roc Feather can be found around Skyhorn in Highmountain and combined to build the kite.



Legion Dungeon Race Rescheduled
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
UPDATE: The Overwatch closed beta is returning on February 9. In order to allow our players and Twitch viewers to experience both events, we’ve rescheduled the Legion Alpha Dungeon Race to Thursday, February 11 at 3 p.m. Pacific time. We’ll see you then!

Patch 6.2.4 Notes
Patch 6.2.4 went on the PTR on Friday, with no significant changes to the game.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Battle.net Infrastructure
  • Client support for Battle.net infrastructure changes, including some memory optimizations.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Any insight coming on how mana pools will scale with gear in Legion? Given 1.5x growth planned assume not =ilevel
Mana is generally based on level, not gear (Arcane mage Mastery notwithstanding). (WarcraftDevs)

Re minor glyphs becoming toys - I hope that this doesn't mean the permanent visual effects will not become "30 sec every hour"
Purely cosmetic minor glyphs can be applied directly to spells in Legion for a permanent effect, same as today. (WarcraftDevs)

PvE
Will "vote kick" and other things like Deserter be revisited in legion?
What are the issues with those systems that you would like to see revisited? (WatcherDev)

Hey dudes. No mention of Static Cling in the TW difficulty journal. Could we please get it added?
This will be cleaned up in a future patch. In the meantime, check Heroic difficulty for accurate ability info. (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
Are old PvP Ranks going to be Accountwide, so we can transmog the old PvP gear on characters that dont have the rank?
There are no current plans for this. (WarcraftDevs)

will the artifact talents be usable in PvP? I think I read that they won't and that would suck.
Yep! Artifact traits will be usable in PvP, however, some of these traits may be adjusted when entering PvP combat. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
What was your favorite class in WoW? i'm curious, in world of warcraft is pretty normal to invest a lot of time in one character
Favorite can mean a lot of different things.

My first class was hunter.

My first raiding class was Prot warrior (originally 31/5/15 or whatever that was), and that's when I really fell in love with the game.

While I worked at Blizzard, I mostly played a priest -- my work schedule got to the point where it wasn't fair to the group to be main tank -- that's a position for someone who can show up dependably.

As a developer, I probably spent the most time on the death knight. That was one of my first real jobs at Blizzard, though I didn't work on them as much after LK.

I had a soft spot for paladins as a developer. I always felt there was a ton of potential for the class and I really wanted to see the class design support the rich lore of the world.

I felt the best designed class was rogue, mostly by virtue of how energy and combo points played together.



Final Boss - Arms Warrior Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with another spec preview!

by Published on 2016-02-05 05:33 PM

Update (8:20 PM EDT): The Legion dungeon race has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 11 so that it won't conflict with Overwatch!

Monstrous' Armor Rack, Quin's GR 100 Support Monk

Love is in the Air Card Design Competition - Win a 3D Printed Card, Ben Brode on Standard, Wild, the Future, TAC #133

Li-Ming Wallpaper, Heroes WTF Moments #35

Warcraft Movie Rewards
A user on Reddit shared a survey that went out about the Warcraft movie. It mentioned a potential offer that would reward anyone who purchased a ticket with a copy of all expansions through Warlords of Draenor, one month of game time, and an in-game item. What kind of item would you like to receive?



Legion - Hippogryph Mount
Another two colors of the Hippogryph are being added in Legion.





Helmets Temporarily Hidden In Legion Alpha
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello everyone! We wanted to give you a quick heads-up on a temporary change in the current Alpha build that could use a little extra context, to avoid confusion.

Our art team is currently working on some updates to the way helmets are shown in the game, which will ultimately make them look a lot nicer on the high-definition models released with Warlords of Draenor. That work is still in progress, and as a result, head-slot items are in varying stages of work-in-progress. In order to keep things looking sensible – and avoid generating a whole lot of unnecessary bug reports – we’ve hidden that slot from displaying on all characters temporarily while our artists put their finishing touches on things.

Thanks for your patience!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Sylvanas Armor Changes
I think you're misusing the word "Censored" here for one. For another, I personally love her look. I like knowing she has on armor that may actually protect her from the battle she's digging herself into. She's a strong character (to me) no matter what she wears. I'd think if I were her, I'd want a change of outfit now and then too.

Characters evolve and change. Their armor and outfits are going to change. Thrall is just one example of how what he wore was a reflection of the changes he went through. Other characters are bound to see evolutions and changes as they make sense both in their visual representation and in their stories.

These types of discussions while generally welcome when kept clean, are often just minefields for some inappropriate discussions. I'd like to please caution everyone to not get into the quagmire that results in personal attacks or mud slinging. Art is subjective and what one person interprets something to mean or be may not be what someone else interprets something to be. What one person likes, may not be what someone else likes. That's OK. Just remember that there's no place here for venom toward anyone for those likes or dislikes.

Can't help but think that the change was made from the pressure I mean you've tried to make it official in hots and ended badly when people complained about it on the forums now you do it instantly without showing preview or anything
I think people have a stilted point of view on what they see as "pressure". Things change. Times change. The balance between male and female players in WoW is actually much closer than you think and has been for a long while. The topic of what women like or don't like, or play, or have done in the past isn't cut and dry either. I've been playing games (and liking "geek" things) since I first played the Atari as a little girl. I like PvP and blowing things up. Other women may not. Some women like their character to look 'practical'. Others have a different 'fantasy' of what their character should be like. I would never claim to represent "all women" that would be preposterous.

The same can be said for men. You can't paint everyone with the same brush. It just doesn't work. This is a more complex issue than what should be on these forums. We're getting into dangerous territory here and I've already had to remove some pretty disparaging remarks aimed at others. This community is smarter than that.

Perceptions of what is and isn't over the years have always baffled me. It seems to go in waves. Each new generation believes fervently that it is or was different for them or has changed 'over the years'. Perception is an amazing thing. It's your perception that this and all other related changes are because of 'x'. Could that be a part of it? Sure. Nothing is being taken away from you or the character with this change. If this was an awards show, you'd be asking her who she's wearing rather than, what she plans to do when she faces the Legion with her people. I have a feeling she plans to lay some smack down.

*I'd like to advise people not to give 'parenting advice' here for Mr. Metzen or anyone else. Again, this isn't appropriate. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Returning Player
Welcome back! I'm sure you just ran into the types that assume you must/have to know it all already. It makes returning a bit rough at first when you run into them first out of the gate. I have no doubt you'll get back in the swing of things quickly and find some people (starting here maybe?) who would be happy to help you get up to speed.

That's a good generic dev post for a game where the community is more toxic than ever. I don't have suggestions to make it better, but the community is bad.
I disagree with the statement of "more toxic than ever" but I don't want this thread to turn into that. There are some really great people in the community, many of whom (as I mentioned in my post) would love to help a returning player out. You just have to be open to it and not let the 'bad apples' spoil the whole barrel for you. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I stopped playing World of Warcraft due to the LFR/LFD feature that you implemented. It took away the atmosphere and server communities died following X-realms and phasing. What was your reasoning behind this rather than merging servers as many rather wanted? My name was't THAT unique.
The features you're talking about were implemented to give players an option to run content besides just sitting around spamming chat when their friends weren't online. I have always had a huge guild in WoW, and I still remember spamming chat for groups -- and I was a tank!

Cross-realm was more targeted and solving the problem of realm population disparity. The concept of a realm has been pretty integral to the game for a long time. It was important to get to know the folks on your realm. That changed for a lot of reasons -- realm transfers, leveling becoming more easily, and the age of the game just to name a few.



Final Boss - Restoration Druid Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with another spec preview! You can see all of their weapon models here.


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