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by Published on 2015-10-07 06:01 AM

PTR Server Slam, zDPS Weapon Crafting Difficulty

Deck Spotlight: Bloodlust Shaman, Mac Crashes, The Angry Chicken #108, Kripp on Secrets

Lt. Morales Released - Patch Notes, Rotation for Oct 6 2015, Weekly Sales

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - October 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Kilrogg Deadeye
    • Fixed an issue that could allow stacks of Rending Howl to incorrectly persist on Salivating Bloodthirsters that have been transformed into Hulking Terrors after a wipe.

  • Fixed an issue where players queuing for Ashran as a Mercenary could incorrectly receive Recreant.

  • Bone-Link Fetish and other Dragon Soul trinkets should now correctly have a chance to trigger their effects when players are scaled down below level 90.
  • Corrected an issue that caused some legacy items from the Normal difficulty Pit of Saron dungeon to lose their gem sockets.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Tarecgosa's Visage transformation effect from Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest could be incorrectly removed while entering or exiting a phased area.

Fan Art - Everybody wants to Rule the World of Warcraft
Someone put together a nice combination of the World of Warcaft cinematics with the Lorde version of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World".

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Lack of CM Communication
What's wrong to post more information about the game, and be more open? I see there are many Blue post welcoming their new colleague... but none of them are talking and interacting with us.
It's worth keeping in mind that the forum is just one part of our responsibilities as CMs. This article (click on Community Manager / Editor) gives a good insight into our day to day.

In the interests of transparency I’d also like to briefly run through some of the other things we do, besides the forums. This will hopefully give you an idea of our rather varied workload:

  • Creating/Localising/Publishing of content (Blogs, social media, etc.)
  • Reviewing and forwarding feedback (from forums, social media, e-mails, fan sites, etc.)
  • Interaction with players (through digital platforms as well as in person at events – Hellfest for example)
  • Contests and Giveaways
  • Planning and execution of events (Launch events, GamesCom, Road to BlizzCon, etc.)
  • Supporting fan sites, bloggers, streamers, YouTubers, competition and event organisers (Fireside Gatherings, BarCrafts, etc.), pro gamers, cosplayers and other artists – basically all the people who are active in the community.

As you can see, it’s a very varied list of tasks but all of the tasks directly relate to the community as a whole. There’s never really a shortage of work that needs doing.

Although we are reading the forums every day to stay informed about trends, suggestions and feedback, please also keep in mind that the forums are primarily intended as a way for everyone to discuss the game amongst themselves.

Now that being said, I do intend to interact with you as frequently as I can. If you have any questions after reading this, please don't hesitate to ask. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
content designers create quests, partially? noticed an opening for an associate is why I'm curious. I'd guess darkmoon too?
Spawning, quests, encounters, events holidays and otherwise. Yeah, that general range of things. (craig_amai)

(Normal Hellfire Citadel hotfixes)
itch if it doesnt stay easy and then progression is ruined for those that dont want a blow through on normal
The thing is, these changes won't make the actual intended audience "blow through" normal. If you crush Normal, do Heroic. (WatcherDev)

Blizzcon - Wil Wheaton
In case you missed it when it was originally posted, Wil Wheaton is hosting the Blizzcon contests this year!

He posted a blog post about getting ready recently and spent the day at Blizzard today.

by Published on 2015-10-06 05:50 AM

Scheduled Maintenance, Yellow Items GR 40 Challenge, S4 Support Barb Spreadsheet

Thijs' European Road to BlizzCon Decks, Budget Cutpurse Aggro Rogue, Not-so-Secret

Lt. Morales Preview Video, Carbot's Herostorm #5, European and Korean Qualifiers

Armory Stats - Legendary Quest Line Achievements
Today we are taking a look at the legendary quest achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 2.1 million players active since August 1. We also did this at the end of 2013 for Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here. As a sidenote, 35.86% of players also have a Level 3 shipyard.

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Name Side Points
Chapter I: Call of the Archmage Begin Khadgar's legendary quest and prove yourself raid-ready by defeating the spirit of Kairozdormu.
67.13% 25
Chapter II: Gul'dan Strikes Back Complete Khadgar's legendary Highmaul raid quests and save his life when things take a turn for the worse.
51.65% 25
Chapter III: The Foundry Falls Complete Khadgar's legendary quests within the Blackrock Foundry until the Iron Horde is on the run!
35.86% 25
Chapter IV: Darkness Incarnate Acquire your legendary ring by completing Khadgar's quests.
17.37% 25

Poll - Legendary Ring Progress
How are you doing on the legendary ring questline?

Patch 6.2.2 Hotfixes - The Frozen Halls
Blizzard put back the missing sockets on the hotfixed gear from The Frozen Halls today.

Level Type Slot Name
219ClothLegs Rimewoven Silks
219LeatherWaist Flayer's Black Belt
219MailHead Polished Mirror Helm
219MailHead Horns of the Spurned Val'kyr
219PlateChest Scourgelord's Frigid Chestplate
219PlateHead Skeleton Lord's Cranium
219Two-handed MaceTwo Hand Garfrost's Two-Ton Hammer

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
in this case it doesn't seem to be a vocal minority either. Far more people than average posted disapproval
It's rather difficult to evaluate whether a majority feels a certain way without a relatively scientific survey. (OccupyGStreet)
And majority rule isn't always great for design either. Cell phone customers always just ask for more battery life not features. (OccupyGStreet)

Heroes of the Storm - Lt. Morales Trailer
Blizzard released the trailer for Lt. Morales yesterday.

MMO-Champion Forums Moderator Recruitment
Good news everyone! We're recruiting moderators for the forums again! The amount of users and posts keeps increasing and we reached the point where we need some help before the trolls take over and play Whack-a-Mod in the Darkmoon Faire. I know it sounds fun, but I'm going to assume we don't want that.

Please be sure to read the entire post before applying!

by Published on 2015-10-05 02:42 AM

Pig Sticker Inspired Knife, Bane of the Stricken Guide

Top Constructed Decks of the Week, Hearthstone in Japan - Free Pack, Budget Legend Face Hunter

European and Korean Road to Blizzcon, Brawl With the Blues, Americas Recap, ITN #69

Blizzcon - Engineering Panel
While we don't have the Blizzcon schedule just yet, we now know there will be an engineering panel this year! We rarely hear official things about engineering outside of the very rare Engineer's Workshop blog post, so this should be a nice opportunity for players interested in the technical aspects of the game to get some more information!

Patch 6.2.2 Hotfixes - The Frozen Halls
It seems that most of the loot from Pit of Saron and some of The Frozen Halls zone drops had their sell price reduced by 90%, along with the removal of sockets (but not the socket bonus) from some items like Polished Mirror Helm.

Level Type Slot Name
219NeckNeck Painfully Sharp Choker
219FingerFinger Purloined Wedding Ring
219ClothFeet Ice-Steeped Sandals
219ClothWrists Wristguards of Subterranean Moss
219BackBack Cloak of the Fallen Cardinal
219ClothChest Palebone Robes
219ClothLegs Rimewoven Silks
219LeatherWaist Flayer's Black Belt
219LeatherLegs Shaggy Wyrmleather Leggings
219MailHead Polished Mirror Helm
219MailChest Shroud of Rime
219MailLegs Black Dragonskin Breeches
219MailHead Horns of the Spurned Val'kyr
219MailWaist Scabrous Zombie Leather Belt
219MailWrists Gondria's Spectral Bracer
219PlateChest Scourgelord's Frigid Chestplate
219PlateHead Skeleton Lord's Cranium
219PlateWaist Bent Gold Belt
219ShieldOff Hand Protector of Frigid Souls
219GunRanged Rimebane Rifle
219Two-handed MaceTwo Hand Garfrost's Two-Ton Hammer
219StaffTwo Hand Unspeakable Secret
219DaggerOne Hand Krick's Beetle Stabber
219PlateWaist Titanium Links of Lore
219ClothShoulders Mantle of Tattered Feathers
219PlateHands Plated Grips of Korth'azz
219WandRanged Coffin Nail

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
True story... That reminds me of the fun story of how Rawr's Optimizer's progress bar worked. Ask me some time.(Celestalon)
So, how did the Rawr Optimizer progress bar work?
Rawr's Optimizer used a genetic algorithm (mostly the handiwork of to search for potential improvements. That... (Celestalon)
...means that it wasn't an exhaustive search, it was just really good at searching the likely places. But that also means... (Celestalon)
...that it could virtually infinitely keep searching less and less likely options. Solution was to let user specify... (Celestalon)
...a desired 'thoroughness', which controlled how long it'd keep looking if it hadn't found an improvement in a while. The... (Celestalon)
...progress bar was really a timer of how long it'd been since it found an improvement, except never going backward. That's it. (Celestalon)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
the problem as I see it, blizzard made design choices based on how they think we SHOULD play vs how we WANT to play.
It's tough. The two at the end of the day aren't all that different. But it's not as is if all players speak with one voice. (OccupyGStreet)
And at times players think they're perfectly happy with what they have but get excited about something they didn't expect. (OccupyGStreet)

Blaming your customers for your bad product is a terrible, terrible way to do business.
I think the point is more that communicating with players (esp. angry ones) isn't really the product. (OccupyGStreet)
Engaging with players can be important and valuable but at the end of the day that isn't the game. (OccupyGStreet)
And yet the developer narrative holds the players at fault for the performance of the actual product.
Product failures are always the fault of the product team. I don't hear any blaming the customer here. (OccupyGStreet)

Dark Legacy Comics #507 - Scapegoat
DLC #507 has been released.

by Published on 2015-10-03 05:43 PM

Pig Sticker Inspired Knife, Bane of the Stricken Guide

Deck Spotlight: Silence Druid, European Road to BlizzCon Championships this Weekend

European and Korean Road to Blizzcon, Brawl With the Blues, Americas Recap, ITN #69

Warcraft III Fan Remake Update
It has been six months since their last video release, but the fan made WarCraft: Armies Of Azeroth mod for Starcraft II is still making progress!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Is this still a thing that will happen or is planned?
yes! That happened it's in game now - if you scroll through the different face choices you can see the pose and texture change (artofcgrobinson)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Was removal of threat as an active mechanic in WoW a mistake?
I tanked for a long time and I always found it fun as a tank. I don't think it was as fun for everyone depending on the tank. (OccupyGStreet)

I absolutely love Vashj'ir, deep sea exploration that was breath taking, literally. Why the backlash?
IMO the zone was too big and we never quite solved the 3D disorientation and target selection. While realistic, it wasn't awesome. (OccupyGStreet)

SWTOR Level Sync
An announcement about combat changes in Knights of Fallen Empire was posted yesterday, with one of the more interesting features being Level Sync.

  • Players will be scaled down to the target level of the planets they visit, having their stats, armor, and weapon damage reduced, but keeping all of their abilities.
  • Players also will earn scaled experience, meaning they that if a player is level 60 and is killing level 30 mobs, they will gain experience appropriate for being a level 60.
  • This means players can return to older content and play it closer to the intended experience, while still progressing their character.

Poll - Level Scaling
Would you like to have your character scale down to a zone's target level in WoW? What would you do with this feature if it was implemented?

New WildStar Realms
Wildstar had some very long queue times after going free to play this week, so Carbine announced they are temporarily adding more realms to handle the demand.

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