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by Published on 2015-10-09 09:17 AM

9th October Server Issues, Duo Generator Monk Guide

Potential Adventure Boss Tavern Brawl - New Background Image, Neutral Spells CDC, Value Town #48

Scaling Changes Explained, Heroes of the Storm WTF Moments #18, New Heroes CM

BlizzCon 2015 Schedule
The Blizzcon schedule hasn't been officially announced yet, but it doesn't appear to have the previously mentioned Engineering panel. You can see Friday and Saturday listings on the official site.

Blizzcon 2015 Schedule
Note: all times are converted to the timezone your computer is currently in.

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - Oct 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Bonus Event
  • A Time to Strike: Fixed an issue that could cause quest credit to not be credited correctly after completing an Apexis objective.
Darkmoon Faire
  • Fun for the Little Ones: Characters that have completed the quest previously should now be able to obtain it again for this month's Darkmoon Faire.

Patch 6.2.2a - Build 20574
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Bug Fixes
  • Disabled support for split screen mode in the Mac Client on OS X 10.11 to address a stability issue.
  • Disabled the Find Cursor feature in the Mac Client on OS X 10.11.
  • Corrected a display issue where Undead characters would see an incorrect race icon while performing a Paid Race Change.
by Published on 2015-10-08 05:10 AM

PTR Server Slam, zDPS Weapon Crafting Difficulty

Clockwork Card Dealer Brawl Decks, CDC #35 Finalist Voting, European Championships VoDs

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

Crithto Leaves Blizzard
We're sorry to see Crithto leave and wish him the best in the future!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
When my best friend suggested I try to get a job at Blizzard in late 2007, I stopped what I was doing in game, alt-tabbed to my web browser, and checked out the job listings. Sure enough, Game Master positions were open and I thought, what the heck? It wasn’t long before the Community Team accepted me into their ranks, and it’s made all the difference. Fast-forward to today, and I still cannot believe how my life has changed, how I’ve grown as a professional and a person by being a member of the Blizzard family. From my first BlizzCon in 2008, to the orc statue being installed on campus, from the Crithto NPC being added to the game, to seeing the Warcraft film go from being a dream to a reality, my time here has certainly been extremely meaningful.

What is probably the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was to choose to move on to a new opportunity that was recently offered to me. I’ll get to face new challenges and really push my skills as a relationship builder and communicator, but none of this would be possible if it weren’t for my time and experience here at Blizzard. Candidly speaking, the day before I let my managers know I had decided to leave, I cried . . . a lot more than I should probably admit, but I did.

Blizzard’s games, my teammates, co-workers, and everything about being here and a part of this incredible community for these many years have meant so much to me, I can barely give these genuine emotions enough justice through written words. In a recent email to a close friend, I explained that Blizzard has felt like a “home” to me in the truest sense of the word. And the timing sure made my decision all the more difficult, too, given that my last day will be tomorrow (October 8) and I won’t be able to see some of you at BlizzCon as a Blizzard employee (though I do hope to attend).

I can’t thank all of you enough for your love and support, the weird pug pictures you’ve sent me on Twitter, and for your genuine passion for this game and all things Blizzard. I may be stepping down as “Crithto”, but I will always remain a fellow gamer, and I’m sure we’ll cross paths at some point again in the near future. /Respect, /Hug, /Farewell!

Apexis Crystal Bonus Event October 7-12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During the Sign of Apexis bonus event, you'll gain bonus Apexis Crystals from eligible creatures. Furthermore, the event-only quest The Time to Strike rewards you with big piles of Apexis Crystals, Garrison Resources, and Oil when you completing five Apexis objectives.

Spending Apexis Crystals on gear upgrades can a great way to improve your overall item level. Visit Ravenspeaker Thelnaas in Tanaan Jungle to buy armor for 5,000 Crystals apiece, a weapon for 10,000 Crystals, and Empowered Apexis Fragments for 20,000 Crystals. Empowered Apexis Fragments are Account-bound, and they upgrade your Baleful gear from ilvl 650 to ilvl 695.

Don’t forget these other collectibles:

What are you aiming to purchase with your Apexis windfall?

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The BlizzCon Goody Bag is now sold out, but you can still get the in-game goodies with a Virtual Ticket! (BlizzCon)

Con Before The Storm Update
The Con Before The Storm is only a month away! If you are going, you now have the option to buy some nice fan art posters at cost to pickup.

Final Boss #98 - Pure Ranged DPS
There was no new Final Boss episode this week, but if you missed it, last week's episode that covers Hunter, Warlock and Mage awaits you on Youtube!

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!

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