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

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
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)

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)

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.

by Published on 2016-02-04 06:14 PM

Seasonal Rebirth Reminder, Helltooth Pet Speed T10 WD

No More Old Hearthstone Packs?, New Format Blue Responses, Red Bull Roster Change, Holding Hands - Card Design Voting

New Rank 1 Matchmaking Rule, Th30xygen's Videos - Promane

Overwatch Closed Beta Back in Action February 9

Legion - Warlock Tier 19
Today we are taking a look at the Warlock Tier 19 sets. They go nicely with the Warlock Artifact weapons!

Legion - Flame Orb
A recent build updated the model used for Flame Orb. This orb follows players at all times while they have Felo'melorn equipped unless they have spent all of the charges.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Greater Blessing of Might
Maybe the developers themselves could chime in here, but it seems obvious to me that both Rets and Enhance shaman will have their own damage output reduced to account for the extra damage they are providing to other players. That just seems obvious to me, since if the specs do as much damage as other melee DPS while also providing 10% more damage to other players, people will stack only those melee classes to the exclusion of all else.
Stormlash and Greater Blessings are indeed intended to be numerically valuable contributions to group success from Enhancement and Retribution (part of their fantasy is in buffing their allies). Their damage or other effects should be attributed to the Enhancement/Retribution player, as far as contribution to the group's damage goes. We'll ensure that the combat logging events are there to allow this to be done.

EDIT: We still welcome feedback/discussion on these abilities, of course. Just wanted to clear up the question of how their effects should be attributed. (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
Curious: How many expansions in advance did you work on? Do you know what comes after Legion for example?
At the end of MoP, we had WoD mostly planned and Legion discussed. (I found out its name when you did though.) (OccupyGStreet)
I don't know what comes after Legion. (OccupyGStreet)

or continued to do, WoD was announced 11.8.13 you left in December, you saying you didn't work on WoD?
I did but very little. I playtested a few quests. We had some rough ideas for garrisons. (OccupyGStreet)

Sort of relevant, but why is bring back eyes of the beast so hard? Why can't they program it now when you...
It's not hard. It's just not free. A week of that engineer's time is a week she's not working on something else. (OccupyGStreet)

Overwatch Returns February 9
Overwatch is coming back next week, with progression, new maps, balance updates, and more!

by Published on 2016-02-03 06:18 PM

Update (5:15 PM EST): Overwatch is coming back next week!

Resto Shaman Artifact Intro, Legion Subtlety Changes, Tweets, Hearthstone Update

Watch the Legion Dungeon Race Live This Tuesday!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This Tuesday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m. PST, tune in live at to watch several top World of Warcraft streamers, YouTubers, and personalities from Europe and North America race against the clock—and each other—in some of the new max-level dungeons coming in World of Warcraft: Legion.

Our two teams will be racing through two dungeons: The Maw of Souls, a brand-new dungeon not yet available in the Legion Alpha, and the Heroic difficulty version of Halls of Valor, home of the greatest warriors of the vrykul. While these teams have had some practice with Halls of Valor on lower difficulty, this will be the first time any adventurer has set foot in The Maw of Souls—all these two teams know is to expect the unexpected!

For this challenge, we’ve assembled a colossal collection of some of the biggest names in the World of Warcraft community. Representing Europe: Treckie, Bellular, Qelric, and Alex and Loz of FatbossTV. To face off against them, representing North America: Towelliee, Killars, Monkioh, and Tattva and Tovo of Line of Sight Gaming. Both of these teams have a ton of experience, knowledge, and history with World of Warcraft—but will it be enough to triumph?

Assistant Game Director Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas will join Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen to provide commentary and insight as each team fights through the dungeons in a race to earn the fastest time possible. The winning team will claim victory not only for themselves, but for the region they represent!

We’ll have all of the action live at this Tuesday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. PST (check here to find that in your local time zone). We’ll see you there!

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