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by Published on 2017-03-26 06:46 AM

StarCraft Remastered - Releasing Summer 2017
Starcraft is finally getting updated graphics this summer, with the release of Starcraft Remastered.

  • Pricing for StarCraft Remasteredhas not yet been announced.
  • Blizzard is making the original Starcraft and Brood War games free!
  • HD and non-HD users will be able to play with each other.
  • StarCraft Remastered has been under development for about a year.
  • Original cinematics will be improved to 1080p resolution.
  • Mission interludes and introductions will feature new comic-book style illustrations.
  • The gameplay balance and idiosyncrasies have been painstakingly preserved from the original game.


Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The groundbreaking sci-fi real-time strategy game remastered in 4K Ultra High Definition, to include all content from the original award-winning game and its renowned expansion, StarCraft: Brood War®.

​​​​​​​StarCraft: Remastered maintains the gameplay and balance that set the standard for the RTS genre, while updating graphics and audio, and adding matchmaking, ladder, social features, and more!

IRVINE, California—March 27, 2017—One of the highest rated, most celebrated games of all time has evolved. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled StarCraft®: Remastered, a reverently crafted modernization of the original award-winning real-time strategy game. StarCraft: Remastered will offer a full graphical overhaul of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War® expansion, while preserving the sublime gameplay that captivated millions of gamers around the world and served as the foundation for professional global esports.

“StarCraft is a pure distillation of Blizzard’s DNA—its story, its balance, and all the little details reflect our long-running commitment to epic entertainment, and it’s been a staple in competitive gaming and esports for almost 20 years,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With StarCraft: Remastered, we’re modernizing the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years and beyond.”

The remastered graphics and audio will bring a modern look and feel to the timeless classic, with widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution. Other updates will include new illustrations to enhance storytelling in the StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War campaign missions; advanced matchmaking; full connectivity to Blizzard’s gaming network for social features and updates; cloud saving for campaign progress, custom maps, replays, and keybinds; support for eight new languages in addition to the original five; and more. While these improvements will bring StarCraft to the modern era, gameplay and balance have been precisely preserved, for an experience that will feel identical to veteran players.

Blizzard is developing StarCraft: Remastered for release on Windows® and Mac® PCs, with an anticipated release date this summer. Pricing and related information on StarCraft: Remastered will be announced at a later date. Prepare to venture once again onto the planetary battlefields of the war-torn Koprulu Sector; command the forces of the zerg, protoss, and terrans in their struggle for galactic domination; relive the epic saga of Marshal Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, and Praetor Fenix; or just vie for the GG against fellow players in this rejuvenated version of the online competitive RTS that set the bar for an entire genre.

Learn more at www.starcraft.com.

In preparation for StarCraft: Remastered, Blizzard Entertainment will update StarCraft: Brood War later this week to version 1.18. The update will include bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to rebind keys; observer mode; modern anti-cheat measures; compatibility improvements for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10; and more. Once the update is live, StarCraft Anthology, which includes the original game and the Brood War expansion, will be free to download and play.
by Published on 2017-03-25 12:17 AM

Mythic Keystone Dungeons at 7.2 Launch, Pet Battle Dungeon - Wailing Critters

Additional Class Changes in 7.2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve made a few additional adjustments that will go live on Tuesday with Patch 7.2—

Classes
  • The damage bonus that tanks and healers get per Artifact point spent has been increased to 0.65% for all tanks and Discipline Priests (was 0.5%), and the bonus has been increased to 1.3% for all other healers (was 1%).

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Feral Druids now deal 4% more damage with Rake, Shred, Swipe, Thrash, Brutal Slash, Moonfire, Ferocious BIte, Ashamane's Frenzy, and Rip.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Windwalker Monks now deal 8% more damage with Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick, and Rising Sun Kick.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Ulthalesh now has a greatly increased chance to generate the first three Tormented Souls at the beginning of a raid encounter.

We’ve also got a number of additional PvP adjustments coming with this patch:

PvP

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Havoc
    • The duration of Nemesis is reduced to 15 seconds in PvP.
    • The damage of Chaos Strike and Annihilation is reduced by 15% in PvP.
  • Vengeance
    • Vengeance no longer deals 10% reduced damage in PvP.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Balance
    • Enemy players can now see the radius of Starfall while active.
    • Moonfire, Sunfire, and Starfall now deal 50% less periodic damage to player targets.
    • Solar Wrath now deals 40% more damage to player targets.
    • Shooting Stars grants 2 Astral Power on player targets (was 4 Astral Power)
    • Dying Stars restores 3 Astral Power (was 8 Astral Power)
    • Intellect increased by 15%.
  • Feral
    • Bloodletter's Frailty increases the damage you deal to the target by 15% in PvP.
  • Restoration
    • Wild Growth cast by Overgrowth now only applies to the initial target.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Survival
    • Diamond Ice no longer prevents the use of Ice Block and Divine Shield.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Intellect reduced by 5%.
  • Frost
    • Concentrated Coolness now increases the damage of Frozen Orb by 225% (was 250%).

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Brewmaster
    • Brewmaster no longer deals 10% reduced damage in PvP.
  • Mistweaver
    • Windwalkers’ Fortifying Elixir renamed and is now Fortifying Brew.
    • Mana cost of the Ancient Mistweaver Arts version of Soothing Mist reduced by 25%.
    • Mana Regeneration increased by 5%.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Retribution
    • Lawbringer no longer damages targets that are under the effects of crowd-control abilities that break on damage.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Shadow
    • Intellect increased by 5%
    • Edge of Insanity now provides a 20% damage increase while you're at 100 Insanity and not in Voidform.
    • Edge of Insanity now activates above 65 Insanity when talented into Legacy of the Void.
    • Psyfiend can no longer be targetted using target macros.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Protection
    • Mass Spell Reflection now provides 30% magical damage reduction while active.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Affliction
    • PvP Template Intellect increased by 5%.
  • Demonology
    • The damage of Doom is reduced by 15% in PvP.
  • Destruction
    • Fel Fissure's duration has been reduced to 6 seconds (was 15 seconds).

You’ll see these reflected in the final, official patch notes, which should be posted on Monday.

We're also making a change to how your damage and health increase as you spend points in your Artifact: The damage bonus per point noted above will stop at the 52nd point acquired, and the health bonus will decrease starting with the 53rd point acquired.
by Published on 2017-03-24 10:59 PM

Patch 7.2 Preparation, Character Services Sale, Blue Posts, PvP Title Cutoff, Key Art

Mythic Keystone Dungeons at 7.2 Launch
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the release of Patch 7.2, we’re increasing the difficulty of (and rewards from) Mythic Keystone Dungeons. To help you prepare, we’d like to provide some clarity on what those changes entail.

After Patch 7.2 has been released, the minimum item level of the rewards found in the end-of-run chests will be as follows:

  • Mythic 2-3: 870
  • Mythic 4-5: 875
  • Mythic 6-7: 880
  • Mythic 8-9: 885
  • Mythic 10+: 890

(Note: bosses in Mythic Dungeons run with no Keystone active will drop item level 865 gear.)

The minimum item level of the rewards in the weekly Challenger’s Bounty chest (found in your Order Hall) will be based on the highest difficulty Mythic Keystone dungeon you cleared that week, as follows:

  • Mythic 2: 875
  • Mythic 3: 880
  • Mythic 4: 885
  • Mythic 5: 890
  • Mythic 6: 890
  • Mythic 7: 895
  • Mythic 8: 895
  • Mythic 9: 900
  • Mythic 10+: 905

So, if you clear a Mythic dungeon using a level 6 Keystone after the patch is released, you’ll see gear of at least item level 880 at the end of the run, and will get a piece of gear with an item level of at least 890 in your weekly chest. Keep in mind that the difficulty of the dungeons themselves is increasing to match these rewards.

As we transition from Patch 7.1.5 to Patch 7.2, you’ll get a lower-level Keystone with the reset this week than you may otherwise be expecting. This is due to the increase in difficulty of these dungeons in Patch 7.2. For example, if you completed a level 9 Keystone in patch 7.1.5 and then were given the usual level 6 Keystone next week, that’d actually be an increase in difficulty. To avoid this, we’re making these adjustments for this week only to reduce the level of Keystone you receive based on what you’ve completed this week:

  • Mythic 2-8: level 2 Keystone
  • Mythic 9-10: level 3
  • Mythic 11: level 4
  • Mythic 12: level 5
  • Mythic 13-14: level 6
  • Mythic 15: level 7

(each difficulty level above 15 increases next week’s Keystone level by 1)

As to the gear you’ll find in your weekly chest, its item level will still be based on the highest dungeon you complete this week, but the rewards will be based on the new 7.2 scaling. To put it more directly: completing a Keystone dungeon of difficulty 10 or higher this week will result in a reward with a minimum item level of 905 in your next weekly chest, which is the current maximum reward in Patch 7.2.

We hope this helps clear the air on what you can expect from Mythic Keystone dungeons next week, as well as what you’ll find waiting for you in your Challenger’s Bounty chest. Good luck!

Could you clarify whether this starts on Tuesday (eg. no point in pushing a +15 key this week if +10 is the cap again) or the Tuesday after?
This coming Tuesday, the 28th.

Patch 7.2 - Pet Battle Dungeon
Patch 7.2 adds the first pet battle dungeon, a solo scenario entitled Wailing Critters.

  • The scenario takes place inside Wailing Caverns.
  • It challenges players to complete eleven pet battles, including a final battle versus a Legendary foe.
  • All enemies are Level 25 pets of increasing quality that are classified as either Elite or Boss.
  • There are two different scenarios: a one-time scenario and a weekly challenge scenario.




Requirements
One-Time Scenario
  • Requires Level 110 and one Level 25 pet, but it's recommended you have at least three max level pets.
  • Pets can be healed and revived between battles.

Weekly Challenge Scenario

  • Requires Level 110 and at least fifteen Level 25 pets.
  • Pets cannot be healed or revived between battles.


Rewards
One-Time Scenario

Weekly Challenge Scenario



Preparing for the Dungeon
  • Once inside the scenario, you cannot leave or you'll have to start over.
  • The scenario is somewhat time-consuming, so be prepared to spend at least a half hour inside.
  • Most battles are against Beast type pets, so Mechanical pets will have a clear advantage.
  • You should bring an Aquatic pet for the final boss, Budding Everliving Spore, due to his Elemental type.

Consider adding these pets to your team:


Getting to the Dungeon



Dungeon Stages
  • Each battle will require you to defeat three pets.
  • The primary pet will always be accompanied by two Common-quality pets randomly selected from the Deviate pets battled in Stage 1.
  • Stage 1 - Defeat Deviate Smallclaw (Beast, Common), Deviate Chomper (Aquatic, Common), Deviate Flapper (Flying, Common), and their teams.
  • Stage 2 - Defeat the Son of Skum (Beast, Epic, Elite) and his team.
  • Stage 3 - Defeat Phyxia, Dreadcoil, Vilefang (Beast, Uncommon, Elite) and their teams.
  • Stage 4 - Defeat Hiss (Beast, Epic, Boss) and his team.
  • Stage 5 - Defeat the two Growing Ectoplasms (Magic, Rare, Elite) and their teams.
  • Stage 6 - Talk to the Shadowy Figure found sleeping to the right of the final boss.
  • Stage 7 - Defeat the Budding Everliving Spore (Elemental, Legendary, Boss). His Acid Rain + Dreadful Breath combination will do a high amount of damage if the fight goes on too long. Acid Rain will also cause Aquatic abilities to do more damage, so with a quality Aquatic pet you’ll be able to dispatch him relatively quickly.
  • With the successful defeat of the Budding Everliving Spore, return to Muyani to turn in the quest and receive your reward: Ultimate Battle Training Stone.
by Published on 2017-03-24 07:36 PM

HCT Bahamas: Live Un'Goro Card Reveals

Patch 7.2 Preparation
Patch 7.2 is just around the corner, so we’ve put together this list of things players might want to complete before the patch goes live this Tuesday.

Table of Contents



Get Your Artifact Weapon to at Least 35 Traits
Patch 7.2 introduces reworks to the existing Artifact Weapon system:
  • Once you’ve earned 35 traits in your Artifact Weapons, you’ll be eligible for a new questline to empower your weapon.
  • Once completed, you'll be able to spend Artifact Power on new Empowered traits, new ranks for existing traits, and a new Infinite trait, which features 50 ranks.
  • Players who have put Artifact Power into their weapons beyond 35 traits will have all of this AP refunded and be able to allocate it to new traits.
  • Previously earned Artifact Power items will not be usable on the empowered Artifact Weapon, so don't stockpile your AP tokens.



Cap Your Artifact Knowledge



Complete Order Hall Class Campaign
  • To continue with your order hall campaign in 7.2, you must have completed all currently available order hall quests.
  • In 7.2, players can earn a new champion, class-specific achievements, and the achievement Champions of Legionfall
  • Completion of the order hall class campaign awards your class-specific flying mount. You can check them out here.



Collect 25,000 Order Resources for New Order Hall Research
  • If you haven’t already been stockpiling Order Resources, you’ll want to start farming in order to purchase the two new order hall upgrades.
  • The first upgrade (tier 7) costs 10,000 x Order Resources and takes one day to research.
  • The second (tier 8) costs 15,000 x Order Resources and research completion will take 5 days.
  • You’ll also need Order Resources for purchasing new artifact knowledge ranks (which now caps at 50).



Earn the Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One Achievement
  • Complete the first Broken Isles Pathfinder achievement so you can work towards Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two once the patch is live.

As a recap, here’s what you’ll need to do to earn that first achievement:



Max Reputations to Exalted for the Paragon System
  • You're now able to keep earning reputation with a faction even after reaching Exalted.
  • For each 10,000 reputation earned past Exalted, you will earn a supply reward similar to those awarded by Emissary Quests.
  • These supply rewards have a chance to drop new, faction-exclusive mounts and toys.
  • After earning 10 of these rewards, you’ll earn the achievement Paragon of the Broken Isles.
  • You won’t be able to gain reputation from insignias earned from world quests, so there’s no point in holding onto those.

Here are the reward items you’ll have a chance to receive:



Level Class Hall Champions
  • Level all Class Hall Champions to 110 and cap their item level.
  • All Champions will now be able to reach Legendary quality, which unlocks a third equipment slot.
  • Once Legendary, Champions will not be able to earn any more experience.
  • You’ll be able to have one more active Champion, so make sure you have six Champions ready for missions.
  • Don’t forget that you can take Combat Ally Champions with you on world quests.



Gather Materials for New Crafted BoE Legendary Items



Sell Excess Gathered Materials Before Flying is Unlocked



Level Battle Pets
  • Patch 7.2 introduces the first Pet Battle Dungeon, Wailing Critters.
  • You’ll need to be level 110 and have one level 25 pet for the one-time scenario, but it's ideal to have three level 25 pets.
  • You’ll need 15 max level pets for the Pet Battle Challenge: Wailing Caverns weekly scenario.



Collect Transmog Items
  • Patch 7.2 adds a new “Sets” tab to the Appearances interface, so you can browse all item sets available to your character and see which items you are missing.
  • The interface will tell you where to get the items, so you can complete missing sets.
  • New achievements, such as Mogg-Saron and Sha of Fabulous, have been added for collecting PVE and PVP item sets.
  • Earning 10 of these achievements will earn you the character title, “Stylist,” awarded by Azeroth’s Next Top Model.


On Sale Now! World of Warcraft: Legion and Select Character Services
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Resummon your friends and guildmates and prepare to face the Burning Legion upon the Broken Shore once more! It’s the perfect time upgrade to World of Warcraft: Legion and save 25% on select character services during our sale March 23–April 4, 2017.

World of Warcraft: Legion
Save $10 on World of Warcraft:Legion Standard or Digital Deluxe Edition.*

Character Services
Save 25% on the following character services:

Guild Services
  • Guild Name Change
  • Guild Transfer
  • Guild Faction Change

To get started, visit the Battle.net Shop. You can also log in to your Battle.net account and visit the Shop to upgrade your account to World of Warcraft: Legion or purchase a character service.

*Offer applies to digital version purchased through Blizzard. Some stores are also offering similar promotions—check with your favorite local retailer.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 7.2 Key Points
Just to confirm a couple of points:

  • Release day in EU is indeed 29th March (hype!)
  • The Tomb of Sargeras raid will open at a later date.
  • Ahead of the Curve & Cutting Edge achievements for Helya and Gul'dan will be obtainable up until the Tomb of Sargeras raid opens.
  • The story trailer is cool, check it out!

(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Estimated US Rating Cutoffs for Legion Season 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Over the last few PvP seasons, we’ve seen an increased request from the community for Blizzard to publish projected estimates of how much PvP rating a character will need in order to be awarded a title. We’ve been discussing the idea, and would like to give it a try.

IMPORTANT: What follows is purely an estimation based on current ladder rankings and participation. The final cutoffs will only be determined once Legion Season 2 has actually concluded, and have the potential to be significantly different than what is listed below due to a wide variety of factors. Meeting or exceeding one of these cutoffs does not in any way guarantee that you will receive that tier of rewards once the season has ended.

Estimated 3v3 Arena Cutoffs:
  • Fearless Gladiator (Horde): 2820
  • Fearless Gladiator (Alliance): 2780
  • Gladiator (Horde): 2570
  • Gladiator (Alliance): 2580
  • Duelist (Horde): 2170
  • Duelist (Alliance): 2170
  • Rival (Horde): 1920
  • Rival (Alliance): 1900
  • Challenger (Horde): 1640
  • Challenger (Alliance): 1630

Estimated Rated Battleground Cutoffs:
  • Hero of the Horde: 2500
  • Hero of the Alliance: 2530
  • Guardian of the Horde: 2190
  • Guardian of the Alliance: 2120
  • Defender of the Horde: 1910
  • Defender of the Alliance: 1870
  • Soldier of the Horde: 1670
  • Soldier of the Alliance: 1670

Remember, these are only a projection of what the final cutoffs could be based on current ladder standings.

These are not a guarantee of what will be finalized once the season has finished.

Estimated EU Rating Cutoffs for Legion Season 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Over the last few PvP seasons, we’ve seen an increased request from the community for Blizzard to publish projected estimates of how much PvP rating a character will need in order to be awarded a title. We’ve been discussing the idea, and would like to give it a try.

IMPORTANT: What follows is purely an estimation based on current ladder rankings and participation. The final cutoffs will only be determined once Legion Season 2 has actually concluded, and have the potential to be significantly different than what is listed below due to a wide variety of factors. Meeting or exceeding one of these cutoffs does not in any way guarantee that you will receive that tier of rewards once the season has ended.

Estimated 3v3 Arena Cutoffs:
  • Fearless Gladiator (Horde): 2860
  • Fearless Gladiator (Alliance): 2980
  • Gladiator (Horde): 2610
  • Gladiator (Alliance): 2740
  • Duelist (Horde): 2140
  • Duelist (Alliance): 2270
  • Rival (Horde): 1880
  • Rival (Alliance): 1970
  • Challenger (Horde): 1610
  • Challenger (Alliance): 1650

Estimated Rated Battleground Cutoffs:
  • Hero of the Horde: 2530
  • Hero of the Alliance: 2630
  • Guardian of the Horde: 2150
  • Guardian of the Alliance: 2280
  • Defender of the Horde: 1880
  • Defender of the Alliance: 1990
  • Soldier of the Horde: 1680
  • Soldier of the Alliance: 1710

Remember, these are only a projection of what the final cutoffs could be based on current ladder standings.

These are not a guarantee of what will be finalized once the season has finished.

Patch 7.2 - Key Art
The key art for Patch 7.2 has been released.

by Published on 2017-03-23 07:00 PM

Developer Q&A - Ryan Shwayder: Patch 7.2 Content

Patch 7.2 – The Tomb of Sargeras Trailer
Patch 7.2 will be here March 28! The PvP Season ends with the patch release. US and EU cutoffs have been posted.


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