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by Published on 2015-01-30 02:27 AM

January 28th Hotfixes, Legacy Gear 0Dogs, T6 Rift Speed Clear, 2.1.2 Lightning DH

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Patch 6.1 - Twitter Integration
The latest PTR build activated Twitter integration. You can tweet screenshots, achievements, items, or whatever is on your mind. There is a small delay after sending a tweet before it is really sent and the system currently doesn't take clear achievement screenshots. You can see how the tweets below turned out here.



Patch 6.1 PTR Patch Notes Update - Jan 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Garrison Followers
    • Garrison Followers may now be upgraded to item level 675.
  • Garrison Buildings
    • Salvage Yard
      • Follower Weaponry and Armor Set tokens (War Ravaged, Blackrock, Goredrenched) no longer drops from salvage. Weapon and Armor enhancement tokens that can upgrade a Follower's weapon or armor item levels will continue to have a chance to drop from Salvage Crates.
    • Trading Post
      • Players trading Garrison Resources for tradeskill materials can now shift-click to specify the amount of items they want to purchase.
      • Trading Post Parts that drop in Ashran now have a chance to drop from all creatures and NPCs that drop Artifact Fragments, with an increased drop chance based on the quality of the creature or NPCs.

Itemization
  • All rings, neck, cloak, and trinket items that can be acquired in Nagrand (A level 98+ zone) or later should now be better suited for the character's loot specialization. This means tanks should no longer receive items with no bonus Armor and healers should no longer receive items with no Spirit from quests or Personal loot mode for those item slots.

Class Changes
Talent Balance

Classes

Quests
  • Players in a raid group will once again no longer be eligible for quest credit, except for specially-designated Raid quests. We are continuing to explore ways of allowing players who want to engage in solo or small-group questing while in a raid group (for example, while waiting for a Highmaul raid to form, or in a Rated Battleground queue), without also allowing raid groups to trivially complete quests that were never designed with groups of that size in mind.
  • Legendary Ring Quest Line
    • Characters can now select the version of the ring they want to receive when completing a step of the Legendary Ring Quest Line that provides an upgrade.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Khadgar has decided to dismiss his remarkably realistic mirror images from capital cities across the land. Adventurers answering his summons and seeking to enter Draenor may once again only find him near the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands.

PvP
  • Flask of Conquest has been added as a potential drop from Strongboxes awarded at the end of a Rated Battleground match. The flask increases Conquest Point gains from Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds by 25% for 2 hours and the effect persists through death. The flask does not affect the character's Conquest cap and the drop chance is in addition to the existing chance for Strongboxes to contain Conquest Points.

Professions
  • Fishing
    • Fishing vendors on Draenor now sell a consumable item that enables automatic filleting of fish caught in Draenor. Fish caught in Draenor are now automatically filleted.
    • Draenor fishing bait now lasts for 10 minutes (up from 5 minutes) to match the duration of fishing lures. and needs to be used within 15 minutes of being caught or it'll spoil.

Items
  • Toybox
  • Moroes' Famous Polish now has a 30-minute cooldown (up from 10 minutes) to keep it consistent with our transformation cooldowns.

UI
  • New Colorblind Options
    • Players can now access a new suite of colorblind filter options under Accessibility settings in the Interface menu.
  • Premade Group leaders can now automatically accept applicants via a new "Auto Accept" checkbox after the group has been listed.
  • Improved the ordering for categories in the currency tab.
  • Popup notifications such as those for completing an achievement or receiving a reward after a Battleground match can now be dismissed by right-clicking on it.
  • Added an "Ignore this bag" option to Profession bags for bag clean up.
  • All multi-page windows now supports mousewheel scrolling.

Blackrock Foundry Testing (Jan. 30)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Tomorrow, we will be testing two Blackrock Foundry Mythic encounters: Gruul and Hans'gar/Franzok. After testing of those two encounters concludes, we will open up the Slagworks wing in Raid Finder over the weekend. That should conclude our 6.1 Foundry testing - the raid zone is a 6.0.3 feature and will be opening on live servers next week, but testing it in the 6.1 PTR allows us to get some useful tuning data and gets players onto the PTR to test other features as well as the overall stability of the 6.1 patch.

As always given the nature of PTR, it is quite possible that there will be technical or gameplay issues that disrupt the testing. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Mythic difficulty is designed for a fixed-size 20-player group. All participants must be from the same PTR server.

Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below on all PTR servers, for roughly an hour or so.

Friday, January 30
  • Gruul - Mythic Foundry - 13:30 PST (16:30 EST, 22:30 CET)
  • Hans'gar & Franzok - Mythic Foundry - 15:00 PST (18:00 EST, 24:00 CET)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, fire, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Patch 6.1 PTR - Build 19551
Build 19551 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.

New Item

Level Type Name
100Consumable Gaiju Pearl

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Draenor
Quests
  • King of the Monsters Defeat each of the following creatures while evolved in the Lost Veil Anzu.10 points.
  • Monster Mash Successfully complete both of the following evolutions within the Lost Veil Anzu:10 points.

Invasions
Garrisons
  • Master and Commander Summon and defeat the following bosses in your Garrison. 10 points. Defeat all of the summonable Garrison raid bosses. 10 points.



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Major Glyphs

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Talents

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Protection

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Assassination

Assassination & Subtlety

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Perks

Enhancement
  • Maelstrom Weapon: Instead of reducing cast time by 20% per stack, now reduces cast time and mana cost by 20% per stack.

Major Glyphs

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Blast Wave The caster produces an intense wave of heat that travels outward, inflicting 100,000 140,000 Fire damage to all targets in the area. Volcanic Bombs hit by the wave are destroyed; but provide protection from the blast. 100 yd range. 4 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Reaping Whirl Whirl around, causing enemies to bleed for 20,000 14,000 Physical damage every 1 sec, for 20 sec. Stacks. 3 sec cast.
by Published on 2015-01-28 07:58 PM

New Mount Preview - Coming Soon
Blizzard posted a preview of an upcoming mount on their social media accounts this morning, with the line "Here, Kitty Kitty...".

Patch 6.1 added a few new mount spells, with all of the others than Mount being for the Chauffer heirloom mount.

by Published on 2015-01-28 04:14 AM

Patch 6.1 PTR - Build 19533

End of Season Preview, No Planned PvP Improvements, Furnace vs Alternative

Hearthstone Patch 7628 - Lunar New Year, Undertaker Nerfed, Maraad Card Back

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Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - January 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Tier 3 Garrisons: Dungeoneer's Training Dummy for healing and damage have swapped places so melee classes are less likely to trigger the tanking dummy by accident.
  • Garrison Campaign Quests
    • Assault on Skettis: Creatures and NPCs associated with Assault on Skettis now respawn more frequently and increased the amount of morale awarded for defeating them.
    • Gladiator's Sanctum Level 3: Players can no longer be votekicked from the Coliseum scenario.
    • Primal Fury: Players that have completed the quest before the hotfix from January 21 should now correctly receive Thisalee Crow (Alliance) or Choluna (Horde) as a Follower.

Classes
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Ferocious Bite no longer loses damage when cast with a low amount of Energy while Berserk is active. Berserk will still discount Cat Form abilities' Energy cost, but will include the bonus damage as if it weren't cast with Berserk active.
    • Feral
      • Leader of the Pack should now correctly trigger its heal for Druids that have learned the talent, Claws of Shirvallah.
    • Talents
      • Incarnation: Tree of Life's bonuses should no longer be incorrectly retained without having the talent learned.
      • Nature's Vigil should no longer be dealing excessive damage to high level targets by healing low level NPCs.
  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Glyphs
      • Glyph of Recovery should no longer make Recuperate heal for less than the intended amount.

Quests
  • All quests should now still award experience even if the character is dead at the time of completion.
  • Frostfire Ridge
    • The Shadow Gate: Players who became stuck after completing "The Shadow Gate" will need to re-enter the cave within the Bloodmaul Stronghold in Frostfire Ridge if they were unable to see Orlana Strongbrow to continue their quest series.
  • Gorgrond
    • Ambushing the Enemy: Resolved an issue where players were unable to complete this quest if The Giant Cauldron has been completed first.
  • Talador
    • At Your Command: Horde characters who have faction changed to Alliance should now be able to complete the quest "At Your Command" if they have completed the Alliance version previously.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Auchindoun
    • Grom'tash the Destructor and Gul'kosh should no longer force all party members into combat, including ones that aren't actively in combat with them.
  • Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
    • Ner'zhul: Resolved an issue where players may be unable to use the portal to re-enter the encounter area.
  • Icecrown Citadel
    • The Lich King: Resolved an issue where Val'kyr Shadowguards can prevent players from being able to complete the encounter if they pick the player up after Fury of Frostmourne has been cast.

PvP
  • Ashran
    • There's now a 30 minute delay between battles after Grand Marshal Tremblade or High Warlord Volrath has been defeated.
    • Stormshield Gladiators and Warspear Gladiators now respawn 3 minutes after Grand Marshal Tremblade or High Warlord Volrath has been defeated.

Items
  • Goren Disguise no longer works in Areas or Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Scabbard of Kyanos' on use effect, the Sword Technique buff is now reduced by 40% while players have Battle Fatigue.
  • Swapblaster no longer works while in a Battleground.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Level 1 Heirloom Mount
Collecting all heirloom items awards a special mount usable by level 1 characters.

Does this mean we need the fishing event BoA for this mount? When I won it I took the trinket that turns you into a fish.

I've asked about that and was informed that the achievement involves collecting a number of heirlooms (not all of them). Working on getting clarification on the Heirloom collections tab and will be updating the 6.1 PTR Patch Notes with more concrete information once it's available. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ashran Timing Hotfix
As you've probably witnessed, on many servers Ashran had digressed into a situation where the two factions were avoiding any confrontation. One faction would complete the outer events while the other faction would kill the faction leader. This isn't ideal, as the Horde and Alliance should be fighting more regularly in Ashran.

Recently, we made changes to the frequency of events and the time between battles in the middle road. After a boss is killed, the center lane will take 30 minutes to reset. We hope this encourages the team that just won the middle lane to venture off into the rest of the zone for a time before the fight begins anew. Furthermore, we hope that faction’s presence in the outer events will encourage the other faction to fight in the center lane a bit more, since winning the events is no longer a given.

We'll continue to consider your constructive Ashran feedback and appreciate those of you providing it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2015-01-27 08:57 PM

Patch 6.1 PTR - Build 19533
Build 19533 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.

New Models



New Items

Level Type Name
100Junk Clinking Present
100Other Portable Audiophone
100Leatherworking Pattern Recipe: Powerful Burnished Essence
100Leatherworking Pattern Recipe: Spiritual Leathercraft
100Tailoring Pattern Recipe: Primal Weaving
100Tailoring Pattern Recipe: Powerful Hexweave Essence
100Engineering Schematic Schematic: Oglethorpe's Octagonal Lenses
100Engineering Schematic Schematic: Precision Scope Tuning Kit
100Engineering Schematic Schematic: Primal Welding
100Blacksmithing Plans Recipe: Powerful Truesteel Essence
100Blacksmithing Plans Recipe: Powerful Steelforged Essence
100Blacksmithing Plans Recipe: Riddle of Truesteel
100Alchemy Recipe Recipe: Primal Alchemy
100Enchanting Formula Formula: Temporal Binding
100Jewelcrafting Design Recipe: Powerful Taladite Amplifier
100Jewelcrafting Design Recipe: Primal Gemcutting
100Inscription Technique Technique: The Spirit of War
100Inscription Technique Technique: Powerful Ensorcelled Tarot
100Inscription Technique Technique: Powerful Weapon Crystal
660Trinket Primal Gladiator's Medallion of Adaptation
660Trinket Primal Gladiator's Medallion of Adaptation
620Trinket Primal Combatant's Medallion of Adaptation
620Trinket Primal Combatant's Medallion of Adaptation
100Other Chauffered Chopper
90Other Bladebone Hook



Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Darkmoon Faire
World Events
  • Big Powermonger: Bronze Complete The Real Big Race with the Powermonger within 35 tolls. 5 points. 30 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Powermonger: Gold Complete The Real Big Race with the Powermonger within 26 20 tolls. Rewards: Darkmoon Cannon. 5 points.
  • Big Powermonger: Silver Complete The Real Big Race with the Powermonger within 30 tolls. 5 points. 25 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Race Enthusiast Complete The Real Big Race with the Racing Strider within 40 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Race Jockey Complete The Real Big Race within 32 tolls. 5 points. with the Racing Strider within 30 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Race Leadfoot Complete The Real Big Race within 28 tolls. 5 points. with the Racing Strider within 25 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Race Novice Complete The Real Big Race with the Racing Strider within 35 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Race Roadhog Complete The Real Big Race within 24 with the Racing Strider within 20 tolls. Rewards: Checkered Flag. 5 points.
  • Big Rocketeer: Bronze Complete The Real Big Race with the Rocketeer within 35 tolls. 5 points. 30 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Rocketeer: Gold Complete The Real Big Race with the Rocketeer within 26 20 tolls. Rewards: Race MiniZep Controller. 5 points.
  • Big Rocketeer: Silver Complete The Real Big Race with the Rocketeer within 30 tolls. 5 points. 25 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Wanderluster: Bronze Complete The Real Big Race with the Wanderluster within 35 tolls. 5 points. 30 tolls. 5 points.
  • Big Wanderluster: Gold Complete The Real Big Race with the Wanderluster within 26 20 tolls. Rewards: Darkmoon Gazer. 5 points.
  • Big Wanderluster: Silver Complete The Real Big Race with the Wanderluster within 30 tolls. 5 points. 25 tolls. 5 points.
  • Darkmoon Racer Jockey Complete The Real Race with the Racing Strider within 20 tolls. 5 points.
  • Darkmoon Racer Leadfoot Complete The Real Race within 16 tolls. 5 points. with the Racing Strider within 15 tolls. 5 points.
  • Darkmoon Racer Novice Complete The Real Race with the Racing Strider within 25 tolls. 5 points.
  • Darkmoon Racer Roadhog Complete The Real Race within 12 with the Racing Strider within 11 tolls. Rewards: Fire-Eater's Vial. 5 points.
  • Go-Getter Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Powermonger within 20 tolls. 5 points. 25 tolls. 5 points.
  • Powermonger: Bronze Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Powermonger within 18 tolls. 5 points. 20 tolls. 5 points.
  • Powermonger: Gold Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Powermonger within 11 tolls. Rewards: Gaze of the Darkmoon. 5 points.
  • Powermonger: Silver Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Powermonger within 14 tolls. 5 points. 15 tolls. 5 points.
  • Rocketeer: Bronze Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Rocketeer within 18 tolls. 5 points. 20 tolls. 5 points.
  • Rocketeer: Gold Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Rocketeer within 11 tolls. Rewards: Everlasting Darkmoon Firework. 5 points.
  • Rocketeer: Silver Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Rocketeer within 14 tolls. 5 points. 15 tolls. 5 points.
  • Wanderluster: Bronze Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Wanderluster within 18 tolls. 5 points. 20 tolls. 5 points.
  • Wanderluster: Gold Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Wanderluster within 11 tolls. Rewards: Attraction Sign. 5 points.
  • Wanderluster: Silver Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Wanderluster within 14 tolls. 5 points. 15 tolls. 5 points.
  • Wayfarer Complete the Darkmoon Real Race with the Wanderluster within 20 tolls. 5 points. 25 tolls. 5 points.

Eye of the Storm
Player vs. Player
  • The Perfect Storm Win Eye of the Storm with a score of 1600 to 0. 10 points. 1500 to 0. 10 points.

Feats of Strength

Garrisons

General



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mounts
  • Summon Chauffer: Hire a Chauffer to drive you around. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Summon Chauffer: Hire a Chauffer to drive you around. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Vashj'ir Seahorse: Name Changed from Abyssal Seahorse to Vashj'ir Seahorse.

Item Set Bonuses

Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Breath of Sindragosa: No longer costs Runic Power.
  • Death Siphon: The Death Knight is now healed for 400% of the damage dealt, up from 335%.
  • Necrotic Plague: Damage done per tick increased from 2.7% of AP per stack to 3.7% of AP per stack.

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Bristling Fur: Cooldown is now 30 seconds, down from 60 seconds.
  • Guardian of Elune: Now also reduces the rage cost on Savage Defense by your base dodge chance percentage.
  • Rampant Growth: Now also increases Swiftmend's healing done by 20%.
  • Renewal: Now heals the Druid for 30% of max health, up from 22%.
  • Stellar Flare: Now deals 39% of SP as direct damage, up from 33.75%. Also deals 13% of SP as damage over time, up from 11.25%.

Restoration
  • Natural Healing: Name Changed from Naturalist to Natural Healing.
  • Naturalist: Now also increases the damage of your Druid spells and abilities by 15%.

Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Barrage: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Exhilaration: Now heals you and your pet for 30% of max health, up from 22%.
  • Glaive Toss: Each glaive now does 52% AP as damage, up from 41.5%.
  • Powershot: Now deals 840% weapon damage to the target, up from 520%. Also deals 420% weapon damage to enemies between you and the target, up from 260%.
  • Stampede: Now lasts for 40 seconds, up from 20 seconds.

Pets
  • Spirit Beast Blessing: Now also increases the critical strike chance of all party and raid members by 5%.

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Alter Time: Cooldown decreased from 1.5 minutes to 1 minute.

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Blackout Kick: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Expel Harm: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Jab: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Spinning Crane Kick: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Tiger Palm: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.

Talents
  • Ascension: Instead of increasing maximum Mana by 20%, now increases Spirit by 10%.
  • Chi Explosion: Now heals an ally for 170% of SP, up from 121.5% of SP. Also, using this ability while channeling Soothing Mist will heal the soothed target.
  • Chi Torpedo: Now deals 250% of AP as damage. (Possible tooltip fix.)
  • Hurricane Strike: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Ring of Peace: Incapacitation duration increased to 5 seconds, up from 3 seconds.
  • Rushing Jade Wind (Brewmaster, Windwalker): Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Zen Sphere: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.
  • Zen Sphere: Detonate: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.

Brewmaster
  • Keg Smash: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.

Mistweaver
  • Mana Tea: Now restores Mana equal to 3 times your unbuffed Spirit, down from 4 times your unbuffed Spirit.

Windwalker
  • Fists of Fury: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.

Windwalker & Mistweaver
  • Rising Sun Kick: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Talents
  • Empowered Seals: Judgment of Insight now heals you for 2% of your maximum health every 2 second for 20 seconds, up from 1%. Judgment of Righteousness now increases your haste by 20% for 20 seconds, up from 15%.
  • Execution Sentence: Healing done over time increased from 1348.4% of SP, up from 674.2% of SP.
  • Hand of Purity: Now reduces damage taken by 15%, up from 10%.
  • Sacred Shield: Mana cost decreased from 14.4% of Base Mana to 9.5% of Base Mana.

Holy
  • Denounce: Damage increased to 165% of SP, up from 109.8% of SP.
  • Holy Shock: Damage dealt when used on an enemy increased to 210% of SP, up from 140% of SP.

Retribution

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Cascade: Now heals for 54% of SP, down from 83.05% of SP. Also can now heal the same target twice.
  • Divine Star: Damage dealt increased to 63% of SP, up from 52.4% of SP.

Talents
  • Auspicious Spirits: Now causes your Shadowy Apparitions to deal 100% increased damage, instead of causing them to deal no damage.
  • Cascade: Now heals for 54% of SP, down from 83.05% of SP. Also can now heal the same target twice.
  • Clarity of Purpose: Base healing is now 120% of SP. (Possible tooltip fix.)
  • Clarity of Will (Holy, Shadow): Now shields the target for 660% of SP, down from 858% of SP.
  • Divine Star: Damage dealt increased to 63% of SP, up from 52.4% of SP.
  • Mindbender: Now lasts for 20 seconds, up from 15 seconds.
  • Saving Grace Now heals for 945% of SP, up from 630% of SP. Absorbs and healing done for the following 8 seconds are now reduced by 15%, up from 10%. Also effectiveness is now reduced while in PvP Combat. Now instant cast, down from a 1.5 second cast time.
  • Surge of Darkness Now has a 12% chance to proc, up from 10%.
  • Void Entropy: Damage dealt increased from 37.5% of SP to 67.5% of SP.

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Death from Above: AoE damage increased from 133.3% of AP to 166.6% of AP.
  • Leeching Poison: Instead of 'your melee attacks having a 50% chance to poison the target for 12 sec, causing subsequent melee attacks to heal you for 15% of damage dealt', you are now granted 10% Leech for as long as the poison is active.

Assassination
  • Envenom: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.

Assassination & Subtlety
  • Rupture: Tooltip updated so that the numbers ingame reflect the impact of Versatility.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Primal Strike: Instead of having an 8 second cooldown, this ability now has a 7.5 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.
  • Reincarnation: Added the wording - "This effect can occur only once every 30 minutes."
  • Windstrike: Instead of having a 7.5 second cooldown, this ability now has a 7.5 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.

Talents
  • Ancestral Guidance Instead of affecting "direct damage and healing", now affects "damage and healing, including multistrikes".
  • Echo of the Elements (Elemental): Completely overhauled. Previously, your spells and abilities had a chance to cause your next Lava Burst, Frost Shock, or Earthquake to not incur its cooldown. Now, your Lava Burst and Earthquake have 2 charges and other effects that reset their cooldown will instead grant 1 full charge.
  • Echo of the Elements (Enhancement): Completely overhauled. Previously, your spells and abilities had a chance to cause your next Lava Lash, Stormstrike, or Fire Nova to not incur its cooldown. Now, your Stormstrike, Lava Lash, and Fire Nova have 2 charges and other effects that reset their cooldown will instead grant 1 full charge.
  • Echo of the Elements (Restoration): Completely overhauled. Previously, your spells and abilities had a chance to cause your next Riptide, Unleash Life, or Purify Spirit to not incur its cooldown. Now, your Lava Burst, Riptide, Unleash Life, and Spirit Link Totem have 2 charges and other effects that reset their cooldown will instead grant 1 full charge.

Elemental
  • Earthquake Instead of having a 10 second cooldown, this ability now has a 10 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.

Elemental & Restoration
  • Lava Burst: Instead of having an 8 second cooldown, this ability now has an 8 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.

Enhancement
  • Ascendance: Now has a 3 minute cooldown. (Possible tooltip fix.)
  • Fire Nova: Instead of having a 4.5 second cooldown, this ability now has a 4.5 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.
  • Lava Lash: Instead of having a 10.5 second cooldown, this ability now has a 10.5 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.
  • Stormstrike: Instead of having a 7.5 second cooldown, this ability now has a 7.5 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.

Restoration
  • Riptide: Instead of having a 6 second cooldown, this ability now has a 6 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.
  • Spirit Link Totem: Instead of having a 3 minute cooldown, this ability now has a 3 minute recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.
  • Unleash Life: Instead of having a 15 second cooldown, this ability now has a 15 second recharge with a maximum of 1 charge.

Major Glyphs
  • Telluric Currents: Instead of causing your Lightning Bolt spell to cost no mana, it now causes your Lightning Bolt, Lava Burst, and Flame Shock spells to cost no mana and deal 100% increased damage.

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Avatar Duration decreased from 24 seconds to 20 seconds. Cooldown decreased from 3 minutes to 1.5 minutes.
  • Second Wind: Amount of Leech gained increased to 25%, up from 10%.
  • Siegebreaker (Arms, Protection): Now deals 450% of weapon damage, up from 300% of weapon damage.
  • Siegebreaker (Fury): Now deals 450% of weapon damage, up from 300% of weapon damage.
  • Slam: Now deals 150% of weapon damage, up from 105% of weapon damage.

Arms
  • Mastery: Weapons Master: Now increases the damage of your Mortal Strike, Colossus Smash, and Execute abilities by 36%, down from 44%.

Arms, Fury, Protection
  • Gladiator Stance: Probably a bug fix, since this version of the spell previously had no spec requirements.

Professions
Alchemy
  • Primal Alchemy Name Changed from Alchemical Catalyst - Arrowbloom to Primal Alchemy. Generates the reagents needed to create the most powerful alchemical items of Draenor. Can only be performed once a day. Shares cooldown with other Alchemist's Cauldrons. Alchemy. Melee range. Instant. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: Nagrand Arrowbloom (20), Blackrock Ore (3). Alchemy. Instant. Reagents: Primal Spirit, Fireweed (2), Gorgrond Flytrap (2), Nagrand Arrowbloom (2), Starflower (2), Talador Orchid (2).

Blacksmithing
  • Riddle of Truesteel (New) Blacksmithing. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Primal Spirit, True Iron Ore (5), Blackrock Ore (5). Tools: Blacksmith Hammer.
  • Truesteel Grinder Blacksmithing. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Truesteel Ingot (10 Blackrock Ore (20), True Iron Ore (10). Tools: Blacksmith Hammer.
  • Truesteel Reshaper Blacksmithing. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Truesteel Ingot (10), True Iron Ore (10). Tools: Blacksmith Hammer. True Iron Ore (30). Tools: Blacksmith Hammer.

Enchanting
  • Battlemaster Permanently enchant a melee weapon to occasionally heal nearby party members for 240 102 when attacking in melee. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Void Crystal (8), Large Prismatic Shard (8), Primal Water (2). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Berserking Permanently enchant a melee weapon to sometimes increase your attack power by 100 75, but at the cost of reduced armor. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Infinite Dust (12), Greater Cosmic Essence (4), Dream Shard (4), Abyss Crystal (10). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Major Healing Permanently enchant a melee weapon to increase spell power by 40 30. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Large Prismatic Shard (8), Primal Water (8), Primal Life (8). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Mark of the Frostwolf Permanently enchants a melee weapon to sometimes increases increase multistrike by 500 for 6 sec. Effect can stack 2 times. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Temporal Crystal (15), Sorcerous Water (10). Tools: Runed Copper Rod.
  • Secrets of Draenor Enchanting Compile your knowledge of Enchanting once per day. Secrets can be traded for recipes Enchanting. 3.5 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: Draenic Dust (3).
  • Temporal Binding (New) Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Primal Spirit, Luminous Shard.

Engineering
  • Didi's Delicate Assembly Engineering. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Gearspring Parts (10), True Iron Ore (5), Blackrock Ore (5). Tools: Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor. True Iron Ore (15), Blackrock Ore (15). Tools: Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor.
  • Gearspring Parts Additional parts are created when your Engineering skill is 600 or higher. May also create Sorcerous Fire and Air. Cooldown resets daily. Engineering. 3.5 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: True Iron Ore (10), Blackrock Ore (10). 15), Blackrock Ore (15).
  • Primal Welding (New) Engineering. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Primal Spirit, Blackrock Ore (5), True Iron Ore (5).

Inscription
  • Many glyphs are now crafted with a 1.5 sec cast, down from 3 sec.
  • Secrets of Draenor Inscription Compile your knowledge of Inscription once per day. Secrets can be traded for recipes Inscription. 3.5 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: Cerulean Pigment (2). Tools: Virtuoso Inking Set.
  • The Spirit of War (New) Inscription. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Primal Spirit, Cerulean Pigment (4). Tools: Virtuoso Inking Set.
  • Volatile Crystal Inscription. 3.5 sec cast. Reagents: War Paints (10), Cerulean Pigment (5). Tools: Virtuoso Inking Set. Cerulean Pigment (12). Tools: Virtuoso Inking Set.

Jewelcrafting
  • Primal Gemcutting (New) Jewelcrafting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Primal Spirit, Blackrock Ore (5), True Iron Ore (5). Tools: Jeweler's Kit.
  • Taladite Recrystalizer Jewelcrafting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Taladite Crystal (10), True Iron Ore (10). Tools: Jeweler's Kit. Blackrock Ore (15), True Iron Ore (15). Tools: Jeweler's Kit.

Leatherworking

Tailoring
  • Hexweave Embroidery Tailoring. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Hexweave Cloth (10), Sumptuous Fur (10). Sumptuous Fur (30).
  • Primal Weaving (New) Tailoring. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Primal Spirit, Sumptuous Fur (10).

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Acid Torrent Sprays a cone of acid at a ranged target, inflicting 500,000 Physical damage to the closest target and increases the damage Acid Torrent deals by 500,000 for 20 sec. All other targets take 250,000 300,000 Nature damage reduced by the closest target's total damage mitigation. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Acid Torrent Sprays a cone of acid at a ranged target, inflicting 500,000 Physical damage to the closest target and increases the damage Acid Torrent deals by 500,000 for 20 sec. All other targets take 250,000 300,000 Nature damage reduced by the closest target's total damage mitigation. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Burn The caster inflicts 30,000 Fire damage to their current target. 10 yd range. 2 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Explosive Shard Launches an explosive shard, inflicting 90,000 110,000 Physical damage and knocking back enemies in the area. After 3 sec, the shard explodes, dealing 200,000 Fire damage and stunning nearby enemies. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Explosive Shard Launches an explosive shard, inflicting 90,000 110,000 Physical damage and knocking back enemies in the area. After 3 sec, the shard explodes, dealing 200,000 Fire damage and stunning nearby enemies. 25 yd range. Instant.



Blackrock Foundry Testing (Jan 28, 30)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Tomorrow, we will be testing two Blackrock Foundry Mythic encounters, Oregorger and Beastlord Darmac. We're looking at another test day on Friday (likely candidates are Gruul and Hans'gar/Franzok), and then a Raid Finder test over the weekend. That should conclude our 6.1 Foundry testing - the raid zone is a 6.0.3 feature and will be opening on live servers next week, but testing it in the 6.1 PTR allows us to get some useful tuning data and gets players onto the PTR to test other features as well as the overall stability of the 6.1 patch.

As always given the nature of PTR, it is quite possible that there will be technical or gameplay issues that disrupt the testing. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Mythic difficulty is designed for a fixed-size 20-player group.

Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below on all PTR servers, for roughly an hour or so.

Wednesday, January 28
  • Oregorger - Mythic Foundry - 13:30 PST (16:30 EST, 22:30 CET)
  • Beastlord Darmac - Mythic Foundry - 15:00 PST (18:00 EST, 24:00 CET)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, fire, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ADVANCED_ANTIALIASING_MSAA_FORMAT - Color %dx / Depth %dx
  • BINDING_NAME_TOGGLECOLLECTIONSHEIRLOOM - Toggle Heirlooms Journal
  • CHAR_CREATE_VETERAN - Veteran Accounts cannot create Death Knights.
  • CONFIRM_PURCHASE_NONREFUNDABLE_ITEM - Are you sure you wish to exchange %s for the following item? Your purchase is not refundable. %s
  • ERR_CHAT_RAID_RESTRICTED_TRIAL - Starter Edition accounts cannot send messages to raid channel. \124cffffd000\124HurlIndex:2\124h[Click To Upgrade]\124h\124r
  • ERR_CHAT_RAID_RESTRICTED_VETERAN - Veteran Edition accounts cannot send messages to raid channel. \124cffffd000\124HurlIndex:2\124h[Click To Upgrade]\124h\124r
  • ERR_PETITION_RESTRICTED_ACCOUNT_TRIAL - Starter Edition accounts may not sign guild charters. \124cffffd000\124HurlIndex:2\124h[Click To Upgrade]\124h\124r
  • ERR_PETITION_RESTRICTED_ACCOUNT_VETERAN - Veteran Edition accounts may not sign guild charters. \124cffffd000\124HurlIndex:2\124h[Click To Upgrade]\124h\124r
  • ERR_REFER_A_FRIEND_MAP_INCOMING_TRANSFER_NOT_ALLOWED - You cannot summon your friend here
  • FPS_FORMAT - %d FPS
  • MULTISAMPLE_ALPHA_TEST - Multisample Alpha Test
  • MULTISAMPLE_ANTI_ALIASING - MSAA
  • MULTISAMPLE_ANTIALIASING - Multisample Anti-Aliasing
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_ADVANCED_MSAA - Sets the Multisample Anti-Aliasing mode. Both the number of color and depth samples can be specified.
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_ADVANCED_PPAA - Sets the Postprocess Anti-Aliasing mode.
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_MULTISAMPLE_ALPHA_TEST - Evaluates alpha-test operation at sample frequency rather than pixel frequency when MSAA is enabled.
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_RENDER_SCALE - Multiplier on display resolution for rendering the 3D World.
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_RESAMPLE_QUALITY - When using a Render Scale that is not 100%, this adjusts the quality of the filter to display resolution.
  • POSTPROCESS_ANTI_ALIASING - Postprocess Anti-Aliasing
  • POSTPROCESS_ANTI_ALIASING_ABREV - PPAA
  • PVP_REWARD_TOOLTIP - Reward for winning:
  • REMOVE_FOLLOWER - Remove
  • RENDER_SCALE - Render Scale
  • RESAMPLE_QUALITY - Resample Quality
  • RESAMPLE_QUALITY_BICUBIC - Bicubic
  • RESAMPLE_QUALITY_BILINEAR - Bilinear



Missions Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Combat
  • Apexis Nexus Level 100. Item Level 630 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 6 8 hrs. Our need for equipment upgrades never ends, take a few of our best to the apexis excavation site.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 600x Apexis Crystal 400x Apexis Crystal
  • Bucket Brigade Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 4 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 8 hrs. Massive flooding has cut off our supply lines, and the water elementals responsible show no signs of stopping. Let's hang them out to dry.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 12x Primal Spirit 20x Primal Spirit
  • Emancipation Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 4 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 8 hrs. The more slaves we free at the Stonefury Cliffs, the more we weaken the Bloodmaul.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 300x Apexis Crystal 400x Apexis Crystal
  • Felraiser Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 8 675. 2 Followers. Cost: 60 Resources. Duration: 10 hrs. Warlocks in the northwest are draining life from the land, preparing to summon a demon lord. Well? Don't just stand there!. Rewards: 1500 XP. 300x Apexis Crystal 600x Apexis Crystal
  • Green Fel Level 90. Item Level 0. 3 Followers. Cost: 10 Resources. Duration: 60 min 100. Item Level 675. 2 Followers. Cost: 60 Resources. Duration: 10 hrs. The reckless warlock Gul'dan intends to create a fel volcano in the center of Shadowmoon Valley. Stop him before he dooms us all.. Rewards: 100 XP 1500 XP. 150 Gold
  • Highway to Fel Level 100. Item Level 630 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 6 8 hrs. Shadow Council agents plan to cut a path through Tanaan and pave it with their enemies' bones. Such an atrocity must not come to pass.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 600x Apexis Crystal 400x Apexis Crystal
  • Lunch Breakers Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 4 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 8 hrs. We need to get the gronn riled again. Kill the local meat-based wildlife and see if starvation turns them against the Iron Horde nearby.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 12x Primal Spirit 20x Primal Spirit
  • Mulch Ado about Nothing Level 100. Item Level 630 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 4 8 hrs. The podlings have been raiding the graves of our allies to feed one of their genesaur. Recover the bodies. If they want mulch, mulch them!. Rewards: 1500 XP. 20x Primal Spirit
  • Night of the Primals Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 6 675. 2 Followers. Cost: 60 Resources. Duration: 8 hrs. Our scouts report that the botani are snatching workers from the quarries. Kill the primals and find out what they are using the orcs for.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 12x Primal Spirit 30x Primal Spirit
  • Prime Directive Level 100. Item Level 630 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 4 8 hrs. We'll leave the elementals of Nagrand to themselves right after we've gotten some of the elemental samples we need.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 20x Primal Spirit
  • Socrethar Sabotage Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 4 660. 2 Followers. Cost: 40 Resources. Duration: 8 hrs. Scouts report that a rapid assault on Socrethar's Rise could turn up an additonal stash of apexis crystals.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 300x Apexis Crystal 400x Apexis Crystal
  • Spring Preening Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 6 675. 2 Followers. Cost: 60 Resources. Duration: 8 hrs. We cannot allow the arakkoa to acquire more of their deadly Apexis technology. Raid their excavation sites. Leave nothing but dust behind!. Rewards: 1500 XP. 300x Apexis Crystal 600x Apexis Crystal
  • Too Much Business Level 90. Item Level 0. 3 Followers. Cost: 10 Resources. Duration: 60 min 675. 2 Followers. Cost: 60 Resources. Duration: 8 hrs. We suspect a goblin merchant of selling to both us and the Iron Horde. Tail him, and if he is double-dealing, drag him back by his ears.. Rewards: 100 XP 1500 XP. 150 Gold
  • What's Mine Is A Mine Level 100. Item Level 615. 3 Followers. Cost: 30 Resources. Duration: 8 675. 2 Followers. Cost: 60 Resources. Duration: 10 hrs. Word has it that an Iron Horde mine near our outpost has hit a rich vein. We can't let them have nice things. Storm in and claim the mine.. Rewards: 1500 XP. 12x Primal Spirit 30x Primal Spirit

Exploration
  • Backbreaker Name Changed from Exploration: The Broken Spine Dig Site to Backbreaker. Level 91. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The Iron Horde are attempting to unearth long-lost ogre artifacts in this the Broken Spine area - evict them and claim the rewards as your own.. Rewards: 100 XP. 50x Ogre Archaeology Fragment
  • Bird Watching Name Changed from Exploration: Spires of Arak Treaures to Bird Watching. Level 97. Item Level 0. Rare. 3 Followers. Cost: 50 Resources. Duration: 6 hrs. Rumors are swirling that a High Arakkoa raid on an Outcast hovel has yielded a particularly interesting map. Intercept the raiders Arakkoa before they return to Skyreach!. Rewards: 1000 XP. 1x Spires of Arak Treasure Map
  • Boiling Hot Magma Name Changed from Exploration: Daggermaw Flows Dig Site to Boiling Hot Magma. Level 91. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. Relics of long-forgotten orc clans can be found by carefully traversing between the lava streams and Daggermaw Flows lava streams - and dealing with deadly fire elementals.. Rewards: 100 XP. 50x Draenor Clans Archaeology Fragment
  • Early Mover Name Changed from Exploration: Razed Warsong Outpost Dig Site to Early Mover. Level 98. Item Level 0. 3 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. We've heard reports that the Steamwheedle Preservation Society is looking to start a dig site in this location at the razed Warsong Outpost - why wait for them when you can claim the easy finds now?. Rewards: 1200 XP. 3x Draenor Clan Orator Cane
  • Fall From Grace Name Changed from Exploration: Sethekk Hollow Dig Site to Fall From Grace. Level 96. Item Level 0. 2 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. Many shiny trinkets and precious valuables have been lost here, the site in Sethekk Hollow, the place where cursed Arakkoa are cast out from Skyreach.. Rewards: 800 XP. 3x Arakkoa Cipher
  • Fickle Loyalty Name Changed from Exploration: Frostfire Ridge Treaures to Fickle Loyalty
  • Fickle Loyalty Name Changed from Exploration: Frostfire Ridge Treaures to Fickle Loyalty
  • Fields of Sorrow Name Changed from Exploration: Talador Treaures to Fields of Sorrow. Level 95. Item Level 0. Rare. 2 Followers. Cost: 50 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. An angry Draenei farmer who has been displaced by the Burning Legion farmer claims knowledge of where many of Talador's secrets are hidden, and will share them if we'll help destroy the demons that ruined his land.. Rewards: 600 XP. 1x Talador Treasure Map
  • Forced Eviction Name Changed from Exploration: Stonecrag Excavation Dig Site to Forced Eviction. Level 98. Item Level 0. 3 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The Steamwheedle Preservation Society management need this the Stonecrag dig site to be an ogre-free zone before their workers will agree to excavate, and have promised a cut of the proceeds if we help out.. Rewards: 1200 XP. 100x Ogre Archaeology Fragment
  • Green Thumb Name Changed from Exploration: Overlook Ruins Dig Site to Green Thumb. Level 91. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The Botani have claimed this abandoned ogre fortress the abandoned ogre fortress at the Overlook Ruins as a new incubator. Stop them before they overrun our allies in Gorgrond, and pick the ruins clean overgrow all of Gorgrond.. Rewards: 300 XP. 50x Ogre Archaeology Fragment
  • Highplains Robbery Name Changed from Exploration: Nagrand Treaures to Highplains Robbery
  • I See Dead Ogres Name Changed from Exploration: Ango'rosh Dig Site to I See Dead Ogres. Level 94. Item Level 0. 2 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The ghosts of ogre sorcerors haunt these the Ango'rosh ruins, guarding artifacts forgotten by all others.. Rewards: 600 XP. 50x Ogre Archaeology Fragment
  • I See Dead Orcs Name Changed from Exploration: Burial Fields to I See Dead Orcs
  • It's a Jungle Out There Name Changed from Exploration: Gorgrond Treaures to It's a Jungle Out There
  • Mountain of Spirits Name Changed from Exploration: Oshu'gun Dig Site to Mountain of Spirits. Level 98. Item Level 0. 3 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The ancient communal site of Oshu'gun contains many interesting holds offerings from various orc clans. If only it weren't swarming with not for the murderous void elementals unleashed by the Pale, it would be a nice place to visit.. Rewards: 1200 XP. 60x Draenor Clans Archaeology Fragment
  • Mushroom Mystery Name Changed from Exploration: Umbrafen Dig Site to Mushroom Mystery. Level 91. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. This area has The Umbrafen swamps have been overgrown by giant fungi for as long as anyone can remember - why are Ogre ruins buried here?. Rewards: 100 XP. 25x Ogre Archaeology Fragment. 1x Ogre Missive
  • Pro-Labor Name Changed from Exploration: Apexis Excavation Dig Site to Pro-Labor. Level 96. Item Level 0. 2 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The High Arakkoa have enslaved their Outcast brethren to dig in these mines, looking for ancient artifacts. Free the Outcasts and they will surely share their findings with us the Apexis Excavation site, looking for ancient artifacts. Set the workers free.. Rewards: 800 XP. 25x Arakkoa Archaeology Fragment. 2x Arakkoa Cipher
  • The Bigger They Are Name Changed from Exploration: Colossal's Fall Dig Site to The Bigger They Are. Level 91. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The Thunderlord regard this Colossal's Fall as a sacred location, claiming it was their clan who felled this Colossal many decades ago.. Rewards: 100 XP. 25x Draenor Clans Archaeology Fragment. 1x Draenor Clan Orator Cane
  • Tomb Raider Name Changed from Exploration: Shadowmoon Valley Treaures to Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider Name Changed from Exploration: Shadowmoon Valley Treaures to Tomb Raider
  • We Will Fight In the Shadar Name Changed from Exploration: Veil Shadar Dig Site to We Will Fight In the Shadar. Level 94. Item Level 0. 2 Followers. Cost: 15 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The Outcast Arakkoa were forced to abandon much of their written knowledge and history when the High Arakkoa attacked this village Veil Shadar.. Rewards: 600 XP. 50x Arakkoa Archaeology Fragment

Logistics
  • Field Photography Level 100. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. We need someone to document the devestation devastation taking place here on Draenor. Head to Nagrand and photograph all you can.. Rewards: 150 XP. 1x S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera
  • Lens Some Hands Level 100. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. Your photos turned out great, but now we need some more creatrive creative shots. Head back out to the field and see what you can do!. Rewards: 150 XP. 1x S.E.L.F.I.E. Lens Upgrade Kit
by Published on 2015-01-27 07:01 AM

Maintenance Reminder, Updated Legendaries, Error 395002, Non-Jade Poison DoT WD

Versus Series: Meta vs Grenan, Blue Posts

Beta Key Giveaway, Into the Nexus #35, Weekly Sale Changes

Armory Stats - Garrison Followers
We are taking a look at an often requested topic, garrison stats. Unfortunately the Battle.Net API doesn't give us any garrison specific information, so all we can look at is achievements. You can always give this post a thumbs up to show your interest in having garrison data in the API though!

We are continuing with follower data today, looking at 2.7 million players and 4.4 million characters. Keep in mind that the 20 x Level 100 Follower achievement unlocks the War Mill / Bunker blueprints. The item level 650 achievements may not be accurate, as there have been bugs reported with those achievements.

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Patch 6.1 - Maelstrom Weapon Change Reverted
Enhancement Shamans can relax for now, as the Maelstrom Weapon change will be reverted.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Choluna and Thisalee Crow Followers
QA has finished testing a hotfix that will provide the Choluna or Thisalee Crow follower NPC to players who previously completed the quest "Primal Fury". If you had completed the quest last week and didn't receive the follower, you should receive the follower as soon as you login once realms have been restarted. Restarts for US realms are currently scheduled for tomorrow at 5am PST. I'm happy to announce that just like any other follower, Choluna and Thisalee Crow have a chance to roll as rare or epic when you recruit them.

Players who have not yet completed Primal Fury will receive Choluna or Thisalee Crow as soon as they complete the quest, in addition to the other rewards.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused over the last week. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Amplify Magic doesn't affect glyph of regenerative ice heals or the cold snap heal. Have reported this for about a month.
This is intended. % heals aren't increased. (holinka)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
how do you see Seraphim ever being viable again after this tier when it doesn't scale?
This is a common misconception. It totally does scale. Check out Theck's theorycrafting. Static ratings don't "not scale". (Celestalon)

Character / Items
With the new heirloom tab include BoA items, such as those from Archeology in Pandaria?
We feel like it would muddy the waters of the system. The Heirloom tab is only for items that scale with character level. (WarcraftDevs)

PvE
Frustrating in progression wipes to wait for 3 minute CD's. Any chance we can get those to reset on wipe ?
This is definitely a topic of discussion on our end. Appreciate the feedback! (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
Have you realised that you have basically killed any form of competitive PvP?
Quite the contrary, I expect this year to be one of the best for competitive PvP. Stay tuned! (holinka)

hello friend, I am curious as to if challenger/rival/duelist/gladiator titles are still available from 5v5, I mever saw a blue post
Hello friend. Those titles will only be given out in the 3v3 bracket this season. (WarcraftDevs)

Dev Communication
Just want'd to offer a late thank you for the communication you did with players while working for blizzard. Appreciated
Talking to players is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. Wish more devs and their managers understood that. (Ghostcrawler)
Please pass this on to he seems to have a phobia of talking to the PvP community
Team has gone in a different direction with communication then when I originally joined Twitter. (holinka)
Are we going back to BC era of communication? I really really hope not. Even on the forums you guys are quiet now.

What happened?
just a lot of scrutiny over me using my personal Twitter as a personal Twitter account (holinka)
There is some understandable frustration with the current lack of communication. Blizzard seems to have stopped the Dev twitter communication model but its not clear what the new model is.

That's great, but there is nothing on the forums. The least people ask for is a reply, even if it's "We're doing nothing yet"
Patch notes are a central location for people to find out about future changes. Don't want news spread throughout forum threads. (holinka)

Dark Legacy Comics #474
DLC #474 has been released.

by Published on 2015-01-26 05:35 AM

prFly's Pyrolysis Wizard, Deadset Sanctuary Talk

Popular Decks of the Week, Deck Spotlight: Holy 4000

Heroes of the Storm Beta Key Giveaway

Armory Stats - Garrison Missions
We are taking a look at an often requested topic, garrison stats. Unfortunately the Battle.Net API doesn't give us any garrison specific information, so all we can look at is achievements. You can always give this post a thumbs up to show your interest in having garrison data in the API though!

We are starting with mission data today, looking at 2.7 million players and 4.4 million characters.

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Patch 6.1 - Fishing Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thank you all for your feedback regarding the auto-fillet change that was set for Patch 6.1. Based on your sentiment, we've gone ahead and made a change we hope will be beneficial for all anglers.

In 6.1, rather than have fish auto-fillet as you catch them, we're adding a new consumable item called the Bladebone Hook which when used, will enable auto-filleting for one hour. This new item can be purchased from fishing vendors in Draenor.

Just a couple notes: Despite the tooltip, you won't need a fishing pole to use this item, and it won't overwrite your lure, bait, fishing line, or anything else.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us!

I have a few more updates for you guys regarding bait which I'm sure you'll appreciate. These are also slated to be in Patch 6.1 so please be sure to test them out on the PTR and give us your feedback.

  • We're reverting the change where bait would spoil.
  • Reverting the change where bait could not be caught in your garrison; Nat Pagle will still grant you the bait of your choice (because Nat Pagle).
  • Bait duration is now 10 minutes (up from 5) to mirror the duration of lures.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Running Out of Things to Do
Hey dorks, different difficulty levels of the SAME CONTENT, is not NEW CONTENT.
Hah, well maybe not entirely, but there's a pretty massive difference in the gameplay experience between Raid Finder and Normal. I would go out on a limb and say that it's so dramatic that they should be considered separate pieces of content. Of course as more and more people outgear Normal it won't be quite as distinctive, but certainly when content first becomes available they are pretty vastly different gaming experiences.

Being in a solo guild does not create any deficit whatsoever. I jump into the custom group finder every day to do the apexis daily. I used the custom group finder to grind out the WOD reputations and if I enjoyed other tiers of raiding, I could use it to PUG normal highmaul. So I completely cannot agree with you on that statement.
The group finder is awesome, and I'm glad you're using it, but I have to say opting into content that way just isn't the same as ad-hoc situations with friends and guild mates. A friend says "DUDES this guy is camping me" and everyone rushes out to help, or you help a guildy in an old dungeon or to kill a rare they can't quite down themselves, or a friend asks if you want to go do a run (that you don't need anything from), and you help because you want to support your friend's character. Or your guild has Sunday transmog runs and you really get into transmogging, or they do achievement runs, or your guild's Heroic-progression group is short a DPS one night and hey, they bring you along! And sure you get carried a bit but you have fun chatting with people, and you even get a couple pieces! And better yet you then become part of their regular rotation, you make friends, you chat outside of game, you meet up at BlizzCon, etc. etc. etc. People are important in an MMORPG. The Premade Groups tool is great, but it really isn't going to do any of the things that occur from being in an active guild or having active friends to play with, and working together to ensure each others' success. It can though be a stepping stone into that social experience, if you want it to be.

In any case I do appreciate the other feedback and points. I think both alt-friendly content and dungeons are always a good place to focus our attention. To your point about JP we are improving some of the reward structure for Apexis in 6.1 which should help maybe address your point of going after upgrades through other content.

As a final note I will say that it's not always necessarily a problem to be "complete" until the next piece of content comes along. Blackrock Foundry is out in less than two weeks, and I would recommend giving Normal a shot when it does hit, but we also have 6.1 on the PTR, and future patches in the oven. A tremendous amount of people are using the new Premade Groups finder to progress from LFR to Normal (and beyond), whereas those same people were stopping at LFR in Mists, and so statistically it's been quite successful as a feature. But everyone has to make their own decisions about playing and what they consider good enough, and at what point they're happy with the progression of their character. For some people that's going to be they saw all the bosses in LFR once and they're good, and for others it's going to be they need 5 100's in full Warforged Mythic. Those are the extremes, but everyone makes those decisions for themselves. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PvE Items and PvP
Please Prevent Pve items being used and abused in PvP before it's too late.
We're actually working on some changes along these lines for Patch 6.1, which should be hitting the PTR relatively soon (but possibly not in today's build). PvE gear will be scaled down to item level 680 instead of 690, and Primal Combatant/Primal Gladiator trinkets are having their power increased.

Why not just make the PVE trinkets and PVE set bonuses entirely unusable while in instanced, rated PVP? That way, it wouldn't hurt people that are gearing up and just doing BGs or WPVPers.
PvE set bonuses are disabled in rated PvP. If you find one that isn't, that's a bug, please report it!

We don't always have a great way to apply similar logic to trinkets, but we are able to adjust specific trinkets when necessary -- for example, we've just hotfixed the Scabbard of Kyanos' on-use effect to have a lower effectiveness in PvP situations. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Cross-Realm Zones
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Meaning that things take longer because more people are competing for stuff, with no benefits. Rather than beneficial collision like Connected realms, where you can invite people to guilds, and they don't significantly add to zone populations.
That's a perception issue, though. If we hid realm names there would be no real difference in that person being from your home realm or from another. You can make the argument those resources are going somewhere else, but again, you're going to get the resources you're going to get. People from your realm are likely CRZd to someone else's realm, and mining their nodes, and bringing it back to your server. It's a perception issue more so than an actual gameplay impact.

As for guilds, plenty of people have RealID friends cross-realm, and then actually transfer if necessary to be in their friends' guild--but the advent of flex and both Normal and Heroic being cross-realm means you can stay in your same guilds and have a lot of additional options on how you play the game.

Some realms need to be merged, CRZ does not solve this.
No, and it's not intended to. Connected Realms allow for a lot of the benefits you're probably referring to, and that was an undertaking that happened before Warlords launch (all planned connections were completed back in August). But connecting realms and CRZ offer different benefits, and aren't mutually exclusive. Connecting realms means, for all intents and purposes, a shared population. The vast majority of players (even on lower population realms) are at level cap, or at least leveling through the latest expansion, and so there's essentially always glut of players at the top and in those zones. Connecting realms is limited by that high end concentration of players and what those zones can comfortably support. Meanwhile the lower level zones are probably still very empty. What CRZ allows us to do is set a desired number of players in a zone at a time, and bring players together from many realms into that zone, without also impacting player numbers elsewhere in the game.

it does nothing to help gameplay.
Creating a multiplayer environment where there's both cooperation and disagreements (or groups and pvp, or competition and interaction) between players is largely what MMOs are about, and so I think we'd fundamentally disagree that having more players around in low level zones is, as you put it, anything but unhelpful. We think it is decidedly helpful to the support of a multiplayer gaming environment.

All that said, we'd be interested in hearing specific feedback on situations or issues you're having, experiences and stories about what has made the experience worse, or even better! Nice stories are nice, too.

for the record I get there's supposed to be some competiton, but I feel it becomes a problem when I start getting chewed out by other players for having to resort to ninjaing their quest stuff to have any hope of advancing a quest.

We don't generally want there to be waiting around for questing resources. We consider quest resource not spawning quickly enough as a bug, and they should probably be reported as such. If you come across any specific instances where people are standing around waiting for something to respawn, or feverishly fighting over mobs, report it as a bug.

Standing around with 8 other people waiting for mobs to spawn is no fun...
I agree, and that should be reported as a bug. The game is designed to support many dozens (or even hundreds) of players doing the same quest at the same time, and if there's an issue impeding progression on quest criteria then that's a bug.

And, although it probably doesn't need to be said, not caused by CRZ.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
caps gone, then why did you remove reforge? lack of toon customization: no gems, no enchants. for me this made the game worse...
You can enchant 275 worth of secondary stats, this is actually more relative to MOP (post squish)

Yep, this. Plus food and any sockets you may have. (WatcherDev)

Guilds
Man, creating a guild is still such an old fashioned chore. Any improvements in the pipe?
Actually haven't checked that out myself for quite a while, will pass on the feedback, thanks! (Muffinus)

Somewhat worried that a 4 night schedule is turning into the defacto requirement for a typical mythic clear guild
Curious what makes you feel that way - what's changed in WoD? A number of 3-night guilds are making good progress. (WatcherDev)

PvE
Only 24 US guilds have M Imperator, w/ Holidays/Light Raid schedules, Blackrock launch is too early imho.
But Foundry isn't a separate tier like Throne of Thunder or Siege, it's a continuation of the first tier. I'd compare to MSV->HoF. (WatcherDev)

Are all 3 wings in BrF linear, or are there some options on the order of the first 2? I'm assuming the third is always gated?
Three separate wings you can tackle in any order, each with an end-boss. Think upper Icecrown, or Naxxramas. (WatcherDev)
Aye, but are the non-end bosses linear like Naxx wings, or do you have options on some, like Plague wing in ICC?
Forge and Assembly are linear; for Slagworks you can do either Gruul or Oregorger first. (WatcherDev)

PvP
Ashran's queue problems bother me. It puts the whole zone in a bad light. We're doing a substantial queue rework for 6.1. (holinka)
Skirmishes, strong boxes and PvP item level have been good changes and pleased with them. (holinka)
There will never be universal satisfaction with class balance so I don't ever expect posts like this to go away. (holinka)

FEEDBACK: Blackrock Foundry (Normal)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've opened up the Blackrock Foundry raid on the 6.1 PTR for the weekend. The first boss(es) of each wing are accessible (Oregorger and Gruul in the Slagworks; Hans'gar and Franzok in the Black Forge; and Beastlord Darmac in the Iron Assembly), on Normal difficulty only. Use the Group Finder to find some like-minded allies, get in there, and check out a bit of the raid zone that's coming to live servers in less than two weeks!

Organized guilds should keep an eye on the PTR forums next week for a couple of more targeted tests of specific bosses on higher difficulties.

Please use this thread to provide feedback on the four available Foundry bosses. Item level will be scaled to 650 for the purposes of the test. When providing feedback, please specify the size and nature of your group (pure PUG, Mythic raiding guild, etc.), and remember that these are the first bosses of the zone on Normal difficulty. The intended tuning target here is in the ballpark of Highmaul bosses like Butcher or Twin Ogron on Normal difficulty.

Guild Wars 2 Expansion - Heart of Thorns
The first Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns, was recently announced! It adds features like a Mastery System, new story and group content, profession specializations, another profession, guild halls, the Stronghold game mode, another WvW map, and more.




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