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by Published on 2015-07-29 05:03 PM

New World of Warcraft Expansion Unveiling at Gamescom 2015 – Live Stream August 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Join us Thursday, August 6 at 9 a.m. PDT for a special World of Warcraft event streamed live from gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany—where we’ll be unveiling the next chapter of the World of Warcraft saga. . . .

Tune in again Sunday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m. PDT for a World of Warcraft developer chat before the show ends, and find out more about what’s in store.

Stay tuned to our dedicated gamescom page for further details on the live stream. Those who are able to join us in person at gamescom can visit us at the Blizzard booth in hall 7.1. We hope to see you there!
by Published on 2015-07-29 01:05 AM

Season Journey Rewards, Whirlwind Raekor 2.3 Barbarian

New Card Reveal: Flame Juggler, Card Corrections, Angry Chicken #95

Free Stimpack for New Players, Leoric and Zeratul Bugs Hotfixed

Mythic Archimonde World First Video
Method has shared their Mythic Archimonde kill video!



Patch 6.2.1 PTR - Build 20328
Build 20328 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.

Level Type Name
1Other Spike-Toed Booterang


Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Guild Feats of Strength
Guild



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Guardian
  • Ursa Major Your auto attack multistrikes, Mangle multistrikes, and Lacerate periodic multistrikes grant you Ursa Major. Ursa Major increases your maximum health by 2% for 25 15 sec. When this effect is refreshed, the remaining portion is added to the new effect. Druid - Guardian Spec.

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Stance of the Fierce Tiger Increases all damage dealt by 5% 10%. Grants you and your allies within 10 yards 10% increased movement speed, and improves the functionality of Jab, Expel Harm, Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick, and Rising Sun Kick. Stance. Instant.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Protection
  • Avenger's Shield Hurls your shield at an enemy target, dealing [ 2 + 168% 218.4% of AP ] Holy damage, interrupting and silencing the target for 3 sec, and then jumping to 2 additional nearby enemies. Requires Shields. Paladin - Protection Spec. 7% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. Instant. 15 sec cooldown.
  • Mastery: Divine Bulwark Increases the damage reduction of your Shield of the Righteous by 4%, adds 6% 8% to your Bastion of Glory, and increases your chance to block melee attacks by 8%. Also increases your attack power by 8%. Paladin - Protection Spec.
  • Shield of the Righteous Instantly slam the target with your shield, causing [ 1 + 200% of AP ] Holy damage, reducing the physical damage you take by [ - 25 ] [Min 25, Max 80]% for 3 sec, and causing Bastion of Glory. Bastion of Glory Increases the strength of your Word of Glory when used to heal yourself by 6% 8%. Stacks up to 5 times. Requires Shields. Paladin - Protection Spec. 3 Holy Power. Melee range. Instant. 1.5 sec cooldown.

Retribution
  • Sword of Light Increases the damage you deal with two-handed melee weapons by 25%. Paladin - Retribution Spec. 30%. Paladin - Retribution Spec.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Stormstrike Strike an enemy, dealing (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your main-hand and (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your off-hand, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Nature damage spells for 15 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. Melee range. Instant.
  • Stormstrike Off-Hand Strike an enemy, dealing (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your main-hand and (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your off-hand, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Nature damage spells for 15 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. Melee range. Instant.
  • Windstrike Hurl a staggering blast of wind at an enemy, dealing (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with you main hand and (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your off-hand, bypassing armor, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Nature spells for 15 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Windstrike Hurl a staggering blast of wind at an enemy, dealing (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with you main hand and (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your off-hand, bypassing armor, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Nature spells for 15 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. 1 Max Charges. 1% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. Instant. 7.5 sec recharge. 1 Max Charges.
  • Windstrike Off-Hand Hurl a staggering blast of wind at an enemy, dealing (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with you main hand and (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your off-hand, bypassing armor, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Nature spells for 15 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. 100 yd range. Instant.

Enhancement
  • Stormstrike Strike an enemy, dealing (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your main-hand and (480% 624% of weapon damage) Physical damage with your off-hand, and granting you an additional 25% chance to critically strike that enemy with your Nature damage spells for 15 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. 1 Max Charges. Shaman - Enhancement Spec. 1% of Base Mana. Melee range. Instant. 7.5 sec recharge. 1 Max Charges.

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Affliction
  • Drain Soul Drains the target's soul, causing [ 4 + 83.6% 125.4% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage over 4 sec. If the target dies and yields experience or honor, one Soul Shard is energized. When Drain Soul deals damage, it causes all of your other damage over time spells on the target to instantly deal 40% 50% of their normal damage. Warlock - Affliction Spec. 1.5% of Base Mana, plus 1.5% per sec. 40 yd range. 4 sec cast (Channeled).
  • Haunt A ghostly soul haunts the target, dealing [ 1 + 412.5% 515.62% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage and increasing damage over time you deal to the target by 30% 35% for 8 sec. Warlock - Affliction Spec. 1 Soul Shard. 40 yd range. 1.5 sec cast.

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Protection
  • Bastion of Defense Increases your block chance by 10% 15% and your dodge chance by 2%. Reduces the cooldown of your Shield Wall by 1 min. Warrior - Protection Spec.



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • SPELL_FAILED_DRAENOR_RIDING_REQUIREMENT - Requires Draenor Pathfinder skill.



Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrison
  • Trading Post Level 3: The increase to reputation gain should now work correctly while in a Draenor dungeon or raid.

Achievement
  • Filling the Ranks: Players that have already completed the criteria to obtain this achievement prior to a hotfix from July 21st should now correctly receive credit for the achievement.

WoW Americas Regionals $100,000 Prize Pool
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Two teams have already qualified for the World of Warcraft Arena Americas Regionals later this year – one from North America, and one from Australia & New Zealand. As we wait to learn who will be joining them from the Latin American Championship and North American Cups 2 and 3, we wanted to take a moment to share some exciting news about the Americas Regionals prizing!

This year, teams who advance to the Americas Regionals won’t just be competing to earn a spot at BlizzCon, they’ll also be fighting for a share of an epic prize pool of $100,000. That prize money will be distributed among the 8 qualifying teams as follows:

  • 1st place team: $50,000
  • 2nd place team: $20,000
  • 3rd place team: $10,000
  • 4th place team: $8,000
  • 5th-6th place teams: $4,000
  • 7th-8th place teams: $2,000

We’re extremely excited about this year’s Road to BlizzCon, and can’t wait to share all of the details on the Americas Regionals (including when and where they’ll be happening) with you soon. Good luck to everyone competing!

Recent PvP Rewards Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Looks like both changes made it in for maintenance today. All of the Wild Gladiator's armor pieces should now be available on the Conquest vendors, and there is no longer a 200-point Ashran restriction on the weekly Conquest cap.

So, slightly technical details here, but for those who are asking:

The issue with the Accolade trinkets is that there's actually just one item per primary stat (Strength, Agility, etc), which has a secondary stat randomly assigned when it's looted. We can't, for example, put the Int/Versatility trinket on a vendor, because that item doesn't actually exist -- there's just an Int trinket that can randomly have Versatility added to it.

This means we don't have a way to implement a non-random method to get them via hotfix. We'd need to add new versions of the trinkets to the game, and that requires a content patch. I don't know yet if that can happen in time for 6.2.1.

Mythic Archimonde Kill Video - Paragon
Paragon also released their kill video today.

by Published on 2015-07-28 09:05 AM

Update (3:15 PM EDT): Method released their Mythic Archimonde video!

Season Journey Rewards, Whirlwind Raekor 2.3 Barbarian

New Card Reveal: Coliseum Manager, TGT Arena Impact

Rotation for July 28, 2015; Upcoming Shop Sales

I Found Pepe! Achievement Not Possible
It turns out that the I Found Pepe! is not possible after all, explaining why no one has it.



Long Raid Finder Queue Times
A fix is on the way for long LFR queue times!



Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
From Scratch is now also at 13/13, bringing us up to 4 guilds with Archimonde down. A screenshot of the Mythic only phase was shared on Twitter today:



Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons
Shipyard
  • Ships constructed at a Level 3 Shipyard should now always be Rare quality or better with an increased chance to be Epic quality.
  • All rare creatures and NPCs in Tanaan now have a chance to drop a number of equipment blueprints for ships.

Buffs to Garrison Resource
  • Completing the first Draenor Heroic Dungeon of the day now awards 200 Garrison Resource (up from 50).
  • Bringing Down the Iron Horde: The daily quest now awards 100 Garrison Resource on completion (up from 50).
  • Demonslayer of Tanaan: The daily quest now awards 100 Garrison Resource on completion (up from 50).
  • Pressing the Attack: The daily quest now awards 150 Garrison Resource on completion (up from 0).

Items

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Thistle Tea now gives NEGATIVE (-) 20 Energy when consumed. I hope this is a bug.
Tooltip bug. It doesn’t consume any energy, but it doesn’t restore any either, at level 90+. (WarcraftDevs)

Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
btw serious question; as a mage when you try to pet nova on a mount is it intentional that it wont work until you get off the mount
yes (holinka)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Can you please clarify what is affected by Sword of Light? Everything or only certain abilties?
It affects most things, with a few exceptions. Conceptually it affects attacks with a weapon, even Judgment/Final Verdict. (1/2) (WarcraftDevs)
But Exorcism and Holy Prism would not be affected, for example. (2/2) (WarcraftDevs)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Legendary DPS ring doesn't seem to be counting damage done by searing totem/magma totem.
Some totems are affected by the Legendary Rings a little unusually. They benefit twice from the damage increase... (1/2) (WarcraftDevs)
...Instead of contributing to the explosion. Same total result. (2/2) (WarcraftDevs)

Character / Items
Why can't i use Nithramus, the all-seer as mistweaver, i can equip it but when i try to use it it says item is not ready yet
The Legendary Rings only work for their intended roll. (WarcraftDevs)

Timewalking
Why are we being scaled to iLV 160 in Wrath TW dungeons, which are the heroic versions? We're 40 iLVs below dungeon drops(1/2)
Post-squish, that’s close to an accurate ilvl. The feel of Wrath Timewalking is pretty authentic right now. (WarcraftDevs)

Reputation / Questing
Was said before 6.2 that the Celestial rep req. for Alani was going away soon. Is that in 6.2.1?
Yes! (WarcraftDevs)

If we clean Archimonde, then give back the 33 Tomes of Chaos. Can we still loot Crystallized Fel on a 2nd Arch kill same week?
Unfortunately you cannot due to the way the tracking system works – we’re looking into future improvements here. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
While the developers have been pretty quiet since @WarcraftDevs appeared, Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW and Game Design. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Dungeons
But Ghostcrawler, (heroic) dungeons are hard! I really enjoyed the hard Cata dungeons most in the past few years
Such an interesting time in my life. I couldn't motivate players to take on harder challenges and some never forgave me. (OccupyGStreet)

World
was the creation of vashj'ir at all inspired by your PhD in marine science
No, though I did suggest the artists add pognophorans, which they did. (OccupyGStreet)

Game Design
Do you think elitism is healthy for a MMORPG? And would you design endgame around it?
I think *aspiration* is very healthy. Not sure that must lead to elitism. (OccupyGStreet)

Can't make content last longer, but you sure can make it last much shorter.
I think you can make content longer *if* you add rewards. I think there is a magical time to reward ratio. (OccupyGStreet)

So here's a question - how do you distinguish content as reward from drawing things out?
I think there is almost an internal clock of being ready for a reward / something new. (OccupyGStreet)
Which is why you can't just add time without also adding rewards, extrinsic or intrinsic. (OccupyGStreet)

I avoid games that I know I won’t be able to experience fully. Fallout 3, Skyrim, etc.
Yes. Exactly. That's the problem I'm trying to fix. I can't eat all this food so I'm not even going to step inside the taqueria. (OccupyGStreet)

That said I really love a game that's designed to be a single awesome 10-20 hour experience. Even a tad longer like DX:HR
That's funny. I almost always play long games. I feel like short games aren't worth learning the rules. (OccupyGStreet)
That is true even when it is an awesome short game so clearly it's not a rational conclusion on my part. (OccupyGStreet)

I think there are short games and long games. To purposefully cut a long experience short seems wrong.
But is Witcher 3 a short game with a lot of optional content or a long game? I'd argue the former. (OccupyGStreet)

What's wrong with being compelled to do something interesting/engaging? (especially when optional) Genuine question
Often they won't do it. They will look at the lovingly created content, appreciate the effort, and go play a smaller game. (OccupyGStreet)
Any examples? This is blowing my mind
The 500 quests in Dragon Age Inquisition. Turned some folks off who didn't want to skip content but couldn't commit either. (OccupyGStreet)

Substance. Substance is more important than these "rewards" it's all just an illusion of progress if it lacks substance.
I'm not sure I agree. Seeing a new room, earning a new piece of dialogue, or learning cut man's moves are all rewards. (OccupyGStreet)
I don't think rewards are something dirty. I think they are why we find content compelling. (OccupyGStreet)

Misc
if blizz offered you a completely absurd amount of money to come back to wow, would you?
I am sure there is a number at which it would be dumb to say no. I don't think it's likely I will ever go back though (OccupyGStreet)



WowCraft - Episode #23: PvP
Episode #23 has been released.

by Published on 2015-07-27 04:06 AM

Vote for Your Favorite Build, Community Buff on PTR, Archon Set Round-Up

Popular Decks of the Week, The Grand Tournament Card & Info Recap, Class Design Competition Winners

Town Hall Heroes #73, Epic Plays of the Week #40

Garrison Resource Quest Rewards Hotfix
The Tanaan daily quests and first dungeon daily now reward more Garrison Resources than before! This should help players that are constantly swapping out equipment for Naval Missions. The new rewards are listed below.

Level Name Currency
100Bringing Down the Iron Horde
Daily
 Garrison Resources × 100
100Bringing Down the Iron Horde
Daily
 Garrison Resources × 100
100Demonslayer of Tanaan
Daily
 Garrison Resources × 100
100Demonslayer of Tanaan
Daily
 Garrison Resources × 100
100Pressing the Attack
Daily
 Apexis Crystal × 1000 Garrison Resources × 150
100Pressing the Attack
Daily
 Apexis Crystal × 1000 Garrison Resources × 150
100Daily Heroic Random (1st) (Draenor) Garrison Resources × 200


Character Name Release Requests
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We often receive requests from players to free up a character name. Customer Support will no longer assist with releasing names. Instead, names will automatically become available if the account that holds the name has remained inactive for the past two expansions.

For example, if an account has been inactive since before the Cataclysm expansion, all names on that account will be made available when the Warlords of Draenor expansion launches.

If you are an active player, there is no need to worry that your character names will be changed, even if you have been playing other characters for a while.

2015 European Road to BlizzCon: World of Warcraft Qualifiers
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The 2015 Road to BlizzCon is about to open for European World of Warcraft teams!

Professional and amateur players alike will battle it out in online open qualifying tournaments hosted by ESL this August, and you can take part!

The best players in each of the tournaments will move on to the European Championship, where teams will vie for a share of $100,000 USD in prize money. The top three teams at the European Championship will then qualify for the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship at BlizzCon later this year!

  • First Online Qualifier - August 2
    • Register Here - Sign up ends: July 30 - 22:00 CEST
    • Top 2 teams will qualify
  • Second Online Qualifier - August 16
    • Register Here - Sign up ends: August 13 - 22:00 CEST
    • Top 3 teams will qualify
  • Third Online Qualifier - August 23
    • Register Here - Sign up ends: August 20 - 22:00 CEST
    • Top 3 teams will qualify

Whether you’re a professional team or a group of friends who enjoy gaming together, you’re invited to take part in the online qualifiers. In order to be eligible to register, you'll need to have each earned an arena rating of 2100 or above by 22:00 CEST on July 30. With several chances to make it to the European Championship, the 2015 European Road to BlizzCon is the perfect opportunity to make your mark in the World of Warcraft eSports scene!

For details on the online qualifiers, including how to sign up and participate, check out the ESL event pages linked below.

ESL World of Warcraft 2015 European Road to Blizzcon

ESL World of Warcraft 2015 European Road to Blizzcon - Frequently Asked Questions

You can learn more about the World of Warcraft European Championship here


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Timewalking
I think the tuning for Timewalker this week was a little off. Any way the XP gains from it could be nudged up? Barely got any
We’ll be looking at the XP that leveling players receive from Timewalking; we agree it could be more rewarding. (WarcraftDevs)

Achievements
Tune-o-Tron micro in the toy box says it needs "More Hit Tunes" achieve but there is no achieve called that
The portable audiophone was accidentally added twice; there is a duplicate entry with an older name and it's fixed in 6.2.1. (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
Remove the Ancient Artifact. It ruins Ashran, especially when it's small scale.
We are going to prevent it from spawning when populations are low. (holinka)
You're completely missing the point. Populations are ALWAYS LOW, and AA is guaranteed "I win" now
What region are you in and what time do you play? We see low populations at off-peak times but not always. (holinka)

Warcraft Movie Teaser Images
More still shots someone took of the Warcraft Movie teaser showed up recently.



Wildstar - Combat Stat Revamp
Wildstar is getting their own stat revamp. Several stats are being removed and more are being added and revamped.



Dark Legacy Comics #498
DLC continues their series that looks at Vanilla again this week.


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