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Activision Blizzard Q2 Earnings Call
Blizzard had their normal earnings call today, after the announcement last week that WoW was down to 7.7 million subscribers.

  • Titan will not be a subscription based MMO. Blizzard is still working on a new direction and plan for the project.
  • The decline in subscribers in Q2 was more evenly split between Asia and the West.
  • Blizzard will continue to work on making the process of rejoining the game smoother.
  • The subscriber churn rate was very positively impacted by Patch 5.2 and 5.3.
  • Blizzard All-Stars is in wider internal testing and will be talked about more later this year.
  • Diablo 3 has sold over 12 million copies.



Patch 5.4 PTR - Build 17260
Build 17260 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.



New Bind on Account Epic Weapons
The item level on these items is not final!

Level Type Spec Slot Name
561Off HandSpell DPSOff Hand Hellscream's Tome of Destruction
548Off HandSpell DPSOff Hand Hellscream's Tome of Destruction
574Off HandSpell DPSOff Hand Hellscream's Tome of Destruction
574ShieldTankOff Hand Hellscream's Shield Wall
548ShieldTankOff Hand Hellscream's Shield Wall
561ShieldTankOff Hand Hellscream's Shield Wall
561ShieldSpell SpiritOff Hand Hellscream's Barrier
548ShieldSpell SpiritOff Hand Hellscream's Barrier
574ShieldSpell SpiritOff Hand Hellscream's Barrier
574One-handed AxePhysical DPSOne Hand Hellscream's Cleaver
548One-handed AxePhysical DPSOne Hand Hellscream's Cleaver
561One-handed AxePhysical DPSOne Hand Hellscream's Cleaver
561Two-handed AxeMeleeTwo Hand Hellscream's Decapitator
548Two-handed AxeMeleeTwo Hand Hellscream's Decapitator
574Two-handed AxeMeleeTwo Hand Hellscream's Decapitator
574BowPhysical DPSRanged Hellscream's Warbow
561BowPhysical DPSRanged Hellscream's Warbow
548BowPhysical DPSRanged Hellscream's Warbow
548One-handed MaceSpell SpiritOne Hand Hellscream's Warmace
561One-handed MaceSpell SpiritOne Hand Hellscream's Warmace
574One-handed MaceSpell SpiritOne Hand Hellscream's Warmace
574PolearmPhysical DPSTwo Hand Hellscream's Pig Sticker
561PolearmPhysical DPSTwo Hand Hellscream's Pig Sticker
548PolearmPhysical DPSTwo Hand Hellscream's Pig Sticker
561One-handed SwordMeleeOne Hand Hellscream's Doomblade
548One-handed SwordMeleeOne Hand Hellscream's Doomblade
574One-handed SwordMeleeOne Hand Hellscream's Doomblade
574StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Hellscream's War Staff
548StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Hellscream's War Staff
561StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Hellscream's War Staff
561DaggerPhysical DPSOne Hand Hellscream's Razor
548DaggerPhysical DPSOne Hand Hellscream's Razor
574DaggerPhysical DPSOne Hand Hellscream's Razor

New Icons


New Models



New Strings
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New Items
Siege of Orgrimmar loot has been added, making for 100s of new items in this build.

Level Type Slot Name
1Junk Twisted Treasures of the Vale
1Junk Coalesced Turmoil
90Other Kor'kron Shaman's Treasure
1Quest Epoch Stone
85Enchanting Sha Crystal Fragment


Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Feats of Strength

Pandaria
Exploration

Reputation

Player vs. Player
  • Archiereus (New) Obtain 10000 Bloody Coins as an Emissary of Ordos or Ordon Fire-Watcher. 10 points.
  • Candlekeeper (New) Obtain 10 Bloody Coins as an Emissary of Ordos or Ordon Fire-Watcher. 10 points.
  • Emissary of Ordos (New) Use the Censer of Eternal Agony obtained from Speaker Gulan on the Timeless Isle. 10 points.
  • Fire-Watcher (New) Obtain 100 Bloody Coins as an Emissary of Ordos or Ordon Fire-Watcher. 10 points.
  • Kilnmaster (New) Obtain 1000 Bloody Coins as an Emissary of Ordos or Ordon Fire-Watcher. 10 points.
  • Oathguard (New) Obtain 500 Bloody Coins as an Emissary of Ordos or Ordon Fire-Watcher. 10 points.



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mounts
  • Kor'kron Juggernaut Summons and dismisses the Kor'kron Annihilator Juggernaut. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Kor'kron War Wolf Summons and dismisses a rideable Vicious War Wolf. 1.5 sec cast. Kor'kron War Wolf. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Spawn of Galakras Summons and dismisses a rideable Rusted Proto-Drake Spawn of Galakras. This is a flying mount. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.

Item Set Bonuses
  • Item - Death Knight T16 Blood 4P Bonus Dancing Rune Weapon will convert reactivate all Frost and Unholy runes to Death Runes, and make your next Death Strike free. and convert them to Death runes.
  • Item - Druid T16 Restoration 4P Bonus Casting Ironbark grants you Spark of Life, causing all cast time spells within the next 15 sec to grant a Living Seed on the target for 80% of the amount healed. Targets of your Wild Growth spell are instantly healed for [ 25% of Spell Power ].
  • Item - Monk T16 Mistweaver 4P Bonus When your Renewing Mist heals a target, you have a 4% chance to cast a Chi Wave healing bolt that will not bounce Mist Wave healing bolt at a nearby low health friendly target.
  • Item - Paladin T16 Protection 2P Bonus While Guardian of Ancient Kings is active, 200% While Divine Protection is active, 75% of the damage taken is converted into a heal over time that activates when Guardian of Ancient Kings fades. Divine Protection fades.
  • Item - Warrior T16 Protection 4P Bonus For 10 sec after Shield Wall fades Demoralizing Shout falls off your targets, you gain Rage from taking damage.

Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Unholy Presence now increases haste rather than attack speed and rune regeneration.

Talents

Unholy

Major Glyphs

Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Major Glyphs

Ferocity & Cunning
  • Dash no longer lists a Focus cost.

Tenacity
  • Charge no longer lists a Focus cost.

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Rune of Power now has a 5 yd buff range, up from standing on it.

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger damage now ticks every second, up from every 6 sec. Now lasts until cancelled / 45 sec. No longer lists a base damage.

Windwalker
  • Brewing: Tigereye Brew can now stack 20 times, down from 30. Now allows you to consume 10 stacks at a time, down from 15. Now grants 60% increased damage, down from 90%.
  • Tigereye Brew can now stack 20 times, down from 30. Now allows you to consume 10 stacks at a time, down from 15. Now grants 60% increased damage, down from 90%. Now has a 5 sec cooldown, up from 1 sec.

Major Glyphs

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Talents

Holy
  • Beacon of Light now lists a 0 to 60 yd range on the target.
  • Holy Insight now increases the effectiveness of your Word of Glory, Eternal Flame and Light of Dawn by 50%, up from 35%.

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of the Battle Healer now causes melee attacks from Seal of Insight to heal the most wounded member of your raid or party for 30% of the normal heal instead of you.

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Holy Nova no longer heals all targets, now heals 5. Healing reduced by 80%, but healing is no longer divided between all targets.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Healing Rain no longer has a higher threshold for diminishing returns in 25 man instances.

Enhancement
  • Stormstrike no longer grants extra crit to Elemental Blast.

Restoration
  • Purification now also increases the healing done by your Healing Rain by an additional 100%.

Major Glyphs

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Major Glyphs

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Professions
Herbalism

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Annihilate Inflicts 2,500,000 Inflicts 3,500,000 Shadow damage to enemies within 0 yards in front of the caster. and 325,000 Shadow damage to all enemies in the Realm of Y'Shaarj. Unlimited range. 2.5 sec cast.
  • Bottomless Pit 500 yd range. Instant. Creates a Bottomless Pit at a random enemy's destination that inflicts 100,000 Shadow damage every 1 sec. 500 yd range. Instant.
  • Bubbling Amber An unstable shard of Bubbling Amber periodically expels Amber at Periodically expels a trail of Encapsulated Pheromones in the direction of nearby foes, inflicting 100,000 Fire damage every second to enemies standing in the Amber pool. Unlimited range. Instant. Encapsulated Pheromone pool. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Chain Heal Infuses a wounded ally with healing energy that spreads to another nearby ally. The spell affects up to 3 9 targets. 40 yd range. 3 sec cast.
  • Corrosive Blast Inflicts 0 Shadow damage and increases Shadow damage taken by 100% 300% for 45 sec. Stacks. Unlimited range. 3 sec cast.
  • Corrosive Blast Inflicts 600,000 Shadow damage and increases Shadow damage taken by 100% 300% for 30 sec. Stacks. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Corrosive Blood Inflicts 0 Nature damage initially, and then 0 Nature damage every 2 seconds. Limited to 4 targets 1 target. 300 yd range. 3 sec cast.
  • Demonic Volley Ushers the power of his inner demon Ushers great power of Shadow origin, inflicting 150,000 Shadow damage to all nearby players. Unlimited range. 1.9 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Desecrated Inflicts 150,000 Shadow damage ever every 1 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Detonate! (New) Inflicts 0 Fire damage to nearby units, knocking them back and killing the caster. 3 sec cast.
  • Disheartening Laugh Inflicts Shdaow damage to all enemies over 6 sec 500 yd range. 2 sec cast.
  • Electrostatic Charge Inflicts 250,000 Nature damage to the current target. Increases damage taken from Electrostatic Charge by 100% and damage inflicted on targets with Reactive Armor by 200% for 1.7 min 60 sec. This ability stacks up to 10 times. 300 yd range. 2 sec cast.
  • Enrage Periodically enrages, increasing damage done dealt by 200% but decreasing movement speed by 75%. While enraged, attacks have a chance to shatter the armor of his target, decreasing their armor by 20% for 60 sec 2 min. This effect stacks. Instant. 5 sec cooldown.
  • Expelled Corruption Inflicts 100,000 Shadow damage to the target every second. 100 yd range. Instant. it remains in the Expelled Corruption's path. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Faith (New) Reduces damage taken by 10%. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Flame Vents Inflicts 0 Fire damage in a frontal cone, searing the target's flesh for for 0 damage every 1 second. 45 yd range. 3 sec cast.
  • Gusting Charge Charges a distant target, inflicting 200,000 Nautre damage to enemies within 5 yards of that target and leaves behind a trail of wind, inflicting 150,000 Nature damage every second for 30 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 45 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Gusting Charge Charges a distant target, inflicting 200,000 Nautre damage to enemies within 5 yards of that target and leaves behind a trail of wind, inflicting 150,000 Nature damage every second for 30 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 45 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Icy Blood Inflicts 120,000 Frost damage to random enemies. After 5 stacks, the target will be frozen in a tomb of ice. This ability respects line-of-sight checks. Limited to 4 3 targets. 45 yd range. Instant.
  • Ignite Armor Melts an enemy's armor, increasing Fire damage taken by 10% for 30 sec. This sears the target's flesh for for 0 damage every 1 second. 30 yd range. 3 sec cast.
  • Lingering Corruption Infects the victim with Lingering Corruption that will erupt violently for 300,000 400,000 Shadow damage after 10 sec. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Mark of Arrogance Marks an enemy, causing them to suffer 70,000 Shadow damage every second for the remainder of the fight. This effect stacks. Removing this effect gives the dispeller 5 Pride This effect is only removed by single target dispels and gives the dispeller 5 Pride when removed. Limited to 2 targets. Instant.
  • Overload Inflicts 100,000 Inflicts 200,000 Nature damage to all enemies, and increases damage dealt by 10%. Stacks up to 20 times. 300 yd range. Instant.
  • Pheromone Cloud (New) Inflicts 30,000 Nature damage every second while alive. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Reaction: Red Unlimited range. Instant. The catalyst reacts with the toxin in your veins, causing an explosion for 400,000 Fire damage to you and any friends within 10. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Reaping Whirlwind Inflicts 30,000 Shadow damage every 1 sec. Instant. Couldn't parse description. Instant.
  • Reave The caster inflicts Physical damage to at all enemies. The damage received lessens the farther away the target is. 10 yd range. Instant.
  • Screeching Howl The pterrordax lets out an ear piercing scream dealing 0 Physical damage. 15 yd range. 3 sec cast. Unlimited range. 3 sec cast.
  • Self Doubt The caster reveals the deepest doubts of the victim, causing them to suffer 40% more damage from the Amalgam's next Unleahsed Unleashed Anger. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Serrated Slash The sawblade slashes nearby targets, inflicting 250,000 50 Physical damage and knocking them back. Instant. 300 yd range. Instant.
  • Serrated Slash The sawblade slashes nearby targets, inflicting 250,000 50 Physical damage and knocking them back. Instant.
  • Shattered Armor Periodically enrages, increasing damage done dealt by 200% but decreasing movement speed by 75%. While enraged, attacks have a chance to shatter the armor of his target, decreasing their armor by 20% for 60 sec 2 min. This effect stacks. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Shattering Roar Inflicts 250,000 damage to the raid. 500 100 yd range. Instant. 5 sec cooldown.
  • Shear Inflicts 0 Nature damage and inflicts an additional 0 Nature damage every second for 6 sec. Melee range. 3 sec cast. 5 sec cooldown. 2 sec cooldown.
  • Shredding Blast Fires a Shredder Missile at the enemy's destination that does 150,000 Fire damage on impact. 300 yd range. Instant. Enemies caught in the blast suffer 0 Physical damage every 5 sec. over until cancelled. 300 yd range. Instant.
  • Throw Explosives Tosses specialized mantid bombs at enemies bombs that immediately explode for 0 Physical damage to targets within 2 yards. Unlimited range. 3 sec cast.
  • Unleashed Anger Inflicts Inflicts 400,000 Pysical damage to the target. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Whirling Spins the victim The sonic forces left by Ka'roz's passage inflict 100,000 Physical damage to the target and spins them around in place very rapidly. All players near the victim suffer 0 Physical damage each second. 200 yd range. Instant.
  • Windstorm Creates a torrent of wind that moves around in a spiral. Colliding with the torrent inflicts 250,000 Nature damage. The torrent lasts for 12 15 sec and increases in speed over time. Unlimited range. Instant.
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Comments 113 Comments
  1. Zaqwert's Avatar
    I can understand why they brag on their D3 sales to investors, it's actually quite a powerful message:

    "Hey, we just released the worst game we've ever created and it completely sucks and STILL sold 12 million copies. Doesn't this sound like the type of company you wanna invest in?"
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zaqwert View Post
    I can understand why they brag on their D3 sales to investors, it's actually quite a powerful message:

    "Hey, we just released the worst game we've ever created and it completely sucks and STILL sold 12 million copies. Doesn't this sound like the type of company you wanna invest in?"
    made me laugh, but its true.

    Granted, I don't think D3 was crap, it was pretty good, but you know what they say about opinions.


    Anyways, in comparison to Blizzard's previous portfolio of games it was a letdown, but it *STILL* sold 12 million copies worldwide
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    Nope, last patch. If you don't count the pre patch but that's 6.0.
    Dont pretend like you know what you are talking about. 5.5 has been hinted at as a possibility for a while now.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Most people that cry about diablo 3 are either band wagoners who whine about whatever is popular to whine about at the moment, or people who thought it was going to be like wow. Diablo 2 wasn't that good until the expansion and diablo 3 may be the same. Diablo 3 wasn't the best game ever, but that is your own fault for hyping yourself up like that. The only big flaw i see with diablo 3 is that it was too short, but who knows maybe an expansion will fix that.
  1. cityguy193's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Most people that cry about diablo 3 are either band wagoners who whine about whatever is popular to whine about at the moment,
    Cool. You are assuming.
    I can assume things too.
  1. Murkilad's Avatar
    I had fun playing Diablo 3 with my friends, but I enjoyed Torchlight 2 more.
  1. ZwuckeL's Avatar
    I hope the ToT debuff will also be activated in LFR
  1. Fendrill's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cityguy193 View Post
    Cool. You are assuming.
    I can assume things too.
    Tencent: I think Patch 5.4 is the last patch in this expansion. Have you started next expansion? Will it be announced in this year's BlizzCon?
    Ghostcrawler: Patch 5.4 is the last content patch, but we will release some bug fixes and balancing patchs after that. We will also release a preview content patch before new expansion. BlizzCon is a good time to tell something about that.

    From the interview, one could interpret GC's answer in different ways. There could either be a 5.5 minor patch or no patch at all before 6.0 hits

    I'm surprised at the Diablo 3 sales, didn't think they'd be that big.
  1. lb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ZwuckeL View Post
    I hope the ToT debuff will also be activated in LFR
    No - in LFR they added loot chest (for every boss) at the start of the instance. C'mon LFR ist easy as shit - and im far away from beeing a elitist or hard core gamer.

    @Diablo3 sales - i assume they 12 mio copies also include the sells from the annual pass owners?
  1. Repefe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Most people that cry about diablo 3 are either band wagoners who whine about whatever is popular to whine about at the moment, or people who thought it was going to be like wow. Diablo 2 wasn't that good until the expansion and diablo 3 may be the same. Diablo 3 wasn't the best game ever, but that is your own fault for hyping yourself up like that. The only big flaw i see with diablo 3 is that it was too short, but who knows maybe an expansion will fix that.
    What ppl don't understand in regard to D3 is it looks like Blizz got a lobotomy after D2:LoL ... what is the reason that yet again an expansion has to fix a Blizz game. Anyway. With Titan not being a subscription based MMO it can be good news for WoW.
  1. risingforce's Avatar
    Looking forward to 5.4 and 5.5 but hope that the BoA Epic weapons will not ruin the Blacksmith market for crafted weapons.

    Nice to see positive numbers for both D3 had WoW (yes they are both incredible figures respectively).

    Personally, I found D3 too short lived. It was a shame (at release) its endgame was so sparse on options.
  1. The Illusive Man's Avatar
    I can still remember the horrors of "Error 37" which haunted me for weeks after the D3 launch. Seriously the launch was extremely bad and I wasn't even able to log in on most days after launch because of the Error 37.

    Sadly the game was way too short and predictable and insanity was actually kinda easy even without mega powerful AH gear. Diablo possessing Leah was also kinda predictable from the beginning of the game (especially if one has seen the female Diablo Artwork). The story was pretty simplistic too and sometimes I think that a kid wrote that story.

    If I hadn't gotten the game for free with the Annual-pass I would have felt scammed for my money with that terribad launch and short campaign.
  1. Etna's Avatar
    Am I the only one reading the New Bind on Account Epic Weapons?? So now we will have ninjas in PUGs stealing weapons for alts -.-''
  1. Binki's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Repefe View Post
    With Titan not being a subscription based MMO it can be good news for WoW.
    Probably, but bad news for people who were hoping that new game would be good. I don't think anything decent can come out of non subscription MMO. It would probably come with many small paid content patches and/or pay to win.
  1. Syridian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Raynair View Post
    Reputation
    Shaohao (New) Earn Venerate status with Shaohao. 10 points.

    Is this a typo or some new level of reputation?
    That or it could be just something new, like ''become a champion for your faction at the Argent Tournament''. No rep involved there for example.
  1. Repefe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Binki View Post
    Probably, but bad news for people who were hoping that new game would be good. I don't think anything decent can come out of non subscription MMO. It would probably come with many small paid content patches and/or pay to win.
    If Blizz is postponing Titan to release a b2p p2w MMO then it will be bad. But you losing hope in Blizz has nothing to do with the game not being subscription based. It just means you don't trust Blizz is capable of making anything but a subscription based MMORPGs.

    We have to wait and see.
  1. barackohmama's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Etna View Post
    Am I the only one reading the New Bind on Account Epic Weapons?? So now we will have ninjas in PUGs stealing weapons for alts -.-''

    I assume the greed/need system still is in place. So you can't need on axes as a rogue for example.
  1. voskopoula's Avatar
    Healing Rain no longer has a higher threshold for diminishing returns in 25 man instances.

    Enhancement
    Stormstrike no longer grants extra crit to Elemental Blast.

    Restoration
    Purification now also increases the healing done by your Healing Rain by an additional 100%.

    Major Glyphs
    Glyph of Healing Storm now only increases direct healing, rather than all healing.
    Wow! this is a wave of nerf bats hitting on our heads. Especially the healing storm glyph, as enhancement i was helping in aoe stacked situations like in iron qon fist phase hc, megaera aoe stacking and some other but this is making it now worthless.
    This is more disappointment for me and 5.4 patch, after side nerfing our enhancement burst dps with fucking up the glyph of elemental totem and removing totemic restoration. Meh
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Binki View Post
    Probably, but bad news for people who were hoping that new game would be good. I don't think anything decent can come out of non subscription MMO. It would probably come with many small paid content patches and/or pay to win.
    Guild wars 2 and Rift are very good games and dont require sub feed. Hell, even swtor is good compared to earlier ftp games.
  1. pimpeddakota's Avatar
    Titan not being a sub based makes me scared for their in game store
  1. Senji's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilesz View Post
    Hate free to play more like pay to win
    You sir, are ignorant and should educate yourself on the term "Free To Play" And "Pay to Win" as money for cosmetics/Convinience is NOT pay to win.

    Buying an awesome tank in War of Tanks for Real money, THAT is pay to win.

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