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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 115 Comments
  1. Hikashuri'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.
    Nope. 5.5 is CONFIRMED. It's the patch where horde will pick their new warchief. 6.0 will hit 2 weeks before next expansion goes live.
  1. Daeaye's Avatar
    AWWWWW LOOK AT ITS FAAACEEE!!!

    I must have that St Bernard. He is just GORGEOUS. SOMEONE GIVE HIM TO ME!
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Guild wars 2 and Rift are very good games and dont require sub feed. Hell, even swtor is good compared to earlier ftp games.
    Did they lift the silly non-sub restrictions of character slots, action bars, etc?
  1. Daniri's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Youarefired View Post
    The D3 copies sold were among the copies sold when people thought the game would be good.
    It sold 6 million at first actually, this second 6 million had plenty of time to hear about how supposedly bad D3 is.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Dont pretend like you know what you are talking about. 5.5 has been hinted at as a possibility for a while now.

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    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.
    Don't pretend to have reading comprehension and access to the site twitter? Um, ok. It's the last patch, get over it.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    The only big flaw i see with diablo 3 is that it was too short, but who knows maybe an expansion will fix that.
    There are 2 Flaws in Diablo: Lootdrops are utter crap. Way too many idiotic stat combinations. In my playtime from Lv 1 to to paragon 2 I got ZERO good items dropped. All good stuff I got from the AH.
    Sorry but that's no fun at all.

    The second flaw of Diablo is the ridiculously retarded ending. (Ofc since they wanted an X-pac...)
    "Yeah we won, let that darn crystal fall somewhere.. we'll pick it up eventually. Hail Tyrael, Angel of Wisdom!" >.<

    @Topic: I still want to know which Tier set colors are assigned to what dufficulty.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hikashuri View Post
    Nope. 5.5 is CONFIRMED. It's the patch where horde will pick their new warchief. 6.0 will hit 2 weeks before next expansion goes live.
    Confirmed? Link please. I have a feeling I'll be waiting awhile.
  1. Orejaempezar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Senji View Post
    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.
    Nope sir. Perhaps you should choose better your examples for showing your superior education and knowledge.

    Every premium Tank in WoT performs worse in battle than a regular tank of the same tier fully upgraded. A Tiger II is better than a Löwe, and an IS-3 is better thann a IS-6.

    They are just good at earning credits and experience for the crews. In other words, convienience items, just like the Xp elixir with the exception that in a monthly paid game, conviniency should come at no extra costs.
  1. Zokten'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.
    Got to laugh at this fanboi logic.

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    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.
    Wait so you are trying to say every non-sub mmo has been bad?
  1. Santoryu's Avatar
    They will continue to lose subs until they repair all the damage done in the latter parts of Cataclysm & MoP: LFG, LFR, this whole accessibility nonsense, everoyne clearing content within a week, no enjoyment from the game, instead many chores that get boring after being done twice
  1. Dark Exerus's Avatar
    I know we dont know right now where we will get the st bernard at but I hope its either blizz store or brewfest because I want it and I probably wont be doing much with raids or timeless isle.
  1. Sigma's Avatar
    BOA Items!
    Coming to a Cash shop near you no doubt.
  1. BatteredSausage's Avatar
    Diablo 3 was ok for the first 2 playthroughs, after that it became shite.
    I prefer the adventures of van helsing and torchlight tbh.

    Looking forward to this patch. SoO , new island to do and collect shit from. Green fire mounts, sky golem etc etc etc
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    12 million sales while the game doesn't even deserve 1/4 of that...
  1. Tenjen's Avatar
    doesnt deserve 1/4th of that? People Saw it, people bought it. What the hell does deserve have to do with anything except being your opinion?
  1. Bigface's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zokten View Post
    Got to laugh at this fanboi logic.
    You can laugh until you're blue in the face. Not going to change that D3 was successful. This is a cycle that occurs for every game sequel known to man. Diablo 3 didn't meet EVERYone's expectations, so the old fanboys complain and the new ones arrive so that they can complain about Diablo 4 when that comes around.

    Blah blah blah.
  1. Narelle's Avatar
    Can we get some explanation of where these "Bind to Account" weapons will wind up? Looking scary.
  1. Bisso's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sigma View Post
    BOA Items!
    Coming to a Cash shop near you no doubt.
    I'm surprise that you are the only person talking about this, and then you troll about it.

    It's obviously going to be some kind of bonus drop from Garrosh: Flexible, normal and heroic. No LFR version right now, so this might just be that "extra" to promote raiding beyond LFR as Blizzard previously talked about.

    If this is the case, this is actually pretty cool, 1 item (or 2 with offhand) per alt is more than enough to make people want to go in Flexible and Normal. So people will understand they need to work a little to get some free gifts, unlike the general philosophy of LFR. This could help change the mentality of LFR playerbase.
  1. CaptainArlong's Avatar
    Well there you go, Alliance! All your whining about lore paid off, Garrosh drops Horde PvP weapons from when Honor was added to the game.
  1. Trafalgarlaw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zokten View Post
    Got to laugh at this fanboi logic.

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    Wait so you are trying to say every non-sub mmo has been bad?
    A fully upgraded F2P tank is slightly better than a non upgraded premium tank?

    Shocking.

    What if i upgrade my premium tank?

    You also didnt mention you can buy the best ammo for cash

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