MMO-Champion - December 19 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, D3 RoS Release: March 25, 2014, HS Open Beta Update
Reaper of Souls™ Unleashed on March 25, 2014 – Prepurchase Now

Open Beta Next Year, Common Situations with the Three Resources, Weekend Tournaments

Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes: December 19
One hotfix that didn't make the list today is an increased droprate on Rotten Helper Box.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Paragons of the Klaxxi
      • Ka'roz the Locust's Hurl Amber ability will now form a pool of Caustic Amber at the target's feet 3 seconds after targeting them. The timing was less predictable previously and varied based on the targeted player's distance from Ka'roz.
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Effects transforming a player's appearance should no longer prevent them from being able to interact with a defeated Paragon.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warlords of Draenor Story
We are invested (emotionally and otherwise) in all of the above. It's about the various stories that we want to tell (and make the most sense) and the gameplay that goes with it. One thing I've come to know over the years is that no matter which side you're on, if you disagree with the story or don't connect with it, there's a strange assertion that the developers just didn't care enough (or as inferred in the original post care too much). This assertion is not true. It's all perspective and personal opinion.

That said, we do pay attention to the concerns people have and do try to be sensitive to those concerns and address them when we can.

Then why yet another major Orc story arc? There are other races in this game.
You're assuming a lot and understandably so. I mean, if you look at the image, it's a bunch of orcs, right? But the story has never been just about the orcs and Warlords also will be highlighting a bit more about the draenei and even shedding a bit more light on blood elf paladins. The thing is, as always, it's a story about Azeroth and the heroes and villains that live (and die even) as a part of its ongoing history.

For the question about the Alliance and "Captain America", keep in mind, the Alliance are going THROUGH the portal to take it to the Iron Horde directly. They're not planning to sit it out and wait until things get too bad first. Since I don't write or develop the story, I can't comment on the difficulty of developing the Alliance story directly. As a writer myself though, I think that writing any story is about really feeling connected to it and taking it where you want it to go. So, good or evil doesn't affect the difficulty in writing it necessarily. It's about making it work in the right context that is consistent to the personalities of those characters. It's putting yourself in the "What would Jaina do if?" etc. mindset.

And why just Blood Elf paladins? Humans are the original Paladins and how much attention do Alliance Paladins get? Argents have got more Paladin attention than the Alliance ones. What happened to the Alliance Silver Hand? Why do we not have Paladin military leaders like we used to such as Uther, Tirion, and Turalyon?
Because there is a lot of information out there already about how the Light works for other paladins. Blood Elf paladins have a different relationship (if you will) that still needs to be explored.

I'm still seeing a lot of supposition about what the developers do and don't do. I'm not going to be able to convince you otherwise, but I can assure you, they aren't developing in a myopic story bubble. Again though, I understand that the opinions people have are subjective and respect where those suppositions and opinions are coming from.

Everyone has a favorite story they want told. We can't do them all at once, but we'll get to as many as we can and have no plans to slow down. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Reaper of Souls™ Unleashed on March 25, 2014
It looks like the Digital Deluxe edition of Reaper of Souls will also include 3 Hearthstone booster packs, but this isn't mentioned in the blog post.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
On March 25, the crusade against death itself charges forth with the launch of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls for Windows and Mac. Prepare for the onslaught today by prepurchasing the expansion digitally on Battle.net.


Whether you plan to immediately don the armor of the new Crusader character or take your current hero directly into Act V, Reaper of Souls will bring you updated loot rewards, all-new class skills and abilities, game-changing features like the Mystic and Adventure Mode, and highly replayable content in the form of Bounties and Nephalem Rifts.

You also have the option to prepurchase the Digital Deluxe Edition, which contains a wealth of in-game goodies: a collection of exclusive helm- and weapon-transmogrification recipes to distinguish your hero among the champions of Sanctuary; a loyal Spectral Hound minion to keep your adventurers company on their epic journeys; three additional character slots to accommodate new heroes; an in-game Treasure Goblin companion pet for World of Warcraft; and an assortment of Crusader-themed Battle.net portraits and Malthael-themed decals for StarCraft II.

Here, have a look for yourself:


Players who prepurchase the Digital Deluxe Edition will receive their in-game items with the launch of the expansion on March 25, though some items may arrive beforehand, so keep an eye out for early deliveries.

If you're looking for even more loot, the Reaper of Souls retail-exclusive Collector's Edition comes fully equipped with all the in-game goodies from the Digital Deluxe, plus a range of premium collectible items:

  • Malthael mouse pad, bearing the impenetrable visage of the Angel of Death
  • Hardback Collector's Edition art book, chronicling the game's artistic development
  • Behind-the-scenes Blu-Ray/DVD two-disc set, featuring in-depth interviews with the development team and members of the Diablo III community

The Standard Edition is available for $39.99 USD and the Digital Deluxe Edition is available for $59.99 USD. If you choose to preorder the Standard Edition and later want to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition, you'll be able to do so for $20. The Collector’s Edition is available only at select retail locations for a suggested retail price of $79.99. A limited number of Collector's Editions will be available and they're expected to sell out quickly, so be sure to lock in your preorder with your local retailer as soon as possible.

For more information on the March 25 release of Reaper of Souls for Windows and Mac, check out the official press release, or visit the Reaper of Souls game page to learn more about the expansion and secure your digital copy. Also, be sure to keep an eye on www.diablo3.com for updates on the launch of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on the PS4.

Until then, we'll see you in Sanctuary!

*When you prepurchase Diablo III: Reaper of Souls digitally via Battle.net, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game client prior to the launch date. The expansion content will be unlocked and available for play on March 25, 2014.

Hearthstone Open Beta Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We hope you’ve been having fun testing out the latest beta patch for Hearthstone—this update brought with it a bunch of bug fixes, some card changes, and the new Ranked Play system. Some of these updates were significant code changes, so we expect that some things will break, and we will also need your help to identify what’s still in need of fine-tuning. One other thing to mention is that we’ve been making great progress on improving server stability, but there are still a few things that have come up that we want to fix before we leave the closed beta phase.

With all of that said, we believe the right thing to do for the game is to not rush it out into open beta, but to instead hold onto it a little longer to make sure it’s ready for wider testing. At BlizzCon, we mentioned that we hoped to get the game into a state where it’s ready for open beta this month, but we’re just not quite there yet. The development team has been working hard to get this out before the end of the year, but our highest priority is that Hearthstone has an awesome launch when all gates are lifted and everyone can download it and play at the same time.

We’re close to the open beta—very close. And to enter this final part of our beta phase, we need your help. Keep trying out new decks, reporting bugs, and giving your feedback on our forums. That’s the best way you can help the team get Hearthstone into everyone’s hands as soon as possible.

We have some other news to share too. As of today, we have sent beta invites to everyone who opted in to the Hearthstone closed beta test prior to Monday, December 16. If you opted in before that date and have not yet received an invite email, check your spam folders or different email tabs to see if you invite may have ended up in an unexpected location. If you still can’t find your Hearthstone beta invite, don’t worry! We’re putting together a list of all Battle.net accounts that opted in to the Hearthstone beta test and did not claim their beta key. These accounts will be flagged for beta access within the first few weeks of January.

Opt-ins for the closed beta test will end on January 7; we plan to invite everyone who opts in by that date to the closed beta test at some point before the open beta begins. So keep playing, testing, and amassing your Hearthstone collection, as we do not plan on performing another card data wipe.

Thanks for your patience and enthusiasm. Hearthstone would not be as far along as it is without your helpful feedback. Please continue to let us know what you like and what you think needs a little more work.

And if you haven’t opted in to the Hearthstone closed beta test, you can do so here.
This article was originally published in forum thread: December 19 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, D3 RoS Release: March 25, 2014, HS Open Beta Update started by chaud View original post
Comments 80 Comments
  1. Rhaide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    40$ for an expansion pack including only one act?
    Blizzards pricing is getting ridiculous...
    Er, this is almost identical to DII "Lord of Destruction". We got one new act and two new classes, but no new modes, and far less new gear. That was also 39.99 on release at the MSRP. Back then everyone was cheering for the expansion, and I don't mean to insult you or anyone else, but if you play Diablo for the storyline... it may be time to find a new game. That's really not what Diablo is about, if you want that, there are plenty of books, but the games are widely understood to have terrible stories; which is entirely forgivable for a hack n slash action RPG lootfest.
  1. caninepawprints's Avatar
    If I'm reading the blue posts correctly, what I'm getting out of it is, "Oh, you're making way too many assumptions! We're not doing another Orc-heavy storyline! We're covering other races, too! There's also a story in there about Blood Elf Paladins. Oh, and we might throw in a few things about Draeneis too, so you guys can stop whining about it being Horde-heavy as well." Yup, not buying it. Another Horde expansion. Sigh.
  1. snakeeyesma81's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by frequency View Post
    If you use gmail also be sure to the the promotions tab, I received a beta invite in October but didn't find it until late November thanks to the stupid tabs that don't notify you on your phone you have an email.

    Thx for this. Found my beta key there....that i got Aug19...fml
  1. Pacster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by caninepawprints View Post
    If I'm reading the blue posts correctly, what I'm getting out of it is, "Oh, you're making way too many assumptions! We're not doing another Orc-heavy storyline! We're covering other races, too! There's also a story in there about Blood Elf Paladins. Oh, and we might throw in a few things about Draeneis too, so you guys can stop whining about it being Horde-heavy as well." Yup, not buying it. Another Horde expansion. Sigh.
    Fortunately horde-heavy. Elseway it would likely be about Jainas love affairs again....or worse: The rise of pretty boy Anduin as the new alliance hero. *urgs*
  1. Lagundu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyesma81 View Post
    Thx for this. Found my beta key there....that i got Aug19...fml
    Hmm, turns out I've been in the Beta testing for a few months now ...
  1. Mkgego's Avatar
    "As of today, we have sent beta invites to everyone who opted in to the Hearthstone closed beta test prior to Monday, December 16"

    Can´t find it in my mail yeah !
  1. Rioo's Avatar
    I've bought every Blizzard game since WC1 but this expansion will be the first one I skip. Diablo 3 really was a steamy pile of shit, and even if I've tried out the changes every few months and seen the game improve, it just isn't as fun as Diablo 2. While Diablo 2 is a pure grind game and nothing else, Diablo 3 tries to also have a story. A really bad one filled with badly written characters, annoying plot holes and bosses that from the start embarrass themselves by talking with the hero over the radio. Having to constantly sit through the story when all you want to do is kill monsters made Diablo 3 the biggest disappointment of a game I've ever played. And I didn't even have sky high expectations.
  1. Saluna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cronnix View Post
    $40 for a digital one act "expansion" to a mutiplayer game seems a bit ridiculous..
    Diablo 2 LoD costed about 40$ (if you calculate the inflation cost since it went out). They had the same number of content..
  1. Razorice's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mkgego View Post
    "As of today, we have sent beta invites to everyone who opted in to the Hearthstone closed beta test prior to Monday, December 16"

    Can´t find it in my mail yeah !
    Same here :/
  1. lb's Avatar
    I'll skip it till it costs 20€ or so in the blizz store - i can wait.
  1. Nungamunch's Avatar
    So am I right in thinking that the comment "we do not plan another card wipe" mean that when the game goes live I won't have my collection reset? I'm waiting on this before I buy a substantial number because it would suck to get the collection I want and then get unlucky after a reset and have to buy more to get the same cards.
  1. Arbs's Avatar
    So are people gunna complain the WoW Expansion is to much when it is 40 bucks too ?
  1. Jakins's Avatar
    Oh good, seems I'm not the only person who opted in for the beta test and did NOT get the email.

    It's nowhere, whooo.
  1. Arbs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Korru View Post
    Were Blizzard's older expansions like $30 in the past?
    Nope they were $50 or $60, people are just to cheap now a days.
  1. Higgit's Avatar
    The DD version price difference between UK and USA is £13.29 on today's exchange.

    That's discrimination.

    £50 is also alot for a glorified patch imho
  1. Sarevokcz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhaide View Post
    Er, this is almost identical to DII "Lord of Destruction". We got one new act and two new classes, but no new modes, and far less new gear. That was also 39.99 on release at the MSRP. Back then everyone was cheering for the expansion, and I don't mean to insult you or anyone else, but if you play Diablo for the storyline... it may be time to find a new game. That's really not what Diablo is about, if you want that, there are plenty of books, but the games are widely understood to have terrible stories; which is entirely forgivable for a hack n slash action RPG lootfest.
    please, LoD actually brought TWO classes, the act was humongous, there were plenty of new items and sets and we got runes after all + we actually got different monsters in locations between games, zones were truly random and shit. What does ROS bring? one class, debatable lenght of the act, freeplay mode that should have been in the game since the release and reforging to get rid of the useless stats that clog most of your items and STILL no LAN/offline support.

    Im not gonna pay 40 euros for that.
  1. Destil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    Maybe. Maybe not. I guess it all comes down to how long Act 5 really is, since I only play Diablo for the story, not for the endless item grind.
    Still 40$ for an expac is kinda weird.
    It's pretty freaking long. I'm in the Beta and from what I'v eseen.. it's 100% better than any other act (aside from maybe the 3rd).
  1. Tarruin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    So... who else hasn't gotten their beta key even though a blue post "reaffirmed" we received it?
    Did you sign up for the Opt in beta before December 16th and meet the requirements to beta?
  1. Sarevokcz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Saluna View Post
    Diablo 2 LoD costed about 40$ (if you calculate the inflation cost since it went out). They had the same number of content..
    yea, maybe if you ignore the fact, that you could only get a CD version back in the day, that included shipping and some profit for the stores/distributors. digital version is free of the extra costs and it goes directly into their pockets. But what can people expect from a company, that charges 15/20 euros on race/faction change, that is a completely automated process that takes a couple of minutes...
  1. SufferingPlanet's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    40$ for an expansion pack including only one act?
    Blizzards pricing is getting ridiculous...
    Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction was approximately 40$ at release, and that yielded one new act, two new classes, runes, rune words, and a bigger storage. Oh, and the new items/enemies that came with it.

    Seems pretty par for the course.

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