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Upcoming New Character Model Preview
It looks like the previously mentioned new character model preview is coming on Thursday or Friday!



Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes - January 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Resolved an issue for the following abilities that resulted in damage being calculated incorrectly when used against targets with a greater than 75% reduction to damage from armor.
    • Guardian Druids with greater than 75% damage reduction from Armor were getting less than the intended amount of Vengeance. Now they will gain the correct amount.
    • Beast Cleave (Beast Mastery Hunter)
    • Storm, Earth, and Fire (Windwalker Monk)
    • Blade Flurry (Combat Rogue)
    • Sweeping Strikes (Arms Warrior)
    • Warrior Tier-16 2 piece set bonus
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talents
      • Soul of the Forest (Restoration) should no longer incorrectly grant a haste effect from failed attempts to cast Swiftmend on targets that are under a Cenarion Ward's healing effect.

Quests
  • The Trident of Naz'jan: Resolved an issue that caused Ragnar Drakkarlund to not respawn correctly in certain situations.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • For an in-depth explanation of recent changes please see the forum thread from Watcher, Lead Encounter Designer titled: Upcoming Siege of Orgrimmar Changes.
    • Galakras
      • Reduced health on various ranking officials (High Enforcer Thranok and Korgra the Snake) and foot soldiers (Dragonmaw Bonecrusher, Dragonmaw Flagbearer, and Dragonmaw Tidal Shaman) by about 15% on Flexible and 10-player Normal difficulties.
    • Thok the Bloodthirsty
      • Thok the Bloodthirsty's Defeaning Screech now deals 10% less damage on Flexible, 10-player Normal, and 10-player Heroic difficulties.
      • Thok the Bloodthirsty's Shock Blast now deals 10% less damage on Flexible, 10-player Normal, and 10-player Heroic difficulties.
    • Siegecrafter Blackfuse
      • Automated Shredders' health has been reduced by 10%, and its Overload ability now deals 10% less damage on Heroic difficulty.
      • Crawler Mines now have 20% less health on 10-player Heroic difficulty.
      • Disassembled Crawler Mines, Deactivated Electromagnets, Deactivated Laser Turrets, and Deactivated Missle Turrets now have 20% less health on Heroic difficulty.
      • Electromagnet's Magnetic Crush ability now deals 15% less damage on Heroic difficulty.
      • Laser Turret's Superheated damage-over-time effect now deals 25% less damage on Heroic difficulty.
    • Paragons of the Klaxxi
      • Hisek the Swarmkeeper's Multi-Shot ability now deals 20% less damage on Heroic difficulty.
      • Iyyokuk the Lucid's Insane Calculation: Fiery Edge now deals roughly 10% less damage on Heroic difficulty.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Recent Ban Wave
We have recently taken action against a number of accounts for the use of third party programs. Such programs not only give their users an unfair advantage, but are a violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use, and go against the spirit of fair play. Due to our policies on the protection of player privacy, we’re unable to discuss specifics except directly with those whose accounts have had action taken against them. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Connected Realms Update - 22/01
Bladefist been taken off the connection date again?
Unfortunately it's been temporarily postponed. Haomarush and Dragonmaw was on the list too, and that's also been delayed. I'll let you know as soon as they're back on the schedule, sorry for the hold-up guys. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Free Character Migrations - Update
We've extended the availability of these transfers until Friday, January 24, at 10:00 a.m. PST. The announcement blog has been updated. Please be aware that early closure is still a possibility if the destination realms fill up. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
So is it you that I need to poke to fix the Argent Charger/Ebon Hold Gryphon not being account wide?
Hey, I hotfixed this. Should be live soon. Thanks for mentioning! (Dave_Maldo)
BAD NEWS! Data was fixed but when pushed LIVE made a mess. T_T Have to wait for a patch & new tech/DB crawl. (Dave_Maldo)

Xmog question. Thoughts on opening up FoS for Vanilla GM PvP Gear account wide? Have the FoS on my priest, want to Xmog Pally.
Up to item peeps. Doesn't seem to jive w/ their current thinking but who knows. (Dave_Maldo)

Any chance of us ever being able to do Dragon Soul LFR higher than 85? Really nice xmog sets in there!
Unlikely that it'll just be opened up as is, but future system changes may make such viable. Until then, grab some friends! (Dave_Maldo)

Still xmog query, what about making tier sets complete. Like dk tier 10.25 or warrior tier 10.5?
I often pester the poor item peeps about that sort of thing. I hope one day we can do a comprehensive cosmetic gear pass. (Dave_Maldo)

PvP
will there be a new mount available with the achieve "glorious combatant"? Just got my tiger & love love love it.
Unfortunately, there won't be. It's going to be a little unorthodox content-wise. (Source)
thank you for the reply!
The idea behind them is that since they are character only, you may want to do it next season for an alt. (Source)
will there be an adjustment so I can solo pve mobs easier or will I have to collect a pve set to do pve things? I assume the latter
Even at ilevel 522 the PvP gear is pretty good for killing world mobs. But the new PvP gear will have a higher ilevel. (Source)

I know WoD brings a new PvP zone, are we going to see any new bg maps? Not a new game type but maybe (ex) AB gameplay but new map?
We're focusing our bg efforts for launch on the tools side (so we can make bgs faster) and creating Ashran. (Source)

Is it in the plans to add a 500k and 1 million hk's achievement by the launch of WoD?
We won't add those until we find a good way to fix the HK farming that goes on in battlegrounds like IoC. (holinka)

Iron Skyreaver - Exclusive Mount Now Available
The Skyreaver was added to the Battle.Net shop yesterday.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Bred for war by brutal Iron Horde beastmasters and girded for battle in black steel and smoldering flame, the monstrous Iron Skyreaver suffers only the most fearsome of masters to ride it. Like a blazing comet foretelling doom and fiery destruction, hurtle down from the heavens upon this epic mount to herald your own campaign of conquest!

The Iron Skyreaver is now available for purchase from within the Battle.net Shop and the in-game Shop! Once purchased, the mount will be available to all present and future characters on a single Battle.net account.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Upcoming New Character Model Preview, Jan 21 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Blue Tweets started by chaud View original post
Comments 101 Comments
  1. LFPO8k's Avatar
    It's the human model... Why? because the hair is actually the symbol of Lordaeron!
  1. Nexsa's Avatar
    New human armpit hair option.
  1. Raysz's Avatar
    I hope it's the human female as my main is one, and humans really need better models.
  1. StrayFox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by amani View Post
    cant understand why new models make such a big hype.

    who the f*** cares about new models? u always play in the 3rd person perspective.. everybody looks on the frames, skills etc and not on the boss/character models..
    this is so stupid, to wait so long for the release just because of a "feature" that is senseless...
    Oh boy another person spouting nonsense with no logic behind it, go away.
  1. Rbh's Avatar
    I'm so excited about this!
  1. Dojo88's Avatar
    That's female Night Elf hair. I'm calling it. If it isn't I'll be really surprised.
  1. Drynix's Avatar
    Dwarf female armpit hair, obviously
  1. Summerdrake's Avatar
    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Character / Items

    Any chance of us ever being able to do Dragon Soul LFR higher than 85? Really nice xmog sets in there!
    Unlikely that it'll just be opened up as is, but future system changes may make such viable. Until then, grab some friends! (Dave_Maldo)
    Oh yeah!? Grab some friends! Well, why don't YOU try it, if you think it's such a good idea!? I bet you will still be in que when WoD hits, not get enough people to even get into the instance! Why not know what the hell you are talking about when u work at Blizzard, how about that??
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Summerdrake View Post
    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Character / Items

    Any chance of us ever being able to do Dragon Soul LFR higher than 85? Really nice xmog sets in there!
    Unlikely that it'll just be opened up as is, but future system changes may make such viable. Until then, grab some friends! (Dave_Maldo)
    Oh yeah!? Grab some friends! Well, why don't YOU try it, if you think it's such a good idea!? I bet you will still be in que when WoD hits, not get enough people to even get into the instance! Why not know what the hell you are talking about when u work at Blizzard, how about that??
    How many people do you need to clear Dragon Soul at 90?
  1. Kaleesh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojo88 View Post
    That's female Night Elf hair. I'm calling it. If it isn't I'll be really surprised.
    Night elves don't have a black hair option...

    Looks like human female hair unfortunately... Boring considering that their model really isn't in bad shape at all.
  1. tbakke's Avatar
    My money is on the underarmhair of a male ogre..
  1. Mx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaleesh View Post
    Night elves don't have a black hair option...

    Looks like human female hair unfortunately... Boring considering that their model really isn't in bad shape at all.
    Um, well considering the models are getting complete overhauls, I would assume getting black hair could be an option..
  1. mindbomb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exploitbat View Post
    You guys really think that is hair? I think that hair looks like the current hair our characters have, and the current hair looks awful :s Wasn't the new hair supposed to look better and not like a piece of... "chunk"(whatever that is)?
    I hope its not either. Unless there hint is "remember this crappy human hair?"

    Now, I know you can be fooled by resolution or pixelation, but if you take the gnome or undead hair at similar pixelation, it looks much better, or you know, like hair.

    Gotta be an extreme close up.
  1. Fayth's Avatar
    Human male back hair.
  1. Notos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    How many people do you need to clear Dragon Soul at 90?
    The problem is getting into DS LFR, which has unique armor/weapon recolors (blue magma weapons for example, which are my favorite of the recolors). The only way to get them now is to queue up for LFR at level 85, which doesn't work most of the time anyways because not enough people queue up to start an instance.
  1. cwowtbang's Avatar
    Hopefully they can lose they lego feet. They ought to spread the polygons around instead of wasting them on the rack.
  1. cornbreadthief's Avatar
    http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/124...look-1-23-2014
  1. Sargiean's Avatar
    Cannot wait for the new models. Chris just keeps taunting me!
  1. Papir's Avatar
    http://www.wowhead.com/news=226814/w...le-human-model
  1. NigelGurney's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tonath View Post
    Thought that argument was over.....


    but on the other hand, cant wait till the new model is released!
    A fool and their money are soon parted.

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