XP Buff on the PTR, Windows XP and Vista Support Ending, Rakanishu Fan Art

Developer Insights: Live Stream Q&A – Year of the Mammoth – February 21st

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
IGN showed off a preview of the upcoming World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 book.






Legendary Drop Rates
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The rate at which players acquire Legendary items is a subject that we’ve kept a very close eye on since the launch of Legion. We’ve generally tried to avoid getting into too much technical detail on the system behind your chance to get a Legendary, but we would like to say a bit more on what we’ve done behind-the-scenes up to this point.

As many players have figured out, changes were made to legendary drop rates with patch 7.1 and patch 7.1.5 – when those patches went live, your chance to receive a Legendary increased in pretty much all cases. What you might not have noticed is that we’ve been steadily increasing your chances since then. One of our long-term goals is to allow you to switch specific Legendary items in and out as the situation warrants, and regularly increasing drop chances is one way of ensuring that that happens.

We’ve also made adjustments that leveled off what used to be steady decrease to your chance to get subsequent Legendaries after your first. When Legion launched, every time you earned a Legendary, your starting chance to earn your next one would be lower (and thus, the average time it took you to loot it would be longer). At this stage, however, most players in the Broken Isles are no longer hunting for their first Legendary, and many already have their second. We didn’t want you to feel as though your good fortune in the past equates to harder times in the future, so we normalized drop chances for subsequent Legendaries after your second. Right now, in Patch 7.1.5, your first Legendary has the highest drop chance, the second still has a significant bonus, and then you’ll have the same chances to earn your third Legendary as you will your fourth, fifth, sixth, and so on.

We think it’s important to get this across clearly: it currently takes the same amount of luck/effort to get your third Legendary as it takes to get your eighth. We’ve seen a few players and tools attempting to use historical data to predict their drop chances, but because of how regularly we’ve been increasing Legendary drop rates, that data is extremely outdated – and their conclusions extremely inaccurate. In short, your chance of receiving that next Legendary is probably a lot better than you think.

Patch 7.2 - Unlocking the Obliterum Forge
Patch 7.2 unlocks the Obliterum Forge for everyone at no cost! There is a single intro quest that gives you one free Obliterum as well.



Live Developer Q&A – Submit Your Questions
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Join us live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft Thursday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m. PST (7:00 PM GMT), as we sit down with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas for our next live developer Q&A where he’ll be answering your World of Warcraft: Legion questions.

You can submit your questions here in this thread or on Twitter by using the hashtag #LegionQA.

As a reminder, please keep your questions short (40 words or less) so that we can get to as many questions as possible. We look forward to you joining us live on Thursday!

Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.

After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 7.2 - New Artifact Traits
The new traits that are replacing the 20-point trait on PTR (e.g. Instability of the Tirisgarde ) will affect all damage, including for specs that didn't get that benefit from the previous version. That still leaves the initial 5% 35-point trait that still exists, but that's no more than a 5% swing in the value of trinkets. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Arcane T20 set bonus
We're considering making the set bonus work with some spell other than Greater Invisibility, to avoid overloading a utility button with a rotational DPS benefit. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
Battleground matchmaking has been region wide for awhile, not battlegroups. (holinka)
In each region, one faction does tend to have more people queuing than the other. (holinka)
e,g, NA tends to have more Horde, EU tends to have more Alliance. (holinka)
Alliance vs Horde in BGs super important. Striving to keep it and get better balance. (holinka)
how?
We now reward end of season titles (Gladiator, etc) to top % of each faction. (holinka)
Over time (many seasons) hope to see top players spread between both factions. (holinka)
Incentivize players on less represented faction to play more. https://t.co/K73XuI2Gv2 (holinka)
surely that just fills the ranks with more casual players?
Not necessarily. Works for Mercenaries too. (holinka)

Heroes of the Storm - Lucio's "We Move Together as One"
Blizzard shared a Nexus Remix of Lucio's "We Move Together as One" today.

This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Chronicle Volume 2, Legendary Drop Rates, Dev Q&A, XP and Vista Support Dropped started by chaud View original post
Comments 58 Comments
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Not surprised at support ending for an OS that is no longer supported and one that ends it's extended support in April.
  1. Jingoo's Avatar
    Not that i don't believe all the BS about "your eight legendary requiring as much effort as your first did", but i don't.
  1. otaXephon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingoo View Post
    Not that i believe all the BS about "your eight legendary requiring as much effort as your first did", but i don't.
    Then you'll have to believe the other tried and true constant of MMO game development: RNG is RNG.

    edit: That's not even what they're saying. First and second have bonuses, 3rd-%th are the same rate.
  1. muwatallis's Avatar
    I hate every single letter in the word "legendary" now, thanks to Blizzard. Fucked up their own game.
  1. martinboy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by muwatallis View Post
    I hate every single letter in the word "legendary" now, thanks to Blizzard. Fucked up their own game.
    I bet you still play, so it cant be that bad.....
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    They INCREASED chances, and I still have 1 legendary equipped and essences to upgrade theoretical legendaries out the wazoo! I'm in such a bad luck-spell at the moment.


    Quote Originally Posted by muwatallis View Post
    I hate every single letter in the word "legendary" now, thanks to Blizzard. Fucked up their own game.
    So you are unable to enjoy the game in any shape or form due to the legendary system...?
  1. Safol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    They INCREASED chances, and I still have 1 legendary equipped and essences to upgrade theoretical legendaries out the wazoo! I'm in such a bad luck-spell at the moment.

    So you are unable to enjoy the game in any shape or form due to the legendary system...?
    I guess i'm just an incredibly unlucky person, given I don't have any legendary yet. It's not that one can't enjoy the game without a legendary, it's that everytime you do a daily or w/e you just kick yourself and after a while you don't have any interest, whatsoever anymore.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Safol View Post
    I guess i'm just an incredibly unlucky person, given I don't have any legendary yet. It's not that one can't enjoy the game without a legendary, it's that everytime you do a daily or w/e you just kick yourself and after a while you don't have any interest, whatsoever anymore.
    Huh... never had that, despite being one of the last to get a legendary of all the people I know. Legendaries (or lack thereof) didn't stop me in any way from enjoying the things I've always enjoyed before with the game.
  1. otaXephon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    Huh... never had that, despite being one of the last to get a legendary of all the people I know. Legendaries (or lack thereof) didn't stop me in any way from enjoying the things I've always enjoyed before with the game.
    Perhaps your luck is pear-shaped. Eventually you'll hit a luck jackpot and have Legiondaries rain upon you! Play the lottery! :P
  1. KevinD's Avatar
    I only do emissary quests but I still have no legendary either....I read somewhere the drop-rate increases every-time you do "not" get one. I should be at 100% by now
  1. gzeus13's Avatar
    Really... I just spent 11k on the oblit quest mats.
  1. TheRabidDeer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Safol View Post
    I guess i'm just an incredibly unlucky person, given I don't have any legendary yet. It's not that one can't enjoy the game without a legendary, it's that everytime you do a daily or w/e you just kick yourself and after a while you don't have any interest, whatsoever anymore.
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinD View Post
    I only do emissary quests but I still have no legendary either....I read somewhere the drop-rate increases every-time you do "not" get one. I should be at 100% by now
    How long have you two been completing emmisary quests?
  1. Alfakennyone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    They INCREASED chances, and I still have 1 legendary equipped and essences to upgrade theoretical legendaries out the wazoo! I'm in such a bad luck-spell at the moment.




    So you are unable to enjoy the game in any shape or form due to the legendary system...?

    Yea, except any new legendaries that drop are 940 anyways. The upgrade item was just for people that had them before the boost.
  1. Safol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRabidDeer View Post
    How long have you two been completing emmisary quests?
    Since launch of Legion but much less, it's sporadic nowadays, seeing as to me there's absolutely no point in doing them, I have basically accepted fate that the legendary files are somehow missing from my client.
  1. Akaihiryuu's Avatar
    I only have 2 110's. I normal/heroic raided for awhile (didn't do mythic), did emissaries until exalted and then stopped unless I needed order resources or it was nightfallen (for the fox mount). I have 3 legendaries on my main and 2 on my alt.
  1. bobn9lvu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Akaihiryuu View Post
    I only have 2 110's. I normal/heroic raided for awhile (didn't do mythic), did emissaries until exalted and then stopped unless I needed order resources or it was nightfallen (for the fox mount). I have 3 legendaries on my main and 2 on my alt.
    It would really be nice to have the upgrades for legendaries get made as a BOA item to upgrade alts legendaries.
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    still no word on targeting legendaries that they promised during blizzcon - gues hamsters aka players are happily runing their wheel .
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alfakennyone View Post
    Yea, except any new legendaries that drop are 940 anyways. The upgrade item was just for people that had them before the boost.
    I know, and I still only had 1 legendary to use them on. Now I have 2 essences sitting in the bank for no reason at all. :P
  1. paflodder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    They INCREASED chances, and I still have 1 legendary equipped and essences to upgrade theoretical legendaries out the wazoo! I'm in such a bad luck-spell at the moment.




    So you are unable to enjoy the game in any shape or form due to the legendary system...?

    To be fair in pve the dps always have the habit of making some fights dps races , thats fun and healthy competition that at times pushes people more to achieve their best.Now if you were unlucky on the Ledgendary drop and your fellow mage was lucky ,you were screwed big time in this friendly competition . As having , lets say 2 utility ones equiped is a huge nerf to having 2 dps ones equiped .Most of us dont like powerfull items like this being gated behind double RNG .By now all dps should have atleast 1 dps ledgendary instead of 5 utility ones in some bad luck cases .Make a trader , trade two crap for 1 token , or something in that nature .
  1. Mush's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingoo View Post
    Not that i don't believe all the BS about "your eight legendary requiring as much effort as your first did", but i don't.
    So you refuse to accept how RNG works?

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