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by Published on 2017-03-23 03:52 AM

Overwatch Collector's Edition: The PC version of Overwatch with a statue is on sale.

Bahamas Card Reveals Stream at 9 AM EDT This Friday! Don't Miss It!

Patch 7.2 - Paladin Class Mount
Today we are taking a look at the Paladin class mount!


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Arena World Championships - Sign Up Now!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Calling all World of Warcraft esports fanatics! The first North America Qualifier Cup will be broadcast live on Twitch, on Saturday April 8th at 11:00am PDT. You can read up on entry requirements, prizes and community events below. Get involved!

All About Tournaments
  • The events will be 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms
  • There is a double elimination bracket
  • Team rosters are 4-player, but you can sign-up with 3
  • All series are best-of-5
  • Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized and honor talents and artifact power are maximized

All About Prize Pools
  • 1st place > $3,000, 160 points
  • 2nd place > $1,500, 80 points
  • 3rd place > $1,000, 36 points
  • 4th place > $500, 20 points
  • 5th and 6th places > 12 points each

All About Points
This is a great year for esports and a big year for World of Warcraft. The new points system allows us to spread tournaments consistently throughout the year, which keeps up the momentum and excitement— from the tournament all the way to the Championship. Don’t forget, the top 12 teams are the ones who earn their place in the Championship.

All About Rosters
  • Didn’t finish in the top 6 in the first tournament? Not a problem! Teams can change their team members as often as they want, until points are earned. Once you have points on the board, your teams are set in stone. Well, except. . .
  • Teams who earn points are allotted one roster swap without consequences.
  • After the free swap, there is an automatic 50% reduction to your points tally.
  • If you want to know more, you should definitely read the official rules below.

Sign Up Here!
  • Signups are live!
  • Signups will be open until 9:00am PDT on April 3rd.
  • Teams will be seeded by the rating they achieve at the end of the season.
  • The open tournament bracket starts on April 6th, and plays through until the 7th.
  • The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on Saturday, April 8th starting at 11:00am PDT.
  • We’re excited to partner-up with GCDTV, who will be helping us out with all that has to happen behind the scenes (which is a lot).
  • The full rules and regs—plus the essential player handbook—can be found here.

Want To Run Your Own Tournament?
We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement the better and there are some seriously solid reasons for doing it. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. If you’re even remotely interested, here’s what you should do: read the guide, fill out the application form and send it to us. If you have any questions about running your own event, get in touch. We’re here to help and want you to create as many buzzing community events as it’s possible to have.

Raid Testing Schedule - March 24
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Friday, March 24, we will be conducting raid testing of Heroic Tomb of Sargeras bosses.

Friday, March 24

Demonic Inquisition - Heroic Tomb of Sargeras
11:00 PST (14:00 EST, 20:00 CET)

Maiden of Vigilance - Heroic Tomb of Sargeras
12:00 PST (15:00 EST, 21:00 CET)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Feedback
Changes may (will) not happen immediately, but "got a new spell/buffed spell and really liked it" is a great basis for feedback (Muffinus)

I think "I love this legendary bonus and it should be baseline" is great feedback and keep it up everyone (Muffinus)

Lore
are infernals considered elementals?
We consider them demons in both WoW and Hearthstone, despite the stony complexion. (DaveKosak)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Legendary Bad Luck Protection - Follower Items
Just dropping in so there's a Blue post to reference in the future:

Follower Legendaries do not have any impact on the bad luck protection for your character and won't affect the chances of obtaining your next Legendary. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Reap Souls Resetting
Thanks for all the feedback. Details will be forthcoming, but we do want to do something to help Tormented Soul generation near the start of encounters (wherever the new resetting takes place). It's still important that the resources at the start of an encounter be somewhat standardized, but we understand that starting at 0 and not being able to use Reap Soul during your opening burst isn't a timing that feels great for that ability. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Art Kits
Jordan Powers shared some of the art kits with props on Twitter.

by Published on 2017-03-22 03:28 AM

Patch 2.5 is Live!

Exclusive Card Reveal - Kalimos, Primal Lord

Patch 7.2 - Warrior Class Mount
Today we are taking a look at the Warrior class mount!


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Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - March 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Dungeons and Raids
  • The Nighthold
    • Spellblade Aluriel
      • Mark of Frost damage reduced by 10% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Mark of Frost Explosion damage reduced by 10% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Detonate: Arcane Orb damage reduced by 15% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Spellblade Aluriel’s and all additional enemies’ health reduced by 10% in Mythic difficulty.

    • Star Augur Etraeus
      • Felflame damage reduced by 20% on all difficulties.
      • Thing That Should Not Be health reduced by 10% on all difficulties.
      • Star Augur Etraeus health reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.

    • Gul’dan
      • Resolved an issue in which a player could retain the visual effects of Bonds of Fel after death.
      • Resolved an issue in which the detonation from Bonds of Fel could occur after the player was combat-resurrected.

Items
  • Players are not able to use Fancy Darkmoon Feast or Sugar-Crusted Fish Feast while in combat.

UI
  • Looking at the map while in Area 52 now displays Outland, as intended.

Patch 7.2 PTR - PvP With the Blues Thursday
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re going to take 7.2 Arena Skirmishes for another spin on the Public Test Realm, and you’re invited to join us!

Several members of the World of Warcraft development, quality assurance, and community teams will be queuing for PvP Skirmishes between 3:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. Pacific time (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday, March 23. If you’d like to join, simply log into the PTR and queue for a PvP Skirmish during that time.

Blizzard employees will be identified in game by their guild (either or ). We’re looking forward to joining you in the Arenas for some testing pew pew pew!

World Boss - Humongris
Pocket Wizard is up this week, so you can head to Val'sharah to kill Humongris for a chance at item level 860 items and a Iron Relic.



Weekly Bonus Event - Legion Dungeons
The Legion Dungeon Event is live this week!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
All week, open Group Finder (default hotkey: i) and then select Dungeon Finder to queue for any Legion dungeon on Normal or Heroic difficulty. Alternately, get a group of veteran dungeoneers together and travel to one of the Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty:

  • The Arcway
  • Assault on Violet Hold
  • Black Rook Hold
  • Court of Stars
  • Darkheart Thicket
  • Eye of Azshara
  • Karazhan
  • Halls of Valor
  • Maw of Souls
  • Neltharion’s Lair
  • Vault of the Wardens

Look for the following all week long:

  • Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it from within the Adventure Journal.
    • Quest requirement: Complete 4 Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty.
    • Rewards: One loot box containing a piece of gear from Heroic difficulty Nighthold.
  • Passive bonus: The final boss in each dungeon drop additional loot on all difficulties (except Mythic Keystone difficulties).

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
I was at 2k rating in 3v3 but after trying to help my friends i dropped to 1950,do i still get the elite set?
You should have earned the Elite achievement for this season with that rating so yes you can get elite set. (holinka)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Artifact Appearance Unlocks After Legion
Thanks for all your feedback so far here - it's been a great read to get us thinking about some of these things.

First, I'd like to reiterate that we have not made any final decisions on how appearance unlocks will work in a post-Legion world, so any thoughts, discussion, feedback, etc. on that is appreciated.

When thinking about the 'Balance of Power' quest line, the intention is for it to feel similar to the Legendary Ring or Cloak quest lines from the past couple of expansions insofar that neither one of those can be obtained today, and both were time-sensitive achievements to show you participated in that expansion content wholeheartedly. This content generally has a lot of warning up-front on its removal to give players time to complete the requirements, and that will be true here as well if and when that decision is made.

With Legion, we decided to go with a cosmetic reward instead of an item that augments your power (mainly to balance the feeling of being a much weaker raid spot candidate), but it should still be and feel like a reward for players who actively participate in organized raid content.

It's worth noting that we've been making improvements over the course of Legion to help alts with these appearances (e.g. bad luck protection). For the hidden appearances, this was added in patch 7.1.5, so it's also good to note that this was not a retroactive addition - if you are a Guardian Druid looking for your Ursoc drop, and you've killed him 20 times, but only 3 of those were post-7.1.5, you wouldn't have a total of 20 kills of bad luck protection currently.

I think it's important that these achievements and their rewards feel prestigious overall, especially since cosmetics rewards are by no means "mandatory". We do think it's fine that some of these rewards take a lot of effort to earn over all.

I'll continue to follow along with the conversation here, so feel free to keep the feedback coming.

Are you guys aware that what pissed off a lot of people about MoP's cloak and WoD's ring questlines was that they were, in fact, limited-time events?
I'm aware, but saying "limited time" here makes it sound like you didn't have the entire course of an expansion to do it.

This conversation came up around the end of Warlords as well (and I'm sure it did with Mists, but I wasn't here then), but our view on it still stands that those who are engaged and active throughout the expansion in all of its aspects are the ones who have the easiest time earning these items. That's not something we see as a problem.

Edit: As said, we are aware of those with many alts, and it's something we are keeping a close eye on! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

HeroStorm - Episode 23: Unkillable
Another episode of HeroStorm has been released!

by Published on 2017-03-21 04:19 AM

World Boss: Head to Val'sharah to kill Humongris for a chance at item level 860 items and a Iron Relic.

Your Questions for Hearthstone Game Designer Dean Ayala!

Patch 7.2 Preview - A Challenging Appearance!
In the recent developer interview, it was revealed that these are going to be very difficult challenges that don't scale with gear.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Artifact Weapons have been proven to be powerful tools against the Burning Legion. With the release of patch 7.2, we are not only adding an Artifact questline to unlock new traits, but we’re also adding a new Artifact challenge appearance. But, you’re going to have to earn it — the hard way.

‘You Must Be This Tall’
To be able to take on the challenge before you and earn your new Artifact appearance, you’re going to need to meet a few requirements first. You must be level 110, purchase all 35 of the ranks for your Artifact weapon, and complete the questline to unlock access to the four new traits available with patch 7.2.

A Towering Achievement
Returning to the Broken Shore has a lot to offer including new structures that open additional benefits for those adventuring through the island. For those who plan to earn their Challenge Appearance the Mage Tower is going to be an important building to invest your Legionfall War Supplies in. When the tower is active and you’ve met all of the requirements, a new quest will become available to you. This quest is a continuation of your Class Order campaign and will ask you to take care of a little unfinished business via a solo encounter. You’ll need to face a powerful foe to earn your new appearance — but it’s not going to be easy.

This encounter will provide players with the opportunity to show their mastery of their class with a solo skill challenge. There are 7 different challenges available which are tailored to your class role. Each role’s challenge will vary slightly whether it’s healing a group of support npcs, tanking and keeping your group npcs from being killed, or straight dps to kill the boss. There’s no gear requirement, but you’re going to want to invest in getting the best gear you possibly can if you’re going to walk out of the encounter with a brand-new look for your weapon.

The Cost of Success
The first time you get the quest, you’ll be able to enter the encounter for free. If you fail—and there’s a good chance you will—the next (and the next) time is going to cost. If you’ve been active within the Broken Shore, you’ll have started to accumulate Nethershards. You can use these Nethershards to purchase additional chances at the encounter. The Mage Tower is active for three days before it’s destroyed, so time is limited. If you’re determined to give it a good run each time the tower is available, you might want to spend some time under the shadow of the Sentinax to gather as many Nethershards as you can. Success with earning your Artifact weapon’s Challenge Appearance is going to cost — but bragging rights will be yours when you do succeed.


Get the Look
These appearances have been inspired by previous class questlines that led to weapons like Anathema/Benediction, and Rhok’delar. No grouping is required—or allowed—and completing the challenge will reward a truly distinctive appearance.






Good luck out there! You’re going to need it.

Patch 7.2 PTR Legendary Items Changes - March 20
Most of these legendary changes have been in recent PTR builds. The March 14th version of this change list has the rest of the changes.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
So when 7.2 hits we can only obliterum pvp season 3 gear and not season 2?
Correct (holinka)

FinalBossTV Episode #132 - Legion Shadow Priests
FinalBossTV covered Shadow Priests this week.

by Published on 2017-03-19 11:17 PM

Trinity Series Winner, Stats

Patch 7.2 - Unlocking Artifact Traits
Patch 7.2 brings new Artifact Traits for everyone, along with higher Artifact Knowledge ranks. Unlocking these traits is done by completing a series of quests, with several different versions that depend on your role.

The quest series starts by asking you to unlock all of the traits on your Artifact weapon. After this is done, you head to the Broken Shore to investigate, finding some kind of object. You bring this object back to the Council of Six in Dalaran and then head off on your role's specific quest line.

At the end of the quest line, you return to Dalaran and the Council empowers your Artifact weapon, unlocking the new traits. You can see these new traits in our Artifact Calculator.




BlizzCon 2017 Contests – Mixing Things Up
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Greetings, cosplayers, moviemakers, and artists! BlizzCon 2017 is official, and some of you are already eager to get started on your contest creations—but before you set that creativity to full blast, we just wanted to have a quick chat.

After 10 years of BlizzCon—and 10 years of contests—we’re taking a fresh look at our approach to BlizzCon contests. We’re considering some new approaches to how we handle things, and are taking another look at our contests’ structure and format at the show. Ultimately, our goal is to celebrate and showcase you guys the best way possible.

What does this mean for our contestants, you ask? Right now, nothing. Right now we can tell you the Costume Contest is still incoming, so feel free to start crafting away! In the coming weeks however, we will be announcing a few tweaks, and just wanted to give you all a heads up as soon as possible.

Thank you again for continuing to make BlizzCon so very special with all your incredible talents. It’s all of your who make BlizzCon something we look forward to year after year, and can’t wait to see what you create this year!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Any words yet on if hunters is getting more stable slots in 7.2? Or maybe a way to unlock more?
Not in 7.2 (Muffinus)

Art
Can we hope for epicness with Turalyon and a unique model for him ?
you tell us what you think when you see him. My opinion = hell yes! (Alex_Afrasiabi)

Suramar's story might be the BEST WoW's ever been. These characters should definitely remain relevant.
we agree with you! (Alex_Afrasiabi)

PvP
What is the average item level scaled to in PVP War Games? *Tournament mode enabled
In Patch 7.1.5, it's 850.In Patch 7.2, it's 900. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
With that recent tire fire that was that Reddit post, you sure have some thick skin, Ben Brode mentioned that being sorta the face of a game opens you up to brunt of the community’s attacks when people asked why him and Yong Woo didn’t do more designer insights. Do you feel it’s important for a dev to have thick skin when dealing with this stuff.
I don’t think you can be a good game designer if you have thin skin. You have to subject your ideas to the crucible of review, whether that happens internally or after players see your design.

I do think you can be a good game designer if you have thick skin, but don’t have thick enough skin to open yourself up to direct communication with players. Some of my favorite games have been made by people that can barely stand to have a conversation with other humans, let alone open themselves up to the internet.

But if you’re going to go that route, you just have to be really, really good at what you do. You need a purity of vision or an ability to foresee problems that just isn’t that common in developers. I don’t have that. Way back at Ensemble, when we weren’t sure if design A or design B made more sense, I said “Let’s just ask players what they think.”

You don’t have to ask up front. You can launch a feature, monitor the response, and then iterate on that feature. But you have to get that feedback at some point. Lead Champion Designer Riot Scruffy the other day said something like “Even when you’ve really thought about it, tested and iterated, your chance of nailing a great design is about 70%. So you have to be prepared to iterate based on player feedback. You have to leave time for the follow-up work.”

(I also don’t mean to imply that asking players on Reddit or forums is the only way we gather feedback.)

Now, I don’t subscribe to the idea that players should just be able to say whatever the hell they want to, and developers should just suck it up because that’s their job. I value communication, and communication is easier if you treat each other like human beings. But I also recognize that players get emotional or frustrated, and I recognize that the power dynamic between passionate player and developer who just doesn’t get it can exacerbate that frustration.

But there are limits.

I don’t block a lot of players on Twitter, but I do block them. I don’t answer stupidly rude questions, except to make a point of the fact that they aren’t going to actually bring me to tears. Sorry.

I’ve had weird phone calls in the middle of the night. I’ve had death threats. I've had Blizzard security offer to monitor my house. I’ve had designers who had to work with the FBI on threats. I’m also an upper class, straight, white dude, and I know developers who aren’t who have gotten much, much worse from players. There’s no reason for that. We all love games. That already gives us a lot in common.

I try and remind players all the time that your communication is going to be more effective if you’re professional about it, because then you’re actually talking about the problem and not venting about how neglected you feel. If you have a job or go to school, you probably have coworkers or teachers you disagree with that you still have to treat like human beings. Developers deserve the same respect. I know it might score you internet points to attack someone in an over the top matter. You’re better than that. Resist the urge. (Source)



Poll - Un'Goro Madness
Did you you take part in the recent Un'Goro Madness micro-holiday?



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Dark Legacy Comics #576
DLC #576 has been released!

by Published on 2017-03-17 07:55 PM

March 17 Hotfixes: Tichondrius had his health reduced by 10% on Normal difficulty. Other bugfixes.

Un'Goro Madness, Drape of Shame Nerf, Upcoming Dev Q&A, Blue Posts, Tweets, WowCraft

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23780
A small surprise PTR build hit this afternoon. This is the first Patch 7.2 build marked as a Release Candidate.



Calculators Updated




New Icons



Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Player vs. Player
Feats of Strength
  • Fearless Elite Reach 2000 in any Rated PvP Bracket during Legion Season 2 10 points.



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
PvP Talents
  • Call Fel Lord Summon a fel lord to guard the location for 30 15 sec. Any enemy that comes within 6 yards will suffer high damage and be stunned for 1 sec. Demonology Warlock - Tier 5 PvP Talent. 2 Soul Shard. 40 yd range. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.

Item Effects
  • Aegisjalmur, the Armguards of Awe Any attack which would kill you instead triggers a Shield of Vengeance at 100% 200% of the normal amount then reduces you to 1 health. Cannot occur more often than once per 3 min.
  • Food Fusion Combine the two halves of the Suramar Surf and Turf recipe. 1.5 sec cast.Reagents: Recipe: Turf.
  • Food Fusion Combine the two halves of the Suramar Surf and Turf recipe. 1.5 sec cast.Reagents: Recipe: Surf.
  • Lunar Glide Uplifting Trance increases your Vivify healing by an additional 20% 10% and causes it to heal 1 additional target.
  • Sephuz's Secret Gain 10% increased movement speed and 3% 2% Haste. Successfully applying a loss of control effect to an enemy, interrupting an enemy, or dispelling any target increases this effect to 70% increased movement speed and 25% Haste for 10 sec. This increase may occur once every 30 sec.
  • Tak'theritrix's Command Dark Transformation also empowers your Gargoyle and Army of the Dead for 20 30 sec, increasing their damage by 30%.



Artifact Powers
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Windwalker
  • Thunderfist (Rank 1) Strike of the Windlord grants you a stack of Thunderfist for each enemy struck. Thuderfist discharges upon melee strikes, dealing [ 200% of AP ] Nature damage. [ 500% of AP ] Nature damage.

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Holy
  • Cosmic Ripple (Rank 1) When Holy Word: Serenity or Holy Word: Sanctify finish their cooldown, you emit a burst of light that heals up to 5 injured targets for [ 200% of Spell Power ]. [ 120% of Spell Power ].



Heroes of the Storm - Primal Flamesaber Promotion Extended
You've got a little bit longer to earn that Primal Flamesaber mount!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Update: For Azeroth! Event Temporarily Returns

Our recent “For Azeroth!” in-game event that concluded on Tuesday, March 14, came to an end a few hours earlier than we told you it would. As a result, a number of players who were still racing to unlock their mounts weren’t able to finish the quest in time, and we’d like to make it up to you. We’ve decided to extend the quest by a few days so that everyone has time to complete their games and claim their rewards.


We’ve re-enabled the “For Azeroth!” event quest starting today, March 17, through Sunday, March 26. Any progress you earned prior to the quest’s original March 14 end-date will remain intact.

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