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by Published on 2017-05-15 08:13 AM

Top Standard and Wild Decks of the Week for May 14

Armory Stats - Artifact Challenge Appearances
Today we are taking a look at the number of characters that have the Artifact Challenge appearance equipped.

  • This data set includes 4.5 million Level 110 characters active in the last month, across the US and EU.
  • We only considered what artifact appearance a character had equipped when they logged out.
  • The percentage shown is the percentage of characters that logged out with the listed spec that have the challenge appearance equipped.
  • We don't have a good way to know if a character has the challenge appearance unlocked unless they have it equipped.
  • This means that player preference for spec and appearances plays a role in the numbers below and that they don't represent a true comparison of difficulty between the specs.
  • For example, in terms of absolute numbers, more Havoc Demon Hunter have their challenge appearance equipped than Assassination rogues, but there are many more Havoc Demon Hunter characters than Assassination Rogue characters, making the percentage of characters logged out as that spec lower.

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Average Item Level With Appearance
We also looked at the average item level of characters with a challenge appearance vs the average item level of all characters of that spec.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Blood - 911.8 (+43.4 from the average of 868.4)
  • Frost - 912.0 (+42.6 from the average of 869.4)
  • Unholy - 908.5 (+43.1 from the average of 865.4)

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Havoc - 910.2 (+44.0 from the average of 866.2)
  • Vengeance - 911.0 (+50.3 from the average of 860.7)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Balance - 910.1 (+38.8 from the average of 871.3)
  • Feral - 910.0 (+50.6 from the average of 859.4)
  • Guardian - 911.7 (+36.5 from the average of 875.2)
  • Restoration - 911.0 (+33.0 from the average of 878.0)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Beast mastery - 908.1 (+42.1 from the average of 866.0)
  • Marksmanship - 910.3 (+42.0 from the average of 868.3)
  • Survival - 909.3 (+47.2 from the average of 862.1)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane - 910.0 (+44.4 from the average of 865.7)
  • Fire - 911.4 (+44.6 from the average of 866.7)
  • Frost - 911.3 (+43.4 from the average of 867.9)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Brewmaster - 913.0 (+40.4 from the average of 872.6)
  • Mistweaver - 910.7 (+34.6 from the average of 876.2)
  • Windwalker - 906.9 (+42.3 from the average of 864.6)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Holy - 911.0 (+33.0 from the average of 878.0)
  • Protection - 913.0 (+41.8 from the average of 871.2)
  • Retribution - 908.9 (+41.0 from the average of 867.9)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Discipline - 909.7 (+46.3 from the average of 863.4)
  • Holy - 911.9 (+36.4 from the average of 875.5)
  • Shadow - 911.7 (+43.9 from the average of 867.8)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Assassination - 907.7 (+38.4 from the average of 869.3)
  • Outlaw - 911.4 (+53.6 from the average of 857.9)
  • Subtlety - 910.7 (+49.3 from the average of 861.4)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Elemental - 911.7 (+40.9 from the average of 870.8)
  • Enhancement - 908.4 (+42.1 from the average of 866.3)
  • Restoration - 911.6 (+34.5 from the average of 877.0)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Affliction - 909.7 (+38.8 from the average of 870.9)
  • Demonology - 907.9 (+46.0 from the average of 861.9)
  • Destruction - 906.7 (+46.4 from the average of 860.2)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms - 910.1 (+49.3 from the average of 860.8)
  • Fury - 910.6 (+40.8 from the average of 869.8)
  • Protection - 911.8 (+43.3 from the average of 868.5)




Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
Will Affli be getting a new PvP talent to replace Death's Embrace becoming a regular talent?
Yes (holinka)

if i drop below 2k during s3,will i be able to buy elite gear when s3 elite vendor comes out,or i need to be 2k+ when seasone ends?
You just need the "Cruel Elite" achievement. (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
How do you approach the risk that comes with taking away an interaction that players have grew fond of versus the potential gain in game health?
At the end of the day, it’s a cost benefit analysis. How bad is the current state of game health and how likely are you to improve it by taking away the interaction you mention? If you’re going to improve health by 1% but losing the interaction makes players like the game 10% less, then that’s not a trade I would take.

A really typical situation where this manifests is when the interaction is fun for some players, but part of the reason why it’s fun is because it’s overpowered, hard to counter, or maybe really easy to execute. For the player having fun it feels like you are squashing their fun and they don’t understand what the big deal is. But for other players, the interaction feels like bullshit.

I don’t mean to imply that players are so shallow that they only enjoy unbalanced things. However, we used to have a saying that anything overpowered is fun. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish whether players are enjoying the cause (the interaction) or the effect (being overpowered).

All that said, I also try to preach that developers should not stomp on an interaction just because it is unintended. As a developer, it can be easy to reflexively nerf or change something just because players aren’t doing something the way you imagined. But if it’s not actually hurting anything, I’d let them keep doing it. (Source)



DLC #584 - Outhouse
DLC #584 has been released.

by Published on 2017-05-13 11:40 PM

Necromancer Q&A - Live Updates

All Competitor Decks for this Weekend's CN vs EU Playoffs

Armory Stats - Broken Shore Achievements
Today we are taking a look at the Broken Shore achievements. The data source used for this consists of 1.9 million accounts active in the last month.

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Name Points Players
A Magic Contribution Contribute to the Mage Tower on the Broken Shore 5 times.
554.3%
A Magnificent Contribution Contribute to the Mage Tower on the Broken Shore 50 times.
101.2%
Take Command Contribute to the Command Center on the Broken Shore 5 times.
547.6%
Assume Command Contribute to the Command Center on the Broken Shore 50 times.
100.3%
Disrupting the Nether Contribute to the Nether Disruptor on the Broken Shore 5 times.
547.6%
It'll Nether Happen Contribute to the Nether Disruptor on the Broken Shore 50 times.
100.4%
Terrors of the Shore Defeat all 4 of the following monstrous creatures in Broken Shore.
1026.8%
Naxt Victim Slay each of the demonic lieutenants that can be summoned from the Sentinax in Broken Shore.
106.0%


FEEDBACK: Timewalking Raid: Black Temple
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Black Temple Timewalking is now open for testing. We expect to keep the zone open for the entire weekend. A minimum of 8 players is required to queue for this event. Players need to queue via Vormu found in the Terrace of Light, Shattrath.

Note: Using the Dungeon Finder option to queue for Black Temple will not function properly.

Please use this thread for feedback and bug reports regarding the raid, or related issues. Noting the nature of your group (Mythic guild premade, PUG, etc.) is helpful, as are any logs.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Artifact Knowledge Catch Up
There is still the catch-up timer for Artifact Knowledge beyond Rank 25.

Also for alts, I'm sure many of you are aware already, but for those who aren't - Your main can buy Artifact Research Compendiums after every 5th rank of Artifact Knowledge (AK). For example, at AK35 your main will be able to buy a compendium with Order Resources that can be sent to alts to immediately get that alt to AK30. This continues right the way up to AK50 where you main will be able to send AK45 compendiums to alts. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Enhancement Shaman 4pc Set Bonus
The intention of the set bonus was to only increase the damage of the initial hit of Crash Lightning, not all of the cleave damage from using Stormstrike/Lava Lash after pressing Crash Lightning. I made a change to it that will show up in a future build to work this way. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Arena Cup #2 will be Live on Sunday 11am PDT
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Cup #2 of the WoW® Arena World Championship goes live Sunday 14th May. To keep up with the action, tune in to the broadcast at 10.30am PDT, with matches kicking off at 11am PDT sharp. Don’t miss out!

Here’s where to catch the action, Sunday 14th at 11am PDT

You can also watch the stream in Spanish and Portuguse.

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Cup Events
  • 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

Approved Community Events
  • 1st place: 40 points
  • 2nd place: 20 points
  • 3rd place: 12 points
  • 4th place: 8 points
  • 5th and 6th places: N/A

Find out more in our Arena World Championship announcement here.

Want In On The Action?
We want to see a ton of community involvement, and would love some of you out there hold your own events. Not only will you be part of the action, you’ll help teams place higher on the ladder— as approved community events award points too! Want to know more? Get in touch. Want to run your own event? Apply here.

Good luck to all the teams, and see you on Sunday during the stream!

WoW Arena Championships - Sign-Up For Cup #2 Now!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Cup #2 is on its way: seize the day! Signups are open and we’re waiting for YOU to show us your cunning strategies and hunger to win. The European Qualifier Cup #2 will be broadcast live on Twitch, on May 20-21 starting at 16:00 CEST. Whether you’re competing, curious or just plain old crazy about esports—you can read up on entry requirements, prizes and community events below. Get involved!

All About Tournaments

  • The events are 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms.
  • There is a double-elimination bracket, so watch out!
  • 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 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, read our official Championship rules below.

Signups for EU Cup #2 Are Live!
  • Signups are live!
  • Signups will be open until 23:59 CEST on May 14th.
  • Teams will be seeded by the rating they achieve as signups close.
  • Bracket play starts on the 18th, and plays through the 19th May (if second day is needed).
  • The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on Sunday, May 14th starting at 11:00am PDT.
  • We’re excited to partner-up with StarLadder, 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.
  • Dates and signups for future cups will be coming soon!
by Published on 2017-05-12 08:10 AM

Diablo 3 PTR Patch 2.6 - 45499: New Legendary Items and Necromancer Changes

The Ultra Awesome Top Deck Card Design Competition

Leeroy Jenkins
Twelve years ago the Leeroy Jenkins video was revealed to the internet. Since then, it has been referenced in other games, TV shows, movies, advertisements, and more!


Name Points Reward Players
Leeeeeeeeeeeeeroy! Kill 50 rookery whelps within 15 seconds.
Title Reward: <Name> Jenkins
61.8%
Leeeeeeeeeeeeeroy...? Assist Leeroy Jenkins in recovering his Devout shoulders in Upper Blackrock Spire on Heroic difficulty.
10
Title Reward: <Name> Jenkins
44.3%




Addon - SimpleObjectiveProgress
If you've ever been doing a quest that requires you to fill up a progress bar and wondered how much progress killing an NPC would award, SimpleObjectiveProgress is the addon for you!



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Tier 20 Havoc Set Bonus Bugged
This is fixed in a future build, thanks for the report. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Tier 20 Destruction Set Bonus Bugged
This is fixed in a future build. Thanks for the report. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
So, I have the Merc Buff but I zoned in Horde side. Is it not possible to go merc for Warsong Scramble?
Correct. Mercenary Mode does not apply to PvP Brawls. (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
As someone who played very very little WoW yet interested in its class design can you explain the design of the Rogue combo system?
They use a resource (energy) which regenerates over short time frames. So it’s possible to go all out, but have enough resources to be able to push buttons again in a relatively short time (compared to say mana). We always liked this design because it’s very easy for rotations to fall into a pattern of “you must always push X when it is on cooldown.” Energy regeneration adds an extra wrinkle to this discussion.

Then, there are basically two kinds of abilities. Things that generate combo points and things that consume combo points to cause big damage. It has that satisfying feel of pulling something off (much like a fighting game combo), can deliver high burst moments (which feels very rogue-like), but also has the similar benefit of energy in that you have a reason to use both kinds of attacks rather than always just spamming the same button over and over.

Rogues had (maybe still have) the added nuance that the combo points are on the target (not on the rogue), so you can’t just switch targets at a moment’s notice (which has interesting nuance for PvE and PvP). Sometimes it’s worth sticking to your current target until you can pull off a finisher. Other times, it’s worth abandoning those.

I have often said that I think rogues had the best designed resource system in WoW, but that we didn’t want to just copy that for every other class, or it might feel less special.

As with any WoW answer, my info might be very out of date. (Source)



Overwatch League Update
ESPN has an article stating that Blizzard is struggling to sign franchises for the Overwatch league due to unfavorable terms. Blizzard released a statement to say that things are going well and someone may be trying to spread misinformation for bargaining reasons.

  • There is a $20 million franchise fee
  • Teams are not guaranteed revenue sharing until after 2021 and only if Blizzard meets certain criteria
  • If a team sells its spot to another party, the league would receive 25 percent of the proceeds

by Published on 2017-05-11 05:47 AM

This 100th Tavern Brawl has Arrived! Super RNG Fun - Experience Nine Brawls in One!

Spring Balloon Festival
Spring Balloon Festival allows players to take a short balloon ride around a zone.

  • Head to one of the red X markers on the world map to find a balloon.
  • Once there, speak to the pilot and he will let you sign up to ride.
  • Actually taking a ride requires a total of three players, so you will have to wait for more players to show up.
  • The ride will take you elsewhere in the zone and play some dialogue along the way.
  • You may learn useful things such as the traditional greeting in Suramar city:
  • At the end of the ride you are dropped off and the balloon disappears.



Upcoming Mythic Keystone Changes
Patch 7.2.5 is making some changes to Mythic Keystone dungeons.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
One additional change we're making that should hit in the next PTR build, with the goal of providing some extra incentive to run difficulties past the item level cap.

For every Keystone level above 15, you'll have an increasing chance for the final chest to contain additional loot. This chance scales linearly, will roll over past 100%, and accumulates pretty quickly: at level 20, you'll be guaranteed 4 pieces of loot, plus a 5th if you beat the timer.

Patch 7.2.5 PTR - Build 24076 Armor Sets
The PTR build last night added some new Chromie themed armor sets.




Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Windwalker T20 4pc Bug
Seems to me when you crit with RSK the timer on FoF is not dropping at all. I've stared at the cd timer during sessions with the practice dummies and not once did I see the numbers skip down 2 secs. I even had the combat log opened to see if I was critting with RSK.
This is fixed in a future build, thanks for the report. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

StarCrafts - Season 5 Ep 18: Mineral Line Up
Another episode of StarCrafts has been released!


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