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by Published on 2017-11-08 07:22 AM

Double Treasure Goblin Is Event Live!

Upcoming Visual Change to Legendary Cards

Patch 7.3.5 - New Features
While Patch 7.3.5 has yet to hit the PTR, we did find out some of the features it includes.

  • Old World Zone Scaling
    • Racial Starting Zones - 1 to 10
    • Classic Zones - 10 to 60
    • Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King Zones - 60 to 80
    • Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria Zones - 80 to 90
    • Warlords of Draenor Zones - 90 to 100
    • Legion Zones - 100 to 110
  • Ulduar Timewalking Raid
  • New Seething Shore Battleground
    • Horde and Alliance will face off in Silithus for the Azerite bubbling to the surface.
    • Fight for dynamically shifting points across the map.

Stormwind and Orgrimmar Updates in Battle for Azeroth
Ian Bates (Red Shirt Guy) has released a blog post on Blizzplanet detailing some interesting info from the BfA BlizzCon demo.

  • Each city will now have an embassy linked to the recruitment of Allied Races.
  • The Orgrimmar embassy resides in what was the Goblin Slums.
  • The Stormwind embassy is behind the Dwarven District.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner, Varok Saurfang, Baine Bloodhoof, Lady Liadrin, Rokhan, Lor’themar Theron, Trade Prince Gallywix, Ji Firepaw, Eitrigg, and Nathanos Blightcaller reside in the Orgrimmar Embassy.
  • Saurfang, Baine and Nathanos each have a brand new model.
  • The Stormwind Embassy contains Anduin Wrynn, Turalyon, Alleria Windrunner, Tyrande Whisperwind, Velen, Genn Greymane, High Tinker Mekkatorque, Muradin Bronzebeard, Aysa Cloudsinger, and Wrathion.
  • Wrathion isn't standing next to the others.
  • When visiting these locations, the faction leaders in both places discuss finding allies for the war and eventually ask you to pick a race to go after.
  • Currently Horde could only choose between Highmountain Tauren and the Nightborne.
  • Alliance could select Void Elves or Lightforged Draenei.

Developer Interviews
We're continuing to take a look at new information from the BlizzCon developer interviews.

PCGamesN Interview with Ion Hazzikostas
PCGamesN was able to sit down with Ion Hazzikostas.

  • The hard modes will be preserved for Ulduar timewalking in 7.3.5.
  • Vanilla content scales to 60.
  • Potential to add the old world zones as a Timewalking event.

Jessie Cox Interview
Jessie Cox sat down on the show floor with Ion Hazzikostas.

  • Vol’jin’s physical manifestation is dead, but we likely haven’t seen the last of his spirit.
  • Thrall may have Vol’jin’s urn.
  • Minute one of the new expansion takes place right after the cinematic.
  • Allied races fit with the theme of this expansion.
  • Warfronts are “raid vs army” instead of “raid vs giant boss.”
  • Heavily built up faction hubs in BfA
  • High Elves are pretty much Blood Elves and so it’s unlikely they will be a playable race.
  • No third faction is planned
  • Uldir is a traditional troll raid with slight Old God/Titan themes.
  • No plans for account bound item stash right now but it’s a good idea, especially for crafting materials.
  • Gear slots affected by the Heart of Azeroth (head, shoulder, chest) will not Warforge/Titanforge.
  • The patch cycle will be similar to Legion.
  • A separate team is doing World of Warcraft: Classic.
  • World of Wacraft: Classic will take a lot of community feedback.
  • Pacing and requirements to unlocking flying are subject to tweaks.
  • Kezan is not currently planned to be more than a dungeon.
  • There are no current plans for Gnome Paladins.

Rolling Stone Interview
Rolling Stones talked to the WoW Devs.

  • The team likes the story to flow from one expansion to the next instead of in previous ones where a completely different story popped up between each of them.
  • The team wants to give something to every playstyle in every expansion.
  • BfA is more about the story and improving systems rather than making major gameplay changes.

Polygon Interview with WoW Devs
Polygon sat down with the WoW Devs.

  • Void elves will have a short-range teleport as a racial.
  • The team is thinking about bringing the faction conflict into dungeons and raids.
  • BfA is also about the world dying beneath our feet.
  • Progression of the Heart of Azeroth is not spec specific like the artifact weapons.

DigitalTrends Interview with Muffinus
Digtaltrends interviewed Jeremy Feasel. (AKA Muffinus)

  • Warfronts let you contribute to victory in any way you want. You can focus on combat while someone else can go chop wood or mine ore.
  • Existing characters are now front and center to the story.

Blizzplanet Interview
Blizzplanet sat down with Muffinus as well.

  • You will have to finish Legion to figure out Illidan’s future.
  • Bwonsamdi (the Loa of death) plays a major role in Zandalar.
  • Blood Trolls are under the servitude of a powerful new creature that you will meet in the very first raid of this expansion.
  • Uldir only has one of its three seals remaining on it. During the course of the expansion, you are going to find out what happens to that last seal.
  • Drust people were a society wiped out in Drustvar that now exists as spirits trying to work their way back into the world.
  • Another random event in Warfronts could be major figures such as Jaina showing up and rallying the raid to help her fight to take over a point.

Vanion Interview with Muffinus
Vanion also interviewed Muffinus.

  • The ending cinematic to Antorus is epic and will answer a lot of lingering questions while raising new ones.

GameSpot Interviews John Height
GameSpot interviews John Height.

  • The burning of Teldrassil is the event that causes the Alliance to lay siege to the Undercity.
  • Anduin’s moment in the cinematic is him realizing what he is really about, healing over fighting.
  • BfA is a more personal story instead of a “big bad” one.
  • There will still be zones that are 1-20 to get new players acclimated.

Hotted & Asmongold Interview
Hotted and Asmongold also did an interview.

  • No plans for more solo challenge content like the mage tower in BfA but it’s definitely a possibility.
  • New World PVP systems should even out Horde and Alliance on PVP shards.
  • Small revamps to existing PVP talents to keep rotations similar between PVE and PVP.
  • Team is talking about adding Mythic + to old world dungeons, but not yet planned for BfA.
  • No current plans for Mythic + raids.
  • 4 difficulty options for raids will continue in BfA.
  • No change to mythic raid size.
  • Not looking to add a ton of new abilities to classes, but this could change.

Jeff Kaplan Weighs in on World of Warcraft: Classic
Jeff Kaplan was asked about classic WoW servers by r/overwatch. Here is a quick recap:

  • Thinks it's a great idea.
  • It's the sense of community that made classic WoW great.
  • Lack of systems such as server transfer led to building a reputation, good or bad, on your server.
  • It was not the quests he designed that made the game great.
  • Game design isn't black and white. Players need to also look at what they are giving up when asking for things.

BlizzCon 2017 Contest Winners
BlizzCon 2017 had many amazing and talented contestants among their many contests. Here are the winners from each of the categories.

  • First Place - Laura Mercer as Hogger
  • Second Place - Hyperion Armory as Jim Raynor
  • Third Place - Mike Casteel as the Prophet Velen
  • Fourth Place - Sparkz as Mystic Kingdoms Arthas

  • First Place - Jay the Tavern Bard
  • Second Place - Have No Fear
  • Third Place - Squirloc
  • Fourth Place - Bah Ram You

  • First Place - “The Light of Elune” by Sheng Yi Sun aka GASONE
  • Second Place - “Illidan Stormrage” by Wang Qichao aka Gothic Q
  • Third Place - “Valkyrie” by Joao Maria Fraga de Almeida Freire

  • First Place - “Winston” by Lisa Aschieris
  • Second Place - “Daydreamer” by Andrew McCord
  • Third Place - “Real Play” by Roman Alymov

by Published on 2017-11-07 03:34 PM

Double Treasure Goblin Is Event Live!

Hearthstone Patch 9.4 - Marin the Fox, Kobolds Pre-Order, New Brawl Cards

Greater Invasion Boss - Inquisitor Meto
Inquisitor Meto is up this week, rewarding item level 930 gear.

World Boss - Ana-Mouz
Ana-Mouz is up as this week's Broken Isles world boss.

Weekly Event - Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking
Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking is back this week.

by Published on 2017-11-07 01:47 AM

Exploring Diablo's Community Panel Overview

Hearthstone Patch 9.4 - Marin the Fox, Kobolds Pre-Order, New Brawl Cards

Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - November 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Class Halls
  • The mission "Another Rat Problem" should again be available, and awards pet supplies with a bonus pet supplies reward.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Court of Stars
    • Watchful Inquisitor's Searing Glare should be more reliably interrupted by stuns and interrupts.
  • Dragon Soul
    • Fixed a bug that was causing NPCs to disappear in some circumstances.
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Fallen Avatar
      • Tainted Essence healing absorb has been reduced to 8% (was 10%).
      • Tainted Essence now cancels upon death.
    • Kil’jaeden
      • Armageddon Hail is now spawned only once in Mythic difficulty.


World of Warcraft Interview Recaps
Lots of interviews took place at BlizzCon, so we are starting with some recaps today!

Trade Chat Interview with Alex Afrasiabi and Chris Robinson
Tradechat sat down with Alex Afrasiabi and Chris Robinson to discuss Battle for Azeroth.

  • Dungeon bosses will consist of threats outside the Horde and Alliance conflict.
  • Faction conflict is the foreground and the outside threats are a slow build up in this expansion.
  • Redoing Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms again was an option, however, team realized the narrative was tied to level and decided to use sharding tech to change existing zones for characters 110 and above.
  • Team wanted players to connect with the faction and who they are before the events of Battle for Azeroth so you have a connection to what unfolds.
  • Sharding allows team to take tangible and meaningful places in the world and update them with what is happening in the story.
  • Flying will unlock in a similar way to Legion and Warlords. Team wants players to get familiarity with the world before being able to fly. They learned from Legion though and will tweak it as needed.
  • No plans to have followers or missions at the moment. Team doesn't want to hold on to something for the sake of holding on to it. They want it to work with the story and new content.
  • World quests will extend to the continent not explored by your faction. (i.e Horde: Kul Tiras and Alliance: Zandalar)
  • New World PVP concept could allow (tentatively) for things like bounties in which the longer and more dangerous you become on the opposite faction's continent, the more the other faction is alerted to your presence and encouraged to take you down. (Might not happen)
  • New AI allows players who don't PVP to experience what PVP is like without fighting actual players.
  • Brawls will continue, but not sure on how much it will be expanded.
  • Soloing old content will still be fine with the scaling tech, however, one expansion back could still pose a challenge.
  • Classic servers are still super early in development and so not much is known outside of them happening.
  • Allied races are super fun and people will be pleased with them!
  • Player characters act as heroes from Wacraft 3 in Warfronts

Taliesin and Evitel Interview World of Warcraft producers Ray Cobo and Shani Edwards
Taliesin and Evitel interviewed producers Ray Cobo and Shani Edwards.

  • No plans for mobile support for Battle for Azeroth at the moment
  • Azerite is similar to artifact power for this expansion
  • No plans for paid loot boxes in WoW right now
  • Circles on the Heart of Azeroth can alternate between damage/healing and utility. Abilities are hand crafted so there isn't much RNG in what you have as options.
  • Every item in a slot that has the same name will have the same ability options. The higher the ilvl, the better the abilities.
  • No plans for getting your own boat.

FinalBoss Interviews Ion And Alex
FinalBoss sat down with Ion and Alex for an interview as well. Here are the highlights:

  • Team is looking into tweaking the frequency in which warforging/titanforging occurs.
  • Allied races will get full character kits: their own emotes, their own flirts, funnies, exertions, etc.
  • Ideally our current legendaries will taper off in their power as you level towards 120. By the time you reach max level, you will want to replace them with better, newer gear.
  • It would be nice to make flying possible and no loading screen for Silvermoon City but it is not currently slated for the BfA release.
  • Team is trying to figure out how to deal with Allied races being hero classes. They are talking about allowing Dark Iron Dwarves to be Death Knights.
  • It’s possible that there will be some form of missions moving forward. However, it won’t be a central feature like in Warlords.
  • The faction divide is key to the game. That is what makes Warcraft Warcraft. It is not expected to be broken in the future.
  • They have talked about plans for Wrathion for various other things, but currently have no plans for him in BfA.
  • As of now, Warfronts are PVE only.
  • For some classes, their artifact abilities will be incorporated into the spec as baseline or a talent. Others will be eliminated altogether.
  • There is a prevalence of immunities/defensives and the team wants to revisit these and make changes where it makes sense.
  • No plans to re-envision the Moonkin model as of now.
  • No class changes as drastic as Survival Hunters are being planned at this time.
  • The story will definitely build up to a major threat. It will be a ‘slow burn’ that escalates as the expansion progresses.
  • The profession rank system is likely staying. The amount of quest content tied to them may go down, however.
  • They want to give players options to customize their gear and keep crafting relevant.
  • Arcane Torrent and Rocket Jump are being looked at for a re-design.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Artifact Ability and next expansion
We haven't nailed down the specifics on which artifact abilities and traits will be carried forward into the next expansion, though we have heard from players that some traits feel like core parts of their rotation now. So, where possible (and feasible), we will be looking into carrying over those traits as talents or passives. Note, this doesn't mean that everything will be carried forward.

Look for more specifics on this as we head into beta which, before you ask, I don't have a date for yet either. Soon™

Heroes of the Storm - PTR Notes and Alexstraza
A new build is on the Heroes PTR! Highlights of this build include the introduction of Alexstraza and some bug fixes.

Overwatch - New PTR Build and Moira
A new build has appeared on the Overwatch PTR. Moira, the new support hero announced at Blizzcon, is available for testing!

BlizzCon 2017 - Weekend Recap
Blizzard released a short recap video of the entire BlizzCon weekend.

Dark Legacy Comics #606 - Classic
DLC #606 has been released!

by Published on 2017-11-05 05:23 PM

Blizzcon 2017 Recap
For all information regarding Blizzcon visit our Blizzcon 2017 Full Recap.

Release Date for Antorus: The Burning Throne Raid
Ashtag released a tweet stating the release date of the Antorus Raid will be on November 28th. This post was backed up by RhoWOW of Realm Maintenance who spoke to J. Allen Brack, executive producer, and confirmed the date.

Christie Golden's Before the Storm Novel Cover Art
Del Rey Books tweeted a photo for the cover art of Christie Golden's upcoming novel Before the Storm!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
BlizzCon 2017 World of Warcraft Day 2 Wrap-Up
Another epic BlizzCon has come to a close. Soon the buzz and hum around the Anaheim Convention Center will just be a fading memory, but oh, what memories have been made!

Inside the World of Warcraft

The Instance Live!–*Taking you inside World of Warcraft news and discussion, Scott Johnson of fan favorite podcast “The Instance” hosted a live panel* along with Instance regular Patrick Beja, and guests Pat Krane from Convert to Raid, and World of Warcraft’s own Art Director Chris Robinson.

The Art of World of Warcraft–*World of Warcraft artists provided an inside look* at character design, animation and world building, special effects including spells and all things that sparkle, environment design, dungeon art, and prop art within Battle for Azeroth. Each artist gave an inside look at their process for getting into the culture of the denizens within these new regions and creating the world that Azeroth’s Heroes will adventure through.

DesignCraft | Building Blocks for Level Design–*World of Warcraft designers provided a first-hand look *at the overall process for creating the environments and points of interest within Azeroth that bring the world to life.

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Q&A–*Focusing on the newly announced Battle for Azeroth expansion, player questions were gathered from BlizzCon 2017 attendees and community members from around the world to be answered live on the main stage. If you missed it, you can check out the coverage from Wowhead, or watch the VoD* on the BlizzCon site.

World of Warcraft Boss Design Workshop–*The WoW encounter team invited the community to peek behind the scenes at their roundtable, where they brainstormed and designed a new dungeon boss from scratch. What would normally take months, was condensed to just a short 60-minute window.

Taking Attendees into the Battle for Lordaeron

10,000 lucky BlizzCon attendees were randomly selected to have their character printed in 3D and join the fray as either one of the Horde or the Alliance in the Battle for Lordaeron Diorama. Attendees were able to visit the site here to see if they made it to the battleground.

Meet the World of Warcraft Arena 2017 World Champions: ABC!

12 teams from around the globe fought their way to BlizzCon 2017, but in the end, only one could claim the top prize and take home the trophy – and the cash. Congratulations go to ABC who defeated Panda Global to become the World of Warcraft Arena 2017 World Champions!

If you missed any of the matches, you can see them all on the site.

So Long and thanks for another great BlizzCon. We’ll see you in Azeroth!

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