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by Published on 2017-03-24 07:36 PM

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Patch 7.2 Preparation
Patch 7.2 is just around the corner, so we’ve put together this list of things players might want to complete before the patch goes live this Tuesday.

Table of Contents



Get Your Artifact Weapon to at Least 35 Traits
Patch 7.2 introduces reworks to the existing Artifact Weapon system:
  • Once you’ve earned 35 traits in your Artifact Weapons, you’ll be eligible for a new questline to empower your weapon.
  • Once completed, you'll be able to spend Artifact Power on new Empowered traits, new ranks for existing traits, and a new Infinite trait, which features 50 ranks.
  • Players who have put Artifact Power into their weapons beyond 35 traits will have all of this AP refunded and be able to allocate it to new traits.
  • Previously earned Artifact Power items will not be usable on the empowered Artifact Weapon, so don't stockpile your AP tokens.



Cap Your Artifact Knowledge



Complete Order Hall Class Campaign
  • To continue with your order hall campaign in 7.2, you must have completed all currently available order hall quests.
  • In 7.2, players can earn a new champion, class-specific achievements, and the achievement Champions of Legionfall
  • Completion of the order hall class campaign awards your class-specific flying mount. You can check them out here.



Collect 25,000 Order Resources for New Order Hall Research
  • If you haven’t already been stockpiling Order Resources, you’ll want to start farming in order to purchase the two new order hall upgrades.
  • The first upgrade (tier 7) costs 10,000 x Order Resources and takes one day to research.
  • The second (tier 8) costs 15,000 x Order Resources and research completion will take 5 days.
  • You’ll also need Order Resources for purchasing new artifact knowledge ranks (which now caps at 50).



Earn the Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One Achievement
  • Complete the first Broken Isles Pathfinder achievement so you can work towards Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two once the patch is live.

As a recap, here’s what you’ll need to do to earn that first achievement:



Max Reputations to Exalted for the Paragon System
  • You're now able to keep earning reputation with a faction even after reaching Exalted.
  • For each 10,000 reputation earned past Exalted, you will earn a supply reward similar to those awarded by Emissary Quests.
  • These supply rewards have a chance to drop new, faction-exclusive mounts and toys.
  • After earning 10 of these rewards, you’ll earn the achievement Paragon of the Broken Isles.
  • You won’t be able to gain reputation from insignias earned from world quests, so there’s no point in holding onto those.

Here are the reward items you’ll have a chance to receive:



Level Class Hall Champions
  • Level all Class Hall Champions to 110 and cap their item level.
  • All Champions will now be able to reach Legendary quality, which unlocks a third equipment slot.
  • Once Legendary, Champions will not be able to earn any more experience.
  • You’ll be able to have one more active Champion, so make sure you have six Champions ready for missions.
  • Don’t forget that you can take Combat Ally Champions with you on world quests.



Gather Materials for New Crafted BoE Legendary Items



Sell Excess Gathered Materials Before Flying is Unlocked



Level Battle Pets
  • Patch 7.2 introduces the first Pet Battle Dungeon, Wailing Critters.
  • You’ll need to be level 110 and have one level 25 pet for the one-time scenario, but it's ideal to have three level 25 pets.
  • You’ll need 15 max level pets for the Pet Battle Challenge: Wailing Caverns weekly scenario.



Collect Transmog Items
  • Patch 7.2 adds a new “Sets” tab to the Appearances interface, so you can browse all item sets available to your character and see which items you are missing.
  • The interface will tell you where to get the items, so you can complete missing sets.
  • New achievements, such as Mogg-Saron and Sha of Fabulous, have been added for collecting PVE and PVP item sets.
  • Earning 10 of these achievements will earn you the character title, “Stylist,” awarded by Azeroth’s Next Top Model.


On Sale Now! World of Warcraft: Legion and Select Character Services
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Resummon your friends and guildmates and prepare to face the Burning Legion upon the Broken Shore once more! It’s the perfect time upgrade to World of Warcraft: Legion and save 25% on select character services during our sale March 23–April 4, 2017.

World of Warcraft: Legion
Save $10 on World of Warcraft:Legion Standard or Digital Deluxe Edition.*

Character Services
Save 25% on the following character services:

Guild Services
  • Guild Name Change
  • Guild Transfer
  • Guild Faction Change

To get started, visit the Battle.net Shop. You can also log in to your Battle.net account and visit the Shop to upgrade your account to World of Warcraft: Legion or purchase a character service.

*Offer applies to digital version purchased through Blizzard. Some stores are also offering similar promotions—check with your favorite local retailer.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 7.2 Key Points
Just to confirm a couple of points:

  • Release day in EU is indeed 29th March (hype!)
  • The Tomb of Sargeras raid will open at a later date.
  • Ahead of the Curve & Cutting Edge achievements for Helya and Gul'dan will be obtainable up until the Tomb of Sargeras raid opens.
  • The story trailer is cool, check it out!

(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Estimated US Rating Cutoffs for Legion Season 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Over the last few PvP seasons, we’ve seen an increased request from the community for Blizzard to publish projected estimates of how much PvP rating a character will need in order to be awarded a title. We’ve been discussing the idea, and would like to give it a try.

IMPORTANT: What follows is purely an estimation based on current ladder rankings and participation. The final cutoffs will only be determined once Legion Season 2 has actually concluded, and have the potential to be significantly different than what is listed below due to a wide variety of factors. Meeting or exceeding one of these cutoffs does not in any way guarantee that you will receive that tier of rewards once the season has ended.

Estimated 3v3 Arena Cutoffs:
  • Fearless Gladiator (Horde): 2820
  • Fearless Gladiator (Alliance): 2780
  • Gladiator (Horde): 2570
  • Gladiator (Alliance): 2580
  • Duelist (Horde): 2170
  • Duelist (Alliance): 2170
  • Rival (Horde): 1920
  • Rival (Alliance): 1900
  • Challenger (Horde): 1640
  • Challenger (Alliance): 1630

Estimated Rated Battleground Cutoffs:
  • Hero of the Horde: 2500
  • Hero of the Alliance: 2530
  • Guardian of the Horde: 2190
  • Guardian of the Alliance: 2120
  • Defender of the Horde: 1910
  • Defender of the Alliance: 1870
  • Soldier of the Horde: 1670
  • Soldier of the Alliance: 1670

Remember, these are only a projection of what the final cutoffs could be based on current ladder standings.

These are not a guarantee of what will be finalized once the season has finished.

Estimated EU Rating Cutoffs for Legion Season 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Over the last few PvP seasons, we’ve seen an increased request from the community for Blizzard to publish projected estimates of how much PvP rating a character will need in order to be awarded a title. We’ve been discussing the idea, and would like to give it a try.

IMPORTANT: What follows is purely an estimation based on current ladder rankings and participation. The final cutoffs will only be determined once Legion Season 2 has actually concluded, and have the potential to be significantly different than what is listed below due to a wide variety of factors. Meeting or exceeding one of these cutoffs does not in any way guarantee that you will receive that tier of rewards once the season has ended.

Estimated 3v3 Arena Cutoffs:
  • Fearless Gladiator (Horde): 2860
  • Fearless Gladiator (Alliance): 2980
  • Gladiator (Horde): 2610
  • Gladiator (Alliance): 2740
  • Duelist (Horde): 2140
  • Duelist (Alliance): 2270
  • Rival (Horde): 1880
  • Rival (Alliance): 1970
  • Challenger (Horde): 1610
  • Challenger (Alliance): 1650

Estimated Rated Battleground Cutoffs:
  • Hero of the Horde: 2530
  • Hero of the Alliance: 2630
  • Guardian of the Horde: 2150
  • Guardian of the Alliance: 2280
  • Defender of the Horde: 1880
  • Defender of the Alliance: 1990
  • Soldier of the Horde: 1680
  • Soldier of the Alliance: 1710

Remember, these are only a projection of what the final cutoffs could be based on current ladder standings.

These are not a guarantee of what will be finalized once the season has finished.

Patch 7.2 - Key Art
The key art for Patch 7.2 has been released.

by Published on 2017-03-23 07:00 PM

Developer Q&A - Ryan Shwayder: Patch 7.2 Content

Patch 7.2 – The Tomb of Sargeras Trailer
Patch 7.2 will be here March 28! The PvP Season ends with the patch release. US and EU cutoffs have been posted.

by Published on 2017-03-23 05:51 PM

Price Changes for certain WoW EU Services on April 5

Developer Q&A - Ryan Shwayder: Patch 7.2 Content
Senior Game Designer Ryan Shwayder will be answering your Patch 7.2 content related questions.



Lessons Learned
  • The land mass of Timeless Isle was conducive to interesting boss fights.
  • The Broken Shore land mass is larger, so the rare elites will be up a little longer.

Broken Shore
  • A lot of the characters in Legion are characters we have encountered before.
  • There is plenty of content to do, it is presented in a way that is different than Suramar, a more organic and open world experience.

Legion Assaults
  • There are four zones under attack from the Legion.
  • Doing four world quests to defend against an assault is just the first part of the Legion invasion quests. There is a bigger Thundertotem defense part and a three person scenario.
  • You can do the world quests while you are still leveling as bonuses, but not the entire quest line.

Artifact Appearances
  • You can start working towards the new Artifact appearances when the patch releases.
  • You will need to unlock all of the original traits on your Artifact before you begin.
  • The entire region will contribute towards creating buildings, you will want the Mage Tower for the Artifact appearances.

Class Mounts
  • You will need to be exalted with the new faction and finish the new campaign before you can unlock the new class mounts.
  • There is a weekly campaign quest for eleven weeks. There is a day delay for each week when it comes to catching up, so you will be able to catch up quickly.

Class Mounts
  • Every class has a specific fantasy, so there is some variation in the mounts and associated rewards.
  • Every class won't get a matching pet for their mount.
  • The team is trying to make everyone happy with the class mounts, but there won't be exact parity in the rewards for every class.

Class Fantasy and Defeating the Legion
  • All of the Class Orders have come together to defeat the Legion at this point.
  • The hub area on the Broken Shore has some class specific flavor with different NPCs in the area depending on your class.
  • A few weeks in to the campaign you will be able to go and recruit a new follower.
  • You can unlock class specific world quests, but they won't be up every day. These quests have a class specific fantasy.

Flying
  • It will probably take at least a few weeks to unlock flying.
  • You will need to wait for Week 2 for Assaults to start.
  • You will need to hit Revered with the new faction as well.
  • It probably won't take as long as it did to get flying in Warlords.

Solo Artifact Challenges and Appearances
  • Maybe a few people will be able to defeat it at Patch 7.2 launch, but not many.
  • Eventually it will get easier as you get more gear and new Artifact traits.
  • It will not be trivialized during Patch 7.2.
  • People internally have been comparing it to the Warlock Green Fire final encounter. It was very tough when it first released.
  • The new appearances are unlocked per spec.
  • There are seven different challenges, with each spec being assigned to one of them.
  • Once you have unlocked the new appearance you have demonstrated mastery of that spec.
  • After that you have to demonstrate being great in the context of PvP or raiding, unlocking the other color variations of that appearance.
  • The base appearance unlock is similar to the way the Balance of Power appearance works, which is intended to take the place of the legendary item quest lines from Mists of Pandaria and Warlords.
  • It is more than a DPS check, there are mechanics you need to respond to and skill you need to demonstrate. You won't be able to brute force this.
  • It isn't too expensive to attempt the encounter again while the Mage Tower is up.

Legionfall War Supplies
  • The War Supplies can only be used for buildings. The team didn't want you to choose between working on the buildings or getting a new Pepe.
  • You get a cache each time you contribute towards building one of the buildings.
  • There is no cap on contributing towards the buildings.

Broken Shore in Future Expansions
  • The team has talked about keeping this area functional in the future.
  • The team can tune the buildings to be easier to build later when everyone has moved on.
  • The players that want to go back and do this content should be able to.
  • The team can just stop the Legion from counterattacking the buildings and destroying them in the future if needed.
  • Each time you rebuild the buildings you get a different buff.

Broken Shore Buildings
  • When a building goes up, it will be destroyed in three days. There is a 24 hour cooldown before you can start building it again.
  • Sometimes there will be overlap between buildings being up, sometimes all three will be up at once.
  • Most people should be able to experience the content while the buildings are up.
  • The team is trying to keep content for every playstyle available at all times.
  • You will have something to do even if a building isn't up.

Artifact Traits
  • Your first new trait is damage and Stamina, you won't get weaker when you unlock the new traits.

Velen
  • Velen suffered an absolute tragedy and is at the Tomb of Sargeras to progress the story.
  • Velen is here to take the fight to Kil'jaeden, finally getting the opportunity for vengeance.
  • The Exodar has been crashed for a while, so he isn't going home anytime soon.

Jaina
  • Jaina left the Council because she refuses to work with the Horde.
  • The Horde is still the bad guy to her, so the Horde and Alliance coming together to fight the Legion.
  • Her story isn't continuing in Patch 7.2.

Order Hall Research
  • When you unlock your final follower, you unlock the ability to do some more Order Hall research.
  • The final one only doubles AP from World Quests that give you AP. It won't make all World Quests give you AP.

Pet Battle Dungeon
  • If players like the new pet battle dungeon the team can make more, if not they will look elsewhere.

Follower Item Level
  • The item level cap on followers will be brought forward to 900 to keep them relevant and progress the system.

Alt Improvements
  • The Legion Invasion world quests are some extra experience.
  • Artifact Knowledge is being increased, so you can help your alts catch up.
  • The team has been making efforts to make things a little bit more alt friendly as the expansion goes on.
  • You shouldn't feel like you have to keep endlessly grinding Artifact Power for that final trait. Your time may be better spent playing your alt rather than plowing AP into this soft cap.
  • Upgraded heirlooms are coming later in the expansion.

Karazhan
  • Nightbane is not in Mythic+, so you can't get his loot.

New Relic Traits
  • You won't be able to get new relics before Tomb opens.
  • Future raids will no longer drop the non-throughout relics, so alternative means to acquire them will be added.
by Published on 2017-03-23 05:20 PM

Price Changes for certain WoW EU Services on April 5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We carefully review the prices of our games and services in all currencies on a regular basis, and we occasionally need to make changes based on regional market conditions. Considering this, we’d like to let you know that we’ll soon be adjusting the European prices of some of the optional services available for World of Warcraft.

The new pricing, detailed in the list below, will start on April 5. Subscription prices will not be affected.
Item

Current Price - Euro

Price from Apr 5 - Euro

Price from Apr 5 - GBP

Name Change

€8

€10

£9

Helms

€12

€15

£13

WoW Token

No change

No change

£17

Character Transfer

€20

€25

£19

Race Change

€20

€25

£19

Mounts

€20

€25

£19

Premium Mounts

€25

€30

£27

Pet & Mount Bundle

€26

€30

£27

Faction Change

€25

€30

£27

Guild Transfer

€30

€35

£30

Guild Faction Change

€35

€40

£35

Character Transfer & Faction Change

€45

€55

£46

Character Boost

€50

€60

£49

Guild Transfer & Faction Change

€55

€65

£55

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

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!


Paladin Class Mount Jaina Paladin Class Mount Purple Paladin Class Mount Horde Paladin Class Mount Alliance


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.


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