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by Published on 2015-10-31 06:30 AM

Blizzcon Charity Auction, Solo Farming vs Public Groups

Deck Spotlight: TwoBiers' Dreadscale Hunter, The Angry Chicken #115, Hearthstone World Championships - Day 3

Heroes PTR Offline, Artanis' Changes, Matchmaker Issues, Into The Nexus #74

New Hero D.Va - A Starcraft II Player, Beta Patch Notes - October 30th

Warcraft Movie Stills
Empire Magazine had an article about the Warcraft movie in the latest issue, along with three images from the movie.







Illidan Novel Cover Art Sneak Peek & BlizzCon Signing
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As previously announced, Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC are partnering to bring you some great new novels, including World of Warcraft: Illidan written by William King (coming in March 2016).

Today, we’re pleased to share with you a first look at the cover art.


If you’re heading to BlizzCon, William King will be signing cover art posters at the following times and locations. Please make sure to stop by, say hello, and welcome him to the Blizzard family!

Random House Booth

Friday, November 6
  • 12:00-1:00PM
  • 3:30-4:30PM

Saturday, November 7
  • 10:00-11:00AM
  • 5:00-6:00PM

Blizzard Signing Area

Friday, November 6
  • 5:00-6:00PM

Saturday, November 7
  • 2:00- 3:00 PM

To preorder your copy of Illidan, head over to http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/535580/

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
CM Communication
It's more that a lot of the well thought out stuff aren't quick and easy posts to make in response to, and they may not be allowed to even say anything.

If somebody makes a post about concerns for the future of PvP in Legion for example, somebody like Neth is almost assuredly under a NDA and can't actually say anything without approval from somebody else at Blizzard.

As to other things, a lot of the times comments would boil down to "Yeah I read it, and told the developers about it" to which people would probably still be upset that they didn't go more into it. Keep in mind Neth is a CM and can only really pass information onto the dev team, which I imagine she already is just without telling us about it. Blizzard has never really been in the habit of making posts just to indicate that they read a thread.

As for the comment in the OP, notice how no real information has been given about the game itself. It was a pretty "safe" comment to make, relatively speaking.

We've actually said things like this many times before.

We often leave the "well thought out" posts alone not because we aren't aware of them but they often end up in our internal reports and we don't want the thread to get derailed just because one of us shows up.

Posting or not posting isn't a hard science. We have to make calls on things all of the time. The larger 'well thought out' posts aren't going to get short quick answers either. We could do that but then we get "you don't understand" or people assume our involvement means we either agree or are going to make something happen "soon" based on their post. Design is both a fast and slow process. We do what we can to keep on top of the thoughts and ideas of the community and our development teams do too. They read and are aware of far more than you realize. But again, sometimes people take our responding to something as a promise to take action based on what they said. We'd rather wait to respond when there is a response worth sharing.

Again, it's not a cut and dry thing as much as people think it is. People are complex. They want different things. They interpret words and tone in text differently based on their personal state of mind, wants or desires.

I think many times people just want to feel acknowledged, especially when they put a lot of thought into something many stand behind. But it's a big community and I'm sure challenging, to say the least.

Some people are OK with just having their thoughts acknowledged. Others aren't unless the "I read this" is followed up by "and we did/are doing something". Some people would rather us say nothing than post as I am now unless there is a hard answer to something. Others like just knowing we're here.

I would much rather be visible (when I can be) in little ways than be invisible for long streaks of time– though I often need to be since my job is much larger than posting here. I do miss getting to speak with you all more often, but I'm doing a lot of behind the scenes work that (hopefully) results in you getting information too as well as relaying information to the developers. There's a lot of planning, excel sheets, project tracking, meetings, writing, etc. that happens on a daily basis.

You know what might go a long way to ease the tensions and nerves of the posters with good threads (or any threads, really)? A check box on the Blue Poster's version of the forum where they can indicate the thread was read by them without typing out a reply. Anybody who jumps onto the thread would see the flag at the top of the original post (Oh, a blue saw this!) and know that they weren't ignored or forgotten. You could even set it to auto-populate the flag when you click the link if you were so inclined.

Granted, I'm sure you read most, if not all posts over time, but this would be attract a more psychological response from others rather than them being left to assume and/or think the worst.

The only problem with the "this has been read by a blue" flags would be that people would say, "This was read by a blue but they didn't say anything! No response! When do we get a response?" etc.

Sometimes we "blue" things by responding so people know we were there, but again, that has it's own issues. There's no "perfect" system, but we will keep doing what we can. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
? about 6.2.3. Baleful: created between 655 - 695, increments of 5. No more upgrade token, or what will it do?
It will work the same way it does currently, and set the item's level to 695. (WarcraftDevs)

The Wrath Timewalking Plate Item Gauntlets of the Kraken is suppose to have 286 Stam,it says 274 Stam for level 100 ilvl 675 stat budget. Please check into this to verify this is indeed a number error. #TY
This will be fixed in 6.2.3, thanks for the bug report! (WarcraftDevs)

This Month in WoW - November 2015
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s a big month! A little gathering called BlizzCon will pack November to the brim with World of Warcraft revelations, announcements, videos to watch, new goodies to acquire, and the pinnacle of WoW esports. You’re not going to want to miss November!

In-Game Events

Day of the Dead [November 1-3]
Can you feel it? The spirit world draws close during the Day of the Dead. This is why we decorate the graves of our dearly departed with flowers and candles and offerings: to welcome them back, even if only for a time.

Purchase some Orange Marigolds from Chapman and use them to see the otherwise invisible spirits waiting in graveyards. Bake (or buy) some Bread of the Dead and give it to a Cheerful Spirit to kick off the Grateful Dead quest and unlock a new pet, the Macabre Marrionette – which you can only get during this event.

Darkmoon Faire Returns [November 1-7]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on November 1, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.

The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Get in that cannon!

WoW’s 11th Anniversary [November 23]
The World of Warcraft Anniversary celebrates Azeroth's heroes dedication to protecting and preserving their world. Whether you are an honorable Tauren, a brawny Orc, a crafty Gnome, or a resourceful Human, we appreciate your continued support! We hope to see you around for many years to come!

Pilgrim’s Bounty [November 23-30]
Even during hard times, the Pilgrim’s Bounty celebration emerges across the lands of Azeroth, bringing with it the opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the nourishment the land has provided. This season is the perfect occasion to brush up on your cooking skills while sharing in a veritable cornucopia of delicious offerings found on the communal dining tables located outside capital cities. There’s also no better time to go on a wild turkey hunt, or, should wild turkeys prove too elusive, transform friend and foe into tasty turkey targets.

It's a time for reflecting on your journeys and good fortune and sharing plentiful food and stories with friends. You can partake in wonderful Pilgrim's Bounty feasts near major towns by sitting at a Bountiful Table and enjoying the food!

World of Warcraft Esports

Road to BlizzCon: WoW Arena World Championship
The time has come. This is it. BlizzCon is where you’ll get to watch the Global Finals of the World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena World Championship. One team will stand victorious and take home the lion’s share of a $250,000 prize pool and the title of BlizzCon 2015 Arena champions.

The Opening Week action begins at 1:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 30, and continues at that same time on Saturday, October 31. The final rounds at BlizzCon get underway as Noon PST on Friday, November 6, and continue at 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, November 7. Be sure to tune in to our free live stream on the official BlizzCon website.

Bonus Events
  • November 4-9: Draenor Dungeon Bonus Event
  • November 11-16: Pet Battle Bonus Event
  • November 18-23: Burning Crusade Bonus Event
  • November 25-30: Apexis Bonus Event

Last Month In WoW
Among the many interesting happenings in October, we couldn’t help but take special notice of the annual Running of the Gnomes. Event organizer Dravvie tells us that over 2400 people gathered on the Scarlet Crusade (NA) realm, created new Gnome characters, and then ran from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay. From there, they all went on to Orgrimmar. Check out these pictures of the event:



Along the way, over $3,400 was raised for the Cleveland Clinic’s Cancer Program. That’s impressive! Our thanks go out to everyone who sent in a heads up about it.

What’s happening in November that you’d like us to highlight? Let us know in the comments below.
by Published on 2015-10-30 08:24 AM

Blizzcon Charity Auction, Solo Farming vs Public Groups

Deck Spotlight: TwoBiers' Dreadscale Hunter, The Angry Chicken #115, Hearthstone World Championships - Day 3

Heroes PTR Offline, Artanis' Changes, Matchmaker Issues, Into The Nexus #74

Possible Content Teaser, Overwatch Strings Datamining - New Hero, Progression, Hero Customization, Achievements

Armory Stats - Draenor World Bosses
Today we are taking a look at the Draenor world boss achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 1.9 million players active since September 1st.

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Name Percentage Points
The Legion Will NOT Conquer All Defeat Supreme Lord Kazzak in Tanaan Jungle.
57.48% 10
So Grossly Incandescent Defeat Rukhmar in Spires of Arak.
38.09% 10
Goliaths of Gorgrond Defeat Tarlna the Ageless and Drov the Ruiner in Gorgrond.
28.33% 10


BlizzCon Charity Auction for Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This BlizzCon®, add some epic artwork to your personal stash—and support a great cause in the process! Beginning Wednesday, November 4 through Friday, November 13, we’ll be hosting a special online BlizzCon Charity Auction via eBay, featuring original Blizzard art, unique memorabilia, and other cool collectibles from our games. You’ll have a chance to score some awesome new loot for your collection, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s).

For more information and to get a preview of the items you’ll be able to bid on, visit our new BlizzCon 2015 Charity Auction page—then make sure to come back when the Auction House opens on November 4.


In order to participate in this year’s auction, you’ll need to set up an eBay account—head to www.ebay.com now to get a head start. If you already have an account, you may want to update your contact and payment information before the auction gets underway.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
is there no longer a vendor to buy conquest gear with honor after achieving the "wild conquest" achievement?
Correct, those vendors no longer exist. (WarcraftDevs)

Will Champion's Honor work in Season 3 or is there a new version coming? I'd like to know if I should use it or save it.
As stated in the item's tooltip, Champion's Honor is only usable in Warlords Season 2. (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
In an mmo, what do you find more enjoyable? Spontaneous short small group activities or scheduled longer large group ones?
I enjoy them both. If I had to choose, the scheduled events mean I don't have to hang around waiting for something to happen. (OccupyGStreet)



Overwatch - Achievements, Progression, Customization, Unlocks and More!
Overpwn has lots of strings from the client, giving us hints of what may be coming in future updates!



Blizzcon - Con Before the Storm Party
If you are looking for something to do before the Curse Party on Friday, be sure to check out the Con Before the Storm party on Thursday! There will be fan art, a photo booth, games, panels, meet and greets, and more!

by Published on 2015-10-29 08:05 AM

Crusader & Demon Hunter Cosplay, Animated Imperius

Hearthstone World Championships Day 1 - Watch and Captain Blackheart's Spiders, Card Design Competition Finalist Voting, HSWC Day 2te!

Heroes World Championship - Group Stage, Bruiser Sonya Guide, Hottest Plays #52

The Music of Overwatch - Datamined Full Music Files, Beta Invites, Console Auth, Blue Posts

Legion Website - Pre-Purchase Testing
The Legion website was updated to add a Pre-Purchase button today, linking to a Battle.Net Shop page for Legion Digital Deluxe. The shop page gave an error rather than product information and the Pre-Purchase button was removed about an hour later, so it looks like it was only testing.

Digital deluxe details haven't been announced yet, but we can look at Warlords Digital Deluxe as an example. We know Collector's Edition will get the Illidari Felstalker mount and the similar looking pet: Nibbles.



Battleground Bonus Event: October 28 – November 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Battlegrounds Bonus Event is now underway. Through the end of the day on Monday, November 2, you’ll have a constant +200% boost to your honor gains from Battleground objectives and wins.

Don't forget to pick up the event-only quest “A Call to Battle”, which rewards 500 Conquest Points above your maximum when you win four Battlegrounds.

Which Battleground are you looking forward to the most during this event?

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Upcoming Patches
No. We aren't skipping ahead. We'd like to make sure we have time to test and make sure any improvements we make (especially on the engineering end) work well. This is a very complex game with complex systems no matter how simple they may seem.

I'm not sure anyone should be 'suffering' through anything. If you're not enjoying yourself with something, perhaps others can direct you toward something in game you can enjoy. I can understand wanting to get to the next new thing. It's always exciting to get to experience something completely new, but new takes time. 6.2.3 will have some nice additions and changes (as we've already announced) so hopefully you'll get something out of it when it releases. Feel free to test things out on the PTR too.

Why can't we get a blue post on relevant things? I would love to hear some real reasons for why WoD patches were trash and not the time old excuse that "it just didn't work out" And there is nothing new here...Just reworked systems and bosses from other expansions
You're not really asking a question. You want us to agree "x was trash." We're just not going to do that. We do however try to make sure we're taking feedback and game experiences (on many fronts) to note so that we can continue to find ways to improve on the game.

We're not always going to agree on what that means, but we'll keep trying to find ways to give people fun experiences within the game.

We've seen a lot of these, "just admit" posts. They're not questions. They're statements of opinion that we take note of, just like we take note of those that say, "we are enjoying x." We do our best to keep learning and growing whether you believe it's the 'right path' or not is just a matter of preference. That doesn't stop our bid to do better where we can as a goal for the overall health of the game. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
"What games have you played for a long time that didn't recycle or reuse levels, dungeons, etc.?" My favorite kind of way to reuse a level is when you cannot complete the level because you’re missing an upgrade that you will acquire later, like Super Metroid did so well.‎
That works for Metroid almost out of tradition, but it can be really annoying if done poorly. "Come back here in 30 hours when you have the ladder to reach this shortish ledge!"

By the way, the most common answers I got for that question (which I originally posed on twitter at ‎@occupygstreet):
-- Lots of difficulty levels so you keep running the same content over and over... kind of.
-- Procedurally generated content (e.g. random maps or monsters).
-- Player generated content through a robust tool system.

Are the skills required for cooperation in LoL, or maybe those in WoW, useful in the 'real world'? That is, winning in arenas in WoW might still require knowing good players who will group with you, but once a match has started, cooperation is just mechanical, not social. In LoL, random matching
The skills that are most applicable are making quick judgment calls with limited time and information, getting people (total strangers even) to see your point of view and rally around a strategy, keeping morale up in the face of tough news, and communicating succinctly.
I have interviewed and hired people because their experience leading e.g. a large raiding guild spoke of their leadership potential.



Watch the WoW Arena World Championship During BlizzCon Opening Week
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This weekend, the final battles of the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship get underway at BlizzCon Opening Week. We've gathered eight of the best teams from around the world who will fight for their share of a $250,000 prize pool and the title of BlizzCon 2015 Arena champions.

The Opening Week action begins at 1:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 30, and continues at that same time on Saturday, October 31. Be sure to tune in to our free live stream on the official BlizzCon website.

Of the eight teams competing at Opening Week, only six will advance to play at BlizzCon 2015 the following week. Let's take a closer look at each of our competitors:

SK Gaming – Europe
SK Gaming (formerly known as Solari Gaming Blue) took first place at the European Road to BlizzCon event in an epic 5-game series against Skill Capped EU. Their presence at BlizzCon 2015 should come as no surprise, as all of these players have repeatedly proven themselves to be among the best of the best in the World of Warcraft Arena.

Skill Capped EU – Europe
Although they were defeated by SK Gaming in the Grand Finals at the European Road to BlizzCon, Skill Capped EU (formerly known as Solari Gaming Red) had a tremendous run throughout the tournament. Now, with Opening Week on the horizon, this team is looking to come back swinging and take the championship title at BlizzCon 2015.

Solari Gaming – Europe
Solari Gaming is quite possibly the team with the most to prove in this year's WoW Arena World Championship. At the European Road to BlizzCon (under the name Solari Gaming Yellow) they faced off against Three Languages One Team for the third and final spot at BlizzCon . . . and lost. However, they caught a lucky break after Three Languages One Team was unable to travel to BlizzCon. How will Solari Gaming Yellow make use of their second chance at glory?

Cloud9 – North America
This team qualified for BlizzCon 2015 under the name Juveniles—and with less major tournament experience than several of the other teams, and only three members on their roster, many considered them to be the underdogs. However, after taking first place at the Americas Regionals, that all changed, as Cloud9 proved themselves as one of the strongest RMDs (Rogue/Mage/Druid combo) in the world.

Tempo Storm – North America
It should be no surprise to see these guys at BlizzCon. Elite, Pikaboo, and Jahmilli have repeatedly shown to be one of the strongest teams in online tournaments over the past couple of years, and with Starship filling out their roster, they were nearly unstoppable at the Americas Regionals. Now Tempo Storm is out to prove that they have what it takes to be the BlizzCon 2015 champions.

FollowEsports.com – North America
FollowEsports.com's path to BlizzCon 2015 was rocky at best. They were the last of the six North American teams to qualify for the Americas Regionals, where they came in third place, narrowly beating out Luminosity. However, they've proven time and again that they can’t be kept down. Will this be their time to shine?

Do It For Fun – Korea
Yeonyeon and Coding competed as members of team Push Push at BlizzCon 2014 and fought their way past some incredibly strong competitors to advance to the semifinals. Now, with Jyottu and Mudyane joining them, Do It For Fun is here for another shot at that first place prize and the title of BlizzCon champions.

Original Gangstarr – China
Original Gangstarr is composed of an all-star lineup from China. XaioJie, Han BaiChuan, and Darkarchonyo have all qualified for BlizzCon before, and YiYang won the Chinese championship in 2014. Although they may not be as well-known as some of the other teams, these players should absolutely not be underestimated.

Prize Pool
This year's Arena World Championship features an epic $250,000 prize pool, which will distributed to each team based on their standings as follows:
  • 1st place team: $120,000
  • 2nd place team: $50,000
  • 3rd–4th: $20,000
  • 5th–6th: $12,000
  • 7th–8th: $8,000

Commentators & Analysts
We'll be joined once again by our seasoned lineup of shoutcasters and analysts:
  • Sid 'Supatease' Compston
  • Elliott 'Venruki' Venczel
  • Jared 'vhell' Coulston
  • Josh 'Lore' Allen
  • Jackson 'Bajheera' Bliton

Additional Information
Remember, the battle begins at 1:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 30, and you can tune in live at BlizzCon.com. For more information, check out the links below:


We'll see you there!

Overwatch - More Beta Invites
More beta invites went out today. Good luck to everyone!



Overwatch - Music and More
Overpwn has some of the Overwatch music and more information from the developers.

by Published on 2015-10-28 07:43 AM

Nephalem Group Cosplay, Greater Rift 87 Clear

Deck Spotlight: Sneed's Control Warrior, BlizzCon Hearthstone Groups, Overwatch Beta

Halloween Event and Bundles, 27th October Patch, Artanis Trailer, Epic Plays #51

Welcome to the Overwatch Beta - Livestream, Tutorial, A Word From Blizzard

Patch 6.2.3 PTR - Build 20655
There was a small PTR build tonight with no major changes.

  • Monks got some tooltip updates.
  • Cataclysm Timewalking was added to the calendar.
  • Depending on the patch release date, our first live Cataclysm Timewalking event will be November 18 or January 27.
  • The calendar description is currently incorrect, but the required level will be 86 or higher.
  • The Infinite Timereaver mount got a description in the mount journal - Fickle and savage, these drakes slip in and out of time until they find a worthy rider.
  • Crafted items can now be upgraded with Valor

New Icons



Cataclysm Timewalking



New Items

Level Type Name
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Pit
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Pit
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Heart of Shattrath
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Heart of Shattrath


Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Blackout Kick (Brewmaster) Kick with a blast of Chi energy, dealing [ 521.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 521.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 [ 573.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 573.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ;] Physical damage, and increasing your parry chance by 10% for 6 sec.
  • Blackout Kick (Mistweaver) Kick with a blast of Chi energy, dealing [ 781.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 781.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 [ 859.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 859.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ;] Physical damage, and increasing your critical strike chance by 20% for 20 sec Also deals [ 781.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 781.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 [ 859.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 859.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ;] damage to up to 50 additional nearby targets.
  • Blackout Kick (Windwalker) Kick with a blast of Chi energy, dealing [ 521.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 521.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 ] Physical damage. [ 573.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 573.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ] Physical damage.
  • Tiger Palm (Brewmaster, Windwalker) Attack with the palm of your hand, dealing [ 293.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 146.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 97.7% of AP - 3 ] to [ 293.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 146.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 97.7% of AP + 3 [ 351.8% of Mainhand Min DPS + 175.9% of Offhand Min DPS + 117.3% of AP - 4 ] to [ 351.8% of Mainhand Max DPS + 175.9% of Offhand Max DPS + 117.3% of AP + 4 ;] damage, and causing your attacks to ignore 30% of armor for 20 sec.
  • Tiger Palm (Mistweaver) Attack with the palm of your hand, dealing [ 439.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 97.7% of AP - 3 ] to [ 439.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 97.7% of AP + 3 [ 527.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 117.3% of AP - 4 ] to [ 527.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 117.3% of AP + 4 ;] damage, and causing your attacks to ignore 30% of armor for 20 sec.

Windwalker
  • Fists of Fury (Brewmaster, Windwalker) Pummel all targets in front of you, stunning them and dealing [ 1,578.6% of Mainhand Min DPS + 789.3% of Offhand Min DPS + 1,052.4% of AP + 1,578.6% of Mainhand Max DPS + 789.3% [ 1,894.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 947.1% of Offhand Min DPS + 1,262.9% of AP + 1,894.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 947.1% of Offhand Max DPS ] damage over 4 sec.
  • Fists of Fury (Mistweaver) Pummel all targets in front of you, stunning them and dealing [ 2,368% of Mainhand Min DPS + 1,052.4% of AP + 2,368% [ 2,841.4% of Mainhand Min DPS + 1,262.9% of AP + 2,841.4% of Mainhand Max DPS ] damage over 4 sec.

Windwalker & Mistweaver
  • Rising Sun Kick (Brewmaster) You kick upwards, dealing [ 857.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 285.7% of AP - 10 ] to [ 857.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 285.7% of AP + 10 [ 942.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Min DPS + 314.3% of AP - 11 ] to [ 942.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Max DPS + 314.3% of AP + 11 ;] damage and causing all enemies within 8 yards to take 20% increased damage from your abilities for 15 sec.
  • Rising Sun Kick (Mistweaver) You kick upwards, dealing [ 1,285.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 285.7% of AP - 10 ] to [ 1,285.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 285.7% of AP + 10 [ 1,414.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 314.3% of AP - 11 ] to [ 1,414.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 314.3% of AP + 11 ;] damage and causing all enemies within 8 yards to take 20% increased damage from your abilities for 15 sec.
  • Rising Sun Kick (Windwalker) You kick upwards, dealing [ 857.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 285.7% of AP - 10 ] to [ 857.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 285.7% of AP + 10 [ 942.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Min DPS + 314.3% of AP - 11 ] to [ 942.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Max DPS + 314.3% of AP + 11 ;] damage, reducing the effectiveness of healing on the target for 10 sec, and causing all enemies within 8 yards to take 20% increased damage from your abilities for 15 sec.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
On Inactivity and Freeing Names
In general names are taken in WoW on a "first come, first served" basis. We do realise that having the name of your dreams taken by an inactive character can be a pretty disheartening experience, particularly in cases where you may be moving from one realm to another.

World of Warcraft has a lot of different types of players, some choose to just focus on a handful of characters and work to getting them to max level and beyond, while others play a large number of characters across multiple realms but may get hardly any to max level. We have to strike a fine balance in this regard as no playstyle is any less "valid." No matter which period of inactivity we choose to go for, it will always be too long for someone, and too short for someone else. Ultimately we landed on our current policy which you can see at:

https://eu.battle.net/support/en/art...ased-for-reuse

Having said that, there has been a lot of great feedback in this thread which I will be forwarding on. Thanks for taking the time to constructively share your thoughts about this matter! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Overwatch Beta - Tutorial
Overwatch comes with a tutorial to teach people more about the game.



Overwatch Beta - Developer Update
The Overwatch team put out a short video to give players more information about what to expect from beta.



Overwatch Beta FAQ
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Q. How can I opt-in to the Overwatch Closed Beta?
A. To opt into the beta, visit your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the "Overwatch" box under "Beta Tests I'm Interested In," and then click "Update Preferences." Alternatively, you can also sign up by clicking here.

Please note that opting in will not guarantee you access to the Closed Beta.

Q. How are Closed Beta participants selected?
A. Beta testers are chosen based on many factors, including your Battle.net region, when you signed up, your computer hardware specifications, and an element of luck. We are also inviting select journalists and community contributors from around the world on a case-by-case basis.

Q. How will I know if I'm selected to participate in the Closed Beta?
A. If you are selected to participate in the Closed Beta, you will receive an invite via email. Invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.

To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you've received an invite, it's best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. Instead, you can verify that your account has been granted a Closed Beta license in Battle.net Account Management.

Q. Will there be any other ways to get into the Closed Beta besides opting-in?
A. Not at this time. Also, please note that Overwatch beta keys do not exist. Access to the Closed Beta will be provided solely through account flagging.

Q. How many players do you plan to invite to the Closed Beta?
A. The number of players we invite will be largely based on our testing needs. We also want to make sure the game’s matchmaking system remains in a relatively healthy place throughout this phase of testing. As a result, if we determine we need more players to test new features or keep matches running smoothly, we’ll continue to add people to the Closed Beta from our opt-in pool.

Q. What gameplay regions is the Closed Beta available in?
A. The Closed Beta is currently available in the Americas and Europe gameplay regions. We have plans to bring the beta to our Asia gameplay region at a later date. For more information on which countries are associated with each of our gameplay regions, click here.

Game performance for players in some regions, such as Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America may be sub-optimal during the beta. If you experience issues with gameplay like high latency, excessive loading times, or long matchmaking queues, please be sure to post in our beta forums so that we can work to make improvements.

Q. What languages are supported in the Closed Beta?
A.The Closed Beta currently supports 10 languages: English, French, German, Castilian Spanish, Polish, Italian, Russian, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Localization is not yet complete for all languages, however, so some content may still appear in English during the beta.

Q. If I get invited to the Closed Beta, can I stream or create content about the game?
A. Absolutely! There is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for the Closed Beta. You are encouraged to take screenshots, livestream your play sessions, record feedback videos—whatever your heart desires. The game is still a work in progress, though, so we appreciate your understanding when you encounter bugs, graphical errors, or other issues.

Q. Can I run tournaments with a prize pool during the Closed Beta?
A. Yes! You are welcome to run tournaments (with or without prize pools) during the Closed Beta. However, given the size and scope of this phase of beta, we will not be issuing tournament licenses for large-scale events with prize pools over $10k. For smaller events, please review our Community Tournament Guidelines before you begin planning to make sure your community tournament is in compliance.

If you would like to begin discussing your tournament plans for after game launch, or have any other questions, feel free to reach out to tourneyinfo@blizzard.com any time.

Q. How long will the Closed Beta last?
A. This phase of the Closed Beta will conclude before the end of the year. We don't have an exact date to share at this time, but we'll be sure to provide testers with advanced notice.

Q. Will any progress I make during the Closed Beta carry over to the live game?
A. No. We've no plans at this time for your activity during the Closed Beta to carry over.

Q. If I don't get into the Closed Beta, am I guaranteed access to a Beta Test Weekend?
A. No. While Beta Test Weekends will include a much larger number of players than Closed Beta, they will also be invite-only. You'll need to opt-in to the Overwatch beta to be eligible.

Q. How do I opt-in to the Beta Test Weekends?
A. There is no special opt-in process for Beta Test Weekends. If you opted-in for the beta, you're all set!

As a reminder: To opt into the beta, visit your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the "Overwatch" box under "Beta Tests I'm Interested In," and then click "Update Preferences." Alternatively, you can also sign up by clicking here.
Again, please note that opting in will not guarantee you access to a Beta Test Weekend.

Q. What are the system requirements for the Closed Beta?
A. See below!

Minimum (targeting 30fps):
  • Operating system: Windows® Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 865
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):
  • Operating system: Windows® Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X3, 2.8 GHz
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or ATI Radeon™ HD 7950
  • Memory: 2 GB VRAM, 6 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

For the best performance, please be sure to update to the latest drivers available for your graphics card.

Due to potential changes, the system requirements for this game may change over time.

Q. Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?
A. We're developing Overwatch for Windows-based PCs only, so a Mac-specific beta will not be provided.

Q. What is the business model for Overwatch?
A. We have not announced the business model for Overwatch at this time.

Q. When will the game be released?
A. We have not announced the release date for Overwatch at this time.

Heroes of the Storm – Artanis Trailer
The Artanis trailer was released today!

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Overwatch Beta Testing Begins
Overwatch beta starts today in both the US and EU! Head over to Overpwn for ongoing news and datamining about Overwatch.







Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - Oct 26
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
Mage
  • Talents
    • Fixed an issue that could allow Rune of Power effects to be retained incorrectly.

Collections
Toy Box

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Alliance characters that had previously logged out in a Garrison Mine to be disconnected when logging back in.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
hello, will the 25% damage increase for tanks be removed in legion? Since you could manually change stats around for...
If possible, it will be removed. Undecided at this time. (holinka)

PvE
valor being brought back for half the last tier of the expac really fails to capture why people enjoyed to begin with
Just to make sure I understand the feedback/concern, what did you like most about Valor in the past? (WatcherDev)

Can you only get valor for one heroic per day? Or can you spam until your gear is fully upgraded? People seem to think...
It's just the first Heroic of the day. There's no completely spammable source of Valor. (WatcherDev)

Final Boss #101 - LIMIT Guild Spotlight
This week Final Boss talked to LIMIT, a newer US guild that is made up of members that were previously in top guilds.


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