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by Published on 2014-12-06 06:10 AM

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Poll - Flying in Draenor
Now that we've been without our flying mounts for the past few weeks, are you enjoying no flying in Draenor?


Hotfixes for December 5th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Garrison Buildings
    • Fishing Shack: Completing a daily Fishing quest now awards 15 skill points to Fishing (up from 1).
    • Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop: Overcharged Demolisher should now be usable only in the areas it was intended for.
    • Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop: "Skyterror" Personal Delivery System should now be usable only in the areas it was intended for.

Quests
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Corrected an issue that could cause Bloodmaul Stronghold, Shattrath City, and the Pit to sometimes not drop Apexis Crystals despite being an active quest area for the day.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Fate-Twister Tiklal has relocated to a more prominent location closer to the Apexis Traders in Warspear.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Raids
    • Highmaul
      • [Requires a realm restart.] The Butcher: The boars Krush and Smash now deals less damage with their Boar's Rush ability and should no longer kill players in one hit.
      • Tectus: Players should no longer be able to use their bonus rolls twice after defeating Tectus.

PvP
  • Ashran
    • To address a potential pathing issue, Fangraal, Kronus, and faction Captains now continuously push towards the enemy faction's base.
    • Players entering Ashran from a PvE realm should now be correctly flagged for PvP.
    • Characters should no longer be able to resurrect at the King's Road graveyard if their faction isn't in control of that point.
    • Resolved an issue where faction Captains may not be spawning correctly.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Resolved an issue where if a Flag Carrier was standing in the area where their team's flag would be when it is returned, they'd be unable to capture the flag until they leave and return to the area again.
  • Arathi Basin: Characters on the Alliance team in a Rated Battleground should now be able to be resurrected by their Spirit Healer at the Blacksmith graveyard if their team is in control of it.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Eye of the Storm: Characters in a Rated Battleground will now return to their team's starting position when releasing, regardless of what bases their team controls.
  • The Battle for Gilneas: Resolved issues where Spirit Healers may sometimes not spawn in correctly when a point has been captured.

Professions
  • First Aid
    • Antiseptic Bandage no longer requires Sea Scorpion Segments to craft.
  • Jewelcrafting
    • Critical Strike Taladite should no longer incorrectly require a Taladite Crystal to craft.

Items
  • Consuming a Draenor potion, elixir, or flash should no longer cause the character to break out of stealth.
  • Mantid Elixir now provides a more reasonable increase to armor.
  • Primal Combatant's Drape of Contemplation now provide a bonus to Multistrike instead of Critical Strike to differentiate it from the Drape of Meditation.
  • Primal Gladiator's Drape of Contemplation now provide a bonus to Multistrike instead of Critical Strike to differentiate it from the Drape of Meditation.

Dark Legacy Comics #467 - Followers
DLC #467 has been released.

by Published on 2014-12-05 05:37 AM

Developer Q&A Roundup
The Developers went to Reddit to answer some user questions today. We strongly recommend you skim through the roundup below and find the sections that interest you. Some Key highlights:

  • No flying in Draenor in Patch 6.1; though there will be some flight path improvements
  • Account-wide Heirloom system is still planned for Patch 6.1.
  • They're working on support for custom garrison music for Patch 6.1
  • The garrison may grow beyond Tier 3 in Patch 6.2
  • Level 3 salvage crates give something from the level 2 crate loot table plus another chance at an additional item.
  • Garrisons aren't coming to the mobile armory app, as they are a Warlords only feature for now and there are other tasks that would have more long-term use.

FinalBoss has an Interview with Ion Hazzikostas & Kris Zeirhut on Sunday. If you would like to suggest any question, place them over in this thread!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Game Systems

When do we get the new Heirloom system?
We are currently planning to have this system ready for patch 6.1.0.

Do you tend to concern yourself with economics (other than gold sinks) or simply let the "market" do as it thinks best?
Definitely agree we need more things players can use core gathering materials for. In retrospect, we would have liked for there to have been more crafted items that use those materials without requiring the time-gated resources, so this problem is something we're hoping to address going forward.

BRING BACK CLASS QUESTS.
For sure - the green fire questline was a great experience. We do want to do more of this in the future, especially in a way that highlights and reinforces class identity, and are actively working on some cool stuff along these lines.

How well do you think the charge system works for spells, verses the more traditional cooldown, and are you planning on converting any more spells to be charge based?
We're pretty happy with that system. The major advantage of that system is the way it allows for more open-ended decisionmaking in spell use that doesn't penalize a player for not using an ability the instant it comes off cooldown. It also lets you deliberately plan ahead and pool usage. I'm not sure we'd want to extend it to ALL abilities, but for abilities that commonly run into the two issues I just outlined, it can really improve usability without needing to add additional mechanics.

Can you guys explain the logic behind versatility, given this? It seems to be simple a +betterer stat, and feels neither interesting or fun.
Yeah I'm not sure that we actually accomplished that goal TBH. We're trying to strike a balance between the goal above and also the goal that we have enough variety in items, but I think we wound up with more secondary stats than we really need. This will be something we continue to refine in the future.

Spirit as a secondary/primary stat. It's super discouraging that we as healers don't have any enchants, gems, or flasks with spirit. The nerfing of that crystal recently you get in the inn was hard hit also. My question is: What is spirit? Secondary stat or Primary stat? Why can't we have it on either gems and enchants or flasks? It should really be treated as one or the other. It just seems unfair as the odd one out, when tanks even get a stam flask to use.
It's your best secondary stat as a healer, similar to what Armor is for tanks. Early on in beta, you actually could get Spirits gems/flasks/food, but we found that it undermined part of the point of consumable philosophy. We removed primary stats from gems and enchants in order to add some player choice and allow players to customize their secondary stats in a post-reforging world. If you want to try a crit-heavy build or want to stack mastery on your healer, you can use our profession system to accomplish that. But if Spirit were an option, it would clearly be the correct choice, and you'd never for a moment consider using any of those other secondary stat options. So in the interest of preserving some interesting choice, we removed Spirit and Armor food/gems/enchants and balanced healers around that change.

How do you guys determine what will become a toy?
We throw back a shot of vodka and take aim at the "toy or not-toy" dartboard. ;]

How well do you think the charge system works for spells, verses the more traditional cooldown, and are you planning on converting any more spells to be charge based?
We're pretty happy with that system. The major advantage of that system is the way it allows for more open-ended decisionmaking in spell use that doesn't penalize a player for not using an ability the instant it comes off cooldown. It also lets you deliberately plan ahead and pool usage. I'm not sure we'd want to extend it to ALL abilities, but for abilities that commonly run into the two issues I just outlined, it can really improve usability without needing to add additional mechanics.

What's the deal currently with your stance on flying, any new developments, or insights?
Overall, we’re happy with how ground travel in Draenor has played out thus far, and we’ve heard a lot of feedback to that effect as well, though we of course recognize that there are players who feel differently. We’ll have more to announce about our 6.1 patch plans in the very near future, but as the focus of our endgame outdoor content remains in the main Draenor zones, our reasons for disallowing flight in 6.0 continue to apply in 6.1. Whether you’re navigating your way to Orumo the Observer in Shattrath Rise, trying to reach a treasure cache atop a column in Spires, or working your way around the ledges encircling The Pit, you’re engaging in gameplay that simply would not exist in a world with unfettered flight. It was never our intent to make large-scale navigation of the world inconvenient, and in 6.1 we’re going to be improving our flight path system to always take the most direct route between two points, even if you have not discovered some of the intermediate nodes. Please keep the feedback coming – if you’re unhappy with the design, some of the most helpful feedback would be specific examples of situations or systems that feel frustrating without being able to fly in Draenor.

What's the long term plan for WoW?
As Ion said, we don't see an end to Wow coming anytime soon. As long as we have players that love the game, we will keep making new content for them!

Whatever happened to the appear invisible functionality that was promised to be coming soon in 2012?
It's an idea that's still on the table, but that team (which handles Battle.net functionality for every Blizzard title, not just WoW) has a ton of higher-priority issues and features to work on, so it's not likely to happen in the very near future I'm afraid.

Scenarios were a great thing for DPS to jump in a quick queue for and do for slightly less rewards than a heroic. Is there any chance we will see end game scenario queues even if it is for the leveling scenarios already in game?
That was definitely one of the great benefits of the scenarios for sure. We don't anticipate having queued scenarios for WoD atm (although I wouldn't rule them out for future expansions), and we do have some ideas for how we can significantly improve dps queue times, but they will take some time for us to make happen.

Could you elaborate on how you would shorten DPS queue times?
We could potentially allow another dps in a dungeon and use scaling tech to accommodate both 5 and 6 player groups for them.

With all of the advances in scaling technology for both character and gear level, will we ever see a day when Wintergrasp and Tol Barad are playable at their original intended levels?
Tol Barad and Wintergrasp were implemented with the idea that only one server was playing on them. It would be difficult to convert them. We'd rather create new content. They had their moment in WoW and it was glorious.

Whats the go with Alchemy? Why does it have no transmutes anymore, no upgradeable class items etc etc.
We are working on some Alchemy updates, more info should be coming along soon.

will you open up the group finder to show groups from ALL realms in the region?
We've slowly been increasing the number of groups sent down from the server and monitoring it's affect on server performance. Our primary goal with the Group Finder is to help players find someone who is interested in doing the same activity. A leadership system is an interesting idea and we'll monitor whether we feel it's necessary. We're also pretty cautious about providing too much information during the application process. While we want to minimize the amount of time someone will get invited to a group, then immediately kicked, we don't want to encourage discriminatory behavior.

Any plan to get a better system for transmog?
This is something we hope to do do in a future expansion. We love the idea!

Are there plans to encourage making friends/connections in LFG/D groups?
We think a "Recently Seen" or something would be great. Definitely on our "want" list right now. We're definitely looking for more ways for people to find each other and build relationships. Let us know what works for you now!

What are your thoughts about the current system of talents in WoD? Are you satisfied with them or should we be looking forward to changes that make each tree more personalized and dynamic, much like the warrior tree?
One thing we like about the talent trees is the variety they provide. But often, it's a matter of picking the right tool for the job. WoW is a very big game, with a lot of different activities. As a result, some talents perform far better in certain situations (dungeons vs. raids, battlegrounds vs. arenas) and we're okay with that. In the end, every talent doesn't have to be equally viable for all activities. But it is certainly something we try to do when we can.

Any plans on making PvP and Battlegrounds a more viable way for low level characters and alts to level from?
Unfortunately, some changes we made to battleground rewards broke some of the biggest contributors to XP in low level battlegrounds. We're working on a fix but it may not be available until 6.1.

Our original plan was to use strongboxes at all levels, but we weren't able to get it done in time. We think this could make it a fun experience though.

Can you comment on the changes you did to mob pathing with WoD? As a tank player I find myself annoyed by that quite often when trying to position mobs properly. They seem to react much more twitchy to my own movement than they did in MoP.
We actually didn't change mob pathing directly -- we made a ton of improvements to server responsiveness, which means the server (and thus, the mobs) have a more precise idea of where your character is currently standing than they have in the past. The end result is that there's a noticeable difference in the feel of how certain mobs move around, especially for tanks. There really isn't a quick fix for this, but it's something on our radar for sure.

Garrisons

how do you feel about the success of Garrisons, and are there plans for a similar system in future expansions?
Super happy overall with how garrisons have worked out, at least for now. One of our goals for the expansion was to add a feature that felt like it gave players new gameplay that feels important and thematically tied to the expansion. We'll have to wait and see on future expansions. Certainly, we have a goal of providing awesome new gameplay that mixes up your experience for future expansions, but that can take many forms (be it "garrisons 2.0", elements of garrisons mixed in with other new stuff, other new stuff completely, etc). Regardless, new stuff that fits an expansion well and doesn't feel like an already-solved problem is definitely cool!

Thoughts on having race-specific garrison buildings?
We actually really love this idea, but in reality, it's not something that's really feasible for us to do. We have 13 races in the game and making unique buildings for all of them is just not in the cards. Instead, we tried to pick and choose specific buildings that could play to individual races character. (Tauren Leatherworking, Gnomish Workship, etc.)

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The art resources for this definitely come directly at the expense of other new content like dungeons or raids. So, while we all totally 100% agree this would be awesome, and we'd likely steer more in that direction if we could, it's not likely for the WoD garrisons. If we were to do an updated version of garrisons in a future expansion, it's much more likely (and would probably be an important goal for us).

Is it intended that my friends are unable to use the portals in my spirit lodge or see my archaeology trophy room in my town hall?
Not intended, will be fixed in 6.1.

I don't like chaotic music in my garrison, but love wow music as a whole. Please let me put on something relaxing while mining instead of booming chaos themes.
We are working on a way for you to have custom music in your Garrison. Hoping to get this into patch 6.1.0. I am personally super stoked about this!

Thanks for the kind words! In regards to Garrisons carrying forward, we need to wait and see how it plays out. We designed the system in a way that it can be left behind, but we could also choose to take certain parts or technology and carry them on to new expansions.

Why is the loot table on level 3 salvage crates so damn big?
A common misconception is that large tables necessarily mean more randomness, or that items are competing with each other. There are lots of ways of constructing treasure tables to avoid this. After many reports from players concerned with seemingly poor yield of follower rewards from Level 3 salvage crates, we took a really thorough look through the data and tested extensively to make 100% sure we weren't missing something.

A level 3 salvage crate actually gives you a guaranteed direct pull from the level 2 salvage loot table, PLUS additional chances to get transmog, legacy, or current items for your character to use or sell. The loot table is large to offer tons of variety, and there are definitely some jackpot items in there (Everburning Candle says hi), but it's not coming at the expense of the core follower items or resources you got from level 1 and level 2.

Are there any plans to better integrate garrisons across a player's account, or perhaps even just realm/faction?
We agree with you on this. We are going to try and find ways to make Garrisons easier on alts though the patch cycle.

It seems as if a lot of the elements of Garrisons (follwer missions, work orders, etc.) were designed with the mobile Armory in mind. Will we be seeing an update to the mobile app to include Garrions features?
Not likely. It's a really cool idea (one we've heard a lot), but as the Garrison is intended as a Warlords-only feature, there are several other potential improvements we could make to the mobile app that would have more long-term use, if we decided to expand its feature set.

I should clarify: it's intended as a feature that we don't have to bring along with us into the next expansion (like a new profession would be, for example). However, it's something we can bring along if we want to, or even repurpose a lot of the same tech to provide something else. Opens up a lot of options for future expansions.

Are there plans to expand the garrison further than level 3? The phase where the garrison is seems to be a little bit big for what they are.
There are plans to do more with garrison building progression in patch 6.2. Details at a future date since we're still fairly early working on 6.2.

Why does the amount of Missions decrease substantially when all the active followers are level 100?
We were hoping not to have a bunch of irrelevant missions spamming up your mission list. We didn't plan well enough for the fact that those missions aren't really irrelevant when the salvage yard is OP. It's definitely an issue we talk about here, but solutions are complex and can have a lot of ripple-effect consequences on the rest of the system/game.

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Originally missions all pulled from a single pool; players found that as they got their first level 100 followers they got fewer low-level missions and had a harder time leveling their weaker followers, so we made a change to ensure that some low-level missions would always pop if you had a follower in that range who needed them. We recognize this causes some odd incentives (you're encouraged to NOT max all your followers) and are discussing good solutions to that problem.

do you guys plan on improving upon garrisons every patch e.g more buildings, more plots, extra interactions (similar to invasions) and more customization (faction guards) to prevent the garrisons from becoming stale?
We plan to add some form of Garrison content in every patch, we want to keep it fresh too.

Any more info about how the Mine is supposed to work in regards to Carts?
Carts showing up without a follower parked is a bug on our end. The carts are bonus you get based on having a Mining follower parked at the Mine. We reduced the overall number of carts but increased the amount of loot you get from each one. Thanks for the questions!

Is it intentional to be garrison mission starved once all your followers are 100? It feels crappy to have to bring in a scrub level 90 and level 95 to spawn as many missions as possible for the salvage yard.
Not intended. Don't have any details on a fix just yet, but we're looking into it.

The Dwarven Bunker/War Mill transmog armor is currently Account Bound as opposed to Battle.net Account Bound. It's pretty frustrating to not be able to send it between my accounts, especially considering how rare the Iron Horde scraps seem to be. Is this intended or an oversight?
That's an oversight on our part. We will get that fixed up. Thanks!

Why do some Garrison work orders count towards such achievements like Working More Orders and others do not? Mines and Herbalist work orders don't seem to count.
This is a bug, we are working to hotfix it ASAP.

Just a quick question, would it be possible to convert Broken Bones to a currency?
Definitely hear the feedback on broken bones.

Art / Character Models

are new worgen and goblin models in the works? Any updates on that?
No plans for that at the moment.

Are the already released new character models still being tweaked and worked on?
We are planning to make some additional updates and tweaks to the new character models, yes.

Does this include new customisation options? Because I'd love to see Mag'har/Blackrock/Dragonmaw/Laughing Skull skins for player Orc characters.
Chris Robinson (our Art Director) has mentioned that he'd love to see stuff like that as well, there's just a lot of higher-priority projects that need the art team's attention first.

Is there any consideration into redoing the run animation for Night Elves?
Yes, I believe that's on the list of things to refine, potentially in patch 6.1. Don't quote me on that though. =]

Any update on class accessories?
The idea is still alive! We actually just had a meeting about this a few weeks ago. It's not on the table for 6.0, but we are certainly discussing it for a future expansion.

Are there any plans for Moonkin remodels, bear remodels and warlock pet remodels? (Looking at you Felguard.)
We hear you - primary focus for Warlords was on the main player models, but this is definitely something we want to do.

There are a lot of spells out there that could really use some love, like Fire mage (Fireball, Pyroblast), Shadow Priest (Mind Flay, Shadow Word: Pain, and some others) and a lot of the effects for the melee classes are pretty poor, too.
We totally hear you guys on this. We have a team of folks working to improve the overall sound, look and feel of Wow combat in general for future expansions. More updates to come on this in the future.

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The time required can vary quite a bit depending on the particulars of the spell. We'd definitely like to take a look at some of the older spell visuals and update them though.

PvP / Arena / Ashran

What are you current feelings overall about the state of PVP. What's good, what's bad and where to from here?
We had three big additions to PvP in Warlords: Skirmishes, Ashran and the Strongbox reward system. I think Skirmishes and Strongboxes have worked out really well, but Ashran has some definite problems.

With respect to class balance in Arena and RBGs, we're evaluating it and making adjustments when appropriate. It's important that in each new expansion, we give classes cool new toys. The addition of new talents/abilities/glyphs and changes to tuning really rattle the status quo in terms of balance. Our first focus is to ensure that the general gameplay environment is fun (i.e. people aren't invincible or dying in a global). Then we move towards balancing out outlier classes. But, classes are going to have things that feel "too strong." We just need to make sure they have weaknesses as well.

What was the reasoning as to taking RBGS weekly conquest cap out and placing with ashran weekly 200 cap? Please allow RBGS 1 cap for 200 and keep ashran cap for weekly!
Though many players understand how the rating to conquest cap system works, it's quite complicated. One number (my rating) converts to another rating (my cap) in a rather mysterious way. With the separate cap for RBGs, this became even more complicated.

We think having a variety of competitive activities is important for WoW PvP to continue to be a success. RBGs require significantly more time to coordinate and run than 2v2 arenas, for example. So it's important that we incentivize people to do them in a way that feels good.

To make the system simpler, we eliminated the additional conquest cap and provided bonus chances at loot for RBG victories.

For Ashran, we felt like it was worthwhile to give end game PvPers that participate a unique bonus. It's a fixed size cap, so it feels good if you do it, but ignoring it doesn't really hurt your progression through the season.

AMA question - Does Blizzard think PvP Healing -in general- is OP? If yes, what ways you're looking to adress it? For example, nerfing classes' healing individually, Resilience/Battle Fatigue or just gonna do it with 'turning bit of healing into kill buffs'.
We don't think healing -in general- is OP. We do think that certain specs and spells are too strong. We recently removed the healing benefits of Predatory Swiftness from Ferals and halved the benefits of Heart of the Wild in PvP. Today, we have a hotfix to reduce the healing of Paladin Flash of Light by 20%.

But at the same time, I think people often get overly fixated on the scoreboard. Healing is one type of defense a player can use in PvP, but there are a lot of others that don't show up on the scoreboard. For example, we have no "damage mitigated" column to show that a Warriors Defensive stance is effectively reducing a significant amount of damage being done to them. We also can't quantify the defensive benefit of a Warlock teleporting behind a pillar when they get in trouble. Some classes do not have strong escapes and their only strategy is to heal through the pressure.

Now, this doesn't mean we won't continue to look at healing (specifically self-healing and off-healing) as way to tune PvP balance. We want every class to feel like they can compete.

Anyways, could you talk about the design decisions behind the balance of racials? I know I'm not alone here when I say it feels like the Alliance has a definite upper hand compared to the Horde.
Ah well, it is time for the alliance to shine. Horde has been quite the trendy thing for the last decade it seems. ;]

Will you add new battlegrounds?
We want to add new battlegrounds. Not sure when though.

After the start of the pvp season.. are you guys committed to fixing the faction imbalance in arena due to racial passives?
I addressed this in another post but the TLDR answer is that we think there is more at play than racials at determing faction representation on the ladder. Specifically, you cannot play arenas cross-faction and people usually play arenas with their friends. People will decide that one faction is the "best faction" and go to that one (even if the advantage is marginal).

Throughout the Blizzcon tournament, we saw players playing different factions based on the comp they were playing against.

Are there any fixes in the works to balance WoD PvP? If so, how soon can we expect them? The statistics on arenamate.net are quite frankly disturbing, even considering how new the season is.
First, Vanguards is a great guy and we would all be so lucky if this was Warlords of Vanguard. Second, I think if you compared the representation at the beginning of this season to the beginning of Mists you'd be surprised at the diversity. Certainly, Disc priests have significantly higher representation than any other spec. But we've seen warriors or shamans doubling everyone else's representation in the past.

But I'm more concerned about the general gameplay in arena and not that classes that traditionally don't have high representation now have high representation.

Quick question, Will Oceanic get our own PvP bracket? Or stay in US with the old latency?
No plans for a unique Oceanic bracket at this time. The small pool of players would make queue times atrocious.

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We also find that small regions have a harder time with collusion and win-trading. Right now it's best to keep ANZ with NA.

Will there be balance changes throughout the PvP season or will we have to wait whole seasons again for things to get adjusted?
We'll be tuning classes throughout the season. Early on in the expansion, we realize we've made a lot of big changes to classes and balance will be rather volatile. So, you could expect more changes early on and then the rate of change tapering off towards the expansion's end.

What are some of the things you learned from Ashran?
Some things we've learned our: - We haven't educated players enough about the benefits of the outer parts of the zone. The best way to earn honor is collecting fragments and there are a lot of powerful buffs littered out there. - We could use a good system for automatic raid management in certain areas. We don't put everyone in a raid in Ashran because not everyone is in the middle. Players that want to focus on the middle usually take care of that themselves. But we could do a better job with this. - We don't have any "doppleganger" servers so trying to balance factions by pairing servers is hard. In China, there are a lot more Horde players than Alliance. In other regions, PvP servers are mostly Horde players. PvP servers tend to be far more polarized by faction than PvE servers. It creates a lot of problems bringing people together. But we really wanted Ashran to feel like a zone attached to your server more than just a battleground you go to.

When will Kronos be fixed in Ashran?
We're working on it! We tried some new things with the AI for NPCs in Ashran's center road. Unfortunately, a lot of those techniques haven't stood up to large player counts. We've been hotfixing them and simplifying their AI. Before, they would try to navigate to whatever capture point was active. Now, they'll just get pissed and head straight for the enemy base attacking any enemy they come in contact with.

Generally, we acknowledge Ashran has both design problems and technical ones (queueing). We're continuing to work to fix them.

Creating a PvP zone for 200+ people is a really unique challenge and the way that rewards influence behavior is pretty profound. We're seeing a lot of different problems than what we saw on beta.

please allow full, x-realm raids to enter ashran whole
We have enabled cross-realm raids in Ashran. We held back on this until we felt we could enforce faction parity more. Otherwise, people would just starting looking for the "all-alliance" ashran. Definitely feel you on the Broken Bones.

Any plans on making PvP and Battlegrounds a more viable way for low level characters and alts to level from?
Unfortunately, some changes we made to battleground rewards broke some of the biggest contributors to XP in low level battlegrounds. We're working on a fix but it may not be available until 6.1.

Our original plan was to use strongboxes at all levels, but we weren't able to get it done in time. We think this could make it a fun experience though.

Really looking for answers about how pvp is going to be balanced this expansion. Can we expect balance hotfixes every week?
I wouldn't expect balance hotfixes every week. Players often look at representation as a measure of balance and it takes significant changes to really move the needle in the representation department.

Early on in the expansion, we're aware that a lot of class changes have been very disruptive to balance. We're also aware that a lot of bugs creep into the game. For example, Disc priest absorb shields were critting for a full 200% while other classes had their crit heals reduced. Fixing this bug will have a pretty profound effect on balance.

We'll be spending a lot of time playing the game, gathering feedback and adjusting accordingly. But we don't want to change people's classes from underneath them throughout the expansion.

how do you guys approach balance in terms of PVE vs PVP? I know in the past the PVP guy was told to just shut up by Jay Wilson of course that was a different game and I hope that doesn't happen in WoW.
Also, the whole Jay Wilson "Shut up PvP guy" thing is absolute rubbish. I know Jay. I talked to him all the time. He is super nice and super supportive of everything we do. If anything I am the "PvP guy" and no one at Blizzard has ever told me to "Shut Up PvP guy." It has always been the opposite. They hired me to help the team make PvP better because it is a goal they have.

Classes

Healing overall in Highmaul, even on normals (at least as a holy paladin) is hard. Everyone seems to take a considerable amount of damage at the same time. If the fights are relativly short it's something that is handable. But any fights that last beyond 4 minutes and holy paladins have a hard time keeping up. There is very little AoE healing going on as a paladin. Our 2 AoE heals without a cooldown either cost way more mana and heal for little, or cost no mana and heal for a little more. I can't keep people up using Holy Radiance or Light of Dawn. Eternal Flame as a finisher is way better to use then Light of Dawn, especially with Beacon of Faith and spamming Flash of Light is the only way holy paladins can keep up with the other healers AoE wise, and it causes me to run on fumes for at least 1/4th of the fight. Is this a concern seen by the Dev team? I know we are supposed to use Holy Light as much as possible, but it's just too slow.
We're keeping a very close eye on healing overall as raiding begins. From personal experience, observation, and talking to other healers, a lot of what we're seeing is a mix of learning new fights (and thus people in general taking large amounts of avoidable damage) and healers getting used to not panicking when someone is at 60% or 70% health. Both of those are things that should improve over time. We recognize that it's one of the risks of a more deliberate healing pace: in Mists mistakes might have been instantly lethal due to spikier damage, while in Warlords they're survivable in the short-term, but are bleeding healers try in the long term. If you aren't cleaning out the stands on Kargath, or people are triggering arcane mines on Mar'gok, that might not instantly wipe you, but it'll absolutely lead to your healers running out of gas eventually. That said, raid healing in particular tends to lend itself towards more specialization, and raid leaders may find that it makes sense to have their paladins focus a bit more on single-target healing, which is a clear niche thanks to Beacon, while other classes blanket the raid.

Please comment on direction of Mages going forward.
Mages going forward will be going forward. Unless they aren't.

in regards to the ability pruning, I know that the most iconic abilities tended to be spared, and yet... Protection Paladins lost Avenging Wrath?
We felt like both the Guardian and Wings were cool and wanted to keep them but thought it was a good opportunity to have some spec variation.

Do you agree that the Shaman class has lost much of it's identity over the years?
Probably the biggest blow to shaman identity came in Wrath (2008) when most buffs were changed to raidwide and were generally standardized among classes as a result. There was certainly something cool about bringing unique buffs like Windfury, and having a large number of those buffs that you could call uniquely your own. But it was quite a bit less cool being the Fury warrior who was only a viable endgame raid DPS with a shaman in your party, or being the raid leader playing party Tetris and cycling Bloodlusts through the melee group, or the elemental shaman who didn't get a raid spot because the spec's damage output was mediocre and they were only worthwhile if there was an open spot in the warlock/warlock/warlock/spriest group. I don't think returning to that would be the answer.

So, yes, the shaman is no longer a buff-bot. What, then, is the shaman identity? We do see totems as remaining a large part of that identity, and tried in Mists to remove passive buff totems and refocus them as more concentrated and intense effects that do something powerful in the short-term -- Capacitor, Tremor, Grounding, Healing Tide, etc. (not going to argue that Searing fits into this model or is particularly sexy, though). I'd be curious to hear (from you, from everyone) what it is about the shaman class that most resonates (or resonated, in the event that you've lost that lovin' feeling) with you.

"...or the elemental shaman who didn't get a raid spot because the spec's damage output was mediocre..."
I don't mean to be disrespectful, Mr. Hazzikostas, but the very thing you said you were avoiding is happening right now as we speak.

I really should have said "abysmal" rather than mediocre. When DPS shaman brought a suite of unique buffs in TBC, their damage was routinely 30-40% behind "real" damage-dealers, not the 10% that is often bemoaned today.

Even with states of Normal Butcher, Heroic Butcher and Normal Ogron you feel enhancement and elemental is perfoming strongly?

Check out Tectus or Mar'gok for a different picture, though.

I realize it's not that simple (and no, I'm not going to argue that Fire Nova should be the defining niche of the Enhancement shaman) but what matters is the game in its totality, not a specific encounter.

Do you feel that Shaman-balance should take the form of number tweaking, or is the sudden outcry for an all-out rework justified?
We've already made some numbers tweaks, and we'll make some more as needed. There's no question that Enhance and especially Elemental were weak during the initial days of Warlords, but at this point we're seeing both specs performing very solidly in dungeons as well as a range of encounters in Highmaul. We'll of course continue to watch balance as gear and strategies evolve, and watch PvP representation and success as the arena/RBG season really gets underway. In the short term, I would not expect a drastic overhaul. Drastic overhauls of classes are something we do rarely, and then almost exclusively with expansions and not patches. There are plenty of shaman out there who are having fun who don't want to log in to find their class completely changed overnight. But that doesn't that there isn't room for improvement. A number of the points above regarding talents are very valid, and there's definitely room for more differentiation through that avenue. And the Call/Persistence/Projection row is terrible.

What would you like to tell Shamans who feel like second class Druids?
Druids are cats/bears/turkeys/trees; you are mail-clad warriors of the elements. Have faith, and try to focus feedback in a constructive way that focuses on specific areas of discontent. We're listening.

In any case, the numbers don't entirely bear out that assertion (Elemental has very strong single-target DPS, as Butcher parses will attest) though there was regrettably some real damage done in terms of overall community perception during the first couple of weeks before the hotfixes. We are keeping an eye not just on damage, but on representation.

With the loss of Ancestral Vigor and Mana Tide and the output of other healers, it seems R Sham's only justifiable presence is the ability to continue to heal during HTT. Do you have any ideas to remedy our plight?
Ancestral Vigor was honestly a stopgap measure at a time (mid-Cata) when Resto Shaman was by far the dominant arena healer, but the weakest healer in raids. We used AV to prop the spec up and help ensure they'd usually have at least a single raid slot while we tried to sort out the thornier balance issues with the spec. At this point, however, we feel that the overall Resto healing toolkit holds up against other specs head-to-head, and there's no longer a need for Vigor.

Why does the Vers + 505 Int proc pvp trinket proc when using burning rush.
Looking into that.

Personal

Your game is helping me through a very rough time right now. I don't have a question, I just wanted to say thank you and hope you all see it.
Hi five! Gaming has gotten me through some rough times as well.

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I don't have an answer, I just wanted to respond to your comment because everyone else was doing it and I want to feel included.

(but srsly glad you're enjoying the game, and hoping for the best for you!)

Hey guys love the expansion. How much attention do you pay to the outside community. The Instance, Wow Insider and MMO-Champion in particular
I have a long commute and listen to a lot of community podcasts. Specifically Convert to Raid and the Instance.

As a huge fan of Legendary, The Weekly Marmot, PST, and PST Rapid Fire, I miss your videos a ton, but I was wondering if you ever miss making that content. Also, what was your favorite moment during your YouTube/Tankspot/GamebreakerTV times?
Definitely miss making that content. I've actually started a new podcast with Mike B recently -- I won't directly promote it here, but you could probably find it on Google or something.

Favorite moment would probably be the original "Halo MMO" tinfoil hat stuff, especially now that I've been able to peek behind the curtain as a Blizzard employee :P

What Dev throws the best parties?
Chilton: "Stockton! But Holinka throws a mean Mary Kay party."

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I don't know, but my money is on Alex Afrasiabi being the most interesting guest at a party.

WoW Development

What do you guys look for in applicants to work on the Game design team for WoW?
We honestly look for great game design instincts above all else. Clearly someone needs to be a good personality fit as well, but it all starts with a key understanding of the fundamentals of great gameplay.

Why was this boss fight fun? Break that down for us and tell us why. Why was this quest terrible? Break that down for us and tell us how you would improve it.

We are always looking for well rounded designers that can handle lots of different situations and problems. We hire designers from all sorts of different sources, it all just comes down to their individual talent.

How many of you actively play the game outside of work hours and now many reached level cap in this expansion?
Almost all of us I'd say. It's actually a very different experience playing at home with friends/family than it is playtesting at work, so it doesn't feel like "work" when playing from home. For example, even though I've run missions like crazy for the better part of a year, it has still been a blast logging in every chance I get to make sure my followers are being used efficiently. =]

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All of us play, with a wide variety of playstyles. Garrison missions have probably had a non-trivial impact on office productivity the past few weeks.... We love the game, and of course it's also essential to be experiencing the gameplay and potential issues firsthand so that we can really understand what's working well, what isn't, what's frustrating, etc. Personally, I've been doing tons of Heroics, daily CMs, and jumped right into Highmaul last night (I couldn't raid on Tuesday night either!).

How long does it take to create, test and ship out a raid instance at this point in time?
The anniversary video was talking specifically of the encounter creation part of it (a week didn't encompass the environment and creature art time). No doubt that was still a feat though, it was amazing to see it come together so quickly. Certainly, the production value of the raid encounters these days is significantly higher (environmental gameplay, visual effects, encounter mechanics, flex difficulty, etc) so it takes many more hours to make an encounter today than it did back then. So, lots of time!

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Making a raid zone nowadays is a huge endeavor that touches virtually all parts of the team in some form. From start to finish, Throne of Thunder or Siege of Orgrimmar each took 6-7 months to go from a 2D layout and a general concept to a playable, tested, tuning, and polished experience. (Spoilers: We're working on the next big raid zone right now.)

Misc

Is there a chance that we could have an option to stop moving background in certain dungeons/raids? Grimrail Depot causes 2 of my guildmates to have motion sickness when we are doing the second and third bosses.
Ugh, sorry to hear that. =[ Not sure that we have a quick/easy solution for that, but we'll take into consideration.

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Sorry, there's actual motion going on and not a simple graphical effect that can be disabled. Agree it's rough for your friend. All I can suggest is to zoom in a bit and you can largely avoid having much movement in your field of view.

The UI community, especially those of us from EU, would really love a dedicated CM for that department, there currently is no easy way for us to report problems and we tend to find them first
I know our UI team reads the UI forums regularly, but feel free to contact me about addon development issues if you like. Easiest way to do that is probably through Twitter at @CM_Lore.

Oh one other thing I should note just to be clear: that includes the EU UI forums.

The “Currency” tab has been bugging me since WoD ever since the start of the expansion, as it’s always sorted alphabetically (and always last) and the “collapse”/”expand” state is never saved upon a reload of the UI.
Currency tab is a known issue. We'll get that fixed.

In regards to addons, how do you determine what will become baseline in the client? For example, being able to determine and sort by the cost per item in a stack on the AH is extremely useful.
We try to add things that feel like they would be useful to the majority of our player base, but without adding bloat or confusion. Good examples of this would be armor sets, raid frames, bag sorting and cooldown counters. We tend to stay away from addons that are very complicated with lots of options since those lean towards smaller groups of players and would complicate the game for others.

How do you feel about this shift over time, and have you thought about any new ways to inspire the growth of closer-knit communities and cameraderie, like your addition of the Premade Group Finder and Guild Achievements?
We feel like it's crucial that we support both the "easy in, easy out" gameplay of dungeon/raid finder for players that are just in the mood to quickly run some content. However, the addition of the group finder is a first step toward improving the other side of the coin, as we also want the game to do a better job of fostering cooperative play and enabling longer-term relationships to be created. We have more stuff in mind for the future to continue to make this better/cooler.

So where are the fungal whales in the Zangar Sea?
Sounds like we need a follower mission for that... The Fungal Whale Expedition.

Are you able to reveal any plans you have for future expansions?
We have plans for an expansion that will come after this expansion, and it will be the next expansion. That is all for now. ;]

Just a quick question: Why not add a title for having lots of titles? Like , the Entitled?
Where is the "Like" button on Reddit

Is Sargeras going to eventually be a 10 phase fight that takes 2 hours to complete and rewards us with a 10 minute cinematic farewell to WoW?
Multiply all that by 10!

This is a lore question, but I think it could be game related as well, where on Draenor is Dentarg? I have not seen him at all.
Good question, I can't say I have a good answer that I wouldn't be making up on the spot.

it seems like recently taxis have been eating pets, elementals, and demons.
This is a bug, and we're working on a fix in the near future.

Would you consider adding a keybind / casting modifier that allows us to target "targetable spells" at our current target or ourselves?
I don't know about using a player's location as a target for the spell, but it could be cool to have some type of smartcast interface to cast a spell at your mouse's location. Maybe in the future.

There seems to be a lot of people that have an issue with Garosh's father being the last boss in WOD. Is he definatelu the last boss or may there be a surprise for people?
There will be a surprise, and we're looking forward to players hearing more sometime "soon"!

How about randomizing secondary stats on Apexis Crystal gear? Same way it happens with gear from all other sources. Also adding something like a 1000 crystal re-roll thingy will make it worthwhile.
Fair point, probably would have been a good idea to do so in retrospect.

When will Thrall reveal the secrets of full beards, standing up straight, and eyebrows to his fellow male orcs?
Do you think he would have landed Aggra if he had?

Hotfixes for December 4th
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
December 4

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Resolved an issue where players may become stuck or be disconnected while attempting to visit other Garrisons.
  • Garrison Buildings
    • Gladiator's Sanctum Level 3: The Coliseum scenario now requires 15 players to start (up from 10).
    • Herb Garden Level 3: The Draenor fruit tree should now always bear fruit even if no Followers are assigned to work there.

Classes
  • Player pets should now correctly rejoin the player after taking a flight path or using a vehicle.
  • Paladin
    • General
      • Eternal Flame's initial healing has been increased by 25% for Protection and Retribution Paladins.
      • Flash of Light's healing has been reduced by 20% for Protection and Retribution Paladins.
      • Word of Glory's healing has been increased by 25% for Protection and Retribution Paladins.
  • Priest
    • General
      • Mass Dispel should no longer be incorrectly dispelling Cyclone without a Glyph of Mass Dispel equipped.
      • Power Word: Shield critical hits should now correctly absorb only 150% of normal in PvP.
    • Discipline
      • Divine Aegis' should now correctly absorb only 50% as much in PvP.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Raids
    • Highmaul
      • Tectus: If Tectus enters Berserk mode while in the process of shattering, the resulting Shards of Tectus and Motes of Tectus should now correctly enter Beserk mode as well.
      • Tectus: Resolved an issue where Tectus could have no loot if the entire raid dies before his death event was complete.
      • Twin Ogron: Resolved an issue where credit for completing the achievement Brothers in Arms was being incorrectly awarded.

PvP
  • Critical Heals should now correctly heal for 150% of normal in PvP (they were incorrectly healing for 175% of normal).
  • Gladiator's Distinction, the 2-piece set bonus now reduces damage taken from players by 15% (up from 10%).
  • Being attacked in PvP combat and triggering the secondary item level on PvP gear should no longer cause the player's health to decrease by more than intended.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Battleground Flag Carriers should now correctly have a 45-second delay before their location is revealed to the enemy team (was incorrectly revealing their location immediately).
  • Resurrection times in Rated Battlegrounds has been corrected to be*25 seconds (was 15 seconds).

UI
  • Guild news should no longer be displaying (and getting spammed with) entries for characters looting items for the Legendary Ring Quest Line.

Bug Fixes
  • Recruit-a-Friend characters should now be correctly receiving a 300% bonus to the experience awarded for completing a Dungeon (was incorrectly awarding 900% instead).
  • New Pandaren Hunters that use the Level 90 Character Boost should now start with a turtle pet.
by Published on 2014-12-03 08:08 PM

Update (9:20 p.m. PST): Added Blue tweets and Dec 3rd Hotfixes

Argi the Inter-goat-lactic Pet Now on Sale
Argi the space goat is now on Sale. 100% of sales from December 3rd to December 31st go to the American Red Cross to assist with Ebola relief efforts in Africa. You can check out its the full ability list over on the WoWDB page!






Grinning Reaver Mount Now on Sale
The Grinning Reaver that we previewed some time ago is now also for sale on the Blizzard store!





Argi and Grinning Reaver Bundle
If you want to grab both of these new items, Blizzard has your covered with a Bundle. $10 from the bundle still goes to the American Red Cross to assist with Ebola relief efforts in Africa.




Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard
DEV Q&A
AMA this Thursday 4-5pm PST w/ Designers @mumper @thekalgan @WatcherDev @holinka & Kris Zierhut. http://www.reddit.com/r/wow @reddit (Source)

Items
Aviana's Feather should now be unusable in Instances (BGs, Raids, Dungeons, etc). (Zorbrix)

Garrisons
Blueprint-unlocking Achievement "Draenic Pet Battler" now requires 150 battles instead of 500. Tooltip updated to match next patch. (WarcraftDevs)

Garrison Mission Conquest of Spires of Arak states it rewards 25,000 Conquest, but does correctly award 250. Tooltip to be corrected. (WarcraftDevs)

PVP
Arena/RBG Rating both 1700=same conquest cap? Or did you just remove the former needed RBG win for the 1800 base cap?
Correct, Arena and RBG give the same conquest cap. (WarcraftDevs)

How does gear from RBG's work, is it just a single random chance for a conquest piece once a week?
3 chances. No more than 1 piece per week. (Holinka)

MD dispels your own team's cyclones on the enemy team, bug?
Bug (Holinka)

December 3rd Hotfixes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Book of Garrison Blueprints should now be consumed when learned and can also be destroyed.
  • Resolved a number of issues where players may sometimes be unable to enter their Garrisons.
  • Garrison Buildings
    • Gladiator's Sanctum Level 3: The building should now correctly provide the benefits from earlier levels 1 and 2.
    • Inn: To encourage players to not leave in the middle of a run with a Dungeon Finder group, quests received from the Garrison Inn now requires the final boss of the Dungeon to be defeated.
    • Inn: Millhouse Manastorm can now always be found on the second floor.
    • Mage Tower/Spirit Lodge: Greatly increased the drop rates for Ogre Waystones.
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Salvage Yard: Special transmogrification items obtained from crates of salvage are now Rare (blue) quality to help distinguish them. Additionally, these items are now able to be disenchanted.
    • Tannery Level 2: Rorok Ironhide (Horde) should no longer incorrectly be selling tents.
    • The Forge Level 2: Followers assigned to work at the building should now be able to correctly grant Solace of the Forge and Song of the Anvil buff.
  • Garrison Invasions
    • Botani Invasion: The Gnarled Ancient should no longer get stuck and be able to enter a Horde Garrison.
    • Iron Horde Invasion: Made a number of adjustments to make Gold Victory more obtainable.
  • Followers
    • Magister Krelas should now work correctly in a party for Followers with the Elvenkind trait.
    • Magister Serena should now work correctly in a party for Followers with the Humanist trait.


Classes
  • Death Knight
    • Glyphs
      • Glyph of Death and Decay should now also apply its effect for Death Knights with the Defile talent.
  • Druid
    • Restoration
      • Nature's Swiftness should now correctly increase the healing over time effect and duration of Regrowth.
    • Talents
      • Soul of the Forest (Restoration) should now interact and correctly apply its healing bonus while Nature's Swiftness is active.
  • Hunter
    • General
      • Kill Shot (Beast Mastery, Marksmanship) should now correctly reset its cooldown if the target becomes immune, have abilities, or talents that trigger to prevent the target from dying.
  • Monk
    • Mistweaver
      • Life Cocoon's healing has been increased by 50%.
    • Talents
      • Chi Wave should now correctly bounce up to 7 times to targets within 25 yards.
  • Paladin
    • General
      • Hand of Freedom modified by Glyph of Hand of Freedom should now correctly reduce the remaining duration of all loss of control effects when used on other players.
  • Priest
    • General
      • Mass Dispel modified by Glyph of Mass Dispel should no longer incorrectly dispel Cyclones cast by a friendly player.
  • Shaman
    • General
      • Shaman totems should no longer be damaged by the Death Knight talent, Defile.
    • Enhancement
      • Maelstrom Weapon will no longer increase the damage or healing effects of spells that consume the Ancestral Swiftness buff.
    • Restoration
      • Riptide modified by Glyph of Riptide should no longer incorrectly consume Echo of the Elements when cast.
  • Warlock
    • Armor Sets
      • Tier-15 2-piece set bonus should no longer be retained incorrectly when the set pieces are no longer equipped.


Quests
  • Frostfire Ridge
    • Karg Unchained: Players should now be able to complete or re-accept this quest after completing Return to the Pack.
  • Gorgrond
    • Assault on the Pit: Defeating Iron Horde NPCs in the middle of the pit should now correctly grant credit towards completion of the quest.
  • Spires of Arak
    • Hot Seat: The Apexis Turret should no longer be able to accidentally damage players.


World Environment
  • Resolved issues that can occur for characters that retain the Time Travelling effect outside of Blasted Lands and Theramore.
  • Players should no longer be unable to leave the tower after obtaining Steamwheedle Supplies in the Ring of Trials area in Nagrand.


Creatures and NPCs
  • Frostfire Ridge
    • Borrok the Devourer should now drop a Devourer's Gutstone that allows more than one player to loot it.
    • Fernus is now immune to Enslave Demon and Banish.
  • Shadowmoon Valley
    • Krosnis is now immune to Enslave Demon and Banish.
  • Gorgrond
    • Tarlna the Ageless' Genesis ability now summons a maximum of 15 Giant Lashers and has a increased duration of 12 seconds (up from 6 seconds).
  • Nagrand
    • Objects in the Mok'gul Watchpost area should no longer incorrectly cause the player to remain in combat and be unable to interact with those objects.
    • Warsong Marauders should no longer attack Rogues that pickpocket them.


Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Satchel of Savage Mysteries now have a chance to contain a mount, pet, pet consumable, Draenor consumable, or Follower upgrade token in addition to an Augment Rune.
  • Raids
    • The entire raid is no longer notified when a player loots an Elemental Rune or Abrogator Stone.
    • Highmaul
      • The Butcher's Heavy Handed ability now deals less damage if it's triggered by their off-hand weapon.
      • Brackenspore should now correctly heal back up to full health at the start of the encounter.
      • Tectus' Berserk timer is now 10 minutes on Normal and Heroic difficulty.
      • Tectus: Resolved an issue where defeating Tectus just as he was going into Berserk mode could result in no loot.
      • Tectus: It should now be possible to obtain the achievement, More Like Wrecked-us.
  • Dungeons
    • Grimrail Depot
      • Borka the Brute is now immune to taunts from player pets.
      • Grom'kar Cinderseer's Lava Wreath ability should no longer hit pets.
    • Upper Blackrock Spire
      • Ragewing the Untamed's Engulfing Fire ability should no longer incorrectly disorient Rogues with Cloak of Shadows active.
      • Emberscale Adolescents and Emberscale Whelplings should now always be targetable while in combat.


PvP
  • [Requires a realm restart.] New Honor and Conquest vendors have been added to Stormshield and Warspear.
    • In Stormshield, Alliance players can find Bregg Coppercast (Honor) and Ingrid Blackingot (Conquest) standing in front of the Siege Tank near the exit to Ashran, across from the training dummies.
    • In Warspear, Horde players can find Lieutenant Brokefist (Honor) and Lieutenant Axelash (Conquest) on the hill next to the exit to Ashran, just down the path from the inn.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Honor and Conquest PvP gear without a set bonus no longer provides the same secondary stats as PvP gear with set piece bonuses.
  • Ashran
    • Faction balancing is now in effect if there are more than 5 players from each faction in Ashran.
    • Fortune Favors the Bold has been increased to 100% additional Honor Points and Artifact Fragments (up from 25%).
    • Artifact Fragment rewards from Ring of Conquest Ogre guards, or Ashran rares should no longer decrease based on the number of players engaging them.
    • [Still in testing.] Turning in an Artifact Fragment now awards 3 Honor Points per fragment (up from 1 Honor Point).
    • [Still in testing.] Increased reputation gains with Wrynn's Vanguard and Vol'jin's Spear.
      • Turning in an Artifact Fragment now awards 5 reputation points per fragment (up from 1 reputation point).
      • Turning in tokens recovered from a defeated player now awards 2500 reputation points when turned in (up from 350 reputation points).
      • Completing a bonus objective now awards 500 reputation points.
      • Defeating Grand Marshal Tremblade or High Warlord Volrath now awards 2500 reputation points.
    • Resolved a pathing issue for Fangraal, Kronus, and faction Captains.


Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Warsong Gulch: Players in a Wargame or Rated Battleground should no longer be sent to the wrong graveyard.


Items
  • Draenor Treasure Maps are now bind on pickup.
  • Bonemaw's Big Toe can now be Needed by Warriors.
  • Ironmender's Totem can now also trigger its effect from healing spells.
  • Moonfang’s Paw is no longer unique.
  • Moonfang’s Shroud is no longer unique.
  • Qian-Ying, Fortitude of Niuzao's Endurance of Niuzao effect should now trigger first if the ability is not on cooldown before triggering the Purgatory talent for Death Knights.
  • Raw Riverbeast Meat should now correctly drop from Riverbeasts and no longer be incorrectly dropping from Basilisks.
  • Tormented Armament, Munificent Armament, and Grandiose Armament tokens obtained from completing a Garrison Mission should no longer incorrectly create one-handed warmaces for Assassination and Subtlety Rogues.


UI
  • Resolved an issue where Draenor PvP gear may display incorrect item levels and stats.
by Published on 2014-12-03 07:21 PM

The Alliance Chopper is Now for Sale for 100,000 gold
It looks like the Alliance Chopper is now live, and can be bought for 100,000 gold in Stormwind.






by Published on 2014-12-03 07:28 AM

Blizzard Devs at Playstation Experience, Curious Imperius' Bug, Gem of Esoteric Alteration
Goblins vs Gnomes: 61 New Cards, Upcoming Balance Changes
Heroes Technical Alpha Patch Notes: December 2, 2014 - Jaina Proudmoore

Trinket Hotfixes
It looks like Blizzard has reversed a previous hotfix on trinkets. We have the full list of changes!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello everyone- There have been several recent hotfixes to the stats on trinkets in Draenor, and we wanted to take some time to provide an update on these.

At launch, we found some issues that led to many Draenor trinkets being incorrectly budgeted (predominantly overbudget, though some were underbudget as well). We quickly applied one hotfix to attempt to resolve this issue, but there are still some issues remaining. That said, despite the overbudget, we won't be nerfing any existing trinkets. So, have no fear of purchasing any of these trinkets and only to have them end up nerfed.

Last night, we applied another hotfix which increased the stats on many epic trinkets in order to reach a balanced budget on these trinkets and ensure a proper trinket progression path through the Raid tier. This change affects world-drop BoE epic trinkets, Inscription-crafted epic trinkets, Highmaul trinkets, and Blackrock Foundry trinkets.

With the opening of Highmaul today we also wanted to wish you good luck!

Update: Scabbard of Kyanos was unintentionally buffed in yesterday's hotfix and we've reverted it to the stats it had yesterday. If you've earned one, fear not! It is still an excellent item and will be useful for quite a while.

Item LevelNameOldNew
640 Knight's Badge117 Bonus Armor229 Bonus Armor
640 Sandman's Pouch117 Intellect175 Intellect
640 Skull of War117 Strength/Agility171 Strength/Agility
655 Bottle of Infesting Spores201 Strength228 Strength
655 Captive Micro-Aberration201 Agility228 Agility
655 Emblem of Caustic Healing134 Spirit301 Spirit
655 Evergaze Arcane Eidolon111 Mastery285 Mastery
655 Mark of Rapid Replication201 Spirit301 Spirit
655 Petrified Flesh-Eating Spore166 Stamina432 Stamina
655 Pillar of the Earth301 Stamina579 Stamina
655 Pol's Blinded Eye134 Bonus Armor301 Bonus Armor
655 Quiescent Runestone201 Intellect228 Intellect
655 Scales of Doom111 Agility216 Agility
655 Shards of Nothing134 Intellect229 Intellect
655 Tectus' Beating Heart111 Strength216 Strength
665 Auto-Repairing Autoclave295 Spirit427 Spirit
665 Battering Talisman333 Stamina620 Stamina
665 Beating Heart of the Mountain147 Agility282 Agility
665 Blackiron Micro Crucible222 Intellect320 Intellect
665 Blast Furnace Door121 Bonus Armor259 Bonus Armor
665 Copeland's Clarity220 Crit290 Crit
665 Darmac's Unstable Talisman121 Intellect270 Intellect
665 Elementalist's Shielding Talisman228 Spirit359 Spirit
665 Forgemaster's Insignia222 Strength320 Strength
665 Goren Soul Repository121 Intellect270 Intellect
665 Horn of Screaming Spirits121 Strength270 Strength
665 Humming Blackiron Trigger222 Agility320 Agility
665 Ironspike Chew Toy121 Intellect190 Intellect
665 Kyb's Foolish Perseverance330 Stamina690 Stamina
665 Meaty Dragonspine Trophy121 Agility270 Agility
665 Tablet of Turnbuckle Teamwork147 Mastery418 Mastery
665 Vial of Convulsive Shadows147 Strength319 Strength


Crafted Item Hotfix - Crafting Cost Changes
Blizzard also pushed a hotfix changing the crafting cost of a few select items.

Profession Name Old Reagents New Reagents
Blacksmithing Smoldering Breastplate Truesteel Ingot x 5
 True Iron Ore x 20
 Blackrock Ore x 20
 Blackrock Ore x 30
 True Iron Ore x 30
Blacksmithing Smoldering Greaves Truesteel Ingot x 5
 True Iron Ore x 25
 Blackrock Ore x 25
 True Iron Ore x 60
Blacksmithing Smoldering Helm Truesteel Ingot x 5
 True Iron Ore x 10
 Blackrock Ore x 10
 Blackrock Ore x 60
Inscription Laughing Tarot Light Parchment x 1
 War Paints x 5
 Light Parchment x 1
 Cerulean Pigment x 20
Inscription Ocean Tarot Light Parchment x 1
 War Paints x 5
 Light Parchment x 1
 Cerulean Pigment x 20
Inscription Savage Tarot Light Parchment x 1
 War Paints x 5
 Light Parchment x 1
 Cerulean Pigment x 20
Jewelcrafting Glowing Blackrock Band Taladite Crystal x 5
 Blackrock Ore x 5
 True Iron Ore x 60
Jewelcrafting Glowing Iron Band Taladite Crystal x 5
 True Iron Ore x 5
 True Iron Ore x 60
Jewelcrafting Glowing Iron Choker Taladite Crystal x 5
 True Iron Ore x 10
 True Iron Ore x 60
Jewelcrafting Shifting Blackrock Band Taladite Crystal x 5
 Blackrock Ore x 5
 Blackrock Ore x 30
 True Iron Ore x 30
Jewelcrafting Shifting Iron Band Taladite Crystal x 5
 True Iron Ore x 5
 Blackrock Ore x 30
 True Iron Ore x 30
Jewelcrafting Shifting Iron Choker Taladite Crystal x 5
 True Iron Ore x 10
 Blackrock Ore x 30
 True Iron Ore x 30
Jewelcrafting Whispering Blackrock Band Taladite Crystal x 5
 Blackrock Ore x 5
 Blackrock Ore x 60
Jewelcrafting Whispering Iron Band Taladite Crystal x 5
 True Iron Ore x 5
 Blackrock Ore x 60
Jewelcrafting Whispering Iron Choker Taladite Crystal x 5
 True Iron Ore x 10
 Blackrock Ore x 60
Leatherworking Archmage's Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Blood Elven Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Brute's Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Crusader's Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Deathweaver's Hovel Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Distressingly Furry Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Elune's Retreat Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Enchanter's Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Fine Blue and Gold Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Fine Blue and Green Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Fine Blue and Purple Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking High Elven Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Ironskin Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Journeying Helm Burnished Leather x 5
 Raw Beast Hide x 10
 Raw Beast Hide x 50
Leatherworking Journeying Robes Burnished Leather x 5
 Raw Beast Hide x 20
 Raw Beast Hide x 50
Leatherworking Journeying Slacks Burnished Leather x 5
 Raw Beast Hide x 25
 Raw Beast Hide x 50
Leatherworking Nomad's Spiked Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Orgrimmar's Reach Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Ornate Alliance Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Ornate Horde Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Outcast's Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Patchwork Hut Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Savage Leather Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Simple Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Sturdy Tent Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Leatherworking Traveling Helm Burnished Leather x 5
 Raw Beast Hide x 10
 Raw Beast Hide x 50
Leatherworking Traveling Leggings Burnished Leather x 5
 Raw Beast Hide x 25
 Raw Beast Hide x 50
Leatherworking Traveling Tunic Burnished Leather x 5
 Raw Beast Hide x 20
 Raw Beast Hide x 50
Leatherworking Voodoo Doctor's Hovel Raw Beast Hide x 25 Raw Beast Hide x 5
Tailoring Sumptuous Cowl Hexweave Cloth x 5
 Sumptuous Fur x 10
 Sumptuous Fur x 50
Tailoring Sumptuous Leggings Hexweave Cloth x 5
 Sumptuous Fur x 25
 Sumptuous Fur x 50
Tailoring Sumptuous Robes Hexweave Cloth x 5
 Sumptuous Fur x 20
 Sumptuous Fur x 50



Warlords Season 1 has Begun! New Vendors in Stormshield and Warspear
Warlords Season 1 officially starts today! Read below to find out where to go to pick up your gear. Also make sure to take a look at the full Warlords Season 1 Armor preview!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With Warlords Season 1 beginning today, we're spawning in some new vendors for Honor and Conquest gear in a more permanent location inside Stormshield and Warspear, and wanted to be sure everyone is aware of their locations.

In Stormshield, Alliance players can find Bregg Coppercast (Honor) and Ingrid Blackingot (Conquest) standing in front of the Siege Tank near the exit to Ashran, across from the training dummies.

In Warspear, Horde players can find Lieutenant Brokefist (Honor) and Lieutenant Axelash (Conquest) on the hill next to the exit to Ashran, just down the path from the inn.


Hotfixes for December 2nd
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Garrison Invasions
    • Players should now be eligible to receive an Invader's Forgotten Treasure once a week if they complete the invasion with a Gold Victory.
    • Corrected an issue that was causing progress towards a Garrison invasion to reset each week.
  • Disturbed Podlings and Goren Protectors that spawns inside of the Garrison should now be lootable if they're killed by an NPC (like a Bodyguard). An additional hotfix is being worked on that will also apply this while encountering Disturbed Podlings and Goren Protectors outside of the Garrison as well.
  • Barn: Iron Trap, Improved Iron Trap, and Deadly Iron Trap should no longer be incorrectly triggering when other players run over it.
  • Dwarven Bunker / War Mill Level 2: Added a 2 hour grace period for cosmetic gear purchases from this building, allowing characters to sell the item back for a full refund. Note that utilizing the item for transmogrification will remove this grace period.
  • Gladiator's Sanctum Level 3: Fight, Kill, Salute! now awards 500 Conquest Points (down from 1500).
  • Menagerie Level 3: Reduced the number of pet battle wins needed for the Draenic Pet Battler achievement from 500 to 150.
  • Stables Level 3: Completely The Stable Master achievement should now correctly award the Stable Master title.
  • Garrison Missions
    • Conquest Garrison Missions have been disabled temporarily from the pool of available missions for players that are eligible to receive them.


Classes
  • Death Knight
    • Armor Sets
      • Death Knight PvP 2-piece set bonus from previous PvP Seasons should now grant 1 Runic Power when Chains of Ice is used (down from 10 Runic Power).
  • Mage
    • Armor Sets
      • Mage Tier-12 2-piece set bonus' summoned Mirror Images should no longer be dealing an excessive amount of damage.
  • Monk
    • Mistweaver
      • Enveloping Mist's healing has been increased by 50%.
  • Paladin
    • General
      • Seal of Insight's healing effect should now be able to Multistrike or Critically Strike.
  • Priest
    • Holy
      • Lightwell's heal over time effect should now be able to Multistrike or Critically Strike.
      • Binding Heal should now correctly heal both the Priest and friendly target.


World Environment, Creatures, and NPCs
  • Rare creatures and NPCs are now immune to the Dominate Mind ability.
  • Frostfire Ridge
    • Time-Warped Tower can now be looted by Alliance characters.
  • Shadowmoon Valley
    • Darktide Rylakinator-3000's attacks now deal more damage.
  • Talador
    • NPCs in the Aruuna area should no longer cause Horde characters to become stuck in combat.
    • Burning Eye's Eye of the Legion ability now has a reduced range of 30 yards (down from 100).


Quests
  • Shadowmoon Valley
    • Downsizing the Darktide: Ra'ka Bloodspear should now correctly allow multiple players to receive tap credit.
    • Shattering the Enemy: Increased the spawn rates for Felstorm Crystal.
  • Gorgrond
    • A Centurion Without a Cause: Defeating Woodfist far away from High Centurion Tormmok should no longer cause him to remain hostile to the character and allow players to complete the quest.
    • Assault on the Pit: Increased the spawn rate of creatures and NPCs for this quest.
    • Bonus Objective: The Forgotten Caves: Gorg the Host should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode.
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Strike While the Iron is Hot: Players joining a version of this quest that's already in-progress should now be able to receive completion credit.
  • Talador
    • Daggerjaw Pridelord, Daggerjaw Raider, and Daggerjaw Hoarder now deal less damage.
  • Nagrand
    • My Precious!: Resolved an issue where players may sometimes not receive completion credit for the quest. Additionally, players that have adandoned the quest should now be able to see Bazwix to reobtain the quest.
    • Ring of Trials quests can no longer be completed while in a Siege Tank or Demolisher. Seriously, that's not even a fair fight.
    • Goldmane the Skinner: Taking the cage key without opening the cage to let Goldmane out no longer prevents Bolkar the Cruel from respawning.
  • Legendary Ring Quest Line
    • Upgrading the ring should now correctly remove the old ring from the player's inventory.


Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Raids
    • Molten Core
      • Trash mobs like Ancient Core Hounds and Lava Surgers no longer respawn.
  • Dungeons
    • Cloth chest pieces should now correctly have a chance of dropping on Personal loot mode.
    • Bloodmaul Slagmines
      • Slave Watcher Crushto's Ferocious Yell now deals 10% less damage.
      • Slave Watcher Crushto: Captured Miner's Traumatic Strike now has a recast time of 6 seconds.
      • Achievement Come With Me If You Want to Live: Croman should now be more forviging with how far apart he can remain from the player he's following before despawning.
    • Iron Docks
      • Grimrail Enforcers: Makogg Emberblade's Lava Sweep should now always deal damage to players.
    • Skyreach
      • Credit for completing the achievement I Saw Solis should now be correctly awarded.
    • Upper Blackrock Spire
      • Kyrak's Rejuvenating Serum now has a duration of 9 seconds (down from 12 seconds). On Heroic difficulty and Challenge Mode, the ability now heals for the 8% (down from 10%).
      • Ragewing the Untamed's Engulfing Fire ability can now hit players that are not in line-of-sight.


PvP
  • Conquest Points have been converted into Honor Points before the start of the season.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Conquest Quartermasters Marshal Gabriel (Alliance) and General Aevd (Horde) have reinstated to sell Conquest gear. This reverts the hotfix from November 17.
  • Cross-realm groups are now able to enter Ashran together.


Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Strand of the Ancients should now correctly award players with a Gold Strongbox for winning.


Professions
  • Level-up items created by professions no longer use reagents that required a daily cooldown to create and are no longer soulbound. To compensate for this change, basic reagent requirements have been increased and vendor buyback price for those items have been reduced now that they're less rare.
  • Enchanting
    • Mark of Blackrock now requires 3 Temporal Crystals (down from 15) and 5 Scorcerous Earth (down from 10).
    • Mark of Shadowmoon now requires 3 Temporal Crystals (down from 15) and 5 Scorcerous Fire (down from 10).
  • Engineering
    • Blingtron 5000 should now correctly resume offering their daily quest after defeating another Blingtron.
  • Inscription
    • Ink Traders should now accept Warbinder's Ink in exchange for other inks.


Items
  • Many epic trinkets in Draenor received a buff to ensure a proper progression path through the Raid tier. This change affects world-drop BoE epic trinkets, Inscription-crafted epic trinkets, and trinkets that drop from Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry. Further information on this change could be found in the forum thread titled:*Trinket Hotfixes.
    • Note that Scabbard of Kyanos was unintentionally buffed much more than intended and its stats will be reverted to a more reasonable level.
  • Missing Class Glyphs
    • The following Glyphs were not available to be crafted through Inscription and have been added to vendors in Stormshield and Warspear. Alliance players can purchase them from Joao Calhandro, and Horde players can purchase them from Maru'sa. The glyphs are unique and bind on acquire.
      • Glyph of the Solstice (Druid)
      • Glyph of Flying Fists (Monk)
      • Glyph of Cleanse (Paladin)
      • Glyph of Purification (Priest)
      • Glyph of Purify Spirit (Shaman)
      • Glyph of Frostbrand Weapon (Shaman) will be automatically learned at level 75.
  • A number of items with no function are now listed as gray/junk quality item.
  • Alchemical Catalyst is now an Uncommon quality item.
  • Aviana's Feather now only works in outdoor Draenor areas, and other outdoor areas that allow flight.
  • Metamorphic Crystal has no function is now listed as gray/junk quality item.
  • N.U.K.U.L.A.R. Target Painter no longer works during a Brawler's Guild match.
  • Oralius' Whispering Crystal no longer provides a buff to Spirit.
  • Ultimate Gnomish Army Knife can no longer be used while in an Arena or Battleground.


UI
  • Tooltips for players in Premade Groups should no longer incorrectly display their level 90 Proving Grounds achievements.


BMAH Conquest Gear Refunds
If you purchased any Conquest gear on the Black Market Auction House which was converted into an Honor item, you can get a refund by submitting a support ticket.
Originally Posted by Lore (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you purchased a piece of Primal Gladiator’s gear from the Black Market Auction House which was then downgraded to a Primal Combatant’s piece prior to the beginning of Warlords Season 1, please contact our Customer Service department by submitting a ticket through our Support Center for a refund of the gold spent on the item.


Goblins vs Gnomes Releases December 8th - All cards Released
Blizzard announced a release date for Hearthstone's first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes! Goblins vs Gnomes will release on Monday, December 8, 2014 in North America, and December 9th in Europe. The card expansion includes over 120 new cards which can be found in a new type of card pack.

Our friends at HearthPwn have a list of all the 61 new cards announced today, animated golden cards for the new set, and datamined information on an expansion launch event and plenty of other client changes.

by Published on 2014-11-30 08:49 PM

Update (10:20 p.m. PST): All servers are now up!
Update (3:50 p.m. PST): Blizzard is working on resolving the server crashing issue, which is apparently caused by Tarlna the Ageless spawning too many adds.
Update (3:20 p.m. PST): U.S. maintenance has finished
Update (1:20 p.m. PST): U.S. maintenance has been extended until 3 p.m. PST.
Update (11:20 a.m. PST): U.S. maintenance has been extended until 1 p.m. PST.


Highmaul Raid Opens this Week!
Starting Tuesday as servers come up the first raid, Highmaul will open up! Only Normal and Heroic will be open for the first week. People looking to do LFR will need to wait one more week for the first wing to open up.

Region Date Unlocks Countdown
NA 12/2/2014 3:00 pm PST Live
EU 12/3/2014 11:00 am CET Live

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raid Unlock Schedule
To help you plan your escapades into the heart of this dangerous new place, we’ve broken down Highmaul’s unlock schedule for you.

  • December 2, 2014 - Highmaul opens with Normal and Heroic difficulties accessible.
  • December 9, 2014 - Mythic difficulty and the first wing of Raid Finder (Kargath, Butcher, Brackenspore) unlock.
  • December 16, 2014 - Raid Finder Wing 2 (Tectus, Twin Ogron, Ko’ragh) unlocks.
  • January 6, 2015 - Raid Finder Wing 3 (Imperator Mar’gok) unlocks.


Two World Bosses - Tarlna and Drov now Spawn!
The first two world bosses will start spawning as Highmaul opens up. These bosses will both drop 650 gear.




Highmaul Bosses
Normal and Heroic versions of Highmaul open this week! Check out our boss pages below for their abilities, loot, and encounter videos.


Legendary Ring Quest
Players who have been staying on top of their legendary Ring quest should have two quests in their logs that require Highmaul, Legacy of the Sorcerer Kings and Empire's Fall. Blizzard has done a good job at keeping the quest chain under wraps and it is currently unknown if we will see the next ring upgrade during Highmaul. However if we are able to obtain the next step before Blackrock Foundry, this will be it!

Level Type Spec Slot Name
690 Finger Tank Finger Spellbound Solium Band of Sorcerous Invincibility
690 Finger Melee Finger Spellbound Solium Band of Sorcerous Strength
690 Finger Spell Spirit Finger Spellbound Solium Band of the Immortal Spirit
690 Finger Physical DPS Finger Spellbound Solium Band of Fatal Strikes
690 Finger Spell DPS Finger Spellbound Solium Band of the Kirin-Tor



Seal of Tempered Fate
Seal of Tempered Fates are the new bonus roll item for this first raid tier. This time around there are a few ways you can obtain your weekly cap of 3. If you have your level 3 Dwarven Bunker / War Mill you will get a free Seal each week. There are also two rare Follower missions that may grant you one.

The main way to obtain these will be via the following weekly quests. You can mix and match between the four types. However, the more you buy into the same type each week, the more it will cost you.

Turn-in Type Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Gold50010002000
Apexis Crystals1000 × 2000 × 4000 ×
Garrison Resources300 × 600 × 1200 ×
Honor Points500 × 1000 × 2000 ×



Tier 17 Armor Sets Model Preview
If you looked over the loot tables you may have noticed that none of the Highmaul bosses drop any Tier loot. It looks like all the Tier tokens will be found in Blackrock Foundry this time around. With that said, the gear that drops in Highmaul does share a model with the Tier Sets, so it's worth taking another look




Highmaul Loot Table
Last but not least, you can find a preview of all the items available in Highmaul in the table below, sorted by difficulty.


Level Type Spec Slot Name Model Viewer
640DaggerPhysical DPSOne Hand Dagger of Enfeeblement
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640Fist WeaponPhysical DPSOne Hand Blade Dancer's Claws
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640One-handed AxeMeleeOne Hand Butcher's Cruel Chopper
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640One-handed MaceSpell DPSMain Hand Shard of Crystalline Fury
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640Off HandSpell DPSOff Hand Captured Arcane Fragment
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640ShieldSpell DPSOff Hand Shield of Violent Upheaval
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640ShieldMeleeOff Hand Mirrorshield of Arcane Fortification
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640PolearmPhysical DPSTwo Hand Polearm of Expulsion
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640StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Imperator's Warstaff
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640Two-handed SwordMeleeTwo Hand Magic-Breaker Greatsword
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640BowPhysical DPSRanged Shield-Shatter Longbow
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640PlateHead Crown of the Crags
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640PlateShoulders Iron Bomb Spaulders
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640PlateChest Chestplate of Destructive Resonance
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640PlateWrists Bracers of Cursed Cries
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640PlateHands Grips of Burning Infusion
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640PlateLegs Legplates of Arcanic Absorbtion
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640PlateFeet Ogre-Eater Treads
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640MailHead Gorian Royal Crown
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640MailShoulders Shoulderguards of Perpetually Exploding Fungus
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640MailChest Crackle-Proof Chestguard
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640MailWrists Bracer of Amputation
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640MailHands Pulverizing Grips
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640MailLegs Legguards of Ravenous Assault
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640MailFeet Bonebreaker Boots
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640LeatherHead Alloy-Inlaid Cap
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640LeatherShoulders Shoulderguards of the Shepherd
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640LeatherChest Chestwrap of Violent Upheaval
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640LeatherWrists Spine-Ripper Bracers
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640LeatherHands Carnage Breath Gauntlets
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640LeatherLegs Warmage's Legwraps
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640LeatherFeet Firewalker's Treads
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640ClothSpell DPSHead Fel-Flame Coronet
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640ClothSpell DPSShoulders Twin-Gaze Spaulders
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640ClothSpell DPSChest Mountainslide Robes
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640ClothSpell DPSWrists Rotmonger Bracers
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640ClothSpell DPSHands Sterilized Handwraps
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640ClothSpell DPSLegs High Arcanist Leggings
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640ClothSpell DPSFeet Spectator's Sandals of Carnage
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640BackPhysical DPSBack Rotmelter Mosscloak
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640BackSpell DPSBack Cloak of Overflowing Energies
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640BackSpell SpiritBack Greatcloak of Impactful Pulses
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640BackMeleeBack Fleshhook Cloak
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640BackBack Flamescarred Drape
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640NeckPhysical DPSNeck Necklace of Volatile Anomalies
640NeckSpell DPSNeck Cratermaker Choker
640NeckSpell SpiritNeck Fire-Blind Necklace
640NeckMeleeNeck Chain of the Unbroken Lineage
640NeckNeck Tide-Caller's Gorget
640FingerPhysical DPSFinger Frostcap Band
640FingerSpell DPSFinger Seal of Arcane Wrath
640FingerSpell SpiritFinger Bloodstone Seal
640FingerMeleeFinger Grunt's Rusty Ring
640FingerFinger Ring of Enfeebling Accusations
640TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Bloodmaw's Tooth
640TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Emblem of Gushing Wounds
640TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Immaculate Living Mushroom
640TrinketMeleeTrinket Mote of the Mountain
640TrinketTrinket Idol of Suppression
Level Type Spec Slot Name Model Viewer
655DaggerPhysical DPSOne Hand Ko'ragh's Boot Knife
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655Fist WeaponPhysical DPSOne Hand The Bladefist
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655One-handed AxeMeleeOne Hand Butcher's Bloody Cleaver
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655One-handed AxePhysical DPSOne Hand Phemos' Double Slasher
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655One-handed MaceSpell DPSMain Hand Butcher's Terrible Tenderizer
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655WandSpell DPSRanged Rod of Fel Nullification
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655Off HandSpell DPSOff Hand Bileslinger's Censer
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655ShieldSpell DPSOff Hand Maw of Souls
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655ShieldMeleeOff Hand Absalom's Bloody Bulwark
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655StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Spire of Tectus
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655StaffPhysical DPSTwo Hand Earthwarped Bladestaff
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655StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Staff of the Grand Imperator
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655Two-handed MaceTwo Hand Gar'tash, Hammer of the Breakers
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655Two-handed SwordMeleeTwo Hand Gor'gah, High Blade of the Gorians
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655BowPhysical DPSRanged Crystalline Branch of the Brackenspore
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655PlateHead Casque of the Iron Bomber
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655PlateShoulders Uncrushable Shoulderplates
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655PlateChest Chestplate of Arcane Volatility
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655PlateWrists Bracers of Mirrored Flame
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655PlateHands Gauntlets of the Heavy Hand
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655PlateWaist Fleshchewer Greatbelt
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655PlateLegs Legplates of Fractured Crystal
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655PlateFeet Entrail Squishers
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655PlateFeet Mosscrusher Sabatons
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655MailHead Hood of Dispassionate Execution
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655MailShoulders Living Mountain Shoulderguards
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655MailChest Moss-Woven Mailshirt
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655MailWrists Bracers of the Crying Chorus
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655MailHands Grips of Vicious Mauling
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655MailWaist Belt of Imminent Lies
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655MailLegs Leggings of Broken Magic
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655MailFeet Treads of Sand and Blood
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655MailFeet Face Kickers
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655LeatherHead Rune-Enscribed Hood
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655LeatherShoulders Deep Walker Paulders
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655LeatherChest Chestguard of the Roaring Crowd
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655LeatherWrists Bracers of Spare Skin
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655LeatherHands Throat-Ripper Gauntlets
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655LeatherHands Treacherous Palms
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655LeatherWaist Belt of Bloody Guts
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655LeatherLegs Nether Blast Leggings
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655LeatherFeet Mountainwalker's Boots
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655LeatherFeet Sandals of Mycoid Musing
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655ClothSpell DPSHead Vilebreath Mask
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655ClothSpell DPSShoulders Slaughterhouse Spaulders
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655ClothSpell DPSChest Robes of Necrotic Whispers
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655ClothSpell DPSChest Robes of the Arcane Ultimatum
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655ClothSpell DPSWrists Crystal-Woven Bracers
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655ClothSpell DPSHands Meatmonger's Gory Grips
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655ClothSpell DPSWaist Girdle of the Infected Mind
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655ClothSpell DPSLegs Sea-Cursed Leggings
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655ClothSpell DPSFeet Destablized Sandals
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655BackBack Fireproof Greatcloak
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655BackBack Cloak of Frenzied Rage
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655BackPhysical DPSBack Cloak of Creeping Necrosis
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655BackMeleeBack Cloak of Ruminant Deception
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655BackSpell DPSBack Cloak of Searing Shadows
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655BackSpell SpiritBack Force Nova Cloak
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655NeckSpell SpiritNeck Champion's Medallion
655NeckPhysical DPSNeck Flechette-Riddled Chain
655NeckNeck Collar of Wailing Mouths
655NeckSpell DPSNeck Odyssian Choker
655NeckMeleeNeck Ko'ragh's Family Locket
655NeckPhysical DPSNeck Reaver's Nose Ring
655NeckNeck Choker of Violent Displacement
655FingerMeleeFinger Grunt's Solid Signet
655FingerSpell DPSFinger Kargath's Last Link
655FingerPhysical DPSFinger Flenser's Hookring
655FingerFinger Gutwrench Ring
655FingerFinger Eye of Tectus
655FingerMeleeFinger Earthfury Band
655FingerSpell SpiritFinger Ring of Infinite Accretion
655FingerSpell DPSFinger Signet of Crystalline Barrage
655FingerSpell SpiritFinger Golden-Tongued Seal
655FingerPhysical DPSFinger Spell-Sink Signet
655FingerFinger Seal of Unbound Frost
655FingerFinger Shockwave Signet
655TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Scales of Doom
655TrinketMeleeTrinket Tectus' Beating Heart
655TrinketTrinket Pillar of the Earth
655TrinketMeleeTrinket Bottle of Infesting Spores
655TrinketTrinket Pol's Blinded Eye
655TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Shards of Nothing
655TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Emblem of Caustic Healing
655TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Captive Micro-Aberration
655TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Mark of Rapid Replication
655TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Quiescent Runestone
655TrinketTrinket Evergaze Arcane Eidolon
Level Type Spec Slot Name Model Viewer
670DaggerPhysical DPSOne Hand Ko'ragh's Boot Knife
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670Fist WeaponPhysical DPSOne Hand The Bladefist
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670One-handed AxeMeleeOne Hand Butcher's Bloody Cleaver
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670One-handed AxePhysical DPSOne Hand Phemos' Double Slasher
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670One-handed MaceSpell DPSMain Hand Butcher's Terrible Tenderizer
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670WandSpell DPSRanged Rod of Fel Nullification
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670Off HandSpell DPSOff Hand Bileslinger's Censer
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670ShieldSpell DPSOff Hand Maw of Souls
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670ShieldMeleeOff Hand Absalom's Bloody Bulwark
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670StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Spire of Tectus
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670StaffPhysical DPSTwo Hand Earthwarped Bladestaff
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670StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Staff of the Grand Imperator
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670Two-handed MaceTwo Hand Gar'tash, Hammer of the Breakers
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670Two-handed SwordMeleeTwo Hand Gor'gah, High Blade of the Gorians
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670BowPhysical DPSRanged Crystalline Branch of the Brackenspore
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670PlateHead Casque of the Iron Bomber
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670PlateShoulders Uncrushable Shoulderplates
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670PlateChest Chestplate of Arcane Volatility
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670PlateWrists Bracers of Mirrored Flame
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670PlateHands Gauntlets of the Heavy Hand
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670PlateWaist Fleshchewer Greatbelt
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670PlateLegs Legplates of Fractured Crystal
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670PlateFeet Entrail Squishers
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670PlateFeet Mosscrusher Sabatons
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670MailHead Hood of Dispassionate Execution
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670MailShoulders Living Mountain Shoulderguards
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670MailChest Moss-Woven Mailshirt
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670MailWrists Bracers of the Crying Chorus
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670MailHands Grips of Vicious Mauling
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670MailWaist Belt of Imminent Lies
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670MailLegs Leggings of Broken Magic
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670MailFeet Treads of Sand and Blood
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670MailFeet Face Kickers
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670LeatherHead Rune-Enscribed Hood
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670LeatherShoulders Deep Walker Paulders
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670LeatherChest Chestguard of the Roaring Crowd
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670LeatherWrists Bracers of Spare Skin
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670LeatherHands Throat-Ripper Gauntlets
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670LeatherHands Treacherous Palms
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670LeatherWaist Belt of Bloody Guts
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670LeatherLegs Nether Blast Leggings
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670LeatherFeet Mountainwalker's Boots
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670LeatherFeet Sandals of Mycoid Musing
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670ClothSpell DPSHead Vilebreath Mask
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670ClothSpell DPSShoulders Slaughterhouse Spaulders
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670ClothSpell DPSChest Robes of Necrotic Whispers
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670ClothSpell DPSChest Robes of the Arcane Ultimatum
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670ClothSpell DPSWrists Crystal-Woven Bracers
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670ClothSpell DPSHands Meatmonger's Gory Grips
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670ClothSpell DPSWaist Girdle of the Infected Mind
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670ClothSpell DPSLegs Sea-Cursed Leggings
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670ClothSpell DPSFeet Destablized Sandals
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670BackBack Fireproof Greatcloak
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670BackBack Cloak of Frenzied Rage
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670BackPhysical DPSBack Cloak of Creeping Necrosis
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670BackMeleeBack Cloak of Ruminant Deception
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670BackSpell DPSBack Cloak of Searing Shadows
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670BackSpell SpiritBack Force Nova Cloak
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670NeckSpell SpiritNeck Champion's Medallion
670NeckPhysical DPSNeck Flechette-Riddled Chain
670NeckNeck Collar of Wailing Mouths
670NeckSpell DPSNeck Odyssian Choker
670NeckMeleeNeck Ko'ragh's Family Locket
670NeckPhysical DPSNeck Reaver's Nose Ring
670NeckNeck Choker of Violent Displacement
670FingerMeleeFinger Grunt's Solid Signet
670FingerSpell DPSFinger Kargath's Last Link
670FingerPhysical DPSFinger Flenser's Hookring
670FingerFinger Gutwrench Ring
670FingerFinger Eye of Tectus
670FingerMeleeFinger Earthfury Band
670FingerSpell SpiritFinger Ring of Infinite Accretion
670FingerSpell DPSFinger Signet of Crystalline Barrage
670FingerSpell SpiritFinger Golden-Tongued Seal
670FingerPhysical DPSFinger Spell-Sink Signet
670FingerFinger Seal of Unbound Frost
670FingerFinger Shockwave Signet
670TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Scales of Doom
670TrinketMeleeTrinket Tectus' Beating Heart
670TrinketTrinket Pillar of the Earth
670TrinketMeleeTrinket Bottle of Infesting Spores
670TrinketTrinket Pol's Blinded Eye
670TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Shards of Nothing
670TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Emblem of Caustic Healing
670TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Captive Micro-Aberration
670TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Mark of Rapid Replication
670TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Quiescent Runestone
670TrinketTrinket Evergaze Arcane Eidolon
Level Type Spec Slot Name Model Viewer
685DaggerPhysical DPSOne Hand Ko'ragh's Boot Knife
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685Fist WeaponPhysical DPSOne Hand The Bladefist
Modelviewer
685One-handed AxeMeleeOne Hand Butcher's Bloody Cleaver
Modelviewer
685One-handed AxePhysical DPSOne Hand Phemos' Double Slasher
Modelviewer
685One-handed MaceSpell DPSMain Hand Butcher's Terrible Tenderizer
Modelviewer
685WandSpell DPSRanged Rod of Fel Nullification
Modelviewer
685Off HandSpell DPSOff Hand Bileslinger's Censer
Modelviewer
685ShieldSpell DPSOff Hand Maw of Souls
Modelviewer
685ShieldMeleeOff Hand Absalom's Bloody Bulwark
Modelviewer
685StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Spire of Tectus
Modelviewer
685StaffPhysical DPSTwo Hand Earthwarped Bladestaff
Modelviewer
685StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Staff of the Grand Imperator
Modelviewer
685Two-handed MaceTwo Hand Gar'tash, Hammer of the Breakers
Modelviewer
685Two-handed SwordMeleeTwo Hand Gor'gah, High Blade of the Gorians
Modelviewer
685BowPhysical DPSRanged Crystalline Branch of the Brackenspore
Modelviewer
685PlateHead Casque of the Iron Bomber
Modelviewer
685PlateShoulders Uncrushable Shoulderplates
Modelviewer
685PlateChest Chestplate of Arcane Volatility
Modelviewer
685PlateWrists Bracers of Mirrored Flame
Modelviewer
685PlateHands Gauntlets of the Heavy Hand
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685PlateWaist Fleshchewer Greatbelt
Modelviewer
685PlateLegs Legplates of Fractured Crystal
Modelviewer
685PlateFeet Entrail Squishers
Modelviewer
685PlateFeet Mosscrusher Sabatons
Modelviewer
685MailHead Hood of Dispassionate Execution
Modelviewer
685MailShoulders Living Mountain Shoulderguards
Modelviewer
685MailChest Moss-Woven Mailshirt
Modelviewer
685MailWrists Bracers of the Crying Chorus
Modelviewer
685MailHands Grips of Vicious Mauling
Modelviewer
685MailWaist Belt of Imminent Lies
Modelviewer
685MailLegs Leggings of Broken Magic
Modelviewer
685MailFeet Treads of Sand and Blood
Modelviewer
685MailFeet Face Kickers
Modelviewer
685LeatherHead Rune-Enscribed Hood
Modelviewer
685LeatherShoulders Deep Walker Paulders
Modelviewer
685LeatherChest Chestguard of the Roaring Crowd
Modelviewer
685LeatherWrists Bracers of Spare Skin
Modelviewer
685LeatherHands Throat-Ripper Gauntlets
Modelviewer
685LeatherHands Treacherous Palms
Modelviewer
685LeatherWaist Belt of Bloody Guts
Modelviewer
685LeatherLegs Nether Blast Leggings
Modelviewer
685LeatherFeet Mountainwalker's Boots
Modelviewer
685LeatherFeet Sandals of Mycoid Musing
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSHead Vilebreath Mask
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSShoulders Slaughterhouse Spaulders
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSChest Robes of Necrotic Whispers
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSChest Robes of the Arcane Ultimatum
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSWrists Crystal-Woven Bracers
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSHands Meatmonger's Gory Grips
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSWaist Girdle of the Infected Mind
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSLegs Sea-Cursed Leggings
Modelviewer
685ClothSpell DPSFeet Destablized Sandals
Modelviewer
685BackBack Fireproof Greatcloak
Modelviewer
685BackBack Cloak of Frenzied Rage
Modelviewer
685BackPhysical DPSBack Cloak of Creeping Necrosis
Modelviewer
685BackMeleeBack Cloak of Ruminant Deception
Modelviewer
685BackSpell DPSBack Cloak of Searing Shadows
Modelviewer
685BackSpell SpiritBack Force Nova Cloak
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685NeckSpell SpiritNeck Champion's Medallion
685NeckPhysical DPSNeck Flechette-Riddled Chain
685NeckNeck Collar of Wailing Mouths
685NeckSpell DPSNeck Odyssian Choker
685NeckMeleeNeck Ko'ragh's Family Locket
685NeckPhysical DPSNeck Reaver's Nose Ring
685NeckNeck Choker of Violent Displacement
685FingerMeleeFinger Grunt's Solid Signet
685FingerSpell DPSFinger Kargath's Last Link
685FingerPhysical DPSFinger Flenser's Hookring
685FingerFinger Gutwrench Ring
685FingerFinger Eye of Tectus
685FingerMeleeFinger Earthfury Band
685FingerSpell SpiritFinger Ring of Infinite Accretion
685FingerSpell DPSFinger Signet of Crystalline Barrage
685FingerSpell SpiritFinger Golden-Tongued Seal
685FingerPhysical DPSFinger Spell-Sink Signet
685FingerFinger Seal of Unbound Frost
685FingerFinger Shockwave Signet
685TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Scales of Doom
685TrinketMeleeTrinket Tectus' Beating Heart
685TrinketTrinket Pillar of the Earth
685TrinketMeleeTrinket Bottle of Infesting Spores
685TrinketTrinket Pol's Blinded Eye
685TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Shards of Nothing
685TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Emblem of Caustic Healing
685TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Captive Micro-Aberration
685TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Mark of Rapid Replication
685TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Quiescent Runestone
685TrinketTrinket Evergaze Arcane Eidolon

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