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by Published on 2016-02-17 10:01 AM

Update (7 PM EST): The support site was updated to remove the "much higher than the requirements for Warlords of Draenor" language.

Caldesann's Despair Theorycrafting & Math, Greater Rift 103 Clear

The Curse Trials Begins Today, European Winter Preliminaries Decklists, Americas Winter Prelims this Weekend

Incoming Balance Update on Feb 17, Rotation for Feb. 16, 2016

Overwatch Patch - KR/TW Localization, New Skins in March & April, Jeff Kaplan Interview - Ranked Matchmaking

Legion - System Requirements
New system requirements were recently posted and we took a look at how they compare to the old ones. If you are ready to upgrade, you can take a look at our latest Betup of the Month or ask for assistance on the Computer Forums.

Mac requirements are listed on the Legion and Warlords system requirement pages. Notable increases include the minimum CPU going from a Core2 Duo to i5-750, as well as the minimum (2GB to 4GB) and recommended (4GB to 8GB) RAM being increased.


Minimum
  • Intel CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6600 increased to Intel Core2 Duo E8500
  • AMD CPU: AMD Phenom X3 8750 increased to AMD Phenom II X3 720
  • Drive Space: 35 GB increased to 45 GB.
  • Nvidia GPU: 8800 GT increased to GT 440
  • AMD GPU: Radeon HD 4850 increased to Radeon HD 5670
  • Intel GPU: HD Graphics 3000 increased to HD Graphics 5000

Recommended
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10 increased to Windows 10.
  • Intel CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 increased to Intel Core i5-3330
  • AMD CPU: AMD FX-4100 increased to AMD FX-6300
  • Nvidia GPU: GTX 470 increased to GTX 750 Ti
  • AMD GPU: Radeon HD 5870 increased to R7 260X

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The system requirements for Legion are much higher than the requirements for Warlords of Draenor. Make sure your computer meets these requirements before purchasing the Legion expansion.

The system requirements for Legion differ from the requirements for Warlords of Draenor. Make sure your computer meets these requirements before purchasing the Legion expansion.

Warlords of Draenor - All Character Achievements Complete
Players are keeping busy while waiting for Legion, with several players completing all of the possible character achievements. Congratulations to Arpexia of Thrall-EU and the others that followed.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Is the 5.3 bickering between the Alliance PC and Vol'jin canon? It seems OOC of Vol'jin to threaten in the manner that he did.
Definitely canon. And besides, Alliance players who called his bluff when he threatened could make him back down. (DaveKosak)

.I can repeat the Bodhi Pet Battle world quest over and over on same toon. Received rewards every time. Intended?? #LegionAlpha
it's a bug, new tech not quite ready to unleash PB quests officially, but feel free to give feedback as you find them! (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I still have not forgiven you for that article and never will! You slapped a lot of players in the face!
I explained our intent that you coordinate with a team and don't just AE everything. I've never quite understood that controversy (OccupyGStreet)
Maybe it was the title? I wanted to echo the surprise players likely after LK's dungeon zergs but maybe it sounded patronizing? (OccupyGStreet)

I strongly disliked the logic that "players can't do this". The drive to improve has steadily been quashed.
For me games are about overcoming obstacles, whether it's Dark Souls, League or the Witness. (OccupyGStreet)
I enjoy walking my dogs in the morning, but I'm really not looking for a challenge there. (OccupyGStreet)
I believe players *can* do something, but I think for many they maybe weren't looking for that in a game. (OccupyGStreet)
But maybe some players want the equivalent of the dog walk, at least sometimes? (OccupyGStreet)



Final Boss - Demonology Warlock Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with another spec preview!

by Published on 2016-02-16 08:20 AM

Barbarian Builds Highlight

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, Love is in the Air Winner - Congratulations Hejiahua!

Li Ming Gold Cost Reduction & Builds

Baby Winston Figure Pre-Order Bonus, Play of the Game to be Revisited, Boxes to be Purchasable but not Credits

Love is in the Air 2016
Love is in the Air once again! There aren't any major changes this year beyond the addition of heirloom upgrade items to the vendor and an upgraded item level on the neck items.


Level Type Name
670Neck Choker of the Pure Heart
670Neck Shard of Pirouetting Happiness
670Neck Winking Eye of Love
670Neck Sweet Perfume Broach
670Neck Heartbreak Charm
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard


Legion - Tier 19 Monk Armor Set
You can see the Monk Artifact Weapons on our Artifact Weapons page.





Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
If you've bought the transmog appropriate to your armour class from the Barracks, will that translate to all amour classes 1/2
No. Each armor set from the Garrison Barracks must be acquired separately. (WarcraftDevs)

Just to confirm: Patch 6.2.4 DOES NOT remove the moose?
Correct. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
You have to know there are people who ask you questions who're trying to get you to dis WoW so they can then use that against
Yep. I get that. But I'm out of the loop enough that I can't offer much insight into current WoW decisions anyway. (OccupyGStreet)

So then you agree that homogenization missed the mark? You said you don't apologize for it, but it didn't address utility.
I think "bring the player" was the right call. That opened up group slots for people. (OccupyGStreet)
I think we were too sensitive to "Imma be sat cuz my dps" concerns, which led to some of the class design convergence. (OccupyGStreet)



Final Boss - Beast Mastery Hunter Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with another spec preview!

by Published on 2016-02-15 07:07 AM

Witch Doctor Builds Highlight

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, Love is in the Air Winner - Congratulations Hejiahua!

Heroes Homescreen Backgrounds, Squadron's Mini WTF Moments #16

Unreleased Pharah Skin - Raptorion

Legion Beta - Demonology Warlock Artifact Intro
Demonology Warlocks have a somewhat unique artifact weapon, rather than a regular weapon, it is a skull that floats near you. You can see the latest variation in this video.



RPPM Bug and Legion Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Aye, thanks to you and a few other community members for helping identify that bug. Indeed, we're going to wait until 7.0 to fix it.

But we're going to go a step further, as well. Warning, the following is super techy. You do not need to understand it, it's just for the theorycrafters.

Conceptually, the intended difference between random chance procs and On-Use effects should be that the chance ones are unreliable, whereas the On-Use ones are active when you want them to. This extra proc chance on the pull (which you identified is actually stronger than intended) goes against that rather significantly, ensuring that the random chance ones are active when you most want them to, on the pull.

As such, we're going to change the functionality of RPPM procs in Legion. The TimeSinceLastProcSuccess and TimeSinceLastProcAttempt will both be set to 0 on the start of boss encounters, instead of the 120 and 10 respectively that it currently is. This will significantly affect the overall DPS value of these trinkets, and we'll adjust tuning on all trinkets to account for this change.

I think the issue behind why the current system was originally implemented is that there are two brands of "random" trinket currently - RPPM and % chance to proc + ICD. The issue is the % chance to proc + ICD variety is actually incredibly consistent (pretty much get a proc upon expiration of each ICD window - and these trinkets also start boss encounters with their ICD window cooled down, so you can reliably get a proc on the pull with these trinkets, especially as a dual-wielder).

Are there any changes to this flavor of trinket being planned, or "tuning will fix it?"

Yes. ICD trinkets are relatively rare these days, but are a different flavor that we'll still use from time to time. As others have pointed out the extra proc chance on the pull for RPPM trinkets was significantly related to trying to compete with those ICD trinkets, which were the vast majority of trinkets at the time. Nowadays, they aren't the norm, so we don't need to make RPPM ones overpowered to compete with them. ICD trinkets will likely be a little less consistent, but still more consistent than RPPM. We don't want to have too much difference between ICD and RPPM, because it's a distinction that the vast majority of the playerbase shouldn't need to understand.

If you want consistency, On-Use trinkets will be attractive to you. If you don't mind randomness, chance to trigger ones may be up your alley.

Overall, we're attempting to cut down the on-the-pull cooldown stacking, and this is just one angle that we're attacking that problem from.

Legion - Class Feedback and Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
[Feedback] Guardian
We'll fix the extension cheese on Frenzied Regen, don't worry. For better testing, just don't use that.

On the topic of Bear AoE, we'd like to hear more fair discussion about it. There's obviously a significant amount of transition shock, going from 100% spammable AoE to just 6sec Thrash and Berserk.

How much of the concern is that shock, and how much is actual ineffectiveness in gameplay? Thrash seems to certainly be enough to hold onto mobs once you've hit them with it, so the only weakness would be in mobs that stream in more often than its cooldown. How often does that actually happen, and when do your other single-target abilities (including Moonfire which is ranged) not suffice?

Tanks have different strengths and weaknesses, and this is certainly a weakness of Bears. But is it weak enough to make you unable to perform your role in a dungeon? Or unable to be brought to raid? (Since there are 2 tanks in raids, things tend to work out fine as long as each tank can do at least 1 of the jobs on each fight..) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
[Feedback] Marksman Hunter
Hey Marksmanship Hunters. You've given tons of constructive feedback, which we appreciate, and are using to continue iterating on things. Please keep it coming, and know that we are listening.

The next build will include several significant changes based on testing, and your valuable feedback. This includes highlights such as Multi-Shot becoming a Focus-generator for Marksmanship, and applying Hunter's Mark to either all or none of its targets (instead of randomly rolling against each target individually), Marked Shot hitting all marked targets, a much longer Vulnerable duration, and a few talent revisions.

We look forward to you all getting to try out that build, and hearing your feedback based on it! Thanks!

Random side note, any news on fixing the bug where Vulnerability, Marked for Death (artifact trait), and True Aim are attributed to only one hunter? There's also a bug where you can only cast Marked Shot 6s after Hunter's Mark is triggered, even though the Hunter's Mark debuff lasts 12s. Admittedly #1 isn't a huge deal for testing gameplay (though it feels bad to do so much less DPS when you're not the only hunter), but #2 affects how you play quite a bit. Fixing these would be the cherry-on-top.
I believe every one of those is fixed for the next build. Also, you'll probably appreciate that Hunter's Mark is now applied on cast of Arcane/Multi, rather than on land. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
[Feedback] Fury Warrior
Thanks to all of those contributing useful, constructive feedback.

As we've been saying lately, this is an alpha. And an alpha is the perfect time to experiment with a variety of potential designs, and get feedback on them. So when we make changes and you dislike them, that's not a failure, that's an opportunity for successful use of the testing process. Share your feedback, and do it in a constructive way. We're listening. (And please share your feedback when you do like things as well!)

We're iterated many times on Fury so far this expansion, based on testing and feedback, and will continue to do so. Capturing the essence of a raging berserker, with fantasy-fulfilling, engaging, and enjoyable combat is a very delicate process.

The next build will include a multitude of further revisions to Fury, including things like Rampage triggering (instead of requiring) Enrage, and Furious Slash being free. We look forward to more constructive feedback once you've had a chance to try that build.

Thanks!

Also, if you can squeeze it into the next build could you fix the bug with haste reducing the length of enrage? It makes it very hard to test the specs functionality correctly.
This is not a bug. It looks weird, but it's important that it works that way so that haste doesn't change how many abilities fit into an Enrage, thus creating a gigantic haste breakpoint. Haste acts to compress the entire rotation, reducing GCDs, short cooldowns, and Enrage duration. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Random thought: Why do NPC's call you "Shaman" in the Maelstrom into quests? cc @craig_amai
Presumably as an honorific, rather than being initiate, acolyte, etc. But the feedback of it coming of weird is fair. Thanks! (craig_amai)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I blame you for Looking For Retards feature. Other then that you did rly good job.I liked tbc progression best
I did work on LFR and I do have some regrets about how it turned out. (OccupyGStreet)
I welcome LFR - it allows people to raid and progress upward instead of having nothing if not in the best guild
I think all players need the chance to progress. Maybe an anonymous, toothless raid isn't the only option though. (OccupyGStreet)



Warcraft Armies of Azeroth
An alpha version of the Warcraft Armies of Azeroth has been released to the Starcraft 2 Arcade. Only the Turtle Rock map is available in the current release.

by Published on 2016-02-12 09:36 PM

Feb 11th Hotfixes, Paragon Update Suggestion

Blizzard Q4 Earnings Call - Hearthstone at 40 Million Players, League of Explorers > Blackrock Mountain

January 2016 Leaderboards, Li Ming Bundles and Price Reduction, Epic Plays #62

Unreleased Pharah Skin - Raptorion

Legion - Artifact Appearance Unlocks
The latest build added the requirements to unlock a few of the Artifact variations.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Default Model
    • Color 2 - Recover 4 Pillars of Creation.
    • Color 3 - Unlock all of your Artifact Traits.
    • Color 4 - Unlock the entire history of your artifact in the tome within your class hall.
  • Second Model
    • Color 1 - Complete the quest, "Ancient Power."
    • Color 2 - Reach exalted with one of the Broken Isles factions.



Legion - Order Hall Updates
The latest build added some more of the Order Hall garrison style system. Keep in mind that this system is still a work in progress.



Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Order Hall Talents
  • Tiger Style: You can now recruit Tiger Initiates.
  • Greater Good: Zone support grants -30% mission cost to missions in the same zone. [NYI]
  • Pilgrimage: Zone support grants +20% bonus rewards to missions in the same zone. [NYI]
  • Crane Style: You can now recruit Crane Initiates.
  • Path of the Tiger: You can now recruit Tiger Adepts.
  • Path of the Ox: You can now recruit Ox Adepts.
  • Brewhouse: Gain a powerful brew each day. [NYI]
  • Path of the Crane: You can now recruit Crane Adepts.
  • Celestial Favor: You can summon a Celestial once per day.
  • Harmony: You gain 5% success for each mission already under way. [NYI]
  • Auspicious Fortune: Bonus rewards for exceeding 100% success are increased by 50%. [NYI]
  • Spiritual Armor: Your troops start with one additional vitality. [NYI]
  • Fists of Legend: You can equip an additional Legion Legendary. [NYI]
  • Enlightenment: Chance to recruit upgrade troops.
  • Living Quarters: Increases max number of initiates by 1. [NYI]
  • Veteran Instructors: The cost of recruiting initiates is decreased by 20%. [NYI]
  • Spiritual Brotherhood: Raises maximum number of champions by 2. [NYI]



Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Zone Support Buffs
  • Serpents Breath - Whenever you take damage, theres a chance Li Li will appear who summons a Cloud Serpent to heal her you and damage your foes.
  • Stealth Attack - Occasionally while fighting, a Shado-pan monk will appear behind your enemy and stun them.
  • Brewers Luck - Whenever you kill a lootable enemy, they have a chance to have “Brewers Satchel” on them. Grants a random bonus reward.
  • Hiro - Hiro fights by your side. [NYI]
  • Odyns Wrath - Summons Aegira, who fights by your side for 20 sec and imbues you with 10 charges of Odyn's Wrath. Attacking causes you to consume a charge, dealing an additional [ 25% of AP ] Nature damage. Once all charges of Odyn's Wrath are consumed, your target takes an additional [ 200% of AP ] Nature damage.
  • Summon Chen Stormstout
  • Summon The Monkey King
  • Heart of Shadow - Sylara appears and does a blade flurry style attack on your current target, dealing chain damage. [NYI]



Legion - Dungeon Race
If you missed it, you can watch the US vs EU race on Twitch.



Legion - Crashes on Ability Use
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hey everyone,
Wanted to give a brief update to let you all know that we're well aware of class abilities and spell rotations causing critical error crashes. The problem has been identified and a fix should be on it's way to you all in the next few hours. Thanks Alpha friends for all of the reports!

Good news everyone!

We just deployed a binary hotfix to resolve the crashes. Your Battle.net app should pick up the change as soon as you close Legion. As always, thanks for your patience!

Legion - Mac Clients Not Launching
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hey everyone,
Looks like an old bug has made it's way into the Alpha and we're actively investigating solutions for our friends on Mac. It's probably going to require a little bit of patching so there's no ETA yet. Thanks all, and as always, we appreciate your patience and diligent reporting.

With the latest binary deploy, Mac users should be good to go. The Battle.net app should automatically apply the fix. Thanks for your patience everyone!

FEEDBACK: Maw of Souls (Normal)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Please use this thread to post any feedback on the Maw of Souls dungeon. When posting, please note your group composition and any relevant information about the nature of your group (e.g. random LFG group, Mythic raider guildmates, etc.). At this stage, a lot of overall combat balance is in flux, but we're still very interested in hearing overall feedback and impressions of the experience and mechanics.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Do you guys deliberately design classes to have significantly higher AoE or single target DPS than others?
How a spec AoEs is a major part of its identity. Different methods of AoE can be better or worse in different situations. (WarcraftDevs)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Can we get any word at all on Bear tank aoe? Disturbed at how little notice this seems to be getting!
There are several changes to the Bear rotation in the next build. We look forward to feedback on their new rotation, then! (WarcraftDevs)

Lore
Hello, I'm slightly confused about something. Fel is called a substance and Sargeras is the God of Fel per UVG. So, Fel belongs
Fel is the primal force of chaos. It can pool into a green goop when it's in physical form. (DaveKosak)

https://t.co/0WGCX7nuOo will there be more peaceful story to Warcraft? Garrosh is dead, let faction war die with him. FOR AZEROTH
I worry that "PeaceCraft" wouldn't prove to be as popular and enduring. Then again - maybe it's the game the world needs. (DaveKosak)

Make-A-Wish® Charity Pet: Thank You!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks to the incredible out-purr-ing of generosity from World of Warcraft players around the globe who purchased Brightpaw the Mana Kitty, we’ve raised more than $1.7 million to benefit Make-A-Wish®, helping them grant the wishes of children throughout the world with life-threatening medical conditions.

Last year, we announced that during the month of December, 100% of Brightpaw’s purchase price would be donated to Make-A-Wish—and the WoW community rose to the occasion to lend their support. Thanks again for helping to make a difference in the lives of children.
For more information about Make-A-Wish in the U.S., visit wish.org, and outside of the U.S., visit worldwish.org.

Heroes of the Dorm
Heroes of the Dorm is back again, and Carbot has a nice video to go with it!



Final Boss - Restoration Shaman Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with another spec preview!

by Published on 2016-02-11 09:43 PM

Activision Blizzard Q4 2015 Earnings
Blizzard is no longer reporting the number of World of Warcraft subscribers in their earnings calls, but there were a couple of interesting points in today's earnings call:

  • Legion is expected to launch this summer, following the June release of the Warcraft film by Legendary Pictures.
  • Blizzard reached an all-time high for Monthly Active Users in 2015. Fourth quarter MAUs were up nearly 25% year-over-year.
  • Hearthstone now has over 40 million registered players.
  • On November 12, 2015 Blizzard launched The League of Explorers, the third adventure for Hearthstone, selling over 20% more units as of the first 6 weeks after launch than the prior Adventure in the same time frame.
  • Legacy of the Void sold over 1 million copies in the first 24 hours of launch.
  • More than 8 million players have signed up for Overwatch beta, up from 7 million as of last earnings call.
  • Activision Blizzard as a whole had higher digital revenue than retail revenue for the first time.


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