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by Published on 2014-10-14 11:09 PM

Update: Added hotfixes and a few new blue posts.

WoW Up to 7.4 Million Subscribers
Blizzard released the subscribers count ahead of next month's earning call. This is up 600k from the Q2 2014 call that listed WoW at 6.8 million subscribers.

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Patch 6.0.2 Hotfixes - Oct 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World Event: Iron Horde Incursion
  • All quest boss NPCs in the Blasted Lands now have scaling health pools based on the number of players engaging them.
  • Spawn rates for mobs and NPCs in the Blasted Lands have been adjusted.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Quest items for Mementos of the Fallen and Ransacking Nethergarde should now be tracked properly on the mini map.
  • The title, "of the Iron Vanguard" received from completing The Iron Invasion achievement is now account-wide.

Toy Box
  • Resolved an issue where the toy collection count was incorrectly increasing each time the character logs in.

Classes
  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Death Coil should now correctly have a range of 40 yards.
    • Talents
      • Blood Tap, Runic Corruption, and Runic Empowerment should no longer incorrectly trigger when attempting to cast Death Coil against an invalid target.
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    • Restoration
      • Lifebloom's Bloom effect should no longer incorrectly heal the casting Druid instead of their target.
  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Resolved an issue where Deterrence modified by Glyph of Mirrored Blades was not reflecting spells back at the target.
      • Resolved an issue where Explosive Trap's effects could be dodged.
  • Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    • Arcane
      • Resolved a script error with Arcane Barrage.
    • Talents
      • Supernova now deals 30% less damage against player targets.
  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    • Arms
      • Resolved an issue where Execute could incorrectly cause the Warrior to receive 100 Rage.

Creatures
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Reduced the health and damage of high level creatures and NPCs in Pandaria to more closely match their relative difficulty before the stat squish.
  • Incarnation of Despair's Last Gasp now deals damage that is more reasonable level in a post stat squish environment.

Quests
  • Legendary Cloak Quest Line
    • Celestial Blessings: Adjusted the damage received by both the player and Wrathion during the challenges for Chi-ji (healer) and Niuzao (tanking) to a reasonable level.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Raids
  • Resolved an issue in Personal Loot mode where multiple players were unable to loot a boss or chest at the same time.
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Auction house NPCs in Siege of Orgrimmar's should no longer be level 100.
    • Garrosh Hellscream's Iron Star explosion damage has been reduced to a more reasonable level in a post stat squish environment.
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Jin'rokh the Breaker's Static Wound damage has been reduced to a more reasonable level in a post stat squish environment.
    • Shadow Nova damage for Dark Ritualist and Ritual Guard has been reduced to a more reasonable level in a post stat squish environment.

Dungeons
  • Upper Blackrock Spire
    • Commander Tharbek received a tuning pass on their damage and ability cooldowns.
    • Awbee should no longer spam their introduction after Commander Tharbek is defeated.
    • Resolved an issue where items were incorrectly disenchanting into Warlords of Draenor enchanting materials.
  • Shadow-Pan Monastery
    • Gu Cloudstrike's Magnetic Shroud healing absorption has been reduced to a more reasonable amount in a post stat squish environment.

Proving Grounds
  • Tank Trial NPCs now hit harder and have slightly more health.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Deepwind Gorge
    • Resolved an issue where players were not receiving points for capturing a mine cart.

Items
  • Resolved an issue where Tier tokens obtained from Mists of Pandaria Raids could not be exchanged for gear.
  • Resolved an issue where Dame Evniki Kapsalis was incorrectly selling Heirloom items for gold instead of Champion's Seals.
  • Resolved an issue where Nat Pagle was incorrectly selling Draenic or Savage Fishing Poles.

Smash ‘n Grab—Bonus Chance to Get Your Heirloom from Garrosh
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrosh got an iron-tight grip on your heirloom? It’s time to Smash 'n Grab! Beginning Tuesday, October 14 and lasting until the launch of Warlords of Draenor on November 13, we’ll be giving players a bonus 100% chance to get their first Garrosh heirloom weapon in each difficulty* of Siege of Orgrimmar. If you have yet to claim an heirloom for your collection, here’s your chance. Once Warlords of Draenor goes live, these heirlooms will no longer be available, so get involved in the siege before it’s too late.

*Not available in Raid Finder. Note that the bonus only applies in raid difficulties in which you have not received an Heirloom already. If you have already received an Heirloom from a specific difficulty, the bonus will not have any effect.

Pandaria Awaits – World of Warcraft Now Includes Mists of Pandaria
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Unlock the mysteries of Pandaria. Beginning today, October 14, 2014, players are now able to get the original World of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria together for only $19.99, available digitally now in the Battle.net Shop. In addition, all World of Warcraft subscribers will now automatically have access to all of the content and features of Mists of Pandaria, even if they never purchased the expansion, at no additional cost.

It’s time to part the mists, adventurer — Pandaria awaits!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Stat Squish*
If any particular creatures aren't properly squished, be sure to report them by name in the Bug Report forum so we can hotfix these as quickly as possible.

As an aside, Patch 6.0.2 is the biggest change World of Warcraft has ever seen, particularly on the technical side with file structure and coding, as well as on the mechanical side with things like the stat squish, ability pruning, etc. There are bound to be some unforeseen bugs or other issues, which is why we have all hands on deck ready to pounce on these as we find them. With your help and patience we'll get things sorted even faster.

And this wasn't done in the PTR why? Just get rid of the PTR since you all at Blizzard seem to think that it's better to piss off the players with buggy, nonfunctional patches instead of fine-tuning them first!
You seem to presume that thousands of players were anxious to hop on the PTR and jump into Terrace of Endless Spring LFR, or run countless other pieces of older content in order to find that one mob that hits too hard. Like I said, this is a huge patch and a ton of very core mechanics of the game have been altered in ways that impact every player and NPC in the world. We're bound to have missed a few things and will address them as quickly as we can.

The PTR process is still immensely useful for catching bugs, particularly client-crashing, game-breaking bugs which we prioritize over smaller things. It's not a black-or-white, all-or-nothing situation as you implied with your "get rid of the PTR" comment. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?), it's more complicated. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Worgen Skin Customization Fix*
Welcome to 6.0.2! We’re in the process of tracking a couple dozen or so hotfixes we’ve implemented, or are in the process of implementing, and we’ll be updating the 6.0.2 Hotfixes blog as they come in.

In the meantime, we wanted to bring up an issue we’re looking into with Worgen skin options. Worgen (or Gilnean, if you prefer) characters are pretty unique in that their customization options are linked between each form (Human and Worgen). As work progressed on updated character models for 6.0.2, there was an error in how we numbered the texture files used to set which skin tones are linked between them. Some Worgen players out there are seeing a pretty stark mismatch, which is due to the game simply pointing at the wrong texture file. While it’s a simple error, it does require a client-side change to correct. We’re in the process of working on a client side patch to address this and a few other issues, and we’re working to get that out tomorrow if possible.

We’re excited to take this first giant step toward Warlords of Draenor with you, we’re continuing to read your feedback, and hope you’re enjoying fighting off this first wave of the Iron Horde invasion. As always, thanks for playing, and we’ll see you in-game! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Proving Grounds Titles
We're aware of the issue with missing Proving Ground titles and are working on a hotfix to address this. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ordos and Legendary Cloak Requirement
Edit: Spoke too soon. The change below has been reverted. Eligibility for loot from defeating Ordos has not changed. It still requires one of the characters on an account license to have obtained the Legendary Cloak.

  • Access to Ordon Sanctuary or eligibility for loot from Ordos no longer requires players to have completed the Legendary Cloak questline.
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Archeology Toys
Name says it all. Farmed up a metric ton of them a long time ago. Achievements are in my book but I don't have the items anymore. Ran out of bag space. Any chance there's a way to recover these with 6.0.2 with the inclusion of the Toys UI?
You may be pleasantly surprised on login. My characters automatically pre-learned toy items that my characters have obtained via Archeology without having to learn them. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Character Models
Sorry to hear you're not enjoying your updated character! As others have mentioned, we've added facial customization options to the in-game barbershop, which will allow you to change additional appearance options for an in-game gold cost.

With the old models looking as... old, as they did, there's always been some amount of interpretation that's going to happen from person to person as they fill in the quality-gaps, and add their own story and character to any of the looks. Where a squiggly blurry line might look like a scar to you, it might look like freckles to someone else. A furled brow is grease smudge, a wince is a grimace, or a smile is a pout. We went into the archives, back to the source material and textures, and spent a lot of time trying to ensure we were interpreting all those squiggles and smudges in a way that is as true to the originals as possible, while also updating them to much higher resolutions and levels of fidelity. No easy task, I assure you. We expect that some will have had different interpretations of those old blurry textures than the ones we arrived at, and that's why we brought some of the recustomization features in-game for "free" (small gold cost like other barbershop features), and with that you can hopefully find new combinations and options that do appeal to you. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Professions and Gold in Warlords of Draenor
Unless you have a huge stockpile, gold is going to be an important asset in Warlords. But, beyond that, professions are still poised as they always have been, as a way to create high end items and special rewards for you and your friends, as well as to sell or trade your masterful experience as goods and services. Beyond items that will help fill itemization gaps as you'll get into raiding, there's the standard cadre of bonus items, toys, mounts, etc. that specific professions can create. There's also a lot of interplay between which professions you have/don't have, and how your building selections in the Garrison will benefit or offset your skills. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Gaze of the Black Prince Buff Ended Early
It was our understanding that the Gaze of the Black Prince buff would be removed when the realms were brought down to apply Patch 6.0.2. In reality, the buff was set to expire at 12:00 a.m. this morning. At this point it's not likely that we'll be able to reactivate the buff so that it's available for these waning hours prior to patch launch. We apologize for the discrepancy between our messaging and the actual timing of the buff's removal. It wasn't our intent to mislead or confuse anyone. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Heirloom Vendor Change in Patch 6.0.2
theres this situation where people probably have just started playing WoW again or are new to wow and they like to catch up on things during the game, i bet you dont take too many breaks from wow seing how far you went into that post of yours.
If they're new to the game they wouldn't be able to purchase heirlooms until they're already leveled. If they're returning, again, they may be lvl 80 or 85 and they're probably not going to be buying any (especially because they won't provide them much if any benefit at that level) unless they do have 90's but are returning to just level alts--which seems super specific. I'm still unsure of in what scenario new players or people returning to the game are specifically and unfairly being affected by this.

Which is of course not bringing up, again, heirlooms will still be available from other vendors for different currencies. Or that, if you want to right now, you could pretty easily grind out the JP needed to buy any heirlooms you want in the next couple days before 6.0.2.

How long have you guys been working on WoD already? How long have you known all of this was going to change? How bad do you think it looks that a month prior to the release you STILL haven't figured this out.
An account wide heirloom system wasn't as high a priority as other changes and content. Features and content are routinely delayed or cut from expansions as we work on them and priorities and design ideas and philosophies change. It's how we've always worked. Making a game is more of an art than a science, and we think it works better when there can be a personal touch and influence on the game design and direction, and not a rigid schedule to adhere to.

Anyway, to answer your question, we were in the process of changing the heirlooms to cost gold and thought "wait a minute, this is going to maybe suck if the new system changes the valuation considerably". So, specifically, maybe a day before the original post?

But again, help me understand. Why did this not come across during meetings about it when you had them? Maybe we're not privy to the knowledge, but the, "Well, we didn't realize it would be all screwy until just a short time ago!" thing...honestly, it puts a REALLY bad taste in my mouth, personally speaking.

Don't get me wrong.

I understand more than most prioritizing things. However, if a change is coming down the pike, do you not first examine ALL options thoroughly before deciding on what will work best? This reeks of throwing stuff at a wall and seeing what sticks, man.

Mmmm, not sure if I can answer satisfactorily as this seems to be a judgment of our working processes, which I'm not sure necessarily can or should be justified. If we do something you don't like, tell us why, I don't know that trying to ensure our producers are using "Agile" is super helpful. But anyway, things change, and they can change at any step. Obviously in meetings where designs are discussed, things change thousands or times in little or substantial ways. They can also change during testing, or as we approach a milestone, or at 2am when a designer wakes up in a cold sweat screaming "OH NO!", or during implementation, or a billion other small ways. You're perceiving change as a weakness, when in reality our ability to change and adapt to new conditions or thoughts or ideas, is a major strength.

It seems like you're wanting to shame us for not being able to see the future, or for prioritizing tasks properly (in the scheme of a new expansion, what old heirlooms will sell for is not super high up there), which seems odd and unfair.

I'm starting to agree with all the claims about pushing the paid 90 boost. That's the only thing that makes sense.
*grumble* Except everyone gets a boost included with Warlords and also heirlooms are still purchasable with other currencies. If the intent is to propose what-if scenarios as real problems, I'll discuss them all day, but please don't bring conspiracy theories in. There's no logic to what you're proposing.

Why is this even a concern? You've placed a monetary value on Justice Points. You've placed a gold value on the guild heirlooms. This is just repeating a bad excuse for a last minute change. One that doesn't even influence the gameplay in the new expansion. It's a convenience item for "veteran" players.
There's no monetary value on JP. We're offering a payout for time spent as the currency is being removed so people aren't sad for having JP they didn't spend. It's a nice thing to do. It is not a literal valuation of time spent. And there just isn't a parity with the guild heirlooms. Just because both items are heirlooms doesn't mean they should both suddenly be obtainable the same way through the same systems.

I do indeed understand some people would love for heirlooms to be purchasable with gold.

Again, maybe you did this. I don't know. But it surely seems to me that you (Blizzard) just took the path of least resistance and hoped for the best without really THINKING about it and have inconvenienced MANY players with nothing more than, "Oopsie daisy!".
I think it was more along the lines of, ok we're removing Valor and Justice Points, this is a change that affects dozens of systems, thousands of items, millions of players, let's discuss the key impacts, but it's going to take months for designers to work through how each should be resolved in each system, for each player, let alone implement, test, bug fix, reimplement, test, bug fix, etc. etc. and it would be nonsensical for us to sit and discuss each minutiae of the change for old currencies instead of doing work to make an awesome expansion. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 6.0.2 - Alliance and Horde Choppers
Today's patch added the Horde chopper mount, but it looks like Alliance players will have to wait a little longer to buy their mount.






by Published on 2014-10-14 04:26 PM

Update (4:45 PM EST): AskMrRobot is updated and online!
Update (4:30 PM EST): Ordos will not be accessible to everyone. You need the legendary cloak to access him still.
Update (1:20 PM EST): Added Blizzard's Patch 6.0.2 video recap.

Mists of Pandaria Included in Base Game
Mists of Pandaria has been removed from the Battle.Net Shop and the base game now is listed as including level 1 to 90. Players who haven't purchased Warlords of Draenor yet had their launcher change to the base game background instead of Mists of Pandaria.



World of Warcraft Site Updated
The World of Warcraft site design has been updated to include a new background and the Warlords of Draenor logo.



Patch 6.0.2 Survival Guide
Blizzard has released a video recap of some of the major changes in Patch 6.0.2.



Iron Horde Invasion - Blasted Lands Quests
Upon logging in you should be able to start the short Blasted Lands quest line. These quests reward Iron Starlette, The Iron Invasion, and the of the Iron Vanguard title.

You can find more information about the quests on the WoWDB pages for the initial Alliance / Horde quest.



Gearing Up Alts
If you want to gear up alts to make leveling in Warlords a little bit easier, there are now a few more ways to do so. Keep in mind that lots of items can be upgraded at the cost of 50 x Lesser Charm of Good Fortune.

  • Upper Blackrock Spire - The new version of UBRS drops item level 550 blues, which is better than you can get from Normal Siege of Orgrimmar (without upgrades). You need item level 510 to queue.
  • Honor - Battlegrounds and arena skirmishes can give you honor to purchase item level 550 Prideful gear.
  • Gold - Gear that was sold for Justice or Valor previously is now sold for gold!
  • Timeless Isle - You can get lots of 496 gear from chests on the isle. If you get tokens for armor you don't need, you can send them to other alts.
  • World Bosses - The world bosses have a 15-30% chance to drop gear.
  • Siege of Orgrimmar - Flex is now normal and scales from 10 to 30, so take advantage of the Group Finder to get some gear. If you are item level 496 or above, you can get item level 528 gear from Raid Finder.
  • Throne of Thunder - If you are at least item level 480, you can do Throne of Thunder. Bosses have a ~30% chance to drop item level 502 gear.


Patch 6.0.2 Known Issues
Originally Posted by Zorbrix (Blue Tracker)
Classes
  • Priest - Switching targets while casting Mind Vision can cause Mind Vision to sometimes show the Priest's PoV instead of the original target.
  • Priest - Holy Word: Serenity does not work with mouseover macros.
  • Paladin - The temporary crit rating buffs are not increasing Parry chance through Riposte.
  • Mage - Frozen Orb has its projectile pathing blocked by objects, such as trees, that don't block line of sight for targeted spells.
  • Monk - Healing Spheres summoned by Gift of the Serpent will not spawn near the NPC party members during Proving Grounds.
  • Priest - Chakra: Serenity is not increasing the healing of Glyph of Power Word: Shield (56160).

Environment
  • Trial of the Crusader: There is a camera issue when moving the camera into the alcove where the mobs enter the arena.
  • Orgrimmar: There are three areas in the ground in the Cleft of Shadow where you can see under the world.
  • Vale of Eternal Blossoms - There are sections of missing water and extra planes of water in several locations.

Items
  • Obsidian Sanctum - Drake mounts may not drop if players kill Sartharion too fast.

Dungeons:
  • The special level 90 version of Upper Blackrock Spire is not visible in the dungeon finder dropdown unless you meet the average item level requirement of 510.

Quests
  • It is possible for players to receive multiple Brew of the Month Club mails or no mail at all.
  • Some Brew Vendors may not always sell the brew of the month to players who are eligible.

Characters, Creatures, and Mounts:
  • Creatures will rotate to face a player if the player is moving after landing the killing blow or if they one-shot the creature.
  • A minor animation error will occur when Female Trolls do the "read" emote.
  • A minor animation error will occur when Female dwarves drown.
  • Multiple HD character models sit incorrectly in various types of chairs.
  • The Murkablo Battle Pet isn't playing idle animation sounds, and is missing a visual fire spell effect.
  • Orc Male's beards can sometimes appear untextured in the character creation process.
  • Fel versions of the Dreadsteed and Felsteed mounts display some non-fel effects.
  • Players mounted on a multi-passenger vehicle on a transport are not shown the transport loading screen when crossing continents.
  • A minor animation error can occur with some drake mounts (Nether Drakes, Frost Wyrms) when they land after jumping.

UI:
  • Female Blood elf cloaks animate as though they are female Draenei.
  • Players, other than the party leader, are prompted to select a role, the first time that specific group queues for an arena match.
  • Account-wide achievement criteria may not always visually display progress (Logging in and out sometimes resolves this).
  • Mouse-over tooltips maybe sometimes only remain on screen for a fraction of a second.
  • The rewards tooltip for Guild Vault Voucher (7th Slot) visually displays the wrong requirements.
  • Holy priest chakras do not work with the stance conditional.
  • The equipment manager and title panes of the character pane may sometimes visually be blank.
  • Some sections of the item upgrade UI (before you select an item to upgrade) has not been updated to reflect that PvE upgrades should now only cost Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.
  • The Professions window can appear gray if opened after viewing a grayed out page of the Spellbook or Core Abilities tabs.
  • With the Recruit-A-Friend faction suggestion active, Create New Character will autoselect races from either faction.
  • The indicator used to show which direction the Eclipse Bar is going for a Balance Druid appears to visually flip randomly throughout the process of the bar as a whole.
  • The skybox flickers when CrossFireX is enabled.
by Published on 2014-10-13 04:00 AM

Update (10:15 PM EST): Added some class tuning hotfixes.
Update (9:30 PM EST): Added the official notes and changes from the last set of notes.

Patch 6.0.2 Live This Week
The Warlords of Draenor systems patch will be going live this week and it brings a lot of changes! Make sure your Background Downloader has downloaded the files so you aren't stuck waiting on patch day.

This patch will convert your install to using the new CASC format, which can be a time consuming process. Be sure to defrag before and after the install if you are not using a SSD. The free version of Defraggler is a useful tool, as it can defrag just the WoW files if you are in a hurry.

  • New Character Models - Often requested, finally here!
  • Stat Changes - The stat squish is finally here. Yes, you can still solo old raids.
  • Item Changes - Reforging, Hit, Expertise, Dodge, Parry, all gone!
  • Auction House Changes - The Alliance, Horde, and Neutral auction houses have all been merged. The BMAH has moved to Draenor.
  • Currency Changes - Justice and Valor? Gone! You can still buy most items (other than Heirlooms) for gold.
  • Toy Box - The toy box is here to hold your novelty items and free up some bag space.
  • Reagent Bank - More storage space for profession reagents has been added. Most also stack up to 200 now as well.
  • Void Storage Size Increase - Another Void Storage tab has been added. Try not to fill it up in a week.
  • Icy Veins Class Guides - These detailed guides have everything you need to know about Patch 6.0.2.
  • Class Changes - List of class changes and short overview guides.
  • Guild Changes - Guild levels? Gone! Most perks? Gone!
  • Group Finder - The Raid Browser is gone and the much improved Group Finder is here.
  • Siege of Orgrimmar Changes - SoO is giving out Heirloom weapons and now uses the new Warlords raid size system.
  • Level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire - You can grab some item level 550 gear and preview this dungeon for the next month.
  • Blasted Lands Quests - The Iron Horde have invaded the Blasted Lands and have a short quest line for you.
  • New Login Screen - The Dark Portal is back in this new login screen.
  • Arena Skirmishes - Proving that persistence pays off, the ongoing request for skirmishes has been granted. Thank Holinka!
  • UI Improvements - The default UI has received several upgrades, including Raid and Battleground specific graphical settings.
  • Darker Nights - A few areas such as Redridge and and Elwynn Forest are now actually dark at night.
  • Old World Dungeon Revamps - Blackfathom Deeps, Razorfen Downs, and Razorfen Kraul have been updated.
  • Undelete Character Feature - You can now restore characters above level 50 forever.
  • Server Responsiveness Improvements - The sever now processes events much faster, which should make gameplay feel even more responsive.
  • Anti-Aliasing - MSAA had to go away to move the client technology forward, so we only have FXAA and CMAA now.
  • Addons - As always, we need your help collecting data from in game by installing the WoWDB addon. Many other addons are also already updated for Patch 6.0.2.


World of Warcraft Patch 6.0.2: The Iron Tide
The official notes are here! For those of you that have been following along during beta, we summarized the changes from the previous set of notes here. Everyone else should take a look at the full notes!



Class Tuning Hotfixes
Originally Posted by Celestalon (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As you may have noticed, we don't patch note damage/healing tuning number changes. Normally, datamining catches most of these changes, so theorycrafters know when to retest things. They only are able to do this when we make new builds. However, we've hotfixed some more tuning changes in, since the last beta build. The client should reflect these changes in tooltips, however datamining likely will not. As such, I'm providing that info here. Once we go live tomorrow, we'll use the normal hotfix blog for this sort of thing.


New Character Models
After asking for updated character models for years, they are finally here! (Except for Blood Elves, which are coming in a later patch)

If you don't like your new face, you can change it at the barber. If you don't like the new models, you can switch to the old ones in the options.



Stat Changes
  • The stat squish is finally here. Numbers will be much smaller, but combat should feel the same. Yes, you can still solo old raids.
  • Health was not squished as much for PvP reasons.
  • Spell Haste %, Melee Haste %, and Ranged Haste % have been merged into a universal Haste %.
  • Spell Crit %, Melee Crit %, and Ranged Crit % have been merged into a universal Crit %.
  • Dodge and Parry where changed
    • The amount of Dodge gained per point of Agility has been reduced by 25%.
    • The amount of Parry gained per point of Strength has been reduced by 25%.
  • Attack Power was changed:
    • Agility or Strength now grants 1 Attack Power (down from 2). All other sources of Attack Power now grant half as much as before.
    • Weapon Damage values on all weapons have been reduced by 50%.
    • Attack Power now increases Weapon Damage at a rate of 1 DPS per 3.5 Attack Power (up from 1 DPS per 14 Attack Power).
    • Attack Power, Spell Power, or Weapon Damage now affect the entire healing or damage throughput of player spells.
  • Cirtical Strike was changed:
    • Agility and Intellect no longer provide Critical Strike
    • Every class has a 5% base crit chance.
    • Rogues, all Hunters, Feral and Guardian Druids, Brewmaster and Windwalker Monks, and Enhancement Shaman have an extra 10% chance to crit.
  • Hit and Expertise were removed:
    • Hit and Expertise bonuses on all items and item enhancements (gems, enchants, etc.) have been converted into Critical Strike, Haste, or Mastery.
    • All characters now have a 100% chance to hit, 0% chance to be dodged, 3% chance to be parried, and 0% chance for glancing blows, when fighting creatures up to 3 levels higher (bosses included).
    • Tanking specializations receive an additional 3% reduction in chance to be parried. Tank attacks now have a 0% chance to be parried vs. creatures up to 3 levels higher.
    • Creatures that are 4 or more levels higher than the character still has a chance to avoid attacks in various ways, to discourage fighting enemies that are much stronger.
    • Dual Wielding still imposes a 19% chance to miss, to balance it with two-handed weapon use.


Item Changes
  • Almost all flying mounts are now also ground mounts.
  • Access to Ordos no longer requires a legendary cloak.
  • Season 15 Prideful (Item Level 550) items should be available for honor.
  • The direct benefit to combat perks from professions have been removed, such as the tailoring cloak enchants.
  • Reforging is gone and all items have been reverted to their original state.
  • Hit and Expertise have been removed from items and replaced with Critical Strike, Haste, or Mastery. You no longer have to worry about being hit capped!
  • Dodge and Parry have been replaced with Bonus Armor. If an item had both Dodge and Parry on it, it has been replaced with an additional useful secondary stat.
  • These changes have been applied to gems, enchants, food, and flasks. For example, hit gems are becoming crit gems.
  • New secondary stats have been added and are on a few items:
    • Bonus Armor - Increases Armor and Attack Power for tanking specializations.
    • Multistrike - Grants a chance for spells and abilities to fire up to 2 additional times, at 30% effectiveness (both damage and healing).
    • Versatility - Increases damage, healing, and absorption done. Reduces damage taken.


AskMrRobot Updating
AskMrRobot should be fully updated and ready to go on Tuesday with a new UI. Reforging may be gone, but gear optimization is still a part of the game.

As an added bonus, the Best in Bags feature will be free this week, which should help you figure out which gear that you have is the best after reforges are undone.

Unfortunately it appears that the API team was not as prepared, as they are predicting API troubles with the new patch until Warlords release. If there are API issues, you can import your character with the AMR Addon as a manual import.



Merged Auction House
Players on the less populated faction will no longer have as much trouble finding things on the auction house, as Patch 6.0.2 merges the Alliance, Horde, and Neutral auction houses into one for each realm.



Black Market Auction House
The Black Market Auction House has relocated to Draenor and the Pandaria location has been retired.



Currency Changes


Toy Box
The Toy Box is a collection of most of the toy items on your account. You can find a list of toys on the WoWDB PTR site.

  • The toy box is on the collections tab, next to the mounts and pets tab.
  • Items in the toy box are available account wide.
  • Only one copy of an item can be added to your toy box, so all of the others will have to be deleted.
  • You can set toys as your favorite so that they appear at the start of the list.
  • Toys that you haven't collected yet will list a source.
  • You can filter toys by source and name.
  • Some toys that can no longer be obtained aren't listed under Not Collected, but if you have them you can add them to the toy box.


Name Points Reward Category
Having A Ball Collect 50 toys.
10
Toy Box
The Toymaster Collect 150 toys.
10Toy Box
Tons of Toys Collect 100 toys.
10
Toy Box
Toying Around Collect 25 toys.
10
Toy Box


Reagent Bank
Patch 6.0.2 adds another tab to your regular bank that costs 100 to unlock and has 98 slots to store profession reagents. Keep in mind that profession reagents will now form much larger stacks, with many stacking to 200. You can craft with reagents from the Reagent Bank no matter where you are.



Void Storage Size Increase
Patch 6.0.2 increases the size of Void Storage, adding a second tab with the same number of slots as the first.



Icy Veins Class Guides
Our friends over at Icy Veins are just finishing up the Patch 6.0.2 updates to their excellent class guides.



Class Changes
Several of the forum members and mods have put together brief guides to help ease the transition to the new patch, so a big thanks to them!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Talent Changes
While you won't have access to Level 100 talents, all of the other changes are going live with the patch.




Guild Changes
Guild levels have been removed for Warlords of Draenor, along with some of the perks that they provided. This includes the Cash Flow perk, which was causing players to form guilds and spam invite others to take advantage of the perk.

Every guild now offers the same perks. Many of the perks that were removed are just applied to everyone now, even if they aren't in a guild. A list of the remaining perks is below.

Name Description
Mount Up Increases speed while mounted by 10%. Not active in Battlegrounds or Arenas.
Hasty Hearth Reduces the cooldown on your Hearthstone by 15 minutes.
The Quick and the Dead Increases health gained when resurrected by 50% and increases movement speed while dead by 10%. Does not function in combat or while in a Battleground or Arena.
Guild Mail In-game mail sent between guild members now arrives instantly.
Mobile Banking Summons a Guild Chest that allows access to your guild bank for 5 min. Only guild members with guild reputation of friendly and above are allowed to use a Guild Chest.
Mass Resurrection Brings all dead party and raid members back to life with 35% health and 35% mana. A player may only be resurrected by this spell once every 10 minutes. Cannot be cast in combat or while in a battleground or arena.


Group Finder
This patch also removes the old Raid Browser that got a temporary fix for Patch 5.4 and replaces it with a real Group Finder.

  • Creating a group first requires you to pick a category: Questing, Dungeons, Scenarios, Raids (MoP), Raids (Legacy), Arena Skirmishes, Battlegrounds, or Custom.
    • Questing: Allows you to select the continent and zone
    • Dungeons: Allows you to select random or a specific dungeon, as well as the difficulty.
    • Scenarios: Allows you to select the scenario and difficulty.
    • Raids - Allows you to select the raid and difficulty.
    • Skirmishes - Allows you to select the size (2v2 or 3v3)
  • After selecting the activity, you can add a title, description, minimum item level (your own or lower only), and voice chat.
  • When browsing groups, you can see the number of players of each role in the group.
  • When applying to a group, you can include a note to the leader.
  • When in a group, you can see a list of everyone's role and item level.
  • When someone applies to your group, you can see their Proving Grounds achievements.





Siege of Orgrimmar Changes
Siege of Orgrimmar is giving out Heirloom weapons and has been converted to the new Warlords of Draenor raid size system.

  • Your first heirloom weapon drop per difficulty is now guaranteed. These weapons will scale up while leveling and won't be replaced until at least level 100, so be sure to grab some for yourself and alts!
  • The Warlords of Draenor raid size system will be applied to Siege of Orgrimmar:
    • There are now four difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal (was Flex), Heroic (was Normal), and Mythic (was Heroic).
    • Normal and Heroic will scale from 10 to 30 players. Raid Finder can also scale down if players drop group.
    • Mythic will be a fixed size of 20 players.
    • Each difficulty has its own weekly lockout.
    • Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic have a loot based lockout, which means you can kill bosses as many times as you would like, but you will only get loot in each difficulty once a week. The amount of loot that drops scales to the number of people eligible for loot, so you can't game the system.
    • Mythic difficulty has an ID based lockout, similar to how Heroic lockouts have worked previously. You are locked to one raid ID for the week.
  • The Ahead of the Curve 10 and 25 achievements for killing Normal Garrosh are no longer be obtainable. These rewarded the Kor'kron War Wolf mount.
  • The Cutting Edge 10 and 25 achievements for killing Heroic Garrosh are also no longer obtainable. These achievement had no reward.
  • The Kor'kron Juggernaut mount that drops from Heroic Garrosh isn't going away, but after Warlords is live it will be a rare drop instead of guaranteed.
  • You can queue for Dragon Soul LFR once again, but there is no matchmaking. You must form your own group and travel to Auridormi in the Caverns of Time to queue.

OpenRaid Updated
If you want to schedule a Siege of Orgrimmar run to get your Garrosh heirlooms, OpenRaid is ready with many groups already listed for Tuesday.



Level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire
There is a special Level 90 version of the revamped Upper Blackrock Spire available for players during Patch 6.0.2. The loot is item level 550, which is better than Flex Siege of Orgrimmar gear that hasn't been upgraded yet. There will be an item level restriction in place, but the dungeon is tuned for players with a few pieces of Raid Finder Siege of Orgrimmar gear, so it shouldn't be too high.

Level Type Spec Slot Name Model Viewer
550FingerFinger Rosewine Loop
550FingerMeleeFinger Painweaver Seal
550FingerSpell SpiritFinger Rune Band of Healing
550FingerPhysical DPSFinger Burning Band
550FingerSpell DPSFinger Band of Desolation
550ClothSpell DPSChest Polychromatic Dreamwrap
Modelviewer
550ClothSpell DPSHands Grips of Power
Modelviewer
550LeatherChest Nightbrace Chestguard
Modelviewer
550LeatherHands Fallbrush Gauntlets
Modelviewer
550MailChest Bloodmoon Tunic
Modelviewer
550MailHands Trueaim Grips
Modelviewer
550PlateChest Plate of Shamanic Fury
Modelviewer
550PlateHands Reiver Gauntlets
Modelviewer
550Two-handed MaceMeleeTwo Hand Dripping Willow
Modelviewer
550One-handed SwordMeleeMain Hand Tharbek's Horrific Posessor
Modelviewer
550One-handed SwordPhysical DPSMain Hand Tharbek's Terrible Charge
Modelviewer
550DaggerSpell DPSOne Hand Finkle's Shanker
Modelviewer


Blasted Lands Quests
The Iron Horde have come through the red Dark Portal and taken over most of the Blasted Lands. Thrall, Khadgar, Vindicator Maraad, and other NPCs have set up small camps near the Dark Portal with a short quest line of standard kill, collect, and interact objectives.

At the end of the quest line, Thrall will assist you in killing the leader of this Iron Horde assault. Turning in the final quest played the incorrect cinematic when we did this preview. You can see the correct cinematic here. Quests were also very slightly tweaked since this preview, but nothing significant was changed.

This quest line rewards the Iron Starlette pet, the The Iron Invasion achievement, and the of the Iron Vanguard title.





New Login Screen
The Warlords of Draenor login screen also comes with Patch 6.0.2! It has been slightly updated since it was initially added in earlier beta.





Updated Character Selection Screens
A few of the races got new character selection screens.



Arena Skirmishes
Players have been asking for skirmishes back for a long time and they finally make their return in Patch 6.0.2!

  • Skirmishes have no visible ratings, unlike regular arenas. There is a hidden rating used for loose matchmaking to keep things a little more balanced.
  • Skirmishes are only offered in 2v2 and 3v3 sizes.
  • You can queue for a skirmish solo or with a group.
  • Skirmishes will reward honor.
  • If you run across someone you enjoyed playing with, you can queue again with them at the end of a match.



UI Improvements
The default UI has received several upgrades:

  • The Dungeon Journal now includes short overviews of the fight for each role, which should help players that don't know the fights.
  • The Key Binding UI has also been improved to a tabbed list rather than a very long list you have to scroll through.
  • You are now able to manage addons in game without having to log out.
  • Bags have several improvements:
    • The default UI now allows you to assign item types to certain bags, search your bags, and auto sort your bags.
    • Junk items in your bags display a gold coin icon when you are at a vendor, letting you know it is safe to vendor them.
    • Items in your bag have a item quality colored border around the icon.
  • The Mount Journal has several improvements:
    • The journal now lists a source and description for mounts.
    • You are now able to set mounts as favorites, putting them at the top of the list.
    • There is a new Summon Random Favorite Mount button, which selects a usable mount at random from your favorites.
    • Mounts that are faction specific now have a different background in the list.
  • The map and quest log have several improvements:
    • The quest log has been integrated into the map.
    • The map now becomes transparent when you are moving.
    • The map is now zoomable and draggable.
    • If you prefer a fullscreen map still, you can make it fullscreen. M will then open the map and L will open the quest log and map combination.
  • You can now scroll through your spellbook with the mouse wheel.
  • Quest objectives, NPCs, your target, and mouseover all can have outlines now. These replace the old sparkles used to show quest objectives.
  • The default action bars can now show cooldown duration in numbers.
  • There is a now screen that gives you a list of a few of the big new things in a patch.
  • The client now tones down or hides some less important spells when things are visually cluttered. This should increase performance in group content and make it easier to see what is going on.
  • Graphics settings can be changed automatically to your presets in raids and battlegrounds.













Orgrimmar Changes
The Kor'kron Guard have been replaced by Troll, Tauren, and Orc guards. The Troll area of the city is now functional again and Xan'tish finally has his snakes back.



Undercity Changes
The Kor'kron are out and the Abominations are back!



Darker Nights
A few areas that were too bright at night now have darker nights, but most areas remain unchanged.






Old World Dungeon Revamps
Patch 6.0.2 brings us updated versions of some lower level dungeons. These include Blackfathom Deeps, Razorfen Downs, and Razorfen Kraul. Tonight we are taking a look at Blackfathom Deeps and Razorfen Downs.

Blackfathom Deeps



Razorfen Kraul



Razorfen Downs





Undelete Character Feature
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In the upcoming pre-Warlords of Draenor content patch, we’re adding a new feature that allows players to undelete characters. But before you delete that character, there are a few limitations we want you to let you to know about first.

  • Characters under level 10 and Death Knights at level 55 are not eligible to be undeleted.
  • Characters between level 10 and level 29 will no longer recoverable after 90 days.
  • Characters between level 30 and 49 will no longer recoverable after 120 days.
  • All other characters level 50 and above are eligible to be undeleted at any time.
  • Please keep in mind you will only be able to use the undelete option once every 30 days.


Reclaiming Your Name: What About Flugur?
We’ll be holding deleted character names for a limited time, and the original creator can reclaim it for use on a new character during that time. If you create a new character with the same name as one of your deleted characters (let’s say Flugur), the new character must be renamed, transferred, or deleted to complete the restoration of the original Flugur.

Server Responsiveness Improvements
Originally Posted by Celestalon (Blue Tracker)
I don't want to get too deep into the under-the-hood workings of WoW servers, but here's a super short version. Any action that one unit takes on another different unit used to be processed in batches every 400ms. Some very attentive people may have noticed that healing yourself would give you the health instantly (minus client/server latency), whereas healing another unit would incur a delay of between 0ms and 400ms (again, on top of client/server latency). Same with damaging, applying auras, interrupting, knocking back, etc.

That delay can feel bad just due to the somewhat laggy responsiveness feeling, but also because the state of things can change during that time. For example: Holly the Holy Priest is healing Punky the Brewmaster. Punky spikes low, and Holly hits Guardian Spirit in a panic. The server verifies that Holly is able to cast it, and that Punky is alive (great!). The cast goes off, Guardian Spirit goes on cooldown, and a request is placed for the Guardian Spirit aura (that prevents dying) to be placed on Punky. That request will be filled next time the 400ms timer loops, which happens to be 320ms from now. 250ms later, the boss lands another hit on on Punky. Punky dies. Sadface. Another 70ms goes by, and the Guardian Spirit aura request pops up, and goes "Hey guys, I'm here!... Aww... damn, I missed the party. Sadface."

We no longer batch them up like that. We just do it as fast as we can, which usually amounts to between 1ms and 10ms later. It took a considerable amount of work to get it working that way, but we're very pleased with the results so far; the game feels noticeably more responsive.

I can't guarantee that you'll never ever again run into cases where Guardian Spirit went on cooldown and the tank still died... but it'll be literally 40x rarer than before, and the whole game will feel more responsive too.

Anti-Aliasing
The old MSAA option is now gone. In its place is FXAA and CMAA options. These offer reduced jaggniess at less of a performance cost than MSAA, but tend to result in somewhat blurrier images. You can find more details in the related tech blog.



Challenge Modes
All of the challenge mode achievements are Legacy and Feat of Strength achievements, with all of the rewards other than the armor sets and teleport spells becoming account wide.

  • Bronze - The Undaunted title is unobtainable and account-wide.
  • Silver - The mounts are unobtainable and account-wide. If you have at least one of the mounts, all four all of the mounts should be unlocked.
    • Modelviewer:
      Crimson
      ,
      Ashen
      ,
      Emerald
      ,
      Violet
  • Gold - The transmog armor sets and teleport spells are unobtainable and remained character specific. The Gold guild achievement that rewards a pet is unobtainable.


WoWDB Addon Data Collection
Quickly populating the database with 6.0.2 additions is done with the help of many players. The more people that contribute data, the more accurate and quickly we can update the database.

To help out, just click here if you have Curse Client already installed.

When you are playing the addon will gather data and save it. When you are done playing, Curse Client will see the game close and upload the collected data from the addon. You can see the last time data was uploaded by looking in the Plugins tab of the options, as well as making sure the addon is enabled there. Be sure you have Curse Client open before you close WoW so that the data will upload!

The addon now supports Live, Beta, and the PTR, so be sure to add all of your WoW installs to the client.



Updated Addons
Addon authors have been hard at work updating their addons for Patch 6.0.2 and Warlords of Draenor. Now might be a good time to take advantage of the Curse Client to update your addons, and the one click update for Premium users! If you are already using Curse Client, be sure to check this box in the options or click here to help populate WoWDB with data!

by Published on 2014-10-12 09:23 AM

Double Exp and Double Goblin Buffs, Clarsen's Monk Guide, DH BiS Guide

BlizzCon 2014 America Regionals Deck Lists

Skin Spotlight: Master Tyrande, Town Hall: Heroes #34 - The Return of the Alpha

Hazzikostas & Holinka Interview Recap
The interview with ConvertToRaid mostly recapped things that have already been talked about, but the highlights are below:

  • The Blizzcon Live Raid is Method vs Midwinter in Heroic Highmaul.
  • The Simcraft DPS rankings are currently not accurate. (WatcherDev)
  • Warlords boss fights try to integrate the environment more, similar to the Siegecrafter fight in Siege of Orgrimmar.
  • Only the ring legendary is planned right now. Earning legendary items over the course of the expansion is the plan going forward.
  • Later patches may increase the rate at which alts can complete the legendary quest line, as long as one character has already done it.
  • The team is continuing to try and make arenas easier to watch.
  • Updating Moonkin and other shapeshifted player models is still on the list.
  • The Warlords world bosses won't be hard like the early version of Oondasta.

Originally Posted by Watcher
Just chiming in since I know my remark will be controversial. SimCraft itself is a very cool utility, and can definitely be helpful for better understanding and modeling rotations and trying to answer questions about a spec itself, such as "How much of a difference does my 2pc bonus make?" or "What if you tried a different rotation that prioritized X over Y?"

Where it breaks down, is when you try to compare across different classes/specs, which are using different modules. Some are better than others, but they're also making different assumptions along the way. I realize that players really want to understand where their spec falls in the overall rankings, and that in the absence of an up-to-date 6.0 raidbots or equivalent, a visual chart like the SimCraft output looks tremendously appealing. But it really isn't an accurate reflection of the current state of overall spec balance.

And again, this isn't to say that balance is perfect. It isn't. But I'd avoid focusing on these particular numbers.

Accuracy varies a lot from module to module. In general, most of the ones I've looked at are decent about answering questions within a given spec (stat weights, set bonus value, rotation variations, etc., like I said above), which is what the tool was originally (IIRC) designed for. In terms of being an accurate picture of best vs. worst... well... let's take a look at the SimCraft stack rank from a month before 5.4 went live, which I found with some quick Googling: http://8pic.ir/images/38469619794925350688.png According to that, I guess every warlock should've rerolled before Siege of Orgrimmar, because they were apparently terrible, huh?

Warlords of Draenor - New Character Models
We are finishing up our new character model previews with Gnome, Night Elf, Tauren, Troll, and Draenei. We looked at the other races yesterday. Blood Elves are coming in a future patch.

Gnome Male







Gnome Female
The happy Gnome Female from Blizzcon is gone now.







Night Elf Male







Night Elf Female







Tauren Male







Tauren Female







Troll Male







Troll Female





Draenei Male







Draenei Female







Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
was giving prismatic crystal a GCD intended?
Yes, and its duration increased to compensate (and then some). (Celestalon)

Monk (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Are windwalker monks really supposed to have 30+ keybinds in warlords? I just counted the skills and the prunning did nothing to us
They had the lowest number of active buttons in the game. (holinka)

PvE
Are the normal 5-mans in the beta supposed to be incredibly difficult to do in heroic raid gear, or is it just me?
Your gear is being scaled to the bare minimum for the zone. Which dungeon(s) did you find to be too challenging? (WatcherDev)

Are the insanely long loot tables for dungeon bosses intended ?
Personal loot in dungeons means every boss needs to have at least something for every spec. (WatcherDev)

PvP
Why don't you guys make a PvP talent tree to a whole different one from PvE separated, so they don't interfere for more balance?
We already do so many thing to tune the game separately. A second talent tree sounds like a complexity nightmare. (holinka)

Reputation / Questing
Does WoD have hidden/alternative quests that reveal themselves after having a convo between an npc?
Quests are there to guide you, so we don't generally hide them. WoD has more "discover-able" content than any expac, though. (_DonAdams)

Does WoD give players choices that alter (at least slightly) the story while questing? Makes people pay attention to the story.
The building you choose to construct at your garrison outpost in each zone can lead to different quests in some cases. (_DonAdams)

Do WoD have optional (or interactions) that are morally driven rather than reward driven? (Saving a person in a fire for nothing)
We tend to create interactions that have a mechanical purpose (objective credit, buff) or add flavor. (_DonAdams)
If you save a person from a fire, we feel like we should reward you for that, in addition to you feeling morally good about it. (_DonAdams)

Is there any open-world non-raid reason to group in WoD? Do you think there should be? Is that supported gameplay?
We have some group quests while leveling up, and several of the max-level outdoor areas are group content. (WatcherDev)

In Diablo 2 there are random shrines that spawn to add flavor to the gameplay. I always wondered why WoW doesn't have this...
Timeless Isle had these! (Muffinus)
Will we see any random shrines like these in Warlords?
There are tons of useful buff items scattered around Draenor/endgame POIs, not shrines this round, different/new stuff (Muffinus)

Garrisons
Is the barn supposed to make cooking obsolete or is this an oversight? Garrisons shouldn't be more important than the characters.
Your shipments are limited, and not everyone will have the barn, how many feasts does your raid need? (Muffinus)

Any chance we can Have prisoners of enemy factions in our garrison? i'd love to have gnome slaves and goblin overseers please
This was going to be a feature of the barracks jail at one point, maybe we'll revisit it in the future with some fun questgivers (Muffinus)

some of us would rather have a "collect them all" than "research which follower comes from where in advance"
You can see them in your follower list (uncollected followers show up as grey but searchable), but yes that is a concern. (Muffinus)

What if we want to collect those other followers though!
Considering ways to allow you to gain them in the future. (Muffinus)

Hazzikostas & Holinka Live Sunday, 10/12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This Sunday, October 12 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, lead game designer Ion Hazzikostas and senior game designer Brian Holinka will be joining the Convert to Raid show panel live to discuss all things Warlords of Draenor. You can tune in via Convert to Raid's website or on GamebreakerTV's Twitch channel. My colleagues and I will be hanging out in Twitch chat during the show to mingle with you all too.

We'd love to have you tune in!

After live airing, rebroadcasts of the show will be available in MP3 and VOD formats at converttoraid.com.

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