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by Published on 2017-09-05 04:28 AM

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at August 28 - September 3

Artifact Knowledge Level 42
It seems that the weekly increase in Artifact Knowledge is not tied to the regular weekly reset, as it went live on Monday morning.



Invasion Points Unlock This Week
Invasion Points are public scenarios that require multiple players, with Greater Invasion Points requiring a raid to defeat bosses that drop item level 930 gear.


Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Week 1: Begin the invasion of Argus and embark on an epic storyline beginning in Krokuun. Team up with the Army of the Light and take the fight to the very heart of the Legion in the Antoran Wastes. Gain access to new World Quests and Emissaries on Argus.

Week 2: Finish the story of Krokuun and travel to the ruined draenei city of Mac’Aree. Gain access to Invasion Points and thwart the Burning Legion’s plans on other worlds. Additional World Quests in Mac’Aree are available along with access to Invasion Points.

Week 3: Finish the Shadows of Argus storyline, unlock all World Quests, and venture into the new dungeon, the Seat of the Triumvirate. Activate your Netherlight Crucible on the Vindicaar to begin forging Relics.

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 stopped visiting the WoW forums a while back for reasons I no longer remember. I’ve started visiting them now and then, but it’s such a different feel. With the ability for everyone to upvote and downvote individual posts, there’s a very strong echo chamber in effect. There seem to be “acceptable” and “unacceptable” opinions to have regarding the game, flying, difficulty/reward structures, etc. It discourages the minority from posting. What’s the value in a forum rating system?
I’m not a fan of upvoting or downvoting, myself, even on our own forums. I think the intent is noble, of being able to bury spam or promote really insightful ideas, but what generally happens is you upvote things that agree with you and downvote things you don’t agree with, no matter how well structured their arguments are. (Source)



Dark Legacy Comics #597
DLC #597 has been released.

by Published on 2017-09-03 04:38 AM

Lucid Nightmare Mount Discovered
The Secret Finding Discord has discovered how to obtain the Lucid Nightmare mount!

  • This helpful guide has a script to check on your progress: /run local N,t,d={"DAL","ULD","AQ","DEEP","GNOMER","VAL","MAZE","MOUNT"},{47826,47837,47841,47850,47852,47863,47881,47885} for s,k in pairs(N)do d=IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(t[s]) print(k,"=",d and "\124cFF00FF00" or "\124cFFFF0000NOT","DONE")end
  • Head to Dalaran and read the Inconspicuous Note on the table in Curiosities and Moore.
  • Go to Ulduar, kill XT, pull the lever on the pile of scrap in the northwest corner of the room.
  • Toggle on the lights to form a gear pattern. There two different images that may help.
  • Read the note that spawns after all of the lights are toggled.
  • Get to C'thun's room in AQ40 and instead of going in, take the path to the side. Click the Mind Larva to start a Bejeweled minigame. Keep playing until another note spawns.
  • Purchase or craft a Shadoweave Mask
  • Head to Deepholm, enter the cave, find the large rock with a fissure next to it, and drop down inside.
  • Click on the Dingy Plaque on the back of the chair.
  • Equip your Shadoweave Mask mask and click on the skull on the chair to spawn a new note.
  • Head to Gnomeregan to a room with 10 levers. Nightswifty once again has a helpful map. Set the consoles to 1222176597 and read the note that spawns.
  • Head to Val'Sharah (66, 36.5) and click on the Nightmare Tumor to start a minigame. Untangle all of the strands and read the note.
  • Head to the Tomb in Kun-Lai Summit at 53.4 49 and click on the Urn to start the Endless Halls maze.
  • Each room has a certain color torch, which you can interact with to get that color orb. Bring that orb to the same color rune to complete it. This must be done for all five colors.
  • The Lucid Nightmare Helper addon may be helpful for mapping your progress in the maze.
  • After completing all of the runes, read the final note.
  • Head to the entrance to the Karazhan Crypt at 39.85 73.6 in Deadwind Pass. Find the room with the large pile of bones and claim your mount!








by Published on 2017-09-02 09:37 AM

PTR Patch Notes 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.47041

The European Summer Playoffs Survival Guide! September 2 - 3

Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - September 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Argus
  • Orix the All-Seer's turn-in quests have been replaced with a vendor list.
  • Some Fel Spreader models are no longer incorrectly displaying as an Ethereal Holoplatform.

Achievements
  • All players are now granted “Part of History” at level 110.

Classes

Dungeons and Raids
  • Some lower level dungeon quest mobs now drop their quest items more frequently.
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Goroth
      • Now once again displays the correct visual effects.
    • Fallen Avatar
      • Touch of Sargeras now creates 4 fissures in Mythic difficulty (was 5 fissures).
      • Touch of Sargeras damage reduced by 10% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Fallen Avatar now generates 20% less energy when Tainted Matrix and Corrupted Matrix beams are not intercepted by players.
      • Fixed an issue where some players falling into the second phase of the fight took unintended damage.
    • Kil’jaeden
      • Now once again displays the correct visual effects.

Items
  • Crystalline Swords should no longer freeze in midair.

Player versus Player
  • The Dutiful PvP companions should now be purchasable once players reach Prestige 7 on any character.
  • Stealth and Invisibility effects will be removed when assaulting bases in Domination battlegrounds such as Arathi Basin.

Professions
  • Due to a bug, Technique: Glyph of Fel-Touch Shards will temporarily no longer drop from Inquisitor Vethroz.

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
"Powercreep" - do you think this is something that should be avoided by game designers, or is it just a harmless and/or natural part of game balance over time?
I think to a large degree it’s inevitable. I don’t think it’s necessarily harmless, but it’s easy to see how it happens.

If you have a game that lasts more than a year or so, you are probably introducing new content to that game, and presumably you want players to engage with that content. Maybe you’re making a new champion for your MOBA. Maybe you’re adding new gear to your dungeon. You want that champion and dungeon gear to be relevant.

It’s a noble goal to make that champion gear different but not better, but that’s hard to land in practice. If they are just different, players may not think the switching cost to learn the new content to be worth it. It’s even possible as a developer that you know your game better now (partially because of the community of course) and you know how to make champions or gear that are more optimized and relevant to players. (Source)



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This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

Legion Live This Week!
This time in 2016, we finally got to start our foray into the Broken Isles and take the fight to the Burning Legion! The first thing players did was embark on a scenario to obtain their artifact for their respective specialization. Then, they picked an assault point in one of the new zones to begin questing. At 101, players were able to begin completing missions in their class order hall. There were some features that did not launch with Legion though, such as the Emerald Nightmare raid and the Mythic+ dungeon system.


Patch 6.2.2 Live This Week!
In late August 2015 as Draenor was winding down, there was a small patch that added mostly quality of life changes. It added flying to Draenor, catch-up mechanics for the legendary quest lines, Timewalking Rewards, and updates to Winter's Veil and Hallow's End! Additionally, this patch added several mounts and the Legion Collector's Edition rewards into the game files. We also saw an update to the mount collection achievement, adding the Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent for obtaining 300 mounts.


Patch 5.4 Spawn of Galakras
As patch 5.4 began to unfold on the PTR in late August 2013, we got a preview of the new mount for completing Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider within Siege of Orgrimmar. This achievement was able to be completed in Flex, Normal, or Heroic Difficulty. It was the first mount that was obtainable by doing the new Flex raid difficulty. Spawn of Galakras is still obtainable in the game by going back to Siege of Orgrimmar and completing the necessary achievements!


Mists of Pandaria Raid Previews
In the beginning of September 2012, Blizzard released a preview of the two MoP raids that would be available at launch. We got previews of the four boss raid, Terrace of the Endless Spring, and the six boss raid, Mogu'shan Vaults. These would be two of the three raids that would comprise the early stages of MoP raiding. You can still go back and obtain some of the titles they offer, such as Glory of the Pandaria Raider, and the mount off of Elegon!

by Published on 2017-08-31 06:16 AM

PTR Patch Notes 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.47041

Lich King Battles, Global Games, Custom Cards - Value Town #135 w/ Noxious

World of Warcraft Patch 7.3 - Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Sets



deathknight.jpg Death Knight Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Death Knight Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Death Knight Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Death Knight Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


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Demon Hunter Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Demon Hunter Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Demon Hunter Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


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Druid Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Druid Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Druid Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


hunter.jpg Hunter Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Hunter Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Hunter Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Hunter Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


mage.jpg Mage Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Mage Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Mage Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Mage Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


monk.jpg Monk Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Monk Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Monk Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Monk Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


paladin.jpg Paladin Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Paladin Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Paladin Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Paladin Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


priest.jpg Priest Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Priest Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Priest Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Priest Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


rogue.jpg Rogue Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Rogue Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Rogue Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Rogue Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


shaman.jpg Shaman Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Shaman Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Shaman Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Shaman Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


warlock.jpg Warlock Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Warlock Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Warlock Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Warlock Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set


warrior.jpg Warrior Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Set


Warrior Legion PvP Season 5 Alliance Armor Set Warrior Legion PvP Season 5 Elite Armor Set Warrior Legion PvP Season 5 Horde Armor Set



Legion PvP Season 5 Has Begun!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Legion PvP season 5 is here, and the Arenas and Battlegrounds are ready to host a slew of epic battles.

Season 4 Rewards Reminder
If you participated in Season 4, please keep the following in mind to ensure you receive the rewards that you’re due:

  • Refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until after Legion Season 4 rewards have been distributed.
  • Legion Season 4 titles and mounts will be awarded approximately two weeks after the season ends.

Faction-Based Rewards
Don’t forget—end-of-season rewards are based on your faction. If you transfer your character to the other faction, you must have 50 wins after your transfer and prior to the end of season to receive the reward. Please note that you must have 150 wins for Gladiator and Ferocious Gladiator.

Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - August 30
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Argus
  • A Prime Naaru has found its way onto the Vindicaar to provide aid to recently fallen heroes.
  • Tassia Whisperglen, a stablemaster, has traveled to Argus.
  • Items and abilities granted by Class Hall research should now work on Argus.
  • Fel Lava on Argus will no longer damage pets.

Classes

Dungeons and Raids
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Misstress Sassz’ine
      • Health decreased by 5% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Razorjaw Waverunner health decreased by 10% in all difficulties.
      • Hydra Shot split damage decreased by 25% in all difficulties.
    • Maiden of Vigilance
      • Fixed a bug with Unstable Soul not working correctly in Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Sisters of the Moon
      • Moontalon’s health was unintentionally increased on Mythic difficulty in 7.3. It has been reverted to its original value.
      • Corrected an issue that could cause tanks to incorrectly be targeted with Lunar Beacon and Incorporeal Shot.

Player Characters
  • Fixed an issue that prevented one Night Elf Male hairstyle from appearing.
  • Artifact weapons with a challenge artifact appearance selected should no longer revert to their base appearance if the player is logged out while in a different specialization.

Quests
  • Gul'dan should once again drop his eye in Normal and Heroic difficulties for "The Nighthold: Darkness Calls".

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Spell Visual Updates
Thank you to everyone who spent their time and energy playtesting on the PTR, providing constructive feedback, and putting many more eyes on our class visual updates for 7.3.

This round of updates has come to a close, and we have much more planned for the future. While significant strides were made for this patch, some spell updates had promise, but didn’t quite hit the mark and we’ve taken them back to the drawing board. Our initiative to update visuals and effects, especially regarding combat, carries on. Your feedback has helped us guide our priorities going forward.

Thank you once again! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Legion Season 3 and 4 Ensembles
Thanks for your patience while this was worked on. The Legion Season 3 and 4 ensembles should now be available from the vendors in Dalaran.

Total noob question. Where exactly do I find the PvP vendors for Alliance?
At the back of Greyfang Enclave in Dalaran. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Nethershard Essence will be necessary for crafting legendary in 7.3? If yes, is possible to buy in the new vendor in 7.3?
Warmage Kathleen has been licensed as an approved reseller of this item in 7.3. (WarcraftDevs)

Can we get loot from each boss per week in the greater invasion points or only 1 boss per week out of all the bosses?
Only one Greater Invasion Point boss is active each week. (WarcraftDevs)

Can a worgen turn partially for a short amount of time? Or is it unstoppable when it starts? Hold a worgen hand alone -briefly-?
I don't think there's a partial transition recorded anywhere in Warcraft canon. (DaveKosak)

Patch 7.3: Shadows of Argus Art Contest
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Throughout time, artists have set their talents to capturing pivotal moments in history. To commemorate the grandest of crusades for Azeroth’s heroes, we’re asking you to bring forth your talents to encapsulate the campaign into Argus. Let the fel* of your creativity flow using pens, pencil, paints, or your favorite art program to capture the events, people, and environs of the Shadows of Argus for posterity… and prizes.

We’re looking for your best Argus themed artwork either with traditional media or via digital media.
  • First Place: Three qualified entrants will be chosen and receive one World of Warcraft: Legion Collector’s Edition signed by the World of Warcraft Art Team and one Starseeker Pet and Mount Bundle.
  • Runner-Ups: Ten qualified entrants will be chosen to receive one Starseeker Pet and Mount Bundle.

Entries can be submitted during the period of August 30 through September 30, 2017 to [email protected]. Each submission must be a high-resolution JPEG file of no more than 5MB in size to be considered for the contest. A submission must be your original work, and cannot include, in whole or part, any previously created work.

You can find the full contest rules here.

Good luck in your artistic journey!

*You may need a bit of green – perhaps some purples too, but definitely green. Use fel responsibly. May cause itching, skin pigmentation changes and irritation, general hunger, and sudden feelings of world domination. Do not use without warlock or demon hunter supervision. Do not use fel and operate heavy machinery. Warnings aside, we’re sure it will all be fine.

Heroes of the Storm - PTR Notes and Kel'thuzad
A new build is on the Heroes PTR, a preview of upcoming skins and mounts has been released, and the first two parts of a behind the scenes documentary about the creation of Kel'thuzad have been released.




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