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by Published on 2014-10-26 07:52 PM

Build Statistics Perspective, Armchair Rifting #1

Battle of the Best Invitational Survival Guide

Into the Nexus #26 - How does Valerian fight?

New WoW TV Spots
With the Warlords of Draenor release only a few weeks away, Blizzard has shared four of the commercials you may see soon.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Behind the Scenes of Lords of War...
The road to The Dark Portal is paved with good intentions.

I wasn't implying the Iron Horde was responsible for the Path of Glory in Outland, but rather the Iron Horde's intentions (as far as they're concerned) aren't "evil"; their redemption is just misguided. The clans of the Iron Horde have been beaten down, oppressed, tortured, and marginalized, and one day a slick orc walks in with amazing technology and great power, telling them of a glorious future where they take back their honor and rule as conquerors of an entire planet. As repugnant as their actions ultimately are, those aren't intentions fueled purely by some ultimate evil. Which to me makes them far more interesting from a story perspective. Don't be fooled, these guys are bad, but not in the strict sense of the word. They have motivations, and intentions, and those are shaped by their experiences. Enemies that aren't just brainlessly evil is pretty cool, if not uncomfortably realistic.

The Iron Horde have been set down a very dark path, and there's no sign of them veering from it. To make the wrongs against them right, they will pave a road with the bones of whoever oppose them, demon blood or not. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Since Warriors kinda underwhelming visually attack side, glyph to make Whirlwind all fiery and such? Fits with theme, I'd say.
We don't disagree, it's a hot topic of discussion, many classic wow classes could use a visual overhaul. (Muffinus)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
any plans on buffing Warlock? After the last "hotfix" they are at the bottom dps at 100 (with all specs).
We'll adjust tuning as necessary at 100. We did a pass at 90 because it was too significantly off to leave for a month. (Celestalon)

Art
So I got excited about garrisons enchant transmoging but then realised I'm a hunter.. any solution?
Not immediately, but it's on our radar for sure. (Muffinus)

PvE
What changes besides dmg squish was Spine of Deathwing supposed to get that would make it easier to solo? They already in?
He takes twice as long to roll if you are solo. Much easier to dance back and forth. (WatcherDev)

PvP
for example, i queue with friend in skirmish. he leaves arena, i have to leave arena to requeue with him.
The functionality of the button is to queue people still in the arena. (holinka)

with a 50% win rate, doesn't 200-250 skirmishes seem a bit much for one piece of gear? With healers, the games can be real long.
You get more honor if the game goes longer. But longer games are still less efficient. (holinka)

Can you confirm if there will be an honor wipe with Wod coming out?
We don't plan on wiping honor. (holinka)

Is there an official start date for season 16 (warlords season1)? Wondering if I can get conquest gear before raids unlock.
Season starts the same day raids open (holinka)

Lore
I think the plague is slightly hidden and too small to be seen, put some flowers and weapons around it!
Nazgrim's axe maybe? (Muffinus)

Will we be seeing Sky Admiral Rogers again in a later patch? She is awesome.
We like her and want to use her again. No word on when or where. (_DonAdams)

World
Why do those weather stones need the limited charges? Going back to the isle to grind ain't fun.
Things that affect how others see the world are often limited to preserve the world (Muffinus)

Will the alliance get more candy buckets next year since they have 5 less than the horde now? Need more candy next year.
Will investigate, thanks! (Muffinus)

Garrisons
Thanks ! So can those Leatherworking tents be used on old continents and will there be new faction tents coming?
The time limit is relatively short because they are fairly large and obstructive. We'll look into a use-anywhere one. (Muffinus)

Garrison enhancement suggestion: An actual toy box that becomes more impressive as you fill it with more toys.
Might be cool to let you summon it as a toy anywhere, and ppl can click on it to get a random toy effect? Will consider. (Muffinus)

Are nameable garrison followers still a possibility for a WoD patch? My sister had lists of names ready, haha.
Unfortunately, no, they have pretty extensive backstories and it would be weird to be able to force re-name them (Muffinus)

There doesn't seem to be any difference between doing a mission with 600ilvl follower or 650. Intended?
You should see an increase in the change to obtain loot from that mission, are you not seeing that? The bonus loot % (Muffinus)

Weekly News Recap
Here is your chance to catch up if you missed a day of news this week!



Lei Shen Solo Kill
Congratulations to Mionelol once again for a solo Lei Shen kill.

by Published on 2014-10-25 07:08 AM

Blizzcon 2014 Mobile App, PYW Stream Clarifications, Wudijo's Lightning DH Guide

"TBA" Client Popup, BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Giveaway, Deck Talk: IceGirl's Secret Sauce Priest

Into the Nexus #26 - How does Valerian fight?

Warlords of Draenor - Creeping Carpet and Dustmane Direwolf
Today we are taking a look at two of the mounts you can craft in Warlords of Draenor, the Creeping Carpet and Dustmane Direwolf.

The Creeping Carpet can be crafted by tailors. It requires 100 x Hexweave Cloth, which is a daily cooldown that makes 10 per day at max Tailoring skill. The Tailoring Emporium can help to produce additional cloth. It also requires 20 x Sorcerous Air.

The Riding Harness works in a similar way, requiring 100 x Burnished Leather and 20 x Sorcerous Air.











Behind the Scenes of Lords of War
Blizzard released some nice background information about the Lords of War series.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As we completed our Lords of War video series, Blizzard creative developers sat down to discuss the project and document the process of bringing the epic stories of Draenor’s most savage warlords to light. We hope you enjoy these behind-the-scenes extras:




To watch the entire series again, visit our complete Lords of War page, and learn more about what – and whom – you’re up against in Warlords of Draenor.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
7 Day Game Time Promotion Emails
From time to time we run different promotional offers for a subset of players, but they’re generally not something offered to everyone. Which is why this may work on the accounts that were offered the promotion, and not others. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Raid Progress on The Armory
As you already noticed, the Raid Progress feature has been removed from the Armory for now. This is not a bug, it was intended as we decided to rework the feature, so don’t worry, it’s just a matter of time before it will return (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft Arena Championship Opening Weekend
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
One week from today, on October 31, the top eight 3v3 Arena teams in the world will converge in ESL’s studios in Burbank, CA to commence the BlizzCon 2014 World of Warcraft Arena Championship, and you’re invited to watch the action free in HD.

Brackets and Matchups
In this first round, two groups of four teams will compete to advance to Anaheim. The two randomly-drawn groups are:

Group A
  • EU – Skill-Capped EU
  • NA – Penny for Your Thought
  • CN – Popped CD No Skill
  • NA – 3 Amigos

Group B
  • EU – Playing with Fire
  • KR – Push Push
  • EU – Bleached Bones
  • NA – Death Innovators

Six matches will be played on October 31:

Skill-Capped EU vs. 3 Amigos
Penny for Your Thought vs. Popped CD No Skill
Playing with Fire vs. Death Innovators
Push Push vs. Bleached Bones
Group A: Winner vs. Winner
Group B: Winner vs. Winner

All eight teams will still be in the game heading to Anaheim the following week, with the group winners sitting pretty in possession of two of the final four spots in the semi-finals.

Schedule
The action kicks off at 12:00 noon PDT on October 31, with each match set to start at the top of the hour following the previous match.

Casters

Join us next Friday and watch live in HD for free at Twitch.TV/blizzard. For team breakdowns and additional information and updates throughout the event, check out our BlizzCon 2014 website.

Nerdlords of Draenor - Grimrail Depot
Originally Posted by Blizzard
Nerdlords of Draenor finds Cox and Crendor jumping onto the beta realms and exploring various aspects of the new expansion with a different guest each episode. The duo will also be releasing animated shorts capturing some of the best moments from their escapades—with a few artistic liberties taken.
by Published on 2014-10-24 08:12 AM

Update (7:45 PM EST): You will only be able to claim the free game time if you were selected for the promotion.

"Radio Silence", Abachio's "Lightning Rage Nocturne" Demon Hunter, Alkaizer Rank #1 Solo GR 44

BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone Groups Announced

Brawl with the Blues on Oct 30th

Warlords of Draenor - Vicious War Ram
Today we are taking a look at the Vicious War Ram. This is the new Alliance PvP mount in Patch 6.0.2, sold by Necrolord Sipe for Vicious Saddle. If you don't already have a saddle, you can get one from the Primal Combatant achievement when Warlords of Draenor launches.






Group Finder Listing Cap Increased
One of the bigger complaints about the group finder was the cap of 25 groups visible at once. This was increased in a hotfix to 100 groups. Right now that still won't cover the ~150-200 groups listed during the evening, but you can refresh the list or search to narrow down the results.



Free Game Time Promotion
If you are thinking about coming back for Warlords of Draenor, a free week of game time went out today. It appears to work for many players (but not all) right now, even adding a week of game time to active accounts.

EU players may need to try twice or look under the Referrals & Rewards section in their WoW account in account management.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Alliance and the Wickerman
I asked one of our designers (@Muffinus) if he knew why it was set up this way. The original designer that worked on it isn't here any more so we're not sure if more changes were planned but didn't get made, or what, but he agreed there's some obvious inconsistency with it versus the Alliance Wickerman. It's not something we can hotfix or get changes into a patch that would release before this year's holiday is over, but in the future, guard rage will be significantly reduced, and it will no longer flag you for PvP when entering the area. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Brown Orc Skin
We do think offering some other skin options is a pretty cool idea (Dark Iron dwarves? Brown orcs?) but our priority is still the updates to the features that already exist--the blood elf update is in-progress--as well as prioritizing some tasks based on feedback to all the model updates that went out in 6.0.2. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvE
With the current situation with UBRS being level 100 only, is there any way to get attuned to BWL for those who weren't?
You should be able to just use the orb no matter what. Inability to do as a ghost is a bug that's being fixed. (WatcherDev)

PvP
when forming pvp group finder cannot que while still looking. Bug or working as intended?
This is intended. (holinka)
hmm sad face. I spent 20 minutes with a terribad today without the ability to find a replacement.
Perhaps something we'll consider in the future but didn't want people joining groups but looking for another one. (holinka)

does the trinket bonus even do anything for you anymore? resilience is out of the game right?
We just aren't putting it on new gear (holinka)
so getting it right now is worth it? the res still works?
Yes (holinka)

Reputation / Questing
Why do Alliance players have to flag for pvp and face level ?? guards to do the wickerman quest?
Because it is a PvP quest. Horde players have one as well. (_DonAdams)
Horde players don't have to flag because the Alliance wickerman is outside the city. Going in ruins of lordaeron forces flag.
Hm... that's an oversight. On a PvP realm you're flagged either way. Sadly, I don't see a fix for PvE realms this year. (_DonAdams)

The Horde Chopper is Here
Patch 6.0.2 added the Horde Chopper, but no word on when the Alliance Chopper is going to show up yet.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the recent release of Patch 6.0.2, players who logged in to claim their Horde chopper between July 24, 2014 through September 30, 2014 can now get on their bike and ride. The Warlord's Deathwheel can be found within the Mounts tab(Shift-P in collections) and can be ridden by Horde characters with the appropriate riding skill.

Costume Gallery Update
With Blizzcon only a few weeks away, Blizzard has updated the costume gallery with some new costumes!

by Published on 2014-10-23 11:01 AM

Warlords Beta - Build 19057, Oct 21 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Character Services Sale

Australian Servers Coming Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We are pleased to announce that the upcoming deployment of Australian World of Warcraft game servers ahead of the games next expansion, Warlords of Draenor. This new infrastructure will support Australia and New Zealand and should provide a significant smoother gameplay experience for player in the region.

Players currently on an Oceanic realm—Barthilas, Frostmourne, Thaurissan, Saurfang, Caelestrasz, Jubei'Thos, Khaz'goroth, Aman'Thul, Nagrand, Dath'Remar, Dreadmaul, and Gundrak—should automatically experience improved latency once the new game servers go live. To help those currently adventuring on North American realms, such as Blackrock and Proudmoore, optional free character and guild master realm transfers will be offered for a limited time.

Q: What benefits will local game servers have for Australian and New Zealand World of Warcraft players?
A: The introduction of World of Warcraft game servers hosted in Australia, which will support the Oceanic realms, should provide local Australian and New Zealand players with reduced latency, which should provide an improved gameplay experience as a result.

Q: Where will the servers be physically located?
A: The game servers will be hosted within an Australian data centre, ensuring Australian and New Zealand players receive the best possible latency.

Q: Will I still be able to play with my friends who are on U.S. servers?
A: Yes! Because the new Australian World of Warcraft game servers will continue to communicate with the existing North American hardware, players will still be able to play with friends on U.S game servers, just as they can today. They’ll still be able to use their Battle.net friends list to easily group up and chat, regardless of where they are playing.

Q: Will the new game servers have any impact on my current characters?
A: No! Because the local World of Warcraft game servers will replace the existing U.S.-based hardware which currently hosts the Oceanic realms, all individual characters, gold, and guilds already on an Oceanic realm will be unaffected. The introduction of Australian game servers will be completely invisible to players in the region, with the immediate benefit of providing greatly reduced latency; resulting in a smoother, more responsive gameplay experience.

Q: When will local game servers be available?
A: We’re aiming to have the new local World of Warcraft game servers available ahead of the release of the upcoming expansion, Warlords of Draenor, which will go on sale in Australia and New Zealand on November 13, 2014. An extended maintenance to the current Oceanic realms will be required in order to migrate player data to the new hardware. Servers will be taken offline on Tuesday October 28 with normal scheduled maintenance and we will have the new game servers online as soon as possible.

Q: Will the new local game servers only be available to players who purchase World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, or will they also work for players without the expansion?
A: While we’re excited for players to take on the Iron Horde and help repel the invasion of Azeroth in World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, all players will be able to take advantage of the introduction of the new local game servers straight away. Optional character transfers will be made available for a limited time for those players who wish to play on the new Australian game servers, but who are not currently part of an Oceanic realm.

Q: How will the character transfer process work?
A: Once the new regional hardware comes online, players who are already on an Oceanic realm will not be required to take any action to move to an Australian server. Players who are currently on a North American realm will be offered a two-week window to transfer their characters to one of the existing Oceanic realms. While players will be required to purchase a paid Character Transfer service for each character they wish to relocate, full refunds for each toon moved will be automatically processed and returned within 72 hours. Free transfers will begin from 6:01PM AEDT Oct 29, 2014 and end at 6:59PM AEDT Nov 13, 2014. Players will still be able to transfer characters to Oceanic realms after this time, but associated server transfer costs will not be reimbursed.

Please note that while Character Transfers and Guild Master Realm Transfers will be offered without charge, bundling additional services, such as a Faction Change to a Character Transfer or Guild Master Realm Transfer will mean the bundle is no longer eligible for refund. To ensure the cost of your Character Transfer service is returned, first move your character to an Oceanic realm and then initiate a separate faction, race or name change as desired.

Q: Will I still be able to do cross-realm dungeons and raids with my friends who stay on North American servers?
A: Yes, players will still be able to group up and tackle dungeons, raids, Challenge Modes, and other instanced content by inviting people from their Battle.net friends list. Please note that Mythic raids in all global territories will not offer cross-realm functionality until later in the expansion.

Q: Will I have to wait longer when attempting to find dungeons, raids and PvP?
A: When using “Looking For Raid” and “Looking For Dungeon”, players on Oceanic realms will remain in the same pools as players from North American realms, which should result in minimal changes to current wait times.

For PvP, the game will first try to match players on Oceanic realms for Unrated Battlegrounds with other players from their battlegroup. If successful, these groups should be placed on Australian servers. If two teams from within the battlegroup cannot be found, the groups are then made from the broader player pool and are likely to be placed on game servers located on the U.S. West Coast.
For Arena teams and Rated Battlegrounds, Oceanic versus Oceanic matches should take place on Australian servers. Oceanic versus North American matches may take place on servers located on the U.S. West Coast. Whether a team is designated Oceanic or North American is determined by the group leader’s realm.

Q: Latency doesn’t bother me, can I stay with my friends and my current guild on a North American server?
A: Absolutely. While the current Oceanic realms – Barthilas, Frostmourne, Thaurissan, Saurfang, Caelestrasz, Jubei'Thos, Khaz'goroth, Aman'Thul, Nagrand, Dath'Remar, Dreadmaul, and Gundrak – should switch seamlessly to the improved latency offered by the new local game servers, players who currently have characters on North American realms can take advantage of optional, free character transfers. While no players will be required to move off their current realm, Australian and New Zealand players who opt not to play on Oceanic realms will not receive the same latency benefits as those on regional game servers hosted in the ANZ data centre. Please note that due to its high player population, Frostmourne will not be an eligible transfer destination. Players currently on Frostmourne will be able to initiate optional, free character transfers to other Oceanic realms at no cost if they wish to relocate.

Q: Will local game servers change the way I activate World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor at launch, or any other Blizzard Entertainment games?
A: No. The introduction of local game servers for World of Warcraft will have no impact on the way players activate physical copies of Blizzard Entertainment games, or the unlock timing or process for digital copies of Warlords of Draenor. While local game servers should provide improved latency, game activation and authentication will continue to be handled by the North American Battle.net servers. Players in Australia and New Zealand will be able to begin their adventures in Draenor from 7 p.m. AEDT on launch day, November 13, 2014.

Q: Does this mean other Blizzard games will also be getting local servers?
A: While we don’t have any other server-related plans to announce at this time, we are committed to providing all of our players around the world with the best possible experiences. Earlier this year we introduced local game servers to support Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, while Technical Alpha testers of our upcoming team brawler, Heroes of the Storm are already taking advantage of dedicated local infrastructure.

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