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by Published on 2015-09-19 03:16 PM

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Pirate's Day
Pirates' Day is here again. The only change to the event is the addition of Big Bag of Booty.



Armory Stats - Pirate's Day and Day of the Dead
Today we are looking at how players are doing on the completion of Pirates' Day and Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead doesn't take place until November, but it is close to Blizzcon, so hopefully we will be busy with news by then.

Today's data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015.

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Name Percent Points Category
The Captain's Booty Drink with the Dread Captain DeMeza to join her crew during Pirates' Day.
35.61% 10World Events
Dead Man's Party Dance with Catrina to become a skeleton during the Day of the Dead.
47.30% 10World Events
To The Afterlife Defeat a contender while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
9.72% 5World Events
Vientos! Defeat 20 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
4.73% 5World Events
Calavera Defeat 50 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
4.13% 10World Events


Patch 6.2 - Naval Hats
If you are looking for Naval themed hats for Pirate's Day, don't forget about the new hats added in Patch 6.2. There is also the Ghostly Iron Buccaneer's Hat, which will transform you into a skeleton pirate for an hour! It is a ~37% drop from Captain Ironbeard in Tanaan Jungle.


Level Type Name Source
100Other Ghostly Iron Buccaneer's HatLooted
1Cosmetic Captain's Hat Petty Officer
1Cosmetic Captain's Hat Petty Officer
1Cosmetic Fleet Commander's Hat Charting a Course
1Cosmetic Fleet Commander's Hat Charting a Course


Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC Partner for New Novels
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Good news, book lovers! Next year you can look forward two new exciting novels from Blizzard Entertainment universes. So prepare yourself for World of Warcraft: Illidan by William King due to release in March, and for an original StarCraft novel by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn. We will be localizing these books in several different languages so stay tuned for more details!


Additionally, we're pleased to announce that Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC will be partnering up to publish not only the novels mentioned above but many more from the Warcraft universe, StarCraft universe, and other Blizzard universes.

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Do you think you can devote too many resources trying to "outdo" yourself that you deliver good content but too little of it?
Easily. This is a big problem in game development. I preach the mantra "the enemy of good is perfect." (OccupyGStreet)

In the past, being behind on content was OK (Kara, SSC, etc). Is being behind current content really an issue? What changed?
The team worked hard on Ulduar, but many players weren't ready for the content and didn't participate. (OccupyGStreet)
We didn't want a model where later tiers saw less and less participation. Not sure that was the right call, but that was the logic (OccupyGStreet)

More real talk: are MMO subs REALLY cyclical? Which has changed more: game design or gamers? Which influenced the other more?
I think players have just "been there / done that." RTS as a genre isn't as widespread as it used to be either. (OccupyGStreet)
Blizzard does fine with their MMO and RTS but the list drops off quickly after them. (OccupyGStreet)
Some genres seem more evergreen, principally FPS and some RPGs. MMO may need to innovate dramatically to stay vibrant as a genre. (OccupyGStreet)
Do you think it's because gameplay is "second" in MMOs (and usually dull, compared to FPS)? Or because of the "casual" shift.
I think something about FPS gameplay is evergreen. You don't get bored of those games for some reason. (OccupyGStreet)



World of Warcraft Skyrim Mods
johnskyrim is back, sharing a Judgement Armor Skyrim mod on Reddit today. We also included some of his previous work.

by Published on 2015-09-18 10:34 AM

Datamined Patch, Tamplier's Diablo Fanart

Ben Brode Interview - Deck Slots, Secretadin, Internal Stats; Strength in Numbers, HS Probability Guide

BNet and Twitch Integration, New Maps, Blizzcon Schedule Revealed, Top 5 Fails #16

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - September 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Gorefiend
    • Increased the duration for Digest and Resisting to 35 seconds (up from 30 seconds) on Mythic difficulty.
Grimrail Depot
  • Fixed an issue where players were incorrectly able to reflect damage for a number of abilities during the Nitrogg Thundertower encounter.
Icecrown Citadel
  • The Lich King: Players that fall off the platform during the final stage of the encounter should no longer remain stuck in combat and be able to release their spirits.

PvP
Ashran
  • Recreant is now applied if a player does not accept the prompt to enter Ashran.
Mercenary Mode
  • Fixed a situation that could cause the Mercenary mode buff to not be applied correctly on a character.

Achievements
  • Master of the Seas: The title associated with this achievement is now account-wide for level 100 characters.
  • Rumble in the Jungle: The title associated with this achievement is now account-wide for level 100 characters.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Matchmaking Normal Difficulty Groups
Very unlikely, the extra convenience of having an automated queuing system for normal mode would be immediately defeated by the lack of coordination that these groups are usually accustomed to.

LFR's difficulty level is tuned exactly to match the level of coordination that one can expect (on average) from a group formed by an automated system.

Let people queue for Normal if they want to - but don't change mechanics to accommodate random queueing. Leave Nm as it is, difficulty-wise.
Given that extra option, I believe very few would be satisfied with queueing for LFR only.

What you said actually sounds reasonable at first, but once such an option becomes available, it creates false expectations. If such content isn't properly tuned for random grouping, it will only lead to nerf requests. We see that happening all the time even in LFR as I'm sure you're all aware, especially when new raids launch and they're slightly over-tuned.

There's also this issue with automated systems and their detrimental effects on the social potential of a game, which is an essential factor for any mmorpg, so we want to be very careful whenever we expand or change such systems. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

BlizzCon Opening Week – October 28 to November 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Last year, we needed an extra weekend for all the World Championship eSports. This year, we need a week! The Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and WoW Arena World Championships, along with the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals, will launch from Burbank, CA between October 28 and November 1.

The BlizzCon Opening Week will host 96 elite eSports players from across the globe battling for the opportunity to be crowned World Champion at BlizzCon. This is eSports you need to watch, and you’ll have plenty of streaming options available on BlizzCon.com for each game.

So, which matches will be played at BlizzCon Opening Week, and when? We’ve broken it out for each game below:

Hearthstone World Championship
Prize Pool: $250,000
Number of Players: 16
Schedule: October 28-31, 9:00 a.m. PDT

Matches: The Hearthstone World Championship kicks off with four groups of four players vying against each other in a dual-elimination format. Match 1 of each group will play October 28, with Match 2 and the first eliminations on October 29. October 30-31 will see each match advancing a player to BlizzCon, as we make our way through the winners and decider matches of each group.

Heroes of the Storm World Championship
Prize Pool: $500,000
Number of Players: 8 Teams (5 players per team)
Schedule: October 28, 1:30 p.m. PDT

Matches: The Heroes of the Storm World Championship features 2 dual-tournament groups in the first round. No teams will be eliminated during Opening Week, but each team will get to show their stuff in the initial matches of each group.

WoW Arena World Championship
Prize Pool: $250,000
Number of Players: 8 teams (3 players per team)
Schedule: October 30-31, 1:30 p.m. PDT

Matches: Each of the 2 dual-tournament groups in the Round of 8 will compete October 30-31. Two teams will advance to the Round of 4 bracket (played at BlizzCon November 6) based on the results of these matches, while the other two Ro4 teams will be determined at BlizzCon.

StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals
Prize Pool: $250,000
Number of Players: 16
Schedule: November 1, 10:00 a.m. PST

Matches: The Global Finals will follow last year’s tried and true format. The top 16 players in the WCS Global Standings will be seeded into a single elimination bracket. All matches of the Round of 16 bracket will take place November 1. Eight of the 16 players will advance to the Round of 8 matches (played at BlizzCon November 6).

You’ll also be able to watch coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and all of the StarCraft II, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Heroes of the Storm matches taking place at BlizzCon for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com. The StarCraft II finals will also be available to watch via the official WCS website.

Twitch Battle.Net Integration
Twitch has added the ability to link your Battle.Net account to your Twitch account and Blizzard is giving away a Heroes of the Storm portrait to those who link it and watch some of a Heroes of the Storm regional championship. Some kind of reward could be added for WoW in the future!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Twitch and Blizzard are teaming up to reward those who not only love to play Heroes of the Storm, but watch it, too!

Secure your portrait
For a limited time, anyone who watches a Heroes of the Storm regional championship while logged into Twitch with a linked Battle.net account will receive a special “Storm Watcher” portrait in Heroes of the Storm.


Your first opportunity to secure this portrait is quickly approaching. Tune in to the Americas Championship on September 19 and 20, and you’ll be among the first to receive the new portrait. After watching the Americas or other regional championship events, the portrait will be awarded to qualifying players starting in October, when it will appear in your in-game portrait collection.

  • Log in to your account on Twitch.
  • Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen.
  • Click on the Connections tab.
  • Follow the instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect next to Battle.net.

Click Here to go straight to the Twitch.tv settings page!

Do I need to keep my accounts linked to receive the portrait?
In order to make sure we're able to properly grant the portrait award, please make sure you leave the accounts linked until the portrait has been awarded to your Battle.net account. We hope to offer additional promotions using this technology in the future, so we recommend leaving the account link in place if you’re interested in participating.

If I watch another region's championship and have my account linked, will I receive the reward in my home region?
Yes, watching the Americas, Korea, Europe, or Taiwan championships on Twitch will grant you the in-game portrait in all regions.

If I watch the event on a mobile device will I receive the portrait?
Yes, as long as you are logged in to Twitch and your accounts are linked while you watch the event, you will be eligible for the portrait reward.

Will other Blizzard games offer similar promotions?
The Heroes of the Storm “Storm Watcher” portrait is the only active promotion currently available. We’re considering rolling out similar promotions for our other games, but we don’t have any additional details to share at this time.

Visit HeroesoftheStorm.com/eSports to learn more about the Americas Championship and our other regional championship events!

Poll - WoW Twitch Streams
Do you watch WoW streams?



Overwatch - More Teasers and Hints
Some more teaser images appeared today, along with a note to check back for a special report next week. You can get all of the details on Overpwn.

by Published on 2015-09-17 08:13 AM

More Thrill Conquest Builds, Support Barb for GR Experience Farm

Too Many Portals Brawl, The Angry Chicken w/ Amaz, Vanilla Extract Card Voting

Rexxar Info and Hotfix, Diablo Battlegrounds Easter Egg, Browder Tweets, Epic Plays #46

Warcraft Movie Update
The Hollywood Reporter talked about Legendary and Universal today, claiming that sources say Warcraft is seen as "problem movies" by Universal. Duncan Jones isn't worried though!



Patch 6.2.2 - I Found Pepe!
Muffinus confirmed that I Found Pepe! is still not active with Patch 6.2.2. We may get one other costume with A Frightening Friend next month, as it is a Hallow's End achievement.



Draenor Dungeons Bonus Event September 16 – 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Through the end of the day on Monday, it’s a great time to join other players in Draenor dungeons. This week’s Bonus Event rewards you with reputations gains when you defeat dungeon enemies on Heroic and Mythic difficulties.

Make sure to pick up the event-only quest Emissary of War in your Garrison before you head out. It rewards an Iron Fleet Treasure Chest (containing one Hellfire Citadel Heroic quality item) that you won’t want to pass up.

50% Off Grinning Reaver Mount – This Week Only
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Ride through the jungles of Tanaan, buzz the giant beasts of Nagrand, or just linger menacingly near the mailbox in your faction’s capital—all while on a mount with a terrifying grin on its face! The Grinning Reaver mount is now on sale for 50% off its regular price until Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.


Add one to your stable today!

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Raids
real talk: LFD and LFR, ultimately, at the end of the day, all is said and done, bad for a game?
I still don't know. (OccupyGStreet)
If you put a gun to my head I'd say LFG with harder dungeons and no LFR. But it's a crap shoot. (OccupyGStreet)
Easyish Naxx and LK dungeons set expectations that were hard to ever undo. Maybe LFG was just a symptom at that point. (OccupyGStreet)
is the irrevocability of a feature a big part of the design decision or is it more if a hindsight is 20/20 thing?
For a live game (like LoL/WoW) you always have to think about the precedents you set. It's like being a SCOTUS judge. (OccupyGStreet)
I wasn't paying attention during the Cata difficulty outrage--would it have been possible to soldier through?
Yes. Better would have been to provide an alternative for those who didn't enjoy wiping. (OccupyGStreet)

Why do you think many players are longing for TBC days. Raiding was impossible back then..
I wouldn't call it nostalgia per se, but we remember the feeling we had when everything felt so new and we miss that feeling. (OccupyGStreet)

Game Design
Thoughts on allowing (or not) respec in single player RPGs? Respec kinda waters down character building... (1/2)
It depends if you want starting a new character to be a good or bad thing. No respec can encourage that. (OccupyGStreet)

Misc
greg i really just want you to stop answering questions about world of warcraft and focus on your new better life, forever
I try to answer questions that are applicable to game development as a whole. (OccupyGStreet)



Poll - Warcraft Movie
Are you going to watch the movie?



Final Boss #96 - Nixxiom & Moocluck
This week Final Boss talked to two people that make WoW Machinima.

by Published on 2015-09-16 08:53 AM

Rank #1 Barbarian Clear, Zero Crit Shenlong's Monk

Dragon Decks! Sigma's Dragon Priest, Seraph's Dragon Shaman, xBAcex's Dragon Warrior

Judgement Uther Available, Rexxar Builds and Bugs, Misha Control Tips and More

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - September 15
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • Shadowfel Burst no longer requires line-of-sight to deal damage or knock players up into the air.

PvP
Ashran
  • Players on a multi-passenger mount flying into Ashran should now be placed into the correct phase.
Mercenary Mode
  • Mages that fought for the opposite faction as a mercenary should no longer incorrectly retain the ability to use the opposing faction's teleport spells afterwards.

Achievements
  • Heirloom Hoarder - Fixed an issue where players were not receiving the Chauffeured Chopper after completing the achievement, Heirloom Hoarder.

Patch 6.2.2a Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an animation issue with Bladestorm that affected Dwarf Warriors.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some Archaeology dig sites to take on an odd shape and prevented them from being completed.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Like how the emerald drake made sense? If it's via achievement, it really doesn't need any context.
.I'd argue that while this is true, it's so cool and iconic that efforts should be made to make it fit a story/event. (Muffinus)
Makes perfect sense for a TIMEWALKING mount. Complete all time walking dungeons or something.
TW is a good vehicle, but I think you could do more, eg hidden infinite rares in TW dung's up to no good. (Muffinus)

Poll - Archaeology Leveling
Please exclude any leveling you did from the fragments gathered from the mine or missions!


Overwatch - New Heroes Teased
Blizzard teased two new heroes today! The full details are on Overpwn.

by Published on 2015-09-15 06:09 AM

Malthael Cosplay from LBCC 2015, Thrill Conquest Builds, Jaetch's DB Farming Wizard

Deck Spotlight: Kibler's ATLC Dragon Priest, EU Road to BlizzCon Trailer

Ranked Play Leaderboards, Rotation for Sept. 15, 2015, Shop Sales, Into the Nexus #66

Armory Stats - Flying Achievements
With flying finally here, we are checking back in to see how players are doing on unlocking flight. You can see the numbers from last month here.

The sample used today is 1.8 million players (not characters) that have logged in since August 15th. Only level 100 characters are included in the data. Characters are grouped by player, so no matter how many characters a player has, they only count once.

We included the 200 Treasures achievement just for comparison purposes, only 100 is required for Master Treasure Hunter, which is required for Draenor Pathfinder.

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Name Points Percent Category
Expert Treasure Hunter Discover 50 treasures of Draenor (excluding Tanaan Jungle).
10
59.49%
Draenor
Master Treasure Hunter Discover 100 treasures of Draenor (excluding Tanaan Jungle).
10
44.15%
Draenor
Grand Treasure Hunter Discover 200 treasures of Draenor (excluding Tanaan Jungle).
10
10.32%
Draenor
Loremaster of Draenor Complete the Draenor quest achievements listed below.
10
57.61%
Draenor
Explore Draenor Explore the regions of Draenor.
25
45.50%
Exploration
Securing Draenor Complete the Draenor bonus objectives listed below.
10
34.98%
Draenor
Tanaan Diplomat Earn Revered reputation with all three factions in Tanaan Jungle.
1031.99%Draenor
Draenor Pathfinder Complete the Draenor achievements listed below:
2528.67%Draenor


Arena Queue Length Issue Update
The long arena queue problem may be solved soon!



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Funny how and are ignoring #RavenholdtOrRiot Almost as if they know they're wrong but are too stubborn to change.
Appreciate feedback, and hear you, please try to keep your comments positive, and wait until full reveals. (Muffinus)

Why was the drop rate of Val'anyr fragments lowered so much?
It hasn’t been touched in years (if ever) – sounds like bad luck. (WarcraftDevs)

Last LK Timewalking cache for me was Heroic, this time it was Normal. What gives? I've only done more H kills since then?
Maybe you’re thinking of the Draenor dungeon holiday? Timewalking gives a Normal cache; Draenor Mythics a Heroic one. (WarcraftDevs)

Poll - Flying Unlock Knowledge
If you are reading this news post, it is likely that you knew how to unlock flying. We are curious if you had any players in your guild that didn't know how to unlock flying.


DLC #504 - Heir
DLC #504 has been released.


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