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by Published on 2015-09-09 11:11 AM

T10 Support Monk, Helltooth Lag in Action

TAC #102 - Hanging with Kripp, Deck Spotlight: Turbo Reaver Mage, HSWC NA Quals

Rexxar Hero Trailer, Weekly Hero Rotation, Upcoming Shop Sales

Patch 6.2.2 Hotfixes - September 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • [Requires a realm restart] Horde characters that have unlocked the carrier for their Shipyards should now be able to visit the carrier without having it phase out.
  • Progress bars have been added to a number of naval achievements.
    • Naval Bonus Specialist/Expert
    • Naval Combat Specialist/Expert
    • Naval Siege Specialist/Expert
    • Naval Training Specialist/Expert
    • Naval Treasure Specialist/Expert

Bonus Events

Mercenary Mode
  • Fixed an issue where the score board would incorrectly display a character's original race.

Bug Fix
  • Fixed an issue where newly created Goblin and Worgen characters were incorrectly receiving their racial abilities instead of learning them through the starting experience. Mobile Authenticator Updated
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Mobile Authenticator app has recently been updated for both iOS and Android, and it’s been rebuilt from the ground up to make it faster, more efficient, and easier to use. You’ll also notice some extra shine and polish, including a brand-new design that displays a new piece of art from one of Blizzard’s games every time you load a code.

Players using the iOS version will also now be able to use iCloud to make it easier than ever to back up and restore your Authenticator, streamlining the setup process whenever you need to recover or switch to a new device.

Don’t have an Authenticator on your account? Download the free Mobile Authenticator application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices here, or purchase a physical Authenticator from the online Blizzard Gear Store. Visit the Mobile Authenticator FAQ for more information, or head to the setup page to get started after you've downloaded the application.

For additional account security advice, check out our Account Security page.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
can anyone confirme that rares are only lootable once a day, even on TIMELESS ISLE? thanks^^
This is only the case from WoD onward and does not affect timeless isle outside of a few chests (Muffinus)

Just wondering, what are your thoughts about maybe an infinite dragonflight mount in the future?
Would be awesome, needs to make sense in context though (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
if developers are confined by budget restraints, and they can't talk about them publicly, can they ever be honest?
Being honest with players and having 100% transparency on all things are two different beasts. (OccupyGStreet)

wow is pretty tightly constrained by balance concerns. Wonder how wow might have developed without logs dbm or meters
Better. I think have all separately expressed frustration with the "Min/Max" obsession.
Yeah, when differences are 30%, I get it. (OccupyGStreet)
When the balance "problems" are 2%, it's time to pay attention to real problems. (OccupyGStreet)

AskMrRobot - Boss Art Survey
Our friends at AskMrRobot are running a survey to see which boss art players would like turned into pins and shirts.

Heroes of the Storm - Rexxar Trailer
Rexxar was released in today's patch, as was this trailer!

by Published on 2015-09-08 05:20 AM

Death's Breath Farming Builds for WD and DH, Bounty Speed Farming Crusader, Rank #1 DH

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, How Good is Murloc Knight?

Rexxar Tomorrow, New Reporting Options, Dustin Browder Tweets, Eyes on the Storm #42

Patch 6.2.2 - Eclipse Dragonhawk
The Eclipse Dragonhawk is one of the two Timewalking mount rewards.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The new petbattle-weekly is bad boring/bland reward and trivial/grindy task. It's another "thing you need to do every week".
What would you prefer? (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Over catering to the "casual" is the reason for guild and friendship drops in WoW? From 1 - LFR = I don't socialize.
Server identity eroded over time, which can hurt social experiences, but that started with transfers and faster leveling. (OccupyGStreet)

Heroes of the Storm - Rexxar Release Tomorrow and Upcoming Changes
Blizzard announced Rexxar will be released tomorrow! They also announced reporting changes, a silence penalty, and some other new information.

Going forward, you will be able to report players for Abusive Chat, Feeding, being AFK, Cheating, Inappropriate Names, and Spam. Players that are reported for Spam or Abusive Chat will be investigated and then silenced for 24 hours. The silence duration will double each time after that, with no cap. Get all of the details on Heroes Nexus.

Final Boss #95 - Healers of the Light
Final Boss covered Holy/Disc Priests and Holy Paladins in the latest episode.

by Published on 2015-09-06 08:34 PM

Death's Breath Farming Builds for WD and DH, Bounty Speed Farming Crusader, Rank #1 DH

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, How Good is Murloc Knight?

Eternal Conflict Ending on Sep 8th, Hero League Changes, Sylvanas Hotfix Deployed, Epic Plays of the Week #44

Legion Collector's Edition Mount - Illidari Felstalker
The Illidari Felstalker is the Legion Collector's Edition Mount. Keep in mind that while it is flagged as a flying mount, there are currently no specific flying animations, so it uses swimming animations. There is no official confirmation that it will be able to fly.

Patch 6.2.2 - Darkmoon Faire Updates
The Darkmoon Seesaw can be purchased from Gelvas Grimegate for 50 x Darkmoon Prize Ticket. You can jump on while Lunk is still riding to get launched off and the Childlike Wonder buff, which shrinks you by 33%.

Don't forget to take a look at the new fishing related things that were added in Patch 6.2 if you haven't already.

Be sure to pick up WHEE! from the Darkmoon Carousel or the buff from Darkmoon Top Hat for extra reputation if you are still doing the Tanaan Daily quests!

Demon Hunter Art
Some Demon Hunter themed art by Chris Robinson was posted on THU's Facebook page.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Are the drops from the new rare elite ogres in Nagrand a "once per day" thing? @WarcraftDevs
Per character, yes (Muffinus)

Mercenary's Medallion of Adaptation has half the versatility of the other pvp trinkets, bug or intended?
It's base ilevel is lower but its PvP ilevel is on par with other honor trinkets. (holinka)

Dark Legacy Comics #503
DLC #503 has been released!

by Published on 2015-09-05 11:52 AM

Death's Breath Farming Builds for WD and DH, Bounty Speed Farming Crusader, Rank #1 DH

Nozdormu Jousting Bug has been Hotfixed, Hearthstone Loot Crate Goodies

Eternal Conflict Ending on Sep 8th, Hero League Changes, Sylvanas Hotfix Deployed, Epic Plays of the Week #44

Dragoncon 2015
TheCrafticus was at Dragoncon and talked about Legion! MMO-Central and Elvine were also there and live tweeted the whole thing.

  • Demon Hunters are starting at Level 98 right now.
  • Death Knights will continue to start at Level 55.
  • Demon Hunters will have a short transform, with inner demon visuals.
  • Only Demon Hunters will be able to use glaives.
  • Double jump won't be disabled anywhere.
  • Survival Hunters will get a Harpoon ability that allows them to throw a spear to pull mobs towards them.
  • Most specs are getting overhauled, tweaking them to fit the fantasy of the spec. Some will be renamed.
  • Some specs will use a renamed resource, such as Insanity for Shadow Priest.
  • The sewer class hall for Rogues looks great, not really like a sewer at all. It will have treasure chests.
  • The Moonkin model will be updated.
  • No new major glyphs will be added.
  • No Gnome hunters yet, maybe when it makes sense to add them.

  • There will be a "single system" to upgrade profession items. The current item will be destroyed, giving you a reagent needed for the upgrade (Obliterium).
  • A new team will be working on professions this time, including profession quest lines.
  • Professions will get some crafting items from dungeon loot.
  • Professions won't have daily cooldowns.
  • Prospecting could make a return.

Transmog / Items / Stats
  • If the new transmog system is account wide, the item must be usable by the class trying to use it.
  • No tabard tab is currently planned, but the new transmog system should help to clear up some space.
  • Multistrike is being removed and other secondary stats will have changes as well.
  • Players can still only equip three profession crafted items.
  • There won't be specific item art for each race and class, as Artifact weapon art is the priority.

  • Dungeons will absolutely be relevant again.
  • Illidan is ready to lead Demon Hunters against the Burning Legion.
  • The Park in Stormwind won't be repaired yet.
  • There are plans for Jaina.
  • The backpack might be updated.
  • Warlords was not a filler expansion and built some things that will be used going forward.

Patch 6.2.2 Hotfixes - September 4
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
  • Gundrak
    • Fixed an issue where the loot tables for Gal'darah and Eck the Ferocious got swapped while Timewalking.

  • Fixed an issue where players were not transforming correctly into the opposite faction in Mercenary Mode.
  • Players with the Mercenary Contract effect should now be able to use faction mounts while in an Arena Skirmish, Rated Arena match, or Rated Battleground.
  • Fixed an issue where Rated Battleground faction auras were incorrectly applied while in the Arena.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where some characters were unable to complete bonus objectives.

Legion - Moonkin Model Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Sounds like there’s been a misunderstanding somewhere here. Our current plan is that Moonkin Form will indeed receive a high-res model update in Legion.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
What's your favorite thing about PVP? What first attracted you to it? What keeps you playing it? (holinka)

Heroes of the Storm - Rexxar Spotlight
Blizzard shared a Rexxar spotlight video today!

Final Boss #94 - Avoidance Tanks
Final Boss talked to some avoidance tanks last week!

by Published on 2015-09-04 09:52 AM

Helltooth Lag Fixes, Reddit Q&A Recap, Barbarian Guides Thread, Kanai's Legendary Rolls

Nozdormu Jousting Bug has been Hotfixed, Hearthstone Loot Crate Goodies

Eternal Conflict Ending on Sep 8th, Hero League Changes, Sylvanas Hotfix Deployed, Epic Plays of the Week #44

Dragoncon 2015
This recap was moved to the latest news, along with updates.

Timewalking Reward Costs
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
They already tweeted a pretty stand-pat stance about this. Their claim is it's "meant to take dedication". I'm not expecting any type of change until after BlizzCon at the earliest.
One of the problems with Twitter as a medium is the lack of space for nuance. There are hundreds of mounts in WoW, and they are obtainable by a wide variety of different means. Some are simple to get, and cheaply bought off vendors; some require great feats of skill like Gladiator and current Mythic raid mounts; some require tremendous luck (e.g. the Elegon mount); and some require long-term effort (e.g. the Violet Proto-Drake from A Long Strange Trip, or Darkmoon Faire prizes).

Ultimately they are all cosmetic rewards, and Timewalking is designed to be an evergreen system that we will be expanding over the years. Unlike, say, a Tanaan rep mount that clearly was designed to be earned within the scope of this patch, there will be people doing Timewalking (especially as more dungeons, and more expansions' content get added) throughout the future of WoW, and this represents a long-term goal within that framework.

If you want to rush through dozens of Timewalking dungeons in a short timeframe to be one of the first to get the mount, and you'd find that experience satisfying, then by all means do so. But I certainly wouldn't say that's the intended approach here. The 500-Badge quest turn-in is a once-per-event thing (which we definitely could have made clearer), so if you want to take a more measured pace and just do the Timewalking quest each time the event comes around while you happen to otherwise actively be playing, you can get the mount with just a few total hours spent (though over a longer period of real time). It's up to you. In the meantime, there are other items (notably some great alt catch-up gear) available through the system, and those are much more attainably priced.

Accolade Trinkets and PvP Gearing
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We do not plan to put the random-stat Accolade trinkets on the vendors.

However, we did uncover a bug that was causing them to provide twice the secondary stat bonus than was intended. That bug was corrected in patch 6.2.2.

Frankly (speaking for myself as a player, and not for the development team), I'm not convinced that the Accolade trinkets are all they're cracked up to be.

The Wild Gladiator's Accolade of Dominance provides 403 Intellect and 403 Versatility in PvP combat. The Insignia provides 469 Versatility and a 20-second 1330 Intellect proc. In sustained combat, it tends to proc around every 60 seconds, giving it roughly a 33% uptime for an average benefit of ~440 Intellect.

Combine that with the fact that you have to actually be damaging someone for it to proc (which increases the effective uptime by cutting out sections where you're not hitting anyone) and the increased burst potential by allowing you to use your hardest-hitting abilities while it's active... and I'd argue that for the vast majority of players the proc trinket is easily better.

Granted, you might want a different secondary stat which isn't available on the Insignia. In that case I would argue that the difference between 469 Versatility and, lets say, 403 Mastery would be EXTREMELY minor at best.

I could also see an argument for those who are playing Humans, in which case you'd likely be comparing the Accolades to the Badges (the on-use trinkets) instead of the Insignias. As you can probably imagine, buffing Humans isn't exactly high on our priority list at the moment.

All that said, I won't pretend for a second that I'm the best Arena player, and these are obviously just my personal opinions. I'm just not seeing what makes the Accolade trinkets so incredibly attractive that they're absolutely mandatory to the point that it's worth doing content you don't enjoy for a chance to get hold of one.

I'm not really defending RNG PvP gearing, and I think the actions the development team has taken since 6.2 released speak pretty well to say that the devs aren't happy with the way it worked initially either. And I totally understand why it's frustrating that those actions aren't extending to the Accolade trinkets. All I'm saying is that, if you really don't like Ashran, just don't do it. There are other trinket options, and they're -- at worst -- still pretty good.

EDIT: I should also mention again that I'm really only speaking on behalf of myself and the way I enjoy the game. Just trying to have a conversation here.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
If you talk about "bad people on the internet", what kind of people do you refer to? Those who are critical? Those who threaten?
Those who cross a line. No one minds critique. (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Hey GC, got any thoughts on Health of the Game vs Player enjoyment? I always feel bad about Cata heroic difficulty caving.
I could write volumes on this. Players respect sticking by your guns to an extent, but at some point it becomes out of touch. (OccupyGStreet)

Developer Communication
Is there substantial data to suggest that dev/player communication results in higher sales and retention?
No, I don't believe so, which is why it is so controversial inside studios, e.g. Valve doesn't seem to value it much. (OccupyGStreet)

miss the dev watercooler that blizz did to keep peeps informed. was concise and it came from one source. was that your idea?
I can't recall. I worked on it a lot with Bashiok and Zarhym. (OccupyGStreet)
Do you remember how many hours of discussion, drafting, revision and review went into each one, on average?
I tend to write very fast, which is why I can do all of this. (OccupyGStreet)
A blog might take 2 hours depending on topic. No idea on editing. (OccupyGStreet)

Poll - What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
The post covering rewards talked about the What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been achievement and mount, so we decided to see how active players are doing towards obtaining the Violet Proto-Drake. Only 15.8% of players have earned the achievement! Have you completed the achievement yet?

WildStar Free to Play Launches September 29
The new Free to Play version of the game, WildStar: Reloaded, is coming later this month!

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