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Legion Alpha - Build 21491
Another build is on the way!



Adventure Guide
The Adventure Guide has been updated to contain a filterable list of legendary items per spec and slot, as well as a list of item sets (NYI).



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World Quests Design Notes Apr 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Greetings everyone! In the next test build we will be unlocking the World Quests feature, which will play a major role in the endgame content of Legion.

At BlizzCon, we spoke briefly about World Quests, and since then we have been busy adding and iterating on this system. We now have well over 300 World Quests ready for testing. Before you dive in on the test realms, we’ve got details for you.

What are World Quests?
World Quests represent our new approach to end game questing, with a few key differences from other systems such as daily quests.

First, you don’t have to head to a daily quest hub to gather up quests. Once you’ve unlocked World Quests, simply open up your map and look around. You will see a variety of things to do, including which loot and reputation gains you can earn from each activity. You’ll plan your adventure, then head out into the wilds.

Second, World Quests encompass many types of gameplay. World Quests will show you quests, rare elite spawns, rare spawns, pet battles, outdoor PvP activities, world bosses, special dungeon activities, profession activities, and more. Want to know what there is to do in Azeroth today? Just open your map!

Third, and perhaps most importantly, World Quests aren’t daily. Some World Quests will stick around for a week, such as world bosses, while others will rotate every three hours, such as PvP towers. Our goal is for your map to be an evolving landscape of engagements throughout the day, where interesting things can pop up periodically, rather than on a strictly daily basis.

What are Emissaries?
Emissaries are the representatives of the major factions in Legion. Each day, you’ll receive a new emissary quest which will automatically appear on your map of Broken Isles.

To complete the Emissary quest, simply finish four World Quests that are associated with that faction. This will reward you with a lucrative cache of loot. Most World Quest types will satisfy this requirement, allowing you to choose which activities best fit your gameplay style.

Each Emissary quest will be available for three days. If you forgot to log in yesterday, that emissary quest will be available for two more days, and you’ll also have a new one. You can have up to three Emissary quests active at once.

I believe loot was mentioned?
Yes! World Quests provide many types of loot, including toys, mounts, battle pets, and even power items. While many items are still works in progress, our main goal here is to provide you with a variety of activities and rewards that will evolve with your character, keeping World Quests viable for a long time.

How are World Quests unlocked?
As soon as you hit level 110, World Quests will become available to you.

We’re looking forward to your feedback on this feature. Please bring it here to this new discussion forum so that we can talk as we test World Quests with you.

Thanks!

I'm assuming by next build you don't mean the one today? As it wasn't mentioned in design notes
Yes, World Quests are in the build coming today.

You will be able to level to 110.

Oh, and World PvP objectives are a part of World Quests? YESSS, love it. @Holinka Just hope it won't be queued or phased.
Most of them are open FFA arenas, sometimes involving riding a goat. Embrace the world PvP! (Muffinus)

Will reason be provided as to why our characters will do them? Like, how do they know things are going on on the map?
Quest text will be given to you via a Talking Head when you start/finish the quest, and are tied to the zone's quest story. (Muffinus)

For those of us who hate PvP more than GC hated Paladins, I assume the PvP objectives are fully optional?
Both PvEvP (PvE that flags you) and full PvP objectives will be available. Both grant honor. (Muffinus)
That's not my question. Can I complete all reputation besides the inevitable PvP one with just pure PvE quests?
Yes (there is currently no PvP reputation). (Muffinus)

Legion : Worlds Quests
Currently, World Quests can drop power items all the way up to top-tier raid loot.

With the usual caveat that the frequency, distribution, and item levels possible are in a very early state and subject to change.

More challenging content will have a higher chance at an awesome or unique reward. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

4/13 Alpha Build Design Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hey all,
We have another alpha build going up today. This build includes a variety of revisions and bugfixes all around, but most notable changes are focused on classes:

  • New Specialization Unlocked – Finally, the last specialization is unlocked. We’d love any and all feedback about gameplay, artifact quest line, abilities, etc.
  • Destruction Warlock
  • Broken Shore (Alliance) available – Alliance players will be given the quest "The Legion Returns" upon logging in. Follow Varian Wrynn to the Broken Shore and face off against Gul'dan in the experience that will begin your adventure into Broken Isles.
  • World Quests available – Once you level to 110, World Quests and Emissary Quests will appear on your map. This is our new approach to endgame questing in Legion. Please direct your feedback to the new World Quests forum here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/22813803/
  • Class Status – We’ve made many iterations based on feedback and testing. Here are some highlights:
  • Frost Mages – Splitting Ice has returned.
  • Frost Death Knights – Many talents revised for more engaging gameplay.
  • Unholy Death Knights – Many talents revised for more engaging gameplay. Artifact ability revised further.
  • Windwalker Monks – Fists of Fury, Spinning Crane Kick, and Storm, Earth, and Fire revised to adjust AoE gameplay.
  • All Hunters – Growl threat massively increased.
  • Subtlety Rogues – Master of Shadows and Relentless Strikes swapped and revised.

Thanks, and we look forward to your feedback!

Also, check out the design notes from the previous build, if you haven't already as well: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/20742806438

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
New Logging Feature: COMBATANT_INFO
FYI, today’s build should finally include the Interesting Auras data. Let us know how that works out. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Blood Death Knight Feedback -- Build 21466 -- 13-Apr
Hey Blood Death Knights. You may have noticed that Frost and Unholy got some significant revisions to their talents in today’s build. We were in the process of doing the same for Blood when today’s build was made, along with some baseline changes, and most of those changes didn’t make it in in time. Here’s a full list of what’s yet to come in the next build for Blood:

  • Blood Strike removed.
  • Heart Strike is now baseline for Blood. It hits 2 targets, generates 5 bonus RP, and snares. While in Death and Decay, it hits 5 targets.
  • Blood Boil damage increased by 300% in order to let it function as snap aggro.
  • Asphyxiate is now baseline for Blood.
    • It also is no longer channeled, and now has a 45sec CD, down from 2min. (This part applies to Unholy’s as well.)
  • Many talents have been changed. Here’s a full list of Blood talents and what’s changing with them:
  • Level 56
    • Bloodworms – Duration increased to 15sec.
    • Heartbreaker – New: Passive. Heart Strike generates 2 additional Runic Power per target hit.
    • Exsanguinate – Unchanged.
  • Level 57
    • Rapid Decomposition – Unchanged.
    • Soulgorge – No longer replaces Blood Boil, but Blood Boil no longer applies Blood Plague.
    • Spectral Deflection – Swapped from Level 58. Redesigned to: Attacks that deal more than 25% of your maximum health will consume a second Bone Shield charge to further reduce the damage.
  • Level 58
    • Ossuary – Swapped from Level 57. Now triggers at 5+ Bone Shield stacks, and also increases max Runic Power by 10.
    • Blood Tap – New: Active. Generate 1 Rune. 2 charges, 1min recharge. Recharge time reduced by 1sec whenever a Bone Shield charge is consumed.
    • Anti-Magic Barrier – Unchanged.
  • Level 60
    • Mark of Blood – Swapped from Level 90. Now costs 30 Runic Power, lasts 25sec, has no cooldown, only triggers from auto attacks, and application range increased to 15yd.
    • Red Thirst – Swapped from 58.
    • Tombstone – Unchanged.
    • Level 75
    • Tightening Grasp – Unchanged.
    • Tremble Before Me – Now a fears the target in place, and only breaks on significant damage, like other fears.
    • March of the Damned – Unchanged.
  • Level 90
    • Will of the Necropolis – Unchanged.
    • Rune Tap – Swapped from 60. Redesigned to be similar to live: Active. Consume a Rune to reduce all damage taken by 25% for 3sec. 2 charges, 25sec recharge.
    • Foul Bulwark – Unchanged.
  • Level 100
    • Bonestorm – No longer costs Runes. Now costs 10-100 Runic Power. Lasts 1sec per 10 Runic Power spent.
    • Blood Mirror – Unchanged.
    • Purgatory – Swapped from 60.

While you unfortunately won’t be able to play with these changes until the next build, we look forward to your feedback on them. Thanks!

What exactly are your plans for Blood mobility, snare capabilities and immunities? Because the status quo is just terrible.
Wraith Walk for mobility, Heart Strike to snare, and no immunities (What immunities are you thinking of? IBF's stun immunity?), plus talented stronger snare, AoE fear, or CC-break.

Will Heart Strike be generating bonus RP per target hit?
Not baseline, that's the Heartbreaker talent.

Thank you! Depending on DnD for aoe damage felt awful and this plugs a hole in our toolkit. I'm assuming it's still 2 charges with no rune cost.
Correct.

So this is going to reduce the damage by an extra 20%? Multiplicative?
Additive. Attacked for 100, first charge reduces that to 80, second charge reduces it to 60.

Blood Tap is the preferred rune regeneration talent on live because of the degree of control it gives the Death Knight. Being able to bank a Death Strike for when you need it, or just being able to keep tighter control on runes in general without relying on RNG, made the talent great. Since Death Strike has a runic power cost now, is it possible that you'd consider making Blood Tap give runic power instead of a rune? Say 20 RP/charge? And is this version of Blood Tap off the GCD?
We tried it as RP, and found Runes to be much more versatile. We found that you'd generally rather have the option of which Rune ability, plus the RP ability with a GCD or two delay. (Giving you 1 rune is effectively giving you 10-15 RP as well, once you spend it)

This looks REALLY strong. Blood has traditionally struggled with auto attack damage disproportionately to the amount we've struggled with boss abilities, but I think this might be too much. 100% uptime on an 8% hp heal per melee swing is kind of crazy. 3 minutes was too long of a CD but 0 CD is too little. I'd suggest putting it on a 1 min CD and make it cost a rune instead of RP.
The Heal % will be tuned. Probably halved, or more, since you can keep it up more often. We think it works well as an alternative RP spender.

Part of me is saying THANK GOD, because Blood really needed a way to pass AM checks without misusing Death Strike. But this talent is far and away the strongest of the tier, and significantly devalues Tombstone. Tombstone was going to be our answer to large, predictable bursts of damage but if we have Rune Tap we probably won't need to exchange bone shield charges for an absorb, and can take Mark of Blood for a much larger benefit overall.

Is there any way we can roll Tombstone and Rune Tap into one talent? Maybe take Rune Tap, decrease the base damage reduction and the cost to 0, and allow it to consume Bone Shield charges for increments of damage reduction up to a certain cap? Something like 1 charge for 10%, 2 charges for 20%, etc?

This sounds like tuning feedback; we'll get to tuning. Tombstone and Rune Tap are somewhat similar, but their frequency is intentionally rather different, as is how you setup to use them.

No hope for that one iteration of Bonestorm that worked off of consuming Runic Power for uptime the same way Breath of Sindragosa does on live? It's a fun mechanic that's only going to be more fun with the elimination of RNG in our runic power generation.

Also, the tooltip for this ability is a bit unclear; if Bonestorm hits multiple targets, is it intended to heal us for each target hit? So a 5 second Bonestorm heals us for 5% of our HP if it only hits one target, but 10% for 2 targets hit and 15% for 3 etc. or is it going to be that a Bonestorm will always heal for 1% of max HP/second?

We'd like to leave the 'continuously drain RP until you run out' mechanic to Breath of Sindragosa on DKs. Yes, multiple targets causes multiple heals per sec. It's good for self-healing when there are multiple enemies.

Purgatory will still be mandatory for progress on any boss that threatens the tanks
Purgatory being considered 'mandatory' to some is always interesting to us, since it doesn't actually reduce the healing you need, while its competitors do. It's quite likely that if you took one of the competing talents, you'd never need Purgatory, and would need less external healing. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Windwalker Monk Feedback -- Build 21466 -- 13-Apr
Hey Windwalkers. Today’s build includes the previously-described new design for Windwalker AoE. Please give it a try, run a dungeon, and let us know how it feels. There are a few changes still to come that we’ve made internally, but not in time for today’s build, that are further revisions to this, that I’d like to describe.

It feels odd for the only throughput benefit of SEF to be the bonus SCK damage, in most situations (since on <5 targets you likely already have tagged them all for SCK even without SEF). Fantasy-wise, SEF is a really cool spell, and we think this version is too restrictive on its use case. As such, we’re going to merge it with Tigereye Brew, to function in all the ways you used Tigereye Brew as well. With the below changes, SEF will become your primary DPS cooldown, for both single-target and AoE, with the added bonus of quickly tagging targets for Spinning Crane Kick.

  • Tigereye Brew has been removed.
  • Storm, Earth, and Fire has been revised again, in order to fill Tigereye Brew’s purpose:
    • Each spirit does 45% of normal damage, for a net gain of 35% damage.
    • It has 2 charges.
    • It no longer increases Spinning Crane Kick damage.
    • The spirits will no longer attack CC’d targets.
    • While SEF is active, the button can be reactivated to direct your spirits to focus their attacks only on the selected target.
  • Serenity now replaces Storm, Earth, and Fire, instead of Tigereye Brew.

This is intended to be a pure upgrade to Tigereye Brew, so let us know if you see any issues this may cause. You’ll be able to try this out in the next build.

Any changes to healing brew? Because of the removal of TEB we will lose a trigger for the talent.
Healing Elixirs was already thin on triggering effects, for all specs. We're considering that as its own separate problem that we will solve. Current thought on how to best do that is to just make it an active button itself, instead of tied to other abilities, but with the nuance that it'll auto-activate if you get knocked low, just like it currently does (so you can still treat it as a passive if you prefer).

SEF will be used like TEB is being used previously, the clones can/will attack your target and all damage will still be increased?

Will the clones automatically go toward other targets or will you have to target them and reactivate to send them elsewhere?

What will their initial target priority be?

The change and stacks of SCK are remaining, correct? You'll still tag unique enemies to build stacks for bonus SCK damage?

Will activating SEF a 2nd time send one spirit or both to the selected target?

Basically, how will the spirits function in a single target and AOE environments both with and without player intervention? What if you pop it with one target then others spawn?

Will they copy any additional % damage increases like the current ring type buff, or just stat increases?

When you cast SEF, the clones will spawn and pick two nearby targets. Whenever you attack something, they'll repick their target, based on the aforementioned logic. However, if you press the SEF button again they will immediately jump to the targeted enemy and attack only them, never swapping off them. If you swap targets and press it again, they'll swap to that target. If they're focused on a target and that target dies, they'll revert to autopicking (bouncing around like crazy).

The SCK changes should be in today's build. Yes, SEF spirits hitting anything does count as you tagging it for SCK.

Whether they benefit from % damage increase buffs will have to be handled manually per effect (they're pets, under the hood, of course), but we intend for them to almost always benefit from whatever you benefit from. Please let us know when they don't, and we'll fix it if we can.

There's no mention in the description, but since you said it is our "single target dps button" as well, I imagine the clones can attack the same target we are attacking for full dmg, right? Also, whats the planned duration / recharge time cd?
Yes, they can attack the same target as you. You and your spirits each deal 45% of normal damage, for a total of 135% of normal, a net gain of 35% increased damage.

Same duration/recharge as Tigereye Brew had. 2 charges, 90sec recharge, 15sec duration. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2016-04-13 06:12 AM

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Order Hall Followers and Missions
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Some additional thoughts on the concerns that have been raised in this and other threads, loosely paraphrased:

Don't you understand that no one likes missions? Why are you keeping any piece of the system?

We understand that many players are unhappy with garrisons, and in particular with the prominence of follower missions in Warlords of Draenor. We're certainly not sitting around, saying to ourselves, "Wow, everyone loves managing followers and doing missions; let's just copy/paste this feature into our next expansion for an easy win!"

We agree that, especially in the long run, the balance of content and rewards between garrison missions and core world content was a big problem in Draenor. Players too often found themselves without much reason to bother with dungeons or outdoor content, possibly logging on to raid or PvP, and otherwise just checking in to collect mission rewards and send followers out on new ones. And after a little while of that, it's awfully easy for it to stop feeling like a proper MMO experience.

We've tried to tackle this problem throughout our design of Legion. We've focused on replayable and varied outdoor world content and dungeon content as the heart and soul of the Legion endgame, and on reward systems that will support the continued relevance of those systems.

But at the same time, there are people who do enjoy the mission minigame, and there are some positive elements, such as a bit of offline progression, and the fun of looking forward to a reward waiting for you when you get home and log in. Not all aspects of the game are intended to appeal to all players - that's part of the challenge of creating a single game that is played by such a diverse audience with different preferences and playstyles. But while garrison followers and missions were a substantial portion of the content in Warlords, Order Hall missions are probably more like 3% of Legion.

I understand that there is a fair amount of cynicism, and there are some who are probably reading this right now and thinking that it's just a bunch of nice-sounding words trying to cover up our sinister plan of mission-table supremacy. But even if we wanted to, we know that we can’t hide anything here. Well before Legion is in anyone's hands, people will be experiencing the system in its entirety in beta, and we'll be judged on that basis.

But there's key player power at the bottom of my Order Hall tech tree, so isn't that gated behind missions?

Actually, no. As I mentioned in my post in the Alpha forums, what players are seeing in Alpha right now lacks context, admittedly because we haven't provided much. The research you can initiate in your Order Hall to unlock various perks, culminating in a strong player-power reward, requires Order Resources. Order Resources are not in any way gained through missions. You gain Order Resources from quest content: from the one-time Order Campaign quest arc, from treasures around the world, and at max level from outdoor world quests. If anything, missions are more likely to serve as an outlet for excess Resources once you have your research needs covered.

The Order Hall campaign immediately has you do missions that take a day to complete. That sounds terrible.

That's good feedback, and definitely the sort of thing we may adjust. Let me try to explain the intent here: The core of the class Order campaigns is epic quest content that is custom to your class. If you're a Death Knight, you might be working to raise a new set of Four Horsemen who are powerful enough to stand against the Legion; as a Mage, you may be investigating a plot that threatens to undo Dalaran from within; and so forth. That's what the Order campaigns are. We start you on these chains during the level-up experience, but they're intended to be a story that unfolds over time, complementing the game's level-up and endgame progression.

In Warlords, when we had the Garrison campaign quests, we presented a new one each week, but there was no real indication where the next step would come from, or how long you would have to wait in order to continue. This time around, we want to avoid having gaps where there's no quest in your log. Having occasional steps where we ask you to run a few missions with long completion times seemed like a more elegant way to do that, allowing us to weave in a bit of storytelling, as opposed to just "hey, come back next week for the next step."

I understand that most of the discussion is based on bits of information that emerge from the Alpha, and I know that it's difficult to truly reassure you when you haven't yet seen the things I'm talking about firsthand. But hopefully trying to share our goals and philosophies, as well as acknowledging past missteps (we hear you - really!), can provide some guidance about where this system is going to end up when it's complete.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Plate and Mail in Legion
Bricksteel Gauntlets - a quest reward that I had to grind Timbermaw rep to get (the only gloves in that style/color in the game).
Thank you for the report. As a result of this post we uncovered a bug in our data conversion that had been a little too aggressive. These items, and other level 40+ Mail items that were erroneously changed to Plate, will be reverted in a future build. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

FEEDBACK: Mythic/Mythic+ Dungeons
Bolster in its current state where it effects boss encounter adds is a little bit more situational but leads to the same problem in fights where there is no way to avoid killing the adds to progress/survive the encounter. The most obvious examples of this are Helya and Cordana.
The fact that it affected things like Flames of Woe and Stormforged Obliterators was actually a bug. They should be considered part of the boss encounter and be exempt. While it was possible to handle Bolster on them, as you note, there are other encounters where it would be entirely broken. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Will Internal bleeding apply to stun immune mobs in Legion? Will it's damage increase with Deeper Stratagem?
No, it will not apply to stun-immune targets. However, Deeper Stratagem will increase it's potential damage. https://t.co/IkQwA0usll (WarcraftDevs)

PvE
Are rare mobs subject to scaling while leveling in Legion, or are they static?
The rare mobs you meet while levelling will scale with you. Separate max-level rares and rare elites exist as well. (WarcraftDevs)
when killing a level 102 mob, a level 110 player stopped to help. Mob appeared to scale to highest player's level. Y/N ?
Mob doesn't change level or stats, the damage and mob health numbers just display differently based on your lvl (Muffinus)
So you shouldn't see a damage decrease when other players hop in, unless the mob was using an ability. (Muffinus)
If you continue to see issues with this, please let us know what your findings are! (Muffinus)

Way too much melee clutter again Ion - with new spell fx, more pets and another melee class - can't see what's going on =/
Specific examples, ideally with screenshots or (even better) videos are super helpful. This is an ongoing effort for us. (WatcherDev)

PvP
Any chance of returning the old BG Call to Arms events? You could work on rep/achieves and play your favorite BGs.
We have no plans regarding these events for now, but we think that they can be valuable. (WarcraftDevs)p

Professions
Do you need lvl 110 to finish the questline for Blacksmithing. My quest stopped at quenching.
Yep! The questline will continue once you reach level 110. (WarcraftDevs)

Speaking of professions, will BS be getting a new key? WoD didn't have one, so Leystone Skeleton Key for 5 or 10 bars?
Blacksmiths have been unable to mold Leystone or Felslate into keys, but Jewelcrafters can make jeweled lockpicks! (WarcraftDevs)

Misc
whats your favorite thing about legion that as a warcarft fan you enjoy and am looking forward too
Tie between dungeons staying relevant, and artifact power letting me feel like there's always something I can do to progress (WatcherDev)

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Legion - Mythic Dungeons
In Legion Mythic dungeons will scale in difficulty and rewards, making them relevant throughout the expansion. Most of what we know has been covered in the blue posts, but to recap:

  • Each level of difficulty increases the health and damage done by enemies in the dungeon by a percentage.
    • Level 1 (8%) and Level 2 (17%) Mythic Dungeons have no affixes.
    • Level 3 (26%) to Level 5 Mythic Dungeons have one affix, selected from Tyrannical, Bolstering, Raging, and Teeming.
    • Level 6 (59%), Level 7 (71%), Level 8 (85%) and higher have two affixes, selecting from the previous four and adding Necrotic, Volcanic, Skittish, and Decay.
    • This blue post has the full list of valid affix combinations.
  • There is a 45 minute timer that you must beat to advance to a higher level, but not to get loot.
  • When keystones upgrade, a new dungeon is selected at random.
  • The Mythic+ dungeons are only limited by keystone availability, not a weekly loot lockout.
  • Players are suggesting new affixes on the forum.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Decay - All players lose 1% of their max health every 2 sec while the challenge is active.
  • Skittish - Enemies pay far less attention to threat generated by tanks.
  • Volcanic - While in combat, enemies periodically cause gouts of flame to erupt beneath the feet of distant players.
  • Necrotic - All enemies' melee attacks apply a stacking blight that inflicts damage over time and reduces healing received.
  • Teeming - Additional non-boss enemies are present throughout the dungeon.
  • Raging - Non-boss enemies enrage at 30% health remaining, dealing 100% increased damage until defeated.
  • Bolstering - When any non-boss enemy dies, its death cry empowers nearby allies, increasing their maximum health and damage by 20%.
  • Tyrannical - Boss enemies have 50% more health and inflict up to 30% increased damage.



Patch 6.2.4 Hotfixes - April 11
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Legacy
  • Terrace of Endless Spring
    • Fixed an issue where defeating Protectors of the Endless may cause players to not receive loot if Protector Kaolan is defeated last.

Order Hall Follower System
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I completely understand the concerns. What you're currently seeing in Alpha are bits and pieces of a system that is still coming together, untuned and often even inconsistent between classes, without additional context. And as a result, there's also a fair bit of misinformation floating around (for example, the cap on active champions/followers is 6, not 20). We haven't published a full explanation of the system, because we're still working out a few of the details - that's the nature of Alpha. And of course in the absence of information, seeing an interface that looks a lot like a reskinned version of what you're used to in Draenor garrisons (followers -> champions, garrison resources -> order resources, etc.), it's easy to assume that this is just a continuation of the old system.

I'd like to at least shed light on some of our goals and philosophies, and the core ways in which Class Order missions in Legion are going to be very different from garrison missions in Warlords. The mission system in Warlords was conceived as a core part of the garrison experience, and a self-contained progression that offered rewards that competed with other traditional content.

We approached Legion unsure whether there would even be any continuation of mission gameplay at all. We focused instead on the artifact and class order systems, creating traditional content to provide the experience of forming a band of the greatest champions of your class to combat the Legion, with an eye towards class identity and replayability. We want your journey through the Broken Isles to feel meaningfully different in at least a few key ways depending on whether you are a mage, a warrior, a demon hunter, etc.

Once we had the backbone of our order systems in place - a campaign quest arc wherein you recruit champions to aid your cause, and an order hall tech tree where you research upgrades - we saw what seemed like a good fit for a version of the old mission gameplay to provide another outlet for leading the champions you've gathered, and spending the order resources you've earned out in the world. But it is far more limited in scope, and designed to be a much smaller piece of Legion than missions were in Warlords - it's serving a larger system, rather than trying to stand alone as a system in and of itself.

There are fewer followers (champions), fewer and less frequent missions; but more importantly, the system is more closely tied to the game world itself. Order resources come from playing the game normally, and will come primarily from doing World Quests at max level. If you get a "raid mission," it won't give you a piece of raid loot directly; it will give you a quest to kill a specific boss in that zone, in exchange for a bonus piece of loot. In general, from the ground up, missions in Legion are not intended to be an alternate progression path, or a self-contained activity. We don't think of them as "content." But they are a useful additional outlet to complement core traditional content, such as dungeons, outdoor questing, and raids.

We'll have more details to share in the future, but hopefully this helps clarify some of our broader goals and provides some context to what you may be seeing in game.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Raid Testing Issues
Obviously we've been experiencing significant technical issues. We've been trying to diagnose them, but they're beyond the scope of anything that can be addressed in the short-term (infrastructure/back-end issues, as opposed to just a simple code bug that can be fixed). As such, we're canceling today's tests. They'll be rescheduled.

I realize it's frustrating to carve time out of your schedule and then be unable to actually play. If there were anything we could do to prevent this, we would, but an alpha/beta environment is inherently less stable and polished because of how things are changing constantly, both in obvious player-facing ways but also in terms of behind-the-scenes tech. I apologize, but I honestly can't say that it won't happen again - it might. The disclaimers that accompany each raid testing announcement aren't just empty words. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

FEEDBACK: Mythic/Mythic+ Dungeons
Thanks for the great feedback so far, and lots of useful data. I haven't heard much about the Volcanic affix - any thoughts on how that one played out when it was active?

In the next build, Necrotic should stack a bit more slowly, but now also reduces absorbs taken as well as heals. Decay seems like it's probably more of a nuisance than an engaging challenge right now, yes? We're still thinking through possible changes with that one. Otherwise, the other affixes seem to have played out largely as envisioned, in terms of modifying gameplay.

We're keeping an eye on melee-unfriendliness concerns. We specifically avoided making any affixes that felt particularly punitive to melee players; it may be an issue with some specific Halls of Valor mechanics. It's fine if some bosses, or even some dungeons, are less favorable for certain specs or classes; it's not acceptable if the same specs are at a disadvantage in most or all of them, though.

Not much is likely to change in the next alpha build, but the next steps after that will be porting this system to the other 8 dungeons (Violet Hold will not be part of the keystone system - wave events and timers don't really play well together in a satisfying way). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
In future def only queueing for w/e role the satchel is up for, and will return feedback. Thanks so much for looking into this.
Just to follow up, this report helped us improve the queue logic a bit. The situation you encountered shouldn't reoccur. Thanks! (WatcherDev)

So, not trying to rile anything up, just curious did Adventure Mode get cut? or is it WIP?
That's World Quests. (Muffinus)
Ah, will we getting more information regarding what it entails in the coming future? End-Game questing? thanks for responses.
Yes, soon! (Muffinus)

Final Boss - Vengeance Demon Hunter Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with another spec preview!

by Published on 2016-04-10 09:15 PM

Season 5 Ending Next Week, Bluddshed's Starter Builds for S6

New Warlock Card Reveal - Possessed Villager; Druid Spell - Wisps of the Old Gods, Soggoth the Slitherer

HotD Finals & New Observer Interface, Murky In-Depth Tips & Tricks

Overwatch Patch 28484 - New Genji Skin, Competitive Splash Screen

Legion - Resto Shaman Artifact Effect
Resto Shaman also get an effect from their Artifact weapon in Legion, though it isn't as exciting as the Fire mage effect. After you have been idle for several minutes, your character assumes the pose shown below and a blue swirl appears underneath you.



Legion - Character Trial Boost
The latest Legion build added some interesting strings that point to players being able to boost a character to level 100 to try it for a limited duration. Unfortunately the process isn't enabled on the Legion Alpha right now, so we don't have more details.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CHARACTER_BOOST_RECOMMENDED_SPEC_ONLY (New) - This specialization isn't available for a Boosted character. You'll be able to switch to this specialization later.
  • CHARACTER_BOOST_RECOMMENDED_SPEC_ONLY_NONE (New) - This specialization isn't available for a Boosted character. You'll be able to switch to this specialization later.
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_NEW_CHARACTER (New) - New
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_NEW_CHARACTER_NONE (New) - New
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_NEW_CHARACTER_TOOLTIP (New) - Create a standard character.
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_NEW_CHARACTER_TOOLTIP_NONE (New) - Create a standard character.
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_STARTING_LEVEL (New) - Level %d
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_STARTING_LEVEL_NONE (New) - Level %d
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_TITLE (New) - Character Type
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_TITLE_NONE (New) - Character Type
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_TRIAL_BOOST_CHARACTER (New) - Class Trial
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_TRIAL_BOOST_CHARACTER_NONE (New) - Class Trial
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_TRIAL_BOOST_CHARACTER_TOOLTIP (New) - Create a new level 100 character and try it for a limited time. You have an option to apply a boost token to this character at the end of the trial.
  • CHARACTER_TYPE_FRAME_TRIAL_BOOST_CHARACTER_TOOLTIP_NONE (New) - Create a new level 100 character and try it for a limited time. You have an option to apply a boost token to this character at the end of the trial.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_POPUP_BOOST_EXISTING_CHARACTER_TOOLTIP (New) - Apply your Level 100 Boost to an existing character
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_POPUP_BOOST_EXISTING_CHARACTER_TOOLTIP_NONE (New) - Apply your Level 100 Boost to an existing character
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_POPUP_TRY_NEW_CLASS_DISABLED_TOOLTIP (New) - Trial Boosts are currently disabled.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_POPUP_TRY_NEW_CLASS_DISABLED_TOOLTIP_NONE (New) - Trial Boosts are currently disabled.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_POPUP_TRY_NEW_CLASS_TOOLTIP (New) - Create a new Level 100 character and try it for a limited time. You have the option to apply your boost to this character at the end of the trial.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_POPUP_TRY_NEW_CLASS_TOOLTIP_NONE (New) - Create a new Level 100 character and try it for a limited time. You have the option to apply your boost to this character at the end of the trial.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Fury of the Eagle is consuming all my stacks of Mongoose Bite when I use it, it's a bug or intended?
This is a bug - Fury of the Eagle should not be consuming your stacks of Mongoose Bite. Thanks for the heads up! (WarcraftDevs)

Weird/stupid question: What's the bulk of quest design? What skills are needed?
it's about 50% spawning (creature placement/actions/flavor), 40% mechanics (building spells and gameplay) and maybe 10% writing. (DaveKosak)

Computers - Setup of the Month
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale. New GPUs may be coming later this year.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 6700K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $100ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $129
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $22Logitech G105 - $50
MouseLogitech G402 - $47Razer DeathAdder Chroma - $57
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $28Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $51
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell U2414H Monitor - $231Dell U2715H - $500
KeyboardLogitech G710+ - $116Corsair K70 - $140
MouseLogitech G502 - $80Razer Naga 2014 - $55
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $53Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $70


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $48NZXT Source 210 - $48
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $40EVGA 600B - $40
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $100AMD FX-8320 - $140
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $42Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $42
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $95ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $115
MemoryKingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1866 - $358GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $42
Graphics CardMSI R7 370 - $125R9 380 / GTX 960 - $180 / $170
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $74Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $74
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$580$692 - 702


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $64Corsair Air 540 - $110
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W - $100EVGA G2 650W - $100
CPUIntel 6600K - $240Intel 6600K - $240
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $56Noctua 6 NH-D15 - $89
MotherboardASUS Z170-A - $162ASUS Z170-A - $162
Memory16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX - $7516GB Corsair Vengeance LPX - $75
Graphics CardR9 380 / GTX 960 - $180 / $170GTX 970 - $304
Hard DriveWestern Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $123Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $123
SSDCrucial BX200 250GB - $65
OR
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB - $88
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB - $110
OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB - $121
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1076 - 1142$1289 - 1345


Dark Legacy Comics #532
DLC #532 takes a look at Mythic Dungeons.


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