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by Published on 2015-03-30 07:46 AM

Pylon Manipulation in 2.2, John Yang on Legacy Gear, WW + Rend Testing on PTR

BRM Card Reveal Countdown, Top Decks of the Week, Viagame House Cup #2 Decklists

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays Of The Week #23, Into the Nexus #44

Five Player Blast Furnace Normal
If Challenge Modes aren't challenging enough for you, you can always try and run raids with five players! Kief and friends managed to kill Blast Furnace normal and are getting close to killing Blackhand with an item level of 695.

Armory Stats - Challenge Modes
Today we are taking a look at the Challenge Mode achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this for the end of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

The first chart looks at the overall percentage of players that have each challenge mode achievement. The second chart defines a participating player as one with the completion achievement for that challenge mode.

You can click the titles in the legend to turn off and on different data types.

Warlords of Draenor introduced challenge mode weapons for transmog, rather than the armor sets offered during Mists of Pandaria. The challenge modes also offer gear (item level 660 as of Patch 6.1.) from the daily quests, unlike the Mists of Pandaria quests.

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Poll - Challenge Modes
What is the highest level of challenge modes you have completed some of in Warlords of Draenor?

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Since heirlooms have a tab now, can it be possible to delete a character without having to delete the heirlooms too beforehand
Thank you for the feedback. We'll look into it. (WarcraftDevs)

Dark Legacy Comics #483 - I am Legend
DLC #483 has been released.

by Published on 2015-03-28 11:43 AM

Upcoming PTR Hotfixes, Patch 2.2 Gem Calculator, Prepare for Patch 2.2

Final BRM Card Reveal - Monday 10 AM PDT, Viagame House Cup #2, Deck Spotlight: Midrange Hunter

Tomb of the Spider Queen Overview, Town Hall Heroes #56, Lag/Stall Fixes

Patch 6.1.2 Hotfixes - March 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Racial Abilities
  • Night Elf
    • Shadowmeld should now correctly drop the character from combat if another party member is in combat while in an Arena, Battleground, Rated Battleground, or outdoor PvP zone.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Summoned Bosses
    • Teluur should no longer incorrectly despawn while in combat with the player after being summoned.

  • Legendary Ring Quest Line
    • An Inside Job: Fixed an issue where Garona may sometimes fail to eliminate a target.
    • Reverse Piracy: Fixed an issue where the map marker for Stolen Sha'tari Vault was not updated correctly after defeating The Iron Maidens.

Raids and Dungeons
  • Blackrock Foundry
    • The Iron Maidens
      • The Iron Maidens should no longer incorrectly trigger a Dreadnaught phase if they reach 100 Energy and 20% health at around the same time.
  • Legacy
    • Throne of Thunder
      • Durumu the Forgotten: Fixed an issue where the cones of light may incorrectly spawn high above ground during the Light Spectrum phase.


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
WoW was never a sandbox MMO. Its framing and "themepark" approach is a big part of why we play it instead of its competitors.
WoW does what it does well, am I'm not inclined to see it reinvented as something it's not. (craig_amai)
I am interested in seeing the market in general explore other angles though, both as a gamer and as a designer. (craig_amai)

Fan Concept - Garrisons Mobile App
Sinfonianartist shared a mockup of what garrisons could look like in the mobile app. Keep in mind this is just a fan concept and that developers have said it is very unlikely garrisons will come to the mobile app.

Hearthstone - Final Blackrock Mountain Card Reveal Monday
The final card in the Blackrock Mountain expansion 31 card set will be revealed on Monday at 10 AM PDT. The expansion release date is April 2nd.

SWTOR - Double XP Weekend
SWTOR is having a double XP weekend from Friday, March 27, 2015 11AM PDT / 6PM GMT to Monday, March 30, 2015 12AM PDT / 7AM GMT. The game went free to play in November 2012.

by Published on 2015-03-27 11:42 AM

New Sets Montage, Compreensive WD 2.2 Rundown, D3 and RoS Sale

Blackrock Mountain Releases April 2nd

Tomb of the Spider Queen Overview, Town Hall Heroes #56, Lag/Stall Fixes

Armory Stats - Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry
Today we are taking a look at the Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this for Siege of Orgrimmar during of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Time pressure and sports (i.e. the clock ticking down). Some video games have it, some don't (e.g. WSG vs. AB). What do you think about it? (holinka)
It makes more sense in 1v1 sport like tennis. Otherwise turtling. Think football during the final 2 minutes of a game(spiking)
yeah or basketball where they pass the ball around for 20 seconds. (holinka)

It does have a timer, 15 min, which I personally think is way too short, I'd like longer games.
20 in RBGs though. (holinka)
it's also 15 in wargame tournament rules unfortunately. Slightly skews rbg tournaments
Sounds like a bug. (holinka)

Besides WoW PvP do you watch any other E-Sports?
I have enjoyed watching Smash, League, Counter-Strike and Heroes. Only scene I follow besides WoW is Heroes. (holinka)

Heroes of the Storm - Tomb of the Spider Queen
Blizzard released an overview video of the Tomb of the Spider queen map added in the latest patch.

Rift - Wardrobe Update
Rift is also getting a Wardrobe feature in Patch 3.2.

  • When any armor or weapon is added to your inventory, its appearance is automatically unlocked for you across your entire account.
  • You can create and save wardrobe sets to allow easy switching of your appearance.
  • You can use dyes to color the armor in any slot.
  • A future patch will also add Wardrobe sets you can collect, with the UI showing your progress towards collecting the full set.

by Published on 2015-03-26 07:42 AM

zDPS WD on 2.2, Natalya's 2p Bug, GR Scorecreen Feedback, Happy Birthday Reaper of Souls

Blackrock Mountain: Potential Release on April 3rd

Skin Spotlight: Funny Bunny Murky, Patch Notes Addendum - Uther & Tyrande

Armory Stats - Proving Grounds
Today we are taking a look at the proving grounds achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this at the end of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

It appears that many more people did proving grounds thanks to the minimum requirement for heroic dungeons, but less people have gotten around to doing Endless this time around. The number of healers and tanks is somewhat more even now

You can see scoreboards on WoWProgress for DPS, Healing, and Tank endless.

A Monk recently got to wave 230 of Tank Endless and shared a video. Be sure to leave any requests for stats you want to see in the comments!

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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Runesaber Mount
Where is it?
Grooming. We'll let you know when it's ready to make its way into Azeroth proper. (You know how cats can be.)

but I can't help a feeling a sense of condescending attitude with that remark.
I can assure you there was no condescension in my post at all. I think it's very easy for people to extrapolate what they like out of text sometimes, but if you were familiar with my style of communication, you'd understand. This was merely my way of skirting "soon" and letting people know it's not a forgotten thing. We'll get everyone the information when we are all clear to do so. Don't worry. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World Bosses
There are world bosses that you can kill weekly. I do one a week and I find groups by the premade group finder.
This. There are often quite a few premade groups looking for people to do these bosses. Perhaps what you aren't seeing is people in chat asking for more people since they're using this system instead? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Clicking Abilities
I click one-off, raid cooldown and/or super rarely used abilities I keep in smaller bars above my keybound action bars. I don't particularly want to create yet another modifier key, or attempt to contort my hand just to reach bizarre binds I rarely use. It works for me, I do just fine, and I'm not involved in any situations where it adversely affects my performance relative to the content I'm involving myself in. I think if you get into a situation though where you're attempting to increase your performance, or underperforming and wondering why, then certainly keybinds and quick use of abilities can make a big difference. But, at least personally, I'm not looking to break any records in Normal mode progression.

When you have direct contact with developers and have been a forum poster for 10 years, do you really want to admit all you do is normal (flex) mode? How.. odd.
If someone wants to openly expose that they are judgmental of how others choose to enjoy a form of entertainment, then I'm not going to stop them. It's helpful to understand who people are. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

WoW Tokens
Opinions (on inflation)?
I won't speculate on economic impact, but one thing I find interesting to ponder is where the wealthy acquired their wealth from, and if any wealth lost/spent won't just be reacquired from those same sources.

I will add, I suspect Blizzard is going to price the tokens higher for the buyers than the sellers receive to create a gold sink they can adjust at will. So they will have a handle on inflation.
The gold price is dynamic based on supply and demand. Aside from setting a starting gold price when the system is first turned on, the fluctuating cost is determined by the market. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hi, all my friends and I loved the Human/Orc HD armor. Any plan to do more in the future, say all racial city guards armor?
It's a big art job, made sense for garrisons because you had human/orc guards by default, we'll see what happens in the future! (Muffinus)

Character / Items
Could it be possible for tier tokens to show warforged/socket/tertiary before they are consumed?
Due to technical limitations, we don't have plans for this at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

Please tell me that there are plans for other uses of Draenic Stone. I have been hoarding them in my reagent bank in hope.
We gave them a good sell price, but at this time there are no other plans. (WarcraftDevs)

Characters under lvl 100 can't see ore/herb/fur/etc. traders. By design? Alts are people too!
You need a level 3 Garrison, but you can visit someone else’s to pick these quests up before then. (WarcraftDevs)

((Why does Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide not work in WoD content? Never see an artifact drop in instances.))
That item is currently being revamped and will make its triumphant return very soon! (WarcraftDevs)

map goals concise on HotS load screen. I have no idea wtf the goal is in most wow pvp maps
Yes I very much like their loading screens. (holinka)

Wildstar - Companion Pets and Holo-Wardrobe
Wildstar has some fun new additions in an upcoming patch. Non-combat companion pets are coming to the game, obtainable from many different sources.

The new Holo-Wardrobe is also part of this patch. It allows you to save item appearances to an account wide list of appearances. You can edit a costume and swap the appearance in an item slot with any appearance you have unlocked for that slot. A similar system was mentioned for a future WoW update in previous developer interviews.

by Published on 2015-03-25 08:08 AM

Expected Date for Patch 2.2, Greater Rift Score Screen, Reworked Item Powers

New Blackrock Cards: Blackwing Corruptor & Dragon's Breath

Heroes Patch 34659 - Sylvanas Windrunner, Official Patch Notes

Armory Stats - Legendary Quest Line Achievements
Today we are taking a look at the legendary quest achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this at the end of 2013 for Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

Be sure to leave any requests in the comments for stats you want to see.

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WoW Token Poll
Polls about the WoW Token have been popular on the forums this week, so we are here to help collect more votes! Keep in mind the results of these polls generally don't reflect the views and actions of the overall WoW population.

Archaeology Tab Progress Fix
It looks like the Archaeology fix isn't done just yet.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Thank you for your reports so far guys, they have all been forwarded on for further investigation. We'll post back here once we have updates to share. In the meantime, please remember to submit the following information if your Archaeology progress has NOT been fixed:

  • Character name and realm
  • Did you recently perform a character service on the affected character? If so, what was the character service and when was it performed?
  • What progress are you missing?
  • What skill level did you lose?


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class Changes
Hotfixes continue to make minor to moderate class changes where appropriate. Depending on what you're referring to it could be a change we'd need to make in a patch, and patch schedules are set pretty far in advance. We're not quite ready yet to begin discussing changes for 6.2, but certainly you can follow along for the hotfixes that are being made, look forward to future patch announcements, and share your feedback here in the appropriate forum. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
.Why does the Windwalker movespeed aura not stack with the passive portion of Pursuit of Justice?
It's by design. From the Pursuit of Justice tooltip: “This does not stack with most other movement speed increasing effects.” (WarcraftDevs)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
the rogue talent Shuriken Toss' auto-attacks only apply lethal poisens? Is this intended?
Yes, only lethal poisons. This was inadvertently left out of the tooltip. (WarcraftDevs)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
I still haven't seen any response about the Codex of Xerrath not applying to Glyph of Metamorphosis! On the radar?
We don’t currently have plans to support this particular combination of visual options. (WarcraftDevs)

Character / Items
thx for all the heirloom upgrades/tab. Any plans to convert existing plate to str/int like wod add int plate for pallys?
We don’t currently have plans to do that. We like heirlooms being targeted to specific roles. (WarcraftDevs)

is crit chance reduced versus raid bosses?
Crit chance is affected by the target’s level, yes. (WarcraftDevs)

When does the 18sec window start? At the beginning of first cc, end of the 3rd cc? It'd be awesome, if that was specified.
It starts each time the crowd control effect is applied (e.g. the moment the target becomes stunned). (WarcraftDevs)

Any Chance on Seeing 6.1 Legendary Questline Cinematic on our Garisson like other important Cinematics during lvling ?
We're going to shoot for Patch 6.2 to get this added onto the list. Thanks for the suggestion! (WarcraftDevs)

My bank is getting filled up with in-game books, any plans on implementing a library?
Hmmm, I could see turning all of them into toys at some point, that might be neat. (Muffinus)

Heroes of the Storm - Patch 34659
Heroes got a nice patch today, adding Sylvanas Windrunner, the Tomb of the Spider Queen battleground, new skins and mounts, new music, a new login screen, new logo, a UI update, and many fixes and tweaks. You can find the full details on HeroesNexus.

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