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by Published on 2016-06-13 03:50 AM

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Starcraft 2 / Heroes Optimization & FPS Guide, Heroes Funny & WP Moments #69

Legion - Bringer of the Light
During the Order Hall campaign, someone will send you to Khadgar to tell him about something falling from the sky. He sends you to investigate the Mysterious Lightbound Object in Suramar.

We then learn a little bit about Turalyon's fate and Khadgar sends you to the Exodar to seek out Prophet Velen. The video below picks up here and ends with Light's Charge.



Warcraft Movie - Box Office Update
The Warcraft Movie continues to do well internationally, with Deadline posting updated numbers:

  • Warcraft is up to $156M in China, setting a new record for an opening weekend.
  • It also set the record for fastest to 1B rmb, beating the old record holder, Furious 7.
  • Warcraft also set a new record for IMAX showings, making $20M and passing the old $17M record held by Ultron.
  • The international total is $261M and domestic is $24M, for a total of $286M so far.


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
re: Broken Shores skip: Will it apply cross-faction or will we have to complete it once for each faction?
It is cross-faction. (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
Was it so bad that raiding was for raiders, pvp was for pvpers and the world was for the masses?
IMHO, no. However, we failed to deliver the world for the masses part much past vanilla. (OccupyGStreet)



Build of the Month - June 2016
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
Important: The GTX 1080 ($700) and GTX 1070 ($450) are here. Unfortunately stock is very limited, resulting in expensive cards if you can find them. New cards from AMD are also on the way. Nicer versions of the 1080 and 1070 are also coming soon, with a lower price and better coolers. If you aren't in a hurry, it is worth waiting for price drops and new cards.


The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

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


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$228
KeyboardLogitech G710+$134
MouseLogitech G502$80
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H$500
KeyboardCorsair K70$110
MouseRazer Naga 2014$60
SpeakersLogitech Z523$81


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated May 8, 2016
$561
CaseNZXT Source 210$54
Power SupplyEVGA 600B$50
CPUAMD FX-6300$95
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0$94
Memory8GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR3 1866$31
Graphics CardASUS R7 370$105
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 1TB$74
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

Dolphin

Updated May 8, 2016
$676
CaseNZXT Source 210$54
Power SupplyEVGA 600B$50
CPUAMD FX-8350$160
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
MotherboardASUS M5A99FX PRO$104
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600$42
Graphics CardR9 380 / GTX 960$160 / $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 1TB$74
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated May 8, 2016
$1010
CaseCooler Master HAF 912$57
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W$90
CPUIntel 6600K$220
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4$56
MotherboardASUS Z170-A$152
Memory16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics CardR9 380 / GTX 960$160 / $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 2TB$123
SSDCrucial BX200 250GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$65
$88
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

Unicorn

Updated May 8, 2016
$1304
CaseCorsair Air 540$130
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W$90
CPUIntel 6600K$220
HeatsinkNoctua 6 NH-D15$90
MotherboardASUS Z170-A$152
Memory16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics CardGTX 970$275
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 2TB$123
SSDSanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB
$104
$126
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23


Overwatch Fan Art - D.Va Online
A fan created a nice Overwatch short focusing on D.Va.



Final Boss - Holy Priest Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with a second round of spec previews.

by Published on 2016-06-12 01:43 AM

Play Your Way Returns June 23 & Upcoming Firebird's Changes

The European Hearthstone Spring Championships 2016

Starcraft 2 / Heroes Optimization & FPS Guide, Heroes Funny & WP Moments #69

Legion - Dev Interviews
There are a few more interviews from the Legion Summit that we didn't get in our first pass.

  • The team can't give us details on Thal'dranath (Millenium)
  • Wrathion probably won't be appearing in Legion at release (Blizzplanet)

Kotaku

Kotaku had the chance to talk to Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson.

Development
  • The lack of content in Warlords was in part due to the team thinking that Legion would be ready sooner.
  • The development team has grown, but the larger team was able to produce more content rather than produce content faster.
  • There are 235 people on the World of Warcraft development team now, including artists, designers, engineers, and producers.
  • In Warlords development, the new character models were a significant pressure for the character art team.
  • For Legion, the updated combat animations are a significant pressure for the animation team.

Ship Expansion
  • The team has talked about doing a ship-oriented expansion internally several times.
  • You could get a boat, upgrade it, sail around to places.
  • There would be lots of tech and art challenges.
  • Delivering an expansion like that while keeping the core gameplay is a significant challenge.

The Starting Zone

The Starting Zone had the opportunity to do a few different interviews.

Misc
  • If you play for 1 - 2 hours you would get as much Artifact Power as you would from 10 - 12 hours of gameplay at a certain Artifact Knowledge level.

Pre-Expansion Patch and Release
  • The pre-expansion patch has lots of new technology the team will be testing.
  • The game will automatically create new instances in an intelligent way.
  • If you are near your friends, both of you will be in the same instance and you won't be able to tell anything happened.
  • There shouldn't be any stutter when this happens or queues to log in in and play.
  • This process was more manual during the Warlords launch.
  • The team has tried to identify every bottleneck people might come across when questing at launch so that there is no standing in line to finish a quest.

Scaling Leveling Zones
  • The team will take a look at how the leveling zones scaling works out in Legion and see if it would work out well on older zones.
  • Scaling might look like grouping the zones so that not every single zone scales for the full range of levels. There are many different ways it could be implemented with older content.

Story and Lore
  • The Illidan story never felt wrapped up. The team felt that there was more story to tell and a greater destiny.
  • The team often talked about what Illidan was doing at Black Temple and the motivations behind his actions.
  • The Burning Legion story has to continually escalate and it has been a long time since they invaded Azeroth.
  • The changes in the faction leader stories in Legion came from it being time for a change.
  • Anduin is going to have one of the more compelling stories in World of Warcraft.
  • The Legion is an enemy that can't be reasoned with. There is no common ground.

Legion Media
  • There will be four free comics related to Legion, touching on different aspects of the expansion.
  • One focuses on Anduin and dealing with learning the news about his father.
  • Another comic focuses on a King Magni story.
  • There will also be an audio drama released before Legion (hopefully) that focuses on the events leading up to the opening cinematic.


The Demons Arrive - Cinematic Cut
A short cut from the cinematic set to different music was released this week. It shows in the previews in select theaters.



Warcraft Movie Set Tours
Two videos that cover parts of the movie set were released.



Warcraft Movie - Box Office Update
The Warcraft Movie continues to do well internationally, with Deadline posting updated numbers:

  • Warcraft estimates have been revised downwards to a $25.7M opening weekend.
  • China is up to $145M so far, with the potential to hit $200M-$250M.
  • Deadline claims the movie needs $500M globally to break even.
  • It will probably be a few weeks until we know more if the director's cut will be a possibility.


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Professions
I've been hearing that you need 300 profession skill to proc profession world quests, intended for release?
Yes, this is intended. Otherwise, it becomes too easy to switch professions daily to earn more world quest rewards. (WarcraftDevs)

Pets and Pet Battles
Are the battle pets obtained from the Order Halls intended to be non-tradable?
Yes, hardcore battle pet collectors will need to alt it up to complete their collections. (Muffinus)
Are you serious? Pls reconsider this. No other activity in this game isnt doable with 1 char
Fully completing many account-wide collections (transmog, achieves, mounts) require alts. (Muffinus)
but this require a lvl 98 alt for every class and the artifacts system isn't Alt friendly
Not every class has a pet associated, nor do they generally require full OH progression. (Muffinus)

Reputation / Questing
Suramar looks incredible. Having to farm mana to do quests.. not so much. Not looking forward to launch week/month with this.
We are still working on tuning incoming and costs related to Ancient Mana. Any pain points you've noticed so far? (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Just curious, are the people on stage at Blizzcon for example actually programmers or just the idea guys?
Very few studios employ someone just as an idea guy. Even designers have to do work at the keyboard. (OccupyGStreet)
I'd definitely like being an 'idea guy', what do you 'do at your keyboard', Greg?
Design docs, scripting, hooking up art, changing data tables. A lot of email of course. (OccupyGStreet)
I'd ask about those things in greater detail but that would be a bit much outside of DMs, etc. What sort of scripting?
A lot of mechanics design on WoW and LoL (and doubtless many games) are scripted. (OccupyGStreet)
If you want to boost damage or damage coefficients, you can do that in an editor. (OccupyGStreet)
If you want to special case anything (e.g. bonus damage, set bonuses, weird interactions) you script in a language like lua. (OccupyGStreet)
Design isn't telling engineers how things should be. (OccupyGStreet)
It is trying to get shit to work and then going to engineers for help when you can't make it work. (OccupyGStreet)



Final Boss - Discipline Priest Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with a second round of spec previews.

by Published on 2016-06-10 07:03 AM

Update (4:30 PM ET): The Warcraft movie may have a $31M opening in the US. Projections in China now $200M-$250M. The movie needs $500M to break even.
Update (3 PM ET): Added one more interview recap.

Legion Summit - Dev Interviews
Several fansites and influencers had the opportunity to interview the developers at an event this week!

  • There are three raid tiers coming in Legion! Two raids are are coming with release, another raid in Patch 7.2 and one more raid in a later patch.
  • There are solid plans for at least three content patches in Legion already.
  • Patch 7.1 contains a new dungeon and will go on the PTR around the time that Legion is shipping. It should be released fairly quickly.
  • Your loot specialization will control what legendary items can drop for you in Legion.
  • Caster animations are on the list to improve. The team wants to use feedback on the melee updates to inform the caster animation changes.
  • Improved social features won't be in at release, but hopefully soon afterwards.
  • The devs recognize that BRF came out too quickly and release pacing in Warlords wasn't great. There is a plan in place to make it better in Legion.
  • Another stat squish is coming in the expansion after Legion.
  • There will be a new animated series in Legion called Harbingers, similar to the Lords of War series in Warlords. It tells the story of Illidan and the Illidari.


Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson
We had the opportunity to talk to Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson.

Cosmetic Class Accessories and Armor Sets
  • In Legion, there will be less mirroring, symmetrical armor sets, and sets that use the same few 3D shapes we have seen forever.
  • There will be asymmetrical armor and custom 3D shapes on things like gloves and chests.
  • Only a fraction of the ideas from the Cosmetic Class Accessories blog made it into Legion. The rest is on hold for now.
  • After the team posted the blog, they started talking about Legion and Artifacts and how it would impact this idea. They were able to use some of the ideas for Artifacts or part of Artifacts.
  • What we have seen so far in Legion is about as far as the cosmetic class accessories will go for the Artifact portion of it.
  • There is still a lot of opportunity for the other cosmetic accessories that are less obvious choices than librams and quivers, such as accessories for Rogues.
  • In the future, rather than just giving every class a cosmetic accessory, the team will build on the theme of the set. If a Rogue set would work really well with poison vials, the team may add the poison vials to the set belt.
  • The original approach felt too formulaic and hacked on. They talked about adding a few different variations of the accessory you could earn, but it didn't feel great.

Artifact Weapons
  • The fishing artifact is already implemented and in the game, so you should be able to earn it once Legion releases.
  • The artifact skins that aren't in the UI yet don't have final sources yet. They will probably be rewarded from achievements somehow, likely tied to new content as it is released.
  • The team is still in the process of figuring out what is working about the current artifact unlock sources and what isn't. Whatever works will inform the decisions on how future skins are unlocked.
  • We might see more Artifact skins in later legion patches depending on how the initial set of skins is received.
  • The artists have a guideline of time they can spend on a weapon model based on the rarity, with an epic weapon taking something like three days.
  • Most of the artifacts with one skin took around four days, with a couple hours for each color variation after that.
  • The team initially thought doing artifacts would be great! Rather than creating tons of weapon models they would just have to do a few weapons per class and some color variants.
  • As the Artifact Weapon system was actually implemented, they realized a few weapons per class wouldn't work, they would have to weapons for each spec.
  • After that they realized they would need multiple models and colors per spec.
  • This ended up not saving them any time at all, probably costing some. It did allow them to really focus on each weapon and put lots of love and care into each one.
  • Normally the team builds a weapon and moves on, but doing Artifacts allowed them to respond to player feedback, going back and adjusting color or theme to get things right.
  • People have a fondness for the Vanilla armor sets. Those sets aren't very visually complex and didn't have high quality textures, but players became accustomed to wearing their set for a long time.
  • You will have your Artifact for the entire expansion, so hopefully you will enjoy seeing it and the variations you can unlock. When you look back at Mists of Pandaria, do you remember the many weapons you had over the expansion?

Professions
  • There are profession quest lines for every profession in the game, starting at level 100 and going through 110.
  • There is more content in Legion for professions than there has been in a long time.
  • It isn't time-gated content like we had in Warlords.
  • The hope for Warlords was to allow more people to keep up with their professions, as you wouldn't have to work on professions all of the time. It turns out there are people that want to do professions all of the time and those people didn't have stuff to do or stuff to sell, because everyone was able to do it.
  • In Legion, professions are geared more towards the players that really love getting invested in professions.

Class Trials
  • The team got a lot of feedback from players that would use a Character Boost and then realize that they didn't really like that class the best.
  • A boost is an expensive investment, so the team wanted to give players the opportunity to try before they buy.
  • You can try a character out and play through the Broken Shore, Artifact acquisition, and your starting up your Order Hall during the trial.
  • If you like it, you can use a boost to unlock it and make it a permanent character.


John Hight (Legion Production Lead)
We had the opportunity to talk to John Hight.

Social Features
  • The team upgraded WoW to the Battle.Net infrastructure that Diablo and Overwatch use, allowing them to add more advanced social features to the game.
  • The team isn't happy with where the improved social features are right now, so it isn't a feature that will be going out with Legion.
  • The improved social features will be part of Legion, hopefully not too far after release.
  • Legion will add an advanced social queuing system that helps you find things to do with friends.
  • The system will take a slightly different form than what was talked about in the past, but it is still under development.
  • There are a lot of people that play WoW and so do their friends on Facebook, but they may not even realize they are both playing.
  • Many guilds have set up guild Facebook pages for communication.
  • The Battle.Net Facebook login is completely optional and helps to facilitate communication and share your WoW experience on Facebook.

Content Pacing and World Quests
  • The raids and other content will absolutely be paced better in Legion to help avoid such a long content drought.
  • Legion will do better than any previous expansion at catering to both players who have burned through all of the content in a new patch in a couple months and those that took significantly longer with shorter play sessions.
  • World quests offer progression in smaller time increments than doing a dungeon or raid.
  • World quests will remain relevant for raiders throughout the entire expansion.
  • The quests currently list rewards like "item level 810+" with the item level being determined by your current item level.
  • One big source of Artifact Power is world quests, so everyone will want to do them.
  • World quests also provide the Order Resources you will need for your Order Hall campaign.
  • It will take closer to months rather than weeks for players to max out their Artifact Traits.

Dungeons
  • Dungeons in Legion are a very important way to play the game.
  • Legion is the most dungeon focused expansion the team has done in a long time.
  • The way that they are structuring the expansion, dungeons will remain relevant for a long time.
  • If more dungeons will be added in patches or not is not something they are talking about right now. They aren't willing to say that no more are coming and they aren't willing to rule it out.

WoW Token and Character Services
  • When asked about bulk character transfers: "The team has done a lot of things to make it easier for you to do quests, dungeons, and raids with friends on other realms. Scaling zones during leveling in Legion should also make it easier to play with friends."
  • The team has been excited about the reception to the WoW Token. Players that had time on their hands but couldn't afford to play every month now have a way to play and players that don't have time to earn a lot of gold are able to do that.
  • Expanding on the WoW token in the future is a possibility, but the team has to be careful to avoid messing up the economy or making something that is pay to win.


James Waugh (Story and Development)
We had the opportunity to talk to James Waugh with FinalBossTV.


  • Lore enthusiasts will be surprised most by Anduin's story in Legion. We will see a big leap in his development, with a young prince having to step up and make decisions that he hasn't been forced to make before. He has been looked at as a very pacifist character over the years, looking for peace between the Horde and Alliance, but as he gets older it won't be so easy. Players will come to understand his father's more aggressive approach. He is a character the team really wants to build out.
  • We will most likely be waiting to see more of Illidan until a later content patch. There will be a lot of Illidan at a certain point.
  • The Legion is tethered to something bigger and darker than the Old Gods.
  • Sargeras sees infestation and corruption throughout the universe. He has fallen to the wrong approach, but there are issues in the universe and his approach is to eradicate it all.
  • The current cycle of the game is in a place where we are facing really big and dark threats and only the heroes of Azeroth can save us.
  • The nature of serialized storytelling is that there has to be a big threat, but the team could take a step back and look at smaller stories.
  • Med'an is out adventuring in the universe, doing big important things that will one day com to fruition. He just isn't around right now.
  • There will be lots of Khadgar in Legion.
  • Waugh had no idea if Broxigar or Freya will appear in Legion.
  • Some heroes are dying off in Legion, but there will be a lot of changes with existing characters, with some being put in positions you never would have assumed they would be put in.


Ion Hazzikostas and J. Allen Brack
FinalBossTV and Slootbag did this interview with Ion Hazzikostas and J. Allen Brack.


Artifacts
  • Artifact Power investment in the first few weeks puts extra pressure on the team to be careful with class balance changes.
  • For example, if Fire ends up 15% stronger than the other Mage specs, the team would reduce it by 10%. This way you still would have made the same choice with your Artifact Power, and overall class balance is fixed.
  • Artifact Knowledge should give you the ability to keep the progression of alt spec artifact weapons fairly close to your main spec weapon, but keeping them equally progressed will be challenging.
  • You should very easily be able to keep off spec weapons up to 80% of your main spec's weapon unlock progression, with the same number of gold traits unlocked. This makes you a few percent less effective, but still not a huge deal.
  • Multi-spec has been a huge part of WoW for many years, so they will support it in a good and meaningful way.
  • Once you have maxed out all of your Artifact traits, the final trait gives you a raw increase in health, damage, or healing depending on your spec.
  • The cost of this final trait continues to increase, so you may have to decide if you want to put another point into your main spec weapon to get half a percent increase or if you want to get a few ranks in your off-spec weapon that is a little bit behind to get a couple of percent increase.

Player Power and Gear
  • How quickly player power increases with gear isn't a huge problem right now.
  • Hellfire Citadel has gotten to a point where some silly things are taking place, like how fast can 16 Arcane Mages kill a boss.
  • It is important that there is power progression from gear.
  • It is hard to have gear help people overcome a skill deficit without content eventually becoming easier than the more skilled players would prefer.
  • Top end tanks may find it hard to die right now, but there are plenty of people progressing on Mythic Archimonde who are still dying easily. It is important for those people to experience the content eventually.

Patches and Content Releases
  • The team won't say how many raid tiers are planned for Legion, but they weren't happy with how patches worked out for Warlords.
  • Legion has a lot more patches and different things planned, along with different sized patches!
  • Emerald Nightmare release dates will be shared shortly before Legion launches.
  • The team is happy with how Highmaul's release schedule worked out, so it should be fairly similar.
  • Base level Mythic dungeons will be available at release, but the keystones won't be attainable until raids open and the PvP season starts.
  • Blackrock Foundry probably came out too soon.
  • Warlords made dungeon content obsolete far too quickly. This is something the team wants to fix in Legion, which can be done with the various new dungeon systems.
  • If the team were to add a dungeon in a later patch, the new systems in Legion mean it could co-exist with older dungeons rather than obsoleting them like new dungeons have in previous expansions.

Professions and Legendary Items
  • The team still needs to do a pass on professions to have parity across all of them in terms of player power, so that it isn't just Jewelcrafting with a player power increase. In general, professions shouldn't have a player only power increase.
  • Your loot specialization will control what legendary items can drop for you in Legion.


Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson
Towelliee had the opportunity to talk to Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson.


  • There are catch up mechanics for alts, other specs, and for everyone as time passes for leveling Artifact weapons.
  • There is the Nightmare raid and Suramar raid that make up the first raid tier of the expansion.
  • There is a raid tier planned to come out with Patch 7.2 and another raid tier in a future patch after that.
  • Dungeons will be released throughout the patch cycle.
  • Patch 7.1 will go on the PTR very quickly around the time that Legion is shipping. It will be released pretty quickly after Legion comes out, containing a new dungeon.
  • There aren't any plans for a dungeon set from Mythic+ dungeons right now, but it is a possibility during the patch content. it depends on how players react to the dungeons and if that is something they want.
  • There are plans to bring small attunements back. Right now there are only attunements for two dungeons at launch, but there are plans to have one for the Patch 7.1 dungeon
  • Another stat squish is probably coming in the next expansion. The team wanted to do one for this expansion but didn't have time.
  • The team looks at all of the art in every expansion and tries to fix things that look dated and out of place. Spell animations were the target of this for Legion, with lots of new spell animations.
  • A few of the race specific movements in attack animations went away with the new spell animations.
  • The team has a really good patch plan for Legion, modeled more around the Mists of Pandaria style patches than what we saw in Warlords.
  • The team is trying to correctly anticipate how long the next expansion would take. They thought Legion would be ready much sooner than it is going to be, which resulted in the long content drought. Legion content should be paced better.
  • The rewards offered by world quests will keep scaling up with your item level, up to heroic dungeons, then mythic dungeons, but beyond that we will have to see.


Ion Hazzikostas and J.Allen Brack
Towelliee and Slootbag had the opportunity to talk to Ion Hazzikostas J.Allen Brack.

Professions
  • Professions and crafting are something the team will be updating in both big and smaller patches over the course of the expansion.
  • The intent is for professions and crafting to be parallel to the available content.

World Quests
  • In the future, the team may use the world quest system in other spaces and have more of the world be a playground, but for Legion the focus is on the Broken Isles.
  • In an upcoming build, World Quest rewards will start at item level 805 rather than 810. Rewards were a little too powerful compared to dungeons.

Gear and Dungeons
  • You can get gear with an item level that is competitive with the very best Mythic raid loot from dungeons, but there are some specific trinkets, set bonuses, and other things that you will have to go into raids to get.
  • The Challenge Mode model of scaling down your item level, disabling set bonuses, and disabling raid trinkets effects was one option that could have been used for Mythic+ dungeons, but it felt like you were nerfed as soon as you walked in.

Melee and Ranged
  • The team keeps in mind the ranged vs melee advantages when they are designing fights.
  • Most players have a preferred play style, either melee or ranged. You don't see a lot of players that do both.
  • The melee loving population will probably be divided between more classes and specs now, rather than mages suddenly deciding to play Demon Hunter.
  • Melee rosters will probably shift around a little bit, but the melee and ranged composition of raid groups isn't likely to change.

Artifact Weapons
  • When you hit Level 102, there is a quest in your Order Hall that allows you to pick a second Artifact weapon if you want.
  • It is intended that the best way to use Artifact Power is to spend it as soon as you get it, rather than holding on to it.

Tanking
  • There is still room for improvement as far as having both tanks actively doing something rather than swapping back and forth.
  • There is a PvP mechanic that lets tanks safeguard another player and share a portion of their damage. The team has looked at bringing that mechanic into raiding.
  • In the long ago past, the team just made fights that needed a specific number of tanks. Tank swapping is one solution so that all of your tanks have a role in an encounter.
  • The long term goal is to make tanking engaging for all of the tanks, giving them tank things to do beyond a DPS rotation on the boss.

Talent and Spec Swapping
  • The change to talent swapping comes down to which situations the team wants you to be able to respec in. Lots of them to consider.
  • Should players be able to respec for a rare encounter out in the world?
  • Should players be able to respec for trash packs and bosses in the dungeon?
  • In battlegrounds, you are forced to play one spec for the entire game, rather than changing your spec to run the flag and then another for defense. The talent and spec choices need to be meaningful.
  • The talent changing consumable is pretty similar to the food and flasks that raids have been using for years.
  • The final system gives a nice default experience for a player. You can change your talents in town. There isn't any need to make or buy a reagent from a vendor or carry it around for most players.
  • Legion already makes changing specs easier and more flexible.
  • You can change to any spec, your action bars are remembered between specs, you can change talents in town for free, the UI has been improved.


Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson
JudgeHype had the opportunity to talk to Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson.


  • If additional Artifact weapon models are added in the future, their design won't necessarily have to follow the theme of the new raids. The primary focus is the spec the Artifact belongs to.
  • It is very unlikely that someone will get all of the legendary items or the absolute highest item level from Mythic+ dungeons.
  • The team isn't sure what will happen to Artifacts after Legion. Some of it depends on how the players feel about them at the end of the expansion.
  • The team tries to go back and replace buildings in previous expansion content when they create new ones, such as when they create new Troll buildings.
  • The Nightborne buildings don't really fit in the old world anywhere, so you will only see them in the Broken Isles for now.
  • The pre-expansion patch will contain things like class changes and the new transmog system. A couple of weeks after it is released, the Demon Hunters, Broken Shore event, and demon invasions will be unlocked. The demon invasions will get more intense as time goes on.
  • The team talks about doing an expansion without more levels when developing each expansion, but haven't decided to do it yet. There is something lost for many players without leveling up and something would need to replace leveling.
  • The team has talked about doing a replay system for arenas or battlegrounds, but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
  • The art team is working on new caster animations right now. The feedback on the new melee animations will help to inform what they are going to do with caster animations.
  • There currently aren't any plans to change the legendary ring, but if it is still too powerful at level 110 they will do something about it.
  • No major redesigns are planned for any classes as of now, but there is still plenty of tuning and tweaking to be done.
  • The two dungeons in Suramar have a mini attunement, requiring you play through Suramar to gain access.
  • There are no plans to add surnames to characters.
  • The team looked at keeping your horns and tattoos in Metamorphosis form, but were unable to do so.


Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson
Vanion and WowChakra had the opportunity to talk to Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson.


  • Legendary relics are likely to be added at some point, changing the Artifact more than the current relics.
  • The gap between Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry was too short. The gap between Blackrock Foundry and Hellfire Citadel was too long.
  • Legion has a better content pacing plan, even if that means the content is finished and put in the game, just not available.
  • The team has a tentative date in mind for the pre-expansion patch, but they aren't ready to share just yet.
  • The team doesn't want you to feel like you should change your talents for every group of mobs or boss.
  • The Obliterum forge is there to allow you to still make use of crafted items that aren't the best for you. You can upgrade your crafted items by destroying the crafted items that you make that aren't the best for you.
  • The dungeons in Suramar reward loot that is the same as all of the other dungeons but require you to complete the mini-attunement first, which feels wrong. This is something they will fix.
  • The team has a very solid plan for the first three content patches in Legion.
  • There are no plans to create a new engine for WoW, as that would abandon all of the work they have done so far. Making incremental improvements each expansion is working very well. A lot of the newer features in other engines wouldn't make a huge difference in WoW due to the art style.
  • Legendary items come from dungeon bosses, raid bosses, and world quest caches. In the future the team may expand where they can come from, such as from world quests that reward an item.
  • The main reason the honor system was changed is to add more depth to your PvP progression. The gear based model used before made it hard to give you things that felt fresh and new. Another version of your boots that was exactly the same but with a higher item wasn't exciting.
  • As soon as you get your Artifact weapon, you can start increasing knowledge levels. This increases the power you get from Artifact Power sources, for all characters. There is also a multiplier on this based on time since the expansion released.


Misc Information
Towelliee, SpartySmallwood, and Slootbag recapped their interviews on their streams.


  • It is likely that world quests will continue to be added in future expansions.
  • The team doesn't want Ancient Mana to become useless quickly after release.
  • The team doesn't want you to be able to swap around relics, which is why putting in a new relic destroys the old one.
  • There won't be any legendary items outside of the random drop items.
  • Legendary items will be enabled at all times in raids and Mythic dungeons. The team wants you to be able to use the gear you get.
  • You can only equip one legendary item at the start of the expansion. This limit will be increased as time goes on.
  • The first tier is balanced around most players not having a legendary item.
  • Later tiers will be tuned around most players having a legendary item.
  • It should be nearly impossible to get a duplicate legendary item.
  • Some level of bad luck streak protection also applies to legendary items.
  • Breaking down legendary items to create a new one is something the team has talked about.
  • In the future, the team is looking to put everything on personal loot and avoid group loot or master loot. This isn't forced.
  • If an item that drops via personal loot is the same or lower item level than what you have equipped, it will be eligible to be traded to other members in the raid.
  • There are no cosmetic rewards for players that reach the highest item level rewards in Mythic+.
  • Holy will probably remain the main healing spec, with Discipline main healing up to base level Mythic dungeons and playing more of a support role in higher end content.
  • Mythic+ dungeon gear will probably cap around Heroic raid item level plus five. The gear from the weekly cache will scale up to mythic raid gear item levels.
  • Raid testing will start back up again very soon.
  • No Gul'dan testing! This didn't work out well for Ra-den, but they have come a long way since then.
  • Launch day should be smoother than the Warlords launch.

Elvine shared some profession information on Twitter.
  • Blood of Sargeras will remain Bind on Pickup.
  • The Jewelcrafting gems that give 600 in a stat will be Bind on Equip.
  • Profession materials are meant to be far more scarce in Legion compared to Warlords.
  • Players will not experience Gul'dan on any difficulty during Legion Beta and will have to wait until Legion is live

BlizzardWatch had some new information.
  • You will be able to see the outline of important NPCs through crowds, making it easier for you to click on them.
  • Warlords of Draenor provided an opportunity to learn more about the Arakkoa and the Shadow Council, but the story had to move towards the end of Warlords of Draenor.
  • They don't want to rush the Broken Isles story and miss out on any lore this time.
  • Goblin and Worgen model updates aren't high priority yet. Legion has lots of new art and combat animations.

MethodDarrie collected some information from various parts of the summit.
  • There is new tracking in place for high population zones, allowing the automatic creation of new instances of that zone. For example, if there are lots of Demon Hunters in the starting zone, a new instance of the zone will automatically be created. There were lots of lessions learned from previous launch day starting zone experiences, such as Blood Elves, Death Knights, and Monks.
  • The team talks about doing a MOBA style battleground at least several times a year. There is a learning curve for players that aren't familiar with all of the aspects of MOBA games, such as lanes and turrets. The team still isn't comfortable having so many aspects to a battleground, which is why all of the battlegrounds after Alterac Valley have had simple and focused goals.
  • The goal is to not have login queues for even the highest population realms.
  • The team wants to see how scaling zones works out in this expansion before looking at scaling zones from previous expansions.
  • The pre-launch event is designed for max level characters, but characters of all levels will be able to participate to some extent.
  • There won't be a new World PvP zone in Legion.
  • There are no plans to scale Wintergrasp and Tol Barad. There are problems just beyond scaling, such as how instanced world PvP works. The team would rather spend time trying something new rather than revisiting the past.
  • There aren't any big changes coming to Mythic raiding. Boss fights and artwork have been great recently and the team is happy with how they are working out.
  • Mythic dungeons should give even top end progression guilds additional content that they can do and focus on skill and precision.
by Published on 2016-06-09 02:01 PM

Update: Modified post to contain current rewards, which may not be correct or final.
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Legion Features List Updated
The features section on the Legion site was recently updated. One of the Legion dev interviews mentioned an example of a feature under development to alert you when friends join a queue so you could join with them. It also talked about improving communication between multiple groups of friends.

  • Old - as well as improved support for in-game communities
  • New - as well as ways to make it easier to play with your friends
  • Removed - Create social circles with friends that have shared interests, and form the perfect group to play your way.



Demon Invasion Event Test June 9
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday, June 9, starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT, we will activate a new realm in the Legion Beta. This Beta realm will be named “Demon Invasion", and it will be dedicated to testing the pre-expansion demon invasion event with as many testers as possible for approximately 24 hours. We expect to remove the realm after 24 hours.

We ask that all Beta testers please join us in focusing testing on the “Demon Invasion” realm when it is available. While you may see demon invasions on other Beta realms, testing this content requires that your character remain at level 100, so we ask that you test on the “Demon Invasion” realm only.

Please direct your pre-Legion event feedback to the Beta General Discussion forum, and please direct any feedback you have about other Legion subjects to the appropriate dedicated subforum.

Thank you very much! We’ll see you at the defense of Azeroth!

Legion - Demon Invasion
The Demon Invasion event is going to have focused testing today, here is what we already know:

  • Several zones are going to be invaded: Tanaris, Westfall, Northern Barrens, Hillsbrad Foothills, Mulgore, and Azshara.
  • The Wetlands and Dun Morogh also have invasions in the data, but aren't referenced by the achievement.
  • Each invasion is a scenario entered by any Level 100-101 character that moves in to the invasion area.
  • Each scenario has 4 steps:
    • Defend against a general invasion at a point, such as Orgrimmar Rear Gate or Tarren Mill.
    • Defeat two lieutenants and a commander at that point.
    • Defeat the various invading forces marked on the map. Currently this seems to be a zone wide objective, will a fraction of a percent progress per NPC.
    • Defeat a boss NPC at the original invasion point that requires a group.
  • Completing the scenario rewards Stand Against the Legion.
  • Completing all of the invasion scenarios rewards Defender of Azeroth: Legion Invasions
  • You will also obtain Large Legion Chest and Small Legion Chest the first time that you complete all the stages.
  • The chests contain Nethershard and item level 685 armor and item level 700 weapons.
  • The weapons can be upgraded to item level 725 with Coalesced Fel.
  • Doing each scenario will reward you with some Nethershard
  • Nethershard may come from other sources as well, as there is a vendor that sells item level 700 neck, finger, trinket, and back items, as well as armor set transmogs.
  • Killing a Dread Infiltrator is a good idea, as they have a chance to drop Pocket Fel Spreader






Level Type Name Cost
1Other Felstone3 × 
1Elixir Potion of Fel Protection3 × 
1Bandage Battle-Mender's Dressing1 × 
1Companion Pets Felbat Pup150 × 
700Neck Infernal Cord50 × 
700Trinket Mo'arg Clan Token50 × 
700Finger Legion Bound Ring50 × 
700Trinket Felstalker Spine50 × 
700Trinket Inquisitor's Talisman50 × 
700Back Demon Commander's Drape50 × 
100None Coalesced Fel150 × 
700Neck Legionnaire's Fel Pendant50 × 
700Finger Nether Twisted Band50 × 
100Other Ensemble: Felforged Plate Armor200 × 
100Other Ensemble: Fel-Chain Mail Armor200 × 
100Other Ensemble: Felshroud Leather Armor200 × 
100Other Ensemble: Fel-Infused Cloth Armor200 × 


Warcraft Movie - China Box Office Update
The Warcraft Movie continues to do well internationally, with Deadline posting numbers for China:

  • The movie had a $46 million opening day in China.
  • This is the largest non-weekend movie opening of all time.
  • The previous record holder was Age Of Ultron with $28.3 million.
  • The midnight screenings accounted for $7.6 million, close to the all time record of Furious 7 ($7.9 million).
  • IMAX pre-sales also set a new record at $8.2 million.
  • The movie set another record by playing on 67.5% of all screens.
  • Projections were $122 million - $152 million for the opening week in China, but the movie may do even better than that.
  • The international total so far is around $121 million.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
World Quest Rewards
I spy with my little eye a world quest that gives 33k gold
This is an incorrect value and has already been fixed for future builds. Thanks! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Shaman Artifact and Order Hall Feedback
I still do not like the 20 brimstone requirement as it will make me level up mining probably on my main to help get some early on as soon as I hit 110 as this is a limited reagent based on how many characters you can get to 110 with 300 mining to spawn the quest. It does not appear to spawn every day either. This is unlike other class quests which may have higher material requirements, but is not limited by time. I don't see this changing, however.
We also don't really like how the Infernal Brimstone requirement is working out, so we're going to change that step of the chain to ask for 10 Blood of Sargeras instead. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Is artifact knowledge global? Used an 80 token with 10% boost on offspec artifact, only gained 80, not 88 I would on main art.
Should be. Where did that 80 token come from, if you remember? (WatcherDev)

Warcraft Movie Premiere Event
The Warcraft movie premiere had influencers and the some of the cast show up for interviews before a screening of the movie. Jamie Lee Curtis and Leeroy Jenkins also made an appearance!





Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Graphic Novel Available Now!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Discover how three of Azeroth’s greatest champions forged their first alliance in Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood, the official graphic prequel to the Warcraft movie from Legendary, Universal Pictures, and Blizzard Entertainment.


In a fantasy-action epic set decades before the film, the young and headstrong Llane, Lothar, and Medivh embark on a mission of vengeance that will forge them into heroes . . . the kind of heroes Azeroth will need in its darkest hour.

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Final Boss - Shadow Priest Spec Preview
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