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by Published on 2014-11-27 10:29 AM

Retroactive Changes to Sets, Rift Issues and PTR Feedback, Gem of Ease Explained

GvG Card Reveal: Felheart (Unconfirmed)

Heroes Developer Reddit AMA on December 4th, Town Hall Heroes #41

Warlords of Draenor - Rare Spawn Mounts
Today we are taking a look at the mounts dropped by rare spawns in Warlords of Draenor.

Level Type Name Model Viewer
40Mount Bloodhoof Bull
40Mount Mottled Meadowstomper
40Mount Great Greytusk
40Mount Sapphire Riverbeast
40Mount Swift Breezestrider
40Mount Sunhide Gronnling
40Mount Garn Nighthowl

Glyphs Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Due to an error, there were a few glyphs that were unable to be crafted via Inscription, which made them unobtainable. These glyphs are:

To make sure players have access to them, we've added them to the Inscription vendors in Stormshield and Warspear. Alliance players can purchase them from Joao Calhandro, and Horde players can purchase them from Maru'sa.

Update: We're also working on adding Glyph of Cleanse (Paladin) and Glyph of Frostbrand Weapon (Shaman). Glyph of Cleanse will be added to the Inscription vendors like the other glyphs. Glyph of Frostbrand Weapon's item is missing from the game files, so we can't add it to the vendors via hotfix. Instead, it will be automatically taught to all Shaman level 75 or higher.

Except they aren't there? When will this be live?
It's live already. They'll only be visible to the classes that are able to use them.

How will I make a ton of bank off people who haven't seen this then?
I should also probably mention that they're Unique and Bind on Pickup, for exactly that reason

Regarding Glyph of Blackout Kick: It will return, but as the glyph is completely missing from game data, it can't be added via hotfix. It'll have to wait for a content patch. Sorry

Ink traders should be working now!

Enveloping Mist Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've just pushed live a hotfix that increases the healing done by Enveloping Mist by 50%. This most likely won't be added to the hotfix blog until after the weekend, but we wanted to be sure you were aware of it before then, as it's already active.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Trinkets with primary stats in the proc/use part are always better than any other trinket type for DPS.
Theorycraft and supporting evidence would help. A recent hotfix should have solved this. (Celestalon)
Ah I see the change now. 220 -> 147 static stat, no change to the procs? Been afk since that I guess.
Yes, the hotfix fixed the stats (by changing passive amounts) on many Draenor trinkets. (Celestalon)

will the wargames gear ever be made available for transmog? or is the conquest gear (that isn't currently available) the same look?
It will intentionally not be available for transmog. (holinka)

can the retraining certificate cause a follower to LOSE bodyguard? I would love to retrain on of my bodyguards, but I'm afraid to.
Bodyguard trait isn't re-rollable (Muffinus)

How come you can't join a friends server in Ashran? This would help with the imbalanced servers, if you could just fix it yourself
it could also (and most likely would) make it worse. We might enable it when we're happier with faction balance. (holinka)

Blizzard Game Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
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Don’t let your holiday shopping get the best of you. This sale ends Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PT. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Save up to 65% on Blizzard games in our Winter sale
The epic Blizzard Winter sale is now on! For this week only, you can get big savings on your favorite Blizzard titles including up to 65% off World of Warcraft and 50% off Diablo III, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.

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Hurry though—our Winter sale offers end on December 2! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Battle.Net Client Update - Overwatch Support
A new update for the Battle.Net client added Overwatch support!

by Published on 2014-11-25 08:23 PM

Update (4:45 PM EST): Some glyphs were added to vendors and Enveloping Mist was hotfixed to do 50% more healing.
Update: Another round of hotfixes was added.

Artcraft - Blood Elf Update

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes: November 25
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Update 2, Other Hotfixes: 6:00pm PST
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Item rewards received from a Garrison invasion now have a chance to be Warforged, contain a socket, or tertiary stats.
  • Barn: Iron Trap, Improved Iron Trap, and Deadly Iron Trap now have a 15-second cooldown (down from 30 seconds).
  • Mine Levels 2-3: Mining Carts now contains more Primal Spirits and Archeology fragments. The amount of ore given by each mining node has been adjusted to a more appropriate level.


  • Shadowmoon Valley
    • Assault on Socrethar's Rise: Sargerei Binders should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode.
  • Talador
    • Dreadpiston: Dreadpiston should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode.
  • Nagrand
    • Assault on the Gorian Proving Grounds: Increased the spawn rate of creatures and NPCs in the quest area.
    • Challenge of the Masters: Warlord Dharl of the Thrice-Bloodied Blade really should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode.
  • Garrison
    • Items obtained from Garrison Mission above level 615 now have a chance to be Warforged, contain a socket, or tertiary stats.
    • Lumber Mill: Legacy of the Ancients has increased spawn rates of Medium Timber around the Botani Marsh area in Shadowmoon Valley.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Shadowmoon Valley
    • Increased the spawn rate of creatures and NPCs in the Mok'gol Watchpost area.
  • Talador
    • Brutag Grimblade should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode.
  • Nagrand
    • Hallvalor Blademaster should no longer be chasing players for excessively long distances.
    • Katsuo should no longer be incorrectly using Wind Walk to target players that they're not in combat with.
  • Ashran
    • Fangraal and Kronus now have 25% less health.
    • Grand Marshal Tremblade and High Warlord Volrath now scales their health based on the number of players in the zone.
    • Alliance captains should now be retreating in the correct direction.
    • Resolved an issue where multiple captains dying at the same time could cause an incorrect number of captains to respawn.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Dungeons
    • After a lengthy discussion with the Postmaster regarding their mailing habits, the Postmaster should no longer be mailing back gray quality items and money that haven't been looted by characters.
    • Resolved an issue where completing a Warlords of Draenor Dungeon was incorrectly being crediting progress towards the achievement, Queuing Spree.
    • Grimrail Depot
      • Fire effects for Slag Blast and Slag Tanker should now be visible across all graphics settings.
    • Iron Docks
      • Grimrail Enforcers: Resolved a looting issue that could occur depending on the order that Ahri'ok Dugru, Makogg Emberblade, and Neesa Nox are defeated in.
      • Skulloc: Resolved a looting issue that could occur depending on the order that Skulloc, Koramar, and Zoggosh were defeated in.
    • The Everbloom
      • Mutagen can now stack up to 10 times (down from 20) and have a maximum duration of 1 minute.
      • Ancient Protectors: Shaper's Fortitude has been removed on Heroic difficulty.
    • Upper Blackrock Spire
      • Orebender Gor'ashan's visuals for his Electric Pulse should now correctly reflect the ability's area-of-effect.
  • Challenge Mode
    • Items contained within the Challenger's Strongbox now have a chance to be Warforged, contain a socket, or tertiary stats.

  • Ashran
    • Class book abilities should now be correctly removed when leaving Ashran.

  • [Still in testing] Crafted gear and weapons received an item level boost. Tooltips for the items will still display the incorrect (older) item level.
    • Crafted Tier-2 weapons now have an item level of 645 (up from 640).
    • Crafted Tier-3 weapons now have an item level of 660 (up from 655).
    • Crafted Tier-3 gear now have an item level of 670 (up from 665).
  • Enchanting
    • Rare (blue) quality items now have a greatly increased chance to disenchant into Draenic Dust instead of a Small Luminous Shard. Additionally, characters with the Enchanting profession should receive more Draenic Dust while disenchanting an item.
    • [Still in testing] Mark of Blackrock now requires 3 Temporal Crystals (down from 15) and 5 Scorcerous Earth (down from 10).
    • [Still in testing] Mark of Shadowmoon now requires 3 Temporal Crystals (down from 15) and 5 Scorcerous Fire (down from 10).

  • Swapblaster's visual effect should no longer persist indefinitely.

Bug Fix
  • Resolved an issue where buffs received from a Shamanstone was incorrectly causing the character to travel much more slowly while on a flight path.

Update 1, Class Tuning Changes: 12:00pm PST
Please note that some of the class tuning changes listed below are not yet live and are still in the process of being implemented.

  • Orc
    • Hardiness now reduces stun duration by 15% (up from 10%).
  • Undead


Upcoming Enchanting Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We cannot add in a new recipe without a client-side patch. We can and have made adjustments to the drop rates via a hotfix to greatly increase the chance of obtaining Draenic Dust while disenchanting a rare (blue) item. There's still a chance to obtain a Luminous Shard but the chance is no longer guaranteed.

Additionally, characters with the Enchanting profession should receive more Draenic Dust while disenchanting an item.

We're also making changes to reduce the cost of tanking and healer enchants. These hotfixes are currently undergoing testing and aren't live yet. But, I wanted to give everyone an advanced notice of what's going to happen.

  • [Still in testing] Mark of Blackrock now requires 3 Temporal Crystals (down from 15) and 5 Scorcerous Earth (down from 10).
  • [Still in testing] Mark of Shadowmoon now requires 3 Temporal Crystals (down from 15) and 5 Scorcerous Fire (down from 10).

Couple questions:
1. Are you planning on adding a shard to dust recipe still? Understand from above that it requires a reset.
2. Why lower the cost of just Healer/Tank Enchants? Isn't that just a tad unfair to DPS?

1. No info yet. The hotfix to increase the amount of Draenic Dust just got implemented and we'd like to see how it's working out.
2. DPS has Mark of the Shattered Hand. Healers and tanks currently don't have a low cost version at all.
by Published on 2014-11-25 06:06 PM

Class Hotfixes Live
Class tuning changes went live today! More details are coming later today. More changes in the future are possible.

Artcraft - Blood Elf Update
The Blood Elf preview is finally here!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello and welcome to the Blood Elf edition of Artcraft! We know that many of you have been waiting for this update, so I’ll just provide some quick background and then get straight into the imagery.

We’re aware that it’s not ideal to see a mix of older player character models next to newer player character models, especially when you happen to be a player of the Blood Elf variety—and we’re working as diligently to remedy that situation as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. We don’t have an exact ETA for when you’ll see these in-game, but we’re happy with the direction of this update with regards to the model and textures; we’re now focusing on model and texture variations, as well as rigging and animating. We’ve streamlined the process quite a bit, so hopefully (knock on wood) those things will go smoothly and we’ll be able to roll these out quickly.

Senior Artist Dusty Nolting is focusing on the female model—here are his thoughts:

The Horde has classically been about brutes, blood, and thunder. The Blood Elves bring a bit of subtlety to the Horde, and I think that was one of the most important aspects of the Blood Elves to maintain. For the female specifically, something we did often was move things around in small but deliberate increments, to make sure everything was just right. It’s the delicate details like her nose shape or fingertips that represent the most challenging parts of upgrading the female.

Senior Artist Joe Keller is focusing on the Blood Elf male model. Here’s what he had to say about his approach:

The male Blood Elf already has a lot of character with his easily recognizable pose and stylish hair. Our update just gives us a chance to define and focus on that. His anatomy, facial features, and hair will all get an update while still maintaining his iconic look, bringing him to the level of the other new character models.

Thank you for taking the time to check out where we are with these updates. We’re excited to get these models in the game, and are working hard to make that happen as quickly as possible—though as ever, quality is paramount, and presenting the best, most highly polished work we can will always come first.

Thank you, and Shorel’aran!
by Published on 2014-11-25 06:42 AM

PTR Login Queues, Conquests Focused Feedback, Hydra Change Explained, Diablo Reddit T-Shirt

GvG Card Reveal: Whirling Zap-o-matic, Snowchugger, Gahz'rilla, Burly Rockjaw Trogg

New Skins! Winter Veil Jaina, Great-Father Rehgar, Betrayer Malfurion, Warden Tyrande

Pilgrim's Bounty 2014
Pilgrim's Bounty has a small update this year:

Blood Elf Model Preview Tuesday
It looks like the Blood Elf model preview is coming on Tuesday!

Mission Complete Addon
If you enjoy Breeze but want to click even less to go through completed missions, the Mission Complete addon will go through all of your missions and complete them as fast as possible, outputting the rewards to chat. A similar feature was also added to Master Plan yesterday.

Class Balance Changes
Blizzard let us know that class balance changes are coming, even for Shaman!
Originally Posted by Blizzard
We're aware that shaman DPS is low and are planning to buff it. (Source)

Re: class balance - yes, we're planning to make adjustments. Currently gathering data to help us make the right changes. Don't want to under/overdo changes and have to buff/nerf again after.
Honestly hope you aren't just relying on 5ms? Some classes look amazing in 5mans, but won't be margins ahead in raids.
Definitely not. We're looking forward to getting raid data.
PvE or PvP side ?
Both (Source)
Will the changes be prior or after initial progression though? choosing which spec to gear is kinda important.
Depends on what you're considering "initial progression." Likely to be after Normal raids open. Need that raid data. (Source)
Why do you need that data? You've got MC data, you've got simulations that you guys bragged on at BlizzCon.
A class can have amazing patchwerk DPS and completely suck on raid encounters with actual mechanics. MC data is a tool. Simulations are a tool. We'd like to make use of every tool available. (Source)

Now I have another question: are you saying that because you actually got updates on it or is it just to quell us?
They're still in testing and not yet ready to be communicated. Class tuning changes will only be included as a whole package after being tested. Posting half of it will invariably cause unneeded distress. Check back tomorrow. (Source)

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 24
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World Environment
  • [Requires a realm restart.] The time that corpses persist in the world has been restored back to their former durations.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Dungeons
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Resolved an issue where players were unable to queue through Dungeon Finder while in Warspear or Stormshield.
    • Upper Blackrock Spire
      • During the Commander Tharbek encounter, Black Iron Guards no longer join in the fight when he is at 10% health.
      • Commander Tharbek should no longer be using Iron Axe, Imbued Iron Axe, and Iron Reaver within 4 seconds of each other.
      • Orebender Gor'ashan's Electric Pulse should now correctly hit players that are standing on a Rune Conduit.
      • Son of the Beast's Fiery Trail should no longer persist and continue to damaging pets after being defeated.

  • Miner's Coffee should no longer be incorrectly applying its speed buff outside of the Garrison's mine.
  • Swapblaster should no longer be incorrectly swapping locations with targets other than another party member.

Enchanting - Lack of Draenic Dust
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Please fix this profession. It is the only building in my garrison that sits with zero work being done.

Dust is far too rare, and much to valuable to use on work orders, when the daily cool downs are so important.

As a personal anecdote, my character's Enchanter's Study is experiencing a similar issue with a lack of work orders submitted when the other buildings are humming along with a constant stream of work orders. We feel that Enchanting Dust can be a bit too scarce to come by and are looking at ways to ease those supply concerns.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
81,000 Honor Points farmed and not a single Warforged Dagger are they even real? People have them...
Very rare (holinka)

Fan Art Update
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with two new pieces of fan artwork.

by Published on 2014-11-24 03:45 AM

Update (3:00 PM EST): Shaman DPS buffs and more Draenic Dust are coming!
Update (1:30 PM EST): Blood Elf model preview coming Tuesday!

Rift Issues on 2.1.2 PTR, Diablo on Goat Simulator, Maximizing Weapon Damage, Ancient Items Thread

GvG Card Reveal: "Snow Broken Bot"

Heroes Epic Plays of the Week #5

Blood Elf Model Preview
It looks like the Blood Elf model preview is coming on Tuesday!

Master Plan Addon
Today we are taking a look at some addons to make garrison mission management easier, starting with Master Plan.

  • Sorts the missions list so that missions that can be fully countered by idle followers are on top.
  • Shows the number of followers, number of bonus XP, and if each threat can be countered or not.
  • Mousing over a threat shows which followers can counter it. If a follower that can counter it is on a mission, the time until they are back is displayed.
  • The followers list displays how many followers you have that can counter each ability, allowing you to see which ones you are missing or have too many of at a glance.

Garrison Mission Manager Addon
Next up is the Garrison Mission Manager addon. This addon adds three buttons to the mission follower section screen, adding pre-defined groups that optimize for:

  • Success rate
  • Garrison resources
  • Bonus XP
  • Reduced mission duration

There are also several planned features listed that will make follower selection even easier. If you installed this addon previously, make sure it is up to date, as earlier versions had a significant performance issue.

Challenge Mode Exploits
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re aware of some abuses and are addressing them. To be clear, anyone who finds external buffs that they can use to their advantage in Challenge Modes are going to at the very least have their times, achievements, and items stripped. It's not something anyone is going to get away with, and just isn't worth trying to.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Are Drov the Ruiner and Tarlna the Ageless already up on gorgrond?
As I mentioned in the Wednesday Q&A, Drov and Tarlna will begin to spawn once Highmaul is open. (WatcherDev)

New server matches have been pushed for Ashran in the NA/EU. You must leave/re-enter Ashran to see the effects. (holinka)

The blue PvP gear that drops from skirmishes & bg's has 660 ilvl while the one you can buy has 675, is this intended?
Yes (holinka)

this cross realm faction balancing we were told Ashran would have doesn't seem to work.
We'll be refining it over the next few weeks. Hard to anticipate server participation in advance. Also some bugs. (holinka)

BG rewarded drops have a change to be warforged, is this intended, hopeing conquest gear cant be warforged?
It is intended. Conquest gear cannot be warforged. Nice longtail bonus for the bg player. (holinka)

So is Azeroth Velen still alive?
yes! (DaveKosak)

Was Admrial Taylor killed just so the horde could get something for Nazgrim dying? Feels horrible to loose yet another ally hero.
We don't think about character deaths like that, rather do what fits and is meaningful for the story. (Muffinus)

Lore question, is Teron'Gor dead at the end of auchidoun? Cause, he just seems to fall off the edge like team rocket blasting off
The fact that we haven't found his body is disturbing. Stay tuned! (DaveKosak)

Can we get the rare spawns to drop garrison resources once a week after they're killed once? I'd love to have a reason to hunt
This is the intent behind the endgame rares, and there are many endgame POIs (Muffinus)

Can followers be rerolled with the training certificate and get the Bodyguard trait? I'd love to have a bodyguard Ziri'ak!
No, bodyguard is specific to a few followers, because it grants them person-specific abilities and bonuses. (Muffinus)

I suppose you can answer this, is it intentional that salvage yard level 3 keeps giving me level 20+ greens? If so that sucks D:
the salvage yard loot is SUPER ULTRA random. Level 3 will give you a better pool, but yeah, it contains... LOTS of things. LOTS. (Muffinus)
Sometimes I get nothing though... That makes me sad
You should always get something, though some things (like currency) may only appear in your chatbox. Not the case? (Muffinus)

DLC #466 - Whiners of Draenor
DLC #466 takes a look at the Whiners of Draenor!

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