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by Published on 2014-10-28 07:03 AM

Curse Evolve Big Alpha Alpha Key Giveaway

Artcraft - Level Design Part 1 / Build Statistics Perspective, Armchair Rifting #1

Hearthstone Bot Ban Wave / Skin Spotlight: Master Uther

Patch 6.0.3 Notes
Patch 6.0.3 goes live tomorrow to fix things that cannot be hotfixed.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We’re planning to release a patch tomorrow that will bring the live game up-to-date with the version currently being tested on the beta realms. This includes a number of fixes and changes to address issues we've identified since the release of 6.0.2, as well as remaining assets and content to prepare for the launch of Warlords of Draenor. As we've done in prior expansions, our plan is to not require a launch-day patch, and have a smooth transition to the new expansion in North America at midnight Pacific on November 13.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World Event: Iron Horde Incursion
  • Characters that have completed the Iron Horde Incursion event can now visit a vendor near their faction's respective beachhead to purchase replacement quest rewards.
  • Report to the King/Warning the Warchief: Characters with a healing specialization should now be able to select Ironmender's Totem as a quest reward.
  • Thrall received a reminder that he is currently still on Azeroth.

Character Models
  • Resolved an issue where certain helmets could incorrectly cause an Undead's jaw to disappear.
  • Resolved an issue where skin color for Human models were not matching up with their original counterparts.


  • Gulp Frog no longer drops the Wilted Lilypad.
  • Kor'kron Butcher Cleave ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Kor'kron Commanders with the Hemorrhagic Shadowstep ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.

Pet Battles
  • Iron Starlette should no longer be excessively noisy when their owner is on a mount.

  • A Villain Unmasked: Resolved an issue where Samuelson Unmasked was dying too quickly to grant quest credit.
  • Basilisk Butcher: Basilisk Meat should be dropping again.
  • Borrowed Brew: Resolved a number of audio issues with the quest.
  • Get Kraken!: Resolved an issue where North Sea Kraken was dying too quickly to grant quest credit.
  • Warforged Seal: Added a safeguard to prevent characters from completing the quest if they already have the maximum amount of Warforged Seal.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Looting bind-on-equip items should no longer automatically bind it to the character on Personal Loot mode.
  • Resolved an issue where Guild Raid groups were not receiving credit towards Guild challenges on Mythic difficulty.
  • Dragon Soul
    • Spine of Deathwing: Blood of Deathwing should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Firelands
    • Shannox: Rageface's Face Rage ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Blackwing Lair
    • Razorgore the Untamed received a buff to increase his survivability.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Battlegrounds
    • For players queued for Random Battlegrounds, the losing team should be receiving 45 Honor again.

  • Resolved an issue where Windwalker Monks were unable to craft more than one item at a time using the "Create All" button.

  • Fire-Watcher's Oath should correctly have a 100% chance to grant Bloody Coins on PvP kills once more.
  • Living Root of the Wildheart's bonus armor provided by Ursine Blessing for Guardian Druids has been toned down to a more reasonable level.

  • PlayMusic API should now work correctly and be able to play MP3s once more.
  • PlaySound API should now work correctly and be able to play MP3s once more.
  • Resolved an issue where quest headers in the Quest Log may become stuck in a collapsed state.
  • Game settings and macros for characters with names that contains an extended ASCII character should be saving correctly once more for users on Mac OS.
  • Resolved a number of situations where the mouse cursor can disappear on Mac OS.

Bug Fixes
  • Resolved an issue where multi-passenger vehicles entering your character's viewing area could cause them to be booted to the character selection screen.
  • Resolved a client crash that can occur if a character logs out after copying a calendar event.
  • Resolved a LUA error when selecting monitor 3 on systems with multiple video cards.
  • Resolved a LUA error from using Command+M on the Credits screen on Mac OS.
  • Resolved an issue with the skybox flashing on systems with multiple video cards.

Warlords of Draenor - Garrisons: Trading Post Guide Updated
Our Trading Post guide has been updated to reflect changes since the original post.

Normal Highmaul Open for Testing
Originally Posted by Watcher (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The full Highmaul raid is now open on all beta realms, and will remain so for at least a couple of days. Please use this thread to provide feedback or otherwise discuss the raid content. At this stage, the most helpful type of feedback will be (of course) bug reports and tuning issues. In terms of tuning targets, there should be a steady increase in difficulty as you go from Kargath, to Twin Ogron, to Ko'ragh, and finally to Imperator Mar'gok. The other three optional bosses should be scattered in the middle of that difficulty spectrum. And, of course, this is Normal mode so the target audience is friends-and-family raiding groups, with pickup groups having increasing success as gear and knowledge of the fights spreads through the community.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Candy Buckets in Old Blasted Lands
Tagging this with blue for anyone asking how to get the candy buckets in Blasted Lands now.

On the border of Blasted Lands and Swamp of Sorrows, there's an NPC named Zidormi who will phase Blasted Lands to the old one if you need it. She can also phase it back to the current version when you're ready. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Arthas Costume Price
180+60+256+10 = 506.

Even if you get the absolute minimum possible, you still have enough for the costume. Assuming it's a simple coinflip for the Handful of Treats determination (50% chance of getting 2, 50% chance of getting 3), the odds of you getting the absolute minimum is

1 out of 11,150,372,599,265,311,570,767,859,136,324,180,752,990,208.

This isn't even counting the odds of you getting the absolute minimum from the Horseman too!

This is accurate (well I don't know if those odds are accurate or not, but the drops are). Even with the worst possible drops every single day you would end with 506. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Why is poisoned arrow scaling with AP while Incendiary/Frozen arrows scale with weapon damage ?
Fits the effect. Using weapon damage when the weapon isn't hitting is quite weird. Bleeds, Poisons, etc, are always AP-based. (Celestalon)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
how many stars can fall on one tick of starfall? i tried and noticed it has a cap.
20, to make it consistent with others spells' AoE caps. (Celestalon)

Thanks for all of the feedback on the Horde Wickerman, we'll be making some changes for next year to the flagging and the guards. (Muffinus)
by Published on 2014-10-27 05:07 PM

New WoW TV Spots, Blue Posts, Blue Tweets, News Recap, Lei Shen Solo Kill

Artcraft - Level Design Part 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hi, I’m Chris Robinson, senior art director of World of Warcraft, and welcome to a special edition of Artcraft focused on environment and zone design. Previously we showed you what it was like to create the Spires of Arak from a purely art-focused perspective, but over the coming days we’ll be releasing a series of articles focused on exterior level design, using Nagrand as a focal point. You’ll be hearing from the team who works with the artists, as well as the quest designers, systems designers, historians, and more to craft and create not only the zones we adventure in, but the visual story that is told about these locations and the creatures and races that inhabit them. For this first article, I’m pleased to introduce Julian Morris, our lead level designer.

Hey everyone, Julian Morris here, lead level designer for the World of Warcraft exterior level design team.

Exterior level design is the process of designing and constructing the zones of World of Warcraft, from Azeroth to Draenor and everything in between. Our team has planned, plotted, and designed the rise and fall of ancient cultures, as well as shaped mountains, forests, seas, lakes, rivers, roads, ruins, and every land feature imaginable. In addition to the land itself, we also design and create cities, towns, and Battlegrounds (with the random exterior dungeon or two in there every now and then, too).

The level design team is a hybrid of both art and design. We work hand in hand with the quest design team to build the environmental stories that support the content that defines Azeroth’s lands, cultures, and conflicts.

We also work every step of the way with all of the art groups on the Warcraft team. Working with the environment art team, we sculpt and paint the landscapes to create the rich, vibrant settings that form the foundation of the world. Within those spaces we work with the dungeon team, designing and constructing the thousands of camps, towns, settlements, and cities that provide the unique architectural beauty that anchors all of our cultures and creatures to the world. These locations in turn provide the scenes and staging for the finely crafted set dressing—the tables, chairs, books, and more—that our prop art team creates.

Level design binds the vision of many groups together, and it takes the passionate effort of all these teams to create an incredibly detailed, hand-crafted experience.

The zones of World of Warcraft are their own main characters that come to life before our very eyes during development. In this series, we’re going to draw back the curtains a bit to show you more on how we approach world-building and how we breathe life into a zone.

Join us again tomorrow as senior level designer Michael (Mac) McInerney gives you a deeper look into the level design of World of Warcraft using Nagrand from Warlords of Draenor.
by Published on 2014-10-26 07:52 PM

Build Statistics Perspective, Armchair Rifting #1

Battle of the Best Invitational Survival Guide

Into the Nexus #26 - How does Valerian fight?

New WoW TV Spots
With the Warlords of Draenor release only a few weeks away, Blizzard has shared four of the commercials you may see soon.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Behind the Scenes of Lords of War...
The road to The Dark Portal is paved with good intentions.

I wasn't implying the Iron Horde was responsible for the Path of Glory in Outland, but rather the Iron Horde's intentions (as far as they're concerned) aren't "evil"; their redemption is just misguided. The clans of the Iron Horde have been beaten down, oppressed, tortured, and marginalized, and one day a slick orc walks in with amazing technology and great power, telling them of a glorious future where they take back their honor and rule as conquerors of an entire planet. As repugnant as their actions ultimately are, those aren't intentions fueled purely by some ultimate evil. Which to me makes them far more interesting from a story perspective. Don't be fooled, these guys are bad, but not in the strict sense of the word. They have motivations, and intentions, and those are shaped by their experiences. Enemies that aren't just brainlessly evil is pretty cool, if not uncomfortably realistic.

The Iron Horde have been set down a very dark path, and there's no sign of them veering from it. To make the wrongs against them right, they will pave a road with the bones of whoever oppose them, demon blood or not. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Since Warriors kinda underwhelming visually attack side, glyph to make Whirlwind all fiery and such? Fits with theme, I'd say.
We don't disagree, it's a hot topic of discussion, many classic wow classes could use a visual overhaul. (Muffinus)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
any plans on buffing Warlock? After the last "hotfix" they are at the bottom dps at 100 (with all specs).
We'll adjust tuning as necessary at 100. We did a pass at 90 because it was too significantly off to leave for a month. (Celestalon)

So I got excited about garrisons enchant transmoging but then realised I'm a hunter.. any solution?
Not immediately, but it's on our radar for sure. (Muffinus)

What changes besides dmg squish was Spine of Deathwing supposed to get that would make it easier to solo? They already in?
He takes twice as long to roll if you are solo. Much easier to dance back and forth. (WatcherDev)

for example, i queue with friend in skirmish. he leaves arena, i have to leave arena to requeue with him.
The functionality of the button is to queue people still in the arena. (holinka)

with a 50% win rate, doesn't 200-250 skirmishes seem a bit much for one piece of gear? With healers, the games can be real long.
You get more honor if the game goes longer. But longer games are still less efficient. (holinka)

Can you confirm if there will be an honor wipe with Wod coming out?
We don't plan on wiping honor. (holinka)

Is there an official start date for season 16 (warlords season1)? Wondering if I can get conquest gear before raids unlock.
Season starts the same day raids open (holinka)

I think the plague is slightly hidden and too small to be seen, put some flowers and weapons around it!
Nazgrim's axe maybe? (Muffinus)

Will we be seeing Sky Admiral Rogers again in a later patch? She is awesome.
We like her and want to use her again. No word on when or where. (_DonAdams)

Why do those weather stones need the limited charges? Going back to the isle to grind ain't fun.
Things that affect how others see the world are often limited to preserve the world (Muffinus)

Will the alliance get more candy buckets next year since they have 5 less than the horde now? Need more candy next year.
Will investigate, thanks! (Muffinus)

Thanks ! So can those Leatherworking tents be used on old continents and will there be new faction tents coming?
The time limit is relatively short because they are fairly large and obstructive. We'll look into a use-anywhere one. (Muffinus)

Garrison enhancement suggestion: An actual toy box that becomes more impressive as you fill it with more toys.
Might be cool to let you summon it as a toy anywhere, and ppl can click on it to get a random toy effect? Will consider. (Muffinus)

Are nameable garrison followers still a possibility for a WoD patch? My sister had lists of names ready, haha.
Unfortunately, no, they have pretty extensive backstories and it would be weird to be able to force re-name them (Muffinus)

There doesn't seem to be any difference between doing a mission with 600ilvl follower or 650. Intended?
You should see an increase in the change to obtain loot from that mission, are you not seeing that? The bonus loot % (Muffinus)

Weekly News Recap
Here is your chance to catch up if you missed a day of news this week!

Lei Shen Solo Kill
Congratulations to Mionelol once again for a solo Lei Shen kill.

by Published on 2014-10-25 07:08 AM

Blizzcon 2014 Mobile App, PYW Stream Clarifications, Wudijo's Lightning DH Guide

"TBA" Client Popup, BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Giveaway, Deck Talk: IceGirl's Secret Sauce Priest

Into the Nexus #26 - How does Valerian fight?

Warlords of Draenor - Creeping Carpet and Dustmane Direwolf
Today we are taking a look at two of the mounts you can craft in Warlords of Draenor, the Creeping Carpet and Dustmane Direwolf.

The Creeping Carpet can be crafted by tailors. It requires 100 x Hexweave Cloth, which is a daily cooldown that makes 10 per day at max Tailoring skill. The Tailoring Emporium can help to produce additional cloth. It also requires 20 x Sorcerous Air.

The Riding Harness works in a similar way, requiring 100 x Burnished Leather and 20 x Sorcerous Air.

Behind the Scenes of Lords of War
Blizzard released some nice background information about the Lords of War series.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As we completed our Lords of War video series, Blizzard creative developers sat down to discuss the project and document the process of bringing the epic stories of Draenor’s most savage warlords to light. We hope you enjoy these behind-the-scenes extras:

To watch the entire series again, visit our complete Lords of War page, and learn more about what – and whom – you’re up against in Warlords of Draenor.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
7 Day Game Time Promotion Emails
From time to time we run different promotional offers for a subset of players, but they’re generally not something offered to everyone. Which is why this may work on the accounts that were offered the promotion, and not others. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Raid Progress on The Armory
As you already noticed, the Raid Progress feature has been removed from the Armory for now. This is not a bug, it was intended as we decided to rework the feature, so don’t worry, it’s just a matter of time before it will return (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft Arena Championship Opening Weekend
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
One week from today, on October 31, the top eight 3v3 Arena teams in the world will converge in ESL’s studios in Burbank, CA to commence the BlizzCon 2014 World of Warcraft Arena Championship, and you’re invited to watch the action free in HD.

Brackets and Matchups
In this first round, two groups of four teams will compete to advance to Anaheim. The two randomly-drawn groups are:

Group A
  • EU – Skill-Capped EU
  • NA – Penny for Your Thought
  • CN – Popped CD No Skill
  • NA – 3 Amigos

Group B
  • EU – Playing with Fire
  • KR – Push Push
  • EU – Bleached Bones
  • NA – Death Innovators

Six matches will be played on October 31:

Skill-Capped EU vs. 3 Amigos
Penny for Your Thought vs. Popped CD No Skill
Playing with Fire vs. Death Innovators
Push Push vs. Bleached Bones
Group A: Winner vs. Winner
Group B: Winner vs. Winner

All eight teams will still be in the game heading to Anaheim the following week, with the group winners sitting pretty in possession of two of the final four spots in the semi-finals.

The action kicks off at 12:00 noon PDT on October 31, with each match set to start at the top of the hour following the previous match.


Join us next Friday and watch live in HD for free at Twitch.TV/blizzard. For team breakdowns and additional information and updates throughout the event, check out our BlizzCon 2014 website.

Nerdlords of Draenor - Grimrail Depot
Originally Posted by Blizzard
Nerdlords of Draenor finds Cox and Crendor jumping onto the beta realms and exploring various aspects of the new expansion with a different guest each episode. The duo will also be releasing animated shorts capturing some of the best moments from their escapades—with a few artistic liberties taken.
by Published on 2014-10-24 08:12 AM

Update (7:45 PM EST): You will only be able to claim the free game time if you were selected for the promotion.

"Radio Silence", Abachio's "Lightning Rage Nocturne" Demon Hunter, Alkaizer Rank #1 Solo GR 44

BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone Groups Announced

Brawl with the Blues on Oct 30th

Warlords of Draenor - Vicious War Ram
Today we are taking a look at the Vicious War Ram. This is the new Alliance PvP mount in Patch 6.0.2, sold by Necrolord Sipe for Vicious Saddle. If you don't already have a saddle, you can get one from the Primal Combatant achievement when Warlords of Draenor launches.

Group Finder Listing Cap Increased
One of the bigger complaints about the group finder was the cap of 25 groups visible at once. This was increased in a hotfix to 100 groups. Right now that still won't cover the ~150-200 groups listed during the evening, but you can refresh the list or search to narrow down the results.

Free Game Time Promotion
If you are thinking about coming back for Warlords of Draenor, a free week of game time went out today. It appears to work for many players (but not all) right now, even adding a week of game time to active accounts.

EU players may need to try twice or look under the Referrals & Rewards section in their WoW account in account management.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Alliance and the Wickerman
I asked one of our designers (@Muffinus) if he knew why it was set up this way. The original designer that worked on it isn't here any more so we're not sure if more changes were planned but didn't get made, or what, but he agreed there's some obvious inconsistency with it versus the Alliance Wickerman. It's not something we can hotfix or get changes into a patch that would release before this year's holiday is over, but in the future, guard rage will be significantly reduced, and it will no longer flag you for PvP when entering the area. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Brown Orc Skin
We do think offering some other skin options is a pretty cool idea (Dark Iron dwarves? Brown orcs?) but our priority is still the updates to the features that already exist--the blood elf update is in-progress--as well as prioritizing some tasks based on feedback to all the model updates that went out in 6.0.2. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
With the current situation with UBRS being level 100 only, is there any way to get attuned to BWL for those who weren't?
You should be able to just use the orb no matter what. Inability to do as a ghost is a bug that's being fixed. (WatcherDev)

when forming pvp group finder cannot que while still looking. Bug or working as intended?
This is intended. (holinka)
hmm sad face. I spent 20 minutes with a terribad today without the ability to find a replacement.
Perhaps something we'll consider in the future but didn't want people joining groups but looking for another one. (holinka)

does the trinket bonus even do anything for you anymore? resilience is out of the game right?
We just aren't putting it on new gear (holinka)
so getting it right now is worth it? the res still works?
Yes (holinka)

Reputation / Questing
Why do Alliance players have to flag for pvp and face level ?? guards to do the wickerman quest?
Because it is a PvP quest. Horde players have one as well. (_DonAdams)
Horde players don't have to flag because the Alliance wickerman is outside the city. Going in ruins of lordaeron forces flag.
Hm... that's an oversight. On a PvP realm you're flagged either way. Sadly, I don't see a fix for PvE realms this year. (_DonAdams)

The Horde Chopper is Here
Patch 6.0.2 added the Horde Chopper, but no word on when the Alliance Chopper is going to show up yet.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the recent release of Patch 6.0.2, players who logged in to claim their Horde chopper between July 24, 2014 through September 30, 2014 can now get on their bike and ride. The Warlord's Deathwheel can be found within the Mounts tab(Shift-P in collections) and can be ridden by Horde characters with the appropriate riding skill.

Costume Gallery Update
With Blizzcon only a few weeks away, Blizzard has updated the costume gallery with some new costumes!

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