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by Published on 2015-11-22 07:49 AM

Update (3:00 AM EST): Added PvP Talent Calculator.

Legion Beta - Build 20740
A big thanks to our entire team and the community members that have helped out so far! Be sure to check out the original post.

Blizzard Gear Store Addition - Cute But Deadly Vinyls
Blizzard added some new Vinyls to the Blizzard Gear store recently and we have a full set to look at!

by Published on 2015-11-20 02:46 AM

Update (5:30 AM EST): Starting to add Artifact weapon models.
Update (7:20 AM EST): Added a few new druid models.
Update (6:45 AM EST): Creatures and sets are mostly done now!
Update (1:30 AM EST): Sets are mostly done, going back to do some more creatures.
Update (8:30 PM EST): Mail is mostly done now, moving on to Plate!
Update (2:30 PM EST): Cloth and Leather sets are mostly done now, moving on to Mail!

Legion Beta - Build 20740
Obviously with any expansion comes lots of changes, so keep checking back as we update this post.

Demon Hunter Skins
This is a rough preview of the skins you can use as a Demon Hunter. Tattoos are missing and there may be other bugs. Not at all a final and polished preview!

Artifact Weapons
A few colors were skipped when they needed some extra work to fix the preview. Almost every Artifact has 4 colors for each model.

New Areas
Obviously any area previews are likely to have errors, including lighting being incorrect and other bugs.

New Armor Sets
Keep in mind these previews may be missing parts, not correctly named, or have other bugs. Nothing close to final!

New Models

New Data

by Published on 2015-11-19 02:34 PM

Update (3:30 PM EST): There are two new tweets of interest from Celestalon and SeTec9.

A Primer on Snapshotting, PTR Hack Bug, Monk's Set Dungeons

League of Explorers Wing 2 Launches Tomorrow - Boss Info & Cards, Season 2 CDC Finalist Voting

Cho'Gall Q&A Summary, Upcoming Gazlowe Changes, DotA 2 and Heroes Model Comparison

Genji Datamined Sprays, Developer Update - Matchmaking & Hero Balance

Patch 6.2.3 - Fel Reaver Noises
If you want to hear the Fel Reaver sound people are talking about, just fly into Ashran and it will play when you are dismounted.

Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes - November 18
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

  • Talents
    • Final Verdict (Retribution) damage has been increased by 8% to match a class tuning change to Templar's Verdict in Patch 6.2.3.

Raids and Dungeons
  • Auchindoun
    • [Hotfix in testing] Valor is now awarded automatically after defeating Teron'gor on Mythic difficulty.

  • [Hotfix in testing] Warlords Season 3 Combatant’s equipment now has the same item level as Warlords Season 2 Gladiator’s equipment in both PvE and PvP.
  • Some Season 3 Warmongering Insignia trinkets should no longer incorrectly trigger its effect immediately when equipped.
  • Infallible Tracking Charm now has a massively increased damage and chance to trigger, but now only increases damage against demons for 5 seconds (down from 10 seconds.)
  • Purified Shard of the Third Moon now creates a damage shield that absorbs 100% more damage on use.

Armory Stats - Challenge Modes
Today we are taking a look at the Challenge Mode achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 2.1 million characters active in the last two months. We also did this earlier this year, which you can see here.

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

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

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
In Legion, are we still going to fill our bags with "Tome of the Clear Mind" in order to change our talents?
Nope! No reagents are needed to swap talents in Legion. (WarcraftDevs)

with the inclusion of gnome hunters, does this mean we can expect other new race/class combos?
We have no other additional race/class combos planned for Legion at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

If base spells change for all classes, will learning order and speed we learn them change too?
Yes, the levels at which you learn each ability will be adjusted. (WarcraftDevs)

Is leveling to110 as restore shaman going to be just using lightning bolt since we have no maelstrom power?
Nope! We're adding more engaging damage-dealing rotations for all healers in Legion. (WarcraftDevs)

any plans on HP changes for Legion?
HP pools turned out fairly well in Warlords. No wide-scale changes for Legion. Couple specs may go up or down. (WarcraftDevs)
How is it acceptable to have one level 100 player with barely 200k hp, and another with well over 500k?
What issue do you see there? There are different forms of content targeting those players. (Celestalon)

Do Moonkins and Spriests keep their in-form healing in Legion? Clarification due to the "no mana".
They will have some healing. We're still determining exactly what. Moonkin still have mana, it just isn't used for damage. (WarcraftDevs)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
this makes me sad. The presences aren't "just clutter" they have utility with movement speed and BP has saved many wipes.
There will still be ways to save wipes, and a variety of utility. (WarcraftDevs)

Hey, could u explain Marrowrend? Does it automatically activate Bone Shield (working like SotR) or can we manually use stacks?
Using Marrowrend gives you 3 stacks of Bone Shield, which work as they do now. Bone Shield isn't an active button of its own. (WarcraftDevs)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
What will happen to Bloodtalons for Ferals? Will it remain a talent or something else?
Bloodtalons works well as a high-risk, high-reward talent, and is remaining. (WarcraftDevs)

So rejuvenate cant be used in feral.. Does this applies to all specs besides Resto & as a feral what will be the way to heal?
Still determining what heals can be used in forms. Ferals do still have the very strong Predatory Swiftness + Healing Touch. (WarcraftDevs)

will the feral druid legendary overwrite the saberon appearance from the talent or will saberon appearance be customized too?
We've opted to remove the Saberon form, for now. Artifacts provide a huge amount of customizability for forms. (WarcraftDevs)

If feral or guardian druids transmog their artifacts, will their bear and cat form go back to basic, or be the form selected?
It will remain as the artifact-based form. (WarcraftDevs)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Run of Power & Incanter's Flow. Can we please go into #Legion without these? Would mean an awful lot to many mages if removed.
Rune of Power isn't for everyone, but pretty flexible nowadays. Incanter's Flow is a passive option for those who prefer it. (WarcraftDevs)

will Ice Barrier be stronger in Legion for mages?
It's hard to measure exactly, since so much changes between expansions, but in general terms, yes. (WarcraftDevs)

Every other class can self heal, how does it appropriately fit with every other class fantasy except mages?
Absorbs (such as Ice Barrier) fill the same role instead. (WarcraftDevs)
Can do harder content with worse gear on classes that I don't know as well vs mage with absorb. Any plans to improve absorbs?
Not every class is designed to be a master of sustainability. Mages are somewhere in the middle. Ice Barrier will be quite strong. (WarcraftDevs)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
SCK having a chi req.. so it's no longer spammable and can't be used without first selecting a target and generating a chi?
We chose to turn SCK into a spender, so that its damage could be strong. It will not require a target. (WarcraftDevs)

is Touch of Death staying around? it's pretty iconic to monks.
Touch of Death is remaining, but it works rather differently. It's more of a cooldown than an execute. (WarcraftDevs)

I need clarification on storm-earth-fire,Will us the main character deal 100% of the damage while both clone deal 50% damage?
No. All three, including you, will deal 50% damage. It's not for use on one or two targets. (WarcraftDevs)

will we see Chi Explosion in Legion in a new form now that chi is gone? It's one of my favorite spells!
Chi Explosion disagreed with the fantasy quite a bit, and was extremely complex. Instead, we're adding other alternatives. (WarcraftDevs)

With fistweaving gone how will mistweavers do damage?
Mistweavers still have a few melee combat abilities for dealing damage. They just won't also cause healing. (WarcraftDevs)

With their mastery changing, will Mistweaver monks still create healing spheres?
There will be no more Healing Spheres as a baseline. We may add them as a PvP talent, however. (WarcraftDevs)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will paladins still have seals in Legion or are they a thing in the past?
While they've been around forever, they haven't delivered on gameplay, so Seals will be a thing of the past. (WarcraftDevs)

the changes to hammer of the righteous and consecration interaction effect single target damage whether consecration is down?
Yes, they do. Consecration is still worth using, even on a single target. (WarcraftDevs)

With holy gone for tankadins. What's replacing it? Mana?
Gameplay-wise, Protection Paladins will treat uses of Shield of the Righteous similar to how they treated Holy Power. (WarcraftDevs)
They'll still have a mana bar, which is only used for healing others and utility. (WarcraftDevs)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Do Void- and Mind Blast share CD? Or can i enter Voidform with MB, and then cast VB immediately?
We're still iterating on the Shadow rotation, and looking to further differentiate gameplay in/out of Voidform. Stay tuned. (WarcraftDevs)

is shadow word: death gone for spreists? it was so important for pvp tbh, will be really sad if it is gone.
Currently, it remains, as the only true execute ability (other than Execute). (WarcraftDevs)

With the Shadow Priest changes in Legion, will the way Clarity of Power be changing?
The new rotation is significantly different, so most talents have to be rethought. (WarcraftDevs)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
The positioning window stuff will be interesting. Is "behind" a 90 or 180 degree arc?
Backstab is very generous. Anywhere in the rear 270 degrees counts (back and sides). (WarcraftDevs)

Shadowstrike... merging Ambush & Shadowstep... Is Shadowstep gone in Legion? Favourite sub ability next to SDance.
Shadowstrike is a merge between Ambush and Shadowstep, and replaces both. (WarcraftDevs)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
is Charred Remains gone for Destruction warlocks? Please let it be gone!!And is there any hope for fel flame? Pls answer both
Definitely gone. It turned out very un-fun. Many Warlock talents are changing, and we're looking forward to feedback on them! (WarcraftDevs)

is anything being done to address affliction warlocks aoe dps issues?
Yes. Multidotting will be strong again, and Seed will be strong, especially with a talent that allows AoE application of Seed. (WarcraftDevs)

How will Soul Swap work in Legion, it's really bad in WoD. Perhaps no cost with a CD ??
Soul Swap will not be returning. However, there's a new talent, Soul Effigy, that may interest you... (WarcraftDevs)

I noticed Rain of Fire isn't listed as an ability in the Destruction preview. Will it still exist in Legion?
RoF and FnB overlapped too much in Warlords, which is why we hotfixed RoF out of the picture until we could revise. (WarcraftDevs)
In Legion, RoF is the primary AoE, and FnB is a talent (which doesn't obsolete RoF). (WarcraftDevs)

What weapon-type is the demo warlock artifact?
It's a very unique artifact. We're still determining exactly how it will work for e.g. transmogrification. (WarcraftDevs)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Do y'all know if Fury's new rage dump, Rampage, will have its duration scale with Haste like Fists of Fury?
Haste will reduce the GCD of Rampage, along with other rotational abilities. (WarcraftDevs)

In Legion, if I DS Fury & Arms, will I be able to equip Arms Artifact as Fury & Vice Versa or will the artifact itself change?
Artifacts do not swap with your spec, and are only equippable by the appropriate spec. (WarcraftDevs)

Character / Items
is supreme lord Kazzak gear able to be upgraded with the new valor system?
Yep! Enjoy those item level 715 Marks of Supreme Dooooooom! (WarcraftDevs)

items containing multistrike will changes with Legion?Do we have to look for new equipment if we're multistrikebased spec?
Multistrike will be replaced with other useful stats. (WarcraftDevs)

the unhotfix of the 2nd boss of grimrail intentional or getting rehotfixed for Cms?
Unintended. We'll restore the pre-patch behavior. (WarcraftDevs)

and then bigger rewards like mounts/titles could be at the end of every 6-8 months or whatever of mini seasons
Glad to hear people like the idea of shorter seasons. Hopefully we'll have more to share about Legion PvP soon. (holinka)

With the new PvP scaling system in #Legion will managing multiple characters finally be doable? @WarcraftDevs
The fact that some players want to play many characters while others only want to play one is a very challenging design problem. (holinka)

Pets and Pet Battles
Will we hear about Pet Battle news for #Legion at some point ?? I know there aren't a lot of us, but we're loyal!
Not quite ready to talk about that yet, stay tuned (Muffinus)

Dark Legacy Comics #513 - Class Preview
DLC #513 takes a look at the Rogue class preview this week!

by Published on 2015-11-18 09:00 AM

Update (2:00 PM EDT): The Legion Beta forums appeared for a short time!

New Wings and Pets Preview, PTR Patch Date and Leaderboards, Travis Day Lightning Talk

Deck Spotlight: Scarab Control Shaman, October Ranked Results NA, Things Players Love To Hate

Cho'Gall Patch Notes

Beta Test Weekend Nov 20-23, D.Va Datamined Sprays, Lorewatch - Reaper

Legion Beta Forums
The Legion beta forums appeared briefly today!

Patch 6.2.3 - Cataclysm Timewalking
The first Cataclysm Timewalking weekend is here! Along with the Infinite Timereaver mount that can drop from any boss and the vendor gear, there are new rewards to purchase on the vendor.

Level Type Name Cost
1Quest Commendation of the Dragonmaw Clan50 × 
1Quest Commendation of the Wildhammer Clan50 × 
1Quest Commendation of the Guardians of Hyjal50 × 
1Quest Commendation of the Ramkahen50 × 
1Quest Commendation of The Earthen Ring50 × 
1Quest Commendation of Therazane50 × 
85Junk Tosselwrench's Mega-Accurate Simulation Viewfinder3000 × 
85Other Gurboggle's Gleaming Bauble1500 × 

Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes - November 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • Fixed an issue where some players were unable to loot Crystallized Fel from eligible Archimonde kills.
    • [Hotfix in testing] Damage bonuses against demons should now work correctly on Archimonde.

  • Auchindoun
    • The chest that appears after defeating Teron'gor should now correctly award loot or Valor on Mythic difficulty.
  • Skyreach
    • High Sage Viryx should now award Valor to players when defeated on Mythic difficulty.

  • Players are now automatically dismounted around the new Warlords Season 3 vendors.
  • Warlords Season 3 vendors in Warspear and Stormshield should now correctly offer a full selection of Conquest quality PvP gear.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warlords Season 3 PvP Item Levels
Just posted this.

  • All gear now scales up to iLvl 700.
    • Wild Aspirant gear is iLvl 715.
    • Wild Combatant gear is iLvl 730.
    • Wild Gladiator gear is iLvl 740.
  • Any PvE gear over iLvl 730 will be scaled down to iLvl 730.
  • Winning Rated Battlegrounds and completing the weekly Ashran Dominance quest now awards you a random piece of PvP iLvl 740 Conquest gear.
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlords Season 3 PvP Start Date
Whoa man, I'm just blasted from one side of the earth to another...Why is there no break in-between to get honor gear and prep for the season to start?? I genuinely want to know what this change is going to accomplish.. is it for leigons timing or..? Someone please.. tell me..
For a while, we've thought that it would be more fun for the new Season to start immediately after the old Season ended. Players want to get right back to Arenas.

This time around, we did an evaluation and determined that we didn't need the empty week, so we found a way to eliminate it with the patch deployment.

So far, so good.

I agree completely with this decision +1 blizz. while we have your attention any chance you have an estimate for when the titles will be released?
As before, we'll take at least a couple of weeks to ensure that all awards are bonafide before distributing them. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlords Digital Deluxe Rewards
With the Warlords of Draenor Digital Deluxe retiring, we know there are many who would still like to be able to get their hands on the digital items that came with purchasing it. To address this desire, we will be making these items available for purchase at some point in the future. These will then be available for purchase until the pre-patch for the new Legion expansion. Please note, the option to purchase these items is limited to those who already have a Warlords of Draenor license attached to their account. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
All we ask is that you make the Mage Community aware that threads such as these have not gone unnoticed by Devs
Your feedback is not going unnoticed! Note: Innervate can only be cast on healers. (WarcraftDevs)

is Chimaera Shot for marksman hunters gone?
Currently, yes. It's a talent choice for BM, where it fits better thematically. Still considering whether MM should have it. (WarcraftDevs)

how about Scatter Shot coming back at legion? fits marksman cc right?
Marksmanship has a new ability: Bursting Shot. Short range cone attack which knocks enemies away. It's a "get away from me" option. (WarcraftDevs)

Was doing some shaman theorycrafting but realized it wasn't stated what the maelstrom cap is. 100?
Currently, yes, although that number may very well change as tuning continues. (WarcraftDevs)

Any chance Harpoon can be switched from a Charge to a Death Grip? The latter makes way more sense.
No. Death Grip is iconic to Death Knights, and our goal is to make classes more unique. (WarcraftDevs)

Will there be a casting focus generator talent option for marks like steady or focusing shot?
Not planned at the moment. Arcane Shot is instant and generates Focus, which fills that spot well. (WarcraftDevs)

In Legion, MM and BM hunters have no traps. Can we expect a similar technique to Explosive trap with glyph (it is really fun)?
MM has Bursting Shot for similar functionality. BM doesn't have a knockback. Sometimes NOT having all the toys is more interesting. (WarcraftDevs)

Artifact Weapons
For MW monks, will artifact staves be displayed upside-down? That would look bad/weird minor glyph?
Staves no longer sheath differently for Monks. There were issues with many staves, so we decided it was time for a universal fix. (WarcraftDevs)

having an artifact weapon that already shares the name of a cata weapon drop does not make my artifact feel special
Agreed. This name is not final. (WarcraftDevs)

What if we by accident select the wrong node on our artifact weapon, will there be a way to undo this?
There will be a method of respeccing your Artifact, but it comes with a cost. (WarcraftDevs)

Are tanking specs getting some PvP love in Legion? Will they be tuned to be competitive?
We're looking for new ways to get tanks involved in PvP. (WarcraftDevs)

Hello. Will there be rank 1 titles account wide? mounts? atleast class wide?
We have no current plans to change how titles and mounts are distributed. (WarcraftDevs)

Is there no Vicious Saddle Mount this Season?
There isn't a brand new mount for Season 3, but you can still earn the mounts that were available during Season 2. (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
Hey Greg. I know this is a question, that goes back to your prevoius life, but there was an intresting thred at MMO-C and I just kinda had to come and ask your pov and your insight: Why does it take so long to make raids, and what is the most time consuming aspect when making new boss fights.‎
When I was there, it was the raid art (the architecture part) hands down. Since they have grown the team so dramatically, that may no longer be the case. It is difficult to start boss encounter design until you have a room, since testing relies so heavily on fixed locations. To some extent, the design can be pushed shorter or longer depending on how art resources are coming along.

What's the worst theorycrafting you've ever heard?
There are two categories of bad theorycrafting. The first is when someone just says something very uninformed or intentionally trolly and nobody pays much attention. The more interesting case is when a sizable segment of the population believes for something to be true, when it is not the case. This could be because the mechanic in question is really convoluted (old WoW armor pen comes to mind) or because a math error gets introduced somewhere along the way and everyone else misses it.

I can't narrow down the "worst" that I've ever head, though it's a great question. I'll think about it. I remember there being a lot of concern about how long WoW healers could keep someone alive who was taking an amount of damage that we intended to kill them. They were evaluating a worst case scenario where they had essentially already lost the encounter. It's hard to tell if they knew that was the case (i.e. they were using a specious argument just to argue for buffs) or if they really believed their particular class was too weak.

AskMrRobot - Valor Updates
AskMrRobot is ready to tell you which items to upgrade first for the largest effect!

Overwatch - Weekend Beta Test
An Overwatch closed beta stress test weekend is coming soon!

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