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by Published on 2015-09-24 06:08 AM

September 22nd Hotfixes, Hellfire Amulet and Bans, Future Ghost Changes

Underdog Rules Brawl, The Angry Chicken #104, CDC #33 Finalist Voting

Shacknews Interview Round-Up, Shop Sales, Rotation for Sept. 22, 2015 and Rexxar Price

World of Warcraft - Game of Thrones Style Intro
Marc Ottensmann released a Game of Thrones style intro for World of Warcraft.

Armory Stats - Level 25 Pet Achievement
Today we are taking a look at when players earned the All Growns Up! achievement. Keep in mind that only players active since August 1st were included in this data, so players that are inactive or quit long ago after leveling a pet to 25 are not represented.

You can see a nice increase in the number of players after the release of Patch 6.1, which added the Ultimate Battle-Training Stone for everyone with a Tier 3 garrison. If you haven't done it on alts already, be sure to do so as each character can get one! If you already have several Level 25 pets, you can get more stones with the bonus event going on now.

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Pet Battle Bonus Event September 23-28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Through Monday, September 28, Pet Battle experience gains are increased by +200%. It’s time to team up your mighty minions and test them on the field of battle!

Before you charge forth with your lower-level charges, make sure to pick up the quest “The Very Best”, lest you miss the chance to wrest an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone into your chest. All you need do is queue up for PvP Pet Battles with a team of three level-25 pets and obtain five wins before the event ends.

This time around, which three pets will you take into PvP Pet Battles? Let us know in the comments below.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
so what's the plan with Mage portals? With Dalaran being the capital again, that's going to be 3 different ports. Thanks.
Good question, we'll have to avoid confusion there. Ancient Tome is a bit of a special case, to be fair... (WatcherDev)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Grag, what was the most memoral moment in World of WarCraft for you?
In game either Wrathgate or opening the AQ gates. (OccupyGStreet)
Out of game probably addressing the crowd at China Joy. (OccupyGStreet)

Get Ready for the World of Warcraft European Championship
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After some intense arena action in the 2015 World of Warcraft European Championship Qualifiers in August, eight teams have emerged victorious! They’ll continue their quest for glory at the European Road to BlizzCon in Prague, Czech Republic from October 3-4. Check out the details below.


Qualifier #1
1st Place - Reawakened 1
2nd Place - Solari Gaming Blue

Qualifier #2
1st Place - Bleached Bones
2nd Place - Solari Gaming
3rd Place - Solari Gaming Black

Qualifier #3
1st Place – Solari Gaming Red
2nd Place – Reawakened 3

3rd Place – Three Languages One Team

Teams in the European Championship will battle for a share of $100,000 USD in prize money—one of the biggest-ever prize pools for a European WoW event. The prize money will be distributed as follows:

  • 1st - 50,000$
  • 2nd - 20,000$
  • 3rd - 10,000$
  • 4th - 8,000$
  • 5th - 6th - 4,000$ each
  • 7th - 8th - 2,000$ each

The top three teams will also qualify for the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2015, where they’ll face the best teams from across the globe!

The Event
The World of Warcraft European Championship is taking place at the 2015 European Road to BlizzCon in Prague’s O2 Arena. Don’t worry if you can’t be there in person—we’ll be bringing the adrenaline-charged action to you via live stream throughout the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!

For event and stream details, including the schedule, be sure to check out the official 2015 European Road to BlizzCon website at

You can learn more about the World of Warcraft European Championship tournament in our 2015 European Road to BlizzCon blog, and by checking out the links below.

ESL World of Warcraft 2015 European Road to Blizzcon

ESL World of Warcraft 2015 European Road to Blizzcon - Frequently Asked Questions
by Published on 2015-09-23 10:41 AM

September 22nd Hotfixes, Hellfire Amulet and Bans, Future Ghost Changes

How Good is Master Jouster, Hearthstone Americas Qualifiers VoDs, Strength in Numbers

Shacknews Interview Round-Up, Shop Sales, Rotation for Sept. 22, 2015 and Rexxar Price

Meet the New Overwatch Heroes - Junkrat (Defense) & Roadhog (Tank)

Armory Stats - Brewfest Achievements
Today we are looking at the achievements you can earn from Brewfest. This data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015.

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Name Side Points
Direbrewfest Kill Coren Direbrew.
69.21% 10
Does Your Wolpertinger Linger? Obtain a Wolpertinger pet from the Brewfest quest line.
57.28% 10
Have Keg, Will Travel Obtain a Brewfest mount, or transform yours into one using Brewfest Hops.
57.17% 10
Down With The Dark Iron Defend the Brewfest camp from the Dark Iron attack and complete the quest, "This One Time, When I Was Drunk..."
55.44% 10
A Brew-FAST Mount Obtain an epic Brewfest mount.
Brew of the Month Join the Brew of the Month club.
37.12% 10
Brewmaster Complete the Brewfest achievements listed below.
35.35% 10
Almost Blind Luck Fall 65 yards without dying while wearing Synthebrew Goggles during the Brewfest Holiday.
34.28% 10
Brew of the Year Sample 12 beers featured in the Brew of the Month club.
23.43% 10
Disturbing the Peace While wearing 3 pieces of Brewfest clothing, get completely smashed and dance in Dalaran.
15.83% 10

Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival is back again and mostly unchanged from previous years. This year, the quests reward a stack of 3 of your choice of consumable items that give your character a ghostly color tint for an hour.

Level Type Name
1Junk Vengeful Spiritshard
1Junk Peaceful Spiritshard
1Junk Forlorn Spiritshard
1Junk Anxious Spiritshard

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Ashran Bug
Letting everyone know that we're aware of a potential issue where players already in an active Ashran battle may receive a second pop-up prompt asking if you'd want to join the Ashran battle. This second prompt is a bug and is being looked into. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Renewing Subscriptions in Greece
We wanted to let you know that we’re aware of the payment issues our players in Greece are currently facing. Certain banks are not processing international digital transactions for certain types of products, leaving many of you unable to pay for Blizzard games and services with credit cards or PayPal.

We’re carefully monitoring this situation, and we’d like to remind you of other payment options that are available to you. For World of Warcraft game time:
  • Pre-paid game cards should be available at local retailers like Plaisio, Public, Media Markt, Seven Spots,, etc.
  • Those with in-game gold to spare can purchase 30 days of game time on the Auction House with the WoW Token

We’re also working with external partners and local retailers to bring Gift Cards to Greece soon. These cards will provide you with an additional payment option by allowing you to charge up your Balance in order to purchase items, including game time, in the Shop. You can find more information here.(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Merc mode is awesome, but one flaw. Why are merced Alliance players allowed to whisper Alliance on the other team?
what did you like or dislike about it? (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Yea I find it really weird talking about that ex forever. Not only that but w.e you opinion on gets blamed on recent wow devs
I try to talk about the features I worked on and decisions I made. I don't have any context for recent stuff. (OccupyGStreet)
I know but there's ppl out there waiting to point out some cool thing you mention and turn it into a negative for blizz devs
I agree it is not cool to use my comments to try and leverage change on the current dev team. (OccupyGStreet)

Except the "alternative" is always substantially less rewarding, so it will never be cared about.
You can't just offer easy vs hard with the same rewards. Nobody will opt into hard "just because." (OccupyGStreet)

Overwatch - New Heroes: Junkrat and Roadhog
Two new heroes have been announced, and Overpwn has all of the details!

by Published on 2015-09-21 05:29 PM

Update (10:15 PM EDT): Added tonight's hotfixes

Brewfest 2015, Armory Stats - Brewfest Mounts, Blue Tweets, GW2 PvP Growing, DLC #505

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - September 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Remnant of the Blood Moon: To reduce the number Drained Blood Crystal needed to start the encounter, the health of the Blood Moon has been reduced to 1000 (down from 10,000).

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • The duration of Nether Corruption has been reduced to 5 seconds so it doesn't persist across multiple portal phases on Raid Finder difficulty.

Mercenary Mode
  • Players should no longer receive a bonus objective to kill a tower guardian for the wrong faction, Rylai Crestfall (Alliance) or Jeron Emberfall (Horde) while fighting as a mercenary.

  • Rescue Operation: Fixed an issue where players were unable to free captured prisoners.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Monks from being able to use Zen Flight in areas where they were able to use other flying mounts.
  • [Requires a realm restart] Fixed an issue where the Swarming Insects debuff that prevents flight in The Feeding Pits in Townlong Steppes could persist incorrectly after leaving the area.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause characters to receive loot for the wrong class in Personal Loot mode on Mythic difficulty.

BlizzCon 2015 In-Game Goodies Round-Up
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heading to BlizzCon 2015 or planning to watch online with the Virtual Ticket? Take a gander at the collection of epic in-game goodies you’ll get when you join us for the convention in person or at home.

World of Warcraft – Murkidan Pet
After consuming the shin bone of Gul'dan, this fiesty demon hunter was caged for 10,000 years by his brother Murkfurion. Now he’s ready to unleash his finfernal rage in pet battles across Azeroth!

Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Battle Beast Mount
Teams will tremble and Cores will crumble when you storm into combat astride the mighty Nexus Battle Beast!

Hearthstone – Blizzard 2015 Card Back
Hearthstone on phones, Tavern Brawls, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and more—a very cool year, indeed.

StarCraft II – Portraits
Show off your status as a galactic BlizzConquerer with a pair of Legacy of the Void–themed portraits invoking the mysteries of the Xel’Naga and the power of the Spear of Adun.

Diablo III – BlizzCon Pennant, Pet, and Portrait
A trio of treasures awaits! Fly the colors of the BlizzCon crusade with an all-new pennant, and mrglgllglgll the demonic hordes with your Murkgoblin pet and portrait.*

This year’s epic collection of in-game goodies will be available to everyone who purchased a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket or who’s attending the show in person (just redeem the Digital Bonuses code you received when you purchased your tickets), and will be unlocked for use after BlizzCon begins. Head to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket page to order or learn more!

*Windows/Mac version only
by Published on 2015-09-20 10:42 PM

Feedback and Suggestions Compilation, How to Archon, Crafting 25 Legendary Fists

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, Archon Team League Decklists, BlizzCon Opening Week eSports

Americas Championship Playoffs!, Hottest Plays of the Week #46

Brewfest 2015
Brewfest is back again, with item level 670 trinkets, a few new rewards, and heirloom weapon upgrades! This year the event runs from September 20 to October 6. You will need 500 x Brewfest Prize Token to purchase the new rewards.

If you are still leveling alts, don't forget to grab the Brewfest Enthusiast buff at 6:15 AM and 6:15 PM server time outside of Ironforge and Orgrimmar at the Tapping of the Keg ceremony.

New Rewards

Level Type Name Cost
1Junk Steamworks Sausage Grill200 × 
1Companion Pets Stout Alemental200 × 
1Other Brewfest Banner100 × 
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard300 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard500 × 

Updated Trinkets

Level Type Name
670Trinket Brawler's Statue
670Trinket Mithril Wristwatch
670Trinket Coren's Cold Chromium Coaster
670Trinket Bitterest Balebrew Charm
670Trinket Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm
670Trinket Thousand-Year Pickled Egg

Old Rewards

Level Type Slot Name Cost Model Viewer
1Companion Pets Wolpertinger's Tankard200 × 
1Companion Pets Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm100 × 
20Holiday Preserved Brewfest Hops20 × 
1Quest "Brew of the Month" Club Membership Form200 × 
1HeadHead Brown Brewfest Hat50 × 
1HeadHead Green Brewfest Hat50 × 
1HeadHead Blue Brewfest Hat50 × 
1HeadHead Purple Brewfest Hat50 × 
10HeadHead Blix's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 × 
1ChestChest Brewfest Regalia200 × 
1ChestChest Brewfest Dress200 × 
1FeetFeet Brewfest Boots100 × 
1FeetFeet Brewfest Slippers100 × 
1Consumable Angry Brewfest Letter50 × 
1Consumable Brewfest Pony Keg100 × 
20Consumable Fresh Brewfest Hops2 × 
20Consumable Fresh Dwarven Brewfest Hops5 × 
1Consumable Brewfest Keg Pony200 × 
1Consumable Brewhelm2 × 
1Consumable Pandaren Brewpack100 × 

Armory Stats - Brewfest Mounts
Today we are looking at collection rates of the three mounts you can earn from Brewfest. This data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015 and 3.7 million players active enough to still be on armory.

The Great Brewfest Kodo and Swift Brewfest Ram have a ~3% chance to drop from Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest and the Brewfest Ram is no longer obtainable.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class design involves such exciting variety. One day, I may be brainstorming high-level concepts for abilities used by a pirate... (Celestalon)
...and the next, we're calculating the edge angle of an n-gon simulating a circle with variable radius that intersects two known points. (Celestalon)

Trivia question. What made you decide that the TOC/ICC model with normal/hc was better than the Ulduar model with hardmodes?
Tough to cover in 140 characters, but mainly clarity and consistency. (WarcraftDevs)

I have full conquest gear, why do I get blue medallion as human when I use Mercenary?
We didn’t feel it was appropriate to give someone a free conquest item. (WarcraftDevs)

lost my title with the new mercenary mode, specifically with my HotA title.... pvp title cant be expose in pvp
We didn’t feel it was appropriate to use faction titles with Mercenary mode. (WarcraftDevs)

Reasonable thread about recent tournament.(not mine)
The whole "will never be an esport" is nonsense. But I'm fine with critiques of clarity of the broadcast. (holinka)
Our goal is to provide an exciting event for the WoW community & celebrate our players. We aren't looking to dethrone anyone. (holinka)
Not trying to be 'big-headed' or suggest you'd be completely in the wrong. I think there's a compromise for the overall better
Certainly we think we can do things to make it easier to follow and watch and we'll continue to try and improve. (holinka)

Assuming I accept what you often suggest,3v3 better gameplay.Does it make up for the -huge- watchability loss?I don't think it does
We don't plan on making the game less fun to play so it can be more fun to watch. (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
IDK if you can asnwer this but: You did play WoD before Leaving Blizzard?
Not really. Frostfire was barely playable at the time and it sounds like it evolved a lot anyway. (OccupyGStreet)

Guild Wars 2 - PvP Growing
The Game Director for Guild Wars 2 recently replied to some PvP concerns, letting players know that PvP is growing and larger than ever before.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
The current system is making the player base smaller by the minute.
While I’ll let the PvP team respond to the other points here, I do want to take a moment and address this:

PvP has steadily grown in population and play hours going on nearly a year now. It’s sky-rocketed since the game went free, and the two weeks before this have been our best weeks literally since the week the game launched. We anticipate this week will be the best week login/play wise PvP has ever had in the history of Gw2.

I don’t want to trivialize your points – and our competitive team has some great reasons why things operate the way they do they’ll lay out and explain in relation to leagues soon: I do want to call out you’re using false population data to support your point.

From an ArenaNet perspective, PvP is the fastest growing part of Gw2 and had more success for us as a business in the last year than it’s had by far in the history of the Guild Wars franchise. Next year is going to be even bigger because of that success.

I’m really proud of the work the team has done and the work our amazing player community who has helped grow competitive PvP just as much as our dev team has and would hate to see that lost in this discussion.

Dark Legacy Comics #505 - In the Bag
DLC #505 has been released!

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