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by Published on 2016-09-30 03:40 PM

Developer Chronicles - Eras, S7 GR 113 Rank #1, Wizard Fanart by Neon89

Watch the Asia-Pacific Summer Championships This Weekend

Incoming Zarya Buff Hotfixes & Hero Bug Fixes

Outlaw Rogue Hidden Artifact Appearance
ixzo was able to unlock the Outlaw Rogue hidden artifact appearance! There are still some unclear details, but the process appears to be:

  • Reach Artifact Knowledge level 5.
  • Obtain the left binding from Dargrul in any difficulty of Neltharion's Lair.
  • Obtain the right binding from Ash'Golm in any difficulty of Vault of the Wardens.
  • After obtaining either binding, you can start Bindings of the Windlord at Thrymjaris.
  • Obtain 10 x Infernal Brimstone and complete the quest.
  • The bindings are not a guaranteed drop, so farming may be required.
  • More information can be found in the forum thread.

Mythic Emerald Nightmare Progression
Five guilds have now cleared Mythic Emerald Nightmare. Congratulations to all of them!

Watch The Arena Championship and Earn the "Patron of War" Title!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After battling their way through some intense qualifier cups, Europe’s top World of Warcraft Arena teams are ready to prove that they’re the best in the region. The Legion may have crashed into Azeroth since the last time they faced off, but these competitors will be ignoring the demon invasion in favor of PvP glory later this month.

The World of Warcraft Arena European Regional Championship will take place in Kiev, Ukraine from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2. We’re heading to one of the biggest esports venues in Europe, the Kiev CyberSport Arena, where eight teams will fight for a share of $100,000 USD. And that’s not all—the top three teams will also qualify for the 2016 World of Warcraft Arena Championship at BlizzCon 2016, where they’ll take on the best players from around the globe.

The $100,000 USD prize pool will be distributed as shown below, and the top three teams will advance to the final stage of the 2016 Arena Championship at BlizzCon 2016!

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

How to Watch
If you happen to be in Kiev, be sure to drop by and support your favorite team. Here’s some useful info:

Tournament dates: Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2

Address: CyberSport Arena, Vadyma Hetmana St, 13, Kiev, Ukraine

Starting time: 17:00 CEST (8:00 a.m. PDT)

If you can’t be there in person, you can also follow the action online by tuning in to our live streams on Twitch and YouTube. Coverage will be available in English and Russian.

Connect to Twitch to Earn a World of Warcraft Title
Show your love of WoW Arena and esports with a shiny new in-game title*, “Patron of War” when you connect Twitch to your account and watch the European Regional Championships.

How to Link Your Accounts
  • Log in or create an account on Twitch.
  • Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen.
  • Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu.
  • Find the section then follow the given instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect.

Click here to go straight to the Twitch settings page.

See you at the European Regional Championship!

*You'll also be able to earn the Patron of War title by watching the North American Regionals on October 8 and 9. You'll need to connect your Twitch account to your account as described above, and the title will be rewarded after both regional events have concluded.

Patch 7.1 - Blood of Sargeras Trader Update
The exchange ratio for many of the items that Illnea Bloodthorn sells has been updated since our initial post.

Patch 7.1 - Hidden Belt Transmog
Patch 7.1 adds the option to hide your belt!

Patch 7.1 - Upgrade Icons
Items in your bag that are a higher item level than what you have equipped and that may be an upgrade have a new arrow icon in Patch 7.1.

Patch 7.1 - Flight Path Map Changes
The flight path map has been changed to show only the path to your destination in Patch 7.1, how many world quests are up in a zone, as well as showing non world quests on the map. Currently the flight points aren't lining up correctly with the Broken Isles map.

Patch 7.1 - Fire Mage: Hidden Flame Orbs
Fire mages can talk to Archmage Melis to hide the floating flame orbs of Felo'melorn in Patch 7.1.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
how does rested xp for honor for exactly what's the rate you earn it at? Do you have to log off in an inn etc?
it works exactly like rested xp (holinka)

What was the design philosophy behind the elite area of Suramar? It's super frustrating, even with a group.
Agreed the spawning is too dense right now, but it's meant as a group combat area. Lots of Group Finder parties for WQs there. (WatcherDev)
by Published on 2016-09-29 01:09 AM

Patch 7.1 PTR - Build 22685, Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes - September 28

Exorsus - Mythic Emerald Nightmare World First
Mythic Emerald Nightmare has been cleared by Exorsus. Congratulations to them.

by Published on 2016-09-28 05:46 AM

Battle.Net Now Blizzard Tech, Forum Migration Issues & New Icons

Hearthstone Asia-Pacific Summer Championships 2016 Decklists

Heroes Global Championship 2017, Battle.Net Update, Warhead Junction Preview

Overwatch PTR Patch Sept 22 - Ana Changes, Widowmaker Buffs, Junkrat Buffs, Bug Fixes

Mythic Emerald Nightmare Progression
Mythic Emerald Nightmare opened today in the US and Midwinter is currently leading at 4/7, followed by Limit, SNF, and Easy.

Ancient Mana Item Hotfix
Ancient Mana Gem and Ancient Mana Crystal now stack to 5!

World Boss - Levantus
Don't forget to stop by and kill Levantus this week! There is a world quest and potential for loot!

Recent Warden Tower Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As many players have noticed, we’ve been iterating somewhat rapidly on the rewards and cadence of the Warden Tower PvP World Quests. We wanted to take a moment to explain what’s happening, and why we’ve been tinkering with them so much.

Our goal for Warden Towers is that they should feel fun and rewarding, but still secondary to Arenas and Battlegrounds as an overall source of Honor. When Legion first launched, they were certainly lucrative, but so frequent that many players were earning the vast majority of their Honor by completing them. We tried to correct this by increasing the time it took for them to refresh, and reducing the amount of Honor they gave, but that brought us to the other extreme – they were no longer a primary source of Honor, but they didn’t feel rewarding enough for the time investment.

With the latest updates, we’ve increased the Honor rewarded for completing a Warden Tower back to 300, but they will only re-activate once every 24 hours. This means you should once again feel that completing one is worth your time, but you’ll still need to look to Arenas and Battlegrounds for the majority of your Honor. Warden Towers should now be properly filling their intended role in end-game PvP progression.

Weekly Bonus Event: Arena Skirmishes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Bonus Events have returned in World of Warcraft: Legion, and the first is underway with a focus on Arena PvP.

What Are Bonus Events?

The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.

Sharpen your swords and reinforce your boards, because you’re called to the PvP Arena for the hectic mayhem of Skirmishes.

This Week: Arena Skirmishes
All week, from anywhere in Azeroth, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i), select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window, and then under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3 and JOIN BATTLE. You’ll be matched up with teammates and provided with opponents to kill in the Arena.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Archmage Lan’dalock near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you.
    • Quest requirement: Win 10 Arena PvP Skirmishes
    • Reward: A PvP loot box
  • Passive buff: +50% honor gains from Skirmishes

If you’ve been looking to make some Honor gains, this is the week to do it!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Raid Finder and Quest Chains
It is intentional that the quests “In Nightmares” and “Essence of Power” cannot be completed on Raid Finder difficulty. That quest chain is intended to provide a cosmetic reward for participating in organized, non-matchmade content. As such, we wanted to keep this step in line with the previous steps in the chain, which require completing Mythic Dungeons.

This restriction is specific to this quest chain, which has a cosmetic-only reward. Other quest chains, such as “The Stuff of Dreams” from the Suramar campaign, will be completable through Raid Finder. We’ll be making some additional changes in Patch 7.1 to more clearly communicate when and where these restrictions apply.

Thanks for confirming the inevitable. I'll be saving some money every month now, because I am done with this game. If this is intended and staying in the game, you just lost a customer. It is clear blizzard is clueless about their own game. I guess it's true, no King lives forever. Good luck everyone. Blizzard, you failed.
Again, a cosmetic reward we are reserving for those who participate in organized, non-matchmade content.

This is not something you, by any means, "need". And "needing" it on every alt, doubly so. If you desire it, then organize a raid or join a guild that will put you in their raiding ranks and dedicate the time to obtaining the items.

We simply disagree that these skins should be handed out without dedication and challenge.

I appreciate constructive feedback and discussion on this topic, and will discuss what's here with the developers once it's had time to settle, but anything that says "the world is ending" or "blizzard is killing their player-base" because not everyone will get a cosmetic skin is a bit of a fallacy. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Cross-Realm Zones
We've stated this numerous times, but this is not new. CRZ has existed in Broken Isle zones since launch, however you may not have seen it active due to the amount of players leveling the same zone on your server.

Cross-realm technology activates automatically. I suspect that you may be seeing people from other realms since LFR opened today, and many players are trying out that newly opened content (hence, less players in the "world"). It's also 3pm PST on a weekday, which isn't what I'd consider peak-time.

No. People are confused because CRZ has never before been active on current content. Pandaria wasn't CRZ'd until 6.0. Draenor wasn't CRZ'd until 7.0.
We've had a bit of a shift in philosophy here with this expansion; some of this shift was influenced by the implementation of World Quests across Legion content. This would explain why CRZ was turned on for Pandaria with 6.0, but is active in 7.0 content now.

A bit of a larger conversation, part of which doesn't really fit a forum post from myself.

Again, just to reiterate, CRZ is intentional, but it should be not be massively disrupting the world and/or day-to-day activities. Seeing players from other realms is normal, seeing thousands of them, not so much.

It makes more sense now why it's happening so much after server restarts. People start logging in, CRZ code says "woah there's hardly any people in this area, TO THE MERGEMOBILE", then goes and takes a nap for 8 hours before realizing "hey i just put too many people together, oopsie-doodle".
I can't say for sure, but in my head this makes sense.

People are working, at school, or otherwise offline after our maintenance and restarts (Tuesdays, amirite?) - which would, in turn, activate CRZ. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
sorry if it's been answered but is the pvp trinkets not working in pvp intended or bug rn??
intended. No trinkets, set bonuses or enchants work in PvP (holinka)

are artifact traits with %dmg increase after you unlock all 34, going to be useable in rated pvp? I hope not
No they are not (holinka)

Is it correct to assume the prestige rewards remain the same throughout seasons? Such as the bronze courser mount will still be awarded at that level in the next season, and new mount at later levels?
Yes. Current plan is to increase max prestige each season, with more rewards. Prestige level will not be reset until the next expansion. (WarcraftDevs)

Nomi is giving me recipes I already know. Intended?
There was a bug with rank 1 bacon, specifically. It will be fixed in Patch 7.1. (WarcraftDevs)

Any chance that Alchemists could see some love with a bottomless flask in 7.1? 500 Primary Stat?
Probably not in 7.1, but the idea isn't off the table for the future. (WarcraftDevs)

I am no herbalist, still i get herbalism world quests. Probably a bug?
This is intended, and will happen sometimes. Non-Herbalists can complete these quests using the Auction House, shoulder enchants, alts, etc. (WarcraftDevs)

Cooking, why do Legion Feasts take 300 stat food, to create a 200 stat feast? This devalues feasts incredibly
A few reasons, but the biggest is that single-use food gives secondary stats, while feasts give primary stats. (WarcraftDevs)
by Published on 2016-09-27 05:24 AM

Hotfixes: Warden Towers once again grant 300 Honor, but now have a 24 hour cooldown.

Battle.Net Now Blizzard Tech, Forum Migration Issues & New Icons

Ben Brode Asks: What Does the Community Desire to Hear From Developers

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Overwatch PTR Patch Sept 22 - Ana Changes, Widowmaker Buffs, Junkrat Buffs, Bug Fixes

Mythic and Raid Finder Wing 1 Emerald Nightmare Opens This Week
Mythic and Raid Finder Wing 1 of Emerald Nightmare open this week! The next Raid Finder wing opens on October 11.

Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes - September 26
Additional class tuning changes were added to the hotfix notes:
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Developer’s Notes: After carefully considering the constructive feedback we’ve received over the weekend, we’ve made some revisions to this week’s tuning. The class changes listed in this hotfix update, as well as those from the previous update will be applied during weekly maintenance in each region. Note that several changes from the previous update have been altered or removed, which is indicated by a strikethrough in the notes below.

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Havoc
    • Bloodlet (Talent) now deals 150% of initial Throw Glaive damage.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Quickening (Talent)’s maximum stacks are now 50, and it will not refresh its duration once at 50 stacks.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Shadow
    • Mind Sear damage increased by 80% and Insanity generation increased by 50%.
    • Mind Flay damage increased by 20%.
    • Mind Spike damage increased by 28%.
    • Void Ray maximum stacks reduced to 4.
      • Developers’ Notes: Given the damage increase to Mind Sear, Mind Flay, and Mind Spike, this still results in an overall increase to the value of the talent.
    • Voidform stacks no longer increase while Dispersion is active.
      • Developers’ Notes: We would prefer that Surrender to Madness not be as dominant as it is, and that it can’t be extended for quite so long. However, addressing this further would require significant changes to the spec beyond what we want to do in a tuning pass at this time. We will look for an opportunity to take a more comprehensive look at this issue in a future patch.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Queen Ascendant (Artifact trait) is no longer consumed when a queued healing spell is immediately triggered.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Rain of Fire from always doing all 8 ticks of damage on PvE and PvP targets.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms
    • Tactician proc rate increased by 15%.
    • Hamstring no longer procs Tactician.
    • Exploit the Weakness (Artifact Trait) bonus reduced to 4% per point.

  • Suramar NPCs should no longer remove a player’s stealth at the start of their Arcane Investigation casting.
  • Interacting with Nomi should now take priority when his area is crowded.

  • Engineering: The Reaves version of the Failure Detection Pylon should now work properly.


Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Strike from the Shadows is now a snare, instead of a daze.

Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes - September 23
Several of the previously listed hotfixes were altered or removed. The rest of the original hotfixes still will be applied.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Havoc
    • Throw Glaive damage reduced by 30%.
    • Bloodlet (Talent) now deals 100% of initial Throw Glaive damage.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Shadow
    • Mind Sear damage and Insanity generation increased by 50%.
    • Voidform stacks no longer increase while Dispersion and Void Torrent are active.
      • Note: These abilities prevent Insanity drain from increasing while active, which effectively reduces the Insanity drain for the entire remainder the current Voidform. This was proving to be too powerful, so we’re now making sure that the damage bonus and Insanity drain from Voidform remain in sync.
    • The benefit of Mass Hysteria (Artifact Trait) is now capped at 100%.
      • Note: We want it to be rewarding when you’re able to maintain Surrender to Madness for an extremely long time, but the amount of damage this trait was contributing in those circumstances was excessive.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms
    • Exploit the Weakness (Artifact Trait) bonus reduced to 3% per point.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Skinning and Mob Tapping
We agree that the way this works at present isn't ideal and can be quite frustrating. It's something we want to fix, but it's quite a complicated issue to tackle so we don't have a good estimate on when any fix might happen. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Legion Reception
I appreciate the post, but I don't think there's a point for this discussion to continue.

If you pay attention to the majority of our community, on these forums, on social media, on our fansites, and in-game, reaction to Legion is overwhelmingly positive and a large majority of the player-base is having a pretty great time. In fact, I haven't seen so many people happy with such large aspects of the game since mid-Wrath.

We appreciate people's feedback, but there's a point where we disagree - and this is it.


Edit: I'm the first to admit the our game isn't perfect, and that therein, Legion isn't either, but that does not herald the death of WoW/Legion, and talking in circles about that doesn't help the community. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PSA: If you start a run with a fresh Mythic Keystone, but don't beat the timer, keep going! You get loot at the end regardless of your time. (WarcraftDevs)

World Quests
I did the WQ for Kosumoth last week and got the pet. This week it's not showing up.. what did I do wrong?
.repeat time on that is every 2 weeks (Muffinus)

Are there separate templates for bgs, rbgs and arenas? Is that even feasible?
It's confusing enough as it is. (holinka)

WoWProgress is ready to go for this week's progression race!

Warcraft Movie - Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital US Release
If you enjoyed the Warcraft movie and are in the US or Canada, you can now grab a copy and the goodies that come with it. EU players may have to wait a little longer, as the release dates there are throughout September and October.

  • Medivh Hero in Hearthstone – Unleash your favorite Mage deck as the Guardian of Tirisfal.
  • Gul’dan Hero in Heroes of the Storm – Rain fel fire down upon the Nexus as this twisted orc Assassin.
  • Digital copy of World of Warcraft – Start your own adventure in Azeroth—or ask a friend to join you on your journey. Includes 30 days of game time for new players.

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