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by Published on 2013-12-27 09:41 AM

TCG Pets Giveaway - Day #1

Common Situations with the Three Resources Part 3, MLG/ManaGrind Weekend Tournaments

Armory Stats - Battle Pet Collection
Today we are taking a look at the battle pet ownership achievement completion rate of players. Now that achievements are account wide, we can group characters by account and get an idea of what percentage of players (not characters) have completed an achievement.

These numbers are based off of the players that have earned the achievements in the pet collection series and Raiding with Leashes, Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition, Crazy for Cats, and Celestial Family.

The data used today is a sample of 8.1 million characters from 3 million accounts. The sample is slightly biased, as players who are not in a guild are much less likely to appear in our sample. You can leave suggestions for future stat posts in the comments!

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warlords of Draenor
During WoD beta I hope you guys will be on the Beta forums with us all like GC did for Wrath, it would mean alot to us.
We definitely will. Beta is the time for lots of change, feedback and iteration. (Source)

Are Raid CDs gonna be looked at/rehauled in WoD?
We're looking at them, but nothing that we're ready to announce yet. (Source)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Cool. Just one last question; how do you guys feel about WW's new mastery? worked out in the end? I like it b/c of chibrew now
Yeah, overall, Windwalker mastery (after several iterations) is looking fairly solid to us. Not perfect, but pretty good. (Source)

Any word on MW Monk Mastery? Currently scales horribly, and can be 100% negated by other players movement/lack of attention.
What do you think of the Detonate Chi talent we showed at BlizzCon? (Source)
having it as a talent means when you're spec'd for the other talents your mastery still goes back to scaling horribly
What if it were baseline, not a talent? (Source)

Is the intent with fist stance that you pick it and stay in it the whole fight or swap based on high/low damage phases?
Swap based on phase is fine. Swap in between every few GCDs is not fine. (Source)

Character / Items
What's the chance on transmogging between Axe/Mace/Sword and Polearm/Staff? Bigger issue with changing primary stats in 6.0.
It's unlikely for both philosophical & technical reasons. (Source)

Will CDR trinkets change to Readiness rating in 6.0 to scale down as you level? Or going to be effectively "turned off" 100?
Yes, the SoO trinkets that the new stats are based on will likely change to the new stat, in 6.0. (Source)

Bosses bypass Armor quite often, is there changes to Armor incoming to make Bonus Armor more reliable?
No, that's kind of the intended interesting part of Armor. It's good against the dragon's claws, not so good against his breath. (Source)
TBH I would appreciate it if things like Snapping Bite died a horrible death.
Snapping Bite was a problem because it resulted in a significant tank imbalance on that fight, not because it ignored armor. (Source)
But the ignoring of armor is what caused the tank imbalance. Obviously I don't expect that to continue to be a thing.
We have abilities that ignore armor all the time. Usually they're done in such a way that it affects tanks equally, but not here. (Source)

Haven't really done much pvp in my 3 years playing wow Did a bit in wrath but thats about it What would you say I'm missing
Personally, I love the variety of gameplay that PvP offers. Competition rarely plays out the same way twice in a row. (Source)
But, like any other part of WoW, your experience with PvP will have a lot to do with who you play with. (Source)

Why is it that the Vicious War Wolf isn't account wide, but the Skeletal Warhouse is? Please tell me it's an oversight.
The Vicious Skeletal Warhorse? As far as I know it is not account wide. (Source)

Btw are you gonna keep r1 and glad percentages the same? Everyone is stoked - gonna increase incentive to playz!
Our intent is to keep the relative number of rewards the same. Last season based on team count. This season on player count. (Source)
Despite what the Internet would have you believe, a larger % of playerbase is doing 3s than previous seasons. But not 3x. (Source)
Well sure - I'm just selfish and I wanna know if I should camp my grevious gladiator or no LOL :>>>
We are taking a look at it. The fact that more people are on the ladder since no team is required increases the pool size. (Source)

Fan Art
Today we have some Winter's Veil themed fan art!

by Published on 2013-12-26 07:41 AM

Happy Holidays, Design a Legendary, Part 4: Updated Concept Art, Nephalem Rifts Now Part of the Expansion

Happy Holidays, ManaGrind NA/EU Open #9 Interviews

TCG Pets Giveaway - Day #1
WoWTCGLoot was nice enough to send us some things to give away again this year, so a big thanks to them! We are starting off with some pets and one month Curse Premium codes.


  • Enter once by replying to this news post!
  • Winners will receive a PM which they have 72 hours to reply to. After that, a new winner will be selected. Pets will be given out in the order the winners reply to the PM, so be sure to reply promptly. You can turn on email notifications for PMs in the Settings.
  • Entering more than once per contest thread is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)
  • You have until Friday December 27th @ 11:59 PM EST to enter the contest. After that time this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warlords of Draenor Stats and Items
Will there be any secondary stats besides armor that will be useless to healers?
Nope, all secondaries besides Bonus Armor will be useful to healers. (Source)

From what I gather tank will have a unique secondary (armor) and healers (spirit), do DPS get a unique secondary?
Current plan is no. (Source)

Now, absorbs can shield for ~10% of your health, instead of ~24% - more room for direct heals (3/3)
You guys are making incorrect assumptions about how much health pools are being squished. (Source)
Are the health levels we saw at Blizzcon not a good indicator?
Not sure what was in the BlizzCon build. Important bit: Base health is gone. All HP = Stam. (Source)
And how does that work with freshly created characters who have no gear? Dumb idea.
No gear doesn't mean no Stamina. Characters have base Stamina. (Source)
Forgive me but I thought those things were exactly the same thing.
Nope, very different. (Source)
Can you link an explanation? The stuff I can find pairs the two terms together.
Not sure what you're asking. There's currently base health and base stam. Base health is going away. All health will be from stam (Source)

Saw the comments on stamina. How will this affect Tauren with their Endurance racial?
That's why I previously said that the ones guaranteed to be changed were the hit, exp, and basehealth ones. It'll be changed. (Source)

Blizzcon screenshots seem to show Player HP = STA x 25
I believe it reaches 30 HP per Sta at lvl 100. (Source)

Can we hope to see an ingame model of this one day? It would be awesome !
cool drawing-not unless we revisit current Outland at some point. Broken aren't natural species on Draenor - demon influence. (Source)

Can you talk about DoTA style bg? Is it cancelled? Nonthing was said about it at blizzcon
No plans for it right now. Maybe we'll revisit it in the future. Felt very "me too" with respect to the DotA trend. (Source)

soooooo, will we have another season this exp or no?
We have it in our back pocket if we feel like we need it. (Source)

Dark Legacy Comics #421
DLC #421 has been released.

by Published on 2013-12-25 09:46 AM

Merry Christmas! - Crashin' Thrashin' Flyer Controller Christmas Gift
The Christmas gift is available in-game in some regions and you might want to log in to grab this year's gift: Crashin' Thrashin' Flyer Controller (3D)! Be sure to find a friend to earn The Danger Zone.

by Published on 2013-12-24 06:21 AM

Focused Feedback - Act V Difficulty @ Sub-70, Meet Lewt, the Papercraft Treasure Goblin

Weekly News Recap, Weekend Tournament Decklists

Developer Interviews
We are catching up on a few more Blizzcon interviews that we didn't get in our first round, this time from The Sundering and LazyGamer.

  • Garrisons might bring in other players by allowing you to share a crafting skill or loaning another player some followers.
  • There is a dungeon, prop, character, and environment team working on the art for Warlords of Draenor, so art for Garrison upgrades didn't delay the new character models.
  • The team started working on the Warlords of Draenor art and story right after Mists of Pandaria shipped, with concepts being worked on before that.
  • Buffs to class abilities will be given out in a somewhat random order as you level, but by the time you get to level 100 you will have them all.
  • You will get your garrison soon after arriving in Draenor, making it useful as you level and progress through the story.
  • Garrisons will be heavily integrated into the game, making it something that will be hard to skip.
  • The Goblin and Worgen were the first demo of new character models, but the team felt like they could take that even further and created the Pandaren. The Goblin and Worgen aren't planned to have any update right now, but they could be updated after all of the other models are done.

New Character Models Update
Chris Robinson mentioned that we will see some more new character model previews early next year!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
New Character Models
A little question: will/could we get great and glorious beards for humans and nightelves? (Think of Antonidas or Malfurion)
Agree that would be cool - good thing to think about now while we're adding bones. (Source)

The worgen males 2h animation has bothered me for a long time. Mostly looks bad when used repeatedly
haha, that's funny - I get the translation issue. We typically avoid adjusting established content but I'll bring it up with anim (Source)

When the human models get updated will this also update the human side of the worgen player models
yes, it effects the transform animation/fx as well - all will be updated to match. (Source)

WC3 Dwarf Mountain King had skulls on his moustache. Can we expect that as a possible option for the new male Dwarf beards?
not without breaking the game with pure unfiltered awesome New facial hair combos are on the wishlist - no eta (Source)

Could you imagine some NPC armors being upgraded to keep up with the new models? Some are terribly outdated and yet reused
yes,would love to update a LOT of older armor,race specific armor to replace level up stuff has been discussed. It's give and take (Source)
I loved seeing racial armor in the Draenei and Blood Elf starting area. In Cataclysm I expected to see it for all
yeh, we're all pretty fired up about the vision of racial specific armor (Source)

Will it be possible to have an Orc model like Thrall's? I love the new model, but I'd prefer a straight back rather (cont)
It just need happen - just talk to lore guys, they would be so happy to have real orcs instead that peons...
feel like we took a step away from peon with model update, but realize that upright pose option is desired (Source)

Hey, there! Quick question: Will my orcs finally be able to have full heads of hair like Grom and Thrall do in WoD?
We see Huge RP value in hero hairstyles, ongoing discussions on which to include/how to roll them out. (Source)

We will see, someday, brown orcs for players?
We love the idea of "alt" skins to unlock - Mag'har orcs, dark iron dwarves, etc. - but not a high-priority feature. (Source)
Lot of questions about this - would be a cool option but no concrete plans. It's on the wishlist now. (Source)

Will we be getting more faces for any races in Warlords? Tauren females have only 4 options, human females have 16.
Noted! no promises but I would like to even those counts out. (Source)

Will Draenei have a longer tail (as more often shown in art than not), or will they be stuck with the small ones?
That's a cool idea, no promises but I'll add it to my list. Hard to pull off with current skeleton, but possible with new version. (Source)

Have you guys looked into making collars anchored if tech allows?
Indeed - this isn't my favorite limitation, still working on a solve but it's on the radar. (Source)

Any chance Off-hands could hang at characters' hip? Right now they're not visible unless you unsheathe.
I'll look into this (Source)

Tabards... will they work with robes on the great new character models?
Torn on this, hard to ensure tabard design works well with robe design - like the layering effect though. (Source)

Here's hoping for better feet for my monk with the new models
New player models have feet fully modeled when not wearing boots - trolls will benefit greatly (Source)

Love your work so far. I hope you dont forget to make distinct faces for each race. Unfortunately all pandas look the same
Working hard to find solution for distinct facial variants with new anim system. Tricky but we have top people on it! (Source)

With models and skeletons being updated are actual skeletons being upgraded? Like the ones after death.
I agree, could use update (Source)

Will the new models fix problems with old armour, specifically hands? Dwarven hands in armour need help
A few potential solutions for this, exploring attachments on hands to help with detail in that area, still in development (Source)

New Ghost Wolf model happening any time soon?
Agree that it needs a face/body lift. No solid eta but on the radar. Lots of new wolf stuff for Warsong clan might be headstart (Source)

Have you and the team ever given some thought to creating female and/or racial metamorphosis forms?
We've talked about gender specific, but we do have racial-like Troll/Worgen/Tauren, cat form. (Source)

Meet Lewt, the Papercraft Treasure Goblin
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
To help celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year, we've put together a fun little papercraft project for our creative community. In true Diablo fashion, this particular papercraft is of a Treasure Goblin, complete with his very own papercraft Treasure Bag.

We call him Lewt.

For the printable designs, assembly instructions, festive photos and more, read on!

Creating your own Lewt is easy. To begin, you'll want to decide how big of a goblin you want. We've offered two sizes for printing: one standard (fits an 8 ½ by 11 sheet) and one large (fits an 11 by 17 sheet). Pick your poison and then proceed to the assembly instructions.


Lewt is already busy helping us here at Blizzard prepare for and celebrate the holidays.

But what about you?

After you've trimmed, folded, and adhered your way to sweet goblin victory, be sure to send us a photo of your Lewt in action. To do so, tweet us at @Diablo using the #WHERESMYLEWT hashtag. We'll be retweeting and sharing our favorite Lewt adventures on Twitter and Facebook as well as posting more photos of our own throughout the holidays.

Happy crafting!

Happy Holidays!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
From everyone at Blizzard to you and yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!

To help celebrate, we prepared a Holiday Card Gallery, and we’ve also made this year’s holiday card and five images from the children's book, Snow Fight A Warcraft Tale, available as new wallpapers. Enjoy!

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