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by Published on 2015-05-04 07:08 AM

Mortick's Brace vs Unhallowed Essence, John Yang's Barb, Kadala Simulator

Top Decks of the Week, The Sound of Silence Design Competition, Blackrock Mountain Heroic Boss Guides

Five Reasons Why HotS Matters, Heroes on MayPac

Darkmoon Faire Races
The Darkmoon Faire is back again, bringing us yet another race, in addition to the other Patch 6.1 changes. The Wanderluster is the new mount this time around, with an additional achievement: Darkmoon Like the Wind.

The first race uses the smaller course, allowing you to earn Wanderluster: Gold and the Attraction Sign.

The second race uses the big course, allowing you to earn Big Wanderluster: Gold and the Darkmoon Gazer. The Gazer is not a toy, so it will take up an additional inventory slot.

The Wanderluster mount jumps to hazards rather than gates, allowing you to jump to the wires and be immune for 4 seconds. It has the old ability that allows you to pull powerups to you. It also has a new ability that gives you a shield that protects you from the mini-zeppelins. If they hit you while the shield is up, you get a speed boost, starting at 100 and stacking up to 150.

The trick this month is to use the shield or other speed boosts at the start of the course to get a faster start. This can be accomplished by starting a race, getting your speed boost, running back, abandoning the quest, and starting again.







Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Pets and Pet Battles
I'm still waiting to breed my battle pets. It would give the feature so much more to enjoy.
When you start to flesh out the concept, it gets weird. Terrible Turnip/Alliance Balloon fanfic weird. (Muffinus)

Misc
Working on a decades-spanning project, I feel that this is applicable. Thoughts? https://t.co/AUdE0mNmGs (Muffinus)
Maybe do the spectacle creep in steps, like the vid, from 5 person to whole galaxy, WOAH there, couldn't they maybe save a town?
Design Challenge: what's happening to that town? If it's on fire, -5 points (Simpsons, er, WoD did it). (Muffinus)
WoD was hurt by this,and again in general I think yall try too hard
I'm gonna spurt off a new thread with more talking space, what would you like to see less of/more of? Open discussion. (Muffinus)

is, we survived being put on fire and our minds flayed and armor broken but our characters head could be crushed under a kodo
.Describe a time in the game in which you died, and it felt ok, meaningful or justified or cool, etc. (Muffinus)

Computers - Setup of the Month
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are trending slightly downward again over the past few months, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

New GPUs from AMD may be coming in the second half of this year, but no official announcements have been made.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 4790K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $122ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $195
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $25Cyborg V.5 - $51
MouseLogitech G402 - $35Razer DeathAdder - $50
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $35
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $240Dell U2412M - $263
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $85CM Storm QuickFire XT - $87
MouseLogitech G502 - $61Razer Naga 2014 - $62
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $55Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $85


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $50NZXT Source 220 - $50
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $60EVGA 600B - $60
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $97AMD FX-8320 - $136
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $28Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $28
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $94ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $103
MemoryKingston HyperX Blue 4GB 1600 - $328GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $67
Graphics CardXFX R7 260X - $106ASUS R9 270X / GTX 960 - $155 / $192
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $50Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $70
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$538$690 - 727


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $63Corsair Air 540 - $120
Power SupplyXFX PRO 750W - $130XFX PRO 750W - $130
CPUIntel 4690K - $236Intel 4690K - $236
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $50Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $79
MotherboardASUS Z97-A - $155ASUS Z97-A - $155
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $6716GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $132
Graphics CardXFX R9 280X - $248XFX R9 290X OR MSI GTX 970 - $333 / $340
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $70Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $120
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $99
OR
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $118
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $154
OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $159
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1139 - 1199$1305 - $1373


Heroes of the Dorm
Heroes of the Storm had a college tournament, rewarding tuition money, computers, and more. The finals were broadcast on ESPN2, upsetting some people and exciting others. Ratings weren't high compared to other things on TV, but lots of people watched compared to many eSports tournaments!

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • 96K total viewers for Heroes Of The Dorm live eSports tourney on ESPN 2 (Total day avg viewership = 211K)
  • 96K = the avg total viewers for Heroes during its timeslot. 211K = the avg total day viewers for ESPN 2 as a network
  • Heroes was the 3rd-least watched program that day on ESPN2. Last Sunday's same timeslot did 313K (Bo 30for30 repeat) (carletoncurtis)
  • Only ESPN2 shows that did worse than "Heroes of the Dorm" on Sun: a 6am re-air of Grizzlies-Blazers (91K homes) and ESPNFC at 12:30am (48K). (Ourand_SBJ)



by Published on 2015-05-02 07:41 AM

Patch 2.2 Discussion, Blizzcon Contests, Solo Key Farming Barb

May 2015 Rank Card Back - Ninja

Release Hype Tweets, ESL Major League

Patch 6.2 - Night Elf Female Running Animation Update
You may remember that Patch 6.1 removed some of the spring in the step of the new Night Elf male character model's run animation. Patch 6.2 does the same thing for the Night Elf female model.



This Month in WoW – May 2015
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
April showers may bring May flowers, but they don’t put food on your Garrison’s tables. The war against the Iron Horde marches on, and the battle will be advancing into Tanaan Jungle in Patch 6.2—now available on the Public Test Realms. You can check out the latest patch notes here, and once you’ve had a chance to try it out, share your experiences with other testers on the PTR forums.

Upcoming In-Game Events
Children’s Week Ends Soon [April 27 – May 4]
Wipe your tears and get ready to bid a fond farewell to your little friend. You done good.

Darkmoon Faire Returns [May 3 – May 10]
The illustrious Darkmoon Faire makes its triumphant return early this month. Bring on the dancing bears!

Upcoming World of Warcraft Tournaments
Looking for something in the realm of eSports? Here are a few World of Warcraft Arena tournaments to keep tabs on.

GCDTV

GCDTV US: Tournaments every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST / 3 a.m. CET

GCDTV EU: Tournaments every Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. CET / 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST

  • No EU Tournament May 2-3 to avoid scheduling conflict with ProGameX

The GCDTV [(G)lobal (C)ool(D)own TV] tournament is hosted by DMachine and cast by Arena veterans Supatease and Venruki, and you can catch all of the action on the GCDTV Twitch channel. Catch up on previous tournament VoDs here, and follow their official GCDTV Twitter feed to stay up to date on all of the action.

ProGameX

Catch all of the live action in ProGameX’s second Warlords of Draenor EU Tournament 2015 on Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CET. Arena veteran Supatease will be on hand to shoutcast every cooldown and CC. You can catch up on previous tournament VoDs here, and follow @progamexcom on Twitter to stay in the know.

ArenaMonster Opens 3v3 Tournament

See Arena Monster's 3v3 Tournament Sunday, May 17 at 5 PM Pacific / 8 PM Eastern / 2 AM Central Europe

Learn more here. You can catch the Live stream on Arena Monster's Twitch channel. Follow their Twitter account to stay on top of the latest news.

Gamers League 3v3 Arena Tournament
Ending May with a bang, Gamers League will be streaming a tournament on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 on their Twitch channel. Visit their site or follow them on Twitter to find out more. Check out previous tournament VoDs here.

Stay up to date on all of the latest tournaments in our forum thread here.

Are you running an event that isn’t listed here? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with our eSports team by emailing eSportsTeam@blizzard.com. Be sure to include “WoW” in your subject line!

This Month in World of Warcraft History
World of Warcraft turned 10 last November, and we’re well on our way into year eleven! A lot has happened since the game’s launch, and we thought we’d look back on one of the game’s most memorable bits of May-based history with you.

May 2007—Patch 2.1 introduced The Black Temple, one of the most iconic raids in The Burning Crusade expansion. Players entered the Temple to test out whether Illidan was right when he said they were “NOT PREPARED!”


Related Reading: Unbroken by Micky Neilson

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Video in the Launcher
The dude was voted the #1 PvP streamer on Twitch as well.

Yup, he won the recent Blizzard-sponsored voting. It's more of a "community spotlight" type video than an advertisement.

Correct! When and where we can we like spotlighting members of our community who have a positive impact on their peers and create compelling content. Hopefully it's something we can continue to do.

I don't pay you to
I don't think this is ever the start of a constructive statement in any context.


We want to promote members of the community who create compelling content and are positive influences to those around them. That's all.

We just think some in the community could benefit from being exposed to the creativity of others out there. If we have additional opportunities to inform and entertain the community with content from their peers, we think that's a good thing.

If this doesn't apply to you or you're not interested in being a part of it, we're certainly not forcing you to click on anything in the launcher -- and never have -- to play the game, other than the button to launch the game of course!

Videos of WoW players shouldn't be on the bnet app.
That's absolutely a valid opinion with which we happen to disagree.

If you must put videos on the launcher, then I would rather see you guys highlight the dev team, the art team, the music team, the CM team, the quest team, etc. Those are the true content creators.
That's understandable. And we do that every chance we get, though those teams are obviously filled with very busy people. And some weekends we might like to show what others in the community are doing. This is one of those weekends. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Timewalking - Feedback and Bug Reports
We gathered a bunch of data and feedback based on the initial couple of days. We'll re-enable it, likely next week, with fixes to many of the issues identified. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Community Spotlight: Jandice Barov by TamplierPainter
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This week’s Community Spotlight is on TamplierPainter, who recently created this excellent piece called “Jandice Barov”. We asked the artist to tell us more about it.

Q: What was your impetus for the design of this piece?
A: I really like the old instances and raids in WoW. You could say that I'm a big fan of the classics, and that’s one of the reasons that I decided to portray this character. Most players’ attention goes to new content, but I would very much like to draw the attention of players to old dungeons and bosses, some of which have been long forgotten.

Q: How long does it take you to create something like this?
A: This is affected by many factors, from my workload to the complexity of art. If I’m very lucky, I can finish it in a week. If not, a picture like this can take up to six months. But this one only took about a week.

Q: What other works inspire you?
A: I love the creativity of Wei Wang. For me, he remains the undisputed authority going back years. He just has amazing technique and command of anatomy, light, and detail. His piece "Darkness Falls, Heroes Rise" took my attention for a very long time. I was also delighted by his "Warchief Garrosh Hellscream”. He is like a teacher to me, and I hope to get to meet him personally someday.
I also really like the work of Andree Wallin and Mariusz Kozik. They are great masters of their craft.

Q: How did this one tie back to the game?
A: Most of all I love the Warcraft story and the world itself. I love the characters and heroes. I remember, as a kid I played Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and most days of my life since, I’ve continued to play games from this universe. Playing WoW, I usually spend most of my time in PvP. I would like to fully complete the PvE content, but that wouldn’t work with the amount of time I have to spend on my art.

Q: If you could add one thing to the game, artistically, what would it be?
A: I don’t really know. In artistic terms, the game is so harmonious and efficient that I may not have anything to add. Okay – I wouldn’t mind updating the old battleground loading screens! I like how the the new battlegrounds (Kotmogu, Mines ) have very nice loading screens by comparison.


Jandice Barov by TamplierPainter

Thanks goes to TamplierPainter from all of us at Blizzard for sharing his talents with us. If you’ve seen a great piece of fan art lately, e-mail us at fanart@blizzard.com and tell us all about it.
by Published on 2015-05-01 08:24 AM

Area Damage's Future, Play Your Way Recap and VOD, Fetish Horde WD

Hidden Laboratory Heroic Boss Guides - Omnotron, Maloriak, Atramedes, Nefarian

Release Hype Tweets, ESL Major League

Patch 6.2 Zone Preview: Tanaan Jungle
Blizzard posted a preview of Tanaan Jungle tonight, a zone somewhat similar to an improved version of Timeless isle.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Deep within Tanaan Jungle, the manipulations of the warlock Gul’dan have twisted what remains of the Iron Horde into a sinister new form—an army of fel orcs brimming with demonic strength and insatiable bloodlust. Now Gul’dan continues his machinations from inside the seemingly impenetrable Hellfire Citadel, plotting to open a portal for a massive invasion force.
In Patch 6.2, level 100 heroes of the Horde and the Alliance must return to Tanaan Jungle and stop Gul’dan before his dark plans bring about untold ruin. As part of your quest, you’ll explore Draenor’s darkest corners, confront twisted new foes, and face a new series of chapter-based quests that will put everything you’ve learned on Draenor to the test.


Getting to Tanaan Jungle
One does not merely stroll into Tanaan Jungle—there are preparations to be made, including establishing a Shipyard for your Garrison in a bid to take on this new threat from two directions: both land and sea. You'll progress through a series of quests in which you'll be asked to build a Shipyard, begin an assault on Tanaan by sea, and set up a new forward base hub—Vol’mar for the Horde and Lion’s Watch for the Alliance. Completing missions will provide materials for your Shipyard, supporting your ongoing efforts to control the seas of Draenor.


The Story Continues
Much like the previous Garrison Campaign chapter-based quests, a new series of random quests will take players through the developing story and further into the jungles of Tanaan, including key locations such as the cave in which Kilrogg sacrificed his eye. Over the course of your journey, you’ll learn that Gul'dan and his fanatical allies have even more sinister plans up their sleeves.


Objective Hubs
Once your new outpost is established, you'll go on the offensive and choose one of two hot spots each day to assault. Your goal is to undermine Gul'dan's plan to drag the whole of Draenor into chaos. There are seven new areas to explore, including:
  • Ironhold Harbor: Stop the Iron Horde's reinforcements from making landfall.
  • Ruins of Kra'nak: Stop Gul'dan's Shadow Council from recruiting the arakkoa.
  • Temple of Sha'naar: Defeat demon-summoning Sargerei in this ruined temple.
  • The Felforge: You'll need to throw a monkey wrench into the manufacturing of fel machinery.
  • The Iron Front: Hold the line in this massive battlefield to the west.
  • Throne of Kil’jaeden: You and your party will face elite creatures and attempt to stem the demonic tide.
  • Zeth’gol: Take your assault into the capital of the Bleeding Hollow.


More to Explore and Discover
There will be even more to discover as you make your way through the ongoing battle for Tanaan. Safety is an illusion, and the jungle houses more than just Gul’dan’s new Horde. The warlock's influence has had a corrupting effect on the land, and the fel water that flows here taints everything it touches.


You'll also discover more minor quest hubs and a variety of wildlife, along with dozens of new treasures and Rare creatures just waiting for unwary travelers to stumble upon. The path through this treacherous place is yours to forge.

Upcoming WoW eSports Events
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Since the release of Warlords of Draenor, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of WoW tournaments being run! In this thread, you’ll find an up-to-date listing of upcoming WoW eSports events.

GCDTV
  • NA Tournaments every Friday and Saturday at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern / 3 AM Central Europe
  • EU Tournaments every Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM Central Europe / 12 PM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern
    • No EU Tournament april 2-3 to avoid scheduling conflict with ProGameX
  • Live stream: http://www.twitch.tv/gcdtv
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gcdtv_

ProGameX’s Second WoD EU Tournament

Gamers League 3v3 Arena Tournament

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Q: Tanaan Intro, at the very end, now drops a trinket that is AWESOME for levels 90-100 (up to H dungeon). Would you do Tanaan or skip it? Y (Muffinus)

Reputation / Questing
Did you boost a character to 90 and dive right in to Warlords of Draenor? Would love to hear your feedback for the boost experience! (Muffinus)

So what do you DISLIKE about the Tanaan intro? Be honest, we can take it. (Muffinus)
The arena mostly because it doesn't feel like there's a real threat going on, which I know is really vague feedback, sorry
It's not! All feedback is awesome, and the feeling you got from this is important. (Muffinus)
I did it six times and I... enjoyed it all six times. I'm probably not the person you need feedback from
What did you LIKE about it? (Muffinus)

World
Tanaan jungle, is there going to be anything similar to bloody coins on timeless isle?
No current plans, though you can continue to collect bones for your sparring arena. (WarcraftDevs)

Garrisons
Any chance for more music to garrison juke box in 6.2? Would love to hear the ICC Gunship battle music <3.
No plans for this right now, but we were super happy to see how much people liked the feature and we may revisit it in the future. (WarcraftDevs)

Patch 6.2 - New Pepe Costumes
Everyone's favorite bird got some new costumes and an achievement to go with them (I Found Pepe!) in the latest Patch 6.2 PTR build. The source of the costumes is not yet known.

So far, 0.41% of players have the What A Strange, Interdimensional Trip It's Been achievement.


Level Type Name
1Other A Tiny Plated Helm
1Other A Tiny Viking Helmet
1Other A Tiny Pirate Hat
1Other A Tiny Ninja Shroud
by Published on 2015-04-30 02:18 AM

Death's Bargain Exploit, Updated Hotfix List, Diablo's Hidden History

Blackrock Mountain: Hidden Laboratory - The Final Wing - Boss Details & Card Drops

Diablo Battleground Tease, Sylvanas' State

Patch 6.2 PTR Notes - April 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
New Dungeon Difficulty: Mythic
  • Mythic Dungeons are on a weekly lockout, and drop gear that's item level 685 680 with a chance for boss at the end to drop loot that's item level 700.

General Changes

Raids and Dungeons
Raids

PvP
Ashran
  • Reward Changes
    • New Weekly Quest: Slay them All!
      • Defeat 200 300 enemy players. Awards Conquest.
    • New Weekly Quest: Ashran Dominance
      • Win 5 events each event in Ashran and defeat the enemy faction leader. Awards Conquest and a Gleaming Ashmaul Strongbox.
    • New Repeatable Quest: Continue the Dominance
      • Win 5 events each event in Ashran and defeat the enemy faction leader. Awards Conquest.
  • General Ashran Changes
    • Players are now automatically placed in a raid when entering Ashran.
    • Events now occur more frequently.
    • Event: Collect Empowered Ore now requires 20 ore to win (up from 10).
    • Event: Risen Spirits now requires 20 captured spirits to win (up from 10).
    • Event: Stadium Racing now requires 5 laps to win the race (up from 3) and the maximum speed a racer can reach is 300% (down from 500%).

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Battlegrounds
    • Developer Note: In response to community feedback, we're making the following changes to have capture points turn over more frequently.
    • Capturing a point in the following Battlegrounds now takes 6 seconds (down from 7 seconds).
      • Arathi Basin
      • The Battle for Gilneas
      • Deepwind Gorge
      • Rated Eye of the Storm
    • Picking up a flag in Rated Eye of the Storm now takes 6 seconds (down from 7 seconds).

Professions
General
  • New Ranks for Warlords Crafted Items
    • Crafting the new upgrade items requires Felblight Felblood, a new reagent that can be obtained through Fishing, Herbalism, Mining, or Skinning in Tanaan Jungle the Barn.
  • Faster Profession Leveling
    • Many level-up crafting recipes that do not require materials created through a daily cooldown have been adjusted to give more skill points.

Alchemy

Fishing
  • Felmouth Frenzy, a new type of fish has been spotted in the waters around Tanaan Jungle.
  • Players fishing from Felmouth Frenzy Schools also have a chance to fish up Felblight.
  • Masterful anglers with a Level 3 Fishing Shack have a chance to catch Felmouth Frenzy Lunker. Nat Pagle in your Garrison will have an interest in these.

Herbalism
  • Felblight, a new herb has been discovered in Tanaan Jungle.
  • Withered Herbs harvested in Tanaan Jungle have a chance to drop any Draenor herb, including Felblight.

Mining
  • Players have a chance to find Felblight while mining from nodes in Tanaan Jungle.

Skinning
  • Players have a chance to find Felblight while skinning creatures in Tanaan Jungle.


Items
  • Admiral Taylor's Greatsword is now eligible for transmogrification. If the item has been misplaced, the sword can be repurchased in-game. There is also a Horde equivalent in a different color that could be found somewhere in the Jungles of Tanaan as a treasure.

Classes

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Unholy
  • Necrosis now deals 8% 17% less damage.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Guardian of Elune (Guardian) now also passively increases the Druid's change to dodge by 10%.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General
  • Frostfire Bolt now deals 20% 30% more damage.
Frost
  • Fingers of Frost now increases Ice Lance damage by 120% (up from 100%).
  • Frostbolt now deals 20% 30% more damage.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Gladiator's Resolve (Protection): Gladiator Stance now also increases the Warrior's Mastery by 30% while active.

Timewalking - Feedback and Bug Reports
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A Timewalking holiday is currently active on the PTR, allowing players to queue for Burning Crusade dungeons via the standard Group Finder UI. Please use this thread for feedback and especially reports of anomalies with the experience.

First off, some context for the feature, since I know there is some confusion regarding its scope and intent: Timewalking is intended to allow players to experience some of our iconic older dungeons in a relevant context, offering a change of pace to max-level and leveling players alike during the event weekends. For players who have nostalgic memories of racing through Shattered Halls in 2007 to beat the execution timer and complete a Trial of the Naaru for raid attunement, Timewalking will not recreate that experience. Sorry. I completely understand, and I have the same memories of needing to two-heal Skyriss at the end of Arcatraz because otherwise if your sole healer got targeted by his mind flay you were likely to wipe on the spot. But it is not possible to recreate that experience without fundamentally redesigning the dungeons, and that's not what Timewalking is about.

What made those terrifying 7-pulls in Shattered Halls terrifying wasn't necessarily the encounter design, so much as the limitations of core class and combat mechanics back then. The default Protection warrior tank would be frantically trying to tab-Sunder through the different mobs to keep them from running off and attacking the healer, while AoE wasn't really possible on pulls like that both because of threat restrictions and because many specs or even classes had no functional ability to do AoE damage. Zereketh the Unbound in Arcatraz has three mechanics: Void Zone (the good old classic), Shadow Nova (a point-blank AoE), and Seed of Corruption (the old warlock spell as it existed back then). Attempting to make that a truly challenging encounter for today's players would require either making all the abilities do massive burst damage (more frustrating than fun), or completely redesigning the encounter. We certainly do update and reimagine old dungeons (e.g. Upper Blackrock Spire in Warlords), and will continue to do so, but Timewalking aims at preserving them in their original form.

At the same time, the content shouldn't feel completely trivial, and we're aware that right now it often does. Some of that is due to scaling bugs (and in the case of some of those bugs, they will completely break any semblance of gameplay as you walk through two-shotting every enemy), but in general combat times are still too short across the board, sometimes not giving adequate time to even experience a creature's mechanics. Tuning is not final, and we'll be iterating on it over the course of the PTR.

Known issues:
  • The item level of rewards for scaled-down level 100 players is not final (it will be going up), though in general the intent is for the items to serve as catch-up gear, and not to contend with current raid gear. The quest associated with the event will offer a reward that is attractive to raiders of all levels.
  • If you have a pet summoned before you accept your queue, the pet likely will not be properly scaled down, and will destroy everything.
  • Some set bonuses and other procs (e.g. the T17 Demonology set bonus demon) are not properly scaling down.

When offering feedback, I'd strongly encourage running an add-on to keep track of group damage, and reporting any notable outliers. And if you're using something with broken scaling, you're certainly free to continue doing so on PTR, but understand that it pretty heavily undermines the rest of the experience and thus your ability to provide meaningful feedback on that experience.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
How did you imagine spells like Tranq and Divine Hymn will be used on movement fights? Nerf HTT pls?
Is your claim that Tranq and Hymn were unusable spells prior to Warlords? (WatcherDev)

Character / Items
The Barrel of Bandanas seems so buggy. Why does such a great toy have to be broken? D:
What bugs have you encountered? (Muffinus)

The current xmog/voidstorage system seems incredibly dated. Very punishing for gear collectors like myself. Drowning in equipment.
Tom Chilton mentioned this in a previous interview, transmog revamp is def. something we'd like to tackle at some point. (Muffinus)

Suggestion: Height of player chars increase %1 with each 10 level, %10 total height at Level 100 (PS: do you read these? )
Yes, we do read these. (Celestalon)

World
Pretty Arrakoa stuff in Iskar's room! http://t.co/4nO79mNKEi
Weird, what's arakkoa stuff doing in the middle of an fel orc citadel? (WatcherDev)

Final Boss #79 - Skullflower & Magdalena: Frost/Unholy DK
If you missed this week's DPS Death Knights episode on Sunday, don't forget to catch up!


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