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by Published on 2015-04-10 06:34 AM

Season 3 Duration, ZiggyD Interviews Wyatt Cheng, Wacom Tablet Workaround

Molten Core Heroic Boss Guides - Garr, Baron Geddon, Majordomo

Faster Hero Release Schedule, Town Hall Heroes #58

Five Player Normal Blackhand and Heroic Gruul
Kief and friends are back and have managed to kill Normal Blackhand and Heroic Gruul with only five players.





WoW Token Prices - Day 3
WoW Tokens continued to climb in price until early Friday morning.

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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Token Price Limits
There are what would more accurately be referred to as fail safes in-place, which are technically "caps", but are at such extremes they're not intended to be guard bumpers as much to avoid potential errors or issues.

Well I wouldn't buy a token for money if I wasn't guaranteed a minimum amount of gold when I sell it on the AH. I don't care about a high cap but there needs to be a set floor price.
You are always guaranteed to receive the gold amount quoted to you at the time you place it for sale regardless of the price it actually sells at, whether that's more or less than the current market value.

This is stated in the newer "New Details" blog:

As a reminder, to help make sure players can trade WoW Tokens confidently, once a Token sells, the seller will receive the amount of gold they were quoted at the time they listed their Token.
As well as the original announcement and FAQ:

When you put a WoW Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive once someone buys it—you’re guaranteed to get that amount no matter how the market moves.

I understand that but I'm asking if market values crashes really hard, is there a hard floor limit? Like treasury bonds that guarantee a minimum return? I know people are speculating some but could the sell price go *that* low?
Like I said there are limits, but they're to catch errors or issues and not as a "We think this is a reasonable minimum/maximum sell value." But this doesn't really have a lot of variables. It's not like a long winter is going to freeze the orange crops and decimate the market on concentrated frozen orange juice, or anything like that. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Poll - WoW Token
Did you end up buying or selling the token for gold yet?



OpenRaid Event Matcher
OpenRaid recently added a nice tool to make it easier for you to find raid groups and raid groups to find you!

by Published on 2015-04-09 05:45 AM

Patch 2.2 Key Features and Item Changes Guide

Blackrock Mountain: Molten Core Opens Tomorrow, Seat Story Cup III, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets

Heroes Hotfixes - April 8th, Right-Click Through Minimap Option Incoming

WoW Token Prices - Day 2
WoW Tokens had their price update frequency changed back to one hour from 15 minutes after repeatedly dropping 1% every 15 minutes. The drop continued until late Wednesday night, when the price started to go back up.

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BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets on Sale April 22
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Before BlizzCon begins, spend an evening hanging out with developers, artists, and other folks from Blizzard at a special pre-show dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), taking place at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. PDT.


Approximately 200 tickets to this exclusive event will go on sale Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. PDT at www.blizzcon2015.eventbrite.com, priced at $750 each (plus applicable taxes and fees; limit 2 per household). Blizzard Entertainment will donate the proceeds to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), and you’ll get a chance to enjoy:

  • Dinner and an opportunity to converse with some of the people behind your favorite Blizzard games
  • A signed print featuring Blizzard Entertainment artwork
  • One BlizzCon 2015 ticket (a $199 USD value)
  • BlizzCon goody bag containing commemorative swag (contents to be announced)
  • BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
  • The opportunity to forge some epic BlizzCon memories

Check out the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner ticket info page for more details, and visit www.blizzcon2015.eventbrite.com on April 22 at 7 p.m. to buy tickets. We hope to see you there, and thanks in advance for lending your support to this great cause!

Changes to Conquest Catch-Up Cap
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Okay, we've tracked down the issue that caused some players to not get the increased Conquest catch-up cap.

The good news is that the issue is only temporary, and any characters who did not get the increase this week will automatically get it with next week's reset. If you would like the increase applied sooner than that, please contact our Customer Service department, who will be able to manually correct it.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Game Design
Coincidentally, if you have hopes of being in design, realize that you will be torn apart, your best intentions will fail. Be humble, learn. (Muffinus)
re "best intentions" - immediately thought of Ashran...
The best thing a community can do is tell the designer what the issue is directly, so they can learn, and the game can improve. (Muffinus)
agreed. Re Ashran though you guys know everything already. Nothing new. It's been all said. It's great that you seek further input
Important note: we're not a designer hive-mind. You may see "mistakes" repeated. It's important to compare/contrast. (Muffinus)
Ashran - faction dominated, lacking clear and rather quick rewards. Spend an hour, get a few honor points, or just die constantly.
world - not random enough. Nothing exciting and/or unpredictable to go out (or group) for. TLDR: rewards don't keep up with time.
What do you want to gain after an hour? A month? (Muffinus)

Garrisons
Battle pets! Why can't my followers also be avid pet battlers, and find me new, exotic cuties! Garona loves rabbits, fyi.
Some players are hitting the cap, do you want more than one THOUSAND pets? (Muffinus)

Yo, what do you want to see as rewards to longer, harder missions in a future WoW patch? Gold, apexis, honor? (Muffinus)
why not both.. er, all three?
How would this work for you? All 3 every week? A choice? Which would you choose? For how long? (Muffinus)
much longer missions with higher risk/rewards..
What's the risk? % success? Follower death? What feels apropos currently? (Muffinus)
What happened to the follower "recovery time" element?
It was really not fun, ultimately. Not to say it may *never* return, but wasn't for WoD launch. (Muffinus)
But what about 3 day or 5 day missions with awesome rewards? makes for interesting choices..
Dudes and dudettes, what is literally Amazeballs to you atm? (Muffinus)

Shadowmourne Prop
Blizzard shared a very impressive weapon created by Kamui on Twitter today.

by Published on 2015-04-08 04:24 AM

Update (Wednesday 12:15 PM EDT): The Token price is going back up.
Update (Wednesday 11:15 PM EDT): The Token price has started to go back up for the first time since the decline started.

Patch 2.2 Key Features and Item Changes Guide

Deck Spotlight: Midrange Hunter, Card Design Competition #11, Sylvanas Lore Spotlight

Heroes of the Storm PTR, Shop Sales - Insectoid Zagara & Lumberjack Uther

Noblegarden 2015
Noblegarden is back once again and this year brings a few updates to the event. Check the guide on Icy Veins for the full details!

  • The Mystical Spring Bouquet is a new non-combat pet that will follow you around. You can purchase it for 100 x Noblegarden Chocolate.
  • New eggs such as Magnificently-Painted Egg have been added. These allow anyone who can see them to loot an item that sells for 90% of the gold of the original, making them another way to transfer gold between realms.



WoW Token Prices - Day 1
WoW Tokens came out today and had a slight spike in prices in the afternoon before the price started going down. Prices were initially adjusted hourly and now appear to be adjusted every 15 minutes. For the most part, prices are changing by 1% in either direction when they do change.

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Changes to Conquest Catch-Up Cap
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As of this week’s reset, we’ve made a change to how the Conquest catch-up cap is calculated that should result in a 50% increase to the catch-up portion of the cap. We’re making this change because, while we still want there to be an incentive to play early and often, the amount of Conquest that a player could earn via that catch-up cap didn’t feel like enough once the PvP season had been active for a while.

To elaborate, the formula used to calculate a player’s catch-up cap is now:
Number of weeks passed in the season × 1500 - Total amount of Conquest earned this season

That number is then added to the weekly total cap of 1700. Note that, as of this post, Warlords Season 1 has been active for 18 weeks, which means the maximum possible catch-up cap for a player that has not earned any Conquest points this season is 28,700 Conquest.

We're looking into the reports that some players haven't had their catch-up cap increased. I'll update when I can.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Game Mechanics Arguments
Why is that? What makes mechanics in the game create feelings of injustice rather than just distaste?
I think it's mostly to do with ownership. You see the same thing with some movies, especially with popular movie franchises, that the dynamic of product creator and product consumer changes--and this is compounded when you factor in age and nostalgic factors. It's not just about making something to entertain for a couple hours anymore and a 'We hope you had fun!' and everyone moves on, it's had an impact on who they are, and it's something they've invested some portion of their life toward. In most cases you'll also find these things have a human element, where relationships are formed, experiences with friends are had, and memories made. When you're involved in creating the entertainment that defines a part of who someone is, and this is especially true of games and gamers, you're not just making something they can choose to buy or not, you're continually trying to deliver on a promise. It's usually not a promise anyone wrote down, or put on a website, but it's an expectation that this piece of their life won't betray them by becoming something else. All of this is sometimes explained or downplayed as entitlement, and I think that word is often used as a way to belittle people who rightfully have expectations--who have a deep and emotional connection to a life experience that just happens to be based around a piece of entertainment.

It's no small part of our job to ensure that when you see one of our game logos, or just the Blizzard logo, you know that when you pick up that box, or click on a link, it's going to be something that delivers on all those promises, and that those expectations are not only met but exceeded. It's a really difficult, and scary, and exciting, and wondrous obligation we have. And one that we really enjoy challenging ourselves with. Every day. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Art
I have to ask: Will vanilla armor/weapons have HD model? It's a lot of art work but we can use them fot the next 5-10 years.
Re-vamping the human/orc armor in WoD made sense for garrisons, but yeah, it's expensive, art-wise. Often rather make new stuff. (Muffinus)

Misc
Do you think ability and skill trumps the need for a college degree as a game designer, assuming you can produce very impressive
My *personal* opinion, speaking for myself, not on behalf of Blizzard, is 'generally, yes'. (Celestalon)

Warlords of Draenor Art
Today we have some of the art done for Warlords of Draenor by Vergne Fanny, one of Blizzard's Senior 3D Environment Artist. There are also lots of environment shots from popular places in Draenor that she worked on.

by Published on 2015-04-06 05:05 PM

Update (Tuesday 10:45 PM EDT): The token is now down to 27.7k
Update (Tuesday 5:00 PM EDT): The token is now up to 31.2k
Update (Tuesday 4:00 PM EDT): The token is now up to 30.9k. The price has been going up 1% per hour.
Update (Tuesday 3:00 PM EDT): The token is now up to 30.6k. The price appears to be adjusted hourly.
Update (Tuesday 2:00 PM EDT): Tokens are live and working in the US. The price has already gone up to 30.3k.
Update (9:15 PM EDT): Added tonight's hotfixes

WoW Token Releases April 7 in the US - $20 or 30k Gold
The WoW Token is finally here this week!

  • You can purchase the WoW Token with gold without an active Subscription.
  • The gold price for tokens is set by Blizzard based on supply and demand, not by players.
  • Purchasing a WoW Token from the AH makes it Soulbound - it cannot be resold.
  • The Token grants 30 days of game time.
  • You can only buy 10 Tokens each month.
  • Tokens listings are region wide and are not limited to just your realm.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Update: The WoW Token will be going live in the Americas region (North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand) on April 7 when maintenance concludes, at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. The WoW Token will be available for $20 USD/$25 AUD from the in-game Shop, and will be set at a starting price of 30,000 gold in the Auction House across the Americas region. From that point forward, the gold price will automatically fluctuate based on player supply and demand. To start we’ll be limiting the number of Token purchases to 10 within a 30-day period, but this limit may be adjusted over time. While Tokens will be available immediately from the Shop, please note that there may be a delay before Tokens put up for sale on the Auction House become available for purchase with gold.


We’ll announce additional regional details closer to the launch of the WoW Token in other regions.

Patch 6.1.2 Hotfixes - April 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
  • Blackrock Foundry
    • Blackhand
      • Fixed an issue that was causing Blackhand's Slag Bombs to incorrectly explode instantly and the Slagged debuff to incorrectly persist on a character.
  • Legacy
    • Dragon Soul, Warmaster Blackhorn: Fixed an issue that could cause the encounter to not drop loot if Goriona was damaged too quickly during the transition to Stage Two.

Collections
  • Toy Box
    • Fruit Basket should no longer incorrectly have a chance to trigger trinket effects.

Items
  • Checkered Flag mount speed bonus no longer works while inside of an instance such as dungeons, raids, Arenas, or Battlegrounds.
by Published on 2015-04-06 04:39 AM

Era 3 Has Started (NA), Crusader Summary for 2.2

Top Constructed Decks of the Week & March, Mekkatorque's Workshop - Zul'Gurub Wing 2

Heroes of the Dorm Fantasy Portrait, Epic Plays #24, Into the Nexus #45

Darkmoon Faire Races
This month brings some more races to the Darkmoon Faire, in addition to the other Patch 6.1 changes. The first race uses the same course as last month, allowing you to earn Rocketeer: Gold and the Everlasting Darkmoon Firework fairly easily.

The other two races use a new course that is more challenging. These reward Big Rocketeer: Gold (Race MiniZep Controller) and Big Race Roadhog (Checkered Flag). Keep in mind that the Checkered Flag only has 50 charges and that is the more difficult of the two achievements to complete. This can be done solo if RNG lines up just right or with the help of a friend.

The new course has new powerups as well. Everything other than the speed boots and coins rotates through the buffs, so they are constantly changing. There are two new buffs, one being a rocket that shoots you up in the air and the other being a small blue portal that rushes you ahead like Disengage. You can collect coins to power your final ability. There is also a new obstacle on this course, mini-zeppelins. These will shoot you and slow you down if you get too close to them.





Armory Stats - Darkmoon Faire
This month's Darkmoon Faire has just started, but we can take a look at how people did during the last Faire. Today's sample is of 3.2 million players and 6.4 million characters.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
any plans to make the challenge mode gear from MoP account wide?
No plans at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

hi guys, love your game. wondering why there is no heirloom mount that works for new Pandaren characters, is that intended?
This is a side-effect of the chauffeured mount being affiliated w/ Alliance or Horde. It’ll work once you choose a faction. (WarcraftDevs)

with Heirlooms now going up to lvl 100, can we have them drop from Garrosh again? Main draw of those was look/90-100 scaling.
Those were a reward for doing the content when it was relevant, and there are no plans to bring them back at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

Could the Polished Helm of Valor possibly get a change? Both it and the Might have Haste, which the Valor set is Crit-based.
Thank you for the feedback. This and other Heirloom stat changes are being addressed in an upcoming patch. (WarcraftDevs)

Can the Follower Trait and Follower Ability Retraining items stack please?
Items that don't have a high stack amount are our gentle way of encouraging their frequent use. (WarcraftDevs)

WoW Sale
The Battlechest is 50% off and Warlords is 25% off.



Dark Legacy Comics #484
DLC #484 has been released!

by Published on 2015-04-03 07:08 PM

Azeroth Armory: Forging Gorehowl


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Watch legendary Hollywood blacksmith Tony Swatton (of Man at Arms) stoke the fires of his forge to bring the hellacious weapon Gorehowl to life — only to unleash its fearsome power on some unsuspecting foes. Ouch!

Do you have a favorite weapon you’d like to see emerge from the forge? Share yours with us in the comments below.

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