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Deck Spotlight: Sneed's Control Warrior, BlizzCon Hearthstone Groups, Overwatch Beta

Halloween Event and Bundles, 27th October Patch, Artanis Trailer, Epic Plays #51

Welcome to the Overwatch Beta - Livestream, Tutorial, A Word From Blizzard

Patch 6.2.3 PTR - Build 20655
There was a small PTR build tonight with no major changes.

  • Monks got some tooltip updates.
  • Cataclysm Timewalking was added to the calendar.
  • Depending on the patch release date, our first live Cataclysm Timewalking event will be November 18 or January 27.
  • The calendar description is currently incorrect, but the required level will be 86 or higher.
  • The Infinite Timereaver mount got a description in the mount journal - Fickle and savage, these drakes slip in and out of time until they find a worthy rider.
  • Crafted items can now be upgraded with Valor

New Icons



Cataclysm Timewalking



New Items

Level Type Name
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Pit
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Pit
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Heart of Shattrath
100Quest Scouting Missive: The Heart of Shattrath


Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Blackout Kick (Brewmaster) Kick with a blast of Chi energy, dealing [ 521.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 521.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 [ 573.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 573.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ;] Physical damage, and increasing your parry chance by 10% for 6 sec.
  • Blackout Kick (Mistweaver) Kick with a blast of Chi energy, dealing [ 781.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 781.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 [ 859.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 859.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ;] Physical damage, and increasing your critical strike chance by 20% for 20 sec Also deals [ 781.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 781.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 [ 859.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 859.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ;] damage to up to 50 additional nearby targets.
  • Blackout Kick (Windwalker) Kick with a blast of Chi energy, dealing [ 521.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 173.7% of AP - 6 ] to [ 521.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 260.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 173.7% of AP + 6 ] Physical damage. [ 573.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 191.1% of AP - 7 ] to [ 573.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 286.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 191.1% of AP + 7 ] Physical damage.
  • Tiger Palm (Brewmaster, Windwalker) Attack with the palm of your hand, dealing [ 293.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 146.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 97.7% of AP - 3 ] to [ 293.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 146.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 97.7% of AP + 3 [ 351.8% of Mainhand Min DPS + 175.9% of Offhand Min DPS + 117.3% of AP - 4 ] to [ 351.8% of Mainhand Max DPS + 175.9% of Offhand Max DPS + 117.3% of AP + 4 ;] damage, and causing your attacks to ignore 30% of armor for 20 sec.
  • Tiger Palm (Mistweaver) Attack with the palm of your hand, dealing [ 439.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 97.7% of AP - 3 ] to [ 439.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 97.7% of AP + 3 [ 527.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 117.3% of AP - 4 ] to [ 527.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 117.3% of AP + 4 ;] damage, and causing your attacks to ignore 30% of armor for 20 sec.

Windwalker
  • Fists of Fury (Brewmaster, Windwalker) Pummel all targets in front of you, stunning them and dealing [ 1,578.6% of Mainhand Min DPS + 789.3% of Offhand Min DPS + 1,052.4% of AP + 1,578.6% of Mainhand Max DPS + 789.3% [ 1,894.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 947.1% of Offhand Min DPS + 1,262.9% of AP + 1,894.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 947.1% of Offhand Max DPS ] damage over 4 sec.
  • Fists of Fury (Mistweaver) Pummel all targets in front of you, stunning them and dealing [ 2,368% of Mainhand Min DPS + 1,052.4% of AP + 2,368% [ 2,841.4% of Mainhand Min DPS + 1,262.9% of AP + 2,841.4% of Mainhand Max DPS ] damage over 4 sec.

Windwalker & Mistweaver
  • Rising Sun Kick (Brewmaster) You kick upwards, dealing [ 857.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 285.7% of AP - 10 ] to [ 857.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 285.7% of AP + 10 [ 942.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Min DPS + 314.3% of AP - 11 ] to [ 942.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Max DPS + 314.3% of AP + 11 ;] damage and causing all enemies within 8 yards to take 20% increased damage from your abilities for 15 sec.
  • Rising Sun Kick (Mistweaver) You kick upwards, dealing [ 1,285.7% of Mainhand Min DPS + 285.7% of AP - 10 ] to [ 1,285.7% of Mainhand Max DPS + 285.7% of AP + 10 [ 1,414.3% of Mainhand Min DPS + 314.3% of AP - 11 ] to [ 1,414.3% of Mainhand Max DPS + 314.3% of AP + 11 ;] damage and causing all enemies within 8 yards to take 20% increased damage from your abilities for 15 sec.
  • Rising Sun Kick (Windwalker) You kick upwards, dealing [ 857.1% of Mainhand Min DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Min DPS + 285.7% of AP - 10 ] to [ 857.1% of Mainhand Max DPS + 428.6% of Offhand Max DPS + 285.7% of AP + 10 [ 942.9% of Mainhand Min DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Min DPS + 314.3% of AP - 11 ] to [ 942.9% of Mainhand Max DPS + 471.4% of Offhand Max DPS + 314.3% of AP + 11 ;] damage, reducing the effectiveness of healing on the target for 10 sec, and causing all enemies within 8 yards to take 20% increased damage from your abilities for 15 sec.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
On Inactivity and Freeing Names
In general names are taken in WoW on a "first come, first served" basis. We do realise that having the name of your dreams taken by an inactive character can be a pretty disheartening experience, particularly in cases where you may be moving from one realm to another.

World of Warcraft has a lot of different types of players, some choose to just focus on a handful of characters and work to getting them to max level and beyond, while others play a large number of characters across multiple realms but may get hardly any to max level. We have to strike a fine balance in this regard as no playstyle is any less "valid." No matter which period of inactivity we choose to go for, it will always be too long for someone, and too short for someone else. Ultimately we landed on our current policy which you can see at:

https://eu.battle.net/support/en/art...ased-for-reuse

Having said that, there has been a lot of great feedback in this thread which I will be forwarding on. Thanks for taking the time to constructively share your thoughts about this matter! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Overwatch Beta - Tutorial
Overwatch comes with a tutorial to teach people more about the game.



Overwatch Beta - Developer Update
The Overwatch team put out a short video to give players more information about what to expect from beta.



Overwatch Beta FAQ
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Q. How can I opt-in to the Overwatch Closed Beta?
A. To opt into the beta, visit your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the "Overwatch" box under "Beta Tests I'm Interested In," and then click "Update Preferences." Alternatively, you can also sign up by clicking here.

Please note that opting in will not guarantee you access to the Closed Beta.

Q. How are Closed Beta participants selected?
A. Beta testers are chosen based on many factors, including your Battle.net region, when you signed up, your computer hardware specifications, and an element of luck. We are also inviting select journalists and community contributors from around the world on a case-by-case basis.

Q. How will I know if I'm selected to participate in the Closed Beta?
A. If you are selected to participate in the Closed Beta, you will receive an invite via email. Invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.

To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you've received an invite, it's best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. Instead, you can verify that your account has been granted a Closed Beta license in Battle.net Account Management.

Q. Will there be any other ways to get into the Closed Beta besides opting-in?
A. Not at this time. Also, please note that Overwatch beta keys do not exist. Access to the Closed Beta will be provided solely through account flagging.

Q. How many players do you plan to invite to the Closed Beta?
A. The number of players we invite will be largely based on our testing needs. We also want to make sure the game’s matchmaking system remains in a relatively healthy place throughout this phase of testing. As a result, if we determine we need more players to test new features or keep matches running smoothly, we’ll continue to add people to the Closed Beta from our opt-in pool.

Q. What gameplay regions is the Closed Beta available in?
A. The Closed Beta is currently available in the Americas and Europe gameplay regions. We have plans to bring the beta to our Asia gameplay region at a later date. For more information on which countries are associated with each of our gameplay regions, click here.

Game performance for players in some regions, such as Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America may be sub-optimal during the beta. If you experience issues with gameplay like high latency, excessive loading times, or long matchmaking queues, please be sure to post in our beta forums so that we can work to make improvements.

Q. What languages are supported in the Closed Beta?
A.The Closed Beta currently supports 10 languages: English, French, German, Castilian Spanish, Polish, Italian, Russian, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Localization is not yet complete for all languages, however, so some content may still appear in English during the beta.

Q. If I get invited to the Closed Beta, can I stream or create content about the game?
A. Absolutely! There is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for the Closed Beta. You are encouraged to take screenshots, livestream your play sessions, record feedback videos—whatever your heart desires. The game is still a work in progress, though, so we appreciate your understanding when you encounter bugs, graphical errors, or other issues.

Q. Can I run tournaments with a prize pool during the Closed Beta?
A. Yes! You are welcome to run tournaments (with or without prize pools) during the Closed Beta. However, given the size and scope of this phase of beta, we will not be issuing tournament licenses for large-scale events with prize pools over $10k. For smaller events, please review our Community Tournament Guidelines before you begin planning to make sure your community tournament is in compliance.

If you would like to begin discussing your tournament plans for after game launch, or have any other questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected] any time.

Q. How long will the Closed Beta last?
A. This phase of the Closed Beta will conclude before the end of the year. We don't have an exact date to share at this time, but we'll be sure to provide testers with advanced notice.

Q. Will any progress I make during the Closed Beta carry over to the live game?
A. No. We've no plans at this time for your activity during the Closed Beta to carry over.

Q. If I don't get into the Closed Beta, am I guaranteed access to a Beta Test Weekend?
A. No. While Beta Test Weekends will include a much larger number of players than Closed Beta, they will also be invite-only. You'll need to opt-in to the Overwatch beta to be eligible.

Q. How do I opt-in to the Beta Test Weekends?
A. There is no special opt-in process for Beta Test Weekends. If you opted-in for the beta, you're all set!

As a reminder: To opt into the beta, visit your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the "Overwatch" box under "Beta Tests I'm Interested In," and then click "Update Preferences." Alternatively, you can also sign up by clicking here.
Again, please note that opting in will not guarantee you access to a Beta Test Weekend.

Q. What are the system requirements for the Closed Beta?
A. See below!

Minimum (targeting 30fps):
  • Operating system: Windows® Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 865
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):
  • Operating system: Windows® Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X3, 2.8 GHz
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or ATI Radeon™ HD 7950
  • Memory: 2 GB VRAM, 6 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

For the best performance, please be sure to update to the latest drivers available for your graphics card.

Due to potential changes, the system requirements for this game may change over time.

Q. Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?
A. We're developing Overwatch for Windows-based PCs only, so a Mac-specific beta will not be provided.

Q. What is the business model for Overwatch?
A. We have not announced the business model for Overwatch at this time.

Q. When will the game be released?
A. We have not announced the release date for Overwatch at this time.

Heroes of the Storm – Artanis Trailer
The Artanis trailer was released today!

by Published on 2015-10-27 04:53 AM

Scheduled Maintenance Reminder, DH Rank #1 GR 71

Deck Spotlight: Sneed's Control Warrior, BlizzCon Hearthstone Groups, Overwatch Beta

Hallow's End Bundle Fix, WTF Moments #21, Wallpapers, Team Blaze vs Tempo Storm

Overwatch Beta Testing Begins
Overwatch beta starts today in both the US and EU! Head over to Overpwn for ongoing news and datamining about Overwatch.







Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - Oct 26
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
Mage
  • Talents
    • Fixed an issue that could allow Rune of Power effects to be retained incorrectly.

Collections
Toy Box

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Alliance characters that had previously logged out in a Garrison Mine to be disconnected when logging back in.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
hello, will the 25% damage increase for tanks be removed in legion? Since you could manually change stats around for...
If possible, it will be removed. Undecided at this time. (holinka)

PvE
valor being brought back for half the last tier of the expac really fails to capture why people enjoyed to begin with
Just to make sure I understand the feedback/concern, what did you like most about Valor in the past? (WatcherDev)

Can you only get valor for one heroic per day? Or can you spam until your gear is fully upgraded? People seem to think...
It's just the first Heroic of the day. There's no completely spammable source of Valor. (WatcherDev)

Final Boss #101 - LIMIT Guild Spotlight
This week Final Boss talked to LIMIT, a newer US guild that is made up of members that were previously in top guilds.

by Published on 2015-10-26 02:30 AM

Season 4 Gearing Cheat Sheet, MHM Progression Series - WD GR 60

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, Challengestone 4 Starts Today, Let's Nerf Some Cards!

Heroes World Championship, Into The Nexus #72

Addon - Flash Taskbar
Flash Taskbar is a simple addon that uses the FlashClientIcon() feature added in Patch 6.2 to flash the client in your taskbar for ready checks, queues, and other important events. This makes it easier to tab out of the game without missing your queue!



Guild Wars 2 Reaches 7 Million Accounts
ArenaNet recently announced that Guild Wars 2 has reached a total of 7 million accounts globally.



Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Is there such thing as overwhelming content opposed to lots of choices? Is it design flaw for dailies to turn in to chores?
So many developers turn to replaying a thing to get more life out of it. (OccupyGStreet)
So i have been just wondering why game houses are so slow to expand and increase output and what could be done to increase it
Hiring is very slow, especially if you care about your studio's culture. (OccupyGStreet)
For example there is a global shortage of effects artists right now. We just can't hire as many as we need. (OccupyGStreet)
I'll throw out this Q to everyone: What games have you played for a long time that didn't recycle or reuse levels, dungeons, etc.? (OccupyGStreet)
In other words, is it even possible for a studio to produce content faster than players can consume it? (OccupyGStreet)
Procedural content (say Age of Empires random maps or Diablo random dungeons) may be one approach. Are there others? (OccupyGStreet)



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 fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

New CPUs from Intel and GPUs from AMD are here, but they aren't huge improvements over the previous generation.

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 6700K and should spend that money elsewhere.

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

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $115ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $140
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $22Cyborg V.5 - $59
MouseLogitech G402 - $46Razer DeathAdder - $57
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $30
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $205Dell U2412M - $245
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $94Corsair Vengeance K70 - $123
MouseLogitech G502 - $72Razer Naga 2014 - $70
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $80


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 210 - $50
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $60EVGA 600B - $60
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $100AMD FX-8320 - $145
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $25Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $25
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $80ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $104
MemoryKingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1866 - $428GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $53
Graphics CardASUS R7 370 - $120R9 270X / GTX 960 - $200 / $171
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $72Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $72
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$570$701 - 730


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 - $64Corsair Air 540 - $130
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W - $117EVGA G2 650W - $117
CPUIntel 6600K - $313Intel 6600K - $313
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $55Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $76
MotherboardASUS Z170-A - $155ASUS Z170-A - $155
Memory8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 - $6416GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 - $105
Graphics CardMSI R9 380 - $185Gigabyte R9 390 OR Gigabyte GTX 970 - $300
Hard DriveWestern Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $117Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $117
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $80
OR
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $96
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $114
OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $132
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1171 - 1223$1414 - 1466


Dark Legacy Comics #510 - Stealth 2.0
DLC #510 has been released.

by Published on 2015-10-24 06:14 PM

Season 4 Gearing Cheat Sheet, MHM Progression Series - WD GR 60

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, Challengestone 4 Starts Today, Let's Nerf Some Cards!

Heroes World Championship, Into The Nexus #72

Submit Questions for the Developers
We have our first interview in a long time coming up at Blizzcon and as always, we want to let the community ask questions! This time our interview will be covering the design of Legion.

If you have any questions you think we should ask, be sure to add them to the comments of the linked post for consideration. We will pick the best questions and add them to our list!

  • Don't post any questions in the comments of this news post. Use the linked topic instead.
  • These should be questions about Legion, not Warlords of Draenor.
  • No class specific questions please. This includes things like balance between the different healing/tank/DPS classes and specs.
  • Keep questions reasonably short.




Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzcon
Any chance you're onstage for panels at BlizzCon this year Dave? Loved you the other year and hope to see you again this year!
None of the main stage panels, although I'll probably sit in on the voiceover panel again this year. Thank you! (DaveKosak)

Character / Items
for my own sanity, could u pls confirm that droprate for Medallion of the Legion was not nerfed in 6.2.2? Not seen it in weeks
There have been no changes to its drop rate since Tanaan went live with 6.2. (WarcraftDevs)

Please fix Legendary Ring's explosion getting wasted during Soul Capacitor trinket procs.
How is it wasted? Your contribution should get captured and amplified further by Soul Capacitor. (WarcraftDevs)

PvE
why don't you let us use the (repair) mount in both Socrethar and Tyrant arenas?
In general, you can only mount outdoors – those areas both are fully enclosed. Engineers can drop Jeeves wherever, of course. (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
So what did folks who played and watched think of 6v6? (holinka)
6v6 format works well, enjoyable to watch and looks like great fun to play. Few thoughts though... large buff icons on name plates is annoying, especially when you have players clumped up. possibly allow BL/TW in 6v6, hard for loser to comeback and this should help without being OP. possibly making some maps that suit 6v6, would be awesome.
Thank you for your thoughts. (holinka)
I like objective based better than arena for sure. Matches can get decided a little early on control points however.
Yea control point maps play no better with 6 than they do with 10 sadly (holinka)

Have you considered 4v4?i mean why did you missed the 4s as bracket i can't see it being more unbalanced than 2s but can be fun tho
2 healers 2 dps. yuck (holinka)

Lore
Life Tap is surrounded by what seems to be fel energy, so my Q is: Is fel power converted life force?
The way I would describe it: Fel is chaotic energy. Warlocks convert life into fel, draining the victim as a source of power. (DaveKosak)

Misc
The most challenging part of game development is getting people to stop playing Overwatch. (Muffinus)

Overwatch - Beta Coming to Europe on October 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
UPDATE (October 23, 2015): We were able to complete setup and testing of our beta servers for Europe sooner than anticipated. As a result, we're happy to report that we will be launching the Overwatch Closed Beta in both the Americas and Europe gameplay regions on October 27.

Warcraft Movie and Technology
IGN has a short interview with Ben Foster (Medivh) about the Warcraft movie.



Fan Art Update
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with ten new pieces of fan artwork.


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