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by Published on 2015-06-30 08:35 AM

Kanai's Powers Preliminary Spreadsheet, Kanai's Cube General Uses

Deck Spotlight: ShadowDragon, Versus Series: Beastmode vs Alexdaboss

New Patch Datamined - Wizard Hero, Leoric and Butcher Previews: Skins, Abilities, Talents

Patch 6.2 - Developer Interview
Vanion had the chance to interview Ion Hazzikostas today. The more interesting points are below, but be sure to listen to the whole thing for context.

  • Hellfire Citadel is more linear than Blackrock Foundry, but there is still choice and variety. Once you get to the second floor, you can choose which order you want to work on the bosses before going through Mannoroth to Archimonde.
  • There are quests like Well of Souls that allow you to skip part of the raid after you have killed bosses a few times.
  • Mythic Archimonde may have some interesting, unexpected, and new things happen once he is at low health.
  • There is no requirement to have killed Archimonde on Heroic before entering Mythic. Restrictions like this have existed in the past, but they were easily bypassed by inviting any player who had killed the boss on Heroic.
  • When the team was planning Warlords, Grommash was set up as the leader of the Iron Horde and the final boss. As they told the story and started working on Hellfire Citadel, they decided it wouldn't be a satisfying direction to go in. Players had just finished a raid zone full of Orcs and had killed another Hellscream. The real evil and more interesting character is Gul'dan and the influence of the Legion.
  • "Is Gul'dan dead or alive?" - "That's a good question"

Legendary Items
  • Once you have your legendary ring, the Crystallized Fel will drop from Archimonde on Normal or greater difficulty. This will scale up the proc and stats, allowing guilds to get slightly stronger every week.
  • The legendary quest previously required you to get 900 legendary quest items, which means you always got some from every boss. This time around, only 33 are required. This means you won't get one from every boss, which may not feel as great but it is tuned to be slightly faster than previous collection steps.
  • Most players should be able to collect all of the Tome of Chaos in a month or so.
  • Raid loot from Garrison missions was exciting, but it devalued participation in the actual raids and undercut the reward structure. When guilds finally moved into Mythic Blackrock Foundry later in the raiding cycle, they already had several Mythic items from garrison missions already, so it wasn't as rewarding as it should have been.
  • The bosses that dropped tokens in previous tiers dropped too many loot items in total, as the token items were separate from the normal loot. The team changed how the tier tokens were dropped in Patch 6.2, but by the time they realized bosses were not dropping enough tokens it was too late. It will be hotfixed for the new raid reset.
  • Figuring out how old style legendary items would fit into current itemization, class balance, and how the game works today is challenging. Creating a legendary weapon that only works for some classes and specs wouldn't work well.

  • Timewalker dungeons are tuned to be easier on purpose, but part of the problem is that classes have so many more capabilities now.
  • The old Shattered Halls could have a Prot Warrior tank who has no AoE threat, just tab Sundering. Situations like that made the dungeons more challenging. Most people didn't have AoE and AoE threat, so tanks couldn't hold threat on all of the mobs at the same time, making CC necessary.
  • Some of the Timewalking dungeons are a little bit too easy right now, such as Black Morass. Arcatraz is tuned a little bit better.
  • The team would like to expand Timewalking to Cataclysm dungeons, as well as expanding the number of dungeons covered by the system in Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King.
  • Figuring out where Timewalking raids would fit in the reward structure is a big part of what it would take to add them. If you are going to form a larger group, you may as well go and raid current content. There are a lot of questions to answer, such as who is the audience, where do the rewards fit in, should you be doing this raid instead of Hellfire Citadel, and is it something you do to gear up for current raids.

Naval Missions
  • If you fail a Naval Mission, the mission will still be there for you to try again.
  • There aren't any plans to reduce the cost of Naval Equipment right now, but the team is keeping an eye on how players are using the items.
  • Players want to maximize their chance of success on every mission, but the team envisioned players just countering the basic ship types and some of the threats, but not every single threat.
  • If players feel that 500 resources are worth it for a small boost in success chance on every mission and actually buy the equipment, adjusting the costs is possible.

  • The team hears the feedback from people that enjoyed solo play in Mists of Pandaria and found it lacking in Draenor.
  • Part of the problem is many of the rewards out in the world were moved into the garrison.
  • In Patch 6.2 they took steps towards fixing things by adding content to the world in Tanaan Jungle and more will be done in future content.
  • The team has been working on Hellfire Citadel and Tanaan Jungle since November 2014, so they were limited in how they could respond to more recent feedback.
  • The Patch 6.2 content was designed in the same mold as the original Warlords of Draenor content, so it feels like the team wasn't listening to feedback, even though they are.
  • Things that are being worked on now will be much more to players liking and the team has taken the feedback to heart.

  • Patch 6.2.x with flying should be on the PTR within the next couple of weeks. It should go live not months and months from now, but some number of weeks.
  • There are no current plans to make all of the Baleful items account wide right now, but it is something that was discussed. If you are playing in Tanaan and already well geared all of the Baleful items aren't useful for you, which doesn't feel great.

Warlords of Draenor - PvP Season 2
The next PvP season begins this week!

Patch 6.2 - Legendary Ring Upgrades
Vanion's interview confirmed that Archimonde will drop Crystallized Fel on Normal or greater difficulty, allowing you to upgrade your ring's stats and proc to item level 795, gaining 3 item levels each time. You can only get one per week, so it will take 20 weeks to hit 795.

Level Type Name
795Finger Sanctus, Sigil of the Unbroken
795Finger Thorasus, the Stone Heart of Draenor
795Finger Etheralus, the Eternal Reward
795Finger Maalus, the Blood Drinker
795Finger Nithramus, the All-Seer

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - June 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Class Trinket Tuning Changes
Please note that the following changes to class trinkets are currently still in testing.

Raid Finder Armor Set Tuning Changes
The following changes have been made to set armor pieces found on Raid Finder difficulty.

Blackrock Foundry
Ebonflame Cloth Armor
  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now has an 8-second internal cooldown (up from 3 seconds).
Sootfur Leather Armor
  • 4-piece set bonus for Damage Dealing Spellcasters no longer triggers twice on crits.
  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now has an 8-second internal cooldown (up from 3 seconds).
  • 4-piece set bonus for Tanks now has an increased proc rate of approximately [1.7, increased by Haste] per minute (up from [0.85, increased by Haste]).
Ashlink Mail Armor
  • 4-piece set bonus for Damage Dealing Spellcasters had its damage dealt reduced by 75% and has an 8-second internal cooldown (up from 3 seconds).
Blacksteel Plate Armor
  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now heals each successive target in the chain for 50% less than the previous target, and reduced the number of targets in the chain to 3 (down from 4).
  • 4-piece set bonus for Tanks now has an increased proc rate of approximately [1.7, increased by Haste] per minute (up from [0.85, increased by Haste]).

Hellfire Citadel
Felfume Cloth Armor
Ironpelt Leather Armor
  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now has a 3-second internal cooldown.
  • 4-piece set bonus for Tanks now has a 2-second internal cooldown. The change should have a negligible impact on throughput.
Rancorbite Mail Armor
  • 4-piece set bonus for Physical Damage Dealers no longer scales with Attack Power, the Fel Explosion effect is now centered on the target, and has a 3-second internal cooldown.
  • 4-piece set bonus for Damage Dealing Spellcasters now has a 3-second internal cooldown.
Demonbreaker Plate Armor

Death Knight
  • Obliterate should now correctly deal full damage against other players in PvP combat.

Armor Sets
  • [Hotfix in testing] Tier-18 4-piece set bonus for Survival Hunters should now correctly trigger Shadow Nova on all targets affected by Black Arrow, not just on the primary target. Additionally, Shadow Nova should be be correctly benefitting from the Tier-18 2-piece set bonus, Black Decay.

  • [Requires a realm restart] Fixed several issues that made Roll and Chi Torpedo work inconsistently. The abilities should now always travel a consistent distance, be unaffected by snare effects, and reach the destination faster with increased stacking movement speed.
  • Fixed an issue where Surging Mist had no resource cost while Timewalking.

  • Killing Spree should now correctly only provide immunity to roots, snares, and knockback effects.
Armor Sets


Armor Sets

Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Savage Whale Shark should now drop Equipment Blueprint: Trained Shark Tank for all players that have attacked it.
  • Fixed an issue where Sargerei Nullifier could immediately despawn after being defeated.
  • Fixed an issue where players may occasionally defeat a version of The Night Haunter that does not have loot.
  • Kor'lok should no longer knock players out of Ashran with his ability, MASSIVE Kick!

  • Fixed an issue affecting quests that required the player to target something with a quest item or ability not correctly providing credit towards completing the quest.
Tanaan Jungle

Raids and Dungeons

  • Group leaders are now able to re-queue if someone leaves a Timewalking dungeon group.

Hellfire Citadel
Hellfire High Council
  • Blademaster Jubei'thos should no longer incorrectly reset the number of battle resurrections available to the raid group when he uses his Windwalk ability.
Iron Reaver
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Iron Reaver to animate incorrectly and face the wrong way when using the Blitz ability.
  • Fixed an issue where Iron Reaver's Blitz ability could cause players to be stuck when attempting to use a flight path after the encounter.
  • Gorebound Spirits should no longer summon players out of the world and teleport to them instead.
  • Players in the stomach phase in the Gorefiend encounter should now always be able to see the circle denoting where the exit is.
Socrethar the Eternal
  • Sargerei Shadowcaller's Shadow Word: Agony can no longer be copied by Dark Simulacrum.
Fel Lord Zakuun
  • Wake of Destruction should no longer incorrectly deal more damage than intended if multiple players are standing on top of each other when it explodes.
  • Fixed an issue where Mannoroth can go into evade mode if his primary target is knocked into a Fel Spire.
  • [Hotfix in testing] Archimonde will now heal for 5% of his maximum health if Nether Banish hits less than 3 players.
  • Archimonde's Nether Banish should now be able to target players under the effects of Wrought Chaos, Focused Chaos, or Shackled Torment in Phase 3.
  • Archimonde no longer casts Demonic feedback before Nether Banished had faded in Phase 3.
  • Shadowed Netherwalkers should now attack players when they enter the Twisting Nether, regardless of where they are on the platform.

  • Fixed an issue where players may incorrectly receive a Silver Strongbox for the previous Warlords PvP Season.
  • Slightly increased the delay between events.
  • Champion's Honor can no longer be used before the start of the relevant Warlords PvP Season.


Toy Box
  • Vial of Red Goo should now correctly prevent players from performing actions while they're transformed.

Bug Fixes
  • Players on a mount using the flight master at Vol'mar or Lion's Watch to fly to the Throne of Kil'jaeden should now be correctly dismounted.
  • Fixed an issue where Rogue Tier-18 Normal armor set was incorrectly using the appearance of the Mythic armor set.
  • Fixed an issue where Draenor Siege Engines and Demolishers did not have a cooldown on their first ability.
  • Fixed an issue where player combat pets were not being automatically resummoned after leaving a vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue where abilities that trigger when a target leaves an area like Binding Shot or Ursol’s Vortex were incorrectly still triggering its effects after the ability has expired.
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to retain the Well-Rested buff from Leatherworking Tents while in a Raid instance.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Battleground Spec Bug
queued as shadow. loaded in as shadow (or so it said in my talents) with shadowform up, but in my spellbook i only had disc spells. my bars were my shadow bars but with disc specific spells replacing where they'd usually go (so they were all over the place).

when i tried to use disc spells it said i hadn't learned them yet. i checked my mastery and that kinda confirmed i was shadow (shows in the screenshot).

Yeah, there's a bug where sometimes the game pulls outdated information about your character when you load into an Arena or Battleground. We think we've isolated what's causing it and are working on a hotfix. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Corrupted Dread Raven Animation
We're aware of the issue and working on a fix for it, but it'll require a patch to implement. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Raiding games that aren't MMOs - why isn't that a thing? Any thoughts?
Very interesting question to consider. Some thoughts, though keep in mind that they're just my personal opinion... (craig_amai)
Few (no?) games focus purely on large raids (like WoW/Wildstar) largely because it's difficult to form social groups that size. (craig_amai)
In MMOs, solo and small-group gameplay get people into the game so that they can form those kinds of larger social groups. (craig_amai)
Any design that aims to form tight groups of 10+ is probably going to need something approachable (solo?) to start players off. (craig_amai)
Instead, that kind of boss gameplay tends to find its way into less social games, like Titan Souls (solo) or Diablo (coop). (craig_amai)
That said, it certainly seems possible if a smart designer can come up with new, smooth ways for players to find each other. (craig_amai)

Heroes of the Storm - Leoric and Butcher
Today's PTR patch added Leoric and the Butcher to the game!

by Published on 2015-06-29 03:21 AM

Update (4:30 PM EDT): Vanion's interview: Once you have a legendary ring, Archimonde will drop Crystallized Fel, allowing you to upgrade your ring's stats and proc.

Diablo 3 Patch 2.3 PTR Datamined - Class changes, Set items, Kanai's Cube, and MUCH more

Tavern Brawl Ending Soon, Popular Decks of the Week, Card Design Competition #22

New XP Bonus Weekend, Brawl With the Blues Eternal Conflict

Patch 6.2 - Legendary Ring Upgrades
Vanion's interview confirmed that Archimonde will drop Crystallized Fel, allowing you to upgrade your ring's stats and proc to item level 795, gaining 3 item levels each time.

Level Type Name
795Finger Sanctus, Sigil of the Unbroken
795Finger Thorasus, the Stone Heart of Draenor
795Finger Etheralus, the Eternal Reward
795Finger Maalus, the Blood Drinker
795Finger Nithramus, the All-Seer

Patch 6.2 - Legendary Ring Proc Visuals
The legendary version of the ring comes with some nice visuals. Keep in mind that no one has the ring yet, so this is a best guess preview and isn't guaranteed to be what actually appears!

Level Type Spec Name
735FingerAll Tanks Sanctus, Sigil of the Unbroken
735FingerAll Strength Thorasus, the Stone Heart of Draenor
735FingerHealer Etheralus, the Eternal Reward
735FingerAll Agility Maalus, the Blood Drinker
735FingerAll Intellect Nithramus, the All-Seer

Name Level Followers Cost Duration Follower XP Rewards
Stalking the Master

Capture Ironfist Harbor and interrogate prisoners as to the whereabouts of Gul'dan's flagship.

1002× 1252 days60005000 XP
Giving Chase

Captured prisoners indicated that Gul'dan's flagship was last seen in this area of dangerous shoals.

1002× 1252 days60005000 XP
In Hot Pursuit

You've located Gul'dan's flagship! Maneuver with the wind to take out her carrier escort...

1003× 1252 days60005000 XP
Ambush on the High Seas

Gul'dan has sent submarine hunter-killers to thwart your mission. Lure them into a trap!

1002× 1252 days60005000 XP
Boarding the Master's Call

You've run Gul'dan's flagship aground, but now all her guns are trained toward the sea. Prepare for the worst.

1003× 1252 days6000

Master Plan and Garrison Mission Manager Updated
Garrison Mission Manager and Master Plan have been updated to suggest the best set of ships for Naval Missions.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
seeking clarification. Is Darkmoon pit fighter and STV arena master heirlooms off looting the chest once or turning in 12?
Turn in 12 -> get achievement -> loot chest again, defending your title. (WarcraftDevs)

Mythic dungeons; loot lockout or dungeon?
Loot lockout. You can go back to help your friends if you want to. (WarcraftDevs)

With Timewalking Dungeons, how will the gear drops behave? Scale up as a character levels if not max or be lvl100 afterward?
The item’s level is matched to your player level when it drops, and it does not update after that. (WarcraftDevs)

I don't know if you've ever done arenas but my guess would be that you haven't. You have to experience it to understand
Ashran is meant to be a very different experience than arenas. It is expected some will prefer one over the other. (holinka)

Once everyone has there conquest gear what will keep them in ashran? alts....?
This is a problem of any progression system, not Ashran specific. What will we do once we're done? (holinka)

Perhaps, but I think to the majority of the player base Ashran is not fun. Every top Reddit thread is negative
We've made some changes we hope will improve the experience in 6.2. (holinka)

If you have Nat Pagle does having bait or high fishing skill (900vs1100+) have any effect on chance to catch lunkers?
High fishing skill will increase your chance to catch lunkers; bait will not. (WarcraftDevs)

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 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 4790K 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!

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $117ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $160
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $23Cyborg V.5 - $45
MouseLogitech G402 - $33Razer DeathAdder - $47
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $35Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $50
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $220Dell U2412M - $270
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $75Corsair Vengeance K70 - $120
MouseLogitech G502 - $61Razer Naga 2014 - $62
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $44Logitech 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 - $57NZXT Source 210 - $57
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $60EVGA 600B - $60
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $100AMD FX-8320 - $137
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $80ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $105
MemoryKingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1866 - $508GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $65
Graphics CardMSI R7 260X - $120Gigabyte R9 270X / GTX 960 - $150 / $190
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $49Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $70
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$569$697 - 737

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 - $66Corsair Air 540 - $130
Power SupplyXFX PRO 750W - $128XFX PRO 750W - $128
CPUIntel 4690K - $236Intel 4690K - $236
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $52Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $78
MotherboardASUS Z97-A - $149ASUS Z97-A - $149
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $6516GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $103
Graphics CardMSI R9 380 - $240MSI R9 390 OR ASUS GTX 970 - $330
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $70Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $125
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $90
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $108
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $140
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $143
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$1118 - 1171$1391 - 1444

Dark Legacy Comics #495 - Bodyguard
DLC #495 has been released.

by Published on 2015-06-27 10:39 AM

Diablo 3 Patch 2.3 PTR Datamined - Class changes, Set items, Kanai's Cube, and MUCH more

Deck Spotlight: Mech-Malygos Control Shaman, Hearthstone History - Neutral Rares, Challengestone #2

New XP Bonus Weekend, Brawl With the Blues Eternal Conflict

Hellfire Citadel - Heroic Cleared
As expected, Archimonde is dead and Heroic Hellfire Citadel has been cleared.

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - June 26
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • You can now cast Prowl while sitting.

Death Knight
  • Frost Strike now deals 16.67% less damage. This brings the ability's damage back to pre-Patch 6.2.0 levels.
  • Obliterate now deals 16.67% less damage. This brings the ability's damage back to pre-Patch 6.2.0 levels.
  • Howling Blast now deals 16.67% less damage. The ability still deals slightly more damage than before Patch 6.2.0.

  • Improved Focus Fire should now correctly increase attack power.

  • Lava Lash now deals 20% more damage.
  • Stormstrike now deals 20% more damage.
  • Windstrike now deals 20% more damage.

  • Pressing the Attack: Completing the one-time chapter versions of each bonus objective related to this quest should now be awarding quest credit.
  • Gara: Players can now use Trade Agreement: Arakkoa Outcasts, regardless of where they are in this quest chain.
  • Vignette: Murktide Alpha: This quest is no longer cleared from your character during a daily reset or after logging off.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
Iron Reaver
  • After defeating Iron Reaver, you should no longer see toasts for every other player who looted the Internal Stabilizer Equipment Plan.
Kilrogg Deadeye
  • Fel Corruption gained from Hulking Terrors before Kilrogg should now fall off upon exiting combat
Fel Lord Zakuun
  • Noxious Cloud should no longer cause a big framerate drop.
  • Players’ corpses should no longer be teleported out of the nether during this encounter.
  • If you fall off the platform while in the Twisting Nether, your corpse will not be teleported back up to the platform.
  • Allure of Flames no longer targets dead melee players.
  • Archimonde should now prefer to cast Nether Banish on players who are in a tank spec.

  • In The Breach, Stormshield Footman and Warspear Grunt no longer drop any loot.
  • The Stand Fast aura should provide an increase of 5% to your damage. The tooltip for this aura will be updated at a later date.
  • The Tower Defense aura should provide an increase of 10% to your damage. The tooltip for this aura will be updated at a later date.
  • The Hold Your Ground aura should provide an increase of 15% to your damage. The tooltip for this aura will be updated at a later date.
  • Victory in Ashran events now grants 150 honor per win, down from 250.
  • Victory in Ashran Mines now requires 30 marks, down from 50.


Bug Fixes
  • Leorajh has regained the ability to open the command interface for you.
  • Fixed a bug causing quest progress to stop functioning after the completion of a dungeon.
  • Players no longer lose quest progress when splitting stacks of quest items and then recombining them.
  • Fixed a bug preventing some vendor items from being purchasable.
  • Supreme Lord Kazzak no longer drops felblight for characters below level 100.

Patch 6.2 - Savage Satchel of Cooperation
The satchel for in demand roles rewards Bind on Account Baleful gear in Patch 6.2. Each bag contains two items.

Itemization Quality/Chance Hotfixes Coming Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re preparing a hotfix to be deployed during next week’s downtime, which will make a few changes in time for the new raid week.

This hotfix will:
  • Triple the chance that a Mythic dungeon item can upgrade to Warforged. As a reminder, when a Mythic dungeon item is Warforged (which can drop from any Mythic dungeon boss), the item level is increased from 685 to 705.
  • Increase the number of set pieces that drop from set bosses in Normal and Heroic Hellfire Citadel. This will affect both personal loot and group loot.
  • Increase the chance of getting an item when using a Seal of Tempered Fate.

We’ll be pushing a separate hotfix live today that will double the chance that a Timewarped item drops as Warforged, which increases its ilvl at level 100 from 660 to 675.

Also Tempered fate not inevitable?
Correct. It's a catch up change.

The doubled chance for Warforged Timewarped items is now live.

Timewalker Dungeon Feedback
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
-Fix Righteous Fury so it doesn't unapply by entering and exiting a dungeon.
Most buffs are cleared when entering Timewalking, similar to Arena. This is necessary to ensure that the down-scaling that occurs when you enter the dungeon is done cleanly.

-Fix the Dungeon Finder's "Find new players" option so people arent absolutely boned by leavers
This is a bug we're actively working to address. The Dungeon Finder should be trying to refill groups for you.

-Is there any way to make Barrage stupid proof? please? Like, replace it with how volley used to be cast instead of every damned thing in front of the hunter.
Ideally people understand how their AoEs work before using them freely. We're always keeping an eye on things though.

-Add a bag that you can get for completing your first random timewalker for the day that drops a 660 piece and a chance at some pets and maybe a mount. Give the players a 'choo-choo train" so its a little easier to digest this... thing.
We're at least doubling the chance that a Timewarped item will drop as Warforged. That should feel a little better?

The feedback is appreciated and we're always happy to clarify how things function, whether intended or not, whenever we can. It'd be cool, though, to sometimes not read that feedback with such incendiary statements as "the failure that it is" or "make it stupid proof."

From my perspective it just makes filtering through feedback more cumbersome. There's more stuff to sift through in general, and then I have to try and weight the hyperbole against the legitimacy of the feedback.

You're passionate about the game and you're coming here to let us know about some things that frustrated you with a new system. I get it. That's cool. I just wish it could stay as simple as that, with less emphasis on the dramatic.

In any event, the thread is about Timewalking, and there are some improvements and fixes in order. Hopefully they help.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Do you still do toys? The Contender's Costumes can't be removed manually - you have to wait out the debuff time.
If you could remove it manually, as soon as you were losing, you'd right-click it off, unfair to the other players. (Muffinus)

Sha of Anger isn't the same as pre-fly pvp. People didn't fight in TM and SS because they'd get honor points or loot.
.Do you think TM vs. SS world pvp (pre-honor) can ever return to WoW? Why or why not? (Muffinus)

Overwatch - Zarya Gameplay
We got another look at Overwatch gameplay with the release of some Zarya footage.

by Published on 2015-06-26 04:48 AM

Update (4:15 PM EDT): Hotfixes are coming to increase tier set pieces and Warforged upgrades in Timewalking and Mythic dungeons.

Diablo 3 Patch 2.3 PTR Datamined - Class changes, Set items, Kanai's Cube, and MUCH more

The Banana Brawl - Info & Decks, Archon Team League Update

Malthael's Phantom - Diablo 3 Cross-Promotional Heroes Mount

Timewalker Dungeons
The Burning Crusade Timewalking Dungeon Event is active now until Monday night!

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - June 25
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Death Knight
  • [Hotfix in testing] Frost Strike and Obliterate have been reduced to their pre-6.2 damage levels.
    • The change to Might of the Frozen Wastes remains in place and is a significant buff to Frost Strike damage while dual-wielding.
    • Obliterate once again deals full damage to players.
  • [Hotfix in testing] Howling Blast damage has been reduced by 13.5% but is still a slight buff from its pre-6.2 damage levels.
    • The change to Howling Blast's area damage remains in place, and continues to deal full damage to all enemies within range.

Beast Mastery
  • [Hotfix in testing] Improved Focus Fire should now correctly increase attack power.

  • [Hotfix in testing] Lava Lash now deals 20% more damage.
  • [Hotfix in testing] Stormstrike now deals 20% more damage.
  • [Hotfix in testing] Windstrike now deals 20% more damage.

World Environment and Events
Tanaan Jungle
  • Enabled a graveyard much closer to the Throne of Kil'jaeden area to no longer require completion of the quest "The Assault Base".
  • Looted Bleeding Hollow Treasure should now contain more Garrison Resources.
Midsummer Fire Festival
  • Burning Blossom's Fire Festival Fury effect no longer stacks with flasks.

Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Savage Whale Shark has migrated to a savage new home in the waters around Ironhold Harbor.
  • Players should no longer be seeing zone wide messages from rare creatures or NPCs that are not in their area.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to block the beams to activate Varyx the Damned.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to not receive loot after defeating Supreme Lord Kazzak.

Garrison Quests
  • If At First You Fail, Try Again!: Fixed an issue that could cause players to be unable to complete the quest.
Tanaan Jungle
  • Tooth and Claw: The quest now awards 100 Blackfang Claws on competition (up from 25 Blackfang Claws).
Legendary Ring Quest Line
  • Legacy of the Sorcerer Kings: Tracking and credit for obtaining Abrogator Stones should be working correctly once more.
  • The Shadow War: The location for quest turn-in should now be updated correctly if Khadgar has moved to a new location.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Increased the chance for non-boss enemies (“trash”) in Hellfire Citadel to drop epic items.
Hellfire Assault
  • Contracted Engineer now has roughly 5% less health on Heroic difficulty.
  • Gorebound Felcaster now has roughly 5% less health on Heroic difficulty.
  • Hulking Berserker now has roughly 15% less health on Heroic difficulty.
  • Iron Dragoon now has roughly 5% less health on Heroic difficulty.
Kilrogg Deadeye
  • Fixed an issue where players that died during the encounter while the raid group completes the achievement "A Race Against Slime" was not receiving Ariok as a follower.
Shadow-Lord Iskar
  • Fel Bomb should no longer be incorrectly removed by Mistweaver Monk's Revival if the player is not holding the Eye of Anzu.
Socrethar the Eternal
  • Soulbound Construct while it's under player control should no longer be affected by Rallying Cry.
  • Sargerei Dominators now have a very brief delay before attacking after being spawned.
Fel Lord Zakuun
  • The number of players chosen for Seed of Destruction should now scale correctly based on raid size.
  • Players should now be able to see a buff on Fel Iron Summoners to indicate the type of portal being opened during Stage One of the encounter.
  • Defeating a Hellfire Deathcaller should now correctly only remove a single stack of Death Brand on the target.

  • Decreased the maximum number of players on each faction to 40. To compensate for this change, we've also increased the number of Ashran instances.
  • [Requires a realm restart] If a faction repeatedly loses at an Ashran event, they will now receive an invisible progressive buff that increases their damage, healing, and damage absorption by 5% per stack. This effect can stack up to 10 times. A stack of the buff will be removed each time the losing faction wins an event.


Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to be dismounted while on a quest flight path.

Hellfire Citadel Loot
Naval missions will not give you caches from a difficulty of HFC above what you are clearing and HFC trash is Personal Loot only.

Salvage Yard Nerf
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Unless you were Doing It Wrong™ your Garrison has/had a Salvage Yard. That's not an interesting building choice, and clearly the rewards it provided were just too good to value any other potential options. Buildings providing clear benefits at different stages through character level and Garrison progression work out, but the Salvage Yard was just the only correct answer for everyone.

I totally get that the rewards were really good, and now they are not as good, and... that's bad because we all like good rewards for little effort, but the goal of balance is not to have one clear path of least resistance, especially considering the gameplay it involved were simply Garrison missions. It was impactful enough a change though that we waited until 6.2 instead of changing it earlier through a hotfix.

Upcoming Ashran Hotfixes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We have a couple hotfixes in the works intended to improve the player experience in Ashran, and wanted to bring them to your attention.

First, we've reduced the maximum number of players per side to 40. We've also increased the number of available Ashran instances, to compensate for having fewer spaces in each Ashran. Since Ashran was changed in Patch 6.2 to automatically place players in a raid group upon entering, we feel that having 40 players on each side makes more sense, instead of splitting players into two separate raid groups. This hotfix went live yesterday.

The second hotfix is intended to limit situations where one faction is unable to win events for extended periods of time, by increasing their damage and healing. Once this hotfix is in effect, a bonus will be granted to the faction that has been losing the most events in a particular Ashran instance. For example, when the Alliance are winning more events, the Horde will have the bonus, and vice versa. The bonus is decreased or increased in increments of 5% for every event that faction wins or loses, up to a possible maximum of 50% increased damage and healing in extreme cases.

In other words, every time your faction loses an event, it will be 5% easier for you to win the next one. If your faction currently has the damage and healing buff, it will go up by another 5%. If the opposing faction has the buff, then it will go down by 5%.

Please note that, due to the nature of this hotfix, there is no visible buff on the player that shows you what benefit you're currently receiving. We may be able to add a visible buff in the future, but that would require a patch, and we didn't want to delay getting this hotfix out. It will go live the next time realms are restarted.

Hello everyone, I'd like to address some of the common points I'm seeing mentioned in this thread.

First, I want to stress that the intent of Ashran is to provide a very different play experience than Arenas or Battlegrounds. The vision is a large PvP space where players are moving throughout the zone, competing for rewards, in a faction themed conflict. As many of you know, there hasn't been enough fighting in Ashran, for a number of reasons and we're looking to change that.

One of the most important factors driving player behavior in Ashran is the reward structure and how efficiency drives group behavior. Specifically, I mean that when the same reward is available in multiple locations at the same time, the two factions avoid each other. It is easier and more efficient to not fight for an event if killing a rare offers the same benefit. Right now, at the launch of 6.2, we are in an atmosphere where the primary concern for most players is earning Honor. Honor can be earned throughout Ashran in a number of ways and as a result, there isn't a lot of competition going on.

The new season will begin soon and inevitably players will turn their attention to earning Conquest. There are only two ways to earn Conquest in Ashran in 6.2. The first is to complete the quests to kill the faction leader and win 4 events. This will put both factions in direct competition with each other over events and the Road of Glory. The second is to kill 200 players of the enemy faction. Obviously, this drives players to kill each other. Our expectation is that if players feel they can compete for these rewards they will.

We're obviously concerned from comments we've seen on these forums and within the game that the Horde feel they cannot compete at events and the central road. When it comes to PvP, players will only participate if they feel they can compete. This is the primary motivation behind the mechanic Lore explained above. When a faction falls behind, it is easy for everyone to go their separate ways and never engage the enemy. This buff should help players win some engagements and hopefully build the confidence (and numbers) needed to compete in the larger battles.

On a related note, I've seen comments that the Horde think they are outnumbered in Ashran, but this just isn't true. We strictly enforce faction balance numbers in Ashran. If there are ten Horde players in Ashran, we will not let an eleventh Alliance player in. We've looked at the data several times and it is clear. The number of Horde and Alliance players in any given Ashran is the same at all times. However, there are a lot more Alliance waiting to get into Ashran. Since we enforce faction balance, the only way to get more Alliance players into Ashran is to get more Horde players into Ashran.

As a small note, I know some people have compared this new buff to Tenacity, but the situation is very different. Tenacity was a buff that scaled based on how lopsided faction balance was in the zone at any given time. Players would have several stacks of Tenacity but they would be terribly outnumbered. We don't allow either faction to be outnumbered in Ashran. This buff is primarily in place to help the faction that's losing recover and hopefully win the next big fight.

Finally, we've have seen the feedback about the desire to see premade raid groups return to Ashran but we don't think this is a good idea. Ultimately, it led to a situation where if you knew to use the premade group finder, you would wait a long time but get into an Ashran where you were guaranteed to win. Unfortunately, if you didn't know about the premade group finder, you would get in immediately but were almost guaranteed to get demolished. We don't think this is a healthy environment for the zone to be in.

We appreciate how passionate everyone has been about the zone. We'll continue to monitor your feedback here and in-game. Thanks for playing and we'll see you on the battlefield!

Strongboxes in Random Battlegrounds
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've been seeing some confusion about how Strongboxes are awarded in Random BG's, so I wanted to take a moment to clarify.

In point-based Battlegrounds (Arathi Basin, Eye of the Storm, Battle for Gilneas, Temple of Kotmogu, Silvershard Mines, and Deepwind Gorge), Strongboxes are awarded based on how many points the losing team was able to earn before the match ended. Earning 500 points will award a Bronze Strongbox, and earning 1000 points will award a Silver Strongbox.

In capture the flag Battlegrounds (Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks), Strongboxes are awarded based on how many times the losing team was able to capture the flag. One capture will award a Bronze Strongbox, and 2 captures will award a Silver Strongbox.

In Alterac Valley and Isle of Conquest, Strongboxes are awarded to the losing team based on how many reinforcements the winning team had remaining when the match ended. If the winning team had 300 or fewer reinforcements left, the losing team will be awarded a Bronze Strongbox. If the winning team had 100 or fewer reinforcements left, the losing team will be awarded a Silver Strongbox.

In Strand of the Ancients, Strongboxes are awarded to the losing team based on how far they were able to progress before their turn ended. Destroying either the blue or green gate will award a Bronze Strongbox. Destroying the yellow gate will award a Silver Strongbox.

Of course, winning any Battleground will award a Gold Strongbox. In addition, Strongboxes are awarded to every player on the team that earned them, as long as they are still in the game when the match ends.

The goal of this system is to ensure that, even if you think your team is likely to lose, it's still worth your while to put up as much of a fight as possible and stay through to the end of the match.

A couple days ago I was in a SotA where my team attacked first. We captured the relic, but then the other team captured faster on their turn and we received a Bronze strongbox. Intentional or oversight? Seems like it ought to give a Silver based on those guidelines.
Hmm. You're correct, it sounds like you should have gotten Silver. We'll investigate.

Can you look at adjusting this? Maybe I've just been an anomaly, but a small portion of my CTF games have ended as a result of 3 flag caps, the vast majority being 1-0 or 1-1. It doesn't seem fair that a 0-0 game for 14 minutes with a good play to make it 1-0 results in a gold strongbox on one side, nothing on the other. It's even more unfair when one team holds a 1-0 lead for the majority, gives up a point to even it up at the end, and gets a Bronze strongbox despite holding a 10 minute lead and losing 1-1.
We agree that the system isn't working perfectly for CTF games at the moment. I can't promise any incoming changes as of yet, but it's something we'd like to improve.

I thought the confusion was why we were getting old (redundant) gear in the boxes?
We're looking into this as well.

Blue Posts
Be sure to check your mail on alts, as it is not returning automatically currently.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
"Return" button on mail removed in 6.2? Why?
For some reason you can no longer "Return" mail as you could before 6.2.

Any reason this was removed?

This wasn't intended. We're looking into it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Another Expansion?
I can't answer on the timing, but we do have more story to tell and more ideas to share. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Will the unarmored Wolf and Hippo mounts' animation speed also be fixed for 6.2?
Very similar issue, but those will be fixed in the next mini-patch after 6.2. (WarcraftDevs)

Character / Items
When can we expect the illusion "Holy Infusion"? Many are still waiting for it since is was announced for 6.1
It likely won’t happen. Scaling the graphic in ways that looked good on most weapons we wanted it to work on was problematic. (WarcraftDevs)

Have there been considerations for rebalancing tier token class distribution? Protector has felt too saturated for a while now
There are no plans for this. (WarcraftDevs)

Quick question re: Timewalking. Will mastery still work as though we were 100 in BC dungeons?
Yes, you still have your mastery, and the stat will still increase its effectiveness. (WarcraftDevs)

Was it ever decided it level 100 would earn a reward during Timewalking events? Seals of Tempered Fate was mentioned.
Yes, the Bonus Event quest for Timewalking will award the new Seal (of Inevitable Fate). (WarcraftDevs)
Will it count in the 3-total of week or be extra like the garrison mission?
It’s a bonus Seal; doesn’t count towards the weekly cap. (WarcraftDevs)

I know this one too! Void Rev's are the remnants of a species overtaken by Void. Not undead, misclassified. (Muffinus)
but aren't spirits undead lol?
Dave stated NPCs can have more than one classification lore-wise
Well, yes, Mannoroth is an undead demon. Demons know how to raise undead, and he was a demon previously. (Muffinus)
do imps possess necromantic knowledge?
No idea, I personally like to think of imps in the Discworld sense, e.g. they will tell you exactly as much as you need to know. (Muffinus)

Overwatch - Bastion Gameplay
We got another look at Overwatch gameplay with the release of some Bastion footage.

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Hellfire Citadel - Archimonde Defeat Cinematic

Blue Post Summary; Patch 2.3 Blue Posts Round-Up

The Banana Brawl - Info & Decks, Archon Team League Update

Tempo Storm NA Open Champion, Gamescon 2015 Contest, Epic Plays of the Week #34

Token Drop Rates
Token drop rates may be adjusted next week!

Patch 6.2 - Trait Replacement Selection
It seems that the patch changed how the items like Supreme Manual of Dance work, allowing you to select the trait being replaced. The reroll items still work the same way.

Master Plan Updated
Master Plan has been updated for Patch 6.2, so you can safely resume doing missions!

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - June 24
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Horde characters should no longer incorrectly receive an item when attempting to use their garrison's jukebox to play the track "A Siege of Worlds".
Naval Missions
  • Sink or Swim: The naval mission was more difficult than intended and no longer has an Iron Horde Destroyer as a threat.

Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Akrrilo, Eyepiercer, and Rendarr are no longer attackable before jumping into the arena in Fang'rila.

Garrison Quests

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Kormrok's Empowered Explosive Runes that have reformed inside the Foul Pool should now correctly still be able to deal damage to the entire raid.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players that had just left Gorefiend's stomach to incorrectly be sent back in.
  • Monks with an active Zen Sphere while affected by Shadow of Death should no longer be getting stuck before being transported into or out of Gorefiend's stomach.
Shadow-Lord Iskar
  • Eye of Anzu should now correctly protect players from the effects of Shadow-Lord Iskar's Phantasmal Winds.
Socrethar the Eternal
  • Fel Prisons should now be able to correctly trap Sargerei Shadowcallers.
  • Soulbound Construct's Reverberating Blow should no longer incorrectly pull mobs from outside of the encounter.
Fel Lord Zakuun
  • Dark Devourer's Collapse ability should now correctly deal damage.
  • Shao'ghun's Shockwave ability now deals less damage.
  • Archimonde's Desecrate ability should no longer deal damage to pets.

Toy Box

  • I'm a Soul Man: Fixed an issue that caused the achievement to be incorrectly awarded.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Garrison Gold Nerf
There is a reduction in gold with alts, but running missions with additional characters (alts) will still have a benefit over just using one. Two characters will still make more gold than one character will, and three will still make more than two, etc. There's a diminishing return sure, but you're still making more.

This is where I get confused. Because the point was supposed to be to make it so that we didn't feel the need to run alts to maximize income. This system ensures we do exactly that because now my main (the only one who is taking her garrison seriously) is making less gold without alts.
Well, you always made less gold if you didn't do missions with alts. You make more gold doing missions with multiple characters. That is still true.

But, taking a step back, are you saying you have no ability to earn an income to cover your main character's repair costs, etc. unless you run Garrison missions on multiple alts and funnel that into your main? I'd be interested to know more about your play habits, and also what income sources you used before Garrisons existed. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Player Feedback
Then you wonder why blizzard doesn't listen to you?
Wait wait wait, I thought we caved to complaints too much!? We can't both ignore all complaints from our castle on top of Mount Wedeci'dewutsphun, AND also cave in to all complaints. Can we?
Maybe the truth is somewhere in between, and that we value constructive feedback, and can admit mistakes, and grow from them, and that we value and enjoy the ability to create entertainment, and honestly striving to make a fun and positive gaming experience.

Any patch day is certain to have a lot of hotfixes being made based on feedback, aaaaand also probably a lot of nonconstructive posts too I guess. We can try to moderate more of those. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Druid talent "Wild Charge" no longer works onto wild mushrooms in battlegrounds. Intended?
Because you can place Wild Mushrooms in lots of weird places, this is an intended change. (WarcraftDevs)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Top comments on reddit about Q&A followup disagree with you on enh and elemental.Why do you feel the class doesntneed a rework?
Was just reading that thread earlier - lots of focus on totems, not many people saying Ele's rotation needs an overhaul, no? (WatcherDev)

Character / Items
can we still get the Garrosh Heirlooms? Do we have to be on specific classes for specific ones?
No, these were limited-time rewards. (WarcraftDevs)

Are the current PvP sets for Conquest and Honor going to be obtainable in 6.2 like in the past?
Yes! (WarcraftDevs)

What would you consider a minimum ilvl for Normal HFC? Not expecting to be locked out, trying to set expectations w/ team
Target would be people who did at least some (but not necessarily lots of) Normal Foundry, or who have equivalent gear. (WarcraftDevs)

Would Ranked SoloQ in arena be reality in the future, really think i could do a lot for the PvP-Players :-)
We'll discuss it but we have concerns. Specifically, toxicity and a lack of gameplay differentiation from unranked solo queue. (WarcraftDevs)

What is the main purpose of the MMR system for PvP that got introduced in 6.1 - I barely see any benefits from it
There was no change to MMR. The change was to a system that boosts your Current Rating (CR) which used to increase at a... (1) (WarcraftDevs)
...higher rate until it was within 200 points of your MMR. This was heavily abused by boosters. (2) (WarcraftDevs)

Will the chance of getting Felblight from gathering nodes be based on skill?
No, it will not. (WarcraftDevs)

I know it's probably early to say this, but I think a lot of people would be sad if we didn't get a new race/class next xpac
Or what about a class that IS a race??? What would that even be? Like race: Ogre, class: Ogre, spec: Ogre. (Muffinus)

Patch 6.2 in One Minute
Margaret is back with another one minute patch recap!

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