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by Published on 2017-02-06 08:03 PM

WoW Token to Battle.Net Balance Now Live
You can now convert your WoW Tokens into $15 of Battle.Net Balance in the US!

Trade a WoW Token for Balance
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel have a golden opportunity for you, friend—introducing a new way to use your WoW® Token. It’s just as easy as ever, but now when you use gold to buy a WoW Token from the Auction House in certain regions, you can to choose whether to convert it into 30 days of game time or Balance*. You can use Balance to buy services like World of Warcraft character transfers, digital products like pets and mounts, and even purchase in-game items for other supported Blizzard games you play.

Buying a Token is simple: just visit the Auction House and use your hard-earned gold to purchase one of the WoW Tokens put up for sale. Once the Token arrives in your in-game mailbox, right-click it to add it to your bag, then right-click it in your inventory. You’ll then be able to choose whether to add 30 days of game time or add Balance ($15 USD; currency and amount varies by region) to your account.

For more information, check out our Balance support page and WoW Token support page.

*WoW Tokens can only be redeemed for Balance in the currency associated with the registered account address. Other restrictions apply.


Q: I need gold! How do I buy a WoW Token for real money and put it up for sale for gold?
A: WoW Tokens are available for purchase for real money through the World of Warcraft in-game Shop. You can access the Shop through the main menu (Esc) or the row of feature buttons next to your character’s bags.

You can then sell your WoW Token through a dedicated exchange in the Auction House, located in the WoW Token section. WoW Tokens cannot be traded or sold any other way.

Q: How much gold will I receive when I sell a WoW Token?
A: The gold value of a Token is determined dynamically based on supply and demand. When you put a Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive upon a successful sale. If you then decide to place the Token up for sale, that amount is locked in, and the gold will be sent to your mailbox after your Token has been sold.

Q: I need game time or Balance! How do I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House?
A: When you visit the Auction House, you’ll be presented with the current market price (in gold) for a WoW Token in your game region—there’s no bidding involved, and all Tokens in a game region are priced the same at any given moment. If you decide to purchase one, you’ll receive it in your mailbox, and can then redeem it for game time or Balance.

Q: How much game time or Balance do I get by redeeming a WoW Token?
A: You’ll receive 30 days of game time or $15 USD (amount varies by currency; currency is based on registered account address) in Balance when you redeem a WoW Token.

Q: I purchased a WoW Token for gold a while back, but never redeemed it. Can I use that WoW Token to get Balance now?
A: Yes, any previously purchased WoW Tokens that you haven’t yet redeemed for game time can now be redeemed for Balance (in supported regions).

Q: Is there a limit on how much Balance I can redeem using the WoW Token?
A: Yes—for more information, read our Balance Restrictions support article.

Q: Can I resell a WoW Token after I’ve purchased it for gold?
A: No, each WoW Token can only be sold once. After you purchase a Token for gold, it becomes Soulbound. At that point, it can only be redeemed for game time or Balance.

Q: What happens if the price quoted to me is different from what the Token actually sells for?
A: You will always receive the gold amount quoted to you at the time you place a Token up for sale, regardless of what the current price is when the item actually sells.

Q: If I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House, how long does it take to receive the Token?
A: Just like a standard Auction House purchase, it should arrive in your mailbox within moments after making your purchase.

Q: If I’m buying a WoW Token for real money from the in-game Shop, how long does it take to receive it?
A: Once you successfully complete a purchase, in most cases the Token should arrive in your inventory (or mailbox, if your inventory is full) almost immediately.

Q: Do Tokens expire? What happens if I accidentally delete one?
A: No, Tokens do not expire. They also can’t be deleted, so no need to fear accidentally trashing them.

Already familiar with the WoW Token? Click here to jump directly to the Balance information in our WoW Token video.
by Published on 2017-02-05 09:04 PM

Weekend Wacky Wild Decks

Mythic Nighthold Progression
Serenity has joined Exorsus at 10/10.

Serenity - Mythic Star Augur Etraeus
Serenity has released their Mythic Star Augur Etraeus kill video.

Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - February 3
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

  • After a server restart, players will able to use General and Local Defense chat channels in outdoor Broken Shore.

Dungeons and Raids
  • The Nighthold
    • Elisande
      • Brewmaster Monks no longer take damage from Stagger while under the effect of Time Stop.

Player versus Player
  • Rogue Agility reduced by 5% in PvP situations.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
World PvP
This is a topic we've been discussing a lot recently. We agree that damage feels rather high in World PvP situations and we're considering some changes. First, we removed base resilience coming into Legion because we adjusted the rate at which health pools scale with respect to damage. In the past, player damage tended to outpace a character's health pool making damage feel stronger as an expansion went on. We made some adjustments to that system but we've found through playtesting with the templates that we've had to decrease damage and increase health to get damage pacing to a good spot.

In a future patch, we're considering adding in some base resilience to bring damage and health ratios closer to where they are with our pvp templates (and the adjusting those templates to compensate). It should make for better damage pacing in the outside world. We don't plan on activating templates in the outside world though. We think it's important that the game have a place where we don't make such drastic adjustments so you can feel your character's full power when fighting another player. Meanwhile, battlegrounds and arenas provide a much more structured environment for PvP gameplay. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PTR Update: Legionfall War Supplies
We've made the following update on the PTR:

  • The Broken Shore Rare Elites (16 bosses) now drop 5 Legionfall War Supplies for every kill for any players on their tap list.

Once you're done with the new World Quests, you can acquire Legionfall War Supplies from Rare Elites such as Doombringer Zar'thoz or Malorus the Soulkeeper.

Thank you for the good feedback! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class Mounts
Will new mounts colour be affected by warlock passive The Codex of Xerrath? Hopefully not.
It will not (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
You used to be the punching bag of the WoW community now the duty has fallen onto Holinka, what made you guys the target?
Players knew our names.

My boss during my WoW days, Tom “Kalgan” Chilton, is one of the smartest systems designers I’ve ever worked with. Even though many WoW players knew his name, he (perhaps wisely) kept a pretty low profile on social media. So, he never got nearly as much attention (good or bad) from the community.

Brian and Chadd and I are more interested in reaching out to players, but as a result, they sometimes know a name to put with a design change, even if the change was made by some other designer who they didn’t know.

Morello was lead designer on League for a time, and he had similar experiences. In fact, I think the first time we ever met was because players pointed out how we served similar roles, as main tank for community sentiment. (Source)

MMO-Champion Forums Moderator Recruitment
Good news everyone! We're recruiting moderators for the forums again! The amount of users and posts keeps increasing and we reached the point where we need some help before the trolls take over and play Whack-a-Mod in the Darkmoon Faire. I know it sounds fun, but I'm going to assume we don't want that.

Please be sure to read the entire post before applying!

Poll - Heroes of the Storm
Are you currently playing Heroes of the Storm?

Heroes of the Storm - Lucio
Lucio is skating his way into Heroes of the Storm!

by Published on 2017-02-04 02:18 PM

Exorsus - Mythic Nighthold World First
Mythic Nighthold has been cleared by Exorsus. Congratulations to them.

by Published on 2017-02-03 05:38 AM

Patch 2.5.0 PTR Notes Now Live

Malfurion vs Valeera - A Hearthstone Cartoon

Mythic +24 Eye of Azshara
Congratulations to Relodr, Artlu, Irsix, Tyaniqt, and Battletaure for completing Mythic +24 Eye of Azshara!

Patch 7.2 - New Tabards
Several new tabards were added in recent PTR builds.

Level Type Name Model Viewer
1Tabard Black Apron - TEST
1Tabard Legionfall Tabard TEST
1Tabard Cruel Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard Cruel Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard Ferocious Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard Ferocious Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard PH Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard PH Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard PH Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard PH Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard PH Gladiator's Tabard
1Tabard PH Gladiator's Tabard

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PTR Testing Update: Class Campaigns
We've resolved an issue with the PTR that was preventing Class Campaigns from showing up. You should now be able to proceed with testing them.

Thank you for your patience! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Order Hall sets: what a WASTE
By the time 7.2 comes out ilvl 860 will be worthless as well. Admit it, it was another poor design choice and implemented terribly
You (and other individual players) are not representative of every one of the players in this game. For you, sure, this may not be helpful at all - but for some people, this will be a good way to boost a couple of slots, and that's where the intent for this lies.

Again, this is not an intended answer for every avenue of play style.


I appreciate the feedback on this update, everyone. Again, I'll ask about the gating and see what we plan to do about addressing it.


from your replies, it's apparent you're missing the point here. The order hall sets are mostly useless by time you get them. When I dinged 110 was getting 805 WQ gear. By time I rand a few heroics and thus got better WQ gear, the few 820 pieces were outclassed.

Dont get me wrong it was nice to grab some 820s as I hit 110 etc. but their useful life was VERY VERY short. Once you start getting 835 WQ gear, the OH gear isn't useful. So, we have a situation where you can't use these pieces to help leveling and you can only really benefit from the for a week or two after hitting 110.

Having them be 860 will be nice, but again, for those of us playing now we'll likely have almost everything at 860 anyway and for newly dinged toons it might be too much bother to do everything needed to get the 860 versions vs simply playing the game and getting gear the normal way.

I don't think I'm missing the point. I understand people think the gear is useless because they out level it compared to the curve you have to climb to get the gear.

I'm just saying that there are cases that this gear will be useful, and if you have a few slots open that match the pieces you have, that are sub-860, then great, you have a use for it. 860 is not instantly obsolete gear unless you're raiding. It's on level with Nighthold raidfinder, which seems fine as an introductory step.

Like I said, I'm going to ask about the gating. If that comes down at all, then I could see this being more widely useful.

Just dinged 110 on a new toon the other day and would have loved having those 860 tokens. The AH is expensive, LOL. Wanna level a new toon, but 7.2 is so far away. Wish those tokens came in a minipatch or whatever. Anyway good change for me.

((I just do WQ, LFR and Reg Mythics, btw.


Who are these people LOL . Even the most casual player, of which I am, has no need for this gear. It was poorly designed and poorly implemented. The cost of upgrading the gear is just not worth it . FFace it it was a really bad decision , one of many in the last 3 expansions
You submitted that just before me. I am fine with the gear. Like i said, i just do lower level stuff. When I do mythics, I often make my own groups which are usually lower ilvl people.

Yep. The target for something like this is not players who are raiding, doing high-end mythics, etc. Casual players who are just world questing, came in late to the game, etc. can see some use from this.

Glad you understand this - wish we could get 'em to you sooner! ;P

I don't even do mythics (or heroics) and I generally replace all of the easily unlocked pieces of this set within a few days of played time at max level.
In the current environment, sure. The point here is the 860 tokens coming next patch. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class Mounts
Are we going to need Pathfinder to get our class mounts or will we be able to ride them as ground mounts?
Legion Pathfinder is not required to earn the 7.2 Class Mounts, no. (WarcraftDevs)

Artifact Power in Patch 7.2
Am I wasting my time farming AP for my weapon: will taking the empowerment at 54 traits yield MORE benefit than at, say, 36?
You'll have more AP refunded, so you'll be able to buy more of the new traits immediately. (WarcraftDevs)

What will happen the passive bonus we got from having the "Paragon Trait" maxed? We will we lose it?
Yes, but there'll be a flat increase to the Artifact's power as part of that process. Between that and new traits, it'll be a clear upgrade.(WarcraftDevs)

Legendary Items
Disclaimer: I'm not on the item team, and my math knowledge stopped at differential equations. (Muffinus)
But I'd love to hear your thoughts on legendary items, knowing that "I want to be able to shoot specifically for X" I have heard. (Muffinus)
If you post a forum link I will read it, just know that I'm curious, but also that I cannot enact change myself, but I am happy to pass info (Muffinus)
(You don't need more math knowledge than algebra for like, 90% of balance.)
.the Encounter Team ensures that any scaling you do is worthless on their 4.5-add, 30% mobility fight (Muffinus)

Aluriel is now able to be skipped. Intentional hotfix or a bug? Would hate to try it and get banned!
This was an intentional change - you can now fight Tichondrius, Botanist, and Krosus before defeating Aluriel. (WarcraftDevs)

The Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Announcement Trailer
The Elder Scrolls Online recently announced a new expansion that will be released on June 6, 2017. It brings the new Warden class and much more!

by Published on 2017-02-02 12:54 AM

Patch 2.5.0 PTR Notes Now Live

Top HearthPwn Standard & Wild Decks for January 2016

Mythic Nighthold Progression
Method has joined Serenity and Exorsus at 9/10.

Patch 7.2 - Legion Invasions
The Legion's presence continues to grow in Patch 7.2, with invasions occurring around the Broken Isles.

  • The invasion begins with a zone being under attack. The skybox, world quests, and the NPCs present are changed in some areas, similar to the pre-expansion invasions.
  • The invasion quests are similar to the regular world quests, requiring you to kill NPCs and click objects.
  • After completing all six invasion world quests, you have completed the Assault on Zone quest, allowing you to move to the next stage.
  • Next you are sent to a specific point in the zone to defeat more invaders, with some similar followup quests.
  • After all of these quests are complete, there is a three player invasion scenario that sends you to the Legion ship in the sky.
  • On the ship you defeat various NPCs before defeating the leader and taking down the ship.

Patch 7.2 Preview - Legion Assaults on the Broken Isles
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the release of patch 7.2: The Tomb of Sargeras, the Burning Legion will renew their assault on Azeroth within the Broken Isles. Heroes of the Horde and Alliance will be asked to repel this incursion once more through a variety of encounters that we’re calling ‘Legion Assaults’. While this event is similar to the Demon Invasions that were available prior to the launch of the Legion expansion, Legion Assaults use the World Quests system to deliver content while minimizing the disruption for those who are leveling new or alternate characters.

Legion Assaults are accessible for players as a part of the level-up experience if they already have World Quests unlocked for another character on their account. These Legion Assault focused World Quests will be a great way to help take the fight to the Legion and earn extra experience and reputation while adventuring.

Developer Insights: Early in the discussions for the Legion expansion, we knew we wanted the Legion to attack the Broken Isles with renewed fervor sometime during the patch cycle. That time is now.

We all loved Invasions and initially pursued that same approach for patch 7.2. Unfortunately, Invasions would have been tremendously disruptive to gameplay for those who were leveling up, even though that might have been the easiest path for us to take. We also thought we'd learned a thing or two both from Invasions and the World Quest system we introduced at the launch of the expansion.

The Burning Legion will focus their attacks on multiple points within a zone and will be accessible via the World Quest system. Encounters can range from Elite bosses to areas taken over by Fel or even some ‘Impvasions’. (We couldn’t resist a pun or two.) When a zone is under assault, each World Quest will count toward that zone’s Emissary quest.

Once the widespread Assault is taken care of, players will defend a more significant point within the Broken Isles such as Thunder Totem in Highmountain or Black Rook Hold in Val’sharah.

Different from the pre-launch Demon Invasions, players will have the opportunity to take the fight a bit further by participating in a three-player Scenario in which you’ll work to neutralize a Legion Command ship that is leading demonic forces on the ground.

Developer Insights: It's in many ways, it's reminiscent of the Invasions you might have experienced from before the Legion launch, but we built everything custom for each zone. We endeavored to make the Assaults feel as disruptive as possible without actively stomping on the core level-up questlines. Yes, the Legion is here and you should fight them. But, if you're on Alt #13 because you want two Shaman characters (who doesn't?) and would prefer the "Close Your Eyes and Make It Go Away’" method, you can go about your merry questing and ignore the demons destroying the world around you.

Assaults won’t be under way at all times. Once you’ve repelled the Legion Assault from the Broken Isles, it will take the Burning Legion some time to lick their wounds, regroup, and reinforce their troops before they return to try try again. Each Assault will be available for a relatively short period and with the Legion taking a little longer before they reemerge.

Unlike Invasions, Legion Assaults don't advance for all players at the same time and each player will be able to defend each stage of the Assault. It’s up to you to make it happen and defend the Broken Isles! Being the hero you are, this shouldn’t be too difficult … Right hero?

Experience Legion Assaults before they go live now on the 7.2 Public Test Realms.

Upcoming Assassination Rogue Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve been watching this closely. Rather than tweak Agonizing Poison at this time, we’re going to increase Assassination damage by about 4% for most abilities. We’ll have that change go live as soon as we can.

That will mean a +4% damage to Deadly Poison, Death from Above, Envenom, Fan of Knives, Garrote, Hemorrhage, Kingsbane, Mutilate, Poisoned Knife, and Rupture.

Assassination Rogue Agility will be reduced by 5% in PvP at the same time.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 7.2 - Artifact Power
What will happen in this scenario?

Person A has 54 points in his weapon and thus cannot "stack" more AP into his weapon and is thus forced to spend AP on offspec weapons.

Person B has 53 points in his weapon and can thus "stack" more AP into said weapon than person A that spent the last point in the weapon.

Will they both have the same AP/points to spend in the main weapon or is there an advantage for person B since he technicly has the potential to have a lot higher AP spent in his weapon then person A?

The current Artifact Power cap is based on total amount of AP, not on number of ranks purchased. Once you have enough AP to buy your 54th rank, you'll no longer be able to add additional AP, regardless of whether you actually buy that final rank or not.

Any additional AP beyond 54 will not be refunded. The core intent here is that you cannot farm Artifact Power beyond what is useful in Patch 7.1.5 until Patch 7.2 releases. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 7.2 - Crafted Legendary Items
There are other improvements, they're just still too early in the design process for us to have anything meaningful to discuss yet. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Prestige Issues
As mentioned, this issue was resolved with patch 7.1.5.

There was previously an issue with the Prestige system which allowed players who did not immediately prestige to gain a Prestige level through a bug behind-the-scenes. As we noted previously, however, these players did earn their way through to the next level by actively PvPing up to that level at the previous cap, and, as such, we do not intend to take any actions against them.

Players who prestiged immediately without participating in PvP were not able benefit from this issue, and, unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to address this.

Again, we apologize to those in this situation and will continue working to prevent this from occurring in the future. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Order Hall Armor Sets
Thanks for your feedback so far on this set. I've passed it along to Team 2, and I've got a couple of things to share here.

With the launch of 7.2, the opening quest for Broken Shore, along with various Broken Shore World Quests, will reward tokens to upgrade your Class Order Set to item level 860.

It's worth noting that the intention with this set is more on the introductory side, with the aim of helping folks get geared up for content, rather than being a sole "end" set for any particular style of play.

If you're the kind of player who only does World Quests and World Bosses, this upgrade should help complement your armor roster, and may provide a few pieces of gear for you. If you're leveling alts, this upgrade will provide a good way to boost your character's item level once you hit 110 and jump into 7.2 content.

Let us know if you have any feedback or questions on this!

860 isnt very good gear. Why not 875?
Again, the purpose of this set is not to be an answer to not raiding. 860 will keep you afloat, and should be acceptable to get into normal modes for most 7.0-7.1.5 raids, with a bit of a bump needed for something like normal Nighthold.

How are they useful for alts? I just leveled another one, who could take advantage of the set right now, except that the restrictions on the gear are a major roadblock. Is there a way I'm totally missing for us to remove those restrictions so they could actually be useful?

It is good that this armor set is an (expensive) bad luck protection to guarantee us an 860 piece (next patch) if we haven't been able to fill a slot or two. But there is an awfully big gap between that and being useful for alts. The previous alt I bought the crafted set and upgraded a piece or two all the way with oblit to get my ilvl high enough to lift me into the 840 bracket of wqs. That isn't possible with the class set.

Understandable. I can check and see if any of that gating is changing, as I'm not sure off-hand. There are several pieces that are -not- locked behind Exalted, however, so those pieces will at least be able to get you a quick boost.

Again, and it's worth noting, it's not supposed to be an end-all answer to high-level gear.

I think you fundamentally miss the point. The point isn't that the ilvl was too low, its that the items take so long to acquire they are useless before you can get them.

Exalted rep is just one example.

No, I understand that it does take effort to unlock the full set of gear, but again, it's not meant to be an absolute answer to every slot, but more something to better compliment your gear curve as you work through content.

You can easily unlock the helm, wrist, and chest shortly after hitting 110, with the leggings being the next easiest, followed by the belt and gloves. The shoulders and feet take longer, and I understand that concern (hence why I said I'll check on the gating).

I do think that players should expect to have to put in effort to obtain items, but it's still accurate to say that if you plan on playing and committing to an alt, you can still use these pieces as pretty large upgrades as your acquire other gear.

I'll put this as diplomatically as I can:

Why do the developers have so poor an understanding of their own reward structure that they think 860, an item level that is considered too low 7.0 content, is in any way a reasonable starting point for 7.2 content?

We never said this set was intended to get you into 7.2 raids - and that would be silly if it were. But it should be fine for getting into Mythics, the 7.2 dungeon, world quests, etc. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Recent World of Warcraft Account Actions
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve recently taken action against thousands of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as “bots.” We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.

Layers of Fear Giveaway
We've been given 40 copies of the Layers of Fear game to give away! Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration.

  • The giveaway is for 40 x Layers of Fear game copies
  • To enter the giveaway, just reply to this topic on the forum, not this news post!
  • The giveaway will be closed on Sunday, February 5th at 11:59 PM EST and winners will be chosen randomly within five business days.
  • Winners will be contacted by PM on the site. There is no email alert by default, you will need to log in and check your PMs.
  • A note will be added to the top of the current news post when winners have been PMed.
  • Winners have 72 hours to respond before another winner will be selected to replace them.

Dark Legacy Comics #570 - Below the Belt
DLC #570 has been released!

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