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by Published on 2017-06-09 04:27 AM

Build Tool Now Includes Necromancer and PTR Content

Hearthstone: Mulligans | Episode 4 - Art Gallery

Patch 7.2.5 Survival Guide - June 13th Release
Blizzard posted their survival guide video for Patch 7.2.5 tonight! The tweet also confirms that the patch is on track for a June 13th release.

Unholy Determination Feat of Strength Removed
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Unholy Determination Removed
This Feat of Strength wasn’t actually intended to go live. We’d decided some time ago that it didn’t really fit in line with our philosophies regarding achievements, particularly due to the non-repeatable nature of the Class Mount questline. Once 7.2.5 is released, it will no longer be granted, and will be removed from players who had already received it.

I can appreciate that no-one likes having something taken away from them. To try and clarify a little bit why we came to this decision; during the course of the PTR testing feedback from the community overwhelmingly pointed out that a missable achievement was both unfun for players that missed it, and unfun for players that felt compelled to slaughter innocent red dragons to achieve it.

I do also want to mention that, while the Feat of Strength will be removed, the special voice line from Bolvar will still play if players choose to follow this particular route.

Are you going to remove Black Harvest FoS too because you can no longer get it?
This isn't really an appropriate comparison.

The Breaker of the Black Harvest FoS was awarded to players who managed to earn green fire during Mists of Pandaria before the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch. Like all the other similar Feats of Strength, it is a reward for accomplishing such feats.

The Unholy Determination FoS which was awarded for doing an optional objective in the Death Knight Class Mount campaign was not supposed to go live (for the reasons already mentioned in this thread), it was a mistake that it did go live which is why it's now being removed.

The actual content will still remain in the game, the optional objective is still there and you will still get the additional dialogue if you choose to complete it. (Official Forums)

Unholy Determination FoS Removed in 7.2.5
Feedback from the community noted that a missable achievement was unfun for the players that missed it. While we've chosen to remove the Feats of Strength granted in the questlines overall, the voice line from Bolvar will still play if players do choose to go down this path as Death Knights.

As was alluded to, these Feats were not meant to go live, as we had previously decided that they were misaligned with our general look towards achievements, namely that they were unobtainable if missed in a non-repeatable quest area. Again, these will no longer be obtainable in 7.2.5, and for players who did obtain the achievement it will be removed. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hidden Wyrmtongue Cache Campaign Quest Hotfix
Yep, to confirm this was indeed hotfixed to only require 5 caches. The ? above Khadgar's head will be grey but you should still be able to turn the quest in.

(As to the why: A client side patch is needed to update the quest text and the turn-in indicator.) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
7.2.5 Enhancement Class Discussion
It's ambiguous whether SS should attempt to proc Stormbringer once or twice. While we normally try to be generous with things that could go either way--one of the specific concerns driving the Enhancement changes in this patch is that Stormbringer's mechanics caused "feast-or-famine" proc outcomes. That is, because Stormstrike itself was one of the few spells that procced Stormbringer, a proc made more upcoming procs likely, and lack of a proc made upcoming procs less likely. This sort of positive feedback in a proc chance (essentially the opposite of bad luck protection) is something that should generally be avoided.

Stormstrike having twice the proc chance of any other button would have a similar concern. I understand that, viewed in isolation, adding it would be a welcome power increase--but that's neither here nor there. As always, the spec can be tuned with either proc mechanic, so the important question is what's better for pacing long-term. If it turns out more total DPS is needed (or even if, for example, more frequent procs would be an improvement), there are likely better ways to accomplish it.

If by happenstance some talent rows might be better balanced right now if we doubled Stormstrike's chance to proc Stormbringer (I assume this means L75 and/or L100), that's something to look into if needed. But similarly, it's not a good reason to make a change that has other ramifications longer-term. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blizzard at gamescom 2017
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Blizzard will be heading back to Cologne, Germany this summer for gamescom 2017! We’ll be putting on our best show yet from August 22-26, with lots of exciting activities, esports, and entertainment—including our famous dance and cosplay competitions.

Of course, visitors to the Blizzard booth will also be able to get some hands-on play time with all our games: Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.

We’ll reveal details on what we have in store for you as the event nears, and we look forward to seeing you at gamescom 2017!

DiabloFans - Build Tool Now Includes Necromancer and PTR Content
Check out DiabloFans for information on the Necromancer, now also including builds!

Overwatch - Double XP Weekend
Overwatch is having a double XP weekend from June 8 - 12!

FinalBossTV #142 - Blood Death Knights
FinalBossTV focused on Blood Death Knights this week!

by Published on 2017-06-08 09:05 AM

Legion PvP Season 3 Cut-Offs Updated

5 Wizard Build Spotlights for Season 10

Hearthstone: Mulligans | Episode 4 - Art Gallery

Patch 7.2.5 PTR - Build 24287
Build 24287 went live today.

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
PvP Talents
  • Necrotic Strike A vicious strike that deals (100% of weapon damage) Plague damage, and converts 1 Festering Wounds into a Necrotic Wound, absorbing the next [ 600% [ 900% of AP ] healing received by the target. Unholy DeathKnight - Tier 5 PvP Talent. 1 Runes. Melee range. Instant.

Demon Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
  • Demon Blades Your auto attacks have a 100% 60% chance to deal additional Shadow damage and generate Fury. Havoc Demon Hunter - Level 100 Talent.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
  • Earth Shock Instantly shocks the target with concussive force, causing up to [ 920% [ 1,100% of Spell Power ] Nature damage based on Maelstrom spent. Shaman - Elemental Spec. 10 Maelstrom. 40 yd range. Instant.

Darkmoon Faire - Blight Boar Band
In Patch 7.2.5, Blight Boar joins ETC in performing at the Darkmoon Faire. You can find them in a new cave off to the east of Darkmoon Isle.

  • The concert happens every hour at 30 minutes after the hour.
  • During the concert, Death Metal Knight will spawn and the surrounding group can attack him. He spawns waves of ghosts you need to dodge, ghouls to kill, and has a frost aura, so you may want a healer.
  • Intercepting the AoE that the band throws out helps you progress from Casual Fan, Serious Fan, Hardcore Fan, to Number One Fan

Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
110Other Blight Boar Microphone
600Two-handed MaceTwo Hand Necromedes, the Death Resonator
600ClothHead Lightly-Padded Cage Helm
600LeatherHead Leather-Lined Cage Helm
600MailHead Chain-Linked Cage Helm
600PlateHead Steel-Reinforced Cage Helm

Name Points Category
Hey, You're a Rockstar! Participate in the Blight Boar concert.
5Darkmoon Faire
Mosh Pit Don't allow any ghouls to reach Devlynn Styx during the Blight Boar concert.
5Darkmoon Faire
Perfect Performance Participate in a perfect performance of the Blight Boar concert.
10Darkmoon Faire
Taking this Show on the Road Have each of the band's roles assigned to you after participating in the Blight Boar concert.
10Darkmoon Faire

Vendor Items
Various vendors around the area sell masks, glowing sticks that leave a short trail behind your character's hands, food, and drink.

Level Type Name Model Viewer
1Head Blighthead Electric Beehive Mask
1Head Blighthead Grim Smile Mask
1Head Blighthead Bitter Wounds Mask
1Head Devlynn Styx Mask
1Head Blighthead Slack-Jaw Mask
1Head Blighthead Mohawk Mask
1Head Blighthead Romero Mask
1Other Purple Dance Stick
1Other Green Dance Stick
1Food & Drink Hunk of Mystery Meat
1Food & Drink "Killer" Brew
1Food & Drink P.B.R.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Elemental Discussions - 7.2.5 Part 2
Brief aside on scaling, since it's getting a lot of discussion in this thread. Slightly technical.

Elemental's scaling with crit doesn't pose any major problems that we know of. Yes, crit doesn't improve Lava Burst, but improves everything else by more than the standard amount due to Elemental Fury and Elemental Focus. This is intended to make crit's total value balanced for Elemental, and as far as we know it's in a good place. A quick glance at community-made guides etc. would indicate that players have the same valuation (crit is far from the bottom stat). The fact that distribution of crit's benefit is not uniform on all spells is in many ways a good thing--it give the stats more texture. It's something that would probably be good to have more of across the specs (as is common with mastery and haste).

Haste improves Earth Shock and Earthquake by virtue of casting them more often (in addition to reducing cast/GCD time, although the former is more important). Imagine a simplified world where 3 Chain Lightnings build enough resource for 1 Earthquake. The entire cast sequence of CL-CL-CL-EQ gets compressed by whatever your haste percentage is, improving your DPS by that amount. The Earthquake doesn't have to do more damage per cast with haste (in the same way that the Chain Lightning doesn't do more damage per cast, and nobody questions that).

We agree that the mastery cap is not ideal. It is not completely urgent since you have to be rather mastery-stacked to hit it, even in current endgame gear. But knowing that problem will get worse, I would not be surprised if we looked into it in an upcoming patch.

EDIT: I believe PTR should currently (or shortly) have:
--Earth Shock damage increased by 25% (from 20%)
--Earthquake damage increased by 55% (from 30%)
--Frost Shock damage increased by 25%

Just Earthquake for now. Rather than buff both equally, putting the whole buff into EQ shifts some damage from SS towards EQ in the process to make things a little less random. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
How about fixing the crusader strike animation on female draenei?
Nearly every race retained an original animation on at least one ability. For Draenei females they were Crusader Strike, Mortal Strike, etc. (WarcraftDevs)

Class Mounts
This work for the druid flight form as well since I read you had to go to class hall to activate it
Low level druid alts can activate their new flight form in Moonglade. (Muffinus)

Can we please have Elite sets in the appearances tab please? Aka I have 5 items from the prideful set, but cannot view it.
Elite sets do exist, but will only show if you have completed the set. (WarcraftDevs)

Will season 3 Elite pvp sets ensemble be available for marks of honor once season 4 begins (provided you hit 2k in s3)?
The Season 3 Elite PvP ensembles will become available at the end of Season 4. (WarcraftDevs)

AskMrRobot - Global Network
AskMrRobot is launching a new feature that uses your computer to generate stat weights for you and other players! Keep an eye on the progress or join the network.

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