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by Published on 2017-06-16 11:10 PM

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June 20 Class Tuning Adjustments
These adjustments will go live after the next weekly maintenance.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Following the release of Patch 7.2.5, we continue to monitor every spec's performance and make tuning adjustments as necessary. With the opening of the Tomb of Sargeras in mind, during scheduled maintenance on 20 June, we expect to make the following changes:

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Vengeance
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.
    • Spirit Bomb damage reduced by 33%.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Survival
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
  • Fire
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Brewmaster
    • Stagger now has 40% effectiveness against Magic damage (was 50%).

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Retribution
    • Damage of all abilities increased 3.5%

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Discipline
    • Evangelism now has a duration of 6 seconds (was 7 seconds).

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Elemental
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
    • Smoldering Heart proc chance is now 10% per 100 Maelstrom spent (was 20%).

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Affliction
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.
  • Destruction
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms
    • Trauma can no longer Critically Strike.
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 4%.

In addition to the class changes above, we're doing some final tuning on a couple of the forthcoming Tier-20 sets:

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Mythic+ Loot
Will we get higher than 905 gear in the weekly M+ cache on patch day if we complete a +15 the week leading up to the patch?
The new level of Mythic Keystone 11-15 rewards will become active the week that the Mythic difficulty of Tomb of Sargeras opens. (WarcraftDevs)

Do i have to do a +15 this Week so i get Higher ilvl loot from my Weekly Chest or will the Cap still be +10 for another week?
The M+ loot cap generally goes up when Mythic difficulty of the raid unlocks - that's how it worked for Nightmare and Nighthold. (WatcherDev)

.why remove the FoS ''Unholy determination'' From the DK Class mount quest, for those who've done it? Thats a slap in the face.
Don't want folks to feel the need to check guides before doing quests lest they miss out on something permanently without knowing it. (WatcherDev)
The FoS had been deleted in 7.2.5 data weeks ago. "Missable" achievements in one-time content would set a dangerous precedent. (WatcherDev)

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 were on the WoW team still when it was said that there is too many currencies and it needed to be reined in. Since your departure, WoW has just seen more and more currencies added. Your thoughts on why this might be the case from a design perspective?
Generally it happens because you want to encourage players to engage in lots of different forms of content. If you have say 3 currencies and 10 forms of content, then what probably happens is one of the currencies can be earned in many different ways and there is a risk players will gravitate towards the most efficient. Having different currencies also lets you offer rewards on different cadences (say something with not much buying power that you reward frequently, versus something very powerful that you only offer once a week or less.)

The instincts to offer different rewards for different things makes your life a little easier for the designers, and often benefits players as well. The main downside is the growing complexity of a system, which can be overwhelming for players to keep straight.

Caveat: I haven’t played WoW in over 3 years. (Source)

EU Arena Cup #3 LIVE June 24-25 at 17:00 CEST: Tune In!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Cup #3 of the WoW® Arena World Championship goes live Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. To keep up with the action, tune in to the broadcast each day at 16:30 CEST, with matches kicking off at 17:00 CEST sharp. Don’t miss out!

You can catch all the action on our official World of Warcraft Twitch channel in English. The stream will also be available in Russian.

Miss out on the previous cup? We've got you covered—head on over to our Arena Cup #2 recap blog for all the details.

What's New?
We have a brand new esports page to share with you, a space dedicated to WoW esports. You can catch up with all the action, news and current Point Standings here.

Dates For Your Diary

Arena Cup 4: July 8-9, registration closes on July 2 at 11.59pm CEST
Arena Cup 5: July 22-23, registration closes on July 16 at 11.59pm CEST

Points Promote Players – Get Involved!
Cup Events
  • 1st place: $3,000, 160 points
  • 2nd place: $1,500, 80 points
  • 3rd place: $1,000, 36 points
  • 4th place: $500, 20 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 12 points each

Approved Community Events
  • 1st place: 40 points
  • 2nd place: 20 points
  • 3rd place: 12 points
  • 4th place: 8 points
  • 5th and 6th places: N/A

Find out more in our Arena World Championship announcement here.

Want In On The Action?
We want to see a ton of community involvement, and strongly recommend some of you out there hold your own events. Not only will you be part of the action, you’ll help teams place higher on the ladder — as approved community events award points too! Want to know more? Get in touch. Want to run your own event? Apply here.

Good luck to all the teams, and see you on the stream!

Tomb of Sargeras Minimalist Guide
Vetaro has created his minimalist guide to Tomb of Sargeras! You can find him on Twitter at Vetaro.

by Published on 2017-06-16 12:08 PM

Patch 7.2.5 Hotfixes - June 15
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Chromie Scenario
  • The Timelord title is now account-wide.
  • Nezar'Azret should now only summon adds when in combat.

  • Corrected an issue where Mythic Keystone completion failed to award an additional piece of loot for beating the timer in some circumstances.

  • Tome of the Legionfall Magi should no longer notify group members when it is looted.
  • Mythic Keystones should now display properly when linked in chat.

  • Ilyssia of the Waters should no longer appear in Azsuna. She wasn't quite ready for her debut yet.

Player versus Player
  • The Gaze of Aman'thul debuff can no longer be removed by player spells.
  • Druid
    • Cyclone should now work correctly on all tamed Hunter pets.
    • Restoration
      • Template Intellect increased by 5%.

  • Monk
    • Windwalker
      • The stun provided by Heavy-Handed Strikes now correctly matches the increased range of Fists of Fury.

  • Paladin
    • Holy
      • Template Intellect increased by 2%.

  • Priest
    • Discipline
      • Inner Renewal will no longer trigger twice for Shadow Covenant.
    • Holy
      • Template Intellect increased by 2%.

  • Shaman
    • Restoration
      • Template Intellect increased by 2%.

  • Warlock
    • Affliction
      • Nightfall will correctly be consumed when casting Seed of Corruption
      • Unstable Affliction's dispel backlash can no longer be reflected or grounded.

  • Auctioneer Xifa should no longer evade attempted assassination for “Hiding in Plain Sight”.

  • Brawn (Tauren racial trait) and Might of the Mountain (Dwarf racial trait) now appear correctly in the spellbook.

2016 Blizzard Student Art Contest Winners
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The sixth annual Blizzard Student Art Contest has drawn to a close! Presented by Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams, this contest called upon college and university students to create epic World of Warcraft-styled environments and characters and share their vision of Azeroth.

After deliberating over the many exceptional entries, our judges have chosen four outstanding pieces by two very talented artists. Check out the winning entries below.


Cody Harder- Character Contest Winner
Brigham Young University (BYU) – Idaho

Kate McKee-Environment Contest Winner
Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)


Kate McKee- Character Contest Runner-Up
Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)

Cody Harder- Environment Contest Runner-Up
Brigham Young University (BYU) – Idaho

Overwatch - Jeff Kaplan 15 Year Anniversary
Dinoflask made a video to celebrate Jeff Kaplan's 15 year anniversary at Blizzard!

by Published on 2017-06-15 08:39 PM

Brian Holinka Leaving World of Warcraft Team
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Five years ago, I received a phone call from Blizzard offering me the chance of a lifetime—a position on the World of Warcraft team.

Simply put, this is my favorite game of all time, and working on it these past five years has been a dream come true. I have learned so much from the women and men who make it and everyone who plays it. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a game that so many people around the world are so passionate about.

A few weeks ago, I was offered a new opportunity at Blizzard that I’m really excited about. Tomorrow is my last day working on World of Warcraft.

As a longtime player, I couldn't be more excited about what the future has in store for World of Warcraft. In particular, the PvP team remains hard at work on some incredible plans. I fully expect that the best years of World of Warcraft PvP are ahead of us.

Thank you to everyone involved with World of Warcraft, from the development team to the players, for letting me be a part of this game's community. I consider it a great privilege.

Brian Holinka
by Published on 2017-06-14 09:53 PM

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Patch 7.2.5 Hotfixes - June 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Chromie Scenario
  • Andorhal: Brother Grigory and Talessah Towhide should cast their full heal spell less often.
  • In Dragonblight, Chromie is now a very important NPC, well-marked on maps, and player-versus-player activities are forbidden in the area around her.

Class Halls
  • Artifact Research Notes work order shipments now have a duration of 3 hours and 36 minutes.
  • (Hotfix in testing) Blood of Sargeras can now be obtained from Class Hall vendors at a price of 5 Blood of Sargeras for 5,000 Order Resources.

  • (Hotfix in testing) Fixed a bug preventing Mythic Keystone information from displaying properly when linked in chat.
  • Unseen Predator's Cloak will now correctly increase the Critical Strike chance of Cobra Spit (Spitting Cobra talent) and the Critical Strike chance of the periodic damage from On The Trail (Artifact Trait).

Player versus Player

  • Obliterum Ash rewards from Patch 7.2.5 crafted items are now similar to rewards from Patch 7.2.0 and earlier.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Item Level 970 Legendary Items
Will ilvl 970 leggys drop since 7.2.5 or since ToS opening?
ToS opening.
(The new legendaries can still drop on the first week of the patch but at ilvl 940)

Cant we start upgrading legendaries tomorrow? Do we also have to wait until ToS opens?
The new quest to upgrade legendaries to ilvl 970 will become available when ToS opens next week. (Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Do you continue to gain stamina per point past 52 in concordance?
Yes, your health increases at a reduced rate compared to prior points. However, tank + healer bonus damage doesn't increase after point 52. (WarcraftDevs)

could we get an explanation on why s3 pvp elite appearance is being released at the end of s4
The ensembles become available when those appearances can no longer be obtained in rated PvP. Legion Seasons 3&4 share an armor appearance. (WarcraftDevs)

does anyone know if u account change a char if u have to do 150 wins all over again?
No, transferring a character to another account does not reset the number of wins-- only a faction transfer resets the number of wins. (WarcraftDevs)

Could you guys take a look at southshore vs. Tarren Mill again? Particularly at the balance, for the alliance. Thanks.
We learned a great deal from this first run of Southshore vs. Tarren Mill, and we’ll make adjustments for next time. (WarcraftDevs)

is Concordance capped at 52(first pt) in rated pvp?
There is no cap. (WarcraftDevs)

Can you verify that you need 150 wins on a toon to get Gladiator Legion Season 3 or just for R1?
Both Gladiator and Cruel Gladiator require 150 wins. All other titles require 50 wins. (WarcraftDevs)

WIll saved up pvp tokens (Echoes) go away with the end of season? Or will they persist through season end?
They are converted to gold at end of season. (holinka)

Muff man! where is Varimithras the best dreadlord ever its not a secret is it?
No one knows, but one thing's for sure: Sargeras probably isn't too happy with him. (Muffinus)

The murloc demon hunter in Stormheim during invasions - is he canon? If yes, how did he come to be?
He mmmmrgrgrlgled everything! What have you mmmmrgrgrlgled? (Alex_Afrasiabi)

FinalBossTV #143 - Legion Holy Paladins
FinalBossTV focused on Holy Paladins this week!

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