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by Published on 2017-03-11 12:51 AM

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Adjustments to Legendary Items in 7.2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In an upcoming PTR patch, you will see adjustments to a number of legendary items. These changes can be categorized into:

  • Added throughput effects to legendaries with non-throughput bonuses, or only occasional throughput benefits.
    • Example: Promise of Elune, the Moon Goddess (Balance Druid boots that grant a utility healing effect via casting Lunar Strike/Solar Wrath), will now also increase the damage of Lunar Strike and Solar Wrath by 8%.
  • Added extra secondary stats to non-throughput legendaries where that makes more sense than to add throughput to the legendary effect itself.
    • Example: Belo'vir's Final Stand (Mage chest that causes Blink to grant an absorb shield) now have an extra 3rd secondary stat. We don’t want to turn Blink into a rotational DPS button, so instead of adding an effect like “Blink also increases your damage dealt by X% for Y sec”, we’re adding an extra ~650 secondary stats to the item.
  • Improvements to legendaries whose design isn’t working well in gameplay.
    • This has been and will continue to be an ongoing effort, and we’ll be making such changes as time goes on, including after Patch 7.2.
  • Numbers tuning to bring the throughput benefits of other legendaries more in line with each other.
    • This has been and will also continue to be an ongoing effort.

Legendaries have different use cases and we want their power level to be tuned with that in mind. Universal throughput legendaries - legendaries that increase output in most situations - should be good but not always the best in every situation. Situational throughput legendaries – legendaries that perform very well in the right situation - should be better than universal throughput legendaries in those situations, but then aren’t ideal in other situations. Non-throughput legendaries will soon include a small amount of consistent output through either an adjustment to their legendary effect or an extra 3rd secondary stat, and continue to provide their utility benefits.

By narrowing the power gap between throughput legendaries and non-throughput legendaries, we’re hopeful that 1) the first two legendaries a character acquires will have some reliable throughput increase and 2) once you acquire more of them, you’ll feel more freedom to swap them around based on the situation.

Patch 7.2 - Flying Achievement Change
The Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two achievement was changed on the PTR.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks for the feedback, everyone! The original currency requirement for Nethershards in this quest was temporary until final Nethershard costs and drop rates were determined. The current requirement for this quest is 2500 Nethershards. Also, *spoiler* Khadgar realizes that he was a bit overzealous and at the conclusion of the quest determines he only needs 1. So the player is left with the remaining 2499 to use as they please.

Additionally, some folks are worried that the Legionfall Campaign is going to stop them from flying. It's not! The campaign is not a requirement to unlock flying in 7.2. One of the early versions of the achievement had that as a requirement, but it has since been removed.

Can we see EXACTLY what is in the amended achievement.
You can see this on the PTR right now. It looks like the datamining sites are a bit out of date though.

1. Part 1 completed
2. Explore Broken Shore - Go to every POI
3. Defender of the Broken Isles - Complete Demon Assault (incl. scenario) in each of the 4 zones that have them
4. Reach Revered Rep with Legionfall faction.

Patch 7.2 - Glorious Tyranny Visual Change
The Glorious Tyranny enchant has been changed in Patch 7.2. You can see an example of the change on a smaller and larger weapon below.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
When we made the Glorious Tyranny enchant during the Mists of Pandaria expansion, we went for maximum cool looks. Unfortunately, the result has proved to be negative for computer performance.

Our artists regularly make performance improvement passes on things like this, and this particular enchant visual is one of their priorities for Patch 7.2. They're doing what's necessary to improve performance when this enchant is active, but as you can see, the look has changed a bit.

We’re trying here to balance helping players who are having issues and restoring the original appearance, but ultimately there's going to have to be a small change in how it looks.

Live Developer Q&A – Submit Your Questions
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Join us live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft Thursday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, as we sit down with Lead Game Designer Matt Goss for our next live developer Q&A where he’ll be answering your World of Warcraft: Legion itemization questions.

You can submit your questions here in this thread or on Twitter by using the hashtag #LegionQA.

As a reminder, please keep your questions short (40 words or less) so that we can get to as many questions as possible. We look forward to you joining us live on Thursday!

Patch 7.2 PTR - Flying Testing NPC Disabled Next Build
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Just wanted to give a quick heads up that, with the next PTR build, we'll be removing Petey Yar (the test NPC that granted the achievements required for 7.2 flying) from Dalaran, and implementing the intended requirements to activate the Class Mount quests.

So, if you want to do any additional testing/experimenting with 7.2 Flying or Class Mounts, you have until the next PTR update to do so!

Build of the Month - March 2017
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!

This month
The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending 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!



MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$229
KeyboardLogitech G710+$80
MouseLogitech G502$60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$44


MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$457
KeyboardCorsair K70$109
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$61
SpeakersLogitech Z523$68

Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.


Updated March 10, 2017
Case Carbide Series 200R$55
Power Supply EVGA 600B$50
CPU Intel i3-7100$120
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$145
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics Card ASUS RX 460$95
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23


Updated March 10, 2017
Case Carbide Series 200R$55
Power Supply EVGA 600B$50
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$145
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics Card RX 480 OR
GTX 1060 3GB
$180 / $200
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 1TB$78
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.


Updated March 10, 2017
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$45
Power Supply SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W$70
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Scythe Mugen Max$50
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$169
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$130
Graphics Card GTX 1060$250
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$129
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23


Updated March 10, 2017
Case Corsair Air 540$122
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$93
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$89
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$169
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$130
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$129
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$156
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

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by Published on 2017-03-09 08:36 PM

WoWDB: The Firefox performance issue has been resolved!

WoW Arena World Championship 2017 - Win Big!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World of Warcraft esports is leveling up! This year we’re bringing you more ways to participate, more teams, and more live action for everyone watching at home. So if you have a competitive bone in your body (and who doesn’t?), read on for an overview of the exciting changes. There are many ways you, your team, and your community can get involved.

But first, a quick—and epic—reminder of what you can expect. . . .

More Teams, More Action
This year, there’ll be more opportunities to prove your teams’ prowess on the world stage:

  • Extra qualifier cups in North America and Europe, giving more teams the chance to shine.
  • Open signups: you don’t need an Arena rating to sign on the dotted line. What’s stopping you?
  • The top eight teams will be broadcast live, giving your team the chance to show off epic skills and the audience good reason to cheer on the teams they’re passionate about.
  • Prize pool of $6,000. Each. Pretty sweet. *nods*

Points Win Prizes: How to Qualify
To advance, teams can earn points through a variety of events:

  • Online Arena Cups award points to the top teams, so the teams with the most points qualify to their regional LAN event.
  • Teams can sign up to compete in as many cups in their region as they want. Go, go, go!
  • Approved community-run events can also award points—so what better reason to encourage your community to get involved? The more points you have, the more chance you have of qualifying. Simple as that.

How Points Are Awarded

Note that points are earned by teams, not individuals, so leaving your team means leaving some of your points behind. Safety in numbers, friends!

The Road to the World Championship Finals

Regional Championship Events—Claim Your Crown!
  • 12 teams for NA and EU—up from 8 last year.
  • All regional events are LAN-based, with teams competing in person.

The WoW Arena World Championship Finals
  • 12 teams—up from 8 last year.
  • Latin America now has a dedicated spot and China will be represented by a second team—get your game on, wherever you are.

Join us!
Not looking to participate but want to follow the action? We’ll be updating you soon on when and how you can catch the epic battles, so you can follow your favorite team along the glorious road to the WoW Arena World Championship Finals. Up for the challenge? Keep your eyes peeled for event announcement and rules in the coming weeks.

Good luck, heroes!

Legion PvP Season Ending Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Attention Arena and Battleground competitors! Legion PvP Season 2 is coming to a close soon. Once ended, the battle will begin again a few hours after, when Legion PvP Season 3 begins!

Season 2 – End of Season Rewards
If you participated in Season 2, in order to ensure you receive the rewards that you’re due, please keep the following in mind:

  • Refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until after Legion Season 1 has ended.
  • Legion Season 2 titles and mounts will be awarded approximately two weeks after the season ends.

Season 3 Updates
With Legion Season 3, the maximum number of times you can Prestige will increase from 9 to 13.

Faction-based Rewards
Don’t forget—end-of-season rewards are based on your faction. The top 0.5% of Alliance PvPers will be awarded the Gladiator: Legion Season 2 achievement and mount, and the same will go to the top 0.5% of Horde PvPers. If you transfer your character to the other faction, you must have 50 wins after your transfer to receive the reward.

Where will you rank at the end of this season?
by Published on 2017-03-09 07:40 AM

Cast Your Vote and Determine Who Will Get a Spot in the Hearthstone Global Games!

Patch 7.2 - The Great Akazamzarak
New Order Hall champions are coming in Patch 7.2 and today we are taking a look at The Great Akazamzarak.

If you aren't a fan of his speech in Dalaran, in Patch 7.2 you can ask him to stop!

Throw Down in Dalaran This Friday!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In this week's PTR Development Notes, we mentioned that we were planning to stress test some new server technology we're rolling out in Patch 7.2. Initially, our plan was to have everyone fight Withered J'im, but we wanted to come up with something a little more exciting to make it more fun to participate in.

So, this Friday (March 10th), we'll be turning Dalaran into a free-for-all PvP zone on the 7.2 PTR. You'll be able to attack anyone and anything you want - both players and NPCs alike. Oh, and you'll have the same buff mechanic used in the Black Rook Rumble world quest: every time you kill a player, you'll get a stacking increase to your health and damage (but reduced healing taken).

We're expecting this to be absolute mayhem... which is great, because we need to put our servers through the ringer! And since events like this are the sort of thing we can only do on the PTR, we're really hoping to have as many players participating as possible.

This event will run from 3 PM to 5 PM Pacific time on Friday. If you'd like to join us, please make sure you have the PTR downloaded and your character copied over ahead of time - while we want to stress test as much as possible, the PTR character copy system is likely to break in the process, so make sure you have a character ready to go!

Recent Action Against Real-Money Raid Clears
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As some players have pointed out, we were indeed very conservative with this initial round of actions, and only issued penalties to a handful of the most egregious offenders who had blatantly and openly violated our terms of service. These are meant to serve as a warning to all players who participate in such activities, as we intend for future actions to be much more comprehensive, and the punishments more severe.

Raid Testing Schedule - March 9-10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday and Friday, March 9-10, we will be conducting raid testing of Tomb of Sargeras bosses.

Thursday, March 9

Demonic Inquisition - Heroic Tomb of Sargeras
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)

Fallen Avatar - Heroic Tomb of Sargeras
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)

Friday, March 10

The Desolate Host - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)

Harjatan - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)

After testing concludes on Friday, we plan to open Raid Finder Tomb of Sargeras over the weekend.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Patch 7.2 - Druid Class Mount Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Note that today's build was made while we were in the middle of making these changes, so it's in somewhat of an incomplete state. In the next build, here's how it'll function:

- Completing the questline unlocks the form for all Druids on your account, but only enables it for that character.
- Once unlocked, you can enable/disable it at will by talking to an NPC that's in the Dreamgrove (if you've completed the questline) and in Moonglade (always, for the alts).
- When enabled, Travel Form will use the form of a Lunarwing Owl instead of a Storm Crow, and it will be rideable by party members. You won't need any additional keybindings or macros.
- Glyph of the Sentinel takes priority over Lunarwing Form being enabled. If you have that glyph applied, you'll appear as a Sentinel.

Hope that helps clarify what to expect!

FinalBossTV - The Lost Codex
FinalBossTV talked to The Lost Codex this week.

by Published on 2017-03-08 05:10 AM

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23708

Recent Action Against Real-Money Raid Clears
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We’ve recently taken action against a number of accounts that were actively participating in and/or advertising the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for real-world currency. Such behavior is a clear violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use.

Of the players affected, many were members of top raiding guilds. We want to be clear that everyone we’ve taken action against had illustrated full knowledge and intent to violate the Terms of Use. Going forward, in order to ensure fair play and competitive integrity, we’ll be monitoring these activities much more closely in order to make sure that the rules are being followed. This includes selling services for real money, account-sharing, and other violations.

Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.

If you see people advertising these services, please help us keep the game clean by reporting them. If you’re unsure, here are some common warning signs:

  • A “broker” is offering to match buyers with service-providers. Commonly, a broker will collect real-world currency from a buyer while offering gold to a guild or group that will actually provide the service.
  • Someone offering a service is unwilling to discuss terms of payment via in-game tells, and insists on using a non-Blizzard application to communicate.

Also note that Patch 7.2 includes some improvements to our reporting features to add clearer categories for reporting listings in the Premade Group Finder. We’re disappointed to see members of the raiding community participating in behaviors that clearly violate the Terms of Use, and want to be clear that such activities will not be tolerated.

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