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Beta Week 5: Keys from Week 5 have been released! Check the status page to see if you won.

by Published on 2015-10-02 11:22 AM

Holyknight3000 Wallpapers, Rank #1 4-Man GR 82

HearthPwn Goes Mobile Friendly, Deck Spotlight: Mech Warrior, Not-So-Secret, TAC #105

Test Map, Reworked Skins and Animations v2, Matthew Cooper Interview, Hottest Plays #48

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - October 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Fel Lord Zakuun
    • [Requires a realm restart] Cloven Soul should now always be applied to the target with the highest threat that is currently tanking Fel Lord Zakuun.

Collections
Toy Box
  • Mark of the Ashtongue is now usable while in combat and the cosmetic transformation no longer breaks in combat.

Items
  • Fixed an issue that could cause naval equipment to incorrectly display as red on the naval equipment vendor, (but is still purchasable) when the item in question has been unlocked for the character.

European Road to BlizzCon this Weekend
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The 2015 European Road to BlizzCon gets underway in Prague, Czech Republic this weekend, October 3-4, and it’s going to be epic! If you’re an eSports fan, you won’t want to miss the Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft European Championships being held at the event. Some of the best players in the world will be battling it out for a share of the $300,000 USD prize pool, as well as a coveted place in the World Championships at BlizzCon this November!

The Heroes of the Storm action begins earlier, when the group matches are played on Friday, October 2 from 12:00-22:00 CEST. On Saturday, crowds will pack the O2 Arena as the main event kicks off and the excitement truly begins. Tune in from 12:00-23:40 CEST to follow the Heroes group decider matches and semi-finals, and the Hearthstone and World of Warcraft group matches and semi-finals. All three grand finals will be played in front of a captivated audience on Sunday from 12:00-19:45 CEST—you won’t want to miss them!

StarCraft II fans will also want to check out the Legacy of the Void show matches! Catch Milenium vs. Team Liquid from 17:50-18:50 CEST on Saturday.

Stream
For event and stream details, including the schedule, be sure to check out the official 2015 European Road to BlizzCon website at www.euRTB2015.com. And if you're heading to Prague this weekend, be sure to check out all the exciting activities we've got lined up!

Remember that if you watch the Heroes of the Storm Road to BlizzCon live stream using a Twitch account linked to your Battle.net account, you can also unlock a sweet in-game “Storm Watcher” portrait.

It’s going to be an adrenaline-charged weekend, so find a comfortable seat and get hyped!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
can u confirm how many guidlies need to be in a raid for it to count as a "guild group"? thanks
For a raid group, 80% (rounded down) of the group must be from the same guild. Minimap icon will confirm if you qualify. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
can you list the projects you personally worked on so we can lay to rest whether this post employment praise is warranted?
I don't think that would lay anything to rest. (OccupyGStreet)
The truth is that nobody works on projects in a vacuum at Blizzard or Riot. (OccupyGStreet)
Nobody changes philosophy on their own. Those are all directions that the team is aligned around. (OccupyGStreet)
It is why I always caution players not to vilify (or deify) individual developers. That's just not the way game dev works. (OccupyGStreet)
If you don't like a feature or a philosophy by all means speak out. But blame the studio not those few whose names you know. (OccupyGStreet)



Community Spotlight: SulaMoon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This week, we turn our attention to the wondrous art of SulaMoon, who recently answered our questions about her creative process and what inspires her work.

Q: What influences your designs?
This whole [Warcraft] series started because Cataclysm was such a cool looking spell that I just had to paint it. Casting it while glyphed in demon form, with horns and wings? Heck yeah! So I started sketching.

Pretty soon I had the idea to see if I could fit my character and my friend's character into a series, making them into Hearthstone-style illustrations. The first one was my demon warlock, followed by my husband's retribution paladin. The priest is the leader of the guild, and a dear friend, so it was a gift for her.


My idea is was to make their characters, favorite transmog set, and favorite spec all into one recognizable image. Raiding with them has been an awesome experience, so cheers! That’s also why they’re only Horde characters.

Q: How long does it take to create images like these?
I worked on this on my off-time, so I slip in a couple of minutes every chance I get. If I'd add it all up, it would be around 15 hours per piece.

I start with a rough sketch for pose and composition—the overall posture of the piece. Once that’s working, I move into adding the details to the sketch—where I'll collect references for armor, weapons, and spell effects—and add them over the initial sketch. A couple of times something breaks and I need to reorganize the whole sketch. I then do a grayscale pass to make sure the light will read and start working on volumes, and then I can move into color. There’s a lot of polishing and making sure the materials read as they should.


This is also the time where I’ll take some liberties with the original set, and imagine how they would work if there weren’t in-game technical restrictions. I particularly like painting shiny trinkets, so a lot of time is spent on highlights and sparkling effects.

Q: What other works inspire you?
In the illustration world, Joe Madureira—his comic art but specially his work on Darksiders—and Brom is also a huge one for me, and so is Drew Struzan! I also like Todd Lockwood, Dan dos Santos, and especially Wei Wang. He is amazing. I'm also a movie fan—I love watching and studying movies and their visual languages so I can capture a little bit of their magic when I paint. Also, soundtracks—glorious, epic soundtracks by Hans Zimmer. I also play pen and paper RPGs. I really love this stuff, and I think the reason I’m an artist nowadays it's because I’m a fan of things like these. They’re what pushes me forwards and makes me aim for greater things.

Q: And what about video games for inspiration?
I love raiding. I’ve tried it hardcore, I’ve tried it casual, and I enjoy it more than I can socially admit. I had to step down from hardcore to a bit more casual playstyle so I could work on my art too. It was weird at the time, but now that I have found a guild I can call home I am in comfortable position to keep both going.


I also love the lore in the game, and I have a couple of friends I can geek out with about the lore until my heart is content. And of course, I love the art in Warcraft—in-game, comics, and I can't wait for the movie! The heaviness of the style, the details, the scenery, the races. The community is also amazing, and I have made many friends inside the game over all the years playing.

Q: If you could add one thing to the game, artistically, what would it be?
Customizable horns! Yes! But wait, this one is already promised. So how about Dreadsteeds that fly with a blazing trail of fire in the skies!
Another great thing would be more detailed armor, in the chest area especially. I love the work being done over with models in Heroes of the Storm, and I'd love to see something similar in WoW too!

Our thanks goes out to SulaMoon for sharing these lovely pieces with the WoW community.

Heroes of the Storm - Respawn Timer Increases and Snowball Prevention
The Heroes PTR got increased respawn times and smaller stat differences between levels at lower levels to try and make games more even if a team falls a little behind early on.

by Published on 2015-10-01 05:18 AM

Blizzard Games on Sale, New ATI Drivers for D3, How to Cow Level

October Card Back - Highmaulin' and Brawlin' Ogres

No Medic Changes Planned, All Fountains Shall Burn, C9 Skin Sales, Rotation and More!

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - Sep 30
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Brewfest
  • Added the ability to sell a number of Brewfest items back to the Brewfest vendor that could not be sold back previously.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Note that the following tuning changes to Hellfire Citadel are currently live for the EU and Asia regions. Other regions will require a realm restart for the changes to take effect.
  • Kilrogg Deadeye
    • Kilrogg Deadeye's Heart Seeker now deals damage and spawns globules only against the target of the ability on Normal Difficulty.
    • Significantly reduced the health of Blood Globule and Fel Blood Globule on Normal Difficulty.
  • Hellfire High Council
    • Reduced the damage of Dia Darkwhisper's Wailing Horrors by 30% on Normal difficulty.
  • Gorefiend
    • Gorefiend no longer uses Shared Fate on Normal or Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Gorebound Construct's Hunger for Life now only affects the fixated target on Normal difficulty.
  • Tyrant Velhari
    • Aura of Oppression in stage one and Aura of Contempt in stage two of the encounter now increases its effect over time more slowly on Normal difficulty.
  • Xhul'horac
    • Wild Pyromaniac's Fel Orb no longer creates patches of Chaotic Felblaze if it fails to impact a player on Normal and Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Unstable Voidfiend's Volatile Voidstep no longer spreads Creeping Void if the explosion contacts any players on Normal and Raid Finder difficulty.
  • Archimonde
    • Archimonde no longer uses Wrought Chaos on Normal or Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Nether Portals created by Nether Banish no longer summon Living Shadows on Normal or Raid Finder difficulty.

PvP
Ashran
Mercenary Mode
  • Fixed an issue where Druids could incorrectly retain shapeshifted visuals for the opposite faction upon leaving a Battleground match.

Items

Hellfire Citadel Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Seems fine really, target audience for Normal will appreciate the changes and the world keeps turning. It's probably a fine line between tweaking numbers so that the mechanics don't feel threatening and then wondering "well, if no one cares about them anyway - why have them". Difficult problem.
We certainly haven't consistently been successful in doing this, but as we reflect on how Normal difficulty has turned out, we'd rather remove mechanics from Normal difficulty entirely than leave them in but make them so non-threatening that they can be ignored entirely. The latter approach hurts clarity, because you look at an encounter and see 3 or 4 mechanics, but there may actually only be 1 or 2 that you truly need to worry about.

Removing mechanics from Normal also means that, in effect, going from Normal to Heroic now introduces some additional mechanics, just as going from Heroic to Mythic always has. That adds some additional depth to the experience of learning a boss on a higher difficulty, rather than just having the same encounter with larger numbers.

It might be better if the difficulty and complexity gap between Normal and Heroic were comparable to the gap between Heroic and Mythic, and that hasn't been the case.

Who is the target audience for Normal? I thought it was friends and family groups? Has it now changed to pugs with minimal co ordination and no voice comms?
It's been a while now, but when we first elaborated on the Warlords raiding structure last year, we tried to spell out the target audiences. Raiding Azeroth: Part 2 and the associated blogs go into a ton of depth if you have too much time on your hands and want to read thousands of words rambling about raid design. But the most relevant part was this:

  • In broad strokes, there are three distinct types of groups that participate in organized raiding:
  • Friends and Family groups: These are social groups that exist for reasons besides raiding, but whose players would like to venture into raid content together. This type of group is inherently inclusive, and will not organize its roster according to specific class needs, nor is the group likely to criticize or remove players based on performance. Members of this type of group prioritize playing together.
  • Raiding guilds: These are groups that have formed for the purpose of raiding. These are the majority of guilds that you’ll see recruiting in Trade chat or on realm forums. These groups will generally look for specific classes based on roster needs, and will expect a certain level of attendance or performance. Members of this type of group prioritize experiencing and learning the content.
  • Hardcore raiding guilds: An extreme subset of the previous category, these are the guilds of players whose ethos drives them to be the best at games they play, and who are willing to dedicate time and energy to maximize their results. Guilds of this type will recruit and maintain a roster based primarily on performance, and will expect raiders to optimize their characters. Members of this type of group prioritize competition and success.


I'd say that those three categories largely match with Normal, Heroic, and Mythic raiding respectively. In a lot of ways, many pickup groups trend closer to the Heroic sphere of content, simply because they are selective, and generally will not hesitate to replace someone whose throughput is significantly below par or who is screwing up mechanics. A friends-and-family group will generally not kick out their friend or family member because they stand in the fire a lot. That's sort of the point.

In-Game Shop Expands - Appearance, Faction, Name, and Race Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The in-game Shop has expanded to provide access to select paid character services, including Appearance, Faction, Name, and Race Changes*—all right from the comfort of the character-selection screen. Now you can change your allegiance, alter your identity, or make your character over to transform them into a better . . . them.

  • Appearance Change—Change your character’s appearance, including their gender, face, skin color, hair color, hair style, and name as desired. Learn more about eligibility and restrictions for this service here.
  • Faction Change—Switch your allegiance from Horde to Alliance or Alliance to Horde. Learn more about eligibility and restrictions for this service https://us.battle.net/support/en/art...nd-limitations.
  • Name Change—Change your character’s name to something a bit more them (or you). Learn more about eligibility and restrictions for this service here.
  • Race Change—Change your race to one within your same faction. Learn more about eligibility and restrictions for this service here.

*Please note that these services are not available for purchase within the Shop while logged in to a character in the game. To access them, you’ll need to log out to the character-selection screen.

This Month in WoW – October 2015
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
October is the month of festivals! This year, we’re spending the month celebrating brew, tricky treats, and PvP as we zero in on BlizzCon 2015. Make your October plans now. It’ll be over before you know it!

In-Game Events

Brewfest [September 20-October 6]
Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and brew! The competing breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew, and the Ogres, all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special ales, meads, and beers. Brave adventurers are invited to sit back, take a pull, and sample the finest wares these brewers have to offer!

Brewfest is your only chance to acquire the Swift Brewfest Ram and Great Brewfest Kodo mounts, as well as the Wolpertinger and Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm pets. It’s also your chance to get your brew-covered mitts on a few new items: the Stout Alemental pet, the Steamworks Sausage Grill, and Brewfest Banner toys!

Darkmoon Faire Returns [October 4-11]

The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on October 4, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.

The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Bash some gnolls!

Hallow’s End [October 18 – November 1]
Hallow's End is a celebration of the break between the Forsaken and the Scourge. Many tricks and treats await adventurers seeking holiday fun, including defeating the Headless Horseman, visiting inns and cities for fun items such as masks and costumes, and eating way too much candy in one sitting.

You’ll find a special Hallow’s End Wickerman set up and ready to burn in Stormwind and near the Undercity in the Ruins of Lordaeron. Every four hours, Genn Greymane and Lady Sylvanas will arrive to light each faction’s respective Wickerman in celebration of Hallow’s End. Of course, it wouldn’t be Hallow’s End without a little mischief.

Upcoming World of Warcraft Tournaments

Road to BlizzCon: WoW European Championship
BlizzCon is only a few weeks away and teams are vying for a chance to make it to the finals. Don’t miss the WoW European Championship, taking place at the 2015 European Road to BlizzCon in Prague’s O2 Arena on October 3-4. Don’t worry if you can’t be there in person—we’ll be bringing the adrenaline-charged action to you via live stream throughout the weekend.

For event and stream details, including the schedule, be sure to check out the official 2015 European Road to BlizzCon website at www.euRTB2015.com.

ESL WoW (EU)
The Electronic Sports League continues to bring the weekend WoW action on:
  • Saturday, October 17 at 18:00 CEST (9:00 a.m. PDT)

For more information, head over to the ESL news site, and don’t forget to follow ESL on Twitch and Twitter.

Bonus Events
  • September 30 – October 5: Burning Crusade Timewalking Dungeon Bonus Event
  • October 7 – October 12: Apexis Bonus Event
  • October 14 – October 19: Arena Skirmish Bonus Event
  • October 21 – October 26: Northrend Timewalking Dungeons Bonus Event
  • October 28 – November 2: Battlegrounds Bonus Event
by Published on 2015-09-30 06:10 AM

Blizzard Games on Sale, New ATI Drivers for D3, How to Cow Level

The Mech War Tavern Brawl - New Hearthstone Patch

Artanis' Abilities Preview, Town Hall Heroes #79, Epic Plays #48, WTF Moments #17

Burning Crusade Timewalking Event
The Burning Crusade Timewalking event starts today! You can purchase rewards from Cupri in the center of Shattrath.




Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
80Mount Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger5000 × 
70Mount Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk5000 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing750 × 
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard900 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing1000 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard1200 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
226NeckNeck Shard of the Crystal Forest25 × 
213FingerFinger Signet of the Impregnable Fortress25 × 
200TrinketTrinket Sundial of the Exiled35 × 
200TrinketTrinket Valor Medal of the First War35 × 
200TrinketTrinket Mirror of Truth35 × 
245TrinketTrinket Mark of Supremacy35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Emblem of Fury35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Icon of the Silver Crescent35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Bloodlust Brooch35 × 
226NeckNeckAll Strength Spiked Battleguard Choker25 × 
245FingerFingerAll Strength Bloodshed Band25 × 
110TrinketTrinketAll Strength Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 60135 × 
226NeckNeckHealer Frozen Tear of Elune25 × 
213FingerFingerHealer Renewal of Life25 × 
226NeckNeckAll Agility Broach of the Wailing Night25 × 
213FingerFingerAll Agility Ring of Invincibility25 × 
226NeckNeckAll Intellect Evoker's Charm25 × 
213FingerFingerAll Intellect Band of Channeled Magic25 × 
200TrinketTrinketAll Intellect The Egg of Mortal Essence35 × 
110TrinketTrinketAll Intellect Essence of the Martyr35 × 
110Off HandOff HandAll Intellect Talisman of Kalecgos25 × 
110BackBack Farstrider Defender's Cloak50 × 
136BackBackAll Strength Dory's Embrace50 × 
110BackBackHealer Bishop's Cloak50 × 
110BackBackAll Agility Blood Knight War Cloak50 × 
110ClothHeadAll Intellect Cowl of Naaru Blessings35 × 
264ClothChestAll Intellect Meteor Chaser's Raiment25 × 
128ClothWaistAll Intellect Voodoo-Woven Belt35 × 
141ClothLegsAll Intellect Corrupted Soulcloth Pantaloons25 × 
213ClothFeetAll Intellect Xintor's Expeditionary Boots25 × 
264ClothHandsAll Intellect Gloves of False Gestures25 × 
110BackBackAll Intellect Shawl of Shifting Probabilities50 × 
110LeatherHead Mask of the Deceiver35 × 
264LeatherChest Shadow Seeker's Tunic25 × 
141LeatherWaist Belt of the Silent Path35 × 
141LeatherLegs Trousers of the Scryers' Retainer25 × 
213LeatherFeet Boots of Captain Ellis25 × 
264LeatherHands Cat Burglar's Grips25 × 
110MailHead Storm Master's Helmet35 × 
264MailChest Longstrider's Vest25 × 
141MailWaist Aftershock Waistguard35 × 
141MailLegs Rushing Storm Kilt25 × 
213MailFeet Pack-Ice Striders25 × 
264MailHands Logsplitters25 × 
110PlateHead Faceguard of Determination35 × 
264PlateChest Castle Breaker's Battleplate25 × 
141PlateWaist Girdle of Seething Rage35 × 
141PlateLegs Legplates of Unending Fury25 × 
213PlateFeet Kyzoc's Ground Stompers25 × 
264PlateHands Gauntlets of the Kraken25 × 
110ShieldOff HandAll Strength Azure-Shield of Coldarra25 × 
110ShieldOff HandAll Intellect Mazthoril Honor Shield25 × 
146Two-handed AxeTwo HandAll Strength The Blade of Harbingers100 × 
146One-handed MaceOne HandAll Intellect Gavel of Naaru Blessings35 × 
115One-handed SwordOne HandAll Strength Sword of Unyielding Force35 × 
146StaffTwo HandAll Agility Staff of the Forest Lord100 × 
141StaffTwo HandAll Intellect Staff of the Soul-Eater100 × 
146Fist WeaponOne HandAll Agility Vanir's Fist of Brutality35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Agility The Mutilator35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Intellect Scryer's Blade of Focus35 × 
146CrossbowRangedAll Agility Crossbow of Relentless Strikes100 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
65Junk Barrel of Fish25 × 
1Junk Crate of Meat25 × 
70Junk Bag of Fishing Treasures150 × 
70Junk Mark of the Ashtongue1250 × 
1Holiday Timeless Mirror500 × 


Hearthstone - Patch 3.1.0
A new Hearthstone patch appeared today, with a new tavern brawl, new card animations, and new animated card backs.





Heroes of the Storm - Artanis Abilities Preview
Heroes Nexus has a nice overview of the new abilities!



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
so, that shipyard: does running more missions cycle through to "better" missions faster, or is it all random?
They are random for each general location, and running missions clears up space for additional missions to appear. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Do you get invited to Blizzcon? Also, it would be epic if you walked on stage, said "Hello" & walked off. Worst Question ever
I'm going to pass. I don't think there is a way I can go and not appear to be grandstanding. (OccupyGStreet)

You can't just offer easy vs hard with the same rewards. Nobody will opt into hard "just because." (OccupyGStreet)
absolutely disagree. no reward for speedrunners. also see Demon Souls. some ppl just like hard
The issue isn't Souls (which I adore). It's whether a raid group will opt into a harder difficulty for the same reward. (OccupyGStreet)
that's why I mentioned speedrunning. There is a social motivation to it that shouldn't be ignored.
I suspect that population is small, but it might not be small if there was a way to recognize your accomplishments. (OccupyGStreet)

How did you draw the line for clever use of game mechanics vs exploit?
If the thing harms others, makes a challenge much too easy, or stomps on more fun ways to solve the problem, it's an exploit. (OccupyGStreet)
Obviously there are no hard and fast rules for this sort of thing. It often depends on the context and situation. (OccupyGStreet)

Greg, what was the most memorable moment in World of Warcraft for you NOT in-game?
Being on stage in Shanghai for the first time. (The panda dancers in Taipei was also um memorable.) (OccupyGStreet)
by Published on 2015-09-29 04:37 AM

Fan Made Necromancer, Quin's Ranking Clears, Double Generator Monk Builds

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, The Worst Arena Cards Ever

Heroes of the Storm Medic & Artanis PTR Patch - Hero Changes & More

Wildstar - Free to Play Live
Earlier this year, Carbine announced that Wildstar was moving to a free to play model. That day is finally here! You can find out more about the Free to Play transition or grab the new smaller client and some addons. The Wildstar subreddit also has some helpful links.



Guild Wars 2 - Heart of Thorns Trailer
The first Guild Wars 2 expansion is only a few weeks away and ArenaNet recently published the launch trailer. Don't forget that they also made the base game free to play with some restrictions recently as well. Guild week starts on Tuesday, with information on the new guild features coming in Heart of Thorns.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
If you're in Ashran, we think it's okay to bring 4 friends along with you. But bringing 39 creates an unfair environment. (holinka)
Certainly happy that new communities have sprung up and new friendships have been formed. But not at the expense of fairplay. (holinka)
Unfortunately, a few people have circumvented those restrictions and we've had to create additional measures. (holinka)
I am not sure I understand. So working together as a team is frowned upon in an MMO?
Seems like you're twisting my words. (holinka)

Why no just remove the (Ashran) debuff from the game? take less code hrs, Please?
We think it's important that all players that enter Ashran have an equal opportunity to compete. (holinka)
idk if you've been to ashran but they all seem extremely one sided, mostly in favor of alliance
I receive an equal number of "Horde always wins" and "Alliance always wins" complaints. (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
which is sad. Player insight into the the why's of development is great, makes the decisions feel less arbitrary
Exactly. So maybe let's give up on the whole petition to get someone fired strategy. (Autocorrect said "furred" lol.) (OccupyGStreet)

If you aren’t controversial, either you’re a puppet or you do nothing important.
That may be the case, but some companies view social media as a distraction, so being controversial is a net loss. (OccupyGStreet)



DLC #506 - Demon Hunter
DLC #506 takes a look at the new class coming in Legion, Demon Hunters!

by Published on 2015-09-27 10:52 PM

Fan Creation - Necromancer

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, The Worst Arena Cards Ever

Heroes of the Storm Medic & Artanis PTR Patch - Hero Changes & More

Armory Stats - Battle Pet Leveling and Achievement Points
It's still Pet Battle Bonus Weekend, and we are concluding the pet battle related posts by taking a look at the remaining battle pet achievements. Today's data is from 2.1 million players (not characters) that were active after August 1st.

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Blue Tweets - Developer Communication
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
How many game designers have been fired via online petition? Asking for a friend.(holinka)
Hmm maybe you know @OccupyGStreet? (holinka)
#AndThatsHowRumourStarts
Ha ha, no I just mean he had many of these silly petitions in his time. Just pointing out we've seen this before. (holinka)
The more likely outcome is your boss says "Keep doing what you're doing, but stop talking to players because it's controversial." (OccupyGStreet)
Yep, ties into that "why game devs don't communicate with players" article you linked previously. (Celestalon)
I don't think this particular group cares about communication. They are unhappy and want corrective action. (holinka)
They are operating under the false belief that I am standing in the way of them getting what they want. (holinka)

Can't punish communication to all players due to a horrible few.
Our team's strategy is to communicate through @WarcraftDevs & not our personal accounts. That's fine. (holinka)

Jay Wilson
Ha! I know for a fact that isn't true. (holinka)
I know, but I still think he was majorly unfairly crucified in the community. They also seem to take 'credit' for him leaving.
Yes certainly unfortunate. He is like a design buddha. Kind and helpful to everyone he meets. (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
With an MMO, not necessarily WoW mind, how important should micro vs macro customization be? Are big choices more fun?
Typically you don't get to make the big choices very often so having the "tweaky" little ones can feel satisfying IMO. (OccupyGStreet)

is it a lost cause to try to get players to express right feedback versus the wrong type of feedback?
I find it cumbersome to give players too many rule about how they can provide feedback. (OccupyGStreet)
If you can get them to consider how their feedback will be viewed (oh this guy is just ranting) that can focus their point. (OccupyGStreet)



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 CPUs from Intel and 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 6700K 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!


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $115ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $140
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $22Cyborg V.5 - $58
MouseLogitech G402 - $50Razer DeathAdder - $53
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $32
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $200Dell U2412M - $263
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $77Corsair Vengeance K70 - $123
MouseLogitech G502 - $58Razer Naga 2014 - $70
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $86


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 - $48NZXT Source 210 - $48
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $63EVGA 600B - $63
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $100AMD FX-8320 - $140
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $94ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $104
MemoryKingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1866 - $448GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $54
Graphics CardMSI R7 260X - $130R9 270X / GTX 960 - $200 / $171
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $36Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $82
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$567$714 - 743


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 - $137
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W - $100EVGA G2 650W - $100
CPUIntel 6600K - $275Intel 6600K - $275
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $52Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $76
MotherboardASUS Z170-A - $164ASUS Z170-A - $164
Memory8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 - $5016GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 2133 - $116
Graphics CardGigabyte R9 380 - $230Gigabyte R9 390 OR ASUS GTX 970 - $310 / $320
Hard DriveWestern Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $116Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $116
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $85
OR
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $89
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $120
OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $133
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1159 - 1207$1400 - 1458


Heroes of the Storm PTR - New Skins, Mounts, and Animations
More goodies from the PTR today, with new skins and mounts previewed, along with the new and upgraded animations.



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Armory Stats - Pet Battles
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Poll - PvP Pet Battles
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A new build went on the Heroes PTR server, adding two new heroes and other changes. You can find all of the details at HeroesNexus.




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