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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 2015-09-27 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.



by Published on 2015-09-26 08:46 PM

Disabled Bounties Hotfix, Cache Farming Builds, Bounties DH Guide

Deck Spotlight: The Silver Hand, House of Discards Card Design Competition, TwitchCon

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

Armory Stats - Pet Battles
It's Pet Battle Bonus Weekend, and we are continuing the pet battle related posts by taking a look at the pet battle achievement completion rate of players. Today's data is from 2.1 million players (not characters) that were active after August 1st.

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Poll - PvP Pet Battles
It seems that PvP pet battles aren't very popular among the general population. Do you take part in them? If not, why?


Final Boss #97 - Strength Melee
This week Final Boss covered Retribution Paladin, Warrior and Death Knight specs!



Heroes of the Storm PTR Build - Medic, Artanis, and More!
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.



by Published on 2015-09-25 04:46 PM

Bountiful Bounties Event, UEE Bonuses and Hotfix

Deck Spotlight: The Silver Hand, House of Discards Card Design Competition, TwitchCon

Introducing the Medic - Lt. Morales, PTR Not Starting Today

Armory Stats - Battle Pet Collection
It's Pet Battle Bonus Weekend, so we are starting by taking a look at the battle pet ownership achievement completion rate of players. Today's data is from 2.1 million players (not characters) that were active after August 1st.

You can see some of the same data to compare to last time we looked at pet battle stats, two years ago.

Keep in mind that the Safari achievements require you to collect every pet on that continent. The Raiding with Leashes achievements require collection of every pet that drops from different raid bosses. Crazy for Cats and Celestial Family require collecting specific pets.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Mythic Dungeons don't count as dungeons for guild challenges while in a guild group? Intended?
Not ideal, but a consequence of how the system was originally built. Challenges require queued dungeon activities (LFG) only. (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
Except the "alternative" is always substantially less rewarding, so it will never be cared about. You can't just offer easy vs hard with the same rewards. Nobody will opt into hard "just because".

How can you be so sure? I always choose the hardest difficulty without knowing if I'll get better rewards
The comment was specifically about group PvE content. If you offer 5 difficulty levels, all with the same rewards, and don't provide easy ways for other players to see others' accomplishments, then my experience is most players will see no point in suffering through the harder difficulties. Some will, but my expectation is that group will be small. In general, if players do more challenging content, they expect rewards appropriate for their accomplishment. Those rewards could be power based rewards, or they could just be recognition from other players.

This doesn't mean players don't like difficult content. I like difficult content. But generally in multiplayer games, players want some recognition or outright rewards that they did it the hard way. I think the mindset is just different in single player games. I play Dark Souls because I gain satisfaction over beating it. It's harder to lean on personal satisfaction in a multiplayer game where players spend a lot of brain space comparing their accomplishments to others. In multiplayer games, the social element is typically pretty massive or it wouldn't be a multiplayer game. Recognition, in my experience, is an important part of that social element.



Poll - How Many Battle Pets Do You Have?
Please vote with the number of unique pets you have. You can get a fairly accurate count by checking the pets section of your armory profile.


Overwatch - Gameplay Footage
Some more Overwatch gameplay video has been released, this time by a player that was able to visit Blizzard and play.

by Published on 2015-09-24 06:08 AM

September 22nd Hotfixes, Hellfire Amulet and Bans, Future Ghost Changes

Underdog Rules Brawl, The Angry Chicken #104, CDC #33 Finalist Voting

Shacknews Interview Round-Up, Shop Sales, Rotation for Sept. 22, 2015 and Rexxar Price

World of Warcraft - Game of Thrones Style Intro
Marc Ottensmann released a Game of Thrones style intro for World of Warcraft.


Armory Stats - Level 25 Pet Achievement
Today we are taking a look at when players earned the All Growns Up! achievement. Keep in mind that only players active since August 1st were included in this data, so players that are inactive or quit long ago after leveling a pet to 25 are not represented.

You can see a nice increase in the number of players after the release of Patch 6.1, which added the Ultimate Battle-Training Stone for everyone with a Tier 3 garrison. If you haven't done it on alts already, be sure to do so as each character can get one! If you already have several Level 25 pets, you can get more stones with the bonus event going on now.

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Pet Battle Bonus Event September 23-28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Through Monday, September 28, Pet Battle experience gains are increased by +200%. It’s time to team up your mighty minions and test them on the field of battle!

Before you charge forth with your lower-level charges, make sure to pick up the quest “The Very Best”, lest you miss the chance to wrest an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone into your chest. All you need do is queue up for PvP Pet Battles with a team of three level-25 pets and obtain five wins before the event ends.

This time around, which three pets will you take into PvP Pet Battles? Let us know in the comments below.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
so what's the plan with Mage portals? With Dalaran being the capital again, that's going to be 3 different ports. Thanks.
Good question, we'll have to avoid confusion there. Ancient Tome is a bit of a special case, to be fair... (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
Grag, what was the most memoral moment in World of WarCraft for you?
In game either Wrathgate or opening the AQ gates. (OccupyGStreet)
Out of game probably addressing the crowd at China Joy. (OccupyGStreet)



Get Ready for the World of Warcraft European Championship
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After some intense arena action in the 2015 World of Warcraft European Championship Qualifiers in August, eight teams have emerged victorious! They’ll continue their quest for glory at the European Road to BlizzCon in Prague, Czech Republic from October 3-4. Check out the details below.

Teams

Qualifier #1
1st Place - Reawakened 1
2nd Place - Solari Gaming Blue

Qualifier #2
1st Place - Bleached Bones
2nd Place - Solari Gaming
3rd Place - Solari Gaming Black

Qualifier #3
1st Place – Solari Gaming Red
2nd Place – Reawakened 3

3rd Place – Three Languages One Team

Prizes
Teams in the European Championship will battle for a share of $100,000 USD in prize money—one of the biggest-ever prize pools for a European WoW event. The prize money will be distributed as follows:

Rank
Prize
  • 1st - 50,000$
  • 2nd - 20,000$
  • 3rd - 10,000$
  • 4th - 8,000$
  • 5th - 6th - 4,000$ each
  • 7th - 8th - 2,000$ each

The top three teams will also qualify for the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2015, where they’ll face the best teams from across the globe!

The Event
The World of Warcraft European Championship is taking place at the 2015 European Road to BlizzCon in Prague’s O2 Arena. 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. You won’t want to miss it!

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.

You can learn more about the World of Warcraft European Championship tournament in our 2015 European Road to BlizzCon blog, and by checking out the links below.

ESL World of Warcraft 2015 European Road to Blizzcon

ESL World of Warcraft 2015 European Road to Blizzcon - Frequently Asked Questions
by Published on 2015-09-23 10:41 AM

September 22nd Hotfixes, Hellfire Amulet and Bans, Future Ghost Changes

How Good is Master Jouster, Hearthstone Americas Qualifiers VoDs, Strength in Numbers

Shacknews Interview Round-Up, Shop Sales, Rotation for Sept. 22, 2015 and Rexxar Price

Meet the New Overwatch Heroes - Junkrat (Defense) & Roadhog (Tank)

Armory Stats - Brewfest Achievements
Today we are looking at the achievements you can earn from Brewfest. This data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015.

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Name Side Points
Direbrewfest Kill Coren Direbrew.
69.21% 10
Does Your Wolpertinger Linger? Obtain a Wolpertinger pet from the Brewfest quest line.
57.28% 10
Have Keg, Will Travel Obtain a Brewfest mount, or transform yours into one using Brewfest Hops.
57.17% 10
Down With The Dark Iron Defend the Brewfest camp from the Dark Iron attack and complete the quest, "This One Time, When I Was Drunk..."
55.44% 10
A Brew-FAST Mount Obtain an epic Brewfest mount.
42.77%
Brew of the Month Join the Brew of the Month club.
37.12% 10
Brewmaster Complete the Brewfest achievements listed below.
35.35% 10
Almost Blind Luck Fall 65 yards without dying while wearing Synthebrew Goggles during the Brewfest Holiday.
34.28% 10
Brew of the Year Sample 12 beers featured in the Brew of the Month club.
23.43% 10
Disturbing the Peace While wearing 3 pieces of Brewfest clothing, get completely smashed and dance in Dalaran.
15.83% 10


Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival is back again and mostly unchanged from previous years. This year, the quests reward a stack of 3 of your choice of consumable items that give your character a ghostly color tint for an hour.


Level Type Name
1Junk Vengeful Spiritshard
1Junk Peaceful Spiritshard
1Junk Forlorn Spiritshard
1Junk Anxious Spiritshard


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Ashran Bug
Letting everyone know that we're aware of a potential issue where players already in an active Ashran battle may receive a second pop-up prompt asking if you'd want to join the Ashran battle. This second prompt is a bug and is being looked into. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Renewing Subscriptions in Greece
We wanted to let you know that we’re aware of the payment issues our players in Greece are currently facing. Certain banks are not processing international digital transactions for certain types of products, leaving many of you unable to pay for Blizzard games and services with credit cards or PayPal.

We’re carefully monitoring this situation, and we’d like to remind you of other payment options that are available to you. For World of Warcraft game time:
  • Pre-paid game cards should be available at local retailers like Plaisio, Public, Media Markt, Seven Spots, e-shop.gr, etc.
  • Those with in-game gold to spare can purchase 30 days of game time on the Auction House with the WoW Token

We’re also working with external partners and local retailers to bring Battle.net Gift Cards to Greece soon. These cards will provide you with an additional payment option by allowing you to charge up your Battle.net Balance in order to purchase items, including game time, in the Battle.net Shop. You can find more information here.(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Merc mode is awesome, but one flaw. Why are merced Alliance players allowed to whisper Alliance on the other team?
what did you like or dislike about it? (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
Yea I find it really weird talking about that ex forever. Not only that but w.e you opinion on gets blamed on recent wow devs
I try to talk about the features I worked on and decisions I made. I don't have any context for recent stuff. (OccupyGStreet)
I know but there's ppl out there waiting to point out some cool thing you mention and turn it into a negative for blizz devs
I agree it is not cool to use my comments to try and leverage change on the current dev team. (OccupyGStreet)

Except the "alternative" is always substantially less rewarding, so it will never be cared about.
You can't just offer easy vs hard with the same rewards. Nobody will opt into hard "just because." (OccupyGStreet)



Overwatch - New Heroes: Junkrat and Roadhog
Two new heroes have been announced, and Overpwn has all of the details!

by Published on 2015-09-21 05:29 PM

Update (10:15 PM EDT): Added tonight's hotfixes

Brewfest 2015, Armory Stats - Brewfest Mounts, Blue Tweets, GW2 PvP Growing, DLC #505

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - September 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Remnant of the Blood Moon: To reduce the number Drained Blood Crystal needed to start the encounter, the health of the Blood Moon has been reduced to 1000 (down from 10,000).

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • The duration of Nether Corruption has been reduced to 5 seconds so it doesn't persist across multiple portal phases on Raid Finder difficulty.

PvP
Mercenary Mode
  • Players should no longer receive a bonus objective to kill a tower guardian for the wrong faction, Rylai Crestfall (Alliance) or Jeron Emberfall (Horde) while fighting as a mercenary.

Achievements
  • Rescue Operation: Fixed an issue where players were unable to free captured prisoners.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Monks from being able to use Zen Flight in areas where they were able to use other flying mounts.
  • [Requires a realm restart] Fixed an issue where the Swarming Insects debuff that prevents flight in The Feeding Pits in Townlong Steppes could persist incorrectly after leaving the area.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause characters to receive loot for the wrong class in Personal Loot mode on Mythic difficulty.

BlizzCon 2015 In-Game Goodies Round-Up
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heading to BlizzCon 2015 or planning to watch online with the Virtual Ticket? Take a gander at the collection of epic in-game goodies you’ll get when you join us for the convention in person or at home.

World of Warcraft – Murkidan Pet
After consuming the shin bone of Gul'dan, this fiesty demon hunter was caged for 10,000 years by his brother Murkfurion. Now he’s ready to unleash his finfernal rage in pet battles across Azeroth!




Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Battle Beast Mount
Teams will tremble and Cores will crumble when you storm into combat astride the mighty Nexus Battle Beast!


Hearthstone – Blizzard 2015 Card Back
Hearthstone on phones, Tavern Brawls, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and more—a very cool year, indeed.


StarCraft II – Portraits
Show off your status as a galactic BlizzConquerer with a pair of Legacy of the Void–themed portraits invoking the mysteries of the Xel’Naga and the power of the Spear of Adun.


Diablo III – BlizzCon Pennant, Pet, and Portrait
A trio of treasures awaits! Fly the colors of the BlizzCon crusade with an all-new pennant, and mrglgllglgll the demonic hordes with your Murkgoblin pet and portrait.*


This year’s epic collection of in-game goodies will be available to everyone who purchased a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket or who’s attending the show in person (just redeem the Digital Bonuses code you received when you purchased your tickets), and will be unlocked for use after BlizzCon begins. Head to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket page to order or learn more!

*Windows/Mac version only

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