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by Published on 2017-01-22 10:43 PM

"Ben Brode on how long until Pirates walk the plank"

Patch 7.2 - Dungeon Armor Sets
Patch 7.2 adds new dungeon sets, as well as a new dungeon: Cathedral of Eternal Night.

Cloth Dungeon Sets

Leather Dungeon Sets

Mail Dungeon Sets

Plate Dungeon Sets

Patch 7.2 - Calculators Updated
Calculators on the WoWDB PTR site have been updated for Patch 7.2!

Patch 7.2 - Transmog Set Tab
Patch 7.2 adds a new tab to the appearance pane that lists item sets. Currently it isn't fully filled out, but it looks like it will include various Tier sets, allowing you to preview the set for each existing difficulty and determine which of the appearances you have collected.

Build of the Month - January 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+$82
MouseLogitech G502$60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50


MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$459
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga 2014$75
SpeakersLogitech Z523$70

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


Updated January 22, 2017
Case NZXT Source 210$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$66
Graphics Card ASUS RX 460$105
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


Updated January 22, 2017
Case NZXT Source 210$55
Power Supply EVGA 600B$50
CPU Intel 7600K$235
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$145
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$66
Graphics Card RX 480 OR
GTX 1060 3GB
$170 / $200
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 1TB$77
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

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


Updated January 22, 2017
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$65
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$90
CPU Intel 7600K$235
Heatsink Scythe Mugen Max$48
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$180
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$118
Graphics Card GTX 1060$265
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$127
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


Updated January 22, 2017
Case Corsair Air 540$127
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$90
CPU Intel 7600K$235
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$86
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$180
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$117
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$127
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$130
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

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The Nighthold - Nightborne Lore
Our friends over at Gamepedia took a look at some of the Nightborne lore!

Nightborne - Nighthold Lore
by Published on 2017-01-22 11:08 AM

A Brief Look Into the Hearthstone Expansion & Adventure Set Design Process

We're Closing Our Doors

Call of the Scarab
The Call of the Scarab event is now live! Head to Silithus to fight for your faction.

Lunar Festival
Lunar Festival is live! This year has a new set of toys that make up a Dragon costume. You can purchase these at Fariel Starsong in Moonglade.

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23436 New Items
Lots of new items were added in the initial Patch 7.2 build! Check out the full list on the WoWDB PTR site.

Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
1Cloth Bolt of Shadowcloth
1Cloth Bolt of Starweave
1Leather Wisp-Touched Elderhide
1Leather Prime Wardenscale
1Metal & Stone Hammer of Forgotten Heroes
110Other Felessence Legion-Flask
910ClothShoulders Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy
910LeatherFeet The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge
910MailHands Vigilance Perch
910PlateWaist Rethu's Incessant Courage
850Holy Relic Mega Cleansed Grovewalker Core
110Companion Pets Cavern Moccasin
110Companion Pets Young Venomfang
110Companion Pets Everliving Spore
1Companion Pets Crackers
1Companion Pets Scraps
1Other Broken Shore Fishing Currency
1Other Legionfall Reward Pack
1Other The Birth of the Lich King
1Other Icecrown and the Frozen Throne
1Other Beyond the Dark Portal
110Mount Hellblazing Reins of the Chaotic Dreadsteed
110Mount Moon-Kissed Feather
110Mount Abyss Worm
40Mount Vicious War Turtle
40Mount Vicious War Turtle
110Mount Leywoven Flying Carpet
110Mount Archmage's Prismatic Disc
110Mount Gift of the Holy Keepers
110Mount Ban-lu, Grandmaster's Companion
110Mount Trust of a Fierce Wolfhawk
110Mount Trust of a Loyal Wolfhawk
110Mount Trust of a Dire Wolfhawk
110Mount Decaying Reins of the Vilebrood Vanquisher
110Mount Iron Reins of the Bloodthirsty War Wyrm
110Mount Spiked Reins of the Felbroken Shrieker
40Mount Vicious War Bear
40Mount Vicious War Bear
40Mount Vicious War Lion
110Mount Raging Tempest Totem
110Mount Bloody Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Mephitic Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Midnight Black Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Razor-Lined Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Glowing Reins of the Golden Charger
110Mount Harsh Reins of the Vengeful Charger
110Mount Stoic Reins of the Vigilent Charger
110Mount Heraldic Reins of the Valorous Charger
40Mount Vicious War Scorpion
100Other Summon Fishing Boss 1
535None Resonant Fel

Patch 7.2 - New Order Hall Traits
Patch 7.2 adds two new tiers of Order Hall Traits. Tier 7 costs 20000 x Order Resources and Tier 8 costs 30000 x Order Resources.

You can browse all of the new traits on the WoWDB PTR site.

  • Tier 7 Column 1 - New troop type that has a random Ability and can counter either Minions, Spells or Hazards, in addition to +30% success chance.
  • Tier 7 Column 2 - Increase the number of Champions you can have active at once by 1.
  • Tier 8 Column 1 - All new Relics are able to grant a Rank increase to a second Artifact Trait.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PSA: Be Careful with your Essences
It's no different then any other daily quest. Once you get the set number of items and turn in the quest the next time you pick up the quest the overflow isn't's reset.
I can see this being an issue in a few situations, specifically around Nighthold progression and going over the 50 "cap" by a moderate amount during your normal raid time.

We will send this feedback over to the developers and see what's going on.

I think it's typical for quests like this to work in this way, but in this case, when looking at how raids progress and LFR tiers and such, it seems people could end up saving 70-80 at a time without realizing it which could be devastating. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2017-01-21 07:25 AM

Call of the Scarab: This event is now live!

Tier 20 Armor Set Models

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23436 Spell Changes, Artifact Traits, Maps
There were lots of changes in this build, so we have put them into individual posts!

by Published on 2017-01-21 06:59 AM

World of Warcraft Tier 20 Armor Sets

Tier 20 armor sets are here! They may look familiar, as many of them are inspired by the Tier 6 armor sets.

Keep in mind that this is an early preview. Sets may be unfinished, missing pieces, and missing colors.

Take a look at them in the modelviewer for the full picture, especially Mythic Druid (keep watching...) and Warlocks (use the Jump Start animation).

by Published on 2017-01-21 02:07 AM

Upcoming Class Tuning Changes - 1/24/17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As we prepare for the opening of Mythic Nighthold, we're planning another round of balance tuning for a few specs. These will be applied with the next weekly maintenance.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Feral
    • Increased the damage of most Feral spells and abilities by 8%. (Ashamane's Frenzy, Brutal Slash, Ferocious Bite, Maim, Moonfire, Rake, Shred, Swipe, Thrash, Rip)
      • Designer Notes: Feral's playstyle feels good, but isn't putting up the numbers that it should be, so we're giving them an across-the-board damage buff.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Combat Experience (Pet Passive) now increases the damage of primary pets by 60% (up from 50%).
    • Designer Notes: This is primarily a damage buff to Beast Mastery, but will have a tiny benefit to Survival and occasionally Marksmanship as well.
  • Marksmanship
    • Arcane Shot now generates 8 Focus (up from 5).
    • Multi-Shot now generates 3 Focus per target hit (up from 2).
    • Sidewinders damage increased by 33%.
      • Designer Notes: Marksmanship has given a lot of feedback that the rotation often winds up casting too many consecutive Focus generators. We are making two changes: first, helping avoid that problem by increasing the Focus generation of Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot. Second, making it more attractive to use Sidewinders in more situations, for players who prefer the pacing of the rotation with that talent.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Increased the damage of most Arcane spells and abilities by 5%. (Arcane Barrage, Arcane Blast, Arcane Explosion, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Orb, Nether Tempest, Supernova)
    • Overpowered now increases the damage and mana cost bonuses of Arcane Power to 60% (down from 70%).
    • Amplification now increases Arcane Missiles damage by 12% (down from 15%).
      • Designer Notes: Arcane has been doing well in 7.1.5, but its numbers are lacking a bit. We're giving them an across-the-board damage buff, but tempering that with small reductions to a couple new talents that are proving to be too strong.
  • Fire
    • Pyroblast mana cost reduced by 20%.
    • Flamestrike mana cost reduced by 17%.
      • Designer Notes: Under certain circumstances, it was possible for Fire to run out of mana. It's only intended that mana is a constraint on Fire's utility, not its damage.
  • Frost
    • Comet Storm damage increased by 24%.
    • Flurry now fires its missiles faster.
      • Designer Notes: Comet Storm is failing to live up to expectations, so we're buffing its damage. The Flurry change will help Flurry feel more responsive, while simultaneously solving a potential issue where Winter's Chill could apply to two Ice Lances (instead of just one, as intended) at extremely high Haste levels.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Brewmaster
    • Keg Smash damage increased by 10%, and it no longer deals reduced damage to 6+ targets.
    • Breath of Fire damage increased 11%.
      • Designer Notes: Brewmasters could use a bit of help on damage, especially in AoE.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Retribution
    • Crusade now increases damage and Haste by 3% per stack (down from 3.5%).
    • Blade of Justice damage increased by 20%, unchanged in PvP.
      • Designer Notes: Retribution's total damage is looking quite strong in 7.1.5, which is fine on its own. However, how that damage is delivered matters quite a bit as well. We've been seeing more and more that Paladins find that the optimal way to maximize their performance is to focus everything they can on boosting their damage during Crusade. This creates a number of problems, including: Crusade feels mandatory, your damage feels very unrewarding outside of Crusade, trinkets and artifact traits are viewed as either amazing or terrible based on whether they synergize with Crusade, and others.

        As such, we're going to tone down Crusade, and compensate with a buff to Blade of Justice. For those that had maximized Crusade to an extreme degree, this may result in a small overall nerf – this is intended. This change also helps prevent Divine Hammer from being too dominant in single-target situations.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Destruction
    • Chaos Bolt damage increased by 9%.
    • Rain of Fire damage increased by 30%.
    • Cataclysm damage increased by 29%.
      • Designer Notes: Destruction's damage isn't as high as it should be. In particular, some of its spells that should feel the most rewarding aren't hitting hard enough, especially in AoE situations. We're buffing the damage of those spells.

As always, there may be additional PvP-only tuning applied along with these changes. We'll share details on any such changes once they've been determined.

Convergence of Fate (and other trinkets)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We've been following the discussion on the recent changes to the Convergence of Fates trinkets for Retribution Paladins, as well as the surrounding discussions about trinket balance in general, and wanted to give a quick update on what we're planning:

The original value of Convergence for Ret was wildly out of line with other trinkets, largely due to its interaction with Crusade. After investigation, however, we believe that the change we made may have overshot the mark. We’ll be making some additional adjustments to Convergence of Fate, to make sure that it’s still a good trinket for Ret.

We’re also investigating Convergence’s value to other classes, particularly those with talents that replace the cooldowns that Convergence effects (such as Dark Arbiter for Unholy Death Knights). Like Crusade, those talents are made significantly more powerful when combined with Convergence of Fate, so we’ll likely need to make some adjustments when those kinds of talents are selected as well.

We are also planning to improve Nighthold trinkets which have effects that aren’t a stat buff, such as the slam on Might of Krosus. We will post more information about this as soon as we have settled on the appropriate values, and are planning to make the changes with raid resets next week.

Upcoming Forum Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve been regularly reviewing the types of discussions on the World of Warcraft forums following the changes we made last year. This thread is a “heads-up” of sorts to let you know of some further changes we will be making. The full details are as follows:

  • A new “Transmogrification” forum will be opened for all your budding fashionista needs!
  • The “Dungeons & Raids” forum will be re-opened!
  • The “PvE Discussions” forum will be renamed to “Quests & Achievements.”
  • The “PvP Discussions” will be split into two new forums called “Arena” and “Battlegrounds.”
  • The current “PvP Discussions” forum will be removed. If there are any posts that you wish to keep, please save them and re-post them in the appropriate new forum.

We will be making these changes on 24.01.2017 and the “PvP Discussions” forum will be removed on 30.01.2017.

Thank you!

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