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by Published on 2015-08-14 09:29 AM

Update (3:30 PM EDT): Added the current drop rate for Timewarped Badges! (125 per boss, 200 from the final boss)

More PTR Hotfixes, Black and White Fanart, Carnevil WD's Future

Card Reveal Livestream Tomorrow, Currently Released Cards, Aviana OTK Druid

Kharazim Hero Spotlight, Top 5 Fails #12, Abathur on Free Week, PTR Shop Maintenance

Patch 6.2.2 - Timewalking Rewards
Patch 6.2.2 adds more rewards to Timewalking! You can see Cupri in Shattrath (Outland) to purchase these items for Timewarped Badge, rewarded from running Timewalking dungeons.

Each boss currently drops 125 Timewarped Badge, with the final boss dropping 200. This means the average Burning Crusade dungeon rewards 475 Timewarped Badge and the average Wrath of the Lich King dungeon would reward 575. Keep in mind that the drop rate and prices are not final!




Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
80Mount Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger??
70Mount Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk50000 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing5000 × 
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard6000 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing10000 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard12000 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
226NeckNeck Shard of the Crystal Forest??
213FingerFinger Signet of the Impregnable Fortress??
200TrinketTrinket Sundial of the Exiled??
200TrinketTrinket Valor Medal of the First War??
200TrinketTrinket Mirror of Truth??
245TrinketTrinket Mark of Supremacy??
110TrinketTrinket Emblem of Fury1750 × 
110TrinketTrinket Icon of the Silver Crescent1750 × 
110TrinketTrinket Bloodlust Brooch1750 × 
226NeckNeckAll Strength Spiked Battleguard Choker??
245FingerFingerAll Strength Bloodshed Band??
110TrinketTrinketAll Strength Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 6011750 × 
226NeckNeckHealer Frozen Tear of Elune??
213FingerFingerHealer Renewal of Life??
226NeckNeckAll Agility Broach of the Wailing Night??
213FingerFingerAll Agility Ring of Invincibility??
226NeckNeckAll Intellect Evoker's Charm??
213FingerFingerAll Intellect Band of Channeled Magic??
200TrinketTrinketAll Intellect The Egg of Mortal Essence??
110TrinketTrinketAll Intellect Essence of the Martyr1750 × 
110Off HandOff HandAll Intellect Talisman of Kalecgos1000 × 
110BackBack Farstrider Defender's Cloak1250 × 
136BackBackAll Strength Dory's Embrace1250 × 
110BackBackHealer Bishop's Cloak1250 × 
110BackBackAll Agility Blood Knight War Cloak1250 × 
110ClothHeadAll Intellect Cowl of Naaru Blessings1750 × 
264ClothChestAll Intellect Meteor Chaser's Raiment??
128ClothWaistAll Intellect Voodoo-Woven Belt1750 × 
141ClothLegsAll Intellect Corrupted Soulcloth Pantaloons2250 × 
213ClothFeetAll Intellect Xintor's Expeditionary Boots??
264ClothHandsAll Intellect Gloves of False Gestures??
110BackBackAll Intellect Shawl of Shifting Probabilities1250 × 
110LeatherHead Mask of the Deceiver1750 × 
264LeatherChest Shadow Seeker's Tunic??
141LeatherWaist Belt of the Silent Path1750 × 
141LeatherLegs Trousers of the Scryers' Retainer2250 × 
213LeatherFeet Boots of Captain Ellis??
264LeatherHands Cat Burglar's Grips??
110MailHead Storm Master's Helmet1750 × 
264MailChest Longstrider's Vest??
141MailWaist Aftershock Waistguard1750 × 
141MailLegs Rushing Storm Kilt2250 × 
213MailFeet Pack-Ice Striders??
264MailHands Logsplitters??
110PlateHead Faceguard of Determination1750 × 
264PlateChest Castle Breaker's Battleplate??
141PlateWaist Girdle of Seething Rage1750 × 
141PlateLegs Legplates of Unending Fury2250 × 
213PlateFeet Kyzoc's Ground Stompers??
264PlateHands Gauntlets of the Kraken??
110ShieldOff HandAll Strength Azure-Shield of Coldarra1000 × 
110ShieldOff HandAll Intellect Mazthoril Honor Shield1000 × 
146Two-handed AxeTwo HandAll Strength The Blade of Harbingers3500 × 
146One-handed MaceOne HandAll Intellect Gavel of Naaru Blessings1750 × 
115One-handed SwordOne HandAll Strength Sword of Unyielding Force1750 × 
146StaffTwo HandAll Agility Staff of the Forest Lord3500 × 
141StaffTwo HandAll Intellect Staff of the Soul-Eater3500 × 
146Fist WeaponOne HandAll Agility Vanir's Fist of Brutality1750 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Agility The Mutilator1750 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Intellect Scryer's Blade of Focus1750 × 
146CrossbowRangedAll Agility Crossbow of Relentless Strikes3500 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
65Junk Barrel of Fish1000 × 
1Junk Crate of Meat1000 × 
70Junk Bag of Fishing Treasures1500 × 
70Junk Mark of the Ashtongue12500 × 
1Holiday Timeless Mirror20000 × 


Patch 6.2.1 and 6.2.2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve seen a lot of questions regarding patch 6.2.1 now being called 6.2.2. This change was by design and we wanted to reassure everyone that our development plans for the patch are still on track. Adding patch 6.2.1 to the PTR as early as possible gave us an opportunity to begin testing flying right away so that we could identify and squash any bugs that players could experience when they take to the skies of Draenor. With the patch being on the PTR as early as possible we also aimed to minimize the amount of time we needed to test the patch. The update to Patch 6.2.2 added some additional data that we couldn’t add to the patch prior to the announcement of the next expansion.

We know many want to know an exact date of when the patch will go live, but we’re not ready to share a specific date as of yet. We are, however, working to make sure the wait isn’t much longer.

I gotta say, I really feel sorry for Neth. I appreciate them coming in to talk with us, but I'm sorry she keeps getting put into these bad situations.
There's no need to feel sorry for me. It's OK. We just felt it was worth answering the concerns people had about the change in the patch on the PTR.

Correct me if I am wrong, but what you're saying is that flight in itself is now delayed to test "additional data" that couldn't be added prior to the announcement of next expansion.
No, we're not saying it's been delayed, as I said in the previous post- "we wanted to reassure everyone that our development plans for the patch are still on track."

So then what was preventing you from releasing this patch as is without bogging it down by including extra fluff?
We're still testing and making sure we identify and fix any last bugs involving flight. Releasing "as is" could have issues we haven't resolved go live which would just create a poor experience for people who have been looking forward to flying.

We understand the frustrations and passion for this topic coming from the community. As always, I would just ask that those who take time to discuss it remember to avoid violating the forum Code of Conduct and keep it clean.

Well don't take this the wrong way, but when we get called by Watcher in an interview "we think it will only be out in a couple of weeks" back in June, and it's now haflway through August, I think players have a right to be a little mad and cynical.

Completely understandable. I don't think anyone on our end is unaware of the frustration that everyone has expressed. We'll keep doing what we can to keep everyone in the know.

Oh they're aware at this point, no doubt. I think the question ask nowadays is just whether or not they care.

We definitely care.

Dia Darkwhisper Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There's definitely a messy history here. Our aim throughout has been to provide a more consistent experience, but there have been other bugs exposed as we applied various fixes in pursuit of that goal, which required new fixes, and so forth. Fingers crossed, but we think we're at a final state at this point.

The core of the original problem lay in Dia's nature as a Shadow-school-exclusive caster with a variety of spells, one of which (Void Bolt) needed to respect school lockout when interrupted, and Mark of the Necromancer's exponential growth that makes Reap timing very important.

A history of changes here:

Original state: Nightmare Visage respected school lockout, and because Reap could not be cast during Nightmare Visage, the exact timing and quantity of Void Bolt interrupts could cause huge variance in Reap's timing, and thus the damage taken from Mark of the Necromancer. Some players figured out an exact interrupt order to reliably cause Reap to be delayed so that it started coming after Mark, pretty much trivializing Mark for the rest of the fight.

Reap Hotfix #1 (August 3): Because it was a problem that the danger posed by Mark/Reap could vary drastically from pull to pull, we made Visage ignore school lockout, which made its timing more predictable, and thus Reap's timing as well. We realized that many guilds had only killed the fight by manipulating the timing to get the optimal Reap/Mark order, so we also nerfed Mark damage at the same time to help offset the potential increase in difficulty.

Post-Hotfix #1: This mostly addressed the problem, though quirks in AI timing meant that it was still rarely possible to get the "easy" spell order. The new timing exposed an even worse bug, however. Dia could not Reap while Darkness was occurring. Previously, delayed Visage casts tended to cause these two abilities to not intersect. But after our hotfix, there was a predictable window, about 6:30 into the fight, where they would line up, and the result was to delay Dia's fifth Reap by a significant amount, causing Mark damage to ramp out of control and almost certainly cause a wipe. Not good.

Hotfix #2 (August 11): We fixed the issue with Darkness preventing Reap, and rebuilt the way Reap/Mark work, and now force Dia to re-cast Mark after each Reap so that they can never get desynced and the variance in Mark damage from pull to pull should go way down.

Post-Hotfix #2: The change to Darkness/Reap interaction also increased the effective duration of Darkness (a side-effect, not the core intended change), which increased the damage and positioning disruption from that ability.

Hotfix #3 (August 13): We're going to be reducing the duration of Darkness to match how it used to be prior to Hotfix #2.

We're generally hesitant to buff fights once they're in the wild, and didn't set out here with the intent of making the encounter strictly more difficult (hence the offsetting nerf to Mark damage in Hotfix #1 above). The goal was always to reduce large variation in the fight's difficulty from pull to pull, which makes for a frustrating experience. There were admittedly a few more pitfalls along the way than we expected. Please let us know if you continue to experience any frustrations or apparent bugs here.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Pepe
If WoD is just over...WHEN is the pepe costumes coming/be available/turned on?
I am not at liberty to divulge this information (Muffinus)

PvP
(PvP talent system (Abilities only work in PvP). Bad!. I should be able to use any ability anytime and not have 2x as many binds.
We think that's an important concern and we don't plan on giving you tons of buttons that only work in PvP. (holinka)

The bitter ppl at AJ complain a lot about disregarded PVP feedback during WoD beta. Let's erase this track record?
In the past we had a lot less PvP-only knobs to tune. It will be much easier to act on feedback going forward. (holinka)

how they gonna give feedback when they don't even have a beta key.
We want feedback from a wide range of skill levels. The game isn't made exclusively for one group. (holinka)
but good quality feedbacks can only be from skilled players. And the balance of PvP is based around 3s.
We disagree that good quality feedback can only come from the most skilled players. (holinka)
I've seen solid feedback from people that aren't rank 1. I've seen lousy feedback from people that are rank 1. (holinka)
Of course I've seen really awesome feedback from rank 1 players that really understand our goals for the game. (holinka)
Ultimately the best feedback is relaying your own experiences playing the game. Not trying to design it. (holinka)
all I'm askin is giving the true PvP community a chance to at least participate
It's reasonable to ask that people capable of giving good feedback are in the beta (holinka)
Don't really like generalizing what group is the "true pvp community" though. Every voice matters. (holinka)

Reputation / Questing
I do however have faith in and crew. I expect 100 to 109 will be fine whatever else happens in Legion.
I appreciate the vote of confidence =) The designers are doing a fantastic job with the level-up zones so far. (craig_amai)
I think the large variety helps stay clear of the 10,000 orc feel, and things still feel well wrapped together. (craig_amai)
Thinking back to Wrath as a comparison, there were vrykul, undead, dragons, faction conflict, but it still felt like one place. (craig_amai)
I personally am heading up the artifact feature this time, but I love what I've been seeing from the level-up so far! (craig_amai)

Beta
Lots of fantastic lore questions for Legion coming in. We're not ignoring you, but we can't answer here. Be patient, beta is coming soon! (Abrosiabi)

Road to BlizzCon - Final NA Qualifiers Broadcast This Saturday
Don't miss watching for some Legion PvP information!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Road to BlizzCon marches on! Three North American teams have already qualified for the Americas Regionals tournament later this year, and this Saturday, the top 8 teams from our final North American Online Qualifier Cup will fight for their chance to join them.

Veteran Arena commentators Jared “vhell” Coulston and Josh “Lore” Allen will once again talk us through all the action live at Twitch.tv/WoW. For this event, we’ve got an extra treat—they’ll be joined by Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton, who will bring his years of 3v3 Arena experience to provide in-depth commentary and analysis on each match as it unfolds.

What’s more, Senior Game Designer Brian Holinka will stop by to talk about World of Warcraft PvP design, including lessons learned from Warlords of Draenor and a glimpse at future plans for World of Warcraft: Legion.

It all starts on Saturday, August 15 at 2 p.m. Pacific time (check here for your local time zone). More information on the brackets, as well as the teams that are competing, is available on Battlefy. Who will rise up and claim the three remaining spots at the Americas Regionals?

Heroes of the Storm - Kharazim Spotlight
Blizzard posted a video about Kharazim today.

by Published on 2015-08-12 08:41 PM

Update (7:00 PM EDT): Added upcoming mount and pet models
Update (6:15 PM EDT): Added several new notes to the summary and the official 6.2.2 notes.

Patch 6.2.2 PTR - Build 20395
Build 20395 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.


Upcoming Mounts and Pets


From left to right: Murkidan, Brightpaw, Illidari Felstalker and Nibbles, Zeradar, Grove Warden


New Models



Ironbound Wraithcharger Mount



Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent Mount



Patch 6.2.2 PTR Patch Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
New Timewalking Rewards
  • Players now receive a Timewarped Badge when they complete a Timewalking dungeon. These badges can be redeemed at new vendors that appear during a Timewalking bonus event. The new vendors sell new toys, new mounts, in addition to gear that scales up to the character's level at the time of purchase.

Timewalking Loot Changes
  • Wrath of the Lich King dungeon bosses now have a chance to drop a Frozen Orb as personal loot while Timewalking.
  • Burning Crusade dungeon bosses now have a chance to drop Primal Nether as personal loot while Timewalking.
  • Additionally, all Timewalking dungeon bosses that had a chance to drop profession patterns or recipes now have a chance to drop them again if the player has the relevant profession and not learned it yet.
  • Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle now has a very slight chance to drop Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake as personal loot while Timewalking.
  • Loken in Halls of Lightning now has a chance to drop a music roll while Timewalking.

Hellfire Citadel
  • Fixed an issue where players are not added back to the threat list after dropping out of combat and accepting a battle rez.
  • Fixed an issue where Hellfire Assault: Spoils of the Assault chest could incorrectly appear to be already open.
  • Fixed an issue where Tyrant Velhari could not be clicked on if there is an Ancient Enforcer, Ancient Harbinger, or Ancient Sovereign near her.

PvP
Ashran
  • Ashran now has a deserter mechanic. Upon entering, players receive a 10-minute buff called Ashran Tour of Duty. If the player leaves an Ashran match before this buff expires, a 15-minute debuff called Recreant will be applied that prevents entry into another Ashran match.

Quests
Legendary Ring Quest Line
  • New weekly quests have been added to help players catch-up in earlier stages of the Legendary Ring Quest Line for Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry.

Zones, Creatures, and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Steelsnout should now be correctly immune to being trapped by Deadly Iron Trap.
Ashran
  • The interior of the Armory at Stormshield should now be correctly furnished.
  • Removed a stack of objects floating outside of the Armory at Stormshield.
Frostfire Ridge
  • Cartographers have been notified and corrected a spelling error on the world map.
Shadowmoon Valley
Darkmoon Island

Collections
Mounts
  • The maximum size of a mount is now capped at 150% of base size for cosmetic effects.

Items

Garrisons
Followers
  • Pallas' Apex Predator trait should now correctly counter Aberrations or Furies on garrison missions.
Shipyard and Naval Missions
  • Ship equipment items now have "Naval Equipment" in the item tooltip, enabling it to be searchable through the bag search UI.
  • Fixed an issue where completing a naval mission at the Naval Command Table did not cause the Garrison Report icon to stop blinking.

Achievements

New Icons



New Shop Images


New Toys

Level Type Name
70Junk Mark of the Ashtongue
80Junk Will of Northrend
80Junk Hourglass of Eternity
1Other Sack of Spectral Spiders
100Other Coin of Many Faces
1Consumable Red Wooden Sled


New Items
This is only some of the new items added in this build. Check out the full list on the WoWDB PTR site.

Level Type Name
1Junk Gently Shaken Gift
1Junk Winter Veil Gift
1Companion Pets Zeradar
1Companion Pets Brightpaw
1Companion Pets Nibbles
1Companion Pets Murkidan
1Companion Pets Grumpling
5Holiday Yellow Snowball
1Holiday Exquisite Costume Set: "Edwin VanCleef"
5Holiday Savage Snowball
1Holiday Exquisite Costume Set: "Deathwing"
1Holiday Timeless Mirror
80Other Worg Disguise
1Other Anniversary Gift
1Other Spooky Supplies
1Other Merry Supplies
1Other Ghoulish Guises
1Other Hallow's Glow
1Other Seer's Invitation
1Other Witch's Brew
1Other Creepy Crawlers
1Other Ball of Tangled Lights
1Other Imported Trees
1Other Little Helpers
1Other Festive Outfits
1Other Old Box of Decorations
1Other Savage Gift
1Other Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
1Other Snow Blower
1Other A Tiny Scarecrow Costume
1Other "Merry Munchkin" Costume
40Mount Minion of Grumpus
20Mount Reins of the Illidari Felstalker
20Mount Grove Warden
80Mount Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger
70Mount Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk
60Quest Cracked Timewarped Prism
60Quest Uncanny Timewarped Vial
1Consumable Sack of Spiders
1Consumable Celebration Wand - Murloc
1Consumable Celebration Wand - Gnoll
1Consumable Mysterious Brew
1Consumable Hallowed Wand - Wight
1Consumable Hallowed Wand - Gargoyle
1Consumable Hallowed Wand - Nerubian
1Consumable Candy Cane
1Potion Fizzy Apple Cider
100Food & Drink Potato Axebeak Stew
40Item Enhancement Winter's Grasp


New Battle Pet Abilities

Name Type Power Cooldown Duration Accuracy
Arcane Dash
Magic405 rounds1 round25%
Eye Beam
Humanoid253 rounds100%
Murkmorphosis
Humanoid5 rounds5 rounds100%
Psionic Shockwave
Magic14100%
Psionic Storm
Magic305 rounds9 rounds100%


Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Children's Week
World Events

Darkmoon Faire
World Events
  • Darkmoon Race Enthusiast Successfully complete a Darkmoon Welcome to the Darkmoon Races or The Real Race with the Racing Strider. 5 points.

Draenor
Exploration
  • Draenor Pathfinder Complete the Draenor achievements listed below: Rewards: Soaring Skyterror (Draenor Flying in an upcoming patch). 25 points. Account Wide. and Draenor Flying. 25 points. Account Wide.
  • I Came, I Clawed, I Conquered Loot 500 Loot 5000 Blackfang Claws from saberon at Fang'rila in Tanaan Jungle. 10 points.

Feats of Strength

Hallow's End
World Events

Mounts
Collections

Toy Box
Collections

Winter Veil
World Events
  • Iron Armada (New) Collect all five toys that are part of the Crashin' Thrashin' "Iron Armada" set. 10 points. Account Wide.



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mounts
  • Eclipse Dragonhawk (New) Summons and dismisses a rideable Eclipse Dragonhawk. This is a flying mount. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Grove Warden (New) Summons and dismisses your Grove Warden. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Illidari Felstalker (New) Summons and dismisses your Illidari Felstalker. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Ironbound Wraithcharger Name Changed from Iron Warhorse to Ironbound Wraithcharger. Summons and dismisses a rideable Iron Warhorse. Instant. Ironbound Wraithcharger. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Minion of Grumpus (New) Summons and dismisses your Minion of Grumpus. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.

Companions
  • Grumpling (New) Battle Pet. Instant.
  • Nibbles (New) Right Click to summon and dismiss Nibbles. Battle Pet. Instant.
  • Summon Brightpaw (New) Right Click to summon and dismiss Brightpaw. Battle Pet. Instant.
  • Summon Murkidan (New) Right Click to summon and dismiss Murkidan. Battle Pet. Instant.
  • Summon Zeradar Name Changed from Pet Name Here to Summon Zeradar. Right Click to summon and dismiss Murkimus Tyrannicus. Battle Pet. Instant. Zeradar. Battle Pet. Instant.

Item Set Bonuses



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_100_FLOW_LABEL - LEVEL 100 CHARACTER BOOST
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_100_TOKEN_DESCRIPTION - Can be used on one character on your Battle.net account.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_100_TOKEN_TITLE - Level 100 Character Boost
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_90_FLOW_LABEL - LEVEL 90 CHARACTER BOOST
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_90_TOKEN_DESCRIPTION - Can be used on one character on your Battle.net account.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_90_TOKEN_TITLE - Level 90 Character Boost
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_100_POPUP_DESCRIPTION - Thank you for joining us!|nHere is the boost that comes with your purchase of Legion.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_100_POPUP_TITLE - Level 100 Character Boost
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_90_POPUP_DESCRIPTION - Thank you for joining us!|nHere is the boost that comes with your purchase of Warlords of Draenor.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_90_POPUP_TITLE - Level 90 Character Boost
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_SHOW_ADVENTURE_JOURNAL_ALERTS - Display alerts for new adventure opportunities
  • PRE_PURCHASE_EXPANSION - Pre-purchase Now
  • SHADER_MODEL_TO_BE_UNSUPPORTED - Warning: Your graphics card will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require a Shader Model 3 capable graphics card or better.
  • SHOW_ADVENTURE_JOURNAL_ALERTS - Show Adventure Journal Alerts
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_272 - You must be a Mercenary to use this trinket.
  • UPGRADE_FEATURE_16 - Master the new Demon Hunter Class
  • UPGRADE_FEATURE_17 - Battle to level 110 on the Broken Isles
  • UPGRADE_FEATURE_18 - Boost a character 100



Garrison Mission Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Ship-Bonus
  • It's Not a Gravy Boat... Level 100. Item Level 0. 2 Followers. Cost: 50 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. Captain Throkash Thokash found himself outgunned by a host of Horde Alliance ships. If you assist, he will deploy to the north to increase the experience gain of your fleet.. Rewards: 2000 XP
  • It's Not a Gravy Boat... Level 100. Item Level 0. 2 Followers. Cost: 50 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. Captain Throkash Thokash found himself outgunned by a host of Horde Alliance ships. If you assist, he will deploy to the north to increase the experience gain of your fleet.. Rewards: 2000 XP
by Published on 2015-08-12 07:26 AM

Season 4 Preview, Lightning Natalya 2.3 Build, Helltooth Caster Updates

New Shaman Card: Healing Wave

Undocumented Changes, Americas Championship on Vegas, Science of the Storm and More

Dev Interviews
Game Guide interviewed the developers and learned some more new details about Legion.


  • Pre-Expansion Invasion Event
    • The invasion hits all of Azeroth, so we will see invasions in many different zones throughout the world.
    • We are seeing new demons and engines of war that we have never seen before.
    • There will be some period of time over weeks that Azeorth is being invaded and the various factions will decide how they are going to handle it.
    • Players will have demon invasions they need to fight against, all leading up to the launch of the expansion.
    • The Broken Shore will be part of this launch event.
  • The developers can't talk about their favorite feature of Legion yet. They are still working on lots of super cool secret stuff!
  • The team would love to do something with Karazhan. There is a lot of great lore there. There aren't any plans to announce yet, but the team is discussing what they can do with it.
  • The team is not talking about doing a player or guild housing system right now.
  • Having an Artifact weapon makes sense for this expansion. The weapons we have now aren't enough for us to even stand a chance against the invasion.
  • Flying mounts feel awesome, so as much as the team wants players to explore the world from the ground, there needs to be a way to unlock flying later in the expansion.
  • There are plans for itemization and having to share Leather loot between classes that the team isn't ready to talk about yet.
  • Demon Hunters being able to see other players through walls is really cool and fits the class.
  • The team isn't sure how matchmaking and the Prestige system will interact. They can't completely split people up by Prestige rank, as that would result in very long queue times.
  • You didn't see more Horde than Alliance in Warlords, you saw more Orcs. Those Orcs were Iron Horde, not Horde. They were the enemy of everyone. We also saw both Horde and Alliance heroes, so there wasn't a huge disparity. Legion will have both Alliance and Horde heroes and stories.


Hellfire Citadel - Raid Finder Wing 4
The next wing of Raid Finder difficulty Hellfire Citadel opened this week. Wing 5 opens August 25th.




Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - August 11
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Quests
Nagrand
  • Challenge of the Masters: Warlord Dharl of the Thrice-Bloodied Blade should no longer get stuck in evade mode.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
Hellfire High Council
  • Dia Darkwhisper should now use her Mark of the Necromancer and Reap abilities more consistently.
Xhul'horac
  • Omnus's Singularity damage can now be reduced by damage reduction effects on Normal and Heroic difficulty. Note: A separate hotfix is in the works for this to also apply to Raid Finder difficulty.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Gamescom Crowd Reaction
Seriously I watched that developer interview.. on sunday and they tried to suggest that the german fans were really excited. I saw the live stream of the Legion reveal. There is no doubt that the gamescom crowd reacted as if they had just seen grass grow. There was no earth stattering roar. There was no Insanely loud reaction that required the developers to wait for the crowd to die down. Nope it was a tepid hmm I have to consider this. It was a we need more factual information to really get excited. And that is the general feeling from wow vets. Blizzard has a lot more to do before folks really get excited about Legion.
Something interesting that I've noticed while at events is that video sometimes doesn't capture the vibe or how loud things really are. An example is BlizzCon. I've seen comments like "why is the crowd so quiet" when in fact it's incredibly loud actually at the event.

Also keep in mind that not everyone there is a native English speaker (gamescom draws people from all over the world). A lot of people were most likely trying to take in the information and were reading the translated bits on the sides etc. And lastly... different culture = different means of expressing themselves. Don't judge by American standards.

Yawning in another country means lets party and sneezing means you're hot.
Yawning for people who have been at a large convention all day (remember it was much later in their day than ours) and waiting in large crowds to see a presentation (I think one man said he waited 6 hours) is a sign of being tired (generally speaking). Nothing more. I'm sure we've all yawned even in the midst of having fun. It's a physical response, not a cultural one.

You don't have to cheer and be loud to be excited for something.

What about the bored faces of the sweaty nerds? Even half the front row was snoozing.
I already answered that to some extent. It was a long day at gamescom for them and what you may interpret as "boredom" may not be so. Unless you're in their heads, I don't think you can define their state of mind or even physical or psychological exhaustion.

I think overall, people are reading way more into the crowd than they should be. How you personally feel about the expansion announcement shouldn't need to be reinforced by a crowd of strangers at a convention. Either you like what you saw and are personally excited, or you're apprehensive, or you just don't care. That's all an individual choice you get to make based on your own thoughts and experiences.

I often think of the Monty Python scene where the character tells everyone they are all individuals and they parrot back, "yes, we're all individuals." Ultimately, your enjoyment and excitement of the game comes down to you and your own personal choices. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PvP Gear in Legion
Honestly, there is a lot of information we are going to need to share on all of the upcoming changes and systems for Legion. We're just not ready right now to get any deeper in to the details. We are, however, keeping a close eye on questions and concerns people have on this and a variety of other things. I wouldn't worry too much though.

Will the information be ready by Blizzcon?
If I answer this one way or another, people will try to guess at dates. I know a trap when I see one!

Ah wow, thank you for the reply! I'll be optimistic then, since you said not to worry :P (Now if only some of those no-longer-available PvP pieces would find their way back in, heheheh... Wishful thinking.)
I'm not guaranteeing anything, but we like when people get specific about the items they think are missing and should be added. It helps us with identifying those items and making a choice as to whether they should be there or not. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Developer Communication
well yall quit being so vague with info and give the players what they want and they wouldnt have to rage so hard
We just announced a new expansion in development. And all people want to know is EVERYTHING.
And if anything about what we've said changes at any point in the future = our heads on pikes. (CM_Zarhym)
well yalls track record on delivering is not the greatest

Character / Items
Can you confirm whether or not the Corrupted Nest Guardian is always personal loot, even on Master Looter? Some confusion...
It drops in accordance with whatever loot setting your group is using, but can be bonus rolled. (WarcraftDevs)

Can the felblood fish from tanaan have a level requirement? low level twinks are using them
Yes! This will be fixed in 6.2.2. (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
I'm a game designer because I love making things for people to play and enjoy. It's the only reason I do it. Excited to share what's next. (holinka)
The harsh reality being that the vast majority did not enjoy what you contributed, wonder when conclusions will be drawn?
I will continue to do what I have done my whole life when things don't work out as well as I'd like. Learn and try again. (holinka)

is this intended? being able to rid alliance mounts as horde in mercenary mode? http://t.co/xt80jLYBSM
It's an outstanding bug (holinka)

hope random BG honor gearing will still be possible, I only BG & quest/legacy content
I think you'll be pleased (holinka)

Do artifacts work in pvp?
Yes (holinka)

These are ideas for talents. Nothing final. Just ideas. (holinka)
will these talents make EMFH finally not as strong. It appeared to show trinket for everyone at first tier
I saw that too. Hmmmmm. (holinka)

Do you see more PvE-oriented players (like myself!) finding it easier to slip into PvP with this system?
Yes (holinka)

Talked to at blizzcon. He made a good point. To make PvP better the community needs to play ptr/beta more and give feedback!
We are REALLY going to need people this time. (holinka)

Misc
honest question: Do U think 1 year expansions R really worth it? So many missed opportunities in wod cause of this 1 year timeline
Like many things, it's one of those "is it worth it to provide a whole new world" in what would previously have been an X.2 (Muffinus)
Lots, and lots, and lots of questions and feedback to be gained, hope if we ever get there, you will share w/us (Muffinus)

Could you ever see path of the titans coming back?
An AA scheme isn't a bad idea, but it can't feel like 1% gains, needs to be focused. (Muffinus)

Look at MoP, no one asked for that and MoP was amazing, wasnt a big fan on the asian influences but yeah
MOP is a curious case, solid staying power through patches, dislike during it, love after it, much to reflect (Muffinus)

leveling wod wins. Overall feel... Wotlk wins
Levelling WOD was amazing IMO, need to retain that bar. (Muffinus)

You up all night to.. refresh MMO-Champ threads?
If that isn't getting lucky then I'm not embracing my inner geek (Muffinus)
What
How have you not read the 1062 page mmo champ thread what do you even do at work #casuals (Muffinus)

Heroes of the Storm - PTR Build 37069
A new Heroes PTR build was released! It contains the monk, new skins, new mounts, a new map, and more!

by Published on 2015-08-11 08:26 AM

Patch Not Coming Today, Minor UI Improvement, State of Sanctuary #2

New Card Reveals: Cutpurse & Dreadsteed, Rhonin vs Varian Legendary Card Vote

New PTR Patch - Patch Notes, Monk and More

Dev Interviews
A few more developers interviews appeared this weekend.


Yogscast
  • The Demon Hunter was considered for the Burning Crusade, but the team wasn't ready to add another class to the game at that point.
  • Distinguishing the Demon Hunter from Monks and Rogues will be important. Rogues are about stealth and crowd control, whereas the Demon Hunter is about in your face mobility and getting out when they are in trouble. Monks are a little more of a hybrid, with some self healing.
  • The Eye Beam for Demon Hunter is a skillshot, as it is a narrow cone attack.
  • Dalaran has some modifications for the storyline, changes to the center area, changes to the Underbelly, as well as updated textures.
  • The current plan is for Dalaran is to have a free for all PvP area in the Underbelly. You can bribe the guards to make them go away for a while.
  • It would be hard to eliminate existing talent trees, as some players would be upset of the removal of a spec they really liked. If the team could go back in time, there might have been a few that never got added, but now that those trees exist they will try to make them more distinct.
  • Subtlety Rogues will keep going down the ninja route, Combat will be a little more like a Pirate Swashbuckler, and Assassination will be about poisons and Damage over Time.
  • The Honor system is changing from a currency style system to an experience style system. You get benefits from the honor levels such as opportunities to get loot or gold.
  • The Prestige system will give hardcore players a reason to keep playing, even if their power doesn't increase.
  • Gear will have less of an impact in PvP. There is no such thing as PvP gear anymore, so no Resilience,PvP specific stats, or sets. Beyond a commonly available item level, you will get drastically diminishing returns from increasing your item level. Somewhere between 5 to 1 and 10 to 1 diminishing returns. The best raider in the game might have a 7% advantage over a player that just hit the level cap.
  • The team is considering allowing players to transmog their Mists of Pandaria legendary cloak and Warlords legendary ring, as they were available for a limited time. They want to avoid a situation like everyone farming Warglaives for transmog.
  • It is possible that in a future expansion more races could become Demon Hunters, but for now it is only Blood Elves and Night Elves.
  • You can use the double jump in battlegrounds and dungeons. The team will be careful to avoid breaking the game with Demon Hunters using double jump current content, such as groups that only want Demon Hunters to skip things in dungeons.
  • Tanaan is a big and awesome zone with a lot of cool spawns. It has generated a lot of engagement with the player base. There are a lot of players doing it every day. The team wants to continue to evolve the endgame world content model though, as they aren't happy with the combination of daily quests and bonus objectives. They are two pieces of the puzzle, but larger ongoing story development is also important, similar to what was in Patch 5.1. Other mechanics to add more replayability and variation would also be good additions and there are plans for Legion to make better endgame world content.
  • Gul'dan is the instigator in Legion, but not the big bad guy. He is a raid boss in the raids at launch, but not the final boss of the expansion.

Millenium
  • Legion may be shorter than other expansion names, but it describes the expansion perfectly, especially if you understand the context of the word in Warcraft history.
  • Azeroth is the only world (that we know of) that the Legion hasn't conquered yet.
  • We will discover the motivations of the Burning Legion. They aren't just going throughout the universe causing chaos.
  • The Broken Isles has been pretty quiet as of late, until the Tomb of Sargeras was activated. People knew it was there before, but there was no real motivation to go there.
  • Tension between the Horde and Alliance is an important part of the game and this expansion.

Tweakers.net
  • The team hasn't decided if Blacksmiths or Jewelcrafters will be able to make items that modify your Artifact.

4Player.de
  • All Druid forms connected with the Artifact weapon will be updated. (Keep in mind this is a translated summary, Moonkin was not specifically mentioned)


Legion Trademark
It appears that we didn't see the trademark early this time because it wasn't filed until the day of the announcement. Blizzard also trademarked "World of Warcraft Legion" rather than just the expansion name on its own this time.



Rogue Order Hall
Some Rogues were more enthusiastic about Ravenholdt as an Order Hall rather than Dalaran Sewers.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
As a rogue, #RavenholdtOrRiot
no riot pls. the feedback has definitely been heard, and is something we'll discuss back at the office (WatcherDev)
dalaran sewers has no essence for me as a rogue, im sure others feel the same.
If I call it "a hidden rogues' guild in the Dalaran underground" is that any cooler? Sewer was not the greatest shorthand. (WatcherDev)
Let me guess: you guys already did put some work into it, right? Don't want to start over?
Or, less cynically, I just want to make sure that feedback isn't being biased by "eww, sewer." (WatcherDev)
"Seedy underground thieves' lair, right under the public's noses" vs "mansion out in the mountains in the middle of nowhere"? (Celestalon)
Light's Hope Chapel is just as "middle of nowhere" as Ravenholdt.
It's a strong Rogue theme to be 'hiding right behind you'. Not so much for Paladins. (Celestalon)
The fact is, players *aren't* lowly thieves. They are the best of the best. And those folks like mansions!
Who said you were lowly? There are obviously preconceptions here, and any place can be portrayed poorly or greatly with copious use of adjectives with good/bad connotations. (Celestalon)

This is the kind of thing you should put out innocent-looking blog polls for well in advance. A "what location feels most iconic to your class?" blog would tell you exactly where to put them.
That would limit choices to existing locations. What if there's a cooler *new* place? (Celestalon)

BlizzCon Ticket Reminder: Attendee Information Deadline - August 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you purchased BlizzCon 2015 tickets for family or friends during the general attendee or Benefit Dinner sale, just a reminder you have until Friday, August 14 at 8 p.m. PT to edit attendee information via your Eventbrite account, including:

  • Full name of each attendee—this name will be used at badge pick-up, and will also be printed on badges
  • Valid email address for each attendee—used to receive BlizzCon-related communications
  • Character name (optional)—to be printed on the badge

To edit attendee names and emails, log in to your Eventbrite account at www.eventbrite.com/login, select Tickets from the drop-down menu under your profile name in the top right. Next, click Manage Order next to your BlizzCon 2015 ticket order. You can view and edit attendee info from this page.

Please note that if you change the name of an attendee, only the ticket bearing the name of the final attendee can be used to claim a badge. Names will be verified at the time of badge pickup.

Finally, if you’re still not sure who’s attending, make sure you’ve entered your own name and email address for each ticket you purchased (for up to 4 separate tickets)—in this case, remember that you’ll need to pick up all badges yourself and distribute them to your guests at the show.

For more info, check out the Badge Information page.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP Gear
What Tom said was that someone wearing the absolute best PvE gear in the game might have a 7% advantage over someone who had just hit level 100 -- and thus, had not collected any gear at all. There was nothing about his statement at all that could be taken as "the best gear for PvP comes from PvE." I have no idea how you could have gotten that from what he said, unless you're purposefully trying to stir up trouble.

Our intent -- as it has been for several expansions now, and as it is currently in Warlords -- is for PvP gear to be the best available in PvP. That has not changed in Legion.

I'm curious how you guys will accomplish that with the complete removal of "pvp gear." Hopefully more info soon to clarify this gray area.
Yep, definitely something that needs clarifying. At the moment, we're just waiting for developers to get back from gamescom so we can be sure we have all of our facts straight. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World PvP and PvP Talents
The intent is that PvP talents activate in world PvP, similar to how PvP item levels currently activate in Warlords. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Flying in Legion
Judging by this quote, it would seem we are basically not going to be getting flying until long after the final patch in Legion.

Intentional or not, the wording from Blizzard on this issue is deceptive. They would be better off just out and saying "We feel the expansion is experienced better with no flying, but we will add it a while after the final patch".

The quote is in reference to how you are able to earn flying for Draenor via an Achievement. If you read some of the interviews out there (and we'll try to make sure we gather them up for people), it's mentioned that you should be able to start working on the Achievement as of the start of the expansion. Again, it's very early and we only just announced the expansion, so we'll have a lot more information to share on this and many other things announced during gamescom.

Flying for Draenor is coming and anyone who is able to help test it on the PTR is very appreciated. We want to make sure we have people in the air versus falling through the world.

Thanks for posting. Whether I agree with your sentiments or not, I understand you're trying to put a positive spin on a situation you did not create.
I'm just trying to add some balance where I can. I understand passion and understand people expressing that passion on a variety of topics regarding the game. But, expressing that passion can be done without resorting to hyperbole and code of conduct violations on the forums.

You are so about to be rushed by angry fly-babies. It was nice knowing you though.
People have been twisting my words or using them as "promises" for many years now. I'm not going anywhere. I also don't like the trend of calling people or groups of people names just because they have something they feel strongly about. It's not worthy of anyone who wants to have their thoughts taken seriously. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Pre-Order for Legion
When World of Warcraft Legion will be available for pre order ? Im so excited I want to pre order it right now lol.
We'll let you know when pre-orders become available. Don't worry.

I know people have a lot of questions about what will be included in the pre-order, but I don't have those answers to share just yet. We'll make sure we cover as much as possible when we announce them though. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Legion
Artifact's stats will still improve as you defeat BOSSES, Relics: completing major quest lines, DUNGEONS, & RAIDS...
The more difficult the content you do, the higher your weapon's DPS will be. That's been true since 2004, no? (WatcherDev)

Character / Items
Did you just nerf Felblight x5 drop rates a couple hours ago? Was getting them ALL the time the past 5 days, now i get none.
This was hotfixed yesterday. It wasn't intended for 5x Felblight to drop so frequently from profession resources in Tanaan. (WarcraftDevs)

Events
There are three tents still marked as Under Construction at the Darkmoon Faire. What mini-games would you put there? (Muffinus)
Had some real ideas for an Darkmoon faire but its been a while. Ill get back to you with them when I remember
Already have plans for two of them so you'd better hurry >=] (Muffinus)
Hammer and bell is kinda boring though... if there were no constraints, what would you wanna implement?
No constraints at all? Darkmoon DDR. Like Flash Flash Revolution but with techno carnival music. (Muffinus)

Win a Real Prop from the Warcraft Film
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The epic battle between Horde and Alliance is being brought to the big screen next year, but you don’t have to wait that long to get your hands on a piece of the Warcraft film. If you had the chance to visit the Blizzard booth at gamescom 2015, you may have seen some of the exclusive weapon props from the movie on display. Now, we’re giving you the chance to take one home!

Up for grabs is an iconic Alliance shield from the film that would take pride of place in any Warcraft fan’s collection. To enter to win this rare loot, share a photo of your best battle stance on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the tags #WarcraftMovie and #BlizzGC2015. You’ll have one week to submit your pics—be sure to share them by August 16. The owner of the most impressive and creative battle stance will walk away with this extraordinary prize.

You can read the full contest rules here. May the best battle stance win!

Dark Legacy Comics #500
DLC #500 has been released.


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