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by Published on 2015-07-14 07:46 AM

Reforging Items, Rift Monsters Focused Feedback, Hammerdin GR 57+

Live Hearthstone Event on July 22 - Streamed & In Person

In-Depth King Leoric Spotlight

Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Five guilds are now at 12/13. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.



Warcraft Movie - Skies of Azeroth Teaser
Legendary finally uploaded the movie teaser to Youtube. You can drag the video around to look in all directions if your browser supports it!



Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
General
  • Fixed an issue where using chaining abilities against very large targets could cause the ability to not chain correctly to smaller targets.
Hellfire High Council
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Dia Darkwhisper to not cast Mark of the Necromancer a final time upon reaching 30% health.

Items

Classes
Tier Armor Set Bonuses
Fixed an issue affecting a number of tier armor set bonuses not granting a chance to trigger the set bonus effect if the attacking ability's damage had been fully absorbed by a damage shield.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Restoration
  • Lifebloom should now be correctly granting full effects of Mastery: Harmony's bonus to periodic healing during the bloom portion of the spell.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General Abilities
  • Fixed an issue where Kill Shot (Beast Mastery, Marksmanship) can occasionally fail to reset its cooldown if it fails to kill the target.
Talents
  • Barrage should no longer incorrectly hit targets that are in stealth if the Hunter is unable to see them.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Frost
  • Water Elemental's Water Jet and Freeze ability could no longer be incorrectly cast at the same time.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General
  • Fixed an issue with Monk abilities that could incorrectly detect two-handed vs. dual-wielded weapons.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Contest Winners
so, did anybody win?
Yeah! 110 people to be exact! As well as the person (and guest) that won the trip to BlizzCon.

We're still finalizing some of the winners. Per the rules they have 10 days to respond to our email before we pick a new winner. Of course some people don't check their email, we pick a new winner, and sometimes they also don't check their email, etc. etc. this could go on for a long time... Plus the legal process for some of the larger ticket prizes requires physical documents being mailed back and forth. Long story short, we don't have a full final list of winners yet--although it's only a few stragglers remaining.

Instead of posting all the winner's screenshots (111 of them)--not only because it's a lot of entries to post, but also because it was a sweepstakes, and not a judgment of the best screenshots--we're going to just be posting some of our favorites. We should have that up early next week if I were to guess. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Lore
Infernals are basically the same as the Molten giants that Dark Shaman enslave, the only difference is shape and one is fel-
Fel construct vs. living earth creature enslaved against its will. (Muffinus)

be considered demonic souls...
"Infernal soul" might also be a term used by the legion for a fabricated "soul," which may not be the same as a life soul. (Muffinus)

So locks are controlling the infernal soul that animates the infernals? Neato, I guess fel-corrupted elemental spirits could also
I would consider those more fel-corrupted living beings, not necessarily demonic, just corrupted. Aberrations. (Muffinus)

...aren't shaman heals just water spells?
They used to be life spells! Now they are water. I think their res is still nature? I don't recall. (Muffinus)

Pets and Pet Battles
About battle pets, ever considered that the system might be getting a bit bloated? There are 14 rats, for example.
Sounds like we need more cats (Muffinus)

Stephan Frost Joins Blizzard
Stephan Frost worked on Wildstar at Carbine for several years, as well as working on videos about the game. He joined Blizzard last week as a Design Producer.



Dark Legacy Comics #497
DLC #497 takes a look back at Vanilla.

by Published on 2015-07-11 11:00 PM

Update (3:00 PM EDT): Legendary finally uploaded the VR movie teaser to Youtube.

Warcraft Movie Trailer - November 2015
We finally have a release date for the trailer!



Warcraft Movie Footage
Attendees saw several minutes of footage and no recording was allowed.



  • Nerdist had a recap of the panel, but there wasn't any huge news there.
  • Recap of the footage from io9. Read the full description on their site for more!
    • Durotan says “Our planet is dying, we need food and water.” A group of orcs sit around the fire and talk about how they believe in the orc warlock Gul’dan (Daniel Wu), and will follow his lead.
    • Next Durotan and his wife, Draka, are laying on the ground of their hut. The wife has chosen a name for their child, but the father says “I’ll choose a name when I meet him.” She then reveals it’s a son and he’s very excited.
    • We see the aforementioned Gul’dan on a massive cliff with the Dark Portal from the games behind him. “Dead, alive, dead, alive,” he slowly chants. He reveals that a thousand soldiers need a thousand slaves - prisoners, not corpses - as fuel for the Fel
    • Montage of shots of the Alliance characters walking in on and around Stormwind, before we go back to the orcs, “We are not powerful enough to defeat them” one says to the other. “We could be,” the other responds.
    • King Llane Wrynn says “They’re beasts, they should be destroyed. If we do not unite to fight this enemy, we shall perish.”
    • There’s a shot reminiscent of Braveheart where the Alliance is running from the left side of the frame, it pans right and the orcs are running, and the smash into each other in the middle. That’s followed by a shot of a guy jumping off a cliff and jumping onto a Gryphon.
    • Warcraft definitely looks like it’s CG and green screen. These are not real sets.
    • Think a dirtier, dustier, more muted Avatar.
    • I think many fans are going to complain that it looks to fake but, come on, how else could this get pulled off?
  • Recap of the footage from geektyrant
    • The footage basically starts off with clips of the orcs and their lives in a desolate wasteland that is dying. They need to find a new place to live so they can survive.
    • This leads to them making their way through the dark portal into the world of Azeroth thanks to the help of warlock Gul'dan with his death magic.
    • Of course The Alliance discovers them, think the Orc are dangerous, and they go to war!
    • The audience was then treated to a ton of visually stunning battles sequences between these two factions.
    • Seriously, the footage that we saw is unlike anything I have ever seen before. It is the true definition of "epic."
    • I haven't been moved by film footage like this since I saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time.
    • Warcraft takes all of that CGI filmmaking to a whole new level.
  • Recap of the footage from ComingSoon
    • Basically it starts with a focus on the Horde as it shows a bunch of them walking across the wilderness until they come to an area with a bunch of green orcs
    • We spend some time with the orcs as they realize they need to find food and water to save their world
    • It shows a lot of Durotan and his wife who is pregnant and that seems to be a big part of the story
    • But we see a wizard creating a portal from the souls of prisoners
    • Anyway, the wizard creates the portal and the orcs rush through it and for that whole section we haven't seen a single human
    • When they get through the portal, they first see the humans on horseback and we get to see King Llane and some of the other characters who say that the Horde are monsters that need to be destroyed
    • There was a lot of footage of all the characters but it kept coming back to Durotan and his wife who has the baby in the human world where he's in danger
    • Yes, filming has been finished a long time. From the footage it's obviously very CG heavy especially in the Horde scenes because that's all CG
    • What's interesting is that it seems to be focusing more on the Horde characters in terms of the emotional base of the film
    • But maybe it was more impressive to show those characters than the humans
    • We did see a few scenes where the clash as well as characters riding on Gryphons
    • They didn't show a trailer but full footage, probably; 5-6 minutes and they were using the large side screens so the footage was being extended to either side
    • It looks good but it's very CG heavy
    • This wasn't a trailer but they obviously have enough footage to do one. I think this was more to introduce the story being told, the basic characters and the visuals
    • The individual characters looked great but there were huge scenes with thousands of orcs and the scene where Medivh opens the portal was pretty impressive
    • Yeah, the music was great and it definitely seems to be actual score from Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Pacific Rim)
    • No, they did not say when they will release the trailer online or anywhere.
    • We did get a brief glimpse of the elves, very short
    • "what about Paula Patton?" - We only see her very briefly in chains being taken somewhere
    • It seems the characters are really being given a lot of life and dimension


Warcraft Movie Posters
Some movie posters were shared on Twitter today.



Warcraft Movie Dagger
A dagger from the movie was also shared on Twitter.



Warcraft Movie Character Posters
Several character posters were shown at the panel. Thanks to several people on Twitter for the images (Latinoreview, AudejeMarot, joblocom, jjduncan, and Kraven1138)

by Published on 2015-07-11 05:40 AM

Update (1:00 PM EDT): Added two new Warcraft movie images.

Reforging Items, Rift Monsters Focused Feedback, Hammerdin GR 57+

More Cryptic News - Champions: Answering the Call of Those who Require Aid

Reverted Bans, ESL Major League Prize Increased, Heroes on Twitch

Warcraft Movie Promo Images
A few more movie images were shared on Twitter today.



Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Method and Paragon remained at 12/13 today. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.



Arena Skirmishes Bonus Event July 10 – 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Service Update July 10, 12:05 p.m. PDT - We are aware of an issue preventing the quest The Arena Calls from properly displaying your number of wins. Arena Skirmish wins are being correctly counted, and you will be able to complete the quest after your tenth win.

Through the end of the day on Monday, Arena Skirmishes award triple bonus honor. There’s never been a better time to queue up for the Arena and crack some skulls. Keep an eye out for the event-only quest The Arena Calls. When you win 10 Arena matches, the quest awards 500 Conquest Points which do not count against your weekly Conquest Point maximum.

In case you’ve never participated in an Arena Skirmish, here’s an easy how-to guide:
  • From anywhere in-game, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  • Select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window.
  • Under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3.
  • Click the Join Battle button to be matched up with teammates.

It’s Arena PvP! Rush in and bash your opponents.

Will you answer the call to battle?

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Savage Whale Shark should now drop 2 Fel-Corrupted Apexis Fragments once a day for players on the eligible quest.
  • Varyx the Damned no longer requires the beams to be blocked to start the encounter.

Quests
Darkmoon Faire

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
General
  • [Requires a realm restart] Sargerei Adjutant's Consuming Pain ability now deals 30% less damage.
  • [Requires a realm restart] Construct Peacekeeper's Protocol: Crowd Control ability now deals 30% less damage.
  • [Requires a realm restart] Sargerei Soul Cleaver's Devouring Spirit now scales with raid size.
Archimonde
  • Archimonde's Doomfire now deals 40% less damage on Mythic difficulty.
  • Hand of Purity now reduces the damage of Doomfire by 40% (down from 80%). Damage reduction against other abilities remain unchanged.
  • Shadowfel Burst should no longer sometimes cause the player to be ineligible for Shadowfel Burst.
  • Fixed an issue where players that were in the Twisting Nether when Archimonde is defeated would not see the cinematic.
  • Fixed an issue where players that leave the Twisting Nether could be unable to target players that didn't enter into the Twisting Nether with them.
Timewalking
  • Completing a Timewalking bonus event quest (A Frozen Path through Time and A Burning Path through Time) will now award a normal Iron Fleet Treasure Chest in addition to a Seal of Inevitable Fate.

Items

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Frost
  • Fixed an issue with Blood of the North that could cause Death Runes to incorrectly revert back into Blood Runes.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General
  • Seal of Righteousness should no longer sometimes deal more damage than intended.
Holy
  • [Hotfix in testing] Denounce now causes 20% less damage.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
Thanks for making Ashran impossible for people who play at night.
Definitely concerned about the off peak experience. (holinka)

Lore
And if Warlocks can control/manipulate souls, which are undead, to haunt people, then they are technically practicing necromancy..
I suppose that depends on your definition of necromancy, and it's ok to have your own. Control of souls vs. raising soulless UD. (Muffinus)
Not really...necromancy extends to controlling souls/ghosts/banshees and Gul'dan used a variation of the Soulstone ability to
I don't think I'm going to convince you, nor should I Cool to see someone so passionate about their toon! (Muffinus)

abilities are non-canon?
Of course you use souls, you have soul shards. You dont use them to raise the dead though. (Muffinus)

Reputation / Questing
You guys really need to change how you get credit for events. Dying when it was 5sec away from being completed and missing out suck
Totally agree. Will work on fixing. (holinka)

Mythic Tyrant Velhari Kill Video
Method has released their Mythic Tyrant Velhari kill video.

by Published on 2015-07-10 09:21 AM

WD Set Changes, Barbarian's Bracer, S4 on PTR and Community Buff, Torment 10 Testing

More Cryptic News - Champions: Answering the Call of Those who Require Aid

Ban Wave Investigation, North America July Open, Fan Art Contest Finalists

Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Method cleared to 12/13 again while Paragon caught up and is now also 12/13. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.



Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 9
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
Kilrogg Deadeye
  • Players that die during the Vision of Death phase should no longer have Spirit of Redemption or Purgatory triggered once the phase has ended and result in the player actually dying.
Gorefiend
  • Fixed an issue where a player can travel slower than intended if they receive a buff to their movement speed while they are on route to the stomach phase.
Socrethar the Eternal
  • Fixed an issue where transitioning between phases multiple times could cause adds from phase 2 of the encounter to sometimes incorrectly spawn in phase 1.
Archimonde
  • Archimonde's Shadowfel Burst now deals 900,000 damage (down from 1,500,000) on Mythic difficulty.

Items

Bug Fixes
Garrison
  • Lieutenant Thorn should no longer be sitting without a chair after players have upgraded to a Level 3 Shipyard.
Creatures
  • Fixed an issue where Nagrand Prowlers were not using Leap for the Kill correctly.

Go4WoW Europe 3v3 Arena Tournaments
If you are looking for some EU PvP action, ESL has the Go4WoW Europe Cup Series with cash prizes for each tournament.

The next tournament is this Saturday at 16:00 CEST and will be cast by Supatease!



Blizzard at Comic-Con
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Whether you’re stopping by our booth, or just jealously reading about all the announcements, toys, and comics from afar (like most of us are), we have all the latest Blizzard-related info direct from San Diego Comic-Con

Warcraft Movie
The Legendary panel at Comic-Con is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Hall H, and the Warcraft movie will be part of the lineup. While we can’t really talk about the panel, if you’re at Comic-Con, trust us—you’ll want to be there. Additional information on lining up for Hall H can be found in this lovely guide that our friends at Geek & Sundry have put together.

You’ll also want to stop by the Legendary and Weta booths for a glimpse at the larger-than-life King Llane and Orgrim statues, movie props, and for signings with the cast and crew of the film. Find out more at the Legendary site.


Warcraft: Skies of Azeroth
Legendary has released a new VR mobile app: Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth, an immersive experience created in partnership with Industrial Light & Magic. They’ve also partnered with Google to distribute Google Cardboard headsets for Comic-Con attendees to use with the app.

Warcraft Graphic Novel
Setting the stage for the Warcraft movie, Legendary Comics revealed the official graphic novel prequel Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood.


This thrilling adventure of bravery, bloodshed and brotherhood is an original story conceived by Chris Metzen, written by the award-winning Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) and featuring art from Mat Broome (Batman: No Man's Land, WildC.A.T.S, Witchblade).

Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood will be released in May 2016 in the weeks before the movie hits theaters on June 10th.

Gear Store-Con Sale
Even if you’re not in San Diego, you can still reap the rewards! During the convention the Blizzard Gear Store is offering free shipping on orders over $70 USD. And if you were lucky enough to get one of the Epic Purple lanyards last year, disenchant that thing immediately . . . you just got an upgrade! Along with free shipping we’ll send you a Legendary lanyard gift with your purchase.


Head over to the Gear Store to save, and become LEGENDARY.

Visiting Us at Comic-Con? We’ve Got the Gear!
If you’re coming to see us at Comic-Con we’re selling a few exclusives that will be limited per-day, and tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis. If you receive a ticket for the item you want you can come back any time to pick your item up. Come back when there’s no line, and we’ll have your items waiting for you. If you’re hoping to get one of these we recommend arriving early—they go fast.

Our convention exclusives will also be showing up at some future conventions like BlizzCon, but if you’re at Comic-Con, these are something you’ll want to look out for, as their availability is limited.

Bonus loot: If you spend over $70 with us at our Comic-Con booth we’ll give you this giant Hearthstone bag* to help you carry it!

We also have a few new items on the Gear Store that you can buy right now! Stitches plush available at our Comic-Con booth. Coming to the Blizzard Gear Store Soon™.


Become Legendary
You can receive a FREE Legendary lanyard* if you’re at Comic-Con!

Head to the Blizzard booth (Hall A #115) during the last 2 hours of each day to get a Legendary lanyard! All you have to do is take a photo of you and two friends with anything Blizzard at the convention and post it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #BlizzardGear. Show up at our booth during the last two hours of the Exhibit Hall hours each day (full schedule), show us your post, and receive a Legendary lanyard*!

*One per guest. While supplies last.


Grommash Statue Will Conquer Your Home
The Grommash Hellscream statue is on display at our Comic-Con booth in its fully painted glory! If you can’t stop by to see it for yourself, owning it is certainly the next best thing.

Pre-orders are open, and as the seconds tick by you have an ever-decreasing chance to be able to display one of these limited-production statues as the centerpiece of your geek kingdom.


Just Announced!

Coming to the Gear Store
We just wrapped up our Blizzard Entertainment Showcase panel, during which we revealed this little video of some of our newly released products, as well as a few things we’re still working on.


Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 1
Also revealed was an upcoming book exporing the lore, stories, and settings of Azeroth: Warcraft Chronicle. This first volume will go all the way back to the creation of the Warcraft universe through Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Featuring never-before-seen artwork by Peter Lee, this holistic look back at the history of Warcraft will bring Azeroth's stories to new visual life.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP and Racials
so now that EMFH has been addressed, the ladders will fill with horde players, right? and massive numbers of alliance will go horde, right? and queue times for ashran will drop below an hour, right?
As I've said before, we don't think improving racial balance will suddenly prompt a ton of Alliance players to transfer to Horde. We don't really expect this change to have a huge effect on Alliance queue times, which is fine, because that's not why we made it. We're looking into other options to help that issue.

Quick followup: we've got a hotfix in the works to correct the bug where the Alliance Conquest vendors aren't selling the Adaptation (Versatility) Medallion, and the Horde Conquest vendors aren't selling the Cruelty (Critical Strike) Medallion. The hotfix is still in testing, but our goal is to get that out today.
Looks like this hotfix is rolling out now. These trinkets should be available on all realms shortly (if they're not already).

Will Blizzard be offering free faction transfers in an attempt to balance the factions?
I'll bring it up. It's worth noting that we've done that before and it really wasn't very effective. I think most people look at free transfers as something other people will do. "Once free transfers open, everyone else will leave and I, my guild, and my friends will be fine right here."

I don't get to make these sorts of decisions, so don't take this as anything more than me asking way more important people what they think. But I'll bring it up. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Lore
sorry to drag you into this but how canonical should we take Hearthstone as lore? I mean it's not all canon in WoW right?
HS is a game played in WoW's inns, thus HS's things exist, but may not be "real" per se. Like you buying a Transformers toy. (Muffinus)

Garrisons
Why nerf the arcane constructs from the mage tower? It's no longer possible to use them to jump up onto the Ashran Portal tower.
It's a bug, result of a fix that caused people to fall through the world, fixed in small patch. (Muffinus)

Warcraft Movie Prequel
Christie Golden had some news to share today as well:



Mythic Xhul'horac Kill Video
Method has released their Mythic Xhul'horac kill video.

by Published on 2015-07-09 05:55 AM

Wyatt Cheng on Conduit Changes, No Season 4 Date, Changes to Rifts and GRs

The Innkeeper’s Tale - A Rattlin’ Rally, Brawl: The Great Summoner Competition

Suspensions and Bans, July 8th Hotfix Notes, Map Pool, Epic Plays of the Week #37

Warcraft Movie Teaser
Legendary released a nice teaser for the Warcraft movie tonight. This is best viewed with their app on your phone, as it is a 360 spherical video.

We contacted them to ask if recording would be allowed during the presentation and if they would release the footage from it to the public, but only got confirmation that no recording will be allowed.

Legendary took down all of the 360 degree videos, but you can download the full quality video here (right click and save as). You can watch it with VR Player, set to Over/Under format and Sphere projection.






Warcraft Movie at SDCC
Blizzard and Legendary shared some pictures of the Warcraft Movie statues at SDCC.



Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Method is still ahead at 12/13 today. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.



Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle

Quests
Garrison Quests
  • [Requires a realm restart] Fixed an issue where completing daily assault objectives in Tanaan Jungle was incorrectly also granting completion credit for daily assault objectives in the Garrison.
Spires of Arak
  • Call of the Raven Mother: Fixed an issue where interacting with items during the ritual was causing player pets to use their abilities.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
Tyrant Velhari
  • Fixed a timing issue that could cause Tyrant Velhari to use the incorrect finishing move just as a transition into the next stage happened.
Xhul'horac
  • Adjusted scaling to reduce the amount of health by roughly 10% on Xhul'horac, Omnus, Unstable Voidfiend, and Vanguard Akkelion for a 10-player raid on Normal and Heroic difficulty. Health should remain the same as before for raids with 30 players.
Mannoroth
  • Mannoroth no longer transforms back into a skeleton after being defeated.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Gazing Shadows to sometimes not reduce movement speed.

PvP
Ashran
  • Fixed a number of issues affecting Ashran events that could cause characters to drop out of stealth effects.

Items
  • Increased stat bonuses for critical strike, Versatility, Stamina, and Spirit on all Wild Gladiator (Warlords Season 2) trinkets by 50%.

UI
  • Clicking “Join Raid” in the Adventure Guide should now open the Premade Groups menu instead of Raid Finder.

Classes
Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • Yesterday's hotfix on July 7 for Tier-18 4-piece set bonus for Mistweaver Monks should now be healing for the correct amount.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Yesterday’s hotfix on July 7 that reduced the healing of Execution Sentence by 25% in PvP combat now only applies to Holy Paladins. It has been returned to its previous effectiveness for Retribution and Protection Paladins.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warcraft Movie Trailer at SDCC
Well, as the Legendary Comic-Con page says:

Legendary’s Hall H panel will be taking place on Saturday from 2:30pm-3:30pm, and hosted by Chris Hardwick of Nerdist. WARCRAFT fans in particular, you will not want to miss it. (Hint, hint!)

Anyone at Comic-Con this week/weekend should certainly fit the Legendary panel into their schedule. I've gone quite a few times and I'm pretty consistently surprised at how many times I'm told I'll never get in, or that I need to camp for days, when I always show up just a little early that morning and get into the hall with room to spare. If you're there, it's not as crazy as everyone makes it out to be. In my experience anyway. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Racials and PvP
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
So, we agree that Every Man for Himself is a problem. It's one that we want to fix. It's also a more complicated issue to solve than it may initially seem. We want to reduce the effectiveness of the Human racial, but we don't want to leave Humans with a useless racial either.

With Patch 6.2, we reduced the effectiveness of on-use trinkets which, in turn, reduced the relative strength of having two throughput trinkets equipped. Today, we’ve just pushed a hotfix that increases the raw stats on the Medallion trinkets (e.g. Versatility, Crit, Stamina, or Spirit) by 50%.

Our intent with both of these changes is to still allow Humans to benefit from equipping two throughput trinkets, but reduce how much of a benefit that is when compared to equipping a Medallion enough that other racial abilities feel more competitive. We'd love to hear how this change is working out once you've had a chance to play with it a little.

Re: "Why not just get rid of racials entirely?"

We like racials. It's cool that there's a subtle difference for, say, a Rogue who chooses Orc instead of Undead, or a Priest who picks Night Elf instead of Dwarf. It makes each race feel different in a way that isn't just cosmetic. It's only a problem when one is so much better than the others that you feel stupid for playing anything else.

Realistically, sure, there will probably always be a "best" race -- just like there will probably always be a "best" healer, or "best" comp, etc. That's to be expected. We just want things to be close enough that there's some room for difference of opinion on what exactly the "best" option is.

Looking through this thread and some responses on Twitter, I'm already seeing some people saying "Humans are still the best" and some people saying "Humans are worthless now." That's a good thing, I think. It means the difference is small enough that there's a discussion to be had.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Disgusting Oozeling no longer turns the owner green, intentional or bug?
Bug. (Muffinus)

PvP
Weird every Ashran Instance I have joined since 6.2 is 5-10 Horde and 40 or more Alliance. Lots of bots running around too.
Strange. We strictly enforce a 1:1 ratio. Even if a bunch of horde leave, the server gets priority to be filled back to 1:1 (holinka)
We look at the realm populations constantly and they are all 1:1. Every single instance of Ashran. (holinka)

have the queue times gone done noticeably ? I still get 1-2 hrs on average.
My alliance toon is currently in a 40 min queue. Better but still unacceptable. (holinka)

Flying in MMOs
Margaret is back with another video that takes a look at flying in MMOs.



Poll - Flying in Draenor
There are two different questions this time, please read them carefully!

by Published on 2015-07-08 05:30 AM

PTR Season Ending, Small PTR Patch, How Fast Can a Monk Attack?

Tavern Brawl #4 Tomorrow, Angry Chicken #91, Archon Team League Week 2

Maphacking on Heroes, Future Kerrigan Changes, Rotation for July 7

Mythic Hellfire Citadel Progression
Method pulled ahead to 12/13 today by killing Mannoroth. You can keep up with the latest progress on WoWProgress, our forum thread, and Manaflask.



Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 7
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrison
Ships
  • Pandaren Crew now increases success chance on naval missions that last more than 18 hours (was >1 day) and the degree of this success increase is now greater than a Human Crew or Undead Crew.
Naval Missions

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
Hellfire Assault
  • Adjusted scaling to reduce the amount of health by roughly 10% on some Hellfire Reinforcements and some Felfire-Imbued Siege Vehicles for a 10-player raid on Heroic difficulty. Health should remain the same as before for raids with 30 players.
    • Hellfire Reinforcements: Contracted Engineer, Gorebound Felcasters, Iron Dragoon, Hulking Berserker
    • Felfire-Imbued Siege Vehicles: Felfire Artillery, Felfire Crusher, Felfire Demolisher, Felfire Flamebelcher
Mannoroth
  • Mannoroth should now have a chance to target Hunters with Shadowforce.
  • Mannoroth should no longer use Shadowforce on players already affected by Mark of Doom.
Archimonde
  • Doomfire now persists for 120 seconds (up from 90).

PvP
Ashran
  • Fixed an issue where players that have died during an event may sometimes not receive quest credit after their faction wins the event.

Items

Achievements
  • Ironsides: Alliance characters should now be able to obtain credit for upgrading a transport to Epic quality and complete the achievement.

Classes
Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Talents

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Cascade now deals 20% less damage in PvP combat.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets

Blizzcon 2015 - North American Arena Qualifiers
GCDTV is holding the North American Blizzcon arena qualifier rounds in July and August to determine which teams will be going to Blizzcon.



PvP Gear and Champion's Strongbox
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
All that being said, we agree that it’s not ideal for the only methods of earning that gear to be Ashran or Rated BGs. I can’t make any promises, but we’re exploring some options to make it available through other forms of PvP. Just keep in mind that we do want there to be some extra incentive to participate in RBGs and Ashran.
To follow up on this, we're planning to allow the Champion's Strongbox to be purchased from Conquest vendors for 1500 Conquest Points once a player has earned the Wild Conquest (27k) achievement. It will be added to the vendors in an upcoming hotfix.

Even with Strongboxes being purchasable, it still includes RNG which is what people are opposed to. Are you even listening to us??
Believe me, I completely understand how frustrating it is to get the "wrong" item. I've gotten two pairs of Vers/Mastery pants from Ashran. Would I have liked to get something else this week? Absolutely. But I also know that, especially this early on, being 1 item behind (at worst) someone else isn't going to have much of an effect on my standings at the end of the season.

Ultimately, we'd love to find a system that brings all the benefits of RNG gearing (which I talked about earlier in the thread) but doesn't have the frustration of duplicate items or the fear of never getting your best pieces. Buying pieces directly for Conquest points is not that system. We'll continue to look into other options, though.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
hey, i am getting only two stacks of Elusive Brew with my 2hand weapon on my brewmaster. Is it an intended changed ?
Nothing changed here. You likely switched to a fast 2H weapon. You only get guaranteed 3 stacks with a 3.6-speed weapon. (WarcraftDevs)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Is it intentional that Mind Flay doesnt proc Prophecy Of Fear AOE but Arcane Missles does?
Yes because Mind Flay is a damage-over-time ability. (WarcraftDevs)

Character / Items
The change to Fragment of Dark Star is additive or multiplicative? (25% or 41%) final effect.
Multiplicative. It’d be 25% at Heroic ilvl. (WarcraftDevs)

- Hunter's Seeking Crystal goes on cooldown even if it fails to teleport you to a rare, intended or oversight?
This is intended. (WarcraftDevs)

w/ caches now not giving "next difficulty" gear after X kills, wont they become obsolete as we gear up through the tier?
Better for raiding to make mission rewards obsolete, than for missions to make raiding rewards obsolete. (WarcraftDevs)

Will the Throbbing Blood Orb be a toy too when the mini-patch that turns the Cursed Feather of Ikzan into one?
Yes. (WarcraftDevs)

What is the reason behind the 50% nerf of Discordant Chorus' proc? It's already weaker than Empty Drinking Horn.
You might be comparing them to unfavorable situations, such as on a single-target. Fel Cleave was quite powerful. (WarcraftDevs)

PvE
How does Supreme Lord Kazzak ilvl loot work? Is it based on your progression in HFC or just a tooltip error in journal?
This is a dungeon journal bug and will be corrected in a future patch. (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
any plans to fix ashram queue spending half my day in a queue isn't fun
The queue is a big problem. We acknowledge that. Fixing it is difficult. We are working on options. (holinka)

Will the class trinkets from HfC work in PvP?
They do not work in rated PvP. (WarcraftDevs)

Lore
What are voidwalkers? Are they void-corrupted spirits like voidwraiths?
Not defined, atm. Maybe someday we will visit the cool-ass void dimension (Muffinus)

Reputation / Questing
Why do we have to do one apexis daily, to come back & pick up 2 more? Why not offer them in one go? Clarification?
The initial quest gives the most reputation; the follow-ups are there for those who want to invest more time. (WarcraftDevs)

Garrisons
What happened to the Garrison Mage Tower in 6.2? The Amperial Construct have gone all buggy and doesn't work 100% of the time
(1) There was a bug where players would fall through the world, so some pathing logic was added. (WarcraftDevs)
(2) This isn’t an ideal solution, so Amperial Construct will teleport you instantly in a small future patch. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
While the developers have been pretty quiet since @WarcraftDevs appeared, Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Developer Communication
What are the lessons learned under the one voice of & multiple voice of now? How to improve going forward? #WarlordsQA
I think multiple voices are always better but one is better than none. (OccupyGStreet)

Remember when he basically told the player base they had to play better? Or nerfing paladins to the ground?
To be clear, I did encourage players to take dungeon strategy more seriously. That wasn't sarcasm. (OccupyGStreet)
If you refer to the origin of the "to the ground" meme I was apologizing to players for not announcing a nerf. (OccupyGStreet)
And I hadn't announced the nerf because I was on vacation. I wrote "to the ground" at a vineyard. (OccupyGStreet)
Anyway, extreme sarcasm is probably a defense mechanism of mine. (OccupyGStreet)
But I like that sarcasm helps convey that I don't take myself too seriously. (OccupyGStreet)
It's rough on non-English speakers though. Chinese journalists had me raise my hand when I was being sarcastic. (OccupyGStreet)
Because for them this shit is SO FREAKING SERIOUS. They forget that even great games are activities of leisure. (OccupyGStreet)
For me, most importantly, multiplayer games are about hanging out with friends. (OccupyGStreet)

Sure, not all players would vote, but a good bunch would, which should be very valuable data on said subject.
A public poll has many problems but targeted queries can be very effective. We use them. (OccupyGStreet)
Curious what kind of problems. I think that presetting the proper expectations for it to the players would solve most of them
It's not a random sampling, potential for influence, potential for fraud off the top of my head. (OccupyGStreet)

Game Design
Players micromanaging dev teams is obv silly. But concerns over individual leads seem... less silly.
It's still really hard for players on the outside to reverse engineer which lead led to which change. (OccupyGStreet)
That's why I always advise players to just stick with the change itself. (OccupyGStreet)



Poll - Raid Loot Method
Which raid loot method is your guild using now that Personal Loot has been improved?


Warcraft Movie Props
ComingSoon.net posted two images of some Warcraft movie props from the convention floor. We saw some of these at Blizzcon 2014.

Removed at the request of Legendary Pictures

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