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by Published on 2017-08-27 08:23 PM

Patch 7.3 - Argus
In Patch 7.3 we are taking the fight to the Legion by traveling to Argus!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
As the fel-scarred planet Argus looms in the skies overhead, Azeroth’s greatest heroes prepare a desperate mission into the heart of the Burning Legion’s stronghold. Succeed, and Azeroth may at last know peace; fail, and all worlds will burn. The battle against the forces of the Legion has all come down to this.

Thousands of years ago, the eredar of Argus lived in tranquility. The eredar’s three strong leaders —Archimonde, Kil’jaeden, and Velen—ruled their people in harmony. But the achievements of the eredar gained the attention of the the fallen titan, Sargeras.

When most of the populace turned to darkness under Sargeras’ control, becoming demons, Velen—gifted with the power of prophecy—guided his followers off the planet with the help of the naaru. They fled Argus, taking the name draenei, meaning “exiled ones.” Argus was devoured by the Burning Legion soon after.

The journey to Argus begins within the Exodar. Velen is gathering allies to join him on a journey most perilous aboard a new ship known as the Vindicaar. Once on Argus, adventurers progress through a series of story chapters in three new regions. Each week, new elements of the story on Argus become available, telling the tale of what was, what is, and what could be.

To help you prepare for your expedition to this hostile world, we’ve provided an itinerary for your time ahead:

Week 1: Begin the invasion of Argus and embark on an epic storyline beginning in Krokuun. Team up with the Army of the Light and take the fight to the very heart of the Legion in the Antoran Wastes. Gain access to new World Quests and Emissaries on Argus.
Week 2: Finish the story of Krokuun and travel to the ruined draenei city of Mac’Aree. Gain access to Invasion Points and thwart the Burning Legion’s plans on other worlds. Additional World Quests in Mac’Aree are available along with access to Invasion Points.
Week 3: Finish the Shadows of Argus storyline, unlock all World Quests, and venture into the new dungeon, the Seat of the Triumvirate. Activate your Netherlight Crucible on the Vindicaar to begin forging Relics.

The Hand of Fate
Your journey from Azeroth begins with the quest The Hand of Fate. Azeroth’s heroes are asked to travel to the Exodar and meet with Velen and his gathering allies—many of whom are familiar faces. It’s all hands on deck for the arduous task ahead.

Embarking on the Vindicaar
After you join up with Velen and the rest of the invasion party, it’s time to embark aboard the new draenei vessel — the Vindicaar. It serves as the base of operations for your time on Argus and is outfitted with a variety of conveniences that become accessible over time, including an innkeeper, mailbox, profession trainers, portal to Dalaran, repairs, quest givers, vendors, the Vindicaar Matrix Core, Navigation Console, and Netherlight Crucible.

Netherlight Crucible
The Netherlight Crucible is a forge that will help you enhance the relics on your Artifact weapon. As you progress through the storyline on Argus, you’ll unlock the forge’s abilities and the additional power of your Artifact weapon through your chosen relics.

Navigation Console
The Navigation Console aboard the Vindicaar connects to beacons on the surface of Argus. These beacons will help you quickly travel from point to point throughout Argus and back to the Vindicaar when needed.

The Matrix Core
Several Vindicaar powers unlock within the Matrix Core at the heart of the ship as you progress through Argus. These powers can be used to aid you along the way.

  • Light’s Judgment: This allows you to target and fire Light’s Judgment, the Vindicaar’s main weapon, while on Argus.
  • Lightforged Warframe: This allows use of the Lightforged Warframe mechanized armor suit while on Argus.
  • Shroud of Arcane Echoes: This allows the use of the Shroud of Arcane Echoes’ power, making you untargetable by enemies for a limited time while on Argus.
  • Fel Heart: The Fel Heart of Argus allows you, when on Argus, to be brought back to life after taking fatal damage and continually heal while not in combat.

Thaumaturge Vashreen (Ethereal Vendor)
Veiled Argunite can be earned in a variety of ways including killing rare elite mobs. Much like Nethershards on the Broken Shore, this currency can be used to purchase Relinquished items from Thaumaturge Vashreen that create ilvl 910 soulbound gear for your specialization.

Profession Trainers
Not all Profession trainers can be found on the Vindicaar, but with a new world to exploit explore, there are new opportunities for new crafted items. Azeroth’s finest will need the best equipment to take on the challenges ahead— and opportunity awaits for their crafters.

Taking the High Ground
Like the Broken Shore, the demonic forces of the Burning Legion aren’t going to roll out the red carpet for you. To get a foothold on the surface of Argus, you’ll need to make sure the Vindicaar is protected from the Legion’s defenses. While the devastation to this once shining world is widespread, there are bright spots among the new —and perhaps old—allies along the way. There are two new factions to encounter along the way: the Army of the Light and Argussian Reach.

  • The Army of the Light: The Army of the Light has been at war with the Legion on Argus for centuries, engaging in tactical guerilla strikes using their warship, the Xenedar. While outnumbered, they aren’t down—and they’re certainly not out. They continue to fight with cunning, striking at points of opportunity quickly and moving on.
  • Argussian Reach: Although many struggled to oppose the Burning Legion's conquest of Argus, not all were able to escape. Emboldened by the arrival of new allies, these refugees and outcasts stand united in their mission to reclaim their home.

Traveling Argus
Lightforged Beacons are similar to flight paths and are discovered as you progress through the storylines within Krokuun, Antaron Wastes, and Mac’Aree. These beacons transport you quickly back to the Vindicaar or out to any additional beacons you’ve discovered throughout the three regions.

New World Quests
As with the Broken Isles and Broken Shore, World Quests become available throughout the various regions as you venture through Argus. They offer a variety of rewards and a new Emissary Quests that align with the new factions Army of the Light and Argussian Reach.

There’s plenty to learn about both past and present Argus as you progress through the regions and experience the stories of those who have been impacted by the Burning Legion. For some, it will be a tale of redemption; for others, it is a tale of deepest loss. In the end, it’s a story that the future of Azeroth depends on.
by Published on 2017-08-27 06:14 PM

Popular HearthPwn Standard and Wild Decks of the Week for August 27

Patch 7.3 - New Weapon Models
There are some new weapon models coming in Patch 7.3!

Level Type Name Model Viewer
890Polearm Scythe of the Unmaker
890Two-handed Sword Taeshalach
905One-handed Sword Lustrous Daybreak Blade
905One-handed Sword Brilliant Daybreak Blade
905One-handed Sword Lustrous Eventide Blade
905One-handed Sword Brilliant Eventide Blade
905Two-handed Sword Lustrous Daybreak Greatsword
905Two-handed Sword Lustrous Eventide Greatsword
905Staff Lustrous Daybreak Staff
905Staff Lustrous Eventide Staff
905Shield Brilliant Daybreak Aegis
905Shield Lustrous Daybreak Aegis
905Shield Brilliant Eventide Aegis
905Shield Lustrous Eventide Aegis

Patch 7.3 - New Tabards
Two new faction tabards and some PvP tabards are new in this patch.

Level Type Name Model Viewer
110Tabard Army of the Light Tabard
110Tabard Argussian Reach Tabard
110Tabard Fierce Gladiator's Tabard
110Tabard Fierce Gladiator's Tabard
110Tabard Dominating Gladiator's Tabard
110Tabard Dominating Gladiator's Tabard
110Tabard Demonic Gladiator's Tabard
110Tabard Demonic Gladiator's Tabard

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Emissary Quests Will Reset When 7.3 Goes Live
Hey all, just a little heads-up for you!

When Patch 7.3 goes live in Europe on August 30th, Emissary quests will reset. This means that any active, incomplete, Emissary quests players had before 7.3 went live will be lost.

If, over the next couple of days, you receive an Emissary quest for a faction you wish to earn rewards from, please be sure to complete the quest before the weekly maintenance. (Official Forums)

Patch 7.3 and Broken Shore Buildings
Thanks for the feedback here, we will be monitoring the rate at which the Broken Shore buildings are completed (post-7.3) and have ways to ensure they are still getting built if it proves necessary. (Official Forums)

New Mythic+ Weekly Chest
To confirm:

A +10 this week will get you the maximum item level reward from next week's Order Hall chest. (Official Forums)

Realm Connections and Guild Features
Game Director, Ion Hazzikostas, actually answered a couple of questions related to both of these topics at gamescom this week.

In regards to realm connections:
Yes, this is something we want to do and we are actively working toward rolling out new realm connections.

The last time we made realm connections was just before the launch of Warlords of Draenor. Since that time, there have been a lot of changes to our infrastructure on the server-side, which means the process we used to connect realms (before WoD) no longer works.

We're having to work through some issues to be able to make new connections, but we hope to have some more details for you soon.

In regards to the social systems:
We're looking at improving some of the guild systems in the future. No specific details to share at this point in time. (Official Forums)

Patch 7.3 - New Maps, Icons, and Strings
With the patch almost here, we have a final look at the new maps, icons, and strings in the patch.

WoW History: 8/20 - 8/26
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during the week of 8/20 to 8/26 in previous years.

Patch 6.2.2 Grove Warden Mount Preview
During this time in Draenor, we would finally be able to obtain an awesome moose mount, the Grove Warden!The mount was originally believed to be available from the in-game shop to purchase, but it was soon discovered that it was tied to Ahead of the Curve: The Black Gate. Sadly, the mount is no longer available for players to earn, but if you still have the quest, you can complete it.

Warlords of Draenor - Horde/Alliance Chopper Preview
After the highly entertaining mini-series that detailed the construction of these custom choppers, we were finally able to get a preview of what the Horde Chopper and Alliance Chopper would like like in the game. Because the mini-series was a competition and Horde won, any member of the Horde that was playing at the time received their mount for free, and the Alliance could purchase their mount from a vendor.

Patch 5.0.4 on Live Servers This Week
During late August in 2012, the Mists of Pandaria systems patch went live, bringing quite a few exciting changes to the game. Some of the most notable changes included a new talent system, an 11th character slot, AoE looting, and account-wide achievements, mounts, and pets! As Cataclysm began to wind down and players began to prepare for Mists, and this gave everyone plenty of time to get used to the variety of changes.

Patch 4.3 Preview: New Darkmoon Faire
Around this time in 2011, Blizzard shared a preview of what the new Darkmoon Faire would hold for players. The old tickets were scrapped for new tickets that could be used to purchase new and exciting rewards. Additionally, the new Darkmoon Faire would include daily mini-games that could be used to earn tickets to purchase mounts, transmog items, and much more.

by Published on 2017-08-25 07:19 PM

Patch 7.3 - New Factions
Patch 7.3 adds two new factions and some catch up items.

Army of the Light
The Army of the Light offers world quests on Argus, with the normal emissary reward as well.

Level Type Name Req. Standing Model Viewer
110Inscription Technique Design: Mass Prospect EmpyriumFriendly
100Inscription Technique Technique: Glyph of the LightspawnFriendly
900Back Embroidered Lightforged DrapeHonored
110Leatherworking Pattern Recipe: Fiendish ShoulderguardsRevered
110Leatherworking Pattern Recipe: Fiendish SpauldersRevered
110Tailoring Pattern Recipe: Lightweave BreechesRevered
110Blacksmithing Plans Recipe: Empyrial BreastplateRevered
110Jewelcrafting Design Design: Empyrial Cosmic CrownRevered
110Jewelcrafting Design Design: Empyrial Deep CrownRevered
110Jewelcrafting Design Design: Empyrial Elemental CrownRevered
110Jewelcrafting Design Design: Empyrial Titan CrownRevered
110Shoulder Boon of the LightbearerRevered
110Mount Lightforged WarframeExalted
110Tabard Army of the Light TabardExalted
110Other Lightforged Augment RuneExalted

Argussian Reach
The Argussian Reach faction offers several mounts as a reward.

Level Type Name Req. Standing Model Viewer
110Enchanting Formula Formula: Chaos ShatterFriendly
110Inscription Technique Technique: Mass Mill Astral GloryFriendly
110Junk Crystalline CampfireHonored
1Companion Pets Orphaned MarsuulHonored
110Companion Pets Rebellious ImpHonored
800One-handed Axe Krokul Mining PickHonored
110Mount Glorious FelcrusherRevered
110Mount Blessed FelcrusherRevered
110Mount Avenging FelcrusherRevered
110Alchemy Recipe Recipe: Astral Alchemist StoneRevered
110Shoulder Boon of the SteadfastRevered
110Other Krokul FluteRevered
110Mount Reins of the Sable RuinstriderExalted
110Mount Reins of the Russet RuinstriderExalted
110Mount Reins of the Amethyst RuinstriderExalted
110Mount Reins of the Beryl RuinstriderExalted
110Mount Reins of the Umber RuinstriderExalted
110Mount Reins of the Cerulean RuinstriderExalted
110Alchemy Recipe Recipe: Astral Alchemist StoneExalted
110Alchemy Recipe Recipe: Astral Healing PotionExalted
110Tabard Argussian Reach TabardExalted
by Published on 2017-08-25 06:54 AM

Community Highlights 8/18

Chakki's 9 Class Lich King Clear in 2 Hours 39 Minutes - Here's His Decks and VoD

Patch 7.3 PTR - Build 24904
The latest PTR build removed these icons from the list of files that are extracted when you extract all of the interface files from the game.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
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Patch 7.3 Preview - Invasion Points
Invasion Points are public scenarios that require multiple players, with Greater Invasion Points requiring a raid to defeat bosses that drop item level 930 gear.

The Invasion Onslaught and Supplying the Antoran Campaign weekly quests involve doing Invasion Points.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In Patch 7.3, the forces of Azeroth will undertake a journey most perilous. Not only will they travel to the eredar home world, Argus, but they will also have opportunity to strike even deeper at the Burning Legion by shutting down Invasion Points on other worlds.

Players will first be introduced to Invasion Points through a quest that challenges them to enter and defeat the demonic forces inside. Each Invasion Point can be accessed without a queue to enter and while no group is required, additional players will be able to enter the Invasion Point instance within a short period of each other. No queue is required to enter.

There are two tiers of Invasion Points that will not only increase in difficulty, but also increase in rewards—and you’ll need to bring along extra help if you want to complete the highest tier.

  • Tier 1 Invasion Points will allow anywhere from 3–10 players within the instance. While you can enter alone, you’ll ideally want to recruit at least two other friends to join you in order to complete the scenario.
  • Tier 2 Invasion Points or Greater Invasion Points, will require a raid to bring down the boss within, but with greater risk, also comes greater reward.

Several Invasion Points will be available on Argus at any given time along with one Greater Invasion Point. The portals into these encounters will be visible on your world map and each player will need to click on the portal to enter (even when in a group.) Each Invasion Point will cycle within a couple of hours and despawn, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the timers indicated on your map. You and your party will face some additional challenges from location to location, whether it’s contending with the extremes of cold or playing in fire. Completing these Invasion Points will provide Argus Waystones which can be used toward earning a weekly reward.

Greater Invasion Points
Greater Invasion Points will provide access for you and your raid to one of the new World Bosses and the chance to get some great loot starting at ilvl 930. If you don’t have a raid at your beck and call, there’s always the Group Finder (I) where you’re sure to be able to recruit some heroes to join you. Bosses will only award loot once per week.

Invasion Points Bosses
From its stronghold on Argus, the Legion employs a vast array of portals to spread across the cosmos like a plague. Countless worlds have been plundered for resources, their inhabitants forced to serve the Dark Titan or endure a slow, agonizing death.

Unless these worlds can be liberated, the Burning Crusade will consume everything it touches and leave the universe in ashes.

Matron Folnuna
Matron Folnuna destroys worlds by infecting them with her spawn. These vile creatures spread like a plague over the landscape, corrupting and devouring anything in their path.

Mistress Alluradel
All those who gaze upon Mistress Alluradel fall under her sinister control. She commands victims of her dominance to inflict gruesome torments upon themselves. A thrall’s only hope of escape is death, and Alluradel will not allow that release until their agonized screams have ceased to amuse her.

Inquisitor Meto
Inquisitor Meto’s mastery over fel magic is rivaled by few in the Legion. Meto uses this power to sow chaos and destruction across the cosmos, leaving countless burning worlds in his wake.

Occularus feeds on the minds of his enemies, savoring their despair as he sears their flesh. This malevolent creature has devoured worlds, yet his hunger remains insatiable.

Sotanathor’s legendary strength was forged through countless burning campaigns across the cosmos. A brutal general, this demon commands vast legions that have never known defeat.

Pit Lord Vilemus
Pit Lord Vilemus’ brutality is renowned even among the Legion. He delights in setting his foes aflame in fel fire, then laughing at their despair as they beg for the mercy of death.

Patch 7.3 - Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 7.3 Class Changes
There are a few specializations (including Beast Mastery, Assassination and Outlaw) that had some buffs removed or reduced in the latest 7.3 release candidate. Those buffs were added to the PTR to help adjust for the additional 15 item levels your Artifact Weapon will gain from the Netherlight Crucible, as some specs currently get more of an overall effectiveness increase from item level than others.

Since the Netherlight Crucible won't be available immediately when 7.3 launches, these buffs have been removed temporarily from the latest release candidate build. They will be re-added via hotfix a couple weeks after release, once the Crucible can be unlocked.

In the future, we hope to find a better solution for the disparity in effectiveness that weapon ilevel has between specs, but that won't be in 7.3. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Frost Death Knight in Patch 7.3
Just to clarify the numbers--the DK "buff aura" on PTR is +23%, which is intended. The patch notes say "14%" because this is a 14% increase over what's on live (+8%).

Part of the apparent reduction in the patch notes is that 5% of the 7.3 buff was advanced into a live hotfix a few weeks ago. So the "increase" from live, in the 7.3 patch notes, looks 5% smaller. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft Support for Windows XP and Vista Ending Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As we previously announced, we will be ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista for several Blizzard games. For World of Warcraft, we’re ending support for these operating systems in October.

Microsoft ended mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a segment of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued to support them. Now that there have been three major Windows releases since Vista’s release and a clear majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions of Windows, we are ready to make this change.

After this time, Windows XP and Vista will not be supported and World of Warcraft will not run on them. We encourage any players who are still using one of these older operating systems to upgrade to a newer version prior to this date to continue playing.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hearthstone Cinematic Style
Opinions are opinions. I love the new "Hearthstone is Home" short and I love the Mei Overwatch short. They are both awesome storytelling pieces that bring a lot of life to both universes.

Also, Hearthstone makes me proud to play WoW. The awesome universe they've created is based within our own universe, and the team has really built an epic story experience taking place across Azeroth.

But this is the forums, so of course anyone who likes anything is an outcast, right? :P

The animation looks like a pixar film for 7-9 year olds.
But man, if that's your outlook on a cinematic, I don't know how you get by on the day-to-day.

I like HS though I am too busy with WoW and D3 and MtG to play anymore, but um aren't you kind of required to like other Blizzard products?
Not necessarily. I've never been a huge Starcraft or Diablo fan, but I can still admire their work and such.

Not entirely sure what you mean by this. Looking at the cinematic, it does look like a pixar film for children. That's just the style it was seemingly made it, it even has a musical number to compliment that point.

My only issue is, I remember having epic, fantasy story worthy experiences going to places like Northrend or Outland for the first time. Going to Pandaria and fighting a war again the other faction. Taking that and saying its equivalent to the Hearthstone cinematic just doesn't feel right, and downplays the general theme associated with the game. It would be like taking a game like Fallout and then saying "and through this door you can visit the set of Little Einsteins".

I get by on the day-to-day same as most people I imagine. I enjoy my games, live my life, and point out the obvious when I feel it needs to be pointed out. My interpretation of a cinematic isn't something I would consider life damning.

I meant it's a bit hard to get by in this day without seeing the works of studios such as Pixar, Disney, etc. So if you're turned off by a cinematic that reminds you of those animations styles, it's hard to imagine you enjoying any entertainment media in general. I get that you see it as a "childish" animation, but I personally think that the art style you're seeing is timeless, and, as we can easily see by Pixar and Disney's incredible success in their films over the last two decades, it's not going anywhere.

Not all stories in Azeroth are of war and destruction, and I don't think they need to be - sometimes people want to relax in an inn and play a game with each other. Don't forget that Azeroth is a world within itself, so people do have lives outside of what you see represented in World of Warcraft - even in Fallout, your example, taking place on Earth, people in the wastes would often stop for a break and play the card game 'Caravan'.

I get what you mean by the note that they aren't telling an "epic" story full of action and combat, like we often do with World of Warcraft, but - I think that's entirely the point. Hearthstone is typically whimsical with the stories it tells, and even when they do tell a more serious story, like the current Lich King expansion, it is carried along by the same whimsical nature (such as the Lich King breaking the fourth wall playing a card game). And, honestly, Warcraft has always had a very similar nature. Take a look back at the Warcraft RTS games, or the silly-ness of plenty of quest lines across WoW; if you somehow missed some of the tongue-in-cheek moments, I think you'll be surprised by how often we take those turns.

Anyways, all of this to say: all of our game universes across our titles and franchises are not meant to portray the same fantasy tropes. Where we are now certainly doesn't mean World of Warcraft will be any less epic in the future. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

UnderWatched Ep 7 - Nano Boost The Match Maker
Another episode of UnderWatched has been released!

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