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by Published on 2016-03-30 12:42 PM

Update (10:35 PM EST): Alpha build design notes are up! Brewmaster is in, lots of class changes, and Order Hall campaigns.

Kurast Ambient Tribute Music, 2.4.1 LoN Thorns Barbarian

New Priest Card Reveal - Shadow Word: Horror, Druid Reveal - Mark of Y'Shaarj

Dehaka Patch Available

Tracer's Over the Shoulder Pose Removal Drama, All Rank Borders Datamined - 190 in Total!

Legion - Chronomatic Anomaly
Chronomatic Anomaly is a boss in The Nighthold (formerly Suramar Palace).

Legion - Legendary Ring Quest Line Removed
Be sure to finish the legendary ring quest line before Legion if you want to get it!

World of Warcraft: Traveler Book Series Coming Soon
A new World of Warcraft book for children will be released later this year!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re pleased to announce a new collaboration with Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books on a new book series for kids ages 8-12 —World of Warcraft: Traveler!

This epic action-adventure series features a young cast of Warcraft characters discovering the mysteries and majesty of the world around them. Written by celebrated comic book author and animator Greg Weisman, the first book will include full-page illustrations and sketches created by Blizzard artist Samwise Didier, along with a full-color cover illustration by Blizzard artist Stephane Belin.

The first hardcover book is scheduled for release in November of 2016. Read the full press release here.

About World of Warcraft: Traveler
It’s been years since twelve-year-old Aramar Thorne, a clever boy who is never without his precious sketch book, has seen his father. So when Captain Greydon Thorne comes ashore and asks his son to join him at sea, it feels as if someone has redrawn Aram’s entire world. Before he knows it, Aram is aboard the Wavestrider with Lakeshire fading to a distant dot on the horizon. But the thrill of adventure quickly fades, as Greydon relentlessly schools Aram on how to handle his cutlass and how to relate with the strange and diverse creatures of Azeroth. In addition, Aram struggles to get along with the Wavestrider’s crew—especially second mate Makasa, a tough teenaged girl who has been reluctantly placed in charge of him. Just as Aram starts to get his head above water, a band of vicious pirates attack the Wavestrider, turning his world upside down once again. As Aram tries to find his way home with his father’s compass in hand, he’ll travel across Azeroth’s beautiful and hostile terrain, encountering creatures both terrible and wondrous. He’ll seek to understand Azeroth’s denizens as he draws them in his sketchbook, forming unlikely friendships along the way. But the journey is hindered by Greydon’s compass, which never points north. If the compass isn't leading Aram and Makasa home--to safety--to what destiny is it leading them?

About Greg Weisman
Greg Weisman has been a storyteller all his life. He’s best known as the creator of Disney’s Gargoyles and as a writer-producer on multiple animated series, including Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels, and W.I.T.C.H., and Marvel’s The Spectacular Spider-Man. He’s written multiple comic book series and two young adult novels, Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam. Greg lives in Los Angeles, California.

Between this, Snow Fight, and Pearl of Pandaria, Blizz is growing quite a library of kid's books. I enjoyed the others though, so I'll probably get these ones. Will there be new lore in them or is it a more personal story?
I'm not sure about new lore but it seems it could happen incidentally along the way. It's definitely more of an adventure/personal story from a very different perspective.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Will rated arenas and rated battlegrounds reward honor in Legion? (count towards the new honor system)
Yes, rated arenas and battlegrounds in #Legion will award honor - a bit more than their unrated counterparts. (WarcraftDevs)

What's the point of honor when gear is normalized? What's the incentive to grind?
Honor Points contribute to your Honor Level. Each level will unlock more Honor Talents, etc. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
listening to? Where do you get your feedback, and what makes it more valid than the "vocal minority"
You do see that phenomenon sometimes. Reddit says X but when you talk to more players it turns out to be Y. (OccupyGStreet)
But I would not then just dismiss X. It's rarely a binary X or Y decision and the details are quite valuable information. (OccupyGStreet)

The problem is with that statement is every other company bought by a large publisher says otherwise when its over
Well, I've been through this three times now. I felt Microsoft's presence pretty quickly. Not so with Activision or Tencent. (OccupyGStreet)

Warcraft Movie Poster
Another movie poster image was posted on Twitter, with the line "Quick, get the TANK! #WarcraftMovie". It has since been deleted.

Dark Leagcy Comics #531 - DKP
DLC #531 has been released.

by Published on 2016-03-29 07:49 AM

Scheduled Maintenance Reminder, New Leveling Method for 2.4.1

New Card Reveal - Cult Apothecary, Ben Brode on Ragnaros, Lightlord, Popular Constructed Decks of the Week

Town Hall Heroes Ep. 101, Into the Nexus #97

Noblegarden 2016
Noblegarden is here again! There are no changes this year, but don't forget about the Magnificently-Painted Egg and Mystical Spring Bouquet from last year.

Legion - Xavius Shoulders
Legion adds leather shoulders that look like the shoulders worn by Xavius, the final boss of the Emerald Nightmare raid.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Why are you making vendors sell the new class tomes? Tomes are an ideal item for Inscription and would fill the glyph void.
Scribes craft Vantus runes, Darkmoon cards, scrolls, relics, toys, consumable glyphs, etc. Void should be filled. (WarcraftDevs)

Pets and Pet Battles
what will happen to the Pet menagerie in Legion? Will it still reward that many pet charms as it is now?
The pet charm rewards from Warlords content will be significantly reduced, but not eliminated completely. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
It may be true that a tiny % of players post on social media, but are you going to neglect the info you have just because it's not perfect? (OccupyGStreet)
you have a concept of perfect info?
Of course not. But it's very easy for game developers to tune out feedback because they are only hearing from a minority. (OccupyGStreet)
You should understand it's a minority, but still appreciate the feedback! (OccupyGStreet)

Overwatch - Tracer Pose Removal
The developers responded to a feedback thread to let the community know they were replacing one of Tracer's poses.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
So I wanted to start off by saying, I think the development team has done a pretty great job with the cast of female hero's in Overwatch. They are diverse, interesting, and compelling. From Mei to Zarya to Widowmaker the female cast reflects a large spectrum of personalities and player fantasies.

With that being said, lets talk about Tracer. From a marketing standpoint, she's the star of the show. She's a great hero. When we look at the way she's portrayed in promotional media, lore, and art in game we know a few things about her..

She's Fast. She's Silly. She's Kind. She's a good Friend. Her body seems to be comprised of about 95% spunk.

Almost all of her art reflects this. She's got cool skins, She's got fun poses, She's got amazing victory animations. All of this art reinforces the great character you've built around tracer.

Then out of seemingly no where we have this pose:

WHAT? What about this pose has anything to do with the character you're building in tracer? It's not fun, its not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer. It just reduces tracer to another bland female sex symbol.

We'll replace the pose. We want *everyone* to feel strong and heroic in our community. The last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented.

Apologies and we'll continue to try to do better.

Well, that escalated quickly…

While I stand by my previous comment, I realize I should have been more clear. As the game director, I have final creative say over what does or does not go into the game. With this particular decision, it was an easy one to make—not just for me, but for the art team as well. We actually already have an alternate pose that we love and we feel speaks more to the character of Tracer. We weren’t entirely happy with the original pose, it was always one that we wrestled with creatively. That the pose had been called into question from an appropriateness standpoint by players in our community did help influence our decision—getting that kind of feedback is part of the reason we’re holding a closed beta test—but it wasn’t the only factor. We made the decision to go with a different pose in part because we shared some of the same concerns, but also because we wanted to create something better.

We wouldn’t do anything to sacrifice our creative vision for Overwatch, and we’re not going to remove something solely because someone may take issue with it. Our goal isn’t to water down or homogenize the world, or the diverse cast of heroes we’ve built within it. We have poured so much of our heart and souls into this game that it would be a travesty for us to do so.

We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision, and that’s okay. That’s what these kinds of public tests are for. This wasn’t pandering or caving, though. This was the right call from our perspective, and we think the game will be just as fun the next time you play it.

If it isn’t, feel free to continue sharing your concerns, thoughts, and feedback about this and other issues you may have with the game, please just keep the discussion respectful.


by Published on 2016-03-27 04:25 PM

Wizard Cosplay Highlight

New Rare Hunter Card Reveal - Infest

Dehaka Hero Spotlight, Illidan PTR Clarification, Weekly Sales March 22nd

Warcraft Movie Trailer
The Digital Theater posted another Warcraft movie trailer on Saturday with a few new clips. You can download it to watch it without the Youtube compression.

Warcraft Movie Poster
Another poster has been posted on Twitter.

Legion - Guardian Druid Spell Animations
New animations aren't complete, but here is an early preview of the new and modified Guardian Druid spell animations.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
do you need to hit level 12 prestige PER SPEC to unlock the Artifact skin or once you do it on one its unlocked on all specs.
The current plan is to unlock every spec's appearance on that character. (WarcraftDevs)

Will Siege of Orgrimmar be solo-able in Legion?
I'd expect so. At level 110, with an 800+ item level, your stats will be comparable to what a small raid could do in 5.4. (WatcherDev)
by Published on 2016-03-26 12:08 PM

Wizard Cosplay Highlight

New Legendary Minion - The Boogeymonster!

Dehaka Hero Spotlight, Illidan PTR Clarification, Weekly Sales March 22nd

Legion - Blood Death Knight Spell Animations
New animations aren't complete, but here is an early preview of the new and modified Blood Death Knight spell animations.

World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.4 - Build 21355
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A number of small client-side patches were issued to address a number of issues in Patch 6.2.4.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a number of issues that could cause the client to crash.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the character selection menu to be displayed while the introduction cinematic is playing.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
True Aim triggers on Arcane Shot but not on Sidewinders?
We will change this to apply to your primary target with Sidewinders as well. (WarcraftDevs)

Do all Hunters share the same Marked for Death debuff on a target?
Nope. This debuff is individual per Hunter. (WarcraftDevs)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Living Bomb not spreadable with Inferno blast
We’re working on a slightly different idea for how LB spreads... Have you tried Kael’thas’ Chain Bomb? (WarcraftDevs)

Whats behind making Blink a totally useless ability?
Assuming you’re talking about the stun break—this is a tooltip error. The stun break has not been changed. (WarcraftDevs)

Good to know, I'm assuming Shimmer doesn't break stuns then? Would be pretty ridiculous in PvP if it did.
This is correct; Shimmer does not break stuns. (WarcraftDevs)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Final Verdict also increases the damage on Blade of Vengeance by 20%. Seems to be a bug, right?
A bug, indeed. We'll get this fixed, thanks! (WarcraftDevs)

Pets and Pet Battles
Umm, is Screeching gears supposed to stun 5x in a row?Frog Kiss 4x in a row,thought the debuff prevented that? #Clueless
the debuff doesn't kick in until the stun wears off, allowing for stun-lengthening combos, both have gotten a nerf in Legion (Muffinus)
the chance at being stunned 5x in a row currently is less than 0.1% though that is some supreme RNG unluck (Muffinus)

Rogue Legendary Card Reveal - Xaril, Poisoned Mind
Hearthpwn revealed some of the new cards in the upcoming Whispers of the Old Gods expansion.

Final Boss - Havoc Demon Hunter Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with another spec preview!

by Published on 2016-03-25 08:37 AM

PTR Feedback Forums Closing, Level 1-70 in 33 Seconds

New Legendary Minion - The Boogeymonster!

PTR Bug Fixes, Heroes WTF Moments #41

Legion - Fox Mount
The Reins of the Llothien Prowler currently has no drop source.

Warcraft Movie Posters
Two more posters have appeared on Twitter. One is an international version of the movie poster, which is a modified version of the previous poster.

Legion - Oversized Bobber
Lizbeth Cromwell, Shankys, and other fishing vendors sell the Oversized Bobber for ~2 gold per stack of 5.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Legion PvP Stat Templates in World PvP
Stat templates only work in instanced PvP like battlegrounds and arenas. Out in the world your stats come from your gear. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Vanilla PVP set and Transmog
Thanks for the info. 1 Small addition. Hunter Alliance transmog on my shaman. Its mail, but i cant transmog to it because its limited to hunter class. Will the Hunter transmog be avalable for me as well? Let me live the dream of the Golden Shaman
As it stands, this won't be possible as a Shaman can't equip gear with the Hunter class restriction. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Won't changing Tank self heals/shields to AP scaling bring back the problems that Vengeance/Resolve were meant to fix?
Those are solved other ways. This change doesn't affect that anyway. Was HP-based, now AP-based. Neither vary by inc dmg. (Celestalon)

.Sorry, Could you please switch the BrM and Guardian crit passive?
Brewmaster already has a stat that gives avoidance. (Celestalon)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
can you tell me if current lunar strike animation is a placeholder? (since it's the same animation of stellar flare)
Not placeholder; those are different visuals. (Celestalon)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
if a monk talents into mistwalk, is it intended to replace transcendence?
Yes. (Celestalon)

Will there be a dmg/health bonus for MoP soloing similar to Cata/wrath etc? Just curious if that's in the works.
The existing bonuses are because Wrath/Cata items were squished; MoP items weren't. If we did another squish, we'd add a MoP bonus. (WatcherDev)

Ya know, Sporebats are one of my favorite creatures we've ever made. Super interesting, thematic, animations are iconic, and great cuddlers. (Celestalon)

Warcraft III and Diablo II Patches
Both games got updates to improve modern system compatibility.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Warcraft III has received a modern-day update!

Patch 1.27a is aimed at enabling this legacy title to run smoothly on contemporary operating systems, and the client now has improved compatibility with Windows 7 and above and Mac OS X. Take a look at the Warcraft III forum post for more information on the patch, and head over to the Shop to grab your digital copy of the game.

We also released a similar patch for Diablo II. You can find more details on patch 1.14a on the Diablo II forum, and get your copy here.

Further updates are planned for both Diablo II and Warcraft III in the future, as we keep working behind the scenes to make sure you continue to have a great gaming experience. Details will be available as development progresses. Thank you for continuing to play these classic games!

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