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by Published on 2015-04-28 10:31 AM

NA Latency Issues, T6 Raekor & In-Geom Barb, Natalya's DH Solo GR 54

Hearthstone Ladder Rewards, Weekly Card Competition #14, Dalaran Flame Card Back

Rotation for April 28, 2015, Skin Spotlight: Master Azmodan

Children's Week 2015
Children's Week is live and this year brings a few new changes. This year you the Green Balloon is a toy that can be purchased from a vendor. The new Pet Care Package has lots of Pet Battle related items inside and a good chance to contain some costumes for your pet. The Flawless Battle-Stone that is a guaranteed drop is worth several thousand gold on the Auction House, so be sure to grab it if you want some extra gold.

Our friends over at Icy Veins have a nice guide to all of the rest! Be sure to use alts to collect all of the pets.


Level Type Name
1Other "Dapper Gentleman" Costume
1Other "Little Princess" Costume
1Other "Dread Pirate" Costume
1Other Big Pink Bow
1Consumable Magical Pet Biscuit
1Consumable Magical Mini-Treat
1Consumable Lesser Pet Treat
1Consumable Pet Treat
1Consumable Flawless Battle-Stone



Armory Stats - Legendary Quest Line Achievements
This weekend a thread talking about an old quote from the Dragonwrath drop rate changes has been pretty popular on the forum, so we are doing another update on the progress of the legendary quest line.

This time we are looking at the percentage of overall players that have the achievements, the percentage that have done some Highmaul (at least the first wing) that have the achievements, and the percentage that have done some Blackrock Foundry (at least the first wing) that have the achievements. Unsurprisingly, the players that raid more are more likely to have progressed on the quest line.

The data used today is a sample of 6.8 million characters from 3.2 million accounts. We also did this at the end of 2013 for Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Garrisons
Heya, any chance we could see Felblood rewarded from a garrison mission?
Good suggestion, thanks! (Muffinus)

So the seagulls hanging around the shipyard... Are they native to Draenor or...?
Imported Seagulls, for ambiance. Because Varian cares, Mia. He cares about you. And your docks. (Muffinus)
."Nice docks." - Varian Wrynn, patch 6.2, unedited. (Muffinus)
a little reminder of home for the Alliances front line fighters against IH.
You've got a long way to go until Tanaan is secured. Good luck, may the light protect you. (Muffinus)

SWTOR - Rise of the Emperor Update
SWTOR has an update that is releasing today, with access to the new planet Ziost where you will find the Sith Emperor. There is also a Epic Story XP Boost and free M4-1S Astromech Droid event that is ongoing.



GW2 - Heart of Thorns Closed Beta Keys
ArenaNet is giving out Heart of Thorns beta keys starting today in an interesting way. Players have a chance to get a BoP portal drop from enemies in certain zones that flags their account for beta.

by Published on 2015-04-27 01:01 AM

DatModz Updated zDPS Monk, RoS Problems and Future

DreamHack Tavern Tales this Weekend, HWC Disqualifications, BRM Boss Guides

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays of the Week #27

Patch 6.2 - Mail PvP Armor
One of the sets we didn't preview in the initial Patch 6.2 PTR post is the mail PvP set. These models are currently used on the blue and green quality gear for Warlords Season 2 and Season 3.






Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
How is the auto raid joining going to work exactly? there are still going to be groups focusing on getting their 300 kills, and…1/2
..You will not be able to enter Ashran if you are in a raid. Once you are in Ashran, you are automatically placed in a raid. (holinka)
Based on server? Random? 1 hour queues just to get curb stomped incoming. RIP Ashran. Never forget.
We evenly distribute people to reduce wait times. Only time you wait now is in a premade. (holinka)
how will that affect pre mades with group finder?. is that a done thing?
it's a done thing. You can enter as a party but not a raid. (holinka)

Misc
Tried to buy a WoW token from the AH, kept getting a msg that there are no tokens.
That means that all listed tokens have been purchased - try again in a little while and there will probably be some available. (WatcherDev)

Poll - US and EU Gold Amounts
The WoW Token has remained ~37k in the EU and ~22k in the US over the last week or so. Please keep in mind our visitors do not represent the average WoW player.

Unfortunately Blizzard removed the Wealth category of statistics from the armory back in 2008, so we can't just pull data from the Armory API like we do normally.

If you want to see the results for another region, please press the View Results link rather than voting.




Guild Wars 2 - Specializations Update
This week more details were released about the upcoming specializations feature of Heart of Thorns.



Rob Pardo Working With Unity
You may remember that Rob Pardo left Blizzard last summer and appears to have been enjoying his break judging by his Twitter feed. It looks like he is going to spend some time working with Unity as a Creative Advisor, making a global tour to meet with developers. Blizzard used the Unity engine to create Hearthstone. Both GamesBeat and gamesindustry.biz have interviews with Pardo about his new role.



DLC #486 - For the Children
The annual Children's Week holiday is almost here and DLC reminds us what this week is all about.

by Published on 2015-04-25 08:21 AM

DatModz Updated zDPS Monk, RoS Problems and Future

DreamHack Tavern Tales this Weekend, HWC Disqualifications, BRM Boss Guides

Hero Rotation Update, Heroes of the Dorm: Grand Finals this Sunday

Patch 6.2 - Gorefiend Preview
Today our friends at FatbossTV are taking a look at Gorefiend, who is also a fat boss!

Level Type Spec Name Model Viewer
695Trinket Insatiable Hunger
695FingerAll Agility Boss 6 - Agility DPS Ring 2
695NeckAll Intellect Boss 6 - Int DPS Neck 2
695Off HandAll Intellect Gibbering Madness
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695Back Boss 6 - Tank Cloak 2
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695ClothAll Intellect Boss 6 - Cloth Helm 1
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695ClothAll Intellect Mage Set Legs
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695ClothAll Intellect Priest Set Legs
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695ClothAll Intellect Warlock Set Legs
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695BackAll Intellect Boss 6 - Healer Cloak 2
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695Leather Boss 6 - Leather Chest 2
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695Leather Druid Set Legs
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695Leather Monk Set Legs
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695LeatherAll Agility Rogue Set Legs
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695Mail Shaman Set Legs
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695Mail Boss 6 - Mail Gloves 2
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695MailAll Agility Hunter Set Legs
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695Plate Boss 6 - Plate Shoulders 2
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695Plate Boss 6 - Plate Belt 2
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695Plate Paladin Set Legs
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695PlateAll Strength Death Knight Set Legs
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695PlateAll Strength Warrior Set Legs
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695One-handed AxeAll Agility Boss 6 - 1H Axe AGI 2
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695StaffAll Intellect Boss 6 - 2H Staff INT 1
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Name Points Category
Get In My Belly! Defeat Gorefiend after killing the Soul of the Crone in Hellfire Citadel on Normal difficulty or higher.
10Draenor Raid

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Falling into the heart of the mausoleum Auchindoun, Teron'gor gorged upon hundreds of draenei souls, becoming a bloated abomination in the process. More than just an orc now, Teron'gor gave up his old name and has taken a new one: Gorefiend.

Gul'dan has now called Gorefiend back to Hellfire Citadel. Allowing Gorefiend to feast upon the souls of those orcs who were not strong enough to survive their fel transformations. Even now more orcs are sacrificed to power Gorefiend's magic, but to what end?

  • Overview - When fighting Gorefiend, players who normally would die instead have their spirit devoured by Gorefiend. When consumed, players enter Gorefiend's stomach, which is full of hostile Trapped Souls. Over the course of the encounter, these Souls activate and attempt to escape into the outside world. Players inside Gorefiend can damage or defeat these Souls before they can escape. Each Soul that is released or slain reduces Gorefiend's energy. When Gorefiend reaches zero energy he begins a Feast of Souls, which recharges him to begin his assault anew.
    • Damage Dealers -
      • Shadow of Death targets random players. When slain, use the opportunity to damage Trapped Souls within Gorefiend's stomach.
      • If afflicted with Touch of Doom, move as far away from other players as possible.
      • Move quickly towards the stunned target if afflicted with Shared Fate
      • Run into an Unstable Soul when Gorefiend performs Feast of Souls.
    • Healers -
      • Shadow of Death targets random players. When slain, fully heal Tortured Essences to free them from Gorefiend's power.
      • If afflicted with Touch of Doom, move as far away from other players as possible.
      • Move quickly towards the stunned target if afflicted with Shared Fate
    • Tanks -
      • Shadow of Death targets random players. When slain, tank the Enraged Spirit within Gorefiend's stomach.
      • Avoid the Enraged Spirit's Fel Fury.
      • At 70% life, the Enraged Spirit escapes from the stomach and becomes a powerful Gorebound Spirit that must be tanked.
      • When Gorefiend reaches 0 energy he begins a Feast of Souls.
  • Gorefiend -
    • Devourer of Souls - Players who are killed are not slain outright. Instead, Gorefiend devours their souls, placing them in his stomach where they will be Digested. Players who have recently been consumed are afflicted with Gorefiend's Corruption and if they die again their soul is lost.
      • Corrupted Soul - When a player is slain a fragment of their soul is left behind and deeply corrupted by Gorefiend. The result is a being of pure malice, bent on consuming the living. Only when this fragment is destroyed will the player who was consumed be freed from Gorefiend's stomach.
        • Devour Essence - Drains 35,000 health from an enemy, transferring 500% of the damage inflicted to the caster.
      • Digest - Gorefiend consumes anyone who spends 30 sec. inside his stomach inflicting 2,030,000 Shadow damage.
      • Gorefiend's Corruption - Exposure to Gorefiend has taxed the soul of the player and they can no longer be consumed upon death.
    • Shadow of Death - The shadow of death looms. Kills the target after 5 sec.
    • Touch of Doom - Inflicts 143,000 Shadow damage to all allies after 8 sec. Allies further from the detonation take less damage. In addition a Doom Well is created at the feet of the afflicted player.

      • Doom Well - Inflicts 75,500 Shadow damage every 1.5 sec. while standing within the zone.
    • Shared Fate - Gorefiend twists the soul of a player, rooting that target and binding them to 3 other players.

      This effect inflicts 37,000 Shadow damage to all targets every 2 sec. until all afflicted players are within 6 yds. of the rooted player.
    • Surging Shadows - Causes each player to emit a pulse of shadowy magic that inflicts 45,747 Shadow damage to all allies within 5 yds.
    • Crushing Darkness - Creates a series of explosions that inflict 143,750 Shadow damage to all enemies within 4 yds of the impact.
    • Feast of Souls - Gorefiend regenerates energy over 60 sec., inflicting 32,100 Shadow damage every 2 sec.

      In addition, Unstable Souls are pulled towards Gorefiend. Each soul that reaches Gorefiend increases his energy by 10.

      While consuming souls Gorefiend's defenses are lowered, increasing damage taken by 100%.

      Upon reaching 100 energy, Gorefiend begins his assault once more.
      • Unstable Soul - Touching an Unstable Soul causes it to collapse inflicting 57,150 Shadow damage to all players and an additional 13,500 Shadow damage to players within 10 yds. of the detonation.
  • Trapped Souls -
    • Shadowy Construct - The twisted remains of a soul walk towards the center of Gorefiend's stomach before being released and empowered.
      • Gorefiend's Command - The caster's movement speed increases by 25% and becomes immune to crowd control effects.
    • Tortured Essence - A draenei spirit bound to Gorefiend's will. The spirit moves towards the center of the stomach where it will be fully corrupted and released. Healing the spirit to full releases it from Gorefiend's grasp.
      • Gorefiend's Command - The caster's movement speed increases by 25% and becomes immune to crowd control effects.
    • Enraged Spirit -
      • Bellowing Shout - Increases Physical damage done by 300% for 10 sec.
      • Fel Fury - Inflicts 89,300 Fire damage to all enemies within 5 yards of the impact, leaving a pool of felfire that inflicts 25,000 Fire damage every 1.5 sec. for 12 sec.
      • Slam - At 70% life the Enraged Spirit slams the ground inflicting 53,550 Physical damage and knocking back all players within 10 yards of the caster before running to exit Gorefiend's stomach.
      • Gorebound Fortitude - Reduces damage taken by 90%.
  • Unleashed Souls -
    • Gorebound Construct -
      • Hunger for Life - The Gorebound Construct fixates upon a random player and hungrily moves towards them, increasing in speed over time. Upon reaching the target the construct inflicts 950,000 Shadow damage to all enemies within 10 yds. before crumpling into dust.
    • Gorebound Essence -
      • Spirit Volley - Inflicts 11,475 Shadow damage to all players reducing their movement speed by 50% for 2 sec.

        Each cast increases the damage of Spirit Volley by 20%.
    • Gorebound Spirit -
      • Fel Flames - Each melee attack wraps the target in flames inflicting 10,200 Fire damage every 1 sec. for 4 sec. This ability stacks.
      • Bellowing Shout - Increases Physical damage done by 300% for 10 sec.
      • Raging Charge - The caster charges towards their primary target inflicting 250,000 Physical damage and stunning them for 2 sec.



New World of Warcraft Short Story: Apocrypha
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Adherents of Rukhmar rule the high arakkoa—the winged denizens of Skyreach—with rigid zealotry. But their vigilance has a vital purpose: spotting arakkoa who might unwittingly expose themselves to the shadowy curse of Terokk, and suspend their connection to their deity, Rukhmar. The Adherents sentence these wretched Outcasts to live a pitiful existence beneath the mountainous Spires of Arak—after removing their wings so that they can never return and infect others with the curse’s contagion.

Two of Skyreach’s young sun-sages, paired together from an early age, find themselves caught up in an unexpected search for apocryphal writings of Terokk’s past and the true origins of the curse. What they find will challenge their bonds and their beliefs: the skies above can hide secrets as dark as the canopies below the spires....

Download and read “Apocrypha,” written by Matt Burns, to uncover the mysteries of arakkoa society.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
i'm not sure i've watched someone as arrogant as in awhile. not sure how blizzard thinks he is appropriate w/ community interaction
That's unfortunate. What did I say or do to make you feel I'm arrogant? (holinka)
felt like it was the entire tone, a lot of the answers felt insincere, been a pvper since vanilla, i don't feel well represented
Sorry to hear that. My hope was to provide our thinking about issues we were asked about as honestly as I could. (holinka)

Pets and Pet Battles
will the legendary pet and location change each day in the jungle?
Thought about doing this, but decided it was more fun to have all up, some hard to fight/get to (Muffinus)
Does this mean the 15 'powerful' pets will all be legendary because that's a lot!
It is Enjoy! (Muffinus)
Holy crap! That's like a new kind of Fel Tournament every day. Thanks for the clarification.
Did we mention they have randomized allies that they fel-empower? So it's really a new adventure every day. (Muffinus)

Garrisons
If I reroll traits on Garona, only the two standard ones will reroll. Is this correct?
Correct. Master Assassin cannot be replaced. (WarcraftDevs)

Archaeology Progress Unrecoverable
It looks like the small number of people who are still affected by the archaeology data loss are out of luck, as their progress is unrecoverable.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Apologies for the late reply, but we have been exhaustively trying to find the best solution for those remaining accounts affected by this issue. While unfortunately it appears that the original data for those still affected is now unrecoverable, we have formulated a compromise solution that should satisfy most of you.

In order to find out more, please create an ingame ticket (or here) containing the following information:

  • Name/realm of affected character(s).
  • Details of any partial restoration already received.

Thank you and apologies once again for the inconvenience.

Tokenize Addon
The Tokenize addon takes the vendor price of an item and converts it into USD based on the current WoW Token price. It has Auctioneer support as well! Unfortunately it doesn't deal with stacks well or support Auctionator right now.

by Published on 2015-04-24 01:09 AM

Cow King Event, Transcendence zDPS WD, Greed Fanart

Blackrock Mountain: Blackwing Lair Opens Thursday, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner

Hero Rotation Update, Heroes of the Dorm: Grand Finals this Sunday

Warcraft Movie Delayed to June 2016
The Warcraft movie has been delayed three months until June 10th, 2016. The previous release date was March 11, 2016.





Patch 6.2 - Kilrogg Deadeye Preview
Today we are looking at one of the Warlords that awaits you in Hellfire Citadel: Kilrogg Deadeye. This fight has a phase that sends you to Stormwind / Undercity.

Level Type Spec Name Model Viewer
695Trinket Warlord's Unseeing Eye
695FingerAll Strength Boss 5 - Strength DPS Ring 2
695TrinketHealer Boss 5 - Healer Trinket 2
695NeckAll Agility Boss 5 - Agility DPS Neck 2
695ClothAll Intellect Boss 5 - Cloth Chest 2
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695ClothAll Intellect Boss 5 - Cloth Gloves 2
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695BackAll Intellect Boss 5 - Int DPS Cloak 2
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695Leather Boss 5 - Leather Boots 2
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695Leather Boss 5 - Leather Bracer 2
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695Mail Boss 5 - Mail Shoulder 2
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695Mail Boss 5 - Mail Chest 1
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695Plate Boss 5 - Plate Helm 1
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695Plate Boss 5 - Plate Boot 2
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695Plate Boss 5 - Plate Gloves 2
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695StaffAll Agility Boss 5 - 2H Staff AGI 1
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695DaggerAll Agility Boss 5 - 1H Dagger AGI 2
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695DaggerAll Intellect Boss 5 - 1H Dagger INT 2
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Name Points Reward Category
Ariok and Roll Defeat Kilrogg Deadeye in Hellfire Citadel with Ariok surviving the encounter on Normal difficulty or higher.
10
Follower Reward: $1
Draenor Raid
Mythic: Kilrogg Deadeye Defeat Kilrogg Deadeye in Hellfire Citadel on Mythic difficulty.
10
Draenor Raid

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Kilrogg Deadeye, Warlord of the Bleeding Hollow, seized control of his clan after performing a ritual to learn of his death. With this knowledge, he led his clan fearlessly on countless campaigns, marching toward the glorious end he desires. Now, with demon blood coursing through his veins, Kilrogg awaits you in Hellfire Citadel, awaiting the moment of his death, or yours.

  • Overview - Kilrogg's Visions of Death transports players to the moment of their doom. The more demons a player kills during this phase, the greater stacks of Undying Resolve they receive. Failure to send anyone to this phase results in raid damage. As the fight progresses, Kilrogg calls for his clansmen to drink the fel blood within the chamber. If these Salivating Bloodthirsters reach the blood, they transform into Hulking Terrors.
    • Damage Dealers -
      • Blood Globules that reach Kilrogg Deadeye damage the raid.
      • Fel Blood Globules that reach Kilrogg damage the raid and heal Kilrogg.
      • Enter Visions of Death and kill demons to gain stacks of Undying Resolve.
      • Kill Salivating Bloodthirsters before they reach the blood pool.
      • Interrupt the Hulking Terror's Rending Howl.
    • Healers -
    • Tanks -
      • Prevent Hulking Terrors from dying next to allies.
      • Tank swap off of Hulking Terrors to prevent gaining too much Fel Corruption and losing control to Demonic Possession.
      • Use active mitigation defensive abilities to counter Shred or else suffer from Shredded Armor.
  • Kilrogg Deadeye -
    • Fel Corruption - Throughout the fight, Fel Corruption is inflicted onto the raid. As Fel Corruption increases on a target, it inflicts increasing damage over time. At 100 Fel Corruption, the target is dominated by the Burning Legion.
      • Demonic Possession - Fel Blood courses through your veins, binding your will to The Burning Legion!
    • Shred Armor - The caster's next attack shreds the target's armor for great Physical damage. Victims of this attack are affected with Shredded Armor.

      Shreds the victim's armor, causing them to receive 24% more damage for each application of Shredded Armor.

      This effect will not apply to tanks using their active mitigation.
    • Heart Seeker - Kilrogg hurls a knife at your heart, inflicting 200,000 Physical damage on impact and an additional 23,600 Physical damage every 1 sec. for 10 sec.
      • Blood Globule - Summoned next to a player affected by Heart Seeker. Immediately begins making its way towards Kilrogg.
        • Blood Surge - Kilrogg surges with power from absorbing the blood, inflicting 143,000 Shadow damage to the raid.
      • Fel Blood Globule - Summoned next to a player affected by Heart Seeker who is covered in Fel Blood. Immediately begins making its way towards Kilrogg.
        • Fel Blood Surge - Kilrogg surges with power from absorbing the fel blood, inflicting 357,000 Shadow damage to the raid and healing himself for 15% of his max health.
    • Death Throes - Inflicts 30,000 Fire damage to enemies, every 1 sec for 8 sec. Damage decreases the further targets are from Kilrogg Deadeye. Also fires missiles at random ranged target destinations, inflicting 130,500 Fire Damage to enemies within the blast radius.
    • Vision of Death - Fel energy pours from Kilrogg's eye socket, transporting enemies who bask in its light to the moment of their doom. If not enough targets are found, Kilrogg inflicts 150,000 Fire damage to the raid.
      • Undying Resolve - With the knowledge that Kilrogg will not be your undoing, your damage is increased by 30% for 60 sec.
      • Undying Salvation - With the knowledge that Kilrogg will not be your undoing, your healing is increased by 10% for 60 sec.
      • Cleansing Aura - With the knowledge that Kilrogg will not be your undoing, you reduce Fel Corruption from nearby allies for 60 sec.
  • Salivating Bloodthirster - Immediately starts running for the blood pool when summoned.
  • Hulking Terror - Salivating Bloodthirsters transform into these terrors if they reach the blood pool.
    • Savage Strikes - Inflicts 35% weapon damage to all targets in a 9 yard 90-degree cone in front of the caster, and 2 points of Fel Corruption every 0.5 sec for 4 sec.
    • Fel Claws - The Terror's melee attacks have a chance to splash Fel Blood onto the current target, inflicting 2 points of Fel Corruption.
    • Rending Howl - Inflicts 48,000 Physical damage to all enemies on impact, and an additional 28,166 Physical damage every 1 sec for 10 sec. If interrupted, increases cast speed by 150%.
    • Fel Rupture - The Hulking Terror bursts, spraying fel blood on anyone nearby, inflciting 85,700 Fire damage. Also launches Fel spray that inflicts 42,850 Fire damage and 10 points of Fel Corruption to the five closest enemies.
  • Hellblaze Imp - The footsoldier of The Burning Legion, encountered during Visions of Death.
    • Fel Blaze - Incinerates the enemy, inflicting 437,500 Fire damage.
  • Hellblaze Fiend - The brute of The Burning Legion, encountered during Visions of Death.
    • Fel Flames - The demon explodes, inflicting 143,000 Physical damage on impact and leaving behind a pool of fel flames.
  • Hellblaze Mistress - The elite of The Burning Legion, encountered during Visions of Death.
    • Cinder Breath - Unleashes a burst of Felfire in front of the caster, inflicting 129,500 Fire damage on impact and an additional 14,300 Fire damage every 2 sec for 8 sec.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Legendary Ring
obviously, items like Tarecgosa would be different. I just don't think it feels "legendary" if it's out of your control.
Random procs are "out of your control" by the same argument, no? (Celestalon)

.it's like man, I did this entire quest line, collected all this stuff, and got my ring! For someone else to use.
Honest question: Is the act of clicking the ring the fun part to you? Or the buff you get, the gameplay impact, & coordination? (Celestalon)

Not a fan of a Shared On-Use effect for the legendary, too many potential problems with optimization/mistakes.
The range of initial reactions is interesting; another view is that this offers control in lieu of being beholden to RNG. (WatcherDev)

PvP
I laughed when I read #PruneHolinka (holinka)

With 6.2, could all Arenas be made available to lower level players? They can play all BGs since WoD but not all Arenas.
which ones aren't available now? (holinka)

Patch 6.2 - Follower Cap Remains 675
It looks like Naval missions will be the new progression in Patch 6.2, as your followers will remain capped at 675.


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