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by Published on 2017-03-14 08:15 PM

BlizzCon 2017 - November 3 and 4

7.2 PTR Legendary Items Changes - March 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Developers' notes: We’re adding a small amount of baseline throughput (~1.5-2%) to current non-throughput legendaries or legendaries that have throughput, but work very infrequently, especially against dungeon/raid bosses.
All Classes
  • All Specs
    • Sephuz's Secret
      • Now always grants 10% increased movement speed and 3% Haste.
      • When triggered, this bonus is increased to the current values of 70% movement speed and 25% Haste.
      • Movement speed bonuses now stack with other movement speed bonuses.

Death Knight/Paladin/Warrior
  • All Specs
    • Aggramar's Stride
      • Now has an additional 617 Critical Strike (@ ilvl 940) as a third bonus secondary stat.
      • Now grants movement speed equal to 75% of your Haste, Critical Strike, Mastery, or Versatility, whichever is highest.

Mage/Priest/Warlock
  • All Specs
    • Norgannon's Foresight
      • Now has an additional 617 Critical Strike (@ ilvl 940), as a third bonus secondary stat.

Hunter/Shaman
  • All Specs
    • Roots of Shaladrassil
      • Now has an additional 658 Critical Strike (@ ilvl 940), as a third bonus secondary stat.

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • All Specs
    • Acherus Drapes
      • Now has an additional 771 Mastery (@ ilvl 940), as a third bonus secondary stat.
  • Blood
  • Unholy
    • Death March
      • Now also increases Death Strike and Death Coil damage by 15%.

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • All Specs
  • Balance
  • Feral
  • Guardian
    • Oakheart's Puny Quods
      • Barkskin instantly grants 45 Rage plus an additional 30 Rage (was 15 Rage) over 3 seconds.
  • Restoration
    • The Dark Titan's Advice
      • Now also causes Lifebloom’s periodic healing to have a 5% chance to trigger the final healing effect.
    • Tearstone of Elune
      • Allies healed by your Wild Growth have a 15% (was 20%) chance to also gain Rejuvenation.
    • X'oni's Caress
      • Now also reduces Ironbark’s cooldown by 25%.
    • Essence of Infusion
      • Tranquility heals targets below 60% (was 50%) health for 60% (was 50%) more.
    • Aman'Thul's Wisdom
      • Redesigned. When your Rejuvenation heals a full health target, its duration is increased by 3 seconds, up to a maximum total increase of 15 seconds per cast.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • All Specs
  • Fire
    • Pyrotex Ignition Cloth
      • Phoenix Flames reduces the remaining cooldown on Combustion by 9 seconds (was 6 seconds).

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Mistweaver
    • Eye of Collidus the Warp-Watcher
      • Each time Soothing Mist heals, the absorb amount of your next Life Cocoon is increased by 3% (was 1%), stacking up to 50 times (was 100).
      • Fixed a bug where the second Soothing Mist from Unison Spaulders did not grant a second stack of the buff.
    • Ovyd's Winter Wrap
      • Redesigned slightly. Each time Enveloping Mist heals, its healing bonus has a 50% chance to spread to an injured ally within 30 yards.
    • Ei'thas, Lunar Glides of Eramas
      • Redesigned. Uplifting Trance increases your Vivify healing by an additional 20% and causes it to heal 1 additional target.
  • Windwalker
    • Hidden Master's Forbidden Touch
      • Now also increases Touch of Death’s damage by 40%.
    • Katsuo's Eclipse
      • Reduce the cost of Fists of Fury by 1 Chi (was 2 Chi).
    • Drinking Horn Cover
      • The duration of Storm, Earth, and Fire is reduced by 0.4 seconds (was 0.6 seconds) for every Chi you spend.
    • March of the Legion
      • Now has an additional 641 Mastery (@ ilvl 940) as a third bonus secondary stat.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Holy/Protection
    • Uther's Guard
      • Now has an additional 797 Haste (@ ilvl 940) as a third bonus secondary stat.
  • Holy
  • Protection
  • Retribution
    • Aegisjalmur, the Armguards of Awe
      • Now has an additional 617 Critical Strike (@ ilvl 940) as a third bonus secondary stat.
      • Triggered Shield of Vengeance amount reduced from 200% to 100%.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • All Specs
    • Will of Valeera
      • Now has an additional 658 Mastery (@ ilvl 940) as a third bonus secondary stat.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Enhancement
    • Akainu's Absolute Justice
      • Lava Lash deals 50% (was 30%) increased damage while your weapons are enhanced by both Flametongue and Frostbrand.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • All Specs
  • Protection
    • The Walls Fell
      • Now also increases Shield Slam’s Rage generation by 2.
    • Thundergod's Vigor
      • Each enemy you hit with Thunder Clap reduces the remaining cooldown on Demoralizing Shout by 3 seconds (was 1 second).

PTR Development Notes - Build 23753
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
This week’s PTR update contains mostly tuning changes, which include some of the mechanisms around the Broken Shore, but also a large round of adjustments to Legendary items. These adjustments are part of our overall goal to bring Legendaries more in line with each other in terms of value, particularly in how their benefits apply to your primary role (tanking, DPS, or healing).

This first round of adjustments is not comprehensive - in fact, we’ve already made some additional changes since this build was put together, and we expect tuning to continue as part of an ongoing process. Still, we’d greatly appreciate your feedback on these changes, as well as on any other Legendaries that are still in need of tuning. We’ve created a separate thread here with more details on exactly what changes have been made.

Thanks, and happy testing!

PTR Build Deploy 3/14/2017
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Greetings all,
PTR Realms will be coming down today in order to deploy a new 7.2.0 build. No ETA for today's push but I'll ping the thread if things look like they're going to take longer than usual.

As always, I'll leave this thread open for discussion so long as conversations remain civil and adhere to forum guidelines.

Thanks for your patience everyone!
by Published on 2017-03-14 04:51 PM

Read about the new information on Mass Effect: Andromeda's Combat System on Gamepedia

BlizzCon 2017 - November 3 and 4
The official BlizzCon site has been updated with BlizzCon 2017 dates!

  • Tickets first go on sale April 5 at 7 PM PST, followed by the second batch at 10 AM PST on April 8
  • Tickets are $199 each (plus taxes and fees) – limit 4 per household
  • You have until July 14 to edit the information on your tickets
  • The Benefit Dinner will be Thursday, November 2 and tickets are $750



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Gather your team, plan your strategy, and get ready to rush BlizzCon® 2017!

Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming convention and community celebration returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 3 and 4—but it’s not too early to begin preparations for a weekend full of hands-on gaming, in-depth developer panels, incredible esports competition, and more.

BlizzCon 2017 Tickets
Tickets to the 11th BlizzCon will go on sale in two batches:

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
  • Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

This year, ticket sales will be hosted by Universe, and tickets are priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Check out the BlizzCon Ticket webpage and Badge Information page for all the details.

BlizzCon Benefit Dinner
If you’re looking for a chance to join the celebration and help out a good cause at the same time, we’re holding a special BlizzCon Benefit Dinner the night before the show on Thursday, November 2 in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Attendees will have a chance to talk games, swap stories, and share a drink or two with Blizzard developers and community representatives, and Blizzard will donate the net proceeds to the hospital. A limited number of tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. PDT, priced at $750 each—visit the Charity Ticket page for more information.

Virtual Ticket - Coming Soon!
If you can’t make it to the show in person, you’ll still have a chance to join the celebration from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which will provide live streaming coverage to viewers around the world. Stay tuned for more details.

Check out the BlizzCon Event Info page for lots more information on prepping for the show and the upcoming ticket sales, and visit the Universe ticket page at the dates and times above to buy tickets to the show.

Look for more information on the events and activities at BlizzCon as the show approaches. Good luck snagging tickets, and we’ll see you in November!
by Published on 2017-03-14 03:22 PM

PTR Patch 2.5.0.44247, Reddit Blue Post, Li-Ming Cosplay

Hearthstone Week in Review: March 6 - 12

New Order Hall Quest - Investigate the Broken Shore
A new quest has appeared in your Order Hall!




Patch 7.2 - Demon Hunter Class Mount
Today we are taking a look at the Demon Hunter class mount. It's also worth noting that Demon Hunters can purchase A Tiny Set of Warglaives from a vendor in their Class Hall for 1000 x Order Resources.



Demon Hunter Class Mount





World Boss - Shar'thos
The Sleeping Corruption is up this week, so you can head to Val'sharah to kill Shar'thos for a chance at item level 860 loot, a Shadow Relic, and a piece of the Fury Warrior hidden artifact appearance.



Weekly Bonus Event - Battlegrounds
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A new weekly quest and rewards are here—steel yourself for Battleground combat!

Seven Days on the Battlegrounds
All this week, heading to the Battlegrounds will net you some extra Honor along with bonus loot for completing this week’s quest. To enter the fray, open Group Finder (default hotkey: I) and then select the Player vs. Player tab. Next choose Casual, select Random Battlegrounds, and hit the Join Battle button—you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of the 11 battlegrounds.

Weekly Quest
Before you get started, Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Win four random Battlegrounds, and you’ll be rewarded with 5 Marks of Honor, a Badge of Honor (1000 Honor), and a Glory of the Melee Artifact Power token (base 500 AP).

Battleground Buff
This week you gain 50% more Honor in Battlegrounds.

A New Event Every Week
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.

Midwinter Interview
Our friends over at Method have an interview with Midwinter about why they decided to stop progression raiding and what can be done to fix it.



Rend - New Survival Hybrid Game
Frostkeep Studios, a new entity that includes developers who worked together on vanilla World of Warcraft, has just announced Rend, its survival hybrid game that features RPG elements, player factions, and predetermined server times for PvP base attacks. Neal Acree created the music in the trailer below, and the game hits Steam Early Access this spring. Check out Gamepedia for more game details.



by Published on 2017-03-13 05:38 AM

Warcraft Noob? Learn More About the Story of Un'Goro Crater

Armory Stats - Equipped Legendary Items
Today we are taking a look at the number of legendary items characters have equipped. The chart below shows the item level of characters and the percentage of characters that have one or two legendary items equipped. The data used here is a sample of 6 million characters from the US and EU.



Chris Metzen Statue
The statue of Chris Metzen previously unveiled as a going away present is finally at Blizzard! You can listen to or read a recap of his interview here. Thanks to anhdangerous and youngwarchief for sharing pictures of it!



Patch 7.2 PTR Notes Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The Broken Shore
Return to the front lines of the Burning Legion’s invasion in this new Scenario. Complete it to unlock a new questing hub with World Quests that make up a new Emissary and faction: Armies of Legionfall.

Join in a new region-wide, cross-faction effort to construct buildings to fight against the Legion’s stronghold.

New Dungeon: The Cathedral of Eternal Night
The upper chambers of the Tomb of Sargeras were once a place of worship to Elune. Since the Legion's invasion, fel minions have desecrated this holy place, twisting it into their own image. Now, this site will host a battle that could turn the tide of the invasion. While the Armies of Legionfall engage the fel army directly, a small group of heroes infiltrates the upper reaches of the cathedral in a desperate hope to return the Aegis of Aggramar to its resting place. Inside this new dungeon, you’ll face:

  • Agronox - This ancient served the night elves priestesses of the Temple of Elune, tending the beautiful Hanging Gardens. But after the malevolence of the Legion infected the Cathedral, the guardian absorbed fel energy through his roots. Now the twisted Agronox spreads corruption throughout the sanctuary he once protected, believing he has finally achieved his ideal state.
  • Thrashbite the Scornful - Smashspite's detestable brother, Thrashbite has been dispatched to wipe out the mortals entering the cathedral's grand library. The dimwitted mo'arg lacks any respect for knowledge or learning, feeling petty satisfaction as he crashes through ancient artifacts and tramples priceless tomes.
  • Domatrax - With the Aegis of Aggramar socketed back into its cradle, Domatrax leads an onslaught of demons to destroy the relic.
  • Mephistroth - With the forces of Azeroth pushing against his front line, Mephistroth has fallen back to the Cathedral of Eternal Night, where he will employ all his cunning to ensure the heroes fail in securing the Aegis of Agrammar.

Class Campaigns
Every class continues its campaign to unify in the war effort. Your Class Hall is the base from which you will embark on a new quest chain, find a new potential Follower, and discover new class-specific World Quests.

All new epic class mounts are now available! Complete the new class mount quests to obtain yours.

Demon Assaults
The Burning Legion is assaulting Azeroth with renewed determination. Look for Broken Isles zones to come under attack, fight to drive the Legion back, and defend the lands of your new allies.

Pet Battle Dungeon
Something nefarious is going on in the world of pet battles, and it’s up to you to look into it. If you have at least one level 25 battle pet, speak to Breanni in Dalaran to get directions to this new scenario.

PvP Brawls
A series of new twists on popular player-versus-player activities are on the way. Starting with "Southshore vs. Tarren Mill", "Gravity Lapse", and "Warsong Scramble", PvP Brawls offer a variety of mode, rules, and scenic changes to the usual Battleground gameplay. Look for the Brawl option in the Group Finder (default hotkey: i) Player vs. Player tab, under the Casual selection.

Transmogrification Sets
A new ‘Sets’ tab in the Appearances UI is where you’ll find this new way of tracking item sets from previous Raids, PvP Seasons, and more.

Flying in the Broken Isles
Take your final steps to complete the Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part 2 achievement to unlock flying in the Broken Isles.

Class Combat Updates
The launch of Legion included many updates to class animations, sounds, and spell effects. These will continue in Patch 7.2 with updates to Hunters, Death Knights, and Balance Druids. More are on the way!

Legion Reputation Updates
Reputation earned beyond Exalted will now contribute towards earning additional rewards from Broken Isles faction emissaries. These new reward caches have a rare chance to reward new faction mounts, such as the Highmountain Elderhorn, Wild Dreamrunner, and Leywoven Flying Carpet.

New World Quests
In addition to the new Armies of Legionfall and class-specific World Quests, a number of new and interesting World Quests are now offered by NPCs across the Broken Isles.

Professions
  • The Obliterum Forge should now always be available to players, and requires no questline.
  • All item level 815 crafted end-game gear will now be crafted at item level 835.
  • All existing items between item levels 815-830 will retain their existing item level.
  • The first application of Obliterum will bring them up to 840, and the Obliterum cap has been increased to iLvl 875.
  • Some World Quests that are related to Professions now reward 1 skill point in their associated Profession.
  • Alchemy
    • Mana and Rejuvenation potions can now be used by specs for whom a mana bar is a non-primary resource.
  • Archaeology
    • You can now get Artifact Power from Archaeology.
    • New Elite digsites have been discovered in the Broken Isles.
    • All enemies summoned by Archaeology can now be killed by multiple nearby players.
  • Blacksmithing
    • Added new craftable Legendary item:
      • (Belt) Rethu’s Incessant Courage
  • Cooking
    • Nomi now provides Prepared Ingredients as part of his work orders, which can be combined to create up to 10 servings of a random recipe known by the player.
  • Inscription
    • New Glyph of the Wrathguard: Warlock
      • Transforms your Felguard into a Wrathguard

    • New Glyph of the Shadow Succubus: Warlock
      • Transforms your Succubus into a Shadow Succubus
  • Leatherworking
    • Added new craftable Legendary items:
      • (Demon Hunter, Druid, Monk, Rogue – Boots) The Sentinel’s Eternal Refuge
      • (Hunter, Shaman – Boots) Vigilance Perch
  • Tailoring
    • Added new craftable Legendary item:
      • (Shoulder) Celumbra, the Night’s Dichotomy
    • The amount of comfort provided by the Bloodtotem Saddle Blanket has been reduced by 20%.

Tab Targeting
In Patch 7.2, tab targeting should feel more natural. While in combat, you will no longer be able to accidentally tab to a target that is out of combat with you. Furthermore, you’re no longer able to tab to a target that neither your character nor your camera can see.

User Interface
  • On PvE servers, players of the opposite faction now have orange names.
  • You can now assign a specialization to an equipment set in the Equipment Manager.
  • The Blood of Sargeras vendor now sells items in multiple amounts (Shift-click).
  • To help prevent accidental clicking, the resurrection option to "Decline" now has a brief countdown before it can be clicked.
  • An "Open All" button has been added to the mailbox.
  • In Archaeology, Elite digsites are now represented by a different icon.
  • Achievements linked from other players now show your own progress on the same tooltip.
  • Appearances
    • You can now preview an ensemble set by CTRL-clicking it.
    • The Transmogrifier NPC is now trackable on the minimap.
    • You can now search your Appearance Collection by dungeon name and boss name.
  • Player versus Player
    • In Arenas, your enemies’ crowd control Honor Talents are now tracked on their unit frames.
    • Various improvements have been made to party member visibility in Battlegrounds.
  • Quick Join
    • Auto Accept: A setting has been added to allow friends and guild members to instantly join your queues without a confirmation. This setting is located in Interface Options -> Social.
    • Group tooltips now show the available roles and if auto accept is enabled.
    • Right click a Quick Join group to whisper a member of that group.
  • Spellbook
    • Spells that haven’t been moved to an action bar are highlighted in the spellbook.
    • Mousing over a spell highlights it on your action bar, making it easier to locate.
    • Pet spells can now be dragged onto the player action bar.

Classes
  • Player Taunts now increase all threat caused against the target by 400% (was 200%).
  • The Tauren and Dwarf racial bonuses Brawn and Might of the Mountain now correctly increase heals by 2% (was 1%).
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Starfall duration and tick rate is no longer affected by Haste.
    • Guardian
      • Intimidating Roar now roots targets in place (was a 50% snare). Mangle damage increased by 15%.
      • Thrash (Bear) direct damage increased by 15%.
      • Swipe (Bear) damage reduced by 25%.
        • Developers’ Notes: This should result in overall Guardian damage remaining roughly the same, perhaps slightly higher. But it will frontload their damage more, which should help with burst threat.
  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Beast Mastery
      • Dire Frenzy will now additionally cause your pet to charge up to 25 yards toward the target.
  • Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Arcane
      • Mark of Aluneth periodic and final damage increased by 33%.
  • Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Chi Wave replaces Mistwalk talent:
      • A wave of Chi energy flows through friends and foes, dealing Nature damage or healing. Bounces up to 7 times to targets within 25 yards.
  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Judgment of Light no longer has a cooldown between its heals on each target.
  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Shadow
      • Mental Fortitude (Artifact Trait) shield cannot exceed damage absorbed of 4% of player total health (was 8%), and now correctly calculates healing from Vampiric Touch.
  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Fixed a bug where Death from Above would consume combo points up to 5 with Anticipation as expected, but gain bonus damage from combo points up to 10 with Anticipation.
    • Assassination
      • Bag of Tricks (Artifact trait) proc chance reduced to 2.5% per combo point (was 3.0%).
      • Urge to Kill now causes Vendetta to grant 60 energy, plus an additional 60 energy over 2 seconds.
    • Outlaw
      • Curse of the Dreadblades (Artifact ability) now works with Ghostly Strike.
      • Fatebringer (Artifact talent) now reduces the Energy cost of Finishing moves by 1 per point (was a reduction of 2 Energy per point).
      • Increased the damage of the following abilities by 3.5%: Ambush, Between the Eyes, Cannonball Barrage, Death from Above, Ghostly Strike, Killing Spree, Pistol Shot, Run Through, Saber Slash.
  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Affliction
      • Refreshing Reap Souls will no longer overwrite the current buff’s duration with a new one. The new duration will now be added to the existing duration, up to a maximum duration of 60 seconds.
      • Reap Souls (Artifact ability) now has a 5 second cooldown.
        • Developers’ note: Previously, casting Reap Souls at 5 stacks (which would grant 25 seconds of the buff) with 20 seconds currently left on the buff would just overwrite your old 20 second buff with a 25 second buff. Now, in this case it will increase the buff duration to 45 seconds.
      • Souls are now reset to 0 at the start of an encounter. The buff is also canceled at the start of an encounter.
        • Reason: Souls are a resource, and we have a rules about resetting your resources/stacks of a buff before an encounter, so that every attempt is standardized. Having souls the first time you fight a raid boss feels good, but it makes every other attempt after that feel worse by comparison.
  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Charge (and Intercept) now deals damage on arrival, and its snare begins after you hit your target.

Class Halls
  • Artifact Researchers now have explanatory dialogue options when you have completed all Work Orders they offer.

Dungeons
  • Enemies’ damage and health have been increased for all Heroic and Mythic dungeons, including Mythic Keystone Dungeons, and the item levels of gear found in Legion Dungeons has been increased.
  • All Random Heroic dungeons now requires 825 item level to queue.
  • Lower Karazhan and Upper Karazhan have been added to the Random Legion Heroic list in Dungeon Finder.
  • The Arcway and Court of Stars have been added to the Random Legion Heroic list in Dungeon Finder.
  • Mythic Keystone Dungeons
  • Equipment rewards through level 10 have been improved.
  • Artifact power rewards through level 30 have been improved
  • Added 60 seconds to the Black Rook Hold timer.
  • Added a Night Watch Mariner to the top deck in the Maw of Souls while Teeming is active.
  • Killing Cove Seagulls should now add Enemy Forces credit.
  • New Affix: Bursting (level 4)
    • When slain, non-boss enemies explode, causing all players to suffer 10% of their maximum health in damage over 4 seconds. This effect stacks.
  • New Affix: Fel Explosives (level 7)
    • Creatures have a chance to summon an Explosive Orb at a nearby location that will explode, inflicting damage of 50% of the player’s maximum health.
  • New Affix: Quaking (level 7)
    • Periodically, players will Quake, inflicting damage of 20% of the player’s maximum health and interrupting spell casts of themselves and nearby allies.
  • New Affix: Grievous (level 7)
    • While below 90% health, players are afflicted with Grievous Wound.
  • The Overflowing affix has been removed.
  • The Bolstering affix range has been reduced to 30 yards (was 45 yards).
    • Developers’ notes: The intent of this change is to allow players more opportunities for crowd control.
  • Necrotic Rot will now expire after leaving combat. Duration reduced to 9 seconds (was 10 seconds).
    • Developers’ notes: This should eliminate the situation where players were waiting for Necrotic to fall off after killing enemies, and it should give tanks more opportunities for resets while in combat.
  • Skittish threat reduction has been lowered to 75% (was 80%).
  • Fortified damage bonus lowered to 30% (was 40%).
  • Tyrannical damage bonus lowered to 15% (was 20%).
  • Sanguine radius increased to 8 yards.
  • Mythic Keystones can now direct you to Lower Karazhan, Upper Karazhan, and the Cathedral of Eternal Night.
  • Artifact Power rewards for Mythic Keystone dungeons have been adjusted:
    • Longer dungeons, such as Halls of Valor, now award a proportionately higher amount of Artifact Power.
    • Shorter dungeons, such as Maw of Souls, now award a proportionately lower amount of Artifact Power.
    • Artifact Power bonuses have been added to your weekly chest rewards. These increase based on the highest level Mythic Keystone you completed.

Items
  • Set tokens for all raids from Serpentshrine to Siege of Orgrimmar have been updated to provide loot for your spec on right-click, in the same manner as newer raid set tokens. The vendor functionality of these items has not been changed.
  • A number of unavailable items belonging to PvP sets from the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions have been made available again from vendors.
  • Class Order Hall Sets can now be upgraded to item level 870 via rare items obtainable from Broken Shore World Quests.
  • Hunter
    • (Beast Mastery) The Eagletalon Battlegear 2-piece bonus should now correctly display it’ should now correctly display its functionality with the Dire Frenzy talent.
    • (Beast Mastery) The Eagletalon Battlegear 4-piece bonus should now correctly display its functionality with the Dire Frenzy talent.
  • Legendary Items

Player versus Player
  • The honor requirements for leveling through the honor system have been reduced.
    • The amount of honor required to advance from 1 to 50 at Prestige 0 has been reduced by 50%.
  • The conversion of Honor to XP has been increased by 50%.
  • In instanced PvP (arenas, battlegrounds, and Ashran), Artifacts now grant a minimum Stamina increase to all players. This minimum is equivalent to the purchase of 36 points, one of which is the trait which grants 10% Stamina.
  • Monk
    • Mistweavers now learn Fortifying Brew at level 55 (was Fortifying Elixir at honor level 22).
    • Mistweavers now learn Essence Font (Rank 2) at level 58.
    • Windwalkers’ Fortifying Elixir renamed and is now Fortifying Brew.

Quests
  • Broken Isles World Quest rewards now scale to item level 860 (was item level 845).

We’ll outline more changes and additions to the World of Warcraft Patch 7.2 PTR in the coming weeks.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
If I hit 2k rating in 3v3, does it matter if I drop from 2k to get the transmog set for Elite set at seasons end? Or do I sit?
If you hit the rating you are good to go. Keep playing! (holinka)

is the 150 wins after faction changing for PvP Titles required this season-fearless or from next seas on?
This change will not take effect until Legion Season 3 begins. Season 2 (current) will only require 50 wins. (WarcraftDevs)

Misc
Congratulations on 10 years MMO-C! I remember visiting the site every day in the months leading up to Lich King launch (holinka)

Dark Legacy Comics #575 - Orange is the New Purple
DLC #575 has been released!

by Published on 2017-03-11 12:51 AM

Hearthstone Price Changes Coming to Europe for PC, Mac, and Android

Adjustments to Legendary Items in 7.2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In an upcoming PTR patch, you will see adjustments to a number of legendary items. These changes can be categorized into:

  • Added throughput effects to legendaries with non-throughput bonuses, or only occasional throughput benefits.
    • Example: Promise of Elune, the Moon Goddess (Balance Druid boots that grant a utility healing effect via casting Lunar Strike/Solar Wrath), will now also increase the damage of Lunar Strike and Solar Wrath by 8%.
  • Added extra secondary stats to non-throughput legendaries where that makes more sense than to add throughput to the legendary effect itself.
    • Example: Belo'vir's Final Stand (Mage chest that causes Blink to grant an absorb shield) now have an extra 3rd secondary stat. We don’t want to turn Blink into a rotational DPS button, so instead of adding an effect like “Blink also increases your damage dealt by X% for Y sec”, we’re adding an extra ~650 secondary stats to the item.
  • Improvements to legendaries whose design isn’t working well in gameplay.
    • This has been and will continue to be an ongoing effort, and we’ll be making such changes as time goes on, including after Patch 7.2.
  • Numbers tuning to bring the throughput benefits of other legendaries more in line with each other.
    • This has been and will also continue to be an ongoing effort.

Legendaries have different use cases and we want their power level to be tuned with that in mind. Universal throughput legendaries - legendaries that increase output in most situations - should be good but not always the best in every situation. Situational throughput legendaries – legendaries that perform very well in the right situation - should be better than universal throughput legendaries in those situations, but then aren’t ideal in other situations. Non-throughput legendaries will soon include a small amount of consistent output through either an adjustment to their legendary effect or an extra 3rd secondary stat, and continue to provide their utility benefits.

By narrowing the power gap between throughput legendaries and non-throughput legendaries, we’re hopeful that 1) the first two legendaries a character acquires will have some reliable throughput increase and 2) once you acquire more of them, you’ll feel more freedom to swap them around based on the situation.

Patch 7.2 - Flying Achievement Change
The Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two achievement was changed on the PTR.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks for the feedback, everyone! The original currency requirement for Nethershards in this quest was temporary until final Nethershard costs and drop rates were determined. The current requirement for this quest is 2500 Nethershards. Also, *spoiler* Khadgar realizes that he was a bit overzealous and at the conclusion of the quest determines he only needs 1. So the player is left with the remaining 2499 to use as they please.

Additionally, some folks are worried that the Legionfall Campaign is going to stop them from flying. It's not! The campaign is not a requirement to unlock flying in 7.2. One of the early versions of the achievement had that as a requirement, but it has since been removed.

Can we see EXACTLY what is in the amended achievement.
You can see this on the PTR right now. It looks like the datamining sites are a bit out of date though.

1. Part 1 completed
2. Explore Broken Shore - Go to every POI
3. Defender of the Broken Isles - Complete Demon Assault (incl. scenario) in each of the 4 zones that have them
4. Reach Revered Rep with Legionfall faction.

Patch 7.2 - Glorious Tyranny Visual Change
The Glorious Tyranny enchant has been changed in Patch 7.2. You can see an example of the change on a smaller and larger weapon below.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
When we made the Glorious Tyranny enchant during the Mists of Pandaria expansion, we went for maximum cool looks. Unfortunately, the result has proved to be negative for computer performance.

Our artists regularly make performance improvement passes on things like this, and this particular enchant visual is one of their priorities for Patch 7.2. They're doing what's necessary to improve performance when this enchant is active, but as you can see, the look has changed a bit.

We’re trying here to balance helping players who are having issues and restoring the original appearance, but ultimately there's going to have to be a small change in how it looks.

Live Developer Q&A – Submit Your Questions
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Join us live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft Thursday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, as we sit down with Lead Game Designer Matt Goss for our next live developer Q&A where he’ll be answering your World of Warcraft: Legion itemization questions.

You can submit your questions here in this thread or on Twitter by using the hashtag #LegionQA.

As a reminder, please keep your questions short (40 words or less) so that we can get to as many questions as possible. We look forward to you joining us live on Thursday!

Patch 7.2 PTR - Flying Testing NPC Disabled Next Build
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Just wanted to give a quick heads up that, with the next PTR build, we'll be removing Petey Yar (the test NPC that granted the achievements required for 7.2 flying) from Dalaran, and implementing the intended requirements to activate the Class Mount quests.

So, if you want to do any additional testing/experimenting with 7.2 Flying or Class Mounts, you have until the next PTR update to do so!

Build of the Month - March 2017
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!

This month
The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$229
KeyboardLogitech G710+$80
MouseLogitech G502$60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$44

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$457
KeyboardCorsair K70$109
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$61
SpeakersLogitech Z523$68


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated March 10, 2017
$638
Case Carbide Series 200R$55
Power Supply EVGA 600B$50
CPU Intel i3-7100$120
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$145
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics Card ASUS RX 460$95
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

Dolphin

Updated March 10, 2017
$871
Case Carbide Series 200R$55
Power Supply EVGA 600B$50
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$145
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics Card RX 480 OR
GTX 1060 3GB
$180 / $200
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 1TB$78
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated March 10, 2017
$1201
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$45
Power Supply SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W$70
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Scythe Mugen Max$50
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$169
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$130
Graphics Card GTX 1060$250
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$129
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$95
$98
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

Unicorn

Updated March 10, 2017
$1406
Case Corsair Air 540$122
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$93
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$89
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$169
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$130
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$255
$370
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$129
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$156
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23


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