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by Published on 2017-05-22 11:06 PM

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Community Highlights: Podcasts, Cosplays, and Necromancer Video Content

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at May 15 - 21

Patch 7.2 Hotfixes - May 22
You can see the Artifact Knowledge multipliers here.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements
  • Grand Opening” now requires 8 spotlights activated during the Chronomatic Anomaly encounter (was 12).

Classes

Class Hall
  • Artifact Knowledge can now be researched to a maximum level of 40 (was 50).
    • Developers’ Notes: We raised the Knowledge cap from 40 to 50 very late in the 7.2 PTR cycle, out of an abundance of caution: We wanted to ensure that players of all playstyles, as well as alt characters, would view the Concordance trait as accessible. However, between the additional Artifact Power gains added in 7.2 and others that were hotfixed in after the patch released, we’re now well ahead of that mark. Knowledge 40 now seems more than sufficient for players to reach Concordance, and the prospect of months’ worth of additional Knowledge still left to research makes some players feel like their efforts in the interim aren’t meaningful. Therefore, we’re rolling the cap back to 40.

Player versus Player
  • Deepwind Dunk is now 15 minutes long, and each player killed during Deepwind Dunk awards 5 points.
  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Attacking a Judged target will now cause Judge Unworthy to only spread that target's Judgment, instead of all your nearby Judgments.
    • Judge Unworthy can now spread Judgment to targets that are under the effects of crowd-control abilities.
    • Damage from Lawbringer can no longer cause Judge Unworthy to spread Judgment.

UI
  • Players using Korean and Chinese clients can now chat in public chat channels on the Broken Shore.

WoW Arena Championship Cup #3: Sign Up Now!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Signups are open for Cup #3 and we’re waiting for YOU to become the next WoW Arena champions. The final 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch, on Saturday June 10th at 11:00am PDT, so whether you’re competing, curious or just plain old crazy about esports—you can find out how to get involved below. See you on June 10th!

All About Tournaments
  • The events are 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms.
  • There is a double-elimination bracket, so watch out!
  • Team rosters are 4-player, but you can sign-up with 3.
  • All series are best-of-5.
  • Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized and honor talents and artifact power are maximized

All About Prize Pools
  • 1st place: $3,000, 160 points
  • 2nd place: $1,500, 80 points
  • 3rd place: $1,000, 36 points
  • 4th place: $500, 20 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 12 points each

All About Rosters
  • Didn’t finish in the top 6 in the first tournament? Not a problem! Teams can change their team members as often as they want, until points are earned. Once you have points on the board, your teams are set in stone. Well, except. . .
  • Teams who earn points are allotted one roster swap without consequences.
  • After the free swap, there is an automatic 50% reduction to your points tally.
  • If you want to know more, read our official Championship rules below.

Signups for NA Cup #3 Are Live!
  • Signups are live!
  • Signups will be open until 9:00am PDT on Monday, June 5th.
  • Teams will be seeded by the rating they achieve as signups close.
  • Bracket play starts on the 7th, and plays through the 8th May (if a second day is needed).
  • The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on Saturday, June 10th starting at 11:00am PDT.
  • We’re excited to partner-up with GCDTV, who will be helping us out with all that has to happen behind the scenes (which is a lot).
  • The full rules and regs—plus the essential player handbook—can be found here.
  • Dates and signups for future cups will be coming soon!

Cup Dates For Your Diary
  • Cup #4: Final 8 broadcast Saturday, July 29th
  • Cup #5: Final 8 broadcast Saturday, August 5th

Want To Run Your Own Tournament?
We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement the better and there are some seriously solid reasons for doing it. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. If you’re interested, here’s what you should do: read the guide, fill out the application form and send in it to us. If you have any questions about running your own event, get in touch. We’re here to help and want you to create as many community events as it’s possible to have.

Con Before the Storm
Podcasters, streamers, pro teams, artists, news sites and fan sites come together for Con Before the Storm, which will be on Thursday Nov. 2nd. Their Kickstarter is coming to an end in the next week, so don't miss out if you want to contribute.



FinalBossTV #140 - Windwalker Monks
This week FinalBossTV focuses on Windwalker Monks.

by Published on 2017-05-21 10:40 PM

Diablo 3 PTR Patch 2.6.0.45634

Congratulations to the European Spring Playoffs Top 8 - Results, Decks, VoDs

Addon - RelicInspector
RelicInspector lets you see additional information about relic items and the relics socketed into Artifact Weapons:

  • Lists all of the specs a Relic will work for.
  • Lists the effect a relic has for your off-specs.
  • Lists the item level, type, trait, and effect of relics in other player's Artifact Weapons.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Missing frost trait Relic in Tomb. Any reasons? Howling Blast relic havent been in raid since EN.
There’s a Shadow relic with the trait you’re looking for, dropped by a boss whose name rhymes with "Lil Maiden". (WarcraftDevs)

7.2 patch notes says you can right click class tokens to give you a set item. Not working with ICC tokens. Intended or bug?
This is intended. The ICC tokens are valid for multiple slots, so you'll still visit the vendor to choose the one you want. (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
What are your thoughts on creating/designing rewards around the top % of players? As a player it feels like developers are afraid of making exclusive rewards in games hard to obtain, or only available for a short period of time, as the remaining x% (majority of playerbase) will never get to obtain said rewards. Which leads to a lot of the coolest rewards being easily attainable, thus making getting a really cool skin, or mount not feel rewarding as it was trivial to get, and everyone has it.
I’m a big fan of exclusive, prestige rewards for the best players. Having something that aspirational has benefits I believe even for players who have little chance of ever earning them.

That said, I don’t think it’s the right design to have great rewards for the best players and only hopes and dreams for everyone else.

If you unpack player motivations for earning a piece of content, they usually fall out into buckets like this:

  • I want to show off what a bad ass I am.
  • I want to express what kind of player I am.
  • The content has power and I need it to stay competitive.
  • It’s something fun.

Bullet 1 is definitely there to serve the top percent of players. Bullet 2 is less about recognition and more about communicating to other players about who I am. I’d be careful about locking those kind of rewards away to the top percent. You can get away with locking up a little bit of power under the justification that it gets more relevant at the more competitive upper end of the player base, but you have to be careful. Bullet 4 is where it’s easy to get into trouble where players are just in love with something (and not just because it symbolizes achievement). For category 4, I’d make the rewards highly available. (Source)



Build of the Month - May 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$225
KeyboardLogitech G710+$83
MouseLogitech G502$56
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$38

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$470
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$63
SpeakersLogitech Z523$75


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

Puppy

Updated May 21, 2017
$631
Case Carbide Series 200R$59
Power Supply EVGA 600B$48
CPU Intel i3-7100$115
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$74
Graphics Card ASUS RX 460$100
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Dolphin

Updated May 21, 2017
$839
Case Carbide Series 200R$59
Power Supply EVGA 600B$48
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$74
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$160
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 1TB$73
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


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

Narwhal

Updated May 21, 2017
$1185
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$60
Power Supply SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W$80
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$150
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$127
Graphics Card GTX 1060$230
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$100
$108
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Unicorn

Updated May 21, 2017
$1333
Case Corsair Air 540$128
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$90
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$150
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$127
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$230
$370
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$138
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


Heroes of the Storm - Nexus Challenge Final Days
The final day of the Nexus Challenge is upon us! It is your last chance to earn Overwatch and Heroes rewards.



Dark Legacy Comics #585
DLC #585 has been released!

by Published on 2017-05-20 10:03 PM

Diablo 3 PTR Patch 2.6.0.45634

Fireside Gatherings: Host Your Own Summer Tavern Hero Qualifier

Armory Stats - Prestige Level
Today we are taking a look at the Prestige Level achievements of players. This data comes from 1.9 million US and EU players active in the last month.

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Raid Testing Cancelled
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This test is being canceled due to a client crash that won't be resolved until the next PTR build. Apologies for the short notice.

Upcoming Overwatch Books
Three new Overwatch books are now available for pre-order.




Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Will echos of battle carry over to the next PvP season?
Echoes of Battle and Domination will be converted to gold at the end of the season. (WarcraftDevs)

EU Arena Cup #2 - Saturday and Sunday at 16:00 CEST
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Cup #2 of the WoW Arena World Championship goes live Saturday 20th May. To keep up with the action, tune in to the broadcast at 3.30pm CEST, with matches kicking off at 4.00pm CEST sharp. Don’t miss out!

Here’s where to catch the action, 20th and Sunday 21st at 16:00 CEST

Eight Epic Teams

  • Northern Gaming Blue
  • Enjoy Legion
  • ABC
  • EMO
  • Boyzz
  • KFC Managers
  • Making A Movie
  • Method

Your Hosts
We have 2 casters “Adrian ‘Healingstat’ Archer-Lock” and “Richard Campbell”

Points Promote Players – Get Involved!

Cup Events
  • 1st place: $3,000, 160 points
  • 2nd place: $1,500, 80 points
  • 3rd place: $1,000, 36 points
  • 4th place: $500, 20 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 12 points each

Approved Community Events
  • 1st place: 40 points
  • 2nd place: 20 points
  • 3rd place: 12 points
  • 4th place: 8 points
  • 5th and 6th places: N/A

Find out more in our Arena World Championship announcement here.


Want In On The Action?
We want to see a ton of community involvement, and would love some of you out there hold your own events. Not only will you be part of the action, you’ll help teams place higher on the ladder— as approved community events award points too! Want to know more? Get in touch. Want to run your own event? Apply here.

Good luck to all the teams and see you on Saturday and Sunday during the stream!!

Overwatch Anniversary Event
Overwatch is having an annivesary event from May 23 - June 12. So far we have seen some new maps, voice lines, and dance emotes.



Overwatch Free Weekend - May 26 - 29
Overwatch will be free to play from May 26 - 29, giving everyone a chance to participate in the Overwatch Anniversary event.



FinalBossTV #139 - How is Legion, So Far
FinalBossTV talked to Preach and Ghost this week about how Legion has been going so far.

by Published on 2017-05-18 06:21 PM

Destiny 2 Coming to Battle.net
Destiny 2 is coming to Battle.Net! This announcement is especially interesting after the announcement about transitioning away from the Battle.net name.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We want to let everyone know that a new game will be appearing alongside your favorite Blizzard games—one that’s a little different from what you might normally expect. Bungie’s upcoming first-person action game Destiny 2 will be joining the party! We’re excited to announce that we're partnering with Bungie and Activision to support the PC version of Destiny 2 exclusively via Battle.net.

We’re big fans of Destiny here at Blizzard, and we’re honored to be able to help the talented folks at Bungie and Activision bring their much-anticipated sequel to a new platform. Being on Battle.net will allow Destiny 2 to plug in to our existing global network, freeing up the developers at Bungie to focus their energy and resources on making the best and most fun game they possibly can. This also means Destiny 2 players will have access to our online social functionality, including chat with friends, the ability to see which of their friends are online in Destiny 2 or in Blizzard games, and the ability to stream gameplay directly to Facebook.

See the FAQ below for further platform details, and stay tuned for updates as we get closer to welcoming Destiny 2 and its players to Battle.net. To learn more about Destiny 2, head over to www.destinythegame.com.


Why are you adding a non-Blizzard game to Blizzard's platform?
We loved Destiny and think Destiny 2 is going to be a great game. Blizzard has an established and successful global internet infrastructure we’ve used for years to support our own games. Creating a new network client for Destiny 2, which is bringing the franchise to PC for the first time, would needlessly extend the development period for the game. We want to get our hands on Destiny 2 as soon as possible like everybody else, so we offered to share our PC platform with our sister companies for this release.

Does this mean other games are going to come to the Blizzard platform too?
Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly.

Does this mean I'll be able to use my Blizzard Balance to purchase Destiny 2?
Yes!

Will Destiny 2 offer the same cross-game social features that Blizzard titles currently have?
Destiny 2 will be integrated into many of Blizzard’s existing social features—you’ll be able to chat with friends playing Destiny 2 the same way you already can for Blizzard games. Players will also be able to add friends and form parties the same way Blizzard gamers can. And, you’ll see a Destiny 2 status icon by your friends who are playing Destiny 2 the same way you do for friends playing StarCraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.

Where and when will Destiny 2 on PC be available?
We’re excited to work with Bungie to bring the PC version of Destiny 2 to every region Blizzard currently operates in. Bungie is actively working through the global details. We look forward to sharing additional information later this year.

Who will be operating Destiny 2’s servers?
Bungie will maintain Destiny 2’s servers; Blizzard’s servers will be used for features related to the Blizzard platform, such as login and social functionality.

And what about customer service?
Destiny 2’s gameplay customer service will be handled by Bungie; Blizzard will handle customer service for platform and shop issues specific to our service.
by Published on 2017-05-17 06:05 PM

Hearthstone: Mulligans | Episode 1 - Error 14

Deepwind Dunk Hotfix
A hotfix is live that caps Deepwind Dunk at 15 minutes and grants 5 points for killing an enemy.



A Found Memento: Raising a King
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
For those of the Alliance, the loss of King Varian Wrynn at the Broken Shore continues to echo throughout Azeroth. But for his son, Anduin Wrynn, that loss is felt most keenly as he faces not only the loss of a father, but takes on new responsibilities as a king.

Whether Horde or Alliance, we didn’t want you to miss seeing the culmination of the Alliance-only quest line A Found Memento and witnessing the rise of the new King of Stormwind.


In-game Cinematic Team Insights:
This was a story we had been wanting to share for a while, but hadn’t yet arrived at the right moment in the expansion to tell it. When things fell apart at the Broken Shore, it felt like there were many things left unsaid and unfinished for Anduin—and for the community as well. We went from the death of a king during the horrific clash at the Broken Shore, right into a battle for Azeroth’s very survival against the Burning Legion. There was no time to grieve for Anduin. However, with our return to the Broken Shore in Patch 7.2, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit the young Wrynn’s storyline, and reveal to the audience that he’s still struggling to find his place as a king and coming to terms with the death of his father.

Knowing the story we wanted to tell in this cinematic, the quest team took the initiative to craft a robust quest line leading up to it, building and amplifying the emotional context for the cutscene. For those who have had the opportunity to play through it, there’s significant impact as we gain insight into what Anduin is experiencing—you see the people of Stormwind sharing their unvarnished feelings and doubts about Anduin as their new king. You witness some of the same skepticism conveyed by Genn Greymane—who, in his own gruff way, has stepped in as a father figure to the young king—and Velen, who has been his friend and mentor in the way of the Light on his journey to priesthood. Hearing these doubts led Anduin to make a firm decision: “I must see the Broken Shore for myself.”

The rest of the tale is told within the cinematic. Everyone who worked on it is incredibly thankful that, after all that has happened, we had the opportunity to say “goodbye” to King Varian Wrynn, and reveal a glimpse of what lies ahead for King Anduin Wrynn.

Key Character Bios


Anduin Wrynn —King of Stormwind

“There will be peace. One day.”

The son of Tiffin and the late King Varian Wrynn, Anduin Llane Wrynn has ascended the throne in Stormwind to take on the mantle of leader after the loss of his father. Anduin continues to struggle with his role in a world rife with brutality and war, but is working to reconcile his yearning for peace and the necessity of war. Learn more about Anduin’s story here.


Genn Greymane – King of Gilneas

“A monster lurks in my veins… Threaten my people, and it will be the last thing you ever see.”

After spending many years of isolation and abjectly refusing to rejoin the Alliance, Genn Greymane and his nation suffered a horrifying curse, transforming some Gilneans—including Greymane–into bloodthirsty wolf-beasts known as worgen. Their long seclusion behind their wall ended when Sylvanas and her Forsaken invaded the weakened kingdom and wreaked great destruction upon them. Gilneas suffered great losses—including the death of Genn’s own son, Liam. Rather than crumble, Greymane has focused his efforts on securing peace for the Alliance intent on one day reclaiming his lost kingdom. Learn more of Genn Greymane’s story here.


Velen, Leader of the Draenei

“Where faith dwells, hope is never lost.”

Velen is the spiritual leader of the draenei—a people once a part of the eredar—who have long been in exile from their homeworld of Argus. Velen was able to foresee the perils of following Sargeras and eventually led his people to make landfall in Azeroth. A paragon of the Holy Light, he continues to fight against the Burning Legion as a voice of wisdom for the Alliance.

Serenity Stops Raiding, Players Join Method
Several players from Serenity have left the guild to join Method, causing Serenity to discontinue raiding.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
As many of you have been aware, this tuesday evening we all suffered some sad turn of events.

I'll try to keep this post as short and on-topic as possible, but I feel like I owe it to all of the fans (and haters) that I and my guild Serenity have had in the past couple of years.

When we disbanded from Method in the beginning it was to make a raiding environment of people that shared the same interest in the game and that had the same desire to be the best. At first (during HFC farm) we accomplished that. We had a group of 25 players who all had numerous WF's on the record and we were looking strong as hell going into Legion.

As things progressed during the endless HFC farm that it was, people started quitting. We lost 3 noteably worthy players in Berrek, Sonie, and later on Zaelia, which was a huge blow for us. All 3 due to IRL commitments, which is only natural.

We kept going on as a guild trying to find the right players, but it was hard and it took a lot of effort on all of us. The stability of a core roster (especially your healers) is just the key to every top guilds' success.

Anyways. Enough about our roster issues over the years. Haters are gonna say its our own fault because we have a hostile environment or whatever lame-ass-hating comment you might have, and i'm glad you feel that way, because it means we were doing something right :-)

Now, personally. I wanna thank all of the 50+ players we've had in Serenity since we formed it, I wanna thank all of the fans, the friends, the viewers, the followers on social media and our sponsors we've had, I hope you all will still follow the race, follow MY friends that I've played with for the past 2 years and I hope you'll keep being awesome, because for a guy whos competing for a world first, theres nothing sweeter than when you get a cheer on the back from you guys following the wow PvE scene.

I know as i'm writing this post and as you guys might feel on my tone this is the end of my online "career". I will officially retire from the game with a heavy heart as the goal we set out to reach never got reached (the world first), however I have so many good memories that I will cherish forever.

To end it off with, thank you to Method for the motivation you've brought since we split up, and thank you for our times back in the day before we ditched. Props to you Sco for building the brand you've always talked about - I've been in it and I wanna give a massive kudos of respect to you for not burning out.

And lastly but not least I wanna give a shoutout to the friends that I met through this WoW process, particularly Leeds, Rogerbrown (all hates about your poaching aside), Pottm, Fragnance, Mike, Ted, Bodari, Ashvael, and Zeuzonita of course.



PTR Development Notes - Build 24116
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This week’s PTR update enables the Deaths of Chromie scenario for testing! You’ll find her looking for help in Dalaran. We’re really looking forward to hearing your feedback, so please give it a try and let us know what you think in the dedicated feedback thread.

Later this week, we’ll be starting up some more raid testing for Mythic Tomb of Sargeras. We’ll also be opening Tomb for Raid Finder testing over the weekend. We’ll have more details soon – keep an eye out if you’d like to participate.

Also of note in this build are a few more class changes, including a fairly substantial round of updates for Subtlety Rogues. Again, please give them a try on the PTR and let us know what you think.

Thanks as always, and happy testing!

Raid Testing Schedule - May 18-19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday and Friday, May 18-19, we will be conducting Mythic raid testing of Tomb of Sargeras bosses.

Thursday, May 18

Goroth - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)

Demonic Inquisition - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)

Friday, May 19

Sisters of the Moon - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)

Mistress Sassz'ine - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)

After testing concludes on Friday, we plan to open Raid Finder Tomb of Sargeras over the weekend.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

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