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by Published on 2017-05-26 05:14 AM

Diablo 3 PTR Patch

The Return to Classic - Top Tavern Brawl Decks for "A Peek to the Past"

Addon - Immersion
Immersion is an addon that provides a more immersive quest text frame. It uses the talking heads system to display quest text, but still allows you to skip things when you are in a hurry.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard and Professionalism
The WoW forums have always been a place of back and forths between CMs, Devs, and Players, and I've watched the back and forths between Lore, Kalgan, Tigole, Bashiok, Eyonix, Tseric, etc and our players for years, and I just want to be clear that we don't consider this anything new. I think it's what makes our forums a fun place while discussing serious issues. I'm appreciative of the overall conversation, though, and I've read through all of it, both on here and /r/wow, throughout the day.

My post in question was directed at a snarky player on the "there's no content" train who hadn't touched a good amount of Legion's content, including LFR, minus a wing of Nighthold. My comment to the player was only pointing out facts, albeit in a snarky way not unknown to the forums.

I think folks have gotten confused by the message on both sides. If you tell me, "There's nothing to do in Legion!" I'll tell you that's a lie, flat out. If you tell me, "There's nothing for *me* to do in Legion!" or "Nothing in this patch makes me want to play!" that's a topic I think we can discuss. Now, the post in question was the former, and, as said, in an attempt to be catty towards me, that comment was made. It's easy to delete a comment and move on, but it takes a lot more willpower to engage in a conversation, call out false statements (even if done half-assedly in a joking manner), and try to engage on the real issue.

Our team is not part of Customer Service, and we don't necessarily adhere to the same levels of 'professionalism' that they may in their day-to-day, and, even when we do, it's very much relaxed as it is in most of the industry. Not trying to put down our Customer Service compatriots in any way, they do a stellar job, I just think its important to note that our teams goals are different. My goal here is first and foremost engagement and community-building, and I'm given free rein to do that as I see fit (albeit to my own pleasure and detriment). I appreciate everyone here who talks about their time in CS roles, I've had some experience in them myself, and I understand the difference of the role vs the audience in both capacities.

An interesting note, but I don't see our team as 'professional', in the sense that we uphold ourselves to some golden, glorious, corporate standard. I consider us 'experts' in our crafts, but nothing more than players who sit at the developer's table who have been given blue text and sometime receive emails with information that you may not see.

So GD's righteous indignation is chasing off another Blizzard employee? The only one that still posts here?
No one's chasing me off, don't worry.

I think we can all stand to take and throw a few punches, and we'll all get along better if we have a bit of fun. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Why does SW have two Varian statues, but Orgm doesnt have even 1 for Cairne/Vol'jin/Doomhammer? Muffinus
Horde not so big into statues. Waste of good rocks that could be flung at gnomes. (Muffinus)

Heroes of the Storm Second Anniversary
Heroes of the Storm is having a second anniversary event, rewarding you with a common loot box from a daily quest and a Banner, Portrait, and Spray from playing 3 games during the event. This event will be live from May 30 to June 12.

Curse - Hiring Front End Developer
Curse is looking for a Front End Developer to join our team! In addition to having exciting jobs in the gaming industry, Curse employees receive catered lunches, an annual gaming budget, a generous vacation policy, and awesome healthcare. Plus, everyone understands Thunderfury references. Learn more and apply here.

Curse Hiring Front End Developer

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.

UnderWatched - Ep 6: D.Vastating Damage
Another episode of UnderWatched has been released.

by Published on 2017-05-24 12:08 AM

New Plush and In-Game Pet: Meet Squirky, Take Out the Head, Levantus, WowCraft

WoW Token Was Temporarily Disabled
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I've just learned that we've disabled WoW Tokens for the time being - this is intentional, and not a bug, but is being looked into.

I don't have details to share on the 'why' or the 'when will they be back' questions you inevitably have, but I'll update you as I can.

Thanks for your patience!

I don't have an exact answer, but I don't expect this to be a long-term downtime or anything. We hope to have a fix in an hour or so pending a disaster, but, again, I can't be 100% sure and just want to stress I don't have an official ETA.

Tokens should have just gone back up.

Thanks again for your patience everyone!

Patch 7.2.5 PTR - Build Deploy Delayed
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hit a bit of a speed bump with the deploy. Work is continuing but we may have a couple more hours before the build is up and running. Thanks again for your patience.

Patch 7.2.5 - Arms/Fury and Draught of Souls Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Arms/Fury and Draught of Souls
For Arms and Fury Warriors, we’re going to scale down the damage of Draught of Souls in the next build for the 7.2.5 PTR.

Specifically, we’re aiming for a roughly 40% reduction in the effectiveness of Draught of Souls. For those two specs, it’s a trinket that is extremely valuable due to its interaction with Battle Cry. We’ve already tuned other forthcoming on-use trinkets that drop in Tomb of Sargeras for Arms and Fury with the same modifier to compensate for Battle Cry’s effectiveness in boosting trinkets of this kind. Our goal is for new trinkets to have more similar power levels between various specs, while leaving Draught of Souls in a place where it remains competitive for Arms and Fury.

We’re making sure to consider this trinket change as we update Warriors in Patch 7.2.5. With this in mind, Fury damage has been increased by 5% across the board. Arms is currently in the middle of receiving some heavy mechanical changes which will require a deeper look into their overall performance, and we’ll account for this change when we do our final tuning.

We don’t want Draught of Souls to define DPS Warriors for the remainder of the expansion, but we do want Warriors who have one to be able to make good use of it as they progress through Tomb of Sargeras.

Thank you for all of your feedback!

Overwatch Anniversary Event Live
Check out the new skins, emotes, maps, and more! Log in for a free loot box from now until June 12, 2017.

by Published on 2017-05-23 05:27 PM

Community Highlights: Podcasts, Cosplays, and Necromancer Video Content

The Hearthstone Global Games - Week 7

New Plush and In-Game Pet: Meet Squirky!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve added a new member to the murloc family. Meet Squirky! This cuddly bit of sunshine will mrgrrgrgllll straight into your heart, both as a cuddly plush and as an in-game pet you can capture and take along on your adventures.

Squirky Murloc Plush
“Off the coast of Azsuna lies Seabreak Isle, home to the wild and secretive Squigglefin tribe. We’ve heard rumors of intrepid explorers who’ve successfully domesticated young Squigglefin, called ‘Squirkies,’ but no one’s sure if it can actually be done. Grab a Squirky plush and find out for yourself! Measures 7” tall, made of polyester.”

Purchase your Squirky plush today!

Squirky Battle Pet
Looking to add to your in-game pet collection? Be prepared to face dangers untold just off the coast of Azsuna on Seabreak Isle. These elite members of the Squigglefin tribe aren’t going to be happy about your visit to their little home, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find Squirky among them. Summon your veteran pet battle team into action, and make him a part of your own band of merry battle pets.

Good luck, collectors!

Breaching the Tomb
The next step of Breaching the Tomb is available now. Head to the Broken Shore to pick up Take Out the Head from Maiev, rewarding 3000 x Nethershard. This will also grant another 1500 Armies of Legionfall reputation.

World Boss - Levantus
Levantus is up this week! He drops item level 860 gear and a Blood Relic. Shaman can also get the The Warmace of Shirvallah hidden artifact appearance for Doomhammer.

Bonus Event - Cataclysm Timewalking
Cataclysm Timewalking is back this week.

WowCraft - Ep 36: Darkness Called
Another episode of WowCraft has been released.

by Published on 2017-05-22 11:06 PM - a new Zombie tower defense game. Build your base and defend it against zombies at night!

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)
  • Grand Opening” now requires 8 spotlights activated during the Chronomatic Anomaly encounter (was 12).


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.

  • 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.

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