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by Published on 2015-03-31 05:18 PM

Armory Stats - Draenor Reputations, Blue Posts, Blue Tweets, Fan Art

Incoming Heirloom Item Level Change
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've received feedback from some of you regarding Heirloom item scaling from levels 91 to 100, particularly in comparison to items available from dungeons. After some discussion, we agree that Heirlooms need to be made more competitive with dungeon items. So, we’ve just applied a hotfix that will increase the item levels of Heirlooms from levels 91 to 100 (live once scheduled maintenance completes). You may still find the occasional item that has slightly higher stats, but the frequency of that happening should be much lower.

Thank you for the feedback!
by Published on 2015-03-31 06:26 AM

Pylon Manipulation in 2.2, John Yang on Legacy Gear, WW + Rend Testing on PTR

Blackrock Mountain Patch 8311 - Ninja Card Back, Achievements, Mobile, Never Before Seen Boss Card, Gold Cards Cards Coming Soon

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays Of The Week #23, Into the Nexus #44

Armory Stats - Draenor Reputations
Today we are taking a look at the Draenor reputation achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts.

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US Maintenance - 12:00 AM PDT to 11:00 AM PDT
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on Tuesday, March 31, at 12:00 AM PDT and we expect the service to be available again at approximately 11:00 AM PDT. During this time the game will be unavailable for play.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Bots and Hacks
We tend to not discuss what we're doing in the fight against bots for the simple reason that any shred of information that goes out has the potential to hurt our efforts. Simply put, the safer botters (and bot-makers) feel, the more likely we are to catch them. Minutes count with these sorts of things. Using made-up numbers here, but just for illustration: a new detection method that catches 50 botters could have only been 5 (or none) if the botters had any reason to believe there might be something coming.

I completely understand why that's a crappy response, but we have to use every single advantage we can get here, and that means being relatively quiet about an issue that's obviously very important -- both to the community, and to us.

As to the question of "player reporting vs Blizzard detection," that's not something we're taking an either/or response to. We're constantly working on improving our detection methods. That doesn't mean that player reports don't help.

Can you make reporting players easier? The only option right now that I know of is to report them mid arena game which isn't always possible.
We absolutely need to do better about getting this information out there, but the best method to report players you suspect are using a bot or hack -- especially if you can gather some video evidence -- is to email [email protected]. That email address is monitored constantly by the team responsible for investigating such things. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Misc
so after the last quest do Misprinted Draenic Coins have no use?
Correct. They have no use once you've completed the final quest. (WarcraftDevs)

Fan Art
puzzlehead84 has shared some fun WoW items created in the real world. Be sure to check the full gallery for more pictures and construction images.

by Published on 2015-03-30 07:46 AM

Pylon Manipulation in 2.2, John Yang on Legacy Gear, WW + Rend Testing on PTR

BRM Card Reveal Countdown, Top Decks of the Week, Viagame House Cup #2 Decklists

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays Of The Week #23, Into the Nexus #44

Five Player Blast Furnace Normal
If Challenge Modes aren't challenging enough for you, you can always try and run raids with five players! Kief and friends managed to kill Blast Furnace normal and are getting close to killing Blackhand with an item level of 695.



Armory Stats - Challenge Modes
Today we are taking a look at the Challenge Mode achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this for the end of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

The first chart looks at the overall percentage of players that have each challenge mode achievement. The second chart defines a participating player as one with the completion achievement for that challenge mode.

You can click the titles in the legend to turn off and on different data types.

Warlords of Draenor introduced challenge mode weapons for transmog, rather than the armor sets offered during Mists of Pandaria. The challenge modes also offer gear (item level 660 as of Patch 6.1.) from the daily quests, unlike the Mists of Pandaria quests.


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Poll - Challenge Modes
What is the highest level of challenge modes you have completed some of in Warlords of Draenor?


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Misc
Since heirlooms have a tab now, can it be possible to delete a character without having to delete the heirlooms too beforehand
Thank you for the feedback. We'll look into it. (WarcraftDevs)

Dark Legacy Comics #483 - I am Legend
DLC #483 has been released.

by Published on 2015-03-28 11:43 AM

Upcoming PTR Hotfixes, Patch 2.2 Gem Calculator, Prepare for Patch 2.2

Final BRM Card Reveal - Monday 10 AM PDT, Viagame House Cup #2, Deck Spotlight: Midrange Hunter

Tomb of the Spider Queen Overview, Town Hall Heroes #56, Lag/Stall Fixes

Patch 6.1.2 Hotfixes - March 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Racial Abilities
  • Night Elf
    • Shadowmeld should now correctly drop the character from combat if another party member is in combat while in an Arena, Battleground, Rated Battleground, or outdoor PvP zone.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Summoned Bosses
    • Teluur should no longer incorrectly despawn while in combat with the player after being summoned.

Quests
  • Legendary Ring Quest Line
    • An Inside Job: Fixed an issue where Garona may sometimes fail to eliminate a target.
    • Reverse Piracy: Fixed an issue where the map marker for Stolen Sha'tari Vault was not updated correctly after defeating The Iron Maidens.

Raids and Dungeons
  • Blackrock Foundry
    • The Iron Maidens
      • The Iron Maidens should no longer incorrectly trigger a Dreadnaught phase if they reach 100 Energy and 20% health at around the same time.
  • Legacy
    • Throne of Thunder
      • Durumu the Forgotten: Fixed an issue where the cones of light may incorrectly spawn high above ground during the Light Spectrum phase.

Items

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Misc
WoW was never a sandbox MMO. Its framing and "themepark" approach is a big part of why we play it instead of its competitors.
WoW does what it does well, am I'm not inclined to see it reinvented as something it's not. (craig_amai)
I am interested in seeing the market in general explore other angles though, both as a gamer and as a designer. (craig_amai)

Fan Concept - Garrisons Mobile App
Sinfonianartist shared a mockup of what garrisons could look like in the mobile app. Keep in mind this is just a fan concept and that developers have said it is very unlikely garrisons will come to the mobile app.



Hearthstone - Final Blackrock Mountain Card Reveal Monday
The final card in the Blackrock Mountain expansion 31 card set will be revealed on Monday at 10 AM PDT. The expansion release date is April 2nd.



SWTOR - Double XP Weekend
SWTOR is having a double XP weekend from Friday, March 27, 2015 11AM PDT / 6PM GMT to Monday, March 30, 2015 12AM PDT / 7AM GMT. The game went free to play in November 2012.

by Published on 2015-03-27 11:42 AM

New Sets Montage, Compreensive WD 2.2 Rundown, D3 and RoS Sale

Blackrock Mountain Releases April 2nd

Tomb of the Spider Queen Overview, Town Hall Heroes #56, Lag/Stall Fixes

Armory Stats - Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry
Today we are taking a look at the Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this for Siege of Orgrimmar during of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
Time pressure and sports (i.e. the clock ticking down). Some video games have it, some don't (e.g. WSG vs. AB). What do you think about it? (holinka)
It makes more sense in 1v1 sport like tennis. Otherwise turtling. Think football during the final 2 minutes of a game(spiking)
yeah or basketball where they pass the ball around for 20 seconds. (holinka)

It does have a timer, 15 min, which I personally think is way too short, I'd like longer games.
20 in RBGs though. (holinka)
it's also 15 in wargame tournament rules unfortunately. Slightly skews rbg tournaments
Sounds like a bug. (holinka)

Misc
Besides WoW PvP do you watch any other E-Sports?
I have enjoyed watching Smash, League, Counter-Strike and Heroes. Only scene I follow besides WoW is Heroes. (holinka)

Heroes of the Storm - Tomb of the Spider Queen
Blizzard released an overview video of the Tomb of the Spider queen map added in the latest patch.



Rift - Wardrobe Update
Rift is also getting a Wardrobe feature in Patch 3.2.

  • When any armor or weapon is added to your inventory, its appearance is automatically unlocked for you across your entire account.
  • You can create and save wardrobe sets to allow easy switching of your appearance.
  • You can use dyes to color the armor in any slot.
  • A future patch will also add Wardrobe sets you can collect, with the UI showing your progress towards collecting the full set.

by Published on 2015-03-26 07:42 AM

zDPS WD on 2.2, Natalya's 2p Bug, GR Scorecreen Feedback, Happy Birthday Reaper of Souls

Blackrock Mountain: Potential Release on April 3rd

Skin Spotlight: Funny Bunny Murky, Patch Notes Addendum - Uther & Tyrande

Armory Stats - Proving Grounds
Today we are taking a look at the proving grounds achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this at the end of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

It appears that many more people did proving grounds thanks to the minimum requirement for heroic dungeons, but less people have gotten around to doing Endless this time around. The number of healers and tanks is somewhat more even now

You can see scoreboards on WoWProgress for DPS, Healing, and Tank endless.

A Monk recently got to wave 230 of Tank Endless and shared a video. Be sure to leave any requests for stats you want to see in the comments!

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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Runesaber Mount
Where is it?
Grooming. We'll let you know when it's ready to make its way into Azeroth proper. (You know how cats can be.)

but I can't help a feeling a sense of condescending attitude with that remark.
I can assure you there was no condescension in my post at all. I think it's very easy for people to extrapolate what they like out of text sometimes, but if you were familiar with my style of communication, you'd understand. This was merely my way of skirting "soon" and letting people know it's not a forgotten thing. We'll get everyone the information when we are all clear to do so. Don't worry. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World Bosses
There are world bosses that you can kill weekly. I do one a week and I find groups by the premade group finder.
This. There are often quite a few premade groups looking for people to do these bosses. Perhaps what you aren't seeing is people in chat asking for more people since they're using this system instead? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Clicking Abilities
I click one-off, raid cooldown and/or super rarely used abilities I keep in smaller bars above my keybound action bars. I don't particularly want to create yet another modifier key, or attempt to contort my hand just to reach bizarre binds I rarely use. It works for me, I do just fine, and I'm not involved in any situations where it adversely affects my performance relative to the content I'm involving myself in. I think if you get into a situation though where you're attempting to increase your performance, or underperforming and wondering why, then certainly keybinds and quick use of abilities can make a big difference. But, at least personally, I'm not looking to break any records in Normal mode progression.

When you have direct contact with developers and have been a forum poster for 10 years, do you really want to admit all you do is normal (flex) mode? How.. odd.
If someone wants to openly expose that they are judgmental of how others choose to enjoy a form of entertainment, then I'm not going to stop them. It's helpful to understand who people are. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

WoW Tokens
Opinions (on inflation)?
I won't speculate on economic impact, but one thing I find interesting to ponder is where the wealthy acquired their wealth from, and if any wealth lost/spent won't just be reacquired from those same sources.

I will add, I suspect Blizzard is going to price the tokens higher for the buyers than the sellers receive to create a gold sink they can adjust at will. So they will have a handle on inflation.
The gold price is dynamic based on supply and demand. Aside from setting a starting gold price when the system is first turned on, the fluctuating cost is determined by the market. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Art
Hi, all my friends and I loved the Human/Orc HD armor. Any plan to do more in the future, say all racial city guards armor?
It's a big art job, made sense for garrisons because you had human/orc guards by default, we'll see what happens in the future! (Muffinus)

Character / Items
Could it be possible for tier tokens to show warforged/socket/tertiary before they are consumed?
Due to technical limitations, we don't have plans for this at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

Please tell me that there are plans for other uses of Draenic Stone. I have been hoarding them in my reagent bank in hope.
We gave them a good sell price, but at this time there are no other plans. (WarcraftDevs)

Characters under lvl 100 can't see ore/herb/fur/etc. traders. By design? Alts are people too!
You need a level 3 Garrison, but you can visit someone else’s to pick these quests up before then. (WarcraftDevs)

((Why does Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide not work in WoD content? Never see an artifact drop in instances.))
That item is currently being revamped and will make its triumphant return very soon! (WarcraftDevs)

Misc
map goals concise on HotS load screen. I have no idea wtf the goal is in most wow pvp maps
Yes I very much like their loading screens. (holinka)

Wildstar - Companion Pets and Holo-Wardrobe
Wildstar has some fun new additions in an upcoming patch. Non-combat companion pets are coming to the game, obtainable from many different sources.

The new Holo-Wardrobe is also part of this patch. It allows you to save item appearances to an account wide list of appearances. You can edit a costume and swap the appearance in an item slot with any appearance you have unlocked for that slot. A similar system was mentioned for a future WoW update in previous developer interviews.


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