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

First Look at New Diablo 3 Zones in Patch 2.6

Card Pack Changes Coming - No More Duplicate Legendaries

Patch 7.2.5 Hotfixes - June 22
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Dungeons and Raids
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Sisters of the Moon
      • Sisters of the Moon can now be hit by melee attacks from farther away.

Holiday
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving credit for the quests "Torch Tossing" and "More Torch Tossing".

Player versus Player
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the "3v3 Weekly Quest" from properly awarding an elite gladiator item when the player had a previous week's PVP rating of 1900+.
  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Demonic Gateway's debuff will now show the correct duration remaining when the Warlock has the Gateway Mastery honor talent.

Quests
  • For “Unsettled Power”, Writhing Essences now drop as a currency, instead of a quest item. Entering your Class Hall or Dalaran will convert your existing progress to the new currency.

Midsummer Fire Festival Live
Midsummer Fire Festival is live once again and runs through July 5th. Check out Icy Veins for a full guide. This year there have been some changes:


Level Type Name Model Viewer
850Back Icebound Cloak
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850Back Shroud of Winter's Chill
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850Back The Frost Lord's Battle Shroud
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850Back The Frost Lord's War Cloak
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850Back Cloak of the Frigid Winds
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Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Midsummer Fire Festival is back, bringing new bonfires and achievements, a downright irresponsible toy, and an elemental pet that will keep you warm on those long, dark nights of your campaign against the Burning Legion.

What’s New?
Wrath of the Frost Lord—If you’re over level 60 and have battled Frost Lord Ahune in recent years, you may have noticed he’s been feeling a little weak and sorry for himself. To make things interesting, this year we prescribed bed rest until the festival and helped him out with a power boost. He’s feeling much, much better. Unfortunately for you.

Feel the Burn—This year, there’s a new toy for you to misbehave with: a Set of Matches. The toy is available from your familiar, fair-of-face, friendly, flirty, Fire Festival vendors for 50 Burning Blossoms. (Try saying that after too much Fiery Festival Brew.) When you purchase the toy, we highly recommend you find a Kevlar jacket and an isolated spot for your first go. For reasons.

An Elemental Friend—You can also get your (hopefully gloved) hands on a new pet: the Igneous Flameling. This cute elemental has a set of skills that will light up your pet battles. It boasts Burn, Conflagrate, Flame Breath, and…actually, we couldn’t get close enough to complete our research. All we know is you’re gonna need a bigger pet cage. And we need new eyebrows.

Praise the Fire!—Last but not least, the Flame Wardens have constructed additional bonfires! New bonfires have been lit across Draenor and the Broken Isles. Search them out to honor or desecrate, and get the new achievement attached to both. The PvP in you will need to be strong, as capital city bonfires become battlefields for faction pride. Who said you can’t fight fire with fire?

Man your bonfires, champions! The heat is on!

Join Us for a Developer AMA on Friday, June 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Join us on Friday, June 23 starting at 1:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm EDT) on the World of Warcraft subreddit where members of the World of Warcraft development team will be answering your questions on class design, item design, Artifacts, and PvP balance.

To participate, just head over to https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/. We’ll be answering as many of your questions as we can, including the ongoing goals for class design and balance in the Legion expansion, the approach to classes and honor talents in PvP, and how it all ties in with Artifacts, Legendaries, and other items.

We’ll be digging in to your questions until approximately 3:00 pm PDT, so don’t miss out!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Mythic+ not awarding Writing Essence, bug?
This is not a bug. (Source)

Is it intended that Writhing Essences don't roll over when handing in the quest? I just handed it in at 55 and now have 0.
Yes, this is intended. This is due to a limitation of how quests function. We agree it isn’t an ideal design, and are investigating possible improvements. (Source)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Inky Black Potion Visual Change
The change you're seeing was not intended and it's being looked into.

I'll provide an update when I have one! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Feral Druid Feedback/Suggestions - 7.2.5
Something that's on our radar is how constrained the rotation is with both Jagged Wounds and Savage Roar. The lowest-priority finisher (Ferocious Bite) gets pushed out too much with the combination of those two talents, which also currently happen to be too favored for DPS purposes. Both of those talents likely have too much of an impact on the pacing of the spec's rotation (for what a talent should do). In both cases we should probably reduce the talent's impact on pacing (that is, on GCD/resource usage) and either A) increase its DPS in some pacing-neutral fashion, or B) let the talent value sink if it's currently dominating its row, and counterbuff the spec some other way.

This is a broader issue that we've started looking at more often since 7.0, when the number and complexity of spec-specific rotation-modifying talents/bonuses increased dramatically. Problems like having too many or too few open GCDs, or resource starvation/flooding, spring up a lot more often when 5 rows of talents + legendaries/traits can be potentially moved in and out of the same rotation. And because talents already have a tuning constraint (they need to be DPS-balanced within their row), the pacing effect can't always be easily tuned on its own. I'd expect a more common trend of talents having a simple added effect that boosts DPS so the talent can be tuned without introducing an overly large pacing swing (seen already with many recent redesigns: Soul of the Forest, Legacy of the Void, Boulderfist, Reverse Entropy, and so forth). (Official Forums)

Overwatch Patch in a Minute
Another Overwatch patch has been released! This patch includes the Horizon Lunar Colony map, McCree, Reaper, Roadhog, and other changes.



Twitch Prime - Blizzard Loot
Twitch Prime members are getting an Overwatch Golden Loot Box containing a guaranteed legendary item. Over the coming months, Twitch Prime members will receive 10 additional loot boxes containing more in-game goodies. Similar promotions will begin in August for Heroes of the Storm and in September for Hearthstone.

by Published on 2017-06-21 05:29 PM

Another Chance at Tickets for BlizzCon 2017 - July 5th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Good news, adventurers! We’re excited to announce that this year, BlizzCon is expanding into a brand-new hall in the Anaheim Convention Center…which means we now have some more tickets available for BlizzCon 2017.

If you didn’t get a ticket in the first two sales, get ready for another shot! Our third set of BlizzCon tickets will go on sale:

Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. PT

This third ticket sale will once again be hosted by Universe.com, and tickets are priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). This sale will work just like our previous two, but if you’d like more info, check out the BlizzCon Ticket page and Badge Information page for all the details.

Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming convention and community celebration returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 3 and 4 for a weekend full of hands-on gaming, in-depth developer panels, incredible esports competition, and more.

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.

Look for more information on the events and activities at BlizzCon as the show approaches. We’ll see you in November!

Q&A:

Q: Why are more tickets on sale?
A: Until recently, we weren’t sure if the new hall at the Anaheim Convention Center would be ready in time for BlizzCon. Once we confirmed it would be, we worked quickly to determine how we’d use the space and how many more people we could accommodate while preserving the awesomeness of the BlizzCon experience.

Q: Why don’t you sell even more tickets? More people can fit in the convention center, right?
A: We truly want everyone to have a great time at BlizzCon, and part of that is making sure we strike the right balance between the content—our stages, events, demos, and so on—and the number of live attendees. Having too many people packed into the convention center would detract from the experience of being able to mingle with newfound friends and catch all the panels and esports events that you’d like. We’re excited that we’ll have access to a new hall, and we’re looking forward to making BlizzCon an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends.

Patch 7.2.5 Hotfixes - June 20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Death Knight
  • Unholy
    • Dark Arbiter's Val'kyr Strike is no longer subject to melee avoidance.

Monk
  • Zen Pilgrimage should correctly return you to your previous location when cast from Peak of Serenity or Wandering Isle.
  • Mistweaver
    • The second stack of Thunder Focus Tea (with Focused Thunder talent) now correctly affects Essence Font.

Player versus Player
  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • The proc rate of Crypt Fever has been reduced by 30%.

  • Warlock
    • Affliction
      • The proc rate of Nightfall has been reduced by 40%.
by Published on 2017-06-20 07:03 PM

Kil'jaeden Defeat Cinematic
Congratulations to Serendipity (US-Korgath) for their Kil'jaeden kill!



Kil'jaeden Defeated - Argus Skybox
Congratulations to Cute Anime Girls for killing Kil'jaeden. Argus appeared in the sky for them after they got the kill!

by Published on 2017-06-20 05:17 PM

Necromancer Release Date and Price Revealed

Forgotten Torch was a Major Mechanic in League of Explorers

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.



Legendary Item Upgrades
With the Tomb of Sargeras release, you can upgrade your legendary items to item level 970 by completing another collection quest.



Patch 7.2.5 Hotfixes - June 19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Chromie Scenario
  • Fixed an issue in which the quest to complete the Deaths of Chromie scenario didn’t always give credit.
  • Chromie should become unresponsive much less often.

Classes
  • Heroic Leap, Infernal Strike, and Metamorphosis will no longer sometimes consume their cooldown without moving.

Class tuning changes below will take effect with scheduled maintenance in each region.

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Vengeance
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.
    • Spirit Bomb damage reduced by 33%.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Hunters should no longer see Ban-Lu, Grandmaster's companion when tracking beasts.
  • Survival
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
  • Fire
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Brewmaster
    • Stagger now has 40% effectiveness against Magic damage (was 50%).
  • Mistweaver
    • The global cooldown from Refreshing Jade Wind is correctly reduced by haste.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Retribution
    • Damage of all abilities increased 3.5%

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Discipline
    • Evangelism now has a duration of 6 seconds (was 7 seconds).

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Elemental
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
    • Smoldering Heart proc chance is now 10% per 100 Maelstrom spent (was 20%).

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Affliction
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.
  • Destruction
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms
    • Trauma can no longer Critically Strike.
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 4%.

Dungeons and Raids
  • The Nighthold
    • Gul’dan
      • Fixed a bug causing Soul Fragment of Azzinoth to inadvertently retain threat on a target after Enslave Demon breaks.

Items
  • Insignia of Ravenholdt should now work correctly with Toxic Blade.
  • Darkmoon Deck: Promises now provides mana reduction that scales like a secondary stat.
  • Darkmoon Deck: Immortality now provides armor that scales like a secondary stat.
    • Developers’ notes: The power of these trinkets at item level 900 is identical to their previous scaling value, and will be stronger than before at lower item levels.

Player versus Player
  • Hunter
    • Marksmanship
      • T.N.T. (Honor Talent) will correctly only apply Concussive Shot to targets hit by Bursting Shot.

  • Warlock
    • Affliction
      • Demonic Gateway's debuff will now show the correct duration remaining when the Warlock has Gateway Mastery.

Professions
  • Inscription
    • Technique: Glyph of Angels is again obtainable from Mists of Pandaria creatures.

Quests
  • Fixed a bug where "In the Blink of an Eye" was not granted to players upon completion of "Illidari Allies" or equivalent.


World
  • Fixed a bug in the Cavern of Consumption that would erroneously teleport players back to the entrance of the cavern.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
I know blizz are stubborn but you must realise faction arena titles was a huge mistake. Has there been any positive feedback?
Quite the contrary, it is having the desired effect. For example, in NA the cutoff difference between each faction is very close.
(holinka)
What Im noticing is top players just camp an alt of their main class "2nd druid" on the easier faction. Even a 50 point difference is big.
Probably a few but not the majority. Likewise we were told "everyone switches and switches back" but in reality, it wasn't the case for most (holinka)
On Eu it feels kind of weird since for example last season people on horde got r1 with 100 Rating lower than alliance.
We expect that gap to continue to shrink over time. (holinka)

what is blizzard trying to achieve then if its having its desired effect? A 3000 rated alliance player missing r1 and a 2900 horde gets it?
Our intent is to distribute our best PvP players as evenly as possible between both factions as that benefits the game as a whole. (holinka)
With each season since the change to faction based titles, we have seen that distribution improve. (holinka)
No it doesn't, the most beneficial is when all of the best PvP players play 1 faction so they can all play with eachother.
We fundamentally disagree on that point. (holinka)

is there anyway to track 150 wins after faction changing 2 times? i xfered horde played there then went back. @WarcraftDevs
There isn't really and admit that it's a problem we need to correct for the future. (holinka)

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 is the best approach to rebalancing a particular ability/champion/class/etc. - to do one large, comprehensive balance pass over one update, or several smaller, incremental balance passes over many updates?
All things being equal, I would advocate that it’s better to do it once. Touching something in many updates just increases the chance of introducing bugs, makes it feel like balance is unresolved (and therefore perhaps not worth players’ time to invest in mastering it), and can also get really wearying for players who play that character.

However, overdoing a change has all of these risks and even more. Overshooting a target and then having to revert changes adds to the sense that game balance isn’t anywhere approaching stable and can feel ever crappier to players who love that character than slowly creeping towards a target.

It’s one of those Price is Right deals - get as close as you can without going over.

Now sometimes we’ll run into a situation where small +3% changes don’t have a meaningful impact. In those cases, it’s entirely possible that we don’t even have a sense for the order of magnitude. We’re tuning the dial by 3% when really it’s going to take a 50% buff or nerf to solve the problem. That clearly could take a really long time.

If this seems to be happening, I would advocate for making a massive change - double the number or whatever. You will likely overshoot your target, perhaps by a lot, but at least you’ll know where the endpoints of your continuum are so you can try to get things somewhere in the middle. This tactic works much better for internal testing where you can explain your goals (finding the extremes) than foisting it on players who have to suffer even more balance problems just so you can get your shit together. (Source)



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.

Diablo 3 - Rise of the Necromancer Pack Arrives June 27!
The Necromancer is almost here! Check out Diablofans for builds and more details.

by Published on 2017-06-19 04:14 AM

Top HearthPwn Standard and Wild Decks of the Week for June 18

Tomb of Sargeras Live This Week
Tomb of Sargeras Normal and Heroic difficulty open this week!

WoW Tomb of Sargeras Boss Strategies and Loot List

Goroth Guide - WoW Tomb of Sargeras Boss Strategies and Loot List Demonic Inquisition Guide - WoW Tomb of Sargeras Boss Strategies and Loot List
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Maiden of Vigilance Guide - WoW Tomb of Sargeras Boss Strategies and Loot List Fallen Avatar Guide - WoW Tomb of Sargeras Boss Strategies and Loot List
Kil'jaeden Guide - WoW Tomb of Sargeras Boss Strategies and Loot List


Unlock Schedule
Normal and Heroic difficulties open this week. Raid Finder and Mythic open next week.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Tuesday, Jun. 20 – Normal and Heroic Difficulties Open
  • Tuesday, Jun. 27 – Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1– Gates of Hell (Goroth, Demonic Inquisition, Harjartan) Open
  • Tuesday, Jul. 11 – Raid Finder Wing 2– Wailing Halls (Mistress Sass’zine, Sisters of the Moon, Desolate Host) Opens
  • Tuesday, Jul. 25 – Raid Finder Wing 3– Chamber of the Avatar (Maiden of Vigilance, Avatar of Sargeras) Opens
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Raid Finder Wing 4—Deceiver’s Fall (Kil’Jaeden) Opens

Tier 20 Armor Sets
Tier 20 armor sets drop from bosses in Tomb of Sargeras.



Legendary Item Upgrades
With the Tomb of Sargeras release, you can upgrade your legendary items to item level 970 by completing another collection quest.



Tomb of Sargeras Lore
The Tomb of Sargeras is open, and Kil'jaeden and his most powerful generals lie waiting within.



AskMrRobot Updates
AskMrRobot has updated their simulator for Patch 7.2.5 and continues to update for hotfixes. Check out their Global Network post to learn more about how you will never have to calculate stat weights again!



Raidbots Updates
Our friends over at Raidbots have updated their cloud based SimulationCraft tool for Patch 7.2.5.



Class Changes
Patch 7.2.5 made changes to many classes. Icy-Veins has updated their class guides!



WoWDB Addon Data Collection
Quickly populating the database with new additions is done with the help of many players. The more people that contribute data, the more accurate and quickly we can update the database.

To help out, just click here if you have the Twitch Desktop App already installed.

When you are playing the addon will gather data and save it. When you are done playing, Twitch will see the game close and upload the collected data from the addon.


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