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Mythic Emerald Nightmare Progression
Mythic Emerald Nightmare opened today in the US and Midwinter is currently leading at 4/7, followed by Limit, SNF, and Easy.



Ancient Mana Item Hotfix
Ancient Mana Gem and Ancient Mana Crystal now stack to 5!



World Boss - Levantus
Don't forget to stop by and kill Levantus this week! There is a world quest and potential for loot!



Recent Warden Tower Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As many players have noticed, we’ve been iterating somewhat rapidly on the rewards and cadence of the Warden Tower PvP World Quests. We wanted to take a moment to explain what’s happening, and why we’ve been tinkering with them so much.

Our goal for Warden Towers is that they should feel fun and rewarding, but still secondary to Arenas and Battlegrounds as an overall source of Honor. When Legion first launched, they were certainly lucrative, but so frequent that many players were earning the vast majority of their Honor by completing them. We tried to correct this by increasing the time it took for them to refresh, and reducing the amount of Honor they gave, but that brought us to the other extreme – they were no longer a primary source of Honor, but they didn’t feel rewarding enough for the time investment.

With the latest updates, we’ve increased the Honor rewarded for completing a Warden Tower back to 300, but they will only re-activate once every 24 hours. This means you should once again feel that completing one is worth your time, but you’ll still need to look to Arenas and Battlegrounds for the majority of your Honor. Warden Towers should now be properly filling their intended role in end-game PvP progression.

Weekly Bonus Event: Arena Skirmishes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Bonus Events have returned in World of Warcraft: Legion, and the first is underway with a focus on Arena PvP.

What Are Bonus Events?

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.

Sharpen your swords and reinforce your boards, because you’re called to the PvP Arena for the hectic mayhem of Skirmishes.

This Week: Arena Skirmishes
All week, from anywhere in Azeroth, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i), select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window, and then under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3 and JOIN BATTLE. You’ll be matched up with teammates and provided with opponents to kill in the Arena.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Archmage Lan’dalock near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you.
    • Quest requirement: Win 10 Arena PvP Skirmishes
    • Reward: A PvP loot box
  • Passive buff: +50% honor gains from Skirmishes

If you’ve been looking to make some Honor gains, this is the week to do it!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Raid Finder and Quest Chains
It is intentional that the quests “In Nightmares” and “Essence of Power” cannot be completed on Raid Finder difficulty. That quest chain is intended to provide a cosmetic reward for participating in organized, non-matchmade content. As such, we wanted to keep this step in line with the previous steps in the chain, which require completing Mythic Dungeons.

This restriction is specific to this quest chain, which has a cosmetic-only reward. Other quest chains, such as “The Stuff of Dreams” from the Suramar campaign, will be completable through Raid Finder. We’ll be making some additional changes in Patch 7.1 to more clearly communicate when and where these restrictions apply.

Thanks for confirming the inevitable. I'll be saving some money every month now, because I am done with this game. If this is intended and staying in the game, you just lost a customer. It is clear blizzard is clueless about their own game. I guess it's true, no King lives forever. Good luck everyone. Blizzard, you failed.
Again, a cosmetic reward we are reserving for those who participate in organized, non-matchmade content.

This is not something you, by any means, "need". And "needing" it on every alt, doubly so. If you desire it, then organize a raid or join a guild that will put you in their raiding ranks and dedicate the time to obtaining the items.

We simply disagree that these skins should be handed out without dedication and challenge.

I appreciate constructive feedback and discussion on this topic, and will discuss what's here with the developers once it's had time to settle, but anything that says "the world is ending" or "blizzard is killing their player-base" because not everyone will get a cosmetic skin is a bit of a fallacy. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Cross-Realm Zones
We've stated this numerous times, but this is not new. CRZ has existed in Broken Isle zones since launch, however you may not have seen it active due to the amount of players leveling the same zone on your server.

Cross-realm technology activates automatically. I suspect that you may be seeing people from other realms since LFR opened today, and many players are trying out that newly opened content (hence, less players in the "world"). It's also 3pm PST on a weekday, which isn't what I'd consider peak-time.

No. People are confused because CRZ has never before been active on current content. Pandaria wasn't CRZ'd until 6.0. Draenor wasn't CRZ'd until 7.0.
We've had a bit of a shift in philosophy here with this expansion; some of this shift was influenced by the implementation of World Quests across Legion content. This would explain why CRZ was turned on for Pandaria with 6.0, but is active in 7.0 content now.

A bit of a larger conversation, part of which doesn't really fit a forum post from myself.

Again, just to reiterate, CRZ is intentional, but it should be not be massively disrupting the world and/or day-to-day activities. Seeing players from other realms is normal, seeing thousands of them, not so much.

It makes more sense now why it's happening so much after server restarts. People start logging in, CRZ code says "woah there's hardly any people in this area, TO THE MERGEMOBILE", then goes and takes a nap for 8 hours before realizing "hey i just put too many people together, oopsie-doodle".
I can't say for sure, but in my head this makes sense.

People are working, at school, or otherwise offline after our maintenance and restarts (Tuesdays, amirite?) - which would, in turn, activate CRZ. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
sorry if it's been answered but is the pvp trinkets not working in pvp intended or bug rn??
intended. No trinkets, set bonuses or enchants work in PvP (holinka)

are artifact traits with %dmg increase after you unlock all 34, going to be useable in rated pvp? I hope not
No they are not (holinka)

Is it correct to assume the prestige rewards remain the same throughout seasons? Such as the bronze courser mount will still be awarded at that level in the next season, and new mount at later levels?
Yes. Current plan is to increase max prestige each season, with more rewards. Prestige level will not be reset until the next expansion. (WarcraftDevs)

Professions
Nomi is giving me recipes I already know. Intended?
There was a bug with rank 1 bacon, specifically. It will be fixed in Patch 7.1. (WarcraftDevs)

Any chance that Alchemists could see some love with a bottomless flask in 7.1? 500 Primary Stat?
Probably not in 7.1, but the idea isn't off the table for the future. (WarcraftDevs)

I am no herbalist, still i get herbalism world quests. Probably a bug?
This is intended, and will happen sometimes. Non-Herbalists can complete these quests using the Auction House, shoulder enchants, alts, etc. (WarcraftDevs)

Cooking, why do Legion Feasts take 300 stat food, to create a 200 stat feast? This devalues feasts incredibly
A few reasons, but the biggest is that single-use food gives secondary stats, while feasts give primary stats. (WarcraftDevs)
by Published on 2016-09-27 05:24 AM

Hotfixes: Warden Towers once again grant 300 Honor, but now have a 24 hour cooldown.

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Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes - September 26
Additional class tuning changes were added to the hotfix notes:
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
Developer’s Notes: After carefully considering the constructive feedback we’ve received over the weekend, we’ve made some revisions to this week’s tuning. The class changes listed in this hotfix update, as well as those from the previous update will be applied during weekly maintenance in each region. Note that several changes from the previous update have been altered or removed, which is indicated by a strikethrough in the notes below.

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Havoc
    • Bloodlet (Talent) now deals 150% of initial Throw Glaive damage.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Quickening (Talent)’s maximum stacks are now 50, and it will not refresh its duration once at 50 stacks.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Shadow
    • Mind Sear damage increased by 80% and Insanity generation increased by 50%.
    • Mind Flay damage increased by 20%.
    • Mind Spike damage increased by 28%.
    • Void Ray maximum stacks reduced to 4.
      • Developers’ Notes: Given the damage increase to Mind Sear, Mind Flay, and Mind Spike, this still results in an overall increase to the value of the talent.
    • Voidform stacks no longer increase while Dispersion is active.
      • Developers’ Notes: We would prefer that Surrender to Madness not be as dominant as it is, and that it can’t be extended for quite so long. However, addressing this further would require significant changes to the spec beyond what we want to do in a tuning pass at this time. We will look for an opportunity to take a more comprehensive look at this issue in a future patch.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Queen Ascendant (Artifact trait) is no longer consumed when a queued healing spell is immediately triggered.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Rain of Fire from always doing all 8 ticks of damage on PvE and PvP targets.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms
    • Tactician proc rate increased by 15%.
    • Hamstring no longer procs Tactician.
    • Exploit the Weakness (Artifact Trait) bonus reduced to 4% per point.

NPCs
  • Suramar NPCs should no longer remove a player’s stealth at the start of their Arcane Investigation casting.
  • Interacting with Nomi should now take priority when his area is crowded.

Professions
  • Engineering: The Reaves version of the Failure Detection Pylon should now work properly.

PvP

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Strike from the Shadows is now a snare, instead of a daze.

Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes - September 23
Several of the previously listed hotfixes were altered or removed. The rest of the original hotfixes still will be applied.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Havoc
    • Throw Glaive damage reduced by 30%.
    • Bloodlet (Talent) now deals 100% of initial Throw Glaive damage.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Shadow
    • Mind Sear damage and Insanity generation increased by 50%.
    • Voidform stacks no longer increase while Dispersion and Void Torrent are active.
      • Note: These abilities prevent Insanity drain from increasing while active, which effectively reduces the Insanity drain for the entire remainder the current Voidform. This was proving to be too powerful, so we’re now making sure that the damage bonus and Insanity drain from Voidform remain in sync.
    • The benefit of Mass Hysteria (Artifact Trait) is now capped at 100%.
      • Note: We want it to be rewarding when you’re able to maintain Surrender to Madness for an extremely long time, but the amount of damage this trait was contributing in those circumstances was excessive.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms
    • Exploit the Weakness (Artifact Trait) bonus reduced to 3% per point.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Skinning and Mob Tapping
We agree that the way this works at present isn't ideal and can be quite frustrating. It's something we want to fix, but it's quite a complicated issue to tackle so we don't have a good estimate on when any fix might happen. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Legion Reception
I appreciate the post, but I don't think there's a point for this discussion to continue.

If you pay attention to the majority of our community, on these forums, on social media, on our fansites, and in-game, reaction to Legion is overwhelmingly positive and a large majority of the player-base is having a pretty great time. In fact, I haven't seen so many people happy with such large aspects of the game since mid-Wrath.

We appreciate people's feedback, but there's a point where we disagree - and this is it.

Closing.

Edit: I'm the first to admit the our game isn't perfect, and that therein, Legion isn't either, but that does not herald the death of WoW/Legion, and talking in circles about that doesn't help the community. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvE
PSA: If you start a run with a fresh Mythic Keystone, but don't beat the timer, keep going! You get loot at the end regardless of your time. (WarcraftDevs)

World Quests
I did the WQ for Kosumoth last week and got the pet. This week it's not showing up.. what did I do wrong?
.repeat time on that is every 2 weeks (Muffinus)

PvP
Are there separate templates for bgs, rbgs and arenas? Is that even feasible?
It's confusing enough as it is. (holinka)

WoWProgress
WoWProgress is ready to go for this week's progression race!



Warcraft Movie - Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital US Release
If you enjoyed the Warcraft movie and are in the US or Canada, you can now grab a copy and the goodies that come with it. EU players may have to wait a little longer, as the release dates there are throughout September and October.

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  • Digital copy of World of Warcraft – Start your own adventure in Azeroth—or ask a friend to join you on your journey. Includes 30 days of game time for new players.

by Published on 2016-09-26 05:48 AM

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Class Tuning Hotfixes
The developers noted that the upcoming hotfixes aren't final and that they are monitoring discussions and discussing changes.



Addon - World Quest Tracker
World Quest Tracker is a handy addon that makes seeing what world quests are up easier:

  • Shows all quests and rewards (including amounts) on the Broken Isles map.
  • Changes quest icons to the reward icon on individual zones.
  • Shows world quests on the flight path map, allowing you to show them all or just tracked quests.
  • Quests that are new since the last time you looked at the map are highlighted.



Patch 7.1 - Trial of Valor: Guarm
Guarm is the second boss in the Trial of Valor raid.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Helya's vicious three-headed hound stands guard at the gates of Helheim. Bred to require neither comfort nor sleep, Guarm remains ever-watchful for any invaders who come to challenge the reign of his cruel mistress.

  • Overview - Guarm's Guardian's Breath unleashes three elements: Fire, Nature and Shadow. Guarm gains a stack of Frothing Rage for every player not hit by one of his breath attacks.

    Taking damage from Guardian's Breath will result in a debuff: Fiery Phlegm, Salty Spittle or Dark Discharge. Gaining any two of these is deadly.

    Periodically Guarm will become more mobile and aggressive, casting Roaring Leap andHeadlong Charge.
  • Guardian's Breath - Guarm's three heads each breath out a blast of Fire, Shadow or Frost. If too few players are affected Guarm gains a stack of Frothing Rage.
    • Frothing Rage - Increases all damage done by 5%.
    • Fiery Phlegm - Deals 2,140,000 Fire damage split evenly among enemies within a cone, and applies an aura that is deadly when combined with Dark Discharge or Salty Spittle.
    • Salty Spittle - Deals 2,140,000 Frost damage split evenly among enemies within a cone, and applies an aura that is deadly when combined with Dark Discharge or Fiery Phlegm.
    • Dark Discharge - Deals 2,140,000 Shadow damage split evenly among enemies within a cone, and applies an aura that is deadly when combined with Salty Spittle or Fiery Phlegm.
  • Multi-Headed - Guarm's extra heads make him extra deadly. All attacks made by Guarm also strike the next closest target within 8 yards. If no target is found, the primary target is struck again.
  • Flashing Fangs - Inflicts 1,070,000 Physical damage to enemies within a 25 yard cone in front of Guarm.
  • Guardian's Licks -
    • Flame Lick - Targets a random player, then inflicts 321,000 Fire damage and applies an aura that inflicts 100,000 Fire damage every 0.5 sec for 5 sec to all players within 5 yards of that player.
    • Frost Lick - Targets a random player, then stuns all players within 5 yards of that player for 6 sec.
    • Shadow Lick - Targets a random player, then inflicts all players within 5 yards with a heal absorption effect that prevents up to 1,000,000 healing received. Lasts until cancelled.
  • Volatile Foam -
    • Flaming Volatile Foam - Deals 225,000 Fire damage every 1 sec to a random enemy.
      When dispelled, bounces to the nearest ally of the afflicted player.
      Applies Fiery Phlegm when this effect expires.
    • Briney Volatile Foam - Deals 225,000 Frost damage every 1 sec to a random enemy.
      When dispelled, bounces to the nearest ally of the afflicted player.
      Applies Salty Spittle when this effect expires.
    • Shadowy Volatile Foam - Deals 225,000 Shadow damage every 1 sec.
      When dispelled, bounces to the nearest ally of the afflicted player.
      Applies Dark Discharge when this effect expires.
  • Roaring Leap - Knocks back all players within 25 yards of Guarm, then leaps toward the largest clump of players and deals 357,000 Physical damage and stuns all players within 12 yards.
  • Headlong Charge - Guarm leaps to the end of the arena, then charges back and forth, knocking back and dealing 1,500,000 Physical damage to all players in his path.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
World Quests
World quests in dungeons. Yay: a different dung this wk, they drop loot even if you are not on WQ. Having trouble getting people to do them? (Muffinus)
Asking because we have had problems in the past with incentivizing side bosses and quests. If not enough incentive, what needs to be added? (Muffinus)
usually if you have higher Ilvl tank/healer in the group I've found it hard "don't need it so not doing it want speed"
what do you think would incentivize that player? (Muffinus)

I'm down to do these but cmon don't have them come out in the middle of the week when we've done them. Tuesdays only please?
I think a better fix is to make it less painful to do the dungeon again, e.g. more rewarding. Dungeons are fun! IMO. (Muffinus)

Did you do the weekly raid quest in WOTLK? E.G. Kill the extra giant before the gunship in ICC. How would you improve on this concept? (Muffinus)

PvP
Is there a way to find out exactly how gear works now in PvP? I'd really appreciate it good sir!
Sure! In battlegrounds, arenas and Ashran, we set everyone's stats like they are wearing 850 gear. (holinka)
We look at your average item level and for everyone 1 point above 800, we increase your stats by 0.1%. (holinka)

is Mercenary Mode meant to not be up all the time for Horde? I got it once, queued 2 BGs then the vendor disappeared
If queue times get low enough it goes away. (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
We resisted adding herd animals for hunters for a long time because there was no "grass" food. (OccupyGStreet)
We considered just letting them "graze" wherever without you having to feed them. (OccupyGStreet)

Do you think Legion or the intended purpose of Legion can fix the problems that Blizzard had in WoD like content drought
I have no insider knowledge or anything. I think the biggest difference is they are saying they are no longer trying to do the expansion a year thing, so hopefully they can put all of their effort into making sure players never go too long without something new.

Even back when I was there, we tried to ship expansions faster, which sometimes meant focusing less on the current expansion in order to shift all resources to the newer one. But then when we missed our dates, it just meant players had those long droughts. I think it's great that rather than being stubborn, the team is trying a different, and very player-focused strategy. I hope it works for them. (Source)



Dark Legacy Comics #553
DLC #553 has been released.

by Published on 2016-09-24 02:46 AM

Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes - September 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements
  • Broken Isles Pathfinder Rank 1 now properly displays the amount of the mounted speed increase.

Classes
Developers’ Notes: As we discussed last week, we’ve been gathering a massive amount of data based on how each spec has been performing in this first week of raids and Mythic Keystone dungeons, so that we can make a number of tuning changes with next week’s realm maintenance. The overall goal of these changes is to buff up some underperforming specs while also reining in a couple of over-performers, without dramatically changing anyone’s playstyle or causing them to feel as though the spec they chose to focus on became the “wrong choice.”

All of these class changes will be applied during the next scheduled weekly maintenance period in each region. Note that there are also a number of PvP-specific changes, which are noted separately below.

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Frost
    • Remorseless Winter damage increased by 50%.
    • Obliterate damage increased by 19%.
    • Frost Strike damage increased by 12%.
    • Howling Blast damage increased by 10%.
    • Frostscythe (Talent) damage increased by 13%.
    • Frozen Pulse (Talent) damage increased by 11%.
    • Breath of Sindragosa (Talent) damage increased by 17%.

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Havoc
    • Throw Glaive damage reduced by 30%.
    • Fel Mastery (Talent) damage bonus to Fel Rush reduced to 30%.
    • Bloodlet (Talent) now deals 100% of initial Throw Glaive damage.
    • Fury of the Illidari (Artifact Ability) damage reduced by 20%.
      • Note: See below for for additional PvP tuning adjustments to Fury of the Illidari.
    • Balanced Blades (Artifact Trait) damage bonus to Blade Dance reduced to 3% per target.
  • Vengeance
    • Mastery now provides 50% less damage reduction per point.
    • Demon Spikes damage reduction increased to 20%.
      • Note: Gearing heavily for Mastery was allowing Vengeance Demon Hunters to reach excessively high levels of Physical damage reduction. We’re reducing the top-end potential of this effect somewhat, and bringing up the baseline. This should also cause the value of Mastery to be more in line with other stats.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Moonfire (non-Feral) damage increased by 10%.
  • Balance
    • Sunfire damage increased by 10%.
    • Starfall damage increased by 10%.
    • Lunar Strike damage increased by 5%.
    • Solar Wrath damage increased by 5%.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Mastery effects increased by 20%.
    • Arcane Missiles damage increased by 9%.
    • Arcane Blast damage increased by 10%.
  • Frost
    • Frostbolt damage increased by 8%.
    • Ice Lance damage increased by 13%.
    • Flurry damage increased by 38%.
    • Blizzard damage increased by 36%, and mana cost reduced by 50%.
    • Splitting Ice (Talent) now causes 80% of normal damage (up from 50%).
    • Ice Nova (Talent) damage increased by 13%.
    • Ray of Frost (Talent) damage increased by 28%.
    • Glacial Spike (Talent) damage increased by 15%.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Barrage (non-Survival) damage reduced by 20%.
  • Beast Mastery
    • Bestial Wrath damage bonus increased to 25%.
  • Survival
    • Flanking Strike damage increased by 62%.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Mistweaver
    • Spinning Crane Kick (Mistweaver) damage reduced by 25%.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Retribution
    • Templar’s Verdict damage increased by 10%.
    • Divine Storm damage increased by 20%.
    • Crusader Strike (Retribution) damage increased by 13%.
    • Blade of Justice damage increased by 13%.
    • Judgment (Retribution) damage increased by 13%.
    • Zeal (Talent) damage increased by 13%.
    • Blade of Wrath (Talent) damage increased by 13%.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Holy
    • Holy Nova damage reduced by 16%.
  • Shadow
    • Mind Sear damage and Insanity generation increased by 50%.
    • Voidform stacks no longer increase while Dispersion and Void Torrent are active.
      • Note: These abilities prevent Insanity drain from increasing while active, which effectively reduces the Insanity drain for the entire remainder the current Voidform. This was proving to be too powerful, so we’re now making sure that the damage bonus and Insanity drain from Voidform remain in sync.
    • The benefit of Mass Hysteria (Artifact Trait) is now capped at 100%.
      • Note: We want it to be rewarding when you’re able to maintain Surrender to Madness for an extremely long time, but the amount of damage this trait was contributing in those circumstances was excessive.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Death From Above (Talent) area damage increased by 100%.
  • Assassination
    • Deadly Poison damage increased by 30%.
    • Fan of Knives damage increased by 30%.
    • Bag of Tricks (Artifact Trait) duration reduced to 3 seconds (overall damage unchanged), radius increased to 6 yards (from 3), and now benefits from Mastery.
    • Poison Knives (Artifact Trait) no longer benefits twitch from Mastery. Damage per point increased to 4%.
  • Outlaw
    • Fatebringer (Artifact Trait) Energy cost reduction reduced to 3 per rank.
    • Fate’s Thirst (Artifact Trait) damage bonus to Run Through reduced to 6% per rank.
    • Black Powder (Artifact Trait) damage bonus to Between the Eyes reduced to 6% per rank.
  • Subtlelty
    • Eviscerate damage increased by 15%.
    • Nightblade damage increased by 15%.
      • Note: See below for additional PvP tuning adjustments to Eviscerate and Nightblade.
    • Shuriken Storm damage increased by 30%.
    • Second Shuriken (Artifact Trait) chance to activate increased to 30% (was 10%), damage increased by 30%, and now deals 200% additional damage while Stealth or Shadow Dance is active.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Elemental
    • Mastery effects increased by 12.5%.
    • Chain Lightning Maelstrom generation increased to 6.
    • Lightning Bolt (Elemental) damage increased by 23%.
    • Chain Lightning (Elemental) damage increased by 23%.
    • Lava Burst damage increased by 5%.
    • Storm Elemental (Talent)’s Call Lightning and Wind Gust damage increased by 20%.
  • Enhancement
    • Fixed a bug that gave offhand special attacks a 100% chance to activate Windfury while Doom Winds was active.
    • Windfury activation chance increased to 20%.
      • Note: We’re fixing a bug that added multiple extra Windfury procs to each activation of Doom Winds, but adding some Windfury procs back by increasing the baseline activation chance. This should also improve Maelstrom generation outside of Doom Winds.
  • Restoration
    • Chain Lightning (Restoration) damage increased by 23%.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Affliction
    • Drain Life damage increased by 10%
    • Drain Soul damage increased by 10%
    • Corruption damage increased by 10%
    • Agony damage increased by 5%
    • Unstable Affliction damage increased by 15%
    • Seed of Corruption damage increased by 15%
    • Siphon Life (Talent) damage increased by 10%
    • Haunt (Talent) damage increased by 15%
    • Phantom Singularity (Talent) damage increased by 15%
  • Demonology
    • Hand of Gul’dan impact damage increased by 20%
    • Demonwrath damage increased by 15%
    • Shadowbolt damage increased by 10%
    • Doom damage increased by 10%
    • Wild Imps damage increased by 10%
    • Dreadstalker attack power increased by 10%
    • Felguard attack power increased by 10%
    • Doomguard (Demonology)’s Doom Bolt damage increased by 18%
    • Demonbolt (Talent) damage increased by 10%
    • Implosion (Talent) damage increased by 15%
    • Shadowflame (Talent) damage increased by 10%
    • Darkglare (Talent) damage increased by 10%
  • Destruction
    • Chaos Bolt damage increased by 11%
    • Incinerate damage increased by 11%
    • Immolate damage increased by 11%
    • Conflagrate damage increased by 11%
    • Rain of Fire damage increased by 11%, and cast time removed
    • Cataclysm (Talent) damage increased by 11%
    • Channel Demonfire (Talent) damage increased by 11%

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arms
    • Exploit the Weakness (Artifact Trait) bonus reduced to 3% per point.
    • Focused Rage (Talent) damage bonus reduced to 30%.
  • Fury
    • Rampage damage increased by 12%.
    • Bloodthirst damage increased by 12%.
    • Raging Blow damage increased by 5%.
    • Furious Slash damage increased by 5%.
    • Execute (Fury) damage increased by 5%.
  • Protection
    • Vengeance (Talent) Rage cost reduction reduced to 35%.
    • Intercept Rage generation reduced to 10.
    • Shield Slam Rage generation reduced to 10.

PvP
Developers’ Notes: While many of the above changes are beneficial for PvP, some specs need additional tuning for PvP situations. Some of the PvP- specific changes we’re making are intended to counteract the above, while others are simply intended to help overall PvP balance.


Class Halls
  • Druids with the Evergreen perk should no longer have their planted soils reset after entering an Arena match.
  • The Soul Reapers tooltip for the Shadow Heresy talent is no longer incorrect.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Emerald Nightmare
    • Fixed a bug where players would fall to their death when jumping into the Rift of Aln while mounted.
    • Warlocks will now be able to target their Soul Effigies when fighting Il'gynoth inside the heart chamber.
    • Ursoc no longer causes players to stand up (and interrupt their eating/drinking) when he respawns.
  • The Arcway
    • Enemy Forces will remain in The Arcway after players have defeated Advisor Vandros.
    • Tome of Hex: Spider should now only drop for Shaman when defeating Nal'tira.
  • Maw of Souls
    • Players should no longer become stuck inside the cages they’re placed in after defeating Ymiron.

Items
  • Damage from Potion of the Old War and Potion of Deadly Grace reduced by 33%.
    • Developers’ Notes: Previously, we significantly buffed the damage of these potions, but then discovered some bugs that were significantly reducing their effective damage. Now that those bugs have been fixed, their damage contribution is much too high. They should still feel very rewarding to use, but we’re bringing them back down to Earth a little.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing Balance Druids to sometimes engage enemies from unintended great distances with damaging trinket procs.
  • The Grove Darkener's Treads should now switch from Intellect to Agility based on your spec.

Professions
  • It should now be possible to reach skill 800 in Blacksmithing.
  • Cooking
    • Rank 1 of Hearty Feast should now reward one feast instead of five. Subsequent ranks reward a cost reduction, rather than additional food.
    • Demon Hunters should now get appropriate stats from feasts and other similar sources of buffs.

Quests
  • In the Withered Army Training scenario, it should be less likely for Leystalker Dro to be hiding somewhere that he wouldn't normally be encountered by clearing the room.
  • A new Archaeology Quests aura is now displayed while you’re on an Archaeology quest in your current zone.
    • Developers’ Notes: This is to make sure you’re aware of how many days you have left to complete a large Archaeology project before it expires. We’re investigating ways to provide this in the quest tracker and quest log.
  • Aodh Witherpetal will no longer become stuck during “DANGER: Aodh Witherpetal”.

Tanks PvP Balance
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We lost 10% total dmg, had our PvP templates dmg lowered on top of that and now we also take 25% more dmg.

All three of these changes effect INSTANCED PvP where there was no possible way you could say with the lowered PvP template PLUS we do 15% less dmg to players already before these changes that this seems fair at all.

Thanks for the post about this. We understand your concern. Tanks in PvP are a real design and balance challenge for us and it may take time for us to get it just right. Unlike other PvP games (Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm for example), tanks in World of Warcraft are not tuned or designed around tanking other players. World of Warcraft tanks are primarily designed to withstand the onslaught of raid bosses, which do considerably more damage than players. While tanks have a lot of active mitigation buttons, they also have a lot of passive mitigation and survivability. During beta, we applied a lot of spell multipliers to tank active mitigation abilities while leaving their passive mitigation alone for the most part. But this approach has a side effect that a tank's active mitigation buttons don't feel like they're doing anything in PvP.

The 25% increased damage from players is our first attempt at decreasing tank passive mitigation in PvP. Consequently, we will be relaxing or removing many of the spell multipliers we've made to tank mitigation abilities. That is a change we'll be making alongside the class team's upcoming tuning changes.

We're often asked, "what is your vision for tanks in PvP?" First, if you enjoy playing a tank, we want you to feel like you can provide value to your team in some way. But, we don't want that value to be "I can never die." A tank should be harder to kill then a DPS, but not by a wide margin. Likewise, a tank should do less damage than a DPS (and preferably far less burst damage) but not damage you can simply ignore. We want a tank to be able to go into an arena with their friends, compete, have fun, and earn rewards. We're much more hesitant to say we want tanks to be viable in arenas at the highest level. However, in rated battlegrounds, we would very much like to see tanks at the highest level, not only as flag carriers or point defenders, but as target callers and frontline disruptors. We think that is a fun place for tanks to live in PvP.

We don't think we've arrived at this vision by any means and it may take some time and iteration before we do. We appreciate your impassioned feedback and hope you'll continue to give PvP a try on your tank. Thanks!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
CM Interaction
TL;DR: Blizz, please talk to your players more.
I think this is valid and understandable, at least for me. I would like to respond to couple of things here, though - just to share some understanding of my personal goals on the team and the broaden the perspective you may have of what I do on a daily basis.

I think it's important to note that it's not my goal to keep my presence to a minimum, and, in fact, the opposite is my ultimate goal. I would love to see a world where I could muster responses to 50-75% of threads across the entirety of the World of Warcraft forums. I am not one to tread the fire and come back when things are already burnt down and in a state where they can't be repaired - I see myself more as one to run directly into the fire and hose it down from the inside out. I don't mind getting caught up in "controversy" and "drama" here (that's my job, after all), and I don't mind if forum goers hate responses I give or come to hate me even, but I do my best to try to share what I know, when I can, where I can.

Of course that doesn't mean that people will always get the answers they want when they want it - which is the case of a lot of class balancing feedback at the moment. I did listen and read tons of posts and threads after poking my head into a few of the class forums. I didn't get a chance to follow up on any of the feedback, as I'm not personally aware of what changes are being made yet - but I did take the time to read the feedback and discuss it with members of my team and the development team here.

----- Skip this part if you don't want to read about restaurants -----

A bit of an aside/ramble for a bit, but it's interesting to think of game development and the customer-feedback loop as a restaurant. The Community team, as well as other teams like Customer Support, are in a more "front of the house" position. We are bringing you the menu, making sure everything is fine with your meal, and having conversations, both good and bad. It's also our job to move your feedback and concerns back to the kitchen and chefs (the development team and individual designers), and our hope there is that those conversations will ultimately lead to a better meal being served to you guys in the days following, once we are able to adjust to the feedback and find a way to better serve and present your meal.

Game design isn't as simple as many may thing, though. You can't just add another ingredient to the dish without changing the entire dishes composition, and, sometimes, changing entirely what the dish is.

While it is my goal to always come by your table and let you know some updates on your food, some changes do take a while to cook in the kitchen before they are delivered to the front of the house, and the bell rings for the dish to be taken to the table. We could always do things faster, and rush to implement more and more fixes and tuning, but sometimes we do need to slow down, observe, listen, respond, listen some more, and figure out exactly what needs to be done to improve the quality of our meals.

That's where we are at right now. We are on the cusp of improving our meals, we've put out a lot of new choices onto the menu, and we about to push a new order out onto the window, but we are making sure it's delicious before we do.

I'll stop talking about restaurants now, because it's making me hungry and I haven't really had a chance to eat today, but I hope visualizing this helps someone on these forums understand our roles here, and why it takes a bit longer than the customer may want to get something they want to eat.

----- Okay I'm done rambling now -----

Like OP said, in a sense there's nothing to be done about these things - sometimes you just have to wait. We will be here when we get more information on upcoming changes, you guys will know as soon as we do about what is being implemented.

Aside from this, and using Lore's case as an example, we do like to drop in and have fun here. It's nice to be able to chat about things that aren't along the lines of "balancing Destruction Warlocks who want to fly in the Broken Isles with 3 legendaries during Vanilla". I understand that these are huge topics, and there are a lot of players who feel strongly about them, but a personal conversation that doesn't touch these topics does not detract from them at all. I understand the frustration that comes when topics about "coffee and tea" gets a response over one about "the state of retribution paladins", but, again, we do need to give our brains a break sometimes. ((As a note, it comes much, much easier to respond to threads about coffee and tea than it does to sit down and write out a long post like this, if that's not obvious))

While this may be seen as a more "junior" responsibility, like you said, it is one of the more important roles in developing our community. Someone has to be down in the trenches, and someone has to wade into the bullet storm that can come from there. When I get home from the office, the first thing I do is open the forums. I try not to respond much after hours to avoid the wrath of my manager/HR, but even then I am still reading threads, following along, day-in and day-out.

Now, I get what you're saying here is that you'd like me to come by and check in on you more often - and I can do that. But it is a double-edged sword. I know many of you would love for us to drop in and say "Hey, thanks for the feedback, we're listening!" over and over again. You may have seen my dropping on occasionally with those kind of responses already, but there is a method to the madness here and a reason every feedback thread doesn't get a response. Since I can't control the time it takes to get changes implemented, I do worry, though, that many of you will tire of a constant "thanks, we're listening" and we will end up in a place worse than when we started.

I'll see what I can do with doing that bit more for now though, and I'll definitely be around a lot more going forward. I've only been handling this forum thing solely for a bit over a month now, so I'm still getting my feet wet and growing a bit into my own here. I hope you guys can come to learn to help me in the same way that I hope I can help you.

It's going to be a crazy ride around here, but, as always, I'm happy to be on board.

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TL;DR: Development is hard and takes time. Communication is hard and takes tact, a thick skin, and lots of alcohol. I am always here, and always listening. I'm looking forward to learning and growing more as I engage with you guys. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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