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by Published on 2016-08-29 10:38 PM

Legion Cinematics
Legion is live in the EU and with it comes some new cinematics!

by Published on 2016-08-29 12:30 PM

Legion Live This Week!
Legion is live in the EU! You can stop by our Curse channel while you wait for launch.

What's Not Coming This Week?
Mythic+ dungeons and raids aren't opening just yet, allowing time for everyone to level and gear up a little bit before the race is on.

  • The Emerald Nightmare raid won't be available until Tuesday, September 20 when Normal and Heroic open.
  • The Nighthold won't be open until early 2017, meaning that you won't be able to obtain the Tier 19 armor sets until then.
  • Mythic+ Dungeons won't be available until Mythic Keystones begin dropping on Tuesday, September 20.
  • The new PvP season doesn't start until Tuesday, September 20. You can start earning honor and unlocking Honor Talents at launch though!

Legion - The Fate of Azeroth
The Burning Legion has returned!

Patch 7.0.3 Recap
If you are just coming back, be sure to take a look at the Patch 7.0.3 recap for all of the system changes made to the game.

Artifact Weapons
Artifacts are the only weapons you will be using in Legion.

  • Artifact weapons are specific to each spec. You will select one to start with and then can acquire the weapons for your other spec at Level 102.
  • Artifacts have a trait tree that requires Artifact Power to fill out.
  • The traits are mostly passive, powering up or modifying your existing class abilities. There are some activate traits that provide you with a new ability.
  • Artifact Knowledge provides a multiplier to your Artifact Power gains. Knowledge comes from completing work orders.
  • Relics can drop or be crafted and are used to increase the item level of your Artifact, as well as granting another rank of a trait.
  • Artifacts have five different models, with four color variations of each model. One of these models is hidden.
  • Be sure to take a look at the Artifact calculator to get familiar with your Artifact's traits.

Order Halls
You will want to head to your Order Hall to work with your Artifact, manage missions, complete a campaign, and more!

Legendary Items
There are new legendary armor items that can drop from many different sources in Legion.

  • These legendary items are mostly specific to a class and spec, with your loot spec determining which legendary can drop.
  • There is no way to target a specific legendary item.
  • You can only equip one legendary item at the start of the expansion. This limit will be increased as time goes on.
  • Each class has an Order Hall talent that allows them to equip a second legendary item.
  • Some level of bad luck streak protection applies to legendary items.

Class Guides
Icy Veins is ready to go with updated class guides!

AskMrRobot Updates
Our friends over at AskMrRobot will be ready to launch with Legion, including their new simulator!

  • The new site is launching when Legion goes live, midnight on August 30.
  • It will initially support stat weights for single target fights, with more options coming soon.
  • The simulator can help you to figure out the optimal Artifact path for the fights you are interested in.
  • In the near future, your character profile page will show an estimate of the DPS you should be able to do.
  • You can play with the simulator now, using the help page if needed.
  • There are some helpful tips on their blog here.

World Bosses
Legion has a few of the 11 world bosses up at a time with a world quest associated with each boss. Some of the hidden Artifact appearances drop from these bosses!

Legion Dungeons
Keep in mind that The Arcway and Court of Stars will only be available as Mythic dungeons, unlocked midway through the main Suramar questline.

World Quests
Legion has a variety of quests all over the Broken Isles that give you a reason to go out into the world.

There are lots of new mounts to collect in Legion!

Legion professions have lots of quests and new things to craft.

Legion factions make reputation important once again and much less grindy than the factions in Warlords!

New Currencies
Legion adds several new currencies, including Ancient Mana, which you will want to begin collecting as soon as you hit Suramar.

PvP Changes
Legion brings significant changes to the PvP system. More Independence tuning of PvP and PvE, gear having less of an impact, Honor Talents, Prestige, and more!

Armor Sets
Tier 19 armor sets won't be here until early 2017, but the art is shared with the PvP sets.

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 Curse Client already installed.

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

Updated Addons
Addon authors have been hard at work updating their addons for Patch 7.0.3 and Legion. Now might be a good time to take advantage of the Curse Client to update your addons, and the one click update for Premium users!

Dark Legacy Comics #549
DLC #549 takes a look at one of the things we may need to prepare for!

by Published on 2016-08-25 02:32 AM

Wizard vs Belial Fanart, Wizard Builds Highlight - Tal Rasha & Firebirds Solo / Group Setups

11 New Cards Released with The Menagerie Tomorrow!

Samuro Easter Egg, Auriel Price Reduction & Spellbreaker Johanna, SolidJake's Bloodlust

Sombra ARG - A Moment In Crime has Updated

Artifact Knowledge and Artifact Power Reward Scaling
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The fact that Artifact Power rewards from quests and treasures now scale with Knowledge is not a bug.

We started off the design of the system thinking along the exact same lines as many of the posters in this thread: We figured that we should make sure that one-time AP rewards did not scale, or else the "right" answer might be to delay completing key quests or collecting any treasures until you had higher Knowledge. And that didn't sound like much fun.

So we spent the first half of beta with all repeatable AP sources (world quests, item drops, missions, etc.) scaling, and all story quests and treasures flat. We added multipliers to things like Suramar or Order Campaign quests that tried to incorporate a likely expected Knowledge level at the point where players would get to that content. So, for example, finishing the third chapter of the Suramar campaign awarded a flat 10k Artifact Power, since by that point we expected players to likely have a ~14x multiplier from being around Knowledge Level 12, and we wanted to make sure that the reward still felt meaningful to that player.

But as we were actually playtesting extensively and getting into endgame ourselves and going through the Artifact Power and Knowledge progressions, we realized two things:

  • Artifact Power isn't a limited resource. There's always more available. There are world quests popping up every few hours, dungeons that can be repeatedly run, and so forth. And regardless of what we did with one-time sources, the vast majority of a player's AP over the course of the expansion would come from repeatable sources.
  • Even trying to account for an expected "par" Knowledge level, any time you came across a non-scaling reward that was aimed at someone with a lower Knowledge level, it felt pretty bad. Stumbling across a zone side-quest you'd missed and getting 100 AP from it when you needed 70k for your next trait felt like a waste of time. Opening a treasure to get 25 AP when you needed 300k for your next trait felt insulting. The system we'd set up actually encouraged trying to front-load all your AP while it still mattered (e.g. doing a full world tour to collect every treasure possible while still at Knowledge Level 1, since if you waited they'd no longer be worth the time relative to other activities).

So we started changing it. The first step was making treasures and level-up quests scale. That helped, but we still found that someone who delayed doing much in Suramar beyond the initial Friendly unlock, and instead focused on other content (dungeons, world quests, etc.), found all the rewards in the zone incredibly underwhelming once they got around to doing those quests. So just over a month ago, we also converted those rewards to be scaling sources.

Now, we haven't had a new client build since then, so community sites and datamining likely still show the values of the old items. That Suramar Chapter 3 capstone reward mentioned above is not a 10k AP item that gets multiplied by Artifact Power - that'd be pretty crazy. It's now just a 750 AP base item, which will give around 10k AP when you get there if you've been keeping up with your Knowledge.

It's not necessarily intuitive, since at first glance it seems like an obvious flaw in our system that if you wait until Knowledge Level 20 (a month and a half longer) to complete that quest, it'd give over 70k AP instead of 10k. Aren't you "wasting" 60k AP if you don't do that? The key here is that everything is relative. That Suramar quest capstone reward is equal to ~5 world quests. It'll be equal to 5 world quests if you do it ASAP; it'll be equal to 5 world quests if you do it two months later. And it'll contribute roughly the same amount towards whatever trait you're working on at the time.

Finally, it's also worth noting that the biggest one-time sources of AP are the Order Hall campaign, and the Suramar campaign. From a pure min-max perspective (probably the mindset most associated with the competitive raider), you really don't want to delay turning in either of those. The former leads to unlocking your third Artifact relic slot; the latter unlocks additional repeatable sources of AP (new world quests) and eventually access to the two Mythic dungeons, for an extra two Mythic clears each week.

tl;dr: Just get Artifact Power when you find it, as you find it. Enjoy the rewards and the immediate benefit, and you aren't hurting yourself in the long run.

Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes - August 24
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Demon Speed now properly works in Battlegrounds and Arenas.
  • Haste now properly reduces the cooldown of Throw Glaive.
  • Consuming a Soul Fragment should no longer cancel Glide.
  • Demon Hunters can now learn and use Leather-Agility goggles from Engineering.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Starfall no longer stops dealing damage when striking a target that is immune to AOE.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Stampede should ignore targets that are immune to AOE.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane Orb can no longer be used while silenced.
  • The Dense Ice version of Ice Barrier can now be properly refreshed, even when the shield is undamaged.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Driven to Madness now only works outside Voidform and will not activate on periodic effects.
  • Body and Mind should not be castable while the Priest is silenced.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • The Arms Warrior talent Trauma should consistently apply via Whirlwind, even from maximum range.
  • Hamstring no longer activates Opportunity Strikes.

  • The new graveyard outside of Caverns of Time should now function properly while the Tanaris invasion is active.
  • Stage 4 bosses should be doing a bit less melee damage per hit.
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing some lower-level event reward armor from gaining item level upgrades when Warforged.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Recent Druid Changes
Guardian is overall in a good space, but Mastery scaling has been a bit out of control while Haste has been underwhelming. The main defensive value of Haste for Guardian Druids is to proc more Ironfurs and Frenzied Regenerations - something we want to bring more into focus.

Last night we decreased the health and healing received from Nature's Guardian to 4% (from 8%) and adjusted the mastery amount accordingly, and, to compensate for this, we've increased the amount of armor granted by Ironfur up to 100% (from 75%). You should see more of an impact from haste affecting Ironfur now, and stacking Mastery will be a less effective tactic going forward.

  • Nature’s Guardian now increases health and healing received by 4% (was 8%). The Mastery amount has also been reduced accordingly.
  • Ironfur now increases Armor by 100% (was 75%).

Edit: The hotfix notes have been updated with these changes.

Apologies for the delay here and thanks for all of your feedback - we've been working to confirm that this change was not intended. The Attack Power change on the Guardian Druid Mastery is, indeed, a bug, and will be corrected in the near future.

I'll update this thread once we have more details related to this fix. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Hunter Feedback
Hey guys!

Trying to round up some class feedback to throw back over to the development team. If anyone has made collated lists on the state of the various specs, with examples of the skills and abilities players are having issue with that would be awesome to see!

Otherwise, please use this thread to help me collate information from the greater Hunter community and explain why certain changes have impacted your engagement and desire to play the class.

One of the primary issues I see being mentioned is the current state of Beast Mastery revolving around "only three buttons" when following guides from sites like Icy-Veins, so know that I've noted that in my feedback already.

I am interested to hear why less buttons impacts your engagement and enjoyment of the class overall, and what you see as the problem with any of those skills.

*Excuse any ignorance I may have with the Hunter class here. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
But are the tokens class specific? Or is it 1 item same for everyone?
Legion tier tokens use the same groupings as those found in Hellfire Citadel, with Demon Hunters on Conqueror. (WarcraftDevs)

eg if I go to attack the boss, a hunter barrage or fire Mage ignite just one shots. Im not saying turn off PvP
Definitely a new problem with scaling events that should be fun to level on + PvP. Lots of potential solutions here. Thoughts? (Muffinus)

Watch Illidan Come to Life in This Time-lapse Video
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Take a virtual journey to Taiwan to watch a truly impressive glow-in-the-dark Illidan mural come to life in this time-lapse video.

You can also learn more about the neighboring statue of Arthas in the Forging a Hero video.

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