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by Published on 2015-09-02 12:37 AM

Reddit Q&A Round-up

September Ranked Card Back - Exodar's Exodus

Placement & Ranking Changes, Americas Championship and Giveaways, Fails of the Week

Patch 6.2.2 Downtime
It looks like the team has managed to speed up the patching process, with Patch 6.2.2 requiring less than 2 hours of downtime in the US and less than 1 hour in the EU!



Timewalking Rewards
The Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking event is live! You can purchase rewards from Auzin in the center of Dalaran.

Users are reporting that bosses drop 5 x Timewarped Badge per boss, with 10 from the final boss, and 10 for completing a random dungeon. The Frigid Timewarped Prism drops once during the event, allowing you to complete The Unstable Prism for an additional 500 Timewarped Badge.

This means that players that do 5 Timewalker Dungeons during the event for A Frozen Path Through Time will earn ~675 Timewarped Badge (~35 per dungeon + 500 from the weekly quest).



Patch 6.2.2 Hotfixes - September 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Gorgrond

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Gorefiend
    • Players that perish to Digest or suffer fatal damage while in Gorefiend's stomach should now be able to be seen and resurrected once their bodies have teleported back out.
  • Fel Lord Zakuun
    • The Befouled debuff should now clear immediately when Foul Explosion is triggered.
    • [Requires a realm restart] Exhausted Soul should now be correctly removed from players at the end of the encounter.
  • Archimonde
    • Archimonde's Source of Chaos ability should no longer be summoned without having a target on Mythic difficulty.
    • Raid Finder Difficulty Changes
      • Doomfire Spirits now produce Doomfire patches at a reduced rate on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Doomfire Spirit health has been reduced by 30% on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Archimonde's Shadowfel Burst now only knocks the primary target of the ability into the air on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • On Raid Finder difficulty, if less than 7 players enter the Twisting Nether while there are more than 7 players alive in the encounter, additional players will be pulled into the Nether based on role.
      • Shadowed Netherwalker health has been reduced by 20% on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Infernal Doombringer no longer cast Eternal Flame and take 45 seconds to reach full energy (up from 30 seconds) on Raid Finder difficulty.

PvP
General
  • Battle Fatigue should now be correctly applied to player pets in a PvP environment.
  • Players placed into the opposite faction in a Rated Battleground should now be able to receive the quest, Battle Hardened.
  • Fixed an issue where players can carry the incorrect faction flag in an Arena Skirmish.

Ashran
  • Mercenary Mode should now be correctly enabled for the faction with the longer queue times.

Items
  • Aviana's Feather should no longer incorrectly require the character to have obtained Draenor Pathfinding in order to function on Draenor.
  • Felfume Cloth Armor 4-piece set bonus for damage dealers should no longer incorrectly trigger from Polymorph.
  • Tiny Abomination in a Jar no longer incorrectly has a chance to trigger from extra Blade Flurry hits.

Bug Fixes
  • The flight path offered by Tina Kelatara to take players from Warspear Outpost back to Stormshield Hold should no longer go through a wall.
  • [Hotfix in testing] Fixed an issue where Seer Kazal could sometimes not appear correctly in the Garrisons of new level 100 characters.

Class

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Mistweaver

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Discipline
    • Divine Aegis should no longer have its damage absorption reduced by an incorrect amount through Battle Fatigue.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Racials
Did they forget to buff Touch of the Grave? Its still doing the same amount of damage it was before the patch.
We'll look into it. (CM_Lore)

Bugs
what's up with bladestorm? Animation is borked since 6.2.2. Dwarf. Spins once and then stops moving at all until it's complete.
Thanks, I'll pass it on. (CM_Lore)

PvP
why would you nerf anything when it comes to teams that qualified already on a different state of the game? makes no sens
As stated before, we will do what we feel is right for the game but try to accomodate timing when possible. (holinka)
Good players adapt and overcome to shifts in a game's meta. This is the nature of esports. (holinka)

to change the game a lot after the qualifiers for regionals,all the teams are locked and vulnerable to nerfs
I can't speak for other games. We are only concerned about doing what is best for World of Warcraft. (holinka)
Last year there was a new patch before regional's & I believe they played on the old? #Blizzcon
Incorrect. We stayed on Mists for Blizzcon. (holinka)
you are mistaking Regionals for Blizzcon. 6.0 came out after regionals, before Blizzcon. (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
Developer Communication
but having something like that even once every few weeks makes a huge difference.
I don't know that I agree. On WoW, it might make the paladins happy but then the shaman wondered when it was "their turn." (OccupyGStreet)
I can see that issue. I'd still rather 'somebody' got a turn than nobody. My view may not be consistent with forums overall
If you have say 20 devs engaging it may not be an issue. (OccupyGStreet)
And I have been at two of the largest studios out there, which couldn't produce 20. But I can dream! (OccupyGStreet)



Poll - Flying Achievement
Now that flying is here, it is time to see how many of you are ready to fly! We last looked at this a few weeks ago and it was a pretty even split.

Stats on the overall number of players that have earned the achievement are coming within the next week or so.



Overwatch Beta - Still on Track for Fall 2015
There was some excitement recently after an email went out to contest winners about Overwatch beta, but Blizzard confirmed it isn't starting this week and is still on track for Fall 2015.



Dark Legacy Comics #502 - Worgen
DLC #502 has been released.

by Published on 2015-08-31 07:00 AM

Update (4:10 PM EDT): Replaced PTR Patch Notes with the finalized version.

Patch 6.2.2 Live This Week
This patch adds flying to Draenor, Mercenary Mode, legendary quest catch-up quests, Timewalking Rewards, art for upcoming mounts and pets, updates for Winter's Veil and Hallows End, and tooltip updates.



New Icons



Flying
If you have earned Draenor Pathfinder, you will finally be able to fly in Draenor! Don't forget to take your Soaring Skyterror out for a spin.



Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent Mount
A new achievement has been added for collecting 300 mounts, Lord of the Reins. Completing the achievement awards a mount, the Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent.



Upcoming Mounts and Pets
Keep in mind that the art is going in with this patch, but many of these aren't going to be available for some time.






Legendary Quest Catch-Up
If you or your alts are still behind on the Legendary Quest, Patch 6.2.2 should help. In addition to the existing catch-up mechanics, you can trade Apexis Crystals each week for the legendary collection items.

Level Name Rewards Objective
Abrogator Arbitrator
Weekly
Kluk'kluk wants you to bring him 14958 Apexis Crystals.
Work Work Stoppage
Weekly
Bring 20000 Apexis Crystals to the Renegade Ironworker.


Mercenary Mode
If your faction has sufficiently long wait times, you can talk to a NPC in Ashran to queue as the opposite faction. When you enter the PvP instance, your race will be changed the one of the other faction. This should help to alleviate the long queue times.


Originally Posted by Blizzard
Whenever your faction is experiencing a long wait time to get into Ashran or unrated Battlegrounds, agents of the enemy faction will appear in your base in Ashran (Stormshield for the Alliance, Warspear for the Horde). These agents will allow you to enter Ashran or Battlegrounds disguised as an enemy player, and actually fight as the opposite faction.

When you compete as a mercenary, you’ll still earn all the same rewards you would have by winning or losing as your own faction (with the exception of faction-specific achievements). You’ll also have your race automatically changed into one appropriate for the opposite faction while you’re still inside the Battleground or Ashran. Perhaps most importantly, however, you’ll experience much shorter queue times, as our matchmaking system will be able to fill up groups much quicker!

Our goal with Mercenary Mode is to allow players who want to participate in Ashran or unrated Battlegrounds the ability to do so without having to wait through long queues, while still maintaining the spirit of the core Alliance vs Horde fantasy.

On racials: The current intention is that the system swaps your race entirely, including your racial ability. We recognize that that puts Humans in a weird spot, so we're looking into some options there that aren't "spend your Honor/Conquest on a Medallion."

Only the faction that is currently experiencing a long queue will have the option to act as a Mercenary, and only when those queues reach a certain point. In the current environment, we expect that to generally be Alliance. Since queues have to reach that threshold before Mercenary Mode becomes available, we don't anticipate an increase in Horde queue times.

Using the Mercenary Mode system is completely opt-in. It's important to us that if you don't choose to participate in Mercenary Mode, it doesn't affect you. Should you be grouped with players who are using the system, they will not be identified to you as mercenaries -- they'll look like just another player from your faction.

Similarly, it's important to note that these are not creating "mixed-faction" scenarios. There will be no Humans fighting alongside Orcs. Again, our intent is that you are completely unaware that the person next to you is secretly a Night Elf.

We don't consider Mercenary Mode to be a replacement for racial balance. We just also don't think that perfectly balanced racials would instantly resolve queue time issues. We also don't think that players should feel forced to faction transfer (potentially away from friends and guildmates) in order to experience reasonable queue times.

Can I queue with my friends that are on horde this way or no?
No. Again, it's only intended to alleviate queue times.

Timewalking Rewards
Patch 6.2.2 adds more rewards to Timewalking! You can see Cupri in Shattrath (Outland) to purchase these items for Timewarped Badge, rewarded from running Timewalking dungeons.

We know the current cost of most items, but haven't had another Timewalking weekend to see what the drop rate is. Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking is this weekend, so we will know soon!


Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
80Mount Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger5000 × 
70Mount Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk5000 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing750 × 
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard900 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing1000 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard1200 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
226NeckNeck Shard of the Crystal Forest??
213FingerFinger Signet of the Impregnable Fortress??
200TrinketTrinket Sundial of the Exiled35 × 
200TrinketTrinket Valor Medal of the First War35 × 
200TrinketTrinket Mirror of Truth35 × 
245TrinketTrinket Mark of Supremacy35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Emblem of Fury35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Icon of the Silver Crescent35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Bloodlust Brooch35 × 
226NeckNeckAll Strength Spiked Battleguard Choker??
245FingerFingerAll Strength Bloodshed Band??
110TrinketTrinketAll Strength Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 60135 × 
226NeckNeckHealer Frozen Tear of Elune??
213FingerFingerHealer Renewal of Life??
226NeckNeckAll Agility Broach of the Wailing Night??
213FingerFingerAll Agility Ring of Invincibility??
226NeckNeckAll Intellect Evoker's Charm??
213FingerFingerAll Intellect Band of Channeled Magic??
200TrinketTrinketAll Intellect The Egg of Mortal Essence35 × 
110TrinketTrinketAll Intellect Essence of the Martyr35 × 
110Off HandOff HandAll Intellect Talisman of Kalecgos25 × 
110BackBack Farstrider Defender's Cloak50 × 
136BackBackAll Strength Dory's Embrace50 × 
110BackBackHealer Bishop's Cloak50 × 
110BackBackAll Agility Blood Knight War Cloak50 × 
110ClothHeadAll Intellect Cowl of Naaru Blessings35 × 
264ClothChestAll Intellect Meteor Chaser's Raiment??
128ClothWaistAll Intellect Voodoo-Woven Belt35 × 
141ClothLegsAll Intellect Corrupted Soulcloth Pantaloons25 × 
213ClothFeetAll Intellect Xintor's Expeditionary Boots??
264ClothHandsAll Intellect Gloves of False Gestures??
110BackBackAll Intellect Shawl of Shifting Probabilities50 × 
110LeatherHead Mask of the Deceiver35 × 
264LeatherChest Shadow Seeker's Tunic??
141LeatherWaist Belt of the Silent Path35 × 
141LeatherLegs Trousers of the Scryers' Retainer25 × 
213LeatherFeet Boots of Captain Ellis??
264LeatherHands Cat Burglar's Grips??
110MailHead Storm Master's Helmet35 × 
264MailChest Longstrider's Vest??
141MailWaist Aftershock Waistguard35 × 
141MailLegs Rushing Storm Kilt25 × 
213MailFeet Pack-Ice Striders??
264MailHands Logsplitters??
110PlateHead Faceguard of Determination35 × 
264PlateChest Castle Breaker's Battleplate??
141PlateWaist Girdle of Seething Rage35 × 
141PlateLegs Legplates of Unending Fury25 × 
213PlateFeet Kyzoc's Ground Stompers??
264PlateHands Gauntlets of the Kraken??
110ShieldOff HandAll Strength Azure-Shield of Coldarra25 × 
110ShieldOff HandAll Intellect Mazthoril Honor Shield25 × 
146Two-handed AxeTwo HandAll Strength The Blade of Harbingers100 × 
146One-handed MaceOne HandAll Intellect Gavel of Naaru Blessings35 × 
115One-handed SwordOne HandAll Strength Sword of Unyielding Force35 × 
146StaffTwo HandAll Agility Staff of the Forest Lord100 × 
141StaffTwo HandAll Intellect Staff of the Soul-Eater100 × 
146Fist WeaponOne HandAll Agility Vanir's Fist of Brutality35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Agility The Mutilator35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Intellect Scryer's Blade of Focus35 × 
146CrossbowRangedAll Agility Crossbow of Relentless Strikes100 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
65Junk Barrel of Fish25 × 
1Junk Crate of Meat25 × 
70Junk Bag of Fishing Treasures150 × 
70Junk Mark of the Ashtongue1250 × 
1Holiday Timeless Mirror500 × 


New Items
This is only a small selection of the new items in the patch. For the full list of items coming in the patch, check out the 6.2.1 and 6.2.2 list on the PTR site.

Level Type Name
1Companion Pets A Tiny Infernal Collar
1Companion Pets Vibrating Arcane Crystal
1Companion Pets Warm Arcane Crystal
1Companion Pets Glittering Arcane Crystal
1Companion Pets Zeradar
1Companion Pets Brightpaw
1Companion Pets Nibbles
1Companion Pets Murkidan
1Companion Pets Grumpling
1Holiday Exquisite Costume Set: "Edwin VanCleef"
1Holiday Exquisite Costume Set: "Deathwing"
100Holiday Ever-Shifting Mirror
1Other Spike-Toed Booterang
80Other Grizzlesnout's Fang
1Other Anniversary Gift
1Other Ghoulish Guises
1Other Hallow's Glow
1Other Seer's Invitation
1Other Witch's Brew
1Other Creepy Crawlers
1Other Ball of Tangled Lights
1Other Imported Trees
1Other Little Helpers
1Other Festive Outfits
1Other Old Box of Decorations
1Other Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
1Other Snow Blower
1Other Sack of Spectral Spiders
100Other Coin of Many Faces
1Other A Tiny Scarecrow Costume
1Other "Merry Munchkin" Costume
40Mount Minion of Grumpus
20Mount Reins of the Illidari Felstalker
20Mount Grove Warden
80Mount Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger
70Mount Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk
600Trinket Mercenary's Medallion of Adaptation
1Consumable Sack of Spiders
40Item Enhancement Winter's Grasp


Official Patch Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Flying on Draenor
Flying has been enabled on Draenor for characters that have attained the account-wide achievement, Draenor Pathfinder.

PvP Mercenary Mode
Players are now able to act as a mercenary for the opposite faction in PvP whenever your faction is experiencing a long wait time to get into Ashran or unrated Battlegrounds. Agents of the enemy faction will appear at your base in Ashran (Stormshield for the Alliance, Warspear for the Horde) and allow you to enter Ashran or Battlegrounds disguised as an enemy player, and actually fight as the opposite faction.

While competing as a mercenary, players will automatically have their race changed into one appropriate for the opposite faction. Players will still be able to earn all the same rewards as winning or losing as their original faction (with the exception of faction-specific achievements).

Raids and Dungeons
New Timewalking Rewards
  • Players now receive a Timewarped Badge when they complete a Timewalking dungeon. These badges can be redeemed at new vendors that appear during a Timewalking bonus event. The new vendors sell new toys, new mounts, heirloom and reputation tokens, in addition to gear that scales up to the character's level at the time of purchase.
Timewalking Loot Changes
  • Timewalking bosses who had unusual drops, such as Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake, now have a chance to drop those items when defeated while Timewalking.
Hellfire Citadel
  • Fixed an issue where players are not added back to the threat list after dropping out of combat and accepting a battle resurrection.
  • Fixed an issue where Hellfire Assault: Spoils of the Assault chest could incorrectly appear to be already open.
  • Fixed an issue where Tyrant Velhari could not be clicked on if there is an Ancient Enforcer, Ancient Harbinger, or Ancient Sovereign near her.
Dungeon Finder Changes
  • Completing additional Random Warlords of Draenor Heroic dungeon after the first one now awards 50 Garrison Resources (up from 0).

PvP
Ashran
  • Ashran now has a deserter mechanic. Upon entering, players receive a 5-minute buff called Ashran Tour of Duty. If the player leaves an Ashran match before this buff expires, a 10-minute debuff called Recreant will be applied that prevents entry into another Ashran match.

Quests
Legendary Ring Quest Line
  • New weekly quests have been added to help players catch-up in earlier stages of the Legendary Ring Quest Line for Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry.

Events and World Environment
Bonus Events
  • Bonus Events now begin earlier in the week on Wednesday. End date remains the same so there's now more time to complete the bonus event! Check the in-game calendar for new start times of each bonus event.
In-Game World Events
  • A number of improvements and new additions have been made to the Hallow's End and Feast of Winter Veil world events.
Ashran
  • Interior of the Armory at Stormshield should now be correctly furnished.
  • Removed a stack of objects floating outside of the Armory at Stormshield.
Frostfire Ridge
  • Cartographers have been notified and corrected a spelling error on the world map.

Zones, Creatures, and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
Nagrand
  • Soar above the skies of Nagrand and explore the outdoors version of Highmaul and battle with three new rare elite ogres for a chance at one of three arcane-infused Manafiend battle pets.
Shadowmoon Valley
Darkmoon Island
  • Darkmoon Rabbit should now correctly respect loot rules.

Collections
Toy Box

Mounts
  • The maximum size of a mount is now capped at 150% of base size for cosmetic effects (up from 100%). Additionally, the minimum size of a mount is no longer capped.

Items
  • Tooltips for items that have been empowered or created by Baleful tokens now have a Baleful and/or Empowered tag.
  • Baleful rings, neck trinkets, and cloaks should now always create an item that has Bonus Armor for Tanking loot specializations, and Spirit for Healing loot specializations.
  • Brazier of Awakening should no longer despawn at the end of a raid encounter without resurrecting a raid or party member.
  • Medallion of the Legion is now only usable on Draenor to ensure players receives the appropriate reputation bonus from having a Level 3 Trading Post.
  • Reins of the Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent no longer has a reputation requirement with The August Celestials to learn.
  • Fixed an issue with Wild Gladiator's Insignia of Dominance's tooltip.
  • Fixed an issue where Gladiator's Accolade trinkets that gave a bonus to a secondary stat were incorrectly providing double the stated amount.

Garrisons
General
  • A new events coordinator can now be found in level 3 garrisons. Visit the coordinator during Hallow’s End or Feast of Winter Veil to obtain garrison decorations that are usable all year round!
Followers
  • Pallas Apex Predator trait should now correctly counter Aberrations or Furies on garrison missions.
Shipyard and Naval Missions
  • Ship equipment items now have "Naval Equipment" in the item tooltip, enabling it to be searchable through the bag search UI.
  • Fixed an issue where completing a naval mission at the Naval Command Table did not cause the Garrison Report icon to stop blinking.

UI
  • Target marker icons have been disabled in public chat channels.
  • There is now an option to disable Adventure Guide alerts in the Interface options menu, under display settings.

Achievements

Racial Abilities
Blood Elf
  • Arcane Torrent now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes).
Goblin
  • Rocket Barrage now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).
  • Rocket Jump now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).
Orc
  • Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by an additional 20% (up from 15%).
Troll
  • Da Voodoo Shuffle now reduces the duration of all movement impairing effects by 20% (up from 15%). Trolls still be flippin' out mon!
Tauren
  • War Stomp now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes), and cast time is no longer increased by damage (via spell pushback).
Undead
  • Touch of the Grave now scales its damage based on 50% of the character's Attack Power or Spell Power, whichever is greater.

Class

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • General
    • Thrash in Cat Form now deals 10% more damage.
  • Feral
    • Rake now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rake now deals 20% less damage.
    • Rip now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rip now deals 20% less damage.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Please note that tooltip description for the following Monk abilities will be inaccurate. This will be corrected in a future patch.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Shadow
    • Devouring Plague now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Devouring Plague now deals 10% less damage.
    • Mind Blast now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Blast now deals 10% less damage.
    • Mind Flay now deals 20% more damage.
    • Mind Spike now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Spike now deals 10% less damage.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • General
    • Corruption now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
  • Affliction

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Children's Week
World Events

Darkmoon Faire
World Events
  • Darkmoon Race Enthusiast Successfully complete a Darkmoon Welcome to the Darkmoon Races or The Real Race with the Racing Strider. 5 points.

Draenor
Exploration
  • Draenor Pathfinder Complete the Draenor achievements listed below: Rewards: Soaring Skyterror (Draenor Flying in an upcoming patch). 25 points. Account Wide. and Draenor Flying. 25 points. Account Wide.
  • I Came, I Clawed, I Conquered Loot 500 Loot 5000 Blackfang Claws from saberon at Fang'rila in Tanaan Jungle. 10 points.

Feats of Strength

Hallow's End
World Events

Mounts
Collections

Shipyard
Garrisons
  • Naval Mechanics Obtain all of the naval equpment blueprints listed below. 5 points.Account Wide.

Toy Box
Collections

Winter Veil
World Events
  • Iron Armada (New) Collect all five toys that are part of the Crashin' Thrashin' "Iron Armada" set. 10 points. Account Wide.



New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_BOOST_UNREVOKED_CONSUMPTION - Your %s was used on %s on %s.
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_CONFIRMATION_OTHER - Your purchase will be ready when processing has been completed.
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_CONFIRMATION_OTHER_EUR - Your purchase will be ready when processing has been completed. |HurlIndex:21|h|cff006995Change your payment method|r|h
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_100_FLOW_LABEL - LEVEL 100 CHARACTER BOOST
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_100_TOKEN_DESCRIPTION - Can be used on one character on your Battle.net account.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_100_TOKEN_TITLE - Level 100 Character Boost
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_90_FLOW_LABEL - LEVEL 90 CHARACTER BOOST
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_90_TOKEN_DESCRIPTION - Can be used on one character on your Battle.net account.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_90_TOKEN_TITLE - Level 90 Character Boost
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_100_POPUP_DESCRIPTION - Thank you for joining us!|nHere is the boost that comes with your purchase of Legion.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_100_POPUP_TITLE - Level 100 Character Boost
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_90_POPUP_DESCRIPTION - Thank you for joining us!|nHere is the boost that comes with your purchase of Warlords of Draenor.
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_FREE_90_POPUP_TITLE - Level 90 Character Boost
  • ERR_BATTLEGROUND_JOIN_MERCENARY - Cannot join as a group unless all the members of your party are flagged as a mercenary.
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_SHOW_ADVENTURE_JOURNAL_ALERTS - Display alerts for new adventure opportunities
  • PRE_PURCHASE_EXPANSION - Pre-purchase Now
  • SHADER_MODEL_TO_BE_UNSUPPORTED - Warning: Your graphics card will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require a Shader Model 3 capable graphics card or better.
  • SHOW_ADVENTURE_JOURNAL_ALERTS - Show Adventure Journal Alerts
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_272 - You must be a Mercenary to use this trinket.
  • SPELL_FAILED_NOT_WHILE_MERCENARY - You can't do that while you are a mercenary
  • UPGRADE_FEATURE_16 - Master the new Demon Hunter Class
  • UPGRADE_FEATURE_17 - Battle to level 110 on the Broken Isles
  • UPGRADE_FEATURE_18 - Boost a character to level 100
  • WORLD_PVP_DESERTER - You cannot enter %s until your deserter debuff wears off.



Patch 6.2.2 In One Minute
Margaret is back with another quick patch recap!

by Published on 2015-08-29 07:12 AM

Season 4 Has Started, Witch Doctor and Crusader Guides

Deck Spotlight: TGT Legend Tempo Mage, This Weekend in HS ESports

MSI MGA International Tournament, Kharazim Solo Healer Guide, Science of the Storm #14

Arena Skirmishes Bonus Weekend August 28 - 31
Next week is the Wrath of the Lich King timewalking event. Patch 6.2.2 and the new Timewarped Badge system will be live by then as long as nothing changes!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Through the end of the day on Monday, Arena Skirmishes award triple bonus honor. There’s never been a better time to queue up for the Arena and crack some skulls. Keep an eye out for the event-only quest The Arena Calls. When you win 10 Arena matches, the quest awards 500 Conquest Points which do not count against your weekly Conquest Point maximum.

In case you’ve never participated in an Arena Skirmish, here’s an easy how-to guide:

  • From anywhere in-game, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  • Select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window.
  • Under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3.
  • Click the Join Battle button to be matched up with teammates.

It’s Arena PvP! Rush in and bash your opponents.

Will you answer the call to battle?

This Month in WoW – September 2015
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
September is here, and summertime is coming to an end. This month is chock-full of festivities, celebrations, and heated PvP action as we draw closer to BlizzCon 2015. Here’s a peek at some of the fun you can have!

In-Game Events

Darkmoon Faire Returns [September 6-13]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on September 6, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.


The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Get in that cannon!

Pirates’ Day [September 19-20]
Every year on this one day, Captain DeMeza lands at the goblin town of Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale, attempting to recruit land-lubbers into her buccaneer ranks. Don’t miss your chance to visit her or her henchmen in the capital cities. New for this year is the Big Bag of Booty. Be the Robin Hood of pirates by purchasing this one-time-use item which you can toss into the streets to help distribute piles of gold to those most in need. Yarr!


Brewfest [September 20-October 6]
Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and brew! The competing breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew, and the Ogres, all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special ales, meads, and beers. Brave adventurers are invited to sit back, take a pull, and sample the finest wares these brewers have to offer!


Brewfest is your only chance to acquire the Swift Brewfest Ram and Great Brewfest Kodo mounts, as well as the Wopertinger and Pin-Sized Pink Pachyderm pets. It’s also your chance to get your brew-covered mitts on a few new items: the Stout Alemental pet, and the Steamworks Sausage Grill and Brewfest Banner toys!

Harvest Festival [September 21-28]
The Harvest Festival is a time to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to help their allies. Throughout history, many have given their lives to that end. Every year, members of the Horde and the Alliance set aside time to honor the memories of the fallen, and to pay tribute to those whose memories are held most dear: Uther Lightbringer, for the Alliance, and Grommash Hellscream, for the Horde.


Members of the Alliance show their respect by lighting a candle at the Tomb of Uther Lightbringer in the Western Plaguelands. while members of the Horde show their respect to Grommash Hellscream by leaving a bottle of spirits at the base of the Hellscream Memorial in Demon Fall Canyon in Ashenvale.

But your determination to pay respects to the dearly departed doesn’t stop there! Show your patriotism by earning a new Spiritshard which will transforms you into an Anxious, Vengeful, Forlorn, or Peaceful spirit. It’ll be your chance to truly feel the emotions of those who have paid the ultimate price.

Upcoming World of Warcraft Tournaments

Road to BlizzCon: WoW North American Regionals
BlizzCon is only a couple of months away and teams are vying for a chance to make it to the finals. Don’t miss the WoW North American Regionals on the official World of Warcraft Twitch channel! We’ll be sharing more details on the event in the coming days.


GCDTV
GCDTV [(G)lobal (C)ool(D)own TV] continues its tournament hosted by DMachine, and cast by Arena veterans Supatease and Venruki.

  • Tournament #21 – Saturday, September 5, 5:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. PDT
  • Day 2/Finals – Sunday, September 6, 5:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. PDT

You can catch all of the action on the GCDTV Twitch channel, sign up to play on their Battlefy site, catch-up on previous tournament VoDs here, and follow their official GCDTV Twitter feed to stay up-to-date on all of the action.

ESL WoW (EU)
The Electronic Sports League continues to bring the weekend WoW action on:


For more information, head over to the ESL news site, and don’t forget to follow ESL on Twitch and Twitter.

Bonus Events
  • September 4-7 – Northrend Timewalking
  • September 11-14 – Battleground Bonus Event
  • September 18-21 – Draenor Dungeons Bonus Event
  • September 25-28 – Pet Battle Event

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvE
.Does LFR Archimonde drop the Ring upgrade?
No, Crystallized Fel is only available on Normal difficulty and above. (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
The biggest difference with ranked solo queue would be having a rating attached and MMR.
Keep in mind conquest does not exist in 7.0. Skirmish will provide honor and gear. (holinka)
I would certainly love to hear more ideas about how we can improve Ground Finder too. (holinka)
One common misconception about ranked solo queue is "I will only get great teammates!" (holinka)

But those good geared players do queue rated solo queue
The reward systems are different in 7.0 (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
Can I ask you, how much has the WoW team changed since WotLK?
Not much. The leadership team stayed virtually the same the whole time I was there. Some folks went to Titan and several came back. The team was growing the entire time so you always saw a lot of new faces, but they were additions, not replacements. Reading between the lines a bit, I don't think this is one of those deals where some kind of new team radically evolved the philosophy. Blizzard turnover, even between teams, is very low by industry standards.

Why do Blizzard devs think anyone who disagrees with their direction or believes previous iterations of WoW were superior are blinded by rose colored glasses?
I can't speak for them, obviously. I will say as a game developer on a long-running game such as LoL or WoW or even Age of Empires, you tend to hear in about roughly equal proportions "this feature is flawed and stale, please update it" and "this feature was better before, please revert it." Thus, it's possible to often feel like you are fighting nostalgia, which might make you perceive it even when that isn't the player's specific feedback at the moment.

You don't tend to hear "this feature is perfect, please don't change it," because content customers don't tend to post on social media, but you hear plenty of "this feature was perfect - why did you change it?"



Final Fantasy XIV - 5 Million Accounts
Earlier this month Square Enix announced that FFXIV is up to 5 million accounts (not active subscribers)! For comparison, World of Warcraft hit 100 million in December 2013.



Diablo III - Season 4 Has Started
Season 4 has started! Diablofans has all of the details.

by Published on 2015-08-28 11:03 AM

Patch 2.3 Round-Up, Game Guide Updates, Monk and Barbarian Guides, Seasonal Leveling Guides

Power Core Card Back at BlizzCon EU Finals, TGT Card Pack Opening Statistics

Placement and Ranking System Update, Kael'thas Fix, Kolosalus' Kerrigan Guide and More

Raid Finder Archimonde Nerfs
Archimonde should be somewhat easier on Raid Finder difficulty in the future.



Armory Stats - Race / Class / Gender
In the stats from earlier this week some users were interested in a further breakdown by class, so we have included that data today. It is too long to include in the news, so click on the image below if you are interested!



Patch 6.2.2 - Timewalking Rewards
Patch 6.2.2 adds more rewards to Timewalking! You can see Cupri in Shattrath (Outland) to purchase these items for Timewarped Badge, rewarded from running Timewalking dungeons.

A recent PTR build adjusted the costs, but we haven't had another Timewalking weekend to confirm the new prices and any changes to the drop rate. The latest version of the official notes still says "Players now receive a Timewarped Badge when they complete a Timewalking dungeon". Keep in mind that the drop rate and prices are not final!


Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
80Mount Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger??
70Mount Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk5000 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing750 × 
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard900 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing1000 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard1200 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
226NeckNeck Shard of the Crystal Forest??
213FingerFinger Signet of the Impregnable Fortress??
200TrinketTrinket Sundial of the Exiled??
200TrinketTrinket Valor Medal of the First War??
200TrinketTrinket Mirror of Truth??
245TrinketTrinket Mark of Supremacy??
110TrinketTrinket Emblem of Fury35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Icon of the Silver Crescent35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Bloodlust Brooch35 × 
226NeckNeckAll Strength Spiked Battleguard Choker??
245FingerFingerAll Strength Bloodshed Band??
110TrinketTrinketAll Strength Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 60135 × 
226NeckNeckHealer Frozen Tear of Elune??
213FingerFingerHealer Renewal of Life??
226NeckNeckAll Agility Broach of the Wailing Night??
213FingerFingerAll Agility Ring of Invincibility??
226NeckNeckAll Intellect Evoker's Charm??
213FingerFingerAll Intellect Band of Channeled Magic??
200TrinketTrinketAll Intellect The Egg of Mortal Essence??
110TrinketTrinketAll Intellect Essence of the Martyr35 × 
110Off HandOff HandAll Intellect Talisman of Kalecgos25 × 
110BackBack Farstrider Defender's Cloak50 × 
136BackBackAll Strength Dory's Embrace50 × 
110BackBackHealer Bishop's Cloak50 × 
110BackBackAll Agility Blood Knight War Cloak50 × 
110ClothHeadAll Intellect Cowl of Naaru Blessings35 × 
264ClothChestAll Intellect Meteor Chaser's Raiment??
128ClothWaistAll Intellect Voodoo-Woven Belt35 × 
141ClothLegsAll Intellect Corrupted Soulcloth Pantaloons2250 × 
213ClothFeetAll Intellect Xintor's Expeditionary Boots??
264ClothHandsAll Intellect Gloves of False Gestures??
110BackBackAll Intellect Shawl of Shifting Probabilities50 × 
110LeatherHead Mask of the Deceiver35 × 
264LeatherChest Shadow Seeker's Tunic??
141LeatherWaist Belt of the Silent Path35 × 
141LeatherLegs Trousers of the Scryers' Retainer25 × 
213LeatherFeet Boots of Captain Ellis??
264LeatherHands Cat Burglar's Grips??
110MailHead Storm Master's Helmet35 × 
264MailChest Longstrider's Vest??
141MailWaist Aftershock Waistguard35 × 
141MailLegs Rushing Storm Kilt25 × 
213MailFeet Pack-Ice Striders??
264MailHands Logsplitters??
110PlateHead Faceguard of Determination35 × 
264PlateChest Castle Breaker's Battleplate??
141PlateWaist Girdle of Seething Rage35 × 
141PlateLegs Legplates of Unending Fury25 × 
213PlateFeet Kyzoc's Ground Stompers??
264PlateHands Gauntlets of the Kraken??
110ShieldOff HandAll Strength Azure-Shield of Coldarra25 × 
110ShieldOff HandAll Intellect Mazthoril Honor Shield25 × 
146Two-handed AxeTwo HandAll Strength The Blade of Harbingers100 × 
146One-handed MaceOne HandAll Intellect Gavel of Naaru Blessings35 × 
115One-handed SwordOne HandAll Strength Sword of Unyielding Force35 × 
146StaffTwo HandAll Agility Staff of the Forest Lord100 × 
141StaffTwo HandAll Intellect Staff of the Soul-Eater100 × 
146Fist WeaponOne HandAll Agility Vanir's Fist of Brutality35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Agility The Mutilator35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Intellect Scryer's Blade of Focus35 × 
146CrossbowRangedAll Agility Crossbow of Relentless Strikes100 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
65Junk Barrel of Fish25 × 
1Junk Crate of Meat25 × 
70Junk Bag of Fishing Treasures150 × 
70Junk Mark of the Ashtongue1250 × 
1Holiday Timeless Mirror500 × 


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Developer Communication
But you only need one person to go too far one time in a physical or material way. There is a value to risk proposition here to consider. (holinka)
what you do. It was Ghostcrawler, now you, and will be the one after. This is what they do.
You can make games without having a public presence. I will never stop making games, but perhaps I don't need to be public. (holinka)
The ugly truth is that bad people exist on the internet and if you choose to have a public presence, they will find you. Words are wind. (holinka)

Classes
Blizz sees rogues as criminals like Defias. Players think rogues are league of assassins.
No one is wrong here. The WoW "rogue" encompasses elite assassin, sneaky pickpocket, waylaying bandit, and more. (WatcherDev)

PvP
how long would you personally wait as a non-healer in a solo queue? (iamvhell)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Just curious, have you found many statistical correlations between time to obtain rewards and player engagement?
I don't know that I have data on it but I believe there is one. (OccupyGStreet)
Too long is frustrating. Too shot and you run out of rewards or devalue them. (OccupyGStreet)

I saw you respond to a very hostile question. I respect how you never shy away from those people but is it really worth it?
I think it deflates their anger a bit when you don't reciprocate with hostility. (OccupyGStreet)
I've had several people follow-up and say "Okay sorry that was out of line, but can we discuss the issue?" (OccupyGStreet)

But you do come across as arrogant, and arent transparent. Nice to see one of your tips is to run when its getting hot.
You can have one very in depth conversation with one player. I've certainly done that. Hard on the other players though. (OccupyGStreet)
On WoW, I could go back and forth on 3-4 threads for literally 5 hours. Which would be fine if that was my entire job. (OccupyGStreet)



Final Boss #93 - Ranged Casters
Final Boss talked to Ranged Casters this week.


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