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by Published on 2017-11-21 10:29 PM

Update (2 AM EST): Added Shadow Priest changes.

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Shadow Priest Changes 11/28/2017
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the next weekly maintenance, we'll be shifting around some of Shadow Priests' damage sources with the goal of improving their AOE damage performance in short-duration multitarget situations - namely dungeon trash packs.

The nature and lifetime of dungeon trash packs makes it hard for Shadow Priests to ramp up to their full damage potential as part of their rotation. These changes should improve that situation, with a mostly neutral effect for overall performance in longer-duration raid fights.

  • Void Eruption
    • No longer deals a separate damage event for each of your Shadow Word: Pain or Vampiric Touch on each target. Instead, deals a single damage event to all targets that have EITHER your Shadow Word: Pain or Vampiric Touch.
    • Void Eruption damage increased by 700%
  • Shadow Crash
    • Cooldown reduced to 20 sec. (down from 30 sec)
    • Insanity generation increased to 20. (up from 15)
    • Missile speed increased by 60%.
  • Mind Sear (Passive)
    • Damage increased by 50%.
  • Heart of the Void (Legendary)
    • Increases Void Eruption’s damage by 75% (down from 300%) and heals you for 25% (down from 40%) of the damage done.
    • Developers Note: This is compensation for the Void Eruption buff. The overall effect is mostly neutral.
  • Shadow Word: Pain/Vampiric Touch
    • Damage reduced by 4%.
    • Developers Note: This is compensation for the Void Eruption buff in extended fights.

Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - November 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Paragons of the Klaxxi and Siegecrafter Blackfuse are much better hosts and no longer lock their doors if you leave the raid early.

Items
  • Death Knight: Dreadwake Armor
    • Frost
    • Unholy
      • 2-piece bonus now deals 35% of direct damage (was 25%) from Death Coil over 4 seconds.

  • Demon Hunter : Felreaper Vestments
    • Havoc
      • 4-piece bonus now increases haste by 15% (was 40%) for 8 seconds.

  • Druid: Bermantle Battlegear
    • Balance
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage of Moonfire and Sunfire by 20% (was 10%) for 6 seconds.

  • Hunter : Serpentstalker Guise
    • Beast Mastery
      • 4-piece bonus now reduces the cooldown of Aspect of the Wild by 1.5 seconds (was 2.0 seconds).
    • Survival
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the critical strike damage of your next Raptor Strike by 100% (was 50%) within the next 20 seconds.

  • Mage: Runebound Regalia
    • Arcane
      • 2-piece bonus now increases your damage by 2% (was 4%) for 8 seconds per Arcane Charge spent.
      • 4-piece bonus now has a 10% chance (was 8%) to increase your haste by 15% (was 20%) for 6 seconds.
    • Fire
      • 4-piece bonus now increases your critical strike damage by 10% (was 12%) while Combustion is active.
    • Frost
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the damage of Flurry by 15% (was 25%) for each successive ice bolt.
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage of your next Ice Lance by 20% (was 25%).

  • Monk: Chi’Ji’s Battlegear
    • Brewmaster
      • 4-piece bonus now reads, “Every time you dodge an attack, the remaining cooldown of Breath of Fire is reduced by 1.0 sec.”
    • Windwalker

  • Paladin: Light’s Vanguard Battleplate
    • Retribution
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the damage of Judgment by 40% (was 60%).

  • Priest: Gilded Seraph’s Raiment
    • Shadow
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the critical strike chance of Mind Flay, Void Bolt, and Mind Blast by 0.5% (was 1%) per stack of Void Form.

  • Rogue: Regalia of the Dashing Scoundrel
    • Assassination
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the critical strike chance of Deadly Poison and Wound Poison by 60% (was 15%) for 6 seconds.
      • 4-piece bonus now has a chance to grant 2 Energy (was 4 Energy) when your Deadly Poison or Wound Poison critically strikes.
    • Outlaw
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the damage of your next Run Through by 15% (was 5%), stacking up to four times.
      • 4-piece bonus now has a 16% chance (was 12%) to grant you a random Roll the Bones effect, that is not already active, for 10 seconds.
    • Subtlety
      • 4-piece bonus now has a 3% chance (was 5%) to grant Shadow Gestures when using Gloomblade, Backstab, and Shadowstrike.

  • Shaman: Garb of Venerated Spirits
    • Enhancement
      • 2-piece bonus now has a 30% chance (was 15%) to increase the damage of your next Rockbiter by 100%.
      • 4-piece bonus now causes the target to take 15% (was 10%) increased Fire and Nature damage from your attacks for 4.50 seconds after using Rockbiter.

  • Warlock: Grim Inquisitor’s Regalia
    • Affliction
      • 4-piece bonus now increases Corruption, Siphon Life, and Agony damage by 10% for 8 seconds (was 6 seconds).
    • Destruction
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the critical strike chance of Incinerate by 40% (was 20%).

  • Warrior: Juggernaut Battlegear
    • Arms
      • 2-piece bonus now increases your critical strike damage by 7% (was 10%) after using Colossus Smash.
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage and critical strike chance of your next Whirlwind or Slam by 12% (was 15%), stacking up to three times.
    • Fury
      • 2-piece bonus now causes the target to bleed for an additional 18% (was 30%) of the direct damage dealt by Rampage, over 4 seconds.
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage of your Rampage by 25% (was 75%) for 8 seconds.

Events
  • WoW’s 13th Anniversary
    • Anniversary boss bonus rolls now reward Artifact Power instead of gold if you do not receive an item.

World of Warcraft 13th Anniversary Art Contest
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s been 13 epic years since the World of Warcraft opened its doors to millions of heroes! To commemorate the occasion, we’re asking you to bring forth your talents to capture your favorite, themes, places, or moments from World of Warcraft.

Let the very spirit of Azeroth herself inspire your creativity to create a piece of artwork using pens, pencil, paints, or your favorite art program. You could win one of the following items:

First Place: Illidan Statue, choice of one (1) Elekk plushie or one (1) Raptor Plushie, and one (1) World of Warcraft Classic Hoodie in the winner’s size.

Runner-Ups: Ten qualified entrants will be chosen to receive a choice of one (1) Elekk plushie or one (1) Raptor Plushie, and one (1) World of Warcraft Classic Hoodie in the winner’s size.

Entries can be submitted during the period of November 16 through November 30, 2017 to communitycontestsna [AT] blizzard.com. Each submission must be a high-resolution JPEG file of no more than 5MB in size to be considered for the contest. A submission must be your original work, and cannot include, in whole or part, any previously created work.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
RP Realm Rules
Sorry guys for not catching this a bit sooner but I did want to reply to this.

Since it hasn't been stated recently that I can find anywhere I just wanted to reassure you guys that the usual rules as well as the subset of rules for RP servers still applies. So if you're being harassed by players or seeing players with non RP names that are clearly ridiculous, please report them. We rely on player reports so as long as you are reporting these players our lovely Game Masters can investigate.

While I love seeing the passion and influx that Project 60 has brought on and sparked into the community, its important to be respectful of players on these RP servers who are there because it is their place to have an RP focused community (hence the subset of RP server rules and server designation)."

I want to add an additional clarification that the naming rule is really the only thing that is separate from RP to other servers, and the rules on harassment are universal regardless of server type.

The blame is not on the Project 60 community itself and most of the people running it have not endorsed any harassment and have been encouraging the opposite. I would attribute any sort of harassment/negative behavior to be an outlier and someone that would probably be doing it anyway even if it wasn't for the Project 60 influx. If you encounter this please just report it so our Game Masters can look into it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft Arena - World Champions Crowned at BlizzCon 2017!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Miss any matches? Forget the final? Wonder who won? Look no further! We have all the action from the Arena World Championship world finals at BlizzCon 2017 right here.

Want the TL;DR? Watch the Recap Video



How Champions Are Made
In the opening week, ten teams descended on Anaheim in the run-up to the finals, with two teams eliminated on day one.

Panda Global took down Rockets Eclipse with relative ease, to be met by defending world champions Method: Triforce. Panda Global were on fire, with the fever-pitch energy of the crowd fanning the flames. They beat the champions 3-1 in the semi-final to win their place in the final.

EU vs NA

Across the bracket, the top-seeded North America team—Method Synergy—faced Europe’s second seeded team, ABC. ABC’s tried and tested formula of Alec on Mage and Niksi on Rogue, seen the previous year, worked like a charm taking down NA’s #1 team 3-2.

ABC Easy As 123…4
The finals in 2017 were once again NA vs EU. The comeback kids on Panda Global looked a little shaky and struggled to hold form, testing the limits of their passionate fans’ patience and creating a tense, exciting atmosphere throughout the arena. Sensing victory, ABC took full control; beating Panda Global in a nail-biting set of games 4-0—earning them their rightful place in World of Warcraft Arena history.

Congratulations to ABC: World Champions!


For more information on all our esports events, including announcements about our upcoming tournaments, head to our dedicated esports site for all the gory details. See you soon!
by Published on 2017-11-21 08:15 PM

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Black Friday 2017: Epic Deals on Blizzard Games & More
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The holiday season is almost here—get ready to spread some epic cheer! From now through November 27, 2017, we’re offering some big savings around Black Friday on the following digital purchases for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Destiny 2—plus some Blizzard Gear Store goodies. Snag a little something for yourself, or send a gift to a friend.

Overwatch
Whether you're a soldier, scientist, adventurer, or oddity, you can jump into the fight for the future with savings of 50% on the digital versions of Overwatch and Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition for Windows PC.

Overwatch includes 26 heroes, 21 different maps, and endless fun for just $19.99 (reg. $39.99).

Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition includes all the excitement of Overwatch along with 10 Loot Boxes, five special hero skins, plus in-game goodies for Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II for $29.99 (reg. $59.99).


World of Warcraft
Explore Azeroth your way with savings on the base game and the latest expansion, Legion™!

Save 50% on World of Warcraft, which includes the base game and all expansions through Warlords of Draenor™ and lets you play up to level 100. (World of Warcraft Legion: expansion sold separately.)

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Explore the Broken Isles, play as the Demon Hunter class, and experience the latest chapter in the saga with savings of 50% on World of Warcraft: Legion. (Requires World of Warcraft, sold separately.)

Legion Standard Edition $24.99 (reg. $49.99)
Legion Digital Deluxe Edition$44.99 (reg. $69.99)


Heroes of the Storm
Starting today, find epic savings on select Heroes of the Storm bundles, Heroes, skins, and mounts, all available in-game:

Save 33% on the Legendary Bundle, which includes playable Heroes Jaina, Li-Ming, D.Va, Muradin, and Diablo, along with the Legendary skins Abyssal Dreadlord Jaina, First Ascendant Templar Li-Ming, D.Va the Destroyer, Maraudin’ Muradin and Nightmare Prime Evil Diablo. The bundle also includes the Angry Cloud mount—previously only available for purchase with shards!

Save 29% on the Skin Bundle, which comes with the Oni Genji, Skeletal Raven Sylvanas, Dark Auriel, Blackrock Garrosh, Shadow Priestess Tyrande, Dark Seraphim Tyrael, Deadwalker Warmatron Cassia, Dominion Elite Agent Nova, Ashen Hellflame Nazeebo, Black Grand Marshall Uther skins.

Select Heroes, skins, and mounts will also be available for purchase with Gems at a 50% discount, see the Heroes of the Storm blog for more detailed information on individual purchases.

The 360-day Stimpack is also on sale for a limited time! Get boosted with 360 days of +100% bonus XP and +150% bonus gold!


Destiny 2
Take to the stars with epic savings of up to 35% on digital versions of Destiny 2: Standard Edition, Destiny 2: Game + Expansion Bundle, and Destiny 2: Digital Deluxe Edition.

Destiny 2 Standard Edition – Save 35%

Destiny 2 – Game + Expansion Pass Bundle – Save 25%

Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition – Save 25%


Blizzard Gear Store
The Blizzard Gear Store has some deep discounts on Blizzard apparel, collectibles, and more. The week of Black Friday (November 20–November 26), we’re holding special Flash sales and Daily Deals on limited quantities of goodies.

We've got a few brand-new items launching November 27 for Cyber Monday, including Overwatch, Hearthstone, and WoW -themed goodies. Keep an eye out for discounted game-themed bundles for your favorite Blizzard universes, too!

Note: Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Destiny 2 offers above are available digitally through Blizzard Entertainment. Retail prices may vary.

Raid Preview - Antorus, the Burning Throne
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
At the core of Argus lies Antorus, the Burning Throne. From this seat of power, Sargeras drives his Burning Crusade to ravage the cosmos.

Within the Throne’s nigh-impenetrable depths, primordial powers are being forged into weapons of utter annihilation. Should these voices rise to serve their master, the final hour will fall upon all of creation.

The time has come for the forces of the Alliance and Horde to confront the Burning Legion within Sargeras’ seat of power. Antorus, the Burning Throne, awaits—along with the formidable dangers within.

Location: Argus
Difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, Mythic
Level: 110
Bosses: 11

Raid Unlock Schedule

November 29 — Normal and Heroic difficulties
December 6 — Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1: Light’s Breach
December 20 — Raid Finder Wing 2: Forbidden Descent
January 3 — Raid Finder Wing 3: Hope’s End
January 17 — Raid Finder Wing 4: Seat of the Pantheon

Antorus represents the center and source of the Legion’s power, and the team approached the design of the zone with several principles in mind. First off, Antorus is staggering in scale; this is not a mere terrestrial fortress or keep, but rather a sprawling complex carved into the depths of a shattered world, and while sections of the raid are traversable on foot, players will use the Vindicaar and other means of conveyance to span the great distances involved. Second, this is the culmination of a military campaign by the Army of the Light and our other major allies in this fight, and player champions represent the tip of the spear with an army at their back. As you carve a path through Antorus, a pitched battle rages all around you, and your actions help advance the cause of the Light in this battle for the fate of all worlds. And finally, we get a rare chance to delve into the Legion’s true origins—before the Fel, and before black and green corruption, there was a single mighty titan who embarked upon a crusade that would shape the fate of the universe. A glimpse of those ancient secrets awaits the bold and daring souls who venture into the innermost depths of Antorus.

Light’s Breach

Garothi Worldbreaker
Constructed deep within the core of Argus and outfitted with an arsenal to decimate worlds, this war machine has been designed for a single purpose: to bring the mortals’ invasion to its knees.


Felhounds of Sargeras
Infused with fire and shadow, F’harg and Shatug are the prized pets of Sargeras. Bred for carnage, these hounds delight in eviscerating their master’s enemies.

With the Army of Light and their allies advancing upon Antorus, the Legion prepares to unleash these vicious creatures onto the battlefield and put an end to the mortals’ invasion.


Gaze of the Legion

Antoran High Command
Long ago, in the golden age of eredar civilization, a council was formed to oversee the defense of Argus and maintain peace. But after their dark bargain was struck with Sargeras, these master tacticians used their military expertise to help orchestrate a Burning Crusade that ravaged countless worlds.

Now the full might of the Legion’s army is theirs to command, and they wield this terrible power to annihilate all who oppose the Dark Titan’s will.


Halls of the Boundless Reach

Portal Keeper Hasabel
Portal Keeper Hasabel maintains the nexus through which the Legion has unleashed its insidious armies upon countless worlds. With portals that open to myriad strategic locations throughout the Great Dark Beyond. Hasabel is capable of bringing the might of the Legion’s arsenal to bear upon any who oppose her.


Elarian Sanctuary

Eonar Lifebinder
Though she was felled by the blade of Sargeras, the Life-Binder’s essence escaped the grasp of the Dark Titan. After millennia spent hiding in isolation, Eonar’s sanctuary has been discovered by the Legion.

Should her soul fall into the enemy’s hands, Eonar’s powers of nature growth will be perverted to make the Burning Crusade unstoppable.


The Exhaust

Imonar the Soulhunter
The infamous Imonar serves as the Legion’s bloodhound, capable of tracking prey across the cosmos. With a vast array of gadgets and traps at his disposal, Imonar has yet to lose a bounty…and he certainly doesn’t intend to sully his perfect record by failing to fulfill his latest contract.


Kin’garoth
The design of every Legion war machine stems from the depraved mind of Kin’garoth. Obsessed with crafting implements of death, Kin’garoth infused his very body into the production machinery so he could more efficiently churn out a never-ending supply of destruction.

At the behest of the Legion’s dark master, Kin’garoth’s fevered brilliance has developed a new super-weapon which he plans to unleash upon the Army of Light.


The Burning Throne

The Coven of Shivarra
Having proven themselves to be the most depraved and fanatical of all his followers, Sargeras entrusted the Coven with the unholy task of twisting the minds of the fallen titans into an unstoppable Dark Pantheon.

Each sister employs her own signature brand of torture, eliciting screams which echo throughout the halls of Antorus. It is said that neither mortal nor demon can refuse their whispers, making it only a matter of time before the will of the titans is broken.


Chamber of Anguish

Varimathras
As one of the dreadlords overseeing the Legion’s forces during the Third War, Varimathras failed to stop the rebellious Lich King. He submitted to an ill-fated alliance with Sylvanas Windrunner, then made one last bid for power before facing a humiliating defeat.

In payment for his blunders, Varimathras has been tortured by the Coven of Shivarra. The vindictive sisters stripped away both flesh and sanity, leaving only a singular desire to inflict suffering upon the mortals who cost him everything.


The World Soul

Aggramar
Once the noble Avenger of the Pantheon, Aggramar was struck down by Sargeras and reborn as a titan of destruction. He now stands at the core of Argus, guarding a power that would unmake the universe.

Not even demons are permitted to tread within the titan’s halls, and any mortals bold enough to trespass will be reduced to cinders by Aggramar’s burning blade, Taeshalach.


Seat of the Pantheon

Argus the Unmaker
Bound. Broken.

Eons of existence, knowing only pain.

A shattered soul, fueling infinite evil.

The master beckons. Rise… Rise!

Begin the end of all things.


Patch 7.3 - The Life-Binder's Plea
Another little cinematic unlocked this week.

by Published on 2017-11-21 03:36 PM

Update (3 PM EST): Blizzard has added two new quests to Argus today relating to Magni (The Speaker Seeks and Visions of Another). A small cutscene involving Eonar plays during the second quest.

Shield of Fury Re-Enabled

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at November 13 - 19

Greater Invasion Boss - Occularus
Occularus is up this week, rewarding item level 930 loot!



World Boss - The Soultakers
This week the World Boss is The Soultakers! Death Knights can get the hidden appearance for their Frost Spec.






Weekly Bonus Event - Legion Dungeons
The Legion Dungeon Event is live this week!

  • You will get one extra piece of loot from the final dungeon boss on difficulties below Mythic+.
  • Pick up Emissary of War from Archmage Timear in Dalaran to earn Cache of Fel Treasures
  • This quest requires you to clear 4 Mythic(+) dungeons and rewards Heroic Tomb of Sargeras loot.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
All week, open Group Finder (default hotkey: i) and then select Dungeon Finder to queue for any Legion dungeon on Normal or Heroic difficulty. Alternately, get a group of veteran dungeoneers together and travel to one of the Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it from within the Adventure Journal.
    • Quest requirement: Complete 4 Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty.
    • Rewards: One loot box containing a piece of gear from Heroic difficulty Tomb of Sargeras.
  • Passive bonus: The final boss in each dungeon drop additional loot on all difficulties (except Mythic Keystone difficulties).

Heroes of the Storm - PTR Patch Notes
A new build is up on the Heroes of the Storm PTR. Highlights include Hanzo and performance-based matchmaking. Visit our Blizzcon 2017 Heroes of the Storm What's Next Panel Recap and Heroes of the Storm: Deep Dive Panel Recap for more information.



Overwatch - PTR Patch Notes
A new build is up on the Overwatch PTR. Highlights include the new Blizzard World map and some bug fixes. Visit our Blizzcon 2017 Overwatch - What's Next Panel Recap for more information.

by Published on 2017-11-20 06:21 PM

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at November 13 - 19

Pilgrim's Bounty
Pilgrim’s Bounty is coming up from November 20 to November 27 and with it comes a time to reflect upon one’s good fortune and share feasts with everyone around you!



New in 2017
With the introduction of the Appearance tab in 7.0, the non-transmoggable Pilgrim set can be saved and transmogged during the duration of the holiday.



The Spirit of Sharing
The main area where the festivities take place is right outside the capital cities for the Horde and Alliance and in a couple of smaller towns.

  • Players can interact with the many foods options set on these tables and will gain a buff by eating or passing each of the servings.
  • There are 5 buffs in total that you can gain that when combined together will reward the The Spirit of Sharing buff that grants 10% increase in reputation gains for one hour. This is great if you are working on Legion reputations and completing World Quests or working on other reputations for a little boost.



Cooking
Pilgrim’s Bounty is centered around cooking and there are 5 recipes to add to your cooking collection. All you need to do is buy the Bountiful Cookbook from Bountiful Barrel located at each capital city table to learn them. The recipes are used for several quests, dailies, and the Now We’re Cookin’ achievement related to the holiday.




Cosmetic Items
5 daily quests can be found around the bountiful tables at capital cities that award a piece of a non-transmoggable Pilgrim’s set or a Pilgrim's Bounty cache.



Non-Transmoggable Set

Pilgrim’s Bounty Cache


Achievements
There are 9 achievements for the Pilgrim’s Bounty holiday, 7 required for the meta achievement Pilgrim that will award you with the title the Pilgrim along with the Plump Turkey battle pet and 2 that are separate.

Do note that Pilgrim is not required to complete the What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been meta achievement for the Violet Proto-Drake.


Pilgrim Achievements

Off-Meta Achievements
  • Pilgrim’s Progress - Complete each of the Pilgrim’s Bounty dailies.
  • Pilgrim’s Peril - While wearing either a Pilgrm’s Dress, Robe, or Attire, take a seat at each enemy capital’s Bountiful Table.


Blizzard Gear Sale
The Blizzard Gear store will have some flash sales during the upcoming week!



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
So, remind me how "viable" non Warrior tanks were in Vanilla? ie: Bear Druids & Prot Paladins.
Speaking as someone who did it: Less viable than Warriors. More viable than people thought. (Celestalon)
By today's forum standards, obviously 100% nonviable and useless, so it does sort of depend on what you're asking.
I remember a video of a bear (Hugehoss) tanking Garr + all of his adds. Was quite the inspiration! (Celestalon)
partially gear dependent - some of which you couldn't acquire until BWL either
Bears in Vanilla were hiiiighly gear-dependent, and in odd ways. Scaled extreeeemely well with Bonus Armor, which was super rare. (Celestalon)
So the best gearset commonly included a lvl 43 world drop epic, shoulders from Sunken Temple, rings from a Tanaris quest and MC drop, etc. (Celestalon)

with the new raid opening on Nov.28th should we expect the difficulty of mythic + to increase or remain the same?
Consistent with NH/ToS opening, you'll see the reward ceiling go up to M15 when Mythic Antorus opens. Dungeon difficulty won't change.(WatcherDev)

Build of the Month - November 2017
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!


This month
New CPUs from Intel have been released but are proving challenging to actually find in stock. They will require a new motherboard as well. We will update our build list with the 8600K and other Coffee Lake CPUs when stock improves. If you can find an 8600K in stock, be sure to use a Z370 motherboard, as older motherboards are not compatible even though they have the same pin count.

The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$225
KeyboardLogitech G710+$90
MouseLogitech G502$45
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2717D Monitor$410
KeyboardCorsair K70$115
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$50
SpeakersLogitech Z523$74


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated November 19, 2017
$575
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply EVGA 600B$54
CPU Intel G4500$77
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270$84
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$120
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Dolphin

Updated November 19, 2017
$942
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply EVGA 600B$54
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$100
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$213
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated November 19, 2017
$1244
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$55
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$76
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$189
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$270
$440
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$80
$90
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Unicorn

Updated November 19, 2017
$1501
Case Corsair Air 540$100
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$76
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$195
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $419
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$110
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21


HeroStorm - Ep32: Ma Fury On Malfurion
Another episode of HeroStorm has been released!


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