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The Nighthold - Raid Boss Strategy Guide and Loot
by Published on 2017-01-23 11:55 PM

Upcoming Class Tuning Changes - 1/24/17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Updated the original post with a couple of additions/revisions:

  • Arcane Mage: Damage increase on most spells went from 5% to 8%
  • Fire Mage: Damage of most spells increased by 3%
  • Frost Mage: Comet Storm damage increase went from 24% to 30%, and damage of most spells increased by 4%

Upcoming Trinket Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In general, we’ve found that our tuning on trinkets which relied on a direct damage or healing effect (as opposed to their raw stats) have come up a bit short this expansion. To help address that, we’re making the following changes:

  • Claw of the Crystalline Scorpid: Damage increased by 30%.
  • Arcanogolem Digit: Damage increased by 30%.
  • Entwined Elemental Foci: The amount of Critical Strike, Mastery, and Haste granted by this item’s proc has been increased by 5%.
  • Might of Krosus: Base damage reduced by 25%, but is now always a critical strike.
    • The tooltip for Might of Krosus will display the amount of damage that will result from the critical hit, not the base damage.
    • Also fixed a bug where the cooldown was incorrectly being reduced if Might of Krosus damaged at least 3 targets.
  • Draught of Souls: The Use effect of this trinket now respects the global cooldown.
    • The damage of this trinket is now reduced by 30% for Unholy Death Knights (was reduced by 40%).
    • Designer Notes: Since Draught of Souls deals Shadow Damage, it’s increased by Unholy’s Mastery, which means we needed to reduce its base damage to keep its overall value similar to other classes. It’s currently a little too low, however, so we’re increasing the damage it deals for Unholy.
  • Icon of Rot: Damage increased by 40%.
  • Pharamere's Forbidden Grimoire: Damage increased by 85%.
  • Fury of the Burning Sky: Damage increased by 40%.
  • Star Gate: Damage increased by 30%.
  • Aluriel's Mirror: Healing-over-time amount increased by 140%. Detonation effect reduced by 35%.
    • Designer Notes: Aluriel’s Mirror’s detonation effect is strong when it activates, but hard to rely on. We’re increasing the heal-over-time effect significantly to improve the up-front value of this trinket, and reducing the detonation effect slightly to compensate.
  • Perfectly Preserved Cake: Absorb amount increased by 140%.
  • Etraeus' Celestial Map: The amount of Critical Strike, Mastery, and Haste granted by this item’s proc has been increased by 5%.

As for Convergence of Fates, we’re spending a little extra time to make sure our changes here are as comprehensive as possible, so we don’t have final numbers yet. However, we can share our overall plan for the changes we intend to make. We intend to reduce its base effectiveness (before talents) for Windwalkers, and increase its base effectiveness for Retribution Paladins and Frost and Unholy Death Knights. Separately, we plan to adjust its effectiveness individually for the following talents:

We’re planning to make these changes with the next weekly restarts, alongside the release of Mythic Nighthold. Overall, this should make the trinkets in Nighthold more competitive with other trinkets available elsewhere in the expansion.

Does this mean that the CoF changes will be there as well with the reset this week, since you said you wanted a little extra time to ensure they were as comprehensible as possible?
Yes. The exact numbers haven't been completely finalized yet, but the plan is to have that finished in time for weekly resets.

We'll look into Draught and its effect for Warriors a bit more. Worth noting that the change to have it on the GCD does mean the trinket will be a bit weaker after these hotfixes for most classes (Unholy DK being the exception, due to the damage increase).

Regarding the Unholy damage reduction for Draught, again, that's only there to counteract the fact that Unholy's Mastery increases Draught's damage. Either way, its damage is going up by ~17% with this hotfix, which is pretty substantial.

We'll also take another look at Nightblooming Frond.

How about tank trinkets ? they are completely underwhelming, my 885 mythic + trinkets have higher absorbs and stam ......
Tank trinkets are on our to-do list, but not for this round of trinket tuning. We agree that they need some help.

Patch 7.2 - Class Feedback
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Patch 7.2 Artifact Traits
Tuning on the datamined 7.2 traits is very preliminary and/or nonexistent at the moment. I don't doubt there is a point at which additional duration on Combustion could add the correct amount of DPS for an artifact trait, even if that turns out to be a higher amount than 1s due to Combustion being less bursty than it was in 7.1.

Phoenix's Warmth--we are considering changing the mechanic on this and similar artifact traits to something other than "nearest allies", so it doesn't feel like it's inducing some complicated positioning puzzle in raids that are trying to optimize DPS. That said, it will still likely feel random to an extent (in fact, it may well be "four random nearby allies"). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Patch 7.2 - Crusade
We are definitely keenly aware that people feel better when we fix a problem by buffing something, rather than fixing it by nerfing something. If you look across classes and talent rows in 7.1.5, you'll see the great majority of balance issues were addressed by buffing underperforming talents. There are a few factors that go into this decision though, and it generally has to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

One issue when balancing a lopsided talent row is whether we want the overall power of the spec to go slightly up or slightly down in the process. In the case of Retribution during our tuning adjustments for the opening of Nighthold, we intended to slightly nerf the topend performance of the spec (essentially, the performance of players stacking trinkets/relics/legendaries that all build around Crusade). I know there's no easy way to deliver that message, but hopefully it's at least worth clarifying that it's not some accident of how we chose to balance the L100 row. Players say "why couldn't we buff Divine Purpose instead of nerfing Crusade", for the very understandable reason that the former wouldn't have resulted in a slight DPS nerf. But we were conscious of the slight DPS nerf when we decided to do it this way.

Another factor is that there are sometimes limits on how powerful we want an individual talent to be, regardless of balance within the row. Divine Purpose and Crusade are both very strong talents, that have a significant impact on the rotation and playstyle of the spec (and as mentioned, on gear/talent/relic/etc. decisions), even at their current strength. Balancing Retribution L100 at an even higher point would start causing more issues--Divine Purpose would allow strings of multiple free finishers very often, Crusade would continue to represent a majority of the spec's damage within a cooldown, and Holy Wrath would have to get even more bursty to try to compete with the other two. Sometimes we have to be careful about addressing all balance problems by buffing two talents up to match the highest one, because it can lead to a lot of power creep on the importance of a single talent to an entire DPS rotation. (Official Forums)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Loaded Dice - New Outlaw Gold Trait Feedback
It should be a DPS gain even for players who are optimizing well, because you will lose fewer Combo Points to rerolling Roll the Bones (and thereby gain Run Through damage).

We will monitor the tuning as always, but it seems likely that a guaranteed triple buff would be a lot stronger than it initially appears. If you know that a particular roll is going to be a triple, then you can make sure to set up a 54 second duration on it. And given the frequency of Adrenaline Rush, that would be a very high uptime on a guaranteed triple buff. True Bearing uptime would go way up due to this, which adds many Adrenaline Rushes to the rotation on average. That positive feedback loop on Outlaw is rather powerful, and we have to watch for it when setting up this trait, but will continue to keep an eye on how it's borne out when testing begins. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Battle.Net Balance
Wasnt the ingame token thing ment to come with 7.1.5? So you could add Battle.Net balance with it instead?
No, that feature is coming at a later time. (WarcraftDevs)

Classes
As a follow up; have you guys ever found your own internal sims to be wrong?
Oh yes, absolutely. We make mistakes like anybody else in our theorycraft. We just tend to catch those mistakes... (Celestalon)
...more often, and faster, because we're comparing to live data more often, and with much larger sample sizes. (Celestalon)
by Published on 2017-01-22 10:43 PM

HDD Sale: Amazon has the 3TB Seagate BarraCuda drive on sale.

"Ben Brode on how long until Pirates walk the plank"

Patch 7.2 - Dungeon Armor Sets
Patch 7.2 adds new dungeon sets, as well as a new dungeon: Cathedral of Eternal Night.

Cloth Dungeon Sets








Leather Dungeon Sets








Mail Dungeon Sets








Plate Dungeon Sets







Patch 7.2 - Calculators Updated
Calculators on the WoWDB PTR site have been updated for Patch 7.2!




Patch 7.2 - Transmog Set Tab
Patch 7.2 adds a new tab to the appearance pane that lists item sets. Currently it isn't fully filled out, but it looks like it will include various Tier sets, allowing you to preview the set for each existing difficulty and determine which of the appearances you have collected.



Build of the Month - January 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
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$229
KeyboardLogitech G710+$82
MouseLogitech G502$60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$459
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga 2014$75
SpeakersLogitech Z523$70


Puppy and Dolphin
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Puppy

Updated January 22, 2017
$641
Case NZXT Source 210$55
Power Supply EVGA 600B$50
CPU Intel i3-7100$120
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$145
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$66
Graphics Card ASUS RX 460$105
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Dolphin

Updated January 22, 2017
$848
Case NZXT Source 210$55
Power Supply EVGA 600B$50
CPU Intel 7600K$235
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$145
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$66
Graphics Card RX 480 OR
GTX 1060 3GB
$170 / $200
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 1TB$77
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


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

Narwhal

Updated January 22, 2017
$1234
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$65
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$90
CPU Intel 7600K$235
Heatsink Scythe Mugen Max$48
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$180
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$118
Graphics Card GTX 1060$265
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$127
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$86
$98
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Unicorn

Updated January 22, 2017
$1377
Case Corsair Air 540$127
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$90
CPU Intel 7600K$235
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$86
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$180
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$117
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$265
$380
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$127
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$130
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


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The Nighthold - Nightborne Lore
Our friends over at Gamepedia took a look at some of the Nightborne lore!

Nightborne - Nighthold Lore
by Published on 2017-01-22 11:08 AM

A Brief Look Into the Hearthstone Expansion & Adventure Set Design Process

We're Closing Our Doors

Call of the Scarab
The Call of the Scarab event is now live! Head to Silithus to fight for your faction.



Lunar Festival
Lunar Festival is live! This year has a new set of toys that make up a Dragon costume. You can purchase these at Fariel Starsong in Moonglade.




Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23436 New Items
Lots of new items were added in the initial Patch 7.2 build! Check out the full list on the WoWDB PTR site.


Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
1Cloth Bolt of Shadowcloth
1Cloth Bolt of Starweave
1Leather Wisp-Touched Elderhide
1Leather Prime Wardenscale
1Metal & Stone Hammer of Forgotten Heroes
110Other Felessence Legion-Flask
910ClothShoulders Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy
Modelviewer
910LeatherFeet The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge
Modelviewer
910MailHands Vigilance Perch
Modelviewer
910PlateWaist Rethu's Incessant Courage
Modelviewer
850Holy Relic Mega Cleansed Grovewalker Core
110Companion Pets Cavern Moccasin
110Companion Pets Young Venomfang
110Companion Pets Everliving Spore
1Companion Pets Crackers
1Companion Pets Scraps
1Other Broken Shore Fishing Currency
1Other Legionfall Reward Pack
1Other The Birth of the Lich King
1Other Icecrown and the Frozen Throne
1Other Beyond the Dark Portal
110Mount Hellblazing Reins of the Chaotic Dreadsteed
110Mount Moon-Kissed Feather
110Mount Abyss Worm
40Mount Vicious War Turtle
40Mount Vicious War Turtle
110Mount Leywoven Flying Carpet
110Mount Archmage's Prismatic Disc
110Mount Gift of the Holy Keepers
110Mount Ban-lu, Grandmaster's Companion
110Mount Trust of a Fierce Wolfhawk
110Mount Trust of a Loyal Wolfhawk
110Mount Trust of a Dire Wolfhawk
110Mount Decaying Reins of the Vilebrood Vanquisher
110Mount Iron Reins of the Bloodthirsty War Wyrm
110Mount Spiked Reins of the Felbroken Shrieker
40Mount Vicious War Bear
40Mount Vicious War Bear
40Mount Vicious War Lion
110Mount Raging Tempest Totem
110Mount Bloody Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Mephitic Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Midnight Black Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Razor-Lined Reins of Dark Portent
110Mount Glowing Reins of the Golden Charger
110Mount Harsh Reins of the Vengeful Charger
110Mount Stoic Reins of the Vigilent Charger
110Mount Heraldic Reins of the Valorous Charger
40Mount Vicious War Scorpion
100Other Summon Fishing Boss 1
535None Resonant Fel


Patch 7.2 - New Order Hall Traits
Patch 7.2 adds two new tiers of Order Hall Traits. Tier 7 costs 20000 x Order Resources and Tier 8 costs 30000 x Order Resources.

You can browse all of the new traits on the WoWDB PTR site.

  • Tier 7 Column 1 - New troop type that has a random Ability and can counter either Minions, Spells or Hazards, in addition to +30% success chance.
  • Tier 7 Column 2 - Increase the number of Champions you can have active at once by 1.
  • Tier 8 Column 1 - All new Relics are able to grant a Rank increase to a second Artifact Trait.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PSA: Be Careful with your Essences
It's no different then any other daily quest. Once you get the set number of items and turn in the quest the next time you pick up the quest the overflow isn't there..it's reset.
I can see this being an issue in a few situations, specifically around Nighthold progression and going over the 50 "cap" by a moderate amount during your normal raid time.

We will send this feedback over to the developers and see what's going on.

I think it's typical for quests like this to work in this way, but in this case, when looking at how raids progress and LFR tiers and such, it seems people could end up saving 70-80 at a time without realizing it which could be devastating. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2017-01-21 07:25 AM

Call of the Scarab: This event is now live!

Tier 20 Armor Set Models

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23436 Spell Changes, Artifact Traits, Maps
There were lots of changes in this build, so we have put them into individual posts!





by Published on 2017-01-21 06:59 AM

Tier 20 Armor Sets


Tier 20 armor sets are here! They may look familiar, as many of them are inspired by the Tier 6 armor sets.

Keep in mind that this is an early preview. Sets may be unfinished, missing pieces, and missing colors.

Take a look at them in the modelviewer for the full picture, especially Mythic Druid (keep watching...) and Warlocks (use the Jump Start animation).


Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter Tier 20 Armor Set Alliance Demon Hunter Tier 20 Armor Set Gold Demon Hunter Tier 20 Armor Set Horde Demon Hunter Tier 20 Armor Set Silver






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