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by Published on 2017-01-19 09:22 PM

Patch 7.2 PTR - Coming Today!
The Patch 7.2 PTR is on the way! Patch 7.2 has several major features:

  • The Tomb of Sargeras raid, with Kil'jaeden as the final boss
  • Legion Assault world events
  • Flying and Class Mounts from the continued Order Hall Campaign
  • New Dungeon - Cathedral of Eternal Night
  • PvP Brawls
  • New Artifact Traits and models
  • New Factions, World Quests, and more!


Patch 7.2 - Tomb of Sargeras
  • Return to The Tomb of Sargeras, this time it might end differently.
  • Continues the Order Hall Campaign.
  • New Faction.
  • New World Quests, including class world quests.
  • Making our way to the tomb requires claiming a foothold and fortifying it. Build a base and plan the assault similar to Isle of Quel'danas. Players will be able to choose which buildings to build, allowing them to earn different rewards and change the story. Unlock world quests, rewards, vendors, world bosses. Not a linear progression this time.
  • Legion Assaults - Inspired by pre-expansion event. Defend against Legion invasions in the Broken Isles.
  • When a zone is under attack, world quests in that zone are disabled, the skybox turns dark, and the Legion appears in the skies. You will complete a variety of world quests to clear the Legion out of the zone. These count towards your Emissary quests. Once you clear out enough of the Legion forces, you can go after the commander.
  • Once you finish the assault on the ground, you can join a three player scenario (role-agnostic) taking the fight to the Legion ships in the skies.
  • Different invasion content for each zone.
  • Flying returns! - The second part of the Pathfinder achievement is added, no raid or dungeon content required, just outdoor world gameplay.
  • Flying will be unlocked account-wide!
  • Each class will have their own epic class mount in the patch. These are rewarded by your Class Order campaign.
  • After the Nighthold comes the Tomb of Sargeras. Nine boss raid.
    • The Tomb of Sargeras was the Temple of Elune. Venture into underground caverns where allies of Queen Azshara await us.
    • Another part of the Tomb has been sealed since the time of the Sundering.
    • Infernal / Pit Lord type boss will come through a wall and block your path at the start of the raid.
    • A melee variant of the Jailer is the second boss.
    • Naga Brute and Sea Witch are up next.
    • Fallen Avatar of Sargeras is another boss.
    • Kil'jaeden himself awaits us as the final boss.
  • New Dungeon - Cathedral of Eternal Night, 4 boss dungeon, normal, heroic, and mythic+ difficulty, use the Aegis of Aggramar to open the way.
  • PvP Brawls
    • Inspired by brawls in other Blizzard games. A week long event that varies gameplay and lets you experience PvP in a new way.
    • Brawls will be fun and allow the team to experiment with different modes of PvP gameplay. If they are well received they could be added into the regular game.
    • Southshore vs Tarren Mill, Warsong Gulch (cap the flag without requiring your own flag), Packed House (15v15 arena), Winter Arathi Basin (Low visibility due to weather, water frozen), Eye of the Horn (Eye of the Storm with everyone on Ram mounts)
  • Further empower your Artifact, new traits, including a gold border one, three points with utility. Also allows you to put another point into all of your three point traits. 15 new points to be added. More Artifact Knowledge coming.
  • New types of Relics are coming, modifying two traits!
  • Patch 7.2 continues your Artifact Quest Line, allowing you to unlock the previously mentioned new traits.
  • You will also be able to unlock another Artifact Appearance. This one will recognize solo player skill, mastery of your spec. Inspirited by Anathema and Benediction or the Warlock Green Fire quest.
  • Guardian druids get a werewolf-bear style skin!
  • Warriors are finally getting their flail weapon appearance.
  • Patch 7.2 will retune Heroic and Mythic+ dungeons, both difficulty and rewards.
  • Karazhan will be broken into Upper and Lower sections, queueable random heroics, Mythic+ as well.
  • Court of Stars and The Arcway will also become queueable.
  • New Keystone affixes are coming.


New Class Mounts



New Artifact Appearances



BlizzCon Slides



Official Patch 7.2 BlizzCon Recap
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Delivering New Content
One of the key goals for Legion is to make sure we’re delivering a steady stream of content throughout the expansion. We want to make sure there’s always something to look forward to. We also want to take better advantage of the very nature of MMOs by providing a living, breathing world, with things changing day-to-day or week-to-week, and offering a wide variety of content and new rewards.

To accomplish this, we’re building our patch structure in Legion to deliver content updates of varying sizes. You’ll see everything from a small patch like 6.2.3, which added Cataclysm Timewalking and other features, to larger update like Patch 6.2: Fury of Hellfire, or something in-between like Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan—there’s no one size fits all approach.

Patch 7.2: The Tomb of Sargeras
If patch 7.1.5 is a small patch, what exactly is a “big” patch? In this case, it’s Patch 7.2: The Tomb of Sargeras. This patch introduces larger pieces of content which include a new raid, the continuation of the Class Order Campaign, and much more.
Return to the Broken Shore

The demonic forces of the Burning Legion have built massive structures on the Broken Shore as a base of operations for their assault on Azeroth. It’s here that the Horde and the Alliance experienced a series of tragedies at the hands of the Legion. Now that they’ve regrouped, acquired their new weapons of power, and recruited new allies, it’s time to make a triumphant return.

Where factions failed, the Class Orders will succeed. Each class will continue their Class Order Campaign on the Broken Shore, and a new faction will be introduced: the Armies of Legionfall. Players will take part in helping build the Legionfall base to establish the initial foothold on the island, then work their way through the Legion’s defenses and eventually reach the stronghold.

To do this, the Class Orders will need to work together build up their forces by fortifying ancient elven buildings and upgrading them into one of three buildings—Nether Disruptor, Command Center, or Mage Tower—which will provide additional benefits.

Players will also discover new World Quests on the Broken Shore—along with other new challenges.

Legion Assaults
Remember the Legion invasions across Azeroth prior to the expansion’s launch? As the fight against the Legion intensifies, new assaults will be unleashed within the various zones of the Broken Isles, and heroes will be implored to thwart them once again. As the assaults intensify, the battle will culminate in a new three-player scenario that takes the fight to the Legion ships above.

Flying!
If you haven’t been working your way through Broken Isles Pathfinder Part One, make sure you’re well on your way before the introduction of Part Two. Once players have earned this achievement, they’ll be rewarded with Broken Isles Flying account-wide.

What’s even better than flying over the Broken Isles? Flying over them on your own new epic class mount! By completing the Broken Shore campaign and maxing out your Legionfall reputation, you’ll be rewarded a mount that’s unique to your class as a symbol of your dedication to defeating the Legion.

New Raid Zone: Tomb of Sargeras
On the opposite end of the Broken Shore, the Tomb of Sargeras lies in wait. Formerly the Temple of Elune, this raid dungeon will contain nine new bosses to conquer. After gaining the fifth Pillar of Creation—the Eye of Aman’Thul—from within the Nighthold, you’ll descend into the depths of the tomb and use the pillars to seal the portal through which the Legion entered Azeroth.

New Dungeon: Cathedral of Eternal Night
It’s been some time since we’ve added a new dungeon in a patch, so we thought it was about time. Patch 7.2 also features a new four-boss dungeon: Cathedral of Eternal Night. While the raid descends into the tomb, the dungeon ascends into the upper reaches of the spire. You’ll use the Aegis of Aggramar to open the rest of the tomb.

PvP Brawls
Inspired by other Blizzard games’ Brawl modes, Battleground Brawls will alter the typical rulesets in Battlegrounds. A new Brawl will be available weekly, which will add variety to the gameplay and give players some fun new activities to check out. Here are a few examples:

  • Southshore vs. Tarren Mill – Dive into this classic large-scale game of team deathmatch.
  • Instant-Cap Warsong Gulch – You don’t need to protect your own flag. Just grab and go!
  • Packed House: 15 v 15 Arena – Who needs elbow room?
  • Gravity Lapse – Defy the law of gravity in this brawl.
  • Winter Arathi Basin – Low visibility and iced over waterways await you.
  • Eye of the Horn – Mounted ram fights are the new PvP.

Artifact Updates
Artifact weapons are one of the major features of the expansion, with many players increasing their Artifact Knowledge, unlocking new traits, and customizing the looks of their weapons to suit their characters. As a part of Patch 7.2, we’re making a few new system updates to go along with all that.

The first of these updates is the addition of new Artifact traits that can be earned and unlocked via a new Artifact campaign, which you can embark on once you’ve maxed out your Artifact weapon. There will be at least three new traits per weapon, and you can unlock the ability to spend a fourth point on every existing minor trait on your weapon. There will be approximately 15 new traits for players to earn and spend to upgrade and customize their character.

There will also be new Artifact Knowledge levels to make sure there are adequate catch-up mechanics for those who switch between characters, have alts, or are just coming into the expansion a bit late.

For additional variety and customization, we’re adding new relics that modify two Artifact traits instead of just one, so that players can further guide the direction they want their character to progress.

Beyond unlocking new traits, the new Artifact campaign will provide an opportunity for players to show mastery of their class with a solo skill challenge, which will unlock a new appearance for their chosen spec weapon. These appearances have been inspired by previous class questlines that led to weapons like Anathema/Benediction, and Rhok’delar. No grouping required—or allowed—and completing the challenge will reward a truly distinctive appearance.

Dungeon Updates
Even as we’re adding new dungeons, we’re also working to keep dungeons relevant through the entirety of the expansion.

Karazhan offers an opportunity for Mythic Keystones, but at nine bosses, it’s a bit large to fit within the Keystone structure. To address this, we’re splitting the dungeon into Upper and Lower Karazhan. There will be two separate four-boss sections that will fit into the system alongside existing dungeons and the new Cathedral of Eternal Night dungeon. This will bring the total of Mythic Keystone dungeons to 12.

To make sure all Mythic Keystone dungeons are kept relevant, we’ll also bump up the baseline difficulty, along with increasing the item rewards. To go along with this, we’ll also be experimenting with some new affixes on Keystones.

Players will get to see Patch 7.2: The Tomb of Sargeras on the PTR some time after the launch of Patch 7.1.5.
by Published on 2017-01-19 06:55 PM

Patch 7.2 PTR - The Patch 7.2 PTR is coming today!

World Boss - Ana-Mouz, January 18 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Tweets, UnderWatched

Mythic Keystone Reward Increases
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the opening of the Nighthold on Normal and Heroic difficulties, the maximum item level for Warforged or Titanforged items is now 925. Any item that could previously drop at or above item level 895 can now reach a maximum of 925.

Next week, when Mythic Nighthold releases, we’ll be increasing the cap on Mythic Keystone dungeon rewards from 12 to 15 (at 5 item levels per difficulty level). If you’re able to complete a Level 15 Keystone run this week, you’ll have a Mythic 15 reward waiting for you in your Order Hall cache next week.

Curious Coin Drop Rate Increased
You can spend Curious Coin at Xur'ios in Dalaran. Keep in mind that the non recipe items are randomly rotated daily.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I'll pull this one out of stealth, the drop-rate of Curious Coins was indeed increased with 7.1.5.


Level Type Name Cost
110Junk Mote of Light50 × 
40Mount Arcadian War Turtle150 × 
110Leatherworking Pattern Recipe: Leather Love Seat1 × 
110Engineering Schematic Schematic: Mecha-Bond Imprint Matrix1 × 
110Blacksmithing Plans Recipe: Flamespike1 × 
110Enchanting Formula Formula: Soul Fibril1 × 
110Inscription Technique Technique: Straszan Mark1 × 
110Shoulder Boon of the Nether50 × 
1Other Ingram's Puzzle50 × 
110Other Gjallar's "Horn"50 × 
110Other Krota's Shield50 × 


Class Balance Question
Celestalon asked a fun question on Twitter about class balance.
Originally Posted by Celestalon (Blue Tracker)
Interesting game balance design question that we commonly deal with, but I'd love to hear you all's thoughts on:

Suppose you're in the following situation: Class X has 3 specs, A, B, and C. With equal gearlevel/skill, they average 100, 80, 70 dps.

However, since A wins in theory, the more skilled/geared players prefer A. This results in numbers looking more like 100, 70, 50 on average.

You want to better balance the specs of this class. How much do you buff/nerf each spec?

(Assume the specs have their niches, but these numbers are across a whole raid tier on average. Most other classes are at 100.)
by Published on 2017-01-19 03:26 AM

Spellbook Duel is This Week's Brawl!

World Boss - Ana-Mouz
An extra world boss is up for the next few days! Be sure to kill Ana-Mouz in Suramar for chance at item level 860 items and a Fel Relic.



Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - January 18
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Brawler's Guild
  • Players that queue with a challenge card should reliably fight the creature on their challenge card after losing a rumble.
  • Carl's lava waves should no longer damage players outside of the Brawler's Guild arena.
  • During the G.G. Engineering challenge, the Shielded damage reduction buff is now immediately removed from Max Megablast or Bo Bobble when the active Shield Generator they are standing near is destroyed.
  • The Brawler's Potion of Prolonged Power should now share a cooldown with other potions that increase damage.
  • Strange Thing's uninterruptible casts should not be interruptible by any means.
  • Strange Thing’s debuffs can no longer be dispelled by players.

Classes

Class Halls
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some players from queueing Artifact Knowledge Research Work Orders.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Fixed a bug where Mists of Pandaria dungeon items were dropping with an incorrect level requirement.

Items
  • (Frost Mage) Zann'esu Journey: should no longer sometimes increase the damage of Blizzard after the item is unequipped.
  • Convergence of Fates: now activates 70% less often for Retribution Paladins (other specs unaffected).
  • (Demonology Warlock) Feretory of Souls: can now generate a Soul Shard when the Warlock casts Demonbolt, Hand of Gul’dan, Implosion, or Shadowflame.
  • Whispers in the Dark: casting speed increase has been reduced by 15%.
  • Spontaneous Appendages: the damage done by the spontaneous appendages generated by Spontaneous Appendages has been increased by 65%.

Legion Companion App
  • Added notifications for Android.

Player versus Player
  • Stamina increased by 10% for all specs.
  • Primary stat (Strength/Agility/Intellect) decreased by 5% for all non-healing specs.
  • Damage reduced by 5% for all healing specs (Restoration Druid, Mistweaver Monk, Holy Paladin, Discipline Priest, Holy Priest, and Restoration Shaman).
  • Players can no longer interact with flags in Arathi Basin when Greater Fade is active.
  • Druid
    • Balance
      • Echoing Stars now deals 25% less damage to players.
      • Starfall now deals 25% less damage to players.

Professions
  • Archaeology
    • The "Headmaster/Headmistress" title should now be correctly rewarded when Elya Azuremoon is defeated during the Nar'thalas event.

Quests
  • Margaux will now reliably reappear where players pick up the quest "Where It's Made: Arcwine", if she despawns at any point during the quest.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Touch of a Titan
The Essences of Aman'thul can be obtained from the following sources:

  • Nighthold Raid Bosses
  • Weekly Mythic Keystone Cache
  • Emissary Bags
  • PvP Weekly Quests
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Legion PvP Season 1 Rewards
Some players did not receive their titles as expected - we are aware of this. We have a fix that will be deployed during realm restarts which should be happening within the next 24 hours. We’ve made sure that all eligible players are flagged correctly, and we expect this distribution to go smoothly.

We appreciate your patience with this, and thank you for your understanding. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Holy shit can I please stop being dumped into silvershard mines with 3 BM hunters. 3 BM hunters on any team is an instant loss.
what's your top BM Hunters In PvP complaint? (Muffinus)

Thanks for being the BM Hunter hero we needed with regards to the tier set and Hati. If I could give you a bonus I would.
Can't take credit, all of these things were done by the class team before I said anything, they are pretty on top of stuff (Muffinus)

Karazhan
i thought lfg for Karazhan was coming in 7.1.5? or is that later?
That's for Patch 7.2 (WarcraftDevs)

UnderWatched - Ep 4 Relove Relax
Another episode of UnderWatched has been released.

by Published on 2017-01-18 01:18 AM

Update: The hotfix notes were edited to add Warrior PvP hotfixes and correct the Feral Druid PvP template Agility amount.

The Nighthold Cinematic, Humongris, WotLK Timewalking, Talent Tome Cost Hotfix

Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - January 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Brawler’s Guild
  • Last season's Brawler's Guild passes have been removed from the Black Market Auction House.
  • Players who reach rank 8 in Brawler's Guild should now reliably receive the "Brawler" title.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Emerald Nightmare
    • Mythic Emerald Nightmare now allows cross-realm raid groups.
    • The Premade Group Finder now supports forming and searching for Mythic Emerald Nightmare groups.
  • Karazhan
    • Druids can now ride a Rodent of Unusual Size while shapeshifted.

Professions
  • Inscription
    • The crafting costs for Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind have been significantly reduced.
    • The Glyph of the Inquisitor's Eye will no longer disappear after the player logs out and back in.

Classes

Items

Player versus Player
  • Many of the PvP changes below are still in-testing and will be applied to the live game as soon as they are ready.
  • Death Knight
    • Frost
      • Frost Death Knight PvP template Strength reduced to 75% (was 80%).
      • Frost Death Knight PvP template Mastery reduced to 25% (was 100%), Haste has been increased to 150% (was 100%), and Critical Strike increased to 125% (was 100%)
      • Breath of Sindragosa's damage is reduced by 40% in PvP.
      • Chill Streak's damage and timing has changed to allow more counterplay from the enemy team:
        • Chill Streak now deals 3% of the target's health in damage (was 8%).
        • Chill Streak now bounces 9 times (was 5).
        • Chill Streak will now bounce to a target within 8 yards (was 15 yards).
        • Chill Streak now has a slightly longer delay before bouncing.

      • Frozen Center's root now breaks on damage caused by effects other than Frost Fever and Remorseless Winter.
      • Tundra Stalker's bonus Frost Strike damage on snared targets is now 15% (was 25%).

  • Demon Hunter

  • Druid
    • You can no longer stack Ferocious Wound on targets.
    • Balance Druids’ PvP template Mastery has been reduced to 25% (was 100%), Haste increased to 125% (was 100%), Versatility increased to 125% (was 100%), and Critical Strike increased to 125% (was 100%).
    • Feral Druids’ PvP template Agility has been reduced to 90% (was 100%).
    • Guardian
      • Intimidating Roar now has diminishing returns in the Disorient category (was the Incapacitate category).
      • Overrun now has diminishing returns in the Stun category.
      • Overrun's cooldown has been increased to 25 seconds.
      • Sharpened Claws now increases the damage of Swipe and Thrash by 50% (was 100%).

  • Mage
    • Arcane
      • Arcane Mages’ PvP template Master has been reduced to 25% (was 100%), Versatility increased to 100% (was 50%), and Critical Strike increased to 125% (was 100%).
      • Arcane Blast now deals normal damage in PvP situations (was an additional 5%).
      • Overpowered increases the damage of Arcane Power to 45% in PvP (was 70%).
      • Unstable Magic deals 30% additional Arcane Blast damage in PvP (was 50%). Unchanged for Fire and Frost Mages.
    • Fire
      • World in Flames now reduces the cast time of Flamestrike by 1.25 seconds (was 2 seconds).
      • World in Flames now increases the damage of Flamestrike by 20% (was 30%).
      • Flamestrike now deals 90% damage in PvP situations (was 100%).
      • Meteor now deals 70% damage in PvP (was 100%).
    • Frost
      • Damage caused by Chilled to the Bone no longer breaks crowd control effects.
      • Chilled to the Bone's damage has been increased by 250%.
      • Concentrated Coolness now increases the damage of Frozen Orb by 250%.
      • Burst of Cold now increases the damage of Cone of Cold by 800%.

  • Priest
    • Shadow
      • The damage of Vampiric Touch is reduced by 25% in PvP situations.

  • Warlock
    • Affliction
      • Curse of Shadows increases magical damage over time effects by 20% (was 30%).
      • Death's Embrace increases Corruption, Unstable Affliction, and Agony damage by 50% (was 100%).
      • Endless Affliction increases the duration of Unstable Affliction by 3 seconds (was 4).
      • Rot and Decay now only increases the duration of the Unstable Affliction with the shortest remaining duration.
    • Destruction
      • Chaos Bolt deals normal damage in PvP situations (was an additional 10% damage).
      • Focused Chaos now increases Chaos Bolt damage by 75% (was 100%).
      • Firestone now grants an additional 75% Critical Strike (was 100%).
  • Warrior
    • Disarm's duration has been reduced to 6 seconds, down from 8.
    • Arms
      • Sharpen Blade reduces healing taken by 50%, down from 70%.
      • Fixed an issue where the damage reduction of Duel was not applying to targets correctly.
    • Fury
      • Death Wish now stacks up to 10 times, down from 15
    • Protection
      • Protection Warriors' PvP template Strength has been reduced to 95% (was 100%).
by Published on 2017-01-17 10:36 PM

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The Nighthold - Gul'dan Defeat Cinematic
Spoilers ahead! Hopefully you are prepared.



WoWProgress Updated
WoWProgress is ready to go for the progression race! Congratulations to Pretty Standard for completing Normal Nighthold.



Legion PvP Season 1 Reward Distribution
Legion PvP Season 1 rewards are finally going out today.



World Boss - Humongris
Pocket Wizard is up this week, so you can head to Val'sharah to kill Humongris for a chance at item level 860 items and a Iron Relic.



Weekly Event - Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking
Wrath of the Light King Timewalking is back this week.





Talent Tome Cost Hotfix
It is now cheaper to make Talent Tomes, just in time for tonight's raid!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

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