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by Published on 2015-04-01 05:16 AM

Incoming Heirloom Item Level Change

Kitty Mojo and Winged XBow, Demon Hunter Survival Guide

BRM Gameboard Interactions Video, Cupcake Card Back Reminder, BRM Patch Notes

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays Of The Week #23, Into the Nexus #44

Patch 6.1.2 Hotfixes - March 31
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Armor Sets
      • Tier-17 4-piece set bonus for Feral Druids should now correctly have a chance to trigger from Multistrikes.

Quests
  • Legacy
    • Striking Back (Dun Morogh): Repaired Bomber should now correctly fly over Ironforge Airfield and allow players to complete the quest.

Raids and Dungeons
  • Blackrock Foundry
    • The Blast Furnace
      • Phase 1
        • Furnace Engineers should now throw a bomb at players roughly every 6 seconds. Throw Bomb is now instant-cast, but the range is now 40 yards (down from 50 yards). These changes are intended to diminish the relative benefit of having two or more priests, compared to one or none: Mind Control allows for more controlled targeting of the Bombs, but does not speed up the phase as a whole.
        • Reduced the health of Heat Regulators.
    • Blackhand
      • Blackhand's health has been reduced by 5% on Mythic difficulty.
      • Blackhand's Massive Shattering Smash ability now deals 25% less damage on Mythic difficulty.
      • Iron Soldiers' health has been reduced by 15% on Mythic difficulty.

Collections
  • Heirlooms
    • In response to player feedback, we have increased the power of Heirloom for levels 91-100. This change is intended to help Heirlooms be more competitive relative to Draenor dungeon gear.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Mistweaver Monks that had undergone a Paid Character Boost to deal less damage than intended while in the process of unlocking skills and abilities.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause looping flight paths used for quests to not work correctly.

Diablo III - PTR Patch 2.3: Social Features
A new Diablo III update went out last night, with some familiar features.



Heroes of the Storm - Big Head Mode
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
With today’s patch we’ve introduced the next exciting chapter in the ongoing struggle for dominance of the Nexus: an entirely new game mode! So summon forth your steadfast allies, feed your favorite faerie dragon, and brace yourself for the unique challenges ahead in Big Head Mode!

What is Big Head Mode?
Variety is the spice of life in Heroes of the Storm, and we’re always looking for new ways to allow players to customize their Heroes and infuse their personalities into the denizens of the Nexus. Big Head Mode is just another step in that direction.

Have you always wanted to see chibi Illidan face off against a kawaii Lord of Terror? Now’s your chance! This unique gameplay mode is automatically enabled the moment you step foot into your favorite Battleground, and features the same dynamic 5v5 combat you’ve come to know and love!


This is the pulse-pounding mode you’ve always wanted to play, but were afraid to ask for.

Until now…

Feature Highlights:

  • Experience enhanced collision using Facecheck™ technology as you run headfirst into tall grass and bushes and scour for your enemies!
  • An all-new set of unique character dialogue brings to life these familiar Heroes as you’ve never heard them before.*
  • Get closer to your beloved Heroes and get a new perspective on your favorite Battlegrounds, just watch out for low-hanging branches!
  • Be wary fighting against opponents who specialize in headshots. Just because your character has more innate charisma now doesn’t mean that Nova will show you any mercy!
  • Bonus features: Many models have received HD upgrades to their heads and hair, adding increased size and fidelity to their brazen beards, majestic antlers, stunning mandibles, and more.

Don’t delay! You can log into Heroes of the Storm now and explore this new game mode firsthand. Please be aware that it will only activate once you have loaded in on one of the many diverse Battlegrounds of the Nexus!

Share your favorite screenshots you’ve taken in Big Head Mode and let us know what you think of this fun new feature in the comments below. As always, make sure to keep an eye out for future developments, including the adorable Mini-Mount Mode**!

Guild Wars 2 Adds Flying
A recent Guild Wars 2 update added flying, filters, and new music.

by Published on 2015-03-31 05:18 PM

Armory Stats - Draenor Reputations, Blue Posts, Blue Tweets, Fan Art

Incoming Heirloom Item Level Change
The heirloom item level hotfix is now live.

Level Old Ilvl New Ilvl
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94547560
95556570
96564580
97573590
98582595
99591600
100600605

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've received feedback from some of you regarding Heirloom item scaling from levels 91 to 100, particularly in comparison to items available from dungeons. After some discussion, we agree that Heirlooms need to be made more competitive with dungeon items. So, we’ve just applied a hotfix that will increase the item levels of Heirlooms from levels 91 to 100 (live once scheduled maintenance completes). You may still find the occasional item that has slightly higher stats, but the frequency of that happening should be much lower.

Thank you for the feedback!
by Published on 2015-03-31 06:26 AM

Pylon Manipulation in 2.2, John Yang on Legacy Gear, WW + Rend Testing on PTR

Blackrock Mountain Patch 8311 - Ninja Card Back, Achievements, Mobile, Never Before Seen Boss Card, Gold Cards Cards Coming Soon

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays Of The Week #23, Into the Nexus #44

Armory Stats - Draenor Reputations
Today we are taking a look at the Draenor reputation achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts.

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US Maintenance - 12:00 AM PDT to 11:00 AM PDT
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on Tuesday, March 31, at 12:00 AM PDT and we expect the service to be available again at approximately 11:00 AM PDT. During this time the game will be unavailable for play.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Bots and Hacks
We tend to not discuss what we're doing in the fight against bots for the simple reason that any shred of information that goes out has the potential to hurt our efforts. Simply put, the safer botters (and bot-makers) feel, the more likely we are to catch them. Minutes count with these sorts of things. Using made-up numbers here, but just for illustration: a new detection method that catches 50 botters could have only been 5 (or none) if the botters had any reason to believe there might be something coming.

I completely understand why that's a crappy response, but we have to use every single advantage we can get here, and that means being relatively quiet about an issue that's obviously very important -- both to the community, and to us.

As to the question of "player reporting vs Blizzard detection," that's not something we're taking an either/or response to. We're constantly working on improving our detection methods. That doesn't mean that player reports don't help.

Can you make reporting players easier? The only option right now that I know of is to report them mid arena game which isn't always possible.
We absolutely need to do better about getting this information out there, but the best method to report players you suspect are using a bot or hack -- especially if you can gather some video evidence -- is to email [email protected]. That email address is monitored constantly by the team responsible for investigating such things. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Misc
so after the last quest do Misprinted Draenic Coins have no use?
Correct. They have no use once you've completed the final quest. (WarcraftDevs)

Fan Art
puzzlehead84 has shared some fun WoW items created in the real world. Be sure to check the full gallery for more pictures and construction images.

by Published on 2015-03-30 07:46 AM

Pylon Manipulation in 2.2, John Yang on Legacy Gear, WW + Rend Testing on PTR

BRM Card Reveal Countdown, Top Decks of the Week, Viagame House Cup #2 Decklists

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays Of The Week #23, Into the Nexus #44

Five Player Blast Furnace Normal
If Challenge Modes aren't challenging enough for you, you can always try and run raids with five players! Kief and friends managed to kill Blast Furnace normal and are getting close to killing Blackhand with an item level of 695.



Armory Stats - Challenge Modes
Today we are taking a look at the Challenge Mode achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this for the end of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

The first chart looks at the overall percentage of players that have each challenge mode achievement. The second chart defines a participating player as one with the completion achievement for that challenge mode.

You can click the titles in the legend to turn off and on different data types.

Warlords of Draenor introduced challenge mode weapons for transmog, rather than the armor sets offered during Mists of Pandaria. The challenge modes also offer gear (item level 660 as of Patch 6.1.) from the daily quests, unlike the Mists of Pandaria quests.


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Poll - Challenge Modes
What is the highest level of challenge modes you have completed some of in Warlords of Draenor?


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Misc
Since heirlooms have a tab now, can it be possible to delete a character without having to delete the heirlooms too beforehand
Thank you for the feedback. We'll look into it. (WarcraftDevs)

Dark Legacy Comics #483 - I am Legend
DLC #483 has been released.

by Published on 2015-03-28 11:43 AM

Upcoming PTR Hotfixes, Patch 2.2 Gem Calculator, Prepare for Patch 2.2

Final BRM Card Reveal - Monday 10 AM PDT, Viagame House Cup #2, Deck Spotlight: Midrange Hunter

Tomb of the Spider Queen Overview, Town Hall Heroes #56, Lag/Stall Fixes

Patch 6.1.2 Hotfixes - March 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Racial Abilities
  • Night Elf
    • Shadowmeld should now correctly drop the character from combat if another party member is in combat while in an Arena, Battleground, Rated Battleground, or outdoor PvP zone.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Summoned Bosses
    • Teluur should no longer incorrectly despawn while in combat with the player after being summoned.

Quests
  • Legendary Ring Quest Line
    • An Inside Job: Fixed an issue where Garona may sometimes fail to eliminate a target.
    • Reverse Piracy: Fixed an issue where the map marker for Stolen Sha'tari Vault was not updated correctly after defeating The Iron Maidens.

Raids and Dungeons
  • Blackrock Foundry
    • The Iron Maidens
      • The Iron Maidens should no longer incorrectly trigger a Dreadnaught phase if they reach 100 Energy and 20% health at around the same time.
  • Legacy
    • Throne of Thunder
      • Durumu the Forgotten: Fixed an issue where the cones of light may incorrectly spawn high above ground during the Light Spectrum phase.

Items

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Misc
WoW was never a sandbox MMO. Its framing and "themepark" approach is a big part of why we play it instead of its competitors.
WoW does what it does well, am I'm not inclined to see it reinvented as something it's not. (craig_amai)
I am interested in seeing the market in general explore other angles though, both as a gamer and as a designer. (craig_amai)

Fan Concept - Garrisons Mobile App
Sinfonianartist shared a mockup of what garrisons could look like in the mobile app. Keep in mind this is just a fan concept and that developers have said it is very unlikely garrisons will come to the mobile app.



Hearthstone - Final Blackrock Mountain Card Reveal Monday
The final card in the Blackrock Mountain expansion 31 card set will be revealed on Monday at 10 AM PDT. The expansion release date is April 2nd.



SWTOR - Double XP Weekend
SWTOR is having a double XP weekend from Friday, March 27, 2015 11AM PDT / 6PM GMT to Monday, March 30, 2015 12AM PDT / 7AM GMT. The game went free to play in November 2012.

by Published on 2015-03-27 11:42 AM

New Sets Montage, Compreensive WD 2.2 Rundown, D3 and RoS Sale

Blackrock Mountain Releases April 2nd

Tomb of the Spider Queen Overview, Town Hall Heroes #56, Lag/Stall Fixes

Armory Stats - Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry
Today we are taking a look at the Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.1 million characters from 3.1 million accounts. We also did this for Siege of Orgrimmar during of Mists of Pandaria, which you can see here.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
Time pressure and sports (i.e. the clock ticking down). Some video games have it, some don't (e.g. WSG vs. AB). What do you think about it? (holinka)
It makes more sense in 1v1 sport like tennis. Otherwise turtling. Think football during the final 2 minutes of a game(spiking)
yeah or basketball where they pass the ball around for 20 seconds. (holinka)

It does have a timer, 15 min, which I personally think is way too short, I'd like longer games.
20 in RBGs though. (holinka)
it's also 15 in wargame tournament rules unfortunately. Slightly skews rbg tournaments
Sounds like a bug. (holinka)

Misc
Besides WoW PvP do you watch any other E-Sports?
I have enjoyed watching Smash, League, Counter-Strike and Heroes. Only scene I follow besides WoW is Heroes. (holinka)

Heroes of the Storm - Tomb of the Spider Queen
Blizzard released an overview video of the Tomb of the Spider queen map added in the latest patch.



Rift - Wardrobe Update
Rift is also getting a Wardrobe feature in Patch 3.2.

  • When any armor or weapon is added to your inventory, its appearance is automatically unlocked for you across your entire account.
  • You can create and save wardrobe sets to allow easy switching of your appearance.
  • You can use dyes to color the armor in any slot.
  • A future patch will also add Wardrobe sets you can collect, with the UI showing your progress towards collecting the full set.


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