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by Published on 2016-05-04 01:10 PM

Transmog Highlight - Celebrating The 5 Year Sword Award

Deck Spotlight: Spark's Beast Rattle Hunter, Deck Spotlight: Tempo Dragon Warrior, Unlocking Wild for New Players

New Hero Teaser - Deathwing?

New Comic on May 5th - Junkrat & Roadhog, Origins Editions Skin Unlock Clarification, Tracer Statue Returns!

Legion - Proving Grounds Requirement for Dungeons Removed
Players will no longer have to complete Silver or higher on Proving Grounds to do dungeons in Legion.



Poll - Proving Grounds
How much of Proving Grounds have you completed so far in Warlords?


Legion - Quest Parchment
A recent Legion build upgraded the quest parchment used for the Broken Shores quest to be nicer than the one used in the default quest pane.



Legion - Switching Professions
In Legion, some profession recipes are learned from quests, which would making switching back to previously known professions problematic if it weren't for these handy books that teach you recipes that you have previously learned from quests. They cost 1,000 each.

Level Type Name
1Other Forgotten Techniques of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Techniques of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Techniques of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Formulas of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Plans of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Formulas of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Schematics of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Techniques of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Designs of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Patterns of the Broken Isles
1Other Forgotten Patterns of the Broken Isles


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Holy Paladin Feedback -- Build 21570 -- 27-Apr
A few various notes on the above:
  • Tyr's Deliverance radius is reduced, but it will transfer through Beacon (either next build or the one after)
  • Tyr's Deliverance will correctly partial tick on the final tick, so there are no haste breakpoints (other than the minor benefit of a full-strength buff still appearing from the final tick).
  • It's been a while since anyone's had to seriously play around the downside of Blessing of Sacrifice, so proper tuning on it will be easier to see once tank tuning is in a more final place on alpha. The goal will be to tune it as a spell with a meaningful downside, so a shorter cooldown is the most likely buff, but we want to make sure the downside is at least reasonable.
  • If an artifact trait is increasing the damage taken from 30% to 45%, that's a bug and is probably not helping with testing.
  • Bestow Faith is buffed in the next build.
  • Light of the Martyr and Aura of Sacrifice (heal replication) will no longer have their secondary effects increased when you heal a Guardian Druid or any other player with a general healing increase on them.
  • The removal of Holy Bolt is largely offset by baseline buffs to Holy Shock in the next build.
  • I corrected the Rule of Law post later in that thread
  • it currently does affect Light of Dawn even though this is not 100% explicit from the tooltip. That's intended for now.

We'll try giving Light of Dawn some hidden added targeting area around you (something like a small circle in addition to the cone), so that it hits everyone if you're in a clump, without worrying about who's precisely in front of you or behind you. Not enough to have to add visuals for it, just enough to feel like it's some overly generous targeting around the origin end of the cone. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Atonement Bug in Zones w/Legion Scaling Tech
Just to catch up, since there have been various discussions and updates on the Disc class threads but not here:

The bugs related to Legion scaling have been fixed as far as we know (and your data seems to bear that out, including in the case of Mindbenders). There is a clarity issue whereby damage increases, unless they've been specifically allowed, intentionally don't increase Atonement healing--and this makes the Atonement healing percentage appear smaller. That's what you're seeing here with the passive damage increase on the artifact (which does start at a small nonzero value even before traits are unlocked). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
I've noticed that DK Class Hall hasn't been updated asset-wise to reflect same quality of other Halls. Any plans?
We’re not giving it a complete overhaul, but are working to spruce it up a bit where we can. (WarcraftDevs)

Pets and Pet Battles
Even though I hate the change to Howl Bomb, it was SORELY needed and it will be much better for Pet Battle teams. Although one will over write the other on debuffs?
One ability slot is now heal/dive while the other is geyser/whirlpool. Previously you could have both Geyser and Wpool. (Muffinus)

Brawler's Guild
Whats the status of the brawlers arena in Legion?
The Brawler’s Guilds are going on hiatus. They said something about “preparing for the next big thing”. (WarcraftDevs)

Warcraft Movie Prequel Book Released
The Official Movie Prequel book was released yesterday. It was written by Christie Golden and covers events leading up to the movie:

In the world of Draenor, the strong and fiercely independent Frostwolf Clan are faced with increasingly harsh winters and thinning herds. When Gul’dan, a mysterious outsider, arrives in Frostfire Ridge offering word of new hunting lands, Durotan, the Clan’s chieftain, must make an impossible decision: abandon the territory, pride and traditions of his people, or lead them into the unknown.



Final Boss - Windwalker Monk Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with a second round of spec previews.

by Published on 2016-05-03 08:14 AM

Quin's Season 6 Build Guides

Deck Spotlight: Spark's Beast Rattle Hunter, Deck Spotlight: Tempo Dragon Warrior, Unlocking Wild for New Players

Balance Update - Tracer Changes on May 4th, Weekly Sales & Rotation, Monday Melee #28

Overwatch Open Beta Begins! That is, if you have Pre-ordered

Warcraft Movie - Lothar Character Video
Legendary released a Lothar focused movie clip that has a few new scenes.





Warcraft Movie - Durotan Character Video
There was also a Durotan focused video!



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Mobs Level Scaling
This is actually intended; we've done some work behind the scenes to make it so mobs don't instantly level and get harder when you ding. The idea being that when you ding from 104 to 105, you haven't had a chance to get 105 gear yet, so you're wearing 104 gear and now creatures have more health and do more damage.

That's very wise. Addresses that concern quite well. how much does it lag behind though? If you gain 2 levels in a short period of time will mobs linger 2 levels behind or will the difference never exceed 1?
I believe it's somewhere around 50% - and then it'll trigger when you complete a quest, hit a loading screen, or log out. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Artifact Relics in PvP
We are considering disabling relics in PvP instances (battlegrounds, skirmishes, arenas, and rated battlegrounds) due to way gear is handled in PvP in Legion. Item level will not have as much impact in PvP which throws off the balance of relic itemization. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Re WoW/RPGs, do you think race/class limits provide better lore than any conceivable combo and justifying lore to go w/ it?
If I understand the question, I always felt held hostage to making races essentially cosmetic. (OccupyGStreet)
That includes concerns for power (racial bonuses), player agency (I want to be a gnome paladin), or lore. (OccupyGStreet)



Overwatch - Reinhardt Comic
An Overwatch comic featuring Reinhardt has been released.



Overwatch Cinematic Teaser
Overwatch Beta is live once again if you have pre-ordered and later this week for everyone else. Overpwn has all of the details.



Final Boss - Mistweaver Monk Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with a second round of spec previews.

by Published on 2016-05-02 02:24 PM

Legion - Artifact Trait and Respec Costs, Kirin Tor Ring, Tweets, Blood DK Preview

Warcraft Movie Rewards
Mamytwink noticed that Kinepolis has rewards for seeing the Warcraft movie listed on their site.

Keep in mind that this doesn't mean every country and cinema will have these rewards and that no official announcement has been made.

  • World of Warcraft and all of the expansions including Warlords of Draenor and a free month of gameplay
  • The four film inspired transmog items
  • The code for these rewards will be emailed by May 27

by Published on 2016-05-02 07:26 AM

Update (11:15 AM EST): The Artifact Calculator has been updated to include total and per rank costs!

Battle.Net Mount and Pet Giveaway

Desolacer's Starter Builds for S6, Tips to Farming Cosmic & Falcon Wings

Popular Decks of the Week, Sigma's Top 10 Old Gods Standard Card Analysis, Old Gods New Tricks, The Angry Chicken #148

Blue Post Round-Up, Heroes WTF Moments #48

Exploring Overwatch - Easter Eggs, AngryJoe's Overwatch Lambo Adventure in 360

Legion - Artifact Respec Cost
In Legion, you can go back and change the tree you are filling out for your Artifact weapon if you change your mind. While you eventually may be able to fill out the entire tree, doing so will take some time.

The current cost to respec your artifact is however much the next trait or rank would cost you. If your next trait costs 525 Artifact Power, you will need to earn 525 Artifact Power to unlearn and regain the Artifact Power you previously spent.



Legion - Artifact Trait Costs
In Legion, each artifact has a tree of traits you can unlock with multiple ranks per trait for some of the traits. The chart below shows the Artifact Power cost for each rank. Keep in mind that this isn't finalized and values could be placeholders.

The Artifact power cost increases per total ranks you have purchased. For example, if you fill out 3 Artifact powers with a total of 3 ranks each, the next rank or trait will cost you 525 Artifact Power. The same applies if you just filled out 9 Artifact powers with 1 rank each.

Right now the second through 11th ranks have an increase in cost of 25 Artifact Power per rank, but after that it becomes exponentially more expensive.

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Legion - Empowered Ring of the Kirin Tor
The Kirin Tor rings may be returning in Legion! Sminx Glasseye sells the Empowered Ring of the Kirin Tor for 50,000. The vendor currently belongs to the old Kirin Tor faction, so it is possible there will be reputation discounts.

Currently the ring has Intellect, unlike all of the other Legion rings and neck items. It is possible that this is just an oversight and the final ring will have Stamina instead.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Has anyone heard of an official announcement, that gnome hunters will be playable in Legion pre-patch? Google was giving me no answers.
Yep! (Muffinus)

Art
Draenei male's weapons are not scaling properly in Legion alpha. Id post an ingame screenshot, but...
We're on it. Should look better in a coming build. (WarcraftDevs)

World Quests
Re;World Quests. Are there a cap on how many world quests can be up in a zone at any given time in Legion?
If yes, does that mean a profession quest could potentially bump out a non-professional quest?

Prof. quests are deemed lower priority, if one tries to spawn in an occupied spot, it will try to spawn elsewhere (Muffinus)

PvE
mythic + dungeons will the be available at launch or delayed like raids?
Current thinking: Mythic dungeons available right away; scaling keystone system unlocks alongside raiding. (WarcraftDevs)

Will Mythic Dungeons and the scaling have matchmaking or must you put groups together yourself?
Just as on live today, players must form groups for Legion Mythics. The Premade Group Finder is great for this. (WarcraftDevs)

Lore
Hello sir. Do you know if Sargeras is technically dead? I believe he is, since his spirit was attached to an avatar that was
As of now, we don't know. (Muffinus)

Reputation / Questing
Do these new tapping rules apply just to Legion content, or also to pre-Legion content?
The entire world (Muffinus)

Wait so up to 5 non grouped people can tag 1 mob and get individual exp and loot?
Yes (Muffinus)

I can't post on the forums but wht happens to the grey loot that drops? Will a random be able to steal it from you? -
Everything is personal loot, even the old world. No fighting for greys. (Muffinus)
I assume old-world doesn't have any fancy mob scaling like in Legion though? Just the open tag/personal loot feature?
Correct (Muffinus)

Why don't rares have this HP scaling mechanic anymore? Devs seem to drop it in WOD rares comp to MOP rares.
They should, if they're missing a scaling record, it's a bug (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Hey Greg, you don't work at Blizzard anymore but you surely have thoughts about Nostalrius and the whole debate?
I've been asked this a lot. I'm not going to pick a side about who is right or wrong because it's probably not that simple (OccupyGStreet)
I definitely feel for the players who lost something. (OccupyGStreet)
But I'm sure Blizzard had good reasons. Maybe they had to protect their IP, because you can lose it if you do not. IDK. (OccupyGStreet)
I think most of you know that one thing Blizzard and I do disagree on is how much you should communicate with players. (OccupyGStreet)
What is your stance if I can ask?
I try to be as transparent with players as I possibly can be. (OccupyGStreet)
Blizzard had a different philosophy, which is fine. I don't begrudge them that. (OccupyGStreet)

Since the Nostalrius thing came up, what is your stance on bringing back vanilla servers officially. Sorry if asked before.
Philosophically, if it was my game, I would think it was cool to try. But that still doesn't make it easy. (OccupyGStreet)
Technical challenges are massive. Players won't accept "We aren't going to fix bugs on some servers." It's always "Just this one?" (OccupyGStreet)



Final Boss - Blood Death Knight Spec Preview
Final Boss is back with a second round of spec previews.


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