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by Published on 2019-06-24 06:17 PM

Take to the Skies With Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
You’ve fought on the shores of Kul Tiras, explored the far corners of Zandalar, and faced the enemy at every turn. You survived the Battle of Dazar’alor, and aided Magni Bronzebeard in his critical quest to save Azeroth from her grievous wound. Soon, your journey will take you into the depths of Nazjatar and the wonders of Mechagon, where even more dangers await—but you don’t have to face them all from ground level. Once you complete the account-wide achievement Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part 2, you’ll be able to take to the skies . . . and earn a brand-new mechanical mount in the process!


To earn your wings in Battle for Azeroth, you’ll need to:

  • Reach Revered with the following factions: The Rustbolt Resistance and either the Unshackled (Horde) or Waveblade Ankoan (Alliance)
  • Earn the achievement Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part 1 (progress is account-wide)
  • Explore Nazjatar: Ashen Strand, Azsh’ari Terrace, Coral Forest, Deepcoil Tunnels, Dragon’s Teeth Basin, The Drowned Market, Elun’alor Temple, The Empress’s Approach, Gate of the Queen, The Hanging Reef, Kal’methi, Shirakess Repository, Spears of Azshara, Zanj’ir Terrace, Zanj’ir Wash, Zin-Azshari
  • Explore Mechagon: Rustbolt, Sparkweaver Point, Junkwatt Depot, The Heaps, Scrapbone Den, Western Spray, The Outflow, The Fleeting Forest

Completing Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part 2 will allow you to fly in Kul Tiras and Zandalar, as well as the new zones of Nazjatar and Mechagon—plus the new Wonderwing 2.0 mechanical parrot mount.

The wild blue yonder awaits!
by Published on 2019-06-21 11:24 PM

Midsummer Fire Festival Live
Midsummer Fire Festival is live once again and runs June 21st through July 5th.


Level Type Name Model Viewer
365Back Icebound Cloak
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365Back Shroud of Winter's Chill
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365Back The Frost Lord's Battle Shroud
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365Back The Frost Lord's War Cloak
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365Back Cloak of the Frigid Winds
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This year there have been some changes:



Now is also a great time to take advantage of the hour-long 10% experience buff from Ribbon Dance. Visit any Midsummer Festival tent and /dance around the poll to acquire the buff.


Essences Feedback - Healer Essences
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Some tuning tweaks that will be on PTR soon, noting here because they’ll be coming in as PTR hotfixes at this point:
  • Artifice of Time, Minor: Haste/Speed bonus increased 13%
  • Ever-Rising Tide, Minor: Int bonus increased 20%
  • Ever-Rising Tide, Major: Duration (both active duration, and bonus duration) reduced to 8 seconds
  • Life-Binder’s Invocation, Major: Cooldown reduced to 2.5 minutes
  • Vitality Conduit, All: Transfer amount increased 15%
  • Vitality Conduit, Minor: Proc rate increased 25%
  • Vitality Conduit, Minor Rank 3: Absorb value increased 38%
  • Lucid Dreams, Minor: Proc rate for mana users reduced 20%

Essences Feedback - Multiple Role Essences
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Some additional hotfix balance changes have been made for a few Essences:

Crucible of Flame
  • Minor effect rank 1 damage and healing values increased by 35%.
  • Minor effect rank 1 proc chance increased for all healer roles.

Vision of Perfection
  • Major effect proc chance reduced for Holy Paladin.

Stress Test Has Concluded -- Thank You!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Following a final flurry of sudden-but-inevitable deaths due to bosses spawned in the starting zones and an impressively huge lineup of people in Goldshire, we’ve concluded the Stress Test.

Please feel free to leave your feedback on your experiences in this stress test in our Feedback thread. We’re particularly interested in your experiences after the initial four hours of the test. Please let us know what time-frame your experiences are from when you post feedback.

Again, thank you very much for participating!

BFA Season 2 Rating Cutoffs - Updated June 21 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Here are the BFA Season 2 ratings cutoffs for the Sinister Hero and Gladiator ranks.

As always, these ratings are not final, and they will change between now and the end of Season 2. This is a snapshot of what would have been if the season ended at:

4:30 p.m. PDT Friday, June 21

Hero of the Horde: Sinister
Rating: 2356

Hero of the Alliance: Sinister
Rating: 2326

Horde Sinister Gladiator: Battle for Azeroth Season 2
Rating: 2827

Alliance Sinister Gladiator: Battle for Azeroth Season 2
Rating: 2870
by Published on 2019-06-21 06:18 PM

New World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Comic – "Mechagon"
A new comic has been released! We've updated our Warcraft Literature Chronology to include it.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
No one is immune from death—no one except the people of Mechagon. At least, that’s what the stories say. Most gnomes think Mechagon is just a far-fetched legend, but not the old, scarred explorer Kervo. After years of obsessive research, he has set off on what might be his final adventure: a daring gambit to find Mechagon and uncover the secrets of immortality before his own time runs out.

Discover the mysteries that await in “Mechagon,” written by Matt Burns and illustrated by Miki Montlló. Download and read the latest standalone Battle for Azeroth comic here.


About
Matt Burns is a senior writer on Blizzard Entertainment’s creative development team who has helped create licensed and ancillary fiction for the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch universes. His projects include co-authoring Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary and three volumes of the New York Times–bestselling illustrated history book series World of Warcraft Chronicle.

Miki Montlló is an artist born and living near Barcelona who has been working in animation (for studios including Filmax, Cartoon Saloon, and Laika), games, and comics for 12 years. His comic book series Warship Jolly Roger was published internationally (and translated into seven languages) by Dargaud and Magnetic Press. In addition to developing his own projects, he is now working on a comic adaptation by an award-winning Chinese science-fiction writer that will be published in 2021.
by Published on 2019-06-21 02:01 PM

Rise of Azshara Survival Guide & Patch Notes

Preview: Nazjatar Visitor’s Guide
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After a high-stakes chase across the seas, the Alliance and the Horde find themselves facing an ancient enemy who has long been lurking in the depths: Queen Azshara and her fearsome naga army. With their ships decimated by Azshara’s ambush, the Alliance and Horde must establish a new base of operations and join forces with new allies in the perilous realm of Nazjatar.


Before you can begin your journey to Nazjatar, you’ll need to reach level 120 and complete the quest Unlocking the World, which grants access to World Quests in Battle for Azeroth. When Rise of Azshara arrives, you’ll receive a summons from either Genn Greymane or Nathanos Blightcaller, setting in motion the events that will lead you to Nazjatar.

After Azshara’s catastrophic assault leaves your ship in ruins, you’ll wake up among the wreckage to an unfathomable sight: a massive hole in the sea where previously there was only ocean. Your first order of business will be to search for survivors—but Azshara’s army is still on the hunt, and before long you’ll need to traverse impossible cliffs and waterfalls in search of a safe haven. With the help of newfound allies known as the Unshackled, the Horde will find refuge in Newhome in the southern portion of Nazjatar, while the Alliance will join forces with the Waveblade Ankoan in Mezzamere just to the northwest.

Once you’ve established your base of operations, you’ll need to progress through the zone’s story line before you can engage in the wider array events and activites across Nazjatar. Shortly after Horde players reach the quest Down Into Nazjatar and Alliance players reach the quest A Brief Respite, you’ll unlock access to a vast amount of content throughout the zone—and Nazjatar is yours to explore.


Nazjatar is a dangerous and beautiful place, filled with coral forests and unfathomable deep-sea creatures skittering through passageways and clinging to rockfaces. Secrets that have remained submerged for millennia are now exposed to the surface world, including the ancient ruins of Zin-Azshari, the once-glorious capital of the kaldorei. Further in the depths, the beautiful and terrible city of the naga—and the palace of the Queen of Tides herself—awaits.


Meet Your New Friends
To help navigate the perils of Nazjatar, Alliance heroes will join forces with the Waveblade Ankoan, a faction of deep-sea warriors skilled in surviving the dangers of the ocean. Meanwhile, Horde heroes will find worthy allies in the Unshackled, a disparate group of makura, sea giants, and gilgoblins who have banded together to seize their freedom from enslavement by the naga.

As you provide aid to your new allies and prove your worth, your new friends will return the favor by offering the services of their most seasoned warriors and hunters. These special combat allies will journey alongside you as you face the hazards of Nazjatar, growing in power as you complete their special quests—and ultimately unlocking new abilities and rewards.

Earning reputation with the Waveblade Ankoan or the Unshackled will provide access to new items that can be purchased from their quartermasters using gold or Prismatic Manapearls. For example, Alliance players will be able to tame and ride the mighty Ankoan Waveray when reaching Exalted with their allies. You’ll be able to earn reputation and additional rewards by completing World Quests, taking part in daily activities, hunting rare and powerful creatures, and more as you explore the expanse of Nazjatar.

Did You Know? Just a Little Boost
Nazjatar is a dangerous area filled with strange and incredibly powerful creatures, but you can gain an edge by taking advantage of the many combat bonuses the zone has to offer. Some can simply be found on the ground, like the Poisonous Spiral Leaf, which increases your damage for a short duration. Others can be found by looting creatures during your adventure, or defeating powerful foes. Explore and find what’s waiting to be discovered!


New Bethic Gear
As you explore Nazjatar, you’ll collect Prismatic Manapearls, a new kind of soulbound currency you can spend to purchase Benthic tokens and upgrades. These bind-to-account tokens grant a piece of upgradable Benthic gear specific to your armor type (cloth, leather, mail, plate), starting at item level 385. With enough time and effort, players can dedicate their hard-earned Manapearls to upgrade pieces to ilvl 425, just shy of Heroic-level raid gear (ilvl 430). Learn more about Benthic Gear in our earlier preview.


New PvE Events
Summons from the Depths
While in Nazjatar, Queen Azshara will periodically rally her naga forces to summon forth a powerful creature from the depths for a zone-wide event. Each such event will occur in two phases: The first phase will require you to clear out some of Queen Azshara’s elite naga forces within a limited amount of time, while the second phase will require players to work together to defeat the monstrosity the naga have called. Keep an eye out for a skull-shaped icon on your map indicating that one of these events is underway.

Azshara's Elite Commanders
From time to time, players will be called upon to face five of Azshara’s elite commanders, who will appear in various locations throughout Nazjatar (available only when War Mode is off). Defeating any of these five formidable foes will provide you with Prismatic Manapearls—and the more you take down, the more Manapearls you’ll have to spend at your favorite vendor.



New PvP Event: Battle for Nazjatar
Players who have War Mode enabled in Nazjatar will be able to take part in a new PvP event to earn rewards and achievements. During the Battle for Nazjatar event, the Horde and the Alliance will need to coordinate their forces to capture and hold five points across the zone: Ala’thir Spire, Lemor’athra Spire, Thoras’tal Spire, Tidal Conflux, and Zin-Azshari.

Once towers are captured, the Horde and Alliance will begin to accumulate points for each tower under their control. The first faction to reach 10,000 points, or whoever has the most points at the end of 45 minutes, will claim victory.

If you’ve defeated at least one enemy player during the event, the first win of the day will reward 200 Conquest and 10 Nazjatar Battle Commendations, while the losing faction will still receive a small amount of Conquest and Nazjatar Battle Commendations, which can be exchanged for rewards including the imposing Inkscale Deepseeker mount.


New World Bosses
While exploring this dangerous new territory, keep your eyes out for two new World Bosses: Ulmath, the Soulbinder and Wekemara.

Ulmath, the Soulbinder: Ulmath, the Soulbinder, seeks to enthrall the restless spirits of Nazjatar. If left unchecked it will amass an unstoppable undead force bound to its malevolent will.

Wekemara: Summoned from the depths by an ancient naga ritual, Wekemara arises once more to wreak havok upon the surface.


New Raid Dungeon: The Eternal Palace
Your journeys in Nazjatar will ultimately lead to Queen Azshara’s seat of power in The Eternal Palace, a new raid featuring 8 new bosses, including the Queen of Tides’ most devoted champions. Learn more about this new raid and its release schedule in our preview.

In Nazjatar, you’ll experience the next chapter in the ongoing story of Battle for Azeroth, come face-to-face with long-forgotten legends, and earn a trove of treasures, mounts, pets, achievements, and more along the way. Prepare to brave the dangers of Nazjatar when Rise of Azshara arrives on June 25!

Arena World Championship – Summer Cup #2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Summer Season of the 2019 Arena World Championship (AWC) continues on!

The world’s best PvPers in World of Warcraft will clash again this weekend, qualifying for the second LAN of the year: the AWC Summer Finals. At the Summer Finals, teams will compete for $100,000 and two qualification spots to BlizzCon. The first Cup concluded and the top 8 teams of Cup 2 have already been decided in NA & EU.

If you’re interested in catching some of the Open Bracket games, make sure to following GCDTV on twitch. GCDTV is an organization we’re partnering with to administrate and broadcast all these Arena Tournaments, they will be broadcasting the early rounds every Wednesday.

All Top 8 series will be broadcast on Twitch.tv/Warcraft on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the Summer Season. Each Top 8 broadcast day will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. CEST, live on Twitch.

These teams are not only competing for a $10,000 prize pool each week, but more importantly, AWC Points which qualify teams the Summer Finals.

Start Times
EU Top 8:
Friday: 10am PDT, 1:00pm EDT, 19:00 CEST

NA Top 8:
Saturday: 10am PDT, 1:00pm EDT, 19:00 CEST

Championship:
Sunday: 10am PDT, 1:00pm EDT, 19:00 CEST


Resources
WoW Esports Website
VoDs & Full Year Schedule
Sign up for the next Arena Cup in your region
Arena World Championship Summer Season: A Viewer’s Guide
Link to NA Cup #2 - Bracket
Link to EU Cup #2 - Bracket

Top 8 Teams




Schedule


Essences Feedback - Multiple Role Essences
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Essence of Focusing Iris Major Power is currently consuming all stacks from its minor power when it damages the target, is this intended?

This is a bug and it will be fixed. Thank you for the report.

Lament of the Highborne by Patty Mattson
The voice actor for Sylvanas Windrunner, Patty Mattson recorded her own version of "Lament of the Highborne".


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