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by Published on 2019-10-17 12:46 PM

Patch 8.3 PTR - Discipline Priest Nerf Added
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I’ve added the following new fix to the notes in the OP:

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Discipline
    • Schism now increases damage done from Priest spells and abilities only.
      • Developers’ notes: This is intended to be consistent with other class cooldowns.

WoW Classic Free Character Moves for US and Oceania - October 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Beginning at 11:00 a.m. PDT tomorrow (Thursday, October 17), we will open the following Free Character Moves available for realms in the Americas and Oceania:

  • Arugal - Felstriker
  • Atiesh - Azuresong, Windseeker
  • Benediction - Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Bigglesworth - Anathema, Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Blaumeux - Anathema, Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Faerlina - Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Fairbanks - Anathema, Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Grobbulus - Anathema, Arcanite Reaper, Deviate Delight
  • Herod - Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Incendius - Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Kromcrush - Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Mankrik - Azuresong, Windseeker
  • Pagle - Azuresong, Windseeker
  • Skeram - Loatheb
  • Sulfuras - Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Whitemane - Anathema, Arcanite Reaper, Earthfury
  • Yojamba - Felstriker

All of the above are in addition to Free Character Moves available from all PvP realms to the Latin American and Brazilian realms.

As always, we strongly encourage you to utilize the Free Character Move service as soon as possible. Free Character Moves will be closed without warning for any destination realm that becomes full.

Thank you!

WoW Classic Free Character Moves for EU - 18th October
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Beginning at 01:00 CEST (00:00 GMT) tomorrow (Friday 18th October), we will open the following Free Character Moves for realms in this region:

  • Ashbringer - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Dragon’s Call - Heartstriker
  • Dreadmist - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Firemaw - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Flamegor - Вестник Рока (Harbinger of Doom)
  • Flamelash - Bloodfang
  • Gandling - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Gehennas - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Golemagg -
  • Lucifron - Heartstriker
  • Mograine - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Noggenfogger - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Patchwerk - Heartstriker
  • Razorgore - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Rhok’delar - Вестник Рока (Harbinger of Doom)
  • Shazzrah - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement
  • Venoxis - Heartstriker
  • Wyrmthalak - Вестник Рока (Harbinger of Doom)
  • Zandalar Tribe - Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Judgement

All of the above are in addition to Free Character Moves available from all PvP realms to the Spanish realm: Mandokir.

As always, we strongly encourage you to utilize the Free Character Move service as soon as possible. Free Character Moves will be closed without warning for any destination realm that becomes full.

Thank you!

Patch 8.3 Feedback – Auction House Revamp
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
It might be useful to have a tab for sold items so you can keep track during the hour between when an item sells and when you receive the gold for it.
To make testing easier on the PTR, the delay between the time of sale and when the proceeds are delivered is currently set to 5 minutes. During this 5 minutes, your sold auctions should appear in your Auctions tab at the top.

If this is not happening, it’s a bug. When Visions of N’Zoth is live, delivery of auction proceeds will have the usual delay of 60 minutes. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Could you please add a filter option for searching gear and weapons? I would like to be able to check a box that would filter out all armor/weapons I already own the appearance for.
We think you can do this by using a combination of the “Uncollected Only” checkbox in the filter dropdown and the Armor/Weapon categories on the left. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

When I’m posting Pets, I’d like to post 2-5 at a time, but with the new system you have to create a new listing for each.
Thank you for the feedback. We’re looking into changing this. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Just curious how you’re going to handle pets. Technically any one particular pet can be 25 different pets because it can be 25 different levels.
All versions of the same pet will be grouped in the same page. Since the auctions on that page will be mix of various levels, rarities, and stats, it’ll be up to the buyer to determine which pet they want to buy. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The search mechanism seems broken. If I select the ‘buy tab’ and search for ‘Coarse Leather’, what pops up is ‘Coarse Thread’.
We haven’t been able to reproduce this error. Can you try again and see if it still does this for you?

Also, please try an exact search with quotes (example: “coarse leather”). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Can we set a duration longer than 48 hours?
At this time, we’re continuing with the 48-hour max duration the WoW auction house has always had.

With the new search, can we wildcard a search for weapons without the “…of the tiger”? e.g. Notorious Combatant’s Intuitive Staff* would search all types of that item regardless of secondary stats.
We don’t have wildcard functionality, but you can simply search for the first few words (example: Notorious Combatant’s Intuitive Staff) and it will return all items matching that.

Is there any spellcheck in the future? So “irion ore” pops up with nothing but does suggest “iron ore”?
Not at this time, but thank you for the suggestion.

Does the Uncollected Only bring up a single item with the appearance like the CollectionShop addon groups items that Xmog into the same thing into a single listing?
The “Uncollected Only” filter will return all items that you don’t have the appearance for. As a result, you may see several items for the same appearance.

Is there a filter for learnable and usable recipes so that goblin engineers aren’t shown gnomish recipes?
There is a “Usable Only” filter that will only show you recipes you can learn.

Are battle pets sorted better? (currently, battle pet item and caged battle pet are different objects, color variety is not shown, breed might be visible but I’m using a lot of addons that tell me that).
Not at this time, but thank you for the feedback.

Can we search on attributes of an item (30 mastery) instead of item name (enchant ring - seal of mastery)?
Not at this time, but thank you for the suggestion. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Seller names sometimes doesn’t appear on an item until after refreshing it several times.
Can you tell us more about this? Which pane do you see this on? Any info to reproduce this would be helpful.

Items seem to display as lasting for almost a month rather than a few hours or a day.
Thanks! We’re aware of duration displays issues, and we’re working on that right now. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback so far!

Here are some known issues that will be fixed on upcoming PTR builds: (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Dressing Room support (CTRL click)
  • Linking to chat (Shift click)
  • Durations showing the wrong times

Cross Realm Mythic Eternal Palace Likely Available Next Reset
The Alliance Hall of Fame for Eternal Palace has been completed, which means it will be closing at the end of the week and cross-realm Mythic Eternal Palace should be available next reset!

World of Warcraft Pop-Up Book Now Available
Back in the beginning of the year, Blizzard announced a few books that would be arriving in the Fall. The pop-up book is now available!

by Published on 2019-10-16 08:19 PM

Patch 8.2.5 Hotfixes - October 16th, 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
  • Increased the chances for someone who does not have a Rank 4 Condensed Life-Force (Essence) to loot it from Queen Azshara (Mythic difficulty).

Pet Battles
  • Fixed an issue that allowed some battle pets to become invincible after being resurrected in battle by Finduin or Gillvanas.

Player versus Player
  • Fixed an issue that caused Fire Mages’ Conflagration (Talent) to interfere with PvP diminishing returns on enemy targets.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented characters that have not yet obtained their 9th weekly Conquest’s Reward from gaining the Spoils of War buff (50% bonus Conquest) during Rated Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds.


World Quests
  • Naga Incursions now award gold or war resources to players who can no longer progress their Heart of Azeroth (level 70).

WoW Classic
  • The buffs obtained from the guards in Dire Maul North after completing a tribute run will no longer stack.
Published on 2019-10-15 09:17 PM

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Patch 8.3.0 PTR - Build 32203
A little bit of an upcoming patch was pushed today with an update to Retail WoW. Some of the assets that it included are below, including a portal that looks like it may go to the Frozen Throne.



by Published on 2019-10-15 03:49 PM

WoW Classic US - Dire Maul Releases at 10:00am PDT
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Following up on our announcement from last week, Dire Maul will become available today, October 15, at 10:00am PDT.

WoW Classic EU - Dire Maul Releases at 7:00PM CEST
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Following up on our announcement from last week, Dire Maul will become available today, October 15, at 7:00PM CEST.

Patch 8.3 PTR - Raid Testing Schedule - October 17th & 18th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th, we will be continuing our raid tests in Ny’alotha, the Waking City.

Thursday, October 17th
Wrathion, the Black Emperor - Heroic Ny’alotha, the Waking City
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Maut - Heroic Ny’alotha, the Waking City
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Friday, October 18th
The Prophet Skitra - Heroic Ny’alotha, the Waking City
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Ra-den the Despoiled - Heroic Ny’alotha, the Waking City
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)
Q: What character should I use to test the raid?
A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 120 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.
Q: How long does testing last?
A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.
Published on 2019-10-12 02:13 AM

Update: Blitzchung has released a statement.

Regarding Last Weekend’s Hearthstone Grandmasters Tournament
At the Hearthstone Grandmasters Asia-Pacific last weekend, Grandmaster Blitzchung made a comment in a post game interview about the political situation in Hong Kong. Blizzard took back his prize money and banned him from Hearthstone eSports for a year.

You can see Blizzard's initial response on Hearthpwn, as well as the community reaction. Brian Kibler and other casters have now decided to stop working the Grandmasters Tournaments.

Originally Posted by J. Allen Brack (Blue Tracker)
Hello Blizzard Community . . .

I want to take a few minutes to talk to all of you about the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament this past weekend. On Monday, we made the decision to take action against a player named blitzchung and two shoutcasters after the player shared his views on what’s happening in Hong Kong on our official broadcast channel.

At Blizzard, our vision is “to bring the world together through epic entertainment.” And we have core values that apply here: Think Globally; Lead Responsibly; and importantly, Every Voice Matters, encouraging everybody to share their point of view. The actions that we took over the weekend are causing people to question if we are still committed to these values. We absolutely are and I will explain.

Our esports programs are an expression of our vision and our values. Esports exist to create opportunities for players from around the world, from different cultures, and from different backgrounds, to come together to compete and share their passion for gaming. It is extremely important to us to protect these channels and the purpose they serve: to bring the world together through epic entertainment, celebrate our players, and build diverse and inclusive communities.

As to how those values apply in this case:

First, our official esports tournament broadcast was used as a platform for a winner of this event to share his views with the world.

We interview competitors who are at the top of their craft to share how they feel. We want to experience that moment with them. Hearing their excitement is a powerful way to bring us together.

Over the weekend, blitzchung used his segment to make a statement about the situation in Hong Kong—in violation of rules he acknowledged and understood, and this is why we took action.

Every Voice Matters, and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to share their viewpoints in the many places available to express themselves. However, the official broadcast needs to be about the tournament and to be a place where all are welcome. In support of that, we want to keep the official channels focused on the game.

Second, what is the role of shoutcasters for these broadcasts?

We hire shoutcasters to amplify the excitement of the game. They elevate the watchability and help the esports viewing experience stay focused on the tournament and our amazing players.

Third, were our actions based on the content of the message?

Part of Thinking Globally, Leading Responsibly, and Every Voice Matters is recognizing that we have players and fans in almost every country in the world. Our goal is to help players connect in areas of commonality, like their passion for our games, and create a sense of shared community.

The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.

We have these rules to keep the focus on the game and on the tournament to the benefit of a global audience, and that was the only consideration in the actions we took.

If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same.

OK, what could Blizzard have done better, and where do we go from here?

Over the past few days, many players, casters, esports fans, and employees have expressed concerns about how we determined the penalties. We’ve had a chance to pause, to listen to our community, and to reflect on what we could have done better. In hindsight, our process wasn’t adequate, and we reacted too quickly.

We want to ensure that we maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all our players, and that our rules and processes are clear. All of this is in service of another important Blizzard value—Play Nice; Play Fair.

In the tournament itself blitzchung *played* fair. We now believe he should receive his prizing. We understand that for some this is not about the prize, and perhaps for others it is disrespectful to even discuss it. That is not our intention.

But playing fair also includes appropriate pre-and post-match conduct, especially when a player accepts recognition for winning in a broadcast. When we think about the suspension, six months for blitzchung is more appropriate, after which time he can compete in the Hearthstone pro circuit again if he so chooses. There is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.

With regard to the casters, remember their purpose is to keep the event focused on the tournament. That didn’t happen here, and we are setting their suspension to six months as well.

Moving forward, we will continue to apply tournament rules to ensure our official broadcasts remain focused on the game and are not a platform for divisive social or political views.

One of our goals at Blizzard is to make sure that every player, everywhere in the world, regardless of political views, religious beliefs, race, gender, or any other consideration always feels safe and welcome both competing in and playing our games.

At Blizzard, we are always listening and finding ways to improve—it is part of our culture. Thank you for your patience with us as we continue to learn.


J. Allen Brack
President of Blizzard Entertainment

Blitzchung's Statement
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Thank you for your attention in the past one week, this is a personal statement and my view on Blizzard's latest decision. First of all, I'm grateful for Blizzard reconsidering their position about my ban. Earlier this week, I told media that I knew I might have penalty or consequence for my act, because I understand that my act could take the conversation away from the purpose of the event. In the future, I will be more careful on that and express my opinions or show my support to Hong Kong on my personal platforms.

Many people has been asking me if I accept the latest decision of Blizzard, I will discuss that on two parts. Tournament prizing and suspension. For tournament prizing, I quoted what Blizzard said on the official website, they mention that I played fair in the tournament and they believe I should receive my prizing. This is the part I really appreciate, Blizzard also said they understand for some this is not about the prize, but perhaps for others it is disrespectful to even discuss it. People
from Blizzard had explained this to me through a phone call and I really appreciate that and I accept their decision on this part.

For second part about the suspension, Blizzard had changed their suspension on me from a year to six months. Once again, I appreciate for their reconsideration on this. To be honest, I think six
months is still quite a lot to me. But I also being told that I can continue to compete in the hearthstone pro circuit which they mean the grandmaster tournament. I appreciate for this decision
they made because grandmaster is currently the highest level tournament in competitive
hearthstone. However, I wish Blizzard can reconsider about their penalty on the two casters involved.

Lastly, many people wants to know if i would be competing in hearthstone in the future. Honestly, I have no idea on that yet. Since my next tournament is very likely to be the grandmaster tournament of next season, it's probably at least a few months from now on. I will take this time to relax myself to decide if I am staying in competitive hearthstone scene or not.

Hearthstone changed my the way I live, I really love this community. Blessing to all the players out there, and blessing to Blizzard.

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