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Published on 2019-08-20 12:29 AM

Patch 8.2 Hotfixes - August 19, 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Azshara’s Eternal Palace
    • Queen Azshara
      • Ancient Wards now energize slightly slower for smaller raid sizes on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
      • Fixed an issue that allowed Arcane Vulnerability to apply when the victim wasn't in line of sight of Queen Azshara.

Queen Azshara Hotfixes this Week
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re working on the following hotfixes today. We intend to apply to these changes to the Queen Azshara encounter with weekly maintenance in each region:

  • When either Aethenel or Cyranus is slain on Normal, Heroic, or Mythic difficulty, there is now a 3-second delay before the other one gains the Torment buff.
  • Azshara’s Indomitable is now summoned 10 seconds later than previously observed on Mythic difficulty.
  • Tidemistresses have 5% less health on Mythic difficulty.
  • Ancient Wards now energize slightly slower for smaller raid sizes on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Arcane Vulnerability to apply when the victim wasn’t in line of sight of Queen Azshara.

We’ll update this post if there are any further changes, and when the hotfixes go live.

Season 3 Artifact Knowledge
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Is this being cut off soon?
  • Or are you leaving it on indefinitely?

No to both questions.

As things currently stand, Artifact Knowledge will continue to increase each week until the week of October 1.
by Published on 2019-08-19 07:47 PM

New Realm Coming for WoW Classic - EU
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The existing PvP realms all now have either a Full or High population tag. With the potential for extended queues on the Full realms, and 10,000+ queues on Shazzrah, we are opening another English PvP realm on Tuesday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m. CEST:

  • Firemaw – PvP – English

We urge players on PvP realms to consider moving to this realm. Doing so will help spread the player population as evenly as possible before launch and provide the best play experience for everyone.

New Realms Coming for WoW Classic - US
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The existing PvP realms all now have either a Full or High population tag. With the potential for extended queues on the Full realms, and 10,000+ queues on Herod, we are opening two new PvP realms on Monday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. PDT:

  • Blaumeux – PvP – Pacific Time Zone
  • Skeram – PvP – Eastern Time Zone

We urge players on PvP realms to consider moving to one of these realms. Doing so will help spread the player population as evenly as possible before launch and provide the best play experience for everyone.

Worgen and Goblin Heritage Armor Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Worgen & Goblin Heritage Armor?
I certainly hope we’re getting Worgen and Goblin Heritage sets in a future patch
We are getting Worgen and Goblin Heritage armor questlines in a future content update.

We think it’s really cool to have these memorable questing experiences that go along with and encapsulate the moment when you inherit your Heritage armor. We’re working on bringing them to the game as soon as we can.

Dark Legacy Comics #691
DLC #691 has been released!

Published on 2019-08-16 08:40 PM

Overcrowded Realm Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Based on name reservations so far, the Shazzrah realm is looking to be massively overpopulated. If all existing players on this server remain there, login queues in excess of 10,000 players are a certainty, and possibly much higher than that.

We recently opened up the Gehennas realm, and we urge players on Shazzrah to consider moving there. There are a lot of players currently on Shazzrah and we want Gehennas to fill up before we open any new PvP realms. This is so that player population is spread as evenly as possible before launch, in order to provide the best play experience.

While we are able to fit several times more players on a single realm in 2019 than was the case in 2006, we are not going to raise that cap any further, even though we have the technical capacity to do so. Raising realm caps would simply forestall the problem, letting more players in at launch but creating an unsustainable situation down the line, with severe queues when we turn off layering permanently before Phase 2 of our content unlock plan.

Please also note that our realm population estimates of Low, Medium, High, and Full are based on this increased capacity – a Medium realm today already has more characters on it than even the most crowded realms did back in 2006.

Our top priority in planning for WoW Classic’s launch has been ensuring that we are laying the groundwork for strong realm communities that will endure over the months and years to follow, which is why we’re cautiously opening new servers to meet demand.

Overcrowded Realm Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Based on name reservations so far, the Herod realm is looking to be massively overpopulated. If all existing players on this server remain there, login queues in excess of 10,000 players are a certainty, and possibly much higher than that.

We recently opened up the Stalagg realm, and we urge players on Herod to consider moving there. There are a lot of players currently on Herod and we want Stalagg to fill up before we open any new PvP realms. This is so that player population is spread as evenly as possible before launch, in order to provide the best play experience.

While we are able to fit several times more players on a single realm in 2019 than was the case in 2006, we are not going to raise that cap any further, even though we have the technical capacity to do so. Raising realm caps would simply forestall the problem, letting more players in at launch but creating an unsustainable situation down the line, with severe queues when we turn off layering permanently before Phase 2 of our content unlock plan.

Please also note that our realm population estimates of Low, Medium, High, and Full are based on this increased capacity – a Medium realm today already has more characters on it than even the most crowded realms did back in 2006.

Our top priority in planning for WoW Classic’s launch has been ensuring that we are laying the groundwork for strong realm communities that will endure over the months and years to follow, which is why we’re cautiously opening new servers to meet demand.
by Published on 2019-08-16 06:42 PM

No New Heritage Armor in 8.2.5
Blizzard had stated in a previous Rise of Azshara interview that both Worgen and Goblins would be receiving their heritage armor with their model updates. This has now been confirmed as not happening in 8.2.5.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Worgen & Goblin Heritage Armor?
I can confirm that 8.2.5 does not include any new Heritage Armor questlines.

Free T-Shirt Day Micro-Holiday
The Free T-Shirt Day Micro-Holiday is now active for the day!

  • An NPC marked on your map with a rare mob icon wanders around either The Valley of Honor (Orgrimmar) or the Dwarven District (Stormwind).
  • The NPC carries a t-shirt gun and periodically launches one. A t-shirt appears on the ground that becomes clickable.
  • Clicking the shirt gives you either:
    • A blue item called "Free T-Shirt" that visually removes the upper portions of your armor to expose the shirt you are wearing underneath. You can only use this item if you are wearing a shirt in the slot.
    • A variety of cosmetic shirts
  • You can also find NPCs around the world who will sell you t-shirts for free!
    • Winterspring (59, 50) - Shirtsi Clothpatch - Shirtsi's Cloth Shirt (Kalimdor)
    • Eastern Plaguelands (74, 52) - Melvin Shirtson - Threads of Tirion (Eastern Kingdoms)
    • Shattrath (67 27) - Selis Silksong - Selis' Silk Shirt (Outland)
    • Grizzly Hills (49, 51) - Shuurt the Clothripper - Shuurt's Precious (Northrend)
    • Valley of the Four Winds (61, 58) - Jade Lovelyshirts - Jade's Lovely Shirt (Pandaria)
    • Talador (85, 31) - Tia Shortsleeve - Tia Shortsleeve's Short Sleeve Shirt (Draenor)
    • Stormheim (60, 52) - Gild Crewneck - Gild's Crewneck (Broken Isles)



Spirit of Eche'ro Archaeology Mount Available Again
The Spirit of Eche'ro mount is once again available from Legion archaeology until August 27th. Head to Broken Isles Dalaran to receive the quest Laying to Rest to work towards the mount reward.

Published on 2019-08-15 08:29 PM

WoW Classic AMA - Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings and well met!

On Tuesday at 10 AM PDT, the WoW Classic development team will be on http://reddit.com/r/classicwow answering your questions.
Our thanks goes out to the r/classicwow admins, and to everyone who participates.

We’ll see you on Tuesday!

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