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by Published on 2020-09-26 02:10 AM

Arena World Championship BFA Finals Trailer
Arena World Championship BFA Finals start this weekend, September 26th at 10 AM PDT / 7 PM CET.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Arena World Championship Regional Finals concludes this weekend, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. PDT!

Following four intense weeks of the Arena World Championship (AWC) Battle for Azeroth, the top four Arena teams in North America and Europe are facing off this week to decide once and for all the best team in each region. The remaining teams are fighting for their share of $100,000 (USD) in regional prizing, and the titles of Battle for Azeroth Regional Champions! Watch the AWC Battle for Azeroth Regional Finals beginning on September 26 at 10 a.m. PDT, only on YouTube Gaming.

Teams

North America

  • Charlotte Phoenix
  • Cloud9
  • M2KC
  • ????


Europe

  • Diabolus
  • Coffin Dance
  • Wildcard
  • XSET


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by Published on 2020-09-24 05:05 PM

Shadowlands Preview: Character Customization
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the Shadowlands pre-expansion patch, you’ll have hundreds of new character customization options available at your fingertips to make characters uniquely yours. Carve your human’s face with battle scars, adorn your blood elves in delicate armlets and wristbands skillfully forged by Silvermoon’s metalsmiths, and give your worgen glowing eyes or vertical-slit pupils to reflect the beast within.

New Character Selection Screen

One of the first things you’ll notice is the character creation screen has been completely remade, with race portraits on either side of the screen and class icons displayed along the bottom. When you select a class, the character displayed springs into action with a flashy animation that captures the essence of the class—Rogues Shadowstep across the screen and unleash a Fan of Knives, Shaman make the ground around them erupt with the fury of the elements, and Priests levitate toward the heavens to embrace the Light.

Across the board, races will have access to new character customization options including skin tones, hairstyles, and eye colors. Certain races will be able to enhance their look beyond the basics with unique options such as tattoos, jewelry, beards, scars, or flowers to ornament their hair.

On the character creation screen, you’ll be able to more intuitively navigate between different looks with new drop-down menus. Swatches displaying color choices for eye and skin tones will appear alongside the option number, so instead of needing to scroll between different appearances you’ll be able to quickly click between specific eye and skin tone options. All other cosmetic choices are tied to a name in the drop-down menu to give you a better idea of the selection before you preview it, and will make it easier for you to remember your favorite choices.


Your Name, Your Purpose
When you’re ready to finalize your character, you’ll need to pick out a name. Now you can see if a name is available as soon as you type it into the field at the top of the screen; a green checkmark means you’re good to go, while a red cross means it’s unavailable and you’ll need to try a new variation or new name.

Tip: Running into trouble finding an available name? Try adding an additional vowel or swapping a consonant for a similar-sounding one, or try your luck clicking the randomize button.

Many customization options are no longer dependent on other selections. Previously, a selected hair color would affect the color of facial tattoos or a hair color would determine eye color. Now, you can choose these independently of one another. Additionally, worgen will now be able to change the appearance of their worgen and human forms independently. Simply click on the portrait options at the top right of the screen to access your other half’s customization options.

Cut and Color Change

You can freshen up your look during your adventures at any time with the new customizations by visiting any Barber. In addition to customizing your appearance, you can also change the gender of your character at the barber.


Druids can change their shapeshift appearances at the Barber as well. Now you can choose between forms previously tied to cosmetic glyphs (now called Marks in Shadowlands) and forms previously were restricted due to your characters’ hair or fur color. You’ll also be able to choose between your unlocked account-wide Legion Artifact appearances and the fiery Cat Form from Fandral’s Flamescythe if you have collected the weapon from Firelands on Normal, Heroic, or Timewalking difficulties.


The new customization changes in the character creation screen and Barber will become available once the Shadowlands pre-expansion patch goes live. Which customization changes are you most looking forward to use to freshen up your current character or to make a new one?
by Published on 2020-09-24 07:42 AM

Shadowlands Beta - Upgrading Conduits and Adding Sockets to Gear
The latest Shadowlands beta update has added two new items to Ve'nari, the broker vendor tied to the Maw. Currency called Stygia is gathered by doing activities in the Maw and a weekly section of Torghast and used to purchase items from Ve'nari provided you have the necessary reputation with her. These additions make the Maw a much more worthwhile daily activity than it was prior to this update.

It was discovered in the past that Conduits would have 14 ranks, but this new Manifest Aethershunt now confirms a way to increase Conduit ranks. However, Blizzard stated in their conduit update post some time ago that the power of conduits will increase with item level, meaning that this new option in the Maw is probably a way to spend excess anima as an alternative means over time as your reputation increases with Ve'nari.

  • Spatial Realignment Apparatus - Costs 2500 Stygia. Add a socket to a Shadowlands item that does not already have one. Can be used on Helms, Necks, Bracers, Belts, or Rings.
  • Manifest Aethershunt - Costs 500 Stygia. Add a Conduit you do not have to your collection, or upgrade an existing Conduit by one rank. The upgraded Conduit will be selected randomly from your lowest-rank Conduits.



Super Squirt Day (EU)
Squirt the Wandering Trainer is up today in the Garrison on EU realms! The Pet Battle Bonus Event is also active this week, which means you can level pets very fast. If you have the Safari Hat or a Lesser Pet Treat then you can use the strategy below to level pets from 1 to 25 in just 3 minutes. Alternatively, you can use other setups highlighted on Xu-Fu's Pet Battle Strategies.

Pets:

Strategy:


Dark Legacy Comics #743
DLC #743 has been released!

by Published on 2020-09-24 12:00 AM

Mike Morhaime Starts New Gaming Company, Dreamhaven
Mike Morhaime, cofounder of Blizzard who left the company in 2018, has recently started up a new company called Dreamhaven, and it has established two new game studios, Moonshot and Secret Door.

  • These studios are made up of a lot of former Blizzard employees and are entirely self-funded.
  • Morhaime says, "We’re almost trying to create a haven for creators who want an environment that is development friendly, values product, and player experience over short-term financial pressures.”
  • For more information, check out the Venturebeat article by clicking the banner below.


by Published on 2020-09-23 11:23 PM

Shadowlands Beta - Build 35978 - Class Changes

Shadowlands Beta - Build 35978
A new build is on the way!


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Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Covenant Sanctums
Expansion Features

Shadowlands
Exploration
  • Handling His Henchmen Kill 5 bonus objective bosses Complete 5 of the following special encounters in The Maw. 5 points.
  • It's About Sending a Message Kill 16 bonus objective bosses Complete all of the following special encounters in The Maw. 10 points.

Shadowlands Raid
Dungeons & Raids
  • Pour Decision Making Defeat the Council of Blood after throwing four styles bottles of wine in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher. 10 points.



String Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • 90POA_BOSS_05 - Mad Mortimer Craven Corinth
  • 90POA_BOSS_08 - Craven Corinth Mad Mortimer
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_HEAL_ERROR_ALL_ADVENTURERS_FULL (New) - All Adventurers are at full health
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_HEAL_ERROR_ON_ADVENTURE (New) - Out on Adventure
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_ALL_ENEMIES (New) - This Companion will attack ALL targeted enemies
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_ASSIGNMENT (New) - Drag any Companion into an available slot
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_BENEFICIAL_EFFECT (New) - This Companion provides a beneficial effect
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_COLUMN (New) - This Companion will ONLY attack the targeted column
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_ENVIRONMENT (New) - Environmental Effects are an additional hazard you must plan around to attain victory
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_HEALING (New) - You can heal this Adventurer immediately by spending Anima
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_LEVEL_UP (New) - After a Adventurer levels up they regain full health
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_MISSION_LIST (New) - Click on this Adventure to view the details
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_SINGLE_ENEMY (New) - This Companion will ONLY attack the targeted enemy
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_TARGETED_ROW (New) - This Companion will ONLY attack the targeted row
  • COVENANT_MISSIONS_TUTORIAL_TROOPS (New) - Troops can be used infinitely, but increase the cost of the Adventure
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_ACTIVATE (New) - Activate
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_CLICK_ACTIVATE (New) - Click "Activate" to begin researching
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_FEATURE_ADVENTURES (New) - Recruit heroes and troops to send them out on a series of adventures across the Shadowlands
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_FEATURE_ANIMACONDUCTOR (New) - An ancient device that allows you to spend Anima in order to activate bonus content in different area of your covenant's home zone
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_FEATURE_TRAVELNETWORK (New) - A transportation network that offers you more fast travel options across your covenant's home zone
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_RENOWN_REWARD_DESC - Unlocks at Level %d Renown %d
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_TALENT_RESEARCH - Click to Research Click "Unlock Upgrade" to Research
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_TIME_REMAINING (New) - |cffffd200Time Remaining:|r %s
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL4 - Deposits Click to Deposit Anima from your bags directly into the Reservoir
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL5 - Click on the different Sanctum Features to browse the available upgrades Click to browse the features of your Sanctum
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_UNIQUE_KYRIAN (New) - An arena experience where you take on the role of some of the heroes of Bastion to test their mettle against a series of different foes in gladiatorial combat
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_UNIQUE_NECROLORD (New) - The ability to build your own abominations in Maldraxxus! Collect parts from across the shadowlands to build yourself new companions.
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_UNIQUE_NIGHTFAE (New) - A special grove where you will learn how to nurture ancient spirits back to life using the Winter Queen's special garden of wildseeds
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_UNIQUE_VENTHYR (New) - A special weekly event that tasks you with throwing a party to Impress your VIP guests. Collect the right ingredients and recruit the right staff to impress each weeks guestlist!
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_UPGRADE_ACTIVATING - Activating Researching
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_UPGRADES_INFO (New) - Once active you will have access to additional upgrades.
  • ERR_AUCTION_COMMODITY_WON_S (New) - You won an auction for %s (x%d)
  • ERR_BN_INVITER_FRIEND_LIST_FULL (New) - They don't have room for any more Blizzard friends.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_514 (New) - Requires Inner Altar of Domination.
  • SSAO_TYPE_ASSAO (New) - Intel ASSAO
  • SSAO_TYPE_CACAO (New) - FidelityFX Ambient Occlusion
  • SSAO_TYPE_LABEL (New) - Ambient Occlusion Type
  • TORGHAST_WAYFINDER_GATHER_PARTY (New) - Please gather your party before queuing.



Misc Changes
There were a lot of spell changes to Runeforce Legendary Abilities, Covenant Abilities and Anima Powers in this build! In the interest of keeping the front page usable, we've moved them to a separate post.



Misc Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Character Titles
  • %s the Ascended (New)

Factions
Shadowlands
  • Court of Harvesters (Paragon) - Revendreth After countless ages spent under the rule of Sire Denathrius, authority in Revendreth is now shared amongst the Court of Harvesters. These noble venthyr carry out the sacred duty of redeeming prideful souls.
  • House of the Chosen - TBD
  • Sinfall - Revendreth
  • The Ascended (Paragon) - Kyrian who complete the arduous process of purging their mortal encumbrances are deemed worthy of the rite of ascension, earning their wings and pledging eternal service to the Archon.
  • The Avowed - Fiercely devoted to the Accuser, these archivists seek to restore and catalog the sinstones fragmented by the Lord Chamberlain and his Inquisitor allies.
  • The Undying Army (Paragon) - TBD Long ago, the Primus established the five houses of Maldraxxus to build the ultimate fighting force. Through might, cleverness, and guile, this unyielding armada is pledged to defend the Shadowlands against all threats.

The Ember Court
  • Alexandros Mograine - The Ashbringer has spent lifetimes in war, never allowed his final rest.
  • Baroness Vashj - This restless leader of the naga is watching and judging.
  • Choofa - Choofa and his friends are party animals, in every meaning of the phrase.
  • Cryptkeeper Kassir - Stubborn and principled, Cryptkeeper Kassir will always fight for what he believes in.
  • Droman Aliothe - The great bear Aliothe is a wild god, but she is not primitive.
  • Grandmaster Vole - Vole's dedication to overseeing the Theater of Pain is undeniable.
  • Hunt-Captain Korayn - A fearsome fighter, Hunt-Captain Korayn has no patience for ceremony.
  • Kleia and Pelagos - These soulbinds are strongest together, and their friends amongst the venthyr will be pleased to see them again.
  • Lady Moonberry - A mercurial member of the Court of Night, Lady Moonberry is known for her tricks as well as her influence.
  • Mikanikos - As Forgelite Prime of Bastion, Mikanikos is always tinkering with new inventions.
  • Plague Deviser Marileth - His experiments may be messy, but Maldraxxus's master slime scientist always finds a solution.
  • Polemarch Adrestes - Always on duty, this stoic ascended must be ordered to have a good time, even at a party.
  • Rendle and Cudgelface - Hard workers deserve appreciation. And few work harder for Sinfall than Rendle and Cudgelface.
  • Sika - This single remarkable steward keeps all of Bastion operational.
  • Stonehead - Our simple-minded friend to the south controls access to the Ember Ward.
  • The Countess - As Revendreth's premier party host and socialite, the Countess has an outsized influence on public perception.

Flight Masters
The Shadowlands

Holidays
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 101 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Warlords of Draenor expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 81 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Wrath Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Dalaran in Northrend, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Ulduar raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 86 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Cataclysm expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Cataclysm Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Orgrimmar or Stormwind City, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Firelands raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 71 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from The Burning Crusade expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Burning Crusade Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Shattrath City in Outland, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Black Temple raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 71 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from The Burning Crusade expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Burning Crusade Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Shattrath City in Outland, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Black Temple raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 81 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Wrath Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Dalaran in Northrend, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Ulduar raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 101 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Warlords of Draenor expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 71 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from The Burning Crusade expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Burning Crusade Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Shattrath City in Outland, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Black Temple raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 81 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Wrath Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Dalaran in Northrend, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Ulduar raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 101 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Warlords of Draenor expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 86 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Cataclysm expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Cataclysm Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Orgrimmar or Stormwind City, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Firelands raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 91 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Mists of Pandaria expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 101 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Warlords of Draenor expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 71 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from The Burning Crusade expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Burning Crusade Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Shattrath City in Outland, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Black Temple raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 86 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Cataclysm expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Cataclysm Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Orgrimmar or Stormwind City, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Firelands raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 86 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Cataclysm expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Cataclysm Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Orgrimmar or Stormwind City, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Firelands raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 81 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

    During Wrath Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Dalaran in Northrend, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Ulduar raid.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 91 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Mists of Pandaria expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 91 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Mists of Pandaria expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.
  • Timewalking Dungeon Event - While this event is active, players level 91 50 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Mists of Pandaria expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

Map Areas
Unknown
  • Alther's Mill > The Ember Court - Music: Zone_90_RD_EmberCourt_GeneralWalk.
  • Escape from the Maw (New)

Mounts
Flying Mounts
  • Shimmermist Runner - Flying Mount. Shimmermist Runner. "Mischievous spriggan spriggans and the valerunners have a natural enmity. No valerunner would deign to allow a spriggan rider because they can sense their inherent malevolence. This angers the trickster spriggan spriggans who take twisted enjoyment in playing cruel pranks on these majestic creatures." Source: Area: Mistveil Tangle Zone: Ardenweald

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