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by Published on 2021-01-23 04:35 AM

Activision's Vicarious Visions Merged into Blizzard
According to Gameindustry.biz, long-time Activision publishing studio Vicarious Visions is now merged into Blizzard Studios and will be "fully dedicated" to Blizzard titles going forward. The former studio head, Jen Oneal, has been promoted to Blizzard executive vice president of development.

Vicarious Visions is most known for the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, and comes with a team of about 200 people. It is unknown what projects they are going to be working on. For more information, check out the news post from Gameindustry by clicking the banner.



Jason Schreier from Bloomberg has shared more information about the merge, as well as some insight on Warcraft 3: Reforged and Diablo 2: Resurrected.
  • Due to how poor Warcraft 3: Reforged was received, Blizzard wanted to avoid repeating their mistakes for Diablo 2: Resurrected.
  • Blizzard's Team 1, responsible for StarCraft 2, StarCraft Remastered, Heroes of the Storm and Warcraft 3: Reforged, was quietly dismantled last fall.
  • Members of Team 1 were offered interviews for other jobs at Blizzard, however some of them left for new studios such as Frost Giant Inc. and Dreamhaven Inc.
  • Blizzard's Diablo 4 Team is now working together with Vicarious Visions on the development of Diablo 2: Resurrected.

by Published on 2021-01-23 03:42 AM

Upcoming PvP Tuning Changes for January 26

Patch 9.0.2 Hotfixes - January 22, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements

  • Fixed an issue where Fallen Acolyte Ersine would not grant credit for the achievement Adventurer of Bastion.

Classes

  • Hunter
    • Marksmanship
      • Explosive Shot (Talent) will now only show up as a debuff on the enemy's nameplate for the Hunter who casts it.
  • Mage
    • Will to Survive (Human Racial) and Gladiator's Medallion trinket will no longer prevent Mages from pressing Alter Time again to return to their previous location.
  • Shaman
    • Using Spiritwalker's Grace while already channeling Fae Transfusion (Night Fae Ability) will no longer interrupt Fae Transfusion's channel.
    • Spiritwalker's Grace now allows you to use Fleshcraft (Necrolord Ability) while moving.

Covenants

  • Venthyr
    • The point of interest indicator for “Beast Control” should now be easier to see on the map.
    • Prince Renathal’s Decree is now removed from your inventory after turning in “Fangs and Minds.”

Creatures and NPCs

  • Fixed an issue where some Horde characters could not see the refugees from the Undercity in Orgrimmar and some Alliance characters could not see the refugees from Teldrassil in Stormwind.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • Lady Inerva Darkvein
      • Bottled Anima no longer targets player pets and guardians.
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe
    • Tirnenn Villager’s Overgrowth can no longer gain the Bolstered effect on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
    • Mistcaller
      • Illusionary Vulpin is no longer immune to Death Grip and disorient abilities.
      • Illusionary Vulpin will now recast Freeze Tag Fixation if Freeze Tag Fixation is cancelled.
  • Timewalking
    • Grim Batol
      • Resolved an issue in which Hooked Net could sometimes fail to correctly summon the Hooked Net enemy, permanently rooting players.

Items and Rewards

  • Upgrading a PvP item by spending Honor will now remove the ability to refund that item.
  • Fixed an issue where the Bastion treasure at the Grace of the Remembered could experience issues for players who left quickly after interacting with the Drink Tray.
  • The mana return of the Show of Faith and Corrupted Egg Shell trinkets has been reduced to be in line with items of comparable item level.
  • Ripe Purians can no longer be traded or sold on the Auction House.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • Fixed an issue where some spells were not showing a portion of their visuals if Projected Textures was disabled in the System Settings menu.
  • Anima Powers
    • Hunter
      • Neural Pet Enhancer will no longer sometimes incorrectly be retained on your pet while not using Eyes of the Beast.
    • Rogue
      • Resolved an issue that could cause Unceasing Chain Link to cease functioning after ascending a floor.
by Published on 2021-01-23 02:15 AM

Upcoming PvP Tuning Changes for January 26
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re working on a new set of PvP tuning changes that will be applied to the game with weekly maintenance in each region (January 26 in this region). Here’s what we’re currently testing:

Player vs. Player

  • Players now deal 20% less damage to Death Knight, Hunter, and Warlock pets.
  • In 2v2 Arenas, Dampening will begin at 20% when both teams have either a tank or healer.
  • Druid
  • Mage
    • Triune Ward (legendary) now provides 50% effective barriers (was 65%) in PvP situations.**
    • Fire
  • Paladin
    • Holy
      • Divine Favor (Honor Talent) cooldown increased to 30 seconds (was 25 seconds), and now increases cast speed by 30% (was 60%).
    • Protection, Retribution
      • Word of Glory’s healing has been reduced by 20% in PVP situations.

As always, we’ll post updates if we make changes to the changes, and the final adjustments will appear in our hotfixes update soon after they go live.
by Published on 2021-01-22 02:52 AM

Patch 9.0.2 Hotfixes - January 21, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Achievements
  • Dark Animus’ health now scales based on raid size for completing the achievement I Don’t Know What I Expected.

Classes
  • Hunter
    • Fixed an issue where using a Shadowlands Character Boost on a Hunter may leave it without access to a pet.
  • Priest
    • Benevolent Faerie (Night Fae Ability) will no longer reduce the cooldown of Shadowfiend while one of its cosmetic glyphs are active.
    • Greater Fade (PvP Talent) will no longer immediately cancel when cast directly after a hostile action is taken.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Castle Nathria
    • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Dread Feaster’s Gluttonous Miasma to be applied twice on a player.
  • De Other Side
    • Nathrian Inquisitors now appear in more locations around the dungeons central location after depleting a Mythic Keystone with the Prideful affix.
    • Mythresh, Sky's Talons’ Wailing Grief will no longer continue to pull players in after being interrupted by a Haunted Urn.
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe
    • Mistcaller
      • To prevent Freeze Tag from failing to fixate, Illusionary Vulpin is now immune to Death Grip and disorient abilities.
  • Spires of Ascension
    • Ventunax
      • The screen visual effect of Blinding Flash is now less severe and less sudden.
  • Theater of Pain
    • Portals and meat hooks are now easier to click when there are players or pets surrounding them.

Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday Live Jan 21-23
The Call of the Scarab holiday event remembers the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj world event from Vanilla. This event is an Alliance vs Horde showdown, with the victorious faction flying their faction banner for the next year.

The Call of the Scarab quest will send you to Silithus so that you know where the vendor and world quests are. From there you can complete quests and defeat bosses to earn Commendations for your faction. Whichever faction has the most Commendations at the end of the event wins.

Cultist Camps

World Quests
There are several world quests associated with this event, all rewarding Commendations that contribute to your faction's total.


Material Turn-In Quests
These materials can be turned in to the NPCs near the banners to earn Commendations (Field Marshal Snowfall / Senior Sergeant Kai'jin).


Mini-Boss Quests
These quests are started by items dropped from the Wind Stone and Greater Wind Stone bosses at the Cultist Camps.



Level Type Name Cost
1Quest Twilight Cultist Ring of Lordship1000 x Abyssal Crest
1Quest Twilight Cultist Medallion of Station250 x Abyssal Crest
1MountRuby Qiraji Resonating Crystal1 x Abyssal Crest
1MountSapphire Qiraji Resonating Crystal1 x Abyssal Crest


by Published on 2021-01-21 02:22 AM

Patch 9.0.2 Hotfixes - January 20, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

  • Death Knight
    • Blood
      • Service In Stone (General Draven Soulbind) will now correctly trigger when the Death Knight dies due to Purgatory (Talent).
  • Druid
    • Druid Form sounds should now always match the visual when shapeshifting. No more cheetahs with a deep dinosaur voice running around out there.
  • Warlock
    • The Fatal Decimation (Necrolord Conduit) will now properly increase the damage of Decimating Bolt (Necrolord Ability) at Item Levels 213 and above.
  • Warrior
    • Arms
      • War Banner (PvP Talent) will no longer rarely persist on players after the banner has despawned.
      • Fixed an issue causing the second Mortal Strike from Mortal Combo (Conduit) to deal 20% less damage than intended.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • Fixed an issue during the scenario "The Greater Good" where players who disconnected during the flight with Chyrus would not receive aid from Kleia, Pelagos, and Mikanikos, and would be unable to take a new flight to Elysian Hold.
    • Fixed an issue where Athanos could fail to activate during the scenario "The Greater Good."
  • Night Fae
    • Fixed an issue for level 60 Night Fae players who were eligible for the Threads of Fate quest "Return to Oribos" where the quest start location would appear in the wrong area.

WoW Classic

  • Naxxramas
    • Kel'thuzad will now reset if any creatures walk past the encounter door.

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