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by Published on 2020-02-18 07:04 PM

This Week in World of Warcraft


Burning Crusade Timewalking
Burning Crusade Timewalking is back this week. Don't forget to check out Black Temple Timewalking during the event!





Grand Empress Shek'zara World Boss
Grand Empress Shek'zara is up in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Grand Empress Shek'zara
With the awakening of N'Zoth, Shek'zara, empress of the mantid, pledged her swarm to the old god's will. In service of her dark master, she unleashed her forces upon the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to claim Pandaria in N'Zoth's name.



  • Overview - Grand Empress Shek'zara uses her powerful voice and Zara'thik Swarmguard to overwhelm enemies.
  • Song of the Empress - Shek'zara chants the Song of the Empress, emitting sound waves that travel outwards from her.
    Players that come into contact with Song of the Empress are Silenced and suffer 4 Nature damage every 0.5 sec for 3 sec.
  • Force and Verve - Shek'zara shouts, inflicting 33 Nature damage every 1 sec for 6 sec.
    Players standing in a Sound Barrier take 70% reduced damage from Force and Verve.
  • Summon Swarmguard - Shek'zara summons her Zara'thik Swarmguard to aid her in battle.
    • Zara'thik Swarmguard -
      • Bladestorm - Charges to a player's location and spins a blade around the caster, inflicting 33 Physical damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec.
    • Zara'thik Ambershaper -
      • Amber Bolt Volley - Fires bolts of hardened amber at all nearby enemies, inflicting 25 Nature damage.


LevelTypeSlotNameModel Viewer
445FingerFingerLoop of Abhorrent Celerity
445ClothHeadManiacal Speaker's Cover
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445LeatherHeadGuise of the Voracious Prowler
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445MailLegsGreaves of Shattered Thoughts
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445PlateLegsChitinous Conqueror's Legplates
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N'Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Assault: The Black Empire

Assault: Mogu

To learn more about the N'Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms, click the banner below for an in depth guide.



Island Expeditions for the Week of February 18, 2020
The Island Expeditions for the week are:
  • Rotting Mire with Saurok
  • Jorundall with Taunka
  • Verdant Wilds with Druids of the Claw

The Salvage Crates available for purchase this week are:

Click the banner below to learn more about Island Expedition Rewards and Loot Tables.



Love is in the Air
Love is in the Air World Event runs from February 8th to the 21st.



Hatching of the Hippogryphs
Hatching of the Hippogryphs is a micro-holiday that allows players to witness the hatching of hippogryphs in Feralas. This event runs through February 23rd.

  • This event takes place in the Frayfeather Highlands in Feralas.
  • You can stand near an egg for a short while to keep it warm so that it hatches.
  • Once an egg hatches, you have a baby hippogryph on your shoulder for one day.
  • You can kill Lorthalium to obtain a Spectral Feather, which will keep your hippogryph around for five days.



PvP Brawl: Temple of Hotmogu
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Enter the Temple of Kotmogu for this fast-paced match. For a whole new twist, players will be able throw the Orb of Power to friendly players in a game of hot potato. Beware, they’ll also gain the debuffs along with the orb so choose wisely. We’re turning things up (to 11) by changing resurrection time to a quick 5 seconds. Who will be able to hold on to the power to claim victory?

Call to Arms: Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Mechagon and Stormsong Valley
This week's Call to Arms is Call to Arms: Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Call to Arms: Mechagon and Call to Arms: Stormsong Valley.

Head to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Mechagon and Stormsong Valley with warmode enabled to kill players of the opposing faction. This will reward you with Quartermaster's Note, Aspirant's Equipment Cache, Honor, Conquest and Reputation with either The Honorbound or 7th Legion.
by Published on 2020-02-18 03:23 AM

Diablo and Overwatch Animated Series
According to Nick van Dyk's LinkedIn profile (president of Activision Blizzard Studios), Diablo and Overwatch will be getting an animated series based on the games.

The Diablo series will be an anime style, similar to Castlevania, and is currently in pre-production for distribution worldwide through Netflix.

His profile also mentions that he "developed and sold an animated series based Blizzard's Overwatch franchise", however further details about the Overwatch Animated Series have yet to be revealed.

Nick van Dyk - President, Activision Blizzard Studios

President of the film and television division of leading game company Activision | Blizzard, charged with adapting the company's intellectual property to film and TV, including development, financing, production and distribution.

  • Executive producer of Skylanders Academy, a TV adaptation of Skylanders (the leading children’s video game franchise in the world). Solicited pitches and selected show runner, assembled writers’ room, provided notes and creative feedback at all stages of production from writing through animation, hired key show staff (line producer, casting director, voice director, composer, etc.), sourced and hired animation studio and negotiated equity interest therein, established guidelines for talent deals, assembled series cast, and sold the show to Netflix.
  • Executive producer of Diablo, a TV adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s IP, rendered in anime style. The show is currently in pre-production for distribution worldwide through Netflix.
  • With my creative partner, authored development strategy for the Call of Duty cinematic and television universe. Secured development funding, developed writer compensation deals and oversaw negotiations to secure talent.
  • With my creative partner, developed and sold an animated series based Blizzard's Overwatch franchise.

Build of the Month - February 2020
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!


This month
Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 8700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!


Peripherals




Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.



Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated February 2020
$1250
Case NZXT H510
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W
CPU Intel i5-9600K
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S
Motherboard ASUS TUF Z390-Plus Gaming
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4
Graphics Card RTX 2060
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB
SSD Samsung Evo 860 500GB

Unicorn

Updated February 2020
$1600
Case Fractal Design Define R6
Power Supply Corsair RM650x
CPU Intel i5-9600K
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15
Motherboard ASUS TUF Z390-Plus Gaming
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4
Graphics Card RTX 2060 OR
RTX 2070

Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB
SSD SAMSUNG 860 Pro 1TB
by Published on 2020-02-17 05:36 AM

Glacial Tidestorm Bug
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We should have received two mounts after today's hotfix, however after we kill Jaina we receive no mount at all.

We identified an issue were Lady Jaina Proudmoore was not dropping any Glacial Tidestorm mounts on Mythic difficulty. She has been reverted to now drop only 1 mount again while the underlying issue is investigated.

Customer Support will not be granting additional mounts while the drop rate is reverted.

Rukhmar and Nalak Spawn Change
Reddit user Alenajna has pointed out on reddit that Rukhmar and Nalak have received a spawn protection, similar to the one of other world bosses such as Galleon, Sha of Anger and Oondasta.




Fan Art - Illidan, Ragnaros and Deathwing in Minecraft
Arang Choi has recreated Illidan Stormrage, Ragnaros the Firelord and Deathwing the Destroyer in Minecraft.

by Published on 2020-02-15 01:08 AM

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 14, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Battle of Dazar’alor
    • Lady Jaina Proudmoore now drops 2 Glacial Tidestorm mounts (was 1) when defeated on Mythic difficulty.
  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • N’Zoth the Corruptor now drops 2 Ny'alotha Allseer mounts (was 1) when defeated on Mythic difficulty.
      • With these mounts becoming quite rare once Shadowlands comes out, taking 20 weeks or more for a full Mythic raid group to get the mounts felt excessive.

Horrific Visions
  • Reduced the health of enemies for groups of 2 or more that include at least 1 healer.
    • Developers’ note: We expected that groups with a healer would gain efficiency by taking more risks, but we've found that this gain is offset by healers shifting focus from damage to healing as group size increases, so we're adjusting creature health accordingly.
  • Stormwind
    • Alleria Windrunner
      • Darkened Sky now drains 40 Sanity (was 60 Sanity).
      • When the Trade District bonus objective is complete, Chains of Servitude is now cast once during the fight (was twice).

Items and Rewards
  • Corrupted Items
    • Fixed an issue which prevented items from being forged with the +12 Corruption version of Ineffable Truth (Corruption Effect).

Player versus Player
  • The upcoming Teeming Islands Brawl has been replaced with Temple of Hotmogu.
  • Temple of Hotmogu Brawl’s bonus movement speed and haste have been increased to 50%.

WoW Classic
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the player to disconnect from the game while waiting in a long queue for a Battleground.
by Published on 2020-02-14 01:42 AM

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 13, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Mythic Keystone Dungeons
    • Mindrend Tentacle
      • Mind Flay
        • Damage reduced by 25%.
    • Ravenous Fleshfiend
      • Tear Flesh’s bleed damage reduced by 20%.
    • Samh’rek, Beckoner of Chaos
      • Cascading Terror
        • Damage reduced by 40%.
        • Fear duration reduced to 2 seconds (was 3 seconds).
        • Cast frequency reduced.
          • Developers’ note: This ability works well as a dispel challenge, but its damage and disruption has proven to be more punishing than we’d like.
    • Urg’roth, Breaker of Heroes
      • Spirit Breaker’s damage reduced by 20%.

Items and Rewards
  • Corrupted Items
    • Rogues’ Detection no longer builds Echoing Void.
  • Heart of Azeroth
    • Changing a Minor Essence while The Crucible of Flame (Essence) is equipped in the Major Slot no longer causes Concentrated Flame to go on cooldown.

Quests
  • Saurfang is no longer present in Grommash Hold while players are on the quest "A Gift for the Warchief's Advisor".

WoW Classic
  • Blackwing Lair
    • Razorgore the Untamed
      • Fixed an issue where Nefarian's troops would sometimes continue attacking the group after Razorgore's eggs were destroyed.

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