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by Published on 2021-01-27 02:51 AM

Patch 9.0.2 Hotfixes - January 26, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

  • Mage
    • Arcane
      • Arcane Barrage should now correctly return 1.5% mana per Arcane Charge.
  • Priest
    • Crystalline Reflection (Legendary Effect) damage will no longer cause players to stand up while they are eating or drinking.
  • Warlock
    • Unstable Affliction will now appear as a high priority debuff on raid frames.

Covenants

  • Night Fae
    • Fixed an issue where the Covenant Sanctum report was displaying the incorrect status of the wildseeds growing in the Queen’s Conservatory.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Mythic Keystone Dungeons
    • Fixed an issue where Prideful’s Belligerent Boast missiles could change direction unexpectedly.
by Published on 2021-01-26 03:05 AM

Patch 9.0.2 Hotfixes - January 25, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements

  • To 'Ghast, Two Curios and 'Ghast Five are now account-wide achievements.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • The point of interest indicator for “Gorm Ruin Everything” should now be easier to see on the map.
  • Necrolord
    • Fixed an issue where players were unable to enter the Inquisitor’s Crypt after opening the door during the quest “The Last Word.”
  • Venthyr
    • Fixed an issue where Theotar’s Fury buff would sometimes not persist through death during the quest “Lowering Their Defenses.”

Creatures and NPCs

  • Darvel the Frugal should now correctly give the correct faction discount.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • Council of Blood
      • [With regional restarts] Dreadbolt Volley damage reduced by up to 20% in smaller raid sizes in Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulties. The damage will remain the same in 30-player raids.
      • [With regional restarts] Drain Essence damage reduced by up to 20% in smaller raid sizes in Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulties. The damage will remain the same in 30-player raids.
      • [With regional restarts] Dark Recital duration reduced to 6 seconds on Normal and Heroic difficulties (was 7 seconds).
    • Sludgefist
      • [With regional restarts] Colossal Roar damage reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Chain Slam and Chain Bleed damage reduced by 35% on Mythic difficulty.
    • Stone Legion Generals
      • [With regional restarts] Stone Legion Goliath health reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Stone Legion Goliath’s Ravenous Feast cooldown increased by 6 seconds on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Stone Legion Skirmisher health reduced by 6% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Serrated Tear and Stone Fist damage reduced by 20% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Serrated Swipe, Serrated Tear, and Stone Fist’s range increased to 100 yards (was 10 and 20 yards).
        • Developers’ note: In addition to slightly reducing overall difficulty, we've made a number of changes to this encounter with the goal of making it feel more consistent between attempts. This means that while certain abilities are no longer avoidable, their impact together with other abilities should be more realistic to manage and the order in which they occur should be more reliable.
      • [With regional restarts] Heart Rend’s range increased to 300 yards (was 10 yards).
      • [With regional restarts] Heart Rend no longer applies Heart Hemorrhage to the player who dispelled the Magic effect on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] General Kaal and General Grashaal’s spell cooldowns now reset with phase changes.
      • [With regional restarts] Volatile Stone Shell absorb shield reduced by 20% on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic Keystone Dungeons
    • [With regional restarts] Manifestation of Pride (Prideful Affix) now sees through Stealth and Invisibility effects.
  • Plaguefall
    • Margrave Stradama
      • [With regional restarts] Plaguebound Devoted health and damage reduced by 40%.
      • [With regional restarts] Reduced the cast frequency of Infectious Rain during her final phase.
      • [With regional restarts] Slightly adjusted the timing of Plague Crash so there is a little more time between tentacle slaps.
  • Sanguine Depths
    • [With regional restarts] Fixed an issue where flying Chamber Sentinels would fail to contribute Enemy Forces requirements on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
    • Kryxis the Voracious
      • [With regional restarts] Severing Smash damage reduced by 20% on all difficulties.
      • [With regional restarts] Essence Absorption damage reduced by 20% on Mythic difficulty.
    • Executor Tarvold
      • [With regional restarts] Fleeting Manifestation health reduced by 20%.
  • Spires of Ascension
    • [With regional restarts] Lakesis, Klotos and Astronos are no longer affected by Mythic Keystone affixes that trigger on death (e.g. Sanguine).
    • [With regional restarts] Lakesis, Klotos and Astronos Oppression now increases damage taken by 1% per application (was 2%).
  • The Necrotic Wake
    • If Bloody Javelin and Discharged Anima hits more than eight enemies, the total damage is distributed evenly across all targets.
    • Kyrian armaments (Bloody Javelin, Discarded Shield, Discharged Anima and Forgotten Forgehammer) now persist through death.
    • [With regional restarts] Brittlebone Crossbowman and Brittlebone Warrior damage reduced by 20%.
    • [With regional restarts] Fixed an issue where Brittlebone Crossbowman's Shoot was ignoring armor.
    • [With regional restarts] Brittlebone Mage's Frostbolt Volley damage reduced by 20% and cast time increased to 3.5 seconds (was 2.5 seconds).
    • [With regional restarts] Brittlebone Mage's Frostbolt damage reduced by 36% and cast time increased to 2.5 seconds (was 2 seconds).
    • [With regional restarts] Corpse Harvester and Corpse Collector health reduced by 29%.
    • [With regional restarts] Stitched Vanguard health reduced by 14%.
    • [With regional restarts] Nar'zudah's health reduced by 20%.
    • [With regional restarts] Skeletal Monstrosity's health reduced by 20% and melee damage reduced by 25%.
    • [With regional restarts] Loyal Creation health reduced by 24%.
    • [With regional restarts] Kyrian Stitchwerk health reduced by 25% and melee damage reduced by 17%.
    • Blightbone
      • [With regional restarts] Carrion Worm’s Blood Gorge applications required to trigger Carrion Eruption increased to 5 (was 3).
    • Amarth
      • [With regional restarts] Reduced the range skeletons are summoned during Land of the Dead.
      • [With regional restarts] Unholy Frenzy attack speed bonus reduced by 20%.
      • [With regional restarts] Reanimated Crossbowman and Reanimated Warrior damage reduced by 20%.
      • [With regional restarts] Reanimated Mage's Frostbolt Volley damage reduced by 20%
      • [With regional restarts] Reanimated Mage's Frostbolt Volley damage reduced by 36% and cast time increased to 2.5 seconds (was 2 seconds).
    • Surgeon Stitchflesh
      • [With regional restarts] Embalming Ichor duration reduced to 1 minute (was 6 minutes).

Items and Rewards

  • The Inscrutable Quantum Device trinket now considers all friendly players within range to be valid targets for assisting, regardless of group state.
  • The Inscrutable Quantum Device trinket now also considers its user to be a valid target for granting Mana as long as they are a Healing specialization.
  • The Inscrutable Quantum Device trinket will no longer attempt to execute enemy targets who are already dead.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Shadehound Armor Plating from being acquired in the Maw. The quest item can now be found by completing the Hunt: Shadehounds event.

Player versus Player

  • [With regional restarts] In 2v2 Arenas, Dampening will begin at 20% when both teams have either a tank or healer.
  • [With regional restarts] Players now deal 20% less damage to Death Knight, Hunter, and Warlock pets.
  • [With regional restarts] Fleshcraft (Necrolord Ability) can now be used while in the starting area for battlegrounds and arenas.
  • The Mine Carts in the Silvershard Mines battleground no longer take damage from any spells or abilities.
  • Druid
    • Balance
      • [With regional restarts] Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) no longer casts Full Moon when engaged in combat with enemy players.
    • Feral
      • [With regional restarts] Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) no longer casts Feral Frenzy when engaged in combat with enemy players.
  • Paladin
    • Holy
      • [With regional restarts] Divine Favor (PvP Talent) cooldown increased to 30 seconds (was 25 seconds) and now increases cast speed by 30% (was 60%).
    • Protection, Retribution
      • [With regional restarts] Word of Glory’s healing has been reduced by 20% when engaged in combat with enemy players.
  • Mage
    • [With regional restarts] Infernal Cascade (Conduit) has its effectiveness reduced by 33% when engaged in combat with enemy players.
    • [With regional restarts] Triune Ward (Legendary Effect) now provides 50% barrier effectiveness when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 65%).

The Maw

  • [With regional restarts] Players using Fel Rush and other similar movement abilities are now reliably able to return souls to Collector Marissa for the quest “Battered and Bruised.”

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • The following spells now go on cooldown when stopped by any means: Terror, Nature's Bounty, Deafening Howl, and Phasing Roar. Previously, this cooldown would only occur with direct interrupts (such as Counterspell, Kick, Pummel, etc).
  • Anima Powers
    • Death Knight
      • Rune Hunter will no longer continue spawning Runes from Ashen Phylacteries after acquiring all 8 Rune buffs.
by Published on 2021-01-26 02:34 AM

Dungeon and Raid Tuning and Updates This Week
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With scheduled weekly maintenance in each region this week, we’re deploying a slate of adjustments and fixes to Dungeons and the Castle Nathria raid. Our goals are oriented around eliminating some pain points while reducing difficulty in encounters that have shown themselves to be frustrating.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Manifestation of Pride (Prideful Affix) now sees through Stealth and Invisibility effects.
  • Plaguefall
    • Margrave Stradama
      • Plaguebound Devoted health and damage reduced by 40%.
      • Reduced the cast frequency of Infectious Rain during her final phase.
      • Slightly adjusted the timing of Plague Crash so there is a little more time between tentacle slaps.
  • Sanguine Depths
    • Fixed an issue where flying Chamber Sentinels would fail to contribute Enemy Forces requirements on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
    • Kryxis the Voracious
      • Severing Smash damage reduced by 20% on all difficulties.
      • Essence Absorption damage reduced by 20% on Mythic difficulty.
    • Executor Tarvold
      • Fleeting Manifestation health reduced by 20%.
  • Spires of Ascension
    • Lakesis, Klotos, and Astronos are no longer affected by Mythic Keystone affixes that trigger on death (example: Sanguine).
    • Lakesis, Klotos, and Astronos Oppression now increases damage taken by 1% per application (was 2%).
  • The Necrotic Wake
    • When Bloody Javelin and Discharged Anima hits more than eight enemies, the total damage is distributed evenly across all targets.
    • Kyrian armaments (Bloody Javelin, Discarded Shield, Discharged Anima, and Forgotten Forgehammer) now persist through death.
    • Brittlebone Crossbowman damage reduced by 20%.
    • Fixed an issue where Brittlebone Crossbowman’s Shoot was ignoring armor.
    • Brittlebone Warrior damage reduced by 20%.
    • Brittlebone Mage’s Frostbolt Volley damage reduced by 20% and cast time increased to 3.5 seconds (was 2.5 seconds).
    • Brittlebone Mage’s Frostbolt damage reduced by 36% and cast time increased to 2.5 seconds (was 2 seconds).
    • Corpse Harvester health reduced by 29%.
    • Corpse Collector health reduced by 29%.
    • Stitched Vanguard health reduced by 14%.
    • Nar’zudah’s health reduced by 20%.
    • Skeletal Monstrosity’s health reduced by 20% and melee damage reduced by 25%.
    • Loyal Creation health reduced by 24%.
    • Kyrian Stitchwerk health reduced by 25% and melee damage reduced by 17%.
    • Blightbone
      • Carrion Worm’s Blood Gorge applications required to trigger Carrion Eruption increased to 5 (was 3).
    • Amarth
      • Reduced the range skeletons are summoned during Land of the Dead.
      • Unholy Frenzy attack speed bonus reduced by 20%.
      • Reanimated Warrior damage reduced by 20%.
      • Reanimated Crossbowman damage reduced by 20%.
      • Reanimated Mage’s Frostbolt Volley damage reduced by 20%
      • Reanimated Mage’s Frostbolt Volley damage reduced by 36% and cast time increased to 2.5 seconds (was 2 seconds).
    • Surgeon Stitchflesh
      • Embalming Ichor duration reduced to 1 minute (was 6 minutes).
  • Castle Nathria
    • Council of Blood
      • Dreadbolt Volley damage reduced by up to 20% in smaller raid sizes in Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulties. Damage will remain the same in 30-player raids.
      • Drain Essence damage reduced by up to 20% in smaller raid sizes in Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulties. Damage will remain the same in 30-player raids.
      • Dark Recital duration reduced to 6 seconds on Normal and Heroic difficulties (was 7 seconds).
    • Sludgefist
      • Colossal Roar damage reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • Chain Slam damage reduced by 35% on Mythic difficulty.
      • Chain Bleed damage reduced by 35% on Mythic difficulty.
    • Stone Legion Generals
      • Stone Legion Goliath health reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • Stone Legion Goliath’s Ravenous Feast cooldown increased by 6 seconds on Mythic difficulty.
      • Stone Legion Skirmisher health reduced by 6% on Mythic difficulty.
      • Serrated Swipe, Serrated Tear, and Stone Fist’s range increased to 100 yards (was 10 and 20 yards).
      • Serrated Tear and Stone Fist damage reduced by 20% on Mythic difficulty.
      • Heart Rend’s range increased to 300 yards (was 10 yards).
      • Heart Rend no longer applies Heart Hemorrhage to the player who dispelled the Magic effect on Mythic difficulty.
      • General Kaal and General Grashaal’s spell cooldowns now reset with phase changes.
      • Volatile Stone Shell absorb shield decreased by 20% on Mythic difficulty.

With the Stone Legion Generals fight, in addition to slightly reducing overall difficulty, we’re making changes to make it feel more consistent between attempts. This means that while certain abilities are no longer avoidable, their impact together with other abilities should be more realistic to manage, and the order in which they occur should be more reliable.
by Published on 2021-01-23 06:34 PM

Mythic Dungeon International 2021 - Cup 1
Mythic Dungeon International 2021 Cup 1 has started! Watch top teams from around the world fight for their share of the weekly $20,000 prize pool, and points used to advance to the MDI Season 1 Global Finals.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Top teams from around the world will face off to earn points towards advancing to the MDI Season 1 Global Finals and compete for their share of the $20,000 (USD) prize pool per cup.

DETAILS

  • Dates: Every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from January 22 to March 14
  • Broadcast Start Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. AEDT
  • Format: 5v5, Best of 3
  • Seasonal Affix: Prideful
  • Dungeons:
    • The Necrotic Wake
    • Plaguefall
    • Mists of Tirna Scithe
    • Halls of Atonement’
    • Theater of Pain
    • De Other Side
    • Spires of Ascension
    • Sanguine Depths
  • Language Streams on YouTube:

CASTER LINEUP


MORE

Check out the broadcast schedule on our esports page to plan ahead for more MDI in weeks to come. Be sure to keep an eye on the WoW Esports Twitter page for live updates, recaps, and all the memes you can handle.
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.


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