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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!
Published on 2019-08-15 07:23 PM

Patch 8.2.5 PTR - Build 31521
Build 31521 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon. It mostly updates tooltips with hotfixes that have already been made.

The Recruit a Friend UI was updated with a preview of rewards, including an encrypted armor set.



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Azerite Traits
  • Last Gift Your spells and abilities have a chance to grant 321 Mastery and absorb 1,122 damage for 10 sec. Taking damage from Attacking a member of the opposite faction has a chance to activate this effect. is more likely to activate this effect.


Misc Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Map Difficulties
  • Crucible of Storms - Max players: 16. 1s lockout.

Mounts
Flying Mounts
  • Alabaster Stormtalon - Flying Mount. Alabaster Stormtalon. "Chisled "Chiseled by the stonemasons of Stormwind, this stone gryphon symbolizes the unbending courage of the Alliance." Source: In-Game Shop
  • Alabaster Thunderwing - Flying Mount. Alabaster Thunderwing. "Chisled "Chiseled by the stoneworkers of Orgrimmar, this stone wind rider is a symbol of the unwavering strength of the Horde." Source: In-Game Shop
  • Notorious Gladiator's Proto-Drake (New) - Flying Mount. Notorious Gladiator's Proto-Drake. "They say that proto-drakes can smell fear. This iron-bound monster FEEDS off of it." Source: Achievement: Gladiator: Battle for Azeroth Season 3 Category: Player vs. Player

World Safe Locations
Caverns of Time - Anniversary
  • 8.2.5 Wow's Anniversary - Caverns of Time - Name changed from "Wow's Anniversary - Caverns of Time" to "8.2.5 Wow's Anniversary - Caverns of Time".

Gilneas2
  • Gilneas - Emberstone Village GY (New)

Kul Tiras
  • Allliance - Character Boost (120) - BfA - Boralus (New)

Zandalar
  • Horde - Character Boost (120) - BfA - Dazar'alor (New)



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CLUB_FINDER_APPLY (New) - Apply
  • CLUB_FINDER_DAMAGE (New) - Damage
  • CLUB_FINDER_HEALER (New) - Healer
  • CLUB_FINDER_IS_GUILD_LEADER_JOIN_ERROR - You must pass Select a new guild master or disband your guild in order to join a new one.
  • CLUB_FINDER_LOOKING_FOR_CLASS_SPEC (New) - %s %s
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT (New) - Report %s
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_COMMUNITY_NAME (New) - Offensive Community Name
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_DESCRIPTION - Inappropriate Offensive Description
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_GUILD_NAME (New) - Offensive Guild Name
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_JOIN_NOTE (New) - Offensive Applicant Note
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_NAME - Inappropriate Offensive Player Name
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_REASON_APPLICANT_NAME (New) - Applicant Name
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_REASON_APPLICANT_NOTE (New) - Applicant Note
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_REASON_COMMUNITY_NAME (New) - Community Name
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_REASON_GUILD_NAME (New) - Guild Name
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_REASON_POSTERS_NAME (New) - Posters Name
  • CLUB_FINDER_REPORT_REASON_POSTING_DESCRIPTION (New) - Posting Description
  • CLUB_FINDER_TANK (New) - Tank
  • QUEST_CHECK_FORMAT (New) - |cff808080%s|r
  • QUEST_PROGRESS_TOOLTIP_OBJECTIVE_PROGRESS (New) - %1$s (%2$d%%)
  • QUEST_PROGRESS_TOOLTIP_QUEST_ON_QUEST (New) - On quest
  • QUEST_PROGRESS_TOOLTIP_QUEST_READY_FOR_TURN_IN (New) - |cff20ff20Ready for turn-in|r
  • QUEST_SESSION_BONUS_LOOT_REWARD_FRAME_TITLE (New) - Completing this quest while in Party Sync may reward:
  • QUEST_SESSION_START_SESSION_TOOLTIP - Sync quest progress and level. Gain bonus rewards and help party members catch up by replaying quests with them. Sync and replay quests with party members. May restrict level and skills.
  • RAF_ACTIVE_LINK_EXPIRE_DATE (New) - This link will expire on %s
  • RAF_EXPENDED_LINK_EXPIRE_DATE (New) - You will be able to generate a new link on %s
  • RAF_RECRUIT_FRIEND (New) - |cffffd200Recruit:|r %s
  • RAF_RECRUITER_FRIEND (New) - |cffffd200Recruiter:|r %s
  • SPELL_FAILED_SUMMON_MAP_CONDITION (New) - Target is not eligible to be summoned here.
Published on 2019-08-15 05:19 AM

Diablo III And Ongoing Support

Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Fall 2019 Sign ups

Patch 8.2 Hotfixes - August 14, 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Azshara’s Eternal Palace
    • Abyssal Commander Sivara
      • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Holy Priests to get frozen while Spirit of Redemption was active on all difficulties.
    • Orgozoa
      • Teleporters to the Orgozoa encounter no longer remove stat buffs.
      • Enemies leading to the Orgozoa encounter no longer despawn when the boss is engaged.
    • Za’qul, Harbinger of Ny’alotha
      • Corrected an issue preventing Monks from using Chi Torpedo or Roll in the Delirium Realm.
      • Corrected an issue preventing Monks from using Chi Torpedo or Roll in the Delirium Realm.
  • Siege of Boralus
    • Corrected an issue in the Dread Captain Lockwood encounter where a player dying while holding the cannon would not spawn a new cannon.
  • Developers’ notes: Arms Warrior, Destruction Warlock, Frost Death Knight, and Unholy Death Knight are generally underperforming and could use a damage increase.

Items
  • Heart of Azeroth
    • Conflict and Strife's (Essence) Rank 4 visual should now properly display when PvP events are triggered such as capturing a flag or interrupting a target.

Mounts
  • Vicious Basilisks have grown larger for most races, and even larger for large races.

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