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by Published on 2018-10-23 05:12 AM

World of Warcraft Classic - Patch 1.13.0: Build 28211
World of Warcraft Classic data for the BlizzCon demo was pushed tonight!

  • Everyone with a Virtual Ticket should be able to try the demo after the opening ceremony.
  • There are no new character models.
  • No DX12 support yet.
  • There is a time limit to how long you can play the demo before you have to take a break.
  • You'll start the demo at Level 15 and are capped at Level 19.
  • The game client is 64-bit only, has Battle.Net integration, better widescreen support, right click to report, and other tools to keep gameplay fair.
  • There is a 'Classic' button in the Video Settings that sets all of the sliders to the levels that were equivalent to the options available in the 2004 version of the game.
  • You can read more in the first and second Dev Watercoolers.




New Strings
There are lots of new strings relating to classic, but here are a few of the interesting ones.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • WOW_ERROR_331 - You recently reached the time limit for your World of Warcraft Classic session! Please try again in approximately %d |4hour:hours;, %d |4minute:minutes;.
  • WOW_ERROR_332 - You must purchase a Blizzcon Virtual Ticket in order to access World of Warcraft: Classic
  • CLASSIC_DEFAULTS - Classic
  • WOW_ERROR_333 - Thanks for playing World of Warcraft Classic! You've reached the time limit for your current session, but you can play again in approximately %d |4hour:hours;, %d |4minute:minutes;.
  • RUSSIAN_DECLENSION_PET_EXAMPLE_1 - I always travel with %s.
  • RUSSIAN_DECLENSION_PET_EXAMPLE_2 - First thing yesterday I bonked %s on the head.
  • RUSSIAN_DECLENSION_PET_EXAMPLE_3 - Today I met %s again.
  • RUSSIAN_DECLENSION_PET_EXAMPLE_4 - Now I am friends with %s.
  • RUSSIAN_DECLENSION_PET_EXAMPLE_5 - Although I know nothing about %s.



Old Game Tips
The old game tips are back and a fun reminder of how the game used to work.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Your spell casting can be cancelled by moving, jumping or hitting the escape key.
  • Clicking on a player name in the chat window lets you send a private message to them.
  • You can Control>Click on an item to see how you would look wearing that item.
  • An item with its name in gray is a poor quality item and in most cases it can be sold to a vendor.
  • An item with its name in white is useful to players in some way and can be used or sold in the auction house.
  • You can send mail to other players or even to your other characters from any mailbox in game.
  • You can Shift>Click on an item to place an item link into a chat message.
  • All of your action bars can have their hotkeys remapped in the key bindings interface.
  • If a profession trainer cannot teach you any more, they will generally tell you where to go to get further training.
  • On your character sheet is a reputation tab that tells you your status with different groups.
  • You can perform many fun actions with the emote system, for instance you can type /dance to dance.
  • The interface options menu ESC> has lots of ways to customize your game play.
  • You can turn off the slow scrolling of quest text in the interface options menu.
  • Spend your talent points carefully as once your talents are chosen, you must spend gold to unlearn them.
  • A mail icon next to the minimap means you have new mail. Visit a mailbox to retrieve it.
  • You can add additional action bars to your game interface from the interface options menu.
  • If you hold down Shift> while right-clicking on a target to loot, you will automatically loot all items on the target.
  • If you enjoyed playing with someone, put them on your friends list!
  • There are a number of different loot options when in a group. The group leader can right-click their own portrait to change the options.
  • You can choose not to display your helm and/or cloak with an option from the interface options menu.
  • You can target members of your party with the function keys. F1 targets you; F2 targets the second party member.
  • Being polite while in a group with others will get you invited back!
  • When in a queue for a battleground you don't need to wait by the battleground to stay in the queue.
  • A monster with a silver dragon around its portrait is a rare monster with better than average treasure.
  • If you mouse over a chat pane it will become visible and you can right-click on the chat pane tab for options.
  • You can display the duration of beneficial spells on you from the interface options menu.
  • You can lock your action bar so you don't accidentally move spells. This is done using the interface options menu.
  • You can cast a spell on yourself without deselecting your current target by holding down Alt> while pressing your hotkey.
  • Killing Civilians will give you a dishonorable kill and an honor rating penalty.
  • Killing guards gives no honor.
  • Typing /macro will bring up the interface to create macros.
  • Enemy players whose names appear in gray are much lower level than you are and will not give honor when killed.
  • When you are in a raid you can drag a group or class type from the raid window to your game field so you can always see their health and mana.
  • You can hide your interface with Alt>Z and take screenshots with Print Screen>.
  • You can assign a Hotkey to toggle locking/unlocking your action bar. Just look in the Key Bindings options to set it.
  • If you Shift>Click on a player name in the chat window it tells you additional information about them.
  • A blue question mark above a quest giver means the quest is repeatable.
  • Use the assist button (F key) while targeting another player, and it will target the same target as that player.
  • You can use the Tab key to select nearby enemies in front of you.
  • Shift>Clicking on an item being sold by a vendor will let you select how many of that item you wish to purchase.
  • When you learn a profession or secondary skill the button that allows you to perform that skill is found in the general tab of your spellbook.
  • You can right-click on a beneficial spell that has been cast on you to dismiss it.
  • If you are having trouble finding something in a capital city, try asking a guard for directions.
  • Remember to take all things in moderation (even World of Warcraft!)
  • You can view messages you previously sent in chat by pressing Alt> and the up arrow key.
  • You can Shift-Click on an item stack to split it into smaller stacks.
  • Pressing both mouse buttons simultaneously will make your character run.
  • When replying to a tell from a player (Default 'R'), the TAB> key cycles through people you have recently replied to.
  • You can remove a friendly spell enhancement on yourself by right-clicking on the spell effect icon.
  • A Blizzard employee will NEVER ask for your password.
  • Clicking an item name that appears bracketed in chat will tell you more about the item.
  • You can only know two professions at a time, but you can learn all of the secondary skills (fishing, cooking and first-aid).
  • It's considered polite to talk to someone before inviting them into a group, or opening a trade window.
  • Pressing 'v' will toggle the display of a health bar over nearby enemies.
  • Your items do not suffer durability damage when you are killed by an enemy player.
  • Shift>click on a quest in your quest log to toggle quest tracking for that quest.
  • Nearby questgivers that are awaiting your return are shown as a yellow dot on your mini-map.
  • If you are lost trying to complete a quest, the quest log will often tell you what to do next.
  • Nearby questgivers that are awaiting your return are shown as a yellow dot on your mini-map.
  • The auction houses in each of your faction's major cities are linked together.
  • Ensure that all party members are on the same stage of an escort quest before beginning it.
  • Quests completed at maximum level award money instead of experience.
  • If you are having trouble fishing in an area, try attaching a lure to your fishing pole.
  • Your character can eat and drink at the same time.
  • Playing in a battleground on its holiday weekend increases your reputation and honor gained.
  • Shift>-B will open all your bags at once.
  • When interacting with other players a little kindness goes a long way!
  • You're much less likely to encounter wandering monsters while following a road.
  • It is better to quest and die, than never to have quested at all.
  • Bring your friends to Azeroth, but don't forget to go outside Azeroth with them as well.
  • If you keep an empty mailbox, the mail icon will let you know when you have new mail waiting!
  • Never give another player your account information.
  • Sharing an account with someone else can compromise its security.
  • You can turn these tips off in the Interface menu.
by Published on 2018-10-23 02:23 AM

Shadow Priest Changes in Patch 8.1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The next PTR build includes some changes to Shadow Priest with the following goals:
  • Make Voidform matter more, make staying in Voidform longer matter more, and give the player more agency over extending its duration
  • Improve Shadow’s defensive power and utility

Make Voidform Matter More
Moving into Battle for Azeroth, we consciously reduced the maximum power of Voidforms, for the purpose of evening out Shadow’s heavily backloaded Voidform cycle damage. This had some positive impacts, which many of you are aware of – mainly this greatly reduced the harsh penalty for dropping out of Voidform early – a common occurrence in any content outside of raids, including dungeons or questing. That said, we think we went a little too far with peeling power off of Voidform, which has resulted in Voidform not feeling impactful enough, and with not enough reason to work to extend it. We are easing this change back a bit:

  • Voidform increases spell damage by 20% (up from 10%)
  • Insanity drain increase per second in Voidform reduced by 15%
  • Void Bolt Insanity generation increased by 25%

Dispersion
Dispersion’s damage reduction has been increased to 75% (up from 60%). We agree that because it comes with the penalty of not being able to cast spells, it deserves to be stronger. Additionally, it now increases movement speed by 50%.

A new talent Intangibility replaces Mania (which was similar to and far less popular than Body and Soul), and reduces Dispersion’s cooldown by 25% and causes it to heal you for 50% of your maximum health over its duration.

Shadowform’s Physical Damage Reduction
Shadowform's 10% physical damage reduction was intended to feel like a bonus to Shadowform, but instead felt like a penalty to Voidform, since you lose that defensive benefit going into Voidform.

We’re replacing this bonus from Shadowform with the Focused Will passive (which the other two Priest specs already have), causing melee abilities and attacks to reduce all damage taken by 15% for 8 sec.

Hallucinations
Hallucinations (the PvP talent) is becoming a baseline passive, and allows your successful Dispel Magic, Mass Dispel, Purify Disease, Vampiric Embrace, and Power Word: Shield casts to generate 6 Insanity (same amount per cast as your filler, Mind Flay).

This give you more freedom to use your on-global cooldown utility buttons, especially in Voidform, without incurring as much damage loss, since Insanity is constantly draining.

Other talent adjustments worth mentioning:
  • Mind Bomb and Psychic Scream now take 40% longer to break from damage.
  • Void Torrent generates 30 Insanity over its duration and deals 20% increased damage. Additionally, no longer requires Voidform to cast, so you can choose to use it on a priority damage target at any time.
  • Lingering Insanity fades every 3 sec instead of every 2 sec.
  • Surrender to Madness cooldown reduced by 33% and penalty duration reduced by 50%.
by Published on 2018-10-22 04:14 PM

Dev Watercooler: Inside the World of Warcraft Classic BlizzCon Demo
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello World of Warcraft community! With BlizzCon 2018 getting closer every day, we wanted to give you an update on what you’ll be experiencing at BlizzCon around WoW Classic. We’ve been hard at work on bringing the original Azeroth back to life, and we’re excited that you’ll be able to get your hands on the demo we’re creating for the show—both at BlizzCon and at home with the Virtual Ticket.

What to Expect
From the beginning of this project, the team’s mission has been to be as faithful as possible to World of Warcraft as it existed back in 2005 and 2006, before Cataclysm altered the world as we knew it—and we wanted to make sure the demo we built for the show was a clear reflection of that. The focus of the demo is on outdoor questing, and we’ve selected two iconic zones that most original WoW players will no doubt be familiar with—Barrens for the Horde and Westfall for the Alliance—so you can step back in time and experience these zones as they were originally designed. You’ll be able to search for Mankrik’s wife, curse at Ornery Plainstriders for not having beaks, and make a group to kill Defias Pillagers in Moonbrook. You might even get to improvise a new rotation against the Harvest Golems in Farmer Saldean’s farm, since in this era, mechanical creatures may be immune to some of your abilities. We brought all of that back, and we’re as excited about it as you are.

Because it’s a demo, there’ll will be some limitations on the content: the Deadmines and Wailing Caverns dungeons won’t be available, the only PvP will be dueling, and you won’t be able to visit zones other than Westfall and the Barrens. We also typically limit the time our BlizzCon attendees can play a demo, and that will be the case for BlizzCon WoW Classic Demo players at home. In order to maximize the number of people who can try out the demo, initially you’ll be logged off after playing for a certain amount of time to give somebody else a turn. We haven’t determined exactly how long this time limit will be yet, but we’re also planning some flexibility, so if we’re able to relax the restriction and still give everyone who wants to play a great experience, then we’ll do that. If you do find your session has ended before you’ve done everything you wanted to, don’t worry—your character will be there when you get back in for your next session, and all your progress will be saved.

You’ll start the demo at level 15. While we know that starting at level 1 holds a lot of nostalgia, you’re also limited in what you can do when you’re first starting out. Given the time constraints of a BlizzCon demo, we wanted to give players some freedom to explore and experiment with core systems like talents or professions, which are unavailable at level 1. We also wanted you to be able to get a good sense of the original class played. At Level 15, warriors have Defensive Stance, priests have Psychic Scream, hunters have their pet, and so on—so at this level you really start to feel like your class has some of the key tools that make the class distinct. Additionally, all characters will be capped at Level 19. But you can create multiple characters, so you can try out as many different classes and races as you’d like!

What’s “New”
As we mentioned in our original Dev Watercooler blog we posted in June, we’re building WoW Classic on the foundation of our modern code base. That means you’ll be able to download the demo through the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app and use Battle.net chat integration in-game to ask your friend to come check out the Barrens with you. You’ll also find there’s improved support for widescreen monitors—so instead of the world looking stretched and distorted in widescreen, it’ll look like it did on your old 4:3 monitor. Only bigger!

All of the current game’s tools that help ensure World of Warcraft is a welcoming and fair environment, such as right-click player reporting, will also be in the BlizzCon WoW Classic Demo. Cheats, bots, and other exploitive behavior will also not be allowed, and the modern engine no longer permits some behaviors that could be used to get out of bounds. Support for 32-bit clients has also been removed. One of our core values is “Play nice; play fair,” and we want to do everything we can to ensure a few bad apples don’t ruin the experience for others.

You’ll also find that post-launch accessibility options such as colorblind mode are in the demo—though as we were working on it, we realized some words and images used in the current Accessibility panel come from the modern game. So we replaced the modern icons with some classic icons, and removed the term “Heirloom” since it doesn’t appear anywhere else in WoW Classic. It’s important to us that in situations like this we blend the old and the new in such a way that it still looks and feels like the game you remember.

See You in November!
We’re really excited about the BlizzCon WoW Classic Demo, and hope you are too! But we definitely don’t want to send the message that we’re done, because we’re not. There’s still lots of work left do, and the BlizzCon demo is an important step in the process of bringing the original WoW back to life as authentically as we can. This is a great chance for you to see the direction we’re heading and give us some early feedback, so be sure to leave your thoughts in the Classic section of the WoW forums.

Thanks for playing, and we’ll see you in Azeroth!
by Published on 2018-10-21 05:08 AM

Brian Holinka Returns to the World of Warcraft Team
Holinka left the World of Warcraft team a little over a year ago to work on an unannounced project, but now is back as the Lead Combat Designer. He is heading up the team responsible for all combat related systems for World of Warcraft including class design and player versus player content.


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