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by Published on 2021-06-15 06:09 PM

The Burning Crusade Classic Arena Season 1 has begun!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Are you ready to rumble? Burning Crusade Arena Season 1 has begun calling forth the finest combatants in all of Outland to converge and compete in three arenas—Ring of Trials in Nagrand, the Circle of Blood in Blade’s Edge Mountains, and the Ruins of Lordaeron above Undercity. Up for grabs are gear, mounts, title rewards, and most importantly—immortal glory. Step into the arena, champion, and test your mettle.

If you’re not familiar with how the Arena system works, read our article on the honor system updates for Burning Crusade Classic.

Entering the Arena

Once you have your team of 2, 3, or 5 players ready, you can queue for arenas by talking to an Arena Battlemaster. All Arena Teams begin at 0 team rating and must climb their way through the ranks. Communication and coordination is key!

In Season 1, certain PvP items will have personal rating requirements to purchase in addition to their Arena point cost. Once purchased, even if your personal rating drops below the threshold, you’ll still be able to equip it. The rating requirements are as follows:

  • Shoulders require 2000 personal rating
  • Weapon requires 1850 personal rating

Arena points—the currency required to purchase Arena gear—are awarded during the weekly reset and are based on the team that earned the most points. To qualify for Arena points, your personal rating must be within 150 of the rating of your team, with at least 10 games played, and you must have participated in 30% of your team’s games the previous week.

Obtaining Arena Gear

Once you earn Arena points, various vendors will make their wares available to you. Travel to the Ring of Trials in Nagrand, Circle of Blood in Blade's Edge Mountains, or Area 52 in Netherstorm to find them.

Seasonal Rewards

At the end of each Arena season, eligible players get rewards based on their rating. Season 1 features a unique title—the “Infernal Gladiator”— and players who reach the top of the bracket in their region will receive seasonal rewards as follows:

  • Infernal Gladiator (Top 0.1%)
  • Gladiator (Top 0.5%)
  • Duelist (Top 0.5% – 3%)
  • Rival (Top 3% – 10%)
  • Challenger (Top 10% – 35%)

In addition, recipients of the Infernal Gladiator and Gladiator titles will also receive a Swift Nether Drake mount—an extremely fast flying mount only available during Season 1.

To qualify for a seasonal reward, your personal arena rating needs to be within 100 points of your team’s rating, and you must have participated in 20% of your team’s games.

Players will need to win at least 50 games to qualify for a seasonal reward. Once a season has ended and a new one begins, the previous season's Arena gear can be purchased without the requirement of a specific rating.

The Arenas await you. It’s time to earn your place among legends, champion.
by Published on 2021-06-15 02:48 AM

Burning Crusade Classic Hotfixes - June 14, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Burning Crusade Classic

  • Priest’s Prayer of Mending now displays on the Raid-style party frames.
  • The Alliance now receive the correct amount of bonus honor in Eye of the Storm.
  • Flag captures in Eye of the Storm no longer grant bonus honor, true to 2.4.3 behavior.
  • The Jewelcrafting design patterns for Don Julio's Heart and Crimson Sun are now available on Consortium vendors.
  • Fixed an issue where Rested would sometimes become active outside of a rest area.
  • Fixed an issue where quest givers can fail to offer the Call to Arms daily if it was for Arathi Basin.
by Published on 2021-06-14 09:11 PM

Learn About the Mythic+ Dungeon Rating in Chains of Domination
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Take your Mythic+ skills to the next level. Chains of Domination introduces a way for players to clearly gauge their success and preparation to take on the challenges found in Mythic+ dungeons.

Keying Up to Bigger Challenges
With the content update players can take charge of their own progress and see how well they’re performing in Mythic+ dungeons by viewing their personal Mythic+ rating within the Group Finder(I) UI under the Mythic+ Dungeons tab.

Hovering your mouse pointer over the center Dungeon rating will bring up a tooltip that explains more about your rating and how you can improve it.


Your Rating increases each time you run a dungeon you haven’t completed before or when you beat your own best time in a dungeon you have already completed. Completing a key provides a rating based on three factors—the level of the key, the Affixes in the key, and the run’s time compared to the dungeon’s timer. With each Season, Mythic+ ratings are reset in the display.

Hovering over each dungeon will display the rating for that dungeon and your best time for both Fortified and Tyrannical.

Finding Your Group
Visibility is key in finding the right group for players looking for a group and for those creating a group as a group leader. When searching through Premade Groups in the Dungeon Finder, players will be able to view the group leader’s Mythic+ Rating for the dungeon before deciding if they want to apply to join.


Group leaders will be able to view all the incoming applicant’s Mythic+ Rating and their dungeon specific rating before accepting them into the group.




Maximizing Your Rating
Completing a dungeon once shows that you’ve learned the ropes and earns you a large boost to your overall Mythic+ Rating immediately. For the masters of keystones, running each dungeon on both Tyrannical and Fortified will maximize your Mythic+ Rating as you work your way through the system.

Taking the Win
When players beat the timer, they’ll see a notification that shows the amount their Keystone has been upgraded and the reward they’ve earned such as an increase to their Mythic+ Rating.

As an additional bonus to the group, if anyone in the group improves their rating on a run, everyone will earn bonus Valor Points, so don’t be shy about helping others get a leg up while helping boost your own rating too!


With this new scoring system in place, there are no limits on how far you can go in Mythic+ dungeons.
by Published on 2021-06-14 05:27 PM

Maw Updates in Patch 9.1 Chains of Domination
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the nefarious traitor Sire Denathrius dealt with and his stolen anima returned to its rightful owners, the covenants and you are now ready to take on the Jailer himself in the upcoming content update, Chains of Domination.

A HIDDEN WONDER

As part of his ongoing schemes, the Jailer has located a long-lost domain of the Shadowlands—Korthia, the City of Secrets—and dragged it from the hidden byways of the In-Between into the Maw. In this new area, you’ll team up with the covenants under a unified banner to fight against the endless forces of the Jailer, and work to uncover what obscurities he seeks in this forgotten realm.

The prophecies of Korthia foretold of the day when one who walked the Maw would save the Shadowlands from disaster. Perhaps this is that day.


Korthia's Inhabitants

Fearsome wildlife roams Korthia, hardened from eons of adaptation. Be on your guard as you explore this primordial land.


Ravenous Scavenger
Insatiable hunger drives these creatures to relentlessly pursue their next quarry, either by stealing scraps from other creatures or devouring hapless prey that cross their paths.


Shardhide Mauler
Enveloped in calloused hides and armed with vicious claws, these lumbering beasts ferociously fight any who encroach on their territory.


Korthian Attendants
Related to the attendants who preside in Oribos, this long-lost cartel serves to protect the Shadowland’s most ancient secrets.


Frenzied Razorwing
Solitary predators, razorwings are feared for their grisly hunting tactics: they swoop down on a target and savagely eviscerate unsuspecting prey.


Hungering Mite
Riddling the skies of Korthia, these aberrations swarm targets and drain them of their life-essence.


Korthian Gromit
These docile creatures gracefully hop through the ruins of Korthia, avoiding predators as they forage for food. When threatened, they lash out with whip-like tongues.

COVENANT ASSAULTS

Return to the Maw with the restored strength of the kyrian, necrolords, night fae, and venthyr and together strike back at the Jailer in Covenant Assaults. Twice a week, you can help the covenants’ forces fight the Maw’s monstrosities. Each Assault is led by one covenant and assisted in part by a second covenant, both of which need your help to complete four quests on the battlefront to take over key locations within the Maw. Successfully completing the onslaught will reward you with reputation for the leading covenant, the assisting faction, and the new covenant coalition, Death’s Advance. You’ll also receive a War Chest filled with Stygia and Soul Cinders, a currency used to further upgrade your legendary items. It may also contain mounts, legendary crafting materials, or equipment.

DEATH’S ADVANCE

At the forefront of the fight for the Shadowlands are the covenants’ champions you met along the way while leveling and questing. Visitors from the covenants change daily, and each will offer you repeatable quests. Turning in dailies will reward you with reputation for the new Death’s Advance faction. You’ll also earn reputation from the quest giver’s associated covenant (e.g. venthyr visitors will grant Court of Harvesters rep).

For your contributions to the Death’s Advance’s cause, you’ll gain their favor and will be able to purchase several cosmetic rewards, including covenant armor appearance sets.

THE ARCHIVIST’S CODEX

Korthian attendants have committed their existence to researching relics from across the Shadowlands. Led by their Archivist, they are dedicated to recovering the relics scattered across Korthia in the wake of the mawsworn invasion. Aid their cause by returning any Relic Fragments you find to Archivist Roh-Suir in return for The Archivist’s Codex faction reputation and a new currency, Catalogued Research. You can exchange Catalogued Research for a variety of rewards including Conduit and equipment upgrades, a flying mount, and a cosmetic appearance for your cloak.

MOUNT UP IN THE MAW

Disrupting the Jailer will weaken his hold in the Maw and bolster the confidence of your mounts to let you ride them into battle. To saddle up on your trusty steed in this ominous realm, you’ll first need to complete the introductory storyline to Korthia. Once you complete the quest, you’ll receive The True Maw Walker reward, which allows you to summon and ride all ground mounts in The Maw and Korthia on the character who earned it.


BLIND THE JAILER’S EYE

During your journey through the Chains of Domination storyline, you’ll be able to diminish the dangers of this desolate realm during the “Focusing the Eye” quest, which permanently removes the Eye of the Jailer effect. With the eye no longer tracking your every move, you can freely roam the Maw without penalty and stay in this forbidden place for as long as you please.

DELVE INTO DESMOTAERON

Along with exploring Korthia, you can now traverse the previously inaccessible terrain in the Maw, Desmotaeron. This land withers under the shadowy palm of Helya herself, where she tortures souls as her contribution to the Jailer’s schemes. It is here that you’ll also find the entrance of the new 10-boss raid, Sanctum of Domination.

NEW EVENT: TORMENTORS OF TORGHAST

While eradicating the Maw of the Jailer’s forces, his conniving lieutenant Kel’Thuzad will occasionally dispatch Tormentors to maintain their icy grip over the Maw. Slay Mawsworn minions to draw out these powerful adversaries that will stop at nothing to pulverize you into a pile stygia. Defeating a Tormentor will reward you with a Tormentor’s Cache brimming with Soul Cinders and can also contain powerful equipment as well as a Bahmethra Chain Link. Binding enough of these chain links will allow you to summon an eerie mount, the Hand of Bahmethra.

We look forward to sharing more information as development continues, and we hope this preview prepares you for the Maw and all it has to offer.

Rewards and mechanics are still in development and subject to change, so be sure to check back for periodic updates on worldofwarcraft.com as we approach the release of Chains of Domination.
by Published on 2021-06-14 12:49 PM

Diablo II: Resurrected Releases September 23rd
During the Xbox Bethesda E3 Showcase, it was announced that Diablo II: Resurrected will release on September 23th. The multiplayer open beta will start in August, and players that preorder the game will gain early access to it.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The call to arms has been issued—who will stand ready at the gates of Hell to face the Lord of Terror? Diablo II: Resurrected™ is coming soon, a definitive remastering of Diablo II alongside its Lord of Destruction® expansion! On September 23, veteran and new players alike can save Sanctuary from the Burning Hells on Windows® PC, and for the first time on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, and Nintendo Switch™.


Experience the timeless classic, now with high-resolution visuals (with support for up to 4K resolution) and remastered 7.1 Dolby Surround audio bringing the world of Sanctuary to life in a whole new way. Prepare to witness the original game’s cinematics, 27-minutes of epic storytelling, faithfully recreated to capture the dark ambiance so fondly remembered.

While Diablo II: Resurrected takes full advantage of today’s modern gaming hardware, it preserves the engaging hack-and-slash gameplay that is as engrossing today as it was twenty years ago—but with a handful of quality-of-life changes, such as a larger stash for players to store more of their loot and automatic gold pickup for ease. Above all else, Diablo II: Resurrected remains true to the original, and with a touch of a button, players can transport themselves into the nostalgic past, playing the game in the original 800x600 experience.

Players who wish to get their hands on the game will soon have a chance to do so. The Diablo II: Resurrected multiplayer open beta will kick-off in August and will feature five of the final game’s seven highly customizable character classes for players to choose from—the Amazon, Barbarian, Paladin, and Sorceress from the core game, as well as the Druid from the included Lord of Destruction expansion. The Necromancer and Assassin will be available when the game officially launches on September 23. Players who preorder the game will also gain early access to the open beta test taking place in August on supporting platforms.

Since our announcement, the community’s enthusiasm and support has been staggering. We can’t wait to begin this adventure and share more details with you on our upcoming beta test. So, rally your friends and stay tuned! Learn more from our website here, or for real-time updates, follow the Dark Lord on Twitter @diablo!

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