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by Published on 2018-08-20 06:45 PM

Hotfix: Darkmoon Deck: Tides has been buffed and shuffling now actually changes the effect

Mephisto Coming To Heroes of the Storm

Puzzle Labs Opens August 21 at 1 PM EDT - Special Hearthstone Livestream

Mephisto Revealed, Hanamura Returning, Eastern Clash, Weekly Rotation & Sales

Join Us for a Live Developer Q&A Thursday, August 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The expansion is here! Join us live on Twitch, August 23, as we sit down with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas for our next live developer Q&A where he’ll be answering your World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth questions.

Feel free to submit questions by posting in this forum thread or via Twitter using the hashtag #WarcraftQA.

We’re really looking forward to getting the chance to dive in and answer as much as we can, so we hope to see you Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PDT!

Blizzard at gamescom - Warbringers: Azshara, Overwatch Short, and More!
Warbringers: Azshara will be revealed after the Battle for Azeroth: Cosplay Showcase at 9:15 AM PST / 12:15 PM EST / 6:15 PM CEST on Friday, August 24.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment will be showcasing its games and celebrating its community at gamescom 2018 in Cologne, Germany, from Tuesday, August 21, to Saturday, August 25. Attendees will have the chance to enjoy the latest playable content and plenty of activities for Overwatch®, World of Warcraft®: Battle for Azeroth™, Heroes of the Storm®, StarCraft® II, Diablo® III, and Hearthstone® at the Blizzard booth in Hall 7 of the Koelnmesse. There’s also a full stage schedule, beginning with the unveiling of new content for Overwatch on Wednesday, August 22.

A calendar of main stage activities can be viewed on the new “Blizzard at gamescom” website (http://gamescom.blizzard.com) and mobile application, available on the App Store and the Google Play Store. The site and app also feature a catalog of merchandise that can be purchased at the Blizzard store in Hall 5, including some brand-new and convention-exclusive items, and visitors can create a personal wishlist in advance to facilitate their shopping experience. Some items from the gamescom collection can also be purchased directly on the European Gear Store.

In addition, the Blizzard at gamescom app allows attendees at the event to take an Augmented Reality tour of the Blizzard booth for the chance to win prizes.

Those who can’t make it to gamescom 2018 in person can watch the daily Blizzard at gamescom show via the website starting at 5:00 p.m. CEST Wednesday, August 22, through Friday, August 24, and 4:00 p.m. CEST on Saturday, August 25. Hosted by actor and presenter Naomi Kyle and well-known YouTuber Mark “Turps” Turpin, the show will include live-streamed and pre-recorded content, with spectators having the ability to change camera angles.

Visitors to the Blizzard booth at gamescom will be able to experience the following playable content and activities:

Overwatch
  • Blizzard is kicking off the first public day of gamescom 2018 with the Overwatch: New Content Reveal on the main stage starting at 11:15 a.m. CEST on Wednesday, August 22. Followed by the new content reveal will be the European premiere of a new Overwatch animated short, which will also be available to view on YouTube.
  • German Overwatch World Cup 2018 team members will battle participants from the audience in Lúcioball showmatches live on stage on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the Overwatch: Lúcioball Challenge.
  • Overwatch heroes D.Va, Lúcio, and Brigitte will come to life as their voice actors perform on stage in the Overwatch: German Voice Actors Panel at 11:00 a.m. CEST on Friday, August 24, followed by a signing session.
  • Attendees at gamescom will be able to enjoy some fun in the sun at the Blizzard booth with Summer Games-themed activities, including custom surfboards, face painting, community Lúcioball tournaments, a working Pachimari claw machine, and more.

World of Warcraft
  • World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will be playable on 80 gaming stations at the Blizzard booth, where visitors can enjoy a solo experience with the Siege of Lordaeron in-game event and group up with friends at gamescom for the Island Expeditions feature.
  • World of Warcraft cosplayers will show off creations inspired by the latest expansion on stage and via live stream during the Battle for Azeroth: Cosplay Showcase at 6:15 p.m. CEST on Friday, August 24, followed by the reveal of the third and final episode in the Warbringers series of animated shorts—the tale of Azshara, Queen of the Naga.
  • Top German guilds Aversion and Set Sail For Fail will face off in Island Expeditions live on stage during three rounds of the Battle for Azeroth: Island Expeditions Showcase on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • Visitors to the booth will be able to attend a live Darkmoon Faire, with activities like an airbrush makeup station, a fortune teller, and photo opportunities with the Recruit-a-Friend X-53 Touring Rocket mount, as well as renowned European community content creators streaming live.

Heroes of the Storm
  • A new Prime Evil wreaks havoc on the Nexus—Mephisto, Diablo II’s Lord of Hatred and the latest Ranged Assassin in Heroes of the Storm, will be playable for the first time at gamescom. His spotlight video can be viewed here.
  • The Overwatch-themed Hanamura map is new and improved with an emphasis on action-packed team fights, and it’s back in the game—now dubbed Hanamura Temple, it will be playable by the public for the first time at the Blizzard booth during the show. Check out our Hanamura Temple video to see all of the updates in action.
  • In Heroes of the Storm: Live Drawing with Carbot, Jonathan Burton from Carbot Animations will create his wacky rendition of Mephisto live on stage at 12:00 p.m. CEST on Thursday, August 23.

StarCraft II
  • It’s about time—Tychus Findlay, the latest Co-op Commander for StarCraft II, will be playable for the first time at the Blizzard booth. His spotlight video can be viewed here. On Wednesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 23, StarCraft II lead co-op designer Kevin Dong will demonstrate the new commander live on stage with YouTubers Lowko and Winter in StarCraft: Commander Co-op.
  • In StarCraft: One vs Many, YouTubers Lowko and Winter will take on any audience members who think they have what it takes to defeat these pros in a live one-versus-three battle on Saturday, August 25, at 3:00 p.m. CEST.

Diablo III
  • Visitors to the Blizzard booth can try their hand at slaying demons anytime, anywhere, with anyone—Diablo III will be playable on the Nintendo Switch™ console for the first time at gamescom.
  • On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, a Blizzard artist will be creating some diabolical artwork live on stage in Diablo: Live Drawing with Chris Amaral.

Hearthstone
  • In Hearthstone: Puzzle Time!, teams of gamescom audience members will race to complete challenges in Hearthstone’s new Puzzle Labs live on stage on Friday and Saturday at 12:15 p.m. CEST. These Solo Adventures for the game’s latest expansion, The Boomsday Project™, will be released to the public on Tuesday, August 21.
  • Hearthstone players can enjoy a brand-new Fireside Brawl, available for the first time at gamescom.
  • Visitors can also snap a photo with a giant game board replica from the Hearth and Home animated short, which premiered at gamescom 2017.

In addition to these games and activities, gamescom attendees can head to Blizzard’s main stage for two concerts from the Video Games Live orchestra on Wednesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 23, at 6:00 p.m. CEST; the Blizzard Dance Contest on Thursday, August 23, at 3:30 p.m. CEST; and the popular Blizzard Cosplay Contest closing out the week at 5:00 p.m. CEST on Saturday, August 25. Those watching from home will be able to see the Video Games Live concert, as well as the cosplay contest and the Battle for Azeroth: Cosplay Showcase, via live stream at http://gamescom.blizzard.com.

For more information about Blizzard at gamescom 2018, visit the website and follow our social media channels for updates live from the event.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Mythic Item Level
I've seen most groups ask for people at 305 to 315ish that's just my experience though and I can see people asking for higher.

Honestly they're very doable under 300 as long as you can follow mechanics and figure out some strats with your group.

If I was doing a World Tour with all pugs, I would aim to have the group be all 320.
I would ask for something similar if we were doing a World Tour. Some of the dungeons are a bit harder than the others and can be pretty challenging at lower ilvls but for the most part they're pretty doable and similar to the heroic counterparts in difficulty. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Legion Assaults to Return Today
The WarcraftDev twitter tweeted that the Legion Assaults should be returning at some point today!



Dark Legacy Comics #644
DLC #644 has been released!

by Published on 2018-08-20 07:51 AM

Ooh! Shinies! Creating Shiny New Upgrades In This Week's Card Design Competition

What to do at Level 120
Raids, Warfronts, a new PvP season, and world bosses are still a couple weeks out, but there is plenty to do to get ready while you wait!

Gearing Up
  • You can purchase an item level 320 cloak from any reputation vendor that you have earned honored status with in Battle for Azeroth.
  • Normal mode dungeons at level 120 reward item level 310 gear.
  • You need an item level of 305 to queue for heroic dungeons. You can bypass this by creating a 5 man group and zoning in manually. Heroic dungeons reward item level 325 gear.
  • Mythic 0 dungeons are available. Make sure you complete all 10 dungeons weekly. They reward item level 340+ gear.

World Quests
  • To unlock world quests you must reach Level 120 and complete the quest Uniting Kul Tiras (A) or Uniting Zandalar (H). This means that you must also have completed the War Campaign quests up this point, which involves doing all three war campaign foothold quests in the zones on the opposite continent.
    • If you have not reached Friendly with the required factions, continue questing for the reputation.
    • Your emissaries can reward Azerite Armor and other useful gear up to item level 340.
    • Increasing your item level also increases your world quest rewards item level. The general rule of thumb is every 10 item levels you have increases the rewards to your item level + 10 to a max of 340 at item level 330.

Reputations
  • Champions of Azeroth is the most important reputation. Every rank up in reputation rewards your Heart of Azeroth with 15 item levels. Upon reaching Exalted you can also purchase a piece of item level 355 Azerite Armor. See our Champions of Azeroth Reputation Guide for more information.
    • Purchase (or make if you are a Scribe) a Contract: Champions of Azeroth as soon as possible. This rewards 10 reputation for the Champions of Azeroth when completing any world quest in Battle for Azeroth zones.
  • Prioritize 7th Legion/Honorbound reputation as well by completing world quests on the enemy continent. This reputation is needed for a variety of different unlocks.
    • You need 7,500 reputation into Honored to unlock one of the final 2 Mythic only dungeons Siege of Boralus or Kings' Rest, depending on your faction. The other dungeon is unlocked by completing the zones and and unlock chain.
    • You need to reach Revered in order to finish the War Campaign.
    • You need to reach Exalted to unlock the Dark Iron Dwarves or Mag'har Orc Allied races. (depending on faction)
  • All other reputations are also important. They each have a piece of item level 335 gear at Revered and a piece of item level 355 gear at Exalted.

Azerite Power Farming
  • Don't forget to farm Azerite Power for your Heart of Azeroth. Every rank up increases the item level of the neck piece by 2 and can unlock new Azerite powers in your Azerite Armor slots.
    • Make sure to max out your weekly Island Expeditions bar by collecting 40,000 Azerite during Island Expeditions over the week. This rewards 2,500 Azerite power and 1500 7th Legion/Honorbound reputation.
    • Heroic dungeons are another source of Azerite power farming.

Pathfinder - Part 1
  • Players are able to start earning the requirements for the first part of the flying achievement in Battle for Azeroth. Earning the Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One achievement will increase your mount speed in all Battle for Azeroth zones. Here is a list of the requirements. Note that you do not need to complete both the Horde and Alliance questing zones to complete the achievement, but one or the other along with the War Campaign.
    • Battle for Azeroth Explorer - For this achievement you must fully uncover the map for all Battle for Azeroth zones on both continents.
    • Kul Tourist or Zandalar Forever! - For this achievement you must complete the main story quest chains in either all Kul Tiras zones or Zandalar zones.
    • Ready for War or Ready for War - This achievement requires completing either the Alliance or the Horde War Campaign quest chain.
    • Wide World of Quests - Complete 100 different world quests in Battle for Azeroth zones.
    • Azerothian Diplomat - Earn revered status with all Alliance/Neutral or Horde/Neutral reputations in Battle for Azeroth.

September 4th Unlocks
This is a short synopsis of what you can do until September 4th. On this date, several more options unlock.

  • Uldir Normal and Heroic mode unlock. Complete these for item level 355 and 370 gear.
  • Warfronts become available. They can reward item level 340 loot and your weekly quest grants you a piece of item level 370 gear.
  • World bosses should also unlock at this point and be on a rotation. Basic world bosses reward item level 355 gear and your faction specific one in Arathi Highlands can reward item level 370 gear.
  • Battle for Azeroth PvP Season 1 starts. Be sure to cap your conquest for the week in order to earn gear as well.
  • Battle for Azeroth Mythic Plus Season 1 starts. Complete a +10 during the week for a chance at item level 370 loot. This will also give you up to three pieces of gear in your weekly chest at reset, normal pieces being 380 item level and Azerite Armor pieces being 385 item level.


Battle for Azeroth Soundtrack on Spotify
The Battle for Azeroth Soundtrack is now on Spotify, with more digital outlets coming soon.



WoWcraft - Battle for Azeroth
A new WoWcraft has been released!

by Published on 2018-08-18 04:27 PM

Update: Tickets are sold out. We'll see you at BlizzCon!

BlizzCon 2018 Tickets on Sale in 30 Minutes
Round 3 ticket buyers will have until August 31 at 8pm Pacific Time to change the names on their tickets.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hoping to attend BlizzCon in person this year but didn’t manage to snag a ticket during the first two sales? You’re in luck—we’re thrilled to announce a third ticket sale, scheduled for Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT.

GET TICKETS

This third ticket sale will once again be hosted by Universe.com, and tickets are priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). This sale will work just like our previous two—check out the BlizzCon Ticket page and Badge Information page for all the details.

Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming convention and community celebration returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3 for a weekend full of hands-on gaming, in-depth developer panels, incredible esports competition, and more.

Virtual Ticket – Coming Soon!

If you can’t make it to the show in person, you’ll still have a chance to join the celebration from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which will provide live streaming coverage to viewers around the world. Stay tuned for more details.

Check out the BlizzCon Event Info page for lots more information on prepping for the show and the upcoming ticket sales.

And look for more information on the events and activities at BlizzCon as the show approaches. We’ll see you in November!
by Published on 2018-08-18 04:43 AM

Patch 8.0.1 Hotfixes - August 17, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Azerite Gear
  • Substantially lowered the Heart of Azeroth level required to activate the outer ring of Azerite armor obtained from World Quests and Mythic dungeons.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Regular Armor

Shoulders
  • Tier 1 - Level 18 to 15
  • Tier 2 - Level 21 to 19
  • Tier 3 - Level 24 to 23

Head
  • Tier 1 - Level 16 to 13
  • Tier 2 - Level 19 to 17
  • Tier 3 - Level 22 to 21

Chest
  • Tier 1 - Level 17 to 14
  • Tier 2 - Level 20 to 18
  • Tier 3 - Level 23 to 22


Rare Spawn Drop Armor

Shoulders
  • Tier 1 - Level 14 to 12
  • Tier 3 - Level 18 to 17

Head
  • Tier 1 - Level 16 to 13
  • Tier 3 - Level 22 to 21

Chest
  • Tier 1 - Level 13 to 11
  • Tier 3 - Level 17 to 16


Classes
  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Affliction
      • Deathbolt will now correctly deal increased damage if cast immediately after casting Unstable Affliction.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Slickspill should be much easier to loot now.

Items
  • Fixed an issue where 'Bygone Bee' Almanac's cooldown or duration would be affected too much when hitting multiple enemies.

Player versus Player
  • Sources of Conquest such as the World PvP Call to Arms quests, PvP Island Expeditions, Skirmish, and Battleground queues will award Honor until Battle for Azeroth: Arena Season 1 starts.
  • Players who currently have Conquest will have the currency converted to Honor once they log in.
  • Miniaturized Plasma Shield and Personal Space Amplifier engineering belt enchants can no longer be used in Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Fierce Gladiator is once again available to players who have earned the Fierce Gladiator: Legion Season 5 achievement.
  • The War Mode Air Supply Drops in Tiragarde Sound should no longer fall in unreachable locations.
  • Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Brewmaster
      • Incendiary Brew now adheres to line of sight restrictions.
      • Double Barrel will no longer stun targets multiple times per Keg Smash cast.

Professions
  • Cooking
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Pandaria Banquets from granting the intended skill levels to Pandaria Cooking and Way of the Grill.

Quests
  • Fixed a bug that caused the miners to not respawn as intended for “A Shot at the Dark Iron”.
  • Fixed a bug where missions required to unlock hubs on the other continent were expiring quickly.
  • Riding Macaw is no longer unfriendly to Horde for the world quest "Swab This!".
  • Hexlord Raal is now reliably present to offer “Pa’ku, Master of Winds”.
  • “The Lord Admiral's Lament" and "Bloodied Sentinel's Glaive" can now be turned in to Kayla Mills

World
  • Flight paths unlocked through missions should now reliably appear as valid destinations on the flight map.

Flight Master's Whistle
You can use your Flight Master's Whistle from Legion in Battle for Azeroth once you unlock world quests. If you didn't have one you will receive one once you unlock world quests.



Developer Interview - Faction Identity
Polygon had the opportunity to talk to Steve Danuser (Narrative Producer) and Ely Cannon (Lead Artist).

  • What the Horde stands for has changed over time. Is it a group driven by honor and courage or a disparate collection of outcasts that nobody will align themselves with.
  • Battle for Azeroth is an opportunity to look at both sides that have made up the Horde storylines throughout the years and pull them together.
  • It may be a chance for the Horde to look inward and become something new and stronger.
  • Sylvanas and Saurfang are embodying the other aspects of what the Horde was.
  • To get to the future of the Horde, we have to face the Horde’s past.
  • The Alliance has its share of disparity and there's going to be a self-examination of what the Alliance is about and how they want to behave.
  • Does the Alliance want to get revenge on the Horde, or do they want to build a better world?
  • There is room for what the Alliance and Horde represent to evolve and change and for their relationship to change.
  • Player's identity is very much tied to their faction and the things they have done for it, so it wouldn't be something the team would take away lightly.
  • This expansion focuses on shaping what the factions mean in the world and how they interact with one another.


Blizzard at Gamescom Key Art
Blizzard shared the key art for Gamescom on Twitter today. They will be there from August 21-25 with multiple streamers and an interview on Thursday, August 23rd at 17:30 CEST with Game Producer Michael Bybee.


Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World of Warcraft streams at gamescom 2018
The world’s biggest game convention is almost upon us! Blizzard will once again be in Cologne from August 21 to 25, showcasing the newest World of Warcraft Expansion: Battle for Azeroth.

Those who can’t make it to gamescom in person will be able to join the excitement thanks to well-known streamers capturing the action directly from the Darkmoon Faire area at our World of Warcraft booth, bringing you live Battle for Azeroth gameplay (leveling, dungeons, Island expeditions and more) and enjoying chats with the development team on site.

  • Naguura
    • Wednesday, August 22 – 15:00 to 19:30 CEST
    • Thursday, August 23 – 10:00 to 13:00 CEST
    • Friday, August 24 – 09:00 to 14:00 CEST
    • Saturday, August 25 – 14:30 to 19:30 CEST
  • Kimuh
    • Wednesday, August 22 – 15:00 to 19:30 CEST
    • Thursday, August 23 – 10:00 to 13:00 CEST
    • Friday, August 24 – 09:00 to 14:00 CEST
    • Saturday, August 25 – 14:30 to 19:30 CEST
  • Tonton
    • Wednesday, August 22 – 10:00 to 14:00 CEST
    • Thursday, August 23 – 15:00 to 19:30 CEST
    • Friday, August 24 – 14:30 to 19:30 CEST
    • Saturday, August 25 – 09:00 to 14:00 CEST
  • Phoebina
    • Thursday, August 23 – 15:00 to 19:30 CEST
    • Saturday, August 25 – 09:00 to 14:00 CEST
  • Chronosh
    • Wednesday, August 22 – 15:00 to 19:30 CEST
    • Friday, August 24 – 14:30 to 19:30 CEST

Let’s play together with a WoW Developer
On Thursday, August 23rd at 17:30 CEST Senior Game Producer Michael Bybee will join Tonton live on stream, where they will talk all things Battle for Azeroth as well as playing through some of the newest content. In addition, there will be a short Q&A live on stream.

If you like to ask Michael a question, you can submit yours (in English, German or French) until Sunday, August 19th on Twitter using the hashtag #WoWgcQA.

Dark Iron Dwarf and Mag'har Orc Crests
The Battle for Azeroth website was updated with crests for Mag'har and Dark Iron Dwarf. These races can be done by reaching Exalted with The Honorbound / 7th Legion and completing your War Campaign.



New Blizzard Gear
New Blizzard Gear is now available in the official Blizzard Store! New items include Battle for Azeroth mouse pads, shirts, and baby carriers.



Arena World Championship
Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Announcing the 2018 Arena World Championship Fall Season
As conflict burns in the Battle for Azeroth, the power of the greatest Horde and Alliance heroes ignites. If you think you have what it takes to prove your PvP skills are among the best in the world, signups are now open for the first Cup of the Fall Season of the 2018 Arena World Championship (AWC).


The Arena World Championship is a 3v3 tournament that takes place in the iconic battlegrounds of Azeroth. In this Fall Season, we are introducing Mugambala and Hook Point, two asymmetrical arenas which were released in the Battle for Azeroth expansion.



Mugambala is set in Zandalar, a region that was once a part of ancient Kalimdor and the birthplace of troll civilization. This arena features an upper level, and a lower level with a large pillar in the middle.

Hook Point is an area in Boralus, where only the bravest battle for the right to call themselves true Kul Tirans! It features four pillars for players to dance around—one with a shark hanging from it—and two smaller pillars.

This season, there are six Cups up for grabs—three in North American and three in Europe—each with a prize pool of $10,000 and an increased amount of AWC points on offer, more than any season this year!

No Arena ranking is required for teams of three to four people to sign up. Once you are deemed eligible to compete, you will have access to the Tournament Realm, where you and your teammates will have the ability to create whatever class, talent, and gear combinations you see fit, to practice taking down all who oppose you! If you think you have what it takes, sign up here, and check out the table below for the cutoff times for each of the Fall Season Cups.

Remember, the top three point-earners of the year from North America and Europe will earn a spot at the Arena World Championship Global Finals at BlizzCon, where they will fight on the biggest WoW esports stage of the year for their share of the $280,000 prize pool.

If you’re coming back to World of Warcraft for Battle for Azeroth and want to see how the pros handle the new PvP talent system, join us! The Top 8 from each Cup in North America and Europe will be broadcast live on Twitch. Watch as the greatest heroes from across North America and Europe adapt to the changes—it might give you some tips and tricks for your own Arena adventures!

AWC Fall Season Schedule


Check out the Warcraft Esports site for current standings, the global broadcast schedule, and the latest news about AWC, and follow @Warcraft for all things Battle for Azeroth!

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