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World of Warcraft in the New Year
Lots of Patch 6.1 and other announcements today!

  • Tradable game time tokens that you can sell to other players for gold.
  • A legendary follower is coming to the legendary quest line.
  • Better flight path routing.
  • The long awaited heirloom tab.
  • Blood Elf modes and other new character model fixes.
  • Blackrock Foundry in February
  • The ability to send tweets from in game.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World of Warcraft has had quite an eventful year. We released the newest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, on November 13. The first raid opened up in early December, and players have had a go at some of Draenor’s most fearsome foes. We marked the 10-year World of Warcraft and 20-year Warcraft anniversaries in-game and with an incredible celebration at BlizzCon last month; debuted a new documentary, World of Warcraft: Looking for Group, on YouTube and Hulu; and released a new pet to support the American Red Cross and their Ebola relief efforts in Africa—and we’re not done yet.

We’re excited about what’s ahead in 2015, and we wanted to give you a glimpse at some of the long-term projects we’re working on, as well as some features planned for the Patch 6.1 update, which will be hitting the Public Test Realm (PTR) soon.

Feeling Legendary
We hope everyone is enjoying the Legendary quest line with Khadgar, the next step of which opens up with the Blackrock Foundry raid in the new year. We’re already working on the steps after that, and the quest line will continue in Patch 6.1, where the first-ever Legendary Follower (with suitably Legendary abilities) will be available to join your Garrison. If you’re a fan of collecting Followers but haven’t set out on the Legendary quest line, now is a good time to get started!

Pepe’s Favorite New Feature
We’re working on the ability to send out Tweets—including screenshots—directly from within WoW, making it easier than ever to let friends know about your Achievements and item drops. We’ll be testing this functionality on the Patch 6.1 PTR.

Flight Master Competency
We have some new tech in the works that will allow flight masters to provide more-direct routes to your destination, regardless of the flight points your character knows. This’ll mean fewer roundabout routes; the flight masters will instead always try to send you on the shortest existing route. Hopefully, this will get you to your destination faster.

All About That Base
Garrison improvements, tweaks, and additions are on the horizon. While we’re working on some bigger additions for later on, we have a lot of other changes and additions you’ll see on the next PTR. We’re working on making visiting your friends’ Garrisons even more rewarding, with a daily visitor to set you and your friends on a fun random task (complete with rewards, Achievements, and a meta-Achievement for finishing all of the tasks). We’ll have awesome new items to spend your Garrison Resources on, new Missions to complete with fun new rewards, new items to change your Followers with, a new tier of Garrison-invasion difficulty for the most tenacious of defenders among you (can your Garrison withstand a world boss?), new profession-building Missions, and a whole lot more!

New Ways to Play
We’re exploring the possibility of giving players a way to buy tradable game-time tokens for the purpose of exchanging them in-game with other players for gold. Our current thought on this is that it would give players a way to use their surplus gold to cover some of their subscription cost, while giving players who might have less play time an option for acquiring gold from other players through a legit and secure system. A few other online games offer a similar option, and players have suggested that they’d be interested in seeing something along those lines in WoW. We agree it could be a good fit for the game, and we look forward to any feedback you have as we continue to look into this feature.

Collecting Your Heirlooms
We’re pretty far along in development on the much-talked-about Heirloom tab. This will bring the whole Heirloom system into a single account-wide collection UI and provide a clear purchase/upgrade path for all items. Heirlooms already on characters will be collected into the new UI (similar to other Collections features), base-level Heirlooms will be purchasable from vendors, and upgrade tokens that can be used on Heirlooms to raise their effectiveness to additional level caps will be obtainable through different forms of content. We’ll be looking for your feedback on the new system when the 6.1 PTR goes live.

The new War Games skirmishes feature allows anyone to run an online tournament, and we’re excited to see even more community-run tournaments in 2015. We’ll of course be running tournaments with our eSports partners as well, and will release details as those plans are finalized. As you saw at the Arena World Championship, we’ve come up with an improved UI to help viewers better follow the action, but we’ve been working on a complete overhaul for next year—with the goal of making it widely available for use in player-run tournaments, partner tournaments, and online casting. We hope to be able to share more soon.

You’re More Beautiful Every Day
As we discussed in the recent preview, new Blood Elf models are on their way, and we’re looking to get them in-game in an upcoming patch. Alongside the new Blood Elf models we’ll also be implementing a couple of tweaks and fixes for other character models, based on player and our own internal feedback, with some additional changes to come in future patches.

Ashran So Far
We’re continuing to focus on realm pairing and tech changes to help ensure more even fights between the Alliance and the Horde, as well as reduce the queue times to get into the PvP zone for those realms experiencing them. Further into the coming year our focus will be on updating and expanding the content Ashran offers in big new ways, but we’ll have more info on that as we get closer to patches beyond 6.1.

Game Ogre
Raiders are continuing to enjoy Highmaul in all its ogre-y glory, and we’re watching how things play out as the last couple wings open in Raid Finder difficulty. While progression through Highmaul continues, Warlord Blackhand is eagerly awaiting your arrival in the Blackrock Foundry raid. We’re expecting Blackrock Foundry to become available in February. We’ll announce specific dates once we’ve seen more of how Highmaul progression . . . progresses.

. . . And Beyond
We have a ton of awesome content planned for next year, as well as some fun surprises, and we can’t wait to share more. See you in-game!

Patch 6.1 Heirloom Changes
Below is a rough translation of a post from the EU forums. Please keep in mind it is a translation and isn't perfectly accurate.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
I'd like to take this opportunity to provide some information about heirlooms:

  • We plan to them available again with patch 6.1. They are currently being redesigned to fit the new stat system.
  • The heirlooms will be sold for gold and base level will go up to level 60. Once you buy a heirloom, it will be available for all characters on your account, as toys and pet are now.
  • The base heirlooms can be upgraded to Tier 2 (usable up to level 90) and Tier 3 (usable up to level 100) in exchange for emblems that will be obtained as a reward for some tasks completed within the game.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - December 18
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Outposts
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Completing a quest for a newly swapped Outpost building should no longer cause it to incorrectly revert back to a pre-swapped state.

  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talents
      • Clarity of Will's (Discipline) protective ward on a critical effect should now be correctly reduced by Battle Fatigue in PvP combat.
    • Glyphs
      • Glyph of the Inquisitor should now correctly be dealing self-damage against the Priest (with a chance to break crowd control effects) in PvP combat against enemy players with glyphed crowd control abilities that removes damage over time effects on the target.
  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Assassination
      • Envenom should no longer incorrectly consume all of the Rogue's combo points if the ability misses or was dodged.
    • Subtlety
      • Hemorrhage periodic effect should now be able to critically strike.

  • Talador
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Socrethar's Demise: Resolved an issue that could cause Socrethar to become unattackable.
  • Legacy
    • Report to the King: Resolved an issue where completing this quest was incorrectly causing Hero's Call: Redridge Mountains! and My Son, the Prince to become unavailable
    • Warning the Warchief: Resolved an issue where completing this quest was incorrectly causing Machines of War and Enemies Below to become unavailable.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Frostfire Ridge
    • Iron Cannoneers no longer drop Iron Horde Scraps.
  • Gorgrond
    • Iron Banshee should now correctly award credit towards completing Assault on the Pit.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Dungeons
    • The Everbloom
      • Xeri'tac: Resolved an issue that could cause Venom-Crazed Pale One to not spawn in correctly.

  • Ashran
    • Fangraal and Kronus now costs 3000 Artifact Fragments to summon (up from 1000).

  • Primal Spirit should now be dropping more frequently while harvesting mineral and herb nodes outside of the Garrison, from Skinning, and in a satchel obtained by completing the daily Fishing quest from the Garrison Fishing Shack.
  • Potions purchased from the Brawler's Guild are now bind on pickup.
  • Guide: Sharpshooting should now correctly have a chance to drop for Hunters from rare Draenor NPCs and creatures.
  • Kowalski's Music Box should now correctly apply its soothing effect to targets that are not in combat.
  • World Shrinker's effect is now removed when mounting up.

  • Premade Groups should no longer display a Scenarios category for characters that are above level 90.
This article was originally published in forum thread: World of Warcraft in the New Year, Patch 6.1 Heirloom Changes started by chaud View original post
Comments 312 Comments
  1. Jaese's Avatar
    Interesting stuff. Looking forward for the 6.1 notes.
  1. Tragedia's Avatar
    Very exciting stuff.
  1. mmoc9aa38bccdb's Avatar
    Finally I will be able to delete my monk that is only alive to hold my heirlooms
  1. mmoc64ace7a841's Avatar
    Inb4 those heirloom-upgrade tokens are rewards from those new garrison daily tasks which you can complete only with your friends. (?)

    So i can never get one lol.

    Also if that legendary follower is some stupid race (orc), then f*** you blizzard.
  1. Schmeebs's Avatar
    I like the idea they might do the Gold -> Game Time system mostly because people all over the place do this all the time and making it within their perview is a win win for both them and players.
  1. SlickTooth's Avatar
    Looks like they're taking a note from Wildstar. In game currency for Game-time. It worked for them atleast.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    So we're getting PLEX? Interesting.
  1. LordKain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skeletroll View Post
    Inb4 those heirloom-upgrade tokens are rewards from those new garrison daily tasks which you can complete only with your friends. (?)

    So i can never get one lol.

    Also if that legendary follower is some stupid race (orc), then f*** you blizzard.
    I can see why you don't have any friends.

    BTW Orc > All.
  1. MakeMeLaugh's Avatar
    Let's all hope a month of game time isn't like 50k.
  1. Moradim's Avatar
    thats a lot of words for no new content other than a raid
  1. SteveZombie's Avatar
    I came here for tears. You guys are disappointing me.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Moradim View Post
    thats a lot of words for no new content other than a raid
    Oh there we go.
  1. Zatheyll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SlickTooth View Post
    Looks like they're taking a note from Wildstar. In game currency for Game-time. It worked for them atleast.
    Actually it's older than that, I know TERA has been doing it for a couple of years now.
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    Those heirloom changes...finally.
  1. bigmac's Avatar
    Forget the flight routing...JUST ENABLE FLYING!!!
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Moradim View Post
    thats a lot of words for no new content other than a raid
    New tier of garrison invasion.
    Legendary Garrison follower.
    New Blood Elf models
    CO-OP garrison tasks
    New Ashran Content

    If you are going to troll at least be decent at it.
  1. Angry Raider's Avatar
    My mom would be so happy if I could buy gametime with gold instead of her credit card.
  1. Zabrinka's Avatar
    Think the legendary follower will be someone already in game or someone new? And will we get a choice of followers?
  1. Kharli's Avatar
    Yay! awsome stuff!
  1. aelaelia's Avatar
    so 6.1 in late jan?
  1. Runeweaver's Avatar
    World of Twittercraft?

    Oh Thrall, why... .__.

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