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Patch 6.2 - Apexis Crystal Gear for Gold
Patch 6.2 will change the Apexis Crystal gear prices to gold rather than Apexis Crystals. Gearing up alts will be easier, but not cheap! Each item level 675 item is 20,000 gold, so it will cost you 120,000 gold for all 6 slots. Hellfire Citadel Normal loot ranges from item level 690 to 705 depending on the boss / item.

As always, keep in mind that PTR prices are not final until they are live.

Item Level Name Item Cost
645 Crystal5000
645 Exceptional5000
655 Flawless10000
675 Ethereal20000

Patch 6.2 - Skip Mission Complete Animations
If you aren't using Master Plan and still doing missions manually for some reason, Patch 6.2 adds a nice way to skip the Mission Complete animations from garrison missions!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
What ever happened to the Frostwolf cosmetic armor?
We have no plans to make this available to players at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

Will Felblight be purchasable with primal spirits?
Nope. (WarcraftDevs)

I wish dungeon finder would auto switch you to your desired role like it does in battlegrounds. @WarcraftDevs
Great suggestion, thanks! (WarcraftDevs)

Will the Mythic Dungeons have new mechanics, or will they be a scaled up version of the Heroic mode?
Current PTR state isn't final. They’ll be like scaled up versions of Challenge mode w/ mechanics changes from Heroic accordingly. (WarcraftDevs)

Will the new seals be available from Level 3 War Mills?
Yes. (WarcraftDevs)

are you all going to do a watercoooler for the next patch?
There are several more blogs in the works that will dig into specific patch features in more depth. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
While the developers have been pretty quiet since @WarcraftDevs appeared, Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Subscriber Loss Interview
Very curious as to your take on Watcher's interview yesterday.
I do think / know the challenges of creating content faster than players can consume it are very real. (OccupyGStreet)
If I was going to make an MMO (I'm not) I think I'd shoot for something episodic with the expectation players come and go. (OccupyGStreet)
Do you think "it's cyclical" is a good or even fair way to summate it tho?
Yes. Players come for content and leave when they run out. "But I should never run out of content," feels unrealistic to me. (OccupyGStreet)
Neverending content leads to making things so difficult you can't progress or asking you to run the same content 100 times. (OccupyGStreet)
Is there something to be said for the staying power of the content? Or implementing it in a way that allows for a medium?
If there were 40 boss raids, maybe. I get tired of killing the same ones over and over no matter how great they are. (OccupyGStreet)
How does the social aspect play into that, though? Sounds like it would be hell on guilds.
I agree, but I think players are episodic already so the business model might as well be. Social hard either way. (OccupyGStreet)

If the WoW devs read this, how likely would it be for them to agree? http://t.co/CIM3r2TTrL
I never felt like all classes had to be equal in all things. Can't someone just be better at burst AE? (OccupyGStreet)

Does Blizzard worry most about dps balance as raid tiers open, and not that much about balance as ppl start farming the tier?
Can't speak for it now, but when I was there, we worried more about new content than farmed content balance. (OccupyGStreet)
The idea being that a low performing spec might get sat on a new boss, but unlikely when stuff was on farm. (OccupyGStreet)
At some point we as a community started worrying about an individual's "right" to high DPS rather than the DPS of the entire raid. (OccupyGStreet)
Rather than "Did we beat the boss?" it became "Did I beat my warlock friend?" (OccupyGStreet)

by the way, I cannot even begin to fathom how hard balancing scaling in MMORPGs is.
Balancing *scaling* isn't hard. Balancing classes overall is pretty hard. (OccupyGStreet)

than blizzard can produce it. Its a design flaw that began in Woltk when took over
Nah, remember I'm the guy who always rails against lowering the barrier of entry too low. (OccupyGStreet)
well then I stand corrected mr street
NP. I still get shit for my "Dungeons should be hard" blog. But I still feel that way. (OccupyGStreet)
man do I miss hard dungeons
The challenge is can't just make hard dungeons and call it a day. You need content for everyone else too. (OccupyGStreet)
I'm not convinced asking everyone to master hard dungeons or making easier versions of them is the way to go. (OccupyGStreet)
And to clarify, I am criticizing my own work, not armchair quarterbacking my old employer. (OccupyGStreet)

Developer Communication
things don't feel the same at WoW without you. You were easily The best communicator Blizzard had.
If my legacy in this industry ends up being communication with players, I will gratefully take it. (OccupyGStreet)

WoW and LoL have been huge in my life. Ty for involvement in both and taking a lot of flack from community during each.
.I'm happy to do it. I think players have a right to communication from developers. (OccupyGStreet)
I think "right" is a bit strong. I agree it's important, but sometimes it gets the developer threatened, not cool.
Well I think devs have a right not to be treated like shit too! (OccupyGStreet)
The issue when the two come to a head. Taking your ball home vs. "Deal with it". Something I struggle w/ as a dev.
I tried the head on a pike strategy somewhat, never with very good results. Mostly I ignore the haters. (OccupyGStreet)

Game Design
Greg, what does "accessibility" mean in terms of MMO's and WoW in particular?
I use it to mean how easily it is for someone to pick up and learn the game. It is a new player term not a casual raider term. (OccupyGStreet)

you once referred to the Mechanar syndrome. Do you think giving players the fastest route is worse than them finding it.
If you're talking about each player discovering what's most efficient for themselves, man that's the holy grail for WoW or LoL (OccupyGStreet)
Not sure there is much distinction bc only a very few players get the joy of discovery and then the others just follow them. (OccupyGStreet)

Unannounced Feature
Is the recently announced "Timewalking" WoW feature the one you said you were looking forward to in an interview long ago?
We had talked about Timewalking before we delayed it. It wasn't super secret IIRC. I don't know the status of the other feature. (OccupyGStreet)

You haven't gotten a new marine animal-type name now that you're at Riot?
Players and Rioters kept calling me Ghostcrawler so it seemed silly to try and change it. (OccupyGStreet)

Do you think you would ever return to Blizzard if something happened at riot games or any other reason?
I wouldn't rule it out. I mean I parted on good terms and everything. But I am very happy at Riot and believe in our future. (OccupyGStreet)

I have to say: After years of undeserved bashing you are now a hero at WoW foruns. Quite a turn.
The circle is complete. I just followed in the footsteps of Tigole and Kalgan. (OccupyGStreet)
Everyone and their mother said you were killing the game when you were here Now you're not and they all love you
It's almost as if players assume games are made by those few people whose names they know. (OccupyGStreet)

From hate to love: more forum nonsense http://t.co/YdgSoej6gd
Spoiler: I hired both and and for good reason. (OccupyGStreet)
Can "lackluster" and "abysmal" be the new "clunky" and "undertuned"?
I was always a fan of "gutted" as the hyperbolic term for nerfed. (OccupyGStreet)

Do you still play any Blizz games btw?
I am taking a break from WoW. I like Diablo and will play the SC expansion. HS was never my thing. I love Overwatch. (OccupyGStreet)
that's really cool! I hope the "one never quits wow but merely takes breaks" is true for you too
We'll see. I realize now I neglected a lot of good games in order to laser focus on WoW (and these days I play a lot of LoL too). (OccupyGStreet)
So many games these days (ours included) really ask players to invest tons of time. It's hard to play as many games total. (OccupyGStreet)

anyway my Mage friend Arthox is telling me every day how much he misses you and refuses to believe you play Holy Priest
I played Disc before it was cool and tried to stubbornly go back to it when it was (even though it was largely my fault). (OccupyGStreet)
Tried to stubbornly NOT go back to it. (OccupyGStreet)

Still trying to be lovingly crusty and sarcastic without drifting into cynical and burned out. (OccupyGStreet)
That explains MoP
I loved MoP but I think we overestimated how many people loved Pandaren. (OccupyGStreet)

Community Spotlight - Chaoyuan Xu
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This week, we’ve cast the spotlight onto Chaoyuan Xu, who has been creating excellent Warcraft-themed art for quite some time. Yuan recently sent us the pieces you see below, and he also provided answers to our questions.

Q: What influences the designs of your artwork?
A: I really love World of Warcraft, with all its gameplay and the design. I especially love the exploration of the game, as it involves a lot of adventure and story - which I very much enjoy. It enhances the experience of roleplaying, and this is something that other games lack. As you can see, several of my pieces focus on Pandaria - the continent I love the most - with races like blood elf or dwarf dressing in pandaren-style clothes.

Q: What sort of gamer are you?
A: In general, I am more of a PvE gamer, and as you can see most of my works are focused on the world. Even "Martial Competition" was done as a "friendly duel" sort of mood, rather than fighting to death. (In a way, it fits the pandaren's life philosophy!)

Q: About how long does it take to create something like these?
A: It depends on how much detail I want to go with the piece. For example, it took me one full week to work and finish "Martial Competition."

Q: What is your process?
A: First is brainstorming and drawing the concept. I need to envision how the finished art would look in my brain. And then I start working on the sketch - a lot of changes might happen during this step and sometimes it's the hardest part of creating an art piece. After I think the sketch has met my standards, I start working on the details, including color, background, and lighting.

Q: What other works inspire you?
A: I like Assassin's Creed, Game of Thrones, and the animation of Studio Gibli. I enjoy different games and movies. No matter what kinds of style the artwork is, I reinvigorate my innovation with whatever I learn and see.

Q: What do you like to do in-game?
A: I enjoy exploring the world the most. I love how the Warcraft team built the world with all their innovation and creative minds. The astonishing landscape and environment we see in game is just fantastic and really inspiring. Sometimes, I dream of living there.

Q: If you could add one thing to the game, artistically, what would it be?
A: I'd like to add an NPC (probably a pandaren) to the game, and he would give you a daily quest to ask to take photos around the world for him so that he could finish his great masterpiece of drawing scenes for Azeroth!

Thanks goes to Yuan from all of us at Blizzard for sharing his talents with us. If you’ve seen a great piece of fan art lately, e-mail us at fanart@blizzard.com and tell us all about it.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 6.2 - Apexis Crystal Gear for Gold, Skip Mission Animations, Tweets, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 123 Comments
  1. mmocf93185380c's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gaebryel Quintyne View Post
    You are not the ONLY one who frequents these forums... Seriously the self-entitlement is strong in this one. And most replies to this news post is absolutely nonsensical and idiotic... If you people don't know what certain things mean, don't try to derive meanings out of it. It makes you look stupid. But I guess everyone likes to hate WoW because it is the cool thing to do. If you don't find something fun or enjoyable, leave or quit or unsub or whatever. Just gtfo with your stupid asinine theories. WoW developers and Blizzard in general, hell literally any game developer out there is NOT going to please everyone every friking time. Get it through your thick skulls. What GC said should be read again and again until you people get it...
    Bot response?
  1. Espe's Avatar
    It's awesome and super-convenient now that I don't even have to play to get gear, I can just pay for it!

    WoW should have been like this from the beginning, it would be wayyyy more popular now!
  1. SensationalBanana's Avatar
    God I loved Mists of Pandaria...still do. Up until the very final patch had been around for like, 9 months, I was always doing stuff (in CURRENT content...) and having fun. 5 months into WoD and I have considered unsubbing several times, always waiting for that final straw. Thank goodness I'm in a guild that I love and that raiding still feels fun despite everything else being what it is this expansion around.
  1. carlos5577's Avatar
    Aren't they making the same mistakes they made in Diablo 3. Their greed is getting the best of them. It's no coincidence that heirlooms are tied to gold (very expensive too) and now they are selling gear through gold. This game is going down the toilet. Paid mounts and now paid gear in a subscription MMO
  1. Grevie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by paralleluniverse View Post
    Gold -> Apexis epics = Real money -> Apexis epics = Even more P2W.

    Isn't the WoW token just great?
    Lol, Nailed it. WoW will be P2W this time, in the shady way, but P2W no matter what.
  1. adorich's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alfakennyone View Post
    Just like stats before, there's been gold selling websites forever.

    Just because someone can buy gear doesn't mean they win, I've encountered plenty of geared players who can do more than 15k when I have about the same IL and do 30k+.
    I don't think you quite understand the concept of P2W. In 6.2 a player can get a high level armor set without fighting 1 mob, player, gathering node, pet battle, or entering 1 raid/dungeon. Buying gold from the Blizzard shop and then buying apexis armor with that gold is the definition of P2W.

    Blizzard has never sold gear with such a high ilvl as they release "new" content, but 6.2 changes that. Also for years Blizzard fought gold sellars and buyers (limited bans were common), but they now sell gold themselves.
  1. ponies's Avatar
    buy tokens buy gear... yes its pay to win now.
  1. Grevie's Avatar
    Buy Tokens, Buy Gear, Stay in the Garrisson! Good Guy Bliizard New Logic.
  1. Jamie71's Avatar
    who the hell is making these decisions at blizzard? they lurch from one disaster to another, fucking gold for gear. This bullshit has to end... Either make the game F2P or enough with this other crap
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    20k for a piece of shiet that gets replaced extra fast is a bit overkill o.o But glad to see more gold sinks! I don't mind it as long as it doesn't give you a reason to not raid anymore.
  1. Rukh's Avatar
    You know, way back when they started selling pets for IRL money, I told people they shouldn't put up with it because this is exactly what would happen. But oh no no, blizzard can do no wrong, it'll never happen. Well looks like the lobster pot's boiling now, aint it.
  1. liquidlyon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gaebryel Quintyne View Post
    You are not the ONLY one who frequents these forums... Seriously the self-entitlement is strong in this one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gaebryel Quintyne View Post
    Just gtfo with your stupid asinine theories.
    So in the same post, you scold someone for not recognizing people have different opinions, and then proceed to tell everyone with different opinions to gtfo.

    Take your own advice and gtfo, nobody forcing you to read this forum or respond to it.
  1. mmoce01e91b901's Avatar
    Seems like WoW is gonna be F2P sooner than I thought.....
  1. Damax's Avatar
    it looks like they decided to milk the cow dry while they still can
  1. Draculla's Avatar
    I´m waiting when Blizzard will give to the shop MYSTIC CORGIS mount for 25 bucks.
  1. druvirus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    For every vendor that sells something for 20k gold that's $5 in their pocket. They'll continue to do this bullshit. They fucking sit there and whine about dungeons not being relevant yet can't fucking put in a badge system that we can grind dungeons daily to buy shit like this gear or mounts. Incredible.
    What are you even talking about? They are changing the system over from literally that. The current system is "grind daily quest for Apexis Crystals. Hand in Crystals for gear". How is that any different from "grind daily quest for badges. Hand in badges for gear"? Like every other time out there, they remove one method and replace it with another. I wouldn't doubt there being something similar implemented soon.
  1. Somarlane's Avatar
    Patch 6.2 will change the Apexis Crystal gear prices to gold rather than Apexis Crystals. Gearing up alts will be easier, but not cheap! Each item level 675 item is 20,000 gold, so it will cost you 120,000 gold for all 6 slots. Hellfire Citadel Normal loot ranges from item level 690 to 705 depending on the boss / item.
    Blizzard, can we please go back to dungeons? Pretty please?
  1. mmoc7b1cc7d437's Avatar
    The Blizzard way seems to be do something you hate, leave it for that expansion and then change it for the next one and tell you how much they've really listened to your feedback.
    Anyone and their dog could tell you, part of WoW is the grind. As long as the grind isn't so easy we can do it almost with no effort and not so long we forget why we grinded in the first place, it's fine.
  1. razer1's Avatar
    Yay! I cant wait to see the next Q they lost about 1.5 million bots and prob another million thanks to pay to win. Lets say I am a noob I suck at WoW I get to 100. " O I got no gear no one will take me" O yea I have $100 in paypal buys WoW Tokens gets a lot better items over the other player who farmed for months. haha my e-p is bigger then yours I have better gear all for only $100 and $35 for WOD.

    People would look at that and call it cheating. I hope blizzard burns in hell the game was crap after WOTLK.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    People still care what Ghostcrawler has to say? WutFace

    Lemme edit this a little so I dont sound as much like an asshole as I am.

    Ghostcrawler has NOTHING TO DO WITH WARCRAFT. Why are we even giving the slightest FUCK about what he has to say?

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