PTR/Beta Patch 45113 - New Necromancer Item Passives

The Stitched Dual Class Card Design Competition

Patch 7.2.5 - Trial of Style
Patch 7.2.5 adds the Trial of Style event! The frequency of this event hasn't been determined yet, it will depend on player feedback.





Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_01 (New) - Theme: Summer Styles
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_02 (New) - Theme: Winter Wear
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_03 (New) - Theme: Ready for Battle
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_04 (New) - Theme: Fun and Flirty
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_05 (New) - Theme: Mismatched Mayhem
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_06 (New) - Theme: Fire and Ice
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_07 (New) - Theme: Dark and Deadly
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_08 (New) - Theme: Faction Pride
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_09 (New) - Theme: Primal Style
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_10 (New) - Theme: Heroes of Azeroth
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_11 (New) - Theme: Make Me Laugh
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_12 (New) - Theme: Tabard Time
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_13 (New) - Theme: Everyday Heroes
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_14 (New) - Theme: Epic Purple
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_15 (New) - Theme: Champions of the Light
  • HOLIDAY_TRANSMOG_THEME_16 (New) - Theme: Freestyle!



Pose with the Blues - April 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 21) on the Public Test Realms and show us your moves in the Trial of Style!

From 2 to 4 PM Pacific time (5 to 7 PM Eastern), we’ll be donning our best outfits and strutting our stuff in the brand new Trial of Style event, which is coming in patch 7.2.5. If you’re able to stop by, we’d love for you to join us! Just download the PTR, copy your character, and find Flaskataur in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. He’ll have an option to queue for “Mog Week Tournament" – select that, and you’re off!

Note: due to the way PTR character copies work, you’ll most likely be missing some appearances on the PTR that you’ve unlocked on live realms. As the saying goes, “Make it work!”

Of course, we’ll be participating as well. You’ll know you’re flexing for a Blizzard employee when you see someone in either the or guilds.

See you then!

StarCraft 1.18 Release - Free to Play
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Greetings Commanders, Cerebrates, and Executors,

We're proud to announce that StarCraft will be patched for the first time in over 8 years today. The patch will go live at 2:00 PM PDT.

When patching, please use the ‘Run as Admin’ option; it is required during your first client run to migrate saves and avoid issues from Windows system admin changes.

StarCraft will be free with this patch as well. We'll add a link here when the patch is live.

Installers
Win: https://battle.net/download/getInsta...gram=STARCRAFT
Mac: https://battle.net/download/getInsta...gram=STARCRAFT

General
  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; Alt+Enter switches between
  • Added UTF-8 support
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types
  • Added options to display actions per minute
  • Added Observer mode
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby
  • Added autosaving for replays
  • Added an option to display game time
  • Added UPnP support
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net
  • Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
  • Improved anticheat capabilities
  • Improved installation and patching performance
  • Mac Beta now available for 10.11 and up

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus
  • LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes

Known Issues
  • The profile section is currently unavailable
  • Some chat commands are still being updated to play nice in the updated chat system
  • Friends location is being improperly displayed
  • Password games will often return bad password trying to join

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Anduin's Questline - Where's the Horde Part?
The Anduin quest-line and cinematic is intended to tie together the loose ends with the leadership of the Alliance following the events of the Broken Shore in 7.0.

It's aimed to be similar in nature to the second cinematic Horde players saw following the 7.0 introduction quests which solidified Sylvanas as the new Warchief of the Horde.

We're forwarding on the feedback that Horde players are unhappy that Alliance players have a one time source of additional Artifact Power. Thanks for the feedback. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Affliction MG Changes - Some Transparency?
We hear you all on Soul Effigy. We’re going to remove it in the next PTR patch. It’s concerning when the community sentiment towards a talent isn’t that it’s overpowered or underpowered, but that everyone is terrified they’re going to have to play that way if it becomes strong.

It should be understandable how the original concept of Soul Effigy would seem fun in theory, despite it clearly not working out in practice. As an Affliction Warlock, I'm very happy to walk into a 2-target boss fight. At a basic level, you know you're going to get double value out of your DoTs. Walking into a 1-target fight with Soul Effigy just doesn't feel nearly the same. Mechanically, the gameplay of the two situations is very similar, but in the end Soul Effigy doesn't play out well. Could be any of a number of actors - the reduced damage transfer, feeling like the effigy is just there for increased soul shard generation, the usability issues, or the unnaturalness of it as a concept.

Anyways, it’s gone. Replacement talent to come.
Thanks for the comment Seph, can you clarify whether Affliction will be receiving the nerf to Soul Conduit or not? The notes said only demo was excluded from the SC nerf however on PTR the talent remains 20% for Aff (the tooltip at least, I have not tested the actual %).
Soul Conduit should be unchanged for Affliction. Latest patch notes should reflect that.

This is also further compounded by our current T20 set bonus, which puts a lot of emphasis on drain damage and complete drains - both of which are part of the MG play style, which was just effectively neutered.
The Tier 20 set bonus for Affliction is changing soon. It won’t be so focused on Drain Soul. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hearthstone Art Book Now Available for Pre-Order
If you enjoy the art in Hearthstone, take a look at this 288 page Hearthstone art book that is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Trial of Style, Pose with the Blues, SC1 Free to Play, Blue Posts, Hearthstone Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 60 Comments
  1. Shirohibiki's Avatar
    Wow, that Trial of Style looks awesome!! I'm so excited, it's great that they're doing something with transmog! I was really hoping there would be a catwalk, though. Really hoping. Maybe someday. :c Standing on a stage feels a little anticlimactic to me -- perhaps having the characters walk slowly up to the front of the stage then stay there? That'd be neat rather than just instantly teleporting. Exciting nonetheless, though!
  1. Feederino Senpai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SupBrah View Post
    No what's going to happen is that the belf with the best slutmog will win 90% of the time due to so many weebs and nerd-virgins playing WoW
    Eh, did you quote the wrong person? Or did you also agree with a post I made some pages ago?
  1. Frumpy Frumpy Frak's Avatar
    I feel like this mog contest is just going to make me hate the plebeian masses all the more. There's no way they'll appreciate the subtle, yet beauteous, aesthetic wonderment that is my fashion sense.

    I'm sure the paladin in full tier 2 or the hard core raider in gear half contestants haven't seen yet will win every time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zephre View Post
    5.3
    More like 4.0 - 6.2
  1. truckboattruck's Avatar
    why not just go ahead and castrate everybody now and get it over with
  1. unfilteredJW's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by truckboattruck View Post
    why not just go ahead and castrate everybody now and get it over with
    And another adorable faux alpha beats their sad chest.

    OT: This could be fun.
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Feederino Senpai View Post
    Which is why they should kill WoW, and start with WoW2. New code and all that jazz, that is up to todays standards.
    Yeah, because the market is in such a great place for new MMOs and they would totally retain their entire userbase with a new game that has only a fragment of the content the original has to offer.
  1. KevinD's Avatar
    Why don't they add SC1 and other older titles to the blizzard launcher?
  1. Lucetia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinD View Post
    Why don't they add SC1 and other older titles to the blizzard launcher?
    I keep hoping for a classic button that has the old games in it (like when you click wow, hs, etc). I have WC3 attached and forget about it 90% of the time. If it was on the launcher I'd be more inclined to actually launch it. Same goes for SC1, Vikings, etc.
  1. Dismembered's Avatar
    Patch 7.2.5 adds the Trial of Style event! Six players enter the Mogwalk and change their transmog and haircut to match one of the themes below.
    I hope one of the judges will be Heidi Klum :-D
  1. Chloral's Avatar
    Alright World of Warcraft, let's get SICKENING!
  1. Sarithus93's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dumkin View Post
    So this is What is going to reward the pandaria CM sets? I worked so hard to earn the set on all classes, only to be re-added as a transmog contest reward..... I dont even....
    Do you really get the same MoP CM sets that aren't recolours from trial of style...?

    Wtf are blizz doing.
  1. Feederino Senpai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathranis View Post
    Yeah, because the market is in such a great place for new MMOs and they would totally retain their entire userbase with a new game that has only a fragment of the content the original has to offer.
    You mean all that content that no one ever visits because it is in the past? A WoW2 would simply be a HUGE expansion, with every model and engine updated.

    And if they did decide to stop updating WoW, to focus on WoW2, where do you imagine the WoW playerbase would go?
  1. Binki's Avatar
    Players voting? Yeah... that was never prone to abuse... never.

    Patch that adds vote exchange and buying/selling votes to game.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Feederino Senpai View Post
    You mean all that content that no one ever visits because it is in the past? A WoW2 would simply be a HUGE expansion, with every model and engine updated.

    And if they did decide to stop updating WoW, to focus on WoW2, where do you imagine the WoW playerbase would go?
    "No one ever visits".

    You just proved why you're not qualified to speak on the matter. You not being able to see beyond your own nose =/= people not partaking in old content for various reasons.

    WoW2 ain't happening, deal with it.
  1. Feederino Senpai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    "No one ever visits".

    You just proved why you're not qualified to speak on the matter. You not being able to see beyond your own nose =/= people not partaking in old content for various reasons.

    WoW2 ain't happening, deal with it.
    I know it isn't.

    What happens in the old world? Leveling? Mostly done through LFD now. Transmog farms? Sure some does it. Are you trying to tell me, that old zones got more than 2 people and 5 bots in them?
    That's how the game is, you progress, and old content become trivial and unimportant. Creating a new WoW wouldn't change anything.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Feederino Senpai View Post
    I know it isn't.

    What happens in the old world? Leveling? Mostly done through LFD now. Transmog farms? Sure some does it. Are you trying to tell me, that old zones got more than 2 people and 5 bots in them?
    That's how the game is, you progress, and old content become trivial and unimportant. Creating a new WoW wouldn't change anything.
    As someone that actually goes into that content rather than sitting in cities/on forums , I see people out in the world all the time. I love how you try to excuse the people being there as "bots" though. NOTHING I've seen supports your claim.

    Again, you not seeing it =/= it doesn't happen. And what content is "trivial" and "unimportant", is highly subjective. Not that I expect someone of your mindset to understand that. In order to make it relevant at max level, it'd be much more realistic to think that they'll utilize the new scaling tech than redo the game.

    They won't waste millions of dollars and risking alienating millions of players that have poured years into WoW in order to make a WoW2 for people that have grown tired of the current game. Especially when considering how WoW made them 800 thousand USD on a BAD year. As a fan of this game rather than some figment of imagination, I'm very happy about that.
  1. Lucetia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Feederino Senpai View Post
    You mean all that content that no one ever visits because it is in the past? A WoW2 would simply be a HUGE expansion, with every model and engine updated.

    And if they did decide to stop updating WoW, to focus on WoW2, where do you imagine the WoW playerbase would go?
    Do you also realize how many people would just simply quit? Having a WoW 2 would mean current WoW would start to die/not receive updates and in WoW 2 your progress wouldn't transfer over. It's essentially playing a whole new game. People aren't going to invest time and energy into something new just because some people felt they need to make a whole new game.

    If they were to somehow just update the game completely to a WoW2 during one of the expansions then that's one thing.
  1. truckboattruck's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by unfilteredJW View Post
    And another adorable faux alpha beats their sad chest.

    OT: This could be fun.
    don't forget your purse on the way out
  1. huldu's Avatar
    "Two players are teleported to the stage and the remaining players vote. "

    Yeah that's never going to be exploited/abused in any way. Good job blizzard!
  1. prejumpton's Avatar
    that dark room, with one dominant coloring, where tmog voting takes place doesn't do justice for some tmogs. i hope there are some other scenery, lighting options somehow

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