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Netherlight Crucible Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hey guys!

We’ve been seeing a lot of discussion going back and forth on the Crucible lately, so we’ve had some conversations with the development team and I wanted to pop in and share a few points that came out of it.

Regarding comparisons to Reforging – Reforging was always a simple, mechanical choice. Players were, at the end of the day, simply replacing their worst stats with best stats on every item that didn’t already have your best stats up to a mechanical limit. The Crucible, by comparison, is only affecting a small subset of items and presents much more varied situations than say “change 30 Hit Chance into Haste”.

We’ve also seen a bit of discussion around players desiring the ability to respec the Traits that are locked on the second and third tiers of relics. We feel that the ability to respect Traits would lead to players picking traits based on perfect optimization for any given situation, which could lead to players leaving a raid to change to AoE-centric traits for the next fight during raid progression. While we feel that’s a nuisance in itself, this would also make the system feel like a watered-down version of talent rows, and would undermine the choice that is made when selecting your Relic Traits.

That being said, Relics are items and will be replaced; we do expect players to make choices and experiment with this system. Since there is still new content ahead of us in Antorus, better Relics will be available and players who make choices they may not like now will have the opportunity to get new Relics before long with a potentially new set of Trait choices.

As a note, we are also fine with the current state that Relics Soulbind on inspection in the Crucible. We believe the alternative of everyone porting in and out of the raid to pass the relic around and see who it’s best for is far, far worse. Players are smart and will be able to make educated decisions based on the information that’s available to them. As I said, we do expect experimentation however.

A final note: I saw the post on Reddit laying out three choices for Relics, asking players which one they would pick -
Relic A : 930 Ilvl BiS main trait, 3rd BiS bonus trait, but forces worst tier 2 crucible trait
Relic B : 915 ilvl BiS main and bonus trait and 2nd BiS crucible tier 2 trait
Relic C : 940 ilvl 2nd and 4th BiS traits and BiS crucible tier 2 trait.The poster responded by saying the only way to know is to sim it. If you’re generally a player who simulates gear upgrades to make decisions, you’re probably going to do that anyway, and that’s fine. If you’re a player going off basic guidelines such as “I play a fire mage so I want Critical Strike” you will get by as you always do in this situation and pick what you think is best for your particular class or spec.

Thanks for all the feedback on the topic so far, I’ll be on the lookout for future discussions, as always.

The Mythic Dungeon Invitational Weekend 2 This Saturday and Sunday!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The competition has begun and with weekend one behind us, we’re looking forward to weekend 2 with teams from Europe and the Americas teams taking their shot this weekend.

Weekend 2: Europe and The Americas
Europe: Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 a.m. PDT
The Americas: Sunday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m PDT

We’ve chosen 32 teams who have pushed themselves to the limit and proven they are ready for their next challenge in the Mythic Dungeon Invitational. Eight teams from China, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas will compete over the span of three weekends to see who will make it to the top 8 before moving on to the semi-finals and finals.

Check out the teams in the official post!

So, What's Next?
Each team will compete over three weekends head-to-head within the Mythic Dungeons. Two teams will advance from each region during a single-elimination, best-of-3 format. These teams will need to balance speed, skill, and strategy to claim their victory over their opponents. Keystone levels and affixes will be determined by Blizzard and all competition will take place on special tournament realms in which all players compete on an even playing field.

Check out the list of Keystone Affixes that we’ll be putting into play during the competition:

Affix 1
  • Sanguine
  • Teeming
  • Bolstering
  • Raging
  • Explosive

Affix 2
  • Quaking
  • Volcanic
  • Explosive
  • Grievous
  • Volcanic

Affix 3
  • Tyrannical
  • Tyrannical
  • Fortified
  • Fortified
  • Teeming

Event Schedule
The competition all begins this weekend on Twitch Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 when the top teams in China begin their bid to make it to the Global top 8.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Weekend 1: China and Asia-Pacific
China: Friday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m. PDT
Asia-Pacific: Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m. PDT

Weekend 2: Europe and The Americas
Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 a.m. PDT
Sunday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. PDT

Weekend 3: Global Top 8, Semi-Finals, and Finals
Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. PDT
Sunday, October 1 at 9:00 a.m. PDT

Where to Watch
You can catch all the action in English on the official Warcraft Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/warcraft. Hosts Adrian "Healingstat" Archer-Lock, Daniel "AutomaticJak" Anzenberger, Martin "Treckie" Meiner, Richard Campbell, Robert Wing and Ted "Sloot" Bacinschi will be on hand to provide commentary and expertise on all the action.

We’re also working to provide additional language support for this event, so check back soon for more listings. You won’t want to miss a thing!

Learn more about the Mythic Dungeon Invitational in our previous announcement or head over to the official World of Warcraft Esports site.

Play Overwatch Free September 22–25 on PC, PlayStation® 4, and Xbox One
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Attention, recruits! If you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of the heroes of Overwatch, now's your chance.

From September 22–25, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!

For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.

Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account that you played on.

For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!

Deployment Schedule
The Overwatch Free Weekend will run from September 22–25. PlayStation 4 owners with a PlayStation Plus membership, Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live Gold membership, and Windows PC users with a Battle.net account will be able to download and play Overwatch for FREE during this period—no special keys or sign-up codes needed!


The free period will begin on September 22 at 11am PT and end on September 25 at 11:59pm PT in all participating regions across all platforms. If you'd like to see when the weekend will go live in your region, check out the guides below. For additional time zone assistance, please visit timezoneconverter.com.

The Overwatch Free Weekend may not be available on all platforms in all regions. See our FAQ for details.

This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

Legion Max Level Content Unlocked
Legion allowed players to take their time leveling, delaying most of the max level content that people had previously rushed to level for until a few weeks after release. During this week, Normal and Heroic Emerald Nightmare unlocked, World Bosses started spawning, Mythic+ Dungeons opened, and the first PvP season started.



BlizzCon 2015 In-Game Goodies Round-Up
BlizzCon 2017 is rapidly approaching and we've already seen the new Horde and Alliance mounts that we will get this year. Looking back to 2015 we see the final in-game goodies roundup that included the incredibly cute and dangerous Murkidan, a Nexus Battle Beast Mount in Heroes, Hearthstone card back, Starcraft II Portraits, and a Pennant, Pet, and Portrait for Diablo III players.



Warlords of Draenor In-Game Cinematics
During Warlords of Draenor Beta, Blizzard released all of the cinematics from the initial Warlords of Draenor campaign at once. This was done because the team was aware that some players enjoy spoilers and would seek out the cinematics on fansites. These included the iconic scene with Garrosh and Thrall, Yrel, Velen, the Warlords, and more.



Mists of Pandaria Zone Previews
As more and more of Mists of Pandaria was being revealed, players finally got a chance to check out what some of the zones would look like. The previews included Krasarang Wilds, Dread Wastes, and Townlong Steppes. These offered some different environments and creatures than players had ever before scene, introducing the Klaxxi, Yaungol, and more Sha. Krasarang Wilds was a vibrant forest-like area teeming with all kinds of flora and fauna, Townlong Steppes housed the Shado-pan Garrison, and the Dread Wastes was an ashen and torn environment being overrun by Klaxxi.



Appear Offline Coming "Soon"
It may not seem like it, but it now has been five years since the Appear Offline "Coming Soon" notice was posted! Questions about the status of the feature is a favorite among BlizzCon Q&A topics. In the years since, we got an update about adding Appear Offline to Overwatch in 2016, another update in 2017, and strings that refer to appearing offline were added to Hearthstone this year. For now, the Appear Offline feature appears to still be coming "Soon".

This article was originally published in forum thread: Battle.Net App Patch, Netherlight Crucible, Mythic Dungeon Invitational, WoW History started by chaud View original post
Comments 84 Comments
  1. Mush's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Daish View Post
    adding functions that assist stalkers would be a bad thing i hope blizzard never do it
    Stalkers? Do you really think you are so important that you think people stalk you? HAHA

    Or you could just do it like steam which hides your friends list when you are appearing offline, or just remove the completely fabricated "stalkers" from your friendslist. TBH the only people against said features are the people most of us want to hide from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjoramier of Lordaeron View Post
    Must be shitty you need to lie and hide from your friends, if you have any that is, sounds pretty terrible.
    You realize that you're probably one of those people we want to hide from if you don't understand the issue, right?

    Sometimes you have people who you like on your friends list but they don't exactly understand boundaries and that I might want to just do some pet battles or dailies without being asked to do things. I get tired of saying no every day to them without wanting to removed them from my friendslist and completely burn a bridge.
  1. Pacster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    If you have specific friends you need to hide from then maybe they shouldn't be on that list in the first place?
    It's his mother.... ;-)
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Socronoss View Post
    Gotta love Blizzard.

    The Crucible statement reworded:
    "We have heard your valuable feedback. We think differently and of course know better than you petty players. But please continue to give feedback!"
    not really - it was more of "its a problem concerning 1-3 % of players so who the f.. cares about those nolifing basement dwellers when rest of community is basing everything on highest itlv anyway "
  1. Hellshout's Avatar
    As a note, we are also fine with the current state that Relics Soulbind on inspection in the Crucible. We believe the alternative of everyone porting in and out of the raid to pass the relic around and see who it’s best for is far, far worse.
    For who? Cause sure as shit ain't far far worse for the players. Especially the ones that might farm a certain item for a while now and if there are 2 of them for the same relic why not boost the raid as a whole when you can gamble the item and if it sucks for that player, well they have until WoW is finished to get that item again, right?
    At least don't give us bullshit about it and call it by the name: "we don't want you just trade items like crazy, we want you to work for them".

    change to AoE-centric traits for the next fight during raid progression. While we feel that’s a nuisance in itself,
    i agree with the fact that it will dumb down the crucible, but saying changing talents/specs/items/traits is a nuisance in a raid progression is so freaking stupid. ALL of the competitive players try to squeeze as much dps as possible for the progression and you say it's annoying for the raid? Either the spokes person is a retard(in a derogatory way, not the actual condition, calm down 2017) or Blizz's shit smells like roses sprayed with some Chanel no5 and they can't see outside their asses.
  1. meroko's Avatar
    I don't get the upheaval about the Crucible. It's a fine system, and in fact I think people just hate RNG in general which begs the question, why are you playing an RPG game? That's literally the pinnacle of RPG's. RNG = replay value, if the game gave you everything you wanted right away, you'd be done in one week. I'm actually glad they stand by their guns on this one because for me personally it has kept me playing the game. If it has turned you away from the game, then it's not the right game for you. Move on to something new.
  1. qactuar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mush View Post
    You realize that you're probably one of those people we want to hide from if you don't understand the issue, right?

    Sometimes you have people who you like on your friends list but they don't exactly understand boundaries and that I might want to just do some pet battles or dailies without being asked to do things. I get tired of saying no every day to them without wanting to removed them from my friendslist and completely burn a bridge.
    In other words, you'd probably appear offline at all times except for when you either have an actual reason to say no ("sorry, raid time right now") or when you yourself are the one looking for bodies to fill a group. Just guessing here, though.

    For my part, my friend list currently has 5 people on it because I only keep people who I talk to beyond the day I add them to my list. Judge that decision how you want, but my opinion is that anyone who's looking forward to this feature has a problem they've had apparently 5 years to address rather than waiting for Blizzard to do it for them.
  1. Mush's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by qactuar View Post
    In other words, you'd probably appear offline at all times except for when you either have an actual reason to say no ("sorry, raid time right now") or when you yourself are the one looking for bodies to fill a group. Just guessing here, though.
    I'd not use the feature most of the time to be honest, so you're wrong right from the start. Sometimes I log in just do do some dailies etc and don't want to have to talk to anyone at all. Don't "guess" it's not conducive to a productive conversation.

    Quote Originally Posted by qactuar View Post
    but my opinion is that anyone who's looking forward to this feature has a problem they've had apparently 5 years to address rather than waiting for Blizzard to do it for them.
    There is nothing I can do that would mimic that feature, removing everyone from my list isn't a measured response, it's a scorched earth response it's unreasonable and would likely burn bridges between those people and myself.


    At the end of the day, most other platforms have such a feature and it makes no sense to not want it. If you wouldn't use it, why do you care if it exists? Just don't use it and let me use it, why are you against something like that for any reason other than being a contrarian?
  1. Greyvax's Avatar
    emoji support! glad to know blizzard's hard work and resources are going to useful things!!!
  1. PacGamer's Avatar
    This launcher update also has strings referring to a new "Blizzard Groups" social hub. Seems very Discord-like https://i.imgur.com/MDnwOsO.png
  1. Rue-7's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by meroko View Post
    I don't get the upheaval about the Crucible. It's a fine system, and in fact I think people just hate RNG in general which begs the question, why are you playing an RPG game? That's literally the pinnacle of RPG's. RNG = replay value, if the game gave you everything you wanted right away, you'd be done in one week. I'm actually glad they stand by their guns on this one because for me personally it has kept me playing the game. If it has turned you away from the game, then it's not the right game for you. Move on to something new.
    Except we have been playing the game for over 10 years and Legion is BY FAR the most rng expansion ever. Defending the NLC by saying it's an 'rpg' game is a dumb argument.

    They add this RNG heavy content to make people waste their time having to farm and farm and farm rather than adding actually content to the game that people enjoy.
  1. Bjoramier's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mush View Post
    Stalkers? Do you really think you are so important that you think people stalk you? HAHA

    Or you could just do it like steam which hides your friends list when you are appearing offline, or just remove the completely fabricated "stalkers" from your friendslist. TBH the only people against said features are the people most of us want to hide from.

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    You realize that you're probably one of those people we want to hide from if you don't understand the issue, right?

    Sometimes you have people who you like on your friends list but they don't exactly understand boundaries and that I might want to just do some pet battles or dailies without being asked to do things. I get tired of saying no every day to them without wanting to removed them from my friendslist and completely burn a bridge.
    If you can't tell you're friend you don't want to be bothered or you don't want to play with them, the problem is yourself. If they don't respect that, then get new friends.
  1. Rue-7's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kamuimac View Post
    not really - it was more of "its a problem concerning 1-3 % of players so who the f.. cares about those nolifing basement dwellers when rest of community is basing everything on highest itlv anyway "
    It effects everyone, not 1-3% of the players, but okay.
  1. Mush's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjoramier of Lordaeron View Post
    If you can't tell you're friend you don't want to be bothered or you don't want to play with them, the problem is yourself. If they don't respect that, then get new friends.
    I can, that isn't the point, it's a feature that almost every platform has, there is no logical reason to not want it.

    If you don't like it don't use it.
  1. yoma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjoramier of Lordaeron View Post
    If you can't tell you're friend you don't want to be bothered or you don't want to play with them, the problem is yourself. If they don't respect that, then get new friends.
    What do you care if anyone chooses to appear offline? Worried that your friend list will be empty? Sounds like a personal problem.
  1. Bjoramier's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by yoma View Post
    What do you care if anyone chooses to appear offline? Worried that your friend list will be empty? Sounds like a personal problem.
    I don't really care, but having to hide from your friends instead of telling them you don't want to be bothered, is pretty pathetic.
  1. PacGamer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjoramier of Lordaeron View Post
    I don't really care, but having to hide from your friends instead of telling them you don't want to be bothered, is pretty pathetic.
    Sounds like you just need to learn more about introversion vs extroversion.
  1. Igzorn's Avatar
    so we have selfies and emojis wahts missing and could be integated in the next xpac?
  1. Gadzooks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjoramier of Lordaeron View Post
    If you can't tell you're friend you don't want to be bothered or you don't want to play with them, the problem is yourself. If they don't respect that, then get new friends.
    You guys are so quick to be flippant. It's not a huge problem, but stalking does happen, I witnessed it. And, as a raid leader/officer, we had to have alts that weren't in the guild and secret, so we weren't bombarded constantly with whispers about stupid shit. Or some days, you just wanna farm ore and be left alone.

    But you Judgey Mcjudgersons can see a person's entire life and accuse them of horrible things, because...reasons? It's like that scene in Good Will Hunting, when Will judge's Robin Williams entire life over a painting. You guys deserve the same response:

    Sean: [sitting on a bench in in front of a pond in park] Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me... fell into a deep peaceful sleep, and haven't thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me?
    Will: No.
    Sean: You're just a kid, you don't have the faintest idea what you're talkin' about.
    Will: Why thank you.
    Sean: It's all right. You've never been out of Boston.
    Will: Nope.
    Sean: So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. And I'd ask you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, "once more unto the breach dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you... I don't see an intelligent, confident man... I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you're a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart.


    I'll sleep really well tonight, and never think of you again. But you keep attacking other posters. Your life must be incredibly miserable for you to lash out over something as simple as this. You may want to consider therapy.
  1. yoma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjoramier of Lordaeron View Post
    I don't really care, but having to hide from your friends instead of telling them you don't want to be bothered, is pretty pathetic.
    Caring if others are visible to their friends or not is both pathetic and illogical. Good thing you don't really care.
  1. Sforza's Avatar
    Blizzard's criteria for priorities seems to be all over the place. Emojis are serious business i guess .
    The impact of the generational gap is really showing, we get more out of touch millennial incompetence by the day, compared with what we got years ago.

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