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Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - November 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Class Halls
  • The mission "Another Rat Problem" should again be available, and awards pet supplies with a bonus pet supplies reward.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Court of Stars
    • Watchful Inquisitor's Searing Glare should be more reliably interrupted by stuns and interrupts.
  • Dragon Soul
    • Fixed a bug that was causing NPCs to disappear in some circumstances.
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Fallen Avatar
      • Tainted Essence healing absorb has been reduced to 8% (was 10%).
      • Tainted Essence now cancels upon death.
    • Kil’jaeden
      • Armageddon Hail is now spawned only once in Mythic difficulty.


World of Warcraft Interview Recaps
Lots of interviews took place at BlizzCon, so we are starting with some recaps today!

Trade Chat Interview with Alex Afrasiabi and Chris Robinson
Tradechat sat down with Alex Afrasiabi and Chris Robinson to discuss Battle for Azeroth.

  • Dungeon bosses will consist of threats outside the Horde and Alliance conflict.
  • Faction conflict is the foreground and the outside threats are a slow build up in this expansion.
  • Redoing Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms again was an option, however, team realized the narrative was tied to level and decided to use sharding tech to change existing zones for characters 110 and above.
  • Team wanted players to connect with the faction and who they are before the events of Battle for Azeroth so you have a connection to what unfolds.
  • Sharding allows team to take tangible and meaningful places in the world and update them with what is happening in the story.
  • Flying will unlock in a similar way to Legion and Warlords. Team wants players to get familiarity with the world before being able to fly. They learned from Legion though and will tweak it as needed.
  • No plans to have followers or missions at the moment. Team doesn't want to hold on to something for the sake of holding on to it. They want it to work with the story and new content.
  • World quests will extend to the continent not explored by your faction. (i.e Horde: Kul Tiras and Alliance: Zandalar)
  • New World PVP concept could allow (tentatively) for things like bounties in which the longer and more dangerous you become on the opposite faction's continent, the more the other faction is alerted to your presence and encouraged to take you down. (Might not happen)
  • New AI allows players who don't PVP to experience what PVP is like without fighting actual players.
  • Brawls will continue, but not sure on how much it will be expanded.
  • Soloing old content will still be fine with the scaling tech, however, one expansion back could still pose a challenge.
  • Classic servers are still super early in development and so not much is known outside of them happening.
  • Allied races are super fun and people will be pleased with them!
  • Player characters act as heroes from Wacraft 3 in Warfronts

Taliesin and Evitel Interview World of Warcraft producers Ray Cobo and Shani Edwards
Taliesin and Evitel interviewed producers Ray Cobo and Shani Edwards.

  • No plans for mobile support for Battle for Azeroth at the moment
  • Azerite is similar to artifact power for this expansion
  • No plans for paid loot boxes in WoW right now
  • Circles on the Heart of Azeroth can alternate between damage/healing and utility. Abilities are hand crafted so there isn't much RNG in what you have as options.
  • Every item in a slot that has the same name will have the same ability options. The higher the ilvl, the better the abilities.
  • No plans for getting your own boat.

FinalBoss Interviews Ion And Alex
FinalBoss sat down with Ion and Alex for an interview as well. Here are the highlights:

  • Team is looking into tweaking the frequency in which warforging/titanforging occurs.
  • Allied races will get full character kits: their own emotes, their own flirts, funnies, exertions, etc.
  • Ideally our current legendaries will taper off in their power as you level towards 120. By the time you reach max level, you will want to replace them with better, newer gear.
  • It would be nice to make flying possible and no loading screen for Silvermoon City but it is not currently slated for the BfA release.
  • Team is trying to figure out how to deal with Allied races being hero classes. They are talking about allowing Dark Iron Dwarves to be Death Knights.
  • It’s possible that there will be some form of missions moving forward. However, it won’t be a central feature like in Warlords.
  • The faction divide is key to the game. That is what makes Warcraft Warcraft. It is not expected to be broken in the future.
  • They have talked about plans for Wrathion for various other things, but currently have no plans for him in BfA.
  • As of now, Warfronts are PVE only.
  • For some classes, their artifact abilities will be incorporated into the spec as baseline or a talent. Others will be eliminated altogether.
  • There is a prevalence of immunities/defensives and the team wants to revisit these and make changes where it makes sense.
  • No plans to re-envision the Moonkin model as of now.
  • No class changes as drastic as Survival Hunters are being planned at this time.
  • The story will definitely build up to a major threat. It will be a ‘slow burn’ that escalates as the expansion progresses.
  • The profession rank system is likely staying. The amount of quest content tied to them may go down, however.
  • They want to give players options to customize their gear and keep crafting relevant.
  • Arcane Torrent and Rocket Jump are being looked at for a re-design.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Artifact Ability and next expansion
We haven't nailed down the specifics on which artifact abilities and traits will be carried forward into the next expansion, though we have heard from players that some traits feel like core parts of their rotation now. So, where possible (and feasible), we will be looking into carrying over those traits as talents or passives. Note, this doesn't mean that everything will be carried forward.

Look for more specifics on this as we head into beta which, before you ask, I don't have a date for yet either. Soon™

Heroes of the Storm - PTR Notes and Alexstraza
A new build is on the Heroes PTR! Highlights of this build include the introduction of Alexstraza and some bug fixes.

Overwatch - New PTR Build and Moira
A new build has appeared on the Overwatch PTR. Moira, the new support hero announced at Blizzcon, is available for testing!

BlizzCon 2017 - Weekend Recap
Blizzard released a short recap video of the entire BlizzCon weekend.

Dark Legacy Comics #606 - Classic
DLC #606 has been released!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Nov 6 Hotfixes, Dev Interviews, Heroes PTR, Overwatch PTR Build, Blue Posts, DLC #606 started by chaud View original post
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  1. Yadryonych's Avatar
    How did poor Alextrasza become so obese...
  1. Seregolas's Avatar
    I hope Blizzard does not change Arcane Torrent! It is fine as it is right now!
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Archibalde View Post
    Void Elves and Nightborne Demon Hunters would still fit the whole "blood elf and night elf only" fantasy, then. It's certainly not far-fetched to think that Demon Hunters would be willing to embrace the powers of the void as well as the powers of the Legion. There were plenty of the Nightborne who openly accepted the Legion's "gift". They are no different from any other elf Demon Hunters. As long as they make sure they start out after the events of Legion, the lore would be intact.

    As far as Death Knights go, Highmountain Taurens and Army of the Light Draeneis wouldn't make sense but Zandalari Trolls and Dark Iron Dwarves would fit. The Zandalari fought wars on the Eastern Kingdoms. If the Lich King could raise a long-dead Sindragosa, why wouldn't he be able to raise long-dead Zandalari warriors to fight for him? All they'd need to do is skip the cheesy "old friend" quest and it wouldn't be any different from any of the other races.
    The issue is that their starting experiences have a defined narrative set during a specific point in time.

    There can't be Nightborne demon hunters because the Nightborne were in Suramar when Illidan's demon hunters were attacking Mardum during the events of Black Temple. And void elves didn't exist yet.

    In a capsule without having to fit into the game's defined narrative, there are all sorts of completely viable ways to justify any class/race combo. A few Nightborne could have join the Illidari after Illidan killed Gul'dan. Bolvar could have his DKs raise a recently slain void elf. Zandalari Demoniacs could rise up to fight the Legion invasions and find common ground with the Illidari. There could be Zandalari warriors who worship Bwonsamdi and have power over death.

    But that's not the world we live in.
  1. Rayaleith's Avatar
    "Darnasus to cut funding to fire dept. Says fires are unlikely" hahahahahaha
  1. Heldamon's Avatar
    Most of the info given is what will NOT happen and what they will NOT implement and what they DON'T have plans for.
  1. ruga's Avatar
    Once again nobody asked about the revamp of the now ancient AH :\
  1. Roudene's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    My thoughts as well was really funny but true.. Be interesting to see how many will read quest text after years of being hand held for so long..
    I started playing in WotLK and I remember cartographer being the most popular addon. Wasn't it available back in vanilla?

    Quote Originally Posted by Utigarde View Post
    Alex and Ion trying to pretend Wrathion isn't going to have a role, when Red Shirt Guy already confirmed he's backing Anduin in BfA, and is with the leader's in the embassy. Gotta love it.
    Well, disinformation at this year's blizzcon was real. I wonder what's the reason behind it...
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Roudene View Post
    I started playing in WotLK and I remember cartographer being the most popular addon. Wasn't it available back in vanilla?

    Well, disinformation at this year's blizzcon was real. I wonder what's the reason behind it...
    Took me quite awhile before I started using addons..
  1. Eazy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Beeda2004 View Post
    Assa rogue without poison bomb will be back useless like in draenor no aoe dmg and weak single
    We're going to have it as a talent in the last row. Don't worry.
  1. Bumbac's Avatar
    More interviews with developers here:

  1. Binki's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ruga View Post
    Once again nobody asked about the revamp of the now ancient AH :\

  1. Evilmoo's Avatar
    what is wrong with arcane torrent? it is fine, a great interrupt especially for m+. fucking leave it alone!
  1. Tehterokkar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seregolas View Post
    I hope Blizzard does not change Arcane Torrent! It is fine as it is right now!
    AT is fine? What the fuck are you smoking? It's by far the best racial for PvE, especially M+.

    Horde race bias towards BElf this expansion is not because they are the "pretty race", it's because of their racials.
  1. Stormykitten's Avatar
    Regarding racials. It's hard to say what is worse, that those two racials have so much impact in their frankly fun design, or having them be yet another casualty for that 1% playerbase.
  1. lonely zergling's Avatar
    Finally they do something against Arcane Torrent. Its the strongest racial out there and completely destroys balance in pve and especially m+.

    Groups shouldnt be forced to play horde to be competetive in m+ especially when there are more tournaments coming. Just look at the m+ leaderboards for a second.. its all bloodelfs stacked at the top.

    Who thought giving a race a 90 second cooldown mass aoe silence with build in resource gain was a good idea... you just have to look at what other races get for their racials and compare it to this lul. Blizz is stupid.
  1. ScorpioRGc1's Avatar
    Yay, Dragon Soul finally fixed. Back to alts farming Blazing Drake.
  1. Guzzed's Avatar
    No Wrathion again, nice.
  1. oldgeezer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    Took me quite awhile before I started using addons..
    Thottbot was your friend. Long live Thottbot.
  1. Wavebossa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by oldgeezer View Post
    Thottbot was your friend. Long live Thottbot.
    This. 80% of my quest I just used thotbott.

    I can't wait for people who have never played Vanilla (although they claim otherwise) to get a taste of classic.
    They'll start to miss most of the QoL changes, trust me. Not all, but most.
  1. Triggered Fridgekin's Avatar
    Why on earth are loot boxes even on the table?

    Fuck off with that shit. It's god damn cancer.

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