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Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25807
A small build hit the PTR today, adding an item that allows players to collect 175 x Wakening Essence to turn in for a legendary item.



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Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Burning Breath Breaths a wide line of fire, inflicting 15,200 to 16,800 34,300 to 38,000 Fire Damage. 40 yd range. Instant.
  • Ring of Fire Deals 1,200 Deals 3,000 Fire damage every 1 seconds. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Whirling Saber Noura throws a flaming sword towards a random player, inflicting 2,000,000 Fire damage upon landing. The blade then begins to spin and return to Noura, inflicting 4,000,000 Fire damage every 1 sec second to all nearby enemies as it moves. Instant.
  • Whirling Saber Noura throws a flaming sword towards a random player, inflicting 2,000,000 Fire damage upon landing. The blade then begins to spin and return to Noura, inflicting 4,000,000 Fire damage every 1 sec second to all nearby enemies as it moves. 150 yd range. Instant.



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_UNREVOKE_CHARACTER_FINISH_LABEL (New) - Unlock
  • CLASS_TRIAL_CHOOSE_BOOST_LOGOUT_PROMPT_TEXT (New) - To apply this Character Boost, log out to the character select screen.



PTR Development Notes - Build 25807
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hi all!

Today's PTR update includes a new method for acquiring Legendary items: the Purified Titan Essence. This item can be purchased from Arcanomancer Vridiel in Dalaran in exchange for 175 Wakening Essences.

When used, the Purified Titan Essence will immediately grant a Legion Legendary item appropriate for your specialization. Note that this item is bind on pickup, and that the Legendary item granted by the Purified Titan Essence does not affect your chance to earn a Legendary through other methods.

Additionally, the Awoken Titan Essence used to upgrade Legendary items to item level 1000 is now sold by Arcanomancer Vridiel as a vendor item, rather than as a quest reward, for the same total cost (50 Wakening Essence). The quest will no longer be offered, but can be turned in if your character already has it active.

Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - January 5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Dungeons and Raids
  • Antorus, The Burning Throne
    • Eonar the Life Binder
      • Eonar should now properly award credit towards the Forbidden Descent achievement in Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Eonar will now always successfully deal damage to the Paraxis when completing a cast of Life Force.
    • Coven of Shivarra
      • Fixed an issue that could cause Whirling Blades to deal damage far more rapidly than intended.

Player versus Player

Balance Druid and Assassination Rogue January 9th Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Assassination and Balance Rotation Adjustments on Tuesday
In recent weeks, we’ve seen the rise of a pair of unusual builds for Assassination Rogues and Balance Druids, both of which end up abandoning core abilities like Solar Wrath, Lunar Strike, and Mutilate in favor of Moonfire and Fan of Knives spam. While player ingenuity often devises interesting and unexpected ways of optimizing performance, in this case the resulting gameplay became one-dimensional, and we’ve heard feedback to that effect.

As a result, with the upcoming weekly resets in each region, starting on Tuesday, January 9, we’ll be making some targeted changes to reinforce the core rotational abilities of these two specializations, with only a minimal effect on overall balance:

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Assassination
    • Mutilate damage increased by 20%.
    • Balanced Blades (Artifact trait) bonus increased to 4% per point (was 2% per point).
    • Poison Knives (Artifact trait) reduced to 3% per point (was 4% per point).
    • Deadly Poison triggered instant damage increased by 15%.

Thank you very much for all of your feedback. I can't overstate how much we appreciate the valuable class discussion taking place here and elsewhere

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.

Patch 4.3.2
The test realms saw this patch pop up in 2012, and a few interesting additions were found. The popular 64 Bit Game Client was added in a build called “test x86”, and while this patch was only supposed to bring small bug fixes, it was also found that three new items made it into the game. The Feldrake, Eye of the Legion, and Demon Hunter’s Aspect were all found and speculated to become TCG items.


Patch 5.2 The Thunder King
This content Patch brought a few additions to the game. A small update to the Transmog system allowed players to transmog similar weapon styles, such as Swords into Daggers. Warlock Island was also found, and speculated that it would be used during the Green Fire Warlock specific questline. This patch also added new Heirloom items which scaled to level 85, along with a new zone called Isle of Giants.


Time for an Item Level Squish
The Warlords of Draenor Item Level Squish was intended to bring the numbers of players health, damage, but especially that of bosses to a lower number. The last boss of Siege of Orgrimmar Mythic, was designed to heal to full health several times, because the game engine could not handle a number large enough to have his health progress as a regular boss would. It was also made very clear that this item level squish would not affect players clearing older content, such as raids for transmog, because everything will be scaled accordingly.


Warlords of Draenor Cinematic
A special event was held to reveal the cinematic trailer to the newest WoW expansion. Streamers, YouTubers, and Blizzard employees were all at this event, revealing the introduction cinematic, which gave us some insight into the Horde on the world of Draenor. This expansion would take place years in the past, when Gul’dan tried to corrupt the Orcs of Draenor with fel, however many resisted to preserve their freedom.


Warcraft in China
The Warcraft movie mall tour in China was the largest exhibition mounted for this new film. With over 150 props from the movie, visitors had the opportunity to see statues, Orc huts, and many more items during the tour. This was in an attempt to appeal to the Chinese audience, who ended up making up half of the gross total ($220.8 million) after the release.


Activision Blizzard Acquires MLG Assets
Major League Gaming was once the largest esports organizers in North America. After years of innovating the esports scene, the emergence of other organizers such as ESL put MLG in a tough spot with multiple competitors. This caused some financial struggles causing them to sell all assets to Activision Blizzard for $46 million. The platform was, and is still used to host WoW tournaments, and the newly formed Overwatch League, among others.


Diablo 20th Anniversary
The Diablo franchise celebrated its 20th Anniversary early 2017. To celebrate this event, a new dungeon was added to Diablo III. This new area was designed in the style of Diablo I, with graphics, movement, and sound being filtered to capture the feel of the game. This event was also celebrated in WoW, where killing a Treasure Goblin would allow players to reach The Secret Cow Level, and kill the Cow King for some Diablo referenced loot.



Heroes of the Storm - Blaze, New Skins, and More!
Blaze is on the PTR and new skins, sprays, and more are on the way!





Dark Legacy Comics #614
DLC #614 has been released.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Legendary Catch Up, Jan 5 Hotfixes, Balance and Assassination Changes, DLC #614 started by chaud View original post
Comments 58 Comments
  1. Myz's Avatar
    Better hurry up to grab 970 BoE legendaries off the AH on fresh alts. There was only 1 up on Ravencrest EU, the cloth one.
  1. Puri's Avatar
    Wow, guess that means the daily heroic will be pretty quick.
  1. Soluna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    You mean catchup mechanics like they did for the Ring in WoD?

    It doesn't matter much anyway since the system is going away in Battle for Azeroth and Antorus clears have already happened.

    Most people right now are either waiting for LFR to open to get their ring, done it on Normal/HC or are progressing Mythic.
    It might not matter to you, but this is a great change for me. I got bis leggos on main, and 2 of my 3 regularly played alts. My final alt has KJ and cindaria, which suck, so I welcome this!
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Valaut View Post
    It might not matter to you, but this is a great change for me. I got bis leggos on main, and 2 of my 3 regularly played alts. My final alt has KJ and cindaria, which suck, so I welcome this!
    I didn't mean to me. I meant in general because the system is going away soon so now is the perfect time to offer one final catchup burst for it before it's gone. It doesn't have a huge effect in return because a lot of the raiding is done now anyway and the only people left to get the free 1000 ring will get it in a couple of weeks.

    Hell I welcome it too. Means I can actually be bothered to work on my 12 alts now.
  1. Rylalai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Myz View Post
    Better hurry up to grab 970 BoE legendaries off the AH on fresh alts. There was only 1 up on Ravencrest EU, the cloth one.
    None on my server.. All leggys are already 1000 x_X
  1. Emerald's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rylalai View Post
    None on my server.. All leggys are already 1000 x_X
    Calm down there is no way that you will can save essence now and get an advantage over other players, wont make it live that way.
    They will implement that old essence are for upgrade only...
  1. Backstabak's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure, they will just wipe all the essence before patch launch. It would be quite stupid if they didn't.
  1. Sadpants's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bigcountry11782 View Post
    So if you have no legendaries or you have upgraded all of the legendaries that you have then you are screwed because you can't get the quest and you can't get Wakening essences anymore.So you can't start hording them for the Purified Titan Essence if you are able to get the quest because you haven't upgraded all of your legendaries then i guess gratz.....Amazing system Blizzard SMFH

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    If you upgraded all the legendaries you have you can't get the quest anymore.
    So you are incapable of reading?

    Additionally, the Awoken Titan Essence used to upgrade Legendary items to item level 1000 is now sold by Arcanomancer Vridiel as a vendor item, rather than as a quest reward, for the same total cost (50 Wakening Essence). The quest will no longer be offered, but can be turned in if your character already has it active.
    So the essence is no longer a quest objective-currency hybrid, but just a currency.
  1. Myz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Emerald View Post
    Calm down there is no way that you will can save essence now and get an advantage over other players, wont make it live that way.
    They will implement that old essence are for upgrade only...
    Can't hurt to anticipate on this actually not happening.

    I'm certain they won't wipe essences or introduce a new currency in the last months of the expansion when all tiers are cleared.
  1. TranquilDream's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Myz View Post
    Can't hurt to anticipate on this actually not happening.

    I'm certain they won't wipe essences or introduce a new currency in the last months of the expansion when all tiers are cleared.
    I think if Blizz does anything, they will put a cap on how many essences you can hold at once, and anything over the cap will be turned into gold. They've held a dim view on squirreling away currencies before, so it's not unreasonable to think this time will not be any different.
  1. Esper's Avatar
    Well I guess I'm not going to be upgrading any of my garbage tier legendaries that I was just upgrading because I could. Time to stockpile and crack open some more offspec ones.
  1. lyphe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VyersReaver View Post
    Even if they are giving leeway into their shitty Leggo system, they couldn't do it without fucking up on the way. GG, Blizzard.
    Comments like this ...

    Blizz won't go live with the system as is - they'll wipe existing essences or something like that. Seriously, grow up and stop running around in a childish panic about something that is obviously still being worked on.
  1. markos82's Avatar
    So they are nerfing moonkins again! Thats just retarded!
  1. Bormec's Avatar
    It’s a Legion fire sale, all Legendaries must go!!! We’re like Oprah up in this place: you get a braaand newwww Leggggendaryyyy! And you get a Legendary, and YOU get a Legendary! Guess the price of this Legendary showcase? 175 Wakening Essences is correct! /cue music
  1. Feederino Senpai's Avatar
    To everyone having problems - go to AH, buy a 970 legendary, pick up the quest. It is THAT simple, it only require some brain usage. (And no need to equip the legendary, so you can send it to another alt when you're 'done with it' or resell it)
  1. bearlolzx's Avatar
    diablocraft
  1. Daedius's Avatar
    Only took the "final" patch of Legion to get around the whole RNG drop nature of legendaries after the huge amount of criticism over it early into Legion...
  1. Alopex's Avatar
    I'm more annoyed by that blue forum post a few weeks back that specifically stated that the essences are useless if you don't have anything to upgrade, but w/e, I'll get over it eventually.
  1. Rylalai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Feederino Senpai View Post
    To everyone having problems - go to AH, buy a 970 legendary, pick up the quest. It is THAT simple, it only require some brain usage. (And no need to equip the legendary, so you can send it to another alt when you're 'done with it' or resell it)
    All legendaries crafted AFTER the Anthorus release are already iL 1000. So nope, your idea is not THAT simple at all. ;-) On my server there are no <1000 iL legendaries left.
  1. Eapoe's Avatar
    Yeah, seems like bad design or (hopefully) a glaring oversight. Kind of a shame that on some of my alts I am still missing legendaries considered to be the strongest, but as it stands now I can't stockpile to buy them to get the ones I need.
    Still, better than nothing I suppose.

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