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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. Feederino Senpai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rylalai View Post
    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.
    It is simple. But yeah, you need to buy those that are 970, most of them are bought up by gold makers (me included) by now, and relisted for 10x the price
  1. Bodraw's Avatar
    That loading screen looks like it’s made for Guild Wars 2. Interesting...
  1. lb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Backstabak View Post
    I'm pretty sure, they will just wipe all the essence before patch launch. It would be quite stupid if they didn't.
    Yes something like this will happen for sure - they won't let people who are lucky because they can still collect the essences to have a edge against people who can't collect them anymore.

    And when did blizzard allow such a thing like collecting things in advance to use them on patch day. They for sure will have a solution which sucks for everyone
  1. Culex's Avatar
    Oh boy they introduced something into the game at the end of the expansion when it doesn't matter anymore and should have been in the game this whole time, I am so fucking glad I quit this game.
  1. toringx's Avatar
    WTF, they should have put in the ability to buy a legendary with essences like two or three patches ago! Talk about a little to late, now that the expansion is almost over. At this point it barely matters anymore.
  1. Appelgren's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Culex View Post
    Oh boy they introduced something into the game at the end of the expansion when it doesn't matter anymore and should have been in the game this whole time, I am so fucking glad I quit this game.
    Ofcourse you did
  1. Alex86el's Avatar
    The new loading screen looks like a screenshot from a "comedy anime".
    It's even worst than the Eastern Kingdoms loading screen, and that says a lot XD
  1. Blazeeron's Avatar
    Why did they remove the linghting on the troll thas was casting? Dont censure Zappyboi
  1. Kellorion's Avatar
    #SaveZappyBoi
  1. fathom81's Avatar
    A small update to the Transmog system allowed players to transmog similar weapon styles, such as Swords into Daggers.
    Not, sadly :'(
  1. tumppu's Avatar
    Why, exactly, would they need to wipe the existing wakening essences off the players? "So people can't hoard and have an unfair advantage"? It's not like anyone is getting a massive boost come BoA, since leggos will be gone. Just let people bank a few hundred essences to test out the leggos we missed and then be done with it. FWIW, I have not hoarded them, but I do have some un-upgraded ones on alts, so I have a spattering of essences spread over multiple chars. I *might* consider farming 175 on maybe one or two classes which I played very little, to test them out, but since it takes quite a bit of time, I probably won't. And if they indeed wipe whatever little I have collected so far, I'll certainly not bother. Now... if they allowed you to use 50 essences to get a random one, THAT would be something to strive for.

    All in all, this would have been a great feature one or two patches ago. Since they decided to "balance the raids" around legendaries, it's kind of amusing that they still insisted them to be totally random, up until now.
  1. Spaze's Avatar
    would totally suck if they wipe the existing essences, i was very unlucky the last 3 leggies that dropped for me are total bullshit and i have 400 essences now so 2 new tries of bad rng shit
  1. Ophenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fathom81 View Post
    A small update to the Transmog system allowed players to transmog similar weapon styles, such as Swords into Daggers.
    Not, sadly :'(
    I'm still a bit salty that DH cannot mog their warglaives into fist weapons. Some Vengeance DH weapons are held exactly like fists but no...

    Regarding this Titanic Essence nightmare, they should do one thing to solve all their problems. Wipe out all Essences of everyone, automatically upgrade ALL legendaries to 1000, then removing this thing from the game and simply add the "random leg token".
  1. relaxok's Avatar
    The fact that people are crying about not being able to buy all the legendaries tells you all you need to know about the state of WoW and why there is so much craving for classic.
  1. kidstechno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by relaxok View Post
    The fact that people are crying about not being able to buy all the legendaries tells you all you need to know about the state of WoW and why there is so much craving for classic.
    It states to me people want an option to build up an alt quicker. With EVERYTHING being a grind, it would be nice to be able to funnel time on your main to your alt i.e. in the form of purchasable legendaries for your actual alt, not some random garbage loot box system. This has been the WORST expansion by LEAPS and BOUNDS for punishing people for having more than one character. Maybe making it slightly easier might have been a nice touch.
  1. fathom81's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ophenia View Post
    I'm still a bit salty that DH cannot mog their warglaives into fist weapons. Some Vengeance DH weapons are held exactly like fists but no...

    Regarding this Titanic Essence nightmare, they should do one thing to solve all their problems. Wipe out all Essences of everyone, automatically upgrade ALL legendaries to 1000, then removing this thing from the game and simply add the "random leg token".
    The atack animation is equal to sword, not fist, thats why.
  1. Ophenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fathom81 View Post
    The atack animation is equal to sword, not fist, thats why.
    Yep this I know, but the skin is way closer to fists than swords.

    And animations are not an excuse since Bows can be mogged into Guns or Crossbows.
  1. fathom81's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ophenia View Post
    Yep this I know, but the skin is way closer to fists than swords.

    And animations are not an excuse since Bows can be mogged into Guns or Crossbows.
    But bows and guns only have one animation
    The fist VS swors atacks are way too diferent. Yes, it would work out fine nonetheless, most vengeance dh glaives look like existing fist weapons from wod, tbc etc anyways...

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