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Patch 8.0.1 - Build 27291: Group Finder Addon Changes
The latest live build made a few more changes to the Group Finder. This was likely to combat group finding addons, such as the LookingForGroup addon.

  • Searching for groups now must be done manually.
  • Entering text into the search box now must be done manually, you can't paste in text anymore.
  • Accepting group members now must be done manually, as the Auto-Accept functionality has been disabled.


Stromgarde Warfront Unlock Timing
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve seen some confusion about when Battle for Azeroth’s first Warfront, Battle for Stromgarde, will open and would like to give some clarifications.

Similar to other types of endgame content such as raids and rated PvP, the Battle for Stromgarde will not be immediately available at launch. Instead, it’ll open a few weeks later. Initially, the Alliance will control Stromgarde Keep (which allows access to certain outdoor content in the Arathi Highlands), while the Horde begins preparations to assault. Once those preparations are finished, Horde players will be able to queue for the Battle for Stromgarde Warfront.

A few days afterward, the roles will reverse: the Horde will control Stromgarde (thus gaining access to the outdoor content), and the Alliance will begin their own preparations to retaliate. This process will continue to alternate between Horde and Alliance on a regular cadence.

Zappi Boi Stats
Blizzard shared a chart that demonstrates how character names with Zap at the beginning spiked after the release of the cinematic.



Patch 8.0.1 Hotfixes - August 8, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Gorefiend's Grasp correctly functions on transports such as elevators.
    • Unholy
      • Risen Skulker from All Will Serve will now properly change targets to assist while in combat.
      • Summon Gargoyle and the Dark Arbiter variant will now properly assist in combat and change targets.
  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Succubus will no longer automatically cast Seduction when the Warlock is affected by crowd control effects.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Tomb of Sargeras

    • Dresanoth’s Icy Talons ability no longer deals excessive damage.
    • Lylth the Silent no longer deals excessive damage with Lunar Blast, Shadow Blast, and Star Barrage abilities.
    • Lieutenant Silvermight no longer deals excessive damage.

Player versus Player
  • Arathi Blizzard
    • The number of bases controlled by each faction is now displayed correctly.

Professions
  • Herbalism
    • Fixed a bug that made Frost Lotus require a Herbalism skill of 400 to be successfully harvested.

Warcraft Secrets Website Launch
The Warcraft Secrets website launched recently, with the goal of documenting the hidden secrets in WoW.

  • The Secrets Database documents all the secrets that have been completed by the community, as well as hidden collectibles and other interesting vanity items.
  • Guides are articles on elaborate secrets such as Uuna, Lucid Nightmare and Sun Darter Hatchling
  • Hunter Pets section includes guides to secret-related or hard-to-find and challenging hunter pets such as Lightning Paw and Fenryr.
  • Mysteries documents uncovered hidden secrets, as well as Battle for Azeroth secrets in the process of uncovering.

If you decide to register an account, you will also be able to sort your collection based on obtained secret mounts, hidden collectibles and vanity items.


They are currently hosting a giveaway for 5x Blizzard Shop Mounts on their front page, as well as several others on their Website Discord for MMO-Champion Premium and other websites.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Group Finder Addon Changes, Zappi Boi, August 8 Hotfixes, Warcraft Secrets started by chaud View original post
Comments 294 Comments
  1. Felblazed's Avatar
    I was in the middle of farming tusks hard core, took a break just to find when I came back that auto accept is gone. This is stupid and just making it more difficult to play the game how I'd like to..
  1. Dhru's Avatar
    Did someone tell these guys that WoW is not suppose to be a typing simulator?
    So devs think WQs are solo content. OK good to know. Maybe I should keep my wallet closed so the devs can play with themselves in their trash. How many times I have to warn you guys this is WoD 2.0.

    "We have to spare our servers because we cannot afford more." Get the ****** out of here!
  1. Kalarm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Onikaroshi View Post
    There's evidence that the auto-accept is either unintentional or being set up as a toggle that can be turned on and off based off server loads or similar. It is highly possible that they want it turned off during launch.

    Someone a lot smarter than me lol:
    What I don't understand is, if it IS unintentional. Why do they not specify it? It's like your favorite pizza place announcing "we will no longer serve pizza's with cheese". Of course people will be upset and call you names. If they tell you "There was a problem with our cheese delivery and will not be able to serve pizza with cheese until X" it's a whole other story.

    I think they did the same with the mobile app. They just went "You can't just change character now, you need to log off and log back in". Few days later it was fixed.

    Either someone is doing some really bad communication or they like stirring the pot... Or they keep fucking up and reverting as people lose their shit...
  1. aeuhe4yxzhds's Avatar
    So now im going to have to type it out every single time im searching for groups. Thats tedious as fuck
  1. morph4037's Avatar
    That sums up all I have to say about this latest change from the "devs" at Blizzard...
  1. Ophenia's Avatar
    No copy-paste ? Guess that will be a mess to find a group for any boss like Il'gynoth, haha
    No auto-invite ? RIP world bosses and most of the "we don't care about the group comp" content.

    Plus, this will only impact the low-stuffed guys. I mean, with the auto-invite enabled and no ilvl criteria, even low-ilvl people could get a slot (and usually, you don't even notice them as the content is faceroll-able). Now you'll chose, because you actually have to.

    What's the benefits ? Only the tedious time you have to spend to create and setup a group ? Yeah, half of the people won't even bother creating it. Either the quest/mob is solo-able and they'll solo it, or they'll just skip it entirely.

    Awesome decision once again.

    BLIZZARD, WE ASKED FOR AN IMPROVEMENT OF THIS TOOL, NOT A STRAIGHT REMOVAL
  1. huldu's Avatar
    That group finder nerf was huge. Just like in real life the few rotten people destroys it for everyone else.
  1. last1214's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sopeonaroap View Post
    you're assuming people are going to still create groups...they're not. they haven't been creating groups since the earlier 8.0 changes to the group finder API. now i'm having to solo invasions because the use of the group finder tool is at an 8 year low. people who don't know what to name a group, or where to properly list it, or just don't wanna fuck with it, mean LESS time spent in-game

    people will just skip content, and that's step 1 of "i used to play wow, but now i don't"

    i just requested a refund for BfA, i'll keep my $50, sell my account for $2500 and go play madden 19 PC. it launches tomorrow, anyway. these idiotic changes that don't make the game better in any way are going too far. the whole forced horde vs alliance thing was bad enough, but yeah, i think this change will do it for me finally. the pre-patch was lackluster, they're trying to pretend that giving things back that they've taken away without reason is a good thing and not just correcting a mistake and i have no clue what direction they want to go in anymore. the BfA beta was not fun, at all.

    i can't wait to tell them why i'll not resub, wonder if they got a metric for that
    Bye )-; don't let the crying peon butter you up bro.
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kalarm View Post
    What I don't understand is, if it IS unintentional. Why do they not specify it? It's like your favorite pizza place announcing "we will no longer serve pizza's with cheese". Of course people will be upset and call you names. If they tell you "There was a problem with our cheese delivery and will not be able to serve pizza with cheese until X" it's a whole other story.

    I think they did the same with the mobile app. They just went "You can't just change character now, you need to log off and log back in". Few days later it was fixed.

    Either someone is doing some really bad communication or they like stirring the pot... Or they keep fucking up and reverting as people lose their shit...
    According to a tech support post (https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20767746730) it seems like most of them don't even know it's a thing atm.
  1. pyro989898's Avatar
    I used Group finder for WQ after completing so many same WQ these WQ become boring .WQ are so boring that if i wake from my sleep and try to do them , it put me back to sleep after 30 mins of WQ. I only found Kiran Tor(puzzle + reach teh goal) WQ some what interesting.
    I think BFA is really a test to identify how many hardcore fan does blizz have. Wod had 5M+ subscription for the worst expansion.
    This expansion has taken more feature+ Lore wise from player , rather than adding new thing to game. Not to mention story line till yet has already pissed players from both Horde and Alliance side. T
    I can only hope by the time i intend to play WOW they fix these stupid ass changes.
  1. Ragashii's Avatar
    All the changes they've made this past year have been to pad their metrics. TIME PLAYED is all that matters to them now.

    No more powerleveling.
    Old raids take longer.
    Leveling slowed down.
    Group finder destroyed.
    Taking away loot choices.
    Legacy loot making raids require 2 expansions later to be worth soloing.
    Bear tartar nerf.
    Dungeon XP nerfed.

    Keep them investors happy.
  1. Deianeira's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lesoror View Post
    Class changes for shamans?
    LUL, no
    Killing party-questing in MMO?
    Oh, YEAH
    Lol you guys are friggin hilarious, they didnt KILL anything. you can still create groups and join groups in Groupfinder. It will just take a few seconds longer.

    I dont care much at all about this changes. Sometimes when i used WQGF i joined-killedwhateverneededkilling-collected reward and left in less then a minute. Guess now it will take 2 mins and who knows perhaps one will be able to say hello to the ones you are "grouping" with.

    I thought everyone hated LFG and all that shit and that the game had become so impersonal!
  1. Katsutomai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deianeira View Post
    Lol you guys are friggin hilarious, they didnt KILL anything. you can still create groups and join groups in Groupfinder. It will just take a few seconds longer.

    I dont care much at all about this changes. Sometimes when i used WQGF i joined-killedwhateverneededkilling-collected reward and left in less then a minute. Guess now it will take 2 mins and who knows perhaps one will be able to say hello to the ones you are "grouping" with.

    I thought everyone hated LFG and all that shit and that the game had become so impersonal!
    Oh, looky, a Blizzard White Knight.
  1. Suzuya's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deianeira View Post
    Lol you guys are friggin hilarious, they didnt KILL anything. you can still create groups and join groups in Groupfinder. It will just take a few seconds longer.

    I dont care much at all about this changes. Sometimes when i used WQGF i joined-killedwhateverneededkilling-collected reward and left in less then a minute. Guess now it will take 2 mins and who knows perhaps one will be able to say hello to the ones you are "grouping" with.

    I thought everyone hated LFG and all that shit and that the game had become so impersonal!
    But why? What's the point in this change if not to waste our time? How does this benefit us as players? At least I can tell you this would probably look like a pretty nice change to investors.
  1. Kalarm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deianeira View Post
    Lol you guys are friggin hilarious, they didnt KILL anything. you can still create groups and join groups in Groupfinder. It will just take a few seconds longer.

    I dont care much at all about this changes. Sometimes when i used WQGF i joined-killedwhateverneededkilling-collected reward and left in less then a minute. Guess now it will take 2 mins and who knows perhaps one will be able to say hello to the ones you are "grouping" with.

    I thought everyone hated LFG and all that shit and that the game had become so impersonal!
    I really don't understand how you can even defend that kind of things.

    It's true that it won't take that much longer to make groups. That is absolutely true. Problem is, it will now be more annoying to create and join groups.

    They had a system that was working and are straight up removing some QoL stuff. It's like if one day you'd log in to realize you can't "repair all" now and need to click all your armor pieces. It won't take super long to do, it is very much doable... but you already had a repair all button, why even remove it?

    You're straight up just defending losing QoL stuff for no reasons. Why do you accept to lose such things and nod your head in approval? It's like the government telling you that you will now need to go manually deposit their tax returns check (or whatever it is in the US) as they won't be using direct deposit anymore... Stand up for your QoL man, don't just stand there and accept to lose. You can't improve things if you take steps backwards.
  1. Sastank's Avatar
    "A few weeks" Still no date.

    Still confusions. Good job wasting time posting blues.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    I'm kinda ambivalent about the rest of the group finder changes, but removing auto-accept? God damn it, Blizzard.

    Also, this wrecks the method for transfering old raid saves from alts to your main without having to have friends help you. Blizzard, why?
  1. Camthur's Avatar
    So Stromgard control flips automatically on main map? Is the zone subject to CRZ? I'm asking because Stormrage is like upper 90s percentage Alliance. Does this mean my Alliance characters get to twiddle their thumbs waiting on it to flip while very few Horde are even there to use it?
  1. Doffen's Avatar
    Okey, I didn't mind the changes last time, but removing auto-accept.. That's just silly af.

    No more multi-kill old school bosses on several alts then. Might even be a reason for the change lol.
  1. Malfuria's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deianeira View Post
    Lol you guys are friggin hilarious, they didnt KILL anything. you can still create groups and join groups in Groupfinder. It will just take a few seconds longer.

    I dont care much at all about this changes. Sometimes when i used WQGF i joined-killedwhateverneededkilling-collected reward and left in less then a minute. Guess now it will take 2 mins and who knows perhaps one will be able to say hello to the ones you are "grouping" with.

    I thought everyone hated LFG and all that shit and that the game had become so impersonal!
    This change is a big deal for European Servers. Now i have to decide if I Name my WQ Group in english, german,spanish,italian or russian. Whatever I choose, I can only choose a small part of European players, increasing waiting times a lot.

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