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by Published on 2018-01-16 01:09 PM

Patch 7.3.5 Live this Week
Patch 7.3.5 brings old world leveling scaling, Ulduar Timewalking, Silithus quests, legendary tokens, the Seething Shore Battleground and more!

Allied Races are not going live this week! Much of the data for them is in the patch, so we may see them later as a pre-order bonus.

Official Notes
The official notes have been released.

Legendary Item Changes
You can now turn in 1000 x Wakening Essence for Purified Titan Essence and 300 for Awoken Titan Essence.

Wakening Essence reward sources now reward roughly 6x more than they did in Patch 7.3.2. For example, your first daily heroic dungeon now rewards 30, up from 5.

Mythic Plus Battle Resurrections
Combat resurrections in Mythic+ dungeons will now function similarly to the way they currently do in raids.

  • Combat resurrections start with 1 charge for the group and gain a new charge every 10 minutes.
  • Raise Ally, Rebirth, Soulstone and Hunter battle resurrections all share the same charges.
  • You can accumulate a total of 5 charges at a time, however, it would take 40 minutes to reach this point.

New Battleground - Seething Shore
Seething Shore will become available as the story in Silithus unfolds. This new battleground takes place in Silithus and features the Horde and Alliance descending upon the wound that Sargeras put in Azeroth to fight over Azerite bubbling to the surface.

Zone Scaling and XP Changes
Every zone through Draenor now use the level scaling system introduced in Legion. All corresponding dungeons and the rewards therein now scale. XP required to level has been adjusted as well.

NPC Health Changes
Along with all of the leveling and XP changes, the health of NPCs (including bosses in old raids) have been increased.

  • Vanilla - 288% increase @ lvl 63. 25% at lvl 10, 119% @ lvl 20, 183% @ lvl 30, 222% @ lvl 40, 263% @ lvl 50
  • Burning Crusade - 261% increase @ lvl 73, 310% @ lvl 65
  • Wrath of the Lich King - 237% increase @ lvl 83, 291% @ lvl 75
  • Cataclysm - 185% increase @ lvl 88, 228% @ lvl 85
  • Mists of Pandaria - 341% @ lvl 93
  • Warlords - 92% increase @ lvl 103
  • Legion - Same

Flying Changes During Leveling
Expert Riding now unlocks the ability to fly in all zones prior to Draenor.

The following requirements have been removed from the game:

Draenor Pathfinder and Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two still need to be completed to unlock flying.

Legion Epilogue - Silithus: The Wound
Players who have defeated Argus in Antorus will be able to continue the Legion story quest chain into Silithus. Look for this new questline upon logging in.

Ogmot the Mad is a new rare elite ogre in Silithus that drops Ogmot's Dream Journal. This journal contains 10 pages that detail the events of a nameless person who deals with the whispers of the Old Gods. See the full post for more details.

Ulduar Timewalking
Ulduar Timewalking will be available when the Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking week rolls around on February 18, 2018.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
A long-forgotten evil has awakened once more. Travel back in time with 10-30 other adventurers to cleanse Ulduar of Yogg-Saron’s evil influence. While you journey through this memorable Wrath of the Lich King raid, your character will be scaled to player level 80.

Your fate is sealed. The end of days is finally upon you and ALL who inhabit this miserable little seedling. Uulwi ifis halahs gag erh'ongg w'ssh.

Achievement Changes
Check out the full list of achievement changes.

  • All existing 10-player and 25-player Ulduar Achievements have been moved to the Legacy -> Raids tab.
  • Anyone who earned either the 10- or 25-player versions of the Ulduar Achievements should receive the new Achievement upon logging in.
  • The new Glory of the Ulduar Raider Achievement should now award both the Rusted Proto-Drake and the Ironbound Proto-Drake mounts.
  • Old achievements that required you to complete a number of quests in a zone have been changed to require you to complete the story quests instead.
  • Allied Race achievements, more Prestige achievements, Legion Season 7, Seething Shore, New Pet Battle PvP achievements and were added.

Increased Bag Space
Attaching an authenticator to your account will increase the size of your initial backpack by 4 slots.

Druid Lunarwing Flight Form Sit Animation
The Druid Lunarwing flight form now has a sitting animation! You can see the Night Elf, Tauren, Troll, and Worgen versions of the animation in the modelviewer.

Profession Leveling
Profession leveling has been streamlined:

Faction Leader Model Updates
Gallywix got a new Azerite cane topper and ring! You can see the old model on the right in the image below.

New Icons and UI Elements

New Loading Screen

New Maps

Patch 7.3.5 - New Music and VO
Patch 7.3.5 adds some new music and VO. Be sure to check out the Allied Race VO as well.

Call of the Scarab Temporary Mounts
Several new Silithid mounts are available for the Call of the Scarab micro holiday! These mounts only last for a few days and are bag slot items much like the Magic Broom from the Hallow's End Event.

New Racial Icons at Character Creation Screen
The icons on the character creation menu have all received face lifts!

New Command Boards
The command boards in Orgrimmar and Stormwind have received visual upgrades on top of a new UI. They use the same menu now that we used to choose our artifact weapons and your options change as you level up. You also get a small picture and a brief description of the zone and what the story will contain.

Alliance Embassy
An embassy for Allied Races has been added to Stormwind. Allied Races cannot be unlocked yet, but you can see the requirements to unlock them inside.

Lightforged Draenei Requirements

Void Elves Requirements

Horde Embassy
An embassy for Allied Races has been added to Orgrimmar. Allied Races cannot be unlocked yet, but you can see the requirements to unlock them inside.

Highmountain Tauren Requirements

The Nightborne Requirements

The Nighthold Updates
The uninstanced version of the Nighthold has seen some changes, becoming more of a small faction hub. Both Alliance and Horde can visit as of now. There are teleport stations that lead to Dalaran and Orgrimmar usable by the Horde as well as all of your favorite characters from the Suramar campaign, such as Thalyssra and Theryn. Pandaren monks have also arrived to teach the Nightborne the ways of the Monk class.

Thunder Totem Updates
While most of the Bloodtotem tribe became corrupted by the Legion, the few who did not have now sought refuge at Thunder Totem. On top of this, Pandaren monks have arrived to teach the Highmountain Tauren the ways of the Monk class.

Hardware Deprecation Warnings
DirectX 9 support will be dropped in the future.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Warning: Your current graphics API will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require DirectX 11 or Metal.
  • Warning: Your current system will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft which will require a 64-bit operating system.
  • Warning: Your graphics card will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require a Shader Model 5 3 capable graphics card or better.

String Changes and Misc Changes
Allied Race and many other strings were added in this patch.

by Published on 2018-01-15 06:43 PM

Patch 7.3.5 Releases January 16, 2018
Blizzard has confirmed that Patch 7.3.5 will be launching tomorrow! Allied Races are not going live tomorrow.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 7.3.5 Coming January 16
Patch 7.3.5 is coming January 16, and adds several new features and updates, including Ulduar Timewalking; the revamped leveling experience featuring scaling zones throughout Azeroth, Outland, and Draenor; and more. Players who have completed the Antorus, the Burning Throne raid can continue the story beyond the events on Argus and experience the tumultuous aftermath on Azeroth with a new quest line. Read the complete patch notes to learn more.

Before you hop into the game, make sure you’ve secured your account with the Blizzard Authenticator or Blizzard Mobile Authenticator, along with Blizzard SMS Protect. You’ll unlock an additional four backpack slots for each character on your account once you’ve secured it with both.

Overwatch - Why Dallas Fuel Lost and Highlights
Overwatch League is finally underway!

by Published on 2018-01-12 11:58 PM

Overwatch League Causing Lag in Diablo 3

Deathwing Needs a Friendwing - Vote for Phase II Challenges!

Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25848
The latest PTR build flagged the client as a Release Candidate.

Patch 7.3.5 - Artifact Instability
Patch 7.3.5 adds the send off for our Artifact weapons. A recent PTR build added some visual effects of the instability that results from the send off.

A recent build also changed how the Artifact Power numbers increase or decrease once your Artifact is unstable. Now your Artifact will increase in Artifact Power until February 2nd, then the total Artifact Power displayed will decrease until March 2nd. On March 19 it will begin to increase very very rapidly. This effect is probably only visual and your actual Artifact Power may not change.

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.

Mists of Pandaria: Pet Battles
Pet Battles were added in Mists of Pandaria and are still around today. This new content allowed players to collect battle pets and face off against other players, trainers or battle pets. The initial design had some features such as certain pets only spawning under very specific conditions (i.e - time of day or weather). The basics of the system were a level 25 cap with 6 total abilities.

Spell Animations in Patch 5.2
Warlocks, Rogues and Monks got updated spell animations on this PTR build. The spells that were updated were Nimble Brew, Ring of Peace, Hit and Run, Marked for Death and Blood Fear. Some of these abilities, such as Ring of Peace, have been updated in later patches as well.

Swift Windsteed
The newest addition to the Blizzard Store was the Swift Windsteed, which is the Pandaria themed mount floating on a cloud. As with all store mounts, this one scales with riding skill and is available to all characters on the account that purchase it.

Chinese Gaming Theme Park
China opened a theme park which featured a variety of gaming titles. In 2013, a Reddit user shared some pictures from their trip to the park, which had a few Warcraft and Starcraft features.

Patch 6.1
The first content patch of Warlords of Draenor brought small updates to a variety of systems as well as Twitter functionality within World of Warcraft. After the new character models were implemented, there were a few complaints which got fixed during this update. We also saw the addition of the Heirloom tab to make it easier to navigate and create heirlooms on alt characters. The Death Recap panel also got a small upgrade which made it easier to figure out what killed you during combat.

Patch 7.1.5
The first major balance patch of Legion brought a large number of changes to the game. The most important was the increase of secondary stats on jewelry. Secondary stat amounts on jewelry were increased to make them have a larger overall impact on stats since jewelry doesn't have primary stats. This patch also brought two new pieces of content with the addition of Mists of Pandaria Timewalking and the return of the Brawler’s guild. Hunter traps and the Mage Barriers also got new animations to better fit the specs.

Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes
A new patch released for Heroes of the Storm on January 9th, 2018. Highlights include the introduction of Blaze, the new hero from Starcraft!

Overwatch League
Overwatch released a new patch on January 9th to go along with the start of the first stage of Season One for the Overwatch League going on now through January 13th. The patch includes new skins for each hero with color schemes coordinating with the different competing teams.

by Published on 2018-01-12 06:50 PM

2018 WoW Esports Announcements
WoW esports manager Jeramy McIntyre will be sharing what esports fans and participants can look forward to this year including changes to the WoW Arena World Championship and the Mythic Dungeon Invitational.

Last Year
  • Last year had more arena cups, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, and lots of competitive content.

  • This year will be the 11th year of WoW arenas.
  • There will be more cups this year and they will be starting soon!
  • The first weekend of February will have the first EU cup, with NA following. EU and NA will alternate weeks for 6 weeks.
  • Last year there were 5 NA and 5 EU cups. This year there will be 9 for each region.
  • The prize pool for each of these cups will be increased to $10k from $6k.
  • The entire year will be broken up into seasons.
  • The first 6 weeks are the online Season 1.
  • At the end of the season, the top 4 from each region are going to meet at seasonal finals.
  • There will be a total of 3 seasons. These aren't tied into the in game seasons. These are just eSport seasons.
  • Each of the season finals (two per year, Spring and Summer) will allow the winning teams to go to the Arena World Championship.
  • At the end of the year, the top 6 teams will make it into the Arena World Championship.
  • Community tournaments will still be a thing this year.

Mythic Dungeon Invitational
  • The MDI will happen in the first half of the year.
  • Proving Grounds were nice last year, but only 8 teams per region were invited.
  • The first segment of Proving Grounds will be the same as last year.
  • The second segment is a Time Trial.
  • This year there will be a "complete 3 dungeons on a certain difficulty level" as a challenge. Every team that completes the challenge will be eligible to compete in the Time Trial on the tournament realms.
  • The Time Trial will be a cumulative run time total compared to everyone else on the realm. Only 8 teams will advance from this trial.
  • The top 8 teams from each region will compete in the regional final events. Double elimination.
  • There is a $25k prize pool for each regional event.
  • The global final event will be a live LAN event.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Last year was huge for WoW esports, with the introduction of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI), the WoW Arena Championship tournament matches throughout the year, and a tense and exciting championship match at BlizzCon. We’re proud of all we have achieved, but we won’t rest on our laurels: we are hard at work gearing up for 2018—with more teams, more talent, and more epic battles that will have us all on the edge of our seats.

The 2018 WoW Arena World Championship (AWC)
The biggest event in WoW esports will be supported by a full calendar of tournaments around the world, ensuring only the most battle-tested and proven teams have a shot at the 2018 WoW Arena World Championship. At the championship tournament itself, teams will be fighting for their share of a $280,000 prize pool and WoW Arena glory.

We'll be back later in the year to discuss how teams from China, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific make their way to the 2018 Arena World Championship.

Introducing Seasonal Finals for North America and Europe
*drum roll* We are delighted to announce TWO seasonal finals where the best North American and European Teams will clash for the first time ever outside of the World Championship. The first season finals will be decided in March at a live event.

  • Each event will feature eight teams: The top four teams from Europe and the top four teams from North America.
  • Both events in 2018 will offer $100,000 prize pools—that’s two opportunities for players in Europe and North America to land a share of $100k before the World Championship is even on the horizon.
  • The eight teams will also be competing for a spot in the WoW Arena World Championship, rewarded to the winners at each of the two events.

Global Qualification
You won’t want to miss either of these milestone events where your favorite players and teams will fight for regional pride, a spot in the WoW Arena World Championship, and a share of $100,000. Dates and additional details on these events to come.

Multiple Seasons of Arena Cups in North America & Europe
We are starting early this year with the first Arena Cups just around the corner. Arena Cups will be spread across the entire year and will offer not only a cash prize but also AWC Points.

Teams with the most points from each season will be invited to compete at that season’s Finals event, while the top overall teams of the year from each region will be invited to the Arena World Championship.

  • The first of three Arena Cup seasons starts Jan 31
  • There will be nine (up from five) Arena Cups in each region (18 total) over the course of the year
  • A $10,000 (up from $6,000) prize pool will be available for each of the 18 cups
  • The top 12 (up from six) teams at an Arena Cup event will earn points
  • New point distribution system will reward consistency
  • Teams in 2018 will follow the same guidelines and rules regarding roster changes as last year—

please refer to the official rules for additional information (coming soon)

The Mythic Dungeon Invitational Returns!
In 2017, we took our first foray into the world of competitive Dungeon Races with our Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI). Teams from around the world battled against each other with Australia’s ‘Free Marsy’ standing head and shoulders above the rest to become the inaugural champions.

The excitement and passion we saw from fans meant we couldn’t wait to kick it up a notch. So today we’re truly excited to announce a second season of the MDI.

What Is Changing for the MDI?
  • More teams from the Proving Grounds! All eligible teams that complete the Mythic Keystone dungeon challenge (details still to come) during the Proving Ground stage will be invited to the Time Trials in the tournament realm.
  • In Time Trials, all teams will compete on specific dungeons and post their best times over one week. The top eight teams will advance to the regional playoffs.
  • The regional playoffs will be broadcast like last year, but with a few key changes:

Mythic Dungeon Qualification
  • Each region (Asia Pacific, Americas, China, Europe) will have their own weekend of broadcasts.
  • The format will be double elimination, giving teams a chance to regroup after a loss and bounce right back.
  • The Mythic Keystone level will change over the course of the tournament, rewarding teams who can quickly crush easier dungeons and survive tougher ones.
  • Just like 2017, the top two teams will advance to the Global Finals.
  • The Global Finals will feature the top eight global teams, who will compete head-to-head and on stage at a live event.

For all updates, announcement, fixtures, and news, check out the WoW Arena World Championship hub for all the details—and see you on the stream!

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