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by Published on 2015-01-07 01:50 AM

Why Players Quit D3, Patch Soon?, GR 45 DH on 2.1.2

Kripparrian: How Good is Gazlowe?, Versus Series: Spiffy vs Zeptinn

Hero Rotation for January 6th, Euro Shop Price Updates

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - January 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Raids
    • Highmaul
      • Ko'ragh's Expel Magic: Arcane ability should no longer incorrectly damage players that are under an effect that grants immunity to damage.
  • Dungeons
    • Shadowmoon Burian Grounds
      • Ner'zhul: Credit for Souls of the Lost achievement should no longer incorrectly reset between waves of Ritual of Bones.

Bug Fixes

Warlock Class Balance
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Into the fel flame I go...

Warlocks look pretty good at the moment. There are probably some tweaks that can and might be made to bring some things up a bit. The issue is probably more that there aren't any fights where warlocks really shine, and they're just consistently good. It's a stark contrast to Mists where warlocks shined in everything... everywhere... all the time. Neither situation is ideal, and it's something we're keeping an eye on.

Faction Balance in PvP
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There are only 15 horde characters in the top 500 in the pvp bracket.. Fix it, fix it now.
Because Arena can have the same faction facing each other in a match, all of the high end players tend to gravitate to one faction or the other so they can play with each other. Last season pretty much everyone in NA was Horde, and EU was Alliance. Regardless of if a race or faction is considered to have superior racials the ladders would still show an all-in approach on one or the other. You could completely remove racials and still see the same coordinated division. Feedback on Racials is welcome and considered, but for the outlined reasons showing the best players coordinating toward a single faction isn't by itself a good indicator of anything except for the nature of the top competitors looking to play and practice with each other. It's going to happen regardless of pretty much anything else.

Does that mean that people who want to play with better players, should pay for a faction switch to Alliance then?
Anyone can level a new character any time they want. It's pretty quick, too!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Trap Stealing
We've been observing feedback on the topic and wanted to give a heads up on two hotfixes that are currently undergoing testing (not ready yet) to address these concerns.

  • Increasing the spawn rates of elite creatures used for trapping.
  • Deadly Iron Trap will require players to have tap credit on the creature being trapped.
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Why Does Raid Finder Exist?
I don't even care about doing it on alts anymore, it's just boring.
Oh, well then probably don't do it! That's what the different difficulties are for after all. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Raid Finder Wing 3 Unlock Time
We're expecting to continue following a new-ish 10 a.m. PST unlock "rule" from here on for the opening of new raid content. You can expect Blackrock Foundry wings to open at around the same 10 a.m. PST time as well. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
ok 244 followers at the inn 1 per week we will be into the next xp by the time we get them all over sight or what ?
Not reeeaaally intended to be a collection-y system. If you really want them all it could take a while. Okay with that. Highest achievement for collecting them is for 40 Followers, so, yeah. Collect 'em if you want to.
then why put so many in ?
Kind of a legacy of how the system functioned pre-beta. (Bashiok)
by Published on 2015-01-06 02:15 AM

Update: Rogue hotfix notes have been changed.

10th Anniversary Event Extended One Week
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The WoW Anniversary event ended a bit earlier than intended, so to make up for that lost time and any inconvenience we’re going to be re-enabling it for an additional week. The event--including the level 100 Molten Core raid--will be available again from January 6 at 10:00 a.m. PST until January 13 at 10:00 a.m. PST, for North American realms (13 January at 10:00 a.m. CET, for European realms). You can see the updated event dates and times in the in-game calendar.

Look for this and other hotfixes in the 6.0.3 Hotfixes blog as it’s updated.

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - January 5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
WoW's 10th Anniversary
  • [Requires a realm restart] WoW's 10th Anniversary event has received an extension! The event will begin again at 10AM PST on Tuesday, January 6 and ends at 10AM PST on Tuesday, January 13.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Garrison Buildings
    • Dwarven Bunker/War Mill: Players can now accrue as much Iron Horde Scraps as they want.
    • Lumber Mill: Players can now accrue as much Timber as they want.

  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talent
      • Conversion now costs 15 Runic Power per second for Frost Death Knights (up from 10 Runic Power).
  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Armor Sets
      • PvP 2-piece set bonus for Hunters should no longer incorrectly trigger its effect when Freezing Trap activates on a target that is immune.
  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talents
      • Empowered Seals (Protection, Retribution) should no longer incorrectly be providing a 30% increase to attack speed on top of its intended benefits.
    • Armor Sets
      • [Currently in testing] PvP 4-piece set bonus for Retribution Paladins now increases damage and healing by 2% per Holy Power spent (down from 3%) for 4 seconds (down from 8 seconds).
  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Assassination
      • Assassin's Resolve now increases damage by 17% (up from 10%).
    • Combat
      • Vitality now grants 50% additional Attack Power (up from 40%).
    • Subtlety
      • Sanguinary Vein now increases damage dealt by 25% (up from 20%).

World Environment
  • Nagrand
    • Resolved an issue where players that die in the areas around Highmaul may be unable to resurrect at their corpse.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Dungeons
    • Grimrail Depot
      • [Requires a realm restart] Nitrogg Thundertower: Assault Cannon's Suppressive Fire now deals less damage.
      • [Requires a realm restart] Nitrogg Thundertower: Grom'kar Gunner's Shrapnel Blast now deals less damage.
      • [Requires a realm restart] Nitrogg Thundertower: Iron Infantry now has less health.

  • Ashran
    • [Requires a realm restart] Players now have 60 seconds to accept the prompt to enter Ashran (up from 20 seconds).

Bug Fixes
  • Resolved an issue that could cause Quest achievements for Draenor zones to not be awarded correctly to characters below level 100.

Garrisons and Alts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Would have been awesome if it was account wide.. now it feels more like a pain to gather all recources and level all the followers.. again.. and again.. and...
We're looking into ways to make Garrisons a bit more friendly in future patches for those of you who enjoy alts. We see that Garrisons are a bit too much for you guys right now.

Highmaul in 60 Seconds
Our friends at FatBoss have done it again with a guide to Highmaul in 60 seconds! No need to read long guides or watch long videos, just follow their short and simple advice.

by Published on 2015-01-05 06:04 AM

BNet Login Issues, D3 Tribal Tattoo, ZDPS Support WD

Popular Decks of the Week, Hearthstone Logic #8

World of Warcraft 10th Anniversary Ending
The 10th anniversary celebration is coming to an end soon. You have until Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST / Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7 p.m. CET to get anything you may have missed.

If you logged in at all during the event, the Molten Corgi would have arrived in your mail. A successful run of the 40 player Raid Finder version of Molten Core rewarded a nice Core Hound mount. The Hatespark the Tiny pet had a 10% drop rate and the Flames of Ragnaros weapon enchant transmog had a 2% drop rate. Anyone that killed Ragnaros also got a spec appropriate item level 640 helm.

Armory Stats - World of Warcraft 10th Anniversary
We couldn't resist one more graph before the holidays are over and people (hopefully) return to work! There are 3.7 million characters and 2.4 million accounts that make up this sample. The percentage of players that have both the Alliance and Horde win in Southshore achievement is almost too small to see on the graph (0.01%).

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Unsure if this is a bug, but killed The Lanticore in H UBRS and no one in group was able to loot/roll. Did the droprate on the pet change?
Droprates when loot is on Personal are different than when loot is on Group. (Muffinus)

This expansion made inventory management worse. Toy box was one step forward and all the new stuff 5 steps back.
What new stuff are you having trouble fitting?
moroes' lucky polish. my inventory is fine save that one item.
Fixed in 6.1 I believe! A few things missed the bus. (Muffinus)

Dark Legacy Comics - #471
DLC #471 has been released.

by Published on 2015-01-03 11:59 AM

Update (7:00 AM EST): All previous contest winners have been PMed, with 24 hours to reply before a new winner is selected.

Upcoming EU Currency Adjustments, Shop Discounts Coming in Beta, Skin Spotlight: Great-father Winter Rehgar

Armory Stats - Player Achievement Points Distribution
The holidays continue, so today we are taking a look at the achievement points distribution of Level 90 (end of Mists of Pandaria) and Level 100 players. There are 3.7 million characters and 2.6 million accounts that make up this sample. Keep in mind data collection started recently, so there may be some characters that we haven't come across yet.

The number of characters in Mists of Pandaria was scaled down to make the comparison between the two easier. The number of EU characters was also scaled down to make the comparison between the two easier.

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CurrencySorter Addon
One small annoyance in Warlords of Draenor is the default currency window ordering. The CurrencySorter addon allows you to sort categories so that you can finally have the Warlords of Draenor category on top.

3D Printed Frostmourne
Kirby Downey recently shared a 3D printed version of Frostmourne along with some in progress shots and construction / design details. You can even download and print your own Frostmourne!

The sword can be assembled without any glue and has joints that are visible so you can see how it fits together.

by Published on 2015-01-02 10:38 AM

Update (5:30 AM EST): All previous contest winners have been PMed, with 24 hours to reply before a new winner is selected.

Battle.Net Shop Mounts Giveaway
We aren't done spreading some holiday cheer! Today we are giving away another 10 x Battle.Net Shop mounts. AskMrRobot was nice enough to send us some Premium codes to give away, so a big thanks to them! Every winner gets a mount, one month Curse Premium code, and one month AskMrRobot Premium code.

Please note the shorter timeline of this giveaway. You have 24 hours to reply after PMs go out.


  • Enter once by replying to this news post.
  • Winners will receive a PM which they have 24 hours to reply to. After that, a new winner will be selected. You can turn on email notifications for PMs in the Settings.
  • Entering more than once per contest thread is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)
  • You have until Friday January 2nd @ 11:59 PM EST to enter the contest. After that time this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.

MMO-Champion on Twitter / Facebook / Youtube
It has been a long time since we reminded you about our other online presences, so here is a list of other places on the internet you can keep up with us:

Fan Art - Cosplay
Today we are looking at some nice cosplay that was done in late 2014.

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