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by Published on 2018-10-25 01:09 PM

Seafarer's Doubloon Vendors, Diablo 3 BlizzCon Reward, MDI All Stars at BlizzCon

BlizzCon Music Festival to Feature Train, Lindsey Stirling, and Kristian Nairn
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Every BlizzCon, we’ve closed out the weekend with a musical performance—but this year, we won’t just have one live band; instead, three diverse musical acts will perform live in our own BlizzCon mini music festival featuring Train, Kristian Nairn, and Lindsey Stirling!

The closing festivities will begin around 7:30 p.m. with a sendoff from Blizzard. Then the music begins around 8:00 p.m. PDT with Train on the Mythic stage. Kristian Nairn and Lindsey Stirling will follow shortly thereafter in the Overwatch Arena and at the Heroes of the Storm Tournament stage, respectively. The start times for each act are staggered to help ensure you have a chance to see some of each; walk the halls with your friends and fellow Blizzard gamers to enjoy all the festivities!

TRAIN
Live on the Mythic stage at around 8:00 p.m. PDT

With numerous Grammy awards and 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, Train has been a mainstay of American rock music for 20 years. They’ve released a dozen acclaimed and best-selling albums over the past two decades, spawning countless breakout singles such as “Hey Soul Sister,” “Calling All Angels,” and “Drops of Jupiter” along the way.


KRISTIAN NAIRN
Live in the Overwatch Arena at around 8:15 p.m. PDT

Kristian Nairn has been one of Ireland’s most prolific and acclaimed resident DJs for two decades, releasing major remixes of songs from acts like the Freemasons, Madison Avenue, Duke, and more. He’s also brought his progressive EDM sound to clubs and concerts around the world, performing alongside legendary acts like the Scissor Sisters and spearheading his own “Rave of Thrones” club show series. A longtime WoW player, Nairn can’t wait to return to BlizzCon for another epic DJ set with his fellow gamers.


LINDSEY STIRLING
Live on the Heroes of the Storm Tournament stage at around 8:30 p.m. PDT

In the over five years since the release of Lindsey Stirling’s 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario, violinist, dancer, and visual artist has become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars thanks to her groundbreaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music. Her trademark sound and original choreography have made her headline tours a true spectacle. With her new Christmas album Warmer in the Winter out now, this will be a performance you won’t want to miss.


Only select portions of the closing festivities will be available as replays after the initial live performances. For the best experience, be sure to watch it live!

BlizzCon is the biggest Blizzard bash of the year, packed with in-depth developer panels, intense esports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests, and a finale featuring Train, Kristian Nairn, and Lindsey Stirling.

With your Virtual Ticket, you’ll also receive a treasure trove of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, StarCraft: Remastered, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch—plus access to the playable BlizzCon 2018 World of Warcraft Classic demo for a limited time.

BlizzCon Community Night
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The focus Friday night is on the community as we host our favorite contests: the legendary Costume Contest, Talent Contest, Movie Contest, and Art Contest. This year's Community Night features actor and voice of Reinhardt Darin De Paul as your host; Matthew Mercer, Panser, and Jackie Craft as judges; and an incredlbe array of talented artists from across the Blizzard community. Don't miss it!
by Published on 2018-10-25 12:37 PM

Diablo 3 BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Reward

The Headless Horseman Rides is This Week's Brawl!

Twitch Drops Are Back For Heroes And Starcraft II

Overwatch October 2018 Developer Update

Seafarer's Doubloon Vendors in 8.1
Vendors have been added near the Island Expeditions Que Hub in both Boralus and Dazar'alor that offer a variety of rewards in exchange for your Seafarer's Dubloon.



Reputation Items - 100 Seafarer's Dubloon each.

Toys

Pets



Mount




Cosmetic Pirate Hats





BlizzCon 2018 Virtual Ticket Diablo 3 Bonus Item
This year's in game item for Diablo 3 is a mini Azmodan pet.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Casual strolls through Sanctuary are always better with friends—and cute companions! In celebration of BlizzCon 2018, we have a special Diablo III gift for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders, available in the Mac and PC versions of the game.


Bring the six-legged Lord of Sin himself along on your adventures next Season with Az-Lo, the adorably evil mini-Azmodan in-game pet—available in-game starting today!

MDI All Stars at BlizzCon: A Viewer’s Guide
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve loved everyone’s enthusiasm around the World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI) series, where some of the most skilled PvE teams from around the world race to complete Mythic+ Dungeons in the fastest, most efficient way possible.

At BlizzCon 2018, we want to bring you the most epic dungeon races yet with MDI All Stars. We’ve invited exceL's Angels, Method NA, Method PogChamp, and Free Marsy to show us what they’ve got in the dungeons of Kul Tiras and Zandalar. They’ll be racing live and in-person, on stage at BlizzCon, fighting for the bragging rights of being the first Battle for Azeroth MDI champions.

What You Need to Know

Format: Best-of-three, single elimination. Finals also will be a best of three.

Dungeons: This is the first Mythic Dungeon Invitational taking place in the Battle for Azeroth, and we want to celebrate it properly. We want to see some of the best guilds in the world play on as many BfA dungeons as possible, so we have preset the pool for each match. Keystones will be Level 13—difficult for sure, but nothing that these pros can’t handle! The pool is as follows:

exceL's Angels vs Free Marsy - The Underrot, Atal'Dazar, Tol Dagor
Method NA vs Method PogChamp - Temple of Sethraliss, Freehold, Kings' Rest
Winner 1 vs Winner 2 - THE MOTHERLODE!!, Shrine of the Storm, Waycrest Manor

Affixes: Dungeons for MDI All Stars will have four affixes preselected. Since we’re in Season 1 for BfA, all dungeons will be using the seasonal affix Infested, which applies the Symbiote of G’huun on certain mobs. This causes other mobs within eight yards to heal for 10% of their max health every three seconds. Once the infested mob is killed, two Spawns of G’huun will run towards the closest non-boss mobs and infest them unless they’re quickly controlled and killed. Sneaky little symbiotes.

But that’s not all! Here’s a list of each dungeon and their four preselected affixes:

  • The Underrot - Fortified, Sanguine, Grievous, Infested
  • Atal'Dazar - Tyrannical, Teeming, Volcanic, Infested
  • Tol Dagor - Fortified, Bursting, Skittish, Infested
  • Temple of Sethraliss - Fortified, Bolstering, Explosive, Infested
  • Freehold - Tyrannical, Bolstering, Skittish, Infested
  • Kings' Rest - Tyrannical, Bursting, Quaking, Infested
  • The MOTHERLODE!! - Tyrannical, Raging, Necrotic, Infested
  • Shrine of the Storm - Fortified, Sanguine, Grievous, Infested
  • Waycrest Manor - Tyrannical, Sanguine, Explosive, Infested

Schedule

Saturday, November 3 at 9:30 a.m. PDT (17:30 CET)

The MDI All Stars will kick off first thing in the morning on the second day of BlizzCon with ExceL's Angels versus Free Marsy. This will be followed by Method NA versus Method PogChamp, which will lead into the finals. It’s a day of back-to-back dungeon-racing goodness!

Streams:


Caster Team

  • Daniel “Automaticjak” Anzenberger
  • Ted “Sloot” Bacinschi
  • Caroline “Naguura” Forer
  • Robert "Bones Malone" Wing

The MDI All Stars



/Inspect the All Stars on Twitch
Earlier this year, in the Arena World Championship, we introduced our new Twitch extension /Inspect. Using this tool, you can inspect your favorite players in real time, just like you would in the game itself. We are excited to bring this extension to BlizzCon not just for the AWC, but for MDI All Stars as well. Tune in to learn some creative Mythic strategies, follow the players who inspire you, and dive into those tooltips to see what gear the best are running with.

BlizzCon is stacked with WoW esports this year, and we’re excited to be able to bring you a set of exhibition matches to celebrate the creativity and skill of these Mythic teams in our most recent BfA dungeons. Be sure to follow us on Twitch, and follow us on Twitter for all things World of Warcraft.
by Published on 2018-10-24 03:59 AM

Patch 8.1.0 PTR - Build 28202

Challenge Rift - Week 70

In Ten Days, Hearthstone's Next Expansion Will Be Revealed - What We Know So Far

Twitch Drops Are Back, Blue Posts, Tempo Storm - Road To HGC Finals

Overwatch October 2018 Developer Update

Patch 8.0.1 Hotfixes - October 23, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Necrotic Aura, Heartstop Aura, and Decomposing Aura will no longer interrupt actions such as scrapping and crafting.

Dungeons
  • Reduced the number of explosive spawns on certain bosses in Underrot, Temple of Sethraliss, and King’s Rest on Mythic Keystone difficulty.

Holiday
  • Shade of the Horseman now scales up to level 120.

Player versus Player
(With maintenance in each region)

  • The first Rated Battleground victory of the day now rewards 150 Conquest (was 100). Subsequent Rated Battleground victories now reward 100 Conquest (was 65).
  • The first 2v2 Arena victory of the day rewards 35 Conquest, and subsequent victories reward 25 conquest (was 10).
  • The amount of Conquest granted to the losing team in a Rated Battleground match has been slightly increased.

World Quests
  • Players who are “Saving Xibala” can destroy all Forsaken Blight Throwers, as intended.

Mythic Plus Explosive Affix Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We've recently pushed a hotfix that should result in fewer Explosive spawns on certain bosses in Underrot, Temple of Sethraliss, and King's Rest on Mythic+ difficulty. (WarcraftDevs)

Mythic Plus Azerite Armor Vendor Now on PTR
Thaumaturge Vashreen is now on the PTR and selling Mythic Plus Azerite Armor caches and specific pieces for the new currency, Azerite Impurity. While we don't know the amount of Azerite Impurity rewarded from your mythic plus cache or breaking down pieces, we do know the costs on the vendor.




Conquest Rewards Adjustment - Oct. 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
With weekly maintenance in each region, we've adjusted some Conquest rewards for Rated Battlegrounds.

Now, when you Rated Battleground ends in defeat, depending on how closely you lost (how near to the winning team in points/flag captures/etc.), you can gain 20-40 Conquest. Additionally:

  • 2v2 – First win of the day rewards 35 Conquest; additional wins rewards 25 Conquest (was 10).
  • Rated Battlegrounds – First win of the day rewards 150 Conquest (was 100); additional wins reward 100 Conquest (was 65).

Rewards for 3v3 and unrated Battlegrounds have not been changed.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PSA: We're currently working on a hotfix that will increase the gold and Azerite rewards from Emissary quests. We hope to have this change live within the next 24 hours, so if you have an active Emissary that rewards gold or Azerite, you may want to wait to complete it! (WarcraftDevs)

With weekly maintenance in each region, we’ve increased the Conquest gained from 2v2 Arenas by 250%, and Rated Battlegrounds by 50%. See our thread here for the details. (WarcraftDevs)

In the newest PTR build, Flaskzertauren will be selling new chest and shoulder items that contain the newest Azerite traits for testing.
Flaskzertauren is located in The Great Seal of Dazar’alor for Horde, and the Harbormaster’s Office in Boralus for Alliance. (WarcraftDevs)

Do I need to have my artifact weapon equipped to be able to do the "win ten rated battlegrounds" tint unlock now that BfA is out? I'm not sure if the weapon scales for pvp which would make winning difficult.
You don’t need to have your Artifact weapon equipped or transmogged onto the weapon you're using in order to earn progress towards unlocking any Artifact look or tint. (WarcraftDevs)

Blood-Soaked Tome of Dark Whispers - Learn the dark secret to taming Blood Beasts.
(it's tameable crawgs you're welcome) (Muffinus)

Raid Testing Schedule - October 25th-26th
Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker)
On Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th we will be conducting raid tests of the Battle of Dazar'alor.

BOTH FACTIONS:
Testing is open for both factions. However, for some bosses, raid members will temporarily re-live events as the opposite faction using a story flashback.

Thursday, October 25th

King Rastakhan- Heroic Battle of Dazar'alor
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Horde will experience this boss as if they were Alliance.
High Tinker Mekkatorque - Heroic Battle of Dazar'alor
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)
Alliance will experience this boss as if they were Horde.

Friday, October 26th

Champion of the Light: Frida Ironbellows (Horde) / Ra’Wani (Alliance) - Mythic Battle of Dazar'alor
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Each faction will test their respective Champion of the Light boss
Stormwall Blockade - Heroic Battle of Dazar'alor
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)
Alliance will experience this boss as if they were Horde.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?
A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players' effective level to 120 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?
A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we're satisfied that we've received that information for a given boss, we'll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.
by Published on 2018-10-23 09:57 PM

Patch 8.1.0 PTR - Build 28202

WoW Classic BlizzCon Demo Pre-Download
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hi everyone! We’re incredibly excited for you all to get your hands on the WoW Classic BlizzCon demo next week, and to help make things as smooth as possible, we’re making the client available to download for Virtual Ticket holders starting today.

Over the next 24 hours, we’ll be enabling the ability to download the WoW Classic demo through the Battle.net app for players who have purchased the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, as well as standard BlizzCon ticket holders who have added their Virtual Goodies code to their Battle.net account. If you don’t see the option to install the demo right away, don’t worry – you’ll still have plenty of time to download the client before the demo goes live during BlizzCon next week.

We can’t wait for you to get a peek at what we’ve been working on, and hope you enjoy this preview of what’s to come!

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