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by Published on 2021-12-18 12:16 PM

Burning Crusade Classic 2.5.3 PTR Offline for Further Fixes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Our raid was able to figure out the cause of client crashes on PTR currently. Everyone within combat log range of someone who is casting a CHANNELED SPELL that doesn’t have an EXPLICIT TARGET causes everyone to immediately crash.

Spells that does this include: Mage table, warlock summons, warlock soulstone, druid hurricane, hunter volley, druid tranquility. We have tested all of these and they crash everyone besides the caster 100% of the time. Every time.

It’s looking unlikely we are going to be able to solve this tonight. This plus another few crashes we’ve discovered are likely to make raid testing pretty difficult, so we are likely going to be shutting PTR down shortly and will be looking to reschedule our raid test for a later date.

For what it’s worth, this is the result of some of the backend changes we made that we alluded to in our dev notes for this week. This was a pretty large under-the-hood change and these issues are the exact kind of thing we were hoping we’d catch with a PTR. Obviously would have preferred it to not be this severe, but we are glad to have the data and reports in any case.

We intensely appreciate your help today, however. Please enjoy your weekend!

Burning Crusade Classic Raid Tuning Clarifications
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Seeking clarification on a couple things I’ve observed in T6 raids on PTR so far:

  • Hyjal trash is currently dropping Hearts of Darkness, this didn’t happen until patch 2.2. Will this be the case when this goes live?
  • Mother Sharaz is using the post-nerf version of prismatic aura, the version of prismatic aura we get will determine the strategy for this boss. Is post-nerf prismatic aura intended?


  • Mother Sharaz is using the nerfed version of Fatal Attraction, the pre-nerf version is supposed to do 3k per tick per person from the first tick. Currently the first two ticks are only doing 1k per tick per person. Is this intended?

To clarify–

There weren’t many adjustments made after these raids released in Original Burning Crusade, other than a few very minor tweaks and bug fixes.

Therefore, the versions of the raid encounters we’re testing on the PTR are the only versions we intend to release. We do not intend to make adjustments later.

It’s probably worth acknowledging here–

We are working on providing pre-nerf and post-nerf versions of the Sunwell Plateau raid. We like the concept and intend to return to it after Tier 6.

Retail Hotfixes - December 17, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs

  • Baine Bloodhoof can once again be found in Thunder Bluff.

The Feast of Winter Veil

  • Fixed an issue that prevented snowballs from being thrown at Baine Bloodhoof.
by Published on 2021-12-17 02:51 AM

WoW Hotfixes - December 16, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Items and Rewards

  • Au'Dara in Oribos now sells the Incense of Infinity for 500 gold. Use the Incense at your Forge of Bonds to learn all conduits and increase the item level of all conduits in your collection up to 200. This item is bound to account, and can be purchased once you have obtained Renown 80 on any character. Note: Your character must be level 60 to use the Incense, as the Conduit system is not available until then.

WoW Classic Era and Season of Mastery

  • On Season of Mastery realms, the Unseen spirits in Duskwood will now reveal themselves when someone is brave enough to disturb them.
by Published on 2021-12-16 09:57 PM

New In-Game Shop Pet - Blinky

Feast of Winter Veil 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The fine folks of Smokywood Pastures aren’t letting a little thing like a shattered sky and ominous portents get in the way of spreading holiday cheer—or gaining a bit of profit. Winter Veil has begun in Azeroth, and with it come all the fripperies, fineries, and delectable comestibles of the holiday.

When: December 16 – January 2
Where: Initial holiday quests can be found in Orgrimmar and Ironforge, but festive decorations can be found throughout the world.

Take a magical sleigh ride with your friends over Orgrimmar or Ironforge! Don’t forget to take a S.E.L.F.I.E. to preserve the moment!

Stop by the Smokeywoods Pastures cart in Ironforge or Orgrimmar and click on Greatfeather Pepe to obtain A Tiny Winter Hat. When you summon Pepe to join you on your adventures, he may just show up in the perfect Winter Veil outfit complete with a tiny beard.

Festive Favorites

Let your spirit be light by stepping into one of the Giant Snow Globes found outside of the Ironforge Bank, in Orgrimmar overlooking the Valley of Wisdom, or in the Broken Isles in Dalaran. It’s a truly transformative experience letting your inner Greatfather Winter helper out. A little /dance will spread the joy to those around you.*

The Abominable Greench is (still) a mean one, but we’re sure that once you’ve filled up on the fine foods and beverages from Smokywood Pastures, you’re bound to put a stop to his reign of terror in the Hillsbrad Foothills. The quest You’re a Mean One… is now available to players level 60 and up.

There are plenty of holiday hats to be found on a variety of bosses from dungeons in the Broken Isles, Northrend, and more. You just need to decide which color hat you want. Will it be green or red?

Make sure to check in on December 25 to see what presents Greatfather Winter has left for you.

*Please /dance responsibly. Side effects include joy and laughter. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating Smokywood Pastures fine festive foods to avoid unpleasant side effects.

Feast of Winter Veil 2021
Winter Veil is live from today until January 2nd.

New in 2021

Changes and Additions in 2020

Changes and Additions in 2018

Changes and Additions in 2017

Merry Supplies
Introduced in Warlords of Draenor, Merry Supplies are used to purchase decorative items for your Garrison on Draenor during Winter Veil. Though garrisons are now irrelevant, two items from the event worth getting are Savage Gift, which has a rare chance to contain the Minion of Grumpus mount, and the Crashin’ Trashin Killdozer Controller needed for the Iron Armada achievement. You can get Merry Supplies by completing dailies from Pizzle for Horde and Almie for Alliance and spend them with Izzy Hollyfizzle located in your Garrison.

Daily Quests

Vendor - All items cost 5 Merry Supplies

Cosmetic Items
With the introduction of the Apperance Tab, several of the cosmetic items that can be used for transmog can now be saved to your account. These include:

Stolen Present
The Stolen Present is a reward for completing the daily You’re a Mean One… and plays an important role if you are looking to fill up your toy and pet collection, along with a chance at the Miniature Winter Veil Tree. To start the quest, go to the Growless Cave located in Alterac Valley in Hillsbrad Foothills and talk to the Strange Snowman.

Miscellaneous Items


Additional Pets
There are also 4 additional pets that can be acquired during the holiday which can be found in the Gaily Wrapped Present under the Winter Veil tree.


Stolen Present Toys
The following toys can be found in the Stolen Present.

Vendor Toys
The following toys can be purchased from World Vendors.

Smokeywood Pastures Special Gift
The followup after completing You’re a Mean One… for the first time is A Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You. It is important to do this quest as it is only available one time per character and awards Smokeywood Pastures Special Gift which may contain several profession plans as well as a rare chance at Illusion: Winter's Grasp and Illusion: Flames of Ragnaros. Also after completing this quest, you will be mailed the Winter Veil Disguised Kit toy.

There are 16 achievements for the Winter’s Veil holiday, 11 required for the meta achievement Merrymaker that will award you with the title Merrymaker and 6 that are separate. Merrymaker is required to complete What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been meta achievement for the Violet Proto-Drake Mount.

Merrymaker Achievements
  • On Metzen - Save Metzen the Reindeer.
  • Fa-la-la-la-Ogri’la - Complete the Bomb Them Again! quest while mounted on a flying reindeer during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • The Winter Veil Gourmet - Use your culinary expertise to produce a Gingerbread Cookie, Winter Veil Egg Nog and Hot Apple Cider.
  • A Frosty Shake - Use your Winter Veil Disguise Kit to become a snowman and then dance with another snowman in Dalaran.
  • Simply Abominable - Complete the quest to retrieve Smokywood Pastures' stolen treats and receive a Smokywood Pastures' Thank You.
  • Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s - Use Mistletoe on the Horde/Alliance "Brothers" during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • 'Tis the Season - Wear 3 pieces of winter clothing and eat Graccu's Mince Meat Fruitcake.
  • Let It Snow - Use a Handful of Snowflakes on each of the race/class combinations.
  • He Knows If You’ve Been Naughty - Open one of the presents underneath the Winter Veil tree.
  • With a Little Helper from My Friends - Earn 50 honorable kills as a Little Helper from the Winter Wondervolt Machine.
  • Scrooge - Throw a snowball at Baine Bloodhoof/Muradin Bronzebeard during the Feast of Winter Veil.

Off-meta Achievements
  • Iron Armada - Collect all five toys that are part of the Crashin' Thrashin' "Iron Armada" set.
  • The Danger Zone - Shoot down another player's Crashin' Thrashin' Flyer with yours.
  • A-Caroling We Will Go - Use your Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater to carol in enemy capital cities during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • BB King - Pelt the enemy leaders listed.
  • Crashin’ & Thrashin’ - Gain 25 crashes with your Crashin' Thrashin' Racer during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • Rock n' Roll - Use Lightning Nitro while listening to Rockin' Tunes in your Rockin' Rollin' Racer.
by Published on 2021-12-16 06:45 PM

New In-Game Shop Pet Live - Blinky
Blinky is live on the Battle.Net shop for $10!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Friends come in all colors
This cheerful companion with a playful demeanor will not only faithfully flutter by your side but will also add a bit of magic to your days with its chromatic hue-shifting powers. Although Blinky’s colors might frequently change, his loyal friendship will be yours forever.

Ready to fight!
You can use the Blinky in pet battles, the fast and fun mini-game in World of Warcraft.
by Published on 2021-12-16 06:20 PM

Upcoming Death Knight Tier Set Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
hey folks! similar to the rogue thread, it felt like death knights would appreciate the gift of a follow-up post to last week’s update with a look at some of the changes that will be coming in January, as a winter veil present to make up for not seeing iteration & bug fixes on the PTR this week.

for both of the bonuses we’re showing today, try to center feedback around your impressions of them on a feel-level; both the Unholy set and Frost’s 2-piece have generated a lot of discussion on that angle over their actual power level, so these iterations seek to address those concerns while capturing the original goals of the sets.


  • 2-piece Bonus: Every 5 Scourge Strikes / Clawing Shadows casts Soul Reaper on your target and summons a Ghoul for 12 seconds.
  • 4-piece Bonus: Soul Reaper causes your pet to deal 20% increased damage. If Soul Reaper’s secondary effect triggered, all of your pets gain 20% increased damage instead.

while we think there’s still value and excitement in a bonus that interacts with Soul Reaper & pushes Unholy’s more single-target/execute niche (as compared to Frost), it was clear that having an entire bonus inactive unless in execute was a bridge too far and could lead to some major tuning issues. this set seeks to retain that goal while also emphasizing the ‘undead commander’ fantasy of Unholy that the original promised.

before anyone asks, yes all pets means apoc ghoul, garg, aotd, you name it. go crazy.

for Frost, this bonus is a little more experimental, so really curious to see what people think of it - again, numbers may be too high/low, don’t make me tap the sign


  • 2-piece Bonus: Gaining a Rune has a 15% chance to grant Killing Machine. Consuming Killing Machine increases your Strength by 2% for 6 seconds.

the above bonus seeks to accomplish the previous one’s goal of ‘generate more KM procs for the 4-piece’ but in a way that feels a little more in your hands. Gaining a Rune here means both as part of talents and passives like Murderous Efficiency and Runic Empowerment, but also whenever a Rune refreshes naturally. The strength kicker also stacks, so hitting multiple KM’s within a moderate duration via fishing for 2p procs or talents like Obliteration gain a lot of value here as well.

It’s worth noting for the vocal group of players who only want to play Breath of Sindragosa, that those builds generate a lot of extra Runes as well which should hopefully still make it a viable option.

as for blood players - there’s nothing to share at the moment, other than there’s still a desire to find a middle ground for solo-tanking and multi-target tanking that feels good for the bonus, though more data and feedback on a non-bugged version is necessary before figuring out where to take it.

thanks for being patient, and we’ll see you all again in January!

Upcoming Demon Hunter Tier Set Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Good afternoon, Illidari brethren!
We’ve been reading your feedback and appreciate all of the testing you’ve put into exploring your set bonuses on the PTR. Some elements of the bonuses we’re looking to tweak:

  • Havoc 4P - We’ve heard your feedback that you would like more information about when your empowered Blade Dance will arrive, as you want to plan around that gameplay. We’re looking to add a means of understanding when your blade dance is empowered in a future build so that you’ll have more information about when your big moment is approaching.
  • Vengeance 4P - Testers have been doing some very exciting things with this bonus, but it’s proving too strong in conjunction with other modifications to Immolation Aura and Soul Fragments like Growing Inferno and Soul Furnace. We’re considering a couple different options in a future build to address that problem: 1) reducing the Immolation Aura uptime granted when consuming a Fragment (flatly lowering the overall power) or 2) changing the bonus to instead reduce the remaining cooldown of Immolation Aura, Fel Devastation, and Fiery Brand upon Fragment consumption, offering you more agency about when you choose to devastate your foes.

Upcoming Rogue Tier Set Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
a little pre-holiday gift for y’all! in the last big post here, we talked about how Outlaw’s 4-piece and Assassination’s 2-piece would be undergoing some iteration - and with no new builds until January, it felt like rogues might like a look at upcoming changes that will be implemented and waiting for you when it comes time to log in:

(disclaimer that these numbers may change before january, etc etc)


  • 2-Piece Bonus: Shiv causes enemies within 15 yrds to take 100% increased damage from your Poisons and Bleeds for 9 seconds.

further changed from Friday’s post, the 2-piece now includes Poisons as well as changes from a Critical Strike bonus to Increased Damage, meaning that Crit still works on top of this as a synergistic stat rather than causing it to lose value for rogues. to clarify, the debuff is added to enemies at the time of using Shiv, so running away from targets after you’ve done this doesn’t cause them to lose the debuff or anything.

4-piece is unchanged, with the exception of the Deadly Poison bugfix mentioned just a bit further up!


  • 4-Piece Bonus: Pistol Shot has a 50% chance to load a Hidden Bullet from your sleeves, up to 6 times. After loading 6 bullets, your next Pistol Shot also fires Between The Eyes as though 6 combo points were spent.

goals here are to avoid some awkwardness with the previous iteration, such as 1) the cooldown refresh often coming near when BTE was cooling down anyways, and 2) refreshing the cooldown still required the rogue to build up combo points to use. additionally, these ‘free’ BTE’s will still count as finishers for the purposes of talents like Alacrity, but also Outlaw passives like Ruthlessness and Restless Blades, which hopefully makes the Tier Set much smoother to play than previously.

this change is accompanied by a few other fixes - first, a nerf to the 2-piece - a bug was found where the chance to proc was actually 62.5% instead of 25% - this likely means it’ll go from being overpowered to in need of a slight numbers buff.

second, free Pistol Shots from the 2-piece bonus won’t consume or benefit from Opportunity, the Greenskin’s Wickers legendary effect, or the above 4-piece - all of those will only work on Pistol Shots you yourself cast, which should give players more control over their burst windows and overall game flow, which was a major point of feedback from the set’s original implementation.

Greenskin’s Wickers benefits especially from this, as now you can set up Between The Eyes → 300% Pistol Shot w/ 6 bullets → 4-piece instantly casts a 6-point Between the Eyes → 300% Pistol Shot combos with proper planning and execution.

thanks for being patient! happy to clarify if parts of this post were unclear, but otherwise look forward to the next meaningful updates or info to come in January - see you then!

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