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by Published on 2020-10-21 03:27 PM

Frost Giant Studios raises $4.7M to fund a New RTS Game
Frost Giant Studios, a new game studio founded by Tim Morten (Former Production Director of StarCraft II) and Tim Campbell (Former Lead Campaign Designer of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne), has raised $4.7M to create a new real-time strategy game.

  • Frost Giant Studios received funding from Bitkraft Ventures, 1Up Ventures, GC Tracker, Riot Games, and Griffin Gaming Partners.
  • The money will be used to grow the team, build a prototype for gameplay, conduct consumer research, and expand operations.
  • The main team is currently formed of eight Blizzard Entertainment Veterans, which plan to advance the RTS genre by applying what they've learned from players over the last 10 years.
  • The team wants to lower the entry barrier into the RTS game and also provide high quality gameplay for the co-op, campaign, and competitive modes.
  • Development will be focused primarily on the PC platform since RTS games are best played with a mouse and keyboard.



by Published on 2020-10-21 01:42 AM

New Transmog - Sprite Darter's Wings with 6-Month Sub or for Separate Purchase
A new transmog is available in the in-game store called Sprite Darter's Wings. This 8-piece set is available with the purchase of a 6-month subscription to WoW (will also be given to those who currently have a 6-month sub no later than October 30th). You can also purchase it separately in a new store tab called Transmogs.







Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Introducing the new Sprite Darter’s Wings* transmogrification set—now available to add to your collection! This new fey dragon inspired transmogrification set can be purchased in-game or from the Blizzard Shop; for a limited time**, you can also get it for no additional charge when you purchase a 6-month subscription to World of Warcraft.

Wear Some Arcane Flair!
Enchant your friends and beguile your foes with this eight-piece transmogrification set inspired by the fey dragons of Azeroth. This appearance features cosmetic wings and a mesmerizing mask that make you a sprite to behold and will take the breath away from friend, foe, and dragonkin alike.

Once you’ve purchased the 6 Months subscription from the Blizzard Shop, the Sprite Darter’s Wings transmogrification set will automatically be added to your in-game collection. Welcome this dazzling addition to your assortment of appearances!



Players on an existing 6-month recurring subscription with a future renewal date will receive the Sprite Darter’s Wings transmogrification set as a gift in their Battle.net desktop app*** at no additional charge no later than October 30, 2020.


Now in the Shop: The Sprite Darter’s Wings Transmogrification Set
Mesmerize friends and foes alike when you purchase the Sprite Darter’s Wings transmogrification set in-game or from the Blizzard Shop today!



*Transmogrification set not available in World of Warcraft® Classic.

**Subscription-and-Transmogrification Set bundle offer valid through December 13, 2020. The Sprite Darter’s Wings transmogrification set will remain available as a standalone purchase after offer expires.

***Transmogrification set must be claimed in Battle.net desktop app prior to April 30, 2021.

by Published on 2020-10-21 01:41 AM

WoW Patch 9.0.1 Hotfixes - October 20, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements

  • The Will of the Emperor encounter special ability, Opportunistic Strike, is obtainable once again for completing the achievement Show Me Your Moves!.

Classes

  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • The additional Shadow damage from Soul Reaper’s (Talent) explosion is now correctly affected by Mastery.

  • Druid
    • Balance
      • Damage caused by Starfall will break the caster out of stealth.

  • Mage
    • General
      • Vision of Perfection (Azerite Essence) no longer procs Rune of Power (Talent).
    • Frost
      • The Water Elemental pet now learns Freeze at level 23.

  • Priest
    • General
      • Priests on the quest "Blade in Twilight" can now use the Tirisfal Camp Scroll again to get back to the Whispering Forest if they leave the area.

  • Warlock
    • General
      • Unstable Affliction's damage dealt when it is dispelled has been reduced by 35%.

Items and Rewards

  • Many Burning Crusade gems have had their stats updated to the correct numbers.

Pet Battles


Player versus Player

  • Fixed an issue where some Gladiator mounts were not accessible across the account.
  • The Conquest limit has been increased and players can once again progress on their Weekly Conquest reward.

Quests


World Events

  • The Hallow’s End Candy Bucket located in The Veiled Stair now appears in all phases.
by Published on 2020-10-20 09:53 PM

Naxxramas Raid Testing - October 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21, we will continue our raid tests in Naxxramas, with the Plague Quarter.

2:00 p.m. PDT (5:00 p.m. EDT) to 6:00 p.m. PDT (9:00 p.m. EDT)

Bosses Available:

  • Noth the Plaguebringer
  • Heigan the Unclean
  • Loatheb

We’ve made the following slight adjustments to the test environment:

  • Johnny McWeaksauce now also exists in all the capital cities (near the bank) to help players teleport to Naxxramas.
  • The buff in Naxxramas has been reduced in strength to keep groups from inadvertently skipping mechanics that we’d like to see tested. It’s still a significant buff, to make sure pick-up-groups can test.

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: To facilitate and expedite testing, there is an NPC named Johnny McWeaksauce that has taken up temporary residence at Light’s Hope Chapel in Eastern Plaguelands. He will provide players with Naxxramas attunement and instant teleportation into the Naxxramas raid. Johnny’s brother Jimmy, can be found within the raid and will provide access to consumables and reagents.

Q: Can I test with less than a full, content-ready raid group?
A: There will be a zone aura present within the raid that will provide players with a significant health and damage boost to help them overcome the challenges of Naxxramas. The intent of these raid tests is not to provide a challenge that perfectly matches what we expect players to experience when the raid goes live. The intent is to exercise boss mechanics and give us additional confidence that the raid encounters are behaving as expected. The hope is that even if you cannot muster a full 40-person raid to test with, or wish to form a pick-up-group on the PTR, you can still participate and make considerable progress within the dungeon if you so desire.

Please use the in-game bug reporter to send us any bug reports or issues that you encounter while playtesting on the PTR. We appreciate you taking the time to test this content, and we look forward to your feedback.
by Published on 2020-10-20 01:55 AM

WoW Patch 9.0.1 Hotfixes - October 19, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids

  • Ny'alotha, the Waking City
    • Vexiona
      • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused Vexiona to not follow her target.

Island Expeditions

  • Resolved an issue that prevented Azerite Extractors from functioning correctly.

Player versus Player

  • Rated Battleground listings will once again appear in the Group Finder menu.

Quests

  • After completing “An End to Beginnings”, the instructions have been clarified on how to unlock the Timewalking Campaign for players that have already leveled a character before.
  • Players who have started the Battle for Azeroth introduction are now able to complete “The Legion Returns” and any remaining Legion introduction content.
  • Nathanos is visible once again for Horde players to turn in “The Battle for Lordaeron”.
  • Fixed an issue where Alliance players were unable to pick up “Tides of War” from Hero's Herald.

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