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by Published on 2020-02-13 02:47 AM

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 12, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Operation: Mechagon – Workshop
    • Fixed an issue where Explosives could spawn in inaccessible locations when the Explosive affix is active on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
  • Siege of Boralus
    • Ashvane Snipers’ Shoot damage reduced by 20%.
    • Dockhound Packmasters now gain 40% increased damage from Feral Bond while near a Snarling Dockhound (was 125%).

Items and Rewards
  • Corrupted Items
  • Heart of Azeroth
    • Changing a Minor Essence while The Crucible of Flame (Essence) is equipped in the Major Slot no longer causes Concentrated Flame to go on cooldown.

Quests
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Horde players to receive credit for “Heroic Warfronts: The Battle for Darkshore” when completing the Warfront on Normal difficulty.

WoW Classic: New Player Offer
Starting today until February 24, new players can save 50% on their first month of game time through the WoW Classic New Player Offer.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Now through Feb 24, new players save 50% on #WoWClassic. Begin your adventure today! - blizz.ly/ClassicSave50

*Offer valid through February 24, 2020
**Offer applies to the first 30 days of game time on a new World of Warcraft® account. Game time includes access to both WoW Classic and World of Warcraft® (most recent playable expansion sold separately).

Recruit A Friend Guide - How To Recruit Yourself for Rewards
The new Recruit A Friend system has brought new rewards, including two mounts, one pet, a transmog set with a rucksack and more! If you want to get all the rewards then this is the perfect time to do that, as new accounts can get a 50% discount on their first World of Warcraft subscription.

Click the banner below to check our Recruit A Friend Guide and learn how to recruit yourself to get all the rewards!



Blackwing Lair Cleared in 42 Minutes!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Blackwing Lair opened at 23:00 UTC today, and we had the pleasure of seeing guilds from all around the world charge into Nefarian’s domain and make quick work of the 8 bosses therein. Throughout the race, we captured the names of the players involved and the timestamps of boss kills from all realms in all regions.

Razorgore the Untamed

At only six (and seven) minutes past the hour, the first guilds to complete the Razorgore encounter were:
  • CN United from Huhuran (China) at 23:06 UTC
  • Praxis from Zandalar Tribe (Europe) at 23:07 UTC
  • For teh Horde from Heartstriker (Europe) at 23:07 UTC

Vaelastrasz the Corrupt

Basking in the glory of great power, the first three groups to end Vaelastrasz’s torment were:
  • Praxis from Zandalar Tribe (Europe) at 23:08:54 UTC
  • Ashes of Time from Earthshaker (China) at 23:09:08 UTC
  • Shao Guang from Ouro (China) at 23:09:10 UTC

Broodlord Lashlayer

After a brief suppression, Broodlord Lashlayer went down first to:
  • CN United from Huhuran (China) at 23:17:49 UTC
  • RISE from Incendius (North America) at 23:19:21 UTC
  • Calamity from Mograine (Europe) at 23:19:38 UTC

Firemaw

Firemaw’s Shadow Flame barely slowed down the same three leading guilds:
  • CN United from Huhuran (China) at 23:22:15 UTC
  • RISE from Incendius (North America) at 23:24:24 UTC
  • Calamity from Mograine (Europe) at 23:24:36 UTC

Ebonroc

At this point, another guild from Europe charged into contention, and Ebonroc was first downed by:
  • Calamity from Mograine (Europe) at 23:31:52 UTC
  • Progress from Firemaw (Europe) at 23:32:12 UTC
  • CN United from Huhuran (China) at 23:32:15 UTC

Flamegor

The same three guilds in the same order ended Flamegor at 33 minutes past the hour:
  • Calamity from Mograine (Europe) at 23:32:58 UTC
  • Progress from Firemaw (Europe) at 23:33:17 UTC
  • CN United from Huhuran (China) at 23:33:50 UTC

Chromaggus

A dragon for all dragonflights, Chromaggus succumbed to:
  • Calamity from Mograine (Europe) at 23:37:12 UTC
  • APES from Gehennas (Europe) at 23:37:12 UTC
  • Progress from Firemaw Europe) at 23:37:22 UTC

Nefarian

With less than 43 minutes elapsed, the first three guilds in the world to complete Blackwing Lair in WoW Classic were:
  • Progress from Firemaw (Europe) at 23:42:21 UTC
  • Calamity from Mograine (Europe) at 23:42:21 UTC
  • APES from Gehennas (Europe) at 23:42:29 UTC

Congratulations to every guild that planned and executed this feat so well!
by Published on 2020-02-12 06:56 PM

Warcraft Radio Interview with Ion Hazzikostas
Warcraft Radio sat down for an exclusive interview with Ion Hazzikostas about the recent Ny'alotha race to world first. Here is a recap of the interview. Be sure to watch the full video for all of the context and additional information!


  • Race to World First
    • It was really exciting to see a North American guild come out on top for the first time in awhile.
    • The team monitored the race in real time and fixed issues as fast as possible.
    • The Ra-den pre-immunity issue was hotfixed immediately so that immunity class stacking wasn't encouraged on the fight to bypass mechanics. The difference between this and the respawn issue was that Limit hadn't killed Ra-den yet.
    • The mythic race has shed light on bugs in mythic raids a lot faster than in the past.
    • There is a bit of a trade off in that the team wants to keep final boss mythic encounters somewhat exciting and secret which results in them not being tested by a large variety of guilds or situations.
    • Most mythic encounter strategies end up a little different than the team intended.
    • The issue that caused the team to despawn N'Zoth wasn't necessarily a bug, but a workaround that needed tuning so that the damage wasn't healable, forcing players into the portal.
    • The team wants to avoid excessive randomness in encounters that continually cause wipes.
    • The intended mechanic for 25% was a safety mechanism to spawn the gateway at 25% if phase 2 was initially skipped by dpsing the boss down to 25% without going in the portal for phase 2 yet, but the bug was that it was doing it EVEN IF phase 2 was completed.
    • Carapace was a little easier than intended, and in retrospect the damage requirements of phase 1 was too low.
    • In the past, these bugs only affected a small group of people, but now that they are public the team is learning how to improve communication and fix issues.
    • There are no plans to have mythic raids open simultaneously between NA and EU. They don't want the raid opening at bad times or having to delay opening, and most of the race comes down to learning and conquering the fight first.
  • Corruption System
    • Overall the team is happy with how corruption turned out, but there are still tuning issues. They like the choices and trade-offs that it brings to fights.
    • There are multiple tiers of each corruption so that you can wear more pieces of gear with good corruption without having excessive corruption negatives attached.
    • Corruption is an 8.3 system and is NOT the future of WoW.
  • Ny'alotha Encounters
    • The ball mechanic in the Xanesh encounter is the team trying to develop new ideas in raids that haven't been seen before.
    • Ion likes the Wrathion encounter, especially as a first fight, because it creates spectacle while also having some interesting mechanics.
    • Ion also likes the Carapace fight, particularly because he likes the idea of fighting your way into N'Zoth.
    • Sometimes datamined abilities in the encounter don't make the final cut but remain in the files as they iterate on fights even prior to PTR testing.
    • Queen Azshara originally had an extra phase with unique adds that didn't make the final cut.
    • Ion believes N'Zoth lives up to the standards of previous final boss encounters.
  • Future Mythic Encounters
    • The team is working on making sure bugs are solved before the race starts while also improving communication so that they fix these bugs faster when they pop up.
    • Final bosses of raids will likely still not be tested on the PTR for mythic to keep the surprise.
    • The team is happy with the 6 months between raid tiers as it's a good balance to allow people to make it to the end of the raid that have slower progression.
  • Battle for Azeroth Ending
    • There are definitely already hints building up to the future of the story.
    • Ion talks about the disappointment some felt for N'Zoth's end, but at the end of the day we are the heroes of the story and we will always defeat villains and make way for new villains to enter.
    • The team wanted the final cinematic of the expansion to focus on you as the hero and your efforts to build up your Heart of Azeroth being important to victory.
  • Shadowlands
    • There is a lot more to talk about with Shadowlands in the NEAR FUTURE.
by Published on 2020-02-12 02:49 AM

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 11th, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements
  • Players can again properly earn the I Pitied the Fool achievement in Arathi Basin.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • Wrathion, The Black Emperor
      • Fixed an issue that prevented players from receiving loot if they did not generate threat during the encounter.
  • Operation: Mechagon – Junkyard
    • Resolved an issue where Scrapbone Grunters summoned during the King Gobbamak encounter could spawn Explosive Orbs on Mythic Keystone dungeon difficulty.

Items and Rewards
  • Thaumaturge Vashreen has relocated his supplies of the Deathslaver's Hauberk, and it can again be obtained for Titan Residuum.
  • Corrupted Items
    • Fixed a bug which caused Devour Vitality (Corrupted Effect) on the polearm An'zig Vra to have a lower Critical Hit chance than intended.
    • Fixed a bug which could cause Devour Vitality to fail to deal damage for players with Balance Affinity who were auto-attacking from maximum range.
    • Fixed a bug where canceling the Echoing Void (Corrupted Effect) buff did not immediately stop it from dealing damage.
    • Ineffable Truth (Corruption Effect) should again correctly reduce the cooldown of Fire Elemental spell and the Stormkeeper and Storm Elemental Talents for Elemental Shaman.
    • Thing from Beyond's (Corrupted Effect) damage is no longer increased by Demonology's Master Demonologist passive or Beast Mastery's Master of Beasts passive.
    • Thing from Beyond's damage is no longer increased by the corrupted player's Versatility.
    • Resolved an issue that could cause Twisted Appendage and Infinite Stars (Corrupted Effects) to break crowd control effects on players (e.g. Mages’ Polymorph).

Missions
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the new Visions of N’Zoth troops from counting towards Champion abilities.

Quests
  • "Aqir Instincts" and "Honing Instincts" no longer have their progress blocked by being in a raid group or when summoning or dismissing the Shadowbarb Hatchling. Kills made while in a raid group will still fail to grant experience to grow your Shadowbarb Hatchling.

WoW Classic
  • Battleground scoreboards no longer list the enemy team until your entire team has clicked Enter Battleground. The scoreboard remains visible for everyone once the battleground has started.

Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms Book
Another World of Warcraft themed book has been announced recently, this one releasing on October 20th, 2020 and featuring Matthias Shaw and Flynn Fairwind and art displaying the Eastern Kingdom locales. You can preorder it on Amazon by clicking here!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
For over a quarter of a century, players of Warcraft and World of Warcraft have been treated to a treasure trove of artifacts, gear, weaponry, and trinkets of both awe and amusement. Now players can get an in-depth look at the items they have collected…and some they might not have just yet. With exquisite art and a framing story involving the no-nonsense Matthias Shaw and high-spirited Captain Flynn Fairwind, this book covers the continent of the Eastern Kingdom, from Stormwind to Stranglethorn, plaguelands to palaces, and all the lands in between.
by Published on 2020-02-11 05:19 PM

This Week in World of Warcraft


Changes Coming with the Weekly Reset
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 10, 2020

Classes
  • Paladin
    • [Live with regional resets] Avenging Wrath may be activated if another Avenging Wrath is active (such as from Vision of Perfection).

Dungeons and Raids
  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • Wrathion, The Black Emperor
      • Fixed an issue that prevented players from receiving loot if they did not generate threat during the encounter.
    • N’Zoth the Corruptor
      • [Live with regional resets] N’Zoth’s health reduced by 5% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [Live with regional resets] Thought Harvesters’ health reduced by 5% on Mythic difficulty.
    • Tol Dagor
      • The Sand Queen
        • Upheaval’s damage reduced by 13%.
      • Overseer Korgus
        • Explosive Burst damage reduced by 18%.
        • Blast Rounds knockback distance reduced.

Items and Rewards
  • Thaumaturge Vashreen has relocated his supplies of the Deathslaver's Hauberk, and it can once again be obtained for Titan Residuum.
    • Corrupted Items
      • [Live with regional resets] Avoidant now subjects you to 20% less Corruption at each rank.
      • [Live with regional resets] Deadly Momentum’s buff duration has been increased to 30 seconds (was 15 seconds).
      • [Live with regional resets] Echoing Void damage has been reduced by 50%.
        • Echoing Void no longer deals reduced damage in PvP combat.
        • [Live with regional resets] Fixed a bug which caused Gushing Wound (Corrupted Effect) to extend its duration if it triggered on a target it was already active on.
      • [Live with regional resets] Reduced Gushing Wound’s damage by 15%.
      • [Live with regional resets] Surging Vitality’s Versatility value has been increased by 10%.
      • [Live with regional resets] Void Ritual’s stat bonus per stack has been approximately doubled at each rank.
      • Grasping Tendrils is no longer dispellable by Magic dispels and will no longer appear on players’ raid frame UI; it can still be removed by abilities that remove snares.
        • Developer's Note: We originally made this effect’s snare dispellable so that players could save each other if they were afflicted with it in unfortunate Void Zone-like circumstances. However, we've received feedback that in large-group environments, Grasping Tendrils’ appearance on raid frames could sometimes cause players to overlook more critical debuffs to dispel. We're making this change so players can better see Magic effects in their raid frames as significant debuffs that should be paid attention to and react accordingly.

UI
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Onyx War Hyena to appear in the Mounts tab of the Collection journal.

WoW Classic Content Unlock February 12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
At 3:00 p.m. PST (6:00 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, February 12, we will unlock the following WoW Classic content simultaneously on all realms:

Blackwing Lair
In the dark recesses of the mountain’s peak, Nefarian, the eldest son of Deathwing, conducts some of his most awful experimentation, controlling mighty beings like puppets and combining the eggs of different dragonflights with horrific results. Should he prove successful, even darker pursuits rest on the horizon. And, yet, the Lord of Blackrock is not a mere scientist - he is a great dragon cornered in his lair. Can he truly be defeated by mortal hands?

The Blackwing Lair attunement quest, “Blackhand’s Command”, will become available on all realms tomorrow, Friday, January 10.

Level 50 Class Quests
All players, starting at level 50, can now begin class-specific questlines offered by class trainers in capital cities. These quests conclude with a choice of one of three powerful rare items.

New Reputation Rewards
The Argent Dawn, Thorium Brotherhood, Timbermaw Hold, Silverwing Sentinels, and Warsong Outriders faction vendors now offer reputation reward items that were added in patches 1.6 and 1.7 of original WoW.

Eternal Quintessence
Players who complete “Hands of the Enemy” and reach Revered reputation with Hydraxian Waterlords may now obtain Eternal Quintessence from Duke Hydraxis.

Ny'alotha, the Waking City - Halls of Devotion
Ny'alotha Wing 2 Halls of Devotion is now open on Raid Finder. Click the banner below for the raid preview and a list of new mounts, pets and achievements that you can get from Ny'alotha!

Raid Unlock Schedule
  • January 21 – Normal and Heroic Difficulties
  • January 28 – Mythic Ny’alotha and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Vision of Destiny: Wrathion, the Black Emperor, Maut, The Prophet Skitra)
  • February 11 – Raid Finder Wing 2 (Halls of Devotion: Dark Inquisitor wanesh, Vexiona, The Hivemind, Ra-den the Despoiled)
  • February 25 – Raid Finder Wing 3 (Gift of Flesh: Shad’har the Insatiable, Drest’agath, Il’gynoth, Corruption Reborn)
  • March 10 – Raid Finder Wing 4 (The Waking Dream: Carapace of N’Zoth, N’Zoth the Corruptor)



Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker World Boss
Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker is up in Uldum!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker
Plumbing the forgotten depths of Azeroth, Prophet Skitra unearthed a devastating aqir known as Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker. Now freed from its subterranean slumber, Vuk'laz turns its destructive power against those who oppose N'Zoth.



  • Overview - Vuk'laz is a living weapon of war that attempts to overcome its enemies with devastating physical attacks. As the battle rages Vuk'laz summons scarabs to its aid from beneath the Writhing Sands.
  • Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker -
    • Tremor Wave - Vuk'laz unleashes a mighty tremor, knocking back all players in a 40 yard frontal cone and inflicting 50 Physical damage.
    • Writhing Sands - Vuk'laz summons a horde of Aqir scarabs from beneath the sands.
      • Aqir Scarab - Aqir Scarabs emerge from the sands to swarm and overwhelm players.
    • Razor Spines - Vuk'laz shoots razor sharp spines from its carapace, inflicting 30 Physical damage to all players within 0 yards.
    • Crushing Claws - Vuk'laz lashes out with both claws, inflicting 90 Physical damage to its current target.


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N'Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Assault: Amathet

Assault: The Black Empire

To learn more about the N'Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms, click the banner below for an in depth guide.



Island Expeditions for the Week of February 11, 2020
The Island Expeditions for the week are:
  • Dread Chain with Kvaldir
  • Havenswood with Worgen
  • Un'gol Ruins with Quilboars

The Salvage Crates available for purchase this week are:

Click the banner below to learn more about Island Expedition Rewards and Loot Tables.



Love is in the Air
Love is in the Air World Event runs from February 8th to the 21st.



World Quest Bonus Event
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Chart a course across Kul Tiras and Zandalar for this week’s Bonus Event – World Quests.

This Week

All week, open your map (default hotkey: m) and then select any of the six main Battle for Azeroth zones to consider the World Quests available to you. Hover your mouse over a World Quest on the map to see what tasks are needed complete it, the rewards you’ll receive, and the time remaining that the quest is available to you.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Chronicler Toopa in Boralus or Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar has a quest for you—The World Awaits. You can also start the quest from within the Adventure Guide (Shift-J).
    • Quest requirement: Complete 20 World Quests in Kul Tiras, Zandalar, Mechagon, or Nazjatar
    • Reward: 1,000 War Resources
  • Passive buff: +50% to Reputation gains from World Quests

If you’ve been looking to impress some emissaries, this is the week to do it!

Call to Arms: Uldum, Nazjatar and Vol'dun
This week's Call to Arms is Call to Arms: Uldum, Call to Arms: Nazjatar and Call to Arms: Vol'dun.

Head to Uldum, Nazjatar and Drustvar with warmode enabled to kill players of the opposing faction. This will reward you with Quartermaster's Note, Aspirant's Equipment Cache, Honor, Conquest and Reputation with either The Honorbound or 7th Legion.
by Published on 2020-02-11 02:13 AM

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 10, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Paladin
    • [Live with regional resets] Avenging Wrath may be activated if another Avenging Wrath is active (such as from Vision of Perfection).

Dungeons and Raids
  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • Wrathion, The Black Emperor
      • Fixed an issue that prevented players from receiving loot if they did not generate threat during the encounter.
    • N’Zoth the Corruptor
      • [Live with regional resets] N’Zoth’s health reduced by 5% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [Live with regional resets] Thought Harvesters’ health reduced by 5% on Mythic difficulty.
    • Tol Dagor
      • The Sand Queen
        • Upheaval’s damage reduced by 13%.
      • Overseer Korgus
        • Explosive Burst damage reduced by 18%.
        • Blast Rounds knockback distance reduced.

Items and Rewards
  • Thaumaturge Vashreen has relocated his supplies of the Deathslaver's Hauberk, and it can once again be obtained for Titan Residuum.
    • Corrupted Items
      • [Live with regional resets] Avoidant now subjects you to 20% less Corruption at each rank.
      • [Live with regional resets] Deadly Momentum’s buff duration has been increased to 30 seconds (was 15 seconds).
      • [Live with regional resets] Echoing Void damage has been reduced by 50%.
        • Echoing Void no longer deals reduced damage in PvP combat.
        • [Live with regional resets] Fixed a bug which caused Gushing Wound (Corrupted Effect) to extend its duration if it triggered on a target it was already active on.
      • [Live with regional resets] Reduced Gushing Wound’s damage by 15%.
      • [Live with regional resets] Surging Vitality’s Versatility value has been increased by 10%.
      • [Live with regional resets] Void Ritual’s stat bonus per stack has been approximately doubled at each rank.
      • Grasping Tendrils is no longer dispellable by Magic dispels and will no longer appear on players’ raid frame UI; it can still be removed by abilities that remove snares.
        • Developer's Note: We originally made this effect’s snare dispellable so that players could save each other if they were afflicted with it in unfortunate Void Zone-like circumstances. However, we've received feedback that in large-group environments, Grasping Tendrils’ appearance on raid frames could sometimes cause players to overlook more critical debuffs to dispel. We're making this change so players can better see Magic effects in their raid frames as significant debuffs that should be paid attention to and react accordingly.

UI
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Onyx War Hyena to appear in the Mounts tab of the Collection journal.

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