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by Published on 2018-01-21 11:24 PM

Lore Loose Ends: Kormac's Torment

The Legendary Level of Token Appreciation Card Design Competition

Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday
The Call of the Scarab holiday event remembers the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj world event from Vanilla. This event is an Alliance vs Horde showdown, with the victorious faction flying their faction banner for the next year.

This year you will need to talk to Zidormi in Silithus to see the old version if you have killed Argus and can see the Wound in the World.

The Call of the Scarab quest will send you to Silithus so that you know where the vendor and world quests are. From there you can complete quests and defeat bosses to earn Commendations for your faction. Whichever faction has the most Commendations at the end of the event wins.

Cultist Camps

World Quests
There are several world quests associated with this event, all rewarding Commendations that contribute to your faction's total.

Material Turn-In Quests
These materials can be turned in to the NPCs near the banners to earn Commendations (Field Marshal Snowfall / Senior Sergeant Kai'jin).

Mini-Boss Quests
These quests are started by items dropped from the Wind Stone and Greater Wind Stone bosses at the Cultist Camps.

These mounts only last for a few days and are bag slot items much like the Magic Broom from the Hallow's End Event.

Level Type Name Cost
1Quest Twilight Cultist Ring of Lordship1000 x Abyssal Crest
1Quest Twilight Cultist Medallion of Station250 x Abyssal Crest
1Mount Ruby Qiraji Resonating Crystal1 x Abyssal Crest
1Mount Sapphire Qiraji Resonating Crystal1 x Abyssal Crest

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
*1/21- The Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday is now live. Players who have completed Antorus, the Burning Throne and who are in a different phase can speak to Rhonormu near the gong to enter the correct event phase.

On January 23, 2006, a bloody war was triggered by a simple sound: the banging of a gong. No rallying fanfare, no bloodthirsty yell; just an eerie silence. Those long, uneasy seconds of dread. The calm before the storm.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder before the Scarab Wall, no one could have predicted what would happen—an epic ten-hour battle that claimed the lives of thousands of Azeroth’s bravest—or fully comprehended the effect it would have.

Action First, Faction Second
That’s not to say the battle at the gates of Ahn’Qiraj came as a surprise. When the menace of C’Thun turned into an urgent threat, leaders across the world pored over plans and forged unlikely connections as pressure mounted. Both factions knew war was coming and personal glory was a hubris no-one could risk. Any notion that one army could defeat General Rajaxx and his colossal battalion was soon abandoned as fantasy.

It was a unique time: scattered armies with varying allegiances were thrown together and faction pride was put aside. Let’s be clear: the battle at Ahn’Qiraj was won purely on the principle “united we stand, divided we fall.”

Warmongering vs. Gold Hungering
This uneasy alliance was not without its critics. Some showed their disapproval by shunning the war effort altogether, but others expressed opposition through acts of aggression. Rogue elements on both sides, unwilling to stomach this perceived betrayal of their faction, did not sit idle. Just as neutral auction houses became a tool for factions to share resources, they also became virtual battlegrounds. Crucial resources were picked up for next-to-nothing and sold on for personal gain. As with all wars, those who profit aren’t always the brave.

The sheer scale of that war effort is almost unimaginable when we live in a time of extended storage and fast mail. But back then, backpacks and cloth stacks were smaller. Getting precious resources gathered, sorted, and sent took many hours. And it took several weeks to source bandages, food, and equipment—resources that were in high demand and would soon dwindle.

The Importance of Remembrance
There are parallels with current events that are impossible to ignore: once more, we Azerothians stand united against the Burning Legion as they wreak havoc across the Broken Isles. We attempt to put aside a complex, bitter history in order to defeat a common enemy. We eye each other suspiciously, even as we fight side by side.

We would do well, in these dark times, to remember the courage and spirit of those who were there at the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj. We must have long memories if we’re to make quick work of the demon forces we now face.

From January 21–23 we ask that you join us as we remember the fallen and celebrate the victory. All of Azeroth are invited to a special holiday, ‘Call of the Scarab,’ where we will gather to perform acts of remembrance and share our factions’ pride.

Patch 7.3.5 - Broadcast Text
Patch 7.3.5 added some new interesting broadcast text.

Auction House Dance Party
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
They may come from Highmountain, but they sure can get low. It's the Highmountain tauren!
The moose is loose! Highmountain tauren, GO!
Adventurers by day, dancers by night... borne. It's time to cheer for the nightborne!
An illusion!? Nope... it's just the dancing nightborne!
Just because you're an avatar of darkness doesn't mean you can't get funky. Hit it, void elves!
Get down with your bad self, void elf!
Turn off the disco ball and these lightforged draenei will still light up the stage!
The lightforged draenei came here to dance and kill demons. And we're all out of demons!

Trial of Style
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Frighten the fashion out of us with your creepiest costumes. Oooh... I'm getting chills already!
Pandarian fashion just SCREAMS harmoniousness. Show us your inner peace!
Show us your sparkles with your most wizardly wear! And don't forget the enchantments!

Azerite / Seething Shore
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
When mixed with natural gas, liquid Azerite can harden quickly making it easy for us to obtain. Keep your eyes peeled down below for unstable activity on the surface. With these tremors happening recently... its bound to spout out of cracks or fissures you find.
We've observed strong geothermal energy readings around this uncharted island.
Azerite, for sure!

This island is ripe with thermal activity. After a geyser plumes, azerite is sure to spill out of the fissures. This has got to be worth a fortune!

Yeah? Whaddya want?
Hey! Mind yah business!
I ain't got time for this. Spit it out already!
Time is money!
Hand over all of the azerite you've pocketed!
I ain't gonna let you take my azerite!
I stole it fair and square! It's mine!
Oohh... Now you're gonna pay!
You're messin wit' the wrong goblin, bub!
It's mine! MINE!
Ow! Enough! You can keep it!
I give up! Here, take it!
I give, I give!!
Mercy! Here take it, I didn't want it anyway!
Uncle! Take all of it! I don't want it anymore!

The Horde has gathered over 1200 Azerite and is near victory!
The Alliance has gathered over 1200 Azerite and is near victory!

It isn't often one gets the opportunity to study a new mineral! Who knows what mysteries the azerite holds!

Void Elves
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
What do you know of Telogrus?
This is a very old place. Broken by rage, yet sculpted by the threads of fate.
There is much to be learned here. I believe I might linger a while.

Remember, control demands sacrifice. Power never comes without a price. You risk losing those closest to you in order to save them.
This is the bargain we have made.
< Alleria looks away. >

With Alleria's teaching, we can avoid the fate suffered by those on Mac'Aree.

We need no longer fear exile for the pursuit of knowledge.
A path long denied to us is open at last.

The voices never stop. They push, they bully, they plead. They will not relent, not even for a moment.
But you are stronger than the voices. You can glean their secrets and draw upon their strength.

We need no longer fear exile for the pursuit of knowledge.
A path long denied to us is open at last.
Be wary of unstable void rifts and their spawn. This place is not entirely safe.

Pristine void energy is soaked into this space... Magnificent.
The Voidstorm is growing. It might even consume the big island entirely.
Unchecked void energies ravage the other islands. It remains too dangerous to navigate.

The void energy released when the ethereals attacked left the other islands unstable. No one is allowed beyond this point.
The last people who ventured beyond this space were consumed by the shadows.

One portal, coming up!
You have learned basic control. Mastery, however, can only be attained through practical application.

Calm yourself and it will pass.
Your emotions expose weakness. The Void will exploit that if you let it.
Remain in control of your thoughts. The void cannot sway that which is immutable.
What are you waiting for? Concentrate and banish this creature!

Although broken and scattered, this rift holds many secrets. It will teach us much about the nature of the shadows.

Studying this rift has value, but we cannot neglect our duty.
Azeroth must be defended. Our place is out there, fighting for our world.
The power that flows through us is a weapon. And weapons must be wielded.

Locus-Walker is an intriguing fellow.
Alleria seems to trust him... to a point.
I think we can learn much from him, so long as we remain wary of his true intentions.

Void Elves - Cathedral of Light
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Oh! Hello there... fellow member of the Alliance. I mean no disrespect, but... I'm just not entirely sure the cathedral is the most... appropriate place for... for... For someone who indulges such... unique proclivities.
The Light does not treat with the Void, elf. You should leave this place.
This place is not meant for you.
I can sense the shadow in you. Though it is diminished in the presence of the Light.
Thank you, but I do not require your aid.
Have you come to supplicate yourself before the Light? If you are here to speak with Archbishop Benedictus, I am sorry to inform you that he has left on a mission.
I will help in whatever way I can, but I suggest you do not linger too long here.
I commend your dedication. However, I fear you walk a dangerous path. You would best serve the Alliance away from the cathedral.
Tread carefully, $c. Lady Alleria's name will only carry you so far.
Perhaps is it as Alleria Windrunner says, and the whispers of shadow can be controlled. Be on your guard, friend, and may the Ligh--Hrm. Well... May fortune favor you.

Lightforged Draenei - Cathedral of Light
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Greetings, Lightforged! Know that you are always welcome here in the Cathedral of Light.
To have given yourself wholly to the Light... you are an example to us all.
You will always have steadfast allies here.

May the Light ever guide you, $n.

Silithus Flight Paths
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I need a flight to Southwind Village.
These goblins are so busy with their extraction equipment that they haven't set up a proper flight station.
< Urok grumbles and kicks the dirt. >
If you're lookin' for a flight outta this place, you're on your own.
I guess if the world's ending I might be able to figure somethin' out...

Looking for a lift? Going someplace special I hope!
I need a flight to Staghelm Point.
All our attention is focused on foiling the Horde's efforts. We can't spare resources to make this flight network fully functional.
If you need to fly away from this wretched desert, you'll have to manage it yourself.
Should you be facing a dire emergency, I suppose I could cobble together resources for a single flight...

Lightforged Warframe
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
These machines are fantastic! How could they operate with no anomalies or chance of failure?
Oh, excuse me. Did you need something?
We have learned much from our fight against the Legion. In truth, these warframes are the culmination of many years of research.
If you wish, I can train you to craft similar devices.

Non-magical devices are for mana-starved whelps, they said. Non-magical devices serve no purpose, they said.
Orgrimmar practically runs on such creations!
Time for me to show those palanquin-addled wretches back home the perfection of machinery!

Nightborne in Suramar
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
The Legion nearly took everything from us... while I blindly trusted Elisande.
I am relieved that Suramar is back in our hands.
I suppose I should thank you.
< Anarys dips his head slightly at you. >
I stood by and watched as Elisande led us astray. I was wrong... about everything.

Vigilant Quoram
The Vigilant Quoram has a few lines.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Oh, you made it.
Why have you returned?
It is designed to kill you.
I imagine it is quite painful.
I am told power comes from unlikely places.
For now.
I am afraid I cannot allow that.

Twilight Hammer Cultists
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
This drink is green! Why is it green?
There are no heroes in oblivion!
None shall oppose the Twilight's Hammer!
We are the harbingers of destruction!
Cry for help... none shall answer you!
The twilight is upon you!
None shall withstand the power of our master!
I am your destruction!
You will kneel before our master!

Goblin Workers
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I used to be a famous pirate! They dig me up, hand me this tophat, then tell me I have to greet all of you newcomers with a smile on my face...
Do you have any idea how much it hurts to try to crack a smile? This is ridiculous!
I really hated this tophat at first. What does a guy have to do for a good tricorne? But I must say... this fits real nicely on my skull.

Sure hope the boss knows what he's doin'.
Ain't easy ta meet my quota with that giant sword loomin' overhead!
You're in the world savin' business, ain't ya? Maybe you should get ta work!
Should be earnin' hazard pay for this!

Psst... Yeah, you, $r. Hey, can you put in a bad word for me with the Warchief? I need to get fired. Being a jerk to everyone isn't working!
What do I have to do to get myself out of this job? I try to leave, some orc picks me up and plops me right back down here.

Downsized? I'm already about as downsized as you can get!
Boss Mida says I'm bein' discharged. The only things that oughta be discharged are guns and explosives!
I've been downwardly promoted.
We're here as part of a "workforce adjustment."
I used to have a cushy office job in Orgrimmar.
My position has been eliminated... feels like early retirement.

Ambassador Blackguard Survey
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
We have a forsaken ambassador, which makes sense given our Warchief, of course.
But I can't help asking myself, "What has it cost us?"
If you have a moment, can you please tell me of your experience with Ambassador Blackguard?

Thank you for taking my survey, $n.I shall present the petition after I have enough signatures. Good day to you, $r.
He was rude and blatantly offensive.
His appearance was off-putting.
He should be replaced immediately!

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Oh, goodness me! Did you slip?
Best be careful close to the edge, $n.
Did you fall, or was that a graceful jump designed to look like a clumsy fall?
Watch your step! I can't do this all day! Actually, I suppose I can.
Are you conducting some kind of dangerous experiment? I like it!
If you're going to fall to your death, do it somewher else.
Mind the gap.

Dark Legacy Comics #617
DLC #617 has been released.

by Published on 2018-01-18 08:41 PM

Update: US realms are up after a fairly short maintenance.

Upcoming Extended Maintenance
Both the US and EU are having eight hour maintenance again this week.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on Friday, January 19th, 7:00 AM (PST) and we expect the service to be available again at approximately 3:00 PM (PST). During this time the game will be unavailable for play.

We will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on Saturday, January 20th, 02:00 AM (CET) and we expect the service to be available again at approximately 10:00 (CET). During this time the game will be unavailable for play.

Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25875
Another little build went out to the PTR today. Mimiron's Head is back in the dungeon Journal and NPC health changes are in.

NPC Health Changes
The previously mentioned fix for Mists of Pandaria and Warlords bosses is in this build. A fix for Normal and Heroic dungeon NPCs having the wrong amount of health is also in.

Mists of Pandaria
  • Raid boss health reduced by 32% compared to live. Immerseus (Normal 10) now has 4.05 million health compared to 5.95 million on live.
  • Level 90 NPC health reduced by 51% (at Player Level 100)
  • Level 90 NPC health reduced by 32% (at Player Level 90)

Warlords of Draenor
  • Raid boss health reduced by 42% compared to live.
  • Level 90 NPC health reduced by 7% (at Player Level 90)
  • Level 95 NPC health reduced by 9% (at Player Level 95)
  • Level 98 NPC health reduced by 22% (at Player Level 98)
  • Level 99 NPC health reduced by 33% (at Player Level 99)
  • Level 100 NPC health reduced by 42% (at Player Level 100)
  • Level 100 NPC health reduced by 59% (at Player Level 110)

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Lightforged Draenei
  • Light's Judgment Call down a strike of Holy energy, dealing [ 400% of Spell Power or 500% [ 500% of Spell Power or 625% of AP ] Holy damage to enemies within 5 yards after 3 sec. Lightforged Draenei Racial. 40 yd range. Instant. 2.5 min cooldown.


String Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • BACKPACK_AUTHENTICATOR_EXTRA_SLOTS_ADDED - You gained 4 backpack slots for having an Authenticator attached to your account. and SMS Protect attached to your account.

Heroes of the Storm - MechaStorm
Blizzard released a promotional video for the Mecha skins and bundles.

This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes
The first iteration of highly challenging dungeons was introduced in Mists of Pandaria. Challenge modes were timed runs, which standardized everyone's gear to prevent overpowering. Rewards included mounts, transmog, titles and pets based on time scores. This system was also used in Warlords of Draenor with some minor tweaks, which then evolved into the Mythic+ system we see in Legion.

Isle of the Thunder King
Patch 5.2 brought the Isle of the Thunder King daily zone. This new area had a variety of factions and monsters. This zone is still accessible via a portal near the Shado-Pan Garrison in Townlong Steppes and could be an interesting place to visit to anyone who hasn’t collected the Throne of Thunder transmog items, or the mount from Nalak.

Iron Skyreaver
The newest addition to the Blizzard Shop was the Iron Skyreaver during Warlords of Draenor. This mount was bred for war by the Iron Horde beastmasters, and is still available for purchase.

Anniversary Gifts
In early 2015 Blizzard sent out a statue of an orc riding a wolf to all the members of the community who have been subscribed to the game since the beginning. Marking the 10 year anniversary of these players and as a token of appreciation, one time veteran gifts were sent to all eligible players.

Songs of Azeroth Act 4
AFK [email protected] released their newest episode of the Songs of Azeroth songs. Act 4, “Home Is Where The War Is” commemorates PvP players and their dedication to battlegrounds.

The Nighthold
The opening of Nighthold marked the first real tier of the expansion. Tier 19 had 11 bosses ending with the defeat of Gul’dan. The opening of the raid also meant that it was time to upgrade our legendary items. For the first time in Legion, players were given a repeatable quest to upgrade all legendary items from their base 910 item level to 940. This system was kept for all following raids, and is now used as a catch-up mechanic for players who are still missing legendaries.

Patch 7.2 On PTR
This content patch brought many changes and developments to story lines of the expansion. All classes got to continue their Order Hall Campaign and earn new followers. The Broken Shore was added as a new quest hub for the Tomb of Sargeras, and brought a new faction along with new world quests. One of the most anticipated feature of this patch was the Mage Tower challenge, which allows players to try themselves against a tough boss to unlock a new artifact appearance.

Class Mounts
The hype was building after the announcement of class mounts at Blizzcon. Patch 7.2 introduced the mount models, and soon it was found that completing the Breaching the Tomb achievement, along with the new Order Hall Campaign, would unlock them. Most of the mounts have specific color patterns indicating the specialization of the player riding it.

by Published on 2018-01-18 05:44 AM

PTR Server Slam

Hall of Champions is This Week's Brawl!

Patch 7.3.5 - S.E.L.F.I.E Filters
Patch 7.3.5 adds new filters to the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera MkII. If you don't already have it, you can head to Stormwind / Orgrimmar and pick up the Light Camera Action quest.

Patch 7.3.5 Hotfixes - January 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Dungeons and Raids
  • Gnomeregan
    • Electrocutioner 6000 again drops Electrocutioner Leg for Hunters.
  • Trial of the Champion
    • All bosses again properly drop Champion's Seals.

  • Many quest items that had incorrectly high level requirements have been adjusted.

World Quests
  • Fixed issues preventing Naz'ak and Ana-Mouz from dropping loot for players who have previously killed them.

  • Significantly increased the Spinal Dust drop rate on the Ghostlands quest “Spinal Dust”.
  • Arluin has returned to Suramar and is again willing to speak with outsiders. He was just having a bad day.

Mists and Warlords Raid Boss Health - Future Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Older Boss Raid Difficulty with 7.3.5 Scaling
As many players have noticed, changes to how creature health is determined in Patch 7.3.5 had a meaningful impact on some older raid content. This has been particularly noticeable in Warlords of Draenor and Mists of Pandaria raids. We’ve been discussing this topic constantly since the first threads popped up after the patch.

We want to be clear: our intention was never to greatly increase the difficulty of soloing old raid content for transmog or mount runs, but a side effect of the creature health tuning we did for leveling players. We’re currently working on a fix that will significantly reduce the health of Warlords and Mists raid bosses.

Thank you for all of your feedback and discussion on this issue. We’re sorry for the frustration, and we’re working to have you all back in there beating down those old raid bosses as soon as possible (hopefully before the weekend).

Uuna Pet Quest Item Drop Rate
Uunas Doll has a low drop rate from The Many-Faced Devourer on Argus. It is the first piece in the puzzle to get Uuna and was recently hotfixed to drop more often.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
drop rate for Uuna needs to be buffed! i want to get in on the secret findings!
Good news! A hotfix has been deployed that significantly increases the drop rate of Uunas Doll. Join the secret hunt to save Uuna! (Muffinus)

Mobile/Web Auction House Disabled in 7.3.5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
With the release of Patch 7.3.5, we’ve had to disable the web and mobile versions of the Auction House, including the Auction House API used by certain third-party sites and addons.

We’re working to re-enable it as quickly as possible.

Patch 7.3.5 Known Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We've identified the issue that caused some transmog appearances—such as the unique shoulders obtained from Xavius and Garrosh—to be removed from players’ collections. We have a pending resolution that will restore these appearances automatically. (WarcraftDevs)

The Assassination Rogue trait "Poison Knives" was disabled last night after discovering an issue that caused it to deal more damage than intended. We're working to resolve this issue and re-enable the trait as soon as possible. (WarcraftDevs)

We are continuing to investigate issues with performance in raids and are working to isolate and address them as quickly as possible. This is a top priority for us. (WarcraftDevs)

We have noticed a spike of interest in our SMS Protect and Authenticator services due to our offer of 4 extra bag slots for participating players. Please note that it may take up to 30 minutes for the bag slots to unlock after these security features are added to your account, and that it may be necessary to log out and back in once this time has passed. (Support)

Mimron's Head
Looks like this is just a visual bug with the dungeon journal. Mimiron's Head can still drop from Yogg with no keepers assisting you!

Lich King Encounter
Looks like this one is already identified and the team is working on it! No ETA currently. (Official Forums)

Achievement Points Missing
Some players may have noticed a drop in achievement points after patch 7.3.5. This is not considered a bug, several achievements associated with Ulduar have been converted into Legacy, which no longer count for progress.

Scaling Bug - Heroic and Normal Dungeon NPC Health
Dungeon bosses and trash have noticeably less health in Heroic difficulty compared to Normal difficulty.

Burning Crusade

Wrath of the Lich King


Mists of Pandaria

Warlords of Draenor

This does not seem to affect raid bosses as the health pools increased from normal to heroic upon testing.

Overwatch League Draws More than 10 Million Viewers
The first week of the Overwatch League managed to get over 10 million viewers!
Originally Posted by Overwatch League (Blue Tracker)

Newly announced Twitch distribution deal drives an average audience per minute of 408,000 for the opening day broadcast
IRVINE, Calif.—January 17, 2018—The Overwatch League roared to life last week at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, with four days of intense competition between all 12 teams of the world’s first major global city-based professional esports league.

Buoyed by a newly announced two-year deal with Twitch, the Overwatch League’s exclusive worldwide[1] third-party digital broadcast partner, opening day drew an impressive average audience per minute of 408,000, and 280,000 for the week. More than 10 million viewers tuned in over the four-day period via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV—not to mention the countless additional viewers at watch parties worldwide. On Twitch and MLG alone, the peak concurrent online audience of 437,000 hit during the highly anticipated day-one matchup between Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty. In addition, tickets to Blizzard Arena Los Angeles were sold out for the entirety of opening week.

“We’re thrilled by the overwhelming response to the Overwatch League’s opening week of play,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Major League Gaming (MLG). “But this is only the beginning. With more than 35 million Overwatch® players, the Overwatch League has the potential to become one of the most-watched leagues—of any kind—in the world.”

“Since we announced Overwatch League at BlizzCon 2016, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when the global competitive Overwatch community could come together under one banner,” said Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League commissioner. “Opening week was that coming-out party—for the fans, both in-person at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and tuned in by the millions all over the world, and for the players, whose love for the game came through crystal clear.”

“We had high expectations for the inaugural broadcast of the Overwatch League on Twitch, given our platform’s passionate fanbase for Overwatch," said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. "They really put on an amazing show and fans showed up en masse to support and celebrate Overwatch. Based on the response from the community, Overwatch League is off to a great start and we look forward to watching how the season progresses. This league demonstrates the power and potential of esports, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with Blizzard.”

Viewers can tune in to catch all the action on Twitch,, the MLG app (on iOS and Android),, and the Overwatch League app, which launched last week for iOS and Android. Blizzard gamers also can get easy access to the Overwatch League via a new Overwatch League tab in the Blizzard desktop app.

The first season of the Overwatch League runs until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all regular-season games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at

About the Overwatch League™

The Overwatch League™ is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch® was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard—Nasdaq: ATVI), whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. The latest addition to Blizzard’s stable of twenty-one #1 games,[2] Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. To learn more about the Overwatch League, visit

© 2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH LEAGUE, BLIZZARD and BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. MAJOR LEAGUE GAMING is a trademark of Major League Gaming Corp.

[1] Not including China.

[2] Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners
by Published on 2018-01-17 05:04 AM

Patch 7.3.5 - Alliance and Horde Epilogue Cinematics

Black Qiraji War Tank
Muffinus let players know that the Black Qiraji War Tank is a reward for players that already had the Scarab Lord title.

While you can no longer obtain this mount, you can get the Red and Blue version temporarily from the Call of the Scarab micro-holiday.

Upgrade Your Account Security and Get a Backpack Upgrade
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We take account security seriously, and we know you do, too. So, when you add Blizzard SMS Protect to your account along with either the Blizzard Authenticator (physical or mobile app), you’ll gain four extra bag slots—account-wide—in each character’s main backpack. You’ll be able to hold a little more stuff as you adventure through Azeroth, and keep that stuff safer from scoundrels and thieves.

What Is Blizzard SMS Protect?
Blizzard SMS Protect lets you perform certain account actions from your mobile phone (such as removing your Authenticator), and can be set up to provide you with account activity notifications. All you need is a supported text-enabled cell phone to get started.

What can SMS Protect do for you?

  • Unlock your Blizzard account
  • Remove a damaged or lost Blizzard Authenticator
  • Recover your account name
  • Reset your password

In addition, you can turn on alerts to have text messages sent directly to your phone notifying you of certain kinds of account activity, like password changes and security feature additions or removals.

These text messages are an easy way to help protect your account from unauthorized access and changes.

Remember, you can further safeguard your account by never sharing your password, using unique passwords on each site you visit, and staying aware of potential email and phishing scams.

For more information on Blizzard SMS Protect and a link to set it up, visit the FAQ.

Learn more about what you can do to help safeguard your account by reviewing our security checklist.

Where Can I Get the Blizzard Authenticator?
Don’t have an Authenticator on your account? Download the free Blizzard Authenticator mobile app for iOS or Android, or purchase a physical Blizzard Authenticator from the Blizzard Gear Store. Visit the Blizzard Authenticator article for more information, or head to the setup page to get started after you’ve downloaded the app.

As an additional bonus, when you add an Authenticator to your account, you’ll find the always feisty and fiery Core Hound Pup in-game pet waiting for you.

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