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by Published on 2015-11-18 09:00 AM

Update (2:00 PM EDT): The Legion Beta forums appeared for a short time!

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Legion Beta Forums
The Legion beta forums appeared briefly today!

Patch 6.2.3 - Cataclysm Timewalking
The first Cataclysm Timewalking weekend is here! Along with the Infinite Timereaver mount that can drop from any boss and the vendor gear, there are new rewards to purchase on the vendor.

Level Type Name Cost
1Quest Commendation of the Dragonmaw Clan50 × 
1Quest Commendation of the Wildhammer Clan50 × 
1Quest Commendation of the Guardians of Hyjal50 × 
1Quest Commendation of the Ramkahen50 × 
1Quest Commendation of The Earthen Ring50 × 
1Quest Commendation of Therazane50 × 
85Junk Tosselwrench's Mega-Accurate Simulation Viewfinder3000 × 
85Other Gurboggle's Gleaming Bauble1500 × 

Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes - November 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • Fixed an issue where some players were unable to loot Crystallized Fel from eligible Archimonde kills.
    • [Hotfix in testing] Damage bonuses against demons should now work correctly on Archimonde.

  • Auchindoun
    • The chest that appears after defeating Teron'gor should now correctly award loot or Valor on Mythic difficulty.
  • Skyreach
    • High Sage Viryx should now award Valor to players when defeated on Mythic difficulty.

  • Players are now automatically dismounted around the new Warlords Season 3 vendors.
  • Warlords Season 3 vendors in Warspear and Stormshield should now correctly offer a full selection of Conquest quality PvP gear.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warlords Season 3 PvP Item Levels
Just posted this.

  • All gear now scales up to iLvl 700.
    • Wild Aspirant gear is iLvl 715.
    • Wild Combatant gear is iLvl 730.
    • Wild Gladiator gear is iLvl 740.
  • Any PvE gear over iLvl 730 will be scaled down to iLvl 730.
  • Winning Rated Battlegrounds and completing the weekly Ashran Dominance quest now awards you a random piece of PvP iLvl 740 Conquest gear.
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlords Season 3 PvP Start Date
Whoa man, I'm just blasted from one side of the earth to another...Why is there no break in-between to get honor gear and prep for the season to start?? I genuinely want to know what this change is going to accomplish.. is it for leigons timing or..? Someone please.. tell me..
For a while, we've thought that it would be more fun for the new Season to start immediately after the old Season ended. Players want to get right back to Arenas.

This time around, we did an evaluation and determined that we didn't need the empty week, so we found a way to eliminate it with the patch deployment.

So far, so good.

I agree completely with this decision +1 blizz. while we have your attention any chance you have an estimate for when the titles will be released?
As before, we'll take at least a couple of weeks to ensure that all awards are bonafide before distributing them. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlords Digital Deluxe Rewards
With the Warlords of Draenor Digital Deluxe retiring, we know there are many who would still like to be able to get their hands on the digital items that came with purchasing it. To address this desire, we will be making these items available for purchase at some point in the future. These will then be available for purchase until the pre-patch for the new Legion expansion. Please note, the option to purchase these items is limited to those who already have a Warlords of Draenor license attached to their account. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
All we ask is that you make the Mage Community aware that threads such as these have not gone unnoticed by Devs
Your feedback is not going unnoticed! Note: Innervate can only be cast on healers. (WarcraftDevs)

is Chimaera Shot for marksman hunters gone?
Currently, yes. It's a talent choice for BM, where it fits better thematically. Still considering whether MM should have it. (WarcraftDevs)

how about Scatter Shot coming back at legion? fits marksman cc right?
Marksmanship has a new ability: Bursting Shot. Short range cone attack which knocks enemies away. It's a "get away from me" option. (WarcraftDevs)

Was doing some shaman theorycrafting but realized it wasn't stated what the maelstrom cap is. 100?
Currently, yes, although that number may very well change as tuning continues. (WarcraftDevs)

Any chance Harpoon can be switched from a Charge to a Death Grip? The latter makes way more sense.
No. Death Grip is iconic to Death Knights, and our goal is to make classes more unique. (WarcraftDevs)

Will there be a casting focus generator talent option for marks like steady or focusing shot?
Not planned at the moment. Arcane Shot is instant and generates Focus, which fills that spot well. (WarcraftDevs)

In Legion, MM and BM hunters have no traps. Can we expect a similar technique to Explosive trap with glyph (it is really fun)?
MM has Bursting Shot for similar functionality. BM doesn't have a knockback. Sometimes NOT having all the toys is more interesting. (WarcraftDevs)

Artifact Weapons
For MW monks, will artifact staves be displayed upside-down? That would look bad/weird minor glyph?
Staves no longer sheath differently for Monks. There were issues with many staves, so we decided it was time for a universal fix. (WarcraftDevs)

having an artifact weapon that already shares the name of a cata weapon drop does not make my artifact feel special
Agreed. This name is not final. (WarcraftDevs)

What if we by accident select the wrong node on our artifact weapon, will there be a way to undo this?
There will be a method of respeccing your Artifact, but it comes with a cost. (WarcraftDevs)

Are tanking specs getting some PvP love in Legion? Will they be tuned to be competitive?
We're looking for new ways to get tanks involved in PvP. (WarcraftDevs)

Hello. Will there be rank 1 titles account wide? mounts? atleast class wide?
We have no current plans to change how titles and mounts are distributed. (WarcraftDevs)

Is there no Vicious Saddle Mount this Season?
There isn't a brand new mount for Season 3, but you can still earn the mounts that were available during Season 2. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Hey Greg. I know this is a question, that goes back to your prevoius life, but there was an intresting thred at MMO-C and I just kinda had to come and ask your pov and your insight: Why does it take so long to make raids, and what is the most time consuming aspect when making new boss fights.‎
When I was there, it was the raid art (the architecture part) hands down. Since they have grown the team so dramatically, that may no longer be the case. It is difficult to start boss encounter design until you have a room, since testing relies so heavily on fixed locations. To some extent, the design can be pushed shorter or longer depending on how art resources are coming along.

What's the worst theorycrafting you've ever heard?
There are two categories of bad theorycrafting. The first is when someone just says something very uninformed or intentionally trolly and nobody pays much attention. The more interesting case is when a sizable segment of the population believes for something to be true, when it is not the case. This could be because the mechanic in question is really convoluted (old WoW armor pen comes to mind) or because a math error gets introduced somewhere along the way and everyone else misses it.

I can't narrow down the "worst" that I've ever head, though it's a great question. I'll think about it. I remember there being a lot of concern about how long WoW healers could keep someone alive who was taking an amount of damage that we intended to kill them. They were evaluating a worst case scenario where they had essentially already lost the encounter. It's hard to tell if they knew that was the case (i.e. they were using a specious argument just to argue for buffs) or if they really believed their particular class was too weak.

AskMrRobot - Valor Updates
AskMrRobot is ready to tell you which items to upgrade first for the largest effect!

Overwatch - Weekend Beta Test
An Overwatch closed beta stress test weekend is coming soon!

by Published on 2015-11-16 07:24 PM

Patch 6.2.3 Live This Week

Celebrating 11 Years of WoW
The costume and Thunderfury were hotfixed to be Bind on Pickup, so no more abusing alts to get more!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The 11th anniversary celebration of World of Warcraft has begun! Log in between now and November 30 to earn the WoW's 11th Anniversary achievement, then check your mail for a special Anniversary Gift Package filled with a fun items to mark the occasion, including:

That’s right—for a couple of glorious weeks, everyone in Azeroth can dress up like an outlaw while turning others into murlocs (or gnolls) and wielding an inflatable Thunderfury of their own.

Thanks to all of the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance for your unfaltering dedication to protecting and preserving Azeroth. Whether you are an honorable tauren, a brawny orc, a crafty gnome, or a resourceful human, we appreciate your continued support, and we’re looking forward to sharing adventures with you for many years to come.

Join the celebration on Twitter with the hashtag #11YearsofWoW, and share your favorite thoughts and memories from World of Warcraft with the rest of the community.
by Published on 2015-11-16 06:47 AM

Patch 6.2.3 Live This Week
Patch 6.2.3 goes live this week, bringing some system updates and new rewards:

Official Notes
The official notes were early this time, if you missed them before be sure to check them out now!

Valor and Item Upgrades
Valor Points may be gone, but Valor returns in Patch 6.2.3! Item upgrades are also back, with two upgrade levels at +5 item levels each.

  • You can see a full list of items that can be upgraded here.
  • Upgrading an item costs 250 Valor for +5 item levels.
  • Hellfire Citadel items, Dungeon loot, Baleful items, and crafted profession items can each be upgraded twice, for a total of +10 item levels.
  • You can upgrade lower tiers of crafted items, not just the highest one.
  • There is no hard weekly cap on Valor earned, but the sources of Valor are inherently not infinitely repeatable. You can earn up to 4,875.
  • There is a cap of 5,000 Valor that you can hold at once.
  • Valor can be earned in the following ways:
    • Mythic Dungeon (Valor awarded with dungeon completion, once per dungeon per week) – 300 Valor Points
    • Complete the weekly Event quest from Seer Kazal (Pet Battle Event excluded) – 500 Valor Points
    • Heroic Dungeon (complete your first random Heroic of the day) – 100 Valor Points
    • Raid Finder (once per week per wing) – 150 Valor Points for Hellfire Citadel wings, 75 Valor Points for Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry wings
  • To upgrade, visit your friendly neighborhood ethereal in Orgrimmar and Stormwind, or Stormshield and Warspear.

Increased Reward Item Levels
Mythic dungeons and Baleful items can now proc even higher item level bonuses!

  • Mythic dungeon items can now go from 685 to 725 in 5 level increments.
  • Baleful item can go from 655 to 695 in 5 level increments.
  • Items have a progressively lower chance to be rewarded as item level increases.

Mythic Dungeon Heirloom Trinkets
The Warlords version of Garrosh Heirlooms are here! These trinkets have a chance to drop in Mythic dungeons and will scale to level 110, so be sure to get one for leveling in Legion.

Level Type Spec Name
800TrinketAll Healers Judgment of the Naaru
800TrinketAll Strength Gronntooth War Horn
800TrinketAll Tanks Purified Shard of the Third Moon
800TrinketAll Agility Infallible Tracking Charm
800TrinketAll Intellect Orb of Voidsight

Grove Warden Mount
Heroic and Mythic Archimonde will drop Remnant of Chaos, leaving to the Defiler's End quest which rewards the Reins of the Grove Warden.

Infinite Timereaver Mount
The Reins of the Infinite Timereaver can drop from any Timewalking boss.

Timewalking Updates
Magister’s Terrace and Pit of Saron were added to the Timewalking dungeon selection. The first Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event starts this week. Along with the new Infinite Timereaver mount and the Cataclysm Timewalking gear, some new rewards have been added:

Level Type Name
85Junk Tosselwrench's Mega-Accurate Simulation Viewfinder
85Other Gurboggle's Gleaming Bauble
1Quest Commendation of the Dragonmaw Clan
1Quest Commendation of the Wildhammer Clan
1Quest Commendation of the Guardians of Hyjal
1Quest Commendation of the Ramkahen
1Quest Commendation of The Earthen Ring
1Quest Commendation of Therazane

Warlords PvP Season 3
The new PvP season starts this week, unlike previous seasons that have had a week off! You will be able to start earning the new set of gear right away.

New Items
Most of the new items are covered in other sections, but there are a few more of note:

Class Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • General
    • Enrage now increases all damage dealt by 15% (up from 10%).
  • Arms

WoWDB Addon Data Collection
Quickly populating the database with 6.2.3 additions is done with the help of many players. The more people that contribute data, the faster we can update the database with accurate data.

To help out, just click here if you have Curse Client already installed. If the link doesn't work for you, open Tools -> Options -> Plugins and check the box.

When you are playing the addon will gather data and save it. When you are done playing, Curse Client will see the game close and upload the collected data from the addon. You can see the last time data was uploaded by looking in the Plugins tab of the options, as well as making sure the addon is enabled there. Be sure you have Curse Client open before you close WoW so that the data will upload!

The addon now supports Live, Beta, and the PTR, so be sure to add all of your WoW installs to the client.

by Published on 2015-11-15 10:49 AM

Legacy of Nightmares Nerf, Whirlwind Changes, Seismic Slam on Might of the Earth, Dev Interview

League of Explorers: Temple of Orsis Boss Guides - Zinaar, Sun Raider Phaerix, Temple Escape

XP Gained on Scoreboard, Brawl With the Blues - Cho'Gall, Reddit Dev Q&A, Epic Plays #53

Legion Class Preview Series

Legion Class Preview - Demon Hunter
Demon Hunters aren't getting an official class preview with the latest series of blog posts so we thought now would be a good time to recap what we know so far. Some of the information came from the gameplay stream below.

It's fairly long and the front page is already pretty full, so we put it on its own page. You can find it in the Legion menu in future!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Will you guys be putting thought into things like Gladiator and Fistweaving as potential 4th specs?
It's definitely an interesting idea that we'll consider for the future, but for Legion we're focusing on the current 36 specs (WarcraftDevs)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Any current plans for Death Knights Presences in Legion expansion, or do they remain a same?
Presences have been removed. They were mostly clutter, and negatively impacted gameplay when off-role Presences were used. (WarcraftDevs)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will Restoration Druids have Genesis in Legion? I love Genesis, especially for Challenge Modes.
Genesis has been removed. Instead, Flourish and the new Mastery will help in similar situations. (WarcraftDevs)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will we get an updated Aspect of the Pack for Legion? I hate having to find the forgetful hunter and tell him to turn it off
Aspect of the Pack will no longer bother you in Legion... (WarcraftDevs)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Wait, is Glyph of Regenerative Ice going away in Legion now that major glyphs are going away? Don't take our only self-heal
Mages should focus on avoiding/absorbing damage. We don't like self-healing for them. Instead, we made Ice Barrior class-wide. (WarcraftDevs)

Will the mage specs be more balanced in Legion? In WoD Fire was basically AoE only & bad for single target (e.g. most of HFC)
Previously, we favored some AoE niches between specs. We'll be toning that down for Legion. (WarcraftDevs)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
With Elusive Brew gone, what will Brewmasters use Crit for defensively?
We're still discussing exactly what it'll be, but are going to ensure that Brewmasters still value Crit. (WarcraftDevs)

Clarification on the brew master keg? Is it just just the one on the end of the artifact staff or an actual keg?
Yes, the one on the staff. The base artifact's keg is a small bottle, but the alternate visuals have a much larger keg, like Chen. (WarcraftDevs)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will Light of the Martyr heal the caster if they have Beacon on them?
Yes. It's likely to be less healing than the self-damage it deals, but it does work. (WarcraftDevs)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Say we have a Lei Shen transition phase. Healing to be done, but not really anything to attack. Do you see Disc being useful?
In these rare situations, Disc would use pure healing spells. It's less effective, but far from useless. (WarcraftDevs)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
About CP wasting for rogues. Anticipation is a huge help, but it feels like something like it should be baseline. Any plans?
Not planning to make Anticipation baseline. Minimizing wasted CP is a core Rogue mechanic. (WarcraftDevs)
That said, we definitely recognize the ease of use it provides, so the other talent options need to be strong to compete. (WarcraftDevs)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Could it be possible to allow Ele shamans Lava Burst precasting? So the dmg increase applies on hit and not casting? Please.
Possibly. Nuances like that will be evaluated in beta. Important to consider the reverse: casting LvB just before FS expires. (WarcraftDevs)

Will Healing Surge still be instant after some MSW build-up for Enhancement? Would absolutely suck if not.
We're still evaluating that. It currently costs a variable amount of Maelstrom (0 to 20). May affect healing, cast time, or both. (WarcraftDevs)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
I keep hearing a lot about executes being mostly removed outside of Warriors. Will Doomguard's Doom Bolt still have execute?
Still evaluating. We're most sensitive to abilities which are only usable at low target health. Doom Bolt is different. (WarcraftDevs)

Does Dark Soul still exist for Warlocks in Legion?
No. Instead, Doomguards and Infernals will be on much shorter cooldowns, and possibly stronger, to fulfill the same role. (WarcraftDevs)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Not sure if this has been answered but, What about SMF for Fury warriors? I like using 1H's specially fist weaopns
Fury will strongly prefer 2H in Legion. We'll make sure you have appropriate weapons when the time comes. (WarcraftDevs)

Will number of valor upgrades for 6.2.3 be the same for all regions? Last time they were different.
All regions have two upgrades. (WarcraftDevs)

are the new CMs going to have a mob count requirement or are stealth runs back in business?
Yes. Kill count requirements are necessary to prevent shenanigans, but stealth is still a useful tool. (WarcraftDevs)

Will honor and conquest points get wiped with the new season?
Yes, Conquest will be converted to Honor. All Honor over 4000 will be converted to silver at a rate of 35 silver per Honor. (WarcraftDevs)

UI / Addons
simple ui request: option to outline my character (like you can with target and mouseover). increase raid visibility of toon.
Done! A toggleable self-highlight for improved raid visibility is one of Legion's UI improvements. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
wasn't the PTR for WoW the same sort of thing? or any game, really. Never quite done adjusting and tuning things.
Raid testing on PTR was fairly good data because those teams had an incentive to try hard. PTR PvP feedback was never good data. (OccupyGStreet)

Still weird for me to see the WoW panel without Stockton, Chilton, Metzen or Ghostcrawler
I think it's great that they're letting some of the other team heroes get some face time. (OccupyGStreet)

I'm sad they didn't announce any additions to the Black Market, how do you feel about the system? I hope for Naxx-40 weapons
I loved the black market. It was something I worked on personally at a time when it was hard to keep my hand dirty implementing. (OccupyGStreet)

Man I miss the class design in WoW when you were around, it was absolutely amazing has gone so down hill. RIP arms warrior
I am excited that the team seems to be doing bold things with class design for Legion. We shall see. (OccupyGStreet)
Arms got butchered. Friend is unhappy about Hunter. She is SV currently, and they're straight up removing it.
So it's cool to see them trying to excite players with bold innovation, even if it's too bold for some players. (OccupyGStreet)
I only forgave you last week for removing perma tree form in Cata.
I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but is the druid fantasy a shapeshifter or an alt form class? (OccupyGStreet)
Clarifying, do you mean should it shape-shift across all it's forms vs. stick to just one per spec, or?
That's right. It was clear that players had different opinions and was difficult to deliver on a design that met both. (OccupyGStreet)

Poll - Main Class in Legion
We are checking in again now that we know more about Legion class changes!

Dark Legacy Comics #512
DLC #512 came out last week during Blizzcon madness!

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