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by Published on 2015-12-10 09:46 AM

Wyatt on Large Skill Bonuses, Kanai's Cube Indicator, More Set Dungeon Guides

League of Explorers Wing 4 Launches Tomorrow - Boss Info & New Cards, Winter Unveiling Finalist Voting

Ranked Play November Leaderboards, Carbot Recruit a Friend

Legion - Hunter Tier 19 Armor Set
Today we are taking a look at one of the armor sets we haven't previewed at all yet, Hunter Tier 19. It shares some elements of Sylvanas Windrunner's armor design.

Legion - Retribution Paladin Artifact Intro
This intro has the most complete voice acting so far. It also contains some story spoilers!

Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes - Dec 9
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World Environment
Shadowmoon Valley

Raids and Dungeons

  • A number of Tournament Gladiator items should now correctly scale up to item level 740 while in a Wargame.

  • Black Market Auction House should now have a chance to offer items from Warlords Season 3 instead of Season 2.
  • Ironpelt Armor's 4-piece set bonus should now work correctly for Balance Druids.

  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Ghostly Speed should no longer cause Ghost Wolf to not work correctly while in a Battleground or Arena.

Legion Alpha - Voice Acting
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
VO work is ongoing! I can't say to the extent that is remaining, but we're definitely not at 100% yet.

As VO comes in, feel free to enter bug reports for things like the following:

  • Sound files that cut each other off during a back and forth conversation (sometimes we get the duration wrong so it'll become a shouting match)
  • Sound files that don't match the written text
  • Sound files that can't be heard from a reasonable distance

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Could the ability be Strike of the Windlord since the weapon lore says Al'akir imbued the weapon with his power?
Good call. We'll address this. (craig_amai)

with the removal of honor in Legion, will we be able to purchase old pvp armor for transmog with gold?
That's one option we're considering, but haven't made a final decision yet. Rest assured, they'll be available somehow. (WarcraftDevs)

any plans for gladiator mounts and titles to finally become account wide? Only seems fair with all the account wide pve stuff.
No such plans, no. (WarcraftDevs)

Will item level matter regarding stats in low level PvP?
Yes, in a similar manner to max-level PvP. The stat difference will be considerably smaller. (WarcraftDevs)

As a major transmogrification and PvP enthusiast, will there still be "Elite" transmogable gear for PvP in Legion?
Gear awarded at higher rating will continue to have the "Elite" designation and appearance. (WarcraftDevs)

will pvp tabards be account wide with the new transmog system?
We have no plans to change how the PvP tabards are bound. (WarcraftDevs)

Sorry if this is a repeat: all items from completed quests are auto-added to wardrobe. Does this include Draenor treasures?
You will get credit for any one-time treasures in the same manner as a quest. (WarcraftDevs)

Final Boss - Retribution, Mistweaver, and Windwalker Overviews
More spec overviews are up!

by Published on 2015-12-09 01:45 AM

Technical Patch 2.3.0b, Patch 2.4 Transmog Showcase

Designer Insights: Ben Brode on Basic Cards & Power Creep

New Patch Datamined - Recruit a Friend, Rotation for Dec. 8, Patch Notes, Talent Gating Bug

Developer Update - New Maps & Heroes to be Free, Interface Options, End of Game Cards

Legion - Human Racial Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In the next version of the Legion Alpha, we’re adjusting the Human racial ‘Every Man for Himself’ to only remove stun effects. The racial will share a 30 second cooldown with other similar effects.

Due to the changes to PvP gear and the introduction of PvP talents in Legion, the Warlords of Draenor implementation of Every Man for Himself no longer makes sense. So instead, we’re trying out an implementation that functions similar to Will of the Forsaken. It will only break Stun effects, but won’t trigger the full 2-minute cooldown on your Gladiator’s Medallion ability (which is the Legion version of the current Medallion trinkets).

As always, this change isn't final, and we’re looking for feedback from testers once they’ve had some time with it. Please feel free to share your initial thoughts on this here, and for Alpha testers, take your feedback to the Alpha general discussion forum.

Legion - Black Rook Hold Preview
Black Rook Hold is a max level dungeon located in Val'sharah.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
The Amalgam of Souls
Immense soul energy was released when Gul'dan conducted the ritual to sever Illidan's soul from his body at Black Rook Hold. This energy brought the souls of the Ravencrest clan back to their ancestral home - and residual soul energy has merged them into a massive monstrosity.

  • Overview - The Amalgam of Souls battles players until reaching 50% health, at which point it ruptures, splitting into the tortured souls of the Ravencrest ancestors.
    • Damage Dealers -
    • Healer -
    • Tank -
      • Move out of the way of Reap Soul to avoid heavy damage.
      • After the Amalgam splits, Staellis Rivermoor will need to be tanked.
  • Stage 1: The Amalgam of Souls -
    • Reap Soul - Cuts targets in front of the Amalgamation to their very soul, inflicting 1,560,000 Shadow damage and increasing damage taken by 20% for 30 sec.
    • Swirling Scythe - Throws a scythe towards a player, inflicting 455,000 Physical damage and knocking back any players it comes into contact with.
    • Soul Echoes - Fragments a players soul, causing them to leave behind soul echoes. These echoes detonate inflicting 286,000 Shadow damage to nearby players.
  • Stage 2: The Call of Souls -
    • Call Souls - Lures the restless souls in the Ravencrest crypts towards the Amalgamation of Souls. If they reach him, they will grant him Soulgorge.
      • Soulgorge - The Amalgam absorbs a soul, destroying it and increasing the damage inflicted by Soul Burst by 50%.
    • Soul Burst - The Amalgam of Souls bursts, inflicting 390,000 Shadow damage to all players and releasing the most powerful spirits of Lord Ravencrest's ancestors.

Illysanna Ravencrest
The daughter of Lord Ravencrest, imprisoned for millinea in the Vault of the Wardens shortly after the War of Ancients, found herself free after Maiev released the demon hunters from their prison. Returning to her ancestral home, she has sacrificed everything - including her very soul - to defend what she could not during the War of the Ancients.

  • Overview - Ilyssana fights players on the ground as her Fury bar builds. When it fills, she leaps into the air and unleashes deadly eye beams as she calls her risen guards to dispatch the party. Each eye beam partially depletes her Fury, and when she can no longer use eye beams to attack the party, she lands, re-engaging on the ground.
  • Stage 1: Vengeance -
    • Vengeful Shear - A deadly attack shears the target, inflicting 1,755,000 Physical damage. Additionally, increases damage taken by 100% for 25 sec if the target is not using active mitigation.
      This effect stacks.
    • Dark Rush - Illysanna fixes her gaze on players. After a short time she dashes between them, inflicting 0 Physical damage and leaving a Blazing Trail in her wake.
    • Brutal Glaive - Inflicts 195,000 Physical damage immediately, and 91,000 Physical damage every 2 sec. for 30 sec to a targeted player, bouncing to any other nearby players.
  • Stage 2: Fury -
    • Eye Beams - Fires a beam of fel power that follows a player, leaving behind patches of Felblazed Ground.
      • Felblazed Ground - Inflicts 227,000 Fire damage every 1 sec. to any players inside Felblazed Ground.
    • Risen Vanguard -
      • Bonecrushing Strike - Inflicts 273,000 Physical damage and stuns all players in a cone in front of the Vanguard for 4 sec.
    • Risen Arcanist -
      • Arcane Blitz - Inflicts 260,000 Arcane damage and increases the caster's damage done by 50% for 10 sec.
        This effect stacks.

Smashspite the Hateful
A brutal, imposing Mo'arg Lieutenant, Smashspite the Hateful led the Legion's invasion of Black Rook Hold and commanded defense of the keep from the air via his colony of felbats.

  • Overview - Smashspite engages players on the ground with heavy physical attacks, periodically calling in felbats to cover the ground in deadly Fel Vomit.
    • Tank -
      • Minimize damage taken by Smashspite's melee attacks to slow the rate at which his Brutality bar fills.
      • When Smashspite's Brutality bar fills, he will use Brutal Haymaker, inflicting heavy damage and increasing damage taken for a short time.
      • Stand between Smashspite and his target to intercept Hateful Charge if they have the debuff from intercepting an earlier charge and you don't.
    • Healer -
      • Earthshaking Stomp inflicts heavy damage to the party.
      • When Smashspite's Brutality bar fills, he will use Brutal Haymaker on the tank, inflicting heavy damage and increasing damage taken for a short time.
      • Stand between Smashspite and his target to intercept Hateful Charge if they have the debuff from intercepting an earlier charge and you don't.
    • Damage Dealers -
      • Stand between Smashspite and his target to intercept Hateful Charge if they have the debuff from intercepting an earlier charge and you don't.
  • Earthshaking Stomp - Stomps the ground, inflicting 416,000 Physical damage to all players and knocking them back.
  • Hateful Gaze - Smashspite the Hateful focuses his gaze on a target.
    Smashspite performs a Hateful Charge in the direction of the affected player when Hateful Gaze expires.
    • Hateful Charge - Impacts the first player he comes into contact with, inflicting 1,041,000 Physical damage, knocking them back, and increasing their damage taken from Hateful Charges by 100% for 60 sec.
  • Brutality - Smashspite's damaging melee attacks grant him Brutality in proportion to the damage done.
    When he reaches 100 Brutality, he will unleash a Brutal Haymaker at his current target.
    • Brutal Haymaker - Smashspite punches his current target, inflicting 1,690,000 Physical damage and increasing damage taken by 100% for 10 sec.
  • Call of the Felbat - Smashspite calls down a Felbat. The frequency of this ability increases as the encounter continues.
    • Fel Vomit - A nearby felbat marks a target, who they will vomit foul fel bile in the direction of after a short duration, creating pools of Fel Vomitus.
      • Fel Vomitus - Inflicts 358,000 Fire damage to any players who come into contact with a pool of Fel Vomitus.

Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest
Kur'talos Ravencrest, Lord of Black Rook Hold, was the commander of the Kal'dorei Resistance during the War of the Ancients until he was assassinated by Varo'then under the orders of Queen Aszhara. Millenea later, Gul'dan's foul soul magic has awoken Ravencrest's soul, and those of his ancestors, from their eternal repose. The Legion, seeking revenge, gleefully forced his soul into his body and mesmerized him, forcing him to eternally relive the horrors of the War of Ancients.

  • Overview - Ravencrest will engage the player while his advisor, Latosius, teleports around the area, attacking wih dark magic. Once Ravencrest has been reduced to 20% health, Latosius will reveal his true form - that of the dreadlord Dantallionax, and will rip Ravencrest's soul from his body. As Ravencrest calls on the souls of his ancestors to empower the party, they must defeat Dantallionax and cleanse the Legion from Black Rook Hold.
  • Stage 1: Lord of the Keep -
    • Unerring Shear - A deadly attack shears the target, inflicting 2,015,000 Physical damage and reducing their maximum health by 20%.
    • Whirling Blade - Throws a glaive at a targeted player, traveling back and forth from the position it was thrown. The glaive inflicts 487,500 Physical damage and knocks back any targets it touches.
    • Lightning Strike - Lightning periodically strikes the tower, inflicting 1,850,000 Nature damage to any targets caught in the blast. This damage affects both players and enemies.
    • Latosius -
      • Dark Blast - Inflicts 1,105,000 Shadow damage to all enemies in a line in front of the caster and knocks them back.
      • Shadow Bolt - Inflicts 162,500 Shadow damage.
  • Stage 2: Vengeance of the Ancients -
    • Legacy of the Ravencrest - Lord Ravencrest calls on the power of his ancestors to grant the party strength, increasing damage done, healing done, and health by 300%.
    • Dantalionax -
      • Stinging Swarm - Envelops the target in a swarm of stinging insects, inflicting 400,000 Physical damage every 1 sec.
        In Heroic difficulty, this effect has a chance to also stun the target for 0.5 sec when dealing damage, players can attack the swarm and must kill it to remove the effect.]
      • Cloud of Hypnosis - Creates a cloud of hypnotic gas, causing anyone who enters it to be put to sleep. Taking damage or leaving the cloud will remove the effect.
      • Dreadlord's Guile - Splits into several images, who each cast Dark Obliteration in sequence.
      • Shadow Bolt Volley - Launches a volley of shadow energy towards all players, inflicting 987,192 Shadow damage.

Legion Alpha - Adventure Map Fix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With a final data hotfix, code hotfix, and binary build deployed out, we've gotten this issue resolved and in as good of a state as we can with this server build.

That said, if you were able to bypass the map and manually went to the zones, it's possible that certain NPCs are in a different phase than your own. We're looking into this, but that's likely a problem we can't solve today. It's still worth entering bug reports for since it's a legitimate way players could get broken on live retail servers when the expansion launches.

Thanks for being patient as we go through this, we tracked down some problems with how certain files are committed to public data containers vs internal local files. This is why your Alpha/Beta/PTR testing is so important - you're playing through the game in a public client, which hits a lot of different areas that we don't see internally (ideally this is the same content, but in terms of installation/updating/streaming it's a different beast.)

Testing is terrific!

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler talks about game design and occasionally WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
1.) If you are a hardcore gamer, how do you know how to design a game for a casual audience? Or even a broad audience?
1. You need a ton of empathy and probably a lot of playtesting with casual players. (OccupyGStreet)

4.) Arent factions in mmorpgs contrary to best gameplay? As like building bgs out of mercenaries and not tauren versus gnomes
4. But factions add a lot of emotional investment. The "us vs them" drive is strong in humans. (OccupyGStreet)

5.) Why so many skinner boxes? In special in MMORPGs. Sometimes i feel like a pigeon pushing the bacon button..
5. Games are ultimately about using tools to overcome obstacles to earn rewards. The best games don't make it so obvious though. (OccupyGStreet)

6.) How could a mythic raider create a engaging LFR implementation? If he never plays it.
6. I was a mythic raider and I was largely the LFR designer. I just tried to put myself in that mind set. (OccupyGStreet)
6. You might not like LFR (and I am pretty honest about its shortcomings) but I don't think they stem from my being too hardcore (OccupyGStreet)

8.) Is the balancing concept in WoW something like "Perfect imbalance" or was the intend rock-paper-scissors-spock-lizard?
8) When I was there, it was intended to be that you have strengths and weaknesses and so does everyone else. (OccupyGStreet)
8) I can't speak to their philosophy today obviously. (OccupyGStreet)

Heroes of the Storm - Recruit a Friend
Today's Heroes patch added the Recruit a Friend system! It rewards you with a Heroes mount when you recruit 4 players that reach level 10. The friends you recruit get a 5 day stimpack and 2 free heroes. The patch brought some other updates as well, such as more free hero slots and the removal of talent gating.

by Published on 2015-12-08 12:36 PM

Technical Patch 2.3.0b, Patch 2.4 Transmog Showcase

Designer Insights: Ben Brode on Basic Cards & Power Creep

Lunara Not Coming Tomorrow, Hero Rotation Info, Weekly Sales, Heroes Old Spice Parody

Developer Update - New Maps & Heroes to be Free, Interface Options, End of Game Cards

Legion - Invasion Event
There are some pieces of the pre-expansion invasion event currently in the Alpha, but they are very much incomplete.

  • The Legion will invade several different zones of Azeroth. Right now they can be found in Tanaris, Hillsbrad, and the Wetlands.
  • Right now there are small invasions, larger invasions, and named NPCs marked on the map when you are in each of those zones.
  • There are a few quests that seem to be related, piloting a vehicle to kill Legion invaders, as well as timed kills.
  • Several of the invasion sites have a chest you can open. Currently the chest only contains a placeholder, Timeless Isle items.
  • There are also buffs you can pick up at some of the invasion sites, such as Felrune Barrier.
  • There are several scenarios that may be related to the event invasion point.

Level Name Objective
100Not Dead Yet!Use the Nitro-Electric Jumpstarter to resurrect 5 Gadgetzan Bruisers.
100Scouting ReportFind Goblin Intel from any Steamwheedle Scout in Tanaris.
100Machines of WarKill 15 Legion Invaders while piloting a vehicle during a Tanaris invasion.
100Competitive ExorciseKill 15 Burning Legion invaders in 10 minutes or less.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Scenario Steps
  • Progressive Bonus 1 - Kill 10 Orcs
  • Progressive Bonus 2 - Kill 20 Orcs
  • Progressive Bonus 3 - Kill 30 Orcs
  • Restoring Natural Order - Close the Nether Portals.
  • Temple Reliquary - Protect the Ancient Relic.
  • Lord of the Pit - Defeat Iroxus, Lord of the Pit
  • Repel the Assault - Kill demons and destroy their stuff!
  • An Endless Tide - Defeat the Demon Invaders.
  • Spire of Corruption - Find a way to enter the Spire of Corruption.
  • The Rune of Anchoring - Shatter the Rune of Anchoring.
  • Destroy the Demon Citadels - Destroy the Citadels tethering Sargeras to Azeroth!
  • Kill Invasion Commander Sindrox - Kill Invasion Commander Sindrox

Legion - Outlaw Rogue Artifact Intro
This artifact intro features a little bit of the Rogue Class Hall.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class Halls
Why should we camp _pandarian_ starting zone insead of gorgeous M.of Shado-Pan/White Tiger or Peak of Serenity? How on Earth can someone's _racial_ zone be a part of "class fantazy"? Comparing to other CHs we got a joke
It seems to be worse than garrisons, and being forced o start everyday there sounds terrible and boring like hell.
Dalaran maintains portals to and from the class halls to keep you in the action! (DaveKosak)

The worse - you are making a strong racial point here, by appointing W.I. as our CH. It's saying monks = pandas.
I'm sorry you don't like WI, lots of us were excited to feature beautiful place that all races of monks can now enjoy. (DaveKosak)

Is"Tirisgarde" (mentioned in the mage artifact quests) a synonym of the Order of Tirisfal/Tirisfalen?
New group, dedicated to fighting Legion here and now! (DaveKosak)

Winter Veil Sale - Select Pets and Mounts 50% Off
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
To celebrate Winter Veil, we’re offering holiday savings of 50% on select World of Warcraft mounts and pets. Through January 4, 2016, you can take advantage of the following deals in the Shop:

  • World of Warcraft Pets — Now $5 (Reg. $10)
  • World of Warcraft Mounts — Now $12.50 (Reg. $25)
  • *Warforged Nightmare now $15.00 (Reg. $30)

All of these pets and mounts are fully giftable. Be sure to pick them up soon, because these deals end January 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST.[/u]

Overwatch - Heroes and Map Additions to be Free
We got some updates from the Overwatch team today, with the most important being that new heroes and maps will be free, no DLC! Check out all of the details on Overpwn.

by Published on 2015-12-07 10:42 AM

Liika's Crusader Cosplay, LoN Locust WD for 2.4

Sigma's Wing 3 Card Analysis - The League of Explorers, Ben Brode on Gorillabot's Text, Win a 3D Printed Custom Card

Black Friday Sale Reminder, Heroes of the Storm WTF Moments #27

Legion - Treasure Demons
Legion adds a Treasure Demon that will start casting an Escape Portal when you engage. It appears to activate a counter that counts down as it escapes, possibly giving you more loot if you kill it faster. It drops Sanctuary Coins.

Legion - Unholy Death Knight Artifact Intro
Another Artifact intro today. This one actually has some working voice overs starting at 15:10.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We do read your tweets even if we don't respond. (holinka)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
[Legion Mage]Liking talent placement in datamined build, RoP looks cool, hope it drops at feet, CD is prolly a PH
Rune of Power changes are not complete yet. It should have 2 charges, 45sec recharge, and drop at your feet. (WarcraftDevs)

Hail May Male Nelf get more druidic long beards in the future? I'd love my DH to look like this
we're keeping track of these desires, no guarantees but they aren't falling on deaf ears (artofcgrobinson) I wouldn't even entertain this. Since WC3, Orcs have hunched. Don't cave, Chris.
.what if it was an option and not a requirement/forced change? I get the argument, hero orcs aren't hunched, cont. (artofcgrobinson)
.if we did this IMO we would need to give U the choice of which posture you feel most reps your character (artofcgrobinson)
That's, like, the perfect solution. Could the Forsaken get the same treatment?
I fundamentally feel like forsaken posture is appropriate for the character, orcs are different (artofcgrobinson)

I know the plan is to match visual color to weapon but pls consider leaving red flame on blue sword
that does look cool, will consider (artofcgrobinson)

Hey man, I love plate armor sets, was wondering if y'all could maybe use this model on newer sets
I'm pretty sure we are, those are used primarily for leather/cloth but we occasionally find a way to sneak them into plate (artofcgrobinson)

Why are Mr. Didier's quotes all through the Art of World of Warcraft book?!
Samwise started all of this with original Warcraft games, any WoW art book would be incomplete without his words (artofcgrobinson)
he also continues to contribute to WoW whenever he can - he painted the goblin and worgen crests for instance (artofcgrobinson)

Is there any way we could get a "Target only players" checkbox in controls tab for legion? (same as /targetenemyplayer macro)
Target Next Enemy Player exists in the keybinds (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
what is your view of the ability pruning going on in WoW? Are they going overboard or is it warranted to the extent used?
I'm not familiar enough to have an informed opinion. It is hard to add new abilities when bars are full. (OccupyGStreet)

Did u get legion alpha? I'm currently a happy(not) member of No-access club
I did not. I know people, but since I'm not actively playing, it seems mean to deny someone who might appreciate it more. (OccupyGStreet)

do you get alpha/beta access on the FF list since your a former dev? always wondered about that.
I rarely ever get early access as a courtesy. Often other devs are the last people you want seeing your unfinished game. (OccupyGStreet)
Ah that's an interesting thought thinking about it, did you go to blizzcon this year btw? If not, do you plan on going again?
I didn't go this year. I had hoped to but it didn't feel right. Maybe next year. (OccupyGStreet)
It's for Blizzard, not me, and I worry about the way it would come across, like who does he think he is? (OccupyGStreet)

Do you ever think that the events of Wrath were a bit too soon? I, personally, feel like that was the big finish.
It was interesting how many players considered that the end of the story. (OccupyGStreet)
I always considered the story to be orcs vs humans, since those were the original two RTS games. Shrug. (OccupyGStreet)
It probs comes from the majority of players being active from WC3 to Wrath but I feel the corrupted hero story resounds more
Even before I was at Blizzard, I always said: if in doubt, make the hero become corrupted (Arthas, Kerrigan, Diablo...) (OccupyGStreet)

Computers - Setup of the Month
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale. No new hardware that is worth waiting for is expected anytime soon.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 6700K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date. Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $114ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $140
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $23Cyborg V.5 - $58
MouseLogitech G402 - $45Razer DeathAdder - $40
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $32Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $35
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell U2414H Monitor - $217Dell U2715H Monitor - $430
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $109Corsair Vengeance K70 - $130
MouseLogitech G502 - $65Razer Naga 2014 - $73
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $75

Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $45NZXT Source 210 - $45
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $40EVGA 600B - $40
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $90AMD FX-8320 - $143
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $21Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $21
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $94ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $153
MemoryKingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1866 - $418GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $50
Graphics CardASUS R7 370 - $125R9 270X / GTX 960 - $200 / $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $69Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $69
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$570$701 - 730

Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $69Corsair Air 540 - $120
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W - $90EVGA G2 650W - $90
CPUIntel 6600K - $313Intel 6600K - $313
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $55Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80
MotherboardASUS Z170-A - $159ASUS Z170-A - $159
Memory8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 - $5316GB Kingston HyperX FURY Black - $97
Graphics CardMSI R9 380 - $170Gigabyte R9 390 OR GTX 970 - $290 / 320
Hard DriveWestern Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $117Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $117
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $85
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $78
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $110
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $140
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1171 - 1223$1414 - 1466

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