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by Published on 2015-12-15 12:37 PM

PTR Updated Patch Notes - Dec 15th

Top Decks of the Week, Winter Unveiling Competition Results, So You Think You Can Cast?

Lunara Spotlight Released, Top 5 Lunara Facts

Jeff Kaplan on Platform Separation, Mercy & More - Quality of Life Updates, Healing of Shields Experiment

Legion - Artifact Weapon Previews
Today we have the Shadow Priest Artifacts Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire and Secrets of the Void.

Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes - Dec 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Talents
    • Faerie Swarm's movement reduction effect should now be able to be correctly dispelled by abilities that remove magical debuffs.

  • Gear above item level 725 is no longer scaled down within Ashran.

Character Boost
  • Starting armor should now have dual primary stats for characters that utilize a Level 100 Character Boost.

Alpha Realm Maintenance - 12/14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As some of you may have noticed, the Alpha realms have been shut down for maintenance in order to deploy a new alpha build. We are currently expecting the realms to be available sometime tomorrow. I'll update this post tomorrow when we have a clearer ETA. Thank you for your patience.

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 do you say to the ol' 10m guilds that couldn't (or wouldn't)recruit 10 more for Mythic and are calling for 10m 2 return?
I was in a 40-person guild, and we had to tell some folks they likely wouldn't be raiding much. (OccupyGStreet)
My point is, it's hard to give everyone the precise experience they are looking for. But that doesn't make it easier on them. (OccupyGStreet)

Love Undercity and the ruins of Lordaeron above and Varimathras, Any cool cities that were scrapped?
As a lover of all things Underdark, I lament that Azjol was reduced to only a couple of dungeons. Maybe someday? (OccupyGStreet)

I grew up playing all the "classic" RTS games of the late 90s/early 00's (AoE, C&C, Starcraft, Warcraft etc.) I have a lot of nostalgia for the genre and I feel like a lot of other people do too. What do you think classic RTS could do, if anything, to make a comeback?
I think you have to ooze charm. I'll mention Age of Empires, not because I think it's the best RTS in every aspect, but it did a great job with the charm that hooked people in...

The fishing villagers carried a giant, flopping fish.
The big cats would sometimes hunt down the gazelle.
It was fun to place the walls around your town.
The priest said Wololo.

Songs of Azeroth
AFK [email protected] has released a video celebrating the 10th anniversary of WoW Taiwan. You may remember their work from their Blizzcon 2013 winning entry.

by Published on 2015-12-14 10:41 AM

PTR Patch Datamined, Patch 2.4 Preview: Greyhollow Island, Scheduled Maintenance

Lunara Before End of Year, Rejected Cho'Gall Skins Comic, WTF Moments #28

Legion - Storm Dragon Mount
The Storm Dragon mount is one of the new mount models added in Legion. There isn't an entry in the mount journal yet, so we don't know the source.

Legion - Artifact Weapon Previews
Today we are looking at the Windwalker Monk Artifacts: A'buraq and Ra'eid.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
How will glyphs that don't alter spells be handled? (i.e. priest glyph of angels)
Things like Confession, Treant Form, Illusion likely learned from tomes. Angels likely triggered by a certain spell. (WarcraftDevs)

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Will DH's GCD be 1 sec or 1.5 sec? Also are there any plans to alter any other classes GCD?
1.5 second base, reduced by haste (similar to most other non-energy melee). (WarcraftDevs)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
holy paladin in legion raiding, stand in melee? Or back with range? Or bounce between the two groups?
Depends on the fight. Sometimes Holy Paladins will prefer to stand with ranged, sometimes with whomever they're healing. (WarcraftDevs)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Any chance Pistol Shot for Outlaws might see unique animation/unique gun? Gret concept let down by a Vanilla Blunderbuss model
The current art for Pistol Shot in the Legion Alpha is temporary. It will have a new gun and animation. (WarcraftDevs)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
So will aff/destro locks have any form of burst cooldowns other than summon Doomguard/Infernal since dark soul is gone?
There are a few talents that improve burst, and the Doomguard/Infernal are being buffed to deal significantly more damage. (WarcraftDevs)

Artifact Wepaons
Will our artifacts be able to unlock additional relic slots at some point?
Artifacts start with 2 relic slots and unlock a 3rd shortly after reaching 110. We're not planning any additional slots. (WarcraftDevs)

does this mean tank specs will be viable in PvP also?
We're looking into ways to make tanks fun - both to play as, and to play against - in PvP. It's a tough challenge. (WarcraftDevs)

why not just make racials unavailable for pvp?
We feel racials are an important part of what defines your character, and should come into PvP with you. (WarcraftDevs)

Mr.Koask could you please clear the situation with Vol'Jin? You said he is warchief and in quests it's Sylvanas! what happened?
If you're checking out the alpha, you're only getting part of the story, none of the intro, and none of the cinematics. Yet! (DaveKosak)

Rumor from alpha is clothies can unlock cloth transmog but plate cannot. Intended behavior?
Intended. Plate wearers unlock plate, mail wearers unlock mail, etc. Weapons must be equippable by that character. (WarcraftDevs)

If I unlocked the CM armor during MOP on one warlock, if I make another will I be able to XMOG it on him with the new system?
Yep! Any characters of the same class will be able to wear the Challenge Mode sets if you've unlocked them. (WarcraftDevs)
Can we discuss that "Weapons must be equippable" thing for staves/polearms?
I refuse to discuss polearms after "the incident". (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I see. I was watching some legion alpha streams and artifact stuff looks promising, can't wait to test/play it.
I agree. Looks cool. Shades of Paths of the Titans, down to titan names. (OccupyGStreet)

How do you keep your team motivated when deadlines loom and setbacks start to/have happened? How do you boost morale?
One of the best things for morale is shipping things and seeing it in the hands of players / customers. (OccupyGStreet)
Newbie managers sometimes focus too much on individual feelings during a time of crisis. (OccupyGStreet)
When actually your team may thank you later for being decisive when Shit Gets Real. (OccupyGStreet)
You can focus on the softer aspects of team morale when you have more bandwidth and fewer deadlines looming. (OccupyGStreet)

Hey, GC, how hard is it to take a wow boss mechanic, like Shadow Crash, and make it a player ability? Is it technically hard?
If it's tied to the room geometry (target this x,y coordinate) then it can be hard. A lot of class abilities started with bosses. (OccupyGStreet)

I understand, do u think redesigning classes every xpac is a good idea? I despise having to relearn the specs I play esp. 1/2
I like class change. I was sad in WoD when the direction was minimal change. But having to relearn is the big risk. (OccupyGStreet)

what is a Devs definition of "Balance" equal everything or as close as balanceable?
Depends on devs and projects. Usually it's something like decisions of what / how to play aren't driven by raw power. (OccupyGStreet)

Systems designers distinguish between "balanced" and "balanceable" and focus more on the latter since it's a lot harder. (OccupyGStreet)
how do unbalanceable things form? i.e. by what general mechanism does a system/mechanic become unbalanceable?
Things are balanceable if they have tuning knobs. A switch with on/off lacks tuning knobs. (OccupyGStreet)
An ability that is "kill next target" doesn't scale with target health or power, so you lack an ability to tune it. (OccupyGStreet)

like why make it balancable if you don't then use that work to try achieve balance.
Totally. Balance is the end goal and the most important in the end. We just talk about the hard part which is balanceable. (OccupyGStreet)
Sadly, what isn't balance-able is community perception. Once they believe something is bad, it's hard to change that view.
That's true, but players don't owe use endlessly trying something to see if it's finally fixed yet. (OccupyGStreet)

Dark Legacy Comics #517
DLC #517 has been released.

by Published on 2015-12-12 02:56 PM

New PTR Patch datamined! - Patch 2.4 December 11th

Sigma's Wing 4 Card Analysis - The League of Explorers

Winter Veil Announced, Towers and Scaling, Gazlowe Updates, First Season & More

Jeff Kaplan Overwatch Dev Interview - Progression System When Beta Returns, Monetization, Ranked

Legion - Artifact Weapon Previews
Today we are going back to finish up some more of the Artifact weapon previews, starting with Blood Death Knight and Marksmanship Hunter. The Hunter weapon goes nicely with the Hunter tier sets.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Any chance we will see a better prot warrior soloing in legion? Gladiator Stance was awesome, and I'm sad to see it go.
All tanks will be excellent at solo play in Legion, and deal respectable damage on top of their great survivability. (WarcraftDevs)

What's the intended route for tanks and healers leveling? Grab their artifact then level dps?
Nope! Tanking and Healing specializations are being adjusted to be suitable for leveling as well. (WarcraftDevs)

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Any word yet if Demon Hunters will be expected to use Fel Rush rotationally in raids for aoe damage? Could create problems tbh
We're currently experimenting with a few different options. Possibly only part of sustained AoE via a talent. Feedback welcome! (WarcraftDevs)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Please do not remove presences. They serve a key role in giving DKs choices in combat, and is a big utility they will miss
We can provide even better ways to make the same defensive choices in combat, and ensure DKs provide enough utility. (WarcraftDevs)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Any plans to Look at maybe tuning down Savage Roar to ensure the rest of the Feral 100 tier isn't overshadowed by it?
Yes. We're still experimenting with exactly where Savage Roar will go in the talent grid, and will tune accordingly. (WarcraftDevs)

I love tree of life form but not the talent, any minor glyphs in the works for treant form model swap or something?
Treant form is sticking around, though it may be via a spell you learn instead of a glyph. (WarcraftDevs)

Affinity: as a Guardian with Affinity Owl switching to Owl, can I be targeted by bossabilities only affecting ranged DDs?
None of the Affinities will change the targeting rules that affect you. (WarcraftDevs)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Hey boss can we get clarification? Will ALL Mech pets be difficult to tame, or just the "Rare" ones Inquireing Gnomes want to know
Currently there are only a few that arent hidden away, we will see how that plays out. (Muffinus)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Invisibility pruned from Mages in #Legion? If yes, why? (Epecially in light of the Arcane PvP talent).
Nope, Invisibility is sticking around. Arcane even gets Greater Invisibility baseline. (WarcraftDevs)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
can outlaw rogues get cheap shot back? playing my rogue in legion alpha feels really terrible without it as an opener
CC is being reduced across the board. Outlaws focus on in-combat CC. Instead of Cheap Shot, they use Bribe, Blind, and Gouge. (WarcraftDevs)

Character / Items
. Is there any chance of reverting the mount size cap? Even a small one? If the answer is NO then just tell me I'm wasting my time
It was partially reverted in 6.2.3 i think? To allow you to still be like 50% bigger. Don't quote me on that number. (Muffinus)

Any chance we can see crystallized fel being purchasable for all the excess valor that we all have now? 40weeks for 2 rings
That's an interesting idea. Thanks for the suggestion! (WarcraftDevs)

please tell me augment runes are a thing of the past
We haven't made a final decision yet, but we think they worked well as a luxury consumable and market commodity. (WarcraftDevs)

Has there been a time skip between WoD and Legion? DH says BC was 10 years ago, but Wrath was only 4 years ago?
The Demon hunters in beta have a /silly joke line that shouldn't be taken as canon, if that's what you mean. (DaveKosak)
They also say mention being imprisoned for 10 years in some of the quest text though?
Quest name? (DaveKosak)

UI / Addons
will the new transmog system come with the prelaunch event or at launch of Legion?
In general, systems and UI improvements are tied to the pre-launch patch. (WarcraftDevs)

Heroes of the Storm - Cho'gall Advertisement
Heroes has a new ad for Cho'gall!

Overwatch - Progression System
Overpwn has some details on how the new progression system is going to work in Overwatch.

by Published on 2015-12-11 11:30 AM

New PTR Patch datamined! - Patch 2.4 December 11th

League of Explorers: The Hall of Explorers Boss Guides - Skelesaurus Hex, The Steel Sentinel, Rafaam

Enter The Storm Play-Offs, Epic Plays of the Week #56, Town Hall Heroes Ep. 89

Legion - Paladin Tier 19 Armor Set
Today we are taking a look at the Paladin Tier 19 armor set. The normal version doesn't appear to have a helm yet.

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

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
is it intended for other classes to be able to enter the rogue order hall?
No, that's just an Alpha issue. (WarcraftDevs)

Is the Garona in the Rogues Class hall the original timeline Garona? Or the Garona that became our follower?
This is the original timeline's Garona. (WarcraftDevs)

have a question about teleport items and northrend. Will Dalaran still exist there for porting. IE ring of Kirin Tor/Locket.
The items given out in Northrend will continue to send you to the Northrend version of Dalaran. (WarcraftDevs)

Ion, thought you might want to know that Apocalypse's flavor text is wrong. You guys meant sow and not sew, right?
Hey, it's been known to crochet some seriously violent tapestries in its day. (Ok, ok....) (WatcherDev)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
are you a little bored at your current job? Honest question, not trolling. It seems you had your hands full at Blizz
At Blizzard, I did some actual implementation work, fixed bugs and so on. I never have time for that any more, which is a bit sad. (OccupyGStreet)

Any of you guys ever used calculus as part of a game design project? (OccupyGStreet)
I recall a couple instances of calc, but it's super rare. Not necessary, IMO. (Celestalon)
I have a math degree and I rarely use calc, why don't we teach stats in HS...
I would support teaching stats not calculus in HS! Where do I sign? (OccupyGStreet)

I remember doing differential equations on my design test. (hwoome)
I certainly didn't ask them! (OccupyGStreet)
Haha. It was the question about ArPen. I really just used it as an excuse. (hwoome)

Final Boss - Balance and Shadow Spec Overviews
Another two spec overviews are up!

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