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by Published on 2015-09-16 08:53 AM

Rank #1 Barbarian Clear, Zero Crit Shenlong's Monk

Dragon Decks! Sigma's Dragon Priest, Seraph's Dragon Shaman, xBAcex's Dragon Warrior

Judgement Uther Available, Rexxar Builds and Bugs, Misha Control Tips and More

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - September 15
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • Shadowfel Burst no longer requires line-of-sight to deal damage or knock players up into the air.

PvP
Ashran
  • Players on a multi-passenger mount flying into Ashran should now be placed into the correct phase.
Mercenary Mode
  • Mages that fought for the opposite faction as a mercenary should no longer incorrectly retain the ability to use the opposing faction's teleport spells afterwards.

Achievements
  • Heirloom Hoarder - Fixed an issue where players were not receiving the Chauffeured Chopper after completing the achievement, Heirloom Hoarder.

Patch 6.2.2a Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an animation issue with Bladestorm that affected Dwarf Warriors.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some Archaeology dig sites to take on an odd shape and prevented them from being completed.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Like how the emerald drake made sense? If it's via achievement, it really doesn't need any context.
.I'd argue that while this is true, it's so cool and iconic that efforts should be made to make it fit a story/event. (Muffinus)
Makes perfect sense for a TIMEWALKING mount. Complete all time walking dungeons or something.
TW is a good vehicle, but I think you could do more, eg hidden infinite rares in TW dung's up to no good. (Muffinus)

Poll - Archaeology Leveling
Please exclude any leveling you did from the fragments gathered from the mine or missions!


Overwatch - New Heroes Teased
Blizzard teased two new heroes today! The full details are on Overpwn.

by Published on 2015-09-15 06:09 AM

Malthael Cosplay from LBCC 2015, Thrill Conquest Builds, Jaetch's DB Farming Wizard

Deck Spotlight: Kibler's ATLC Dragon Priest, EU Road to BlizzCon Trailer

Ranked Play Leaderboards, Rotation for Sept. 15, 2015, Shop Sales, Into the Nexus #66

Armory Stats - Flying Achievements
With flying finally here, we are checking back in to see how players are doing on unlocking flight. You can see the numbers from last month here.

The sample used today is 1.8 million players (not characters) that have logged in since August 15th. Only level 100 characters are included in the data. Characters are grouped by player, so no matter how many characters a player has, they only count once.

We included the 200 Treasures achievement just for comparison purposes, only 100 is required for Master Treasure Hunter, which is required for Draenor Pathfinder.

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Name Points Percent Category
Expert Treasure Hunter Discover 50 treasures of Draenor (excluding Tanaan Jungle).
10
59.49%
Draenor
Master Treasure Hunter Discover 100 treasures of Draenor (excluding Tanaan Jungle).
10
44.15%
Draenor
Grand Treasure Hunter Discover 200 treasures of Draenor (excluding Tanaan Jungle).
10
10.32%
Draenor
Loremaster of Draenor Complete the Draenor quest achievements listed below.
10
57.61%
Draenor
Explore Draenor Explore the regions of Draenor.
25
45.50%
Exploration
Securing Draenor Complete the Draenor bonus objectives listed below.
10
34.98%
Draenor
Tanaan Diplomat Earn Revered reputation with all three factions in Tanaan Jungle.
1031.99%Draenor
Draenor Pathfinder Complete the Draenor achievements listed below:
2528.67%Draenor


Arena Queue Length Issue Update
The long arena queue problem may be solved soon!



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Funny how and are ignoring #RavenholdtOrRiot Almost as if they know they're wrong but are too stubborn to change.
Appreciate feedback, and hear you, please try to keep your comments positive, and wait until full reveals. (Muffinus)

Why was the drop rate of Val'anyr fragments lowered so much?
It hasn’t been touched in years (if ever) – sounds like bad luck. (WarcraftDevs)

Last LK Timewalking cache for me was Heroic, this time it was Normal. What gives? I've only done more H kills since then?
Maybe you’re thinking of the Draenor dungeon holiday? Timewalking gives a Normal cache; Draenor Mythics a Heroic one. (WarcraftDevs)

Poll - Flying Unlock Knowledge
If you are reading this news post, it is likely that you knew how to unlock flying. We are curious if you had any players in your guild that didn't know how to unlock flying.


DLC #504 - Heir
DLC #504 has been released.

by Published on 2015-09-13 07:33 PM

Hardcore Builds Highlight - Crusader / Barbarian / Wizard, DH's Perspective on Speed GRs

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, ATLC Jeoparino VoD, Archon Team League

Bot Reports and Bans, Lunar Tiger Removal, Heroes of the Storm WTF Moments #14

Starcraft II - Legacy of the Void Cinematic
Blizzard announced that Legacy of the Void will release November 10, 2015 along with the new cinematic today!



Artcraft Updates
We might get a followup to the old Cosmetic Class Accessories artcraft at some point in the future. They were originally described as ways to customize your character, rewarded through many different gameplay activities. Keep in mind that a somewhat similar system is coming with spec specific Artifact Weapons with multiple skins.



Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
No reason to exchange words, because we will most likely never meet ingame again. Thoughts?
The Finders were supposed to be for when your friends weren't available, not as a way to experience an MMO solo. (OccupyGStreet)
But the awesome convenience of quick matchmaking means why wait for friends? League has the same problem. (OccupyGStreet)

I think the game design philosophy changed to: Leveling = solo, PvP/Endgame = groups.
I remember in vanilla having to ask friends to help for the Plagueland cauldron quests and a few others. (OccupyGStreet)
But I think it's fair that a lot of people just abandoned the group quests even when they capped off a story. (OccupyGStreet)



Poll - Main Class in Legion
Now that you have had time to process the Demon Hunter excitement, what class will your main be in Legion?

by Published on 2015-09-12 10:32 AM

Hellfire Amulet Fix, Entrance Monsters Bug, Moldran Legendary Reforge

Archon Team League Championships Grand Finals, Card Design Competition - Vanilla Extract

Bot Reports and Bans, Lunar Tiger Removal, Heroes of the Storm WTF Moments #14

Ko'ragh Solo Kill
Wannoob has managed a solo kill of Normal Ko'ragh. It took over 100 attempts and an item level of 713 to get the kill. You can see more details in the video description.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Timewalking
is Ironbound Wraithcharger a WoD exclusive? or will it be obtainable a long while from now? should i be rushing to get asap?
The Timewalking rewards aren’t tied to this expansion – no need to rush! (WarcraftDevs)

Game Design
could either of you clarify the difference between creative and technical design from your perspectives?
Good question. I can't fit a good answer in a twitter post, so I wrote a quick blog on it: https://t.co/sao6zGnWPk (craig_amai)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
but why did so many feel the need to server transfer? Cause playerbase dropped with cata overtuning. Servers healthy in wotlk
Not my recollection. In NA, PvP players move to Tich and raiders to Mal'ganis. That's where the action was. (OccupyGStreet)
In my memory, my server still had an identity (i.e. I knew individual players) in BC but not beyond. YMMV. (OccupyGStreet)

Were you consulted on things that had a dollar or pound/euro value behind them like server transfers, you know what I mean.
Yes. (OccupyGStreet)



Road to BlizzCon – Watch the Americas Regionals Live September 12–13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Eight teams have qualified for the 2015 World of Warcraft Arena Americas Regionals tournament—one from Latin America, one from Australia and New Zealand, and six from North America. On September 12 and 13, three of those teams will advance to the WoW Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2015 . . . and five will be heading back home.

You’ll be able to watch the carnage unfold live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft on September 12 and 13 at 12 p.m. PT—but in the meantime, let’s meet the contenders who’ve risen through the ranks over the past few months.

The Teams

Method
Under their original moniker "Is Butter a Carb," this was the first North American team to qualify, beating out Luminosity in the Grand Finals of the first North American Online Qualifier Cup back in July. Since then, the group has reunited under the Method banner to prove that their run in Cup 1 was no coincidence and that they deserve a spot in the World Championships at BlizzCon.
  • Team Captain: Chanimal – Affliction/Demonology Warlock
  • Gorecki – Restoration Shaman, Balance Druid, Beast Mastery Hunter, Affliction Warlock
  • Rositajonez – Frost Mage
  • Psytrix – Holy Paladin

Juveniles
This team claimed victory under the name "Rise of le Sock" in the second North American Online Qualifier Cup, and eliminated many well-known players to get here. As the only team in the Regionals with only three players on their roster—and only one playable composition—they must prove that numbers don’t make might if they want to advance to BlizzCon.
  • Team Captain: Roastyz – Subtlety Rogue
  • Wealthysockx – Frost Mage
  • Kubzy – Restoration Druid

Tempo Storm
The name Tempo Storm has inspired fear in opponents in many eSports events, and the World of Warcraft Arena is no different. Tempo Storm has proven time and again that they’re a force to be reckoned with in online tournaments, but can they hold up under pressure at the Americas Regionals?
  • Team Captain: Elite – Holy Paladin
  • Pikaboo – Subtlety Rogue, Arms Warrior
  • Jahmilli – Frost Mage, Subtlety/Combat Rogue, Shadow Priest, Enhancement Shaman
  • Starship – Restoration Druid, Survival/Beast Mastery Hunter

Luminosity
Luminosity had a very competitive showing in NA Online Qualifier Cups 1 and 2, but it wasn’t until Cup 3 that they secured their position at Regionals. Now they’re out to prove that those defeats were merely a setback and that they’re destined for the Arena stage at BlizzCon.
  • Team Captain: Vanguards – Enhancement Shaman, Retribution Paladin, Mistweaver Monk
  • Maldiva – Affliction Warlock
  • Smexxin – Arms/Fury Warrior
  • Dannycarry – Restoration Druid, Mistweaver Monk

Dream Deferred
In the third NA Online Qualifier Cup, this team (previously named "World of Warcats") showed just how much of a threat they can be right out of the gates, scoring two wins in under 60 seconds. Are the other teams prepared for Dream Deferred’s opening onslaught?
  • Team Captain: Blackjeff – Frost/Unholy Death Knight
  • Beatsbydrake – Affliction/Demonology Warlock
  • Sychzy – Feral Druid
  • Vincentwong – Holy Paladin

FolloweSports.com
Formerly known as "Carlos’ Bandidos", this team fought to the bitter end to secure their spot, beating out Dream Team 3–2 in the third-place match at NA Online Cup 3. They’re going to need to keep that same determination and tenacity to fight through the other teams in the Americas Regionals.
  • Team Captain: Absterge – Restoration Shaman
  • Jellybeans – Beast Mastery Hunter
  • Vosil – Affliction/Demonology Warlock
  • Walterbare – Feral Druid

Hype
Hype (previously "Bang Bang AU") emerged victorious as the winners of the Australia & New Zealand qualifying tournament in July. Although these players are relatively unknown, they had an extremely solid showing in the qualifiers. How will they stack up against the best teams from the Americas?
  • Team Captain: Nyz – Unholy Death Knight
  • Oyx – Arms Warrior
  • Ymcmshred – Restoration Druid
  • Creepinbrah – Restoration Druid

Santos Dexterity
Santos Dexterity, originally known as "This is Brasil", dominated the Copa America, winning four out of five play days and not dropping a single game in the finals stage. Consistency was the name of their game, as they won every single game with their preferred composition of Enhancement Shaman, Affliction Warlock, and Restoration Druid.
  • Team Captain: Rynd – Restoration Druid, Restoration Shaman, Holy Paladin
  • Shapis – Affliction Warlock
  • Murmindz – Enhancement Shaman, Shadow Priest
  • Xadin – Arms Warrior

The Prizes
The teams at the Americas Regionals will be competing for their share of a massive $100,000 prize pool—the largest of any regional event in World of Warcraft history. Every team will receive a portion of that money, but the amount increases dramatically the further the teams advance through the tournament.
  • 1st place team: $50,000
  • 2nd place team: $20,000
  • 3rd place team: $10,000
  • 4th place team: $8,000
  • 5th–6th place teams: $4,000
  • 7th–8th place teams: $2,000

Of course, that’s not the only prize at stake. The top three teams will also advance to the WoW Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2015, where they’ll join five more teams from around the world to compete for $250,000 in prize money.

The Event
The World of Warcraft Arena Americas Regionals will be broadcast live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft starting at 12 p.m. PT on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. You won’t want to miss a second of the action.

Of course, an epic event needs an epic crew, and we’re pulling out all the stops with a collection of some of the best shoutcasters and analysts in the World of Warcraft Arena scene:
  • Sid ’Supatease’ Compston
  • Elliott ‘Venruki’ Venczel
  • Jared ‘vhell’ Coulston
  • Josh ‘Lore’ Allen
  • Jackson ‘Bajheera’ Bliton

These guys will be talking spectators through every match, ensuring that you don’t miss any of the high-level strategic play we know we can expect from these amazing teams. We’ll see you there!

3D Printed Weapon - Blackhand's Hammer
Ceravyn shared a 3D Printer Blackhand's Hammer, similar to The Black Hand's model.


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