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by Published on 2015-05-31 11:32 PM

Update (3:00 PM EDT): Celestalon made a post about Shadow Priests, his first post in 7 months.

Solo vs. Group Play, PYWT: “Stone Age” Barbarian

Popular Decks of the Week, Viagame House Cup Finals + Decklists

Dustin Browder Tweets Round-Up, Madeon at the Launch Event, Plays of the Week Wombo Combo

Armory Stats - Blackrock Foundry Progression
Today we are taking a look at the Blackrock Foundry progression of players in each difficulty. Now that achievements are account wide, we can group characters by account and get an idea of what percentage of players (not characters) have defeated a boss on each difficulty at least once, based on progression data.

The data used today is a sample made up of 2.1 million accounts, with at least one character active after April 1. The sample is slightly biased, as players who are not in a guild are much less likely to appear in our sample.

The second chart uses the number of players that killed Gruul in each difficulty (except Mythic, which uses Beastlord) as the base of participating players for that difficulty. Each difficulty can be toggled on and off by clicking the name in the legend.

We looked at Siege of Orgrimmar stats in January 2014 and May 2014. You can leave suggestions for future stat posts in the comments!

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Not posting on your site, and only having one response to a player made thread about it was a bad move
Yeah, it's obviously caused a lot of friction that we hadn't anticipated. Clearly a mistake on our part. (CM_Lore)

By "legitimate" you mean the ones you are willing to field, probably not the onese most find important.
We will definitely be talking about flight in the Q&A. (CM_Zarhym)

Will you please confirm that flight IS something that will be addressed in this Q and A? Thanks.
We will definitely be talking about flight in the Q&A. (CM_Lore)

Are there any considerations to lower passive Parry and Dodge again in 6.2?
Certainly if needed. Will look into it. (holinka)

Indeed Zarhym. Wouldn't want those poor underpaid artist to actually do a good job I guess? Really miss the old Blizzard Quality.
It's not at all realistic to design ALL armor to fit ALL char models just in case. But look for any reason to take issue w/ us. (CM_Zarhym)

Apparently selfie cams were an appropriate use of dev time. Not farahlon though.
So you admit you only count additions to the game YOU care about. This is helpful. (CM_Zarhym)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
While the developers have been pretty quiet since @WarcraftDevs appeared, Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Developer Communication
What's your view on how silent the WoW devs have been on classes changes since you left?
I'm obviously not privy to their thought process. Do remember there is a difference between individual intent and company policy. (OccupyGStreet)

Yeah Just seems like a lot of "we want feedback" *gets feedback* "lol jk we wont do that"
That is something I have worked on articulating my whole career. We want your feedback but we still design the game. (OccupyGStreet)

Understand and respect your customers/players should be important to devs.
I think it almost always is. Players sometime mistake disagreement for neglect. (OccupyGStreet)

Greg, always wandered if Activision and Cata where the breaking points when the Buddy GC had to stop to chat in the boards.
It became Blizzard policy, but it wasn't from Activision. Not sure what the policy is now of course. (OccupyGStreet)

Hey greg what do you think about reputations in wow being as dumbed down as it is now with little to no useful rewards
I'm afraid I'm not familiar enough with the content. Reps were always challenging to strike a balance between fun & mandatory (OccupyGStreet)
As I like to say, it's really hard to make fun and rewarding content feel optional. (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 trending slightly downward again over the past few months, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

New GPUs from AMD may be coming in the second half of this year, but no official announcements have been made.

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 4790K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $117ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $155
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $22Cyborg V.5 - $45
MouseLogitech G402 - $41Razer DeathAdder - $55
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $27Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $35
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $235Dell U2412M - $250
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $85Corsair Vengeance K70 - $120
MouseLogitech G502 - $61Razer Naga 2014 - $62
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $55Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $85

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 - $48NZXT Source 210 - $48
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $60EVGA 600B - $60
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $97AMD FX-8320 - $136
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $68ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $103
MemoryKingston HyperX Blue 4GB 1600 - $318GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $66
Graphics CardMSI R7 260X - $110ASUS R9 270X / GTX 960 - $160 / $190
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $57Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $70
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$523$695 - 725

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 - $70Corsair Air 540 - $120
Power SupplyXFX PRO 750W - $114XFX PRO 750W - $114
CPUIntel 4690K - $236Intel 4690K - $236
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $52Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $78
MotherboardASUS Z97-A - $153ASUS Z97-A - $153
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $6616GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $110
Graphics CardXFX R9 280X - $260XFX R9 290X OR ASUS GTX 970 - $330
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $70Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $125
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $97
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $100
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $140
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $143
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1139 - 1185$1384 - 1430

Overwatch - Symmetra Gameplay
We got another look at Overwatch gameplay with the release of some Symmetra footage.

by Published on 2015-05-30 12:40 PM

Crafting Materials Changes, Shadow of Diablo Fanart

Viagame House Cup #3 this Weekend, Design Competition #19: Help or Hinder

XP Boost Event, Brawl with the Blues Launch Edition, Beta Golden Portrait Reminder

Patch 6.2 - Corrupted Dreadwing
If you have 150,000 Apexis Crystal to spare, you can buy the Corrupted Dreadwing mount being added in Patch 6.2.

Patch 6.2 - Frostwolf Set Helm
Many people asked about the lack of a helm on the Frostwolf set from the latest PTR build.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
If all feedback is considered does that mean my spam of troll male tweets & threads like this is read?
Yep, everything is read even if it's not possible to respond to it all. (WatcherDev)

What about legendary weapons in timewalking dungeons? May i use Shadowmourne in a LK timewalking dungeon?
Yes, you can. (WarcraftDevs)

Are tier tokens going to drop from bosses the way they been for past few tiers, or vanila class based tiers?
Yes. Tokens are an uninteresting dungeon journal entry and do not drop in Personal loot, so we show the set items. (WarcraftDevs)

How good is the chance of seeing our attuned stats guaranteed on tier gear similar to how primary stats change based on spec?
No plans for that at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

if we use a Seal on the final dungeon boss would that give us an extra chance at 700 ilvl drop?
You have this chance on any boss and any bonus roll in Mythic dungeons. (WarcraftDevs)

Any plans on making BRF/HM bosses do less damage and have less health, in patch 6.2, like we had in Mists of Pandaria Raids?
Yes, there will be a zone-wide debuff on Foundry/Highmaul enemies, like we did to Throne of Thunder in 5.4. (WarcraftDevs)

Are Highmaul+BRF Mythic going Cross-Realm with 6.2 as well?
Yes. (WarcraftDevs)

Not sure if you've noticed it, but CRZ turned Halaa into a 24/7 faction-based Gurubashi. Captures the spontaneity of world PvP.
Yep, noticed it the moment I got the Halaa currency garrison mission and went out there to (try to) finally buy my mount.... (WatcherDev)

Are there going to be WoD s2 equivalents to Ashran gear?
The items that are comparable to ones that previously required Ashran rep are earned in a different way in season 17. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
While the developers have been pretty quiet since @WarcraftDevs appeared, Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
What was your take on Wotlk Ret? personally I enjoyed it alot even if it was simple. Right now Ret feels torn in directions
I understand not everyone liked it, but our goal was to improve the class. Long term, rotations with mastery are more satisfying. (OccupyGStreet)
MoP and WoD not so much. I feel like the fillers in cata (judge, CS and exo) had something uniqe to eachother.
Ideally a rotation should deliver both mastery and satisfaction. Not sure we ever matched the satisfaction of the Wrath design. (OccupyGStreet)

Like it or not, you contributed to that with your glib attitude towards some classes, most notably Paladins.
I invested a great deal of energy in making paladins fun. I am quite sarcastic and that was often misinterpreted. (OccupyGStreet)
The TO THR GROUND meme happened when I had to make a post on vacation to explain a nerf players weren't expecting. (OccupyGStreet)
All the other teasing I did because players thought it was funny and memorable. (OccupyGStreet)
Let's recall what paladins did in BC - they healed and maybe they tanked a boss or two, usually in dungeons. (OccupyGStreet)
Paladins, druid and hunters swapped spots for most played, and paladins were definitely the most vocal, magnifying the issue. (OccupyGStreet)
Maybe you weren't satisfied with our results, and I'm fine with that, but we were never glib about anyone's class. (OccupyGStreet)

wow question, forgive me 8). You once said Pandas reduced faction diversity, What did you think of high elf for alliance?
What is more important: faction identity or more options for Alliance? (OccupyGStreet)

When rotations are easy to execute it's unfair to make them competitive in performance with those that require more mastery. (OccupyGStreet)
Holy Power was an attempt to have paladins manage a resource, not cooldowns, and mana felt like the wrong resource. (OccupyGStreet)
I think it's also possible we went so far under my watch in preventing niche DPS that nobody felt special. (OccupyGStreet)

Hybrid specs can have niches, but pure DPS should be more more than a niche.
Nobody notices if 2nd dude is only slightly above 3rd dude. Nobody talks about which phase if the hard one. (OccupyGStreet)

Yeah the interplay between single-spec-per-role and multi-spec-per-role dps complicates things immensely.
Yeah, and I've said before that easy spec swapping helps the guys who can fill two roles a lot. (OccupyGStreet)
This makes sense but then a rogue with more defined niches has to play multiple specs to be as effective.
The dream is that everyone has a chance to shine, but that leads to some constrained encounter design. (OccupyGStreet)
"Hey guys, where is the Frost DK encounter in this 6 boss raid?" (OccupyGStreet)

Right. There is a difference between wanting BF rogues for a fight, and wanting BF rogues only for that fight. (OccupyGStreet)
And it sounds like the current design is that it's okay for stacking in mythic raiding, which makes sense to me. (OccupyGStreet)
What we wanted to avoid was the guild of friends where you tell a weekend WoW player that he needs to reroll DK etc. (OccupyGStreet)

Wildstar - Free to Play in Fall 2015
After failing to grow or sustain subscribers, Wildstar is moving to a free to play model this fall.

  • Existing players will get some nice cosmetic rewards and Loyalty Points.
  • Loyalty points will be used to gain Loyalty ranks to earn special items and perks.
  • All current content is open to free players, but there may be paid content in the future.
  • Free players will have less character slots, costumer slots, bank slots, and a lower decor items limit.
  • Free players also have other restrictions on their account, such as limited Auction House and Commodities Exchange access, no priority access to customer support, no crafting or currency bonuses, no gathering bonus, no PTR access, no queue priority, no reputation bonus, no experience bonuses, and other restrictions.
  • Signature players who pay for a subscription will not have any of those new restrictions.
  • Free to play players can remove some of the restrictions with the Loyalty system.
  • A currency for the store will drop from mobs in game, so even free players can eventually purchase things from the store.

by Published on 2015-05-29 09:22 AM

Delrasha Wizard Guide, Angel of Death Fanart

Viagame House Cup #3 this Weekend, Design Competition #19: Help or Hinder

Wonder Billie Reminder, Hottest Plays of the Week #30

Patch 6.2 - Felsteel Annihilator
The Felsteel Annihilator is a drop from Mythic Archimonde in Hellfire Citadel.

Patch 6.2 - Diretusk Hellboar
The Diretusk Hellboar is a reward for being Exalted with one of the new factions added in Patch 6.2.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Personal Loot; The sad part is the amount of duplicate loots you get with it, if you could do something to that it would be better
That's kinda just loot in general though, it's been that way since forever, in most RPGs. (Muffinus)

Will the 6.2 Personal Loot changes apply to LFR and world bosses or just premade groups?
Yes to Raid Finder, but no plans for world bosses at this time. (WarcraftDevs)

are mythic dungeons going to be cross-realm?
Yes. (WarcraftDevs)

My eternally broken pet menagerie. 6.2 adding some awesome new pet battle content and my enthusiasm is rock bottom thanks to it.
.We've been looking into a few of these issues in 6.2, if you can't get your menagerie working, please let me know! (Muffinus)

.Garrison missions for oil on the PTR seem really scarce... intended? Haven't seen one for 3 days
Intended. Missions will not be your main source of Oil, just a rare bonus opportunity. (WarcraftDevs)

MMO Designer: What exactly do you want? Every player: TO ANNOY OTHER PEOPLE LOL (Muffinus)

I'm just a dude, with a twitter, but I would very much like to hear what you think isn't being heard. I hear "not listening" a lot. (Muffinus)
Often report bugs I find in models. Reports I make dating 2 years ago seem to go unnoticed or low priority.
The WoW DB has nearly 450,000 bugs total in its lifetime. Would like to fix every one timely, sometimes not possible, but recorded! (Muffinus)
Example: only recently did a bug get fixed where you are removed from your warrior stance when entering C'thun's stomach (Muffinus)

At a certain point, you can't make a game and not care what the audience thinks. Every post or comment is taken to heart. (Muffinus)
Can you name anyone else at Blizzard that cares about what we think? Since you brought it up.
Everyone. The WC books on the shelf behind me are so worn because so many new designers have read them all. (Muffinus)

the sad part is that there will always be those that, no matter how much you listen, will say you're not listening
Such is the nature of social media The ability to yell at someone anytime, anywhere, about the lack of an Annoy-O-Tron pet. (Muffinus)
I think you're all listening, you just have a design philosophy that I disagree with (but I understand it, I think)
I don't know if you disagree with me, or the design team, but go ahead and tell me more! (Muffinus)

your problem is that you asked what they want. just make the awesome game and ignore every1 else
Often, making "awesome" in a vacuum results in the realization that it's not so great for someone else (Muffinus)

People are heard, they are just not told "we heard you but... yay or nay" back. So they don't know.
It's difficult to respond with a community of this size, even with a community team. A challenge! (Muffinus)

mobile content. I feel like there's just a TON of missed opportunities to have mobile games that tie into the mmo gameplay.
Hearthstone did awesome. I think there is still significant meaning in being a Blizzard product. Thus, need to be careful. (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
While the developers have been pretty quiet since @WarcraftDevs appeared, Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
I'm not sure if you can answer this or not but as a pvper, I'm curious. How much weight did PvP balance actually play in WoW?
A lot. In some sense if you tune a game around PvP, the PvE can flow from that. Monsters don't mind getting nerfed. (OccupyGStreet)
PvP is harder to test though. Fighting a boss 10 times is a decent sample size. It's nothing for a PvP match. (OccupyGStreet)

Amount of Content
Very curious as to your take on Watcher's interview.
Ion's a good friend of mine. I'm not about to throw him under the bus. (OccupyGStreet)
No bus here, just curiosity. Do you think "it's cyclical" is a good or even fair way to summate it tho?
Yes. Players come for content and leave when they run out. "But I should never run out of content," feels unrealistic to me. (OccupyGStreet)
I do think / know the challenges of creating content faster than players can consume it are very real. (OccupyGStreet)
Neverending content leads to making things so difficult you can't progress or asking you to run the same content 100 times. (OccupyGStreet)
Is there something to be said for the staying power of the content? Or implementing it in a way that allows for a medium?
If there were 40 boss raids, maybe. I get tired of killing the same ones over and over no matter how great they are. (OccupyGStreet)
Like the PvP content WoW neglects? Is your current job not 100% repeatable content now?
IMO repeatable content is a PvE construct. PvP has a lot of variation because of the players involved. (OccupyGStreet)
We do add new content, champions being the prime example, but there is less of a burden on a PvP game, again IMO. (OccupyGStreet)

Heroes of the Storm
hi what do you think about heros of the strom compare to LoL?
I think they are wisely going for a different kind of moba which makes sense in a crowded market. (OccupyGStreet)
I think they have a chance to broaden the moba audience, which may be good for everyone. (OccupyGStreet)

ESL 3v3 Arena Tournament
ESL is having an arena tournament for EU players this weekend, followed by more arena and RBG tournaments over the coming weekends.

Overwatch - Tracer Gameplay
We got another look at Overwatch gameplay with the release of some Tracer footage.

by Published on 2015-05-28 01:09 AM

Patch 6.2 PTR - Build 20061
Build 20061 was deployed to the PTR realms.

New/Updated Garrison Images

Karabor and Frostwolf Sets

New Items

Level Type Name
1Junk Champion's Honor
1Quest Vial of Fel Blood
1Quest Shadow Council Missive
1Quest Unrefined Draenic Crystal
1Quest Wargronn Harness
1Quest Tanaan Jungle Tooth
685Quest Soul Remnant
700Quest Soul Remnant
715Quest Soul Remnant
685Quest Fel Essence
700Quest Fel Essence
715Quest Fel Essence
1Quest Bleeding Hollow Ritual Blade
1Quest Iron Horde Naval Manifest
100Inscription Technique Recipe: Fel Eggs and Ham
100Cooking Fel Egg
100Cooking Fel Ham
100Cloth Ceremonial Crown of Karabor
100Cloth Ceremonial Shoulderpads of Karabor
100Cloth Ceremonial Robe of Karabor
100Cloth Ceremonial Sash of Karabor
100Cloth Ceremonial Leggings of Karabor
100Cloth Ceremonial Slippers of Karabor
100Cloth Ceremonial Bracers of Karabor
100Cloth Ceremonial Gloves of Karabor
100Leather Frostwolf Spaulders
100Leather Frostwolf Tunic
100Leather Frostwolf Belt
100Leather Frostwolf Leggings
100Leather Frostwolf Snowstalkers
100Leather Frostwolf Bracers
100Leather Frostwolf Mitts
100Consumable Hunter's Seeking Crystal
100Consumable Master Hunter's Seeking Crystal
100Food & Drink Fel Eggs and Ham

New Faction Rewards

Level Type Name Req. Faction Req. Standing
100Other Karabor Councilor's AttireHand of the ProphetRevered
100Other Packaged Ceremonial Karabor FineryHand of the ProphetRevered
1Other Ship Blueprint: BattleshipHand of the ProphetHonored
40Mount Diretusk HellboarHand of the ProphetExalted
1Tabard Hand of the Prophet TabardHand of the ProphetExalted
1Consumable Contract: Dowser BigsparkHand of the ProphetHonored
100Consumable Treasure Map: Tanaan JungleHand of the ProphetHonored
100Consumable Hand of the Prophet Battle StandardHand of the ProphetFriendly
1Consumable Equipment Blueprint: Tuskarr Fishing NetHand of the ProphetHonored
1Companion Pets Blazing FirehawkOrder of the AwakenedExalted
1Tabard Order of the Awakened TabardOrder of the AwakenedExalted
100Consumable Order of the Awakened Battle StandardOrder of the AwakenedFriendly
1Consumable Ship: The AwakenerOrder of the AwakenedExalted
1Consumable Ship: The AwakenerOrder of the AwakenedExalted
1Consumable Contract: Solar Priest VayxOrder of the AwakenedHonored
1Companion Pets Savage CubThe SaberstalkersRevered
1Tabard Saberstalkers TabardThe SaberstalkersExalted
1Consumable Saberon Teachings: TrailblazerThe SaberstalkersRevered
1Consumable Contract: PallasThe SaberstalkersRevered
100Consumable Saberstalkers Battle StandardThe SaberstalkersFriendly
100Other Frostwolf Grunt's BattlegearVol'jin's HeadhuntersRevered
100Other Battlegear of the FrostwolvesVol'jin's HeadhuntersRevered
40Mount Diretusk HellboarVol'jin's HeadhuntersExalted
1Tabard Vol'jin's Headhunters TabardVol'jin's HeadhuntersExalted
1Consumable Contract: Dowser GoodwellVol'jin's HeadhuntersHonored
100Consumable Treasure Map: Tanaan JungleVol'jin's HeadhuntersHonored
100Consumable Vol'jin's Headhunters Battle StandardVol'jin's HeadhuntersFriendly
1Consumable Equipment Blueprint: UnsinkableVol'jin's HeadhuntersRevered

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Jungle Hunter Defeat 25 rare bosses creatures in Tanaan Jungle. 10 points.
  • Jungle Stalker Defeat all of the rare bosses creatures in Tanaan Jungle. 10 points.

Draenor Raid
Dungeons & Raids
  • Mythic: Archimonde Defeat Archimonde in Hellfire Citadel on Mythic difficulty. 10 points. Title Reward: Defiler's End. 10 points.

Feats of Strength
  • Predator (New) Defeat Xemirkol in Tanaan Jungle. Title Reward: Predator.

  • Awake the Drakes Collect the following drake mounts. Reward: Emerald Drake. 5 points.Account Wide.


Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion


Item Set Bonuses
  • Item - Mage T18 Arcane 2P Bonus Name Changed from Item - Mage T18 Arcane 4P Bonus to Item - Mage T18 Arcane 2P Bonus. Presence of Mind has a 10% Arcane Missiles has a 5% chance to create a Time Anomaly, summoning a random hero through time to assist you in battle for 10 sec.
  • Item - Mage T18 Arcane 4P Bonus Name Changed from Item - Mage T18 Arcane 2P Bonus to Item - Mage T18 Arcane 4P Bonus. Your Arcane Blast has a 40% chance to trigger Presence of Mind without triggering its cooldown. Each of the heroes summoned by Time Anomaly increases the damage you deal by 10% until it departs.
  • Item - Rogue T17 Assassination 2P Bonus Mutilate and Dispatch critical strikes restore 7 energy. 4 energy.
  • Item - Warlock WoD PvP Destruction 4P Bonus Increases damage done by Incinerate on targets afflicted by your Immolate by 25%. 50%.

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Force of Nature Summons a Treant which will immediately cast Swiftmend on your current target. The Treant will cast Healing Touch on that target or a nearby ally periodically, healing for [ 1 + 36.8% 73.6% of Spell Power ]. Lasts 15 sec. Maximum 3 charges. 3 Max Charges. Can't be cast in Flight Form. Druid - LvL 60 Talent. 40 yd range. Instant. 20 sec recharge. 3 Max Charges.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Infusion of Light Your Holy Shock criticals reduce the cast time of your next Holy Light or Holy Radiance by 1.50 sec or increase the healing of your next Flash of Light by 60% 50%. Also increases your haste by 10%. Paladin - Holy Spec.

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Cascade Launch a Shadowy bolt that grows in power with distance, damaging an enemy for up to 0 [ 183.6% of Spell Power , and then bouncing to additional enemies 4 times. Each time it bounces, it splits into 2 bolts. 40 yd range. Instant.

  • Cascade Launch a Shadowy bolt that grows in power with distance, damaging an enemy for up to 0 [ 183.6% of Spell Power , and then bouncing to additional enemies 4 times. Each time it bounces, it splits into 2 bolts. Priest - LvL 90 Talent. 0.75% of Base Mana. 40 yd range. Instant. 25 sec cooldown.

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)

  • Alchemical Catalyst Produces 4 Produces 8, plus additional based on Alchemy skill. May also yield Sorcerous Fire and/or Sorcerous Water. Cooldown resets daily. Alchemy. 2 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: Frostweed x 20, Blackrock Ore x 10.

  • Truesteel Ingot Produces 4 Produces 8, plus additional based on Blacksmithing skill. May also yield Sorcerous Fire and/or Sorcerous Earth. Cooldown resets daily. Blacksmithing. 2 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: True Iron Ore x 20, Blackrock Ore x 10. Tools: Blacksmith Hammer.


  • Taladite Crystal Produces 4 Produces 8, plus additional based on Jewelcrafting skill. May also yield Sorcerous Earth and/or Sorcerous Air. Cooldown resets daily. Jewelcrafting. 1.5 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: Blackrock Ore x 20, True Iron Ore x 10. Tools: Jeweler's Kit.

  • Burnished Leather Produces 4 Produces 8, plus additional based on Leatherworking skill. May also yield Sorcerous Earth and/or Sorcerous Water. Cooldown resets daily. Leatherworking. 1.5 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: Raw Beast Hide x 20, Gorgrond Flytrap x 10.

  • Hexweave Cloth Produces 4 Produces 8, plus additional based on Tailoring skill. May also yield Sorcerous Water and/or Sorcerous Air. Cooldown resets daily. Tailoring. 2 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown. Reagents: Sumptuous Fur x 20, Gorgrond Flytrap x 10.

Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CONFIRM_GARRISON_FOLLOWER_REROLL_ABILITIES - Are you sure you want to reroll all the abilities on %s?
  • CONFIRM_GARRISON_FOLLOWER_REROLL_ALL - Are you sure you want to reroll all the abilities and traits on %s?
  • CONFIRM_GARRISON_FOLLOWER_REROLL_TRAITS - Are you sure you want to reroll all the traits on %s?
  • GARRISON_SHIP_CAN_COUNTER - This ship can counter:
  • GARRISON_SHIPYARD_MISSION_CHANCE_TOOLTIP_TEXT - Countering threats and using applicable ship traits increase your chance at getting the mission rewards chest.
  • GARRISON_SHIPYARD_PARTY_NOT_FULL_TOOLTIP - You do not have enough ships on this mission.
  • LFG_LIST_ITEM_LEVEL_PVP_REQ - Minimum PvP Item Level
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_266 - You do not like Fel Eggs and Ham.
  • VAS_APPEARANCE_CHANGE_VALIDATION_DESCRIPTION - You will customize your character on the character select screen.
  • WORLD_PVP_NOT_WHILE_IN_RAID - You cannot enter %s while in a raid group.

Garrison Mission Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Magical Mystery Cruise Level 100. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 100 0 Resources. Duration: 24 hrs. An enemy carrier has veered off course, and it's emanating powerful magic. Something odd is afoot. Find out what. More importantly, claim that magic.. Rewards: 4750 XP. 15x Abrogator Stone
  • Ogres of the Deep Level 100. Item Level 0. 3 2 Followers. Cost: 125 Resources. Duration: 2 days. Archmage Khadgar seeks an ancient ogre artifact rumored to rest among wreckage at the bottom of the sea.. Rewards: 6000 XP. 1x Soaked Ogre Decoder

Ship-Oil (Unused)
  • Oil Rig: Pickup Location (New) Level 100. Item Level 0. 1 Followers. Cost: 100 Resources. Duration: 24 hrs. Pick up a shipment of oil from your off-shore oil rig.. Rewards: 0 XP. 200x Oil

  • It's a Boat, It's a Plane, It's... Just a Riverbeast. Level 100. Item Level 0. Rare. 3 2 Followers. Cost: 100 Resources. Duration: 24 hrs. The Iron Horde swooped in when they identified a rogue submarine closing in on their stronghold. Unfortunately for them, it was just a riverbeast.. Rewards: 5000 XP. 1x Mudback Riverbeast

Garrison Follower Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Dowser Goodwell (New) - Level 100 Rare Follower. Item Level 645. Alliance Source: Vendor: Vindicator Krethos Zone: Tanaan Jungle Faction: Hand of the Prophet - Honored. Horde Source: Vendor: Shadow Hunter Denjai Zone: Tanaan Jungle Faction: Vol'jin's Headhunters - Honored.
  • Pallas (New) - Level 100 Rare Follower. Item Level 645. Alliance Source: Vendor: Z'tenga the Walker Zone: Tanaan Jungle Faction: Saberstalkers - Honored.
  • Solar Priest Vayx (New) - Level 100 Rare Follower. Item Level 645. Alliance Source: Vendor: Dawn-Seeker Krisek Zone: Tanaan Jungle Faction: Order of the Awakened - Honored.


Garrison Ability Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Apex Predator (New) Trait - Slayer Greatly increases success chance when fighting many creature types..
  • Apexis Attenuation (New) Trait - Increased Rewards Increases the Apexis Crystals gained from a mission by 100%..
  • Arakkoa Crew (New) Trait Capable of launching attacks from the air..
  • Exorcist (New) Trait - Slayer Grants a bonus to mission success chance, and provides a greater success chance when fighting demons..

Raid Testing Schedule - May 28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Apologies for the short notice here - we were waiting on confirmation of PTR build status before proceeding. We will be continuing our Hellfire Citadel raid testing in the new PTR build. As is always the case with PTR raid testing, it is quite possible that there will be technical or gameplay issues that disrupt our plans. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below on all PTR servers.

Thursday, May 28

Socrethar the Eternal - Mythic Hellfire Citadel
11:30 PDT (14:30 EDT, 20:30 CEST)

Hellfire Assault - Mythic Hellfire Citadel
13:30 PDT (16:30 EDT, 22:30 CEST)

Xhul'horac - Mythic Hellfire Citadel
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 24:00 CEST)

We will also be opening the Halls of Blood Raid Finder wing over the weekend (Hellfire High Council, Kilrogg, and Gorefiend).

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

BlizzCon 2015 Online Contests and Talent Contest Now Open!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The time is now for those eager to exhibit their masterful movies, astounding art, and terrific talents for a chance at BlizzCon 2015 fame in this year’s contests. Head over to our Contest pages to submit your entry and learn more about the fabulous prizes you could win.

Don’t delay! The deadline to submit your entry for each contest is July 22, 2015.

BlizzCon 2015 Original Art Contest to enter and discuss on the forums here.

BlizzCon 2015 Movie Contest to enter and discuss on the forums here.

BlizzCon 2015 Talent Contest to enter. Discuss this contest on the forums here and see the available music composition options here.

Any questions should be directed to [email protected].

Good luck!

Overwatch - Hanzo Gameplay
We got another look at Overwatch gameplay last week with the release of some Hanzo footage.

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