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by Published on 2020-02-09 03:22 PM

Love is in the Air 2020
Love is in the Air returns from February 8th to the 21st.

World of Warcraft Shadows Rising - Shadowlands Prequel Novel
An all-new official prequel novel to Shadowlands will release on July 14th, 2020! Below is the official book description. To read an excerpt from the novel, visit Blizzard Watch's official preview page! You can preorder the book on Amazon by clicking the banner below!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
“The Horde is nothing!” With those infamous words, Sylvanas Windrunner betrayed and abandoned the Horde she vowed to serve. The Dark Lady and her forces now work in the shadows as both the Horde and Alliance, including her own sister, Alleria, race to uncover her next move. Struggling to shoulder the crushing weight of leadership, King Anduin entrusts the void elf and High Exarch Turalyon to uncover Sylvanas’s whereabouts.

The Horde now stands at a crossroads. The various factions form a council, leaving the mantle of warchief to rest. Thrall, Lor’themar Theron, Baine Bloodhoof, First Arcanist Thalyssra, and many other familiar faces rise to this new challenge. But the threats are numerous, and the distrust runs too deep.

When the council is derailed by a failed assassination attempt on Talanji—the Zandalari queen and a key ally—Thrall and the rest of the Horde leaders are forced into action. They empower the young troll shaman Zekhan, still grieving the loss of Varok Saurfang, with a critical mission to aid Talanji and help uncover the rising threat against her.

Meanwhile, Nathanos Blightcaller and Sira Moonwarden have been tasked by the Dark Lady with a terrifying gambit: to kill the troll loa of death himself, Bwonsamdi.

As Zekhan and Talanji work to save Bwonsamdi, their journey will be a key turning point in bolstering the Horde against the coming darkness and finding themselves along the way. Failure to save their allies and the trickster god will surely doom them—but through success, they may rediscover what makes the Horde strong."
by Published on 2020-02-08 01:50 AM

Rank 3 Uldum Accord and Rajani Reputation Essences Now Require Revered
A hotfix implemented tonight has lowered the requirements to purchase the rank 3 version of the following new essences (rank 1 earned from the Black Empire campaign intro quests) from exalted to revered, which lessens the grind by quite a bit!

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
by Published on 2020-02-07 08:12 PM

Diablo Patch 2.6.8 PTR Preview

Ivory Cloud Serpent Mount Guide
Patch 8.3 added a few new mounts to collect, but the Ivory Cloud Serpent is one of the more involved ones to find. For those who have yet to get the mount, the mogu assault will return tonight (or tomorrow in the EU) in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Here is what you need to know to prepare if you want to get the mount!

  • First you must loot a Zan-Tien Lasso from any Zan-Tien mogu in the vale. This can be done at any time, even when the mogu assault is not happening. It is a rare drop so expect to kill quite a few mobs.
  • Wait for the mogu assault to spawn in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. This is the only time that the Ivory Cloud Serpent NPC spawns in the Vale.
  • The Ivory Cloud Serpent spawns at roughly the location on the map below, at 27,55. It actually spawns quite high in the sky so it is advised to camp just below the Great Worms from Beyond, a little under the highest point of the Shadow-Pan wall viewable to the west. It is also advised that you check the custom tab of the group finder to look for camping raids.
  • The goal here is to use your Zan-Tien Lasso on the npc.
    • This item is castable while mounted, but has a two second cast time that is interrupted by moving.
    • Multiple people can lasso the npc, but it despawns seconds after the first person successfully lassos it so you need to be quick.
    • You will likely have stacks of the Great Worm flight speed debuff, but if you are positioned correctly you shouldn't have to chase it.
    • It is advised to sit in the location and spam the following macro:
      #showtooltip item:174927
      /stopmacro [channeling:Catching]
      /tar Ivory Cloud Serpent
      /use Zan-Tien Lasso
  • The NPC is super fast, and does a full loop around the Vale before despawning. If by chance you don't get it as it spawns, you could catch up to it by the Shadow-Pan wall to the west and lasso it as it flies over the wall.
  • The npc seems to have a varied spawn timer, but most have noticed it being between 2-3 hours.

Warcraft III: Reforged Patch Notes - February 6th, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
  • Players should no longer be met with a “defeat” screen after loading into a mission.
  • Audio levels for some dialogue have been adjusted.
  • The animations, triggers, and cameras for some cutscenes have been tweaked.
  • Disconnecting or logging out will no longer change the save file folder.
  • Fixed a number of issues that would block progression or not give credit for completing missions.
    • Developer’s note: Updating a map for these types of fixes invalidates prior saves. This is similar to how replays from prior game client versions no longer work. Campaign progress will not be lost.

Custom Games
  • Multiboards should no longer crash custom games.
  • Joining lobbies for the same map no longer creates duplicate versions of the map.
    • Developer’s note: This also resolves disconnects from improper map names.

  • The rendering of Classic mode has been updated.
  • Resolved an issue with hitching when constructing buildings or training units for the first time.
  • Fixed Ziggurat upgrade animation in Reforged mode.
  • Adjusted animations and portraits for multiple units and buildings.
  • Units completing training while off-screen again have voices.
  • Starting locations are again obscured by the fog of war.

  • Whispers now include the name of the sender.
  • Locale settings for audio and subtitles can now be adjusted independently in Battle .net prior to launching the game.
  • Non-Latin glyphs no longer overlap.
  • A tooltip now displays when hovering over truncated text.
  • Chat keeps up with the latest messages.
  • Heroes on the match results screen are now contained by boundaries.
  • All menus are now distinct between Classic and Reforged graphic settings.
    • Developer’s note: We’ve implemented a temporary solution to better inform whether you are playing in Reforged or Classic mode, by applying a sepia tone to the background images for Classic.

War on Lordaeron - Warcraft Fan Film
Youtuber Chris Vernel posted a fan film of the Horde's march North to Lordaeron after the fall of Stormwind! Check it out!

by Published on 2020-02-06 09:17 PM

Complexity Limit Claims World First Ny'alotha!
Ny'alotha the Waking City has been cleared on Mythic difficulty by Complexity Limit! Congratulations to them!

The official Mythic Raid Leaderboard now has its first entry for this tier.

by Published on 2020-02-06 02:09 AM

Rod Fergusson Joins Blizzard

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 5, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Darkmoon Arcade
  • Previously unlocked Rune Matching difficulty levels no longer reset weekly; once a character has unlocked a difficulty level, it will remain unlocked.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • Carapace of N’Zoth
      • Resolved an issue where Fury of N'Zoth could gain Mycelial Infusion while transitioning into the Den of Transfusion on Mythic difficulty.

Items and Rewards
  • Corrupted Items
    • Fixed an issue with some Corruption Effects scaling improperly during Timewalking instances.
    • Fixed an issue with Faralos, Empire’s Dream causing its Corruption Effect to not reliably hit large enemies.

  • MacOS
    • Players who have experienced crashes or freezes on MacOS systems can now change the Particle Density visual effects setting to “Disabled”. This should improve performance on MacOS systems.

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