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by Published on 2018-01-12 06:50 PM

2018 WoW Esports Announcements
WoW esports manager Jeramy McIntyre will be sharing what esports fans and participants can look forward to this year including changes to the WoW Arena World Championship and the Mythic Dungeon Invitational.


Last Year
  • Last year had more arena cups, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, and lots of competitive content.

Arenas
  • This year will be the 11th year of WoW arenas.
  • There will be more cups this year and they will be starting soon!
  • The first weekend of February will have the first EU cup, with NA following. EU and NA will alternate weeks for 6 weeks.
  • Last year there were 5 NA and 5 EU cups. This year there will be 9 for each region.
  • The prize pool for each of these cups will be increased to $10k from $6k.
  • The entire year will be broken up into seasons.
  • The first 6 weeks are the online Season 1.
  • At the end of the season, the top 4 from each region are going to meet at seasonal finals.
  • There will be a total of 3 seasons. These aren't tied into the in game seasons. These are just eSport seasons.
  • Each of the season finals (two per year, Spring and Summer) will allow the winning teams to go to the Arena World Championship.
  • At the end of the year, the top 6 teams will make it into the Arena World Championship.
  • Community tournaments will still be a thing this year.

Mythic Dungeon Invitational
  • The MDI will happen in the first half of the year.
  • Proving Grounds were nice last year, but only 8 teams per region were invited.
  • The first segment of Proving Grounds will be the same as last year.
  • The second segment is a Time Trial.
  • This year there will be a "complete 3 dungeons on a certain difficulty level" as a challenge. Every team that completes the challenge will be eligible to compete in the Time Trial on the tournament realms.
  • The Time Trial will be a cumulative run time total compared to everyone else on the realm. Only 8 teams will advance from this trial.
  • The top 8 teams from each region will compete in the regional final events. Double elimination.
  • There is a $25k prize pool for each regional event.
  • The global final event will be a live LAN event.




Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Last year was huge for WoW esports, with the introduction of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI), the WoW Arena Championship tournament matches throughout the year, and a tense and exciting championship match at BlizzCon. We’re proud of all we have achieved, but we won’t rest on our laurels: we are hard at work gearing up for 2018—with more teams, more talent, and more epic battles that will have us all on the edge of our seats.

The 2018 WoW Arena World Championship (AWC)
The biggest event in WoW esports will be supported by a full calendar of tournaments around the world, ensuring only the most battle-tested and proven teams have a shot at the 2018 WoW Arena World Championship. At the championship tournament itself, teams will be fighting for their share of a $280,000 prize pool and WoW Arena glory.

We'll be back later in the year to discuss how teams from China, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific make their way to the 2018 Arena World Championship.

Introducing Seasonal Finals for North America and Europe
*drum roll* We are delighted to announce TWO seasonal finals where the best North American and European Teams will clash for the first time ever outside of the World Championship. The first season finals will be decided in March at a live event.

  • Each event will feature eight teams: The top four teams from Europe and the top four teams from North America.
  • Both events in 2018 will offer $100,000 prize pools—that’s two opportunities for players in Europe and North America to land a share of $100k before the World Championship is even on the horizon.
  • The eight teams will also be competing for a spot in the WoW Arena World Championship, rewarded to the winners at each of the two events.

Global Qualification
You won’t want to miss either of these milestone events where your favorite players and teams will fight for regional pride, a spot in the WoW Arena World Championship, and a share of $100,000. Dates and additional details on these events to come.

Multiple Seasons of Arena Cups in North America & Europe
We are starting early this year with the first Arena Cups just around the corner. Arena Cups will be spread across the entire year and will offer not only a cash prize but also AWC Points.

Teams with the most points from each season will be invited to compete at that season’s Finals event, while the top overall teams of the year from each region will be invited to the Arena World Championship.

  • The first of three Arena Cup seasons starts Jan 31
  • There will be nine (up from five) Arena Cups in each region (18 total) over the course of the year
  • A $10,000 (up from $6,000) prize pool will be available for each of the 18 cups
  • The top 12 (up from six) teams at an Arena Cup event will earn points
  • New point distribution system will reward consistency
  • Teams in 2018 will follow the same guidelines and rules regarding roster changes as last year—

please refer to the official rules for additional information (coming soon)

The Mythic Dungeon Invitational Returns!
In 2017, we took our first foray into the world of competitive Dungeon Races with our Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI). Teams from around the world battled against each other with Australia’s ‘Free Marsy’ standing head and shoulders above the rest to become the inaugural champions.

The excitement and passion we saw from fans meant we couldn’t wait to kick it up a notch. So today we’re truly excited to announce a second season of the MDI.

What Is Changing for the MDI?
  • More teams from the Proving Grounds! All eligible teams that complete the Mythic Keystone dungeon challenge (details still to come) during the Proving Ground stage will be invited to the Time Trials in the tournament realm.
  • In Time Trials, all teams will compete on specific dungeons and post their best times over one week. The top eight teams will advance to the regional playoffs.
  • The regional playoffs will be broadcast like last year, but with a few key changes:

Mythic Dungeon Qualification
  • Each region (Asia Pacific, Americas, China, Europe) will have their own weekend of broadcasts.
  • The format will be double elimination, giving teams a chance to regroup after a loss and bounce right back.
  • The Mythic Keystone level will change over the course of the tournament, rewarding teams who can quickly crush easier dungeons and survive tougher ones.
  • Just like 2017, the top two teams will advance to the Global Finals.
  • The Global Finals will feature the top eight global teams, who will compete head-to-head and on stage at a live event.

For all updates, announcement, fixtures, and news, check out the WoW Arena World Championship hub for all the details—and see you on the stream!
by Published on 2018-01-09 09:58 PM

Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25826
Another build is on the way to the PTR!

On the PTR you can now turn in 1000 x Wakening Essence for Purified Titan Essence and 300 for Awoken Titan Essence.

Wakening Essence reward sources now reward roughly 6x more. For example, your first daily heroic dungeon now rewards 30, up from 5.



New Warnings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Warning: Your current graphics API will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require DirectX 11 or Metal.
  • Warning: Your current system will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft which will require a 64-bit operating system.
  • Warning: Your graphics card will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require a Shader Model 5 3 capable graphics card or better.



Spell Changes
Keep in mind that the Druid and Rogue changes are from Jan 9 live hotfixes.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Balance
  • Lunar Strike Call down a strike of lunar energy, causing [ 295.36% [ 319% of Spell Power ] Arcane damage to the target, and [ 103.4% [ 111.7% of Spell Power ] Arcane damage to all other enemies within 5 yards. Generates 12 Astral Power. Can be cast in Tree of Life Form, Moonkin Form. Druid - Balance Spec. 40 yd range. 2.5 sec cast.
  • Solar Wrath (Balance) Hurl a ball of solar energy at the target, dealing [ 1 + 208% 225% of Spell Power ] Nature damage.
  • Solar Wrath (Feral, Guardian, Restoration) Hurl a ball of solar energy at the target, dealing [ 1 + 208% 225% of Spell Power ] Nature damage.

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
  • Deadly Poison Coats your weapons with a Lethal Poison that lasts for 60 min. Each strike has a 30% chance to poison the enemy for [ 143% of AP ] Nature damage over 12 sec. Subsequent poison applications will instantly deal [ 22.1% [ 25.42% of AP ] Nature damage. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Deadly Poison Poisoned weapons have a chance to deal [ 22.1% [ 25.42% of AP ] Nature damage to a target already affected by Deadly Poison. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Mutilate Instantly attacks for (360% 432% of weapon damage) Physical damage. Awards 2 combo points. Melee range. Instant.
  • Mutilate Off-Hand Instantly attacks for (360% 432% of weapon damage) Physical damage. Awards 2 combo points. Melee range. Instant.

Assassination
  • Deadly Poison Coats your weapons with a Lethal Poison that lasts for 60 min. Each strike has a 30% chance to poison the enemy for [ 143% of AP ] Nature damage over 12 sec. Subsequent poison applications will instantly deal [ 22.1% [ 25.42% of AP ] Nature damage. Rogue - Assassination Spec. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Mutilate Attack with both weapons, dealing a total of (720% 864% of weapon damage) Physical damage. Awards 2 combo points. Rogue - Assassination Spec. 55 Energy. Melee range. Instant.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Elemental
  • Flame Shock Flame Shock has no cooldown, and will spend up to 20 Maelstrom to extend its duration by up to 100%. Shaman - Elemental Spec.



Artifact Powers
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Balance
  • Wax and Wane (Rank 1) Moonfire and Sunfire increase the direct damage of Moonfire and Sunfire by 25% 6%, stacking up to 5 times.

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Assassination
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 1) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 2%. 4%.
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 2) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 4%. 8%.
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 3) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 6%. 12%.
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 4) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 8%. 16%.
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 5) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 10%. 20%.
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 6) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 12%. 24%.
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 7) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 14%. 28%.
  • Balanced Blades (Rank 8) Increases the critical strike chance of Mutilate by 16%. 32%.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 1) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 4% of its remaining damage. 3% of its remaining damage.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 2) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 8% of its remaining damage. 6% of its remaining damage.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 3) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 12% of its remaining damage. 9% of its remaining damage.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 4) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 16% of its remaining damage. 12% of its remaining damage.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 5) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 20% of its remaining damage. 15% of its remaining damage.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 6) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 24% of its remaining damage. 18% of its remaining damage.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 7) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 28% of its remaining damage. 21% of its remaining damage.
  • Poison Knives (Rank 8) When Fan of Knives strikes targets poisoned with your Deadly Poison, Deadly Poison instantly deals 32% of its remaining damage. 24% of its remaining damage.



Misc Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Battle Masters
  • Random Battleground - Level: 15-110. Players: 5-40. Rated players: 25. Maps: Alterac Valley, Arathi Basin, Deepwind Gorge, Eye of the Storm, Isle of Conquest, Seething Shore, Silvershard Mines, Strand of the Ancients, Temple of Kotmogu, The Battle for Gilneas, Twin Peaks, Warsong Gulch.

Currency Types
Unknown
  • Wakening Essence - Used to upgrade Legion Legendary items to item level 1000. Used by Arcanomancer Vridiel in Dalaran above the Broken Isles to create or upgrade Legion Legendary items.

Map Areas
Antorus, the Burning Throne
  • Antorus, the Burning Throne > Elarian Sanctuary - Name changed from "Antorus, the Burning Throne > Elunaria > Elarian Sanctuary" to "Antorus, the Burning Throne > Elarian Sanctuary".

World Safe Locations
Kalimdor
  • 7.3.5 Silithus - Gryphon Taxi Vehicle - Safeloc (KMS) (New)
  • 7.3.5 Silithus - Wyvern Taxi Vehicle - Safeloc (KMS) (New)



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ABILITY_INFO_HIGHMOUNTAINTAUREN1 (New) - - Charge forward, knocking down enemies.
  • ABILITY_INFO_HIGHMOUNTAINTAUREN2 (New) - - Increased Versatility.
  • ABILITY_INFO_HIGHMOUNTAINTAUREN3 (New) - - Mining skill and speed increased.
  • ABILITY_INFO_HIGHMOUNTAINTAUREN4 (New) - - Chance to harvest additional meat and fish.
  • ABILITY_INFO_HIGHMOUNTAINTAUREN5 (New) - - Resistant to all damage.
  • ABILITY_INFO_LIGHTFORGEDDRAENEI1 (New) - - Can deal massive Holy damage.
  • ABILITY_INFO_LIGHTFORGEDDRAENEI2 (New) - - Blacksmithing skill increased and can summon a forge.
  • ABILITY_INFO_LIGHTFORGEDDRAENEI3 (New) - - Increased experience gained from killing demons.
  • ABILITY_INFO_LIGHTFORGEDDRAENEI4 (New) - - Resistant to Holy damage.
  • ABILITY_INFO_LIGHTFORGEDDRAENEI5 (New) - - Erupts in Holy energy upon death.
  • ABILITY_INFO_NIGHTBORNE3 - - Resistant to magical damage. Arcane damage.
  • ABILITY_INFO_VOIDELF3 - - Resistant to Shadow and Frost Damage. damage.
  • BOOST_ALLIED_RACE_HERITAGE_ARMOR_WARNING_CN (New) - Boosting this character will make $Ghim:her; ineligble to receive $Ghis:her; %s heritage armor set. Click here for more info.|n|nAre you sure you want to boost this character?|n



Poll - WoW Status
Today we're checking in to get your current WoW status!

by Published on 2018-01-09 03:35 PM

Challenge Rift Week 29

A Collection of Five Fantastic Hearthstone Pro Decks - January 8, 2018

Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - January 9
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Items
  • Wakening Essences now always drop from all sources.
    • Developers’ notes: With 7.3.5, Wakening Essences will be used to purchase a token that creates a legendary item. This hotfix makes it so that you can begin collecting Wakening Essences now, should you wish to.

Quests

Greater Invasion Boss - Mistress Alluradel
Mistress Alluradel is up this week, rewarding item level 930 loot!


Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
930ClothHead Mesmerizing Soul Hood
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930ClothShoulders Accursed Defiler's Mantle
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930ClothFeet Nefarious Light-Step Slippers
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930LeatherShoulders Fel-Spike Shoulderpads
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930LeatherWaist Cinch of Detestable Guile
 Modelviewer
930LeatherLegs Leggings of Heinous Acts
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930MailChest Enthralling Chain Armor
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930MailWaist Waistguard of Devilish Deeds
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930MailWrists Poison-Barbed Bracers
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930PlateShoulders Spaulders of Vile Determination
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930PlateChest Breastplate of Terminal End
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930PlateFeet Soul Crushing Stompers
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930Blood Relic Scourge of Perverse Desire
930Fire Relic Fel Mistress' Brand



World Boss - Levantus
Levantus is up this week! Shamans can get the The Warmace of Shirvallah hidden artifact appearance for Doomhammer.






Weekly Bonus Event - Legion Dungeons
The Legion Dungeon Event is live this week!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
All week, open Group Finder (default hotkey: i) and then select Dungeon Finder to queue for any Legion dungeon on Normal or Heroic difficulty. Alternately, get a group of veteran dungeoneers together and travel to one of the Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it from within the Adventure Journal.
    • Quest requirement: Complete 4 Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty.
    • Rewards: One loot box containing a piece of gear from Heroic difficulty Antorus.
  • Passive bonus: The final boss in each dungeon drop additional loot on all difficulties (except Mythic Keystone difficulties).

PvP Brawl: Shado-Pan Showdown
The PvP brawl for the week is Shado-Pan Showdown, so use the PvP Group Finder to complete Something Different!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Step into Tiger’s Peak Arena and get ready for the Shadow-Pan Showdown. You’ll race for control of a center control point to activate one of two bosses. The first to kill the other team’s boss wins!
by Published on 2018-01-08 09:22 PM

Patch 7.3.5 - Legendary Tokens Update
A recent PTR build added the ability to purchase a token that creates a Legion legendary item for Wakening Essences.

The upcoming changes will make it unnecessary to prepare for Patch 7.3.5, so that you don't feel obligated to farm Wakening Essences.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Few additional details on the new Legendary token:
  • We've just pushed a hotfix live that makes Wakening Essences drop for everyone, regardless of whether you're on the quest or not.
  • We'll also be dramatically increasing both the number of Essences required to purchase tokens and the rate at which you gain them in Patch 7.3.5. The overall time investment needed to purchase a token will stay roughly the same, but this will minimize the benefits of stockpiling Essences ahead of time.
    • Note: Emissary bags earned prior to the release of 7.3.5 will still give pre-7.3.5 numbers of Essences. There is no benefit to saving Emissary bags until afer the patch.
  • We also plan to add Wakening Essences to your first Battleground win of the day in 7.3.5.
  • The tokens are bind on pickup because we don't want to overly encourage players to farm Essences on alt characters in order to feed Legendary items to their mains. However, if you purchase and use a token on a character that already has all of the available legendaries for their class, you will be given a random BoA token for another class.

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