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by Published on 2017-10-23 07:13 AM

Diablo at BlizzCon 2017

All Pro Decks from DreamHack Denver 2017

World of Warcraft Novel - Before the Storm
Christie Golden is writing another WoW book! Before the Storm will release on May 15, 2018. The book may have been previously titled "Lightning Crashes".

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
An all-new, official tie-in novel to Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed World of Warcraft, from New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden

Taking place after the climactic events of Shadows of Argus, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm tells the story of what awaits the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance in the wake of their struggle against the demonic Burning Legion.

Patch 7.3 - Character Races
This weekend there has been lots of excitement in the Expansion Hype Thread about the addition of entries to the ChrRaces database file.

  • Patch 7.3 added entries to the file for the Nightborne, Highmountain Tauren, Void Elves, and Lightforged Draenei.
  • Many of the races in this file are playable character races, but some are just NPCs, such as the Naga, Vrykul, Tuskarr, and others.
  • The last NPC race was added to this database during Wrath of the Lich King.
  • All four entries have a character select screen background set.
  • None of the new races are used in-game on a creature except Lightforged Draenei.
  • All four entries are flagged as being unplayable, set to a Neutral faction, and have reputations linked to existing reputations in the game.
  • There are no entries specifying race-class combinations for these new races.
  • Data in other linked files are not consistent with being playable races.
  • The data left behind is not consistent with something complete that has been intentionally hidden. It is possible that we are seeing a work in progress.
  • Patch 7.3 added an additional model related file to allow models to have bones used for customization but share animations with other models.
  • In Patch 7.3.2, the Lightforged Draenei and Draenei are the only models in the game to have this new file.
  • TL;DR: There is a chance we are seeing the groundwork being laid for playable subraces, but we will probably have to wait until BlizzCon for confirmation of sub-races.
  • Maybe Mag'har Orcs, Dark Iron Dwarves, and other sub-races finally got bumped up the priority list!
  • You can find a longer and more technical analysis on the forum.

Build of the Month - October 2017
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!

This month
New CPUs from Intel have been released but are proving challenging to actually find in stock. If you aren't in a hurry to build, it is worth waiting for next month when stock should improve for these new CPUs. They will require a new motherboard as well. We will update our build list with the 8600K and other Coffee Lake CPUs when stock improves.

The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

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

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!



MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$225
KeyboardLogitech G710+$97
MouseLogitech G502$54
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50


MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$444
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$60
SpeakersLogitech Z523$74

Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.


Updated October 15, 2017
Case Carbide Series 200R$57
Power Supply EVGA 600B$49
CPU Intel G4500$71
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270$95
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$100
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$120
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22


Updated October 15, 2017
Case Carbide Series 200R$57
Power Supply EVGA 600B$49
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$135
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$79
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$220
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.


Updated October 15, 2017
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$40
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$140
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$162
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22


Updated October 15, 2017
Case Corsair Air 540$127
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$140
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$163
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $419
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$129
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Subrace Fan Art
Shoc put together some nice subrace mockups on the forum back in 2013. Keep in mind this is just fan art!

by Published on 2017-10-21 10:30 PM

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Giveaway

Alienware Peripherals Giveaway
Our friends at Alienware have provided us with 20x Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse and 10 x Alienware Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard.

  • The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states & D.C. that are 18 or older.
  • The contest will run from October 21st 2017 to October 26th 2017 at 11:59 pm CT.
  • To enter, just reply to this post with which product you want more (Mouse, Keyboard, or Either)
  • You can see the full set of Official Rules here.

Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - October 20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Battle Pets
  • Lesser Pet Treats and Pet Treats should once again stack.
  • Naxxy will now fly alongside you when you’re on a flying mount.

Player versus Player
  • Your item level is now set to 935 while participating in Tournament Rules wargames (was iLvl 900).

This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

Tier 11 Models Released
The first raid in the Cataclysm brought us some great looking sets which were featured in 2010 prior to the release of Blackwing Descent. This was the first raid where loot was normalized in 10 and 25 man modes, allowing guilds to choose which raid size they wanted to go with.

Incoming Cataclysm
In 2010 a short TV commercial aired, giving all World of Warcraft fans a Cataclysm teaser. The full trailer was also released on YouTube, which showed us Deathwing bringing the Cataclysm to Azeroth. Expansion trailer reveals typically happen at BlizzCon, however this was released over a week before it, which further built the anticipation for more details to be shared at the event.

Mists of Pandaria Announcement
Mists of Pandaria was officially announced, showing off the new race and class to come in the next expansion. With this post we also got some information, such as the level cap being raised, pet battle system being added, and our talent system being redesigned.

Endgineer Omegaplugg - Let the Puzzles Begin
One of many secrets discovered in Legion was the hidden boss in Gnomeregan. This was a 5 man boss, which was summoned by pushing a hidden button in the room of the last boss. This new boss was also much more difficult than the typical dungeon boss, which required players to be well geared, and execute a clever strategy to deal with all of his mechanics. After defeating him, the group was rewarded with the Vial of Green Goo toy.

World of Warcraft and Cooking
Have you ever wondered what Conjured Mana Strudels taste like? In 2016 the official World of Warcraft Cookbook released featuring many of the iconic in game meals and drinks. This book is still available for purchase on Amazon, so if you wanted to bring the tastes of Azeroth meals to your home, it’s time to pick one up.

by Published on 2017-10-20 09:54 PM

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Giveaway
Blizzard sent us 15 Virtual Tickets to give away! This year the in-game goodies include some faction themed mounts.

  • To enter the giveaway, reply to this post with panel on the BlizzCon schedule you are looking forward to the most.
  • This contest ends Wednesday, October 25th 2017 at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Winners will be selected on Thursday, October 26th.
  • Winners will be contacted by PM on the site. There is no email alert by default, you will need to log in and check your PMs.
  • A note will be added to the front page of the site when winners have been contacted.

by Published on 2017-10-20 06:54 PM

World of Warcraft 7.3.2 Patch Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Patch 7.3.2 includes:
  • General bug fixes and minor class balance changes.
  • Additional currency support in
  • Additional tuning in preparation for Antorus, the Burning Throne raid dungeon’s release.

While this minor patch adds in additional tuning for Antorus, this raid won’t be available with the release of patch 7.3.2, and will open at a later date.


Class Halls
  • Added three new missions: “Scour the Surface”, “Abandoned Armory”, and “Feed the Furnaces”. All reward follower armor upgrades.
  • A Primal Sargerite vendor has been added to the Vindicaar.

  • Convergence of Fates now reduces the remaining cooldown on one of your powerful abilities by 4 seconds (was 5 seconds), and has 10% more primary stat.
  • Whispers in the Dark cast speed bonus reduced by 40%, and has 20% more primary stat.
  • A number of class set items from legacy content can now be sold to vendors.

Legion Companion App
  • Restored the mission-complete button on the map.
  • Updated to support 7.3.2 patch.

Player versus Player
  • The weekly quest “Something Different” should now reward the correct Brawler’s Footlocker based on the active season.
  • The Primal Victory and Glorious Tyranny Illusions are now purchasable for 10 Marks of Honor for players who earned at least one of the following Achievements:
    • Glorious Tyranny:
      • Duelist or Hero of the Horde/Alliance in Season 14.
      • Duelist or Hero of the Horde/Alliance in Season 15.
    • Primal Victory:
      • Duelist or Hero of the Horde/Alliance in Warlords Season 1.
      • Duelist or Hero of the Horde/Alliance in Warlords Season 2.
      • Duelist or Hero of the Horde/Alliance in Warlords Season 3.

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