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by Published on 2018-01-15 06:43 PM

Patch 7.3.5 Releases January 16, 2018
Blizzard has confirmed that Patch 7.3.5 will be launching tomorrow! Allied Races are not going live tomorrow.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 7.3.5 Coming January 16
Patch 7.3.5 is coming January 16, and adds several new features and updates, including Ulduar Timewalking; the revamped leveling experience featuring scaling zones throughout Azeroth, Outland, and Draenor; and more. Players who have completed the Antorus, the Burning Throne raid can continue the story beyond the events on Argus and experience the tumultuous aftermath on Azeroth with a new quest line. Read the complete patch notes to learn more.

Before you hop into the game, make sure you’ve secured your account with the Blizzard Authenticator or Blizzard Mobile Authenticator, along with Blizzard SMS Protect. You’ll unlock an additional four backpack slots for each character on your account once you’ve secured it with both.



Overwatch - Why Dallas Fuel Lost and Highlights
Overwatch League is finally underway!

by Published on 2018-01-12 11:58 PM

Overwatch League Causing Lag in Diablo 3

Deathwing Needs a Friendwing - Vote for Phase II Challenges!

Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25848
The latest PTR build flagged the client as a Release Candidate.



Patch 7.3.5 - Artifact Instability
Patch 7.3.5 adds the send off for our Artifact weapons. A recent PTR build added some visual effects of the instability that results from the send off.

A recent build also changed how the Artifact Power numbers increase or decrease once your Artifact is unstable. Now your Artifact will increase in Artifact Power until February 2nd, then the total Artifact Power displayed will decrease until March 2nd. On March 19 it will begin to increase very very rapidly. This effect is probably only visual and your actual Artifact Power may not change.





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.

Mists of Pandaria: Pet Battles
Pet Battles were added in Mists of Pandaria and are still around today. This new content allowed players to collect battle pets and face off against other players, trainers or battle pets. The initial design had some features such as certain pets only spawning under very specific conditions (i.e - time of day or weather). The basics of the system were a level 25 cap with 6 total abilities.


Spell Animations in Patch 5.2
Warlocks, Rogues and Monks got updated spell animations on this PTR build. The spells that were updated were Nimble Brew, Ring of Peace, Hit and Run, Marked for Death and Blood Fear. Some of these abilities, such as Ring of Peace, have been updated in later patches as well.


Swift Windsteed
The newest addition to the Blizzard Store was the Swift Windsteed, which is the Pandaria themed mount floating on a cloud. As with all store mounts, this one scales with riding skill and is available to all characters on the account that purchase it.


Chinese Gaming Theme Park
China opened a theme park which featured a variety of gaming titles. In 2013, a Reddit user shared some pictures from their trip to the park, which had a few Warcraft and Starcraft features.


Patch 6.1
The first content patch of Warlords of Draenor brought small updates to a variety of systems as well as Twitter functionality within World of Warcraft. After the new character models were implemented, there were a few complaints which got fixed during this update. We also saw the addition of the Heirloom tab to make it easier to navigate and create heirlooms on alt characters. The Death Recap panel also got a small upgrade which made it easier to figure out what killed you during combat.


Patch 7.1.5
The first major balance patch of Legion brought a large number of changes to the game. The most important was the increase of secondary stats on jewelry. Secondary stat amounts on jewelry were increased to make them have a larger overall impact on stats since jewelry doesn't have primary stats. This patch also brought two new pieces of content with the addition of Mists of Pandaria Timewalking and the return of the Brawler’s guild. Hunter traps and the Mage Barriers also got new animations to better fit the specs.



Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes
A new patch released for Heroes of the Storm on January 9th, 2018. Highlights include the introduction of Blaze, the new hero from Starcraft!





Overwatch League
Overwatch released a new patch on January 9th to go along with the start of the first stage of Season One for the Overwatch League going on now through January 13th. The patch includes new skins for each hero with color schemes coordinating with the different competing teams.

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.
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