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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
 Modelviewer
930LeatherWaist Cinch of Detestable Guile
 Modelviewer
930LeatherLegs Leggings of Heinous Acts
 Modelviewer
930MailChest Enthralling Chain Armor
 Modelviewer
930MailWaist Waistguard of Devilish Deeds
 Modelviewer
930MailWrists Poison-Barbed Bracers
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930PlateShoulders Spaulders of Vile Determination
 Modelviewer
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.
by Published on 2018-01-08 12:56 PM

Popular HearthPwn Standard and Wild Decks of the Week for January 7

Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Allied Races Unlock Requirements
The latest PTR update updated the banners in both factions' embassies that list the unlock requirements for each Allied Race. These requirements are account wide and not faction specific, meaning you can earn them on an Alliance character and still unlock the Horde Allied Races and vice versa. On top of this, you need to have purchased Battle for Azeroth and have an existing 110 on the server in which you are creating an Allied Race.


Highmountain Tauren Requirements

The Nightborne Requirements



Lightforged Draenei Requirements

Void Elves Requirements



World of Warcraft 13th Anniversary Art Contest Winners!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After 13 years of World of Warcraft, we continue to be WoWed by all the amazing talent in the community. We’re pleased to share with you the grand-prize winner and 10 runners-up of the World of Warcraft 13th Anniversary Art Contest. We hope you like what you see. Make sure to congratulate them all!

Grand Prize Winner




Tim Guo

Runners-Up


Justin Schmandt


Lily Grasso


Katharina Rose Stalzer


Tina Wei


Phong Le


Michael Rookard


Justin Bechtold


Christian Stewart


Louis Ayson McKeown


Jeanna Dewberry

Patrick "Vanion" Michalczak Passes Away
Patrick Michalczak ran the German WoW fansite Vanion.EU and passed away on January 2. It was always a pleasure to work with him and he will be missed.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Sadly I have to tell you that Patrick "Vanion" Michalczak passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. With this article I once again direct my heartfelt condolences to his family. I am sure that, as members of this community, you guys are as shocked as I am and every other person that has been in contact with Patrick. A lot of questions have followed after the shock. I ask that you give the family time to mourn and stray away from any sort of speculation. Vanion was a well known person and it would be sad if rumors and false news were spread.

Patrick was not only a loved member of the German WoW Community, but also a loved brother, son and friend. I personally can't and won't share further details about this tragic event. Privacy has clear priority in such a matter and I only wrote this article because there was already speculation in the German community and I did not want it to spread further. Please be considerate of the mourning family members and friends. We will talk about the topic in more detail when the time is right.

The work on Vanion.eu will continue just like it has been the past few days. It is also too early to talk about the future of this site, but you will hear from us in the coming weeks. I wish the best for all community members that have to stomach this sudden announcement and suggest lighting a small candle, even just a tea light, in honor of Patrick "Vanion" Michaelczak today. That would be a lovely gesture.



Dark Legacy Comics #615
DLC #615 has been released.

by Published on 2018-01-06 05:20 AM

The Darkening of Tristram is Live!

Silence or Bust: How Cubelock Slowed the Meta

Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25807
A small build hit the PTR today, adding an item that allows players to collect 175 x Wakening Essence to turn in for a legendary item.



New Loading Screen



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Burning Breath Breaths a wide line of fire, inflicting 15,200 to 16,800 34,300 to 38,000 Fire Damage. 40 yd range. Instant.
  • Ring of Fire Deals 1,200 Deals 3,000 Fire damage every 1 seconds. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Whirling Saber Noura throws a flaming sword towards a random player, inflicting 2,000,000 Fire damage upon landing. The blade then begins to spin and return to Noura, inflicting 4,000,000 Fire damage every 1 sec second to all nearby enemies as it moves. Instant.
  • Whirling Saber Noura throws a flaming sword towards a random player, inflicting 2,000,000 Fire damage upon landing. The blade then begins to spin and return to Noura, inflicting 4,000,000 Fire damage every 1 sec second to all nearby enemies as it moves. 150 yd range. Instant.



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CHARACTER_UPGRADE_UNREVOKE_CHARACTER_FINISH_LABEL (New) - Unlock
  • CLASS_TRIAL_CHOOSE_BOOST_LOGOUT_PROMPT_TEXT (New) - To apply this Character Boost, log out to the character select screen.



PTR Development Notes - Build 25807
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hi all!

Today's PTR update includes a new method for acquiring Legendary items: the Purified Titan Essence. This item can be purchased from Arcanomancer Vridiel in Dalaran in exchange for 175 Wakening Essences.

When used, the Purified Titan Essence will immediately grant a Legion Legendary item appropriate for your specialization. Note that this item is bind on pickup, and that the Legendary item granted by the Purified Titan Essence does not affect your chance to earn a Legendary through other methods.

Additionally, the Awoken Titan Essence used to upgrade Legendary items to item level 1000 is now sold by Arcanomancer Vridiel as a vendor item, rather than as a quest reward, for the same total cost (50 Wakening Essence). The quest will no longer be offered, but can be turned in if your character already has it active.

Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - January 5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Dungeons and Raids
  • Antorus, The Burning Throne
    • Eonar the Life Binder
      • Eonar should now properly award credit towards the Forbidden Descent achievement in Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Eonar will now always successfully deal damage to the Paraxis when completing a cast of Life Force.
    • Coven of Shivarra
      • Fixed an issue that could cause Whirling Blades to deal damage far more rapidly than intended.

Player versus Player

Balance Druid and Assassination Rogue January 9th Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Assassination and Balance Rotation Adjustments on Tuesday
In recent weeks, we’ve seen the rise of a pair of unusual builds for Assassination Rogues and Balance Druids, both of which end up abandoning core abilities like Solar Wrath, Lunar Strike, and Mutilate in favor of Moonfire and Fan of Knives spam. While player ingenuity often devises interesting and unexpected ways of optimizing performance, in this case the resulting gameplay became one-dimensional, and we’ve heard feedback to that effect.

As a result, with the upcoming weekly resets in each region, starting on Tuesday, January 9, we’ll be making some targeted changes to reinforce the core rotational abilities of these two specializations, with only a minimal effect on overall balance:

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Assassination
    • Mutilate damage increased by 20%.
    • Balanced Blades (Artifact trait) bonus increased to 4% per point (was 2% per point).
    • Poison Knives (Artifact trait) reduced to 3% per point (was 4% per point).
    • Deadly Poison triggered instant damage increased by 15%.

Thank you very much for all of your feedback. I can't overstate how much we appreciate the valuable class discussion taking place here and elsewhere

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.

Patch 4.3.2
The test realms saw this patch pop up in 2012, and a few interesting additions were found. The popular 64 Bit Game Client was added in a build called “test x86”, and while this patch was only supposed to bring small bug fixes, it was also found that three new items made it into the game. The Feldrake, Eye of the Legion, and Demon Hunter’s Aspect were all found and speculated to become TCG items.


Patch 5.2 The Thunder King
This content Patch brought a few additions to the game. A small update to the Transmog system allowed players to transmog similar weapon styles, such as Swords into Daggers. Warlock Island was also found, and speculated that it would be used during the Green Fire Warlock specific questline. This patch also added new Heirloom items which scaled to level 85, along with a new zone called Isle of Giants.


Time for an Item Level Squish
The Warlords of Draenor Item Level Squish was intended to bring the numbers of players health, damage, but especially that of bosses to a lower number. The last boss of Siege of Orgrimmar Mythic, was designed to heal to full health several times, because the game engine could not handle a number large enough to have his health progress as a regular boss would. It was also made very clear that this item level squish would not affect players clearing older content, such as raids for transmog, because everything will be scaled accordingly.


Warlords of Draenor Cinematic
A special event was held to reveal the cinematic trailer to the newest WoW expansion. Streamers, YouTubers, and Blizzard employees were all at this event, revealing the introduction cinematic, which gave us some insight into the Horde on the world of Draenor. This expansion would take place years in the past, when Gul’dan tried to corrupt the Orcs of Draenor with fel, however many resisted to preserve their freedom.


Warcraft in China
The Warcraft movie mall tour in China was the largest exhibition mounted for this new film. With over 150 props from the movie, visitors had the opportunity to see statues, Orc huts, and many more items during the tour. This was in an attempt to appeal to the Chinese audience, who ended up making up half of the gross total ($220.8 million) after the release.


Activision Blizzard Acquires MLG Assets
Major League Gaming was once the largest esports organizers in North America. After years of innovating the esports scene, the emergence of other organizers such as ESL put MLG in a tough spot with multiple competitors. This caused some financial struggles causing them to sell all assets to Activision Blizzard for $46 million. The platform was, and is still used to host WoW tournaments, and the newly formed Overwatch League, among others.


Diablo 20th Anniversary
The Diablo franchise celebrated its 20th Anniversary early 2017. To celebrate this event, a new dungeon was added to Diablo III. This new area was designed in the style of Diablo I, with graphics, movement, and sound being filtered to capture the feel of the game. This event was also celebrated in WoW, where killing a Treasure Goblin would allow players to reach The Secret Cow Level, and kill the Cow King for some Diablo referenced loot.



Heroes of the Storm - Blaze, New Skins, and More!
Blaze is on the PTR and new skins, sprays, and more are on the way!





Dark Legacy Comics #614
DLC #614 has been released.


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