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by Published on 2017-10-10 06:36 PM

5 Patch 2.6.1 PTR Class Changes To Look Forward To

Are we Getting Another Exclusive Golden Legendary? BlizzCon 2017 Digital Goodies

BlizzCon Early Access Gear Sale Live
The Blizzard Gear store has been updated with new BlizzCon 2017 products. Orders are only open to Virtual Ticket holders today, but will open for everyone on 10/17.



BlizzCon 2017 In-Game Bonus Items Incoming
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Every BlizzCon®, we give out a stash of in-game goodies to attendees and Virtual Ticket holders to say “thanks!” to the most epic gaming community in the world. World of Warcraft® players are already circling Stormwind and Orgrimmar on their BlizzCon mounts—and starting today, Overwatch® and StarCraft® II players can join in the celebration too.

Take a look at the in-game bonus items you’ll get for your favorite Blizzard games when you join us for BlizzCon 2017 in person or when you order the BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket.

World of Warcraft: Stormwind Skychaser and Orgrimmar Interceptor - In-game now!
Heroes of Azeroth can show their BlizzCon spirit with the Stormwind Skychaser mount (for the Alliance!) and Orgrimmar Interceptor mount (for the Horde!).



Overwatch: BlizzCon 2017 Winston Skin - In-game today!
Through the power of science, Winston found himself teleported into BlizzCon 2017—and picked up this souvenir skin to mark the curious occasion.



StarCraft II: Junker SCV, Probe, and Drone Skins - In-game today!
Discovered on the fringe worlds by the notorious terran junker gangs who scour the Korprulu sector for salvage, these scrappy SCVs, Probes, and Drones are retrofitted and ready to take on your dirty work.



Heroes of the Storm: Nexus Razorback Mount…and More! - Coming Soon
Charge into battle on the Nexus Razorback mount, make your mark on the Battlegrounds with a BlizzCon 2017 Banner and Cartoon Nexus Razorback Spray, and show your convention spirit with your BlizzCon 2017 Portrait.



Diablo® III: Murkromancer Pet - Coming Soon
No one escapes the aaaaaughibbrgubugbugrguburgle! Rumor has it this necrotic, aquatic companion can command an army of dead fish, which is about as useful as you’d think.



Hearthstone®: Mystery Goodie - Arriving After BlizzCon
What’s on deck for Hearthstone players? The Innkeeper’s not quite ready to show his hand quite yet!


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



World Boss - Calamir
Calamir is up this week, rewarding players with Artifact Power and a chance at item level 860 loot.



Weekly Bonus Event - Pet Battles
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
An extra weekly quest and rewards are here— the Pet Battles bonus event is underway!

This Week
All week, get out there and fight with your mighty minions. When the time comes to take on other players, open your Pet Journal and hit the “Find Battle” button to be matched up with an opponent whose team is competitive with yours.

Look for the following all week long:

by Published on 2017-10-09 07:36 PM

Armory Stats - Patch 7.3 Achievements, Blue Tweets, Overwatch: Anthology, DLC #602

Heroes of the Storm - BlizzCon In-Game Goodies
The latest Heroes of the Storm PTR build added the BlizzCon goodies! You can see the WoW mount rewards here.





MMO-Champion Hiring News Manager
MMO-Champion is looking for a News Manager to assist with front page content, including patch updates, Blizzard event coverage, and general World of Warcraft news.

This is a remote, contract position. Pay commensurate with responsibilities and experience.

This role is great for someone already working or studying from home, as you’ll often be counted on to cover surprise news or patches. You’ll be working directly with our content team and the MMO-Champion site manager.

If you’re looking for a role in the gaming industry and you’re excited about joining a team that’s passionate about Blizzard titles (especially World of Warcraft), this is a great opportunity!

Job Responsibilities
  • Create news posts for the MMO-Champion front page
  • Assist with gathering and organizing information when a new patch hits the PTR
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in the World of Warcraft community

Requirements
  • Open availability (especially on patch days)
  • Ability to cover BlizzCon news and events remotely
  • Active WoW Player
  • Strong familiarity with the World of Warcraft
  • Superb grammar/punctuation
  • Basic understanding of HTML/CSS
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a US resident

Bonus Skills
  • Adobe Photoshop or image editing experience
  • Adobe Premiere or video editing experience
  • Basic understanding of Javascript

How to Apply
  • Apply here
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted for a phone interview


by Published on 2017-10-09 06:42 AM

Season 11 Ends Oct 20th, Season 12 Starts November 9th

Interview with our Expansion Creation Competition Winner - Servitors of the Loa

Armory Stats - Patch 7.3 Achievements
Today we are taking a look at the number of players that have earned some of the new achievements in Patch 7.3. This data sample contains 1.8 million US and EU players active in the last month.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Are the tool tips for crouch on the argus rare pet battles just wrong - they block 100% of damage not 50%
This is working as intended, the 50% reduction of Crouch and Boss stack. (Muffinus)

Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1
Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1 releases on October 10!



Dark Legacy Comics #602 - The Simple Things
DLC #602 has been released!

by Published on 2017-10-08 05:19 AM

Season 11 Ends Oct 20th, Season 12 Starts November 9th

The Everlasting Gobstopper Card Design Competition

Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles
Blizzard's new arena opened this weekend for the Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs!



Game Developer Tweets
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
From your answer about mistakes new game designers make you mentioned “Not recognizing that they have reached a point of diminishing returns.” Can you explain what that means?
As a developer, there are a limited number of hours in the work week (even if you willingly work extra hours, which a lot of Rioters do). If you are spending your time on problem X, then you aren’t spending your time on problem Y.

If you get problem X to a solution that you would grade as an 85% in a day, and it takes you another day to get it to 90%, then you’re only improving it by 5% a day compared to your original output of 85% a day. That’s the diminishing returns part. Your efficiency drops to the floor, particularly compared to other projects you could be working on.

Now I’m not advocating shipping crappy, half-baked, or phoned-in designs. But in this business hitting 100% is almost never realistic, and the cost of hitting 100% isn’t worth it when you consider the opportunity cost of what you’re not doing in the same window. You have probably heard the phrase “The enemy of good is perfect.”

Junior designers mismanage this all the time. They get so excited about their project that they don’t want to live within any constraints. They are completely focused on how awesome their project is and lose sight of the cost of that project (in terms of their time).

I once spent several days setting up a battle between two NPCs that was just background action for players to make it feel like a battle was raging all around them. It looked really cool, but it took a long time to set up. If this was the climax of a big moment, then maybe that expenditure was worth it. Or maybe I should have spent that time to set up two different battles that would have more impact on players in the long run.

Another way this manifests is when a junior designer spends too much time trying to save a flawed concept rather than recognizing that it probably can’t be saved without weeks of work and that they would be better off to consider alternative concepts. (Source)



Heroes of the Storm - Junkrat, Hallow’s End, and More!
This week we got a preview of Junkrat, the Hallow's End event, and other things in development.



FinalBossTV - Episode #153: Mythic Dungeon Invitational
Check out FinalBossTV on Sunday for the Mythic Dungeon Invitational episode!



Dark Legacy Comics #601 - Play to Whine
DLC #601 has been released!



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.

South Park Releases "Make Love, not Warcraft"
The popular animated sitcom, South Park released their eighth episode in season ten. Make Love, not Warcraft was a Primetime Emmy Award winning episode featuring Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Kenny who became obsessed with the game, making it their quest to stop a high level player from killing others.


World of Warcraft Reaches 12 Million Players
The game peaked at 12 million players worldwide shortly after the Wrath of the Lich King expansion being available in China. The active subscriber numbers have not reached the same levels since, and only came close two years later. Blizzard announced they would no longer be reporting subscriber numbers in late 2015.


Flexible Raid Lockout
The flexible raid lockout system was announced as an upcoming feature for Patch 4.0.1. This new system allowed players to be loot locked to specific bosses each week rather than a specific raid size. This change standardized loot from 10 and 25 man raid size to the same item level, which allowed guilds the choice of which raid size they preferred more. This system had a few restrictions when it came to Heroic raiding, but it marked a great stepping stone towards a better raid system. Today’s flexible Normal and Heroic raid System is largely based on this initial version which we saw implemented in the Cataclysm.


Dragon Soul and Tier 13
Shortly after the preview of Dragon Soul, the Tier 13 Armor Sets and raid weapons were added. This gave us a preview of what the sets in the new raid would look like, as well as the new Rogue Legendary weapons that were obtainable in the new raid. Dragon Soul was the first raid which featured an end boss who only had weapons on his loot table, rather than a combination of weapons and armor.


Arcane Mage Hidden Appearance Discovered
After the beginning of Legion, every class was looking for their Hidden Artifact Appearance. The Woolomancer's Charge was discovered almost two months after the launch of the new expansion. This appearance had multiple steps that needed to be completed to unlock it, making it one of the more interesting ones to be found in the Order of the Shepherd Discord.



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