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by Published on 2019-05-29 09:16 PM

Patch 8.2 PTR - New Hunter Boss Tames, Conflict and Strife PvP Talent Changes

Rise of Azshara PTR Development Notes – May 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A new build with new testable content has been published to the Public Test Realms (PTR) for our upcoming content update, Rise of Azshara. This build retains progress made since test characters were deleted on May 14.

Now Available
Over the next few days, we’ll initiate testing of:
  • Season 3 content, including:
    • Mythic Keystone Dungeon updates
    • The new Heroic Battle for Stromgarde Warfront
  • Ashran
  • Flying

We’ll let you know in new, separate threads here in this forum as each test gets underway.

Continuing Testing
  • Heart of Azeroth system update—Essences
    • Test characters are now granted access to all Rank 3 Essences within the class Proving Grounds. Players can access the Proving Grounds by speaking to their respective class trainer in a capital city.
    • Please submit your feedback on Essences in the appropriate thread here.
  • New Zone-- Mechagon
  • New Zone-- Nazjatar
  • New Raid-- Azshara’s Eternal Palace
  • New Dungeon-- Operation: Mechagon
  • New Arena-- The Robodrome
  • Mount Equipment
  • Crestfall and Snowblossom Island Expeditions
  • Ashran Epic Battleground
  • New Missions
  • Gnome and Tauren Heritage Armors
  • New Profession Recipes
  • Pet Battle Dungeon-- Stratholme

Please keep an eye on this forum for dedicated feedback threads on these testable features, such as Feedback—Operation: Mechagon and Feedback—Nazjatar.

Get into the PTR!
The PTR is now available. To log in to the PTR, simply create a PTR account and copy the character you wish to test from your account. Step-by-step directions can be found here.

Note: World of Warcraft PTR realms are only available to players who have a full World of Warcraft account.

WoW Classic Beta and Stress Test
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
WoW Classic Beta Offline - May 29
The WoW Classic Beta is being taken offline imminently, in preparation for today’s Stress Test. The Beta should be back online this evening, after 4:00 p.m. PDT. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

WoW Classic Stress Test on May 29
FYI, Warsong Gulch will be available at level 10 in today’s stress test. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2019-05-29 05:34 PM

Patch 8.2 PTR - Build 30613

Patch 8.2 PTR - Hunters Can Now Tame Oondasta and Horridon
A new addition to the PTR is the ability for hunters to tame the Pandaria bosses Horridon and Oondasta. These are unique skins for both direhorns and devilsaurs!



Patch 8.2 PTR - Conflict and Strife PvP Talent Changes
The latest update to the PTR changed some of the more controversial PvP talents for certain specs. Here is a list of the ones that changed. Blizzard previously mentioned that the initial talents were not final and would be changed. To see the talents that haven't changed, check out our initial preview.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Balance
      • Thorns - Sprout thorns for 12 sec on the friendly target. When victim to melee attacks, thorns deals up to 5% of the attackers total health in Nature damage. Attackers also have their movement speed reduced by 50% for 4 sec.
    • Feral
      • Thorns - Sprout thorns for 12 sec on the friendly target. When victim to melee attacks, thorns deals up to 5% of the attackers total health in Nature damage. Attackers also have their movement speed reduced by 50% for 4 sec.
  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Beast Mastery
      • Hi-Explosive Trap - Hurls a fire trap to the target location that explodes when an enemy approaches, causing 60 Fire damage and knocking all enemies away. Trap will exist for 60 sec.
    • Marksmanship
      • Hi-Explosive Trap - Hurls a fire trap to the target location that explodes when an enemy approaches, causing 60 Fire damage and knocking all enemies away. Trap will exist for 60 sec.
    • Survival
      • Hi-Explosive Trap - Hurls a fire trap to the target location that explodes when an enemy approaches, causing 60 Fire damage and knocking all enemies away. Trap will exist for 60 sec.
  • Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Arcane
      • Temporal Shield - Envelops you in a temporal shield for until cancelled. 100% of all damage taken while shielded will be instantly restored when the shield ends.
    • Fire
      • Temporal Shield - Envelops you in a temporal shield for until cancelled. 100% of all damage taken while shielded will be instantly restored when the shield ends.
    • Frost
      • Temporal Shield - Envelops you in a temporal shield for until cancelled. 100% of all damage taken while shielded will be instantly restored when the shield ends.
  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Holy
      • Holy Ward - Wards the friendly target against the next full loss of control effect.
  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Assassination
      • Maneuverability - Sprint suppresses all movement-impairing effects for 4 sec when used.
    • Outlaw
      • Maneuverability - Sprint suppresses all movement-impairing effects for 4 sec when used.
    • Subtlety
      • Maneuverability - Sprint suppresses all movement-impairing effects for 4 sec when used.
  • Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Enhancement
      • Thundercharge - You call down bolts of lightning, charging you and your target's weapons. The cooldown recovery rate of all abilities is increased by 30% for 10 sec.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The chosen abilities in PTR data are not final. In particular, the ones that would clearly be overpowered or problematic in PvE (such as Leader of the Pack) are generally cases where the final decision of which PvP Talent to give hasn’t yet been made.

The primary goal of Conflict and Strife is to provide an interesting choice in PvP by allowing access to an extra PvP Talent. It’s not necessarily going to be a strong option for PvE. The acquisition of this Essence is via PvP, and is totally optional for PvE-focused players. While there may be interesting PvE uses for some of the choices, it is not expected to be a strong competitor on usual PvE criteria (like total throughput) on every spec.

Reminder: WoW Classic Stress Test Today
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Just reminding everybody that the next WoW Classic stress test is happening Wednesday at 2:00pm PDT, the full details are in the original thread: WoW Classic Stress Test on May 29

Your characters are looking forward to seeing you again and we thank you for your continued support!

Mike Morhaime to be Honored at Gamelab Barcelona
The official Gamelab site released a press release today revealing that Blizzard co founder Mike Morhaime will receive the 2019 Honor Award at the Gamelab Barcelona event in Spain. He will get the award for his successful career in gaming and his key role in the creation of some of the most groundbreaking and influential game universes of all-time.


Published on 2019-05-29 12:30 AM

Patch 8.2 PTR - Build 30613
A new build is on the way to the PTR!

Ashran Epic Battleground Testing – Play With The Blues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We’re coming together to test the Ashran epic battleground experience in the Rise of Azshara PTR, and would love for you to join us!

On Friday, May 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. Eastern), we’ll be queueing up for Ashran. Get your PTR character(s) ready at level 120 on the Broxigar server, and then at 10:00 a.m.:

  • Open Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  • Select the Player vs. Player tab
  • Select Quick Match
  • In the dropdown, choose “Specific Battlegrounds”
  • Select “Ashran” and then hit the Join Battle button

Thank you very much, and we look forward to fighting in Draenor with you!

New Items

LevelTypeName
1OtherEnergy Cell
60OtherHead of Nefarian


Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Battle for Azeroth
Exploration

Quests

Reputation
  • Waveblade Ankoan Name changed from "The Ankoan" to "Waveblade Ankoan". Earn Exalted Status with the Ankoan. 5 points. Waveblade Ankoan. 5 points.

Collect
Pet Battles

Dungeons & Raids

Heart of Azeroth
Expansion Features

World
Player vs. Player



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Unholy
  • Mastery: Dreadblade Increases the damage of your Shadow damage abiilites abilites by [ 225% of Spell Power ]%. Death Knight - Unholy Spec. Death Knight - Unholy Spec.

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator)
Guardian
  • Frenzied Regeneration Frenzied Regeneration will now spend up to 30 additional Rage to immediately heal you for up to 18% additional health Frenzied Regeneration's healing is increased by 33%. Druid - Guardian Spec. Druid - Guardian Spec.
  • Frenzied Regeneration Immediately heals you for up to 24% health based on Rage spent, then heals you for 18% health over 3 sec. 1 charge. Requires Bear Form. Druid - Guardian Spec. Druid - Guardian Spec. 10 Rage / 10 Rage. Instant. 36 sec recharge. 1 charge.

Racials
Human
  • Every Man for Himself Removes all stun effects. This effect shares a 90 sec cooldown with other similar effects. Human Racial. Human Racial. Instant. 3 min cooldown.

Undead
  • Will of the Forsaken Removes any Charm, Fear and Sleep effect. This effect shares a 30 sec cooldown with other similar effects. Undead Racial. Undead Racial. Instant. 2 min cooldown.

Azerite Traits
  • Bury the Hatchet When you use Impending Victory Victory Rush, gain 1,143 Physical absorb for 10 sec.
  • Cauterizing Blink When you Shimmer Blink, heal for 203 every 1 sec for 4 sec.
  • Strength of Spirit Brewmaster, Mistweaver: While Fortifying Brew is active, heal for 117 every second. Windwalker: While Touch of Karma is active, heal for 117 every second.
  • Synaptic Spark Capacitor Your spells and abilities have a chance to cause the target to become a Spark Coil for 10 sec. Enemies within 102 8 yards of the Spark Coil take 102 damage every 2 seconds and deal 5% reduced damage to you. Increases your Kul Tiran or Zandalari Engineering by 25. Approximately 1.5 procs per minute.
  • Thrive in Chaos Havoc: Each Fury spent heals you for 1 Health. Vengeance: Each Pain spent heals you for 4 Health.

Professions
Cooking
  • Baked Port Tato Prepare Baked Port Tato. Cooking. Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Fresh Potato x 2, Meaty Haunch Rubbery Flank x 8, Aromatic Fish Oil x 3, Foosaka x 2.
  • Baked Port Tato You don't waste a single ingredient, preparing much more Baked Port Tato in each batch. Cooking. Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Fresh Potato x 2, Meaty Haunch Rubbery Flank x 8, Aromatic Fish Oil x 3, Foosaka x 2.
  • Baked Port Tato Prepare more Baked Port Tato in each batch. Cooking. Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Fresh Potato x 2, Meaty Haunch Rubbery Flank x 8, Aromatic Fish Oil x 3, Foosaka x 2.

Enchanting
  • Force Multiplier Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Strength or Agility by 500 264 and Mastery, Haste, or Critical Strike by 500 170 for 15 sec. Your highest stat is always chosen. Greatly reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 4, Gloom Dust x 20, Veiled Crystal x 2.
  • Force Multiplier Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Strength or Agility by 500 264 and Mastery, Haste, or Critical Strike by 500 170 for 15 sec. Your highest stat is always chosen. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 6, Gloom Dust x 25, Veiled Crystal x 3.
  • Force Multiplier Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Strength or Agility by 500 264 and Mastery, Haste, or Critical Strike by 500 170 for 15 sec. Your highest stat is always chosen. Reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 5, Gloom Dust x 22, Veiled Crystal x 3.
  • Machinist's Brilliance Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Intellect by 500 264 and Mastery, Haste, or Critical Strike by 500 170 for 15 sec. Your highest stat is always chosen. Greatly reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 4, Gloom Dust x 20, Veiled Crystal x 2.
  • Machinist's Brilliance Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Intellect by 500 264 and Mastery, Haste, or Critical Strike by 500 170 for 15 sec. Your highest stat is always chosen. Reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 5, Gloom Dust x 22, Veiled Crystal x 3.
  • Machinist's Brilliance Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Intellect by 500 264 and Mastery, Haste, or Critical Strike by 500 170 for 15 sec. Your highest stat is always chosen. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 6, Gloom Dust x 25, Veiled Crystal x 3.
  • Naga Hide Permanently enchant a weapon with a naga spell of protection. When you Block, Dodge, or Parry, you have a chance to increase Strength or Agility by 500 264 for 15 sec. Additionally, while active, your skin is covered in thick scales, allowing you to absorb 15,000 damage. Reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 5, Gloom Dust x 22, Veiled Crystal x 3.
  • Naga Hide Permanently enchant a weapon with a naga spell of protection. When you Block, Dodge, or Parry, you have a chance to increase Strength or Agility by 500 264 for 15 sec. Additionally, while active, your skin is covered in thick scales, allowing you to absorb 15,000 damage. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 6, Gloom Dust x 25, Veiled Crystal x 3.
  • Naga Hide Permanently enchant a weapon with a naga spell of protection. When you Block, Dodge, or Parry, you have a chance to increase Strength or Agility by 500 264 for 15 sec. Additionally, while active, your skin is covered in thick scales, allowing you to absorb 15,000 damage. Greatly reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 4, Gloom Dust x 20, Veiled Crystal x 2.
  • Oceanic Restoration Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Intellect by 500 264 for 15 sec, and restore 5,000 400 mana. Greatly reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 4, Gloom Dust x 20, Veiled Crystal x 2.
  • Oceanic Restoration Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Intellect by 500 264 for 15 sec, and restore 5,000 400 mana. Reduced materials. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 5, Gloom Dust x 22, Veiled Crystal x 3.
  • Oceanic Restoration Permanently enchant a weapon to occasionally increase Intellect by 500 264 for 15 sec, and restore 5,000 400 mana. Enchanting. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Umbra Shard x 6, Gloom Dust x 25, Veiled Crystal x 3.



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ABILITY_INFO_KULTIRAN3 - - Swim faster and breath longer underwater. hold your breath longer underwater.
  • BATTLEGROUND_NEW_RATING (New) - New Rating
  • BATTLEGROUND_RATING - Current Rating
  • CHARACTER_SHEET_MICRO_BUTTON_AZERITE_ESSENCE_SLOT_AVAILABLE - An essence slot is available. Your Heart of Azeroth has an unused Essence slot.
  • CONFIRM_NAZJATAR_FRIEND_CHOICE_AKANA (New) - Only Hunter Akana will be able to accompany you for today. Are you sure you wish to choose Hunter Akana?
  • CONFIRM_NAZJATAR_FRIEND_CHOICE_INOWARI (New) - Only Bladesman Inowari will be able to accompany you for today. Are you sure you wish to choose Bladesman Inowar?
  • CONFIRM_NAZJATAR_FRIEND_CHOICE_NERI (New) - Only Neri Sharpfin will be able to accompany you for today. Are you sure you wish to choose Neri Sharpfin?
  • CONFIRM_NAZJATAR_FRIEND_CHOICE_ORI (New) - Only Farseer Ori will be able to accompany you for today. Are you sure you wish to choose Farseer Ori?
  • CONFIRM_NAZJATAR_FRIEND_CHOICE_POEN (New) - Only Poen Gillbrack will be able to accompany you for today. Are you sure you wish to choose Poen Gillbrack?
  • CONFIRM_NAZJATAR_FRIEND_CHOICE_VIM (New) - Only Vim Brineheart will be able to accompany you for today. Are you sure you wish to choose Vim Brineheart?
  • DELETE_AZERITE_SCRAPPABLE_ITEM (New) - Do you want to destroy %s?\n\nYou can scrap this item for |Hcurrency:1718|h %s|h Titanium Residuum instead.\n\nType "DELETE" into the field to confirm.
  • DELETE_AZERITE_SCRAPPABLE_OR_DISENCHANTABLE_ITEM (New) - Do you want to destroy %s?\n\nYou can scrap or disenchant this item for |Hcurrency:1718|h %s|h Titanium Residuum instead.\n\nType "DELETE" into the field to confirm.
  • DELETE_ITEM_SCRAPPABLE_AZERITE_WARNING (New) - You can scrap this item for %s Titan Residuum instead.
  • ERR_VENDOR_REFUSE_SCRAPPABLE_AZERITE (New) - The merchant doesn't want that item. Bring it to the Scrapper to extract Titan Residuum.
  • ITEM_CREATE_LOOT_SPEC_ITEM (New) - Use: Create a soulbound item appropriate for your loot specialization (%s).
  • ITEM_MOD_AGILITY_OR_INTELLECT_SHORT (New) - Agility or Intellect
  • ITEM_MOD_AGILITY_OR_STRENGTH_OR_INTELLECT_SHORT (New) - Agility or Strength or Intellect
  • ITEM_MOD_AGILITY_OR_STRENGTH_SHORT (New) - Agility or Strength
  • ITEM_MOD_STRENGTH_OR_INTELLECT_SHORT (New) - Strength or Intellect
  • MATCHMAKING_ENEMY_AVG_RATING (New) - Enemy Team's Matchmaking Value: %s
  • MATCHMAKING_YOUR_AVG_RATING (New) - Your Team's Matchmaking Value: %s
  • PVP_RATING_NEW (New) - New Rating: %s
  • PVP_RATING_UNCHANGED (New) - Rating Unchanged
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_410 - You already have the essence this makes for your current loot specialization. this essence for your current loot specialization
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_413 - You must complete the quest "The Heart Forge" to infuse an essence.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_417 (New) - Your target is not wearing an unbound Cursed Lover's Ring
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_418 (New) - Your Cursed Lover's Ring is already bound
  • SPLASH_BATTLEFORAZEROTH_8_2_0_RIGHT_DESC_ALT (New) - Continue the War Campaign to access Nazjatar!



Misc Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Currency Types
Battle for Azeroth
  • Prismatic Manapearl - A small A glistening sphere of arcane energy found in Nazjatar. around Nazjatar. These can be traded for rare and powerful items, or used to empower Benthic armor.

LFG Dungeons
Raids
  • The Eternal Palace (New) - Map: The Eternal Palace. Level 120. Suggested level: 120. Roles: .
  • The Eternal Palace (New) - Map: The Eternal Palace. Level 120. Suggested level: 120. Roles: .
  • The Eternal Palace (New) - Map: The Eternal Palace. Level 120. Suggested level: 120. Roles: .

Map Areas
Arathi Basin Winter
  • Arathi Basin > Farm (New)
  • Arathi Basin > Gold Mine (New)
  • Arathi Basin > Lumber Mill (New)
  • Arathi Basin > Stables (New)

Crestfall (Islands 11)
  • Crestfall - Music: Islands_80_Winter_Walk. Music: Islands_82_Crestfall_Walk.

Kul Tiras
  • Mechagon - Music: Zone_82_Mechagon_GeneralWalk. Pet battle levels: 25-25.

Nazjatar
  • Nazjatar - Music: Zone_82_Nazjatar_GeneralWalk. Pet battle levels: 25-25.
  • Nazjatar > Broken Fin Hollow (New)
  • Nazjatar > Exile Overlook (New)
  • Nazjatar > Guardian Spring (New)
  • Nazjatar > Roiling Vortex (New)

Snowblossom Village (Islands 3)
  • Snowblossom Village - Music: Islands_82_Snowblossom_Walk.

Maps
Battle for Azeroth
  • Eastern Kingdoms - Vermillion Redoubt - HoA Scenario - Directory: 2208. Type: Scenario. Time is always 12:00am. 9:00pm.

Mounts
Ground Mounts
  • Deepcoral Snapdragon - Ground Mount. Deepcoral Snapdragon. "The snapdragon is a quiet hunter in the water, but is far less stealthy on land." Source: Quest: A Wild Tame Wild Tame Zone: Nazjatar
  • Snapdragon Kelpstalker - Ground Mount. Snapdragon Kelpstalker. "When a snapdragon bites you, the worry isn't about the bite itself, but the poison that will begin to eat away at the wound." Source: Quest: A Good Girl Good Girl Zone: Nazjatar

Scenarios
Defend the Rig
  • 03: Defeat Neutronium Surge - Name changed from "03: Defeat Oil Surges" to "03: Defeat Neutronium Surge". Defeat Oil Surges Defeat Neutronium Surge

World Safe Locations
Kalimdor
  • Silithus - Magni's Encampment (New)
  • Silithus - Magni's Encampment - Portal to Tiragarde (New)

Kul Tiras
  • Boralus - Portal to Silithus (New)
  • Sanctum of the Sages Portal Exit (New)

Zandalar
  • Zuldazar - Captain Rez'okun (New)
by Published on 2019-05-28 03:03 PM

Venturebeat Interview with J. Allen Brack - Wow's 15th Anniversary and Future

TRIALS AND ERRORS (Class Creation Competition #5) - GRAND FINALE POLL

Warlords of Draenor Timewalking
Today marks the first ever Warlords of Draenor Timewalking Bonus Event week. Here is what to expect and earn during the week! Pick up A Savage Path Through Time from your adventure journal and complete 5 timewalking dungeons for a Cache of Dazar'alor Treasures. This is also a good time to work on those Warlords reputations to unlock flying on Draenor.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Warlords of Draenor Timewalking

Available Dungeons

Vendors and Rewards
The Timewalking vendors' locations and currency rewards are:

  • Alliance: Tempra - Located in southwest Stormshield just outside of the inn.
  • Horde: Kronnus - Located in west Warspear near the entrance path to Ashran.


Mounts - 5000 Timewarped Badge each.




Toys


Reputation Commendations - 50 Timewarped Badge each.


Gear


Heirloom Upgrades




Azurethos, The Winged Typhoon - Tiragarde Sound World Boss
Azurethos is this week's BfA world boss!


LevelTypeSlotNameModel Viewer
355TrinketTrinketPlume of the Seaborne Avian
355TrinketTrinketGalecaller's Beak
355TrinketTrinketAzurethos' Singed Plumage
355ClothFeetSandals of Rustling Rage
 Modelviewer
355ClothHandsWindcaller's Down Handwraps
 Modelviewer
355LeatherChestChestguard of Dire Winds
 Modelviewer
355LeatherFeetFootpads of the Encircling Storm
 Modelviewer
355MailHeadFeathered Galeforce Crest
 Modelviewer
355MailWristsBindings of the Winged Typhoon
 Modelviewer
355PlateLegsRoost-Defender's Legguards
 Modelviewer
355PlateFeetGalebreaker's Sabatons
 Modelviewer



Island Expeditions for the Week of May 28th, 2019
The Island Expeditions for the week are:

  • Molten Cay with Trolls
  • Jorundall with Taunka
  • Rotting Mire with Sauroks


PvP Brawl: Cooking Impossible
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
New PvP Brawl: Cooking: Impossible
Nomi is back, and he wants you to bring your most dangerous pots and pans to The Valley of the Four Winds for a new brawl in the kitchen. Look to your in-game calendar for round one of this cutthroat culinary conflict.

Call to Arms: Drustvar
This week's Call to Arms is Call to Arms: Drustvar or Call to Arms: Drustvar. Head to Drustvar with warmode enabled to kill 10 players of the opposing faction. This will reward you with conquest and 75 reputation for either 7th Legion or The Honorbound.
Published on 2019-05-28 06:54 AM

Venturebeat Interview with J. Allen Brack - Wow's 15th Anniversary and Future
Venturebeat sat down with J. Allen Brack to discuss Blizzard, WoW over the past 15 years, and the future. Here is a summary, and be sure to read the full interview here


  • J. Allen Brack has played all Blizzard franchises and is a true fan of everything the company does, and Warcraft is close to his heart because it is the franchise he has worked the longest on and played the most.
  • When World of Warcraft launched, the company had 300 employees. Today they have 4,300.
  • World of Warcraft's success allowed the company to do many different and amazing things and it's hard to imagine the size and scope and scale of some of their games without World of Warcraft.
  • The team started discussing what to do for the 15th anniversary about 2 yeard ago and wanted to do something broader than the 10th anniversary statue.
  • Brack sees classic as part of the World of Warcraft pillar and not its own new pillar.
  • J. Allen Brack's transition into president of Blizzard has been challenging, but the most important piece is what the teams are working on and the future of the franchises. The company currently has more games being worked on now than at any other time in Blizzard's history, and they believe in the future of their franchises.
  • There isn't a requirement that every game created by Blizzard work and speak to every single player. Their goal is to get you to try new things and give them a chance while still providing a good, authentic Blizzard experience.
  • Blizzard loved working on Diablo III for the switch and think both Nintendo and the console are great.
  • It's not ridiculous to assume that Blizzard could work with Nintendo on other projects.
  • Some of Brack's best WoW experiences are beating Ragnaros and Kael'thas as a guild for the first time, or completing the Undying achievement from Naxxramas 10-man.
  • Creating the Legion expansion was one of his favorite highlights working on WoW. Bringing back Illidan and having diffrent artifact weapons and the world quest system and playing it after it was done is an awesome memory.
  • Brack agrees that Mists of Pandaria was one of the most misunderstood expansions that now is looked back on fondly.
  • The team for a long time wanted to have a class or a race where you chose whether you went Horde or Alliance, and it was cool to be able to do that in Mists of Pandaria.
  • Brack believes people will have their favorite expansion depending on when they joined, who their friends were at the time, and what different content they experienced.
  • The team believes the two-year expansion cycle with three major content patches is the right thing right now.
  • The big inflection this year is going to be Classic. It's a huge piece that's going to be midway through the cycle.
  • The team is always open to thinking about different things that they could have done or could do, and what is the right thing from a development standpoint.
  • The team did think about making Argus its own expansion, but think the way that they ended up doing it turned out pretty good.


GCDTV 6v6 Battleground Series - NA Tournament #1
GCDTV held a 6v6 battleground tournament over the weekend, with an EU tournament coming this weekend.

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Dark Legacy Comics #680
DLC #680 has been released!


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