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by Published on 2018-05-30 10:35 PM

Patch 2.6.1a Now Live!

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Before the Storm Novel Excerpt
Christie Golden's next novel, Before the Storm comes out on June 12 and Blizzard released a new excerpt today. You can check out Amazon's preview here.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The first in a series of three excerpts from Christie Golden's upcoming World of Warcraft novel, Before the Storm. This latest all-new official prequel to Battle for Azeroth will be available on June 12, 2018 and is available to pre-order on Amazon. Be sure to check back to catch the second and third excerpts.

Download excerpt one of Before the Storm.

Book summary:

Azeroth is dying.

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth’s devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.

For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to and end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite’s power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war—a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.

Battle For Azeroth Beta Build
It looks like this week's beta build will be a little bit later due to the holiday.



Battle For Azeroth Addon Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In last week’s new build of the Battle For Azeroth Beta, we added SendLoggedAddonMessage.

SendLoggedAddonMessage allows players using your addon to report other players for abuse. The message must be valid UTF-8, and its constraints are identical to SendAddonMessage.

Ascendant Are All the Way Up in Europe
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The WoW Arena World Championship rolled on this weekend with the second European Cup looking to test the region’s best. With Method Black on top, the plan was to continue their strong play and solidify their spot heading into the final stage of the season. What’s that about the best-laid plans?

Method Black Falter at the Final Hurdle
Method Black won the first European Cup and maintained the momentum this weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Tempo Storm in the third round punctuating the European number one’s work. A semifinal versus Ascendant seemed a mere formality as Method notched a 3-1 rout against the RMP of Ascendant. Method Black advanced to the cup final looking to take out Ascendant once more but came up short in the rematch, falling in seven games to Ascendant.


Tempo Storm Continuing a Solid Season.
Tempo Storm wrapped up the second cup with another solid finish. Following a disappointing fourth-place finish in the first European Cup, Tempo Storm did one better, taking home the bronze medal. Considering the difficulty of their bracket, Tempo Storm may be happy with a third-place finish. An early loss to Method Black followed by a run past XRB, who are still struggling, got Tempo all the way to the final four. A loss to Ascendant in the lower bracket finals was marked by a constant change in composition for Tempo Storm who could not seem to find an answer to the RMP. Overall the summer season has been good to Tempo Storm and with BlizzCon coming into view they will hope to continue finishing on the podium.

Reformed Disappoint, Fall Early
Reformed had an excellent run in the first European Cup but ended up falling into major trouble this weekend in the second cup. A two-and-out is not what Reformed had in mind following their silver medal two weeks ago. It’s possible Reformed are looking past these cup events with their spot in BlizzCon already locked in. While they may not need to show all their cards, Reformed will be hoping they can return to the blistering form that saw them challenge Method Black and keep Europe on its toes.

Ascendant Ascend
Ascendant came off a disappointing Europe Cup #1, losing to Skill Capped Red(SCR) and Reformed. That disappointment will quickly be gone as Ascendant ascended right to the upper echelons of Europe this week. A convincing roll to the semifinals, including wins over SCR and XRB, saw Ascendant squaring off against Method Black. A 3-1 loss there ended up being a temporary setback as Ascendant bounced back versus a surging Tempo Storm. What followed was an extremely tight seven-game series featuring two of the best RMP teams in the world. Ascendant put all doubts to rest to come out on top and take top honors in the second European Cup.

With Method Black momentarily derailed, the AWC heads back to North America this weekend to see if The Move and Method Orange can stay on top. It will be interesting to see if North America will pick up the RMP from Ascendant and Method Black. Tune in next weekend at 10 AM PDT to watch the second AWC North American Cup.

FinalBossTV - Hunters in Battle for Azeroth
FinalBossTV made a few videos recently on Hunters in Battle for Azeroth!



by Published on 2018-05-30 02:41 AM

End of Legion Mythic+ Feedback
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With Legion coming to a close we thought we might try something a little different and collect some specific feedback on things. While we normally are reading tons of posts you guys make and sharing the details internally, we want to try collecting focused feedback to ensure your opinions are being heard. We're still doing our usual methods but want to see if this can be something we use going forward.

For the first one we're going to try one focused on Mythic+! We want to hear everything you guys have on this feature we introduced in Legion. What you think it does well, what you think it doesn't, ways you'd like to see it go, how did it work throughout the course of the expansion, etc.

Also a friendly note that just because you see it here doesn't mean it will be changed or added - and this topic is not an indication of future feature development.

by Published on 2018-05-29 05:37 PM

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"The Speaker" Comic Released
The 10 page comic focusing on Magni Bronzebeard has been released!



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The war with the Legion has left a terrible wound in Azeroth, one keenly felt by Magni Bronzebeard. He can no longer speak to the world’s spirit; he can only hear her screams. Plagued by doubt, Magni journeys to Silithus, desperate to find of a way to rekindle his connection with the world.

We invite you to downloand and read the free comic here.

About
Written by Matt Burns and Illustrated by Katherine “Suqling” Chan, “The Speaker” is the second in a series of comics leading up to the Battle for Azeroth.

Matt Burns is a senior writer on Blizzard Entertainment’s creative development team. During his time at the company, he has helped create a variety of fiction for the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch universes. His projects include authoring Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and co-authoring the New York Times–bestselling illustrated history series World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volumes I, II, and III.

Katherine “Suqling” Chan is an illustrator from Singapore who mains support and utility classes in video games. She has worked on a variety of game-focused projects over the past two years, including the Heroes of the Storm comic “Rise of the Raven Lord,” and actively creates fan art on her blog, www.suqling.tumblr.com.
by Published on 2018-05-29 03:24 PM

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



World Boss - Calamir
Calamir is up this week.



Weekly Bonus Event - Battlegrounds
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A new weekly quest and rewards are here—steel yourself for Battleground combat!

Seven Days on the Battlegrounds
All this week, heading to the Battlegrounds will net you some extra Honor along with bonus loot for completing this week’s quest. To enter the fray, open Group Finder (default hotkey: I) and then select the Player vs. Player tab. Next choose Casual, select Random Battlegrounds, and hit the Join Battle button—you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of the 11 battlegrounds.

Weekly Quest
Before you get started, Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Win four random Battlegrounds, and you’ll be rewarded with 5 Marks of Honor, a Badge of Honor (1000 Honor), and a Glory of the Melee Artifact Power token (base 500 AP).

Battleground Buff
This week you gain 50% more Honor in Battlegrounds.

A New Event Every Week
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.

PvP Brawls - Deepwind Dunk
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Can you even dunk? If you want to win this brawl, you’re going to need to work on your skills because Dunkball has come to Pandaria. You’ll race to claim balls from the map’s center, or northern, or southern mines, take them to your enemy’s base, and then go for a magnificent long range shot or go all in for the dunk.
by Published on 2018-05-28 07:17 AM

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Glowcap Festival
Glowcap Festival allows players to help keep Fshoo alive in Sporeggar to earn reputation.

  • Head to Sporeggar in Zangarmarsh to take part in this holiday.
  • Mushrooms will spawn around the town, giving you Glowcap and other helpful items:
  • You can purchase all four of the items above from Mycah, the Sporeggar Quartermaster.
  • You can also loot a Pungent Truffle, allowing you to transform into a sporeling for 24 hours.
  • Fshoo spawns periodically, gaining stacks of Fshoo Grow. Each stack increases his size by 1% and health by 100%.
  • Fshoo also loses health at a constant rate, making him harder and harder to heal as the grow stacks appear.
  • Using the items and healing him to keep him alive as long as possible is the objective.
  • When Fshoo dies he will give everyone 50 Sporeggar reputation for every stack of the buff he had.



UNIQLO and Blizzard Collaboration
Blizzard and UNIQLO have teamed up to produce a line of shirts with Blizzard art. These will be released on June 11th in the US.



Dark Legacy Comics #633 - History Report
DLC #633 has been released!


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