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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.


Reputation Commendations - 50 Timewarped Badge each.


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
355ClothHandsWindcaller's Down Handwraps
355LeatherChestChestguard of Dire Winds
355LeatherFeetFootpads of the Encircling Storm
355MailHeadFeathered Galeforce Crest
355MailWristsBindings of the Winged Typhoon
355PlateLegsRoost-Defender's Legguards
355PlateFeetGalebreaker's Sabatons

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.


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

by Published on 2019-05-25 12:20 AM

Patch 8.1.5 Hotfixes - May 24th, 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
  • Brother Pike has reviewed the ritual and will now properly remove the Gift of N'Zoth for Alliance players that complete “His Eye Upon You”.
  • Nailok has consulted Akunda and should now properly remove the Gift of N'Zoth for Horde players who complete “His Eye Upon You”.
  • Players who previously completed “His Eye Upon You” should properly be cleansed of their previous Old God corruption.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Essences Feedback - Multiple Role Essences
These issues with Memory of Lucid Dreams’ minor effect should be resolved in the next PTR build for Protection Paladin. Thanks for the bug report! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The next PTR build will have a change for both Brewmaster Monks and Guardian Druids with the Major power on Vision of Perfection.
Brewmaster Monks have had the Major effect changed to activate Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox, when it procs. It will summon it for 25/35% (rank1/rank2) of the talent’s duration.

Guardian Druids have had the Major effect changed to activate Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc for 25/35% of the talent’s duration when it procs.
The Minor/passive effect is unchanged for both specs, it will still provide cooldown reduction to Fortifying Brew or Survival Instincts.
This should help the Essence feel a bit more noticeable and meaningful when it activates. Try it out in the next PTR build. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

WoW Classic “Not A Bug” List Additions
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
I’ve added this to the OP:
  • You are unable to Polymorph enemy targets that are tapped by players with whom you are not grouped. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • At all levels of player characters and enemies, aggro radius is set to the intended distance. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Long quest objectives don’t have text wrapping.
  • Fall damage is equivalent to expected and verified values.
  • Broadcast text can be seen multiple times if multiple players interact with the same NPC.
  • WANTED signs do not have “!”, and are also not highlighted.
  • Player characters do not animate when looting/interacting with quest objects (e.g. collecting pumpkins).
  • Gnomes and Taurens are the correct size.

The last one has been carefully verified. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2019-05-24 04:53 PM

Warsong Gulch and Honor System - Beta Test
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings Beta Testers,

Starting on the afternoon of May 24, we will be enabling the PvP Honor System and the Warsong Gulch Battleground in the WoW Classic Beta realms. Beta players are invited to queue for Warsong Gulch from 12:00 p.m. PDT to 4:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 as we try to spin up as many instances of the battleground as possible. While we’re targeting that timeframe to help capture data, players who are logged into the beta will be able to queue for Warsong Gulch at the Warsong Gulch battlemaster in capital cities at any time throughout the weekend.

As a reminder, queuing for Warsong Gulch requires your character to be level 10 or higher.

We have a few known issues related to Warsong Gulch:

  • The Battleground Scoreboard does not currently display Flag Captures and Flag Return statistics.
  • The Battleground Scoreboard stat numbers are misaligned with player names.

Have fun racking up those HKs and don’t forget to submit any bugs or issues that you encounter using the in-game bug reporter.
by Published on 2019-05-24 03:57 AM

WoW Classic Stress Test on May 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We have just wrapped up the first stress test for WoW Classic and while we understand the concerns that a number of you have mentioned, it helped us in many ways. Testing the login process is certainly an aspect that is very important for us to explore and we did gather some valuable data yesterday, so we appreciate everybody who logged in or even attempted to do so during the testing window – you have helped us prepare WoW Classic for release.

That said, because of some of the issues that were encountered, we were not able to test other aspects that we’d planned for. As a result, we will be doing another stress test on Wednesday, May 29 from 2-4pm PDT. The stress test realm will become available at 2pm PDT and the level cap will be increased to 10. For access, we will be including everybody who was invited to the test on May 22. Similar to last time, the stress test realm will continue to be available until 4pm PDT on Thursday, May 30 so there is additional time to check out the starting experiences.

Please keep in mind that while more issues could impact the play experience, it is very important to perform these tests so we can learn about and fix as many of them as possible before the release on August 27. We thank you for your continued support and we’ll see you back on the WoW Classic stress test realm very soon.

Hogger also sends his regards…

Druid Forced Choice on Essences
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.

Consolidated Essences Feedback Threads
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Over in the Items & Classes forum, we’ve opened four new threads for focused feedback on Essences. As you consider your experience with a particular Essence in the Rise of Aszhara PTR, please tell us what you think in the appropriate thread:

Thank you very much!

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