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by Published on 2017-01-05 01:25 AM

Update: You can only get loot from the Cow King once. Farm Treasure Goblins for more loot.

Patch 2.4.3 Pushed

The Dark Wanderer is This Week's Tavern Brawl, and There's a Card Back Reward

Patch 7.1.5 PTR January 4 - Legendary and Spell Hotfixes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Shared
  • Roots of Shaladrassil: Now heals you for 3% of your maximum health every 1 second, up from 4% of your maximum health every 2 seconds.

Hunter

Mage

Priest

Rogue

Warlock
  • Reap and Sow - Reap Souls now lasts 1.5 seconds longer per soul consumed, down from 2.5 seconds.



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Paladin
Holy



Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Beast Mastery Hunter Legendary Change
The belt change is part of an overall balance pass on a few legendaries, following what Lore mentioned a couple of weeks ago, and wasn't meant as a specific targeted change to the BM rotation.

To be frank, I don't play Beast Master, so I'm not fully aware of the "consequences" of this legendary, specifically, to the rotation. I read that it resolved focus issues, but our goal should be for these legendaries to augment gameplay, not to provide a necessary change to the spec such to that it cannot perform without it. Feel free to enlighten me. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Diablo 20th Anniversary Retrospective
Patch 2.4.3 is almost here, bringing us the Diablo 20th Anniversary event. Check out Diablofans for a Season 9 countdown and the official notes.





Hearthstone - The Dark Wanderer Brawl
The Cow King isn't only invading World of Warcraft. He is one of your opponents in this special Diablo themed Hearthstone brawl too! Be sure to complete the brawl, as it rewards a unique card back.

by Published on 2017-01-04 12:30 AM

Diablo 20th Anniversary Event
The Diablo 20th Anniversary event is live in the US and EU! There is an achievement, music, and some items associated with the event.





Name Category
Diablo's 20th Anniversary There is no cow level.
Events


Level Type Name
20Other Twelve-String Guitar
110Bag Horadric Satchel
66Other Stone of Jordan
1Other Tome of Town Portal
1Other Scroll of Town Portal
1Other Blank Diabolic Tome
1Other Small Charm of Life
1Other Small Charm of Inertia
1Other Large Charm of Strength
1Other Large Charm of Dexterity
1Other Serpent's Grand Charm
1Other Stalwart's Grand Charm


Raid Preview - The Nighthold
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The journey through Suramar has been fraught with intrigue and danger as the heroes of Azeroth have fought to help reclaim this shining city. It’s time to take the next step and face the challenges within the Nighthold.

Minimum Level: 110
Location: Suramar
Bosses: 10

The largest structure in the Broken Isles and among the grandest in all of Azeroth, the Nighthold stands as a testament to the achievements of the nightborne civilization. Centered around the Nightwell, the fount of arcane power that has sustained Suramar for centuries, these grounds were built as a haven from the worries of the world. But as a felstorm churns above the former temple of Elune across the bay, and Gul’dan himself now resides within the palace’s walls, those worries now begin—not end—here.

Developer Insights: Even though Gul’dan awaits atop the main spire of the Nighthold, and even though mighty Legion adversaries like Tichondrius and Krosus lurk within the walls of the compound, the Nighthold is not a traditional demonic raid. It stands as a testament to perhaps the greatest civilization Azeroth has ever seen: the pinnacle of elven magic and sophistication.

Just as our artists and designers approached the creation of the city of Suramar with the aim of evoking the feel and bustle of a living city under occupation, the dungeon team wanted to make sure the Nighthold really felt like the grand palace of Suramar. From botanical gardens to guest quarters, from an observatory to chambers enclosing the power source of nightborne civilization, we tried to build a grand royal court and then consider how the Legion’s presence would affect and transform that foundation. Many of our raid zones are dark and oppressive places, by necessity—the domain of Xavius cannot be bright and cheery—but the Nighthold offers a raid environment that is both beautiful and deadly.

Raid Schedule:
  • Tuesday, January 17: Nighthold Normal and Heroic difficulties open.
  • Tuesday, January 24: Nighthold Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Arcing Aqueducts) open.
  • Tuesday, February 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 2 (Royal Athenaeum) opens.
  • Tuesday, February 21: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 3 (Nightspire) opens.
  • Tuesday, March 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 4 (Betrayer’s Rise) opens.

The Nightwell


Skorpyron: Deep within the foundations of the Nighthold, beneath the sea, lie long-forgotten vaults that give access to the Nightwell itself. This monstrous armored scorpid has made its home in one of these vaults. Infused with the power of the Nightwell and surrounded by a teeming brood, Skorpyron presents a serious complication to an otherwise promising back entry to the Nighthold.


Chronomatic Anomaly: As the power to fuel an entire civilization courses from the earth, the cavern at the base of the Nightwell has become a maelstrom of raw energy. Born from this chaotic flux, the Chronomatic Anomaly is an embodiment of the power of the Eye of Aman’thul. As it lashes out with energy attacks, the bursts of energy warp the very flow of time.


Trilliax: Trilliax, once proud servant to the nightborne aristocracy, has been discarded and left to slowly deteriorate. While an unwavering will to carry out its tasks remains, the passage of time has splintered this construct’s personality matrix. It now unpredictably switches from one mode to the next, ranging from doting caretaker to homicidal sterilizer, craving recognition and validation from a master that no longer exists.

The Nighthold


Spellblade Aluriel: Aluriel always had an affinity for magic. She rose through the ranks of the Nightguard effortlessly, having a natural talent with the sword. But no matter how strong she became, she wanted more. She studied with the mages at the University of Suramar, spending her days in combat training and her evenings in the artificery. She forged her weapons and armor in the Nightwell, weaving magic spells into the precious metals. She is the first Spellblade, adept in the schools of Fire, Frost, and Arcane.


Krosus: This colossal doom lord, one of the largest and mightiest creatures in the armies of the Legion, was defeated at the Broken Shore through the combined might of the greatest heroes of the Horde and the Alliance. Having recovered from his wounds, Krosus emerges from the bay between the Nighthold and the Tomb of Sargeras to crush anyone who would oppose the Legion.

Shal’dorei Terrace


High Botanist Tel’arn: From his youth, the nightborne Tel’arn was fascinated by plant life: the resilience and adaptability of weeds, the ability of simple grass to harness the power of the sun, the way a tree may be divided into two, or two branches grafted into one. Aided by the energies of the Nightwell, he has transformed himself to the point that he is scarcely recognizable as a nightborne elf. He now considers himself something far, far greater.

Captain’s Quarters


Tichondrius: The dreadlord Tichondrius, once leader of the nathrezim, was slain by the newly awakened power of none other than Illidan Stormrage. Reconstituted in the Twisting Nether, Tichondrius returns to watch over Gul’dan on behalf of the Legion, ensuring that the orc warlock does not once again fail his masters.

Astromancer’s Rise


Star Augur Etraeus: The nightborne astromancer Etraeus has devoted long years of research to scouring the skies of Azeroth, seeking answers to the great mysteries of the universe. His scrying has shown him worlds beyond our ken, and the power of the Nightwell allows him to draw upon the essence of those worlds to amplify his own powers.

The Nightspire


Grand Magistrix Elisande: Elisande once distinguished herself by resisting the Legion. She and her highborne followers broke away from Queen Azshara and the dark path she was taking, harnessing the power of the Eye of Aman’Thul to create the Nightwell, protecting Suramar from the Sundering. But over ten thousand years later, the Legion’s arrival offered her no such recourse. She has cast her lot with the demons, hoping to once again use the power of the Nightwell—this time in a very different sense—to save her people.

The Font of Night


Gul’dan: The chain of events set in motion when Garrosh escaped to Draenor has continued, unbroken for all its twists and turns, leading to this very moment. Thwarted in Draenor, Gul’dan now stands on the precipice of achieving ultimate victory on behalf of his Legion masters. Standing atop the Nighthold, as the vortex of fel energy swirls in the skies overhead, the outcast orc warlock awaits his destiny.
by Published on 2017-01-03 03:52 PM

Yong Woo and Ben Brode on the Designer Insights Video Series

World Boss - Flotsam
Flotsam is up this week, giving players a chance to win item level 860 loot and a Life Relic. Shaman also have a chance to get The Warmace of Shirvallah.



Weekly Bonus Event - Arena Skirmishes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Sharpen your swords and reinforce your boards, because you’re called to the PvP Arena for the hectic mayhem of Skirmishes.

This Week: Arena Skirmishes
All week, from anywhere in Azeroth, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i), select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window, and then under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3 and JOIN BATTLE. You’ll be matched up with teammates and provided with opponents to kill in the Arena.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you.
    • Quest requirement: Win 10 Arena PvP Skirmishes
  • Passive buff: +50% honor gains from Skirmishes

If you’ve been looking to make some Honor gains, this is the week to do it!

Darkmoon Faire
The Darkmoon Faire is back in town! There are a few things it offers that you can take advantage of:


by Published on 2017-01-02 08:00 PM

Enchanted Fey Dragon Mount Giveaway
We are starting out the new year by giving away some mounts!

  • The giveaway is for 10 x Enchanted Fey Dragon
  • To enter the giveaway, just reply to this post! Make sure to mention if you play on US or EU servers in your reply.
  • The giveaway will be closed on Sunday, January 8th at 11:59 PM EST and winners will be chosen randomly within five business days.
  • Winners will be contacted by PM on the site. There is no email alert by default, you will need to log in and check your PMs.
  • A note will be added to the top of the current news post when winners have been PMed.
  • Winners have 72 hours to respond before another winner will be selected to replace them.
  • This giveaway is open to residents of the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
  • See the official rules for more details.



by Published on 2016-12-31 07:43 PM

Blizzard Celebrate 20 Years of Diablo - In-game events in all Blizzard Titles

Hearthstone 2016 Year in Review

Ring in the New Year with a Grand Fireworks Display!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Head to your favorite capital city to watch fireworks light the skies beginning at 6:00 p.m. realm time tonight (December 31) and every hour on the hour. It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss, so get on your /dancing shoes and don your finest party transmog as we ring in a new year.

If you’re on a PvP realm, we’d advise extra caution around Booty Bay. The guards don’t seem to be enforcing the town rules and won’t be until the new day dawns.

Armory Stats - Winter Veil Gifts
As we wait for the new year to arrive, we are taking a look back to see how many current players have the old Winter Veil gifts. For these stats, we defined current player as any player that had a Level 110 character that has logged in during the past two months.

Keep in mind that the number for this year isn't quite accurate yet, as you can still open gifts for a while. While we were gathering data, we noticed that only 83,990 players in our database have all 10 years of gifts!

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This Month in WoW - January 2017
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s almost time to ring in the new year! In this edition of This Month in WoW, we share what’s coming for the month of January, take a brief look back on 2016, and ask you to share your Word of Warcraft plans for the New Year.

Time is Running Out! - Adopt Mischief and Support Make-A-Wish®
Time is running out to adopt this World of Warcraft® in-game pet from in in-game shop and the Battle.net Shop. You can also adopt the plush companion available in the Gear Store in support of Make-A-Wish. You have until December 31 for your purchase to go toward this great cause. Learn more on our post here.

Holidays

New Year’s Fireworks! [December 31- January 1]
Ring in the new year in Azeroth by heading to your favorite capital city to watch the fireworks displays which will begin at 6 pm PST and reoccur every hour on the hour. If you’re up for a little extra PvP, you may want to head toward Booty Bay where the guards have eschewed the town rules for the night.

Lunar Festival [ January 21- February 4]
Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city’s great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts, and of course… shooting firewoks!

2016 in Brief
2016 has been a great and terrible year for the citizens of Azeroth. The forces of the Horde and Alliance both managed to defend Draenor from the machinations of Gul’dan and his Legion allies within Hellfire Citadel, but in turn, the Burning Legion has set its sights once more on Azeroth. New heroes have arisen with the addition of the Demon Hunters who have joined in the fight to save Azeroth from the onslaught in the World of Warcraft:Legion expansion. The next chapters have yet to be told, but we know the heroes of Azeroth will rise to the challenge as each present themselves.

Fan Art
Artists from around the world have continued to share their amazing pieces of work with us and we wanted to take a moment to show off some of the amazing pieces they’ve created throughout the year.


We look forward to seeing what the talented World of Warcraft community will create next!

What’s Your 2017 WoW Resolution?
It’s that time again, in which we all take a look at our lives in Azeroth and make a resolution or two on what we plan to do in the year ahead. Whether it’s to help new players every third Friday, get that one Achievement you just haven’t gotten yet, or to take your Mythic Keystone difficulty even further, we want to know.

What’s your 2017 WoW Resolution? Share it with us in the comments below.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year and look forward to another great year ahead!

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