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by Published on 2016-10-30 04:39 PM

Hearthstone World Championships Group Stage Day 5

Arms Warrior Hidden Artifact Appearance
The Arms Warrior hidden artifact appearance has been hotfixed in for US servers.

Talon's Vengeance Faction Unlocked
AlopexGames shared how to unlocked the Talon's Vengeance faction:

  • Start the Falcosaur quest line and progress far enough to unlock a mount.
  • Talk to Aviana in Highmountain to unlock the vendor so you can start grinding reputation.
  • The Ivory Hawkstrider requires Exalted with Talon's Vengeance, sold by Trinket in Highmountain for 10,000.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Reputation / Questing
The Falcosaurus quests are on a daily gate or a weekly gate? Or there is something more to get the other quests to pop up?
daily (Muffinus)
to be on the same page, we are talking about the quests after getting the hatchling and leveling it to 25.
yesm (Muffinus)

what do we do when the day comes our falcosaur finds out we're the ones who killed his mother and orphaned him in the first place?
The end of the questline will answer that (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Can you tell me difference between balancing a moba compared to an MMORPG
Interesting question. They aren't that different from a high level. In both games, you want for players to be able to pick the character they want to play without worrying that poor tuning on the part of the devs makes their choice sub-optimal. Frustration is "what bad looks like" in both games. That's the main feeling you are trying to prevent.

Here are some random musings off the top of my head. I haven't done a really robust analysis of the similarities and differences.

Burst damage (how much damage can be squeezed into a small time frame) is an important consideration in both genres.

Sustained damage is more important in an MMO, especially in PvE. In PvP in either genre, you rarely have time to deliver on sustained damage for very long. (When LoL players talk about sustained damage, their time frame is still nothing like a WoW boss fight.) Sustained damage is also a lot easier to simulate than burst damage, since tiny changes in the variables of the burst situation can have massive effects.

Movement and positioning are more important in the MOBA. They are important in the MMO, especially in PvP, just less so.

Rotations are more important in the MMO, since sustain is more important. As a corollary, minimizing down time (even fractions of a second) is really important in an MMO for sustain, which leads to the inclination to try and automate or script.

Crowd control is really important to tune well in both the MOBA and the PvP part of the MMO. CC for PvE isn't a big deal to tune.

Things like cooldowns and resource management are about equally important in both genres.

Scaling is easier to balance for a MOBA, because you know what the max level character with best gear looks like. In an MMO you are often designing around guesses for what gear and scaling may look like years from now.

A lot of MMO rewards are designed around rarity. You might create a best in slot weapon, but very few players may be able to achieve it. Everyone can generally get anything they want (excepting purely cosmetic items) in a MOBA.

Class tuning is a really big deal for the MMO because players have so much time invested in that character. Plenty of MOBA players have mains too, but they still arguably lose less if that character is rendered temporarily unviable. In an MMO, you may be preventing someone from being able to raid or PvP if you nerf their dude. In the MOBA, they may be understandably grumpy about it, but they can usually just play another character.

The player experience in PvE in the MMO is more about paying attention to external cues while trying to maximize throughput. Things like clarity (understanding what is going on) are slightly less important because much of what you are doing is rote after many trials, and you probably have fewer split-second decisions. In the MOBA, you almost never encounter the exact same team fight twice, so being able to read the situation, analyze, and make a decision quickly become really important. (Source)
by Published on 2016-10-29 09:42 PM

"Weird Al" Yankovic Performing Live at BlizzCon 2016!

Patch 7.1 Hotfixes - October 28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Icecap is no longer activated by auto-attacks.

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Nemesis is no longer on the global cooldown.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Casting an affected spell now removes only one stack of Predatory Swiftness with the legendary Ailuro Pouncers.
  • (Balance) Celestial Downpour now increases Starfall's duration by 20% (was 100%).

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Killer Cobra now triggers when Cobra Shot is cast (was when spell hit).
  • Survival Hunters' Mastery will correctly be activated by pet auto-attacks.
  • Bursting Shot will no longer clear damage-over-time effects from targets in PvE.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • The legendary Belo'vir's Final Stand will now activate when a character has learned Arcane Momentum.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • The legendary Ovyd’s Winter Wrap no longer activates Gust of Mists when the overheal effect is applied.
  • The damage of the Cinidaria the Symbiote legendary will no longer be reduced while the Monk has Storm, Earth, and Fire active.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Outlaw Rogues should now be able to apply the Glyph of Blackout to Sap.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Players who have unlocked the Sul'thraze the Lasher appearance should get credit for the Achievement that grants the appearances of the two weapons used to make it.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Players at the weekly cap for Lingering Soul Fragments should no longer be mailed extras or receive an error.
  • Halls of Valor
    • The damage reduced by standing within Hyrja's Eye of the Storm now properly scales with increasing Mythic Keystone levels.

  • The Hallow's End Crooked Tree Curse is successfully removed from players when they leave the area.

  • Using the Flight Master's Whistle should no longer close your map or prevent you from chatting.
  • You can no longer have the effects of multiple combat potions at the same time.
  • Bacon should no longer remove Omelette buffs. Of course.


  • Players are no longer able to start the quest chain that starts with "Fate of the Guard" and leads to the quest "Last Stand of the Moon Guard" until after completing "Shal'Aran".
  • The kill requirement for "Cry More Thunder!" has been reduced to 50 (was 150).
  • The “Power of Corruption” quest item Essence of Wyrmtongue no longer allows players to attack members of their own faction. Tricksy demons!

  • The Battle for Shattrath is working again.
  • Golden Eaglets, Tiny Apparitions, and Rose Taipans now spawn more frequently.
  • Wildlife have migrated away from the Ashamane's Fall graveyard in Val'sharah.
  • The portals in the Underbelly should now be visible.

BlizzCon - Kristian Nairn DJ at BlizzCon Anniversary Party
Kristian Nairn (Hodor) will be the DJ at the BlizzCon Anniversary Party!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hold the door—there’s more! We’re pleased to announce that special guest Kristian Nairn—DJ, electronic music producer, and actor—will be in the DJ booth getting the good vibes going for all the party people. Be sure to show us your best Warcraft /dance moves . . . but please don’t break a leg!

25 years ago, a small group of gamers set out to create the kinds of game experiences they loved playing—and Blizzard Entertainment was born. Since then, the team at Blizzard has transported millions of people around the world to fantastic worlds of fantasy and science fiction—including Diablo’s Sanctuary, which first invited players to descend into the terrifying labyrinth beneath the Tristram Cathedral 20 years ago in 1996!

Please join us in celebrating these anniversaries on Friday, November 4 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the Grand Plaza outside the Anaheim Convention Center during BlizzCon 2016. This event is open to everyone, whether you’re attending the convention or just happen to be in the neighborhood, and admission is free. We’ll also have some great food, special anniversary-themed drinks, entertainment—and even a surprise or two.

BlizzCon - Darkmoon Faire and New Merchandise
We got even more details about the Darkmoon Faire and new merchandise!

Darkmoon Faire
  • The Darkmoon Faire will be back this year, bigger than ever and relocated to the third floor.
  • The Pin Trading area returns, with new exclusive Alliance and Horde Murky pins.
  • There will also be a 10 year anniversary BlizzCon pin.
  • Pet adoption will also be back, with Frostwolf Pups, Whelplings, Treasure Goblins, Pepe, Ganymede and more.
  • Capsule Toys are also back, with eight new toys. These include Pepe, Mei, and Genji.
  • New this year is the Timewalking Trading Post, allowing you to collect purchase things from previous years.
  • If you spend over a certain amount, there is a chance of receiving a special prize.
  • The Prize Wheel will have lots of different things, including a special Reaper Funko Pop.
  • The Publisher's Alley is a place with lots of Blizzard books, including the WoW Cookbook. Author signings as well.

Blizzard Gear
  • The store opens on Thursday at 9 AM.
  • This year you can use Blink shopping! This allows physical ticketholders to select and pay for all of the things they want, pay for it, and then pick up the order at the store with a QR code.
  • More than 50 new items will be launched on the 3rd, only for physical and virtual ticketholders.

New Items
  • World of Warcraft holiday sweater, with murlocs holding candy canes
  • Cute but Deadly Travel Bag
  • Overwatch bag
  • Overwatch Tracer jacket
  • World of Warcraft bomber jacket
  • Hearthstone shirt with glow in the dark swirl
  • Overwatch shirt
  • Diablo shirt
  • World of Warcraft Illidan shirt
  • Heroes of the Storm shirt
  • Starcraft shirt
  • Blizzcon key art shirt
  • Diablo Reaper of Souls Mahjong set
  • Gold Solider 76 Funko Pop
  • Illidan sculpture that is over two feet tall. It has interchangeable hands, warglaive hands, demon hands.
  • The Illidan sculpture can be purchased in person or online.

Blizzard Collectible Pins - Series 3
Blizzard shared pictures of the new Series 3 pins releasing at BlizzCon this year.

Dark Legacy Comics #557
DLC #557 has been released!

by Published on 2016-10-28 06:05 AM

BlizzCon PvP: The Opening Week arena games are going on today, live on Twitch!

The Gadgetzan Gazette - Vol. 32 #8

BlizzCon Schedule Updated
The BlizzCon schedule was recently updated to add panels from the Community Amphitheater and list the stages that won't be on the stream.

Karazhan - Summoning Nightbane
A community member shared the steps required to summon Nightbane, but asked to remain unnamed.

Issues Continuing Karazhan
Blizzard is aware of the issue players are having resuming Karazhan and investigating.

Fire Mage - Flame Orb Color
Patch 7.1 allows Fire Mages to hide their flame orbs, but it also makes the color of the flame around the orbs match the artifact appearance color!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Items in Random Battlegrounds
So does blizzard plan on removing all the fun out of a battleground? You can't use anything in them anymore. From rockets to battle standards, even my vender food and bandaids didnt work.

Is this what the game is now?

We understand a lot of people enjoy using many of these items in battlegrounds and we didn't intend to make them unusable. We have a fix in testing and hope to see it pushed out soon. After the fix has gone live, if there are items that used to work but no longer do, please let us know. Thanks! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Naw example: Im 2150 in 3s atm, if I win a 2s at 1900 do I get the 2150 piece or the 1900 piece?
gear is rewarded based on your rating in that bracket (i.e. 2v2 gives gear based on 2v2 rating). (holinka)

FinalBossTV - Legion Rogues
FinalBoss covered Rogues this week!

by Published on 2016-10-27 05:06 PM

BlizzCon Merchandise Giveaway

"Weird Al" Yankovic Live at BlizzCon 2016!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The Grammy Award–winning pop parodist will be taking the stage the evening of Saturday, November 5, to provide an epic send-off for everyone celebrating this year’s convention. If you didn’t score tickets to the show, Blizzard gamers and Weird Al fans around the world can still get a front row seat at home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

BlizzCon is the biggest Blizzard party of the year, packed with in-depth developer panels, intense esports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests, and what’s sure to be an epic finale from Weird Al.

The Virtual Ticket lets you watch the action online, live and in high definition. You’ll also be able to watch most of the concert in on-demand videos that will be available within a few days after the show, although some portions may be edited or unavailable. For the best experience, be sure to watch it live!

Order a Virtual Ticket and you’ll also receive a treasure trove of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

Check out the press release for more information on this year’s closing concert featuring Weird Al. And get ready for an evening of mandatory fun—we’ll see you at the show!
by Published on 2016-10-27 02:14 PM

Winners have been PMed!

Oct 26 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, BlizzCon Arena, BlizzCon Contest Host, WoW Traveler Book

BlizzCon Merchandise Giveaway
Blizzard sent us some of the BlizzCon merchandise to give away! All of these items and many more are available on the Blizzard Gear store. You will need a BlizzCon ticket or Virtual Ticket to purchase these items.

  • This giveaway is only open to residents of the USA.
  • To enter the giveaway, reply to this post with which item you would most like to win.
  • Winners will receive one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be selected Sunday, October 30th at 11:59 PM CST.
  • 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 front page of the site when winners have been contacted.

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