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by Published on 2020-09-02 03:05 PM

Shadowlands Update - Some Spells No Longer on GCD
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello everyone.

In the next update to the Shadowlands Beta and PTR, we’ve taken a number of spells categorized as “burst cooldowns” off the global cooldown (GCD). Here are some more details on how we’ve come to this decision, as well as our intentions about this category of abilities.

By “burst cooldowns,” we mean spells like Avenging Wrath or Arcane Power whose primary purpose is to increase your damage or healing output every two to three minutes. The proper use of these major abilities can turn the tide of battle in your favor, and while they’re all mechanically powerful, our goal is that choosing to use them should also feel satisfying and epic. We look to abilities like Metamorphosis, Stormkeeper, and Void Eruption as successful examples of this, where animations, visual effects, and numerical payoff align to create a satisfying keypress that amply justifies incurring a global cooldown and creates a high point in the flow of combat.

Many of our burst cooldowns currently fall short of this standard. The solution for some of these has been to add an additional effect to activation (for example: Blade Flurry for rogues or Ascendance for restoration shamans), while for others it has been to combine the functionality into another active ability (for example: the recent handling of Unholy Frenzy for death knights), but there are still many abilities today that do nothing other than increase stats or resource generation.

We’ve heard clear feedback that incurring a global cooldown to do nothing but enhance subsequent button presses is unsatisfying, and we agree. While our goal remains making it so that when abilities are on the global cooldown, they feel compelling as standalone actions, in the meantime we want to avoid hindering smooth combat rotations. As such, we’re removing several abilities from the GCD and, in some cases, rolling back changes we’ve made in an attempt to make the GCD feel worthwhile. Below is a tentative list of relevant abilities that are being removed from the GCD:

Class - Abilities coming off the GCD

We appreciate your feedback on this issue, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve these abilities in the future.
by Published on 2020-09-01 08:50 PM

Castle Nathria Raid Testing Schedule - September 4th - September 7th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Friday, September 4th we will be continuing our raid tests in Castle Nathria by opening the third wing of LFR, Blood from Stone, for the weekend.

Friday, September 4th

Blood from Stone - LFR Castle Nathria
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

To facilitate testing, players who have not committed themselves to a Covenant can speak with Acquirer Ta’est inside Castle Nathria to temporarily bind themselves to one of the four factions.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Oribos, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade IV in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?

A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 60 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?

A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

We appreciate you taking the time to test our content and look forward to reading your feedback.

Shadowlands System Requirements Updated
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The text of the Systems Specifications for Shadowlands was updated a few minutes ago on our Support Site: https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/256565

The minimum requirements section for Storage now reads:
Solid State Drive (SSD)
100GB available space
Or
Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
100GB available space (depending on the performance of the drive, player experience may be impacted on HDD)

Please note: the System Requirements for this game may change over time.
by Published on 2020-08-31 05:19 PM

The Impressive Influence 100% Bonus Reputation Buff Returns
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Whether you’re working on collecting pets or mounts, or learning to fly in Battle for Azeroth, your goals are within your reach!

Beginning September 1 through the month of September, players can earn bonus reputation with the Impressive Influence buff, which will increase reputation gains by 100% with Legion and all Battle for Azeroth factions including Uldum Accord and Rajani!

What are you waiting for? Azeroth awaits.
by Published on 2020-08-31 02:34 PM

Realm Connections planned for September 3 (NA)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During a scheduled maintenance period planned for 3:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AEST on Wednesday, September 2 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, September 1), the following realm connection will be made:

  • The Dreadmaul and Thaurissan realms will join the Frostmourne realm.

During a scheduled maintenance period planned for 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, September 3, the following realm connections will be made:

  • The Cenarion Circle and Sisters of Elune realms will join the Blackwater Raiders and Shadow Council realms.
  • The Muradin and Nordrassil realms will join the Azjol-Nerub, Blackrock, and Khaz Modan realms.
  • The Gnomeregan and Moonrunner realms will join the Grizzly Hills, Lothar, Malfurion, and Trollbane realms.
  • The Andorhal, Scilla, Ursin, and Zuluhed realms will join the Eonar and Velen realms.
  • The Eredar, Gorefiend, Spinebreaker, and Wildhammer realms will join the Hellscream and Zangarmarsh realms.
  • The Blade’s Edge and Thunderhorn realms will join Agamaggan, Archimonde, Burning Legion, Jaedenar, Kargath, Norgannon, and The Underbog.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post further notifications like this one in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

Realm Connections planned for September 3 (EU)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During a scheduled maintenance period planned for 9:00 p.m. CEST on 3 September, ending at approximately 5:00 a.m. on 4 September, the following realm connection will be made:

  • The Sylvanas realm will join the Auchindoun, Dunemaul, and Jaedenar realms.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post further notifications like this one in the coming weeks.

Thank you!
by Published on 2020-08-29 04:55 PM

Arena World Championship - BFA Circuit - Week 2
The last stage of the Arena World Championship Battle for Azeroth Circuit has started. Watch sixteen of the best teams from North America and Europe fight for a chance to compete at the AWC Regional Finals.




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