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Published on 2019-08-30 10:08 PM

WoW Classic with Creators Episode 3: Jeff Kaplan
Jeff from the Overwatch team is back to share some of his WoW memories.

World First Level 60
Jokerdtv hit level 60! He leveled a frost mage with AoE grinding.

by Published on 2019-08-30 12:42 PM

Two New WoW Classic Realms Opening In This Region
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
August 31st at 6 PM PDT, we will open two new WoW Classic Realms in this region:

Anathema - PvP - Pacific
Netherwind - PvP - Eastern

We strongly encourage players who wish to avoid extended queues on crowded PvP realms to plan to move to one of these two new realms. We expect these new realms to have a population base that is easily sufficient to long support a healthy PvP realm community.

Thank you!

Classic Race to World First
Method and World Showdown of Esports have partnered to produce the Classic Race to World First! They are currently streaming their leveling online and plan to be the first characters to 60 while also the first to down Ragnaros and Onyxia! Check out all the twitch streams going here!

Blizzard Sues Chinese Gaming Company over Warcraft Knockoff
Polygon has reported that Blizzard Entertainment filed a lawsuit in California on Aug. 16 starting that Sina Games’ title Glorious Saga is “almost entirely copied from the Warcraft games and related products.” Click the banner below for more information and to read the suit.

Blizzcon 2019 Pass Transfer Deadline Extended to September 15th
If you purchased BlizzCon 2019 Passes, BlizzCon Portal Passes, or BlizzCon Benefit Dinner passes, you now have until September 16 at 08:59 CEST to use AXS’s Transfer feature to permanently send one or more to other people. Info on how to complete this can be found on the Blizzcon website using the banner below.

Published on 2019-08-28 06:38 PM

Maximum Realm Capacity Increased – August 28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With hotfixes that we are currently deploying to all WoW Classic realms, we are substantially increasing the number of players that can be simultaneously logged in and playing. We expect this to result in smaller queues for realms that have large queues, and some realms should no longer have queues at all.

We will closely monitor performance and stability throughout this process.

Thank you very much.
by Published on 2019-08-28 02:37 PM

Notice: WoW Classic Realms Maintenance Today at 8:00 a.m. PDT
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In order to deploy an improvement to the game service, we will perform restarts of all WoW Classic realms in this region at 8:00 a.m. PDT, August 28th.

Realms should be unavailable for about 15 minutes. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Published on 2019-08-28 01:39 AM

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Patch 8.2 Hotfixes - August 27, 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Siege of Boralus
    • Corrected an error during Mythic Keystone Dungeon instances that caused a pack of enemies to not appear in Upton Borough if the World Quest “Breaking the Alliance” was active.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Dribbling Inkpod from inflicting damage on targets under crowd control effects or that were not in line of sight.
  • Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal’s Potency buff should now respect line of sight.
  • Leviathan's Lure should no longer break enemies out of crowd control effects.
  • The Map to the Last Worldvein no longer shows up as a quest reward when finishing the weekly Island Expedition quests “Azerite for the Alliance” or “Azerite for the Horde.” The item will still have the same chance to come from the quest as it does now.
  • The Rank 4 Essence items that drop from Mythic Queen Azshara (Vitality Conduit and Azeroth's Undying Gift) now display red text for classes that cannot use them.
    • Developers’ note: This should help Mythic raiders who wish to trade an Essence to a different player verify that it’s compatible with that character’s class.

  • Siltwing Albatross mount scale increased by 25% for most races; 50% for larger races.

WoW Classic
  • Realm populations are now measured against a realm’s absolute capacity.
    • Developers’ note: This system now measures each realm against a realm’s absolute capacity. Medium indicates a healthy total population on a realm—well in excess of what we considered Full in 2006—with room for more players to log-in. You’ll now see a High label if the realm is close to having a queue, and a Full label if the realm currently has a queue.

PTR 15th Anniversary Alterac Valley Play with the Blues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thank you all for testing Classic Alterac Valley with us on Thursday afternoon and posting the feedback above! It was fun to reminisce about the Alterac Valley of olde while we got more information on issues that we can address:

  • There were some NPCs (notably Durgen Stormpike) who weren’t the correct level. We’ve fixed this issue and other related bugs players have reported.
  • We hear you about the item-level of rewards from Classic AV, and we’re working on increasing them. We’ll let you know what that looks like once we’ve made a final adjustment.
  • We really appreciate your feedback on specific NPCs you thought were too easy or too tough, and we’re going to take all of it into account as we make a final tuning pass.

We noticed some players had questions about the specifics of this event battleground that haven’t been answered yet, so here are some additional details:

  • Players can queue up from level 10 to level 120, and will be set to level 60 in the instance.
  • Lower-level players will earn experience from monster kills, completing quests, and participating during events in the battleground, so we hope it will be a fun way to level characters during the World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary event.
  • Rewards are intended to be appropriate to your level.
  • You can queue up with a party or even a complete raid!

Thanks again, and we’ll see you again in Alterac Valley.

New Realm Population Label System
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With a hotfix to WoW Classic a few moments ago, we’ve changed how the realm population labels work in order to display realm populations in a more meaningful way.

How it worked before this hotfix
As we explained here, the system previously calculated the population labels by comparing all realms to the most-populated realm. This could result in a very crowded realm (with a lengthy queue) showing up as “Medium”, since it was being compared to the realm that had the highest population and a potentially massive queue.

How population labels work now
This system now measures each realm against a realm’s absolute capacity. Medium indicates a healthy total population on a realm – well in excess of what we considered Full in a 2006 – with room for more players to log-in. You’ll now see a High label if the realm is close to having a queue, and a Full label if the realm currently has a queue.

We will continue to monitor this system closely and take further steps if necessary.

Thank you very much!

US - New Realms Open
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We have opened new realms in this region:

Thunderfury - PvP - Pacific
Azuresong - Normal - Pacific
Windseeker - Normal - Eastern
Benediction - PvP - Eastern

We recommend that players looking to avoid queues on Full realms move to this new realm for a smoother experience.

Thank you!

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