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by Published on 2024-02-14 05:01 PM

Converting WoW Tokens to Balance Disabled - Blizzard working on a fix
Earlier today, with the weekly maintenance on EU servers, players discovered that converting WoW Tokens to Blizzard Battle.net balance has been disabled in the region. The option to add 30 days of game time is not affected.

Since then, Blizzard's customer support has acknowledged that there is an issue preventing accounts from converting WoW Tokens to Battle.net Balance even though they should be eligible to do so. Until the problem is resolved, it is recommended to refrain from purchasing WoW Tokens with gold.

Update: The bug has been fixed.

by Published on 2024-02-13 10:31 AM

WoW Hotfixes - February 12, 2024
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids

  • The Everbloom
    • Fixed an issue where Rockspine Stinger's Venom Burst could be applied to non-player targets.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue preventing progress as intended on the legendary questline “Handling It”.

WoW Classic: Season of Discovery

  • You can now get a new Squall-breakers Potion from Rau Cliffrunner in Freewind Post upon accepting the quest "Calm Before the Storm".
  • Recipe: Lesser Arcane Elixir is now bind-on-pickup.
  • The Battle for Ashenvale weekly quests “Clear the Forest!” and “Repelling Invaders” now grant full XP and reputation rewards, through level 40.
  • The Ashenvale Rallying Cry world buff is now usable through level 39.
  • The Spark of Inspiration world buff now correctly increases +healing.
  • Item requirements for the quests "Power of da Wind", "Power of da Earth", and "Power of da Water" have been reduced.
  • Druid
    • Starsurge base damage reduced by 35%, and its benefit from bonus spell damage effects reduced to 42.9%, matching other instant spells.
    • Starsurge now provides a new effect: your next Starfire cast within 15 seconds deals 66% increased damage.
    • Fixed an issue with Enhanced Restoration preventing Nourish from gaining increased healing from Rejuvenation and Regrowth.
  • Paladin
    • Fixed an issue where the Sheathe of Light spell power proc wasn't correctly activated by melee attacks.
  • Shaman
    • Fixed an issue where Ravaging Tempest could sometimes not lose its protective aura when Ailgrah Splittusk was killed.
  • Stranglethorn Vale PvP Event
    • Players who resurrect in Stranglethorn Vale during the Blood Moon event and gain Drained of Blood will now be immune to attack during its duration, but unable to cast spells or attack. They can mount and move to another location and are invisible to players outside their party.
    • Drained of Blood duration reduced to 20 seconds (was 60 seconds).
    • Drained of Blood now has a visual.
    • Players who wish to opt out of Blood Moon should now more easily notice the Zandalarian Emissary.
by Published on 2024-02-12 11:00 PM

Season of Discovery Adjustments Coming Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings,

We’ve been playing quite a bit over the weekend and have met to discuss a few issues that we’ve identified since launch. We wanted to take a moment to dive into these issues and what our near and longer term plans are for them.

Quest Creature Availability in the Open World

This is a tricky issue to tackle as it involves a lot of complex data work to identify and potentially alter spawn behavior systemically without creating other adverse effects. We are doing an investigation on this now and hope to find a safe solution soon that will help with player concerns around this.

In the meantime, we have made some minor tweaks to layer population target numbers (essentially the values that determine when new layers spin up) which we hope will help spread players out across more layers and make the world still feel full but not quite so overpopulated in quest areas. Please note that with this change, less populated zones such as lower level zones and cities may feel more sparse than they otherwise would. This isn’t ideal and it’s not a long-term solution, but is a stopgap while we investigate other solutions.

Stranglethorn Vale Blood Moon Event

We’ve been having a lot of fun in this event over the weekend, but we definitely recognize that there are a few rough edges we would like to smooth out. Coming within the next 24-48 hours we will be implementing a few changes:

  • The Blood Moon buff gained during the event will increase player stamina by 30%.
  • The Bloodless effect gained after death is being adjusted and will now last 20 seconds down from 1 minute.
    • Additionally, this effect will now also grant a pacify and invisibility effect so that players can resurrect and then move away from graveyards/chained spirits, mount up, summon pets, and more effectively “reset” after a combat to prepare for the next fight.
  • Zandalari Emissaries are getting a more pronounced visual effect to make them more visible in their spawn locations in Booty Bay, Grom’gol, Northern Stranglethorn, and Yojamba Isle.

Please note that this list of changes is not comprehensive and does not address all issues we’d like to address with the event. These are changes we hope to make rapidly to make the experience smoother in the short term while we observe player behavior and determine the needs for additional adjustments going forward.

We also want to take a moment to recognize that this event is in fact extremely brutal and unforgiving and that this is exepected. This is another wild experiment that we knew could be somewhat devisive and we feel that is okay. While we want to continue to make improvements, due to the nature of PvP and especially Free-For-All PvP, you will encounter frustration at times. The rewards we’ve added for it are also tuned deliberately in such a way that they should be relatively easily obtainable, often requiring just a few events to obtain, but also should not be “mandatory” for anyone. Despite being epic quality, the weapons and accessories are roughly on-par with level 40 blue items and are in most cases inferior to equipment available in Gnomeregan. If you find pvp frustrating, it’s okay to steer clear of this event and pursue other paths for power progression.

Class Adjustments

We intend to follow our once-per-week class adjustment schedule and take the time needed with class adjustments to not make too many changes too hastily, particularly when it comes to power reduction or “nerfs”. You can expect to see the first full round of class adjustments arrive with weekly maintenance in your region during the week of Feb 20th.

That said, there is one major outlier that we intend to tackle before then. We intend to make the following adjustments to Balance druid over the next 24-48 hours.

  • The base damage of Starsurge has been reduced by 30%.
    • Additionally, we’ve identified and fixed a bug in the Starsurge spellpower coefficient and this has now been corrected. Starsurge should be properly gaining 42.9% of spellpower as damage now, as intended.
  • To compensate for this adjustment, we will be adding an additional effect to Starsurge that causes your next Starfire to cause 66% additional damage.

The intent is not to significantly nerf overall druid damage output, merely to reduce the efficiency of Starsurge specifically and shift the damage output of druids further towards their hard cast abilities such as Starfire.

Other Changes are Coming

There are many other adjustments we are hoping to tackle across multiple areas of the game in the coming days but we wanted to focus on these items initially, and get word out to players about our intentions here as soon as possible. We really appreciate all of the feedback we’ve gotten about these and many other items throughout the weekend. We’ll be issuing a number of hotfixes later today for the issues listed above plus many others and those will be viewable in the normal location on our official forums.

Thank you again!
  • The WoW Classic Dev Team
by Published on 2024-02-12 06:12 PM

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This Week in WoW - February 12, 2024
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Each week we’ll look ahead to what’s in store for World of Warcraft, share the latest news, and keep you in the know byte by byte. Hearthstone looks ahead toward celebrating 10 Years in the Tavern and WoW Hardcore launches Self-Found Mode on February 29.



World of Warcraft Joins Hearthstone’s 10-Year Anniversary Festivities

Join in Hearthstone’s 10-year anniversary celebration beginning March 11. Players can log into Hearthstone to collect a new Fiery Hearthsteed mount in World of Warcraft for free!*


Players can also seek out special “Hearthstone” matches in capital cities from March 11 to March 18. Stick around long enough and you’ll face a special encounter where you can defeat iconic minions to add to your deck and earn other fun new Hearthstone-themed rewards! More details to come.

Visit the Hearthstone official site to learn more about the full slate of festivities.

* No additional purchase necessary for the Fiery Hearthsteed mount. Limited-time offer only available to those who login to Hearthstone between March 11 and May 14. Mount not available in World of Warcraft® Classic games.



WoW Hardcore Self-Found Mode Begins February 29


Survival is the name of the game in Classic Hardcore realms, and while you don’t always have to go it alone, you might just want to. Beginning on February 29, you can take the leap into a new adventure in Hardcore with Self-Found. In this mode, you’ll begin from level 1 and will be restricted from sending or receiving mail from other players, buying or selling on the Auction House, or trading in any way (including giving or receiving items or enchantments.)

It will all be up to you and your ability to explore, gather, and create everything you need to survive in Azeroth…all on your own.



News and Events This Week

Stay on top of all the upcoming news and in-game activities right here.


Don’t forget to Honor Your Elders during the Lunar Festival through February 17 and show your love and gratitude during Love is in the Air as it continues through February 19!

  • February 13
    • (Event) Dragonflight Dungeon Event (February 13 – February 20)
      While this event is active, the final boss of each Dragonflight dungeon awards an extra item when defeated.
    • (Event) PvP Brawl: Deep Six (February 13 – February 20)
  • February 14
    • (Article) The Mythic Dungeon International 2024 begins February 16
      Don’t miss the fastest speedruns from the top World of Warcraft© teams as the MDI returns in Season 3!
  • February 16
    • (Article) Blues News

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