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by Published on 2020-02-05 02:24 AM

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 4, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Character transfers and faction changes no longer set back progress on the Titan Research Archive.

Darkmoon Faire
  • Players who have the Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide in their inventory should no longer receive error messages after killing enemies in Mythic Keystone dungeons.
    • Darkmoon Arcade
      • Players who die on the HexSweeper board are now teleported near the Arcade console.
      • Players can now walk on top of flagged hexes without triggering them.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • Ra-den the Despoiled
      • Void Eruption should no longer damage pets on all difficulties.
      • Decaying Wound’s damage over time effect no longer persists after the end of the encounter on all difficulties.
      • Night Terror’s Dread Inferno spell no longer interrupts channeled abilities on Mythic difficulty.
      • Reduced the health of Ra-den, Essence of Void, Essence of Nightmare, Crackling Stalker, Void Hunter, and Night Terror by 5% on Mythic difficulty.
    • Carapace of N’Zoth
      • Reduced the number of spells that stop Fury of N'Zoth's movement during the encounter.
      • Resolved an issue where Madness and Insanity Bomb could potentially remove the sanity of the primary afflicted target.
      • Resolved an issue where players could get stuck in the final chamber.
      • Resolved an issue where Adaptive Membrane was removing players’ buffs on Mythic difficulty.
  • Operation: Mechagon – Junkyard
    • Scrapbone Grunters in the King Gobbamak encounter now inflict the same amount of damage as their counterparts in the rest of the dungeon on all difficulties.
    • Scrapbone Grunters' melee damage has been reduced by 43% on all difficulties.
    • Heavy Scrapbot and Malfunctioning Scrapbot now cast Gyro Scrap and Exhaust less frequently on all difficulties.
  • Operation: Mechagon – Workshop
    • Fixed an issue where players were sometimes unable to utilize Spires of Ny'alotha on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
  • Siege of Boralus
    • Adjusted the Spire of Ny’alotha’s position when the Awakened affix is active on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
      • Developers’ note: This Spire was near a group of powerful enemies for Alliance players, but not for Horde players. It should now be in a more comparable location for both factions.

Horrific Visions
  • Stormwind
    • Fallen Riftwalker
      • Rift Strike damage reduced by 37.5% and is cast less frequently.
      • Shadow Shift now reduces damage taken by 50% (was 75%).

Items and Rewards
  • Unguent Caress’ Corruption Effect now properly takes enemy target radius into account, ensuring that it more consistently damages very large enemies.
  • Using Remote Guidance Device now always properly incurs the shared 20 second cooldown for on-use trinkets and item effects.
  • Sparks of Unwavering Strength should no longer erroneously create Quickening Azerite Geode for Guardian Druids and will correctly create Manual of Unbalanced Tactics.
  • Corrupted Items
    • Obsidian and Searing Breath (Corrupted Effects) no longer strike targets that are not in line of sight.
    • The Thing from Beyond (Corrupted Effect) is now slightly less terrifying in Timewalking, as it will scale down to the wearer’s item level.
    • The Thing from Beyond's presence will no longer cause other monsters to attack the wearer.
    • The Thing from Beyond can no longer daze the wearer.
    • Fixed an issue that caused Thing from Beyond to sometimes miss players. The Thing from Beyond always gets its target, in the end.

Player versus Player
  • Players can once again queue for the Cooking Impossible Brawl.
by Published on 2020-02-05 01:48 AM

Corruption Effects Adjustments
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’d like to give everyone a heads up that we’re working on tuning adjustments to several Corruption Effects. While we don’t have exact amounts just yet, we have some certainty that in the next 24 hours, we will:

  • Reduce the effectiveness of Echoing Void significantly.
  • Increase the effectiveness of Void Ritual by a small amount.
  • Increase the duration of Deadly Momentum, so that its buff doesn’t fall off.

At this time, we’re also considering:

  • Reducing the damage done by Twilight Devastation.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of other Corruption Effects.

Again, we intend to complete these changes in the next 24 hours, and we’ll let you know as soon as we’re set on final tuning numbers.

Thank you!
by Published on 2020-02-04 04:28 PM

Warcraft III: Reforged Developer Update

This Week in World of Warcraft

Grand Empress Shek'zara World Boss
Grand Empress Shek'zara is up in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Grand Empress Shek'zara
With the awakening of N'Zoth, Shek'zara, empress of the mantid, pledged her swarm to the old god's will. In service of her dark master, she unleashed her forces upon the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to claim Pandaria in N'Zoth's name.

  • Overview - Grand Empress Shek'zara uses her powerful voice and Zara'thik Swarmguard to overwhelm enemies.
  • Song of the Empress - Shek'zara chants the Song of the Empress, emitting sound waves that travel outwards from her.
    Players that come into contact with Song of the Empress are Silenced and suffer 4 Nature damage every 0.5 sec for 3 sec.
  • Force and Verve - Shek'zara shouts, inflicting 33 Nature damage every 1 sec for 6 sec.
    Players standing in a Sound Barrier take 70% reduced damage from Force and Verve.
  • Summon Swarmguard - Shek'zara summons her Zara'thik Swarmguard to aid her in battle.
    • Zara'thik Swarmguard -
      • Bladestorm - Charges to a player's location and spins a blade around the caster, inflicting 33 Physical damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec.
    • Zara'thik Ambershaper -
      • Amber Bolt Volley - Fires bolts of hardened amber at all nearby enemies, inflicting 25 Nature damage.

LevelTypeSlotNameModel Viewer
445FingerFingerLoop of Abhorrent Celerity
445ClothHeadManiacal Speaker's Cover
445LeatherHeadGuise of the Voracious Prowler
445MailLegsGreaves of Shattered Thoughts
445PlateLegsChitinous Conqueror's Legplates

N'Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Assault: The Black Empire

Assault: Mantid

To learn more about the N'Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms, click the banner below for an in depth guide.

Island Expeditions for the Week of February 4, 2020
The Island Expeditions for the week are:
  • Verdant Wilds with Primal Druids
  • Snowblossom Village with Vermin
  • Jorundall with Taunka

The Salvage Crates available for purchase this week are:

Darkmoon Faire
The Darkmoon Faire is in town once again! If you're grinding reputation with the new 8.3 factions, Uldum Accord and Rajani, pick up the Darkmoon Top Hat or the WHEE! buff to increase reputation gains by 10% for 60 minutes.

Lunar Festival
The Lunar Festival World Event ends this Friday, February 7th!

New in 2020
  • Complete the Lunar Preservation quest to be able to transmog the flower crown cosmetics all year round!

Love is in the Air
The Love is in the Air World Event starts this Saturday, February 8th!

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 Casual, choose Arena Skirmish and JOIN BATTLE. You’ll be matched up with teammates and provided with opponents to kill in the Arena. You can also queue for a Premade group or create your own group within the Premade tab.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar and in Boralus has a quest for you–The Arena Calls. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it from within the Adventure Journal.
    • Quest requirement: Win 10 Arena PvP Skirmishes
    • Reward: A PvP loot box
  • Passive buff: +50% honor gains from Skirmishes

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

PvP Brawl: Cooking Impossible
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Sharpen your blades and prepare yourself for a culinary battle in this week's PvP Brawl—Cooking Impossible running February 4–11.

Nomi is hosting a Pandaren Chili Cookoff in the Valley of the Four Winds between the Alliance and the Horde! The first to bring Nomi all of the required ingredients wins.

Call to Arms: Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Mechagon and Drustvar
This week's Call to Arms is Call to Arms: Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Call to Arms: Mechagon and Call to Arms: Drustvar.

Head to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Mechagon and Drustvar with warmode enabled to kill players of the opposing faction. This will reward you with Quartermaster's Note, Aspirant's Equipment Cache, Honor, Conquest and Reputation with either The Honorbound or 7th Legion.
by Published on 2020-02-04 04:11 AM

Mythic Ny'alotha, the Waking City - Day 7 Progress
Pieces has caught up with Complexity Limit and Method, and now have 11/12 bosses down!

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - February 3, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Hunter
    • Angerhoof Bull, Anzu, Blaithe, Doe, Greathorn Stag, Irewing, Motorback Ape, and Porkchop are now tamable.
    • Ji-Kun, Ssinkrix, Qroshekx, Xaarshej should now retain their names when tamed.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Lalathin should now appear in all phases of Suramar.

Horrific Visions
  • Further reduced the health of enemies in Horrific Visions for players who enter the instance as a solo healer or tank specialization; healers will face enemies with 42% less health and tanks will fight enemies with 25% reduced health.
    • Developers’ note: We'd like players to be able to upgrade their legendary cloak without feeling like they have to change specialization. The difficulty of Horrific Visions adjusts dynamically based on party composition, but they're still a bit rough for solo healers and tanks, so we're making some tweaks to help those players out.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Vision Hunters’ buff text from displaying the proper values.

Items and Rewards

Mythic N'Zoth Hotfix
After the recent hotfix to Thought Harvesters (to make them spawn in fixed locations), their Harvest Thoughts ability has been changed to be cast while moving.

This change makes the fight more difficult since Thought Harvesters will now cast Harvest Thoughts as soon as they come into contact with anything (a player, a Shaman's totem, a Warlock's gateway). Max from Complexity Limit explains the problem with this change in the following clip.

Dark Legacy Comics #713
DLC #713 has been released!

Published on 2020-02-04 02:43 AM

Warcraft III: Reforged Developer Update
In addition to the developer update, Blizzard added the ability to quickly get a refund for Warcraft 3: Reforged.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hail War3 Players,

We’ve been following the discussions the past couple days and want to thank you for your feedback as well as your support. First off, we want to say we’re sorry to those of you who didn’t have the experience you wanted, and we’d like to share our plans for what’s coming next.

There were a few hours during launch day where we experienced server-load issues that impacted players’ ability to jump right in, but we were able to resolve those later in the day. Separate from that, we’ve seen community feedback about different aspects of Reforged that we wanted to take some time to address.

Before we go on: the team is excited that Warcraft III: Reforged is finally upon us and we’re fully committed to supporting the game for a long time to come. The next few patches and updates we’ll discuss below are just part of our ongoing plans. This game is an integral part of the Blizzard DNA, with a team that loves Warcraft III, and we’re looking forward to pouring our hearts into Reforged and the Warcraft III community for the long term.

One of the concerns with Reforged that we’ve seen are the visuals when selecting Classic Mode. We’ve identified the bug causing the colors and shading to look different from the original Warcraft III, and we’re testing a fix that will be incorporated in a larger patch addressing this issue and others. We expect to release that late this week. The patch will also address many other known issues, such as fixing some portrait animations and audio bugs, implementing some UI fixes, and more. Please keep an eye out for the patch notes for a detailed list of all the bug fixes.

Another area of concern we’re seeing is regarding online features such as leaderboards and clans, which applies to all Warcraft III players, including those who haven’t purchased Reforged. At BlizzCon we talked a lot about how the team is actively working on standing up the back-end to ensure a smooth transition to this new MMR system, much like we did with StarCraft: Remastered. As with Remastered, these and other features will be included in a major patch for Reforged, which will also address the issue for players of the original game. We’ll share release plans as work progresses in the coming weeks—please be assured that the team is hard at work on standing these features up.

There are some individual concerns we’ve seen that we’re not currently planning to address and we wanted to give the community a heads-up. As of Version 1.30 of the original game, we saw very low usage of tournaments and of the Reign of Chaos ruleset, so we removed both in mid-2019 (in Version 1.31). Eliminating the maintenance for underused elements has helped us streamline our overall support of the game and focus on areas impacting the most players. That said, we do anticipate that players who prefer Reign of Chaos will find custom games with similar rulesets, which we hope will help satisfy that concern.

Related to that, as we talked about last year at BlizzCon, we did not want the in-game cutscenes to steer too far from the original game. We went a little deeper into the thought process behind that at the show, but the main takeaway is that the campaigns tell one of the classic stories in Warcraft history, and we want to preserve the true spirit of Warcraft III and allow players to relive these unforgettable moments as they were (albeit rebuilt with new animations and the higher fidelity art).

We know this update doesn’t address all questions, but we’re committed to the development and support of this game. We hope you’ll keep an eye out for this week’s patch and future updates and let us know what you think as we continue fine-tuning things. Until then, thank you as always for your support and passion for Warcraft III. We appreciate all your feedback and will continue to keep the Warcraft III community updated on everything we’re working on.


The Warcraft III: Reforged Team

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