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by Published on 2021-04-07 04:20 PM

The Great Push - New Mythic+ Tournament
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re thrilled to announce details on our first competitive dungeon one-off tournament of the year. Welcome to The Great Push, coming May 28-30!

For over fourteen years, we’ve sought to explore new ways to push the limits of competitive World of Warcraft. With The Great Push, our first one-off tournament of the year, we are bringing a new style of competitive dungeon running distinct from the foundations set by the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI). Instead of teams fighting to beat their opponent’s time, The Great Push is focused on teams pushing keys as high as they can, striving to out survive their competitors and be crowned the champion!

How The Great Push Works

  • The Great Push stands separate from the MDI. Any team of five players can register for their shot at the $20,000 (USD) prize pool!
  • Teams will compete in the initial qualifier phase, the Proving Grounds, on May 22-23, where teams will be given two dungeon keystone combinations to push to the highest difficulty they can reach on the tournament realm.
  • The top six teams from the qualifier will be invited to the main tournament, where they will compete across the different Shadowlands Dungeons to push their keystones as high as possible.
  • The winning team will be the one who has the highest overall score for dungeons pushed and will be crowned the champion.
  • There are no pre-requisites required to play in the tournament, teams can sign up for The Great Push through May 17!

The tournament will be broadcast live on YouTube and Twitch, and players will also be able to stream their perspectives during the tournament, including their time in the Proving Grounds. You can choose to follow your favorite team and players, while keeping up with the casters for the overall standings throughout the weekend.

Looking Forward

Meanwhile, be sure to tune in to the MDI Global Finals where teams will battle for $300,000 USD on April 23-25, only on YouTube. With Season 1 featuring some of the hardest-fought dungeon runs imaginable, including the closest dungeon finish in MDI history, 2021 is gearing up to be the Mythic Dungeon International’s best year ever. Subscribe to the Warcraft YouTube and don’t forget to follow the WoW Esports Twitter, for the chilliest chills and dankest memes in all of Azeroth. We’ll see you in the Dungeon Finder!
by Published on 2021-04-07 01:19 AM

WoW Patch 9.0.5 Hotfixes - April 6, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Items and Rewards

  • The ability to purchase items from Ve'nari is now unlocked for all characters on your account based on the character with the highest reputation. To gain access to purchasing the items across all characters on your account, you must log into the character with the highest Ve’nari reputation.
by Published on 2021-04-06 12:17 AM

Noblegarden 2021
Noblegarden has returned to Azeroth from today until April 12th, bringing all of the old goodies from previous years, as well as the ability to transmog to your Noblegarden cosmetics during the holiday and the Cursed Rabbit's Foot from opening eggs.

  • There are no changes for 2021
  • The Ember Court Venthyr Event incorporates the holiday by adding Theotar's Egg Hunt, a small minigame that can get you 300% increased friendship during the Ember Court while active.

Added in 2018 - Cursed Rabbit's Foot
Cursed Rabbit's Foot was added in 2018 that can be looted from eggs. It causes your character to periodically spawn eggs on the ground that are smaller and slightly different than the normal Noble Garden eggs.

Hunt for Brightly Colored Eggs
Collect eggs to gather Noblegarden Chocolate and other Noblegarden items.

Spend Your Noblegarden Chocolate
Noblegarden Chocolate can be used to purchase:

Level Type Name Cost Model Viewer
1Companion Pets Spring Rabbit's Foot100 × 
1Companion Pets Mystical Spring Bouquet100 × 
1Companion Pets Noblegarden Bunny200 × 
20Mount Swift Springstrider500 × 
1Head Black Spring Circlet50 × 
1Head Pink Spring Circlet50 × 
1Head Spring Circlet50 × 
1Shirt White Tuxedo Shirt25 × 
1Chest Elegant Dress50 × 
1Chest Spring Robes50 × 
23Legs Black Tuxedo Pants25 × 
1Miscellaneous Spring Flowers50 × 
1Other Blossoming Branch10 × 
1Other Noblegarden Egg5 × 
60Book Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit100 × 

Host Your Own Egg Hunt or Transfer Gold
Noblegarden vendors also sell Poorly Painted Egg, Intricately-Painted Egg, and Magnificently-Painted Egg for gold.

  • Place these eggs on the ground and they will all look exactly the same.
  • Each egg type is unique, so you can only have one in your inventory at a time.
  • Each egg can be looted by only one player and will contain a gray-quality item that can be sold to a vendor for 90% of the original egg purchase price.
  • The eggs can be seen by anyone around you, so they are a useful way to transfer gold between realms or factions (with a 10% loss).

Level Type Name Cost Model Viewer
1Other Poorly-Painted Egg10
1Other Intricately-Painted Egg10
1Other Magnificently-Painted Egg1,000

Complete Quests
There is a one time quest and daily quest that you can complete:

Unlock Achievements
In order to earn the achievement Noble Gardener (part of What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been) and unlock the Noble title, you must complete these nine achievements:

Most of the items required to earn Achievements can be found in Brightly Colored Eggs, so your luck may significantly lower the amount of Noblegarden Chocolate required.

There are two additional achievements which are not required for Noble Gardener:

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Noblegarden springs to life April 5 through April 12. Don your bunny ears and hunt for eggs, eat delectable chocolate, collect toys, pets, and more.

The great feast of Noblegarden has long been celebrated by the races of the Alliance and recently adopted by those of the Horde. During this joyous event, it is customary for the nobles and lords from each race to hide coins, candy, and the occasional treasures within special eggs painted to look like wildflowers. These eggs are then scattered around major cities for the citizenry to find.

When: April 5-12
Where: Visit Azure Watch, Dolanaar, Goldshire, Kharanos, Brill, Razor Hill, Bloodhoof Village, Falconwing Square, or Shattrath City to join in the festivities.
Currency: Noblegarden Chocolates are used as currency during this holiday to purchase garments, mounts, pets, and other special rewards. These can be collected by completing quests and opening the eggs found in the event areas.

Holiday Activities
Daily Quests
The Great Egg Hunt rewards you with money, a small amount of experience, and a Blossoming Branch in exchange for Brightly Colored Shell Fragments gathered during your travels.

Egg Hunting
Search around Azure Watch, Dolanaar, Goldshire, Kharanos, Brill, Razor Hill, Bloodhoof Village, Falconwing Square, or Shattrath City for these (mostly) well-hidden Brightly Colored Eggs. To help you get to them more quickly, you’ll want to purchase an Egg Basket from the Noblegarden merchants and vendors to increase your speed and beat the competition.

Brightly Colored Eggs will often contain delicious chocolate you can eat or use to purchase items from the Noblegarden merchants and vendors including, toys, costumes, and mounts. These eggs can also contain a variety of special items.

Here are some of the items you could either find in Brightly Colored Eggs or purchase from vendors with Noblegarden Chocolates:

New Toy: Noble Gardener's Hearthstone
  • The Noble Gardener's Hearthstone summons a flurry of springtime critters to whisk you away.
New Appearances: Blue Spring Circlet, Brown Spring Circlet, Yellow Spring Circlet
Mounts: Swift Springstrider
Pets: Mystical Spring Bouquet, Spring Rabbit's Foot, Noblegarden Bunny
Costumes and Fun Items: Festival Garments, Blossoming Branch, Egg Basket, Spring Flowers, Noblegarden Egg.
Consumables: Mages can purchase the Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit in exchange for 100 Noblegarden Chocolate.

Noblegarden Finery
Show off your style by strutting your stuff through town while wearing some of the great Noblegarden fineries. These can either be found within Brightly Colored Eggs or purchased from the merchants and vendors.

Completing 8 Noblegarden Achievements will reward the title “the Noble” and count toward the What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been meta-achievement.

Spring into action so you don’t miss any of the holiday fun!
by Published on 2021-04-04 03:34 PM

Omar Gonzalez Leaves Blizzard and Joins Dreamhaven
Omar Gonzalez, one of the senior software engineers that worked on the early prototype of Classic WoW has left Activision Blizzard and joined Secret Door, one of the studios owned by Dreamhaven, Mike Morhaime's new gaming company.

This news comes from Kevin Jordan, one of the original designers for World of Warcraft, which replied to a community question: Where is Omar?

Omar Gonzalez started working on World of Warcraft in 2003 and worked his way up to become Principal Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment. In an interview with xDrale, translated by Wowhead, this is what Game Director Ion Hazzikostas said about Omar:
One of them, an engineer named Omar Gonzalez, who is on the Classic team, tried the method of taking the modern client, the modern server and teaching it to interpret the old 1.12 classic data. He kind of locked himself away for a few weeks, and came out with something that was a prototype--it was very rough, contained tons of bugs, the world wasn't fully rendered, but it was the original classic world, pre-Cataclysm. It had the original skills and talents, and we knew there's was a ton of work to do, but we felt like we realized for the first time, "we can do this."

New Battle.Net Avatars
New Battle.Net Avatars have been added recently.

by Published on 2021-04-03 02:17 AM

WoW Arena MMR Clarification
Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It feels as though the 3v3 ladder MMR has been nerfed compared to Pre 9.05. Whether this is true or not, the perception remains and higher rated players decline to q because of it.

Please implement weekly / biweekly CR / MMR decay for inactive players to encourage more ladder play.

Shadowlands has seen tremendous participation in Arena with the number of unique players and total matches exceeding those seen in recent seasons. As some have noted, this level of participation has had some unintended effects at the very top of the ladder. The nature of our rating system means that the more people that participate, the more likely it is that the very best players in the world will reach extremely high matchmaking ratings. In this case, a number of players have reached the upper boundary of our rating system and as a result, they may achieve victories that don’t result in rating increases. Since the number of players capable of playing at this level is limited, if they choose not to participate, it becomes difficult for those players immediately below them to also gain rating.

We have two solutions to this problem, one of which is already in place and the other will take effect with weekly restarts on Tuesday.

First, over the past 7 years World of Warcraft has had a rating inflation system in place that increases the mean rating of competitors at a rate of 10 points per week (note: This is the rate of increase for clarity but the number is actually increasing with each second). This means that the number that all ratings – including the highest rating possible – are calibrated at increases by 10 points each week, so players that continue playing throughout the season have an advantage compared to those who stop when it comes to end of season rewards. Ultimately, if high end players choose not to play, their rating will be overcome by those who do.

Second, we are going to increase the upper bound of our matchmaking rating system with weekly restarts this week. This should mean that players at the top of the ladder should have less matches that reward no rating change.

We appreciate everyone letting us know about this issue and hope that the upcoming increase the matchmaking cap will improve the situation for the few players affected.

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