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by Published on 2017-09-02 09:37 AM

PTR Patch Notes 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.47041

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Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - September 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Orix the All-Seer's turn-in quests have been replaced with a vendor list.
  • Some Fel Spreader models are no longer incorrectly displaying as an Ethereal Holoplatform.

  • All players are now granted “Part of History” at level 110.


Dungeons and Raids
  • Some lower level dungeon quest mobs now drop their quest items more frequently.
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Goroth
      • Now once again displays the correct visual effects.
    • Fallen Avatar
      • Touch of Sargeras now creates 4 fissures in Mythic difficulty (was 5 fissures).
      • Touch of Sargeras damage reduced by 10% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Fallen Avatar now generates 20% less energy when Tainted Matrix and Corrupted Matrix beams are not intercepted by players.
      • Fixed an issue where some players falling into the second phase of the fight took unintended damage.
    • Kil’jaeden
      • Now once again displays the correct visual effects.

  • Crystalline Swords should no longer freeze in midair.

Player versus Player
  • The Dutiful PvP companions should now be purchasable once players reach Prestige 7 on any character.
  • Stealth and Invisibility effects will be removed when assaulting bases in Domination battlegrounds such as Arathi Basin.

  • Due to a bug, Technique: Glyph of Fel-Touch Shards will temporarily no longer drop from Inquisitor Vethroz.

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
"Powercreep" - do you think this is something that should be avoided by game designers, or is it just a harmless and/or natural part of game balance over time?
I think to a large degree it’s inevitable. I don’t think it’s necessarily harmless, but it’s easy to see how it happens.

If you have a game that lasts more than a year or so, you are probably introducing new content to that game, and presumably you want players to engage with that content. Maybe you’re making a new champion for your MOBA. Maybe you’re adding new gear to your dungeon. You want that champion and dungeon gear to be relevant.

It’s a noble goal to make that champion gear different but not better, but that’s hard to land in practice. If they are just different, players may not think the switching cost to learn the new content to be worth it. It’s even possible as a developer that you know your game better now (partially because of the community of course) and you know how to make champions or gear that are more optimized and relevant to players. (Source)

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This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

Legion Live This Week!
This time in 2016, we finally got to start our foray into the Broken Isles and take the fight to the Burning Legion! The first thing players did was embark on a scenario to obtain their artifact for their respective specialization. Then, they picked an assault point in one of the new zones to begin questing. At 101, players were able to begin completing missions in their class order hall. There were some features that did not launch with Legion though, such as the Emerald Nightmare raid and the Mythic+ dungeon system.

Patch 6.2.2 Live This Week!
In late August 2015 as Draenor was winding down, there was a small patch that added mostly quality of life changes. It added flying to Draenor, catch-up mechanics for the legendary quest lines, Timewalking Rewards, and updates to Winter's Veil and Hallow's End! Additionally, this patch added several mounts and the Legion Collector's Edition rewards into the game files. We also saw an update to the mount collection achievement, adding the Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent for obtaining 300 mounts.

Patch 5.4 Spawn of Galakras
As patch 5.4 began to unfold on the PTR in late August 2013, we got a preview of the new mount for completing Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider within Siege of Orgrimmar. This achievement was able to be completed in Flex, Normal, or Heroic Difficulty. It was the first mount that was obtainable by doing the new Flex raid difficulty. Spawn of Galakras is still obtainable in the game by going back to Siege of Orgrimmar and completing the necessary achievements!

Mists of Pandaria Raid Previews
In the beginning of September 2012, Blizzard released a preview of the two MoP raids that would be available at launch. We got previews of the four boss raid, Terrace of the Endless Spring, and the six boss raid, Mogu'shan Vaults. These would be two of the three raids that would comprise the early stages of MoP raiding. You can still go back and obtain some of the titles they offer, such as Glory of the Pandaria Raider, and the mount off of Elegon!

by Published on 2017-08-31 06:16 AM

PTR Patch Notes 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.47041

Lich King Battles, Global Games, Custom Cards - Value Town #135 w/ Noxious

World of Warcraft Patch 7.3 - Legion PvP Season 5 Armor Sets

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Legion PvP Season 5 Has Begun!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Legion PvP season 5 is here, and the Arenas and Battlegrounds are ready to host a slew of epic battles.

Season 4 Rewards Reminder
If you participated in Season 4, please keep the following in mind to ensure you receive the rewards that you’re due:

  • Refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until after Legion Season 4 rewards have been distributed.
  • Legion Season 4 titles and mounts will be awarded approximately two weeks after the season ends.

Faction-Based Rewards
Don’t forget—end-of-season rewards are based on your faction. If you transfer your character to the other faction, you must have 50 wins after your transfer and prior to the end of season to receive the reward. Please note that you must have 150 wins for Gladiator and Ferocious Gladiator.

Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - August 30
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • A Prime Naaru has found its way onto the Vindicaar to provide aid to recently fallen heroes.
  • Tassia Whisperglen, a stablemaster, has traveled to Argus.
  • Items and abilities granted by Class Hall research should now work on Argus.
  • Fel Lava on Argus will no longer damage pets.


Dungeons and Raids
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Misstress Sassz’ine
      • Health decreased by 5% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Razorjaw Waverunner health decreased by 10% in all difficulties.
      • Hydra Shot split damage decreased by 25% in all difficulties.
    • Maiden of Vigilance
      • Fixed a bug with Unstable Soul not working correctly in Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Sisters of the Moon
      • Moontalon’s health was unintentionally increased on Mythic difficulty in 7.3. It has been reverted to its original value.
      • Corrected an issue that could cause tanks to incorrectly be targeted with Lunar Beacon and Incorporeal Shot.

Player Characters
  • Fixed an issue that prevented one Night Elf Male hairstyle from appearing.
  • Artifact weapons with a challenge artifact appearance selected should no longer revert to their base appearance if the player is logged out while in a different specialization.

  • Gul'dan should once again drop his eye in Normal and Heroic difficulties for "The Nighthold: Darkness Calls".

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Spell Visual Updates
Thank you to everyone who spent their time and energy playtesting on the PTR, providing constructive feedback, and putting many more eyes on our class visual updates for 7.3.

This round of updates has come to a close, and we have much more planned for the future. While significant strides were made for this patch, some spell updates had promise, but didn’t quite hit the mark and we’ve taken them back to the drawing board. Our initiative to update visuals and effects, especially regarding combat, carries on. Your feedback has helped us guide our priorities going forward.

Thank you once again! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Legion Season 3 and 4 Ensembles
Thanks for your patience while this was worked on. The Legion Season 3 and 4 ensembles should now be available from the vendors in Dalaran.

Total noob question. Where exactly do I find the PvP vendors for Alliance?
At the back of Greyfang Enclave in Dalaran. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Nethershard Essence will be necessary for crafting legendary in 7.3? If yes, is possible to buy in the new vendor in 7.3?
Warmage Kathleen has been licensed as an approved reseller of this item in 7.3. (WarcraftDevs)

Can we get loot from each boss per week in the greater invasion points or only 1 boss per week out of all the bosses?
Only one Greater Invasion Point boss is active each week. (WarcraftDevs)

Can a worgen turn partially for a short amount of time? Or is it unstoppable when it starts? Hold a worgen hand alone -briefly-?
I don't think there's a partial transition recorded anywhere in Warcraft canon. (DaveKosak)

Patch 7.3: Shadows of Argus Art Contest
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Throughout time, artists have set their talents to capturing pivotal moments in history. To commemorate the grandest of crusades for Azeroth’s heroes, we’re asking you to bring forth your talents to encapsulate the campaign into Argus. Let the fel* of your creativity flow using pens, pencil, paints, or your favorite art program to capture the events, people, and environs of the Shadows of Argus for posterity… and prizes.

We’re looking for your best Argus themed artwork either with traditional media or via digital media.
  • First Place: Three qualified entrants will be chosen and receive one World of Warcraft: Legion Collector’s Edition signed by the World of Warcraft Art Team and one Starseeker Pet and Mount Bundle.
  • Runner-Ups: Ten qualified entrants will be chosen to receive one Starseeker Pet and Mount Bundle.

Entries can be submitted during the period of August 30 through September 30, 2017 to [email protected]. Each submission must be a high-resolution JPEG file of no more than 5MB in size to be considered for the contest. A submission must be your original work, and cannot include, in whole or part, any previously created work.

You can find the full contest rules here.

Good luck in your artistic journey!

*You may need a bit of green – perhaps some purples too, but definitely green. Use fel responsibly. May cause itching, skin pigmentation changes and irritation, general hunger, and sudden feelings of world domination. Do not use without warlock or demon hunter supervision. Do not use fel and operate heavy machinery. Warnings aside, we’re sure it will all be fine.

Heroes of the Storm - PTR Notes and Kel'thuzad
A new build is on the Heroes PTR, a preview of upcoming skins and mounts has been released, and the first two parts of a behind the scenes documentary about the creation of Kel'thuzad have been released.

by Published on 2017-08-30 01:22 AM

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Patch 7.3 - Rejection of the Gift
While questing on Argus, you will find out what happened to Xe'ra!

Argus Content
This week's Argus chapter ends shortly after you see Illidan in the Veiled Den and then head back to the ship. Be sure to pick up The Wranglers and start on the Order Hall portion of the content that unlocked this week. Several steps require completion of Order Hall missions.

Level Name Objective Zone
110The WranglersSpeak to Lead Rider Jerek in the Petrified Forest. Krokuun
110An Argus RoperReturn 3 Wild Cragscalers to Lead Rider Jerek. Krokuun
110Duskcloak ProblemKill 10 panthara within the Petrified Forest. Krokuun
110Strike BackKill 1 Eredar ritualists and Lady Shahrazad in the Petrified Forest. Krokuun
110Woah, Nelly!Return to Chieftain Hatuun in Krokul Hovel. Krokuun
Remnants of Darkfall RidgeUse the Scouting Map and complete the mission, "Darkfall Ridge Supplies". Krokuun

Titanforge Rate for Weekly Cache Increased
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
People are getting far more titanforges from their weekly chest than before (my alts got 945s, 950s from their '935' cache).
This is an intended change to the Weekly Cache, and not a bug. Wishing you all luck with your loots!

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Can we get confirmation that the 7.3 Relinquished tokens can give the 7.2.5 legendaries?
Yes. Confirmed. (Source)

PSA: Argus rares are one loot chance per day per rare (Source)

Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - August 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Fallen Avatar
      • Fixed a bug that prevented Explosive Shot and Stampede from correctly dealing damage to Fallen Avatar.

Player versus Player

  • Nightfallen requirements removed from several Suramar quests, making it possible to complete the Suramar campaign without reputation gates.
  • Protection Paladins who obtained Truthguard without receiving credit for taking the hippogryph to Stormheim should now receive credit for doing so when they re-enter the “Shrine of the Truthguard” scenario.

Bonus Event - Cataclysm Timewalking
Cataclysm Timewalking is back this week.

World Boss - Nithogg
Scourge of the Skies is up this week, sending players to kill Nithogg! He drops item level 860 gear and a Holy Relic. Warriors can get the Skull of Nithogg hidden artifact appearance.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Broken Shore Scenario Before Argus
Seems this is actually a bit more complicated than I/we thought - it is intended that alt characters can skip the Broken Shore scenario, as long as another character on your account has completed it.

So... what people may be seeing in regards to having to complete the scenario likely means they haven't completed it on at least one character. To make sure this activates for your alts, you will need to have logged into your main character, or one that has complete the Broken Shore scenario, after the launch of 7.3.

Once you've logged in with a character who has completed the scenario, you will be able to speak with Khadgar at Krasus' Landing and accept the "Assault on the Broken Shore" quest.

Khadgar should have an option to skip the scenario when you next speak with him, then you will need to turn in the quest and finally return to Dalaran (via Hearthstone or otherwise) to receive your Argus introduction quest.

It's technically locked behind Broken Shore, but is able to be skipped on every character after the first. A bit of a communication issue this morning, but from my current understanding this is the intended functionality.

Khadgar at Krasus' Landing in Dalaran should offer you a quest for the Broken Shore when you hit 110, if you didn't receive it automatically. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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by Published on 2017-08-29 10:42 AM

Patch 7.3 Live This Week
Patch 7.3 brings Argus, Invasion Points, Artifact changes, the Netherlight Crucible, Profession changes, and more.

Data for Antorus, the Burning Throne ships with this patch, but the raid will not be unlocked anytime soon. This means that any Patch 7.3 content that requires the raid will also not be available yet.

Patch 7.3 Official Notes

Content Unlock Schedule
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Week 1: Begin the invasion of Argus and embark on an epic storyline beginning in Krokuun. Team up with the Army of the Light and take the fight to the very heart of the Legion in the Antoran Wastes. Gain access to new World Quests and Emissaries on Argus.

Week 2: Finish the story of Krokuun and travel to the ruined draenei city of Mac’Aree. Gain access to Invasion Points and thwart the Burning Legion’s plans on other worlds. Additional World Quests in Mac’Aree are available along with access to Invasion Points.

Week 3: Finish the Shadows of Argus storyline, unlock all World Quests, and venture into the new dungeon, the Seat of the Triumvirate. Activate your Netherlight Crucible on the Vindicaar to begin forging Relics.

Calculators Updated
All of the calculators have been updated to reflect changes coming in Patch 7.3.

Artifact Changes and the Netherlight Crucible
The Netherlight Crucible empowers your artifact, increasing the item level and adding new and existing traits for your relics.

  • As soon as you hit Level 110 on a character, all of your relic slots are unlocked right away.
  • You no longer have to do the Broken Shore quest line to allow your artifact to go beyond 34 points.
  • As soon as you hit 110 in Patch 7.3 you will have Level 41 Artifact Knowledge. After that it will increase weekly automatically, no more research required.
  • The Netherlight Crucible is unlocked account wide in Week 3, allowing you to increase the item level and select traits on each Relic slot.
  • Hidden Appearances and Challenge Appearances no longer require you to use your spec's specific hidden or challenge artifact appearance to unlock the others.

New Dungeon - Seat of the Triumvirate
The Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon will unlock for Week 3. Don't miss all of the dungeon item level and keystone changes in the official notes!

Seat of the Triumvirate Boss Strategies and Loot List

New Factions - Army of the Light and Argussian Reach
Patch 7.3 adds two new factions and some catch up items.

Patch 7.3 New Factions, Army of the Light and Argussian Reach

In Patch 7.3 we are taking the fight to the Legion by traveling to Argus! The world quests here reward item level 895+ gear.

Invasion Points
Invasion Points are public scenarios that require multiple players, with Greater Invasion Points requiring a raid to defeat bosses that drop item level 930 gear.

Profession Changes
Patch 7.3 adds new crafted items, materials, upgrade items that allow you to upgrade the new crafted items to item level 935, and more!

New Mounts
There are lots of new mounts in this patch!

New Spell Animations
Patch 7.3 adds some new spell animations for Mage, Druid, Priest, and Shaman.

New Weapon Models
There are some new weapon models coming in Patch 7.3!

New Music
Lots of new music is coming in this patch, as well as some new VO.

Battle Pet Changes
Patch 7.3 adds the Raiding with Leashes V: Cuteaclysm achievement, sending you back to Cataclysm raids to collect pets! There are also the regular new zone pets, trainers, summon random pet feature, and more!

Legendary Ring - Insignia of the Grand Army
Patch 7.3 adds a new legendary ring, Insignia of the Grand Army!

  • This ring is a reward from The Death of a Titan, which requires you to defeat the soul of Argus in Antorus, the Burning Throne.
  • This means that the ring will not be available with the release of Patch 7.3, but instead with the release of the raid coming in Patch 7.3: Antorus, the Burning Throne
  • The ring's effect increases the effects of Light and Shadow powers granted by the Netherlight Crucible by 50%.

Heirloom Neck
Patch 7.3 adds a new Heirloom neck item, the Man'ari Training Amulet. This item allows you to sacrifice 10% health to increase movement speed by 40% for 10 sec. It is rewarded from the Assault on Felfire Armory Order Hall mission.

Fixed World Boss Rotation
Patch 7.3 will change the world boss rotation to be fixed instead of random.

Order Hall Followers and Items
Patch 7.3 adds new missions, troops, and increases the item level cap for followers to 950. There are also some new follower item level boost items.

NPC Conversation Lines
Lots of interesting dialogue was added in this patch. We've highlighted some of the more interesting pieces.

Dressing Room Update
Patch 7.3 enlarges the dressing room window and adds class specific backgrounds.

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