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by Published on 2021-05-08 01:44 AM

WoW Patch 9.0.5 Hotfixes - May 7, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • Lady Inerva Darkvein
      • [With regional restarts] Health reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Conjured Manifestation and Harnessed Specter health reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Fixed an issue where Concentrated Anima and Shared Suffering could choose a player currently affected by Forgeborne Reveries (Necrolord Soulbind).
  • Spires of Ascension
    • Kin-Tara
      • Fixed an issue where she would sometimes choose to fly out of the area and reset the encounter.
by Published on 2021-05-06 05:05 PM

UPDATE - Character Clones will cost $15 USD

Enhance Your Burning Crusade Classic™ Experience with the Dark Portal Pass and Deluxe Edition
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Are you prepared? World of Warcraft®: Burning Crusade Classic™ launches on June 1, and the pre-expansion patch arrives on May 18. As with WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic will be included with every WoW players’ subscription at no additional cost.

For those who haven't played WoW Classic recently, or if you're looking to enhance your experience, we have a host of special items just for you.

Starting on May 18, after the weekly scheduled realm maintenance, everyone who wants to prepare early to join the adventure when Outland opens on June 1 will have the option to purchase the Dark Portal Pass, allowing them to boost one character of their choosing on a Burning Crusade Classic realm to level 58 (limit one per World of Warcraft account; not usable on blood elf or draenei characters). The boosted character will receive:

  • Apprentice Riding skill
  • Race-specific mount
  • Weapon skills up to level 58
  • Access to certain flight paths
  • A set of level 58 magic (green) quality gear
  • Up to four Runecloth Bags (14 slots each)
  • A little bit of gold to start their journey

Intrepid explorers looking to further enhance their Burning Crusade Classic experience can purchase the optional Deluxe Edition. This edition includes all the items from the Dark Portal Pass​, featuring:

  • The Reawakened Phase-Hunter mount, a creature that draws on the otherworldly energies that transformed Draenor into Outland, for use only in Burning Crusade Classic and designed to match the look of the original expansion
  • The Viridian Phase-Hunter mount, a variant for use in modern World of Warcraft (including Shadowlands) and reflecting the game’s current visual style
  • A Dark Portal Hearthstone for use in Burning Crusade Classic, providing a unique visual effect inspired by the gateway between worlds
  • The Path of Illidan toy for Burning Crusade Classic, which causes your character’s footsteps to leave flickering fel fire in their wake for a short time
  • The Dark Portal Pass, which boosts one character to level 58 (same restrictions as standalone Dark Portal Pass apply; upgrading from the Dark Portal Pass to the Deluxe Edition does not grant a second boost.)
  • 30 days of World of Warcraft game time, providing access to WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic, and the modern game

For more information on World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic, visit the official site.

Playing Ahead: Making Choices in WoW Classic
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings WoW Classic adventurers!

With Burning Crusade Classic arriving on June 1, we want to share more details on what you can expect when we release the pre-expansion patch for Burning Crusade Classic and launch our Era realms.

First Steps

Beginning with patch day, players will have the opportunity to make a choice for each existing Classic character. Will that character continue into Burning Crusade Classic or remain in the Classic era?

Currently, when you log in to WoW Classic, you can see general information on what’s coming by clicking the Burning Crusade Classic button at login.

What’s Happening to my Realm?
As of the pre-expansion patch, all current World of Warcraft Classic servers will progress to Burning Crusade Classic content. When you first log in, you’ll then make a choice on each existing character whether to advance that character into Burning Crusade Classic or choose to play on a World of Warcraft Classic Era realm available as a new game download on the Desktop App.

Each character can be unlocked once for free either in Burning Crusade Classic or World of Warcraft Classic. If you want to play a character in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic, you can opt in to the “Character Clone” service for a fee.

Choose Your Game
When you log in to the App, you’ll see the following options under the “Game Version & Account” selection screen under “Live”: World of Warcraft Classic, Burning Crusade, Classic, and World of Warcraft.

As mentioned during the BlizzConline Deep Dive Panel for Burning Crusade Classic, with the pre-expansion patch, players will be provided the option to play their character on the new Classic era realm just as it was as of the last day before the patch or continue on into Burning Crusade Classic.

It’s important to note that all current realms will progress to Burning Crusade Classic content. World of Warcraft Classic era realms are new but retain the same names as before and exist as they did prior to the pre-expansion patch.

All the characters that you created and played before servers come down for the patch will appear on the same realms. You’ll see those realms listed in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic games. That means you’ll see all your pre-existing characters in both versions of the game.

To explain what you’ll see on patch day, let’s take a further look at the details.

Burning Crusade Classic
If you last logged into World of Warcraft Classic before patch day, your default option in the Desktop App will be Burning Crusade Classic. If you want to move on into Burning Crusade Classic, select that option.

At login and character select, you will see a Burning Crusade Classic screen. You can select the realms you played on before the patch and see your characters listed on those realms.

You’ll notice each of your existing characters will be required to make a choice as indicated by the “Choose Expansion” text shown beneath your character name.

For example, Moonrasmin shown above hasn’t made a choice yet. Upon selecting Moonrasmin, you’ll be presented with the option to make a choice for this character.

When you select the “Play Burning Crusade” button, you will need to confirm your choice by typing in the character’s name in the confirmation screen.

Once you click “Accept,” your character will now be part of Burning Crusade Classic. While Outland won’t be available to play with the pre-expansion patch, you will have the ability to begin leveling and playing Blood Elf and Draenei races and the Jewelcrafting profession with early access.

World of Warcraft Classic Era
To join and play on Classic Era realms, you will select the World of Warcraft Classic game in the Desktop App and install it as a new game. If you already have existing characters prior to patch day, they will appear on the same realms where they were originally created.

When looking at your selected realm and pre-existing Classic characters, each character will show a requirement to choose an expansion. (For this purpose, you can consider WoW Classic Era as its own expansion!).

As an example, when Misha is selected in the character select list, you’re presented with the options screen as follows:

After selecting the “Play Classic Era” button, you’ll confirm your choice by typing in the character’s name in the confirmation screen.

Clicking “Accept,” will set you on your way to continuing your journey in the World of Warcraft Classic Era.

What’s a Clone?
For players who want to play a character in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic, we have a new optional service we call “Character Clone.”

This optional service will only become available on a character after you have made a choice for that character in another game. For Thuata, shown below, she was unlocked in Burning Crusade Classic.

Upon installing and logging into the other game, in this case, World of Warcraft Classic, you’ll see Thuata listed and is greyed out. The text under her name now reads as, “Clone Available.” A Clone icon will appear next to Thuata’s name as shown below. A tip will appear on mouse-over of the Clone icon.

If you click the Clone icon, a confirmation window with more information will appear. It shows the “cloned” date of the character which includes all progress on the character up to that date.

Clicking “Accept will take you to the store screen which will allow you to purchase the Character Clone service.

Upon completing the transaction, Thuata is ready to play.

Stay Classic!
We hope this information helps prepare you for your adventures to come and we’ll see you soon!
by Published on 2021-05-06 11:50 AM

Patch 9.1 PTR - Sylvanas Weapon Model Updates
The latest update to the PTR has changed the models for both the bow and dagger that drops from the Sylvanas encounter in the Sanctum of Domination raid.

Patch 9.1 PTR - Main Story Campaign Chapter 3
Today we are previewing Chapter 3 of the Chains of Domination main story campaign. *Spoilers Ahead*

  • With the Primus free, he now suggests that we take Helya and Vyraz by surprise as they have retreated within the walls of Desmotaeron and have grown lax in their expected safety. Draka suggests we secure the area to summon the Zerekriss. Thrall asks to accompany the mission and Draka allows it, seemingly unknowing that Thrall is her son.
  • Upon arrival, we need to kill Helsworn Soulbreakers, summon 4 death gates, and look for Thrall's axe, Dra'gora. As you progress, Draka notices that Thrall is wearing the armor of Orgrim Doomhammer. Upon retrieving the axe, she also comments that its name means "Draenor's Honor. A fitting name for a worthy weapon." Thrall also asks her about her life as a Frostwolf.
  • You then summon the Zerekriss, and use it to bombard the area to allow the Covenant forces to advance, allowing you an opportunity to slay Ironkeeper Salryx.
  • Afterward, you find a fallen Forsworn who says he tried to escape after Helya started forcing the power of the Maw on them. He asks you to free his brethren while you also slay minions of Helya.
  • Finally, you ascend to find Vyraz asking for Helya's aid against the Covenant forces. She berates him before noticing you. She then grants him her boon, but the Primus teleports in and also grants you power. A fight ensues and you eventually kill Vyraz and leave through a portal. Helya teleports away when the fight starts.
  • Draka tells Thrall he fought well, calling him Go'el. Thrall is shocked that she knew who he was this whole time and she says they will speak upon their return to Keeper's Reprise.
  • When you approach, you witness the two's conversation:
    • Draka - "I knew who you were the moment I saw you. Do you really think I wouldn't recognize Durotan's eyes? You were but a babe when I died. Tell me, who have you grown to be?
    • Thrall - "I was once Warchief of the Horde, a shaman of the Earthen Ring--"
    • Draka - "That is who you were. Who are you now?"
    • Thrall - " uncertain. Much has happened in my life. I do not know where it will lead next."
    • Draka - "A lesson, then. Not from mother to child, but from one similar soul to another. Remember who you were, but take pride in who you are. I once thought death was the end. But now, as a warrior of Maldraxxus, I see that it was only the beginning. It brings me joy to see how far you have come. And I know you have much farther to go."
    • Thrall - "Thank you...mother. I will make you proud."
    • Draka - "Come. I wish to know more of your life. All of it."

by Published on 2021-05-06 01:10 AM

WoW Patch 9.0.5 Hotfixes - May 5, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Hunter
    • Fixed an issue with interrupt effects and Scare Beast while Aspect of the Turtle is active.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Castle Nathria
    • Sire Denathrius
      • Fixed an issue that caused Painful Memories to damage pets and guardians.

Player versus Player
  • The rating requirement to earn progress for the Rated PvP seasonal mount has been lowered to 1000 (was 1400).
by Published on 2021-05-05 10:05 PM

Policy Update for Input Broadcasting - May 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On November 3, 2020, we posted an update to our policy for input broadcasting software, and soon thereafter, we began taking action against accounts found to be using third party software to automatically mirror keystrokes to multiple game clients. We find that, like full automation of play, multiple-account mirroring disturbs the gameplay experience for the vast majority of players who control a single account at a time.

We will now additionally prohibit the use of all software and hardware mechanisms to mirror commands to multiple World of Warcraft accounts at the same time, or to automate or streamline multi-boxing in any way. Players found to be in violation of this policy are subject to account actions. These actions can include warnings, account suspensions and, if necessary, permanent closure of the player’s World of Warcraft account(s), as activities which effectively replicate automated gameplay are contrary to the terms and conditions of the Blizzard End-User License Agreement (EULA).

We urge all players to cease using any means of mirroring gameplay across multiple WoW accounts immediately, in order to maintain uninterrupted access to World of Warcraft.

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