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by Published on 2019-09-16 05:25 PM

Blizzard's Party Sync Preview
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Playing with friends when your characters are different levels is now easier than ever with Party Sync.

If you’d like to play WoW with your friends without having to worry about whether your characters’ levels are too far apart, the new Party Sync feature is for you!

Relive Azeroth’s History Together
When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state and phase. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who’s on a given quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn it in. You’ll also have access to a “replay quest” feature that allows players who have already completed certain quests to replay them with friends who haven’t for rewards that are appropriate to their current actual level, regardless of the original level of the quest. Quests can be replayed for rewards once a day.

While most quests can be replayed, there are some exceptions. Repeatable quests, such as dailies and World Quests, can’t be replayed. We’ve also excluded some quests with story implications from being replayed. These are determined on a case-by-case basis, and may include quests like the Demon Hunter starting zone quests, or quests where you might choose to betray the Warchief (how could you!).

Sync to Their Level
With Party Sync, you can choose to have your level temporarily adjusted, making it so higher-level players can quest and experience outdoor content with lower-level friends as they level up.



Accept the sync request to join your friends on their adventure!

Levels will be scaled down to the cap of the expansion content your lowest-level party member qualifies for. As an example, if your lowest-level player is level 83 your level will be scaled down to level 90. However if they’re level 21, your character will be scaled down to level 60.

  • Original WoW - Level 60
  • The Burning Crusade - Level 80
  • Wrath of the Lich King - Level 80
  • Cataclysm- Level 90
  • Mists of Pandaria - Level 90
  • Warlords of Draenor - Level 100
  • Legion - Level 110

While Party Sync is active, party members’ stats are reduced and skills are limited to a set that reflects their temporary level, including disabling some items that are beyond the scope of the experience at that level. This keeps the focus on helping lower-level party members. Unlike in Timewalking, when your level is scaled through Party Sync, you will temporarily lose access to abilities and powers (such as Azerite Traits and spells, abilities, talents, and trinket effects) with requirements that exceed your reduced level.

Set Up Instructions


To begin Party Sync:
  • Invite and accept players into a party.
  • Open your Map & Quest Log (hotkey: M).
  • Click Start Party Sync in the lower-right hand corner.
  • Have all partied players click Accept on the Party Sync confirmation dialogue box.

Once all players have accepted, quest status will be synced and levels will become adjusted so you can play together!

While questing in Party Sync, you may see quests you’ve already done before—those are Replay Quests! Accept them as normal and quest together, but remember that Replay Quests are temporary and go away when the Party Sync ends. Additionally, some quests can become deactivated if your group no longer meets the requirements. Quests that can’t be replayed won’t display an icon, while a grayed-out icon indicates quests that your party sync group does not qualify for that are in your log. You can’t complete these quests until you leave Party Sync. To do so, click Stop Party Sync at the bottom of the Map & Quest Log.


Lead with Confidence
To help you help your friends, we’ve created a brand-new RAF panel in-game to help you know when to expect your next reward and given your access to Party Sync. The RAF panel also lists special activities available to players who participate in the program. Complete these in-game challenges with your recruits to earn even more rewards.

Go Forth with Friends
Party Sync will become available when the upcoming 8.2.5 content update goes live in the next few months.

Blizzard's Worgen and Goblin Model Update Preview
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Get ready to shapeshift your look with new worgen and goblin models and animations—coming in the 8.2.5 content update.

Goblins and worgen were first introduced as playable races in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Since their debut, we’ve made a number of improvements to the tools and technology behind the art and animation of Azeroth—and now it’s time to give these resolute races a visual upgrade.

Using the original models as inspiration, we’ve enhanced their appearances and animations while retaining the soul of the characters.

Sink your teeth into these gorgeous images!



Drool over these new appearances.



Show off your wild side with the updated worgen models.



With a mug like this, the races of Azeroth will buy you drinks.



Look like a million gold without spending a copper!

The new models will be available as soon as the 8.2.5 content update goes live, so be sure to check them out in the wilds (or Auction Houses) then!
by Published on 2019-09-16 03:17 AM

Fix for Repeat Instance Bug Exploit
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve recently become aware of a bug that could be exploited to allow instanced encounters to be completed repeatedly. We have developed a fix for the issue, and we are in the process of deploying it worldwide.

Realm restarts are scheduled for 3:00 a.m. PDT (6:00 a.m. EDT) in order to apply this fix.

As soon as possible, we will identify those who knowingly abused this bug in exploitative manner. We will then take appropriate punitive measures.

As a reminder, Blizzard’s End User License Agreement defines cheats as “methods not expressly authorized by Blizzard, influencing and/or facilitating the gameplay, including exploits of any in-game bugs, and thereby granting you and/or any other user an advantage over other players not using such methods.”

As always, thank you for your feedback on this matter.
Published on 2019-09-14 10:00 PM

WoW Classic with Creators Episode 4: Pat Nagle
Another WoW Classic with Creators episode has been released!

by Published on 2019-09-12 10:32 PM

Patch 8.2.5 PTR - War Campaign Conclusion, Show Final Destination, Worgen Portraits

Patch 8.2.5 PTR - Build 31812

Own a Piece of World of Warcraft History and Help Support Pencils of Promise
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s been a truly epic 15 years of World of Warcraft—and what better way to commemorate this momentous event than to purchase a piece of WoW history, all while benefitting a great cause.

We’ve preserved a number of retired HP server blades that once hosted World of Warcraft realms, and you can purchase one Friday, September 13 at 19:00 CEST and Wednesday, September 18 at 02:00 CEST on the Blizzard Gear Store to support Pencils of Promise, a global education organization creating schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. For a limited time, a small numberof these special anniversary server blades will be available for purchase and 100% of the sale price of each blade less shipping and handling will be donated to Pencils of Promise. *



FAQ

Q: Who is Pencils of Promise?
A:
In their own words: Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children around the world. PoP works with communities to build schools and create programs that provide educational opportunities for students, no matter where they are born or what resources they have. To date, PoP has built more than 500 schools and currently serves more than 100,000 students throughout Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, establishing itself as a leader amongst the innovative global nonprofits working toward sustainable social change. Learn more at www.pencilsofpromise.org.

Q: How much of my money goes to Pencils of Promise?
A:
Pencils of Promise will receive 100% of the sale price, less any manufacturing and freight to warehouse costs, chargebacks, refunds, and Value Added Taxes (VAT).

Q: What is a server blade?
A: World of Warcraft realms are hosted on HP BladeSystem, which combines server, storage, network, power, and management capabilities into an integrated system. These blades were part of the hardware that provided the processing power to run the game from 2010-2016.

Q. Will I be able to purchase a specific server blade?
A. Due to advancements in the technology behind World of Warcraft and the ability to host many realms on one blade, there’s no way to guarantee purchasers will receive a server blade that previously hosted a specific realm they were interested in.

Q: What does the server blade come with?
A:Each blade server comes with a decorated plexi-glass cover and a World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary plaque.

Q: Is the server blade functional?
A:The server blade is not functional and contains no data. This retired HP server blade is intended only to be a unique collector’s item and not a piece of functioning hardware.

Q: Do I have to pay for shipping?
A: Yes, purchasers will have to pay for shipping. All shipments will be made from the United States.

Q: When will I receive my World of Warcraft server blade if I purchase one?
A: Barring unanticipated circumstances, the expected delivery time for items is 12–15 weeks after the final payment is received and acknowledged.

Q: How will my World of Warcraft server blade be shipped?
A:Your World of Warcraft server blade will ship in custom 15th anniversary packaging and a brown box with foam padding to help protect it during shipping.

Q: What should I do if I have any issues with my order?
A:If you encounter any issues with your World of Warcraft server blade order, contact customer service for assistance.

*Donation excludes manufacturing and freight to warehouse costs, chargebacks, refunds, and value added tax; purchaser shall pay shipping costs. Sale ends September 24, 2019, or while supplies last.
by Published on 2019-09-12 06:49 PM

Patch 8.2.5 PTR - Build 31812

Patch 8.2.5 PTR - What's New Section of Adventure Journal
The patch 8.2.5 PTR has updated to now include the What's New section, which says that the War Campaign will come to a thrilling conclusion in Patch 8.2.5!



Patch 8.2.5 PTR - New Show Final Destination Button in Quest Log
Patch 8.2.5 will add a new button to the quest log allowing you to see the final destination of a quest to plan your own route. You can toggle between this and the "show travel route" button freely.





Patch 8.2.5 PTR - Updated Worgen Portrait Pictures on Character Creation Screen
Patch 8.2.5 comes with the new worgen models, and so the portraits on the character creation menu have also been updated. The goblin ones remain the same.


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