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by Published on 2017-01-21 06:59 AM

World of Warcraft Tier 20 Armor Sets

Tier 20 armor sets are here! They may look familiar, as many of them are inspired by the Tier 6 armor sets.

Keep in mind that this is an early preview. Sets may be unfinished, missing pieces, and missing colors.

Take a look at them in the modelviewer for the full picture, especially Mythic Druid (keep watching...) and Warlocks (use the Jump Start animation).

by Published on 2017-01-21 02:07 AM

Upcoming Class Tuning Changes - 1/24/17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As we prepare for the opening of Mythic Nighthold, we're planning another round of balance tuning for a few specs. These will be applied with the next weekly maintenance.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Feral
    • Increased the damage of most Feral spells and abilities by 8%. (Ashamane's Frenzy, Brutal Slash, Ferocious Bite, Maim, Moonfire, Rake, Shred, Swipe, Thrash, Rip)
      • Designer Notes: Feral's playstyle feels good, but isn't putting up the numbers that it should be, so we're giving them an across-the-board damage buff.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Combat Experience (Pet Passive) now increases the damage of primary pets by 60% (up from 50%).
    • Designer Notes: This is primarily a damage buff to Beast Mastery, but will have a tiny benefit to Survival and occasionally Marksmanship as well.
  • Marksmanship
    • Arcane Shot now generates 8 Focus (up from 5).
    • Multi-Shot now generates 3 Focus per target hit (up from 2).
    • Sidewinders damage increased by 33%.
      • Designer Notes: Marksmanship has given a lot of feedback that the rotation often winds up casting too many consecutive Focus generators. We are making two changes: first, helping avoid that problem by increasing the Focus generation of Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot. Second, making it more attractive to use Sidewinders in more situations, for players who prefer the pacing of the rotation with that talent.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane
    • Increased the damage of most Arcane spells and abilities by 5%. (Arcane Barrage, Arcane Blast, Arcane Explosion, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Orb, Nether Tempest, Supernova)
    • Overpowered now increases the damage and mana cost bonuses of Arcane Power to 60% (down from 70%).
    • Amplification now increases Arcane Missiles damage by 12% (down from 15%).
      • Designer Notes: Arcane has been doing well in 7.1.5, but its numbers are lacking a bit. We're giving them an across-the-board damage buff, but tempering that with small reductions to a couple new talents that are proving to be too strong.
  • Fire
    • Pyroblast mana cost reduced by 20%.
    • Flamestrike mana cost reduced by 17%.
      • Designer Notes: Under certain circumstances, it was possible for Fire to run out of mana. It's only intended that mana is a constraint on Fire's utility, not its damage.
  • Frost
    • Comet Storm damage increased by 24%.
    • Flurry now fires its missiles faster.
      • Designer Notes: Comet Storm is failing to live up to expectations, so we're buffing its damage. The Flurry change will help Flurry feel more responsive, while simultaneously solving a potential issue where Winter's Chill could apply to two Ice Lances (instead of just one, as intended) at extremely high Haste levels.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Brewmaster
    • Keg Smash damage increased by 10%, and it no longer deals reduced damage to 6+ targets.
    • Breath of Fire damage increased 11%.
      • Designer Notes: Brewmasters could use a bit of help on damage, especially in AoE.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Retribution
    • Crusade now increases damage and Haste by 3% per stack (down from 3.5%).
    • Blade of Justice damage increased by 20%, unchanged in PvP.
      • Designer Notes: Retribution's total damage is looking quite strong in 7.1.5, which is fine on its own. However, how that damage is delivered matters quite a bit as well. We've been seeing more and more that Paladins find that the optimal way to maximize their performance is to focus everything they can on boosting their damage during Crusade. This creates a number of problems, including: Crusade feels mandatory, your damage feels very unrewarding outside of Crusade, trinkets and artifact traits are viewed as either amazing or terrible based on whether they synergize with Crusade, and others.

        As such, we're going to tone down Crusade, and compensate with a buff to Blade of Justice. For those that had maximized Crusade to an extreme degree, this may result in a small overall nerf – this is intended. This change also helps prevent Divine Hammer from being too dominant in single-target situations.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Destruction
    • Chaos Bolt damage increased by 9%.
    • Rain of Fire damage increased by 30%.
    • Cataclysm damage increased by 29%.
      • Designer Notes: Destruction's damage isn't as high as it should be. In particular, some of its spells that should feel the most rewarding aren't hitting hard enough, especially in AoE situations. We're buffing the damage of those spells.

As always, there may be additional PvP-only tuning applied along with these changes. We'll share details on any such changes once they've been determined.

Convergence of Fate (and other trinkets)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We've been following the discussion on the recent changes to the Convergence of Fates trinkets for Retribution Paladins, as well as the surrounding discussions about trinket balance in general, and wanted to give a quick update on what we're planning:

The original value of Convergence for Ret was wildly out of line with other trinkets, largely due to its interaction with Crusade. After investigation, however, we believe that the change we made may have overshot the mark. We’ll be making some additional adjustments to Convergence of Fate, to make sure that it’s still a good trinket for Ret.

We’re also investigating Convergence’s value to other classes, particularly those with talents that replace the cooldowns that Convergence effects (such as Dark Arbiter for Unholy Death Knights). Like Crusade, those talents are made significantly more powerful when combined with Convergence of Fate, so we’ll likely need to make some adjustments when those kinds of talents are selected as well.

We are also planning to improve Nighthold trinkets which have effects that aren’t a stat buff, such as the slam on Might of Krosus. We will post more information about this as soon as we have settled on the appropriate values, and are planning to make the changes with raid resets next week.

Upcoming Forum Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve been regularly reviewing the types of discussions on the World of Warcraft forums following the changes we made last year. This thread is a “heads-up” of sorts to let you know of some further changes we will be making. The full details are as follows:

  • A new “Transmogrification” forum will be opened for all your budding fashionista needs!
  • The “Dungeons & Raids” forum will be re-opened!
  • The “PvE Discussions” forum will be renamed to “Quests & Achievements.”
  • The “PvP Discussions” will be split into two new forums called “Arena” and “Battlegrounds.”
  • The current “PvP Discussions” forum will be removed. If there are any posts that you wish to keep, please save them and re-post them in the appropriate new forum.

We will be making these changes on 24.01.2017 and the “PvP Discussions” forum will be removed on 30.01.2017.

Thank you!
by Published on 2017-01-20 11:38 AM

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23436

Patch 7.2 - World of Warcraft Class Mount Models
Complete Breaching the Tomb and your Order Hall campaign to unlock these class mounts!

Check out the models below with our modelviewer and then vote for your favorite.

Death Knight Class Mount

This mount changes color based on your spec.

Death Knight Class Mount Green Death Knight Class Mount Blue Death Knight Class Mount Red

Demon Hunter Class Mount

There is only one variation of this mount.

Demon Hunter Class Mount

Druid Class Mount

This mount changes color based on your race.

Druid Class Mount White Druid Class Mount Red Druid Class Mount Black Druid Class Mount Brown

Hunter Class Mount

The class mount quest rewards Trust of a Loyal Wolfhawk.

After earning the Power Ascended achievement for the required spec, you can purchase Trust of a Dire Wolfhawk and Trust of a Fierce Wolfhawk from Pan the Kind Hand.

Hunter Class Mount Blue Hunter Class Mount Green Hunter Class Mount Red

Mage Class Mount

This mount changes color based on your spec.

Arcane Mage Class Mount Fire Class Mount Frost Mage Class Mount

Monk Class Mount

There is only one variation of the Monk mount.

Monk Class Mount

Paladin Class Mount

Glowing Reins of the Golden Charger is rewarded from completing the class mount quest.

You can purchase Harsh Reins of the Vengeful Charger, Stoic Reins of the Vigilant Charger, and Heraldic Reins of the Valorous Charger after earning Power Ascended for the required spec.

Paladin Class Mount Jaina Paladin Class Mount Purple Paladin Class Mount Horde Paladin Class Mount Alliance

Priest Class Mount

This mount changes color based on your spec.

Priest Class Mount White Priest Class Mount Gold Priest Class Mount Shadow

Rogue Class Mount

Razor-Lined Reins of Dark Portent is rewarded from completing the class mount quest.

You can purchase Midnight Black Reins of Dark Portent, Mephitic Reins of Dark Portent, and Bloody Reins of Dark Portent after completing Power Ascended for the required spec.

Rogue Class Mount Blue Rogue Class Mount Black Rogue Class Mount Red Rogue Class Mount Green

Shaman Class Mount

This mount changes based on your spec.

Shaman Class Mount Wind Shaman Class Mount Fire Shaman Class Mount Earth

Warlock Class Mount

Netherlord's Chaotic Wrathsteed is rewarded from the class mount quest.

Shadowy Reins of the Accursed Dreadsteed drops from Lord Hel'Nurath. Hellblazing Reins of the Brimstone Dreadsteed can be purchased after you earn Power Ascended for the required spec.

Warlock Class Mount Red Warlock Class Mount Green Warlock Class Mount Purple

Warrior Class Mount

This mount changes color based on your spec.

by Published on 2017-01-20 02:36 AM

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23436
This post is still being updated, keep checking back.

  • Demon Assaults have come to the Broken Isles
  • Pet Battle Dungeon - If you have at least one level 25 battle pet you can take part in this scenario
  • Hunters, Death Knights, and Balance Druids have new spell animations
  • Reputation earned beyond Exalted will now contribute towards earning additional rewards from Broken Isles faction emissaries.
  • Pepe artwork got turned into an in-game model

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Welcome to the Patch 7.2 PTR! As we’re just getting our 7.2 public test phase underway, we’d like to give you some context into what you’ll see (and won’t see) in this first build.

Most of Patch 7.2’s major content isn’t enabled in this build – that’ll be coming in a few weeks. Our primary testing focus for this build will be Demon Assaults, as well as general game stability (e.g. crashes). 7.2’s Pet Battle Dungeon should also be available for testing.

There’s a few other things of note that are enabled for initial testing in this build, but be aware that many of them are still heavily under development:

  • Transmog Item Sets: This is an update to the Transmogrification System that tracks the progress and collections of Raid and PVP item sets, and we’d love your feedback on it.
  • Tab targeting improvements: We’re hard at work making some improvements to this feature, and have a few updates in this build that should make tab targeting feel more natural. Please let us know what you think!
  • Some updated visual effects for Hunters, Death Knights, and Balance Druids: This is still very much in a work-in-progress state, but we’re making a few improvements to the look and feel of these classes, and want to hear your feedback.

You may also start to see some bits and pieces of an improvement we’re making to PvP gearing in 7.2 through the Obliterum Forge (which will no longer require completing a quest chain to unlock). The intent of this system is to allow players who have received multiple pieces of unwanted gear to exchange them for a piece of their choosing. It’s not yet ready for testing, but it’s on the way.

World of Warcraft 7.2 PTR Patch Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 7.2 is now available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR). Participating on the Public Test Realms allows you to test a patch before it is released on live realms. Once you've had a chance to try things out, visit our PTR Discussion 7.2 forum to discuss the patch. To report issues or errors, use the in-game Submit Bug feature (found under Game Menu -> Help -> Submit Bug) or by visiting the PTR Bug Report 7.2 forum.

  • More features are coming! New information for 7.2 features that are still in-development will be added soon.
  • Please keep in mind that the notes below are not final, and details may be subject to change before the release of Patch 7.2.
  • Not all content listed in the PTR Patch Notes may be available for testing. Content may have a limited test window.

New Features

Demon Assaults
The Burning Legion is assaulting Azeroth with renewed determination. Look for Broken Isles zones to come under attack, fight to drive the Legion back, and defend the lands of your new allies.

Pet Battle Dungeon
Something nefarious is going on in the world of pet battles, and it’s up to you to look into it. If you have at least one level 25 battle pet, speak to Breanni in Dalaran to get directions to this new scenario.

Updated Features

Transmogrification Sets
A new ‘Sets’ tab in the Appearances UI is where you’ll find this new way of tracking item sets from previous Raids, PvP Seasons, and more.

Class Combat Updates
The launch of Legion included many updates to class animations, sounds, and spell effects. These will continue in Patch 7.2 with updates to Hunters, Death Knights, and Balance Druids. More are on the way!

Legion Reputation Updates
Reputation earned beyond Exalted will now contribute towards earning additional rewards from Broken Isles faction emissaries.

Tab Targeting
In Patch 7.2, tab targeting should feel more natural. While in combat, you will no longer be able to accidentally tab to a target that is out of combat with you. Furthermore, you’re no longer able to tab to a target that neither your character nor your camera can see. This is very much a work-in-progress, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.

  • The Obliterum Forge should now always be available to players, and requires no questline.
  • All item level 815 crafted end-game gear will now be crafted at item level 835.
  • All existing items between item levels 815-830 will retain their existing item level. The first application of Obliterum will bring them up to 840, and the Obliterum cap has been increased to iLvl 875.
  • Some World Quests that are related to Professions now reward 1 skill point in their associated Profession.
  • Archaeology
    • You can now get Artifact Power from Archaeology.
    • New Elite digsites have been discovered in the Broken Isles.
    • All enemies summoned by Archaeology can now be killed by multiple nearby players.
  • Cooking
    • Nomi now provides Prepared Ingredients as part of his work orders, which can be combined to create up to 10 servings of a random recipe known by the player.

User Interface
  • You can now assign a specialization to an equipment set in the Equipment Manager.
  • An “Open All” button has been added to the mailbox.
  • You can now preview an ensemble set by CTRL-clicking it.
  • Spellbook
    • Spells that haven’t been moved to an action bar are highlighted in the spellbook.
    • Mousing over a spell highlights it on your action bar, making it easier to locate.
    • Pet spells can now be dragged onto the player action bar.
  • Quick Join
    • Auto Accept: A setting has been added to allow friends and guild members to instantly join your queues without a confirmation. This setting is located in Interface Options -> Social.
    • Group tooltips now show the available roles and if auto accept is enabled.
    • Right click a Quick Join group to whisper a member of that group.


Dungeons and Raids
  • Enemies’ damage and health have been increased for all Heroic and Mythic dungeons, and the item levels of gear found in Legion Dungeons has been increased.
  • All Random Heroic dungeons now requires 825 item level to queue.
  • Lower Karazhan and Upper Karazhan have been added to the Random Legion Heroic list in Dungeon Finder.
  • The Arcway and Court of Stars have been added to the Random Legion Heroic list in Dungeon Finder.

  • Set tokens for all raids from Serpentshrine to Siege of Orgrimmar have been updated to provide loot for your spec on right-click, in the same manner as newer raid set tokens. The vendor functionality of these items has not been changed.

  • Warrior
    • Charge (and Intercept) now deals damage on arrival, and its snare begins after you hit your target.

World Quests
  • Broken Isles World Quest rewards now scale to item level 860 (was item level 845).

We’ll outline many more changes and additions to the World of Warcraft Patch 7.2 PTR in the coming weeks.

New Icons

New Achievements
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • 7.2.0 40 Work Orders Sent - 40 Work Orders Sent
  • A Challenging Look - Complete an artifact challenge quest line and unlock a new appearance for your artifact weapon.
  • Breaching the Tomb - Complete the Legionfall campaign.
  • Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two - Complete the Broken Isles achievements listed below.
  • Defender of the Broken Isles - Repel Legion assaults upon each of the Broken Isles zones.
  • Dressed for Battle - Primal Gladiators - Collect a Season 16 Gladiator Set.
  • Dressed for Battle - Vindictive and Fearless Gladiators - Collect a Season 19 or 20 Gladiator Set.
  • Dressed to Impress the Fel Horde - Collect a Tier 18 Armor Set from Hellfire Citadel.
  • Dressed to Impress the Nightborne - Collect a Tier 19 Armor Set from the Nighthold.
  • Explore Broken Shore - Explore the Broken Shore, revealing the covered areas of the world map.
  • Fighting with Style: Challenging - Unlock all of your challenging artifact appearances.
  • Follower Ability Tracking -
  • Grand Master Artificer - Unlock the new set of traits for all of your Artifacts.
  • Legionfall Commander - Earn Exalted status with the Armies of Legionfall.
  • Legion's Bane - Complete the quest line "The Council's Challenge," unlocking a new appearance for your artifact weapon.
  • Master Artificer - Unlock a new set of traits for one of your Artifacts.
  • Paragon of the Broken Isles - Earn 10 exalted supply rewards from any faction within the Broken Isles.
  • The Reputable - Earn an exalted supply reward from any faction within the Broken Isles.
  • They See Me Rolling - Successfully deliver a Barrel of Storm Brew without taking any damage.
  • Well Read - Read an original version of the books listed below.

New Factions
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Armies of Legionfall - The coalition of orders dedicated to defeating the Legion at the Tomb of Sargeras and Broken Shore.
  • Arne Test - Paragon Reputation -
  • Arne Test - Paragon Reputation Stormwind - One of the last bastions of human power, this Alliance capital is ruled by the prodigal king, Varian Wrynn.
  • Highmountain Tribe (Paragon) - The Highmountain Tribe has dwindled in numbers over the years, and with the drogbar threat looming, seek new allies to save their homeland.
  • Valarjar (Paragon) - These are the chosen warriors of Odyn, sworn to his service in life and death.
  • Court of Farondis (Paragon) - The ghostly Court of Farondis and its allies continue the fight against an onslaught of invaders on the cursed island of Azsuna.
  • Dreamweavers (Paragon) - The druids and their allies in Val'sharah have guarded the Emerald Dream since time immemorial.
  • The Nightfallen (Paragon) - These exiled Nightborne elves suffer withdrawals after being cut off from the Nightwell. They oppose their people's alliance with the Legion and fight for some kind of redemption.
  • The Wardens (Paragon) - After Legion forces broke the Vault of the Wardens with the aid of Gul'dan, what few Wardens remain are determined to rebuild their prison and hunt down the terrifying beasts that were let loose when it fell.
  • Armies of Legionfall (Paragon) - The coalition of orders dedicated to defeating the Legion at the Tomb of Sargeras and Broken Shore.

New Item Name Descriptions
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • 10 Man Normal (New) - 10 Man Normal
  • 25 Man Heroic (New) - 25 Man Heroic
  • 25 Man Normal (New) - 25 Man Normal
  • Aspiriant (New) - Aspiriant
  • Combatant (New) - Combatant
  • Gladiator (New) - Gladiator
  • Honor (New) - Honor
  • Legion Season 3 (New) - Legion Season 3
  • Legion Season 3 Elite (New) - Legion Season 3 Elite
  • Legion Season 4 (New) - Legion Season 4
  • Legion Season 4 Elite (New) - Legion Season 4 Elite
  • Legion Season 5 (New) - Legion Season 5
  • Legion Season 5 Elite (New) - Legion Season 5 Elite
  • Mythic 13 (New) - Mythic 13
  • Mythic 14 (New) - Mythic 14
  • Mythic 15 (New) - Mythic 15
  • PVP Epic (New) - PVP Epic
  • PVP Rare (New) - PVP Rare
  • Rank 8 (New) - Rank 8
  • Sunwell (New) - Sunwell

New Holidays
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse
  • PvP Brawl: Southshore vs. Tarren Mill
  • PvP Brawl: Warsong Scramble

New Keystone Affixes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Bursting (New) - When slain, non-boss enemies explode, causing all players to suffer 20% of their max health in damage over 4 sec. This effect stacks.

New Mail Templates
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • #424 (New) - $ct $n, Please read the enclosed message at your earliest convenience. - The Six
  • #425 (New) - Squire of Azeroth, I write to you in our darkest hour. From the depths of Un'Goro Crater, I have returned! My fleet has made landfall on the beaches of the Broken Isles. I am prepared to pierce the Legions lines like a sharp, pointy lance and drive them back to the nether that spawned them. I await you at our fortifications, we look upon some very high mountains. Make haste! Maximillian of Northshire Knight-Errant

Misc New
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Mage Tower - Harness arcane energies to quickly move Legionfall forces throughout the Broken Isles and uncover challenging agents of the Legion.
  • Command Center - A fortified base of operations for Order Hall leaders to gather together and plan their attacks across the Broken Shore.
  • Nether Disruptor - Harness arcane energies to quickly move Legionfall forces throughout the Broken Isles and uncover challenging agents of the Legion.

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