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by Published on 2022-10-07 05:08 PM

Dragonflight Beta Class Tuning Hotfixes - October 7
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Based on various data points, including recent Beta raid testing, we’re making tuning adjustments to a number of classes. In addition to new and returning abilities, the new talent trees allow players to choose abilities that were previously exclusive to one another in the talent row system. In many cases, we need to adjust the impact of these abilities to hit our throughput targets for Dragonflight.

The following are being applied to the Dragonflight Beta and PTR via hotfix, before raid testing in the Beta gets underway this afternoon.

Demon Hunter
  • Soul Rending - Metamorphosis leech bonus reduced to 5/10% (was 10/20%).
  • Havoc
    • Metamorphosis duration reduced to 24 seconds (was 25 seconds).
    • Improved Chaos Strike bonus Chaos Strike damage reduced to 10% (was 15%).
    • Improved Fel Rush bonus Fel Rush damage reduced to 20% (was 25%).
    • Initiative bonus critical strike chance reduced to 12% (was 15%).
    • Momentum bonus damage reduced to 8% (was 10%).
    • Essence Break bonus to Chaos Strike/Blade Dance damage reduced to 80% (was 100%).
    • Furious Gaze duration reduced to 10 seconds (was 12 seconds).
    • Shattered Destiny fury spent per CDR increased to 8 (was 7).
    • Dancing with Fate bonus to Blade Dance final slash damage reduced to 20/40% (was 25/50%).
    • Growing Inferno bonus per tick Immolation Aura damage reduced to 5/10% (was 8/15%).
    • Burning Wound damage over time effect reduced by 20%.
    • Burning Wound bonus Immolation Aura damage increased to 50% (was 45%).
    • Burning Wound - fixed a bug that was causing Immolation Aura damage bonus to be applied twice.
    • Ragefire - portion of damage saved per crit reduced to 40% (was 50%).

  • Balance
    • Orbit Breaker triggers every 30th Shooting Star (was every 20th).
    • Astral Communion generates 60 Astral Power (was 75).
    • Primordial Arcanic Pulsar triggers after spending 600 Astral Power (was 300).
    • Sundered Firmament creates a Fury of Elune at 20% effectiveness (was 25%).
    • Elune’s Guidance reduces the Astral Power cost of Starsurge by 5 (was 10) and the Astral Power cost of Starfall by 8 (was 15).
    • Rattle the Stars reduces the cost of Starfall and Starsurge by 5% per stack (was 10%).
    • Starsurge costs 40 Astral Power (was 30). Damage reduced by 35%.
    • Starfall damage reduced by 35%.
    • Shooting Stars generates 2 Astral Power (was 3). Damage reduced by 50%.

  • Greater Judgement - Judgement now causes the target to take 20% increased damage from your next Holy Power ability (was 25%).
  • Seal of Crusader increases Holy Damage taken by 3/6% (was 5/10%).
  • Divine Purpose increases the damage of your next holy damage spender by 15% (was 20%).
  • Zealot’s Paragon extension reduced to 0.5 seconds (was 1 second).
  • Retribution
    • Templar’s Verdict damage reduced by 35%.
    • Final Verdict damage reduced by 35%
    • Zeal - Judgment now causes your next 2 auto attacks to occur 30% faster (was your next 3).
    • Ashes to Dust now 20% chance to reset Wake of Ashes instead of Blade of Justice (was 35%).
    • Execution Sentence deals 10% of damage done (was 20%).
    • Templar’s Vindication changed to a 15% chance of a 10/20% Templar’s Verdict (was 15/30% chance of a 15/30% Templar’s Verdict).
  • Protection
    • Light of the Titans healing reduced by 25%.

  • Alacrity now grants 1% haste per stack, up to 5 stacks (was 2%, to 4 stacks).
  • Thistle Tea - total bonus Mastery granted reduced by 20%.
  • Find Weakness armor ignore value reduced to 15/30% (was 20/40%).
  • Assassination
    • All ability damage reduced by 34%.
    • Rupture damage increased by 22%.
    • Venomous Wounds Energy restore reduced to 5 (was 7).
    • Improved Poisons bonus poison chance reduced to 5/10% (was 10/20%).
    • Venom Rush Energy restore reduced to 5 (was 8).
    • Vicious Venoms additional Nature damage values restored to 10/20% (was unintentionally 15/20%).
    • Systemic Failure bonus damage reduced to 20% (was 30%).
    • Twist the Knife bonus duration reduced to 2 seconds (was 3 seconds).
    • Doomblade additional Bleed damage reduced to 20% (was 30%).
    • Deathmark damage increased by 227%.
    • Tiny Toxic Blade bonus damage increased to 500% (was 300%).
    • Poison Bomb damage increased by 200%.
    • Sepsis damage increased by 60%.
    • Kingsbane damage increased by 50%.
  • Outlaw
    • All ability damage reduced by ~14.5%.
    • Opportunity strike chance reduced to 30% (was 35%).
    • Weaponmaster bonus strike chance reduced to 5% (was 10%).
    • Combat Potency Energy regeneration reduced to 20% (was 30%).
    • Swift Slasher bonus attack speed per combo point reduced to 2% (was 3%).
    • Fatal Flourish chance to restore energy reduced to 60% (was 75%).
    • Quick Draw bonus Pistol Shot damage reduced to 20% (was 50%).
    • Summarily Dispatched duration reduced to 8/15 seconds (was 10/20 seconds).
    • Greenskin’s Wickers bonus Pistol Shot damage reduced to 200% (was 300%).
  • Subtlety
    • All ability damage reduced by 17%.
by Published on 2022-10-07 01:13 AM

Wrath of the Lich King Classic Hotfixes - October 6, 2022
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Wrath of the Lich King Classic

  • Meeting Stones no longer have a maximum level cap.
  • Fixed an issue with Mal’Ganis failing to be defeated at 1% health in the Culling of Stratholme.
  • Fixed an issue with “Make Them Pay” and “No Mercy” that caused the objectives to show as completed upon accepting the quests.
  • Fixed an issue where “Call to Arms: Isle of Conquest” was part of the daily battleground quest rotation prior to Isle of Conquest’s release.
  • Fixed an issue where some players can become stuck and unable to queue for Wintergrasp.
  • Archavon now correctly drops 2 Emblems of Valor.
  • Titanium Ore can no longer be prospected.
    • Developers’ note: The ability to prospect Titanium Ore will return in the Trial of the Crusader patch 3.4.2 when epic gems are introduced. We’re not going to remove Titanium Powder from those who did prospect the ore but know that the Powder cannot be used to turn in for Jewelcrafter Tokens until 3.4.2 either.
by Published on 2022-10-06 10:16 PM

Wrath Classic: Naxxramas, Eye of Eternity and Obsidian Sanctum Now Live!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Steel your hearts, denizens of Azeroth, for the time has come to take the fight to the Lich King’s minions and unite the dragonflights of Azeroth in Wyrmrest Temple under one banner. Gather your friends and venture into the first three raids of Wrath of the Lich King, available now.

The giant Necropolis and the seat of the dreaded lich Kel’Thuzad, Naxxramas floats over Wintergarde Keep in Dragonblight, its undead master eager to aid the Lich King’s deadly machinations.

  • Raid bosses: 15
  • Level: 80 (10 and 25-player modes available)
  • Location: Dragonblight

Located in the center of Coldarra, the Eye of Eternity will challenge you to defeat the blue dragon aspect, Malygos.

  • Raid bosses: 1
  • Level: 80 (10 and 25-player modes available)
  • Location: Borean Tundra

Dragonblight is home to the Obsidian Sanctum where you’re charged with venturing below Wyrmrest Temple to bring an end to Sartharion and his lieutenants, Shadron, Tenebron, and Vesperon.

  • Raid bosses: 1
  • Level: 80 (10 and 25-player modes available)
  • Location: Dragonblight

Each raid offers epic-quality loot including class sets, weapons, trinkets, achievements, and more. Glory is yours to earn, hero. All it takes is staring certain death in the face, and prevailing. For Azeroth!

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting stones once more in Northrend. Safe travels.
by Published on 2022-10-06 08:43 PM

Wrath of the Lich King Classic - Esports Events
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the release of the Wrath of the Lich King Classic, it is time for more WoW Esports events! We are excited to showcase our first raid event for the Classic community in the Undying Challenge and a return to the Classic Arena Tournament for our amazing PvP community.

Undying Challenge

While many adventurers have conquered Naxxramas before, few are as fast and efficient as two of the top speedrunning guilds in their home realms: Progress (EU - Firemaw) and SPACEFORCE (US - Faerlina).

But what if they didn’t have all the best items and near-unlimited time to gear up? The Undying Challenge gives these two guilds basic level 80 characters, limited time to gear up, and then has them speedrun through Naxxramas. Can these guilds conquer the challenge… without dying?

Watch them take on the Undying Challenge on October 22 & 23 live on YouTube and Twitch.

Classic Arena Tournament

With the Lich King’s return, it is time to crown the top players from Europe and North America in the 2022 Classic Arena Tournament! Make a team, compete, and watch the best Arena players battle for a combined prize pool of $100,000 (USD) on November 11-13, live on YouTube and Twitch.

Signups are open now until October 28, 2022 at 9:00 am Pacific time ahead of Open Qualifiers starting November 5. More details are available on GameBattles for Europe and North America. Be sure to follow WoW Esports on Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch, while checking out the WoW Classic website for all the latest news as we return to Northrend!
by Published on 2022-10-06 05:24 PM

Dragonflight: Major Factions Overview
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dragonflight ushers in a unique way of experiencing outdoor progression with a system called Major Factions, boasting an additional way to experience the Dragon Isles and earn Renown ranks through Reputation.

How It Works
The four Major Factions in the Dragon Isles are the Dragonscale Expedition, Iskaara Tuskarr, Maruuk Centaur, and Valdrakken Accord, and each Major Faction’s progression is unique. As you build a reputation with your newfound friends, you’ll participate in content fitting a variety of playstyles to earn prestigious titles and special rewards. If you're the outgoing type, you can also work toward gaining the respect and adoration of all the Major Factions if you wish. For those who like the added challenge, reach the highest Renown rank with each Major Faction to complete achievements.

Major Factions Renown UI
To earn Reputation and progress through the ranks of Renown with Major Factions, along your journey, you’ll complete solo and group events, Supply and Crafting quests, and Work Orders. You can hunt with the Shikaar Clan or escort Clan Aylaag and protect them as they cross the Ohn’ahran Plains. Go ice fishing and help cook a feast for your new Iskaaran Tuskarr friends. Or lay siege on Dragonbane Keep in a public event to assist the Obsidian Outcasts in reclaiming their home.

Dragonscale Expedition
Once rivals, the Alliance’s Explorers’ League and the Horde’s Reliquary have joined forces to form an expedition to explore the Dragon Isles. These craftsmen, explorers, archaeologists, and other knowledge-seekers arrived at the Dragon Isles together and set aside their rivalries to pursue knowledge and artifacts. Shared adventures in nature and discoveries have brought them together, and they have learned to appreciate the unique skill sets each other offers. They have become true allies and, dare we say... friends!

Rock Climbing
Earning Renown with the Dragonscale Expedition is a gift unto itself. The Dragonscale Expedition is making significant discoveries, including an ancient travel network, and you can be part of it. As you progress through the ranks of Dragonscale Expedition Renown, you’ll be able to power up Waygates scattered throughout the Dragon Isles that even your alts can take advantage of.

Go on a journey of discovery and find treasure maps scattered throughout the Dragon Isles The more Renown you have, the more access to items that will help you dig for treasure or unlock magic-bound chests. And, you’ll earn Dragon Isles Supplies to upgrade your Exploration, Climbing, and Cataloguing abilities.

Dragonscale Expedition vendors are found throughout the Dragon Isles. You can get tools like the Expedition Metal Detector and Sturdy Expedition Shovel to aid in your search for treasure. Or an Expedition Supply Kit to turn your Dragon Isles Supplies into upgrades for Exploration, Rock Climbing, and Cataloging abilities.

These are only a few benefits when joining the Dragonscale Expedition. As you earn Renown, you’ll unlock rewards and items to help you on your trek through the Dragon Isles.

Iskaara Tuskarr
The tuskarr of Iskaara have called the Dragon Isles home for countless generations. After many harsh winters on the ice, they have learned to value the warmest things in life: friends, family, a hot bowl of soup, and a long story told over a crackling fire. So, if you can fish, cook, or tell a hearty tale, the tuskarr will welcome you with open arms. However, when threatened, the tuskarr are some of the fiercest fighters in Azeroth. As new and old enemies rise against them, every spear of the community must be raised to fight for survival. Raise your spear alongside them and take a bowl of soup for the journey!

Iskaara Tuskarr
Building Renown with the Iskaara Tuskarr will teach you new ways to fish, unlock exclusive fishing holes, and tools to access along the way. Fish in three challenging and unique biomes with harpoons and collect fish with a net instead of a line. Take your catch back to Iskaara to prepare a proper Tuskarr meal, where completing the Community Feast event will reward hungry adventurers.

Prepare a Community Feast
Iskarra Tuskarr Renown vendors offer unique tools to help you on your path to success. Use the Iskaaran Fishing Net in fishing holes to catch fish or the Iskaaran Harpoon to catch exceptionally big lunkers. Improve these tools by taking gathered reagents to a Fishing Work Bench and having a tuskarr craftsman improve their capabilities.

Maruuk Centaur
The Maruuk Centaur are the primary denizens of the Ohn’ahran Plains and is made up of multiple centaur clans that share one culture. These hunters, nomads, and storytellers were once guided to the Ohn’ahran Plains by Ohn’ahra, the Wild God of the Wind. Clans rise and fall in power, but they maintain relative peace among themselves and the dragons. Though they are initially cautious of the outsiders who just arrived on their shores, they will challenge you to prove yourself worthy of their respect.

Maruuk Centaur
Those wishing to earn Renown with the Maruuk Centaur can join a Grand Hunt with Clan Shikaar. These events are group content for five or more players to engage in combat against beasts, dragonkin, giants, and elementals. There are 11 Grand Hunt locations, and players will be rewarded for each stage of the Grand Hunt they participate in.

Maruuk Centaur Camp
Players must complete the License to Hunt quest and have Renown 6 with the Maruuk Centaur to gain access to Grand Hunts. Players will also benefit from partnering with a powerful animal companion during the hunts. Once unlocked, your companion will always be by your side during the Grand Hunts.

For more Reputation, explore the nomadic lifestyle of clan Aylaag as their caravan makes its way across the Ohn’ahran Plains. They pack up their camp and move every few days and will need protection. Should you choose to escort them, you’ll see more opportunities for adventure, quests, unique rewards, and more with each stop.

Aylaag Caravan
Earn enough Renown with the Maruuk Centaur to gain access to a consumable item that will return you to clan Aylaag’s current camp location in the Ohn’ahran Plains. Along the way, you’ll earn additional reward items like battle pets and customizations for you and your dragon.

Valdrakken Accord
Valdrakken is the shining capital of the Dragon Isles. Here, the Valdrakken Accord has been formed by the unified dragonflights and represents the might of all dragonkind working harmoniously to carry out their orders. The dragons’ recent return has seen the Accord’s attention shift closer to home. Still, with the able assistance of allies new to their shores, they will again rise to pursue their foundational goal, assisting the dragonflights in protecting Azeroth.

Valdrakken Accord Dragonriding Race
Earn a name with the Valdrakken Accord by completing various Supply and Crafting quests, Work Orders, Dragon Isles exploration, and Dragonriding races to get specialization points and unique materials. Completing the weekly Supply and Crafting quests will earn you some Reputation with the Valdrakken Accord. And the completion of Supply quests will offer some Reputation for the faction directly impacted by your assistance.

Wait, Dragonriding races?

Yes! Put your wings to the test and Race through the skies to make a name for yourself. Aside from the respect and Renown you gain from the Valdrakken Accord, you’ll also earn drake customization options, titles, a battle pet, and more. To learn more about becoming a Dragonrider and ascending to new heights, read our article on Dragonriding.

Valdrakken Accord Dragonriding Race
Choosing sides was never more rewarding. Assist the black dragonflights while also building Reputation and Renown with Valdrakken Accord. Decide to support Wrathion or Sabellian’s claim to the throne at the Obsidian Citadel for access to several rewards, like the Black Scales appearance for all four dragonriding mounts, transmogs, and the Armoire of Endless Cloaks toy from Wrathion. Ultimately, you’ll be able to help both leaders, but choose one each week for a big bonus and a follow-up quest.

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