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by Published on 2018-01-17 12:30 AM

Patch 7.3.5 Live Now

Update: The quests Fuel of a Doomed World and Invasion Onslaught on Argus now reward 1000 reputation with both the Army of the Light and Argussian Reach reputations, up front 250.

Antorus - LFR Wing 4 Opens This Week
Antorus, the Burning Throne LFR Wing 4 opens this week!

WoW Antorus, the Burning Throne Boss Strategies and Loot List

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Greater Invasion - Matron Folnuna
Matron Folnuna is up this week!

World Boss - Na'zak the Fiend
Na'zak the Fiend is up this week. If you are an alchemist without Recipe: Potion of Prolonged Power he is the source for this recipe.

Weekly Bonus Event - Pet Battles
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
An extra weekly quest and rewards are here— the Pet Battles bonus event is underway!

This Week
All week, get out there and fight with your mighty minions. When the time comes to take on other players, open your Pet Journal and hit the “Find Battle” button to be matched up with an opponent whose team is competitive with yours.

Look for the following all week long:

by Published on 2018-01-16 01:09 PM

Update: Maintenance has been extended until 5 PST.

Patch 7.3.5 Live this Week
Patch 7.3.5 brings old world leveling scaling, Ulduar Timewalking, Silithus quests, legendary tokens, the Seething Shore Battleground and more!

Allied Races are not going live this week! Much of the data for them is in the patch, so we may see them later as a pre-order bonus.

Official Notes
The official notes have been released.

Alliance and Horde Epilogue Cinematics
The Alliance and Horde Epilogue Cinematics were unlocked when the patch went live.

Legendary Item Changes
You can now turn in 1000 x Wakening Essence for Purified Titan Essence and 300 for Awoken Titan Essence.

Wakening Essence reward sources now reward roughly 6x more than they did in Patch 7.3.2. For example, your first daily heroic dungeon now rewards 30, up from 5.

Mythic Plus Battle Resurrections
Combat resurrections in Mythic+ dungeons will now function similarly to the way they currently do in raids.

  • Combat resurrections start with 1 charge for the group and gain a new charge every 10 minutes.
  • Raise Ally, Rebirth, Soulstone and Hunter battle resurrections all share the same charges.
  • You can accumulate a total of 5 charges at a time, however, it would take 40 minutes to reach this point.

New Battleground - Seething Shore
Seething Shore will become available as the story in Silithus unfolds. This new battleground takes place in Silithus and features the Horde and Alliance descending upon the wound that Sargeras put in Azeroth to fight over Azerite bubbling to the surface.

Zone Scaling and XP Changes
Every zone through Draenor now use the level scaling system introduced in Legion. All corresponding dungeons and the rewards therein now scale. XP required to level has been adjusted as well.

NPC Health Changes
Along with all of the leveling and XP changes, the health of NPCs (including bosses in old raids) have been increased.

  • Vanilla - 288% increase @ lvl 63. 25% at lvl 10, 119% @ lvl 20, 183% @ lvl 30, 222% @ lvl 40, 263% @ lvl 50
  • Burning Crusade - 261% increase @ lvl 73, 310% @ lvl 65
  • Wrath of the Lich King - 237% increase @ lvl 83, 291% @ lvl 75
  • Cataclysm - 185% increase @ lvl 88, 228% @ lvl 85
  • Mists of Pandaria - 341% @ lvl 93
  • Warlords - 92% increase @ lvl 103
  • Legion - Same

Flying Changes During Leveling
Expert Riding now unlocks the ability to fly in all zones prior to Draenor.

The following requirements have been removed from the game:

Draenor Pathfinder and Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two still need to be completed to unlock flying.

Legion Epilogue - Silithus: The Wound
Players who have defeated Argus in Antorus will be able to continue the Legion story quest chain into Silithus. Look for this new questline upon logging in.

Ogmot the Mad is a new rare elite ogre in Silithus that drops Ogmot's Dream Journal. This journal contains 10 pages that detail the events of a nameless person who deals with the whispers of the Old Gods. See the full post for more details.

Ulduar Timewalking
Ulduar Timewalking will be available when the Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking week rolls around on February 18, 2018.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
A long-forgotten evil has awakened once more. Travel back in time with 10-30 other adventurers to cleanse Ulduar of Yogg-Saron’s evil influence. While you journey through this memorable Wrath of the Lich King raid, your character will be scaled to player level 80.

Your fate is sealed. The end of days is finally upon you and ALL who inhabit this miserable little seedling. Uulwi ifis halahs gag erh'ongg w'ssh.

Achievement Changes
Check out the full list of achievement changes.

  • All existing 10-player and 25-player Ulduar Achievements have been moved to the Legacy -> Raids tab.
  • Anyone who earned either the 10- or 25-player versions of the Ulduar Achievements should receive the new Achievement upon logging in.
  • The new Glory of the Ulduar Raider Achievement should now award both the Rusted Proto-Drake and the Ironbound Proto-Drake mounts.
  • Old achievements that required you to complete a number of quests in a zone have been changed to require you to complete the story quests instead.
  • Allied Race achievements, more Prestige achievements, Legion Season 7, Seething Shore, New Pet Battle PvP achievements and were added.

Increased Bag Space
Attaching an authenticator to your account will increase the size of your initial backpack by 4 slots.

Druid Lunarwing Flight Form Sit Animation
The Druid Lunarwing flight form now has a sitting animation! You can see the Night Elf, Tauren, Troll, and Worgen versions of the animation in the modelviewer.

Profession Leveling
Profession leveling has been streamlined:

Faction Leader Model Updates
Gallywix got a new Azerite cane topper and ring! You can see the old model on the right in the image below.

New Icons and UI Elements

New Loading Screen

New Maps

Patch 7.3.5 - New Music and VO
Patch 7.3.5 adds some new music and VO. Be sure to check out the Allied Race VO as well.

Call of the Scarab Temporary Mounts
Several new Silithid mounts are available for the Call of the Scarab micro holiday! These mounts only last for a few days and are bag slot items much like the Magic Broom from the Hallow's End Event.

New Racial Icons at Character Creation Screen
The icons on the character creation menu have all received face lifts!

New Command Boards
The command boards in Orgrimmar and Stormwind have received visual upgrades on top of a new UI. They use the same menu now that we used to choose our artifact weapons and your options change as you level up. You also get a small picture and a brief description of the zone and what the story will contain.

Alliance Embassy
An embassy for Allied Races has been added to Stormwind. Allied Races cannot be unlocked yet, but you can see the requirements to unlock them inside.

Lightforged Draenei Requirements

Void Elves Requirements

Horde Embassy
An embassy for Allied Races has been added to Orgrimmar. Allied Races cannot be unlocked yet, but you can see the requirements to unlock them inside.

Highmountain Tauren Requirements

The Nightborne Requirements

The Nighthold Updates
The uninstanced version of the Nighthold has seen some changes, becoming more of a small faction hub. Both Alliance and Horde can visit as of now. There are teleport stations that lead to Dalaran and Orgrimmar usable by the Horde as well as all of your favorite characters from the Suramar campaign, such as Thalyssra and Theryn. Pandaren monks have also arrived to teach the Nightborne the ways of the Monk class.

Thunder Totem Updates
While most of the Bloodtotem tribe became corrupted by the Legion, the few who did not have now sought refuge at Thunder Totem. On top of this, Pandaren monks have arrived to teach the Highmountain Tauren the ways of the Monk class.

Hardware Deprecation Warnings
DirectX 9 support will be dropped in the future.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Warning: Your current graphics API will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require DirectX 11 or Metal.
  • Warning: Your current system will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft which will require a 64-bit operating system.
  • Warning: Your graphics card will not be supported in future versions of World of Warcraft, which will require a Shader Model 5 3 capable graphics card or better.

String Changes and Misc Changes
Allied Race and many other strings were added in this patch.

WoWDB Addon Data Collection
Quickly populating the database with new additions is done with the help of many players. The more people that contribute data, the more accurate and quickly we can update the database.

To help out, just click here if you have the Twitch Desktop App already installed.

When you are playing the addon will gather data and save it. When you are done playing, Twitch will see the game close and upload the collected data from the addon.

by Published on 2018-01-15 06:43 PM

Patch 7.3.5 Releases January 16, 2018
Blizzard has confirmed that Patch 7.3.5 will be launching tomorrow! Allied Races are not going live tomorrow.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 7.3.5 Coming January 16
Patch 7.3.5 is coming January 16, and adds several new features and updates, including Ulduar Timewalking; the revamped leveling experience featuring scaling zones throughout Azeroth, Outland, and Draenor; and more. Players who have completed the Antorus, the Burning Throne raid can continue the story beyond the events on Argus and experience the tumultuous aftermath on Azeroth with a new quest line. Read the complete patch notes to learn more.

Before you hop into the game, make sure you’ve secured your account with the Blizzard Authenticator or Blizzard Mobile Authenticator, along with Blizzard SMS Protect. You’ll unlock an additional four backpack slots for each character on your account once you’ve secured it with both.

Overwatch - Why Dallas Fuel Lost and Highlights
Overwatch League is finally underway!

by Published on 2018-01-12 11:58 PM

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Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25848
The latest PTR build flagged the client as a Release Candidate.

Patch 7.3.5 - Artifact Instability
Patch 7.3.5 adds the send off for our Artifact weapons. A recent PTR build added some visual effects of the instability that results from the send off.

A recent build also changed how the Artifact Power numbers increase or decrease once your Artifact is unstable. Now your Artifact will increase in Artifact Power until February 2nd, then the total Artifact Power displayed will decrease until March 2nd. On March 19 it will begin to increase very very rapidly. This effect is probably only visual and your actual Artifact Power may not change.

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.

Mists of Pandaria: Pet Battles
Pet Battles were added in Mists of Pandaria and are still around today. This new content allowed players to collect battle pets and face off against other players, trainers or battle pets. The initial design had some features such as certain pets only spawning under very specific conditions (i.e - time of day or weather). The basics of the system were a level 25 cap with 6 total abilities.

Spell Animations in Patch 5.2
Warlocks, Rogues and Monks got updated spell animations on this PTR build. The spells that were updated were Nimble Brew, Ring of Peace, Hit and Run, Marked for Death and Blood Fear. Some of these abilities, such as Ring of Peace, have been updated in later patches as well.

Swift Windsteed
The newest addition to the Blizzard Store was the Swift Windsteed, which is the Pandaria themed mount floating on a cloud. As with all store mounts, this one scales with riding skill and is available to all characters on the account that purchase it.

Chinese Gaming Theme Park
China opened a theme park which featured a variety of gaming titles. In 2013, a Reddit user shared some pictures from their trip to the park, which had a few Warcraft and Starcraft features.

Patch 6.1
The first content patch of Warlords of Draenor brought small updates to a variety of systems as well as Twitter functionality within World of Warcraft. After the new character models were implemented, there were a few complaints which got fixed during this update. We also saw the addition of the Heirloom tab to make it easier to navigate and create heirlooms on alt characters. The Death Recap panel also got a small upgrade which made it easier to figure out what killed you during combat.

Patch 7.1.5
The first major balance patch of Legion brought a large number of changes to the game. The most important was the increase of secondary stats on jewelry. Secondary stat amounts on jewelry were increased to make them have a larger overall impact on stats since jewelry doesn't have primary stats. This patch also brought two new pieces of content with the addition of Mists of Pandaria Timewalking and the return of the Brawler’s guild. Hunter traps and the Mage Barriers also got new animations to better fit the specs.

Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes
A new patch released for Heroes of the Storm on January 9th, 2018. Highlights include the introduction of Blaze, the new hero from Starcraft!

Overwatch League
Overwatch released a new patch on January 9th to go along with the start of the first stage of Season One for the Overwatch League going on now through January 13th. The patch includes new skins for each hero with color schemes coordinating with the different competing teams.

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