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by Published on 2018-01-18 08:41 PM

Update: US realms are up after a fairly short maintenance.

Upcoming Extended Maintenance
Both the US and EU are having eight hour maintenance again this week.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on Friday, January 19th, 7:00 AM (PST) and we expect the service to be available again at approximately 3:00 PM (PST). During this time the game will be unavailable for play.

We will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on Saturday, January 20th, 02:00 AM (CET) and we expect the service to be available again at approximately 10:00 (CET). During this time the game will be unavailable for play.

Patch 7.3.5 PTR - Build 25875
Another little build went out to the PTR today. Mimiron's Head is back in the dungeon Journal and NPC health changes are in.

NPC Health Changes
The previously mentioned fix for Mists of Pandaria and Warlords bosses is in this build. A fix for Normal and Heroic dungeon NPCs having the wrong amount of health is also in.

Mists of Pandaria
  • Raid boss health reduced by 32% compared to live. Immerseus (Normal 10) now has 4.05 million health compared to 5.95 million on live.
  • Level 90 NPC health reduced by 51% (at Player Level 100)
  • Level 90 NPC health reduced by 32% (at Player Level 90)

Warlords of Draenor
  • Raid boss health reduced by 42% compared to live.
  • Level 90 NPC health reduced by 7% (at Player Level 90)
  • Level 95 NPC health reduced by 9% (at Player Level 95)
  • Level 98 NPC health reduced by 22% (at Player Level 98)
  • Level 99 NPC health reduced by 33% (at Player Level 99)
  • Level 100 NPC health reduced by 42% (at Player Level 100)
  • Level 100 NPC health reduced by 59% (at Player Level 110)

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Lightforged Draenei
  • Light's Judgment Call down a strike of Holy energy, dealing [ 400% of Spell Power or 500% [ 500% of Spell Power or 625% of AP ] Holy damage to enemies within 5 yards after 3 sec. Lightforged Draenei Racial. 40 yd range. Instant. 2.5 min cooldown.


String Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • BACKPACK_AUTHENTICATOR_EXTRA_SLOTS_ADDED - You gained 4 backpack slots for having an Authenticator attached to your account. and SMS Protect attached to your account.

Heroes of the Storm - MechaStorm
Blizzard released a promotional video for the Mecha skins and bundles.

by Published on 2018-01-18 05:44 AM

PTR Server Slam

Hall of Champions is This Week's Brawl!

Patch 7.3.5 - S.E.L.F.I.E Filters
Patch 7.3.5 adds new filters to the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera MkII. If you don't already have it, you can head to Stormwind / Orgrimmar and pick up the Light Camera Action quest.

Patch 7.3.5 Hotfixes - January 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Dungeons and Raids
  • Gnomeregan
    • Electrocutioner 6000 again drops Electrocutioner Leg for Hunters.
  • Trial of the Champion
    • All bosses again properly drop Champion's Seals.

  • Many quest items that had incorrectly high level requirements have been adjusted.

World Quests
  • Fixed issues preventing Naz'ak and Ana-Mouz from dropping loot for players who have previously killed them.

  • Significantly increased the Spinal Dust drop rate on the Ghostlands quest “Spinal Dust”.
  • Arluin has returned to Suramar and is again willing to speak with outsiders. He was just having a bad day.

Mists and Warlords Raid Boss Health - Future Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Older Boss Raid Difficulty with 7.3.5 Scaling
As many players have noticed, changes to how creature health is determined in Patch 7.3.5 had a meaningful impact on some older raid content. This has been particularly noticeable in Warlords of Draenor and Mists of Pandaria raids. We’ve been discussing this topic constantly since the first threads popped up after the patch.

We want to be clear: our intention was never to greatly increase the difficulty of soloing old raid content for transmog or mount runs, but a side effect of the creature health tuning we did for leveling players. We’re currently working on a fix that will significantly reduce the health of Warlords and Mists raid bosses.

Thank you for all of your feedback and discussion on this issue. We’re sorry for the frustration, and we’re working to have you all back in there beating down those old raid bosses as soon as possible (hopefully before the weekend).

Uuna Pet Quest Item Drop Rate
Uunas Doll has a low drop rate from The Many-Faced Devourer on Argus. It is the first piece in the puzzle to get Uuna and was recently hotfixed to drop more often.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
drop rate for Uuna needs to be buffed! i want to get in on the secret findings!
Good news! A hotfix has been deployed that significantly increases the drop rate of Uunas Doll. Join the secret hunt to save Uuna! (Muffinus)

Mobile/Web Auction House Disabled in 7.3.5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
With the release of Patch 7.3.5, we’ve had to disable the web and mobile versions of the Auction House, including the Auction House API used by certain third-party sites and addons.

We’re working to re-enable it as quickly as possible.

Patch 7.3.5 Known Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
We've identified the issue that caused some transmog appearances—such as the unique shoulders obtained from Xavius and Garrosh—to be removed from players’ collections. We have a pending resolution that will restore these appearances automatically. (WarcraftDevs)

The Assassination Rogue trait "Poison Knives" was disabled last night after discovering an issue that caused it to deal more damage than intended. We're working to resolve this issue and re-enable the trait as soon as possible. (WarcraftDevs)

We are continuing to investigate issues with performance in raids and are working to isolate and address them as quickly as possible. This is a top priority for us. (WarcraftDevs)

We have noticed a spike of interest in our SMS Protect and Authenticator services due to our offer of 4 extra bag slots for participating players. Please note that it may take up to 30 minutes for the bag slots to unlock after these security features are added to your account, and that it may be necessary to log out and back in once this time has passed. (Support)

Mimron's Head
Looks like this is just a visual bug with the dungeon journal. Mimiron's Head can still drop from Yogg with no keepers assisting you!

Lich King Encounter
Looks like this one is already identified and the team is working on it! No ETA currently. (Official Forums)

Achievement Points Missing
Some players may have noticed a drop in achievement points after patch 7.3.5. This is not considered a bug, several achievements associated with Ulduar have been converted into Legacy, which no longer count for progress.

Scaling Bug - Heroic and Normal Dungeon NPC Health
Dungeon bosses and trash have noticeably less health in Heroic difficulty compared to Normal difficulty.

Burning Crusade

Wrath of the Lich King


Mists of Pandaria

Warlords of Draenor

This does not seem to affect raid bosses as the health pools increased from normal to heroic upon testing.

Overwatch League Draws More than 10 Million Viewers
The first week of the Overwatch League managed to get over 10 million viewers!
Originally Posted by Overwatch League (Blue Tracker)

Newly announced Twitch distribution deal drives an average audience per minute of 408,000 for the opening day broadcast
IRVINE, Calif.—January 17, 2018—The Overwatch League roared to life last week at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, with four days of intense competition between all 12 teams of the world’s first major global city-based professional esports league.

Buoyed by a newly announced two-year deal with Twitch, the Overwatch League’s exclusive worldwide[1] third-party digital broadcast partner, opening day drew an impressive average audience per minute of 408,000, and 280,000 for the week. More than 10 million viewers tuned in over the four-day period via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV—not to mention the countless additional viewers at watch parties worldwide. On Twitch and MLG alone, the peak concurrent online audience of 437,000 hit during the highly anticipated day-one matchup between Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty. In addition, tickets to Blizzard Arena Los Angeles were sold out for the entirety of opening week.

“We’re thrilled by the overwhelming response to the Overwatch League’s opening week of play,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Major League Gaming (MLG). “But this is only the beginning. With more than 35 million Overwatch® players, the Overwatch League has the potential to become one of the most-watched leagues—of any kind—in the world.”

“Since we announced Overwatch League at BlizzCon 2016, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when the global competitive Overwatch community could come together under one banner,” said Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League commissioner. “Opening week was that coming-out party—for the fans, both in-person at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and tuned in by the millions all over the world, and for the players, whose love for the game came through crystal clear.”

“We had high expectations for the inaugural broadcast of the Overwatch League on Twitch, given our platform’s passionate fanbase for Overwatch," said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. "They really put on an amazing show and fans showed up en masse to support and celebrate Overwatch. Based on the response from the community, Overwatch League is off to a great start and we look forward to watching how the season progresses. This league demonstrates the power and potential of esports, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with Blizzard.”

Viewers can tune in to catch all the action on Twitch,, the MLG app (on iOS and Android),, and the Overwatch League app, which launched last week for iOS and Android. Blizzard gamers also can get easy access to the Overwatch League via a new Overwatch League tab in the Blizzard desktop app.

The first season of the Overwatch League runs until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all regular-season games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at

About the Overwatch League™

The Overwatch League™ is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch® was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard—Nasdaq: ATVI), whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. The latest addition to Blizzard’s stable of twenty-one #1 games,[2] Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. To learn more about the Overwatch League, visit

© 2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH LEAGUE, BLIZZARD and BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. MAJOR LEAGUE GAMING is a trademark of Major League Gaming Corp.

[1] Not including China.

[2] Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners
by Published on 2018-01-17 05:04 AM

Patch 7.3.5 - Alliance and Horde Epilogue Cinematics

Black Qiraji War Tank
Muffinus let players know that the Black Qiraji War Tank is a reward for players that already had the Scarab Lord title.

While you can no longer obtain this mount, you can get the Red and Blue version temporarily from the Call of the Scarab micro-holiday.

Upgrade Your Account Security and Get a Backpack Upgrade
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We take account security seriously, and we know you do, too. So, when you add Blizzard SMS Protect to your account along with either the Blizzard Authenticator (physical or mobile app), you’ll gain four extra bag slots—account-wide—in each character’s main backpack. You’ll be able to hold a little more stuff as you adventure through Azeroth, and keep that stuff safer from scoundrels and thieves.

What Is Blizzard SMS Protect?
Blizzard SMS Protect lets you perform certain account actions from your mobile phone (such as removing your Authenticator), and can be set up to provide you with account activity notifications. All you need is a supported text-enabled cell phone to get started.

What can SMS Protect do for you?

  • Unlock your Blizzard account
  • Remove a damaged or lost Blizzard Authenticator
  • Recover your account name
  • Reset your password

In addition, you can turn on alerts to have text messages sent directly to your phone notifying you of certain kinds of account activity, like password changes and security feature additions or removals.

These text messages are an easy way to help protect your account from unauthorized access and changes.

Remember, you can further safeguard your account by never sharing your password, using unique passwords on each site you visit, and staying aware of potential email and phishing scams.

For more information on Blizzard SMS Protect and a link to set it up, visit the FAQ.

Learn more about what you can do to help safeguard your account by reviewing our security checklist.

Where Can I Get the Blizzard Authenticator?
Don’t have an Authenticator on your account? Download the free Blizzard Authenticator mobile app for iOS or Android, or purchase a physical Blizzard Authenticator from the Blizzard Gear Store. Visit the Blizzard Authenticator article for more information, or head to the setup page to get started after you’ve downloaded the app.

As an additional bonus, when you add an Authenticator to your account, you’ll find the always feisty and fiery Core Hound Pup in-game pet waiting for you.
by Published on 2018-01-17 12:44 AM

Antorus LFR Wing 4, Matron Folnuna, Na'zak the Fiend, Pet Battle Bonus Event

Patch 7.3.5 - Alliance and Horde Epilogue Cinematics
Patch 7.3.5 is live and new epilogue cinematics are available. Spoilers below!

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