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by Published on 2017-12-18 08:55 AM

Popular HearthPwn Standard and Wild Decks of the Week for December 17

StarCraft II - Battle For Azeroth Sprays
Battle for Azeroth sprays have been added to StarCraft II for players that purchase the Collector's Edition or Digital Deluxe edition. A Hearthstone card back reward was also recently added. You can't pre-order the expansion yet, so these can't be unlocked.



Patch 7.3.5 - VO
There is lots of VO in Patch 7.3.5, including some for Allied Races!



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Will the allied races mounts be available to all races of their faction, just like the other race mounts or are the moose exclusive to highmountain for example?
They are faction-wide. (Muffinus)

Winter Veil - Elixir of the Rapid Mind
Players on the woweconomy subreddit are reporting that the Elixir of the Rapid Mind is no longer dropping from the Savage Gift



Hearthstone Comic - Up Comes Down
A comic for the Kobolds & Catacombs expansion has been released!



Dark Legacy Comics #612
DLC #612 has been released.

by Published on 2017-12-16 07:00 PM

Lore Loose Ends: The Tale of Lyndon's Brother

Ghost of Christmas Present - A Special Winter Holiday Card Design Competition

Feast of Winter Veil 2017
The Feast of Winter Veil is upon us again!





Lightsabers Return to Azeroth
A recent hotfix gives many of the Orgrimmar and Stormwind guards red and blue lightsabers, or as close as you can get in WoW!



WoW Alpha Update
A entry for version 8.0.1.25703 of wow_alpha was added to the launcher. This is probably just another step towards a beta next year.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
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    "deprecated": false,
    "instructions_product": "NGDP",
    "instructions_url": "http:\/\/{REGION_CODE}.patch.battle.net:1119\/wowdev",
    "locale_specific_uid": false,
    "locales": [
        "enUS"
    ],
    "requires_sso_token": false,
    "run_64_bit_only": true,
    "sso_launch_argument": "-launcherlogin"
},



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.

War Games
The start of Arena Season 9 brought the War Games feature to WoW. This new Arena and Battleground mode is a custom game which allows players to battle it out against another group. During these skirmishes no achievements, rankings, or stats are recorder, because they are meant to just be a fun feature allowing players to challenge and fight against each other. Perhaps the most common format to rise is the 5v5 1v1s, where two teams of five people take turns dueling until there is only one team standing.


Blizzard World of Color
The 2011 Blizzard holiday party was hosted at California Adventure, and the company delivered a special surprise. A Blizzard themed light show featured clips from Starcraft II, Diablo III, and World of Warcraft. Each show had a small comic bit followed by a trailer projected on the famous World of Color water fountain.


Reaper of Souls
Closed beta for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls opened, allowing players to opt into beta testing through their Battle.Net page for a chance at an invite. This was the first expansion pack for Diablo III, which was revealed at Gamescom in 2013.


Highmaul Mythic Race
Imperator Mar’gok managed to live 5 days before being defeated by Paragon. Highmaul was the first Mythic raid to feature the new 20 man raid size. Going into future raids, and expansions this raid size became standard for Mythic raiding, along with Mythic only phases on last bosse. Imperator Mar’gok’s secret phase brought back Cho’gall, who was defeated in the Bastion of Twilight during the Cataclysm.


Legion PvP Overhaul
Legion brought numerous changes to the PvP system, in an attempt to make it feel more rewarding. The most notable change was the addition of Honor Levels and Honor Talents. This new talent tree can be unlocked through doing PvP content that rewards Honor. These talents are only usable in PvP combat, however after unlocking all of them players could still advance their Honor Level to gain additional Prestige Levels unlocking cosmetic rewards. Along with the new system, two new arena maps were also introduced into the map pool.

by Published on 2017-12-15 03:33 AM

Weapon Rogue: The Legendary Kingsbane's Influence on a Powerful Class

Antorus, the Burning Throne Progression
Exorsus has also managed to clear Antorus!



Patch 7.2.3 Hotfixes - December 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Dungeons and Raids
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Jin’rokh the Breaker
      • Resolved an issue that caused Jin'rokh's Focused Lightning to move faster than intended.
  • Antorus, The Burning Throne
    • Hounds of Sargeras
      • Resolved an issue that could cause Consuming Sphere to inflict periodic damage more rapidly than intended.

Items
  • Pantheon's Blessing will now stack.

PTR Development Notes Build 25700
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
This week, we’ve implemented a new build that primarily brings bugfixes to the PTR. Our biggest focus for testing remains the new level 1-100 zone and dungeon scaling we’re introducing with 7.3.5. This is an extensive change to how loot, quests, and creatures work in the open world, so we continue to look for as much feedback as we can get about how things are working out.

Thank you so much for all of the feedback you’ve provided so far on leveling in Azeroth. We hope you keep the feedback coming, and we’d like to ask you to especially focus some of your testing on the questlines in these specific zones:

  • Blade's Edge Mountains
  • Duskwood
  • Hellfire Peninsula
  • Icecrown
  • Kun-Lai Summit
  • Nagrand
  • Storm Peaks
  • Terokkar Forest
  • Vashj'ir
  • Wetlands

Feedback on the difficulty, pacing, and most importantly, any bugs you might find while completing quests in the above zones would be most helpful. Please post your level scaling feedback here.

We now have Ulduar Timewalking available for testing, and it should be available for the next four days or so. Please post Ulduar Timewalking feedback here.

Also, a heads up—We’re planning a scheduled playtest of the new Seething Shore PvP Battleground. Get ready to Play With The Blues on the PTR on Tuesday, December 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST. The Seething Shore is a 10v10 race to gather Azerite on an island near Silithus, and we hope you’ll be able to join us there and test it thoroughly on Tuesday.

As always, thank you very much for participating in the PTR!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Method World First Kill
Congrats to Method! It's been interesting watching everyone compete for the World First, and It's awesome to see Method pull through. We will be watching for the World Second and World Third, so good luck to everyone else going for the kill!

Boss got nerfed cause they suck, nothing new to see here.
The boss hasn't been touched In the last couple of days besides some minor bug fixes, so all the latest attempts have definitely been legitimately difficult, but good try!

Efficiency has nothing todo with it, its like saying the todays Warriors are a better basketball team than the 90's Bulls, its still a video game where you move and press 1,2,3,4, this isnt nuclear enginnering, not taking away the current players skills, but one cannot say people werent skilled ages ago if they still spent nearly 15+ hours a day playing a game
I can guarantee you with all the money in the known universe that people are better raiders today than from Vanilla.


100%. Professional raiding as well as raid design have evolved a ton since those days, they are hardly comparable at this point imo.

Ragnaros took 120 days, this is easy in comparison

People also didn’t play 24/h a day 7 days. Week on rotating shifts trying everything in their power to get it.


Or have PTR research, or datamining, or have multiple characters for any scenario of mechanical differences. The list goes on. Higher end raiders while a very fraction of a percent are far more skilled in how they approach fights than they were during Vanilla and even Burning Crusade encounters.

If you dropped a fight like Argus during something like Vanilla with no previous history of encounters or the tools that higher end raiders have now, I think you'd see him live for quite a long time.

Okay, we care why?

More people should care. The world first races are fun to follow for a number of reasons. If you're (general you, I mean) one of those people who is salty about raiding in general, then by all means stay away; but for someone who knows even the slightest bit about how raiding works, following along with the MMO-Champion mythic progression thread for each raid is by turns fascinating and hilarious.
Fascinating because I will never see mythic progression, just like I won't ever play professional football, but I can read the commentary of the various hardcore raiders that contribute to that thread just like I can watch pro ball. Hilarious because sometimes there's more bickering and drama in these extreme high-end raiding guilds than you see in any RP guild.

It's just that, entertainment. However, it's not some peoples cup of tea and that's fine. I personally get super excited about it and love to talk about the race around the office. We even watch some of players that stream it, the rare few that is. It's also a sense of pride, being a player that used to participate in this, seeing it continue through all of the new raid tiers we add.

Even though I'm not a hardcore raider in any sense, I always notice that people on the forums get triggered badly whenever impressive PVE or PVP accomplishments are mentioned in anyway.
Some people get mad seeing things they haven't accomplished like this. We'd have a few more raiders if they weren't so busy posting angrily on the forums about other player's accomplishments. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Tame Beast and Trinket Procs
Your feedback has been heard, and we agree.

We're working on a hotfix that should prevent Tame Beast from triggering trinket procs.

Good luck finding what you seek! (Official Forums)

Overwatch Winter Wonderland Event
The Overwatch Winter Wonderland event is live!





FinalBossTV #158 - Mythic Raiding Discussion
This week FinalBossTV talked to Preheat (Limit), Canya (Method) & Bloo (Big Dumb Guild) about the Mythic race.



HeroStorm - Episode 33 Lunarhahahaha!
Another episode of HeroStorm has been released!

by Published on 2017-12-13 04:23 PM

Method - Mythic Antorus the Burning Throne World First
Antorus the Burning Throne has been cleared on Mythic difficulty by Method. Congratulations to them and Justwait, who got the mount.









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