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by Published on 2018-02-21 01:21 PM

Challenge Rift - Week 35

Vote for your Favourite Community Created Basement Dwelling Cards

Battle.Net Client Update - Warcraft Avatars
The Battle.Net client was updated to have more Warcraft avatars for players to choose from as their profile picture.






Patch 7.3.5 Hotfixes - February 20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Class Halls
  • Argus missions that award Blood of Sargeras now cost 600 more Order Hall Resources. This will not be correctly reflected in the Legion Companion App until its next version update.
    • Developers’ notes: Completing these missions with bonus rewards previously returned more Order Hall Resources than they cost. Rather than reduce their yield, we’ve increased the cost of the missions so that players with ample Order Hall Resources can convert them to tradeskill materials.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Pit of Saron
    • The health of most enemies in Pit of Saron has been reduced by 50% in Timewalking.

Items
  • If you have all Legion Legendary items for your class, consuming a class-specific item that generates a Legion Legendary item will now always generate a token for another class.
  • Heritage of the Ren'dorei now contains the Ren'dorei Cloak.

NPCs
  • Hatecoil Spitespeaker should no longer instantly respawn.
  • Princess Poobah should no longer unexpectedly stop offering quests.

Quests
  • "The Emerald Dreamcatcher" is no longer weekly.
  • The starting location for "Teldrassil: The Burden of the Kaldorei" should now correctly be displayed on the map.
  • Mature Silkwing again have a chance to softly drop Iridescent Wings for “The Softest Wings”.

Loot Rules for Transmog Runs
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Since the Patch 7.3.5 change to use personal loot rules in leveling dungeons, we’ve heard a lot of feedback from Transmog hunters concerned about how this has affected the ability to collect appearances from older content. We hear you, and agree it’s a problem, so we’ve been working on a more robust solution for Battle for Azeroth.

Once these updates are implemented, entering a dungeon or raid that is trivial for you (i.e.: your character is 10 or more levels higher than the dungeon or raid’s intended level) will activate a “legacy loot mode.” That loot mode will work like this:

  • The number of items dropped by bosses will be the same as it would have been if you were in a full party. So if you’re in a 5-player dungeon, you’ll get 5 players’ worth of loot.
  • For raids with a flexible raid size (such as Raid Finder), this will act as though there were 20 players in the raid.
  • All items on the loot table will have a chance to drop, not just the ones that are designated for your spec.
  • If you have multiple players in the group, the loot will be split among those players, but be tradeable. For example, if you’re clearing with one other player and kill a boss that should drop 4 items, you’ll each be able to pick up two items and trade them between each other if you like.

While the personal loot change was a key part of what allowed us to expand leveling dungeons to encompass a wider range of levels, and we’re happy with it in that environment, we recognize that it’s not a great experience for those who enjoy clearing older content for transmog, and hope that these changes will make that more enjoyable once they’re complete.

Thanks again for all of the feedback!

WoW MVP Program - Recruitment Now Open!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hey all!

As we announced last week, we are making some changes to the World of Warcraft MVP Program for North America. With this, one of the biggest changes is going to be in how we recruit our MVPs.

Going forward, we will be using an application-based recruitment system, which will allow us to ask targeted questions to candidates, as well as close and open recruitment as needed within a given period.

Today we will be opening our first recruitment period in 2018. You can find a link to the application here.

Please answer any discussion prompts thoroughly, and, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us here. We look forward to reviewing applications over the next few weeks and we wish all of you applying the best of luck!

NOTE: The World of Warcraft North American MVP Program is only open to applicants from the North American service region including the United States and Canada. Applicants from Oceania and South America, including Mexico, will need to refer to their specific MVP Programs where applicable. Any applicants from outside the designated regions will be discarded.

> "Should You happen to strongly disagree with a Blizzard poster or another MVP over a topic on the forums, the discussion is best handled in private."

What is meant by "strongly" in this context? Is it an implication that it may threaten your ability to discuss it in a purely constructive manner or are you actually suggesting that if MVPs are particularly concerned about an issue that they should go directly to Blizzard rather than post it publicly, as any other forum poster would?

Additionally, if I fill out half of this application and don't submit it, is any record of it kept? I do not wish to apply. I simply want to see what all is in the application.

As an FYI, that wording is from our original MVP Program legalese, and hasn't been changed for this recruitment period.

In this context, I think it lends that we expect that our MVPs will be passionate posters on a variety of topics. Sometimes, its easy to see that what one may post in those kinds of discussions could disrupt your ability to be a constructive member of the community, as required by the program. We would advise that our MVPs should message those disagreements with other MVPs or CMs to us privately so we can try to resolve them without any breach of the program terms that may lead to forum tirades, etc. The forums aren't a place for drama between CMs, MVPs, posters, or otherwise.

The final page of the application will automatically submit the form once you see the screen that notes it has been submitted, yes. The last page with form content is the one with the section asking for a response to a post on a variety of listed community issues. You should be able to go through it up to that question to view what is being asked.

If you'd like us to remove any form content you may have submitted, you can shoot me an email with the basic information you applied with such as your name and battle.net email.

Instead of having paid moderators blizz is going to recruit ppl to work for free, nice
I was going to just delete this, but I wanted to point a few things out because I've seen it elsewhere:

The MVP Program has been a part of the WoW Community for over ten years. In that time, we've had wonderful community volunteers who have worked to help players both on the forums and throughout our community, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Our MVP volunteers will continue to be passionate and dedicated WoW community members who will continue to do the work they've done for a decade.

Blizzard also employs wonderful folks in Community and Customer Support who handle a ton of stuff on you never see in the day-to-day who deserve credit regardless of if you see their work in action or not.

Our MVPs do *NOT* have any powers on the forums that our Moderators or Community Managers have, and just to clarify, having green text gives no forum ability besides... having green text.

So I get that Blizzard has a large number of paid employees we never see who do a lot for the community, and I also get the the WoW MVP role has been around for awhile so it's not like this is some new ground breaking thing. But what I don't get is how does any of this address the point of view that this is Blizzard recruiting people for a job they should be paid for and asking them to do it for free?We aren't recruiting anyone for a "job" here. The MVP program is a volunteer community effort for regular forum posters. We are simply opening entry into that program to a wider audience by having a recruitment application.

The MVP Program recognizes our passionate and constructive posters and asks them to continue contributing to the community, while giving them an avenue to discuss issues with us when needed. This does not change the nature of their usual discourse on the forums, and is mainly targeted at those posters who already devote a lot of time here by their own will.

MVPs do not moderate, facilitate any major amount of feedback past what they do voluntarily, build reports of any kind, etc.

Xavius - Warlock Solo Kill
MrNinjaBurger pulled off an impressive Warlock solo kill of Xavius this week! You can see the full strategy used in the video description.


by Published on 2018-02-20 05:59 PM

Challenge Rift - Week 35

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at February 12 - 18

Greater Invasion Boss - Mistress Alluradel
Mistress Alluradel is up this week, rewarding item level 930 loot!


Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
930ClothHead Mesmerizing Soul Hood
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930ClothShoulders Accursed Defiler's Mantle
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930ClothFeet Nefarious Light-Step Slippers
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930LeatherShoulders Fel-Spike Shoulderpads
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930LeatherWaist Cinch of Detestable Guile
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930LeatherLegs Leggings of Heinous Acts
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930MailChest Enthralling Chain Armor
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930MailWaist Waistguard of Devilish Deeds
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930MailWrists Poison-Barbed Bracers
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930PlateShoulders Spaulders of Vile Determination
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930PlateChest Breastplate of Terminal End
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930PlateFeet Soul Crushing Stompers
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930Blood Relic Scourge of Perverse Desire
930Fire Relic Fel Mistress' Brand


World Boss - Shar'thos
The Sleeping Corruption is up this week, so you can head to Val'sharah to kill Shar'thos. He also drops a piece of the Fury Warrior hidden artifact appearance.



Brawl - Packed House
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve put more PvP in your PvP! In Packed House, there’s nowhere to hide as you face not 2, not 3, not 5, but 15 adversaries in this 15 vs. 15 Arena battle

Weekly Bonus Event - Battlegrounds
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A new weekly quest and rewards are here—steel yourself for Battleground combat!

Seven Days on the Battlegrounds
All this week, heading to the Battlegrounds will net you some extra Honor along with bonus loot for completing this week’s quest. To enter the fray, open Group Finder (default hotkey: I) and then select the Player vs. Player tab. Next choose Casual, select Random Battlegrounds, and hit the Join Battle button—you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of the 11 battlegrounds.

Weekly Quest
Before you get started, Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Win four random Battlegrounds, and you’ll be rewarded with 5 Marks of Honor, a Badge of Honor (1000 Honor), and a Glory of the Melee Artifact Power token (base 500 AP).

Battleground Buff
This week you gain 50% more Honor in Battlegrounds.

A New Event Every Week
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.
by Published on 2018-02-18 10:36 PM

Community Highlights: Diablo Fanart, Cosplay, & More

Popular HearthPwn Standard and Wild Decks of the Week for January 21

Battle for Azeroth - Quests
Battle for Azeroth adds lots of new quests. You can see the entire list of new quests on the WoWDB beta site, but we've highlighted some below.

Warfronts

Fishing

Kul Tiras

Stormwind Extraction

Drustvar

Zuldazar

Nazmir

Islands


Lunar Festival
The Lunar Festival is live! This year adds a few cosmetic flower crowns that can be purchased from Valadar Starsong in Moonglade.


Last year introduced a new set of toys that make up a Dragon costume. You can purchase these at Fariel Starsong in Moonglade.



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The Lunar Festival Is Here! Join the Celebration Feb. 17– Mar. 3
Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city’s great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts…and of course, lighting fireworks.

The celebration has begun in Moonglade and your Lunar Festival Invitation is waiting. Join in the fun by dressing up in your Lunar Festival finery, launching fireworks, and paying homage to the Elders throughout Azeroth.

When: February 17 – March 3

Where: Moonglade with camps in Ironforge, Stormwind, Darnassus, Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, Undercity

Currency: Coin of Ancestry

The Lunar Festival is a time of celebration for the peoples of Azeroth. At the beginning of each year, elders of generations past manifest around the world to impart their wisdom upon all who listen. Should you encounter these venerable spirits in your travels and take the time to heed their wisdom, they may even pass along tokens of their gratitude — Coins of Ancestry, the lessons of a past age in physical form. Gather enough Coins of Ancestry and the Cenarion Circle will open their stores of celebratory garb, fireworks, trinkets, and recipes!

The Cenarion Circle has good cause to celebrate, for the Lunar Festival marks the return of many Ancients that fell in battles past: Goldrinn, Malorne, Aviana, and Cenarius himself. But this celebration is darkened by the eternal torment of one of their own — Omen, a wolf Ancient blessed by the moon goddess Elune, has risen from the depths of Moonglade’s lake. Though Omen was once as noble and proud as any Ancient, he was driven mad by the Burning Legion’s tainted magics during the War of the Ancients. Omen’s immortality means that he is forever cursed to return in his maddened state at the advent of each new year - and this year, he has grown further in power, a challenge for even heroes of level 90. Heroes must make haste to ease this tormented Ancient’s suffering, in the hopes that perhaps next year he will return with a clearer mind.

Seasonal Boss: Omen Returns!

The great wolf Omen was once a hero of this world. An embodiment of strength and fortune, Omen fought beside the heroes of the War of the Ancients until he succumbed to demonic magics. Turning against his allies, he raged across Azeroth, leaving death and terror in his wake. Omen was finally defeated in Moonglade, and he now sleeps among the silt of Lake Elune'ara. But each year, at the beginning of the festival, he stirs...

Main Quest Line

The celebration begins with an introductory quest, The Lunar Festival. The Cenarion Circle has invited all denizens of Azeroth to take part in the celebration of the Lunar Festival. You can learn more about the event by meeting with the Lunar Festival Harbinger.

It wouldn’t be a celebration without fireworks. You’ll be asked to buy some Lunar Fireworks and Cluster Fireworks to launch and complete the quest, Lunar Fireworks.

Once you’ve proven your firework prowess, you’ll receive your Lunar Festival Invitation to travel to Moonglade and speak with Valadar Starsong in Nighthaven. With your invitation at hand, you’ll be able to travel quickly to Moonglade by using the greater moonlight throughout the holiday.

The Lunar Festival currently has 16 achievements and 1 meta-achievement.

  • Elune’s Blessing: Complete the Elune’s Blessing quest by defeating Omen.
  • Frenzied Firecracker: Shoot off 10 Festival Firecrackers in 30 seconds or less.
  • Lunar Festival Finery: Purchase a festive pant suit or festive dress with Coins of Ancestry.
  • The Rocket’s Red Glare: Shoot off 10 Red Rocket Clusters in 25 secons or less.
  • A Coin of Ancestry
    • There are 5 Achievements involving Coins of Ancestry: Receive a Coin of Ancestry, Receive 5 Coins of Ancestry, Receive 10 Coins of Ancestry, Receive 25 Coins of Ancestry, Receive 50 Coins of Ancestry

It's a good time to travel Azeroth, see the sights, and pay your respects to the various Elders. Visiting an Elder will reward some reputation with select capital cities, a Coin of Ancestry, some experience and gold, and a Lucky Red Envelope.


You can spend your Ancient Coins for various items by visiting vendors Fariel Starsong and Valadar Starsong in Moonglade. Here are just some of the items you can purchase and collect:

Toys

Pets and Pet Toys

Accessories, Heirlooms Items, Schematic, Patterns

Fan Art - Ysera the Dreamer
Bryan Link shared some nice art of Ysera, inspired by Sam Hogg's art. Check out the 3D model here!

by Published on 2018-02-16 09:53 PM

Community Highlights: Diablo Fanart, Cosplay, & More

Blizzard's Off-Meta Deck Spotlight - Feb 16, 2018

Void Elf and Lightforged Draenei Heritage Armor Hotfix
Reddit noticed that Void Elf Heritage Armor was hotfixed to include a cloak and Lightforged Draenei Heritage Armor was hotfixed to use the version of the set with a red tint.







Upcoming Changes to the NA WoW MVP Program
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hey guys!

Over the past year we've had it on our plate to breathe a bit of life in the MVP program for World of Warcraft (you may have seen me mention it here and there, and I know the MVPs have been eagerly waiting for movement on this). After nearly a year of discussions, we're finally ready to start moving forward with a refresh of the MVP program for World of Warcraft!

Most of our active posters here know that when the MVP program was founded, it's goal was to recognize active forums poster who contributed to our community through things like high-quality class guides or assisting and guiding new players with helpful information. While being active and posting in a constructive manner will still be something we take into account, we realize that we now live in a world with Icy Veins, Wowhead, Reddit, and numerous other communities that didn't necessarily exist at the onset of this project. This leads our MVP group to not being able to actively fulfill it's original purpose on our singular forums platform.

All of this led us to think we needed to be realigning the purpose of the program slightly, as we want to more actively empower the group to engage in discussions with us on various community issues, happening on the forums and in our greater community. This would also include working to provide insight into community and gameplay feedback they may see around the community, with direct conversations between the WoW community team and the WoW MVP group as a whole on a regular basis, much as we do in our conversations with folks on Reddit, Discord, etc., something that hasn't been utilized to its best.

To facilitate this, we will be moving the WoW MVP program to an application-based recruitment system, which will address a few concerns we have currently with the recruitment process, as well as letting us asked targeted questions to candidates during certain recruitment periods, and hopefully widening the audience. We expect to open recruitment early next week, after the President’s Day holiday, so be on the lookout for a thread if you're interested!

Of note, these changes DO NOT affect any region or franchise outside of World of Warcraft in North America, and these changes also do not apply to our awesome Customer and Technical Support MVPs who do great things.

We look forward to getting to work on the program and hearing your feedback!

I hope this doesn't mean Crepe is losing his MVP status. I notice community MVPs are not listed as being spared these changes.
We're asking the MVPs to reapply for the process, but we will be keeping everyone who is able to meet the newer standards going forward!

I wouldn't expect any of the familiar faces you know to go away unless it's their own choice.

Combat Log Tool - Wipefest
Wipefest is a web tool that uses data from Warcraft Logs to display insights and timelines for raid encounters.

Insights aim to answer common questions that you might have about each pull, such as "Who is soaking Annihilations on Garothi Worldbreaker?", or "What pod rotation did we use on Antoran High Command?".

The timeline aims to provide a concise overview of the important events within a fight, such as major boss abilities, big cooldowns, and deaths. Timelines can be filtered easily, letting you quickly dig into certain mechanics, such as Fusillades, Fel Shields, and healing cooldowns, or if people used defensive cooldowns before they died.

You can also select players to focus in on them, giving you more information about the fight from their perspective. This feature still needs contributors to enable more specializations (you can find out more at the GitHub repository.

There's also a Discord server for any questions and suggestions!



Warcraft III Event
Two different Warcraft III streamers have been invited to an event at Blizzard that will take place at the end of this month. They haven't shared any details about whatever may be announced or take place.

There was a job posting for an unannounced MMO RTS project that required mobile experience earlier this year.



North American WoW Arena Cup #2 Sign-Ups Close February 19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The sign-ups for the North American WoW Arena Cup #2 close Monday, February 19. If you and your team have what it takes, you won’t want to miss your chance.

The North American Qualifier Cup #2 will be broadcast live on Twitch, on*February 24–25 starting at 10:00 a.m. PST. Whether you’re competing or an esport fan—you can read up on entry requirements, prizes and community events below. Get involved!

Tournament Information
  • Competitors will engage in 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms.
  • Sign-ups are open to all interested parties and no arena rating is required.
  • Top point earners from North America & Europe will be invited to compete at the Spring Finals in March for their share of $100,000.
  • Team rosters consist of up to 4-players, but teams can sign-up with 3.
  • Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized while Honor Talents and Artifact Power are maxed.

Prize Pool
  • 1st place: $5,000, 180 points
  • 2nd place: $2,800, 120 points
  • 3rd place: $1,600, 80 points
  • 4th place: $600, 60 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 40 points each
  • 7th and 8th places: 20 points each
  • 9th – 12th places: 12 points each

SIGNUPS FOR NA CUP #2 ARE LIVE!

  • Signups will close at 9:00 a.m. PST on Monday, February 19th.
  • Bracket play begins on Wednesday, February 21, and plays through Thursday, February 22nd (if a second day is needed).
  • The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25 beginning at 10:00 a.m. PST.

NA Cup #2 sign-up deadline is February 19 February 21
EU Cup #3 sign-up deadline is February 26 and it begins on February 28
NA Cup #3 sign-up deadline is March 5 and it begins on March 7

Download the complete rules here.

WoW Arena Championship: European Qualifier Cup #2 - February 17-18
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The WoW Arena Championship World Cup #2 European Qualifier takes place this weekend and will be broadcast live on Twitch beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. Casters Rich Campbell, Adrian “Healingstat” Archer-Lock, Elliott “Venruki” Venczel, Josh "Xaryu" Lujan, and Mohammed “Ziqo” Beshir will be on hand to keep you on top of all the exciting 3v3 arena action.

Tournament Information
  • Competitors will engage in 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms.
  • Sign-ups are open to all interested parties and no arena rating is required.
  • Top point earners from North America & Europe will be invited to compete at the Spring Finals in March for their share of $100,000.
  • Team rosters consist of up to 4-players, but teams can sign-up with 3.
Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized while Honor Talents and Artifact Power are maxed.

Prize Pool
  • 1st place: $5,000, 180 points
  • 2nd place: $2,800, 120 points
  • 3rd place: $1,600, 80 points
  • 4th place: $600, 60 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 40 points each
  • 7th and 8th places: 20 points each
  • 9th – 12th places: 12 points each

Venruki and Ziqo’s European Cup #1 MVP

MVP: Wallirik – XRB to the moon

During the European Qualifier Cup #1, Wallirik rose to the top of the heap as Ziqo and Venruki’s choice for MVP. As a part of a Warlock, Shaman, Druid team, Wallirik landed crucial spell locks and fears throughout the tournament to keep Zeepeye alive. According to Ziqo, not only was he solid defensively, he was also able to “180 situations” and generate “instant kills” using combinations with his Thalkiels consumption. This combination of offensive and defensive plays put him as both analysts choice for MvP.

Honorable Mention: Tsx – Ascendant formerly known as Rockets Esports

Tsx caught us all off guard in Europe Cup #1. Having joined Rockets Esports just 1 hour before sign-ups closed, he immediately displayed his individual prowess landing impossible Polymorphs against defending World Champions ABC, leading to their elimination from the tournament. His aggressive playstyle became an instant hit with the analysts, fitting perfectly with Ratapai’s play style.

Where to Watch:

English Stream - https://www.twitch.tv/warcraft

German Stream – https://www.twitch.tv/rexz

Russian Stream – http://twitch.tv/Fritterus

Snow Fight - A WarCraft Tale
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During these cold winter months, we’ve got a children’s book for you that’s sure to warm even the Lich King’s icy heart. Snow Fight: A Warcraft Tale is an exciting adventure featuring little Arthas, Thrall, and Varian, who give bullying the cold shoulder and learn that games are better with fair play.

Written by Chris Metzen and illustrated by Wei Wang, the book was created with the idea of finding fun ways to share some of the Warcraft universe’s characters and ideas with kids. As Metzen says, telling lighter stories about our favorite heroes and villains seemed like a perfect way to share our passion for Warcraft with the young, imaginative minds we love most!

Get Snow Fight on Amazon


To download these images as Wallpapers, click here.

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