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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.
by Published on 2018-02-14 11:18 PM

First Look At Season 13

Boss Battle Royale 2 is this Week's Tavern Brawl!

XP From Dungeons Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hi all,

From WoW’s earliest days, we’ve always had to take steps to limit experience gains for characters when grouped with someone of a drastically higher level. We recently became aware of a bug introduced in 7.3.5: a side-effect of the vastly expanded creature scaling was causing the logic to break when awarding XP in some situations. Earlier today, we applied a hotfix to creature experience that corrects this issue.

At the same time, we have significantly increased the experience awarded through queuing for random Normal dungeons from Classic through Draenor content. Running dungeons at the appropriate should feel rewarding, whether as a complement to or even an complete alternative to questing.

As always, we appreciate your feedback and will continue to keep a close eye on the pacing of the leveling experience in 7.3.5 and beyond.

Patch 7.3.5 Hotfixes - February 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements

Classes

Items

Mounts

Player versus Player

Quests

User Interface
  • Access to the mobile Auction House has been restored.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Buried within the data mines, a dark shadow stirs, its breath a bitter chill that brings with it promises of riches... and promises of destruction. A cry rings out, distant but clear. A signal of shock and fear, met with lost hope, and somehow... relief? We must dig deeper. (WarcraftDevs)

We apologize for the typo in the previous tweet. It was meant to say: the Alpha is currently very early in development and much of what you're seeing is purely experimental. Feedback is valuable, but keep in mind that things will be changing rapidly. (WarcraftDevs)

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.

Break The Trees
Singer/songwriter Sharm was featured in a blue post after the release of her latest song “Break The Trees”. The verses of this song were comprised of talent names from Warcraft. Sharm has been creating WoW Parody videos for the past 10 years and is still active on YouTube.


Iron Man Challenge
2012 marked the beginning of the Iron Man Challenge. This became one of the most popular challenges to date after a few players gave it a shot. The objective is simple - reach level cap. However, doing it within the confines of the rules is the difficult part. Players are not allowed to use and talents, class specializations, professions, enchants, stat-improved gear or the assistance of other players. The most important rule is that if your character dies at all the challenge is over.


Patch 5.4.7
This late Mists of Pandaria patch began the preparation for the new expansion Warlords of Draenor. The patch marked the beginning of the last PvP season of the expansion, added the Level 90 character boost, updated the launcher and added the Collector’s Edition mount/pet to the files.


Graphical Features
Patch 6.1 introduced a handful of new graphical settings to improve the quality of the game. Official colorblind support for Protanopia, Deuteranopia and Tritanopia were added along with a strength adjuster. The graphics tab also got a few new options including the addition of HBAO+ for screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO), a variety of settings for Anti-Aliasing and improved point light settings.


Death Knight Animations
Patch 7.2 added new animations to Howling Blast, Death Grip and Death and Decay. A few undocumented changes were also made to the casting animations of abilities such as Remorseless Winter, Blood Boil and Apocalypse. The initial Death and Decay particles were also changed shortly after the update due to players having issues seeing the affected area when cast on certain terrain.


Going Casual
Top end mythic raiding in Legion, especially in the Nighthold, started to cause issues in certain guilds. The required time investment to stay at the top was too much, causing guilds to either go casual or stop raiding altogether. Most notably From Scratch and SNF announced that they would stop, while Midwinter also called it quits after defeating Grand Magistrix Elisande, with the intention of going casual.


World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
The second Chronicle book was previewed on IGN, giving us a few teasers about what we should anticipate from the graphic novel. This book series was written to tell the story of Warcraft and everything it entails. Volume 1 covered everything from creation until the rise of humanity, while Volume 2 tells us the story of Ancient Draenor. Currently the Chronicle series is set to release Volume 3 on March 27, 2018.



Allcraft #30 - Battle for Azeroth Alpha
This week Allcraft talked with Tradechat, Asmongold, and Rich about the Battle for Azeroth Alpha.

by Published on 2018-02-14 06:14 PM

The Mythic Dungeon Invitational Is Back: Get Ready for the Proving Grounds
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As we announced during our WoW Esports live stream, Season 2 of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational is almost here! It’s time for the best dungeon teams from around the globe to show us what you’ve got. To kick things off, we wanted to share some additional details on this season’s Proving Grounds.

Everything You Need to Know About Proving Grounds

Feb 27 - Proving Ground Week 1 – Raging, Volcanic, Tyrannical
  • Americas: February 27 at 7 a.m. PST
  • Europe: February 27 at 11 p.m. PST
  • China: February 28 at 3 p.m. PST
  • APAC: February 28 at 3 p.m. PST

Mar 6 - Proving Ground Week 2 – Teeming, Explosive, Fortified
  • Americas: March 6 at 7 a.m. PST
  • Europe: March 6 at 11 p.m. PST
  • China: March 7 at 3 p.m. PST
  • APAC: March 7 at 3 p.m. PST

Like last season, we’re kicking things off with a period we call Proving Grounds, when teams come together to prove they’ve got what it takes. This year’s Proving Grounds will be similar to last year’s, with a few slight changes.

The Proving Grounds period kicks off for the Americas region on February 27 at 7 a.m. PST (10 a.m. EST). Week 2 begins March 6 at the same time, and the Proving Grounds ends March 13 at 7 a.m. PST (10 a.m. EST). Teams on Oceanic realms will also use this time frame for submitting scores from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. This will ensure that their runs line up with the appropriate Mythic Keystone affix rotation cycles.

During the two-week Proving Grounds period, you’ll form a group of five friends and tackle the highest difficulty Mythic Keystone dungeons you can handle. Your goal is to complete a total of five level 23 Mythic Keystone dungeons over those two weeks. Keep in mind the following:

  • Your group must have the same five player characters for all five runs; you can’t swap in another character.
  • Duplicate dungeons won’t count toward your runs, so make sure you tackle a variety.
  • Runs must be completed within the Keystone timer to count (the timer varies by dungeon).

Once your group has completed the dungeons on the required difficulty, you’ll need to choose a team captain to register your team. Check back on this post when the Proving Ground period ends to learn more about where and how to submit your best time.

If your team clears the dungeons, submits their times by the deadline, and meets the requirements (regional eligibility, accounts in good standing), you’ll receive an invitation to the Mythic Dungeon Invitational tournament realm for the next stage of the tournament: the Time Trials.

We’ll post the official rules for the tournament soon, but in the meantime, make sure that you and your team members meet our regional eligibility requirements:

  • Americas – This region includes legal residents of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, excluding the U.S. states of Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, North Dakota, and Vermont, the Canadian province of Quebec, and where otherwise prohibited or restricted.
  • Europe – This region includes legal residents of Algeria, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, State of Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, excluding where otherwise prohibited or restricted.
  • China – This region includes legal residents of the People’s Republic of China, excluding where otherwise prohibited or restricted.
  • Asia-Pacific – This region includes legal residents of Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, excluding where otherwise prohibited or restricted.

We’ll be back soon to discuss Stage 2 of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, the Time Trials. Until then, good luck in the Proving Grounds!

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