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Feast of Winter Veil Live, Lightsabers Return, WoW Alpha Update, WoW History

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:00:00 +0000

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! Snowglobes have been added to Orgrimmar, Ironforge, and Dalaran! While inside, you have the holiday gnome/goblin transformation and are able to flyHearthstation is new this year, with no source listed yet. It may be in the gift for this year.Glowing Gift is also new this year, with no listed source.Globe Yeti spawns in the snow globes.Don't Play With That In The House is rewarded from opening this year's gift and getting Toy Weapon Set and Toy Weapon Set.Finely-Tailored Red Holiday Hat is dropped by Talixae Flamewreath in Court of StarsFinely-Tailored Green Holiday Hat is dropped by Illysanna Ravencrest (Black Rook Hold) and King Deepbeard (Eye of Azshara)The Abominable Greench now scales with your level, so you can do the quest on a non max level characterGreatfather Winter spawned hourly last year near 50, 79 at the top of the mountain in Highmountain, rode down, and granted 500 Order Resources to anyone along the way.New Winter's Veil music was added in Patch 7.1Don't forget to do the followup to You're a Mean One..., as it rewards Smokywood Pastures Special Gift, which has a small chance to contain Winter's Grasp or Flames of Ragnaros.The Garrison related Winter Veil activities are still around, so check those out if you missed them in the past. 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 "wow_alpha": { "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 T[...]



Antorus Progression, Dec 14 Hotfixes, PTR Notes, Blue Posts, FinalBossTV, HeroStorm

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:33:00 +0000

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 Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator) [Hotfix in testing] Tame Beast will no longer trigger trinket procs, such as Caged Horror. 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 MountainsDuskwoodHellfire PeninsulaIcecrownKun-Lai SummitNagrandStorm PeaksTerokkar ForestVashj'irWetlands 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[...]



Method World First Mythic Argus Kill

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:00 +0000

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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Patch 7.3.5 - Build 25678

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:19:00 +0000

Patch 7.3.5 - Build 25678 A new build is on the way to the PTR! Keep checking back as we update our notes. Trial of Style has replaced some of the old themes in preparation for Season 2.New Trial of Style decorations and Season 2 Trial of Style sets have been added.More Postmaster strings have been added.The game now banks XP after you hit the trial cap and grants it when you purchase the game.Profession leveling has been streamlined: Several reagents no longer exist: Greater Astral Essence, Lesser Astral Essence, Greater Mystic Essence, Lesser Mystic Essence, Greater Nether Essence, Lesser Nether Essence, Nexus Crystal, Large Glimmering Shard, Small Glimmering Shard, Soul Dust, Vision Dust, Small Glowing Shard, Large Glowing Shard, Dream Dust, Small Radiant Shard, Large Radiant ShardIllusion Dust is now Light Illusion DustRich Illusion Dust has been added Gallywix Model Update Gallywix got a new Azerite cane topper and ring! You can see the old model on the right in the image below. Profession Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Professions Alchemy Greater Arcane Protection Potion Alchemy. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Dream Dust, Dreamfoil, Crystal Vial. Rich Illusion Dust x 4, Dreamfoil, Crystal Vial. Blacksmithing Sageblade Blacksmithing. 15 sec cast. Reagents: Arcanite Bar x 12, Nexus Crystal x 2 Large Brilliant Shard x 6, Flask of Supreme Power x 2, Enchanted Leather x 4. Tools: Blacksmith Hammer. Enchanting Advanced Herbalism Permanently enchant gloves to increase Herbalism skill by 5. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Vision Dust x 3 Rich Illusion Dust x 2, Sungrass x 3. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Advanced Mining Permanently enchant gloves to increase Mining skill by 5. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Vision Dust x 3 Rich Illusion Dust x 2, Truesilver Bar x 3. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Agility Permanently enchant a two-handed melee weapon to increase Agility by 1,286. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. Instant. Reagents: Large Brilliant Shard x 8 6, Essence of Air x 4. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Agility Permanently enchant gloves to increase Agility by 272. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. Instant. Reagents: Lesser Nether Essence, Vision Greater Eternal Essence x 2, Rich Illusion Dust. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Agility Permanently enchant boots to increase Agility by 255. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. Instant. Reagents: Greater Nether Eternal Essence x 2. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Argent Versatility Permanently enchant bracers to increase Versatility by 255. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. Instant. Reagents: Illusion Dust x 4, Lesser Rich Illusion Dust x 4, Greater Eternal Essence x 4, Essence of Water x 2. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Defense Permanently enchant a cloak to increase armor by 153. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. Instant. Reagents: Small Glowing Shard, Soul Brilliant Shard, Light Illusion Dust x 3. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Demonslaying Permanently enchant a melee weapon to have a chance of stunning and doing additional damage against demons. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600. Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Small Radiant Shard, Dream Large Brilliant Shard x 2, Rich Illusion Dust x 2, Elixir of Demonslaying. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Dodge Permanently enchant bracers to increase dodge by 255. Cannot be applied to items higher than level 600 Enchanting. Instant. Reagents: Greater Nether Essence, Dream Eternal Essence x 2, Rich Illusion Dust x 2. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Enchanted Leather Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Rugged Leather, Lesser Eternal Essence. Tools: Runed Copper Rod. Greater Eternal Essence x 3. Tools: Runed Copper Rod.Enchanted Thorium Bar Enchanting. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Thorium Bar, Dre[...]



Antorus Progression, Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - December 12

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:47:00 +0000

Antorus, the Burning Throne Progression There are now 18 guilds in the running for world first! Antoran High Command Mines Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment We, among many other guilds, are experiencing mines, that have been up for some time, self-detonating at the same time causing wipes. Could you clarify if this is intended or a bug? Having 8/9 mines explode because people are doing well is crushing This is intended. After a period of time, mines on Antoran High Command detonate on their own. In a recent hotfix, we added a warning visual that shows when a mine is about to explode. (WarcraftDevs) Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - December 12 Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Classes Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator) Vengeance Demon Hunters now correctly generate Pain when damaged by certain abilities. Dungeons and Raids Seat of the Triumvirate Players may now complete "Seat of the Triumvirate: The Crest of Knowledge" while in a raid group. Antorus, The Burning Throne Corrected an issue where raids that queued for LFR difficulty could fail to get loot.Garothi Worldbreaker The damage reduction from Apocalypse Drive and from a Druid’s Earthwarden can now activate during the Garothi Worldbreaker encounter. Hounds of Sargeras Resolved an issue that could cause multiple tank-specialization characters to gain Shadowtouched (or Flametouched) simultaneously. Portal Keeper Hasabel Traversing any of the portals within Portal Keeper Hasabel's arena no longer removes your Well Fed buff. Varimathras [WITH SERVER RESTARTS IN EACH REGION] Varimathras' health lowered by 10% in Mythic difficulty.[WITH SERVER RESTARTS IN EACH REGION] Necrotic Embrace will no longer miss players who are under the effects of Aspect of the Turtle or Cloak of Shadows. [...]



Sotanathor, Flotsam, Arena Skirmish Event, Gravity Lapse Brawl

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:22:00 +0000

Hotfixes & Challenge Rift 25 Missing Daily Quests? Try Changing Hearthstone's Game Language Greater Invasion Boss - Sotanathor Sotanathor is up this week, rewarding item level 930 loot! World Boss - Flotsam Flotsam is up this week, giving shamans a chance to obtain The Warmace of Shirvallah. Weekly Bonus Event - Arena Skirmishes Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Sharpen your swords and reinforce your boards, because you’re called to the PvP Arena for the hectic mayhem of Skirmishes. This Week: Arena Skirmishes All week, from anywhere in Azeroth, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i), select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window, and then under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3 and JOIN BATTLE. You’ll be matched up with teammates and provided with opponents to kill in the Arena. Look for the following all week long: Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Quest requirement: Win 10 Arena PvP SkirmishesReward: A PvP loot box Passive buff: +50% honor gains from Skirmishes If you’ve been looking to make some Honor gains, this is the week to do it! PvP Brawl - Gravity Lapse Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Defy the law of gravity in this week’s PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse! Every other week, a new PvP Brawl will be available to players looking for something just a little different. Each Brawl will offer a variety of modes, rules, and scenic changes to the usual Battleground gameplay, and you’ll find them in the Group Finder tool (hotkey “I”) in the Player vs. Player tab. Just like Random Battlegrounds, you’ll receive a reward for achieving victory. Here are just a few of the Brawls you can look forward to: Gravity Lapse Gravity getting you down? Step into the Eye of the Storm and be prepared for a whole new en-lighten-ing experience. Every minute, players on the battlefield will find themselves launched into the air, only to gently fall toward the ground again in a perpetual aerial ballet as they try to accrue enough resources to take the win home for their team. [...]



Antorus Progression, Allied Race Intro Text - Highmountain Tauren, DLC #611

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:48:00 +0000

The HearthPwn Kobolds & Catacombs Community Compendium Antorus, the Burning Throne Progression There are now 9 guilds in the running for world first at 10/11. Mythic Argus the Unmaker still has yet to be taken down. Allied Race Intro Text - Highmountain Tauren Patch 7.3.5 adds some dialogue lines for the Highmountain Tauren Allied Race intro. Summoned to the Embassy Players are summoned to the embassy to choose between the Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne as the first Allied Race to pursue. Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Nathanos Blightcaller - The Dark Lady instructs you to meet me in Orgrimmar. Nathanos Blightcaller - Information has come to light crucial to the interests of the Horde. It is imperative we remain a step ahead of our rivals. Nathanos Blightcaller - Meet me outside Grommash Hold. Keep this quiet... or the consequences will be swift and severe. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - You have observed our operations in Silithus. Clearly the Alliance is doing everything in its power to undermine our efforts. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - The Horde's selfless leadership in the war against the Legion has left our ranks depleted. Our enemies slaver at the thought of stealing what is ours. We will not let them. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - I've authorized the building of an embassy in Orgrimmar. From it, we will win others to our cause. Meet me there at once. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - Leaders of the Horde, I summoned you here--along with one of our greatest champions--because our enemies are gathering their strength. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - The Alliance is scouring the far corners of Azeroth in search of every advantage against us. We must do the same. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - War is coming. We need fresh blood added to the ranks of the Horde. What say you? Baine Bloodhoof - Warchief, the tauren of Highmountain fought boldly alongside us in our campaign against the Burning Legion, just as our ancestors did long ago. Baine Bloodhoof - I have invited their leaders to a great feast in Mulgore. This could be a chance to bring them to our side. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - A simple people, but strong. They would be a boon on the battlefield. Lady Liadrin -I too have a suggestion, Warchief. The sin'dorei have maintained diplomatic ties with the nightborne since we helped liberate Suramar from the Legion. Lady Liadrin -The regent lord and I agree that our kingdoms have much in common. We believe the nightborne would make valuable allies. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - Even without the Nightwell, Suramar holds vast arcane resources. A most useful arrow added to my quiver. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - Each option would have its uses. I believe (player) knows both these peoples. Which potential ally do you suggest we pursue first? Highmountain Chosen Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Lady Sylvanas Windrunner - Chieftain Bloodhoof, have our champion join you for your feast in Thunder Bluff. By the time dessert is served, I want their oath of loyalty to the Horde. Baine Bloodhoof - It shall be so, Warchief. Thunder Bluff Feast Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Baine Bloodhoof - Thank you for coming, Mayla. It is my honor to welcome you to Mulgore. Mayla Highmountain - Your invitation was most kind, Baine. It is time for our two peoples to renew our bonds of kinship. Baine Bloodhoof - It is of kinship that I wish to speak. I hope that-- Spiritwalker Ebonhorn - I should never... have left... the mountain... Mayla Highmountain - Ebonhorn! What dark force grips you? Baine Bloodhoof - I know this power all too well. Champion! We need your help! Mayla Highmountain - I must get Ebonhorn back to Highmountain at once! Baine Bloodhoof - Until we discover what's behind this attack, Mulgore will never be safe. I will come with you, Mayla. Let us face this darkness together. Defending Thun[...]



Celestalon Moves to Hearthstone Team

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:14:00 +0000

Celestalon Moves to Hearthstone Team
Originally Posted by Celestalon (Blue Tracker)
Classes, systems, spreadsheets, the occasional obscure questline... These have been the primary focus of my life for years now. I cannot thank the WoW community enough, for your passion, your friendship, the laughs, the excitement, for being able to do something I love.

It has been an honor. But the time has come for me to adventure elsewhere within Azeroth, and tackle a different challenge... Cards! I'll see you soon, Hearthstone fans!




Antorus Progression, Coven Kill Video, Blue Posts, WoW History, Kobolds and Catacombs

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:56:00 +0000

Challenge Rift - Week 24 Five Kobolds Launch Decks from the Pros to Try Antorus, the Burning Throne Progression The race is on in Mythic Antorus with two guilds at 10/11. Method is also doing coverage of the race! Mythic Coven of Shivarra Kill Video Limit has released a kill video for Mythic Coven of Shivarra. width="900" height="506" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R3ZMcYU3g-k?rel=0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen> Patch 7.3.5 Hotfixes - December 6 Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Classes Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator) Havoc Fixed an issue where Nemesis was applying at half duration against some creatures. Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator) Restoration The Bearmantle Battlegear 2-piece set bonus healing effect Dreamer now correctly interacts with Flourish and the Essence of G'Hanir. Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator) Arms The Juggernaut Battlegear 2-piece set bonus now properly activates if the Artifact ability Warbringer applies Colossus Smash to any targets. Player versus Player Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator) Grimoire of Service summons can no longer be cast while silenced.Demonology Call Felhunter is now in the Shadow school (was incorrectly in Physical school). Blue Posts Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Taeshalach And Scythe of the Unmaker If your class can equip the respective weapon, you'll have a chance of earning it from Agrammar and Argus respectively. It doesn't matter what your loot specialization or active class specialization is at the time. Blue Tweets Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment arena ladders are only updating every 3-4 hours.....they use to update instantly...any plans for a fix? This was a deliberate change to stop abuse that could come from monitoring real-time queue activity. (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. Cataclysm Live The third expansion of WoW hit the live servers in 2010, bringing new raids, dungeons, zones, professions, and races to the game. The new raids were Blackwing Descent, Bastion of Twilight, Throne of the Four Winds, along with Baradin Hold, which was the raid which had a chance at rewarding players with some PvP loot as well. This expansion brought five leveling zones, and two introductory zones for the new races. PvP lovers got to enjoy Tol Barad, the new outdoor PvP zone, along with two new battlegrounds, Twin Peaks, and Battle for Gilneas. Heroic Dragon Soul The race is on! With the opening of Heroic Dragon Soul, guilds set off to kill Deathwing and claim the World 1st title. However, the introduction of LFR brought an unforeseen exploitable bug which some guilds took advantage of. A few of the top guilds, most notably Paragon, were banned for exploiting this buff preventing them from progressing Heroic until their suspension was over. Cinder Kitten In 2012 the newest addition to the Pet Store was the Cinder Kitten. As always, during the holiday season Blizzard donated 100% of the adoption fee to the American Red to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. This battle pet has Rare quality stats and is part of the Elemental family. Black Market Auction House Items Patch 5.1 brought a few new items to the BMAH, with the addition of the Sun-Lute of the Phoe[...]



Hearthstone - Azeroth is Burning Card Back

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:26:00 +0000

Warforged Nightmare Giveaway: Winners have been PMed, check your PMs to see if you won!

(image) Patch 10.0: Kobolds Flavor Text, New Quests, Kobolds Brawl, 5 Card Backs, Datamined Info

Hearthstone - Azeroth is Burning Card Back
Hearthstone added a new card back in today's patch! You can see the rest of the patch notes on Hearthpwn.

  • It is listed as being acquired from a special promotion.
  • It is in the same category as the other WoW and Overwatch Collector's Edition card backs and checks for a specific game license.
  • Quest Description: Your recent purchase included this special card back!
  • You can see the animated version here.