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September 16th Hotfixes - Tank Damage and AoE Nerfs
2016/09/16 at 7:27 PM
The latest round of Legion hotfixes are up! Of particular note:
Most abilities used by Tank specializations have had their damage reduced by 10%.
Havoc and Windwalker burst AoE was proven to be too strong.
Several followers have had the effectiveness of their abilities reduced against players.
Legion foods and drinks should now restore twice as much health and mana.
Fixed an issue where PvP World Quests would occasionally reward items that were more powerful than intended for low Honor rank players.
Blue Posts: Raid Testing Schedule September 19th, Paid Battletag Changes Available, Shadowform Patch Notes Update
2016/09/16 at 2:35 PM
The PTR Patch notes from the Battle.net launcher were updated today with more information about Priests. Shadowform has returned!
Other blue posts include 7.1 raid testing on Monday and paid Battletag changes available.
Emerald Nightmare Raid Guides and Preview
2016/09/16 at 12:01 PM
Emerald Nightmare opens on September 20th and we have you prepared with guides to all
, from boss strategy guides to loot, including the following:
Nythendra Strategy Guide
Elerethe Renferal Strategy Guide
Ursoc Strategy Guide
Il'gynoth Strategy Guide
Dragons of Nightmare Strategy Guide
Cenarius Strategy Guide
Xavius Strategy Guide
Blizzard has also posted their own raid preview with developer insights, check the full post for details! Also check out our
other newspost from today
on PTR updates including 7.1 raid testing and Shadowform returning for Priests!
BlizzCon 2016 In-Game Goodies
2016/09/15 at 12:10 PM
Blizzard has revealed the 2016 In-Game BlizzCon goodies, including Alliance and Horde murloc pets in Warcraft, and Ganymede with Pepe's colors as part of the special BlizzCon Bastion skin for Overwatch! These goodies are given to ticketholders as well as Virtual Ticket attendees. We're giving away 10 Virtual Tickets in our
Legion Launch Scavenger Hunt
There have been many blue posts today, including an update on Class Balance Tuning and September 15th Hotfixes including a legendary droprate change, which you can read about
Sept 15th Hotfixes, Class Balance Update, 7.1 PTR Dungeon/Raid Testing Plans, Honor Talents in 7.1
2016/09/15 at 11:25 AM
Legion Developer Q&A
last week, Ion Hazzikostas talked about upcoming hotfixes based around endgame (raiding, etc) data and how it's tricky to tweak classes before the content is available.
In a follow-up blue post today he stated that the aim is to do a broad pass of tuning hotfixes after the first week of raiding and Mythic Keystone dungeons, to get a good sense of endgame data. However, there are some outliers which Blizzard will be addressing quite soon to reduce tank damage as well as the AoE burst of Havoc Demon Hunters and Windwalker Monks.
Other posts in today's roundup include 7.1 PTR Dungeon and Raid testing plans, as well as the reasoning why Honor Talents will no longer reset with Prestige in 7.1.
Patch 7.1 PTR Now Live: Build 22578 Mounts, Karazhan Bosses, Music, Complete Revamp of Leveling Abilities
2016/09/14 at 4:26 PM
The PTR has now been updated for Patch 7.1! This patch will feature a new version of Karazhan as a 5-player dungeon, as well as the Trial of Valor raid and a new Suramar questline. More details in our
PAX West liveblog
Leveling abilities have been completely revamped. Abilities are different from 1-10 and you unlock more perks on your core abilities as you level up. Our spell changes,
, and database reflect all of these level changes and higher-level perks. For example,
Cloak of Shadows
is now level 80 up from 58.
now has three ranks; the critical strike perk comes at 16, 2 charges comes at 48.
New Karazhan and Trial of Valor loot is up! Including mounts like
Midnight's Eternal Reins
Raiding with Leashes IV: Wrath of the Lick King
sends you back to your favorite Wrath bosses, including the Lich King for two pets.
New Diablo Anniversary event!
Diablo's 20th Anniversary
As promised, there is a Blood of Sargeras reagent-trading vendor.
This post focuses on the spell changes, achievements, music, and models. In our
second PTR post
we're taking a closer look at all the fun items added in this patch.
Click here for our PTR database!
Leveling Spell Ranks
Mythic Keystones and Dungeons Preview
2016/09/14 at 12:57 PM
s and a new level of dungeon difficulty is unlocking on September 20th. You can prep for them in advance with our
Legion Dungeon Guides
which have detailed information on all abilities.
Blizzard has previewed the system below, here are the highlights:
Keystones allow you to run higher-difficulty versions of Mythic+. You can keep leveling up your keystone by completing the dungeon in a certain timeframe.
At the end of a Mythic Keystone run, players get a chest with two high-quality items, starting at ilvl 845 and going up to 865 for Mythic Level 10.
This will be capped at 850 for week 1: which was new information as of today's post
For the highest level dungeon you clear in one week, you will get a corresponding loot chest in your Class Hall the week after. This chest will contain a keystone and loot; your best dungeon from the week before affects how good the keystone and loot is.
In Mythic+, the mobs have a fixed set of affixes which change every week. This will create group variation--there won't be one set group of specs that is best for every set of affixes
There is no lockout for Mythic+. The amount of keystones is the limiting factor instead. This should allow players towards the later part of the week to have a fair chance finding groups.
Realm First! Keystone Master
is a new feat of strength available in Legion for participating in the realm-first completion of a Level 15 or higher Mythic dungeon within the time limit. A special artifact tint is also unlocked with
Wowhead's Legion Launch Scavenger Hunt
2016/09/13 at 8:29 PM
The Burning Legion is here; it's been two weeks since Legion went live. Now is the chance to show you've researched the Broken Isles and are ready to fight back!
We've teamed up with the
Blizzard Gear Shop
for Legion-themed prizes and a scavenger hunt to remember.
Are you prepared? Grab your
Elixir of Demonslaying
and double-jump around Wowhead's database if you want to win!
The contest begins on September 13, 2016 and ends on September 20th, 2016 at 11:59PM PDT.
Participants will have ten possible chances to enter the drawing.
September 13th Hotfixes
2016/09/13 at 12:21 PM
The latest round of Legion hotfixes are up! Of particular note, Soul Shards now regenerate to 3 while out of combat (up from 1), and the cooldown on
was reduced to 30 seconds.
As discussed in last week's Developer Q&A, warlocks (and Demonology especially) needed to go through several spellcasts in order to generate the Soul Shards required to cast the spells needed for them to operate at peak efficiency. In outdoor gameplay and against packs of enemies in dungeons, this often meant that combat was ending just as the warlock was getting warmed up. Allowing warlocks to begin combat with 3 Soul Shards instead of 1 should let them bring more of their arsenal to bear in shorter encounters.
All The Lore and Text from Artifact Knowledge Tomes
2016/09/12 at 9:50 PM
Members of various Discord communities have been working hard to unearth the remaining missing artifact appearances like
Emanation of the Winds
The Woolomancer's Charge
. To help unearth some more about the Artifacts, we've datamined the complete stories from the Artifact books, which unlock every few days as you increase your Artifact Knowledge level. If you're looking for hints or just want to learn more about the lore behind your artifact, enjoy the read!
Senior VP Chris Metzen to Retire - A Message from Chris Metzen
2016/09/12 at 7:02 PM
announced today that Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development Chris Metzen is retiring from Blizzard Entertainment. Chris Metzen was the creative director on many Blizzard games, most notably on World of Warcraft as well as collaborating on the film released this summer (he even had a small cameo as a
). Most recently he provided
for Thrall and Varian in Legion, and every Winter Veil, you can save his reindeer in
Edit: Added Metzen's own goodbye post.
News Roundup: Recent World Quest Changes, Companion App Bugfixes, Warcraft Movie on DVD and Digital Loot
2016/09/12 at 3:47 PM
Today's news roundup covers a hotfix removing BoE rewards from World Quests, bugfixes for the Legion Companion App, and new digital goodies for the Warcraft Movie DVD.
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