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wow Warcraft Recap: WoD Alpha Patch Notes Update, Legendary Buff, Midsummer Fire Festival + More!

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New Legendary Cloak Quest buff, Alpha patch notes, hotfixes and more!

This week has seen quite a few new updates in the World of Warcraft! The Warlords of Draenor Alpha patch notes have been updated with a few more class changes, including those previously absent for Monk and Warrior classes (no Warlock changes yet, sorry). Speaking of the Alpha, Blizzard has also previewed the upcoming Shadowmoon Valley zone with a great interview with one of the zone's lead developers (along with some fancy screenshots). There's also a small handful of hotfixes, including a change to the Bloody Coins, which are now a guaranteed drop from level 90 players.

If you're looking for something to do in-game (did you get all of the toys yet?), Blizzard has implemented a temporary buff (lasting until June 30) that increases reputation gain for the Black Prince by 100% and also increases the drop rate of all of the Legendary Cloak quest items. Of course, you will still have only a limited number of opportunities for these drops each week, but the buff should hopefully help some unluckier players complete their Legandary Cloaks! You can check out our awesome Legendary Cloak Quest Guide for more assistance! Tonight also marks the start of this year's Midsummer Fire Festival world event, which gives players the opportunity to earn achievements, companion pets and fancy items, along with a great experience buff! Unfortunately, the event has not been changed from the previous year. Be sure to check out our Midsummer Fire Festival Guide if you'll be taking part in the festivities. Read on for the full details of this week's World of Warcraft news!


Additional Updates to Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes

There have been additional changes and additions made to the Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes since last week's major update. This week's update the anticipated Monk and Warrior updates, which includes ability pruning for these classes. Blizzard has noted that there are still pending changes for Arms warriors, and (of course) the Warlock changes have not yet been added. We will likely see another update within the next few weeks. Major changes noted in this latest update include:
  • All Mistweaver Monk abilities now have 1.5 global cooldown (up from 1).
  • The following Monk abilities have been removed: Muscle Memory, Serpent's Zeal, Vital Mists.
  • Many Warrior abilities have been seen changes to specialization requirements.
  • The following Warrior abilities have been removed: Blood and Thunder, Slam, Sudden Death, Unbridled Wrath.

Our friends at MMO-Champion have posted a patch notes excerpt which includes only the changed/updated notes, while the full updated patch notes are available on the World of Warcraft website.


The Gaze of the Black Prince Buff Implemented

Following the recent Heart of the Valorous buff, Blizzard have implemented another temporary buff for players, inv_legendary_theblackprince.jpgGaze of the Black Prince. This buff is active from Tuesday, June 17 until Monday, June 30 and intends to make the process of obtaining the Black Prince's Legendary Cloak easier. The buff increases reputation gain with the Black Prince by 100%. The buff also increases the drop chance of all Legendary Cloak quest items, including secrets_of_the_empire_icon.jpgSecrets of the Empire, inv_legendary_sigilofwisdom.jpgSigil of Wisdom, inv_legendary_sigilofpower.jpgSigil of Power, and inv_titan_runestones_icon.jpgTitan Runestone. Of course, you will only have so many chances to get these items (once per boss in LFR and once in any other difficulty for the Sigils, and only once per boss total for the Secrets of the Empire and Titan Runestones)! Good luck!


Latest 5.4.8 Hotfixes - June 17

The latest batch of 5.4.8 Hotfixes includes an update to the last week's Bloody Coin changes. They've also made a few bugfixes to issues occurring with the Shop item inv_misc_steel_hitching_post2.jpgNightmarish Hitching Post.

Blizzard Icon 5.4.8 Hotfixes - June 17

June 17

  • NPC vendors selling Tier-16 armor pieces now have significantly more health.


  • Fire-Watcher's Oath: Players transformed into an Ordon Fire-Watcher now have a 100% chance to gain Bloody Coins on killing-blows against level-90 characters. Note that there's still a short internal-cooldown on earning Bloody Coins.
  • Nightmarish Hitching Post is now usable in Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where the Nightmarish Reins buff could cause players on a flight path to travel slowly.
  • Resolved an issue where players may receive duplicate letters in-game for purchases made on the store.


Midsummer Fire Festival Starts Tonight (6/21)

The Midsummer Fire Festival world event begins tonight! This event requires travelling all across the world to visit different burning bonfires. Participation in event quests will reward inv_summerfest_fireflower.jpgBurning Blossom, which can be spent on companion pets and fun items. This event also includes a stacking experience buff which can be earned by "ribbon dancing" at poles found near the bonfires. This buff can provide up to an hour of 10% additional experience gain! Max-level players can challenge the Ahune, the Frost Lord, by using the Dungeon Finder. The Frost Lord drops level 480 capes, and his loot bag has a chance to drop the Frigid Frostling companion pet as well as the amazing transmog weapon inv_staff_78.jpgFrostscythe of Lord Ahune!


Warlords of Draenor Zone Preview: Shadowmoon Valley

Blizzard have posted a new Warlords of Draenor zone preview, spotlighting Shadowmoon Valley! This zone serves as the starting zone for Alliance players. The zone is tranquil and seren and features stunning Draenei architecture, rolling hills and beautiful violet forests. No Black Temple curses the landscape, which instead features the beautiful and uncorrupt Temple of Karabor in all of its glory. Check out Blizzard's latest Warlords of Draenor zone preview!


MMO-Champion Previews Upcoming Tier 17 Armor Sets

Our friends over at MMO-Champion have posted previews of upcoming Warlords of Draenor Tier 17 armor sets. So far, previews are available for the Druid (Mythic), Warlock (Mythic), Priest and Hunter. They've also got Rogue and Paladin Season 16 gear posted for preview. It's likely we'll see a post soon spotlighting all of the revealed Tier 17 sets!


WoD Character Viewer Updated

Blizzard has updated their 3D character model viewer to also include the updated Female Orc model! You can new view Male and Female Orc, Male and Female Dwarf, Male Tauren and Male and Female Gnome models. Blizzard has revealed details of updated Female Night Elf and Draenei models, but these are not available at this time. We've also seen a few reveals of new textures for Undead Males and Females, so hopefully we'll see a few new models in the coming weeks! Our friends over at MMO-Champion have been keeping the Alpha version of WoWDB updated as well, so you can use their 3D Model Viewer to check out the new model animations and try on armor! Looking forward to finding out how awesome you're going to look? Check it out!

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Of course, you will only have so many chances to get these items (once per boss in LFR and once in any other difficulty)! Good luck!

Are you saying that we have a chance to get the quest items from LFR and killing the boss on Normal or am I completely misreading this?

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Are you saying that we have a chance to get the quest items from LFR and killing the boss on Normal or am I completely misreading this?

Sigils of Power and Wisdom DO give you multiple chances, 1 each boss from LFR and 1 each boss from Normal/Heroic.


Secrets of the Empire and Titan Runestones do NOT offer that chance though, and will still only offer a chance once per boss per week, no matter the difficulty.

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Sigils of Power and Wisdom DO give you multiple chances, 1 each boss from LFR and 1 each boss from Normal/Heroic.


Secrets of the Empire and Titan Runestones do NOT offer that chance though, and will still only offer a chance once per boss per week, no matter the difficulty.

Sorry for the lack of clarification! I've updated the original article so there won't be any confusion. Good luck with the drops!

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