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Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer Resets to Stay as They Are for Now Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer Resets to Stay as They Are for Now This is a pretty weird and very specific one: a lot of people have been resetting the Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer buff you get from killing Onyxia or Nefarian and getting to reuse the heads again. This is being done by a Priest of the opposing faction mind controlling the npc mid-event and then the players who started the event killing him. In case you weren't aware, the heads from the bosses only drop for the first kill and there's a possibility of a shortage on servers, so this technique is very useful. WoW Classic WoW Classic 2 comments Yesterday at 21:07 by Starym
Diablo IV Quarterly Update: February 2020: UI Design, Controller Support, Cannibal Monster Family Diablo IV Quarterly Update: February 2020: UI Design, Controller Support, Cannibal Monster Family The first quarterly update on Diablo IV has arrived with an introduction by Game Director Luis Barriga, Lead UI Designer Angela Del Priore guides us through updates based on post-BlizzCon feedback, controller support on PC, and more. The update is closed by Senior Encounter Designer Candace Thomas who shares a first look at a new set of enemies, the tribes of the Dry Steppes. Diablo IV D4 2 comments Yesterday at 19:14 by Stan
Season 20 Date Announcement Due Soon, Was Supposed to Be Last Week Season 20 Date Announcement Due Soon, Was Supposed to Be Last Week We still don't have a firm date for either the patch 2.6.8 or Season 20 releases, and Nevalistis cleared up why we haven't heard anything on the matter, despite them having said the announcements would be coming last week: Diablo III D3 Feb 25, 2020 at 23:12 by Starym
Nyalotha the Waking City Raid Finder Wing 3 Now Open Ny'alotha the Waking City Raid Finder Wing 3 Now Open Players with item level 410 and above can queue up and enter Gift of Flesh this week to defeat Shad'harDrest’agath, and Il'gynoth in LFR for item level 430 loot. World of Warcraft WoW Feb 25, 2020 at 22:59 by Stan
Second Encrypted Shadowlands Alpha Build Shipped This Week Second Encrypted Shadowlands Alpha Build Shipped This Week Blizzard has shipped a second encrypted Shadowlands Alpha build two days in a row this week and while we are not able to datamine it just yet due to the missing decryption key, it seems Alpha is coming sometime this week. World of Warcraft WoW 4 comments Feb 25, 2020 at 21:19 by Stan
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: February 25th Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: February 25th The free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of February 25. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Feb 25, 2020 at 15:32 by Stan
Patch 8.3 and Classic Hotfixes: February 24th Patch 8.3 and Classic Hotfixes: February 24th Update: the daily quest Coalescing Visions reward increase was actually a typo and it's now been fixed - it is a 30% increase and not a 50% one.

The massive February 24th hotfixes are here, featuring both the class and Horrific Vision tuning, as well as Explosive Orb M+ affix changes, Ny'alotha tuning, and even more Horrific Visions changes. In WoW Classic we have Razorgore only save raids to the instance if he was killed after all the eggs were destroyed.
World of Warcraft WoW 1 comment Feb 25, 2020 at 02:16 by Starym
Warcraft III Version 1.32.2 Patch Notes Warcraft III Version 1.32.2 Patch Notes Blizzard released a new patch for Warcraft III with further tweaks to animations, triggers, cameras for some cutscenes, and various bug fixes. Check out the official patch notes for more details! Warcraft Reforged WC Reforged 6 comments Feb 24, 2020 at 23:12 by Stan
Updates, Specifics for February 25th Horrific Visions Changes Updates, Specifics for February 25th Horrific Visions Changes We have further updates on the Horrific Visions tuning coming tomorrow/Wednesday to go with the class changes, as we have some specifics to check out - from the exact numbers on the Coalescing Visions rewards increases to the Torn Pages required for cloak upgrades. World of Warcraft WoW Feb 24, 2020 at 22:53 by Starym
Class Balance Changes Update: Death Knights and Monks Class Balance Changes Update: Death Knights and Monks We have some changes to the class balancing coming tomorrow and Wednesday, with Windwalkers and Death Knights having some changes reverted and some of the nerfs lessened for PvP: World of Warcraft WoW Feb 24, 2020 at 22:01 by Starym
End of Fall of the Lich King Remastered Cinematic End of Fall of the Lich King Remastered Cinematic We have another remastered WoW cinematic on our hands, this time hand-made and not AI upscaled to boot! The end cinematic of the Icecrown Citadel raid is particularly relevant today, as it not only sets up Bolvar as the new Lich King, but also takes place in the Sylvannas vs. Bolvar arena that sets off Shadowlands. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Feb 24, 2020 at 18:47 by Starym
How Addons Affect Raid Design - A Morgan Day Interview How Addons Affect Raid Design - A Morgan Day Interview The biggest ongoing discussion in a large part of the WoW raiding player base has been whether raids are harder now than they were in the past, with Vanilla and Classic especially coming under fire for seemingly "easy" bosses. Now it's obvious today's boss fights are infinitely more complex, but there's a huge mitigating factor to consider, and that's addons. If you needed more proof for just how important mods are to raiding, the recent World First race win by Complexity Limit came just as they got their own dedicated addon coder, in their partnership with Deadly Boss Mods. Regardless of where you come out on the "raids were harder in era X" discussion, it's very clear addons have completely changed the way raids work, and we now have a look inside how exactly that evolved in a PC Gamer interview with lead game designer Morgan Day. World of Warcraft WoW 6 comments Feb 24, 2020 at 16:56 by Starym
Heroic Darkshore Warfront Available for Horde Players (US) Heroic Darkshore Warfront Available for Horde Players (US) The Battle for Darkshore Warfront is now available on Heroic difficulty for Horde players on US realms, meaning it's time to get your piece of gear that is equivalent to Heroic Ny'alotha loot (item level 460). World of Warcraft WoW Feb 23, 2020 at 14:38 by Stan
Internal Data Usage and Balance Patches Internal Data Usage and Balance Patches Heroes' Live Designer Adam Jackson explains how the team uses internal data for balancing decisions to give players more insight into all the different areas that affect the decision-making process when making changes to a specific Hero. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 3 comments Feb 22, 2020 at 20:52 by Stan
Season 20 Preview: Conquests, Haedrigs Gift Sets, Rewards Season 20 Preview: Conquests, Haedrig's Gift Sets, Rewards In our Season 20 preview, we're looking at Conquests, Haedrig's Gift sets, and rewards. Diablo III D3 7 comments Feb 22, 2020 at 18:32 by Stan
Class Balance Changes: February 25th Class Balance Changes: February 25th Blizzard is working on a set of class changes that will go into effect with the weekly maintenance on February 25 along with the previously-announced Horrific Visions changes. World of Warcraft WoW 8 comments Feb 22, 2020 at 00:27 by Stan
Horrific Visions Changes Coming on February 25 Horrific Visions Changes Coming on February 25 With weekly maintenance on February 25, more Coalescing Visions will start dropping from Assaults and Daily Quests. Blizzard is also removing the (5) inventory cap on Vessel of Horrific Visions, allowing you to cary as many as you like, and up to 4 Torn Pages of "Fear and Flesh" will drop in Horrific Visions on the rank 7-11 Legendary cloak upgrade quests (up from 2). World of Warcraft WoW 3 comments Feb 22, 2020 at 00:06 by Stan
Heroic Darkshore Warfront Available for Alliance Players (EU) Heroic Darkshore Warfront Available for Alliance Players (EU) The Darkshore Warfront is available now on Heroic difficulty for Alliance players, meaning it's time to get your piece of gear that is equivalent to Heroic Ny'alotha loot (item level 460). World of Warcraft WoW 1 comment Feb 21, 2020 at 14:02 by Stan
Weekly Brawl - Lost Cavern: February 21st Weekly Brawl - Lost Cavern: February 21st This week's brawl is Lost Cavern and comes with the usual ARAM rules that include shuffle pick, standard play, and no Hearthstones at spawn. A game is won by destroying the enemy Core. Play three games to earn a New Toy Chest. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Feb 21, 2020 at 11:36 by Stan
Dont Forget to Opt In for Shadowlands Beta Don't Forget to Opt In for Shadowlands Beta The beta opt-in support page has been recently updated and now would be a good time to opt in for Shadowlands Beta if you haven't done that already. World of Warcraft WoW 7 comments Feb 21, 2020 at 11:24 by Stan
Patch 2.6.8 PTR Has Ended, Presumed Season 20 Start Patch 2.6.8 PTR Has Ended, Presumed Season 20 Start The second and final week of patch 2.6.8 / Season 20 testing has ended and the PTR has been taken down. As we know the Season 19 end date is coming in just over a week on March 1st, it seems likely the new patch will arrive a few days later, or on March 3rd, if everything goes the same way 2.6.7 did. Following the same pattern, we should be seeing Season 20 itself 10 days later on March 13th. Hopefully we'll get the final patch and season notes a bit sooner this time around, but meanwhile you can check out the most recent PTR notes here. Diablo III D3 3 comments Feb 21, 2020 at 06:50 by Starym
Patch 8.3 Hotfixes: February 20th Patch 8.3 Hotfixes: February 20th A big batch has arrived after a few smaller ones, with some Monk, Karazhan and Ny'alotha fixes, as well as item tweaks and PvP Servant of N'Zoth issues. World of Warcraft WoW Feb 21, 2020 at 02:26 by Starym
Era Reset Coming With Pre-Season 20 Patch 2.6.8 Era Reset Coming With Pre-Season 20 Patch 2.6.8 We're getting another Era reset with the new patch, as Nevalistis pointed out, which means the non-seasonal leaderboards are getting a wipe as well! This is very close to the last era reset which happened with patch 2.6.7 aka Season 19, and is a much shorter duration than the usual year-ish period they tend to last. Apparently the reasoning behind it is the big balance changes coming.

We still don't have exact dates for the patch or the Season, with a high probability of a week in-between them as well, but we do know last season started 12 days after the one before it ended.
Diablo III D3 1 comment Feb 20, 2020 at 07:48 by Starym
Encrypted Shadowlands Alpha Build 9.0.1.33411 Encrypted Shadowlands Alpha Build 9.0.1.33411 Blizzard has shipped an encrypted build for Shadowlands Alpha, meaning it cannot be datamined just yet, but we're getting really close to the F&F Alpha announcement.  World of Warcraft WoW Feb 20, 2020 at 03:10 by Stan
Patch 8.3 Hotfixes: February 19th Patch 8.3 Hotfixes: February 19th We've had small hotfixes before, but these may just be a contender for shortest ever! World of Warcraft WoW 1 comment Feb 20, 2020 at 01:33 by Starym
WoW Shadowlands Alpha Added to Battle.net Catalog WoW Shadowlands Alpha Added to Battle.net Catalog We have some news on the much awaited Shadowlands alpha, as MMO Champion have noticed it's actually been added in the latest Battle.net catalog update! It's an encrypted build, however, so there won't be any datamining quite yet and it's most likely just some set up for when the actual Alpha starts, but it's definitely pointing in the "soon" direction! World of Warcraft WoW Feb 20, 2020 at 01:28 by Starym
Nyalotha Mythic WF Race, Conclusion: Top 10, NZoth Nerf, Limit Tank Goes to Method, Asia Upset and More Ny'alotha Mythic WF Race, Conclusion: Top 10, N'Zoth Nerf, Limit Tank Goes to Method, Asia Upset and More The race for the top spots is done, even though there are plenty more guilds progressing on N'Zoth. The biggest news since we last checked in was that both the Corruption affixes and N'Zoth himself were nerfed, and according to the top guilds, when you add both nerfs together N'Zoth got a bit easier. He received a 5% overall nerf and the Thought Harvesters did as well, while the Corruption effect (mainly Echoing Void) nerfs only accounted for around 2-3% of Limit and Method's total damage, and that number significantly drops off for lower ranked guilds, as they won't have had as good gear (with the possible exception of some Asian guilds). World of Warcraft WoW Feb 19, 2020 at 19:40 by Starym
WoW Classic Not a Bug List Update: February 19th WoW Classic "Not a Bug" List Update: February 19th Blizzard has updated the Classic "Not a Bug" List with a new entry related to Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker that has become available after Blackwing Lair opened, and it turns out the weapon quest line can be completed and the weapon equipped by any class that can wield Swords. WoW Classic WoW Classic 2 comments Feb 19, 2020 at 19:03 by Stan
Heroic Deals: February 18th Heroic Deals: February 18th The Lucky Red Envelope mount is no longer on sale and we have a new set of three Heroes available for purchase for 375 Gems in this week's sale. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Feb 19, 2020 at 10:15 by Stan
Patch 8.3 and Classic Hotfixes: February 18th Patch 8.3 and Classic Hotfixes: February 18th We have another short batch, featuring the N'Zoth and Jaina mounts finally dropping in pairs with resets after some issues last week, as well as Rajani and Uldum Accord paragon caches being turn-inable once more, and a quest fix and Classic getting a tweak that improves performance of a mod. World of Warcraft WoW 1 comment Feb 19, 2020 at 02:13 by Starym
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