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    • By Stan
      Here are all the Mage changes implemented in the War Within Alpha this week.
      Mage
      Deep Impact- Meteor's damage is increased by 20% but is now split evenly between all enemies hit. Meteor now turns one target hit into a Living Bomb. Additionally, its cooldown is reduced by 15 sec. Time Loop- When you gain apply a stack of Arcane Battery Debilitation, you have a small 10% chance to gain apply another stack of Arcane Battery Debilitation. This effect can trigger off of itself. Sunfury Execution- Searing Touch damage bonus threshold increased to 35%. Searing Touch Scorch deals 175% increased damage and is guaranteed to Critical Strike when the target is below 30% health. Scorch's critical strike threshold is increased to 35%. Scorch Scorches an enemy for [ 24.4% of Spell Power ] Fire damage. Scorch is a guaranteed critical strike and increases your movement speed by 30% for 3 sec when cast on a target below 30% health. Castable while moving. Siphon Storm- Evocation grants 1 Arcane Charge, channels 50% faster and while channeling Evocation, your Intellect is increased by 2% every 0.5 sec. Lasts 30 20 sec. From the Ashes- Increases Mastery by 2% for each charge of Phoenix Flames on cooldown and your direct-damage critical strikes reduce its cooldown by 1 sec. Your direct-damage spells to targets affected by Charring Embers reduce the cooldown of Phoenix Flames by 1 sec Leydrinker- Consuming Every 5 times you consume Nether Precision, your next Arcane Blast echoes, repeating its damage at 25% effectiveness to the primary target and up to two nearby enemies. Consuming Nether Precision has a 15% chance to make your next Arcane Blast or Arcane Barrage echo, repeating its damage at 25% effectiveness to the primary target and up to four nearby enemies Flame Accelerant- Every 12 seconds, your next non-instant Fireball, Flamestrike, or Pyroblast has a 40% reduced cast time. Aether Attunement- Consuming Clearcasting has a 15% chance to grant When you gain 4 stacks of Arcane Battery, consume all stacks of Arcane Battery and gain Aether Attunement. Aether Attunement : Your next Arcane Missiles deals 150% increased damage to your primary target and fires at up to 4 nearby enemies dealing 100% increased damage. Frostfire Mastery- Your damaging Fire spells generate 1 stack of Fire Mastery and Frost spells generate 1 stack of Frost Mastery. Fire Mastery increases your haste is increased by 1%, and Frost Mastery increases your Mastery by 1% for 12 sec, stacking up to 8 times each. Adding stacks does not refresh duration. Arcane Battery- Consuming Clearcasting grants increased spell damage. 1% for 30 sec, stacking up to 4%.  Damaging a target with Arcane Missiles increases the damage they take from Arcane Missiles, Arcane Barrage, and Arcane Blast by 0.0%. Wizened Wit- The cast time of Arcane Blast is reduced by 10% 5%. Charring Embers- Phoenix Flames applies Charring Embers to all enemies it damages, increasing their damage taken from you by 6% 4% for 14 sec. Phoenix Reborn- When your direct damage spells hit an enemy affected by Charring Embers 20 times the damage of your next 2 Phoenix Flames is increased by 200% and they refund a charge on use. Nether Munitions- When your Magi's Spark or your Improved Touch of the Magi detonates, it increases the damage all affected targets take from you by 8% 6% for 12 sec. Quickflame- Flamestrike damage increased by 25%. 20%. Energized Familiar- During Arcane Surge Time Warp or other similar effects, your Familiar fires 4 bolts instead of 1. Damage from your Arcane Familiar has a small chance to grant you up to 2% of your maximum mana. Call of the Sun King- Phoenix Flames Phoenix Flames deals 15% increased damage. Pheonix Flames deals 15% increased damage and gains 1 additional charge. Surging Urge (New)- Arcane Surge damage increased by 5% per Arcane Charge.
    • By Stan
      Blizzard's recent cloak nerf in MoP Remix has stirred up the community, particularly affecting extreme frog farmers. But how did this change impact both frog farmers and regular players?
      The infamous frog farm in MoP Remix gave players a huge power boost by farming threads, creating a significant advantage over others. Blizzard quickly moved to nerf this, but just last night, they rolled out a hotfix targeting not only the extreme frog farmers but also affecting regular players.
      Last night, Blizzard reduced the stats on cloaks for those identified as extreme frog farmers. All stats were adjusted to +2500, except for Stamina, which was set to +25,000 for these players.
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      Interestingly, the rollback also affected players who never engaged in these farming activities, with some being caught in the crossfire.
      For those who did not participate in any farm, Blizzard introduced three quests they could complete granting their Level 70 Timewalker up to 40,000 Bronze. Even so, we hear reports of players farming frogs for about 30 minutes and still avoiding Blizzard's frog lord tag, being able to pick up the quest, and conversely, players that didn't farm frogs but couldn't pick up the quests for 40,000 Bronze that had their cloaks nerfed.
      What's really happening?
      Friday's hotfix seems to have targeted players with cloak stats above a specific threshold. This led to some players being flagged and their cloaks reverted, regardless of whether they participated in the frog farms or not.
      The situation remains fluid, and players are eagerly awaiting further updates from Blizzard to address these inconsistencies.
      Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
    • By Staff
      A small number of frog farmers that received an extreme advantage that has distorted gameplay in MoP remix will have their cloak power reverted, according to Blizzard. The rest will receive 40K Bronze!
      For players that didn't take advantage of frog farming, Blizzard is providing 3 additional quests with large Bronze rewards for reaching levels 50, 60, and 70. The quests will be available from Momentus the item upgrade at the Jade Forest infinite Bazaar. The quests provide characters a total of 40K Bronze. 
      (Source)
      We have been monitoring the impact of the Gulp Frog farming that some players did during the first three days of WoW Remix. We’ve also been working on ways to respond to player feedback about Bronze acquisition, increased difficulty at higher levels, and feeling too far behind those who took advantage of the frogs.
      A small number of players received an extreme advantage that has distorted the gameplay experience for some in WoW Remix. With hotfixes later today, May 24, we will adjust characters with an unreasonably large number of Gulp Frog kills prior to the loot bug fix, and those players will see the power of their Cloak of Infinite Potential reduced to an amount that a very engaged player could reasonably achieve. This change will have a larger impact on players who took advantage of the situation for longer.
      For everyone that did not take advantage of the frog farming, we’re providing three additional quests with large Bronze rewards for reaching levels 50, 60, and 70. These quests will become available from Momentus the item upgrader at the Jade Forest Infinite Bazaar. These milestone quests will grant characters an additional 3,000, 7,000, and 30,000 Bronze, respectively. Level 70 Timerunners will be able to complete all three quests immediately for 40,000 additional Bronze when this change takes effect. Characters that killed an unreasonably large number of Gulp Frogs will not be eligible for these quests.
      We believe these milestone quests and the additional Bronze they grant will make playing Remix more rewarding for primary and secondary characters for the duration of the event. Players may choose to use this Bronze to upgrade their gear or purchase cosmetic rewards at the Infinite Bazaar, depending on their personal goals for that character. These milestone quests will be available for all Timerunning characters that are leveled up for the duration of the event.
      We will continue to monitor the gameplay landscape of Remix and make improvements as needed. Thank you for your feedback!
    • By Stan
      Check out the Evoker changes from this week's War Within Alpha build!
      Evoker
      Expanded Lungs- Fire Breath's damage over time is increased by 20%. 15%. Dream Breath's heal over time is increased by 20% 15%. Fan the Flames- Casting Engulf reignites all active Enkindles increasing their remaining damage or healing over time by 100% Enkindle, extending its duration by 100%. Everburning Flame- Fire Breath causes enemies to take 20% increased damage from your Red spells. Red spells extend the duration of your Fire Breath's damage over time by 1 sec. Instability Matrix- Each time you cast an empower spell, unstable time magic reduces its cooldown by up to 10 6 sec. Energy Loop- Disintegrate deals 20% 35% more damage and generates 0 mana over its duration. Consume Flame- Engulf consumes 8 4 sec of Fire Breath from the target, detonating it and damaging all nearby targets equal to 200% 300% of the amount consumed, reduced beyond 5 targets. Lifecinders- Renewing Blaze also applies to 1 your target or 1 nearby injured allies when cast. Feed the Flames- After casting 9 Pyres, your next Pyre will explode into a Firestorm Pyre and Disintegrate deal 20% increased damage to enemies within your Firestorm. Snapfire- Living Flame has a 15% chance to reset the cooldown of Firestorm, andmake your next one instant cast, and deal 100% increased damage. Pyre has a 15% chance to cause your next Firestorm to be instantly cast without triggering its cooldown, and deal 100% increased damage. Imminent Destruction- Deep Breath reduces the Essence costs of Disintegrate and Pyre by 1 and increases their damage by 10% for 10 12 sec after you land. Traveling Flame- Engulf causes increases the duration of Fire Breath by 8 sec and causes it to spread to a nearby target. If no valid targets are present, its duration is refreshed. Chrono Flame- Living Flame is enhanced with Bronze magic, repeating 15% of the damage or healing you dealt to the target in the last 5 sec as Arcane, up to [ 200% 250% of Spell Power ]. Firestorm- An explosion bombards the target area with white-hot embers, dealing [ 231.8% 198.72% of Spell Power ] Fire damage to enemies over 12 sec.
    • By Staff
      Catch up on the latest WoW news from the past week!
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      Catch up on all the latest World of Warcraft news from the last week!
      Cataclysm Classic Now Live!
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      Cataclysm Classic PvP Season 9 Goes Live May 28
      Engage in an all new PvP season beginning with weekly resets. Gather your team to take on the challenge of Rated Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds and earn Conquest points to spend on new and more powerful PvP gear.
      Season 9 also brings with it two new battlegrounds, Battle for Gilneas and Twin Peaks, and sets the stage for a dynamic PvP experience.
      New Raid Dungeons: The Battle Begins May 30
      Beginning on May 30 at 3:00 pm PDT globally, level 85 players will be able to take their first steps into three raid dungeons: The Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds.
      The Bastion of Twilight The Bastion of Twilight stands as a dark symbol of the Old Gods’ burgeoning power on Azeroth. Various branches of the Twilight’s Hammer dwell deep beneath the towering form— considered the cult’s foremost command center— along with their twisted leader, Cho’gall. There he, and his servants, conspire to bring the Old Gods’ apocalyptic visions to fruition by bleeding Azeroth of all sanity, hope, and life.
      Zone: Twilight Highlands
      Difficulty: (10) Normal, (10) Heroic, (25) Normal, (25) Heroic
      Bosses: 4 (5 on Heroic difficulty)
      Halfus Wyrmbreaker: Imbued with unnatural power and stamina by Cho’gall the ettin Halfus Wyrmbreaker captures dragons for use as fodder in the Twilight’s Hammer’s rituals. To this end, he has enslaved a behemoth proto-dragon to aid him in hunting down his winged prey. Theralion and Valiona: Magically aged to adulthood, Valiona and Theralion were to be paragons among a new clutch of twilight dragons, leading their brood in scouring Azeroth of life. Instead, they waste their incredible powers constantly bickering and fighting each other. Ascendant Council: As the most powerful Twilight’s Hammer cultists to be twisted into elemental beings, the Ascendant Council members have long forgotten their existence as mere mortals. From their wicked sanctum they oversee the selection of new ascension candidates. Cho’gall: Under Cho’gall’s control, the orcish Twilight’s Hammer clan was transformed into a murderous cult obsessed with the Old Gods and their herald, Deathwing. Extended contact with his dark master has hideously warped both Cho’gall’s mind and body. Sinestra (on Heroic difficulty only):  Originally Deathwing's prime consort, Sinestra created the first twilight dragons, but was later obliterated by one of her terrifying creations. Now a ravaged husk reanimated by insidious magic, Sinestra oversees the creation of new twilight clutches. Blackwing Descent Nefarian and his warped attempts to create a new breed of dragon were thought to be defeated after his death in Blackwing Lair. Yet tales have emerged that his father, Deathwing, has reanimated Nefarian and set him to work in Blackwing Descent. The gruesome experiments being conducted there are feared to be on a level of wickedness far surpassing Nefarian’s previous crimes against nature.
      Zone: Burning Steppes
      Difficulty: (10) Normal, (10) Heroic, (25) Normal, (25) Heroic
      Bosses: 6
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      Zone: Uldum
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      Bosses: 2
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