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7.8.0 Patch Notes, Classic B.net, Textual BlizzCon

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It's that time of year again, when Blizzard spill a lot of their secrets for no apparent reason, giving us a REALLY deep look into what's coming next. One thing we can say for sure, all these leaks/announcements are definitely real and definitely not a joke. First off we have a very careless post on the forums with the WoW 7.8.0 Alpha patch notes, confirming Legion is going to be a looooong expansion. Also, apparently we're still trying to kill Kil'jaeden in 7.8, how many Sunwells can a demon walk out of?! Trigger warning: the section on legendaries is far too close to reality for comfort.

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**ALPHA DRAFT** WoW 7.8.0 Patch Notes (DO NOT PUBLISH)

[[Note to community team: when you write the intro paragraph for this, include some flavor text about Mecha-Arthas, and maybe do some foreshadowing about an upcoming conflict with Vol'jin Prime.]]

New & Updated Features

New Zone: The Underneath

  • Very strange things are happening in Duskwood, and it's up to you to investigate the disappearance of a local boy.
  • Team up with an all-star cast of heroes, including a mysterious girl, several of the boy's friends, and the boy's mother (as portrayed by the wonderfully talented Onona Windrider).
  • The story plays out in eight chapters, which you can experience at your own pace, but we know you're just going to binge them all weekend anyway.
     

Story and World

  • Corrected an issue causing Dadgar's name to incorrectly be presented as "Khadgar."
  • The Armies of Legionfall have been successful in their mission to defeat the Burning Legion. Azeroth is finally safe, from all enemies, forever. Now's a good time to brush up on your general chat skills.
  • To better express the core story of the Legion expansion, all World Quests will now include harpies shouting at you about whatever it is you're doing.
  • Increased the damage dealt by lava and similar environmental hazards to be juuuuust enough to kill you before you can jump out.
     

Raids

  • Players must now have the achievement "Ahead of the Curve: Kil'jaeden" in order to zone into the Tomb of Sargeras raid.
  • Developers' notes: We've heard extensive feedback from players about the inconvenience of manually screening group applicants based on their achievements. We hope that by automating and enforcing these requirements on our end, we can streamline the process, so that players can more quickly organize raid groups and begin working towards their ultimate goal of defeating Kil'jaeden.
  • Additionally, players will not be able to enter any raid instance without having first completed the Maw of Souls dungeon at least 500 times on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
  • Mythic difficulty raids have been retuned around a new group size of 21.2 players. We feel that the extra 1.2 players will allow an extra layer of depth that we could not have achieved with round integer values.
  • We're pleased to announce that the award for Best Opera Performance goes to... Westfall Story!
  • Portals to Dalaran have been added to each room in the Tomb of Sargeras raid. This should make changing talents much more convenient for those of you who are still too cheap to buy Tomes of the Tranquil Mind.
  • [[Hey, encounter designers: have we adjusted Onyxia's Deep Breath ability lately? Can someone check?]]
  • We've introduced the rest of Withered J'im's family to the World Boss rotation, including Withered J'ane, Withered J'ethro, and Withered J'steve.
  • I'm sorry, no... there's a mistake. Wikket, you guys won Best Opera Performance.
  • Added a series of achievements unique to Raid Finder difficulty:
    • Developers' notes: Not all players are motivated by powerful set bonuses and striking armor sets. Some want the lasting prestige of achievements, and while we offer countless achievements that are specific to other difficulties, there have never been achievements that are only available through Raid Finder. That ends here.
    • Raid Finder: Darkbough - Defeat Il'gynoth without ever accidentally damaging his Eye with a Nightmare Ichor's explosion.
    • Raid Finder: Tormented Guardians – Defeat Cenarius without engaging any of the hostile creatures in the corrupted Moonglade.
    • Raid Finder: Rift of Aln – During the Xavius encounter, loot at least two Legendary items from the Overflowing Loot Chests hidden in the mists of the Rift.
    • Raid Finder: Arcing Aqueducts – Defeat at least 1000 Crystalline Scorpids before defeating Skorpyron.
    • Raid Finder: Royal Athenaeum – Stun 24 other players with one explosion from Arcanic Release.
    • Raid Finder: Nightspire – Defeat Tichondrius after having dealt more total damage to Tainted Bloods than to Tichondrius himself.
    • Raid Finder: Betrayer's Rise – Successfully avoid being caught in any of those scary-looking pink bubbles that pop up.
  • After careful consideration, Odyn has admitted that beating his champions nearly to death immediately before sending them to battle in Helheim was perhaps not the wisest course of action. As such, the Odyn encounter in Trial of Valor has been replaced with a written exam.
     

Dungeons

  • We're thrilled at the positive response we've seen regarding the Mythic+ system in Legion. We're expanding on that general concept with the following game modes:
    • Mythic -
    • Mythic ×
    • Mythic ÷
    • (Mythic - x) = (22 + y) ÷ 7. Solve for Mythic.
  • Added several new Mythic Keystone affixes:
    • Flocking: Your party will be periodically attacked by Seagulls, which will immediately stun the tank and kill the healer.
    • Organic: Has no noticeable effect on the dungeon itself, but it's probably a lot healthier.
    • Squeamish: Every time an enemy dies, all players will be totally grossed out and have to look away for a minute to catch their breath.
    • Forgetful: We don't actually remember what this one does, sorry.
  • Corrected an issue that would cause the Grand Challenger's Bounty cache to occasionally give you an item for a slot where you weren't already wearing a Legendary.
  • It's the Eye of Azshara. It's the thrill of the fight.
  • The Ready Check feature has been updated to be more consistent with the overall theme of Legion.
    • When prompted, players will now be asked if they are prepared.
    • They may then choose to respond with either "I am prepared" or "I am not prepared."
       

Holidays

  • To help further express the overall vision for Micro-Holidays as fun, low-impact events, we've added some new categories, including Mini-Holidays, Nano-Holidays, Smallidays, and Un-Holidays.
  • Winter Veil has been cancelled this year. You know what you did.
  • A new Micro-Holiday has been added: Create Your Own Holiday Day.
    • This new Micro-Holiday allows you the freedom to celebrate anything you can imagine!
    • As soon as you log in, you'll notice a clean slate available to you – no holiday NPCs, no decorations, nothing to stand in the way of you and your imagination.
    • Gather your friends, and celebrate! Or don't! Use this non-Holiday Holiday to do whatever you like.
       

Artifact Weapons

  • New interface option: Use scientific notation for displaying Artifact Power costs for Artifact Traits.
    • Developer's note: You're going to need this.
  • Artifact Knowledge can now be researched to 9000. We're not sure what will happen to Artifact Power levels if that gets any higher.
  • Someone pointed out that the words "Artifact" and "Relic" mean basically the same thing, so we've simplified these two systems. You can now put Artifacts in your Artifacts.
  • New mechanic: Artifact Talents
    • In addition to your Talents, Honor Talents and Artifact Traits, you can now choose among several Artifact Talents.
    • [[What do these actually do?]]
  • We've been seeing a lot of feedback from some players who are concerned that they won't be able to earn every Artifact Appearance available to them, particularly on their alternate characters. To correct this issue, you can now earn infinite Artifact Appearances.
     

Changes

Legendary Items

  • Your base chance to receive a Legendary has been increased by 30%, but your luck now increases at a 50% slower rate. We're pretty sure this is better but we're honestly just guessing at this point.
  • We've made several other improvements to the Bad Luck Protection system. As such, it has been renamed "Mediocre Luck Protection."
  • We've added a chance for Legendaries to drop when performing the following activities:
    • Fishing
    • Taking flight paths
    • Dancing on a mailbox while AFK
    • Asking Dadgar about the future
    • Nomi
  • As part of our continued efforts to balance Legendary items, they can no longer be repaired. This way, we're pretty sure it'll just work itself out eventually.
  • Many commonly-used addons have been reclassified as Legendary. You may only use two of these addons at any time.
  • We've thoroughly interrogated Sephuz, but he just won't break. We remain confident that we can one day learn his Secret.
  • Cord of Infinity has been redesigned again. It now grants Mage Armor a new, unique icon.
  • Anger of the Half-Giants is very sorry and didn't mean what it said about you. Anger of the Half-Giants is just going through some tough times right now and is having trouble controlling its temper.
  • In addition to its current effects, Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus will now invite you over for dinner more regularly and send you polite text messages every few hours asking how you're doing. Please, it just wants you to like it.
  • [[Note to designers: How have we not made a Legendary S.E.L.F.I.E. Cam yet? Or did we do that already? We may have done that already.]]
     

Professions

  • Some players reported that Nomi's research was occasionally granting recipes. We were unable to reproduce this behavior internally, but believe we've fixed the issue causing it to happen. Please continue to report this clearly unintended behavior if it should continue.
  • As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce unnecessary complexity, Herbalists have been given an ability that just creates gold.
  • The recipe for Frost Oil no longer requires Dadgar's Whiskers.
  • The recipe for Azsuna Frittata has been removed from the game.
    • Developer's Note: While we still believe in the core philosophy behind Azsuna Frittata, it wasn't exactly problem-free, and as the initial craze has now passed, we feel removing it is the right choice.
  • Posting auctions of tradeskill materials in stack sizes of 1 now has a chance to delete a Legendary item. If you have no Legendary items, it will delete your character instead.
  • No changes have been made to Prairie Dogs.
     

PvP

  • With the release of Patch 7.8.0, Legion Season 1 titles will be redistributed once again for the last time we totally swear.
  • By popular request, PvP vendors have been added. Head to your nearest capital city if you would like to purchase some PvP.
  • Several new PvP Brawls have been added:
    • Arathi Bluster: It's your favorite point-capture map, but with the Violent Winds effect from Eye of Azshara active. Don't get blown away!
    • Eye of the Volcano: We've taken the gameplay you know and love from Eye of the Storm and placed it in the center of an active volcano. Hope your lava jumping skills are up to scratch!
    • Warsong Belch: Available only during Brewfest, you'll rise to the challenge of capturing the flag while all players are forcibly inebriated!
    • Strand of the Really Ancients: Travel back in time to an era before engineered weapons and break through those huge doors with just your bare fists. Hey, you wanted longer battlegrounds!
  • Implemented a new feature that automatically adjusts PvP stat templates for a given spec whenever a popular streamer complains about it on Twitter.
     

Classes

  • [[Community team: remember to go through this list and randomly remove a few changes before you post this.]]

Death Knight

  • We've heard some concerns from the Death Knight community about the location of their Order Hall, and a general desire for a change of scenery. As such, Acherus has been relocated to Silithus.
  • Several Death Knight talents have been retuned:
    • Will of the Necropolis now has a 35% chance to activate. It been renamed to Might of the Necropolis.
    • Abomination's Might now has a 50% reduced chance to activate. It has been renamed to Abomination's Maybe.
    • All Will Serve now only has a 30% chance to summon an additional minion, and has an additional 20% chance to summon no minions at all. It has been renamed to Some Could Possibly Serve, If They Feel Like It.
  • Wraith Walk's tooltip has been updated:
    • It now reads, "Causes the Death Knight to immediately become inextricably lodged within the nearest crack or crevice between them and their target."
    • Functionality unchanged.
  • Death Grip can now be recast within 10 seconds to put that thing back where it came from, or so help me...
  • Rime has been removed, for reasons.
  • Glacial Advance has been updated to advance even faster than scientists previously predicted.
  • Breath of Sindragosa now makes you suffer as your pathetic magic betrays you.
     

Demon Hunter

  • We've automated the character naming process to get players interested in trying the Demon Hunter in-game quicker. You'll automatically be given a traditional Demon Hunter name, such as "Skillidan" "Chillidan" or "Ìllïdåñ"
  • We've expanded the Demon Hunter ability set to include several other iconic Demon Hunter abilities, including:
    • Drain Soul
    • Chaos Bolt
    • Soulstone
    • Ritual of Summoning
    • Unending Breath
  • We're happy to announce an expanded version of Fel Rush! We hope you enjoy Fel Rush The Rock: Arcatraz Edition.
  • New Talent: The Floor Is Lava:
    • You may now jump continually in the air. In fact, you have to. Touching the ground will result in immediate, painful death.
  • Last Resort will no longer incorrectly cut the Demon Hunter's life into pieces.
  • The inventor of Demon Hunters' Sigils has declared, long after the fact, that they're actually supposed to be called "siggils". Please stop saying "sijil" with the soft "g". Seriously -- this drives some people crazy and they're going to correct you for the rest of your life.
  • All character customization features, such as Transmogrification and the Barber Shop, have been disabled for Demon Hunters. It's not like you can actually see what you look like through those ridiculous blindfolds, anyway.
  • The Honor Talent "Awaken the Demon Within" has been removed. The Demon Within is already pretty woke.
     

Druid

  • Guardian Druids are now immune to damage.
  • Balance Druids have had their primary resource redesigned once again, with a different take on the Balance Bar system used in Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor:
    • This new and improved version of the Balance Bar is instead called the Balance Beam.
    • The Balance Beam uses motion controls, along with a specially-designed peripheral, to determine the Druid's efficiency based on their gymnastic performance.
    • As you spin and twirl around the Balance Beam, a team of judges will grade your performance. The higher your score, the more damage you deal.
    • Balance Druids looking for an additional challenge may choose the "Uneven Bars" talent.
  • Worgen Balance Druids can no longer cast Full Moon, because of what happened last time.
  • As Infected Wounds no longer reduce the enemy's healing taken, we've also removed the effect that caused them to crawl within the enemy's skin.
  • All Druids can once again cast Cyclone, but only on other Druids.
  • Moment of Clarity now causes Feral Druids to be mentally taken out of the fight. It's like everything just totally made sense, man.
  • Savage Roar is now 15% more savage.
     

Hunter

  • To avoid confusion with Demon Hunters, the Hunter class has been renamed to "Shooty Stabby Outdoorsy Types."
  • Hati had puppies! You can attempt to control them like other pets, but there's a good chance they'll just chew on your furniture instead.
  • New glyph added for A Murder of Crows: A Whole Lot of Pepes
  • Ducks may now be tamed as pets.
  • New Ability: Aspect of the Chupacabra:
    • Causes you to transform into some kind of dog-lizard and attack nearby livestock.
    • Cannot be used while the Hunter has a goat pet active, to prevent mishaps.
    • Gives you... a bonus to... cacti? Or something?
    • [[To be honest, I'm not even sure what a chupa-thingy is, I just like the name. It's got a ring to it.]]
  • Arcane Shot, Multi-Shot, and Sidewinders now generate so much Focus that Marksmanship Hunters can't even see their whole world crumbling around them.
  • Vulnerable replaced by new effect: Triggered
    • Your target is offended that you'd even point that thing at them.
    • How dare you?
       

Mage

  • Aluneth can now be added to your ignore list.
  • The Artifact Traits "The Storm Rages" and "Let It Go" have been removed from the game, along with the Frozen Orb ability, because seriously that movie came out like 4 years ago and we're tired of hearing about it EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • Cone of Cold never bothered me, anyway.
  • Conflagration has been removed from Fire Mages and given to Destruction Warlocks instead. We're not entirely sure how it got there in the first place.
  • Arcane Missiles and Arcane Explosion have been given a visual update! They're now slightly more purple.
  • Mages now have +10% bonus to Class Fantasy.
  • Mages who open a portal to Northrend Dalaran after finishing a Legion dungeon run will be immediately and permanently banned from the Internet. Yes, the whole thing.
     

Monk

  • Brewmasters who attempt to use Ironskin Brew, Purifying Brew, and Fortifying Brew too regularly will now be cut off and asked to call a taxi.
  • Crackling Jade Lightning damage reduced by 30%.
    • [[Note to class designers: this is a preventative measure to prevent Windwalkers from being too strong once they figure out our secret DPS rotation]]
  • Keg Smash has been removed. Seriously, that's just wasteful.
  • Storm, Earth, and Fire renamed Earth, Wind, and Fire. This spell now chases the clouds away throughout the month of September.
  • As part of an effort to present a more fun and lighthearted image to younger audiences, Mistweavers have replaced Essence Font with Comic Sans.
    • After using Thunder Focus Tea, Comic Sans will be replaced with Papyrus instead.
  • Teachings of the Monastery has received some new curriculum, and will now be focusing on Common Core.
  • Resuscitate no longer requires mouth-to-mouth contact on Undead players.
  • Dark Side of the Moon has been reworked so that it now lines up better with that old movie you're watching.
     

Paladin

  • Choosing the Unbreakable Spirit talent will now cause the Paladin to never stop chasing their dreams, Titus.
  • After casting Tyr's Deliverance, any offline or out of range party members will be left a note indicating that they may collect their healing from the Paladin Order Hall between 8 and 10 PM.
  • We made some changes to the Cavalier talent, but we won't bother explaining them to you. They're probably too complicated for you to understand.
  • Lay on Hands will now properly respect the target's personal space.
  • We've accidentally scrambled the names of various abilities using the words "Divine," "Protection," "Hammer," "Holy," or "Blessing."
    • We're not entirely sure what Hammer of Protection or Blessing of Divine Holy are, but they're probably pretty good.
  • The errant letter 'e' has been removed from the names of the talents Bacon of Faith, Bacon of the Lightbringer, and Bacon of Virtue.
  • Luminescence renamed to something that's an actual word.
     

Priest

  • Discipline Priests have returned from an extensive off-site training session at Nar'thalas Academy. They are now 100% more Disciplined.
  • Divine Hymn now summons a panel of celebrity judges who might, if you cast it really well, ask you to be on their team. This is what you've been dreaming of your whole life!
  • Shadow Word: Death has been given a name more befitting its effect. It's now called Shadow Word: One More Step On The Unwavering Road To Oblivion.
  • Holy Priests who choose the Apotheosis talent and then never activate it even once through the entire boss fight will now be disconnected from the game for a week. I mean, really. Ugh.
  • That tentacle that Priests can summon now also spawns the other nine, making for a total of ten tickles, as intended.
  • We've outsourced the rest of this section to the Shadow specialization.
    • Hope is an illusion.
    • Embrace the void.
    • Your heart WILL EXPLODE.
    • NYARL'FGWTH!
    • AIGN RYOGL THO'GOTHAYL U'THRGAL!
    • rez pls
       

Rogue

  • Rogues will now shoot arrows more slowly.
  • New Ability: Spectral Sight Cloak
    • When activated, makes the Rogue invisible to Spectral Sight.
    • [[Reminder for the class team: Don't forget to give Demon Hunters a "Spectral Sight Cloak Sight" ability 2 days before releasing the patch. Otherwise we won't be able to add "Spectral Sight Cloak Sight Cloak" in 7.8.5.]]
  • Dirty Tricks is now a TV show that looks behind the scenes at what magicians really do for a living, starring Mike Rowe.
  • Outlaw Rogues may now also shoot the deputy.
  • Corrected 73 more "rouge" misspellings in chat. Someday, we'll get them all.
  • The Assassination ability Vendetta now causes the Rogue to go on a decade-long quest of revenge.
  • Several Outlaw Rogues have been arrested. Turns out renaming the spec was a pretty big tip for local law enforcement.
  • Shroud of Concealment now posts a zone-wide yell when a member of your party moves outside the clearly-marked boundary, is spotted by an enemy, and then tries to tell you that they weren't even close. Stop lying, Todd.
     

Shaman

  • [[shower thought: do we really need this section? Let's talk Monday. I vote we cut it entirely.]]
  • Shaman who pronounce the name of their class incorrectly will no longer be allowed entry to their Order Hall.
    • Also, people who say "Shamans" are just the worst.
  • Overcharge now has a 100% chance of occurring when you take your car in to the shop.
  • Sentry Totem has been returned to the game.
  • Just kidding. We're actually removing some other totems.
  • Spirit Walk has been re-routed around that construction zone that seems like it's never going to be finished.
  • Ancestral Vision is now 10% less creepy when you're doing things in the bathroom.
  • Hailstorm now seems to happen a lot more frequently than you recall in this part of the world.
  • Shaman in Ghost Wolf form will now be regularly assured by nearby NPCs that they're good dogs, Brent.
     

Warlock

  • Felguards have stopped playing their records backwards.
  • Rain of Fire will now correctly create a downpour of both rain and fire. In some cases, this will result in a beautiful rainbow. Other times, the rain will extinguish the fire and nothing will happen. That's just, like, the cycle of life and stuff.
  • Unstable Affliction has had its functionality extended to more accurately suit its unstable nature. You can no longer predict exactly what Unstable Affliction is going to do. Sometimes it heals the target. Sometimes it takes 9 seconds to cast. Sometimes you'll just explode. Good luck!
  • All talents named "Grimoire" have been renamed "Book", with the exception of the Shepherd Grimoire. We couldn't find a good place for it in the Warcraft movie, so we just killed it off in the first 20 minutes.
  • Cataclysm now deals damage equal to 1200% of spell power (was 1000%), and is remembered 20% more fondly than it was about four years ago.
  • Shadowfury has been replaced by Nightfury, which must be trained extensively, and is kind of toothless.
  • Power Trip now causes Warlocks to automatically kick guildmates who disagree with their thoughts on loot distribution.
     

Warrior

  • Weapons and shields equipped by Warriors will now lose durability every time they hit a target, and will break entirely once their durability reaches 0.
    • Developer's Note: This change will better emphasize the core Warrior fantasy as the appointed knights of Azeroth. Note that you'll probably want to bring several weapons to each boss encounter. Of course, if you run out, you could always just grab a random skeleton's arm or something.
  • The talent "Double Time" has had its name simplified to "Charges." Warriors who take Charges still gain another charge of Charge, andCharges' charges of Charge will charge faster.
  • Whirlwind now has an additionaOpportunity Strikes when you least expect it!
  • MORTAL COMBO! Dana-nana-nana-nana-nah-nah.
  • Bladestorm is now 15% scarier when you didn't think to bring an umbrella when you left this morning.
  • Morale Killer now sometimes fails to reduce the cooldown of Demoralizing Shout. Why do you have to be so negative all the time, anyway?
  • Carnage now covers the Warrior with venom, causing them to deal increased damage to those weird spider-men in Suramar.
  • Bloodbath now covers the Warrior with blood, causing a strong sense of déjà vu.
  • Warpaint now covers the Warrior with paint, causing them to continue beating this dead horse.
  • Blizzard is now hiring! We're looking for someone with fresh, new ideas.

Then we have a perhaps "too soon" joke, uh, I mean not joke, real announcement, about "Classic Battle.net", which kinda hurts when they just recently retired the name from the launcher.

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More from April leak day, a brand new way to attend BlizzCon, in case you didn't/won't get your ticket in the 0.456 seconds they will be up for sale. There's also a sample of your attendance experience up already, so head on over there and click Attend Now!

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Hearthstone wasn't to be left out:

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And finally, and probably the best of the bunch, Blizzard caved to popular demand and added the most crucial new announcer for StarCraft 2:

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21 minutes ago, Starym said:

New glyph added for A Murder of Crows: A Whole Lot of Pepes

I would pay so much gold for this glyph.

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26 minutes ago, Starym said:

The Ready Check feature has been updated to be more consistent with the overall theme of Legion.

  • When prompted, players will now be asked if they are prepared.
  • They may then choose to respond with either "I am prepared" or "I am not prepared."

 

This should actually be done

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The book's amazing. It allowed me to build a life in Fresno. 10/10 would read again.

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Apologies for the formatting glitch, I didn't notice it earlier. The editor does NOT like twitter embeds.

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5 hours ago, Starym said:

By popular request, PvP vendors have been added. Head to your nearest capital city if you would like to purchase some PvP.

lol'd

Also, the community at MMO Champion is still able to talk shit about Blizzard over these notes. Somehow.

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  • Players must now have the achievement "Ahead of the Curve: Kil'jaeden" in order to zone into the Tomb of Sargeras raid.
  • Developers' notes: We've heard extensive feedback from players about the inconvenience of manually screening group applicants based on their achievements. We hope that by automating and enforcing these requirements on our end, we can streamline the process, so that players can more quickly organize raid groups and begin working towards their ultimate goal of defeating Kil'jaeden.

this is way, way, way, way too real

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7 minutes ago, Calysia said:

Waaaaay too much reading for an April Fools joke. "Might" take the time to do so but doubtful.

It's honestly one of my favourite days of the year, I love looking through the patch notes for WoW especially, as reading between the lines, it looks like a way for the team to blow off a bit of tongue in cheek steam. If you want a little less fluff to read however, start from 'Dungeons' onwards, but the Class changes parts are generally always the best. :) 

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actually going through more of these made me laugh pretty hard, i liked the aluneth can be put on ignore one. of the three artifacts that can talk to you aluneth is the only one that regularly speaks to me, and it won't shut up ever. i love it :D

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On 4/1/2017 at 1:54 PM, Starym said:

To better express the core story of the Legion expansion, all World Quests will now include harpies shouting at you about whatever it is you're doing.

#DED

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      Both contests are open to individuals aged 13 years and over. See the official rules for additional details.
      Cosplay contestants who sign up in advance will be contacted with more information prior to gamescom. Dance contestants will need to register at the Blizzard booth at least 90 minutes before the contest begins to confirm their participation.
      Due to time and space limitations, it may not be possible for all entrants to participate in the contests.
      We look forward to seeing you up on our stage at gamescom 2018!
    • By Stan
      It took years, but Blizzard finally launched the EU Gear Store. Residents of the 28 EU member states can get their hands on Blizzard collectibles and apparel with lower shipping costs, faster delivery, and no import duties.
      Click here to access Blizzard EU Gear Store
      Blizzard (Source)
      General
      How is the European Gear Store different?
      With items shipping from our European warehouse, shoppers in the 28 EU member states can now get their hands on their favorite Blizzard collectibles, apparel and more, with lower shipping costs, faster delivery, and no import duties.
      Geek your everyday!
      Do I need a Blizzard account to place an order?
      You can make purchases on the EU Gear Store as a guest, but you can also create an account using your existing Blizzard account.
      How can I create a Blizzard account?
      If you don’t have an existing Blizzard account, head to https://eu.battle.net/login/ and click on “Create a free Blizzard Account”.
      Why should I create an account?
      Logging in with a Blizzard account will let you access your order history, track your orders, save your shipping address, and securely store your billing information to facilitate the checkout process. 
      How secure will my data be if I create an account on the EU Gear Store?
      Any personal data collected and/or processed in connection with your use of the EU Gear Store will be subject to our Privacy Policy.  We maintain physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to ensure the protection of your data.
      I've purchased products on the US Gear Store in the past; will my details transfer over? 
      Your US Gear Store order history unfortunately can’t be transferred to your EU Gear Store account, but it won’t be lost either. Your order history will still be saved on the US Gear Store and will be accessible by logging in to the US version of the site.
      Can I still shop on the US Gear Store?
      All EU customers are still eligible to shop on the US Gear Store, however, orders may be subject to import duties and custom taxes depending on your country of delivery.
      Languages
      In which languages is the EU Gear Store available?
      The site is currently available in English, French, and German. More languages should be coming in the future!
      How are my default currency and language determined?
      Your current location (IP address) determines if you are shown prices in GBP (£) or Euros (€). The language displayed is based on the language selected in your browser settings.
      How can I change my currency and language preferences?
      You can change your preferences at the bottom of the page.
      Purchasing
      Which payment methods are available on the EU Gear Store?
      Common EU payment methods such as PayPal and major credit cards like VISA, Mastercard, and American Express are available on the EU Gear Store.
      Why are the prices on the US Gear Store and the EU Gear Store different?
      Prices available on the EU Gear Store include any applicable VAT and are set according to region standards. 
      How can I estimate my clothing size?
      A sizing guide is available for apparel items in order to help you choose the best size.
      Each product is unique, and we always recommend that you check our size charts before adding items to your cart. You may want to take the measurements of a similar apparel item (the width of the item just below the arms and the length from shoulder point to hip) and compare them to our size chart.
      Where will my order be shipped from?
      Blizzard European Gear Store products are shipped from our facility in The Netherlands, which has a separate inventory from the US Gear Store.
      What if a product I want is available on the US Gear Store but not the EU Gear Store?
      Due to separate inventories, some products may be available on one site and not the other. If an item you’re interested in is not available on the EU Gear Store, you may purchase it directly on the US Gear Store (import duties, customs, and taxes may apply).
      Can I leave reviews on EU Gear Store products?
      Only visitors with a Blizzard account can leave product reviews, and only on products you have purchased. To do so, head to the product you wish to review and submit your comments. Be sure to see our Customer Review FAQ for information on how we moderate reviews.
      Shipping
      What shipping methods are available on the EU Gear Store?
      The European Gear Store offers two different shipping methods, either Postal Priority (no tracking number) or Courier (with tracking).
      How much does shipping cost?
      The rate may vary depending on the weight of your package, your shipping destination, and the shipping option you choose for your order. The precise rate will be calculated automatically and displayed during the checkout process.
      Which countries do you ship to?
      Shipping Destination
      US Gear Store (gear.blizzard.com/us/)
      EU Gear Store (gear.blizzard.com/eu/ & gear.blizzard.com/uk/)
      United States
      YES
      NO
      European Union*
      YES
      YES
      * European Union countries include the 28 EU member states (excluding overseas territories): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
      What if my country isn’t listed?
      If your country is not part of the 28 member states of the European Union, you can still order from the US Gear Store. However, your order may be subject to import duties and taxes. 
      Refunds & Returns
      How can I report an issue with my order (defect, exchange, refund request, etc.)? 
      Please check our Terms of Sale and contact our Customer Support team for help.
      Can I cancel or return my order if I change my mind?
      If you are a resident of the European Union, you have the right to withdraw your purchase request within 14 days of receipt of your order without stating any reason. Please refer to the “Right of Withdrawal” section in the Terms of Sale for more information on how to exercise this right.
      How do I cancel an order?
      You can cancel any order you have recently placed, as long as it has not shipped. This option will remain available up to 30 minutes after placing your order. To use it, please log into your account and use the option to cancel your order.
      If you are trying to cancel a pre-purchase order and receive an error, you may need to wait up to one hour after placing the order before you can cancel it. This is a technical limitation caused by the way funds are cleared for pre-orders.
      Pre-Purchase/Promotions
      How does the pre-purchase system work?
      When you pre-purchase an item on the EU Gear Store, the payment is processed immediately, and the item is delivered to you once stock is available (within the timeframe stated in the product description).
      You have the right to cancel your pre-purchase and request a refund before the product is shipped. Once the product has been shipped, if you are a resident of the European Union, you have the right to withdraw your purchase request within 14 days of receipt of your order without stating any reason. Please refer to the “Right of Withdrawal” section in the Terms of Sale for more information on how to exercise this right.
      Can I change my pre-purchase order from the US Store to the EU Store?
      Not directly, but you can cancel the US pre-purchase and place a new one on the EU Gear Store (as long as stock is available). To cancel your original order, log into your account on the US Gear Store and use the option to cancel it. This will only work if the order is still pending and has not shipped yet. Then you can place your EU pre-purchase on the EU Gear Store.

      Note: We recommend making sure you can complete the new pre-purchase order, and that stock is available, before canceling your original order.
      Are promotions available on the US Gear Store also valid on the EU Gear Store?
      Local promotions are subject to specific conditions that may not be mirrored on both sites, therefore we cannot guarantee that the same promotion will be offered in both regions simultaneously. If you wish to benefit from a specific promotion, please place an order on the Gear Store offering that promotion.
      I received a US Gear Store promotional code; can I use it on the EU store?
      Promotional codes only apply in the region where they’re issued. Therefore, a US Gear Store promotional code can’t be redeemed on the EU Gear Store.
    • By Stan
      Gamescom is returning to Cologne, Germany this summer and the event will run from August 21-25.
      At Gamescom 2017, visitors to the Blizzard booth were able to experience a brand-new Overwatch map and the world premiere of the Overwatch animated short. Hearthstone players could enjoy an early look at new Fireside Gathering features and WoW gamers learned more about Legion's Patch 7.3. Blizzard introduced a new Hero for HotS that was available for gameplay, StarCraft II got a new co-op commander, and attendees were able to play Diablo III's Rise of the Necromancer pack.
      Blizzard (Source)
      The world’s largest interactive entertainment event is coming back to Cologne, Germany this summer… and we’ll be there! From August 21-25, stop by the Blizzard booth at gamescom 2018 for some hands-on play time with Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, which launches on August 14.
      We’ll also have plenty of activities for you, including our famous dance and cosplay competitions, as well as some epic merchandise at the Blizzard store. Stay tuned for details as the event nears, and we look forward to seeing you at gamescom 2018!
    • By Stan
      Quarterly results of the Activision Blizzard Earnings Call are here and we learned that Battle for Azeroth pre-sales are ahead of plan and more content in Legion lead to overperformance versus the prior expansion at this point in time.
      Audience Reach
      374M MAUs (Monthly Active Users) (down from 385M MAUs since Q4 2017). Activision 51M (down from 55M) Blizzard 38M (down from 40M) King 285M (down from 290M). Games
      World of Warcraft
      The game is on a strong trajectory, with an encouraging start to pre-sales for the upcoming expansion (preorders ahead of plan). World of Warcraft is releasing more content, more regularly than ever before, leading to overperformance versus the prior expansion at this point in time and higher engagement sequentially. The game had strong participation with in-game purchases. Hearthstone
      The game continued to reach and engage its large global audience through multiple efforts, including a new promotional bundle, an expansion, and a player versus environment mode, Monster Hunts, which has had strong engagement so far.
      Overwatch
      Overwatch continued to add new players, and engagement remains strong, with the most recent seasonal event, Retribution, having the highest participation rate to‐date. Recognized as BAFTA’s “Best Evolving Game”. Esports
      Overwatch League
      The inaugural regular season for the Overwatch League launched in January and continues to reach millions each week. Combined hours spent playing and watching Overwatch increased quarter‐over‐quarter. The Overwatch League and its partners introduced new engagement programs like token drops, cheermotes and the new Twitch league pass, which deliver enhanced viewing experiences while adding unique revenue opportunities. Planning to add a handful of teams in key strategic markets by end of year. (Source)
    • By Zadina
      The beloved Hearthstone developer is leaving Blizzard Entertainment to start working on a new company
      In a twist of events as shocking as Chris Metzen's departure, Ben Brode - the Game Director for Hearthstone - will no longer be working for Blizzard as of today. Ben was an instrumental member of Team 5 for almost ten years. The team has grown since to 80 members and I am sure it's going to be in good hands from now on.
      Where Brode will truly be missed is the commercial part of Hearthstone. Disregarding the usual cynical remark that Ben Brode's only purpose in life is to sell packs, he was the face of Hearthstone - just like Kaplan is the face of Overwatch. Who can forget his epic raps, his iconic laughter, his jolly "Well met!" greeting and the enthusiasm with which he talked about Hearthstone? You will be missed, Ben Brode.
      We wish him the very best of luck in his new venture! Hopefully he'll become the face of a brand new popular game!
      Ben Brode
      To my friends, coworkers, and the Hearthstone community,

      After 15 years at Blizzard and almost 10 years working on Hearthstone, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to embark on a new journey.

      Man, that was a hard sentence to type.

      I was 20 years old when I started here. My first role was ‘Night Crew Game Tester.’

      Since then, Blizzard has been good to me. I got to cast esports events, announce BlizzCons, play in Rock Bands, write raps, and work with incredible people. But the biggest opportunity came in 2008 when I joined “Team 5.” The Hearthstone Team.

      I am very proud of Hearthstone. I think we made an impact on the industry. People tell me that Hearthstone brought their family closer together, or that they became close friends with people they met at a Fireside Gathering. Others tell me they were inspired by Hearthstone to become game developers themselves. It’s incredible to be a part of something that touches so many people.

      But as proud as I am of Hearthstone, I am even more proud of the team.

      There is no team like the Hearthstone team. People have come and gone over the 10 years Hearthstone has been in development, but there’s something special about the Soul of the Team. We knew our most important product wasn’t the game, but the team itself. A great team can do great things, and I think the Hearthstone team is the greatest. It isn’t just a job. It’s a shared passion. We get to come to work and focus on the game we love and try to make it better every day.

      We frequently check the Hearthstone subreddit looking for opportunities to improve the game. I have loved the silly memes, engaging in spirited debates, or even just being held accountable to our shared high standards for the game. We try to be highly available on social media, and I think our team helped push the envelope in this regard. It has been especially satisfying to me to see the team step up over the last few years and help engage in these ways as I became more focused on direction and less on actual design.

      I get too much credit by virtue of being a public face, but the 80+ people on the development team are still there, and they are the ones actually making the cards, brawls, events, missions, and features. I am confident the game is in the best possible hands, and I’m excited to see where a new generation of leaders takes Hearthstone from here.

      I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life, and I’m excited to be scrappy and a little scared. I’m going to help start a new company. We’ll probably make games, but we haven’t figured anything else out, yet. I’m looking forward to designing, programming, and actually creating things again. I’m going to miss the on-campus Starbucks, though. Dang.

      Blizzard, thank you for taking a chance on me, and thank you for taking a chance on Hearthstone. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

      And to the passionate community of players – I will miss you, and the laughs we shared together. Thank you for making being a part of Hearthstone so much fun for me. I’ve loved every minute.

      Sincerely,

      Ben Brode
      (source)