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PvP Season 4 ends next week, devs talk about Frost Death Knight spec aura and a couple of hotfixes that were removed in 7.3 PTR release candicate only to be reapplied a few weeks later. Emissary quests will be reset on patch day.

Patch 7.3 Emissary Reset

Emissary quests will be reset on patch day, make sure to complete them one day ahead.

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Legion PvP Season 4 Ending Next Week

The fourth Season is coming to an end with the release of Patch 7.3.

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Upcoming 7.3 Hotfixes

Some specs had their buffs removed or reduced in the latest PTR release candidate. They were present to help adjust for Netherlight FortificationNetherlight Fortification (+15 ilvls) from Netherlight Crucible, and because some specs gain more effectiveness from ilvl than others. The changes will be brought back via hotfixes after Netherlight Crucible unlocks.

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There are a few specializations (including Beast Mastery) that had some buffs removed or reduced in the latest 7.3 release candidate. Those buffs were added to the PTR to help adjust for the additional 15 item levels your Artifact Weapon will gain from the Netherlight Crucible, as some specs currently get more of an overall effectiveness increase from item level than others.

Since the Netherlight Crucible won't be available immediately when 7.3 launches, these buffs have been removed temporarily from the latest release candidate build. They will be re-added via hotfix a couple weeks after release, once the Crucible can be unlocked.

In the future, we hope to find a better solution for the disparity in effectiveness that weapon ilevel has between specs, but that won't be in 7.3.

Frost Death Knight

Frost Death KnightFrost Death Knight spec aura on PTR is at 23%, but in patch notes, it's 14%, but that means it's a 14% increase over what's live now (8%).

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Just to clarify the numbers--the DK "buff aura" on PTR is +23%, which is intended. The patch notes say "14%" because this is a 14% increase over what's on live (+8%).

Part of the apparent reduction in the patch notes is that 5% of the 7.3 buff was advanced into a live hotfix a few weeks ago. So the "increase" from live, in the 7.3 patch notes, looks 5% smaller.

Windows XP & Vista Support Ending Soon

Both operating system Windows XP & Vista will not be supported soon. World of Warcraft support is ending in October with more games to follow at a later time.

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As we previously announced, we will be ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista for several Blizzard games. For World of Warcraft, we’re ending support for these operating systems in October.

Microsoft ended mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a segment of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued to support them. Now that there have been three major Windows releases since Vista’s release and a clear majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions of Windows, we are ready to make this change.

After this time, Windows XP and Vista will not be supported and World of Warcraft will not run on them. We encourage any players who are still using one of these older operating systems to upgrade to a newer version prior to this date to continue playing.
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