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    • By Stan
      We are looking at tier lists of all specs in Mythic+ based on the data from benched.me.
      In addition to our most popular DPS / tank + healer series, we thought it would be a good time to look at tier lists for Mythic+ now that benched.me has been updated with a new feature.
      DISCLAIMER
      All the data used in this article is taken directly from benched.me, a site created by u/OtherwiseUniversity, and it is updated every hour. It is also different from our Shadowlands Mythic+ Rankings maintained by Petko.
      How the Data is Calculated
      To rank all specializations, benched.me uses the Meta Ratio score. The "ratio" is between the specialization's representation in the meta vs. its representation in the population. For instance, a spec makes up 3% of all players in the population, but 6% in the meta, which means that spec's ratio is 6% / 3% = 2.
      The site defines the "population" as all keys level 2 through 15, and the "meta" as keys 16 and above.
      Furthermore, we can break down specs into tiers based on their ratio as follows:
      S-Tier: Ratio of at least 1.5. A-Tier: Ratio between 1 and 1.5. B-Tier: Ratio between 0.5 and 1. C-Tier: Ratio below 0.5, but greater than 0. F-Tier: Ratio of 0 (the spec isn't present in the high-level bin at all). Spec Tier List for Mythic+
      Here's how the individual specializations are categorized into tier lists based on their ratio. We only list S and A-Tier, but you can find the remaining tiers in the image linked below.
      S-Tier
      Fire Mage - 2.11 ratio; Outlaw Rogue - 1.77 ratio; Balance Druid - 1.75 ratio; Vengeance Demon Hunter - 1.74 ratio. A-Tier
      Marksmanship Hunter - 1.43 ratio; Restoration Shaman - 1.43 ratio; Windwalker Monk - 1.40 ratio; Brewmaster Monk - 1.34 ratio; Affliction Warlock - 1.33 ratio; Holy Paladin - 1.28 ratio; Discipline Priest - 1.08 ratio.
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      The Nightborne don't really have many customization options, so Sharashaska took the matter into their own hands and came up with this fan-made overhaul of the Nightborne customization options using Blizzard's assets.
      Magic Hands are an elegant customization option Sharashaska came up with.

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    • By Starym
      It seems the rumors of a Diablo 2 remastered might have been very much on the mark, as Activision-owned studio Vicarious Visions, most known for their work on porting Destiny 2 to PC and helping Bungie develop the game during their time at Activision, is being merged into Blizzard!
      We talked about the Diablo 2: Resurrected remaster rumor a while ago, which claimed that VV was actually already working on it, as their recently finished up two major remasters (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy) would make them a perfect fit. The rumor was backed up by some job listings at both Blizzard and VV more recently, and now we have two reports saying that the entire Vicarious Visions studio will be merged into Blizzard.
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      Image courtesy of DBLTAP.
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    • By Staff
      The last hotfixes of the week are in! 
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    • By Staff
      There's some significant PvP tuning coming next week and Blizzard have detailed it:
      PvP Tuning (source)
      We’re working on a new set of PvP tuning changes that will be applied to the game with weekly maintenance in each region (January 26 in this region). Here’s what we’re currently testing:
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