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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.
The blue response is a lengthy and very informative one, basically stating that this could become a problem for several reasons, was definitely possible in Vanilla, but won't be changed for now:
Rallying Cry (source)
We’ve recently seen an increase in concerns about players resetting the Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer buff by killing the associated NPC.
It’s important to note that this behavior is accurate to original WoW, and was possible in 2005 and 2006. Nonetheless, it’s the sort of thing that wasn’t widespread back then, and we believe that if it had been, it would have been addressed. In general, cross-faction collusion is antithetical to WoW gameplay, and the specific circumstance where players pay a member of the opposing faction help them kill their ally feels inappropriate.
There’s a related concern here – it’s entirely possible for players (who don’t know what their allies are doing or want to police what their allies are doing) to kill the hired priest, and then find themselves in conflict with their own faction-mates. We don’t like to see these sorts of hostilities within a faction of players.
Nonetheless, any change to WoW Classic has to be very carefully considered, so for the time being, we’re going to leave this functionality in place. We will continue to monitor this situation, and we may have to change it in the future. We will not suspend players for resetting the buff or attempting to prevent others from doing so. We will continue to take action against players who send hostile or offensive chat messages.
Thank you for your feedback on this.
News image courtesy of Redditor Kicktoria1989.
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.
I’ve just added the following to the OP:
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker can be completed and equipped by any class that can equip swords. To start the quest line for Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker, you need two Bindings of the Windseeker that have an extremely low chance to drop off of Baron Geddon and Garr in Molten Core. You can find more details about how to get the legendary weapon in our detailed Thunderfury guide!
Blizzard has changed the UnitHealth and UnitHealthMax API functions in WoW Classic to return health values for NPCs instead of percentages, meaning you will see how much health a creature has by default without using any addons.
With realm restarts in each region (just completed this morning for Americas realms), we’ve made a change for addons that query unit health.
Now, the UI API functions UnitHealth and UnitHealthMax return health values for NPCs (rather than percentages), information that a very large number of players have been generating with the Real Mob Health addon.
This hotfix has no impact on PVP, as these functions will continue to provide health percentages for enemy players or the units they summon, as before.
There's a major change coming to WSG it seems, as the exit portals are about to be completely removed, due to players using them in "unfair ways". You'll have to /AFK to actually exit the battleground from now on:
Warsong Gulch (source)
In approximately two hours, we will deploy a hotfix to all WoW Classic realms that disables the exit portals from Warsong Gulch. Thereafter, players who need to exit the battleground will have to use the other means of doing so: /AFK.
We’ve seen an increasing number of reports of these portals being used in unfair ways, and we feel that taking this step eliminates the potential for unfair gameplay while making no change to the intended, legitimate flow of the battleground.
As always, we really appreciate and value all of the player feedback that raised the issue. Thank you!
Blackwing Lair Cleared in Under an Hour, World First Videos Vanilla Blackwing Lair Boss Kill Videos World's Fastest Molten Core Clear by Dreamstate WoW Classic Phase 3 Release Date for Blackwing Lair and More Upcoming Alterac Valley Changes in WoW Classic WoW Classic "Not a Bug" List Update: January 7th WoW Classic Hotfixes: January 7th Charity Server Blades Arrive Damaged to Collectors Marks of Honor Last Longer Than 24 Hrs in the Mailbox Patch 1.13.3 Patch Notes Detailed Honor System Clarifications and Stats Issues Addressed Combat Log Range Hotfix: November 21st Jokerd Removed from Method Org After Ninja Looting World's Fastest Molten Core Clear in Phase 1 by Salad Bakers
Update: We now have Blizzard's official post on the subject, and it seems Calamity and Progress got their kills at exactly the same time, literally in the same second, as Progress presumably got there a few milliseconds earlier, and with Apes being 8 seconds late!
Official Rankings (source)
Blackwing Lair opened at 23:00 UTC today, and we had the pleasure of seeing guilds from all around the world charge into Nefarian’s domain and make quick work of the 8 bosses therein. Throughout the race, we captured the names of the players involved and the timestamps of boss kills from all realms in all regions.
Razorgore the Untamed
At only six (and seven) minutes past the hour, the first guilds to complete the Razorgore encounter were:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp CN United Huhuran China 23:06 UTC Praxis Zandalar Tribe Europe 23:07 UTC For teh Horde Heartstriker Europe 23:07 UTC Vaelastrasz the Corrupt
Basking in the glory of great power, the first three groups to end Vaelastrasz’s torment were:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp Praxis Zandalar Tribe Europe 23:08:54 UTC Ashes of Time Earthshaker China 23:09:08 UTC Shao Guang Ouro China 23:09:10 UTC Broodlord Lashlayer
After a brief suppression, Broodlord Lashlayer went down first to:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp CN United Huhuran China 23:17:49 UTC RISE Incendius North America 23:19:21 UTC Calamity Mograine Europe 23:19:38 UTC Firemaw
Firemaw’s Shadow Flame barely slowed down the same three leading guilds:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp CN United Huhuran China 23:22:15 UTC RISE Incendius North America 23:24:24 UTC Calamity Mograine Europe 23:24:36 UTC Ebonroc
At this point, another guild from Europe charged into contention, and Ebonroc was first downed by:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp Calamity Mograine Europe 23:31:52 UTC Progress Firemaw Europe 23:32:12 UTC CN United Huhuran China 23:32:15 UTC Flamegor
The same three guilds in the same order ended Flamegor at 33 minutes past the hour:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp Calamity Mograine Europe 23:32:58 UTC Progress Firemaw Europe 23:33:17 UTC CN United Huhuran China 23:33:50 UTC Chromaggus
A dragon for all dragonflights, Chromaggus succumbed to:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp Calamity Mograine Europe 23:37:12 UTC APES Gehennas Europe 23:37:12 UTC Progress Firemaw Europe 23:37:22 UTC Nefarian
With less than 43 minutes elapsed, the first three guilds in the world to complete Blackwing Lair in WoW Classic were:
Guild Realm Region Timestamp Progress Firemaw Europe 23:42:21 UTC Calamity Mograine Europe 23:42:21 UTC APES Gehennas Europe 23:42:29 UTC Congratulations to every guild that planned and executed this feat so well!
The new raid went down pretty fast in Classic, with three guilds getting Nefarian down crazy fast, as Apes, Calamity and Progress took around 42 minutes to finish up Blackwing Lair!
There's still some discussion as to who exactly got the World First on Nefarian, as Apes almost definitely got the fastest, but had a 7 minute delay in getting in, but so far it seems Calamity are the ones that took the big dragon down first. Warcraft logs have their own rankings, so it does seem Calamity are at the top.
In any case, let's take a look at some Nefarian kill videos, starting with the Calamity kill, unfortunately with no sound:
Vanilla Blackwing Lair Boss Kill Videos World's Fastest Molten Core Clear by Dreamstate WoW Classic Phase 3 Release Date for Blackwing Lair and More Upcoming Alterac Valley Changes in WoW Classic WoW Classic "Not a Bug" List Update: January 7th WoW Classic Hotfixes: January 7th Charity Server Blades Arrive Damaged to Collectors Marks of Honor Last Longer Than 24 Hrs in the Mailbox Patch 1.13.3 Patch Notes Detailed Honor System Clarifications and Stats Issues Addressed Combat Log Range Hotfix: November 21st Jokerd Removed from Method Org After Ninja Looting World's Fastest Molten Core Clear in Phase 1 by Salad Bakers