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Update: the second part of Phase 3 has received a release date as well! It's coming February 12th/13th and you can check out all the content that's coming with it here.
Blizzard revealed their plans to open Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch on all realms the week of December 10. Blackwing Lair and Darkmoon Faire will be available in early 2020.
WoW Classic just received the new Honor System and we already have a date for the upcoming Phase 3 which comes with two battlegrounds (Warsong Gulch & Alterac Valley) Elemental Invasions, Blackwing Lair and Darkmoon Faire.
Both battlegrounds will arrive December 10 and the raid along with Darkmoon Faire are scheduled for early 2020.
Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley will open in WoW Classic simultaneously on all realms the week of December 10. At the same time, Elemental Invasions will occur in Kalimdor, with Blazing, Thundering, Watery, and Whirling Invaders appearing in Un’goro Crater, Azshara, Winterspring, and Silithus respectively.
We’ve been following the deadly deeds of the Classic community closely over the last week as the Honor system sparked an impressive amount of World PvP on PvP realms, and we’re excited to see what might transpire over the next three weeks. Nonetheless, like many of you, we can’t wait to charge into some battlegrounds, so we’ve detached this content unlock from the plan we previously announced. Blackwing Lair and Darkmoon Faire are coming in early 2020.
We’ll have an exact timestamp for this content unlock to share with you in early December.
See you there!
WoW Classic Phase 3 with Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch will go live the week of December 10.
As the level 60ies multiplied after Jokerd's WF, APES guild managed to gather enough max level players and went to visit the firelord. After getting enough players through the Hydraxian Waterlords quest line and having the required number of Eternal Quintessences ready, they went into Molten Core just a few hours ago and stormed though all the way to Ragnaros. They even managed to get the big red guy down in 1 try!
And so Classic's first raid has been cleared in the first week, 5 days after launch! We don't know if an Asian guild got the kill sooner, but so far it seems this is the first one.
Congratulations go out to all APES players who pushed to 60, through the attunement and Waterlords quests, all the way through to Rag himself for that Classic World First!
The Juju Flurry buff works just like Seal of the Crusader in that it increases your Attack Speed, but at the same time, lowers your DPS by the same amount. Blizzard filed a bug for this behavior which wasn't fixed until the Burning Crusade pre-patch, so the current behavior is not a bug.
Ok so the first screenshot is of my character pane showing my MH dps to be 100.6…I took off a piece of gear so that the math would be simple and as close to 100.0 DPS as possible. Now when I use JuJu Flurry which gives you +3% attack speed…that should make my base DPS 103.0 correct?
SORRY but Mod/Blizz employee you will have to delete the Space before dot com I don’t know why I couldn’t include my example screenshot. Also is this the place to report a bug?
here is the first screenshot of 100.6 dps.
Now below I will post a screenshot of juju flurry being used. As you can see the dps DOES NOT MOVE from 100.6 to 103.6…all that changes it the weapon attack speed AND IN FACT…THE ACTUAL DAMAGE OF THE WEAPON GOES DOWN AND IS NERFED AS WELL? So why would something thats supposed to be a BUFF actually hurt your damage?
Below is a BEFORE & AFTER example of how I start with 100.0 DPS and use Slice and Dice (+30% Attack Speed) and you will see how I go to 130.0 DPS which is CORRECT.
Wanted to chime in and mention that the Juju Flurry buff is currently matching the behavior exhibited in the 1.12 reference client. As others in this thread have correctly guessed at, Juju Flurry behaves similarly to Seal of the Crusader in that it increases your attack speed but also lowers your DPS by the same amount.
We also did some digging into our bug database from the Original WoW era and found that we had in fact filed a bug for this behavior while the original game was current, but the issue was not actually fixed until the Burning Crusade pre-patch (patch 2.0.3). As this bug was present throughout Original WoW, we do not currently consider it to be a bug and is merely an aspect of the original game that was carried over into Classic.
We will update the Not-A-Bug list with this information shortly. Thank you!
Below is the current list of all misconceptions that are working as intended in WoW Classic.
As we’ve discussed before, the nature of WoW Classic sometimes invokes different memories for different players, and this leads to certain misconceptions for some about what is or isn’t working as intended.
The following is a list of commonly-reported gameplay in WoW Classic that is not actually a bug, and is working as we expect it to:
Tauren’s hitboxes and their melee reach is slightly larger than other races. Being critically struck while using /sit to sit does not cause abilities like Enrage, Blood Craze, and Reckoning to activate. Using the “Automatic Quest Tracking” option does not auto-track newly accepted quests. (It instead will start to track an existing quest once progress towards an objective is started.) Warrior health Regeneration is working at the expected rate. Quests objectives and points of interests are not tracked on the map or minimap. Completed quests are marked on the minimap with a dot. (and not a “?”) Feared players and NPCs run fast. Standing on top of other players while facing away allows spells and attacks to be used. Creature respawn rates are much slower than in Battle for Azeroth. NPCs which offer multiple quests may inconsistently display them as a dot or a “!” on the available quests list. They were inconsistent in 1.12, and we’ve reproduced the exact inconsistency they had back then. Quests that are too low level for do not show up as a “!” in the game world. Available quests do not display a “!” on the minimap. On level up, the message: “Your skill in Protection increased to 15” was added in 1.12.1, and we’re intending to keep that. You are unable to Polymorph enemy targets that are tapped by players with whom you are not grouped. At all levels of player characters and enemies, aggro radius is set to the intended distance. Long quest objectives don’t have text wrapping. Fall damage is equivalent to expected and verified values. Broadcast text can be seen multiple times if multiple players interact with the same NPC. WANTED signs do not have “!”, and are also not highlighted. Player characters do not animate when looting/interacting with quest objects (e.g. collecting pumpkins). Gnomes and Taurens are the correct size. “Melee leeway” is working as intended in both PvE and PvP. Cone of Cold is behaving consistently with the reference client. Arcane Missiles does not put the caster in combat . A Hunter’s Frost Trap ground effect will break Rogues out of stealth. The Berserking Troll racial ability is behaving as expected and matches the reference client. The pet that a Warlock has when initially logging into the game world does not restore a Soul Shard when dismissed by taking a flight path or moving out of range. The trigger range on Hunter’s traps are reduced by Stealth when the stealthed player is a similar or higher level than the Hunter. Soul Link cannot be dispelled by dispelling the Warlock’s pet. A Warlock’s Succubus and Felhunter pet cannot cast spells if they are out of line of sight of the target. Manually cancelling Stealth after using Vanish will remove the Vanish buff as well as the Stealth buff. Escape Artist has a very small chance to fail when used to escape an effect that has a decreased chance to be dispelled (e.g. a Rogue’s Vile Poisons talent). Rogues are not broken out of stealth by Blizzard until they take damage. Taunting Hunter pets that are set to Aggressive or Defensive mode will cause them to attack the taunting player. The threat generated by Battle Shout is not capped at 5 party members and is increased when affecting targets such as Hunter and Warlock pets within the same party. The chest at the end of the encounter with The Seven in Blackrock Depths does not prompt a loot roll. Beware of Ninjas! Other players do not see a Hunter’s quiver on their back. Shield Slam and other off-hand abilities does not proc extra attacks from Windfury. Logging into World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth while playing WoW Classic on the same game account will disconnect you from WoW Classic. This is true in reverse as well. Non-targeted, group, or AoE buffs will not affect party or raid members if you are flagged for pvp and your party or raid members are not flagged for pvp, or vice-versa. It is much easier to not get quest credit for escort quest objectives in WoW Classic than in Battle for Azeroth. Follow your NPC allies closely to ensure quest credit is obtained! Monsters will respawn more aggressively when reduced past certain thresholds of their original populations in many areas of the game. This is working correctly and is consistent with the reference client. Offhand attacks that occur while on-next-hit abilities such as Heroic Strike are queued do not suffer the dual wield to-hit penalty. Eternal Quintessence is not yet available to players and will arrive in a future phase. Stuns from procs such as Improved Revenge and Improved Concussive Shot do not diminish and are not diminished by Controlled Stun abilities such as Hammer of Justice and Kidney Shot. Various Plans and Recipes from the Thorium Brotherhood are not available until later phases. Practice Dummies in the Undercity cannot be attacked. There are no “Training Dummies” in WoW Classic. Overpower procs will be lost if the Warrior changes targets away from the target that dodged. The Eye of Shadow has a higher drop rate than many players expect. Note: This was changed late in Original WoW to have a much higher drop rate. The objective of the quest “Touch of Zanzil” will fail if the player is not targeting Doc Mixilpizil when they /lay command is used. A summoned Infernal that is no longer under the control of the Warlock will only affect PvP flagged targets and targets that are on its threat table and will quickly despawn when no viable targets are available. Some monsters have a “Thrash” mechanic and can proc multiple attacks against players in a very short duration. Note: Most of these monsters can also “store” these procs and unleash them all several seconds later. An example of this is the Princess Theradras encounter in Maraudon. The Princess will store her attacks if kited and can land several attacks instantly when she catches up to her target. This behavior is consistent with the reference client Righteous Fury grants additional threat on all holy abilities, not just attacks. Sharpening stones have “hidden” level requirements and higher level stones cannot be used on lower level weapons. The Juju Flurry buff increases attack speed but also lowers overall DPS by the same amount. Hunter concerns:
Hunter “dead zone” is working as expected and is consistent with the Reference Client. A wolf pet’s Howl buff is consumed by anything that causes damage, even if it does not benefit from the buff. A Hunter pet’s Bite and Claw ability damage will not change in the tooltip based on the happiness of the pet. The tooltip will always display the damage as if the pet were Content (yellow). This is consistent with the Reference client. Traps can sometimes not be triggered if a player moves over them very quickly (i.e. a Warrior’s Charge ability). This behavior is consistent with the Reference client. Auto Shot does not make a sound when cast during the animation of Hunter’s Mark and certain other abilities. Scatter Shot, Wyvern Sting, and Freezing Trap share diminishing returns. A Hunter’s Frost Trap ground effect will break players out of stealth. The rate at which pet focus regenerates is not always consistent. Note: While the actual amount of focus that can be generated per tick is inconsistent, the total amount generated over time is flat and consistent. There are slight variations in the time between ticks that cause this to display inconsistently. Pet aggro radius is working properly and as expected. This is to say, it was extremely inconsistent in original WoW, and it remains inconsistent in WoW Classic. Pets “remember” targets that they have been instructed to attack previously and when sending a pet to attack a different target, the pet will return to attack any remaining targets they were previously instructed to attack when the currently engaged target dies. Pets that have been instructed to attack dead targets with a special ability or attack will attempt to approach and attack the dead target, but will return to the hunter’s side when the ability fails. Other players do not see a Hunter’s quiver on their back. Hunters can sometimes experience a slight delay before recasting Auto Shot after moving. Note: There is a hidden “retry” timer that occurs if the hunter is moving when the normal swing timer finishes. This timer checks for hunter movement before trying to resume auto shot, and this timer refreshes every 500ms when the hunter is moving. This means that if a Hunter is moving and stops moving just after this timer refreshes, you need to wait until the retry timer checks again to validate that you are no longer moving and can resume casting auto shot. This is not a result of spell batching or server heartbeats, and is specific to the functionality of a Hunter’s Auto Shot. This is consistent with Auto Shot functionality on the Reference client. Reckoning stacks are lost when you mount up. Reckoning stacks are lost when you initiate an auto-attack against a target and cancel it before it goes off. We appreciate all of your feedback!
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We have some new Classic hotfixes in this new reset, with Somnus becoming more kiteable and some macro fixes relating to swing timers for certain abilities!
January 7 (source)
Somnus will no longer become stuck evading when he is kited a great distance. Fixed a bug that caused /stopattack and /startattack macros to pause the swing timer (rather than reset it) when used with abilities such as Slam .
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
We have some holiday treats as Vlad Harabagiu aka Valdihr, the artist behind the massively impressive animated series-style Classic Journey art pieces, has been going at it relentlessly since the last time we checked in. The big news is that, as promised, he's moved to the Alliance side for a while to give us his take on their questing experience, but also made it to 20 in his original Horde-focused series, with a short Scarlet Monastery video in there as well!
Before we go down this journey with him, you can also get better acquainted with Valdihr, in our own interview with the man himself, as well as the original piece he made for Icy Veins right here. And now let's get started with his Alliance-side early quest pieces!
"A Threat Within"
I hope you strapped your belt on tight, because there is work to do here in Northshire. And I don't mean farming. The Stormwind guards are hard pressed to keep the peace here, with so many of us in distant lands and so many threats pressing close. And so we're enlisting the aid of anyone willing to defend their home. And their alliance. If you're here to answer the call, then speak with my superior, Marshal McBride. He's inside the abbey behind me.
We then have some truly legendary ones, with the quotes and memes from these still popping up today:
Hello! Do you have a moment? My brother and I run an apothecary in Stormwind, and I'm here to gather large candles for their wax. Can you help me? You can get large candles from kobolds, and I hear rumors that kobolds are infesting the Elwynn mines ... the Fargodeep mine to the south and Jasperlode Mine to the east. I suggest looking for candles in one of those places.
A huge gnoll, Hogger, is prowling the woods in southwestern Elwynn. He has overpowered all attempts at his capture. The Stormwind Army has placed a generous bounty on the Gnoll. To earn the reward, bounty hunters should bring proof of Hogger's demise to Marshal Dughan in Goldshire.
I never thought the day would come when I'd leave the farm. But the fields are overrun with thieves and it's far too dangerous for us here now. As soon as Farmer Furlbrow gets the wagon fixed, we'll be on our way. Maybe you could do me a favor? Let me scribble down my recipe for Westfall stew. Please take it to Salma Saldean over on the farm yonder. The Saldean's farm is just beyond the fork in the road.
"The People's Militia"
Some Defias have eluded us. My most trusted scout reports that these Defias have been looting and pillaging the countryside, all the way into Southern Westfall. We believe they are hiding out in the Dagger Hills, plotting their next move. Slay the wretches in the name of The People's Militia.
That's all for the Alliance side so far, but before he got going on the blues, he managed to make it up to entry 20 on the Horde side, and we'll highlight a couple of them here, starting off from where we left off last time, at number 12 and in Thousand Needles, with this amazing mug shot of the Grimtotem:
"WANTED: Arnak Grimtotem"
Arnak the outcast is wanted for the heinous crimes of murder and kidnapping. Handsome rewards will be given to those brave enough to bring this criminal to justice. Arnak was last seen on the cliffs near the Darkcloud Pinnacle. Show the proof of your deed to Cliffwatcher Longhorn in Freewind Post in order to claim the reward.
Then we're on to Scarlet Monastery, which gets 4 entries for itself, culminating in this one that actually got the video treatment as well!
No Classic journey would be complete without a visit to Stranglethorn, and below we have Hemet and the gang posing:
"Welcome to the Jungle"
Perhaps you're not aware of this, but that dwarf over there is the one and only Hemet Nesingwary, renowned war hero of the Alliance and master big game hunter. He's not one for welcoming strangers into his camp, but you look like you've seen quite a bit of action in your day. Being a veteran of many battles himself, Master Nesingwary has a soft spot for fellow heroes. Go and speak with him. Perhaps he can give you some hunting pointers.
In the Barrens lies a horrid mess of tangled vines called Razorfen Downs. While our first observations of this place revealed little threat, our recent findings are much more serious... The quilboar of Razorfen Downs have aligned themselves with the Scourge. A Lich named Amnennar the Coldbringer rules them now, using the power of his massive consciousness to control their every move. Amnennar has a direct telepathic link to Ner'zhul; we must sever this bond. An end must come to the Coldbringer.
And finally we move to number 20, with a perfect rendition of a goblin's standard look on their face:
Damn trolls! They've been killing off our agents in the jungle! I've already lost a good number of my best guards to skirmishes with them. The costs are piling up! How will I explain this to Baron Revilgaz?
Decisive action... Think, Kebok... you weren't assigned to the post you have today for sitting around... I've got it! You... <name>, is it? You'll help me, won't you? There's money to be had! Here's the deal... you bring me the ears of fifteen Bloodscalp Trolls, and I'll compensate you well.
For the full series, head on over to Valdihr's Artstation page!
Valdihr of Classic Journey Interview + Unique Icy Veins Art Piece
A Classic Journey: Incredible Art in Animated Series Style
A Classic Art Journey Parts 7-11
The Lich King Wins in This Alternate Shadowlands Art
Impressive Warbringers Pixel Art
Officially Licensed Fine Art Prints for WoW, Diablo and StarCraft