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It seems the recent improvements in communication with the community are continuing, as Blizzard has started sending out thank you notes to players on the PTR!
Players are receiving emails with thank you notes for their testing of patch 9.1.5 on the PTR with some fun stats in it, like the number of bugs the player personally submitted, as well as the total and unique number of bugs being reported:
Have been in PTR for a while but never gotten anything like this. Is it a common thing? Still good to know how many bugs I reported - although it doesn't say how many were addressed, which I'd say is the actual useful info I'd like to get
We haven't seen something likee this outside of Alpha tester emails, so it's a very nice addition to the PTR landscape and might hopefully encourage more players to report bugs. The "bugs addressed" suggestion isn't ever going to happen, as not all bugs can be fixed in time, and no developer really wants to pull attention to that. Regardless of that, this is still a pretty good step forward in community communication and hopefully Blizzard can improve even more on that front in the future.
And in case you thought only the "big bug reporters" got a note, you'd be wrong!
Blizzard recently changed two in-game paintings on the 9.1.5 PTR, due to their sexualized nature, and the choice of what to replace one of them with has been the focus of a lot of community jokes and memes. While one painting simply got a visual texture quality upgrade and some more clothing, the second got a little more extreme treatment:
The WoW community took this change as a challenge to get creative and came up with a lot of different interpretations of the decision, as well as some very specific predictions for what this could mean for the future of the game. We start off with how a player imagined the new painting occurred:
Then there's also some slightly less impressive ones:
And then there are the predictions for what this might mean for the future:
LEAKED Updated Female Character Models for 9.1.5
I can't wait to log in tomorrow when Blizzard fixed sexism in the workplace
And finally there's the very large thread on the matter, with many comments on the situation:
Another crazy fast time for Gitoff in the never-ending Torghast layer 12 speed runs! We've seen a flawless layer 12 in under 4 minutes and a non-flawless one in under 3, but now Gitoff has beaten their own non-flawless record by over a minute, finishing in 1:50!! Huge congrats and now it is really becoming questionable whether it's even doable faster!
More hotfixes arrive as the week nears its end, with some Monk fixes, cross-realm Mythic confirmation and a couple of BCC improvements as well.
September 16 (Source)
Monk Fixed an issue that allowed Bonedust Brew (Necrolord Ability) to deal damage based on non-hostile damage events, such as Blessing of Sacrifice. Dungeons and Raids
Sanctum of Domination [With NA and EU realm restarts] Congratulations to the top 100 Horde and Alliance guilds for defeating Sylvanas on Mythic difficulty! With the next reset, cross realm groups can enter Sanctum of Domination on Mythic difficulty. Theater of Pain Falling from a platform in the Altars of Agony before Kul'tharok will now place the character's body on the platform they fell from. Quests
The Shardhides for “Spill the Tea” should now be more plentiful. Burning Crusade Classic
Fixed an issue that prevented the pop-up notice that is displayed when a Battlefield is ready from hiding when you leave the queue. Fixed a sound issue when riding ram, horse, talbuk and deathcharger mounts.
We continue our preview of this week's 9.1.5 class changes with Monks and Spinning Crane Kick is no longer hard-capped!
Spinning Crane Kick Brewmaster, Mistweaver: Spin while kicking in the air, dealing [ 40% of Attack Power ] Physical damage over 1.5 sec to up to 6 all enemies within 8 yds. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets. Windwalker: Spin while kicking in the air, dealing [ 26.7% of Attack Power + 26.7% of Off-hand Attack Power ] Physical damage over 1.5 sec to up to 6 all enemies within 8 yds. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets. Spinning Crane Kick's damage is increased by 15% 18% for each unique target you've struck in the last 20 sec with Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick, or Rising Sun Kick. Stacks up to 6 5 times.