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Warcraft Recap: Warlords of Draenor Alpha Notes Updated, Patch Additions + More!

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Latest Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes, plus tons of new items and more!

This week in Warcraft brings a massive update to the Warlords of Draenor Alpha patch notes! There's tons of new class changes, including the much-anticipated Balance druid rework and some great quality of life changes to other classes (such as Hunter and Warrior). Our friends at MMO-Champion have released a massive post detailing all of the great new finds in this latest patch, including amazing Challege Mode items, Tier 17 Armor Sets and tons of data. Blizzard have also posted a tiny set of hotfixes for the latest live build (bo-ring!) and there's a new episode of Azeroth Choppers! Check out all of the awesome new Warlords of Draenor Alpha content in this week's recap!




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Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes Major Update


The Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes were just recently revised to reflect the latest build, and there are monumental changes! Nearly every section of the extremely extensive patch notes have been updated, including some much anticipated changes previously mentioned or hinted at by Blizzard CMs and developers. Most notable class changes this build include the massive rework of the Druid's Balance specialization, substantional improvements to the Arms and Fury specializations for Warriors, modification to burst cooldown abilities for Hunters and tons of additions (and subtractions) from other classes.

Our friends at MMO-Champion have posted a patch notes excerpt which includes only the changed/updated notes, while the full updated patch notes are available on the World of Warcraft website.

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Latest 5.4.8 Hotfixes - May 21


Blizzard isn't too focused on the future to forget about the present! They've also made a few more hotfixes to the latest live build, which was released on servers earlier this week. Check out our awesome post on the item upgrade and valor point changes that went live earlier this week, and check out these new changes!

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May 21


Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Resolved an issue where the Rated Battleground flag carrier debuff functioned incorrectly. Characters in a Tanking specialization should now correctly take 50% additional damage while carrying a flag in a Rated Battleground.
Items
  • Replica General's Leather Treads no longer increases the duration of Sprint in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Burdens of Eternity may no longer be used while inside a Heroic Dungeon, Raid, or Scenario.
Bug Fixes
  • Resolved an issue where Feats of Strength for Collector's Edition: Dread Raven and Collector’s Edition: Dread Hatchling were not being correctly awarded to players.
  • Resolved an issue where players transitioning from Eastern Plaguelands into Ghostlands while on certain flying mounts would be unable to resummon the mount until they relog back in.




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Latest Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Additions


MMO-Champion have posted a massive preview of content datamined from the latest Warlords of Draenor Alpha build (18297). The latest content post includes new character textures, items, icons, models, maps and encounter journals, minimaps, spell changes, strings and achievement changes. Whew! They've also posted videos of new Challenge Mode items they've discovered, which are some of the most detailed items ever added to WoW. Each item features an amazing transformation animation, hopefully a feature we'll see throughout the expansion on the most special of items!

Check out the latest Warlords of Draenor Alpha data on MMO-Champion and be sure to view the Challenge Mode item video below!





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Artcraft - Cosmetic Class Accessories


The latest entry in Blizzard's Artcraft series features senior art director Chris Robinson sharing a look at an excellent visual feature they'd like to add in the future: cosmetic class accessories. It's been quite some time since Blizzard removed the extra item slot from Hunters, Shamans, Druids and Paladins, one that previous held a class-specific accessory such as a Libram or Quiver. Blizzard is currently early in the concept phase of bringing these items back in order to add that special flavor back into the game. They've shared some concept art of a few examples, and have mentioned that they have a "lot of ideas" for accessories for all classes! There's no limit to the customization options! Be sure to check out this super-early look at a potential future WoW feature! The more we can transmog, the better! Check out this concept on the official World of Warcraft blog!



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Azeroth Choppers Episode, Plus Merch and Voting!


The latest episode of the Azeroth Choppers webseries has been posted! The teams have just arrived at Blizzard to meet with the art departments to get to work at putting the winning bike in-game! Ready for your in-game mount? Voting will begin on May 29th when Episode 7 airs, and the winning faction's mount will make it in-game! Did we mention that the mount will be free? Of course, I'd assume we'll actually see both mounts in-game, but may the best side win! Blizzard has also added Azeroth Choppers shirts to their store, so check it out if that's your thing!





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Filming of the Warcraft Movie Finished


They're making a Warcraft movie, remember? They've kept nearly every detail of the upcoming Warcraft movie tight under wraps, but the movie's director Duncan Jones has just tweeted today that the movie is done filming! It will spend quite some time in post-processing before its scheduled release on March 11, 2016, but maybe we'll finally start seeing some details over the next two years! There's only been one photo from the set leaked from its 123 day filming. Give us something to be excited about already!

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