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Warcraft Recap: Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes Update, New Draenei Model + More!

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Beta Patch Notes update plus new Draenei model!

This week in World of Warcraft sees an update to the Warlords of Draenor Patch notes. Blizzard has done another pass over the abilities and class changes, and a few more spells have been deemed unnecessary (such as the Druid's spell_nature_sleep.jpgHibernate ability and Warlock's spell_shadow_grimward.jpgCurse of Exhaustion). There's also been some substantial changes to a variety of specializations, including some welcome changes and re-works for Arms and Fury Warriors. Blizzard has also previewed the new Draenei Male model in their latest Artcraft entry, and he's looking buffer than ever. Our friends over at MMO-Champion have fished up another new Tier 17 armor set (this time, it's Hunters), so be sure to check it out! Also, in case you haven't yet logged into WoW and Valor capped for the week, the pvecurrency-valor.jpgHeart of the Valorous buff is back for the entire weekend! Read on for more details in this week's Warcraft recap!




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Heart of the Valorous Buff Returns


The pvecurrency-valor.jpgHeart of the Valorous has returned once more, and will be active on live servers from Friday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, through Monday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. The buff has not been changed, and still increases Valor gain by 100%. Many players have expressed diappointment in the buff. The main concern expressed is that implementing the buff on the weekend is useless because many players have already capped valor by this point, since it resets on Tuesday, making the buff useless to the majority of active players. Also, the weekly valor cap of 1000 remains, so many players are capped by Wednesday after doing their raids and a few quests. Blizzard poster Bashiok states, "If you're capping four characters in a few hours already, halving that time probably wouldn't be a big boost for you. This is more as incentive for those that aren't capping at all." Maybe in the future we'll see this buff implemented on Tuesday? If you haven't capped yet and you're looking for easy ways to maximize your Valor-earning potential, be sure to check out our Guide to Gaining Valor!



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Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes Updated


It's been a while since the last update to the Warlords of Draenor Beta patch notes, but Blizzard has just done another sweep over the lengthy document. This latest update focuses primarily on class changes, with some additional ability pruning and some major changes for Warriors, Hunters and Monks. The patch notes have been updated with changes for nearly every class in this update. Notable changes this update include:
  • Tanks will now take 25% additional damage while engaged in PVP combat.
  • Marksmanship Hunters have had their Mastery changed from Wild Quiver to Sniper Training
  • Some class abilities have been changed to see better benefit from the Multistrike stat
  • Major changes to Warrior talents, including new talents and removal of some existing talents
  • An additional wave of ability pruning was done, over 10 more class spells have been removed
As always, 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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Artcraft -- Draenei Male


Blizzard has posted a new entry in their Artcraft series, this time spotlighting the phenomenal changes made to the Draenei male model. Blizzard considers the current Draenei male model one of the better character models in the game, so there weren't many substantial changes to the overall appearance of the character. Instead, the Draenei male see detailed new, higher resolution textures (in the form of bulging veins and muscles). I guess all of those empty areas of the Exodar were previously full of workout equipment. Check out the full preview of the new Human male model on the official World of Warcraft blog!



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MMO-Champion Tier Armor Previews


Our friends at MMO-Champion have datamined a few new armor sets from the latest Warlords of Draenor Beta builds. Their latest finds include Tier 17 armor for Hunter and Death Knight (Mythic rarity), as well as Season 16 PVP armor sets for Death Knight, Warlock and Mage!I also wanted to spotlight the awesome video previews MMO-Champion has made to show off the upcoming Tier armor sets! Be sure to check them out!
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