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Warcraft Recap: WoD Beta Patch Notes Updated, Alliance Chopper, Artcraft

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Latest WoD patch notes, new models and more!

This week in Warcraft brings new updates to the Warlords of Draenor patch notes, with a number of new class changes for nearly every class! The latest updates most notable changes affect Death Knights and Warriors, so they're definitely worth checking out! There haven't been any new hotfixes, but Blizzard has once again implemented the Heart of the Valorous buff for this weekend! I'm sure many players would rather the buff be available during the week, so they can have it while getting all of their raids done just after reset. Blizzard certainly understands that not everyone can play so much during the week, hence the weekend-only buff. They've also shown off some fancy new models this week! They've released a new Artcraft article showing off some of the facial customization options we can expect in WoD along with some great insight into the design process. Blizzard has also revealed that the Alliance Chopper mount, while not the winner of Azeroth Choppers, will be available in-game after all! Be sure to check out all the details in this week's recap!





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Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes Updated


The Warlords of Draenor patch notes have been updated twice this week with additional class changes. Notable changes this week include:
  • Changes to Death Knight's Frost specialization allowing for different rotations depending on if the Death Knight is two-handed versus dual-wielding.
  • Arms Warrior's Battle Stance now generates 115% more Rage from auto-attacks and Critical Strikes now generate double Rage.
  • Warrior's Piercing Howl is no longer a talent, and is now a baseline Fury warrior ability.
  • Shaman's Chain Lightning damage has been increased by 50%.
  • Druid's Dream of Cenarius no longer affects Healing Touch.
These aren't all the changes in this latest patch, so be sure to check out MMO-Champion for a patch notes excerpt including only the changed/updated notes. As always, the full updated patch notes are available on the World of Warcraft website.

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Heart of the Valorous Buff Weekend


Blizzard has reactivated the Heart of the Valorous buff once more, and the buff will be active beginning Friday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, through Monday, August 4 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. No, the Valor cap has not been raised, so enjoy capping your characters this weekend! If you're actually running out of ideas for capping Valor (which shouldn't even be hard at this point, even for the most casual of players), feel free to check out our Guide to Gaining Valor!



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Alliance Chopper Revealed, Will Be Available In-Game


In response to all of the negative feedback (or, as Blizzard calls it, "popular demand"), Blizzard has decided to add the Azeroth Choppers Alliance Chopper mount to World of Wacraft! Unlike the Horde chopper, which all Horde players will receive for free "sometime after the Launch of Warlords of Draenor," Alliance players can expect to pay a "pretty hefty" amount of gold for their faction's bike. Still, though, it looks awesome!

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Artcraft - Updated Facial Customization


Blizzard's latest Artcraft feature does not spotlight a specific race as previous ones have, but instead focuses on the upcoming changes to facial customization coming with Warlords of Draenor! With the newly updated racial models, Blizzard has received a lot of feedback complaining that all of the characters looked the same. Blizzard has made it clear that they are planning "tackle all of a race's facial options at once" and have taken the opportunity to show off their newly updated facial structures and range of customization options that will be available in the upcoming expansion! We'll likely start to see updated facial options in upcoming patches as these new facial models are finished. Be sure to check out the latest Artcraft for a sneak peek at some of the new facial models!


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