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  1. New Preserved Contaminants - May 22, 2020 New Preserved Contaminants are now available for purchase from MOTHER in the Chamber of Heart. This is live for NA players, EU players will get access to them on Saturday at 9:00 PM CET. Available in this Rotation Masterful Rank 1 - 3000 EchoesVoid Ritual Rank 1 - 4125 EchoesDeadly Momentum Rank 2 - 5000 EchoesSiphoner Rank 2 - 6300 EchoesIneffable Truth Rank 2 - 6750 EchoesVersatile Rank 3 - 5000 EchoesAvoidant Rank 1 - 3300 Echoes Choosing Your Corruption Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Choosing Your Corruption In addition to any unlocked Essences, MOTHER will now also offer several new Preserved Contaminants, which allow for a specific Corruption effect (and the associated Corruption penalty) to be applied to a selected item. The inventory of available Preserved Contaminants will change twice each week, mirroring the Assault cadence, and will cycle through all available Corruption effects at various levels of potency. You can use a Preserved Contaminant to apply the Corruption you purchased to any uncorrupted item that can be Corrupted, much like an enchant. View the full article
  2. New Preserved Contaminants - March 22, 2020 New Preserved Contaminants are now available for purchase from MOTHER in the Chamber of Heart. This is live for NA players, EU players will get access to them on Saturday at 9:00 PM CET. Available in this Rotation Masterful Rank 1 - 3000 EchoesVoid Ritual Rank 1 - 4125 EchoesDeadly Momentum Rank 2 - 5000 EchoesSiphoner Rank 2 - 6300 EchoesIneffable Truth Rank 2 - 6750 EchoesVersatile Rank 3 - 5000 EchoesAvoidant Rank 1 - 3300 Echoes Choosing Your Corruption Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Choosing Your Corruption In addition to any unlocked Essences, MOTHER will now also offer several new Preserved Contaminants, which allow for a specific Corruption effect (and the associated Corruption penalty) to be applied to a selected item. The inventory of available Preserved Contaminants will change twice each week, mirroring the Assault cadence, and will cycle through all available Corruption effects at various levels of potency. You can use a Preserved Contaminant to apply the Corruption you purchased to any uncorrupted item that can be Corrupted, much like an enchant. View the full article
  3. Shadowlands Alpha - Build 34490 - Undead Customization, Single Shoulder Transmog Shadowlands Alpha - Oribos Hub Preview The first iteration of Oribos is now available for viewing on the Shadowlands Alpha. This will be the main hub for both the Horde and Alliance during the expansion. There are currently no quests to do, but here are some notes of interest: There are currently four floors to explore. The main floor is the largest, with a set of stairs that lead to a small lower section and teleport pads in the center that lead to the portal room. The upstairs is currently unavailable.The portal room is currently empty. Temporary placeholder portals are accessed on the outer ring of the main floor.The inn is located on the right of the inner ring of the main floor.The Enclave Located in the lower left of the inner ring of the main floor.The PvP vendors are located here. There is a conquest vendor and an honor vendor allowing you to purchase PvP gear with both currencies. There is also an upgrade NPC next to them for upgrading gear much like in Pandaria and Warlords.There are also covenant embassies in this area.Hall of Curiosities Located in the lower right of the inner ring of the main floor.You will find the barber shop, transmog NPCs, stable masters, and vendors here.Hall of Holding Located in the upper right of the inner ring of the main floor.The bank is located here.There is a large vault next to the bank in the upper right inner ring. This seems to be the location of looting your weekly chests and accomplishments.Hall of Shapes Located in the upper left of the inner ring of the main floor.This wing is entirely devoted to professions. View the full article
  4. Arena World Championship 2020 - Trailer The Arena World Championship begins May 22 at 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET. Arena World Championship 2020 - Schedule Friday, May 22, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 1Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 1Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 2Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 2Friday, Jun 5, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 3Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 3Friday, Jun 12, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA EU Cup 4Saturday, Jun 13, 2020 - 10 AM Pacific Time / 7 PM CET - AWC BFA NA Cup 4 Arena World Championship 2020 - Viewer's Guide Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) The Arena World Championship (AWC) is one of the most prestigious PvP event in the world (of Warcraft and otherwise) and cups are starting up again for the final AWC season in Battle for Azeroth. Excitement in moderation is not recommended, it’s time to get HYPE. Watch exclusively on YouTube.com/Warcraft starting May 22. Enter the Arena To help protect the health and safety of players, staff, and partners, the 2020 Arena World Championship Battle for Azeroth season will be held entirely online. We have also made some necessary and innovative new changes to the format of AWC outlined here. Schedule of Events The AWC will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube.com/Warcraft on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Each broadcast day will begin at 10 a.m. PT / 7 p.m. CET, live on YouTube. Check out our schedule page for a full list of broadcast days and times. Casters Elliot “Venruki” Venczel: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube Other than becoming an Arena World Champion at the 2012 Global Finals in Shanghai, Venruki is also known for providing expert analysis and commentary for AWC tournaments. He has been playing and competing since 2008, achieving his first Rank 1 title in Season 3 and competing in Blizzard and community tournaments still to this day. You can catch Venruki at Twitch.tv/Venruki with high-end PvP gameplay in both World of Warcraft and WoW Classic. Sid “Supatease” Compston: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube Sid has been bringing the hype to WoW tournaments as a play-by-play caster since 2014 and has been an avid Arena player for years achieving multiple rank one titles. Outside of WoW, Sid has transformed his life by losing 90 pounds and committing himself to a healthier life. You can catch Sid on stream flexing his musical prowess with flute solos, and freestyle rap commentary of his gameplay. Mohamed “Ziqo” Beshir: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube The Sorcerer of Stockholm. Ziqo has achieved #1 titles in every expansion, playing World of Warcraft since he was a kid. Equipped with deep knowledge of World of Warcraft combined with his iconic laugh, deep voice, and unusual haircuts we couldn't think of anyone better to be our expert analyst for the AWC broadcasts. Gillian “Eiya” Long: Twitter | Twitch Gillian “Eiya” Long started working in esports in 2016. She has worked as a stats producer, observer, and tournament admin, and her passion for WoW esports is evident behind the camera and in-front. A WoW fan since Burning Crusade, Eiya debuted as sideline reporter & host last year and she hasn’t stopped since. Most recently she hosted Method Mayhem and the Mythic Dungeon International. Rich Campbell: Twitter | Twitch | YouTube Rich is not only considered one of the best World of Warcraft players of all time - in every aspect of the game and on every spec, but he is also very good at talking, and making it all look good while doing it. He first started hosting WoW arena in Warlords of Draenor and since has gotten to travel around the world with the show. Rich is excited to be back for what looks like the best year of WoW Esports yet. Check out our schedule page for a full list of broadcast days and times. Stay Connected Stay connected and stay on top of the latest news by following us on YouTube and the brand new WoW Esports Twitter. Check out the broadcast schedule on our esports page. Good luck, and have fun! View the full article
  5. Shadowlands Alpha - Build 34490 A new build is here. New strings were added to copy live key bindings to the PTR. Talent Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Rogue Outlaw Acrobatic Strikes (New) Row 2, Column 1. Spell: Acrobatic Strikes Spell Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Mounts Ardenweald Moth (Dark) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Epic Runestag (Blue) Name changed from "PH Epic Runestag" to "Epic Runestag (Blue)".Epic Runestag (Dark) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Epic Runestag (Teal) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Epic Runestag (White) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Gorm (Yellow) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Harnessed Hopecrusher Name changed from "PH Gargon" to "Harnessed Hopecrusher".Horned Horse (Ardenweald Blue) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Horrid Brood Dredwing (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Epic Tauralus (Blue) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Epic Tauralus (Green) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Epic Tauralus (Grey) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Epic Tauralus (Orange) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Skullboar (Black) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Skullboar (Green) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Skullboar (Grey) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Skullboar (Purple) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Soul Eater (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Tauralus (Blue) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Tauralus (Green) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Tauralus (Grey) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.PH Tauralus (Orange) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Runestag (Blue) Name changed from "PH Runestag" to "Runestag (Blue)".Runestag (Dark) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Runestag (Teal) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Runestag (White) (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.Silvertip Dredwing Name changed from "PH Dredbat" to "Silvertip Dredwing".Vrednic Name changed from "PH Epic Gargon" to "Vrednic". Companions PHA7-YNX Name changed from "Pocket PHA7-YNX" to "PHA7-YNX". Demon Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator) Havoc Essence Break Slash all enemies in front of you for [ 53.7% of Attack Power ] Chaos damage, and increase the damage your Chaos Strike and Blade Dance deal to them by 40% for 8 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. Havoc Demon Hunter - Level 106 Talent. Havoc Demon Hunter - Level 106 Talent. Melee 10 yd range. Instant. 20 sec cooldown. Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator, PvP Talent Calculator, Artifact Calculator) Acrobatic Strikes Increases the range on all your melee attacks by [ 3 + 25% of Spell Power ] yards. Passive Talent. Passive Talent. Outlaw Rogue - Level 30 Talent. Outlaw Rogue - Level 30 Talent.Sap Incapacitates a target not in combat for 60 sec. Only works on Humanoids, Beasts, Demons, and Dragonkin. Damage will revive the target. Limit 1. Requires Melee Weapon. Requires Stealth. 35 Energy. 8 10 yd range. Instant. 1 sec global cooldown.Stealth Normal Assassination, Subtlety, Initial: Conceals you in the shadows until cancelled, allowing you to stalk enemies without being seen. Movement speed while stealthed is increased by 0% and damage dealt is increased by 0%. Outlaw: Conceals you in the shadows until cancelled, allowing you to stalk enemies without being seen. Master of Subtlety: Conceals you in the shadows until cancelled, allowing you to stalk enemies without being seen. Attacks from Stealth and for 5 sec after deal 10% more damage. Instant. 2 sec cooldown. Subtlety Shadow Vault Finishing move that leaps you into the air, sprays shuriken at all up to 8 nearby targets dealing Physical damage. Targets with your Find Weakness suffer an additional 50% damage as Shadow 1 point : [ 3.6% of Attack Power ] damage 2 points: [ 7.2% of Attack Power ] damage 3 points: [ 10.8% of Attack Power ] damage 4 points: [ 14.4% of Attack Power ] damage 5 points: [ 18% of Attack Power ] damage 6 points: [ 21.6% of Attack Power ] damage Requires Melee Weapon. Limited to 8 targets. Rogue - Subtlety Spec. Rogue - Subtlety Spec. 35 Energy. Instant. 1 sec global cooldown.Shuriken Storm Shuriken Storm critical strikes apply Flind Find Weakness for 6 sec. Rogue - Subtlety Spec. Rogue - Subtlety Spec. Item Effects Exile's Reach Gear (New) Create a set of equipment comparable to completing Exile's Reach. 2 sec cast.Fire Proc (DNT) (New) Your abilities have a chance to deal 0 damage. (Spell desc) Instant.Glimmering Facial Cream (New) Apply gingerly to gain a sparkling complexion. Instant.Hearth to Moonglade Hearths the user to Booty Bay. 15 sec cast. Moonglade. 15 sec cast.Heirloom Experience Bonus +10% Experience gained is increased by 10%. 0%.Heirloom Experience Bonus +5% Experience gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5%. 0%.Holy Block (New) Gain a shield for 60 min that absorbs up to 0 Holy Damage. Instant. 30 sec cooldown.Hydrodynamic Accelerator Name changed from "Hydrodynamic Accelerators" to "Hydrodynamic Accelerator". Significantly increase swim speed. Increase swim speed Can only benefit from one Hydrodynamic AcceleratorKyrian Plumage (New) Hold on tight to the feather. Instant.Luxurious Feather Greatly reduces falling damage. Reduces falling damageMistcaller Ocarina (New) Play a melody, buoying the spirits of your allies for 5 min. Your song grants your allies' abilities a low chance to grant them 0 Critical Strike for 15 sec. 4 sec cast. 30 sec cooldown. Approximately 1 proc per minute.Mistcaller Ocarina (New) Play a melody, buoying the spirits of your allies for 5 min. Your song grants your allies' abilities a low chance to grant them 0 Mastery for 15 sec. 4 sec cast. 30 sec cooldown. Approximately 1 proc per minute.Mistcaller Ocarina (New) Play a melody, buoying the spirits of your allies for 5 min. Your song grants your allies' abilities a low chance to grant them 0 Haste for 15 sec. 4 sec cast. 30 sec cooldown. Approximately 1 proc per minute.Mistcaller Ocarina (New) [PH] Haste Song Instant.Mistcaller Ocarina (New) [PH] Mastery Song Instant.Mistcaller Ocarina (New) [PH] Critical Strike Song Instant.Mistcaller Ocarina (New) [PH] Versatility Song Instant.Necrostatic Micro Capacitor (New) Completing a World Quest increases Primary Stat by 0 for 15 min, stacking up to 5 times.Obleron Spikes x3 Increase haste by 15%. Instant. Increase critical strike chance by 15%. Instant.Open Chest (New) Instant.Potion of Deathly Fixation Your damaging spells and abilities have a chance to apply Deathly Fixation to your target, dealing 0 Shadow damage over 8 sec and stacking up to 5 times. Upon reaching 5 stacks, Deathly Fixation explodes, dealing 0 Shadow damage to the target. If you consume this potion while your weapon is augmented with Shadowcore Oil, the explosion damage is increased by 10%. Lasts 25 sec. Instant. Approximately 20 procs per minute. 12 procs per minute.Potion of Phantom Fire Your attacks and spells have a chance to send out a fiery projection at your target dealing 0 Fire and Shadow damage. If you consume this potion while your weapon is augmented with Shadowcore Oil, the additional damage is increased by 10%. Lasts 25 sec. Instant. Approximately 20 procs per minute. 6 procs per minute.Power Cleaning (New) Cleanse an area of the Scourge's plague, preventing the spread of infection. 10 yd range. Instant. 5 sec cooldown.Reinforced Girdle (New) Retain Well Fed effects when slain in Arenas or BattlegroundsRevealing (New) Reveal the hidden mirror in Bastion. 15 yd range. Instant.Rusty Gargon Chain (New) A 'heavy' chain leash. Melee range. 0 sec cast (Channeled).Shadowy Rabbit's Paw Slightly increase run speed.Sin Stones (New) Instant.Siphon Storm (New) Evocation grants 2 Arcane Charges, and while channeling Evocation, your Intellect is increased by 2% every 1 sec. Lasts 30 sec.Smelting (New) Smelt the component down at the Eternal Forge to create Purified Metal. Melee range. 1.5 sec cast. Reagents: Tainted Centurion Component.Soulful Healing Potion (New) Restores 0 health. Instant. 60 sec cooldown.Soulful Mana Potion (New) Restores 0 mana. Instant. 60 sec cooldown.Spectral Stamina Flask Name changed from "Spiritual Stamina Flask" to "Spectral Stamina Flask".Squeak! (New) Instant. 2 sec cooldown.Throw Frog (New) Throw one of your captured spriggan at the targeted location. Only usable in the Garden of Night. 20 yd range. 0.5 sec cast. 1 sec cooldown.Unbound Changeling Your abilities have a chance to grant you 0 Critical Strike, Haste, and Mastery for 12 sec.Instant.Unlocking (New) Opens a pet cage within the Chalice District. Melee range. 1.5 sec cast. Misc Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Currency Types Shadowlands Sinstone Fragments (New) - The Avowed and their adherents have an immense archive with knowledge to piece back together sinstones. This makes fragments highly valuable to them as well as some less scrupulous. Flight Masters The Shadowlands Claw's Edge, Ardenweald - Name changed from "Tirna Kaithe, Ardenweald" to "Claw's Edge, Ardenweald".Dreamsong Fenn, Ardenweald - Name changed from "Tirna Fenn, Ardenweald" to "Dreamsong Fenn, Ardenweald".Glitterfall Basin, Ardenweald - Name changed from "Tirna Eas, Ardenweald" to "Glitterfall Basin, Ardenweald".Hibernal Hollow, Ardenweald - Name changed from "Tirna Glayn, Ardenweald" to "Hibernal Hollow, Ardenweald". Group Finder Activities Dungeons Plaguefall (Heroic) (New) - 5 players. Map: Plaguefall. Difficulty: Heroic.Plaguefall (Mythic Keystone) (New) - 5 players. Map: Plaguefall. Difficulty: Mythic Keystone.Plaguefall (Mythic) (New) - 5 players. Map: Plaguefall. Difficulty: Mythic.Plaguefall (Normal) (New) - 5 players. Map: Plaguefall. Difficulty: Normal. Item Name Descriptions 10 Corruption (New) - 10 Corruption12 Corruption (New) - 12 Corruption15 Corruption (New) - 15 Corruption16 Corruption (New) - 16 Corruption17 Corruption (New) - 17 Corruption20 Corruption (New) - 20 Corruption25 Corruption (New) - 25 Corruption28 Corruption (New) - 28 Corruption30 Corruption (New) - 30 Corruption35 Corruption (New) - 35 Corruption45 Corruption (New) - 45 Corruption50 Corruption (New) - 50 Corruption60 Corruption (New) - 60 Corruption66 Corruption (New) - 66 Corruption75 Corruption (New) - 75 Corruption8 Corruption (New) - 8 Corruption LFG Dungeons Dungeons Battle for Tirna Glayn - Defend Tirna Glayn and its inhabitants from the Possessed. Roles: 1-5 damage. Map: The Shadowlands > Ardenweald Zone Scenario. Roles: 1-5 damage.End of the Dream (New) - Experience the fall of the Dreamer. Map: Broken Isles > Vision of Ysera Scenario. Roles: 1 damage.Mists of Tirna Scithe - Map: The Shadowlands Map > Mists of Tirna Scithe. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.Mists of Tirna Scithe - Map: The Shadowlands Map > Mists of Tirna Scithe. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.The Medallion of Dominion (New) - Obtain the Medallion of Dominance from Kel'Thuzad. Map: Maldraxxus Covenant Finale Scenario. Roles: 1-5 damage.Torghast, Tower of the Damned - Name changed from "Torghast, the Tower of the Damned" to "Torghast, Tower of the Damned". Mail Templates #550 (New) - In order to reactivate your account using gold, we withdrew some uncollected money from your mail. Because of this, you may notice less money in the mail than you expected. Don't be alarmed, as no money was lost. Thanks, and welcome back to Azeroth! - The WoW Dev Team Map Areas Unknown Alluvium Hollow (New)Ascension Coliseum (New)Claw's Edge - Name changed from "Tirna Kaithe" to "Claw's Edge".Darkreach - Name changed from "Tirna Marwol" to "Darkreach".Dreamsong Fenn - Name changed from "Tirna Fenn" to "Dreamsong Fenn".Fate's Precipice (New)Glitterfall Basin - Name changed from "Tirna Eas" to "Glitterfall Basin".Hibernal Hollow - Name changed from "Tirna Glayn" to "Hibernal Hollow".Temple of Elune (New) - Music: Zone-70-Val'sharah-GeneralWalk.The Forgotten Forge (New)The Jagged Coast (New)Tirna Noch - Name changed from "The Fallen Tree" to "Tirna Noch".Val'sharah (New) - Music: Zone-70-Val'sharah-GeneralWalk. Map Difficulties Broken Isles > Vision of Ysera Scenario - Normal Scenario (New) - Max players: 5.Mists of Tirna Scithe - Heroic Dungeon - Name changed from "The Shadowlands > Mists of Tirna Scithe - Heroic Dungeon" to "Mists of Tirna Scithe - Heroic Dungeon".Mists of Tirna Scithe - Mythic Dungeon - Name changed from "The Shadowlands > Mists of Tirna Scithe - Mythic Dungeon" to "Mists of Tirna Scithe - Mythic Dungeon".Mists of Tirna Scithe - Mythic Keystone - Name changed from "The Shadowlands > Mists of Tirna Scithe - Mythic Keystone" to "Mists of Tirna Scithe - Mythic Keystone".Mists of Tirna Scithe - Normal Dungeon - Name changed from "The Shadowlands > Mists of Tirna Scithe - Normal Dungeon" to "Mists of Tirna Scithe - Normal Dungeon".The Shadowlands > Ardenweald Zone Scenario - Normal Scenario (New) - Max players: 5. Maps Shadowlands Broken Isles > Vision of Ysera Scenario (New) - Directory: 2299. Type: Scenario. Horde Description: "Vision of Ysera Scenario".Mists of Tirna Scithe - Name changed from "The Shadowlands > Mists of Tirna Scithe" to "Mists of Tirna Scithe".The Shadowlands > Ardenweald Zone Scenario (New) - Directory: 2303. Type: Scenario. Horde Description: "Ardenweald Zone Scenario". Mounts Flying Mounts Ardenweald Moth (Dark) (New) - Flying Mount. Ardenweald Moth (Dark). "PH"Endmire Flyer (New) - Flying Mount. Endmire Flyer. "Attracted through portals through which little is known these flying devourers have found a home in the Endmire of Revendreth feeding on the latent anima." Source: PHHorned Horse (Ardenweald Blue) (New) - Flying Mount. Horned Horse (Ardenweald Blue). "PH" Source: PHHorrid Brood Dredwing - Name changed from "PH Dredbat" to "Horrid Brood Dredwing". Flying Mount. PH Dredbat. "PH" Source: PH Horrid Brood Dredwing. "Harika the Horrid terrorized the denizens of the Forest Ward yet with her demise her broodlings under proper direction can now take this horror to denizens farther afield." Source: PHLoyal Gorger (New) - Flying Mount. Loyal Gorger. "Crawling forth from the cracks between the realms, the devourers have a voracious appetite for anima. Little is known of their origins, but all denizens of the Shadowlands see their recent boldness as a sign of the end times." Source: PHPH Devourer Mite (Green) (New) - Flying Mount. PH Devourer Mite (Green). "PH" Source: PHPH Devourer Mite (Light) - Name changed from "PH Devourer Mite" to "PH Devourer Mite (Light)".PH Purple Dredwing (New) - Flying Mount. PH Purple Dredwing. "PH" Source: PHPH Soul Eater (New) - Flying Mount. PH Soul Eater. "PH" Source: PHPH White Dredwing (New) - Flying Mount. PH White Dredwing. "PH" Source: PHSilvertip Dredwing (New) - Flying Mount. Silvertip Dredwing. "Bred by the Revendreth prince, Renathal, these rare dredwing are fiercely loyal and will only let those deemed worhty by the prince himself to interact with them." Source: PH Ground Mounts Blood-Crazed Gargon (New) - Ground Mount. Blood-Crazed Gargon. "The blood of living beings battling throughout Revendreth has sent this gargon into a rage and only those standing on the corpses of their foes can rein it in." Source: PHDesire's Loyal Hound (New) - Ground Mount. Desire's Loyal Hound. "The Countess maintains a small stable of elegantly adorned gargon mounts for her sole use. Many a rival has been taken in by the finery to their peril as she personally oversees their deadly training." Source: PHEpic Runestag (Blue) - Name changed from "PH Epic Runestag" to "Epic Runestag (Blue)". Ground Mount. PH Epic Runestag. "PH" Source: PH Epic Runestag (Blue). "PH" Source: PHEpic Runestag (Dark) (New) - Ground Mount. Epic Runestag (Dark). "PH" Source: PHEpic Runestag (Teal) (New) - Ground Mount. Epic Runestag (Teal). "PH" Source: PHEpic Runestag (White) (New) - Ground Mount. Epic Runestag (White). "PH" Source: PHGorm (Yellow) (New) - Ground Mount. Gorm (Yellow). "PH" Source: PHHarnessed Hopecrusher - Name changed from "PH Gargon" to "Harnessed Hopecrusher". Ground Mount. PH Gargon. "PH" Source: PH Harnessed Hopecrusher. "Hopecrusher was once the loyal mount of a House Briarbane lord, but turned on the lord and his retinue. Members of House Briarbane now whisper of a dark Gargon lying in wait even baiting venthyr who venture through the darker parts of the Chalice District of Revendreth." Source: PHInquisition Intimidator (New) - Ground Mount. Inquisition Intimidator. "The gargon of the Inquisitors are some of the most vicious ever carved. The Avowed seek to recapture these beasts and return them to the righteous duty of assisting in the purifying of souls rather than the perversions performed at the hands of the Inquisitors." Source: PHPH Epic Red Gargon (New) - Ground Mount. PH Epic Red Gargon. "PH" Source: PHPH Epic Tauralus (Blue) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Epic Tauralus (Blue). "PH" Source: TBDPH Epic Tauralus (Green) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Epic Tauralus (Green). "PH" Source: TBDPH Epic Tauralus (Grey) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Epic Tauralus (Grey). "PH" Source: TBDPH Epic Tauralus (Orange) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Epic Tauralus (Orange). "PH" Source: TBDPH Epic White Gargon (New) - Ground Mount. PH Epic White Gargon. "PH" Source: PHPH Skullboar (Black) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Skullboar (Black). "PH" Source: TBDPH Skullboar (Green) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Skullboar (Green). "PH" Source: TBDPH Skullboar (Grey) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Skullboar (Grey). "PH" Source: TBDPH Skullboar (Purple) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Skullboar (Purple). "PH" Source: TBDPH Tauralus (Blue) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Tauralus (Blue). "PH" Source: TBDPH Tauralus (Green) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Tauralus (Green). "PH" Source: TBDPH Tauralus (Grey) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Tauralus (Grey). "PH" Source: TBDPH Tauralus (Orange) (New) - Ground Mount. PH Tauralus (Orange). "PH" Source: TBDPH White Gargon (New) - Ground Mount. PH White Gargon. "PH" Source: PHRunestag (Blue) - Name changed from "PH Runestag" to "Runestag (Blue)". Ground Mount. PH Runestag. "PH" Source: PH Runestag (Blue). "PH" Source: PHRunestag (Dark) (New) - Ground Mount. Runestag (Dark). "PH" Source: PHRunestag (Teal) (New) - Ground Mount. Runestag (Teal). "PH" Source: PHRunestag (White) (New) - Ground Mount. Runestag (White). "PH" Source: PHVrednic - Name changed from "PH Epic Gargon" to "Vrednic". Ground Mount. PH Epic Gargon. "PH" Source: PH Vrednic. "Prince Renathal's loyal gargon, Vrednic has been by his side for millennia. Adorned in his Sinvyr armor, Vrednic's mere presence instills terror to all those who lay eyes on him as he ushers his rider into battle." Source: PH Scenarios Assault on the House of Rituals 05: The Prime Arcanum - Kill the Ossium Horror. Maw Infernous. Battle for The Grove of Awakening 01: Clear the Way (New) - Ride with Ysera.02: Report to the Winter Queen (New) - Tell the Winter Queen what transpired at Tirna Marwol.03: Recieve the Queen's Blessing (New) - Recieve the Queen's Blessing04: Lead the Charge! (New) - Lead the Wild Hunt to the Grove of Awakening05: Orders from the Queen (New) - Speak with the Queen06: Reverse the power (New) - Help the Court regain control of the Grove of Awakening.07: For Queen and Grove (New) - Defeat Gorak Zar Battle for Tirna Glayn 01: Retake the Grove (New) - Expel all invading forces inside Tirna Glayn.02: The North Gate (New) - Use Niya's traps to defend the North Gate.03: The East Gate (New) - Heal fae at the East Gate with Dreamweaver.04: The West Gate (New) - Defend the West Gate of Tirna Glayn with Korayn.05: Saor the Drainer (New) - Defeat Ingra Saor.06: Dangerous Loading (New) - Load Ysera's Chrysalis into the Wagon.07: All Aboard (New) - Mount the Cart to escape Tirna Glayn.08: Path of Rebirth (New) - Escape to the Heart of the Forest. End of the Dream 01: Temple of Elune (New) - Begin the attack on the Temple of Elune.02: Fall of Ysera (New) - Kill the defenders of the Temple of Elune. Path of Ascension 01: Preparation - Prepare for combat!02: Fight (New) - Combat! The Medallion of Dominion 01: Taking the Necropolis (New) - Interrogate Lurking Necromancers to discover the location of Kel'Thuzad, while marking Anima Crystals for anima reclamation.02: To the Skies! (New) - Assist General Draven in clearing the skies of enemies.03: Allies on the Ground (New) - Speak with your allies on the ground about how to proceed.04: Breaking the Barrier (New) - Kill Kel'Thuzad's Lieutenants to dispel the magical barrier that blocks access to the House of Rituals.05: United in Battle (New) - Help your allies defeat the Ossium Horror.06: The Medallion of Dominion (New) - Recover the Medallion of Dominion from Kel'Thuzad.07: To Sinfall! (New) - Ride with General Draven to return to Sinfall. Violet Hold 01: Arcane Essence - Speak to Khadgar when you are ready for him to begin channeling his essence into the arcance vessel. arcane vessel. Strings Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion CHINA (New) - ChinaCOMMENTATOR_DAMPENING_PERCENT_ABS (New) - %d%%COMMENTATOR_TEAM_NAME_1 (New) - Team 1COMMENTATOR_TEAM_NAME_2 (New) - Team 2COPY_KEY_BINDINGS (New) - Copy Key BindingsCOPY_KEY_BINDINGS_CONFIRM (New) - Are you sure you want to copy your LIVE key bindings to this TEST account?COVENANT_CALLINGS_AVAILABLE (New) - New Covenant CallingCOVENANT_MISSIONS_REWARDS_EARNED (New) - You EarnedCOVENANT_MISSIONS_REWARDS_FOLLOWER_PROGRESS (New) - Follower ProgressDISABLE_AOE_LOOTING_DEFAULT_TEXT (New) - Disable AoE LootingNPEV2_APPROACH_WANDERING_BOAR - Get close to the |cFF00FFFFWandering Boar|r.NPEV2_BEAR_FORM_TUTORIAL (New) - Use |cFF00FFFFBear Form|r to shapeshift into a bearNPEV2_BUYBACK_ITEMS - Recently sold items show up here. You can |cFF00FFFFRight Click|r on them to buy them back click an item to |cFF00FFFFbuy it back|r.NPEV2_BUYBACK_ITEMS_FROM_VENDOR - The Buyback page shows items recently sold to the Vendor. You can buy back accidentally sold items.NPEV2_CALL_QUEST_ABILITY_TUTORIAL - You have You've earned a new class ability! Click here to see see it.NPEV2_CAT_FORM_TUTORIAL (New) - Use |cFF00FFFFCat Form|r to shapeshift into a catNPEV2_CLASSQUESTABILITY - \n|cFF00FFFFLeft click and drag|r |cFF00FFFF%s|r to your ability bar. \nDrag |cFF00FFFF%s|r to your Action Bar.NPEV2_DRAG_TO_EQUIP (New) - Drag your new item to equip it, or to replace an old itemNPEV2_HUNTER_STABLE_PET (New) - Dragging an active pet to the stable allows you to tame more petsNPEV2_HUNTER_TAME_ANIMAL (New) - Target a nearby animal.\n\nOpen Pet Utilities and use |cFF00FFFFTame Beast|r.\n\nDon't move while is casts!NPEV2_OPENCHARACTERSHEET (New) - To equip your new gear, press |cFF00FFFF%s|r to open your |cFF00FFFFcharacter pane|rNPEV2_RESOURCE_CALLOUT_HUNTER - The |cFF00FFFForange bar|r represents your |cFF00FFFFFocus|r which is used for your abilities. Some abilities use |cFFFF8040Focus|r, which recharges over timeNPEV2_ROGUE_SPENDER - Use your |cFF00FFFF Combo Points|r!\n\nPress |cFF00FFFF%s|r to use %s |cFF00FFFFCombo Points|r!\n\nPress |cFF00FFFF%s|r to use %sNPEV2_STEALTH_TUTORIAL - You have learned Stealth! Try using stealth to sneak around and attack your foes. Use |cFF00FFFFStealth|r to turn invisible and sneak around your foesNPEV2_SUCCESSFULLY_EQUIPPED (New) - Your item has been successfully equipped!OPTION_TOOLTIP_DISABLE_AOE_LOOTING_DEFAULT (New) - When this setting is disabled you will only loot from the corpse you clicked on, not all the lootable corpses around you. Uncheck this to loot from all in-range lootable corpses.PROFESSIONS_MODIFIED_CRAFTING_REAGENT (New) - Optional Crafting ReagentSPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_458 - You have no deaths on this level. You cannot use this when the Tarragrue has been alerted.TRANSMOGRIFY_RIGHT_SHOULDER (New) - Transmog Each Shoulder Separately View the full article
  6. Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - May 21, 2020 Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker) Items and Rewards Ashjra’kamas, Shroud of Resolve Fixed a bug that caused Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve to despawn only the most recently spawned Eye of Corruption instead of all active Eyes of Corruption. Preserved Contaminant Preserved Contaminant can now be applied to all items that have been cleansed of Corruption prior to this week’s maintenance. Player versus Player Temple of Kotmogu Fixed an issue that caused Orbs of Power to drop when taking the gateway created by Corrupted Gladiator's Breach trinket. Quests The quests within the Shadowbarb Drone questline can no longer be completed with Party Sync activated. Developers’ note: Issues using Party Sync to complete this questline could cause progress on the Aqir Hatchling faction to reset. View the full article
  7. New 4k Digital Backgrounds Available Blizzard has posted a few 4k digital backgrounds. To see the full high-quality digital backgrounds click the thumbnails in this post. Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) We’ve recently seen some requests from the community for some high-quality digital backgrounds for use in home streaming or work-from-home setups. To help you in your quest to set the right mood for your streaming audience, or to just add a bit more Azeroth to your work-from-home setup, we’ve put together some 4k digital backgrounds that we hope will hit the mark. These digital backgrounds include scenes from Visions of N’Zoth and iconic settings from World of Warcraft, as well as a peek into upcoming Shadowland zones. Check out the available options below: View the full article
  8. Using Preserved Contaminants on Older Cleansed Items Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) We’re rolling out a hotfix over the next few hours that will make it so that you can apply Preserved Contaminants to corruptible items that were cleansed before maintenance this week. We’ll see you in the Chamber of Heart! View the full article
  9. Shadowlands Preview - Oribos Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Welcome to Oribos The city of Oribos serves as the crossroads of the Shadowlands. Here, mortal souls are judged by the Arbiter before being sent to their final destinations, and shadowy denizens swap gossip and anima—the soulborn essence that fuels the Shadowlands. Your arrival in Oribos provides a glimmer of hope in a dark time: For reasons no one can explain, the Arbiter has gone dormant and is no longer directing souls to their just afterlives. Instead, every one of them is being damned to the torment of the Maw—a place from which you were the first to successfully escape. As the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde journey through the uncharted realms of Death, Oribos welcomes weary travelers from both factions—but forces them to set aside their differences while inside the citadel’s walls. How to get there: Portals in Vestibule of Eternity in Bastion or Pridefall Hamlet in Revendreth. Alpha portals are temporary; more options will become available closer to the release of Shadowlands. Oribos’s Inhabitants Meet the denizens of Oribos. Attendants Oribos is in the care of the Attendants, mysterious beings who were created to tend to the Eternal City and ensure the Arbiter carries out her duties without interruption. Their decisions are guided by “the Purpose,” the belief that the Shadowlands follows a pattern laid out by the Arbiter in her infinite wisdom. Each Attendant serves the Purpose assigned to one of three paths. Caretakers are charged with maintaining the function and stability of Oribos; they tend to the Arbiter's needs and service the operations of the city. The sagacious Scholars hold the knowledge of the Eternal City; it is from this circle that the Honored Voice, who speaks on behalf of the ever-silent Arbiter, is selected. Stoic and implacable, Protectors comprise a militia capable of defending Oribos and enforcing order within. Brokers Native to an unnamed realm of the Shadowlands, Brokers possess an innate affinity for locating anima, even in the midst of the current drought. They appear eager to assist the mortals arriving in Oribos, offering their expertise in acquiring raw materials and crafting them into useful goods. Savvy and adaptable, the Brokers keep their true intentions to themselves. One thing is clear: they can provide a wide variety of exotic merchandise and valuable services . . . if the price is right. The Soul Stream Flowing through the very center of Oribos is the soul stream, made up of all the mortal souls entering the Shadowlands. Though intended to be judged by the Arbiter and sent to the afterlife each has earned, every soul—noble and villainous alike—is instead heading straight into the Maw. Ring of Fates Now that mortals roam the Shadowlands, Oribos has attracted Brokers from across the realms of Death come and trade goods within the Hall of Curiosities. Just as in Azeroth’s sanctuary cities, Oribos offers all the services an adventurer would need, such as profession trainers (found within the Hall of Shapes), a bank (Hall of Holding), and PvP vendors. You’ll also be able to access barber shops which will provide updated appearance options for your characters in a future alpha update. Some services will not be available with the alpha at this time (including profession vendors and trainers), but we’ll let you know as soon as they’re ready for testing. Ring of Transference Though long isolated due to the effects of the anima drought, the Eternal City has once more opened its gates allowing travelers to come in and out of Oribos freely using the portals and flight master’s services within. From here, players can travel to Bastion’s elysian fields, the gladiator arenas of Maldraxxus, Ardenweald’s ethereal forests, the gothic spires of Revendreth, and the horrors of the Maw. Portals to Orgrimmar and Stormwind will also be available for Azeroth's champions to use, located at the entrance of Oribos so that you may return to the lands of the living to settle any unfinished business. Temporary portals to Bastion and Revendreth will be available to use in the alpha. Ardenweald, Maldraxxus, Orgrimmar, and Stormwind flight paths and portals will become available closer to the release of Shadowlands. The Arbiter’s Chamber From her sacred chamber atop the very crown of Oribos, the Arbiter has judged every mortal soul crossing into the Shadowlands since the dawn of time. But now, instead of being shepherded to their deserved fate, all souls are flowing past the dormant Arbiter and hurtling directly into the horrors of the Maw. The desperate Attendants have sought in vain to unravel this mystery, causing some to question their own unwavering faith in the Purpose. We look forward to sharing more information as development continues, and we hope this preview prepares you for Oribos and all it has to offer. What mysteries are you most looking forward to unveiling in Oribos? Join the discussion on the forums. Vendors and items are still in development and subject to change, so be sure to check back for periodic updates on worldofwarcraft.com as we approach the release of Shadowlands. View the full article
  10. Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - May 20, 2020 Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker) Hotfixes Preserved Contaminant Preserved Contaminant can now apply a Corruption effect to Season 4 crafted items, excluding items that cannot be Corrupted such as engineering goggles (Azerite) and alchemist stones (trinkets). Crafted items still cannot be initially Corrupted when they are crafted. Corrupting Your Season 4 Crafted Items Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) We intend to soon deploy a hotfix that will make Season 4 crafted items corruptable using the new Contaminants. This will not change how they initially drop (they still won’t be initially Corrupted), but they’ll now be valid targets for the Preserved Contaminant. This will, of course, exclude items that cannot ever be Corrupted, such as engineering goggles (Azerite) or alchemist stones (trinkets). We’re still working on the issue of items that were cleansed prior to this new system. We’ll update you further on that in the next couple of days. Warcraft III Reforged PTR Patch Notes - Version 1.32.6 A large balance patch was released to the PTR today. Fan Art - Sinistor: World of Warcraft Legends Some impressive machinima was recently released. View the full article
  11. Targeted Corruptions and Faster Cloak Empowerment - Live in NA Preserved Contaminants Now Available For Purchase Preserved Contaminants are now available for purchase from MOTHER in the Chamber of Heart. These items will be available for purchase until May 22 at 8:00 PM Pacific Time in NA (May 23 at 9:00 PM CET in EU). Available in this Rotation Ineffable Truth Rank 1 - 3300 EchoesHoned Mind Rank 1 - 4125 EchoesStrikethrough Rank 2 - 4125 EchoesMasterful Rank 2 - 4125 EchoesExpedient Rank 3 - 5000 EchoesTwisted Appendage Rank 3 - 13200 Echoes Choosing Your Corruption Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Choosing Your Corruption In addition to any unlocked Essences, MOTHER will now also offer several new Preserved Contaminants, which allow for a specific Corruption effect (and the associated Corruption penalty) to be applied to a selected item. The inventory of available Preserved Contaminants will change twice each week, mirroring the Assault cadence, and will cycle through all available Corruption effects at various levels of potency. You can use a Preserved Contaminant to apply the Corruption you purchased to any uncorrupted item that can be Corrupted, much like an enchant. Corrupting a Cleansed Item with a Preserved Contaminant Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) We’ve made some progress on this subject today. As of this morning, if you get a new Corrupted item and cleanse it, you can re-corrupt it using a Preserved Contaminant from the new system. Unfortunately, items cleansed prior to maintenance this week remain unwilling to be re-Corrupted. We’re also working on a hotfix that will add clarity to this, by highlighting Corruptable items in your bags when you activate a Preserved Contaminant. This should be very similar to how scrappable items light up when you use the scrapper. We’ll let you know when that comes through in our Hotfixes Update post. Gushing Wound Corruption Effect Reduction Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) We’re working on a hotfix that will reduce the damage done by the Gushing Wound Corruption Effect by 35%. We expect to make this change with maintenance in each region next week, starting on May 26. While we tend to only make changes like this in regular balance patch intervals, Gushing Wound is currently the most efficient of all Corruption Effects. When making changes to Corruption Effects, we previously decided to leave it as-is, because there is only one rank available and Gushing Wound is a rare and relatively difficult Corruption to acquire. However, with this week’s updates that make Corruption Effects available from MOTHER, we expect that stacking large amounts of Gushing Wound will be even more efficient than Infinite Stars, which has explicit downsides when multiple targets are present. We’ll have the change outlined in our Hotfixes Update soon after it goes live next week. View the full article
  12. Warcraft III: Reforged Developer Update Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker) Hail, Warcraft III: Reforged players! It’s been too long since we’ve shared an update on our team’s progress. After a challenging launch, we’ve been regrouping, listening to your feedback, prioritizing the things we need to do for the game, and building a plan to deliver on our next steps. While we’ve been quiet these past few months, know that there is a dedicated and passionate team that’s been hard at work on Warcraft III: Reforged behind the scenes. As our team works toward a roadmap that we can share in the near future; we’d like to start communicating more frequently and meaningfully about our plans, and what’s coming next for the game. Let’s kick that off right now, with the first in a series of articles diving into what the team is focused on. Ongoing Updates: Bug and Desync Fix Patches Since launch, we’ve delivered a series of patches in an ongoing effort to continue fixing bugs and making quality of life changes across Warcraft III. These updates have come at a rate of at least once a month, and include fixes and improvements to art, gameplay, systems, and features across the game, including Campaign, Custom Game, and Versus modes. Some of our most impactful bugs since legacy Warcraft III involve desyncs which occur when two or more players’ game clients get out of sync and force their game to end prematurely. Due to how disruptive these desyncs can be, a heavy emphasis will continue to be on finding and resolving the most common issues that are causing desyncs. In addition to actively approaching desync issues from different angles, we’re also developing a tool that will better arm us against future desyncs. Balance Updates As with other Blizzard games, our team will also be releasing balance updates for Warcraft III. Our goal is to preserve classic strategies where possible while promoting increased strategic variety. Warcraft III is a hero-focused RTS (Real-Time Strategy game), and we want to celebrate that by providing opportunities for players to open with different Heroes while retaining the unique playstyles inherent to each race and the asymmetry between races. Each of our balance patches will aim to ensure competitive integrity at the professional level while providing a variety of different strategies for new and returning players of all skill levels. Our first balance patch since launch will be coming to the Public Test Realm (PTR) for testing this week and will feature a bevy of updates. Check out the patch notes soon for all of the details, and don’t forget to provide your feedback once you’ve had a chance to play the changes on the PTR. Upcoming Features In parallel to these ongoing bug fixing efforts and balance updates, we’re also working to deliver features to the game, including Improved Matchmaking, Ranked Ladders, Profiles, Custom Campaigns, and Clans. While we’ve mentioned before that these features are in development, we wanted to start providing more details on the direction we’re taking with each, share some additional insights, and give players an opportunity to provide feedback. Up first, let’s talk about our ongoing improvements to Warcraft III’s matchmaking. Matchmaking Reforged Matchmaking is the system we use to find and match allies and opponents of similar skill. To support this, player skill is tracked using a numerical representation called a player’s Matchmaking Rating, or “MMR” for short. A higher MMR reflects a more skilled player, and matching players with others of comparable skill using their MMRs keeps games as fair and fun as possible. A player's MMR gets updated at the conclusion of each match, with the amount of points received being dependent on several factors that serve to determine their predicted win chance and an internal value called “variance.” We use variance to represent how confident our system is that a player is rated at the right skill level. When starting out, variance is high because the system doesn’t have enough information yet. Over time, as more games are played, this number will decrease. Higher variance means that there are larger swings in how MMR is adjusted after each match, while lower variance results in smaller MMR changes. Initially, our system will make large changes to MMR to get a player near their proper rating and then refine over time with smaller changes as more games are played. Consistent performance over time will allow a player’s MMR to move up (or down) as they win or lose games. In a departure from the legacy version of Warcraft III, Reforged now has a per-race MMR in all modes except Arranged Teams which allows for more competitive matchmaking while freeing players to play their favorite races or learn new races without fear of impacting their overall MMR. Also new, Reforged now features Global Matchmaking for all modes, which allows players to test their mettle against the best Warcraft III players around the world. While this addition is an exciting feature, we are aware of community concerns surrounding latency with Global Matchmaking. In reaction to this feedback, the team has begun rolling out a series of server updates which have reduced the number of high-latency games by over 60% since the week of May 4th. We will continue working to further reduce the occurrence of these high-latency games by implementing additional fixes in the coming weeks, so please continue to give us feedback on your experience. Warcraft III has three primary matchmaking modes: 1v1, Team Games (2v2, 3v3, 4v4), and Free-for-All (FFA). The goal for all modes is to match players in a way that provides the best games possible while doing so in a reasonable amount of time. To accomplish this, the system starts by looking for a perfect match and slowly loosens its requirements over time if it can’t make that match. The parameters for finding matches and the way these restrictions are relaxed are different for each of the matchmaking modes, so let’s dive into each of them. 1v1 Among the three matchmaking modes, 1v1 will have the most stringent matchmaking parameters as this game mode is all about individual performance. Reforged to further enable players to find the best and most competitive 1v1 matches. As part of these changes, the matchmaker will now adjust search parameters specifically for higher MMR players to find the most competitive matches, even in exchange for longer queue times. Regardless of MMR, the matchmaker will slowly loosen the search parameters as time goes on in order to find a match. This adjustment will take longer for higher MMR players in order to continue prioritizing finding the most competitive matches. We believe these changes will allow the most competitive 1v1 players to find the best matches that most closely mirror their skill. Team Games (2v2, 3v3, 4v4) For team games, the system is slightly different to account for the fact that the outcome of a team game is not solely tied to the performance of an individual. Team Game players who watch MMRs closely will notice that it takes more games before their MMR settles into its proper range, and they’ll see larger MMR adjustments per game—and for more games—than in 1v1. Since the outcome of the game is influenced by others on the team, the system takes longer to dial in on an individual player’s skill. In recognition of this, Arranged Teams consisting of a full team of self-organized players are now tracked separately using the team’s MMR rather than a player’s individual rating. Playing games as an Arranged Team does not affect your individual MMR for that game mode or race, so you can switch races freely while within an Arranged Team and not worry about affecting your outside ratings. Since Arranged Teams are tracked separately, they will also have separate leaderboards once Ranked Play arrives to better gauge overall performance. One of our goals is to provide as many options as possible to allow players to play alongside their friends, and this means minimizing restrictions for party size and MMR. In service of this, players of any MMR can party up together so that—no matter your skill—you can always bring along a friend to play with. Players can also group up as a partial team, allowing friends to queue up together while the matchmaker finds other players to fill the remaining slots to complete the team. Players assembling partial teams will be rated by their individual MMR rather than their team’s MMR. For the first time, the system will allow Random Teams to be paired against Arranged Teams. This is a departure from the precedent set in the legacy version of Warcraft III, so we wanted to share our thoughts behind this change. Pairing Arranged Teams solely against other Arranged Teams often resulted in very long queue times, especially for highly rated teams. These extended queue times often led to poor quality games, since teams would be matched against any available opponent once enough time passed. This change will help make more closely matched games more often, and we’ll be keeping an eye on things to ensure the right balance of match quality versus queue time. Free-for-All (FFA) Free-for-All (FFA) has historically had the most unforgiving matchmaking system as there could only be one winner and three losing players. This system felt inaccurate given that the “losing”’ players are issued similar penalties despite some surviving longer than others during a match. Victories also resulted in a single player gaining a lot of MMR, but all opponents’ MMRs decreasing. This tended to cause a disparity in MMR ratings which made it more difficult to match players up and resulted in increased queue times for everyone. With these challenges in mind, we have completely redesigned the way MMR is calculated for FFA games. Instead of having one winner and three losing players, Free-for-All games have shifted to a placements system of 1st through 4th places. At the conclusion of a game, multiple calculations are run to determine how each player’s MMR will change based on both placement and the MMR of the other players in the game. This results in a more nuanced change to each players’ Free-for-All MMR which should keep players of similar skill levels closer to one another in MMR. These updates help inform more accurate adjustments in MMRs and cut down on player queue times by keeping players grouped better with competitors of equal or similar skill. Moving to a placement system can raise concerns of potentially incentivizing players to prolong their play with unsportsmanlike tactics such as hiding buildings as an attempt to stay in the match longer. These problems have been inherent in Free-for-All since its inception and are challenging to directly address. Overall, we believe that by tying Free-for-All MMR changes to a placement system, we are actively encouraging players to finish off weaker ones, as each opponent defeated directly translates into higher MMR gains or reduced losses. As with all our other changes, we’ll continue to test and monitor these new systems to ensure that they work as intended and achieve our goals. To Be Continued... We’re excited to continue rolling out these matchmaking improvements, and moving forward, players can expect ongoing communications from us at regular intervals as we release patches. As part of those communications, we’ll have a series of feature deep dives and development updates like this one, as well as lighter looks at other aspects of the game and community. Our next feature deep dive will be focused on our upcoming Ranked Ladder system, so keep an eye out for the details on our plans in the coming weeks. We plan to provide a roadmap for our future releases as our work progresses, but in the meantime please continue sharing your feedback and know that our team is working hard to deliver features, bug fixes, improvements, and balance updates as we strive to make Warcraft III: Reforged better with each release. Zug Zug, The Warcraft III Team View the full article
  13. Targeted Corruptions and Faster Cloak Empowerment Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - May 18, 2020 Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Classes Demon Hunter Fixed a bug that prevented Haste from reducing the global cooldown of Darkness. Items and Rewards Torn Pages of “Fear and Flesh” and “The Final Truth” [With regional restarts] The number of Torn Pages of “Fear and Flesh” and “The Final Truth” quest items required for the rank 10–15 cloak quests has been reduced. Ranks 10 and 11 now require 4 Torn Pages (was 6 and 8). Ranks 13–15 now require 2 Torn Pages (was 4, 6, and 8). Developer’s note: This change will make each of the quests completable in a single Horrific Vision if a player completes all objectives within the instance. This should help newer characters catch up quicker to their peers. Echoes of Ny'alotha [With regional restarts] Echoes of Ny’alotha now drop after completing the quest “Beginning the Descent” and obtaining Ashjra’kamas, Shroud of Resolve. [With regional restarts] Echoes of Ny’alotha are much more abundant than before. The droprate of Echoes of Ny’alotha and the cost to purchase items with Echoes of Ny’alotha has been increased by a factor of 5. Developer’s note: When these changes take effect, a Major Assault will award 625 Echoes of Ny’alotha, whereas before this change they awarded 125. The cost to purchase an Essence from MOTHER will also increase by the same factor, from 500 to 2500. If you are planning to purchase a Rank 3 Essence with Echoes of Ny’alotha that you’ve already earned, you should do so now, before these costs change. [With regional restarts] MOTHER now offers Vessels of Horrific Visions in exchange for 1750 Echoes of Ny’alotha. Developer’s note: This is to provide an additional source of access to Horrific Visions that does not require completion of Assaults. Developer's note: After the weekly restart, characters can start building up Echoes of Ny’alotha. The Preserved Contaminants Corruption vendor items that will use this currency is in the final testing phases and we hope to have them available from MOTHER as soon as possible. View the full article
  14. Targeted Corruptions and Faster Cloak Empowerment Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) We’re working on an update to the game that we expect to roll out in the coming week. We plan to make improvements to the process of obtaining Corrupted items on max-level characters and also streamline upgrading the legendary cloak Ashjra’kamas. Our goal with this update is to speed up the power progression of new level 120 characters, while giving established endgame players more agency in pursuing the Corruption effects they most desire. More Echoes In our last update, we added Echoes of Ny’alotha, a new currency available from most Visions of N’Zoth content, which can be used to directly purchase Rank 3 Essences that have already been unlocked on a different character. We plan to expand the availability and purpose of this new currency. Now, once any character completes the legendary cloak questline, they will immediately begin earning Echoes of Ny’alotha from all of the usual sources. Echoes of Ny’alotha will be much more abundant than before. As we expand the usefulness of Echoes of Ny’alotha, we want to ensure that players who haven’t felt the need to accumulate them don’t feel disadvantaged, so we will be increasing both the droprates of Echoes and their costs by a factor of 5. This means that when these changes take effect, a Major Assault will award 625 Echoes, up from 125. The cost to purchase an Essence will also increase by the same factor, from 500 to 2500 Echoes. If you are planning to purchase a Rank 3 Essence with Echoes of Ny’alotha that you’ve already earned, you should do so now, before these costs change. Improving Ashjra’kamas We’re also reducing the requirements for any quest step in upgrading the cloak from Ranks 1 to 15 that previously required multiple Horrific Visions. Each Rank can now be achieved in a single Horrific Vision. For example, upgrading your Rank 13 cloak to Rank 14 will now require 2 Torn Pages of “The Final Truth” (was 6), so if you’re currently in possession of 2 or more pages, you’ll turn them all in and immediately complete that quest. The following quest to upgrade from Rank 14 to 15 will then require that you go get 2 more new Torn Pages (was 8). The requirements for further minor upgrades to the cloak after Rank 15 with Malefic Cores have not been changed. MOTHER will also offer Vessels of Horrific Visions in exchange for Echoes of Ny’alotha, providing an additional source of access to Horrific Visions that does not require completion of Assaults. Choosing Your Corruption In addition to any unlocked Essences, MOTHER will now also offer several new Preserved Contaminants, which allow for a specific Corruption effect (and the associated Corruption penalty) to be applied to a selected item. The inventory of available Preserved Contaminants will change twice each week, mirroring the Assault cadence, and will cycle through all available Corruption effects at various levels of potency. You can use a Preserved Contaminant to apply the Corruption you purchased to any uncorrupted item that can be Corrupted, much like an enchant. Here are some sample costs for MOTHER’s updated offerings: Item - Cost (Echoes of Ny’alotha) Vessel of Horrific Visions - 1750Rank 3 Essence - 2500Masterful I - 3000Siphoner I - 4250Twilight Devastation I - 6250Siphoner II - 6300Ineffable Truth II - 6750Racing Pulse III - 7875Echoing Void III - 12000Twilight Devastation III - 15000 Important Notes We highly suggest that you purchase any Rank 3 Essences that you want and can afford as soon as possible. Due to a technical limitation, items that have been cleansed cannot be re-corrupted. We are looking into whether it will be possible to fix this, but we don’t want to hold up the whole system in the meantime. All of the previous ways that Corrupted items and Vessels can be acquired are still in place. The changes above are meant to supplement those sources and provide you with more options and control in pursuing your goals. View the full article
  15. Racial Class Armor Design - Fan Art by Arthur Lorenz Arthur Lorenz, a very talented Concept Artist & Illustrator, has made some astonishing heritage armors for every race in World of Warcraft! Check them out on ArtStation! View the full article

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