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7.1 PTR Dungeon and Raid Testing Plans

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Mythic Keystone Preview

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Advanced difficulty Mythic dungeons are coming next week with the release of Legion’s first raid. With the coming addition, Blizzard released a blog post breaking down how to obtain Mythic Keystones and offering a glimpse into the rewards that await those who test their resolve with the additional difficulty levels. One thing to note for those who will be jumping into Mythic dungeons early to get a leg up on raiding: During the first week the keystones are available, loot will be capped at a base item level of 850. Once Mythic raids are open the following week the rewards from Mythic dungeons will scale appropriately upward. Let us know what you think of the new system and if you and your friends will be attempting to climb the mountain of difficulty these dungeons will offer....

 

Legion Matches Launch Day Record

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Blizzard announced in a press release this morning that the most recent expansion to the World of Warcraft, Legion, matched their all-time record of first-day sales with more than 3.3 million copies sold. This number places it among the fastest-selling PC games ever. Along with this record, the launch-week player concurrency (number of players online at one time across the world) climbed to its highest point since the launch of Cataclysm in 2010. To reassure players that the initial influx of new content will continue over the course of the next few months, Blizzard is also releasing information about the first major content patch to Legion, Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan. The upcoming patch will include a revamped version of one of the favorite raids from The Burning Crusade recreated as a max-level 5-player Mythic dungeon, additional quests revealing new story in Suramar, and the Trial of Valor raid which ...

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Legion – September 7th Hotfixes

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Blizzard has released the latest set of hotfixes added to Legion and they include some fine-tuning of Hunter’s Barrage spell, a reduction in the number of players seen in your class hall, and some other fixes to improve players in-game experience. The Developer Note for the Barrage fix is particularly interesting as it provides some insight to the decision-making process and how invested Blizzard is in promoting class fantasy with this expansion while still maintaining fun gameplay....

In the second part of our Developer interview from PAX West we discuss Garrisions, Faction pride, Class specs and a whole lot more. If you missed part one of the interview you can find it here. Legion’s updated Achievement Panel renamed the Garrison category to “Draenor Garrison”. What are the odds of a new Garrison in the future, taking the lessons learned from the original? In Legion, Disc Priests are being positioned as more of a hybrid dps/healer in their core gameplay. Is that something that might be extended to other healing specs like fistweavers or shockadins? To touch on the upcoming Karazhan dungeon that a lot of players are so excited about. You mentioned in the panel taking a little bit of the old stuff but also putting a new twist on it. When it comes to drops are we going to see some of the old Kara gear ...

Blizzard made a big splash at PAX West earlier today at their Legion – The Invasion panel. The panel included details on future Legion content including Patch 7.1 and beyond. If you weren’t able to watch the panel live, you can catch up on all the news here. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with Cory Stockton (Lead Game Designer), Luis Barriga (Lead Game Designer), and Eric Maloof (Senior Game Designer) shortly after the panel. Here is part one of that interview, where we talk concurrency, the upcoming companion app, and the new scaling tech and much more. In the panel you used the term ‘concurrency’ in reference to player activity. Can you expand on that a bit more? The Companion App sounds awesome. That is something that people have been asking for since we first got our Farm in Pandaria. Assuming all goes well, could ...

 

Legion Panel at PAX West

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Curator Josh Allen aka Community Manager Lore Panelists Cory Stockton, worked on world quest design Luis Barriga,worked on class hall campaigns Eric Maloof, worked on Demon Hunter intro, order halls, Aszuna Legion Early reviews are positive, concurrency is the highest it has been in several years. Story recap: Gul’dan escaped to Azeroth through the dark portal and brings the burning legion to our doorstep, Illidan has returned. Tensions between horde and alliance are high. Demon Hunters Demon Hunter class was highly anticipated so expectations were high. Our last hero class was Death Knight, which came with a custom starting zone, unique appearances, special voice overs. Demon Hunters have lots of aesthetic customization, custom voice lines, new emotes, special animations. Demon Hunters have two specializations: Havoc DPS and Vengeance Tank. Havoc takes from Illidan, Warcraft III, and Heroes of the Storm. It has high mobility, the  play style is built around metamorphosis. Vengeance ...

 

Legion Companion App

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Can’t get enough of the latest World of Warcraft expansion? Blizzard is making it even easier to get your fix with the upcoming Legion companion app! Designed to help players manage their Class Order Hall missions, resources, champions, and see which world quests are available prior to logging in. Items obtained from completing missions through the application are automatically added to your inventory in-game so they’re available as soon as you log in, instead of having to go to a mailbox like the Mobile Auction House. The app requires an active World of Warcraft subscription and will go live this coming Tuesday, September 6th. Let us know what you think about the upcoming app in the comments!...

 

Legion Marathon tips

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With the release of Legion taking place tonight we put together a list of some important items to remember during the marathon grind to level 110: Take breaks Everyone has their own objectives they want to accomplish, whether it’s the first person on their realm to hit 110, or the first one to max out their First Aid skill, find the first legendary, etc. While it’s exciting to be able to do this, remember to stand up and stretch (for more than just quick trips to the bathroom.) Focus on stretching your hands as a part of this. They’re going to take a beating during your session and you want to keep them in good shape. Stay hydrated Sure, you bought that 24 can flat of Monster/Rockstar/Red Bull. They’re useful for energy but your body still needs water to process and flush all the extra stuff that comes with those ...

 

Legion: My Top 6 Class Specs

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With Legion literally right around the corner, I’ve found myself struggling to choose which classes and specs that I want to devote the most time to. This is made even harder by the fact that each spec gets their own artifact and quest line. Ideally I want to pick two classes to devote my time to, so I’ve narrowed my choices down to six specs consisting of three melee and three ranged and hopefully, with any luck, this will help you out too if you’re struggling as well. These are my personal favorites and I’m in no way claiming them to be the best. So let’s get into it starting with my top three melee specs. Enhancement Shaman I have always liked the fantasy of Enhancement, being a dual wielding badass of the elements was always something I clicked with. But over the past couple of expansions they were in ...

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