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Arcane Analysis Episode 03: Raiding

by Samantha Cruse on

Welcome to Arcane Analysis, a podcast focused on all things related to World of Warcraft! Each week your hosts Sam, Ally, and Katie will discuss the finer points of raiding, pvp, current esports events, and the game’s ever-evolving design. The Nighthold content release inspires the topic of the third episode: raids. The girls discuss the evolution of raid sizes, difficulties, the impact of releasing content too soon or languishing through content droughts, and the sought after sweet spot in between. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow....

Welcome to Arcane Analysis, a podcast focused on all things related to World of Warcraft! Each week your hosts Sam, Ally, and Katie will discuss the finer points of raiding, pvp, current esports events, and the game’s ever-evolving design. On episode 2, the girls dive into the allure and history of legendaries in WoW, some failings in Legion with throughput vs utility legendaries, changes in Patch 7.1.5 to bring the disparities more inline, and make suggestions on how to keep the fun alive alongside the power. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow....

 

Patch 7.1.5 is Now Live

by Samantha Cruse on

Patch 7.1.5 brings a massive amount of changes and new/updated content. Highlights include: Opening of The Nighthold raid January 17th Balancing of legendary equipment, new legendaries, and increased item level for newly acquired legendaries (existing ones can have their ilvl increased) Numerous class balancing changes and talent reworks Secondary stats have been reworked to be more valuable to all specs Professions updates PVP updates: Artifact traits 35+ are now active (update: in non-instanced PvP) Prestige cap raised to rank 9 MoP dungeons being added to the timewalking rotation Brawler’s Guild returns and has been reworked for new and amusing challenges Micro Holidays introduced Artifact Knowledge catch-up to rank 20...

 

Patch 7.1.5 Coming January 10th

by pallimmanis on

Since Blizzard announced that the newest raid coming to Legion, the Nighthold, will be available beginning January 17th one of the hottest topics of debate was when patch 7.1.5 would be released with all its class changes, updates, and additions to the game. Blizzard revealed this morning that, short of some catastrophic event, Patch 7.1.5 will be released on January 10th. Some of the more notable items coming in next week’s patch include Mists of Pandaria Timewalking weekends Available for players over level 91 The Return of the Brawler’s Guild No guts, no glory One item of note is that players will have to obtain a new invitation to the Brawler’s Guild through dungeons, emissary chests, or brawling the vrykul of Shield’s Rest in Stormheim. Brawler’s Guild invites are now account-wide Micro-holidays These were announced at BlizzCon as short, 1-3 day events where players can participate in various activities in ...

Welcome to Arcane Analysis, a podcast focused on all things related to World of Warcraft! Each week your hosts Sam, Ally, and Katie will discuss the finer points of raiding, pvp, current esports events, and the game’s ever-evolving design. On episode 1, the girls tackle the all-consuming behemoth known as Artifact Power, how it affects players’ relationship with the game, time invested and what kind of standard this may set for the future. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow....

 

Invade the Nighthold January 17th

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As Blizzard revealed during one of the developer Q&A sessions the next World of Warcraft: Legion raid, the Nighthold, will be released to NA realms on January 17th. Located in Suramar, the Nighthold is described as “the largest structure in the Broken Isles and among the grandest in all of Azeroth”. In spite of the raid being occupied by Gul’dan, Tichondrius, and other creatures of the Burning Legion the raid is heavily focused around elven architecture and magic since it was previously a palace. That does not diminish the malevolence of those that dwell within, however. As with previous raids the opening for various difficulties will be staggered across several weeks beginning on January 17th with Normal and Heroic difficulties. The next week (January 24th) Mythic difficulty and the first wing of LFR (Arcing Aqueducts) will open, followed by Wing 2 (Royal Athenaeum) on February 7th, Wing 3 (Nightspire) on ...

 

Happy Anniversary, Diablo!

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December 31st, 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Diablo franchise, originally released on December 31st, 1996. Along with the Darkening of Tristram event slated to take place in Diablo III (including a return to the Cathedral from the original game) Blizzard is including an in-game event for World of Warcraft players to celebrate the occasion as well. The event is apparently already live on EU realms which means it should be starting soon™ on NA servers as well. Along with a Feat of Strength Achievement it also includes some flavor items to temporarily increase player’s stats during the event, a Horadric Satchel 28 slot bag, and a Twelve-String Guitar toy. To obtain these items players must track down a Treasure Goblin in various areas throughout the world including the Dalaran Sewers and the end of some instances. The goblin will attempt to make his escape by casting a portal. ...

Welcome to Arcane Analysis, a podcast focused on all things related to World of Warcraft! Each week your hosts Sam, Ally, and Katie will discuss the finer points of raiding, pvp, current esports events, and the game’s ever-evolving design. On episode 0, the girls talk about when they started playing, their history with raiding or pvp, and their legendaries (or lack thereof). The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow. Stitcher feed is live! iTunes is live! Google Play is live!...

 

Winter Veil Pet & Mount Sale

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For those of you who were wondering when Blizzard’s Winter Veil sale for World of Warcraft players would begin, the day has come. Starting today and continuing through January 3rd, all in-game pets with the exception of the recently added Mischief the Fel-Kitten will be on sale for 50% off, bringing the price to $5US. Along with the pets all mounts currently in the store will also be on sale for 50% off their regular price, bringing them down to $12.50US for all of the mounts with the exception of the Warforged Nightmare, now available for $15US. This is a great opportunity to complete your mount or pet collection and the sale only goes for two weeks so be sure to grab them while you can! For the full blog post and links to each of the amazing pets check out the original post on the WoW Community Site. Celebrate Winter ...

 

Third Annual Icecrown Challenge

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While Blizzard is raising funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation through sales of the new Mischief Fel-Kitten pet, the Warcraft community is taking on another fundraising challenge for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Beginning its third year on December 13th 2016 and running through January 14th 2017, the Icecrown Challenge is an event organized and supported by the community itself rather than Blizzard employees. The challenge is simple but can have a huge impact, raising almost $2500 last year. Players are encouraged to participate in their own way and to the extent that their budget allows, but the most common way is fairly simple: Select your raid difficulty – Normal/Heroic and 10/25 Players (remember, this raid doesn’t flex like current ones do so the maximum number of players is 25) and complete the raid. Start your timer when you enter the instance and stop when you’re able to loot the ...

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