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Patch 7.1.5 Coming January 10th

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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

 

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.

 

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

 

Fel Kitten Proceeds go to Make-A-Wish

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Blizzard’s newest addition to the in-game shop announced at Blizzcon, Mischief the fel kitten, has finally been added to the in-game shop and is available for purchase. As they have done with other pets, 100% the proceeds from the sale of this pet from now until the end of 2016 will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. Along with the in-game pet Blizzard has also added a glow-in-the-dark plush version to the Gear Store, the proceeds of which will also benefit the foundation. For every plush version sold, $14 of the $25 purchase price will be donated. We’ve got the full details below or they’re also available on the World of Warcraft Community Site.

 

Legion PvP Season 1 Ends Dec 13th

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Blizzard has announced that Legion PvP Season 1 will occur on Tuesday, December 13th at 6am PST, and Season 2 will begin two hours later at 8am PST. This is an odd turn of events since in previous seasons there has typically been at least one week between the end of one season and the start of the next. At the same time, this bodes well for the next patch to be released to live realms since the end of the PvP season typically coincides with the release of the next patch.

 

12 Years of the World of Warcraft

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Today starts the 12th anniversary event of the World of Warcraft and to celebrate Blizzard is once again doing something a bit different this year to allow players to get more choice from their game. The event will end on November 30th. If you recall, Blizzard’s ten-year anniversary netted players a Molten Corgi pet, revamped the Molten Core raid into a 40 player LFR event which awarded the Core Hound mount and a chance at another pet (Hatespark the Tiny), added the special event only battleground Tarren Mill vs Southshore, and special headpieces for transmog. For the 11th anniversary, players received two consumable “Celebration Wands” which turned other players into Murlocs or Gnolls depending on which wand was used, an Exquisite Costume Set which temporarily turned players into Edwin Van Cleef, an Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker consumable toy, and a token which temporarily increased the rate at

 

Patch 7.1 Notes

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On Tuesday October 25th the first major patch of Legion will be released, entitled “Return to Karazhan. One of the major items of interest for this patch is a new 5-player Mythic Dungeon version of the Karazhan raid instance (don’t worry mount farmers, the original version will still remain available). Also included is a new raid: Trial of Valor. This three-boss raid instance will wrap up the storyline from Stormheim with players engaging in combat with Odyn, Guarm, and Helya. The raid is expected to unlock two weeks after the release of the patch (so November 8th) with the Normal and Heroic difficulties unlocking the first week followed by the Mythic and Raid Finder difficulties the next week. Additional quests in Suramar will also become available over the course of nine weeks and will lead into the upcoming Nighthold raid. These quests will also allow players to obtain the Arcanist’s Manasaber

 

Patch 7.1 Release Date

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The World of Warcraft team had another community Q&A session today hosted by Josh ‘Lore’ Allen and featured newly minted Game Director Ion ‘Watcher’ Hazzikostas. While there was a lot of information discussed during the session, one of the major announcements was that Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan is currently planned to be released to Live realms on Tuesday October 25th. The two main features being released as a part of this patch are a new 5-player Mythic dungeon in Karazhan (hence the name of the patch) and a new mini-raid: Trial of Valor. This raid is intended to wrap up the storyline players experienced in Stormheim. Other items of note in this patch are minor quality of life improvements for players such as a Blood of Sargeras trader for crafting reagents which can be sold or traded, new World Quests, and the removal of reputation requirements for World Quests, the

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