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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

 

Design Retrospective: Demon Hunters

by Magistrate on

In this short Design Retrospective series, we’ll dissect the the BlizzCon 2016 Design Retrospective panel. Today, we take a deeper look at the development of the Demon Hunter class alongside senior game designer Jonathan LeCraft. When the team finally got word that Demon Hunters were actually happening, they wasted no time digging in. The last real bite anyone has had of them was Burning Crusade, so in only three days, they had a somewhat-working version ready in an internal build. The early build let users create their Demon Hunter in the character creator and had just a couple skills. Since one of Legion‘s focuses was class fantasy, they kept the skill kit limited while they iterated–working with only enough active abilities to fit the standard hotbar. Eyebeam At first, the idea of shooting laser beams out of a character’s head was more of a joke (looking at you, Hozen Idol)–but no one

In addition to many other changes, 7.1.5 will be Blizzard’s first “class update” patch for the expansion. While previous hotfixes and patch releases for 7.0 have included tuning and tweaks, 7.1.5 will focus on: Improving talent choice diversity Talents that all players use may be turned into baseline abilities and replaced Talents which are hardly chosen will be tuned, updated, or replaced Improving “the feel” of class rotations Secondary stats–will adjust the balance between competing ilevel with the overvalued secondary stats so new gear feels like more of an improvement and reward Returning utility to some classes and specs Now that the major pruning of the expansion is over, the team can look back and spot what could be re-implemented, as well as completely new utility abilities Traps will return to all Hunter specs, although Beast Mastery will remain the king of traps Shroud of Concealment added value to Rogues

 

Legion: My Top 6 Class Specs

by Hotstreak on

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

Okay, so you’ve toiled away on the character creation screen long enough and you’re ready to stand beside Illidan against the Legion. As soon as you gain control of your character for the first time you are thrust onto Mardum, located in the Twisting Nether, ready to take down the Legion. First, arm yourself with a little knowledge—it is power after all! Most of the treasures contain Legion Healthstone or Fel Crystal Fragments, but two very important chests marked below:  The southern treasure contains a reusable mini-flask, Inquisitor’s Menacing Eye an alternate version of Oralius’ Whispering Crystal which requires a bit more time and effort from a Draenor Garrison Inn. The eastern one contains Vile Stalkerskin Pouch a 28-slot bag, saving yourself a thousand gold on the Auction House. If you happen to have HandyNotes along with HandyNotes Draenor Treasures then you’re all set. Eventually you’ll need Legion Treasures so why not grab it now while you’re

Demon Hunters, Legion's latest World of Warcraft player class, as well as the old world invasions of the Burning Legion are set to begin August 9, according to the recent developer Q&A.

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Patch 7.0.3 Hotfixes: July 22nd

by pallimmanis on

On Friday Blizzard released another round of hotfixes for patch 7.0.3 to address some of the issues players have been seeing since the patch. One to note in particular is a fix for the multitudes of players who (for some strange reason) lost the ability to fly in Northrend despite being able to do so on Monday. Cold Weather flying now costs 50 gold and is automatically learned at level 80. So if you want to fly at 70 to speed up questing you can pay the gold, or just wait and get it for free. Other changes are various fixes to classes, quests, and dungeons so check out the full list below:

 

7.0.3 Known Issues – July 19th

by pallimmanis on

As with every new patch and the excitement of new stuff happening in the world, there are also some not so appealing “unintended functionality” items that come up. Blizzard has a list of known issues included with the release today which they will be working to resolve, but for now you can find the most current list on the community site, or we’ve got the initial version provided below:

 

Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Notes

by pallimmanis on

The North American realms have gone down for Tuesday maintenance and the release of patch 7.0.3, the Legion Pre-Expansion patch. Included in this patch are all of the new system changes. These changes include the new Transmog system, graphical and UI updates, class changes, stat changes, the removal of the first part of the Legendary ring quest, and a 30% nerf to Hellfire Citadel. Not included in today’s patch are Demon Hunters, demon invasions, the Broken Shores scenario, or any Legion content. These items will begin unlocking over the next several weeks leading into the launch of Legion. The realms are anticipated to come online at 11am PDT (2pm EDT, 6pm UTC) assuming there are no issues. With that said, here is the full list of changes happening today:

 

Legion: Class Trials

by pallimmanis on

One anticipated feature being added in Legion are Class Trials. Class Trials are a way for players to try new classes before using a boost purchased from the Battle.net store or included in the purchase of a new expansion. At the character creation screen a new option has been added where players are able to start a new level one character (or level 55 for Death Knights) or start a new level 100 character and enter the Class Trial. If you are creating a new level one character, players proceed in the same way they have since the game’s launch. If you choose to create a Class Trial character there is an additional menu option to select a Specialization which (at least in this stage of the Beta test) seems to be limited to certain specializations.       After finishing character customization and entering the world you are placed in a solo

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