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Dev Watercooler: Building Healthy Gameplay and Healing Changes
2014/03/07 at 9:22 AM
Following last week's blog on
Design Philosophy in Warlords of Draenor
, Blizzard just posted a followup blog covering player health. We're also adding in tweets below the blog from the
Blue Tweet Tracker
which add information to the blog.
A goal of Warlords is to tone down the raw thoroughput of heals. Players will not always be at 100% health, creatures will be stronger, and better gear will not cause scaling to spiral out of control.
The number of instant-cast heals is being reduced, a list of spells being changed is given in the blog.
Damage-absorption abilities are being toned down, as they can take the place of direct healing if they are too strong.
The healing from auto-targeted or passive heals will be greatly reduced and slightly less smart to make the healing experience more interactive.
Low-throughput, low-mana-cost heals like Nourish and Holy light are being removed, since they don't really add depth to gameplay.
Multi-target heals will be less mana-efficient to strike a better balance between single and multi t
News Roundup: Blue Tweets, Recent Hotfixes, Talk Azeroth ep29
2014/03/06 at 3:49 PM
Hello Wowhead! I'm Olivia Grace, you might know me from
my work over at WoW Insider
. I recently
, and among other things I'm going to be assisting Perculia and posting some news now and then. In today's roundup we've got a small set of hotfixes, as well as Talk Azeroth Episode 29, which I recorded yesterday in response to a viewer question about getting better at WoW. Let me know what you think in the comments! We've also got a few of the last few days' significant Tweets, straight from the
Blue Tweet Tracker
Wowhead added this week
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Siege of Orgrimmar
Paragons of the Klaxxi
Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver's Reave should now cancel properly if he's defeated while channeling the ability.
Battlegrounds and Arenas
New Site Feature: Blue Tweet Tracker
2014/03/04 at 2:23 PM
World of Warcraft
team has really embraced Twitter this past expansion--it's led to a lot of great interactions between the players and those working on the game.
However, it's easy to lose track of conversations quickly or sort out the important tweets from the conversational ones, so we've built a
Blue Tweet Tracker
to make things easier!
By default, you'll see tweets from developers and community members
designated by Blizzard as official accounts
. Using the menu at the right, you can customize it further:
You can choose to only see significant tweets, which are marked as important by Wowhead staff. Important announcements from
or WoD information like the new racials would be considered significant.
To avoid clutter, we've hidden conversations that are one-on-one replies since they may be more personal or incidental. If you want to see all of a user's tweets though, there's an option to do so. Sometimes Blizzard devs include useful information in conversations, so it's good to enable both "Show @ replies" and "Show significant tweets."[/l
MoP Digital Deluxe Edition Retiring Soon, Official List of Warlords Racials
2014/03/03 at 12:10 PM
Blizzard just posted an official list of new racial abilities coming in Warlords of Draenor. Several of these were
described on Twitter by developers
last week, but it's good to see them expanded in a blog post where there's not a 140 character limit!
Racials were changed for several reasons--some were just overpowered, while others would be made obsolete by the removal of Hit and Expertise in Warlords.
The Mists of Pandaria digital deluxe edition is also retiring soon--no sooner than March 10th. With the
Digital Deluxe Edition
, you can get StarCraft portraits, a special Diablo sigil and banner, and most importantly,
Lucky Quilen Cub
We’re planning some changes to racial traits for Warlords of Draenor. We recently posted a Dev Watercooler (<a href="
class="bml-link-url2">Pruning the Garden of War</a>) that d
News Roundup: Recent Hotfixes, Battleground Honor Adjustments, Talk Azeroth Episode 28
2014/02/28 at 8:14 PM
Dancing Rune Weapon
's summoned rune weapon should no longer incorrectly cause NPC guards to attack the target instead of the
that summoned it.
Zen Pilgrimage: Return
is no longer automatically removed from
s that leave the
Peak of Serenity
Battlegrounds and Arenas
Resolved a pathing issue with
equipped while in the
Temple of Kotmogu
Resolved a situation where players were able to retain the
effect from trinkets without equipping them while in a Battleground.
Resolved a crash in the client that affected users running Windows XP: Service Pack 3.
Resolved a crash that could occur while loading into an area or instance.
New Racials and Warlords of Draenor Dev Watercooler: Design Philosophy
2014/02/27 at 8:02 PM
Today the Blizzard devs explain some of the design philosophies behind changes in Warlords of Draenor, with additional information on Crowd Control and Diminishing Returns changes.
Some racials are getting changed--some that have hit and expertise boosts need to be changed as those stats won't exist, and others are simply too strong.
The item squish is coming because player power has really gotten out of control--Blizzard even made handy graphs showing it!
Abilities are getting removed in Warlords to reduce complexity and bloat--some are passives, others are class-wide abilities that really should be for one spec.
There is too much Crowd Control in the game. Many CC spells are getting removed, disarms are gone, and the number of Diminishing Returns categories are reduced.
After this blog was posted, which mostly covered old information, several Blizzard devs on twitter answered questions from players--revealing new information in the process. We liveblogged the highlights and organized them here because Twitter is pretty messy for this sort of information!
New Racial Information
Technical Game Designer Celestalon also answered more specifics about new racials on his [url=htt
Diablo III Welcome Back Guide
2014/02/27 at 3:05 PM
Welcome to Wowhead's Diablo III Guide! Patch 2.0.1 went live this week and this guide helps returning players see what's changed in the patch, as well as an overview of major content for new players! We also have a huge contest in celebration of Diablo going on--we're
giving away a new computer, SteelSeries gear, and more
Also in preparation for Reaper of Souls, the Wowhead team has taken our old Diablo site D3DB and relaunched it as
! Here you'll find updated class information, skill calculators, new items, revised recipe costs, and even details on the upcoming Crusader class.
Click here to check out D3head.com!
We've also published another guide, this time covering content new to Reaper of Souls--Act V, Adventure Mode, Bounties, new itemsets, and transmog.
Click here to check it out!
Finally, be sure to buy your copy of Reaper of Souls if you haven't already.
If you pre-order it digitally before March 31, 2014, you get sp
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Digital Collector's Edition Giveaway
2014/02/27 at 3:05 PM
Diablo III's expansion, Reaper of Souls, is almost upon us--and we've teamed up with Blizzard to give our community all the newest information by creating a giant content patch!
To make it even sweeter,
we're giving away twenty digital copies of
Reaper of Souls Collector's Editions
right here in this thread
. All you have to do is tell us what your favorite class is in Diablo III to be entered to win--it's that simple!
This giveaway ends at
11:59AM PDT on March 7, 2014
so be sure to enter quickly.
Check out our huge Diablo III guide for players who getting back to Sanctuary
How to Win
To be entered to win, tell us your favorite class in this thread as a reply.
We're giving away
twenty copies of
the digital version of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
Rules and Qualifications
This contest is open to anyw
PvP Season 15 Begins
2014/02/25 at 12:39 PM
PvP Season 15 begins today--we've got a full preview of
Season 15 in our Patch 5.4.7 Guide
, including vendors, transmog models, and costs!
Blizzard has covered some of the major season changes below, but one additional change is how equipping two PvP trinkets (
) now increases resilience by 5280, up from 2600.
With weapons at the ready and armor secured, it’s time to kick off PvP Season 15! The playing field is even once more, and this is your chance to prove that true grit and steely determination are what it takes to become a champion. So grab your most trusted companions and teach your enemies the true definition of fear!
Before you set foot in an Arena or on a Battleground, keep in mind we’ve made a few changes this season:
Conquest gear is now Item Level 550
The Dampening debuff will be applied in 2v2 matches 5 minutes after the start of an Arena match, and games will reach a draw at 20 minutes. Dampening decreases the effectiveness of healing spells by 1% every 10 seconds.
Base Resilience is now 77% (up from 72%).
Updated Warlords of Draenor Guide
2014/02/24 at 11:08 AM
With the recent round of press interviews and character model updates, we thought it was a good time to update our
Warlords of Draenor guide
published at BlizzCon!
Here's some additions you'll find:
New model art for female undead, humans, dwarves, and orcs, as well as Artcraft blogs explaining the design choices.
More details and artwork on Garrisons.
Updated details on itemization and gear changes in Warlords.
Updated level 100 talents.
Proving Grounds Silver is now a requirement to random queue for level 100 heroics.
Challenge Mode daily quests in Warlords will reward LFR-quality epics.
Trial of the Gladiator has been scrapped for PvP, but Skirmishes and Spectator Mode are coming.
Bonus quests are available when questing in select areas and automatically go away when you leave the area.
Details on level 90 boosts from the PTR, including the Veteran bonuses which boosts professions to 600 if you boost a level 60+ character.
Spoiler details on the end of the Shadowmoon Valley questline.
News Roundup: Proving Grounds Silver Required for WoD Heroics, Talk Azeroth Episode 27
2014/02/22 at 12:33 PM
Early this morning, it was announced that Heroic Dungeons in Warlords of Draenor would require the completion of Silver Proving Grounds for your role (tank, healer, or dps) to queue up with randoms. This was hinted before in our
Patch 5.4 interview with Tom Chilton
. Keep in mind this is just for matchmaking groups--you don't need any medals to queue up with friends.
Proving Grounds will be retuned for level 100s in Warlords, and more attention will be paid to make sure tuning is even across the board for each spec. If you want to check out Proving Grounds now, check out our
guide to Proving Grounds with maps and strategies
Olivia is also back with another episode of Talk Azeroth, hitting all this week's news, and there's a lot to get through! She starts off with a discussion of the price for the level 90 boost, then moves into looking at the new character models. Next up it's some PvP talk, but PvE fans can skip ahead to 23:45 to get past it to a brief chat and a question about the new questing style introduced with WoD!
New Talents at Warlords of Draenor Press Event
2014/02/21 at 10:15 AM
At the WoD press events held this week in San Francisco, Korea, and France, attendees were able to demo an updated version of Warlords of Draenor. Gameplay videos from Korean site
reveal that some class talents have changed since BlizzCon, so we've updated our
Warlords of Draenor
talent calculator with visible changes and transcribed them below. (Update 2/24: Venom Zest tooltip in!)
Check out our Warlords of Draenor Talent Calculator!
The level 100 talent
Breath of Sindragosa
received some modifications. It now reads: Continuously deals 2000 Shadowfrost damage every 1 sec to enemies in a cone in front of you within 12 yards, and affect them with Mark of Sindragosa for 6 sec. You will continue breathing until canceled or Runic Power is exhausted. Mark of Sindragosa causes you to be healed for 5% of spell damage dealt by afflicted enemies.
The level 75 talent
has been replaced by
-- Your successful Kidney Shots now also cause Internal Bleeding on the target, dealing 1026 Damage per combo
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