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Past Blizzard Employees: Ghostcrawler on Death Knights, Metzen on Leaving Blizzard
2016/11/17 at 2:33 PM
Recently several prominent former Blizzard employees have been speaking out to the community: Chris Metzen on his retirement and Ghostcrawler on the original design for Death Knights.
Hotfixes for November 15th, More Kirin Tor World Quests, FatbossTV Helya Video Guide
2016/11/14 at 7:21 PM
For today's news roundup, Blizzard has confirmed that Kirin Tor quests like
Like the Wind
can spawn outside of Emissaries, there is a preview of upcoming November 15th hotfixes, and FatbossTV has released their Helya Normal + Heroic Video Guide.
Liveblog: Post-BlizzCon Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas
2016/11/11 at 1:06 PM
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas answered questions about Patch 7.1.5 and 7.2 on today's Q&A. Some hotfixes are also on the way - legendary items will be upgraded to ilvl 910 on Tuesday, and all Trial of Valor items will get a +5 ilvl boost. Check out our full recap for details!
Watch live video from on www.twitch.tv
Classic Server Update
2016/10/24 at 5:24 PM
While many players are looking forward to
or speculating on
BlizzCon panel announcements
, other players are interested in followups on the Legacy Server situation from the spring. Community Manager Ornyx explains that there will not be any updates to share at BlizzCon, although the development team is still discussing it.
We’ve seen some talk among the community that you might be expecting to hear some news on legacy servers at BlizzCon, and we just wanted to take a moment to let you know that while we’re still discussing the possibility, we won’t have any updates to share on that until after the show.
These past few months we’ve been laser-focused on the launch of Legion and getting Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan ready to go (it’s almost here!), as well as prepping for BlizzCon—which is always a huge undertaking itself. You’ve heard us say that the launch of Legion was just the beginning of the story we want to tell in this expansion. What we will focus on at BlizzCon is how the team is committed to making sure we bring you a steady stream of content going forward, and we can’t wait to share what’s next for Legion.
Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you at BlizzCon.
-J. Allen Brack and the World of Warcraft development team
Patch Notes: World of Warcraft Patch 7.1 Return to Karazhan
2016/10/24 at 4:35 PM
The official notes are here for Patch 7.1, including a detailed look at class changes! For guides to all the new content in the patch, check out
Wowhead's Patch 7.1 Survival Guide
with everything you need on
Return to Karazhan
quests including Suramar
fun pets and mounts to collect
Blue Posts: Raid Testing Schedule September 19th, Paid Battletag Changes Available, Shadowform Patch Notes Update
2016/09/16 at 2:35 PM
The PTR Patch notes from the Battle.net launcher were updated today with more information about Priests. Shadowform has returned!
Other blue posts include 7.1 raid testing on Monday and paid Battletag changes available.
Sept 15th Hotfixes, Class Balance Update, 7.1 PTR Dungeon/Raid Testing Plans, Honor Talents in 7.1
2016/09/15 at 11:25 AM
Legion Developer Q&A
last week, Ion Hazzikostas talked about upcoming hotfixes based around endgame (raiding, etc) data and how it's tricky to tweak classes before the content is available.
In a follow-up blue post today he stated that the aim is to do a broad pass of tuning hotfixes after the first week of raiding and Mythic Keystone dungeons, to get a good sense of endgame data. However, there are some outliers which Blizzard will be addressing quite soon to reduce tank damage as well as the AoE burst of Havoc Demon Hunters and Windwalker Monks.
Other posts in today's roundup include 7.1 PTR Dungeon and Raid testing plans, as well as the reasoning why Honor Talents will no longer reset with Prestige in 7.1.
Mythic Keystones and Dungeons Preview
2016/09/14 at 12:57 PM
s and a new level of dungeon difficulty is unlocking on September 20th. You can prep for them in advance with our
Legion Dungeon Guides
which have detailed information on all abilities.
Blizzard has previewed the system below, here are the highlights:
Keystones allow you to run higher-difficulty versions of Mythic+. You can keep leveling up your keystone by completing the dungeon in a certain timeframe.
At the end of a Mythic Keystone run, players get a chest with two high-quality items, starting at ilvl 845 and going up to 865 for Mythic Level 10.
This will be capped at 850 for week 1: which was new information as of today's post
For the highest level dungeon you clear in one week, you will get a corresponding loot chest in your Class Hall the week after. This chest will contain a keystone and loot; your best dungeon from the week before affects how good the keystone and loot is.
In Mythic+, the mobs have a fixed set of affixes which change every week. This will create group variation--there won't be one set group of specs that is best for every set of affixes
There is no lockout for Mythic+. The amount of keystones is the limiting factor instead. This should allow players towards the later part of the week to have a fair chance finding groups.
Realm First! Keystone Master
is a new feat of strength available in Legion for participating in the realm-first completion of a Level 15 or higher Mythic dungeon within the time limit. A special artifact tint is also unlocked with
Senior VP Chris Metzen to Retire - A Message from Chris Metzen
2016/09/12 at 7:02 PM
announced today that Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development Chris Metzen is retiring from Blizzard Entertainment. Chris Metzen was the creative director on many Blizzard games, most notably on World of Warcraft as well as collaborating on the film released this summer (he even had a small cameo as a
). Most recently he provided
for Thrall and Varian in Legion, and every Winter Veil, you can save his reindeer in
Edit: Added Metzen's own goodbye post.
Over 3.3 Million Copies of Legion Sold Through Launch Day
2016/09/08 at 9:36 AM
Blizzard has published a
stating that over 3.3 million copies of Legion were sold through August 30th, matching the all-time record of previous expansions!
August 26th Hotfixes
2016/08/27 at 12:10 AM
Another round of last-minute hotfixes before Legion have gone live! Check out the full post for details.
Blizzard and Facebook Streaming and Login
2016/08/26 at 2:28 PM
Blizzard announced a partnership with Facebook
allowing users to log in via Facebook and stream on Facebook. With today's Battle.net update, patch notes have been posted for streaming and the login page has been updated with a Facebook option.
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