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Bonus Roll Loot, Patch 6.1.2 PTR Build 19728 - The WoW Token; Live Hotfixes for March 5th
2015/03/05 at 7:48 PM
Spirit and Bonus Armor on Personal Loot
Community Manager Lore has made a post explaining changes related to personal loot for tanks and healers:
Both Spirit and Bonus Armor are intended to help restrict the number of people in a given raid who may be interested in a particular item. The OP makes a perfect argument as to why we want that distinction: he wanted the Blackiron Micro Crucible, but had resigned himself to only really having a shot at it from a bonus roll or a cache as there were so many others in his raid group who wanted it too. That's a crappy situation.
Bonus Armor is currently working well for creating that distinction. DPS specializations don't get anything from it, but it's far and away the best stat for tanks -- so much so that tanks will nearly always prefer an item that grants Bonus Armor over an item that doesn't, even if the item with no Bonus Armor is much higher in item level.
Prior to 6.1, we were getting a ton of feedback from tanks who were extremely disappointed to receive trinkets, rings, etc. with no Bonus Armor through their bonus rolls. It felt like a waste of a seal or cache to get something that your loot spec would realistically never equip. Plus, it's a bit of a false lead for inexperienced players; if Blizzard gave me a higher item level crit/multistrike amulet via bonus rolls, it must be an upgrade, right?
Patch 6.1 Hotfixes for March 3rd
2015/03/03 at 8:28 PM
All of Darkmoon Island is now a Sanctuary zone. Note that some areas may still be incorrectly displaying as Contested areas on PvP realms. This display issue will be fixed in a future patch.
Players are now unable to start other
games if they're already on a racing quest.
Cosmetic Transformations and Toy Effects
Druid Incarnation, Shaman Ascendance and Ghost Wolf transformations should now correctly have priority over cosmetic transformation effects.
Glyph of the Treant's Treant Form now has the same transformation priority as other
Fixed an issue with the following cosmetic transformations that had an incorrect priority:
Celestial Defender's Medallion
Mr. Smite's Brass Compass
Fixed an issue that could cause periodic effects that are not affected by Haste and had its duration extended to expire early.
Blizzard Introduces the WoW Token: Exchange Gold and Game Time, Expert Elvine Weighs In
2015/03/02 at 12:04 PM
WoW Gold Expert Elvine Weighs in on the WoW Token
has written us a guide blog with his thoughts on the WoW Token.
You can read the full piece here
saw confirmation that the WoW Token is coming to the game
. Blizzard will officially begin to start selling gold via game time to its player base. The exchange, as detailed in the original article, will center around game time, allowing players to buy game time for real money and sell it for gold, and also allowing players to buy game time for gold.
How much will the WoW Token cost in real money?
No price has been set yet on how much players will have to pay in order to obtain the token to sell in game. My speculation is that it will cost $5 more than the standard monthly subscription, so $20 or thereabouts. Wildstar has a similar cost gap, with a month of game time being $14.99, compared to a Commodities Exchange token at $19.99. Ion noted that the token would cost more than a month's subscription, and $20 wouldn't be surprising.
How will this translate into in-game gold?
“We’re going to look at some things like the current going rate of gold on third-party market sites,”
-Ion Hazzikostas (
My personal opinion is this will be very hard to take into consideration since many gold selling companies are offering $0.70/1000g and even cheaper if players buy a larger quantity, as low as $0.50/1000g.
Continue reading Elvine's Article >>
WoW Token Summary
Blizzard has introduced the WoW Token - a way to exchange gold, real money, and game time.
It allows players to:
Buy game time with real money
Sell that game time for gold in-game
Buy game time with gold in-game.
Official Patch Notes for Patch 6.1
2015/02/24 at 1:07 PM
Blizzard has released the final patch notes for today's launch of patch 6.1! See them in full below and check out our
Patch 6.1 Survival Guide
for everything about the patch:
World of Warcraft Patch 6.1
Last updated: 02-24-2015
New Character Models: Blood Elf
Character models for Blood Elves have been overhauled with an increase to fidelity and texture resolution; while retaining the core look and feel of the originals.
Some character models received additional tweaks and adjustments.
Characters can now send Tweets for items, achievements, and screenshots from within the game client using the /share command.
To activate this feature, visit Social options in the Interface menu to enable, add, or disconnect a Twitter account.
New Heirloom Collections Tab
The Collections system now supports Heirloom items.
Wowhead Weekly Episode 25: Patch 6.1, Developer Interviews; Quick Tips for Blackrock Foundry
2015/02/21 at 12:00 PM
Wowhead Weekly is back for another show! We're back to livestreaming the shows on Friday 2:30 PST, as Olivia is back in the USA. Wowhead Weekly is a World of Warcraft podcast with Wowhead Site Manager Perculia and Olivia, where they discuss all things Warlords of Draenor, Wowhead, and more! You can subscribe to our YouTube Channe
l to see every episode!
This week they're discussing:
Patch 6.1 is almost here! Perc and Olivia take a look at all the guides to features in the patch.
Pet Battle Guides
Garrison Jukebox Guide
Selfie Camera Guide
Ethereal Items from Apexis Crystals
Colour Blind Changes
We discuss the potential source of the
Voidtalon of the Dark Star
The Lunar Festival
continues - get your coins now for heirlooms in 6.1!
We look at
Mamytwink's interview with Ion Hazzikostas
And discuss the
postponement of Iron Docks
, with a bonus side of content donuts!
Garrison Jukebox and Music Roll Guide, Ethereal Apexis Items in 6.1, Iron Docks 6.2
2015/02/19 at 12:18 PM
Today we've got a
Guide to the Garrison Jukebox and Music Rolls
, as well as a post from Nethaera on Apexis Gear Changes in patch 6.1, and from Bashiok on Iron Docks:
Iron Docks Quests moved to 6.2
a tweet about the move of the Iron Docks quests to 6.2
, CM Bashiok has clarified with a blue post:
It's a one-time quest that leads you to Tanaan. Assumptions that this was a big quest hub, focused around Foundry content, or that it's a chunk of substantial content that we cut, are incorrect. It's a one-time quest chain that directly leads into events of 6.2, and that's the patch it's in.
Ethereal Apexis Gear
Currently, the Apexis traders in the Horde town of Warspear and Alliance town of Stormshield offer gear up to item level 655, but in Patch 6.1, you’ll be able to trade up to ilvl 670 Ethereal Waist, Head, Wrist, Legs, Hands, Back, and Finger (ring) items.
You can find more information on Apexis Crystals and the associated gear in our
Guide to Farming and Spending Apexis Crystals
. You can also see all the
Ethereal Apexis items in our Database
Guide to getting the Garrison Jukebox and Music Rolls
Music Roll: Angelic
has been found by YouTuber
! Check the Item Loot section for details!
You'll get your Garrison Jukebox quest from the NPC in your Garrison.
Bringing the Bass
for the Alliance is collected from
Fix "Smallie" Biggswrench
, and for the Horde it's
Bringing the Bass
. Both of these are found just outside the door of the town hall.
In order to complete the relevant quest, you will need to collect the following:
in Skettis - there are a few around in the uppermost area of Skettis.
Talador - these are not hard to find. Any Shredder will do.
is picked up from the ground in Nagrand (57,11)
Cord of Ancient Wood
in Gorgrond - these are found in the greatest number near the Everbloom Wilds flight point.
Laz-Tron Disc Reader
Laz-Tron Disc Reader
in a small house in Spires of Arak (55,90).
After completing these objectives you will be rewarded with
Unlock Garrison Jukebox
. This builds your Jukebox in your Garrison. In order to play music in your Garrison, interact with the Jukebox and select a song from the list.
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