- Players fighting Hexos in the Brawler's Guild should no longer be killed by the maze after successfully defeating Hexos.
- Guards at both Huojin and Tushui Landing on the Timeless Isle are now significantly more deadly.
- Worgen players, Darkflight's speed increase no longer stacks with Burning Rush or Burst of Speed.
Posts with tag breaking
The following realms are scheduled to be connected on Thursday, March 13 -- players on Drak'thul and Skywall may want to note that their connection scheduled for last week has been pushed forward to this date.
- Drak'thul and Skywall-rescheduled from 3/6
- Dreadmaul and Thaurissan
- Exodar and Medivh
- Scarlet Crusade and Feathermoon
In a series of new gameplay videos released from an overseas demo of Warlords of Draenor, an interesting button appears on the upper right side of the mount window: "Summon Random Favorite Mount." The help text for the button says "Summons and dismisses a favorite mount. The mount will be chosen randomly from the favorites usable in the current area."
There's no confirmation from Blizzard that this is, or is not, legitimate, however it has been a long requested feature of the game, and seems to my eyes to be real. There are numerous addons that already do this, and Blizzard has been known to scoop up the best addon ideas out there an integrate them into the game. So this new button? Not all that surprising, but definitely appreciated.
Thanks to Chris for the tip!
Filed under: Warlords of Draenor
Last week we learned that honor changes were coming to battlegrounds across WoW. Too little honor was being earned in the multitude of BGs available, and in turn Blizzard decided to significantly adjust the rate at which bonus honor was awarded. For example, where previously you earned bonus honor every 260 points in Eye of the Storm, you'll now receive it every 130 points.
At a small level this won't have a major effect, but when you add up running a few dozens BGs while honor farming, it's going to stack up pretty quickly. This change also seems to be a good way to allow players to catch up and enjoy the expansion's PvP offerings near the end of its run.
However ... not quite yet.
PvP Designer Holinka tweeted that the changes will be coming next week. We'll just have to wait for "moar honor."
Update Part Deux: According to a source of Lore, this actually is happening next week.
Filed under: PvP
In addition to Paragon Leveling, patch 2.0.1 also includes the new Loot 2.0 system, a newly revamped Difficulty system, Clans and Communities, and skill updates to all five hero classes. You do not need to have pre-ordered Reaper of Souls to benefit from the experience boost -- all active Diablo III accounts have access to the bonus experience and all the new systems introduced in patch 2.0.1. But if you want to take advantage of the bonus XP, better hurry -- the offer ends on March 24.
Last night, fittingly premiering during The Walking Dead, the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls commercial aired for the first time.
Reaper of Souls takes the player back into the conflict between heaven and hell, where the Black Soulstone is stolen and will soon be used to unleash the final end unto humanity. Diablo III's first expansion pre-patch is already live and features an absolute ton of goodies, many of which are bring players back to the game in droves.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls releases on March 25. Hit after the break for the full opening cinematic and more RoS video goodness.
Filed under: Diablo 3
Obviously, with the removal of hit and expertise racials, there's some changes being made. All the bonuses that related to those have been replaced, so that was Draenei, Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Orc, and Troll. All these have been replaced with other bonuses that affect damage output.
There have also been changes to what Bashiok refers to as "some outliers", indicating things like the Troll Berserking being brought down from a 20% haste increase to a 15% increase. Orcs' Hardiness also took a hit, now reducing stun duration by 10% instead of 15%. No changes are planned to Pandaren or Worgen racials.
It seems like Blizzard is making an effort to remove the obligation to play certain classes in order to maximise efficiency for certain roles. And this can only be a good thing. Hit the break for Bashiok's full post.
Edit: There was also a post from Technical Game Designer Chadd "Celestalon" Nervig in the official forums regarding the change to Will of the Forsaken, but not to Every Man For Himself.
Filed under: Warlords of Draenor
How do you get in?
Instead you'll want to head over to your Battle.net and ensure that your beta profile page is up to date, and that you're opted in to Heroes of the Storm testing. Do remember that this is the only way to get access right now, and that you should be extremely wary of any email or other communication that suggests you may be able to get access through other means.Contrary to popular belief, surrounding yourself with lit candles and shouting "Tech Alpha" into the mirror three times will not grant Alpha access, but it may amuse your family members. No, the only way into the Nexus is through an official email invitation from Blizzard Entertainment.
Filed under: Blizzard All-Stars
The following realms are scheduled to be connected on Thursday, March 6.
- Drak'thul and Skywall
- Eredar and Gorefiend/Wildhammer/Spinebreaker
- Ghostlands and Kael'thas
- Thunderlord and Azgalor/Azshara/Destromath
When pressed on the price, he responded as follows:We realised as soon as we came out with Warlords of Draenor boost to 90, we knew that there was going to be demand for more than 1. It's tremendously awkward to tell someone that you should buy two copies of the expansion just to get a second 90. That's odd. So we knew at that point we were going to have to offer it as a separate service.
In terms of the pricing, honestly a big part of that is not wanting to devalue the accomplishment of levelling. If our goal here was to sell as many boosts as possible, we could halve the price or more than that - make it $10 or something. And then hardly anyone would ever level a character again.Ion's explanations make sense, but it does not alter the fact that $60 is a huge amount of money, more than almost anyone ever thought the service would cost. Ion's interview with Eurogamer certainly implies although doesn't confirm that the $60 price point is correct, or at least was intentional at the time.
But levelling is something that takes dozens if not over 100 hours in many cases and people have put serious time and effort into that, and we don't want to diminish that.I am not an economist, I'm not the one setting the dollar value myself, but it's not the profit maximising price. That was not our aim here.
[Thanks for the tip, silvertongue0!]
All in all it's pretty tantalizing, and perhaps they're further along than I would have thought - it seems more likely to me now that a beta is a month or two away than it did before I saw the video.
Edited to add - The folks at MMO-Champion posted two more videos from the same source, Korean webzine Inven. You can watch them here and here.
Thanks to Mintie for the tip.
The following realms are scheduled to be connected on Thursday, February 27.
- Alexstrasza and Terokkar
- Exodar and Medivh
- Frostwolf and Vashj
- Gorefiend and Spinebreaker/Wildhammer
- Gundrak and Jubei'Thos
- Mug'thol and Dragonmaw/Akama
Fans of Burning Crusade races the draenei and the blood elf will also no doubt be really thrilled to note that there have been sections added to the site to include the updated models for all of those. There are also several new stills for the female dwarf, showing off her emotes. I think she looks fantastic, if a little manic!
You can see all the model images released so far in the gallery below.
Filed under: Warlords of Draenor
- Battle pets and mounts that disappeared since the patch launch should be restored when you log in.
- The Key to the Palace of Lei Shen should now be properly dropping from rare spawns and golden treasure chests on the Isle of Thunder.
- An issue that allowed Death Knights to attack NPCs of their own faction if they did not complete Where Kings Walk or Warchief's Blessing has been resolved.
Thursday downtime is unusual, but may be intended to address the unanticipated issues caused by the release of patch 5.4.7.
Filed under: News items