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Hotfixes for January 21

A week has passed since the last round of hotfixes, but a new batch has been released tonight. Tonight's round includes bug fixes, class balance changes, and more. The Garrison Campaign fixes include:
  • A Stolen Heart: Azuka Bladefury should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode for Horde characters.
  • Primal Fury: Completing the quest should now correctly award Thisalee Crow (Alliance) or Choluna (Horde) as a Follower. A fix to award the followers for players that have already completed the quest will be made at a later date.
  • Socrethar's Demise: Resolved an issue that could cause the banner used to challenge Socrethar to not work correctly.
The full list of hotfixes can be found below.

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World of Warcraft 10 Year Anniversary gift arrives

The 10 year anniversary of World of Warcraft decided to wrap up in style with a special gift mailed to players that have been with the game since the very beginning. Players who created an account within 60 days of World of Warcraft's original launch and have maintained their subscription for all ten years have been mailed a very special physical gift -- a miniature recreation of the orc statue that graces the courtyard of Blizzard Entertainment's home in Irvine, CA. If you are eligible for the gift, you should receive an email indicating your gift is on the way at your registered Battle.net email address.

This is probably one of the nicer statues I've gotten from Blizzard. It looks very much like cast bronze, but I believe it's the same resin material used for their deluxe line of action figures. And although I say it's a miniature recreation, it's not that small -- the statue measures roughly 9" from base to tip of the taller axe. The base includes a message on the bottom that reads "The orc statue is a constant presence in our life at Blizzard Entertainment. It's where we meet to talk, to eat, to celebrate. As we celebrate ten years of World of Warcraft, we present this token of appreciation to you, stalwart adventurer. Thank you for being a constant presence in our lives as we adventure together."

Head to Battle.net for more information regarding eligibility for the gift, and be sure to check out our gallery for shots of both statue and box.


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Hotfixes for January 13

After today's long maintenance, another list of hotfixes has been revealed. Some highlights today include:
  • Blackrock Caverns: Rom'ogg Bonecrusher's Skullcracker ability should now correctly deal damage to Angered Earth elementals, allowing the achievement Crushing Bones and Cracking Skulls to be completed.
  • Arathi Basin: Players should now always have a fixed 25-second resurrection timer while in a Rated Battleground match.
  • Many garrison items, such as Salvage Crates, now stack to 20
The full list of hotfixes can be found below.

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Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes for January 9

The weekend brought another small release of hotfixes for Patch 6.0.3. The list may be short, but there are a few different notes in there that players should take note of. On the list are a few PvP battleground changes, an adjustment to Ashran, and a few fixes and changes to various creatures around the world as well. Also, while it's not specifically mentioned in this round of hotfixes, it appears as though a hotfix was applied to allow Big Crates of Salvage to stack.
  • Players camping Poundfist take note: Poundfist is now immune to crowd-control effects.
  • Trapping will now award a caged beast for each nearby party member with an appropriate level barn -- this hotfix requires a realm restart.
  • The northern track switch in Silvershard Mines should now work correctly.
Read on for the full list of hotfixes.

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Patch 6.1 build headed to the PTR

According to a tweet by Blizzard QAZorbrix, Patch 6.1 is in the process of being released to the PTR servers for testing. In addition, PTR forums will be making a return next week. While we haven't seen patch notes for 6.1 just yet, datamining website MMO-Champion has been busy at work digging through the new build and pulling out interesting material. Among the highlights of what we may be seeing in 6.1:
  • New Battle Pets from Sunwell Plateau, Hyjal Summit and Black Temple
  • Harrison Jones as a new Garrison follower
  • Platinum level for Garrison invasions
  • New game for the Darkmoon Faire: The Real Big Race
  • Collectible music
  • Possible Heirloom Tab
Please note that all information is currently being datamined, which means that none of it has been finalized by Blizzard, and it may or may not actually make it to live realms with 6.1. To get the PTR for yourself, simply install it via the Battle.net launcher by selecting PTR: World of Warcraft from the Region/Account dropdown bar.


Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

Hotfixes for January 8

Another day, another batch of hotfixes. Today's round includes various bug fixes and balance changes, but the big highlight might be an additional change to trapping mobs for the Barn. In addition to the previously announced hotfixes, the following has been added:
  • Requires a realm restart] Increased the spawn rate and number of spawn points for Direfang Alpha, Ironhide Bull, and Wetland Trampler. This hotfix will be deployed in combination with the hotfix from January 7 to increase spawn rates slightly.
You can find the full list of today's hotfixes below.

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Hotfixes for January 5

After a long holiday break, we have a brand new round of hotfixes for Warlords of Draenor. Tonight's hotfixes are primarily class balance and quality-of-life changes, along with an extension to the 10th Anniversary event. Some highlights:
  • Dwarven Bunker/War Mill: Players can now accrue as many Iron Horde Scraps as they want.
  • Lumber Mill: Players can now accrue as much Timber as they want.
  • Various Nitrogg Thundertower nerfs in Grimrail Depot
  • Various rogue buffs
Those are the ones that interest me most, anyway. It will be nice to spend a night stockpiling Timber rather than needing to venture out every few days to replenish my stack of 250. Nitrogg Thundertower was also leaps and bounds more difficult than anything else found in dungeons if you're in a random group.

The full hotfixes can be found below.

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Hotfixes for December 18

Another round of hotfixes has been released this evening. Along with a few class balance changes, here are some highlights:
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Socrethar's Demise: Resolved an issue that could cause Socrethar to become unattackable.
  • Primal Spirits should now be dropping more frequently while harvesting mineral and herb nodes outside of the Garrison, from Skinning, and in a satchel obtained by completing the daily Fishing quest from the Garrison Fishing Shack.
  • World Shrinker's effect is now removed when mounting up.
You can find the full list below.

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World of Warcraft in the new year


Blizzard has just released a preview of some exciting new things we can expect from WoW in 2015. Let's get right down to the highlights:
  • In patch 6.1, the legendary quest will be rewarding you with a legendary follower.
  • They will be testing the ability to send tweets (with screenshots) from inside the game.
  • Better flight paths, with more direct routing.
  • New incentives to invite friends into your garrison with daily tasks (complete with rewards and achievements).
  • New ways to spend Garrison Resources, new follower missions and rewards, new follower modification items, and a new tier of difficulty for garrison invasions.
  • The ability to purchase game time tokens (with real money) that can be traded with other players in game for gold.
  • Account-wide heirloom system, with the ability to upgrade heirlooms to level 100.
  • New blood elf models and tweaks for existing models.
  • Improving Ashran faction balance.
  • Blackrock Foundry will begin opening in February 2015.
Check out the full blue post after the break.

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Hotfix tweets from December 12

The latest round of hotfixes didn't roll out on the official hotfix blog, but resident Blizzard CM Rygarius made a series of tweets on Twitter that outlined the hotfixes with a note that since there is no update to the hotfix blog, he wanted to get the information out before the weekend. On the list are some PvP adjustments, as well as a fix to the transmog armor acquired from the Dwarven Bunker or War Mill.


Read on for more tweets from Rygarius.

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Hotfixes for December 11


Another day, another round of major hotfixes. Highlights include:
  • Ghost Wolf modified by Glyph of Ghostly Speed no longer provides a movement speed increase while indoors.
  • Ashran: Fangraal and Kronus no longer scales their health based the number of players they're fighting. Each faction guardian's health now scales based on the number of enemy players active at the time when they're summoned.
  • Based on player feedback, a number of adjustments have been made to Alchemy recipes. Combat potion recipes no longer requires Crescent Oil and meat/fish, and will require herbs instead. Flask recipes now use more herbs, increasing the number of herbs needed from one type of herb to two.
  • Based on player feedback, a number of adjustments have been made to Jewelcrafting recipes. Tier 1 gem recipes now requires more ore and less herbs. Tier 2 gem recipes will no longer requires herbs and instead require a tier 1 gem.
The full hotfixes after the break.

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Level 55 Death Knight restriction going away


In what seems like part of an antiquated system that's outlived its usefulness, the Death Knight creation restriction of needing a level 55 character or higher previously on the account is going away. This is mildly significant in that now a new player can create an account, load up a Death Knight, and jump right into Burning Crusade content. But obviously with the level 90 boost, there's more incentive for new players to skip even that bit and go right into Draenor.

At the end of the day, is this really a big deal? Not so much. But it's interesting, nonetheless.
Nethaera
With availability of the level 90 character boost, we feel the requirement to have a character level 55 or higher to unlock the Death Knight as a playable class is no longer relevant. The plan right now is to remove the limitation sometime next week, at which point players will be able to start a new Death Knight (which still begins at level 55) without first having to reach level 55 on another character.

Filed under: News items, Death Knight

Patch 6.0.3 hotfixes for December 5

Just in time for the weekend, a new round of hotfixes for patch 6.0.3 have been released to the official blog. There's a little bit of everything in this round of hotfixes, from PvP adjustments to garrison building tweaks, and even a few adjustments to professions as well. Please note that there are a few hotfixes that do require a realm restart to take effect.
  • Players leveling First Aid should note that Antiseptic Bandages no longer require Sea Scorpion Segments to craft.
  • In Ashran, Fangraal, Kronus, and faction Captains now continuously push towards the enemy faction's base.
  • Consuming a Draenor potion, elixir or flask should no longer cause players to break out of stealth.
Read on for the full list of hotfixes.

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Hotfixes for December 4

Another day, another round of hotfixes. Today's highlights include:
  • Player pets should now correctly rejoin the player after taking a flight path or using a vehicle.
  • Battleground Flag Carriers should now correctly have a 45-second delay before their location is revealed to the enemy team (was incorrectly revealing their location immediately).
  • Recruit-a-Friend characters should now be correctly receiving a 300% bonus to the experience awarded for completing a Dungeon (was incorrectly awarding 900% instead).
The full hotfixes can be found below. There are a few class balance hotfixes there, so don't miss them!

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Maintenance extended until 1 p.m. PST [UPDATE: 3 p.m.]

The launch of a new expansion is fraught with extended maintenance -- Warlords of Draenor being no exception. Today's maintenance, which was already a rather large window, has been extended until 1 p.m. PST.

We'll keep you posted on any developments.

Update: Blizzard's Customer Service team now states realms will be down for an additional two hours. The new ETA is 3 p.m. PST.

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