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 6.0.3 Hotfixes: October 30 - Oct 30, 2014 09:30:00 PM EST
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 6.0.3 Hotfixes: October 30 - Oct 30, 2014 09:30:00 PM EST

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft patch 6.0.3. Hotfixes are updates we make on our end without requiring you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require your realm to be restarted to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client- side patch update. We will continue to update this list as additional hotfixes are applied.

Hotfixes have been listed by the date they've been implemented. The hotfixes have also been compiled by category for those wanting a quick summary of all hotfixes that have been applied since Patch 6.0.3.

Patch 6.0.x Information

By Date
By Category
6.0.3 Patch Notes

October 30

Hallow's End

  • Exquisite Costume Set: "The Lich King" now allows the user to ride on a mount while transformed.

Classes

  • Resolved an issue where durations for periodic effects were not always being extended for the full amount when refreshed by another ability.
  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • Necrosis’ damage has been increased by 67%.
      • Scourge Strike’s damage has been increased by 50%.
      • Unholy Might now increases Strength by 5% (down from 10%).
    • Talents
      • Defile should no longer be growing in radius and damage by more than the intended amount.
  • Druid
    • General
      • Druids are no longer able to switch specializations while in Flight Form.
      • Druid shapeshift forms should now override the transformation from Fire-Watcher's Oath.
      • Wrath’s damage has been increased by 25%.
    • Balance
      • Starfall’s damage has been increased by 75%.
      • Starfire’s damage has been increased by 25%.
      • Starsurge’s damage has been increased by 25%. Additionally, resolved an issue where Starsurge may sometimes provide an incorrect Lunar or Solar Empowerment.
    • Restoration
      • Nature's Swiftness should no longer incorrectly allow Cyclone to be cast while in any shapeshift form.
    • Talents
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Nature's Vigil now heals and damages nearby targets for 20% of the healing done (down from 30%), but can now trigger from Multistrikes.
  • Hunter
    • General
      • Adaptation now increases Combat Experience’s damage increase to 70% (down from 85%).
    • Beast Mastery
      • Kill Command’s damage has been increased by 20%.
    • Marksmanship
      • Chimaera Shot’s damage has been reduced by 13%.
    • Talents
      • Focusing Shot now has a 2.5 second cast time (down from 3 seconds), and its damage has been increased by 25%.
  • Mage
    • General
      • Conjured food no longer has a level requirement to use.
    • Arcane
      • Resolved an issue where notifications for Arcane Missiles charges may sometimes not display properly.
    • Frost
      • Frostbolt’s damage has been reduced by 20%.
    • Talents
      • Cauterize should no longer be dealing more damage than intended to the Mage.
      • Alter Time should now work correctly for characters below level 77.
  • Monk
    • General
      • Resolved an issue where Stance of the Fierce Tiger's movement speed increase was not working correctly for newly created Monks.
    • Brewmaster
      • Black Ox Statue should no longer be attacking targets.
    • Talents
      • Chi Explosion now deals reduced damage to secondary targets. Damage to the primary target remains unchanged.
  • Priest
    • Discipline
      • Smite critical hits should no longer incorrectly cause the target to be healed for a greater than intended amount through Atonement while also receiving a larger than intended damage shield that's granted through Divine Aegis.
    • Shadow
      • Mastery: Mental Anguish now increases damage by 3.125% per point (up from 2.5%).
    • Glyphs
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Glyph of Inner Fire and Glyph of Inner Sanctum should now be correctly removed as those glyphs no longer exist.
  • Rogue
    • Combat
      • Killing Spree should no longer cancel or end prematurely if one of their targets is immune to damage.
  • Shaman
    • General
      • Lava Burst's visuals should no longer be excessively large.
    • Elemental
      • Earthquake's visuals are no longer visible for friendly players.
      • Shamanism now increases Lightning Bolt's damage by 70% (up from 36%).
    • Enhancement
      • Fire Nova now has a maximum of 7 novas that can be triggered if more than 7 targets are affected by Flame Shock.
      • Maelstrom Weapon should no longer incorrectly persist after the Shaman has switched to a different specialization.
    • Talents
      • Echo of the Elements effect should now be correctly consumed during Ascendance.
      • Elemental Blast's damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Warlock
    • Demonology
      • Molten Core should no longer incorrectly trigger its effect based on the casting Warlock's health
      • Resolved an issue where Soul Fire's damage was reduced by a greater than intended amount.
    • Destruction
      • Resolved a situation where interactions between Immolate, Fire and Brimstone, and Cataclysm could cause Immolate to deal less damage than intended.
    • Talents
      • Cataclysm now has a slight visual which can be seen by the Warlock's allies when it's being cast.
  • Warrior
    • General
      • Heroic Leap should no longer allow the Warrior to ignore vertical terrain restrictions while in a Dungeon, Raid, or Battleground.
      • Whirlwind’s damage has been reduced by 30%.
    • Talents
      • Ravager’s damage has been reduced by 25%.
      • Slam’s damage has been reduced by 30%.

Quests

  • Breaking the Emperor's Shield: Nakk'rakas should no longer despawn, allowing players to complete the quest.

Creatures

  • Damp Shambler's Renewing Mists now heals for less.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios

  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Paragons of the Klaxxi: Resolved an issue where Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver could not be looted.
    • Downfall Wing 4: Resolved an issue where Gnomish Gyrocopters may not be destroying Thresher Turrets for Alliance players.
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Jin'rokh the Breaker's Ionization effect should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Icecrown Citadel
    • [Requires a realm restart.] The Lich King's Harvest Soul ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Trial of the Crusader
    • Anub'arak's Leeching Swarm should no longer be healing Anub'arak for an excessive amount.
  • Dungeons
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Blackrock Caverns: Angered Earth should now spawn in when Rom'ogg Bonecrusher hits a player with Quake.
    • Razorfen Kraul: Groyat, the Blind Hunter's Drain Life ability should no longer damage or heal for an excessive amount.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Arenas
    • Tol'viron Arena should now correctly have Dampening.
  • Battlegrounds
    • Deepwind Gorge: Status of the mine cart should now be updating correctly.
    • Isle of Conquest: Huge Seaforium Bombs no longer have a level requirement to interact with them.

Items

  • Elixirs from the Cataclysm expansion should no longer be more powerful than their counterparts from Mists of Pandaria.
  • Boiled Silkworm Pupa now provides a buff to Critical Strike instead of Hit.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Claws of Agony and Claws of Torment's 2-piece set bonus now gives a more reasonable amount of Haste.
  • Manual Crowd Pummeler's on-use effect now grants a more reasonable increase to Haste.
  • Technique: Glyph of the Executor no longer has an effect as the Glyph it teaches no longer exists.
  • Zandalarian Hero Badge now provides a more reasonable amount of Armor.

UI

  • Settings for SET ffxGlow should no longer be resetting when exiting the game client.

October 28

Quests

  • Roll Club: Serpent's Spine should no longer cause players to float and allow them to complete the quest.
  • Zarhym Altogether: Spirit Chests looted during the weekly quest no longer contains gold.

World Environment

  • World Defense chat channel should be joinable once again.
  • Alliance characters taking a flight path to Shattered Beachhead should now arrive safely at their destination (rather than falling through the world).

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Bonus Honor for winning a Battleground is now only awarded when queuing for a Random Battleground (it was incorrectly awarding the bonus Honor for any Battleground win).

October 30

Hallow's End

  • Exquisite Costume Set: "The Lich King" now allows the user to ride on a mount while transformed.

Classes

  • Resolved an issue where durations for periodic effects were not always being extended for the full amount when refreshed by another ability.
  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • Necrosis’ damage has been increased by 67%.
      • Scourge Strike’s damage has been increased by 50%.
      • Unholy Might now increases Strength by 5% (down from 10%).
    • Talents
      • Defile should no longer be growing in radius and damage by more than the intended amount.
  • Druid
    • General
      • Druids are no longer able to switch specializations while in Flight Form.
      • Druid shapeshift forms should now override the transformation from Fire-Watcher's Oath.
      • Wrath’s damage has been increased by 25%.
    • Balance
      • Starfall’s damage has been increased by 75%.
      • Starfire’s damage has been increased by 25%.
      • Starsurge’s damage has been increased by 25%. Additionally, resolved an issue where Starsurge may sometimes provide an incorrect Lunar or Solar Empowerment.
    • Restoration
      • Nature's Swiftness should no longer incorrectly allow Cyclone to be cast while in any shapeshift form.
    • Talents
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Nature's Vigil now heals and damages nearby targets for 20% of the healing done (down from 30%), but can now trigger from Multistrikes.
  • Hunter
    • General
      • Adaptation now increases Combat Experience’s damage increase to 70% (down from 85%).
    • Beast Mastery
      • Kill Command’s damage has been increased by 20%.
    • Marksmanship
      • Chimaera Shot’s damage has been reduced by 13%.
    • Talents
      • Focusing Shot now has a 2.5 second cast time (down from 3 seconds), and its damage has been increased by 25%.
  • Mage
    • General
      • Conjured food no longer has a level requirement to use.
    • Arcane
      • Resolved an issue where notifications for Arcane Missiles charges may sometimes not display properly.
    • Frost
      • Frostbolt’s damage has been reduced by 20%.
    • Talents
      • Cauterize should no longer be dealing more damage than intended to the Mage.
      • Alter Time should now work correctly for characters below level 77.
  • Monk
    • General
      • Resolved an issue where Stance of the Fierce Tiger's movement speed increase was not working correctly for newly created Monks.
    • Brewmaster
      • Black Ox Statue should no longer be attacking targets.
    • Talents
      • Chi Explosion now deals reduced damage to secondary targets. Damage to the primary target remains unchanged.
  • Priest
    • Discipline
      • Smite critical hits should no longer incorrectly cause the target to be healed for a greater than intended amount through Atonement while also receiving a larger than intended damage shield that's granted through Divine Aegis.
    • Shadow
      • Mastery: Mental Anguish now increases damage by 3.125% per point (up from 2.5%).
    • Glyphs
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Glyph of Inner Fire and Glyph of Inner Sanctum should now be correctly removed as those glyphs no logner exist.
  • Rogue
    • Combat
      • Killing Spree should no longer cancel or end prematurely if one of their targets is immune to damage.
  • Shaman
    • General
      • Lava Burst's visuals should no longer be excessively large.
    • Elemental
      • Earthquake's visuals are no longer visible for friendly players.
      • Shamanism now increases Lightning Bolt's damage by 70% (up from 36%).
    • Enhancement
      • Fire Nova now has a maximum of 7 novas that can be triggered if more than 7 targets are affected by Flame Shock.
      • Maelstrom Weapon should no longer incorrectly persist after the Shaman has switched to a different specialization.
    • Talents
      • Echo of the Elements effect should now be correctly consumed during Ascendance.
      • Elemental Blast's damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Warlock
    • Demonology
      • Molten Core should no longer incorrectly trigger its effect based on the casting Warlock's health
      • Resolved an issue where Soul Fire's damage was reduced by a greater than intended amount.
    • Destruction
      • Resolved a situation where interactions between Immolate, Fire and Brimstone, and Cataclysm could cause Immolate to deal less damage than intended.
    • Talents
      • Cataclysm now has a slight visual which can be seen by the Warlock's allies when it's being cast.
  • Warrior
    • General
      • Heroic Leap should no longer allow the Warrior to ignore vertical terrain restrictions while in a Dungeon, Raid, or Battleground.
      • Whirlwind’s damage has been reduced by 30%.
    • Talents
      • Ravager’s damage has been reduced by 25%.
      • Slam’s damage has been reduced by 30%.

Quests

  • Breaking the Emperor's Shield: Nakk'rakas should no longer despawn, allowing players to complete the quest.

Creatures

  • Damp Shambler's Renewing Mists now heals for less.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios

  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Paragons of the Klaxxi: Resolved an issue where Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver could not be looted.
    • Downfall Wing 4: Resolved an issue where Gnomish Gyrocopters may not be destroying Thresher Turrets for Alliance players.
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Jin'rokh the Breaker's Ionization effect should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Icecrown Citadel
    • [Requires a realm restart.] The Lich King's Harvest Soul ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Trial of the Crusader
    • Anub'arak's Leeching Swarm should no longer be healing Anub'arak for an excessive amount.
  • Dungeons
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Blackrock Caverns: Angered Earth should now spawn in when Rom'ogg Bonecrusher hits a player with Quake.
    • Razorfen Kraul: Groyat, the Blind Hunter's Drain Life ability should no longer damage or heal for an excessive amount.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Arenas
    • Tol'viron Arena should now correctly have Dampening.
  • Battlegrounds
    • Deepwind Gorge: Status of the mine cart should now be updating correctly.
    • Isle of Conquest: Huge Seaforium Bombs no longer have a level requirement to interact with them.

Items

  • Elixirs from the Cataclysm expansion should no longer be more powerful than their counterparts from Mists of Pandaria.
  • Boiled Silkworm Pupa now provides a buff to Critical Strike instead of Hit.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Claws of Agony and Claws of Torment's 2-piece set bonus now gives a more reasonable amount of Haste.
  • Manual Crowd Pummeler's on-use effect now grants a more reasonable increase to Haste.
  • Technique: Glyph of the Executor no longer has an effect as the Glyph it teaches no longer exists.
  • Zandalarian Hero Badge now provides a more reasonable amount of Armor.

UI

  • Settings for SET ffxGlow should no longer be resetting when exiting the game client.

October 28

Quests

  • Roll Club: Serpent's Spine should no longer cause players to float and allow them to complete the quest.
  • Zarhym Altogether: Spirit Chests looted during the weekly quest no longer contains gold.

World Environment

  • World Defense chat channel should be joinable once again.
  • Alliance characters taking a flight path to Shattered Beachhead should now arrive safely at their destination (rather than falling through the world).

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Bonus Honor for winning a Battleground is now only awarded when queuing for a Random Battleground (it was incorrectly awarding the bonus Honor for any Battleground win).

World of Warcraft Patch 6.0.3: Hotfixes

For Patch 6.0.2 pre-Warlords expansion patch notes, please see: The Iron Tide: 6.0.2 Patch Notes.
For Patch 6.0.2 Hotfixes, please see: 6.0.2 Hotfixes.

Hallow's End

  • Exquisite Costume Set: "The Lich King" now allows the user to ride on a mount while transformed.

Classes

  • Resolved an issue where durations for periodic effects were not always being extended for the full amount when refreshed by another ability.
  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • Necrosis’ damage has been increased by 67%.
      • Scourge Strike’s damage has been increased by 50%.
      • Unholy Might now increases Strength by 5% (down from 10%).
    • Talents
      • Defile should no longer be growing in radius and damage by more than the intended amount.
  • Druid
    • General
      • Druids are no longer able to switch specializations while in Flight Form.
      • Druid shapeshift forms should now override the transformation from Fire-Watcher's Oath.
      • Wrath’s damage has been increased by 25%.
    • Balance
      • Starfall’s damage has been increased by 75%.
      • Starfire’s damage has been increased by 25%.
      • Starsurge’s damage has been increased by 25%. Additionally, resolved an issue where Starsurge may sometimes provide an incorrect Lunar or Solar Empowerment.
    • Restoration
      • Nature's Swiftness should no longer incorrectly allow Cyclone to be cast while in any shapeshift form.
    • Talents
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Nature's Vigil now heals and damages nearby targets for 20% of the healing done (down from 30%), but can now trigger from Multistrikes.
  • Hunter
    • General
      • Adaptation now increases Combat Experience’s damage increase to 70% (down from 85%).
    • Beast Mastery
      • Kill Command’s damage has been increased by 20%.
    • Marksmanship
      • Chimaera Shot’s damage has been reduced by 13%.
    • Talents
      • Focusing Shot now has a 2.5 second cast time (down from 3 seconds), and its damage has been increased by 25%.
  • Mage
    • General
      • Conjured food no longer has a level requirement to use.
    • Arcane
      • Resolved an issue where notifications for Arcane Missiles charges may sometimes not display properly.
    • Frost
      • Frostbolt’s damage has been reduced by 20%.
    • Talents
      • Cauterize should no longer be dealing more damage than intended to the Mage.
      • Alter Time should now work correctly for characters below level 77.
  • Monk
    • General
      • Resolved an issue where Stance of the Fierce Tiger's movement speed increase was not working correctly for newly created Monks.
    • Brewmaster
      • Black Ox Statue should no longer be attacking targets.
    • Talents
      • Chi Explosion now deals reduced damage to secondary targets. Damage to the primary target remains unchanged.
  • Priest
    • Discipline
      • Smite critical hits should no longer incorrectly cause the target to be healed for a greater than intended amount through Atonement while also receiving a larger than intended damage shield that's granted through Divine Aegis.
    • Shadow
      • Mastery: Mental Anguish now increases damage by 3.125% per point (up from 2.5%).
    • Glyphs
      • [Requires a realm restart.] Glyph of Inner Fire and Glyph of Inner Sanctum should now be correctly removed as those glyphs no logner exist.
  • Rogue
    • Combat
      • Killing Spree should no longer cancel or end prematurely if one of their targets is immune to damage.
  • Shaman
    • General
      • Lava Burst's visuals should no longer be excessively large.
    • Elemental
      • Earthquake's visuals are no longer visible for friendly players.
      • Shamanism now increases Lightning Bolt's damage by 70% (up from 36%).
    • Enhancement
      • Fire Nova now has a maximum of 7 novas that can be triggered if more than 7 targets are affected by Flame Shock.
      • Maelstrom Weapon should no longer incorrectly persist after the Shaman has switched to a different specialization.
    • Talents
      • Echo of the Elements effect should now be correctly consumed during Ascendance.
      • Elemental Blast's damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Warlock
    • Demonology
      • Molten Core should no longer incorrectly trigger its effect based on the casting Warlock's health
      • Resolved an issue where Soul Fire's damage was reduced by a greater than intended amount.
    • Destruction
      • Resolved a situation where interactions between Immolate, Fire and Brimstone, and Cataclysm could cause Immolate to deal less damage than intended.
    • Talents
      • Cataclysm now has a slight visual which can be seen by the Warlock's allies when it's being cast.
  • Warrior
    • General
      • Heroic Leap should no longer allow the Warrior to ignore vertical terrain restrictions while in a Dungeon, Raid, or Battleground.
      • Whirlwind’s damage has been reduced by 30%.
    • Talents
      • Ravager’s damage has been reduced by 25%.
      • Slam’s damage has been reduced by 30%.

Quests

  • Breaking the Emperor's Shield: Nakk'rakas should no longer despawn, allowing players to complete the quest.
  • Roll Club: Serpent's Spine should no longer cause players to float and allow them to complete the quest.
  • Zarhym Altogether: Spirit Chests looted during the weekly quest no longer contains gold.

World Environment

  • World Defense chat channel should be joinable once again.
  • Alliance characters taking a flight path to Shattered Beachhead should now arrive safely at their destination (rather than falling through the world).

Creatures

  • Damp Shambler's Renewing Mists now heals for less.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios

  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Paragons of the Klaxxi: Resolved an issue where Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver could not be looted.
    • Downfall Wing 4: Resolved an issue where Gnomish Gyrocopters may not be destroying Thresher Turrets for Alliance players.
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Jin'rokh the Breaker's Ionization effect should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Icecrown Citadel
    • [Requires a realm restart.] The Lich King's Harvest Soul ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Trial of the Crusader
    • Anub'arak's Leeching Swarm should no longer be healing Anub'arak for an excessive amount.
  • Dungeons
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Blackrock Caverns: Angered Earth should now spawn in when Rom'ogg Bonecrusher hits a player with Quake.
    • Razorfen Kraul: Groyat, the Blind Hunter's Drain Life ability should no longer damage or heal for an excessive amount.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Arenas
    • Tol'viron Arena should now correctly have Dampening.
  • Battlegrounds
    • Deepwind Gorge: Status of the mine cart should now be updating correctly.
    • Isle of Conquest: Huge Seaforium Bombs no longer have a level requirement to interact with them.
    • Bonus Honor for winning a Battleground is now only awarded when queued for a Random Battleground (it was incorrectly awarding the bonus Honor for any Battleground win).

Items

  • Elixirs from the Cataclysm expansion should no longer be more powerful than their counterparts from Mists of Pandaria.
  • Boiled Silkworm Pupa now provides a buff to Critical Strike instead of Hit.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Claws of Agony and Claws of Torment's 2-piece set bonus now gives a more reasonable amount of Haste.
  • Manual Crowd Pummeler's on-use effect now grants a more reasonable increase to Haste.
  • Technique: Glyph of the Executor no longer has an effect as the Glyph it teaches no longer exists.
  • Zandalarian Hero Badge now provides a more reasonable amount of Armor.

UI

  • Settings for SET ffxGlow should no longer be resetting when exiting the game client.

World of Warcraft Patch 6.0.3

Updated: 10-28-2014

Note: For the rest of the pre-Warlords expansion patch notes, please see The Iron Tide: 6.0.2 Patch Notes.

World Event: Iron Horde Incursion

  • Characters that have completed the Iron Horde Incursion event can now visit a vendor near their faction's respective beachhead to purchase replacement quest rewards.
  • Report to the King/Warning the Warchief: Characters with a healing specialization should now be able to select Ironmender's Totem as a quest reward.
  • Thrall received a reminder that he is currently still on Azeroth.

Character Models

  • Resolved an issue where certain helmets could incorrectly cause an Undead's jaw to disappear.
  • Resolved an issue where skin color for Human models were not matching up with their original counterparts.

Classes

  • Resolved an issue that could cause characters to remain disarmed for an extended period of time.
  • Death Knight
    • Talents
      • Breath of Sindragosa now deals reduced damage to secondary targets. Damage to the primary target remains unchanged.
  • Druid
    • Feral
      • Savage Roar should no longer incorrectly consume Omen of Clarity's clearcasting effect.
      • Resolved an issue where Rip refreshed through Ferocious Bite was not extending its duration for the full amount against targets that were below 25% health.
  • Paladin
    • Protection
      • The passive ability Sanctuary, is now learned at level 10.
  • Priest
    • Shadow
      • Resolved an issue where Shadow Priests in Shadowform were not displaying a targeting outline.
  • Shaman
    • General
      • Chain Lightning, Flame Shock, Frost Shock, Lava Burst, and Lightning Bolt now costs 50% less mana.
    • Elemental
      • Earth Shock and Earthquake now costs 50% less mana.
  • Warlock
    • Glyphs
      • Glyph of Ember Tap was causing Ember Tap to heal for more than intended. Additionally, the glyph now increases the healing of Ember Tap by 2% (down from 5%).

Creatures

  • Gulp Frog no longer drops the Wilted Lilypad.
  • Kor'kron Butcher Cleave ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Kor'kron Commanders with the Hemorrhagic Shadowstep ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.

Pet Battles

  • Iron Starlette should no longer be excessively noisy when their owner is on a mount.

Quests

  • A Villain Unmasked: Resolved an issue where Samuelson Unmasked was dying too quickly to grant quest credit.
  • Basilisk Butcher: Basilisk Meat should be dropping again.
  • Borrowed Brew: Resolved a number of audio issues with the quest.
  • Get Kraken!: Resolved an issue where North Sea Kraken was dying too quickly to grant quest credit.
  • Warforged Seal: Added a safeguard to prevent characters from completing the quest if they already have the maximum amount of Warforged Seals.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios

Raids

  • Looting bind-on-equip items should no longer automatically bind it to the character on Personal Loot mode.
  • Resolved an issue where Guild Raid groups were not receiving credit towards Guild challenges on Mythic difficulty.
  • Dragon Soul
    • Spine of Deathwing: Blood of Deathwing should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Firelands
    • Shannox: Rageface's Face Rage ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Blackwing Lair
    • Razorgore the Untamed received a buff to increase his survivability.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Battlegrounds
    • For players queued for Random Battlegrounds, the losing team should be receiving 45 Honor again.

Professions

  • Resolved an issue where Windwalker Monks were unable to craft more than one item at a time using the "Create All" button.

Items

  • Fire-Watcher's Oath should correctly have a 100% chance to grant Bloody Coins on PvP kills once more.
  • Living Root of the Wildheart's bonus armor provided by Ursine Blessing for Guardian Druids has been toned down to a more reasonable level.

UI

  • PlayMusic API should now work correctly and be able to play MP3s once more.
  • PlaySound API should now work correctly and be able to play MP3s once more.
  • Resolved an issue where quest headers in the Quest Log may become stuck in a collapsed state.
  • Game settings and macros for characters with names that contains an extended ASCII character should be saving correctly once more for users on Mac OS.
  • Resolved a number of situations where the mouse cursor can disappear on Mac OS.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where multi-passenger vehicles entering your character's viewing area could cause them to be booted to the character selection screen.
  • Resolved a client crash that can occur if a character logs out after copying a calendar event.
  • Resolved a Lua error when selecting monitor 3 on systems with multiple video cards.
  • Resolved a Lua error from using Command+M on the Credits screen on Mac OS.
  • Resolved an issue with the skybox flashing on systems with multiple video cards.


 Artcraft – Level Design Part 4 - Oct 30, 2014 08:00:00 PM EST

Hi, I’m Chris Robinson, senior art director of World of Warcraft. In this last installment of this four-part Artcraft series, WoW community manager Bashiok sat down with a few of the level designers who created Nagrand to pick their brains a bit more on the process of creating the zone.

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Hey everyone—so for all the peoples out there, go ahead and introduce yourselves, and for fun, name a zone you’ve worked on in the past.

Victor: Hi, I’m Victor Chong, senior level designer, and people probably remember Vale of Eternal Blossoms in Pandaria.

Ian: I’m Ian Gerdes, level designer on World of Warcraft, and the zone I was probably most involved with in Mists [of Pandaria] was Isle of Thunder.

Ed: I’m Ed Hanes—I’ve been at Blizzard for 13 years, and the first zone I ever worked on was Ghostlands for The Burning Crusade expansion.

Kevin: I’m Kevin Lee, a four-year vet here at Blizzard, and I worked on the Jade Forest in Pandaria.

Damarcus: Hey there I’m Damarcus Holbrook. I’m the new guy, so all my focus has been on Warlords; specifically for this discussion, the exterior of the Highmaul Raid in Nagrand.

What were some of the specific challenges you had with creating Nagrand?

Ian: I think a lot of it was trying to preserve the original layout as much as we could. Nagrand was kind of the one zone that was never really as wrecked as the other zones were from being shattered. It’s kind of blue skies and green trees, and there’s not fel energy everywhere. So I think trying to preserve some of the landmarks and maintaining the spaces was something we really wanted to make sure remained intact—while still making sure it feels new to the player.

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So you obviously had to do some translation of the Outland version. How did you decide how to fill in the areas that were previously destroyed?

Ian: We wanted to preserve some of the silhouette on the world map, so that it still felt familiar. I know Tanaan Jungle was similar in some respects where the edges were broken away, but we still wanted to retain what was Hellfire Peninsula. It was the same for Nagrand. We had a little bit of freedom, however, because there were some parts of the zone that were more obviously destroyed than others, like the southern edge of Oshu’gun and the western border. There were some ogres hanging out there, but nothing substantial in terms of structure, so we decided to add the Raid over there, because it felt like it would be a good extension of the story that fit with the timeline. It ended up getting quite a bit bigger than we had originally planned for. It’s pretty impressive as a zone point of interest (POI) that you can see from a distance, and really breaks up the skyline.

Ed: The biggest challenge was giving a fresh look to something players are familiar with. It’s definitely a zone that players who had that experience in Burning Crusade know; there’s a defined image that comes to mind of what that zone is and what it’s about. A lot of people remember the Nesingwary stuff—the sweeping plains, the angular trees, the floating rock islands, the Throne of Elements. It was one of those zones that was around where a lot of people were hitting their max level, and so it’s got that association with it as well. So that was a huge challenge, figuring out how to keep it fresh while keeping it familiar.

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Any stories from Outland people might remember represented in this new old Nagrand?

Ian: On the mountain range north of Nagrand, in the Burning Crusade version, as you were going to Zangarmarsh there was an orphanage that. . . .

Victor: Yeah. . . .

Ian: . . . it was a little . . . creepy. There’s an NPC there, and I think they’ll be making a return. I actually just put a cage in at the Burning Blade POI today, so I’ll be talking to [the quest team] to see if they want to do anything with that. Corki was certainly one of the more memorable quest lines in Nagrand.

Victor: The Ring of Blood is coming back. It’s a bit more upgraded, but the visual style is very similar.

So you put a cage there, but want to go talk to the quest designers. How does that work as far as who is designing what? How much of it is your team coming up with the story of an area, and how much of it is the quest team bringing it in?

Ian: It’s bi-directional. Sometimes we’ll have a cool idea and they’ll latch onto it, and sometimes they’ll have the cool idea and we’ll latch onto it. It’s definitely a partnership.

Victor: We spend a lot of time with the quest designers, specifically on coming up with really interesting ideas. This expansion specifically is doing a lot of vignette stuff. . . .

Sorry, what’s a vignette?

Victor: It’s an internal term we use for a cool little area or thing you stumble across, something that’s not necessarily part of the main quest line. We’re putting a lot more Easter eggs into the zones this time around, so it doesn’t matter if players find them or not. . . .

Ian: But it’s cool for them if they do.

Victor: We’ve added a lot more vignette stuff, and I was working with Kurt Sparkuhl, a quest designer, on how I could add hidden stuff on the tops of mountains. So we have a lot of vignettes where players have to figure out how to get up there without just being able to walk up. It’s stuff like doing some jumping around to get into an area, and then when you get to the top, you find a goblin with a glider that’ll let you glide to specific areas that aren’t normally accessible. Then if you get through all of that and land on a specific spot, you’re rewarded with whatever the prize is there from a chest or something. We’re doing a lot of that, and Nagrand was a good test bed for those kinds of things.

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What’s your favorite area or detail in the zone?

Victor: There are a lot of very cool things we did in Nagrand. For me specifically I did the whole canyon area, so there’s like three big canyons within the zone.

Ian: And that’s kind of a callback to the original zone. . . .
Victor: We originally weren’t even planning to do that stuff.>

Ian: It was kind of an iteration of the process, because we had originally gone super crazy with the rolling hills, which looked fantastic, but we needed something to break it up.

Victor: That’s actually kind of an interesting story. The first thing that comes to mind for Nagrand was the rolling hills, and the big open grass areas where you were just killing animals—that was a lot of fun and really stood out to me. I started doing a very elaborate rolling hill layout, where every hill is perfectly molded and you have these perfect views of the zone from every angle. Most of the level designers thought it looked great, but when the quest designers looked at it they thought, “What are we going to do with all this open space?” and it didn’t work—it was just too big of an open area. And so when you start looking at the elements of the zone there are trees everywhere, and I think [lead quest designer] Craig Amai said that what he remembered wasn’t the rolling hills, but the canyons, which was surprising to me. Turns out, it was actually a zone full of canyons. It got me thinking about why I never really remembered these canyons, and looking back it’s that they were pretty bad; there wasn’t really any good gameplay there. Spawns were far apart, they were very narrow, and if you accidentally fell down into one they were just this annoying trap you couldn’t find your way out of. So I looked at what I could do to make them better—made them wider, added multiple sub-zones within them, and added more pathways in and out of them. They turned out really well and we ended up adding two more of them.

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What do you want players to experience when they enter Nagrand for the first time?

Victor: I’d like them to see that it’s familiar, but that this is definitely a different time, and that the Warsong clan is here. This is their place.

Ed: Familiar but new. It’d be awesome for people to feel like it’s familiar, but that there’s a lot of new stuff, that it’s a new experience and not just the old Nagrand that’s just been touched up a little.

Could you tell us more about some of the POI’s, how they developed, and what kinds of inspirations were taken from inside and outside of World of Warcraft?

Let’s start with the Warsong clan camp.

Ian: The idea originally was that the Warsong were nomadic, and seasonally would move from the highlands to the lowlands. The idea being that the flood plains would indeed flood, they wouldn’t want to hang out there, and they’d move up to higher ground.

Victor: We ended up using the canyon to illustrate that while their city is both nestled in the canyons and up above them, it still feels like a cohesive city. There’s a river that goes through the entire center of town, but it’s dried out, and it’s supposed to show that when it’s the rainy season it would fill up, so we still tried to pull off that same feeling. We also have where Garrosh is supposed to be sitting in his throne there.

How about the Highmaul Ogres? How did they influence the zone, and how did you try to create a sense of history?

Ed: They were originally supposed to be in the background of the Warsong. However, as the kit was developed, we had a bigger and stronger art push on the look of those guys, and they became a much bigger presence in the zone. Now most of the max level content is focused around them, with that kit being so robust that we were also able to use it in other zones. Their culture actually expanded, I think, as people got on board and dug the vibe of this kind of elevated status of ogre society and their seat of power, and it spread across the expansion.

Ian: Yeah, I think the idea for them was kind of the twilight of the Roman Empire, where their society used to be very grand, and you kind of see how it’s devolving as you look at Frostfire and the Stonemaul. Kind of how ogre society is getting more brutish and less sophisticated and the Highmaul are this last remnant of what they were, or what the Highmaul still are.

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Victor: It’s interesting too, because when we first started it was all Warsong—we had this giant Warsong warpath, this giant road, and then we ran into what we called orc fatigue, where the entire expansion just had too much orc. Which fits thematically and makes logical sense, but from a gameplay standpoint gets boring really quickly. So in that process the ogres got elevated quite a bit.

Ian: You get kind of a layered history too, where the ogre empire used to reach across all of Draenor—but over time it’s deteriorated, other races have moved in, and so Victor did a really nice road treatment where you have the sort of ancient and broken ogre tiles, with the newer Warsong paths crisscrossed on top of it.

Ed: And we knew we were going to have the Highmaul Raid, and so once the art started taking shape for that we were able to pull pieces out of it—like this wall or column looks really cool—and were able to use a lot of that to build out their story in the exterior environment.

Tell us more about the Highmaul Raid.

Damarcus: It’s the stronghold, the final stand for the ogres to hold their ground. The orcs are pushing against them, but they’re holding out. You and your friends roll up through their arena first, and you get some cool options on how you want to progress through the first few bosses before you get into the big keep.

Ian: It’s a little less linear than newer raids have been, so it’s kind of a throwback to that old style of non-linear raids and choosing which way you go and which bosses you want to kill in what order.

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So is it as open as, say, Firelands?

Damarcus: Actually, so this was the first thing I really got to work on at Blizzard. I ended up making the exterior areas of the Highmaul raid and working with the team who made Firelands—so I looked at that a lot and worked with them on how exterior design works for raiding. Ed and I jammed on layout a bit and we kind of thought a triangular layout would work best where you hit the first boss, and then have three options before coming back in before you get to the keep itself. The layout itself works really well.

What’s about Oshu’gun?

Ed: Kevin is really the guy who worked on a lot of it, but we knew it was one of those parts of Nagrand that we needed to keep. We also of course wanted to do something different with it, and one of the things we pitched early that stuck was to give it to the orcs. They’re there right now, but before that, there was a nice forest wrapping around it, and there are still some remnants of the impact when it crashed into Draenor.

Kevin: We wanted to draw on the crater vibe, to make it look a bit more raw—like this had happened recently versus how it looked in Outland. We also wanted to still have some of the runes around it kind of for the nostalgia factor because that’s how we all remember it looking. You can also go inside of it as part of a quest chain, and into an orc cave inside. It’s one of the main quest story lines and will have a lot more meaning to people when they play through it.

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Finally, tell us about the Throne of Elements.

Ian: We really wanted to try to preserve a lot of it. Originally we had it elevated, where it was halfway between the top of the mountains and the lake surface, and the idea was that with the destruction of Draenor, it crashed into the lake. But it blocked the shot of the iconic waterfalls behind it, and there were some other technical constraints, so it ended up more as how we all remember it. Also up top on the Elemental Plateau where people probably remember farming motes, there were elementals kind of sharing a space, but we wanted to break that out into four distinct areas where each is represented. So for the fire area, the ground is all dried out and scorched, the water elemental section is where the waterfalls are up above the throne, and the earth and air sections are nearby.

Ed: Real estate–wise it commands a bigger presence than it did previously, for sure.

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Hey there, Chris again. So this wraps up this exterior level design series, but this is by no means the end of the line. We hope that we’ve been able to provide a bit more insight on what it takes to create a zone in World of Warcraft, and look forward to seeing you make your way into Draenor. We’ve put a lot into trying to create some truly epic environments and experiences for those of you who take up the challenge of fighting back against the Iron Horde. Until next time, thanks for reading!



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 Characters of Warcraft Updated: Velen and Khadgar - Oct 29, 2014 07:00:00 PM EST

The Lore section of our game guide has been updated with two new entries on the Characters of Warcraft page: Velen and Khadgar!

Velen is a staunch defender of the Draenei, and has guided his people in the struggle against the Burning Legion for thousands of years. Now he’s facing a much more immediate threat – the Iron Horde.

Khadgar saw the Iron Horde’s intentions for Azeroth when Nethergarde Keep fell. Now he is determined to stop their assault before it’s too late, and is leading the charge into the Dark Portal, as he did in the past.

Their fates intertwined, Velen and Khadgar are willing to sacrifice much to ensure the safety of their people. Can they triumph over the Iron Horde? Or will they fall to a foe more dangerous than any they’ve encountered before?

We invite you to learn more about these characters and the pivotal role they play in Warlords of Draenor.

To learn more about the leaders of the Iron Horde, check out the Lords of War video series.



 BlizzCon 2014 Charity Auction for CHOC Children’s - Oct 29, 2014 05:14:59 PM EST

This year, we’re expanding our BlizzCon Charity Auction beyond the walls of the Anaheim Convention Center. Beginning November 5 through November 14, we’ll be hosting an online auction of rare art and other unique loot from the Blizzard Vault—all to benefit CHOC Children’s.

For more information and to get a sneak peek at the items that will be up for auction, visit our newly posted BlizzCon 2014 Charity Auction page—then make sure to come back when the Auction House opens on November 5!

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Starting at 12:00 noon PDT on Friday, October 31, the top eight 3v3 Arena teams in the world will kick off the Blizzcon 2014 World of Warcraft Arena Championship at ESL’s studios in Burbank.

Watch all the action for free in HD here.

Find links to live streams in a dozen languages on our official BlizzCon.com Tournament site.

Schedule

12:00 noon PDT -- Skill-Capped EU vs. 3 Amigos
1:00 p.m. PDT -- Penny for Your Thought vs. Popped CD No Skill
2:00 p.m. PDT -- Playing with Fire vs. Death Innovators
3:00 p.m. PDT -- Push Push vs. Bleached Bones
4:00 p.m. PDT -- Group A: Winner vs. Winner
5:00 p.m. PDT -- Group B: Winner vs. Winner

All eight teams will still be alive heading to BlizzCon next week, with Friday’s group winners holding two of the final four spots in the semi-finals.

Casters

Join us Friday and watch live in free HD at Twitch.TV/blizzard. For team breakdowns and additional information and updates throughout the event, check out our BlizzCon 2014 website.



 Artcraft- Level Design Part 3 - Oct 29, 2014 02:30:00 PM EST

Hi again, I’m World of Warcraft senior art director Chris Robinson. In this third installment of this Artcraft series, senior level designer Ely Cannon explains a bit more about the level designer’s role in bringing World of Warcraft’s landscape to life.

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Hi, I’m Ely Cannon, a senior member of the level design team for World of Warcraft, and I wanted to talk a little about the role that World of Warcraft level designers play in developing the visual style for our zones. On the WoW team, we look for artists who also have design experience, or designers with art skills, for our level design team. This is essential to our process since each level designer is ultimately the gatekeeper for the visual style and tone of the zone he or she is working on.

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This process starts with the pre-production work for a zone. Working with an environment artist, the level designer will help guide and define the scope of environment assets needed. These assets include terrain textures, trees, bushes, accent plants, rocks, etc. The range of models and textures needed must address not only the main zone look, but the sub-environment types needed to break up the zone. Not only that, but the textures must do this all while bringing the concept to life and remaining within the capabilities of our game engine. It can be a challenge, and often is.

Take, for example, the new Nagrand. Not only does it encompass the environment that you know of as the Nagrand from Outland, but it also contains new areas, like a wetlands and a higher-elevation arid region. These disparate environmental themes could clash quite jarringly if not handled with care. To keep the zone’s development moving in the right direction, the level designer and the environment artist need to constantly discuss shape language, color, diversity, scale, mood, model usage, and ultimately, the visual tone of the zone as a whole.

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The environment artists make the models and textures, and the level designer sculpts and paints the terrain, places the trees, rocks, and bushes—all the while considering gameplay and both the art and design direction. A typical day for our level designers will include decisions about the overall look and feel of a zone, as well as paying finite attention to detail, like how one plant looks when placed next to another plant in the scene.

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Nagrand in Warlords of Draenor is a good example of the color relationships between textures. The vast sweeping savannahs of verdant green which make up a large portion of Nagrand presented a particular challenge: how can we get color depth into massive green fields while staying true to the concept? At first glance, the fields and rolling hills seem to be simply green grass—and lots of it. On closer inspection, you’ll notice a carefully selected range of green tones used to render the savannahs of Nagrand. Each of the green tones is a unique grass texture which is meticulously blended with the others in the set to create the effect seen in-game. Likewise, the sub-zones in Nagrand diverge from the main zone color scheme in very specific ways. These were defined early in the process to ensure that players would experience a diverse range of environment types while playing through the zone, and ultimately when they return for max-level content.

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Our artists and designers work together to build and iterate on zones quickly, creating huge play areas with a consistent level of visual quality. In the last segment of this Artcraft series, you’ll learn more about Nagrand and the challenges in building the zone from five of our level designers: Victor Chong, Ian Gerdes, Ed Hanes, Damarcus Holbrook, and Kevin Lee.



 Reminder: It’s Time to Update Your Account - Oct 29, 2014 01:00:00 PM EST

With Warlords of Draenor just around the corner, we know that many players are taking time to get prepared within the game—but this is also the perfect time to make sure both your Battle.net account contact information and your shipping/billing information are up-to-date as well. Accurate information ensures that purchases are processed smoothly, and helps you verify your identity if you ever need support. Inaccurate information can cause delayed or failed payments and complicates account support and recovery. To check your information:

1. Log in to your Battle.net account at https://battle.net/

2. From the Settings dropdown, select Contact & Shipping Addresses.

3. Make sure you're seeing your current Contact Address and phone number, and then click Shipping Address to make sure that’s up-to-date as well.

4. Return to the Settings dropdown and select My Payment Options.

5. Select Edit next to each payment method, and make sure you’re seeing your current information.

You can also get to these menus directly from within the Battle.net desktop app. Simply click the Battle.net icon in the top-left corner of the app and select Account Management from the dropdown list.

To keep everyone in the know, we’ve sent World of Warcraft subscribers an email reminder about this as well. If you have any questions for us, feel free to visit our support site for help at https://battle.net/support.

We’ll see you all in Draenor!



 Artcraft – Level Design Part 2 - Oct 28, 2014 08:00:00 PM EST

Welcome back to our ongoing Artcraft series that takes a look at the environmental and zone design for World of Warcraft. I’m senior art director Chris Robinson, and today senior level designer Michael McInerney is going to take us through a more high-level design overview, again using Nagrand from Warlords of Draenor to illustrate our level-design philosophies.

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Hello, I’m Michael, and I’ll be providing insights on some of the thought processes that go into designing an iconic zone like Nagrand. Our approach to level design begins with asking many questions, and defining the answers. The one big question we always ask ourselves is “what is the story we are trying to tell?” This usually keys off the initial pitch—in the case of Nagrand, we wanted to convey that this was the sweeping pastoral home of the Warsong clan. But we also needed to determine the specifics of how we were going to communicate that visually to the player.

The obvious answer to how we tell their story is to put their homes within the environment. But that’s not the only thing that makes a place a home. The Warsong are fairly aggressive and confident, so when you first enter the zone, you’re not so warmly greeted by their war banners and fortified towers. We also knew the Warsong clan were wolfriders and traveled in large packs. This was something we could show with the large beaten-down roads that their war bands travel along. Their home base is nestled into a wind-carved canyon, and has subtle references to an Orgrimmar long past, with buildings and living spaces shaded by cliff sides. We also knew that the way they care for their wolves says something about their culture, and is noticeably different from the reverence for them within the Frostwolf clan. We illustrated that by using animal pits to get across their relationship with their wolves, instead of integrating them into the villages as the Frostwolf would. All of these elements come together to paint a different picture of the Warsong and give them character.

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Nagrand also had some equity we wanted to explore; players have experienced a shattered version of the zone in Outland, and this was a unique opportunity to provide a contrasting look. Giving places a sense of history is high on the list of zone design philosophies. Some of the more obvious ways to tell a zone’s history are with ruins, when they make sense. The Highmaul ogres were once a great power in Nagrand. Now they are on the edge of oblivion. All that’s left of their once great civilization is scattered remnants, as evidenced by their crumbling towers and roads you find throughout the zone. It’s not a coincidence that the area they occupy in the zone doesn’t exist in Outland.

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We also wanted to touch on the floating islands, one of the classic visuals of Nagrand everyone remembers. We needed to figure out how could we could capture that vibe and still tell a story. One way was to create geography so delicate in places you could imagine it snapping off and floating into the sky—fel energies notwithstanding. The sweeping arches and impossible rock formations also lean toward that realm of magic, without fully committing.

The player experience, and the way a player feels when they are moving through the environments is something we’re always thinking about. Moving from zone to zone, or even within the subzones and small microcosms we create, can dramatically impact someone’s perception of their progression and the game world around them. Stay too long in one area and it can get very tiresome, but move too quickly from one to another and it can feel overwhelming. We work very closely with the quest designers to move players through the world so they can experience a dramatic environmental change at the best possible points, or when we feel they could enjoy a change of scenery.

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The challenge with Nagrand was creating enough variety within a theme while maintaining an organic feel. This is a zone that is essentially grassland, but we knew we couldn’t fill a space this large with only fields. Developing an ecology that feels fresh and real is an important tenet of designing a world. Mountains flow into valleys; the edges of a forest blend naturally into open fields. The high points are dryer with scrub bushes and dead trees. The low points are lush, sometimes flooded with water. The riverbanks are a subzone in themselves, covered in reeds and thick vegetation. These areas all offer variety yet stay within the fantasy we are trying to deliver.

The way the NPCs occupy the areas should also make sense. The panther-like Saberon live in roughed out caves below the rock arches. Herds of Clefthooves roam the fields. The Highmaul for the most part occupy the mountainous areas. These relationships to the environment tell a story without any reading required.

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A great zone is one that, upon entering, you immediately “get” the fantasy of, and years later you still remember that moment, and I hope we’ve achieved that with the latest incarnation of Nagrand.

Tomorrow, senior level designer Ely Cannon will explain more about the role of level designers in the creation of a zone.



 Play with the Blues: Ashran Live Stream - Oct 28, 2014 01:00:00 PM EST

Join us Wednesday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. PDT for a special live stream direct from Ashran. Designers Brian Holinka and Chris Kaleiki will be joined by community manager, Josh “Lore” Allen to provide commentary and share insights on all that Ashran has to offer. Players on the beta realms are also invited to play alongside the blues, just be sure you’re camera ready because notable streamers, Hotted, Bajheera, and Treckie will also be diving into the action.

When: Wednesday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. PDT

Where: Those participating will want to create a character and login to the level 100 PvP realm. Just want to watch? Catch the action on our Twitch channel at http://www.twitch.tv/wow

We’ll see you there!



 6.0.3 Patch Notes - Oct 27, 2014 08:00:00 PM EST

World of Warcraft Patch 6.0.3

Updated: 10-28-2014

Note: For the rest of the pre-Warlords expansion patch notes, please see The Iron Tide: 6.0.2 Patch Notes.

World Event: Iron Horde Incursion

  • Characters that have completed the Iron Horde Incursion event can now visit a vendor near their faction's respective beachhead to purchase replacement quest rewards.
  • Report to the King/Warning the Warchief: Characters with a healing specialization should now be able to select Ironmender's Totem as a quest reward.
  • Thrall received a reminder that he is currently still on Azeroth.

Character Models

  • Resolved an issue where certain helmets could incorrectly cause an Undead's jaw to disappear.
  • Resolved an issue where skin color for Human models were not matching up with their original counterparts.

Classes

  • Resolved an issue that could cause characters to remain disarmed for an extended period of time.
  • Death Knight
    • Talents
      • Breath of Sindragosa now deals reduced damage to secondary targets. Damage to the primary target remains unchanged.
  • Druid
    • Feral
      • Savage Roar should no longer incorrectly consume Omen of Clarity's clearcasting effect.
      • Resolved an issue where Rip refreshed through Ferocious Bite was not extending its duration for the full amount against targets that were below 25% health.
  • Paladin
    • Protection
      • The passive ability Sanctuary, is now learned at level 10.
  • Priest
    • Shadow
      • Resolved an issue where Shadow Priests in Shadowform were not displaying a targeting outline.
  • Shaman
    • General
      • Chain Lightning, Flame Shock, Frost Shock, Lava Burst, and Lightning Bolt now costs 50% less mana.
    • Elemental
      • Earth Shock and Earthquake now costs 50% less mana.
  • Warlock
    • Glyphs
      • Glyph of Ember Tap was causing Ember Tap to heal for more than intended. Additionally, the glyph now increases the healing of Ember Tap by 2% (down from 5%).

Creatures

  • Gulp Frog no longer drops the Wilted Lilypad.
  • Kor'kron Butcher Cleave ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Kor'kron Commanders with the Hemorrhagic Shadowstep ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.

Pet Battles

  • Iron Starlette should no longer be excessively noisy when their owner is on a mount.

Quests

  • A Villain Unmasked: Resolved an issue where Samuelson Unmasked was dying too quickly to grant quest credit.
  • Basilisk Butcher: Basilisk Meat should be dropping again.
  • Borrowed Brew: Resolved a number of audio issues with the quest.
  • Get Kraken!: Resolved an issue where North Sea Kraken was dying too quickly to grant quest credit.
  • Warforged Seal: Added a safeguard to prevent characters from completing the quest if they already have the maximum amount of Warforged Seals.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios

Raids

  • Looting bind-on-equip items should no longer automatically bind it to the character on Personal Loot mode.
  • Resolved an issue where Guild Raid groups were not receiving credit towards Guild challenges on Mythic difficulty.
  • Dragon Soul
    • Spine of Deathwing: Blood of Deathwing should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Firelands
    • Shannox: Rageface's Face Rage ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Blackwing Lair
    • Razorgore the Untamed received a buff to increase his survivability.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Battlegrounds
    • For players queued for Random Battlegrounds, the losing team should be receiving 45 Honor again.

Professions

  • Resolved an issue where Windwalker Monks were unable to craft more than one item at a time using the "Create All" button.

Items

  • Fire-Watcher's Oath should correctly have a 100% chance to grant Bloody Coins on PvP kills once more.
  • Living Root of the Wildheart's bonus armor provided by Ursine Blessing for Guardian Druids has been toned down to a more reasonable level.

UI

  • PlayMusic API should now work correctly and be able to play MP3s once more.
  • PlaySound API should now work correctly and be able to play MP3s once more.
  • Resolved an issue where quest headers in the Quest Log may become stuck in a collapsed state.
  • Game settings and macros for characters with names that contains an extended ASCII character should be saving correctly once more for users on Mac OS.
  • Resolved a number of situations where the mouse cursor can disappear on Mac OS.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue where multi-passenger vehicles entering your character's viewing area could cause them to be booted to the character selection screen.
  • Resolved a client crash that can occur if a character logs out after copying a calendar event.
  • Resolved a Lua error when selecting monitor 3 on systems with multiple video cards.
  • Resolved a Lua error from using Command+M on the Credits screen on Mac OS.
  • Resolved an issue with the skybox flashing on systems with multiple video cards.


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