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 World of Warcraft: Legion Patch Notes - Aug 30, 2016 03:02:00 PM EST

Table of Contents


World of Warcraft: Legion

Updated: August 30, 2016.

World of Warcraft: Legion is live! The time has come to embark on your quest to the Broken Isles, to seek out and master Artifact weapons of legendary might, and to rally like-minded champions to your cause in your Class Hall. In this desperate hour, you must also strike a forbidden pact with the outcast Demon Hunters of the Illidari, fel-twisted disciples of the dreaded Illidan the Betrayer. Should you fail . . . worlds will burn.

Legion includes:

  • Maximum level increased to 110.
  • New zones to explore.
  • New PvP Prestige and Honor Talents system.
  • New dungeons and raids.
  • World Quests.
  • New Battle Pets.
  • Profession updates.

New Transmogrification Collections System: Appearances

  • New Collection tab: Appearances
  • Unlock new appearances by collecting Soulbound weapons and armor of your character's primary armor type.
  • Unlocked appearances are account-wide and usable for transmogrification by other characters that can equip the item.
  • When first logging into a character after Patch 7.0, the appearances of appropriate items in your bags, bank, and Void Storage are learned automatically. Additional appearances will be unlocked based on previously-completed quests.
  • Transmogrifiers located in most major cities have been improved with additional features.
    • Got a look that you like? Save the entire transmogrification set as an outfit. Create and swap between outfits at the Transmogrifier.
    • Additionally, transmogrifications can now be associated with your current specialization. Your outfit automatically changes when switching specializations if you so desire.
    • Added a new option to hide shoulders.
    • The option to hide helmets, cloaks, and shoulders has been moved into the transmogrification system.

Revamped PvP Progression and Honor System

  • The PvP Reward System will now provide appropriate items for players level 100 and below.
  • Honor Points and Conquest Points have been removed as a currency.
  • Items that were purchased using Honor or Conquest are now available for purchase with Marks of Honor that can be earned from Battlegrounds, Arenas, and Skirmishes.
  • Learn more about upcoming PvP changes in our Legion PvP Preview.

Equalized PvP Gear

  • Gear has been normalized in PvP combat. Characters entering a Skirmish Arena, Battleground, Rated Arena, Rated Battleground, or Ashran now receive an aura called Principles of War.
  • Principles of War removes all stats gained from gear (Strength, Stamina, Haste, etc.), disables gear related bonuses (like trinket effects and set bonuses), and gives the character stats based on their specializations, and increases based on overall item level. The goal is to provide a much more finely tuned and balanced PvP experience.

Arenas

  • The pennant attached to the back of characters now changes its appearance based on the player’s best rating in the Arena bracket.
  • The 5v5 Arena bracket has been retired. "Arena Master" achievement has been converted into a Feat of Strength.

Battlegrounds

  • Queueing for a random Battleground and winning with a character below level 110 now awards a Crate of Battlefield Goods. Players on the opposing team also have a chance to receive a crate with an increasing chance based on team score at the end of a match. The crate contains a piece of armor appropriate for the character’s level and specialization with a chance for the crate to contain additional rewards such as weapons or relics.

Raids and Dungeons

Hellfire Citadel

  • Enemies on Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulty now deal roughly 30% less damage.

Legacy

  • Normalized gold from Legacy raids prior to Warlords of Draenor. Heroic difficulty Cataclysm Raids now award less gold than before, while raids from Mists of Pandaria and Wrath of the Lich King will now award more gold.
  • Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj now resets daily instead of every 3 days.

Quests and World

Legendary Ring Quest Line

  • Players can no longer start the quest line for the legendary ring. Players currently on the legendary quest line have until the launch of Legion to complete it; at which point uncompleted quests will be removed from the quest log.

Tap Changes

  • All creatures and NPCs can now be tapped by up to 5 other characters.

World Events

  • The Brawler's Guild is taking a break and will return at a later date.
  • The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza has taken a temporary hiatus while the fish are restocked.

Items and Itemization

Itemization

  • In an effort to reduce the amount of gear swapping between specializations, the following changes have been made.
    • Legion cloaks, rings, and items worn on the neck are no longer tied to a specific primary stat, and will remain relevant between specializations.
    • Spirit and Bonus Armor have been removed.
  • Multistrike has been removed. Items that had multistrike have had it replaced with another secondary stat.
  • Trinkets obtained from Raids, PvP, and world drops in Warlords were overtuned and have been brought back to intended power levels.
  • Set bonuses for item sets from expansions prior to Warlords of Draenor have been deactivated, though the text describing their former function still remains.
  • Spell Power on all caster weapons have been consolidated into Intellect to make it easier to compare item power between two caster weapons. Overall weapon power remains unchanged.

Items

  • Potion of Luck and Greater Potion of Luck no longer have an effect.
  • Gladiator's Distinction set bonus has been removed from all PvP trinkets.

Character Changes

Specialization System Changes

  • Characters can now change between any of their specializations while out of combat. Action bar configurations and talent loadouts are saved for each specialization. As a result, Dual Specialization has been removed.

Updates to Combat Visuals and Audio

  • Updated and improved on the animations, visual effects, and audio on core combat interactions like auto-attacks as well as many melee class abilities.

Talent System Changes

  • Players may now change talents freely when in any rested XP area. The Inscription profession can craft consumable items that allow for this to be done in the field. In addition, after queuing into an instanced dungeon, raid, or PvP content, players have a grace period during which they may change talents freely.

Glyph System Changes

  • The Glyph panel has been removed from the game. Some minor glyphs that had a cosmetic effect that does not apply to a specific spell have been converted into cosmetic items that provide the same effects as before.
  • Some minor glyphs that made cosmetic alterations to a specific spell have been added to the spell itself in the spellbook.

Gnome Hunters

  • Gnomes can now be Hunters.

Draenor Perks Removed

  • Draenor Perks have been removed from the game.

Armor Changes

  • Hunters and Shaman can now equip Mail armor from level 1 (down from level 40).
  • Warriors and Paladins can now equip Plate armor from level 1 (down from level 40).
  • New Mail and Plate reward options have been added to low level quests.

Racial Abilities

Human

  • Every Man for Himself now removes all Stun effects and shares a 30-second cooldown with other items or abilities that have a similar effect.
  • The Human Spirit has been redesigned. Human characters now gain 1% more of all secondary stats (Haste, Critical Strike, Mastery, and Versatility) from all sources

Class Changes

All classes and specializations have undergone changes to abilities and mechanics. Check out our class preview logs for a better understanding on the thought process behind these changes.


Garrison

  • Many sources of gold from the Garrison has been reduced or removed.
  • Newly obtained salvage from the Salvage Yard no longer contains equippable items. Salvage obtained from before the patch remains unaffected.

Collections

Toy Box

  • A number of items with novel effects have been converted for inclusion in the Toy Box.
  • Orb of Deception now lets the character retain features like armor that’s worn when transforming.
  • New toy: Soft Foam Sword, sold by Jepetto Joybuzz. The toy mortally wounds (but does not kill) an enemy of trivial difficulty.

Professions

Inscription

  • Major glyphs, along with many minor glyphs, have been converted or removed from the game.

Pet Battles

  • The quests “Scrappin’”, “Battle Pet Roundup”, and “Mastering the Menagerie” now offer reduced rewards, and are now restricted to once per-account, per-day.
  • Master Tamers in Draenor now reward half as many Pet Charms as before.
  • During the Invulnerability Round, Undead pets have -25% damage.
  • The spells Kiss, Sleeping Gas, and Screeching Gears now incur a one round cooldown, and have been damage adjusted to account for this.
  • Base damages has been reduced by about 15% for Thunderbolt, Avalanche, Grave Destruction, Carpnado, Arcane Storm, Psionic Strom, Dreadful Breath, and Cleave.
  • Shell Armor duration lowered from 3 to 2 rounds.
  • Howl damage bonus now only applies to the next strike (was next two full rounds).
  • The cooldown for Thunderbolt is now five rounds.
  • Pandaren Water Spirit's Whirlpool and Geyser abilities are now in the same tier.
  • Graves’ base stats have been reduced.
  • Grave's Bonestorm and Grave Destruction are now in the same tier.

UI

  • Character nameplates have been reworked and have been upgraded to show class resources. Players may select a larger version of these nameplates from within the Interface Options menu.
  • Enemy nameplates now provide additional information on status effects.
  • Added class resource bars that display directly underneath your character.
  • The character sheet has been trimmed down, though fully verbose stats are still available via the API.
  • Interface options have changed and been further streamlined.
  • Tab targeting logic has been reworked, and should now behave in a more consistent and predictable manner.
  • A buff icon has been added to make it easier to tell when a character has XP gain disabled.

Account

  • The maximum amount of gold that can be held at once has been increased to 9,999,999 gold. Guild bank maximum has also been increased to 9,999,999 gold.
  • Maximum number of characters on a realm has increased to 12.

Graphics Engine

  • Maximum draw distance has been extended greatly for all world content.
  • 5 additional levels of graphics presets have been added with 3 above the previous ‘Ultra’ setting.
  • More advanced rendering techniques for fog have been added.
  • Modern techniques for rendering color and other post-effects have been added.


 Warcraft Art Updates - Jul 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM EST

New Warcraft Fan Art
We have fourteen new pieces of fan artwork. Would you like to share your artistic talents with the community? Submit your fan art today!

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Light and Shadow by Jie-in Hyun (Angju)

Legion by Konstantin Turovec (KAaS)
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Demon Hunter - on a mission by KostanRyuk

伊利丹军团再临 by Shenyi (沈毅)

일리단 by 최우재 (코카인듬뿍)
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Demon Hunters by Katherine Murray

Blood Elf Rogue by Hichem Zarrad
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Felkin by Stephanie Paul (FallingStardusk)

King Varian Wrynn by WANG QI(DEMON77)
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Night Elf Demon Hunter by Oscar Lazo Mercado

The Hunt by Dennis Lukowski (Drelik)
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Illidan by Neydolan

Illidan Stormrage by Jimi Hänninen
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古尔丹 by 王昕睿 (魔闪小白)

New World of Warcraft Comics

Last but not least, we've gathered two comics.

Send us your comics by the end of each month to be considered. Don’t tarry; eternal fame for your art are only a few panels away!



 Patch Hotfixes: July 25 - Jul 25, 2016 09:31:00 PM EST

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently-released World of Warcraft Pre-expansion Patch. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require scheduled realm restarts to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. This list will be updated as additional hotfixes are applied.

Additional information about the patch could be found below.

July 25


Bug Fixes

Achievements

  • Players can again earn "Fire in the Hole!" by stepping on six Superheated Crawler Mines during the encounter and then defeating Iron Juggernaut in Siege of Orgrimmar.
  • Players should now receive a Feat of Strength for all of the Collector's Edition and BlizzCon Battle Pets.

Classes

  • Corrected bugs that caused many ranged player abilities (examples: Sidewinders, Black Arrow, Death Coil) to auto-acquire a nearby target if used without an enemy targeted.

Mage

  • Flurry now properly activates the Bone Chilling talent.

  • Fixed a bug that was closing the loot window when Frozen Orb dealt damage.

Paladin

  • Fixed a bug that was interrupting player loot windows when Consecration was active.

Rogue

  • Between the Eyes is longer resets the swing timer on auto-attacks.

PVP

  • For Restoration Shamans, Healing Surge now heals for 20% more in PvP combat, Healing Wave heals for 35% more in PvP combat, and Healing Stream Totem heals for 25% more in PvP combat.
  • Every Many for Himself can no longer be activated during crowd control effects it is not able to break.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Removed the requirement to have completed Silver Proving Grounds in order to queue for Warlords of Draenor Heroic Dungeons.
  • In Serpentshrine Cavern, Lady Vashj’s Coilfang Striders should no longer be able to consecutively fear players.

Quests

  • Players can again interact with the Antediluvean Chest during the quest "The Secrets of Uldum".

User Interface

  • In many circumstances, camera shake has been reduced.
  • Ashran raid leaders can no longer queue for dungeons or raids.

July 22


Bug Fixes

Classes

Death Knight

  • Death Strike is now calculated at 45 Runic Power for purposes of abilities that base their functionality off of Runic Power spent.

Druid

  • Restoration Affinity now properly increases the healing done by Rejuvination.
  • Prowl and Dash can now be activated while the Druid is in Cat Form or Bear Form.

Hunter

  • The visual for Glyph of the Skullseye now properly disappears when the buff runs out.

Mage

  • Mages are now able to purchase Mystical Tome: Arcane Linguist, Mystical Tome: Illusion and Familiar Stone from Endora Moorehead in Dalaran as intended.

Monk

  • Chi Orbit is now only visible to the casting Monk and hostile players.
  • The Jade Serpent Statue now properly assists the Monk when casting the Ancient Mistweaver Arts variant of Soothing Mist.

Paladin

  • Fixed a bug preventing Divine Steed from working at the proper level.

Shaman

  • Casting Riptide directly after a Chain Heal will now award two stacks of Tidal Waves.

Warlock

  • Drain Life and Drain Soul now consider Mechanicals to be valid targets.

Warrior

  • Anger Management should reduce the correct amount of the remaining cooldown on Battle Cry, with the corresponding amount of Rage spent by Execute.
  • Pants and weapons are no longer changing appearances after entering Defensive Stance.

Dungeons

  • In Razorfen Downs, Death Speaker Blackthorn and Amnennar the Coldbringer no longer respawn following their deaths.
  • In Raid Finder, entering the second wing of Heart of Fear should place players in the proper instance with appropriate enemies spawned.

Items

  • Chef’s Hat again speeds up cooking.
  • Invisible fist weapons are now eligible to be transmogrified.

Mobs

  • Razor Net Trap in Tanaan Jungle is now doing its intended amount of damage.

Pet Battles

  • Flawless Battle-Stone can be used on Enchanted Broom, as intended.
  • The Hunter’s Call toy no longer summons any pets that can be battled.

PVP

  • PvP templates now grant level 100 characters stats on par with item level 740 gear (up from 700 gear).
  • “Slay Them All” now rewards gold and a Fel-Touched Crate of Battlefield Goods.
  • “Ashran Dominance” now rewards gold, a Fel-touched Crate of Battlefield Goods, and a Mark of Honor.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue that could cause Big Pete in Hemet's Happy Hunting Grounds to become stuck and uninteractible.
  • Lord Maxwell Tyrosus should now remain visible, allowing players to turn in "Argent Call: The Noxious Glade.
  • The Twilight Sermon events are now properly initiating, allowing for the completion of the quests "Might of the Stonemaul" and "Might of the Sentinels".
  • Kadrak is now present and the quest “Warchief’s Command: Ashenvale!” can be turned in.
  • Restored some daily quests that had gone missing from the Molten Front.

Zones

Cold Weather Flying now costs 50 gold, and is automatically learned at level 80.

July 21


Bug Fixes

Classes

Druid

  • Feral Affinity should increase the damage of Rake and Rip, as intended.

Hunter

  • Pets in the Oxen and Scalehide families now all have a basic attack.

Mage

  • While the Flame Patch talent is active, it should tick during the casting and application of other spells.

Priest

  • The talent Trail of Light should no longer incorrectly reduce the healing of Flash Heal.

Warlock

  • Chaos Bolt should no longer interfere with boss abilities when combined with the Reverse Entropy talent.
  • Fixed a bug affecting the health of Warlock pets.

Dungeons

  • Fixed an issue that could prevent players from receiving loot from Draenor Mythic dungeon bosses depending on their loot settings.

Items

  • The monument awarded for the achievement "Chapter IV: Darkness Incarnate" is no longer missing.
  • Crown of the Fire Festival should again appear as a valid transmogrification source if you’ve completed the quest “A Thief’s Reward”.

Quests

  • The NPC Ultham Ironhorn is again available for Dwarf players attempting to complete "Learn To Ride".
  • There are now Sunreaver Citizens available to complete the quest "It Starts in the Sewers"
  • Players are now able to start and progress through the quest "Endgame".
  • The quest “The Future of Rockpool” can again be completed.
  • Mistcaller’s Charm, used to summon Mistcaller Yngvar for the quest "Mistcaller Yngvar", now functions properly.
  • General Grimaxe should no longer despawn after he has dismounted during “Grimaxe’s Demise”.
  • Players are now able to complete the quest “Unbroken Circle”.
  • Halduron Brightwing should again allow players to turn in the quest "Journey to the Sunwell".

Zones

  • Level 100 characters should be able to queue for Ashran via Group Finder.
  • The NPCs who went missing from Hrothgar’s Landing have been returned.
  • Players will now properly receive the Dungeon Preparation buff when entering a Timewalking dungeon.

July 20


Bug Fixes

Account Services

  • Level 90 boosts were temporarily disabled, and should be again useable.
  • (Work in progress) Fixed multiple issues affecting WoW Token redemption.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Enemies have been weakened in all encounters in Warlords of Draenor dungeons and Hellfire Citadel on all difficulties.
  • Oregorger once again can hold a maximum of 100 Ore.
  • Hellfire Citadel
    • Gripping Shadows damage on Mannoroth reduced by 40% in Mythic difficulty.
    • Overflowing Fel Energy damage on Mannoroth reduced by 50% in Mythic difficulty.
    • Focused/Wrought Chaos damage on Archimonde reduced by 30% in Mythic difficulty.

Items

  • A number of items should no longer provide Legion materials when disenchanted.
  • The Eagletalon Spear can be upgraded using Ancient Heriloom Scabbard, as intended.

Quests

  • The questgiver Lord Maxwell Tyrosus should not disappear after you accept the quest “Argent Call: The Trial of the Crypt”.
  • Malfurion Stormrage should be visible and interactive for Grove Warden turn-in quests, as intended.
  • Corrected an issue that could reset progress on the Shipyard quest “Naval Domination” and restored previous quest progress.
  • The Therazane quest “Controlling the Elements” should again be obtainable for characters who are level 80 and up, and have trained Enchanting.
  • Characters who have a War Mill should now be able to accept quests for Seals of Inevitable Fate while they already have 10 or more Seals.
  • (Work in progress) Fixed a bug that was preventing the Worgen quest “Endgame” from being available.
  • Players should again be able to access Ashran and Ashran quests at level 100.

Transmogrification

  • Crown of the Fire Festival cannot be used as a transmogrification source.
  • (Work in progress) Transmogrification items related to the Warcraft movie should be granted to players who logged in during the promotion.

User Interface

  • You should no longer be prompted to select Honor Talents until you reach level 110.

Zones

  • Alterac Valley and Isle of Conquest were temporarily missing from the random battleground playlist.
  • (Work in progress) Cold Weather Flying should be granted to characters who previously obtained it.
  • Dalaran (Northrend) should again have a Trade Chat channel.



 Get Your BlizzCon® 2016 Virtual Ticket - Jul 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM EST

We know not everyone can make it to Anaheim for BlizzCon, but thanks to a fusion of protoss warp technology, dimension-ripping goblin engineering, and cutting-edge Vishkar teleportation techniques, you can join the fun no matter where you are in the universe—introducing the BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket!

BUY VIRTUAL TICKET

The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is your personal online and mobile portal to this year’s show, taking place Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5—and it’s available to order now for $39.99 USD.

The Virtual Ticket grants you access to two online channels of live-streaming HD coverage on both days of the show, and features all of the developer panels on the main and panel stages, exclusive in-depth interviews, the epic closing ceremony, the community contests on Friday evening, and more. You’ll also be able to watch on-demand replays for at least three weeks after the show.

Bonus BlizzCon Loot

The Virtual Ticket will also unlock a collection of in-game goodies for multiple Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch—stay tuned for more details.*

Once again, Virtual Ticket buyers also have the option to snag their own BlizzCon 2016 Goody Bag—only this year, it’s a Goody Bag in a Box—featuring an assortment of items to commemorate the occasion. Inside this crate full of collectibles, you’ll find limited-edition stein to raise in celebration of our 10th BlizzCon together, along with a treasure trove of real-world loot based on your favorite Blizzard games.

This box of goodies is available to pre-purchase now through the Blizzard Gear Store for an additional $35 USD (plus tax, shipping, and applicable fees; limit 1 per Virtual Ticket). Supplies are limited, so be sure to claim one while you can. Click here to see what’s inside and learn more about how to order.

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The Virtual Ticket also grants you access to our limited-time online BlizzCon merchandise sale that kicks off before the show. This year’s sale is scheduled to run from October 10 through November 6, and features a selection of commemorative items debuting at the show.** Stay tuned for more details about what we’re stocking in this year’s store.

Free Opening Ceremony and Esports Streams

Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch tons of BlizzCon content online for free. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon esports tournaments—including the global finals for the StarCraft II World Championship Series, Hearthstone World Championship, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship, and more—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com.

To order a Virtual Ticket, head to the Virtual Ticket page. For more information, read the FAQ below.

*Diablo III in-game content for PC/Mac version only. To redeem Overwatch in-game content for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, players must link their Battle.net account to a PlayStation Network® account or Xbox Live® account respectively. For more information on account linking, visit https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/linking-your-battlenet-account-on-consoles.

**While supplies last. All orders will be shipped from the United States. lnternational shipping rates may apply.

BlizzCon® 2016 Virtual Ticket FAQ

What is the BlizzCon® 2016 Virtual Ticket?

The BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket offers comprehensive live HD coverage of Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming celebration, taking place November 4 and 5, via a multichannel Internet stream.

When you purchase the Virtual Ticket, you’ll be able to switch freely between multiple high-definition (up to 720p) channels dedicated to different areas of BlizzCon, allowing viewers expanded access to the content they're most interested in. The Virtual Ticket grants you complete access to the main stage and panel stage channels, featuring the following BlizzCon content:

  • Developer Panels: Get the latest news and firsthand developer insight into the creation of your favorite Blizzard games.
  • Exclusive Interviews: Dig deeper into the Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch universes in exclusive interviews with Blizzard developers.
  • Costume and Talent Contests: Get a great view of the creativity on display in the legendary BlizzCon Costume Contest and epic Talent Contest.
  • Closing Ceremony: Be there for the closing festivities on Saturday night, celebrating two full days of Blizzard gaming and community.

Limited high-definition coverage of the opening ceremony and BlizzCon esports tournaments will be available online for free, including the Global Finals of the 2016 StarCraft® II World Championship Series, World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship, Hearthstone® World Championship, Heroes of the Storm® Fall Championship, and more. Keep an eye on www.blizzcon.com for more information.

If I order the BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket, will I receive the commemorative BlizzCon 2016 in-game goodies?

Yes, Virtual Ticket holders will also receive commemorative BlizzCon 2016 in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch (details to be announced at a later date). The goodies will be linked to the Battle.net account used to purchase or redeem the Virtual Ticket, and will be available in-game at or before the start of BlizzCon. Stay tuned for more information.

Note that to redeem the Overwatch in-game content for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, players must link their Battle.net account to a PlayStation Network® account or Xbox Live® account respectively. For more information on account linking, visit https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/linking-your-battlenet-account-on-consoles. Diablo III in-game content is available on PC and Mac only.

Once I purchase my Virtual Ticket, how do I pre-purchase an optional BlizzCon 2016 Goody Bag in a Box?

This year, Virtual Ticket buyers have the option to purchase one “Goody Bag in a Box”—and just like the name implies, it’s a lot like the usual BlizzCon Goody Bag, only in a box instead of a bag.

Once you’ve completed your Virtual Ticket purchase or redeemed your Virtual Ticket code, log in to the Blizzard Gear Store (http://gear.blizzard.com) using the same Battle.net account. Look for the callout on the front page, or click BlizzCon 2016 in the top navigation bar, where you’ll be able to pre-purchase (limit 1 per Virtual Ticket and Battle.net account).

Please note that supplies are limited, and buying a Virtual Ticket does *not* guarantee that you’ll be able to also buy a Goody Bag in a Box. Orders will be shipped closer to the start of BlizzCon. For more information, see the Goody Bag in a Box FAQ.

Will replays of Virtual Ticket content be available after BlizzCon is over?

Yes! Anyone with a Virtual Ticket will be able to access on-demand replays of the main and panel stage streams for at least three weeks after the end of the event. VODs of the esports events will also be available for free.

How will I access the BlizzCon online merchandise sale for Virtual Ticket buyers?

The pre-BlizzCon merchandise for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders is scheduled to begin October 10.

After purchasing or redeeming a code for a Virtual Ticket, your Battle.net account will automatically be flagged to get access to the merchandise sale when it begins. Visit www.blizzcon.com closer to the sale for more information.

Please note that items purchased in this sale will be shipped from the United States. Not all countries may be eligible to participate, and international shipping rates and other fees may apply. For more information, see the Blizzard Gear Store Shipping article on our support site.

How do I order the Virtual Ticket?

You can order the Virtual Ticket directly through the Battle.net Shop. Be sure to make your purchase on the Battle.net account you wish to use to watch the show, receive the in-game goodies, and access the “Goody Bag in a Box” presale and BlizzCon merchandise sale. Also make sure you have a valid, updated payment method associated with your Battle.net account. If you do not yet have a Battle.net account, you can create one for free on the Battle.net website.

How can I watch online?

You can watch the Virtual Ticket streams directly through BlizzCon.com. You’ll also be able to download the free BlizzCon 2016 mobile app (coming soon) and watch Virtual Ticket content there—stay tuned for more information.

In what languages will the Virtual Ticket Internet stream be available?

The BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket Internet stream and DIRECTV broadcast will be available in English only.

In which regions is the Virtual Ticket available for purchase?

The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is available through the Battle.net Shop in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Korea, and Southeast Asia (pricing and availability varies by region). The Virtual Ticket will also be available in China (sold separately). Keep in mind the Virtual Ticket stream purchased through the Battle.net Shop will be available only in English.

What are the system requirements and minimum bandwidth requirements to view the live stream?

We’ll have more information on the system requirements and minimum bandwidth requirements to view the stream closer to the event.

Do I need to purchase a Virtual Ticket if I’ve already purchased a ticket to attend BlizzCon in person?

Live BlizzCon attendees also get a Virtual Ticket with their BlizzCon ticket purchase. BlizzCon ticket purchasers should have already received a code (one per ticket purchased) which can be used to unlock the Virtual Ticket and associated perks on a single Battle.net account. These codes were emailed directly to the BlizzCon ticket purchaser, so check with the person who bought your ticket if you haven’t yet received your code.

I plan to purchase the BlizzCon 2016 Pay Per View event through DIRECTV. Do I need to purchase the Virtual Ticket separately to also watch online?

For those who opt to purchase the BlizzCon 2016 DIRECTV Pay Per View (coming soon), the Virtual Ticket Internet stream will be included with your order. After ordering through DIRECTV, you will receive an email from DIRECTV containing a code that will grant one Battle.net account access to the Virtual Ticket and associated bonuses. You will be able to redeem your code here—just make sure to redeem the code using the Battle.net account on which you wish to receive your in-game goodies.

Note that the DIRECTV Pay Per View broadcast is not included with purchases of the Virtual Ticket made through the Battle.net Shop. More information on the DIRECTV BlizzCon 2016 Pay Per View event, including how to order through DIRECTV, will be available at a later date.



The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is your portal to Blizzard’s epic gaming convention from home, but you can warp in another piece of the experience by snagging a BlizzCon 2016 “Goody Bag in a Box”—a crate full of Blizzard collectibles to commemorate this year’s show.

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket buyers now have the option to pre-purchase a BlizzCon Goody Bag in a Box (while supplies last) through the Blizzard Gear Store and have it shipped directly to your home. Claim yours, then get ready to raise a stein to 10 epic BlizzCons together.

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A limited number of these boxes o’ loot are now available to pre-purchase in the Blizzard Gear Store for $35 USD (plus tax, shipping, and applicable fees). There’s a limit of one box per Battle.net account and supplies are limited, so claim this treasure trove while you have a chance.

Check out what’s inside, and read below for more information on how to pre-purchase.

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BlizzCon X – Commemorative Stein World of Warcraft – Faction Coaster
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Heroes of the Storm – E.T.C. Guitar Pick Keychain Hearthstone – Microfiber Tablet Cleaning Cloth
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Overwatch – Inflatable Reinhardt Rocket Hammer StarCraft II – Baby Overlord Antenna Topper
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Diablo III – Gaming Dice Set

How to Pre-Purchase a Goody Bag in a Box

Once you’ve completed your BlizzCon Virtual Ticket purchase, head over to the Blizzard Gear Store and log in with the Battle.net account you used to buy your Virtual Ticket.

Once you’re logged in to the Gear Store, look for the callout on the front page or head straight to the product page to begin the pre-purchase process.

The Goody Bag in a Box is expected to ship out prior to the show in early November. Note that all orders will be shipped from the United States; not all countries may be eligible to participate, and international shipping rates and other fees may apply. For more information, including how to find out if the Gear Store ships to your region, see the Blizzard Gear Store Shipping article on our support site.

If you’re attending BlizzCon in person, you’ll get a Goody Bag in a Box when you arrive at the show as part of your BlizzCon ticket purchase—but if you want to pre-purchase an extra one, you can redeem the Virtual Ticket code that was emailed to ticket buyers and follow the process above.

For more information, check out the FAQ on the Blizzard Gear Store.



 New World of Warcraft Site Preview - Jul 22, 2016 09:00:00 PM EST

As we prepare for a new chapter in Azeroth’s story, we thought it was an auspicious time debut an all-new World of Warcraft site. Consider it your future home for all things WoW, with an all-new home page, game section, new player and returning player guides, and much more.

As with any new undertaking, this site is a work in progress and we’ll be updating it regularly with a variety of features, including updated player profiles, PvP Ladder information, and more.

Once the new site goes live on July 26, you’ll also want to check out the updated forums, which can be accessed by clicking Forums at the top of the page. We’ve put a new coat of paint on things and tidied up a bit to give the forums a cleaner look. Don’t worry, though—all of your posts in the current forums will still be here for you when we transition over, so no packing for the move will be necessary.

Check out the images below to get an idea of how the site will look.

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On Mobile Devices
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Home Page

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Home Page Drop-Down Menus

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News Page Index and Listings

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Updated Forum Look

We look forward to getting settled into our new home with you.



 Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Now Live! - Jul 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM EST

The Legion pre-expansion patch is now live!

Get ready for the Legion's arrival with our survival guide video and previews of all the content and features arriving with the Legion pre-expansion patch.

New Content & Features

From the Developers

Patch Information

Customer & Technical Support Information

Legion Cinematic Trailer



 Warcraft Art Updates - Jul 15, 2016 03:00:00 PM EST

New Warcraft Fan Art
We have twenty-one new pieces of fan artwork. Would you like to share your artistic talents with the community? Submit your fan art today!

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Legion is Coming by Joey Julian

Kill them all! by Дф (TheOnlyOneoneone)
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Sylvanas by Mery Laura

Sylvanas Windrunner by 高志平
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Sylvanas recuerda by Fernando Rocha (Espantaniñas)

Sylvanas by Ilya Ozornin (ozornin)
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Queen Banshee by Pierre Dupiat (fatal-failure)

The Dark Lady by Jimi Hänninen
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The Dark Lady by Alexandra Minns (Zynthex)

Slyvanas by bob 陈宣含(迪塞斯特)
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Sylvanas Windrunner by Sanjin Halimic

Previous and present by Leopardman
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Sylvanas Windrunner by Shenyuan Guo (Xiaoshen)
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Transitioning: Lady Sylvanas Windrunner by Mischiart


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Yrel by Mhezzo

the Light by Richelle Rueda (FireCatRich)
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Profeta Velen by ianfandhrs

Yrel by Mhezzo
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I am ready... by Senetay

New World of Warcraft Comics

Last but not least, we've gathered two comics submitted by Brian Christy Burke and Emily Brower.

Send us your comics by the end of each month to be considered. Don’t tarry; eternal fame for your art are only a few panels away!



 Warlords Season 3 PvP Ends July 19 - Jul 08, 2016 03:00:00 PM EST

Prepare to fight your last battles of the season—Warlords Season 3 will end at 2:00 a.m. PDT on July 19, 2016.

After the season wraps, we will begin the process of determining eligibility for end-of-season rewards. If you believe that you’ve qualified for Warlords Season 3 PvP rewards, please refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until awards are granted approximately two weeks later.

The next PvP season, Legion Season 1, will begin after World of Warcraft: Legion launches on August 30. In the meantime, all Honor and Conquest Points will be converted to in-game currency at a rate of 35 silver per point. Also, Rated Battleground and Arena matches will not be available during the break between seasons. We will confirm the start date of the forthcoming Legion Season 1 at a later date.

Please note that the end of the season does not require a patch to the game, and will occur automatically.

Your days are numbered—get out there and fight!



 Legion Developer Q&A- Watch the VoD Here! - Jul 07, 2016 02:59:00 PM EST

This week we sat down with Lead Quest Designer Craig Amai to answer your questions on Legion Artifacts and the related Class Order Hall questlines. If you missed the live Q&A, don’t worry. We have you covered. Watch the VoD below to catch up on what you missed.

We’re really looking forward to getting the chance to dive in and answer as much as we can, so we hope to see you again next Thursday at 11 a.m. PT!

About the Legion Live Developer Q&As

Every Thursday for the next several weeks, starting at 11 a.m. PT, we’ll be going live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft to answer questions submitted by the World of Warcraft community. Each week will feature a different developer, and we’ll be looking for questions that focus on their particular role on the World of Warcraft development team.



 Watch Cup 2 of the NA Arena Qualifiers VoD - Jul 02, 2016 09:00:00 PM EST

The Road to BlizzCon is back! Registration has closed and the teams are set to begin Cup 2 and continuing play in the North American Qualifiers for the 2016 World of Warcraft Arena World Championship.


(Stream begins at 00:30:00)

Saturday saw the Round of 8 in this Qualifier, with a total prize pool of $6000 up for grabs, and the top two teams will advance to the Americas Regionals later this year. Cup 3, the end of the North America Qualifiers, is coming on July 16.



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