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 Northrend Timewalking Event September 2 – 7 - Sep 02, 2015 10:00:00 AM EST

Bonus events have been expanded to now start on Wednesdays and runs through the end of the day on Monday.

Timewalking is back. Take a trip to Northrend and experience these five Heroic dungeons:

Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
Gundrak
Halls of Lightning
The Nexus
Utgarde Pinnacle

Don’t forget to pick up the event-only quest “A Frozen Path Through Time” before you queue up for Timewalking, as it rewards a valuable Seal of Inevitable Fate.

Which of the dungeons above is the most difficult? Share your opinion in the comments below.


 Patch 6.2.2 Hotfixes: September 1 - Sep 01, 2015 07:30:00 PM EST

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.2. Hotfixes are updates made without requiring a new client-side patch. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require a realm restarte 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.


September 1


Creatures and NPCs

Gorgrond

  • Bloodfang Grub has been removed from Gorgrond, a level 92-94 zone.

Raids and Dungeons

Hellfire Citadel

  • Gorefiend
    • Players that perish to Digest or suffer fatal damage while in Gorefiend's stomach should now be able to be seen and resurrected once their bodies have teleported back out.
  • Fel Lord Zakuun
    • The Befouled debuff should now clear immediately when Foul Explosion is triggered.
    • [Requires a realm restart] Exhausted Soul should now be correctly removed from players at the end of the encounter.
  • Archimonde
    • Archimonde's Source of Chaos ability should no longer be summoned without having a target on Mythic difficulty.
    • Raid Finder Difficulty Changes
      • Doomfire Spirits now produce Doomfire patches at a reduced rate on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Doomfire Spirit health has been reduced by 30% on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Archimonde's Shadowfel Burst now only knocks the primary target of the ability into the air on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • On Raid Finder difficulty, if less than 7 players enter the Twisting Nether while there are more than 7 players alive in the encounter, additional players will be pulled into the Nether based on role.
      • Shadowed Netherwalker health has been reduced by 20% on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Infernal Doombringer no longer cast Eternal Flame and take 45 seconds to reach full energy (up from 30 seconds) on Raid Finder difficulty.

PvP

General

  • Battle Fatigue should now be correctly applied to player pets in a PvP environment.
  • Players placed into the opposite faction in a Rated Battleground should now be able to receive the quest, Battle Hardened.
  • Fixed an issue where players can carry the incorrect faction flag in an Arena Skirmish.

Ashran

  • Mercenary Mode should now be correctly enabled for the faction with the longer queue times.

Items

  • Aviana's Feather should no longer incorrectly require the character to have obtained Draenor Pathfinder in order to function on Draenor.
  • Felfume Cloth Armor 4-piece set bonus for damage dealers should no longer incorrectly trigger from Polymorph.
  • Tiny Abomination in a Jar no longer incorrectly has a chance to trigger from extra Blade Flurry hits.

Bug Fixes

  • The flight path offered by Tina Kelatara to take players from Warspear Outpost back to Stormshield Hold should no longer go through a wall.
  • [Hotfix in testing] Fixed an issue where Seer Kazal could sometimes not appear correctly in the Garrisons of new level 100 characters.

Class

Monk

  • Mistweaver
    • Healing Sphere no longer has an excessively loud sound effect.

Priest

  • Discipline
    • Divine Aegis should no longer have its damage absorption reduced by an incorrect amount through Battle Fatigue.


 Official 6.2.2 Patch Notes - Aug 31, 2015 01:00:00 PM EST

World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.2

Updated: September 1, 2015

Table of Contents

Flying on Draenor

Flying has been enabled on Draenor for characters that have attained the account-wide achievement, Draenor Pathfinder.

PvP Mercenary Mode

Players are now able to act as a mercenary for the opposite faction in PvP whenever your faction is experiencing a long wait time to get into Ashran or unrated Battlegrounds. Agents of the enemy faction will appear at your base in Ashran (Stormshield for the Alliance, Warspear for the Horde) and allow you to enter Ashran or Battlegrounds disguised as an enemy player, and actually fight as the opposite faction.

While competing as a mercenary, players will automatically have their race changed into one appropriate for the opposite faction. Players will still be able to earn all the same rewards as winning or losing as their original faction (with the exception of faction-specific achievements).

Raids and Dungeons

New Timewalking Rewards

  • Players now receive a Timewarped Badge when they complete a Timewalking dungeon. These badges can be redeemed at new vendors that appear during a Timewalking bonus event. The new vendors sell new toys, new mounts, heirloom and reputation tokens, in addition to gear that scales up to the character's level at the time of purchase.

Timewalking Loot Changes

  • Timewalking bosses who had unusual drops, such as Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake, now have a chance to drop those items when defeated while Timewalking.

Hellfire Citadel

  • Fixed an issue where players are not added back to the threat list after dropping out of combat and accepting a battle resurrection.
  • Fixed an issue where Hellfire Assault: Spoils of the Assault chest could incorrectly appear to be already open.
  • Fixed an issue where Tyrant Velhari could not be clicked on if there is an Ancient Enforcer, Ancient Harbinger, or Ancient Sovereign near her.

Dungeon Finder Changes

  • Completing additional Random Warlords of Draenor Heroic dungeon after the first one now awards 50 Garrison Resources (up from 0).

PvP

Ashran

  • Ashran now has a deserter mechanic. Upon entering, players receive a 5-minute buff called Ashran Tour of Duty. If the player leaves an Ashran match before this buff expires, a 10-minute debuff called Recreant will be applied that prevents entry into another Ashran match.

Quests

Legendary Ring Quest Line

  • New weekly quests have been added to help players catch-up in earlier stages of the Legendary Ring Quest Line for Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry.

Events and World Environment

Bonus Events

  • Bonus Events now begin earlier in the week on Wednesday. End date remains the same so there's now more time to complete the bonus event! Check the in-game calendar for new start times of each bonus event.

In-Game World Events

  • A number of improvements and new additions have been made to the Hallow's End and Feast of Winter Veil world events.

Ashran

  • Interior of the Armory at Stormshield should now be correctly furnished.
  • Removed a stack of objects floating outside of the Armory at Stormshield.

Frostfire Ridge

  • Cartographers have been notified and corrected a spelling error on the world map.

Creatures, and NPCs

Tanaan Jungle

  • Behind the doors of the outdoors version of Hellfire Citadel awaits a new rare elite with a special drop for world PvP enthusiasts, the Spike-Toed Booterang.
  • Go beyond the dark portal on a flying mount to find three new rare elite Bleeding Hollow orcs that have a chance of dropping one of three new Crashin’ Thrashin’ toys.
  • Steelsnout should now be correctly immune to being trapped by Deadly Iron Trap.

Nagrand

  • Soar above the skies of Nagrand and explore the outdoors version of Highmaul and battle with three new rare elite ogres for a chance at one of three arcane-infused Manafiend battle pets.

Shadowmoon Valley

  • Weaponsmith Kaul should now be able to repair the player's equipment.

Darkmoon Island

  • Darkmoon Rabbit should now correctly respect loot rules.

Collections

Toy Box

  • A Darkmoon Seesaw is now available from the Darkmoon Faire.
  • Cursed Feather of Ikzan has been added to the Toy Box.
  • Safari Hat has been added to the Toy Box.
  • Shard of Archstone has been added to the Toy Box.
  • Throbbing Blood Orb has been added to the Toy Box.

Mounts

  • The maximum size of a mount is now capped at 150% of base size for cosmetic effects (up from 100%). Additionally, the minimum size of a mount is no longer capped.

Items

  • Tooltips for items that have been empowered or created by Baleful tokens now have a Baleful and/or Empowered tag.
  • Baleful rings, neck trinkets, and cloaks should now always create an item that has Bonus Armor for Tanking loot specializations, and Spirit for Healing loot specializations.
  • Brazier of Awakening should no longer despawn at the end of a raid encounter without resurrecting a raid or party member.
  • Medallion of the Legion is now only usable on Draenor to ensure players receives the appropriate reputation bonus from having a Level 3 Trading Post.
  • Reins of the Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent no longer has a reputation requirement with The August Celestials to learn.
  • Fixed an issue with Wild Gladiator's Insignia of Dominance's tooltip.
  • Fixed an issue where Gladiator's Accolade trinkets that gave a bonus to a secondary stat were incorrectly providing double the stated amount.

Garrisons

General

  • A new events coordinator can now be found in level 3 garrisons. Visit the coordinator during Hallow’s End or Feast of Winter Veil to obtain garrison decorations that are usable all year round!

Followers

  • Pallas' Apex Predator trait should now correctly counter Aberrations or Furies on garrison missions.

Shipyard and Naval Missions

  • Ship equipment items now have "Naval Equipment" in the item tooltip, enabling it to be searchable through the bag search UI.
  • Fixed an issue where completing a naval mission at the Naval Command Table did not cause the Garrison Report icon to stop blinking.

UI

  • Target marker icons have been disabled in public chat channels.
  • There is now an option to disable Adventure Guide alerts in the Interface options menu, under display settings.

Achievements

  • A new achievement has been added for collecting 300 mounts, Lord of the Reins. Completing the achievement awards a mount, the Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent.
  • A new achievement has been added for collecting 200 toys, Crashin’ Thrashin’ Commander. Completing the achievement awards the title, “Crashin’ Thrashin’".
  • Naval Mechanics: Credit for obtaining Equipment Blueprint: Blast Furnace should now be tracking properly and players should now be able to complete this achievement.

Racial Abilities

Blood Elf

  • Arcane Torrent now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes).

Goblin

  • Rocket Barrage now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).
  • Rocket Jump now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).

Orc

  • Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by an additional 20% (up from 15%).

Troll

  • Voodoo Shuffle now reduces the duration of all movement impairing effects by 20% (up from 15%). Trolls still be flippin' out mon!

Tauren

  • War Stomp now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes), and cast time is no longer increased by damage (via spell pushback).

Undead

  • Touch of the Grave now scales its damage based on 50% of the character's Attack Power or Spell Power, whichever is greater.

Class

Druid

  • General
    • Thrash in Cat Form now deals 10% more damage.
  • Feral
    • Rake now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rake now deals 20% less damage.
    • Rip now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rip now deals 20% less damage.

Monk

Please note that tooltip description for the following Monk abilities will be inaccurate. This will be corrected in a future patch.
  • General
    • Blackout Kick now deals 10% more damage.
    • Rising Sun Kick now deals 10% more damage.
    • Tiger Palm now deals 20% more damage.
  • Windwalker
    • Fists of Fury now deals 20% more damage.

Priest

  • Shadow
    • Devouring Plague now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Devouring Plague now deals 10% less damage.
    • Mind Blast now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Blast now deals 10% less damage.
    • Mind Flay now deals 20% more damage.
    • Mind Spike now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Spike now deals 10% less damage.

Warlock

  • General
    • Corruption now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
  • Affliction
    • Agony now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
    • Unstable Affliction now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.

Warrior

  • Protection
    • Devastate now deals 6% more damage.
    • Shield Slam now deals 6% more damage.
    • Revenge now deals 6% more damage.
  • Armor Sets
    • Tier-18 4-piece set bonus for Fury Warriors now reduces the cooldown of Recklessness by 30 seconds (up from 25 seconds).


Patch 6.2.2 arrives September 1 and with it, a new way to get into the PvP action will become available with Mercenary Mode. Those who earn the Draenor Pathfinder achievement will be also be able to take flight over the skies of Draenor.

Learn how you can earn flying in Wowhead’s video guide to Draenor Pathfinder.

Read the complete 6.2.2 patch notes here.



 The Friendly Skies – A Poll - Aug 31, 2015 10:02:00 AM EST

Patch 6.2.2 is scheduled for release this week, allowing those of you who have unlocked Draenor Pathfinder to take to the skies on your most trusted of winged beasts, floating steeds, and flying machines. With this comes the added opportunity for you to handle your affairs with greater convenience and timeliness.

Our friends over at Wowhead have put together a guide of Draenor Content Made Easier by Flying. We suggest you give it a look to glean the myriad activities made more accessible by flight, and let us know what you’ll be swooping down from sky to do first.



 Patch 6.2.2 – PvP Mercenary Mode - Aug 31, 2015 08:53:00 AM EST

They say, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”—we hope you’re ready get very, very close indeed.

Mercenary Mode arrives in patch 6.2.2. This new feature allows you to act as a mercenary for the opposite faction in PvP. Whenever your faction is experiencing a long wait time to get into Ashran or unrated Battlegrounds, agents of the enemy faction appear in your base in Ashran (Stormshield for the Alliance, Warspear for the Horde). These agents allow you to enter Ashran or Battlegrounds disguised as an enemy player and fight as the opposite faction.

When you compete as a mercenary, you still earn all of the same rewards you would have by winning or losing as your own faction (with the exception of faction-specific achievements). Your race also automatically changes into one appropriate for the opposite faction while you’re still inside the Battleground or Ashran. Perhaps most importantly, you can expect to experience much shorter queue times, as our matchmaking system will be able to fill up groups much quicker!

Mercenary Mode allows players who want to participate in Ashran or unrated Battlegrounds the ability to do so without having to wait through long queues, while still maintaining the spirit of the core Alliance vs. Horde fantasy. We’ll see you on the battlefield—hopefully as a friend and not a foe!



 This Month in WoW – September 2015 - Aug 28, 2015 05:00:00 PM EST

September is here, and summertime is coming to an end. This month is chock-full of festivities, celebrations, and heated PvP action as we draw closer to BlizzCon 2015. Here’s a peek at some of the fun you can have!

In-Game Events

Darkmoon Faire Returns [September 6-13]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on September 6, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.

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The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Get in that cannon!

Pirates’ Day [September 19-20]
Every year on this one day, Captain DeMeza lands at the goblin town of Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale, attempting to recruit land-lubbers into her buccaneer ranks. Don’t miss your chance to visit her or her henchmen in the capital cities. New for this year is the Big Bag of Booty. Be the Robin Hood of pirates by purchasing this one-time-use item which you can toss into the streets to help distribute piles of gold to those most in need. Yarr!

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Brewfest [September 20-October 6]

Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and brew! The competing breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew, and the Ogres, all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special ales, meads, and beers. Brave adventurers are invited to sit back, take a pull, and sample the finest wares these brewers have to offer!

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Brewfest is your only chance to acquire the Swift Brewfest Ram and Great Brewfest Kodo mounts, as well as the Wolpertinger and Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm pets. It’s also your chance to get your brew-covered mitts on a few new items: the Stout Alemental pet, the Steamworks Sausage Grill, and Brewfest Banner toys!

Harvest Festival [September 21-28]

The Harvest Festival is a time to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to help their allies. Throughout history, many have given their lives to that end. Every year, members of the Horde and the Alliance set aside time to honor the memories of the fallen, and to pay tribute to those whose memories are held most dear: Uther Lightbringer, for the Alliance, and Grommash Hellscream, for the Horde.

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Members of the Alliance show their respect by lighting a candle at the Tomb of Uther Lightbringer in the Western Plaguelands. while members of the Horde show their respect to Grommash Hellscream by leaving a bottle of spirits at the base of the Hellscream Memorial in Demon Fall Canyon in Ashenvale.

But your determination to pay respects to the dearly departed doesn’t stop there! Show your patriotism by earning a new Spiritshard which will transforms you into an Anxious, Vengeful, Forlorn, or Peaceful spirit. It’ll be your chance to truly feel the emotions of those who have paid the ultimate price.

Upcoming World of Warcraft Tournaments

Road to BlizzCon: WoW North American Regionals

BlizzCon is only a couple of months away and teams are vying for a chance to make it to the finals. Don’t miss the WoW North American Regionals on the official World of Warcraft Twitch channel! We’ll be sharing more details on the event in the coming days.

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ESL WoW (EU)

The Electronic Sports League continues to bring the weekend WoW action on:

For more information, head over to the ESL news site, and don’t forget to follow ESL on Twitch and Twitter.

Bonus Events

September 4-7 – Northrend Timewalking

September 11-14 – Battleground Bonus Event

September 18-21 – Draenor Dungeons Bonus Event

September 25-28 – Pet Battle Event



 Patch 6.2 Hotfixes: August 17 - August 26 - Aug 26, 2015 08:30:00 PM EST

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.0. Hotfixes are updates made without requiring a new client-side patch. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require a realm restarte 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.

Previous 6.2 Hotfix Blogs

August 26


Raids and Dungeons

Hellfire Citadel

  • Gorefiend
    • Gorefiend's Touch of Doom will now spawn a Doom Well only if the debuff expires naturally. Doom Well will not spawn if the afflicted player dies or gets sent into the stomach.

August 25


Raids and Dungeons

Hellfire Citadel

  • Archimonde
    • Fixed an issue where Archimonde was not spawning on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Defeating Archimonde on Raid Finder should no longer prevent players from being eligible to obtain Crystallized Fel if they defeat Archimonde again later that week on Normal, Heroic, or Mythic difficulty.

August 21


Raids and Dungeons

Hellfire Citadel

  • Gorefiend
    • Corrected an issue that could cause players to die outright instead of having their souls devoured when suffering multiple simultaneous fatal damage events.
  • Fel Lord Zakuun
    • Cloven Soul now provides a 4-second immunity to Wake of Destruction right after it's been applied to the player.

August 17


Raids and Dungeons

Loot Buff for Call to Arms

  • Savage Satchel of Cooperation, awarded for completing a class role that's in demand through Dungeon Finder or Raid Finder received a boost to its contents.
    • Increased the amount of gold awarded by over 200%!
    • The satchel now has a chance for additional Baleful tokens, Empowered Apexis Fragment, and Medallion of the Legion.

Hellfire Citadel

Xhul'horac
  • Omnus's Singularity damage can now be reduced by damage reduction effects on Raid Finder difficulty.

Items

  • Annihilator should no longer have a chance to trigger its on hit effect on targets that are above level 63.
  • Fixed an issue where Rancorbite Mail Agility 4-piece set bonus was not correctly scaling its damage down in Timewalking dungeons.


Hellfire Citadel Wing 5- Archimonde is now open! Learn more in our Hellfire Citadel preview.

The armies of Azeroth are set to charge into Tanaan Jungle and the new Raid found there. To help with the coordination of these fiery days to come, we’ve broken down the unlock schedule for Hellfire Citadel. Get ready!

If you're among those patiently sharpening your sword until Raid Finder unlocks, please note that you'll need a minimum item level of 650 to enter. Here's the rundown:

June 23 (with the release of Patch 6.2)

  • Hellfire Citadel Normal and Heroic difficulties open.

June 30

  • Mythic difficulty becomes available.
  • Raid Finder Wing 1 (Hellfire Assault, Iron Reaver, Kormrok) unlocks.

July 14

  • Raid Finder Wing 2 (Hellfire High Council, Kilrogg, Gorefiend) unlocks.

July 28

  • Raid Finder Wing 3 (Shadow-Lord Iskar, Socrethar the Eternal, Tyrant Velhari) unlocks.

August 11

  • Raid Finder Wing 4 (Fel Lord Zakuun, Xhul’horac, Mannoroth) unlocks.

August 25

  • Raid Finder Wing 5 (Archimonde) unlocks.


 All of the Arenas – A Poll - Aug 24, 2015 01:00:00 PM EST

In a few days, the Arena Skirmish Bonus Event returns to WoW with an even better reason than usual to rush into the fray and bash some skulls. All six of the Arenas will see a lot of action, so sharpen your swords. If you don’t use a sword, sharpen your friend’s sword. He’ll appreciate the help.

Here’s a challenging consideration.



 Apexis Crystal Bonus Event August 21 – 24 - Aug 21, 2015 10:30:06 AM EST

During the Sign of Apexis bonus event, you'll gain bonus Apexis Crystals from eligible creatures. Furthermore, completing the this-bonus event-only quest "A Time to Strike" awards a sizable amount of Oil to fuel your Naval Missions, in addition to a big pile of Apexis Crystals.

The point of picking up lots and lots of extra Apexis Crystals is, of course, to spend them! Here are some of the possibilities.


For most players, spending Apexis Crystals on gear upgrades is a great way to improve your overall item level. There's something for every slot at item level 650, so if you've still got a low-level item in one or two slots, you're covered. Visit Ravenspeaker Thelnaas in Tanaan Jungle to buy armor for 5,000 Crystals apiece, a weapon for 10,000 Crystals, and Empowered Apexis Fragments for 20,000 Crystals. Empowered Apexis Fragments are Battle.net Account-bound, and upgrade your Baleful gear from ilvl 650 to ilvl 695.

Some nice new collectibles came along with Tanaan Jungle. You'll want to consider:

  • Reins of the Corrupted Dreadwing mount (150,000 Apexis Crystals)
  • Rukhmar's Sacred Memory toy (50,000 Apexis Crystals)
  • Blazin Firehawk pet (2,000 Apexis Crystals)
  • Solar Priest Vayx follower (1,000 Apexis Crystals)

The bonus weekend is underway, and runs through the end of the day on Monday, August 24.

What are you aiming to buy with your extra crystals?



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