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 Patch 6.2.4 PTR Notes - Feb 08, 2016 09:00:00 PM EST
Patch 6.2.4 is being prepared for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR). Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test a patch before it has been released on live realms. If you'd like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you've had a chance to try things out, visit the PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch. To report issues or errors, use the in-game Submit Bug feature (found under Game Menu -> Help -> Submit Bug) or by visiting the PTR Bug Report forum.

World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.4, PTR


Updated: February 8, 2016.

Battle.net Infrastructure

  • Client support for Battle.net infrastructure changes, including some memory optimizations.


 Blizzard’s 25th Anniversary: A Warcraft Poll - Feb 08, 2016 10:00:00 AM EST

It’s with a great deal of joy that we celebrate Blizzard’s 25th Anniversary. In February of 1991, our founders came together to make video games, and it wouldn’t be long before they began work on the first new world built entirely by Blizzard Entertainment: Azeroth.

The many stories and varied types of gameplay that have taken place on Azeroth (and later, Draenor) have never stopped coming. The history of Warcraft and the history of Blizzard Entertainment are fully intertwined, with each passing year falling into a unique Warcraft era for players. Those who started in with Warcraft eight years ago, for instance, started during the Burning Crusade. Those who started twelve years ago started during the Reign of Chaos era.

However long you’ve been with us, we hope you accept our heartiest thanks and gratitude for all you’ve done to help us expand the excitement and wonder of these magical worlds. We’re going to continue to explore them with you for a very long time to come.


 Watch the Legion Dungeon Race Live This Thursday! - Feb 05, 2016 01:00:00 PM EST

UPDATE: The Overwatch closed beta is returning on February 9. In order to allow our players and Twitch viewers to experience both events, we’ve rescheduled the Legion Alpha Dungeon Race to Thursday, February 11 at 3 p.m. Pacific time. We’ll see you then!

This Thursday, February 11, at 3:00 p.m. PST, tune in live at Twitch.tv/Warcraft to watch several top World of Warcraft streamers, YouTubers, and personalities from Europe and North America race against the clock—and each other—in some of the new max-level dungeons coming in World of Warcraft: Legion.

Our two teams will be racing through two dungeons: The Maw of Souls, a brand-new dungeon not yet available in the Legion Alpha, and the Heroic difficulty version of Halls of Valor, home of the greatest warriors of the vrykul. While these teams have had some practice with Halls of Valor on lower difficulty, this will be the first time any adventurer has set foot in The Maw of Souls—all these two teams know is to expect the unexpected!

For this challenge, we’ve assembled a colossal collection of some of the biggest names in the World of Warcraft community. Representing Europe: Treckie, Bellular, Qelric, and Alex and Loz of FatbossTV. To face off against them, representing North America: Towelliee, Killars, Monkioh, and Tattva and Tovo of Line of Sight Gaming. Both of these teams have a ton of experience, knowledge, and history with World of Warcraft—but will it be enough to triumph?

Assistant Game Director Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas will join Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen to provide commentary and insight as each team fights through the dungeons in a race to earn the fastest time possible. The winning team will claim victory not only for themselves, but for the region they represent!

We’ll have all of the action live at Twitch.tv/Warcraft this Thursday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. PST (check here to find that in your local time zone). We’ll see you there!



 Community Spotlight: Noxychu - Feb 04, 2016 01:00:00 PM EST

Spend some time at an event like BlizzCon, and you’re bound to overhear the question, “Where did you get that awesome badge?” Upon further inspection, you might notice they’re asking about the special custom avatar badge their friend is wearing. For years, the person responsible for creating a large number of these eye-catching custom badges has been artist Sarah 'Noxychu' Schnau.

Over on the Velen (US) realm, Noxychu playes as a Draenei Holy Priest and leads a guild called Halcyon. As an artist, she has a way with faces—particularly those of World of Warcraft characters, which she deftly depicts in her own personal style.

Noxychu started drawing players' avatars in 2008, beginning with a handful of friends and then expanding her craft to all of the Wowhead staff in 2009. Her badge images have since become highly recognizable, and by 2010, her badges were on many convention attendees' "most wanted" lists.

Click any of the images above to enlarge

With the launch of Twitch's Creative category, Noxy has taken to the airwaves, broadcasting her works-in-progress whenever she can on weekdays. Armed with Photoshop CC and a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet, she goes from her references to wondrous “Noxified” results very quickly, as you can see in this video of her drawing Anthony Valva's character Chowmander:

You can find Noxy’s drawings sprinkled all over Wowhead.com (we’re quite fond of her wallpapers, such as this one from December 2009), and keep up with her on:
Twitter
Twitch
Tumblr
DeviantArt
Her website

Do you have a favorite play character you’d want to have Noxychu depict on a badge?



 Battleground Bonus Event Underway - Feb 03, 2016 10:00:00 AM EST

The Battlegrounds Bonus Event is now underway. Through the end of the day on Monday, you’ll have a constant +200% boost to your honor gains from Battleground objectives and wins.

Don't forget to pick up the event-only quest “A Call to Battle”, which rewards Valor Points and 500 Conquest Points above your maximum when you win four Battlegrounds.

Which Battleground is the one where you seem to get the best results?



 Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes: February 2 - Feb 02, 2016 06:30:00 PM EST

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.3. 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 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.

Previous Patch 6.2.3 Hotfix Blogs


February 2


Class

Monk

  • Windwalker
    • Fixed an issue where elemental spirits summoned by Storm, Earth, and Fire mirroring Rising Sun Kick in PvP combat dealt less damage than intended.


 The Lunar Festival is Underway - Feb 02, 2016 03:40:00 PM EST

This year’s Lunar Festival is officially underway across Azeroth! Now through February 15, you can seek Elune’s blessing and join in the celebration.

Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city’s great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts, and of course . . . shooting fireworks!

Learn more about this event in our Game Guide. For more tips and tricks on making the most of this holiday, head over to Wowhead’s Lunar Festival guide.



 The Fallen Defender, Hero, and Champion: A Poll - Feb 01, 2016 10:00:00 AM EST

Those who survived the onslaught of The Burning Crusade share memories of reaching level 70 and testing their mettle against the many raid bosses in Karazhan, Gruul’s Lair, and Magtheridon’s Lair. Their reward for facing these dangerous foes? A collection of finely crafted armor some call “Tier 4” raid gear — the first set from World of Warcraft’s first expansion.

Whether you’re collecting this iconic tier set for the first time or reminiscing about your time spent obtaining it nine years ago, the five bosses that guarded these tokens are certain to have left an impression. Which boss do you recall most (or not so) fondly?



 Patch 6.2.3 Hotfixes: January 6 - 29 - Jan 29, 2016 06:30:00 PM EST

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.3. 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 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.

Previous Patch 6.2.3 Hotfix Blogs


January 29


Dungeons and Raids

End Time

  • Fixed an issue during the Murozond encounter that could affect Death Knights and cause their Anti-Magic Shell ability to go on a slightly longer than intended 12-day cooldown.

The Vortex Pinnacle

  • [Requires a realm restart] Asaad's Static Cling ability now only targets 2 players (down from 5), and has a preference for characters in a ranged Specialization.

January 28


Class

Paladin

  • Talents
    • Sacred Shield's critical effect should now be correctly reduced by Battle Fatigue.

January 26


Class

Druid

  • Restoration
    • Genesis critical heals should now be correctly reduced by Battle Fatigue.

PvP

Increased Conquest Point rewards from the following sources by 50%.

Battlegrounds

  • Winning the first Random Battleground match of the day now awards 225 Conquest Points, and subsequent victories award 125 Conquest Points.
  • Winning a Rated Battleground match now awards 600 Conquest Points (up from 400).
  • Increased the amount of Conquest Points awarded to the losing team in a Rated Battleground match based on performance.
    • Twin Peaks / Warsong Gulch: 100 Conquest Points for every captured flag with an additional 100 Conquest Points awarded for every flag the winning team didn't capture. (Example: If a game ended 2-1, the losing team receives 100 Conquest for capturing a flag and an additional 100 Conquest for denying the other team a final 3rd capture.)
    • Arathi Basin / Deepwind Gorge / Eye of the Storm / Silvershard Mines / Temple of Kotmogu / The Battle for Gilneas: 50 Conquest Points awarded for every 150 Resources / Gold / Points gained by the losing team.

Arenas

  • Winning a Skirmish Arena match now awards 40 Conquest Points.
  • Winning a Rated Arena match now awards 270 Conquest Points (up from 180).

Ashran

  • Increased the amount of Conquest Points awarded the following Ashran quests:
    • Slay Them All! now awards 300 Conquest Points (up from 200).
    • Ashran Dominance now awards 750 Conquest Points (up from 500).

January 20


Achievements

  • Glory of the Pandaria Raider: Removed "Getting Hot In Here" as a requirement for completing the achievement.
  • Stamp Stamp Revolution: Characters with an immunity effect that get crushed by a stamping press should no longer incorrectly fail the achievement on Normal or Heroic difficulty.
  • Tabard of The Argent Dawn: Players who have completed the achievement are now able to re-purchase Tabard of the Argent Dawn from tabard vendors.

Character Boost

  • Fixed an issue where Seer Kazal may not appear in the Garrisons of recently boosted characters during a Bonus Event.

January 12


Achievements

  • Glory of the Pandaria Raider: Removed Show Me Your Moves as a requirement for completing the achievement.
  • Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider: Removed Holding Hands as a requirement for completing the achievement.
  • Completion criteria for the following achievements, Exploring the High Seas and Charting a Course are now account-wide.
    • The House Always Wins
    • For Hate's Sake
    • The Wave Mistress
    • It's a boat, it's a plane, it's... just a riverbeast.

January 11


Item

The following items obtained from Timewalking should now have Spell Power.
  • Rod of the Blazing Light
  • Sun-Infused Focus Staff
  • Unspeakable Secret

January 7


Class

Shaman

  • Bug Fixes
    • Healing Stream Totem or Healing Tide Totem (Restoration) should correctly now continue to heal even when the casting Shaman is under the effects of a Druid's Cyclone.

January 6


Legendary Ring Quest Line

  • Players who have acquired the most powerful rewards from Khadgar's Legendary questline by completing Draenor's Blessing (Horde) or Light Be With You(Alliance) may now purchase Crystallized Fel from Zooti Fizzlefury in Talador or Dawn-Seeker Krisek in Tanaan Jungle for 1250 Valor.

Creatures and NPCs

Talador

  • Fixed an issue that could cause characters to be unable to loot The Bonechewer Spear that appears after defeating Viperlash.

Spires of Arak

  • Fixed an issue that could cause characters to be unable to loot Varasha's Egg that appears after defeating Varasha.

Items

  • Savage Snowball should no longer incorrectly cause other players to be flagged for PvP combat.


 This Month in WoW — February 2016 - Jan 29, 2016 01:00:00 PM EST

The moon is full and glorious in the Azeroth sky, and love is most definitely in the air as the month of February gets underway. There’s much to see and do, and we have our eye on what the communty's up to, too. In the February edition of This Month in WoW we want to not only highlight some of the in-game activities for this month, but also spotlight some exciting esports and community events and creations.

In Game Events & WoW News

Esports and Community Events


Did You Know?

January 23, 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the first opening of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj, a massive event that took place on every realm in World of Warcraft. Both Alliance and Horde players gathered to turned in enormous stockpiles of supplies for the war effort, including 800,000 Linen Bandages and 96,000 Peacebloom. For weeks mostly throughout February 2006, different realms came together to open of their gates, and were greeted with this realm-wide message:

(Player name), Champion of the Bronze Dragonflight, has rung the Scarab Gong. The ancient gates of Ahn’Qiraj open,revealing the horrors of a forgotten war…

Streaming and Live Events

Guild Survivor Season 2
Join Sparty Smallwood live every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. PST for a new Season of Guild Survivor. Tune in and weigh in on the tribes, root for your favorites, see who gets voted off, and take in the challenges before them.

What is Guild Survivor? Learn more about it from Sparty in this video.*


View Guild Survivor Season 1 on the Death Jester’s YouTube page.
Catch up on Season 2 here.

*Warning: Some mild language. Viewer discretion advised.

Podcasts

Stay up-to-date on all of the latest World of Warcraft news and goings-on with some of our favorite podcasts:

Convert to Raid podcast When: Catch the livestream recording every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. PST.
About: “Listen to the latest news and views on raiding, insights from our players. . . and a bunch of really bad jokes.”
Visit the Convert to Raid site to learn more about the show and follow them on Twitter at @converttoraid.

The Instance podcast
When: Catch the livestream recording every Friday at 9:00 a.m. PST
About: “Join Scott Johnson, Mark Turpin, Patrick Beja, and Willie Dills every week for all things WoW and Blizzard! ”
Visit the Instance site to learn more about them show and follow on Twitter at @instanceshow.

Realm Maintenance podcast
When: Catch new episodes every Tuesday
About: “Realm Maintenance is a podcast that provides news, interviews, and other information covering podcasts for World of Warcraft and other Blizzard franchises.”
Visit the Realm Maintenance site to learn more about the show and follow them on Twitter at @RealmPodcast.

Chics that Click podcast
About: Relative newcomers to the WoW community of podcasters, hosts @Esmeralda_Sky and @Jaygurrl cover World of Warcraft and Blizzard gaming.
Visit the Chics That Click podcast site for more episodes and follow them on Twitter at @ChicsThatClick.

Esports Live Events


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Stay on top of all the latest from GCD.tv by following them on Twitter and on Twitch.tv.

The GCD Pro League - Winter - Season Finals arrive this weekend — learn more about the tournament here, and watch it live on Twitch.tv/GCDTV.

  • Saturday, January 30, 2:00 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, January 31, 2:00 p.m. PST
GCD EU Tournaments Tournament #1
  • Saturday, February 13, 8:00 a.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. CEST
  • Sunday, February 14, 8:00 a.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. CEST
Tournament #2
  • Saturday, February 20, 8:00 a.m.PST / 6:00 p.m. CEST
  • Sunday, February 21, 8:00 a.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. CEST
GCD Pro League- Spring – Tournament
  • Friday, February 26, 5:00 p.m. PST (Qualifiers)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, February 28, 2:00 p.m. PST
Want to catch up on any tournament action you may have missed? Visit the GCDTV YouTube page.

In Game Events

You can keep up-to-date on all of the in-game events through the calendar on the World of Warcraft website here (log in and select Events from the drop-down menu under your character name), or simply view the in-game calendar for exact event start times for your realm.

Holidays:

Lunar Festival — February 1–15
Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city’s great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts, and of course . . . shooting fireworks!
Learn more about this event on our site here. For more tips and tricks on making the most of this holiday, head over to Wowhead’s holiday guide.

Love Is in the Air — February 1529
Something is in the air in the major cities of Azeroth. Many guards and townsfolk spend their days giving and receiving gifts to other amorous citizens.

Learn more about this event on our site here. For more tips and tricks on making the most of this holiday, head over to Wowhead’s holiday guide.

Bonus Events:

Battleground Bonus Event — February 3–8
While this event is active, random Battlegrounds will award Honor at triple the usual rate. Glory awaits in the fields of Battle!

Draenor Dungeon Event — February 10–15
While this event is active, defeating enemies in any level 100 Heroic or Mythic dungeon will award reputation with an appropriate Draenor faction.

Pet Battle Bonus Event — February 1722
While this event is active, your pets will earn experience at triple the usual rate! Get out there and battle

Timewalking Dungeon Event: Burning Crusade — February 2429
While this event is active, players level 71 or higher cay access a a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from The Burning Crusade expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player’s regular level.


Legion Alpha Test

Check out the latest development information on the Legion alpha test.



 Legion Alpha Test Information - Jan 27, 2016 08:42:00 PM EST

We're keeping this infographic updated throughout Legion testing to update you on which zones, dungeons, and specs now available for testing.

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For Azeroth!



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