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    Legion Instances Legacy Loot

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    With scheduled weekly maintenance the week of March 31, we’re enabling Legacy loot rules in Legion raids and dungeons.

    We’re reached that point in an expansion where the content from the previous expansion no longer requires a full group, and the rewards are primarily sought by transmog collectors. With this change, Legion raid and dungeon encounters will drop a fixed quantity of class-agnostic loot. Today, if you and one other player enter Emerald Nightmare on Mythic difficulty and kill Nythendra, it’s unlikely that you’ll receive any loot, since drop rates normally scale to the number of players. After this change, Nythendra will always drop 5 items from her loot table, regardless of your group size.

    Dungeons and many of the lower-difficulty raid bosses in Legion are already soloable by well-equipped Battle for Azeroth characters, though some bosses, especially on Mythic difficulty, may still require you to bring a few friends. Nonetheless, this should amount to a great increase in the availability of Legion transmog gear.

    See you there!


    Grand Empress Shek'zara World Boss
    Grand Empress Shek'zara is up in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms!

    Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

    Grand Empress Shek'zara
    With the awakening of N'Zoth, Shek'zara, empress of the mantid, pledged her swarm to the old god's will. In service of her dark master, she unleashed her forces upon the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to claim Pandaria in N'Zoth's name.


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    WoW Classic - Burning Crusade Official Blizzard Survey
    Yesterday, players on Reddit began reporting that they received an official survey from Blizzard asking questions about a hypothetical Burning Crusade Classic Server. The questions asked are listed below. Thanks to soramac on the classicwow subreddit for the photo!

    • How interested are you in a "Classic" version of Burning Crusade?
    • Thinking about the potential ways a player could start a character in "Classic" Burning Crusade, which of the following would you prefer most?
      • Continue playing my current Classic character on my existing server as it progresses to the Burning Crusade expansion, with the option to transfer to a Classic server that will never progress past level 60.
      • Continue playing my current Classic character on my existing server that will never progress past 60, with the option to transfer to a Burning Crusade server.
      • Start a brand new character from Level 58 on a new Burning Crusade server.
      • Start a brand new character from Level 1 on a new Burning Crusade server.
      • None of the above




    Diablo Community Manager Brandy Camel Leaving Blizzard
    Diablo Community Manager Brandy Camel, also known as Nevalistis, is leaving Blizzard to take on the role of Dungeons and Dragons Community Manager at Wizards of the Coast! We wish her all the best!

    Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker)

    This is, undoubtedly, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write. Not gonna lie, it took me a few tries.

    March 27, 2020 will be my final day as Diablo Community Manager, and at Blizzard Entertainment. I’m not leaving for any ill reasons; my team here has always been understanding and kind, every developer I’ve had the honor of interacting with has been delightfully passionate, and the decision to leave was ultimately mine alone. I have an opportunity to explore a new and very different adventure, and if you’re curious about that, I’ll share more about it on my personal channels. Sometimes, opportunity presents itself and you just gotta roll the dice.

    What I want to focus on is expressing my gratitude to this community. For welcoming me when I stumbled in at the announcement of Reaper of Souls. For making me feel at home as I was trembling on livestream, fighting stage fright while introducing the expansion to the world. For all the smiles, high-fives, hugs, and selfies at conventions (especially BlizzCon). For the absolute conviction and passion for Sanctuary that I see in every player’s post, whether it’s excitement over the latest Season or constructive criticism for your favorite class. Regardless of highs and lows, this is one of the best communities out there, and the heart of it is warm, caring, and filled with people who just want more Diablo.

    Thank you for permitting me to be a part of your community. Thank you for reading my weird blogs and tolerating my terrible puns and memes. And thank you for staying awhile to listen. I’ve had an incredible opportunity learn and grow as person that I’ll carry with me the rest of my life, and I can’t wait to delve the depths of the Burning Hells and face down the mother of Sanctuary alongside the rest of you.

    Lastly, rest assured that the Diablo community will be left in good hands. I’ve spent a fair amount of my final weeks here preparing to pass the torch to those who will follow in my footsteps and working with the team here to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. You won’t be left unheard or unacknowledged, but please be understanding while the next folks get settled in. We’re all here to battle the demons of Hell together, after all!

    I’ll see you in Sanctuary, adventurers.



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    Dear Adventurers,

    Welcome to the latest official patch notes for Ring of Elysium. Here are the full details:

    Client

    • Optimized the client's memory usage

    DX12

    • DX12 client now supports the following hardware:
      • Intel Core i7-1065G7 integrated graphics

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed an animation error when characters respawn after eliminated while crouching or proning in TDM
    • Fixed two cooldown errors after characters get eliminated while activating the invisibility cloak in TDM
    • Fixed an issue where the location of the safe zone walls were presented slightly incorrectly on Europa Island
    • Fixed several incorrect rock collisions on Europa Island

    Thanks for playing,
    ROE DEV Team

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    Next Reset - Legacy Loot Coming to Legion Instances

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    With scheduled weekly maintenance the week of March 31, we’re enabling Legacy loot rules in Legion raids and dungeons.

    We’re reached that point in an expansion where the content from the previous expansion no longer requires a full group, and the rewards are primarily sought by transmog collectors. With this change, Legion raid and dungeon encounters will drop a fixed quantity of class-agnostic loot. Today, if you and one other player enter Emerald Nightmare on Mythic difficulty and kill Nythendra, it’s unlikely that you’ll receive any loot, since drop rates normally scale to the number of players. After this change, Nythendra will always drop 5 items from her loot table, regardless of your group size.

    Dungeons and many of the lower-difficulty raid bosses in Legion are already soloable by well-equipped Battle for Azeroth characters, though some bosses, especially on Mythic difficulty, may still require you to bring a few friends. Nonetheless, this should amount to a great increase in the availability of Legion transmog gear.

    See you there!


    hearthstoneIcon.pngAshes of Outland and Demon Hunter Class - Full Card List
    Ashes of Outland introduces 135 new cards, including 15 cards for the brand new Demon Hunter class, as well as Primes, and Imprisoned Demons! Check out the complete Ashes of Outland Card List, with release date and expansion details. All new Demon Hunter Cards have also been revealed, you can check them out and the full overview of Hearthstone's 10th class on HearthPwn.



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    Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - March 25, 2020

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Battle Pets

    • Black Chitinous Plate should now drop more frequently from Skikx'traz in Uldum while the Aqir Assault is active.

    Mounts

    • Malevolent Drone should now drop more frequently from Corpse Eater in Uldum while the Aqir Assault is active.

    hearthstoneIcon.pngAshes of Outland and Demon Hunter Class - Full Card List
    Ashes of Outland introduces 135 new cards, including 15 cards for the brand new Demon Hunter class, as well as Primes, and Imprisoned Demons! Check out the complete Ashes of Outland Card List, with release date and expansion details. All new Demon Hunter Cards have also been revealed, you can check them out and the full overview of Hearthstone's 10th class on HearthPwn.



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    Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - March 24, 2020

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Dungeons and Raids

    • Atal’Dazar
      • Priestess Alun’za
        • The ground visual for Tainted Blood should remain visible when Projected Textures is disabled in the System Settings menu.

    • Temple of Sethraliss
      • Spark Channeler
        • The ground visual for Call Lightning should remain visible when Projected Textures is disabled in the System Settings menu.


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    Dear Adventurers,

    Welcome to the latest official patch notes for Ring of Elysium. Here are the full details:


    Team Deathmatch

    • Introduced a scoreboard for TDM, hold the default keybind “~” to bring up the scoreboard, and release pressing to dismiss
    • Players can now report suspected players via the scoreboard, simply hover the mouse over the player’s name and select “report”
    • Fixed an issue where the game didn’t automatically end when a team is empty (after players left the game)


    Thanks for playing,
    ROE DEV Team

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    Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker World Boss
    Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker is up in Uldum!

    Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

    Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker
    Plumbing the forgotten depths of Azeroth, Prophet Skitra unearthed a devastating aqir known as Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker. Now freed from its subterranean slumber, Vuk'laz turns its destructive power against those who oppose N'Zoth.


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    • Overview - Vuk'laz is a living weapon of war that attempts to overcome its enemies with devastating physical attacks. As the battle rages Vuk'laz summons scarabs to its aid from beneath the Writhing Sands.
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      • Tremor Wave - Vuk'laz unleashes a mighty tremor, knocking back all players in a 40 yard frontal cone and inflicting 50 Physical damage.
      • Writhing Sands - Vuk'laz summons a horde of Aqir scarabs from beneath the sands.
        • Aqir Scarab - Aqir Scarabs emerge from the sands to swarm and overwhelm players.
      • Razor Spines - Vuk'laz shoots razor sharp spines from its carapace, inflicting 30 Physical damage to all players within 0 yards.
      • Crushing Claws - Vuk'laz lashes out with both claws, inflicting 90 Physical damage to its current target.


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    Half-Life: Alyx wird am 23. März veröffentlicht und wir feiern dieses Ereignis in CS:GO! Im Spiel sind jetzt Aufkleber, Anstecknadeln und Aufnäher zum Thema Half-Life verfügbar.

    Valve Index


    Wenn Sie die Valve Index vor der Veröffentlichung von Half-Life: Alyx gekauft haben, erhalten Sie eine echte Version der Alyx-Anstecknadel aus der neuen Kollektion sowie ein exklusives Musikkit zu Half-Life: Alyx! Quelle: https://blog.counter-strike.net/de/index.php/2020/03/29185/

    wowmini.pngGain the Winds of Wisdom 100% Experience Buff Through April 20

    More Flexibility with Essences

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    We’ve just made a significant update to the new Echoes of Ny’alotha system, with the goal of making Essences much more available to your characters whose specializations put them in different roles (tanking, healing, damage).

    With this change, we’ve lifted the restrictions on acquiring role-specific Azerite Essences from MOTHER. Now, the various ways that you obtain Rank 3 tanking, healing, or damage-specific Essences are now grouped together. If you’ve earned any of the three Essences in these groups, all three of the Essences will be unlocked for purchase from MOTHER with Echoes of Ny’alotha:

    • Spark of Inspiration, Unwavering Ward, Strength of the Warden (obtained from Horrific Visions)
    • Touch of the Everlasting, Spirit of Preservation, Breath of the Dying (obtained from reputation with Rajani)
    • Blood of the Enemy, Artifice of Time, Sphere of Suppression (obtained from Battlegrounds)
    • Condensed Life Force, Vitality Conduit, Azeroth’s Undying Gift (obtained from raiding in The Eternal Palace)
    • Essence of the Focusing Iris, Life-Binder’s Invocation, Anima of Life and Death (obtained from Mythic Keystone dungeons)

    As a reminder, this was already the case with Purification Protocol, Nullifcation Dynamo, and Well of Existence (the Rustbolt Resistance Essences) as well as The Ever-Rising Tide, Aegis of the Deep, and The Unbound Force (the Nazjatar Essences).

    A side-effect of this change is that even a single character now has a way to obtain these off-role Essences, and can either use Echoes to purchase them from MOTHER or use the original means of acquisition. That means that your Priest who raided Azshara in Shadow-spec and got Condensed Life-Force up to Rank 3 is now able to obtain Vitality Conduit from MOTHER for a Holy-spec healing boost.

    Thank you for all of your feedback on this!

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    Gain the Winds of Wisdom 100% Experience Buff Through April 20
    In light of COVID 19, Blizzard has added a 100% Experience Buff that will be active beginning today through April 20, 2020.


    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

    If you’re staying inside and find yourself returning to Azeroth, or if you’re leveling another character (or two), you’ll be getting a special bonus to help you on your way. Beginning today through April 20, 2020 all players in Battle for Azeroth will gain an experience buff called “Winds of Wisdom” which will increase experience gains by 100%! (This includes Starter Edition and Legion players as well.)

    Players will also be able to take advantage of this experience boost while still using their favorite heirlooms. It won’t take long before you’ll be facing off with the Old God N’Zoth and his minions in Ny’alotha, the Waking City.



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    Dear Adventurers,

    Welcome to the latest official patch notes for Ring of Elysium. Here are the full details:


    Team Deathmatch LTM


    • Extended the available times of this LTM by 4 hours on Saturday and Sundays, here are the details:
      • NA Server: 14:00-22:00 Pacific Time
      • EU Server: 16:00-24:00 UTC/GMT
      • AS Server: 16:00-24:00 GMT+8
    • Players can now invite friends to queue up for TDM, pre-made teams will be more likely to get matched against other pre-made teams
    • Optimized the client performance in TDM


    Thanks for playing,
    ROE DEV Team

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    Hotfix for Emissary Turn-in Issue

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Since we added Echoes of Ny’alotha as a reward from Emissary Quests, we’ve had a bug that needed to be quickly squashed. Today, we’ve deployed a hotfix that solve it without removing Echoes of Ny’alotha from Emissary Quests.

    Instead, we’ve removed the bonus reputation reward that Contracts provide from Emissary Quest turn-ins. No other Quest rewards are affected.

    You’ll see a side effect to this: Echoes of Ny’alotha are hidden in the Emissary and Quest panes of the UI. Nonetheless, you should see the Echoes in your chat log when you turn-in Emissary Quests (on characters that are eligible for Echoes).

    Thank you for your patience.


    Overwatch Hero 32 - Echo Origin Story
    Overwatch Hero 32 Echo has been revealed and is coming soon! Echo is described as an evolutionary robot programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence, that represents the cutting edge of technology.



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    Patch 8.3 Hotfixes - March 16, 2020

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Dungeons and Raids

    • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
      • Resolved an issue that caused players to get locked inside the Chamber of Heart if both Carapace of N'Zoth and N’Zoth the Corruptor encounters were defeated but other bosses undefeated on Mythic difficulty.
      • N’Zoth the Corruptor
        • Tank-specialization characters should no longer be targeted by Paranoia on all difficulties.
          • Developers’ note: Paranoia’s coordination requirements when tanks are involved is a bit higher than we’d like. This fix prevents tanks from being targeted altogether, preventing awkward moments where a ranged character would need to run a long distance to meet up with a tank partner.
      • Mythic Keystone Dungeon
        • Tidesage Council
          • Blessing of the Tempest should now be more visible when active on Galecaller Faye.
          • Blowback damage reduced by 20%.
          • Slicing Blast damage reduced by 20%.
        • Waycrest Manor
          • Reduced the rate at which members of the Heartsbane Triad gain energy from the Focusing Iris, resulting in an increased delay before Dire Ritual is cast.

    Items and Rewards
    • Corrupted Items
      • [With regional restarts] All equipment rewards from Horrific Visions are now Corrupted.
        • Developers’ note: We’ve heard from many players that Corrupted Items were not obtainable enough, limiting their ability to play with the system and its inherent tradeoffs. This change will substantially increase the number of Corrupted Items reliably earned each week, allowing players to choose from among a greater selection of Corrupted pieces and enjoy those that work best in a given situation.
      • Twisted Appendage no longer benefits from buffs like Power Word: Shield or Earthen Wall.
      • Twisted Appendage and Infinite Stars can no longer trigger more than once every 12 seconds during player versus player combat.
    • Heart of Azeroth
      • [With regional restarts] Players who have Rank 3 Azerite Essences on at least one character can now more easily acquire those Essences on other characters on the same account via a new currency: Echoes of Ny’alotha. MOTHER will offer any eligible character a Rank 3 Essence for 500 Echoes of Ny’alotha each. Any player who is eligible to purchase at least one Essence from MOTHER will now receive Echoes of Ny’alotha from a wide range of activities in current content:
        • Black Empire Assault – 125 Echoes of Ny’alotha
        • Aqir/Amathet/Mantid/Mogu Assault – 75 Echoes of Ny’alotha
        • Horrific Visions – 50 Echoes of Ny’alotha, plus 25 per additional objective completed (i.e. 150 Echoes of Ny’alotha for a full clear)
        • Emissary Quest – 50 Echoes of Ny’alotha
        • Heroic Darkshore Warfront – 75 Echoes of Ny’alotha
        • Normal/Heroic/Mythic Ny’alotha raid bosses – 15-25 Echoes of Ny’alotha each, once per week per boss
        • Ny’alotha Raid Finder wings – 25 Echoes of Ny’alotha
        • Random Battleground wins – 15-25 Echoes of Ny’alotha
        • Rated Arena wins – 10-25 Echoes of Ny’alotha baseline, scaling up with PvP rank
        • Rated Battleground wins – 35 Echoes of Ny’alotha baseline, scaling up with PvP rank
        • Weekly PvP Cache – 175 to 300 Echoes of Ny’alotha, based on PvP rank
        • Mythic Keystone dungeon end-of-run chest – 3 Echoes of Ny’alotha per Keystone Level (i.e. 30 Echoes of Ny’alotha for a Mythic 10)
        • Weekly Mythic Keystone Dungeon Cache – 20 Echoes of Ny’alotha per highest Keystone Level

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    This Week in World of Warcraft



    hearthstoneIcon.pngHearthstone Expansion - Ashes of Outland and new Demon Hunter Class
    Blizzard announced the new Ashes of Outland Hearthstone expansion today, adding a new Demon Hunter class! You can see the full list of new cards here.



    Obtaining Rank 3 Essences on Alts


    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    As we announced last Thursday, with scheduled weekly maintenance in each region, a new system will allow players who have Rank 3 Azerite essences on at least one character to more directly acquire those Essences on other characters. This will use a new currency called Echoes of Ny’alotha. Here are more details about the system.

    If a Rank 3 Essence has been earned by another character on your account, MOTHER will offer that Rank 3 Essence for 500 Echoes of Ny’alotha. Any player who is eligible to purchase at least one Essence from MOTHER will now receive Echoes of Ny’alotha from a wide range of activities in current content. These are the values we’re planning per activity:

    • Black Empire Assault – 125 Echoes of Ny’alotha
    • Aqir/Amathet/Mantid/Mogu Assault – 75 Echoes of Ny’alotha
    • Horrific Visions – 50 Echoes of Ny’alotha, plus 25 per additional objective completed (i.e. 150 Echoes for a full clear)
    • Emissary Quest – 50 Echoes of Ny’alotha
    • Heroic Darkshore Warfront – 75 Echoes of Ny’alotha
    • Normal/Heroic/Mythic Ny’alotha raid bosses – 15-25 Echoes of Ny’alotha each, once per week per boss
    • Ny’alotha Raid Finder wings – 25 Echoes of Ny’alotha
    • Random Battleground wins – 15-25 Echoes of Ny’alotha
    • Rated Arena wins – 10-25 Echoes of Ny’alotha baseline, scaling up with PvP rank
    • Rated Battleground wins – 35 Echoes of Ny’alotha baseline, scaling up with PvP rank
    • Weekly PvP Cache – 175 to 300 Echoes of Ny’alotha, based on PvP rank

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    Dear Adventurers,

    Welcome to the latest official patch notes for Ring of Elysium. Here are the full details:


    New gamemode- Team Deathmatch

    • Introducing the 4V4 TDM- a gamemode that allows you to focus purely on the thrill of gunfights in ROE. In this limited-time mode, players will be put into two 4-player teams to compete in a small arena on Campbell Shooting Range. Eliminating your opponents and earning scores will be your only goal, enjoy the non-stop action!
    • The TDM LTM is available from 18:00 to 22:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) for EU server, and 19:00 to 23:00 PT (Pacific Time) for NA server, and 18:00 to 22:00 GMT+8 (Beijing Time) on every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
    • Team Deathmatch is FPP and grappling hook only. Before the game starts, players can select from 6 tactical abilities and 9 weapon loadouts
    • There’s no “knockdowns” in TDM, when HP goes to zero, players will be directly eliminated and respawn in two seconds. Players drop their loot normally, but the elimination boxes will shortly disappear
    • Players can press “M” to change their loadout mid-game, which will be switched after they respawn
    • There’s a five second grace period after players respawn. However, the grace period will immediately stop if the player fires their weapon
    • Players automatically recover their HP if they haven’t taken any damage for a period of time, any incoming damage will stop the recovering process
    • Each elimination adds 1 point to your team, the team that reaches 50 points first will win the game. If no teams reach 50 points by the game ends, the team with the higher score wins the game
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    Real-time Dynamic Global Illumination

    • We have implemented a full real-time dynamic lighting system, bringing a better visual and graphic experience to you
    • The new advanced lighting feature is fully dynamic and real-time, with a corresponding change in both dynamic weather/time periods and dynamic scenarios, making it realistic and natural
    • This feature is only available with the DX12 client, and can be found in the advanced graphic settings
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    Badge Collection Event

    • Event period: March 19 to April 8, 2020 (Pacific Time)
    • During the event, obtain gold and silver badges by participating in any gamemode except Training and Custom mode and redeem Rare and Epic weapon skins, and event exclusive supply boxes at the Event Center! Supply box rewards include random weapon skins, traversal equipment appearances, tokens, Adventurer Tiers and experience points
    • Badges can be earned by:
    • Looting airdrops and elimination boxes
    • At the end of each game, the top 12 teams in Squad mode and the top 40 players in Solo mode will be rewarded with badges according to their ranking
    • In Team Deathmatch, badges are rewarded according to the total number of elimination
    • After the event, badge redeem will be closed and all badges will disappear, please redeem them in time
    • Players can obtain up to 100 golden badges and 200 silver badges per day
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    Spring Supply Box Event

    • Event period: March 19 to April 8, 2020 (Pacific Time)
    • During the event, play a game round in any limited-time game mode of the day and claim a Spring supply box. Box rewards include Adventurer Character styles (base Adventurer Character is required), M4A1 weapon skin, portraits, vehicle appearances and more!

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed an issue that caused client framerate drops
    • Fixed an issue where textures were loaded too slow at the beginning of a game
    • Fixed several incorrect object models


    Thanks for playing,
    ROE DEV Team

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    d3.pngDiablo Season 20 Now Live

    Blizzard's Work-From-Home Policies
    In order to protect the health and safety of employees, Blizzard is implementing work-from-home policies for their Irvine and Austin offices, as well as other offices around the world.



    Windows Central - World of Warcraft Interview
    Windows Central have caught up with Steve Danuser, Lead Narrative Designer for World of Warcraft to learn about the past, present, and future of the world's most successful MMO.


    • The challenge with Warcraft's story comes with pacing out content in a way that makes sense for the game.
    • If they pull too many characters in at any one time, it runs the risk of making the narrative disjointed and hard for players to keep track of.
    • World of Warcraft is a game, and so sometimes the needs of gameplay requires the story to hold off on resolving plot points until later in the expansion, such as with Warfronts.
    • The aftermath of the mak'gora in Orgrimmar felt like a time when they really needed to show how majors characters were reacting, as well as the commoners in the street.
    • Azshara and the Old Gods were always intended to be in Battle for Azeroth.
    • Looking back, Steve believes that they could have done a better job making sure both factions got a deeper context for where the story was going so that the threads that connected all the elements were clearer.
    • He feels good about how the players got to experience the major beats of the story and that each one was intended from the start.
    • The parallels between this story and Garrosh were intentional to emphasize the theme that "Ours is a cycle of Hatred." The story shows that the underlying structures of the Horde is what enables the tyranny in the first place, and it's within this nuance that they sought to show growth and ultimately the fundamental change in the Horde Leadership.
    • On the Alliance, they wanted to show Anduin's struggle to live up to his father's legacy and the cost it incurred.
    • The aftermath of war is always messy. Expect repercussions from the Fourth War to carry forward for a long time.
    • There is a lot more story to tell in regards to the burning of Teldrassil and the repercussions from it. The characters involved have a long way to go and many lessons to learn.
    • The team will do more cinematics in the style done for Saurfang where it makes sense and at the right moments.
    • In Shadowlands the player character will be referred to as "The Maw Walker," but is not heralded as an all-powerful champion, but rather as someone with great potential who has an exciting adventure ahead of them.
    • The team plans to tell a focused story arc that will continue through updates and culminate in a compelling conclusion. There will be twists along the way with implications beyond Shadowlands. Certain long-running threads will conclude with new mysteries as well.
    • The new leveling experience is meant to be a standalone moment that easily flows into BfA and expansions in the future to avoid what the current leveling experience has become.
    • To believe that there can only be a single outcome to the struggle against N'Zoth would be to ignore the lessons he was trying to teach us.


    CarbotAnimations - WoWCraft Ep 48 "World Boss"
    WoWCraft Ep 48 "World Boss" has been released!



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    d3.pngDiablo Season 20

    World of Warcraft Student Art Contest 2019-2020 Winners

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Presented by Blizzard Entertainment’s University Relations and World of Warcraft development teams, the ninth annual Blizzard Student Art Contest has drawn to a close. After some fervent debate and impassioned deliberation, our judges sifted through the many remarkable entries and identified the winning entries.

    Check out the winners and runner-ups below for each of the four categories.

    Environment Art Contest

    Winners



    “Celestial Terrace”
    Alexander Creamer
    Laguna College of Art & Design


    Runner-Ups



    “Forgotten Temple to the Dark Lady”
    Hal Anderson
    Laguna College of Art & Design



    “Return with Elixir”
    Tao Metadilogkul
    Sierra School of Computer Science


    Character Art Contest

    Winner



    “Tikus the Swift (mount)”
    Rui Rou Teo
    Academy of Art University


    Runner-Up



    “Wildhammer Druid”
    Andrew Biernier
    Academy of Art University


    FX Contest

    Winner



    “Chaos Void”
    Kristy Doan
    Laguna College of Art and Design


    Animation Contest

    Winner



    “Two Hit (combo) Attack”
    Dahyun Beak
    Academy of Art University


    Runner-Up



    “Ballmasta”
    Dimitri Couwenberg
    Drexel University


    Winners from each category will be invited to Blizzard Entertainment’s campus for a tour, 1-on-1 mentorship with senior artists and more.

    Visit our contest announcement to see a complete list of prizes.

    Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to seeing what incredible creations you submit next time! Join the discussion on the forums.

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