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This weekend MMO-Central and Elvine tweeted out what was said at the Dragoncon WoW panel, here is a summary of the new things we’ve learned:

  • We won’t see Gnome hunters yet.
  • Currently Demon Hunters start at level 98.
  • Warlords was not intended as a filler expansion, but it did introduce some stuff to use in the future.
  • We’ll see much more information about artifact weapons at Blizzcon.
  • We might see artifacts in older content, they’re thinking about it.
  • It’s too early to go into details about how dungeons will be relevant again.
  • Most specs are being overhauled, some are even being renamed. They’re working on making it fit the fantasy of the spec.
  • Some resources are being renamed, such as Insanity for Shadow Priests.
  • There will not be a tabard tab, but the new transmog system will open up a lot of bag slots.
  • The transmog system will be a user interface like in Diablo.
  • Illidan will lead the demon hunters against the legion.
  • Pure DPS classes will not get a tank or healing spec.
  • Flying will be an expansion wide unlock.
  • Still no updated Stormwind Park…
  • They have plans for Jaina.
  • The backpack might be updated.
  • New pet battle mechanics would be in a post launch patch.
  • Multistrike is being removed in Legion. Other stats will get changes.
  • There will be dungeon drops for materials for professions.
  • There will be no more upgrade tokens for crafted gear in Legion.
  • We might get prospecting back for jewelcrafting in Legion, but it’s still being discussed.
  • A new material called Obliterium will be obtained from destroying crafted items, and will be used to upgrade crafted items in Legion.
  • There could possibly be an Adventure Mode in Legion.

Another dev interview has appeared, below are the new things we have learned from it.

  • They are discussing what they can do with Karazhan.
  • The legion is not just invading the Broken Isles, the legion will invade a bunch of different zones across the world.
  • Our regular weapons aren’t enough to battle against the legion, we need the Artifacts to be able to even put a dent into them.
  • They have solutions in place for loot itemization, but they are not ready to talk about it yet. They will have a good conversation with leather users.
  • Alex Afrasiabi’s (Creative Director) favorite feature is something they can’t talk about yet

Check out the other sources of Legion information as well:
World of Warcraft: Legion Overview
Summary of Dev interview by Icy Veins
A lot more dev interviews

 

The Legion Dev Livestream did not really give a lot more information, it was more of a repeat of the interviews with gaming and fansites.

  • Legion is back in our Azeroth.
  • Why the legion wants to take over Azeroth is something we’ll explore in the expansion.
  • Illidan is “probably pretty pissed off”.
  • Dalaran will be updated a little. Some location changes as well as the Underbelly.
  • Eventually you will be able to fly on the broken isles. But not right away. The ground based gameplay will be allowed to shine, and once you complete the content you’ll earn flying.
  • Relics will not carry over from one Artifact to another, but that’s not much different than having to get a different weapon/offhand for your offspec.
  • Each profession will get a questline.
  • There will be some updates to improve the UI and functionality of professions.
  • They considered adding the demon hunter back in The Burning Crusade, but weren’t comfortable adding a new class.
  • There will be a 12th character slot.

Mamytwink Dev Interview – Hellfire Citadel the last WoD raid

Cory Stockton, lead game designer, did another interview. This time with Mamytwink. Below is a summary of new information, with the most important piece being Hellfire Citadel is most likely going to be the last raid instance for Warlords of Draenor.

  • They’re working on fixing Tanaan Jungle phasing issues.
    • Once fixed you will no longer hear the yell of rare  mobs from other shards/phases.
    • As less players play in Tanaan at the same time, the amount of shards/phases will get reduced.
    • They hope to continue to improve the tech so that more players can be in the same zone at the same time.
  • They want to keep server identities, they allow for moments that make you feel connected to the realm you’re on.
  • Hellfire Citadel is currently planned to be the last raid instance for WoD.
  • HFC is not tuned around everyone having the legendary ring.
  • They want Mythic dungeons to be beneficial to not just alts, but main characters too.
    • A second level of warforged will make it’s way to mythic dungeons
  • To make Timewalker dungeons more rewarding they might also reward a normal mode HFC cache for completing the 5 timewalker dungeons quest.

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes – July 1

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Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - July 1

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.

The latest batch of hotfixes are listed below. Previous hotfixes have been compiled by category to provide a quick summary of all hotfixes that have been applied since the start of World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.0.

Tags may be added to some hotfixes to denote a special condition.

  • [Requires a realm restart] means the hotfix will not take effect until after a scheduled rolling restart or maintenance.
  • [Hotfix in testing] means the hotfix is in early stages of testing and may not be implemented just yet. However, the change is important and is posted to provide as much advanced notice as possible.

Patch 6.2.0 Information


July 1

Garrisons

  • Work orders for tier-2 and -3 small plot buildings now work as normal if the player skipped completing the tier-1 tutorial quests.

Shipyard

  • Most long Naval Missions have been reduced to a time of 18 hours or less.
    • For Naval Missions currently underway, mission times will not change.
    • The duration of Raid-type Naval Missions has been reduced from 2 days to 4 hours. They will continue to immediately respawn if not completed.
  • Gold and Apexis Crystal rewards for Naval Missions that reward those currencies have been increased.
    • For Naval Missions currently underway, gold and Apexis Crystal rewards will be larger when the Mission is completed.
  • Oil costs for most missions have been increased.
    • For Naval Missions currently underway, Oil costs will not change.
  • The amount of Oil you receive from the Oil Rig has been doubled.
  • While in a raid group, players can now progress through “Upgrading The Fleet” and “Naval Domination” and increment quest credit as well as turn in the quest once completed.
  • Ship Blueprint: Battleship now requires ‘friendly’ faction standing to be obtained.
  • We continue to insist that the Shipyard grant players resting XP.

Quests

  • Felbound Wolf now count towards the demons slain count for the quest “Demonslayer of Tanaan”.
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing Fel Pylons from always spawning during the quest “Assault on the Temple of Sha’naar”.
  • Alliance players who accept the Gorgrond breadcrumb quest from the Adventure Guide are now given the flight point to Gorgrond.
  • Completing the quest “Rumble in the Jungle” should now award the King of the Jungle buff, as intended.

Items

  • Soul Capacitor now deals 50% damage against players and player controlled creatures.
  • Hunter’s Seeking Crystal should no longer take you to rare enemies you’ve already killed.
  • Empowered Apexis Fragments are now Bound to Battle.net Account, allowing them to be mailed to other characters.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Entering or leaving a Timewalking dungeon no longer removes tracking auras.

Hellfire Citadel

Socrethar the Eternal

  • Sargerei Dominator now always properly shields Soul of Socrethar after becoming active.

Archimonde

  • Archimonde will now heal for 5% of his maximum health if Nether Banish hits fewer than 3 players.

Achievements

  • Players can now earn the guild achievement “Kazzak Guild Run”.

Creatures and NPCs

  • A Grom’kar Deadeye in Fang’rila who was respawning too fast has been taught to chill out for a while after being killed.
  • The bonus roll option for Supreme Lord Kazzak now resets weekly.
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing players from looting both Soulslicer and The Blackfang on the same day.
  • Call to Arms NPCs no longer taunt bosses such as Supreme Lord Kazzak. They still have and use Taunt on other types of creatures.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where mail with attachments could not be returned to original sender.
  • Fixed an issue where in-game mail from Blizzard Customer Support could not be deleted.
  • Attempting to apply Naval Equipment to a Ship (e.g. Felsmoke Launcher) will now display a blue outline around valid slots where the equipment can be applied.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the Adventure Journal to display alerts too frequently.
  • Fixed an issue where some items that cost Alternate Currency (Mogu Rune of Fate, Ironpaw Token, etc) could not be purchased from vendors.
  • Fixed an issue for Mac users where in-game resolution would not be saved properly when switching between Fullscreen and Windowed mode.

Developer Interviews Roundups

A few developer interviews have been posted in the last few days. Vanion, WoWhead and The Instance all got to interview developers about patch 6.2. Here’s a summary of potentially new or interesting information we got from them:

  • They are happy with how players are progressing through normal and heroic in the first week of Hellfire Citadel.
  • Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas would not say if mythic Archimonde is more like Imperator Margok or Blackhand in the terms of extra phases.
  • You have to kill mythic bosses to unlock the mythic cache from the naval garrison missions.
  • The naval missions for raid loot will spawn every 2 or so weeks.
  • If you fail the raid mission (despite 85% success chance for example), a new one will appear right away.
  • Grom was the planned end boss for Warlords, but as they went through development they changed their mind. (The wording at the end of this explanation was structured to say Archimonde was the villain of this patch)
  • There are no plans to make the legendary questchain accountwide.
  • Once you have the legendary ring you can loot an item that will upgrade your ring by 3 item levels from archimonde. You can loot one of them per week.
  • Tanaan Jungle and HFC were being worked on in November 2014. Because of the amount of time it takes to develop content, it takes time to be able to bring content to players that has the feedback of players taken into account. Tanaan has taken steps to improve the game as a whole, and future content will have been able to use more of the player feedback.
  • They plan to add another timewalking event for cataclysm dungeons and expand upon the existing events with more dungeons such as Shadow Labs.
  • For shipyard missions you want to be sure to counter the ships. It’s up to you if you think spending 500 resources on equipment is worth an increase of 5% on your success chance.
  • Hellfire Citadel trash loot is personal loot based.
  • The nerf to gold through garrison missions and the salvage yard are to counter the gold inflation that was caused by the garrison gold missions pre-6.2.
  • The salvage yard nerf also happend because the salvage yard felt mandatory to have in your garrison.
  • The transmog system revamp is being actively worked on but it’s not a simple system and requires a lot of time.
  • It will be weeks, not months for patch 6.2.x and thus flying in Draenor.
  • “Tanaan is going to be a big part of the game for the rest of the expansion.”

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes – June 29

Quote from: Blizzard
Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - June 29

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.

The latest batch of hotfixes are listed below. Previous hotfixes have been compiled by category to provide a quick summary of all hotfixes that have been applied since the start of World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.0.

Tags may be added to some hotfixes to denote a special condition.

  • [Requires a realm restart] means the hotfix will not take effect until after a scheduled rolling restart or maintenance.
  • [Hotfix in testing] means the hotfix is in early stages of testing and may not be implemented just yet. However, the change is important and is posted to provide as much advanced notice as possible.

Patch 6.2.0 Information


June 29

Class

Class Trinket Tuning Changes

Please note that the following changes to class trinkets are currently still in testing.

  • Bleeding Hollow Toxin Vessel had its effect increased by 28% for Combat Rogues, and had its effect increased by 40% for Subtlety Rogues.
  • Core of the Primal Elements now deals 40% more damage for Enhancement Shaman.
  • Empty Drinking Horn’s Fel Burn effect can now stack up to 30 times, down from 50.
  • Fragment of the Dark Star had its effect increased by 20% for Affliction Warlocks.
  • Reaper’s Harvest had its chance to trigger reduced by 6% for Unholy Death Knights.
  • Repudiation of War had its effect increased by 30% for Shadow Priests.
  • Seed of Creation has had its chance to trigger reduced by 14% for Balance Druids. (The chance to trigger is exactly 100% at Mythic Warforged.)
  • Soul Capacitor‘s Spirit Eruption effect should now properly only hit intended targets within its area of effect.
  • Talisman of the Master Tracker had the chance to trigger reduced by 6% for Survival Hunters.
  • Tome of Shifting Words had its effect reduced in power by 33% for Frost Mages, and had its chance to trigger reduced by 6% for Fire Mages.

Raid Finder Armor Set Tuning Changes

The following changes have been made to set armor pieces found on Raid Finder difficulty.

Blackrock Foundry

Ebonflame Cloth Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now has an 8-second internal cooldown (up from 3 seconds).

Sootfur Leather Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Damage Dealing Spellcasters no longer triggers twice on crits.
  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now has an 8-second internal cooldown (up from 3 seconds).
  • 4-piece set bonus for Tanks now has an increased proc rate of approximately [1.7, increased by Haste] per minute (up from [0.85, increased by Haste]).

Ashlink Mail Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Damage Dealing Spellcasters had its damage dealt reduced by 75% and has an 8-second internal cooldown (up from 3 seconds).

Blacksteel Plate Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now heals each successive target in the chain for 50% less than the previous target, and reduced the number of targets in the chain to 3 (down from 4).
  • 4-piece set bonus for Tanks now has an increased proc rate of approximately [1.7, increased by Haste] per minute (up from [0.85, increased by Haste]).

Hellfire Citadel

Felfume Cloth Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Damage Dealers now has a 3-second internal cooldown.

Ironpelt Leather Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now has a 3-second internal cooldown.
  • 4-piece set bonus for Tanks now has a 2-second internal cooldown. The change should have a negligible impact on throughput.

Rancorbite Mail Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Physical Damage Dealers no longer scales with Attack Power, the Fel Explosion effect is now centered on the target, and has a 3-second internal cooldown.
  • 4-piece set bonus for Damage Dealing Spellcasters now has a 3-second internal cooldown.

Demonbreaker Plate Armor

  • 4-piece set bonus for Healers now has a 3-second internal cooldown.
  • 4-piece set bonus for Tanks now has an increased proc rate of approximately [3.67, increased by Haste] per minute (up from [1.7, increased by Haste]).

Death Knight

Frost

  • Obliterate should now correctly deal full damage against other players in PvP combat.

Hunter

Armor Sets

  • [Hotfix in testing] Tier-18 4-piece set bonus for Survival Hunters should now correctly trigger Shadow Nova on all targets affected by Black Arrow, not just on the primary target. Additionally, Shadow Nova should be be correctly benefitting from the Tier-18 2-piece set bonus, Black Decay.

Monk

General

  • [Requires a realm restart] Fixed several issues that made Roll and Chi Torpedo work inconsistently. The abilities should now always travel a consistent distance, be unaffected by snare effects, and reach the destination faster with increased stacking movement speed.
  • Fixed an issue where Surging Mist had no resource cost while Timewalking.

Rogue

Combat

  • Killing Spree should now correctly only provide immunity to roots, snares, and knockback effects.

Armor Sets

  • Tier-18 2-piece set bonus for Subtlety Rogues should now work correctly with Anticipation.

Shaman

Glyphs

  • Glyph of Ghostly Speed should no longer incorrectly trigger its movement speed increase while in combat.

Warrior

Armor Sets

  • Tier-18 2-piece set bonus for Protection Warriors should now work correctly if the Warrior knows Gladiator’s Resolve.

Creatures and NPCs

Tanaan Jungle

  • Savage Whale Shark should now drop Equipment Blueprint: Trained Shark Tank for all players that have attacked it.
  • Fixed an issue where Sargerei Nullifier could immediately despawn after being defeated.
  • Fixed an issue where players may occasionally defeat a version of The Night Haunter that does not have loot.

Ashran

  • Kor’lok should no longer knock players out of Ashran with his ability, MASSIVE Kick!

Quests

General

  • Fixed an issue affecting quests that required the player to target something with a quest item or ability not correctly providing credit towards completing the quest.

Tanaan Jungle

  • Fixed an issue where Demonslayer of Tanaan, The Battle for the West, and Unseen Influence was not displaying correctly on the map.

Raids and Dungeons

Timewalking

  • Group leaders are now able to re-queue if someone leaves a Timewalking dungeon group.

Hellfire Citadel

Hellfire High Council

  • Blademaster Jubei’thos should no longer incorrectly reset the number of battle resurrections available to the raid group when he uses his Windwalk ability.

Iron Reaver

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Iron Reaver to animate incorrectly and face the wrong way when using the Blitz ability.
  • Fixed an issue where Iron Reaver’s Blitz ability could cause players to be stuck when attempting to use a flight path after the encounter.

Gorefiend

  • Gorebound Spirits should no longer summon players out of the world and teleport to them instead.
  • Players in the stomach phase in the Gorefiend encounter should now always be able to see the circle denoting where the exit is.

Socrethar the Eternal

  • Sargerei Shadowcaller’s Shadow Word: Agony can no longer be copied by Dark Simulacrum.

Fel Lord Zakuun

  • Wake of Destruction should no longer incorrectly deal more damage than intended if multiple players are standing on top of each other when it explodes.

Mannoroth

  • Fixed an issue where Mannoroth can go into evade mode if his primary target is knocked into a Fel Spire.

Archimonde

  • [Hotfix in testing] Archimonde will now heal for 5% of his maximum health if Nether Banish hits less than 3 players.
  • Archimonde’s Nether Banish should now be able to target players under the effects of Wrought Chaos, Focused Chaos, or Shackled Torment in Phase 3.
  • Archimonde no longer casts Demonic feedback before Nether Banished had faded in Phase 3.
  • Shadowed Netherwalkers should now attack players when they enter the Twisting Nether, regardless of where they are on the platform.

PvP

Ashran

  • Fixed an issue where players may incorrectly receive a Silver Strongbox for the previous Warlords PvP Season.
  • Slightly increased the delay between events.
  • Champion’s Honor can no longer be used before the start of the relevant Warlords PvP Season.

Items

  • Defending Champion should now be correctly increasing maximum health by 10% instead of only by 10 health.
  • Figurine of the Colossus should now be correctly flagged for Timewalking.
  • Gemcutter Module: Critical Strike can now drop for multiple Jewelcrafters at the same time upon defeating Shadow-Lord Iskar in Hellfire Citadel.
  • Wild Gladiator’s Greatcloak and Wild Gladiator’s Tabard should no longer be available for sale.

Collections

Toy Box

  • Vial of Red Goo should now correctly prevent players from performing actions while they’re transformed.

Bug Fixes

  • Players on a mount using the flight master at Vol’mar or Lion’s Watch to fly to the Throne of Kil’jaeden should now be correctly dismounted.
  • Fixed an issue where Rogue Tier-18 Normal armor set was incorrectly using the appearance of the Mythic armor set.
  • Fixed an issue where Draenor Siege Engines and Demolishers did not have a cooldown on their first ability.
  • Fixed an issue where player combat pets were not being automatically resummoned after leaving a vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue where abilities that trigger when a target leaves an area like Binding Shot or Ursol’s Vortex were incorrectly still triggering its effects after the ability has expired.
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to retain the Well-Rested buff from Leatherworking Tents while in a Raid instance.