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#4636799 World of Warcraft Arena: World Champions Crowned at BlizzCon 2017!

Posted by Vanguards on Yesterday, 01:20 AM in News

World of Warcraft Arena: World Champions Crowned at BlizzCon 2017!

 

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

HOW CHAMPIONS ARE MADE

In the opening week, ten teams descended on Anaheim in the run-up to the finals, with two teams eliminated on day one.

 

Panda Global took down Rockets Eclipse with relative ease, to be met by defending world champions Method: Triforce. Panda Global were on fire, with the fever-pitch energy of the crowd fanning the flames. They beat the champions 3-1 in the semi-final to win their place in the final.

 

EU VS NA

Across the bracket, the top-seeded North America team—Method Synergy—faced Europe’s second seeded team, ABC. ABC’s tried and tested formula of Alec on Mage and Niksi on Rogue, seen the previous year, worked like a charm taking down NA’s #1 team 3-2.

 

ABC EASY AS 123…4

The finals in 2017 were once again NA vs EU. The comeback kids on Panda Global looked a little shaky and struggled to hold form, testing the limits of their passionate fans’ patience and creating a tense, exciting atmosphere throughout the arena. Sensing victory, ABC took full control; beating Panda Global in a nail-biting set of games 4-0—earning them their rightful place in World of Warcraft Arena history.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ABC: WORLD CHAMPIONS!

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ABC Crowned World Champions

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For more information on all our esports events, including announcements about our upcoming tournaments, head to our dedicated esports site for all the gory details. See you soon!




#4636759 Hotfixes: November 14

Posted by Vanguards on 15 November 2017 - 03:37 AM in News

Hotfixes: November 14

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Player vs Player

  • All non-tank specs now receive 40% less damage from players in World PvP.
  • Draught of Souls’s Fel-Crazed Rage damage reduced by 70% against players.
  • Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish damage reduced by 60% against players.

 

Druid

  • Fiery Red Maimers increases Maim damage by 165% against players (was 500%).

 

  • Feral
    • The Entangling Roots version of Earthen Grasp is now properly affected by Hardened Roots.

 

Death Knight

  • Cold Heart damage reduced by 75% against players.

 

Paladin

  • Protection
    • Pillars of Inmost Light increases Eye of Tyr damage by 150% against players (was 300%).

 

  • Retribution
    • Scarlet Inquisitor’s Expurgation increases Divine Storm damage by 3% per stack against players (was 6% per stack).

 

Priest

  • Discipline
    • Dark Archangel's visual spell effect is now visible for all targets affected.

 

Rogue

  • Insignia of Ravenholdt damage reduced by 50% against players.
  • The Dreadlord’s Deceit increases Fan of Knives and Shuriken Storm damage by 6% per stack against players (was 25% per stack).




#4636729 Meet the World of Warcract Arena 2017 World Champions: ABC!

Posted by Vanguards on 06 November 2017 - 09:46 PM in News

Meet the World of Warcract Arena 2017 World Champions: ABC!

 

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Official Blizzard Quote:

12 teams from around the globe fought their way to BlizzCon 2017, but in the end, only one could claim the top prize and take home the trophy – and the cash. Congratulations go to ABC who defeated Panda Global to become the World of Warcraft Arena 2017 World Champions!
 
If you missed any of the matches, you can see them all on the BlizzCon.com site.

 

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#4636691 World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Anno...

Posted by Vanguards on 03 November 2017 - 10:43 PM in News

I'm really hoping this next expac will have more "unpruning". A lot of classes really need to be more interesting to play.




#4636689 World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Anno...

Posted by Vanguards on 03 November 2017 - 07:57 PM in News

One thing that blizzard never fails to amaze me with is their cinematic trailers.




#4636687 World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Anno...

Posted by Vanguards on 03 November 2017 - 07:39 PM in News

World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Announced!

 

 

New expansion will feature a level 120 cap, two new continents, and allied races.

 

 




#4636671 World of Warcraft - Arena World Championship, Opening Week Tomorrow!

Posted by Vanguards on 30 October 2017 - 05:04 AM in News

World of Warcraft - Arena World Championship | Opening Week Tomorrow!

 

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WoW Arena World Championships will be starting soon, with the opening week matches beginning tomorrow at 11AM PST. You can watch the matches here!

 

Check out the full brackets and teams competing at these links:

Brackets

Competing Teams




#4636656 Gladiator's Summit Episode 4 & BlizzCon Talent Lineup

Posted by Vanguards on 25 October 2017 - 01:45 PM in News

Gladiator's Summit Episode 4 & BlizzCon Talent Lineup
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Episode 4 is here! Watch the latest episode for a deep dive into the North America regional championships, and to see who will be hosting the live finals at BlizzCon 2017.

 

THE WORLD FINALS AT BLIZZCON 2017: YOUR HOSTS

We've put together a dedicated, expert team of talent to host the matches. Here's who will be providing expert opinion, hype, and analysis.

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WANT TO KNOW MORE?
All the latest episodes of the Gladiator's Summit will be on our World of Warcraft YouTube channel. To find out when upcoming episodes will be available, head to our WoW esports website for all the latest news, and all upcoming esports events.




#4636638 Gladiator's Summit Episode 3

Posted by Vanguards on 14 October 2017 - 05:10 AM in News

Gladiator's Summit Episode 3
 

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Episode 3 is here! Watch the latest episode to find out all about the European Championship, and the four teams who qualified for the World Championship at BlizzCon.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?
All the latest episodes of the Gladiator's Summit will be on our World of Warcraft YouTube channel. To find out when upcoming episodes will be available, head to our WoW esports website for all the latest news, and all upcoming esports events.

 

WHAT WILL THE NEXT EPISODE BE ABOUT?
Next up: we will dive into finals in the other regions - to see how the BlizzCon final is shaping up and who are the ones to watch.

 

WHO’S HOSTING THE SHOW?
All the action will be brought to you by Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton and Elliott “Venruki” Venczel.

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Jackson ‘Bajheera’ Bliton

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Elliott 'Venruki’ Venczel

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
Find out when the latest episode will be released on our dedicated WoW esports website.




#4636631 WoW 2017 Blizzcon Arena Finalists

Posted by Vanguards on 09 October 2017 - 08:55 PM in News

WoW 2017 Blizzcon Arena Finalists

 

This year celebrates Blizzard's 11th Blizzcon on November 3rd and 4th. One of the events included will be the World of Warcraft Arena World Championships.

 

Check out the 12 teams from all over the world that will be competing in the world championships this year for a prize pool of $280,000USD!

 

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Europe

 

Method TriForce

Boetar - Healer

Swapxy - DPS

Blizo - DPS

Fabss - DPS

 

ABC

Asgarath - Healer

Alec - DPS

Niksi - DPS

Cara - DPS

 

Rockets: Eclipse

Lyanne - Healer

Cervantes - DPS

Jaime - DPS

Nerdrage - DPS

 

Grmbl

Jimjim - Healer

Voltariux - DPS

Volkovitch - DPS

Aritros - DPS

 

North America

 

Method: Synergy

Kolo - Healer

Maldiva - DPS

Mes - DPS

Trill - DPS

 

Spylce

Novoz - Healer

Thugonomics - DPS

Vellido - DPS

Chunli - DPS

 

Panda Global

Rubcub - Healer

Jellybeans - DPS

Wallabare - DPS

Rositajones - DPS

 

Sneaky Snakes

Amne - Healer

Aveng - DPS

Ssds - DPS

Syfoxy - DPS

 

South America

 

Unitas

Rynd - Healer

Shaps - DPS

Hozitojones - DPS

Aiden - DPS

 

Latin America

 

Unitas

Rynd - Healer

Shaps - DPS

Hozitojones - DPS

Aiden - DPS

 

China

 

Pen & Paper

Dou - Healer

Danisinner - DPS

Sagity - DPS

Ppcat - DPS

 

Imagine PvP

Jiexpvp - Healer

Alastorlol - DPS

Zeyond - DPS

Ogdark - DPS

 

Asia Pacific

 

Team Rock

Yunex - Healer

Streaming - DPS

Primez - DPS

Rook - DPS




#4636622 Missing Gladiator Helmets - 2/10/15

Posted by Vanguards on 06 October 2017 - 03:20 AM in Site Feedback

There seems to be some issues with the accounts updating gladiator helmets, it shows up on your character in your profile page now but not when you post. Will try to fix this asap.




#4636607 Missing Gladiator Helmets - 2/10/15

Posted by Vanguards on 03 October 2017 - 11:26 PM in Site Feedback

@Odrareg It says that character isn't linked to your account. Make sure to update it if you've server transferred or anything.

 

@Refren That's my character.  :paladin:




#4636585 World of Warcraft - 2017 Year In Review

Posted by Vanguards on 30 September 2017 - 03:59 AM in News

World of Warcraft - 2017 Year In Review

 

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Thanks everybody for a great year!
Get the Virtual Ticket and all BlizzCon content at https://blizzcon.com/watch




#4636568 Vanguards Retribution Paladin PvP Guide (7.3)

Posted by Vanguards on 23 September 2017 - 06:08 AM in Paladin

Updated, main changes were Hammer of Reckoning usage with Crusade.




#4636510 Ride Into BlizzCon® 2017 with the Virtual Ticket

Posted by Vanguards on 14 September 2017 - 02:34 AM in News

Ride Into BlizzCon® 2017 with the Virtual Ticket

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

BlizzCon® 2017 takes place November 3–4, but we’re kicking off the celebration early with the BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket—available to order starting today through the Blizzard Shop!

 

With the BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket, you’ll unlock access to a variety of features. As just one of these, Azeroth’s heroes can show their BlizzCon spirit in World of Warcraft with the Stormwind Skychaser mount (for the Alliance!) and Orgrimmar Interceptor mount (for the Horde!)—available in-game starting today!

 

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Stormwind Skychaser (Alliance)

 

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Orgrimmar Interceptor (Horde)

 

The Virtual Ticket is your personal online and mobile warp gate to BlizzCon from wherever you are—and this year, we’ve upgraded the Virtual Ticket experience to bring you closer to the show than ever before.

 

For starters, the Virtual Ticket unlocks live access to all the stages at BlizzCon 2017—and in addition to the game updates, developer discussions, and community contests you’ve come to enjoy, you’ll also get access to events featuring community creators, voice actors, and more. Our new BlizzCon All Access channel will act as your guided tour through the event and around the show floor.

 

We’re also getting the party started early this year with several series of weekly pre-BlizzCon videos that go behind-the-scenes with Blizzard and our talented community. The first of these are available NOW—head over to the BlizzCon Watch page to start exploring.

 

For the whole lowdown, watch the new BlizzCon 2017 Pre-show Livestream Global Event

 

BlizzCon® 2017 Virtual Ticket – What’s Included

 

The BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket offers comprehensive live HD coverage of Blizzard Entertainment’s gaming celebration via livestream. With more than 60 hours of programming, you’ll have plenty to watch live and via on-demand replays for more than a month after the show.

 

With the BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket, you’ll unlock access to:

 

- Developer and Community Events: Witness the latest game news live, get firsthand developer insight, and watch your favorite community creators in action on four stages. Full schedule to come!

- Costume and Talent Contests: Get a great view of the creativity on display in the legendary BlizzCon Costume Contest and epic Talent Contest on Friday night.

- Closing Ceremony: Be there for the closing festivities on Saturday night, celebrating two full days of Blizzard gaming and community.

- Exclusive Interviews: Dig deeper into our game universes through exclusive interviews with Blizzard developers on the BlizzCon All Access channel.

- Behind the Scenes & From the Floor: The BlizzCon All Access channel also gives you a closer look at the show floor so you can experience the more of BlizzCon from the comfort of your home.

- Pre-show Video Series: Starting today on the BlizzCon Watch page, enjoy multiple series of weekly videos leading up to the show, including Blizzard Vault, Casual Cosplay, and The Artist’s Journey. Watch some for free, and unlock them all with the Virtual Ticket.

- In-Game Goodies: Unlock this year’s BlizzCon in-game items for World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, StarCraft® II, Diablo®III, and Heroes of the Storm®.

 

Heroes of Azeroth can show their BlizzCon spirit in World of Warcraft with the Stormwind Skychaser mount (for the Alliance!) and Orgrimmar Interceptor mount (for the Horde!)—available in-game starting today!

 

- Enhanced Esports Viewing: The epic esports competition is always free, but this year, Virtual Ticket holders can watch without third-party commercials on BlizzCon.com and in the BlizzCon Guide mobile app. During regular ad breaks, Virtual Ticket viewers will see alternate Blizzard content—including during Opening Week. Full esports schedule to come!

- Goody Bag Discount: Get $10 USD off this year’s BlizzCon Goody Bag* when you purchase a Virtual Ticket—visit the Goody Bag blog for all the details.

 

The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is available through the Blizzard Shop in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Korea, and Southeast Asia (pricing and availability varies by region) and is also available in China (sold separately). The Virtual Ticket live stream is available in HD (720p) and in English only.

 

Be sure to make your purchase on the Blizzard Account you wish to use to watch the show, receive the in-game goodies, and get your BlizzCon Goody Bag discount. If you don’t yet have a Blizzard Account, you can create one free now.

 

If you’re attending BlizzCon 2017, you should have already received a code (one per ticket purchased) which can be used to unlock the Virtual Ticket and associated perks on a single Blizzard Account. These codes were emailed directly to the BlizzCon ticket purchaser, so check with the person who bought your ticket if you haven’t yet received your code.

 

Goody Bags Are Back!

 

The BlizzCon 2017 Goody Bag is a backpack chock full of collectibles, including an exclusive Eidgenossen Mercy backpack hanger and a treasure trove of real-world loot based on your favorite Blizzard games. Anyone can pre-purchase this sack o’ goodies now* through the Blizzard Gear Store for $45 USD, but Virtual Ticket purchasers can pre-purchase the Goody Bag at an automatically discounted price of $35. You also have the option to get an Epic Upgrade for your Goody Bag to get even more gear.

 

Supplies are limited, so be sure to claim a Goody Bag while you can. See what’s inside and learn more about the Epic Upgrade option.

 

The BlizzCon merchandise is also coming back, with early access for ticket holders. Stay tuned for more details.

 

*While supplies last. Price does not include tax, shipping, or applicable fees. All orders will be shipped from the United States the week of BlizzCon. lnternational shipping rates may apply. Read our Gear Store Shipping Information article for details.

 

Free Pre-Event Content, Opening Ceremony, and Esports Streams

 

This year, you can catch tons of BlizzCon content online for free. Catch a selection of pre-event content free on BlizzCon.com, where new videos will be added each week until the convention starts.

 

As always, coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s esports tournaments—including the global championships for StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft; the Hearthstone Inn-vitational and Tavern Vs. Tavern finals; and the finals of the Overwatch World Cup—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com.




#4636466 North America Arena Championship Finals: Tune In!

Posted by Vanguards on 07 September 2017 - 02:20 AM in News

North America Arena Championship Finals: Tune In!
 

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Official Blizzard Quote:

12 teams are competing, but only 4 can go to the world final at BlizzCon. Who will be there? The North America Arena World Championship is live 7-10 September on our Twitch channel. To keep up with the action, tune in to the broadcast each day at 12:00pm PDT, don’t miss out!

 

Here’s where to catch the action, Thursday-Sunday from 12:00pm PDT

 

If you need a quick reminder of what's been happening, watch the latest episode of Gladiator's Summit here.

 

12 Teams In, Only 4 Can Win

Frogs In A Pond
Chanimal - Warlock

Wealthyman - Mage

Inviable - Enhance Shaman

Kubzy - Resto Druid

Spylce
Novoz - Resto Shaman

Chunli - Windwalker Monk

Thugonomics - Destro Warlock

Vellido - Death Knight

Tempo Storm
Jahmilli - Mage, Balance Druid

Pikaboo - Rogue

Gorecki - Resto Shaman, Resto Druid

 

Method: Reborn
Cdew - Resto Shaman

Samiyam - Mage

Bean - Feral, Prot Paladin

Snutz - Warlock, Warrior, Rogue

Your Name Here
Vanguards - Ret Paladin

Yoske - Hunter, Prot Paladin

Kaska - Resto Shaman

Goob - Warlock

Method: Awakened

Absterge - Resto Shaman

Smexxin - Warrior, Balance Druid, Enhance Shaman

Roastyz - Rogue

Wizk - Shadow Priest, Warlock

 

Method: Synergy
Maldiva - Warlock

Kolo - Resto Shaman, Resto Druid

Mes - Demon Hunter, Death Knight

Trill - Windwalker Monk

 

Panda Gaming

Sethcurry - Windwalker Monk

Brain - Holy Paladin

Mageiden - Mage

Prevy - Balance Druid

SetToDestroyX
Woopy - Windwalker Monk

Vices - Arms Warrior

Hotsjkpurge - Enhance Shaman

Envious - Priest

Onionball
Joxi - Resto Shaman

Ozz - Warlock

Roscoe - Demon Hunter

Sneaky Snakes
Amne - Disc Priest

Avengelyne - Ret Paladin

Sychzy - Feral

Ssds - Hunter

Panda Global
Rubcub - Holy Paladin

Rositajones - Mage

Wallabare - Feral Druid, Warrior

Jellybeans - Hunter, Shadow Priest

Your Hosts
These are the faces (and voices) providing expert opinion, hype and point-by-point analysis.


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VBT1VIQ2WCYE1491584975605.jpgSid ‘Supatease’ Compston

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Good luck to all the teams, and see you on the stream at 12pm! 




#4636448 Gladiator's Summit Episode 2

Posted by Vanguards on 06 September 2017 - 01:08 PM in News

Gladiator's Summit Episode 2

 

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Episode2 is here! Watch the latest episode to keep up to date with everything that's happening in WoW esports. The new Gladiator's Summit series covers all you'll ever need to know about the WoW Arena Championship: latest information, inside scoops on regional and global championships, and more about the teams and players who clash on the world stage.

 

GET THE ESPORTS LOWDOWN

Want to know what’s happening when? This is the show to watch. Want to know how players prepare for battle, and how teams are formed? We’ve got it covered. Ever wondered why teams pick the combos they do? Now’s your chance to learn more. It’s a 360° WoW esports view, brought to you by our expert esports team.

 

WHAT IS THE GLADIATOR’S SUMMIT?

It’s a series of shows we’ll record throughout the season, released on our WoW YouTube channel. You can find out more about all our esports events, catch up with news and results, take a look at what’s coming up, and get genuine insider information on the talent, the tournaments, and the teams.

 

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE GLADIATOR’S SUMMIT?

All the latest episodes will be on our World of Warcraft YouTube channel. To find out when upcoming episodes will be available, head to our WoW esports site for all the latest news, and all upcoming esports events.

 

WHAT WILL THE EPISODES BE ABOUT?

We’ll be talking about the recent North America cups, recapping the action and discussing how the finals will go. We’ll also take a look at the European cups, and look into teams, players, and epic moments. Information on later episodes can be found on our WoW esports site.

 

WHO’S HOSTING THE SHOW?

All the action will be brought to you by two of our most popular and knowledgeable hosts: Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton and Elliott “Venruki” Venczel.

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Jackson ‘Bajheera’ Bliton

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Elliott 'Venruki’ Venczel

 

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Find out when the latest episode will be released on our dedicated WoW esports website.




#4636353 Hotfixes: August 30

Posted by Vanguards on 31 August 2017 - 03:03 AM in News

Hotfixes: August 30
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

August 30

Hotfixes

Player versus Player

  • Demon Hunter
    • Havoc
      • PvP template Stamina reduced by 5%.
  • Demon Hunter
    • Vengeance
      • Demonic Trample now provides a 50% movement speed increase while carrying a Flag in battlegrounds (was 100%).
  • Death Knight
    • Frost
      • PvP template Stamina reduced by 7%.
  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • PvP template Stamina reduced by 7%.
  • Mage
    • Frost
      • Chilled to the Core increases Frost damage by 10% in PvP situations (was 20%).
  • Warrior
    • Arms
      • PvP template stamina reduced by 5%.
    • Fury
      • PvP template stamina increased by 3%.




#4636214 PvP Like a Pro

Posted by Vanguards on 11 August 2017 - 06:06 PM in News

PvP Like a Pro

Blizzard recently started a 3-part series article interviewing the WoW arena pros from Europe. The interview includes teams: ABC LiveNorthern Gaming Blue, and Method.

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Competing in Arena can be a lot of fun but for many players it’s difficult to get started. Recently we had the chance to sit down with a few of the 2017 EU Arena Regional Finalists who let us in on their secrets to success which we will be presenting over the next few weeks in this three-part series:   PvP Like a Pro.

 

Part 1 – Finding the Right Partners

 

Often one of the greatest challenges players face when trying to get started in Arena is finding the right partners. Alec from team ABC joined us and broke it down into these three major points.

 

The Basics – Know Your Class

 

The most important step is to look up a guide...for your class.

Alec

 

Finding the right partners starts with being a good partner for others. You need to be willing to take the time to become intimately familiar with the abilities of your class as well as with what other classes can do to counter you—this is first and foremost to success in Arena.

 

“In Legion, it’s quite simple. The most important step is to look up a guide to dealing damage or healing for your class.” Alec recommends using Icy Veins to find this information.

 

Keep It Simple – Start With 2v2

 

If you are in the right place, you’ll increase your rating as you both improve.

Alec

 

Once you are confident that you know your class sufficiently, you should start out practicing in the 2v2 bracket. Alec says that he often uses the LFG system to practice a new class as his team healer doesn’t like playing 2v2 with his alts. “There are so many friendly people in 2v2—and if you guys are doing well you can stick together in 3v3…. If you are in the right place, you’ll increase your rating as you both improve.”

 

2v2, especially when running a healer/DPS composition, can be a more manageable experience in Arena, since fewer players means less information to track. This is a far more ideal location to practice your gameplay, and find partners that you’d want to branch into 3v3 with.

 

Attitude Matters – The Right Mindset

The right mindset is a critical attribute to both you and the partners you find. “The right players don’t deflect and try not to blame, "says Alec, who has one of the longest-standing team rosters in professional Arena competition.

 

Never blame a loss on the ability of your partners.

Alec

 

Alec says that Cdew and his team Method: Reborn are a good example of having a positive team mindset. “His teams are very good since they look at what they can do better together rather than blaming each other… if you have partners that are willing to get better, and willing to practice with an analytical mindset you are more likely to succeed,” says Alec.

 

Having teammates who can be self-critical and have a positive mindset can be a key to enjoying the game, and improving together in a friendly environment. In the words of Alec “Never blame a loss on the ability of your partners.”

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Alec himself, formerly known as Daisyduke, competed in his first event the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Paris—in 2008. He definitely knows his way around World of Warcraft Arenas and is often praised as the mastermind behind his team’s strategies. You can catch him and his team ABC live at gamescom on August 23–26 on our official Warcraft Twitch channel.

 

Stay tuned when tomorrow we'll be hearing from Fabss of team Method for part two, PvP Like a Pro: Team Composition.

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Last week, we kicked off the PvP Like a Pro series, where we talk to some of the best Arena players in the world and gain their insights. In case you missed our interview with Alec of team ABC, you can go and check it out in Part 1 here:

 

PvP Like a Pro: Finding the Right Partners

 

Part 2 – Team Composition

It doesn’t take a BlizzCon champion to know that the strongest 3v3 Arena comps usually feature one Healer and two Damage Dealers. However, there’s more to the fight than your team’s lineup. Luckily, we’ve enlisted FabsS—the only three-time Arena World Champion—from team Method: Triforce to help you!

 

What to Look for When Building a Composition

If you find a new comp, and a new way of playing that comp, you cause people problems.

FabsS

 

According to FabsS, when building a composition, the first thing to do is look at what the pros play and check the current meta. If you want to make a new team comp yourself, it's important to have a good knowledge of all these classes—to know their strengths and weaknesses. In FabsS' own words, “Making a new comp that no one plays is all about looking at what’s good in the meta right now and trying to find something that counters it.”

 

Once you’ve thought about which compositions are currently popular, you can start to use that knowledge to build your counter. For example, at the time of this interview, Holy Priests were strong in the meta. Their strengths include mana efficiency and healing AoE damage. They're weaker when it comes to single target healing, healing reduction effects (such as Mortal Strike), and crowd control. To counter them, FabsS and his team played Warrior, Death Knight, and Shaman and went on to win European Cup #4. FabsS sums it up by saying “If you find a new comp, and a new way of playing that comp, you cause people problems.” This is the essence of high level Arena—being ahead of the meta by countering the current top team comps or best represented classes.

 

Composition Strengths and Weaknesses

 

If I can shut you down and do more damage than you, I win.

FabsS

 

The main defining factor in a matchup is your team’s ability to deal damage versus your ability to avoid it. Simply put, FabsS says, “If I can shut you down and do more damage than you, I win.” Take the example of a Frost Mage versus two melee classes: while the two melee classes might have a higher potential damage output, the Mage can use slows to keep the enemy at a distance, reducing damage taken and gaining the upper hand.

A few factors that you should consider when deciding whether you have the edge over another comp are damage uptime, interrupts, and crowd control.

 

Cooldowns and Win Conditions

Unlike previous expansions, FabsS feels cooldowns are less impactful in Arena matches in Legion. It's still important to make equal trades—such as a Death Knight using Anti-Magic Zone against a Frost Mage with Icy Veins—but overall, your ability to pressure a team and beat their win condition is more important.

 

Most teams think ‘How do we win?’ But they don’t think about the other team and figure out what they'll be trying to do.

FabsS

 

For this reason, FabsS highlights the importance of understanding your enemies' win conditions. It’s very easy to get caught up in your strategy and forget that your opponent has their own plan as well. As the former champion says, “The first thing that comes to mind when building a comp is understanding the win conditions of the enemy. Most teams think ‘how do we win?’ But they don’t think about the other team and figure out what they'll be trying to do.”

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Following his victory at BlizzCon last year, Fabs tweeted an image of his team’s preparation for the Grand Finals match-up, showing that hard work really does pay off. He says team work is more important than ever in Legion, and it’s crucial to make sure you get along with your squad. You can catch him and his team Method: Triforce live at gamescom on August 23–26 on our official Warcraft Twitch channel.

 

Part 3 - Practicing Effectively

Minpojke of team Northern Gaming Blue has achieved rank one in Arena every season since 2011. His current squad has been playing together for more than two years, and came third in the Global Finals at BlizzCon 2016. With his help, we’ve built a five-step guide to help you practice like a pro!

 

Synergy - Align Your Team

It’s very important that everyone has the same goals and the same drive to do what it takes to win.

Minpojke

 

Before setting out on your quest to the top, make sure you’re “aligned as a team,” says Minpojke. Like in any group activity, “it’s very important that everyone has the same goals and the same drive to do what it takes to win.” Make sure your team shares similar ambitions, and is aligned on how much effort will be required to achieve them. And, of course, make sure you have similar gaming schedules so you can play and practice together!

 

Atmosphere - Stay Positive

 

It’s easy to win as a team—in the sense that it’s easy to be happy and celebrate—but if you’re capable of losing together, then you’ll be a great team.

Minpojke

 

It’s important to have a good atmosphere while playing. Minpojke says, “If you and your group get along and even become friends, you’ll like playing and actually learn more as well.” Be sure that the mood stays positive so that you can enjoy competing and improving together. It’s much easier to keep a team motivated if you’re all having fun—it’s a game after all!

 

Stated more simply, Minpojke says, “It’s easy to win as a team—in the sense that it’s easy to be happy and celebrate—but if you’re capable of losing together, then you’ll be a great team.”

 

Strategy - Know the Meta

When it comes to making practice effective, Minpojke feels it’s a priority to stay up to date with the current meta. He told us that the best way to do this is to follow tournaments, high-level Arena streams, and the PvP Leaderboards to see which classes are on top.

 

Ask what you want to achieve as a team; will you focus on a lot of CC or try to draw out the game longer?

Minpojke

 

“It’s quite easy to keep up with the meta. Watch streams to see what the pros are playing, and track the ladder to see which classes and compositions are at the top. And don’t forget to follow tournaments to see the best comps shine.” Once you’re confident in what you want to play, it’s time to queue up! As FabsS discussed in our previous interview, Minpojke says that it’s important to set your win condition before the gates open. “Ask what you want to achieve as a team; will you focus on a lot of CC or try to draw out the game longer?” Since you know what matchup you’ll be playing against, you can ask these questions and develop your strategy.

 

Analysis - Review Your Games

If your setup supports it, Minpojke recommends recording as many sessions as you can—they’re much more valuable then looking at a damage meter. The first objective is to see if you followed your game plan. Did you stick to it? Did it work? If the answer to either of these questions is no, you need to work on executing the plan better in the future—or possibly changing it up all together.

 

Always stay self-critical, and always look for ways to improve.

Minpojke

 

Watching your own recordings is also a chance to highlight individual mistakes. As Minpojke says, “Always stay self-critical, and always look for ways to improve—you’ll notice pretty quickly your most crucial and common mistakes.” While Minpojke emphasizes that “losing is arguably the best way of learning,” he also reminded us that “it’s very important to recognize when you do well.” Think positively here: no one can play the perfect game, but there are often good takeaways to improve future play.

 

Reviewing recordings of his gameplay is a regular part of Minpojke’s routine, as well as discussing previous matches with his team between games while queueing. You can learn from a win as well as a loss!

Execute - Implement Your Analysis

 

Practice it, and read it over and over until it sticks in your head

Minpojke

 

After watching the replays, it’s time to set your goals. Decide what you want to focus on, and “make plans before you queue for a session.” If there was a specific matchup you were struggling with, you can discuss plans for how you’ll react to it next time.

 

In some instances, it could be worth writing some notes, especially if you have many things to focus on versus many compositions. Minpojke equated it to studying for a test, “Practice it, and read it over and over until it sticks in your head.”

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Minpojke attended his first BlizzCon with current teammate Zunniyaki in 2013, finishing in second place. Northern Gaming Blue are the defending European Champions. With nine BlizzCon appearances between their players, they’re one of the most experienced rosters in the field. 

You can watch Minpojke and Northern Gaming Blue compete live at gamescom August 23–26 on our official Warcraft Twitch channel.
 

 




#4636164 Hotfixes: August 1st

Posted by Vanguards on 01 August 2017 - 11:03 PM in News

Hotfixes: August 1st
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Legion. 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 expansion can be found below.

 

August 1
 
Hotfixes
 
Achievements

  • The title awarded by the Achievement Mythic: Kil'jaeden, The Darkener, should now be available account-wide.

Class Halls

  • Missions to the Tomb of Sargeras are now offered for 10 days.

Companions

  • Red War Fuel and Blue War Fuel visuals have been modified to reduce strobe effects.
  • Red War Fuel and Blue War Fuel have an increased cooldown time.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Harjatan
      • Drenching Waters created by Razorjaw Wavemenders and Drippy Tadpoles should no longer apply stacks of Drenched after the fight has finished.

Items

  • Shadowy Reins of the Accursed Wrathsteed can no longer be traded to other party members.

Player versus Player

  • Priest
    • Holy
      • Greater Fade can no longer be cast while silenced.
      • Greater Fade's cooldown has been increased to 45 seconds (was 30 seconds).




#4636131 Hotfixes: July 24th

Posted by Vanguards on 25 July 2017 - 12:39 AM in News

Hotfixes: July 24th
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Legion. 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 expansion can be found below.
 
July 24

Hotfixes
Class, Raid, Items, and PvP hotfixes below will go live with maintenance in each region.
 
Classes
Death Knight

  • Frost
    • Fixed a bug preventing Hungering Rune Weapon from generating a Rune at the correct rate of once every 1.5 seconds.
    • All damage abilities increased by 5%.

Demon Hunter

  • Vengeance
    • Demon Spikes physical damage reduction increased to 12% (was 10%).
    • Fracture damage decreased by 5%.
    • Spirit Bomb damage decreased by 10%.

Paladin

  • Protection
    • Increased the damage done by the following abilities by 4%: Avenger's Shield, Judgment, Hammer of the Righteous, Blessed Hammer, Consecration, Shield of the Righteous, Eye of Tyr.
  • Retribution
    • Blade of Justice damage increased by 10%.
    • Crusader Strike damage increased by 10%.
    • Zeal damage increased by 10%.

Rogue

  • Fixed a bug where Elusiveness reduced the amount of AOE damage reduction Feint provided.

Paladin

  • Holy
    • Light of Dawn now functions correctly with Aura of Sacrifice.

Class Halls

  • Calydus will now appear if a player can accept or turn-in a quest with him, even if he's on a mission.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • The Fallen Avatar
      • The Fallen Avatar’s health is reduced by 5% in Mythic difficulty.
    • Kil’jaeden
      • Kil'jaeden's health reduced by 5% in Mythic difficulty.
      • Armageddon now creates 6 Armageddon Rains (was 8) in Mythic difficulty.
      • Illidan's Sightless Gaze now deals less damage in all difficulties.
      • Demonic Obelisk now spawns 3 Obelisks on the first cast in Mythic difficulty.

Items

  • Spectral Thurible will no longer damage creatures you are not in combat with.

Warrior

  • Arms
    • The Great Storm's Eye damage bonus per stack reduced to 2% (was 4%).
    • Ayala's Stone Heart now procs 40% less often for Arms Warriors.

Rogue

  • All Specs
    • Mantle of the Master Assassin duration reduced to 5 seconds (was 6 seconds).
  • Subtlety
    • Denial of the Half-Giants cooldown reduction reduced to 0.2 seconds per combo point spent (was 0.3 seconds).

Player versus Player
Druid

  • Balance
    • PvP Template Armor reduced by 10%.
    • Bladed Feathers grants 11% additional armor per rank in PvP (was 22.5% per rank).
    • Ironfeather Armor now grants an additional 25% armor (was 50%).
    • Celestial Guardian now grants 10% spell damage reduction (was 20%).
    • Moonkin Form now grants 125% additional armor in PvP situation (was 200%).
  • Restoration
    • PvP Template Intellect increased by 2%.
    • PvP Template Mastery increased by 20%.

Hunter

  • Survival
    • Holy Priests with Greater Fade active can now be correctly interrupted by Muzzle

Mage

  • Frost
    • Frigid Winds increases chilling effects by 10% in PvP situations (was 15%).
    • Chilled reduces the movement speed of targets by 40% in PvP situations (was 50%).

Priest

  • Holy
    • Ray of Hope's cooldown is increased to 60 seconds (was 45 seconds).
    • PvP Template Intellect reduced by 4%.
    • PvP Template Mastery reduced by 30%.
    • The heal over time effect of Renew now heals for an additional 75% in PvP (was 100%).

Shaman

  • Restoration
    • Riptide's heal is increased by 15% in PvP situations (was an additional 30%).
    • PvP Template Intellect reduced by 3%.

Warlock

  • Affliction
    • PvP Template Intellect increased by 3%.
  • Destruction
    • PvP Template Armor increased by 30%.
    • PvP Template Versatility increased by 5%.




#4636107 Best pet options per spec?

Posted by Vanguards on 23 July 2017 - 09:06 PM in Warlock

Pet dispel is good for fighting certain teams, I know many locks like to use it here and there against hunters.

 

Gonna look into that post issue too, seems your post count is also not updating.




#4636102 EU Arena Cup #5 LIVE July 22-23 at 17:00 CEST: Tune In!

Posted by Vanguards on 22 July 2017 - 07:08 PM in News

EU Arena Cup #5 LIVE July 22-23 at 17:00 CEST: Tune In!
 
Live at https://www.twitch.tv/warcraft!
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Cup #5 of the WoW® Arena World Championship goes live Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23. To keep up with the action, tune in to the broadcast each day at 16:30 CEST, with matches kicking off at 17:00 CEST sharp. Don’t miss out!
 
You can catch all the action on our official World of Warcraft Twitch channel in English. The stream will also be available in Russian and German.
 
What's New?
We have a brand new esports page to share with you, a space dedicated to WoW esports. You can catch up with all the action, news and current Point Standings here.
 
The Teams To Watch

  • Northern Gaming Blue
  • Managers
  • Rocket Esports
  • Snowball Gaming
  • The Old French Clan
  • ABC
  • Making A Movie
  • Method: Triforce

Your Hosts
These are the faces (and voices) providing expert opinion, hype and point-by-point analysis.


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Elliott 'Venruki’ Venczel

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Sid ‘Supatease’ Compston

Points Promote Players – Get Involved!
Cup Events

  • 1st place: $3,000, 160 points
  • 2nd place: $1,500, 80 points
  • 3rd place: $1,000, 36 points
  • 4th place: $500, 20 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 12 points each

Approved Community Events

  • 1st place: 40 points
  • 2nd place: 20 points
  • 3rd place: 12 points
  • 4th place: 8 points
  • 5th and 6th places: N/A

Find out more in our Arena World Championship announcement here.
 
Want In On The Action?
We want to see a ton of community involvement, and strongly recommend some of you out there hold your own events. Not only will you be part of the action, you’ll help teams place higher on the ladder — as approved community events award points too! Want to know more? Get in touch
 
Want to run your own event? Apply here.
Good luck to all the teams, and see you on the stream!




#4636098 WoW® Arena Championship Finals announced!

Posted by Vanguards on 19 July 2017 - 08:50 PM in News

WoW® Arena Championship Finals announced!
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

The North America Championship finals will be held at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio, 7-10 September. The top 12 teams from North America will be invited to compete, based on hard-earned points amassed during the tournament. You can see the point standings here.

 

Who You Can Expect To See

  • Tempo Storm (Jahmilli, Pikaboo, Gorecki)
  • Method: Reborn (Cdew, Snutz, Samiyam, Bean)
  • Union (Sethcurry, Mageiden, Prevy, Brain)
  • Method: Synergy (Mes, Maldiva, Kolo)
  • Panda Global (Rubcub, Rositajones, Jellybeans, Wallabare)
  • And many more!
  • Catch all the action on our Twitch channel.

Prize Pool: $100,000

1st Place - $50,000
2nd Place - $20,000
3rd Place - $12,000
4th Place - $8,000
5th and 6th Place - $5,000

BlizzCon Final
Only the top 4 teams will get to compete at BlizzCon, representing their region at the World Championship. And with $280,000 up for grabs, the competition will be fierce.


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Regional Events
The WoW Arena Championship is truly global, and all regions in the tournament will be sending a team to the BlizzCon finals. Want to know who you’re up against? Keep an eye on the international team play on the dates below.

Cups #4 and #5 Are Still Up For Grabs!
The NA Championship finalists are far from decided, and with two more cups to play for there’s plenty of opportunity for late contenders to taste glory. Want to compete? Sign up for Cup #4 here and Cup #5 here. For those of you following at home, you can watch all the action from Cups #4 and #5 on the dates and times below.




#4636036 Hotfixes: July 11

Posted by Vanguards on 11 July 2017 - 07:27 PM in News

Hotfixes: July 11
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Player versus Player

  • [With realm restarts in each region] Many toys can again be used in Battlegrounds.
  • Druid
    • Restoration
      • PvP template Intellect increased by 3%.
  • Monk
    • Mistweaver
      • PvP template Mana regeneration reduced by 10%.
      • Way of the Crane's mana cost increased by 25%.
  • Paladin
    • Holy
      • Template Intellect increased by 3%.
  • Priest
    • Holy
      • PvP template Mana Regeneration reduced by 10%.
  • Shaman
    • Restoration
      • The absorb from Earthen Shield Totem is now affected by Dampening.
      • PvP template Mana regeneration reduced by 10%.
      • Earth Shield's internal cooldown increased to 1 second (was 0.5 seconds).
      • Earth Shield's cooldown increased to 6 seconds (was 5 seconds).





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