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Hotfixes: May 1
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Hotfixes
Classes

  • Demon Hunter
    • Bladedancer's Grace now correctly improves the critical strike damage of Death Sweep.
  • Priest
    • Fixed an issue where Guardian Spirit sometimes fails to trigger on fatal damage.
  • Shaman
    • Purge mana cost reduced by 20%.

Dungeons and Raids

  • All raid adjustments will take effect with restarts in each region.

The Nighthold

  • Grand Magistrix Elisande
    • Slow Time Zones now last 70 seconds on all difficulties (was 60 seconds).
    • Fast Time Zones now last 35 seconds on all difficulties (was 30 seconds).
    • Damage from Arcanetic Ring reduced to 3 Million on Mythic difficulty (was 3.6 Million).
    • Elisande health decreased 5% on Mythic difficulty.
  • Gul’dan
    • Gul'dan's health has been reduced by 5% on Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulties.
    • Fel Lord Kuraz'mal and D'zorykx the Trapper's health has been reduced by 10% on Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulties.
    • Inquisitor Vethriz's health has been reduced by 10% on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
    • Azagrim, Beltheris, and Dalvengyr's health has been reduced by 10% on Heroic difficulty.
    • Chaos Seed missile travel speed decreased slightly on Mythic difficulty.
    • Parasitic Wound damage decreased by 10% on Mythic difficulty.

Event

  • The Children's Week quest "Auchindoun and the Ring of Observance" can now be completed.
  • Orphan Whistles can now be used in battlegrounds.

Items

  • Killing bosses in Cathedral of Eternal Night will now activate the Burden of Power set bonus from Return to Karazhan.

Player versus Player

  • “Something Different” now requires 1 Brawl victory to complete (was 3 Brawl completions)
  • “Something Different” now rewards a Soldier’s Legacy token (was a Glory of the Melee).

Classes

  • Hunter
    • Marksmanship
      • Windburst no longer displays ground effects during Arena matches in Blade's Edge Arena.
  • All PvP class changes below will take effect with maintenance in each Region.
    • Druid
      • Restoration
        • PvP template Mana regeneration reduced by 10%.
        • Overgrowth mana cost increased by 33%.
        • Deep Rooted now refreshes Rejuvenation, Regrowth, and Wild Growth on targets below 20% health in PvP situations.
    • Mage
      • All specs
        • Temporal Shield can no longer be cancelled before its duration expires.
    • Monk
      • Mistweaver
        • PvP Template Versatility increased by 30%.
    • Priest
      • Holy
        • Flash Heal healing increased by 60% in PvP situations.
    • Warlock
      • Demonology
        • PvP template Stamina reduced by 15%.
        • Soul Skin increases Soul Link's split to 30% in PvP situations (was 40%).
    • Warrior
      • Arms
        • Duel's duration reduced to 6 seconds (was 8 seconds).
        • Duel's cooldown increased to 60 seconds (was 25 seconds).
        • Disarm's duration reduced to 4 seconds (was 6 seconds).
        • Disarm's cooldown increased to 45 seconds (was 30 seconds).

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Arena World Championships: EU Cup #1

 

Live now at https://www.twitch.tv/warcraft!

 

Results: 

Spoiler

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Calling all World of Warcraft esports fanatics! The first European Qualifier Cup will be broadcast live on Twitch, on April 29-30 starting at 16:00 CEST on both days. You can read up on entry requirements, prizes and community events below. Get involved! 

ALL ABOUT TOURNAMENTS

The events will be 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms
There is a double elimination bracket
Team rosters are 4-player, but you can sign-up with 3
All series are best-of-5
Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized and honor talents and artifact power are maximized

ALL ABOUT PRIZE POOLS

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

ALL ABOUT POINTS

This is a great year for esports and a big year for World of Warcraft. The new points system allows us to spread tournaments consistently throughout the year, which keeps up the momentum and excitement— from the tournament all the way to the Championship. Don’t forget, the top 12 teams are the ones who earn their place in the Championship.

ALL ABOUT ROSTERS

Didn’t finish in the top 6 in the first tournament? Not a problem! Teams can change their team members as often as they want, until points are earned. Once you have points on the board, your teams are set in stone. Well, except. . .
Teams who earn points are allotted one roster swap without consequences.
After the free swap, there is an automatic 50% reduction to your points tally.
If you want to know more, you should definitely read the official rules below.

Signups for EU Cup #1 are live!

SIGNUPS ARE LIVE!
Signups will be open until 23:59 CEST on April 23rd.
Teams will be seeded by the rating they achieve at the end of the season.
The open tournament bracket starts on April 27th, and plays through until the 28th.
The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on April 29-30 starting at 16:00 CEST on both days.
We’re excited to partner-up with StarLadder, who will be helping us out with all that has to happen behind the scenes (which is a lot).
The full rules and regs—plus the essential player handbook—can be found here.
Dates and signups for future cups will be coming soon!

WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN TOURNAMENT?
We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement the better and there are some seriously solid reasons for doing it. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. If you’re even remotely interested, here’s what you should do: read the guide, fill out the application form and send it to us. If you have any questions about running your own event, get in touch. We’re here to help and want you to create as many buzzing community events as it’s possible to have.

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WoW® Arena Championships: Sign-Up For Cup #2 Now!
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Cup #2 is on its way: seize the day! Signups are open and we’re waiting for YOU to show us your cunning strategies and hunger to win. The North America Qualifier Cup #2 will be broadcast live on Twitch, on Sunday May 14th at 11:00am PDT. Whether you’re competing, curious or just plain old crazy about esports—you can read up on entry requirements, prizes and community events below. Get involved!

ALL ABOUT TOURNAMENTS

  • The events are 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms.
  • There is a double-elimination bracket, so watch out!
  • Team rosters are 4-player, but you can sign-up with 3.
  • All series are best-of-5.
  • Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized and honor talents and artifact power are maximized

ALL ABOUT PRIZE POOLS

  • 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

ALL ABOUT ROSTERS

  • Didn’t finish in the top 6 in the first tournament? Not a problem! Teams can change their team members as often as they want, until points are earned. Once you have points on the board, your teams are set in stone. Well, except. . .
  • Teams who earn points are allotted one roster swap without consequences.
  • After the free swap, there is an automatic 50% reduction to your points tally.
  • If you want to know more, read our official Championship rules below.

SIGNUPS FOR NA CUP #2 ARE LIVE!

 

  • Signups are live!
  • Signups will be open until 9:00am PDT on May 8th.
  • Teams will be seeded by the rating they achieve as signups close.
  • Bracket play starts on the 10th, and plays through the 11th May (if a second day is needed).
  • The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on Sunday, May 14th starting at 11:00am PDT.
  • We’re excited to partner-up with GCDTV, who will be helping us out with all that has to happen behind the scenes (which is a lot).
  • The full rules and regs—plus the essential player handbook—can be found here.
  • Dates and signups for future cups will be coming soon!

CUP DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Cup #2: May 14th
  • Cup #3: June 10th
  • (Cup #4 is shy and doesn’t want to say anything just yet – check back for updates)

WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN TOURNAMENT?
We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement the better and there are some seriously solid reasons for doing it. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. If you’re interested, here’s what you should do: read the guide, fill out the application form and send in it to us. If you have any questions about running your own event, get in touch. We’re here to help and want you to create as many community events as it’s possible to have.
 



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