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 Opening Week is Live! Meet The WoW Arena Competitors




Match results so far:

Northern Blue vs Tempo Storm



Longzhu Gaming vs Panda Global



Method NA vs Method EU



Panda Gaming vs Splyce




Live now! Learn more about opening week here.



China: Panda Gaming

  • Darkarchonyo
  • Sagiy
  • Dou
  • PPcat


Europe: Northern Gaming Blue

  • Minpojke
  • Whaazz
  • Raiku
  • Zunniyaki


Europe: Spylce

  • Swapxy
  • Boetar
  • Fabss


Europe: Method

  • Nolifer
  • Froffsy
  • Chas
  • Praii


Americas: Panda Global

  • Rubcub
  • Wealthyman
  • Jax
  • CMG


Americas: Method

  • Cdew
  • Snutz
  • Smexxin
  • Bean


Americas: Tempo Storm

  • Jahmilli
  • Chanimal
  • Pikaboo
  • Gorecki


Apac: Longzhu

  • Vitdubu
  • Shipit
  • Shotky


Official Blizzard Quote:

Openingweek for BlizzCon esports competition begins today, October 26, and runs through Monday, October 31. You can enjoy world-class esports on BlizzCon.com, Twitch, and MLG.tv. All BlizzCon esports streams are free, presented in high definition, and available on your favorite device, so you can catch Opening Week esports anywhere.

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7.1 Patch Notes - Class Balance and PvP Changes


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Class Changes


Death Knight

  • Blood
    • Icebound Fortitude has returned, reducing damage taken by the Death Knight by 30% (remains at 20% for Frost Death Knights).
  • Frost
    • Frozen Pulse now triggers if you have fewer than 2 full Runes (was 1).
    • Frozen Pulse damage reduced to 60% of Attack Power (was 72%).
    • Glacial Advance now hits targets in melee range more reliably.
    • Razorice now increases Frost damage by 3% per stack (was 2%).
    • Obliterate damage increased by 20%.
    • Howling Blast damage increased by 50%.
  • Unholy
    • Death Coil damage increased by 50%.


Demon Hunter

  • Agonizing Flames damage bonus to Immolation Aura reduced to 30% (was 50%).
  • Felblade is now usable against targets in melee range even if the Demon Hunter is rooted.
  • Distance from which Soul Fragments can be used for Soul Cleave, Soul Barrier, and Spirit Bomb has been increased to 25 yards (was 20 yards).
  • Demon Blades will now trigger while on the global cooldown (was delayed until after the GCD). This is not a gain to throughput.
  • Spirit Bomb healing from damage increased to 15% (was 10%).
  • Soul Barrier now lasts 12 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Abilities learned have been spaced out:
    • Sigil of Silence – Level 101
    • Empower Wards – Level 103
    • Sigil of Misery – Level 105




  • Mastery: Harmony now includes Frenzied Regeneration.
  • Ysera's Gift will only heal party or raid members.
  • Living Seed now copies 25% of the crit heal (was 50%).
  • Seeds of the World Tree now increases that amount by 8%/point (was 10%).
  • Owlkin Frenzy will now only affect Lunar Strike (and not Solar Wrath or Stellar Flare).
  • Swiftmend healing increased to 770% of Spell Power (was 700%).
  • (Balance, Guardian, Feral) Druids how have Regrowth in place of Healing Touch.
    • Regrowth is castable in Moonkin Form.
    • Talents, artifact traits, and legendaries have been updated to affect Regrowth where appropriate.
    • (Restoration) Regrowth has 40% additional chance to crit (was 60%).
  • Activating Incarnation no longer triggers a global cooldown for any spec.
  • Incarnation: Chosen of Elune once again provides the armored Moonkin model.
  • Galactic Guardian:
    • Now causes Moonfire to generate 10 Rage (was 15).
    • Now increases its direct damage by 300%.
    • Now has a spell alert.
  • Guardian
    • ​Thick Hide now reduces damage taken by 6% (was 10%).
  • Restoration
    • Prosperity now reduces your Swiftmend cooldown by 3 seconds (was 5 seconds).
    • Cultivation healing increased by 20%.




  • Track Mechanicals granted to all gnome and goblin hunters, as well as any hunter who uses the Mecha-Bond Imprint Matrix.
  • Posthaste now lasts 5 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Vulnerable now increases damage by 50% (was 25%), stacking up to 2 times (was 3 times).
  • New Hunter talent (replacing Dash):
    • Trailblazer: Your movement speed is increased by 25% anytime you have not attacked for 3 seconds.
  • Survival
    • Raptor Strike damage increased by 100%.
    • Carve damage increased by 150%.
    • Butchery damage increased by 35%.
    • Throwing Axes damage increased by 25%.
    • Animal Instincts has been redesigned: Flanking Strike now also reduces the remaining cooldown of a random one of the following abilities:
    • Flanking Strike
    • Mongoose Bite
    • Aspect of the Eagle
    • Harpoon



  • Arcane
    • Arcane Blast damage increased by 17%.
    • Arcane Missles damage increased by 17%.
    • Arcane Orb damage increased by 17%.
    • Arcane Charges now increase mana costs by 125% (was 100%).
  • Fire
    • Pyroblast damage reduced by 6%.
    • Flamestrike damage increased by 15%.
    • Aftershocks damage increased by 15%.
  • Frost
    • Brain Freeze now also increases the damage of your next Flurry by 50%.
    • Waterbolt damage increased by 25%.
    • Water Jet damage increased by 100%.
    • Lonely Winter now increases the damage of affected spells by 25% (was 20%).
    • Flurry damage increased by 5%.
    • Ice Lance damage increased by 5%.
    • Frostbolt damage increased by 5%.
    • Ray of Frost damage increased by 5%.
    • Frost Bomb damage increased by 5%.
    • Comet Storm damage increased by 5%.
    • Ebonbolt damage increased by 5%.
    • Frozen Orb damage increased by 5%.
    • Blizzard damage increased by 10%.




  • Effuse now heals for 250% of attack power (was 200%).
  • (Windwalker, Brewmaster) Crackling Jade Lightning now costs 20 Energy, plus 20 Energy per second.
  • Brewmaster
    • Brewmaster Monks now gain 15% additional Armor from gear.
    • Brew-Stache now lasts 4.5 seconds (was 1.5 seconds).
  • Mistweaver
  • Sheilun’s Gift now activates Soothing Mist.
  • Chi-Ji Crane Heal now heals for 135% of spell power (was 150%).
  • Soothing Mist now heals for 64% of spell power per tick (was 55%).




  • Retribution Aura no longer ignores tanks (including self).
  • Flash of Light now heals 450% of spell power (was 425%) and costs 18% of base mana (was 16%).
  • Holy
  • The Rule of Law talent now increases the radius of Tyr’s Deliverance by 50%.
  • Light’s Hammer now costs 35% of base mana (was 40%).
  • Sanctified Wrath now extends Avenging Wrath by 5 seconds (was 10 seconds).
  • Retribution
  • Holy Wrath now deals 200% of your missing health in damage to 4 nearby enemies, up to 120% of your maximum health.
  • Blade of Wrath has been redesigned: (Passive) Your auto attacks have a chance to reset the cooldown of Blade of Justice.
  • Protection
  • First Avenger: Avenger’s Shield now add +50% damage to the first target, and +10% Grand Crusader proc chance.
  • Bastion of Light now has a 2-minute cooldown (was 3 minutes).
  • Crusader’s Judgment now has 2 charges, and Grand Crusader now also grants a charge of Judgment.



  • Mindbender now returns 0.5% of your mana per tick (was 0.75%).
  • Discipline
  • Power Word: Solace now returns 1% of your mana per tick (was 0.75%).
  • Clarity of Will’s cast time is now 2.0 seconds (was 2.5 seconds).
  • Contrition now increases Atonement by 3 seconds (was 2 seconds).
  • Holy
  • Renew healing increased to 62% of spell power (was 55%).
  • Desperate Prayer now heals and increases health by 30% (was 20%).
  • Divinity now lasts 6 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Heal now heals for 500% of spell power (was 475%).
  • Prayer of Mending now heals for 175% of spell power (was 150%).
  • Prayer of Mending now avoids jumping to targets that already have Prayer of Mending, if possible.
  • Binding Heal now costs 2.5% of mana (was 3.0%).
  • Holy Fire damage increased to 200% of spell power (was 150%).
  • Shadow
  • Arcane Torrent now generates 15 Insanity.
  • Power Word: Shield cost increased by 51%.
  • Shadowform has returned as a new spell for Shadow Priests:
    • Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage dealt by 10%, and reducing your Physical damage taken by 10%.
    • You may not cast any Holy spells while in this form.
    • The shadowy visual is now tied to Shadowform.
    • Voidform now acts to intensify Shadowform. It automatically triggers Shadowform if not already active, and you gain the effects of both.
    • When Voidform ends, you return to Shadowform.
    • The damage of all Shadow Priest abilities has been reduced to compensate for this, resulting in no net gain or loss of damage.



  • Kingsbane now generates 1 combo point.
  • Hemorrhage, Marked for Death, and Ghostly Strike show up on the caster's nameplates.
  • The cast time for all Assassination poisons has been reduced to 1.5 seconds (was 3 seconds).
  • Outlaw
    • ​Saber Slash damage increased by 10%.
    • Pistol Shot damage increased by 10%.
    • Ghostly Strike damage increased by 10%.
    • Blunderbuss damage increased by 10%.




  • Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, and Feral Spirits now all have totem timers.
  • Earthquake Totem has been renamed to Earthquake and no longer summons a totem.
  • Torrent now provides a 30% bonus to Riptide’s initial heal (was 40%).
  • Elemental
    • Earth Shock damage increased by 15%.
    • Frost Shock damage increased by 15%.
    • Stormkeeper now also makes the affected Lightning Bolts and Chain Lightning instant.
    • Stormkeeper now has a 1.5 second cast time.



  • Demon Skin and Demonic Circle have swapped talent locations.
  • Devour Magic has returned for Felhunters.
  • Doomguard’s Doom Bolts damage increased by 13%.
  • Affliction
    • Unstable Affliction now afflicts a target with up to 5 Unstable Afflictions at once.
    • Compounding Horror trait redesigned: its buff causes your next Unstable Affliction to deal (32% Spell Power) Shadow damage instantly, stacking up to 5 times.
    • Soul Effigy is now immune to AOE damage.
    • Agony damage increased by 5%.
    • Unstable Affliction damage increased by 5%.
    • Siphon Life damage increased by 5%.
    • Drain Life damage increased by 5%.
    • Drain Soul damage increased.
    • Phantom Singularity damage increased by 5%.
    • Corruption damage increased by 10%.
  • Demonology
    • Demonwrath now generates Soul Shards more consistently.
    • Demonic Empowerment now increases health by 20% (was 50%).
    • Thal’kiel’s consumption deals damage equal to 8% of pet health (from 6%).




  • Inspiring Presence now affects party and raid members only.
    • Hamstring is now on the global cooldown, and can once again trigger Tactician.
    • Bladestorm damage increased by 8% for all specs.
  • Fury
    • Raging Blow damage increased by 8%.
    • Rampage damage increased by 8%.
    • Execute damage increased by 8%.
    • Bloodthirst damage increased by 8%.
    • Odyn’s Fury damage increased by 8%.
    • Furious Slash damage increased by 8%.
    • Dragon Roar damage increased by 8%.
    • Ravager damage increased by 8%.
    • Enrage now increases damage taken by 20% (was 30%).
  • Warpaint now modifies the Enrage damage taken increase to 15%.

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Player versus Player

  • Nagrand Arena has received a significant visual update.


Honor System

  • Honor talents will no longer be lost when a player chooses to Prestige.
  • Players will receive gold or artifact power in lieu of honor talents at higher prestige levels.



  • The Item Levels of PvP gear rewards now scale as World Quest gear rewards scale, and PvP gear rewards can be Titanforged, Warforged, socketed, or include tertiary stats.
  • Players will no longer receive a bonus piece of gear based on their rating for the first two wins in each rated bracket (2v2, 3v3, 10v10).
  • Players will now receive a bonus piece of gear based on their best rating from the previous week for each rated bracket (2v2, 3v3, 10v10).
  • Bonus gear will be of the “Gladiator” type at PvP ratings below 2000, and of the “Elite” type at PvP ratings above 2000.
  • The first victory of the day bonus now includes a large Artifact Power reward.
  • The reward increase for your first victory of the day has been extended to all brackets: Skirmishes, 2v2 Arenas, 3v3 Arenas, and Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Artifact Power rewards have been increased.


Honor Talents


Death Knight

  • Frost
  • The two bottom rows of Death Knight Honor Talents have been significantly redesigned:
    • Choose one of: Deathchill, Frozen Center, or Delirium
    • Choose one of: Tundra Stalker, Overpowered Rune Weapon, Chill Streak
  • Chill Streak Damage increased, cooldown reduced to 45 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Remorseless Winter’s snare now cannot be dispelled.
  • Unholy
  • Unholy Mutation duration reduced to 8 seconds (was 12 seconds).



  • Many talents have changed positions in the Druid Honor Talent tree.
  • Pouncing Strikes now affects Maim and Rip, but no longer affects Rake.
  • Pouncing Strikes no longer causes you to leap towards the target.
  • Tranquility now heals for double the amount in PvP.
  • Disentanglement now causes Efflorescence to remove all snare effects from friendly targets when it heals.
  • Thorns now deals 5% of the attacker’s total health in Nature damage.
  • Nourish has been re-designed:
    • Reduces the cast time of Healing Touch by 0.5 seconds and automatically applies one of your missing healing-over-time spells to the target. If all of them are present, Healing Touch critically heals.



  • Fast Feet now also reduces the duration of snares by 20%.
  • Brewmaster
  • Yulon’s Gift has been replaced with Niuzao’s Essence.
  • Casting Purifying Brew now dispels all snare effects.
  • Mighty Ox Kick cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Mistweaver
  • Refreshing Breeze now refreshes the duration of Essence Font on targets rather than Renewing Mist.
  • The Soothing Mist from Ancient Mistweaver Arts mana cost reduced, and healing increased slightly.
  • Dome of Mist duration increased to 8 seconds (was 6 seconds).
  • Fortune Turned healing bonus increased to 50% per stack for 2 stacks (was 15% per stack for 3 stacks).
  • Healing Sphere healing increased by about 40%, and its cooldown reduced from to 45 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Windwalker
  • Grapple Weapon is a sixth tier Honor Talent.
    • Disarms the enemy for 6 seconds, with a 60 second cooldown.
  • Spinning Fire Blossom generates 1 Chi, costs 50 Energy.
  • Spinning Fire Blossom is now affected by Mastery: Combo Strikes.
  • Heavy-Handed Strikes now causes Fists of Fury to reduce the movement speed of targets by 70% for 2 seconds each time it deals damage.
  • Heavy-handed Strikes has been moved to the sixth tier.
    • The first tick of Fists of Fury will knock down and stun targets.
  • Zen Meditation has been replaced by Zen Moment:
    • Costs 5 Chi. Has a 45 second cooldown and a 10 second duration.
    • Reduces damage taken by 20%, increases healing taken by 20%.
    • Each attack that triggers Combo Strikes (in non-consecutive ability use) reduces the effect by 5%.  Zen Moment fades if it reaches 0%.
  • Whirling Kicks has been replaced by Control of Mists:
    • Every 20 seconds, Effuse is instant-cast. You gain a Control of Mists debuff with a 20 second duration after casting Effuse instantly. Each Chi spent while Control of Mists debuff is active will reduce its remaining duration by 1 second.
  • Yulon’s Gift now only affects Flying Serpent Kick.
  • Rushing Tiger Palm has been replaced with Disabling Reach:
    • Disabling Reach now increases the range of Disable by 7 yards.



  • Retribution
  • Vengeance Aura now only affects targets who have your Greater Blessings.



  • Restoration
  • The Honor Talent version of Spirit Link cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Earth Shield’s protection now activates when the target takes an attack equal to 6% of their total health (was 10%).



  • Destruction
  • Multiple Honor Talents have changed positions in the Honor Talent tree.
  • Cremation has been redesigned:
    • Cremation now makes Immolate an instant cast, and Conflagrate deals an additional 4% of the target’s total health in Fire damage.
  • New Honor Talent: Focused Chaos
    • Focused Chaos increases the damage of your Chaos Bolt by 150%, but it no longer is also cast on your targets afflicted by your Havoc.
  • New Honor Talent: Entrenched in Flame
    • Conflagrate roots targets until cancelled. This effect is not broken by damage.
  • Bane of Havoc no longer replaces Havoc, and both can be used.

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PvP Rewards in Patch 7.1


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Withpatch 7.1: Return to Karazhan arriving on October 25, we wanted to share some updates on PvP rewards from Battlegrounds, Skirmishes, Arenas, and Rated Battlegrounds. Like many of the players we’ve heard from over the last few weeks, we’ve identified areas where PvP rewards could be more satisfying. Along the way, we made a few changes through hotfixes, but we can do much more in a full content patch.

Artifact Power
Soon after players began exploring the Broken Isles, we recognized the incredible impact that Artifact Power has as a reward mechanism. While PvP already rewards Artifact Power, it isn't clear how much Artifact Power you might get from doing a particular PvP activity, which might have made some players reluctant to participate. To address that, Artifact Power rewards have been increased for PvP in Patch 7.1, and the user interface will now show you exactly how much you'll receive for a victory.


Here are examples of Honor and Artifact Power rewards for each bracket, including first-of-the-day bonus rewards:




First Victory of the Day Bonus
The Honor reward for your first Random Battleground victory of the day has always been twice that of subsequent victories. In Patch 7.1, we've extended that bonus to all of the other brackets in PvP: Skirmishes, 2v2 Arenas, 3v3 Arenas, and Rated Battlegrounds. Furthermore, in addition to bonus Honor, your first victory of the day will also reward a large Artifact Power bonus. This means big rewards for players who participate in a variety of PvP formats each day.

Here are examples of Honor and Artifact Power rewards for each bracket, including first-of-the-day bonus rewards:



Gear from PvP
While the impact of gear in Battlegrounds and Arenas in Legion is different from past expansions, we still believe it’s important for endgame activities to reward items. In Patch 7.1, every Battleground or Rated Battleground victory will reward a piece of gear. Losses will also have a chance to reward gear based on the final score of the match, and Skirmish and Arena victories will have an increased chance to drop gear. This gear will has a chance to roll up with the possible bonuses you’re used to, including Warforged, Titanforged, socketed, and with tertiary stats.

Our initial approach for Legion has been to have the item level of gear rewards from PvP increase with your Honor Level. However, the way this works hasn’t been obvious to players, and it resulted in the unfortunate circumstance where some players tried out PvP only after gearing up elsewhere—and were disappointed by the PvP rewards. In Patch 7.1, we've transitioned PvP gear rewards to more closely mirror the type of item level progression you see from World Quests. This means PvP should feel as rewarding as other parts of the game that offer high replay value.

Weekly Bonus Gear from Rated PvP
Previously, your first victory in each rated bracket of PvP (2v2, 3v3, Rated Battlegrounds) rewarded a piece of gear based on your current PvP rating. This wasn’t ideal. Often, players didn’t know what item level reward gear would offer before participating. Winning a single game represents a fairly insignificant amount of effort for a piece of high item level gear, especially considering this gear has the potential to rival the best items from raids or Mythic Keystone dungeons. The decision to use your current PvP rating also discouraged players from doing anything that might result in their rating going down. For example, if you've just had an amazing run in Arenas, you may decide to stop trying to improve your rating, or you might be reluctant to put your rating on the line with a less-skilled friend who just logged in.

In Patch 7.1, each bracket of rated PvP (2v2, 3v3, Rated Battlegrounds) has a weekly quest that rewards items based on your best rating from the previous week. The quests for Arena brackets will require 10 wins, and the quests for the Rated Battleground bracket require four wins. Below a rating of 2000, these quests will always reward a piece of gear with the current season's Gladiator appearance. Above 2000 rating, these quests will always reward a piece of gear with the current season's Elite appearance. Again, you’ll always see the item level of the gear you’ll receive in the tooltip of the weekly quest.

Here is an example listing of the rating-to-item level breakdown for Season 1:

We hope you'll find all of this information useful as we head into Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan. We want PvP to be a compelling activity for all World of Warcraft players, and we want to make sure it rewards those who commit extra time and effort to the competitive side of the game.

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