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Road to BlizzCon – Watch the Americas Regionals Live September 12–13

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Eight teams have qualified for the 2015 World of Warcraft Arena Americas Regionals tournament—one from Latin America, one from Australia and New Zealand, and six from North America. On September 12 and 13, three of those teams will advance to the WoW Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2015 . . . and five will be heading back home.

You’ll be able to watch the carnage unfold live on Twitch.tv/WoW on September 12 and 13 at 12 p.m. PT—but in the meantime, let’s meet the contenders who’ve risen through the ranks over the past few months.

The Teams
Method

Under their original moniker Is Butter a Carb, this was the first North American team to qualify, beating out Luminosity in the Grand Finals of the first North American Online Qualifier Cup back in July. Since then, the group has reunited under the Method banner to prove that their run in Cup 1 was no coincidence and that they deserve a spot in the World Championships at BlizzCon.

Team Captain: Chanimal – Affliction/Demonology Warlock
Gorecki – Restoration Shaman, Balance Druid, Beast Mastery Hunter, Affliction Warlock
Rositajonez – Frost Mage
Psytrix – Holy Paladin

Rise of le Sock

This team claimed victory in the second North American Online Qualifier Cup, and eliminated many well-known players to get here. As the only team in the Regionals with only three players on their roster—and only one playable composition—they must prove that numbers don’t make might if they want to advance to BlizzCon.

Team Captain: Roastyz – Subtlety Rogue
Wealthysockx – Frost Mage
Kubzy – Restoration Druid

Tempo Storm

The name Tempo Storm has inspired fear in opponents in many eSports events, and the World of Warcraft Arena is no different. Tempo Storm has proven time and again that they’re a force to be reckoned with in online tournaments, but can they hold up under pressure at the Americas Regionals?

Team Captain: Elite – Holy Paladin
Pikaboo – Subtlety Rogue, Arms Warrior
Jahmilli – Frost Mage, Subtlety/Combat Rogue, Shadow Priest, Enhancement Shaman
Starship – Restoration Druid, Survival/Beast Mastery Hunter

Luminosity

Luminosity had a very competitive showing in NA Online Qualifier Cups 1 and 2, but it wasn’t until Cup 3 that they secured their position at Regionals. Now they’re out to prove that those defeats were merely a setback and that they’re destined for the Arena stage at BlizzCon.

Team Captain: Vanguards – Enhancement Shaman, Retribution Paladin, Mistweaver Monk
Maldiva – Affliction Warlock
Smexxin – Arms/Fury Warrior
Dannycarry – Restoration Druid, Mistweaver Monk

World of Warcats

In the third NA Online Qualifier Cup, this team showed just how much of a threat they can be right out of the gates, scoring two wins in under 60 seconds. Are the other teams prepared for World of Warcats’ opening onslaught?

Team Captain: Blackjeff – Frost/Unholy Death Knight
Beatsbydrake – Affliction/Demonology Warlock
Sychzy – Feral Druid
Brianma – Holy Paladin

Carlos’ Bandidos

Carlos’ Bandidos fought to the bitter end to secure their spot, beating out Dream Team 3–2 in the third-place match at NA Online Cup 3. They’re going to need to keep that same determination and tenacity to fight through the other teams in the Americas Regionals.

Team Captain: Absterge – Restoration Shaman
Jellybeans – Beast Mastery Hunter
Vosil – Affliction/Demonology Warlock
Walterbare – Feral Druid

Bang Bang AU

Bang Bang AU emerged victorious as the winners of the Australia & New Zealand qualifying tournament in July. Although these players are relatively unknown, they had an extremely solid showing in the qualifiers. How will they stack up against the best teams from the Americas?

Team Captain: Djmeat – Restoration Druid
Oyx – Arms Warrior
Nyz – Unholy Death Knight
Creepinbrah – Restoration Druid

Santos Dexterity

Santos Dexterity, originally known as This is Brasil, dominated the Copa America, winning four out of five play days and not dropping a single game in the finals stage. Consistency was the name of their game, as they won every single game with their preferred composition of Enhancement Shaman, Affliction Warlock, and Restoration Druid.

Team Captain: Rynd – Restoration Druid, Restoration Shaman, Holy Paladin
Shapis – Affliction Warlock
Murmindz – Enhancement Shaman, Shadow Priest
Xadin – Arms Warrior

The Prizes
The teams at the Americas Regionals will be competing for their share of a massive $100,000 prize pool—the largest of any regional event in World of Warcraft history. Every team will receive a portion of that money, but the amount increases dramatically the further the teams advance through the tournament.

1st place team: $50,000
2nd place team: $20,000
3rd place team: $10,000
4th place team: $8,000
5th–6th place teams: $4,000
7th–8th place teams: $2,000
Of course, that’s not the only prize at stake. The top three teams will also advance to the WoW Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2015, where they’ll join five more teams from around the world to compete for $250,000 in prize money.

The Event
The World of Warcraft Arena Americas Regionals will be broadcast live on Twitch.tv/WoW starting at 12 p.m. PT on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. You won’t want to miss a second of the action.

Of course, an epic event needs an epic crew, and we’re pulling out all the stops with a collection of some of the best shoutcasters and analysts in the World of Warcraft Arena scene:

Sid ’Supatease’ Compston
Elliott ‘Venruki’ Venczel
Jared ‘vhell’ Coulston
Josh ‘Lore’ Allen
Jackson ‘Bajheera’ Bliton
These guys will be talking spectators through every match, ensuring that you don’t miss any of the high-level strategic play we know we can expect from these amazing teams. We’ll see you there!
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Official 6.2.2 Patch Notes

Official Blizzard Quote:

PvP
Ashran
Ashran now has a deserter mechanic. Upon entering, players receive a 5-minute buff called Ashran Tour of Duty. If the player leaves an Ashran match before this buff expires, a 10-minute debuff called Recreant will be applied that prevents entry into another Ashran match.

Racial Abilities
Blood Elf
Arcane Torrent now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes).

Goblin
Rocket Barrage now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).
Rocket Jump now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).

Orc
Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by an additional 20% (up from 15%).

Troll
Voodoo Shuffle now reduces the duration of all movement impairing effects by 20% (up from 15%). Trolls still be flippin' out mon!

Tauren
War Stomp now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes), and cast time is no longer increased by damage (via spell pushback).

Undead
Touch of the Grave now scales its damage based on 50% of the character's Attack Power or Spell Power, whichever is greater.

Class
Druid
General
Thrash in Cat Form now deals 10% more damage.
Feral
Rake now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rake now deals 20% less damage.
Rip now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rip now deals 20% less damage.

Monk
Please note that tooltip description for the following Monk abilities will be inaccurate. This will be corrected in a future patch.
General
Blackout Kick now deals 10% more damage.
Rising Sun Kick now deals 10% more damage.
Tiger Palm now deals 20% more damage.
Windwalker
Fists of Fury now deals 20% more damage.

Priest
Shadow
Devouring Plague now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Devouring Plague now deals 10% less damage.
Mind Blast now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Blast now deals 10% less damage.
Mind Flay now deals 20% more damage.
Mind Spike now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Spike now deals 10% less damage.

Warlock
General
Corruption now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
Affliction
Agony now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
Unstable Affliction now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.

Warrior
Protection
Devastate now deals 6% more damage.
Shield Slam now deals 6% more damage.
Revenge now deals 6% more damage.
Armor Sets
Tier-18 4-piece set bonus for Fury Warriors now reduces the cooldown of Recklessness by 30 seconds (up from 25 seconds).

Flying on Draenor
Flying has been enabled on Draenor for characters that have attained the account-wide achievement, Draenor Pathfinder.
Learn about how to earn this multi-part achievement in our blog post – “Draenor Pathfinder: Prepare for Flying”.
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6.2.2 Patch Notes- Patch Arriving September 1

Official Blizzard Quote:

Racial Abilities
Blood Elf
Arcane Torrent now Silences all enemies in an 8 yard radius for 3 seconds (up from 2 seconds), and now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes).

Goblin
Rocket Barrage now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).
Rocket Jump now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).

Orc
Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by an additional 20% (up from 15%).

Troll
Voodoo Shuffle now reduces the duration of all movement impairing effects by 20% (up from 15%). Trolls still be flippin' out mon!

Tauren
War Stomp now stuns enemies for 3 seconds (up from 2 seconds), and now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes), and cast time is no longer increased by damage (via spell pushback).

Undead
Touch of the Grave now scales its damage based on the character's Attack Power or Spell Power, whichever is greater.

Class
Druid
General
Thrash in Cat Form now deals 10% more damage.
Feral
Rake now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rake now deals 20% less damage.
Rip now deals 20% more damage. In PvP combat, Rip now deals 20% less damage.

Monk
Please note that tooltip description for the following Monk abilities will be inaccurate. This will be corrected in a future patch.
General
Blackout Kick now deals 10% more damage.
Rising Sun Kick now deals 10% more damage.
Tiger Palm now deals 20% more damage.
Windwalker
Fists of Fury now deals 20% more damage.
Priest
Shadow
Devouring Plague now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Devouring Plague now deals 10% less damage.
Mind Blast now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Blast now deals 10% less damage.
Mind Flay now deals 20% more damage.
Mind Spike now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Spike now deals 10% less damage.

Warlock (New Section)
General
Corruption now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
Affliction
Agony now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
Unstable Affliction now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.

Warrior
Protection
Devastate now deals 6% more damage.
Shield Slam now deals 6% more damage.
Revenge now deals 6% more damage.
Armor Sets
Tier-18 4-piece set bonus for Fury Warriors now reduces the cooldown of Recklessness by 30 seconds (up from 25 seconds).
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