Updated for 7.0.3. Patch is early and many things are still being tested. Please feel free to comment on any of the choices I made.
My general feel for Rets in this pre-patch is they're relatively underwhelming and mobility seems to be a huge issue. However, it's still quite early and artifacts + Honor Talents will change the game a lot in Legion.
Summon' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>https://blizzcon.com/en-us/news/20084327/get-ready-to-raid-blizzcon-2016-november-4-and-5']Summon your mounts, open up a portal, and set a course for Southern California for BlizzCon 2016! Blizzard’s tenth epic gaming convention and community celebration is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Group up with your fellow Blizzard gamers and get ready for two days of in-depth discussion panels with our developers, hands-on play time with our latest games, and intense esports tournaments featuring top pro gamers from around the world. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate 25 years of Blizzard games—and you, the players everywhere that have helped bring them to life.
BlizzCon 2016 Tickets
BlizzCon 2016 tickets will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. PT through the online event ticketing service Universe, priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Check out the BlizzCon Ticket webpagefor all the details.
We’re also planning a special pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner the evening of Thursday, November 3 in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where guests will have a chance to raise a glass and geek out with developers, artists, community team representatives, and other members of the Blizzard family. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. PT, priced at $750 each, and attendance will be limited—visit the Charity Ticket page for more information.
Virtual Ticket and Goody Bag – Coming Soon!
If you can’t make it to the show in person, don’t fret! You’ll be able to participate in our tenth BlizzCon from the comfort of your home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel Internet stream. Once again this year, Virtual Ticket buyers will have the option to purchase a special BlizzCon Goody Bag filled with a cache of loot to mark the occasion (while supplies last). Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, programming info, and Goody Bag will be announced at a later date.
Check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure to visit the Universe ticket page at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. We hope to see you there!
Esports World Championships at Blizzcon 2016
Official Blizzard Quote:
Pro' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>https://blizzcon.com/en-us/news/20089729/esports-world-championships-at-blizzcon-2016-4-6-2016#comments']Pro gamers from all around the world are currently putting their skills to the test, competing to secure a place on one of esports’ biggest stages. BlizzCon 2016 will once again mark the culmination of multiple Blizzard global esports championships—but you don’t need to wait until November to start following the action. The StarCraft II WCS Circuit and WCS Korea leagues are already underway, Hearthstone Spring competitions commence in May, World of Warcraft Arena competitions start in the summer, and the Heroes of the Storm Summer Championship kicks off this month! How do you get in on the action? We’re glad you asked.
2016 World of Warcraft Arena World Championship
World of Warcraft Arena teams from around the world will be heading out on the Road to BlizzCon soon. The World Championship will once again culminate on the BlizzCon stage, where a prize pool of $250,000 is up for grabs. Last year’s all-Europe final saw SK Gaming claim the title against Skill Capped EU in a thrilling five-game series. Will Europe dominate the competition again this year, or can we look forward to seeing teams hailing from the Americas, China, Korea, Taiwan, or ANZ in the final?
Keep an eye on the official BlizzCon site for more information on the 2016 World of Warcraft Arena World Championship in the coming weeks.
This topic has been discussed many times before, and it was decided to lower the requirement to 2200 and also allowing members to post on the class forums (which does show up in the active topics list). General Discussion is still junkies only.
Posted by Vanguards
on 08 September 2015 - 09:47 PM
Battle.net Mobile Authenticator Updated
Official Blizzard Quote:
The' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/19883526/battlenet-mobile-authenticator-updated-9-8-2015']The Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app has recently been updated for both iOS and Android, and it’s been rebuilt from the ground up to make it faster, more efficient, and easier to use. You’ll also notice some extra shine and polish, including a brand-new design that displays a new piece of art from one of Blizzard’s games every time you load a code.
Players using the iOS version will also now be able to use iCloud to make it easier than ever to back up and restore your Authenticator, streamlining the setup process whenever you need to recover or switch to a new device.
Don’t have an Authenticator on your account? Download the free Battle.net Mobile Authenticator application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices here, or purchase a physical Battle.net Authenticator from the online Blizzard Gear Store. Visit the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator FAQ for more information, or head to the setup page to get started after you've downloaded the application.
Holinka talked about Legion and Warlords PvP on the arena steam today.
There won't be gear with Resilience, PvP Power, dual item levels, or gear specifically made for PvP.
The team doesn't want people to feel that they must have PvP gear to participate in PvP.
When you enter a battleground or arena, the game will set your stats from your spec, not your gear. This means all of your stats will come from a template specific to your spec. If one spec isn't doing well in PvP, their spec's template can be tuned individually.
PvP talents plus the spec stat templates will allow the team to tune balance in arenas and battlegrounds much better than they ever have been able to do before.
PvP right now uses gear as a progression system. Once players get their full set of gear, many of them are done.
PvP Talents try to take the place of the progression that came from gear.
Trinkets, set bonuses, and enchants will not be active in PvP.
Right now players stack enchants, set bonuses, and trinkets, lining them all up at once to do a lot of damage. Outside of when all of those are up, players don't feel like they are doing much damage. This should help to make sustained damage a bigger part of PvP.
Once players reach the max PvP level, they can reset it to gain a Prestige level. This gives access to different cosmetic rewards.
When a player reaches PvP level 10 (roughly 20% of the way there), they will have unlocked an option in every row.
The CC break trinket has become very important in PvP, so adding it as a PvP talent will offset the loss of active trinkets. There will be some other options in that row that might be useful, such as reducing CC times by 20%.
The team hasn't decided exactly what they are going to do with the Human racial. They could leave it alone and offer a different talent in that row to Humans. The racial plus the new options could be too good.
As you get better gear, your stats are increased a smaller amount. For example, every 5 item levels may give you a 1% stat increase. This way gear still will increase your power, but it won't give you a huge advantage.
There are plans for players to be able to get great gear from PvP, but it may not be as easy as it is today. It may be easier for high rated players to get better gear than more casual players.
You won't have to raid to get the best gear for PvP.
Spectator mode and the new player run tournaments have been exciting.
The team was happy with how skirmishes worked out. It gave players who didn't have their arena partners online the opportunity to play some arenas, as well as other players that wanted a break from leveling or gearing up.
Battleground strongboxes worked out well. Players were able to get different gear in a more unpredictable way.
The Group Finder was a great addition. It allowed people to find others to play with.
Ashran fell short of where the team and players would have liked to see it go. During the ramp up to Warlords, there were a lot of people excited about a new world PvP zone that had a large area and epic battles.
The team didn't execute on that idea. They have tried to make changes based on player behavior and feedback, making mistakes along the way. They have done things like putting exclusive rewards in Ashran to make them feel special, which resulted in lots of negative feedback.
The current state of Ashran can be fun for people that are interested in that type of experience. The people who don't want to do Ashran don't have to.
They have learned a lot from the experience about rewards and driving players to fight each other. Hopefully next time the team tries something like Ashran they can execute better.
The dual item level system worked, but it was ugly. Players had two item levels on their gear, with their item level increasing suddenly in combat, which means they couldn't see their states. PvE gear also hit the invisible item level ceiling. Players who didn't PvP full time still felt compelled to go and get PvP gear so that they could do PvP. It was a cool system, but it fell short in a lot of ways.
The Next WoW Expansion: Legion and Major PvP Updates
The WoW expansion was released today at Gamescon. The next expansion will be World of Warcraft: Legion!
Here are some major notes that directly affect PvP from Gamescon, make sure to watch the video to catch more details:
New Class: Demon Hunter - Starts at a High Level (Hero Class) - Has Havoc (DPS) and Vengeance (Tank) Specialization - Uses a Fury resource system - Has an Invisibility detection skill *A new DPS class will effect the meta greatly, especially since Demon Hunter will likely be very popular.
New Honor System for PvP Only - Will essentially have another Talent System for PvP - This system will allow PvP only Skills - This will likely allow more "Knobs" for developers to control for balance that won't affect PvE - Some example skills show in the video: - Necrotic Strike (Previous Death Knight ability, absorbs healing) - Abolish Magic (Dispels all Magic every 2 seconds for 6 seconds) - Blood and Soul (Bloodlust on a lower cooldown) - They want gear to play a smaller role in PvP *More "Knobs" sound like an awesome idea. Hopefully this will allow more detailed balance changes for PvP. *Unsure on grinding gear vs grinding talents at the moment. Will have to see what the details are regarding that.
Go4WoW Europe starting in July - €1000 prize money
World of Warcraft 3on3 Arena fans and teams listen up! Go4WoW Europe is starting in July and features a prize pool of up to €1000 per month! We are looking for the best European World of Warcraft 3on3 Arena team out there. Do you think you're up to challenge? Why don't you give it a shot?!
Are you the next up-and-coming European World of Warcraft 3on3 Arena team out there? Or maybe you aren't there just yet? Take part and play against the best 3on3 Arena teams and learn from them every game a lesson until you are the best team out there!
It doesn't matter if you're Alliance, Horde or which European server you're playing on. It's time to gather your team mates and begin your competitive World of Warcraft career on ESL. All you need is some time, Tournament Gear and a strategy to beat all the other teams participating in Go4WoW Europe every Saturday from now on!
What is Go4WoW Europe? Go4WoW Europe is a weekly 3on3 Arena eSports Tournament Series with a monthly final at the end of the month. Go4WoW Europe will feature a prize pool of up to €1000 for every month, with the winning team of each weekly Go4WoW tournaments taking home €100. The top teams of each weekly tournament will receive Go4WoW Ranking Points, which will earn them a better seed in upcoming Go4WoW Europe Tournaments and a slot in the €500 Go4WoW Europe Monthly Final! The weekly Go4WoW Europe tournaments will take player every Saturday at 16:00 CEST and are to open to all European teams.
Where can we get Tournament Gear? You can obtain the needed Tournament Gear from Pyxni Pennypocket at the Ring of Trials or Ticket and we'll talk about.
We know there are more Battlegrounds and different Arena sizes and we plan to support them all in the future. We're always open to suggestions, feel free to discuss possible future tournaments, ladders and leagues in the ESL WoW Forum.
The ESL Play World of Warcraft Europe edition is now open. It doesn't matter if you're Alliance, Horde or play on the most desolated European server. It's time to gather your teammates and begin your competitive World of Warcraft career on ESL.
Lok'tar ogar! We are working hard to provide you with exciting tournaments and ladders to kick off the section and we hope you'll enjoy them. Look around and try out playing in a ladder or tournament. Light be with you!
The World of Warcraft tournaments in this section will be played on the European Live Realms with Tournament Gear. This is made possible using the new Wargame Commands recently added by Blizzard. To find out how they work please see the WoW Custom Match FAQ.
Ah that ability pruning question from a priest, just killed all priest hope. Jesus how can you be happy with gutting a class?
As a player I am slightly concerned about the ability pruning as well, hopefully if they plan to do more they will also add skills that adds depth to a class.
The recent tournaments seems to have made an impact in what they think of e-sports and WoW, which is pretty awesome. They were hinting at bigger things coming for WoW Tournaments that they "wish they could share today."