Acquiring the Primal Flamesaber: Beginner Heroes of the Storm Tips for WoW Players

The Heroes of the Storm “For Azeroth” promotion runs from February 14th through March 14th. This promotion rewards a Primal Flamesaber mount in WoW, but as the promotion requires you to play Heroes of the Storm…we thought you might need a little help! We have compiled some beginner tips for WoW collectors looking to jump into Heroes of the Storm for the first time and get their hands on the new mount.

Primal Flamesaber Mount Model

What is the “For Azeroth” Event?

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Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes and WarcraftDevs Tweets for February 13th

February 13th hotfixes include a hotfix in testing for the Corrupted Essence droprate for “Essence of Power.” Bestial Ferocity and On the Trail can now critically strike as well.

Earlier news today:

Glixel.com interviews Ion Hazzikostas on the WoW Token

Exorsus Interview, Flying Guide, Overwatch/WoW Fan Art

Shaman Tier 20 Armor Models

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Druid

(Guardian) Rage of the Sleeper should no longer be able to damage friendly targets.

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Glixel.com Interview with Ion Hazzikostas on the WoW Token

glixel.com has posted another interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas, this time about the WoW token’s expansion into other Blizzard services and games. Here are some highlights:

Watcher describes this new version of the token as “Kind of my baby”

Original Token

Original token was introduced in response to what “players wanted”

Suggests that it (the original token) has been successful at reducing the illegal gold-selling market:

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News Roundup: Exorsus Interview, Warcraft-Themed Overwatch Skin Fanart, Variety is the Spice of Life Guide

For today’s news update, we have an interview with Method and Exorsus on Mythic Nighthold, Warcraft-Themed Overwatch skins created by wildcard24, and Blizzard’s guide to Variety is the Spice of Life. Also check out our PTR newspost earlier today on Tier 20 Shaman armor.

Method’s Interview with Exorsus

With the Tier 19 race winding down, Method interviewed Exorsus, which achieved World First Xavius and Gul’dan.

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Shaman Tier 20 Armor Models

Patch 7.2 introduces the Tomb of Sargeras raid which drops Tier 20 armor sets, high-definition versions of Tier 6 sets from Black Temple. In this post we’re previewing the Tier 20 Shaman set, based on .

The Normal set is nearly identical to Tier 6 in style, but the Mythic sets have additional spikes and feathers on the shoulders, as well as glowing effects. All sets have more elaborate belts and 3D gems on the belt, gloves, legs, and chest.

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Unlocking Empowered Artifact Traits in Patch 7.2 – Infiltration Plans and Gilded Scroll Case Quests

In Patch 7.2, players with 35 or more Artifact Traits will be given a special questline to unlock new Empowered artifact traits and 4/4 ranks on their old 3/3 traits. There are several versions of these quests for DPS, healers, and tanks, so we will be previewing all of them over the next few weeks!

Today we are looking at the questlines started by Infiltration Plans (tanks) and Gilded Scroll Case (some DPS):

All players initially complete the following series of quests:

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Wowhead Weekly #109, Blizzard Posts on PvP, Heirlooms, Balance of Power

For today’s news roundup, we have the latest Wowhead Weekly and assorted Blizzard posts on PvP, heirlooms, and Balance of Power. Also reminder that the Darkmoon Faire ends later today.

Wowhead Weekly #109

Wowhead Weekly covered the latest 7.2 PTR news like new voice overs, empowered Artifact Trait changes, and Tomb of Sargeras testing.

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Patch 7.2: Early Tomb of Sargeras Zone Screenshots

Players took their first steps in testing some of the Heroic Bosses in Tomb of Sargeras this week. Meanwhile, we took the opportunity to do some exploring in this highly-anticipated raid zone, first announced at BlizzCon 2016. Interested in the bosses and their abilities? Click here for encounter details.

These pictures are of the entrance to the Tomb of Sargeras and the first hallways you see ascending into the main hall, The Chamber of the Moon.

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Priest Tier 20 Armor Set Models

Patch 7.2 introduces the Tomb of Sargeras raid which drops Tier 20 armor sets, heavily inspired by Tier 6 sets from Black Temple. In this post we’re previewing the Tier 20 Priest set, based on .

The Normal set is nearly identical to Tier 6 in style, but the Mythic sets have a chain on the halo, animated broken shoulder chains, and faces on the shoulders with glowing eyes instead of a blindfold. All sets have more elaborate belts and 3D gems on the gloves and belt.

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Joe Manganiello on Acting D&D

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You may know Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) from True Blood and the Magic Mike films, and that he’ll be playing Deathstroke in the next Batman movie. In talking to Greg Tito (@gregtito) and Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo), Joe geeks out about all things D&D, fantasy, and comics. Plus, in Sage Advice – Jeremy Crawford (@JeremyECrawford) goes over reaction timing in initiative order.

Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:

00:00 – Intro with Greg and Shelly

04:45 – Sage Advice with Jeremy Crawford – Today’s Topic: Reactions!

36:30 – Interview with Joe Manganiello

01:18:41 – Outro with Greg and Shelly

Subscribe to the Official D&D Podcast on iTunes, on Google Play, or wherever you get podcasts.
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About the Hosts

Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back. You can find Greg on Twitter.

Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Activision Blizzard Earnings Report for Q4 2016

Activision Blizzard held the Fourth Quarter Calendar 2016 Results Conference Call today at 1:30 pm PST. While the active number of WoW subscribers is no longer revealed at these calls, there are still a few interesting tidbits of information.

Selected Warcraft parts from the press release:

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Blizzard Posts: Communication Improvements, Class Feedback, Feb 9th Hotfixes

Blizzard posts for February 9th include hotfixes, various posts on class feedback, and communication improvements during the Patch 7.2 cycle.

February 9th Hotfixes

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Dungeons and Raids

The Nighthold

Star Augur Etraeus

The following abilities’ damage have been lowered by 33%, and scale up to 1.5x their new values for Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulties:

Coronal Ejection

Shatter

Fel Impact

Comet Impact

Iceburst

Felburst

Developers’ notes:

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Patch 7.2 Voice Over (Spoilers) – Xal'atath, Aluneth, Anduin and More

There’s been lots of Patch 7.2 content to preview but we’ve found some 7.2 voice over dialogue hinting at content and NPC interactions still-to-be-tested. Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire, Aluneth, and Skull of the Man’ari also have new dialogue!

Spoilers in the audio.

Artifact Weapons

The Artifact Weapons Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire, Aluneth, and Skull of the Man’ari are quite chatty and in Patch 7.2, they have additional voiceover lines.

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Battle.net and Facebook Friends Integration

Players in the Battle.net beta can try out a new feature – Facebook friends Integration. This allows you to link your account to find Facebook friends that play Blizzard games.

Blizzard previously set up Facebook Streaming via Battle.net, Facebook Login, and the Heroes of the Dorm finals will be held on Facebook this year.

Check out our other news from today:

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Tomb of Sargeras Boss Abilities and Raid Testing for 10 February

With the news that the Tomb of Sargeras raid was open for testing this week, we wanted to post what we knew about the raid, including the early encounter mechanics for all bosses.

Raid testing is also up for the week of February 10th!

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On Friday, February 10, we will be conducting a preliminary raid test of two Tomb of Sargeras Heroic bosses. This is as much a stress test and server-stability test as anything else, and these bosses will be revisited later on.

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7.2 Artifact Calculator Updates: Artifact Power, 4/4 Trait Ranks, New Knowledge Ranks

Artifact Trait costs, Trait Paths, and Traint ranks have undergone some important changes in Patch 7.2. Our PTR Artifact Weapon Calculator is now updated with the new costs in 7.2 and different way to unlock new traits.

Edit: Added Artifact Knowledge bonus percentages from Ranks 25 through 40.

Unlocking New Traits

Currently in 7.1.5, players unlock their three golden traits, and then put remaining Artifact Power into the 20 “Paragon” points. In 7.2, this is changing.

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A Call From the Caverns: Pet Battle Dungeon Preview

Blizzard has posted a preview of a 7.2 feature we are very excited about – Pet Battle Dungeons! Check out Wowhead’s own preview of the event on the 7.2 PTR.

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Marshal your menagerie and stock up on stones —in Patch 7.2: The Tomb of Sargeras, we’re calling you back to the Wailing Caverns to delve into the depths of a pet battle dungeon!

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Acquiring Maximillian of Northshire as a Champion in Patch 7.2

While demonic invasions and the Tomb of Sargeras open for testing in this Patch 7.2 PTR build, there are some more lighthearted bits of content such as recruiting Maximillian of Northshire as a Paladin follower! Originally slaying “dragons” aka dinosaurs in Un’Goro, Maximillian of Northshire has moved onto slaying “demons” aka murlocs in the Broken Isles.

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February 7th Hotfixes

The hotfixes for February 7th have been posted and include some interesting changes to Mythic fights in The Nighthold.

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February 7
HotfixesDungeons and Raids

The Nighthold

Spellblade Aluriel

(Mythic difficulty) Lowered the damage done by Mark of Frost by 20%.

(Mythic difficulty) Lowered the damage done by Detonate: Arcane Orb by 10%.

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Patch 7.2 Sentinax Beacons and Nethershards

This week’s 7.2 PTR build introduces the Sentinax, a ship which spawns demons and other challenging creatures that drop Nethershards and crafting items.

Check out our other coverage from the newest PTR build:

23530 Data Updates – Spells, Artifact Traits, Reputation Tokens

PTR Development Notes – Tomb of Sargeras Raid Testing

Sentinax Event

Killing mobs under the Sentinax ship rewards Broken Sentinax Beacon, which starts the quest The Shadow of the Sentinar.

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