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Legendary Quest Boost on Alts
Blizzard confirmed that you get more legendary drops on your alts.



Patch 6.1 Hotfixes - March 11

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Fixed an situation where Blood Tap (Talent) and Death Strike could interact incorrectly and allow Death Runes to become permanent.

  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • [Hotfix in testing] Shred now deals 20% more damage while stealthed (down from 35%).

  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • [Hotfix in testing] Tranquilizing Shot now costs 50 Focus (up from 20 Focus).

    • Hunter Pets
      • Cornered now causes the pet to deal 20% more damage (down from 50%).

    • Talents
      • Fixed an issue where Exotic Munitions' Incendiary Ammo and Frozen Ammo were causing the Hunter's swing timer to reset incorrectly.


Raids and Dungeons

  • Blackrock Foundry
    • Blackhand
      • Siegemaker's Battering Ram ability is no longer considered to be an area-of-effect attack on Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulty.

  • Legacy
    • Icecrown Citadel: Defeating Professor Putricide too quickly should no longer cause players to become trapped in the room.


PvP

  • Players now deal 10% less damage against other players while in PvP combat.






Blue Posts

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard CMs
I'm looking for Blizzard participation in the forums. I know it's not a 'directly profitable' function and probably is the first thing looked at when 'do more with less so we can pay a bigger dividend' comes up. But it's a good long term investment to engage your customer audience.
We agree and the WoW CM team has only grown since the game was released ("do more with less for bigger dividends" sounds very cynical and has never been an operating procedure for us). We've taken on a host of various responsibilities over the years, but community engagement remains a primary objective.

That said, our "customer audience" expands well beyond these forums and we have to keep that in perspective. There needs to be a larger engagement strategy so our time is well managed.

On a related note, I'm not going to have much time at all today to engage the community because I'm organizing a lot of data in Excel. But that data will later be used to inform how, where, and why we engage the community. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

10% Damage Reduction in PvP
Simply put, we felt that PvP damage was too high across the board. There were several changes in Patch 6.1 that caused a general increase in PvP damage, and this change was meant to counterbalance that. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hunter Pet Damage
We've just pushed a hotfix that reduces the Cornered damage increase from 50% to 20%. It'll still probably be wise to kill Hunter pets at low HP, but that should make the strategy of purposefully summoning a pet at low health significantly less effective.

20% is still more than 0. So they're still going to do it.
Sure, but it's a much more dangerous tradeoff considering how quickly a low-HP Hunter pet can be killed. There's significantly less reward for the risk. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blood Elf Model Feedback
The feedback was gathered? i'm not sure about that. "my weapons are far too big!" was said about 5 billion times and they still went forward with it. the smug expressions are still there and the terrible run animations are still there.

Weapon size is a divided topic for sure. We saw lots of feedback before the models changed that weapons were too small. I think we adjusted weapon size back and forth during testing to hit a spot that most people were happy with, but I know some of you'd still prefer something smaller. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)




Blue Tweets

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
So.. the Draenic Intellect Potions from the follower's daily are Soulbound and they don't stack with my the other ones..
Intended. They give players w/ an Alchemy building useful potions w/o flooding the AH... (WarcraftDevs)
...a different name was planned but didn't make it. (WarcraftDevs)

Darkmoon Faire
A bug on the DMF's race: sometimes when you hit a post, you get an extra toll. Climb to the blue post and u get 3->5 tolls.
(1) When you hit any post, you get your first Toll for the next race segment in the same way that you start the race with your.. (WarcraftDevs)
(2) ...first Toll. The achievements have been tuned with this in mind. It adds a bit of slush room for when you hit each post... (WarcraftDevs)
(3) ...knowing that as long as you get it before the next toll occurs, your toll timer will be restarted. (WarcraftDevs)

Chance the ring toss vendor could be a little further from the gate, everyone stands on her while tossing rings. #dmf
We're hoping to have this addressed in a future patch. For now, try toggling nameplates and/or using a '/tar Jessica' command. (WarcraftDevs)

Garrisons
Will Garona Halforcen trigger Ally of Argus as well as Child of Draenor? Would be annoying as alliance if not.
She’s considered a Draenei for the purposes of Alliance-side traits. (WarcraftDevs)

Forlorn composer not giving me a speech bubble or dialog for music roll. Night Elf. Tried resetting, relogging, no add ons.
Make sure you’ve completed the Bringing the Bass quest, and you don’t have this track in your bank or bags anywhere. (WarcraftDevs)




Warcraft III Fan Remake
WarCraft: Armies Of Azeroth is Starcraft II based fan remake of WarCraft III that adds new gameplay features. The gameplay video that was coming Soon™ a couple months ago is finally here!



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