New Cindermane Charger Rides into Recruit-A-Friend

By Blizzard Entertainment

We’ve just added a new reward to the Recruit-A-Friend (RAF) reward stables—the incendiary Cindermane Charger. Found on the remote fragmented islands of the Firelands, these smoldering steeds run with the fury of Ragnaros—perfect for blazing a trail across Azeroth and Draenor.

The Cindermane Charger is only available through the RAF program, so get to recruiting now to earn your new mount!

Learn more about the Recruit-A-Friend program here.

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6.1 Hotfixes: February 25

By Blizzard Entertainment

Here you’ll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 6.1. Hotfixes are updates made on our end without requiring a new client-side patch. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require the realm to be restarted to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. This list will be updated as additional hotfixes are applied.

Hotfixes have been listed by the date they’ve been implemented. Also available, hotfixes compiled by category for those wanting a quick summary of all hotfixes that have been applied since the start of World of Warcraft Patch 6.1.

Tags may be added to some hotfixes to denote a special condition.

  • [Requires a realm restart] means the hotfix will not take effect until after a scheduled rolling restart or maintenance.
  • [Hotfix in testing] means the hotfix is in early stages of testing and may not be implemented just yet. However, the change is important and is posted to provide as much advanced notice as possible.

Patch 6.1 Information

February 25

Classes

  • Tanking Specializations no longer generate threat from heals.
  • Fixed an issue where threat dropping abilities were sometimes incorrectly removing crowd-control effects.
  • Fixed an issue where images summoned by Spectral Guise (Priest Talent) or Mirror Image (Mage) would incorrectly retain threat when resummoned.
  • Druid
    • General

      • Shifting in-and-out of Cat Form should now correctly reapply Cat Form’s speed bonus while Dash or Stampeding Roar is active.
      • Fixed an issue where various item effects that provides a buff based on the player’s highest stat sometimes picked the wrong stat for Balance and Restoration Druids that were shapeshifted into Bear Form or Cat Form.
      • Fixed an issue where Ferocious Bite may consume more Energy than intended when the ability Multistrikes.
    • Talents
      • Bloodtalons (Feral) should no longer incorrectly consume a charge if the attack misses, is dodged, or parried.
  • Mage
    • Talents

      • Prismatic Crystal should no longer be incorrectly affected by friendly auras that reduces damage taken.
  • Monk
    • General

      • Tiger Strikes should no longer incorrectly activate on unsuccessful autoattacks, but will be able to activate from successful Multistrikes. Fixing this will result in an overall damage gain for all Monks, so there are a couple of additional adjustments (see below). Additionally, Tiger Strikes should now correctly provide the full 10% chance to trigger for Mistweavers in Crane Stance while …read more

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6.1 Patch Notes

By Blizzard Entertainment

Notes for World of Warcraft Patch 6.1 with a comprehensive list of new content, features, and class changes are now available. For a quick overview of new content and features, check out our Patch 6.1 Feature Overview blog.

Table of Contents

New Content

Character and Class Changes

Classes

Additional Changes


World of Warcraft Patch 6.1

Last updated: 02-24-2015

New Character Models: Blood Elf

  • Character models for Blood Elves have been overhauled with an increase to fidelity and texture resolution; while retaining the core look and feel of the originals.
  • Some character models received additional tweaks and adjustments.

Twitter Integration

  • Characters can now send Tweets for items, achievements, and screenshots from within the game client using the /share command.
  • To activate this feature, visit Social options in the Interface menu to enable, add, or disconnect a Twitter account.

New Heirloom Collections Tab

  • The Collections system now supports Heirloom items.
  • Heirlooms can be upgraded to increase the maximum level that the item scales up to.
    • Heirlooms with no upgrades can scale up to level 60.
    • Heirlooms with 1 upgrade level can scale up to level 90.
    • Heirlooms with 2 upgrade levels can scale up to level 100.
    • Old heirlooms that have been upgraded to scale to level 85 are grandfathered in with 1 upgrade level.
  • New Heirlooms for the neck slot are now available and allows the character to cast a heal once a minute. This heal shares a cooldown with potions and Healthstones.
  • Vendors in Ironforge (Alliance) and Undercity (Horde) now sell Heirlooms for gold.
  • Alternate methods for obtaining Heirlooms and Heirloom upgrade tokens are also available.
    • Darkmoon Faire sells Heirlooms for Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
    • Argent Tournament sells Heirloom upgrade tokens for Champion’s Seals.
    • Some world events now sell Heirloom upgrade tokens for currency obtained through the event.
  • Collecting 35 heirloom items awards a special mount that’s usable by level 1 characters.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts

The Adventure Continues in 6.1

By Blizzard Entertainment

Since we first stepped foot on the Draenor of the past, we’ve been inexorably drawn toward one intriguing tale among a multitude of storylines taking place there. In patch 6.1, the quest line that began with ‘Call of the Archmage’ will continue, and the stakes have never been higher.

Spoilers follow from here! Do not read this post any further if you do not want story details spoiled.

Garona Halforcen

The powerful rogue assassin was responsible for the death of King Llane Wrynn. Along with her son Med’an, she aided the New Council of Tirisfal in their brutal struggle against the Twilight’s Hammer and the evil ogre magi Cho’gall. Not long after you first arrived on Draenor, Garona tried to assassinate Khadgar, but you were able to capture her.

Since then, Khadgar has tried to break the mind control that Garona clearly suffers. His efforts, and yours, have been in vain … until now. In patch 6.1, you’ll receive a new quest to infiltrate a Shadow Council stronghold and steal an artifact. Khadgar hopes to be able to free Garona’s mind.

Your First Legendary Follower

In the savage world of Draenor, you may not have any true friends, but you can forge partnerships with a meaningful purpose. Thanks to Garona, you’ll learn what Gul’dan is up to, and you’ll get the opportunity to witness firsthand as he attempts to take control of the Iron Horde and capture Grommash Hellscream.

Gul’dan is making enemies on all sides.

Thereafter, you’ll obtain your first legendary follower. Garona comes to you with three abilities befitting an Assassination Rogue, as well as the Master Assassin trait, which greatly increases the chance of success on any mission she is assigned to. Furthermore, she starts at a follower item level of 630.

More to Do

In patch 6.1, you’ll now see new visitors to your garrison: quest-givers offering you a variety of activities if you’ve reached garrison Tier 3. These include:

  • Bounty quests – Group up with two or more additional players to hunt down and defeat a powerful enemy.
  • Profession daily – Get your hands on more Primal Spirits, reduce your surplus reagents, and buy the new recipes for crafted upgrades and transmutes.
  • Relic hunting – A series of quests that reward gold and Garrison Resources, which can thereafter be run by your followers as missions. These culminate in the acquisition of Harrison Jones as a follower!
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Gearing Up for Apexis Changes in Patch 6.1

By Blizzard Entertainment

In Warlords of Draenor, players can use Apexis Crystals to buy new gear, collectable items, and even Followers. With enough Crystals, even those who are having no luck with the RNG goblins can get new and powerful gear to help them take their adventures in Azeroth even further. Currently, the Apexis traders in the Horde town of Warspear and Alliance town of Stormshield offer gear up to item level 655, but in Patch 6.1, you’ll be able to trade up to ilvl 670 Ethereal Waist, Head, Wrist, Legs, Hands, Back, and Finger (ring) items.

There are already lots of ways to get Apexis Crystals, and with the patch we’re introducing even more in the form of new Missions and purchasable Scouting Missives, which will be available for 200 Garrison Resources each. These Missives can be purchased in your Garrison and will unlock an additional Apexis Crystal daily quest.

A change to questing is also coming with the patch that makes it so players will no longer be able to work on quests and complete them while in a Raid group (though Apexis Crystals will still drop from enemies). You’ll still be able to use the Group Finder tool to locate five-player groups you can join to complete your Apexis dailies.

You can read the complete Patch 6.1 notes here.

For more information on gathering and spending Apexis Crystals, check out Wowhead’s handy guide.

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Patch 6.1 Arrives February 25

By Blizzard Entertainment

Get an overview of new content and features coming in Patch 6.1 to World of Warcraft.


Patch 6.1 Content & Features


From the Developers


Patch Information


Customer & Technical Support Information

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New Colorblind Support in Patch 6.1

By Blizzard Entertainment

In World of Warcraft patch 6.1, you’ll find a new user interface system that we’ve designed to assist players who have common visual issues related to colorblindness.

In the new ‘Accessibility’ interface configuration section, you’ll be able to enable both text and color enhancements that may improve your visual experience while playing WoW. ‘Enable UI Colorblind Mode’ (which was previously in the Help section) is now here. These text enhancements add certain words and phrases to the tooltips throughout the game—tooltips that, by default, use different colors to indicate useful information about objects, NPCs, and other players.

For example, when you move your mouse cursor over a piece of rare gear and then a piece of epic gear, the game colors the names of the items blue and then purple, respectively. With ‘UI Colorblind Mode’ enabled, the game will add the words “Rare” and “Epic” to the tooltips for those items. For players who find it difficult to discern between friendly, neutral, or hostile targets, additional indication text in the tooltip will now appear when you move your mouse cursor over other characters.

The game will now have three sets of colorblind filters to choose from: protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia.

These are designed to assist players who have one of the three types of dichromacy, and should be useful to those who have one of the three kinds of anomalous trichromacy: protanomaly, deuteranomaly, and tritanomaly. Each set of color adjustments is available via a handy dropdown selector, and each comes with a ‘strength’ slider. The farther to the right you set the slider, the more the game removes potentially problematic wavelengths of color for each type.

To learn more about color vision deficiencies, check out the Wikipedia article on “Color blindness”. You can find a number of resources and free online color vision tests at colorvisiontesting.com.


For more information on the 6.1 Public Test Realm, including instructions you can follow to test patch 6.1 with us, take a look at our PTR customer support article. You can also join the discussion in our PTR discussion.

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Moons + Explosives = Lunar Festival!

By Blizzard Entertainment

Every year, the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city’s great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts, and (of course) shooting fireworks!

OVERVIEW
ACTIVITIES
ITEMS
ACHIEVEMENTS
EVENTS DETAILS

When
February 16 – March 2.
Where
Stormwind, Thunder Bluff, Booty Bay, and Moonglade (look for portals in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms).
Currency: Coins of Ancestry
Coins of Ancestry are the currency to purchase festival clothing and other special items. You can collect them by completing quests, including the daily quests that are part of the festival.
Learn More on fan sites
Wowhead, Icy Veins, Wowpedia, WoW Center (Polish), WoWFan (Czech).

STEP INTO THE LIGHT!

The Lunar Festival is a time of celebration for the peoples of Azeroth. They gather to acknowledge their triumph of ages ago, when an alliance of Azerothian races (Night Elves, Tauren, and the proto-dwarven Earthen) defeated the Burning Legion.

EVENTS DETAILS

When
February 16 – March 2.
Where
Stormwind, Thunder Bluff, Booty Bay, and Moonglade (look for portals in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms).
Currency: Coins of Ancestry
Coins of Ancestry are the currency to purchase festival clothing and other special items. You can collect them by completing quests, including the daily quests that are part of the festival.
Learn More on fan sites
Wowhead, Icy Veins, Wowpedia, WoW Center (Polish), WoWFan (Czech).

STEP INTO THE LIGHT!

The Lunar Festival is a time of celebration for the peoples of Azeroth. They gather to acknowledge their triumph of ages ago, when an alliance of Azerothian races (Night Elves, Tauren, and the proto-dwarven Earthen) defeated the Burning Legion.

The Cenarion Circle has good cause to celebrate, for the Lunar Festival marks the return of many Ancients that fell in battles past: Goldrinn, Malorne, Aviana, and Cenarius himself.

At the beginning of each year, elders of generations past manifest around the world to impart their wisdom upon all who listen. Should you encounter these venerable spirits in your travels and take the time to heed their wisdom, they may even pass along tokens of their gratitude — <a target="_blank" …read more

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Engineer’s Workshop: Anti-Aliasing & Lighting

By Blizzard Entertainment

We’ve been toiling away on a number of new graphical features that are coming with Patch 6.1, and we’re excited to provide a glimpse at how they’re shaping up. A quick reminder that the Engineer’s Workshop tends to be pretty tech savvy in the terms we’re using, but certainly these features will provide benefits to all players regardless of if they can tell their display port from a hole in the ground. Nyuk, nyuk, nerd jokes.


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First up we’re going to be providing a new screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) method from NVIDIA known as HBAO+, targeted at higher end video cards. It provides a high quality ambient occlusion solution that should be available to most users running recommended spec machines. Here we’re showing comparisons of using no SSAO, our current SSAO High setting, and the new NVIDIA HBAO+. The HBAO+ setting uses our geometry buffer to access the screen space normals of all objects being drawn. It more accurately darkens surfaces that are near the same depth but with opposing normals, and does so with fewer artifacts than the SSAO depth-only solution. HBAO+ will work on any DirectX 11-capable video card.


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We know many of you have been looking forward to the return of MSAA, and we’ve also heard your requests for support of SSAA. We’re pleased to say that both of these options will be available for DirectX 11 users in Patch 6.1. They can be accessed from the anti-aliasing settings in the graphics option screen, and are intended for users with high performance video cards. For people running near the recommended spec, Intel’s CMAA is still the preferable option, and will help you balance graphic fidelity with performance. Below are some comparisons between CMAA, MSAA 8x, and SSAA 2x + CMAA. With Patch 6.1 we’ll be providing the widest variety of anti-aliasing options we’ve ever had available, ranging from performance-optimal to performance-crushing.



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Also in Patch 6.1 we’re implementing a lighting makeover with the introduction of per-pixel deferred point lights. This allows for accurate point lights that can affect …read more

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Argi Raises More Than $1.9 Million

By Blizzard Entertainment

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Argi pet, we’ve raised a total of more than 1.9 million USD to support the ongoing Ebola relief efforts in Africa by the Red Cross. In December, we announced that for every Argi purchased by December 31, 2014, 100% of the adoption fee would be going to assist in aiding in the fight against this deadly disease — and the community embraced this cute little intergalactic nibbler, helping out a great cause in the process. Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference.

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