6.1.2 Hotfixes: March 27

By Blizzard Entertainment

Here you’ll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft Patch 6.1.2. 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.

The latest batch of hotfixes are listed below. Previous hotfixes will be compiled by category to provide a quick summary of all hotfixes that have been applied since the start of World of Warcraft Patch 6.1.2.

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 6.1.2 Information


March 27

Racial Abilities

  • Night Elf

    • Shadowmeld should now correctly drop the character from combat if another party member is in combat while in an Arena, Battleground, Rated Battleground, or outdoor PvP zone.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts

  • Summoned Bosses

    • Teluur should no longer incorrectly despawn while in combat with the player after being summoned.

Quests

  • Legendary Ring Quest Line

    • An Inside Job: Fixed an issue where Garona may sometimes fail to eliminate a target.
    • Reverse Piracy: Fixed an issue where the map marker for Stolen Sha’tari Vault was not updated correctly after defeating The Iron Maidens.

Raids and Dungeons

  • Blackrock Foundry

    • The Iron Maidens

      • The Iron Maidens should no longer incorrectly trigger a Dreadnaught phase if they reach 100 Energy and 20% health at around the same time.
  • Legacy

    • Throne of Thunder

      • Durumu the Forgotten: Fixed an issue where the cones of light may incorrectly spawn high above ground during the Light Spectrum phase.

Items

  • Primal Gladiator’s Medallion of Adaptation should now convert into the correct faction version for characters that had undergone a Paid Faction Change.

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6.1.2 Patch Notes

By Blizzard Entertainment Patch notes for World of Warcraft Patch 6.1.2 are now available. The game will be patched for Europe on Wednesday March 25th.


World of Warcraft Patch 6.1.2, Build 19802

Last Update: 03-23-2015

Introducing the WoW Token

Coming soon to an Azeroth near you: the WoW Token, a new in-game item that allows players to simply and securely exchange gold and game time between each other.

Players will be able to purchase a WoW Token through the in-game Shop for real money, and then sell it on the Auction House for gold at the current market price. When a player buys a WoW Token from the Auction House for gold, the Token becomes Soulbound, and the player can then redeem it for 30 days of game time.

  • The WoW Token feature will be enabled at a future date. Patch 6.1.2 adds in the framework needed for the WoW Token feature in the game client and is not active at this time. Check out WoW Token Coming Soon – Additional Details for more details on how the feature works.

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WoW Token Coming Soon – Additional Details

By Blizzard Entertainment

The recently announced WoW Token is currently in testing on the PTR, and is slated for launch some time after the March 24 release of Patch 6.1.2. In the meantime, we wanted to share some additional details about the Token, including regional pricing information and more on our global rollout plans.

WoW Token Rollout
We’ll begin rolling out the WoW Token in the weeks following Patch 6.1.2’s release, starting with the Americas game region (including realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America) and then expanding to other game regions in the weeks after that. Launching the Token once Patch 6.1.2 has been live for a while will help us ensure the foundation for the feature is solid, and kicking things off with a single region is the best way for us to ensure everything’s going smoothly before launching worldwide. We’ll provide further updates on timing as we get closer to the Token’s launch in each region.

Region-wide Exchange
As discussed in our original announcement, each game region (Americas, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China) will have its own shared WoW Token exchange. When the rollout begins in the Americas game region, players in North America, Latin America, and Oceania will all be able to purchase a WoW Token from the in-game Shop. In the Americas game region, the price of a Token will be $20 USD (or roughly equivalent in each local currency). We’ll share additional regional pricing details as we get closer to launch.

Once purchased, a Token can then be put up for sale in a region-wide exchange via a new Game Time tab in the Auction House. (Note that while you’ll see the new Game Time tab in that auction house with the launch of Patch 6.1.2, it won’t be active until the WoW Token launches in your region.) While the rest of the Auction House will remain realm-based, a region-wide WoW Token exchange will provide the largest possible pool of prospective buyers and ensures everyone has access to a vibrant, active Token marketplace. In the Americas, Europe, Korea, and Taiwan, players who purchase a WoW Token from the Auction House will be able to redeem it for 30 days of game time.

Going for Gold
Because the Token exchange has to start somewhere, we will be setting the initial gold value of the WoW Token ourselves. The starting gold value in each region will be based on several factors, …read more

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2015 WoW Arena World Championship at BlizzCon

By Blizzard Entertainment

Arena combatants of Azeroth . . . you are not prepared! That’s why we’re giving you a heads up now:

Once again this year, the top World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for a chance to face off in the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship, culminating November 6 and 7 at BlizzCon 2015 in Anaheim, California.

If you’re a World of Warcraft Arena competitor, now’s the time to polish up your rotation and gather your group so you too can compete for a chance to secure a spot in the big battle—and win your share of an epic prize pool of $250,000 USD.

Online qualifiers will be held for North America (which will include Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand), Europe, China, and Korea/Taiwan in the near future. We’ll have all the details on qualifier eligibility, rules, and schedules here for you soon.

If you’re a spectator, you’ll be able to catch all of the action live online even if you can’t make it to the show in person. Stay tuned for more information.

Keep an eye on www.blizzcon.com for more details on the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship, and we’ll see you on the battlefield at BlizzCon!

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And the Winners Are …

By Blizzard Entertainment

The 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards, powered by Twitch have come to a close and we’d like to thank you, the community, for tuning into Twitch and voting for your favorite Blizzard game streamers.

This year, Blizzard and Twitch established 21 unique award categories representing streamers from five Blizzard franchises (Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft). Six of these categories were data-driven, while the other 15 were qualitative categories that were voted on by you, the community. Twitch will distribute a prize pool of approximately $113,000 in prizes that will be distributed evenly to each award category. Here’s a breakdown for how the prizing will be distributed to the winning streamers.

1st place: $2014
2nd place: $1000
3rd place: $900
4th place: $800
5th place: $700

For more info on the Blizzard Stream Awards, please visit our original blog post.

We’ve laid out how each data driven awards category was tabulated, provided a full list of award winners, and a list of the runners-up below.

Data Driven Categories – Twitch’s army of data robots and scientists scoured their databases to find the top streamers for the following six categories:

  • Most Active Viewer – Awarded to the viewer who followed the most Blizzard channels in 2014

    • 1st Place: looknohands119
    • 2nd Place: dallas1295
    • 3rd Place: esmoire
    • 4th Place: seanzk
    • 5th Place: blizzalo
  • Most Dedicated Viewer – Awarded to the viewer who had the most active subscriptions to Blizzard channels, averaged across all of 2014
    • 1st Place: school47
    • 2nd Place: ctone23
    • 3rd Place: dthehunter
    • 4th Place: cartmen100
    • 5th Place: wintergaming
  • Most Engaged Viewers – Awarded to the broadcasters with the highest average minutes watched per unique viewer (with a minimum of 1000 total unique viewers in 2014)
    • 1st Place: gnumme
    • 2nd Place: Sodapoppin
    • 3rd Place: trumpsc
    • 4th Place: nl_kripp
    • 5th Place: happasc2
  • Most Active Hoster – Awarded to the broadcasters with the most minutes of Blizzard games streamed in 2014
    • 1st Place: gaarabestshaman
    • 2nd Place: ihosty
    • 3rd Place: vieparlafoi
    • 4th Place: kinguin_net
    • 5th Place: hero_firebat
  • Most Active Chat – Awarded to the streamers with the most total messages per minute broadcasted, minimum of 10,000 minutes broadcasting Blizzard games in 2014
    • 1st Place: Forsenlol
    • 2nd Place: Amazhs
    • 3rd Place: Wintergaming
    • 4th Place: NL_Kripp
    • 5th Place: Sodapoppin
  • Highest Mean Viewership – Awarded to the streamers with the most concurrent viewers per minute of Blizzard games broadcast in 2014
    • 1st Place: trumpsc
    • 2nd Place: NL_Kripp
    • 3rd Place: wellplayedhs
    • 4th Place: pgl
    • 5th Place: amazhs

Poll Categories – You, the community voted for your favorite Twitch streamers in the following 15 categories:

BlizzCon 2015 Ticket Purchasing Guide

By Blizzard Entertainment

The first batch of BlizzCon® 2015 tickets goes on sale Thursday, April 16 at 3 a.m. CET. When the time comes, hit the link below for your chance to snag some.

Get BlizzCon 2015 Tickets Here
Tickets usually go fast, so if you want to attend this year’s show, it pays to be prepared. Ticket sales are once again being handled through Eventbrite this year, and a few things are different from 2014. It’s worth reading our BlizzCon Ticket Info page to get an overview, but if you want more details on how it works, check out this handy guide.

What Information You’ll Need to Provide

You’ll want to have the following information handy when you’re buying BlizzCon tickets:

  • Your information: First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Character name (optional)
  • Credit card information, including billing information (Country, Address, City, State, Zip Code)
  • Your friends’/family’s information: First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Character Name (optional)—note that you’ll be able to go back and change these until August 14.

What’s New for 2015

A few changes are in store for ticket buyers this year, including updates to how tickets are delivered based on BlizzCon 2014 feedback, as well as some changes to the Eventbrite purchasing process.

Barcodes Delivered Immediately—This year, ticket buyers and attendees will receive the bar-code emails used to claim their badges immediately after purchasing tickets. In addition, bar codes will be accessible via the ticket purchaser’s Eventbrite account, where they’ll be available to view or reprint at any time. Buyers should note that bar code emails will also be sent to whoever you assign your tickets to, so if you’re not yet certain who’s coming, you might want to assign tickets to your own email address for now. (You’ll have until August 14 to make attendee changes.)

Eventbrite Updates—Eventbrite has made some updates to their waiting room that should help make the experience smoother for BlizzCon hopefuls. This year, people in the waiting room will no longer be sent back to the event page if their turn comes up but the number of tickets they requested is not available. Instead, they’ll remain in the waiting room and retain their position in line until another order for the quantity of tickets they requested is released back for sale. For example, if you requested 4 tickets and reach the front of the line, the next time an order for 4 tickets is released, you’ll have first dibs. (Keep …read more

Via:: http://eu.battle.net//blizzcon/en/blog/18291108

Join the Party at BlizzCon 2015 November 6 and 7

By Blizzard Entertainment

You’ve been summoned to Southern California for BlizzCon® 2015! Blizzard’s ninth epic gaming convention and community celebration is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015. Form a party with your fellow members of the Blizzard community and get ready for two days of in-depth discussion panels with our developers, hands-on play time with the latest Blizzard games, and intense eSports tournaments featuring top pro gamers from around the world.

BlizzCon 2015 tickets will go on sale in two batches on Thursday, April 16 at 3 a.m. CET and Saturday, April 18 at 6 p.m. CET through the online event ticketing service Eventbrite, priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Check out the BlizzCon Ticket webpage for all the details.

In addition, we’re once again planning a special pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner the evening of Thursday, November 5 in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where guests will have a chance to meet and chat with developers, artists, community team representatives, and others from Blizzard. Attendance to this special event will be limited, and we’ll have more information on ticket pricing and availability at a later date.

If you can’t make it to the show in person, you’ll be able to watch from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.

See the full press release or check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure to visit www.blizzcon2015.eventbrite.com at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show.

Click on the links to find more information about hotels and ticket purchasing for BlizzCon.

See you in Anaheim!

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Via:: http://eu.battle.net//blizzcon/en/blog/18291110

2014 Blizzard Stream Awards, Powered by Twitch

By Blizzard Entertainment

In 2014, the Twitch streaming community grew and provided countless hours of entertainment to viewers, much of it based on Blizzard games. To recognize the efforts of your favorite streamers and channels, Blizzard is proud to announce the 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards powered by Twitch. These awards will provide recognition and cash prizes for the best Blizzard content streamers of 2014.

Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, March 10, and award winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 18, right here on Blizzard’s official community sites and on Blog.Twitch.tv.

For a list of awards categories and to learn how the 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards powered by Twitch works, check out the breakdown below.

How It Works

  • Award Categories: Together, Blizzard and Twitch have established 21 unique award categories representing streamers from five Blizzard franchises (Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft). Six of these categories are data-driven (example: Most number of hours streamed for Blizzard titles in 2014) while the others are qualitative categories that will be voted on by you, the community of viewers.
  • Prizes: In this program, Twitch will distribute a prize pool of approximately USD $113,700 for 2014 Twitch partner streamers, with the first place winners in each category taking home USD $2014.
  • Implementation: Voting will occur for the polled categories through 19:00 GMT on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, via the polls linked below. After voting has closed, we will announce the winners of both the polled categories and the data-driven categories.
  • Rules: To qualify for the 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards presented by Twitch, you must be a Twitch partner streamer who streamed game content from one of these five Blizzard franchises: Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft between January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

Poll Categories

Please vote for your favorite Blizzard content streamers.

6.1.2 PTR Patch Notes

By Blizzard Entertainment

Patch 6.1.2 is now available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR)! Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test patches before it has been released on live realms. If you’d like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you’ve had a chance to try things out, visit our PTR Discussion 6.1.2 forum to discuss the patch.

  • Text in red means it’s newly added or has changed since the last update.
  • Crossed out means the change has been reverted since the last update.

PTR Disclaimer

  • Please keep in mind that the notes below are not final, and details may be subject to change before the release of Patch 6.1.2.
  • New information for features that are still in-development will be added as it becomes available.
  • Not all content listed in the PTR Patch Notes may be available for testing or may have a limited test window.

World of Warcraft Patch 6.1.2 PTR

Last Update: 03-05-2015

Introducing the WoW Token

Coming soon to an Azeroth near you: the WoW Token, a new in-game item that allows players to simply and securely exchange gold and game time between each other.

Players will be able to purchase a WoW Token through the in-game Shop for real money, and then sell it on the Auction House for gold at the current market price. When a player buys a WoW Token from the Auction House for gold, the Token becomes Soulbound, and the player can then redeem it for 30 days of game time.

  • The WoW Token feature will be enabled at a future date. Patch 6.1.2 adds in the framework needed for the WoW Token feature in the game client and is not active at this time. In the meantime, check out this FAQ for details on how the feature works.

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Via:: http://eu.battle.net//wow/en/blog/18208575

Developer Q&A Video Available

By Blizzard Entertainment Lead Game Designer Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas sat down with Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen Friday, February 27 to answer Raid and Dungeon-related questions submitted by the community.

You can also read the transcript on Wowhead. …read more

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