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BlizzCon 2017 Day 1: Warcraft Gameplay and Systems

Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago by Preston.

It's Day 1 of BlizzCon 2017! Everyone is expecting some big World of Warcraft news, and I'm here to provide an overview of it. Expect a gallery of slides from the Virtual Ticket stream as well as any additional insight I can provide. If you have any thoughts or feedback, please leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

Expect tons of spoilers ahead! If you want even more coverage, stop back tomorrow for my coverage of the Day 2 World of Warcraft panels. If you're itching for some more information, check out my Day 1: Opening Ceremony and What's Next for Warcraft article.

Table of Contents

  • Island Expeditions
  • Heart of Azeroth, Azerite Armor
  • Warfronts
  • Social Features
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BlizzCon 2017 Day 1: Opening Ceremony and What's Next for Warcraft

Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago by Preston.

It's Day 1 of BlizzCon 2017! Everyone is expecting some big World of Warcraft news, and I'm here to provide an overview of it. Expect a gallery of slides from the Virtual Ticket stream as well as any additional insight I can provide. If you have any thoughts or feedback, please leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

Expect tons of spoilers ahead! If you want even more coverage, stop back tomorrow for my coverage of the Day 2 World of Warcraft panels. If you're itching for some information now, check out my Day 0: Warcraft Speculation article, or all of the BlizzCon articles.

Table of Contents
  • Opening Ceremony
    • World of Warcraft Classic
    • Battle for Azeroth, New Expansion
  • What's Next for World of Warcraft
    • World and Story Overview
      • New Continents, Zandalar and Kul Tiras
      • Character Stories
    • Features Overview
      • Allied Races, Heritage Armor Sets
      • Leveling Improvements
      • Island Expeditions
      • Warfronts
      • PvP Updates
      • World PvP Updates
      • Dungeons
      • Raids
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BlizzCon 2017 Day 0: Let the Warcraft speculation begin!

Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago by Preston.

To kick off my coverage of World of Warcraft during BlizzCon 2017, I thought it would be fun to gather as much speculation information as I could from around the web and provide my own take on it! If you have any thoughts or feedback, please leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

Expect tons of spoilers ahead! Unless all these speculations are wrong, in which case, enjoy the stories? If you'd rather have coverage of what's actually coming, stop back tomorrow for my coverage of the Day 1 World of Warcraft panels, during which expansion information will likely be announced.

Table of Contents

  • The Next Warcraft Expansion
    • Naga Ties
    • Old God Ties
    • Darkspear Ties
    • In Summary
  • Sub-races
    • Nightborne
    • Void Elf
    • Lightforged Draenei
    • Highmountain Tauren
    • In Summary
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Invasion Points and Bosses Guide

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago by Preston.

This page contains quick guides for all of the Invasion Point bosses in Legion. None of the fights are particularly complicated, nor are any of the mechanics particularly deadly, but knowing how to handle everything can make things that much easier. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak. The guides have been updated and maintained based on my own experiences with the fights as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed. Read more...

Return to Karazhan, Healer Guide

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago by Preston.

This page covers healer-focused strategies for the bosses in the Return to Karazhan mythic instance. While it's tailored for healers, other roles may also find the information useful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak. This guide has been updated and maintained based on my own experiences with the fights as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed. There is a summary of debuffs to track at the very bottom of the page.  DBM settings have been included in each boss's section. Opera Hall You will face one of these encounters at random every week. Read more...

Return to Karazhan, DPS Guide

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago by Virendra.

This is a DPS-focused guide for the new mythic-only dungeon coming in Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan. The information in this guide is preliminary and based on the PTR Dungeon Journal, but will be updated as needed when the dungeon goes live. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @VirendraDG. You can also watch a video version of the guide by clicking the banner below.  Opera Hall You will face one of these encounters at random every week. Wikket There are two targets in this fight that share damage: Elfyra and Galindre. Read more...

Patch 7.3 Restoration Druid Changes, Updates, and Overview

Posted 1 year, 1 month ago by Preston.

With Patch 7.3 coming on August 29, 2017, I wanted to compile a list of changes that are affecting Restoration Druids. As usual, you can tweet @PrestonDvorak or leave a comment at the bottom of the page with any questions or feedback.

There are quest and content spoilers ahead, proceed with caution if you want to avoid them!

Official Patch 7.3 Survival Guide

Patch 7.3 is being released on August 29, 2017.

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Seat of the Triumvirate, Healer Guide

Posted 1 year, 1 month ago by Preston.

This page covers healer-focused strategies for the bosses in the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon. While it's tailored for healers, other roles may also find the information useful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak. This guide has been updated and maintained based on my own experiences with the fights as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed. There is a summary of debuffs to track at the very bottom of the page. Full Clear Video Zuraal the Ascended During this fight, you will face Zuraal, in and out of the void realm. Read more...

World of Warcraft Macro Guide

Updated 1 year, 2 months ago by Preston.

Macros allow you to refine your playstyle and spell usage without installing an addon. Below are some common macro types that can be applied to nearly any class and spec. I've used Restoration Druid spells as examples, but you can substitute your own spells in. Feedback and macro ideas are always appreciated. You can leave a comment at the bottom of this page or tweet @PrestonDvorak. Basic Macro Parts Below is a basic macro that casts a spell on your current target. Read more...

Sunsong Ranch lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

Posted 1 year, 2 months ago by Preston.

Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Sunsong Ranch!

Sunsong Ranch is located just north of Halfhill in the center of Valley of the Four Winds on the Pandaria continent. It’s best known as the Yoon family farm and is renowned across Pandaria for its award-winning crops. It’s hard to say exactly how old the Ranch is, but it’s been in the Yoon family for at least three generations, starting with Old Yoon. Old Yoon was a highly respected farmer and an early member of the farming faction known as the Tiller’s Union. We can infer that he died shortly before the time of the Mists of Pandaria expansion, based on events explained below.

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Throne of Kil’jaeden lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

Posted 1 year, 3 months ago by Preston.

Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at the Throne of Kil’jaeden!

The Throne of Kil’jaeden is located in north-eastern Hellfire Peninsula on the Outland continent. The location was named by Gul’dan decades before Draenor had become Outland, during the time when the orc clans met on the mountain in what was then Tanaan Jungle to drink the blood of Mannoroth, turning them into the Legion’s slaves. The location is named after the Legion’s second in command at the time, Kil’jaeden, and the weakened fabric of time in the area served as a direct connection to his lair on the Legion home planet of Argus.

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Uther’s Tomb lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

Posted 1 year, 3 months ago by Preston.

Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Uther’s Tomb!

Uther’s Tomb is located in southern Western Plaguelands on the Eastern Kingdoms continent. It was constructed following Uther’s death during his fight against his former pupil Arthas Menethil at Andorhal. The battle took place following the Second War during the fall of the Lordaeron kingdom when Arthas returned to Andorhal as the Lich King to reclaim Kel’Thuzad’s remains. Uther’s body was retrieved by the few remaining paladins and buried in the southern ruins of Andorhal. This is how the Tomb would remain for several decades before first appearing in World of Warcraft upon its release.

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Kil'jaeden, Healer Guide

Posted 1 year, 4 months ago by Preston.

This page covers a healer-focused strategy for Kil'jaeden in the Tomb of Sargeras. While it's tailored for healers, other roles may also find the information useful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak. This guide has been updated and maintained based on my own experiences with the fight as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed. General Mechanics and Abilities Normal and Heroic This is a three stage fight with two intermissions during which you fight Kil'jaeden and the full might of the Legion. Read more...

Mistweaver Monk Talents and Builds

Updated 1 year, 4 months ago by Tyler.

Below you'll find details on how each Mistweaver Monk talent functions and what its best use conditions are. Mistweaver talents allow you to customize your setup for any encounter, be it single-target healing, group-healing, or utility. This information is geared towards new and intermediate players, so I've done my best to avoid lots of math or complex theories. Feedback is greatly appreciated! Feel free to leave comments at the bottom of the page or tweet @Daemagor. Read more...

Mistweaver Monk Stat Weights and Gearing

Updated 1 year, 4 months ago by Tyler.

This page briefly covers the stats that are relevant for a Mistweaver Monk and what kind of things you should look for when gearing up. Feedback is always welcome, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page or tweet @Daemagor. Stat Priority and Relative Weights This is a quick glance at the stats you want. You'll find stat weights in parenthesis next to each stat. You can use these weights on sites like AskMrRobot with decent results. Note: the weights don't always work well with trinkets, so default to your best judgement using the information in the Best in Slot lists. Read more...