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The Shadowlands content update 9.2.5 is slated to arrive on May 31 with a variety of features and experiences such as cross-faction play, new questlines for blood elf and Dark Iron dwarf characters, a new PvP arena, and more!

Read on to catch a glimpse of what's coming to the Shadowlands.


Party with Players from the Opposing Faction!

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Cross-faction gameplay is included with the 9.2.5 content update, giving players more grouping options and allowing them to play with their friends from the opposing faction. Read our news post for more about this feature.


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Yesterday

Heroes of Overwatch, let's talk data! Data is a valuable resource when it comes to game design. Data, player feedback, user research, internal discussion, and simply playing the game ourselves, all influence our design decisions. Data can give us a bird’s-eye-view, a close look at the smallest details, and it can illuminate larger trends in our game. Today we’re going to talk about what we can learn from the first Overwatch 2 Beta and how we use data to inform design decisions in-game.


Data and Design: Observing hero performance

The design team wanted to keep an eye on several things as the first beta began. We saw the community play Sojourn and explore the Sombra, Bastion, Doomfist, and Orisa reworks for the first time. We wanted to know how these heroes were performing in the beta and respond with quick changes if they were found to be lacking in effectiveness or too overpowered to play against.

When evaluating hero performan...

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Yogg-Saron Awaits!

Ulduar Timewalking is now available and Yogg-Saron – the lucid dream, the monster in your nightmares, and the fiend of a thousand faces – awaits.

When: The Ulduar raid is available throughout the Wrath Timewalking event.
Difficulty: The difficulty is set to Normal and, like any Normal level raid, will not be available through Raid Finder.
Minimum Level: Players level 30 and above are eligible to participate.

During Wrath Timewalking, you can assemble a raid group of between 1 and 30 players, travel to Dalaran in Northrend, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Ulduar raid. The raid scales for your group size and your level and gear will be scaled to match the raid’s challenges.

Don’t have a regular group? The Group Finder (I) can help.  Create your own group in the ‘Premade...

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It's the ultimate game of hot potato, and you're invited for Temple of Hotmogu.


Packed House
Packed House
Warfare

We’ve put more PvP in your PvP! In Packed House, there’s nowhere to hide as you face not 2, not 3, not 5, but 15 adversaries in this 15 vs. 15 Arena battle.

  • December 28–January 4
  • March 22–29
  • June 14–21
  • September 6–13
  • November 29–December 6

Deep Six
Deep Six
Resource Race

De...

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23 May

The top eight Arena World Championship (AWC) teams from EU and NA compete in a four-week long, round-robin style circuit for one of four invitations per region to the AWC Grand Finals! Catch the action beginning May 28, only on YouTube!

What/Where/When to Watch the AWC Circuit

  • Broadcast Dates: 
    • May 28 - 29
    • June 4 - 5
    • June 11 - 12
    • June 18 - 19
  • Broadcast Start Time:  EU Matches 10:00 AM PT / 7:00 PM CEST, followed by NA Matches
  • Format: 
    • Round Robin over four weeks
    • Top 4 teams in each region qualify to AWC Grand Finals & Cross-Region Tournament
  • Language Streams on YouTube:
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19 May

In this Week's news roundup, players can now join the Shattered Sun Offensive in Sunwell Plateau, and for those who may have missed them, we linked several World of Warcraft®: Dragonflight dev interviews to catch up on.

Continue reading for more details and links to the latest news and announcements.


Shadowlands News and Development

Shadowlands Development Update Posts on the Forums (English Only)

  • Scariizard talks about Season 4 rewards acquisition and the effectiveness of raid gearing overall. Check out ...
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Patch 23.2.2, launching May 19, includes bug fixes and balance changes to Battlegrounds and Standard!

Card Updates

The following cards have had their power adjusted down:

Drek’Thar

  • Old: Battlecry: If this costs more than every minion in your deck, summon 2 of them. New: Battlecry: If this costs more than every minion in your deck, summon one of those minions.

Multi-Strike

  • Old: [Costs 1] New: [Costs 2]

Dragonbane Shot

  • Old: [Costs 2] New: [Costs 3]

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18 May

Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Burning Crusade Classic and WoW Classic. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require scheduled realm restarts 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


May 17, 2022

Dungeons and Raids

  • Sepulcher of the First Ones
    • Hall of Fame
      • The Horde Hall of Fame is now full and is no longer eligible to be earned.
    • Anduin Wrynn
      • [With realm restarts] Blasphemy duration increased to 12 seconds in all difficulties.
      • [With realm restarts] Lost Soul duration i...
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17 May

Our first Overwatch 2 PvP Beta has ended! We’ve been both humbled and inspired by the amount of interest and enthusiasm everyone has shown for Overwatch 2, and we can’t wait to share more with you about what comes next. Save the date for an Overwatch 2 Event on June 16!

In the meantime, as we wrap up this first testing phase, our Overwatch 2 Game Director, Aaron Keller, wanted to share a few words on Team 4’s behalf:

The Overwatch Team would like to take a moment to convey a heartfelt thank you to all the players that took part in our first beta. It was so exciting to see our community playing our game. The enthusiasm for this game and this universe means so much to us, it always has, and it always will.

Overwatch as a world, as a universe, is deeply personal to the team; something that we pour our time, creative energies and passion into. It can be scary putting something that means so much to you out there for other people to lo...

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16 May

The winner of this weekend’s Last Stand Tournament, beginning May 22 on YouTube, will secure the final invite to the Mythic Dungeon International Season 3 Global Finals!

What/Where/When to Watch The Last Stand Tournament

  • Broadcast Dates: Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2022
  • Broadcast Time: 10:00 AM PT
  • Format: Teams of 5 must complete all six dungeons within 15 hours spread across all three broadcast days. Fastest time in each dungeon will be added up, with the fastest...
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13 May

The World of Warcraft®: Burning Crusade Classic™ Character Clone service will soon be cycled out of the Battle.net® Shop. The service will be on sale until its retirement, and you'll be able to get a Character Clone for up to 66% off to keep those characters active on both Burning Crusade Classic and WoW Classic Era realms.

For a refresher on how Character Clones work and which characters are eligible to use this service, refer to our Playing Ahead: Making Choices in WoW Classic blog post.


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12 May

Get ready to join the Shattered Sun Offensive and face Kil'jaeden in Sunwell Plateau in the next content phase of Burning Crusade Classic.

The next content update for Burning Crusade Classic, Fury of the Sunwell, as well as the Sunwell Plateau raid are now live! Read on for more information on the adventures ahead.

Join the Shattered Sun Offensive and more on May 10:

Fresh from his defeat in Outland, Kael'thas Sunstrider returned to the blood elf city of Silvermoon. Rather than lead his people to glory as he had promised, the disgraced prince betrayed them. Kael'thas plots to use the legendary Sunwell, source of the blood elves' magical power, to summon the demon lord Kil'jaeden into Azeroth. It is up to you to stop him.

The combined forces of Shattrath have launched an attack on the Isle of Quel'Danas, to confront Kael'thas and the Legion at the Sunwell and surrou...

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A renewed interest and excitement for the support role, improved queue times, improved survivability for support heroes, behind-the-scenes testing of Moira and Mercy, and thoughts around historical “shield-breaker” heroes are top of mind for our team as we reflect on the second week of the PvP Beta.  


Supports 

We’ve been closely monitoring the performance of the support role following last week’s balance patch that saw improvements for Baptiste, adjustments for Ana, and the introduction of a montage-worthy new passive ability for Zenyatta.  

As is often the case when we increase effective health for a hero, Zenyatta saw all-around improvements in performance over the weekend. Even with a higher pick rate, we saw our resident Omnic monk’s win rate improve by 5%, putting him in a healthy—albeit slightly strong—position. Perhaps not as surprising, the additional 25 shield health resulted in a 7% reduction in his death rate, with a...

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Exactly 10 years ago today, brave Nephalem arrived in the town of New Tristram to investigate a falling star. This discovery would give way to a divine ally and a quest to stop a sinister plot to destroy Sanctuary and the High Heavens. Even after the final blow was struck, and Diablo defeated, these same valiant Nephalem continued to protect those in need. We—and Sanctuary—thank you for your decade-worth of valor, dedication, and your vanquishing of endless nightmarish threats to have been birthed by the Burning Hells.

Remember, this 10-year milestone for Diablo III was made possible by YOU, Nephalem, many of whom have spent countless hours demon-slaying, looting, and creating memorable moments to look back on. To show our undying appreciation for the support of more than 65 million Nephalem worldwide over the past 10 years, we have an exciting announcement for the Echoing Nightmare and will be providing a mid-season buff. But first, we want to thank you once...

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11 May

Queen Azshara and her Naga minions are flooding Lobby Legends: Noblegarden! With a new hero, minions, and keyword, the top 16 Battlegrounds players around the world will have to master Hearthstone’s inaugural Battlegrounds Season, Rise of the Naga, in order to prove worthy of being the next Lobby Legends champion and securing their share of the $50,000 (USD) prize pool.

What You Need to Know

  • Dates & Broadcast Start Times
    • PDT: Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 pm
    • CEST: Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 8 am
    • KST: Saturd...
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10 May

Put your best battle pet teams to the test with this week’s event. To get in on the action, open your Pet Journal (Collections Shift+ P) and click the “Find Battle” button to match up with an opponent with their own team of well-trained companions.

Look for the following all week long:

  • A quest waits for you in Oribos. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it within the Adventure Journal.
    • Quest requirement: Win 5 pet battles versus other players with a team of three level-25 pets.
    • Reward: One Ultimate Battle-Training Stone.
  • Passive bonus: All Pet Battle experience gains are increased by +100%

Every Week

The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event que...

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Take an aerial tour of Azeroth during the Spring Balloon Festival May 10-12.

Call of the Scarab
Call of the Scarab
[January 21-23]

To commemorate the first ringing of the Scarab Gong on January 23, 2006, players will be able to relive a portion of the Ahn’Qiraj gate opening by collecting items for turn-in. The winning faction will then be able to claim bragging rights and have their faction flag hang over the gates until the next Call of the Scarab micro-holiday event.

Hatching of the Hippogryps
Hatching of the Hippogryphs
[February 23]

Those who head to Feralas ...

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09 May

Patch 23.2, launching on May 10, includes a fresh new Battlegrounds season, Mercenaries updates, new features, bug fixes, and more!

Battlegrounds Updates

GENERAL UPDATES

  • The inaugural Battlegrounds season, Rise of the Naga, begins with Patch 23.2!
  • Battlegrounds Ratings will be reset when the patch goes live.
  • Buddies will be leaving Battlegrounds with the patch.
  • The cost to upgrade to Tavern Tier 5 has been reverted to start at 9 Gold.
  • Heroes with transforming Hero Powers can now see the next stage of their Hero Power by hovering over it.
  • Cards and Hero Powers with the text “for the next combat” or “for the next combat only” have all been updated to read “until next turn” for text space, consistency, and accuracy. This is not a functional change.

NEW MINION TYPE AND KEYWORD

With the new season, Naga will be ad...

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In the year of the Hydra, Hearthstone is focusing on improving existing game experiences and building a better, more player-friendly game client. With that in mind, we’re happy to share that three exciting new features will be coming to Hearthstone as soon as Patch 23.2!

Upgrade to Golden

The long-awaited feature is now here! Fans of Golden cards will now have the option of Upgrading their normal cards into Golden versions, in addition to the original option of crafting Golden versions from scratch. The Arcane Dust cost to Upgrade a card is the difference between its base cost and the Golden cost. That means that you get the full dust value of any of your cards you decide to Upgrade! Now fans of Golden cards have an option to easily and efficiently bling out their favorite cards.

Developer Comment: We’re thril...

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05 May

In this week’s news roundup both Horde and Alliance must heed the call to the Ahn’ Qiraj War Effort, and more details emerge about World of Warcraft®: Dragonflight in a series of interviews across the community, and a new strategy game designed from the ground up for mobile is revealed.

Read on for more details and links to the latest news and announcements.


World of Warcraft®: Dragonflight Expansion

If you missed the expansion reveal, make your way to the World of Warcraft Expansion Reveal article to learn details about the upcoming adventures that the heroes of Azeroth ...

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