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Don’t let gravity get you down in this week’s PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse.


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.

  • July 13–20
  • October 5–12
  • December 28–January 4

Deep Six
Deep Six
Resource Race

Deep Six pits teams of six players against each other in three iconic Battlegrounds: Warson...

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25 Oct

Soldiers arise, stand, and fight! Bring victory at last to this fallen knight! 

Hallow’s End this year not only brings terror and delight to Azeroth but the spookiest MDI Global Finals have ever seen! What tricks and treats will the Casters and Players have in store? Following the culmination of four incredible weeks of MDI competition, the top six teams from the Global Region will join the top team from China and the top team from the Last Stand Tournament, where they will compete in a series of Best of 3, double-elimination matches, on their path to the Grand Finals on October 29. With a $300,000 (USD) prize pool on the line, you won’t want to miss any of the action when matches begin each broadcast day at 10 am PDT / 19:00 CEST, live on...

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23 Oct

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


October 22, 2021

Dungeons and Raids

  • Sanctum of Domination
    • Sylvanas Windrunner
      • Fixed an issue where the Death Knives warning aura could be accidentally removed by immunity effects, causing incalculable chaos.

Items and Rewards

  • Fixed an issue which sometimes caused the Shard of Dyz de...
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22 Oct

As we introduce a new name, you might have the desire to do the same. Starting 22 October, 2021 and continuing through 5 November, 2021, all players will be offered a free BattleTag name change. This applies to anyone who does not currently have a free name change available. Existing name changes will not stack for future use.

Players can request a name change through this form. You will receive a notification once your request has been processed. Please allow up to four weeks for processing.

Thanks and we’ll see you in game!

The Overwatch Team


21 Oct

The 9.1.5 content update arrives November 2! When it launches, you'll be able to freely switch Covenants, as well as take advantage of all the new customization options and quality of life changes. The Legion Timewalking Event will run for two weeks the first time it arrives in early December.

Continue the fight against the Jailer and freely bear the colors of the Covenant of your choice. Enhance your character's look with all-new customization options for select Allied Races. Also in this update, go back in time to the Broken Shore for Legion Timewalking and take on the challenges of the Mage Tower once more!


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9.1.5 Content Update Preview

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The 9.1.5 content update is focused on improving the Shadowlands Covenant systems – including the removal of Conduit Energy and freely switching Covenants without cooldown at max Renown, quality of life changes for alternate characters, a variety of new character customization options for select Allied Races, and the introduction of Legion Timewalking, Timewalking Mage Tower and Legion Mythic+ dungeons.

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Prime your minds for a fel tangled chrono-spatial conundrum: Legion Timewalking is here!

Players will be able to adventure into six of Legion’s dungeons to reap new rewards all week during this week’s Bonus Event. Your character and items will be scaled down to a power level fitting for the challenge at hand, but bosses will yield loot appropriate for your regular level. Timewalking dungeons also have a chance to drop items that usually drop when you run them on Heroic difficulty, and you’ll earn reputation with a faction that is interested in the dungeon.

In addition, you can also complete Timeworn Keystone dungeons to earn powerful loot, as well as take on the challenges of the Mage Tower, available only while the event is active.


While the Event is Active

Look for the following all week long:

  • Caretaker Kah'toll in Oribos has a quest for you. You can also start the quest from within...
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The 21.4.4 patch, releasing later today, includes bug fixes, Battlegrounds updates, and miscellaneous non-player-facing backend updates.

Battlegrounds Updates

MINION UPDATES

Omega Buster

  • Old: 6 Attack, 6 Health. Deathrattle: Summon six 1/1 Microbots. For each that doesn’t fit, give your Mechs +1/+1. New: 5 Attack, 5 Health. Deathrattle: Summon five 1/1 Microbots. For each that doesn’t fit, give your Mechs +1/+1.

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20 Oct

We’re thrilled to announce details for the second competitive dungeon one-off tournament of the year, as The Great Push returns for Season 2, December 10-12! 

One of our core goals this year has been to push the boundaries of what competitive dungeon-running can look like, to look beyond the standard formats of the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) to see how we can expand PVE Competition. In May we introduced the first-ever The Great Push, challenging teams to push keystones as high as possible within a limited time, with community and player response exceeding what we could have hoped.

For Season 2 we are evolving The Great Push to make it even better than before! We’re once again asking teams to push Keystones across six dungeons; in addition to four from Shadowlands, we are time walking all the way back to Legion for the remaining two! While only six teams will make it to the main event and compete for their share o...

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With the release of the 9.1.5 content update, players will have access to new character customizations for select races allowing you to create a new version of your hero to take on the dangers of Azeroth. These new character customization options will be available for Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne, and Void Elves in character creation and with a visit to the in-game Barber. You'll be able to choose new jewelry, new tattoos, new hairstyles, and more.

Here are some examples below of the choices that await you.


Highmountain Tauren

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Gather ‘round and listen in, it’s time for Tavern Talks, the series that highlights some of the amazing members of our fine tavern!

Luke “NoHandsGamer” Kooken is the talented Americas Grandmaster known for playing Hearthstone without using his hands. Here, he talks about how mindset is so important for living with his disability, and for thriving at the top level of competition. So, pull up a chair, it’s time for Tavern Talks!

The following interview has been edited for readability.

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Q: Tell us about yourself and how you got into Hearthstone.

A: I have a chronic pain disability, which started in around 2009. In 2016, my pain levels flared up substantially. I started having trouble with the controls for other games, so my brother introduced me to Hear...

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19 Oct

Hallow’s End has returned! The Headless Horseman has taken over the tavern and the festivities are underway! The spooky celebration is spread out over three weeks this year, from October 19 through November 9, with freebies, special offers, and fan-favorite activities across that time.

Pick Out Your Costume

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First things first, it’s not Hallow’s End without some costumes. With the Fairy Tales Bundle, you get classic, fairy tales-themed costumes for your Hunter, Mage, Priest, and Shaman heroes! Or, if you plan to spend your time in Bob’s tavern this Hallow’s End, you can pick up the Battlegrounds Hallow’s End bundle, which includes a Gala Medivh alternate Bartender and seven costumes for your Battlegrounds heroes.

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Players will be able to venture into six of Mists of Pandaria’s storied dungeons to reap new rewards all week during this Bonus Event. Simply open the Group Finder (default hotkey: “I”) and then select Dungeon Finder and Timewalking in the “Type” dropdown menu. Selecting “Find Group” will match you with other players and send you to one of the following Heroic Dungeons.

  • Temple of the Jade Serpent
  • Stormstout Brewery
  • Shado-Pan Monastery
  • Mogu’shan Palace
  • Siege of Niuzao Temple
  • Gate of the Setting Sun

Your character and items will be scaled down to a power level fitting for the challenge at hand, but bosses will yield loot appropriate for your natural level. Timewalking dungeons also have a chance to drop items that usually drop when you run them on Heroic, and you’ll earn reputation with a faction that is interested in the dungeon.

You’ll also be able to visit a new Timewalking v...

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18 Oct

It’s time for Tricky Treats, costumes, and—of course—the return of the Headless Horseman during this year’s Hallow’s End!

Hallow’s End celebrates the break of the Forsaken from the Scourge.

Fun and mischief reign as the Innkeepers of Azeroth give treats, and tricks, to whomever asks.

The spookiest time of year has arrived once more, and the Headless Horseman rides forth to strike terror into the hearts and minds of Azeroth’s citizens.


When: October 18–November 1
Where: Trick-or-Treat throughout the inns of Azeroth, Northrend, Pandaria, Outland, Draenor, and the Broken Isles (Dalaran) for tasty treats and currency to buy Hallow’s End delights.


All together now! —the Headless Horseman is back to set fire to Razor Hill and Goldshire once more. You’ll need to lend a hand on the bucket brigade to put them out and face the infamous rider.

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The Masters Tour heads to the Alliance capital of Stormwind! More than 400 invited players from over 40 countries will compete for a chance to take home a share of the $250,000 (USD) prize pool. Earn Year of the Phoenix Drops as you watch top players from around the world battle for their shot at claiming the title of Masters Tour Stormwind champion, only on YouTube!

Details

  • Dates: Friday, October 22– Sunday, October 24, 2021
    • Day 1: Swiss Rounds 1-4
    • Day 2: Swiss Rounds 5-8
    • Day 3: Round of...
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15 Oct

Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams are proud to present the eleventh annual World of Warcraft Student Art Contest! We’re calling on college and university students to submit original artwork or animations that would be a great fit for World of Warcraft.

Share with us your creative vision of something we’ve never seen before that still fits within the World of Warcraft universe. You can view previous winning submissions ...

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For a limited time*, you can get a slew of Hearthstone goodies when you purchase a World of Warcraft 6-Month Subscription from the Blizzard Shop.

What you Get:

Once you’ve purchased your subscription, you’ll receive 15 card packs to United in Stormwind, a Tavern Pass, and Battleground Perks. You’ll receive an additional 15 Mercenaries card packs with the release of Mercenaries on October 12.

As an additional bonus, you’ll also receive 15 card packs from a future Hearthstone expansion along with 15 Mercenaries card packs, a Tavern Pass, and Battleground perks at a future date.

For those who already own a 6-Month subscription, please visit our ...

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14 Oct

The spookiest time of year is drawing nigh, as the citizens of Azeroth prepare for Hallow’s End and look to the sky for the return of the Headless Horseman!

This week, learn about some of the latest updates made to the 9.1.5 PTR including an additional player customization, class balancing, and much more. In WoW Classic, groups can queue together to take on pre-made PvP in Burning Crusade Classic battlegrounds. Plus, get more insight into the design intentions and changes coming to WoW Classic Season of Mastery.

Don’t forget to unlock Sarge’s Tale, a free World of Warcraft* mount, through Hearthstone’s new Mercenaries game mode.


Play Hearthstone Mercenaries® and Ride into action on Sarge!

Earn the new mount Sarge free when you play Hearthstone® Mercenaries, an all-new single-player roguelike game mode! Learn more details in our ...

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13 Oct

The spookiest event of the season has returned to Overwatch, bringing with it a slew of sinister new skins guaranteed to transform every battlefield into a graveyard smash. Some of the treats you might find in your Loot Boxes this Halloween include Echo’s blood-chilling Vampire Bat attire, a grim new getup for Bastion, and the styled-to-slay Vampire Hunter Brigitte.

To celebrate this frightful event, we caught up with concept artists Daryl Tan and Morten Skaalvik to discuss how they approached designing three of the latest Legendaries.


Halloween Terror gives the minds on the Overwatch team a chance to indulge their spookiest artistic senses. From ‘80s slasher flicks

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12 Oct

Greetings! I’m Tian, a Lead Data Scientist on the Hearthstone team. In this blog post, I am going to talk about some details behind ratings and matchmaking in the PvP Fighting Pit of our brand-new game mode, Mercenaries!

The Mercenaries rating and matchmaking system is the most complicated rating and matchmaking system we’ve ever used in one of our game modes! At its core, though, we had two simple ideas:

  • For ratings, our main goal was to make the value best indicate player skill over time, rather than Mercenary level, Ability/Equipment level, or team composition.
  • For matchmaking, our main goal was to achieve “fair” matches within a reasonable queue time, taking into account your rating, Merc levels, Ability/Equipment levels, and Party Roles.

There are several factors that impact how we update your post game ratings and how we find you an opponent during the matchmaking phase, including: your ratings, the level of y...

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