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08 Sep

Hello, everyone! We've seen a lot of conversations around Competitive in Overwatch lately, and I'd like to take most of this week's Director's Take to address it. But first, let’s have a quick hero update.

We made several changes to Illari when she was enabled for Ranked. Most notably, the healing for her pylon was reduced, and her Ultimate projectile size was decreased while it no longer pierces barriers. The Pylon nerfs effectively equalized the healing between her pylon and Solar Rifle. Pre-nerf, the Healing Pylon accounted for about 62% of her healing; now that number is 55%. This change also brings her more in line with other damage-forward supports, whereas before, she was outputting healing numbers close to Lifeweaver and Mercy. We're happy with those latest changes and the additional changes made to Captive Sun. We’ll continue to monitor her damage output and see if anything needs addressing next season. Additionally, we're looking at Roadhog's underperfor...

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Stay up to date with World of Warcraft when you join us each week as we round up some of the latest top blue posts and discussions.

Here are this week's highlights:


  • Guardians of the Dream 10.2 PTR: The Guardians of the Dream PTR is open for testing; hop on and share your feedback. Check out the latest development notes, and focused feedback threads are available for ...
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The Diablo IV team has been diligently monitoring your feedback. As we introduce patches to keep your experience in Sanctuary smooth, we will update the below list and denote whether the fixes are intended for PC, Xbox, PlayStation, or all platforms.

1.1.4 Build #45128 (All Platforms) - September 12, 2023

Gameplay Updates

  • The total experience bonus from the Urn of Aggression season blessing has been increased from 8% to 20%.

Developer’s Note: We increased the total experience bonus of Urn of Aggression to make the Season Blessing more impactful and to help players seeking Level 100 get there a little faster.

Bug Fixes


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07 Sep

Do you have the fastest kill rate as you zip past the front lines? Are you an expert at charging your enemies? Do you master the skies with your Guardian Angel skills? Prove and enhance your skills as you take on the new Hero Mastery mode in Overwatch 2!

Hero Mastery is an all-new single-player mode, permanently available for everyone. The objective for Hero Mastery is to race through an action-packed course filled with training bots, obstacles, and jump pads as you race for the finish line. It’ll test your skills and limitations across training courses for Mercy, Reinhardt, and Tracer, with Sojourn and Winston coming later this Season.  Your score is based on how fast you reach the finish line, how many enemy bots you defeat, and how many Emblems you collect throughout the course.

Watch Out for New Training Bots

With new courses come new Training bots! While most of the enemy training bots will look familiar, there will also be new challenging o...

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When Guardians of the Dream arrives, champions will be tasked to protect a new zone—The Emerald Dream, engage in new Public Events—Superbloom and Emerald Bounty, build Renown with the Dream Wardens for unique rewards, and save the new World Tree from the Fyrakk's forces in a new Raid—Amirdrassil, the Dream's Hope.

Join us as we chat about the next Dragonflight content update, Guardians of the Dream, as Assistant Lead Encounter Designer Taylor Sanders and Senior Narrative Designer Anne Stickney, along with our host, Community Manager Betha...

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06 Sep

We’re making some changes to the current expansion Pre-Release Weekend and Fireside Gatherings system ahead of our next expansion announcement, reveal period, and launch.

A Fond Farewell to Fireside Gatherings

First, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue the Fireside Gatherings program as we re-align our focus towards features and programs that can serve more of our players throughout the world.

As part of this shift, the Fireside Gatherings website, servers, and in-game buttons will be shut down and removed before the next expansion. Some of these changes have already gone into effect; others are scheduled over the next few patches. As of today, the public Fireside Gatherings website has been shut down. This means you will no longer be able to create public or private Fireside Gatherings, and there are no Fireside Gathering Pre-Release Weekend plans for future expansions.


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05 Sep

Defend the land against the Primal Incarnates as they rally forces to claim the power of the World Tree, face the onslaught brought on by the Druids of the Flame in a new public event—Dreamsurges, honor the legacy of the undead and night elves with the new Forsaken and Night Elf Heritage Armor sets, band together to battle the Infinites to preserve Azeroth's timeline in Heroic Dawn of the Infinite, and more.

Also, mark your calendars; beginning September 12, follow Velen's prophecy to reveal a new future for some of the draenei people.

New Public Event: Dreamsurge

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Each week we’ll look ahead to what’s in store for World of Warcraft, share the latest news, and keep you in the know byte by byte. The Fury Incarnate Patch arrives for the week of September 5! Prepare to defend the land against the Primal Incarnates, venture into Dreamsurges, and more. 

News and Events This Week

  • September 5
    • (Event) Fury Incarnate Now Live!
    • (Promotion) Twitch Drop: Get the Dashing Buccaneer’s Slops
    • (Event) Wrath Classic: The Joyous Journeys 50% Experience Buff Returns
    • (Event) Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking
    • (Event) PvP Brawl: Comp Stomp
  • September 7
    • (Article) In Development
    • (Event) Secrets of Azeroth Continues with live clue hunts - check in with your favorite creators (9/7-9/10)
  • September 8
    • ...
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Join forces in a new public event—Dreamsurge, earn Forsaken and Night Elf Heritage Armor, band together to run Heroic difficulty for the Dawn of the Infinite mega-dungeon, follow Velen's prophecy to reveal a new future for some of the draenei people—and more.


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Dragonflight’s latest update, Fury Incarnate, brings exciting new content, including the new public event—Dreamsurge, Heroic Dawn of the Infinite, and more. Celebrate the occasion with a new Twitch Drop! Watch any Dragonflight stream on from September 5, 10:00 a.m. PDT, until September 12, 10:00 a.m. PDT, to earn the Dashing Buccaneer’s Slops transmog set.


To participate, you must link your Twitch account by visiting If you have changed your password or made any changes to your Twitch or account, you will have to relink your accounts. When you relink, there will be a 7-day cooldown before you can relink a new Twitch account. After you’ve claimed your reward...

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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 60 and above are eligible to participate.

During Wrath Timewalking, you can assemble a raid group of between 10 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 ‘Premad...

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The roads in Northrend are icy and fraught with danger. To help you continue your journey, players will get the benefit of the Joyous Journeys experience buff*, which will increase experience gains by 50% for all players through level 80! It’s a great time to finish leveling a character, create a new one, or invite friends to join you in your adventures.

Players can also visit any innkeeper in the capital cities and Dalaran to turn the experience buff off or on. The Joyous Journey’s experience buff will be available during the Ice Crown Citadel content update and until further notice.

*Experience buff not available in modern World of Warcraft® or World of Warcraft® Classic Era.

03 Sep

Step right up and prepare to be amazed!

The Darkmoon Faire celebrates the wondrous, exotic, and mysterious from around Azeroth! This mist-shrouded island is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma, accessible for one week only at the beginning of each month.

Come closer for a tantalizing glimpse of what Faire founder, Silas Darkmoon, brings for all to see! 

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01 Sep

The endless pursuit of higher knowledge is its own reward, but you can dress the part when you purchase the High Scholar’s Pack—available for a limited time.*

Advance Your Scholarly Pursuits

You’ll look quite brilliant in the mystical High Scholar's Arcana transmog set as you while away the hours deep in the tomes and librams of many an arcane athenaeum.

In addition, take a bonus 500 Traders Tender with you when you visit the Trading Post.**

What you get:

  • High Scholar’s Circlet (head)
  • High Scholar’s Mantle (shoulder)
  • High Scholar’s Gown (chest/rob...
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Stay up to date with World of Warcraft when you join us each week as we round up some of the latest top blue posts and discussions.

Here are this week's highlights:


  • Secrets of Azeroth Event: Players can still complete the Inquisitive and meta-achievements now and after the event ends.

WoW Classic

  • Wrath Classic 3.4.3 PTR: The latest Wrath Classic PTR, including the Icecrown Citadel raid dungeon, is now available.
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Twist is Now Live!

Today is the first day of the first official season of Hearthstone’s newest Mode, Twist! Twist is a Hearthstone ladder Mode with regularly rotating season, each with a twist on the rules or eligible card pool. With constant shifts and new card combinations, fresh challenges await each Twist season!

If you haven’t tried it yet, you can learn more about the Twist mode in our official ...

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31 Aug

Rumors are everywhere you go, but behind every rumor are secrets to be found—clues even—which lead throughout Azeroth’s varied and variegated landscapes to ancient artifacts and hidden treasures.

What is Secrets of Azeroth?

Beginning on August 31, players will be tasked with putting on their thinking caps to uncover who is behind a recent string of artifact thefts through a variety of daily clues, with the last clue revealing itself on September 13. You’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for daily secrets and tantalizing new rumors and even play a little ‘follow the leader’ with some of your favorite community creators to discover some of the secrets Azeroth has to offer.


To those who fortune favors, go the rewards. Here are some of the items you can add to your collections:

Tricked-Out Thinking Cap on a Vulpera and Goblin talking with each other...
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Embrace your piratical side or show off your class pride with this month’s Trading Post offerings. You’ll be able to sidle up to any adventure with this month’s signature item—the Crusty Crawler mount.

Visit T&W** (Tawney and Wilder) just outside the Mage District in Stormwind or the Zen’shiri Trading Post next to Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar to check out all the latest items*** they have available.

Introducing Final Surge

This month, new activities are available to help players catch up on their activity bar. These events will begin one week before the end of the month.

Here’s What’s in Stock for September

Class Armor Sets and Weapon Sets


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Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, Wrath of the Lich King Classic, 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.


August 30, 2023


  • The Kalimdor Cup will now end on September 4 (was August 28), to give players more time to experience the races.


  • Fixed an issue causing some players to be unable to see Merithra in the Ancient Bough to pick up the quest "Into the Azure" to begin the Azure Span storyline.

 WoW Classic Hardcor...

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30 Aug

Patch 27.2.2 is a data-only patch, launching today, with bug fixes and updates to Hearthstone, Battlegrounds, and Duels.

Hearthstone Updates

Standard Card Updates

Dev Comment: When we made our last round of changes, we knew this balance window was coming soon, so we took a lighter touch on Hunter. Now that we’ve seen the results of our last changes, we’re happy with how the meta is shaping up, but it’s clear that we need to give Hunter a bit more of an adjustment to give other classes some room to breathe.

Hunter has two decks we’re targeting with these changes: Arcane Hunter and Hound Hunter. Halduron is a card we previously buffed to give the Arcane package a chance to shine. We’re happy with our prior change to the effect, but just need to adjust the numbers slightly to keep the power in line. For Hound Hunter, we wanted to hit the deck’s early game and its explosive e...

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