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May 24th, 2016 by - No Comments

wow_icon_by_officer_luficerThank you to Cinder_Tweets from the Battletagged and Reins of Azeroth podcasts for sending me this article from So let’s go over the hotfixes and see how they apply to us.

Note from the developers:
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve rolled out a series of hotfixes aimed at improving overall pacing and playability of the low-level (1-20) experience. We started by adding a number of modern conveniences to our low-level quest experience, and will continue to roll these improvements forward across other legacy content in the future. We’ve also made some improvements to the overall pace of combat at low levels: Due to the accumulated effect of years’ worth of max-level tuning adjustments, many classes were killing low-level enemies nearly instantaneously, even without heirloom gear or other advantages. A summary of the hotfixes follows:

This is part of the stuff that WatcherDev was referencing in his live chat the other week on twitch.

Most quest bosses from level 1-20 should now be multitap and will scale their health with the numbers of players fighting them.

This will make things easier for Challengers to level up.

Added dynamic respawn behavior to most level 1-20 outdoor areas, so that spawns will be more readily available during times of high player traffic.

This is going to actually increase the speed at which quests can be completed… quite often we wait around in Loch Modan for those dang Troggs to respawn.

Players who die in low-level dungeons should now release to the entrance of the dungeon, consistent with the practice in dungeons from more recent expansions.

Does not affect us.

Level 1-10 enemy NPCs now deal slightly more damage.

*slightly more damage*. Probably not enough to make it noticeable but Challengers should pay heed just in case.

Reduced the bonus to out-of-combat health regeneration that players receive when below level 20.

I think this will slightly decrease the pace of questing at this level and/or force folks towards food, drink, healing instead of just waiting for health to regen on its own.

Reduced player damage at low levels to improve overall combat pacing. In general, Strength and Agility classes saw a larger reduction in damage than did casters. Damage dealt is unchanged from level 40 onwards.

 So Warriors, Paladins, Cat-Form Druids, Hunters, Monks and Rogues will feel this more. Poor Warriors. Nerfed again. I welcome a change like this especially with the default specs being introduced in Legion.

We see these changes as the beginning, rather than an endpoint – much work remains to improve tuning and pacing of the old-world level-up experience, and our efforts will continue into Legion and beyond.

 I really am hoping that mob-scaling will be introduced in the old-world. I have a feeling that if things work out successfully with the Legion zones, they’ll roll it out elsewhere fairly quickly.
May 21st, 2016 by - No Comments

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May 20th, 2016 by - No Comments

Achievement_level_100The concept of the Pacifist challenge was around since before WoW Challenges was a thing, however, it wasn’t until we started that the challenge was truly tracked. Since that time we’ve had six characters that have come tantalizingly close to reaching the pinnacle but fell short with sometimes only as few as one kill.

Some thought the challenge was literally impossible.

Tânee and Bloodless proved them wrong.

daisyTânee became our World First Pacifist hitting Level 100 with her Night Elf Rogue on May 18 2016 at 8:32:19am Pacific time. She is known to the community by having several (four?!?!) Level 90 Iron Champions. She had an overall playtime (Level 10 to 100) of 71 days, 23 hours, 13 minutes and 14 seconds.

Shortly after, a mere 44 minutes after Tânee, Bloodless became our second Pacifist Champion with his Dwarf Rogue at 9:15:48 Pacific Time. Bloodless is otherwise known to the community as Lyssan, a person known for his firsts in the Ironman Challenge. He had an overall playtime (Level 10 to 100) of 129 days, 12 hours, 13 minutes and 15 seconds.

Congratulations to both Champions and a big thank you for showing us the challenge is certainly achievable.

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Iron Man Challenge - See All
Lyssan Priest 100 us - Vek'nilash
Xayaforsi Hunter 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ferrenys Druid 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ironashs Druid 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Jernmand Hunter 100 eu - Earthen Ring
Ferreskye Priest 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Stone: Pet battle achievements earned immediately before hitting Level 100.
More than 9 pet battles not allowed.
Please see forums.
Grayarcher Hunter 100 us - Aerie Peak
Deidrevenm Monk 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Asyluun Hunter 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Boneless Hunter 100 us - Nesingwary
Ferriona Druid 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ironstevo Warlock 100 us - Earthen Ring
Fckingyolo Hunter 100 eu - Darkmoon Faire
Marghunt Hunter 100 eu - Hellscream
Lyssande Warrior 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ironrevenge Monk 100 us - Khadgar
Abnormal leveling speed. Please contact Stone.
Вирджиз Marked for Deletion Hunter 100 eu - Голдринн
Ironster Rogue 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Abnormal leveling speed. Please contact Stone.
Calindril Hunter 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Sepa Rogue 95 us - Wyrmrest Accord

Pacifist Challenge - See All
Tânee Rogue 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Bloodless Rogue 100 us - Nazgrel
- You have 1 kills... no kills are allowed!
Tokiv Marked for Deletion Warrior 93 eu - Darkmoon Faire
- You have 1 kills... no kills are allowed!
Noharm Rogue 93 us - Wyrmrest Accord
- You have 1 kills... no kills are allowed!
Tanareet Rogue 92 us - Vek'nilash
- You have 1 kills... no kills are allowed!
Sindrys Rogue 92 us - Nesingwary
Hatoha Druid 89 eu - Alonsus
Ptulliiv Rogue 84 eu - Saurfang
Fulman Mage 78 us - Proudmoore
- You have 4 kills... no kills are allowed!
Ultranumb Rogue 78 us - Khaz Modan

Blood Thirsty Challenge - See All
Irondudeman Hunter 67 us - Lightbringer
Bloodyktang Hunter 67 us - Khadgar
Bentgrinder Monk 61 us - Skywall
- Killing Blow Pct Too Low (0 %)
- Kills granting Experience is too low. (0 / 695.5)
- Primary Professions Not Allowed ()
- Archaeology not allowed (375)
- Fishing not allowed (128)
- Cooking not allowed (33)
Kûmâ Druid 60 eu - Draenor
Teratia Death Knight 58 us - Lightbringer
Krilldarra Marked for Deletion Death Knight 56 us - Lightbringer
- something looks wonky with your DK, please contact Stone.
Ironedk Death Knight 56 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ciardha Death Knight 56 eu - Forscherliga
- Killing Blow Pct Too Low (0 %)
Bloodyiron Marked for Deletion Death Knight 55 us - Lightbringer
Muhjahtolli Marked for Deletion Death Knight 55 us - Lightbringer