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World of Warcraft walks back claim that 7.2 is the ‘biggest patch ever’

In a livestream Q&A sessionWorld of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas admitted that the studio probably shouldn’t have slapped the label of “biggest patch ever” on Patch 7.2. The game director said that this was an objective measurement of all of the content that was included, but not every player would experience all of it due to the variety.

Hazzikostas fielded several questions about the gradual unlocking of Patch 7.2’s content, including the still-to-come raid. He said that the unlock schedule for Tomb of Sargeras will come in May, with the raid opening up sometime in mid-to-late June. Another raid is reportedly in the works for Patch 7.3 on Argus.

Other topics discussed were the cross-realm zone lag, why Blizzard isn’t scaling players for the artifact challenge, paragon emissary chest rewards, the Legion assault schedule, and why the studio isn’t awarding Legionfall rep for the assaults (spoiler: It’s a dumb reason). You can watch the full Q&A below!

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World of Warcraft’s Dog makes the journey from garrison to Dalaran

World of Warcraft garrisons these days are a sad, lonely place. They’re still there, of course, languishing on Draenor as a monument to yet another Blizzard feature introduced and abandoned in the span of a single expansion. Yet there might be a way to bring a small bit of garrisons over to Legion — if you have sharp enough eyes for it.

Players have discovered that there’s a pebble on the streets of Dalaran that can be used to retrieve an old friend. By taking this pebble back to your garrison and showing it to fan-favorite Dog, Dog will relocate to the pet shop in the floating mage city. How? Because Dog is magic, apparently. So woofy. Very travel.

Don’t believe us? There’s a video showing off this Easter egg after the jump!

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Heroes of the Storm overhauls game, adds Overwatch’s Genji, and gives away 20 free heroes

It is an absolutely massive week for Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm, so let’s dig into all of the news. Yesterday, the game launched its Patch 2.0 overhaul, which contains an improved progression and rewards system, the Hanamura battleground, a collections page, the introduction of gems as the premium currency of the game, and a brand-new hero: Overwatch’s Genji.

As part of the patch fun, Heroes also kicked off a multi-week quest chain called Nexus Challenge 2.0. By completing each of the four quests (which conclude on May 22nd), players can earn rewards in both Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, such as a new D.Va officer skin, loot boxes, and motorcycle mounts. D.Va will most likely be the next hero to come to the game, according to a new cinematic.

If those aren’t enough freebies for you, Blizzard is giving away two score of free heroes to anyone who logs in: “All players who log in between April 25 and May 22 will receive 100 gems, which can be used to permanently unlock one Mega Bundle of their choice. Each Mega Bundle contains 20 Heroes and has its own theme: Assassin, Flex, Support & Specialist, and Tanks & Bruisers.”

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MMO Week in Review: SWTOR goes to war on Iokath, Marvel Heroes goes to PS4 (April 23, 2017)

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This week, MMORPG players saw three major releases: Star Wars The Old Republic’s War for Iokath, Lord of the Ring’s Online’s anniversary update, and the arrival of a slimmed-down and isolated Marvel Heroes on PlayStation 4. Meanwhile, Funcom is full steam ahead on a spring release for Secret World Legends, in spite of mounting criticism.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Star Citizen’s alpha roadmap (April 16, 2017)

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Just when you think it’s gonna be a dead holiday weekend, Star Citizen drops a zinger in the form of a massive roadmap for 2017 and a summer ETA for alpha 3.0 — though it’ll have fewer features than originally anticipated.

Meanwhile, TERA launched Honorbound, Blade & Soul released its Secrets of the Stratus update, and BioWare delayed SWTOR’s 5.2 patch to this week, so there’s something to look forward to!

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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Diablo III brings the Necromancer closed beta to life

It’s time to start dredging up corpses and making them do what you want in Diablo III, because the Necromancer closed beta has arrived. Of course, it is a closed beta, so if you haven’t been invited to test the new class you’ll have to just watch other people testing it. Still, you can look through the full list of Necromancer abilities to get an idea of what it’ll be capable of once you do get to play it in the future. It’s necromantic stuff, you know.

You can also test the rest of the patch as well; it might not contain any more corpse-animating weirdos, but it does contain new Challenge Rifts, new Adventure Zone maps, and various quality-of-life improvements and fixes. Obviously, those aren’t the things that will draw the most attention, but they’re all still there. And who doesn’t want more adventure zones to explore with the eventual and inevitable Necromancer? No one.

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World of Warcraft’s command center is up on US servers

As players fight through the Broken Shore in World of Warcraft, it’s important to know which of the various support structures are up at any given time. Right now it’s the Command Center, which is probably the least loved of the buildings. Of course, it’s also the building which promises random aid during outdoor fights and a world quest with Legionfall reputation, so perhaps it deserves more affection than it’s getting after all.

A number of hotfixes have also been rolled out to make artifact challenges easier, Cathedral of Eternal Night easier on all difficulties (especially Mythic), and to slightly boost a few underperforming artifact talents. Last but not least, there’s a story now floating around Reddit about a player being gifted the deluxe edition of the expansion by a GM, which is… unusual, to say the least. (And not a buff you can receive from buildings on the Broken Shore. Seriously, we checked.

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MMO Week in Review: EVE Fanfest, Black Desert’s 2017 outlook, Marvel Heroes’ console plans (April 9, 2017)

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Gotta love a big MMORPG week! Marvel Heroes is coming to console, Black Desert has huge plans for 2017, The Secret World weathered a massive leak, Ship of Heroes began and ended its Kickstarter, and through it all rolled EVE Fanfest in Reykjavik, from which Brendan’s been reporting on DUST 514 replacement Project Nova, EVE’s Project Discovery, Sparc, EVE Valkyrie, and more yet to come. In a normal week, any one of those might have had a Week in Review intro all unto itself, and yet here we are.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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World of Warcraft activates the mage tower, starts looking ahead to Patch 7.2.5

Now that Patch 7.2 is out for World of Warcraft, what’s next on Blizzard’s plate? Other than last night’s hotfixes, that is. The studio isn’t talking (yet) about the anticipated Patch 7.3, but it has started to mention what players can expect to see in 7.2.5. It looks as if this smaller patch will be focused on class adjustments, starting with more changes to the talent screen.

In the meanwhile, the various features of 7.2 continue to be unlocked following last week’s release. Players can now build and access the mage tower in the Broken Shores, which is a handy structure that provides portals across the expansion and the ability to run artifact challenges for new appearances.

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO is the worst for ‘trash pulls’?

A week or two ago, Blizzard Watch had a post up polling its readers about which trash pulls in WoW they hated the most. I’m willing to bet a small number of our readers may not even have much experience with trash pulls to begin with, depending on the types (and ages) of MMOs they’re familiar with. But I remember the days of early World of Warcraft and being frustrated because it was so obvious that the trash mobs were just there to clutter up our path, prolong the duration of the dungeon, and waste our time.

I also remember the days of City of Heroes, when the trash pulls of swarms of baddies were the most entertaining part of group encounters, and in fact bosses were what always annoyed me. (Freakin’ purple triangles.) Pull every room! All the rooms! More mobs! More exp! More loot! More particle effects!

That tells me the problem isn’t so much the existence of trash mobs but their execution and rewards.

Which MMO is the worst for trash pulls in 2017? What about the best?

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MMO Week in Review: Funcom abdicates the MMORPG genre (April 2, 2017)

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There’s no way around it: Funcom’s announcement this week that it plans to effectively maintenance mode The Secret World and reboot it into a smaller-scale multiplayer game more palatable to the mainstream masses of Steam represents the studio’s final farewell to the MMORPG genre following the maintenance mode of Anarchy Online and Age of Conan earlier this year. Secret World Legends may be the best way forward for what’s left of the preeminent horror MMO, and it may even be fun, but it’s game over for MMOs out of one of the founding companies of the genre. Also, no one’s buying “MMO fatigue,” but “bad MMO fatigue” — yeah, that we get.

In happier news, it was April 1st yesterday, inconveniently on a Saturday. Hope you enjoyed our joke and our roundup of the genre’s jokes too!

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: City of Heroes necromancy (March 26, 2017)

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Much-loved 2004 MMORPG City of Heroes, which sunsetted prematurely in 2012, dominated the headlines this week as NCsoft announced it was resurrecting a piece of the game’s legacy by adding CoH NPC Statesman into its upcoming MOBA, Master x Master, leading gamers and bloggers alike to opine on the subject, even after one NCsoft employee stepped forward to claim the decision as his own personal “passion project.”

Speaking of necromancy, I had a desert-themed necro/thermal Mastermind who was a ton of fun.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: PAX East awards, EverQuest’s 18th, and ESO’s battlegrounds (March 19, 2017)

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A week after PAX East’s close, we’ve completed our assignments and handed out our awards. Make sure you cast your vote in our reader poll for the best MMO of the show!

Meanwhile, EverQuest celebrates 18 years online, Revelation fielded pay-to-win complaints, we compared survival sandbox Rend to other MMOs, Star Citizen wowed onlookers with its level design, and our columnist took a hard look at The Elder Scrolls Online’s proposed Morrowind battleground system.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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