After intense player outcry, Blizzard has made the somewhat rare decision to back off v7.2 alterations to both world and instanced PvP. Players felt that some of the changes were draconian and that they would not address core issues with PvP in its current iteration in Legion.
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a brief look at the upcoming PvP Brawl system coming with v7.2. Players will be able to take part in wild and crazy PvP matches that might include things such as periods of zero gravity or the ability to revisit an old favorite in Tarren Mill vs Southshore.
Earlier Blizzard has released wildly popular World of Warcraft lore encyclopedia, namely Chronicle: Volume 1. It concentrated on lore surrounding the creation of universe and primal Azeroth - Black Empire, Troll Wars, War of the Ancients, etc. Now the company is preparing for release of Chronicle, Volume 2. This book will show origins of ancient Draenor (our timeline!), stories of its primal inhabitants: Arakkoa, Ogres, and more.
World of Warcraft US forum has been updated with a new post from Community Manager Ornyx. The post in question is dedicated to the delicate subject of legendaries in the game and, more specifically, their drop chance.
Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas has written a lengthy post on the World of Warcraft community forum to talk about missteps taken by the development team with regard to the final 20-point trait and the power gap it created between those players who had leveled an artifact to 54 and those who had not. The message is very clear: The team understands its mistakes and the fact that players who wished to compete in raiding guilds, felt obligated to grind AP to reach max level.
The World of Warcraft forum has a new, lengthy post from Josh "Lore" Allen who defends the Blizzard team and its continuous attempts to improve its presence and responsiveness to the community. The post comes in answer to a stinging thread called "What happened to improved communication" that likens developer presence across a broad variety of perceived issues with Legion to a mythical unicorn: Everyone talks about it, but it doesn't truly exist.
Pet battle fanatics will love the World of Warcraft v7.2 update and its special dungeon just for them. In a new quest line, players can journey to the Wailing Caverns that has been reimagined as a new instance specifically for pet battlers.
Blizzard has announced that sales of the World of Warcraft battle pet and plush toy, Mischief, in December 2016 resulted in $2.5M being raised for the Make-A-Wish charity. Mischief cost $10 with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish. The plush toy ran $25 with $14 going to the children's charity.
Blizzard announced yesterday that World of Warcraft tokens can be purchased in game and then used to fill up a virtual currency wallet called BattleNet Balance. This balance can then used to trade for WoW services or to purchase items across all of Blizzard's games. As a result, virtual currency items in the Shop have gotten a bit more interesting. In today's column, we'll take a look at some of the more fun things you can buy with your BattleNet Balance in each of Blizzard's other titles!
The World of Warcraft team has announced that WoW Tokens can now be used for game subscription time OR for adding to a player's BattleNet Balance. BattleNet Balance can be used to purchase WoW services like character transfers or it can be used to purchase pets or mounts from the Blizzard Shop.