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Reza Lackey Posted:
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A small but significant change that’s on the way is the ability for followers assigned to work at one of your buildings to earn XP for any work orders they provide a bonus for. This will help level up more of your followers and reduce the amount of micromanagement required when moving followers in and out of work assignments and missions.

Do you enjoy defending your garrison from invasions? Have you earned many gold ratings in doing so? Well now you’ll be able to earn a platinum ranking and if you’re able to achieve it, you’ll be rewarded with a level 660 item.

As you can see there’s a bunch of great changes and new features on the way. It’s really great to see how Blizzard is constantly fine tuning the entire Garrison and Follower experience. As I have said numerous times before, I am so eager to see how else they plan to enhance and expand this system.

Patch 6.1 is packed with all kinds of new stuff. Here are a few more items from the patch notes:

  • Players can assemble a music box allowing them to play music in their Garrisons. New songs can be collected from throughout the world to expand your music library.
  • A new vendor has been added allowing players to use Garrison Resource to purchase items to upgrade Followers, or items that can be used to spawn a rare mission.
  • New Raid missions to Blackrock Foundry are now available for a cache that awards level 665, 680, or 695 items.
  • Level-100 Garrison resource missions now award more Garrison Resources.
  • Garrisons with 10 or more followers now have access to a sortable list with a quick overview of how many followers can counter a particular threat or how long a follower will be out on a mission.
  • Players now have an option to queue up all remaining work order slots through the building's work order UI.
  • Level 3 Armory (Dwarven Bunker / War Mill): A daily quest has been added to allow players to exchange Iron Horde Scraps for an armor or weapon enhancement token.
  • Miner's Coffee no longer has a stack limit, is now bind on pickup, and has a sell price. It now has an exclusive category so it cannot be applied multiple times by splitting it into different stacks. However, the aura can now correctly stack up to 5 times.
  • When a character is killed, a new screen now shows more information on what killed you.

Click here for the full list of official patch notes.

Mount Up

Blizzard has hinted at a new upcoming mount on their WoW Twitter account.

It’s unclear how this mount will be obtained but I’m assuming it’ll be available in the real-money store like several other mounts. Those mounts sell for $25 each with the Warforged Nightmare being an exception at $30. Hopefully there will be other ways to get this bad boy through regular game play.

Hearthstone Balance

One of the most heavily debated cards right now is unquestionably Undertaker. Many players agree that it is too powerful and have been asking Blizzard to do something about it for quite a while. Well, Blizzard listened. Here is the card in its current form:

Once the change goes live, Undertaker will only receive +1 attack and no longer gain health when other Deathrattle minions are played. From an official post on the matter:

Undertaker was frustrating to play against. It often gained both Attack and Health stats significantly above those of other inexpensive minions very early in the game. With this change, we expect Undertaker will still be better than other 1-Mana minions when played in a deck with a Deathrattle theme, but more likely to die in combat against other minions.

For those of you who may have crafted a golden version of the card and no longer want it after the balance change don’t worry - you’ll be able to disenchant it for its full cost for a limited time.

Lastly, for those who hit Rank 20 or higher during the month of January a new card back is yours! The Maraad card back:

That does it for this week. What do you think of all the Patch 6.1 updates? Let us know in the comments below!

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Reza Lackey