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Newsletter August 29: Less Than A Day!

Post by piwakawaka » August 29th, 2016, 4:45 am

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August 2016
Year 2, Issue 35

Hello Readers,

We stand poised, on the brink of the next expansion. In less than a day, we'll be swearing at the great lag boss as we bravely battle through the Legion towards our new battle pets.

While our characters bravely battle through the Broken Isles, teams will be once a week battling just as bravely in the Nexus. Several of our fellow A3 members still don't have Graves for one reason or another, and so recently a group was started to help them out. If you fit into this group, or have your Graves and want to help others get theirs, make sure you check out the full information. It can be found further down the newsletter past all of the latest Legion news and Blue posts.

We hope to see you all in the Nexus and the Isles!

Piwakawaka
Agency HolidayAzeroth Adoption Agency Staff will be taking a holiday from 4th September - 10th September. This will allow us to recharge as well as enjoy the new expansion.
Adoptions will be closed during this time. The newsletter will also be on hiatus for next week.

We'll see you on the Broken Isles!
Gamescon 2016Gamescon 2016 came to an end on August 21st. Be sure you check out the Blizzard-related highlights from it!

Blizzard Gamescon 2016 Highlights

Video Playlists
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL9AZclrWevtyGDfDzKzkLPICZysQbTBvk&v=lP4lI2wSBOk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL9AZclrWevty1ambcJhBmv4wOIX-xJOSe&v=ZCotYjCkVHg
Blue Posts
Reading Feedback and Comments
I want to reiterate that we HAVE been reading feedback and comments from all classes, and we realize the concerns that have been laid out. Just because we don't make changes you may ask for does not necessarily mean that we are not listening and reading what you write.

For me, this was a chance to reach out one final time prior to Legion's launch next week. I am not making promises of changes here, and I wouldn't expect major overhalls prior to launch by any means*, but that doesn't mean we won't have a talk with the developers and, at the very least, get their opinions on some of the feedback laid out here.

*This is me being transparent

Ornyx
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST
Let's Talk: Hunter Feedback
Hey guys!

Trying to round up some class feedback to throw back over to the development team. If anyone has made collated lists on the state of the various specs, with examples of the skills and abilities players are having issue with that would be awesome to see!

Otherwise, please use this thread to help me collate information from the greater Hunter community and explain why certain changes have impacted your engagement and desire to play the class.

Thanks!

One of the primary issues I see being mentioned is the current state of Beast Mastery revolving around "only three buttons" when following guides from sites like Icy-Veins, so know that I've noted that in my feedback already.

I am interested to hear why less buttons impacts your engagement and enjoyment of the class overall, and what you see as the problem with any of those skills.

*Excuse any ignorance I may have with the Hunter class here.

Ornyx
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST
Guardian Mastery
Guardian is overall in a good space, but Mastery scaling has been a bit out of control while Haste has been underwhelming. The main defensive value of Haste for Guardian Druids is to proc more Ironfurs and Frenzied Regenerations - something we want to bring more into focus.

Last night we decreased the health and healing received from Nature's Guardian to 4% (from 8%) and adjusted the mastery amount accordingly, and, to compensate for this, we've increased the amount of armor granted by Ironfur up to 100% (from 75%). You should see more of an impact from haste affecting Ironfur now, and stacking Mastery will be a less effective tactic going forward.

Ornyx
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST
Mythic Dungeons
I think it's worthy to note that base Mythic in Legion is comparable to some of the older Heroic dungeons many are used to in terms of difficulty. These dungeons become harder as Keystones are used to scale them and increase their challenges, but this is not a system you need to participate in if you don't want to.

If your concern is over grouping, the in-game Group Finder tool will be a good way to find groups for Mythic dungeons, much as it is now.

Ornyx
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST
Artifact Power Rewards Scale and Knowledge
The fact that Artifact Power rewards from quests and treasures now scale with Knowledge is not a bug.

We started off the design of the system thinking along the exact same lines as many of the posters in this thread: We figured that we should make sure that one-time AP rewards did not scale, or else the "right" answer might be to delay completing key quests or collecting any treasures until you had higher Knowledge. And that didn't sound like much fun.

So we spent the first half of beta with all repeatable AP sources (world quests, item drops, missions, etc.) scaling, and all story quests and treasures flat. We added multipliers to things like Suramar or Order Campaign quests that tried to incorporate a likely expected Knowledge level at the point where players would get to that content. So, for example, finishing the third chapter of the Suramar campaign awarded a flat 10k Artifact Power, since by that point we expected players to likely have a ~14x multiplier from being around Knowledge Level 12, and we wanted to make sure that the reward still felt meaningful to that player.

But as we were actually playtesting extensively and getting into endgame ourselves and going through the Artifact Power and Knowledge progressions, we realized two things:
  • Artifact Power isn't a limited resource. There's always more available. There are world quests popping up every few hours, dungeons that can be repeatedly run, and so forth. And regardless of what we did with one-time sources, the vast majority of a player's AP over the course of the expansion would come from repeatable sources.
  • Even trying to account for an expected "par" Knowledge level, any time you came across a non-scaling reward that was aimed at someone with a lower Knowledge level, it felt pretty bad. Stumbling across a zone side-quest you'd missed and getting 100 AP from it when you needed 70k for your next trait felt like a waste of time. Opening a treasure to get 25 AP when you needed 300k for your next trait felt insulting. The system we'd set up actually encouraged trying to front-load all your AP while it still mattered (e.g. doing a full world tour to collect every treasure possible while still at Knowledge Level 1, since if you waited they'd no longer be worth the time relative to other activities).
So we started changing it. The first step was making treasures and level-up quests scale. That helped, but we still found that someone who delayed doing much in Suramar beyond the initial Friendly unlock, and instead focused on other content (dungeons, world quests, etc.), found all the rewards in the zone incredibly underwhelming once they got around to doing those quests. So just over a month ago, we also converted those rewards to be scaling sources.

Now, we haven't had a new client build since then, so community sites and datamining likely still show the values of the old items. That Suramar Chapter 3 capstone reward mentioned above is not a 10k AP item that gets multiplied by Artifact Power - that'd be pretty crazy. It's now just a 750 AP base item, which will give around 10k AP when you get there if you've been keeping up with your Knowledge.

It's not necessarily intuitive, since at first glance it seems like an obvious flaw in our system that if you wait until Knowledge Level 20 (a month and a half longer) to complete that quest, it'd give over 70k AP instead of 10k. Aren't you "wasting" 60k AP if you don't do that? The key here is that everything is relative. That Suramar quest capstone reward is equal to ~5 world quests. It'll be equal to 5 world quests if you do it ASAP; it'll be equal to 5 world quests if you do it two months later. And it'll contribute roughly the same amount towards whatever trait you're working on at the time.

Finally, it's also worth noting that the biggest one-time sources of AP are the Order Hall campaign, and the Suramar campaign. From a pure min-max perspective (probably the mindset most associated with the competitive raider), you really don't want to delay turning in either of those. The former leads to unlocking your third Artifact relic slot; the latter unlocks additional repeatable sources of AP (new world quests) and eventually access to the two Mythic dungeons, for an extra two Mythic clears each week.

tl;dr: Just get Artifact Power when you find it, as you find it. Enjoy the rewards and the immediate benefit, and you aren't hurting yourself in the long run.

Toschayju
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST
Helpful Legion Class Guides
As we continue to progress into Legion, more and more helpful information is being compiled by other players. Below are some helpful guides put together by players in the WoW forum.

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Druid (leveling)
Warrior (fury)|Warlock (affliction)
Warlock (demonology)
Warlock (destruction)[/col]
Legion Previews
Highmountain
  • The location of one of the largest mountains in Azeroth, Highmountain is a rugged and beautiful place. Here, three tribes of Highmountain tauren are locked in a bitter struggle against the savage drogbar that threaten their lands.



World Quests
  • The new World Quest system represents a major change from how player characters used to make regular progression daily or weekly. In Legion, you’ll find the war taking place on multiple fronts—all over the Broken Isles, with a wide variety of ways you can participate in pushing back the invaders, as well as growing your character and being a big part of the story of Warcraft.

The Arcway and Court of Stars
  • The Arcway and Court of Stars are accessible a little differently than a dungeon like Maw of Souls. To gain access to these two maximum-level dungeons, you’ll need to work on your reputation with Suramar, which you’ll be able to do as a part of the zone questline. You’ll also need a premade group to take them on as neither of these dungeons will be available in Normal or Heroic. Read on to learn more about them.
Legion Artifact Feature
  • To defeat the Legion, you’ll need to wield the most powerful weapons on Azeroth. To help you learn more about these weapons and the new Artifact system, we’ve put together two new feature videos to provide you more insight.



Legion Dungeons and Raids Schedule
  • When it comes to dungeons and raids in World of Warcraft: Legion, launch on August 30 is just the beginning. Here’s a list of dates to look forward to as Azeroth fights off a demonic invasion.
    • Tuesday, August 30–When Legion is live, dungeons will immediately be available on Normal and Heroic difficulties. Mythic dungeon difficulty will be available after the weekly dungeon reset time.
    • Tuesday, September 20–The Emerald Nightmare Raid dungeon opens on Normal and Heroic difficulties. Mythic Keystones will begin dropping which will allow increased challenge and rewards from Mythic dungeons.
    • Tuesday, September 27–Mythic difficulty for the Emerald Nightmare Raid dungeon opens. The first wing of Raid Finder difficulty for Emerald Nightmare opens.
    • Tuesday, October 11–Raid Finder Wing 2 of Emerald Nightmare opens.
    • Tuesday, October 25–Raid Finder Wing 3 of Emerald Nightmare opens.
Heroes Of The Storm
A3 is all about helping one another collect the pets that we need -- even when it brings us outside of the World of Warcraft. Graves is a pet that comes from achieving a personal level of 20 in Heroes of the Storm. This is a grind that intimidates a lot of people, both because it's long and it is outside of the comfort zone of many pet collectors. Many players also experience anxiety or stress when it comes to farming such things with strangers. As such, A3 has decided to devote time each week to helping members who still need their Graves. A3 will run casual, no-pressure groups for members to participate in.
- This initial farming group will be a vs. AI group.
- Players over level 20 are allowed to join in, but priority will be given to members still needing their pet.
- The group host will be in Discord voice chat.
- There is no pressure to win. The goal is to have fun and gain experience towards the pet.

The group will be running Wednesdays from 8.30pm PT. Positions in the group are first come first serve, with priority to those who do not have the pet. You are always welcome to start a splinter group if enough people are waiting around for their chance.
Must have Heroes of the Storm installed, updated, and have played through the tutorials before joining the farm group.
A3 Team ChallengeAre you interested in winning Any Current BlizzStore Pet or a variety of RL Blizzard-themed loot from J!nx? Of course you are! Participate in A3's new weekly event and you just might! This week's challenge:
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Wild Pet Capture Service
Above all else... A3 loves collecting pets! Collection doesn't just stop at pets that can be traded and adopted though - there are a few worlds' worth of wild pets out there waiting for collectors, too! A few of us would like to offer our love of hunting wild pets to A3 members to help them also round out their wild pet needs.

Each week (sometimes a few times each week!) we will comb zones to help members find the wild pets they are still after. We will turn a zone upside-down and inside-out looking for your pet(s) and message you once we've found them. You will then come and capture it!

There are both Horde and Alliance hunters on standby to help with the pet search, so both factions are welcome.
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Adoptions
Do you want to help supply pets for adoption that A3 needs? We have a Pet Suppliers thread where members can sign up to sponsor certain pets they are willing to supply. When the supply of certain pets starts to run low or we have an upcoming project where we’ll need more of a certain pet – we’ll send out a notification about that pet to our suppliers! There is no guess work and no 24/7 farming because we’ll let you know when we’re in need of the pets.

There are no quotas to meet when supplying the pets that you signed up for. You can provide whatever amount you are comfortable with.

New supply options were added on March 6th.

For more information about the Pet Supplier project click here.
Whether entering a one-time competition or requesting your weekly pets, please remember these essential tips so your requests and entries aren't disqualified.
  • Don't forget to keep your WarcraftPets account up to date. You can find a guide on how to do this here.
  • Please remember to check what pets you have before submitting requests! Add-ons don't always display things accurately.
  • Please remember to report your request list if you acquire a pet you have requested. We've modified our system so that even if your post has already been flagged you can still report and make changes.
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Weekly Raffle Winners

Congratulations to this week's winners, who won a http://www.wowhead.com/npc=33194/dun-morogh-cub![pre]There Were No Entries This Week[/pre][/color]
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UPCOMING EVENTS
[col3]Did you know that A3 has bills? It’s true! A3 has monthly and yearly bills related to the cost of operating the Agency. We earn some funds from ads on the site but most of A3’s operating costs are paid out of pocket.

Operating costs are the costs required to run the community – these do not include the costs of sponsoring giveaways.|A3 is a volunteer operated project and we need the help of our members to keep the site online.

Currently only 3% of our members have contributed to assist with operating costs. 1% of our members have contributed more than once.

A few spare dollars here and there can go a long way!|Donations are accepted through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to donate.

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