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Newsletter September 26: Discord Edition

Post by piwakawaka » September 26th, 2016, 5:17 pm

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September 2016
Year 2, Issue 38

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Hello, Readers.

We've been using Discord as a place to hang out and chat for two months now, and while it's taken a while to catch on, these last two weeks the community has really been flourishing. It provides a wonderful space for people to get together and help each other across all of our different realms to achieve the goals we have in game.

Not only is this a wonderful platform for you to get to know each other, but it gives us a chance to be more immediately out and about with our community, getting to know the people behind the avatars, as you get a better idea of who the staff are and their various roles in the community, as well as having the chance to goof off and have fun.

We hope as the days continue more of you will come join us. You don't have to be a big talker; the lurkers are just as welcome. You never know when something awesome might happen. We've already had many people find help either through grouping up or just getting information from fellow members in Discord.

I hope to see you all joining in the silliness!

Piwakawaka
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[col]Post #1: You Are Here
  • Introduction
  • Table of Contents
Post #2: A3-related News
  • Brewfest Donation Drive
  • Random Discord Giveaways
  • A3's 2-year Anniversary
  • A3 Team Challenge
  • Wild Pet Capture Service
  • Adoptions
Post #3: Warcraft
  • Brewfest
  • Legion World Quests And You
  • Catching Up With Artifact Weapons
  • Legion Previews
Post #4: Blizzard
  • Blue Post: Welcome Rythmore!
  • Blue Post: "Battle.net" update
  • Blue Post: Nerfs Are Not a Joke, Lore.
  • Blue Post: Legion Companion App FAQ
  • Blue Post: Enhance PvP Talents
  • Blue Post: Ignore Pain
|Post #5: A3-related News continued...
  • Achievements and Milestones
  • Reading With Leashes
  • Photo of the Week
  • Upcoming Events
Post #6: Social
  • The A3 Network
  • Discord
  • Official Hashtags
Post #7: Conclusion
  • Thank Yous
  • Headers and Quotes
  • Paypal
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Re: Newsletter September 26: Discord Edition

Post by piwakawaka » September 26th, 2016, 5:17 pm

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BREWFEST DONATION DRIVE
September 20th through October 10th[/size] HOW TO ENTER
Send your pets in-game to ATHREE and include the following:
A3 forum name

QUALIFYING PETS & ENTRY VALUES
http://www.wowhead.com/npc=24753/pint-s ... -pachyderm | Worth 1 Entry
http://www.wowhead.com/npc=85994/stout-alemental | Worth 2 Entries
THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE…Winner will be able to choose a prize from a pool of 50+ pets!
Click the spoiler links below to view the prize options for each tier.
New Legion prizes have been added!
Tier 1: 1+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
Tier 2: 15+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
Tier 3: 30+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
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Over the last week several random pet giveaways were done over the A3 Discord server. If you haven't joined the server, you're missing out! More information about our Discord server can be found here or in the Social subsection of the newsletter.
MemberPet Won
CubesDurotar Scorpion & Sunborne Val'kyr
FenrastaElementium Geode
FrostinnaBronze Whelpling
KrustyBone Wasp & Corrupted Nest Guardian
TinibreeBaby Elderhorn
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The A3 anniversary preparations have officially begun! Prizes and giveaways this year will vary as they did last year, including pets, mounts, toys, store goodies, rare items, and more. The deadline for all contributions will be November 10th. If you are interested in helping farm or sponsor goodies for the anniversary celebrations please contact Wakamaru via private message on the A3 forum.
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A3 Team Challenge
Are you interested in winning Any Current BlizzStore Pet or a variety of 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.
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 September 16th.

For more information about the Pet Supplier project click here.

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Draenei Micro-Defender
Forest Sproutling
Frostwolf Pup
Son of Sethe
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Crusher
Dusty Sporewing
Glowing Sporebat
Spectral Porcupette
Veilwatcher Hatchling
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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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Re: Newsletter September 26: Discord Edition

Post by piwakawaka » September 26th, 2016, 5:18 pm

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Brewfest
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Strike up the music—Brewfest has begun! Whether it’s racing rams around barrels, barking to all of the corners of the city, or putting a stop to the Iron Dwarves’ incursion, you’ll find something for almost everyone during Brewfest.
When
September 20–October 6

Where
Outside Ironforge and Orgrimmar

(read more: source)
Legion World Quests and You
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In World of Warcraft: Legion, a new questing feature is available at level 110 called World Quests.

This new system represents a major change from how player characters used to make regular progression daily or weekly. In Legion, you’ll find the war against the Legion taking place on multiple fronts all over the Broken Isles, and a wide variety of World Quest options available to you from professions to PvP to story-driven tasks, and more.

(read the full guide: source)
Catching Up with Artifact Weapons
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Artifact weapons are powerful tools in the fight against the destructive forces of the Burning Legion. Azeroth’s heroes can wield one Artifact per class specialization, and powering them all up can be achieved with a little help from Artifact Knowledge.

First Things First
Early on in Legion, every level 100 character receives a quest to obtain their first Artifact weapon. For most players, their first choice is to acquire the weapon for the spec they’ve chosen to “main”, or play primarily. But with the ability to switch easily between specs, things become a little bit more complex at level 102 when you’re given the option to collect your class’s remaining Artifact weapons.

Some players might be conflicted whether they want to spread Artifact Power out among all their weapons or just concentrate on one—to help you decide the right path for you, let’s talk about what you can expect as you’re powering up your weapons, including a mechanic that ramps up how quickly you can acquire Artifact Power. (read more: source)
Legion Previews
Azsuna
  • The Emerald Nightmare raid is now available in Normal and Heroic difficulty! Great rewards await those who dare to take on the seven malignant foes who dwell within.




Mythic Keystones
  • Now when you complete your first Mythic dungeon each week, you’ll be rewarded with a Mythic Keystone, enabling you to unlock new challenges within the Mythic dungeons and achieve greater rewards.



PvP Season 1
  • Get yourself out to the field of battle! In addition to all of the rewards available to you when you achieve new Prestige levels, rated Arenas are back! Seasonal PvP rewards will now be given to the top percentages of players in each faction, instead of in relation to the entire player base.



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Re: Newsletter September 26: Discord Edition

Post by piwakawaka » September 26th, 2016, 5:19 pm

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Welcome Rythmore!
Hey everyone!

Please join me in welcoming Rythmor to the World of Warcraft Community Team!

Rythmor joins us to handle our day-to-day interactions with fansites and other content creators, but you’ll see him around on the forums from time to time as well! He is known to have a passion for Trolls and Warriors, so make sure to avoid talking about the late Warchief, Vol’Jin, or he may break down in tears.

We’re happy to bring yet another experienced community veteran onto the front lines as we bolster our forces against the Burning Legion!

Welcome Rythmor!

Ornyx
Community Manager

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"Battle.net" Update
We’re going to be transitioning away from using the Battle.net name for our gaming service and the functionality connected to it. Battle.net technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We'll just be referring to our various products and services using the Blizzard name instead. You've already seen this recently with things like "Blizzard Streaming" and "Blizzard Voice," and more changes are on the way.

When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name. Over time, though, we’ve seen that there’s been occasional confusion and inefficiencies related to having two separate identities under which everything falls—Blizzard and Battle.net. Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology.

We just wanted to make sure everyone was aware as we moved forward with this change over the next several months; we’ll provide any relevant updates as the transition progresses.
Blizzard Entertainment

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Nerfs are not a joke, Lore.
Just as a note, in case you missed his other tweets while being tied down on this one: we have a tuning pass that will come with next week's restarts.

You should see information on these start coming out in the next few days, but keep an eye on our hotfix notes and @WarcraftDevs for more information.

Edit: Also, Lore's silly chart from today's Employee Legion signing event has no sway on our tuning. But in case you missed the final tally, it's here.

Ornyx
Community Manager

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Legion Compaion App FAQ
Version 1.0.2 of the Legion Companion App is now available:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/wow-legion ... 1125608061
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... wcompanion

What's New in Version 1.0.2
Artifact XP world quests now show a single icon on the map.
Fix for occasional error while collecting the first ready troop.
Champions below level 110 now show level instead of iLevel on the mission results panel.
Times now display the top 2 units in most places (e.g. hours and minutes instead of just hours)
Fixed issue where a previously-collected troop would appear to be ready for pickup.

Aerythlea
Community Manager

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Enhance PvP Talents
Hi all! We just heard from the developers and wanted to share an update:

In beta, we felt Windfury Totem was too strong for Enhancement Shaman, which is why it wasn't giving you the extra Windfury Attack. However, we've just applied a hotfix that now causes Windfury Totem to increase the proc chance of the Enhancement Shaman's base Windfury. In a future patch, we'll again restore it as a separate buff for the Enhancement Shaman and tune it accordingly.

Regarding other bugs:
A hotfix will soon be deployed to fix Static Cling from being interrupted
We're also working on a hotfix to fix Heroism/Bloodlust (when spec'd into Shamanism) to not apply Sated
Additionally, we're going to increase the damage of Chain Lightning through Ride the Lightning. We agree it's a bit under-tuned. The intention is for Ride the Lightning to be a strong anti-melee choice, while Forked Lightning should be a good choice when facing targets that are far away from the Shaman

Cheers!

Aerya
Community Manager

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Ignore Pain?
It does look as though Ignore Pain is currently performing stronger than we'd like, so I would expect to see it come down a bit soon.

Be on the lookout for a balance change on Ignore Pain in an upcoming hotfix.

Thanks for all the feedback here!

Ornyx
Community Manager

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Achievements and Milestones
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Have you checked out our recent blog posts? If not, you should![/b]
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The A3 Network
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  • Like us on Facebook! The A3 Facebook page is primarily used for official announcements, events, raffles and contest information. You can also send us your selfies and screenshots here (seriously -- we love them!).
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  • Join us on Facebook! The A3 Facebook group is the perfect place to socialize with your fellow A3 members, A3 team members and A3 admins. Post your achievements, selfies, screenshots and everything else here! Talk to other members, post WoW- and Pet-related news, share things you are doing outside of WoW -- anything (within reason) you want!
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  • Follow us on Twitter! We use our Twitter to post info about events, raffles and updates, and share/retweet posts from our members! We LOVE to see your achievements, new pets, screenshots and selfies! Tag us in your World of Warcraft-related tweets so we can share them with the community! @A3pets or #A3pets.
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  • Check out our blog for ideas on pet battles, pet collection tips, and other useful information!
Connecting A3ers through Discord
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The major perk of an app like Discord is that communication is live. Meaning – you can see it on the fly (assuming you are logged in). This will be an advantage over the forum or twitter where you need to check in throughout the day. It will be especially helpful with organizing groups, sharing rare spawn information with others, or just getting to know your fellow A3ers!|[/col]
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Re: Newsletter September 26: Discord Edition

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Thank You
Thank you to everyone to contributed to this week's newsletter! Piwakawaka (editor/contributor)
Jedikitten (formatting/contributor)
Sandwalker (copy editor)
Wakamaru (contributor)
Irayna (contributor)


A special 'Thank You' to Wakamaru for creating this week's Pawprint Press header!
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A3 has a number of forum games going for members to participate in. Members are also encouraged to start any new forum games they have ideas for. Head over to our new Games forum and jump in!
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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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