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Newsletter November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

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Newsletter November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

Post by piwakawaka » November 21st, 2016, 2:21 am

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November 2016
Year 2, Issue 46

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Hello, Readers.

Blizzard is now celebrating the 12th anniversary of World of Warcraft. This year you might have noticed they're doing something a little different. Alongside the standard slightly naff experience/rep token, they're also giving us a small quest and some Timewalking tokens. 200 in fact. Just enough to purchase http://www.wowhead.com/item=136925/corgi-pup from your appropriate faction vendor in either Orgrimmar or Stormwind. I strongly advise grabbing him on a toon you wouldn't normally do timewalking on, however, as the extra currency can also help you get that one mount or toy you need, next time the relevant vendor comes around.

Alongside this, A3 is officially beginning its countdown until our own Anniversary Event begins. We will now have been helping collectors for two years. None of us knew when we started just how big this was going to get, nor just how far it would take us. I hope you will all be coming along to join us in celebrating. We have some really awesome things up as prizes this year, and we want nothing more than to share them all with as many people as possible.

Finally, adoptions will be closed this week! Much of the team is celebrating Thanksgiving this week and they will be extremely busy with the festivities, cooking, and family. We know many A3 members are also celebrating this week and we don't want them to miss out on anything special that might have popped up. If you are celebrating we hope that you have a fun and safe holiday. Remember to drive safely if you are traveling.

I hope you all have a good week.

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[col]Post #1: You Are Here
  • Introduction
  • Table of Contents
Post #2: A3-related News
  • Pilgrim's Bounty
  • A3's 2-year Anniversary
  • Wild Pet Capture Service
  • Pet Suppliers
  • Adoptions
Post #3: Warcraft
  • 7.1.5 PTR: New Spell Animations, Artifact Knowledge Catch-Up, WoW Token for Battle.net Balance
  • 7.1.5 Holiday Updates: Micro-Holidays and World Events
  • Class Design on the 7.1.5 PTR
Post #4: Blizzard
  • Blue Post: WoW 12th Anniversary
  • Upcoming Hotfixes - 11/15/2016
|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 November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

Post by piwakawaka » November 21st, 2016, 2:22 am

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PILGRIM'S BOUNTY
November 21st through December 2nd[/size] HOW TO ENTER
Send your pets in-game to Athree-Bladefist and include the following:
A3 forum name

QUALIFYING PETS & ENTRY VALUES
http://www.wowhead.com/npc=85846/bush-chicken | Worth 1 Entry THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE…Winner will be able to choose a prize from a pool of 150+ pets!
Click the spoiler links below to view the prize options for each tier.
New Legion prizes were added to all 3 tiers on 10/20/2016!
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Tier 1: 1+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
Tier 2: 5+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
Tier 3: 10+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
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A3's 2-Year Anniversary
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December 1st through December 30th

It's almost that time again A3ers! A3 will be turning 2 in December and we're going all out to celebrate again! This year's prizes include rare pets, mounts, toys, BlizzCon 2015 & 2016 goodies, and more! Many of the pets we're bringing you have never been available through A3 before! There are well over 100 items up for grabs this year. This is just a small preview of the items we'll be giving out in December:

Baby Winston
Crawling Claw
Hatespark the Tiny
Garn Nighthowl
JewelCraft
Ji-Kun Hatchling
Leylight Brazier
Quality Upgrade Stones
Tournament Favor
Tuskarr Kite

Much like last year, the anniversary will be packed with events. Some favorites from last year are making a return, but there are also several new events for this year's festivities. Events will include:

25 Days of Giveaways
Bingo
Crossword Puzzle
Pet Pop Quiz
Toys for Tamers
Word Jumble

Special goodies will also be featured for members who follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) and who hang out with us in our Discord server!

We hope you'll join us during the celebrations! Spread the news to your friends! :D
See You There!
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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! If you would like to take advantage of this service, but aren't available during our typical times, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask about alternative days and times.

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Both Factions
All Zones
All Pets
Any Quality
Any Breed
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Pet Suppliers
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 Legion supply options were added on September 16th and new post-Legion options were added on September 26th.

For more information about the Pet Supplier project click here.
[col3]LEGION
  • Alarm-o-Bot
    Ash'ana
    Autumnal Sproutling
    Baby Elderhorn
    Court Scribe
    Enchanted Cauldron
    Enchanted Pen
    Enchanted Torch
    Extinguished Eye
    Fel Piglet
    Fledgling Warden Owl
    Nursery Spider
    Plump Jelly
    Ridgeback Puglet
    River Calf
    Sewer-Pipe Jelly
    Sting Ray Pup
    Stormborne Whelpling
    Sunborne Val'kyr
    Thaumaturgical Piglet
    Transmutant
    Trigger
|WARLORDS OF DRAENOR
  • Bloodthorn Hatchling
    Bone Wasp
    Crazy Carrot
    Dusty Sporewing
    Frostwolf Pup
    Glowing Sporebat
    Lost Netherpup
    Savage Cub
    Sky Fry
MISTS OF PANDARIA
  • Aqua Strider
    Filthling
    Grinder
    Rodent Crate (horde and alliance)
    Spawn of G'nathus
CATACLYSM
  • Fox Kit
    Rustberg Gull
|WRATH OF THE LICH KING
  • Ammen Vale Lashling
    Dun Morogh Cub
    Durotar Scorpion
    Elwynn Lamb
    Enchanted Broom
    Mechanopeep
    Mulgore Hatchling
    Sen'jin Fetish
    Shimmering Wyrmling
    Teldrassil Sproutling
    Tirisfal Batling
CLASSIC
  • Mr. Grubbs
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Adoptions
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 November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

Post by piwakawaka » November 21st, 2016, 2:23 am

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7.1.5 PTR: New Spell Animations, Artifact Knowledge Catch-Up, WoW Token for Battle.net Balance
While no official announcement has yet been made, Wowhead has been busy data-mining interesting information about the future of the WoW Token and Battle.net balance.
MORE INFORMATION[/b][/size]
7.1.5 Holiday Updates: Micro-Holidays and World Events
Along with this Wowhead have gone to no small effort to put together everything currently known about both existing Holidays, as well as the upcoming new Micro-Holidays. Please remember that anything on the PTR is by no means final, everything is subject to change.
MORE INFORMATION[/b][/size]
Class Design on the 7.1.5 PTR
For those of you interested in what's happening with class design on the current PTR, Community Manager Ornyx has shared some insight into where Blizzard is currently working from with upcoming class changes.
MORE INFORMATION[/b][/size]

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Re: Newsletter November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

Post by piwakawaka » November 21st, 2016, 2:24 am

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WOW 12TH ANNIVERSARY
Happy 12 years of WoW and 22 years of Warcraft, everyone!

Hopefully by now you've picked up the Box in your mail, which will contain an item that will start a short questline, ending at a vendor who will sell you an adorable Corgi pup (sell is maybe not the right word, since you're given the currency for it from the Anniversary Box, and you should always #AdoptNotShop)!

If for some reason you'd rather not adopt a Corgi (who are very much in need good homes), you're welcome to save the tokens and put them towards rewards in any of the time Timewalking events - I'd recommend waiting for Mists of Pandaria TImewalking in 7.1.5 and putting it towards a new Heavenly Jade Cloud Serpent mount!

Let's do our best to ignore trolls who will try to make a mountain out of our small anniversary celebration.

Thanks to our amazing and dedicated community for being with us and creating amazing memories over the last couple of decades.
Ornyx
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST
Upcoming Hotfixes - 11/15/2016
With this week’s maintenance period, we plan to apply several hotfixes to classes (particularly in regards to PvP balance) and item rewards. We’d like to share with you a preview of those changes, along with some insight from the development team.

Classes

Priest
Shadow: Voidform’s Insanity drain now begins at 8 Insanity per second (down from 9), but will increase at a 10% faster rate
Developers’ Notes: We want to reduce the maximum amount of time that Surrender to Madness can be maintained, without significantly impacting Shadow otherwise. Our intent in this hotfix is that it’s still effective to use Surrender similarly to how it is currently used, but that its maximum potential in ideal situations is slightly less extreme.

Items
All Legion Legendary items have had their item level increased by 15. This change will be applied retroactively.
All items from the Trial of Valor have had their base item level increased by 5. This change will be applied retroactively.

PvP
(Note: The changes listed in this section only apply in PvP situations)

Death Knight
Frost: Strength reduced by 10%
Blood: Blood Boil no longer has its damage reduced in PvP (was previously reduced by 70%)
Developers’ Notes: Frost Death Knight damage continues to be higher than we’d like following the changes in Patch 7.1. For Blood, we no longer feel the damage reduction on Blood Boil is necessary. We plan to make a broader set of changes for them (and other tanks) in Patch 7.1.5.

Druid
Feral: Rake damage reduced by 20% in PvP
Developers’ Notes: We like that Feral Druids can apply a lot of spread pressure through their bleeds, but Rake’s damage feels out of line.

Mage
Fire: Intellect increased by 10%
Developers’ Notes: Fire Mages have simply fallen behind in terms of damage output, and we felt they needed an increase.

Paladin
Holy: Mana regeneration rate has been reduced by 23% while in a PvP instance
Holy: Avenging Crusader (Honor Talent) now costs 110,000 mana (previously had no mana cost)
Developers’ Notes: Holy Paladins are too mana efficient in current PvP gameplay. We’re reducing their overall regeneration, as well as adding a mana cost to Avenging Crusader, since it was essentially mana-free healing.

Rogue
Feint now reduces damage taken from player-cast area-of-effect spells by 30% (down from 50%)
Stamina for all Rogue specializations has been increased by 5%
Developers’ Notes: Feint’s AoE damage reduction is intended to protect Rogues during dungeon and raid encounters, but many class abilities that feel like single target spells in PvP are treated as AoE effects (e.g. Lunar Strike, Ice Nova). This makes Rogues unintentionally resistant to those abilities. We’re reducing Feint’s AoE damage reduction in PvP, but increasing Stamina to compensate.

Shaman
Elemental: Stormkeeper now increases damage of Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Lava Beam by 100% against players (down from 200%)
Elemental: Intellect increased by 5%
Developers' Notes: Stormkeeper is at the center of a combination of cooldowns and procs that can cause extraordinarily high damage in a very short time. We're reducing its impact but increasing Elemental's damage overall to compensate.

Warlock
Affliction: The damage caused by dispelling Unstable Affliction has been increased by 100%
Destruction: Chaos Bolt damage bonus against players increased to 35% (was previously increased by 20%)
Developers’ Notes: Patch 7.1 changed the design of Unstable Affliction, and our initial tuning on the dispel damage was simply too low. For Destruction, we want spending Soul Shards on Chaos Bolt to feel rewarding when weighed against the alternatives.

Aerya
Community Manager

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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 November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

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Thank You
Thank you to everyone to contributed to this week's newsletter! Piwakawaka (editor/contributor)
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Re: Newsletter November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

Post by Ehly » November 21st, 2016, 10:23 am

I also got my 5,000 pet battle achievement. I did tweet it, promise.

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Re: Newsletter November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

Post by Wakamaru » November 21st, 2016, 4:40 pm

Ehly wrote:I also got my 5,000 pet battle achievement. I did tweet it, promise.
Hi Ehly!

Congrats on your achieve! We always include achievements in the newsletter that were posted Saturday-Friday in the week prior to putting the current newsletter together. Since this newsletter was done Friday - Sunday, these achievements are from Nov 5 - Nov 11. Your 5k achieve was posted on the 12th which means it'll get put into the newsletter being put together THIS week. Note that our "week" in this case ends on Friday since that's our team deadline for newsletter submissions so it can be finished up on the weekend.

I hope that all made sense lol.

So don't worry - your achieve will be in the newsletter!

Thanks,
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Re: Newsletter November 21: Happy Anniversary World of Warcraft!

Post by Ehly » November 22nd, 2016, 1:06 pm

LOL - it seemed so much longer ago!

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