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Newsletter June 12: Hold Your Hats, Incoming Patch.

Posted: June 12th, 2017, 8:13 pm
by piwakawaka
June 2017
Year 3, Issue 23

Hello, Readers.

This week we have announcements about the patch 7.2.5 release date, and word has started floating about of a pet potentially tied to the Glory of the Tomb Raider achievement.

There's been debate starting up about whether or not this is a good idea. While raid-exclusive mounts have been a constant part of a mount collector's life, having pets as part of this is new ground. Is this a good thing? Do you think it puts up too many barriers to collecting? Should it be a valid reward but earned differently? There's a thread on the WoW forums discussing this. Make sure your voice is heard on the subject. Pet battles are one of the areas where it's most obvious that Blizzard listens to the community, but without the individual speaking up, they cannot know how their idea is received.

You can read about what we know of this pet at WarcraftPets and WoWHead

There is a thread in the Pet Battle Forum discussing this; make sure you add your opinions here

I hope you all have a good week.


Post #1: You Are Here
Table of Contents

Post #2: A3-related News
ICC Games
Wild Pet Capture Service
Pet Suppliers

Post #3: Warcraft
This Month in WoW®: June
Patch 7.2.5 Arrives June 13
Class Mounts: Take Pride In Every Step
Watch the Live Developer Q&A with Paul Kubit
Hotfixes: June 6
Post #4: Blizzard
Blue Post: Post/Rating Cutoffs for Legion Season 3
Blue Post: Unholy Determination FoS removed in 7.2.5

Post #5: A3-related News continued...
Achievements and Milestones
Reading With Leashes
Photo of the Week

Post #6: Social
The A3 Network
Official Hashtags

Post #7: Conclusion
Thank Yous
Forum Games
Help Support A3

Re: Newsletter June 12: Hold Your Hats, Incoming Patch.

Posted: June 12th, 2017, 8:15 pm
by piwakawaka
Hello A3ers!

Starting June 9th I (Wakamaru) will be moving from Texas to Indiana. During the move and the time it takes to settle in, I will be mostly unavailable. I expect to be back online by June 14th, but there may be delays. You can still contact me during this time through forum PM, discord DM, or by leaving me a message in the #support channel on Discord. HOWEVER, there will be a delay in responses and a limit to actions I am able to complete. If you need something during this time that cannot wait until I return then please contact Piwakawaka or Jedikitten for assistance.

Finally, please be advised that any event management or drawings will be delayed until June 14th+ as well. If it turns out it will take me longer than June 14th to get things back online I will post a followup letting everyone know. I will also post on Discord and in the Newsletter to let you know once I am back.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. See you when I get to Indiana!

May 10th through June 17th

We have a full set of Shadowmourne bonus items available for you to win!
Icecrown Crossword
Correctly fill out 20 or more answers in this Icecrown-themed crossword for a chance to win a ... athcharger.

Scavenger Hunt
Locate 20 or more items/areas from the scavenger hunt list for a chance to win a ... ghtbringer.

Selfies With Celebrities
Snap selfies with Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, Lady Jaina Proudmoore, and Muradin Bronzebeard for a chance to win,, or

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.

Specifications Allowed
Both Factions
All Zones
All Pets
Any Quality
Any Breed
Any Specifics (color, size, etc.)

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 supply options were recently added! New options include common vendor and non-Legion pets.

There are 100's of supply options available, but below you will find the newest options added to the supply request sign-up sheet. These options are especially in need of suppliers right now.

Please note that the sign-up sheet is organized according to which expansion each pet was introduced in, not the expansion "zone" that they are found in.
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
Sunborne Val'kyr
Thaumaturgical Piglet

Empowered Manafiend
Empyreal Manafiend
Energized Manafiend
Ghostshell Crab
Kaliri Hatchling
Nursery Spider
Veilwatcher Hatchling
Azure Crane Chick
Mountain Panda
Pandaren Air Spirit
Pandaren Earth Spirit
Pandaren Fire Sprit
Pandaren Water Spirit
Snowy Panda
Sunfur Panda
Terrible Turnip
Tiny Blue Carp
Tiny Green Carp
Tiny Red Carp
Tiny White Carp

Elementium Geode
Tiny Shale Spider
Winterspring Cub

Albino Snake
Blue Clockwork Rocket Bot
Calico Cat
Darting Hatchling
Ghostly Skull
Leaping Hatchling
Obsidian Hatchling
Ravasaur Hatchling
Razormaw Hatchling
Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling
Blue Moth
Brown Rabbit
Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling
Magical Crawdad
Mana Wyrmling
Red Dragonhawk Hatchling
Red Moth
Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling
White Moth
Yellow Moth

Ancona Chicken
Black Kingsnake
Bombay Cat
Brown Prairie Dog
Brown Snake
Cornish Rex Cat
Crimson Snake
Great Horned Owl
Hawk Owl
Orange Tabby Cat
Siamese Cat
Silver Tabby Cat
Snowshoe Rabbit
Tree Frog
Undercity Cockroach
White Kitten
Wood Frog
Green Wing Macaw
Smolderweb Hatchling
Worg Pup

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.

Re: Newsletter June 12: Hold Your Hats, Incoming Patch.

Posted: June 12th, 2017, 8:16 pm
by piwakawaka
This Month in WoW®: June
  • Get Your Class Mount! [June 6]
    Represent your class in style wherever you go on your new mount! Visit your Class Hall to get started.
  • PvP Brawl: Packed House [June 13 - 19]
    We’ve put more PvP in your PvP! In Packed House, there’s nowhere to hide as you face not 2, not 3, not 5, but 15 adversaries in this 15 vs. 15 Arena battle.
  • Mists of Pandaria Timewalking Dungeon Event [June 20- June 26]
    While this event is active, players level 91 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Mists of Pandaria expansion. While Timewalking bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player’s regular level.
  • Midsummer Fire Festival [June 21 - July 4]
    A time of merriment and celebration, dedicated to the hottest season of the year.
And much more. To read all about it from Blizzard, click HERE

Patch 7.2.5 Arrives June 13
Patch 7.2.5 arrives soon, and with it comes a variety of content updates, including Black Temple Timewalking, the Deaths of Chromie, the Trial of Style, and more. You’ll also soon be able to delve into the Tomb of Sargeras raid dungeon.

Learn more about the patch in our 7.2.5 Survival Guide.

To read all about it from Blizzard, click HERE

Class Mounts: Take Pride In Every Step
Class Mounts have arrived, so it’s time for you to take ownership of your new favorite mount. Your Class Mount is testament to the bravery and courage you’ve shown throughout this perilous campaign on the Broken Shore.

Alongside your fellow Azerothians, and specifically within your Order Hall, you’ve come together to master your unique skill set and become the best at what you do. Your new mount is a status symbol that tells the world you’ve put everything you have into defeating the Burning Legion.

To claim your mount, first complete the achievement ‘Breaching the Tomb’ on the Broken Shore, then head back to your Order Hall. You’ll be rewarded, as befits a hero like yourself, with a mount that confirms your status as a paragon of your class.

Here they are in all their glory. Take pride in your feats, heroes! To see them all click HERE.

Watch the Live Developer Q&A with Paul Kubit - Watch the VoD Here!
This week we sat down with Senior Game Designer Paul Kubit to answer your World of Warcraft questions on patch 7.2.5 content including: Black Temple Timewalking, the Deaths of Chromie, Trial of Style, The Great Gnomeregan Race, and more!

If you missed the live Q&A, don’t worry. We have you covered. Watch the VoD below to catch up on the discussion.

To see the original post click HERE.

Hotfixes: June 6
HERE you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Legion. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require scheduled realm restarts to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. This list will be updated as additional hotfixes are applied.

Re: Newsletter June 12: Hold Your Hats, Incoming Patch.

Posted: June 12th, 2017, 8:18 pm
by piwakawaka
Post/Rating Cutoffs for Legion Season 3

Legion PvP Season 3 is ending soon, so we’d like to once again share what we can regarding the rating requirements to earn end-of-season rewards.

Last season, we looked at what the rating cutoffs were at the time and used those to estimate where they would end up at the end of the season. We got a lot of feedback indicating that this was confusing, so for this season we’ll simply be providing the current cutoffs (at the time of posting) and updating them as regularly as possible. Note that we don’t consider posting cutoffs in this way to be a long-term solution, and appreciate your patience while we work on other methods of providing these updates.

Again, the below rating requirements are current only as of the most recent update to this post, and we expect them to rise significantly before the end of the season. We will update these as regularly as we can over the next week; you can tell how recently these cutoffs have been updated by checking when this post was last edited.

Estimated 3v3 Arena Cutoffs:
Cruel Gladiator (Horde): 2784
Cruel Gladiator (Alliance): 2713
Gladiator (Horde): 2542
Gladiator (Alliance): 2496
Duelist (Horde): 2153
Duelist (Alliance): 2119
Rival (Horde): 1886
Rival (Alliance): 1865
Challenger (Horde): 1613
Challenger (Alliance): 1601

Estimated Rated Battleground Cutoffs:
Hero of the Horde: 2376
Hero of the Alliance: 2307
Guardian of the Horde: 2060
Guardian of the Alliance: 2007
Defender of the Horde: 1819
Defender of the Alliance: 1774
Soldier of the Horde: 1628
Soldier of the Alliance: 1617

Community Manager


Unholy Determination FoS removed in 7.2.5

Feedback from the community noted that a missable achievement was unfun for the players that missed it. While we've chosen to remove the Feats of Strength granted in the questlines overall, the voice line from Bolvar will still play if players do choose to go down this path as Death Knights.

As was alluded to, these Feats were not meant to go live, as we had previously decided that they were misaligned with our general look towards achievements, namely that they were unobtainable if missed in a non-repeatable quest area. Again, these will no longer be obtainable in 7.2.5, and for players who did obtain the achievement it will be removed.
Community Manager


Re: Newsletter June 12: Hold Your Hats, Incoming Patch.

Posted: June 12th, 2017, 8:19 pm
by piwakawaka
Achievements and Milestones
Piwakawaka Earned Jedikitten Obtained Flameflash Earned Sandwalker Earned Wakamaru Earned Hollthulhu Earned
Special Mention

Congratulations to Hollthulhu's guild for getting Realm First! Gul'dan
Want to see your achievements, milestones, or new loot here? Send them to us so they can be included!
Submit Achievements
Post On Forum

Reading With Leashes
Have you checked out our recent blog posts? If not, you should!
Is there a tamer you just can't seem to beat? A pet you want to know more about?
Be sure to let us know what you'd like to see covered via the blog forums or by sending Jedikitten a PM!


Want to see your photo here? Send us selfies or screenshots of you and your getting achievements, finding new pets, or just out and about having fun!

Submit Screenshot
Forum Thread
Private Message

Re: Newsletter June 12: Hold Your Hats, Incoming Patch.

Posted: June 12th, 2017, 8:20 pm
by piwakawaka
Social Media
Facebook Group
  • Join us on Facebook! The A3 Facebook group is the perfect place to socialize with your fellow A3ers. Post and share anything you like here, WoW-related or otherwise. Please remember to keep it reasonably clean!
  • Follow us on Twitter! Twitter is our main social media resource. It is to post info about events, giveaways, and updates. We share and retweet posts from our members as well. We LOVE to see your achievements, new pets, screenshots and selfies! If you would like to see your WoW-related activities included in a future newsletter you can tag us in your World of Warcraft-related tweets so we can share them with the community! @A3pets.
Reading With Leashes
  • Check out our blog for ideas on pet battles, pet collection tips, and other useful information!

Connecting A3ers through Discord
Image A3 is always looking for new and interesting ways to connect with its members. One of our greatest hurdles, though, is connecting members to each other. With everyone playing on different servers, different factions, and the limitations of the friends list – many of you have probably never had a chance to connect. We hope to use the Discord App to help solve that!

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!

Official A3 Hashtags

Did you earn a new achievement or reach a new milestone? Mark it with #A3achieve and it will be included in a future newsletter!

Snapped a new screenshot/selfie you want to share? Mark it with #A3pix and it will be featured in a future newsletter!

Have you ever said something that would sound hilarious, bizarre, or even insane out of context of pet collecting? Share it with us!

Re: Newsletter June 12: Hold Your Hats, Incoming Patch.

Posted: June 12th, 2017, 8:22 pm
by piwakawaka
Thank You
Thank you to everyone to contributed to this week's newsletter!
Piwakawaka (editor/contributor)
Jedikitten (formatting/contributor)
Sandwalker (copy editor)
Irayna (contributor)
OzinLA (contributor)
Wakamaru (contributor)

A special 'Thank You' to Wakamaru for creating this week's Pawprint Press header!

A3 Forum Games
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!

Help Support A3
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, less than 4% of our members have contributed to assist with operating costs. Fewer than 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 and Patreon.

For more information about donating financially please visit our Supporter's Page.


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