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Blizzard did a littled recap/hype video for archaeology, but I notice it doesn't mention the sheer horror of certain Azsuna dig sites. But hey there's a mount, pet AND an extra dungeon boss so it's all worth it!
When the Burning Legion invaded Azeroth, the Broken Isles became both the front lines of a war—and a great opportunity to dig a bit deeper into some of Azeroth's rich history.
If you haven’t caught up on what’s new for Archaeologists in Legion, now is the perfect time to start digging in to this secondary profession.
Excavating the Broken Isles
Before your start exploring the Broken Isles, there are a several key differences Archaeologists will want to note:
There are three active digsites available at any given time. Each consists of nine areas of discovery within the digsite. Digsites in the Broken Isles tend to be somewhat smaller than elsewhere in Azeroth, requiring less travel. You’ll find fewer artifacts of common quality, potentially leading to more Pristine finds. Get started by visiting Dariness the Learned in the Archaeology building in Dalaran, and then keep an eye out for your Excavator’s Notebook when you’re working in dig sites, as that item unlocks your path from Archaeology skill level 700 to 800.
Dariness is very learned, indeed. World Questing With Shovels
Once you’ve reached player-character level 110, visit Dariness the Learned to learn about her current Archaeology quest. She offers a rare find for you every two weeks, and this is currently the only way to obtain rare finds in the Broken Isles. It won’t be easy, but all you need do is channel your inner Harrison Jones. The path to discovery is fraught with danger!
Dariness’s quests can require you to commit some time to the profession, as you to travel the isles and set your pick to digging. Each quest is related to a specific type of site, such as Demonic in Stormheim, Highborne in Azsuna, or the Highmountain Tauren in Highmountain, and they each result in rewarding a unique rare item. These rewards include:
Usable gear, such as the Spear of Rethu. Utility items, such as the Starlight Beacon. A key that unlocks access to an extra dungeon boss. Toys, such as the Crystalline Eye of Undravius. An item that sells for 5,000 gold. Your very own Wyrmy Tunkins. The Spirit of Eche’ro mount.
The Spear of Rethu Heirloom polearm
Now that’s a spirited mount!
Feel the Earth Move Under Your Feet
A new feature in Legion is the Standing On It buff—an Archaeology improvement that tells you when you’re standing close enough to a find to use Survey and dig it up. Now, when you’re within range of your prize, you can explore with your feet, and you don’t need to guess where to dig. Most importantly—Standing On It applies to all dig sites in Azeroth, Draenor, and Outland!
Time Is on Your Side
With the weekly reset every other week, you can get started on the current Archaeology quest, and you have up to 14 days to complete it. There are currently 13 such quests in rotation, and completing them means earning achievements. The No Stone Unturned achievement, earned when you complete 250 Legion digsites, rewards you with the title “The Groundbreaker”, and when you obtain eight of the 13 rares from Archaeology quests, you’ll receive the This Side Up achievement and unlock a special Artifact weapon tint.
Tip: Get yourself a good pair of gloves to wear while you’re out surveying, and enchant them with Enchant Gloves – Legion Surveying. This permanently gives you a boost to your surveying speed, cutting the time you spend digging in half!
Now that you know more, it’s time to pack up your gear and get your hands dirty. Good luck out there!
The guide was updated on 30/09/2016 for the 10.21 ElvUI version.
Two profiles to import are included in the end.
ElvUI is a full UI replacement. It completely replaces the default Blizzard UI at every level with a new and better interface. It has multiple addons and plug-ins integrated into it, such as Dominos action bars and TidyPlates. As such, you’ll only ever have to update ElvUI and not worry too much about its individual components. This UI will arrange your interface to be more flexible and practical.
DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLATION
Download ElvUI from Tukui. The version on Curse is outdated.
Following the above link, you will find two addons to download: Tukui and ElvUI. You need ElvUI:
Unpack the downloaded archive to your WoW Addons folder (World of Warcraft -> Interface -> Addons)
If you had ElvUI previously installed, you'd get a message asking to replace the current folder - click 'Yes':
Log in to WoW. Click the 'AddOns' button in the left bottom corner of your character selection screen. Make sure that both ElvUI Config and ElvUI are enabled in the addons list:
Press 'Enter World'. ElvUI config can be reached from the Main Menu (in game press Esc button-> press ElvUI button) or by typing /ec in chat.
When entering the game for the first time after installing the addon, you'll get this screen :
If you can't see this Installation screen, type /ec in chat and then press 'Install' button in the config window:
You’ll now have a 8 step configuration process. Do not skip it if you don’t have ElvUI already configured on some other toon.
 Click on ‘Continue’ to begin:
 Step 2 of 8: CVars: Click on ‘Setup CVars’ → ‘Continue’
 Step 3 of 8: Chat: Click on ‘Setup Chat’ → ‘Continue’
 Step 4 of 8: Theme Setup: you can try all 3 buttons (Classic/Dark/Class) to see the difference and click ‘Continue’ after you decided.
 Step 5 of 8: Resolution: choose ‘High Resolution’ if you have a 15 inch + monitor, otherwise choose ‘Low Resolution’ → ‘Continue’
 Step 6 of 8: Layout: Choose the option you are interested in - a player / target / target of target Unit Frames will be at the bottom of the screen, not on the top and in a slightly different position for every role (You can click on every role to see the difference and to choose what you like better). If you chose a Healer role, you will get an announcement asking you to install the Clique addon, just click ‘Yes’ and ignore it, no need to install anything.
Click ‘Continue’ when you’re done.
 Step 7 of 8: Auras: I would advice for ‘Icons Only’ - we don’t need a million bars and timers for standard raid buffs. We all know that they are present. But you can select the ‘Aura Bars&Icons’ option too if it’s you taste. Click ‘Continue’ when you’re done.
 Step 8 of 8: Installation Complete: You’re done with the basic installation, hit the ‘Finished’ button and it will reload your UI.
After restarting, you’ll get a screen with a support announcement and tips. Check “Disable”, then press “Hide” if you don’t want these tooltips to come up. I suggest not to hide them until you’re completely familiar with ElvUI.
Now we’re going to configure your UI a bit more.
Typing /ec in chat will open the Config window.
There are some very nice options here that make your life easier:
- ‘Announce Interrupts’ dropdown menu. Set this to ‘None’ if you are using some other addon for it or set to any of the other options: Party/Raid/Say, etc.
- Select an ‘Auto Repair’ option from the drop down menu.
- Tick ‘Vendor Grays’ - awesome option!
- Tick “Auto Greed/DE’ to automate rolling on greens. It’ll automatically choose Disenchant or Greed (depending on whether an enchanter is available or not). This option works only on max level so don’t be afraid to DE something useful.
- You can disable the Order Hall Command Bar from here too.
- In the Objective Frame tab you can change its length.
Go through the rest of options and check whatever you feel useful.
Before Legion it was a dropdown menu that was changed recently to a stand alone config window:
While a 'World Map' tab is pretty obvious, you should configure properly the Minimap section:
- Pay close attention to the Minimap Buttons menu (Garrison / Calendar / Mail / LFR Queue, etc) - you can resize, move, hide / hide in combat all the buttons.
You should pay attention to the ‘Hide’ button. For some reason it is ticked by default so you’ll have to untick it for every button you want to see on your Minimap.
Same as Maps, it was a dropdown menu in General tab and was changed recently to a stand alone config window:
If you are still leveling or grinding Faction Reputations, you can configure here
- XP Bar & Reputation
You can choose here all the standard options - move, resize, vertical / horizontal, show on mouseover.
Tick 'Hide at Max level' for the XP bar - it's a nice option.
A very useful in Legion - it shows gained/needed for the next trait AP for your currently equipped Artifact and open the Traits window on mouse click.
Go through the rest of options and check whatever you feel useful.
- Tick ‘Enabled’
- Tick ‘Keybind Text’. Displays bind names on the action buttons.
- Tick ‘Macro Text’. Displays macro name on the action button so you'll be aware that pressing this button you'll run a macro and not a single ability.
- Change ‘Font’ and ‘Font Size’ to whatever works for you.
‘Pick Up Action Key’ is the button that you must hold down in order to drag an ability to another action button - prevents from accidental messing with the buttons.
Now check “Enabled” for Micro Bar (this is the one with Quests, LFR, Char Info, Spellbook, etc icons), any of the Bars 1-6, Pet Bar and Stance Bar. Actually, you can enable only Bar 1 and 2 or whatever works for you and disable all the rest.
For every bar, there is a ‘Mouse over’ tick box - this will simply hide the bar until you mouseover it, which is useful for bars that are irrelevant during raids.
In enabled Bars, you can choose the number of buttons per bar and vertical or horizontal style.
- The ‘Buttons’ slider will allow you to set how many buttons a bar will have (the button cap is 12 though, you cannot have more than that in a single bar).
- ‘Buttons Per Row’ - choose 12 if you want a horizontal bar, choose 1, if you want it vertical bar.
Actually you don’t have to have exactly 12 buttons per bar. It can be any amount from 1 to 12 or even 2 rows of 6 buttons or any other configuration that you prefer.
If you want to hide an Action Bar in a specific situation, for example during a raid, you have to type
[vehicleui] hide; [overridebar] hide; [petbattle] hide; [nocombat] hide; show;
in the 'Visibility State' window.
Now we will sort the bars on the screen. Click ‘Toggle Anchors:’
You will then get this screen:
Just mouse drag your bars to the proper position.
If you feel that your bars are stick to something all the time, just untick ‘Sticky Frames’ option in the central Menu.
In addition, you get a 'Nudge' menu with arrows and numbers on every bar you are clicking - you can use it for fine tuning (if you are interested in extremely precise positioning ^^)
When you’re done, click on ‘Lock’ in the central Menu.
To configure Hot Keys on your Action Bars, click on ‘Keybind Mode.’
You will get this window pop-up:
Tick Character specific Key Bindings only if you want different positioning of hotkeys on the bars for different characters. You’ll get an explanation of what to do on the screen. Do not forget to click ‘Save’ when you’re done.
Click ‘Enable,’ if you want to use ElvUI’s bag system. It’s nice, tidy and flexible in size and positioning. If you have an external bag addon, you will have to disable ElvUI’s bag system or you’ll get both of them messed up.
I personally preferred to disable ElvUI bag system and use AdiBags addon. It’s the same graphic style but has very good smart section division by default including different gear sets - no need to configure anything. In addition you can have all the Currencies you want to track at the bottom line.
Looks like this:
BUFFS AND DEBUFFS
Both ‘Enable’ and ‘Disabled Blizzard’ must be checked.
You can play here with the options or leave it untouched, move and resize chat windows, remove / split existing or add new, add timestamps, enable chat history, etc.
Let’s try to add a new chat window, so you’ll know how to do this.
 Right click on the ‘General’ tab of your Chat window and select ‘Create New Window’ from the menu.
 Name this window ‘Raid.’
 Right-click on the newly created ‘Raid’ chat window and select ‘Settings.’
 From the ‘Chat’ category, untick everything except ‘Party, Party Leader, Raid, Raid Leader, Raid Warning, Instance, Instance Leader.’
 From the ‘Global Channels’ category, untick everything.
 Click ‘Okay.’
Remember that you can move chat windows - you will have to untick ‘Lock Positions’ option to do this.
Datatexts are all the additional data that could be displayed at the bottom of chat windows, Action Bars and Minimap.
You can also interact with the datatexts. For example, clicking on Time will bring up Calendar, on Durability - your Character Info, on Spec - will change it to the secondary, mouseover on System - shows your addon list with the memory used, etc.
There is a nice tab 'Currencies' where you may configure which currencies and in what format you want to see in Datatexts.
Frankly, there are a million possibilities to try :)
If you are using external addon for the Nameplates, you’ll have to untick “Enable” here.
Check “Enable” in tabs you want Nameplates on (I personally check only Enemy NPC but it's completely your choice):
There are a lot of options to track and to choose from but they are all very user friendly so I wouldn't explain them one by one.
Pay Attention that the Elite Icon was finally added to ElvUI so you don't need to write custom texts to track Rare and Elite mobs anymore.
SKINS / TOOLTIPS / FILTERS
Doesn’t matter. Do whatever you want here.
Enable only the UNIT FRAMES tabs that are relevant for you. All the rest - keep them disabled.
You should disable all the Blizzard frames - keeping both Blizz and ElvUI frames creates unnecessary mess on your screen.
For example as a raid healer I disable all the party/raid frames because I’m using VuhDo for it.
You can use Clique and mouseover macros with ElvUI Unit Frames.
ElvUI Raid Frames are very flexible: you can move and resize them, choose vertical or horizontal positioning. Any target data, buffs and debuffs could be configured separately for every kind of group. You can add and remove targets of your target, focus or pet, their cast bars, name, HP, level, raid icons, etc.
If you are interested in tracking incoming heals or threat, there are options for this too.
The most awesome thing about ElvUI is that after you did it once, no need to configure the addon for every character. Just choose the toon or a named profile that you want to copy the settings from. If you have a viable offspec, you can also ‘Enable Dual Profile’ to configure it.
Or you can just save different profiles for 10-man / 25-man raid or for tank / dps spec.
Another nice option is to share your profile with other player (obviously they should have ElvUI too) when targeting them.
I will share here two of my profiles (heal and dps) for those who prefer not to start from scratch.
Use 'Import Profile' button to import :)
Methodical is a Horde guild on the realm Bleeding Hollow we are currently in the process of rebuilding our raid core, and are in need of players to replace some trials that were cut. We are recruiting ALL exceptional players new, or returning, for finishing up heroic progression and moving towards mythics. We are seeking smart players who know how to play their class well and have no problem learning new mechanics quickly.
Raid Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
Raid Times: 9:30P-12:30A EST (Be online by 9:15P)
Requirements from you:
Be able to make our times with 90% attendance (we understand certain real life situations occasionally come up)
Know your class to the best of your ability and be able to take criticism from other players on how to improve your class. Also go through logs and see what you are doing wrong so you can play at your full potential.
Execute mechanics in a logical sense. You do no dps/hps while you're dead. Standing in fire does not give you buffs.
We are currently looking for non-leather: Tanks, Healers, and RDPS.
If Interested please contact one of the players listed below we can give information about: Bleeding Hollow, Methodical, and the general vibe of raids.
The Tier 19 Mythic Progress Race Is Here, Complete with Coverage
Tier 19 is finally here and the US guilds are just about ready to head on into the Nightmare (both figuratively and literally, with the hour investment required)
Update, Day 2 again:
Well the fastness of the race continues and we already have our top 3. The guilds comprising it were very much expected, but their order certainly was not (except by me, I totally called it!). Method and Serenity take up the 2nd and 3rd spots and all three guilds took under 2 hours to kill Xavius after downing Cenarius. The Asian scene also flared to life as they finally got their reset, with several guilds climbing to 4/7, lead by Alpha who are currently the only ones there to have downed Il'Gynoth.
Now it's a race for the top 5 as From Scratch are in a massive lead as they're the only guild on 6/7 with only the very short lived Xavius left.
Update, still day 2:
Well that was fast. Too fast. Exorsus simply continued on and downed Xavius without too many problems claiming the World First and finishing off the raid in 18 hours from start to finish. They've said Xavius was easier than Cenarius and even he didn't take that long to kill, so all in all a slight blemish for the Blizz balance team. But we have two raids coming up very quickly so it'll surely be fixed there. Congratulations to Exorsus in any case, they were just doing what the top guilds always do, killing bosses as fast as possible!
Update, Day 2:
As expected the other EU guilds soon caught up with Exorsus, first it was From Scratch then Method and Serenity, but the Russians were determined to keep their lead so the just now got another World First, this time on Cenarius leaving them only one boss left in the Emerald Nightmare!
Update, Day 2:
The EU guilds have entered the race and it was very hectic for a while there after they cleared split Heroics, with Exorsus and From Scratch trading off EU firsts on the first few bosses. Method and Serenity were downing things very close to each other as well, and eventually the EU guilds fully caught up with the us on 4/7, with the rankings being Midwinter, Limit, SNF, Easy, Strawberry Puppy Kisses in the lead in the US and then came the EU guilds.
That all changed an hour ago when it was Exorsus that got the World First on Il'gynoth and is now the sole guild on 5/7! It seems the consistency the guild had really paid off as they were the least affected by the various splits and quittings of the inter-progress phase. It's been over an hour now that they've been in the lead so now we'll see how long it takes for the other to catch up and if this advantage will pay off in the end, since Xavius is really all that matters.
As usual, if you want to get more in-depth coverage, killshots and rankings head on over to Method.gg.
We now have three guilds with 4/7 bosses down with Midwinter leading the charge and, well, staying where they were in the last update. But! Limit and SNF have caught up trading World second kills on Dragons of Nightmare and Ursoc, respectively.
There are now 12 guilds that downed at least one boss in the Emerald Nightmare Mythic, only one on 3/7 and two on 2/7.
Well things are progressing at a fast pace as we're already at four dead bosses. While Easy took the early lead, Midwinter soon caught up and then raced past as they took the next two World Firsts, on Ursoc and Dragons of Nightmare. We have a new face at the top as well as SNF got two World thirds and a World second on Ursoc as well, while Limit joined the race and are on SNF's heels after they did a round of heroic split raids.
The EU servers will be opening in the morning and that's when all hell will break loose, with many more guilds entering the arena.
So it's been a couple of hours since the raid opened and it seems two US guilds are going at it at a pretty solid pace. Easy has taken two World Firsts so far and were ahead for quite a while, but Midwinter has caught up as they both took down Nythendera and Elerethe Renferal. No videos as of yet, but we do have the killshots (and the image at the bottom is constantly up to date as well.
Nythendera and Elerethe Renferal World First killshots by Easy:
Tier 19 is finally here and the US guilds are just about ready to head on into the Nightmare (both figuratively and literally, with the hour investment required) in around an hour, with the Eu and Asian guilds joining in 1 and 2 days, respectively. The usual progress coverage from Manaflask has shifted to Method, who've made a pretty impressive new page for the race coverage with plenty of bells and whistles so if you want to keep up to date on all the World First happenings head on over there and we'll also keep you updated here on the major goings on. If you're new to the race or haven't followed it since the last one, you can check out this article to get up to date (shameless self-promotion etc).
One of the cooler features for this progress, however, is this interactive image that will be updated with rankings and World First videos and can be embed into any site, like this one.
So good luck to all the guilds competing and let's hope for a not too short progress race!
Cleared Heroic and Normal Emerald Nightmare in the first week of it's release.
Discipline Priest that can switch to Holy when needed Rogue Always looking for exceptional DPS of any class.
We are a guild, made up of former members of <Red Shift> and <Casually Addicted>, on Bleeding Hollow (PvP Server on a Chicago Datacenter) that have a common goal and will do what is necessary to achieve it. We are Shifty Casuals.
We are a group of professional adults, who believe success in raiding doesn't correlate to number in days/hours you spend raiding. We are starting a fresh page within our guild history and sticking to a 3 day a week raid schedule.
We don't tolerate elitism, bigotry, misogyny or any of the like. We enjoy our calm, adult environment and have no qualms with protecting it.
We do loot council which is fair and distributes loot for the progression of the raid as a whole and not an individual player. No favoritism, no loot drama.
We have our sights set on top 100 US for Legion and are looking for like-minded individuals to join our ranks.
Raid Days and Times (All times in EST as that is our server time):
· Tuesday 8:45pm-11:45pm
· Wednesday 8:45pm-11:45pm
· Thursday 8:45pm-11:45pm
Who We Want:
Since we are reforming and building for the expansion now is a great time to get in on the ground floor and clear content with us, while prepping for the new expansion. These are some key traits that we are looking for:
· Someone who understands that 3 nights a week raiding means that you need to bring your A-game each and every night. Attendance is expected to be near 100%. By committing to raid, you are committing yourself to our raiding schedule.
· The ability to perform under pressure. We only recruit impressive players, and spots are always competitive.
· Extensive class knowledge of your class. (IE: Alpha/beta testing, keeping up with theorycrafting, properly gemmed/enchanted, always be up to date on the intricacies of your class (not solely your spec(s)) and on the utility of the entire raid group.)
· A computer that can handle 20-30 man raiding and the ability to communicate via VOIP when needed. You must have a working headset and mic, and you must be prepared to use them. We will not read chat during boss fights. Inability to give a vocal response will not be tolerated as it directly hinders progression.
· Tough skin. We're always looking to improve ourselves as should you. Constructive criticism is encouraged, but flaming and insulting is not tolerated whatsoever.
If you have what it takes to be a part of this great team and community, feel free to apply at our website http://shiftycasuals.wowlaunch.com/. If you have questions about the application process, contact any of the officers for additional information.
Mischievous - Officer - giggles#1351
Esurient - Co-GM - starvingsun#1436
Amisti - Officer - amisti#1417