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Added to World of Warcraft in Mists of Pandaria, Challenge Modes represent some of the most difficult small-group PvE content in the game. In Warlords of Draenor, the tuning of the Challenge Modes is even tighter. If you haven't already, you should definitely be trying Challenge Modes!

 

A quick look at the World of Wargraphs data shows just how hard players are finding Challenge Modes right now. In Mists of Pandaria, as many as 19% of max-level characters completed at least one Challenge Mode, and over 12% of all characters finished all of the Challenge Modes with Gold times.

 

Thus far in Warlords, less people have finished a lone Challenge Mode than managed the complete set of Golds in Mists. Early in the expansion cycle, strategies are not as well defined and optimal gear hasn't become available (due to early itemization and the scaling mechanics). Only 0.5% of all characters have completed the full suite of Warlords gold medal CMs.

 

For those of you wondering how to get started, there are some good guides out there already, with more emerging every day! Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

 

- All itemization is scaled down (not up) to ilvl 630 (Heroic dungeon gear). Random attributes (sockets, Warforged, tertiary stats) are ignored. Enchants are enabled.

- Consumables work, and their value is substantially higher due to their relative contribution with gear scaling.

- Since the goal is speed, large AoE trash pulls and movement speed (including cooldowns) are very important.

 

Most any group that can complete the Heroic version of a dungeon can likely beat the Challenge Mode. Certain mechanics get turned up to 11, so utilizing utility like stuns, interrupts, etc. becomes critical. CC is less valuable, since your optimal DPS strategies will involve maximizing AoE and DPS uptime.

 

The rewards for the three tiers of Challenge Mode medals in Warlords are:

 

achievement_challengemode_bronze.jpgChallenge Warlord: Bronze - <Name> the Indomitable title

achievement_challengemode_silver.jpgChallenge Warlord: SilverChallenger's War Yeti

achievement_challengemode_gold.jpgChallenge Warlord: Gold - Cosmetic weapons for transmog

 

Additionally, there is a daily quest for completing a random Challenge Mode that rewards a 640 ilvl epic. This was a more relevant strategy for gearing up prior to Highmaul LFR opening up in its entirety, but it's still worthwhile if you need to round out a couple of slots you're struggling to fill.

 

In the coming weeks, I'll be adding further Challenge Mode content based on personal experience, as well as trying to identify good text and video guides to help you in your own quest to beat them all.

 

Did you complete the Challenge Modes in Mists of Pandaria? What progress have you made so far in Warlords? And if you haven't already started, go try them out!

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In MoP we've got realm best time in MsP around the end of MoP. We were really surprised, since we didn't even plan on going for those. But, the Mistwalker title is very nice.. :P (After a few weeks, someone has beaten our time so we couldn't keep the Moguslayer title for ever... :( )

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(After a few weeks, someone has beaten our time so we couldn't keep the Moguslayer title for ever... :( )

You wouldn't have been able to keep the Moguslayer title, anyway - even if you had the best time, the title was removed with 6.0 and Mistwalker is the only permanent title.

Thus far in Warlords, less people have finished a lone Challenge Mode than managed the complete set of Golds in Mists. Early in the expansion cycle, strategies are not as well defined and optimal gear hasn't become available (due to early itemization and the scaling mechanics). Only 0.5% of all characters have completed the full suite of Warlords gold medal CMs.

People think MoP CMs got easier because of gear creep, but they vastly over-estimate the importance of gems (as if we weren't aware that gems didn't scale from the first week of CMs and we didn't stack as many gems as we could in 5.0). I'd love to see this comparison done with numbers for MoP prior to the AoE cap buff, which was, essentially, a massive nerf to the difficulty of Challenge Modes (several class buffs in 5.1, 5.2, etc. also played a major role in this). The new gear model means you can basically have your top two stats on every piece of gear at present and we're not likely to see much change on that front.

I expect CM participation numbers will increase naturally as people exhaust the raid content and various other things and go looking for other activities, but it will take some pretty serious changes to get anything like the numbers seen at the end of MoP (where three man gold runs were feasible and sale runs were common).

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      This Thursday (May 24 PDT), we'll have a Play with the Blues event focusing on Alliance Warfronts. Members of the Blizzard WoW Development and WoW QA teams will be fighting alongside you all on the Anduin beta realm. Be on the lookout for characters in the <Blizzard Alliance> guild.

      Start Time: 3:00 p.m. PDT
      End Time: 5:00 p.m. PDT
      Realm: Anduin

      How to queue for Warfronts:
      1. Head to the Trade District in Stormwind.
      2. Look for the War Table located outside of Trias' Cheese shop.
      3. Interact with the table to queue up!

      Reminder:
      There are no level restrictions or prerequisite quests for Warfronts in the beta. If you'd like to participate, but only have a Horde character on Anduin (or no characters at all ... yet), all you need to do is create a fresh Alliance character, and you'll be good to go.
    • By Stan
      Blizzard decided not to remove the Keystone Master Artifact appearance in Battle for Azeroth.
      In order to unlock the Artifact appearance from Keystone Master, you must complete a Level 15 or higher Mythic dungeon within the time limit. Initially, they wanted to remove the achievement come BfA, but decided to keep it. If you finish a Level 15+ or higher within the time limit at level 120 in Battle for Azeroth, you will automatically unlock your Legion's Artifact appearance. The only achievement that will be unobtainable with Battle for Azeroth is A Challenging Look (Mage Tower base appearance).
      Blizzard (Source)
      As testing continues in the Battle for Azeroth Beta, and we specifically consider the transition from Legion to BFA, we’ve decided to make the existing Keystone Master, achievement permanent. There will not be a new achievement for completing a Mythic 15 or higher dungeon in the new expansion.

      The artifact appearance associated with Keystone Master, will still be available in Battle For Azeroth. Players can earn the achievement in Legion through August 13, or players can complete a Mythic 15 BFA dungeon at level 120, once Mythic Keystone difficulty opens a few weeks after the launch of Battle For Azeroth.

      This means that the only artifact appearance that will become unobtainable with Battle For Azeroth is the Mage Tower base appearance.

      As always, thank you for your feedback!