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In this article, we're taking a look at content worth finishing before Battle for Azeroth goes live.
Ahead of the Curve: Argus the Unmaker & Cutting Edge: Argus the Unmaker
Both achievements will be removed once the pre-patch goes live. If you don't have the achievement yet, the first round of Mythic Argus nerfs has already been deployed to live servers, so defeating Argus on Mythic difficulty should be easier now.
The Chosen Achievement
The achievement will become unobtainable in Battle for Azeroth.
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Blizzard confirmed that the Mage Tower will be permanently up at some point before Battle for Azeroth goes live, but they did not clarify if they meant the pre-patch or the actual expansion. Given how Azerite traits no longer work on 8.0 PTR, it's safe to assume we're going to see an announcement regarding the permanent Mage Tower in the coming days.
Field Medic Achievement
First Aid will be removed in Battle for Azeroth and all achievements related to the Profession will become Feats of Strength.
Brawler's Guild Removal
Brawler's Guild will be on hiatus with the release of BfA, but it's very likely that we'll see it return later on in Patch 8.1 or 8.1.5. Don't forget to get the Brawler's Burly Basilisk mount!
Strand of Ancients Removal
The battleground will be removed in Battle for Azeroth. Achievements will turn into Feats of Strength (Master of Strand of the Ancients).
Kirin Tor Summoning Crystal Mount
Violet Spellwing will not be available soon. Finish the "Blood of a Titan" quest by looting Blood of the Unmaker from Argus on Heroic difficulty or higher.
Legion Mythic Difficulty Mounts
As is tradition, the drop rate of Mythic difficulty raid mounts will be reduced to 1% when Battle for Azeroth goes live. Legion only introduced two Mythic mounts to the game:
Gul'dan (Fiendish Hellfire Core) Argus (Shackled Ur'zul)
A short batch today as Battle for Azeroth approaches, focusing on Antorus Mythic. It's all about the final boss, Argus the Unmaker, nerfing his health and two abilities.
June 19 (source)
Antorus, The Burning Throne Sargeras' Rage and Fear damage reduced by 15%. Argus' health reduced by 3% in Mythic Difficulty.
A new week with new chances for beta keys!
It's a new week and the perfect opportunity to give out a new batch of beta keys for Battle for Azeroth! This week, we're going to be putting multiple contests into certain news posts that discuss something WoW-related. Each post will act as a separate contest that users can enter, with a total of 4 going live on the forums and an additional 1 on Twitter.
We understand that it can be tough to keep track of which contest is where, so this post will act as a homepage for the upcoming contests. You can check back here to see exactly which contests are live, what you have to do to enter and how many keys are being given away.
Please note that you cannot enter any contests on this post directly; you will need to follow the link to the contest and enter there.
Here is the list of this week's contests:
[FORUM] Giveaway 1 - [LIVE] To enter giveaway 1, simply vote in the poll at the top of the news. Once you have voted, you are entered into the contest. Winners will be drawn once the poll ends. 25 keys are being given away in Giveaway 1. [FORUM] Will go live 20/06 [TWITTER] Will go live 20/06 [FORUM] Will go live 21/06 [FORUM] Will go live 21/06 While the giveaway-specific rules are listed above, we also have a general set of rules that apply to every giveaway. You can find them listed here.
We wish any entrants the best of luck in each giveaway they enter and hope that we'll see many of you enjoying the beta shortly after! For any questions you might have about this post or the giveaways, you can ask them in this thread and I will do my best to answer them promptly.
In case you missed it, there was a storytelling panel back at E3 a few days ago with Steve Danuser, Sr. Narrative Designer, Terran Gregory, Project Director and Christie Golden, Sr. Writer. The full title of the panel is World of Warcraft Storytelling: Bringing a Robust Universe to Life Through Different Mediums, and covers how the writing team connect all the disparate WoW lore and story sources, including books, comics, as well as all other online and in-game sources.
With Battle for Azeroth being such a divisive expansion (perhaps intentionally), even way before its launch, WoW's story is under quite a big magnifying glass as of late, with Horde players in particular not being satisfied with the direction their faction/warchief is going, so this is the perfect time to buff up on just how the story department thinks and functions.
The team discusses the interconnectivity of expansion stories, the bigger role and quantity of in-game cinematics, the relevance of the faction conflict in WoW, character deaths and much more:
Events for this week include Cataclysm Timewalking and the Midsummer Fire Festival Event. Alchemists can obtain the rank 3 Recipe: Potion of Prolonged Power from Naz'ak, and more.
Mythic Keystone Affixes
Bursting Skittish Tyrannical Weekly Quests
Below is a list of all relevant weekly quests that should be completed this week:
Fuel of a Doomed World and Invasion Onslaught (Argus weekly quests) both reward 1,000 reputation with both Army of the Light and Argussian Reach. Unlocking Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves is gated behind Exalted reputation standing with both Argus factions. You can find more information here. Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons for "A Frozen Path Through Time" to receive an Artifact Power token, 1 Seal of Broken Fate and a Cache of Antoran Treasures. World Bosses
Naz'ak the Fiend
Alchemists can get their hands on the rank 3 Recipe: Potion of Prolonged Power. Naz'ak is located in Falanaar (Suramar). Here's a map of Falanaar Tunnels. Coords: 37, 66.
Recipe: Potion of Prolonged Power Avalanche Resistant Legplates Dessicated Leather Pants Leystone Nugget Loop of Polished Pebbles Mana-Dowsing Ring Na'zak's Dusty Pantaloons Venomscarred Chain Leggings Occularus
The Argus world boss for this week is Occularus. He drops ilvl 930+ loot, so don't forget to bring a Seal of Broken Fate for bonus rolls.
Accursed Defiler's Mantle Gloves of Barbarous Feats Gore-Soaked Legplates Helm of the Vigilant Eye Imp-Overseer's Vest Mesmerizing Soul Hood Occularus' Unblemished Lens Poison-Barbed Bracers Sabatons of Ceaseless Assault Sash of Diabolic Preparation Soul Crushing Stompers Tainted Corruptor's Vambraces World Events
Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event (June 19-26)
Don't forget to collect Timewarped Badges to purchase special items from Kiatke. Reins of the Infinite Timereaver can drop from any Timewalking dungeon boss as Personal Loot.
For the next seven days, take a trip back to when Deathwing ruled the skies over Azeroth—it’s time to delve back into the dungeons of Cataclysm.
All week, open Group Finder (default hotkey: i) and then select Dungeon Finder and Timewalking in the Type dropdown. When you hit ‘Find Group’, you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of the following Heroic dungeons:
End Time Grim Batol The Stonecore Lost City of Tol’vir The Vortex Pinnacle Throne of the Tides Your character and items will be scaled down to a power level fitting for the challenge at hand, but bosses will yield loot appropriate for your natural level. Timewalking dungeons also have a chance to drop items that usually drop when you run them on Heroic, and you’ll earn reputation with a faction that is interested in the dungeon. For example, you can earn Ramkahen reputation and the right to purchase Brown and Tan Riding Camels.
Look for the following all week long:
Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you.Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it from within the Adventure Journal. Quest requirement: Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons. Rewards: One Seal of Broken Fate and one loot box containing a piece of gear from Normal difficulty Antorus, the Burning Throne. Every Week
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.
Midsummer Fire Festival (June 21-July 5)
The event starts Thursday and in the meantime, feel free to check out our Midsummer Fire Festival Guide.