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A source of the latest information related to Patch 7.3 and beyond!
Our Patch 7.3 hub organizes all 7.3 data and latest news coverage in a single place.
Welcome to our centralized hub dedicated to the biggest patch ever introduced to World of Warcraft. For easier navigation, we'll keep it updated throughout testing by adding links to our latest coverage, so that you won't miss out on any important information.
This section contains major information about the patch.
Returning Player Guide *new* Ion Hazzikostas Patch 7.3 Interview Content Rollout Schedule Dungeons (M+) Changes Build Highlights // Class Changes
In this section, you will find the most recent changes sorted by build.
Patch 7.3 Build 24853 Patch 7.3 Build 24727 Patch 7.3 Build 24651 Patch 7.3 Build 24608 // Feral Druid // Frost DK & Mage Changes Patch 7.3: Upcoming Frost Death Knight Changes Patch 7.3 Build 24539 // Patch 7.3 Feral Druid Changes Patch 7.3.0 Build 24500 Patch 7.3.0 Build 24473 Dev Notes
Blizzard usually posts on the official forums once a new PTR build is deployed to test realms, giving an overview of new features that become available for testing.
Build 24829 Build 24608 Build 24539 Build 24500 Build 24473 Artifact Power & Advancement
In Patch 7.3, you will be able to unlock the Netherlight Crucible, a new way of Artifact customization via relics.
Artifact Knowledge Changes The Netherlight Crucible (Extended Preview) (Build 24700) The Netherlight Crucible Clarifications (Official) The Netherlight Crucible Early Preview (Build 24608) Antorus the Burning Throne
The new raid is currently tested on PTR and will be available in Patch 7.3.5.
Antorus, the Burning Throne Raid Preview (Build 24473) Antorus Raid Rewards Antorus Raid Zone Preview Part 1 Antorus Raid Zone Preview Part 2 Antorus Raid Zone Preview Part 3 *new* Antorus & The Pantheon Legion Ending & Next Expansion Leaks New Creature Models (Antorus Bosses, Titans, Lore Characters) (Build 24473) Tier 21 Sets
In Antorus, you will find Tier 21 Sets dropping from the bosses.
Tier 21 Sets Preview (Normal Tints) // Mythic Tints Tier 21 Death Knight (Build 24608) Tier 21 Druid (Build 24500) Tier 21 Mage (Build 24651) Tier 21 Monk (Build 24539) Tier 21 Paladin (Build 24539) Tier 21 Priest (Build 24500) Tier 21 Rogue (Build 24539) Tier 21 Warlock (24651) Argus & Gameplay Videos
Argus is a new planet that has three zones. Krokuun, Mac'Aree and Antoran Wastes. In the following articles, you will find detailed information about all the different zones.
How to Get to Argus (Intro) Vindicaar Matrix Core Powers & Assessment Argus Gameplay Part 1 (up to Krokuun) (Build 24473) Argus Gameplay Part 2 (End of Chapter 1) (Build 24500) Argus Gameplay Part 3 (Mac'Aree) (Build 24539) New Factions
Two new factions have been added to the game in Patch 7.3.
Argussian Reach (Faction) Preview Army of Light Faction Preview Weapons of the Lightforged (Build 24473) Gearing & Alts
All useful information in terms of gearing and alts.
Reputation Catch-up & New Heirloom Amulet *new* Unsullied & Confiscated Gear *new* Veiled Argunite & New Gear Tokens Invasion Points
A new type of repeatable content, aka scenarios with different stages with the goal to defeat a boss at the end.
Invasion Points // "Lesser & Greater Rifts" Coming to WoW Invasion Point: Blood (Build 24539) Invasion Point: Ice (Build 24539) Seat of the Triumvirate
A new five-player dungeon located in Mac'Aree (Argus)
Seat of the Triumvirate (Dungeon) (Build 24608) New Transmog Items (Build 24500) Missions
New Champion Equipment & Missions Mounts
New Mounts (Build 24473) Lightforged Golem Mount Shackled Ur'zul (Mythic Argus Mount) Pets
New Tameable Hunter Pets (Build 24781) New Pets (Build 24473) New Pets (Build 24853) Professions
New Profession Updates (Build 24473) // The Future of Obliterum World Bosses
New World Bosses (Build 24473) New Caster Animations
In Patch 7.3, several caster Classes received updates to their animations.
Official Preview Druid, Mage, Shaman Animations (Build 24473) Priest Animations (Build 24473) Restoration Shaman Animations (Build 24500)
The third 7.3 PTR build this week indicates that 7.3 development is nearly done. This time, we're getting a lot of spec aura updates.
Frost Death Knight - Spec Aura down to 23% (from 30%). Unholy Death Knight - Spec Aura down to 5% (from 8%). Hunter
Beast Mastery Hunter - Spec Aura down to 6% (from 10%). Survival Hunter - Spec Aura down to 7% (from 10%). Monk
Windwalker Monk - Spec Aura down to 0% (from 5%). Rogue
Assassination Rogue - Spec Aura down to 22% (from 28%). Outlaw Rogue - Spec Aura down to 0% (from 4%). Talents
Thief's Bargain - The cooldown of your Vanish spell is reduced by 45 60 sec. Your damage is increased by 10%, but your maximum health is reduced by 15%. Shaman
Enhancement Shaman - Spec Aura down to 10% (from 13%). Abilities
Earth Shock - Instantly shocks the target with concussive force, causing up to [ 1,230% 1,300% of Spell Power ] Nature damage based on Maelstrom spent.
A look at the remaining battle pets added in Patch 7.3.
Raiding with Leashes V: Cuteaclysm is coming and we did a preview of all new pets obtainabable from Cataclysm raids here. In another article we looked at Naxxy and Model D1-BB-L3R. Now's time to explore the rest of the pets added in Patch 7.3.
Felclaw Marsuul from Family Fighter.
Antoran Bile Larva Antoran Bilescourge Cross Gazer from A Pile of Intact Demon Eyes Rebellious Imp Uuna (cannot battle)
Arcane Gorger Felcrazed Wyrm Grasping Manifestation Pygmy Marsuul Skyfin Juvenile Void Shardling Voidstalker Runt Warpstalker Runt
Bile Larva Bilescourge Flickering Argunite
Egg (from Fel-Spotted Egg (5 days hatch time)
Docile Skyfin Fel-Afflicted Skyfin
Golden Retriever (Source: PH)
Fel Lasher (Herbalism) Fossorial Bile Larva (Skinning) Ghost Shark (Fishing)
Orphaned Marsuul (Argussian Reach Honored)
Two weeks ago, Blizzard started the PvP Like a Pro series, where they talk to world best Arena players. The first part was about finding the right partners and the second discussed team composition. Part 3 is devoted to effective practicing.
Part 3 - Practicing Effectively
Minpojke of team Northern Gaming Blue has achieved rank one in Arena every season since 2011. His current squad has been playing together for more than two years, and came third in the Global Finals at BlizzCon 2016. With his help, we’ve built a five-step guide to help you practice like a pro!
Synergy - Align Your Team
Before setting out on your quest to the top, make sure you’re “aligned as a team,” says Minpojke. Like in any group activity, “it’s very important that everyone has the same goals and the same drive to do what it takes to win.” Make sure your team shares similar ambitions, and is aligned on how much effort will be required to achieve them. And of course, make sure you have similar gaming schedules so you can play and practice together!
Atmosphere - Stay Positive
It’s important to have a good atmosphere while playing. Minpojke says, “If you and your group get along and even become friends, you’ll like playing and actually learn more as well.” Be sure that the mood stays positive so that you can enjoy competing and improving together. It’s much easier to keep a team motivated if you’re all having fun—it’s a game after all!
Stated more simply, Minpojke says, “It’s easy to win as a team—in the sense that it’s easy to be happy and celebrate—but if you’re capable of losing together, then you’ll be a great team.”
Strategy - Know the Meta
When it comes to making practice effective, Minpojke feels it’s a priority to stay up to date with the current meta. He told us that the best way to do this is to follow tournaments, high-level Arena streams, and the PvP Leaderboards to see which classes are on top.
“It’s quite easy to keep up with the meta. Watch streams to see what the pros are playing, and track the ladder to see which classes and compositions are at the top. And don’t forget to follow tournaments to see the best comps shine.” Once you’re confident in what you want to play, it’s time to queue up! As FabsS discussed in our previous interview, Minpojke says that it’s important to set your win condition before the gates open. “Ask what you want to achieve as a team; will you focus on a lot of CC or try to draw out the game longer?” Since you know what matchup you’ll be playing against, you can start to ask these questions and develop your strategy.
Analysis - Review Your Games
If your setup supports it, Minpojke recommends recording as many sessions as you can—they’re much more valuable then looking at a damage meter. He says that the first objective is to see if you followed your game plan. Did you stick to it? Did it work? If the answer to either of these questions is no, you need to work on executing the plan better in future or possibly changing it up all together.
Watching your own recordings is also a chance to highlight individual mistakes. As Minpojke says, “Always stay self-critical, and always look for ways to improve—you’ll notice pretty quickly your most crucial and common mistakes.” While Minpojke emphasizes that “losing is arguably the best way of learning,” he also reminded us that “it’s very important to recognize when you do well.” Think positively here: no one can play the perfect game, but there are often good takeaways to be emulated going forward.
Reviewing recordings of his gameplay is a regular part of Minpojke’s routine, as well as discussing previous matches with his team between games while queueing. You can learn from a win as well as a loss!
Execute - Implement Your Analysis
After watching the replays, it’s time to set your goals. Decide what you want to focus on, and “make plans before you queue for a session.” If there was a specific matchup you were struggling with, you can discuss plans for how you’ll react to it next time.
In some instances, it could be worth writing some notes, especially if you have many things to focus on versus many compositions. Minpojke equated it to studying for a test, “Practice it, and read it over and over until it sticks in your head.”
Minpojke attended his first BlizzCon with current teammate Zunniyaki in 2013, finishing in second place. Northern Gaming Blue are the defending European Champions, and with nine BlizzCon appearances between their players, they’re one of the most experienced rosters in the field.
You can watch Minpojke and Northern Gaming Blue compete live at gamescom from August 23-26. For the full details on when and where you can watch, head on over to our European Championship Finals blog.