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This week's Battle of Dazar'alor testing gets interesting! For some bosses, raid members will temporarily re-live events as the opposite faction using a story flashback on October 25, meaning Horde players will fight King Rastakhan on Heroic as if they were Alliance and Alliance players will experience the High Tinker Mekkatorque encounter on Heroic difficulty as if they were Horde.
Raid testing continues on October 26 with Champions of the Light on Mythic and Stormwind Blockade on Heroic difficulty.
Check out our Tides of Vengeance hub for the latest Patch 8.1 news!
On Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th we will be conducting raid tests of the Battle of Dazar'alor.
Testing is open for both factions. However, for some bosses, raid members will temporarily re-live events as the opposite faction using a story flashback.
Thursday, October 25th
King Rastakhan- Heroic Battle of Dazar'alor
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Horde will experience this boss as if they were Alliance.
High Tinker Mekkatorque - Heroic Battle of Dazar'alor
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)
Alliance will experience this boss as if they were Horde.
Friday, October 26th
Champion of the Light: Frida Ironbellows (Horde) / Ra’Wani (Alliance) - Mythic Battle of Dazar'alor
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Each faction will test their respective Champion of the Light boss
Stormwall Blockade - Heroic Battle of Dazar'alor
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)
Alliance will experience this boss as if they were Horde.
As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.
Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)
Q: What character should I use to test the raid?
A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players' effective level to 120 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.
Q: How long does testing last?
A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we're satisfied that we've received that information for a given boss, we'll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.
Events for this week include Hallow's End and the Battleground Bonus Event.
WoW Classic Demo is available for pre-download! Blizzard buffed Conquest points gained from Rated Battlegrounds and 2v2 Arenas. Mythic Keystone Affixes
Tyrannical Bolstering Explosive Infested Weekly Quests
Azerite for the Alliance & Azerite for the Horde: Collect 40,000 Azerite from Island Expeditions to receive 2,500 Azerite and 1,500 reputation with Honorbound/7th Legion. Win 4 battlegrounds for "A Call to Battle" to earn 5 Marks of Honor and 750 Artifact Power. World Boss
Revered by all trolls but the Zandalari especially, the bones of the giant reptiles of Zandalar are dot the landscape. But as dark energies stir beneath the sands, sometimes that which was meant to remain dead, does not. Kraulok walks the sands once again, blinded by rage and the endless agony of his dying moments. Woe to those who find themselves in the beast's path.
Dunegorger Kraulok goes through periods of rapidly alternating casts of Sonic Bellow and Earth Spike. Avoid these attacks and press on to victory.
When Dunegorger Kraulok Sonic Bellow he picks a random player and locks his facing until he finishes. Earth Spike damages everyone within 2 yards, and knocks victims up into the air. Ravenous Ranishu summoned through Shake Loose are Ravenous and will Swing Wildly. Healers
When Dunegorger Kraulok Sonic Bellow he picks a random player and locks his facing until he finishes. Earth Spike damages everyone within 2 yards, and knocks victims up into the air. Ravenous Ranishu summoned through Shake Loose are Ravenous and will Swing Wildly. Tanks
When Dunegorger Kraulok Sonic Bellow he picks a random player and locks his facing until he finishes. Earth Spike damages everyone within 2 yards, and knocks victims up into the air. Ravenous Ranishu summoned through Shake Loose are Ravenous and will Swing Wildly. Loot Table
Hood of the Sinuous Devilsaur Desert Nomad's Wrap Raider's Shrouding Thobe Shrouded Sandscale Bracers Dunegorger's Grips Gloves of the Desert Assassin Cord of Flowing Sands Sandswept Legionnaire's Legplates Kraulok's Claw Island Expeditions
Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow & Verdant Wilds are on rotation. This week, Islands will be invaded by Black Dragons. Check out our Island Expeditions guide for more details. World Events
Battleground Bonus Event (October 23-30)
Sign of Battle increases Honor gains from Battleground objectives and wins by 50% this week!
Steel yourself for Battleground combat!
Seven Days on the Battlegrounds
All this week, heading to the Battlegrounds will net you some extra Honor along with bonus loot for completing this week’s quest. To enter the fray, open Group Finder (hotkey: "I") and then select the Player vs. Player tab. Next choose Casual, select Random Battlegrounds, and hit the Join Battle button—you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of these 12 battlegrounds:
Alterac Valley Arathi Basin Battle for Gilneas Deepwind Gorge Eye of the Storm Isle of Conquest Seething Shore Silvershard Mines Strand of the Ancients Temple of Kotmogu Twin Peaks Warsong Gulch Weekly Quest
Before you get started, Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar and Chronicler Toopa in Boralus have a quest for you. You can also pick up the quest from within the Adventure Guide. Win four random Battlegrounds, and you’ll be rewarded with 5 Marks of Honor and 750 Artifact Power.
This week you gain 50% more Honor in Battlegrounds.
A New Event 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.
Hallow's End (October 18 - November 1)
Hallow's End celebrates the break of the Forsaken from the Scourge. Fun and mischief reign as the Inkeepers of Azeroth give treats, and tricks, to whomever asks.
Our Hallow's End guide has been updated with the latest information!
Tides of Vengeance is available for playtesting and our hub contains all the latest information!
Welcome to our Tides of Vengeance hub. Here, you'll find all the latest information about Battle for Azeroth's first content patch 8.1. We will keep the hub updated throughout PTR testing with the latest coverage.
Patch 8.1 called Tides of Vengeance was pushed to PTR on September 21. Players are still unable to log in to the game right now (September 26). The patch will be released later this year.
This section contains contains the most recent coverage. Whenever there's a new PTR build, we'll move the previous builds down to the "Datamining Archive [PH]" section.
Patch 8.1 Build #28151
Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Overview Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Blood Elf Heritage Armor Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Marksmanship Hunter Changes Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Restoration Shaman Changes Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Marsh Hopper Mounts Upcoming Shadow Priest Changes The Story of Varok Saurfang in Patch 8.1 Orc Running Animation Updated Patch 8.1 Content
Blizzard recently announced improvements to Azerite Armor acquisition from Mythic+. You can find more details here. Heritage Armor will be added for non-Allied Races; Blood Elves & Dwarves are first on the list. There's no reputation grind behind this. If you're at max level and Exalted with Ironforge/Blood Elves, you can start the quest and complete a scenario to get your Heritage Armor. Reputation Paragon for BfA factions is coming. Champions of Azeroth reputation will be made account-wide. Incursions are a new feature similar to Legion assaults. Darkshore Warfront (Night Elves vs Forsaken theme) The outdoor zone will be updated just like Arathi Highlands with new quests, rares, etc. War Campaign continues with the Alliance leading a direct strike at the Zandalari Fleet. We can expect two new raids in 8.1: Siege of Zuldazar is a nine-boss raid where the foe is the opposing faction. Alliance players will join Jaina and her forces to fight their way up to the pyramid to confront Rastakhan. Horde players will try to defend the pyramid, fighting Jaina in the High Seas as the final boss. Crucible of Storms is a two-boss raid located under Shrine of the Storm that hints at Queen Azshara. It's Battle for Azeroth's "Trial of Valor" raid. Allied Races: Kul Tirans and Zandalari Trolls will become available for gameplay after the Siege of Zuldazar raid. You can find more details about how to unlock them here. Two New Islands: Jorundall (Vrykul-themed Island) & Havenswood (Gilnean-themed Island) Gnomeregan Pet Battle Dungeon Profession Changes New Scenarios Tyrande's Ascension - players will unlok new Night Elf Warrior customization options with dark eyes. Cooking Scenario with Nomi Unknown Tol Dagor Scenario Heritage Armor Scenarios Vol'jin's Story Continues - The Shadow Hunter is looking for answers s in 8.1 as he tries to figure out why he appointed Sylvanas for Warchief. Allied Races
You will be able to unlock Legion Allied Races faster in Patch 8.1.
Multiple Classes are subject to changes in Patch 8.1. These include Elemental Shamans, Shadow Priests, and Protection Warriors. So far, Blizzard outlined plans for Elemental Shamans. They haven't decided what to do with Protection Warriors just yet.
Elemental Shaman Changes Model Updates
Draenei totems received new models with a higher polygon count in 8.1.
Draenei Shaman Totems Model Update Interviews/Livestreams
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas unveiled Patch 8.1 on September 18.
Tides of Vengeance Livestream with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Tides of Vengeance Live Developer Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Datamining Archive [PH]
As with previous patches, there's going to be a new PTR build every week and to keep things organized, we're going to post build overviews below.
Patch 8.1 Build #28048
Patch 8.1 Build 28048 Overview Patch 8.1 Build #27985
Patch 8.1 Build 27985 Overview Patch 8.1 Build 27985: New Creature Models Patch 8.1 Build 27985: New Paladin Animations Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Solo Queue for Legion Raids Enabled Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Dwarf Heritage Armor Preview Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Siege of Zuldazar Weapons Patch 8.1 Build #27826
Patch 8.1 Build 27826 Overview (Datamined Broadcast Text, Zones, Strings, Scenarios) *Spoilers* Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Vol'jin's Story Continues (Datamined Broadcast Text Analysis) *Spoilers* Patch 8.1 Build 27826: New Creature Models Patch 8.1 Build 27286: New Night Elf Warrior Customization Options Patch 8.1 Build 27286: New Druid Forms (Highmountain Tauren/Kul Tiran Moonkin Forms, Zandalari Aquatic Form) Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Kul Tiran Horse Racial Mount Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Nightsaber Mounts Patch 8.1 Build 27286: The Hivemind Mount Returns Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Vicious PvP Mounts Tides of Vengeance is Battle for Azeroth's first major content patch and we created a hub to keep track of everything.
The weekly reset brings a big Conquest points buff to Rated Battlegrounds and 2v2 arena, in the form of a 50 and 250% increase, respectively, as well as increased RBG rewards for defeat depending on how close the loss was. Check out the details:
Conquest Rewards (source)
With weekly maintenance in each region, we've adjusted some Conquest rewards for Rated Battlegrounds.
Now, when you Rated Battleground ends in defeat, depending on how closely you lost (how near to the winning team in points/flag captures/etc.), you can gain 20-40 Conquest. Additionally:
2v2 – First win of the day rewards 35 Conquest; additional wins rewards 25 Conquest (was 10). Rated Battlegrounds – First win of the day rewards 150 Conquest (was 100); additional wins reward 100 Conquest (was 65). Rewards for 3v3 and unrated Battlegrounds have not been changed.
The WoW Classic client runs on Patch 1.13 and there's no 32-bit support. Here's a first look at the login screen, game settings, and various strings related to the demo.
UPDATE: WoW Classic Demo pre-download is now available!
WoW Classic Demo will be available for testing to BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders. You can find more details about the demo in the latest dev watercooler.
WoW Classic Login Screen
Here's a look at the Classic login screen.
WoW Classic Realm Selection
Multiple realms will be up for testing starting November 2.
WoW Classic Settings
Blizzard seems to have ported Liquid Detail from Cataclysm or SSAO introduced back in Mists of Pandaria to the WoW Classic client.
We found a couple of interesting strings related to the Classic BlizzCon Demo. It appears the time limit of your testing session will be limited and Classic models have been upgraded with higher detail and new animations!
WOW_ERROR_331 You recently reached the time limit for your World of Warcraft Classic session! Please try again in approximately %d |4hour:hours;, %d |4minute:minutes;. WOW_ERROR_332 You must purchase a Blizzcon Virtual Ticket in order to access World of Warcraft: Classic WOW_ERROR_333 Thanks for playing World of Warcraft Classic! You've reached the time limit for your current session, but you can play again in approximately %d |4hour:hours;, %d |4minute:minutes;. OPTION_CHAT_STYLE_CLASSIC The chat entry box will work as it previously did. There will be a single entry box always attached to the primary Chat Frame. SPLASH_NEW_FEATURE2_DESC Classic character models have been upgraded with higher detail and new animations.