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The latest 7.3 PTR build 24651 brings the usual Tier 21 changes, class changes, many new items and mounts.
Patch 7.3 Build 24651 Highlights
Raiding with Leashes V: Cuteaclysm is here with many new pets to earn from Cataclysm raids. Lightforged Warframe is rewarded from reaching Exalted with the Army of Light faction. We previewed the mount in more detail here. Antoran Gloomhound is rewarded from Glory of the Argus Raider. Antoran Charhound drops from the dogs encounter in Antorus as we suspected. Mythic: Argus the Unmaker achievement now rewards the title "Titanslayer". Dev Notes
As we mentioned last week, the PTR update for this week (and future weeks) is focused on iterative improvements to the content that’s already available for testing. You may find a few new additions here and there (including some new pet battle content), but the bulk of our efforts this week have focused on refining Argus’ rewards and itemization. Please let us know what you think!
Additionally, we’re planning to start raid testing in the near future – keep an eye out here on the PTR forums for details there.
Thanks again, and happy testing! Class Changes
Icy Talons - Frost Strike also increases your melee attack speed by 12% for 6 sec, stacking up to 3 times. (was 15%) Inexorable Assault - While in combat with no enemy within 8 yards, you gain Inexorable Assault every 1 sec. Each stack causes your next autoattack to deal [ 100% of Attack Power ] additional Frost damage. (functionality changed and down from 300% of Attack Power) Permafrost - When you deal damage with auto attacks, gain an absorb shield equal to 100% of the damage dealt. (up from 75%) Volatile Shielding - Your Anti-Magic Shell absorbs 35% more damage, and generates 100% additional Runic Power. (now generates additional Runic Power) Druid
Mass Entanglement - now roots the target and all enemies within 15 yards in place for 30 seconds Prickling Thorns - When your Entangling Roots is removed, dispelled, or ends, the target will take [ 1 + 300% of Spell Power ] damage. (was 100,000) Hunter
Marksmanship Hunter spec aura updated with Multi-Shot. Paladin
Holy Paladin spec aura down to 5% (was 15%) Retribution Paladin spec aura up 27% (from 20%) Blade of Justice - Strikes an enemy with the Blade of Justice, dealing [ 0.880 * 595% of weapon damage or 0.030 * Level * 595% of weapon damage + 0.400 * 595% of weapon damage or 595% of weapon damage ] Physical damage. (up from 540% of weapon damage) Crusader Strike - Strike the target for [ 0.029 * Level * 230% of weapon damage + 0.429 * 230% of weapon damage or 230% of weapon damage ] Physical damage. Maximum 2 charges. (up from 210%) Execution Sentence - A hammer slowly falls from the sky, dealing [ 1,700% of Attack Power ] Holy damage after 7 sec. (up from 1,450% of Attack Power) Rogue
Veil of Midnight - You remain enveloped by the shadows for 2 sec after Stealth or Vanish fades, increasing dodge chance by 200%. (Vanish added to the spell and dodge chance increase up from 100%) Shaman
Elemental Shaman spec aura is at 6% (up from 3%) Chain Lightning - Hurls a lightning bolt at the enemy, dealing [ 1 + 140% of Spell Power ] (down from 1 + 160% of Spell Power) Nature damage and then jumping to additional nearby enemies. Affects 3 total targets. Generates 4 Maelstrom per target hit (down from 6 Maelstrom) Earthquake - Causes the earth within 8 yards of the target location to tremble and break, dealing [ 600% of Nature Spell Power ] Physical damage over 6 sec and sometimes knocking down enemies. (up from 465%) Earth Shock - Instantly shocks the target with concussive force, causing up to [ 1,300% of Spell Power ] Nature damage based on Maelstrom spent. (up from 1,150% of Spell Power) Mastery: Elemental Overload - Your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Lava Burst casts have a 15% (down from 18%) chance to trigger a second cast on the same target for 85% (up from 75%) of normal damage and 75% of normal Maelstrom generation Shamanism - Your Bloodlust spell now has a 60 sec. cooldown, but increases Haste by 20%, and only affects you and your friendly target when cast for 10 sec Warlock
Create Healthstone now restores 25% of your health (up from 15%) Cremation - Your Incinerate automatically applies Immolate, and Conflagrate deals an additional 5% of the target's maximum health in Fire damage if the target is affected by your Immolate. Warrior
Intercept - range changed was 25 yards and changed to 8-25 yards. Tier 21 Set Bonus Changes
Item - Death Knight T21 Blood 4P Bonus - Vampiric Blood Rune Haste Druid
Item - Druid T21 Balance 4P Bonus - Starsurge/Starfall Buffs Moonfire/Sunfire Item - Druid T21 Guardian 4P Bonus - Bonus Healing After Barkskin Item - Druid T21 Restoration 2P Bonus - Yseras Gift Applies HoT Item - Druid T21 Restoration 4P Bonus - Ysera's Gift Heals Faster Hunter
Item - Hunter T21 Beast Mastery 4P Bonus - Wild Call Kill Command Reset Item - Hunter T21 Marksmanship 2P Bonus - Marked Shot Buffs Focus Builders Item - Hunter T21 Marksmanship 4P Bonus - Marked Shot Sometimes Shoots Twice Item - Hunter T21 Survival 2P Bonus - Flanking Strikes Buffs Raptor Strike Crit Monk
Item - Monk T21 Mistweaver 2P Bonus - Gust of Mists Applies Absorb Item - Monk T21 Mistweaver 4P Bonus - Renewing Mist Casts Heal Gust of Mist Targets Paladin
Item - Paladin T21 Protection 2P Bonus - Judgement Heals You Item - Paladin T21 Protection 4P Bonus - Blocks Buff Judgement Damage Item - Paladin T21 Retribution 2P Bonus - HP Spenders Grant Secondary Stats Item - Paladin T21 Retribution 4P Bonus - Blade of Justice Doubles 2p Values - REWRITE TOOLTIP Priest
Item - Priest T21 Discipline 4P Bonus - Power Word: Radiance Buffs Smite/Penance Item - Priest T21 Holy 2P Bonus - Prayer of Healing Procs Flash Heal/Heal Item - Priest T21 Holy 4P Bonus - Flash Heal/Heal Buffs Prayer of Healing Rogue
Item - Rogue T21 Assassination 2P Bonus - Envenom Increases Poison Crit Chance Item - Rogue T21 Assassination 4P Bonus - Poison Crit Generates Energy Item - Rogue T21 Outlaw 4P Bonus - Run Through Grants Random RtB Buff Item - Rogue T21 Subtlety 2P Bonus - Combo Points Spent Buffs Backstab Item - Rogue T21 Subtlety 4P Bonus - Nightblade and Eviscerate CP Refund Shaman
Item - Shaman T21 Enhancement 2P Bonus - Rockbiter Buffs Fire/Nature Damage Item - Shaman T21 Restoration 2P Bonus - Immediate Heal In Healing Rain Area Item - Shaman T21 Restoration 4P Bonus - Heal Copies to Player in Healing Rain Warlock
Item - Warlock T21 Affliction 4P Bonus - Corruption Causes Drain Soul Tick Faster Warrior
Item - Warrior T21 Fury 2P Bonus - Rampage Damage Over Time Item - Warrior T21 Protection 2P Bonus - Demo Shout Buffs Shield Block Duration Achievements
Here's a list of new achievements added in 24651.
Adventurer of Argus Argus - Block 1 Unlock <DND> Argus - Block 2 Unlock <DND> Argus - Block 3 Unlock <DND> Commander of Argus Crucible's Promise Explore Argus Hounds Good To Me Infused and Abused Locked and Loaded Now You're Cooking with Netherlight Officer of the Light Paragon of Argus Protector of the Argussian Reach Raiding with Leashes V: Cuteaclysm Shoot First, Loot Later Spheres of Influence You Are Now Prepared! Items
Grimoire of Lost Knowledge- Follower XP catch-up item Krokul Flute - an Argus version of Flight Master's Whistle that takes you to the nearest Lightforged Beacon to teleport back to the Vindicaar Taeshalach is a new transmog weapon dropping from Aggramar in Antorus, the Burning Throne. Imagine this to work like Hammer of Vigilance from Maiden of Vigilance in Tomb. The weapon will have a low drop rate.
A new (probably transmog) set carrying the "World-Defiler's" prefix has been added to the game. Source N/A. Maybe a reward from Invasion Points?
Kirin Tor Summoning Crystal - a phoenix mount from the Blood of the Titan quest. Beating the final boss in Antorus will probably start the quest as indicated by the following item: Blood of the Unmaker.
Lightforged Elekk drops from the Army of the Light paragon cache.
Pond Nettle - a new mount from Fishing.
Well, Mythic Tomb has been clear for a little over a week, so it's obviously time for the next raid to start testing! We're getting three Heroic bosses on Friday and then "if testing goes well" the zone will remain up over the weekend on Normal mode.
On Friday, July 28th we will be conducting our first raid test of Antorus, the Burning Throne. If testing goes well, the zone will remain open over the weekend for Normal mode testing. Friday, July 28th
Garothi Worldbreaker - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Felhounds of Sargeras - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)
War Council - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 0:00 CEST)
Once Heroic testing has concluded, these three bosses will remain open on Normal mode over the weekend.
As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR 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 Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. 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 110 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.
The weekly world boss rotation is currently random. We saw Withered J'm up for two weeks several times, but things will change in Patch 7.3.
Patch 7.3 introduces a fixed world boss rotation. No more waiting for Nithogg to spawn! Another great example is Na'zak, who spawned once since Legion launch and drops Recipe: Potion of Prolonged Power (Rank 3) for Alchemists.
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After the maintenance's over in your region, there are several hotfixes that will come into effect. The third LFR Wing of the Tomb is now available with Maiden of Vigilance and Fallen Avatar. There's a new PvP Brawl and you can get up to 50% more reputation from World Quests.
Hotfixes & Tomb of Sargeras Mythic Nerfs
Many hotfixes related to PvE & PvP will be live once maintenance ends in your region. The Tomb of Sargeras nerfs make the final two encounters easier, so expect a lot more Kil'jaeden Mythic kills in the coming days. Tomb of Sargeras LFR Wing #3
Chamber of the Avatar opens with Maiden of Vigilance and Fallen Avatar. Mythic Keystone Affixes
Teeming // Quaking // Fortified World Quests Bonus Event (July 25 - August 1)
For the duration of the event, reputation gained from World Quests is increased by 50% (Sign of the Emissary). This is great for farming reputation Paragon caches / mounts or unlock flying. The weekly quest "The World Awaits" rewards 5,000 Order Resources once you complete 20 world quests. PvP Brawl: Arathi Blizzard (July 25 - August 1)
Put away your bathing suit, pull out your parka, and enter a winter wonderland as the Arathi Basin you know and love gets a fresh coat of ice and snow. You'll be racing your way between the farm, stables, mine, lumberyard, and blacksmith through piles of snow and over a - mostly - frozen lake. One more thing: the weather forecast calls for a bit of fog of war. We hope you're prepared for the weather. (Source) Don't forget to complete the weekly quest "Something Different" to get Brawler's Footlocker, 3 Marks of Honor and Soldier's Legacy (AP token). Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl (July 31)
The mages of Azeroth like to relax, too. Hop into a portal at your watering hole and join the Tavern Crawl. The micro-holiday is centered around inns. You talk to a NPC that will teleport you to various inns across Azeroth where you can interact with unique objects. You stay there for a short period and teleport to another tavern. It's the first time Tavern Crawl's up, because it was disabled in the past. The event was suffering from issues that couldn't be hotfixed. Find our more about Tavern Crawl in our micro-holiday preview. World Boss Drugon
Look for the epic World Quest "The Frozen King" in Highmountain.
World Boss Loot Table
Assorted Dragonscale Bracers Drugon's Snowglobe Ettin Fingernail Ettinbone Bracers Giant's Handkerchief Snowdrift Bracers Wax-Sealed Leather Bracers
With the most recent hotfixes bringing in significant nerfs to Mythic Kil'jaeden, only a day after Exorsus' World 2nd kill, the guild's twitter had some words to share with the WoW devs, and the encounter designers in particular:
We'd already heard a fair amount of complaints from both Method and Exorsus previously, on the state Kil'jaeden was in for the first week and more, but these hotfixes do seem to indicate that KJ was overtuned even in Blizzard's estimation (this, in addition to the 10+ undocumented nerfs he had already received prior to Method's World First kill). We've also heard that there will be a big post coming where all the issues they've had with ToS will be discussed by the GM, Alveona:
What do you think about the situation, are Exorsus being too harsh on the devs or do they have a point?