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Recruit-A-Friend is returning in Patch 8.2.5 with brand new rewards, and if your friend purchases 12 months of game time, you will receive an awesome-looking set and the Renowned Explorer title.
Renowned Explorer's Attire contains the following items:
Renowned Explorer's Akubra Renowned Explorer's Canteen Pouch Renowned Explorer's Dustcover Renowned Explorer's Lucky Bangle Renowned Explorer's Mantle Renowned Explorer's Muckwaders Renowned Explorer's Rucksack Renowned Explorer's Tabard Renowned Explorer's Treasure-Snatchers Renowned Explorer's Trousers Renowned Explorer's Versatile Vest While Renowned Explorer's Mantle currently doesn't have a model, there are two items in the set that occupy the "Back" slot. Renowned Explorer's Dustcover is just a regular cloak, but Renowned Explorer's Rucksack is an actual backpack! We highlighted both items of the set below.
Renowned Explorer's Set (Renowned Explorer's Rucksack)
Renowned Explorer's Set (Renowned Explorer's Dustcover)
Check out our Patch 8.2.5 hub for the latest news!
Update: It seems there was a typo in the article and it was meant to say that 8.2.5 would be coming in the next few weeks and not months!
Today we're getting an official look at the new Party Sync feature coming with patch 8.2.5. However, the party sync level scaling effect isn't exact, as it will be scaling higher level players down to the level cap of the appropriate expansion - so if your friend is level 20, you'll be scaled to level 60. The feature will also place all party members on the same phase and quest state when activated, and players will be able to use the replay quest feature, which will be reusable once per day for the rewards, so you can play with many different friends and go through their progress and get a reward for it as well.
We took a look at the system on the PTR as well, and you can check our in-depth preview right here.
And while the influx of 8.2.5 news recently make it seem that the patch is really close, the ending of this preview actually mentions that it's months away.
Typo Update (source)
We fixed the typo a few minutes ago. It’s been updated to ‘next few weeks’. Thanks for the callout.
Party Sync (source)
Playing with friends when your characters are different levels is now easier than ever with Party Sync.
If you’d like to play WoW with your friends without having to worry about whether your characters’ levels are too far apart, the new Party Sync feature is for you!
Relive Azeroth’s History Together
When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state and phase. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who’s on a given quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn it in. You’ll also have access to a “replay quest” feature that allows players who have already completed certain quests to replay them with friends who haven’t for rewards that are appropriate to their current actual level, regardless of the original level of the quest. Quests can be replayed for rewards once a day.
While most quests can be replayed, there are some exceptions. Repeatable quests, such as dailies and World Quests, can’t be replayed. We’ve also excluded some quests with story implications from being replayed. These are determined on a case-by-case basis, and may include quests like the Demon Hunter starting zone quests, or quests where you might choose to betray the Warchief (how could you!).
Sync to Their Level
With Party Sync, you can choose to have your level temporarily adjusted, making it so higher-level players can quest and experience outdoor content with lower-level friends as they level up.
Accept the sync request to join your friends on their adventure! Levels will be scaled down to the cap of the expansion content your lowest-level party member qualifies for. As an example, if your lowest-level player is level 83 your level will be scaled down to level 90. However if they’re level 21, your character will be scaled down to level 60.
Original WoW Level 60 The Burning Crusade Level 80 Wrath of the Lich King Level 80 Cataclysm Level 90 Mists of Pandaria Level 90 Warlords of Draenor Level 100 Legion Level 110 While Party Sync is active, party members’ stats are reduced and skills are limited to a set that reflects their temporary level, including disabling some items that are beyond the scope of the experience at that level. This keeps the focus on helping lower-level party members. Unlike in Timewalking, when your level is scaled through Party Sync, you will temporarily lose access to abilities and powers (such as Azerite Traits and spells, abilities, talents, and trinket effects) with requirements that exceed your reduced level.
Set Up Instructions
To begin Party Sync:
Invite and accept players into a party. Open your Map & Quest Log (hotkey: M). Click Start Party Sync in the lower-right hand corner. Have all partied players click Accept on the Party Sync confirmation dialogue box. Once all players have accepted, quest status will be synced and levels will become adjusted so you can play together!
While questing in Party Sync, you may see quests you’ve already done before—those are Replay Quests! Accept them as normal and quest together, but remember that Replay Quests are temporary and go away when the Party Sync ends. Additionally, some quests can become deactivated if your group no longer meets the requirements. Quests that can’t be replayed won’t display an icon, while a grayed-out icon indicates quests that your party sync group does not qualify for that are in your log. You can’t complete these quests until you leave Party Sync. To do so, click Stop Party Sync at the bottom of the Map & Quest Log.
Lead with Confidence
To help you help your friends, we’ve created a brand-new RAF panel in-game to help you know when to expect your next reward and given your access to Party Sync. The RAF panel also lists special activities available to players who participate in the program. Complete these in-game challenges with your recruits to earn even more rewards.
Go Forth with Friends
Party Sync will become available when the upcoming 8.2.5 content update goes live in the next few months.
Here comes the official preview for one of the more hotly awaited features of 8.2.5, the Worgen and Goblin model rework! Blizzard have added some new pictures for the models below, and you can check out our own preview videos here as well. We had also previously found out that there won't be any heritage armor for the two races, at least not in patch 8.2.5.
For other news on the (soon) upcoming patch, you can also check out our 8.2.5 hub.
Goblins and Worgen (source)
Get ready to shapeshift your look with new worgen and goblin models and animations—coming in the 8.2.5 content update.
Goblins and worgen were first introduced as playable races in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Since their debut, we’ve made a number of improvements to the tools and technology behind the art and animation of Azeroth—and now it’s time to give these resolute races a visual upgrade.
Using the original models as inspiration, we’ve enhanced their appearances and animations while retaining the soul of the characters.
Sink your teeth into these gorgeous images!
Drool over these new appearances. Show off your wild side with the updated worgen models. With a mug like this, the races of Azeroth will buy you drinks. Look like a million gold without spending a copper! The new models will be available as soon as the 8.2.5 content update goes live, so be sure to check them out in the wilds (or Auction Houses) then!
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