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Trial of Valor is a new 3 boss raid added in Patch 7.1. Learn about new encounters and all the loot you can earn.

Trial of Valor

Since Loken's betrayal, Odyn has been trapped within the Halls of Valor as Helya plots in the shadows to claim the souls of his valarjar champions. In recent days, however, great heroes have arrived in the lands of Stormheim in the Legion's wake. Hoping that their might and determination could tip the scales and end Helya's reign, Odyn summons these champions for a final test.

  • Is a new raid released in Patch 7.1, available in Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic & Mythic Difficulty.
    • It opens November 8 (US) / November 9 (EU), exactly two weeks after Patch 7.1 goes live.
  • It has three bosses two of which should be more than familiar.
    • Odyn, Guarm & Helya
  • The raid ties up the story of Odyn and Helya, who we encounter in Stormheim and Halls of Valor respectively and fits in between the Emerald Nightmare and the Nighthold.
  • When logging in, you'll find a raven in Dalaran that starts a quest series associated with the raid A Call to ActionA Threat Rises , Helya's ConquestOdyn's Favor.

Bosses

As mentioned earlier, the raid features three bosses, you can check out the encounters in more detail by expanding the collapsed entries.

Blizzard LogoOdyn

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In ages past, Odyn led the titan-forged armies against the Black Empire of the Old Gods. But for millennia he has been confined to the Halls of Valor by the curse of his bitter nemesis, Helya. Odyn seeks mortal champions to vanquish the ruler of Helheim and secure his freedom.

Overview

Odyn challenges players to prove their worth before delving into Helheim to face Helya. Players begin the encounter facing Hymdall and Hyrja. After bringing both Hymdall and Hyrja to 25% health before they can cast RevivifyRevivify Odyn leaps into battle.

At 55% health remaining, Odyn shows his true power and begins to fill the room with Cleansing FlameCleansing Flame. When Odyn reaches 10% health, he is satisfied with your martial prowess, and allows you to become his champions in the fight against Helya.
 
Damage Dealers: 
  • While Hyrja is active, help soak the damage of Shield of LightShield of Light.
  • While Hymdall is active, avoid standing near other players as he casts Horn of ValorHorn of Valor.
  • When Odyn casts Draw PowerDraw Power, quickly move the Valajrar Runebearers to their matching rune and slay them on it to disable the rune, lowering the damage of Unerring BlastUnerring Blast
  • Move away from other players when afflicted by Storm of JusticeStorm of Justice.

Healers: 

  • While Hyrja is active, help soak the damage of Shield of LightShield of Light.
  • While Hymdall is active, avoid standing near other players as Horn of ValorHorn of Valor hits nearby allies.
  • When Odyn casts Draw PowerDraw Power, quickly move the Valajrar Runebearers to their matching rune and slay them on it to disable the rune, lowering the damage of Unerring BlastUnerring Blast.
  • Move away from other players when afflicted by Storm of JusticeStorm of Justice.
Tanks: 
  • While Hymdall and Hyrja are active, position them carefully to avoid Valarjar's BondValarjar's Bond .
  • Odyn's TestOdyn's Test will stack until Odyn melee attacks a different target.
  • Move as far away from Odyn as possible while afflicted with Stormforged SpearStormforged Spear.
 
Stage One: Might of the Valarjar
  •   Hymdall
    • Dancing BladeDancing Blade: Hymdall throws an enchanted blade towards a random player, inflicting 341250 to 358750 Physical damage upon landing. The blade then begins to whirl, inflicting 536250 to 563750 Physical damage every 2 sec to all nearby enemies.
    • Horn of ValorHorn of Valor: Inflicts 4875000 to 5125000 Physical damage to all enemies within 15 yards and causes all players to resonate inflicting 633750 to 666250 Physical damage to allies within 5 yards.
    • Valarjar's BondValarjar's Bond: While Hymdall and Hyrja are within 35 yards of each other their damage taken is reduced by 99%.
    •  RevivifyRevivify: Upon reaching 25% health, the caster becomes immune to all damage and begins casting Revivify, healing 100% of the caster's maximum life.
      • The cast is interrupted if both Hyrja and Hymdall are defeated.
  •  Hyrja
    • Expel LightExpel Light: Hyrja enchants a player to radiate a burst of light after 3 sec, inflicting 1218750 to 1281250 Holy damage to all players within 8 yards.
    • Shield of LightShield of Light: Hyrja charges her shield with light, launching a burst of energy towards a random player, inflicting 4500000 Holy damage split between all enemies in a line.
    • Valarjar's BondValarjar's Bond: While Hymdall and Hyrja are within 35 yards of each other their damage taken is reduced by 99%.
    •  RevivifyRevivify: Upon reaching 25% health, the caster becomes immune to all damage and begins casting Revivify, healing 100% of the caster's maximum life.
      The cast is interrupted if both Hyrja and Hymdall are defeated.
    • Draw PowerDraw Power: Odyn activates the runes around his chamber and begins generating energy. After 30 sec, Odyn reaches 100 energy and casts Unerring Blast.
      • Unerring BlastUnerring Blast (Normal, Heroic, Raid Finder)
      • Unerring BlastUnerring Blast (Mythic)
      • Valarjar Runebearer: As Odyn begins Draw Power, 5 Valarjar Runebearers leap into combat. Slaying a Valarjar Runebearer on its corresponding rune disables that rune, preventing it from empowering Odyn's Unerring Blast. (Normal, Heroic, Raid Finder)
        • Runic ShieldRunic Shield: All damage taken is reduced by 99%. Moving a marked Valarjar Runebearer into a matching rune cancels this effect.
  • ProtectedProtected: A player standing within an empowered rune with a matching symbol becomes protected, reducing their damage taken from Unerring Blast by 90%. (Mythic)
  • Valarjar Runebearer: As Odyn begins Draw Power, 5 Valarjar Runebearers leap into combat. Slaying a Valarjar Runebearer on its corresponding rune empowers the rune, allowing players with a matching symbol to become Protected. (Mythic)
    • Runic ShieldRunic Shield: All damage taken is reduced by 99%. Moving a marked Valarjar Runebearer into a matching rune cancels this effect.
Stage Two: The Prime Designate
  • Test of the Ages: Periodically, Hymdall and Hyrja leap into the arena, engaging the players in battle.
    Bringing them to 85% health causes them to exit the arena until called upon again. (Mythic)
    • Valarjar's BondValarjar's Bond While Odyn, Hymdall, or Hyrja are within 35 yards of each other their damage taken is reduced by 99%. (Mythic)
    • Odyn's TestOdyn's Test With each consecutive melee attack against the same target, Odyn's attack speed increases by 8%. This effect stacks.
    • Spear of LightSpear of Light: Odyn creates a Spear of Light at the location of several players, inflicting 1218750 to 1281250 Holy damage to players within 8 yards of the impact.  
      In addition, when each spear is summoned it expels 5 Glowing Fragments.
      Touching a Spear of Light causes it to Shatter.
      • ShatterShatter: The Spear of Light shatters, inflicting 564000 to 594000 Holy damage to all players and emitting 5 Glowing Fragments.
      • Glowing FragmentGlowing Fragment: Touching a fragment causes it to erupt, stunning the target for 3 sec and inflicting 828750 to 871250 Holy damage.
  • Shatter SpearsShatter Spears: Inflicts 438750 to 461250 Holy damage to all players. In addition, all remaining Spears of Light are Shattered.
  • Draw PowerDraw Power: Odyn activates the runes around his chamber and begins generating energy. After 30 sec, Odyn reaches 100 energy and casts Unerring Blast.
    • Unerring BlastUnerring Blast (Normal. Heroic, Raid Finder)
    • Unerring BlastUnerring Blast (Mythic)
    • Valarjar Runebearer: As Odyn begins Draw Power, 5 Valarjar Runebearers leap into combat. Slaying a Valarjar Runebearer on its corresponding rune disables that rune, preventing it from empowering Odyn's Unerring Blast. (Normal, Heroic, Raid Finder)
      • Runic ShieldRunic Shield: All damage taken is reduced by 99%. Moving a marked Valarjar Runebearer into a matching rune cancels this effect.
  • ProtectedProtected: A player standing within an empowered rune with a matching symbol becomes protected, reducing their damage taken from Unerring Blast by 90%. (Mythic)
  • Valarjar Runebearer: As Odyn begins Draw Power, 5 Valarjar Runebearers leap into combat. Slaying a Valarjar Runebearer brands up to 4 players with a rune. Players with a matching symbol can touch the rune to become Protected. (Mythic)
  •  Runic ShieldRunic Shield: All damage taken is reduced by 99%. Moving a marked Valarjar Runebearer into a matching rune cancels this effect.
Stage Three: The Final Test

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Helya's vicious three-headed hound stands guard at the gates of Helheim. Bred to require neither comfort nor sleep, Guarm remains ever-watchful for any invaders who come to challenge the reign of his cruel mistress.

Overview

Guarm's Guardian's BreathGuardian's Breath unleashes three elements: Fire, Nature and Shadow. Guarm gains a stack of Frothing RageFrothing Rage for every player not hit by one of his breath attacks.
Taking damage from Guardian's BreathGuardian's Breath will result in a debuff: Fiery PhlegmFiery PhlegmSalty SpittleSalty Spittle or Dark DischargeDark Discharge. Gaining any two of these is deadly.
Periodically Guarm will become more mobile and aggressive, casting Roaring LeapRoaring Leap and Headlong ChargeHeadlong Charge.
 
Damage Dealers: 
Healers: 
Tanks: 

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Though she once served as Odyn's right hand, the vengeful Helya will stop at nothing to ensure her ancient curse binds the titan keeper to the Halls of Valor. No longer satisfied with ruling her shadowy realm, Helya now commands her vast kvaldir army to plague the lands of the living.

Overview

Helya uses her supernatural powers to conjure orbs, taint foes, breathe sludge, and crush her enemies.
Upon reaching 65% health, Helya departs beneath the sea, assaulting the raid from afar with her denizens of Helheim or ocean waves from the Maw of Souls. Defeating Helya's tentacles wounds her, causing her to return to the shore.
Helya then orders the last stand of Helheim, invoking both the minions of Helheim and her supernatural powers until her defeat.
 
Damage Dealers: 
Healers: 
Tanks: 
 
Stage One: Low Tide: 
Helya uses her supernatural powers to conjure orbs, taint foes, breathe sludge, and crush her enemies.
  • Tentacle StrikeTentacle Strike: Helya's tentacle emerges at the front or back of the platform.
    The tentacle strikes the ground after several seconds, inflicting 2000000 Nature damage, divided amongst all enemies struck.
    If the tentacle impacts the ground without resistance, it sends shockwaves across the platform, inflicting 2000000 Nature damage to all players.
  • Tentacle SlamTentacle Slam: If no targets are struck by Tentacle Strike, the impact sends a shockwave across the platform inflicting 2000000 Nature damage to all enemies.
  • Taint of the SeaTaint of the Sea: Taints a target, inflicting 250000 Frost damage every second. When this aura is removed, the taint explodes, inflicting 61750 to 68250 Frost damage to all players.
  • Tainted EssenceTainted Essence: The expelled Taint of the Sea leaves behind a Tainted Essence, which explodes after a short time, inflicting 855000 to 945000 Frost damage to enemies within 8 yards.
  • Corrosive NovaCorrosive Nova: Blasts all enemies with corrosive magic, inflicting 390000 to 410000 Frost damage while no players are in melee range.
    • Corrosive Nova empowers Helya, increasing all damage done by 3%. This effect stacks.
Stage Two: From the Mists: 
Upon reaching 65% health, Helya departs beneath the sea, assaulting the raid from afar with her denizens of Helheim or ocean waves from the Maw of Souls. Defeating Helya's tentacles wounds her, causing her to return to the shore.
  • Helya
    • Fury of the MawFury of the Maw: Calls upon the fury of the maw, invoking a wave to push away players, inflicting 140000 Frost damage every half-second.
      Fury of the Maw washes away Bilewater Liquefaction, Decay, and Desiccated Decaying Minions.
      • Raging TempestRaging Tempest: Increases Fury of the Maw damage by 10%. This effect stacks.
    • TorrentTorrent: Blasts several enemies with brackish water, inflicting 95000 to 105000 Frost damage.
      • Building Storm: Increases Torrent damage by 5%. This effect stacks.
    • Gripping Tentacle: Helya grips the landmass, allowing her to command the waves of the sea and attack players from relative safety. Defeating these wound her, eventually forcing her back ashore.
  • Grimelord
    • Sludge NovaSludge Nova: Stomps the ground, inflicting 1662500 to 1837500 Plague damage to enemies within 15 yards and knocking them back.
    • Fetid RotFetid Rot: Afflicts several targets within 70 yards with Fetid Rot, inflicting 65000 Nature damage per stack every 3 sec and decreasing healing received by 15% per stack, periodically reducing in effectiveness.
      When removed, inflicts 556000 Nature damage to allies within 5 yards, applying Fetid Rot to any target struck.

      In this difficulty, Fetid Rot spreads every period.

      • BlazeBlaze: Increases the stack count on Fetid Rot by 1. (Mythic)
    • Anchor SlamAnchor Slam: Slams the ground with his anchor, inflicting 2850000 to 3150000 Physical damage and knocks them up, and increases all damage taken by targets struck by 400% for 6 seconds.
  • Night Watch Mariner
    • Lantern of DarknessLantern of Darkness: Exposes shadowy energy within his lantern, inflicting 36562 to 38438 Shadow damage every half-second to all enemies for 6 sec. This damage increases by 75% each pulse. This effect stacks.
    • Ghostly RageGhostly Rage: Enters a ghostly rage, increasing attack speed by 30% for 6 sec.
    • Give No QuarterGive No Quarter: Pierces the veil, moving seamlessly through the world. Upon reaching the destination, inflicts 266000 to 294000 Arcane damage to any targets within 8 yards.
  • Helarjer Mistcaller (Mythic)
    • Mist InfusionMist Infusion: Infuses Helya with the mists of Helheim, allowing her to cast Fury of the Maw more frequently.
    • Bleak EruptionBleak Eruption: Successful or interrupted casts of Mist Infusion invoke a Bleak Eruption, inflicting 190000 to 210000 Frost damage to all enemies.
  • Decaying Minion
    • DecayDecay: An aura of decay lingers, inflicting 150000 Nature damage to nearmy enemies.
Stage Three: Helheim's Last Stand: 
Helya orders the last stand of Helheim, invoking both the minions of Helheim and her supernatural powers until her defeat.
  • Helya
    • Orb of CorrosionOrb of Corrosion: Conjure an Orb of Corrosion which passes over the encounter area, pulsing 350000 Frost damage every second at several locations, tracking nearby players and creating patches of Decay.
      Taking damage from an Orb of Corrosion increases damage taken by Orb of Corrosion by 100%. This effect stacks.
      Orb of Corrosion triggers Tainted Reanimation every pulse.
      • DecayDecay: An aura of decay lingers, inflicting 150000 Nature damage to nearmy enemies.
      • Corrosive SlicerCorrosive Slicer: A beam of corrosive energy surges between the Orbs, inflicting 5000000 Frost damage to enemies struck by the beam. (Mythic)
    • Taint of the SeaTaint of the Sea: Taints a target, inflicting 250000 Frost damage every second. When this aura is removed, the taint explodes, inflicting 61750 to 68250 Frost damage to all players.
      • Tainted EssenceTainted Essence: The expelled Taint of the Sea leaves behind a Tainted Essence, which explodes after a short time, inflicting 855000 to 945000 Frost damage to enemies within 8 yards.
    • Corrupted BreathCorrupted Breath: Breathes out corrupt magic, inflicting 380000 to 420000 Shadow damage to enemies in a frontal cone and applying Dark Hatred.
      This creates several Corrupted Axions.
    • Fury of the MawFury of the Maw: Calls upon the fury of the maw, invoking a wave to push away players, inflicting 140000 Frost damage every half-second.
      Fury of the Maw washes away Bilewater Liquefaction, Decay, and Desiccated Decaying Minions.
      • Raging TempestRaging Tempest: Increases Fury of the Maw damage by 10%. This effect stacks.
    • Corrosive NovaCorrosive Nova: Blasts all enemies with corrosive magic, inflicting 390000 to 410000 Frost damage while no players are in melee range.
      Corrosive Nova empowers Helya, increasing all damage done by 3%. This effect stacks.
  • Night Watch Mariner
    • Lantern of DarknessLantern of Darkness: Exposes shadowy energy within his lantern, inflicting 36562 to 38438 Shadow damage every half-second to all enemies for 6 sec. This damage increases by 75% each pulse. This effect stacks.
    • Ghostly RageGhostly Rage: Enters a ghostly rage, increasing attack speed by 30% for 6 sec.
    • Give No QuarterGive No Quarter: Pierces the veil, moving seamlessly through the world. Upon reaching the destination, inflicts 266000 to 294000 Arcane damage to any targets within 8 yards.
    • Rally of the KvaldirRally of the Kvaldir: Increases maximum health by 100%. (Mythic)
  • Helarjar Mistwatcher (Mythic)
    • Mist InfusionMist Infusion: Infuses Helya with the mists of Helheim, allowing her to cast Fury of the Maw more frequently.
    • Bleak EruptionBleak Eruption: Successful or interrupted casts of Mist Infusion invoke a Bleak Eruption, inflicting 190000 to 210000 Frost damage to all enemies.
  • Decaying Minion
    • DecayDecay: An aura of decay lingers, inflicting 150000 Nature damage to nearmy enemies.

Loot Tables

Here are the Trial of Valor loot tables sorted by boss and difficulty.

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Encounter Previews

A single video speaks more than a thousand words right? We got them all! Catch a glimpse of the new encounters in the following videos by FatbossTV.

 

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man a lot of mastery gear I'm hopping that's just because of loot spec used when looking it up other wise its a useless raid gear wise for my main char ;( 

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On 10/13/2016 at 2:22 PM, toreric said:

man a lot of mastery gear I'm hopping that's just because of loot spec used when looking it up other wise its a useless raid gear wise for my main char ;( 

Exactly how I felt with EN and Versatility

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wait those are the loot tables? what happened to the "really strong trinkets" blizz promised us?

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11 hours ago, demonardvark said:

wait those are the loot tables? what happened to the "really strong trinkets" blizz promised us?

I guess they decided there was enough Strength on the gear to not warrant them anymore ;D

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5 hours ago, Blainie said:

I guess they decided there was enough Strength on the gear to not warrant them anymore ;D

I was expecting hellfire citadel style trinkets, I wanted to see all the crazy blizz could come up with. Since I am deprived my awesome trinkets I was promised all I can say to the blizz devs is

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15 hours ago, demonardvark said:

I was expecting hellfire citadel style trinkets, I wanted to see all the crazy blizz could come up with. 

That melee cleave trinket was amazing. Felt so good every time it procced.

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      Affliction Warlock: This spec is currently great at everything. They have a multitude of talents to pick from which our lock swaps between depending on the dungeon. Their damage is top tier while also having insane survivability (several defensives, the self-healing from drain is powerful, lets you somewhat ignore some mechanics while healing through them). Really good utility also for many situations. Stun, gateway, the decurse from the infernal pet but most importantly they can enable huge pulls by equipping Sacrolash's Dark Strike which slows every enemy affected by Corruption by 60%. This allows us to do some big pulls where I kite and the dps take care of the pack without having to deal with mechanics (mostly used in dungeons like Neltharion’s lair, Blackrook and seat). Healthstones <3
      Balance druid: Once again, same as resto druids you are basically never worried of a balance druid dying during intense damage taken periods because of their bear form. Brez and Typhoon are also nice to have. While not having a low cooldown interrupt can be an annoyance on heavy casting fights like Medivh in Upper Kharazan, Solar Beam is extremely strong for huge caster pulls - 8 seconds of silence is HUGE.
      Windwalker monk: This is a recent pick up, while windwalkers have always been a really good dps pick for m+ they were lacking survivability to justify bringing them. With the start of the new tier windwalker monks have been destroying dps meters which made us pick Darkee as our 5th. They always have cooldowns up. Leg sweep is the best aoe stun in the game. We also really like playing with 1 melee in our comp.
       
      If you had to pick the single strongest and weakest class and spec for pushing high M+, what would they be?
      Darkee: I think class balance is more like a tier list rather than clear-cut winners and losers. However, if I had to choose the best/worst, Mistweaver would be the worst. There are many contenders for best but my vote goes toward affliction lock. Strong damage, very strong survivability and they bring utility in the form of healthstones/gates/summons/soulstone.
      Shakib:  Affliction warlock is definitely the strongest overall spec. Good at everything, great survival, great utility. I can’t think of a downside of bringing a warlock. I would usually bash on Shadow priests but I think enhance shaman is the weakest key pushing spec in the game, not only are they melee which makes them more vulnerable to dying in big packs but they also have probably the weakest defensive toolkit in the game. From what I’ve heard they have really good single target and 3-4 target cleave but after that pretty much any other class is better.
       
      Do you feel Blizzard have done a good job with class balance throughout Legion? And do you have high hopes for BfA in this regard?
      Darkee: This answer would just be salt coming from a windwalker main (Rank 1 Krosus parse getting beat by rank 830 warrior parse). However, I think balance will be much easier in BFA with the removal of tier sets.
      Marvink: M+ has basically always been ruled by how much AoE burst you can get, you can always pull more if you have the damage. There’s always been some sort of mix of classes and trinkets that just rule the scene and not much has been done to limit the effectiveness of them outside of raids, one gets changes and another one takes its place.
      Shakib: The class balance has been decent throughout the xpac, the main balance that I would like to see is defensive changes. The defensive toolkit a class has is usually the main reason they are brought into a high m+ dungeon. Blizzard has surprised me several times this expansion when it comes to dungeons. Never did I think there would be this many changes done to balance dungeons out, it’s not a perfect balance but at least we know that they care about dungeons a lot more than before. They even hotfixed some of the bugs or “exploits” that were happening pretty quickly recently. Especially having a dungeon tournament hosted by blizzard themselves so my hopes are very high for BfA and future expansions.
       
          
      Let’s start from the most obvious: rank the dungeons in order of difficulty on the highest M+ numbers.
      Mittbitt : (Most difficult) Seat of the Triumvirate - Some of the trash is always brutal regardless of affixes, and the the last two bosses can make or break your key.
      Maw of Souls - The trash is not too controllable and does significant damage to all players, and the second boss can get fairly chaotic. Also the timer is not generous at all.
      Neltharion’s Lair- Ularogg Cragshaper, and Dargrul eat up a significant amount of time overall for the key by getting an undesired transition or add. Also the trash in the dungeon is very strong, specifically the scorpions at the end.
      Darkheart Thicket- Dresaron and Shade of Xavius can be quite scary, more so Xavius requires a great deal of durability.
      Halls of Valor -Hyrja can be a big block in whether or not you can complete the key, and some of the trash can be quite difficult if not dealt with correctly.
      Black Rook Hold - The bosses can be challenging, however the trash gets hard to deal with quickly.
      Upper Karazhan - Each boss has their own element making them difficult, however Shade and Mana Devourer can get messy and require extra coordination to kill.
      Lower Karazhan - Overall I don’t feel that this dungeon is exceptionally difficult, however the Mounted Strike can chunk anyone in melee range of Attumen the Huntsman, and unless you have a comp to cheese Garrotes, Moroes can get sketchy quickly.
      Eye of Azshara - The only two scary bosses in here are Lady Hatecoil, and Wrath of Azshara. Although not too difficult the winds pushing players around is obnoxious and can get very dangerous very quickly.
      Vault of the Wardens - The trash and the mini bosses are quite dangerous, other than that avoiding extra phases on Glazer are one of the essential parts to getting more time available in the key.
      The Arcway - Getting left side at the beginning of they key makes the timer much more relaxed and makes it the easiest key, unfortunately we did not get left side on our timed 27. What makes this key particularly difficult is Ivanyr, Nal’tira, and the large amount of time that Advisor Vandros takes up.
      (Least difficult) Court of Stars - Overall the trash is not too difficult, and mainly only the second boss is frightening as the damage caps early on the last boss, and the first boss is straightforward.
      Shakib: Lower-arcway-vault-court-upper-eye of azshara-blackrook hold-cathedral-darkheart-neltharion-halls of valor-maw-seat.
       
      If you could change a few dungeons which would they be and how would you change them?
      Darkee: Something needs to be done about that entire archer area in Blackrook. Getting through it with me only dying twice is considered a success. I would make it so you can’t out-range shoot but drastically lower the damage it deals.
      Marvink: I’d remove the very far back Warden spawn in Seat, and add a profession to the Starlight Rose Brew in Court of Stars. I’d also make Hyrja only able to cast the ability she’s currently linked to, not if she just has stacks.
      Mittbitt : I would reduce the amount of role play in some dungeons, such as the Court of Stars boat ride and talking, Neltharion’s Lair waterfalls and maybe even the shuffling of the rocks on Ularogg Cragshaper.
      Shakib: Court of stars: The rng on the buffs is interesting and cute at low lvl keys but becomes frustrating when you need a perfect buff combination (on top of having people change professions just to maybe have it up during your 1 run) to finish a key in time. I think in m+ it should either be a set combination of buffs or just disable all of them just like we saw in the MDI.
      Seat: similar to CoS, the warden locations should be set spawns.
      Arcway: Having a 50/50 on the door that’s open at the start is another point that can greatly impact the dungeon time (maybe less if warlocks wouldn’t be able to control the OP chaosbringer pet on the left side of the dungeon). Maybe a decent fix would be a toggle left/right as you start the keystone depending on the side you think your comp can clear faster on.
       
      Which is your favorite and least favorite dungeon to run?
      Darkee: My favorite is Upper with Court being a close second. Least favorite is easily Blackrook.
      Marvink: My favorite dungeon by far is Court of Stars. I despise Halls of Valor (I’m look at you Hyrja).
      Mittbitt : My favorite dungeon to run is currently Vault of the Wardens. I enjoy the layout of the dungeon and how it allows me to optimize my cooldowns. My least favorite dungeon to run is Upper Karazhan, I do not enjoy the bosses, nor the tuning for the dot on Mana Devourer.
      Shakib: Favorite dungeon is hands down Lower Kharazan. There’s nothing I love more than pulling big and lower is a goldmine of huge trash packs. Turns out dh’s are also quite strong at doing exactly what I love :). (Seat is really close behind.) My least favorite dungeon has to be Neltharion’s lair. Even though it is a pretty straight forward dungeon there’s something about the environment and the mob type that just gets to me.
       
      What are the easiest affixes and do they vary from dungeon to dungeon?
      Shakib: I would say that the Sanguine, Volcanic, Fortified set of affixes is the easiest for 12 out of the 13 available dungeons. The one that stands out as not a “harder” dungeon but just much slower. A LOT of time gets wasted during the scavenger hallway. I would say that the easiest set of affixes for Blackrook Hold is Teeming, Quaking, Fortified, the pulls are usually really big pulls so adding a couple mobs here and there doesn’t slow you down as much as people may think in there, at least not as much as Sanguine.
       
      Are there some affix combos you just will not get out of bed in the morning for?
      Darkee: Teeming Explosive is a bad joke. Explosive in general is just not fun. It doesn’t help that monks deal 50% less damage to them during our main cd, and our main cd is up at the start of every big pull. I just don’t play unless I have to during Explosive.
      Jdotb: Obviously some of the affix combinations are particularly disgusting, but we’ll run keys most every day regardless. We’re fiends. At the very least, affixes like Bolstering and Tyrannical make you appreciate the Volcanics and Fortifieds.
      Marvink: Bolstering, Explosive, Tyrannical. Not my cup of tea for that amount of trash management, and marathon boss fights are never fun.
      Mittbitt : I will always get out of bed for some mythic plus regardless of the affix combos, however the affix combo that least excites me is Bolstering, Grievous, Tyrannical.
       
      What do you think of the current affixes as they are now? Which should be changed or even removed completely and are there any you’d like to see added in BfA?
      Jdotb: Tyrannical is the big offender at the moment. You don’t have to dive very deep into the analytics to see that all the highest keys are on Fortified weeks. The 40% hp on Tyrannical is the problem - it just makes the bosses take waaaaay too long. The damage bump is fine where it’s at, but the hp buff needs to be cut to at most 25%, maybe even 20%. Bosses are already the hardest parts of high keys because of scaling; making them do more damage AND live almost half again as long is insurmountable.
      Bolstering is probably a bit too punishing. If you screw up, you can’t really undo it without wiping. If the Bolstering buff had a duration (maybe 10-15s) or a cap (maybe 10 stacks) it would be a lot more palatable.
      Explosive starts to feel a little overwhelming on high keys because the orb health scales with the key level so instead of just requiring a global cooldown, the orbs now need people to focus them for several casts.
      Volcanic is a joke now that probably needs to be reworked. It isn’t threatening and half the time it doesn’t even require you to move.
      Quaking for the most part is ok but can be devastating on boss fights where you absolutely need your Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus shield up to live through certain mechanics. There isn’t a way to play around that currently. If Quaking always did damage to your hp pool directly instead of eating shields, I think it would improve the affix a lot.
      Mittbitt : I feel that Tyrannical needs some tuning, possibly by dropping the hp that bosses receive and beefing up trash more. However, Tyrannical boss hp and abilities get out of control much sooner, and honestly are the least enjoyable mythic plus weeks where we typically farm 20-24 keys.
       
      What’s your favorite, least favorite and funniest “trick” you’ve used in the past to get that tier done in time?
      Jdotb: My favorite trick would have to be keeping the cats in the front of DHT from jumping. That made the instance so much less frustrating.
      Least favorite trick is delaying on the second platform of Viz’aduum. He always targets me with the disintegrate so I have to spend a minute or two running back and forth between two spots.
      Funniest trick was probably taunting Ularogg to keep him from going underground (has since been fixed) - if you were successful, he would instantly punch you really hard and probably kill you on higher keys, so the taunt “winner” would usually be the dead guy.
       
      That's it for the first part of this interview, we had to cut it up into two for, well, obvious reasons! Huge thanks to the Mythic + crew for the insightful answers and you check back in a few days when we finish this up with their thoughts on addons, raiding and its impact on M+,  the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, their suggestions for the future of M+ and much more!
    • By Stan

      Call of the Scarab micro-holiday is back with new temporary faction mounts. The event is active through January 23, 2018 and the mounts last for 7 days.
      2018 Updates
      Players who have completed Antorus, the Burning Throne raid need to talk to Rhonormu near the gong to enter the correct event phase of Silithus. The Scarab Lord Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal mount received a brand new model this year. You can find more information here. Two new mounts can be purchased for 1 Abyssal Crest during the event. Ruby Qiraji Resonating Crystal can be purchased from Warlord Gorchuk. Sapphire Qiraji Resonating Crystal can be purchased from Field Marshal Snowfall. The mounts are not permanent and last for 7 days. Blizzard (Source)
      *1/21- The Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday is now live. Players who have completed Antorus , the Burning Throne and who are in a different phase can speak to Rhonormu near the gong to enter the correct event phase.
      On January 23, 2006, a bloody war was triggered by a simple sound: the banging of a gong. No rallying fanfare, no bloodthirsty yell; just an eerie silence. Those long, uneasy seconds of dread. The calm before the storm.
      Standing shoulder-to-shoulder before the Scarab Wall, no one could have predicted what would happen—an epic ten-hour battle that claimed the lives of thousands of Azeroth’s bravest—or fully comprehended the effect it would have.
      ACTION FIRST, FACTION SECOND
      That’s not to say the battle at the gates of Ahn’Qiraj came as a surprise. When the menace of C’Thun turned into an urgent threat, leaders across the world pored over plans and forged unlikely connections as pressure mounted. Both factions knew war was coming and personal glory was a hubris no-one could risk. Any notion that one army could defeat General Rajaxx and his colossal battalion was soon abandoned as fantasy.
      It was a unique time: scattered armies with varying allegiances were thrown together and faction pride was put aside. Let’s be clear: the battle at Ahn’Qiraj was won purely on the principle “united we stand, divided we fall.”
      WARMONGERING VS. GOLD HUNGERING
      This uneasy alliance was not without its critics. Some showed their disapproval by shunning the war effort altogether, but others expressed opposition through acts of aggression. Rogue elements on both sides, unwilling to stomach this perceived betrayal of their faction, did not sit idle. Just as neutral auction houses became a tool for factions to share resources, they also became virtual battlegrounds. Crucial resources were picked up for next-to-nothing and sold on for personal gain. As with all wars, those who profit aren’t always the brave.
      The sheer scale of that war effort is almost unimaginable when we live in a time of extended storage and fast mail. But back then, backpacks and cloth stacks were smaller. Getting precious resources gathered, sorted, and sent took many hours. And it took several weeks to source bandages, food, and equipment—resources that were in high demand and would soon dwindle.
      THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBRANCE
      There are parallels with current events that are impossible to ignore: once more, we Azerothians stand united against the Burning Legion as they wreak havoc across the Broken Isles. We attempt to put aside a complex, bitter history in order to defeat a common enemy. We eye each other suspiciously, even as we fight side by side.
      We would do well, in these dark times, to remember the courage and spirit of those who were there at the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj. We must have long memories if we’re to make quick work of the demon forces we now face.
      From January 21–23 we ask that you join us as we remember the fallen and celebrate the victory. All of Azeroth are invited to a special holiday, ‘Call of the Scarab,’ where we will gather to perform acts of remembrance and share our factions’ pride.
    • By Jovovich
      World of Warcraft - [Horde][US-Arthas]Unhuman - Francais - 2/11M - www.unhuman.ca
      Unhuman est à la recherche de nouveaux visages qui seraient intéressés à joindre ses rangs!
      Forum: http://forum.unhuman.ca/forum/7-recrutement/
      Raiding:
      - [Raid] Undying AtBT: 2/11M, 11/11H, 2soir, Mardi et Mercredi 7hpm à 10h30hpm  (EST)
      - [Raid] Baguettes & Squareheads AtBT: 1/11M, 11/11H, 2soir, Mardi et Jeudi 7h30pm à 10h30hpm (EST)
      - [Raid] Casual as Fuck AtBT: 9/11H, 1soir, Mercredi 7hpm à 10h30hpm  (EST)
      PvP:
      - [PvP] Unhuman RBG: 1800 rating, 1soir Dimanche des 9hpm (EST)
      Communauté:
      - Plus de  450 accounts
      Unhuman est plus qu'une guilde de raiding performante, c'est aussi la plus grosse communauté Francophone sur World of Warcraft US. Depuis sa création en 2006, Unhuman cherche à offrir à ses raiders un environnement de jeu qui favorise la progression et ce avec des joueurs d'excellent calibre. Nous sommes constamment à la recherche de nouveaux joueurs que ce soit PVE ou PVP, mais aussi des masters du Pet Battles, des champions de l'Archéologie ou peu importe ce qui vous branche ingame. Vous êtes donc assuré de trouver ce que vous cherchez chez nous peu importe votre style de jeu.
      Pour toutes questions...
      - http://unhuman.ca/
      - Jovovich-Arthas, Guild Master
      - Falfuris-Arthas, Officier
      - Shockadins-Arthas, Officier
    • By Jovovich
      World of Warcraft - [Horde][US-Arthas]Unhuman - French - 2/11M - www.unhuman.ca
      Unhuman is RECRUITING!
      Forum: http://forum.unhuman.ca/forum/7-recrutement/
      Raiding:
      - [Raid] Undying AtBT: 2/11M,11/11H, 2day, Tuesday and Wednesday 7hpm to 10h30hpm  (EAST)
      - [Raid] Baguettes & Squareheads AtBT:1/11M, 11/11H, 2day, Tuesday and Thursday 7h30pm to 10h30hpm (EAST)
      - [Raid] Casual as Fuck AtBT: 9/11H, 1day, Wednesday 7hpm to 10h30hpm (EAST)
      PvP:
      - [PvP] Unhuman RBG: 1800 rating, 1day Sunday starting at 9hpm (EAST)
       
      Community:
      - More than 450 account
      Unhuman is a performing raiding guild with multiple raid groups, it's one of the biggest, for not saying the biggest one, french community on World of Warcraft US. Unhuman has been created in December 2006 and will continue to live for a long time, Unhuman is trying to give to our raiders everything they need to be focus only on good progression!. Unhuman is always looking for new players of all kind, PvE or PvP, even with Battle pets or Archeologists or anything else you can do in the game....You will be sure to find your way with Unhuman!
      For any question...
      - http://unhuman.ca/
      - Jovovich-Arthas, Guild Master
      - Falfuris-Arthas, Officier
      - Shockadins-Arthas, Officier