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There's a fair amount of changes and buffs for Marksmanship that have arrived on the PTR. The first part of the changes are to enhance Marksmanship's tools for keeping a target at range, so we're seeing Bursting Shot and Concussive Shot buffs.
There's also a change to Rapid Fire to bring it in line with most other channeled spells in regards to line of sight, so it will now continue to do damage even after a target has broken LOS, and you can also Disengage during the channeling of it. The other big changes are to Trueshot, reducing its cooldown and making it also reduce Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire cooldowns during its duration, as well as to Careful Aim, making it more consistent by having it always trigger.
The Public Test Realms (PTR) are seeing several changes for Marksmanship Hunters. Here’s some context on those changes.
One goal of ours for Marksmanship is proficiency in keeping targets at range in PvE and PvP situations. Marksmanship plays best when you have distance from your target, so we’re emphasizing some of the tools that help you either move a target away from you, or keep your distance.
- Bursting Shot has had its knockback range increased, can no longer be dodged, and snares targets for 6 seconds now.
- Steady Shot will now increase the duration of Concussive Shot on the target by 3 seconds. This will work on a Concussive Shot from any friendly Hunter, not just your own Concussive Shot.
Rapid Fire has had some usability problems in PvP. Most other channeled spells will continue to deal damage when your target runs behind a pillar and breaks line of sight, but Rapid Fire requires constant line of sight. We’re changing that, and now it will behave like almost every other channeled spell that players cast, and will continue to damage a target, even if the target is no longer in line of sight. We also think it’s cool to be able to use Disengage while channeling Rapid Fire, so now you can.
Aimed Shot is a driving force behind a significant amount of the damage a Marksmanship Hunter deals. There are a lot of different stacking bonuses you can get from various Talents and Azerite Armor that can swing the damage of Aimed Shot by a huge amount. Some of these bonuses are entirely uncontrolled, which made Aimed Shot an unreliable source of damage. We want Aimed Shot to feel like an impactful and more reliable source of damage, so:
- Careful Aim is now a guaranteed bonus to Aimed Shot damage against targets above 80% health or below 20% health.
Trueshot has changed a lot over the years, but it’s currently not a very exciting button, and it could feel much more impactful when you use it. We like that it makes your Aimed Shot cast time reduced, so we’re keeping that, and it now additionally causes your Rapid Fire and Aimed Shot abilities to recharge significantly faster while Trueshot is active. The new version of Trueshot is a significant pacing change for its duration, allowing you to cast multiple Aimed Shots and Rapid Fires during its duration. We’re also lowering its cooldown from 3 minutes to 2 minutes.
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: Restoration Shaman Changes The Story of Varok Saurfang in Patch 8.1 Orc Running Animation Updated Patch 8.1 Content
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.
A first look at the Blood Elf Heritage Armor added in this week's 8.1 PTR Build 28151.
In Patch 8.1, Heritage Armor is coming to non-Allied races. First up are Blood Elves and Dwarves. In order to get the set, you need to be Exalted with the Blood Elves and your character must be at max level. When 8.1 goes live, you will be able to complete a quest line to earn your Heritage Armor.
Check out our Tides of Vengeance hub for the latest Patch 8.1 information!
The Sin'dorei Heritage Armor includes the following items:
Sin'dorei Helm Sin'dorei Pauldrons Sin'dorei Tunic Sin'dorei Raiment Sin'dorei Cinch Sin'dorei Leggings Sin'dorei Stompers Sin'dorei Wristclamps Sin'dorei Mitts Sin'dorei Cloak Female
Blizzard buffed Chain Heal and redesigned High Tide in this week's 8.1 Build 28151.
OLD: Chain Heal bounces to 1 additional target, and its falloff with each bounce is reduced by half. NEW: Every 150 mana you spend brings a High Tide, making your next 2 Chain Heals heal for an additional 20% and not reduce with each jump. Check out our Tides of Vengeance hub for the latest Patch 8.1 information!
Just to avoid any confusion that may be occurring due to tooltips on PTR: Chain Heal's base functionality is unchanged, other than receiving a large healing increase (roughly speaking, baking in most of the value of the previous High Tide). High Tide is redesigned, but is still a passive--the mana cost in the tooltip header is an error. Brief context: as a passive buff to every Chain Heal, High Tide was putting it in an awkward position where the base skill wasn't very prominent in the toolkit if you used other talents. The goal here is to both put Chain Heal back on the map while using Ascendance or Wellspring in any type of content, and also provide a talent option which allows for strong moments centered around very large Chain Heals.
Usual PTR disclaimers: still under iteration, open to feedback, not necessarily tuned.
A new 8.1 build has just hit PTR servers. Check out what's new!
The Season 2 Mythic Keystone Affix is called Reaping. Mounts from Darkshore Warfront rares have been added. A new saber mount model has been added. The build comes with a bunch of new Azerite traits. Recruit-a-Friend summon cooldown has been reduced to 30 minutes. Check out our Tides of Vengeance hub for the latest Patch 8.1 information!
Battle of Dazar'alor,The Alliance brings the war into the heart of the Zandalari Empire and the Horde must do all in it's power to stop the attack.,Find Group Siege of Dazar'alor,The Alliance brings the war into the heart of the Zandalari Empire and the Horde must do all in it's power to stop the attack.,Join Raid Empire's Fall,The Alliance brings the war into the heart of the Zandalari Empire and the Horde must do all in it's power to stop the attack.,Join Raid Might of the Alliance,The Alliance brings the war into the heart of the Zandalari Empire and the Horde must do all in it's power to stop the attack.,Join Raid Defense of Dazar'alor,The Alliance brings the war into the heart of the Zandalari Empire and the Horde must do all in it's power to stop the attack.,Join Raid Death's Bargain,The Alliance brings the war into the heart of the Zandalari Empire and the Horde must do all in it's power to stop the attack.,Join Raid Victory or Death,The Alliance brings the war into the heart of the Zandalari Empire and the Horde must do all in it's power to stop the attack.,Join Raid Achievements
Defeat the following bosses in the Battle of Dazar'alor.,Siege of Dazar'alor Defeat the following bosses in the Battle of Dazar'alor.,Empire's Fall Witness the retelling of your allies' valiant efforts in the Battle of Dazar'alor.,Might of the Alliance Defeat the following bosses in the Battle of Dazar'alor.,Defense of Dazar'alor Witness the retelling of your allies' heroic efforts in the Battle of Dazar'alor.,Death's Bargain Defeat the following bosses in the Battle of Dazar'alor.,Victory or Death Defeat the Champion of the Light in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Champion of the Light Defeat Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Grong Complete the following achievements on the continent of Zandalar.,Loremaster of Zandalar "Defeat Mestrah, the illuminated and Manceroy Flamefist in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.",Mythic: Flamefist and the Illuminated Complete the Battle for Darkshore.,War for the Shore Complete the Battle for Darkshore.,War for the Shore Defeat Ma'ra Grimfang and Anathos Firecaller in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Grimfang and Firecaller Defeat Treasure Guardian in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Treasure Guardian Defeat Conclave of the Chosen in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Conclave of the Chosen Capture a location in the Battle for Darkshore.,Under Cover of Darkness Capture a location in the Battle for Darkshore.,Under Cover of Darkness Capture every location in the Battle for Darkshore.,Night Moves Capture every location in the Battle for Darkshore.,Night Moves Recruit one of every troop type in the Battle for Darkshore.,Recruitment Officer Recruit one of every troop type in the Battle for Darkshore.,Recruitment Officer Embody every Horde Hero in the Battle for Darkshore.,Deforester Embody every Alliance Hero in the Battle for Darkshore.,By Nature's Call Defeat King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: King Rastakhan Defeat Gelbin Mekkatorque in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Mekkatorque Defeat Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Stormwall Blockade Defeat Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Battle of Dazar'alor on Mythic difficulty.,Mythic: Lady Jaina Proudmoore Complete the Battle of Dazar'alor raid achievements listed below.,Glory of the Battle of Dazar'alor Raider "Defeat the Champion of the Light after stealing 3 shinies from each of the Crusaders, Disciples and Champion of the Light on Normal Difficulty or higher.",Can I Get a Hek Hek Hek Yeah? Azerite Powers
Cold Hearted Icebound Fortitude heals for 319 every sec and its cooldown is reduced by 15 seconds. Magus of the Dead Apocalypse and Army of the Damned additionally summon a Magus of the Dead who hurls Frostbolts and Shadowbolts at your foes, dealing 156 each. Hunter
Nature's Salve Exhilaration heals you for an additional 1,924 health, and the cooldown is reduced by 15.0 sec. Primeval Intuition Normal Your maximum Focus is increased to 120, and Raptor Strike increases your Critical Strike by 25 for 12 sec, stacking up to 10 times. Mongoose Bite Your maximum Focus is increased to 120, and Mongoose Bite increases your Critical Strike by 25 for 12 sec, stacking up to 10 times. Mage
Flash Freeze Each of your Icicles deals 55 additional damage, and when an Icicle deals damage you have a 5% chance to gain the Fingers of Frost effect. Quick Casting Your instant cast damaging spells heal you for 131. Monk
Glory of the Dawn Rising Sun Kick has a chance to trigger a second time, dealing 638 Physical damage and restoring 1 Chi. Priest
Thought Harvester Vampiric Touch damage is increased by 21, and each time Vampiric Touch deals damage you have a chance to increase the damage of your next Mind Sear within 20 sec by 300%. Rogue
Lying In Wait While no enemy is within 12 yds, heal for 689 every sec. While any enemy is within 12 yds, gain 173 Speed. Warrior
Cold Steel, Hot Blood Bloodthirst critical strikes generate 4 additional Rage, and inflict a Gushing Wound that leeches 14,976 health over 6 sec. Intimidating Presence Intimidating Shout reduces the movement speed of affected enemies by 50%, and prevents the next 1,356 damage they deal after Intimidating Shout ends. Striking the Anvil The Tactician effect improves your next Overpower, causing it to deal 964 additional damage and reduce the remaining cooldown of Mortal Strike by 1.5 sec. Unbridled Ferocity Rampage deals an additional 80 damage and has a 8% chance to grant you Recklessness for 4 sec. Misc
Fight or Flight
When you damage an enemy who is below 35% health, or fall below 35% health yourself, gain 370 primary stat and 10% movement speed for 8 sec. Can only occur once every 30 sec. Superior Stratagem
Taking damage increases your Stamina by 47 and your Versatility by 16 for 4 sec, stacking up to 10 times. Broadcast Text
"Behold Saraka, Destroyer of Worlds! Brought to heel after millennia of wanton destruction." "The draenei sought to devise a ritual that could turn the naaru back to the Light. To aid their quest, I called together many priesthoods to work in unison." "Like I said, the critters in this land are vicious. Good fight either way." Creature Models
SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_380,The ballista cannot be used while on fire.,1 TOTAL_STACKS,%d Total TRANSMOG_SET_PARTIALLY_KNOWN_CLASS,Contains %d uncollected |4appearance:appearances;. TRANSMOG_SET_PARTIALLY_KNOWN_MIX,Contains %1$d uncollected |4appearance:appearances; for your class and %2$d uncollected |4appearance:appearances; for other classes. BONUS_ROLL_REWARD_COIN,Coin BFA_SEASON_NUMBER,Battle for Azeroth Season %d BFA_PVP_SEASON_DESCRIPTION_TWO,Higher item level rewards from Conquest NEW_SEASON_YAY,NEW SEASON! PVP_GEAR_REWARD_CHANCE,Chance to receive item level %d gear. PVP_GEAR_REWARD_CHANCE_LONG,Winning gives you a chance to receive item level %d gear. ERR_REFER_A_FRIEND_SUMMON_COOLDOWN,You can only summon your friend once every thirty minutes. Keystone Affixes
Reaping (Season 2 Mythic Keystone Affix) Mounts
Reins of the Onyx War Hyena,|cFFFFD200PvP:|r Rated Arena or Rated Battleground Victory,PH,925,230,0,0,237288,0,0,4 Green Marsh Hopper,,PH,1012,230,0,-1,259740,0,0,4 Blackpaw,|cFFFFD200Drop:|r Blackpaw|n|cFFFFD200Zone:|r Darkshore|n,"Blackpaw was just hibernating, minding his own business, and then suddenly there was a warfront.",1199,230,0,0,288438,0,0,45 Ashenvale Chimaera,|cFFFFD200Drop:|r Alash'anir|n|cFFFFD200Zone:|r Darkshore|n,"Ashenvale chimaeras were used freqently by the Kaldorei to decimate structures in battles against the humans, orcs, and undead.",1200,248,128,0,288495,0,0,4 Frightened Kodo,|cFFFFD200Drop:|r Frightened Kodo|n|cFFFFD200Zone:|r Darkshore|n,Nothing frightens a kodo like seeing a bear with antlers.,1201,230,0,0,288499,0,0,4 Umber Nightsaber,|cFFFFD200Drop: |rMoxo the Beheader|n|cFFFFD200Zone: |rDarkshore|n,"Nightsabers are an integral part of the Kaldorei's army, serving as both mount and assault weapon in one.",1203,230,0,0,288503,0,0,4 Sandy Nightsaber,|cFFFFD200Drop: |rAthil Dewfire |n|cFFFFD200Zone: |rDarkshore|n,"A rare color for a nightsaber, and rarely seen, they are prized amongst huntresses.",1204,230,0,0,288506,0,0,4 Kaldorei Nightsaber,|cFFFFD200Drop: |rShadowclaw|n|cFFFFD200Zone: |rDarkshore|n,The connection between a nightsaber and its hunter or huntress is nearly inseparable.,1205,230,0,0,288505,0,0,4 Blue Marsh Hopper,,PH,1206,230,0,-1,288587,0,0,4 Yellow Marsh Hopper,,PH,1207,230,0,-1,288589,0,0,4 Scenario Steps
Prepare yourself for battle.,Battle Preparations Defeat the Alliance's forward commander in the Ruins of Auberdine.,Advance the Front Free the apothecary.,Necessity Frees Invention Fight beside your commander to clear a path to Bashal'Aran.,Charge Onward Defeat Archdruid Andrenius at Bashal'Aran.,Crush the Resistance Expand your base at Bashal'Aran,Enhance Our Operations Remove the remaining Alliance threat at Lor'danel Landing,The Northern Shore World Safe Locs
8.1 Incursions - Stormsong - A - Vehicle Romp - DC Safe Loc - GJC 8.1 Northrend - Icecrown Citadel GY (Vol'jin Questline) 8.1 Incursions - Nazmir - Alliance Finale - Finale Safe Loc - AJB Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Statues -> Horde Hub) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Horde Hub -> Throne ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Zanchul -> Statues ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( River -> Terrace of the Chosen ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Zocalo -> Zanchul ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Crafter's Terrace -> Hub ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Terrace -> Sliver ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Sliver -> Terrace of the Chosen ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Terrace -> Zanchul ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Old Seawall -> Grand Bazaar ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Zanchul -> Terrace ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Crafter's Terrace -> Grand Bazaar ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Grand Bazaar -> Crafter's Terrace ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Zanchul -> Zocalo ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Dazar'alor -> Warbeast Kraal ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Tal'gurub -> Dazar'alor ) Dazar'alor - Totem of Pa'ku ( Zanchul -> House of Pa'ku ) 8.1 War Campaign - Tol Dagor Scenario - GY1 (msc) 8.1 War Campaign - Tol Dagor Scenario - GY2 (msc) 8.1 War Campaign - Tol Dagor Scenario - GY3 (msc) 8.1 Incursions - Drustvar - H WQ05 - Doomsoul Exit (JDA) 8.1 War Campaign - A - CH1 - Flight out - KRB