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Watcher on AP Problems and 7.2 Fixes for It

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Game director Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas goes deep into the design principles behind Artifact Power, how it evolved ans what their plans are for the future.

The big things mentioned are how the final 20 point trait was a problem, as it created huge power differences between people who went all out on getting their weapon maxed (primarily hc raiding guilds), and how they were addressing that by returning to previously planned exponential cost increases for each trait. The end goal for now is if someone gains twice as much AP as you, they'll be only 1.5% stronger, 4x would be 3% etc. There are also changes to how you gain AP, with the recent Nighthold improvements and the planned 7.2 M+ tweaks.
You should definitely read the whole thing, though for details:

Blizzard LogoWatcher (source)

Artifact Power has been a hot topic lately, both around the community and within the development team. With Patch 7.2 on the horizon, introducing both new artifact traits and additional Knowledge levels, we have been reflecting on the way the system has unfolded during the first months of Legion, and evaluating changes based on the lessons we have learned thus far.

First off, a look back at where we started.

From the outset, Artifact Power was intended to serve two intertwined purposes: First, it offered max-level progression that was not entirely item-driven, along with choices and elements of character customization as players traversed their trait trees; second, it was meant to serve as a universally desired, consistent reward from all types of content.

In crafting the systems that delivered Artifact Power, we weighed the merits of hard caps versus a smoother system of diminishing returns. We had extensive experience with hard caps, through multiple past iterations of currencies like Valor Points and Conquest Points, and wanted to avoid several of the downsides of that approach. For example, a cap inherently feels like more of an expected quota, where missing a week or falling short of the cap puts you clearly, and potentially permanently, behind the curve.

Instead, as everyone knows, we settled on an open-ended system of diminishing returns. Without any hard caps on how quickly players could earn AP, it was essential to have some sort of limiting mechanism on the gap in power between players of different playstyles, and different levels of time investment. We accepted the admittedly complex design of Artifact Knowledge because it solved this problem, effectively reining in the size of this power gap. Players trying to progress past the expected artifact level for their Knowledge would run into those rapidly diminishing returns, while those who played less than that would have Knowledge as an accelerator to help them catch up to the cutting edge. When Emerald Nightmare was new content, while the average raider was at 20 or 21 points, the most dedicated might have been at 24 or 25 – a relatively modest gap.

Now, where things went wrong…

We feel that we made two major missteps with the Artifact Power system that increasingly manifested themselves as we got deeper into Patch 7.1 and 7.1.5. And both of them served to undermine that core goal of ensuring that the gap between players with different levels of time invested into the system could not grow too large.

First, the cost of ranks in the 20-point final trait remained relatively flat, as opposed to the rapid exponential scaling up to that point. This meant that someone who spent twice as much time gathering AP as I did would have roughly twice as many ranks as me. Instead of the 24 vs. 21 gaps we saw in Nightmare, a number of hardcore raiders entered Nighthold with 54 points, while others were just beginning that final progression and found themselves with nearly 10% less health and damage, equivalent to being almost a full tier of gear behind. Players who switched specs or characters along the way found themselves in a similar position. The power gap was larger than ever before, which created a sense of obligation and a number of negative social pressures that the system had previously tried to minimize. In short: We’re not at all happy with how this worked out.

A common suggestion is to simply reduce the amount of Artifact Power required to fully unlock the artifact in 7.2. This would not solve the underlying problem, but would rather reduce its duration while heightening its intensity, as competitive players sprinted to finish their Artifacts in order to be “ready.” But then we would inevitably tune around that completed power level, and other players would simply be playing catch-up the entire time. And in the long run, Artifact Power would not be serving its intended purpose of ongoing parallel progression. A capped-artifact player who goes a week without getting any item upgrades ends the week literally no stronger than before. Part of the value of the artifact, both for personal progression and guild progression, lies in ensuring that everyone is at least a bit stronger next week than they are right now, and a bit closer to overcoming whatever obstacle stands in their path. Our goal is for Artifact Power to always be of some interest as a reward, whether from a World Quest, or as a consolation prize when failing a bonus roll.

Instead, we are focusing on fixing the mistake of flat cost scaling at the end of the progression, and instead keeping the increases exponential throughout, while also strengthening Artifact Knowledge as a core pacing and catch-up mechanism. These changes should be visible in an upcoming PTR build.

This is done with the primary goal of reducing the power gap based on time investment, while preserving Artifact Power as an endgame reward that everyone values. If the leaders in Artifact Power were only a few points ahead of a more typical player, rather than crossing the finish line when most were just leaving the starting blocks, players with less time to commit would not be as disadvantaged in competitive activities. If a Warlock were choosing between having 48 points in a single spec or 44 points in all three specs if they’d split their efforts evenly, the barrier to playing multiple specs would be significantly reduced. We are still tuning the curve for 7.2 trait costs, but we’re currently targeting scaling such that someone who earns twice as much AP as me will have an artifact that’s only ~1.5% stronger; someone who earns four times as much AP as me should only be 3% stronger. On the whole, this should be a massive reduction in the power gaps we see in the live game today.

The second problem with our initial implementation was that repeatable sources of Artifact Power (Mythic Keystone dungeons in particular) dominated time-limited sources such as Emissary caches and raid bosses. The fact that a large portion of the community evaluates their Artifact Power needs using “Maw runs” as the unit of measurement is ample evidence of this failure. We very recently deployed a hotfix to increase AP earned from Nighthold in order to make raiding, with a weekly-lockout, better compare in efficiency to repeated Mythic Keystone runs. And in 7.2, we’re more thoroughly addressing this issue by adding a significant amount of AP to the weekly Mythic Keystone cache, while somewhat reducing (and normalizing based on instance length) the AP awarded by repeated runs. These changes are being made to narrow the gap in AP earning, and thus power, based on time investment.

All of the above changes are aimed at allowing players the freedom and flexibility to decide how they want to spend their time, and which goals they wish to pursue, while limiting the difference in power between players who arrive at different answers to those questions.

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Isn't it too late for this? I mean, if they implement it now, when all hardcore or semi-hardcore raiders have 54 traits, it will make catching up just harder for the rest of the pack..

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Ion and company clearly have good intentions here, but this approach may only make things worse. I got my main spec artifact to level 54 shortly after Nighthold launched, and even with the flat trait scaling, the time investment was considerable, typically requiring me to farm every source of artifact power every day since launch, with the exception of endless Maw runs, which bore me to tears.

With the new exponential scaling, the time investment to max out even a single artifact will be nothing short of massive, while the rewards will be so few and far between as to feel trivial on a day by day basis. This will have the effect of requiring a lot more time for a lot less tangible return on that time on a daily, or even weekly, basis. If the placeholder estimates of over 1.6b total artifact power (and some claim that the final numbers will be almost triple that amount) are even close to accurate, off specs and people with limited playing time may feel even further behind the curve than they do now. But the main issue here is that if artifacts feel like they take too much time and effort to max out, some people will either give up on pursuing upgrades -- or in extreme cases -- simply quit the game altogether, since Legion made artifacts the only game in town.

This may sound alarmist, but it's human nature and it can happen very easily, just as the perception that Cataclysm heroics were "too hard" caused the game to lose one third of its player base in only three months. Even before the extra 20 trait drill-downs were introduced, the forums were full of people who claimed they were quitting and citing "artifact grind" as their main reason for leaving. All of these problems can be easily avoided with some foresight and common sense, but lately, Blizzard has addressed simple issues at a glacial pace, so one can never be too careful.

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So... this is kind of a tricky one.  I'm kind of divided on this subject.  As of this posting I have multiple 110's with multiple artifacts that have at least 35 traits, however I do not have any of them maxxed out (the downside of being an alt-oholic).  I understand Blizzard's desire to cater to the masses and "dumb" the game down, but the difficulty and the sense of accomplishment that people got when completing a massive quest chain or grinding out that level that was the epitome of Vanilla is what a lot if not even more people crave.

The problems that I see with the current system is as they stated it does create a power gap which causes friction between the "casual" and "hardcore" players.  Casual players will find it harder to break that barrier into progression if they want to because of this gap.  On the other side of this I feel that the hardcore players should not be "penalized" by having their power levels brought down to match someone that's not putting in the same effort.  This is a reflection of today's society and it's "participation awards, and no one loses" mentality.  I personally and honestly feel that if someone puts in the time and effort they should be duly rewarded for that time and effort.  Now, I'm not saying this applies to everyone but, as an example, If someone is going to be lazy and think they can just skate by without grinding out the progression that a hardcore or less casual player would they should not be able to be anywhere close to being competitive with them.  

With all that being said, I understand that the casual player constitutes the majority of the player base and Blizzard wants to keep it's player base for WoW especially with such a (in my opinion) successful expansion release.  I don't feel like "shortening the power gap" is the answer though.  I think that Blizzard should focus more into trying to get the casual player (that can devote the time but is unwilling) to "step it up" and push further to make their character stronger.  Honestly, I'm not sure how to accomplish this with the current systems in place but I think there would be a higher satisfaction rate if people felt they were actually making progress on their own and not being handed progression or held back because of a shortening of the power gap.

I do however like the idea of the length of a dungeon being a determining factor on the amount of AP it gives.  Currently the system in place doesn't just place Maw of Souls at the forefront of AP farm it is one of the fastest and easiest dungeons to clear for Mythic+ content and provides some decent loot.  This puts it at the forefront of loot and legendary farm.  Not to mention when trying to carry someone through a mythic to help them gear up Maw is more forgiving than say Halls of Valor or Black Rook Hold.

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It is not too late, because they are going to reset everyone to 35 traits in 7.2 and refund your AP for any talents beyond 35. Then you can use that for the new traits, and they will make getting the 19 traits in the final 1-20 much harder to obtain.

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I agree with @DeathsDesign. Lowering the power gap isn't a fair solution for players that devoted so much time into farming AP.

The gap isn't a huge hindrance when joining guilds or being able to raid. Why not leave it as is?

Players can always get better and improve their AP pool... the game has four difficulties to play through.

Are you adopting a more casual approach to the game? There's Normal difficulty, LFR, Mythic dungeons. I don't think casual players would even care if a Mythic HC raider had a 10% higher HP/damage output than they do. Punishing players just doesn't feel right. It's Like an Arrow to the FaceLike an Arrow to the Face.

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@Stan and company:

I agree that the current power gap is not nearly as impactful as Blizzard makes it out to be, but they are notorious for looking through the wrong end of the telescope and thinking that the top 2% of players are representative of the entire game, so we'll see. But I also agree with you that things are fine as they are now, so why fix what's not broken?

I made my above post based on a statement somebody made to the effect of: those who have level 54 artifacts when 7.2 goes live will not get the forced refund, and will be able to keep their 20 drill-down traits and stack the new ones on top of them, as a sort of reward for their dedication. If this turns out not to be the case, then we will be in for quite a grind to get close to where we were before. In that case, trying to artificially narrow the power gap is indeed a slap in the face to all those who put in the time and effort to power up their artifacts. It's just as silly as Blizzard saying that poorer players with no gold will be given millions to put them on equal footing with rich players that worked hard for years to farm their gold. Because hey -- everyone needs money, right?

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If you don't want power gaps then you have to have hard caps. Without hard caps someone will always no life (or bot) their way to the extreme.

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      Retractable Hook (level 30) Blinding Powder (level 75) Loaded Dice (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Swordmaster Quick Draw Ghostly Strike 30 Acrobatic Strikes Retractable Hook *new* Hit and Run 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Iron Stomach Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Dirty Tricks Blinding Powder *new* Prey on the Weak 90 Alacrity Cannonball Barrage Killing Spree 100 Loaded Dice *new* Slice and Dice Marked for Death Subtlety
      New Talents
      Shot in the Dark (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Weaponmaster Find Weakness Gloomblade 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Shadow Focus 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Soothing Darkness Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Shot in the Dark *new* Strike from the Shadows Prey on the Weak 90 Dark Shadow Alacrity Enveloping Shadows 100 Master of Shadows Death from Above Marked for Death Shaman [Return to Top]
      Tremor Totem is baseline at level 58 Capacitor Totem is baseline at level 44 Elemental
      Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Abilities
      Epicenter - passive available at level 13 Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Talents
      Molten Fury (level 15) Volcanic Rage (level 30) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Seismic Armor (level 75) High Voltage (level 90) Electric Discharge (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Earthen Rage Molten Fury *new* Totem Mastery 30 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 45 Echo of the Elements *new* Elemental Blast *new* Icefury *new* 60 Aftershock Storm Elemental Liquid Magma Totem 75 Nature's Guardian Seismic Armor *new* Ancestral Guidance 90 High Voltage *new* Primal Elementalist Master of the Elements 100 Elemental Attunement *new* Stormkeeper Ascendance Enhancement
      New Talents
      Totem Mastery (level 15) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Elemental Spirits (level 75) Windfury Totem (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Landslide Hot Hand Totem Mastery *new* 30 Ancestral Guidance Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 60 Ancestral Swiftness Hailstorm Lightning Shield 75 Elemental Spirits *new* Overcharge Windfury Totem *new* 90 Crashing Storm Fury of Air Sundering 100 Boulderfist Earthen Spike Ascendance Restoration
      New Talents
      Spirit Wolf (level 45) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Undulation Unleash Life Torrent 30 Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earthgrab Totem Static Charge *new* 60 Crashing Waves Earth Shield Deluge 75 Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Wall Totem Ancestral Vigor 90 Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements 100 High Tide Wellspring Ascendance Warlock [Return to Top]
      Shadowfury - is available at level 60 Affliction
      New Talents
      Deathbolt (level 15) Shadow Embrace (level 15) Empowered Healthstone (level 75) Darkfury (level 75 talent) Creeping Death (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shadow Embrace *new* Haunt Deathbolt *new* 30 Writhe in Agony Absolute Corruption Death's Embrace 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Sow the Seeds Phantom Singularity Soul Harvest 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Nightfall N/A Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Creeping Death *new* Siphon Life Demonology
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Demonic Calling Fel Strike *new* Doom *new* 30 Riders *new* Power Siphon *new* Summon Vilefiend *new* 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Raging Imps *new* Demonic Strength *new* Biliescourge Bombers *new* 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Grimoire of Synergy Demonic Consumption *new* Grimoire of Service 100 Inner Demons *new* Soul Conduit  Nether Portal *new* Destruction
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eradication Flashover *new* Soul Fire 30 Reverse Entropy *new* Internal Combustion Shadowburn 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Fire and Brimstone Cataclysm Hellfire 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Roaring Blaze Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Channel Demonfire Dark Soul *new* Warrior [Return to Top]
      Battle Shout returns at level 42 Arms
      New Abilities
      Sweeping Strikes - available at level 22 New Mastery
      Mastery: Deep Wounds (Deep Wounds) New Talents
      Skullsplitter (level 15) War Machine (level 15) Unbridled Wrath (level 75) Warbreaker (level 75) Deadly Calm (level 90) Mortal Combo (level 90) Dreadnaught (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine *new* Sudden Death Skullsplitter *new* 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new* Storm Bolt 45 Trauma Rend Avatar 60 Second Wind Bounding Stride Defensive Stance 75 Coming Soon Warbreaker *new* Cleave 90 Mortal Combo *new* Fervor of Battle Deadly Calm *new* 100 Anger Management Dreadnaught *new* Ravager Fury
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine Endless Rage Fresh Meat 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new Storm Bolt 45 Wrecking Ball Outburst Avatar 60 Furious Charge Bounding Stride Warpaint 75 Carnage Massacre Frothing Berserker 90 Frenzy Inner Rage Bloodbath 100 Reckless Abandon Dragon Roar Bladestorm Protection
      New Abilities
      Ignore Pain - available at level 40 Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shockwave Storm Bolt Warbringer 30 Safeguard Inspiring Presence Impending Victory 45 Renewed Fury Best Served Cold Avatar 60 Warlord's Challenge Bounding Stride Crackling Thunder 75 Indomitable Devastator Never Surrender 90 Into the Fray Booming Voice Vengeance 100 Anger Management Heavy Repercussions Ravager
    • By Starym

       
      And there we have it, the very first Mythic +28 dungeon has been completed in time! This time around it's the Naowhxoxo, Imbanane, Fragnance, Frankstér and Gingì team that's made a new record, getting to +28 in Lower Karazhan! It was Bursting, Quaking and Fortified week in case you were wondering and they finished exactly 2 minutes and 59 seconds before the timer expired.
      Huge congrats to the team!
      Here's the clip of the moment of victory and the full video below it:



      And here are the main stats, courtesy of raider.io. Click on the image for even more:

      Source.
    • By Stan

      Alpha Build 26095 added totems for the upcoming Zandari Trolls.
      Here are totems of Zandalari Troll Shamans coming in Battle for Azeroth. We'll have a preview of the race up soon. In the meantime you can check out highlights of this week's Alpha Build here or read the latest development notes.
      Air Totem

      Earth Totem

      Fire Totem

      Water Totem

    • By Stan

      A preview of boss encounters found within Uldir - the first raid in Battle for Azeroth. The article contains spoilers.
      The raid was a titan research and quarantine facility, where titans were conducting experiments on Old Gods, creating G'huun. Blood Trolls of Nazmir worship the Blood God and you'll notice his lingering presence in the zone. Let's take a look at early Dungeon Journal entries for Uldir!
      Encounters
      Titan Keeper Hezrel Red Queen Fetid Devourer Titan Discs Blood of G'huun G'huun Titan Keeper Hezrel 
      No information available at this time.
      Red Queen (Red Queen & Remnants of Corruption) 

      Description
      The Red Queen will not allow adventurers into Uldim until they have been cleansed of corruption. First, they must pass through her decontamination chamber.
      Abilities
      Defense Grid (Important) - Passing through the Defense Grid inflicts 12,000 Arcane damage to all players and increases damage taken from Defense Grid by 100% for 6 sec. This effect stacks. Additionally, a Remnant of Corruption is summoned after 3 sec. Remnant of Corruption Clinging Corruption (Interruptible) - Spreads a vile, clinging corruption to players within 10 yds, inflicting 10,000 Nature damage and an additional 5,000 Nature damage every 1 sec for 5 sec. Cleansing Purge (Deadly) - Upon entering a room, the Red Queen begins a countdown to performing a full cleansing purge of all living matter within the space. Once the room has been purged it inflicts 30,000 Fire damage every 1 sec to players within. Sundering Scalpel (Tank Alert) - The caster slices with a focused laser scalpel, inflicting 30,000 Fire damage in a cone in front of them, and increasing damage taken by Sundering Scalpel by 100%. This effect stacks. Purifying Flame - Vents within the chamber unleash jets of purifying flame, each inflicting 20,000 Fire damage to all enemies within 3 yards. Wind Tunnel - Massive air vents throughout the chamber open, moving players towards jets of Purifying Flame. Fetid Devourer 

      Overview
      Fetid Devourer engages players, storing up energy over time to unleash Rotting Regurgitation.
      Periodically, Waste Disposal units around the room will activate, dumping waste into the room and leaving behind Corruption Corpuscles. Players must kill these before they release Enticing Essence, or Fetid Devourer will move to them and Consume Corruption, healing and gaining energy.
      At 50% health, Fetid Devourer will enter into a Fetid Frenzy.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Corruption Corpuscles before they finish releasing Enticing Essence. When Chimaera nears 100 energy, prepare to avoid Rotting Regurgitation. Healers
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage, and the secondary tank will take intermittent, high damage from Terrible Thrash. Be sure the secondary tank is near full health when Terrible Thrash is coming. After players affected with Malodorous Miasma, they will develop Deadly Disease, which inflicts high damage and requires focused healing. Tanks
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage. As the secondary tank, stand nearby the primary tank so that you are targeted by Terrible Thrash, and be prepared for large spikes of damage when it hits. Abilities
      Thrashing Terror (Tank Alert) - Every fourth attack, Fetid Devourer will use Thrash on the closest player to the current tank. Terrible Thrash (Tank Alert) - Thrashes the target, inflicting 300% of a standard melee attack to them. Rotting Regurgitation - When Fetid Devourer reaches 100 Energy, he unleashes a Rotting Regurgitation, inflicting 21,400 Nature damage immediately and an additional 10,700 Nature damage every 2 sec. in a cone in front of him for 8 sec. Shockwave Stomp - Inflicts 10,025 Physical damage to all players and knocks them back. Malodorous Miasma (Healer Alert) - The foul stench of the area sickens players, inflicting 3,210 Nature damage to afflicted players every 1.5 sec. for 18 sec. When this effect expires, it applies Deadly Disease to the affected player. Deadly Disease (Healer Alert) - Inflicts 12,000 Nature damage every 2 sec. for 6 sec. Corruption Corpuscle Enticing Essence - Releases pheromones, drawing Fetid Devourer to consume the Corruption Corpuscle. Consume Corruption - Consumes a Corruption Corpuscle, healing Fetid Devourer for 10% and granting 20 Energy. Fetid Frenzy (Important) - At 50% Health, Fetid Devourer frenzies, increasing damage dealt by 25% and damage taken by 50%. Titan Discs (Zol'thuum the Forgotten, Qiraji Warrior, Anub'ar Voidweaver) 

      Overview
      Zol'thuum assaults players while the compromised Titan Discs come online, calling forth powerful Old God magics and summoning their lesser servants. As new Titan Discs come online, previously activated Discs will go dormant.
      Damage Dealers
      Keep a safe distance from your allies when Chaotic Glare is preparing to fire. Consider your positioning when Roiling Deceit is about to expire. Free allies from Will of the Corruptor by attacking them. Healers
      Titan Spark strikes random targets periodically. Void Surge inflicts substantial damage to all party members in addition to the lethal damage within each eruption. The damage dealt by Corruption Pulse increases with each cast until the Orb of Corruption is disturbed. Tanks
      Avoid being struck by Void Lash multiple times during Might of the Void. Consider the position of your allies when redirecting casts of Void Lash. Abilities
      Titan Spark - Titan energy arcs from the damaged Titan Disc, striking several targets for 3,580 Nature damage. Void Surge (Important, Deadly) - Upon reaching 100 energy, Zol'thuum unleashes a series of eruptions in quick succession. Each eruption inflicts 35,000 Shadow damage to players caught within it. In addition, each eruption inflicts 8,000 Shadow damage to all players. Might of the Void (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum performs a series of powerful attacks. Void Lash (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum summons lashing tentacles, inflicting 40,000 Shadow damage in a frontal cone, and reduces healing received by 50% for 8 sec. This effect stacks. Rupture (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum drives its tentacle into the target, inflicting 80,000 Physical damage and an additional 10,000 Physical damage every 2 sec for 40 sec. This effect stacks. Stage One: Chaos
      At 90% health remaining Protocol: Chaos begins. Summoning projections of C'Thun and replicating minions from the Qiraji empire.
      Chaotic Glare (Deadly) - The Eye of C'Thun penetrates the soul of the target, dealing 13,800 Nature damage and leaping to any nearby allies for increased damage. Qiraji Warrior Fixate - A Qiraji Warrior sets its attention on an enemy. Lasts 15 sec or until it strikes its target. Jagged Mandible - The Qiraji Warrior's melee attacks maim the target, inflicting 5,000 Physical damage every 3 sec and reducing movement speed by 20% for 15 sec. This effect stacks. Stage Two: Deception
      At 60% health remaining Protocol: Deception begins. Summoning projections of Yogg-Saron and replicating servants from Azjol-Nerub.
      Roiling Deceit (Important) - Yogg-Saron corrupts the target, inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec and forms an Ominous Cloud upon expiration. Roiling Deceit Guardian of Yogg Saron (Casts Shadow Nova upon raching 100 energy when defeated). Shadow Nova - Self destructs, Inflicting 20,000 Shadow damage to all enemies. (Deadly) -  Anub'ar Voidweaver Withering Touch (Interruptible) - Launches Shadow energy towards an enemy, inflicting 10,000 Shadow damage and an additional 8,000 Shadow damage every 2 for 20 sec. Stage Three: Corruption
      At 30% health remaining Protocol: Corruption begins. A warped projection appears and shadowy whispers echo through the chamber. The magic released from the damaged Titan Discs appear to be unchecked and more than a demonstration of power...
      Overload - The damaged disc activates, increasing the frequency of Titan Spark. Orb of Corruption - A manifestation of N'Zoth's power forms. Inflicts 10,250 Shadow damage to all enemies every 10 sec, increasing with each pulse. Coming into contact with the orb resets this effect, but afflicts the victim with Will of the Corruptor. Corruption Pulse - Inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage to all enemies, damage increased with each pulse. Will of the Corruptor - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption charms the victim, causing them to attack nearby allies. When this effect is removed, the victim gains Corruptor's Pact. Corruptor's Pact (Important) - N'Zoth's power courses through you, increasing your damage, healing, and absorption effects by 25%. You are vulnerable to N'Zoth's influence and coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption will consume you. Servant of N'Zoth (Deadly) - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption while affected by Corruptor's Pact consumes the victim, transforming them into a mindless servant of N'Zoth. Blood of G'huun 

      Description
      A sample of G'huun's blood, animated and run amok. Considered by the Titans to be an infection capable of killing every living thing on Azeroth. Its primary disease strain was dubbed the Omega Vector.
      Overview
      The Blood of G'huun creates instances of Omega Vector which bounce endlessly between players during the encounter. When Omega Vector jumps between players it leaves behind a stack of Lingering Infection, which has no duration and cannot be removed.
      Mutagenic Pathogen is the source of new copies of Omega Vector, with one Omega Vector being created whenever Mutagenic Pathogen expires from a player.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Plague Amalgams quickly to prevent excessive heal absorbs from Immunosuppression. Avoid the area damage from targets affected by Gestate. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Healers
      Targets afflicted by Omega Vector and Gestate will require heavy healing to survive. Help tanks survive several attacks of Mutagenic Pathogen as they try to minimize the number of Omega Vector jumping through the raid. Lingering Infection cannot be removed and does not have a duration, making it more virulent as the encounter goes on. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Tanks
      Make sure you are close to desirable hosts for Omega Vector targets when Mutagenic Pathogen fades. Hold the Blood of G'huun's threat for as long as you can to prevent generating too many copies of Omega Vector. Abilities
      Lingering Infection - Weakens the player's resistance to future infections, increasing Nature damage taken by 5%. Pestilence Omega Vector (Important) - Omega Vector takes root in a player, inflicting 4,860 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 10 sec. On expiration, Omega Vector jumps to the closest ally and applies a stack of Lingering Infection to its former host. Mutagenic Pathogen (Tank Alert) - Inflictins 2,290 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 12 sec. Each subsequent application of Mutagenic Pathogen doubles the damage per tick of the previous application. On expiration, the Mutagenic Pathogen evolves into Omega Vector and jumps to the target with the fewest Lingering Infections from among the three closest players. Gestate - Inflicts 1,790 damage every 1 sec to a random player and all players within 8 yards for 5 sec. Stuns the initial target while a Plague Amalgam gestates within the player. On expiration, the Plague Amalgam will spawn 5 yards from that player. Plague Amalgam Immunosuppression - Spreads a toxin that absorbs 18,000 healing done to all players within 500 yards. Contagion (Deadly) - Inflicts 10,700 Nature damage to all players.  Carnage Liquefy - Transforms into a pool of toxic blood, triggering Lingering Infection on players who come into contact with the pool. Blood Geyser - A geyser of corrupted blood inflicts 6,430 Shadow damage to all players within 1 yards. Affected players gain a stack of Lingering Infection. Hypergenesis - A pool of blood forms, erupting for 10,750 Shadow damage to players within 6 yards after 8 sec. If no players are hit by the eruption, it instead inflicts 12,850 Shadow damage to all players. G'huun 

      Stage One: My Minions are Endless!
      Arena Floor
      Blood Shield - While shielded, G'huun's regenerates 5% of his maximum health every 0.5 sec. Spew Corruption - G'huun lobs a blast of corruption that sloshes towards a random player, inflicting 12,500 Plague damage to any player within 10 yards of the impact. After bounding 3 times the glob forms a Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Pool of Corruption - Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Call Corruption - G'huun calls all pools of corruption back to him over 12 sec. Thousand Maws - G'huun summons forth minions to assist him. Cyclopean Terror Torment (Interruptible) - The caster assaults a random player's mind, inflicting increasing 0 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 18 sec. Dark Young Massive Smash (Tank Alert) - Filled with unending rage the caster slams their target, inflicting 20,000 Physical damage and knocking them back. Dark Bargain - Increases the damage taken and damage done of all creatures, including players, within 15 yards of the caster by 50%. Blightspreader Tendril - The Blightspreader Tendril slowly loses energy over time. Upon reaching 0 energy, the tendril burrows through the ground to a new location, casting Mantle of Shadow. Decaying Eruption (Interruptible) - Inflicts 7,500 Plague damage to all players, consuming up to 10 energy upon a successful cast. Mantle of Shadow - The caster forms a shield of shadows around itself, absorbing the next 500,000 damage taken. While the absorb shield is active the caster is immune to interrupt and silence effects. In addition, the caster's energy is refreshed to 100. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Two:
      Arena Floor
      Crimson Blight - G'huun's presence corrupts nearby players, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 1.5 sec. This affect intensifies every 8 sec. Blood Feast - G'huun corrupts his current target, inflicting 5,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec. After 10 sec, players within 8 yards of the target have their applications of Crimson Blight reset to 1 and a Gibbering Horror is spawned. Gibbering Horror Blood Might - Each application of Crimson Blight that is consumed by Blood Feast increases the Gibbering Horror's maximum health and damage done by 5%. Mind-Numbing Chatter - The caster babbles incoherently, inflicting Shadow damage to all players and interrupting casting for 3 sec. Gaze of G'huun - G'huun unleashes a wave of terror, causing all players to flee in fear for 3 sec. Spawn of G'huun Dark Purpose - The Spawn of G'huun fixates upon a random player and moves towards them, increasing in speed over time. Upon reaching the target the Spawn of G'huun burrows into the target, making it a Blood Host. Blood Host - The Spawn of G'huun burrows into it's target, inflicting 1,000 Plague damage every 2 sec for 20 sec. Upon removal, 2 Spawn of G'huun erupt from the afflicted player. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Three: Reorigination
      Reorigination - Unleashes a blast of titanic power, inflicting 11,000 Arcane damage to all players every 5 sec for 25 sec. This blast incapacitates G'huun, and increases his damage taken by 500% for 25 sec.