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A big batch has arrived after a few smaller ones, with some Monk, Karazhan and Ny'alotha fixes, as well as item tweaks and PvP Servant of N'Zoth issues.
February 20 (source)
Monk Windwalker Resolved an issue that prevented Spinning Crane Kick from tracking the correct number of targets with your Mark of the Crane active. Dungeons and Raids
Return to Karazhan Players should now appear in the instance’s entrance after zoning in. Ny’alotha, the Waking City N'Zoth the Corruptor Azeroth's Radiance now properly restores Sanity to players who are under the effects of an Immunity spell on all difficulties. Horrific Visions Fixed a rare issue where more than 2 Torn Page of "Fear and Flesh" could drop in a Horrific Vision. Items and Rewards Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve ’s active ability now resets its cooldown when a boss encounter ends. Corrupted Items Fixed a bug which prevented Void Ritual from scaling down to the level of the content in Timewalking. Heart of Azeroth Resolved an issue that prevented the correct visual effects of Worldvein Resonance Rank 4 from displaying. Player versus Player
Resolved an issue that allowed characters to remain as a Servant of N'Zoth while not in War Mode. The Alliance mount Vicious White Warsaber now correctly changes to Vicious White Bonesteed for Horde characters.
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Blizzard has shipped an encrypted build for Shadowlands Alpha, meaning it cannot be datamined just yet, but we're getting really close to the F&F Alpha announcement.
Earlier today, Blizzard added Shadowlands to the Battle.net App Catalog and now the first build has been shipped. Unfortunately, it is still encrypted, so it cannot be datamined at this time. You can learn more about Shadowlands in our overview in the meantime and stay tuned for Shadowlands Friends & Family Alpha!
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We've had small hotfixes before, but these may just be a contender for shortest ever!
February 19 (source)
February 19, 2020
Player versus Player
Resolved an issue that could prevent a character from gaining progress towards earning the Season 4 seasonal mount and Vicious Saddles.
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We have some news on the much awaited Shadowlands alpha, as MMO Champion have noticed it's actually been added in the latest Battle.net catalog update! It's an encrypted build, however, so there won't be any datamining quite yet and it's most likely just some set up for when the actual Alpha starts, but it's definitely pointing in the "soon" direction!
We've already speculated on when the first alpha might be coming, with Stan concluding it's due late February or early March, which is still very much a possibility! In any case, here are the strings MMOC dug up:
Ny'alotha Mythic WF Race, Conclusion: Top 10, N'Zoth Nerf, Limit Tank Goes to Method, Asia Upset and MoreBy Starym
The race for the top spots is done, even though there are plenty more guilds progressing on N'Zoth. The biggest news since we last checked in was that both the Corruption affixes and N'Zoth himself were nerfed, and according to the top guilds, when you add both nerfs together N'Zoth got a bit easier. He received a 5% overall nerf and the Thought Harvesters did as well, while the Corruption effect (mainly Echoing Void) nerfs only accounted for around 2-3% of Limit and Method's total damage, and that number significantly drops off for lower ranked guilds, as they won't have had as good gear (with the possible exception of some Asian guilds).
What that all ended up meaning is that only our Bronze medalist, Pieces, actually downed the Old God before the nerf, with 4 through 10 all getting the slightly easier version. It's a big accomplishment in any case and was hard fought, so let's take a look at the final standings:
There we have it, one US guild at the very top, 5 EU guilds and Asia staking their claim once more with 40% of the top 10. We did have an upset on the charts however, as Alpha, who have been the top Asian guild for quite a while now and also lead the way throughout Ny'alotha, were beaten in the end by JTH aka JiTianHong! And the other big news is that the amazingly named FatSharkYes took the 4th spot back for the EU, while raiding quite a bit less than their competition. We've also had some more guilds get to 12/12 after the top 10 finished up, with Chinese newcomer Hei Jia Ji just missed out on the top ranking slots, followed by aptly named Korean guild KR, Practice from the EU and finally US second, Big Dumb Guild just getting it done today.
Let's also take a quick look at the viewership for the race, as it's been affected by the change in leaders, and it's also gotten a pretty big bump since the Eternal Palace. We'll check out the week of the final boss kill specifically, as that's the peak in viewership, and N'Zoth actually saw a big increase from Azshara, but with a different layout. Let's start with the kill-week viewership for Eternal Palace, courtesy of The Esports Observer:
And now Ny'alotha:
As you can see Method's event stream kept pretty much the same presence, but the big addition was Complexity Limit GM Max's stream which came through to increase the number of watched hours by almost 50%! Complexity's own event stream wasn't that watched, as the point of focus in the race was Max's stream as Limit was leading the way from pretty much the very beginning of the race, and his stream offered the entire unedited guild communications.
Finally in this conclusion of race-related events we have a big shakeup for the two top guilds, as Naowh, Limit's main tank for this raid has announced that he's going to be joining Method! In case you weren't aware, Naowh is an EU player and was originally a part of Method's EU MDI team, but joined Limit for Ny'alotha progress.
The actually bigger news here came with Method GM Sco's post regarding this matter, stating that either he or Justwait will likely be passing their tank spot to Naowh in Shadowlands and will "support the guild from outside the raid during the next RWF". Whether this is referring to the role Limit GM Max took this time around or something different remains to be seen. Here's Sco and Naowh's full quotes:
And so another race has come to a close and it was a very eventful one, seeing a seismic shift in the raiding world as the US is back on top after an 8 year absence. Limit have been working on this for a long time and it seems the partnership with Complexity was that final push they needed to get there. Battle for Azeroth still ended up being Method dominated, however, with the guild taking 3 out of the 5 raids, with Pieces taking the short Crucible of Storms and now Limit making things interesting with the Ny'alotha win. This marks Shadowlands as a particularly interesting race, with both guilds now having esports organizations behind them and Method being behind for once, so it'll be a thrill to find out if they can recover from this one.
You can check out all our Ny'alotha progress summaries here, if you want a refresher on the race and all that happened.
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