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Events for this week include Trial of Style with new Ensembles, Comp Stomp PvP Brawl, and more!
Trial of Style is scheduled for March 20 and new Ensembles have been added in Patch 8.1.5. It's time for the first Advanced AI PvP Brawl, Comp Stomp! Battle it out on Arathi Basin against Island Expeditions AI. Mythic Keystone Affixes
Fortified Bolstering Skittish Reaping Weekly Quests
Win 4 Battleground matches for "A Call to Battle" to earn 5 Marks of Honor, 100 Conquest Points, and 750 Artifact Power. Azerite for the Alliance & Azerite for the Horde: Collect 36,000 Azerite from Island Expeditions to receive 2,500 Azerite and 1,500 reputation with Honorbound/7th Legion. Island Expeditions
This week's Island rotation includes:
Dread Chain Havenswood Whispering Reef World Boss
Built by the original inhabitants of Drustvar, the Hailstone Construct was built to defend these lands from any invaders. However, years of dormancy have left it addled, and it now sees all residents as threats, vowing to destroy them all.
The Hailstone Construct uses a variety of attacks to chill its enemies, from inflicting Frost damage in its melee swings to massive AOE attacks that both slow and freeze anyone hit.
Use cover created by Permafrost Spike to avoid being frozen by Freezing Tempest. Move to avoid Glacial Breath. Healers
Use cover created by Permafrost Spike to avoid being frozen by Freezing Tempest. Move to avoid Glacial Breath. Tanks may required additional healing since |Ice-rimed Fists causes all of Hailstone Construct's attacks to cause Frost damage instead of Physical. Tanks
Ice-rimed Fists causes all of Hailstone Construct's attacks to cause Frost damage instead of Physical, so magical defenses will be handy. Use cover created by Permafrost Spike to avoid being frozen by Freezing Tempest. Move to avoid Glacial Breath. Loot Table
Ice-Carved Shoulderplates Hailstone Hauberk Chill's End Wristguards Glacial Spike Gauntlets Freezing Tempest Waistguard Girdle of Biting Winds Frostbreath Leggings Ice Stalker Boots Ice-Rimed Slippers Drust-Runed Icicle Permafrost-Encrusted Heart World Events
Battleground Bonus Event (March 19th - March 26th)
While this event is active, random Battlegrounds will award Honor at an increased rate. Glory awaits in the fields of battle!
Steel yourself for Battleground combat!
SEVEN DAYS ON THE BATTLEGROUNDS
All this week, heading to the Battlegrounds will net you some extra Honor along with bonus loot for completing this week’s quest. To enter the fray, open Group Finder (hotkey: "I") and then select the Player vs. Player tab. Next choose Quick Match, select Random Battlegrounds or Random Epic Battlegrounds, and hit the Join Battle button—you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of these 12 battlegrounds:
Alterac Valley Arathi Basin Battle for Gilneas Deepwind Gorge Eye of the Storm Isle of Conquest Seething Shore Silvershard Mines Strand of the Ancients Temple of Kotmogu Twin Peaks Warsong Gulch WEEKLY QUEST
Before you get started, Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar and Chronicler Toopa in Boralus have a quest for you. You can also pick up the quest from within the Adventure Guide. Win four random Battlegrounds, and you’ll be rewarded with 5 Marks of Honor and a Radiant Azerite Core token (base 750 AP).
This week you gain 50% more Honor in Battlegrounds.
A NEW EVENT EVERY WEEK
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.
PvP Brawl: Comp Stomp (March 19th - March 26th)
Jump into Arathi Basin for a head-to-head for battle against AI opponents. Use the Group Finder tool (default hotkey: i) in the Player vs. Player tab to take part.
Trial of Style (March 20th - March 24th)
Dust off those pauldrons and compete in a fashion competition of Azerorhtian proportions! Speak to a transmogrifier in any major city to participate in the Trial of Style!
Blizzard added new Ensembles in Patch 8.1.5 for the upcoming Trial of Style Season:
Ensemble: Amaranthine Path Armor Ensemble: Chainmail of the Timeless Hunt Ensemble: Restless Dreambound Battlegear Ensemble: Tranquil Spiritbind Regalia
You can now directly contribute toward this year's finals LAN event prize pools for Arena World Championship and the Mythic Dungeon International by purchasing two new toys.
There's a minumum prize pool of $250,000 USD for each event and if you purchase the new toys, 25% of the proceeds will contribute toward the finals prize poolthrough October 15.
The Transmorpher Beacon costs $10 and will transform you into some of the most fearsome foes Azeroth has ever known. It lasts 20 minutes, and stays active in combat and after death. Player characters can be transformed once every 60 minutes. Click here to buy or gift it.
What’s in the Toy Box?
Walk in Blackhand’s boots
The Ethereal Transmorpher will temporarily change your appearance into one of dozens of random epic foes you’ve faced over your adventures. Will fate grant you the form of Grand Magistrix Elisande, or the shape of shadow-twisted Ner’zhul?
Your own legion of evil
Once summoned, the Ethereal Transmorpher is willing to alter the shape of everyone in your party or raid group, should they so choose. Form a group of friends and turn the tables on your foes in your next dungeon run.
Everyone gets one
The Transmorpher Beacon will be yours immediately after completing your purchase. Once activated, the toy will be granted to all current and future World of Warcraft characters in the same region on a single Blizzard account.
Lion's Pride and Horde's Might Fireworks
The second toy also costs $10 and it makes you ignite a firework with faction-themed patterns. You can plant them on the corpse of an opposite-faction player. Click here to purchase or gift it.
What’s in the Toy Box?
Fill the sky with faction pride
These fireworks given you an explosive new way to declare your allegiance when you encounter other players, whether it’s on Battlegrounds, in the Arena , or out in the world . Simply plant the fireworks on the corpse of an opposite-faction player, stand back, and watch the sky.
Once your firework ignites, it will randomly explode in one of several faction-themed patterns. “Ooh!” at the Lion of Stormwind. “Aww!” at the emblem of the Horde. “Oww!” at the blade of your mighty axe.
Everyone gets one!
The toy will be yours immediately after completing your purchase. Both factions’ fireworks are included, and you can reuse them as many times as you wish. Once activated, the toy will be applied to all current and future World of Warcraft characters in the same region on a single Blizzard account.
Here's the official blog post presenting both toys.
Show your support for WoW esports with two new toys, now available in the Blizzard shop and in-game shop.
For a limited time, every purchase of the Transmorpher Beacon or Lion’s Pride and Horde’s Might Fireworks, 25% of the proceeds will contribute toward the year’s finals LAN event prize pool for the Arena World Championship (AWC) and the Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI) with a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $500,000 USD ($250,000 USD for each event.) Your support will help take the WoW esports prize pool to the next level.
PLAY LIKE A BOSS WITH THE TRANSMORPHER BEACON
The ethereals have a twisted new trick up their sleeves, and they’re ready to traverse the nether to help you spread some chaos and confusion on the battlefield. Use this beacon to summon an Ethereal Transmorpher who can turn you and your allies into some of the most fearsome foes Azeroth has ever known.
LION'S PRIDE AND HORDE'S MIGHT FIREWORKS
What’s more satisfying than vanquishing a worthy foe in honorable hand-to-hand combat? Planting an explosive in their freshly felled corpse, that’s what! Light up the sky above a recently defeated enemy player with these reusable fireworks and send an unmistakable signal to the other faction.
Your chance to support WoW esports and donate to the prize pool ends on October 15, 2019.
Learn more about WoW Esports for 2019 in our post and follow all of the AWC and MDI action on the esports site.
Rho chatted with me and Patrick on the latest episode of the Realm Maintenance Podcast. We discussed origins of the Icy Veins Podcast, what's ahead for the show, and Icy Veins as a fansite. Tune in to Episode 281 to find out more!
Brian (RhoWoW) Stan (HeroesPWN) Patrick (NotPatrick) Click here to listen to Episode 281 of the Realm Maintenance Podcast
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With the specific time frame Classic will be releasing in and the recent announcement of the content plan for it, Blizzard have now clarified how Alterac Valley will fit into that timeline. It seems we're getting the 1.12 version of the original battleground, before reinforcements were added and all Commanders and Lieutenants were removed. Check out the full statement below:
Alterac Valley (source)
This is a subject that has been asked about several times recently, and we want to clarify some of the details surrounding it. Like many aspects of the game, Alterac Valley was tuned and adjusted in different ways from patch to patch in 2005-2006.
First and foremost, we’re planning to use the 1.12 version of Alterac Valley. For many parts of the game like this, we’re picking an original WoW patch that gives us the most clarity for WoW: Classic, and 1.12 is that patch.
In Alterac Valley, that puts us before the introduction of reinforcements. It puts us before the removal of all of the Commanders and Lieutenants. The only win conditions are the killing of Drek’thar in Frostwolf Keep or Vanndar Stormpike in Dun Baldar.
It gives us several early improvements to the BG that we’re glad to have in place. Early on in AV, there were too many NPCs and they were too hard to kill. By 1.12, many had been removed and NPC health was brought down to a reasonable level. Turning in armor scraps is an encouraged, supportive activity by this point. Many capture points (mostly graveyards) had been moved away from their initial placements to gain better balance across the map. Korak the Bloodrager was removed, and killing opposing players no longer drops items like Dwarf Spines, Orc Teeth, or Human Bone Chips. Gross.
In our content plan update, we mentioned that we’re still working out exactly how and when PvP elements of Classic will roll out. We’ll update you on that here very soon.
Patch 8.1.5 brings a new Brawler's Guild Season and in this post, we wanted to highlight our updated Brawler's Guild guides.
If you obtained a Blood-Soaked Invitation and got access to the new Brawler's Guild, check out our updated and new guides below sorted by rank.
New encounters include Farmer Xiang-Su, Hyper Mega-Mecha Seagull x9000, Mama Stormstout, Ouroboros, Phillip Carter Tracey, Robe-Robber Robert, Spymaster, Thog Hammerspace, and Tidemistress Shellbreaker.
Don't forget to complete the new Brawler's Guild questline to receive Bruce!
Rank 1 Bruce Thog Hammerspace Grandpa Grumplefloot Ash'katzuum Rank 2 Blat Phillip Carter Tracey Johnny Awesome Mama Stormstout Rank 3 Oso Klunk Farmer Xiang-Su Ahoo'ru Rank 4 Ouroboros Sanoriak Spymaster Warhammer Council Rank 5 Meatball Millie Watt Tidemistress Shellbreaker Mingus Diggs Rank 6 Nibbleh Stitches Robe-Robber Robert Mecha-Bruce Rank 7 Hyper Mega-Mecha Seagull x9000 Fran & Riddoh Blackmange Ogrewatch