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Blizzard outlines changes coming in the latest 7.2 PTR Build.

A new 7.2 Build is on the way with changes to

  • Nethershards acquisition / item cost
  • Removal of secondary traits from Relics posted here
  • Stress testing of new server technology was rescheduled.
  • Tweaks to Artifact traits and Legendary items
  • Play with the Blues continues with Arena Skirmishes on Thursday.

Stay tuned for more details!

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UPDATE: Tonight's stress test is being rescheduled to a later date. We'll share additional details once we have the new date and time finalized.

This week’s update contains more tuning and tweaks for several of the new features and content pieces in 7.2.

We’ve taken an initial pass at setting the rate of income for Nethershards, as well as the cost of items they can be used to purchase. While we’re planning to do some additional tuning next week once we’ve got a better handle on how it’s playing out, these numbers should be much more in-line with where we want things to be.

There are several tweaks to Artifact Traits, and a few adjustments to a couple Legendaries as part of our overall goal to bring them more in line with each other in value. We’ve also removed the mechanic that allowed Relics to have a second, randomized Artifact Trait bonus; we’ve shared more info on that change here.

We’re also planning to do another focused test on our new server technology this week. Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 8) at 3 PM Pacific we’ll be spawning in Withered J’im in Aszuna and asking as many players as possible to go fight him. We need to put as much strain on our servers as possible, so if you have the time, please join us! We'll have a blog post later today with more details.

This week will have another Play with the Blues event, this time focused around Arena Skirmishes. On Thursday, from 3 PM to 5 PM Pacific time, we’ll be on the PTR queuing for Skirmishes. We’re looking forward to seeing you in the Arena, and getting your feedback on how they’re playing.

Thanks again, and happy testing!

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