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In this post, we're looking at why Legion is the hands down the best expansion for leveling through Chromie Time in the Shadowlands pre-patch if you haven't played it before.
Class Order Halls
Each class has its own themed Class Order Hall available in Legion, and with it come class-specific questlines and plenty of rewards for you to unlock.
Artifact Weapons and Appearances
Each class can unlock their own specialization-themed artifact weapon appearances that you can later use for transmog.
Blizzard has relaxed Artifact weapon transmog restrictions in the pre-patch. If you haven't unlocked them yet and want to wield legendary weapons like the Ashbringer, make sure to complete the associated questlines.
You can dual wield the same Artifacts, and the appearances are no longer locked to certain specializations.
You can even unlock additional appearances for each Artifact weapon, except for the Mage Tower and Mythic Keystone 15 appearances that have been removed.
Blizzard started adding Allied Races in Legion. Even though you no longer need to be Exalted with the associated faction, you must still complete the quests to unlock the Allied Races.
Alliance can unlock the Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves. Horde players can unlock the Nightborne and Highmountain Tauren through Legion content.
Finally, you can unlock class mounts through a questline, but this will take some time as your character needs to earn the Breaching the Tomb achievement, and the Broken Shore is intended for the 40-50 range.
Lockboxes underwent some changes in the Shadowlands pre-patch, and Sharken highlighted all the major ones.
The item level of the loot found inside lockboxes is determined by the person opening the lockbox. If a person looks at what's inside but doesn't loot the items and trades the lockbox to another character of a different level, the loot inside stays the same, but the item level/level changes depending on the new person opening it. Gold inside a lockbox is static and does not scale with level. The person who unlocked the lockbox does not affect the contents of the lockbox. The level of all lockboxes stops at level 50 and will no longer increase vendor value when a level 51-60 character opens the lockbox. So the idea is to pass the lockbox to your level 50 character for maximum rewards.
We're back with more pre-patch weirdness, this time of the Warlock variety. It seems Doomguards are getting extremely confused by the Warlock summons and aren't really sure which side they're on anymore, which apparently makes then so crazy that they just go ahead and one-shot whatever dungeons they're in.
First off we have RelieveMyself, who noted the weirdness first, as he summoned the Doomguard regularly, it fought along side him a while, at which point he dismissed it to enslave again. Except that didn't quite work as the demon was "friendly", except it was clearly marked red. The Doomguard then proceeded to follow the party and wipe out everything in the dungeon, including he boss!
The whole incident was accompanied by lag spikes and RelieveMyself wasn't able to reproduce the issue. So, you'd think that was that, a simple one-off glitch. But this actually wasn't an isolated incident, as other players have been having a similar issue/awesome event occur (click the image to start the video):
So clearly the issue is scaling, with the hostile/friendly thing from the first example being just a weird bug on top of the scaling issues. This doesn't work for everyone, however, as the scaling only goes crazy under some specific circumstances, but it's still fun to see the Doomguard rampage around and solo dungeons!
It's time for another look at how the squish and class changes affected class popularity, as we examine tanks and approximate their popularity based on interest in the Icy Veins pre-patch guides!
Starting at the bottom, it's become increasingly clear that Blizzard needs to focus a lot of energy on Monks when Shadowlands comes around, as all three specs of the class are at or around the bottom of their role lists. Tank mainstay Prot Warr is surprisingly also low but considering they didn't receive that many changes, it makes sense. The top 3 consists of Blood DK, Prot Pala, and Vengenace DH, which also probably isn't that surprising considering the extreme solo power of those specs.
1. Blood Death Knight 2. Protection Paladin 3. Vengeance Demon Hunter 4. Protection Warrior 5. Guardian Druid 6. Brewmaster Monk You can also check out the DPS popularity charts, the healer popularity charts, and the Day 1 DPS chart.
Hallow's End returns to WoW today, so check out what's new this year.
What's New in 2020?
The Headless Horseman drops Item Level 82 loot. Only characters level 45 or higher can obtain Loot-Filled Pumpkin, if your level is lower than that, you will receive Loot-Stuffed Pumpkin for queueing up for the Headless Horseman. The world event's meta-achievement (Hallowed Be Thy Name) is required for What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been, and you can find more information on how to earn it in our detailed Hallow's End guide.
It’s time for Tricky Treats, costumes, and—of course—the return of the Headless Horseman during this year’s Hallow’s End!
Hallow’s End celebrates the break of the Forsaken from the Scourge.
Fun and mischief reign as the Innkeepers of Azeroth give treats, and tricks, to whomever asks.
The spookiest time of year has arrived once more, and the Headless Horseman rides forth to strike terror into the hearts and minds of Azeroth’s citizens.
All together now! —the Headless Horseman is back to set fire to Razor Hill and Goldshire once more. You’ll need to lend a hand on the bucket brigade to put them out and face the infamous rider.
Prepare yourselves, the bells have tolled! Shelter your weak, your young and your old! Each of you shall pay the final sum. Cry for mercy, the reckoning has come!
THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN It would be a lovely time of year to take a stroll through the Scarlet Monastery’s Graveyard if the Headless Horseman hadn’t decided to make it his new lair. If you're lucky and succeed in routing this menace from within, you may ride off with his steed.
Throughout Hallow’s End, characters level 10-50 will be able to queue up for this ghoulish encounter in the Dungeon Finder.
This year you’ll be able to exchange your Tricky Treats for a newly added toy:
Headless Horseman's Hearthstone Head to Val’sharah to undertake a quest that begins with the Hag of the Crooked Tree in Bradensbrook. Follow the tale through to its culmination and you’ll receive some Tricky Treats and a chance of receiving one of four utterly bewitching hats.
Hat of the First Sister Hat of the Second Sister Hat of the Third Sister Hat of the Youngest Sister