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This Week in WoW: Mar 14

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Honor gained from battleground objectives and wins will be increased by 50% during the Battleground Bonus Event and Un'Goro Madness micro-holiday is slated for March 17. A new quest that seems to be a prelude to Patch 7.2 also appears in your Class Order Hall.

Prelude to Patch 7.2

Find the Injured Earthcaller (names vary) in your Class Order Hall to pick up a new quest that begins explaining the story leading to Patch 7.2

  • An Urgent Warning
    • <The soldier is wan and wounded, obviously in tremendous pain.> Been held prisoner... since the assault on... the Broken Shore... <She shudders.> The demons... th-they are gathering... preparing... Had to escape... to warn you. They must... be stopped!
  • Investigate the Broken Shore
    • All of us know the price we paid the last time we set foot upon the Broken Shore.

      <Ghrent turns his eyes to the ground.>

      I recommend dispatching a scouting team to investigate the Legion's strength. We need to know what we're facing in that accursed place.
  • Menace on the Broken Shore (830)
    • Dispatch champions to investigate Legion activities on the Broken Shore.

Nighthold

World Boss Shar'thos

Shar'thos is this week's boss. Search for the epic world quest The Sleeping Corruption in Val'sharah. Killing world bosses grants credit toward Unleashed MonstrositiesUnleashed Monstrosities

World Boss Loot Tables

The following loot can be acquired from this week's world boss. The baseline item level is 860 and all the loot can be Warforged and/or Titanforged. Don't forget to use a Seal of Broken Fate for an additional chance to receive loot.  Shar'thos also drops Skull of Shar'thosSkull of Shar'thos for Warriors needed to unlock the Fury appearance The DragonslayersThe Dragonslayers.

Battleground Bonus Event (March 14 - 21)

Un'Goro Madness Micro-Holiday (March 17 - 19)

The dinosaurs in Un'goro are getting restless. Time to go pay them a visit!

  • The fastest way to get there is by taking the Caverns of Time portal in Dalaran.
  • Dadanga is back with plenty of elite friends that you'll be killing for the duration of the event.
  • You can find more details in our Un'Goro Madness micro-holiday preview.

Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza

  • Available as a world quest every Sunday at 2 p.m. PST. More on what has changed can be read here.

Mythic+ Affixes (US)

Sanguine // Overflowing // Tyrannical

Mythic+ Affixes (EU)

Teeming // Skittish // Fortified (New affixes TBA March 15)

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    • By Stan

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    • By Stan

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      As such, we’re not planning to post regular development notes with future builds, but will post updates regarding raid testing as that process continues. Thanks, and happy testing!