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Patch 7.2 - Tips for Alts & Returning Players

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A look at Patch 7.2's most crucial aspects for returning players and alt-friendliness - Artifact Knowledge, gearing and leveling.

Artifact Knowledge

Is the rate at which you gain Artifact Power. Your main goal should be to reach Artifact Knowledge Level 26 as soon as possible, because there's a significant increase in the multiplier in 7.2. If you lack Order Resources, keep in mind you can buy Order Resources CacheOrder Resources Cache for Blood of SargerasBlood of Sargeras. Patch 7.2.5 added a bag with up to 4,000 Order Resources (Abundant Order Resources CacheAbundant Order Resources Cache), but we don't know what plans Blizzard has for it just yet.

  • Artifact Knowledge Level 25 = 24,900%
  • Artifact Knowledge Level 26 = 100,000%

The % increase at AK Level 26 is huge, don't waste your time with World Quests or other AP content before you get it!

Reaching Artifact Knowledge Level 1 - 25

Artifact Knowledge Level 25+

Gear

Another interesting aspect for returning players and alts is gear. Patch 7.2 makes gearing up super fast.

Crafted Gear & Obliterum

  • The Obliterum Forge is now available to everyone and ObliterumObliterum has never been cheaper
  • Crafted items have ilvl 835
  • ObliterumObliterum can upgrade items up to ilvl 875

Dauntless Items

  • Discover an item appropriate for your specialization with ilvl 850+
  • Can be purchased from Warmage Kath'leen for 400 Nethershards each (e.g. Dauntless HoodDauntless Hood) you shouldn't be really spending Nethershards on them, because they drop in Demon Assault Scenarios and from all Broken Shore content (bags, caches, mobs, the Sentinax)

Demon Assaults

  • Check the Broken Isles map periodically for Demon Assaults. Not only are they a great source of experience, you'll receive Dauntless tokens and epic quality gear from the last boss

Dungeons

  • Normal dungeons drop ilvl 825+
  • Heroic dungeons drop ilvl 845+
  • Timewalking drop ilvl 855+
  • Mythic dungeons drop ilvl 865+

Grandiose Armor Kits

Relinquished Items

  • Discovers an item appropriate for your loot specialization with an ilvl 880+
  • Relinquished items (e.g. Relinquished RelicRelinquished Relic) can be purchased from Thaumaturge Vashreen for 5,000 Nethershards each
  • The items have a chance to contain a Legendary item, so if you're a freshly-leveled 110 and would like to slot target your Legendary items, Relinquished items are your safest bet

World Quests

  • Broken Isles World Quest rewards now scale up to ilvl 865

World Bosses

Leveling

Mostly revolves around the Armies of Legionfall reputation grind, more information can be found in our guide.

  • Focus your effort to unlock flying at least on one of your characters (Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part TwoBroken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two)
  • Flying's account-wide and once unlocked, you can use it on any character (even at Level 100)
  • Flying significantly speeds up leveling
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I'd like to add to this that under the Dungeons category, there's also the Timeless dungeons that drop ilvl 855+, so in between Heroic dungeon and Mythic dungeon quality (And higher than Broken Isles' Dauntless quality). This information might be quite useful as the "WotLK" dungeons open up again this Tuesday (US)/Wednesday (EU).

 

It is also worth noting that Dungeon World Quests can give 865+ items, and these can be done on normal/heroic/mythic difficulty

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7 hours ago, Stan said:

Can be purchased from Warmage Kath'leen for 400 Nethershards each (e.g. Dauntless HoodDauntless Hood) you shouldn't be really spending Nethershards on them, because they drop in Demon Assault Scenarios and from all Broken Shore content (bags, caches, mobs, the Sentinax)

I am currently leveling all my remaining alts through only doing the Demon Assaults with flying. It doesn't reward Nethershards while leveling, but it does grant like 80% of a level and is also a great way to get Order Resources. Gear quickly becomes ineffective since the mobs scale with your level and not with your item level.

I don't find saving your Nethershards effective when you are below 850 gear. Nethershards on alts becomes almost pointless if you are above 850. Grind farming the 5000 required to target legendaries takes too much time for an alt. Would rather just do the 6 demon assault WQs for 1800 shards at a time and target legendary once every 3 invasions. Unsure if the scenario boss is able to drop a legendary.

Once I reach 110 I immediately do the following:
1. Send the BoA Artifact Knowledge pack that lets my alt gain AK 25.
2. Broken Shore assault.
3. Artifact Knowledge quest for AK 26.
4. Wait for a Demon Assault, only do the 6 WQ for the Nethershards
5. 3 Emissaries while you wait. Don't do the ones that reward gear since the rewards are scaled to your current gear. Hopefully you WON'T get a legendary yet.

After you complete the 6 WQs on the Demon Assault, you can decide if you want to be carried in the scenario and get a Token + 400 shards, or first spend the 1600 Nethershards you got from the WQs to buy 4 tokens. Note that the token items are Unique-Equip, so you cannot equip 2 rings/trinkets. Now you should be around 830 ilvl. Now you can start doing the WQs that reward gear,

6. Class Campaign quest to unlock all followers and 3 relic slot.
7. You can slowly get the 8.8mill AP required to unlock the 35 traits over the next week doing emissaries. Don't open the Chests if you want to target a legendary.

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10 hours ago, Stan said:

World Quest rewards (Farseer's Grandiose Armor KitFarseer's Grandiose Armor Kit) that instantly upgrade items from your Order Hall Set to ilvl 870.

Went through the comments on wowhead for these items. I originally thought that you need to have to upgrade it 10 ilvls at a time with Archdruid's Lesser Armor KitArchdruid's Lesser Armor Kit > Archdruid's Armor KitArchdruid's Armor Kit > Archdruid's Greater Armor KitArchdruid's Greater Armor Kit 

Looks like you are able to upgrade an 800/810/820 item directly to 870.

Wonder how strong the full 870 set will be. Will try to sim these compared to NH Normal sets. The 4-set bonus (Heroic FortitudeHeroic Fortitude) should be great for questing and WPvP.

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51 minutes ago, Archimage said:

Went through the comments on wowhead for these items. I originally thought that you need to have to upgrade it 10 ilvls at a time with Archdruid's Lesser Armor KitArchdruid's Lesser Armor Kit > Archdruid's Armor KitArchdruid's Armor Kit > Archdruid's Greater Armor KitArchdruid's Greater Armor Kit 

Looks like you are able to upgrade an 800/810/820 item directly to 870.

Wonder how strong the full 870 set will be. Will try to sim these compared to NH Normal sets. The 4-set bonus (Heroic FortitudeHeroic Fortitude) should be great for questing and WPvP.

On paper from pure damage perspective for many specs the tier is probably stronger however overall the order hall armor would likely be pretty nice on broken shores because of the mob scaling thing we have now. Although that's just chalkboard thoughts and napkin math. I look forward to sim results :D

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14 hours ago, Stan said:
  • Artifact Knowledge Level 25 = 24,9000%
  • Artifact Knowledge Level 26 = 100,000%

Just commenting to point out a small typo, to help avoid confusion for returning players who surely wouldn't want to gain a smaller percentage :)

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3 hours ago, Sublime said:

Just commenting to point out a small typo, to help avoid confusion for returning players who surely wouldn't want to gain a smaller percentage :)

Just changed that, thanks for letting us know! :)

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2 minutes ago, KomodoDragoon said:

In all honesty, I don't think it matters how much Blizzard tries to make Legion alt-friendly, it never will be. I got totally bored of the expansion just trying.

Do you mean you were bored of the expansion in general, or just from an alt-perspective?

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11 minutes ago, Blainie said:

Do you mean you were bored of the expansion in general, or just from an alt-perspective?

A little bit of both, I suppose. First it was the alt-unfriendliness, and that led to the expansion in general.

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5 minutes ago, KomodoDragoon said:

A little bit of both, I suppose. First it was the alt-unfriendliness, and that led to the expansion in general.

That's completely fair IMO. I play a huge amount of other Blizzard games (especially OW), so time-wise WoW isn't my main focus. Trying to keep 5 healers up-to-date sucks :p

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Thanks for compiling all this in one place. I leveled 3 alts to 110 using invasions so far. I did have some difficulty finding relics since there aren't dauntless tokens for relics.

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On 4/25/2017 at 2:19 PM, varur said:

Thanks for compiling all this in one place. I leveled 3 alts to 110 using invasions so far. I did have some difficulty finding relics since there aren't dauntless tokens for relics.

The invasions are absolutely mental for levelling alts, especially when flying is brought into it too. Shame about the dauntless relics not being there though.

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