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The Mythic ToS Progress Race: Main Thread

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All update articles from the ToS Mythic race will be added into this one.

Final Update:

Here we are in our final update of the Tier 20 Mythic Tomb of Sargeras Progress race! The top 10 has come and after 4 days of no KJ kills yesterday saw two arrive within only a couple of hours of each other. Chinese guild KeaHoarl got there first and secured the final spot of the top 10, while Limit only managed to claim 11th place and were the very first US/OC guild to down Kil'jaeden.

This marks the first time since, well, ever, that there hasn't been a US guild in the top 10 of an endboss (for 20/25/40 man), with the closest to it being Premonition with a 9th spot waaay back in Icecrown Citadel in WotLK. This top 10 is also very special in that the majority of the guilds in it are from Asia servers, with only 4 from EU, showcasing how strong the competition has gotten both from China and Korea. And so the top 10 is Method (EU), Exorsus (EU), AFK R (Korea), Alpha (China), Style War (China), ScrubBusters (EU), Memento (EU), Stars Gaming (China), Right (Korea), KeaHoarl (China).

Kil'jaden has proven to be quite a tough customer, even after the many nerfs he's received as, after 39 days of Mythic being available, only 11 guilds have managed to down him. Here a a few more kill videos, from World 6th ScrubBusters and World 7th, Memento:

 

And so we come to an end of our progress coverage for this tier, and while ToS was somewhat controversial with the issues surrounding Kil'jaeden's difficulty and Method and Exorsus' comments on them, it was a pretty good race, albeit the outcome was somewhat expected, as Method took home the win as initially predicted. The next tier takes us to Argus and Antorus: The Burning Throne, where the guilds will be facing more of the Legion, corrupted Titans and a World Soul. See you there!

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Day 33:

The race is winding down as the very top spots have been taken. In the last few days we've had 4 more guilds down Kil'jaeden after Method and Exorsus kept the kill to themselves for quite a while (Method got it 7 days before Exorsus who got it 4 days before the third guild). It took some pretty big nerfs that arrived this reset for spots 3-6 to appear, but they don't make the kills any less impressive.

First off we have Korean guild AFK R in third place, pulling a bit of an upset as most race followers were expecting Alpha to claim the bronze, but they only managed to finish up in 4th place overall and Asia 2nd. Here are both guilds' kill videos:


(The kill starts at 59 minutes.)

In 5th place we have another Chinese guild, Style War, who also got the Asia 3rd. And finally, a little earlier today ScrubBusters were the third EU guild to be done with ToS, finishing in 6th place overall.

This week also saw Exorsus GM Alveona head to reddit and express all of his issues with ToS in a pretty big post, after the harsh comments the guild's twitter made after the most recent nerfs were announced. You can check out the highlights from the reddit post here.

So, a big week for Kil'jaeden, as he's started falling at a relatively more usual pace for endbosses, now let's see how much longer it will take other guilds to finish up Mythic ToS and if we'll see even more nerfs to the big red guy. And here the top 5 image, courtesy of Method.gg.

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Day 25:

Here we are in day 25 of the race, still with no World 2nd, 6 full days after Method's WF! There are technically 22 guilds fighting for that silver medal, but the most likely to take it are Exorsus, Alpha and Style War, who've had more time on Kil'jaeden.

While Exorsus do have a 3 day advantage over the two Chinese guilds, Alpha and Style War have been going at it very hard, each racking up over 900 wipes to date. The incredible thing is that after said 900+ wipes and 11 days of tries on the final boss of the Tomb, Alpha have "only" gotten him as low as 39%, as the dark phase of the encounter is quite crazy. We don't have any info on Exorsus' progress or wipe count, but they did announce they would be taking it easier from last Saturday, so their lead may not be there at all.


You can check out the full try here. You can also check out Alpha's progress live on their stream)

A lot of people are commenting on how it's taking such a log time to get a World 2nd, but if we take a look into the (actually not that distant) past we can see that the 6 days it's taken to get a 2nd place finisher isn't that unprecedented - we only need look back to WoD and Blackrock Foundry to find Paragon taking 5 days to catch up to Method on Blackhand. We then move a bit more into the past, to the Mists of Pandaria and Throne of Thunder, for both Ra-den and Lei Shen. While Ra-den doesn't technically count due to his limited attempts, it still took 7.5 days for Blood Legion to finish up after Method's win, and the same two guilds were 5 days apart on Lei Shen.

The real target for Kil'jaeden at the moment is Firelands Ragnaros from back in Cataclysm, where Method took 7 days to clean up the raid after Paragon's World First. KJ seems poised to break that record, and we don't really have any stats for Vanilla and BC, so after another day he may indeed get another accolade to his name. We also have to mention the Lich King, again not really comparable to any of the above due to his limited attempts, but it did take For the Horde 16 days to get that silver after Paragon's win. All of the above stats are for the raids' maximum difficulties and for 20/25 man mode.

We also got some more info on Method's Kil'jaeden experience, with Justwait's stats for their progress pre and post-fixes (Y = combat time X = pull) :

Another strange factoid is that Method actually downed KJ on the same day as they did Archimonde in hellfire citadel, 2 years earlier.

So, 22 guilds at the final boss of the Mythic Tomb of Sargeras, three in serious competition for the silver medal, and Method taking a well deserved vacation from progress. Who do you think will fill out the top 3?

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Day 16:

It's official, Kil'jaeden has outlived his boss, Archimonde! Now sure, that's already happened in the lore, but this time it's progress-race canon as well. Archimonde was the holder of the "lived the longest since Cataclysm" title until just now, as his record of staying alive for 16 days has been broken by the Deceiver just a few minutes ago.

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It was Method that got the Defiler down back in Hellfire Citadel almost exactly 2 years ago and they seem poised to take down the Deceiver as well, possibly on the anniversary of Archimonde's death? The next "longest lived boss" on the list KJ might set his eyes on is Al'Akir from the Throne of the Four Winds in Cataclysm, but that particular record will almost certainly not be toppled, as the Windlord eluded death for a whopping 42 days before Paragon ended him on January 24th, 2011.

Meanwhile, we've had 4 new applicants to the Kil'jaeden killer job listing since the last time we checked in, with Chinese guild Style War getting the World 4th, Asia 2nd (with 839 wipes, in the second reset), ScrubBusters finishing off the top 5 with with their EU 3rd (and only 364 wipes - due to their more relaxed raiding schedule, the increased item level from the third reset and the videos having been released). Memento are currently in 6th/EU 4th and the most recent Avatar kill was AFK R in 7th/Asia 3rd. While it's still most likely that Method will be the ones carrying home the gold in the Tomb of Sargeras Mythic progress race, with 6 other guilds at the final boss with three resets' worth of gear, and the several nerfs/fixes Kil'jaeden has gotten over time, it's still anyone's race!

We also got Method's World First Fallen Avatar kill, featuring 5 rogues:

And that's about it for today's race update/history lesson. Big red has eluded death for now and more and more guilds are piling up on his doorstep. If you're getting really anxious about him dying, you can always check out the live coverage over at Method.gg and find out exactly when the Deceiver dies and that green bar gets filled up to the end!

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Day 14:

Today was looking to be a slow day, filled with stat comparisons between the current situation in the Tomb versus the same point in Nighthold's progression, but Chinese guild Alpha had other plans. Alpha had been going at Fallen Avatar for quite a while, having amassed over 750 wipes before this heartbreaking 0.1% wipe happened:

Normally you'd think, well, that's it, they have it and are going to down it very soon, but it wasn't quite that simple. It took them almost 100 more wipes to actually get that World 3rd, Asia first kill - a grand total of 842 tries. But get it they did and now we all get rewarded as we can actually watch Kil'jaeden progress live, as they'll be streaming it on this channel when they resume raiding. And here's the actual victory clip featuring copious nerdscreams:

After the big kill today stats seem a bit less sexy, but let's get into them anyway. We can take two different approaches to comparing ToS and Nighthold at the same stages of progress - wipe counts and actual time it took each guild to down a boss after the previous one fell. Both have issues: the wipe counts don't take into account the length of each try, so for Fallen Avatar the wipes tended to be faster since guilds could get into phase 2 and practice the hard part fairly quickly; the issue with time spent on a boss is that we can't know how much time the guilds spent actually playing in that time frame. In any case, let's take a look at the stats themselves and then everyone can decide for themselves.

Just to get an idea of where we were at this point in Nighthold, the race was basically over, at least for the top spots. We had three guilds done with the raid (Exorsus, Serenity, Method), having downed Gul'dan and another 7 that had gotten past the penultimate boss of the instance, Elisande, compared to three that have gotten to the final boss in Tomb. The actual wipe counts for Fallen Avatar look like this: Method at 453, Exorsus at 527 and, as mentioned above, Alpha at 842. We'll compare them to both Gul'dan and Elisande wipe counts, just to be thorough, but the Elisande comparison is more apt. It took Exorsus 198 wipes for Elisande and 246 for Gul'dan, while Serenity clocked in 229 and 347 and Method needed 205 and 270 for the same two. In terms of time spent from the previous boss, it took Method 5 days and 7 hours for Fallen Avatar and Exorsus needed almost exactly 8 days. In Nighthold Method took 2 days and 4 hours for Elisande and 5 days 22 hours for Gul'dan. Exorsus needed 2 days and 3 hours / 4 days 22 hours for the same.

So, it seems Fallen Avatar doesn't quite have Gul'dan beat for the No.1 guild to down him compared to the same guild's performance in NH, but pretty much beats every other statistic, and almost doubles all of the stats compared to Elisande.

We've already discussed how the top guilds feel about Kil'jaeden compared to Avatar and in general, and it's safe to assume he'll be seeing another reset and will be getting even bigger numbers than Avatar, making him the hardest and longest living boss of Legion so far, and perhaps even further back (Archimonde also lived three resets back in HFC). Some good news, however, as it seems Blizzard are indeed keeping an eye out for Kil'jaeden balance, as Sco recently tweeted this:

So, there may be some progress to be had on big red after all! In any case, the race continues and you can follow it live over on Method.gg.

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Day 12:

It's day 12 and not that much has changed since day 8, with only Exorsus having managed to power through Fallen Avatar and join Method on 8/9, even with the recent hotfix nerfing the bosses Dark MarkDark Mark ability by 25% and having it not target healers anymore. It's a little unclear as to when exactly the fix went into effect so it's possible both of this week's kills (Method's re-kill and Exorsus subsequent World 2nd) were done after said fix. It took Method 2 days to re-kill Avatar, even with the winning strategy in-hand, with Exorsus getting him only 2 hours after that. Since then it's been very quiet on the Avatar front and no other guild has managed to down him, even after 500+ wipes in the case of Asian top guild Alpha and, more importantly, no other guilds has gained access to the final boss of the Tomb, Kil'jaeden.

Now, it appears the big red fellow is getting to be a bit of a problem for both guilds currently on him, as they've had some less than flattering words to share on the matter:

And then the conversation went on to specifics, namely the soaking mechanic present on a lot of bosses:

While to some this may just sound like random complaining, remember that there wasn't any of this type of chatter back in Nighthold on Gul'dan, so there may really be something to it this time around.

In other news we've had US/OC No.1 Limit suddenly drop out of the race, as the previous bans they'd received over real-money sell runs and a few other players quitting, in addition to Fallen Avatar's difficulty and other factors seem to have put an end to their domination of the US/OC scene.

And that's about it for today, as Method and Exorsus bang their heads against Kil'jaeden's wall and around 29 other guilds try to get Fallen Avatar down, the Tomb of Sargeras might see a third reset with the final boss staying alive. There are still a couple of days for KJ to fall, but based on the guilds' tweets that doesn't seem to be likely. As always, for live and up-to-date race coverage, check out Method.gg.

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Day 8:

Let's start with a little recap for the time that's passed since the last update. When we last checked in there were only three guilds progressing on Fallen Avatar: Method, Exorsus and Limit, while today we saw over 30 on 7/9 and facing down Sargeras' old shell. The Asian guilds made quite the strides as well, as they've caught up very quickly to the top and are absolutely in competition for, at the very least the top 3, and possibly even the No.1 spot. For Maiden of Vigilance, the seventh boss in Tomb, we have 16 EU, 7 US/OC and and least 8 Asian guilds that have downed her and moved on to Avatar.

But the big news of the day, as mentioned in the title, is Method's World First kill of Fallen Avatar. This penultimate boss has lasted quite a bit longer than most, with his closest penultimate friend to have lived that long being Mannoroth back in Hellfire Citadel, who also died on the last day of the reset.

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World First Fallen Avatar Mythic by Method

It took Method 453 tries to down this behemoth and they now have the rest of the day (and night) to use their head-start on Kil'jaeden tries. With over 30 guilds still stuck on Avatar, let's see just how much better Method really are and how long it's going to take the next in line to push through.

As usual, if you want to follow the race live and get all the updates as they come in, head on over to Method.gg's progress coverage.

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Day 3:

Here we are in day 3 of the race, which saw a very large number of Sisters of the Moon and Desolate Host kills, as well as a brand new World First! As expected Method continued their dominance, but Exorsus caught up a little faster this time, with Limit just recently getting to 7/9.

The very first major kill of the day was a World First, as Method got up early and downed Maiden of Vigilance around 11 AM CEST, presumably starting earlier, presumably because they found out they just needed a few more tries the day before. This brought them to 7/9 and to the Fallen Avatar who, if tuning went to plan, should prove a much more significant obstacle than all the bosses so far, as Blizzard usually tune the final two bosses with the very top guilds in mind.

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Maiden of Vigilance Mythic World First. Another quality killshot by Method.

We then had a big Asia server update, as EN and ToV regional champions A Stars took home two more Asia firsts, with Sisters of the Moon and Desolate Host, and the latter was also a World 7th kill. Not long after that, Maiden of Vigilance fell again, with Exorsus not letting go of Method's tail and catching up to the top a little faster than they did with Mistress Sassz'ine. Korean guild AFK R took home the Asia 2nd, World 8th on the Host, with Chinese guild KeaHoarl following soon thereafter.

Then it was time for some serious Desolation of the Host, as 14 guilds downed him after the Asian contingent was done. And, as usual, a very late addition to the rankings, Limit proved once again they're the No.1 US/OC guild as they pulled away from the pack even further and joined the top two on 7/9, earning the Maiden of Vigilance World 3rd, US/OC first. Not to be outdone by Limit's lateness, Easy didn't let the leading US guild get too far ahead as they downed Mistress Sassz'ine around an hour and a half after Limit's Maiden kill, putting them all alone in that 6/9 spot.

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World third, US/OC first Maiden of Vigilance Mythic by Limit

And so day 3 ended and there should be a bit of a lull in the next few days (hopefully), as Avatar holds back Method, Exorsus and Limit - allowing Kil'jaeden to live to the next reset. For now we have three guilds on 7/9, only one on 6/9, 23 on 5/9, 18(ish, not quite sure how many Chinese guilds actually downed the bosses from this point on) on 4/9, 279 on 3/9, 141 on 2/9 and 337 with only poor Goroth down. As usual, if you want to follow the race live and get all the updates as they come in, head on over to Method.gg's progress coverage.

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Day 2 aka EU day:

After a very late fifth boss kill by Big Dumb Guild yesterday to bring US day to a close, EU servers came up and Exorsus went straight in to grab some early Mythic kills, knowing that the first bosses were a cakewalk and could be done before Heroic splits. Method and Nova had the same idea, with the three guilds sticking together until 3/9, quickly joined by Pieces as well. It took Exorsus a couple of hours to get to that 4/9 and Sisters of the Moon kill, with Method getting there mere minutes later.

This was when Method kicked things into gear, as they broke away from the pack and grabbed the World 2nd, EU first Desolate Host kill, making them even with the leaders from Day 1, Big Dumb Guild. Exorsus soon followed suit with the World 3rd. After the two 5/9s there was a pretty big break, with some guilds going for Heroics as they didn't have any information on the next boss from the previous day. We got to see all of Big Dumb Guild's World Firsts kills through VoDs of their streams and Method also released their first two kills as well (you can check them out over here).

Over 5 hours after their Desolate Host kill, Method took the lead in the race, downing Mistress Sassz'ine World First and climbing to 6/9. We can safely say that she was the first even mild test of the top guilds' abilities, as only one other guild has even killed her so far. As usual, in all the excitement Method forgot to take a killshot, so they had to improvise:

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World First Mistress Sassz'ine Mythic by Method

Pieces and Nova were the next guilds to climb to 4/9, while getting the Eu 3rd and 4th, making it 7 guilds in total with Desolate Host ahead of them. The next big piece of action was when Pieces and Easy both downed the Desolate Host, in under a minute from each other, with Pieces getting the upper hand and the World 4th. Exorsus finally caught back up to the top, getting the Mistress Sassz'ine kill a full 7+ hours after Method. So the two favorites ended the day on top, together, with Method seemingly having a significant lead. We then had yet another US guild grab a big kill at the very end of the day, with Limit deciding to skip Desolate Host and head straight to Mistress Sassz'ine and claiming the World third and US first on her, positioning themselves at 5/9.

The final piece of news for day 2 of the race was that the Asia servers came up and we had a brand new contender, with Chinese guild Qidi getting 3 Asia first kills very quickly on the usual suspects bosses. The other top Asian guilds are still doing Heroic splits and will be getting into the race soon, and they might pose a real threat to Method and Exorsus if the race lasts log enough.

As we head into day 3 it remains to be seen if Kil'jaeden will be the only survivor at the end of the day, or if Maiden of Vigilance and Fallen Avatar can hang on for a while longer. As always, for live updates head on over to Method.gg's progress coverage!

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First 5 Mythoc ToS boss kill videos.

Day 1 aka US Day:

Day one of the Tomb of Sargeras Mythic progress race didn't exactly go as expected, as only four bosses died while the US and OC guilds had the run of the place. And even so, only two guilds managed to end the day on 4/9, but let's start at the beginning, shall we.

Only two guilds went into the Tomb early, almost as soon as it opened up this week, and for the majority of the day it was a race between Easy and Big Dumb Guild. The first kill of the day came around 2 hours after maintenance concluded and it was Easy that broke into the Tomb first, with BDG only 5 minutes behind. After Goroth they parted ways, as they both went on to down different bosses, again within only 10 minutes of each other, with Easy going for the Demonic Inquisition and BDG for Harjatan.

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World First Mythic Harjatan by Big Dumb Guild                    World First Mythic Demonic Inquisiton by Easy

That's where the lead started to form for Big Dumb Guild, as they downed Demonic Inquisition a good half hour before Easy ended Harjatan for that 3/9. From there BDG had it pretty much in hand with a solid lead, but what we didn't expect was that it would take so long until the next kill. It was only two guilds downing stuff in Mythic ToS for a long time, but we got a third an hour after Easy got to 3/9, with Benched joining the Goroth killing club and moving on to 2/9 before anyone else downed the first boss.

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World First Mythic Sisters of the Moon by Big Dumb Guild

It ended up taking Big Dumb Guild 4 hours to down Sisters of the Moon and get that first 4/9 on the board, after which they rewarded themselves by going to do Heroic splits. The fourth guild to pop up on the scoreboard was Instant Dollars, closely followed by Limit, who were done with their splits and were about to steamroll through right to the top. Easy couldn't get Sisters down in time, at least not before Limit whizzed past everyone and got to 3/9 within 30 or so minutes of entering the raid, and becoming the only other guild to down Sisters of the Moon 3 hours after that.

A lot more guilds had entered the race at this point, as the evening raiding teams came in, and the ranks quickly started to fill up. At the moment only Big Dumb Guild and Limit have gotten past Sisters and to 4/9, so it seems Mistress Sassz'ine is the first really big roadblock of the raid, even though Sisters seemed quite a big step up from the first three bosses. In the end it is a little surprising to see only four bosses go down on US day, as many people were expecting even a 7 boss clear. To compare, on the first day of Nighthold we saw 6 bosses die, and even with the 1 boss deficit ToS has, it seems significantly harder - at least for the US/OC guilds so far. Currently there are 19 guilds on 3/9, 8 on 2/9 and 26 with only Goroth down.

The EU maintenance has ended already, but the top guilds will be running Heroic splits before heading into Mythic, however we can still expect quite a lot of kills today from the EU side. Let's see if Sassz'ine is really as tough as she appears to be!

As always, for live coverage of the race head on over to Method.gg/raidprogress.

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Day 0 / Preview:

Here we are again, in another Mythic progress race, and this time we're up to Tier 20! The Tomb of Sargeras opened a week ago today and now its Mythic version is live as well, for US and OC guilds at least. The World Firsts will come pouring in soon enough, with many bosses dying today and we'll have coverage of all the action right here (and in separate roundup posts). But first, let's take a look at what the situation is in the world of high-end progress raiding as there were many changes during and after Nighthold.

The end of Tier 19 was a tough one for the progress race, as we lost many guilds either during or right after Nighthold. The various guilds that did quit the race had different reasons for doing it, whether it was the difficulty of the raid itself, not reaching their intended goals, the increased demands on raiders to be extra prepared with artifact traits, legendaries and the many alts they have to have to be competitive, or just the usual burn out after a long time raiding. In any case, we lost quite a few top guilds going into Tomb of Sargeras, the most prominent being EU guilds Serenity (the silver medalist in NH), From Scratch (No.4 in NH), Danish Terrace (No.9 in NH) and US guilds Midwinter (one of the oldest US raiding teams) and SNF (3 World Firsts in NH), both of whom actually stopped serious raiding before the end of Nighthold. You can read more on each guild's quitting in the links above.

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Serenity's World First Elisande killshot

So we come to Tier 20 and the Tomb, with an assumption of Method, who took in several ex-Serenity raiders, and the reigning champions Exorsus as the favorites to take home the gold, but there's also a lot of new blood to be found in both the EU and US - major shakeups like this often lead to new faces showing up, with that many top players getting displaced. Future is one of the new guilds to make an appearance, with some ex-Serenity players on the EU side, while OC guild Entropy (US/OC No.2) merged with Lotion to form Ego, and there are still plenty of dark horses out there ready to show their mettle.

The final factor going into this race is the Chinese guilds, who didn't have a very strong placement in Nighthold as they skipped a few days of progress due to the Chinese New year celebrations that coincided with the first week of the race. So with them coming out in full force for Tomb, there may be some serious competition at the top, that is if the raid lasts a while, as they have a 1 day deficit vs. EU and 2 days vs. US/OC.

That's about it for this intro, I hope you're now (generally) up to speed with the upcoming race, now let's hang back and wait for those World Firsts to come in! We'll have daily updates (as well as additional ones if something really big happens) and you can check out the live coverage of the race over at Method.gg for up to the minute updates!

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24 minutes ago, Calysia said:

Am I the only one who doesn't really care about this any longer?

You're certainly not the only one to not care about WoW's wf race, but enough of a little annoying shit to come here, a wf race coverage, to post this.

It's like going to a show complaining you hate this musician. Why are you here?

inb4 lame excuse

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42 minutes ago, Calysia said:

Am I the only one who doesn't really care about this any longer?

Out of the over 7 billion people that lives on this planet? No, you are never alone in whatever thought you have but there may be those that do care and are interested and a comment like that is extremely pointless and slightly condecending. Not to mention pretty damn rude towards the author of an article that have taken quite a bit of time to research and create so please, if you're really not interested, don't read and move on.

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I don't care about the race, I do care a bit about the scene. I think it's interesting to see what happens in top raiding guilds during each new raid. Nighthold was kinda detrimental to a bunch of guilds so it's good to see some new faces coming up again. I don't particularly enjoy watching the race step by step but I do enjoy reading recaps after the top 5 or so cleared it.

 

one day I will be among one of those guilds, when I have less crap irl

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I guess i can do some limited updates here in the comments, yea as Maerlim, the ever tactful, said, 3 bosses down, Big Dumb Guild is in the lead and Easy are second on 2/9. They seem to be the only two going at it at this point.

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50 minutes ago, Shine said:

I don't care about the race, I do care a bit about the scene. I think it's interesting to see what happens in top raiding guilds during each new raid. Nighthold was kinda detrimental to a bunch of guilds so it's good to see some new faces coming up again. I don't particularly enjoy watching the race step by step but I do enjoy reading recaps after the top 5 or so cleared it.

 

one day I will be among one of those guilds, when I have less crap irl

Me too. When I am 65, living off my retirement, and no longer have the work the grind, I can dedicate my full attention to raiding for world firsts. Figure we will be in tier 130 or so by then  ;)

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13 minutes ago, Sharknad0 said:

Me too. When I am 65, living off my retirement, and no longer have the work the grind, I can dedicate my full attention to raiding for world firsts. Figure we will be in tier 130 or so by then  ;)

Better train those reflexes if they're gonna be workable in your sixties!

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39 minutes ago, Starym said:

Better train those reflexes if they're gonna be workable in your sixties!

By then, you won't need your hands. Computers will be controlled telepathically ;)

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yeah and the whole game is just some virtual reality world that we all spend so much time in that we forget to eat and die

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1 minute ago, Shine said:

yeah and the whole game is just some virtual reality world that we all spend so much time in that we forget to eat and die

So it's a VR world where you sit at your computer playing a then 40 year old game? Perfect!

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      Final Verdict (level 15 talent) removed. Greater Judgment is now a level 15 talent (was 30). Consecration is now a level 60 talent (was 15). Righteous Verdict is a new level 15 talent. Blade of Wrath is now a level 30 talent (up from 60). Zeal (level 30 talent) removed. Hammer of Wrath is now a level 30 talent. Virtue's Blade (level 60 talent) removed,  Divine Vengeance is a new level 60 talent. Wake of Ashes moved to level 60 (was previously a level 100 talent). Divine Hammer (level 60 talent removed). Inquisition is a new level 100 talent. Latest Talents
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Greater Judgment Righteous Verdict *new* Execution Sentence 30 The Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath *new* 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Divine Vengeance *new* Consecration Wake of Ashes *new* 75 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Eye for an Eye 90 Judgment of Light Justicar's Vengeance Word of Glory 100 Divine Purpose Crusade Inquisition *new* Shaman
      Elemental
      Spirit Wolf moved to level 30 talents (up from 45). Aftershock moved to level 60 talents (down from 30). Elemental Mastery (level 30 talent) was renamed to Master of the Elements and moved to level 60 talents. Earth Shield is now a level 30 talent (up from 45). Volcanic Rage (level 30 talent) removed. Static Charge moved to level 30 talents (up from 45). Echo of the Elements is now a level 45 talent (up from 60). Elemental Blast is now a level 45 talent (up from 60) Icefury is now a level 45 talent. Liquid Magma Totem moved to level 45 talents (was 90). Electric Discharge (level 100 talent) renamed to Elemental Attunement. Latest Talents
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Earthen Rage Molten Fury *new* Totem Mastery 30 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 45 Echo of the Elements *new* Elemental Blast *new* Icefury *new* 60 Aftershock Storm Elemental Liquid Magma Totem 75 Nature's Guardian Seismic Armor *new* Ancestral Guidance 90 High Voltage *new* Primal Elementalist Master of the Elements 100 Elemental Attunement *new* Stormkeeper Ascendance Warlock
      Demonology
      Overloaded (level 60 talent) renamed to Raging Imps. Warrior
      Arms
      Unbridled Wrath (level 75 talent removed) > Coming Soon. Previous Talent Changes
      Alpha Build 26032 Talent Changes Alpha Build 25976 Talent Changes
    • By Stan

      An early overview of class changes in Battle for Azeroth.
      The post covers changes to talent trees and new abilities in Battle for Azeroth.
      It's time to look at Class changes in Battle for Azeroth!
      Note: This is a very early preview and anything is subject to change at any time during testing.
      Last update: February 13, 2018: Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26032 Talent Changes
      CHANGELOG Alpha Build 26032 Talent Changes Alpha Build 25976 Talent Changes Table of Contents 
      Class Design Philosophy Death Knight Demon Hunter Druid Hunter Mage Monk Paladin Priest Rogue Shaman Warlock Warrior Class Design Philosophy in Battle for Azeroth 
      In the latest Watercooler, Blizzard talked about the philosophy and approach to class design in Battle for Azeroth. The goal is to promote what makes each class unique, improve visuals, and greater stability across the board. The overall talent system will remain relatively unchanged, but some specializations are subject to big talent changes (Survival Hunter). Artifact weapons will be gone and getting rid of Artifact traits produces a complex set of decisions about how to adjust the base classes to play well in their absence. Some Artifact talents have been baked into talents. For example Fire Mage's Artifact trait Phoenix's Flames (Felo'melorn) is a level 60 talent (Phoenix Flames) in Battle for Azeroth.
      In the latest Q/A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas we learned that many raid-wide spells and crowd control abilities are returning in Battle for Azeroth. The goal is to promote a wide diversity of class and spec representation and reduce homogenization. As seen below, Survival Hunters got a lot of new talents in the first build of BfA. One of the reasons for the overhaul was class fantasy. It's strange when a Survival Hunter suddently forgets how to use a bow at level 10.
      Enhancement Shamans are getting their totems back! Totem Mastery is a new talent available at level 15 and Windfury Totem at 75. Arms Warriors got a new mastery (Mastery: Deep Wounds) and more!
      Below is an early preview of *new* abilities & talents added in Patch 8.0.1 Build 25902. Some specializations are still missing talents (N/A).
      Death Knight [Return to Top]
      Death's Advance - baseline ability available at level 55 Thoughtseize (NYI) - new baseline ability available at level 73 Blood
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 56 Heartbreaker Bloodworms Blooddrinker 57 Rapid Decomposition Heart of Ice Spectral Deflection (NYI/TBD) 58 Ossuary Anti-Magic Barrier Blood Tap 60 Mark of Blood Red Thirst Tombstone 75 Tightening Grasp Tremble Before Me March of the Damned 90 Will of the Necropolis Rune Tap Foul Bulwark 100 Bonestorm Blood Mirror Purgatory Frost
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 56 Runic Attenuation Icy Talons Shattering Strikes 57 Freezing Fog Murderous Efficiency Horn of Winter 58 Icecap Avalanche Glacial Advance 60 Abomination's Might Winter is Coming Blinding Sleet 75 Permafrost Volatile Shielding Inexorable Assault 90 Gathering Storm Frozen Pulse Frostscythe 100 Hungering Rune Weapon Obliteration Breath of Sindragosa Unholy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 56 Ebon Fever Bursting Sores All Will Serve 57 Pestilent Pustules Epidemic Blighted Rune Weapon 58 Unholy Frenzy Castigator Clawing Shadows 60 Debilitating Infestation Sludge Belcher Asphyxiate 75 Lingering Apparition Spell Eater Corpse Shield 90 Shadow Infusion Necrosis Infected Claws 100 Dark Arbiter Defile Soul Reaper Demon Hunter [Return to Top]
      Chaos Brand - new baseline passive available at level 100 Havoc
      Chaos Strike (Havoc passive) New Talents
      Immolation Aura (level 100) Insatiable Hunger (level 100) Fel Barrage (level 102) Trail of Ruin (level 102) Cycle of Hatred (level 106) Dark Slash (level 106) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 99 Blind Fury Demonic Appetite Felblade 100 Insatiable Hunger *new* Demon Blades Immolation Aura *new* 102 Trail of Ruin *new* Fel Mastery Fel Barrage *new* 104 Soul Rending Desperate Instincts Netherwalk 106 Cycle of Hatred *new* First Blood Dark Slash *new* 108 Unleashed Power Master of the Glaive Fel Eruption 110 Demonic Momentum Nemesis Vengeance
      New Talents
      Charred Flesh (level 102) Fracture (level 104) Gluttony (level 108) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 99 Abyssal Strike Agonizing Flames Razor Spikes 100 Feast of Souls Fallout Burning Alive 102 Flame Crash Charred Flesh *new* Felblade 104 Soul Rending Feed the Demon Fracture *new* 106 Concentrated Sigils Sigil of Chains Quickened Sigils 108 Gluttony *new* Fel Devastation Spirit Bomb 110 Last Resort Void Reaver *new* Soul Barrier Druid [Return to Top]
      Soothe - baseline available at level 60 Hibernate - new baseline ability available at level 66 Balance
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Starlord Warrior of Elune Force of Nature 30 Tiger Dash Renewal Wild Charge 45 Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity Restoration Affinity 60 Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Typhoon 75 Soul of the Forest Stellar Flare Incarnation: Chosen of Elune 90 Shooting Stars Blessing of the Ancients Astral Communion 100 Nature's Balance Stellar Drift Fury of Elune Feral
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Blood Scent Predator Lunar Inspiration 30 Tiger Dash Renewal Wild Charge 45 Balance Affinity Guardian Affinity Restoration Affinity 60 Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Typhoon 75 Soul of the Forest Jagged Wounds Incarnation: King of the Jungle 90 Sabertooth Brutal Slash Savage Roar 100 Moment of Clarity Bloodtalons Elune's Guidance Guardian
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Brambles Blood Frenzy Bristling Fur 30 Tiger Dash Intimidating Roar Wild Charge 45 Balance Affinity Feral Affinity Restoration Affinity 60 Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Typhoon 75 Soul of the Forest Galactic Guardian Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc 90 Earthwarden Survival of the Fittest Guardian of Elune 100 Pulverize Lunar Beam Rend and Tear Restoration
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Abundance Prosperity Cenarion Ward 30 Tiger Dash Renewal Wild Charge 45 Balance Affinity Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity 60 Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Typhoon 75 Soul of the Forest Cultivation Incarnation: Tree of Life 90 Inner Peace Stonebark Spring Blossoms 100 Moment of Clarity Germination Flourish Hunter [Return to Top]
      Beast Mastery
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Big Game Hunter Way of the Cobra Dire Beast 30 Dire Stable One with the Pack Chimaera Shot 45 Trailblazer Posthaste Farstrider 60 Venomous Bite *new* Thrill of the Hunt *new* A Murder of Crows 75 Binding Shot Wyvern Sting Intimidation 90 Stomp Barrage Stampede 100 Killer Cobra Aspect of the Beast Spitting Cobra Marksmanship
      Lone Wolf is now baseline for Marksmanship Hunters Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Careful Aim *new* Precise Shots *new* A Murder of Crows 30 Bombardment *new* Volley *new* Explosive Shot 45 Trailblazer Swiftwind *new* Camouflage 60 Streamline *new* Steady Focus Hunter's Mark *new* 75 Natural Mending *new* Posthaste Binding Shot 90 Lethal Shots *new* Rapid Killing *new* Barrage 100 Calling the Shots *new* Lock and Load Piercing Shot Survival
      New Abilities
      Kill Command Wildfire Bomb Serpent Sting Aspect of the Eagle Kill Command (Rank 2 passive available at level 50) Disengage (Rank 2 passive available at level 95) New Mastery
      Mastery: Spirit Bond Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 N/A Terms of Engagement *new* Flanking Strike *new* 30 Guerrilla Tactics *new* Hydra's Bite *new* Butchery 45 Trailblazer Posthaste Camouflage 60 Bloodseeker *new* Steel Trap A Murder of Crows 75 Born to Be Wild *new* Intimidation Binding Shot *new* 90 Tip of the Spear *new* Mongoose Bite *new* Arctic Bola *new* 100 Birds of Prey *new* Primal Instincts *new* Chakrams *new* Mage [Return to Top]
      Arcane Intellect is back Arcane
      New Talents
      Mana Adept (level 15) Rule of Threes (NYI) (level 15) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Rule of Threes (NYI) *new* Mana Adept *new* Arcane Familiar 30 Mana Shield Shimmer Slipstream 45 Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Rune of Power 60 Resonance Charged Up Supernova 75 Chrono Shift Ice Ward Ring of Frost 90 Erosion Unstable Magic Nether Tempest 100 Overpowered Temporal Flux Arcane Orb Fire
      New Talents
      Phoenix Flames (level 60) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Firestarter Pyromaniac Conflagration 30 Blazing Soul Shimmer Blast Wave 45 Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Rune of Power 60 Flame On Alexstrasza's Fury Phoenix Flames *new* 75 Frenetic Speed Ice Ward Ring of Frost 90 Flame Patch Unstable Magic Living Bomb 100 Kindling Cinderstorm Meteor Frost
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Bone Chilling Lonely Winter Ray of Frost 30 Glacial Insulation Shimmer Ice Floes 45 Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Rune of Power 60 Frozen Touch Splitting Ice Ice Nova 75 Frigid Winds Ice Ward Ring of Frost 90 Arctic Gale Unstable Magic Frost Bomb 100 Thermal Void Glacial Spike Comet Storm Monk [Return to Top]
      Leg Sweep is now baseline available at level 60 Brewmaster
      New Talents
      Tiger Tail Sweep (level 60 talent) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust 45 Black Ox Brew Gift of the Mists Light Brewing 60 Ring of Peace Summon Black Ox Statue Tiger Tail Sweep *new* 75 Healing Elixir Mystic Vitality Dampen Harm 90 Special Delivery Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox 100 Elusive Dance Blackout Combo High Tolerance Mistweaver
      New Talents
      Tiger Tail Sweep (level 60 talent) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Zen Pulse Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust 45 Spirit of the Crane Mist Wrap Lifecycles 60 Ring of Peace Song of Chi-Ji Tiger Tail Sweep *new* 75 Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm 90 Summon Jade Serpent Statue Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane 100 Mana Tea Focused Thunder Rising Thunder Windwalker
      Ring of Peace is available at level 60 New Talents
      Combo Breaker (level 60) Fist of the White Tiger (level 60) Tornado Kicks (level 60) Inner Strength (level 75) Rushing Jade Wind (level 90) Wind Strikes (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Healing Elixir Tiger's Lust 45 Ascension Power Strikes Energizing Elixir 60 Tornado Kicks *new* Combo Breaker *new* Fist of the White Tiger *new*
      75 Inner Strength *new* Chi Torpedo Diffuse Magic 90 Hit Combo Rushing Jade Wind *new* Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger 100 Wind Strikes *new* Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Paladin  [Return to Top]
      Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Bestow Faith Light's Hammer Crusader's Might 30 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Rule of Law 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Devotion Aura Aura of Sacrifice Aura of Mercy 75 Divine Purpose Holy Avenger Holy Prism 90 Judgment of Light Sanctified Wrath Fervent Martyr 100 Beacon of Faith Beacon of the Lightbringer Beacon of Virtue Protection
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Holy Shield Blessed Hammer Consecrated Hammer 30 First Avenger Bastion of Light Crusader's Judgment 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Blessing of Spellwarding Cavalier Retribution Aura 75 Hand of the Protector Knight Templar Final Stand 90 Judgment of Light Consecrated Ground Aegis of Light 100 Righteous Protector Seraphim Last Defender Retribution
      New Talents
      Wake of Ashes (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Greater Judgment Righteous Verdict *new* Execution Sentence 30 The Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath *new* 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Divine Vengeance *new* Consecration Wake of Ashes *new* 75 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Eye for an Eye 90 Judgment of Light Justicar's Vengeance Word of Glory 100 Divine Purpose Crusade Inquisition *new* Priest [Return to Top]
      Power Word: Fortitude is back Discipline
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Castigation Twist of Fate Schism 30 Perseverance Body and Soul Masochism 45 Power Word: Solace Shield Discipline Mindbender 60 Psychic Voice Shining Force Dominant Mind 75 Sanctuary Clarity of Will Shadow Covenant 90 Purge the Wicked Divine Star Halo 100 Power Infusion Grace Evangelism Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Enlightenment Trail of Light Enduring Renewal 30 Angelic Feather Perseverance Body and Mind 45 Light of the Naaru Guardian Angel Afterlife 60 Psychic Voice *new* Shining Force Censure 75 Surge of Light Binding Heal Circle of Healing 90 Benediction Divine Star Halo 100 Cosmic Ripple *new* Apotheosis Holy Word: Salvation *new* Shadow
      Leap of Faith is available at level 63 New Talents
      Dark Void (level 45) Last Word (level 60) Void Torrent (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Fortress of the Mind Shadowy Insight Shadow Word: Void 30 Mania Body and Soul San'layn 45 Dark Void *new* Misery Twist of Fate 60 Last Word *new* Mind Bomb Psychic Horror 75 Auspicious Spirits Shadow Word: Death Shadow Crash 90 Lingering Insanity Mindbender Power Infusion 100 Legacy of the Void Void Torrent *new* Surrender to Madness Rogue [Return to Top]
      Assassination
      New Talents
      Master Assassin (level 30) Poison Bomb (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Dispatch 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Master Assassin *new* 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Leeching Poison Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Internal Bleeding Iron Wire Prey on the Weak 90 Venom Rush Toxic Blade Exsanguinate 100 Poison Bomb *new* Crimson Tempest Marked for Death Outlaw
      Grappling Hook is now an ability that does not have a level requirement listed. New Talents
      Retractable Hook (level 30) Blinding Powder (level 75) Loaded Dice (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Swordmaster Quick Draw Ghostly Strike 30 Acrobatic Strikes Retractable Hook *new* Hit and Run 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Iron Stomach Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Dirty Tricks Blinding Powder *new* Prey on the Weak 90 Alacrity Cannonball Barrage Killing Spree 100 Loaded Dice *new* Slice and Dice Marked for Death Subtlety
      New Talents
      Shot in the Dark (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Weaponmaster Find Weakness Gloomblade 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Shadow Focus 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Soothing Darkness Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Shot in the Dark *new* Strike from the Shadows Prey on the Weak 90 Dark Shadow Alacrity Enveloping Shadows 100 Master of Shadows Death from Above Marked for Death Shaman [Return to Top]
      Tremor Totem is baseline at level 58 Capacitor Totem is baseline at level 44 Elemental
      Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Abilities
      Epicenter - passive available at level 13 Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Talents
      Molten Fury (level 15) Volcanic Rage (level 30) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Seismic Armor (level 75) High Voltage (level 90) Electric Discharge (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Earthen Rage Molten Fury *new* Totem Mastery 30 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 45 Echo of the Elements *new* Elemental Blast *new* Icefury *new* 60 Aftershock Storm Elemental Liquid Magma Totem 75 Nature's Guardian Seismic Armor *new* Ancestral Guidance 90 High Voltage *new* Primal Elementalist Master of the Elements 100 Elemental Attunement *new* Stormkeeper Ascendance Enhancement
      New Talents
      Totem Mastery (level 15) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Elemental Spirits (level 75) Windfury Totem (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Landslide Hot Hand Totem Mastery *new* 30 Ancestral Guidance Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 60 Ancestral Swiftness Hailstorm Lightning Shield 75 Elemental Spirits *new* Overcharge Windfury Totem *new* 90 Crashing Storm Fury of Air Sundering 100 Boulderfist Earthen Spike Ascendance Restoration
      New Talents
      Spirit Wolf (level 45) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Undulation Unleash Life Torrent 30 Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earthgrab Totem Static Charge *new* 60 Crashing Waves Earth Shield Deluge 75 Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Wall Totem Ancestral Vigor 90 Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements 100 High Tide Wellspring Ascendance Warlock [Return to Top]
      Shadowfury - is available at level 60 Affliction
      New Talents
      Deathbolt (level 15) Shadow Embrace (level 15) Empowered Healthstone (level 75) Darkfury (level 75 talent) Creeping Death (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shadow Embrace *new* Haunt Deathbolt *new* 30 Writhe in Agony Absolute Corruption Death's Embrace 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Sow the Seeds Phantom Singularity Soul Harvest 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Nightfall N/A Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Creeping Death *new* Siphon Life Demonology
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Demonic Calling Fel Strike *new* Doom *new* 30 Riders *new* Power Siphon *new* Summon Vilefiend *new* 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Raging Imps *new* Demonic Strength *new* Biliescourge Bombers *new* 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Grimoire of Synergy Demonic Consumption *new* Grimoire of Service 100 Inner Demons *new* Soul Conduit  Nether Portal *new* Destruction
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eradication Flashover *new* Soul Fire 30 Reverse Entropy *new* Internal Combustion Shadowburn 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Fire and Brimstone Cataclysm Hellfire 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Roaring Blaze Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Channel Demonfire Dark Soul *new* Warrior [Return to Top]
      Battle Shout returns at level 42 Arms
      New Abilities
      Sweeping Strikes - available at level 22 New Mastery
      Mastery: Deep Wounds (Deep Wounds) New Talents
      Skullsplitter (level 15) War Machine (level 15) Unbridled Wrath (level 75) Warbreaker (level 75) Deadly Calm (level 90) Mortal Combo (level 90) Dreadnaught (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine *new* Sudden Death Skullsplitter *new* 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new* Storm Bolt 45 Trauma Rend Avatar 60 Second Wind Bounding Stride Defensive Stance 75 Coming Soon Warbreaker *new* Cleave 90 Mortal Combo *new* Fervor of Battle Deadly Calm *new* 100 Anger Management Dreadnaught *new* Ravager Fury
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine Endless Rage Fresh Meat 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new Storm Bolt 45 Wrecking Ball Outburst Avatar 60 Furious Charge Bounding Stride Warpaint 75 Carnage Massacre Frothing Berserker 90 Frenzy Inner Rage Bloodbath 100 Reckless Abandon Dragon Roar Bladestorm Protection
      New Abilities
      Ignore Pain - available at level 40 Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shockwave Storm Bolt Warbringer 30 Safeguard Inspiring Presence Impending Victory 45 Renewed Fury Best Served Cold Avatar 60 Warlord's Challenge Bounding Stride Crackling Thunder 75 Indomitable Devastator Never Surrender 90 Into the Fray Booming Voice Vengeance 100 Anger Management Heavy Repercussions Ravager
    • By Starym

       
      And there we have it, the very first Mythic +28 dungeon has been completed in time! This time around it's the Naowhxoxo, Imbanane, Fragnance, Frankstér and Gingì team that's made a new record, getting to +28 in Lower Karazhan! It was Bursting, Quaking and Fortified week in case you were wondering and they finished exactly 2 minutes and 59 seconds before the timer expired.
      Huge congrats to the team!
      Here's the clip of the moment of victory and the full video below it:



      And here are the main stats, courtesy of raider.io. Click on the image for even more:

      Source.
    • By Stan

      Alpha Build 26095 added totems for the upcoming Zandari Trolls.
      Here are totems of Zandalari Troll Shamans coming in Battle for Azeroth. We'll have a preview of the race up soon. In the meantime you can check out highlights of this week's Alpha Build here or read the latest development notes.
      Air Totem

      Earth Totem

      Fire Totem

      Water Totem

    • By Stan

      A preview of boss encounters found within Uldir - the first raid in Battle for Azeroth. The article contains spoilers.
      The raid was a titan research and quarantine facility, where titans were conducting experiments on Old Gods, creating G'huun. Blood Trolls of Nazmir worship the Blood God and you'll notice his lingering presence in the zone. Let's take a look at early Dungeon Journal entries for Uldir!
      Encounters
      Titan Keeper Hezrel Red Queen Fetid Devourer Titan Discs Blood of G'huun G'huun Titan Keeper Hezrel 
      No information available at this time.
      Red Queen (Red Queen & Remnants of Corruption) 

      Description
      The Red Queen will not allow adventurers into Uldim until they have been cleansed of corruption. First, they must pass through her decontamination chamber.
      Abilities
      Defense Grid (Important) - Passing through the Defense Grid inflicts 12,000 Arcane damage to all players and increases damage taken from Defense Grid by 100% for 6 sec. This effect stacks. Additionally, a Remnant of Corruption is summoned after 3 sec. Remnant of Corruption Clinging Corruption (Interruptible) - Spreads a vile, clinging corruption to players within 10 yds, inflicting 10,000 Nature damage and an additional 5,000 Nature damage every 1 sec for 5 sec. Cleansing Purge (Deadly) - Upon entering a room, the Red Queen begins a countdown to performing a full cleansing purge of all living matter within the space. Once the room has been purged it inflicts 30,000 Fire damage every 1 sec to players within. Sundering Scalpel (Tank Alert) - The caster slices with a focused laser scalpel, inflicting 30,000 Fire damage in a cone in front of them, and increasing damage taken by Sundering Scalpel by 100%. This effect stacks. Purifying Flame - Vents within the chamber unleash jets of purifying flame, each inflicting 20,000 Fire damage to all enemies within 3 yards. Wind Tunnel - Massive air vents throughout the chamber open, moving players towards jets of Purifying Flame. Fetid Devourer 

      Overview
      Fetid Devourer engages players, storing up energy over time to unleash Rotting Regurgitation.
      Periodically, Waste Disposal units around the room will activate, dumping waste into the room and leaving behind Corruption Corpuscles. Players must kill these before they release Enticing Essence, or Fetid Devourer will move to them and Consume Corruption, healing and gaining energy.
      At 50% health, Fetid Devourer will enter into a Fetid Frenzy.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Corruption Corpuscles before they finish releasing Enticing Essence. When Chimaera nears 100 energy, prepare to avoid Rotting Regurgitation. Healers
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage, and the secondary tank will take intermittent, high damage from Terrible Thrash. Be sure the secondary tank is near full health when Terrible Thrash is coming. After players affected with Malodorous Miasma, they will develop Deadly Disease, which inflicts high damage and requires focused healing. Tanks
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage. As the secondary tank, stand nearby the primary tank so that you are targeted by Terrible Thrash, and be prepared for large spikes of damage when it hits. Abilities
      Thrashing Terror (Tank Alert) - Every fourth attack, Fetid Devourer will use Thrash on the closest player to the current tank. Terrible Thrash (Tank Alert) - Thrashes the target, inflicting 300% of a standard melee attack to them. Rotting Regurgitation - When Fetid Devourer reaches 100 Energy, he unleashes a Rotting Regurgitation, inflicting 21,400 Nature damage immediately and an additional 10,700 Nature damage every 2 sec. in a cone in front of him for 8 sec. Shockwave Stomp - Inflicts 10,025 Physical damage to all players and knocks them back. Malodorous Miasma (Healer Alert) - The foul stench of the area sickens players, inflicting 3,210 Nature damage to afflicted players every 1.5 sec. for 18 sec. When this effect expires, it applies Deadly Disease to the affected player. Deadly Disease (Healer Alert) - Inflicts 12,000 Nature damage every 2 sec. for 6 sec. Corruption Corpuscle Enticing Essence - Releases pheromones, drawing Fetid Devourer to consume the Corruption Corpuscle. Consume Corruption - Consumes a Corruption Corpuscle, healing Fetid Devourer for 10% and granting 20 Energy. Fetid Frenzy (Important) - At 50% Health, Fetid Devourer frenzies, increasing damage dealt by 25% and damage taken by 50%. Titan Discs (Zol'thuum the Forgotten, Qiraji Warrior, Anub'ar Voidweaver) 

      Overview
      Zol'thuum assaults players while the compromised Titan Discs come online, calling forth powerful Old God magics and summoning their lesser servants. As new Titan Discs come online, previously activated Discs will go dormant.
      Damage Dealers
      Keep a safe distance from your allies when Chaotic Glare is preparing to fire. Consider your positioning when Roiling Deceit is about to expire. Free allies from Will of the Corruptor by attacking them. Healers
      Titan Spark strikes random targets periodically. Void Surge inflicts substantial damage to all party members in addition to the lethal damage within each eruption. The damage dealt by Corruption Pulse increases with each cast until the Orb of Corruption is disturbed. Tanks
      Avoid being struck by Void Lash multiple times during Might of the Void. Consider the position of your allies when redirecting casts of Void Lash. Abilities
      Titan Spark - Titan energy arcs from the damaged Titan Disc, striking several targets for 3,580 Nature damage. Void Surge (Important, Deadly) - Upon reaching 100 energy, Zol'thuum unleashes a series of eruptions in quick succession. Each eruption inflicts 35,000 Shadow damage to players caught within it. In addition, each eruption inflicts 8,000 Shadow damage to all players. Might of the Void (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum performs a series of powerful attacks. Void Lash (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum summons lashing tentacles, inflicting 40,000 Shadow damage in a frontal cone, and reduces healing received by 50% for 8 sec. This effect stacks. Rupture (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum drives its tentacle into the target, inflicting 80,000 Physical damage and an additional 10,000 Physical damage every 2 sec for 40 sec. This effect stacks. Stage One: Chaos
      At 90% health remaining Protocol: Chaos begins. Summoning projections of C'Thun and replicating minions from the Qiraji empire.
      Chaotic Glare (Deadly) - The Eye of C'Thun penetrates the soul of the target, dealing 13,800 Nature damage and leaping to any nearby allies for increased damage. Qiraji Warrior Fixate - A Qiraji Warrior sets its attention on an enemy. Lasts 15 sec or until it strikes its target. Jagged Mandible - The Qiraji Warrior's melee attacks maim the target, inflicting 5,000 Physical damage every 3 sec and reducing movement speed by 20% for 15 sec. This effect stacks. Stage Two: Deception
      At 60% health remaining Protocol: Deception begins. Summoning projections of Yogg-Saron and replicating servants from Azjol-Nerub.
      Roiling Deceit (Important) - Yogg-Saron corrupts the target, inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec and forms an Ominous Cloud upon expiration. Roiling Deceit Guardian of Yogg Saron (Casts Shadow Nova upon raching 100 energy when defeated). Shadow Nova - Self destructs, Inflicting 20,000 Shadow damage to all enemies. (Deadly) -  Anub'ar Voidweaver Withering Touch (Interruptible) - Launches Shadow energy towards an enemy, inflicting 10,000 Shadow damage and an additional 8,000 Shadow damage every 2 for 20 sec. Stage Three: Corruption
      At 30% health remaining Protocol: Corruption begins. A warped projection appears and shadowy whispers echo through the chamber. The magic released from the damaged Titan Discs appear to be unchecked and more than a demonstration of power...
      Overload - The damaged disc activates, increasing the frequency of Titan Spark. Orb of Corruption - A manifestation of N'Zoth's power forms. Inflicts 10,250 Shadow damage to all enemies every 10 sec, increasing with each pulse. Coming into contact with the orb resets this effect, but afflicts the victim with Will of the Corruptor. Corruption Pulse - Inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage to all enemies, damage increased with each pulse. Will of the Corruptor - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption charms the victim, causing them to attack nearby allies. When this effect is removed, the victim gains Corruptor's Pact. Corruptor's Pact (Important) - N'Zoth's power courses through you, increasing your damage, healing, and absorption effects by 25%. You are vulnerable to N'Zoth's influence and coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption will consume you. Servant of N'Zoth (Deadly) - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption while affected by Corruptor's Pact consumes the victim, transforming them into a mindless servant of N'Zoth. Blood of G'huun 

      Description
      A sample of G'huun's blood, animated and run amok. Considered by the Titans to be an infection capable of killing every living thing on Azeroth. Its primary disease strain was dubbed the Omega Vector.
      Overview
      The Blood of G'huun creates instances of Omega Vector which bounce endlessly between players during the encounter. When Omega Vector jumps between players it leaves behind a stack of Lingering Infection, which has no duration and cannot be removed.
      Mutagenic Pathogen is the source of new copies of Omega Vector, with one Omega Vector being created whenever Mutagenic Pathogen expires from a player.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Plague Amalgams quickly to prevent excessive heal absorbs from Immunosuppression. Avoid the area damage from targets affected by Gestate. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Healers
      Targets afflicted by Omega Vector and Gestate will require heavy healing to survive. Help tanks survive several attacks of Mutagenic Pathogen as they try to minimize the number of Omega Vector jumping through the raid. Lingering Infection cannot be removed and does not have a duration, making it more virulent as the encounter goes on. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Tanks
      Make sure you are close to desirable hosts for Omega Vector targets when Mutagenic Pathogen fades. Hold the Blood of G'huun's threat for as long as you can to prevent generating too many copies of Omega Vector. Abilities
      Lingering Infection - Weakens the player's resistance to future infections, increasing Nature damage taken by 5%. Pestilence Omega Vector (Important) - Omega Vector takes root in a player, inflicting 4,860 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 10 sec. On expiration, Omega Vector jumps to the closest ally and applies a stack of Lingering Infection to its former host. Mutagenic Pathogen (Tank Alert) - Inflictins 2,290 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 12 sec. Each subsequent application of Mutagenic Pathogen doubles the damage per tick of the previous application. On expiration, the Mutagenic Pathogen evolves into Omega Vector and jumps to the target with the fewest Lingering Infections from among the three closest players. Gestate - Inflicts 1,790 damage every 1 sec to a random player and all players within 8 yards for 5 sec. Stuns the initial target while a Plague Amalgam gestates within the player. On expiration, the Plague Amalgam will spawn 5 yards from that player. Plague Amalgam Immunosuppression - Spreads a toxin that absorbs 18,000 healing done to all players within 500 yards. Contagion (Deadly) - Inflicts 10,700 Nature damage to all players.  Carnage Liquefy - Transforms into a pool of toxic blood, triggering Lingering Infection on players who come into contact with the pool. Blood Geyser - A geyser of corrupted blood inflicts 6,430 Shadow damage to all players within 1 yards. Affected players gain a stack of Lingering Infection. Hypergenesis - A pool of blood forms, erupting for 10,750 Shadow damage to players within 6 yards after 8 sec. If no players are hit by the eruption, it instead inflicts 12,850 Shadow damage to all players. G'huun 

      Stage One: My Minions are Endless!
      Arena Floor
      Blood Shield - While shielded, G'huun's regenerates 5% of his maximum health every 0.5 sec. Spew Corruption - G'huun lobs a blast of corruption that sloshes towards a random player, inflicting 12,500 Plague damage to any player within 10 yards of the impact. After bounding 3 times the glob forms a Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Pool of Corruption - Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Call Corruption - G'huun calls all pools of corruption back to him over 12 sec. Thousand Maws - G'huun summons forth minions to assist him. Cyclopean Terror Torment (Interruptible) - The caster assaults a random player's mind, inflicting increasing 0 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 18 sec. Dark Young Massive Smash (Tank Alert) - Filled with unending rage the caster slams their target, inflicting 20,000 Physical damage and knocking them back. Dark Bargain - Increases the damage taken and damage done of all creatures, including players, within 15 yards of the caster by 50%. Blightspreader Tendril - The Blightspreader Tendril slowly loses energy over time. Upon reaching 0 energy, the tendril burrows through the ground to a new location, casting Mantle of Shadow. Decaying Eruption (Interruptible) - Inflicts 7,500 Plague damage to all players, consuming up to 10 energy upon a successful cast. Mantle of Shadow - The caster forms a shield of shadows around itself, absorbing the next 500,000 damage taken. While the absorb shield is active the caster is immune to interrupt and silence effects. In addition, the caster's energy is refreshed to 100. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Two:
      Arena Floor
      Crimson Blight - G'huun's presence corrupts nearby players, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 1.5 sec. This affect intensifies every 8 sec. Blood Feast - G'huun corrupts his current target, inflicting 5,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec. After 10 sec, players within 8 yards of the target have their applications of Crimson Blight reset to 1 and a Gibbering Horror is spawned. Gibbering Horror Blood Might - Each application of Crimson Blight that is consumed by Blood Feast increases the Gibbering Horror's maximum health and damage done by 5%. Mind-Numbing Chatter - The caster babbles incoherently, inflicting Shadow damage to all players and interrupting casting for 3 sec. Gaze of G'huun - G'huun unleashes a wave of terror, causing all players to flee in fear for 3 sec. Spawn of G'huun Dark Purpose - The Spawn of G'huun fixates upon a random player and moves towards them, increasing in speed over time. Upon reaching the target the Spawn of G'huun burrows into the target, making it a Blood Host. Blood Host - The Spawn of G'huun burrows into it's target, inflicting 1,000 Plague damage every 2 sec for 20 sec. Upon removal, 2 Spawn of G'huun erupt from the afflicted player. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Three: Reorigination
      Reorigination - Unleashes a blast of titanic power, inflicting 11,000 Arcane damage to all players every 5 sec for 25 sec. This blast incapacitates G'huun, and increases his damage taken by 500% for 25 sec.