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It's time for Burning Crusade & Black Temple Timewalking! Players now have access to Artifact Knowledge level 48, a new Argus world boss is up and Hallow's End is here until November 1.
Artifact Knowledge Level 48
All players now have access to Artifact Knowledge level 48. By the time Antorus opens, it will be easy to catch up on your Artifact level to unlock all Netherlight Crucible slots.
Mythic Keystone Affixes
Teeming Quaking Fortified Argus World Boss
Mistress Alluradel is up this week. Don't forget to bring a Seal of Broken Fate for a bonus roll. All Argus world bosses in Greater Invasion Points drop ilvl 930 loot. More details can be found in our Greater Rift guide here. Argus Weekly Quests
Fuel of a Doomed World: Collect 50 Pristine Argunite from Invasion Points, Rare encounters, or treasure chests on Argus to receive 300 Veiled Argunite. Invasion Onslaught: Complete 3 Invasion Points to get 200 Veiled Argunite. Burning Crusade Timewalking (Oct 17 - 24)
While this event is active, players level 71 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales playrs and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Burning Crusade Expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level. During Burning Crusade Timewalking, you may assemble a raid group of between 10 and 30 players, travel to Shattrath City in Outland, and speak with Vormu to access a Timewalking version of the Black Temple raid. Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons for the weekly quest "A Shrouded Path Through Time". Rewards: Accolade of Victory (Artifact Power token) Cache of Fel Treasures (1 piece of item level 900 loot from Tomb) 1 Seal of Broken Fate Timewalking items now have a base item level of 880, so they're good for gearing up alts. All Timewalking dungeons have a small chance to drop Reins of the Infinite Timereaver (personal loot). Let's not forget about Black Temple Timewalking! Demon Hunters can once again obtain Arsenal: The Warglaives of Azzinoth from I'll Hold These For You Until You Get Out. Hallow's End (Oct 17 - Nov 1)
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. You can get a new pet this year - Naxxy. Learn what's new in Hallow's End 2017. PvP Brawl: Packed House (Oct 17 - 24)
In Packed House, there’s nowhere to hide as you face not 2, not 3, not 5, but 15 adversaries in this 15 vs. 15 Arena battle. Win a PvP Brawl for "Something Different" to get Brawler's Footlocker, 3 Marks of Honor and Soldier's Legacy. World Boss Withered J'm
Search for the DEADLY: Withered J'im quest in Azsuna.
World Boss Loot Tables
Cave Skulker's Helm Dingy Suramar Mercantile Signet Drape of the Mana-Starved Magic-Warped Hood Mana Scavenger's Mask Manacrystal-Adorned Helmet Unstable Arcanocrystal
Hallow's End starts in World of Warcraft this week. What's new this year?
Hallow's End 2017 Update (Oct 17 - Nov 1)
You can now queue up for the Headless Horseman at lower levels, so the chances of getting The Horseman's Reins mount are better than last year. You can transmogrify holiday-themed gear throughout the event. A new pet has been added this year. Naxxy is a mini version of Naxxramas. You can purchase it for 150 Tricky Treats. It's BoE, and you can sell it. Naxxy Abilities
Plague Breath (Level 1) Sticky Web (Level 2) Leech Life (Level 4) Death Coil (Level 10) Frost Nova (Level 15) Drain Blood (Level 20)
We're getting two more days of testing on Antorus bosses, this time mostly focused on Raid Finder, with Wednesday being all about the Forbidden Descent part of the raid and Hope's End coming on Friday and will remain open over the weekend.
October 18-24 (source)
Wednesday, October 18th - Friday, October 20th
Forbidden Descent - Raid Finder Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Friday, October 20th
Varimathras - Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Aggramar - Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)
Hope's End - Raid Finder Antorus, the Burning Throne
15:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
Hope's End Raid Finder will remain open over the weekend.
As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.
Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)
Q: What character should I use to test the raid?
A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players' effective level to 110 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.
Q: How long does testing last?
A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we're satisfied that we've received that information for a given boss, we'll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.
Argus the Unmaker drops interesting trinkets with secondary on-equip effects and Blizzard explained how they work in more detail.
Path of the Titans Trinkets
The final boss of the upcoming raid drops trinkets that have two on-equip effects. While the primary effect functions just like any other trinket, the secondary on-equip effect only activates under certain conditions.
Aggramar's Conviction - Mark of Aggramar Aman'Thul's Vision - Mark of Aman'thul Eonar's Compassion - Mark of Eonar Golganneth's Vitality - Mark of Golganneth Khaz'goroth's Courage - Mark of Khaz'goroth Norgannon's Prowess - Mark of Norgannon Clarifications
The secondary "When empowered by the Pantheon..." proc on the trinkets will only activate within Antorus the Burning Throne raid. Only four unique buffs are needed to trigger the secondary proc (down from 6). Aman'Thul's Vision ignores the rule as a "wild card" and the item does not count toward the Legion Legendary cap, so you can have 3 Legendary items equipped at the same time. Pantheon's Blessing is used to upgrade Pantheon trinkets up to item level 1,000. Blizzard (Source)
A slightly different discussion here, but just popping in with a note that the secondary Equip effect on the Antorus trinkets that note "When empowered by the Pantheon...", such as 'Aman'Thul's Grandeur' on Aman'Thul's Vision or 'Khaz'goroth's Shaping' on Khaz'goroth's Courage will only function within the Antorus raid once it is live.
Currently on the PTR this effect works outside of the raid, but its worthwhile to offer some clarification so there's no confusion once the raid itself is live.
If you have any questions on this, let me know!
While it won't function in Mythic+ we did change the six requirement so you only need four unique buffs to trigger the Pantheon secondary proc inside Antorus. You can have any possible combination of the unique five to activate this additional proc. Aman'Thul's Vision ignores the rule as a "wildcard" filling any gap that you might be missing from the other five.
So for example you can have two Aman'Thul's and two of the other uniques and it will trigger the Pantheon proc.
Keep in mind we're still tweaking and making changes to the trinkets so please keep voicing your feedback about it :)
Currently all of the trinkets on PTR behave like Aman'Thul's Vision does in the Pantheon proc but will be changed to be unique before it goes live, other than Aman'Thul's which will stay as a wild card.
Still as always subject to change but that's the current plan.
All trinkets have received updates in the latest Patch 7.3.2 PTR build:
Mark of Aggramar - Taking damage has a chance to increase your Armor Versatility by 1,197 2,697 for 15 14 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your maximum health is increased by 652,038 459,366 for 15 sec, and you are healed to full health. Approximately 2.2 1.4 procs per minute. Aman'Thul's Vision
Mark of Aman'thul - Your spells and abilities have a chance to grant you 741 1,089 Speed, Avoidance, and Leech for 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your Intellect is increased by 1.414 1,087 for 15 sec. Approximately 2.5 1.4 procs per minute. Eonar's Compassion
Mark of Eonar - Your healing effects have a chance to grow an Emerald Blossom nearby, which heals a random injured ally for 23,392 36,100 every 2 sec. Lasts 14 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your next 4 direct healing spells grant the target a shield that prevents 65,204 71,132 damage for 30 sec. Approximately 2 1.2 procs per minute. Golganneth's Vitality
Mark of Golganneth - Your damaging abilities have a chance to create a Ravaging Storm at your target's location, inflicting 63,728 148,698 Nature damage split among all enemies within 6 yds over 8 6 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your autoattacks cause an explosion of lightning dealing [ 870,400% 1,357,400% of Mainhand Weapon Speed ] Nature damage to all enemies within 8 yds of the target. Lasts 15 sec. Approximately 4 1.8 procs per minute. Khaz'goroth's Courage
Mark of Khaz'goroth - Your damaging attacks have a chance to make your weapon glow hot with the fire of Khaz'goroth's forge, causing your autoattacks to do [ 929,400% 1,327,700% of Mainhand Weapon Speed ] additional Fire damage for 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your Critical Strike, Haste, Mastery, or Versatility is increased by 1.413 2,614 for 15 sec. Khaz'goroth always empowers your highest stat. Approximately 2 1.4 procs per minute. Norgannon's Prowess
Mark of Norgannon - Your damaging spells have a chance to increase your Intellect by 1,303 3,257 for 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, you gain 6 charges of Norgannon's Command for 15 sec. Your damaging spells expend a charge to inflict an additional 34,321 45,760 damage to the target, from a random school of magic. Approximately 3 1.4 procs per minute.
Yesterday, the final boss of Antorus the Burning Throne was tested on Heroic difficulty. Here's a video preview of the encounter.
WoWReloe uploaded a video of the fight, where the raid team managed to bring him down to 26%. All stages and transition phases included, so definitely check it out!
At 5:47 during the second transition phase, Argus retreats and Constellar Designates spawn.
The Discs of Norgannon grants each Constellar Designate a 200% increased damage vulnerability from a single school.
Arcane Vulnerability Fire Vulnerability Frost Vulnerability Holy Vulnerability Nature Vulnerability Physical Vulnerability Shadow Vulnerability You need to be careful with interrupts, because of Impending Inevitability. When you interrupt a Constellar Designate, he will become immune to interrupts for the next 20 seconds (Inevitability), so you should interrupt Cosmic Beacon over Starblast.
Periodically, Constellar Designates will enter melee range and gain the effects of Blades of the Eternal and Sword of the Cosmos.
When you reach Stage 4, Argus kills all players with Reap Soul. It's very similar to the Lich King encounter back in Wrath. You're not able to resurrect for a short time and then Eonar casts Gift of the Lifebinder, creating a tree that can be used to return players back to life, as long as it it is healed up (Withering Roots).
Gift of the Lifebinder - Eonar causes the Gift of the Lifebinder to spring forth to save the players. While the Gift of the Lifebinder lives, players may freely Release Spirit after dying. If players move to the tree as ghosts, they will be returned to life, at the cost of some of the Gift of the Lifebinder's Life Energy. When the Gift of the Lifebinder's Life Energy is depleted, it becomes the Withered Gift of the Lifebinder. Withered Gift of the Lifebinder Players may heal the Withered Gift of the Lifebinder. Additionally, when they use it to resurrect, it is afflicted by Withering Roots. Withering Roots - Inflicts 850,000 Nature damage every 2 sec. This effect stacks. The tank debuff gets nasty in the last stage and lasts until the fight is over (Deadly Scythe). In the final stage, Reorigination Modules will spawn and they need to be killed as soon as possible to decrease radius of their Initialization Sequence.
For all Argus' abilities, check out the Dungeon Journal entry here. Argus will probably have a secret phase on Mythic difficulty involving Sargeras.