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This Week in WoW: July 4

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Withered J'm is up again, you can level up your pets faster during the Pet Battle Bonus Event and Darkmoon Faire continues, so if you haven't acquired the new transmogs yet, there's still enough time to do so until Sunday.

Nothing out of the ordinary is happening this week. A new 7.3 PTR Build is expected to hit test servers soon. Stay tuned for more latest changes! As for the live version:

World Boss Withered J'm

He's up two weeks in a row. World Boss rotation must be buggy. Completing the quest to kill J'm rewards 30 Mio AP (Shard of Compacted EnergyShard of Compacted Energy) @ AK Level 40.

World Boss Loot Tables

The following loot can be acquired from Withered J'm in Azsuna:

Pet Battle Bonus Event (July 4 - 11)

Darkmoon Faire (July 2 - 9)

Fireworks Spectacular (July 4-5)

  • After the sun sets, the end of Midsummer is celebrated with an hourly firework extravaganza

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      Specialization 2P Bonus Effect 4P Bonus Effect Beast Mastery Item - Hunter T21 Beast Mastery 2P Bonus Kill Command damage increased by 10% Item - Hunter T21 Beast Mastery 4P Bonus When you use Kill Command, the cooldown of Aspect of the Wild is reduced by 2.0 sec. Marksmanship Item - Hunter T21 Marksmanship 2P Bonus Your Focus generating attacks deal 30% more damage and generate 25% more Focus. Item - Hunter T21 Marksmanship 4P Bonus Marked Shot has a 30% chance to fire at up to 3 additional targets hit by Marked Shot an additional time. Survival Item - Hunter T21 Survival 2P Bonus Flanking Strike has a 50% chance to increase the critical strike chance of your next Raptor Strike by 100% and the critical strike damage of Raptor Strike by 50% within the next 20 sec. Item - Hunter T21 Survival 4P Bonus Each cast of Mongoose Bite increases the damage of your next Raptor Strike by 20%. Stacks up to 6 times. Mage
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      Specialization 2P Bonus Effect 4P Bonus Effect Discipline Item - Priest T21 Discipline 2P Bonus Reduces the recharge time of Power Word: Radiance by 3.0 sec. Item - Priest T21 Discipline 4P Bonus When you cast Power Word: Radiance, the damage of your next Penance is increased by 30%. Holy Item - Priest T21 Holy 2P Bonus Prayer of Healing increases the healing done by your next Flash Heal or Heal by 60%. Item - Priest T21 Holy 4P Bonus Your Flash Heal or Heal spells increase the healing amount of your next Prayer of Healing spell by 30%. Shadow Item - Priest T21 Shadow 2P Bonus Mind Flay and Mind Blast critical strike bonus damage increased by 50%. Item - Priest T21 Shadow 4P Bonus Each stack of Void Form increases the critical strike chance of Mind Flay, Void Bolt, and Mind Blast by 1%. Rogue
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