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We have another departure from the World of Warcraft team, as Senior Artist Eric Braddock left Blizzard a few days ago. He did not specify where he was going, but he did mention "exciting new adventures ahead":
Braddock worked on WoW since 2013 and Warlords of Draenor as a prop artist creating 3D assets for the game, as well as an illustrator later on during BfA. For Shadowlands, he most notably did the legendary items that show up during the crafting cutscenes and the ring the Runecarver is standing on, in addition to a lot of Torghast as well:
He also came up with the character of Taelia Fordragon, from concept art to 3D model, as well as her backstory, where she fits in to the lore and, well, everything!
One of my most proud contributions to World of Warcraft so far is easily my creation of Taelia Fordragon, daughter of Bolvar Fordragon. She is a character I came up with, concepted, wrote her backstory, worked out her place in the lore, her personality and pitched her to our design team. I feel extremely fortunate and honored to have her in the game and am so thrilled with the way she was handled by our Quest Design team in Battle for Azeroth. It means so much to me how positively she has been received by the WoW community! Thank you all so much ❤️
This character concept was created for the initial pitch for the character and I made the armor set later for Patch 8.1 based off of the initial design.
Base Female Human character 3D model by WoW character and animation team There's more to see over on Braddock's Artstation, including a lot of Torghast, plenty of main characters, the updated Uther statue, and a lot of Hearthstone stuff too!
It's been a long wait (ever since the Shadowlands beta, in fact), but it seems users with the flickering issues can finally rest easy, at least according to nVidia.
While there have been several partial solutions to this issue already, they all required players to sacrifice something, be it disable DX12 or have to do very detailed editing of config files. But now that should all be over, as nVidia have released a new driver that claims to fix it, as spotted by BrokenArrowX! The fix is even the very first one on the list
Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 471.11
The following sections list the important changes and the most common issues resolved in this version. This list is only a subset of the total number of changes made in this driver version. The NVIDIA bug number is provided for reference.
Fixed Issues in this Release
[World of Warcraft: Shadowlands]: Random flicker may occur in certain locations in the game 
You can download the driver here, but some users report other issues with it outside of WoW (like Chrome flickering, but this has been a known issue even before this particular driver).
https://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/176521/en-us Hopefully this ends the disco effects many players have had to deal with, and just in case you never came across this issue (lucky you), here's a (pretty intense) example of it in action from a few months ago. Not all the issues were this severe, however:
And a less severe, but nonetheless very annoying one:
Castle Nathria 9.0.5 DPS Log Rankings and Analysis, Week 15: Action in the All Percentiles Bracket, Demonology Rises + 9.1 Analysis of the SpecBy Starym
We have our first week of Nathria log rankings since the release date of 9.1 was announced, and it seems to have had a calming effect on the top brackets. Demonology rose the most this week, but the big shakeups happened in the general population aka the all percentiles bracket, where a whole lot changed. We'll also be taking a look at Demo's fate in 9.1 with our guide writer, Motoko.
The 95th percentile top 8 remained literally the same as last week, with Demonology hopping 6 spots into 8th, displacing Fury, Assassination, Retribution and Unholy, but especially Windwalker, which fell 4 spots to 15th. The bottom 7 also remained the same, but are presumably much less happy about that fact, as Outlaw is the biggest mover in the bottom half, rising by 2.
95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
The all percentile bracket was where the action was this week, as a lot more happened, starting with Assassination dropping a spot but hanging in te top 5. Fire took that open 4th spot and Arcane jumped 2 spots to take the 6th, as Frost DK joined them on their upwards trajectory, gaining 2 as well! All of this commotion displaced Fury down 3 spots, with Demonology rising a fair bit here as well.
All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
Demonology Warlock by Motoko
Patch 9.1 is around the corner and Demonology is poised to take a more relevant role in raids. At least initially. Despite not receiving direct buffs, the tuning for Affliction and Destruction created room for all 3 specs to coexist, each with its own niche of excellence, and Demonology is now the best single target option going into Chains of Domination, while still retaining short cooldowns and good mobility.
Will it last? Hard to predict. For starters multiple proc effects such as the Shards, or some of the new Soulbind nodes and new trinkets straight up do not work except with Shadowbolt and Demonbolt, resulting in a severely reduced performance gain, something that does not affect the other 2 specs. Then there is the fact both Affliction and Destruction can make use of additional targets to funnel priority damage, while Demonology has nothing but a passive cleave built in, and last but not least we still have Heroic week tuning and possibly a few more passes ahead.
Will Chains of Domination be a Demonology tier? I am very skeptical, judging from the encounters, especially the last 2 which historically have shaped the "meta" in any recent raid. That does not mean Demonology isn't a good and competitive spec currently, but If shards and Soulbind nodes aren't addressed, expect the spec niche to be overtaken by either Affliction or Destruction.
Heroic Rankings, Overall Damage
Heroic saw Arcane have one of its frequent upswings, with Enhancement also rising, arriving right behind Elemental, with a Shaman face-off imminent!
All percentiles Heroic data by Warcraft Logs.
As always, if you want even more info on a spec, you can check out our class guides here, or for even more data, head on over to Warcraft Logs.
We've talked a fair amount about brutosaur owners and the various ways in which they help players in Oribos, as well as the devilish tricks some use to purposefully keep everyone away from their AH and the crafty players that manage to get there anyway (and then there was that one bruto-helicopter thing...), but today we have a really funny, but actually pretty sad interaction to take a look at. While it actually happened on the transmog Yak mount, it's definitely bruto-adjacent and spawned plenty of bruto-related stories as well.
This type of thing happens on a daily basis: a player with a yak/bruto walks off because they're just playing the game and using their mount, and someone gets annoyed enough at being interrupted mid-AH/transmog that they actually message the mounted player and complain. However, this one particular player took it to the next (Karen) level, after Zckar, a yak owner, was just jumping around on their mount in Dalaran, as pretty much everyone does from time to time:
The exchange is solidly bizarre, but also most likely not that uncommon in the AH dinosaur/fashion store yak business. Zckar also mentioned they'd have happily stopped moving if asked:
I bet if that player whispered you and just asked you nicely you would have gladly let them use it. But god damn people like that are an issue lmao - Rhynocerousrex
absolutely i get those whispers with the AH mount in oribos but i was moging, changed the helm i was using and started running around waiting on friends to come back for a key i was baffled when i got the whisper hahahah made me laugh a lot - Zckar
i was removing my helm mog and jumping on it around the well in dala i just love the yak jump hahaha and then bam essay message - Zckar Plenty of other players joined in with their own mount-convenience vendor-related stories in the reddit thread as well, including an amazing one where one player using the AH gave the bruto owner 10K gold as thanks, but then the bruto owner sent back 75K from an alt char they then deleted, so the gold would stay put!
My buddy was on his AH mount in oribos and I summoned him for a key. He got a very angry whisper afterwards. - X-Cyberfairy-X
... I always thought its a minigame where you race against time to finish transmog but you dont know when the time is up. If i cant finish it in time, well its what it is i will use the transmogifier in any major city. - derflinger1
I once had someone ask nicely if I could resummon it (I was about to fly away) so I did. They took like...five fucking minutes to finish their shit. This was either back in Legion or BfA, had flying already, was about to fuck right off to do my own shit.
The difference is they asked nicely.
Now that I'm thinking about it, there's a xmog bro in boralus like...he's right there. - LeCampy
If someone asks politely I'll always stay for a little.
One person didn't realize they could just buy it themselves, so I flew them out to buy one.
Another person tried to pay me 10K gold for some reason. I tried telling them that they might as well buy the mount, they said they didn't have enough gold, but also "made" me take their gold. I took it, waited a couple days, mailed them $75k from an alt, then deleted the character. - EA_Forum_Moderator
At the beginning of Shadowlands, moving after being AFK on a Bruto in Oribos was like lifting a rock with critters under it. - Picopus
I always ask AH- or Mogg-Mount-People very politely if they could please stand still for a second. They usually do, I thank them and go about my merry way. Really don’t see why people behave rudely if you could just ask nicely. After all, it’s not my mount. - The_White_Queen
As a longboi owner I've seen shit like this, not to this magnitude but I've seen many things that are similar, I was hanging out on a wow Discord and then this guy suddenly posts someone's name and realm and says "This guy is running around in Oribos with longboi, everybody harass him please" and boy am I glad people told this person to fuck off and delete the guy's name and realm, some people think they are entitled to AH Mounts and if you don't sit still for 5 hours for everyone to be pleased and be their own little personal assistance swolekin slave they get real mad, sometimes ill mount longboi and inform my surroundings how much time I'll be there to avoid people's Tears of Rage, not great - WobbySath
I usually /yell when I’m going to Afk offline on my bruto. I’ve gotten a few 100-500g tips in the mail when I come back. Most common in covenant sanctum. - rob0tparty
The actual brutosaurs are still popping up on the Black Market AH and going for the maximum 9,999,999 amount, so there won't be that many new ones for quite a while - so maybe be nice to those that are here (even if they move)!
While many players probably already have all of their companions gathered up (and many others don't really care all that much about them), there are some that don't and perhaps don't even know there are 17 you can get in 9.0.5!
Luckily, CFMcGhee has gathered up all the companion locations for all the Covenants, including the layers of Torghast they can appear in. Head to the google doc here.
While the Command table may not be the most exciting thing right now, there are plenty of players still using it, and we've recently covered several details about it:
Player Gets All Command Table Companions to Level 60
How to Get Your Troops to 60 and More Mission Table Tips All Companions at Level 60 Information and General Command Table Tips