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We have some raid fixes today, with Opulence and Rastakhan getting a bit easier, with Jaina getting Chilling Touch nerfed, but also no longer affected by Da Voodo Shuffle. There's also some Druid PvP fixes, mostly focused on Resto and more.
February 20 (source)
Dungeons and Raids
Battle of Dazar’alor Opulence Unleashed Rage (opal gem buff) and Earthen Roots (emerald gem buff) now also increase damage dealt by pets. King Rastakhan Fixed a bug that caused the encounter to unintentionally reset after resurrecting a player who died in the Death Realm. Lady Jaina Proudmoore Chilling Touch duration reduced by 20%. Chilling Touch is no longer affected by Da Voodoo Shuffle. Fixed a bug that caused Freezing Blood to be sometimes applied to players who correctly had allies nearby, on Mythic Difficulty. Items
Fixed a bug that caused Enveloping Protection to be removed early when a target was hit with an attack that would fully absorb the shield. Player versus Player
Druid Resolved an issue that caused Thorns to deal damage when the target is struck by unintended spells such as Eye for an Eye, Frost Fever, or Virulent Plague. Restoration Fixed a bug that caused Soul of the Forest to increase the healing of Germination applied by Nourish without being consumed. Fixed a bug that allowed Nourish to apply two copies of Lifebloom to a target. Quests
Flushed out a bug that prevented players from always being properly credited for objectives on "Flush Them Out". Previous hotfixes.
In order to address a bug that caused Open Palm Strikes to stop proccing because the main Fists of Fury target has died, the spell is going to be changed in an upcoming Patch 8.1.5 build to pick a new primary target, similar to how Demon Hunter's Eye Beam works, meaning it will pick the closest thing to you unless you already have a different target.
In the next PTR build*, we’re looking to test this change:
Now, If your primary target of Fists of Fury is dead or despawns, a new primary target will be picked for the purposes of dealing bonus damage to the primary target. It will pick the closest thing to you, unless you already have something else targeted that’s going to be hit by the damage spell. So this is similar to how Eye Beam picks a target. It should also address Open Palm Strikes (Azerite Trait) sometimes stopping proccing because your main Fists of Fury target has died.
*This should be soon, but it may be in the public build following the very next one.
While this may only affect a very small portion of players, we have some blue posts dealing with faction changing and unlocking the new 8.1.5 Allied Races.
If you're planning to switch factions and wonder how that's going to affect unlocking Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls, keep in mind that:
Reputations will switch over, meaning if you're Exalted with Proudmoore Admiralty, your reputation standing with The Zandalari Empire should be Exalted after the transfer as well (needs confirmation). The same goes for 7th Legion/Honorbound. You will be automatically Exalted, although you will have to complete the whole War Campaign on the new faction again. A Nation United an Zandalar Forever! achievements do not transfer and you must complete your faction's entire story to get the achievement. Find out more about the upcoming Allied Races in our Patch 8.1.5 content hub.
I’ve completed all the above on my only 120 character. If I was to faction change to alliance now, would I still be able to unlock Zandalari, or do I need to wait till the unlock quest chain is live before faction changing?
Sorry for the delay, but I got some details related to characters that swap factions and these requirements! If you do a faction change your reputations will switch over but quest completion does not, so if you want to qualify to unlock the kul tiran/zandalari you will need to do the main storyline for that continent and faction.
Note that for the War Campaign aspect, if you got to exalted with 7th Legion/Honorbound then you can just do all the chapters without any delays to gain more reputation.
The Zandalari Troll racial ability Embrace of the Loa requires the character to make an offering near a shrine within Dazar'alor to gain one of its passive effects. Talking to guards in Dazar'alor will mark the shrine location on the map and the effect can be reset every 5 days.
One of the Zandalari racials is really unique and requires player interaction. You're going to find 6 shrines in Dazar'alor and making an offering near a shrine will activate one passive effect for your character which can be changed every 5 days.
Embrace of the Loa - Choose your Loa by making an offering at Loa Shrines around the world. Each Loa offers unique powers. Guards in Dazar'alor will tell you where Shrines can be found.
Check out our Patch 8.1.5 content hub to learn more about Zandalari Trolls!
Shrine of Akunda
Shrine of Bwonsamdi
Shrine of Gonk
Shrine of Kimbul
Shrine of Krag'wa
Shrine of Paku
This week's events include Burning Crusade Timewalking, PvP Brawl: Southshore vs. Tarren Mill, and the Hatching of Hippogryphs micro-holiday.
It's Burning Crusade Timewalking week and you can clear Black Temple bosses for ilvl 385+ loot. Reins of the Infinite Timereaver has a chance to drop from any Timewalking boss as Personal Loot. Don't forget to complete this week's quest for a cache containing a piece of Normal difficulty Dazar'alor gear. The final Dazar'alor LFR Wing opens next week and Blizzard posted an official preview of Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls earlier today. No official release date for Patch 8.1.5 has been announced yet. Mythic Keystone Affixes
Fortified Sanguine Necrotic Reaping Weekly Quests
Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons for A Burning Path Through Time to receive a cache with a piece of Normal difficulty Dazar'alor gear. Azerite for the Alliance & Azerite for the Horde: Collect 36,000 Azerite from Island Expeditions to receive 2,500 Azerite and 1,500 reputation with Honorbound/7th Legion. Island Expeditions
The following islands are on rotation this week:
Dread Chain Jorundall Verdant Wilds World Boss
Dark whispers shroud Stormsong Valley, as rumors of eldritch creatures spread throughout the countryside and families mark their doors with runes from the local scribes. Often dismissed as exaggeration, sometimes housewives' tales fall far short of the true horrors that lurk in the realm beyond our sight.
Warbringer Yenajz periodically calls down Reality Tear and draws players in to the center of Endless Abyss.
Avoid Reality Tear as they impact the ground. Quickly move away from Warbringer Yenajz when he casts Endless Abyss. Void Nova inflicts heavy unavoidable damage. Healers
Avoid Reality Tear as they impact the ground. Quickly move away from Warbringer Yenajz when he casts Endless Abyss. Void Nova inflicts heavy unavoidable damage. Tanks
Avoid Reality Tear as they impact the ground. Quickly move away from Warbringer Yenajz when he casts Endless Abyss. Void Nova inflicts heavy unavoidable damage. Loot Table
Amice of the Rending Abyss Spaulders of the Enveloping Maw Wristwraps of Warped Reality Existence-Shattering Gauntlets Shadow-Wreathed Gloves Leggings of the Endless Void Yenajz's Chitinous Stompers Band of Intense Gravitation Prism of Dark Intensity World Events
Burning Crusade Timewalking (February 19th - February 26th)
Head to Outland to face Illidan and his cohorts once more in The Black Temple!
The Black Temple raid is available throughout the Burning Crusade Timewalking event. The difficulty is set to Normal and, like any Normal-level raid, will not be available through Raid Finder. To take on this challenge, you’ll need to get your guild or a group of friends together, or head to Group Finder > Premade Groups. The raid scales for your group size (between 10 — 30 players) and your level and gear will be scaled back to match the raid’s challenges.
Want to relive the time you first defeated Teron Gorefiend? Face (face, face) the Reliquary of Souls once more? Witness the showdown between Maiev and Illidan before the final fight? Now’s your chance. Inside you can earn transmog sets, the pets you need for Raiding With Leashes III, a Music Roll: The Burning Legion, and gear drops. And for Demon Hunters, there’s the enticing possibility of obtaining the legendary Warglaives of Azzinoth. Are you, this time, prepared?
DUNGEONS IN THE BURNING CRUSADE TIMEWALKING
All week, open Group Finder (default hotkey: i) and then select Dungeon Finder and Timewalking in the Type dropdown. When you hit ‘Find Group’, you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of the following Heroic dungeons:
The Arcatraz The Black Morass Magister’s Terrace Mana-Tombs Shattered Halls The Slave Pens Your character and items will be scaled down to a power level fitting for the challenge at hand, but bosses will yield loot appropriate for your natural level. Timewalking dungeons also have a chance to drop items that usually drop when you run them on Heroic, and you’ll earn reputation with a faction that is interested in the dungeon. For example, when you Timewalk through The Slave Pens, you’ll earn reputation with the Cenarion Expedition, which could open access to purchasing the Cenarion War Hippogryph mount.
Look for the following all week long:
Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar or Chronicler Toopa in Boralus has a quest for you has a quest for you. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it from within the Adventure Journal. Quest requirement: Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons. Rewards: Artifact Power and one loot box containing a piece of gear from Normal difficulty Battle of Dazar'alor. EVERY WEEK
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.
PvP Brawl: Southshore vs. Tarren Mill (February 19th - February 26th)
Two towns clash in this week's PvP Brawl —Southshore vs. Tarren Mill running February 19 - 26.
Originally introduced as a part of the World of Warcraft 10-Year Anniversary event, this Brawl harkens back to the early days of WoW PvP, with an epic battle between the two towns of Tarren Mill and Southshore. In this game of war, you’ll need to work as a team and deplete your foes’ resources to claim victory.
Hatching of the Hippogryphs (February 23rd)
Today is the day that the Frayfeather hippogryphs hatch. Head to Frayfeather Highlands in Feralas to witness the spectacle firsthand!
Love is in the Air (February 12th - February 26th)
Love is in the Air is here through February 26. You can learn more about 2018 updates in our Love is in the Air guide.