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It's time to look at how Torghast is split up and the various difficulties and modes that will be available in Shadowlands.
Torghast, Tower of the Damned, has 6 wings that you will complete for Soul Ash, a currency needed to craft Legendary items in Shadowlands. Two of the following wings will be active each week.
Skoldus Halls Fracture Chambers Soulforges Coldheart Interstitia Mort'regar Upper Reaches
A map of the Torghast Central Chamber with all wings.
Each wing has 6 floors that you must clear to reach and defeat a boss at the end of the wing. Every third room is a break room, allowing you to exchange your gathered Phantasma for Anima Powers that make you more powerful.
Each wing comes with 8 difficulties, also called layers. Completing a higher layer rewards all uncollected rewards from lower layers, so the higher the difficulty, the more Soul Ash you are going to get. Soul Ash is required for crafting Legendary items.
At the beginning of each floor is a Wayfinder that allows you to select one of the layers. You must clear the previous layer (difficulty) to ascend to the more difficult layers.
Twisting Corridors is the endless mode of Torghast that you clear for a currency that can be turned in for cosmetics. The good news is you will be able to play through this mode as much as you'd like, the bad news is you'll only get cosmetics out of it.
Timewalking returns with Cataclysm and the Firelands raid!
This week's bonus event is Timewalking on live servers. Sign of the Destroyer increases Cataclysm reputation gains from combat and quests by 50%. For the duration of the event, you can enter a Timewalking version of Firelands for 445 loot. Completing 5 Timewalking dungeons rewards one piece of item level 445 gear (Normal Ny'alotha difficulty). (Source)
Gather your staunchest allies and head into the Firelands raid dungeon to take on the elemental lord Ragnaros and his cohorts—and take on six dungeons from Deathwing’s era— during Cataclysm Timewalking, running August 11-18.
When: The Firelands raid is available throughout the Cataclysm Timewalking event.
Difficulty: The difficulty is set to Normal and, like any Normal level raid, will not be available through Raid Finder.
Minimum Level: Players level 86 and above are eligible to participate.
Bosses: (7) Beth’tilac, Lord Rhyolith, Alysrazor, Shannox, Baleroc, the Gatekeeper, Majordomo Staghelm, Ragnaros
During Cataclysm Timewalking, you can assemble a raid group of between 1 and 30 players to step into the molten domain of Ragnaros. Don’t have a regular group? The Group Finder (I) can help. Create your own group in the Premade Groups section or search for like-minded adventurers.
DUNGEONS IN CATACLYSM TIMEWALKING
Don’t be fooled by Grim Batol’s humble exterior; many of this mountain fortress’s desecrated chambers are buried deep in the Twilight Highlands. Once the stronghold of the Wildhammer dwarves, and later seized by orcs as a prison for Alexstrasza, the city is now in the clutches of the Twilight’s Hammer cult.
Within the Temple of Earth, locked in the heart of Deepholm, lies the Stonecore. It was inside these caverns that the Twilight’s Hammer toiled over Deathwing, hammering elementium plates to the Dragon Aspect’s body in an attempt to hold his tormented form together. With his renewal complete, Deathwing ascended into Azeroth, shattering the World Pillar and destabilizing the region of Deepholm.
Lost City of the Tol’vir
The Lost City of the Tol’vir is the stronghold of the Neferset, a faction of the cat-like tol’vir who swore fealty to Deathwing in exchange for a cure to the curse of flesh, which had turned their rocky hides to soft skin. With the affliction expunged, the tol’vir have rebelled against the benefactor, although they remain irrevocably twisted and hostile due to the dark pact they made.
The Vortex Pinnacle
The Vortex Pinnacle exists within the elemental plane of Skywall. Its elegant structures, crowned with bronze and gold, sit atop platforms bridged by pure air. Yet behind its exterior beauty, the pinnacle harbors Neferset tol’vir, as well as Al’Akir the Windlord’s merciless elemental legions. As long as the barrier between Skywall and Azeroth remains open, terror will rain down on Uldum from the skies.
Throne of the Tides
Deep within the Abyssal Maw’s fathomless expanses lies the Throne of the Tides. From here, the great elemental lord Neptulon the Tidehunter has surveyed and protected his aquatic domain for ages. He now faces his greatest challenge as a force of serpentine naga and malefic faceless ones threaten to depose him, leaving his realm and its secrets ripe for the plundering.
One of an infinite number of potential outcomes, this timeway depicts the desolate future of Azeroth should Deathwing fail to be stopped. Nozdormu has identified a powerful anomaly that exists in this moment and bars access to the past—and hope of retrieving the Demon Soul. The powerful creature from out of time lives alone amidst the time-twisted echoes of the past.
JUST THE FACTS
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 regular 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 Stonecore, Slabhide could drop the Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake mount for you.
Look for the following all week long:
Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar and Chronicler Toopa in Boralus have a quest for you. You can also start the quest from within the Adventure Guide (Shift- J).
Quest Requirement: Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons.
Rewards: Artifact Power and one loot box containing a piece of gear from Normal difficulty Ny'alotha, the Waking City.
While Timewalking is active, you will gain a 50% bonus to reputations earned from quests and creature kills for all reputations associated with the corresponding expansion.
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.
We've already seen the race/class combo fan-made armor sets and were amazed, and now it's time for some raid themed ones! Well, not only raid-themed, but certainly raid-inspired, as Sercan Özyurt was pretty unhappy how the Ny'alotha sets turned out and took it upon himself to craft some unique class-based Old God themed sets instead. The results were very impressive to say the least, and we have Death Knights, Demon Hunters, Druids, Hunters, Paladins, Priests, Rogues, Shamans and Warlocks to take a look at! The various color versions are made for each raid difficulty as well.
We've arranged them by our personal preference in looks, but they're all pretty damn great and we can only imagine what they'd look like when animated:
Based on Obsidian Destroyer, Maut boss model and some ramkahen culture.
Based on Nylotha environment assests.
Based on Il'gynoth creature visuals (BFA and LEGION both).
Based on Nraqi Creatures.
You can check out more detailed versions of each armor version over on Secan's Artstation page, as well as many other WoW concepts, including a whole lot of mounts, weapon skins and more.
Blizzard added Sapphiron to the game in the latest Shadowlands Beta Build, and the model suggests the undead dragon we previously met in Naxrammas may play a part in the Maldraxxus questline along with Kel'Thuzad.
Blizzard added Sapphiron in the latest Shadowlands Beta build, so we may hear about the dragon and his master again and find out more about their afterlife.
Kel'Thuzad also received a brand new model in Shadowlands, but we have not yet seen him on the Beta. Maldraxxus is the home of necromancy, so it would make sense to see both in the zone as part of a max-level questline, what do you think?
As with the US, the EU will also get a special extended maintenance for 18 servers, as lower population ones are joined with more servers and the battlegroups expand. It's going to be a bit of an annoying maintenance, as it starts at 9 PM CEST on Thursday, with the timeframe being more problematic than the US one, so don't plan anything until the next morning if you're on one of the affected servers.
August 13 (source)
There will be a special maintenance for the realms below on 13 August, from 9:00 p.m. CEST to 5:00 a.m.
Azshara and Krag’jin will join Baelgun and Lothar.
Tichondrius and Lordaeron will join Blackmoore.
Frostmane will join Grim Batol and Aggra.
Nethersturm and Alexstrasza will join Madmortem and Proudmoore.
Al’Akir, Skullcrusher, and Xavius will join Burning Legion