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Well, no one has to to buy base WoW anymore, ever! Everything you need to do to play up until the upcoming expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is an active subscription. No more battle chests and individual purchases, just pay that monthly fee and access the entire game as it is at the moment, with nothing missing until August 14th, when you'll have to buy BfA for the new content. Additional digital deluxe items from expansions are available at the Blizzard shop individually, but it's now easier than ever to jump into the game and just start playing through the six expansions and 110 levels!
Recruit a Friend has also been updated:
According to recent reports, all players who opens their Grand Challenger's Bounty this week will receive 1,000 Wakening Essences that can be used to purchase one specific Legendary item in the BfA pre-patch.
In Patch 8.0.1, players can purchase specific Legendary items from Arcanomancer Vridiel in Dalaran for 1,000 Wakening Essences each. You can now get Wakening Essences from World Quests and other Artifact Power sources. Legendaries will cease to work at level 116 in Battle for Azeroth. Some Legendary effects even stack with new talents. Check out our Patch 8.0.1 Survival Guide for more details!
Here's an update from Blizzard:
Due to changes to the Mythic+ system in Battle for Azeroth, players will not receive their normal Mythic Cache loot and keystone this week. As this was unintended, we will be providing 1000 Wakening Essence as well as a Keystone in the Mythic Cache. If you have a problem looting the Mythic Cache, the keystone will be mailed to you and the wakening essences will be granted after logging in again.
Our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience!
It seems Legion wasn't done with impressive boss kills. Just before the servers went down to usher in 8.0 and the new BfA systems, a group of 21 Discipline Priests took on the final two bosses of the expansion in Normal mode and won! They also downed Garothi Worldbreaker and Felhounds of Sargeras in Heroic, but fell short of Antoran High Command and the more difficult version of Aggramar. However, going back down to Normal, the Titan fell and it was on to the final boss of Antorus and Legion.
You can check out a fully detailed description of the run by Mend of Spike Flail over on Wowhead, where he goes over the forming of the group, Heroic attempts and the kills themselves.
The Battle for Azeroth pre-patch goes live in the Americas today and here are the latest hotfixes that have been recently deployed to PTR realms.
Last minute Class tuning continues for two days in a row as Blizzard's balance team constantly deploys hotfixes to Public Test / Beta realms...
Note: Some tooltips may display incorrect values.
July 17 Class Tuning Hotfixes
Marksmanship Hunter - Spec Aura buffed to -12% (from -17%). Rapid Fire - Shoot a stream of arrows at your target every, dealing [ 26% of Attack Power ] damage every 5 sec (down from 40% of Attack Power). Trick Shots - When Multi-Shot hits 3 or more targets, your next Aimed Shot will ricochet and hit up to 5 additional targets for 40% of normal damage, or each shot of your next Rapid Fire will ricochet to 2 additional nearby targets. (down from 50% of normal damage). Mongoose Bite - A brutal attack that deals [ 90% of Attack Power ] Physical damage and grants you Mongoose Fury (up from 85% of Attack Power). Mage
Frozen Orb - Spell Power buffed to 17.3% (up from 11.5%). Blizzard - Spell Power buffed to 14.3% (up from 13%) Time Anomaly - At any moment, you have a chance to gain Arcane Power for 8 seconds (down from 10 seconds). Flurry - Spell Power down from 34% to 31.6%. Frostbolt - Spell Power down to 51.1% (from 55%). Freezing Rain - Frozen Orb makes Blizzard instant cast and increases its damage done by 50% for 12 sec (up from 35%). Monk
Windwalker Monk - Spec Aura nerfed to -27% (from -23%.) Priest
Shadow Priest - Spec Aura buffed to -29% from -31%. Void Eruption - Spell Power buffed to 95% (up from 80%). Dark Ascension - Spell Power buffed to 95% (up from 80%). Warlock
Havoc - Has a 30 sec cooldown (up from 25 seconds). Affliction Warlock - Spec Aura decreased from 32% to 25%. Warrior
Arms Warrior - Spec Aura increased to 30% (up from 18%). Whirlwind - Attack Power down from 14.5% to 11.6%. Sweeping Strikes - Cooldown increased to 30 seconds (up from 25 seconds). Credit: SimC. Go check out their website!
July 16 Class Tuning Hotfixes
Mastery: Frozen Heart - Spell Power coefficient buffed from 1.5 to 2.0. Frost Death Knight Spec Aura nerfed from 4% to -1%. Hunter
Mastery: Master of Beasts - Spell Power coefficient down from 2.25 to 1.9. Survival Hunter - Spec Aura nerfed from 0% to -7%. Mongoose Bite - Attack Power down to 85% from 100%. Mastery: Spirit Bond - Spell Power coefficient buffed from 1.0 to 1.65. Flanking Strike - Buffed to 117% Attack Power (up from 90%). Mage
Pyroclasm - Down from 250% to 225%. Paladin
Retribution Paladin - Spec Aura nerfed from -7% to -25%. Justicar's Vengeance - Attack Power up to 150% (from 90%). Divine Storm - Attack Power up to 92.8% (from 55%). Templar's Verdict - Attack Power buffed from 115% to 194%. Wake of Ashes - Attack Power increased to 210% (from 170%). Execution Sentence - Attack Power up to 200% (from 120%). Rogue
Mastery: Main Gauche - Mastery buffed from 1% to 1.3% and from 0.02% to 0.26%. Mastery: Executioner - Mastery nerfed from 2.76% to 2.45%. Shadow Focus - Energy cost of abilities reduced by 20% (down from 25%). Subtlety Rogue - Spec Aura buffed to 33% (up from 25%). Outlaw Rogue - Spec Aura nerfed to 23% (from 28%). Shaman
Earthquake - Cost reduced to 60 Maelstrom (down from 75). Elemental Shaman - Spec Aura buffed to 6% (up from -3%). Chain Lightning - Generates 4 Maelstrom per hit (up from 3). Fulmination - Lightning Bolt generates 8 Maelstrom (up from 6) and Lava Burst generates 10 Maelstrom (up from 8). Roiling Storm - Maximum stack count reduced to 15 (from 30). Warlock
Immolate - 40% of Spell Power down to 36%, Spell Power coefficient decreased from 0.25% to 0.225%. Rain of Fire - Spell Power down from 16% to 13.5%. Mastery: Master Demonologist - Spec Aura down from 1.8% to 1.45%. Grimoire: Felguard - Cooldown increased to 120 seconds (up from 90 seconds). Demonology Warlock - Spec Aura decreased to 0% (from 5%). Implosion - 32.5% of Spell Power is down to 24%. Grimoire of Service - Deals 25% increased damage (down from 50%). Bilescourge Bombers - 10% of Spell Power now up to 14%. Warrior
Cleave - Cooldown increased to 9 seconds (up from 6 seconds). Now deals 45% of Attack Power (up from 30%). Whirlwind - Causes your next single-target attack to strike up to 4 additional targets for 50% damage. (down from 55%). Colossus Smash - 200% of Attack Power is down to 150%. Skullsplitter - Bash an enemy's skull, dealing [ 84% of Attack Power ] Physical damage (up from 67.704%). Sweeping Strikes - For 12 sec your single-target damaging abilities hit 1 additional targets within 8 yds for 75% damage (up from 60% damage). Warbreaker - Smash the ground and shatter the armor of all enemies within 8 yds, dealing [ 150% of Attack Power ] Physical damage... (down from 200% of Attack Power). Credit: SimC. You can check them out here.
Patch day is upon us! Don't forget to update your graphics drivers and add-ons! Our handy Survival Guide is here to help you out!
Our Patch 8.0.1 Survival Guide is filled with useful tips to get you started with the pre-patch!
Patch 8.0.1 is going live today (tomorrow in EU). We have some last minute changes for all Classes and the official patch notes linked below!
Patch 8.0.1 Official Patch Notes Class Tuning Hotfixes: July 17 Class Guides for Patch 8.0.1 Patch 8.0.1 contains all Battle for Azeroth backend updates and Class changes! You still need to wait until BfA launch to access new content, including Azerite Armor, Island Expeditions, two new continents etc.
Table of Contents
Achievements Artifacts Customization Options Class Balance Class Guides Communities Global Cooldown Changes Legendary Items Loot Distribution Squish Multiboxing Changes War of Thorns Event UI Changes & Improvements PvP Changes & War Mode Spell Animation Updates Removed Content Voice Chat Service Blizzard confirmed that unlock requirements for existing Allied Races will remain the same and there are no plans to change and/or remove them.
Fiendish Hellfire Core (Mythic Gul'dan) & Shackled Ur'zul (Mythic Argus) remain 100% drops until Battle for Azeroth goes live.
Achievements [Return to Top]
Two new achievements have been added to the game:
A Horde of Hoofbeats (Alliance) // A Horde of Hoofbeats Collect 400 mounts usable by a single character to get Frenzied Feltalon. Artifacts [Return to Top]
Artifact traits will be disabled in the 8.0 pre-patch. Relics can still be used to upgrade the item level of your Artifact weapon.
Customization Options [Return to Top]
Players will be able to create upright Orcs and Blood Elves with golden eyes. Our friends at MMO-Champion also noticed that Void/Blood Elves now have more relaxed lips. You can find more info here.
Customization Options Coming in the 8.0 Pre-Patch
Class Balance [Return to Top]
Some Legion Legendary effects have been incorporated into their specs and their effects stack! You can read more details here. Some Artifact traits have also been baked into talents/passives, but Blizzard actually decided to disable them on Legion Artifacts. Check out the official patch notes for all changes. Class Guides [Return to Top]
We've updated all Class guides for Battle for Azeroth.
Communities [Return to Top]
World of Warcraft is adding a new Communities feature and Blizzard's updating guild chat with chat history!
With the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, we’re introducing World of Warcraft Communities, a new feature that will let you create, manage, and join multiple groups of friends and family. Whether you have a dedicated group that just likes to role-play, a group that is all about pet battling, or another that is focused on Mythic dungeons, Communities will allow you to bring them all together—no matter what realms they’re on. Not only will you be able to participate in a variety of Community groups, but you’ll be able to maintain your membership in your guild at the same time.
You can create and manage a World of Warcraft Community through the Guilds & Communities tab (J), where you’ll also have access to Blizzard Groups. Blizzard Groups allow you to connect with cross-game friends and other players even beyond World of Warcraft via the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app; Communities are specific to the character you’re creating the community with and are great for bringing together in-game friends.
Communities you create are open to same-faction characters from any realm within your region. You’ll be able to invite characters directly, provide a code, or send an invitation link to those you would like to invite to your newly-created community. You’ll also be able to create calendar events specific to your community and use Quick Join to hop into groups together.
As a part of this new feature, players will also be able to take part in Community-specific chat (text and voice), create and manage channels, and easily switch between them right within the Community interface. The new feature also provides a chat history, which we’re also bringing to guild chat.
World of Warcraft Communities will be available soon, with the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch—stay tuned for more information.
You can learn more about how to create and manage your Communities in our support article. For additional troubleshooting help with joining a World of Warcraft Community or Guild chat, visit our support site.
Global Cooldown Changes [Return to Top]
Many spells have been placed on global cooldowns.
Legendary Items [Return to Top]
Now that Artifact Power's obsolete, many sources of Artifact Power, including World Quests, will instead offer Wakening Essences that can be used to purchase specific Legendary items. Legendary items can be purchased from Arcanomancer Vridiel in Dalaran for 1,000 Wakening Essences each.
Loot Distribution [Return to Top]
Master Loot is gone and Personal Loot is now the only source of loot distribution in raids. You will still be able to trade items if you have an item with a higher item level equipped in a specific slot. Old dungeons and raids have been updated with something called Legacy Loot Mode. How Legacy Loot Mode Works
The loot mode will automatically activate when you enter a dungeon or raid that's trivial for you (your character is 10+ levels higher than the dungeon or raid's intended level). The number of items dropped by bosses will be the same as it would have been if you were in a full party or raid. All items on the loot table will have a chance to drop, regardless of your set Loot Specialization. Loot will be tradable and split among members of your party or raid. Blizzard (Source)
Since the Patch 7.3.5 change to use personal loot rules in leveling dungeons, we’ve heard a lot of feedback from Transmog hunters concerned about how this has affected the ability to collect appearances from older content. We hear you, and agree it’s a problem, so we’ve been working on a more robust solution for Battle for Azeroth. Once these updates are implemented, entering a dungeon or raid that is trivial for you (i.e.: your character is 10 or more levels higher than the dungeon or raid’s intended level) will activate a “legacy loot mode.” That loot mode will work like this:
The number of items dropped by bosses will be the same as it would have been if you were in a full party. So if you’re in a 5-player dungeon, you’ll get 5 players’ worth of loot. For raids with a flexible raid size (such as Raid Finder), this will act as though there were 20 players in the raid. All items on the loot table will have a chance to drop, not just the ones that are designated for your spec. If you have multiple players in the group, the loot will be split among those players, but be tradeable. For example, if you’re clearing with one other player and kill a boss that should drop 4 items, you’ll each be able to pick up two items and trade them between each other if you like. While the personal loot change was a key part of what allowed us to expand leveling dungeons to encompass a wider range of levels, and we’re happy with it in that environment, we recognize that it’s not a great experience for those who enjoy clearing older content for transmog, and hope that these changes will make that more enjoyable once they’re complete.
Thanks again for all of the feedback!
Squish [Return to Top]
Numbers and item levels are crunched down in the 8.0 pre-patch. Player power is unaffected by the stat squish. Blizzard's also reducing item levels, so for instance, Legion Legendary items will be of item level 190 (down from 1,000). Multiboxing Changes [Return to Top]
In order to balance World PvP, the /follow command will not work in combat with War Mode enabled. Click here to learn more about multiboxing changes in the pre-patch.
Datamined Global Strings
ERR_INVALID_FOLLOW_PVP_COMBAT - You can't use follow while engaged in PVP combat. ERR_INVALID_FOLLOW_TARGET_PVP_COMBAT - You can't follow a player who is engaged in PVP combat. War of Thorns Event [Return to Top]
The pre-expansion event will be available starting the week of July 24. The Horde will begin their match upon the kaldorei. The attack has two stages. Completing the first part unlocks Darkshore World Quests, whereas the second part rewards two mounts: Smoldering Reins of the Teldrassil Hippogryph & War-Torn Reins of the Undercity Plaguebat.
War of Thorns Preview (Alliance Pov) - TBA War of Thorns Preview (Horde PoV) *contains spoilers* Environmental Changes (Darkshore, Lordaeron) *contains spoilers* UI Changes & Map Improvements [Return to Top]
Layout of the default user interface has been slightly updated in Battle for Azeroth. The bottom right bar has 6 slots and the right bars 12 slots each.
The map has been improved in Battle for Azeroth. Boats and zeppelins are now visible on the map.
World bosses in Outland, Pandaria, and Draenor now have their spawn locations indicated on the map. Click the icon to access more information about the boss (model, loot).
PvP Changes & War Mode [Return to Top]
Strand of Ancients and Ashran along with all related achievements have been removed. Alterac and Isle of Conquest (40v40) have been added to a separate queue also known as Epic Battlegrounds. The option to Blacklist Battlegrounds has been removed. Legion PvP Post-Season
The final Legion PvP Season is coming with the launch of the 8.0 pre-patch, but comes with no rewards.
Server types are changing in the pre-patch with the introduction of War Mode. We no longer have separate PvP/PvE realm types. Instead, players decided to opt in World PvP, by enabling War Mode.
War Mode can be activated in Stormwind and Orgrimmar. Enabling War Mode increases XP gains by 10% Enlisted and grants access to PvP talents in the outdoor world. Players with enabled War Mode will be sharded with other players from different realms that have it on (with the exception of RP realms). If you decide to keep War Mode off, nobody will be able to attack you while questing.
Animations [Return to Top]
Hunters and Warlocks had updated spell animations that will go live in the pre-patch.
Content Removal [Return to Top]
First Aid, Mage Tower and many other things are going away in the Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch. Folks at reddit have compiled a really list of things going away and you can find it here.
Voice Chat Service [Return to Top]
Voice chat is now directly implemented into the game. A chat message will appear whenever you join a party or raid, giving you the option to join it. You can change your preferences under System > Voice Chat.