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A very interesting thing has come up during today's raid testing, which might very strongly indicate that there will be a huge and somewhat unexpected (at least this early) confrontation taking place at the end of the Sanctum of Domination! Big potential spoilers ahead!
Pauper_Jenkins looked around the raid using Far Sight and spotted the Arbiter's room from Oribos inside the raid, which means there might be something happening there.
But what could that something be? We've already seen the very top of Torghast in the recent Sanctum raid sneak peek, and the Arbiter's room actually is positioned above it there as well. Obviously the Arbiter's room isn't literally "above" Torghast, but these are the Shadowlands we're talking about, and the Jailer surely has his ways of traversing as well. It's also likely that the Sylvanas encounter will take place at the top of the tower... at least at first. If we take a look at the final raid encounter in more detail, the Dungeon Journal states that in the later phases Sylvanas waylays the players as the Jailer "ascends":
The above happens after Sylvanas "destroys" the tower below, so we're definitely heading up, and is followed by:
Final showdown between Death and inevitability? If you factor in the Oribos room into all that, it seems pretty likely we'll be seeing the Jailer facing off against the Arbiter, in one of the most one-sided fights in history unless the big soul dispatcher wakes up or someone other than us steps in to help, as we'll be busy with Sylvanas. This also indicates that the Jailer might be getting another key at the end of the raid, with theories about the Arbiter's chest-gem/pearl finally being resolved. Also, that means the final part of our fight with Sylvanas might be in that same room, and if I were a betting man I'd say those portals all around the platform will come into play.
This is a hugely interesting twist, as we weren't quite expecting the story to progress quite this fast. Also, could this possibly mean 9.2 will be the final raid/patch of Shadowlands? It seems like an extremely big leap there, but considering the delays we've already seen and 9.1 coming in 2-3 (or more?) months, it's possible Blizzard sped up the story a little. Then again it's just as likely that this was planned all along, but considering the relatively low stakes/story implications of Castle Nathria, this is a pretty huge step up - that is if any of it is true.
We still don't now what exactly happens at the end of the Sanctum of Domination, but the above is a pretty solid theory at this point, as I'm pretty sure the Jailer will get all of his keys before the end of Shadowlands. I just wasn't expecting it to go this quickly...
As the 9.1 PTR is the main focus of the community at the moment, Nerfmeta, Ellesmêre, Asûna, Jpc and Onezyd thought they'd shift the attention back to live, as they took down Plaguefall +27, as spotted by Raider.IO, with 3 and a half minutes to spare!
This is a huge move forward in the Mythic+ top end, as it's been a little under 2 months since the last highest key World First. The team also brought back the highest key WF title to the West (and the US in particular), as the past four top clears have been by Chinese teams.
Now let's have a look at their runs, shall we:
Ellesmêre Holy Pala PoV:
Jpc Outlaw Rogue PoV:
Onezyd Balance Druid PoV:
And here are the stats:
So huge congratulations to the team and let's see if they can go even further! How high do you think we'll be getting in Season 1?
Let's take a break from the 9.1 PTR content for a second and enjoy/admire some really awesome artwork, as Maksym Gordiyenko is back with more amazing Covenant-themed Taeshalach sword models!
These are one of those things were "Blizzard, we need this in the game!" is the most common comment, as we now have all 4 Covenants covered! The two new additions since last time we checked are the Kyrian and Necrolord swords:
Some truly epic stuff there, and very thematically linked to the Covenants they represent. Here are some comments from the artist himself, from two reddit threads:
So, we may be getting more swords, this time Maw/Jailer-oriented! There's a whole lot more awesomeness to be seen over on Gordiyenko's Artstation and Instagram, including a Gorehowl variant, additional Bolvar-related variants, and many more!
Here comes one of the tools that will make your life a lot easier in Mythic+. Keystone.guru is a site that not only lets you make your own routes, but also lets you check others as well, with rankings for each individual dungeon per weekly set of affixes!
Similar to the Mythic Dungeon Tools in-game addon, the site allows you to create your own routes and browse through other people's routes and make your own, and you don't have to be in the game to do it! You can set it up on a secondary monitor (or phone) while playing to make it even easier, and there's a whole lot of routes to choose from already, week-by-week!
The site just got a redesign yesterday and it's looking pretty good:
You can check the popular routes either by specific dungeon, or overall, with each dungeon being ranked according to the week's affixes, so you can get a good overview of which dungeon to focus each week based on relative difficulty:
And here's a word on some of the features from the developer, Wotuu:
This really seems like a must-have, invaluable tool for any even half-way serious Mythic+ player, as it's just so convenient to create routes outside the game, not to mention check other popular ones either use them outright, or tweak them to your liking. So make sure to head on over there and check it out!
Muffinus clarified that we won’t have to wait 7 weeks to reach Renown 59 to unlock flying in Patch 9.1. In fact, Memories of Sunless Skies should become available from the next chapter following the hub unlocking in Korthia and that's next week on the PTR.
In an interview, Blizzard said that we'd need to complete the final chapter of the Covenant Campaign to unlock flying in Patch 9.1, so we checked out updated Renown rewards in the game's database and found out that the final chapter unlocked at Renown 59. With Renown increasing by 3 each week, it would take approximately 7 weeks to unlock flying, but this theory has been debunked.
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