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Events for this week include Tides of Vengeance launch, Battleground Bonus Event, new affixes, new War Campaign chapters, and more.
Patch 8.1 is now live and all our Class guides have been updated. Click here for the official patch notes. Tides of Vengeance is a really good time to level up your alts. The patch came with a nerf to Experience required to reach level 110 by approximately 25%. New War Campaign chapters are now available to both factions. Thaumaturge Vashreen now sells a Azerite Armor tokens and specific Azerite pieces for a new currency called Titan Residuum. If you completed your weekly Mythic+ dungeon last week, Grand Challenger's Bounty will contain Titan Residuum. There's an extra incentive to run Island Expeditions, because you can now use your Seafarer's Dubloons to purchase various items like battle pets and even tokens that increase your reputation with BfA factions by 250, great for Reputation Paragon caches. For more information check out our Island Expeditions guide. Arathi and Darkshore now have daily quests that reward a new currency, used to buy mounts and vanity items. Mythic Keystone Affixes
Fortified Teeming Quaking Infested Weekly Quests
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. In Patch 8.1, you will also receive a mission for your Followers that can be completed for either 5,000 Gold or 2,000 Artifact Power. Win 4 Battlegrounds for A Call to Battle to receive Artifact Power and Marks of Honor. Win a PvP Brawl for Something Different to receive 5 Marks of Honor, a Brawler's Footlocker, 200 Honor, and 65 Conquest. World Boss
Azurethos, The Winged Typhoon
Azurethos, the terror of the Kul'tiran seas, marshalls the power of wind to force enemies out of its roost, cause waterspouts, and capsize ships. He has earned his reputation as one of the deadliest beasts in Kul Tiras.
Azurethos attacks the party with the power of wind in an attempt to force them out of its roost.
Move away from the boss when he begins casting Azurethos' Fury to make dodging tornados easier. Azurethos will move to a random player when casting Gale Force - be sure you are not standing in front of him when it goes off, or you risk being knocked off of the mountain! Healers
Move away from the boss when he begins casting Azurethos' Fury to make dodging tornados easier. Azurethos will move to a random player when casting Gale Force - be sure you are not standing in front of him when it goes off, or you risk being knocked off of the mountain! Tanks
Avoid Wing Buffet - and if you are hit by it, quickly re-establish threat. Move away from the boss when he begins casting Azurethos' Fury to make dodging tornados easier. Azurethos will move to a random player when casting Gale Force - be sure you are not standing in front of him when it goes off, or you risk being knocked off of the mountain! Loot Table
Feathered Galeforce Crest Chestguard of Dire Winds Bindings of the Winged Typhoon Talonscored Azure Vambraces Windcaller's Down Handwraps Roost-Defender's Legguards Footpads of the Encircling Storm Sandals of Rustling Rage Azurethos' Singed Plumage Galecaller's Beak Plume of the Seaborne Avian World Events
Battleground Bonus Event (December 11th - December 18th)
While this event is active, random Battlegrounds will award Honor at an increased rate (Sign of Battle). Glory awaits in the fields of battle.
PvP Brawl: Arathi Blizzard (December 11th - December 18th)
Put away your bathing suit, pull out your parka, and enter a winter wonderland as the Arathi Basin you know and love gets a fresh coat of ice and snow. You'll be racing your way between the farm, stables, mine, lumberyard, and blacksmith through piles of snow and over a - mostly - frozen lake. One more thing: the weather forecast calls for a bit of fog of war. We hope you're prepared for the weather.
Feast of Winter Veil (December 16th - January 2nd)
Greatfather Winter is visiting the cities of Ironforge and Orgrimmar, courtesy of Smokywood Pastures. And throughout Azeroth, it is the season to be jolly!
Blizzard posted a a list of known Patch 8.1 issues that will be fixed in future hotfixes.
Every patch comes with a bunch of undocumented changes and/or bugs and here is a list of known issues that went live with Tides of Vengeance yesterday:
The war raging across Azeroth between Alliance and Horde has intensified. As the Alliance lays plans to retake Darkshore and regain a foothold in Kalimdor, both factions have redoubled their attacks across the zones of Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
For those just returning or who otherwise need to be caught up we have guides for both new and returning players.
New Player’s Guide New Player Help and Guides forum Returning Player’s Guide Returning Player Help and Discussion forum Tides of Vengeance Update Notes 2
With any update, it is important to make sure that if you use addons that they have been updated. It may be a good idea to reset your UI to default to make sure that the old files aren’t causing any issues.
Resetting your User Interface 12 Helpful links for various tech issues:
Installation and Patching Troubleshooting 18 World of Warcraft Disconnection Problems 5 World of Warcraft Latency Problems 7 World of Warcraft Performance Troubleshooting 5 World of Warcraft Lockups and Crash Errors 8 Known Issues:
Incursions and Quests
Stormsong Valley: Muka Stormbreaker is not available when the quest “Horde of Heroes” is complete. “Essence of the Iron Vanquisher” does not have a turn-in Mythic Keystone Dungeons
Reaping: Bwonsamdi does not cast a summon visual trigger when he travels to a save location. Reaping: Bwonsamdi does not offer the prompt spell when the timer ends via player deaths. Reaping: Souls inherit health and damage modifiers. Islands
Players are reporting lag / frame rate drops in Dread Chain near Azerite Extractors. Classes
Mage - Brain Storm ’s Arcane Charge Energize does not proc Rule of Threes. Player versus Player
While players are not in War Mode, the tooltip still says it can only be turned off in the faction capital. PvP Talent - The Abomination summoned from Raise Abomination will become stuck trying to go between targets that are just outside the 10 yard summoning area and the summoning origin. PvP Talent - Wind Waker will put a spell visual on the Monk when an ally triggers it. Voice Chat
Exiting the client while in a party/group will result in the voice chat icon in the party chat channel to disappear and joining another voice chat channel will result in an error.
Blizzard updated the folder strucure in Tides of Vengeance and it seems that retail is going to share assets with PTR versions of the game resulting in less download for future updates.
The default installation for World of Warcraft is: C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft Before Patch 8.1, the folder contained familiar subfolders, such as "Interface" where you place your addons or "Screenshots" with all your screenshots. Starting with Patch 8.1, the "Data" folder is now shared between all versions of the game which now have specific subfolders tied to them. _retail_ - contains cache and addons for the live version of the game. _ptr_ - will contain info for the most recent PTR version of the game. If you're using Twitch app to automatically update your addons, you will need to locate the new folder to update them. Before 8.1, addons had the following default installation folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Interface\Addons In Tides of Vengeance, the location changes so keep that in mind if you're updating your addons manually:
C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\_retail_\Interface\Addons
Tides of Vengeance is now live worldwide and all our guides have been updated for the first major Battle for Azeroth content patch.
Our team has been hard at work to bring you updated guides for Patch 8.1 and you can check them out by visiting the Class guides section or the links below.
Blood Death Knight Guide for Battle for Azeroth Frost Death Knight Guide for Battle for Azeroth Unholy Death Knight Guide for Battle for Azeroth Death Knight Leveling Guide Demon Hunter
Havoc Demon Hunter Guide for Battle for Azeroth Vengeance Demon Hunter Guide for Battle for Azeroth Demon Hunter Leveling Guide Druid
Balance Druid Guide for Battle for Azeroth Feral Druid Guide for Battle for Azeroth Guardian Druid Guide for Battle for Azeroth Restoration Druid Guide for Battle for Azeroth Druid Leveling Guide Hunter
Beast Mastery Hunter Guide for Battle for Azeroth Marksmanship Hunter Guide for Battle for Azeroth Survival Hunter Guide for Battle for Azeroth Hunter Leveling Guide Mage
Arcane Mage Guide for Battle for Azeroth Fire Mage Guide for Battle for Azeroth Frost Mage Guide for Battle for Azeroth Mage Leveling Guide Monk
Brewmaster Monk Guide for Battle for Azeroth Mistweaver Monk Guide for Battle for Azeroth Windwalker Guide for Battle for Azeroth Monk Leveling Guide Paladin
Holy Paladin Guide for Battle for Azeroth Protection Paladin Guide for Battle for Azeroth Retribution Paladin Guide for Battle for Azeroth Paladin Leveling Guide Priest
Discipline Priest Guide for Battle for Azeroth Holy Priest Guide for Battle for Azeroth Shadow Priest Guide for Battle for Azeroth Priest Leveling Guide Rogue
Assassination Rogue Guide for Battle for Azeroth Outlaw Rogue Guide for Battle for Azeroth Subtlety Rogue Guide for Battle for Azeroth Rogue Leveling Guide Shaman
Elemental Shaman Guide for Battle for Azeroth Enhancement Shaman Guide for Battle for Azeroth Restoration Shaman Guide for Battle for Azeroth Shaman Leveling Guide Warlock
Affliction Warlock Guide for Battle for Azeroth Demonology Warlock Guide for Battle for Azeroth Destruction Warlock Guide for Battle for Azeroth Warlock Leveling Guide Warrior
Arms Warrior Guide for Battle for Azeroth Fury Warrior Guide for Battle for Azeroth Protection Warrior Guide for Battle for Azeroth Warrior Leveling Guide We've updated all Class and leveling guides for Tides of Vengeance.
Here come the inaugural hotfixes of Tides of Vengeance! We have the Spirit Mend fix for BM Hunters that was previously tweeted, a big nerf for Synaptic Spark Capacitor Azerite Trait and a whole lot more trait nerfs in PvP. We also get some profession tweaks, with cooking being the focus, stamina food in particular.
December 11 (source)
Hunter Beast Mastery Fixed a bug with Spirit Mend that caused it to heal for less than intended. Dungeons and Raids
Uldir Zul, Reborn Zul's health has been reduced by 5% on Mythic difficulty. Developers’ note: Tides of Vengeance removed the Subtlety Rogue passive Shuriken Combo, which was a core part of many guilds’ strategy on this fight. We’re reducing Zul’s health to avoid the update increasing the difficulty of the fight for guilds that were relying on Shuriken Combo. Items
Heart of Azeroth Synaptic Spark Capacitor damage decreased 32%. Professions
Fixed a bug that allowed some Battle For Azeroth crafted gear to be worn by player characters who no longer had the crafting skill to create it. Cooking Battle for Azeroth flasks and feasts now increase the primary stat for tanks (was Stamina). Cooks can now learn and serve new Stamina foods. Player versus Player
Rogue Snake Eyes (Azerite Trait) is reduced by 30% when engaged in combat with enemy players. Shaman Pack Spirit (Azerite Trait) is reduced by 80% when engaged in combat with enemy players (was a 50% reduction). The following Azerite Traits are reduced to 50% effectiveness when engaged in combat with enemy players: Death Knight - Magus of the Dead Demon Hunter - Revel in Pain Druid - Masterful Instincts , Arcanic Pulsar , Lively Spirit Hunter - Dire Consequences , Surging Shots Mage - Arcane Pummeling , Flash Freeze , Blaster Master , Wildfire Monk - Glory of the Dawn Paladin - Avenger's Might , Light's Decree , Righteous Conviction Priest - Whispers of the Damned Rogue - Nothing Personal Shaman - Lava Shock Warlock - Dreadful Calling , Baleful Invocation Warrior - Intimidating Presence , Crushing Assault , Bastion of Might Quests
Fixed a bug where enemies required for “Black Moon Rising ” weren’t providing quest credit when killed. Patch 8.1 notes.