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Patch 8.0.1 Survival Guide for World of Warcraft

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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!

Introduction

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 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 

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 CoreFiendish Hellfire Core (Mythic Gul'dan) & Shackled Ur'zulShackled 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 HoofbeatsA Horde of Hoofbeats (Alliance) // A Horde of HoofbeatsA Horde of Hoofbeats
    • Collect 400 mounts usable by a single character to get Frenzied FeltalonFrenzied 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.

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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.

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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.

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Communities [Return to Top] 

World of Warcraft is adding a new Communities feature and Blizzard's updating guild chat with chat history!

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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.

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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.

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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 HippogryphSmoldering Reins of the Teldrassil Hippogryph & War-Torn Reins of the Undercity PlaguebatWar-Torn Reins of the Undercity Plaguebat.

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.

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Map Improvements

The map has been improved in Battle for Azeroth. Boats and zeppelins are now visible on the map.

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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).

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PvP Changes & War Mode [Return to Top] 

Battleground Changes

  • 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.

War Mode

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% EnlistedEnlisted 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.

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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.
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Any ideas what class(es) are going to be really broken in pvp with the patch? In both BG and world settings? 

Anyone remember the WoTLK prepatch had ret paladins 1 shotting dam near everyone? Or disc priest holy nova spam before WoD?  Or what about the warlock felguard in vanilla charging and 1 shotting clothies (So many gnome mages dead). Ya, I cant forget.

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19 minutes ago, Whisla said:

Any ideas what class(es) are going to be really broken in pvp with the patch? In both BG and world settings? 

Anyone remember the WoTLK prepatch had ret paladins 1 shotting dam near everyone?

Oh I remember that! I played prot all TBC but tried out Ret for those glorious two days before they nerfed the things back down to a reasonable level. I remember running into a group of 10+ alliance 70s and mowing them down with ease.

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