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Not very much strategy in the strategy section, just more explanation of what does what. Would be really cool to see what different strats work and what comps work better. Like for instance, I run 3 dps and we bum rush rare mobs to aoe it down with its group and try to mine as many nods as possible while avoiding the elite mobs. This lets us not waste time on mobs with huge health pools that dont give much but are pretty lethal. 

 

Edit: also I am only seeing 3 items at the vendor at the start of each expedition, so is that list accurate? or do we need to find those items elsewhere? 

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On 8/19/2018 at 2:44 AM, Whisla said:

Not very much strategy in the strategy section, just more explanation of what does what. Would be really cool to see what different strats work and what comps work better. Like for instance, I run 3 dps and we bum rush rare mobs to aoe it down with its group and try to mine as many nods as possible while avoiding the elite mobs. This lets us not waste time on mobs with huge health pools that dont give much but are pretty lethal. 

 

Edit: also I am only seeing 3 items at the vendor at the start of each expedition, so is that list accurate? or do we need to find those items elsewhere? 

I only experienced a couple of them on the beta, so I'll be putting more strategy in as I've now completed five heroic ones and several normal ones.  They're a little bit different now that I've seen six different islands.  I'll be looking to add a lot more tips as I gather more data!

19 hours ago, Guest Jastar said:

Req. for Heroic is 295, not 305 ?

Correct - I'll be updating this!!

16 hours ago, Spazik said:

Where to start them expeditions?

You want to start them near where your mission table is.  It should be very close to your big faction boat leader.

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Thanks a lot for that overview. I also found another guide, with some nice explications (f.e. meanings of icons on map). Evtl. you can refer it or get some inspiration if you like to expand your guide.

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Its worth noting that mythic seems to have gotten a sever nerf bat across the face. Theyre as easy as the heroic ones were last week.

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On 8/22/2018 at 7:40 PM, Whisla said:

Its worth noting that mythic seems to have gotten a sever nerf bat across the face. Theyre as easy as the heroic ones were last week.

Ohhh, that's great to know! Mythic were super hard when we did them first week, so much so that we just did PvP and Heroic from there on (both of these seemed to have way less HP / damage on PvE mobs).

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I'll be working this week to look at enemy HP values in Mythic vs PvP to see which is more efficient.  It'll be curious to see what % modifier they used for each and if it changed from release.

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This guide needs some serious updating now that we're starting to understand what actually causes items to drop.  The very tactics you're expounding here are the ones that were preventing people from getting drops very often.

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Done alot of research regarding this set of scenarios and i have come to the conclusion that doing the quests ,rares,portals and then red exes, in that order, but phase three doesn't happen until BOTH factions add up to a certain amount of obtained azerite,then phase 3 activates with an invasion. These invasions are where you get the mounts but most people over mine the azerite before this is able to be accomplished. Getting half way to goal and letting the opposite faction catch up some to trigger the phase 3 invasion is a great option.

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On 11/1/2018 at 6:25 AM, Firebyrd said:

This guide needs some serious updating now that we're starting to understand what actually causes items to drop.  The very tactics you're expounding here are the ones that were preventing people from getting drops very often.

You are correct!  I am working on a large overhaul and update to the 8.1 guide.  I wanted to hesitate until it was confirmed on some drop rate data as I very much dislike putting things up that are not 100% proven.  I found it odd that trying to win as fast as possible was actually counterproductive to obtaining cosmetic items, but sure enough - it was true.  Big update coming that should encompass all that is to obtain in the island expeditions!

On 11/9/2018 at 4:25 PM, Guest Frostarc said:

Done alot of research regarding this set of scenarios and i have come to the conclusion that doing the quests ,rares,portals and then red exes, in that order, but phase three doesn't happen until BOTH factions add up to a certain amount of obtained azerite,then phase 3 activates with an invasion. These invasions are where you get the mounts but most people over mine the azerite before this is able to be accomplished. Getting half way to goal and letting the opposite faction catch up some to trigger the phase 3 invasion is a great option.

You are correct - I always tell my teammates to stop going after Azerite and to beeline for the special event that seems to trigger when we are 1,000 Azerite away from winning.  I agree with your tactic as seen in my own experience that getting to the special event trigger is most important for acquiring the pets and mounts.  I will be updating the guide in 8.1 with revised tactics.  Still gathering data on the PTR in terms of drop rates and things!

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I thought this guide covered everything. Where do you queue for it? Whats the level minimum?

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Guest Duskhaven Top hat

I have recently become aware of a Top hat that is available to be rewarded from Island expeditions. I have found out  that you can only get it where there are Worgens. This week is the Havenswood island. Covered in Worgens, I have killed the rares the mobs, everything. NO luck.

I know people are getting this item because it is all over the AH. However in my realm they think people want to pay up 880K for it. Maybe they are, I will NOT. I do want this hat so badly. I have been doing IE over and over again on all my alts that can. I have read your guide here, and trying to implement what you said to up the odds of getting a reward. However I have to be doing something wrong. I have done probably 60 or more islands, and have gotten something twice I think. Even if the rewards are 100% random now, like I have heard, (but IDK if its true) I have really hard time believing that my RNG luck is THAT bad. Does it have to be on a toon that wears cloth? If so, I better level up my mage right quick lol. 

Any advice that I can try to up my odds would be awesome ? 

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Has anyone figured out how to open the chests that are rooted?  Clearing the nearby enemies doesn't open it up.  What am I missing?

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4 hours ago, Guest Lulu said:

Has anyone figured out how to open the chests that are rooted?  Clearing the nearby enemies doesn't open it up.  What am I missing?

You need to pick up a torch from the ground nearby and from then on you can burn away rooted chests. Get a shovel nearby for buried chests, etc. A lot of chest items can only be clicked if you picked the correct "key" beforehand. 

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