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With the big Season 2 update coming next week, we're getting previews for all the big updates to the main features and today Blizzard are taking a look at PvP. From Conquest reward updates and schedule (featuring weeks, item levels and gear) to ranked rewards, a change to the Gladiator title and a lot more.
You can also check out the broader Season 2 changes coming to the game as previewed by Game Director Ion Hazzikostas, or one of our own previews for the new allied races, their druid forms, totems, the new raiding with leashes, profession changes and more.
BfA PvP Season 2 (source)
Battle for Azeroth PvP Season 2 goes live Tuesday, January 23, and with it come a few system changes and updated Conquest rewards.
Conquest Reward Updates
With PvP Season 2, we’ve fine-tuned the Conquest reward schedule to provide players with more variety and flexibility to get the kind of gear they’re looking for.
Players who earn 500 Conquest points in a given week will receive one Quartermaster’s Coin and a piece of gear from that week’s selection. Players might also earn an additional piece of gear or Quartermaster’s Coin each week by using a weekly bonus roll token in PvP. 10 Quartermaster’s Coins can be exchanged for a Warlord’s Trophy, which players can use to upgrade a piece of Sinister Gladiator’s gear to a higher item level (based on their current Rated PvP bracket).
Alliance PvP Season 2 Armor During weeks when the Conquest reward is a head, shoulder, or chest item, players can choose from one of four different pieces of Azerite gear. For the weeks when the Conquest reward is not an Azerite piece, trinket, or weapon, players will be able to choose gear from one of two different slots such as legs and wrists, hands and back, or finger and feet.
Conquest Schedule Week
Horde PvP Season 2 Armor The PvP reward UI will now show the criteria needed to receive your weekly chest. Elite sets (available to earn for a limited time only) can also be viewed in the Appearances interface under the Set tab.
Ranked PvP Rewards
We’ve also updated the naming conventions for the brackets. Now when players reach a 2400 rating in any bracket (2v2, 3v3, or 10v10 Rated Battlegrounds), they will be moved into the Elite bracket. Like other brackets, players will immediately be granted an achievement and title when reaching the bracket. Elite titles are class-specific, and players will receive a unique tabard for their collection.
Sinister Gladiator Title
The Gladiator title and achievement will now be earnable by winning 50 games above a 2400 rating in 3v3 Arena. Players in the top 0.1% at the end of the season in this bracket will earn the title Sinister Gladiator for Season 2.
PvP Season 2 Alliance and Horde Mounts Season 2 Mounts
During Battle for Azeroth Season 2, players can work toward claiming the Vicious Black Bonesteed or Vicious Black Warsaber. Once earned, players can fill the bar again to receive a Vicious Saddle, allowing them to purchase a mount from previous seasons.
Keep an eye on the Player vs. Player Leaderboards during the season to follow who’s making waves at the top.
You can also take a look at the Gladiator mounts coming with the season here.
New Profession quests called Tools of the Trade are coming in Patch 8.1.5. They were first shown off at last year's BlizzCon and some of the items have been added to the game in the initial 8.1.5 build.
Tools of the Trade questlines provide players with powerful perks. While they haven't been enabled on PTR for playtesting yet, BlizzCon 2018 shed some light on the various items that players will be able to acquire in the upcoming content update. For example, Jewelcrafters will be able to remove an embedded gem from one of their socketed items and Blacksmiths will gain the ability to repair a piece of their equipment instantly, on a 1 hour cooldown, thanks to the Khaz'gorian Hammer.
The following Tools of the Trade items have been unveiled so far:
Silas' Sphere of Transmutation - "The sphere's surface swirls and shifts, showing different images for brief moments, never long enough to see what they actually are." Use: Concentrate on the sphere to transmute it into another object for 1 hour. Highlights and allows the player to interact with various cauldrons on Kul Tiras and Zandalar. Blacksmithing
Khaz'gorian Hammer - "This hammer may be used in lieu of a normal blacksmith hammer for crafting." Use: Allows the user to repair a piece of their equipment instantly. (1 Hr Cooldown) When crafting blacksmithing armor or weapons, there's a chance it will be given the "Indestructible" property. Enchanting
Iwen's Enchanting Rod - "Eldritch magic caused the rod to thrum with power. Can also serve as any lesser runed enchanting rod." Use: Consume 1 Veiled Crystal to animate an inert golem. (10 Sec Cooldown) Gain extra resources when disenchanting. Engineering
Ub3r-Spanner Use: Summons an Ub3r-Construct to assist the caster for 20 seconds. If no Ub3r-Construct is specified, a random one will appear. (15 Min Cooldown) Enables the engineer to craft Ub3r-Constructs. Inscription
Sanguine Feather Quill of Lana'thel - "It was never known if Lana'thel was the creator of the quill, or merely the inspiration behind its design." Use: Siphons the blood of the dead around you, restoring your own health in the process. Allows for the creation of Blood Contracts. Jewelcrafting
Jewelhammer's Focus Use: Using the focus, carefully extract an embedded gem from one of your socketed items. Allows the holder to interact with shrines around Kul Tiras and Zandalar, focusing the light from the zone through the lens in order to create a geode of gems. Leatherworking
Mallet of Thunderous Skins Use: Summons a special mount which can only be ridden within Kul Tiras and Zandalar. Allows the player to interact with special drums within Kul Tiras and Zandalar, granting them a buff for 1 hour. Tailoring
Synchronous Thread - "A stitch in time saves the world from its demise." Use: Allows Synchronous Tailors to mend tears in the fabric of time. The threads of time sew cloth from past, present and future. Cloth displaced in time can be found more often in the world.
The first Patch 8.1.5 build is available for playtesting on PTR and here's what's new.
Blizzard pushed the initial 8.1.5 Build to PTR last week and our latest coverage includes: Patch 8.1.5 Developer Notes Kul Tiran & Zandalari Troll Racial Abilities PTR Nerfs to Regeneratin' Crusader's Direhorn (Zandalari Troll Paladin Class Mount) Kul Tiran & Zandalari Trolls Coming in Patch 8.1.5 New Portal Rooms in Stormwind & Orgrimmar Kul Tiran & Zandalari Druid Incarnation Moonkin Forms Kul Tiran Shaman Totem Models 8.1.5 Mount Preview: Bruce Raiding with Leashes VI: Pets of Pandaria Overview The Story of Xal'atath in Patch 8.1.5 (Spoiler Alert) Allied Races Speculation: Are Mechagnomes and Vulpera Next? The datamined broadcast text revealed some interesting plot development around Derek Proudmoore. You can check it out below by clicking the "Reveal Hidden Contents" button below. The initial build comes with three scenarios: 8.1.5 Magni - Uldir - Magni and Brann venture into Uldir to meet MOTHER. The Prison of Ink - You are engaging in a trial to earn a blood contract. The Creator's Workshop - Mimiron has called you to the Spark of Imagination in Ulduar to reform Hati. New micro-holidays include Wanderer's Festival, Free T-Shirt Day & Vash'jir Diving Day. Achievements
Flame Keeper of Zandalar Flame Warden of Kul Tiras Extinguishing Kul Tiras Extinguishing Zandalar Elite: Battle for Azeroth Season 1 Tides of Vengeance Tides of Vengeance Raiding with Leashes VI: Pets of Pandaria Item Reward: Happiness Broadcast Text (Spoiler Warning)
SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_375 - You are not wearing a shirt! ERR_MAIL_TEMP_RETURN_OUTAGE - Mail return temporarily unavailable BLIZZARD_STORE_VAS_ERROR_AUTHENTICATOR_INSUFFICIENT - You must attach an authenticator and then log in to your Guild Master character at least 7 days prior to purchasing a guild service. BLIZZARD_STORE_VAS_ERROR_ALREADY_RENAME_FLAGGED - Your Guild Master character has a pending name change. Complete the name change and try again. BLIZZARD_STORE_VAS_ERROR_GM_SENORITY_INSUFFICIENT - Your character must be the Guild Master for at least 7 days before purchasing this service. BLIZZARD_STORE_VAS_ERROR_OPERATION_ALREADY_IN_PROGRESS - Your recent guild service transaction is still processing. BLIZZARD_STORE_VAS_ERROR_LOCKED_FOR_VAS - You must wait 30 days after purchasing a character or guild service on this character before you can purchase a new guild service. BLIZZARD_STORE_VAS_ERROR_MOVE_IN_PROGRESS - Your recent guild service purchase is still processing. Holidays
8.1 Tides of Vengeance: War Campaign Part 3 Wanderer's Festival Free T-Shirt Day Vash'jir Diving Day Titles
"Name" the T-Shirt Enthusiast Items
You can find all items added in the first 8.1.5 build here.
8.1.5 Magni - Uldir - Magni and Brann venture into Uldir to meet MOTHER. The Prison of Ink - You are engaging in a trial to earn a blood contract. The Creator's Workshop - Mimiron has called you to the Spark of Imagination in Ulduar to reform Hati. Mounts
Kul Tiran Charger - "The Kul Tiran military prides itself on mastery of both sea, through a vast navy, and land, with armed cavalary." Bruce - "BRUCE!" Crusader's Direhorn - "A loyal steed to the holy crusaders of Zandalar." Toys
Noblegarden: Noble Gardener's Hearthstone Midsummer Fire Festival: Fire Eater's Hearthstone Brewfest: Brewfest Reveler's Hearthstone World Safe Locs
8.1.5 Allies - Horde - Zandalari - Vehicle Safe (JAK) 8.1.5 Allies - Horde - Quest 03 - Safeloc (JAK) "Wintergrasp BG, Defense Starting Area" "Wintergrasp BG, Offense Starting Area" AI Test Map 8b - Arathi Basin - Alliance Graveyard AI Test Map 8b - Arathi Basin - Horde Graveyard Warsong Gulch - Horde Enter Loc (New) Warsong Gulch - Alliance Enter Loc (New) Warsong Gulch (Uprez) - Alliance Rez Loc Warsong Gulch (Uprez) - Horde Rez Loc Arathi Basin (Uprez) - Horde Entrance Arathi Basin (Uprez) - Alliance Entrance 8.1.5 Magni - Uldir - Start - RMV 8.1.5 Magni - Uldir - Exit - RMV 8.1.5 Magni - Uldir Scenario - All - Entrance GY Drustvar-Sef'sRetreatGY 8.1.5 Professions - Inscription - Prison of Ink GY "Wintergrasp Battleground, Siege Factory (SW)" "Wintergrasp Battleground, Siege Factory (SE)" "Wintergrasp Battleground, Siege Factory (Defense NW)" "Wintergrasp Battleground, Siege Factory (Defense NE)" "Wintergrasp Battleground, Fortress Graveyard (Indoors)" "Wintergrasp Battleground, Fortress (West)" "Wintergrasp Battleground, Fortress (East)" GMOD Drustvar Safety Port GMOD Escape Safety
Here's a preview of both Moonkin Forms empowered by the Incarnation: Chosen of Elune talent.
Incarnation: Chosen of Elune alters the look of your Moonkin Form for 30 seconds. In this article, we're previewing empowered Kul Tiran and Zandalari Druid Moonkin Forms.
Kul Tiran Druid
Kul Tirans have four color variations of their empowered Moonkin Form.
Zandalari Trolls only have one Moonkin model, so the empowered version does not have any other variation besides this one.
With Kul Tirans and Zandalari Trolls confirmed for Patch 8.1.5, it's time to speculate about the next set of Allied Races that will be added later in Battle for Azeroth.
At last year's BlizzCon, Blizzard talked about Mechagnomes on the What's Next panel. The plan in Rise of Azshara is to release Mechagon, a Mythic-only dungeon, that will later be split into two wings, similar to Legion's Karazhan. Here are eight mechagnome variations that were teased at BlizzCon.
With a new zone and dungeon, the Allied Race would definitely fit the story of Patch 8.2.
Vulpera have been rumored as a possible Horde Allied Race in Battle for Azeroth for some time now. They currently have more customization options that Kul Tirans. Sure, they're probably intended for NPC generation for now, but it would be a waste of resources if they were left unreleased.
The Vulpera are closely tied to the Horde and the story of Vol'dun in Battle for Azeroth. Check out our Vulpera Allied Race Preview for more information about the race.
Which Allied Races would you like to see next?