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Ny'alotha raid testing continues this week with The Prophet Skitra on Mythic difficulty and Halls of Devotion, the second LFR wing of the raid.
On Friday, December 13th, we will be continuing our raid tests in Ny’alotha, the Waking City. After the test is complete we will make the second wing of Looking for Raid available for the weekend.
Friday, December 13th
The Prophet Skitra - Mythic Ny’alotha, the Waking City
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)
Halls of Devotion - Looking for Raid Ny’alotha, the Waking City
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)
As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.
Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)
Q: What character should I use to test the raid?
A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 120 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.
Q: How long does testing last?
A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.
It's time for Cataclysm Timewalking this week and players level 86 and above are eligible to enter the Firelands Timewalking raid for the very first time.
Firelands, the new Timewalking raid, has been added to the game in Patch 8.2.5, and this week, it's the first time players can enter it and defeat the seven bosses for loot.
You can find item level 395 loot in Timewalking dungeons and item level 415 loot dropping in the new raid. Completing 5 Timewalking dungeons for the weekly quest rewards Cache of Palace Treasures, a chest with one piece of gear from Normal difficulty The Eternal Palace.
Don't forget that Reins of the Infinite Timereaver has a chance to drop from any Timewalking dungeon boss as Personal Loot and save up your Timewarped Badges for expensive mounts like Beastlord's Irontusk, Beastlord's Warwolf, Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger, Yu'lei, Daughter of Jade, and more.
Gather your staunchest allies and head into the Firelands raid dungeon to take on the elemental lord Ragnaros and his cohorts—and take on six dungeons from Deathwing’s era— during Cataclysm Timewalking, running December 10–17.
The Firelands is the molten domain forged by the titans to house Ragnaros and his wayward minions. Following Deathwing’s emergence into Azeroth, Ragnaros and his servants surged onto the slopes of Mount Hyjal before being driven back by the sacred mountain’s valiant defenders. Now Ragnaros is rallying his loyalists to defend the Firelands from Azeroth’s champions.
When: The Firelands raid is available throughout the Cataclysm Timewalking event.
Difficulty: The difficulty is set to Normal and, like any Normal level raid, will not be available through Raid Finder.
Minimum Level: Players level 86 and above are eligible to participate.
Bosses: (7) Beth’tilac, Lord Rhyolith, Alysrazor, Shannox, Baleroc, the Gatekeeper, Majordomo Staghelm, Ragnaros
During Cataclysm Timewalking, you can assemble a raid group of between 1 and 30 players to step into the molten domain of Ragnaros. Don’t have a regular group? The Group Finder (I) can help. Create your own group in the Premade Groups section or search for like-minded adventurers.
DUNGEONS IN CATACLYSM TIMEWALKING
Don’t be fooled by Grim Batol’s humble exterior; many of this mountain fortress’s desecrated chambers are buried deep in the Twilight Highlands. Once the stronghold of the Wildhammer dwarves, and later seized by orcs as a prison for Alexstrasza, the city is now in the clutches of the Twilight’s Hammer cult.
Within the Temple of Earth, locked in the heart of Deepholm, lies the Stonecore. It was inside these caverns that the Twilight’s Hammer toiled over Deathwing, hammering elementium plates to the Dragon Aspect’s body in an attempt to hold his tormented form together. With his renewal complete, Deathwing ascended into Azeroth, shattering the World Pillar and destabilizing the region of Deepholm.
Lost City of theTol’vir
The Lost City of the Tol’vir is the stronghold of the Neferset, a faction of the cat-like tol’vir who swore fealty to Deathwing in exchange for a cure to the curse of flesh, which had turned their rocky hides to soft skin. With the affliction expunged, the tol’vir have rebelled against the benefactor, although they remain irrevocably twisted and hostile due to the dark pact they made.
The Vortex Pinnacle
The Vortex Pinnacle exists within the elemental plane of Skywall. Its elegant structures, crowned with bronze and gold, sit atop platforms bridged by pure air. Yet behind its exterior beauty, the pinnacle harbors Neferset tol’vir, as well as Al’Akir the Windlord’s merciless elemental legions. As long as the barrier between Skywall and Azeroth remains open, terror will rain down on Uldum from the skies.
Throne of the Tides
Deep within the Abyssal Maw’s fathomless expanses lies the Throne of the Tides. From here, the great elemental lord Neptulon the Tidehunter has surveyed and protected his aquatic domain for ages. He now faces his greatest challenge as a force of serpentine naga and malefic faceless ones threaten to depose him, leaving his realm and its secrets ripe for the plundering.
One of an infinite number of potential outcomes, this timeway depicts the desolate future of Azeroth should Deathwing fail to be stopped. Nozdormu has identified a powerful anomaly that exists in this moment and bars access to the past—and hope of retrieving the Demon Soul. The powerful creature from out of time lives alone amidst the time-twisted echoes of the past.
JUST THE FACTS
Your character and items will be scaled down to a power level fitting for the challenge at hand, but bosses will yield loot appropriate for your regular level. Timewalking dungeons also have a chance to drop items that usually drop when you run them on Heroic, and you’ll earn reputation with a faction that is interested in the dungeon. For example, when you Timewalk through The Stonecore, Slabhide could drop the Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake mount for you.
Look for the following all week long:
Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar and Chronicler Toopa in Boralus have a quest for you. You can also start the quest from within the Adventure Guide (Shift- J).
Quest Requirement: Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons.
Rewards: Artifact Power and one loot box containing a piece of gear from Normal difficulty The Eternal Palace.
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.
Goblin and Worgen players will be able to embark on a new quest line for their Heritage Armor in Visions of N'Zoth.
If you want to unlock new Heritage Armor in Patch 8.3, you must have a maximum-level goblin or worgen character and be Exalted with Bilgewater Carter or Gilneas to begin the quest line when the patch hits live servers.
The Goblin set is comprised of the following items:
X-52 Bomber Jacket X-52 Extreme Handgrips X-52 Fireproof Stompers X-52 Insulated Headgear X-52 Minesweeper Wristwraps X-52 Precision Goggles X-52 Reinforced Legguards X-52 Sapper's Shoulderguards X-52 Utility Belt The Worgen set includes the following:
Greyguard Buckle Greyguard Ceremonial Shoulderguards Greyguard Dueling Gloves Greyguard Formal Overcoat Greyguard Formal Robe Greyguard Formal Trousers Greyguard Stompers Greyguard Tophat Greyguard Wristbands Blizzard (Source)
Celebrate your legacy with two new Heritage Armor sets—one for goblins and one for worgen—coming in the release of the Visions of N’Zoth content update.
Players with a maximum-level (120) goblin or worgen who are Exalted with their faction (Bilgewater Cartel or Gilneas respectively) will be able to embark on a new quest line for each race to learn more about their history. Once you complete your quest, you’ll gain a new Heritage Armor transmogrification set unique to your race and be able to show off your pride.
Crafted by the finest madmen and women, this explosive look is the glow up you need. Or, that could be a lit fuse—careful!
Show off your noble roots by sporting this tailored velvety black and gold-trimmed attire complete with a dapper top hat. Snooty airs not required.
Begin your journey by visiting the embassy in Orgrimmar or Stormwind once Visions of N’Zoth goes live.
The remasters and upscales keep on coming, as we have the Burning Crusade's intro cinematic in up to 8K resolution now!
While BC is my favorite expansion ever, I was never a fan of the cinematic, as it's just a collection of various clips that don't have much of anything to do with Illidan's narration, until the very end. Obviously the two new races deserved screen time, but we didn't even get to see the Dranei's ship(s) in there, and then it's straight on to random battle clips. It obviously takes its cue from the Vanilla cinematic, as far as the clips go, but where it worked for Vanilla, which was simply setting the stage for the world itself, it falls a little flat here. But at least it does end on a high note, with the green horned one making a proper appearance.
Upscale AI remasters
Wrath of the Lich King Intro
Vanilla WoW Intro
Diablo 2 Intro
Diablo 2 E3 Teaser and Lord of Destruction Intro
Fall of the Lich King
Fury of the Sunwell
The Black Temple
The Gods of Zul'Aman
We have more Ivan Kuzkin goodness for you today, as he's put together a highlight reel of his 2019 Arena cinematic footage!
We'll also be taking a look at his previous PvP videos, including a really old one from 4 years ago which is particularly impressive (and longer). Here's "The Rhythm of Chaos":
And here's two earlier video trailers for the 2019 spring and fall seasons:
Impressive stuff as always. Which cinematic would you wish IKedit would remaster next? Or should he go back to his earlier class series or other original machinimas?
Extinction Machinima - Sargeras' Sword Vs. Azeroth
Fall of the Lich King
Fury of the Sunwell
The Black Temple
The Gods of Zul'Aman
Demon Hunters Machinima
Class Series Machinima: Druid