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Tides of Vengeance is now live and our hub contains all the latest information!

Welcome to our Tides of Vengeance hub. Here, you'll find all the latest information about Battle for Azeroth's first content patch 8.1 and beyond.

Introduction

Patch 8.1 titled Tides of Vengeance was pushed to PTR on September 21. The patch went live on December 11. You can check out our latest coverage by visiting the links below:

Not all content will be available immediately upon launch and you can find the full unlock schedule here.

Blizzard started posting official previews of features and content that will go live on January 22.

PTR Coverage

This section contains old PTR news coverage.

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Patch 8.1 Build #27985

Patch 8.1 Build #27826

Patch 8.1 Content

  • Blizzard recently announced improvements to Azerite Armor acquisition from Mythic+. You can find more details here.
  • Heritage Armor will be added for non-Allied Races; Blood Elves & Dwarves are first on the list.
    • There's no reputation grind behind this. If you're at max level and Exalted with Ironforge/Blood Elves, you can start the quest and complete a scenario to get your Heritage Armor.
  • Reputation Paragon for BfA factions is coming.
  • Champions of Azeroth reputation will be made account-wide.
  • Incursions are a new feature similar to Legion assaults.
  • Darkshore Warfront (Night Elves vs Forsaken theme)
    • The outdoor zone will be updated just like Arathi Highlands with new quests, rares, etc.
  • War Campaign continues with the Alliance leading a direct strike at the Zandalari Fleet.
  • We can expect two new raids in 8.1:
    • Siege of Zuldazar is a nine-boss raid where the foe is the opposing faction.
      • Alliance players will join Jaina and her forces to fight their way up to the pyramid to confront Rastakhan.
      • Horde players will try to defend the pyramid, fighting Jaina in the High Seas as the final boss.
    • Crucible of Storms is a two-boss raid located under Shrine of the Storm that hints at Queen Azshara. It's Battle for Azeroth's "Trial of Valor" raid.
  • Allied Races: Kul Tirans and Zandalari Trolls will become available for gameplay after the Siege of Zuldazar raid. You can find more details about how to unlock them here.
  • Two New Islands: Jorundall (Vrykul-themed Island) & Havenswood (Gilnean-themed Island)
  • Gnomeregan Pet Battle Dungeon
  • Profession Changes
  • New Scenarios
    • Tyrande's Ascension - players will unlok new Night Elf Warrior customization options with dark eyes.
    • Cooking Scenario with Nomi
    • Unknown Tol Dagor Scenario
    • Heritage Armor Scenarios
  • Vol'jin's Story Continues - The Shadow Hunter is looking for answers in 8.1 as he tries to figure out why he appointed Sylvanas for Warchief.

Allied Races

You will be able to unlock Legion Allied Races faster in Patch 8.1.

Class Changes

Multiple Classes are subject to changes in Patch 8.1. These include Elemental Shamans, Shadow Priests, and Protection Warriors. So far, Blizzard outlined plans for Elemental Shamans. They haven't decided what to do with Protection Warriors just yet.

Model Updates

Draenei totems received new models with a higher polygon count in 8.1.

Interviews/Livestreams

Game Director Ion Hazzikostas unveiled Patch 8.1 on September 18.

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6 hours ago, Stan said:

Class Changes

 

Multiple Classes are subject to changes in Patch 8.1. These include Elemental Shamans, Shadow Priests, and Protection Warriors.......

Where are these changes listed? Especially for shadow priest

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3 hours ago, neckless said:

Where are these changes listed? Especially for shadow priest

Nowhere. It was mentioned in a Q&A that they plan to change said Classes in an upcoming patch, because there wasn't enough time for "sweeping changes" before BfA launch. They just haven’t nailed down the specifics yet. We’ll update the hub as soon as we learn more. 

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it seems from other data mined stuff they are back pedaling on jaina and replacing her with mekkatorque, i hope not though, i would love to murder jaina in raid fight 😄

#nohordebias #neverbelievemyhashtags

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43 minutes ago, Tri said:

it seems from other data mined stuff they are back pedaling on jaina and replacing her with mekkatorque, i hope not though, i would love to murder jaina in raid fight 😄

#nohordebias #neverbelievemyhashtags

Why would you say such hurtful things... Jaina is a nice lady and all she wants is to be loved... But seriously the likelihood of us "murdering" Jaina is pretty slim.

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1 hour ago, Tri said:

it seems from other data mined stuff they are back pedaling on jaina and replacing her with mekkatorque, i hope not though, i would love to murder jaina in raid fight 😄

#nohordebias #neverbelievemyhashtags

Good luck with that.

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2 hours ago, Nightwinds said:

Why would you say such hurtful things... Jaina is a nice lady and all she ever wanted was to study... But seriously the likelihood of us "murdering" Jaina is pretty slim.

Fixed.

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8 hours ago, Stan said:

Nowhere. It was mentioned in a Q&A that they plan to change said Classes in an upcoming patch, because there wasn't enough time for "sweeping changes" before BfA launch. They just haven’t nailed down the specifics yet. We’ll update the hub as soon as we learn more. 

https://www.wowhead.com/news=287352/patch-8-1-ptr-27826-class-changes-elemental-shaman-feral-druid-talents These are the initial patch notes.

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Sorry, where are the class change notes? Why no mention of Feral when Feral is getting major changes (new talent, several mechanic adjustments?). 

 

Come on, icy-veins. Maintain the quality I know you are known for.

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So looking at patch notes for 8.1,  "111-120 gems are no longer be socketed in prior expansion gear".  Meaning that insightful rubellite by lower level characters,  You could before 8.1 socket the gem into item level 100 (char level 80 gear).  So looks like that is gone.  Can some one confirm that when servers are back up.

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