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Rextroy is back with some more interesting videos and it seems he's starting a new series where he pits 40 of one class against 40 of another, presumably to go with BfA's conflict theme. Apparently both fights had a third, unforeseen adversary in the form of lag, but they ended up being a lot of fun nonetheless, with the lag actually adding a bit of tension to the proceedings, as abilities just erupt in waves.
First off we have a Hero class face-off to mirror Arthas and Illidan's fight from Frozen Throne:
And then it's on to Light vs. Death as Paladins take on the Lich King's elite:
There's also an added bonus, as Rextroy also put together a weird expedition to Northrend, composed entirely of low level recruits to see if they could make it through the ghoul and undead infested Bombardment area in Icecrown. Why? Why not!
It's always great to see these kinds of events, reminding us that there's always something to do in Azeroth, even if you're not too fond of the current content. MMOs are usually at their best when players take the reins and find their own fun, so thanks go out to Rextroy for these types of events and we hope to see more like it soon.
If you know any interesting events like this, post your favorites below!
Today's hotfixes are mostly just the PvP mana regen tuning from yesterday, but we also have some more Battle of Dazar'alor changes, this time for Heroic difficulty High Tinker and Rastakhan.
February 14 (source)
Dungeons and Raids
Battle of Dazar’alor High Tinker Mekkatorque Wind Up now grants 10% Haste and Movement Speed in Heroic difficulty (was 20%). Boss health lowered by 5% in Heroic difficulty. King Rastakhan Seal of Purification, Scorching Detonation, and Withering Burst should no longer hit pets. Uldir Taloc Orbs of Harmony will now respawn when the Taloc encounter resets. Player versus Player
Restoration Druid mana regeneration is now reduced by 55% in PvP. Holy Priest, Holy Paladin, Restoration Shaman, and Mistweaver Monk mana regeneration is now reduced by 50% in PvP. Discipline Priest mana regeneration is now reduced by 45% in PvP. Balance Druid, Feral Druid, and Elemental Shaman mana regeneration is reduced by 35% in PvP. Developers’ notes: We’ve taken a careful look at healer mana during longer PvP engagements in both Arenas and battlegrounds, and the changes above are intended to address several concerns. In PvP, we want mana to feel like a more critical resource, and we want mana efficiency to be an important part of PvP healing. At the beginning of Battle for Azeroth, mana regeneration from all healer specs was reduced by 15-30% (depending on the class), and after reviewing the current state of the game, we feel like further reductions are necessary to both healer specs and a few hybrid specs. Druid
Restoration Nourish (PvP Talent) mana cost increased by 30% Rogue
Assassination Neurotoxin now increases the cooldown of affected spells by 1 sec, down from 3 sec. Neurotoxin now has a 45 second cooldown, up from 25 sec. Neurotoxin now has a 3 sec duration, down from 10 sec. Developers note: Unfortunately, we are unable to fix a number of technical issues with this spell at this time. We’re working on a fix for it that we hope to include in 8.1.5. Previous hotfixes.
Zandalari Trolls are coming in Patch 8.1.5 and the intro quest along with the character creation cutscene have been added on PTR.
To unlock Zandalari Trolls once Patch 8.1.5 goes live, you must meet 3 requirements:
Reach Exalted reputation standing with The Zandalari Empire Earn the Achievement: Zandalar Forever! Earn the Achievement: Tides of Vengeance The cutscene is narrated by Queen Talanji.
Check out our Zandalari Trolls Preview to learn everything about the new Allied Race.
Here's a preview of the Kul Tiran cutscene narrated by Jaina's mother, Katherine Proudmoore.
In order to unlock Kul Tiran Humans in Patch 8.1.5, you must:
Reach Exalted reputation standing with Proudmoore Admiralty Earn the Achievement: A Nation United Earn the Achievement: Tides of Vengeance Transcript
Check out our Kul Tiran Humans Preview to learn more about the new Alliance race of Patch 8.1.5.
Events for this week include opening of the second Dazar'alor Raid Finder Wing, Love is in the Air, and the Pet Battle Bonus Event.
Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Finder Wing 2 is now open. Love is in the Air is here until February 26. Check out what's new here. Activision Blizzard has laid off ~8% of their non-dev employees as part of the company's restructuring and projected stagnation for 2019. Horde players on US realms can now kill the Darkshore Warfront boss Ivus for ilvl 400 loot. Mythic Keystone Affixes
Tyrannical Bolstering Grievous Reaping Weekly Quests
Win 5 PvP Pet Battles for The Very Best to receive Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. Azerite for the Alliance & Azerite for the Horde: Collect 36,000 Azerite from Island Expeditions to receive 2,500 Azerite and 1,500 reputation with Honorbound/7th Legion. Island Expeditions
The following islands are on rotation this week:
Havenswood Rotting Mire Un'gol Ruins World Boss
Animated by the powerful voodoo of the nearby Necropolis, T'zane stalks the swamps of Nazmir in search of more souls to consume.
Over the course of the encounter, T'zane will unleash the tormented sprits trapped within him to create avoidable effects.
Avoid standing in front of T'zane during Terror Wail. Move away from allies when affected by Consuming Spirits. Avoid touching Coalesced Essence. Healers
Avoid standing in front of T'zane during Terror Wail. Move away from allies when affected by Consuming Spirits. Avoid touching Coalesced Essence. Tanks
Avoid standing in front of T'zane during Terror Wail. Avoid touching Coalesced Essence. Loot Table
Petrified Mask of the Afterlife Deathshambler's Shoulderpads Bindings of Eternal Fears Soulplank Vambraces Cinch of All-Consuming Death Death Devouring Girdle Legguards of the Barkbound Dead Wailing Terror Leggings Swampwalker's Soul-Treads Spiritbound Voodoo Burl T'zane's Barkspines World Events
Pet Battle Bonus Event (February 12th - February 19th)
While this event is active, your pets will earn experience at triple the usual rate! Get out there and battle!
Put your best battle pet teams to the test with this week’s event. To get in on the action, open your Pet Journal (Collections Shift+ P) and click the “Find Battle” button to be match up with an opponent with their own team of well-trained companions.
Look for the following all week long:
Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar or Chronicler Toopa in Boralus has a quest for you – The Very Best. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it within the Adventure Journal. Quest requirement: Win 5 pet battles versus other players with a team of three level-25 pets. Reward: One Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. Passive bonus: All Pet Battle experience gains are increased by +200% Every Week
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.
Love is in the Air (February 12th - February 26th)
Something is in the air in the major cities of Azeroth. Many guards and townsfolk spend their days giving and receivng gifts to other amorous citizens. You can learn more about the event by visiting our guide.