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Two of Shadowlands' most beloved characters (especially so if you count enjoyment per line of dialogue) have been immortalized and are getting their own achievement, as they'll be present in one of the new raid encounters on 9.1!
That's right, we get to reunite the two fan-favorites in the Sanctum of Domination raid once more, specifically during the Tarragrue encounter. The amazingly named "Name A Better Duo, I'll Wait" is most likely part of the Glory of the Raider meta achievement, and has us re-re-re-connecting the two, and hopefully getting a new awesome interaction between them.
Buttons and Moriaz have been very popular with the community since we first ran into them in Torghast, and have only become more and more beloved as we've run into them countless times during the runs. It's also safe to say that they're probably everyone's favorite thing about the new feature! They even spawned many art pieces and memes, so it's really cool of Blizzard to make them part of the 9.1 story, in however small a part.
And, of course, we couldn't end this post without getting another hit of the good stuff:
The official Warcraft Movie twitter and the Universal Pictures All-Access YouTube page just posted some deleted scenes from the film! We get to see more of Durotan and Orgrim, Khadgar heading to the Lion's Pride inn (including a very basic gryphon model) , Lothar receiving his boomstick in Ironforge, a pretty cool meeting of the kingdoms scene, and a late scene where Khadgar declining becoming the new Guardian.
The scenes are from the home entertainment release of Warcraft on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
Thanks to Martin Benjamins for the heads up!
The new zone in Chains of Domination is a huge part of the patch, but apparently isn't so huge in size compared to the other Shadowlands zones. We also have plenty of videos doing some early exploration of the zone to check out!
First off, MrGM took a look at Korthia and compared it to the original Shadowlands zones and found it to be significantly smaller, but that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, as plenty of zones added in later patches were smaller in size, but richer in content:
The unshaded part there is the actual Korthia, with the above part being the current Maw. And so it seems the Maw will grow to reach the size of the other zones by consuming Korthia, which is most likely just a design thing, but could be an interesting little detail lore-wise as well. Also worth noting is that while we will be getting to use our mounts in Korthia (and the old Maw), the other zones will be getting flying mount access at some point during the patch as well.
Next we're on to some actual Korthia exploration, as plenty of players have been recording their quick looks at the day 1 experience of the new zone!
Blizzard is chaning how PvP items work, with them getting an increase in item level when used in PvP-specific situations in 9.1 and Season 2, while having a reduced item level in other content, compared to what it would have been like in Season 1. Check out the specifics and the reasoming behind the decision below:
PvP Item Levels (source)
In Shadowlands, we’ve been happy to see that the reintroduction of Honor, Conquest, and PvP gear vendors has been well-received by players. Nonetheless, we feel that there is still room for improvement. One piece of feedback we’ve heard repeatedly is that PvP gear needs something special for it to stand apart in PvP specific situations.
In an upcoming build of the Chains of Domination PTR, you will notice that all Season 2 PvP items have +13 item levels in PvP. This means that in PvP situations (such as battlegrounds, arenas, and war mode), the power of these items will increase by 13 item levels. Along with this, the baseline item level of these items will be reduced by 6 from where it would have otherwise been.
If this arrangement had been in place during Shadowlands Season 1, Duelist gear would have had a baseline item level of 220 and would have scaled up to item level 233 in Season 1 PvP.
What we want here is for the different endgame sources of gear to be viable in all content, while the very best gear for PvP generally comes from PvP activities, and the very best gear for raids and dungeons generally comes from raids and dungeons. We believe this small adjustment gets us closer to accomplishing that, while still allowing for plenty of crossover play between PvE and PvP.
Here comes week 5 of Mythic+ in patch 9.0.5 and it's a very stable one! We have some fluctuations but generally things are staying in place as the meta seems to have solidified, and with 9.1 on the PTR, this may be the final form for the next couple of months until the new patch arrives!
Then we're on to the logs with this note: The logs are based on POINTS, and not actual damage or healing, meaning they log the timed completion for the specs, with higher keys getting more points, obviously. The time in which the dungeon is completed is also a factor, but a much, much smaller one, as it grants very few points if you do it significantly faster than just any in-time completion. We'll also be switching back to the Normalized Aggregate Scores numbers, for clarity.
The first change we see at the top in the 95th percentile is Affliction swapping places with Elemental in 7th place, as Arcane also jumps past Survival lower down, and Frost DK drops a couple spots. Feral and Beast Master moved past Demonology near the bottom, and Retribution and Arms remain in the final two spots.
Mythic+ All Keys 95th Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.
In the all percentiles bracket, Fury has dropped quite a bit, with both Unholy and Affliction moving past it. The two weaker Hunter specs have basically swapped spaces with the two weaker Warlock ones, now sandwiching poor Frost DKs.
Mythic+ All Keys All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.
In the perhaps more important rankings, the 15 keys, we see Marksmanship dropping rapidly, as its lost 4 spots since last week, joining Survival near top-mid pack. Havok took this opportunity and also moved past Elemental, as is looking pretty good in the higher keys. The two lesser Mage specs also jumped up a lot from their lowly spots last week, as the rest remained more or less the same.
Mythic+15 All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.
+20ies completely changed week-over-week, which is how it goes in the crazy world of very high keys, and a brand new champion arrived, as Arcane kicked Subtlety out of the top spot SO hard it went down into the LAST spot! This fact pretty much explains why the below rankings are more for fun and don't really mean much, when the No.1 spec one week can be at the bottom without any nerfs or big changes. But hey, it's fun to look at!
Mythic+20 All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.
For even more in-depth data for each individual key head on over to Warcraft Logs. And if you're interested in more info on the specs themselves you can always check out our class guides or our extensive Mythic+ guides as well, which have tier lists, dungeon rankings and more.