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Artifact Power Catchup Disabled Until January 22nd

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At Battle of Azeroth launch, Blizzard introduced an Artifact Power catchup mechanism that reduced the amount of Artifact Power required to level up the Heart of Azeroth. The catchup mechanism has been disabled on 8.1 launch and will be re-enabled when the new raid opens on January 22.

Intent of the catchup was to help players with unlocking Season 1 Azerite powers. It will resume doing so when the new Azerite Armor with the fifth ring and new traits becomes available on January 22.
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This is clearly so the raiders and mythic+ dungeoneers don't get a high HoA level so when the new gear starts to drop they will have to grind to unlock the 5th rings. For the rest of us who aren't raiders and don't do mythic+ it's just another kick in the teeth since we don't engage in the e-sports vibe Blizzard keep trying to push.

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I really do not understand what is the problem here.

If this mechanic wasn't switched of until new raid comes out, there would be a huge gap between raiders/mythic+ players and others.

Stop whining.

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10 hours ago, Tigas said:

So what this mean? my neck power dont raise till 22 ? 😮

No, as far as i understand its just the "catch up mechanic". This means, the amount needed for 1 level it's not getting decreased on weekly reset. You can level your HoA, it's just a bit harder to catch up with alts.

I don't see a big thing in here. You can catch up with alts on appropriate level quite fast. But it just shows, that the whole system is not that well designed...or that Blizzard is lacking behind their timetable 🙂

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I don't understand why people are upset about this.

I have two toons with an Azerite Level 32 and another two at 28.  By the time Battle of Daz'alor on Jan 22 my Rogue and Shaman will probably be between 38 and 40 while my Priest / Monk will b around 32.

This change just means AP levels won't be getting cheaper every week until Jan 22.  By the time I'm doing Mythic Daz'azlor in the second week of Feb I'll be around AP 42.


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I really hope they take their lessons from this going into future content and realize that constant progression with a steady catchup does not work. It didn't really work in Legion, and it works even less so in BfA. For 99% of players it's just a time gate. Why bother playing farming AP when the rewards are just very minor buffs, and it's ten times faster two months later. The one thing that is meant to be the incentive to do any and all types of content is no incentive at all. And then you have the 1% of Mythic raiders, especially those going for server first and the top 100 boards that need to farm completely trivial content nonstop just to get a bit of an edge.

Just stop this artifact leveling nonsense, bring back justice points with a weekly cap or something and use that for unlocks!

Although I'd much rather get rid of azerite gear altogether....

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