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The Regional Arena finals are finishing up this weekend and we get a viewer's guide for the streams, with the details on teams, casters, dates and times and more! The $100,000 prize pools for each region are still up for grabs, as well as the titles, and the action's all happening this weekend on the Warcraft YouTube channel.
Arena Finals (source)
The Arena World Championship Regional Finals concludes this weekend, beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. PDT!
Following four intense weeks of the Arena World Championship (AWC) Battle for Azeroth, the top four Arena teams in North America and Europe are facing off this week to decide once and for all the best team in each region. The remaining teams are fighting for their share of $100,000 (USD) in regional prizing, and the titles of Battle for Azeroth Regional Champions! Watch the AWC Battle for Azeroth Regional Finals beginning on September 26 at 10 a.m. PDT, only on YouTube Gaming.
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It's more Covenant ability tuning on the beta, as Rogues get the Venthyr Slaughter/Flagellation ability changed significantly.
Rogue Changes September 23 (source)
With updates coming soon to the Shadowlands Beta, we’re updating the Venthyr ability for rogues. It will now be called Flagellation (was previously Slaughter).
Flagellation is an instant cast with a 25 second cooldown that starts once Flagellation is removed from the target. The rogue lashes the target with Anima 3 times, dealing Shadow damage and applying a debuff for 45 seconds that causes an additional lash for each Combo Point you spend. Once the target has been lashed at least 25 times, reactivating Flagellation cleanses their torment and increases your Mastery by 10% for 25 seconds.
We’re looking forward to your feedback on this, once you’ve had a chance to test it out!
Blizzard made some changes to Devouring Plague to ensure subsequent applications of the spell will cause its damage over time effect to add into the existing DoT, so that there's no wasted damage.
Recently, we changed Fae Guardians to apply to your selected target on cast, to help address some usability problems. In this most recent Shadowlands build, there is now also a conduit available that allows you to replicate additional Faeries onto your party. This redesigned conduit is aimed at addressing the feedback (particularly from Discipline and Holy Priests) that it feels punishing to cast healing spells while the Faeries are active.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve also added some notable changes to the Shadow priest.
In some situations, the Priest may want to spend Insanity by casting two Devouring Plagues on the same target in a short time. This can cause a situation where damage in the DoT can be wasted. To address this, we’ve made a change where subsequent Devouring Plagues will cause its damage over time effect to add into the existing DoT. Players may notice how this functionality is similar to the Mage Ignite mechanic.
We’re also introducing a new talent to replace Legacy of the Void: Hungering Void. The intent with this talent similar to Legacy of the Void – to be ideal in situations where the Priest focuses on a single target.
Additionally, we’re changing Void Torrent to apply Devouring Plague when cast, rather than refreshing the existing Devouring Plague on the target.
We really appreciate your thoughts and feedback – and thank you for testing!
Mages get some significant tweaks to the Mirrors of Torment Covenant ability, with the Venthyr singature spell becoming more consistent in PvE.
Mage Changes September 23 (source)
In this week’s Shadowlands build, Mirrors of Torment has been updated with new functionality that grants you Brain Freeze, Fire Blast cooldown reduction, or Mana when a mirror is consumed based on your spec.
Mirrors of Torment will also now proc from auto attacks, but can only occur once every 6 seconds.
The goal with these changes is to giveMirrors of Torment a little more consistent PvE throughput and not just being a niche PvP ability for those Mages looking to join the Venthyr.
It's Warlock time as Covenant abilities Soul Rot and Decimating Bolt get tweaked!
Warlock Changes for September 23 (source)
This week, Soul Rot has had its health cost removed, while retaining a minor mana cost. Additionally, the primary target of your Soul Rot will now take increased damage compared to the secondary targets.
Decimating Bolt has been tweaked to help balance out some talent choices that could greatly swing the value of this ability. For Affliction Warlocks with Drain Soul talented, Decimating Bolt will now only affect your next Drain Soul (was previously your next three). Destruction Warlocks with Fire and Brimstone chosen will have the bonus damage value reduced. For Demonology Warlocks, the buff has been altered to affect your next Shadow Bolt or Demonbolt (rather than just Shadow Bolt).
In an upcoming build, the buff will only interact with Demonbolt for Demonology Warlocks.