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No Mounts or World Quest Markers in the Maw, More than One Legendary Later, Counduit Stacking and Non-Reusablity: More Shadowlands Interview Summaries

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The interviews didn't stop after our last recap, as several more streamers got to chat with Blizzard devs and we found out some new things and more details on older ones as well! Among the things mentioned in the three interviews were legendary recipe drop location logic, Counduit stacking and then being non-reusable, you'll lose half your Stygia on death, more than one legendary equipable later in the expansion, no mounts or World Quest map markers at all in the Maw and more.

A big chunk of info came from PandaTV's interview with Ion Hazzikostas:

The pre-patch (which we found out will be coming a few weeks before the expansion's release) will see Corruptions going away entirely, while Azerite Essences and Armor will simply be disabled in the Shadowlands. We'll also be getting a blog next week detailing everything that will become unobtainable with the pre-patch.

As for legendaries, the recipe unlocks will be account-wide, drop locations will be related to the legendary effects themselves (so something like Sephuz would be coming from PvP), and as we know legendaries will be earned faster than their Legion counterparts.

Same Counduit stacking in different slots might not be intended, as Ion isn't sure and it seems he prefers them not stacking as it adds more variety.

  • You will get all of the previous floor rewards when finishing your run on any given Torghast floor.
  • There will be a LFG tool update, but not at launch.
  • New seasonal M+ affixes, first one will be easier and you will be able to swap weapons during a M+ run.
  • Class changes will continue into the Beta, there couls till be new abilities and other changes, but no major revamps.

Then we're on to Lordmons' interview with Morgan day, summarized by Wowhead, as the VoD is restricted to subs only:

There is a currency unique to the Maw called Stygia and you lose up to half of what you have on death. There might be some issues balancing that with War Mode.

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  • The Pantheon of Death is on par with the Titans, they were part of a group that "established" the Shadowlands and the Arbiter is one of them.
  • We might be able to equip more than one legendary power later on in the expansion.
  • Covenants have cosmetic weapons that correspond with their armor transmog, which you can get via tokens that drop from SSire Denatrius from Castle Nathria.
  • PvP currencies: weekly Conquest cap, vendor, and unlimited Honor gain.

Sloot's interview with Paul Kubit delved deeper into the Maw and Conduits:

Currently the plan is to not allow mounts at all in the Maw, it will be an entire zone on foot so it feels more dangerous. While regular mounts might eventually get introduced, flying will probably never become available. The zone is large so there might be lots of flights paths in there. If they do allow mounts, it will somehow play into the Eye of the Jailer mechanic.

Certain areas of the Maw shouldn't be explored too early (presumably either before endgame or even in item level terms) and there will be signs or debuffs that will let you know you shouldn't be there.

The Maw will be very different from other zones - there will be no World Quest markers on the world map, only on the minimap, adding to the sense of exploration and danger. As you explore it more you'll start remembering where the events/quests spawn and there might be some special items you can buy that will show you nearby events.

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The plan for Counduits at the moment is for them to not be reusable aka they will be destroyed when you slot them in over an existing one. They will also have item levels like regular loot.

  • Average stays in the Maw can last from 25-40 minutes.
  • The Eye of the Jailer debuff can be cleared back in your Covenant Sanctum for some Anima.
  • There will probably be Anima catch up.
  • There will be more of the Maw in patches after launch.
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2 hours ago, Starym said:

The Maw will be very different from other zones - there will be no World Quest markers on the world map, only on the minimap, adding to the sense of exploration and danger.

I'm sure there will be an addon for that.

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8 minutes ago, Badadada said:

I'm sure there will be an addon for that.

I sure hope so.

Also, a non mount zone? Well that's pretty stupid and not fun. Blizzard will never stop their hatred for mounts, this is starting to be seriously annoying.

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3 hours ago, Badadada said:

I'm sure there will be an addon for that.

I would assume so, unless they somehow block it, where you can only see them within a certain proximity from your character - in that, they don't actually "spawn" until you have found them by being close enough or something

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Also, a non mount zone? Well that's pretty stupid and not fun. Blizzard will never stop their hatred for mounts, this is starting to be seriously annoying.

This seems to be the sense behind making a dangerous place that ppl will have to watch their steps and not simply ride/fly around and laugh on "mighty" enemys. I personally enjoy it cause that will give ppl a sense of survival skills ?

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7 hours ago, Badadada said:

I'm sure there will be an addon for that.

Hm, seems an addon could only show you the places the events could be, not where they are though? Unless they're on some kind of rotation or if Blizz codes them really poorly and they're able to be detected by an addon, but that would completely defeat the purpose of the system they're building, I mean they know there's mods for everything in their game.

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10 hours ago, Badadada said:

I'm sure there will be an addon for that.

Oh you know it!!!  That's a given.  I'm just wondering how soon after release that will happen.

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2 hours ago, dartbodman said:

Is there a long annoying time-gated achievement that gives you the ability to mount there??

It's now called "Renown" and it's ONE thing you have to work on instead of 5 or 6.  Of course flying will probably be a year down the road as usual...  <SIGH>

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23 hours ago, Kholdjin said:

It's now called "Renown" and it's ONE thing you have to work on instead of 5 or 6.  Of course flying will probably be a year down the road as usual...  <SIGH>

Bleh the worst part. I'd rather get it after finishing exploring every part of all of the zones and finishing the story missions. Repetitive generic or gimmicky world quest / daily quest faction grinds are boring no matter what you call them.

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On 7/10/2020 at 2:47 PM, Devastor said:

This seems to be the sense behind making a dangerous place that ppl will have to watch their steps and not simply ride/fly around and laugh on "mighty" enemys. I personally enjoy it cause that will give ppl a sense of survival skills ?

Why do you care about people you don't know getting "survival skills" ?
It's a game and it's meant to be fun. Creating a zone where you're prevented from using your mount isn't fun, it's just annoying, and makes you waste twice as much time you would take to do the same thing. Welp, at least i'm going to play druid so hopefully i'll have my travel form.

 

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On 7/10/2020 at 5:47 AM, Devastor said:

This seems to be the sense behind making a dangerous place that ppl will have to watch their steps and not simply ride/fly around and laugh on "mighty" enemys. I personally enjoy it cause that will give ppl a sense of survival skills ?

Sense of danger? You do realize that after the 1st content patch, people will overgear the zone and be able to pull everything anyway? No mounts just asinine.

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