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We're looking back at week 2 of Shadowlands Season 4 and the fated raid was the Sanctum of Domination. The other big change that arrived this past week was another Destruction AoE nerf, as well as tuning for Survival, with AoE nerfs and single-target buffs.
An important note before we begin: as the Fated raids are switching out each week, our comparisons to the previous weeks will be a little less relevant, but we'll still mention it for context - just keep in mind it won't be a direct comparison from week to week as it was before.
Destruction has finally been replaced in the No.1 spot, as the nerfs and the Sanctum mixed things up quite a bit! Demonology has been waiting a long time to take over both the Warlock and overall top spot, as another very familiar face arrives back into the top 3. Windwalkers return, as they take 2nd and move 5 up from last week's Nathria position, while Elemental actually remains in 3rd, showing the specs's resilience between raids. Survival actually goes up one after its tuning and the raid switch, with Frost DKs following suit. Destruction lands in 6th after the nerfs, followed by a face we haven't seen in a very long time this high, as Fury takes 7th. Outlaw drops 3 from last week, as the Sanctum doesn't quite work as well as Nathria for them, with Unholy DKs rise and Fire remains at about the same spot. We also have a brand new bottom-slotter, as Subtletly gets a reprieve and actually moves to the middle of the pack, with Feral taking the dubious crown, while Affliction and Balance hover just slightly above.
95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
Destruction falls even more in the overall bracket, as Elemental rises all the way into 2nd here, beating out Windwalker for the silver medal. Outlaw is hanging in there much more successfully, only losing 1 spot as opposed to its higher percentiles ranking. Survival and Frost DK stick together here as well, with Fury landing in the same 7th spot as in the higher percentiles. Marksmanship is doing a lot better here, however, claiming the 9th spot, just ahead of the fallen once No.1 Warlock. Arcane and Fire cluster up just outside the top 10, followed by Retribution and Subtletly. Affliction is back in last place where it was during almost all of 9.2, with the two Druids keeping it company there.
All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
The top 2 remains the same, even with the raid switch, as Demonology and Outlaw are still up there, this time followed by Fire Mage. Enhancement is still very popular in heroic, actually rising quite a bit since last week as well. Survival drops a little as Shadow stays the same, with Arms staying the top Warrior spec, despite Fury's big return in Mythic. Destruction was never as popular in Heroic as it was in Mythic in the first place, but this latest nerf sees it plummeting from its middle of the pack position from last week and straight into the bottom 2, only saved from dead last by its Affliction brother.
All percentiles Heroic data by Warcraft Logs.
As always, if you want even more info on a spec, you can check out our class guides here, for a DPS tier list you can go here, or for even more data, head on over to Warcraft Logs. You can also check out our Sanctum and Sepulcher raid guides.
A new talent added on the Dragonflight Alpha lets Demonology Warlocks summon a Pit Lord for a short time.
If you pick the new Gul'dan's Ambition talent as a Demonology Warlock in Dragonflight, you will summon a Pit Lord for 10 seconds after your Nether Portal ends. The Pit Lord's power is based on how many Soul Shards you've spent while Nether Portal was up.
Gul'dan's Ambition - When Nether Portal ends, you summon a Pit Lord that gains power based on how many Soul Shards were spent, up to 10 shards, while Nether Portal was active. This demon lasts for 10 sec. The Pit Lord fights for you for 10 seconds after Nether Portal expires.
Check out the Shaman changes that went live in Dragonflight Alpha Build 44999.
Earthquake - Causes the earth within 8 yards of the target location to tremble and break, dealing [ 246.3% 147.8% of Nature Spell Power ] Physical damage over 6 sec and has a 5% chance to knock the enemy down. Restoration
Cloudburst Totem - Summons a totem at your feet for 15 sec that collects power from all of your healing spells. When the totem expires or dies, the stored power is released, healing all injured allies within 40 yards for 20% 30% of all healing done while it was active, divided evenly among targets. Now has a 45 sec recharge (was 30). New Talents
Heat Wave - The Primal Tsunami unleashes several globules of water, inflicting 15 Frost damage on impact. The Infused Globule drifts about, triggering Waterlogged on enemies on contact. After 65 sec, the Globule explodes, inflicting 65 Frost damage to players within 10 yards.
Blizzard added two vendors selling item level 252 gear to Stormwind and Orgrimmar on the Dragonflight Alpha. The catch-up gear is most likely tied to the Dragonflight pre-patch event.
The vendors are Storm Hunter William (Alliance) found in Stormwind and Storm Huntress Suhrakka (Horde) found in Orgrimmar.
A new currency called Primeval Essence is required to purchase gear. We do not know at this time how to earn it. Based on previous pre-patch events, it should be relatively easy to farm.
How Much Primeval Essence Does the Dragonflight Catch-Up Gear Cost?
The gear you buy with Primeval Essence isn't BoA, and the prices vary depending on the armor slot. The prices are currently as follows:
One-Hand weapons cost 25 Primeval Essence. Two-Hand weapons cost 45 Primeval Essence. Shields / Off-Hands cost 25 Primeval Essence. Chest/Head/Legs cost 45 Primeval Essence. Shoulders/Feet/Gloves cost 35 Primeval Essence. Back/Wrists/Trinkets/Rings cost 25 Primeval Essence.
We've datamined new Monk talents and a bunch of class changes in the latest Dragonflight Alpha build.
Blackout Combo Breath of Fire: Cooldown reduced by 3 sec. Periodic damage increased by 50%, and damage reduction increased by 5%. Celestial Brew: Gain up to 3 additional stacks of Purified Chi. Purifying Brew: Pauses Stagger damage for 3 sec. Mistweaver
Thunder Focus Tea - Rising Sun Kick's cooldown reduced by 0 9 sec. Enveloping Mist - Enveloping Mist increases healing received from your other spells by 30% 0%. New Talents
We've datamined new Monk talents that will be added with next week's rework of the class. Please note that some talents may have been posted under the wrong category.
General Monk Talents (Shared Between All Specs)
Ancient Teachings of the Monastery - After casting Essence Font, your Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick, and Rising Sun Kick heal an injured ally within 20 yards for 250% of the damage done. Lasts 15 sec. Attenuation - Bonedust Brew's Shadow damage or healing is increased by 20.0%, and when Bonedust Brew deals Shadow damage or healing, its cooldown is reduced by 0.5 sec. Bountiful Brew - Your abilities have a low chance to cast Bonedust Brew at your target's location. Fluidity of Motion - Blackout Kick's cooldown is reduced by 1 sec and its damage by 10%. Graceful Exit - Blackout Kick's cooldown is reduced by 1 sec and its damage by 10%. Shadowboxing Treads - Blackout Kick damage increased by 20% and strikes an additional 2 targets. Weapons of Order (Covenant Ability is back as a talent in the Monk class tree) Brewmaster: For the next 30 sec, your Mastery is increased by 10%. Additionally, Keg Smash cooldown is reset instantly and enemies hit by Keg Smash take 8% increased damage from you for 10 sec, stacking up to 4 times. Windwalker: For the next 30 sec, your Mastery is increased by 12.5%. Additionally, Rising Sun Kick reduces Chi costs by 1 for 5 sec, and Blackout Kick reduces the cooldown of affected abilities by an additional 1 sec. Mistweaver: For the next 30 sec, your Mastery is increased by 42%. Additionally, Essence Font cooldown is reset instantly and heals up to 6 nearby allies for (40% of Spell Power) health on channel start and end. Brewmaster Monk Talents
Anvil & Stave - Each time you dodge or an enemy misses you, the remaining cooldown on your Brews is reduced by 0.5 sec. Charred Passions - Your Breath of Fire ignites your right leg in flame for 8 sec, causing your Blackout Kick and Spinning Crane Kick to deal 100% additional damage as Fire damage and refresh the duration of your Breath of Fire on the target. Dragonfire Brew - After using Breath of Fire, you breathe fire 2 additional times, each dealing [ 2 + 13.23% of Attack Power ] Fire damage. Increases the duration of Breath of Fire by 100%. Elusive Footwork - Blackout Strike deals an additional 0 damage. Blackout Strike critical hits grant an additional 1 stack of Elusive Brawler. Fundamental Observation - Zen Meditation has 25% reduced cooldown and is no longer cancelled when you move or when you are hit by melee attacks. Staggering Strikes - When you Blackout Kick, your Stagger is reduced by 0. Walk with the Ox - Abilities that grant Shuffle reduce the cooldown on Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox by 0.5 sec, and Niuzao's Stomp deals an additional 10.0% damage. Mistweaver Monk Talents
Clouded Focus - Healing with Enveloping Mists or Vivify while channeling Soothing Mists increases their healing done by 20% and reduces their mana cost by 20%. Stacks up to 3 times. When your Soothing Mists channel ends, this effect is cancelled. Jade Bond - Abilities that activate Gust of Mist reduce the cooldown on Invoke Yul'on, the Jade Serpent by 0.3 sec, and Yu'lon's Soothing Breath healing is increased by 12.0%. Nourishing Chi - Life Cocoon increases healing over time received by an additional 20.0%, and this effect lingers for an additional 10 sec after the cocoon is removed. Renewing Mist - Surrounds the target with healing mists, restoring [ 225% of Spell Power ] health over 20 sec. If Renewing Mist heals a target past maximum health, it will travel to another injured ally within 20 yds. Resplendent Mist - Gust of Mists has a 30% chance to do 100.0% more healing. Tear of Morning - Casting Vivify or Enveloping Mist on a target with Renewing Mist has a 10% chance to spread the Renewing Mist to another target. Your Vivify healing through Renewing Mist is increased by 20% and your Enveloping Mist also heals allies with Renewing Mist for 20% of its healing. Strength of Spirit - Expel Harm's healing is increased by up to 200%, based on your missing health. Yu'lon's Whisper - Activating Thunder Focus Tea causes you to exhale the breath of Yu'lon, healing up to 6 allies within 15 yards for [ 180% of Spell Power ] over 2 sec.