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Vanilla Friends is a new website which offers a convenient way to track down your old friends from Vanilla just in time before Classic launch.
Vanilla Friends launched to help you reconnect with old friends and enemies from Vanilla WoW in advance of the Classic launch on August 27th.
The site serves as a player database. You can add yourself by selecting your region and filling out various details about your character, including realm, faction, contact method, and contact info. You can search the database of players and apply various filters to narrow down your search results.
Click here to visit the website!
More nerfs to Mythic Dazar'alor to help guilds fill the Mythic Raid Hall of Fame are in this week along with a new set of keystone affixes and the Pet Battle Bonus Event.
We have more nerfs to Mythic Battle of Dazar'alor that went live this week. We're not going to include this weekly world boss in our "This Week in WoW" posts going forward, because it drops low ilvl gear and is irrelevant at this point. Mythic Keystone Affixes
Tyrannical Bursting Skittish Reaping Weekly Quests
Collect 36,000 Azerite from Island Expeditions for Azerite for the Alliance & Azerite for the Horde to receive 2,500 Azerite and 1,500 reputation with Honorbound/7th Legion. Win 5 PvP Pet Battles for The Very Best to receive 1 Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. Island Expeditions
This week's rotation includes:
Dread Chain Skittering Hollow Whispering Reef World Events
Pet Battle Bonus Event (May 21st - May 28th)
Put your best battle pet teams to the test with this week’s event. To get in on the action, open your Pet Journal (Collections Shift+ P) and click the “Find Battle” button to be match up with an opponent with their own team of well-trained companions.
Look for the following all week long:
Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar or Chronicler Toopa in Boralus has a quest for you – The Very Best. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it within the Adventure Journal. Quest requirement: Win 5 pet battles versus other players with a team of three level-25 pets. Reward: One Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. Passive bonus: All Pet Battle experience gains are increased by +200% Every Week
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.
Glowcap Festival (May 27th)
The sporelings of Sporeggar in Zangarmarsh hold their annual mushroom festival. Help them keep the great Fshoo alive as long as possible!
We have some hotfixes that address a bug in the Restless cabal fight today, as well as some live raid tuning for Battle of Dazar'alor, nerfing 2 encounters and making Jaina mercy kill you if everyone gets frozen.
May 22 (Source)
We’re working on the following adjustments to raid encounters. These changes are not live yet, but will go live later this evening or tomorrow.
Dungeons and Raids
Crucible of Storms The Restless Cabal Fixed a bug that caused Relics of Power to threaten some non-boss enemies. Battle of Dazar’alor Grong, the Jungle Lord Death Empowerment (Alliance) and Apetagonize (Horde) cast time increased to 5 seconds on Mythic difficulty (was 4 seconds). Death Specters (Alliance) and Apetagonizers (Horde) health reduced by 20% on Mythic difficulty. High Tinker Mekkatorque Gigavolt Charge’s radiation zone duration reduced to 2 minutes on Mythic difficulty (was 3 minutes). Tampering duration increased to 30 seconds on Mythic difficulty (was 25 seconds). Lady Jaina Proudmoore Jaina now kills all players instantly if the entire raid is frozen solid during an intermission phase. Developers’ note: Previously, if an entire raid was frozen solid, all players would have to wait until they each died before they could restart the encounter. This change will help raids quickly reset and start the fight again.
It seems we're getting one or more of these every day now, with players simply convinced that something is off with the Classic beta. Today's edition features Elite mob damage being too low and that Classic is a lot easier than Vanilla was. Here's Blizzard's reply:
Elite Damage (source)
We tested this issue in our reference environment today.
First, we looked at a video from the WoW Classic Beta, where the player was tanking Rhahk’zor in Deadmines at level 20:
If you look at his portrait while he’s getting hit, you can see him receiving 65-83 damage from Rhahk’zor. The average hit is ~75.
We then recreated it in the WoW Classic Beta-- a level 20 human warrior with similar gear, with Defensive Stance, and with Mark of the Wild. Here’s what that looked like:
We then did the same thing in our 1.12 reference environment. There, the test looked like this:
Conclusion: the average damage taken is identical.
Blizzard's adding two new world bosses to Nazjatar in Rise of Azshara and in this post, we're taking a closer look at their dungeon journal entries and loot tables.
Although old world bosses are no longer relevant with the exception of Warfront Bosses, two new world bosses are coming in Patch 8.2, read on for details!
Here's the map of Nazjatar, showing the precise locations of new world bosses.
Both world bosses drop ilvl 415 loot.
Ulmath, the Soulbinder
Ulmath, binder of souls, seeks to enthrall the restless spirits of Nazjatar. If left unchecked, it will amass an unstoppable undead force bound to its malevoment will.
Ulmath is a powerful Merciless One with ultimate control of two minions, Moon Priestess Liara and Guardian Tannin.
Forlorn Fate causes Ulmath and his minions to share damage taken. Avoid Void Dance and flee from Mental Collapse. Healers
Void Dance and Mental Collapse can cause significant, avoidable raid damage. Avoid Void Dance and flee from Mental Collapse. Tanks
Reposition targets to mitigate incidental damage from Void Dance. Keep Ulmath's minions within 75 yards of Ulmath to avoid Soul Tether. Avoid Void Dance and flee from Mental Collapse. Abilities
Forlorn Fate - Ulmath's minions share health with their master. Endless Doom - Incites a chain reaction of void energy at targeted locations. Upon impact these locations inflict 26,261 Shadow damage within 5 yards and additionally trigger Endless Destruction. Endless Destruction - Void energy erupts, inflicting 52,523 Shadow damage and knocking back enemies within 10 yards. Mental Collapse (Deadly) - Commands Moon Priestess Liara to inflict 175,076 Shadow damage to targets within 30 yards. While casting, all players are drawn towards Moon Priestess Liara. Void Dance - Commands Guardian Tannin to enter a Void Dance, inflicting 26,261 Shadow damage to targets within 8 yards for 9 sec. This effect also creates 6 additional Void Dance areas nearby for 18 sec. Soul Tether - When Moon Priestess Liara or Guardian Tannin move more than 75 yards from Ulmath, Ulmath tethers them to him, inflicting 17,507 Shadow damage to all targets within 100 yards of the tethered target while the tether remains. Loot Tables
Liara's Spire Tyr'mar's Greatsword Willbinder's Halberd Merciless Pincher Moon Priestess' Baton Netherdancer's Knife Temple Guardian's Saber Ulmath's Soulseeker Cloak of Restless Spirits Enthraller's Bindstone Wekemara
Summoned from the depths by an ancient naga ritual, Wekemara arises once more to wreak havoc upon the surface.
Wekemara utilizies biolectricity to unleash devastating attacks on its enemies.
Defeat Spawn of Wekamara to force Wekamara to emerge. Bioelectric Blast inflicts massive damage to all targets caught in the impact. Move away from allies when affected by Shock Burst. Healers
Electric Discharge and Shock Burst inflict substantial damage to all allies. Bioelectric Blast inflicts massive damage to all targets caught in the impact. Move away from allies when affected by Shock Burst. Tanks
Prevent Spawn of Wekemara from attacking allies. Bioelectric Blast inflicts massive damage to all targets caught in the impact. Move away from allies when affected by Shock Burst. Abilities
Bioelectric Blast (Deadly) - Blasts the target area with electricity. Inflicts 65,654 Nature damage to enemies within 8 yards of the impact and creates a patch of Electrified Ground. Electrified Ground inflicts 14,882 Nature damage every 2 sec to players within it. Shock Burst (Important) - Inflicts 4,377 Nature damage every 2 sec for 12 sec. Upon expiration, strikes all players, inflicting up to 26,261 Nature damage. This damage is reduced the further away players are from the blast. Electric Discharge (Healer Alert) - Wekemara discharges electricity from itself. Inflicts 13,131 Nature damage that chains to additional targets every 1.5 sec. Submerge - Upon reaching 50% health, Wekamara will submerge and summon Spawns of Wekamara. Electrified Splash - While submerged, Wekemara rains electrified water from its pool. Inflicts 21,885 Nature damage to enemies within 3 yards of the impact area. Spawn of Wekemara (Damage Dealer / Tank Alert) Charged Bite - Inflicts Nature damage to an enemy Conductive Spittle - Inflicts Nature damage to an enemy and increases Nature damage taken by 50% for 16 sec. Loot Tables
Naga Ritualist's Mantle Tidal Lurker's Greathelm Spitcharged Shoulderguards Chestguard of the Submerged Belt of Rising Guardians Deepcaller's Clasp Serpentskin Splashers Wekemara's Warboots Shockbiter's Fang