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Icy Veins asks the experts' opinions on their favorite class changes! Today, Jhazrun and Twintop discuss Priest patch notes.

The Warlords of Draenor Alpha patch notes have been out for only a few days, but millions of players are already voicing strong opinions of the direction Blizzard is headed with the game in this coming expansion. Some class changes have received overwhelmingly positive feedback, while others have left many a player scratching their head. A few changes have even caused a substantial outcry of rage!


To see things more clearly, we've invited a handful of our class MVPs to share their opinions on the changes made to their respective class. For this patch notes analysis topic, we have requested feedback from our resident expert on the projected changes being made to the Priest class. Jhazrun and Twintop have been kind enough to share their thoughts on the upcoming Priest changes!

Jhazrun is one of the best healer Priests in the world and he raids in Paragon. Twintop is one of the most renowned Shadow Priest theorycrafters. He runs Shadow Orbs and Mind Spikes (a Shadow Priest theorycrafting blog) and works on How To Priest.

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Ability Pruning

  • Binding Heal is no longer available to Shadow Priests.
  • Heal has been removed.
  • Greater Heal has been renamed Heal.
  • Inner Focus no longer provides any mana cost reduction.
  • Rapture has been removed.
  • Renew is now available only to Holy Priests.
  • Shadow Word: Death is now available only to Shadow Priests.
  • Void Shift has been removed.
  • Inner Fire has been removed.
  • Inner Will has been removed.

Hit and Expertise Removal

  • Divine Fury has been removed.
  • Spiritual Precision has been removed.

Retuning Healing Spells


See the full patch notes for complete details of these changes.

Crowd Control and Diminishing Returns

  • Dominate Mind now shares Diminishing Returns with all other Mesmerize effects.
  • Holy Word: Chastise now shares Diminishing Returns with all other Mesmerize effects.
  • Psychic Horror now shares Diminishing Returns with all other Mesmerize effects.
  • Psychic Scream is now a level-15 talent, replacing Psyfiend, and has a 45-second cooldown (up from 30 seconds).
  • Rapture no longer has any effect beyond removing the cooldown of Power Word: Shield.
  • Void Tendrils’ Root effect now has a chance to break if the target takes sufficient damage.

Buffs and Debuffs


As part of a push to combine the different types of Haste in the game as much as possible, we merged Spell Haste and Attack Speed into just Haste, which benefits everyone.
  • Mind Quickening now provides a 5% increase to melee, ranged, and spell Haste to all Party and Raid members (previously they only increased spell Haste).

Instant Cast Heals

  • Prayer of Mending now has a 1.5-second cast time (up from instant cast).
  • Cascade now has a 1.5-second cast time (up from instant cast).
  • Divine Star now has a 1.5-second cast time (up from instant cast).
  • Halo now has a 1.5-second cast time (up from instant cast).

Active Mana Regeneration

  • Atonement is no longer triggered by Penance.
  • Penance now also refunds 1.1% of the Priest’s maximum mana each time it deals damage.
  • Chakra: Chastise in addition to existing effects, now also causes Smite and Holy Fire to restore 0.75% of the Priest's maximum mana each time they are cast instead of costing mana.

Raid Utility Balance

  • Hymn of Hope has been removed.

Class Changes


We've made a few significant changes to Priests as well, focused mostly on reining in Discipline absorbs, improving quality of life for both healing Priest specializations, and solving single-target damage issues for Shadow.

Atonement was the original damage-to-healing conversion ability, but grew out of control during Mists of Pandaria. We decided to reduce its effectiveness, to bring it more in line with our goal of it being an option to trade significant healing for significant damage (ending up somewhere between a full healer and a full damage dealer). Another place where Discipline's absorbs were too strong was in their interaction with the level-90 Talents, especially in large Raids. Near the end of Mists of Pandaria, we uncapped the AoE healing of that Talent row; that has proven to be a mistake in Discipline's case, not because it caused the level-90 Talents themselves to heal for too much, but rather because the gigantic overhealing that that produced translated into gigantic Divine Aegis absorbs. To get back to a balanced place, we've reapplied the AoE caps to the level-90 Talents, making them consistent with all other AoE heals.
  • Atonement now heals for 25% less than before.
  • Halo and Divine Star now follow standard AoE capping rules.
For Holy Priests, our biggest concern is with the Chakras. We think that Chakras are the defining abilities of Holy Priests, but that they haven't lived up to their potential. We decided to move more of their effectiveness from their raw throughput buff (which felt like a penalty for being in the wrong chakra, rather than a bonus for being in the right Chakra) into the Holy Word spells that they grant. We also returned Renew to a normal 1.5-second global cooldown (GCD), so that Renew blanketing is still possible, but less ideal without Haste.
  • Chakra: Serenity now increases healing of single-target spells by 10% (down from 25%).
  • Holy Word: Serenity now heals for 40% more than before.
  • Chakra: Sanctuary now increases healing of area-of-effect spells by 10% (down from 25%).
  • Holy Word: Sanctuary now heals for 60% more than before.
  • Rapid Renewal no longer reduces the global cooldown of Renew.
Shadow Priests had one large problem toward the end of Mists of Pandaria: single-target damage. Their AoE and multi-DoT damage was some of the best around, so they still ended up competitive on most fights. But, in any fight that was mostly single-target, they felt lacking. Additionally, one of the new stats we're adding in Warlords of Draenor, Multistrike, is almost exactly what their current Mastery, Shadowy Recall, does for DoTs. So, we took these two problems and came up with a change that we think will solve both of them. The result is a new Mastery, which primarily increases single-target damage. Shadow Priests who want to focus on single-target damage can aim for Mastery in their gearing; or, when multi-dotting is more valuable, prefer other secondary stats over Mastery.
  • Shadow Priest’s Mastery (Shadowy Recall) has been replaced with a new Mastery: Mental Anguish.
    • Mastery: Mental Anguish: Increases the damage of Mind Blast, Mind Spike, Mind Flay, and Mind Sear by 20%.
There are a few other miscellaneous changes. One is a quality-of-life change for healing Priests. The other is a fix for a problem with Void Tendrils, where it lasts its full duration against creatures that had no way to attack it (such as in certain Raid encounters). Note that the health reduction is to keep it where it was in health, compared to player health doubling. The third is an efficient AoE healing spell for Discipline Priests. And finally, we swapped the Level-15 and Level-60 talent rows so players are presented with core Priest themed abilities earlier in the leveling process.
  • Prayer of Mending from multiple Priests can now be on the same target, and can be on multiple targets from the same Priest.
  • Void Tendrils now have 10% of the Priest’s health (down from 20%), and damage dealt to the rooted target is now also dealt to the Void Tendril itself.
  • Angelic Feathers, if cast on players, will always prefer the casting priest over others, then pick the player closest to the targeted location. If there are no players where it is targeted, it will still create a feather that can be picked up, as before. Additionally, when collecting multiple feathers, the duration will be extended, instead of replaced.
  • Holy Nova is no longer available via a Major Glyph, and is instead a Discipline specialization spell. Its mana cost has been lowered and its healing increased. It is intended as the efficient area-of-effect (AoE) healing spell for Discipline Priests.
  • Inner Focus: No longer provides immunity to Dispels, Interrupts, and Silences. This effect will be returning as a Major Glyph.
  • Cascade, Divine Star, and Halo have received additional changes based on specialization.
    • Discipline and Holy: The abilities now heal for 50% less, costs 67% less mana, and no longer damages enemies.
    • Shadow: The abilities now costs 67% less mana, but no longer heals allies.
  • Purify, Halo, Cascade, and Divine Star can now be cast while in Spirit of Redemption form.
  • Shadowfiend no longer restores mana.
    • Mindbender now restores 0.75% mana per hit (down from 1.75% mana).
  • Level-15 and Level-60 talent rows have swapped places.

1. What is your overall impression of Blizzard's changes to the Priest class?


Jhazrun (Holy / Discipline): The most striking observation is that in the present build, Discipline doesn't exist. All of its current abilities and advantages have been systematically disassembled both directly and indirectly, presumably to be rebuilt from scratch. Anything and everything the spec will be in WoD has yet to be seen, so further commentary on it is limited for now.

On the Holy side of things, the half-measures taken with Chakra paint a concerning continuation of the spec's notorious "Lightwell syndrome": a fixation with a fundamentally unworkable mechanic that no one likes yet which seems to stick around largely unchanged from patch to patch and expansion to expansion.

Overall impression? A strange mix of upheaval and stagnation, and neither feels right.

Twintop (Shadow): Blizzard has, as expected, removed much of the excess healing capability from Shadow. The abilities removed, however, are not of as much importance (Renew, Binding Heal) as the removal of healing from the Level 90 talents. In a world where offhealing is greatly reduced (and being below 100% health doesn't pose the risk of instant death), Shadow will still able to function with Prayer of Mending, Flash Heal, and Power Word: Shield.

The perks and changes to existing talents to synergize the new Level 100 talents with them are varied in both playstyle and mechanics. Coupled with the new Mastery--single target damage bonuses--Shadow should be viable and competitive in more if not most or all encounters.

2. Which changes do you think are the best and why?


Jhazrun (Holy / Discipline): I get to bind something else in where Hymn of Hope used to be.

Twintop (Shadow): The change to Shadow's Mastery from affecting DoTs to a pure single target damage increase (as well as AoE though Mind Sear) is a logical, albeit unimaginative, fix. The most difficult part about tuning Shadow's damage in MoP revolved around DoT damage and it scaling too high. With that now being a mechanic available to everyone, via multistrike, Shadow can be balanced around a base amount of single target damage and other talents (specifically the Level 100 talents) can be tuned or altered to help fill niche gaps, such as multidotting.

3. Which changes do you think are the worst and why?


Jhazrun (Holy / Discipline): Leaving enough of the Chakra healing "bonus" for the player to feel bad about using the wrong type—yet not enough to meaningfully affect gameplay and reward skilled use—amounts to nothing but the worst of both worlds for everyone.

Moreover, killing Void Tendrils (the one way priests, as the only healers with neither a stun nor interrupt, have ever been able to contribute to mob control) just gets under my skin as disproportionately insulting.

Twintop (Shadow): Though I'm sure this will be addressed, Void Shift being removed and no new Level 87 ability being added as a replacement. Even this isn't a 'bad' change, though, since Void Shift's usability was extremely limited.

Second would be Psychic Scream being made a talent, replacing Psyfiend. Maybe it can be altered via a glyph in the future, but, there are times where Psyfiend was superior to Psychic Scream due to being able to place it at a distance. Perhaps this is too strong for PvP, but a choice between the two (if neither is baseline) would be nice.

4. How would you alter any of the existing changes?


Jhazrun (Holy / Discipline): Make up your mind with Chakra. Either we're expected to cross-cast single-target and AoE spells (in which case the healing adjustment is to be nothing but 0%. Zero. Nada. Zilch.) or we're expected NOT to (making it into actual stances with a defined spell selections).

Twintop (Shadow): I would make Glyph of Silence baseline (as it stands, 2sec lower duration and all). Having the option to have a 20sec interrupt will bring us on par with every other class, but at the cost of a glyph slot makes it feel forced. An alternative Glyph of Silence could be "Increases the duration of you Silence by 2 sec. but increases its cooldown by 5sec.".

5. What changes would you like to see in WoD?


Jhazrun (Holy / Discipline): Holy priest is still the only healer without any kind of additional critical chance benefit. If the secondary stats are to be anywhere near equal (as is stated to be the goal), now would be a good time to introduce one.

Twintop (Shadow): I would make Shadowform baseline and not able to be toggled on/off. As it stand, only 2 abilities in WoD will cause you to drop Shadowform: Flash Heal and Resurrection. With healing extremely neutered as is, does the cost of an extra GCD to return to Shadowform after casting Flash Heal make sense?

Patch Notes Last Updated - 26 April 2014
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Very interesting to get Jhazrun's PoV on this and for the most part I agree.

 

Holy is in a terrible position right now and has been for a long time. Chakras are something in-between full-blown stances and gimmick boni to selected spells. That has always been a problem, especially given the 30 seconds lock-out period where your AoE or single-target healing would suffer from being in the wrong chakra. They are trying to amend this now by baking most of the healing increase into the actual spells, regardless of chakras, and reducing the cooldown on them. While this serves to lessen the problem it doesn't change the fundamental nature of chakras, they are just made less important, yet as broken as before.

 

I'd rather have them gone than changed into actual stances. No other class up to this point, though things are changing for monks, have had to select between AoE and single-target healing the way holy priests do. Not to mention how often we would have to change stances to deal with different situations, esp. with the changes to Chakra: Chastise to be our mana regen chakra.

 

I can't see how holy priests are the only ones suffering from no real benefit from critical strikes. While monks, shamans and disc priests both priotise this stat above others the former two as a mana regen tool and disc as its primary throughput stat , neither druids nor paladins gain anything substantial from critical strikes. Living seed is not a significant portion of their healing and similarly the comparative value of mastery or haste compared to crit make the stat very unattractive for these two specs as well. In fact crit is, after mastery, likely going to be one of the best resources of throughput for holy priests as it does interact with out mastery(crits double the healing EoL heals for) and haste, atm, only affects our HPCT.

 

While I'm all in favor of making holy have more interesting mechanics(something they lack), adding a trivial mechanic that interacts with crit isn't going to change much. They do have to do something though, as Jhazrun points out, to make the stats have better parity.

 

I don't think discipline is as broken as it's made out to be. Atonement and our L90 talents had to be reigned in. Both were too powerful. One of the biggest issues with atonement was the way one of our most potent heals, penance, interacted with it, which is now gone since Penance has been changed into a single-target heal or a mana regen tool(when used offensively) and atonement now only interacts with HF and Smite mitigating most of the issues with atonement. The AoE cap on Halo and DS brings them in line with similar AoE heals which was a needed change.

 

Even with those changes, the most fundamental change is that we now have to move around to efficiently aoe heal now that our most efficient aoe heal will be through Holy Nova. I don't know how this plays out, but Ive never been a fan of positioning conditions on spells.

 

Our ability to pre-shield the raid or people that will take damage hasn't been removed, we still have PWS and SS. One of our L100 talents will even greatly help us with this giving us a potent, mana-efficient single-target absorb. DA will likely take hit with our crit values going down and both atonement and L90 talents being normalized, but in my opinion that's a good thing. DA was never reliable and even if you could use them to put minor shields on most in the raid, there were never any assurance that the people that needed it the most would be covered. The only reason it worked was our high level of crit. Resorting to more reliable means will probably result in a more enjoyable experience.

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      The Tier 3 Class Hall research bonus now costs 1,000 Order Resources (was 2,000). The Tier 4 Class Hall research bonus now costs 2,500 Order Resources (was 4,000). The Tier 5 Class Hall research bonus now costs 5,000 Order Resources (was 8,000). All research durations for changing a bonus have been reduced 1 day (was 3 days). The cost to change the Tier 7 research bonus has been increased to 5,000 Order Resources (was 2,000). Companion App
      Added support for Argus world quests and missions. Dungeons
      Players can no longer swap equipment in Mythic Keystone dungeons while under the effect of the Bursting or Grievous damage-over-time effects. Items
      Attack Power has been removed from all player gear and replaced with Strength or Agility, except in cases where those stats would be inappropriate (such as guns). Many holiday-themed items now have substantially-reduced cooldowns when their associated holidays are active. Many legacy class set items that did not have a sell price now have a sell price. Contributing to a building on the Broken Shore no longer awards a Legionfall Recompense item, and the Artifact Power value of the Artifact Power token awarded has been reduced. Artifact Power items no longer have a sale price, as they should always be useable. Artifacts Hidden Appearances – You are no longer required to be using your current specialization’s Hidden Artifact Appearance to gain progress towards unlocking its 3 color variants. You can now gain progress towards unlocking the 3 color variants of your Artifact’s Hidden Appearances set while you are in any spec and using any Artifact appearance. Challenge Appearances – You are no longer required to be using your current specialization’s Challenge Artifact Appearance to gain progress towards unlocking its 3 color variants. You can now gain progress towards unlocking the 3 color variants of your Artifact’s Challenge Appearances set while you are in any spec and using any Artifact appearance, as long as you have unlocked the base challenge appearance for a given spec. The Appearance requirement “Defeat all Legion dungeons” has been changed to “Complete 10 different Legion dungeons”, and now includes Seat of the Triumvirate. Druid Feral Garb of the Astral Warden 2-piece set bonus (Item - Druid T19 Feral 2P Bonus) redesigned and now causes Thrash to deal 15% increased damage (was “Thrash generates 1 combo point if it hits a target.”). Garb of the Astral Warden 4-piece set bonus (Item - Druid T19 Feral 4P Bonus) now causes Shred and Swipe to deal 8% increased damage for each Bleed effect you have on the target (was 15%). Shaman Elemental The Regalia of the Skybreaker 2-piece bonus (Item - Shaman T20 Elemental 2P Bonus) now reduces Storm Elemental cooldown by 2 seconds (was 1.5 seconds). Player versus Player
      Fierce Gladiator’s Cloak’s rating requirement has been increased to 2300. Additional Artifact Power tokens are awarded to players that win Arena matches based on the player’s rating, starting at 1800. Enchanter's Illusion - Glorious Tyranny is now available to purchase from Prideful Gladiator vendors, for characters who earned Duelist: Season 14 or Duelist: Season 15. Enchanter's Illusion - Primal Victory is now available to purchase from Warmongering Gladiator vendors, for characters who earned Duelist: Warlords Season 1, Duelist: Warlords Season 2, or Duelist: Warlords Season 3. All Classes Pets in PvP are now immune to Taunt effects for 20 seconds after being Taunted. Shaman Restoration The totem summoned by Grounding Totem will no longer take damage from spells that are redirected to it. Quests
      The Broken Shore now offers an Emissary Quest. User Interface
      A “Summon Random Favorite Battle Pet” button has been added to the Pet Journal. Legendary quests now display as orange markers on the world map. Legion dungeon and raid maps now have clickable icons where sub-maps connect, making it easier to navigate between floors. Mount and pet unlocks now have a unique toast. The Dressing Room pane is now larger. The Shop has a new checkout interface. You can now turn left and right with the Move Pad accessibility feature.
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      An official preview of the Argus campaign talking about how you get to Argus and the content unlock schedule.
      If you haven't played WoW for a while, look at our Returning Player Guide for Patch 7.3 and Argus introduction, with more details about how to get to Argus and what awaits you before taking the fight to Argus.
      Content Unlock Schedule
      Week 1 (August 29)
      Unlock the initial chapters in Krokuun and Krokuun world quests. Start gaining reputation with new factions. Week 2 (September 5)
      Continue the Argus story in Mac'Aree and unlock Mac'Aree world quests. In Mac'Aree, you can only gain reputation with Argussian Reach. Invasion Points / Greater Invasion Points will open. Get new ilvl 930 items from Argus world bosses within Greater Invasion Points Week 3 (September 12)
      The final zone, Antoran Wastes, becomes available. Complete the story to unlock Antoran Wastes world quests. In the zone, you can only get reputation with Army of the Light. Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon unlocks. Netherlight Crucible will be accessible. Blizzard provided clarifications explaining how the new Relic customization system works. We started with 7.3 coverage way back and created a hub with all information. Get ready, Argus awaits!
      Blizzard (Source)
      As the fel-scarred planet Argus looms in the skies overhead, Azeroth’s greatest heroes prepare a desperate mission into the heart of the Burning Legion’s stronghold. Succeed, and Azeroth may at last know peace; fail, and all worlds will burn. The battle against the forces of the Legion has all come down to this.
      The journey to Argus begins within the Exodar. Velen is gathering allies to join him on a journey most perilous aboard a new ship known as the Vindicaar. Once on Argus, adventurers progress through a series of story chapters in three new regions. Each week, new elements of the story on Argus become available, telling the tale of what was, what is, and what could be.
      To help you prepare for your expedition to this hostile world, we’ve provided an itinerary for your time ahead:
      Week 1: Begin the invasion of Argus and embark on an epic storyline beginning in Krokuun. Team up with the Army of the Light and take the fight to the very heart of the Legion in the Antoran Wastes. Gain access to new World Quests and Emissaries on Argus.
      Week 2: Finish the story of Krokuun and travel to the ruined draenei city of Mac’Aree. Gain access to Invasion Points and thwart the Burning Legion’s plans on other worlds. Additional World Quests in Mac’Aree are available along with access to Invasion Points.
      Week 3:  Finish the Shadows of Argus storyline, unlock all World Quests, and venture into the new dungeon, the Seat of the Triumvirate. Activate your Netherlight Crucible on the Vindicaar to begin forging Relics.
      THE HAND OF FATE
      Your journey from Azeroth begins with the quest The Hand of Fate.  Azeroth’s heroes are asked to travel to the Exodar and meet with Velen and his gathering allies—many of whom are familiar faces. It’s all hands on deck for the arduous task ahead.
      EMBARKING ON THE VINDICAAR
      After you join up with Velen and the rest of the invasion party, it’s time to embark aboard the new draenei vessel — the Vindicaar. It serves as the base of operations for your time on Argus and is outfitted with a variety of conveniences that become accessible over time, including an innkeeper, mailbox, profession trainers, portal to Dalaran, repairs, quest givers, vendors, the Vindicaar Matrix Core, Navigation Console, and Netherlight Crucible.
      Netherlight Crucible
      The Netherlight Crucible is a forge that will help you enhance the relics on your Artifact weapon. As you progress through the storyline on Argus, you’ll unlock the forge’s abilities and the additional power of your Artifact weapon through your chosen relics.
      Navigation Console
      The Navigation Console aboard the Vindicaar connects to beacons on the surface of Argus.  These beacons will help you quickly travel from point to point throughout Argus and back to the Vindicaar when needed.
      The Matrix Core
      Several Vindicaar powers unlock within the Matrix Core at the heart of the ship as you progress through Argus. These powers can be used to aid you along the way.
      Light’s Judgment: This allows you to target and fire Light’s Judgment, the Vindicaar’s main weapon, while on Argus. Lightforged Warframe: This allows use of the Lightforged Warframe mechanized armor suit while on Argus. Shroud of Arcane Echoes: This allows the use of the Shroud of Arcane Echoes’ power, making you untargetable by enemies for a limited time while on Argus. Fel Heart: The Fel Heart of Argus allows you, when on Argus, to be brought back to life after taking fatal damage and continually heal while not in combat. Thaumaturge Vashreen (Ethereal Vendor)
      Veiled Argunite can be earned in a variety of ways including killing rare elite mobs. Much like Nethershards on the Broken Shore, this currency can be used to purchase Relinquished items from Thaumaturge Vashreen that create ilvl 910 soulbound gear for your specialization.
      Profession Trainers
      Not all Profession trainers can be found on the Vindicaar, but with a new world to exploit explore, there are new opportunities for new crafted items. Azeroth’s finest will need the best equipment to take on the challenges ahead— and opportunity awaits for their crafters.
      TAKING THE HIGH GROUND
      Like the Broken Shore, the demonic forces of the Burning Legion aren’t going to roll out the red carpet for you. To get a foothold on the surface of Argus, you’ll need to make sure the Vindicaar is protected from the Legion’s defenses. While the devastation to this once shining world is widespread, there are bright spots among the new —and perhaps old—allies along the way. There are two new factions to encounter along the way: the Army of the Light and Argussian Reach.
      The Army of the Light: The Army of the Light has been at war with the Legion on Argus for centuries, engaging in tactical guerilla strikes using their warship, the Xenedar. While outnumbered, they aren’t down—and they’re certainly not out. They continue to fight with cunning, striking at points of opportunity quickly and moving on. Argussian Reach: Although many struggled to oppose the Burning Legion's conquest of Argus, not all were able to escape. Emboldened by the arrival of new allies, these refugees and outcasts stand united in their mission to reclaim their home. TRAVELING ARGUS
      Lightforged Beacons are similar to flight paths and are discovered as you progress through the storylines within Krokuun, Antaron Wastes, and Mac’Aree. These beacons transport you quickly back to the Vindicaar or out to any additional beacons you’ve discovered throughout the three regions.
      NEW WORLD QUESTS
      As with the Broken Isles and Broken Shore, World Quests become available throughout the various regions as you venture through Argus. They offer a variety of rewards and a new Emissary Quests that align with the new factions Army of the Light and Argussian Reach.
      There’s plenty to learn about both past and present Argus as you progress through the regions and experience the stories of those who have been impacted by the Burning Legion. For some, it will be a tale of redemption; for others, it is a tale of deepest loss. In the end, it’s a story that the future of Azeroth depends on.
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      A source of the latest information related to Patch 7.3 and beyond!
      Our Patch 7.3 hub organizes all 7.3 data and latest news coverage in a single place.
      Welcome to our centralized hub dedicated to the biggest patch ever introduced to World of Warcraft. For easier navigation, we'll keep it updated throughout testing by adding links to our latest coverage, so that you won't miss out on any important information.
      Patch 7.3
      Patch 7.3 titled "Shadows of Argus" is arriving August 29.
      Official Patch Notes *new* Blizzplanet's Gamescom Interview with Ion Hazzikostas *new* Returning Player Guide Reputation Guides (Argussian Reach & Army of the Light) Ion Hazzikostas Patch 7.3 Interview  Content Rollout Schedule Dungeons (M+) Changes Build Highlights // Class Changes
      In this section, you will find the most recent changes sorted by build.
      Patch 7.3 Build 24853 Patch 7.3 Build 24727  Patch 7.3 Build 24651 Patch 7.3 Build 24608 // Feral Druid // Frost DK & Mage Changes Patch 7.3: Upcoming Frost Death Knight Changes Patch 7.3 Build 24539 // Patch 7.3 Feral Druid Changes Patch 7.3.0 Build 24500 Patch 7.3.0 Build 24473 Dev Notes
      Blizzard usually posts on the official forums once a new PTR build is deployed to test realms, giving an overview of new features that become available for testing.
      Build 24829 Build 24608 Build 24539 Build 24500 Build 24473 Artifact Power & Advancement
      In Patch 7.3, you will be able to unlock the Netherlight Crucible, a new way of Artifact customization via relics.
      Artifact Knowledge Changes The Netherlight Crucible (Extended Preview) (Build 24700) The Netherlight Crucible Clarifications (Official) The Netherlight Crucible Early Preview (Build 24608) Antorus the Burning Throne
      The new raid is currently tested on PTR and will be available in Patch 7.3.5.
      Antorus, the Burning Throne Raid Preview (Build 24473) Antorus Raid Rewards Antorus Raid Zone Preview Part 1 Antorus Raid Zone Preview Part 2 Antorus Raid Zone Preview Part 3 Antorus & The Pantheon Legion Ending & Next Expansion Leaks New Creature Models (Antorus Bosses, Titans, Lore Characters) (Build 24473) Tier 21 Sets
      In Antorus, you will find Tier 21 Sets dropping from the bosses.
      Tier 21 Sets Preview (Normal Tints) // Mythic Tints Tier 21 Death Knight (Build 24608) Tier 21 Druid (Build 24500) Tier 21 Mage (Build 24651) Tier 21 Monk (Build 24539) Tier 21 Paladin (Build 24539) Tier 21 Priest (Build 24500) Tier 21 Rogue (Build 24539) Tier 21 Warlock (24651) Argus & Gameplay Videos
      Argus is a new planet that has three zones. Krokuun, Mac'Aree and Antoran Wastes. In the following articles, you will find detailed information about all the different zones.
      How to Get to Argus (Intro) Vindicaar Matrix Core Powers & Assessment Argus Gameplay Part 1 (up to Krokuun) (Build 24473) Argus Gameplay Part 2 (End of Chapter 1) (Build 24500) Argus Gameplay Part 3 (Mac'Aree) (Build 24539) New Factions
      Two new factions have been added to the game in Patch 7.3.
      Argussian Reach (Faction) Preview Army of Light Faction Preview Weapons of the Lightforged (Build 24473) Gearing & Alts
      All useful information in terms of gearing and alts.
      Reputation Catch-up & New Heirloom Amulet *new* Unsullied & Confiscated Gear *new* Veiled Argunite & New Gear Tokens Invasion Points
      A new type of repeatable content, aka scenarios with different stages with the goal to defeat a boss at the end.
      Invasion Points // "Lesser & Greater Rifts" Coming to WoW Invasion Point: Blood (Build 24539) Invasion Point: Ice (Build 24539) Seat of the Triumvirate
      A new five-player dungeon located in Mac'Aree (Argus)
      Seat of the Triumvirate (Dungeon) (Build 24608) New Transmog Items (Build 24500) Missions
      New Champion Equipment & Missions Mounts
      New Mounts (Build 24473) Lightforged Golem Mount Shackled Ur'zul (Mythic Argus Mount) Pets
      New Tameable Hunter Pets (Build 24781) New Pets (Build 24473) New Pets (Build 24853) Professions
      New Profession Updates (Build 24473) // The Future of Obliterum World Bosses
      New World Bosses (Build 24473) New Caster Animations
      In Patch 7.3, several caster Classes received updates to their animations.
      Official Preview Druid, Mage, Shaman Animations (Build 24473) Priest Animations (Build 24473) Restoration Shaman Animations (Build 24500)
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      Ion Hazzikostas revealed the release date of Patch 7.3. We'll be going to Argus on August 29!
      Patch 7.3 "Shadows of Argus" is going live next week after maintenance in your region.
      Every Legion patch launched exactly 77 days after another and as anticipated, Patch 7.3 will be going live as soon as next week! Patch 7.3 is called "Shadows of Argus" and it's releasing on August 29 (US) / August 30 (EU). Antorus will open later this year. In the meantime, check out our Argus hub with all Patch 7.3 coverage, including a guide for returning players, before taking the battle directly to Argus!
      The Path to Argus Cinematic Trailer
      The Battle for Argus Cinematic Trailer
      Shadows of Argus Survival Guide