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Here are the updated notes for the upcoming 9.1.5 patch that will go live on November 2.
Blizzard has updated the official 9.1.5 notes with various last-minute changes that went live on the 9.1.5 PTR. The latest changes are highlighted in gold.
The 9.1.5 content update is focused on improving the Shadowlands Covenant systems – including the removal of Conduit Energy and freely switching Covenants without cooldown at max Renown, quality of life changes for alternate characters, a variety of new character customization options for select Allied Races, and the introduction of Legion Timewalking, Timewalking Mage Tower and Legion Mythic+ dungeons.
Table of Contents
Achievements Allied Races Art Classes Covenants Dungeons and Raids Island Expeditions and Warfronts Items and Rewards Korthia and the Maw Pet Battles Player versus Player Professions Quests Runecarving Threads of Fate Torghast, Tower of the Damned User Interface and Accessibility WoW Companion App New updates are highlighted in gold.
The following changes have been made to Mecha-Done: Vinyl: Triumph of Gnomeregan – Now a guaranteed drop from the Hard Mode version of the Reclamation Rig event. Vinyl: Battle for Gnomeregan – Drop rate increased from all hologram bosses. Blueprint: Holographic Digitalization Relay – Drop rate increased from all hologram bosses. Blueprint: Emergency Rocket Chicken – OOX-Fleetfoot/MG respawns faster and no longer despawns if not killed by the end of its path. OOX-Fleetfoot/MG now has a Vignette star that pings the minimap when he races by if you are eligible to loot OOX-Avenger/MG. Paint Vial: Lemonade Steel – Droprate of Exothermic Evaporator Coil increased. Duration of rain reduced, but the spawn rate of Oxidized Leachates during rain is drastically increased (700% faster). Oxidized Leachbeast now has significantly more chances to spawn during rain. "Playtime’s Over" and "Battle Tested" – Both of these quests are now always offered as follow-ups to "Toys of Destruction" (was 1, chosen randomly). Available in Eight Colors – This Achievement is now account-wide and grants all color options for the X-995 Mechanocat mount to all characters on your account. ALLIED RACES
New character customization options for Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne, and Void Elves. Lightforged Draenei Paladins now have a unique class mount – the Lightforged Ruinstrider. The dungeon quests for unlocking Kul Tiran humans, Mechagnomes, and Dark Iron Dwarves are no longer required. After accepting the dungeon quest, speak to the NPC again to choose to skip the quest. Fixed an issue with the mouths on several male Nightborne face options. ART
Added weather effects in Stormwind and Orgrimmar. CLASSES
Phial of Serenity (Kyrian Ability) and healing potions no longer reset the melee swing timer. Some area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 or 8 targets. Abilities affected are listed in their class sections. Developers' note: With the launch of Shadowlands, we reduced the maximum number of targets that several abilities could hit specifically to address a few gameplay problems related to pulling a large number of enemies in dungeons. Our intention was to reduce the effectiveness of burst AOE buttons against large target counts (i.e. 15-20 enemies) while also increasing their effectiveness against fewer targets (e.g. 3-5 enemies) and communicating that strength clearly in the tooltips. The abilities that remained “uncapped” were generally ones that offered lower damage over a longer period of time (e.g. Blizzard or Consecration). Along with other changes, we set out to move away from “pull as many enemies as possible, use all your cooldowns and delete them” as the predominant strategy across various forms of content.
We’ve received a lot of feedback that these abilities not hitting enemies in their range in any way creates a feel problem for WoW combat but is also an issue for trivial encounters like farming legacy content. For many of the abilities that underwent the change from uncapped to a strict target cap in Shadowlands, we’re converting the damage to be reduced beyond 5 or 8 targets (e.g. the ability will deal full damage against 5 targets, then reduced damage to each additional target beyond 5). This means that while the overall damage done by the ability increases with the number of targets, the individual damage done to each target will decrease. This solution means these abilities and their relative classes will still have a very strong niche against small packs of enemies.
DEATH KNIGHT The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Abomination Limb (Necrolord Ability) Frostscythe (Frost) The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets: Sacrificial Pact Consumption (Blood) Bonestorm (Blood) Bursting Sores (Unholy) Reanimated Shambler (Runecarving Power) Shackle the Unworthy (Kyrian Ability) damage reduced by 10%, but now has a 100% chance to spread to nearby enemies when triggered (was 50%). Fixed an issue that prevented Shackle the Unworthy (Kyrian Ability) from spreading to enemies behind the Death Knight. Abomination's Frenzy (Necrolord Runecarving Power) now applies its 10% damage increase to all enemies damaged by Abomination Limb (was enemies pulled by Abomination Limb). Withering Ground (Night Fae Conduit) effect increased by 50%. Impenetrable Gloom (Venthyr Conduit) damage effect increased by 50%. BLOOD Consumption (Talent) now deals 60% more damage. Debilitating Malady (Conduit) effect increased by 600%. UNHOLY Unholy Assault’s (Talent) global cooldown (GCD) is now correctly reduced by Haste. DEMON HUNTER The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Blade Dance (Havoc) Glaive Tempest (Havoc) Soul Cleave (Vengeance) Spirit Bomb (Vengeance) – previously was soft-capped at 20 targets. The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets: Fel Barrage (Havoc) Sinful Brand (Venthyr Ability) cooldown has been reduced to 45 seconds (was 1 minute). The Hunt's (Night Fae Ability) effect can now be removed with player immunities. Blind Faith (Kyrian Runecarving Power) now grants 1% Versatility (was 1% Mastery) and 10 Fury when a Lesser Soul Fragment is consumed while Blind Faith is active. Fixed an issue that prevented Lost in Darkness (Conduit) from improving with higher conduit ranks. HAVOC Dancing with Fate (Conduit) damage effect increased by 300%. Fixed an issue where the Dancing with Fate conduit did not increase the damage of the final slash from Death Sweep. VENGEANCE The Demon summoned from Fodder to the Flame (Necrolord Ability) no longer scales off the 50% maximum health increase from Metamorphosis. DRUID Discover 4 new Travel Form appearances with 2 color variations each. The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Swipe Brutal Slash (Feral) The Well-Honed Instincts conduit is now categorized for all specs (was Guardian only). Adaptive Swarm (Necrolord Ability) jump range has been increased to 50 yards (was 25 yards) and will now jump to a friendly target if it expires on a friendly target and there are no valid hostile targets within 50 yards. Fixed an issue where the Well Fed effect from Born Anew (Conduit) was not increased with the Epicurean racial ability when casting Rebirth on a Pandaren. FERAL Adaptive Swarm (Necrolord Ability) will now gain a damage bonus for its initial duration when cast during Tiger’s Fury. Fixed an issue that prevented certain ranks of the Carnivorous Instinct conduit from improving auto-attack and periodic damage while Tiger's Fury's damage bonus is active. Fixed an issue that prevented the Carnivorous Instinct conduit from affecting the damage over time of Thrash and Feral Frenzy. RESTORATION Efflorescence now has a new visual. For those who enjoy the previous visual, Glyph of the Wild Mushroom is available to return the spell to its fungi appearance. HUNTER Aquilons, Corspeflies, and Gromits are now tameable as pets. The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Beast Cleave (Beast Mastery) Multi-Shot (Beast Mastery and Marksmanship) Explosive Shot (Marksmanship) Carve (Survival) Butchery (Survival) Soulforge Embers (Runecarving Power) The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets: Barrage (Beast Mastery and Marksmanship) Freezing Trap now removes active Murder of Crows debuffs on the target when it is applied. Death Chakram (Necrolord Ability) now also increases all physical damage done by you and your pet to the targets damaged by 10% for 10 seconds. Flayed Shot (Venthyr Ability) now deals an additional hit of damage when cast. This damage also has 15% chance (increased with Empowered Release Conduit) to reset the cooldown of Kill Shot. BEAST MASTERY Bestial Wrath’s tooltip has been updated to better match its functionality. No functional change has been made to Bestial Wrath. MARKSMANSHIP Fixed an issue that caused Marksman’s Advantage (Conduit) to remove stealth from targets when Hunter’s Mark was cast. Fixed an issue that caused a player’s Marksman’s Advantage (Conduit) to be removed from targets when another Hunter applied Hunter’s Mark with the Marksman’s Advantage conduit. SURVIVAL Fixed an issue that caused Coordinated Assault to require line-of-sight to your Hunter pet. MAGE The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Glacial Fragments (Runecarving Power) The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets: Arcane Echo (Arcane) Frozen Orb (Frost) Gift of the Lich (Necrolord Conduit) effect increased by 100%. FROST Icicles damage increased by 12%. Frostbolt damage increased damage by 8%. Flurry damage increased damage by 10%. MONK The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Spinning Crane Kick Rushing Jade Wind (Brewmaster) Fists of Fury (Windwalker) Rushing Jade Wind (Windwalker) Chi Burst (Talent) now deals reduced healing beyond 6 targets. Developers' note: This spell previously used a complicated, invisible AoE-capping scheme for healing. This is being replaced with a clearer one where the amount of healing decays on each target after the 6th target is healed. Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now spawns an equal amount of off-spec Adepts (was random) and Adepts now apply Mystic Touch to their targets. Ox Adepts now throw a Fallen Brew at the Monk after spawning, granting the Monk an absorb shield for 10% of the Monk's maximum health for 8 seconds. Tiger Adept's Tiger Palm damage increased by 200%. Tiger Adepts now cast Spinning Crane Kick if there are more than 1 enemy within range. While Tiger Adepts are active, the Monk and their allies gain 5% movement speed, stacking with other movement speed increasing effects such as the Monk's Windwalking. Way of the Fae (Night Fae Conduit) effect increased by 100%. BREWMASTER Special Delivery (Talent) now deals 100% more damage. Ox Adept's Breath of Fire damage reduction from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now stacks with your Breath of Fire damage reduction. Crane Adepts from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now prefer to heal the Monk over other friendly targets. MISTWEAVER Crane Adept's Enveloping Mist from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) no longer gains cooldown reduction from the Monk's Haste. Crane Adepts from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now cast Enveloping Mist twice when summoned. Fixed an issue where Expel Harm would heal the caster twice when used while channeling Soothing Mist on themselves. Fixed an issue that prevented Resplendent Mists (Conduit) from increasing the healing of Bonedust Brew’s (Necrolord Ability) Gust of Mists. WINDWALKER Spinning Crane Kick (Rank 2) now increases Spinning Crane Kick's damage by 18% (was 15%) for each unique target struck with Blackout Kick, Tiger Palm and Rising Sun Kick in the last 20 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times (was 6). Tiger Adepts attacks from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now count towards your recently attacked Spinning Crane Kick bonus. Crane Adepts from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now prefer to heal the Monk over other friendly targets. Keefer's Skyreach (Runecarving Power) now properly increases the critical strike chance of Bonedust Brew (Necrolord Ability). PALADIN The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Divine Storm (Retribution) Vanquisher's Hammer (Necrolord Ability) now increases the effectiveness of the free Holy Power spender by 25%. Righteous Might (Necrolord Conduit) damage effect increased by 400% and healing effect reduced by 50%. Blessing of Seasons (Night Fae Ability): Blessing of Spring now increases healing done by 15% (was 10%) and healing received by 30% (was 20%). Blessing of Winter now reduces the hostile target's attack speed and movement speed by 5% per stack (was 3%) and its damage has been increased by 40%. HOLY Fixed an issue where Bestow Faith (Talent) would reset the melee swing timer when cast. PRIEST Festering Transfusion (Necrolord Conduit) damage and healing effect increased by 100% Divine Star (Talent) and Halo (Talent) now deal reduced healing beyond 6 targets. Developers' note: These spells previously used a complicated, invisible AoE-capping scheme for healing. This is being replaced with a clearer one where the amount of healing decays on each target after the 6th target is healed. Halo (Talent) healing reduced by 20%. Developers' note: Combined with the above change, this is still a net healing increase on large numbers of targets. Divine Star (Talent) heal cap is now independent on the outgoing and return trips. DISCIPLINE Divine Star (Talent) damage increased by 40%. Contrition (Talent) healing increased by 15%. Shadow Covenant (Talent) healing increased by 10%, mana cost reduced by 10%, and duration lowered to 7 seconds (was 9 seconds). HOLY Divine Star (Talent) damage increased by 40%. SHADOW Surrender to Madness duration increased to 30 seconds (was 25 seconds). Psychic Link (Talent) deals 60% of Mind Blast’s damage (was 50%). ROGUE The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Secret Technique (Subtlety) The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets: Fan of Knives (Assassination) Crimson Tempest (Assassination) Black Powder (Subtlety) Shuriken Storm (Subtlety) Toxic Onslaught (Runecarving Power) has been slightly redesigned – When Sepsis expires on your target, you are granted two of the following effects for 10 seconds: Shadow Blades, Adrenaline Rush, or Vendetta is applied to your current target. Bonuses granted are those that are not available to your spec, eg. An Assassination Rogue will gain Adrenaline Rush and Shadow Blades. Fixed an issue that prevented Shadow Blades gained from Toxic Onslaught (Runecarving) to not affect certain off-spec abilities. Septic Shock (Night Fae Conduit) effect increased by 50%. OUTLAW Dreadblades (Talent) initial strike deals 26% more damage and now immediately fills your Combo Points in addition to its current effects. SUBTLETY Fixed an issue where Flagellation (Venthyr Ability) would always critically strike with Symbols of Death. SHAMAN The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Storm Elemental's Eye of the Storm (Elemental) Elysian Dirge (Kyrian Conduit) effect increased by 50%. RESTORATION Spirit Link Totem's tooltip has been updated to better match its functionality. No functional change has been made to Spirit Link Totem. WARLOCK The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets: Felguard's Felstorm (Demonology) Impending Catastrophe (Venthyr Ability) chaotic anima cloud width has been increased 60%, now deals a tick of its periodic damage on impact and will more accurately apply its damage-over-time effect to hostile targets. Decimating Bolt (Necrolord Ability) cast time reduced to 2 seconds (was 2.5 seconds). Scouring Tithe (Kyrian Ability) instant and periodic damage increased by 20% and cast time reduced to 1.5 seconds (was 2 seconds). Languishing Soul Detritus (Kyrian Runecarving Power) critical strike chance bonus increased to 45% (was 40%) and now also grants the Warlock a 33% movement speed buff and a 15% critical strike chance increase when Scouring Tithe (Kyrian Ability) expires. Decaying Soul Satchel (Night Fae Runecarving Power) no longer generates stacks when targeting enemies that are immune to its damage. Demonology Nether Portal (Talent) cooldown reduced to 2.5 minutes (was 3 minutes). WARRIOR The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets: Whirlwind Cleave (Arms) Ravager (Arms) Dreadnaught (Arms) Ravager (Protection) The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets: Bladestorm (Arms and Fury) Harrowing Punishment (Venthyr Conduit) effect increased by 50%. Impending Victory (Talent) cooldown reduced to 25 seconds (was 30 seconds) and now heals for 40% of your max health (was 30%). ARMS Merciless Bonegrinder (Conduit) effect increased by 100%. FURY Auto attack damage has been increased by 43%. Hack and Slash (Conduit) increased by 50%. PROTECTION Sinful Surge (Venthyr Runecarving Power) now extends the duration of Avatar by 2.5 seconds when Condemn (Venthyr Ability) is cast (was Last Stand duration extended by 3 seconds). COVENANTS
Players who reach 80 Renown with any Covenant will be able to freely switch among any of the four Covenants without cooldown or restriction. In addition, cosmetic rewards that have been earned from a Covenant with which the player has reached 80 Renown may be used even if that character is currently a member of a different one. Both the Covenant switching and the use of cosmetic rewards will also apply to alts once the Renown threshold is reached on any character. Example: A player with a Night Fae Druid at Renown 80 can use appropriate Night Fae cosmetics on their Rogue, even if the Rogue is a member of the Necrolords. Conduit Energy has been removed and Conduits can now be freely swappable without any restrictions. Reaching 80 Renown no longer requires completing the Shadowlands Covenant Campaign. Unlocking your third Soulbind on any character allows alternate characters joining that same Covenant to start a quest that will immediately unlock their second and third Soulbind. New Covenant toys to discover. NIGHT FAE New Soulshapes to collect. New Crittershapes – Due to their tiny appearances, they are only usable in rested areas. Option to Soulshape and Crittershape into randomly collected appearances. SANCTUMS ADVENTURES Maw missions unlocked by maximum adventurer level appear more often and are gated by fewer requirements. ANIMA CONDUCTOR Enhancement buffs now persist past daily reset and work as a buff within all non-instance zones in Shadowlands. Players who have built and upgraded their covenant's Anima Conductors will now receive Grateful Offerings from all covenant Callings, based on the highest level of Anima Conductor they've upgraded. Anima can now be channeled to all unlocked locations each day (was one each day). REDEEMED SOULS All players will now have the 20 Redeemed Souls version of the weekly quest "Return Lost Souls" regardless of Renown level. Added a repeatable quest to gather 20 additional Redeemed Souls for players looking to progress their Covenant Sanctum faster. Rescuing Souls within Torghast, Tower of the Damned now earn credit for "Return Lost Souls." KYRIAN: PATH OF ASCENSION There is no longer a cost to enter the Path of Ascension. Medallions of Service are now only used in Ascension Crafting. A baseline 20% buff, Progressive Power, has been activated for all soulbinds in Path of Ascension. This buff is active by default, but can be turned off via the Brazier of Progressive Power in the arena. Drop rates for all Path of Ascension crafting components have been increased by 10%. Soul Mirror Shards now have a chance to drop from Mawsworn Kyrian in the Maw. NIGHT FAE: QUEENS CONSERVATORY All seeds now stack to 200 (was 20). All previous locations that award uncommon quality seeds now award rare quality seeds. VENTHYR: EMBER COURT Players can now use their influence with guests to help their friends or alternate characters. Once you’ve completed the Best Friend quest for a Guest, that Guest will offer a quest inside your Ember Court scenario to all other players who visit. These “Friend of a Friend” quests unlock a permanent 30% increase to friendship gains with that Guest, so invite a player or two to your next Ember Court and start the introductions to help them make friends faster. Alternate characters on your account will also be offered these quests inside their own Ember Court scenario. Word travels quickly around the court! Temel now sells a new favor item: The Party Herald’s Party Hat. This bind-on-account item can be sent to alternate characters, and permanently increases reputation gains with the Ember Court by 30% for any character that uses it. This item also gives Temel a new, fancier party hat and gives you an option to ask Temel to put the hat on you inside the scenario. You will now receive a confirmation prompt when you queue for the scenario if one of your current Guests has not RSVPed (and therefore would not attend if you start the scenario). SOULBINDS VENTHYR Battlefield Presence (General Draven) no longer counts nearby Stealth enemies. DUNGEONS AND RAIDS
TIMEWALKING NEW: LEGION TIMEWALKING This event will run for two weeks the first time it runs within the game and then will resume a regular one week schedule for subsequent bonus events. Timewalking Dungeons: Black Rook Hold, Eye of Azshara, Darkheart Thicket, Vault of the Wardens, Neltharion's Lair, and Court of Stars. TIMEWALKING MAGE TOWER Now that Legion Timewalking has arrived, with it comes a wondrous way to return to the moments of heroism from the past: Azeroth's champions will be able to enter the Mage Tower again. The original seven different Challenges (grouped by your specialization’s role) will be available to try repeatedly, for the duration of Legion Timewalking. Each Challenge comprises a series of solo encounters that must be completely survived to earn rewards, and in Legion Timewalking, they will not require that you have an Artifact, or even that you originally played Legion. Success in a Mage Tower challenge will now award a Legion-themed armor set for your class. There’s also a new Achievement for the most well-rounded champions of the Kirin Tor. Players who complete all seven of the Challenges on different characters across their Battle.net account will be rewarded with a unique flying mount: the Soaring Spelltome. Additionally, Guardian druids who complete The Highlord's Return challenge will also receive a new fel variant of the "werebear" form. The weekly bonus events schedule has been adjusted and now Timewalking dungeon events will occur every three weeks (was alternating every third or fourth week). Defeating Timewalking raid bosses will now also provide credit towards the Timewalking weekly quests, "A Burning Path Through Time," "A Frozen Path Through Time," and "A Shattered Path Through Time." The list of available dungeons during Timewalking holidays has been adjusted: THE BURNING CRUSADE NEW The Blood Furnace The Botanica The Underbog REMOVED The Arcatraz The Black Morass The Slave Pens WRATH OF THE LICH KING NEW Azjol-Nerub The Forge of Souls Utgarde Keep REMOVED Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom Pit of Saron Utgarde Pinnacle CATACLYSM NEW Blackrock Caverns REMOVED Grim Batol MISTS OF PANDARIA NEW Scholomance REMOVED Siege of Niuzao Temple WARLORDS OF DRAENOR NEW Grimrail Depot REMOVED Iron Docks TIMEWORN KEYSTONES While Legion Timewalking is active, players can speak to Ta'hsup in Oribos to acquire a Timeworn Keystone, allowing access to max-level, Mythic+ difficulty for the 6 Legion dungeons. Legion Mythic+ dungeons accessed in this way have their own set of affixes, reward loot of the same item level as Shadowlands Mythic+ dungeons, and count toward weekly Great Vault reward options. Items acquired from Legion Mythic+ dungeons can be upgraded with Valor points, but will not appear in the Great Vault. New Infernal affix – Infernal Beacons can be found near some bosses. Activating a Beacon or engaging a nearby boss will trigger a Legion invasion. Available on Legion Timeworn Keystone level 10 or higher. MYTHIC+ Going forward, the top rated Mythic+ players per region and per faction for the Mythic+ Season will receive a special title. The title for Season 2 will be Tormented Hero. AFFIXES Bolster now has a 20 second duration (was permanent). Necrotic Wound duration now lasts 6 seconds (was 9 seconds). Raging damage bonus is now 50% (was 75%). LEGACY RAIDS The following encounters have been adjusted to be less challenging: ANTORUS, THE BURNING THRONE Antoran High Command Eonar the Life-Binder Varimathras Coven of Shivarra Aggramar TOMB OF SARGERAS The Desolate Host Fallen Avatar Kil'Jaeden THE NIGHTHOLD Gul'dan TRIAL OF VALOR Helya All cooldowns of 2 minutes or longer now reset at the end of raid encounters or when starting a Mythic+ dungeon (was 3 minutes or longer cooldowns). This does not apply to Shaman's Reincarnation or Warlock's Ritual of Doom. Legacy loot rules are now in place for Battle for Azeroth raids and dungeons. These encounters will now drop a fixed quantity of class-agnostic loot, regardless of group size. The prompt to enter into the Timewalking Campaign random dungeon queue for all expansions will now occur after 5 minutes in the queue (was 15 minutes). ISLAND EXPEDITIONS AND WARFRONTS
You are now able to set sail on a Normal, Heroic, or Mythic Island Expedition alone or with a party of up to three players. Speak with Captain Rez'okun in Dazar'alor (Horde) or Flynn Fairwind in Boralus (Alliance) to begin your solo seafaring voyage! Lowered the amount of players required to queue for Normal Battle for Stromgarde and Battle for Darkshore Warfronts to 5 (was 15). ITEMS AND REWARDS
Players now only need to complete the achievement Breaching the Tomb on one character per account to begin the Legion class mount quests on the Broken Shore. Each character must still complete their class hall campaign, complete quests, and recruit their final order hall champion. Show off your complete transmog outfit to chat or online by easily sharing a link to it from the Dressing Room. Players will be able to mouse-over these items to see how they can be collected, if they’ve already collected the appearance, or if it’s an appearance that is accessible to the character viewing it. The transmogrification appearance of cosmetic items is now learned when the item is used. Heirloom Scouting Maps that instantly explore all areas and grant all viable flight paths to your alternate character are now available for all expansions (was only Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms). Increased the drop rate of Shards of Domination. Significantly increased the amount of Soul Cinders awarded from Layers 8 – 12, Maw Assaults, Tormentors of Torghast, and Command Table missions. Increased the drop rate of Soultwining Crescent. Duchess Mynx in Korthia now sells versions of Korthian Armaments that create a piece of gear for specific slots. Acquirer Ta'gosh in the Oribos Hall of Curiosities now sells a Gateway Control Shard that lets you activate the nearest Demonic Gateway. Developers’ note: Demonic Gateways can sometimes be difficult to click in the middle of a raid encounter and under high pressure situations. To help alleviate the potential frustration of being unable to click the gateway in time, we created the Gateway Control Shard to use as another option to use the gateway outside of clicking with your mouse button or through macros. Au'Dara the Heirloom broker located in Oribos next to the Flight Master sells the following bind-on-account items: Eternal Heirloom Armor Casing and Eternal Heirloom Scabbard – A new rank of heirloom gear has been added and all heirloom gear is now usable in Shadowlands. Broker Mark of Distinction – Characters who reach 80 Renown can purchase this item and use it on an alternate character to instantly grant the alternate character up to Renown 40. Cannot be used above 40 Renown. Traveler's Anima Cache – Allows Anima to be taken to new covenants or sent to alternate characters. Valorous Equipment Chest – Contains 1 piece of item level 210 Mythic 0 gear. The chest can only be purchased with Valor by a character with a 1500 or higher Mythic+ Rating. Unchained Equipment Chest – Contains 1 piece of item level 220 unranked PvP gear. The chest can only be purchased with Conquest by a character with a 1600 or higher rating in any PvP bracket. Timebound Ruminations – Set an Adventures companion to level 30. Requires one companion to reach level 40. Cannot be used on companions level 30 and above. 6 new cosmetic boots are available in the Trial of Style world event. These new boots have a unique look for races that don't normally wear shoes and can be purchased with Trial of Style Tokens. KORTHIA AND THE MAW
Unlock access to additional fast travel options from Ve’nari’s Refuge to Perdition Hold and Desmotaeron within the Maw. Completing quests from Archivist Roh-Suir will provide access to an Anima Diverter within Korthia where Anima can be directly deposited. ARCHIVISTS’ CODEX REPUTATION The Research Reports (item upgrades) and Treatise items (bonus drops in 9.0 content) are now available for purchase account wide if a character on their account has reached the appropriate reputation Tier. Players at Tier 6 can now purchase the item “Research Report: Relic Examination Techniques”, a new bind-on-account item they can send to an alt to increase the reputation granted by Relics and Relic Fragments by 50%. The quest “Relic Efficiency” offered at Tier 4 now also increases the average number of Relics that will show up as bonus drops from rares and treasures as well as how many relics show up on daily quests or in weekly reward chests. This is in addition to the current reward of a 20% chance to receive double the normal Relic Fragment drops from rares and treasures. Added two new quests, “Relic Clues” at Tier 3 which starts the bonus at an initial 10% chance at double Relic Fragments, and “Relic Hunter” at Tier 5 that will set the final chance for double relics at 40%. Both of these new quests will also increase the average number of relics you will see as bonus drops, on daily quests or in weekly reward chests. Korthia rares now have a chance to drop Relics on repeat kills (was a daily lockout for a chance at Relics). More Relic carrying enemies can be found in Korthia with the All-Seeing Crystal. Trained Gromit now locates more relic caches. KORTHIA RIFTS A new weekly quest, “Lost Research”, will be available to characters at Tier 4 with the Archivists’ Codex or on alts with a Tier 4 character on the account. This new quest will direct players into the Korthian Rift and reward a large amount of Archivists’ Codex reputation and Cataloged Research. Enemies in Korthian Rifts now drop stolen Relic Fragments and a chance at Relics. PET BATTLES
Flawless and family-specific Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 2,000 experience (was the amount required to gain one level). Fel-Touched Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 10,000 experience (was the amount required to gain five levels). Ultimate Battle-Training Stones now cost 35 Polished Pet Charms (was 60). Battling wild pets with a team of comparable-level pets now provides double experience. Pets on your team are eligible for this bonus if no pet on your team is more than two levels higher than any pet in the wild team. The experience penalty for a pet dying has been reduced to 50% (was 100%). Pets still need to be active for at least one round to be eligible to earn experience from a battle. All pet experience earned in battles is increased by 50%. To compensate, the Pet Battle Bonus Event buff Sign of the Critter has been reduced to 100% (was 200%). The net effect of this is that pet experience gained during the Pet Battle Bonus Event will remain unchanged from current values. PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER
Lower item-level PvP gear will now scale to a higher item-level in PvP situations than before. This should reduce the power level gap so that new characters can feel that they're able to compete in Battlegrounds and Arenas more readily. This change will not affect high item-level PvP gear. Additional PvP Ranks and Item Level Ranks have been added to provide a more granular upgrade path for players climbing up the ranks. New Rating Rated PvP Ranks Item Level iLvl in PvP Rank 1 Unranked 220 233 1000 Rank 2 Combatant I 226 239 1200 Rank 3 Combatant II 229 242 1400 Rank 4 Challenger I 233 246 1600 Rank 5 Challenger II 236 249 1800 Rank 6 Rival I 239 252 1950 Rank 7 Rival II 242 255 2100 Rank 8 Duelist 246 259 2400 Rank 9 Elite 249 259
Unrated PvP Step Item Level iLvl in PvP Vendor 177 213 Step 1 184 216 Step 2 190 220 Step 3 (Renown 44) 197 223 Step 4 203 226 Step 5 (Renown 59) 210 229 Step 6 216 233 The Honor cost to upgrade Unrated gear reduced by around 25%, and the Conquest cost to upgrade Rated gear has been adjusted to spread across the new ranks. The following toys can no longer be used in battlegrounds and arenas: Contender’s Costume Fae Harp Piccolo of the Flaming Fire The incapacitate from the Pandaren racial ability Quaking Palm now breaks to absorbed damage. COVENANTS Fleshcraft (Necrolord Ability) now absorbs up to 30% of max Health while in PvP combat (was 40%). When a battleground or arena match begins, Fleshcraft absorbs exceeding 30% maximum health are reduced to 30% maximum health. DRUID Thorns (PvP Talent) can no longer reflect damage to enemies more than 10 yards away. Adaptive Swarm's (Necrolord Ability) bonus to periodic healing effects reduced to 20% in PvP combat (was 25%). FERAL Strength of the Wild (PvP Talent) now increases Regrowth's initial heal critical chance on allies by 30% (was 100%). GUARDIAN Grove Protection (PvP Talent) radius significantly increased. RESTORATION Keeper of the Grove (PvP Talent) now protects the Druid from all harm while Tranquility is channeled (was prevents Tranquility from being interrupted). Floral Recycling's (Conduit) healing bonus to Swiftmend is reduced by 50% in PvP combat. HUNTER Fixed an issue where Hunters could capture flags in Battlegrounds while under the effects of Feign Death. BEAST MASTERY Fixed an issue where Burrow Attack's (Exotic Ability) cooldown was unintentionally reduced by Kindred Beasts (PvP Talent). MAGE Triune Ward (Runecarving Power) now provides 35% barrier effectiveness in PvP combat (was 50%). Fixed an issue where Mana Gem could not be used in rated battlegrounds and rated arenas. FIRE Fixed an issue where a Mage's Ignite that was spread by Phoenix Flames could hit a Rogue while under the effect of Cloak of Shadows. MONK WINDWALKER Dance of Chi'ji (Talent) procs now cause your next Spinning Crane Kick to deal 150% damage in PvP combat (was 200%). PALADIN Auras are no longer removed when leaving battlegrounds or arenas. PRIEST HOLY Heal healing increased by 35% in PvP combat (was 20%). Flash Heal healing increased by 30% in PvP combat (was 15%). Renew healing increased by 15% in PvP combat. ROGUE SUBTLETY Fixed an issue where the target of Shadowy Duel (PvP Talent) would become invisible if the Rogue is under the effects of a Paladin's Blessing of Protection when starting the duel. SHAMAN Unleash Shield's (PvP Talent) Earth Shield effect now roots targets for 4 seconds (was 3 seconds) and the Lightning Shield effect now knocks back enemies 33% farther. WARLOCK Decimating Bolt's (Necrolord Ability) damage bonus to Demonbolt, Shadow Bolt, or Incinerate can no longer be dispelled. AFFLICTION Death Bolt (PvP Talent) now deals 50% of remaining damage over time (was 40%) and can no longer critically strike. Additionally, the spell now reaches the target faster. Rapid Contagion (PvP Talent) duration is now 20 seconds (was 15 seconds). Dark Soul: Misery (Talent) can no longer be dispelled. DESTRUCTION Bonds of Fel (PvP Talent) has been slightly redesigned – No longer snares the target and no longer splits damage with pets and guardians. Dark Soul: Instability (Talent) can no longer be dispelled. WARRIOR Elysian Might's (Kyrian Runecarving Power) Critical Strike damage bonus reduced to 15% in PvP Combat (was 25%). PROFESSIONS
Mining ore drop rates across all zones, including Elethium Ore, increased by 20%. Callous Hide and Heavy Callous Hide drop rate increased by 20%. Jewelcrafting Essence drop rate increased by 10%. Lightless Silk drop rate has been increased by 20%. QUESTS
Alternate characters on an account can now choose to skip the introductory Shadowlands questline that takes place in the Maw by speaking to High Inquisitor Whitemane or Nazgrim after accepting the quest “Shadowlands: A Chilling Summons”. Please note that to enable the skip, you will need to have logged into a level 60 character who has completed the Maw introduction. For those who have already begun the introductory Shadowlands questline, Jaina Proudmoore in the Forlorn Respite cave will offer to skip the rest of the introduction after the quest "A Flight From Darkness" is completed and before leaving the cave. RUNECARVING
The Runecarver will now offer to destroy an existing legendary item and return all of the Soul Ash or Soul Cinders that were spent to create the item. The drop rates of Runecarving recipes found in dungeons have been increased to 100% on all difficulties. THREADS OF FATE
Tal-Inara now offers a Torghast, Tower of the Damned daily quest for experience and Soul Ash. Tal-Inara now offers a PvP Battlegrounds daily quest for experience and gear. Threads of Fate Bonus Objectives are now significantly shorter and award Renown. Threads of Fate Zone Objectives now reward higher item level gear and anima. TORGHAST, TOWER OF THE DAMNED
Repeatedly completing Wings now awards the full amount of Soul Ash (up from 20% after the first clear). Repeatedly completing Wings now awards the full amount of Soul Cinders (up from none after the first clear). ANIMA POWERS DEATH KNIGHT Fixed an issue that was causing Rune Hunter to trigger too often. HUNTER Petrified Pet Food damage now correctly increases with each stack of the Anima Power. USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY
Updated the requirements to participate in the newcomer guide system, players can now opt-in after completing 3000 quests and reaching max-level. Improved gamepad compatibility, including support for touchpad and gyro. Mythic+ and PvP Ratings can now be shared through a chat link with Shift-Click. Item Upgrade UI has been reworked. GROUP FINDER IMPROVEMENTS Accounts now require an attached Battle.net Authenticator to post custom text when listing a group for Dungeons, Raids, or Rated PvP activities. All players may still search for and join others’ groups. Developers’ note: A Group Finder that’s full of advertisements bothers us as much as it does you, but a challenge we’ve faced in trying to eliminate those ads is that they are often posted by compromised accounts or other throwaway accounts, such that penalties incurred by in-game reporting have not proven to be an effective deterrent. And regardless, relying on reports still means that some number of players have their experience disrupted by the spam before it gets reported. The Battle.net Authenticator is available for mobile devices and is a simple and convenient way to secure your World of Warcraft account, but if you prefer not to use it for whatever reason, you will still be able to post groups that will have descriptions auto-populated (e.g. based on raid name and difficulty selected in UI dropdowns, or derived from the Mythic Keystone currently in your bags). Our goal is to clean up the Group Finder while trying to minimize the inconvenience to ordinary players. Search now allows a numeric range (i.e. search “5-9” finds M+ key levels from 5 to 9). Autofill group finder information based on the creator’s keystone. The information can still be manually entered. Group creators can now set a minimum Mythic+ or PvP rating requirement for applicants. Group creators can now select a playstyle to set expectations for their group. PvP Rating will now display when browsing for Rated PvP entries and in the applicant window. Group creators are now able to browse listings. PvP categories now use the player’s PvP Item Level instead of their regular Item Level. IMPROVED CHAT REPORTING FEEDBACK Added confirmations for players who report misbehavior in chat, as well as for those who are likely to be reported. When you report a player for verbal harassment or other disruptive chat in-game, we will notify you when action is taken against the player. When we notice that your behavior has moderately changed for the worse, we will send you a warning message so that you can modify your behavior before receiving a penalty. In cases where acutely inappropriate behavior is observed, the system may skip warning the player and take action immediately. /ignore now blocks all characters on the ignored player’s WoW account. Text-to-Speech settings saved on server and added an option to also save the settings account-wide. Option to add voice transcription output to any chat frame and change the font color. The size of the cursor can now be increased in the Accessibility menu. Summon Random Favorite Mounts will now summon a random mount if no mounts are favorited. Added a flying mount filter in the Mount Collection. New Transmogrifier cursor icon. New default backpack bag icon. New character customization options will be marked by a “NEW” tag in character creation and the Barbershop. The Adventure Guide loot pane now separates normal loot from bonus loot to indicate that they don’t compete with each other as drops. The “PvP talent is available” helptip will now only appear in War Mode and PvP instances. Enemy and boss dialogue options have been added to Text to Speech settings. A helptip has been added to highlight the Reagent Bank. You can now access the Recruit A Friend pane by typing /raf A shorter alternative command has been added for Ready Check: /rc A shorter alternative command has been added for Countdown: /cd [seconds] Several emotes have been adjusted: Drool, cough, burp, fart, whistle, spit, and moon no longer change when used while targeting a player. Pounce and groan have been adjusted when used while targeting a player. 4 new emotes have been added – Huzzah, magnificent, impressed, and wince. Kick, stink, shake, and moan have been removed. Developers' note: Some of these emotes seem to have harmless intentions at a glance, but when used while targeting another player, their intentions can turn unexpectedly suggestive or intrusive. We've made adjustments to these emotes with negative connotations towards another player, while also adding a few new ones. WOW COMPANION APP
Warlords of Draenor missions are now accessible for players who have unlocked the Warlords of Draenor Garrison and Command Table in game. Players can send followers on Command Table missions, view follower information, and equip follower items from the app.
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Blizzard released a blog post, detailing all news and development updates that were recently released, ranging from Patch 9.1.5's release date to the new store mount. Check it out if you've missed any of the announcements!
As the ride of the Headless Horseman draws to an end and his fires quenched, the citizens of Azeroth look toward celebrating the Day of the Dead. You won't need an invitation to have a /dance with Catrina, and you could even be a contender this year if you have the right outfit.
It's been a busy couple of weeks, and the news is out! The Shadowlands 9.1.5 content update goes live on November 2, while WoW Classic Season of Mastery opens name reservations on November 11 and goes live on November 16. Learn more about the design process behind the character creation UI in Shadowlands, the latest esports events, and more in this newest edition.
Shadowlands Under Development
The 9.1.5 Content Update Arrives November 2!
The 9.1.5 content update brings improvements to the Shadowlands Covenant systems, new character customization options for select Allied Races, and the introduction of Legion Timewalking, Timewalking Mage Tower, and Legion Mythic+ dungeons. Visit our announcement to learn more.
Shadowlands Under Development: 9.1.5 Content Update
The 9.1.5 content update continues to be available for testing on the PTR. Read more details in the PTR Notes on the forums.
Shadowlands: An Inside Look at the Character Creation UI Redesign
The release of Shadowlands provided a new opportunity to streamline and redesign the character creation process. Go behind-the-scenes with Senior UI Designer Jeff Liu to learn more about the thought processes behind it.
WoW Classic Under Development
Prepare for the Season of Mastery–Live November 16
WoW Classic Season of Mastery releases worldwide on November 16 at 3:00 p.m. PDT. Visit our news post for more details.
WoW Classic Season of Mastery Name Reservations Begin November 11
WoW Classic Season of Mastery name reservations will open on November 11! Players with an active subscription or game time on their World of Warcraft account will be able to create one character per WoW account. [Learn More]
WoW Classic Season of Mastery is In Testing
WoW Classic Season of Mastery Open Beta continues, and there has been a slew of new updates, including:
Players can now level to 60. The "Soul of Iron" system is now testable. Template characters are available to use in testing. Raid Testing is underway. Adjustments have been made to experience gains while in an overpowered group in dungeons to curtail "boosting" or "powerleveling" of low-level characters in Season of Mastery. Learn more in the development notes on the forums.
New Mount Available: Sunwarmed Furline
Embrace the cool of autumn with a purrfectly fuzzy friend—the Sunwarmed Furline mount*. This lovable kitty is pawsitively bound to pounce upon your heart. Now available in the Blizzard Shop and in-game Shop.
Bulk Character Transfers Coming
We recently shared information on the future availability of bulk character transfers on the forums. Players will be able to purchase multiple realm-to-realm character transfers on the World of Warcraft in-game Shop for a discounted total price. Additional details to come.
World of Warcraft Esports
Watch the Mythic Dungeon International's 2021 Global Finals This Weekend!
Hallow's End this year not only brings terror and delight to Azeroth but the spookiest MDI Global Finals have ever seen! What tricks and treats will the casters and players have in store? Following the culmination of four incredible weeks of MDI competition, the top six teams from the Global Region will join the top team from China and the top team from the Last Stand Tournament, where they will compete in a series of Best of 3, double-elimination matches, on their path to the Grand Finals on October 29. With a $300,000 (USD) prize pool on the line, you won't want to miss any of the action when matches begin each broadcast day at 10 a.m. PDT / 19:00 CEST, live on YouTube! [Learn More]
The Great Push Season 2 is Coming!
We're thrilled to announce details for the second competitive dungeon one-off tournament of the year, as The Great Push returns for Season 2, December 10-12! Make sure you set a reminder on your calendar, so you don't miss a moment. [Learn More]
The World of Warcraft Student Art Contest 2021 is Underway!
Blizzard Entertainment's university relations and World of Warcraft development teams are proud to present the eleventh annual World of Warcraft Student Art Contest! We're calling on college and university students to submit original artwork or animations that would be a great fit for World of Warcraft. Don't miss out on this opportunity! Learn More.
Currently in Shadowlands
Hallow's End: The Horseman Rides in Shadowlands, WoW Classic, and Burning Crusade Classic – October 18- November 1 Arena Skirmish Bonus Event PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse Next Week in Shadowlands
Day of the Dead— November 1 PvP Brawl: Comp Stomp World Quest Bonus Event Wherever your adventure takes you, we'll see you in Azeroth!
*Mount not available in World of Warcraft® Classic or Burning Crusade Classic™.
Sunwarmed Furline is a new mount available for purchase in the Blizzard Shop for 25 USD/EUR.
Embrace the cool of autumn with a purrfectly fuzzy friend—the Sunwarmed Furline mount*. This lovable kitty is pawsitively bound to pounce upon your heart.
Cozy up with a Purrfect Friend
With eyes of pure emerald and the tail of a fox, this magical cat can carry you effortlessly from land to land. But its favorite places in all of Azeroth happen to be anywhere the sun shines through the autumn leaves, especially when the warmth of a campfire is nearby.
You’ll be ready to take on new adventures wherever you go with this fuzziest of mounts. Now available in the Blizzard Shop and in-game Shop.
*Mount not available in World of Warcraft® Classic or Burning Crusade Classic™.
Here's one final look at the Mythic+ class tier list before Patch 9.1.5 hits live servers.
In this post, we look at the tier list for Mythic+ based on the data gathered by Benched.me. The site plots all runs available from the Blizzard API (excluding the Chinese region) on a single ridge plot, so the data will be different from our Shadowlands Mythic+ Rankings maintained by Petko.
HOW THE DATA IS CALCULATED
To rank all specializations, Benched.me uses something called Meta Ratio Score. The "ratio" is between the specialization's representation in the meta vs. its representation in the population. For example, a specialization makes up 3% of all players in the population, but 6% in the meta, which means that spec's ratio is 6% / 3% = 2.
Furthermore, the site defines the "population" as all keys level 2 through 15 and the "meta" as keys 16 and above. Based on that, we break down specs into tiers based on their meta ratio as follows:
S-Tier: Ratio of at least 1.5. A-Tier: Ratio between 1 and 1.5. B-Tier: Ratio between 0.5 and 1. C-Tier: Ratio below 0.5, but greater than 0. F-Tier: Ratio of 0 (the spec isn't present in the high-level bin at all). FINAL CLASS/SPEC TIER LIST FOR MYTHIC+ IN PATCH 9.1
Affliction Warlock - 1.81 meta ratio Subtlety Rogue - 1.51 meta ratio A-Tier
Fire Mage - 1.43 meta ratio Outlaw Rogue - 1.29 meta ratio Guardian Druid - 1.24 meta ratio Windwalker Monk - 1.23 meta ratio Brewmaster Monk - 1.18 meta ratio Holy Paladin - 1.18 meta ratio Restoration Shaman - 1.16 meta ratio Marksmanship Hunter - 1.15 meta ratio Balance Druid - 1.13 meta ratio Arms Warrior - 1.12 meta ratio Elemental Shaman - 1.11 meta ratio Arcane Mage - 1.08 meta ratio Frost Mage - 1.05 meta ratio Discipline Priest - 1.03 meta ratio B-Tier
Shadow Priest - 0.99 meta ratio Vengeance Demon Hunter - 0.99 meta ratio Unholy Death Knight - 0.96 meta ratio Havoc Demon Hunter - 0.94 meta ratio Blood Death Knight - 0.92 meta ratio Holy Priest - 0.89 meta ratio Fury Warrior - 0.86 meta ratio Survival Hunter - 0.85 meta ratio Protection Paladin - 0.82 meta ratio Protection Warrior - 0.79 meta ratio Beast Mastery Hunter - 0.78 meta ratio Restoration Druid - 0.77 meta ratio Assassination Rogue - 0.77 meta ratio Feral Druid - 0.72 meta ratio Mistweaver Monk - 0.71 meta ratio Frost Death Knight - 0.69 meta ratio Destruction Warlock - 0.69 meta ratio Enhancement Shaman - 0.69 meta ratio Demonology Warlock - 0.62 meta ratio Retribution Paladin - 0.55 meta ratio C-Tier
No class is currently ranked in C-Tier.
SEASON 2 PLOT
It took nearly 6 hours for Celalinda to solo Mythic +22 Sanguine Depths! Congratulations!
You will find more information about the player's Covenant choice, Soulbind Powers, Conduits, Legendaries, and trinkets below.
Logs for the run can be found at Warcraft Logs. Finally, here's a sped up version of the run.