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We now have official confirmation that the 1500 held Valor cap has been removed! We recently had an in-depth look at the system and its flaws, and while this particular change will improve it significantly, there's still a lot of issues with Mythic+ gearing, so check out the full article here.
Valor Cap (source)
This is correct. There will not be a limit of 1500 Valor that can be held.
I’ve put a strikethrough on that part of the OP.
Today, we’re looking at the most popular team compositions for Mythic+ in Shadowlands Season 1.
The data used in this article comes from Benched.me, a website with a Composition Explorer function, which tells you the most-popular compositions for Mythic+. It has a search function that allows you to select specializations for each party slot and find compositions.
The Most Popular Team Compositions for Mythic+ in Shadowlands Season 1
Currently, the most popular team comp with 36,604 runs so far in Season 1 includes a Vengeance Demon Hunter (Tank), Restoration Shaman (Healer), Marksmanship Hunter (DPS), Balance Druid (DPS), and Fire Mage (DPS).
In 2nd place, we have the exact same team composition, with just one change. The Restoration Shaman (Healer) is replaced with Holy Paladin. The composition has 21,852 runs.
In 3rd place, we have the same composition, but the Healer got replaced with a Restoration Druid this time around. We've seen this composition in 17,546 runs.
Based on the data, it is relatively safe to assume that the current Mythic+ meta revolves around a Vengeance Demon Hunter tank, Marksmanship Hunter + Balance Druid + Fire Mage (DPS), with healers rotating between Druid, Shaman, and Paladin.
You can check out the table below for more information about the most popular comps, including Average/Max Keystone, cleared, and more. We encourage you to visit Benched.me for even more runs.
Valor Points are coming this week and are supposed to save/improve Mythic+ gearing but, as our own Seliathan goes into in-depth, it's not quite a good enough improvement on the already pretty messy Mythic+ loot system.
Seliathan is an Icy Veins Rogue class guide writer, completed several World First Mythic+ clears, including the +20, and he wrote a big piece for Raider.IO, analyzing the M+ gear and the way the Valor Point system will affect it, the flaws in both, and how to improve them. And while Blizzard might potentially be removing the 1500 cap on Valor, exactly as the article suggests, there are many more problems and potential solutions presented there. He goes over many topics, including how M+ gearing compares to PvP and raiding, what the actual purpose of M+ is and where it fits in the overall gearing scheme, the lack of other rewards in M+, the need for higher Keystone Master-type achievement tiers and a lot more. Here are some highlights, but head straight on to the full (and huge) analysis post on Raider.IO if you want all the details:
There's a LOT more to read over in the full article on Raider.IO, with many excellent points and insights into Mythic+ and how it could be improved, so make sure to read the whole thing!
Covenant Callings will reward Valor starting tomorrow, so make sure to save them until Patch 9.0.5 goes live in your region!
Rare Covenant Callings in Patch 9.0.5 award 35 Valor. Epic Covenant Callings grant you 50 Valor.
One character can hold up to 3 Covenant Callings at a time, which means you should wait until Tuesday (US) or Wednesday (EU) before you complete / turn in any Covenant Callings for extra Valor.
Blizzard is bringing back Valor in Patch 9.0.5, and the currency is used to upgrade Mythic Dungeon Gear, but what are the upgrade costs?
The Red Rogue discovered the exact upgrade costs of gear with Valor in Patch 9.0.5 with a few missing slots, but before we go through them, let's talk about how the whole system works.
Item Ranks and Upgrades
Every item from dungeons in Patch 9.0.5 is given a rank based on their Item Level, as you can see on the tooltip.
The items go from Rank 1 (Item Level 184) to Rank 12 (Item Level 220).
This also applies to Great Vault loot. For example, if you receive Item Level 200 from the weekly chest, it will be of Rank 6/12.
Base Mythic Gear (Item Level 184) can be upgraded to Item Level 200 without any requirements. All the higher rank upgrades are gated behind various achievements that require you to complete all Shadowlands Season 1 dungeons at Mythic Level 5, 10, and 15 within the time limit.
In other words, if you want to upgrade Dungeon Gear to Item Level 220, you must complete all 8 Shadowlands Season 1 dungeons at Mythic 15 or above, within the time limit.
We summarized everything explained above in the following table:
Item Rank Item Level Requirements 1 184 No Requirements 2 187 No Requirements 3 190 No Requirements 4 194 No Requirements 5 197 No Requirements 6 200 No Requirements 7 203 Shadowlands Keystone Explorer: Season One 8 207 Shadowlands Keystone Explorer: Season One 9 210 Shadowlands Keystone Conqueror: Season One 10 213 Shadowlands Keystone Conqueror: Season One 11 216 Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season One 12 220 Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season One It's important to note that you can't upgrade gear obtained before Patch 9.0.5, which means you must re-farm everything when the patch goes live.
You can have a maximum of 8,750 Valor, but the cap starts at 5,000 and increases by 750 each week. Blizzard also said one character could only hold 1,500 Valor at a time, but that may have been scrapped in the end.
9.0.5 Week 1 Maximum Cap: 5,000 9.0.5 Week 2 Maximum Cap: 5,750 9.0.5 Week 3 Maximum Cap: 6,500 9.0.5 Week 4 Maximum Cap: 7,250 9.0.5 Week 5 Maximum Cap: 8,750 Weekly Cap: N/A Upgrade Costs
Now that we know more about item ranks and caps, we are looking at how much Valor you will need for upgrades.
All the data is provided by The Red Rogue, who also uploaded a handy video about the whole system. You can follow him on YouTube.
You can upgrade gear by bringing it to Aggressor Zo'dash <Facilitator of Conflict> in Oribos, located in the Enclave of Oribos.
The upgrade process is straightforward and works just like upgrading PvP or Covenant gear.
The upgrade costs are different for each slot.
Off-Hands, Rings, Cloaks, Bracers, Necks cost 250 Valor per upgrade. Shoulders, Gloves, Trinkets, Boots, Belts cost 400 Valor per upgrade. Helms, Chests, Legs cost 475 Valor per upgrade. 1-Handed Agility Weapon costs 500 Valor per upgrade 1-Handed Intellect Weapon costs 750 Valor per upgrade. 2-Handed Weapons cost 1,000 Valor per upgrade. The costs of 1-Handed Strength Weapons and Shields remain unknown for now, but based on PvP Upgrade costs, a 1H Weapon + Shield upgrades together should cost the same amount of Valor per upgrade just like a 2H weapon, so 500 Valor per item per upgrade (needs confirmation).