MMO-Champion - Patch 5.4 - Proving Grounds
Proving Grounds
Proving Grounds is a way for players to practice new specs and get better at their current spec in an environment that doesn't inconvenience other players.

  • There are four difficulties: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Endless. Endless just keeps getting harder every wave and your highest Endless score is stored as a statistic.
  • Items are scaled to item level 463, set bonuses don't work, but gems are not scaled down.
  • Flasks and food buffs are allowed, but potions are not. You also get a full set of raid buffs.
  • The UI elements (timers and wave counters) and audio were not in in the videos below.
  • You are able to purchase 200 stat buff food and Tome of the Clear Mind inside Proving Grounds.
  • You are able to reforge and pick up a health stone inside Proving Grounds.
  • DPS must kill of the enemy mobs in the time allotted while dealing with different PvE mechanics such as kiting and stuns.
  • Tanks must protect a single healer NPC while dealing with different PvE mechanics like knockbacks and fire.
  • Healers must keep a party of NPCs alive while dealing with different PvE mechanics like dispelling. Some of the NPCs even like to stand in the fire!


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Official Preview
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There comes a time in any healer, tank, or damage dealer’s life when they decide to take their collaborative skills and abilities to the next level. When that time comes, the Proving Grounds will be waiting. Set within the Temple of the White Tiger, this new feature will provide a repeatable solo Scenario where level 90 players can test their mettle or try out different roles in a safe, controlled environment.

Getting In
To get started, you’ll need to talk with an NPC in the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit or class trainer, who'll grant you entrance to the instance. Upon entering the Proving Grounds, your gear will be scaled down much like it is in Challenge Modes. Depending on the role you choose, you may not have to go it alone. (Then again, you just might. Aren’t you brave?)


Choose Your Role
Within the Proving Grounds, much like in any dungeon, you’ll be able to choose the role of tank, DPS, or healer. Once you’ve decided, you’ll be faced with a series of challenges based on the kinds of combat mechanics that role would encounter in a dungeon.

Tank: You will be tasked with protecting an NPC from oncoming waves of enemies, which will test your tanking skills in various ways. Fear not, though a friendly NPC will assist, by healing you, and damaging the enemies.

Damage: Sometimes you just have to go it alone. You'll melt the usual faces, while handling a variety of mechanics including interrupting heals, chasing down runners, timing cooldowns, avoiding harmful mechanics, and more.

Healer: Four NPCs will join you to form a full party. It will take a special healing touch to keep your friendsalive, as you work together to face the challenges of attacking enemies.

Choose Your own Adventure
Proving Grounds will be available in four different modes: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Endless. Each mode allows you the opportunity to test your mettle and learn a bit more about your role by putting you in the thick of a grouping experience. You’ll have to beat each one (beginning with Bronze) to take on the next mode. Once you’ve beaten Gold, you’ll unlock Endless and be truly prepared to astound and amaze your friends with your prowess.

In Endless, you’ll push yourself to the limits and see just how long you can survive as each wave of foes becomes more and more difficult to withstand. The longer you survive Endless, the higher your score, and the system will track your progress so you can see just how well you’ve done.


Choose to Endure
You’ll be able to reenter the Proving Grounds as much as you want as you work to improve your skills earn Achievements, and claim some bragging rights when you survive longer than any of your friends. It’s just a quick chat with the NPC, and you're quickly back in action.

You won’t need to worry about death or taking durability damage. Food and flasks will last their full duration, but leave your potions at home – you won’t be able to use them here. You’ll also have access to various amenities within the Proving Ground such as Vendors, Runeforges, Soulwells, repairs, and Reforgers.

Now that you know what’s in store, sharpen those blades, enchant that new robe, and get ready to go boldly into the Proving Grounds.

Achievements

Name Side Points Reward Category
Proving Yourself: Bronze Damage Successfully complete the Basic Damage (Bronze) trial at the Proving Grounds.
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Proving Yourself: Bronze Healer Successfully complete the Basic Healer (Bronze) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Bronze Tank Successfully complete the Basic Tank (Bronze) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Endless Damage (Wave 10) Successfully complete Wave 10 of the Basic Damage (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Endless Damage (Wave 20) Successfully complete Wave 20 of the Basic Damage (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Endless Damage (Wave 30) Successfully complete Wave 30 of the Basic Damage (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
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Proving Yourself: Endless Healer (Wave 10) Successfully complete Wave 10 of the Basic Healer (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Endless Healer (Wave 20) Successfully complete Wave 20 of the Basic Healer (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Endless Healer (Wave 30) Successfully complete Wave 30 of the Basic Healer (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
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Proving Yourself: Endless Tank (Wave 10) Successfully complete Wave 10 of the Basic Tank (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Endless Tank (Wave 20) Successfully complete Wave 20 of the Basic Tank (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Endless Tank (Wave 30) Successfully complete Wave 30 of the Basic Tank (Endless) trial at the Proving Grounds.
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Proving Yourself: Gold Damage Successfully complete the Basic Damage (Gold) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Gold Healer Successfully complete the Basic Healer (Gold) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Gold Tank Successfully complete the Basic Tank (Gold) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Silver Damage Successfully complete the Basic Damage (Silver) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Silver Healer Successfully complete the Basic Healer (Silver) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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Proving Yourself: Silver Tank Successfully complete the Basic Tank (Silver) trial at the Proving Grounds.
10
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You're Doing it Wrong Successfully complete any of the Basic (Silver) trials at the Proving Grounds, while in a specialization not suited for it.
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