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Patch 7.1 Hotfixes - Trial of Valor
Trial of Valor Normal and Heroic got some nerfs to the Odyn and Helya encounters.



Patch 7.1.5 PTR - Jewelry Secondary Stat Increases
The latest build increases secondary stats scaling with item level on jewelry. You can see one example below and check out the stats of your items on the PTR site.

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Patch 7.1.5 PTR - Secondary Stat Changes
In the latest PTR build, the amount of rating you need per 1% of Critical Strike, Haste, Mastery, and Versatility was changed.

  • Critical Strike - Now requires 400 rating per 1% Critical Strike, up from 350.
  • Haste - Now requires 375 rating per 1% Haste, up from 325.
  • Mastery - Now requires 400 rating per 1 Mastery, up from 350.
  • Versatility - Now requires 475 rating per 1% damage and healing increase, up from 400. Now requires 950 rating per 1% damage taken reduction, up from 800.


Patch 7.1.5 PTR - Artifact Knowledge
Patch 7.1.5 makes catching up on Artifact Knowledge easier for new players and alts!

New Players / Main Character Catch Up

Alt Characters
  • The Artifact Research Compendium items are sold by the Artifact Knowledge researcher in your Order Hall for 1000 x Order Resources.
  • These are BoA items, so you can purchase them on your main character to send to alts.
  • These only allow you to purchase a book with lower Artifact Knowledge than your current Artifact Knowledge level.
  • For example, characters with Artifact Knowledge from 15-19 can purchase Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I & II, granting their alt Artifact Knowledge 10.


Level Type Name
1Other Artifact Research Synopsis
1Other Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-III
1Other Artifact Research Compendium: Volume I
1Other Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I & II
1Other Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-IV


Legion Season 1 Ending Clarifications
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With today’s announcement of the end of Legion’s first PvP season on December 13, we’d like to clarify a few extra details.

The Elite PvP gear appearance will be the same in Legion Season 2 as it is in Season 1. If you are unable to complete your set in Season 1, you’ll still be able to collect your missing appearances during Season 2.

Additionally, after Legion Season 2 concludes, we’ll be adding the ability to purchase the complete Elite appearance set from a vendor. This will only be made available to players who have earned access to the Elite set by reaching a PvP rating of 2000 or higher in any Rated Battleground or Arena bracket during Legion Season 1 or 2.

Finally, we’d like to clarify that the end of Legion Season 1 and beginning of Legion Season 2 are not tied in any way to the release of Patch 7.1.5. One of our major goals for Rated PvP in Legion is to have PvP seasons change over more regularly, which means we can now transition between seasons without requiring a patch. This transition will occur prior to the release of Patch 7.1.5.

FEEDBACK: Lower Nighthold (Heroic)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We're opening up the Nighthold raid on PTR, with Skorpyron, Chronomatic Anomaly, Trilliax, and Spellblade Aluriel available on Heroic difficulty. We'll be leaving these bosses up for a couple of days. Please use this thread to for feedback or bug reports on any of the encounters. When providing tuning feedback, please note the nature of your raid group (e.g. Mythic guild group, PUG, etc.).

Nighthold Testing
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Watcher explain why we should test your dungeon you don't listen to feedback
Well, part of the point of opening Nighthold and leaving it open for a longer period of time is to let groups get in and give contextual feedback on class mechanics, as well as to gather data to help with tuning. If we were solely interested in polishing the encounters, we'd be doing short 1-hour tests that could be observed by the encounter design team in their entirety. But this approach lets a lot more people get in and try things out.

Basically no numerical tuning based on 7.1.5 changes has been done yet: in test builds and development, the primary initial focus tends to be on qualitative design changes, both to allow for time to iterate on them, and because there's a much smaller development window during which we can make large changes to text in tooltips (since everything needs to be translated for the game's different regions before a patch can be finalized). Numbers changes are best done when designs are closer to final (there's little point fine-tuning something that may get ripped out entirely next build), and can be done very late in the PTR cycle. Raid tests like this help tremendously with that process.

The past couple of weeks have been full of distractions, with a long holiday weekend in the middle, and we haven't done a great job of communicating regarding the 7.1.5 class and systems changes. We'll be working to correct some of that in the coming days, but I understand that there's more than a little frustration and distrust to overcome.

In the meantime, I'll rename this thread, and make a new one for Nighthold. Please try to keep that one clear for feedback and logs from the instance, so that everyone can have a more polished experience in the long run. Thanks.

Patch 7.1.5 Warlock Feedback
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Feedback: you're leaving the warlock community out in the cold. Please communicate with us. We are extremely desperate.
We agree with a number of the core concerns raised, but don't have immediate solutions (or those solutions will take more time to design, implement, and test than the 7.1.5 PTR cycle affords). A couple of examples off the top of my head:

  • Steady/predictable Ember generation suited the Destruction rotation well, and something important was lost in the course of unifying the class to use a single shared resource, but fixing that at this point isn't just as simple as rolling everything back to Embers.
  • Mechanics like Demonic Empowerment and Soul Effigy are cumbersome to manage and while they have strong spec-specific theming, the actual gameplay of using them drags down their respective specs.

We're probably too reluctant to acknowledge problems for which we don't yet have a solution to present. But the fact that we haven't yet changed something doesn't mean that we think it's perfect as-is.

Dark Legacy Comics #561
DLC #561 has been released!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Trial of Valor Hotfixes, Secondary Stat Changes, Artifact Knowledge, DLC #561 started by chaud View original post
Comments 107 Comments
  1. iamthedevil's Avatar
    So now i'm going to have to stack even more of that secondary stat. Thanks Blizz, this is the complete opposite of helpful.
  1. Arvandor's Avatar
    great dlc!

    blizzard we ALL know that this legendary item system and the class design are the true fails in legion!
  1. Roudene's Avatar
    Huh, versality hit the hardest.
  1. Arrashi's Avatar
    The comic is spot on. I have no idea what blizzard was thinking putting that goddamn confirmation on purchases.
  1. XanderGryphon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arvandor View Post
    great dlc!

    blizzard we ALL know that this legendary item system and the class design are the true fails in legion!
    Speak for yourself. Not everyone hates the legendary system or thinks the class design is that bad.
  1. Naysar's Avatar
    So I don't understand the research notes. Can we buy AK1 up to AK15 individually for 500 resources per level? And can we also buy AK1 up to AK20 combined for 1000 resources? That seems weird.. How do the compendiums work?
  1. Hobb's Avatar
    So basically their solution for item scaling as we go up in raids is to increase how much of secondary we need.

    That's not a fix, it just makes our toon weaker once the patch hits and collecting new gear just to get to where we were in the first place before the patch.
  1. Yohagi's Avatar
    I still don't understand this new AK system. If AK Research Notes are BoP how I transfer to my other character?
  1. Lolsteak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vansher View Post
    I still don't understand this new AK system. If AK Research Notes are BoP how I transfer to my other character?
    Maybe the fact that they're BoA.
  1. Thaledwyn's Avatar
    Order hall ressources from blood vendor are BoA ^^
  1. xPraetoriaNx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Naysar View Post
    So I don't understand the research notes. Can we buy AK1 up to AK15 individually for 500 resources per level? And can we also buy AK1 up to AK20 combined for 1000 resources? That seems weird.. How do the compendiums work?
    Compendiums are BoA, so you can send it to altz.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Naysar View Post
    So I don't understand the research notes. Can we buy AK1 up to AK15 individually for 500 resources per level? And can we also buy AK1 up to AK20 combined for 1000 resources? That seems weird.. How do the compendiums work?
    You can buy 1 - 15 as you described, the item you get is BoP. Compendiums are BoA, so they are for sending to your alts.
  1. Wolfster's Avatar
    Wait so to fix the problem is 1 stat being better they actually nerf that stat?? now as a DH with the 5% crit nerf and this nerf i will be needing even more crit than live.....how is that a fix exactly????
  1. Tronix604's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Naysar View Post
    So I don't understand the research notes. Can we buy AK1 up to AK15 individually for 500 resources per level? And can we also buy AK1 up to AK20 combined for 1000 resources? That seems weird.. How do the compendiums work?
    you buy the compendiums on your main and send them to alts for 1000 resources. (alt catch up)

    the single use ones for 500 resources, are for new players (or mains) who havent hit 20 AK yet. (general catch up)
  1. Youwow's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arrashi View Post
    The comic is spot on. I have no idea what blizzard was thinking putting that goddamn confirmation on purchases.
    I use this handy macro to buy them fast! Works for every NPC which has a Yes and No option!

    /click StaticPopup1Button1
  1. aeuhe4yxzhds's Avatar
    Do people still not know about macros and what they can do? That comic is just dumb
  1. Spirthealer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aeuhe4yxzhds View Post
    Do people still not know about macros and what they can do? That comic is just dumb
    The fact u need a macro just to get something from a vendor proves the comics point. try harder...
  1. Incandio's Avatar
    What does "When used in conjunction with all unused Artifact Research documents" mean? Sounds like you have to have the things sitting in your inventory, but if you did why would you need the compendium?
  1. Thelyron's Avatar
    Kinda confused about the AK items. If i can buy the items that give me a level of AK, why should i spend another 1000 order resources, just to use them all at once?
  1. tussee's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tronix604 View Post
    you buy the compendiums on your main and send them to alts for 1000 resources. (alt catch up)

    the single use ones for 500 resources, are for new players (or mains) who havent hit 20 AK yet. (general catch up)
    I'm confused aswell.

    Do I have to buy 1 Compendium for 1000 rescources to get to rescearch level 20, or do I have to buy 20 compendiums for 1000 each to get to 20?

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