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by Published on 2020-08-15 02:51 AM

Shadowlands PTR - Pre-patch Week 2 Preview
The week 2 quest chain for the pre-patch event is now available for testing on the PTR.

  • The next series of quest starts off in the Argent Tournament Grounds. You are asked to meet Crusader Renn atop Ironwall Ramparts. She wants you to collect a Collaborator's Hood and Robe from cultists at Aldur'thar in order to gain access to the Cult Chambers. You must also free some hippogryph riders while there.
  • Next, you travel to Mord'rethar and put the disguise on to investigate what is going on. You find Herald Dalora inside saying that "his power is rising...his chains broken. The remaking has begun. The hour draws near when the Banished One shall reclaim what is his. Death comes for the soul of this world. Make ready! Feed the lives of the unworthy to the hungering Maw." She disappears soon after and you must then sabotage 3 chamber experiments nearby.
  • When you return to Renn, she has you head over to Icecrown Citadel on an argent hippogrpyh to see what this Herald Dalora is doing. You find her taking willing sacrifices at the gates, and are then tasked with launching an attack from the air on the surrounding undead.
  • Returning to Renn, she says we must destroy Herald Dalora to try and quell this uprising. Killing her unlocks more dailies in Icecrown.
  • Next, you must establish a portal to your capital city at the Argent Tournament Grounds to inform your remaining leaders of the latest situation. You are told to continue helping your allies in Icecrown and word will be sent to the Ebon Blade with hopes that they can devise a plan to help rescue our missing leaders from the realm of death.

New NA Realm Connections - August 20th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
During a scheduled maintenance period planned for 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, August 20, the following realm connections will be made:

  • The Eldre’Thalas and Korialstrasz realms will join the Akama, Dragonmaw, and Mug’thol realms.
  • The Korgath realm will join the Cenarius, Perenolde, and Cairne realms.
  • The Blood Furnace, Mannoroth, and Nazjatar realms will join the Azgalor, Azshara, and Destromath realms.
  • The Ursin, Andorhal, Scilla, and Zuluhed realms will join the Eonar and Velen realms.
  • The Madoran, and Dawnbringer realms will join the Azuremyst and Staghelm realms.
  • The Garona realm will join the Icecrown and Malygos realms.
  • Hyjal will join Proudmoore.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post further notifications like this one in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

WoW Forum Maintenance -- 17 August
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Monday, August 17, the World of Warcraft forums will be taken offline for maintenance and updates, starting at 22:00 CEST.

For about two hours, the WoW forums will be in read-only mode. During this time, you may be logged out, and you may have to log back into your forum account thereafter.

Thank you very much.
by Published on 2020-08-13 09:20 PM

Shadowlands Adventures - Blizzard's Official Preview
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Prepare to put your tactical skills to the test. In the expansion’s new Adventures feature, you’ll send your allies into the Shadowlands to tackle unique challenges for your chosen Covenant. You’ll need to be strategic about how you take on these combat puzzles, including who you’ll send to face them and how you’ll use their skills to claim victory.

You’ll also be able to check in on and continue your Adventures offline with the WoW Companion App.

A New Way to Adventure

Once you’ve joined your chosen Covenant, you’ll be able to begin undertaking Adventures from the dedicated table within your Sanctum. Through the interface, you’ll be able to view available Adventures, the associated rewards, the cost to undertake them, the state of your units, and how challenging the enemies are within that Adventure. You’ll want to choose a solid mix from your Adventurers, Soulbinds, and troops to create a party of up to 5 units to deal with the various threats.

With the introduction of Soulbinds in Shadowlands, we wanted to find a compelling way to bring their individual personality traits into as many aspects of the game as possible, including Adventures. Similar to previous high-profile personalities in past expansions’ Missions, Soulbinds will be able to lead the charge while expressing their own motivations and goals through the Adventures system.

Making Your Play

When it’s time to prepare for battle, positioning matters. You’ll need to use strategy in how you place your Adventurers to take on the enemies they’ll engage with and counter their abilities. For example, you may want to make sure your toughest allies are placed in the front of the formation, with more fragile allies placed toward the back so damage to them is minimized and they can use their ranged abilities.

At the completion of an Adventure, you’ll be able to see the results through a replay of the battle. You’ll want to pay close attention to which units performed well, which you may want to reposition, or which you might want to exclude in future similar fights to make the most of them in your next encounters.

To the victor goes the spoils! Should your troops defeat the encounter, you’ll collect your earned rewards including pets, mounts, gold, Anima, and more.

Recruiting New Allies

Each Covenant provides a variety of 15 unique allies, including the Soulbinds that you’ll meet, 6 Adventurers that you’ll recruit through Renown, and an additional 6 who can be rescued from within Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Four universal Adventurers can also be recruited by any Covenant from within Torghast, bringing your potential allies to 19.

As your allies progress through the various challenges that Adventures present, they’ll grow stronger, allowing them to take on more challenging Adventures for even better rewards.

Check back on the official site in the future to learn more about the updated WoW Companion App.
by Published on 2020-08-13 04:41 PM

Shadowlands Pre-Patch Event - Scourge Invasion in Icecrown
After you complete the introduction questline, you are sent to Icecrown and find out that the zone has been overrun with undead. Additionally, notable bosses from Naxxramas, Icecrown Citadel and Wrath of the Lich King dungeons now spawn regularly as rares throughout Icecrown.

The loot is themed after the original items, for example Patchwerk can drop Severance of Mortality (Severance), Noth the Plaguebringer can drop Hailstone Loop (Hailstone Band) and Professor Putricide can drop Miniscule Abomination in a Jar (Tiny Abomination in a Jar).

Shadowlands Pre-Patch Event - Catch-Up Gear
We have datamined many items added in Patch 9.0.1 PTR Build 35522 that drop from rares in Icecrown. The loot is item level 100, which is awesome for ungeared alts going into Shadowlands.

LevelTypeSlotNameModel Viewer
100NeckNeckReforged Necklace of Taldaram
100FingerFingerRing of Carnelian and Sinew
100FingerFingerAnnhylde's Band
100FingerFingerNerubian Aegis Ring
100FingerFingerHailstone Loop
100FingerFingerPhantasmic Seal of the Prophet
100TrinketTrinketMiniscule Abomination in a Jar
100BackBackRoyal Sanguine Cloak
100ClothHeadCowl of the Rampaging Troll
100ClothHeadSightless Capuchin of Ulmaas
100ClothShouldersFrayed Flesh-Stitched Shoulderguards
100ClothShouldersShoulderpads of Corpal Rigidity
100ClothChestRobes of Rasped Breaths
100ClothWaistCinch of the Servant
100ClothLegsRimewoven Pantaloons
100ClothWristsBracer of Ground Molars
100ClothHandsCold Sweat Mitts
100LeatherHeadBag of Discarded Entrails
100LeatherShouldersShoulderpads of the Notorious Knave
100LeatherChestDrake Rider's Jerkin
100LeatherChestDeathwhisper Vestment
100LeatherChestSkittering Vestments
100LeatherWaistRazor-Barbed Leather Belt
100LeatherWaistCinch of the Tortured
100LeatherLegsFringed Wyrmleather Leggings
100LeatherLegsBreeches of the Skeletal Serpent
100LeatherFeetTaldaram's Supple Slippers
100MailHeadGaze of Bewilderment
100MailShouldersRegurgitator's Shoulderpads
100MailChestChestguard of Siphoned Vitality
100MailChestFrostsworn Rattleshirt
100MailWaistBlood-Drinker's Belt
100MailLegsLeggings of Disreputable Charms
100MailFeetSkadi's Scaled Sollerets
100MailWristsNecromantic Wristwraps
100MailHandsDrake Stabler's Gauntlets
100MailHandsHandgrips of Rime and Sleet
100PlateHeadHelm of the Violent Fracas
100PlateShouldersValonforth's Marred Pauldrons
100PlateChestCuirass of Undeath
100PlateChestChestplate of Septic Sutures
100PlateLegsLegguards of the Frosty Fathoms
100PlateFeetEtched Dragonbone Stompers
100PlateHandsVeincrusher Gauntlets
100PlateHandsGrieving Gauntlets
100PlateWaistSkadi's Saronite Belt
100ShieldOff HandStonefist's Knuckle Cover
100ShieldOff HandProtector of Stolen Souls
100ShieldOff HandTharon'ja's Protectorate
100Two-handed AxeTwo HandSeverance of Mortality
100Two-handed AxeTwo HandIngvar's Monolithic Skullcleaver
100BowRangedZod's Echoing Longbow
100One-handed MaceOne HandSummoner's Granite Gavel
100Two-handed MaceTwo HandGarfrost's Two-Ton Bludgeon
100PolearmTwo HandBloodspatter
100One-handed SwordOne HandForgemaster's Many-Fold Rapier
100One-handed SwordOne HandFear's Heartpiercer
100One-handed SwordOne HandGeistslicer
100Two-handed SwordTwo HandTroll Gorer
100Fist WeaponOne HandKeleseth's Influencer
100DaggerOne HandWebrending Machete
100DaggerOne HandShadow's Bite
100DaggerOne HandSerrated Blade of Nadox
100DaggerOne HandPhantasmic Kris
100BagBagPapa's Mint Condition Bag
by Published on 2020-08-12 02:39 PM

Shadowlands Pre-Patch Event - Scourge Invasion in Capital Cities
One of the Shadowlands Pre-Patch Events is the Scourge Invasion in Capital Cities, where Zombies seek to infect players and turn them into ghouls. Once players are Infected they have 60 seconds to speak with an Argent Healer or they will be transformed into an Infectious Zombie.

Infectious Zombie Abilities:
  • Mangle! - Melee attack that applies a stackable 5% damage taken debuff.
  • Retch! - Ranged attack that spews bile on the ground, which deals damage and slows the movement speed.
  • Beckoning Groan - Beckon up to four zombies to help you.
  • Lurch! - Increase the movement speed of nearby zombies by 100% for 10 seconds.
  • Zombie Explosion! - Explosion that deals high damage and infects nearby players, killing you in the process.

by Published on 2020-08-11 10:29 PM

Patch 9.0.1 PTR - Build 35522

Shadowlands Feedback - Class Changes, Castle Nathria Raid Testing Schedule

Patch 9.0.1 PTR - Pre-Expansion Event Week One Initial Preview
The Shadowlands prepatch Week 1 is now available for testing on the PTR.

  • Upon logging in, you will immediately receive a quest to report to Genn Greymane at Lion's Rest in Stormwind. He says that the undead Scourge is swarming in numbers not seen since the return of Arthas. He says something terrible has happened in the chaos, and inquiring into it loads a cutscene that hasn't been implemented yet showing the faction leaders getting captured. (Horde takes place around their capital)
  • Genn wants to rescue Anduin and the others, but knows that the safety of the people is top priority. He explains that the Ebon Blade have stepped forward to help, but wants you to work with the Argent Crusade to keep the people safe. You are to seek out Commander Gregor in the Trade District.
  • There is an Agent Crusade station set up at the gates of Stownwind. Commander Gregor tasks you with collecting reports from his scouts around the area. You must check in at Goldshire, Redridge, and Darkshire. It seems Darkshire is infested with undead and you must dispatch some. Frost wyrms fly overhead as well.
  • When you return to Stormwind, you are told to head to the Argent grounds in Icecrown to find it overrun with undead. You must dispatch them, of course, while rescuing injured fighters. Undead here drop Darkened Scourgestones and Pitch Black Scourgestones that can be turned it repeatedly for Argent Dawn Valor Tokens.
  • Your next task is to scout areas around Icecrown from a distance before returning to the grounds. With this area under control, you are asked to secure a foothold atop the Ironwall Rampart in Icecrown with Crusader Renn, which unlocks a series of daily quests in Icecrown. This involves fighting waves of undead and a skeletal boss. As of now these dailies seem to just give reputation and gold.
  • Random undead bosses will also spawn around Icecrown and show up on the map with the same purple skull icon seen in Nazjatar for the elite naga event. These bosses can drop catch up gear that is item level 100.

Shadowlands PTR - Nathanos Blightcaller World Quest
Nathanos Blightcaller is up on the Shadowlands PTR. He is located in Eastern Plaguelands near the Marris Stead, his old house, along with his hounds: Plaguefang and Blight-Howl. A cinematic is supposed to be played when he is brought down to 10% health, however it's currently missing on the PTR.

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