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by Published on 2024-07-18 10:13 PM

Cataclysm Classic: Rise of the Zandalari Goes Live July 30
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Just when you thought you’d take the advice to “Stay away from da voodoo” a new temptation arises, beckoning you to take the risk, enter Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman, thwart the machinations of the Zandalari and their brethren, and collect the rewards for your efforts.

In years past, the Zandalar tribe, encompassing the wise and scholarly progenitors of the trolls, heroically assisted the Horde and the Alliance with thwarting the nefarious activities of their brethren in Zul'Gurub and Zul'Drak. Yet the chaos unleashed by the recent Cataclysm has reshaped the Zandalari's philosophy about the world and the dwindling remnants of their race. Led by a mysterious prophet known only as Zul, the Zandalari have issued a call to Azeroth's embattled troll populations: unite into a single mighty empire and save their race from extinction.

Thus far, the Gurubashi and Amani trolls have answered the summons and received aid from the Zandalari, allowing them to rebuild their respective capitals in Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman. Not all trolls, however, have so eagerly adopted the Zandalari's grandiose vision of a new troll empire. Vol'jin and his Darkspear tribe are opposed to the warmongering espoused by Zul. To prevent the burgeoning Gurubashi and Amani troll forces from wreaking havoc on Azeroth, Vol'jin has reached out to his Horde comrades and members of the Alliance for assistance. Should the Darkspears' campaign fail, a new troll empire shall rise and bring war to a world already beset by suffering and conflict.


A Threat Fought in Secret

Using a great deal of discretion, Vol’jin has dispatched Darkspear delegates to the capital cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar calling for all able-bodied adventurers to investigate recent threats that have risen in the jungles of Stranglethorn.

The outlook isn't good. The Gurubashi tribe, their strength renewed, is running rampant throughout Stranglethorn. Players will have a chance to embark on all-new level-85 solo quests in Stranglethorn and will discover exactly what tribulations lie ahead -- Gurubashi leadership is still largely intact and rehabilitated through the new union with the Zandalari. Along the way, players will assist a sassy, headstrong Darkspear spirit-talker named Bwemba, they'll track down the elusive Hemet Nesingwary, and they'll encounter many of the new Zul'Gurub bosses throughout the steaming jungles of Stranglethorn.

Rewards for addressing the issues in Stranglethorn include an adorable panther pet of your own to care for. Players should seek out Vol'jin's representatives in Orgrimmar or Stormwind Harbor to begin their adventure.

Return to Zul'Gurub


This ancient city has once again become the staging grounds for an empowered Gurubashi people to strike against those who they perceive to be invading their ancestral lands. Now backed by the Zandalari, the Gurubashi present all-new challenges for players in this level-85 5-player Heroic dungeon. While players may see some familiar faces in this dungeon, the encounters and fight mechanics have been considerably updated. For allying yourself with the Darkspears, High Priest Venoxis, Broodlord Mandokir, High Priestess Kilnara, Zanzil, and Jin'do the Godbreaker would like to make one thing clear -- your intrusion will cost you. Take their heads and you’ll be presented with a treasure map. You’ll want to seek out its precious booty, including an account-bound ring with a gem so big it’s visible when worn!

Also, for those with a high enough Archaeology skill, an additional boss can be unlocked in Zul’Gurub. Gri'lek, Renataki, Hazza'rah, and Wushoolay will be randomly selected to put an end to those who dig too deep for greater riches. Should your group survive the challenge, you'll unearth a selection of rewards available from any of the four bosses, as well as loot unique to each boss.

The Amani Regrouped


With the aid of the Zandalari, the remaining Amani have reassembled under new, sturdy leadership in Daakara. Zul'Aman has been converted into a challenging level-85 5-player Heroic dungeon. For those who fought Zul'jin back during The Burning Crusade, much of the dungeon will feel similar, but the mechanics have been updated to suit a 5-player group. Akil'zon, Nalorakk, Jan'alai, Halazzi, Hex Lord Malacrass, and Daakara look to bring their tribe out of hiding and into the spotlight as a force to be reckoned with. Challengers beware.

Both Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub will require players to have a minimum average item level of 346 before they can enter. These two Heroic dungeons will exist in a separate Heroic difficulty tier in the Dungeon Finder, above the current Cataclysm Heroic dungeons. In return, they will offer players item level 353 epic-quality loot. Players can expect to find items for nearly every gear slot available in these two dungeons, though much focus has been placed on offering players itemization for hard-to-fill slots or specializations, such as bracers, helms, shoulders, guns, and wands.

Rare Mounts and More

As with the original iterations of Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman, players will have a chance to obtain updated rare mounts. The Swift Zulian Panther and Armored Razzashi Raptor are obtained in Zul'Gurub, while the Amani Battle Bear can be earned by killing the first four bosses of Zul'Aman in a limited amount of time.

Play with the Blues Friday, July 19

Please join us for a Play with the Blues event on Friday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m. PDT (4:00 p.m. EDT).

We’ll have the Cataclysm Classic PTR (Public Test Realm) open for testing the Rise of the Zandalari content, with a focus on the new Troll dungeons. Queue up for the Zul’Aman or Zul’Gurub dungeons on Classic PTR Realm 1, and you just might be partnered with members of the WoW Team.



Vol'jin needs your help to stop this play for power. Will you rise to the challenge? Step back in time and watch the original Rise of the Zandalari official trailer.
by Published on 2024-07-18 09:10 AM

The War Within Pre-Patch Now Available on the Background Downloader
The War Within Pre-Patch data is now available for download on the Battle.net App! The pre-release content can be downloaded by heading to Settings -> Downloads -> Game Specific Settings -> World of Warcraft: Latest & Future Updates.

by Published on 2024-07-18 01:37 AM

Season of Discovery Hotfixes - July 17, 2024
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Season of Discovery
  • The tooltip for the Draconic Infused Emblem is now correct. The spell effect is not changed.
  • Blackrock Eruption
    • The Drained of Blood aura from the Stranglethorn Vale PvP event is now applied when participating in the Blackrock Mountain PvP event. This applies to players exiting instances in Blackrock Mountain.
  • Druid
    • Flame Wrath has been redesigned with a lower spell power ratio on the Thorns portion of the proc and an internal cooldown for Feral Druids.
  • Hunter
    • Trap Launcher will no longer augment Frost Trap.
      • Developers’ notes: A Trap Launcher version of Frost Trap has only existed in versions of WoW in which mobility and freedom effects were more plentiful. Without them, the safety and agency a 9-15 second ranged Frost Trap grants Hunters is simply too much. We’re making it so that Hunters either need to put themselves at risk in order to place a Frost Trap or have someone engage on them to trigger it.
  • Mage
    • Conjure Water Rank 7 will now create 20 water per cast. The tooltip may not reflect this change for a while.
    • All ranks of Mana Shield will no longer stack when Advanced Warding is engraved.
    • All ranks of Advanced Warding’s Mana Shield are now canceled when the rune is unequipped or when someone absorbs damage and the caster no longer has the rune equipped.
    • All ranks of Mana Shield are removed when the Advanced Warding Rune is equipped.
  • Shaman
    • Burn will now persist through death and not require you to recast Flametongue Weapon again.
  • Warlock
    • Fel Rift spawn rates have increased.
    • The chance of finding Legion Portal Tuners and associated tools has increased.
    • Rune of Decimation is now guaranteed from an overcharged portal.
by Published on 2024-07-17 10:36 PM

What To Do Before The War Within Pre-Expansion Patch Goes Live
With the War Within Pre-Expansion Patch going live in just a few days, we have prepared a quick list of achievements and collectibles that players might want to get before they become harder to obtain or are no longer available.


Achievements

  • Stones Can Fly! - Earn 20000 Flightstones.
    • Note: The flightstones currency is not available on the War Within test realms. The achievement may be turned into a Feat of Strength in a future patch.
  • Dragonflight Season 2 Hero - Complete the achievement Mythic: Scalecommander Sarkareth.
    • Note: This seasonal Feat of Strength is currently obtainable by defeating Scalecommander Sarkareth on non-awakened Mythic difficulty this week. The achievement and reward might not be intended to be obtainable, and could get fixed in the prepatch.
  • Dragonflight Season 3 Hero - Complete the achievement Mythic: Fyrakk the Blazing.
    • Note: This seasonal Feat of Strength is currently obtainable by defeating Fyrakk the Blazing on non-awakened Mythic difficulty this week. The achievement and reward might not be intended to be obtainable, and could get fixed in the prepatch.
  • Draconic Hero: Dragonflight Season 4 - End Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 4 with a Mythic+ Rating in the top 0.1% of all players in your region.
    • Note: Mythic+ Rating Cutoffs are updated hourly on the Raider.IO website.

NameReward
Stones Can Fly!Earn 20000 Flightstones.
Dragonflight Season 2 HeroComplete one of the achievements listed below.
Dragonflight Season 3 HeroComplete one of the achievements listed below.
Draconic Hero: Dragonflight Season 4End Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 4 with a Mythic+ Rating in the top 0.1% of all players in your region.
Title Reward: the Draconic Hero


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Dragonflight Season 4 PvP

The following rated PvP rewards will no longer be available once the season ends on July 22 at 10:00 pm PDT in North America and July 23 at 22:00 CEST for Europe:


Vicious PvP Mounts should remain available through the War Within Pre-Expansion Patch:


by Published on 2024-07-17 08:31 PM

Draconic Hero Title - Mythic+ Rating Cutoffs Updates
Blizzard has posted new threads on the US and EU forums, sharing updates on the Mythic+ Rating Cutoffs required for the seasonal title: the Draconic Hero.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In this post, we’ll update the score required to earn the Draconic Hero title for Dragonflight Season 4. As a reminder, the title will go to all players who end Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 4 with a Mythic+ Rating in the top 0.1% in each region.

If the season ended today, in this region (US), the title would go to those who scored at least:

3638

Good luck!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In this post, we’ll update the score required to earn the Draconic Hero title for Dragonflight Season 4. As a reminder, the title will go to all players who end Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 4 with a Mythic+ Rating in the top 0.1% in each region.

If the season ended today, in this region (EU), the title would go to those who scored at least:

3666

Good luck!

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