Reopening the Mage Tower with Legion Timewalking in 9.1.5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Soon after the Burning Legion invaded Azeroth at the Broken Shore, the Alliance and Horde began using the Mage Tower at Deliverance Point for high-end training of their most promising champions. When Sargeras was later defeated and dealt his final vengeful blow to Azeroth, the Mage Tower was shut, and it has been inaccessible ever since.

In 9.1.5, Legion Timewalking will become available for the first time, and with Timewalking comes a wondrous way to return to the moments of heroism from the past. Azeroth’s champions will be able to enter the Mage Tower again.

Mage Tower Basics
In Legion Timewalking, the Mage Tower will operate similarly to how it did during Legion. The original seven different Challenges (grouped by your specialization’s role) will be available to try repeatedly, for the duration of Legion Timewalking:

  • “Closing the Eye” for Frost Death Knight, Havoc Demon Hunter, Survival Hunter, Subtlety Rogue, and Arms Warrior.
  • “An Impossible Foe” for Unholy Death Knight, Feral Druid, Fire Mage, Outlaw Rogue, Elemental Shaman, and Fury Warrior.
  • “The God-Queen’s Fury” for Arcane Mage, Retribution Paladin, Assassination Rogue, Enhancement Shaman, and Demonology Warlock.
  • “Feltotem’s Fall” for Beast Mastery Hunter, Windwalker Monk, Discipline Priest, and Destruction Warlock.
  • “The Highlord’s Return” for Blood Death Knight, Vengeance Demon Hunter, Guardian Druid, Brewmaster Monk, Protection Paladin, and Protection Warrior.
  • “End of the Risen Threat” for Restoration Druid, Mistweaver Monk, Holy Paladin, Holy Priest, and Restoration Shaman.
  • “Thwarting the Twins” for Balance Druid, Marksmanship Hunter, Frost Mage Shadow Priest, and Affliction Warlock.
  • Each Challenge comprises a series of solo encounters that must be completely survived to earn rewards, and in Legion Timewalking, they will not require that you have an Artifact, or even that you originally played Legion. While the Challenges were considered quite difficult for most of Legion, we’re tuning the encounters in Timewalking to normalize player power, with the intention of providing a meaningful level of difficulty to current players.

New Rewards
The Timewalking Mage Tower Challenges may be the same as those that players experienced in Legion, but the rewards will be different. When the Mage Tower closed at the end of Legion, it was firmly established that those rewards would become unavailable. Many players pushed themselves to collect all the appearances they could before the tower closed. Reintroducing those same appearances now would diminish those players’ accomplishment, so success in a Mage Tower challenge will now award a Legion-themed armor set for your class.







There’s also a new Achievement coming in 9.1.5 for the most well-rounded champions of the Kirin Tor. Players who complete all seven of the Challenges on different characters across their Battle.net account will be rewarded with a unique flying mount: the Soaring Spelltome!

Another Special Addition
During Legion, the Mage Tower awarded most specs a new weapon appearance, yet players who missed earning those still have countless other admirable weapon transmogs to collect across the whole of the game. But for Guardian druids, the Mage Tower prize was an alternate bear form with a unique silhouette and animations. There is simply nothing else like it in the game. For years, we’ve heard feedback from druid players who are frustrated that something so transformative is no longer available, and we agree.

Therefore, in Legion Timewalking, Guardian druids who complete The Highlord’s Return challenge will also receive a new fel variant of the “werebear” form.





We’ve designed it with the goal of making sure that the original bear forms earned in Legion, with their unblemished natural coloration, will remain clearly distinguishable from this new one.

Looking Ahead
To celebrate the return of the Mage Tower, we plan to have Legion Timewalking open for two consecutive weeks when it first appears on the calendar. Thereafter, Legion Timewalking will occur for the standard one-week-at-a-time in rotation with other Timewalking events from past expansions.

You can’t hide behind these walls forever, Odyn!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Reopening the Mage Tower with Legion Timewalking in 9.1.5 started by Stoy View original post
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  1. Alanar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cloudmaker View Post
    Wait! “You can’t hide behind these walls forever, Odyn!” What is this?! A potential story spoiler? My god, is the Jailer going for Odyn?!
    Well.. to be fair if it's actually a spoiler.. then this is about Helya for sure. She also said a similar line in Legion.
    If it is.. then that's pretty interesting. I mean she was pushed back .. maybe there is a chance we could hear her side of the past and not Odyn.
  1. Alicianna's Avatar
    I really hope they get the tuning right… some challenges where a walk in the park right from the beginning, while others where really tough until they let the artifact weapons skyrocket.
  1. froschhure's Avatar
    Sadly, i am afraid wow can not get players back with patches like this.
  1. Fabinas's Avatar
    One of the reasons i will NEVER resubscribe to WoW is exactly the fact that rewards get taken away.
    I don't want the rewards to be handed freely. But just like they allowed the ulduar achievement and the title to be rewarded, provided you had the appropriate level character and gear ilvl, they should have gone the same way with this tower and any removed reward.

    Of course, i understand that changed class mechanics and squish heavily complicate things. But still, it's their game, their choices. It just happens that they lose some customers because of those choices, i guess i am not the only one thinking that way.
  1. Azadina's Avatar
    So, it's fine to "diminish" the feats of guardian druids by releasing same form, just better looking, but all others must stay unavailable? The reasoning is such a joke. Either make them all available, or keep having new druid players unsub upon hearing they're shafted without ever having a chance.
  1. Darknessvamp's Avatar
    Blizzard just do a poll on what people's feelings are on the Mage Tower Artifact Appearances and base it off that instead of coming up with bunk reasoning. I personally don't care if people could earn the same Druid appearances or Hunter weapons I already got from the Mage Tower and if you're normalising the player power then there no reason to pretend the experience is going to be 'easier' now than after Argus and Antorus gear made the challenges far easier to do.
  1. Hyrja's Avatar
    9.1.5 looking better every week.
    Gonna be fun to do this stuff again!
  1. arboachg's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cloudmaker View Post
    Not really happy from the rewards. They take out the prestige away from Mage Tower appearances. Need something truly unique, otherwise it's not worth doing it. Bear is nice, though.

    Wait! “You can’t hide behind these walls forever, Odyn!” What is this?! A potential story spoiler? My god, is the Jailer going for Odyn?!
    That's just a line from Sigryn in The God-Queen's Fury Mage Tower scenario.
  1. Alicianna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lora View Post
    it would have been nice for reskinned variants of the original skins but giving bland sets that no one will use is kinda lame. its worthwhile for the druid form and mount and thats really it.
    It’s not about showing of some silly pixels, it’s about having some fond memories of that expansion. And it’s not something they suddenly took away… they told you right from the beginning.
    And trust me - lawsuit or not - this is as far as they will go (maybe, just maybe they do another cat - and that would be pretty much O.K.).
    I think the new werebear looks a lot better than the old one. Same goes for a number of the T20 sets.
  1. Vynx's Avatar
    I'm so glad those who were expecting the skins to come back got clapped.
    We even get a new badass werebear color, and they still complain.
  1. confety's Avatar
    Nice, the skins will remain unique for all the people who worked for them, and i would say you can choose wich challenge you can do for the class armour, so you can choose to do the easier one of your class.

    Its not about the skin or the difficulty, its because they said that the rewards would go away, so a lot of people worked really hard to get them.
  1. crusadernero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabinas View Post
    One of the reasons i will NEVER resubscribe to WoW is exactly the fact that rewards get taken away.
    I don't want the rewards to be handed freely. But just like they allowed the ulduar achievement and the title to be rewarded, provided you had the appropriate level character and gear ilvl, they should have gone the same way with this tower and any removed reward.

    Of course, i understand that changed class mechanics and squish heavily complicate things. But still, it's their game, their choices. It just happens that they lose some customers because of those choices, i guess i am not the only one thinking that way.

    Why on earth would you not play a game cause you missed out on previous content? If you want to play it now, play it now. Makes no sense refusing to play wow cause they dont have legion artifact apperance in the game to obtain.
  1. Okacz's Avatar
    I actually like the way they set this up. ToS is probably the most annoying raid to get mythic transmog from, having recolors from Mage Tower is a nice touch, some of them look even better as well. Blizzard adding the werebear option is probably going to stir up some major drama. At least I hope so.
  1. crusadernero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by confety View Post
    Nice, the skins will remain unique for all the people who worked for them, and i would say you can choose wich challenge you can do for the class armour, so you can choose to do the easier one of your class.

    Its not about the skin or the difficulty, its because they said that the rewards would go away, so a lot of people worked really hard to get them.
    Indeed. I stressed out so much in order to get the rewards for several classes back in legion. Those that cry about it now should have just played back then.
  1. Wekko's Avatar
    Thanks Blixxxard!
  1. aceperson's Avatar
    When the Mage Tower closed at the end of Legion, it was firmly established that those rewards would become unavailable.
    GOOD MOVE! i have hope for this team yet. if they gave out EXCLUSIVE ITEMS just to try and get people to come back for a short period, i would've thrown out the idea of ever coming back.
  1. micwini's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by froschhure View Post
    Bigotry at its finest. Well have fun with ancient Legion skins. Blizz is a clown company

    - - - Updated - - -

    At least I can uninstall with a good feeling now. Ade
    See you tomorrow!
  1. Josuke's Avatar
    I dont think stuff like this will ever bring me back, but it kinda sucks that they bring out a new guardian druid form with particle effects and shit. Basically makes the old ones look kinda dull.
  1. Arafal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by froschhure View Post
    Bigotry at its finest. Well have fun with ancient Legion skins. Blizz is a clown company

    Ah yes, the most harmful form of bigotry in existence.

    Adding armor sets in a video game.
  1. Wekko's Avatar
    Sorry, but reskins aren't enough to make me resub and spend hours earning them. Not that I'm asking for the original skins, I earned the ones I wanted already. However, don't expect me to get excited for this either.

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