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Patch 6.2.3 Preview
Patch 6.2.3 is on the way, bringing some changes to hold us over until Legion:

  • Cataclysm dungeons are getting Timewalking: Grim Batol, Stonecore, Lost City of Tol’vir, The Vortex Pinnacle, Throne of Tides, and End Time
  • Pit of Saron and Magister’s Terrace are also getting Timewalking.
  • An Infinite Dragonflight mount (Infinite Timereaver) has a chance to drop from any Timewalking dungeon boss.
  • Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding will be enabled.
  • Valor has returned! It is earned from Heroic and Mythic Dungeons, various Bonus Events, and your first Raid Finder run each week.
  • Mythic dungeons will be the most lucrative source of Valor.
  • Mythic dungeons can drop a Heirloom Trinket that will scale to level 110.
  • Items can be upgraded by 10 item levels.
  • Defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will reward the Grove Warden mount (for a limited time)!
  • Mythic Warforged items can be even higher item level now, anywhere from 685 to 725 in five item-level increments.
  • Baleful items can also be higher item level, anywhere from level 655 all the way to 695.
  • Warlords Season 3 is coming, with Warmongering Aspirant gear at PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear at 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear at 740.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 6.2.3 will be making its way onto the PTR soon, and we wanted to provide you with some insights on what it has in store.

We’ve made no secret of our desire to expand the role and importance of dungeons in World of Warcraft as we move full speed ahead toward Legion. We look forward to sharing more of our plans in that regard during BlizzCon 2015 next month. At the same time, we’ve heard from many players that they wanted more reasons to run dungeons in Warlords, so we’re pleased to announce this small patch, which is focused on reinforcing the reward systems around our existing dungeons as well as expanding the scope of the Timewalking feature that we introduced in patch 6.2.

Timewalk With Me: New Timewalking Dungeons
Get ready to go back in time to experience six iconic dungeons from Cataclysm with this new Timewalking bonus event. You’ll be able to face the foes within Grim Batol, Stonecore, Lost City of Tol’vir, The Vortex Pinnacle, Throne of Tides, and End Time once more and reap the treasures within.

To round out our Timewalking journey, we’ll also be adding the Pit of Saron to the Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking bonus event and the Magister’s Terrace to the Burning Crusade Timewalking bonus event.


Lest we forget, there’s just one more bit of news that’s bound to draw you into the vortex to do a little Timewalking. Players will now have a chance to loot a rare Infinite Timereaver mount from any Timewalking boss.

Developer Insights
One of the most common requests we’ve heard ever since introducing Timewalking was for there to be some way to obtain an Infinite Dragonflight mount, since it’d fit perfectly with the theme of time manipulation, aside from being just plain cool-looking. We agree. Inspired by Murozond, the final boss of the End Time dungeon that is included in the Cataclysm Timewalking rotation, the Infinite Timereaver will be a rare drop from any dungeon boss during all of the Timewalking events.


Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding
With the patch we’ll also be introducing Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding. You’ll now be able to join with friends, fill that one last spot, or have an easier time recruiting to backfill missing raid slots, allowing you to take on some of the most difficult encounters in Warlords of Draenor.

Valor for the Valorous
With the patch we’ll be bringing back Valor as a currency. You’ll will be able earn Valor once more by taking part in Heroic and Mythic Dungeons, from various Bonus Events, and via the first run through Raid Finder each week. To upgrade, visit your friendly neighborhood ethereal to upgrade gear up to five item levels at a time, up to two times per piece of gear.

Developer Insights
Dungeon content shines when its difficulty is appropriate to players’ power level, so Mythic dungeons will be the most lucrative source of Valor for players who have items from Tanaan or Hellfire Citadel. For those who are still gearing up to tackle Mythic dungeons, or who prefer to use queued matchmaking, Raid Finder wings and the first Heroic dungeon each day will also provide Valor, as will most of Seer Kazal’s weekly event quests. Ethereal Voidbinders have made their way through time and space to Stormshield and Warspear, as well as returning to Orgrimmar and Stormwind, to allow players to use this Valor to upgrade their gear by up to 10 item levels. We decided to go with item upgrades rather than a Valor vendor because item upgrades offer power that complements items from other sources rather than competing with them.

Gift of the Grove Warden
Soon, players who dare to face the fearsome might of Archimonde will receive an added bonus. For a limited time, defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will reward players with a mysterious fragment of dark power that begins a quest. When you bring this fragment to the druids of Moonglade, you’ll learn a little more about what’s in store for Azeroth, and the druids will give you a majestic Grove Warden mount in thanks for your efforts. This quest won’t be available forever—our current plan is to retire the quest in an update some time before Legion’s launch, so grab some friends and head to Hellfire Citadel while you can.


More Bigger Better: Item Rewards
We’re expanding the range of item quality for players within Mythic Dungeons and Tanaan Jungle. Players who take part in Mythic Dungeons will have a chance to gain items up to item level 725, and players who receive Baleful items will now have a chance to gain items up to item level 695. Players in Mythic Dungeons will also now have a chance to loot a new Heirloom Trinket that will scale to level 110.

Developer Insights
Running a dungeon is a bit more exciting when there’s a chance you might get a direct item upgrade, versus simply earning a predictable amount of currency per run. Thus, we’re also expanding the power of Warforged items in Mythic dungeons—rather than a static +20 item level bonus when a Mythic dungeon item is Warforged, there will be a chance for even greater increases in power. The very luckiest players might even obtain item level 725 versions of the dungeon drops, with increasingly better odds of 720, 715, and so forth, fully spanning the range from 685 to 725 in five item-level increments. We’re also applying this system to Baleful items from Tanaan itself, which can now range in quality from item level 655 all the way to 695. Raiding, crafting, and PvP will remain the most reliable sources of the best gear available, but we’d like to create the chance for surprise when you’re adventuring out in the world or in dungeons.

Arena Season 3
We’re also preparing to end Warlords Arena Season 2 and transition to Warlords Arena Season 3. We’ll have more details to share on this transition between seasons and the distribution of rewards in the near future.

Developer Insights
With Arena Season 3 we’ll be introducing new gear, including Warmongering Aspirant gear at PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear at 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear at 740.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the complete patch, 6.2.3 notes and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the Public Test Realm.

Patch 6.2.3 PTR Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
New Timewalking Dungeons
  • A new Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event has been added to the holiday rotation, featuring the following dungeons:
    • End Time
    • Grim Batol
    • Lost City of Tol’vir
    • Stonecore
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
    • Throne of Tides
  • The existing Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking events have been expanded to include an additional dungeon each:
    • Magister’s Terrace (Burning Crusade)
    • Pit of Saron (Wrath of the Lich King)
  • New rare mount: Infinite Timereaver, has been added as a random drop from any Timewalking boss.
  • Added a vendor near the Cataclysm portals in Stormwind and Orgrimmar during the Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event that sells modernized Cataclysm gear and cool new toys.

Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding
  • Cross-Realm raiding has been enabled for Hellfire Citadel on Mythic difficulty. You’ll now be able to join with friends or fill that last raid spot to take on the most difficult encounters in Warlords of Draenor.

Item Upgrades and Valor are back!
  • Item upgrades are back! Players will be able to earn and spend Valor to upgrade items from Hellfire Citadel, items created from Baleful tokens in Tanaan Jungle, and all Draenor dungeon drops. All the items you’ve already earned are eligible for upgrades retroactively.
  • Characters can earn Valor in a number of ways.
    • Completing the first random Heroic Dungeon of the day
    • Completing Mythic Dungeons
    • Completing weekly Bonus Event quests
    • Completing a Raid Finder wing for Highmaul, Blackrock Foundry, or Hellfire Citadel for the first time each week.
  • To upgrade, visit your friendly neighborhood ethereal in Orgrimmar and Stormwind, or Stormshield and Warspear to upgrade your gear by 5 item levels at a time, up to twice per item, for a total potential boost of 10 item levels.

Improved Item Rewards
Mythic Dungeon Loot Improvements
  • Mythic Dungeons now have a chance to award items ranging from item level 685 to 725 in 5-item-level increments, with a progressively lower chance as item level increases.
  • Mythic Dungeon bosses now also have a chance to drop a new Heirloom Trinket that will scale up to level 110.
Baleful Item Level Boost
  • Baleful items now have a chance to create items ranging in quality from item level 655 to 695 in 5-item-level increments, with a progressively lower chance as item level increases.

Warlords Season 3
  • Around the release of Patch 6.2.3, a transition to Warlords Season 3 will take place. More information and details on the close of Warlords Season 2 and transition to the new season will be available in the future.
  • With the new season comes new gear. New Warmongering Aspirant gear scales up to PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear scales to 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear scales to 740.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will reward players with a mysterious fragment of dark power that begins a quest which will lead to the Grove Warden mount.

Items
  • Increased the drop rates of Felblight from Skinning, Mining, Herbalism, and Fishing by about 20%.

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - Oct 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Mannoroth
    • Mannoroth's Fel Hellstorm and Empowered Fel Hellstorm now deals 20% less damage on all difficulties.
    • Fixed an issue where Mannoroth's Gaze could cause players to fall through the world.
Collections
Toy Box
  • Fruit Basket is no longer usable inside raid instances.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 6.2.3 Preview started by chaud View original post
Comments 330 Comments
  1. mmocaa8b08b6ba's Avatar
    Yay stuff worth 10characters
  1. George Costanza's Avatar
    reminder resub only if you are low on gold to buy the stuff needed, else wait for the Patch. try the ptr etc.
  1. mmoc6d1dfa143f's Avatar
    yay for legion release at least 20 weeks after this patch...
  1. Nyres's Avatar
    Just remember folks this patch is likely the cause of horrible Q3 numbers and them trying to soften those for Q4 and that Legion won't be launched untill around mid to late 2016.
  1. Triggered Fridgekin's Avatar
    Valor, yay! Those loot upgrades though....LooooooL
  1. VanishO2's Avatar
    Omg... stop with this timewalk non-sense... this was supposed to be just a fun thing to do once in a while for people who wanted to do those dungeons again. Only as a fast alt gearing for alts and that's it.

    Not a damn endless grinding for "new content" stuff... just stop! Put the few resources wow still has on new content...

    And the store mount going free? Valor upgrades again? Higher ilvl for dungeons? Numbers must be really bad now for WoW.
  1. Shambulanced's Avatar
    So they flip flopped on valor AND item upgrades. Interesting.

    Wish the moose was a cash shop mount. Heroic archi feels far off to my guild.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shambulanced View Post
    So they flip flopped on valor AND item upgrades. Interesting.

    Wish the moose was a cash shop mount. Heroic archi feels far off to my guild.
    I suspect that it will be for a lot of people..
  1. Valstorm Warsong's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shambulanced View Post
    So they flip flopped on valor AND item upgrades. Interesting.

    Wish the moose was a cash shop mount. Heroic archi feels far off to my guild.
    My guild is close to killing heroic arch, so I'm happy the mount will be exclusive to moderately skilled raid teams. That being said, I have a swift spectral tiger, so I don't see myself ever using it.
  1. Taeldorian's Avatar
    This seems pretty good to me, although I'm really enjoying GW2 at the moment so I don't think I'll be joining in on this patch. But it looks like it has a lot of stuff that's been asked for by the community like cross realm mythic and valor to come back. This patch is probably the best one so far this expac.
  1. mmocfa0fb2cac2's Avatar
    I really like the sound of this!
  1. mmoc5352742bc3's Avatar
    I suspect that it will be sold for less than 20k after time. Its so easy boss to carry 10 people at a time.
    But whats sure for now is that legion is 6+month from now on. Since we are currently middle of pvp season and new one is coming when the shortest season ever was 4months.
    Glad this game is free to play nowadays, otherwise their subs would plummet.
  1. Beat5beat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shambulanced View Post
    So they flip flopped on valor AND item upgrades. Interesting.
    Good, taking them out was a horrible decision in the first place. They removed almost every single reason to run dungeons in WoD. This patch is at least a step back in the right direction.
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VanishO2 View Post
    Omg... stop with this timewalk non-sense... this was supposed to be just a fun thing to do once in a while for people who wanted to do those dungeons again. Only as a fast alt gearing for alts and that's it.

    Not a damn endless grinding for "new content" stuff... just stop! Put the few resources wow still has on new content...

    And the store mount going free? Valor upgrades again? Higher ilvl for dungeons? Numbers must be really bad now for WoW.
    Timewalking still is. It's just adding more dungeons to the rotation. You don't have to do them if you don't wanna. Also it's one mount out of like 500/600 I'm sure you can still get your achievement.
  1. Jasper Kazai's Avatar
    I'm kind of surprised that they aren't just going ahead and naming this 6.3 with how 6.1 turned out. Oh and I guess you can count this as a "more content than 6.1" joke.
  1. mmoc4588e6de4f's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    I suspect that it will be for a lot of people..
    You'll have a lot of time yet to progress on it. The PTR for the patch may or may not start before Blizzcon, then the patch itself (a new pvp season is mentioned, which means ~20 weeks of time in the patch at least), then the Legion prepatch... that's, at the very least, 6 months. A lot can happen in 6 months, starting with you progressing Archi, because upgrades, up to and including Heroic boosts becoming really, really cheap (they're not exactly expensive even now, can get them for 70-80K gold easily on my realm at least).
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    Just when I stopped raiding, they had to give the moose as a reward for killing heroic Archi. Good to see more timewalking dungeons and valor badges returning.
  1. Ealyssa's Avatar
    VP are back ? Okay
    Valor upgrade is back ? Vomit

    And they seriously are turning time walking and mythic dungeon into a grind ?
    The only really good point is that demand for Archimonde HM carry will skyrocket hahaha.
  1. Gheld's Avatar
    The Mythic Dungeon warforge ubermacht super duper upgrades sound exciting.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Ealyssa View Post
    mythic dungeon into a grind ?
    Mythic dungeons are probably less forgiving for inattentiveness than H HFC. (i.e. if you stand in fire for 2 seconds on H HFC... a healer can probably save you,) whereas standing in fire for even just 2 seconds on Mythic Dungeon and you're toast.
  1. Elleyna's Avatar
    I'm guessing the moose mount won't be counter-active. I've defeated heroic Archimonde but I've had to step away from raiding due to RL and odds are I won't start again until Legion.

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