Mythic+ Azerite Armor Improvements
Originally Posted by Blizzard
Throughout the discussions regarding Azerite Armor, there’s been a lot of talk about how you earn Azerite pieces from Mythic+ dungeons. Players have told us – and we agree – that the process of earning Azerite Armor through Mythic+ feels overly based on luck, and that there isn’t enough control in the players’ hands. Even with our bad luck protection systems in place, the sheer number of potential Azerite pieces you can get from the weekly chest means that trying to get ahold of a specific piece feels hopeless.

That’s a problem we want to solve, and give you some control over the Azerite gear you earn through Mythic+. So here’s what we’re working on for Tides of Vengeance:

First, we’re adding a new (as yet unnamed) currency, which you’ll earn from your weekly Mythic+ chest as well as from scrapping (or disenchanting) epic-quality Azerite Armor. This currency is rewarded in addition to the item in the chest (which can no longer be an Azerite piece), and the amount you earn will scale up based on the highest level Keystone you’ve completed. For example, completing a level 10 Keystone will reward you with about three times as much as clearing a level 7. Similarly, scrapping higher-item-level Azerite pieces will give you significantly higher amounts of this currency than lower-level pieces.

To spend that currency, we’re bringing back an old friend: Thaumaturge Vashreen. He’ll have two main types of items for sale. The first are caches that reward a random dungeon Azerite Armor piece for a given slot (helm, shoulders, or chest). They’ll be separated out by item level as well (at 355, 370, and 385), with higher item level caches requiring significantly more currency to purchase.

But we recognize that with six or more options per slot, this may still not be enough control for high-end players who want to be able to work towards a specific piece that perfectly complements their build. Thus, Vashreen will also offer Item Level 385 versions of the specific dungeon Azerite Armor pieces for each class, sold at a premium.

We’re still nailing down the exact numbers, but our goal for tuning this new currency is that you’ll be able to purchase one of the Azerite caches that lines up roughly with the item level of the gear you’re getting from your Mythic+ runs every two or three weeks, with the specific 385 pieces as long-term goals for top players.

Overall, we believe that this change will improve things in a lot of different ways:
  • Mythic+ players of all skill levels will now have a clear path to upgrading their Azerite slots
  • High-end Mythic+ players will have a way to target specific Azerite pieces to optimize their setups
  • Duplicate or unwanted Azerite pieces from other sources (such as raiding) now have some additional value
  • The piece of gear in your weekly chest will have a more reliable item level

You should see all of this hitting the Tides of Vengeance PTR sometime in the next week or so. We really do appreciate your feedback, and believe that this, in addition to the new traits and other improvements coming to the Azerite system in Tides of Vengeance, will help ease a lot of the concerns about Azerite Armor in Mythic+ and as a whole.

Couple quick clarifications based on feedback so far:
  • Only Azerite Armor that drops after Tides of Vengeance is released will scrap/disenchant into the new currency. Don't worry about hoarding the Azerite pieces you're earning now.
  • When the next Mythic+ season starts, and item levels increase, the item levels of Thaumaturge Vashreen's wares will increase accordingly.
  • We recognize that PvPers want more options and choice too. We're talking about that separately.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Mythic+ Azerite Armor Improvements started by chaud View original post
Comments 209 Comments
  1. ablock87's Avatar
    This is a great step in the right direction. Here's to hoping that they make the core content (warfronts and islands) even better and BFA might be salvaged.
  1. Shaktard's Avatar
    Good start. Now they just gotta fix everything else.
  1. blulingo's Avatar
    Upgrading the RNG system, great.



    And why do they implement this after months of feedback now?



    THEY ARE OMEGABLEEDING SUBS.
  1. Jetzu's Avatar
    I like it they listened and implemented a system to help it
  1. Varolyn's Avatar
    The return of "badge" gear is a very welcomed change. Hopefully, blizz can perhaps expand on this, and maybe have a vendor that sells weapons or perhaps trinkets, but being able to buy azerite gear with a forum of currency is a nice step in the right direction. Hopefully blizz can carry their fixes in bfa into the expansion afterwards, so it can have less issues at launch.
  1. Puupi's Avatar
    So they are giving us the option to get certain 385 azerite pieces when the new level cap will be 420 or something?
  1. Schattenlied's Avatar
    Great, now do the same thing for PvP.
  1. Video Games's Avatar
    Whoa a vendor in which you can work towards something. What a novel concept.
  1. Grizelda's Avatar
    Just haaaad to keep a little RNG in there to save face huh? Fucktards.
  1. MakeMeLaugh's Avatar
    This should be implemented before 8.1...
  1. Jervaise's Avatar
    Why do they have to make things so complicated?

    Why are they giving us 385 when mythic raiding quality will be around 430?

    Why do they have to include random chests even in this iteration? How can they not see that this RNG is killing their game?
  1. gioderpington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puupi View Post
    So they are giving us the option to get certain 385 azerite pieces when the new level cap will be 420 or something?
    I think they will be adding this system soon if they are mentioning current ilvls. That or they are using current ilvls to represent the rewards we will be getting in the future. though I imagine they'd just say normal, heroic, mythic ilvl equals.
  1. Chaosweaver's Avatar
    This and they're flagging accounts with BFA for free, obviously they are in damage control mode. Maybe next time wait until you're at least half way done with the expansion before releasing it.
  1. Huntingbear_grimbatol's Avatar
    Heeeey, something undeniably good and something that's been asked for since Legion!
    Does that mean the players sometimes know what they want? DOES IT?!
  1. Varolyn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jervaise View Post
    Why do they have to make things so complicated?

    Why are they giving us 385 when mythic raiding quality will be around 430?

    Why do they have to include random chests even in this iteration? How can they not see that this RNG is killing their game?
    They will probably treat like how they treated valor points in MoP and cata. Blizz will bump the ilvl up of the items from the vendor when M+ gets scaled up but reset whatever currency is used to 0 when that happens.
  1. Sadpants's Avatar
    So as I read it: You either spend a small amount to buy a token that will give a random piece, or a huge amount to buy a specific piece?

    If so, and because you still get your regular weekly chest item, then it is a great step in the right direction.
  1. bledgor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jervaise View Post
    Why do they have to make things so complicated?

    Why are they giving us 385 when mythic raiding quality will be around 430?

    Why do they have to include random chests even in this iteration? How can they not see that this RNG is killing their game?
    8.1 isn't the raid patch, 8.1.5 is.
  1. Antilurker77's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puupi View Post
    So they are giving us the option to get certain 385 azerite pieces when the new level cap will be 420 or something?
    The raid doesn't open with the patch.
  1. Kralljin's Avatar
    Now same stuff for PvP please.
  1. Kendros's Avatar
    So fuck raids and gear up thru +s? Gotcha.

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