Patch 8.2.5 PTR Development Notes
It looks like Alliance will be getting the bee mount!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
A new content update for World of Warcraft is in development and will soon be available on the Public Test Realms (PTR). While not all features will be fully functional and available for testing, here’s a look at some of the new content coming in this version.

Worgen and Goblin Character Model Updates
First introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, worgen and goblins are getting a long-anticipated suite of visual improvements to their character models. These updates include every aspect of how the worgen and goblins look—from their faces to their animations.

Celebrate 15 Years of World of Warcraft
This November marks the 15th anniversary of World of Warcraft, and we have some special things planned to celebrate the occasion. Players who log in during the event period will receive a celebration package in the mail with a Lil’ Nefarian pet and some other in-game goodies. Throughout the duration of the event, you’ll be able to participate in three unique raids with iconic encounters from past expansions along with an old-school-inspired Alterac Valley battleground. Players who defeat all nine bosses in the raid wings will receive the Obsidian Worldbreaker, a Black Dragonflight mount inspired by Deathwing. Players who participate in Alterac Valley will receive a new anniversary event currency which can be exchanged for two new mounts: the Stormpike Battle Charger (Alliance) and the Frostwolf Snarler (Horde).

A Fuzzy, Buzzy Mount
Alliance players rejoice – Stormsong Valley beekeepers have figured out how to grow ‘em big enough to ride! Barry the Beekeeper has some quests for you, so you should talk to him to get started on this honey of an adventure.

New Timewalking Raid: Firelands
When Cataclysm Timewalking is active, max-level players will be able to form a raid group and enter the Sulfuron Spire once more. As with previous Timewalking raids (Black Temple, Ulduar), your gear and power are scaled to the challenge, and all the bosses and rewards you expect lie in wait.

Introducing Party Sync
During this PTR we’re experimenting with a new mode that makes it easier for players in a party to do quests and play together: Party Sync. When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state, including phases. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who is on the quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn in the quest. There’s something else we’re going to try out on the PTR, a “replay” quest feature. This will allow players who have already completed certain quests to replay those quests with their friends for rewards that are appropriate to their current level, regardless of the original level of the quest.
We’re also relaxing level restrictions on queueing for instanced content with your friends. This allows lower-level players to queue for content in their level range, and higher-level players can choose to join them by having their level scaled down while they’re in the instance. This feature will be available for dungeon instances for PTR Week 1, with PvP instances being flagged in the following weeks. Please note that unlike Timewalking, when your level is scaled down via Party Sync you will temporarily lose access to abilities and powers (such as Azerite traits) with requirements that exceed your reduced level.

Recruit A Friend Returns
Coming in 8.2.5 is a revamped Recruit A Friend system. If you have active game time you’ll be able to recruit your friends—both brand-new to the game and returning champions—to share in your adventures. To do so, you’ll be able to use a new URL generation tool to create a custom link to give to your friends. By following the link, you’ll be connected to each other and will be able to see if they have purchased game time, resulting in rewards for you! For each month your recruits have active game time, you’ll earn a new reward such as unique pets, mounts, game time and more. These rewards unlock per month and scale with how many months your recruits have subscribed for. And, of course, with Party Sync you’ll be able to journey with your friends on any of your characters. We’ll have more information about Recruit A Friend rewards when we get closer to its release.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the 8.2.5 PTR!



This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 8.2.5 PTR Development Notes started by chaud View original post
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  1. Sir Riptor's Avatar
    When will datamining be available? would like to see what else is in the patch
  1. pppbroom's Avatar
    Party sync? So level squish is coming or even no more leveling at all...
  1. Sir Riptor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pppbroom View Post
    Party sync? So level squish is coming or even no more leveling at all...
    It's been known they want to do a level squish and of course they will have levelling in the next expansion that's one of WoW's core features
  1. Sluvs's Avatar
    That is a bit beefier than I expected from a .x.5 patch.
  1. Aziri's Avatar
    That Party Sync is an AMAZING addition to the game. I hope it works out well.
  1. Reman's Avatar
    Account wide essences?
    How is a new mount tagged as content?
  1. Mrbleedinggums's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Reman View Post
    Account wide essences?
    How is a new mount tagged as content?
    Because many people have been wanting the bee mount and they added it as a faction-specific mount? The fuck Blizzard?
  1. Sting's Avatar
    8.2.5: Zandalari RAF Pyramid scheme

    Who else is willing to bet the rewards for having like 60 months of your friends gametime is gonna be amazing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Because many people have been wanting the bee mount and they added it as a faction-specific mount? The fuck Blizzard?
    If you enjoyed playing horde, you'll sure enjoy playing as alliance too to get all their "exclusive" faction content (that you can totally use as horde btw).
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    I can see a lot of potential side effects with party sync if you can replay stuff for XP. It will be interesting to see how it all works and if you can replay solo or if it requires one person who hasn't done it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reman View Post
    How is a new mount tagged as content?
    Because it is content. Just because you don't like it or it is a small amount does not stop it from being content.
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Because many people have been wanting the bee mount and they added it as a faction-specific mount? The fuck Blizzard?
    Horde have had loads of faction specific mounts, more than Alliance in BFA - just earn it on alliance and use it on horde, the same as alliance did for the horde ones
  1. mcastillo88's Avatar
    Party Sync works great in FF XIV, and keeps a lot of content current and playable as a result. Great (if not a little late) addition.
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    I can see a lot of potential side effects with party sync if you can replay stuff for XP. It will be interesting to see how it all works and if you can replay solo or if it requires one person who hasn't done it before.

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    Because it is content. Just because you don't like it or it is a small amount does not stop it from being content.
    I feel like one person will need to have the quest, and they can basically share it to you, even if you've done it - then the issue there is they could just keep sharing it, and not complete it themselves, the simplest solution is just to reduce the xp/ gold you get from any quest every time you complete it
  1. Clozer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Riptor View Post
    It's been known they want to do a level squish and of course they will have levelling in the next expansion that's one of WoW's core features
    Main feature for the first 20 hours every 2 years, afterwards its non existence. Useless relique that may as well be just removed.
  1. Puupi's Avatar
    Hah, zero content - nice patch.

    The features are welcome, though.
  1. Caerule's Avatar
    I hope party sync will help me bring low level members to the events of my roleplay guild. The phasing between levels is quite a nuisance, often times.
  1. FecundDecay's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Because many people have been wanting the bee mount and they added it as a faction-specific mount? The fuck Blizzard?
    It has always been known to be an alliance mount. This information has been widely available, albeit not officially confirmed, for literally half a year.
    /eyeroll
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puupi View Post
    Hah, zero content - nice patch.

    The features are welcome, though.
    There is quite clearly content listed there - anyway, .5 patches are always more feature than content heavy
  1. Darkguyver2020's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puupi View Post
    Hah, zero content - nice patch.

    The features are welcome, though.
    *coughPatch8.2cough*

    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    System-wise, yes. Content-wise, not so much. I don't think it's all though.
    Seriously. Wasn't patch 8.2 substantial enough? Christ, you guys are greedy.
  1. Korru's Avatar
    no new allied race

    >_>
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sluvs View Post
    That is a bit beefier than I expected from a .x.5 patch.
    System-wise, yes. Content-wise, not so much. I don't think it's all though.

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