Gain the Winds of Wisdom 100% Experience Buff Through April 20

More Flexibility with Essences
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve just made a significant update to the new Echoes of Ny’alotha system, with the goal of making Essences much more available to your characters whose specializations put them in different roles (tanking, healing, damage).

With this change, we’ve lifted the restrictions on acquiring role-specific Azerite Essences from MOTHER. Now, the various ways that you obtain Rank 3 tanking, healing, or damage-specific Essences are now grouped together. If you’ve earned any of the three Essences in these groups, all three of the Essences will be unlocked for purchase from MOTHER with Echoes of Ny’alotha:

  • Spark of Inspiration, Unwavering Ward, Strength of the Warden (obtained from Horrific Visions)
  • Touch of the Everlasting, Spirit of Preservation, Breath of the Dying (obtained from reputation with Rajani)
  • Blood of the Enemy, Artifice of Time, Sphere of Suppression (obtained from Battlegrounds)
  • Condensed Life Force, Vitality Conduit, Azeroth’s Undying Gift (obtained from raiding in The Eternal Palace)
  • Essence of the Focusing Iris, Life-Binder’s Invocation, Anima of Life and Death (obtained from Mythic Keystone dungeons)

As a reminder, this was already the case with Purification Protocol, Nullifcation Dynamo, and Well of Existence (the Rustbolt Resistance Essences) as well as The Ever-Rising Tide, Aegis of the Deep, and The Unbound Force (the Nazjatar Essences).

A side-effect of this change is that even a single character now has a way to obtain these off-role Essences, and can either use Echoes to purchase them from MOTHER or use the original means of acquisition. That means that your Priest who raided Azshara in Shadow-spec and got Condensed Life-Force up to Rank 3 is now able to obtain Vitality Conduit from MOTHER for a Holy-spec healing boost.

Thank you for all of your feedback on this!
This article was originally published in forum thread: More Flexibility with Essences - Account-Wide Rank 3 Essences Update started by Lumy View original post
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  1. Elbryan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    But more people were playing then than now.

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    Oh yes, let's compare 20% increased EXP to upwards of 70% in retail.
    20% ? I think u should take a 2nd look, cos its more like 50%
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Elbryan View Post
    20% ? I think u should take a 2nd look, cos its more like 50%
    When heirlooms were first released, it was 20%. 25% if you count the very rare and hard to get fishing tournament ring back in WotLK.
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    But more people were playing then than now.

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    Oh yes, let's compare 20% increased EXP to upwards of 70% in retail.

    This actually just got me - notice when the game continued to die, they added more and more ways of getting increased EXP. At first it started in WotLK, in the form of 20% EXP. Was greatly expanded in Cata, and again in MoP. Same with WoD and Legion. Now there's just a fucking 100% bonus on top. lmao
    But the reason we're getting the boost is because of covid 19 - which didn't happen in wrath - can you please think for a second before replying?
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    But the reason we're getting the boost is because of covid 19 - which didn't happen in wrath - can you please think for a second before replying?
    Okay so can you? you seem pretty fucking inept, not gonna lie.

    The amount of people that played Wrath on any given day compared to BfA was WORLDS more. WHY didn't they allow it then? Oh, that's right, because there were actually people playing.
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    Okay so can you? you seem pretty fucking inept, not gonna lie.

    The amount of people that played Wrath on any given day compared to BfA was WORLDS more. WHY didn't they allow it then? Oh, that's right, because there were actually people playing.
    Are you serious? You're asking why Blizzard didn't do something for an event that happens 10 years in the future? And you call me inept? You're actually hilarious
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Are you serious? You're asking why Blizzard didn't do something for an event that happens 10 years in the future? And you call me inept? You're actually hilarious
    We know why they never did this during BC or WotLK, the game actually had players.

    They're using a 100% increased EXP gain as an even FURTHER incentive to get people to log into a game while they're quarantined in their homes.

    L O L
  1. MrLachyG's Avatar
    this is hardly a surprise
  1. trapmaster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brewhan View Post
    As the subs start to drop to absurdly low levels, blizzard reaches into the bag of "care" and starts to give us a little snack. 100% XP buff for a month, and now this.. almost got me to resubbed blizz keep going tempting.
    close enough to tempt but throw in couple things ...

    1. 100% mount drop rate
    2. 100% toy drop rate

    Then the tempt is real.
  1. deenman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    Okay so can you? you seem pretty fucking inept, not gonna lie.

    The amount of people that played Wrath on any given day compared to BfA was WORLDS more. WHY didn't they allow it then? Oh, that's right, because there were actually people playing.
    actualy we dont really know that wrath had WORLDS more players,they released the peak subs,a peak bfa could posibily have also had considering they had record sales,but you are crazy if you think wrath didnt have major drop offs at times,like at the end
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by deenman View Post
    actualy we dont really know that wrath had WORLDS more players,they released the peak subs,a peak bfa could posibily have also had considering they had record sales,but you are crazy if you think wrath didnt have major drop offs at times,like at the end
    Don’t kid yourself, it’s all documented.

    Wrath didn’t have any drop off, the drop off started in Cata and was pretty heavy.

    If BfA brought subs to 12M, Blizzard would’ve posted about it.
  1. Roujeaux's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Voidwielder View Post
    I hope we get similiar kind of receptiveness to feedback come SL Alpha.
    A worgen can dream......
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    We know why they never did this during BC or WotLK, the game actually had players.

    They're using a 100% increased EXP gain as an even FURTHER incentive to get people to log into a game while they're quarantined in their homes.

    L O L
    So Blizzard didn't do the XP boost because of covid 19 10 years ago, not because covid 19 wasn't a thing then, but because the game had more players. This is how stupid you have to be to genuinely believe WoW is dead, it's delusional, it's also sad
  1. deenman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    Don’t kid yourself, it’s all documented.

    Wrath didn’t have any drop off, the drop off started in Cata and was pretty heavy.

    If BfA brought subs to 12M, Blizzard would’ve posted about it.
    no,they wouldnt,they made the choice to stop
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    So Blizzard didn't do the XP boost because of covid 19 10 years ago, not because covid 19 wasn't a thing then, but because the game had more players. This is how stupid you have to be to genuinely believe WoW is dead, it's delusional, it's also sad
    I’m sorry you can’t differentiate between dead and alive.

    The game was alive back then, it didn’t need 100% exp boosts to entice people.
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    So Blizzard didn't do the XP boost because of covid 19 10 years ago, not because covid 19 wasn't a thing then, but because the game had more players. This is how stupid you have to be to genuinely believe WoW is dead, it's delusional, it's also sad
    Welp, it's what some posters do. In fact, it's all they do and have been doing for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deenman View Post
    no,they wouldnt,they made the choice to stop
    No use trying to explain that to someone genuinely convinced that the game is dead.

    MAU = the new business standard, yet only with WoW is it a sign of the game dying "fOr A fAcT" despite record sales as late as in BfA.
  1. crakerjack's Avatar
    I don't get blizzard. Why don't they just make r3 essences account-wide? It's not like essences are some super integral part of WoW. It was only just added in 8.2 and will be gone in the Shadowlands pre-patch. Why make us have to grind echoes for something that'll get axed in less than 9 months? They mentioned how they always want some type of progression on alts, well there's still the good ol' gear progression, heart of azeroth and cloak to grind. There's still plenty of grinds for alts, just remove the unneeded ones and allow people to enjoy their alts without feeling like they have to slog through content for 3-4 weeks just so that they can unlock 3 R3 essences for a particular spec.

    In the end essences don't impact your performance as much as corruption effects, but they impact your rotation more than azerite traits and corruption effects. It wouldn't matter if you only had the do the grind once, but when you're doing it for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th time, it just makes you want to rip your hair out. "So don't do it then" or "No one is forcing you to" or "Your alts don't deserve r3 essences" is such a stupid cop out and isn't even making a point. It just comes across as snobby attitude, wanting others to suffer because you would prefer it. If R3 essences were account-wide with zero restrictions, no one in the community would be burdened. No one would miss having to grind them either. Not once have I heard someone talk about how amazing unlocking essences were. It wasn't boring/tedious the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time, but when you're trying to progress your 8th alt and you're back to square one of unlocking r3 essences, it's hard not to fold over and say screw this.
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    I’m sorry you can’t differentiate between dead and alive.

    The game was alive back then, it didn’t need 100% exp boosts to entice people.
    For the game to be dead, it wouldn't have regular content updates would it? Now, I'm not going to pretend WoW in 2020 has 12 million subs - simply because I do not know the sub count. It could have 12 million. It could have 1 million - no one can know until Blizzard decides to tell us. So you telling me the game is dead sounds just like me telling you the game has 50 million subs - it's completely ridiculous and not provable.

    And let's not pretend Wrath didn't also offer systems to entice people to play, RaF, store mounts, heirlooms - that all was added in wrath
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    For the game to be dead, it wouldn't have regular content updates would it? Now, I'm not going to pretend WoW in 2020 has 12 million subs - simply because I do not know the sub count. It could have 12 million. It could have 1 million - no one can know until Blizzard decides to tell us. So you telling me the game is dead sounds just like me telling you the game has 50 million subs - it's completely ridiculous and not provable.

    And let's not pretend Wrath didn't also offer systems to entice people to play, RaF, store mounts, heirlooms - that all was added in wrath
    And there's also this teensy-tiny little detail, that is oh-so-beloved by the community: LFD.
  1. Esper's Avatar
    Oh, that's very nice. I had all the rank 3 essences (except for the BG one which I've been slacking on) for damage on my druid so I now have an easy way to unlock the healing and tanking ones. Nice.
  1. stuffandthings's Avatar
    Nice quality of life change, but doesn't make up for the original terrible implementation of this feature.

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