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by Published on 2020-12-07 06:45 PM

Shadowlands Season 1 Survival Guide
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Shadowlands Season 1 is now live and includes an all-new affix—Prideful—for Mythic Keystone Dungeons, powerful Conquest PvP gear, the new Castle Nathria raid, and more.


Castle Nathria


Located in the gothic heart of Revendreth, Castle Nathria is a 10-boss raid that takes you deep into the monolithic lair of Sire Denathrius. There, you’ll face off against unfathomable terrors as you race to uncover a sinister plot and fight to save the Shadowlands from a dark and twisted future. Inside, you will need to outmaneuver a bloodthirsty beast, save a wronged soul from a sinister fate, dance off against cavalier courtiers, and shatter the stone-skinned armies of Revendreth before serving justice to a power-hungry traitor.

Read about the bosses, rewards, and release schedule in our comprehensive Castle Nathria Raid Preview.

Mythic Keystone Dungeons Season 1

The new Mythic Keystone dungeon season is now available with opportunities for new rewards and the first seasonal affix for Shadowlands: Prideful. When this affix is active, your own ego may prove to be your downfall. As you defeat non-boss enemies, your vanity will eventually form a Manifestation of Pride. Defeating this Manifestation greatly empowers the party with Prideful, a buff that increases your damage, mana regeneration, and movement speed for one minute. You’ll want to prioritize your pulls to make the most of your Prideful buff so you can take on challenging enemies more easily.

Check out the Mythic Keystone Dungeon Leaderboards to see who’s staying on top of the clock.

PvP Season 1

Participating in PvP activities will reward you with Honor and Conquest currencies to purchase battle-ready, epic-quality gear from a PvP vendor within The Enclave in Oribos. You can also use Honor to upgrade your PvP gear to higher ranks and become even more formidable. Participants can earn a host of new rewards, including the Vicious War Spider and—for the highest rated players—the Sinful Gladiator’s Soul Eater mounts.

Keep an eye on the Player vs. Player Leaderboards during the season to follow who’s making waves at the top 5.

Reward Updates



Completing Season 1 activities will allow you to select a reward from the Great Vault. You can unlock up to nine different options for your weekly reward by completing objectives from Raids, Mythic Dungeons, and PvP. Be sure to visit the Great Vault in the Hall of Holding located inside Oribos to select your weekly reward and view the week’s objectives.

For PvP players, the weekly Conquest cap will start at 550 and increase by 550 per week.

Week 1 Item Level Cap
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Mythic Keystone dungeons and ranked PvP are opening with the beginning of Season 1 tomorrow, and there are a few aspects of the first week of the Season to highlight.

During this first week of Mythic Keystone dungeons, there is a cap on the increase of item level of end-of-run loot. That loot will stop increasing at Mythic Keystone +10 for this first week, which is item level 203. However, the Great Vault will be uncapped the following week, and loot from the Great Vault (on December 15 in this region) will reflect successful completions achieved during the week of December 8. The Great Vault will award item level 226 for completing Mythic Keystone +14, and other completion item levels can be viewed in the Mythic Keystone tab of the Dungeons and Raid window once the season begins.

For this first week of the Season in PvP, item-level upgrades of Conquest equipment are capped at item level 220, requiring Rival (rank 4). Starting with the second week, (again that’s December 15 in this region), item level upgrades of Conquest equipment are uncapped. There are no caps on the Great Vault’s PvP considerations. Duelists (rank 5) or higher will receive item level 226 equipment from the Great Vault.

Good luck out there!
by Published on 2020-12-07 06:12 PM

Castle Nathria Raid Preview and Schedule
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Cut down the traitorous Sire Denathrius and his court loyalists before their twisted plans unfold in an epic new raid—Castle Nathria.

Long has Sire Denathrius ruled the denizens of Revendreth as they harvested anima from prideful souls. But as drought and fear gripped the Shadowlands, Denathrius revealed his true loyalties. In defiance of his former Master, the noble Prince Renathal gathers his few remaining allies for a desperate mission to infiltrate Castle Nathria and remove Denathrius from power.

Raid bosses: 10
Difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, Mythic
Level: 120
Raid Finder Minimum Item Level: 170

RAID UNLOCK SCHEDULE

December 8 – Normal and Heroic Difficulties
December 15 – Mythic and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Huntsman Altimor, Hungering Destroyer, Lady Inerva Darkvein)
January 5 – Raid Finder Wing 2 (Sun King’s Salvation, Artificer Xy’mox, The Council of Blood)
January 19 – Raid Finder Wing 3 (Shriekwing, Sludgefist, Stone Legion Generals)
February 2 – Raid Finder Wing 4 (Sire Denathrius)


SHRIEKWING

Tasked with guarding Castle Nathria’s entry hall, the blind monster Shriekwing locates her victims with horrifying cries that reverberate off the chamber’s walls. The last sound heard by trespassers in the Grand Walk is the monster’s cry as she descends upon her prey.


HUNTSMAN ALTIMOR

Sire Denathrius seldom engages in hunts himself, but Altimor makes certain the master has the finest beasts should he ever choose to indulge. Margore, Barghast, and Hecutis has been trained longer than most beasts have existed, and each is ready to deliver the Huntsman’s wrath to any in his domain.


SUN KING’S SALVATION

In the sinister confines of Castle Nathria, souls are being tortured not to redeem their sins, but to amplify them. The prideful Prince Kael’thas has been burdened with the sins of others, and his pain and hatred are channeled to make him a powerful weapon. This has imperiled his soul like no other, and it must be saved—if only to keep it from being unleashed upon the Shadowlands.


ARTIFICER XY’MOX

Not everyone in Castle Nathria is loyal to Sire Denathrius. Some simply saw an opportunity and exploited it to their own ends. Artificer Xy’mox has worked with Denathrius but is mostly concerned with getting the better end of the deal, which may require the end of Nathria’s invaders.


HUNGERING DESTROYER

The devourers consume anima wherever they can find it. With drought afflicting the Shadowlands, it is no surprise that the hungriest and most dangerous of the devourers is drawn to the abundant store of anima here in the depths of Castle Nathria.


LADY INERVA DARKVEIN

Anima fuels the Shadowlands, and Lady Inerva Darkvein seeks to unlock its mysteries. Under Denathrius’s tutelage, she has learned insidious secrets to turn against his enemies. She will strip anima from Nathria’s invaders and use it to shape a dark new future.


THE COUNCIL OF BLOOD

The Council of Blood presides over courtly functions in Revendreth. Castellan Niklaus is a strict military commander with an indominatble will and impenetrable armor, Lord Stravros, a foppish dandy, leads the court in dance but is also deadly with his blades. Baroness Frieda wields powerful anima magics and commands the dredger wait staff—along with the respect of the entire court.


SLUDGEFIST

Slugdefist was born in the muddy foundation beneath Castle Nathria and now wanders the halls as he awaits orders from Sire Denathrius. His massive footsteps reverberate throughout the castle, announcing his arrival from several rooms away.


STONE LEGION GENERALS

The ancient stoneborn generals, Kaal and Grashaal, have hounded the Prince Renathal’s rebellion at every turn. Once they were General Draven’s apprentice and mentor; now their strength, strategy, and soldiers have been unleashed against him and any who would defy the Sire’s will.


SIRE DENATHRIUS

For countless ages, Sire Denathrius stood among the Eternal Ones who rule the realms of Death. But in the Shadowlands’ darkest hour, he has betrayed his sacred duty. With his bloodthirsty living blade Remornia at his side and defended by his most sychophantic loyalists, Denathrius will cut a swath through any who stand against him and cast their remains into the inescapable terror of the Maw.


Normal difficulty raid set.

New Achievements

All Difficulties

  • Castle Nathria: Defeat the following bosses on any difficulty—Shriekwing, Huntsman Altimor, Sun King’s Salvation, Artificer Xy’mox, Hungering Destroyer, Lady Inerva Darkvein, The Council of Blood, Sludgefist, Stone Legion Generals, Sire Denathrius

Normal Difficulty and Higher

  • Blind as a Bat: Defeat Shriekwing after she kills six Sneaky Servitors in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Taking Care of Business: Defeat Huntsman Altimor after walking Margore, Bargast, and Hecutis to the corners of The Kennels in Castle Nathria on Nromal difficulty or higher.
  • Burning Bright: Redeem Kael’thas after lighting all four of the room’s braziers in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Private Stock: Defeat Artificer Xy’mox after returning loose Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, and Maw Anima to their display cases in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Feed the Beast: Defeat the Hungering Destroyer after draining all of the large anima canisters with Volatile Ejection in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • I Don’t Know What I Expected: Defeat Lady Inerva Darkvein after defeating the Dark Animus in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Pour Decision Making: Defeat the Council of Blood after throwing four bottles of wine in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Dirtflap’s Revenge: Defeat Sludgefist after he collides with pillars in Dirtflap’s preferred order in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Feed Me, Seymour!: Defeat the Stone Legion Generals while all players are carrying a Bouquet of Blooming Sanguine Roses in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Clear Conscience: Defeat Sire Denathrius after removing Burden of Sin from all players before March of the Penitent is cast in Castle Nathria on Normal difficulty or higher.

Castle Nathria Meta-Achievement

  • Glory of the Nathria Raider: Complete the Castle Nathria raid achievements listed—Blind as a Bat, Taking Care of Business, Burning Bright, Private Stock, Feed the Beast, I Don’t Know What I Expected, Pour Decision Making, Dirtflap’s Revenge, Feed Me, Seymour!, Clear Conscience

Reward—Mount Reward: Rampant Screecher

Heroic Difficulty and Higher

  • Ahead of the Curve: Sire Denathrius—Defeat Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria on Heroic difficulty or higher, before the release of the next raid tier.
  • Cutting Edge: Sire Denathrius—Defeat Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty or higher, before the release of the next raid tier.

Title Reward: Sinbreaker

Mythic Difficulty

  • Mythic: Shriekwing—Defeat Shriekwing in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty or higher, before the release of the next raid tier.
  • Mythic: Huntsman Altimor—Defeat Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty or higher, before the release of the next raid tier.
  • Mythic: Sun King’s Salvation—Defeat Sun King’s Salvation in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Artificer Xy’mox—Defeat Artificer Xy’mox in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Hungering Destroyer—Defeat the Hungering Destroyer in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Lady Inerva Darkvein—Defeat Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Council of Blood—Defeat The Council of Blood in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Sludgefist—Defeat Sludgefist in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Stone Legion Generals—Defeat the Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Sire Denathrius—Defeat Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
by Published on 2020-12-07 02:21 AM

Spying in Torghast - Sylvanas and The Jailer Cutscene

Maldraxxus Finale Cutscene - Kel'Thuzad's Fate
The final cutscene of the Necrolord and Venthyr Covenant Campaign has been datamined. Story Spoilers!



Runecarver's Memory Cutscene
The following cutscene plays after you return 15 memories to the Runecarver and earn the achievement Clearing the Fog.

by Published on 2020-12-06 08:02 PM

Spying in Torghast - Sylvanas and The Jailer Cutscene
Leyst has discovered a new cutscene on Shadowlands Beta. This cutscene is part of the Torghast questline and takes place after Sylvanas Windrunner offers Anduin Wrynn a dark deal.

by Published on 2020-12-05 04:43 AM

Patch 9.0.2 Hotfixes - December 4, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Allied Races
  • Bloodthirsty Vulpera no longer get lost on the return home to their camps after leaving the Arena.

Classes
  • Paladin
    • General
      • Punish the Guilty (Potency Conduit) damage has been reduced by 70%.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Valfir the Unrelenting has bolstered his defense, making oncoming attacks much less effective. Players that wish to take down the beast will first need to send anima to this location to unlock the key to Valfir's demise.
  • Valfir the Unrelenting will no longer wander quite so far from his spawn.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Sanguine Depths
    • General Kaal
      • After rescuing Essence of Z'rali and before the final fight, General Kaal now removes her Evasive Mantle upon entering combat to alleviate an issue if she is pulled to her next position in the gauntlet early.

Items and Rewards
  • [With regional restarts] Battle for Azeroth Emissary quests and Paragon caches will have their gold rewards reduced to 10% of their current value when Shadowlands Season 1 begins in each region.
  • The Engineering device Disposable Spectrophasic Reanimator is now disposed upon use.
  • Fixed an issue where Forgemaster’s Crate and the Tailoring items, Lace Draperies and Excuisitely Woven Rug, could not be opened.
  • Scorched Crypt Keys will no longer drop if you already have one in your inventory.

Professions
  • Fixed an issue where some professions were able to learn the recipe Novice Crafter’s Mark before Crafter’s Mark 1.

Quests
  • Covenant Campaign
    • “Prove Your Worth” can now be obtained after clearing quests from a full quest log.
  • Covenant Campaign
    • Players will now be able to complete the Ember Court unlock questline even while the World Quest "Tea Tales" is active. Affected players should seek out Tubbins in the Ember Ward to accept the quest "Formal Refreshments" to continue.
  • Oribos, the Eternal City
    • Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and Taelia Fordragon have leveled up on their listening skills and no longer talk over one another after the “A Glimpse into Darkness” quest cinematic has ended.
  • Bastion
    • Players who pass through Oribos, the Eternal City, and have an extra Broken Kyrian Flute in their bags that they cannot get rid of, should be taken care of thanks to an undisclosed Broker contact in the area.
  • Ardenweald
    • The location of Marasmius is now shown on the map for completing the daily quest “Glittering Gritty Goodness.”

The Maw: Eye of the Jailer
  • Daily and weekly quests within the Maw can no longer be held beyond the day or week in which they were picked up by the player.

Torghast
  • Flame Vents and Soul Emanation traps now trigger less frequently and have slightly larger areas of effect.
  • Rogue
    • Anima Powers
      • First Steps now correctly increases the damage of Subtlety’s Secret Technique (Talent).
  • Warrior
    • Anima Powers
      • New Anima Power: Notched Axe Head (Rare) – Gain the Victorious effect every 20 seconds, allowing the use of Victory Rush (or Impending Victory, when talented).
      • New Anima Power: Tarnished Medallion (Uncommon) – Berserker Rage restores 5% health instantly, and every 3 seconds.

World Quests
  • Nasho is now less distracted when rushing into the Forgotten Forge to stop Specialist Entra during the world quest “Forged in Secret.”
  • The teapot for “Tea Tales: Gubbins and Tubbins” is now easier to see.
  • Fixed an issue during the Bastion World Quest "Centurions, Assemble!" where the Steward Mechanic ability would fail to heal the player's chosen centurion.
  • Players should no longer be able to get into a state where they are unable to pick up dredgers in the "Dirty Job: Wood Work" and "Dirty Job: Demolition Detail" world quests.

WoW Classic
  • Pets will now automatically attack hostile enemies and players when set to Aggressive stance.
  • Addressed an issue where Damaged Necrotic Shards do not take damage from defeating Shadows of Doom.
  • Entering Naxxramas now places you on the lower platform, while the teleport to Sapphiron's Lair is triggered on the upper platform, allowing you to zone in and explore the 4 wings.
    • Developers’ note: The behavior of immediately teleporting players to Sapphiron's Lair upon re-entry to the raid following the defeat of the 4 wing-bosses, IS authentic, but we felt the inability to return and collect Frozen Runes that had been missed was punishing enough to warrant a change here. In keeping with the theme, however, there is still no escape from Frostwyrm Lair short of using your Hearthstone or teleporting. Naxxramas is, among other things, a prison, from which the damned find escape difficult.

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