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by Published on 2021-07-02 06:11 PM

Great Vault Expectations - First Two Weeks of July
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve seen some questions from players who’d like to know specifics about how endgame loot and the Great Vault will operate over the next two weekly resets, so we’ve prepared the following outline.

Next Week

Following the next weekly reset on July 6 in this region, the Great Vault will offer rewards exactly as it has in previous weeks. Between now and then, defeating raid bosses in Castle Nathria, completing Season 1 Mythic Keystone Dungeons, and earning Honor in rated PvP will generate those rewards. Season 2 will begin on July 6, but the Great Vault looks back at previous efforts to determine the item levels of rewards.

With the July 6 weekly reset marking the start of Season 2, all Mythic+ Rating will be reset to 0, and all Mythic+ Keystones will be lowered by an additional 3 levels to account for the overall increase in dungeon difficulty.

Mythic+ players who wish to receive the best rewards from the Great Vault for their initial Season 2 efforts will want to complete Mythic+ Dungeons at +15 or higher difficulty the week of July 6-12.

Mythic+ end-of-run drops will cap at Mythic+10 throughout the week of July 6-12, and Season 2 Rated PvP gear upgrades are initially capped at Rival (base item level 239) until Mythic Difficulty Sanctum of Domination is available.

The Second Week of July

After Season 2 has been underway for a week, the Great Vault will offer upgraded rewards following the weekly reset on July 13 in this region. This includes rewards earned in the Sanctum of Domination raid, Unchained Gladiator’s PvP gear, and higher item level Mythic+ rewards.

As a reminder, you’re only eligible for Great Vault raid loot from bosses that you have previously defeated on the difficulty you’re looking for. For example, you must defeat Heroic Kel’thuzad before his loot will show up as a Heroic quality selection in the Great Vault.

Mythic+ Gearing in Season 2

We’ve made a few small adjustments to the item-level curve for Season 2 Mythic+ rewards, to make Mythic+ gear progression more comparable to early raiding rewards at some levels of difficulty. Here are the item levels of gear drops and rewards:

DifficultySeason 1
Season 1
Missed Timer
Season 1
Great Vault
Season 2
Season 2
Missed Timer
Season 2
Great Vault
Mythic+2ilvl 187ilvl 184ilvl 200ilvl 210ilvl 210ilvl 226
Mythic+3ilvl 190ilvl 187ilvl 203ilvl 213ilvl 210ilvl 226
Mythic+4ilvl 194ilvl 190ilvl 207ilvl 216ilvl 213ilvl 226
Mythic+5ilvl 194ilvl 190ilvl 210ilvl 220ilvl 216ilvl 229
Mythic+6ilvl 197ilvl 194ilvl 210ilvl 223ilvl 220ilvl 229
Mythic+7ilvl 200ilvl 197ilvl 213ilvl 223ilvl 220ilvl 233
Mythic+8ilvl 200ilvl 197ilvl 216ilvl 226ilvl 223ilvl 236
Mythic+9ilvl 200ilvl 197ilvl 216ilvl 226ilvl 223ilvl 236
Mythic+10ilvl 203ilvl 200ilvl 220ilvl 229ilvl 226ilvl 239
Mythic+11ilvl 203ilvl 200ilvl 220ilvl 229ilvl 226ilvl 242
Mythic+12ilvl 207ilvl 203ilvl 223ilvl 233ilvl 229ilvl 246
Mythic+13ilvl 207ilvl 203ilvl 223ilvl 233ilvl 229ilvl 246
Mythic+14ilvl 207ilvl 203ilvl 226ilvl 236ilvl 233ilvl 249
Mythic+15ilvl 210ilvl 207ilvl 226ilvl 236ilvl 233ilvl 252

The most notable adjustment is that now, a Mythic+15 or higher is required to get the maximum item level from the Great Vault, while Mythic+14 or higher provides the highest end-of-run item level.

Thanks for reading. We’ll see you 'round the Vault!
by Published on 2021-07-02 01:31 AM

WoW Patch 9.1 Hotfixes - July 1, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
  • For those braving the dangers of Korthia, you will find that a friendly Maldraxxi Flayedwing has arrived to assist in ferrying you to the Vault of Secrets after completing “Charge of the Covenants.” The only payment is gentle head pats. (Be sure to pet both of its heads, just to be sure.)

  • Fixed an issue where characters that don’t have the Shadowlands expansion were unintentionally unable to access various quests, such as some dailies and holiday quests.

Burning Crusade Classic
  • You must be level 65 or higher to enter The Shattered Halls or The Steamvault.
by Published on 2021-07-01 05:33 PM

Sapphire Skyblazer - New Mount Reward for a 6 Month Subscription
A new mount reward for purchasing a 6 month subscription has been released! You can also just purchase the mount from the shop for $25.

The 6-month subscription also comes with the Imp in a Ball toy in Burning Crusade Classic, which can be redeemed by accepting a special quest from Innkeepers in all capital cities, as well as Landro Longshot in Booty Bay.

New Hearthstone Expansion: United in Stormwind
The next expansion for Hearthstone has been revealed today! Check out all the new cards!

by Published on 2021-07-01 05:09 PM

Testing Same-Faction Battlegrounds in Burning Crusade Classic
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello, Battleground enthusiasts!

As soon as we saw Battleground queue times go way up a few weeks ago, we got to work on our options for addressing the situation. They’ve all been discussed here and elsewhere, as you know, and in addition to following your discussions closely, we looked at game history and data. What was most evident from all of your feedback was: players want to continue to play on their chosen side of the faction conflict, players don’t want to wait in long queues for BGs, and players don’t want a highly convoluted mechanism for getting into a BG.

To solve those issues as best we can, we’ve been internally testing a configuration where the War Games system is used to bring about Horde vs. Horde or Alliance vs. Alliance Battlegrounds from the regular queue, and we’re ready to test it in the live game. Here’s the plan:

  • Starting tomorrow (Friday, July 2), we’re going to enable same-faction Battlegrounds.
  • You’ll queue for BGs as usual, and the matchmaker will first try to make an opposite-faction match for you.
  • If an opposite-faction match cannot be quickly made, you’ll be matched against a team from your faction.
  • Rewards such as Honor and Reputation will be assigned as usual.

We’ve been thinking of these like military training exercises, and to help get that feeling across in-game, we’re testing putting masks and tabards on the team playing out of the enemy faction’s base.

Please note that same-faction play won’t be available for Alterac Valley, which was never hooked up for War Games and would be particularly awkward for the team that found themselves fighting alongside a great number of enemy NPCs.

We’ll follow the action closely throughout the weekend, and with scheduled maintenance next week (July 6 in this region), we’re going to return the matchmaker to its regular configuration and analyze what happened.

When same-faction play goes live tomorrow, we’ll open a new feedback thread in this forum. After you’ve played some BGs, please come to that new thread and let us know how it went.

Thank you!
by Published on 2021-07-01 03:42 AM

Patch 9.1 Hotfixes - June 30
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Fixed an issue where Achievement progress toasts were appearing in the wrong size and the text was not centered.

  • Death Knight
    • Fixed an issue where players couldn’t create a class trial Pandaren Death Knight.
  • Monk
    • Mistweaver
      • Fixed an issue where the Harm Denial conduit wasn’t increasing the healing of Expel Harm when used on an ally during Soothing Mist.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Winged Ravager’s Devour Essence will once again correctly damage its primary target instead of all nearby players.

Items and Rewards
  • The Great Vault has returned and generates the correct item levels for Mythic+ rewards.
  • Fixed an issue where certain Soulbind, Covenant set and Legendary bonuses were giving 50% more stats than intended, returning them back to their correct tooltip amounts.

  • Fixed an issue that caused some players to lose Rank 4 Legendary item crafting recipes.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause other players to interrupt Ve’nari’s actions during the quest “Mysteries of the Maw.”
  • Fixed an issue where “Mysteries of the Maw” would no longer progress if you died and resurrected during the stealth segment of the quest.

Returning To A Covenant You Left
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
When you leave a Covenant, they assign betrayer status to you. Returning to that Covenant is possible, but you have to take extra steps to regain their full trust.

Nonetheless, the Covenants are now coming together to fight a great threat, and there’s an upcoming new season, and they’re temporarily feeling more compatible with those who previously left their sanctums.

Considering all of the recent balance changes and new rewards like Covenant mounts, we’re creating a hotfix that will reset the betrayer status for all players who previously left any Covenants. This will be one-time renovation to your relationship with your old Covenant intended to make it easier for you to return and pick back up where you left off with them.

We expect the hotfix to go live in the next couple of days.

Sending Soul Ash to Alts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There is a vendor in Korthia who exchanges 300 soul ash for 250. Requires renown 44 though. Have to wait till next week.
This is correct.

Hitting Renown 44 and doing some quests will reveal Heirmir in Korthia.

Vendors in Torghast do not sell this exchange item.

Diablo IV Quarterly Update
Blizzard shared a new Quarterly Update for Diablo IV today.

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