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by Published on 2020-01-17 04:05 PM

Patch 8.3 - January 15 Hotfixes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Allied Races
  • Eligible players who earned the account-wide achievements The Mechagonian Threat and Rustbolt Rebellion on a Horde character can once again begin the process to unlock mechagnomes on an Alliance character.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Prince Erazmin from appearing on Mechagon Island after completing the mechagnome Allied Race unlock storyline.

Classes
  • Attempting to burn the corpses of egg-infested bodies in Uldum will no longer remove Druids from Travel Form.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Mechagon – Junkyard and Mechagon – Workshop
    • Mechagon – Junkyard and Mechagon – Workshop no longer share a lockout for Heroic difficulty.

Items and Rewards
  • Items awarded from Horrific Visions of N'Zoth are no longer tradeable.

Quests
  • Starting “A World Worth Saving” once again transports players into the Halls of Origination dungeon full of enemies.
  • Fixed an issue where players who were eligible to attend the late Kind Varian Wrynn's funeral could be unable to complete the introductory quests for Visions of N'Zoth.
  • Players who enter a Lesser Vision of N’Zoth without accepting “Unscarred Black Scale” will now be offered the daily quest while inside the instance.
  • Credit for completing “Alpaca It Up” quest is no longer shared between group members.
  • Against Overwhelming Odds” now grants quest credit for enemy players slain in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
by Published on 2020-01-17 11:49 AM

Visions of N’Zoth Season 4 Content Update Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeon and Raid Updates

New Raid: Ny’alotha, the Waking City

Delve into where nightmares dwell in Ny’alotha, the Waking City, a 12-boss raid set in the Void-shrouded heart of the ancient Black Empire. Confront mad heralds and inscrutable horrors, and ultimately go eye-to-eyes with N’Zoth himself in a fateful battle for Azeroth’s survival.

Ny’alotha, the Waking City Normal and Heroic difficulties are now live, while the first wing of Raid Finder (minimum item level: 410)—Vision of Destiny—and Mythic will open next week on January 28.

Learn more about the raid and Raid Finder schedule here.

New Mythic Dungeon Affix: Awakened

Season 4 has a new affix—Awakened. While the Awakened affix is active, players will discover four obelisks throughout the dungeon, which will pull players through the veil to the shadowy world of Ny’alotha. There, players will confront a powerful lieutenant of N’Zoth and its minions which they must defeat or the lieutenant will join forces with the final boss in the instance. Once taken down, the party will be returned to their regular reality in the location they’re currently standing in. This will enable some interesting skips that don’t involve the use of Rogues’ Shroud of Concealment or invisibility.

  • Blood of the Corruptor (Defiled Spire of Ny’alotha): When facing this aberration, vile ooze will rot the earth beneath two heroes’ feet, dealing 60,000 damage a second.
  • Samh’rek, Beckoner of Chaos (Entropic Spire of Ny’alotha): Living up to its title, Samh’rek will sow destruction target three players with Cascading Terror—a powerful debuff that targets three players and fears all heroes standing beside them for a few seconds.
  • Urg’roth, Breaker of Heroes (Brutal Spire of Ny’alotha): Few can withstand the vicious fury of Urg’oth who shatters players with Spirit Breaker, increasing damage taken by a target substantially for a moderate amount of time and deals devastating damage to players who stand in Dark Fury.
  • Voidweaver Mal’thir (Cursed Spire of Ny’alotha): This powerful enemy withers champions’ minds and bodies to slow to a crawl with its Crippling Pestilence and Lingering Doubt spells, which deal a large amount of damage and reduce movement and casting speed.

Mechagon – Junkyard and Mechagon – Workshop

Operation: Mechagon enters the Mythic Keystone dungeon rotation this season as two new instances—the Junkyard and the Workshop. Each of these instances has four bosses which have been tuned for Season 4 progression.

Items and Rewards

New: Corrupted Items

With the release of Season 4, you’ll be able to earn more gear tainted with Corruption from a variety of new sources including Mythic Keystone dungeons, PvP activities, and Ny’alotha, the Waking City raid. Cursed by N’Zoth, corrupted items offer truly exceptional power—for a price. As you don more corrupted gear, you’ll find your spells will do more damage, or your heals will be more potent—but the Corruption will begin to affect you in increasingly perilous ways. At low Corruption levels, you may be slowed periodically when taking damage—while at higher corruption levels, evil forces from the Void may come for you at any moment.

Learn more about Corrupted Items here.

New Essence: The Formless Void

Now available to earn in Ny’alotha, the Waking City raid, this Essence provides new powers and a unique passive that provides some Corruption Resistance.

Mythic Keystone Dungeon Rewards

Many new powerful gear rewards are now available to earn in Season 4.

  • Item levels of rewards from level 120 Normal, Heroic, and Mythic dungeons have been increased by 30. Baseline rewards are now item-level 400 from Normal, 415 from Heroic, and 430 from non-Keystone Mythic dungeons.
  • Mythic Keystone rewards for Season 4 have been increased by 30 item levels.
  • Mythic Keystone dungeons at +7 or higher difficulty now award end-of-run items that scale up to item level 465 at Mythic +15 difficulty.
  • Item level improvements for weekly rewards now extend to Mythic +15 difficulty, which awards an item level 475 piece of gear in the weekly chest.
  • Cloaks do not drop in Season 4 weekly caches or in the Darkshore Heroic Warfront.
  • Any items not updated for Season 4 (for example, items from The Eternal Palace or Heroic-difficulty Darkshore Warfront) can continue to Warforge and Titanforge up to item level 455, but cannot be Corrupted.
  • Starting in Season 4, Mythic Keystone dungeons have a chance to drop more than 2 items at +16 difficulty or higher (was +11 difficulty).

Titan Residuum

Spend your hard-earned Titan Residuum on new item-level 460 and 475 Azerite armor pieces and tokens. Costs for previously available Azerite pieces have been reduced.

Profession Items

  • Several new profession items and recipes are now available to loot from the servants of N’Zoth.

Mythic Keystone Dungeon Updates

  • Enemy health and damage in Heroic dungeons increased by 25%.
  • Health and damage of enemies in non-Keystone Mythic dungeons increased by 45%; Normal dungeons are unchanged.
  • Mythic Keystones have been reduced by an additional 4 levels, to account for this difficulty increase.
  • The enemy health and damage bonuses in Mythic Keystone dungeons now increase by 10% per difficulty level (up from 8%).

Player versus Player

Welcome to Season 4: Corrupted

Season 4 spins a web of new player-versus-player content including the visually updated and redesigned Deepwind Gorge. Inspired by Arathi Basin, the new Deepwind Gorge has five capture points for teams to battle over. Maintaining control over the Market, Farm, Ruins, Shrine, and Quarry will be key to securing victory as the first faction to reach 1,500 points wins!

Participants can earn two new faction-themed Vicious mounts, and the highest-rated players will unlock new Notorious Gladiator mounts.

Player versus Player Reward Updates

  • Item levels of rewards earned from War Chests from all PvP tiers (Unranked, Combatant, Challenger, Rival, Duelist, and Gladiator) increased by 30.
  • Item levels of end-of-match rewards for all PvP tiers increased by 30.

New Brawl: Teeming Islands

This large-scale battle Brawl brings an additional challenge to the shores of PvP Island Expeditions by increasing the total amount of players from six to 20 on the biggest Islands (Havenswood and Jorundall).

When the Brawl is active, players can join the fight by opening up Group Finder (default hotkey: i), selecting it from the Player vs. Player tab, and queueing up.

World Bosses

While many of the greatest threats to peace in Azeroth are locked away in ancient vaults or perched atop soaring fortresses, others walk brazenly beneath the open sky in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

  • Grand Empress Shek’zara: Grand Empress Shek’zara uses her powerful voice and Zara’thik Swarmguard to overwhelm enemies.
  • Ulmath, the Soulbinder: A powerful Merciless One with ultimate control of two minions, Moon Priestess Liara and Guardian Tannin.
  • Vuk’laz the Earthbreaker: This living weapon of war attempts to overcome its enemies with devasting physical attacks. As the battle rages Vuk’laz summons scarabs to its aid from beneath the Writhing Sands.

New Heroic Warfront: Darkshore

Battle for Darkshore

In Season 4, you’ll be able to play the Heroic version of the Darkshore Warfront. Just like Heroic Stromgarde, you’ll need to coordinate with a premade group of 10 to 20 players to win against the relentless forces of the enemy. Victorious players can earn item level 460 gear rewards.

Interact with the War Table in Boralus or in the Port of Zuldazar with your raid group to join the fight. Note that the option to queue for Heroic Battle of Darkshore will become available when the next time a certain faction commences an assault on Darkshore in a given region. Regions that are already partway through a Battle of Darkshore attack cycle will be able to access Heroic difficulty the next time Darkshore comes under attack in Season 4.

To view all content update notes, click here.

Corruption Effect Hotfix Incoming
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re working on a hotfix that will adjust the Infinite Stars Corruption Effect:

Corruption Effects
  • Infinite Stars damage at all Corruption levels has been reduced by 25%.

This hotfix should go live in the next few hours, and will appear in our next hotfixes update tomorrow.

Suspensions for Black Empire Coffer Abuse
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello.

We’ve removed the suspensions that were issued for repeatedly looting the Black Empire Coffer.

We hotfixed the underlying issue earlier this week. Our initial analysis suggested that there was exploitative behavior here: a series of actions that needed to be taken outside of typical gameplay in order to gain advantage. However, further investigation revealed this was not always the case. This chest could reset under innocuous or even accidental conditions.

Patch 8.3 - Known Additional Auction House Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Here are some additional issues that we have identified and are actively investigating:

  • When items are returned in the mail from the Auction House, it can incorrectly contain more stacks than the displayed maximum of 16. This makes it look like some items are not being delivered. You will know if you are experiencing this if a mail appears empty but can’t be deleted.
  • To retrieve the missing items in this scenario, take out all 16 of the displayed stacks, then close and reopen the mailbox to see the rest (you may need to repeat this several times).
  • If a character buys commodities in high quantities, they may not be able to access their mail.
  • The favorites list is not saving properly.
  • We have resolved some of the issues causing the “Internal Auction Error” to pop up, but it is still occurring and we are continuing to look into it.
by Published on 2020-01-16 05:59 PM

New Mount - 6 Month Subscription Reward: Squeakers, the Trickster
A new mount reward for purchasing a 6 month subscription has been released!



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Introducing the brand-new Squeakers, the Trickster* mount—now available to add to your collection! This clever new addition can be purchased in-game or from the Blizzard Shop; you can also get it free for a limited time** when you purchase a 6 Month subscription to World of Warcraft.

Stir Up Some Trouble

It’s not quite certain where Squeakers found his incredible wings of jade. Perhaps he outwitted the Jade Serpent herself. Now Azeroth’s first flying rat is ready to set out and spread mischief wherever he goes!


Once you’ve purchased the 6 Month subscription from the Blizzard Shop, the Squeakers, the Trickster mount will be automatically added to your in-game collection. Welcome this mischievous addition to your assortment of mounts!

Players on an existing 6-month recurring subscription with a future renewal date will receive the Squeakers, the Trickster mount at no additional charge, no later than January 28, 2020.


Now in the Shop!: Squeakers, the Trickster!

Take the mischievously clever Squeakers, the Trickster with you everywhere you go when you purchase in-game or from the Blizzard Shop today!


*Mount not available in World of Warcraft® Classic.

**Subscription & mount bundle offer valid through February 24, 2020. The Squeakers, the Trickster mount will remain available for purchase after offer expires.
by Published on 2020-01-16 05:51 PM

Heroic Difficulty Operation: Mechagon Awaits
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Prince Erazmin leads a group of unlikely allies on a desperate mission into the heart of Mechagon. In a race against time, they must overcome King Mechagon’s army of mechanized monstrosities and defeat the mad genius before his doomsday device purges all organic life from Azeroth.

Heroic Difficulty Operation: Mechagon is accessible by using Group Finder (I), where players will find this mechanically marvelous dungeon split into two parts—the Junkyard and the Workshop. You’ll need to have an item level of 345 to be able to queue. Beginning January 21, those looking to amp up the challenge of this dungeon will also be able to take on Mythic Keystones.

Dungeon Bosses: 8 (Heroic split into 4 and 4)
Difficulties: Heroic and Mythic
Level: 120

Operation: Mechagon – Junkyard


King Gobbamak: Obsessed with hoarding dangerous technology found amongst the scrap, King Gobbamak sits upon a pile of doomsday weapons that he lacks the intelligence to operate or understand.


Gunker: After years of coalescing into a concentrated cesspool. Mechagon's toxic waste has gained malevolent sentience. With the sanitation systems disabled, Gunker is free to ooze across all of Azeroth.


Trixie & Naeno: Trixie and Naeno, two of Bondo’s top lieutenants, have a turbulent relationship. While Trixie prides herself on ruthless efficiency, Naeno is the embodiment of chaos while behind the wheel. The only thing they have in common is their penchant for senseless violence, which they enjoy dispensing on anyone foolish enough to wander into their territory.


HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit: Predator of the skies, the HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit soars over the yard executing its prime directive, disintegrating all trespassers. With impenetrable armor and a lethal host of weapons, it annihilates all who are caught in its shadow.

Operation: Mechagon – Workshop


Tussle Tonks: Mechagon’s premier mechgineers test their mettle (and metal) by building customized combat robots. While these tonks typically battle each other for glory, they combine their efforts to repel foolhardy organic intruders who dare venture into Mechagon.


K.U.-J.0.: As the repository for the city’s refuse, the Under Junk is a prime target for gnomes from Bondo’s gang who intend to steal valuable mechanical components. While Trash Mistress Wendy Cogsworth ceaselessly sorts the city’s junk, her loyal guard dog, K.U.-J.0., keeps out unwelcome intruders—mechagnomes and adventurers alike.


Machinist's Garden: Beautiful and dangerous, Head Machinist Sparkflux's metallic gardens are designed for both recreation and retribution. With a flick of a switch, the idyllic scenery transforms into a death trap from which no interloper can escape.


King Mechagon: As maniacal as he is brilliant, King Mechagon despises all organic life. With his mechoriginator primed and ready, nothing stands in the way of his scheme to purge the curse of flesh from Azeroth and mechanize the entire world.

There’s a variety of loot just waiting to be pulled from the scrap in this dungeon full of mechanized monstrosities. Seek out your allies and join the discussion on the forums here.
by Published on 2020-01-16 04:06 PM

Today in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms - January 16
Patch 8.3 adds N'Zoth assaults to Uldum and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. These new assaults work a little differently than what you would expect and are a very important part of keeping up with patch content. Click the banner below for an in depth guide.


Today in Uldum
There are several activities taking place in Uldum.

Assault: Amathet

Daily Quests

Pet Battle World Quest
  • Watch Where You Step - Defeat Blotto in a pet battle.
  • Strategy: Unborn Val'kyr [2 2 1] and Ikky [1 1 1]
    • Turn 1: Curse of Doom
    • Turn 2: Haunt
    • Bring in Ikky
    • Turn 3: Black Claw
    • Turn 4-6: Flock
    • Turn 7: Finish the fight with your third pet

Bonus Events
/way 61 47 The Vir'naal Front
/way 66 50 Solar Collector
/way 65 38 Unearthed Keeper
/way 82 48 Unearthed Keeper
/way 83 62 Beacon of the Sun King
/way 62 21 Beacon of the Sun King

Today in Vale of Eternal Blossoms
There are several events taking place in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Assault: The Black Empire

Vision of N'Zoth Daily Quest (Vision of Darkness)

Daily Quests
  • Aggressive Notation - Use the Lorewalker's Notebook to gather notes about the faceless, k'thir, and fleshbeasts in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
  • Deephive Decimation - Kill 10 Deephive mantid within the Big Blossom Mine in Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
  • Prisoners of Mind and Body - Rescue 6 captive pandaren in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
  • Spawns of Madness - Kill 10 fleshbeasts in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Pet Battle World Quest

Bonus Events
/way 60 43 Bound Guardian
/way 80 54 Bound Guardian
/way 44 41 Corruption Tear
/way 46 57 Consuming Maw
/way 69 22 Pulsating Mount
/way 61 68 Font of Corruption (Vault of Y'Shaarj)
/way 70 58 Entrance to Big Blossom Mine (Chamber of Purification, Vault of Y'Shaarj)

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