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by Published on 2019-01-22 02:23 PM

Battle for Azeroth Season 2 - Live This Week
Battle for Azeroth Season 2 launches this week, bringing a new raid, PvP Season, Mythic+ season, increased caps, and more!

Content Difficulty and Rewards Changes
With a new raid opening, the item level of many rewards are going up!

  • New Maximum Item Level: The maximum possible item level will go up to 425.
  • Battle for Darkshore Warfront: Rewards will increase to item level 400 for both the outdoor boss and the Warfront quest that can be completed once per cycle. The difficulty of the Warfront will increase bu 15%, and the item level required to queue will increase to 335. These changes will go into effect after the current Warfront cycle has ended. Until that time, players will still receive Season 1 rewards.
  • World Quest Emissary Rewards: World Quest Emissary weapon and armor rewards will also now scale up to 385 based on the player’s own item level. Rewards from the original Battle for Azeroth Launch World bosses will remain at item level 355 to stay on par with Uldir.
  • Dungeon Rewards and Difficulty: The item level of rewards from max-level Normal, Heroic, and Mythic dungeons will go up by 30. Baseline rewards will be 340 from Normal, 355 from Heroic, and 370 from non-Keystone Mythic. Difficulty of Heroic and Mythic dungeons will also go up by roughly 30%; Normal dungeons are unchanged.
  • Mythic Keystone Dungeons: Mythic+ rewards will also go up by 30 item levels. During the first week of Season 2 Mythic Keystone Dungeon rewards will be capped at Mythic 6 quality (item level 385). Mythic Keystones will go down by an additional 3 levels when the season transition occurs.
  • PvP: PvP Season 2 end-of-match rewards will be capped at 385 for the first week of the season. Rewards from rated PvP sources are 30 item levels higher than they were in Season 1, including Conquest rewards and the weekly chest.
  • Seals of Wartorn Fate: Seals of Wartorn Fate are not being reset and this same currency can be used for Battle of Dazar’alor and Season 2 bonus rolls; the cap on how many can be held at once remains at 5.

New Raid - Battle of Dazar'alor
Normal and Heroic Battle of Dazar'alor open this week, with Mythic and Raid Finder (item level 350 required) opening next week.

War Campaign Continues
The War Campaign quests are live!

  • The Fall of Zuldazar (A) - The Kul Tiran fleet is preparing to attack Zuldazar. To guarantee victory, the Alliance must create a distraction in Nazmir to lure away the armies of the Horde and Zandalari.
  • War Is Here (H) - The Alliance attack on Zandalar has begun! Their forces march through Nazmir under the guise of a mysterious fog.

Dungeon Changes
Rewards and difficulty are being buffed with the start of Season 2.

  • The new seasonal affix is Reaping!
    • Bwonsamdi will offer you Bwonsamdi's Bargain, increasing damage and healing, but this comes at a price.
    • Every 20% of the Enemy Forces completion, ghost versions of the mobs that you've killed will spawn and rush to the group to engage you.
    • These ghosts have half the HP of the mobs, won't aggro regular mobs, and have a large aggro radius.
    • Some ghosts apply a stacking DoT, some need to be interrupted, and some put bad things on the ground that you need to avoid standing in.
  • The item level of rewards from max-level Normal, Heroic, and Mythic dungeons will go up by 30. Baseline rewards will be 340 from Normal, 355 from Heroic, and 370 from non-Keystone Mythic.
  • Difficulty of Heroic and Mythic dungeons will also go up by roughly 30%; Normal dungeons are unchanged.
  • Mythic Keystones will go down by an additional 3 levels when the season transition occurs, to account for this difficulty increase. So if you do an 11 this coming week, instead of getting a Level 10 keystone when Season 2 starts, expect a 7.
  • Mythic+ rewards will also go up by 30 item levels; however, during the first week of Season 2, rewards from end-of-run chests will be capped at Mythic 6 quality (item level 385), and the chest you open next week will contain Season 1 rewards if you do a Mythic+ run this week. (So, for example, if you do a Mythic 10 during the final week of Season 1, you’ll get a Season 1 item level 380 piece and 60 Residuum from your first Season 2 chest.)
  • The weekly cache that becomes available in the second week of the season will not be affected by this cap, so if a player does a Mythic 10 dungeon during the first week, they will get a Mythic 10 reward (item level 410+) from their cache the following week.

Warfronts - Battle for Darkshore
Rewards from the Battle for Darkshore warfront are being buffed with the start of Season 2.

  • Arathi/Stromgarde rewards will remain as they were previously.
  • Darkshore rewards will go up by 15 item levels, so that the outdoor world boss and the once-per-cycle quest both award item-level 400 gear.
  • The power of all enemies in the Darkshore Warfront will also go up by roughly 15%, and the item level required to queue for Darkshore will go up from 320 to 335.
  • Special note: The two Darkshore changes will only take effect after the current Warfront cycle has ended. So if Alliance is attacking Darkshore in a given region when Season 2 begins, and has 3 days left in that attack cycle, that Darkshore will still give Season 1 rewards. This is being done to avoid any unfairness to people who had already completed the Warfront or done the world boss just prior to the season rollover.

Artifact Knowledge
The Heart of Azeroth will once again begin gaining Artifact Knowledge!

  • Artifact Knowledge will resume accruing starting from January 22nd, increasing the effect of AP earned by 30%.
  • A total of 10 new ranks will be granted and Knowledge will pause again after the week of March 26th
  • Note that the Heart of Azeroth currently has a maximum level of 50. This cap will increase in the Rise of Azshara update, along with significant changes to the underlying system.

Azerite Armor and Traits
A fifth ring with new traits is coming in Season 2, as well as a vendor that sells random and specific Azerite Armor pieces.

  • Gear from the Battle of Dazar'alor raid, Season 2 PvP, World Quest Emissaries, and the Mythic Keystone vendor will all have the new fifth ring.
  • Gear from previous seasons and sources will not have the new traits or ring.
  • The fifth ring unlocks at Heart of Azeroth level 15.
  • The fifth ring has two spec specific trait options for each spec.
  • The fourth ring continues to have one spec specific trait for each spec or the option of a general trait.
  • Battle of Dazar'alor gear has more Stamina than expected for the item level in the dungeon journal.
  • Emissary caches and similar rewards like Assault wrapper quests will award loot based on your spec (or loot spec, if chosen) instead of your class.

Azerite Armor - Ring Unlock Levels
The outermost ring unlocks at Heart of Azeroth Level 15 for gear from any difficulty.

  • Raid Finder (Item Level 370)
    • Head - Level 15, 26, 30, 34, 38
    • Chest - Level 15, 27, 31, 35, 39
    • Shoulders - Level 15, 28, 32, 36, 40
  • Normal (Item Level 385)
    • Head - Level 15, 29, 32, 35, 38
    • Chest - Level 15, 30, 33, 36, 39
    • Shoulders - Level 15, 31, 34, 37, 40
  • Heroic (Item Level 400)
    • Head - Level 15, 30, 34, 38, 42
    • Chest - Level 15, 31, 35, 39, 43
    • Shoulders - Level 15, 32, 36, 40, 44
  • Mythic (Item Level 415)
    • Head - Level 15, 31, 36, 41, 46
    • Chest - Level 15, 32, 37, 42, 47
    • Shoulders - Level 15, 33, 38, 43, 48

Titan Residuum
  • Titan Residuum will be rewarded from Mythic+ weekly chests, occasional Treasure Map missions, and by scrapping or disenchanting Azerite armor.
  • Titan Residuum is not reset or capped between seasons.
  • Thaumaturge Vashreen will offer item level 385, 400, and 415 pieces for sale in Season 2.
    • A random item-level 385 token costs 165 (as it does today)
    • A random 400 costs 675
    • A random 415 costs 1725
    • A specific item-level 415 armor piece costs 7150
  • Just as Residuum costs roughly triple with each 15-ilvl tier, so will rewards:
    • Disenchanting an item level 400 Azerite piece yields 115 Residuum
    • Disenchanting an item level 415 Azerite piece yields 365 Residuum
    • A weekly cache for a Mythic 4 in Season 2 awards roughly the same 60 Residuum that a Mythic 10 did in Season 1; a Mythic 10 in Season 2 will award ~625 Residuum

Battle for Azeroth Pvp Season 2
PvP Season 2 introduces an updated Conquest reward schedule, mounts, and gear. Players who earn 500 Conquest points in a given week will be still be able to choose a piece of gear from each week’s selection; in addition, they’ll now earn a Quartermaster's Coin, which can be collected and ultimately used to upgrade pieces from this season’s Sinister Gladiator PvP set.

Class Guides
Icy Veins is finishing updates to their class guides, including spec specific advice for Battle of Dazar’alor!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
by Published on 2019-01-22 02:20 PM

Battle for Azeroth Season 2 - Live This Week
Battle for Azeroth Season 2 launches this week, bringing a new raid, PvP Season, Mythic+ season, increased caps, and more! Click the banner for our full coverage of what content has launched today.

Mists of Pandaria Timewalking
Mists of Pandaria timewalking is back! It offers rewards such as Yu'lei, Daughter of Jade. Your Adventure Guide offers A Shrouded Path Through Time which rewards a Cache of Dazar'alor Treasures.

Azurethos, The Winged Typhoon - Tiragarde Sound World Boss
Azurethos is this week's BfA world boss!

LevelTypeSlotNameModel Viewer
355TrinketTrinketPlume of the Seaborne Avian
355TrinketTrinketGalecaller's Beak
355TrinketTrinketAzurethos' Singed Plumage
355ClothFeetSandals of Rustling Rage
355ClothHandsWindcaller's Down Handwraps
355LeatherChestChestguard of Dire Winds
355LeatherFeetFootpads of the Encircling Storm
355MailHeadFeathered Galeforce Crest
355MailWristsBindings of the Winged Typhoon
355PlateLegsRoost-Defender's Legguards
355PlateFeetGalebreaker's Sabatons

Call to Arms: Drustvar
This week's Call to Arms is Call to Arms: Drustvar or Call to Arms: Drustvar. Head to Drustvar with warmode enabled to kill 10 players of the opposing faction. This will reward you with conquest and 75 reputation for either 7th Legion or The Honorbound.

You can start earning conquest for a item level 375 weapon.

PvP Brawl: Cooking Impossible
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
New PvP Brawl: Cooking: Impossible
Nomi is back, and he wants you to bring your most dangerous pots and pans to The Valley of the Four Winds for a new brawl in the kitchen. Look to your in-game calendar for round one of this cutthroat culinary conflict.

Island Expeditions for the Week of January 22, 2019
The Island Expeditions for the week are:

  • Jorundall with Taunka
  • Skittering Hollows with Nerubians
  • Verdant Wilds with Druids

by Published on 2019-01-22 01:01 AM

Tides of Vengeance Season 2 - Live Developer Q&A Thursday, January 24th

Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday Live Jan 21-23
The Call of the Scarab holiday event remembers the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj world event from Vanilla. This event is an Alliance vs Horde showdown, with the victorious faction flying their faction banner for the next year.

The Call of the Scarab quest will send you to Silithus so that you know where the vendor and world quests are. From there you can complete quests and defeat bosses to earn Commendations for your faction. Whichever faction has the most Commendations at the end of the event wins.

Cultist Camps

World Quests
There are several world quests associated with this event, all rewarding Commendations that contribute to your faction's total.

Material Turn-In Quests
These materials can be turned in to the NPCs near the banners to earn Commendations (Field Marshal Snowfall / Senior Sergeant Kai'jin).

Mini-Boss Quests
These quests are started by items dropped from the Wind Stone and Greater Wind Stone bosses at the Cultist Camps.

Level Type Name Cost
1Quest Twilight Cultist Ring of Lordship1000 x Abyssal Crest
1Quest Twilight Cultist Medallion of Station250 x Abyssal Crest
1MountRuby Qiraji Resonating Crystal1 x Abyssal Crest
1MountSapphire Qiraji Resonating Crystal1 x Abyssal Crest

Forbes Interview with Lead Game Designer Morgan Day
Forbes interviewed lead game designer Morgan Day about Mythic Plus.

  • General Mythic Plus
    • When originally designing Mythic dungeons for Bfa, the team added additional mechanics to trash on Mythic difficulty, but toned it down a bit further into the design process.
    • The team strives to to make sure they're not doing anything that's going to play really poorly with Mythic Plus.
    • The team learned from Legion that any mechanic involving damage ramping up over time has to have a soft cap for Mythic Plus or the fight becomes nearly impossible on Tyrannical.
    • The team likes having rotating affixes each week to try and push people into different areas and different parts of content in a way that keeps it hopefully feeling a lot more fresh and interesting.
    • The team likes variance, but if an affix or dungeon has too many outlying difficulty problems then they want to address those and bring them in line with the difficulty of other dungeons/affixes.
    • It's actually a fixed list of hand-picked or hand-crafted affix combinations that come up every week.
    • Fortified and Tyrannical are not being looked at for changes. Part of the problem these two affixes had was the seasonal affix Infested, which is going away. These issues will likely take care of themselves with its retirement.
    • Reaping creatures don't gain Fortified themselves, but the way everything works is that the creature will spawn with half the health of the creature that dies, so in that regard it gets a small percentage of Fortified.
    • Reaping enemies are only indirectly affected by affixes that alter the enemy trash's health amount. They do not gain damage bonuses or other effects.
    • There are no immediate plans to allow people to delete their keys or swap for a new one, but the issue has been discussed among the team.
    • Instead of giving players the option to delete keys, the team would rather bring the unpopular dungeons in line with the difficulty of the more popular ones.
    • If your group doesn't have a key that you want to run, the ability to look for other keys in dungeon finder is an option.
  • Mythic Dungeon International
    • If you can do a certain number of Mythic Plus keys in time, that actually gets you invited into the Time Trial stage, and from there everyone's on the Tournament Realm.
    • The Tournament Realm will give everyone an equal playing field with the same gear.
by Published on 2019-01-21 08:58 PM

Tides of Vengeance Season 2 - Live Developer Q&A Thursday, January 24th
Blizzard will be having another live Q&A on Thursday, January 24th to discuss the content coming tomorrow. Ask your questions on their forum post.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Join us live on Thursday, January 24, at 11:00 a.m. PST, as we sit down with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas for our next live developer Q&A, where he’ll be answering your Tides of Vengeance part 2 questions.

You can submit your questions here in this thread or on Twitter by using the hashtag #WarcraftQA.

As a reminder, please keep your questions short (40 words or less) so that we can get to as many questions as possible. We look forward to you joining us live on Thursday!

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