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by Published on 2022-08-02 05:46 PM

Shadowlands Season 4 Live This Week
Shadowlands Season 4 begins August 2nd in North America and August 3rd in Europe. Here is what you can expect on launch day as well as in the weeks to come!



Official Content Update Notes
Shadowlands Season 4 comes with a few Class Changes and PvP Adjustments. You can find all of them in the patch notes by clicking the banner below.



Fated Raids
Shadowlands Season 4 introduces a new affix system that adds mechanical challenges into Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones. Every week, raid bosses will be empowered by one of four Fated Powers and drop higher item level loot.

  • Raid Finder: 265-272
  • Normal: 278-285
  • Heroic: 291-297
  • Mythic: 304-311



Fated Raids Schedule
Fated Raids will launch with the following weekly rotation:

  • August 2 - Fated Castle Nathria
  • August 9 - Fated Sanctum of Domination
  • August 16 - Fated Sepulcher of the First Ones
  • August 23 - Fated Castle Nathria
  • August 30 - Fated Sanctum of Domination
  • September 6 - Fated Sepulcher of the First Ones

Later during the season the rotation will be removed and all raids will become Fated.


Puzzling Cartel Dinars
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Season 4 features a trio of broker vendors suspiciously skulking around the Great Vault. Each of these brokers has wares from one of the three Shadowlands raids. They will sell trinkets, weapons, and other special items from their respective raid. Each item will have the same price: a single Puzzling Cartel Dinar. You can obtain Puzzling Cartel Dinars by entering any Fated raid in Season 4 and completing the required 3-part questline. But there’s a catch: you will only be able to get three Puzzling Cartel Dinar for the entire season.

After spending your last Dinar, the brokers leave town and take their wares with them. Items sold by these vendors will be at the Season 4 Normal Fated item level range of 278-285, depending on the item.

Upgrading Fated Items
Players that defeat bosses on Heroic or Mythic difficulty in a Fated Raid will receive Cyphers, which can be used to upgrade items to a higher quality.

  • Confounding Antique Cypher - Combine 20 Confounding Antique Cyphers to create the Cosmic Creation Impetus, which can be used to improve Fated raid items to Heroic quality.
  • Cosmic Creation Impetus - Realize the potential in a Fated raid item, upgrading it to Heroic quality.
  • Confounding Ancient Cypher - Combine 20 Confounding Ancient Cyphers to create the Sacred Creation Impetus, which can be used to improve Fated raid items to Mythic quality.
  • Sacred Creation Impetus - Fulfil the destiny of a Fated raid item, upgrading it to Mythic quality.

Note that all gear obtained from Fated Raids can be converted into set pieces at the Creation Catalyst in Zereth Mortis.


Fated Powers
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Fated Raids are an experiment in giving a fresh take on an existing experience. Adding new mechanics atop pre-existing encounters is a precarious balancing act and we wanted to reward players’ efforts, and as such built powerful beneficial auras, called Fated Infusions, which are earned after executing the new Fated Power mechanics.

  • Fated Power: Creation Spark
    • Targeted players become charged with Cosmic damage over time. When this Magic-dispellable aura is removed, Creation Sparks fly off and impact the ground. This can explode if no player is there to intercept it, but if they do they’re rewarded with a powerful Fated Infusion, increasing the flow of time and the movement speed of any player within the radius.
  • Fated Power: Reconfiguration Emitter
    • An enemy appears which continually casts, inflicting Cosmic damage to all players if successful. Over time, this enemy gains energy and increased damage done, and when defeated grants a Fated Infusion which increases mastery, critical strike, versatility, and avoidance based on the enemy’s energy value.
  • Fated Power: Protoform Barrier
    • Infuses a powerful enemy to inflict Cosmic damage to players. When removed this power manifests as an enemy who shields all enemies in the area for a short period of time, sharing the pool of shielded health. Players may additionally heal a secondary unit to contribute against this pool. If this shield breaks, damage and healing done to shielded enemies is inflicted upon them, and players are granted a Fated Infusion, increasing total health, damage, healing, and absorbs done based on how much that player contributed.
  • Fated Power: Chaotic Essence
    • Summons an orb which defeats all players, but may be interacted with. This activates the foe, which spawns additional enemies for a short period of time. For each one slain, more spawn, and after the window of time players are rewarded with another Fated Infusion, increasing damage, healing, and absorbs done, stacking for each enemy defeated.

New Achievements and Rewards
Several new achievements and rewards can be completed by clearing Fated raids during Shadowlands Season 4.





Raid Rewards Experiments Official Notes
To learn more about Blizzard's Raid Rewards Experiments for Shadowlands Season 4 click the banner below!



New Mythic+ Season
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Season 4 features a new dungeon rotation for Mythic+. New Mythic Dungeon Keystones obtained from Shadowlands dungeons will be for one of the following dungeons:

  • Tazavesh: Streets of Wonder (from the Shadowlands expansion)
  • Tazavesh: So'leah's Gambit (from the Shadowlands expansion)
  • Operation Mechagon: Junkyard (from the Battle for Azeroth™ expansion)
  • Operation Mechagon: Workshop (from the Battle for Azeroth™ expansion)
  • Return to Karazhan: Lower (from the Legion™ expansion)
  • Return to Karazhan: Upper (from the Legion™ expansion)
  • Iron Docks (from the Warlords of Draenor™ expansion)
  • Grimrail Depot (from the Warlords of Draenor™ expansion)

New Dungeon Portals
Portals to Gorgrond, Karazhan, and Mechagon can be found in the upper level of Oribos.

Valor Cap
There is no valor cap in Shadowlands Season 4. Players can spam mythic+ dungeons to earn valor points, which can be used to upgrade items.

New Mythic+ Affix
The new mythic+ dungeon affix for Shadowlands Season 4 is Shrouded - Nathrezim infiltrators have disguised themselves among the enemies throughout the dungeon. Cartel Ta will reward you handsomely for assisting in their capture.

Seasonal Rewards
  • New Title: the Shrouded - Obtained by earning a Mythic+ Rating of at least 1500 during Shadowlands Season Four.
  • New Title: the Shrouded Hero - Obtained by ending Shadowlands Mythic+ Season Four with a Mythic+ Rating in the top 0.1% of all players in your region.
  • New Dungeon Teleports for Karazhan, Mechagon, Iron Docks and Grimrail Depot - Obtained by earning the the Keystone Hero achievements during Shadowlands Season Four.
  • New Mount: Restoration Deathwalker - Obtained by earning a Mythic+ Rating of at least 2000 during Shadowlands Season Four.



New PvP Season
Shadowlands Season 4 brings increased item levels for gear as well as new seasonal rewards!

Honor Gear (Eternal Combatant)

Upgrade LevelItem LevelPvP Item Level
1229255
2236268
3242272
4249275
5255278
6262281
7268285


Conquest Gear (Eternal Gladiator)

Rating RequirementRated RankItem LevelPvP Item Level
Unranked275288
1000Combatant I278291
1200Combatant II281294
1400Challenger I285298
1600Challenger II288301
1800Rival I291304
1950Rival II294307
2100Duelist298311
2400Gladiator301311


Conquest Cap
This season will feature a higher weekly conquest cap than in previous seasons, which will be removed a number of weeks into the season.

Seasonal Rewards



by Published on 2022-08-02 03:51 AM

Dragonflight Alpha - The Waking Shores Questline Preview
The Waking Shores is the first zone that players get to experience in the Dragonflight expansion. In this post, we'll quickly go over the zone questline and highlight important events. Story Spoilers Below!


The Dragon Isles Await

  • As we arrive on the Wild Coast, we are greeted by the Dragonscale Expedition and join them to explore the Waking Shores.
  • We defeat the proto dragons that have been attacking the camp and advance to the Wingrest Embassy.

by Published on 2022-08-02 02:44 AM

Activision Blizzard Q2 Results
Activision Blizzard released their Q2 results today. Subscriber numbers are no longer included as there is a pending acquisition by Microsoft.

  • Diablo Immortal reached the top of the game download charts in more than 100 countries and regions following its launch
  • Over half of Diablo Immortal’s player accounts to date are new to Blizzard
  • Diablo Immortal ranked in the top-10 grossing games in U.S. app stores for the month of June.
  • Diablo IV, the next-generation installment in the genre-defining series, is planned for launch on PC and console in 2023. The title will support cross-play and cross-progression across platforms.
  • Blizzard is committed to growing its development resources to meet and exceed its community’s expectations, and at the end of the second quarter significantly bolstered its World of Warcraft team through the acquisition of Boston-based studio Proletariat
  • Blizzard’s second quarter segment revenue and operating income were lower year-over-year but higher versus the first quarter. World of Warcraft net bookings declined versus a year-ago quarter that included the launch of Burning Crusade Classic, offsetting year-over-year growth for Hearthstone and the contribution from the June launch of Diablo Immortal.


Patch 9.2.5 Hotfixes - August 1, 2022
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Castle Nathria
    • Stone Legion Generals

      • General Kaal’s Wicked Blade no longer triggers Wicked Blast on Heroic difficulty.
      • General Grashaal’s Reverberating Eruption cast time increased to 5 seconds on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
      • Stone Legion Goliath’s Ravenous Hunger damage increase is now 40% in Raid Finder, 50% in Normal, and 50% in Heroic difficulty (was 45%/60%/75%).
      • Stone Legion Goliath’s Soultaint Effigy is now triggered at 15% health on Heroic difficulty (was 20%).
      • Delivered large Anima Orbs now give Prince Renathal 40% mana on Heroic difficulty.
      • Delivered small Anima Orbs now give Prince Renathal 15% mana on Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulties.
      • Shattering Blast knockback has been decreased on all difficulties.

Player versus Player
  • Fixed an interaction with Demonology Warlock’s Call Observer (PvP Talent) and Balance Druid's Fury of Elune (Talent) that was causing more damage than intended.

Burning Crusade Classic
  • Heroic dungeons now require level 70 to enter.
by Published on 2022-08-02 01:12 AM

Shadowlands Season 4 Great Vault Details
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With Shadowlands Season 4 starting this week, we want to provide extra clarification on this week’s Great Vault. Here’s what to expect:

  • Time a Mythic+ 18 to earn a +15 keystone this week.
  • Season 4 Great Vault rewards will begin next week.
  • Attendant’s Tokens of Merit selected this week can only be sold for 1000 gold each.
by Published on 2022-08-01 08:06 PM

Introducing the WoW Variety Show
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The WoW© Variety Show is a new three-event live broadcast coming to Twitch on August 24!

For glory and honor, a mix of renowned Warcraft Celebrity Contestants and chosen community members will go head-to-head as they compete in a triathlon of unique WoW activities. Players will have to show off their in-game knowledge, mastery of leveling, and speed in our specially-tailored segments for bragging rights over their fellow heroes and a slew of giveaway prizes. Read on for details of each event, and be sure to both register here and join the Variety Show Discord before the event goes live on Twitch!

Leveling

We’ve seen what some of our favorite friendly faces can do at max level, but now we’re taking them back to where it all began. Hosted on live servers, four Warcraft Celebrity Contestants will have exactly one hour to level a fresh character as high as possible, with a series of additional tasks and challenges to face along the way!

Scavenger Hunt

From lore to unsolved mysteries, the Warcraft universe is filled with all sorts of hidden items. Faced with riddles, puzzles, and plenty of things to find, teams of five will need to work together, making the most of their time as they scour the zones and complete as many scavenger tasks as possible! Register today to start your search, because spots are limited.

Footrace Through Azeroth

The final activity comes down to a test of speed and strategy, as players will fight without flight on a footrace through Azeroth! Grab your ground-mounts and go sign-up today. May the fastest hero win!

FAQ

Who can register?

  • The first Variety Show is limited to players from North America. Full eligibility and rules can be found here.

When does registration close?

  • Signups will be open until 11:00 am (PT) on August 15.

Who are the four WoW Celebrity Contestants?

  • The four will be revealed in the coming weeks! Make sure to follow us on Twitter to catch who will be joining the broadcast.

What prizes are being given away?

  • We will be giving away a variety of in-game goodies–Game Time, Mounts, Pets, and some special surprises–to players throughout the broadcast.

How many spots are available?

  • Spots are limited! The four Celebrity Captains will be joined by a further four registered players to join each of their teams, be sure to sign up for a chance to be selected. The Footrace Across Azeroth is open to additional players. Limiting spots allows us to ensure the best experience for everyone as we experiment with our first Variety Show.

How often will you be hosting the Variety Show?

  • Only time will tell! Let’s see how the first one goes before we plan on the second.

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