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by Published on 2019-03-15 09:03 AM

Kul Tiran Human Allied Race Unlock Quest
  • The quest Made in Kul Tiras starts at the Stormwind Embassy. Jaina wants you to meet her in the Harbormaster's Office of Boralus to discuss finding a shipwright, Dorian Atwater, to build Anduin a ship.
  • Cyrus believes Dorian retired to Stormsong Valley and has you meet him in Brennadam to find out the location from the talkative locals. You discover they are somewhere in the Deadwash and Cyrus leaves to let Jaina know what you have discovered.
  • When you discover the house, you question the man outside only to find out that Dorian is his wife. She agrees to come out of retirement to fulfill Jaina's request. You help her saddle up Hurricane, her horse, and meet her at Port Fogtide.
  • There, she has you kill 12 drowned forces and place 3 fog wards to set the location for her slip, and then requests to meet you at Algerson Lumber Yard in Tiragarde Sound to get lumber for the construction.
  • You collect the lumber and bring it up the hill only to find that it is haunted. Dorian has you seek out Chelsea Wright and Thornspeaker Birchgrove in Drustvar.
  • Birchgrove has you kill enemies to charge a vessel with Drust magic. You then take it to Ulfar and help him cleanse it.
  • Meanwhile, Chelsea loses her storage key to a wicker beast and you have to chase it, get the key back once it stops in a cave, and eventually collect its suspiciously dog-friendly belongings. You find out the beast is actually her deceased dog, and use the key to get what you need. If you did both quests, an air elemental appears and sends you back to Port Fogtide to meet Dorian.
  • The ship is complete, but now it needs a crew. Jaina arrives to inspect it, and says she has the perfect captain in mind, her brother Tandred. Tandred wants you to recruit Brother Pike, Lt. Tarenfold, and the outriggers as his crew. Once you collect them, you meet back at Port Fogtide and Tandred convinces Dorian to be the last crew member.
  • All that is left is to name it. You are given the choice, and the options are:
    • Dawnstrider
    • Tiffin's Melody
    • Lionheart
    • Anduin's Wrath
  • Your choice strictly affects what the NPCs call the ship, nothing else.
  • Brother Pike then blesses the ship and you present it to Anduin, who is moved by the gift.
  • Finishing this quest unlocks the Kul Tian allied race, the Allied Races: Kul Tiran, and Kul Tiran Charger.










Zandalari Troll Allied Race Unlock Quest
  • The quest A Royal Occasion starts in the Orgrimmar Embassy. Rokhan wants you to pay a visit to the Zandalari emissary in the Great Seal. The emissary tells you that Princess Talanji is about to undergo the ritual of kings and queens at Zacalo and has requested you at her side.
  • Once there, you join Talanji's procession to the temple as crowds gather. Some support her rise to queen while others call her cursed and Bwonsamdi's puppet.
  • Before the ritual can begin, Zolani rushes in saying a riot has broken out. You are tasked with quelling the masses and stopping the instigator, Enforcer Malzon, before returning to Talanji.
  • Talanji understands and respects the people's anger. She wants you to rescue bystanders and subdue more angered devoted.
  • You then meet Talanji's new council, which consists of Wardruid Loti, Lashk the Tortollan, Jo'nok, General Rakera, and Hexlord Raal. Again, the ritual is delayed by a priestess of Shadra, Samara, who taunts Talanji and attacks with spiders. You must survive the attack and kill Samara to head up to start the ritual with the Loa.
  • The first Loa is Krag'wa, who wants Talanji to prove that she would give her life to defend her people. You are turned into a firefly and must avoid frogs while Talanji protects you.
  • Next is Gonk, who tells Talanji to consider who is part of her pack. Is it more than the Zandalari? Does it include the Vulpera, Tortollan, and Horde? She receives his blessing soon after.
  • Pa'ku is next, who gives Talanji her blessing after you dodge tornados up a set of stairs.
  • Finally, you reach Bwonsamdi, who has taken the highest position of the Loa. Talanji wants him to test her and be done with it, and he says that he will free her from her father's bargain if she brings him the head of Sylvanas, to which she declines. Bwonsamdi is disappointed, but accepts her answer.
  • Talanji is now officially made queen and gives a stirring speech to the crowd below. Vol'jin's spirit can be seen watching for a few moments before bowing and fading away.
  • Talanji summons Sylvanas to her throne to discuss the Zandalari joining the Horde, and says that they will stand as equals. Sylvanas questions this statement, but welcomes them anyway.
  • Completing this quest unlocks the Zandalari Troll allied race, the Allied Races: Zandalari Troll achievement, and Zandalari Direhorn.










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by Published on 2019-03-14 02:46 AM

Patch 8.1.5 Hotfixes - March 13, 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Allied Races
  • Players attempting to complete the Mag'har and Zandalari Troll Allied Race unlocks at the same time are now able to speak to Oculeth in the Great Seal.
  • Kul Tiran Druids and Shamans are now able to complete quests in Northshire Abbey.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the stun component of Kul Tirans’ Haymaker to ignore diminishing returns and effects that reduce the duration of stuns.
  • Zandalari Troll Mages now benefit from Embrace of Paku.

Classes
  • Corrected issues with balance updates from Tides of Vengeance that were missing from this week’s update, including a Marksmanship Hunter damage increase and changes to the Equipoise and Replicating Shadows Azerite Traits.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Fixed issues with this week’s update that caused several bosses in previous expansion content to behave in unexpected ways.

Island Expeditions
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from entering portals spawned during invasions.

Items
  • Fixed an issue with items such as Monel-Hardened Shield that caused them to be unequippable.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Incandescent Sliver to have too little Mastery, and fixed an issue preventing the sliver from working as intended near an ally in the outdoor world.
  • Heart of Azeroth
    • Shaman
      • Roiling Storm will no longer grant you Stormbringer while out of combat and can no longer trigger Stormbringer in less than 20-second intervals. It will now grant you Stormbringer as soon as you enter combat.
        • Developers’ notes: Our intention is for this trait to provide the same combat effectiveness, but to avoid putting a spell visual on your screen everywhere you go.

Professions
  • Jewelcrafting
    • On “Atal’Dazar: Not All That Glitters…”, Alliance players should now be able to go to Atal'Dazar and collect an Eye of Dazar on non-Mythic Keystone difficulties.
  • Engineering
    • Fixed a bug preventing players from looting a Miniaturized Power Core if they have killed P4-N73R4 or Sabertron prior to completing the Tools of the Trade questline.

Quests
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from being able to click on the console to complete "Bonds of Thunder".
  • Flynn Fairwind should again drunkenly move along as expected during "Lovesick and Lost".
  • Fixed an issue where players who abandoned "Homeward Bound" could have difficulty re-accepting it. An Image of Mimiron just outside Ulduar now also offers the quest.
  • Players can no longer access "Paid in Blood" while in the pre-wound version of Silithus.
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from targeting Ritssyn while "Rebuilding the Council".

System
  • Fixed an issue causing lag for players using some Azerite Traits during some raid encounters.

World Quests
  • Players doing “Wet Work” will no longer be able to receive the Infiltrating buff from NPCs if they are in combat.
  • Horde players can no longer take control of Krag'wa the Huge and attack Alliance players in Nazmir.
  • “Saving Xibala” is now visible on the Zuldazar map.
  • Found some missing Trolls that were left behind during Rally the Rastari after "No Troll Left Behind" was completed. They were returned to the rally.
by Published on 2019-03-13 07:53 AM

Patch 8.1.5 Recap

Patch 8.1.5 - Proudmoore Cinematic

Patch 8.1.5 Hotfixes - March 12, 2019
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Battle of Dazar’alor
    • Lady Jaina Proudmoore
      • Jaina’s health reduced by 5% on all difficulties.
      • Jaina’s Tide Elemental health reduced by 35% on Mythic difficulty.
      • Jaina’s Chilling Touch damage reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.

Textures and Animations
  • Fixed several visual issues such as missing targeting reticles and Hunters’ Barrage, which again has its intended visual.

System
  • Applied updates to improve realm performance, which are rolling out over a period of a few hours. No downtime is expected. We continue to monitor latency as these updates are applied.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Missing Hotfixes
Not to worry!

Several changes that were made in the Tides of Vengeance update in December got misplaced with today’s update. We’re working on a hotfix that will carry them back into the live game. This includes a damage increase for Marksmanship Hunters, as well as Equipoise and Replicating Shadows. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Action Bar Paging Change
The Key Bindings for selecting a specific action bar page (shift+1-6), paging forward (shift+mousewheel up), and paging backward (shift+mousewheel down) have been reset. These can be re-bound in the Action Bar section of the Key Bindings menu. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2019-03-12 10:00 PM

Patch 8.1.5 - Jaina Encounter Hotfixes
It appears that the Jaina encounter has had health reduced by 5% and Mythic Chilling Touch damage reduced by 10%.



New Graphics APIs in 8.1.5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In 8.1.5, we are making some improvements to how World of Warcraft uses DirectX. In essence, our old DirectX 11 is now called DirectX 11 Legacy, and our new DirectX 11 is multi-threaded. More details on each DirectX version is below:

DirectX 11 Legacy
A single-threaded rendering backend. This is provided to be the most compatible with older hardware, operating systems, and drivers. This is also the least performant. This is very similar to the functionality of DirectX 11 in 8.0.1.

DirectX 11
A new multi-threaded rendering backend using DirectX 11. This should improve performance for older GPUs or operating systems that don’t support DirectX 12. This is new for 8.1.5.

DirectX 12
A multi-threaded rendering backend using DirectX 12 for hardware, drivers, and operating systems that support it. There are some performance improvements in 8.1.5, but it is mainly the same as the 8.1.0 release.1 Reply1

World of Warcraft Supports DirectX 12 on Windows 7
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After we saw the performance gains of using multi-threaded rendering in DirectX 12 for the initial Tides of Vengeance update, we worked together with Microsoft and our hardware vendors to bring similar performance gains to our Windows 7 users. We are pleased to announce that with today’s content update, World of Warcraft will now support DirectX 12 on Windows 7. This allows our Windows 7 users to take advantage of the performance benefit of using DirectX 12, which was previously only available to our Windows 10 users.

Windows 7 users will need to make sure they have the latest graphics drivers to use DirectX 12. If your GPU supports DirectX 12 on Windows 7, you may enable it by selecting it in the Advanced System settings, under "Graphics API".

DirectX Developer Blog

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