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Shadowlands Beta - Spells Removed from GCD, Class Changes

Shadowlands Beta - Build 35854
Patch 9.0.2 is here!



New Icons




Shadowlands Login Screen
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New Music
Some new music was added in this build.





Spell Changes
There were lots of spell changes in this build! In the interest of keeping the front page usable, we've moved them to a separate post.



New Items
You can see the long list of new items on the WoWDB Beta site.

LevelTypeSlotName
1Companion PetsArchivist's Quill
60OtherHelm of the Dominated
1OtherSmall Posable Skeleton
1OtherVulgarity Arbiter
1OtherTreatise on Sinstone Fragment Acquisition
1OtherEncyclopedia of Sinstone Fragment Recovery
50OtherOozing Necroray Egg
50MountBulbous Necroray
50MountInfested Necroray
50MountPestilent Necroray
50MountCorridor Creeper
50MountMawsworn Soulhunter
50MountTower Shadehound
50MountVoracious Gorger
1QuestSoul Touched Key
155FingerFingerGyre
155FingerFingerGimble
1OtherEnsemble: Conservator's Warbark
1OtherEnsemble: Conservator's Guise
1OtherEnsemble: Conservator's Raiment
1OtherEnsemble: Conservator's Regalia
1OtherEnsemble: Winterborn Regalia
1OtherEnsemble: Winterborn Raiment
1OtherEnsemble: Winterborn Guise
1OtherEnsemble: Winterborn Warbark
30OtherArsenal: Winterborn Weapons
1OtherSpare Heart
1OtherSpare Brain
1OtherCracked Blight-Touched Egg
1OtherIllusion: Wild Soul
1OtherPolymorphic Polyhedron


Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Character

Covenant Sanctums
Expansion Features
  • The Party Herald Complete the Ember Court achievements listed below. Title Reward: The Party Herald. 10 points.Account Wide.

Dungeons & Raids
  • Glory of the Nathria Raider Complete the Castle Nathria raid achievements listed below. Mount Reward: Nathria Rampart Screecher. 25 points. Account Wide.
  • Glory of the Shadowlands Hero Complete the Shadowlands Mythic dungeon achievements listed below. Mount Reward: [PH]. 25 points. Account Wide. Voracious Gorger. 25 points. Account Wide.

Mounts
Feats of Strength

Player vs. Player

Legacy

Quests

Shadowlands
Exploration

Quests

Shadowlands Dungeon
Dungeons & Raids
  • Breaking Bad Defeat Echelon after shatter shattering 18 or more Undying Stonefiends at one time in the Halls of Atonement on Mythic difficulty. 10 points.
  • Highly Communicable Defeat Hakkar, the Manastorms, Dealer Xy'exa, and Mueh'zala while at least one party member is afflicted with Corrupted Blood within a single visit to in De Other Side on Mythic difficulty. 10 points.
  • Riding with my Slimes Defeat all bosses while affected by Plaguefallen within a single visit in Plaguefall on Mythic difficulty. 10 points.

Torghast
Expansion Features
  • Coldheart Interstitia Name changed from "Coldheart Interstitia: Layer 1" to "Coldheart Interstitia". Complete Layer 1 Successfully complete the first Layer of Coldheart Interstitia in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 5 points. 10 points.
  • Fracture Chambers Name changed from "Fracture Chambers: Layer 1" to "Fracture Chambers". Complete Layer 1 Successfully complete the first Layer of Fracture Chambers in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 5 points. 10 points.
  • Mort'regar Name changed from "Mort'regar: Layer 1" to "Mort'regar". Complete Layer 1 Successfully complete the first Layer of Mort'regar in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 5 points. 10 points.
  • Skoldus Hall Name changed from "Skoldus Hall: Layer 1" to "Skoldus Hall". Complete Layer 1 Successfully complete the first Layer of Skoldus Hall in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 5 points. 10 points.
  • Terror of Torghast (New) Successfully complete Layer 8 of each of the following sections of Torghast, Tower of the Damned: 10 points.
  • The Soulforges Name changed from "The Soulforges: Layer 1" to "The Soulforges". Complete Layer 1 Successfully complete the first Layer of The Soulforges in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 5 points. 10 points.
  • The Upper Reaches Name changed from "The Upper Reaches: Layer 1" to "The Upper Reaches". Complete Layer 1 Successfully complete the first Layer of The Upper Reaches in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 5 points. 10 points.
  • Touring Torghast (New) Successfully complete the first Layer of each of the following sections of Torghast, Tower of the Damned: 10 points.
  • Traversing Torghast (New) Successfully complete Layer 4 of each of the following sections of Torghast, Tower of the Damned: 10 points.
  • Twisting Corridors: Layer 2 Complete Layer 2 of Twisting Corridors in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 10 points. Pet Reward: Death Seeker. 10 points.
  • Twisting Corridors: Layer 4 Complete Layer 4 of Twisting Corridors in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 10 points. Reward: Helm of the Dominated. 10 points.
  • Twisting Corridors: Layer 6 Complete Layer 6 of Twisting Corridors in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 10 points. Title Reward: Spirestalker. 10 points.
  • Twisting Corridors: Layer 8 Complete Layer 8 of Twisting Corridors in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. 10 points. Mount Reward: Corridor Creeper. 10 points.



Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ACCOUNT_UPGRADE_BANNER_RESUBSCRIBE - Reubscribe Resubscribe Now
  • BIND_TRADE_TIME_REMAINING - You may trade this item with players that were also eligible to loot this item for the next %s while logged in.
  • COVENANT_RENOWN_LEVEL_TOAST (New) - Renown %d
  • COVENANT_RENOWN_TOAST_REWARD_COMBINER (New) - %s and %s
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_DEPOSIT_ANIMA (New) - Deposit
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_DEPOSIT_TOOLTIP (New) - Deposits all stored Anima from your bags directly into the Reservoir.
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_RENOWN_MILESTONES_DESC - These rewards unlock when you reach the required Renown Level
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_RENOWN_REWARD_DESC_COMPLETE (New) - You have reached the pinnacle with the %s
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_RENOWN_REWARD_TITLE_COMPLETE (New) - Renown Complete
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_TAB_UPGRADES - Upgrades Sanctum Reservoir
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_TALENT_REQUIRES_PREVIOUS_TIER (New) - Requires previous tier
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_TALENT_RESEARCH (New) - Click to Research
  • COVENANT_SANCTUM_UNLOCK_UPGRADE (New) - Unlock Upgrade
  • ERR_INTERNAL_ERROR (New) - Internal Error
  • ERR_NOT_IN_NPE (New) - Not available during the tutorial
  • FRAME_TUTORIAL_9_0_GRRISON_LANDING_PAGE_BUTTON_CALLINGS (New) - Open your Sanctum Report to view available Callings
  • FRAME_TUTORIAL_9_0_GRRISON_LANDING_PAGE_CALLINGS (New) - Visit your Covenant Sanctum to pick up this quest
  • GARDENWEALD_LANDING_HEADER (New) - Queen's Conservatory
  • GARDENWEALD_STATUS_ACTIVE_COUNT (New) - The conservatory has %d active |4wildseed. It will be ready in:wildseeds. The next one will be ready in; %s.
  • GARDENWEALD_STATUS_DORMANT (New) - The conservatory is dormant.
  • GARDENWEALD_STATUS_HEADER (New) - Queen's Conservatory
  • GARDENWEALD_STATUS_READY_COUNT (New) - %d |4wildseed needs:wildseeds need; your attention now.
  • JAILERS_TOWER_ITEM_REWARD_TOOLTIP_FORMAT (New) - |T%1$s:30:30|t %2$s
  • JAILERS_TOWER_ITEM_REWARD_TOOLTIP_WITH_COUNT_FORMAT (New) - |T%1$s:30:30|t %2$s %3$s
  • JAILERS_TOWER_LEVEL_PICKER_PARTY_LOCK - You or a party member must defeat the previous layer to unlock this portal
  • JAILERS_TOWER_LEVEL_TOAST_SKOLDUS_HALLS - Skoldus Halls Hall
  • JAILERS_TOWER_REWARD_HIGH_DIFFICULTY - Completing this layer will also grant you rewards from all lower layers you|nrewards from all lower layers
  • JAILERS_TOWER_REWARD_LOCKED - Defeat previous difficulty to unlock this portal layer
  • MAC_INPUT_MONITORING1014 - In order to use Push to Talk For Push to Talk to work when World of Warcraft is not in focus, you must grant "Accessibility" permission to %s in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences. Would you like to open System Preferences now?
  • MAC_INPUT_MONITORING1015 - In order to use Push to Talk For Push to Talk to work when World of Warcraft is not in focus, you must grant "Input Monitoring" permission to %s in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences. Would you like to open System Preferences now?
  • MAC_MIC_PERMISSIONS_OPEN_BUTTON (New) - System Preferences
  • MAC_MIC_PREMISSIONS_NOTIFICATION (New) - In order to use voice chat, you must grant "Microphone" permission to %s in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences.
  • MAW_BUFF_QUALITY_STRING_COMMON (New) - |cffffffffCommon|r
  • MAW_BUFF_QUALITY_STRING_EPIC (New) - |cffa335eeEpic|r
  • MAW_BUFF_QUALITY_STRING_RARE (New) - |cff0070ddRare|r
  • MAW_BUFF_QUALITY_STRING_UNCOMMON (New) - |cff1eff00Uncommon|r
  • NPE_ABANDON_A_RETURN (New) - Send me back to Stormwind!
  • NPE_ABANDON_A_WARNING (New) - You've traveled too far away from Stormwind.|n |n If you continue, you'll be removed from the tutorial.|n |n Are you sure you want to leave the tutorial? |n |n |n
  • NPE_ABANDON_H_RETURN (New) - Send me back to Orgrimmar!
  • NPE_ABANDON_H_WARNING (New) - You've traveled too far away from Orgrimmar.|n |n If you continue, you'll be removed from the tutorial.|n |n Are you sure you want to leave the tutorial? |n |n |n
  • NPE_ABANDON_LEAVE_TUTORIAL (New) - Leave Tutorial
  • NPEV2_CHAT_GUIDE_FRAME_ERROR_ACCOUNT_MUTED (New) - You're not eligible to be a guide due to parental controls.
  • NPEV2_HUNTER_TAME_ANIMAL - Target a nearby animal.\n\nOpen Pet Utilities Utility and use |cFF00FFFFTame Beast|r.\n\nDon't move while it casts!
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_RT_SHADOW_QUALITY - Improves shadow quality with ray tracing, which produces shadows with more natural softness, greatly increased precision, and from additional light sources. sources.|n|nThis feature requires:|nA hardware ray tracing capable graphics card|nWindows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004)|nUp to date graphics drivers|nDirectX 12
  • REFUND_TIME_REMAINING - You may sell this item to a vendor within %s of real time for a full refund. including time offline) for a full refund."
  • RENOWN_REWARD_TRANSMOG_DESCRIPTION - This appearance will be added to your collection. become available for purchase from the Renown Quartermaster.
  • RENOWN_REWARD_TRANSMOGSET_DESCRIPTION - These appearances will be added to your collection. become available for purchase from the Renown Quartermaster.
  • SOULBIND_NODE_PREREQ - Unlocked at Renown Level %s %s
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_445 - You do not have enough anima. You don't have enough Anima
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_466 - You dont have a summoned Ghoul. You don't have a summoned Ghoul.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_508 (New) - A Party Member Does Not Have That Layer Unlocked
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_509 (New) - Inventory is full.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_510 (New) - You have no Anima to deposit
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_511 (New) - Your mount ignores your call within The Maw.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_512 (New) - Your butler is already present somewhere in the Ember Court.
  • TORGHAST_WAYFINDER_OPEN_PORTAL - Open Portal Climb
  • WEEKLY_REWARDS_COMPLETE_PVP_MAX (New) - Reach the %1$s rating (%2$d).



Misc Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Battle Masters
  • All Arenas - Level: 10 Level: 20-60. Players: 5. Rated players: 5. Maps: Ashamane's Fall, Black Rook Hold Arena, Blade's Edge Arena, Dalaran Sewers, Empyrean Domain, Hook Point, Mugambala, Nagrand Arena, Ruins of Lordaeron, Shado-Pan Showdown, The Robodrome, The Tiger's Peak, Tol'Viron Arena.

Character Titles
  • Abominable %s (New)
  • Spirestalker %s (New)

Currency Types
Hidden
  • Stitchmasters (New) - Grants reputation with the Stitchmasters.
  • Ve'nari (New)

Difficulties
Normal
  • World Boss (New) - Players: 1-40.

Factions
Shadowlands
  • Court of Harvesters - Revendreth After countless ages spent under the rule of Sire Denathrius, authority in Revendreth is now shared amongst the Court of Harvesters. These noble venthyr carry out the sacred duty of redeeming prideful souls.
  • The Ascended - Kyrian who complete the arduous process of purging their mortal encumbrances are deemed worthy of the rite of ascension, earning their wings and pledging eternal service to the Archon.
  • The Undying Army - TBD Long ago, the Primus established the five houses of Maldraxxus to build the ultimate fighting force. Through might, cleverness, and guile, this unyielding armada is pledged to defend the Shadowlands against all threats.
  • The Wild Hunt - Called to serve the Winter Queen in times of dire need, the Wild Hunt assembles the finest huntresses and hunters in all of Ardenweald. In the face of drought and peril, the Wild Hunt stands ready to defend the forest.

Unknown
  • Court of Night - The anima drought and Drust invasion dominate consume the Winter Queen and Wild Hunt's attention, leaving the Droman of the Court of Night to protect the wildseeds and solve incursions by spriggan, gorm, and other malign forest creatures near their respect groves. defend their groves.

Item Name Descriptions
  • Winterborn (New) - Winterborn

LFG Dungeons
Dungeons
  • Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - Map: Kalimdor Map > Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar. Roles: 1-5 damage.
  • Torghast, Tower of the Damned (New) - Fight your way to the top of Torghast. Map: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Roles: 1-5 damage.
  • Torghast, Tower of the Damned (New) - Search for Jaina. Map: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Roles: 1-5 damage.
  • Torghast, Tower of the Damned (New) - Fight your way to the top of Torghast. Map: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Roles: 1-5 damage.

Unknown
  • Atal'Dazar (New) - Map: Atal'Dazar. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Blood from Stone - Denathrius' Stoneborn Denathrius's Stone Legion Generals lie in wait, preparing a trap that will destroy the rebellion once and for all. Map: Castle Nathria. Roles: 1-2 tank/4-5 healer/13-18 damage.
  • De Other Side (New) - Map: De Other Side. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • De Other Side (New) - Map: De Other Side. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Halls of Atonement (New) - Map: Halls of Atonement. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Halls of Atonement (New) - Map: Halls of Atonement. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe (New) - Map: Mists of Tirna Scithe. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe (New) - Map: Mists of Tirna Scithe. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Plaguefall (New) - Map: Plaguefall. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Plaguefall (New) - Map: Plaguefall. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Sanguine Depths (New) - Map: Sanguine Depths. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Sanguine Depths (New) - Map: Sanguine Depths. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Sanguine Depths (New) - Map: Sanguine Depths. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Spires of Ascension (New) - Map: Spires of Ascension. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Spires of Ascension (New) - Map: Spires of Ascension. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • The Necrotic Wake (New) - Map: The Necrotic Wake. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • The Necrotic Wake (New) - Map: The Necrotic Wake. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Theater of Pain (New) - Map: Theater of Pain. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
  • Theater of Pain (New) - Map: Theater of Pain. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.

Map Areas
Unknown
  • Abandoned Camp - Music: ZONE_901_NPE_GeneralWalk_Neutral.
  • Alther's Mill > The Maw - Name changed from "The Maw" to "Alther's Mill > The Maw".
  • Alther's Mill > The Maw - Name changed from "The Maw" to "Alther's Mill > The Maw".
  • Alther's Mill > The Maw - Name changed from "The Maw" to "Alther's Mill > The Maw".
  • Extractor's Sanatorium (New)
  • Heart of the Forest - Music: [TEST]Zone_90_AW_HeartOfTheForest_Normal.
  • Jeff NW Quadrant > Revendreth - Name changed from "Revendreth" to "Jeff NW Quadrant > Revendreth".
  • Murloc Hideaway - Music: ZONE_901_NPE_GeneralWalk_Neutral.
  • Redridge Mountains (New)
  • The Dark Portal > Torghast, Tower of the Damned (New)
  • The Runecarver's Oubliette (New)

Map Difficulties
  • Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - 152 - Name changed from "Kalimdor > Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - 152" to "Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - 152".
  • Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - Normal Scenario - Name changed from "Kalimdor > Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - Normal Scenario" to "Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - Normal Scenario".

Maps
Battle for Azeroth
  • Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar - Name changed from "Kalimdor > Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar" to "Horrific Vision of Orgrimmar".

Mounts
Flying Mounts
  • Amber Ardenmoth - Flying Mount. Amber Ardenmoth. "The brilliant orange hue of the amber ardenmoth signals to predator predators that it is dangerous to eat. Consuming one of these creatures will put a predator into a dreamless sleep for years." Source: Drop: Wild Hunt Supplies Zone: Ardenweald
  • Ascended Skymane - Name changed from "Bastion - Horned Horse - Bastion Blue" to "Ascended Skymane". Flying Mount. Bastion - Horned Horse - Bastion Blue. "PH" Source: PH Ascended Skymane. "Only those that have proven themselves against the combined might of the Ascended will be able to ride this mount." Source: Treasure: Cache of the Ascended Zone: Bastion
  • Bonesewn Fleshroc - Name changed from "Whiteout" to "Bonesewn Fleshroc". Flying Mount. Whiteout Bonesewn Fleshroc. "Only expert flesh-stitchers who have demonstrated mastery over the magics of Maldraxxus are powerful enough to construct a death roc deathroc of this size." Source: Profession: Abominable Stitching Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Bulbous Necroray (New) - Flying Mount. Bulbous Necroray. "The necrorays of Maldraxxus prefer to congregate around the enormous decaying mushrooms of the region." Source: Drop: Oozing Necroray Egg
  • Callow Flayedwing - Name changed from "PH Maldraxxus Chimaera" to "Callow Flayedwing". Flying Mount. PH Maldraxxus Chimaera. "PH" Callow Flayedwing. "Flayedwings are a necessary force in the cycle of life for the Shadowlands, acting as both prey and predator for the harsh environment of Maldraxxus." Source: Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Chittering Animite - Name changed from "Skittering Blightwing" to "Chittering Animite". Flying Mount. Skittering Blightwing Chittering Animite. "These exceptionally agile fliers make excellent mounts once they've been trained not to sap every ounce of anima from their rider." Source: Adventures: Shadowlands
  • Dauntless Duskrunner - Name changed from "Bastion - Horned Horse - Bastion Purple" to "Dauntless Duskrunner". Flying Mount. Bastion - Horned Horse - Bastion Purple. "PH" Source: PH Dauntless Duskrunner. "The Path of Ascension is a challenging trial, and those that display all of the facets the Kyrian hold dear will be duly rewarded." Source: Covenant Feature: The Ember Court Covenant: Venthyr Covenant Feature: Queen's Conservatory Covenant: Night Fae Covenant Feature: Path of Ascension Covenant: Kyrian Covenant Feature: Abomination Factory Covenant: Necrolord
  • Duskflutter Ardenmoth - Name changed from "Dusky Sporeflutterer" to "Duskflutter Ardenmoth". Flying Mount. Dusky Sporeflutterer. "Dusky sporeflutterers Duskflutter Ardenmoth. "These ardenmoths prefer the dark and damp forests of northwest Ardenweald, where fungal colonies are perpetually blooming." Source: Vendor: Aithlyn Zone: Ardenweald Faction: The Wild Hunt - Exalted Cost: 30,000 Vendor: Elwyn Zone: Ardenweald Faction: The Wild Hunt - Exalted Cost: 30,000
  • Gilded Prowler - Name changed from "Bastion - Larion - Gold" to "Gilded Prowler". Flying Mount. Bastion - Larion - Gold. Gilded Prowler. "The mighty larion is an apex predator of Bastion, but that does not stop it from enjoying a nice nap in the sunny fields." Source: Vendor: Adjutant Nikos Zone: Bastion Cost: 30,000
  • Gruesome Flayedwing - Name changed from "Twilight Flayedwing" to "Gruesome Flayedwing". Flying Mount. Twilight Flayedwing Gruesome Flayedwing. "The flayedwings of Maldraxxus are prized for their ability to soar effortlessly through the skies of the Shadowlands, allowing their rider a surprise opportunity to strike at their foes or support their allies." Source: Vendor: Atticus Zone: Maldraxxus Cost: 500|Hitem:178,061|h[INV_Skinning_80_TempestHide]|h Covenant Feature: The Ember Court Covenant: Venthyr Covenant Feature: Queen's Conservatory Covenant: Night Fae Covenant Feature: Path of Ascension Covenant: Kyrian Covenant Feature: Abomination Factory Covenant: Necrolord
  • Horrid Dredwing - Name changed from "Horrid Brood Dredwing" to "Horrid Dredwing". Flying Mount. Horrid Brood Dredwing Horrid Dredwing. "Harika the Horrid terrorized the denizens of the Forest Ward yet with her demise her broodlings under proper direction and with her demise her broodlings can now take this horror to denizens farther afield." Source: Drop: Harika the Horrid Zone: Revendreth
  • Hulking Deathroc - Name changed from "PH Death Roc" to "Hulking Deathroc". Flying Mount. PH Death Roc. "PH" Hulking Deathroc. "Deathrocs are stitched monstrosities from the discarded viscera, bone, and organs that were not required to construct soldiers for the House of Constructs." Source: Drop: Violet Mistake Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Infested Necroray (New) - Flying Mount. Infested Necroray. "Necrorays lay their eggs in small clusters within the frills and hollows of decaying fungal blooms." Source: Drop: Oozing Necroray Egg
  • Marrowfang - Name changed from "PH Maldraxxus Chimaera" to "Marrowfang". Flying Mount. PH Maldraxxus Chimaera. "PH" Marrowfang. "Marrowfang, Bonefang's progeny, was respected by Amarth the Harvester for her insatiable appetite, even if it disrupted any experiments that the sadistic commander wanted to run." Source: Drop: Nalthor the Rimebinder Zone: The Necrotic Wake (Mythic) Drop: Challenger's Cache Zone: The Necrotic Wake
  • Pestilent Necroray (New) - Flying Mount. Pestilent Necroray. "When a necroray hatches, spores fly everywhere, making a huge mess." Source: Drop: Oozing Necroray Egg
  • Predatory Plagueroc - Name changed from "Predatory Bonejowl" to "Predatory Plagueroc". Flying Mount. Predatory Bonejowl Predatory Plagueroc. "Geiger's everlasting hunger is legendary amonst the House of Constructs, and no beast is too large or bony to fit inside its massive stomach." Source: Drop: Gieger Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Rampart Screecher - Name changed from "Nathria Rampart Screecher" to "Rampart Screecher". Flying Mount. Nathria Rampart Screecher Rampart Screecher. "Roosting among the ramparts of Castle Nathria these giant dredbats act as sentinels and are trained to take down threats approaching the castle from the air." Source: Achievement: Glory of the Nathria Raider Category: Dungeons & Raids
  • Shimmermist Runner - Ground Flying Mount. Shimmermist Runner. "Mischievous spriggan and the valerunners have a natural enmity. No valerunner would deign to allow a spriggan rider because they can sense their inherent malevolence. This angers the trickster Spriggan who take twisted enjoyment in playing cruel pranks on these majestic creatures." Source: Area: Mistveil Tangle Zone: Ardenweald
  • Silky Shimmermoth - Flying Mount. Silky Shimmermoth. "The moths of Ardenweald play a vital role in the ecosystem of ardenweald, carrying spores, anima, and pollen from one part of the forest to the other, providing nourishment and variation to the denizens living below." Source: Vendor: Master Clerk Salorn Zone: Ardenweald Cost: 30,000
  • Silvertip Dredwing - Flying Mount. Silvertip Dredwing. "Bred by the Revendreth prince, Renathal, these rare dredwing are fiercely loyal and will only let those deemed worthy by the prince himself to interact with them." Source: Vendor: Temel Covenant: Venthyr Covenant Building: The Ember Court - Exalted Cost: 5,000[Spell_AnimaBastion_Orb.BLP] Drop: Revendreth Soul Covenant: Night Fae Covenant Building: Queen's Conservatory Vendor: ??? Covenant: Kyrian Covenant Building: Path of Ascension Cost: 5,000[Spell_AnimaBastion_Orb.BLP] Drop: Stitched Satchel of Venthyr Goods Covenant: Necrolords Covenant Building: Abomination Works Covenant Feature: The Ember Court Covenant: Venthyr Covenant Feature: Queen's Conservatory Covenant: Night Fae Covenant Feature: Path of Ascension Covenant: Kyrian Covenant Feature: Abomination Factory Covenant: Necrolord
  • Silverwind Larion - Name changed from "Bastion - Larion - Silver" to "Silverwind Larion". Flying Mount. Bastion - Larion - Silver. Silverwind Larion. "This gift of the silvery winds is only bestowed upon those that search high and low for the wisdom of Bastion." Source: Treasure: Gift of the Silver Wind Zone: Bastion
  • Sinful Gladiator's Soul Eater - Flying Mount. Sinful Gladiator's Soul Eater. "This mount shows a proclivity for snacking upon the souls cast out of Revendreth." Source: Achievement: Sinful Gladiator: Shadowlands Season 1 Category: Player vs. Player
  • Sundancer - Name changed from "Bastion - Horned Horse - Bastion Yellow" to "Sundancer". Flying Mount. Bastion - Horned Horse - Bastion Yellow. "PH" Source: PH Sundancer. "This sun-dappled courser gallops on lightbeams with carefree abandon." Source: Drop: Sundancer Zone: Bastion
  • Swift Gloomhoof - Ground Flying Mount. Swift Gloomhoof. "The ballads of Ardenweald claim that the birth of gloomrunner heralds the passing of a particularly benevolent wild god. Seeing a gloomrunner is therefore a blessing and a curse." Source: Drop: Night Mare Zone: Ardenweald
  • Wildseed Cradle - Flying Mount. Wildseed Cradle. "The most precious cargo in all Ardenweald - the wildseeds - are cradled by this lovingly crafted cart. It is imbued with anima to allow it to hover over the ground." Source: Treasure: Cache of the Moon Zone: Ardenweald

Ground Mounts
  • Arboreal Gulper - Ground Mount. Arboreal Gulper. "The wood and foliage growing atop the this toad is a natural part of its body - helping it siphon anima from the air to nourish itself." Source: Drop: Humon'gozz Zone: Ardenweald
  • Armored Bonehoof Tauralus - Name changed from "PH Epic Tauralus" to "Armored Bonehoof Tauralus". Ground Mount. PH Epic Tauralus (Grey). "PH" Source: TBD Armored Bonehoof Tauralus. "A favored mount of the House of the Chosen, the tauralus only gets more angry and vicious when exposed to battle." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Armored Chosen Tauralus - Name changed from "PH Epic Tauralus" to "Armored Chosen Tauralus". Ground Mount. PH Epic Tauralus (Orange). "PH" Source: TBD Armored Chosen Tauralus. "The tauralus has two tails, which are both absolutely necessary for whipping away buzzing pests like the bloodlouse." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Armored Plaguerot Tauralus - Name changed from "PH Epic Tauralus" to "Armored Plaguerot Tauralus". Ground Mount. PH Epic Tauralus (Green). "PH" Source: TBD Armored Plaguerot Tauralus. "When fully armored, a tauralus can take an incredible amount of damage before falling, making it a valuable ally in battle." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Armored War-Bred Tauralus - Name changed from "Armored War-Bred Bonehoof" to "Armored War-Bred Tauralus". Ground Mount. Armored War-Bred Bonehoof Armored War-Bred Tauralus. "The tauralus that serve the armies of Maldraxxus have had all traits of compassion bred out of them, and are only adorned in armor when they show that no sword or spell can stop them from carrying their rider to victory." Source: Quest: The Third Fall of Kel'Thuzad Zone: Maldraxxus Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Battle Gargon Silessa - Name changed from "Silessa" to "Battle Gargon Silessa". Ground Mount. Silessa Battle Gargon Silessa. "Silessa fought valiantly alongside her master in the great incursion by the Light, following the battle her master set her to guard over a vault rooom. It is rumored that this vault is only accessible via the mirror travel network." Source: Travel Network: Tier 3 - Repaired Mirrors Drop: Forgotten Chest Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth room of great value." Source: Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth
  • Battle Gargon Vrednic - Name changed from "Vrednic" to "Battle Gargon Vrednic". Ground Mount. Vrednic Battle Gargon Vrednic. "Prince Renathal's loyal gargon, Vrednic has been by his side for millennia. Adorned in his Sinvyr armor, Vrednic's mere presence instills terror to all those who lay eyes on him as he ushers his rider into battle." Source: Covenant: Venthyr Campaign Quest: The Medallion of Dominion Zone: Revendreth Zone: Revendreth
  • Battle-Bound Warhound - Ground Mount. Battle-Bound Warhound. "Warhounds find comfort in conflict, and the Contest of Conquest is the perfect place to find these beasts honing their abilities." Source: Drop: Contest of Conquest Zone: Maldraxxus Theatre of Pain Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Bonecleaver's Skullboar - Name changed from "PH Skullboar" to "Bonecleaver's Skullboar". Ground Mount. PH Skullboar (Grey). "PH" Source: TBD Bonecleaver's Skullboar. "Sabreil was known for the ruthless efficiency with which she dismembered foes, feeding their bones to her loyal skullboar." Source: Drop: Sabreil the Bonecleaver Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Bonehoof Tauralus - Name changed from "PH Tauralus" to "Bonehoof Tauralus". Ground Mount. PH Tauralus (Grey). "PH" Source: TBD Bonehoof Tauralus. "There are quite a few reasons that you do not want to stand behind a tauralus, the hooves and whip-like tails being the least of them." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Chosen Tauralus - Name changed from "PH Tauralus" to "Chosen Tauralus". Ground Mount. PH Tauralus (Orange). "PH" Source: TBD Chosen Tauralus. "Even an unarmored tauralus is a valuable ally in battle, its enormous horns capable of piercing even plate armor." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Corridor Creeper (New) - Ground Mount. Corridor Creeper. "The loyal hounds of the Jailer creep along the corridors in search of the scent of souls." Source: Achievement: Twisting Corridors: Layer 8 Category: Torghast
  • Court Sinrunner - Ground Mount. Court Sinrunner. "Sinrunners were once the steeds of dark souls, carried in the wake of either their sins or their masters' sins to Revendreth. While some chose to run free, many continue to serve darkness in death as they did in life." Source: Vendor: Mistress Mihaela Zone: Revendreth Faction: Court of Harvesters - Exalted Cost: 28,000 30,000
  • Crypt Gargon - Name changed from "Crypt Guardian" to "Crypt Gargon". Ground Mount. Crypt Guardian Crypt Gargon. "Loyal hounds of the Curator, these gargon patrol the crypts and catacombs deterring both trespassing and escape." Source: Covenant: Venthyr Campaign Quest: Mirror, Mirror... Zone: Revendreth Zone: Revendreth
  • Desire's Battle Gargon - Name changed from "Desire's Loyal Hound" to "Desire's Battle Gargon". Ground Mount. Desire's Loyal Hound Desire's Battle Gargon. "The Countess maintains a small stable of elegantly adorned gargon mounts for her sole use. Many a rival has been taken in by the finery to their peril as she personally oversees their deadly training." Source: Treasure: The Countess' Tribute Friendship Level: Best Friend Covenant Building: The Ember Court Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth
  • Dreamlight Runestag - Name changed from "Dreamlight Runedeer" to "Dreamlight Runestag". Ground Mount. Dreamlight Runedeer. "Runedeer Dreamlight Runestag. "Runestags are granted to those who have pledged their service to the Winter Queen and the Court of Night." Source: Covenant: Night Fae Campaign Quest: What's My Motivation? Zone: Ardenweald Zone: Ardenweald
  • Enchanted Dreamlight Runestag - Name changed from "Dreamlight Runestag" to "Enchanted Dreamlight Runestag". Ground Mount. Dreamlight Runestag Enchanted Dreamlight Runestag. "The majestic runestags are capable of siphoning anima from the ambient light of Ardenweald with their elaborate antlers. The anima is used as nourishment and to power the runestag's speed and magic." Source: Covenant: Night Fae Campaign Quest: Drust and Ashes Zone: Ardenweald Zone: Ardenweald
  • Enchanted Shadeleaf Runestag - Name changed from "Umbral Runestag" to "Enchanted Shadeleaf Runestag". Ground Mount. Umbral Runestag. "An umbral Enchanted Shadeleaf Runestag. "An shadeleaf runestag is capable of goring creatures as powerful as a gorm matriarch in defense of its herd. The Wild Hunt ride these mounts into dangerous corners of the Shadowlands, when their domain must be defended from those who would threaten the wilds." Source: Covenant: Night Fae Renown Level: 40 Zone: Ardenweald Zone: Ardenweald
  • Enchanted Wakener's Runestag - Name changed from "Wakener's Runestag" to "Enchanted Wakener's Runestag". Ground Mount. Wakener's Runestag Enchanted Wakener's Runestag. "Wakener runestags fiercely protect their wildseed groves. When the groves starting to fail, many runestags went berserk." Source: Covenant: Night Fae Treasure: Queen's Conservatory Cache Zone: Queen's Conservatory Zone: Ardenweald
  • Enchanted Winterborn Runestag - Name changed from "Winterborn Runestag" to "Enchanted Winterborn Runestag". Ground Mount. Winterborn Runestag Enchanted Winterborn Runestag. "Winterborn runestags are the favored mount of the Winter Queen herself, and she only bestows such a creature on her most favored subjects." Source: PH Covenant: Night Fae Zone: Ardenweald
  • Eternal Phalynx of Courage - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Gold" to "Eternal Phalynx of Courage". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Gold. Eternal Phalynx of Courage. "Many bars of gildenite are required to forge one of these sparkling mounts, but the sight of them alone is worth the gathering time." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Eternal Phalynx of Humility - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Bronze" to "Eternal Phalynx of Humility". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Bronze. Eternal Phalynx of Humility. "When an armored phalynx is forged, stewards clap their hammers together in reverence of the skill required in its creation." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Eternal Phalynx of Loyalty - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Black" to "Eternal Phalynx of Loyalty". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Black. Eternal Phalynx of Loyalty. "A marvel of steward engineering, the armored phalynx is a rare and awe-inspiring sight." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Eternal Phalynx of Purity - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Silver" to "Eternal Phalynx of Purity". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Epic - Silver. Eternal Phalynx of Purity. "The armored phalynx is a favorite companion of the mightiest warriors of the Ascended as it is both fearless and vicious in battle." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Gorespine - Name changed from "PH Skullboar" to "Gorespine". Ground Mount. PH Skullboar (Green). "PH" Source: TBD Gorespine. "Nerissa trampled over countless bodies on the back of Gorespine as she rose to prominence as the commander of the Lichsworn forces for the House of Rituals." Source: Drop: Nerissa Heartless Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Gravestone Battle Gargon - Ground Mount. Gravestone Battle Gargon. "Representative of a new loyal batch of gargon, these battle ready beasts will take Renathal's most loyal compatriots into the final battles against the Jailer." Source: Renown Level: 40 Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth
  • Hopecrusher Gargon - Name changed from "Harnessed Hopecrusher" to "Hopecrusher Gargon". Ground Mount. Harnessed Hopecrusher. "Hopecrusher was once Hopecrusher Gargon. "Once the loyal mount of a House Briarbane lord, but it turned on the lord and his retinue. Members of House Briarbane now whisper of a dark Gargon lying in wait even baiting venthyr who venture through the darker parts of the Chalice District of Revendreth." Source: Drop: Hopecrusher Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth
  • Inquisition Gargon - Name changed from "Inquisition Intimidator" to "Inquisition Gargon". Ground Mount. Inquisition Intimidator Inquisition Gargon. "The gargon of the Inquisitors are some of the most vicious ever carved. The Avowed seek to recapture these beasts and return them to the righteous duty of assisting in the purifying of souls rather than the perversions performed at the hands of the Inquisitors." Source: Vendor: Archivist Janeera Faction: The Avowed - Exalted Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth Cost: 500[6BF_Blackrock_Nova.BLP] Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth
  • Loyal Gorger - Ground Mount. Loyal Gorger. "Crawling forth from the cracks between the realms, the devourers have a voracious appetite for anima. Little is known of their origins, but all denizens of the Shadowlands see their recent boldness as a sign of the end times." Source: Drop: Worldedge Gorger Zone: Revendreth Quest: A New Pack
  • Lurid Bloodtusk - Name changed from "PH Skullboar" to "Lurid Bloodtusk". Ground Mount. PH Skullboar (Purple). "PH" Source: TBD Lurid Bloodtusk. "Only bloodtusks that survive the Contest of Conquest are deemed worthy enough to become a mount of the Undying Army." Source: Vendor: Nalcorn Talsen Zone: Maldraxxus Faction: The Undying Army - Exalted Cost: 30,000
  • Mawsworn Soulhunter - Name changed from "PH Shadehound" to "Mawsworn Soulhunter". Ground Mount. PH Shadehound. "PH" Source: PH Mawsworn Soulhunter. "Soulhunters are used to track wayward souls across the wastes that flee from their dark fates, and are one of the only creatures that feel comfortable traversing the maw." Source: Drop: Gorged Shadehound Zone: The Maw
  • Pale Acidmaw - Ground Mount. Pale Acidmaw. "The acid present in the ichor of this creature sapped away the color from its shell, leaving them it a striking shade of snowy white." Source: Drop: Covenant Sanctum Feature Covenant Feature: The Ember Court Covenant: Venthyr Covenant Feature: Queen's Conservatory Covenant: Night Fae Covenant Feature: Path of Ascension Covenant: Kyrian Covenant Feature: Abomination Factory Covenant: Necrolord
  • Phalynx of Courage - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Gold" to "Phalynx of Courage". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Gold. Phalynx of Courage. "A phalynx is considered both a worthy companion and a lithe opponent to test one's reflexes against." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Phalynx of Humility - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Bronze" to "Phalynx of Humility". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Bronze. Phalynx of Humility. "The phalynx does not fetch, though it is not known why this is." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Phalynx of Loyalty - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Black" to "Phalynx of Loyalty". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Black. Phalynx of Loyalty. "Some within the Ascended keep a phalynx as a pet, as they may not be as furry as a larion, they are much less likely to eat your other pets." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Phalynx of Purity - Name changed from "Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Silver" to "Phalynx of Purity". Ground Mount. Kyrian - Phalynx - Rare - Silver. Phalynx of Purity. "Little is known about the origination of phalynx technology, the machinations of which are taught more akin to religion than engineering." Source: Covenant: Kyrian Zone: Bastion
  • Plaguerot Tauralus - Name changed from "PH Tauralus" to "Plaguerot Tauralus". Ground Mount. PH Tauralus (Green). "PH" Source: TBD Plaguerot Tauralus. "The tauralus is considered courageous, though scholars of Maldraxxus have long wondered if thier lack of fear is simply due to the tiny size of their brains." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Shadeleaf Runestag - Name changed from "Umbral Runedeer" to "Shadeleaf Runestag". Ground Mount. Umbral Runedeer. "The umbral runedeer Shadeleaf Runestag. "The shadeleaf runestag are bred for their ferocity as well as their beauty by the Wild Hunt. They feel no fear charging into the den of any predator." Source: Covenant: Night Fae Renown Level: 20 Zone: Ardenweald Zone: Ardenweald
  • Sinfall Gargon - Ground Mount. Sinfall Gargon. "The gargon are the loyal mounts and companions of the Venthyr and Renathal has found many abandoned at Sinfall, awaiting reawakening and assignment to worthy members of the covenant." Source: Renown Level: 20 Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth Covenant: Venthyr Zone: Revendreth
  • Umbral Bloodtusk - Ground Mount. Umbral Bloodtusk. "Only bloodtusks that survive the Contest of Conquest are deemed worthy enough to become a mount worthy of the Undying Army." Source: Vendor: Malcorn Caliga Zone: Maldraxxus Faction: The Undying Army - Exalted Cost: 50,000 "The House of the Chosen train their mounts in all manner of difficult circumstances, so that no matter the battle, they will never falter." Source: Drop: Warbringer Mal'korak Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Umbral Scythehorn - Ground Mount. Umbral Scythehorn. "Black "Umbral gorm are the most docile of all gorm, but they also grow the largest horns and mandibles. They are probably so docile because other creatures avoid riling them." Source: Vendor: Spindlenose Zone: Ardenweald
  • Vicious War Spider - Ground Mount. Vicious War Spider. "PH" Source: PH "When being a courageous member of the Horde doesn't strike the right amount of fear into your opponent, add a giant spider." Source: PvP: Shadowlands: Season 1 Rated Arena and Rated Battleground Season Reward
  • Vicious War Spider - Ground Mount. Vicious War Spider. "PH" Source: PH "When being a bellowing member of the Horde doesn't strike the right amount of fear into your opponent, add a giant spider." Source: PvP: Shadowlands: Season 1 Rated Arena and Rated Battleground Season Reward
  • Voracious Gorger (New) - Ground Mount. Voracious Gorger. "The devourers are presumed to have their origins in the In-Between, a space between the lands of the Shadowlands that few have explored." Source: Achievement: Glory of the Shadowlands Hero Category: Dungeons & Raids
  • Wakener's Runestag - Name changed from "Wakener's Runedeer" to "Wakener's Runestag". Ground Mount. Wakener's Runedeer. "Runedeer Wakener's Runestag. "Runestags enjoy laying near wildseeds. The Wakener's believe they can hear the sleepers' dreams. Runedeer These runestags display a range of emotions in their vigil, signaling the dreams or nightmares of the spirits within." Source: Covenant: Night Fae Treasure: Queen's Conservatory Cache Zone: Queen's Conservatory Zone: Ardenweald
  • War-Bred Tauralus - Name changed from "War-Bred Bonehoof" to "War-Bred Tauralus". Ground Mount. War-Bred Bonehoof War-Bred Tauralus. "The soldiers of Maldraxxus protect the Shadowlands, and require a mount that is both capable and calm when faced with overwhelming odds." Source: Quest: Enemy at the Door Zone: Maldraxxus Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus
  • Wild Glimmerfur Prowler - Name changed from "Glimmerfur Prowler" to "Wild Glimmerfur Prowler". Ground Mount. Glimmerfur Prowler Wild Glimmerfur Prowler. "This prowler's brilliant green coat distinguishes it from the blues and purples of Ardenweald, making it much easier for others of its kind to see through the midnight woods." Source: Drop: Valfir the Unrelenting Zone: Ardenweald
  • Winterborn Runestag - Name changed from "Winterborn Runedeer" to "Winterborn Runestag". Ground Mount. Winterborn Runedeer. "Winterborn runedeer Winterborn Runestag. "Winterborn runestags are blessed by the Winter Queen herself. Their runes flare brilliantly when predators are nearby, warning the entire herd." Source: Covenant: Night Fae Vendor: Spindlenose Zone: Ardenweald Zone: Ardenweald

Scenarios
Torghast, Tower of the Damned
  • 01: Ascend the Tower (New) - Save souls, seek power, and defeat the Jailer's forces.
  • 01: Ascend the Tower (New) - Save souls, seek power, and defeat the Jailer's forces.
  • 01: Ascend the Tower (New) - Save souls, seek power, and defeat the Jailer's forces.
  • 02: Hurry Up! (New) - Your deaths have attracted the Tarragrue! Get to the next floor before he does!
  • 02: Hurry Up! (New) - Your deaths have attracted the Tarragrue! Get to the next floor before he does!
  • 02: Hurry Up! (New) - Your deaths have attracted the Tarragrue! Get to the next floor before he does!



Garrison Mission Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
9.0 Encounter - Ardenweald
  • Anima Reclamation Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Anima Reclamation". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Vulpin Stalkers are hoarding anima inside their burrows. Restore the balance.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Dark Coordination Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Dark Coordination". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Scholars and Praetors have grouped together to threaten the peace. Pacify them.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Forsworn Phalanx Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Forsworn Phalanx". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP group of Forsworn Ascended have positioned themselves defensively, blocking up the pass. Root them out.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Glimmerfly Overpopulation Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Glimmerfly Overpopulation". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Glimmerflies have overrjun the fields and are stripping the plants bare. Retrieve their wings and render them to gold.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Horrifying Research Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Horrifying Research". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP sect of Scholars has turned their expertise to harness innocent souls. This perversion of justice cannot stand.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Languishing Lament Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. The Etherwyrms have built up to unsustainable numbers. Bring them to a reasonable end.. Rewards: 500 XP 100 XP
  • Master and Pupil Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Master and Pupil". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Dark Master Vaalgryn and his pupils are conducting a ritual. Stop it at once!. Rewards: 500 XP
  • Pride Before the Fall Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. Emotions have coalesced into physical form and are Pride into physical form. It's attacking the order of things. Remedy this problem.. Rewards: 500 XP 100 XP
  • Promises of the Praetor Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Promises of the Praetor". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Led by a Converted Praetor, a large band of Forsworn have hidden in a temple. They must be stopped.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Prowlers in the Shadows Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Prowlers in the Shadows". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Animated Prowlers have gone berserk and are menacing the Stewards. Shut them down.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Respite from the Darkness Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Respite from the Darkness". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Some untouched souls are trapped by a group of Clawguards. Rescue them and return them at once.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Save the Skyfoal Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Save the Skyfoal". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP giant Colossus has trapped a Skyfoal in a cave. Extricate the poor creature with haste.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Subdue the Stewards Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Subdue the Stewards". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP swarm of Misled Stewards are constructing dark artifacts to arm the forces. Bring them to their senses.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • The Forsworn Strike Back Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "The Forsworn Strike Back". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Forsworn Overseer and his Punishers have stolen a large mass of anima. Can you retrieve it?. Rewards: 500 XP
  • Umbral Regiment Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Umbral Regiment". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP brace of Umbral Phalanx are menacing our flank. Drive them back!. Rewards: 100 XP
  • War-Captain's Woe Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "War-Captain's Woe". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP The Forsworn War-Captain has returned, with Gracefallen Tacticians. Can you stop them?. Rewards: 500 XP
  • Whisper in the Dark Name changed from "Placeholder Peak" to "Whisper in the Dark". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A prominent peak provides peril.. Rewards: 500 XP Doubt itself has obtained physical form and is tormenting the Ascended. Drive it off!. Rewards: 300 XP

9.0 Encounter - Maldraxxus
  • Bonebreaker's Hoard Name changed from "Placeholder Pit" to "Bonebreaker's Hoard". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A pungent pit provides putrescent presence.. Rewards: 500 XP Bonebreaker Moroc is hoarding anima and slowing production. Retrieve it at any cost, but beware the dangers that await.. Rewards: 500 XP
  • Catastrophic Skeleton Infestation Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 6 hrs. The problem has gotten even worse, and rogue Skeletons have run amok in a giant swarm. Snuff them out, and you will have my thanks!. Rewards: 500 XP 100 XP
  • Discarded But Not Useless Name changed from "Placeholder Pit" to "Discarded But Not Useless". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A pungent pit provides putrescent presence.. Rewards: 500 XP The remnants of war can always be re-used. Extract what value you can from the Wraiths and Repurposed Parts, and bring it to me.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Fall and Fall Again Name changed from "Placeholder Pit" to "Fall and Fall Again". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A pungent pit provides putrescent presence.. Rewards: 500 XP War Wraiths have gone mad, attacking anything that comes near them. Lay them to rest.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Misguided Monstrosity Name changed from "Placeholder Pit" to "Misguided Monstrosity". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A pungent pit provides putrescent presence.. Rewards: 500 XP pair of Callused Monstrosities have slipped loose of their handlers and are shredding the bone supplies. Bring them home.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Nirvaska's Grand Designs Name changed from "Placeholder Pit" to "Nirvaska's Grand Designs". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A pungent pit provides putrescent presence.. Rewards: 500 XP Nirvaska has harnessed the power of a Fleshcrafted Juggernaut. Bring them to heel.. Rewards: 500 XP

9.0 Encounter - Revendreth
  • A New Order Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "A New Order". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Callous Peacekeepers continue to bedevil the residents. Drive them back.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Alpha Bonemauler Continued Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Alpha Bonemauler Continued". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Bonemauler Alpha has chivvied them into a ferocious force. This cannot stand.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Backup Brigade Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Backup Brigade". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Soulflayers have struck back, enlisting Stalkers to protect them. Show them no mercy.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Beyond the Flesh Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Beyond the Flesh". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Depraved Soulflayers are irresponsibly damaging souls. Bring them to heel.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Big Shiny and Friends Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Big Shiny and Friends". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Big Shiny has rallied some dredgers and stolen anima. Restrain him and retrieve the precious energy.. Rewards: 500 XP
  • Catch the Anima Smugglers Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 10 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A group of anima smugglers are attemping to steal anima rations from the deserving. End them.. Rewards: 500 XP 100 XP
  • Charthox the Indomitable Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Charthox the Indomitable". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Charthox once again stands proud, freed from his restraints. Make him grovel.. Rewards: 500 XP
  • Illicit Celebrations Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Illicit Celebrations". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes. . Rewards: 500 XP group of Privileged Contributors are throwing an underground party. This affront cannot be allowed.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Investigate the Investigators Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Investigate the Investigators". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Archives Investigators are concealing important information about anima reserves. Extract it from them.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Rampaging Bonemaulers Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Rampaging Bonemaulers". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes. . Rewards: 500 XP Horrific Bonemaulers are uprooting corpses. Remedy this unseemly disorder.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Rifts, Unkept Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Rifts, Unkept". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes. . Rewards: 500 XP The Riftkeepers are neglecting their duties and causing a raucous ruckus. Can you remedy that?. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Solace for Souls Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Solace for Souls". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes. . Rewards: 500 XP Depraved Caregivers are shirking their duty by imprisoning souls rather than curating them. Rescue the souls!. Rewards: 500 XP
  • Stacka's Last Stand Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Stacka's Last Stand". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Stacka refuses to cooperate. Show him the error of his ways.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Terrorwings on High Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Terrorwings on High". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes. . Rewards: 500 XP fright of Terrorwings is roosting on one of the towers. Drive them out.. Rewards: 100 XP
  • The Final Puzzle Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "The Final Puzzle". Level 60. Item Level 800. Rare. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Archivist Ionata and her schemes must be unwound. Unravel the threads.. Rewards: 300 XP
  • Trap the Trackers Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Trap the Trackers". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes. . Rewards: 500 XP group of Carved Trackers is moving to capture valuable goods they've found. Waylay them!. Rewards: 100 XP
  • Unreasonable Tithes Name changed from "Placeholder Palace" to "Unreasonable Tithes". Level 60. Item Level 800. 5 Followers. Cost: 20 Resources. Duration: 4 hrs. A panopoly of puffy, pompous philodoxes.. Rewards: 500 XP Cruel Collectors have banded together to extract anima from those less powerful. Protect the weak!. Rewards: 100 XP
by Published on 2020-09-09 10:33 PM

Shadowlands Beta - Spells Removed from GCD
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Class - Abilities coming off the GCD



I’ve added two spells to the OP:

Druid: Innervate
Monk: Mana Tea

They no longer invoke a GCD in the latest build of the Shadowlands Beta.

Shadowlands Beta - Death Knight Class Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve continued to work from feedback that the Unholy opener can take too long to get going. Even with attempts to help alleviate this issue over the last few weeks, it’s still not where we would like it to be.

Unholy has quite a few iconic abilities and they aren’t easily removed. Thus, our goal with this week’s latest build is to reduce the number of cooldowns in the opener, help out Rune economy, and give access to a baseline AoE Runic Spender.

Unholy

  • Summon Gargoyle is moved back as a level 50 talent.
  • Unholy Pact moved to the level 45 talent tier.
  • Epidemic is baseline.
  • Dark Transformation has been removed, and its functionality has been added to Apocalypse.
    • Developers’ notes: Legendaries and Conduits that interact with your ghoul while they have Dark Transformation still function as they did prior to this change.
  • Death Coil has updated to reduce the cooldown of Apocalypse by 1.5 seconds.
    • Developers’ notes: When you cast Apocalypse, your Dark Transformation is no longer delayed by a missile travel time.



Thanks for feedback–in an upcoming build, we are reverting the recent change to Dark Transformation. It will once again be its own ability.

Blood

We have a small update for Blood to address the feedback about the Ossuary talent feeling mandatory.
  • Ossuary is now baseline and learned at level 58.
  • Blood Tap is now moved to place Ossuary was in talents.

Thanks for the continued feedback! Please keep it coming once you’ve had a chance to test the new build.

Shadowlands Beta Priest Class Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A test spell for Unholy Nova showed up in some data mining. We wanted to clarify that currently Unholy Nova is not being changed. We’ve heard feedback that being forced into melee range to use this spell is restrictive, particularly when using abilities like Shadow Crash which have a minimum range. This is something we’re looking to address, however this prototype version that was data mined is still in development and not something we are looking for feedback on at this time.

Shadowlands Beta - Shaman Class Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
However, one thing I’ve noticed is that for spells that travel, the “extra” cast is eaten up by the next spell reaching its destination instead of the actual next cast. In other words…
If I cast a Lava Burst, use Echoing Shock and then cast Earth Shock, the Lava Burst will actually eat the Echoing Shock due to travel time, so instead of an extra Earth Shock, which was my “next damaging spell” I get an extra Lava Burst.


Echoing Shock had a bunch of work done in the past week that should resolve these problems. I believe in the build that is being pushed today, regardless of what you did prior to pressing Echoing Shock, it should only actually do something with whatever button you press after activating Echoing Shock. Check it out when the PTR or beta realms are up and reply here if that is not the case.

Some covenant abilities may not fully work with it yet. The core Shaman buttons should be working with it.



Yes, Echoing Shock should once again work with Earthquakes.

There are no plans to change Flame Shock’s duration.



Any plans coming down the pipe for Enhancement level 50 talent row? Ascendance might be in a decent spot but all through BFA the other 2 talents were just not good. Elemental Spirits is far too RNG and Earthen Spike just feels like it lacks any sort of punch.

Feral Spirits are a bit weak right now, and the talented version has some issues where the different elemental wolves don’t interact with some abilities that they should be.
by Published on 2020-09-09 06:58 PM

Development Update: The Road to Shadowlands
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In seven weeks, brave heroes of Azeroth will venture into the Shadowlands to confront the forces of the mysterious Jailer and discover the nature of Warcraft’s afterlife. As our development shifts from implementation of new designs and content, towards polish and tuning of the world we have crafted, I would like to offer a roadmap for what to expect over the coming weeks on our Beta servers.

Introducing 9.0.2

First, on a technical note, players paying close attention to the Beta client may notice that this week’s update bears the designation “9.0.2.” Unlike recent expansions, this time around we will have not one but two client updates, aka patches, in the weeks prior to the official release of the expansion. Development of Shadowlands -specific content (the zones and dungeons of the Shadowlands, covenants, etc.) will proceed with weekly Beta updates in the 9.0.2 branch, while our Public Test Realm runs patch 9.0.1. This approach allows us to get features like the new character customization options and the streamlined leveling experience into your hands sooner in 9.0.1, while allowing the team the maximum possible time to keep polishing the level 51-60 Shadowlands experience in 9.0.2. Our Beta environment will continue to receive weekly 9.0.2 updates, and patch 9.0.2 will go live shortly before Shadowlands officially launches.

Alt Leveling

As we first announced at BlizzCon last year, while everyone’s first trip through the Shadowlands is driven by a linear narrative campaign that grants access to endgame features such as covenants, world quests, and more, we want to offer players who are leveling alts a much more flexible experience. We have had a version of that experience available in Beta for the past few weeks, as alts select their covenant immediately upon first arriving in Oribos, and then can tackle the four zones in any order they choose.

However, we’ve received a couple of points of feedback that have led us to refine this approach: First, a number of testers felt like they weren’t necessarily ready to pick a covenant right away on a new class, and wished they could replay the narrative arc that let them “test drive” each of the active abilities along the way. Second, even for players who were familiar with the overall story by that point, it felt confusing or wrong to play through portions of some zone campaigns out of order or while already a member of a covenant (e.g. doing the main Revendreth arc while already being a member of Renethal’s venthyr).

In this week’s build, alts emerging from the Maw for the first time will be met in Oribos by the mysterious Fatescribe, who now offers an explicit choice between replaying the narrative arc as first-time characters experienced it, or following the threads of fate to their inevitable conclusion and beginning the journey at a point following the climactic events at the end of Revendreth’s story. Characters choosing the latter option will enter the Shadowlands in a state where the entire narrative Campaign has already been completed, with new Bonus Objectives available in locations that were previously central to the Campaign. Lucrative zone-wide objectives for each of the four zones will provide additional structure while allowing alts to roam the Shadowlands as they prefer, earning gear and experience through their choice of a zone’s side quests, bonus objectives, world quests, dungeons, or rares and treasures.

Our goal with this alt experience remains offering more flexibility than ever before on repeat playthroughs, while also allowing alts to begin making progress towards their endgame goals, earning Anima for their covenant’s reservoir or catching up on Renown so that they can hit the ground running when they reach 60. We look forward to hearing feedback on how the new experience feels!

Torghast Progression

A number of players in the past couple of months on Beta have raised concerns about what seemed like excessively lengthy introductory questlines in Torghast, which at their worst could feel like five or six successive tutorials that had to be completed before players could access the “real” feature. In a coming build (likely next week), we’re restructuring the way Torghast is unlocked, such that players can gain full access to the main wings of the tower after completing just a single introductory run that also grants access to the Runecarver. The remaining quests to locate and rescue Jaina and Thrall will be incorporated into a larger questline that spans the six main Torghast cell blocks, rewards legendary crafting materials, and eventually unlocks the Twisting Corridors section at its conclusion.

Speaking of Twisting Corridors, as we finalize tuning, Twisting Corridors should come into its own as the “Challenge Mode” wing of Torghast, offering eighteen-floor runs at a higher level of difficulty than the rest of Torghast, with cosmetic rewards for clearing certain thresholds.

Covenants

Covenants are the centerpiece of Shadowlands and have been the subject of passionate discourse across the community over the past weeks, which has been mirrored by discussion and debate within our team. From the system’s first conception, selecting a covenant was crafted to be a weighty decision, shaping a character’s abilities, cosmetic rewards, and access to endgame story arcs and sanctum systems. A weighty decision almost by definition comes with some amount of stress, whether anxiety about making the “wrong” choice, or just evaluating various pros and cons and wishing there were a way to just get the best of all worlds.

In designing this system, we’ve done what we can to minimize the burden of regret. Those measures should be fully enabled by next week’s Beta release. While picking a covenant at the end of your journey to max level is a weighty choice, it is not a permanent one. If you find that, whatever the reason, you are unhappy with your initial covenant pick at level 60, you need only return to Oribos and you can immediately switch to a different one. Now, if you later wish to rejoin a covenant that you have left, that is slightly more involved: There is a path to redemption consisting of a series of two weekly quests to atone for breaking your vow and to rededicate yourself to that covenant’s cause. These quests are now available for testing in Beta; they are still being tuned, but the intent is that they are largely ceremonial rather than feeling like an arduous grind.

We have also taken steps to ensure that a player who switches covenants, as well as one who reaches max level later on in the expansion, never feels permanently behind as a result. Renown measures the strength of a player’s connection to their covenant and is the main vehicle for unlocking additional Soulbind powers and various covenant perks and rewards. Players primarily earn Renown via weekly quests to gather anima from across the Shadowlands, and to rescue souls from the Maw and restore them to their rightful place in the covenant. If a player has missed any of those quests, however, they will find that they can earn Renown directly through a range of activities such as dungeons, world quests, and PvP, until they are fully caught up. This system will be functional on Beta in the coming weeks.

In short, a player who regrets their covenant choice, and who wants to change their mind, should be able to do so straightforwardly at any point during the expansion, and will be able to reach a state with no long-term drawbacks or disadvantages compared to someone who had been in that covenant all along.

We’ve also heard from many players who, rather than being worried about regretting their choice, would prefer that they not have to choose at all; they have advocated that we offer a way to switch among the various active abilities offered by covenants without friction. But these covenant systems are thoroughly intertwined: Covenant abilities are often modified by covenant-specific conduits and soulbinds; most of those soulbinds in turn are unlocked through covenant-specific narrative campaigns. Granting access to one of these without the others would lead to an incomplete or confusing result. In short, pulling on that thread (or cord, as it were) would unravel the entire fabric of the system. Even so, we would embrace the work required to rebuild the covenant system along those lines if we agreed that it would be an improvement, but we ultimately do not share that view.

Before starting an arena match, engaging a raid boss, or entering a dungeon, a character in Shadowlands can change their specialization, talents (and PvP talents if appropriate), legendary item, other equipment, active soulbind, and chosen path within that soulbind. When it comes to customizing your “loadout” – the set of tools you’re going to take into a given encounter – WoW offers more options than ever before, and you can almost entirely reshape your character on the fly to suit the moment. But as malleable as those choices are, none of them, other than perhaps your specialization, defines your character – they aren’t who you are, but rather what you happen to be doing at any given moment.

Rather than add yet another layer to that decision matrix, we’re trying to do something different here, and let players more meaningfully define their character’s identity and set themselves apart from others who play the same class. And that identity entails a blend of aesthetic preference, narrative experience, and mechanical strengths and weaknesses. From the earliest sketched designs of the covenant system, our goal was for the answer to “what do you play?” in Shadowlands to be “Kyrian paladin” or “Venthyr paladin” rather than just “paladin.” And given the central role of combat and power progression to World of Warcraft as a whole, achieving that goal for most players requires that there be player power implications to covenant choice.

None of this is to say that development on covenants and their powers is finished, or that we are not open to further changes. Far from it. We understand that when we offer a choice between competing packages of strengths and weaknesses, if we’re not careful, especially given social and community pressures, weaknesses can easily overshadow strengths. The satisfaction of having an edge in one type of content doesn’t make up for the frustration of being excluded entirely from participating in another. But while tearing down the entire system may seem to some like the simplest way to avoid that pitfall, we’re committed to working with the community to ensure that players feel viable regardless of their covenant choice.

If you really want to go Kyrian on your rogue, but can’t justify it because every guide currently says that the Necrolords’ Serrated Bone Spike is too good to pass up, or if an otherwise appealing covenant has benefits that seem irrelevant in PvP, those are exactly the sorts of imbalance we want to fix, and your feedback is essential to that process. In the coming weeks, we’ll be doing numerical tuning, making changes to underlying ability designs when needed, and potentially leveraging covenant-specific conduits if a covenant needs some targeted shoring up to ensure that they’re viable in a particular type of content. As our combat team shifts its focus primarily to tuning, we’ll be rolling those changes out to Beta servers ASAP for further testing and iteration.

PvP Itemization

We have been following the constructive feedback about the range of gear available on our PvP vendors, and we agree with the underlying concerns. While WoW is an interconnected ecosystem of different content and systems and we feel that the very strongest characters should be the ones who participate and excel in a wide range of activities, each individual progression path should offer the majority of the tools required for success in that path. The current PvP vendors fall short of that goal.

We are considering a few different solutions, such as reworking the stat coverage of the vendor gear and/or providing PvP-specific bonuses through those items. As soon as we’ve settled on a direction, we’ll share our plan for feedback, and get the changes up on Beta for testing.

Sockets

While we eliminated Warforging and Titanforging in Shadowlands , with the goal of increasing clarity and player agency over rewards, the question of how to handle sockets was not quite as clear-cut. A certain critical mass of sockets across all player gear is essential to support Jewelcrafting as a player profession, and in recent expansions the chance for any endgame item to upgrade to a socketed version gave players of all playstyles the opportunity to interact with the Jewelcrafting tradeskill. At the same time, sockets unquestionably constitute power, and can be every bit as impactful as Warforging.

Trying to balance these considerations, the approach we’ve settled on for Shadowlands is to keep sockets as a random item property, but to allow players to add sockets to their items via a consumable sold by Ve’nari in the Maw (similar to Gouged Eyes in the recent Visions of N’Zoth update). This way all players can take advantage of gems and seeing a socketed item drop offers a short-term efficiency advantage, but in the long run competitive players can still make steady progress towards a best-in-slot gear setup without relying on an additional layer of randomness. Finally, in order to limit the total impact of gems, and the power gap between players with full sockets and those without, in Shadowlands only Helms, Rings, Necks, Bracers, and Belts can have a socket randomly generated or added by Ve’nari. These changes should all be active by next week’s Beta update.

The one thing all the above topics have in common is that they have been driven by your passionate feedback throughout the development process, which has helped shape the game for the better over the course of the past year. And a special thanks to all the testers reporting bugs on Beta – we’ve already fixed thousands of issues based on your reports, and are continuing to work through those reports as we aim to make Shadowlands the best experience it can possibly be when it arrives on October 26.
by Published on 2020-09-09 02:20 PM

Realm Connections planned for September 9-10 (EU)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During a scheduled maintenance period planned for 9:00 p.m. CEST on 9 September, ending at approximately 5:00 a.m. on 10 September, the following realm connection will be made:

  • The Darkspear, Saurfang, and Terokkar realms will join the Bloodfeather, Burning Steppes, Executus, Kor’gall, and Shattered Hand realms.
  • The Darkmoon Faire and Earthen Ring realms will join the Defias Brotherhood, Ravenholdt, Scarshield Legion, Sporeggar, and The Venture Co realms.
  • The Dragonblight and Ghostlands realms will join the Deathwing, Karazhan, Lightning’s Blade, and The Maelstrom realms.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post a new notification like this one next week.

Thank you!
by Published on 2020-09-09 01:23 AM

Realm Connections planned for September 10-11 (NA)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During a scheduled maintenance period planned for 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PDT on September 10, the following realm connections will be made:

  • Frostmane, Ner’zhul, and Tortheldrin will be connected to Blackmoore, Cairne, Cenarius, Korgath, and Perenolde.
  • Borean Tundra and Shadowsong will be connected to Drak’thul, Mok’Nathal, Silvermoon, and Skywall.
  • Auchindoun, Cho’gall, and Laughing Skull will be connected to Elune and Gilneas.
  • Burning Blade, Lightning’s Blade, and Onyxia will be connected to Garona, Icecrown, and Malygos.
  • Eredar, Gorefiend, Spinebreaker, and Wildhammer will be connected to Hellscream and Zangarmarsh.

During a scheduled maintenance period planned for 3:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. AEST on September 11, the following realm connections will be made:

  • Dreadmaul and Thaurissan will be connected to Frostmourne.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post a new notification like this one next week.

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