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by Published on 2020-09-05 11:59 PM

Official Blizzard Poll - Choose the Next Shadowlands Mount

Shadowlands Beta - How to Swap Covenants
Which Covenant to join is the single most important choice you will make in Shadowlands at endgame, but the latest update to the beta has shed even more light on the steps needed to switch Covenants and how to return to one that you have already left. As stated in the past, joining a new Covenant is easy, but returning will involve a lot more work.

Switching to a New Covenant
Leaving your current Covenant to join a different one is easy. All you have to do is find The Enclave in Oribos where the representatives of each Covenant resides. Speak to the emissary of the Covenant you wish to join, and navigate through the dialogue prompts. There are four prompts before the emissary will believe you to be sincere and allow you to switch. At this point, you are officially switched over and given the first campaign quest for your new Covenant.



Rejoining a Covenant
Deciding to return to a Covenant that you have left is a much more involved task. When you speak to the emissary, you will not be able to simple navigate the dialogue prompts and return as you did with a new Covenant. Instead, the emissary will say that the Covenant has not taken your betrayal lightly and you must prove your sincerity. You are then given a quest called "Prove Your Worth." This requires you to complete 8 world quests in the zone that the Covenant resides in while as well as completing tasks there to fill a bar. This includes killing rares, dungeon bosses, completing world quests, collecting treasures, and more.



There is usually a max of 4 world quests up at a time in each zone (5 if you have War Mode on and the PvP quest is in the zone for the day). This means that you cannot finish this quest on the same day that you pick it up unless you start it that morning before world quests reset. The bar fill portion involves killing rares or dungeon bosses from that zone. Currently, rares give 6%, world quests give 8%, and dungeon bosses provide 12% towards filling the bar.

This is not the only step needed to rejoin the Covenant, however. When you turn this quest in, the emissary will tell you that you have taken your first steps towards rejoining their ranks, but more time is needed to assess your case. They ask you to "return at a later date." You'll then need to return after the weekly reset and do the same quest again to completely rejoin your Covenant.


by Published on 2020-09-04 06:36 PM

Official Blizzard Poll - Choose the Next Shadowlands Mount
Blizzard has posted a poll asking the community to vote on a mount to be handed out to everyone in Q1 2021 who has Shadowlands activated on their account! (The Polls are currently experiencing high volume, so it may take a few minutes to successfully load the pages)


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This year we’ve been all called upon to overcome many things, and we’re ever grateful to you—our community—for being with us each step of the way during these uncertain times. In that spirit of unity, and as a token of our appreciation, we want to collaborate with everyone who owns Shadowlands to create a mount that you can ride across the realms of the afterlife.

Vote here by September 18 at 3:00 p.m. PDT to choose which mount you’d like for us to create. When the polls close, we’ll tally up each region’s results to determine which is the fan favorite. Please note that there are several polls from different regions, so make sure yours is counted in the correct region!

Making a Mount Together
Our artists have kicked things off by coming up with concepts for five unique mounts for you to choose between. Now it’s time for your part—pick your favorite from the poll linked above and below; the highest number of votes internationally will be crowned the winning choice and our artists will begin working on making your choice a reality.

  • Wandering Ancient – Not all ancients are interested in war or lore, some just want to travel the world! A large and leafy mount, the Wandering Ancient invites you to climb aboard and grab ahold of its branches as you embark on a lumbering expedition.
  • Soaring Spelltome – In the forgotten depths of the Dalaran library, this oversized tome was found flapping madly around the room. Open the pages of this arcane-infused book and hitch a ride to magical adventure.
  • Nerubian Swarmer – When the Helm of Domination shattered, the Nerubians under the control of the Lich King were unleashed. Some were captured by the Argent Crusade and turned by their allies in the Ebon Blade. Now their spidery claws are put to use as mounts, skittering through the frozen tundra of Icecrown in pursuit of the rampaging undead.
  • Curious Caterpillar – A curious caterpillar found its way to the Heartland in Valley of the Four Winds one night and gorged itself on the oversized vegetables. The Pandaren of Halfhill awoke the next morning to find the crops half-eaten and an enormous, slumbering caterpillar among them. Too large to become a butterfly, this friendly worm is just the right size to train as a mount.
  • Gooey Slimesaber – From the slime pools of Plaguefall emerged all manner of jellied creature, including this sticky kitty. A slimy saber cat that’s dripping with ooze, it’s the kind of mount that you’re going to want to wear gloves for.

Once our artists finish making the mount ready to ride, it will be added to the Mount Collection tab in Q1 2021 for every player with Shadowlands activated on their account. Polls will remain open for two weeks before we close them on September 18 at 3:00 p.m. PDT, so be sure to pick your favorite before then! Do take note that there are several polls from different regions to support our players around the world, and your region’s poll results will only reflect the votes counted in your region.

Mount names and descriptions are in development and subject to change.
by Published on 2020-09-04 01:46 AM

WoW Patch Hotfixes - September 3, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements


Allied Races

  • Mechagnomes’ Emergency Failsafe (racial) cooldown can no longer be removed by immunities.

Quests

by Published on 2020-09-03 05:07 PM

Afterlives - Maldraxxus
Draka, orc of the Frostwolf Clan, was not a warrior born, but a warrior made. In the fires of battle that forge the armies of the Maldraxxus, Draka must learn that nothing and no one—not even she—is what they seem.

by Published on 2020-09-03 03:52 PM

Shadowlands PTR - Zombie Invasion Changes and Stress Test
Since we last covered it, the Zombie Invasion in Capital Cities has received a few changes:
  • Ghouls now take fall damage and falling higher than 10 feet will cause instant death.
  • Ghouls are now active for 60 seconds and are spawn capped to about 15 ghouls.
  • Ghouls can no longer attacks players and players can no longer attack ghouls unless they turn on War Mode.
  • A new buff "New Recruit" is now given to players that complete the New Starting Experience in Exile's Reach.

Thanks to reddit user Siggythenomad for sharing these changes! If you would like to test them out, Blizzard is going to have a stress test this Friday at 8:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM CET.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Tomorrow, Friday September 4, at 8:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. EDT, we’re going to perform a stress test on the Pre-patch PTR.

Please make sure you select “Public Test Realm” in the Battle.net App, and log in at that time, and join Blizzard employees in Stormwind and Orgrimmar as we test the updates to the event that were made in this latest build.

Thereafter, please leave any feedback you have on the experience in this thread.

We’ll see you in Stormwind and Orgrimmar. Thank you!

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