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by Published on 2020-07-22 04:56 PM

Windows Central Shadowlands Interview with Morgan Day
Windows Central recently interviewed Morgan Day on balancing Shadowlands!


  • Conduits will be a big part of player power from Covenants aside from just the active abilities. These are spec specific as well.
  • A big part of class balance and tuning comes from making you feel like you have really distinct strengths and weaknesses. This is a big part of what makes you feel unique and like you have a place in content.
  • Part of the balance, however, is making sure that they give you the tuning knobs required to make sure that you can shore up on some of your weaknesses.
  • If there are situations where people are excluded from content due to their choice, this is where they want to make changes.
  • Your covenant choice is also integrated into some of the dungeon experiences as well. There are elements of dungeons that you can only interact with as part of a specific covenant.
    • An example given is the ability for members of the Kyrian covenant to activate automatons in the Necrotic Wake to gain party buffs.
  • Covenants are a holistic package where you might not be the most amazing at "this thing" over here, but look at all these other cools things you excel at over here!
  • Swapping into another Covenant will not be hard, but rejoining one that you left may require additional tasks to be completed. Once you do, however, you will keep the progress that you made in that covenant prior to leaving, including all of your renown and soulbinds.
  • There will be really strong Covenant catch-up mechanics from the beginning of the expansion so that you don't fall behind on alts or character swapping.
  • Renown is not a bar that you fill like with artifact power. It comes purely in levels and you will just be given a level all in one go.
  • If you fall behind on Renown, there will be additional opportunities to earn it from other content until you catch up.
  • They are adding Mythic + testing much sooner in the beta so they don't fall into the situation of early Battle for Azeroth where some affixes were super punishing in different dungeons.
  • There is a lot of thought that goes into class balance in terms of talents. Sometimes something on a row might not be super popular, but in places where the team designed it to be used, players are using it, and that's awesome. Talents that are just best in all situations might come down to tuning problems.


Upcoming Realm Connections (EU)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In the coming days, the following realm connection will be made:
  • The Kilrogg realm will join the Hellfire realm.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post further notifications like this one in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

Shadowlands Beta Add-ons
Forum user Tercio has compiled a list of links to usable add-ons for the Shadowlands Beta. Click the link below to check them out!



Auction House Dance Party - July 22
The Auction House Dance Party micro holiday is now active for the entire day! Head on over to the main auction house in either Stormwind or Orgrimmar to find it decorated for the event with a light up floor, disco balls, a d.j with exciting music, etc. Also, throughout the day random races will take over the dance floor!





by Published on 2020-07-22 09:07 AM

Upcoming Realm Connections (EU)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In the coming days, the following realm connection will be made:
  • The Kilrogg realm will join the Hellfire realm.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post further notifications like this one in the coming weeks.

Thank you!
by Published on 2020-07-21 09:47 PM

PvP Medallion Trinkets in Shadowlands
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Before the Legion expansion, the PvP medallion line of trinkets (often called the “CC break trinket”) removed all movement impairing and loss of control effects from the player, with a 2 minute cooldown. These trinkets were considered uniquely powerful PvP rewards, and they were considered mandatory in high level competitive content.

In Legion, the PvP template system deactivated all effects from gear. This meant that functionality like this had to be included in the honor talent system, along with alternatives.

For Shadowlands, we plan to restore this CC break functionality to a trinket, and make it a powerful PvP trinket option that comes exclusively from PvP. Players will be able to purchase this trinket for Honor or Conquest from one of the new PvP vendors returning in Shadowlands.
Published on 2020-07-21 07:08 PM

Raid Testing Schedule - July 23rd & 24th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday, July 23rd and Friday, July 24th, we will be starting our raid tests in Castle Nathria.

Thursday, July 23rd

Hungering Destroyer - Heroic Castle Nathria
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 20:00 CEST)

Lady Inerva Darkvein - Heroic Castle Nathria
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 21:00 CEST)

Friday, July 24th

Sun King’s Salvation - Heroic Castle Nathria
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 20:00 CEST)

Sludgefist - Heroic Castle Nathria
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 21:00 CEST)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Oribos, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade IV in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?
A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 60 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?
A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

We appreciate you taking the time to test our content and look forward to reading your feedback.

Patch 8.3.7 Update Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Today, we’re applying a small update to World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft Version 8.3.7

Update Notes
  • This update contains non-player-facing changes that are required for Shadowlands.
  • The WoW Companion App has been updated with bug fixes and stability improvements.
by Published on 2020-07-21 02:57 AM

WoW Patch Hotfixes - July 20, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Quests


WoW Classic

  • Blocked off a location outside of intended play within Warsong Gulch.

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