What Blizzard wants you to test in World of Warcraft PTR 7.3.5

Around 1:30am EST, Community Manager Lore posted the following statement to inform players what the game developers expect volunteers to playtest in PTR 7.3.5. Basically, they want your feedback on the new revamped level 1-100 scaling experience. However, there will be new features added for testing in upcoming 7.3.5 builds: such as Ulduar Timewalking, the Silithus Battleground, and it seems there is more quests to tell the story of the aftermath of Antorus.

By observation, something else I found that is not listed is that you can now queue in the LFG Raid Finder to Hope’s End (Antorus). That’s the only one available at the moment.

There is more Artifact Power reward in PvP Rated Arena and Rated Battlegrounds. To keep in perspective: My main is level 74 Artifact Level and Artifact Knowledge 55. In live, the Rated Battlegrounds reward is 7.7 Billion Artifact Power. In PTR 7.3.5, it is 10 Billion Artifact Power.

Lore: Welcome to the Patch 7.3.5 Public Test Realm! This patch includes several new updates and content, and also lays some of the groundwork for the upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion.

Our biggest focus for testing during this PTR period will be on the new level 1-100 zone and dungeon scaling we’re introducing with 7.3.5. This is an extensive change to how loot, quests, and creatures work in the open world, so we’re going to need as much feedback as we can get about how things are working out. We’ll have some more details in the coming days about how you can best help us make sure this new feature rolls out as smoothly as possible.

Other features you’ll see on the PTR over the next few weeks include Ulduar Timewalking, a preview of the new Silithus Battleground, and a few other bits of content that get into the aftermath of the events in Antorus and set the stage for the upcoming conflict in Battle for Azeroth. Note that since development of the new expansion is now in full swing, datamining sites are likely to see some bits and pieces of features that are part of Battle for Azeroth (such as Allied Races).

As we’ve done for similar patches in Legion, we’ll be providing updates throughout the PTR process that give insight into what’s being made available for testing and what sort of feedback would be most helpful. Thanks for checking it out, and happy testing! — source

 

 

The Death of a Titan

Prophet Velen: There is no way to express the depth of my sorrow. My rage. What Sargeras has done…

Argus, my home world, holds the soul of a titan. It has been twisted and corrupted beyond redemption, its power harnessed to fuel the Legion’s infinite army.

We must do the impossible… breach the depths of Antorus and sever the Legion’s connection to the world soul.

Please, (name). End its pain, its suffering. In striking down the dark heart of Argus, we will defeat the Legion… and redeem the soul of my world.

 

QUEST OBJECTIVES

Strike down the soul of Argus in Antorus, the Burning Throne.

 

The Burning Throne

High Exarch Turalyon: The time has come, (name), to begin our assault upon Antorus. Everything we have fought for, everything our friends and family have sacrificed, has brought us to this moment. We will fire Light’s Judgment upon the walls of the accursed citadel and storm their seat of power. We will end the Legion. After all you have done, it is fitting that you have the honor. Activate the Crown of the Triumvirate and let us finish our mission.

 

QUEST OBJECTIVES

Use the Crown of the Triumvirate while above the Antoran Wastes to open the way to Antorus.

 

The Speaker Listens

World of Warcraft patch 7.3.2 (25497) introduced two new quests in Argus: The Speaker Listens and Visions of Fear — as the prelude to the Antorus raid.

THE SPEAKER LISTENS

High Exarch Turalyon: Magni has sent for you in Krokul Hovel once more. He seems to have made a new breakthrough in trying to reach Argus. I suggest you find him immediately. His last vision foretold Aggramar’s coming, and there is still so much we do not know of Sargeras’ plans.

Objectives

Meet Magni in the Krokul Hovel.

 

Subraces Part 2: Before the Storm

We’d previously talked about the strange additions to the “chrraces” file in WBDX that could be evidence of four subraces coming to World of WarCraft in the next expansion. Thanks to the crafty people in the MMO-Champion hype thread, and WoWhead, even more details on these strange entries has been uncovered. Already it was getting to be too much to keep updating the original article, and then another bombshell dropped. Christie Golden’s next World of WarCraft novel has a title and description that might shed further light on the upcoming expansion. I’ve decided to the combine the two into a single, pre-BlizzCon speculation extravaganza.

REMINDER: I’ve seen some confusion over this on places like Twitter and Reddit; nothing in this or the previous article is confirmed. While the file evidence is real, we can only make educated guesses as to what the details mean. 

Possible New (Sub)Races Datamined

Happy two weeks until BlizzCon, everyone! I’ve covered several previous datamining clues towards expansion seven in these past few months, and unless something huge happens, this should be the last one. On MMO-Champion’s “Official Patch 8.0 Speculation thread,” a list from the game database was uncovered that could point towards four new (sub)races being added in. What are these potential subraces? What is the evidence for them? Find out after the jump!

Update: A new piece of information has surfaced, as well as a look back at an interesting quote from a Gamescom interview. Check them out at the bottom of the page.