Keystone Depleted Mechanic to be Removed

Blizzard Entertainment plans to remove the “Depleted” mechanic from Keystones, allowing players now to continue their efforts in Mythic+ runs. Instead of getting a depleted key, now you will get a new keystone that is one level below the last run, as a penalty. That means you can continue to grind until you reach Mythic +15. Otherwise, you will still be able to get better loot from Mythic runs.

Lore: We’ve been thrilled to see how positively players have responded to Mythic Keystone dungeons since Legion’s release. However, there are a couple areas in which our original design for the system hasn’t quite matched up with how things have worked out in practice. In an upcoming 7.2.5 PTR build, we’re going to try out a couple of changes to how Keystone runs work.

The first big change is that we’re getting rid of the depletion mechanic. We’d originally imagined that getting ahold of a Keystone would be more of a barrier than it is, but in reality, there are so many players participating that it’s generally not too difficult to find someone with a Keystone you’d like to run. In that environment, depleting a Keystone is more of an annoyance than anything else – especially when it happens for reasons outside of your control (such as a player disconnecting).

Instead, we’re going to try the following:

  • Completing the run on time will have the same results it currently does in 7.2: you’ll get a new Keystone for a random dungeon that’s 1-3 levels higher than the one you just completed, based on how quickly you finished.
  • If you complete the dungeon but don’t make the timer, you’ll get a Keystone for a random dungeon that’s 1 level lower than the one you just used.
  • If you don’t complete the dungeon at all, you’ll have a Keystone for the same dungeon that’s one level lower than the one you just used.

The other thing we’re looking to change is the way that rewards are given at the end of a run. Currently, when you complete a run that upgrades your Keystone by 2 or 3 levels, you’re also given a 2nd or 3rd chest. This is because, when we believed that Keystones would be rare, we didn’t want you to miss out on any of the loot you might have collected from the runs you were “skipping.”

However, because of this, players tend to look for lower-level Keystones that they can easily stomp through, instead of higher-level Keystones that are appropriately challenging for their gear and skill. That, in turn, affects who they’re willing to invite. AOE damage output is preferred over everything else, because the only concern is how quickly you can clear through easy trash packs. And gear requirements tend to outpace what actually drops: if you could find upgrades in a Mythic 6, you’ll have a hard time finding a group, because the Mythic 6 groups are full of players who are capable of clearing 10+ and are just looking for an easy 3-chest.

With that in mind, here’s the changes we’re planning to test:

  • You no longer receive additional chests at the end of a run for completing it quickly.
  • When you finish a Mythic+ dungeon, the chest at the end will contain two items and an appropriate amount of Artifact Power.
  • If you beat the timer, regardless of how quickly, there will be a third item in the chest.
  • Keystones can still upgrade by 2 or 3 steps, so you can quickly get to a difficulty level appropriate for you.

Our overall goal with these changes is to incentivize groups to take on dungeons where they know they’re likely to see upgrades, instead of preferring keys that are far too easy for them. Once the Tomb of Sargeras raid is available on Mythic difficulty, we’ll also increase the maximum rewards from Mythic Keystone runs to level 15. — source

 

Unsettled Power: Stabilized Titan Essence

There is a new quest in World of Warcraft 7.2.5 (build 24026) named The Spoiled Sample. This item is looted from the Grand Challenger’s Bounty chest — this is the chest you loot from on Tuesdays at your Class Hall, after completing Mythic+ dungeons.

The quest is then turned in at the Blacksmith building (next to the Obliterium forge) in Dalaran. Talk to Arcanomancer Vridiel who then gives you a quest named: Unsettled Power. The reward for completing it is the Stabilized Titan Essence — which Infuses a Legion Legendary item with greater power, raising its item level to 970.

Stabilized Titan Essence

Note: The Writhing Essence x 50 is a grind drop from The Nighthold raid.

This quest will be highly sought by those who haven’t yet completed the Legendary Quest at the Broken Shore Mage Tower, to get that extra oomph needed to complete the class trial.

Unsettled Power

Arcanomancer Vridiel: The release of the energy previously trapped in the Nightwell has… complicated the influence of Aman’Thul scattered around the Broken Isles. Sadly, the results of all of my previous work has been invalidated, much as the contents of this vial. I must understand what caused this change! Please, bring me more samples so that I may continue my work. Naturally, you will be the beneficiary of any breakthroughs I may find.

OBJECTIVES

Bring 50 Writhing Essence to Arcanomancer Vridiel.

 

 

Breaching the Tomb – Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Those who are on the same page through the Broken Shore Questline, today you can complete the next part of the Breaching the Tomb achievement. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy is a quest given by Prophet Velen at the Deliverance Point. Basically, you must complete 12 World Quests in the Broken Shore. This can be achieved in 1-2 days, depending the time you start. Check the Broken Shore map every 2 hours for any new World Quests.

Prophet Velen: In my life, I have witnessed many visions. Some filled me with hope… others, with despair.

Victory over Kil’jaeden lies within our grasp. I have foreseen it. But visions only show us where our path might lead. They require effort to become reality.

That effort falls upon your shoulders, (name). You have done much, but more is needed. fight on the battlefields of the Broken Shore and forge a destiny free from the Legion’s grasp!

 

QUEST OBJECTIVES

Complete 12 World Quests on the Broken Shore.

 

 

Moonkin Festival Guide

The Moonkin Festival is a new micro-Holiday: “A wonderful celebration of all things Moonkin is happening today in Moonglade. Stop by and see what you can learn!

It is currently available for testing in PTR 7.2.5. The quest starts in the southern area of Moonglade, near pet master Elena Flutterfly.

Talk to Makkaw who will give you only one quest. You have to observe the behavior of three Moonkin hatchling packs marked in the mini-map. Just stand by each pack a few seconds until you get credit onscreen for observing that pack. The first pack is dancing. The second pack is practicing Moonfire on a dummy, and the third pack is sleeping.

 

Return to Makkaw to turn in the quest, and he rewards you with a temporary Moonkin Hatchling (2 hour buff). To the left of Makkaw and at locations throughout Moonglade you can find a Moonkin Stone on the ground. Click it to loot a Moonkin Stone: “Attuned to Moonglade, allowing you to understand Moonkin. (3 sec cooldown). Requires Moonkin Festival.” You will get a buff named Understand Moonkin (1 hour).

 

Blizzplanet needs your Patreon support

Blizzplanet is a 14-year-old fansite with writers that are fans as yourself. There is no corporation or small business backing this website. Recently, hosting server woes after publishing the Diablo III Necromancer Summit, and the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Summit content caused Blizzplanet to be offline for a week, and we were offline in April 6 for a few days too.

With that said, I decided to upgrade to a VPS hosting plan which is roughly 7 times expensier. Blizzplanet’s hosting is usually paid from the small revenue the banner ads and the YouTube channel generate, but it might not be enough to cover expenses moving forward. I was able to pay hosting in advance for 3 months. I don’t know what lies beyond that.

I hired someone to transfer the database to the new hosting, and he agreed to be paid back at a later time. So there is that, too.

We have a Patreon banner in each of our subdomain sites, where you can support Blizzplanet with as little as $1 a month, $5 a month, or $10 a month. I am open to suggestions if there is certain type of content you would like us to provide. I am also willing to do one-on-one private livestreams where you can ask me to show something in particular in current or future PTRs, Betas, etc. to those who support us via Patreon or PayPal (each supports credit cards).

As some people know, I have a disability, and thus I am unable to have a job to cover the expenses of this website on my own. For me in specific, Blizzplanet is a venue to keep myself busy, express ideas and feelings, and I enjoy building content for our loyal visitors. Blizzard games and video games in general are my passion since the Arcade and Atari days, in the early 1980s. Yea, I am age 44, nowadays.

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Tomb of Sargeras LFR on PTR April 28-30

Blizzard Entertainment will enable Tomb of Sargeras on the Looking-For-Raid Tool starting Friday 4PM PT and throughout the weekend. In addition, PTR 7.2.5 enabled the Moonkin Festival. So head out to Moonglade to test the new content.

Lore: Work on Patch 7.2.5 is continuing to progress, and this week’s PTR update reflects that. You’ll see several updates and additions to patch features (including some we haven’t enabled for testing yet), another round of class changes, and a new event enabled for testing: the Moonkin Festival. Head to the Moonglade if you’d like to check it out.

Later this week, we’ll be opening up the first wing of Tomb of Sargeras on Raid Finder difficulty for testing. We currently plan to switch it on at around 4 PM Pacific time on Friday, and it’ll remain open throughout the weekend. We’ll open a thread for feedback once it’s available.

Next week, we’re planning to open up Black Temple Timewalking for testing again, and hope to be ready to begin testing the Chromie quest line as well. Thanks for all of your feedback so far, and happy testing! — source

 

Riddler’s Mind-Worm Mount Guide

A couple of days ago, Nightswifty posted instructions on how the Secret Finding Discord Community discovered a mind-boggling riddle that leads to looting the Riddler’s Mind-Worm mount. This new riddle harkens back to the scale of Kosumoth the Hungering’s, and shows a trend that we might see more in the future. Whether in Legion, or beyond. Muffinus posted in Twitter: “Until next time.” along with a DC Comics Batman’s Riddler image, and changed his twitter header to an image of players mounting the Riddler’s Mind-Worm. A sign that more are coming.

I will put together some of the steps to hunt for the pieces needed to earn the mount, in a way that is easy to understand, and showing you can do this sparing some time. Read the guide below.

DBM April’s Fool: Rhonin Dialogue Spam

UPDATE: There is a new DBM update that removes the Rhonin dialogue. Download it at curse.

Those of you annoyed to no end with Rhonin’s lengthy dialogue anytime entering upon the world after teleporting or login into the game, well that was your Deadly Boss Mod (DBM).

Open your World of Warcraft folder: \World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\DBM-Core

In the line of code found in the DBM-Core.lua you can find the following text (open with Notepad):

do
local soundFiles = {
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event01.ogg",--5
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event02.ogg",--5
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event03.ogg",--5.5
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event04.ogg",--9
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event05.ogg",--4
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event06.ogg",--10
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event07.ogg",--15
"Sound\\Creature\\Rhonin\\UR_Rhonin_Event08.ogg",
}
local function playDelay(self, count)
self:PlaySoundFile(soundFiles[count])
end

function DBM:AprilFools()
self:Unschedule(self.AprilFools)
local currentMapId = GetPlayerMapAreaID("player")
if not currentMapId then
SetMapToCurrentZone()
currentMapId = GetCurrentMapAreaID()
end
self:Schedule(120 + math.random(0, 300) , self.AprilFools, self)
if currentMapId ~= 1014 then return end--Legion Dalaran
playDelay(self, 1)
self:Schedule(5, playDelay, self, 2)
self:Schedule(10, playDelay, self, 3)
self:Schedule(15.5, playDelay, self, 4)
self:Schedule(24.5, playDelay, self, 5)
self:Schedule(28, playDelay, self, 6)
self:Schedule(37.5, playDelay, self, 7)
self:Schedule(50.5, playDelay, self, 8)
end
function DBM:PLAYER_ENTERING_WORLD()
local weekday, month, day, year = CalendarGetDate()--Must be called after PLAYER_ENTERING_WORLD
if month == 4 and day == 1 then--April 1st
self:Schedule(180 + math.random(0, 300) , self.AprilFools, self)
end

 

According to tomshe in the following Reddit thread, there are two known ways to disable this april’s fool code. Either disable the addon (which is not recommended if you plan to raid throughout the course of the day), or edit the DBM-Core.lua file after searching for “april” — then delete the line of code seen above. It’s recommended to copy the file before editing it, in case something goes wrong.

Ready for Patch 7.2? Leveling from 100

I spent most of the end of 2016 and early 2017 playing Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch Season 3. I got three golden weapons so far in the latter. That means, I had not played World of Warcraft: Legion when it came out. I did play all classes in Technical Alpha and Beta, so I knew my way around.

I started a level 100 character, my main actually, on February 24th. As seen in the image below, I reached level 110 on February 26th. I am disabled, so let’s say I have a lot of time.

 

Not everyone has the amount of time I do, but you can do a lot in your spare time by focusing where it matters. I reached level 110 in about two days. On day one, I had completed all the quests in Azsuna, Val’sharah, Highmountain, and probably the first 20 quests in Stormheim before heading to sleep.

On the second day, I finished Stormheim and got to level 110. Then started the Suramar quests. There is a point where the Suramar quests get sorta gated, and you have to increase your reputation with the Nightfallen to unlock the next series of quests.

So at that point, I shifted my focus on doing world quests all across the Broken Isles. Kirin Tor world quest emissary also lets you gain 1500 reputation with the desired faction. Focusing on World Quests has a purpose: Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One. You need this to fly later in Legion. Part one increases your Mount Speed in the meantime. As seen in the time stamp, it took me 16 days to complete the Broken Isles Pathfinder achievement.

 

The Loremaster of Legion is completing all the quests in each Broken Isle zone. That takes some time because you need to have reached Exalted with the Nightfallen to complete the Suramar storyline.

A Glorious Campaign is obtained by completing all of the Campaign quests.

Variety is the Spice of Life is obtained by completing 100 World Quests.

Broken Isles Diplomat is obtained by reaching Revered reputation with all the Broken Isles factions.

It is now March 21, and I have done Heroic Emerald Dream, Heroic Trial of Valor, and killed Grand Magistrix Elisande in Normal Mode (in the Premade Group Finder). I have two Legendaries iLevel 940 from Mythic dungeons. Finding gear has been slow after ilevel 780, because most players are now over ilevel 910 and either decline to invite me to Premade Groups, or end up kicking low DPS/low geared after the first wipe; but I’ll get to my goal eventually.

If you have been away from World of Warcraft for a while, I hope this article inspires you to get onboard again. You most likely do not have as much time to spend as I do, but I have shown you how quick you can accomplish some of your goals in preparation for the upcoming Patch 7.2.

Focus on your Order Hall campaign quests, do World Quests, when those are finished for the day, focus Mythic dungeons. You don’t need higher Mythic dungeons to loot Legendaries, however.

I looted Prydaz yesterday from Eye of Azshara (Mythic 0) while doing a world quest. I got Liadrin’s Fury Unleashed from Black Rook Hold (Mythic+ 3).

With the most immediate goals already fulfilled, I am now ready for Patch 7.2, when Khadgar will send me to the Broken Shore once more.

Before that, I am currently focusing on gearing up and finishing some hardcore questlines. I am currently three quests away from finishing Kalec’s story — just 5 Nightshards away to complete Into the Nighthold. I am very likely finishing that part today after the server reset’s weekly maintenance. Kalec’s questline ends with Balance of Power which unlocks one of your Artifact Appearances. In my case the Burning Reprisal appearance for the Ashbringer. I completed last week the Hidden Corrupted Ashbringer appearance.

The one goal I am focusing on is the Soul Prism of the Illidari quest — which is part of the Order Hall Campaign. It is the most time consuming one at the moment because it is gated to only 10 Lingering Souls per week lockout. You need 80. So that’s a 8-weeks endevour. You gather these Lingering Souls from the last boss of Normal, Heroic, or Mythic dungeons.

I am positive that this questline is tied to unlocking some important quests later in Patch 7.2, because this is the questline to hold the soul of Illidan. From the recent Patch 7.2 preview shown by Blizzard Entertainment, Illidan and Khadgar play an important role in the next chapter of Legion.

 

So, it doesn’t matter what part in this long chain of events you are, you gotta gear up, finish the Order Hall campaign quests and chop-chop, get ready for Patch 7.2. If I could do all this in 24 days, you certainly can.

NOTE: It’s been 26 days since I started Legion at level 100, but I spent 2 days at PAX East with no access to the game.

 

BlizzCon 2017 Tickets on Sale in April

Blizzard Entertainment announced BlizzCon 2017 tickets will be on sale in April 5 and April 8. The Anaheim Convention Center will open its doors to BlizzCon attendees through November 3-4.

IRVINE, Calif. — Rally your raid group and find the nearest flight path to Southern California for BlizzCon® 2017, returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 3 and 4! Tickets to Blizzard Entertainment’s epic gaming convention and community celebration will be made available on two dates, April 5 and April 8 .

At this year’s event, attendees will get a chance to meet and chat with Blizzard developers, learn more about upcoming features and content, and experience their fellow players’ creativity on display through cosplay, art, and a variety of contests. BlizzCon also serves as center stage for Blizzard esports activity, with multiple global tournaments culminating at the show.

“BlizzCon will be here again before we know it, and we’re looking forward to catching up with the community, taking in the awesome esports action, and showing everyone what we’ve been working on,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “We’re already hard at work making this year’s show an unforgettable experience — we can’t wait to see everyone there.”

In 2017, BlizzCon attendees can expect:

  • A chance to play the very latest in Blizzard Entertainment games
  • World-class esports competition in Overwatch, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft
  • Epic community contests with exciting prizes
  • Panels and Q&A sessions with Blizzard developers and artists
  • Exclusive BlizzCon souvenirs and merchandise
  • More activities and attractions—keep an eye on www.blizzcon.com for updates

The first BlizzCon ticket sale is scheduled to take place Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. PT; the second ticket sale will be on Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased for $199 USD each (plus applicable taxes and fees) through the online ticketing service Universe. Visit www.blizzcon.com for complete details.

An exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County will take place the evening of Thursday, November 2 , and those who attend will have the chance to spend time with Blizzard developers, artists, and community representatives while supporting a great cause. A limited number of tickets (which include BlizzCon admission) will go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. PT , priced at $750 each, and Blizzard Entertainment will donate the net proceeds to the hospital.

Once again, gamers around the globe will also have the opportunity to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of home via the Virtual Ticket, which offers live streaming coverage of the event. More details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.

Prospective BlizzCon attendees can make advance hotel reservations now and receive special BlizzCon rates by booking through the BlizzCon hotel website.

To keep up on the latest BlizzCon 2017 news, visit the official site at www.blizzcon.com.