World of Warcraft PTR Patch 7.3 (v0.24781)

The World of Warcraft PTR Patch 7.3 (v0.24781)

  • New loading screens
  • The Netherlight Crucible quest is now working and you can turn in the quest
  • Thaumaturge Vashreen (in the Vindicaar) now sells iLevel 910 items for 650 Veiled Argunite
  • The Argus map allows you to click the zones: Mac’Aree, Antoran Wastes, and Krokun to view the map of each zone. It still has two issues where the Invasion Point icon still shows there and map is still named Broken Isles.
  • The Invasion Points are now active once more for testing.
  • Rare Elites in the Antoran Wastes are now dropping catch up soulbound loot like in the Timeless Isle (Mists of Pandaria). The soulbound loot is iLevel 880 — USE: Create a Soulbound item appropriate for your loot specialization. Requires level 110.
  • You can now collect Demon Eyes after getting the eredar disguise buff “Agent of the All-Seer” from All-Seer Focus (Read instructions). Any kind of demon in the Antoran Wastes has a chance to drop Demon Eyes.
  • All NPC dialogues during quests now have voice over.

 

Raid Testing Schedule

Skordyn: On Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th we will be conducting raid tests of Antorus, the Burning Throne. If testing goes well, a number of the bosses tested will remain open on Normal difficulty over the weekend.

Thursday, August 10th

Varimathras – Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

The Coven of Shivarra – Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Aggramar- Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 0:00 CEST)

Friday, August 11th

Garothi Worldbreaker – Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Felhounds of Sargeras – Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Friday, August 11th – Monday, August 14th

Kin’garoth, Varimathras, Coven of the Shivarra and Aggramar – Normal Antorus, the Burning Throne

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR 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 Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. 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 110 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.

 

Patch 7.3 – Miss the Fel Reaver days? Argus has you covered

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, in a very very distant… place named Outland, players who decided to take a little break going AFK would meet a certain death, or while fighting a bunch of trash mobs they would hear a distant hellish whirl sound, turn around, and have the infamous Fel Reaver stomp on them to death. That Fel Reaver was the stuff of legends, let me tell you.

With Patch 7.3, you don’t only have to worry about an upgraded Fel Reaver, but two other threats. One is environmental, and the other one is a Legion weapon.

 

The Death of a Titan Rewards Netherlight Crucible Enhancement Legendary Ring

The quest titled “The Death of a Titan” rewards the Insignia of the Grand Army — a Legendary Ring that increases the effects of Light and Shadow powers granted by the Netherlight Crucible by 50%.

In order to acquire this reward, players have to defeat the Soul of Argus aka the final boss Argus the Unmaker in the Antorus, the Burning Throne raid.

 

Kul Tiras Expansion Rumor Intensifies with New BlizzCon Key Art

Blizzard Entertainment’s twitter account has been releasing portions of the key art for BlizzCon 2017. So far they’ve released the Diablo and World of WarCraft key art, with the latter having some very interesting implications for what will be announced this year. Previously datamined armor sets suggest that Kul Tiras might be the setting of the next expansion. Now World of WarCraft is being represented by Jaina Proudmoore this year, and if past BlizzCon key art has anything to say, then its even further evidence that the long requested island kingdom is finally making its way into WoW.

Want to know why? Read on after the jump!

Activision Blizzard Q2 2017 Financial Conference Transcript

The Activision Blizzard Q2 2017 financial conference call took place today Aug 3 at 4:30pm EST. If you read the transcript after the break, it seems that World of Warcraft Patch 7.3 is scheduled internally for release after GamesCom 2017. Blizzard will feature the content there (unless Coddy was referring to something else).

  • Activision Blizzard had 407 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs)B in the quarter.

  • Blizzard had the biggest quarterly online player community in its history with a record 46 million MAUsB, up 38% year-over-year. The Overwatch community continued to grow more than a year after launch, setting another all-time MAUB record with the release of two seasonal events in the quarter. Hearthstone® MAUsB grew year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter to an all-time record, driven by its expansion, Journey to Un’Goro™.

  • Blizzard had Q2-record time spent. In April, Blizzard launched Uprising, an Overwatch seasonal event that included a player-versus-environment mode that drew record play time. Overwatch’s Anniversary event in May and June also drove strong engagement with record participation in customization items. Time spent in World of Warcraft® grew year-over-year in the second quarter, and the Legion™ expansion continued to perform ahead of the prior expansion.

  • Blizzard announced the first seven team sales for the Overwatch League , the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams, and the league is set to begin its inaugural competitive season later this year.

  • Blizzard announced a live-streaming media rights partnership for esports and in-game content across a number of franchises, but excluding Overwatch League content.

  • Activision Blizzard delivered nearly $1 billion of in-game revenues in the quarter with record performance in the first half of 2017.

  • Blizzard’s Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Diablo® III, which debuted new content during the quarter, drove strong in-game participation.

The event didn’t have Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime this time as a speaker, but he answered a question during the Q&A. The conference had the following speakers: Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick, Collister “Coddy” Johnson, and Spencer Neumann. Read the most pertinent parts of the event in the transcript.

Activision Blizzard Q2 2017

 

The Burning Heart | Patch 7.3

Prophet Velen: The loss of Xe’ra is a blow, especially to Turalyon. But even the Light Mother could not be allowed to force destiny upon us.

I wish Illidan had found another way to refuse her… but I too have had choices imposed upon me by the naaru.

This must not distract us from our mission. Now that we have the Army of the Light survivors with us, it is time to press our attack.

We need a foothold on the Antoran Wastes from which we can assault the Burning Throne. It is time to deprive Sargeras of his prize!

 

Objectives

Use the Navigation Console to travel to the Antoran Wastes.

The Burning Heart

 

Essence of the Light Mother | Patch 7.3

Prophet Velen: This is a crucial moment, (name). Our campaign must not lose momentum. Though she has fallen, I still sense Xe’ra’s presence all around us. The Light that shone within her heart can yet be a source of strength for our cause. No doubt the loss of Xe’ra has deeply wounded Turalyon. I will do what I can to ease his troubled spirit while you gather the vestiges of the naaru that remain.

 

Objectives

Collect 3 Vestiges of Light.

Essence of the Light Mother