A controversial Order Hall research bonus, due to be added to the game in patch 7.2, has been changed. Originally, this bonus enabled relics to roll a random second trait. However, players on the PTR argued that this added another layer of randomness to the loot system, and was too much of a power spike for alts to compete with against mains. Instead, players will be able to unlock the ability to double the AP gains from World Quests. The second trait bonus is likely to make a comeback later in Legion, however. CM Lore posted Blizzard’s reasoning on the matter on both the US and EU forums:
Exploring Azeroth wanders delves into the hidden places of the world. From Deepholm to Highmountain, these articles are your guide off the beaten path. Dimensional ships belonging to the Burning Legion have begun to appear in the skies of Azeroth, on the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha. Currently they aren’t doing much more than hovering there and looking menacing. The ships have only been spotted in one location – Deadwind Pass, directly above Karazhan – but I expect more to be added over time. My tactic of ‘Fly to areas with a strong Legion presence and hope to run into something interesting’ was ultimately fruitless. Anyone who has played through or seen pictures from the Demon Hunter starting experience will be familiar with the ships’ appearance – they are identical to The Fel Hammer, the end of the starting zone. The only difference is that they are horizontal, rather than vertical. The ships
Duncan Jones, director of Warcraft (out in June) tweeted some pictures of the Stormwind set last night. It looks like a fairly faithful reproduction of what we assume is the city’s main square, although there is an inn (The Woadside Inn) where the Auction House was pre-Cataclysm. And this one… pic.twitter.com/YYmB4FhATh — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 23, 2016 Also on show are shops, including a herbalist and a butcher, and a message board with posters advertising the Darkmoon Faire, Stranglethorn Fishing Contest Extravagaza and Brewfest! Look closely and you’ll also see flyers offering rewards for kobold kills and a Wanted: Hogger advertisement. The guard (we assume, because he looks to be wearing armour underneath that tunic) doesn’t appear very healthy, though. Could this be after a battle with the invading orcs? These might be easier to see… pic.twitter.com/zjamyZqxzh — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 23, 2016 The first TV advert for the
Exploring Azeroth wanders delves absentmindedly purposefully into the hidden places of the world. From the sunlit glades of Elwynn to the peaks of Highmountain, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Spires of Arak Reward: Leorajh Welcome to the first Exploring Azeroth of the new year – and the last, until the Legion alpha/beta comes back up. We’ve reached a point where, although there is more to write about, most of the really interesting stuff has been covered! Therefore, this column is going on hiatus for a few weeks. Anyway – Leorajh! The sabreons, introduced in Warlords (and commonly thought to be the precursor to the flayers of Burning Crusade), are a fan favourite, and Leorajh is the only follower of the race that players can pick up. Not only that, he also has the Bodyguard trait, and can accompany you on your travels through Draenor.
Exploring Azeroth wanders delves absentmindedly purposefully into the hidden places of the world. From the sunlit glades of Elwynn to the peaks of Highmountain, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Weeping Bluffs, Stormheim Rewards: Whitewater Torrent (toy) Welcome to the first (technically second, if we include the Terky episode) Exploring Azeroth – the new face of Exploring Draenor, as we move into Legion. As with all of our Legion coverage, we’ll do our best to avoid spoilers, but some might slip past us. If you want to go in to Legion absolutely fresh, it may be best to stop reading here. Still with us? Great. After the Alliance’s explosive entry into Stormheim, you will land at the Weeping Bluffs; a particularly scenic area of rock pools and water falls, filtering down from Highmountain above – much like how Mount Hyjal drains into Felwood.
Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Magnarok, Frostfire Ridge Reward: Magnaron Heart We cross Draenor this week, away from Shadowmoon Valley and to the Horde’s starting zone, Frostfire Ridge – albeit the level 100 area of it, Magnarok. Valkor is a huge magnaron – one of the primal ancestors of the gronn – patrolling around the lava pools in Magnarok. Despite his intimidating size and health pool (2.5 million), he is a very easy fight for ranged players, as he only has a single ability: Smash. Smash has a long range: be careful not to get clipped by it, as it will deal very heavy damage – as much as 50% of your health pool – and
With the Legion alpha in full swing, it’s time to share some thoughts on our favourite classes. First up: Mages. Only one spec is playable right now, and to many it is the quintessential Mage specialisation, Fire. The Fire Mage artefact is Felo’melorn, the sword of the Sunstrider family of the Blood Elves. It was broken and then reforged (sound familiar?), and used by Kael’thas to fight the Lich King, who was armed with the runeblade, Frostmourne. It’s a powerful weapon. After retrieving the sword, you will have a passive ability (Highblade’s Will) that generates Flame Orbs; these hover around you and turn your Pyroblast into Phoenix’s Flames, which deals about 1.5 times the damage of Pyroblast, is instant cast and also causes splash damage. The graphics aren’t great at the moment (the phoenixes you conjure just sort of hover towards the target – I’m hoping that they become faster, more direct and
Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: North Umbrafen, Shadowmoon Valley Reward: Ba’ruun’s Bountiful Bloom We branch out from Tanaan Jungle this week – although we’re nowhere near done with the rare spawns and vignettes in that zone, even after five months – to re-visit Shadowmoon Valley. If you’ve ever felt like you needed a pocket Mage, then this rare spawn is for you. Ba’ruun is a fungal giant in the Umbrafen marsh, standing on an island where it empties into the Tanaan Channel. You will need to cross the waters of the Channel to reach him, avoiding the Shockscale Eeels as you do so. As with most of the fungal giants found across Draenor and Outland,
Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland – but not this week. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path – or on another world. Today’s Exploring Draenor is totally not an excuse to write about my experiences in the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha test. Look, Demon Hunters start with an ability that lets them see treasure through walls, okay? This thing writes itself. Let’s begin with character creation. A new feature has been added that allows players to go back to customisation before logging the character in for the first time – basically, giving you all of the creation options again. Those options have been expanded for Demon Hunters, too – my Night Elf (because #AlliancePride #HeartOfALion #ForLordaeron) had new green and dark grey (almost black)
Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Nagrand Reward: Steamwheedle Preservation Society reputation, ~270g Goblins are well known for their philanthropic ways. That short, ugly, money-grubbing exterior hides a charitable and generous heart – or at least, that’s what the Steamwheedle Preservation Society would have you believe. The thing is, goblins aren’t wholly convincing liars when they’re not trying to sell you a three-legged horse or an axe with no head (commonly known as ‘a stick’). The SPS is a goblin faction mainly found in Nagrand. Rewards for raising your reputation include pets (Captured Forest Sproutling, Indentured Albino River Calf), a mount (Domesticated Razorback), a new rare follower (Contract: Professor Felblast), and a toy…of sorts (spoiler: it’s a