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7.1.5 PTR: Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday
2016/12/06 at 1:59 AM
Micro-holidays are new types of celebrations coming in Patch 7.1.5; each one will last for only a few days and pay tribute to a different part of Azeroth's culture. Over the next few weeks, a different one will be up to test each day on the PTR!
Call of the Scarab
(January 21 - 23)
: "On this date, the Scarab Gong was rung, opening the gates of Ahn'Qiraj. Represent your faction by gathering supplies or by slaying Twilight and Qiraji forces. The winning faction gets to fly their banner next to the Scarab Gong for the rest of the year!"
The event will pit the Alliance and Horde against each other to earn the most credit (
Horde War Effort Credit
): whoever wins can fly their faction flag in Silithus for a year.
7.1.5 PTR: Build 23178 Spell Changes, Brawler's Guild Music, Changed Nighthold Loot Stats
2016/12/05 at 7:50 PM
It's time for the weekly 7.1.5 PTR build! This build will have
several new things to test
: Upper Nighthold Bosses and micro-holidays. Highlights include:
New Brawler's Guild music!
wowtokenui.lua has been updated with information about redeeming the WoW Token for Battle.net Balance.
More legendary proc tuning.
The Windwalker Talent Dizzying Kicks has been replaced with
Summon Black Ox Statue
for Brewmasters has been replaced with
Many Nighthold items had changed secondary stats.
As part of the secondary stat rebalancing, many Legion items above ilvl 800 had a stat gain.
7.1.5 PTR Feedback: Shadow Priests, Tanks in PvP, Communication, Upper Nighthold Testing, Sephuz's Secret
2016/12/05 at 2:51 PM
7.1.5 PTR forum posts continue: today so far we have a long reply about
Shadow Priest feedback
by Anshlun, the goal of tanks in PvP, and updates on improved communication:
The overall goal for Shadow in 7.1.5 is to reign in extreme situations caused by
Surrender to Madness
, not nerf Shadow overall. In future builds, the duration of Shadow DoTs will be increased as well.
More adjustments are on the way for tanks in PvP; Protection Paladins were able to heal too much and were already adjusted.
Work is being done for improved PTR communication; changing internal procedures takes time.
More Nighthold bosses are open for testing:
Star Augur Etraeus
High Botanist Tel'arn
Micro-holidays will be open for testing on the PTR. Check out our
for details on each event.
7.1.5 PTR: Profession Recipes and Blacksmithing Quests
2016/12/03 at 10:41 AM
Today's 7.1.5 PTR preview covers professions on the PTR; following our
early item preview
, we've hopped on the PTR to hunt down some of the new recipes and quests.
Blacksmiths complete quests like
Blackrock Depths: Jewel of the Depths
for old recipes which were removed in Cataclysm, as well as new recipes
Plans: Bleakwood Hew
Obliterum now has 10 upgrades, up from 8.
There is a new series of cheaper neck enchants, for 200 each of a secondary stat.
Engineers can craft a shoulder enchant,
Boon of the Builder
. These are used in turn for new ilvl 880 helms.
is a new Fishing Battle pet!
7.1.5 PTR Feedback: Warlocks, Class Communication, and Nighthold Testing
2016/12/01 at 9:35 AM
Following the news that
Nighthold was open for testing on the PTR
, Watcher made a series of posts on PTR feedback threads explaining how the raid testing allows Blizzard to also get data on class mechanics. He then apologized for the lack of communication surrounding 7.1.5 class changes with the long holiday weekend, and sympathized with Warlocks, notably that something was lost when Embers were removed from Destruction, and mechanics like
, while fitting the fantasy of a spec, are cumbersome to play.
Edit: devolore on Twitter and Reddit has followed up with more thoughts on Blizzard communication improvements.
7.1.5 PTR: Build 23109 Spell and Legendary Changes
2016/11/29 at 6:03 PM
The 7.1.5 PTR has fully updated to Build 23109; many spell changes included below were discovered
but today's update should also cover new spells, achievements, and items.
New Legendaries include
Butcher's Bone Apron
Oakheart's Puny Quods
. Other legendaries like
received a buff!
Many silly drink items were added to the database like
Nomi's Fire Whiskey
- a few weeks ago
The Crafticus asked users on Twitter
for fun drink names. Perhaps these are related to
Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl
The Artifact Knowledge catch-up system has undergone another refinement. There are now a series of Bind on Account books helping you research 5-20 levels like
Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-IV
Check out the new items in our database
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