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This Week in World of Warcraft – Ny’alotha, BFA Season 4, Shek’zara World Boss

This Week in World of Warcraft
Battle for Azeroth Season 4 has started in NA!

New Raid – Ny’alotha, the Waking City
Ny’alotha, the Waking City raid opens today with 12 new bosses available on normal and heroic. Click the banner below for the raid preview and a list of new mounts, pets and achievements that you can get from Ny’alotha!

Raid Unlock Schedule

  • January 21 – Normal and Heroic Difficulties
  • January 28 – Mythic Ny’alotha and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Vision of Destiny: Wrathion, the Black Emperor, Maut, The Prophet Skitra)
  • February 11 – Raid Finder Wing 2 (Halls of Devotion: Dark Inquisitor Xanesh, Vexiona, The Hivemind, Ra-den the Despoiled)
  • February 25 – Raid Finder Wing 3 (Gift of Flesh: Shad’har the Insatiable, Drest’agath, Il’gynoth, Corruption Reborn)
  • March 10 – Raid Finder Wing 4 (The Waking Dream: Carapace of N’Zoth, N’Zoth the Corruptor)

Mythic Keystone Dungeons Season 4 Affix – Awakened
Patch 8.3 comes with a new seasonal mythic plus affix to replace Beguiling called Awakened. Click the banner below for a full rundown of the affix.

Heroic and Mythic Plus Mechagon
The mythic only mega-dungeon Operation: Mechagon has been split into two parts and given a heroic difficulty. Starting today, Operation: Mechagon – Junkyard and Operation: Mechagon – Workshop will start appearing on keys for mythic plus. Click the banner below for a preview of the dungeons!

It is likely that the Mechagon Peacekeeper mount will still only have a chance to drop from mythic HK-8 Aerial Opression Unit or at the end chest in a Operation Mechagon: Junkyard mythic plus run. Aerial Unit R-21/X is still an reward from completing a hard mode run on mythic difficulty.

Battle for Azeroth PvP Season 4

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Season 4 brings new player-versus-player content including the new Teeming Islands Brawl. This large-scale battle brings together two teams of 10 on an island overflowing with powerful creatures. This Brawl brings an additional challenge to the shores of PvP Island Expeditions by increasing the total amount of players from six to 20 on the biggest Islands (Havenswood and Jorundall).

Participants can earn two new mounts—the Vicious White Bonesteed (Horde) and Vicious White Warsaber (Alliance) and the highest-rated players will unlock the new Corrupted Gladiator’s Proto-Drake mount.

Reward Updates
Item level rewards in Random Battlegrounds have also been increased by 30. During the first week of Season 4, end-of-match rewards will be capped at item-level 445. This will require Challenger rank to earn. Beginning in week 2, Challenger rank rewards will be item-level 460.

Conquest Schedule
Week – Item Level – Item 1 – Item 2

  • 1 – 440 – Weapon
  • 2 – 445 – Head
  • 3 – 445 – Legs – Wrist
  • 4 – 445 – Trinket
  • 5 – 445 – Chest
  • 6 – 445 – Hand -Waist
  • 7 – 445 – Shoulder
  • 8 – 445 – Trinket
  • 9 – 445 – Feet – Finger
  • 10 – 460 – Weapon
  • 11 – 460 – Head
  • 12 – 460 – Legs – Waist
  • 13 – 460 – Trinket
  • 14 – 460 – Chest
  • 15 – 460 – Hand – Wrist
  • 16 – 460 – Shoulder
  • 17 – 460 – Trinket
  • 18 – 460 – Finger – Feet
  • 19 – 460 – Weapon
  • 20 – 460 – Head
  • 21 – 460 – Waist – Legs
  • 22 – 460 – Trinket
  • 23 – 460 – Chest
  • 24 – 460 – Legs – Finger
  • 25 – 460 – Shoulder
  • 26 – 460 – Head
  • 27 – 460 -Hand – Feet
  • 28 – 460 – Chest
  • 29 – 460 – Shoulder
  • 30 – 460 – Wrist – Waist

Grand Empress Shek’zara World Boss
Grand Empress Shek’zara is the world boss for the week!

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Grand Empress Shek’zara
With the awakening of N’Zoth, Shek’zara, empress of the mantid, pledged her swarm to the old god’s will. In service of her dark master, she unleashed her forces upon the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to claim Pandaria in N’Zoth’s name.

  • Overview – Grand Empress Shek’zara uses her powerful voice and Zara’thik Swarmguard to overwhelm enemies.
  • Song of the Empress – Shek’zara chants the Song of the Empress, emitting sound waves that travel outwards from her.
    Players that come into contact with Song of the Empress are Silenced and suffer 4 Nature damage every 0.5 sec for 3 sec.
  • Force and Verve – Shek’zara shouts, inflicting 33 Nature damage every 1 sec for 6 sec.
    Players standing in a Sound Barrier take 70% reduced damage from Force and Verve.
    • Sound Barrier – Reduces damage dealt by Force and Verve by 70%.
  • Summon Swarmguard – Shek’zara summons her Zara’thik Swarmguard to aid her in battle.
    • Zara’thik Swarmguard
      • Bladestorm – Charges to a player’s location and spins a blade around the caster, inflicting 33 Physical damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec.
    • Zara’thik Ambershaper
      • Amber Bolt Volley – Fires bolts of hardened amber at all nearby enemies, inflicting 25 Nature damage.

Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
445 Finger Finger Loop of Abhorrent Celerity
445 Cloth Head Maniacal Speaker’s Cover
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445 Leather Head Guise of the Voracious Prowler
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445 Mail Legs Greaves of Shattered Thoughts
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445 Plate Legs Chitinous Conqueror’s Legplates
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Heroic Battle for Darkshore Warfront
Just like the Heroic Battle for Stromgarde Warfront added in Patch 8.2, Visions of N’Zoth will allow you to queue up with 10 to 20 people for the Heroic Battle for Darkshore Warfront. Heroic versions of warfronts provide higher quality rewards (1x item level 460 piece for the quest) but also an increased difficulty. Click the banner below for more information on the Battle for Darkshore Warfront!

Island Expeditions for the Week of January 21st, 2020
The Island Expeditions for the week are:

  • Molten Cay with Ogres
  • Crestfall with Twilight Drakes
  • Skittering Hollow with Nerubians

The Salvage Crates available for purchase this week are:

Pet Battle Bonus Event

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Put your best battle pet teams to the test with this week’s event. To get in on the action, open your Pet Journal (Collections Shift+ P) and click the “Find Battle” button to be match up with an opponent with their own team of well-trained companions.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar and in Boralus has a quest for you – The Very Best. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it within the Adventure Journal.
  • Quest requirement: Win 5 pet battles versus other players with a team of three level-25 pets.
  • Reward: One Ultimate Battle-Training Stone.
  • Passive bonus: All Pet Battle experience gains are increased by +200%

Every Week
The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.

PvP Brawl: Warsong Scramble

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Every other week a new PvP Brawl will be available to players looking for something just a little different. Each Brawl will offer a variety of modes, rules, and scenic changes to the usual Battleground gameplay, and you’ll find them in the Group Finder tool (hotkey “I”) in the Player vs. Player tab. Just like Random Battlegrounds, you’ll receive a reward for achieving victory.

Warsong Scramble – Capture the Flag
Do you have a flag? Warsong Gulch has always been the scene of an epic Capture the Flag battle, but what happens when you can capture your enemy’s flag without your own at base? Find out when you step into this PvP Brawl! We’ve also added a few more power-ups to the field of battle to stir things up a bit. To win, your team will need to be the first to capture 5 flags.