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This Week in WoW – February 25th, 2020

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes – February 24, 2020

This Week in World of Warcraft

Patch 8.3 Hotfixes with Regional Restarts – February 25th, 2020

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

  • Druid
    • Restoration
      • [With regional restarts] Rejuvenation now costs 10% base mana (was 10.5%).
      • [With regional restarts] Efflorescence now costs 17% base mana (was 21.6%).
      • [With regional restarts] Tranquility direct healing increased 11%.
        • Developers’ note: These changes should improve Restoration Druid’s raid healing output, without much impact to their already strong capabilities in dungeons and Arena.
  • Hunter
    • Marksmanship
      • [With regional restarts] Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.
  • Mage
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.
  • Monk
    • Windwalker
      • [With regional restarts] Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.
        • Damage unchanged in PvP.
  • Rogue
    • Outlaw
      • Resolved an issue that could prevent Blade Flurry from damaging some types of creatures in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
  • Shaman
    • Enhancement
      • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
  • Warlock
    • Demonology
      • [With regional restarts] Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.

Items and Rewards

  • Torn Pages of “Fear and Flesh”
    • The number of Torn Pages of “Fear and Flesh” quest items required for the rank 13-15 cloak quests has been reduced.
      • Rank 13 now requires 4 Torn Pages (down from 6).
      • Rank 14 now requires 6 Torn Pages (down from 12).
      • Rank 15 now requires 8 Torn Pages (down from 18).
      • Developers’ note: This change should make all the quests completable by most players in the week and not require players to feel the need to save as many keys week to week. Along with our other quality-of-life changes, this should help newer characters catch up with their peers.
    • [With regional restarts] Up to 4 Torn Pages of “Fear and Flesh” quest items can now drop in Horrific Visions from objectives on the rank 7-11 legendary cloak upgrade quests (max of 2).
      • Developers’ note: Players will need to clear more than two side areas in one run to get more than two pages. The rank 13-15 quests will still drop a max of 2 pages, only from Lost Area objectives.
  • Coalescing Visions
  • Heart of Azeroth
    • Reaping Flames (Essence) will no longer have its cooldown reduced to 5 seconds and deal additional damage when killing Twisted Appendages.

Player versus Player

  • Tank-specialization characters take an additional 50% damage from enemy players (was 40%).
    • Death Knight
      • Blood
        • Death Strike now heals for 12.5% of damage taken when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 25%).
        • Death Strike now heals for a minimum of 3.5% of maximum health when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 7%).
      • Frost, Unholy
        • [With regional restarts] Death Strike now heals for 30% of damage taken when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 40%).
        • [With regional restarts] Death Strike now heals for a minimum of 5% of maximum health when engaged in combat with enemy players, down from 10%.
    • Mage
      • Arcane
        • [With regional restarts] Prismatic Barrier now absorbs 40% less damage when engaged in combat with enemy players.
      • Fire
        • [With regional restarts] Blazing Barrier absorbs 40% less damage when engaged in combat with enemy players.
      • Frost
        • [With regional restarts] Ice Barrier absorbs 40% less damage when engaged in combat with enemy players.
    • Warlock
      • Affliction, Destruction
        • [With regional restarts] Demon Armor now increases Stamina by 5%, (was 10%).
        • [With regional restarts] Demon Armor now increases Armor by 90% (was 150%).

Ny’alotha, the Waking City – Gift of Flesh
Ny’alotha Wing 3 Gift of Flesh is now open on Raid Finder. 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 wanesh, 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)

Vuk’laz the Earthbreaker World Boss
Vuk’laz the Earthbreaker is up in Uldum!

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Vuk’laz the Earthbreaker
Plumbing the forgotten depths of Azeroth, Prophet Skitra unearthed a devastating aqir known as Vuk’laz the Earthbreaker. Now freed from its subterranean slumber, Vuk’laz turns its destructive power against those who oppose N’Zoth.

  • Overview – Vuk’laz is a living weapon of war that attempts to overcome its enemies with devastating physical attacks. As the battle rages Vuk’laz summons scarabs to its aid from beneath the Writhing Sands.
    • Damage Dealers
    • Healers
    • Tanks
  • Vuk’laz the Earthbreaker
    • Tremor Wave – Vuk’laz unleashes a mighty tremor, knocking back all players in a 40 yard frontal cone and inflicting 50 Physical damage.
    • Writhing Sands – Vuk’laz summons a horde of Aqir scarabs from beneath the sands.
      • Aqir Scarab – Aqir Scarabs emerge from the sands to swarm and overwhelm players.
    • Razor Spines – Vuk’laz shoots razor sharp spines from its carapace, inflicting 30 Physical damage to all players within 0 yards.
    • Crushing Claws – Vuk’laz lashes out with both claws, inflicting 90 Physical damage to its current target.

Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
445 Finger Finger Band of Insidious Ruminations
445 Cloth Legs Breeches of Faithful Execution
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445 Leather Legs Grotesque Mutilator’s Leggings
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445 Mail Head Psyche Tormentor’s Visage
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445 Plate Head Greathelm of Indiscriminate Brutality
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N’Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Assault: Aqir

Assault: The Black Empire

To learn more about the N’Zoth Assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms, click the banner below for an in depth guide.

Weekly Bonus Event – Battlegrounds

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A new weekly quest and rewards are here—steel yourself for Battleground combat!

Seven Days on the Battlegrounds
All this week, heading to the Battlegrounds will net you some extra Honor along with bonus loot for completing this week’s quest. To enter the fray, open Group Finder (default hotkey: I) and then select the Player vs. Player tab. Next choose Casual, select Random Battlegrounds, and hit the Join Battle button—you’ll be matched up with other players and sent to one of the 11 battlegrounds.

Weekly Quest
Before you get started, your adventure guide has a quest for you. Win four random Battlegrounds, and you’ll be rewarded with 5 Marks of Honor and 750 Azerite Power.

Battleground Buff
This week you gain 50% more Honor in Battlegrounds.

A New Event 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.

Island Expeditions for the Week of February 25, 2020
The Island Expeditions for the week are:

  • Molten Cay with Jungle Trolls
  • Havenswood with Worgen
  • Skittering Hollow with Kobolds

The Salvage Crates available for purchase this week are:

Click the banner below to learn more about Island Expedition Rewards and Loot Tables.

Call to Arms: Uldum, Nazjatar and Nazmir
This week’s Call to Arms is Call to Arms: Uldum, Call to Arms: Nazjatar and Call to Arms: Nazmir.

Head to Uldum, Nazjatar and Nazmir with warmode enabled to kill players of the opposing faction. This will reward you with Quartermaster’s Note, Aspirant’s Equipment Cache, Honor, Conquest and Reputation with either The Honorbound or 7th Legion.