This Week in WoW – Class Tuning, Covenant Campaign Finale, and Torghast Event (January 12th, 2021)

Welcome to the first installment of “This Week in WoW!” We’ll be giving you a rundown of all the things you’ll need to know for the week, including information about class buff and patch notes, unlocking your covenant campaign finale, the new Torghast event, and more!

Class Tuning

Blizzard has done a pass of class tuning to provide a much-needed boost to some underperforming classes and specs. Frost Mage, Assassination Rogue, and Fury Warrior players rejoice in relatively large boosts to their damage. These three specs are currently at the bottom of the DPS rankings for Castle Nathria, so hopefully, these targeted boosts will help bring them on par with some of the mid-ranking DPS specs.

Other classes received more minor tuning passes adjusting two-handed weapon damage and other small tweaks.

Classes

  • Death Knight
    • Blood
      • [With regional restarts] Bone Shield grants armor equal to 70% of Strength (was 50%).
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Druid
    • General
      • [With regional restarts] Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) no longer attempts to cast spells at targets affected by Cyclone and will no longer ignore targets affected by crowd control abilities that break on damage, such as Entangling Roots or Mass Entanglement.
  • Mage
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 9%.
  • Monk
    • Brewmaster
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
    • Windwalker
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Rogue
    • Asssassination
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%.
  • Warrior
    • Fury
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%, except for Bladestorm (Talent) and Dragon Roar (Talent).
      • [With regional restarts] Meat Cleaver (Talent) now increases Whirlwind’s damage by 25% (was 30%).

Renown Cap Increased to 24

This week, the renown cap has increased to 24 unlocking several new things, including the final chapter of your covenant campaign, an upgrade for your soulkeeper, a mount, and an increase to the item level of unrated PvP honor gear.

Final Covenant Campaign Chapter Unlocked

At Renown 22, you’ll be able to unlock the final chapter of your Covenant Campaign story until the currently unannounced 9.1 patch of Shadowlands is released.

Soulkeeper Upgrade

At Renown 24, you unlock a massive upgrade to the Soulkeeper, allowing you to collect 15 souls from the Maw each week. This is a huge boost if you’re behind on upgrades for your Covenant sanctum and you need more souls.

Mount Unlocked

The first renown mount unlocks at Renown 23. You’ll be able to purchase it from your Covenant’s Renown Quartermaster for 5,000 anima.

  • Kyrian: Phalynx of Purity
  • Necrolord: Plaguerot Tauralus
  • Night Fae: Shadeleaf Runestag
  • Venthyr: Sinfall Gargon

At Renown 39 you’ll unlock upgraded versions of these mounts as well.

Unrated PvP Item Level Upgrade

Another unlock at Renown 22 is the ability to upgrade your unrated PvP honor gear to Rank 7. Rank 7 PvP honor gear is ilvl 197, just below what drops from Normal Castle Nathria.

Beasts of Prodigum Torghast Event

This week, there’s a special even in Torghast: the Beasts of Prodigum Event. During your Torghast runs, you’ll be able to select a Maw Beast instead of an anima power at the start, giving you bonuses and aiding you in battle. (If you don’t want to participate in the event, select a normal power.)

Image Showing Two Normal Powers (Zovaal's Warbanner and Resonant Throatbands) and Two Beasts of Prodigum Powers (Chain of Command, and Wailing Pendant)

Throughout the run, you’ll also have the option of selecting anima powers that upgrade your Maw Beast.

Image Showing an Epic Event Power (Hungering Anima) and a Normal Power (Obleron Venom)

Blizzard has also announced that there are more Torghast events on the way, and posted this schedule of events for the next few months.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

TORGHAST: BEASTS OF PRODIGUM—BEASTS OF PRODIGUM HAVE BEEN UNLEASHED UPON TORGHAST, TOWER OF THE DAMNED!
  • January 12
  • April 6
  • June 29
TORGHAST: CHORUS OF DEAD SOULS—DEAD SOULS SWARM WITHIN TORGHAST, TOWER OF THE DAMNED!
  • February 9
  • May 4
TORGHAST: UNBRIDLED DARKNESS—UNBRIDLED DARKNESS HAS BEEN UNLEASHED UPON TORGHAST, TOWER OF THE DAMNED!
  • March 9
  • June 1

World Quest Bonus Event

This week’s rotation of activities includes the World Quest Bonus Event. You’ll get the Sign of the Emissary Buff that provides 50% bonus Reputation from completing world quests. This applies to both Shadowlands world quests and world quests back on Azeroth for Legion and Battle for Azeroth factions.

Before you head out to do your world quests though, be sure to stop by Caretaker Kah-Toll next to the Great Vault in Oribos (coordinates 64.95, 32.68) to pick up your Weekend Event quest, The World Awaits. Completing 20 world quests and then handing in The World Awaits will grant you 500 reputation with the Shadowlands faction of your choice and 750 Anima, which will definitely help you complete your weekly Anima Covenant quest. (Combine this with defeating this week’s World Boss, and you’ll be at 1,000 Anima!)

Mythic Plus Affixes – Tyrannical, Raging, Explosive, Prideful

The affixes for Mythic Plus dungeons this week are Tyranical, Raging, Explosive, and the seasonal affix, Prideful.

Key LevelAffixAffix Effect
2+TyrannicalBosses have 40% more health. Bosses and their minions inflict up to 15% increased damage.
4+RagingNon-boss enemies enrage at 30% health remaining, dealing 100% increased damage until defeated.
7+ExplosiveWhile in combat, enemies periodically summon Explosive Orbs that will detonate if not destroyed.
10+PridefulPlayers overflow with pride as they defeat non-boss enemies, eventually forming a Manifestation of Pride. Defeating this Manifestation greatly empowers players.

Shadowlands World Boss – Oranomonos the Everbranching

The Shadowlands World Boss this week is Oranomonos the Everbranching. You’ll find him over in Tirna Scithe (the area in Ardenweald not the Dungeon). Defeating him will give you 250 Anima and a chance at loot drops, so it’s definitely worth stopping over there and completing the World Quest.

All Hotfix Notes

There were a couple of other tweaks, bug fixes, and changes, so be sure to read over the full Hotfix notes below!

JANUARY 11, 2021

Achievements

  • The achievement Parasoling will now correctly display your current progress.

Classes

  • Death Knight
    • Blood
      • [With regional restarts] Bone Shield grants armor equal to 70% of Strength (was 50%).
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Druid
    • General
      • [With regional restarts] Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) no longer attempts to cast spells at targets affected by Cyclone and will no longer ignore targets affected by crowd control abilities that break on damage, such as Entangling Roots or Mass Entanglement.
  • Mage
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 9%.
  • Monk
    • Brewmaster
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
    • Windwalker
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Rogue
    • Asssassination
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%.
  • Warrior
    • Fury
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%, except for Bladestorm (Talent) and Dragon Roar (Talent).
      • [With regional restarts] Meat Cleaver (Talent) now increases Whirlwind’s damage by 25% (was 30%).

Dungeons and Raids

  • Theater of Pain
    • Kul’tharok
      • Draw Soul should no longer apply Soulless to Warriors while Bladestorm is active.

Items and Rewards

  • The Stamina from Tempered Armor Patch has been reduced to 24 (was 50) and can only be applied to items worn on the chest to match the Heavy Desolate Armor Kit.
    • Developers’ note: This item was always meant to be a lesser version of Heavy Desolate Armor Kit that you can earn as a rare drop or rare find on a vendor, but this item was accidentally missed when the Heavy Desolate Armor Kit was changed in Beta. The tooltip will be updated to reflect the change in a future hotfix or patch.

Player versus Player

  • Resolved an issue that prevented the base status User Interface from displaying the correct base icons in the Arathi Basin battleground.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented the Orb of Power icons from being displayed on the Temple of Kotmogu battleground map while they are at their pedestals.
  • Rogue
    • Outlaw
      • Resolved an issue that caused Evasion (Rank 2) to fail to strike the target with Main Gauche while Evasion is active.
      • Resolved an issue that caused the interaction of a Paladin’s Eye for an Eye (Talent) and Evasion (Rank 2) to deal more damage than intended.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • The door to the next floor is once again locked until the Empowered enemy guarding it is defeated.
  • Anima Powers
    • Warlock
      • Fixed an issue where Pact of Infernal Intimacy stacks would reset when using portals on certain floors.

Check Out Our Shadowlands Covenant Overviews!

Kyrian Sigil

Kyrian

Necrolord Sigil

Necrolord

Night Fae Sigil

Night Fae

Venthyr Sigil

Venthyr

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