Shadowlands Pre-patch Guide

Pre-patch comes out today in US and tomorrow EU and on Thursday for Asia.

There is A LOT happening. New stuff that are major changes for Shadowlands, BFA stuff that will be removed and new events that lasts during this pre-patch until Shadowlands comes out.


What are the stuff going away


Corruption gear

  • Corruption effects on items will no longer function.

Raid

  • Ahead of the Curve Achievement (Kill N’Zoth on Heroic mode)
    Cannot be done anymore.
  • Cutting Edge Achievement (Kill N’Zoth on Mythic mode)
    Cannot be done anymore.

You can still earn the mount Uncorrupted Voidwing when completing Ny’alotha on heroic mode.

Mythic plus

  • Battle for Azeroth Keystone Mater: Season 4
    Cannot be done anymore.

Rewarded a mount: Awakened Mindborer

PvP

  • Season ended.
    Cannot obtain pvp set Corrupted Gladiator

Horrific Vision

  • Mad World Achievement
    Cannot be done anymore.
    Rewarded a title – The Faceless One

Brawlers Guild

  • Closed and will open in a later time.

Other stuff

  • Hertz Locker Achievement
    Completing mythic Mechagon without anyone dying.
  • Mount – Mighty Caravan Brutasaur
    Removed from the vendor but will come back through the Blackmarket Action House.

The Pre-Patch Event


Here are the things coming out in the pre-patch event on Nov 10 (US) and Nov 11 (EU) and the weekly reset that week for the other realms. 

The Death Rising

Shortly after the pre-patch launches, we will have an event to defend Azeroth from an undead invasion.
These invasions will be in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that is similar to the event back in Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch.

Rewards
None, just a fun thing.

Questline

A new questline will come out that is time gated.
The questline is divided in 3 parts.

Rewards
?

Dailies Ice crown

We will have daily quests in Ice crown.

Rewards
Quest reward is a new currency called Argent Commendation.
You can buy gear from vendors in Stormwind, Orgrimmar and Ice crown.
Doing all dailies every day rewards in total 17 Argent Commendations.

The vendor sells gear that has the ilvl 100 (which is 445 ilvl in BFA).
Head
Chest
Shoulder
Legs
Back
Wrist
Waist
Feet
Hands

Also a pet
Putrid Geist

Also Anti-Doom Broom
Use: Cleanse an area of the Scourge´s plague, preventing the spread of infection.

Where are the pre-patch vendors

Quartermaster Renick (Stormwind, Trade District)

Quartermaster Lungren (Orgrimmar, Valley of Strength)

Crusader Adevald Ironbeard (Icecrown, Ironwall Rampart, Coords 44,44)

Rare mobs in Ice Crown

We will have 20 rares in Ice crown that has 20 min respawn time.
These drop 100 ilvl gear.
They also drop other cool stuff such as a 34 slot bag (Papa´s Mint Condition Bag).

Where are the rares in prepatch 9.0 in Ice crown
/way 49,7, 32,7 Blood Queen Lana'thel
/way 57,1, 30,3 Professor Putricide
/way 51,1, 78,5 Lady Deathwhisper
/way 57,8, 56,1 Skadi the Ruthless
/way 52,4, 52,6 Ingvar the Plunderer
/way 54,0, 44,7 Prince Keleseth
/way 64,8, 22,1 The Black Knight
/way 70,7, 38,4 Bronjahm
/way 47,2, 66,1 Scourgelord Tyrannus
/way 58,6, 72,5 Forgemaster Garfrost
/way 58,2, 83,4 Marwyn
/way 50,2, 87,9 Falric
/way 80,1, 61,2 The Prophet Tharon'ja
/way 77,8, 66,1 Novos the Summoner
/way 58,3, 39,4 Trollgore
/way 67,5, 58,0 Krik'thir the Gatewatcher
/way 29,6, 62,2 Prince Taldaram
/way 44,2, 49,1 Elder Nadox
/way 31,6, 70,5 Noth the Plaguebringer
/way 34,4, 68,5 Patchwerk CAVE ENTRANCE
/way 36,5, 67,4 Patchwerk

World Boss

A weekly World boss will be active each week.
This world boss is located in Eastern Plaguelands.


Level Squish and ilvl changes


All character levels are squished.
The max level is 60.
A 120 character will be squished to 50 and you will level to 60 in Shadowlands.

Ilvl gear is changed.  See the table below.

Ilvl gear in Pre-Patch and Shadowlands compared to BFA

BFA (ilvl)

Shadowlands/Pre-Patch (ilvl)

370

60

385

66

400

72

415

78

430

85

445

100

455

110

460

115

470

125

475

130

485

140


Leveling in World of Warcraft changed


We are getting a huge change when it comes to leveling in world of warcraft.

For existing players an Alts

The leveling system when shadowlands 9.0 comes out will be following:

  • All classes will have there starting area between level 1 to 10
  • There will be a new starting zone that you can choose to do between level 1-10, called Exile´s Reach.
  • when they complete the starting zone, they will have a choice between all previous expansion zones. players will quest in that zone and do the quest line and everything around the zone and eventually hit level 50. the expansion zones are following
  • Burning Crusade
  • Wrath of the Lich King
  • Cataclysm
  • Mist of Pandaria
  • Warlords of Draenor
  • Legion
  • Battle for Azeroth
  • Once they hit level 50 shadow lands opens up for them and the questing will be between 50 to 60 which is Max level.

For new players

  • New players must start and then you questing zone called exiles reach which is between level 1 to 10.
  • new players must quest in battle for Azeroth expansion between 10 to 50.
  • Once they hit level 50 shadow lands opens for them and the questing will be between 50 to 60 which is Max level.

For Allied Races

  • Allied races will first quest in their Allied Race questline.
  • once completed they will have a choice between all previous expansion zones. players will quest in that zone and do the quest line and everything around the zone and eventually hit level 50. the expansion zones are following
  • Burning Crusade
  • Wrath of the Lich King
  • Cataclysm
  • Mist of Pandaria
  • Warlords of Draenor
  • Legion
  • Battle for Azeroth
  • Once they hit level 50 shadow lands opens up for them and the questing will be between 50 to 60 which is Max level.

Allied Races, starting level

Death Knights

Level 8

Demon Hunters

Level 8

Allied Races

Level 10

The New Starting Zone (level 1-10)

Exile´s Reach is located off the coast of Stormheim and is a tutorial zone to learn your character from scratch.
This tutorial ends up in a mini dungeon to learn the basics of playing in a dungeon.
Once completed, players will be send to their capital city, for further leveling.


Unlocking Allied races changed


It is much easier to get the allied races now compared to before.

Reputation requirements are removed.

You are only required to do the questline associated with that allied race.

HORDE

Nightborne
Complete the Achievement: Insurrection (Complete the Story in Suramar. Check out my guide: https://www.worldofmoudi.com/suramar)

Highmountain Tauren
Complete the Achievement: Aint no mountain high enough (Complete the questlines in Highmountain).

Mag'har Orcs
Complete the Achievement: Ready for War – Horde (Complete the Horde War Campaign questline from patch 8.1, chapter 4  in Battle for Azeroth).

Zandalari Trolls
Complete the Achievement: Tides of Vengeance – Horde (Complete the Horde War Campaign questline from patch 8.1, chapter 4  in Battle for Azeroth).

Vulpera
Complete the Achievement: Secrets in the Sand (Complete the storyline in Voldun)

ALLIANCE

Void Elves & Lightforged Draenei
Complete the Achievement: You are now prepared (Complete the story campaign on Argus)

Dark Iron Dwarves
Complete the Achievement: Ready for War – Alliance (Complete the Alliance War Campaign questlines in Battle for Azeroth).

Kul Tiran
Complete the Achievement: Tides of Vengeance – Alliance (Complete the Horde War Campaign questline from patch 8.1, chapter 4  in Battle for Azeroth).

Mechagnome
Complete the Achievement: Mechagonian threat (Complete the Mechagon storyline.)


New Character Customization


There are TONS of new character customizations.

You can either check those out in the character creation screen or head to a barber.

You can also change your sex for free just by going to the barber.


Transmog Changes


There are changes in the Artifact Transmog.
You can transmog artifact weapons between specs of your class. It is not tied to the spec anymore.
Artifact Main hand and offhand can have a mixed transmog, no as a set anymore.

Wands can be transmoged into a one-hand weapon.


Profession changes


Relic of the Past can be added to crafted gear that will increase the ilvl of that crafted gear.

There are 5 parts of Relic of the Past.

  • Relic of the Past I
    ilvl 23 and required character level 15
  • Relic of the Past II
    ilvl 33 and required character level 25
  • Relic of the Past III
    ilvl 43 and required character level 35
  • Relic of the Past IV
    ilvl 56 and required character level 45
  • Relic of the Past V
    ilvl 100 and required character level 50

Combat and health Potions


Combat and health potions have a 5 minute cooldown. You could only use it once per encounter before.


Class Changes




Mythic plus affixes – changes


Mythic Keystone Dungeon Affixes

Bursting

  • Bursting is now a dispellable Magic debuff.
  • Bursting deals a flat amount of damage instead of a percentage based off of max HP.

Volcanic

  • Players are now knocked in the air when hit by Volcanic.
  • Volcanic now deals damage equal to 15% of the player’s health (was 40%).

Sanguine

  • Sanguine's duration reduced to 20 seconds (was 60 seconds).

Grievous

  • Non-periodic heals now removes 1 stack of Grievous.
  • Grievous now deals a flat amount of damage instead of a percentage based off of max HP.

Explosive

  • Explosive Orbs now spawn 4 to 8 yards from the unit that summoned them (was 3 yards).
  • Explosive Orb health has been reduced and no longer scales with keystone level.
  • Explosive Orbs now have a sound effect when defeated.

Heart of Azeroth


Will still work in pre-patch.

  • Rank 4 Essences are no longer obtainable.
  • Heart of Darkness (Azerite Trait) no longer requires 25 Corruption Level to be active.
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams (Azerite Essence) now affects Holy Power instead of Shield of the Righteous for Protection Paladins.
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams (Azerite Essence) now affects Mana for Enhancement Shaman.
  • The PvP Talent granted with Conflict and Strife (Azerite Essence) Major Power has been changed for the following classes:
  • Mistweaver Monks now learn Chrysalis (was Way of the Crane).
  • Affliction Warlocks now learn Rot and Decay (was Endless Affliction).
  • Restoration Druids now learn Reactive Resin (was Overgrowth).
  • Discipline Priests now learn Purification (was Premonition).
  • Mages now learn Netherwind Armor (was Temporal Shield).

Heirlooms


Heirlooms no longer have experience bonuses and now have a set bonus.

The new set bonus can be obtained from all Heirloom pieces except weapons and trinkets.

  • (2) Set: Rested experience consumed is reduced by 30%.
  • (3) Set: Increases your out-of-combat regeneration in the outdoors, normal dungeons and battlegrounds.
  • (4) Set: Gaining a level triggers Burst of Knowledge, dealing Holy damage to nearby enemies and granting you 40% primary stat for 2 minutes. Defeating additional enemies extends this effect, up to 2 additional minutes.
  • (6) Set: Rested experience consumed is reduced by an additional 30%.

Other stuff


  • All Legion Legendary items' bonuses no longer activate.
  • Leatherworking drums now provide 15% Haste (was 25%).
  • War-Scrolls of Battle Shout, Intellect and Fortitude can no longer be used by characters above level 50.
  • Many consumables now have a 5 minute cooldown.
  • Water now regenerates mana slower in the first seconds you begin drinking, increasing to a rapid return as you drink continuously.
  • Reduced the amount of value that Critical Strike, Haste, Mastery, and Versatility secondary stats provide when reaching high thresholds.