Artifact Power

Patch 7.3’s Netherlight Crucible receives clarifications about its progression system The Netherlight Crucible has been a host of misunderstandings, to say the least. In an effort to keep us always progressing, Blizzard added a new Artifact upgrade system to patch 7.3 and a way to turn those pesky unwanted relics into something potentially better. Unfortunately, the system has been fraught with issues and remains so...

Officers’ Quarters: Legion and raider shaming This week, Nyx asks if raid leaders should call out players who aren't spending enough time earning Artifact Power and Legendaries.




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Has WoW gotten too grindy? I finally hit Artifact level 51 tonight, looked at my Artifact and realized I needed another 500 million Artifact Power to get my first Concordance of the Legionfall level. And then I logged off. Because hoo boy, that’s a grind I can wait until tomorrow to start. I’m not even going to pretend that, after...

Maximum Artifact Knowledge level drops to 40 in latest WoW hotfix While this may sound like a nerf, hear me (and the WoW developers) out: hitting Artifact Knowledge 50 was going to be a serious grind, and grinds like that just aren’t any fun. Even with dropping AK to 40 you still get a significant Artifact Power boost, just without an endless grind ahead of you....

Is it already time for WoW to ditch Artifact Power? So far, Legion is shaping up to be one of the most well-received expansions to date. Anytime someone mentions Legion‘s quality, it’s always with the caveat that the legendary system is the single greatest shortcoming of the expansion. However, the more and more info I see coming out of the 7.2 PTR, the more convinced...

The Queue: Midnight Blue

Sometimes you just thing a moment is pretty.

This is the Queue. I’m listening to Mayhem by Halestorm. Let’s do this.





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Officers’ Quarters: Legion and raider morale Back in December, I told raid leaders not to blame themselves for poor raid attendance. I talked about the many ways that Blizzard has intentionally made organized raiding as optional as possible for the average player. This is a good thing in many ways. Speaking as a long-time raider, I can say without a doubt that it...

Watcher discusses Artifact Power design and changes coming in 7.2 If you’ve been grinding your way through your Artifact Traits, you’ve probably aware that the Artifact Power needed to get later traits doesn’t increase as sharply as it did at earlier levels. This can leave you well behind your peers if you aren’t spending a ton of time at the AP grind. And if you switch...



Flying and Mythic+ changes live on WoW patch 7.2 PTR The patch 7.2 PTR just went offline for a new build, and when it returns it will feature flying, class mount quests, changes to Mythic+ affixes and rewards, and the Cathedral of Endless Night dungeon. We knew most of this was coming, but the Mythic changes are a surprise — and, at least to me,...

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Changes to Nighthold, classes, and Artifact Power items in latest WoW hotfixes It’s all WoW hotfixes from Blizzard lately, and we’ve rounded up the recent ones for your browsing convenience. There have been quite a few tweaks to classes for both PVE and PVP this week, so you’ll want to run down the list and see which changes affect you. On top of that, there have been...

New Artifact Traits and Artifact Power in 7.2 clarified If you’re wondering how you should proceed with Artifact Power in light of the new traits coming in patch 7.2, we have some clarification from the EU forums. The short version is, if you already have your Artifact maxed out, don’t worry — you won’t need to stockpile that AP. You’ll get your Artifact Power...

You are not the world – Game design and player experience “I can easily do X without more than a few hours a week time investment.” Any time someone uses a personal example and applies it to an entire game mechanism, they are taking personal experience and applying it universally. This is faulty for several reasons. Games like World of Warcraft have a wide and varied...

Artifact Traits in PVP are the first big change in patch 7.1.5 hotfixes Patch day has come and gone, and that means we’re heading into hotfix week. The first hotfixes for patch 7.1.5 have arrived, and we’ll no doubt have more as Blizzard works the kinks out of the patch. But considering just how much was in 7.1.5, this batch of hotfixes is actually pretty small, with a...

Is my entire life based around Artifact Power? No, of course it’s not. I complain just as much about my terrible luck with legendaries. But there’s no denying that I eat, breathe and sleep Artifact Power. I finally downloaded the Legion companion app just so I could maximize my Artifact Power time and automate my Artifact Knowledge research. I do that constantly. Often,...

Totem Talk: What to do as a level 110 Resto Shaman It’s been a while since we last talked — when we last left off, we talked about Elemental and Restoration Shaman talents for questing while playing through Blizzard’s latest expansion. We’ve also discussed Resto mana regen as well as spell priority. Since then, there’s been quite a lot going on. Legion has been live for...

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Everything you need to know about Artifact weapons Your Artifact is defining part of your entire Legion experience.  It starts off as an ilevel 750 weapon, but you’ll upgrade it from there by adding Relics to boost ilevel and Traits to increase its overall power. You will need the Artifact for each spec you intend to play, not only because Artifacts are the only...