Artifacts

Should the next expansion keep Artifacts? I get asked about once a Queue if we’re going to keep leveling our Artifacts in the next expansion. My answer has always been no. They’re a Legion mechanic and once the expansion is over they’ll go in our banks. Maybe we’ll take them out every so often just for funsies. But then I get...

Patch 7.2: Blizzard details soloable Challenge Artifact Appearances Patch 7.2 is coming soon, and with it come solo challenges  to unlock a new hidden Artifact appearance, the Challenge Appearance. These were first teased at BlizzCon as a solo-based appearance unlocked by dedication and mastery to your spec (inspired by the Benediction and green fire quests), but Blizzard has only just given us a...




What’s going to replace Artifacts? I know we’re not even half done with Legion yet, but one of the things that keeps popping up in my head every time I see a Hunter with Hati or use Strom’kar’s Warbreaker ability is this notion of just how much time and investment we put into these Artifacts. Yes, they’re weapons, but they’re...

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...

Patch 7.2 PTR: First look at the updated Broken Shore When the patch 7.2 PTR came up yesterday, we knew the Broken Shore came with it — and today we have our first look at the Broken Shore assault courtesy of Wowhead. (And if you’d rather see a text-based rundown, check Wowhead instead of watching the video.) Be warned, the video below contains spoilers for...

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...




The Queue: Just hand over the corpse, Liadrin

The Deathlord is a busy woman, Liadrin. Just give her the corpse and she’ll be on her way. If not, she’s going to have to smash your Blood Elf face into the ground and step over you to the body, and that’s just not something that has to happen here.


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Will WoW ever have another new class? Post Legion, I’m really wondering about how much room the game have for future expansion, specifically when it comes to classes. Legion in particular has set a unique design limitation for any new class. It’s unlikely we’ll ever see a non-Hero class again. In Mists of Pandaria we saw the Monk come in as a...



Blizzard admits some hidden Artifact appearances are a little too hidden Blizzard tries. Really, they do. But sometimes they miss the mark, as has been true with a few of the game’s hidden Artifact appearances. Some of us picked up these special looks practically by accident while others require skill — or just plain luck — to acquire. Sorry, Frost Death Knights, because that’s why you don’t...

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How to get all 3 Priest hidden Artifact appearances Hidden Artifact appearances have been the talk of WoW lately, with each class receiving a unique way to acquire each appearance. While Priest hidden Artifact appearances do involve a bit of RNG and grinding, they aren’t particularly difficult to get. Your current spec and loot spec don’t matter for any of these, just that you...

Is the cost of switching specs just too steep? In last week’s hotfixes, Blizzard nerfed Arms slightly and buffed Fury a reasonable amount. I’d be thrilled — I love playing Fury — except that I just spent almost a month leveling Strom’kar the Warbreaker, spending an ungodly amount of Artifact Power on the thing. Even with the buffs to Fury I’d be losing twelve traits and...

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Officers’ Quarters: Managing Legion’s loot system This week’s question was a rather straightforward request. Every expansion brings with it some new twists to WoW‘s loot system and Legion is no different. Let’s go through it!

Know Your Lore: Why I love Artifacts The introduction of Artifact weapons in Legion has done something I’ve wanted Blizzard to do for years. Except that it’s done it in a far larger and more grandiose way than I ever expected, and for that reason I’m extremely fond of them. Back in Vanilla, a few classes had weapons that gave them class...

Can you level your Artifact for a second spec? Some of you know me by now, so this won’t come as a surprise. I took a popular topic and used data to frame the answer, like my previous post which compared the DPS gains from mastering your spec versus playing the best spec. I’m a sucker for a good data project, what can I say!...

Legion zone and dungeon previews Legion is so close you can practically taste it — it’s a bit fel, so it’s sort of a combined minty and spicy with a hint of screaming — but we still have hours to wait. So let’s take this time to review what exactly we’re looking forward to and go through Blizzard’s previews of Legion’s...

Legion beta Artifact Power change clarified If you aren’t in the Legion beta, you’d be forgiven for being confused as to how Artifact Power and Artifact Knowledge work. Any attempts to explain their function inevitably over-complicates the system. It’s like leveling up, but it’s your weapon instead of yourself, and the cost of new traits increases over time, but your rate...