What’s in WoW patch 10.1.5? Augmentation Evoker spec, Dawn of the Infinite mega-dungeon, and more!
Blizzard is continuing its ambitious plan of content releases with patch 10.1.5, which is due out on July 11 Even though this is an x.5 patch, it’s a hefty one, featuring a new mega-dungeon, the new Augmentation Evoker specialization, a dragon daycare, the Kalimdor Grand Prix, and a whole lot more.
And there really is a lot happening in the next patch. Let’s run down everything that’s coming with patch 10.1.5.
Dracthyr Evoker Augmentation specialization
The rumors are true: Evokers are getting a third specialization, and it’s focused on support rather than straight-up DPS or healing. While Augmentation Evokers are officially DPS and will queue as DPS, their toolkit is all about buffing others, and this new spec is likely to shift how the entire game views damage-dealers. Blizzard is even adding “new combat log hooks so that addons and community websites can effectively measure your performance” to help track the impact this new spec has on groups.
Augmentation is a new Damage Dealer role with a twist: they use the essence of the Black and Bronze dragonflights to amplify the abilities of nearby allies. The playstyle for this new specialization involves empowering your allies with a variety of beneficial effects. Some can be cast directly on your allies, while others are tied to using your damage-dealing abilities effectively.
Augmentation Evokers deliver their damage in a wholly unique way. They act as force multipliers, increasing their group’s capabilities (and damage output) significantly.
Certain Augmentation abilities buff either your whole party or specific members. Many of these have smart or proximity-based automatic targeting, enabling you to maintain focus on the battlefield and enemy selection. You will still be able to target specific party members if you desire; however, there is plenty of freedom to bolster your allies as you see fit.
Like the other Evoker specs, Augmentation makes use of familiar capabilities like spending Essence, using your mobility to navigate the battlefield effectively, and making use of empowered spells.
Dawn of the Infinite mega-dungeon
This massive Mythic-only dungeon has us fighting the Infinite Dragonflight, pitting players against Infinite Chromie (or as I like to think, goth Chromie) and Iridikron. The dungeon description initially mentioned that we’d be facing Galakrond, but Blizzard has clarified that Galakrond will not be a boss in the dungeon. Still, it seems likely we’ll see a flashback or other scene with Iridikron and Galakrond as we traverse the timeways.
New events: Time Rifts and new quests in Eon’s Fringe
With a dungeon themed after the Infinite Dragonflight, it’s no surprise that the timeways are in a bit of disarray. These two events will both focus on putting damaged timeways right again. Time Rifts sound like they’ll be a group activity or scenario, while Eon’s Fringe is will be a quest hub.
Maybe we’ll get to visit Asmurloth again? We can only hope.
Run your own dragon daycare
It’s possible I’m exaggerating a bit, but this really is a feature in patch 10.1.5. We’ll have the opportunity to help Little Scales Daycare look after dragon whelps. While it’s likely this will be a simple series of daily quests and activities, the theme sounds fun and I’m looking forward to
training my own dragon army teaching young whelps the ways of the world.
Everybody gets to be a Warlock now
And I do mean everybody, including Lightforged Draenei. In 10.1.5, Night Elves, Draenei, Lightforged Draenei, Pandaren, Kul Tiran, Tauren, Highmountain Tauren, Mag’har Orcs, and Zandalari Trolls will all be able to be Warlocks. There will also be a new imp customization to unlock, and you’ll be able to customize your demons in the barber shop. Nice!
The Kalimdor Grand Prix and more
One particularly juicy mention was a Kalimdor Grand Prix, a series of new dragon races in Azeroth proper. This is the first step towards more neat Dragonriding features, including new Dragonriding mounts — and possibly Dragonriding in the old world. The event looks to be a lot of fun… though if you don’t enjoy Dragonriding in the Dragon Isles, you probably won’t enjoy this either.
There’s quite a lot more in the patch, too. Classes have gotten a few more tweaks, including a significant Holy Paladin rework. There are some improvements for returning players, too, who will now have mounts of all levels unlocked automatically, without requiring a purchase. All Allied Races will also be available to all players, without any need for complicated unlocks, starting at level 40. And if you haven’t logged on in 60+ days, you’ll get a welcome back gift which includes level-appropriate gear and other perks to help you jump back in.
This is a pretty beefy patch, and if you want all the details check out the full 10.1.5 patch notes.
Originally published January 24, 2023; updated July 20, 2023
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