Legion Maw of Souls Dungeon Guide, Guardian Druid Artifact Spotlight, No Epic Battle Pet Stones
For today's Legion news, we have a
strategy video by
and a spotlight on the Guardian Druid artifact questline, special forms, and weapon models.
Edit: Blizzard announced that epic battle pet stones like
will not be coming in Legion.
No Epic Battle Pet Stones in Legion
Epic Battle Pet Stones
were recently added to the Legion Alpha, such as
. This caused quite a stir in the community as the battle stones significantly increased the stats of a particular pet, and the prospect of grinding out epic stones on hundreds of pets seemed quite daunting. Or if you're new to battle pets, the additional step to boost your pet to Epic could be overwhelming.
Today, Blizzard has announced that the epic pet stones will not be coming in Legion and they are working on different types of pet battle updates for the next expansion.
First and foremost, thank you very much for testing pet battles in the Legion Alpha. We’ve heard your concerns and have decided not to move forward with epic pet battle stones in Legion.
To explain a bit about how we arrived at this point--
When designing rewards for the new battle pet features in Legion and the revamped pet store in Dalaran, we considered epic stones a potential direction to go. Some players are nearing the cap of max-level, all-rare pet teams, and we wanted to see if this space would satisfy their needs for a long-term future level of investment.
You have correctly identified a few of the issues that come up with this feature:
New players now have a harder time catching up (though we could mitigate this by speeding up the early leveling process).
Players with 600+ rare pets that felt as if they were nearing completion of their pet journal are back to having 600+ pets to level.
Power Creep – older content is now easier, future content is harder for new players entering pet battles.
One of the things we like about pet battles is that much of the early content stays relevant through all of the expansions. Similarly, the collection aspect of battle pets works well when it’s wider (more pets to collect, more variety in abilities) rather than taller (more levels). Both of these are very good reasons to avoid adding epic pet stones.
This direction also pushes us to create content that tests max-level-pet-battlers in a way that is not purely numbers, but use of abilities, use of specific pets, and memorization of enemy strategies. The Celestial Tournament was a good example of pet battle content that rewarded a varied and filled pet stable. We have some exciting things in mind for future battles versus tamers!
It’s worth noting that this feature was not intended to replace any gameplay content. We’re working on all sorts of pet battle updates that we’d like to make in future patches.
Thanks again for all of your feedback. We really appreciate your great ideas and discussion!
Maw of Souls Dungeon Strategy Video
Today we are introducing a new Legion video series: Dungeon Guides by
. While we have been previewing the
look of each dungeon zone
, we also want our readers to know how to beat the encounters.
Method is one of the most famous World of Warcraft guilds, with numerous world firsts including Mythic Blackhand and Archimonde. We have frequently partnered with Method in Warlords of Draenor; they have created Mythic
video and written strategy guides.
The first dungeon in this series is
, a cursed Vrykul ship in the underworld. The encounters are
(a familiar face from Utgarde Pinnacle),
Guardian Druid Artifact Acquisition
Below is the questline for Guardian Druids to acquire
--venture into the Emerald Dream to meet Ursoc. More artifact videos can be found on our
YouTube Artifact Acquisition Playlist
Ursoc, Ancient bear spirit, still roams the Emerald Dream. He guards the Claws of Ursoc, the powerful remnants of his physical form.
Hit the spoiler button to read the quest dialogue.
Harthelm Greathoof instructs you to find Lea Stone paw, who may know where the claws could be found.
Upon finding Lea:
You're not one of my pack. What brings you to the den?
The Claws of Ursoc?
I thought I'd go the rest of my days without hearing of them again. Is our situation truly so dire? They were sealed away for good reason!
Lea senses that you are no novice, that you may just be able to control the great powers of the claws. She requests you to draw water from the moonwell and meet her at the broken stump of Vordrassil in Northrend's Grizzly Hills.
Good to see you have made it. We need only a few more things before we can begin.
a few more things are needed to help call upon Ursol, the brother of Ursoc. Lea asks you to search the bodies of Frostpaw Shaman in the surrounding area for offerings and then return to her.
Lea begins the ritual
Great Ursol, wise bear of the woods, this daughter of the wilds calls out to you! Please accept these humble offerings and grace up with your presence!
You hear a noise from behind you!
Ursol yells: What brings a follower of Cenarius to my lair?
Lea says: Mighty Ursol, out ancient foe has returned to our world! My companion has traveled here to seek your aid in recovering the claws of Ursoc.
Ursol says: The legion... Yes... I remember clearly that day long ago when my brother fell. Countless demon fell beneath his claws until, through the overwhelming numbers of the enemy, he was overtaken. My brother was the true spirit of the bear! You must prove to me that the spirit of the bear resides within you as well.
You must prove yourself to Ursol that you embody the spirit of the bear in three trials. After doing so he gives you his blessing to go seek out the claws and claim them as your own.
Now that we have Ursol's blessing we can travel into the Emerald Dream and retrieve the claws! Come, let's not waste a single minute!"
You drink the water from the moonwell and collapse
Calm your mind, let go and your spirit will enter into the Dream. I'll join you soon.
you awaken in the Emerald Dream along with Lea who tells you to hurry, that you must locate the claws!
If the foul minions of the Nightmare were to obtain the claws it would be a catastrophe! Let's hurry!
Rothoof Defiler yells: Foolish mortals! Soon, this place will belong to the master!
You finally make it to Ursoc's lair and see the spirit of the bear battling with something.
Spirit of Ursoc yells: Vile creature of the nightmare, you will never take my claws!
Lea says: Lord Ursoc! Quickly, to his side!
Spirit of Ursoc: I thank you druids. These beasts of the nightmare of relentless! They will stop at nothing to wrest the claws from my lair.
Lea says: Lord Ursoc, the Burning Legion has returned to our world. This druid is our best hope at defeating the Legion AND the Nightmare but we must have the claws if we are to succeed!
We humble request your aid. The power of your claws will give us the chance to defeat our enemies once and for all.
Spirit of Ursoc says: I can see that your hearts are pure, but even now I sense that more of the enemy is en route! If you will bear my claws in defense of this world then you must act fast to retrieve them.
Lea says: Thank you, mighty Ursoc!
The ritual I'm about to perform is complicated, and will take some time to finish, but it is the only way to drop the barrier.
You begin to battle hordes of creatures from the nightmare. You must protect Lea and battle along side Ursoc.
Spirit of Ursoc says: These foes are weak but numerous. In life, I paid the ultimate price for underestimating my for. Not again!
Creatures of the wilds, come to our aid! I demand your service!
Mylune says: I heard your call for aid, great one. Are there any teeny lil' fuzzy animals in danger? Oh, oh my!
After battling the Nightmare for what seemed like an eternity you Lea shouting.
Lea yells: It is finished! The claws are ours!
Spirit of Ursoc yells: Hold, Guardian. I feel a chill deep in my very bones.
Shade of Xavius yells: Foolish bear! You've fallen for my trap!
Spirit of Ursoc yells: What is this sorcery!? Xavius, when I get free I'll tear out your foul throat!
Shade of Xavius yells: No, Ursoc. The next time you bare your fangs it will be at my command!
Spirit of Ursoc yells: I will fight you to my very last breath, usurper! I, who fought against demons in the ancient war. You think you can stand against a god?
Shade of Xavius yells: I am the LORD of the Nightmare! I have seen the powers of the Old Gods. Quiver before me!
Spirit of Ursoc yells: Auuhghhh AuuuuughhhhH!
Shade of Xavius yells: I must go attend to my prize. Malithar, I leave the claws to you. Use them to exterminate this filth.
Malithar takes the claws and you begin to battle with him. You are victorious and then claim the claws as your own.
Guardian Druid Artifact Forms
Since Guardian Druids spend most of the time in bear form,
modifies their shapeshifted appearance. You can browse all of the styles on the "Appearances" tab in the
as well. More model videos can be found on our
YouTube Artifact Models Playlist
Guardian Druid Weapon Models
The Guardian Druid Artifact is well-known for the special bear forms, but
also has a few color variations outside of bear form.
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