Hey everyone, this is Kalani!
The dragonflight pre-patch is finally in full swing, and phase two has started, which means we have access to the brand new class and race, the drakthyr evokers, including a big new introduction storyline and a new zone on the Dragon Isles that we can play through right now.
We also have other quest lines that introduce us to the Dragon Isles, how we're going to get there, and what this adventure could be like, as well as special pre-patch events, gear vendors, a new dungeon, huge changes to leveling, and new ways to get some very shiny rewards.
There's a lot to do for the last two weeks of the shadowlands expansion, so let's break it all down and see what's changed in phase two of pre-patch and what you can get done before dragonflight launches for real.
The first thing I’m sure everyone is going to do is create your Drakthyr Evoker!
This brand new class race combo is now available to play on live servers so you can hop on and jump into that character creation with all the crazy options that you have and watch six hours fly by as you tinker around with all the options and then eventually get yourself in game and work through their introductory experience which I think is actually one of the better ones we've had.
There are great story elements, there are a lot of hidden lore tidbits, it teaches you how to play the new class quite well and then it also sets up the entire expansion and the new big bad.
The cinematics are great and really get you hyped up.
I enjoyed the entire quest line and I can't wait until we get the entire dragonflight experience on the 28th.
This is also the first time a lot of folks will get to play around with the dragon riding feature.
If you enjoyed the soar racial ability, you are going to absolutely love the fully fleshed out Dragon riding system.
And that's without even taking into consideration the talent tree that we get to work through.
It's going to be great.
You will need to have pre-purchased dragonflight in order to be able to make your Drakthyr Evoker and play them right now.
If you have not done this yet and do not have the option to make a drakthyr, it is because you have not yet pre-ordered the game.
You should get a quest to talk to abyssian or wrathion when you log into any of your characters.
These quests are very simple and straightforward with starting the dragon Isles Expedition.
You get caught up with the whole drakthyr situation and who these new scaly folks are.
We learn a few extra tidbits of story.
There are a few cinematics and even khadgar has made his Grand return.
We also get to know a little bit about what he's been up to this questline gets you ready to just jump straight into the dragon Isles when they become available.
I have some concerns about this.
If you play Horde, these quests will leave you at the Horde Zeppelin Tower just outside Orgrimmar.
If you play Alliance, they will leave you at the docks in Stormwind.
The next step is to take a transport - either a zeppelin or a boat - to the Dragon Isles. We will continue after that.
So, when the expansion goes live on the 28th, those transports will pull in for the first time and take our adventurers to the Dragon Isles - potentially millions of players all in one spot, all waiting for the same boat or zeppelin.
Then, millions of players will be on the same loading screen trying to load into the same zone - all at the same time.
There won't even be a delay with clicking on an NPC because we're all on the same boat.
So, we're all going to hit that loading screen at the exact same time.
I don't know about you, but I remember everyone trying to load into Icecrown at the start of Shadowlands.
I say "try" because it didn't really work that well.
I also remember everyone trying to start the Battle for Azeroth's scenarios at the same time and that didn't work well, either.
So, I am a little nervous that we will all be in the same spot, going to the same place at the exact same time.
But, maybe they'll do it right this time.
Our server won't just die on launch like it usually does.
I need someone to tell me it's not going to break this time.
If you open your world map, you should be able to see various elemental storms going on.
If you go to those zones, you will see that several areas are being invaded by extra monsters.
These mobs have a chance to drop a new currency, primeval essence.
There is also a chance to get a rare item that you need to combine to create a new heirloom trinket.
There are four types of Elemental invasions or storms.
You need to collect a rare item from each type to combine into the new trinket.
Check what kind of storm is in each Zone before you go to maximize your chances of getting the items you need.
The main use for the event currency is to buy things from the event vendor.
Most of the stuff on this vendor can also drop from the big Elemental itself, so there’s double chances to get this stuff.
You can find this vendor at the Zeppelin Tower just outside of Orgrimmar for The Horde or for the Alliance.
He should be on the dock where the intro quest line finishes.
The gear is item level 252 snoot amazing for anyone who has actually been playing throughout season 4 of Shadowlands, but for the new evokers in any fresh alts it's a good Kickstart for your gearing Adventures.
Now the transmog is also kind of cool; it's actually the same transmog as what we will see from leveling gear in the Dragon Isles.
So while it is new, it won't be for very long, but it is a recolor of that leveling gear.
So it's still kind of unique in a small way. If you like the color options available from the vendor, you'll need to collect a lot of primeval essence to buy and unlock every single piece.
There are pieces to cover every slot, so it's an easy way to gear up in the pre-patch event.
The event outside of the big Elemental spawns there isn’t that much to do which is a bit of a shame but honestly we do have so many other things to keep us busy in this phase of the pre-patch so it's not that big of a deal.
The revamped all the man dungeon is now available.
This gives players an early taste of what dragonflight dungeons will be like.
It is also a redesign of a pretty old dungeon, so there is a good sense of nostalgia for players.
The dungeon is fun with lots of new bosses, new mechanics, lots of new treasures, and a lot of hidden story details that could be very relevant as we head into dragonflight.
The dungeon in question drops item level 278 gear, which is very easy to obtain at the moment.
This will be great for helping to gear up alts and evokers before dragonflight launches.
This is also a perfect time to level up your alts, so they’re ready to go for dragonflight launch.
The big leveling and experience changes have come through, which includes a massive 75% reduction for the 50 to 60 portion of your leveling.
Adventures experience requirements for lower levels were switched around a bit, so some parts are faster and some parts are slower than they were.
But that last leg of the process, that 50 to 60 part, will be significantly faster than ever before—most estimates have it at around two hours, or even faster if you're being efficient with your leveling.
If you have a group and you're spamming dungeons, or if you work efficiently and quickly through any quests in any expansion, you're going to zoom through the levels.
I think questing will end up faster if you're really rushing, but dungeons are still very quick.
They're also a lot more chilling in my opinion, especially if you have a little group of friends to chat the night away with.
But no matter what you do, leveling right now is super-fast, especially from level 50 to 60.
If you're tired of playing through the Shadowlands expansion, you can instead level up to 60 by using Chromie Time to play through any other expansion.
This means you can do any dungeons or quests from any other expansion as well.
Now you may be wondering, can we do any leveling up with that shiny new event?
Well, kind of.
There are a lot of monsters and they do give you some good experience.
I was averaging around one level every five to ten minutes on my death knight who is level 35.
It is faster in a group obviously, so I would definitely recommend grabbing any random folks you come across and just grind your mobs.
That's kind of all you can do - it's just really killing monsters.
But here's the thing - if it gets too busy, it then becomes a game of tag wars.
If you or your group can't tag mobs quickly enough, they all turn gray.
You don't get any credit or experience, which obviously makes the entire thing pointless.
You can gain good experience from both killing monsters and the boss during big events, but these events don't occur often.
If you're only looking to level up, it might not be worth waiting for these events since they're mainly a better source of event currency and event-specific item rewards.
Now there are some quests related to the event, the intro story quests as well as some quests directly related to taking part in the event those quests do reward a nice chunk of experience.
I think it's about two to three levels worth with everything involved and they're very quick to complete so that's more or less some free experience right there.
One of the quests to collect motes from the invasions that's also a daily so you can do that every day if you really want to.
I guess the currency gains will be nice but the XP for time spent isn't that ideal.
Apart from that, it's all about grinding mobs so if that's not all too interesting.
Then there isn't much leveling to be done with the new event, personally I'll stick to dungeon spamming it's fast it's easy and I enjoy it the most.
Remember that we still have quite a few experience boosts and Buffs to make use of until the 27th of November.
The wow anniversary event will provide you with an 18% bonus to your experience gains, so be sure to pop by a mailbox and open that package to use your experience boost on any alt wanting to level.
That is a big bonus that you want to take full advantage of.
Then we also have the war mode bonus for any Outdoor World Experience game.
So this is a great option if you're doing quests especially, or even trying to grind through the new events in pre-patch.
And if you really want to push your XP gains, there's also the battle for Azeroth experience potions, which should still work up to level 50.
You can get those from the service metal Quartermasters in your respective BFA zones, but they do cost a currency from the BFA expansion.
So if you don't have any service medals, they could be annoying to get your hands on and potentially not worth it with the leveling being so quick already.
There is an interesting update related to leveling that you might not know about- Heirloom gear has been completely rescaled so its item level will be quite a bit higher when compared to questing or dungeon rewards.
Previously, it was kind of the same if not lower than typical rewards which meant the only real advantage of using heirloom gear for the longest time was the simple fact that you didn't have to worry about Gear replacement while leveling.
But in general, heirlooms have been incredibly weak as leveling gear ever since the big changes back in battle for Azeroth.
Now that pre-patch is here, heirlooms are now more powerful when compared to standard gear options while leveling, so you can actually use heirlooms again without feeling like there's some kind of Min-maxing potential that you're missing out on.
Heirlooms will be some of the best gear available for leveling no matter what, especially in the lower levels, which also makes them worth the investment once again.
So if you haven’t been using your heirlooms for whatever reason, it's probably time to dust them off for any pre-patch leveling adventures.
Gear Up Quickly
It's easy to gear up your alts for the next two weeks with the event vendor, event drops, and all-demand dungeon drops.
You can also use all the other gear sources currently available in Shadowlands, like crafted gear, dungeon gear, Mythic+ gear, and PVP gear.
So you should have no problem starting Dragonflight with a decent item level.
The last thing I would recommend you do during phase two of the pre-patch is to check out the twitch drops that are available.
These drops are actually very interesting and arguably quite valuable, so I would definitely look into it, especially considering that it’s super easy to get these rewards.
Now there are two main things that you need to do: you need to link your Twitch account to your Battle.net account and then you need to watch a certain number of hours of a wow stream that has drops enabled.
To do this super easily, pop on over to Twitch, click on the wow directory, find a stream that says drops are on (most of them will include it in the title because they want to take advantage of the extra viewership).
When you’ve found one that you want to watch, make sure you can see the chat on the right hand side.
At the top of that chat window you should see a notification little pop-up thing that says twitch drops.
You can get a dragon kite pet or whatever the current drop happens to be.
Click on that notification and click on “view details”.
That's going to bring up the exact drop campaign that's currently active.
This drops window shows you what else you might need to do to answer the bottom of it.
If you are not connected, you will see a button that says "connect."
Click on that, and it will bring you over to Battle.net.
You probably need to log in.
It will take you to the connections page on Battle.net.
Find the twitch.tv option and click "connect."
You'll get sent back over to Twitch.
Authorize that connection, and then you should be good to go.
When you refresh the drop page on Twitch, it should say "connected," which means you're all set up.
If you click on the inventory tab, all you have to do is accrue watch time.
When the percentage reaches 100, it'll let you claim your item.
For which stream to go for, it’s completely up to you.
You don't even really need to watch them if you don’t want to.
Just set it off mute if you really don't want to pay attention and let it run until the drop is unlocked.
I wouldn't recommend you take this opportunity to see if there are any streamers that you might actually enjoy.
You never know you might just find a brand new community to enjoy the game with.
The Dragon Kite pet is currently available and will take four hours to obtain.
The next one is the feldrake Mount and that one starts a little bit later on.
The last one is the purple firework toy.
These are only available in specific date windows, so if you want them, be sure you're paying attention and go over to Twitch and get everything connected so you're ready to go when these drops do start.
But overall, I think this is a really good idea and there are quite a few rewards to look forward to.
Hopefully you can find a good stream to watch during all of this.