7.3 PTR Development Notes - Build 24473

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“Sometimes the hand of fate must be forced…”

Welcome to the Patch 7.3 Public Test Realm! After the events on the Broken Shore and inside the Tomb of Sargeras raid (no spoilers!), it’s time to take the fight directly to the Legion’s home world of Argus. We’re really excited about this update, and are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback as we head into public testing.

Most (but not all) of the new stuff in 7.3 takes place on Argus—and as you might expect, this is hostile territory. Demons patrol every crag of Argus’s shattered surface, and sometimes it seems as if the planet itself is out to get you. This will be a very story-driven update, but we’re also designing areas with sandbox elements intended to be enjoyed even after you complete the main quest, with gameplay and challenges on the planet’s surface reminiscent of past endgame areas such as the Molten Front, the Isle of Thunder, and the Timeless Isle.

One of the first things you’ll encounter to help you navigate the Legion’s home turf is the Vindicaar: a vessel that will serve as your mobile base of operations—and one of your few safe havens—on Argus. Aside from giving you direct access to a number of 7.3’s new features, the Vindicaar will also be your primary method of transport behind enemy lines. Argus is a no-fly zone, similar to the Isle of Thunder, so to help make sure it’s still easy to get around, the Vindicaar will give you access to an extensive network of teleportation hubs (similar to flight paths, but without the travel time).

There are three main areas to explore on the planet, the first of which is available for testing on the PTR today!

Also in this first build are the first couple of chapters of the 7.3 storyline, and some new and improved casting animations for Restoration Druids, Elemental and Restoration Shaman, Discipline and Holy Priests, and all three Mage specializations (and yes, that includes Arcane Missiles). As with previous patches, player feedback is very important to us as we work to update these animations, so we’re really looking forward to hearing what you think.

(Note: Shadow Priest animation updates are also on the way for 7.3, but aren’t working yet in this build. In fact, some spells are likely to have no animations at all right now. That’s only temporary while we finish getting the new animations ready for PTR testing.)

Other major content that’s contained in Patch 7.3 but not yet complete in this build includes:
  • Further chapters of the Argus storyline, including many cinematic story moments
  • New World Quests
  • Professions updates, including epic gems
  • The Netherlight Crucible, which allows you to upgrade your Artifact to unlock a new way to customize your Relics
  • New dungeon: Seat of the Triumvirate
  • New raid: Antorus, the Burning Throne (though as with other Legion raids, it won’t be released immediately with 7.3)
  • Invasion Points, a new type of replayable content that let you fight the Legion on multiple different worlds
  • Several other improvements and updates to existing features

As the PTR process continues, we’ll provide updates with each build on what’s new. Thanks, and happy testing!
Looking forward to testing out the new patch! Thank you Lore!
I have high hopes for this patch. Fingers crossed here for some excellent new content.

P.S., can we KILL illidan...please?
Moving so fast with all this content.

Love it :D
while it doesnt bother me, youre about to see alot of "we just got flying & now youre taking it away again" posts
Wait, it's a no fly zone? This is a joke, right? You mean to tell me this expac will only have really had flying for 6 months or so out of a couple years? No way.
06/28/2017 05:19 PMPosted by Gigabear
Wait, it's a no fly zone? This is a joke, right? You mean to tell me this expac will only have really had flying for 6 months or so out of a couple years? No way.

While I agree with your sentiment in general, this has kind of been the general assumption ever since we found out we'd be getting Argus at last year's BlizzCon.
06/28/2017 05:19 PMPosted by Gigabear
Wait, it's a no fly zone? This is a joke, right? You mean to tell me this expac will only have really had flying for 6 months or so out of a couple years? No way.


You still, to this day, can't fly on Timeless Isle or Isle of Thunder. If anyone didn't see not being able to fly on Argus coming, well...

And not being able to fly in one sandbox zone isn't taking flying away from us after six months. You can still fly on the Broken Shore.
Did anyone really expect to be able to fly on Argus?

Excited to see the new dungeon and raid.
06/28/2017 05:19 PMPosted by Gigabear
Wait, it's a no fly zone? This is a joke, right? You mean to tell me this expac will only have really had flying for 6 months or so out of a couple years? No way.


Personally, I'm more pissed off at the fact Druids are !@#$ out of luck. They got to use their super special class mount in current content for all of how long? One patch? Blizz really should have added it as a new different form button if they weren't going to make it a mount - not bundle it into travel form. Druids barely even get to use the thing. And here my class mount is just ugly, but at least I didn't waste my time getting it.
Sounds amazing. The amount of content in legion has been nonstop.
06/28/2017 05:10 PMPosted by Lore
Also in this first build are the first couple of chapters of the 7.3 storyline, and some new and improved casting animations for Restoration Druids, Elemental and Restoration Shaman, Discipline and Holy Priests, and all three Mage specializations (and yes, that includes Arcane Missiles). As with previous patches, player feedback is very important to us as we work to update these animations, so we’re really looking forward to hearing what you think.

(Note: Shadow Priest animation updates are also on the way for 7.3, but aren’t working yet in this build. In fact, some spells are likely to have no animations at all right now. That’s only temporary while we finish getting the new animations ready for PTR testing.)


Does this mean no Lock animation updates? And please don't reference our new demon skins -- can't even use most of them since we require a specific demon now per spec.
Why would you expect to fly on another planet?
Can you just not have pathfinder next expansion? All that work just to basically treat something as a boost for alts is silly. Just have us pay gold for it again and get rid of the pointless grind. I don't care about not flying on Argus, I'm more concerned about time spent vs. reward for pathfinder.
06/28/2017 05:22 PMPosted by Thecheat
06/28/2017 05:19 PMPosted by Gigabear
Wait, it's a no fly zone? This is a joke, right? You mean to tell me this expac will only have really had flying for 6 months or so out of a couple years? No way.

While I agree with your sentiment in general, this has kind of been the general assumption ever since we found out we'd be getting Argus at last year's BlizzCon.


Where the hell do you get this assumption? Argus is a shattered world, from everything we've ever known of it, the place is basically built for flying between rupture landscapes.

Well, it would be if Captain Anti-Flying wasn't the WoW team lead.
So does that mean the Druid class mount is actually being updated to work on the ground or am I relegated to ugly-!@# travel form again after having my uh...interesting looking bird form for a whole couple months?
I will point out, though, that for a lot of classes, the appeal of their class mounts is gone. I mean, have you seen how the poor DH mount runs?
06/28/2017 05:10 PMPosted by Lore
Argus is a no-fly zone


After the absurd wait to get flying in legion you do this?
06/28/2017 05:30 PMPosted by Arryk
I will point out, though, that for a lot of classes, the appeal of their class mounts is gone. I mean, have you seen how the poor DH mount runs?


At least you have the option to use it, y'know? That's the biggest issue. I WANT the option to use mine, but nope, looks like I'm back to ugly, outdated Stag Form.

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