Latest Update: WoW 7.3 PTR Development Notes

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  • PTR Development Notes – Build 24829
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)
    This week, we’re testing 7.3’s weekly content rollout on the PTR, using an accelerated schedule. Over the next few days, we’ll be unlocking things on the PTR in the order they’ll be available on live after 7.3 releases, according to the following schedule:

    • “Week 1” is currently active on the PTR. This includes the first two story chapters and their related unlocks, including World Quests in the first two Argus areas.
    • “Week 2” will activate tomorrow, August 16. This includes the next couple chapters of the story, access to the third Argus area, and Invasion Points
    • “Week 3” will activate Friday, August 18. This includes the remaining story chapters and the rest of 7.3’s non-raid content, such as the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon and access to the Netherlight Crucible.

    As this testing continues, please let us know if you encounter any strange errors or inconsistencies. Thanks!

  • Raid Testing Schedule – 27 August
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)
    On Wednesday, August 2nd and Thursday, August 3rd we will be conducting raid tests of Antorus, the Burning Throne. If testing goes well, a number of the bosses tested this week will remain open on Normal difficulty over the weekend.Wednesday, August 2ndPortal Keeper Hasabel – Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
    13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)Eonar the Life-Binder – Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
    14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)Thursday, August 3rdImonar the Soulhunter – Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
    13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

    Kin’garoth – Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
    14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

    Friday, August 4th – Monday, August 7th
    Portal Keeper Hasabel, Eonar the Life-Binder and Imonar the Soulhunter – Normal Antorus, the Burning Throne

    As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

    Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

    A: In Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

    Q: What character should I use to test the raid?

    A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 110 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

    Q: How long does testing last?

    A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

  • 7.3 PTR Build Deploy – 25 July
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)
    Greetings friends,
    PTR realms will once again come down for a new 7.3 build deploy. No ETA for today’s push but I’ll ping this thread if things look like they’re going to take longer than usual (~4-6 hours).As always, leaving this thread open for discussion as long as conversations remain civil and adhere to forum guidelines.Thanks for your patience everyone!
  • Build 24608 – 18 July
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)
    We’ve added a heap of new content to the 7.3 PTR in this build, including:

    • The Seat of the Triumvirate 5-player dungeon
    • The third (and final) area of Argus, including World Quests
    • The Frost Death Knight updates we mentioned a few days ago
    • A few new updates, quests, and World Quests for Professions
    • The Netherlight Crucible

    The Netherlight Crucible (accessible from the Vindicaar after completing the quest “An Offering of Shadow”) is a new way to upgrade new and existing Artifact Relics by adding additional effects and item levels. As your Artifact grows in power, the system will expand to allow more and more customization. We’d love your feedback on this system, including on the pacing of the upgrades as well as the upgraded effects themselves, so please let us know what you think!

    At this stage, most of 7.3’s content is now available for testing on the PTR (with the raid being a notable exception). From this point, we’ll be focusing primarily on fixing bugs and tightening up the new content based largely on your feedback, so if you haven’t checked out the PTR yet, now’s a great time. Thanks, and happy testing!

    Wowhead’s coverage of 7.3 PTR Build 24608 Datamining – Frost Death Knight and Tier 21 Set Bonus Updates

  • Build 24539 – 12 July
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)
    This week’s PTR update has a few new additions. First and foremost, the second Argus area – Mac’aree – is now available, including some new chapters of the 7.3 story as well as some new World Quests. Note that, in order to reach Mac’aree, you’ll need to have completed the previous story chapters. Please let us know what you think!This update also opens up Invasion Points for testing. Once you’ve unlocked them by completing a short quest chain (which begins on the Vindicaar), you’ll start to see Invasion Points appearing on the Argus map. These are portals to other worlds that the Legion has begun invading, and as part of our efforts to shut down the Legion once and for all, you’ll be able to enter the portal and stop their invasion.You should also be able to access 7.3’s new Troops and Missions. We’re making a few changes and improvements to the Mission system with these updates, including some new ways to catch up Champions that may be behind on item level, and several new missions (including a few that are designed to let you burn off any extra Order Hall Resources you might have stockpiled).You’ll also see some pretty substantial changes for Feral Druids in this build. We’ve been trying to avoid making too many class changes in the 7.x.0 patches (keeping them mostly confined to 7.x.5 updates) but wanted to make sure we got these updates in for 7.3. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback once you’ve had some hands-on time with the changes.Note that the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon is not accessible in today’s update. It wasn’t quite ready for PTR testing, so we’re keeping it locked down for now. It’ll be made available in a future PTR update (hopefully next week)!Of course, as with all PTR updates, there are likely to be several other changes and updates as we continue iterating on 7.3 content. Thanks, and happy testing!
     Wowhead’s coverage of 7.3 PTR Build 24539: Tier 21 Set Bonuses, Concordance and Feral Druid Updates
  • Build 24500 – 7 July
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)
    This week’s PTR update fleshes out the first Argus zone a little more, with an additional story chapter, a few side quests, and the first batch of world quests. Most of the first zone’s core content should be accessible at this point.You’ll also probably see some initial work for Tier 21 set bonuses in this build. These are still very much a work-in-progress, and the numbers in particular won’t make much sense, but you should be able to at least get an idea of what we’re considering for these bonuses. Just please keep in mind, as you saw with Tier 20 bonuses, that there are likely to be many changes down the line as development continues.Next week, we’re planning to open up Argus’ second zone, as well as the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon, for testing.
  • Build 24473 – 29 June
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)
    “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!