Shadowlands 9.1 PTR Build 38394 Recap - Class Changes, Covenant Legendaries, & New Lore
Patch 9.1 build 38394 saw a number of new changes to the Chains of Domination PTR, so we are recapping everything that was added or updated in the second Chains of Domination update. This past week's build includes class buffs, new covenant legendaries, and several lore reveals! A special interview was also released, from which we gleaned new insights on systems changes in the upcoming patch.
You can catch the bulk of our discoveries
over on Twitch
as we stream datamining for each update. However, we will continue to post PTR news throughout the week, including newly discovered system updates, advanced research, and editorials on class changes.
Class Changes in 9.1 PTR Build 38394
The second PTR build included a number of additional class changes, including
Havoc Demon Hunter and Subtlety Rogue buffs
, as well as a handful of PvP talent changes. Paladins, Shaman, and Rogues also received their first round of
covenant specific legendaries
, along with adjustments for those coming to Warriors and Druids. Earlier today we made a 9.1 PTR Class Changes recap article we invite you to check out below, which includes all of the datamined changes as well as our editorials by guide writers analyzing the class changes.
Recap of Class Changes
Updated Druid & Warrior Legendaries
Paladin Covenant Legendaries
Shaman Covenant Legendaries
Rogue Covenant Legendaries
Rogue Class Changes
Demon Hunter Class Changes
There are also new PvP talents with interesting animations, which we've
created videos for
Gear and Legendary Updates
More Covenant Legendaries
: Covenant specific legendaries have been added for Paladins, Shaman, and Rogues, along with a few tuning tweaks for those added in last week's build.
Sylvanas Bow Updated
: The unique bow dropped from Slyvanas now grants Hunters an additional ability, rather than replacing Kill Shot.
Choose Upgrade Ranks
: The item upgrade UI now has a dropdown menu allowing players to select specific ranks, rather than upgrade each rank at a time.
Lore and Story Updates
Note that articles in this section can contain
for Patch 9.1.
: Thrall reunites with a lost loved one during one of the upcoming questlines.
: We learn more about the history of the Dreadlords.
Kael & Vashj
: Lady Vashj and Kael'thas Sunstrider reunite for the first time since The Burning Crusade.
9.1 Campaign Videos
: We've created playthrough videos of the early 9.1 campaign chapters.
Kingsmourne is Shalamayne
: Principle narrative designer Steve Danuser confirmed that Kingsmourne was forged from Shalamayne.
New Elune Mention
: Patch 9.1 teased a potential mention of Elune last week on the PTR, and there's additional dialogue in the French version that reveals more information.
True Identity of the Runecarver
: One of the questlines in Chains of Domination is centered around the mysterious Runecarver's origins.
New Encrypted Jailer Model
: There's a new encrypted Jailer model on the Patch 9.1 PTR. While we can't show encrypted models, the fact that it's obscured could mean Blizzard wants to hide something from us!
Mounts and Flying
: Players will unlock flying relatively early, in Chapter 3 of the new Covenant Campaigns.
Death's Advance Rep Rewards
: The Death's Advance reputation tied to the new Korthia zone now offers a few rewards including new mounts.
Torghast Soul Cinders
: Mega Soul Ash, the currency speculated to be used to further increase legendary item rank, has been renamed Soul Cinders.
Achievements - Torghast Layer Unlocks
: Several new achievements indicating unlocking up to Layer 12 in Torghast.
Battle Pet Updates
Amethyst Baubleworm Rainbows
: Special effects have been added to the 10,000 Polished Pet Charm battle pet, the Flawless Amesthyst Baubleworm.
Sly the Fox Achievement
: Completing all of the covenant assault achievements will award a special pet - Sly the Fox!
Raid & PvP Sets in Dressing Room
: All of the armor tints are now available in the dressing room, with additional glowing effects on the Mythic difficult and Elite PvP versions.
Interview & System Updates
Douyu Interview with Ion Hazzikostas
: The game director was interviewed on behalf of the Chinese community, answering questions regarding class balance & design, refunding legendaries, and addition insights regarding the upcoming Mythic+ rating system.
Tyrannical and Fortified Mythic+ Rating
: Dungeons may have separate scores for Tyrannical and Fortified keystones, in order to encourage players to engage with both affixes.
: Refunding or reforging legendaries with new stats isn't currently planned, but something Blizzard is willing to look into.
TBC & Chains of Domination Release Dates
: Patch 9.1 and TBC are very unlikely to release at the same time, despite their simultaneous PTR & Beta testing.
Chains of Domination PTR Patch Notes
: Blizzard published their official patch notes for build 38394.
Vicious Mount Saddles for Purchase
: The Vicious Riverbeast, Clefthoof, Warsaber, Bonesteed, and Basilisk mounts from Battle for Azeroth War will become available from Vicious Saddle vendors.
New Profession Items
: We uncovered several new profession items, including herb transmutations and a few leatherworking toys.
All Uncategorized Spells
: We datamined around 750 additional uncategorized spell changes in the weekly build.
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