Shadowlands 9.1 PTR Build 38511 Recap - Class Changes, Covenant Legendaries, & New Lore
Patch 9.1 build 38511 includes a number of new changes to the Chains of Domination PTR, so we are recapping everything that was added or updated in the third Chains of Domination update. This past week's build includes buffs to Arms and Survival, Paladin covenant legendaries, and several new lore reveals! Preach also conducted an interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas, which answered several questions regarding the upcoming patch.
You can catch the bulk of our discoveries
over on Twitch
as we stream datamining for each update, as well as our
previous patch 9.1 PTR recap for build 38394
. 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
Arms Warrior and Survival Hunter buffs
, as well as a handful of
for Warlocks and Priests, although the changes datamined don't entirely line up with those listed in
Blizzard's PTR patch notes
. Feel free to also check out the editorials written by our very own guide writers, analyzing the class changes and their impact going into Patch 9.1.
Our Guide Writers have given their thoughts on the Patch 9.1 PTR Class Changes and new Legendaries for Build 38511. Check out all of our released opinion articles for the build below.
Class Tuning Opinions Build 38511
Blood Death Knight Changes - Guide Writer ThoughtsSurvival Hunter Changes - Guide Writer ThoughtsShadow Priest Changes - Guide Writer ThoughtsAffliction Warlock Changes - Guide Writer ThoughtsArms Warrior Changes - Guide Writer Thoughts
Covenant Legendary Opinions Build 38511
Paladin Covenant Legendaries - Guide Writer Thoughts
Paladin Covenant Legendaries
: Paladins have received new covenant specific legendaries.
Soul Cinder Legendary Upgrade Material
: Soul Cinders from new Torghast wings will be used to upgrade legendaries to rank 5 and 6.
Dungeon & Raid Updates
: Shadowlands Season 2 affix will be Domination.
Sanctum Raid Trinkets
: We're taking a look at the new raid trinket effects coming in the Sanctum of Domination raid!
Class Sets in 9.2
: The Sanctum of Domination raid will not feature traditional class sets, but they will return in 9.2!
Mor'geth World Boss
: Mor'geth, Tormentor of the Damned is a new world boss in Korthia.
PvP Item Upgrade Weekly Wins
: PvP upgrades now require weekly wins in patch 9.1.
PvP Spell Animations
: Some of the revamped PvP talents have brand new animations to go along with them!
New Torment Effects
: Torghast has been updated with all new tormented negative effect challenges.
Torghast Talent Tree
: Torghast will have a brand new progressional talent tree, unlocking various perks such as removing Torment effects.
: Death limits are removed, and in their place is a new scoring system representing how quickly and efficiently the run is completed.
Torghast Scoring System Explained
: We break down how the new Scoring system win Torghast works and how to get 4 gems to unlock the next layers.
Lore and Story Updates
Note that articles in this section can contain
for Patch 9.1.
Kael & Vashj
: More dialogue behind the strained relationship between Lady Vashj and Kael'thas Sunstrider in the Shadowlands.
: A new questline reveals the identities of past Night Warriors and their relationship to the Winter Queen.
Uther in Chains of Domination
: Uther is also featured in a major new questline exploring events of his past.
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
: We've recapped the major Runecarver reveals in 9.1.
Hand Mount Location
: We found the unique skeletal hand mount in Chains of Domination.
Ve'nari Paragon Mount
: Paragon rep has been added to Ve'nari and one of the datamined rewards is a skeletal horse.
Vengeance Dragohnhawk Animations
: Sylvanas Windrunner's black dragonhawk in Sanctum of Domination has a new mount special animation.
: Sylvanas drops a cloak in Sanctum of Domination which has a unique a quiver model.
Cosmetic Maw Shoulders
: Several new cosmetic shoulder transmogs related to the Maw have been found for players to use.
: New cosmetic cloaks are coming as well, themed after the powers of death!
New Items in 9.1
: Several new items have been found in build 38511.
Crafter's Mark of the Chain Isle
: An optional reagent allows crafters to create up to item level 230 gear, with some restrictions.
Interview & System Updates
Preach interviewed with Ion Hazzikostas
: The game director discussed several topics regarding the current game, PTR development, and future goals.
1 item level = 1% power increase
: Disputing a question regarding item level inflation in Shadowlands, the game director explained that 1 item level equates to roughly 1% performance increase, a metric which has been used since Wrath of the Lich King.
Rank 5-6 Legendaries use Soul Cinders
: The game director also confirmed that Soul Cinders will only be used for upgrading rank 5 and 6 legendaries, while ranks 1-4 will still use Soul Ash, removing the need to choose opportunity cost.
PTR Global Strings
: New global strings include the Mythic+ dungeon score system as well as the score system for Torghast.
Rapid Renown Catchup
: 9.1 includes new ways of rapidly catching up on renown.
Selflie With the Jailer
: Take a selfie with the Jailer to earn an achievement!
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