World of Warcraft patch 6.2.3 will soon be available on the Public Test Server, Blizzard has announced.
“We’ve made no secret of our desire to expand the role and importance of dungeons in World of Warcraft as we move full speed ahead toward Legion,” the developer wrote in a new blog post. “We look forward to sharing more of our plans in that regard during BlizzCon 2015 next month. At the same time, we’ve heard from many players that they wanted more reasons to run dungeons in Warlords, so we’re pleased to announce this small patch, which is focused on reinforcing the reward systems around our existing dungeons as well as expanding the scope of the Timewalking feature that we introduced in patch 6.2.”
The patch will introduce a new Cataclysm Timewalking event that includes Grim Batol, Stonecore, Lost City of Tol’vir, The Vortex Pinnacle, Throne of Tides, and End Time. Blizzard is also adding the Pit of Saron to the Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking bonus event and the Magister’s Terrace to the Burning Crusade event. If this wasn’t enough to get players involved, there will also be a chance to loot a rare Infinite Timereaver mount from any Timewalking boss.
Patch 6.2.3 also sees the return of Valor as a currency. Valor can be earned by taking part in Heroic and Mythic Dungeons, from various Bonus Events, and via the first run through Raid Finder each week. As before, Valor can be used to upgrade gear up to five items levels two times.
“Dungeon content shines when its difficulty is appropriate to players’ power level, so Mythic dungeons will be the most lucrative source of Valor for players who have items from Tanaan or Hellfire Citadel. For those who are still gearing up to tackle Mythic dungeons, or who prefer to use queued matchmaking, Raid Finder wings and the first Heroic dungeon each day will also provide Valor, as will most of Seer Kazal’s weekly event quests,” the developer explained.
“Ethereal Voidbinders have made their way through time and space to Stormshield and Warspear, as well as returning to Orgrimmar and Stormwind, to allow players to use this Valor to upgrade their gear by up to 10 item levels. We decided to go with item upgrades rather than a Valor vendor because item upgrades offer power that complements items from other sources rather than competing with them.”
As well as everything mentioned above, the update will also introduce cross-realm Mythic raiding, a new mount for defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher, and better gear from Mythic dungeons.