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SETHRALISS 8.1.5 CONTENT UPDATE

 

Greetings, BFA ! Following our latest development roadmap announce, it is time for Sethraliss to receive some new content! The release of the Mythic mode of the raid 'Battle of Dazar'Alor' marked the end of the 8.1 content (even though Jaina still hasn't been defeated, don't give up!), therefore it is now time to set our eyes on a new patch: 8.1.5, coming in hot on Wednesday, April 15th at 10AM Server Time! It isn't as big as a round patch like 8.1 or 8.2, but it still packs some interesting stuff: let's get into it!  

XAL'ATATH QUESTLINE  

This questline is an introduction to the Crucible of Storms Raid, in which you will meet a very old - and not so nice - god, N'zoth. A new kind of world quest will appear in Zuldazar and Kul'Tiras, involving Naga invasions: by doing those, you will loot the Azsharan Medallion, beginning the questline. If you played on Legion, you might remember Xal'atath, the Blade of the Black Empire, Shadow Priest's Artifact, which will play a part in this story. At some point, N'zoth will give you a present, which you can either keep or not... But regardless of your decision, your journey has only just begun! All the info related to the questline can be found here.  

CRUCIBLE OF STORMS

 

Similar to Trial of Valor from Legion in size (this one only has 2 bosses), this raid will make you uncover the secret that lies beneath Shrine of the Storm...  What's unique about this raid is the loot you can get: there are no azerite armor, but all the gear you can get is filled with the Old God's unstable powers, and will grant you unique effects! The raid will be available in LFR, NM & HM difficulties right away, with the Mythic Mode being added later on, as we did for BoD. Here are some guides for the 2 bosses it contains:

The Restless Cabal Uu'Nat, Harbinger of the Void

 

The 2 fights will involve the relics you saw during the Xal'atath questline in different ways, so read the guides to know what to expect!  

8.1.5 WAR CAMPAIGN

 

Each new patch allows you to move forward in the battle between Horde & Alliance, this time focussing on the aftermath of the Battle of Dazar'Alor. Jaina will be reunited with someone she hasn't seen in ages, and you will get a glimpse at the true nature of Sylvanas... More information can be found here:

Horde 8.1.5 War Campaign Alliance 8.1.5 War Campaign

 

HATI QUESTLINE

 

This one should please all Hunters... They received a message from Mimiron: I have wondrous news! A recent energy signature tripped several detection relays I installed after that unfortunate incident with Sargeras. I require further data to know for certain, but initial diagnostics suggest that these energies are coming from Hati! We might still be able to save him! Hati's spirit is still bound to your own, so I'll need your help. Meet me at my library in the Storm Peaks right away! Since the sacrifice of Legion Artifacts to save Azeroth, Hati disappeared as well. Isn't it time to save him ? Once you've rescued him, you will be able to have him back as your fellow pet in several different appearances, and even use him as a mount!

 

One last thing: in this patch, there is supposed to be a questline with Magni for your Heart of Azeroth: once you're revered with the Champions of Azeroth, you will be able to talk to Magni to get those sweet 10ilvl instantly! Since this quest was removed in 8.2, we won't have it working here, but its reward will work, don't worry! This concludes our 8.1.5 Content Release preview! We hope you're hyped for this, and as usual with any update, don't hesitate to report any issue you find to the bugtracker! Our Quality Assurance team is at the moment testing 8.2 content: if you want to help improve the server, you can apply here or send a message to the Beastial (BFA QA Admin) or Astagan (BFA HQA) on Discord! See you next Wednesday!

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April 8, 2020
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BFA ROADMAP + PVP FIXES!

 

 

Greetings, BFA players! If you're longing for information regarding the state of development on Sethraliss, this news is for you. If you occasionally (or regularly, we don't judge) play PVP, you might also enjoy to hear that we made some fixes & additions recently. Since those will be quicker to cover, we'll start with them; then in the second part of the post we will cover everything that is currently being worked on and planned for BFA, including some broad ETAs. And before you ask, yes Island Expeditions are coming shortly! Read more about them, and a lot of other contents below. But first, let's dive in with some already applied stuff!  

RECENT PVP FIXES

 

 

Several of our developers have been working on adding some nice stuff related to PVP recently. Here is the list:

An Arena Replay NPC has been added ! Its name is Jazdaqat (it has a Valkyr appearance) and is located in 4 different places: Durotar (in front of Orgrimar) / Elwynn Forest (in front of Stormwind) / Hook Point (in Boralus Harbor) / Mugambala (in Zandalar). When talking to Jazdaqat, you will have the possibility to select a bracket (2v2 or 3v3) then a player from the top 32 of this bracket, one of his 32 last matches, and finally a character from the match to watch the replay from his point of view. Use this to learn from the best and laugh at epic fails! Rated BGs are finally working! After nearly a year, you can now embark on 10v10 battles, with 'rated' rewards (this is better than regular BGs, check it out!) The Enlistment Bonus has been added! Before queuing for regular BGs or Brawl, if your faction is outnumbered (counting players already in BG in queue) you will get a bonus to your honor and Azerite Power gains. As for Epic Battlegrounds, they always have the "call to arms" bonus, doubling your rewards! Come fight for your faction, now is the time more than ever! Queue Status display has been added: when you're in queue, you can now see how many players are currently queuing, as well as how many players are already playing the mode you're queuing in. Pretty convenient!

 

DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP

 

 

With the release of the Mythic Mode of the raid 'Battle of Dazar'Alor', it's a pretty big chapter of BFA that's closing. Therefore, you're probably wondering what's planned - and when you can expect it - for the future of Sethraliss: as we explained in our 8.2 client update post, we plan on following the normal order of content release. BoD was the end of 8.1 content, thus we're now looking at 8.1.5 patch content. Once this is done, we'll get to 8.2 patch content, pretty straightforward! In details, here is how things are looking so far, with estimated times added (bear in mind that they could fluctuate as time goes by, but we plan on doing those roadmaps frequently to keep you posted):

8.1.5 CONTENT - ETA 3/4 WEEKS:

Crucible of Storms: Similar to Trial of Valor from Legion in size (this one only has 2 bosses), this raid will make you uncover the secret that lies beneath Shrine of the Storm... Currently under testing by our Quality Assurance team, it will be released in LFR, NM & HM difficulties. Its Mythic Mode will then be released around a month later, as we did for BoD. There are no azerite armors to loot there, but all the other pieces have special effects, reflecting the Old Gods' unstable power: great benefits don't come without drawbacks! The Intro questline will also be fully scripted, but not mandatory to access the raid. War Campaign: you will continue where you left of, and will make a shocking discovery... Also, Lady Jaina Proudmoore will be reunited with someone she hasn't seen in ages.

 

8.2.0 CONTENT - ETA JUNE:

Nazjatar: All the intro questline is scripted, and testing will begin shortly. A developper has started working on the daily quests & the Bodyguard system. Once this is scripted, World Quest will be worked on, and finally the events of the zone: not all events might be available right on release, but the missing ones will be added bit by bit as they're scripted. All the rest, up to World Quests will be there though! Essence System: Your Heart of Azeroth will receive a new type of customization! You will receive your first essence during Nazjatar's intro questline, and 4 different questline "steps" will also be available on release, each of them requiring a higher level of your heart of Azeroth: at the moment, 2 out of those 4 have been scripted, and tests have started. Every way of unlocking essences will be scripted on release: PVP, PVE, questing, etc. Eternal Palace: This is the 8.2 Raid, featuring 8 bosses and Queen Azshara. The first boss has been scripted, tests will start once CoS is shipped to live. Our PVE dev team that worked on BoD is currently fixing issues & ensuring that it's in a good state, but they will soon switch to EP in order to start scripting the rest of the bosses. The first wing of the raid will ideally be released at the same time as the rest of the 8.2 content, if not then just a tiny bit after. After that, one wing will be released every 4-5 weeks as it was the case for BoD. Mechagon: 5 out of the 8 dungeon bosses have been scripted, zone development will start shortly but we're still not sure if it will be ready for the 8.2 content release. If not, it will be released a bit later. New Season: In PVP, the Notorious Gladiator season will start, while in Mythic a new affix will replace Reaping: Beguiling!

 

ISLAND EXPEDITIONS:

They are still under development, and undergoing testings, but things are looking good (understand really close to being released). We apologize for the time it took for them to be released, some unforeseeable events didn't help. A developer is still working full time on them, and tests are done every week: 3 islands are nearly ready while the others are still in a more "raw" state:

 

As a reminder, our Quality Assurance team could use your help: as you can see, there are a lot of content / systems to test! Whether you're more familiar with raids, dungeons, questlines, professions, or classes, you can help us improve the server! You can send your application here (in English) and if you have questions, feel free to ask any admin on discord, or any BFA QA directly.

Thanks for your time, and we hope this cleared a few of the questions you might have had! We'll do our best to answer some additional ones in the comments below. The Firestorm Team.

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March 12, 2020
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BoD Mythic is out!

 

 

Greetings everyone!

It's been 3 weeks now that the raid Battle of Dazar'alor is fully available on Sethraliss in LFR, NM & HM difficulties. Several guilds have already completed the raid 9/9 in NM as well as HM, so it's time to up the stakes with the release of the Mythic Mode!

On Wednesday, February 19th at 11:00AM, Mythic difficulty will be released on all the raid. Here are the guides for all bosses in that difficulty, take some time to read them as they include some harder & new mechanics:

Champions of the Light Grong Jadefire Masters Opulence Conclave of the Chosen King Rastakhan High Tinker Mekkatorque Stormwall Blockade Lady Jaina Proudmoore

 

This will be the moment to prove your worth, as there will be nothing to stop your progress: all 9 bosses will be available right away. Who will claim the throne ? We'll be monitoring guilds advance closely to fix any issues that is brought back to us, so your help is valuable: don't hesitate to make Bugtracker reports or contact our staff members directly, and fixes will be applied daily. We wish you all good fortune in the battles to come... And so it begins ! 

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February 12, 2020
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BoD's 3rd Wing on Sethraliss!

 

 

Greetings !

After the release of the 2nd wing a month ago, it is now time to end the battle once and for all, and push the Alliance invaders out of Zandalar!

On Wednesday, January 22nd at 11:00AM, the 3 last bosses of the Battle of Dazar'Alor raid will be released in LFR, NM and HM difficulties:

High Tinker Mekkatorque Stormwall Blockade Lady Jaina Proudmoore

 

When you reach the 3rd wing (after defeating King Rastakhan in NM / HM; or right away if you've queued for the 3rd wing in LFR) the whole group will be faction switched to Horde, to represent their final effort to thwart Jaina - and the Alliance - plans. You will obtain new racial spells corresponding to your "temporary new race" for the whole wing, so during all 3 encounters.

With this release, BoD will be fully available in LFR, NM and HM difficulties: we plan on waiting for about a month before releasing the Mythic Mode on all bosses at once: competition will be fierce! Good luck to everyone, time to scream FOR THE HORDE!

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January 15, 2020
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Winter Veil on Firestorm!

 

Winter Veil is all about sharing: with families, friends, collegues (not everyone has holidays... good luck to those that don't!) it's a nice moment where you trade gifts, kind words & happy thoughts! We wanted to do something special on Firestorm as well, and we planned several things to make sure everyone gets something out of it, so keep reading until the end!  

SHOP PROMOTION 30%  

 

Until Monday, 30th December 10:00AM Server Time, every Firestorm Point purchase will include 30% extra points! Our shop just got updated on BFA, so take this chance to grab what you want at a discount, or to save some points for later...  

WINTER VEIL GIVEAWAY

It has already started, but you have until January 2nd to participate, and have a chance at winning some Firestorm Point, a wintery mount: The Vulpine Familiar and more! 10 winners on Discord, and 10 on Gleam: but you are obviously allowed to participate in both!

Gleam here! Complete all tasks to improve your chances! Discord here! Then react in the #giveaways channel!

x10 EXP ON ALL OF OUR REALMS

Starting Friday, 27th December 4:00PM, until Thursday, 2nd January 10:00AM Server Time, on each of our realms you will be able to set your EXP modifier to x10 by talking to the NPC Toran, the Experience Master, located in every starting zone & main cities! 

A GIFT FOR YOU!

On Garrosh (MOP), Sylvanas (Legion) and Sethraliss (BFA) during the 'Winter Veil' event (which is already up, and should last until January 2nd), you can go talk to the NPC GreatFather Winter located in Ironforge for the Alliance, and Orgrimmar for the Horde, near the Christmas tree: they will have a special quest for you, called 'Merry Christmas by Firestorm' that will gift you the Astral Cloud Serpent mount! This quest can be completed by any character, and the mount is account-wide, meaning you will have it on every character of the account from MoP expansion onward! We wish you all Merry Christmas, a Happy New-Year, and a Great Feast of Winter Veil! The Firestorm Team

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December 24, 2019
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BoD's 2nd Wing on Sethraliss!

 

 

Greetings !

The raid Battle of Dazar'Alor has been out for 3 weeks already, and many of you defeated every opponent of the first wing: Champions of the Light, Grong, and the Jadefire Masters.

But the fight is far from over! As planned, we are gonna release the second wing next Wednesday, December 18th at 11:00AM server time!  3 new bosses will thus be available in LFR, NM & HM difficulties:

Opulence Conclave of the chosen King Rastakhan

 

When you reach the second wing (after defeating first wing's bosses in NM / HM; or right away if you've queued for the 2nd wing in LFR) you will all be faction switched to become part of the Alliance, and strike the final blow to the Horde! You will therefore obtain the racial spells of your "temporary new skin" for the whole 3 encounters.

If everything keeps going according to our plan, the 3rd wing should be released in around a month: this time it will be Horde's turn to fight the Alliance in the 3 final battles of this raid. But we'll get to that later... Good luck to everyone!

Note: Island Expeditions are still under development, and won't be included in this release.

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December 11, 2019
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8.2.0 Update on Sethraliss!

 

 

Following 4 weeks of open PTR, where a lot of people were able to preview the 8.2.0 client update, we're now shipping it to our live BFA realm, Sethraliss! This will take place on Monday, November 18th! The realm will be shut down for a short period of time while we update it, but do not worry, we will keep you posted on Discord, Facebook and Twitter so as soon as it's back up and updated, you are notified.

We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to write reports on the PTR 8.2 bugtracker, as those helped us improve the quality of the release, so really, thank you!

HOW TO DOWNLOAD / UPDATE TO 8.2.0 CLIENT: Whether you already have an 8.0 client or not, everything is detailed in this quick & easy tutorial we've made for you! 

NEW CONTENT

 

As we said before, even though our client is updated straight to 8.2 (for practical reasons), we wish to follow the retail order of content release, which means 8.1 patch content first! This post is here to guide you through our different content, namely:

8.1 War Campaign Darkshore open world zone Mythic & PVP Season 2 Battle of Dazar'Alor Raid Faction Assaults 

 

Below you will find more details about each of those main features.

 

WAR CAMPAIGN

 

Continue what you started on the 8.0 War Campaign!

For the Horde, it's all about crippling the Alliance, and it will take you up to the raid Battle of Dazar'Alor! More info is available here For the Alliance, the objective is to set everything up for the attack on the Zandalari capital, and to defeat King Rastakhan! More info is available here

 

The 8.1 part of the War Campaign will be fully scripted, up until your involvements in the Battle of Dazar'Alor!  

DARKSHORE

 

Darkshore is to the 8.1 patch what Arathi Highlands were to the 8.0, so you can expect to find the same kind of content available here; It's a whole new zone filled with special World Quests, and rare mobs that can reward equipments, mounts, toys or pets. The whole zone will be controlled by one faction, switching every week: while your faction holds the reins, you will get access to world quests in the area, and to the corresponding world boss: Ivus the Forest Lord for the Horde, and Ivus the Decayed for the Alliance. You can find more information about Darkshore here: here Please note that like Arathi Highlands, the Warfront won't be available.

 

MYTHIC & PVP SEASON 2

 

The season 2 of Mythic and PvP will begin on Wednesday, 20th November at 12PM (noon server time).

in PVP, the Sinister Gladiator season will begin, with updated rewards! To get more info, you can check this link. You will also find the same "conquest" system that was there in BFA's season 1, but with more flexibility in the rewards to help you get the gear you need. They will be following this table:   in Mythic , the seasonal affix will now be Reaping (instead of Infested for the season 1). This special affix will revive all defeated monsters at certain dungeon completion %, meaning you will need to defeat them twice! With this season, a new currency is added: Titan Residuum that can be spent to buy Azerite Armor. For more details on the Season 2, you can click here. The rewards will also be updated, and will follow this table: (please note that the chest generated on the 20th November week will still be a 'season 1' chest and won't fall into this table)

 

BATTLE OF DAZAR'ALOR

 

The second Raid of the expansion, involving Jaina Proudmoore and the Alliance's invasion of Dazar'Alor, the Zandalari capital! What makes this raid special is the fact that your faction will be changed during certain fights, to reflect on each faction's story during the attack. Unlike Uldir, we chose to release the raid wing by wing. So, starting Wednesday 20th November at 12PM (noon server time) you will be able to get in BoD to fight the first 3 bosses:

Champions of the Light  Grong Jadefire Masters.

They will be available in LFR, NM and HM difficulties. If you're looking for a guide of BoD as a whole, here it is! We plan on releasing a new wing every 3-4 weeks, and the full Mythic mode 3-4 weeks after the third and final wing is released (basically a similar schedule to what we had for Tomb of Sargeras or Antorus on Legion). This will allow for a better release schedule and rhythm, without reducing too much ladder competitivity.

 

NEW ALLIED RACES

 

Two new allied races will be available right away, without any requirements:

Kul Tiran Humans for the Alliance Zandalari Trolls for the Horde

Each of them has its own racial spells, so be sure to check their guide to get the best out of them!

 

ASSAULTS

 

Similar to the Legion Invasions, following a rotation some BFA zones will get invaded by either the Horde or the Alliance. Depending on the zone and your faction, you will either act as an invader, or a defender and will get access to specific world quests: once you've completed 4 of them, you will unlock a quest asking you to do one last effort to help your faction, which will reward you with gear, war resources, ap and reputations. For more information, you can read this guide.

 

 

 

This is it, our 8.2.0 client update, including a lot of new content for everyone to discover! As explained before, we will be releasing all contents in retail order: you can thus expect the rest of BoD first, then the 8.1.5 War Campaign alongside the 3rd raid, Crucible of Storms, and finally 8.2 content (Nazjatar & Mechagon, alongside the 4th raid, Azshara's Eternal Palace). On a side note, Island Expeditions are nearly done! We know you teased them a while ago, but several unpredictable events delayed their release: rest assured, we haven't given up on them! you can expect 6-7 different islands to be released in the near future, probably alongside the release of one of BoD's wings. The Bugtracker of Sethraliss will also be wiped (since we're upgrading the client, and a lot of changes occurred, old reports might have lost their meaning). It will also be the chance to upgrade its system, to avoid duplicates: Starting Monday 18th, when you'll report an achievement, item, quest or NPC, you will need to give its id (easily findable in its wowhead URL link). This will allow us to post your new report as a comment of an already existing one, if there is. That way, all the information about 1 issue will be given on 1 post, which will be better for players & developers alike. Thanks for your patience, we will be monitoring the update closely to address any issue that arises! See you on Monday! The Firestorm Team

 

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November 12, 2019
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8.2 PTR on Firestorm!

 

As we announced during our latest Q&A (you can find the transcript here) we're gonna open a test realm accessible to everyone in order to test the stability and get feedback on our 8.2 client: the PTR 8.2 will open on Monday, October 21st.

All of the characters from Sethraliss will be copied on it so you can continue your adventure right where you left it! The goal of this PTR is to make sure that the true release of the 8.2 client will be as smooth as possible: everything that works currently on Sethraliss should work after the update, and new content, alongside reworked features will need 'real condition' testing to make sure they are fully operational for the release, that is expected after 3 to 4 weeks of open PTR.

A whole new section will be available on the Bugtracker for you to report issues you encounter on the PTR. Our Quality Assurance team will then take care of those reports and give them to our developers who will then be able to fix them.

 

HOW TO DOWNLOAD 8.2 CLIENT: To log on the PTR 8.2, the only thing you need will be the FS 8.2 client: fear not, as we've made this as easy as possible for you! Here is how you'll get access:

Download the 8.2 .exe here: http://fstorm.cc/82-Download (it is compressed in a .rar) Open your FS BFA client folder, where your current .exe is located, place the .rar you just downloaded there, and extract it. That's it! With the same client folder you will now have 2 different .exe: the one to access Sethraliss (8.0) and the new one to access the 8.2 PTR

Please note: The first time you will open the 8.2 client, it will take a bit of time (between 2-5 minutes) to download the missing files, but in the meantime nothing will appear on your screen, that's normal ! Do not open it 43 times, just once and then wait a bit. Once it's done, you will be fully set up!

Now that you know when the PTR will be available, and how you will be able to connect, let's see what you will be able to discover on it!  

NEW CONTENT

 

As we said before, even though our client is updated straight to 8.2 (for practical reasons), we wish to follow the retail order of content release, which means 8.1 patch content first! Some of you might know what this means, and this post is here to guide you through our different content, namely:

8.1 War Campaign Darkshore zone Mythic & PVP Season 2 Battle of Dazar'Alor Raid Assaults 

 

Below you will have more details on those content, please remember that the PTR is also here to help us find issues and that your help is valuable to make the 'real release' as clean as possible. Now let's get into those different features!

 

WAR CAMPAIGN

 

Continue what you started on the 8.0 War Campaign!

For the Horde, it's all about crippling the Alliance, and it will take you up to the raid Battle of Dazar'Alor! More info is available here For the Alliance, the objective is to set everything up for the attack on the Zandalari capital, and to defeat King Rastakhan! More info is available here

 

The 8.1 part of the War Campaign will be fully scripted, so if you notice any issues, use the bugtracker to make sure we fix them!  

DARKSHORE

 

Darkshore is to the 8.1 patch what Arathi Highlands were to the 8.0, so you can expect to find the same kind of content available here; It's a whole new zone filled with special World Quests, and rare mobs that can reward equipments, mounts, toys or pets. The whole zone will be controlled by one faction, switching every week: while your faction holds the reins, you will get access to world quests in the area, and to the corresponding world boss: Ivus the Forest Lord for the Horde, and Ivus the Decayed for the Alliance. You can find more information about Darkshore here: here Please note that like Arathi Highlands, the Warfront won't be available.

 

MYTHIC & PVP SEASON 2

 

With the release of the 8.1 patch on retail started the season 2 of Mythic and PvP, so we're doing the same here as we're releasing 8.1 content!

in PVP, the Sinister Gladiator season will begin, with updated rewards! To get more info, you can check this link. in Mythic , the seasonal affix will now be Reaping (instead of Infested for the season 1). This special affix will revive all defeated monsters at certain dungeon completion %, meaning you will need to defeat them twice! With this season, the rewards will also be updated, and a new currency is added: Titan Residuum that can be spent to buy Azerite Armor. For more details on the Season 2, you can click here.

This season will 'officially' start on Sethraliss once it updates to 8.2 client, but on the open PTR you will be able to discover and test all of those changes in advance! Same as always, feedback is greatly appreciated here!

 

BATTLE OF DAZAR'ALOR

 

The second Raid of the expansion, involving Jaina Proudmoore and the Alliance's invasion of Dazar'Alor, the Zandalari capital! What makes this raid special is the fact that your faction will be changed during certain fights, to reflect on each faction's story during the attack. On PTR, the first 2 Horde bosses will be available for both factions: Champions of the Light & Grong. The 3rd one, Jadefire Masters will be released on the PTR later, and will be available on Sethraliss when the update gets shipped. They will be available in LFR, NM and HM difficulties. If you're looking for a guide of BoD, here it is! Aaaand, you know the drill, feedback will be valuable on BoD too, so here is the link of the bugtracker again.

 

NEW ALLIED RACES

 

Two new allied races will be available right away, without any requirements:

Kul Tiran Humans for the Alliance Zandalari Trolls for the Horde

Each of them has its own racial spells, so be sure to check their guide to get the best out of them!

 

ASSAULTS

 

Similar to the Legion Invasions, following a rotation some BFA zones will get invaded by either the Horde or the Alliance. Depending on the zone and your faction, you will either act as an invader, or a defender and will get access to specific world quests: once you've completed 4 of them, you will unlock a quest in which you will have to defeat the ennemy commander, which will reward you with gear, war ressources and reputations. For more information, you can read this guide.

 

 

 

We are excited to bring all of those content to you guys, and hope you are eager to discover it as well! We cannot stress this enough, your feedback will be of great importance to make sure that when all of those content are shipped on Sethraliss, everything will be as good as possible! So tell your friends, download the .exe, log on the PTR starting Monday, 21st October and write reports about the issues you encounter on the bugtracker. The fastest we get feedback, the less time this PTR will last, and the quicker everything will be released on the live server! Thank you for reading, and see you on the 8.2 PTR! The Firestorm Team

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October 16, 2019
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Transcript of the 8.2 Q&A

 

 

Greetings Firestormers!

We Informed you before that we are going to to gather the Questions and Answers from the Live Q&A, so here it is! http://us.forum.firestorm-servers.com/index.php?/topic/39502-questions-answers-session-october-1st-2019/ The post is to long to fit here, so you will have to click on this forum link, sorry about that! Have a nice reading, and see you soon! The Firestorm Team

 

 

 

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October 9, 2019
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Devblog 8.2 + Q&A!

Hello everyone!

If you read our announcement about Sethraliss’ 3rd content update, you’re aware that for a little while now, we started working on the development of 8.1 content on a 8.2 client. At first, only a few devs were assigned to it, but now almost all of them are working on it, which also explains why our 8.0 development is lighter now (less tickets in the live changelog is one of the symptoms). In that last announcement done in July, we mentioned that we were aiming for a release mid October: we’re halfway there, so we figured it would be a good time to share with you our progress and aims for the release! The ETA of the release is now the end of October (just a slight delay in 2 months worth of development). In the meantime, we’re still taking care of Sethraliss and making sure our 8.0 version is stable, don’t worry! A few developers are still monitoring it and making sure the important issues are addressed (major spell bugs, main questline / Uldir issues, etc). As we said before, the client itself will be an 8.2 client (the latest we can), but the content we are scripting is the one directly following what you currently have on Sethraliss: 8.1 questlines,  zone & raid. We do not wish to skip anything from the content part, but having an 8.2 client will allow us to keep on scripting up to 8.2 without having to update the client again, which is a huge gain of time for us. So do not worry, you won’t miss on anything BFA has to offer! For those that remember our Legion’s development, we did a similar thing when updating our client from 7.1.5 to 7.3.5, without skipping any of the 7.2 content. One thing worth mentioning though is the class balance that will be taken from 8.2 right away when the 8.2 FS client is released. We’re aware that this means you won’t be doing the content with its related balancing, but there are several reasons that made us stick to this choice (again, the same way it was done on Legion):

It drastically reduces dev time: between each game version, a lot of balance changes are done, including removal & addition of new traits or spells: Altering one spell for 8.1, and then again when we’d get into 8.2 content would take twice the amount of time. In essence, later versions are often “better” balanced than earlier ones: some bugs or unintended features are fixed, and the strongest classes are usually slightly nerfed while the weakest are buffed, which leads to a healthier state of the game. That point is up for debate, we’re aware, but it still explains why we also believed this was a good approach.

 

 

For a few weeks now, our Quality Assurance team is focussing on making reports of class changes, and our developers are fixing them. On the side, some QA members are testing the next raid, Battle of Dazar’Alor (most bosses have their main script done, and require feedback for adjustment). As a reminder, you can apply to join our Quality Assurance team and help us bring out the best release possible here!

 

Here is our developer assignment at the moment:

1 dev on Sethraliss monitoring & major bug fixing

3 devs on BoD (one per wing, so 3 bosses each)

2 devs on class fixing

2 devs on the continuation of the war campaign (one for each side)

1 dev on Darkshore

1 dev on PVP invasions

 

Also, as you may have seen for the past months (and still ongoing) we have a few developers that work on low-level zones or older expansion questlines: Gilneas & Kezan have been rescripted, Elwynn Forest is on the way and we also have a developer working on WoD’s main questline: the idea is to then rescript fully a “leveling route” that will allow you to level up from 1 to 110 as easily as you can level up from 110 to 120 on BFA’s questlines. This means, broadly, scripting 1 zone of each level range available where every race can go without too much effort.

 

Now for the more detailed list of what’s planned on our 8.2 client release! 

Currently on Sethraliss, every 8.0 content short of the Island Expeditions are available. We know we announced them a while ago, but their development got delayed: rest assured, one of our developers is working on them at the moment, and 3 islands should be available at the release! As usual, when doing a client update / new expansion release, a Public Test Realm will be set up so players can test the new contents.

 

8.2.0 release content at launch:

8.2 Class balance 

8.1 War campaign continuation 

New allied races / Kultiran / Zandalari 

1st wing of Battle of Dazar'alor

New endgame zone Darkshore 

Siege of Boralus and Kings' Rest available on Heroic difficulty.

PVP Invasions

Azerite gear Vendor 

New Azerite traits

 

Then, from there on we will script content as it was released on retail: 2nd and 3rd wing of BoD, then the full Mythic mode, then the 3rd Raid Crucible of Storms alongside its quests, and finally 8.2 zones.

As you noticed, we plan on releasing BoD wing by wing (like we used to on Legion) and not fully at once as we did with Uldir. We initially thought that releasing the raid all at once would help deliver a better experience for players, and this point still stands; but what we underestimated was the impact in terms of workflow: It’s harder to test all the bosses at once for the QA, and harder for the developers as well, who have to make some bug fixes as long as 3 months after the boss was released. On top of that, we saw on Uldir that only a few guilds actually profited from the full release, as most were progressing (in HM at least) at a pace close to 1 wing / month, which is what we plan on doing on BoD. Easier to test & to fix means higher quality, to the “price” of quantity. We thought we could manage it on Uldir, but it wasn’t really conclusive so we’re switching back to the old, more manageable way!

 

 

FIRESTORM Q&A

 

It’s been a while since we gave you guys the chance to ask us about Firestorm, and the 8.2 client update sounds like a great opportunity! On Tuesday, October 1st 6 PM Server Time, we will be hosting a Questions & Answers on the public discord! Its system will be the same as the previous times: We’ll unlock a channel for you to post questions, then lock it and take time to answer them: there will be about 5 or 6 rounds. Please read carefully everything in this devblog to not waste questions on stuff that we already explained!

 

Thank you for your time! We hope this will shed some light on the 8.2 client update!  

The Firestorm Staff

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