The Vengeance spec (tank spec) for the demon hunter has become available on the Alpha. Here is the first look at their spells, talents and of course the artifact intro questline! Beware of spoilers, and of course anything can change as the alpha/beta moves forward!
The second part of the Demon Hunter intro experience is on the alpha servers, so here’s part 2!
Right after it you can get your artifact weapons, so tonight we’re taking a look at the Havoc (dps) Demon Hunter Artifact Questline.
The Legion Alpha has officially gone live and we were lucky enough to get invited! Currently just the Demon Hunter starting area is enabled, so that’s exactly what we’ll start with! LJ and Mezzy experience it first-hand and are just a tad excited!
In the past 2 days more dev interviews have taken place, below is the new information that we’ve obtained per interview:
In 7.0 they want to have the story develop in the outdoor world gameplay at level 110.
We will get a 12th character slot.
You can transmog over your Artifact weapon if you want to.
The role of Illidan is something for the player to discover. The Illidan storyline will carry through the entire expansion.
Many of the social interaction improvements are still just ideas at the moment. An example is when you and your friend are seperatly queued for the same thing, you get a pop up asking if you would like to join your friend.
It might be possible to put moose horns on your tauren in the future, but for now there are no plans for it.
Raiding has worked out well for Warlords, but they want to improve loot and more specifically personal loot in Legion.
They do not know yet what type of quality the Artifact weapon will be. They have multiple ideas.
There will be no catch up mechanics for Artifacts for alts.
There might be a catch up mechanic for Artifacts of your different specs.
They might not add mythic dungeons at the start of Legion.
Challenge modes might not be added in legion. They do like them, but want to make them more accessible.
With the demon hunter being a leather user there will now be 4 leather users and 2 mail users (in terms of classes). They feel that this is not a real problem due to the addition of personal loot. In organized raiding, the set pieces aren’t shared by all leather users so only bracers, belt and boots are left. Additionally, from a fantasy perspective it’s only right that they use leather.
The demon hunter will get a new weapon type: the glaive. This will work out with the Artifacts for this expansion, but in future expansions they might have to go to dual wielding the existing weapon types.
If they could go back in time perhaps rogues would have only 2 specs.
Discipline will be focused on the atonement mechanic. They will deal damage to heal players. They’ll be more 50% damage, 50% healing compared to holy which is 100% healing.
The expansion after Legion is already being planned.
Legion will be released next year.
They are not sure how Dalaran will be handled in terms of Horde vs Alliance areas.
They do not base their decisions on the subscriber numbers. They learn lessons from what they felt they did wrong.
They do not know what their patch plans are going to be yet for Legion.
6.1 was not named correctly
Legion will offer a large content spectrum, they want to improve the endgame experience.
They want the transmog system to be more easy to use. It should be more like a dressing room and you can see what you can still unlock.
They find it interesting that some players don’t want Sylvanas to end up as a raid boss.
The hunter changes will represent the most significant class changes.
Despite the feeling that some players have that so many lore threads are being tied together in Legion, they are confident that they will have plenty of ideas for future expansions.
While Artifacts can be transmogged into old weapons, old weapons can not be transmogged into the Artifacts.
The new PvP system will allow them to make the game better. (PvP vs PvE tuning)
Summary of Dev interview by Icy Veins
The new expansion is going to be “Legion”
It will include:
The Broken Isles – new continent
Level up to 110
New dungeons and raids
New honor system
Class Order Halls
Demon hunter class
The beta starts later this year
In the announcement trailer we saw demons, satyrs, khadgar and a grown up Anduin wrynn!
The cinematic for Legion will come relatively soon!
Story and Setting:
The Broken Isles are at the heart of azeroth and were long forgotten
The tomb of Sargeras can be found here.
The tomb is a gateway to endless legion worlds thanks to Gul’dan
A demon invasion bigger than the war of the ancients is underway!
We will go to the broken isles via the broken shore. This will be the introductory event. Anyone who has played WoW will be “surprised and shocked”.
After the broken shore, we will use the artifacts such as Ashbringer and Doomhammer to fight against the legion.
To organize we will create class orders, or restore old ones like the Silver hand.
We will see the story of the demon hunters through illidan’s eyes.
We will go back to the moment in The Burning Crusade when Illidan sends his illidari (demon hunters) on a special mission.
It will be experienced on Mar’dun. This was created by Sargeras when he was a good titan to imprison all the demons. When he became evil he released them to become the burning legion.
Artefacts and demon hunters won’t be enough against the burning legion.
We will need the help of the titans.
We’ll search for the pillars of creation on the broken isles to close the massive gate of the burning legion.
Dalaran and the mages of the kirin tor lead by Khadgar will help as well.
Dalaran will become the main hub for players in this expansion.
Jaina was pissed off when she left…
Val’sharah is a refuge of the night elves. This is where Malfurion became a student of Cenarius.
We will come across demi gods, Ysera, Xavious (linked to the emerald nightmare)
We are going to go into the emerald nightmare.
Stormheim will show us the fate of the Vrykul who left northrend thousands of years ago.
Kvaldir and Valkyr are here as well
we will discover the ghosts of ancient elves and a dieing race of the blue dragonflight.
Queen Azshara will be here
Home of the highmountain tauren
We’ll see the lair of neltharian, to seek some answers (deathwing before he became corrupted)
Nesingwary will appear
Here we will discover a new race of elves.
They have profited off of their huge magical ability.
They are now pawns of the burning legion.
They have the last relic we need.
We will need to kill them all.
Valleria and Turalyon will make their appearance in this expansion.
Artifacts and class orders
36 artifacts – one for each specialization
You will seek out the artifact for your spec
“Retrieve shards of Frostmourne from the base of Icecrown”
“Venture to the broken shore where heroes fell”
Earn Artifact Power as you adventure
Spend Artifact Power to unlock traits
Customize your weapon with visual customizations
Each artifact has a trait tree (talents for your weapon)
A few examples of Artifacts:
A spear for Survival Hunters
Fangs of the First Nightsaber – feral/guardian druids will customize their form’s look!
You are the leader of your class order!
Alliance and Horde are at each other’s throats
Each class comes together to face the legion and it will focus on the class identity
Base of operations for your class
Shaman conclave overlooking the Maelstrom
Paladin templar sanctum beneath Light’s Hope Chapel
Warlock enclave on a legion portal world
For everyone of the class, not just you like the garrison
You will have champions
Evolution of the Draenor follower system
Fewer followers – more meaningful
Not raising an army this time
Think Knights of the Round Table
More world integration/interaction
Example: Lady Liadrin
They will help you do greater deeds
E.g. Scouting or giving bonuses in a zone
More dungeons, more challenges, more replayability and more reasons to keep doing them
Halls of Valor
Level up dungeon in the clouds above stormhein
The God-King is cooperating with the legion
These are not the undead scourge influenced valkyr
These are the pure valkyr
Black Rook Hold
Ancient elven fortress in Val’Sharah
Ancestral Home of Lord Ravencrest
Vault of the Wardens
Return to the demon hunter prison
Begin the hunt for illidan
Eye of Azshara
The Emerald Nightmare
Emerald Dream, twisted and shadowed
Pursue Cenarius, face Xavius
Home to the nightwell, center of Suramar’s power
Face off against Gul’dan, he won’t be able to run this time
Reminiscent of black temple in terms of structure
Elegant, no green fel!
They’ll have horns
Skin variations – scaly / normal
It’s a hero class
Starts at a high level
Only 2 specs
Uses Fury as a resources
Generate Fury with spells
And spend Fury with spells
Spectral sight – allows you to see through walls (2min CD)
Demon hunters can double jump
PvP Honor System (version 3)
The effect that gear has in pvp will be dialed back
It’s a pvp talent system, ranks 1 -> 50
These will only work in places like battlegrounds and arenas.
If you want to, you can reset your honor level back to 1. It will give you +1 prestige.
Prestige will earn you cosmetic rewards
Unique pvp artifact variants