Patch 10.0.5 is a promising first step on Blizzard’s road to redemption.
With the launch of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, Blizzard Entertainment has restored a large portion of the community’s faith in the Warcraft universe. The company seems poised to maintain its hardwon good faith with the expansion’s first patch. Patch 10.0.5 is set to launch on January 24, 2023; this will be the shortest period between the launch date and a patch since World of Warcraft: Legion in 2016. From talent changes to a new trading post, Patch 10.0.5 looks to continue Dragonflight’s many positive aspects as it carries players into 2023.
Trading Post: Take my Tendies
Patch 10.0.5 will function as a half patch to humor players until the next phase of the full story. One of the key features aimed at doing so is the all-new Trading Post. The Trading Post is a new shop in the faction’s capital cities with exclusive items that change each month. Alliance players will find their Trading Post -called Tawny and Wilder (T&W)- just outside of the Mage District, and Horde players can find the Zen’shiri Trading Post right next to Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar.
The vendors will expect a specific currency -Trader’s Tenders- from players planning to purchase from their little shop. Each Battle.net account will have a cap of 1000 Trader’s Tenders each month with 500 automatically available to players; all a player has to do is log in and stop by the Trading Post to get the new Collector’s Cache. The other half comes from completing a list of activities from the Traveler’s Log, which features gameplay activities such as quests and battlegrounds. There will also be unique activities each month players can enjoy as well. The Trading Post goes live on February 1st, 2023.
Sweet, Sweet Transmog
In addition to the Trading Post, a much-requested player feature will debut in Patch 10.0.5. White/grey (poor and common quality) items will finally be bind-on equip (BOE) available for players to transmog. The huge backlog of unusable appearances will open up a host of new looks for all armor types, including the starting zone gear for pandarens, worgen, and goblins.
Additionally, Shadowlands legendary gear will have its basic crafted appearances available. Original starting gear armor lost with the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands release will be purchasable in the main faction capitals. Other gearing updates will include the return of crafted armor appearances from Warlords of Draenor. These were also lost with the crafting updates made in Shadowlands, but will now be obtainable once again. The Trial of Style event will have new appearances available, though these appearances remain to be seen. Profession-specific appearances will no longer be restricted, but their acquisition method will remain the same.
Can You Weather the Storm?
As a half patch, patch 10.0.5 won’t introduce any new story elements. However, it is launching a new gameplay feature called The Storm’s Fury. This in-game event will occur once every five hours, and players can reach it by taking the Temporal Conflux portal in Thaldrazus. After taking the portal, players will face new enemies and complete daily challenges in the new zone, The Primalist Future.
Players can earn a new currency -Essence of the Storm- from the event, and use it to purchase new item level 385 gear including rings, trinkets, and necklaces. These rewards will possess special effects relating to the event. Other available items include a new toy, a battle pet, a cache of Storm Sigils, and the Skyskin Hornstider mount.
Classes are in Session
Patch 10.0.5 contains a slew of class updates with buffs and nerfs to existing abilities and talents. To begin with, the talents page itself now has the option to reset just a single tree rather than resetting both. Druids are receiving the most updates, including soft reworks for the class tree as well as redesigns of both the balance and guardian talent trees. New talents for both specializations will be part of the redesign as well.
Other classes such as the priest, monk, and warrior are receiving numerous updates or talent changes aimed at encouraging more diverse builds and throughput on damage and healing. Developers have also added updates meant to balance player vs player (PvP) interactions, for they feel that certain classes have reached higher than desired levels of survivability. Finally, war mode can now be enabled within the hub city Valdrakken -in addition to the faction’s capitals.
Quality & Quantity
Patch 10.0.5 will also host numerous additional quality-of-life updates. The User Interface (UI) is receiving several improvements, one of which will adjust dragon-riding; developers hope the changes will lessen motion sickness for players. Other UI improvements will center around Edit Mode, as many players have requested, and its new options for moving the experience bar, equipment durability menu, and bag slots.
Professions, too, have seen some updates after the massive overhaul of changes with Dragonflight’s launch. The requirements to unlock profession-based specializations have been reduced to encourage more players to partake in professions. Between said updates and loosening restrictions on profession-based transmogs, in-game crafting is more appealing than it has been in a long time.
Patch 10.0.5 will mark the return of World of Warcraft: Legion’s Mage Tower. The event was disabled for a short time when Dragonflight launched. Unlike before, developers recommend the event for players at level 70. This indicates a possible incoming change to the original concept, which scaled players to level 50 within the Mage Tower instance.
An updated form of the Creation Catalyst from Shadowlands will also launch with Patch 10.0.5. Now called the Revival Catalyst, it will allow players to convert non-tier set pieces into tier sets. The Revival Catalyst can be found in Thaldraszus on the north side of Tyrhold.
A Fine Start
World of Warcraft: Dragonflight has proven to be an immensely popular expansion thus far. With a set of six patches in 2023 alone, players have plenty to look forward to in the coming year. Patch 10.0.7 will debut this spring, and Blizzard has already posted images of heritage armor for humans and orcs. In addition, fans of the monk class will finally have access to the worgen, goblin, and light-forged draenei races.
As it stands, Blizzard seems dedicated to righting many of the wrongs players complained about during World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and a quicker patch cadence is only one of the many positive signs on the horizon. The roadmap for 2023 promises plenty for all players, Horde and Alliance alike, as they continue their journeys in the skies among the dragons.
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