This week’s PTR update features much less substantial changes, as testing for 9.1.5 is nearing its completion. Changes to Mechagon’s Meta Achievement, Korthia, as well as more catch up mechanics for Shadowlands, and with most of these updates, more PvP talent tuning and group oriented UI changes.

Mecha-Done Achievement

To make obtaining this achievement, and the associated mount, easier; Blizzard has made several rare drop items or parts of this much easier to obtain. The Vinyl: Triumph of Gnomeregan is a guaranteed drop now from the Hard Mode Reclamation Rig event. The drops Vinyl: Battle for Gnomeregan, Blueprint: Holographic Digitalization Relay have increased rates from all hologram bosses. Another rare mob required for a blueprint, OOX-Fleetfoot/MG, has had its spawn rate increased and no longer despawns at the end of its path. Two quests, Playtime’s Over and Battle Tested are now always up, rather than chosen randomly for any given day.

Korthia and Catch-ups

Korthia is receiving additional changes to make the zone more friendly to alts and people progressing through it, with rares having their daily relic lockout removed and making the All-Seeing Crystal and friendly Gromit find more relic enemies and treasures respectively throughout the zone.

Catch-up has also been made easier, with a weekly quest being added that will send players into the Rift for a large amount of reputation and Research once they are Rank 4, or have an alt at rank 4. Enemies within the Rift will also drop relics.

In Oribos, Au’dara will sell a BoA item that will allow you to give experience to Adventure companions: Timebound Ruminations.

Warlock PvP Talent Tuning

Affliction Warlocks’ are receiving changes to a couple different talents and PvP specific ones, with Darksoul: Misery no longer being dispellable, Rapid Contagion lasting 5 more seconds (now 20), and Deathbolt going from 40 to 50% of remaining damage over time, but losing it’s ability to crit.

Destruction Warlocks’ are receiving the same Darksoul talent buff, only for Dark Soul: Instability, as well as a rework to Bonds of Fel, no longer snaring or splitting damage with pets and guardians.

Small UI Changes

Finishing up the update are the additions of two quick commands for ready checks and countdowns, being ‘/rc’ and ‘/cd [seconds]’ respectively, as well as a shortcut to your Recruit a Friend page with ‘/raf’.

Linxy – (Source)

Hello everyone! :blush:
Here are this week’s 9.1.5 PTR notes:


  • The following changes have been made to Mecha-Done:
    • Developers’ note: We’re smoothing out the rough edges in this epic meta-achievement to help players who are stuck on one of the more rare elements finally get that wheel mount!
    • Vinyl: Triumph of Gnomeregan – Now a guaranteed drop from the Hard Mode version of the Reclamation Rig event.
    • Vinyl: Battle for Gnomeregan – Drop rate increased from all hologram bosses.
    • Blueprint: Holographic Digitalization Relay – Drop rate increased from all hologram bosses.
    • Blueprint: Emergency Rocket Chicken – OOX-Fleetfoot/MG respawns faster and no longer despawns if not killed by the end of its path. OOX-Fleetfoot/MG now has a Vignette star that pings the minimap when he races by if you are eligible to loot OOX-Avenger/MG.
    • Paint Vial: Lemonade Steel – Droprate of Exothermic Evaporator Coil increased. Duration of rain reduced, but the spawn rate of Oxidized Leachates during rain is drastically increased (700% faster). Oxidized Leachbeast now has significantly more chances to spawn during rain.
    • “Playtime’s Over” and “Battle Tested” – Both of these quests are now always offered as follow-ups to “Toys of Destruction” (was 1, chosen randomly).

Allied Races

  • Lightforged Draenei Paladins now have a unique class mount – the Lightforged Ruinstrider.


  • Monk
    • Mistweaver
      • Crane Adept’s Enveloping Mist from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) no longer gains cooldown reduction from the Monk’s Haste.
        • Crane Adepts from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now cast Enveloping Mist twice when summoned.

Items and Rewards

  • Au’Dara the Heirloom broker in Oribos now sells the following bind-on-account item:
    • Timebound Ruminations – Grants 5000 experience points directly to a Adventures companion of your choice.

Korthia and the Maw

  • Korthia rares now have a chance to drop Relics on repeat kills (was a daily lockout for a chance at Relics).
  • More Relic carrying enemies can be found in Korthia with the All-Seeing Crystal.
  • Trained Gromit now locates more relic caches.
  • Korthia Rifts
    • A new weekly quest, “Lost Research”, will be available to characters at Tier 4 with the Archivists’ Codex or on alts with a Tier 4 character on the account. This new quest will direct players into the Korthian Rift and reward a large amount of Archivists’ Codex reputation and Cataloged Research.
    • Enemies in Korthian Rifts now drop stolen Relic Fragments and a chance at Relics.

Player versus Player

  • Warlock
    • Affliction
      • Death Bolt (PvP Talent) now deals 50% of remaining damage over time (was 40%) and can no longer critically strike. Additionally, the spell now reaches the target faster.
      • Rapid Contagion (PvP Talent) duration is now 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
      • Dark Soul: Misery (Talent) can no longer be dispelled.
    • Destruction
      • Bonds of Fel (PvP Talent) has been slightly redesigned – No longer snares the target and no longer splits damage with pets and guardians.
      • Dark Soul: Instability (Talent) can no longer be dispelled.

User Interface and Accessibility

  • You can now access the Recruit A Friend pane by typing /raf
  • A shorter alternative command has been added for Ready Check: /rc
  • A shorter alternative command has been added for Countdown: /cd [seconds]

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