Maintenance and ToC 5 release

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

There will be a quick realm maintenance (downtime: 5-10 minutes), in order to deploy some fixes and release The Trial of the Champion dungeon (normal and heroic).

Remember that in order keep the progression feeling you will need at least The Secrets of Ulduar 10 player achievement to be able to queue or enter to the dungeon.

If you consider there is something urgent to be reported regarding this, use the emaildalaran.community@gmail.com, if it is not an urgent situation report it through our bug-tracker.

Thank you and enjoy it!

Trial of the Crusader Beta test

Hello citizens of Dalaran,

Finally, I can set a date for the Trial of the Crusader’s Beta where I can dedicate all my time to those players who are going to participate – which is the Friday, October 2nd. So, as I expect, if no major issues appear during the testing, Trial of the Crusader’s official release would be the weekend after.

We have received some suggestions as for the Beta, and based on my previous experiences I would say they are right. This time the time to access will be limited and there shall be a list with some specific tasks to do when testing. So, I would suggest you stay organised and focused on such tasks. The Beta testers are invited to help us to check those things on a real player raid environment that can not be checked properly while the content is still being developed, in order to to deploy the encounters to the live server as polished as possible. The instructions and details about how to connect and how to proceed are going to be sent via e-mail to each group or guild.

There will be also an e-mail group, like Ulduar one, so we can be in constant communication altogether, even outside the game. I will be updating with the corrections if there is something to be correct, as well as with other relevant things.

Remember, the next content patch’s release shall include Trial of the Crusader raid (every mode and difficulty), the new 5 man dungeon (both modes), Koralon from Vault of Archavon along with the new tier set, vendors, emblems and the start of the new PvP Season. Onyxia’s Lair shall be released a bit later, most likely between 1 and 2 months after the ToC’s official opening, with all that it implies – the remaining parts of the legendary chain quest. Since it will be an extraordinary event, we will announce it with time enough so the players can prepare themselves and compete for the legendary mount.

The duration of this patch will be much shorter than the previous tiers, being Icecrown Citadel and its dungeons released in few months.

There shall be another Beta test for Onyxia’s Lair, the requirements to assist are still pending to be decided.

Thank you very much.

A few words.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


I would like to give you a small update regarding the current progression point and situation. As many of you are aware, we have had to attend to several unexpected issues over the last few months, which has, of course, slowed my work on the new content release quite considerably. I can imagine some of you have noticed these disturbances and that my attention was required.


Nonetheless, I am quite pleased with the state of TOC and I think it is ready for a good session of beta testing. I would like to open the PTR in 2-3 weeks, as I am currently finishing my work and trying to set a concrete timeframe for the Beta (until then, the beta testing date is not official). I need to have everything prepared, because once the Beta is open, I will need to be fully focused and ready to fix any issue that may crop up, as well as stay in constant contact with the Beta testers. The official release of TOC will be one week after the Beta is finished (if no major issue appears).


There is also a topic I would like to mention, which is the last week’s server unstability – it has nothing to do with us, our host company has been experiencing some issues with their network sessions and many hosts have been affected randomly, for several days at a time. They are already aware of the issue and working on it so it should not persist. If it continues, however, we are going to move our realms to another host provider – the effects on player experience should be minimal.


Anyways, there is a matter I believe has been managed poorly from my side, which is the lack of communication. Some players have mentioned it to me and they are indeed right. I should have kept the community more updated with current events – I would like to make an apology for that, I have been very overloaded, trying to manage many tasks at the same time and I may have underestimated the importance of keeping you, the players in the loop.


From now on, communication is one of the things we are going to work on most and try keep our community properly updated.


There have been some issues with the Tournament’s results and videos. I have sent an e-mail to every group leader and am currently awaiting response from some of them. Once we get all the required information we will distribute the points. We will try to at least partially compensate you for the delay and will add an extra reward to every tournament participant.


Thank you for reading everyone.

Recovering the planned schedule:

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Greetings,

The major instability issues that have been occurring over the past few weeks seem to have been corrected and we can return to our planned schedule. That means that some of the fixes that were reverted during the daily maintenances will be re-deployed and we can continue improving the server.

We are also working on several things that will help us keep you notified more easily regarding the updates and new content in the months to come.

In regard to Legends of Dalaran Tournament: Ulduar rewards and the Beta ToC invitations, please stay tuned – we will publish the results and grant the rewards, as well as contact you via the email addresses provided before announcing the final date.

Unfortunately, the unexpected issues made the last few weeks quite chaotic for us. As you may know, we are a small team and much of the planned work had to be postponed to identify and root out the problem. We offer our sincere gratitude for the patience, support and trust you have shown us – it has certainly helped us work harder and get it done faster. With work back on schedule, the rest of the announcements and fixes will come during the following days.

Thank you again.

The Argent Tournament: Basic Guide

The Argent Tournament is an event located in the north-east corner of Icecrown, just north of Sindragosa’s Fall. It involves a number of quests, many of which focus on mounted combat – players riding vehicles and simulating jousting. The quest rewards are various Seals, which can be used to purchase weapons, tabards, non-combat pets, and even mounts. The Horde’s main assistants and guides in the Tournament are the Sunreavers, while the Alliance is being guided by the Silver Covenant. To prevent not-so-honorable combat from happening, players in the Argent Tournament Grounds are affected by Armisticewhich prevents them from fighting members of the opposite faction, unless during a mounted duel.

How do I fight in the Tournament?

Joining the ranks of the fighters in the Tournament is very easy. All one needs to do is go the Argent Tournament Grounds in Icecrown, enter the Argent Tent, and talk to Justicar Mariel Trueheart. She will direct you to either The Sunreavers if you are member of the Horde, or The Silver Covenant if you belong to the Alliance. She will also send you to the Blasbolt brothers, who are two goblins responsible for the building of the Coliseum. From there on, your factions will direct you to the appropriate quests.

How Do I Joust?

Jousting is simple to start and hard to master. To begin you only need to pick a Lance from your faction’s tent (or automatically obtain one from any of the quests), and then mount on one of the stabled mounts outside. And you are all set! Just keep in mind that you can only ride mounts of the factions you have become Champion with, and your own home faction.

When you mount, you will notice a few spells you can use:

  • Thrust : Melee, 3,250 damage. On its own cooldown.
  • Shield- Breaker : 5-30 yards, 2,000 damage, removes 1 stack of Defend.
  • Charge : 5-25 yards, 8,500 damage, removes 1 stack of Defend.
  • Defend : 30% damage reduction, stacks up to 3 times.
  • Refresh Mount : Heals your mount completely.
  • Duel : Challenges another player to a duel.

When jousting, you will need a strategy of some sort in order to win. One of the more basic ones is stacking your Defend 3 times before the duel, then keeping your enemy at a distance, toss a Shield-Breaker whenever possible to reduce his or her Defend. Remember to keep yours up! When the enemy is vulnerable, Charge and Thrust them, and then re-establish the distance, using Shield-Breaker again.

Seals

The Argent Tournament quests and rewards work with an alternative currency -Seals. All players start as Aspirants with their race and have quests available with only them. Quests at this level award Aspirant seall. Total of 15 Aspirant’s Seals are required to advance to the next rank – Valiant. Quests now awardValiant’s seal l, and you need total of 25 of those to advance to the final rank in the Tournament – Champion. Daily quests at this level award Champion’s seal which are used to purchase rewards from one of the Quartermasters located in your faction’s Tent.

After becoming a Champion with your home faction, you can choose another faction to work with. Fortunately, when taking a second faction, you no longer need to go through the basic Aspirant training – you start as a Valiant.

Quests

  • First step: Rankless

The Argent Tournament : Justicar Mariel Trueheart will simply send you to talk to Arcanist Taelis/Magister Elien Sunhollow. Congratulations, you are now an Aspirant!

  • Second step: Aspirant

1. Mastery of Melee , Mastery of the Shield-Breaker , Mastery of the Charge : The three quests are offered by NPCs of your race in your faction’s tent. You will need to practice Thrust on Melee Targets , Shield-Breaker on Ranged Targets , and Shield-Breaker + Charge on Charge Targets .

2. Learning the Reins : Practice your Thrust, Shield-Breaker and Charge abilities against the Target Dummies. Again!

3. Training in the Field : Slay (almost) any 8 Scourge units in Icecrown.

4 A Worthy Weapon : Collect 4x Winter Hyacint found around the dam between Icecrown and Crystalsong Forest. Offer the Hyacints to the Maiden of Drak’Mar in the North-Eastern corner of Dragonblight. | A Blade Fit For A Champion : Apply Warts-B-Gone Lip Balm before kissing an unknown number of Lake Frogs , hoping that one of them will turn out to be the Maiden of Ashwood Lake . Remember to apply the balm before each kiss, or you may and will get Warts !! | The Edge of Winter : Slay Lord Everblaze for hisEverburning Ember , before heading to the Maiden of Winter’s Breath Lake and freeing her from her icy prison.

Note: You can only get one of the “blade” quest each day: A Blade Fit For A Champion, A Worthy Weapon, or The Edge of Winter.

Daily Rewards: Completing all three daily quests awards 5x Aspirant’s Seal and 750 Reputation with The Silver Covenant/The Sunreavers.

5. Up To The Challenge : Collect 15x Aspirant’s Seal to be allowed to fight for the rank of Valiant.

6. The Aspirant’s Challenge : Talk to Squire David in order to summon, challenge and defeat an Argent Valiant.

7. A Valiant of… : Talk to your race’s representative in your faction’s tent to become a Valiant of your main city.

  • Third Step: Valiant

Now the Valiant’s quests for your race will be unlocked.

1. The Valiant’s Charge :Present 25x Valiant’s Seal to your race’s representative in your faction’s tent to be be allowed to become Champion.

2. A Blade Fit For A Champion| A Worthy Weapon | The Edge of Winter. Note: You can only get one of the “blade” quest each day: A Blade Fit For A Champion, A Worthy Weapon, or The Edge of Winter.

3. A Valiant’s Field Training : An upgrade from Field Training, you now need to slay 10 Converted Heroes

4. At Enemy’s Gates : Slay 15 Boneguard Footmen , 10 Boneguard Scouts , and 3 Boneguard Lieutenantswhile using one of the mounts in the Argent Forward Camp in the Court of Bones near Corp’rethar.

5. The Grand Melee : Defeat 3 Valiants in either of the Valiant’s Rings in the Argent Tournament Grounds. Note that you will not be able to defeat the same race for 5 minutes. Each valiant count also as criteria for the achievement Lance a Lot .

Daily Rewards: Completing all four daily quests awards 5x Valiant’s Seal, 1,000 Reputation with your race and 1,000 Reputation withThe Silver Covenant/The Sunreavers

6. The Valiant’s Challenge : Talk to Squire Danny to summon, challenge and defeat an Argent Champion .

7. A Champion Rises : Talk to Justicar Mariel Trueheart to receive 10x Champion’s Seal and an Argent Squire /Argent Gruntling.

  • Fourth step: Champion

Once you are a Champion with your city, you will have the opportunity to become a Champion for another one of your faction and also the daily champion’s quest will be unlocked in the Argent Pavilion.

1. Eadric the Pure : Talk to Eadric the Pure to unlock all of the Champion’s daily quests.

2. Taking Battle To The Enemy : The final version of your Field Training. Slay 15 Scourge units in Icecrown and/or their agents.

3. Among the Champions : Defeat 4 Champions in the Ring of Champions.

4. Battle Before The Citadel : Slay a 3 Boneguard Commander in the Court of Bones.

5. Threat From Above : Slay Chillmaw and her 3 Cultist Bombardiers.

Daily Rewards: Completing all 4 daily quests awards 5x Champion’s Seal, and up to 4 Champion’s Writs , which can be used to purchase Commendations worth 250 Reputation with any city you have become Champion with. Alternatively you can choose to receive a Champion’s Purse with 10g and a chance for a Champion’s Seal inside, instead of the Writ. You also get 250 Reputation with the Argent Crusade andThe Silver Covenant/The Sunreavers.

  • Fifth step: Crusader

Incredible! You’ve managed to surpass all expectations and become a Champion for all the cities in your faction. As a “Crusader”, you have reached the highest rank here at the Argent Tournament. You will need the Exalted Champion of the Alliance /Horde and The Argent Crusade for it.

1. High Crusader Adelard will offer you one daily quest: Deathspeaker Kharos 1b.Drottinn Hrothgar1c.Mistcaller Yngvar 1d. Ornolf The Scarred

2. Crusader Silverdawn will offer you one daily quest: The Fate Of The Fallen or Get Kraken! (note: if you kill the kraken, you will obtain a Kraken Tooth and be able to turn in Identifying the Remains for extra money)

  • Exalted with Sunreavers / Silver Covenant

Once you are exalted, their daily quests will be unlocked:

1. Narasi Snowdawn /Girana the Blooded will offer you 2 of these quests:

A Leg UpRescue at SeaStop the AggressorsThe Light’s MercyYou’ve really Done it this Time Kul

2. Savinia Loresong /Tylos Dawnrunner will offer 1of these:

Breakfast of championsGormok Wants his SnoboldsWhat do you feed a Yeti, Anyway?

All of these reward 1 Champion’s Seal per quest, so 3 extra seals per day once you complete this achievement.

  • The Black Knight

1. The Black Knight of Westfall / Silverpine : Obtain the Dusty Journal in either Westfall or Silverpine Forest.

2. The Seer’s Crystal : Obtain a See’rs Crystal from Unbound Seers in Crystalsong Forest.

3. The Stories Dead Men Tell : Use the Seer’s Crystal near Connall’s Grave, Lorien’s Grave and Sir Wendell’s Grave.

4. There’s Something About the Squire : Obtain a Large femur from Skeletal Woodcutters in Crystalsong Forest. Use the femur to stun and loot Maloric to obatin Murderer’s Toolkit

5. The Black Knight’s Orders : Use Enchanted Bridle to take control over the Black Knight’s Gryphon . Fly to whever it takes you and obtain Stolen Tournament Invitation and Black Knight’s Orders . Note: In order to proceed further ahead with the chain, you will need to complete A Champion Rises first.

6. The Black Knight’s Fall : Mount in an Argent Warhorse , talk to Squire Cavin to summon, challenge and defeat The Black Knight . You will receive here the achievement: It’s Just a Flesh Wound

7. The Black Knight’s Curse : Investigate the Black Knight’s Grave and kill the assasin.

8. The Black Knight’s Fate : Obtain from Doctor Kholer the Doctor Kohler’s Orders at Deathspeaker’s Watch.

Sources:
http://www.wowhead.com/news=80946/argent-tournament-guide

http://www.wowhead.com/guides/world-events/championing-the-argent-tournament