Second Era: Information.

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Hello Citizens of Dalaran and beyond.

We are glad to finally present to you our Second Era’s idea. Its main goal is to provide once again the thrill to progress through the WoTLK content and jump directly into the action while keeping your characters’ hard work and efforts but without interfering with the fresh progression feeling. In this presentation, you are going to find a lot of different information: where the idea comes from, why are we offering it, how the system would work, timeline…etc.

We would also like to emphasize the fact that, you are the ones who will decide if this Second Era takes place or not. This is the idea we’ve been working on before presenting it to the community, now is the time to see if you want for it to happen. We need your opinions before reaching a conclusion, therefore, after reading it you will be able to fill a small survey. There is a small chance to win a symbolic reward upon the Survey’s completion.

Additionally, we are working on a “Scroll of resurrection like” feature, which will allow you to recruit an inactive player for this Second Era and there will be some nice rewards waiting for you both, we will post more information about this shortly.

Our project idea is clear, it has always been; we want to offer the best WoTLK experience we can. That also implies taking into account your characters’ value, effort and time. We believe you deserve the time and the work we have invested in creating a long-term solution. Our first thought is always our community, we are nothing without you.

Thank you for taking the time to read the presentation, and thank you for your participation in the Survey beforehand.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/155/second-era-information/

Approaching the Second Era.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

 

A few months ago we gave you some strokes of information about the upcoming Second Era of Progression. We also gave you the opportunity to fill a survey in order to see your opinions about us performing a possible “Raid and PvP Soft reset”, emulating once again a Fresh WoTLK progression, without players losing anything.

 

As a quick reminder and briefly explained; we believe we have found a middle ground that should please old, current, returning and new players. It is a totally new system never seen before, so we want to make sure that everything is crystal clear and there is no room for doubts. Therefore, we are going to post a new, as well as open a new section on our website specifically dedicated to this Second Era during early October, where everything will be clearly explained. You will also be able to fill a very small survey after you read it, this way we will be able to see the overall reception of such idea.

 

After much consideration, we think it will bring the feeling of competition directly into the raiding scene and freshen the air for everyone, while emulating a fresh realm but, without erasing our player’s effort (remember, no one would loose items, achievements, pets, mounts, levels…etc).

 

We have been developing this idea for a long time (we explained its essence a few years ago), and we are really confident it will set a new path into the world we already know. We will be offering a new direction for the WotLK realms, as we did with the Progressive release/system, Pre-nerf mechanics, buffed up encounters, challenging content…etc. Making our ideals the WoTLK standard.

 

As we announced 6 years ago right before Algalon’s release, we wanted to always keep the Progressive content relevant and challenging. It is absolutely wonderful to look back, we feel really proud and full of nostalgia. Watching our Algalon’s video Trailer brings up many good memories of this beautiful journey. Now is the moment to proceed with the next step and, with the information we are going to announce we will explain how everyone will be able to benefit from this Second Era, no matter if old, current, returning or new player.

 

We would also like to share a reflexion about the previous Survey’s results. It looks like our community liked both The Soft Reset and the new realm similarly and there is a small fraction that wishes to keep everything as it is right now. We think that after the Second Era’s full explanation is released in early October, many players that preferred a new realm or to keep everything as it is may be pleased with the Soft Reset’s option (as it emulates a fresh raiding / PvP scene while honouring every player’s effort until now). This is why a small survey will also be available, so every one of you can tell us if you like it after fully knowing how this actually would work. Please, remember that no step will be done without our community’s approval.

 

We have ready the First Beta test for this second Era of Progression. It will basically consist into checking the mechanic quality from the first tiers (with the new improvements), buff values, and the functionality of some general systems we have been working on to support the Second Era.

 

As we have always been doing, the groups that have access by default to our Betas are the ones who participated in the last PvE Tournament. However, after such a long journey and since this is a very emotional moment, we would also like to offer the possibility to participate as special guests in The Second Era’s Betas to old Guilds, old Realm First players…etc. Of course, if a current guild wishes also partake, will be more than welcome. Anyhow, more information about Betas will be published after the upcoming announcement.

 

Thank you everyone for your support, we hope you enjoy what comes next!

 

Future plans and Game Masters recruitment.

Hello community,


We would like to share some interesting news with you.


We are preparing a detailed informative post about the upcoming Second Era of Progression, it will be announced shortly. As explained through previous news, we believe we have found a really nice middle ground that will please the vast majority and will allow everyone to experience a challenging WoTLK progression once again, with your current characters. We will explain every single detail in order to show you a crystal clear idea about how everything is going to work. Rest assured that we value and respect the hard work you have put into your characters and nothing will be lost, while the competition will be fair and rewarding.


Additionally, many reworks and fixes are being deployed to Algalon with the intention to polish everything as much as possible before this new era takes place. Also, more information about forthcoming Beta sessions will be posted, stay tuned.


We are really excited about what comes ahead, and we can’t wait to start with it and show you what we’ve been working on.


Before this Second Era of Progression arrives, we would like to have few incorporations into the Game Master team. We are looking for individuals in order to help us with the following tasks:


  • PvP Staff: Arena and Battleground monitoring and PvP events/tournaments preparation.
  • Game Masters: General ticket assistance (EU and NA time zones) and moderation.


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    If you are interested, you can write us an email to dalaran.recruitment@gmail.com including your Algalon’s character name and explaining why you think you would fit into the category you are applying for, and we will contact you if we need more information.


    Thank you everyone!

     

    Second Era of Progression: Survey.

    Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


    A long time ago, even before Algalon’s release, we did promise that once the First Era of progression was finished, we would welcome a Second Era bringing back the thrill of starting everyone altogether and stand against Northrend’s menaces. This second progression would allow our community to relive again the content of this expansion that we all love so much, from Naxxramas to Icecrown Citadel. But, on top of that, they would be able to join such a journey with the characters whose feats they have been developing for so much time.


    Allow me to give you a quick update first. We have been working for quite some time in several systems to make possible the technical support for this Second Era. Due to these changes, some pending fixes weren’t fit to be deployed yet and needed to be put on hold until we ascertained stability, so we have been reworking many things and deploying only those that could go live, bit by bit (Malkavia and I will be updating the bug tracker and will write a changelog as soon as we can).


    Now that we are able to fully deploy the remaining corrections, our purpose is to review every dungeon, raids, classes and old issues in order to improve and polish our quality as much as possible before this upcoming Second Era. You probably have already noticed many of them went live on Algalon.


    Very well, our idea about this Second Era has always been a “Soft Raid and PvP season reset”. We didn’t want to announce anything about it until we had every system implemented and performed a thorough testing, in order to be sure that it would be viable for Algalon. This reset would basically consist in the closure of every WoTLK raid (and everything related to its corresponding patch), granting some time beforehand for the forthcoming opening of Naxxramas, rest of Tier 7 and PvP Season. Once available, the raids would have some internal restrictions and systems that would allow to recreate again a proper challenge and transmit the feeling of progression through the tiers. Each tier’s release, would be properly scheduled and of course, the pace faster than it was for Algalon.


    A really important thing is, no items or achievements would be deleted/lost (although if a player earns an already acquired achievement, it will visually pop, for the shake of the progression feeling). It is a complex system with a lot of details, however, we won’t explain more about it for now. What matters and what we need the community to know in order to be able to fulfill our next request is that no one would lose a thing while everyone would be able to enjoy the progression once again.


    This being said, we have received plenty of suggestions about the opening of a new realm so, we understand there are a lot of players who might prefer this option to the Soft Reset’s one. After a lot of thought and consideration, we have decided to hear you individually, through a survey.


    This next step, the Second Era of progression could come in two forms: The explained Soft Reset or a New Realm (obviously, with transfers from Algalon).


    Please, if you could fill this survey and let us know your preferences it would be much appreciated. We can’t wait to hear your opinions and, just for filling the survey (it won’t take you more than a minute) you will receive a small token of appreciation: 50 Vote Points or 5 Donation Points if you are premium.


    Being a Progressive server that has been up for almost 6 years, we absolutely respect and value the progression and work of each player, therefore no matter the outcome of this Second Era (either the soft reset or the new realm), we want to reassure everyone that the effort put on your characters will be kept for those who wish to. We will explain this further when the time comes.


    Before this Second Era of progression begins, we will open our ranks and recruit more Game Masters (even though our current ones are doing a fantastic job), PvP Moderators and high skilled video creators/editors. Stay tuned, please, more information about how to apply will be published soon.


    Thank you everyone, we are truly excited and happy to bring to life this Second Era, it is very thrilling and it is possible thanks to all of you. Your support and suggestions are inspiring. Ours is the pleasure to have such a dedicated and loyal community, we promise our constant devotion and we will try to give our best.


    Algalon’s 4th Anniversary.


    Hello Algalon Citizens!

    We are really happy to share with you this emotive day, Algalon realm’s 4th anniversary as the first and truly Progressive WotLK realm.

    We want to thank you for making Dalaran your home and being part of our community, it is thanks to you, the players, that we have been able to show what the devoted work can result in. It is not the number of staff but the knowledge and passion for the Wrath of the Lich King behind our individuals that sets us apart.

    Thanks to every one of you, we have been able to prove that progressing through WotLK is one of the most desired experiences, and we have made it possible for everyone that starts with us, no matter when they find us – they can enjoy our eternally progressive WoTLK system. We started a new era, we renewed content no longer active, we exalted the importance of the journey and the little details, and with your support and our love to this expansion, we raised once again the magical capital of Azeroth: Dalaran.

    It has been a truly learning experience, we came from nowhere with our ideas, but alongside our enthusiasm and effort, your constant support and constructive criticism made us keep pushing our work and keep our feet on the ground so we could continue our quest to perfection.

    We will continue offering to you our best, stand up for the ideals that made us create Dalaran, keep our essence in everything we embark as we have been done since Dalaran was created 5 years ago back in 2013.

    This 2018 comes with a lot of activity, we hope you enjoy each one of our new endeavours, they are for you, our citizens, future and past players that sets their hearthstone in our magical kingdom. We hear your suggestions and we are currently discussing about the most popular and relevant one – stay tuned to the news.

    For this week of celebration and coinciding with the Lunar Festival seasonal event, we have included in our Vote Shop: Dalaran Fireworks, for just 1 Vote or Donation Point. Enjoy them!

    May the sparkle guide your path.

    http://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/118/algalon-s-4th-anniversary/

    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

     

    Welcome to the Tournament

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    Welcome to the Tournament.


    We seek the Legends of Ulduar, the same who destroyed the twilight threat that Sartharion sheltered inside the Obsidian Sanctum, purged the scourge necropolis of Naxxramas by defeating the Archlich Kel’Thuzad, confronted Malygos the Spellweaver in the Eye of Eternity and are dare enter the gates of the grandest and most majestic prison ever built in Azeroth.


    Navigating this subterranean realm of ice and stone, filled with ornate hallways, stairs and balconies, will require all your knowledge and skill if you wish to become a Legend. The abilities and willpower you’ve shown during training will be tested to their limits here, since it is this time not about being a Celestial defender or Death’s demise, it is about becoming the Legend that everyone in Dalaran will remember. This is your chance to show what you’ve gleamed of the Titan city’s strengths and weaknesses and to prove you are ready to face the challenges of the Argent Tournament.


    The most valiant of you will earn their place as Legends of Ulduar.


    Good luck heroes!