Tests of the next update for World of Warcraft Shadowlands have unexpectedly begun. Patch 9.0.5 can already be checked on the Public Test Server (PST). The full version will appear in March.
The sudden appearance of a minor update should not be unusual, especially on a test server. However, patch 9.0.5 will introduce one important change. Along with it, so called Valor Points will return to the game, i.e. points awarded for completing Mythic+ dungeons, as well as daily quests known as Callings. The points can be used to upgrade items found in these dungeons and the upgrade limit will depend on the player's progress. After completing all the basic Mythic dungeons, it will be set at level 200, but earning the "Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season One" achievement will increase the cap to 220.
The return of Valor Points is meant to alleviate one of Shadowlands underlying issues: the problem of acquiring and upgrading gear mainly through PvE. It should be noted, however, that the system introduced by patch 9.0.5 is not a perfect solution, as playing in PvP enables us to develop equipment up to level 233. In addition, Blizzard will implement a limit on the number of points that can be earned per week.
In addition, the update will bring further changes to the ever-improving Torghast prison tower, as well as legendary items and character class balance. So it's not a huge update, and players aren't exactly thrilled about the restrictions related to Valor Points. However, in general, their reintroduction (even if only as a test) has met with a positive response from the community focused around World of Warcraft. Admittedly, there was no mention of improvements to the gear acquired in Mythic dungeons, but Ion Hazzikostas (game's director) assured on Twitter that Blizzard intends to solve this problem. It remains to wait for more details.
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