World of Warcraft reduces artifact level cap, buffs Warriors, and sells new Murloc plushie


Let’s catch up on some odds and ends that are going on in the realm of World of Warcraft. First up is a hotfix that reduced the level cap of artifact knowledge from 50 down to 40. The reason? To reduce the grind that was getting seriously out of control.

“We raised the Knowledge cap from 40 to 50 very late in the 7.2 PTR cycle, out of an abundance of caution: We wanted to ensure that players of all playstyles, as well as alt characters, would view the Concordance trait as accessible,” the devs explained. “Knowledge 40 now seems more than sufficient for players to reach Concordance, and the prospect of months’ worth of additional Knowledge still left to research makes some players feel like their efforts in the interim aren’t meaningful. Therefore, we’re rolling the cap back to 40.”

Warriors should note that one of their desirable trinkets, Drought of Souls, is being nerfed so that it isn’t absolutely essential to some specs. To balance this out, Fury and Arms specs are being reworked or buffed to be stronger.

Finally, there’s a new “Squirky” Murloc plushie in the official store. If you don’t want to shell out $15 for one, you could tame Squirky in the game if you have the guts.


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It’s almost like the entire system is pretty awful design, and their decisions surrounding it remain just as stupid.


And then next expansion’s design will do the same just as the previous one did. Difference for the sake of difference for marketing driving sales versus anything much else.