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ALERT!!! If you are reading this and it is still Monday, go log into your challenger NOW and take off your gear. Blizzard has converted white/grey items to greens in the past. If you are flagged for these, they will not be fixed.

Blizzard has finally confirmed Patch 7.3.5 will be released tomorrow, January 16th 2018. This patch is going to be especially meaningful to challengers of all shapes and forms as it introduces mob level scaling to ALL World of Warcraft content. The leveling paths that you have become used to for your challenge characters are invariably going to change.

Mobs will scale to your level and have up to 4 times (sometimes more) as much health as they previously did. A mob will “scale up” to your level once you’ve passed 50% mark of XP needed for your level. For example, you character at Level 20.25 (25% of xp needed to get to the next level) will be fighting mobs that are scaled to Level 19, once you hit 20.5 that mob will then scale up to be Level 20.

The levels of zones still have minimums: for example, Storm Peaks, despite being in Northrend (60-80), the zone will have a minimum level of 67, so you can’t just go running up in Storm Peaks at 60 (You’re gonna have a bad time).

A full list of zones with their new level ranges can be found here: https://www.wowhead.com/news=277409/7-3-5-ptr-new-zone-and-dungeon-scaling-levels. Here’s a brief summary of each continent / expansion and their new level range:

Starting Zones: 1 – 10
Classic Zones: 10 – 60
Outland & Northrend: 60 – 80
Pandaria & Cataclysm Zones: 80 – 90
Draenor: 90 – 100

FLYING IS CHEAPER! Well, not exactly, but you don’t have to pay for “extra” flying for content any longer. The “Old World Flying” and special flying skills required for flying in Northrend and Pandaria are no longer required. Once you buy your flying at Level 60, you are all set!  The extra flight SPEED skills at Level 70 and 80 are still in the game and will still cost you a good amount of gold.

Level Capture
When Legion introduced forced specializations, we captured (and displayed) the level your challenger was prior to the patch. With Patch 7.3.5 introducing zone level scaling for all non-Legion zones, we are going to once again be capturing what level you were on Monday night (US) and Tuesday night (EU). We will be removing the extra information from being displayed as we’re looking at reducing our real estate on the site.

Neverdied’s army continues to expand with the dinging of Iron #27 on the Iron Challenger’s list. His druid hit 110 today, making it the eighth toon of his to make max cap.

Started February 2016 and reaching max January 2018, it took 5 days and 10 hours of played time to get there. Plus he has 3 other mid-100’s in the queue he’s working on. When asked what’s next, he said he is curious how the upcoming 7.3.5 patch with XP squish and scaling will impact the iron challenge. I asked, hey, what’s the biggest issue with juggling so many toons? He said he keeps similar talents/spells on the same action key (like the oh-crap-key or healing) is the same on each toon, but he admits he often forgets what each toon has done what quests as he goes around to each.

Congratulations (again) Neverdied!

Easter-Eggs_no_backgroundNobelgarden is here for one week only! The event runs from April 17 through April 24. We’re using the WoWHead.com Noblegarden Guide to cover what you can and can’t do for your Challengers.

Noblegarden Chocolates: Yes and no. You are allowed to use them to regain your health, however, they provide a buff (Stamina and Spirit) that must be removed. Right-click the buff off.

Vanity Clothes: You are able to use the Noblegarden Chocolates to obtain all of these White Quality gear. They are all allowed.

Egg Basket: The egg basket is in a bit of a grey area. It has an on-use effect that increases your speed by 60% for 10 seconds only during the Noblegarden event and only in areas where there are brightly coloured eggs found ie. starting zones. Since this is a white-quality piece of GEAR that is being equipped with a limited duration and limited area of use we’re going to say it’s allowed.

Mounts and Pets: There are three pets (Spring Rabbit’s FootMystical Spring Bouquet and Noblegarden Bunny) as well as one mount (Swift Springstrider). It is okay to obtain these, however, this does not mean you can use the pets in pet battles on your challenger.

Quests: Completely okay to do.

Professional ironman Deid (Never died spelled backwards) has just dinged his 3rd Legion toon to 110.  Joining his hunter and monk, Deidreven’s NE Frost Mage, and coming in at position #10 on the leaderboard.  Deid also has a 105 warlock and a couple of other toons in the works.   As Leeta is fond of saying, Deid is a leveling machine.  Congrats!