World of Warcraft, 16.12.2016

The Nighthold Opens on January 17, Trial of Valor Nerfs Incoming

The Holidays are approaching fast and Blizzard has a first little present for Christmas: nerfs for the Trial of Valor raid and a release date for the Nighthold!

Heroic and Mythic Trial of Valor will see some nerfs with the weekly reset next Tuesday. Just in time for the holidays and to make preparations for the next raid content easier: the Nighthold will unlock on January 17 (NA, a day later in EU). Just as usual, Raid Finder and Mythic difficulty will be released later, the final dates are not yet set. So prepare for another race to world first by the end of January!

As the holidays approach, we wanted to take a chance to share some information on an upcoming raid tuning adjustment as well as the release date for Nighthold.

Trial of Valor will see a set of tuning adjustments next week, focused mainly on Heroic and Mythic difficulty, which should help groups overcome the challenges of the Trial as they prepare for Nighthold.

Which brings us to the release date for Nighthold itself: We are aiming to unlock Normal and Heroic Nighthold on January 17, 2017. Raid Finder wings and Mythic difficulty will release during the weeks following, which we will share more specific details on at a later time.

We look forward to seeing you in the Nighthold!

Source: WoW Forums

Nighthold Not Tied to Patch 7.1.5

Blizzard once again pointed out, that this is not tied to a Patch 7.1.5 release. The PTR contains a lot of changes to Nighthold gear, the encounters were even revisited in focused raid-tests last week. A release would totally have made sense prior to the raid’s opening. However 7.1.5 seems to become bigger than Blizzard expected and tuning is still in a full swing. As they do not want to release the Patch during progression, we maybe will have to wait until February.

Posted by Galestealth

They have said before that 7.1.5 and Nighthold release are independent of each other

They are independent of each other.

As another note, this means that Cutting Edge: Xavius and Ahead of the Curve: Xavius will become unobtainable with the release of Nighthold on January 17.

12/15/2016 03:49 PMPosted by Omnìfiend

You are still going to release Nighthold with the state of the PTR as it is?

Nighthold =/= 7.1.5

Edit: To clarify a bit, and expand on something I should have mentioned originally – with this I meant the PTR is in flux, and there’s a lot of tuning to be done still prior to 7.1.5 and Nighthold’s release – but we also don’t agree that the state of the PTR is bad. We wouldn’t drop a patch with major class changes in the middle of a raid tier, as even we agree that would be silly.

Source: WoW Forums