We're happy to announce the new upcoming patch update, filled with new visual items for transmogrification, new mounts and a new game mode, specifically for Wrath of the Lich King expansion!
By Febuary 1, 2022, we'll be introducing an update to heroic dungeons, along with a new difficulty that can be accessed via Dungeon Finder: Challenge Mode. Some of you may remember this from Mists of Pandaria or Warlords of Draenor. Well, this is our take on Challenge Modes for Wrath of the Lich King!
They are exactly what they sound like. They're difficult versions of their heroic counterparts, and should you complete them within the time limit, you'll be able to earn a new transmogrification set for your class. In addition, a different variant of this set can be obtained as a rare reward from its completion reward, among other new rare items.
You will notice various differences in Challenge Mode, as mechanics that you could ignore in heroic mode are now far more dangerous. This mode is designed with high levels of gear in mind, which is more accessible than ever before on this realm via gold.
Overall, these dungeons provide challenging content to smaller groups of players, and offer content outside of the raiding environment. They should feel challenging.. duh and be an enjoyable experience to progress their gameplay. We'll give you a brief overview of what to expect within a Challenge Mode, and how it works!
Entering the Challenge Mode
To enter a challenge mode, you may queue on your own or with your group to a Random Challenge Mode or select a specific dungeon to enter via Specific Dungeons menu.
Though, completing a Random Challenge Mode will yield more valuable rewards.
Some of the rare drops include new mounts and weaponry, exclusive to this challenge mode drop table.
Once inside, you'll find a Challenger's Orb within the entrance. When activated, the challenge will begin after a 5 second countdown. Ensure your group is ready before starting the dungeon!
To complete a challenge mode, you must defeat each of the encounters within the dungeon, as well as a set number of enemies or trash mobs. Completing this within the time limit displayed is the goal. If you fail to complete the dungeon within the time limit, you may still have a chance at earning valuable rewards. This will be described in detail in the coming days. To earn the achievement, you must complete the challenge within the time limit!
There's another set of achievements beyond the Challenge Mode completions, and that's Flawless. Complete the Challenge Mode within the time limit without a single player dying. Completing the meta-achievement (all 13 challenge mode dungeons) with a flawless performance will earn you the Flawless Challenger title, and Flawless Challenger's Twilight Avenger!
This mode will be introduced by February 1st, 2022.
Big thanks to everyone who participated in dungeon testing, and for their ideas on how to make it more challenging!