Overview for World of Warcraft PTR 6.1 Build 19480 and 19508

More PTR changes coming with each new Build for World of Warcraft!

More PTR changes coming with each new Build for World of Warcraft!

The builds for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1 seem to be rolling out almost weekly! Again, there is no major content currently from either Build 19480 or Build 19508. The biggest one includes an early draft of the new Blood Elf character models that will hopefully be coming with Patch 6.1.

Build 19480

It’s very clear that many players are more comfortable in the safety of their own Garrisons as Warlords has progressed. With that mentality in mind, more improvements were made with Build 19480 just for them after Build 19445.

Gearing Up Followers and Ability Counter

The organization for Garrisons has greatly improved for many Warcraft players, thanks to Master Plan. And since they have been so popular, Blizzard Entertainment has taken a few of their utilities to improve the default UI in Garrisons.

The first is the Ability Counter that is found at the top of the Command Table UI window. Now, this is only visible when looking at Garrison Followers – just like with Master Plan. This will make it easier for those who are wanting to fill in certain ability gaps that they are missing for missions.

The second is how Followers gear up. Originally, it was a bit unclear just how players could gear up their Followers for high-item level Missions. And once you clicked the Enhancement onto a Follower, there was no second guessing. In Patch 6.1, a second window will appear asking players to confirm the changes they wish to make to their Followers.

Profession Missions

The Warcraft team wanted to give Profession-specific Followers more rewards, aside from an increase in Work Order production. They answered this need with special missions just for Professions. The rewards for success are Rush Orders for that Profession Building. Only Profession Missions will appear for each Level 3 Profession Building inside a player’s Garrison.

More Rewards for Your Resources

Several players have already experienced the small aggravation of reaching cap for Garrison Resources, with very little to use them on. With Patch 6.1, the Invasion Sergeants (Crowler and Grimjaw) will be Quartermasters for Garrisons as well. In exchange for Garrison Resources, players will be able to purchase Scouting Missives (Assaults on Draenor Dailies), Rush Orders, Follower Training Guides, as well as the starting items from Warlords launch.

Minor Improvements

There were several other small improvements both inside and outside of Garrisons. Players will no longer have to spam Start Work Order. There is now a Death Recap after a player dies in-game. And there is a Flight Path ejection option to save from a quick logout to stop at the next Flight Path point.

Build 19508

Players can pick up the Tier and Raid Finder Set Bonus Gear from Flaskataur and test it against bosses from Blackrock Foundry this weekend! But that isn’t all that Build 19508 has in store for Patch 6.1.

New Graphic Settings

Much like the improved Colorblind Mode Slider from an earlier build, players will have more control of their graphic settings in World of Warcraft. Depth Effect, Lighting Quality, and Outline Mode are now in the System Graphics Options.

More Bind to Account Items

Along with the Heirloom Tab from Build 19445, Garrison Missions may reward Shared Turbulent items. These items can be turned into ilvl630 gear on an alternate character. There are also several new Heirloom Neck items to be added to the collection.

Turn Down For…

The Jukebox can finally be completed on PTR. Those who complete the quest will be able to change the music inside their Garrisons. Several of these Music Rolls can be easily farmed while others may be a bit more difficult to discover. The NPC standing next to the completed B.O.O.M. Box will provide hints on where players can pick up more Music Rolls.

But First, Let Me Take A Selfie

The S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera is a 100% guarantee reward from the Garrison Mission: Field Photography. It will be a fun toy that players will be able to use to take selfie shots of their characters after completing the second Mission: Lens Some Hands.

The S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera was probably inspired by an intrepid Orc @LOKNAKSTAB (on Twitter). These selfies required the right camera distance and cropping with perfectly timed emotes. The many faces of #OrcSelfie will make a scary return once Twitter is integrated into Warcraft.

And More…

There were several other changes for Patch 6.1 on the PTR that have been datamined with each Build update. Special thanks to Wowhead for keeping everything up to date.

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