In Shadowlands, loot will be rewarded less often, but we will get more control over the items. The main vehicle for these changes is the Great Vault (the new weekly cache).
- – Bonus rolls will be gone
- – The amount of loot dropped at the end of Mythic Dungeons will be reduced
- – You will no longer get a weekly cache reward for both Mythic Dungeons and PvP activities. Those are combined into the Great Vault.
- + Completing group activities (raiding, M+, PvP) puts items into The Great Vault (from which you can choose 1 item from up to 9 options)
Blizzard posted the reasoning behind these changes:
While outdoor world gameplay and professions offer a range of epic gear, the very strongest loot in WoW comes from the three organized multiplayer endgame progression paths: Rated PvP, Mythic Keystone dungeons, and raiding. The design intent is for all three paths to provide parallel progression over the course of a tier, while providing players who engage in multiple paths at a comparable level a faster advancement experience.Kaivax, World of Warcraft Community Manager, Sept 22, 2020
How to add gear choices to The Great Vault
Each activity (raiding, Mythic Keystones, and PvP) can each add up to 3 items to your weekly cache, for a total of 9 item choices. You only get to choose 1 item a week.
To fill up the three raid slots in the weekly cache you need to kill all 10 raid bosses in Castle Nathria. The item level rewards in your cache are based on the highest level raid completed for each goal.
The three goals are:
- Defeat 3 raid bosses
- Defeat 7 raid bosses
- Defeat 10 raid bosses
Let’s say you did killed the following bosses:
- Normal: cleared the raid and killed all 10 bosses
- Heroic: killed 4 bosses
You would have one reward based on Heroic item levels, because you met the goal to kill 3 raid bosses by killing 4 bosses on Heroic. You would then get two more item choices at Normal iLevels because you met the 7 and 10 goals on Normal.
But there’s one interesting piece we don’t have answered yet. The last 2 bosses of Castle Nathria drop gear that is 7 item levels higher than the first 8 bosses. We don’t know if you get that higher item level when meeting the goal of killing all 10 bosses.
Mythic dungeons add reward choices to your cache for completing 1, 4, and 10 dungeons in a week. The item levels are based off your x best key (insert the goal for x).
For example, if your best key was a +10, your first reward would be based on the iLevel for a +10. If your 4th best key was a +8, then your second cache item (rewarded for completing 4 dungeons) would be based on the +8.
The Mythic Keystone item levels for The Great Vault are as follows:
- +2: iLevel 200
- +3: iLevel 203
- +4: iLevel 207
- +5: iLevel 210
- +6: iLevel 210
- +7: iLevel 213
- +8: iLevel 216
- +9: iLevel 216
- +10: iLevel 220
- +11: iLevel 220
- +12: iLevel 223
- +13: iLevel 223
- +14: iLevel 226
- +15: iLevel 226
Competing in PvP also earns rewards. The amount of Conquest Points needed are:
- Earn 125 Conquest Points
- Earn 350 Conquest Points
- Earn 875 Conquest Points
For item levels, Blizzard said the following, “Currently in the Shadowlands Beta / first tier of the expansion, PvP loot for top ratings caps out at item level 226.”
As I get more PvP information, I’ll update this post.