While a major phasing change was introduced with World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, many players disliked it because it restricted the gameplay too much. The developers went back, once again!
Since the arrival of certain players at the maximum level, 60, in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, they have noticed that a new element has significantly spoiled their enjoyment of the game once again: phasing. Indeed, while he was present almost permanently for years already, in Shadowlands things have changed a little.
Until Battle for Azeroth, when a player joined a party to complete an expedition, quest, or any other activity, they were brought into the “party leader phase”. He was actually seeing the area and creatures as the party leader saw them, unless the player seeking a party did not complete some of the area’s quests or were in War Mode when his group leader was.
In Shadowlands, that just isn’t the case. So, if a player wanted to go on an expedition, like the one that required defeating two World Boss Champions from the Theater of Suffering in Maldraxxus on Tuesday, November 24, they would have to return to Oribos and then visit the scene of the expedition. Oribos was actually the central place of phasing, if you were outside you couldn’t join another phase. Terrible!
Fortunately, the developers announced this Wednesday, November 25, 2020, that things have returned to normal and that this (voluntary) change has been removed and brought back as it was until in Battle for Azeroth in order to facilitate interactions and other mutual aid. Now you can join any party and see your playmates with no problem, except in the Den where things remain as originally planned for the new expansion.
With a hotfix to the game that was applied a little while ago, we’ve removed a setting that was restricting players’ ability to consistently see and interact with others in their group in the four Shadowlands zones and the introductory Maw.
Now, as before in Battle for Azeroth, joining a group should bring you to the party leader’s perspective. Players who are in and out of War Mode will remain separate, as always.
An exception that remains is the max-level version of the Maw. Players in the max-level Maw may not immediately be able to see one another when joining a party. However, leaving the max-level Maw (to Oribos) and returning should bring members of a party together.
Read more about the Wow Hotfix 24th November.