Shadowlands Preparations!

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Shadowlands Preparations!

2020-08-28 04:36:44
We've got a release date! October 27th, Shadowlands will arrive.
The Pre-Patch will likely hit a couple of weeks earlier and it will bring substantial changes to pet battling. Xu-Fu's is in the middle of preparing for this upheaval of pet battle strategies, because many of them will not work anymore and will need to be changed or even removed.

To give you the best experience through this process, we are using a phased approach outlined here:

Phase 1 - Now until Shadowlands Pre-Patch

We are going through strategies on the PTR and Beta and are adding a new color code:

  • Red: This strategy has been tested on the PTR or Beta and will not work anymore. We have left a comment on the strategy explaining the problem.
  • Yellow: The strategy has not been tested, yet. It might be OK - or not.
  • Green: The strategy has been tested and perhaps slightly adjusted. It will continue to work in Shadowlands.

You will find this information at the very top of each strategy, looking like this:

If you own a strategy that has been marked red and made adjustments to it, please reply to the comment left by us so we can re-test and update the tag.
Remember that it needs to be tested on the PTR or Beta :-)

Phase 2 - Pre-Patch

Once the changes to pet battles go live with the pre-patch, we will do the following:
  • All strategy creators who own a strategy marked in yellow or red will receive a notification
  • Creators will then have the option to change the color marker of their own strategies
  • We will keep going through strategies and updating them from our side
  • All "red" strategies will be unpublished to reduce confusion and frustration

Phase 3 - Shadowlands

On or shortly after the release of Shadowlands, we will do a full reset of the ratings and favourites of strategies.
This will be a very invasive step but we feel that it is necessary to have a fresh start in the new pet battling landscape. It will ultimately make the ratings and the associated priority system more accurate than if we carried over the previous ratings that might highlight a strategy that has become less optimal.


wrote on 2020-10-13 21:02:10

One downside to resetting favorites: I can't remember which strategy I used before when my addons are all broken.


wrote on 2020-10-03 15:17:03

Thank you so much for all your hard work. I had put off doing most of the time intensive pet battles until I found this site. I appreciate your dedication c:

Nessahelyan wrote on 2020-09-26 13:54:15

I've written and let u know how much this site has helped me. before. Not just in game but IRL helping me to come back and think a little straighter. This is the BEST site . I suggest it to anyone starting pet battling. I''ve made it to like 50 on the stormrage leaderboard.. With your help. Thank you again and again for all of your work for us., Signed with great thanks, Laura Smith


wrote on 2020-10-01 11:06:47


Notsil wrote on 2020-09-25 04:22:14

Lots of work incoming :) Great job ! :)


wrote on 2020-09-06 16:33:13

Have a cup of Ko-fi on me, hell have 3 or 4! This site is amazing and I appreciate the vast amount of time it must take to keep improving it and the work needed to keep it relevant into Shadowlands. Way To GO!


wrote on 2020-09-12 05:37:35

Thanks!! Good timing that the current donation goal is going to the volunteers, strategy curators especially, who do most of the effort to get the strategies updated :-)


wrote on 2020-09-11 23:09:55

This is why this is the best WoW pet site around! Great stuff!


wrote on 2020-09-12 05:36:48

Thanks a ton :)


wrote on 2020-08-29 20:22:13

Can we sort our strategies by shadowlands readiness?


wrote on 2020-08-31 04:53:00

You can now :) I've added a column at the right showing the color of each strategy. It's not super convenient - couldn't get the filters to work properly, sorry. But it's better than nothing!


wrote on 2020-08-31 05:11:57

Thank you. Can color codes be added to the alternatives mouse over so we don't need to load each strat to know if it's shadowlands rdy? (edited)


wrote on 2020-08-31 06:47:08

Threewolves, the new indicators are on the "My Strategies" page, not the mouseover. I can see that it would be really awkward to try to showhorn in the indicators on the public mouseover list.


wrote on 2020-08-31 13:16:59

Yes, I was very unclear in my message, sorry.
The filter option is here: https://www.wow-petguide.com/index.php?page=strategies


wrote on 2020-08-31 16:56:59

The "My Strategies" sorting option is fine. Works for me. My response was regarding the alternatives mouseover on ALL strategies available for each encounter. It would be useful when choosing a strategy if a tiny red, green, or yellow indicator(or border) would accompany the mouseover flyout on alternative strategies. Thank you again.


wrote on 2020-09-01 10:30:39

Good point, yeah. Red ones we'll definitely unpublish with the pre-patch so people don't run into this problem. For the others, I'll have to think about what to do and if it's worth it, depending on how many strategies will be left unchecked when the prepatch hits. Either way, thanks for the suggestions!


wrote on 2020-08-30 18:55:56

Would it be possible to allow the author of a strategy to manually flag it themselves? I already know both of my published strats aren't going to survive the changes in Shadowlands.


wrote on 2020-08-30 20:19:05

That phase will come in Shadowlands pre-patch. If you'd like it to happen before that, leave a comment on the strat that needs to be flagged and one of the curators can flag it for you.


wrote on 2020-08-31 14:35:56

Alright, thanks.


wrote on 2020-08-31 02:50:50

The link in the "Strategy Readiness" tooltip links to the wrong news: https://www.wow-petguide.com/index.php?News=256 - while actually this news is 257 :)


wrote on 2020-08-31 03:50:31

Whoops! Fixed, thank you :)


wrote on 2020-08-31 12:27:57

Thanks for the quick fix!


wrote on 2020-08-29 13:33:11

Thank you so much for all the amazing work you're putting into this. You guys rock!


wrote on 2020-08-28 14:24:24

Thank you Xu-Fu Team! Without you I likely would only collect the pets. I love to battle them but I create strategies that are much too long. Your knowledge is amazing. Thanks again.


wrote on 2020-08-28 04:39:25


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