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Update, 03/06/2021

: WoW developers have made another change to the mythic keystone system after negative feedback from the community. With patch 9.0.5, if you master a level 15 keystone in one week, you will receive a keystone of the same level for the following week. However, if you do not master a level 15 keystone again, you will receive a level 14 keystone the following week.

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One of our goals in 9.0.5 has been to address a situation we introduced in Shadowlands with Mythic Keystones never de-leveling. We received a great deal of feedback on our planned adjustment, which is currently outlined in the 9.0.5 patch notes. With this proposed change, we would reintroduce an awkward dynamic where it wouldn't be possible to sustain running a single Mythic Keystone dungeon per week, even if you always cleared the dungeon in time, because decay would necessitate re-leveling your keys every other week.
When we created the original logic for Mythic Keystones in 2016, we wanted to make sure that players were getting Keystones that appropriately suited their proficiency in Mythic Keystone dungeons, and we wanted to reinforce the importance of clean and well-executed dungeon runs. Having Keystones decay from one week to the next accomplished both of those goals. However, in Shadowlands, we introduced the Great Vault and more Season-driven tracking of performance in Mythic Keystone dungeons, and we unintentionally disabled the logic for de-leveling Keystones, but the reasons for the original design still apply.
We feel that the game should compensate players who consistently succeed at a certain difficulty by giving them keys that start at that level the following week, so we're working on an update to 9.0.5 that should alleviate that concern while still satisfying the goals of the original system:

  • In a given week, if you finish a Mythic Keystone dungeon in time, the next week's Great Vault will contain a Keystone of that same level.

So, for example, if your highest Mythic Keystone completion during week one is a +15 that you completed in time, you will get another +15 Keystone from the Great Vault to start week two. If you run that +15 during week two and fail to meet the timer, however, and complete no other +15 (or higher) Mythic Keystone dungeons the rest of week two, you will receive a +14 Keystone from the Great Vault to start week three.
Thank you for your feedback and understanding.

Original Message

: With WoW Shadowlands patch 9.0.5, the developers are making a change to mythic keystones and returning to the keystone mechanic from Battle for Azeroth. Previously in Shadowlands, players from the Great Treasury always get a keystone that is one level below their highest keystone from Shadowlands Season 1. So anyone who has mastered a +15- dungeon in time will always get a +14 key from the Treasury or from the first Mythic dungeon if they haven't played a key the ID before that.

With the update, your weekly keystone from the Great Treasury - or from the first Mythic dungeon if you didn't play a key the ID before that - will be downgraded one level, and further downgraded each week if you fail to play a higher key. For example, if you completed a +14 key as your highest key in the ID before that, you will get a +13 key from the Treasury. The same goes for completing a Mythic Plus dungeon for the first time if you didn't earn a keystone the week before. If you fail to play a +14 keystone in that ID, you get a +12 key the following week, and so on.

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    • formula for determining the level of the first Mythic Keystone players receive each week has been adjusted.
      • Previously, players would always receive a Keystone 1 level below the highest they'd completed so far in Season 1.
      • After this change, Keystone level will continue to decrease by 1 per week until players again complete a higher level Keystone
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      • For example, a player who completes a level 15 Keystone will receive a level 14 Keystone the following week. If they do not complete a 15 or higher Keystone that week, they will receive a level 13 Keystone the week after.
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