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Check out our newest installment of the artifact series featuring Hunters!

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Regardless of the occasion, these sharpshooting, animal taming, beast-stalking heroes are known across Azeroth for their wonderful zoo-keeping abilities. Famed for the ability to magically summon an entire zoo to harass their enemy, they strike fear into the hearts of players everywhere.

 

Let's check out what makes these Hunters stand out from one another:

  • Beast Mastery holds the strongest bond with the animals that Hunters tame. Their ability to tame exotic beasts is unmatched and their innate tie with their pets allows them to unlock an inner strength within the animals.
  • Marksmanship makes up for its lack of animal skills with a proficiency for any ranged weapon. Their ability to bring down enemies from a long range is unparalleled by any, their unwavering aim always finding the correct target.
  • Survival favours the use of traps and deadly poisons to ensnare and slowly kill their target. Their methods may not be the fastest, but are no less efficient than the others.

Beast Mastery Hunter - Titanstrike

 

With a name like Titanstrike, we can only assume this weapon harnesses some form of the titan's powers. Let's find out:

 

"A peerless example of techno-magical engineering, the Titanstrike was designed by Keeper Mimiron, a titanic watcher and brilliant inventor. Securely housed in the heart of the rifle, a relic known as the Thunderspark powers the Titanstrike, harnessing the essence of storms and focusing it into concentrated blasts of energy. The rifle's power source can also be credited to Mimiron, who devised it for his comrade, Keeper Thorim, in ages past." (source)

 

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It looks like the name holds true, we are indeed seeing a titan-based weapon for the hunter here. For those of you that were not present during Ulduar, Mimiron was one of the Watchers created by the titans. They were placed on Azeroth in order to watch over the creations of the titans and to ensure nothing went horrendously wrong.

 

Unfortunately, Mimiron fell to the same corruption that overtook many of the other watchers. One of their main tasks was to act as the jailors of the Old God, Yogg-Saron. Slowly, the powerful being corrupted the minds of his jailors, Mimiron included. When we fight our way through Ulduar, we slowly cleanse each watcher of their corruption and they aid us in the final battle with Yogg-Saron, should we ask them to.

 

Mimiron was found in the Spark of Imagination, surrounded by his creations. Throughout the fight we see him summon 3 different mechanical forms, until they eventually form together to create one large mechanical boss. He is a master tinkerer who freely discusses the creations of the titans, such as when he discusses them with Brann Bronzebeard. Brann describes him as an individual who simply "never. stops. talkin'."

 

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Mimiron's creation, V-07-TR-0N.

 

Just next to the handle is the Thunderspark, a creation of Mimiron's that is intended to harness the essence of storms and channel them into focused streams of power. This powerful creation was initially created for the watcher Thorim, known as the Stormlord.

 

Nobody can doubt the power of this artifact, but I'm struggling to see what relevance it has to the hunter class itself. Hunters aren't known for their kinship with lightning, such as Shamans are, nor are they particularly tied in to titan lore. Let's take a look at what other weapons might have been appropriate:

 

Alternative Artifacts for Beast Mastery Hunters 

 

  1. Nesingwary's Rifle

If you've ever set foot in any green, forest filled area, it's more than likely you will know exactly who Hemet Nesingwary is. The dwarf runs the Nesingwary Safari, which looks to hunt exotic animals in exotic places.

 

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I feel like he is the perfect subject for artifacts relating to Beast Mastery Hunters. While Hemet is mainly focused on hunting animals, he still shares some form of kinship with animals as a hunter. This is not based on a feeling of love in order to tame the beasts, but instead an understanding of how they move and act in order to hunt them. There are very few as talented as he when it comes to tracking and hunting animals.

 

There is also the fact that, traditionally, one would associate a Dwarf Hunter with a gun and a Night Elf with a bow. As a Dwarf, this means Hemet would be more likely to be wielding a gun than a bow, thereby fulfilling Blizzard's aim of including a gun in the artifacts. 

 

They perhaps could have added in some lore in which Hemet Sr perishes while the Hunter attempts to help him track a legendary beast. The Hunter must then slay the beast and is then seen as worthy of hunting with his weapon. Hemet Jr then goes on to take control of the Nesingwary Safari and Expedition.

 

2. Rexxar's Axes

 

There is no Hunter in the Warcraft universe that holds a kinship with an animal that even comes close to the relationship between Rexxar and his bear, Misha. The bond between these two completely justifies the title given to Rexxar, Beastmaster. He wields axes that he throws at his opponents, which could have been used as a form of weapon for the Beast Mastery Hunters.

 

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Rexxar is known as a Champion of the Horde, the title awarded due to his contribution to helping the Horde. It was Thrall that awarded the title to Rexxar, but there has often been a focus placed on Rexxar's background. He is not a pure orc, instead being half-ogre, half-orc. This explains his huge stature and build, as well as his immense strength. 

 

While the gameplay and abilities would need to be modified, they could have altered the abilities to create a "thrown weapon" style of play, similar to the style which was initially expected for Survival. This was a potential path to finally turn Beast Mastery into a fully pet-oriented spec, in which the abilities could have been focused hugely on the pet rather than the player.

 

Marksmanship Hunter - Thas'dorah, Legacy of the Windrunners

 

The long awaited revival of the Windrunner sisters, let's take a look at which sister's history ties in to the artifacts:

 

"A proud heirloom of the Windrunner family, Thas'dorah was carved from a bough of the mother tree of Eversong Woods shortly after the elven kingdom of Quel'Thalas was founded. Handed down to the eldest of each generation, the bow was last wielded by the high elf Ranger Captain Alleria Windrunner. It disappeared along with its owner following the destruction of the orcs' homeworld, Draenor, and the subsequent formation of Outland." (source)

 

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It's Alleria! The eldest of the three sisters of the Windrunner family, she was a skilled Ranger Captain, especially during the Horde invasion of Lordaeron. Despite not being given orders to do so, she went to Southshore in an attempt to help against the invaders. She was instrumental in dealing with the orcs, working together with Turalyon, her future lover, and Khadgar. 

 

When the Horde began marching on Silvermoon City, Alleria quickly retreated to help with the defense of her land, but the successful campaign came at a horrible price. Her brother, along with 18 others, were slain during the defense. Alleria was driven into a revenge-fueled rage, vowing to slay any orc she came across. She started to view the orcs as nothing but vermin, their only purpose of existence was to be exterminated. 

 

She led the expedition through the Dark Portal in the hunt for the Horde, hoping to avenge the wrong-doing they had enacted on Quel'Thalas. It was on Draenor that Alleria disappeared, when Khadgar destroyed the Dark Portal. The resulting explosion created what is now known as Outland; Alleria and her allies had to enter the Twisting Nether in order to survive the explosion, but she and Turalyon are yet to be found in World of Warcraft.

 

This bow is a perfect heirloom for the Marksmanship hunters; Alleria was a fierce fighter, with incredible precision with her bow. She chose no companion, brought no animals, she simply stalked her prey and took their lives as she saw fit. Her ability to fire her bow in close-quarters is surpassed only by her sister Sylvanas.

 

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The fact that Alleria is also featured in the Valley of Heroes gives credence to her abilities, as well as the respect she garnered within the Alliance. Her monument reads like this:

 

"Ranger Captain Alleria Windrunner

 

Renowned Troll Hunter of Quel'Thalas. Lead Scout and Intelligence Agent for the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.

 

Your heart flew straight as any arrow upon the wind, sister. You were the brightest of our Order. You were the most beloved of our kin."

 

This was written by Sylvanas Windrunner, Ranger General of Quel'Thalas.

 

I like this choice for the artifact, I love the story behind Alleria and the bow being linked to her rather than Sylvanas, as it was previously.

 

Alternative Artifacts for Marksmanship Hunter

 

The Bow of Nathanos Marris 

 

For many of you, this name might mean nothing. Rightly so, Nathanos hasn't been mentioned in any lore for a long time; however, that doesn't mean he is not worth mentioning.

 

Nathanos Marris is a pretty incredible guy. At the time of the Second War, the High Elves completely secluded themselves from the rest of the world, choosing simply not to communicate with other races. Even at this time of silence, Nathanos managed to catch the eyes of the Ranger General herself, Sylvanas Windrunner.

 

The High Elven Rangers are known as some of the finest rangers across all of Azeroth, their abilities often rivaled by none but other rangers. For an individual to grab the attention of Sylvanas was an amazing thing, but for a Human to do so... It was unheard of.

 

Kael'thas opposed the introduction of Nathanos to the ranks of the rangers, but Sylvanas replied with this letter:

 

Name: Nathanos Marris, Human Ranger Lord of Lordaeron. 

 
Entry: Kael'thas Sunstrider's dissension in regards to my decision to allow Nathanos Marris into the order is noted. It should also be noted that Nathanos - although a human - is one of the most gifted rangers I have ever had the pleasure of training. 
 
For millennia we have isolated ourselves from outsiders. I will be the first among us to admit that mistakes were made in the past. Humans should never have been exposed to magic. I will not deny this but I will not condemn us to this guarded existence for the blunders of our predecessors. There is much that a coexistence between the Quel'dorei and other races of the world can bring. We must practice tolerance. 
 
It is with these words, then, that I deny Kael's request in regards to Nathanos Marris. He will prove to be an invaluable ally. Mark my words.
 
Signed,
Sylvanas Windrunner 
Ranger General of Silvermoon
 
 
After being initiated, Nathanos spent much of his time away from Silvermoon, instead training at his home in the Eastern Plaguelands. Unfortunately for him, when Arthas killed Terenas, the Scourge swept through his homeland and straight through Marris Stead. He tried to defend his home, but he could only hold off so many of the Scourge. Eventually, he was killed by Ramstein the Gorger, an abomination. 
 
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Nathanos after his change, now named Nathanos Blightcaller.
 
There was nothing he could do to stop it and soon found himself under the Lich King's control. When Sylvanas eventually broke free from the Lich King, she made sure she found her old companion Nathanos. She rebuilt her kingdom alongside him as the Forsaken and named him her Champion of the Banshee Queen.
 
I think the only alternative to the bow of a Windrunner would have been the bow of a Windrunner's student and I think Nathanos definitely fits the bill. He was exceptionally talented and a fantastic figure within the lore, his only problem being that many don't know about him.
 
Survival Hunter - Talonclaw, Spear of the Wild Gods
 
Melee Hunter has returned! With so few hunter weapons to choose from, let's see what Blizzard have given us:
 
"The Highmountain tauren crafted this spear, which predates the first demonic invasion of Azeroth more than ten thousand years ago. Talonclaw's wielders have fought alongside many guardian animal spirits, also known as Ancients, to defend the world of Azeroth and its wildlife in particular. Over the millennia, these Ancients have bestowed their blessings on the weapon, imbuing it with a portion of their power." (source)
 
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Immediately upon seeing this weapon and reading Blizzard's story behind it, I feel like this would have been better served as a Beast Mastery weapon. The story is based on the idea of the Tauren infusing the weapon with the spirits of the animals that fought beside its wielder over the years. Essentially, the weapon is drawing power from the spirits of beasts.
 
This piece of lore has been completely invented for the artifact, despite us seeing a few Highmountain characters during the lore, such as Melgromm Highmountain at the Dark Portal opening.
 
I really don't feel like this is a survival weapon and it should have been given to Beast Mastery instead, perhaps as a form of thrown spear.
 
Alternative Artifacts for Survival Hunter
 

The Glaive of Shandris Feathermoon 

 

There are very few suggestions to match a melee-hunters weapons since its a counter-intuitive description of the class. Hunters by definition are ranged, but we're going to give it a try anyway.

 

For those of you that don't know, Shandris Feathermoon is the General of the Night Elf Sentinels. Her loyalty to Tyrande is unwavering, mainly due to what they endured together at the Well of Eternity. She has been an archer in the past, but her generally preferred weapon now is one of the Elven glaives that the Sentinels use. Now I'm sure you're wondering, why the glaive? They're nowhere near as big as a polearm!

 

I think a piece of lore could have been created surrounding Shandris and her glaive, perhaps granting her some form of special glaive blessed by Elune, especially since she was so close to Tyrande, the favoured of Elune.

 

When Shandris was much younger, she was just 16, her village was destroyed by the Burning Legion invasion. She spent her time afterwards following Tyrande and the Priestesses of Elune around the battlefield, trying to learn as much as she could. As the war raged on, she followed Malfurion into the forests where she found him being mocked by Xavius, who had captured Tyrande.

 

Shandris showed her proficiency as a ranger by firing a quick shot that pierced the upper chest of Xavius, before quickly taking down several satyrs that accompanied Xavius. Malfurion ended up forcing the wooden shaft of Shandris' arrow to sprout into a tree, completely consuming the corrupted satyr. 

 

Tyrande was missing, therefore nobody was stopping Shandris from joining the Priestesses of Elune. She signed up under the temporary leadership of Maiev Shadowsong and joined the battle. Her ability with a bow was stunning, her arrows piercing the holes in the armour of the demons at every chance. 

 

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Shandris has since become the General of Tyrande's Ranger Army, while also acting as a personal scout and guard for Tyrande. We see an example of this during the Stormrage novels, where Tyrande requests the help of Shandris simply because she trusts her to help with finding Malfurion. 

 

Shandris is a tactical mastermind, as well as an excellent tracker. Her combat abilities are to be admired, both with a bow and glaive. This is why I think she is such a good basis for an artifact. Blizzard could have either chosen her bow as the Survival artifact, or chosen her Glaive as the melee weapon. Had the Survival artifact been ranged, they perhaps could have used this spear, or the axes of Rexxar, as the Beast Mastery artifact.

 

A missed opportunity, I believe.

 

Next time, we're going to be delving into the elemental planes, seeking the artifacts of the Shamans!

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I love the MM weapon, Thas'dorah. Anything to do with the Windrunner family works for me. They are the "Silver Hand" of the ranger world. Anything elven would have worked, but I'll definitely take it.

 

Not buying the Beast Master gun. I can't wrap my head around this. It seems more like a survival weapon. Traps, guns, snares, etc. Nesingwary would have been an interesting alternative, I agree.

 

Talonclaw for survival I'll accept. I think the BMs should have been melee but I can understand why you'd want pet focus to be distant. Either way, its "hunterish" enough.  

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I love the MM weapon, Thas'dorah. Anything to do with the Windrunner family works for me. They are the "Silver Hand" of the ranger world. Anything elven would have worked, but I'll definitely take it.

 

Yeah, the Windrunners are always a good choice in my book. Solid lore individually as well as the family name.

 

 

Not buying the Beast Master gun. I can't wrap my head around this. It seems more like a survival weapon. Traps, guns, snares, etc. Nesingwary would have been an interesting alternative, I agree.

 

It just doesn't really have any connection to the beastial side of BM, so I didn't understand the choice at all. Glad to see that you appreciated Nesingwary!

 

 

Talonclaw for survival I'll accept. I think the BMs should have been melee but I can understand why you'd want pet focus to be distant. Either way, its "hunterish" enough.  

 

I feel like the artifact choice here was slightly rushed, mainly due to the fact that there are VERY few melee hunters. The class/lore focus is on that ranged concept, so there isn't really an iconic hunter weapon for melee. I guess we just have to accept some weapons are going to have new, invented lore, since the class lore doesn't exist previously. BM melee would have got me very excited for the Hunters in Legion, but it wasn't to be.

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As a relatively new player (compared to most--just 3 years of play) I recently leveled a hunter.  I've been playing BM primarily but have MM as a secondary spec. Thas' dorah may have just made the decision for me.  While I'm waiting for the expansion my choice is--level a new toon or learn to play my MM well.  I think this limb from Eversong motivates me to consider the switch.  My guild has been discussing BM vs MM for a while.  I do love my pets and will be a bit lonely without them.  But gosh--Thas' dorah is such a beauty that I think I'll try going it alone for a while.

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      Frost Death Knight Changes: June 12 Changes to Block, MM Hunters, Protection/Retribution Paladins, Brewmaster/Mistweaver Monks: June 9 Surival Hunter & Frost Death Knight Beta Class Feedback: June 6 Arms Warrior Changes on BfA Beta: June 5 Mage Tower to Become Permanently Active as We Near Expansion Launch Affliction Warlock Beta Feedback: June 5 Battle for Azeroth Class Feedback: April 30 Battle for Azeroth Class Feedback: May 3 Blue Posts Roundup: April 12 Changes to Block in Battle for Azeroth Class Development in Battle for Azeroth Fury Warrior & Discipline Priest Changes: May 25 Fury Warrior & Marksmanship Hunter Changes: May 31 Moonkin Changes in Battle for Azeroth DPS & HPS Cooldowns on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Experimental Change) Protection Paladin & Discipline Priest Changes: May 24 Racials and Trinkets Off the Global Cooldown on Beta Build Highlights
      Battle for Azeroth is currently in Alpha. We have overviews with creature models, items, and latest changes:
      Battle for Azeroth Alpha 26310 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26287 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26231 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26175 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26131 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26095 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 25976 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26287 Creature Models Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26032 Creature Models New Earth Elemental Models in Battle for Azeroth Class Changes

      In the latest dev watercooler, Blizzard talked about Class design philosophy in Battle for Azeroth. There's a new Battle for Azeroth build every week and we keep track of all talent changes here. A detailed overview of every build can be found below:
      Beta Talent Changes *NEW*
      Beta Build 26871 Talent Changes Beta Build 26812 Talent Changes Beta Build 26788 Talent Changes Beta Build 26734 Talent Changes Beta Build 26707 Talent Changes Beta Build 26624 Talent Changes Beta Build 26567 Talent Changes Beta Build 26530 Talent Changes Class Reviews
      We teamed up with Bellular to bring you a series of Class reviews for Battle for Azeroth in the coming weeks. The series is sponsored by Icy Veins and goes through all important changes for your favorite Class.
      Death Knight Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Hunter Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Mage Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Warrior Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Alpha Talent Changes
      Alpha Build 26476 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26433 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26367 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26310 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26287 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26231 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26175 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26131 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26095 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26032 Talent Changes Alpha Build 25976 Talent Changes In addition to that, Hunters can no longer change a Pet's specialization in Battle for Azeroth and we also looked at changes to Druid Travel forms.
      Unicorns Tameable in Battle for Azeroth Communities
      Communities in Battle for Azeroth bring people with common interests together, just like D3 communities. The new feature will launch in the pre-patch and there are also improvements coming to Guilds (e.g. chat history).
      Communities - Official Preview Cosmetics
      Below you will find articles about interesting Cosmetic items and transmogs coming in the next expansion.
      Taebu's Scorching Straight Sword Waist of Time Books & Comics
      Christie Golden's Before the Storm novel is a prequel to Battle for Azeroth that's now available for purchase.
      Before the Storm Novel Spoilers (Amazon Preview) Before the Storm Novel Excerpt 1: Anduin Letter to Sylvanas Before the Storm Novel Excerpts 2 & 3 Digital Comics: Reunion (Jaina) Digital Comics: The Speaker (Magni Bronzebeard) Digital Comics: Three Sisters Customization Options
      Articles here deal with additional customization options for existing races.
      Change Skin Color in the Barber Shop Golden Eyes Customization Option for Blood Elves How to Create Upright Orcs Upright Orcs Overview Dungeons
      Ten new dungeons will be added to the game in Battle for Azeroth. We looked at Dungeon Journal entries and compared item levels of loot rewards after the squish and we started to upload previews of available dungeons on Normal difficulty.
      The Underrot Flying in Battle for Azeroth
      Flying will be handled the same way as in Legion. We have two Pathfinder achievements and whilst the requirements to complete the first part have been datamined, the second part will be added to the game at a later time as part of a BfA content patch.
      How to Unlock Flying in Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Update (Beta Build 26707) Heart of Azeroth
      With the removal of Artifact weapons and traits, all players will receive a Legendary neckpiece called Heart of Azeroth. The main goal is to collect Azerite (Artifact power) and empower it in order to unlock Azerite armor traits. The first set of traits is now available for testing on Battle for Azeroth Alpha. The appearance of Legion Artifacts will still be available in the new expansion as a transmog.
      Heart of Azeroth Explained How to Get the Heart of Azeroth Interviews
      Several community websites had the chance to sit down with WoW devs at PAX East 2018 to talk about Battle for Azeroth and we have roundups of their interviews:
      Battle for Azeroth Community Interviews Part I Battle for Azeroth Community Interviews Part II Forbes Interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Part I Forbes Interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Part II InvenGlobal Developer Interview PCGamesN Interview with Production Director John Hight *NEW* The Starting Zone Interview Island Expeditions
      Plunder uncharted Islands in Battle for Azeroth. The new 3-player dynamic Scenarios come in four difficulties and the goal is to collect 6,000 Azerite before the opposing faction!
      Island Expeditions Preview - Un'gol Ruins Island Expeditions Mounts Island Expeditions (Official Preview) Legacy Loot Mode
      Personal Loot used in dungeons since Patch 7.3.5 was not well received by transmog collectors. Blizzard is trying to fix it with the introduction of Legacy Loot mode.
      Legion Artifact Weapons
      We're retiring our Artifact weapons soon and Battle for Azeroth goes back to standard weapon drops. You will still be able to transmogrify the Artifact appearance though and some of them will still whisper you.
      Legion Artifacts in Battle for Azeroth Legion Artifact Retirement Questline Legendary Items in Battle for Azeroth
      Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but there may be at least one Legendary item in Battle for Azeroth. The Legion Legendary system will be abandoned and their effects will no longer work past level 115.
      Login Screen
      Battle for Azeroth Login Screen Lore
      This section contains various articles about lore characters, scenarios and gameplay previews.
      Battle for Lordaeron Scenario (Alliance & Horde PoV) Environmental Changes of Teldrassil and Undercity The Burning of Teldrassil Intro The Stormwind Extraction Scenario (Horde Intro) Zandalar Forever Scenario  Map Improvements
      World boss spawns and boat/zeppelin locations will be indicated on the world map in Battle for Azeroth.
      Map Improvements in Battle for Azeroth Mounts
      If you're an avid mount collector, Battle for Azeroth will most definitely not disappoint you. Plenty of cool mounts are coming and we covered the following flying/ground mounts so far:
      Reputation Mounts in Battle for Azeroth Mounts from Mythic(+) Dungeons Mount Rewards for 100 Exalted Reputation & Collecting 400 Mounts Basilisk PvP Mounts Battle for Lordaeron Faction Mounts Bee Mounts Bloodfeaster Mounts Brutosaur Mount (Mount with an Auctioneer Costs 5 Million Gold) Clefthoof PvP Mount Crawg Mounts Darkhound Mount Frog Mounts Goblin Hovercraft Mounts Hyena Mounts Obsidian Krolusk Mount (Glory of the Wartorn Hero Reward) Parrot Mounts Proto-drake Mounts Raptor Mounts Swift Spectral Phoenix Mount Tempestuous Skystallion Mount Vulture Mounts Vicious War Hippo Mount Music
      Main Battle for Azeroth Soundtrack Mythic Keystone Changes
      No huge changes are planned for the Mythic Keystone system. It has been received well in Legion. We datamined some spells related to Mythic Keystone customization and a new (possibly level 10) affix.  Tyrannical & Fortified affixes will be moved to level 2 Keystones to avoid awkward power spikes and the weekly Mythic chest has a chance to contain up to 3 pieces of loot.
      Infested Affix in Battle for Azeroth Mythic Keystone Customization New Mythic Affixes Weekly Mythic Cache Rewards in Battle for Azeroth Pet Battles
      In Battle for Azeroth, level of the pets opposing you will scale to the highest level pet on your team. New pet mechanics will be introduced and some existing mechanics will change.
      Pet Battle Changes in Battle for Azeroth Pet Battle Philosophies in Battle for Azeroth Pet Battle Updates (Beta Build 26707) Profession Changes
      Most First Aid recipes have been moved to Tailoring and achievements are now Feats of Strength, hinting at a possible removal of First Aid. An early look at Profession changes and new recipes can be found here.
      PvP  *NEW*
      Quality of life improvements are coming to PvP in Battle for Azeroth. Strand of the Ancients will be removed, the two 40v40 battlegrounds will have a separate queue, and more!
      Changes to Multiboxing in Battle for Azeroth Dueler's Guild Preview PvP Talents in Battle for Azeroth PvP Rating Updates in Battle for Azeroth Battleground Updates in Battle for Azeroth New PvP Ranking and Item Level Systems in Battle for Azeroth Prestige Levels in Battle for Azeroth War Mode in Battle for Azeroth Enabled War Mode Increases XP Gains by 10% Reputations
      Multiple factions have been added to the game in Battle for Azeroth and you can gain reputation with them by completing world quests.
      Reputation Rewards in Battle for Azeroth Research Advancement
      There are six tiers of research that provide various boons in the new expansion.
      Research Advancement in Battle for Azeroth Q&A
      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas is periodically answering your Battle for Azeroth questions. The latest Q&A was conducted on April 26.
      Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (June 14) Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (April 26) Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (March 15) Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (January 30) Racial Nerfs
      Every Man for Himself and Arcane Torrent will be nerfed in Battle for Azeroth. You can find more information here.
      Raids
      Uldir will be the first raid of the expansion. In a future raid (probably the Nighthold raid equivalent in BfA), we're going to fight Azshara. FatbossTV have done previews of Uldir encounters on Heroic difficulty.
      Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: G'huun Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: Mythrax the Unraveler Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: Taloc & Fetid Devourer Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: MOTHER & Vectis Uldir Raid Encounters Uldir Sets Preview Uldir Zone Preview & Zek'voz, Herald of N'zoth (Heroic) Testing Timewalking
      Mists of Pandaria is receiving its first Timewalking raid in Battle for Azeroth.
      Siege of Orgrimmar Timewalking Warfronts
      Warfronts are 20-player PvE scenarios coming in Battle for Azeroth. The first Warfront was recently enabled for testing on Alpha.
      Battle of Stromgarde Warfront Preview Warfronts Schedule in Battle for Azeroth WoW Classic
      Even though this is not BfA-related, we finally got some news about WoW Classic development in a Watercooler on June 16. You can find more details here.
      Visuals
      Hunters and Warlocks received new spell animations.
      Hunter Spell Animations Warlock Spell Animations Warlock Summon Demon Animations Summoning Stone & Soulwell Animations Zone Previews
      This section contains zone previews of Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
      Arathi Highlands Updated in Preparation for Warfronts High-Resolution Maps of Kul Tiras & Zandalar Drustvar Zone Preview Nazmir Zone Preview (Official) Vol'dun Zone Preview Uther's Tomb Visual Update Uther's Tomb Visual Update #2 Zuldazar City Official Preview Changelog
      July 14
      Added pre-patch release date, Mag'har Orcs zone & scenario steps, pre-patch customization options and more.
      July 11
      Added the official preview of the new WoW Communities feature and the Darkforge Ram preview.
      July 10
      Added map improvements in BfA and Bellular's third Class review about Death Knights.
      July 9
      The hub has been updated with all missing articles.
      June 11
      Added latest talent changes and PvP Azerite traits (Beta Build 26788).
      June 10
      Updated the hub with new mounts, new Beta build coverage, one launch to rule them all, various blue posts & more.
      June 1
      Added Uldir powers and latest Beta Build 26734 talent changes.
      May 31
      Updated the hub with all missing articles.
      May 7
      Added datamined Azerite traits for Build 26530, Heroic Uldir raid testing and PCGamesN interview with John Hight.
      May 4
      Added Legion Artifacts in BfA.
      May 3
      Updated with the latest news and the PvP section.
      April 24
      The hub has been updated with new links to our latest news and previews and Battle for Azeroth Beta is now live!
      April 5
      Blizzard revealed the release date of Battle for Azeroth. We also added the latest information to the hub, including Dark Iron Dwarf & Mag'har Orc playable classes, latest talent updates, Azerite traits, and more!
      March 26
      The hub got updated with a bunch of new articles including new customization options for Blood Elves, talent updates for Alpha Build 26287, new creature models and a post dealing with global cooldowns in Battle for Azeroth.
      March 22
      A new Alpha Build arrived on Battle for Azeroth Alpha realms. Blizzard added the Dark Iron Dwarf racial mount, two Dwarf Paladin Ram mounts and more!
      March 21
      We added our preview of Island Expeditions to the website.
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      Blizzard had to temporarily disable Communities due to some bugs, but the feature will be reactivated for testing on a few realms today.
      If you're playing on one of the realms below and experience issues with the new feature submit your bug reports here. Don't forget to check out the official Communities preview!
      Blizzard (Source)
      We’re planning to run an initial test of re-activating the Communities feature on a few realms this morning. Those realms are:
      Black Dragonflight Gul’dan Skullcrusher Lightbringer Mal’ganis This test is scheduled to begin at roughly 9 AM Pacific time. If you’re on one of the above realms, please let us know if you experience any issues once Communities have been re-enabled. Thanks!