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A new week with new chances for beta keys!
It's a new week and the perfect opportunity to give out a new batch of beta keys for Battle for Azeroth! This week, we're going to be putting multiple contests into certain news posts that discuss something WoW-related. Each post will act as a separate contest that users can enter, with a total of 4 going live on the forums and an additional 1 on Twitter.
We understand that it can be tough to keep track of which contest is where, so this post will act as a homepage for the upcoming contests. You can check back here to see exactly which contests are live, what you have to do to enter and how many keys are being given away.
Please note that you cannot enter any contests on this post directly; you will need to follow the link to the contest and enter there.
Here is the list of this week's contests:
[FORUM] Giveaway 1 - [Closed] [FORUM] Giveaway 2 - [LIVE] Vote in the poll for a chance to win one of 25 keys. Comment your own special unit of measurement in WoW and the top 3 will win a key, as well. The contest ends when the poll does. Winners will be contacted afterwards via PM. [TWITTER] Will go live 20/06 [FORUM] Will go live 21/06 [FORUM] Will go live 21/06 While the giveaway-specific rules are listed above, we also have a general set of rules that apply to every giveaway. You can find them listed here.
We wish any entrants the best of luck in each giveaway they enter and hope that we'll see many of you enjoying the beta shortly after! For any questions you might have about this post or the giveaways, you can ask them in this thread and I will do my best to answer them promptly.
It's getting pretty obvious that we're at the end of an expansion cycle because people are starting to do... weird... things... From 7 hour long solo boss fights to, well, the 7 hour boss fight should be enough on its own, but we now have another sign of the end times: feasts!
You can also win one of 28 BfA beta keys if you help us out with a critical question - read more about it at the bottom of the article.
Reddit has gone slightly mad and there are many people that decided now was the time to map out the distances in Azeroth and that a new, more accurate measurement was needed. And, of course, the only logical and sane answer was feasts.
We start off with a modest measurement, heading from Stormwind's gates to Goldshire, clocking in at a mere 169 feasts, with chief feast-ologist skogs_kack making the necessary trip and taking all the necessary notes.
This act of brilliance inspired more bold and less sane feast-thusiasts to start mapping out the world of feastcraft, heading to Kalimdor and obtaining the key information that the entrance of the Crossroads is 1109 units of measurement away from Orgrimmar.
As with everything these days, this noble scientific endeavor soon turned into a faction conflict, as Paradoxou immediately took it upon himself to best the 1109 feast measurement and checked the feastance between Stormwind's fountain and the bridge in Westfall. Said feastance was in excess of 1500.
However, as with all highly exact scientific experiments, there's always that one scientist that makes the field his own with the ultimate discovery, often investing much of their life in the pursuit of perfection. Warp1092 is such a person and we should all be awed (and more than a little frightened) by his tireless dedication, will of steel (or rather of meat and fish), and above all, by the sheer feast-huberance of his endeavor. As with all defining works of science, there is ample evidence to back up his "2800+ feasts from Stormwind to Stranglethorn Vale" theory, which you can examine below:
And now, in honor of these brave men and women, pushing the bounds of Azerothian science and merging it with cuisine, we thought we might set the stage for the next breakthrough in distance measurement. So what we thought we'd do is give out 28 Battle for Azeroth beta keys as incentive to the most scientific and creative minded among you. 25 keys will be picked out from everyone that participates in this poll, helping us find the next big unit of measurement in Azeroth, while the 3 remaining keys will go those most creative among you, who will be posting their own guesses for the next big unit of measurement in the comments below (and we'll pick the winners from there). These don't have to be distance measurements only, so feel free to go wild.
Good luck and may the feast be with you!
Blizzard added research advancements to the game in this week's Battle for Azeroth Beta Build 26871. We have six tiers of research that provide various boons in the new expansion.
An introductory quest has been added for research advancement in BfA. The Horde quest's called Adapting Our Tactics and the quest giver's Eitrigg.
We have six tiers to research in Battle for Azeroth and here's a breakdown of the Order Hall talents:
Tier 1 (Research Time: 4 Hr, Cost: 15 War Resources)
Seafarer's Hearth (Research Time: 4 Hr, Cost: 15 War Resources)
Harness the power of the sea, reducing the cooldown of your Hearthstone by 40% when used in Kul Tiras and Zandalar. Swift Landing (Research Time: 4 Hr, Cost: 15 War Resources)
Capture the momentum from your recent flight path, increasing your mounted movement speed by 20% for 5 minutes upon landing (Research Time: 4 Hr, Cost: 15 War Resources)
Tier 2 (Research Time: 1 Day, Cost: 100 War Resources)
Upgraded Troop Barracks
Construct a larger barracks for your army, increasing the maximum number of troops you can house by 2. Troop Portal Network
Open a portal for transportation of troops from Orgrimmar, allowing troops to be recruited instantly.
Tier 3 (Research Time: 1 Day, Cost: 150 War Resources, Complete expeditions to five different islands.)
Learn the pirate secrets of spotting treasure, granting you a chance to receive additional Seafarer's Dubloons on Island Expeditions. Island Archeologist
Learn the secrets of ancient civilizations, increasing the duration of effects from shrines by 20%.
Tier 4 (Research Time: 1 Day, Cost: 200 War Resources, Requires at least five War Champions.)
World Azerite Detector
Construct an Azerite detector on your ship, granting you a chance to find additional Azerite when completing World Quests. Local Transportation
Upgrade your Flight Master's Whistle, allowing you to call for a quick flight back to Zuldazar when using your whistle directly next to a flight master on Zandalar or Kul Tiras.
Tier 5 (Research Time: 1 Day, Cost: 250 War Resources, Requires a Warfront victory against three unique enemy Commanders.)
Learn more efficient ways to gather resources under pressure, increasing resource gathering speed by 15% while fighting in a Warfront. Warfront General
Learn how to best inspire allies in combat, increasing the effectiveness of nearby troops by 15% while fighting in a Warfront.
Tier 6 (Research Time: 1 Day, Cost: 500 War Resources, Requires Alliance/Horde Diplomat)
Open up additional lines of trade with your new Allies, granting additional War Resources from emissary quests.
Mole Machine (Dark Iron Dwarf racial) has been enabled on Battle for Azeroth Beta. It creates a mole machine that teleports you and your party members to Ironforge or Stormwind. The spell has a 30-minute cooldown.
The mole machine makes you appear in the Dwarven District (near Blacksmithers), if you teleport to Stormwind. When you decide to teleport to Ironforge, you will appear at the Gates of Ironforge in Dun Morogh (Spirit Healer location).
In this article, we're taking a look at content worth finishing before Battle for Azeroth goes live.
Ahead of the Curve: Argus the Unmaker & Cutting Edge: Argus the Unmaker
Both achievements will be removed once the pre-patch goes live. If you don't have the achievement yet, the first round of Mythic Argus nerfs has already been deployed to live servers, so defeating Argus on Mythic difficulty should be easier now.
The Chosen Achievement
The achievement will become unobtainable in Battle for Azeroth.
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Blizzard confirmed that the Mage Tower will be permanently up at some point before Battle for Azeroth goes live, but they did not clarify if they meant the pre-patch or the actual expansion. Given how Azerite traits no longer work on 8.0 PTR, it's safe to assume we're going to see an announcement regarding the permanent Mage Tower in the coming days.
Field Medic Achievement
First Aid will be removed in Battle for Azeroth and all achievements related to the Profession will become Feats of Strength.
Brawler's Guild Removal
Brawler's Guild will be on hiatus with the release of BfA, but it's very likely that we'll see it return later on in Patch 8.1 or 8.1.5. Don't forget to get the Brawler's Burly Basilisk mount!
Strand of Ancients Removal
The battleground will be removed in Battle for Azeroth. Achievements will turn into Feats of Strength (Master of Strand of the Ancients).
Kirin Tor Summoning Crystal Mount
Violet Spellwing will not be available soon. Finish the "Blood of a Titan" quest by looting Blood of the Unmaker from Argus on Heroic difficulty or higher.
Legion Mythic Difficulty Mounts
As is tradition, the drop rate of Mythic difficulty raid mounts will be reduced to 1% when Battle for Azeroth goes live. Legion only introduced two Mythic mounts to the game:
Gul'dan (Fiendish Hellfire Core) Argus (Shackled Ur'zul)