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Gameplay preview of the War of Thorns event, starring the morally gray Horde and their march upon the kaldorei.
War of Thorns is the Battle for Azeroth pre-expansion event that culminates in the burning of Teldrassil. It should be available on live realms the week of July 24. Here's a gameplay preview of the event from PTR with all important information from the Horde perspective.
The following article contains spoilers.
War of Thorns
Available the week of July 24 through Battle for Azeroth launch. The event had two stages of testing on the PTR and it's possible that they won't be available immediately when Patch 8.0 goes live. Stage #1 ends with the Horde advancing from Ashenvale to Darkshore and unlocking Darkshore World Quests. Stage #2 ends with the burning of the World Tree. Important cinematics are obviously still missing. You can earn the following faction mounts by completing the second part of the pre-expansion event: Smoldering Reins of the Teldrassil Hippogryph (Alliance) War-Torn Reins of the Undercity Plaguebat (Horde) Quests
The Warchief Awaits
The initial quest is offered by Warchief Sylvanas in Undercity. You can ask her why she decided to attack Teldrassil in the first place.
The Warchief Commands
Find High Overlord Saurfang in Northern Barrens.
A Quick Diversion
Fly to Astranaar in Ashenvale and talk to Lorash.
Everybody Has a Price
Your goal is to poison the kaldorei and disarm Astranaar.
A Timely Arrival
The Horde forces now advance through Astranaar and Sylvanas praises you for a perfectly executed strike.
Now that the Horde controls Astranaar, Sylvanas tells you that she will continue her hunt for the only creature that can stop your march to victory: Malfurion Stormrage. The next step is to establish a foothold at the base of Darkshore in Zoram'gar Outpost.
Go back to Astranaar and talk to High Overlord Saurfang to proceed with the next quest.
On The Prowl
The objective is to meet Sylvanas near the entrance to Darkshore. You will find her fighting Malfurion and he won't let you pass. He creates a wisp wall, Horde soldiers try to cross it, but they get killed in the process.
Into the Woods
You will need to defeat 6 Ashenvale Huntresses and Sylvanas tells you that Malfurion will try to hold you back until his fleet returns from Silithus. Until then, his army is too small. You must find a path through the wisp wall.
Ripe for the Picking
Go to Zoram'gar Outpost and talk to Saurfang.
A Quick Flyover
Talk to Zarvik Blastwix to fly a machine that will help you destroy wisps.
An Unstoppable Force
Now's the time to get past the wisp barrier and you will meet Sylvanas at the wall.
You must now pass through the wall.
Clearing Them Out & A Glaive Misunderstanding
It's time to press on. The objective is to defeat Night Elf forces and glaive throwers in The Master's Glaive.
Sentry Owls in the trees are reporting everything they see back to Malfurion. It's up to you to eliminate them along with Frenzied Blackwood Furbolgs.
The Trees Have Ears
Slay the Burning Ancient. A cinematic plays after completing this quest.
Aggressive Inspiration & The Blackwood Den & A Change in Leadership
In the next series of quest, you must attack and capture Blackwood Den by defeating leaders, slaying furbolgs and planting Horde banners.
The Start of Something Good
Meet Sylvanas at Nazj'vel.
Fueling the Horde War Machine & A Very Clear Message
Collect Azerite from 6 Azerite deposits and slay Night Elves that are trying to snag it.
A Gift of Azerite
Deliver the collected Azerite to Zarvik Blastwix in Blackwood Den.
A Wild Ride
You'll arrive at the Wildbend River and fight off Awakened Ancients and kaldorei forces. Sylvanas tells you that the stalemate is unwise to pursue and suggests regrouping at the Blackwood Den.
A Looming Threat
This is the final quest of the first part of the pre-patch event that unlocks World Quests in Darkshore.
Find Saurfang in Lor'danel.
No Small Mercy & Seaside Rendezvous & Driving Them Out
Saurfang will offer three quests. You must defeat 15 Lor'danel defenders, Caranne Briarbow and Ariel Stagguard and save 8 scared civilians.
After that, you go to Mist's Edge and talk to Sylvanas. A not yet implemented cinematic will play and you will see the burning World Tree in the background and receive your faction mount.
Full Gameplay Preview
Warlocks are really fun to play in the pre-patch! They received new spell animations and Demonology got a complete overhaul. In the latest Class review, Bellular goes through the Warlock overhaul in Battle for Azeroth.
Here are links to our Warlock guides that have been updated for Patch 8.0.1:
Affliction Warlock Guide Demonology Warlock Guide Destruction Warlock Guide Warlock Talent Trees in Battle for Azeroth
Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Nightfall Drain Soul Deathbolt 30 Writhe in Agony Absolute Corruption Siphon Life 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Sow the Seeds Phantom Singularity Vile Taint 75 Darkfury Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Shadow Embrace Haunt Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Creeping Death Dark Soul: Misery Demonology
Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Dreadlash Demonic Strength Biliescourge Bombers 30 Demonic Calling Power Siphon Doom 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 From the Shadows Soul Strike Summon Vilefiend 75 Darkfury Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Soul Conduit Inner Demons Grimoire: Felguard 100 Sacrificed Souls Demonic Consumption Nether Portal Destruction
Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Flashover Eradication Soul Fire 30 Reverse Entropy Internal Combustion Shadowburn 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Inferno Fire and Brimstone Cataclysm 75 Darkfury Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Roaring Blaze Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Channel Demonfire Dark Soul: Instability New Warlock Spell Animations
Warlocks received new spell animations in the 8.0 pre-patch. You can check them out in the video below.
And finally, here's Bellular's Class Review.
The following series of Class reviews is sponsored by Icy Veins.
Death Knight Hunter Mage Warrior
There's been some changes to the way Blizzard handle PvP disqualifications, specifically those from end of season rewards. Players that have been disqualified from receiving these rewards will also be unable to queue for rated matches in the same season. More details below:
Season Disqualification (source)
As part of our continued efforts to combat cheating and unfair play in World of Warcraft, we’ve recently made a change to our policies regarding PvP disqualifications.
As of the Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch, any player who is found to have engaged in unfair practices that result in their disqualification from end-of-season PvP rewards will also have their ability to queue for rated PvP matches immediately revoked. This restriction will continue through the remainder of the season in which they were disqualified, which includes the current “Post-Season” available until Battle for Azeroth launches.
This change is intended to minimize the impact that disqualified players have on those who are playing legitimately while the PvP season continues, and is just one aspect of our ongoing commitment to upholding the competitive integrity of World of Warcraft PvP.
We have the trifecta of hotfixes in three days, with today's bringing even more class tweaks, the cap for gold transfers upped to 1 million gold, enemy HP significantly reduced in EN, ToV, Nighthold and ToS, as well as the now standard quest, profession and dungeon bug fixes.
July 20 (source)
Monk The Earth and Fire clone from Storm, Earth, and Fire should correctly mimic Rushing Jade Wind, regardless of the player’s target. Paladin Protection Fixed a bug preventing the Light’s Vanguard Battleplate 4-piece bonus from activating and deactivating as intended. Fixed an issue where Consecration occasionally failed to provide its self-buff. Rogue Assassination Fixed a bug where Blindside was not learnable until level 40. Warlock Demonology The Command Demon version of Spell Lock can no longer be cast without a target. Demonic Calling can now correctly be activated by casting Demonbolt.
Characters at level 110 and above may now move up to 1,000,000 gold when performing a Character Transfer.
Creatures and NPCs
Fixed a visual bug that caused some characters to lose the tops of their heads.
Dungeons and Raids
The health and damage of all enemies in Emerald Nightmare, Trial of Valor, The Nighthold, and Tomb of Sargeras has been significantly reduced. The experience awarded on completion of a random dungeon has been increased. Antorus, the Burning Throne Fixed a bug preventing Death's Advance from functioning correctly in certain encounter situations, such as Aggramar’s Flame Rend. Eye of Azshara Damage dealt by Lightning Strike, Warlord Parjesh’s Crashing Wave, and Quicksand have been significantly reduced. The Nexus Chaotic Energy Bursts from Chaotic Rifts no longer inflict excessive damage. Obsidian Sanctum Sartharion’s Large Satchel of Spoils should again contain loot. Return to Karazhan Mana Confluences’ Ablative Shield should no longer absorb an excessive amount of damage. Utgarde Keep Dragonflayer Runecaster’s Bolthorn's Rune of Flame now deals less damage. Items
Darkmoon Deck: Promises no longer reduces some non-mana resources. Fixed a bug that prevented banners from granting expected honor, experience, and reputation bonuses. Fishing Chair and Nat's Fishing Chair have been temporarily converted into objects that are not chairs, while a bug with their functionality is fixed. They will return to their former function in a future patch.
Player versus Player
Adjusted PvP scaling to reduce the difference in power and damage between players of different item levels at level 110. Fixed a bug preventing some players from obtaining Honorable Medallion while PvP-enabled.
Fishing Fixed a bug that caused the wrong sound when casting.
Fixed a bug with the reputation bonus on completion of "Death to Agogridon". If you previously completed the quest, speak to Karnum Marshweaver in Desolace to receive your reward. The talking quest NPC should no longer appear for players who are nearby, but are not the Hunter on “Never Hunt Alone”. Players should again be able to complete “All Charged Up”. Fixed a bug with the conversation required for “Secrets of Wrymskull Uncovered”, allowing completion of “The Echo of Ymiron”. Low-level players are now able to do appropriate damage to the Devilsaur Queen during "The Ballad of Maximillian”. “Pitching In” can again be completed. World
It is again possible to earn credit toward "Field Photographer" when using the S.E.L.F.I.E. cam anywhere within the Path of Uther. Alliance characters can again complete "Uther's Blessing" by approaching Uther's statue. Previous 8.0.1 hotfixes:
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