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Battle for Azeroth Alpha: First Observations

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An overview of all the new things that caught our attention while playing through the Nazmir campaign.

Battle for Azeroth Alpha started earlier today and the latest dev notes can be found here. This post covers some changes that caught our eye in the Alpha, including Heart of Azeroth, new maps, UI changes and the item / stat squish.

Heart of Azeroth

Premade characters start with the Heart of Azeroth amulet at level 1 (item level 265). The neck piece increases your secondary attributes by a flat amount. Azerite is a new currency used to level up your Heart of Azeroth. The item level increases with rank just like heirlooms.

You can find more details about Heart of Azeroth  here.

  • At rank 2, Heart of Azeroth has an item level of 266 and increases Critical Strike, Haste, Versatility and Mastery by 110. No other functionality is available at this time.

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Azerite

The blood of Azeroth crystalizes into chunks of Azerite, an extremely potent and powerful material.

  • Random 8.0 Dungeons reward 35 Azerite.
  • Azerite also drops from creatures  in Kul Tiras & Zandalar.

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Item / Stats Squish

  • In Battle for Azeroth, player stats have been squished along with item level. We finished the Nazmir campaign and the current level cap is 113. The character has item level 205 and 20,220 Health. All premade characters start with item level 185 gear and level 110.
  • Legion Legendary items now have an item level of 280 (down from 1,000).

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Maps

Kul Tiras & Zandalar

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UI Updates

Layout of the default UI has been updated in Battle for Azeroth. The bag panel & menu have been moved to the bottom right. The bottom right bar has 6 slots and the right bars 12 slots each. Below is a side-by-side comparison of the Legion UI (Patch 7.3.5) and the new Alpha UI (Patch 8.0.1).

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