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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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    • By Stan

      Blizzard seems to be experimenting with an option to allow players customize their Mythic Keystones in Battle for Azeroth.
      A new Alpha Build (26095) went live today and we found many spells related to Mythic Keystone customization.
      Note: This is Alpha and everything is subject to change at any given time. The feature may be purely experimental for testing purposes and might not go live in any form.
      Dungeons
      It's very hard to determine under which circumstances would players be allowed to customize (reroll?) the dungeon of their Mythic Keystone runs. I would personally just spam Maw of Souls. The spells below are only listing Legion dungeons at the moment, so this may go live even before Battle for Azeroth. The names of Legion Dungeons could very well be placeholders for BfA dungeons and may get updated in a future Alpha Build.
      Set Keystone Map: Black Rook Hold","Set Keystone Map: Black Rook Hold","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Black Rook Hold."
      "Set Keystone Map: Cathedral of Eternal Night","Set Keystone Map: Cathedral of Eternal Night","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Cathedral of Eternal Night."
      "Set Keystone Map: Court of Stars","Set Keystone Map: Court of Stars","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Court of Stars."
      "Set Keystone Map: Eye of Azshara","Set Keystone Map: Eye of Azshara","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Eye of Azshara."
      "Set Keystone Map: Halls of Valor","Set Keystone Map: Halls of Valor","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Halls of Valor."
      "Set Keystone Map: Maw of Souls","Set Keystone Map: Maw of Souls","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Maw of Souls."
      "Set Keystone Map: Lower Karazhan","Set Keystone Map: Lower Karazhan","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Return to Karazhan: Lower."
      "Set Keystone Map: Upper Karazhan","Set Keystone Map: Upper Karazhan","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Return to Karazhan: Upper."
      "Set Keystone Map: Seat of the Triumvirate","Set Keystone Map: Seat of the Triumvirate","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Seat of the Triumvirate."
      "Set Keystone Map: The Arcway","Set Keystone Map: The Arcway","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to The Arcway."
      "Set Keystone Map: Vault of the Wardens","Set Keystone Map: Vault of the Wardens","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Vault of the Wardens."
      Keystone Levels
      Spells for setting keystone levels from 15 through 30 have been added.
      "Set Keystone Level: 15","Set Keystone Level: 15","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 16","Set Keystone Level: 16","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 17","Set Keystone Level: 17","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 18","Set Keystone Level: 18","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 19","Set Keystone Level: 19","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 20","Set Keystone Level: 20","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 21","Set Keystone Level: 21","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 22","Set Keystone Level: 22","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 23","Set Keystone Level: 23","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 24","Set Keystone Level: 24","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 25","Set Keystone Level: 25","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 26","Set Keystone Level: 26","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 27","Set Keystone Level: 27","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 28","Set Keystone Level: 28","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 29","Set Keystone Level: 29","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      "Set Keystone Level: 30","Set Keystone Level: 30","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1."
      Affixes
      We also spotted options for adding affixes to a Mythic Keystone.
      "Add Keystone Affix: Tyrannical","Add Keystone Affix: Tyrannical","","Add the Tyrannical affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Fortified","Add Keystone Affix: Fortified","","Add the Fortified affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Teeming","Add Keystone Affix: Teeming","","Add the Teeming affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Volcanic","Add Keystone Affix: Volcanic","","Add the Volcanic affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Skittish","Add Keystone Affix: Skittish","","Add the Skittish affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Raging","Add Keystone Affix: Raging","","Add the Raging affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Necrotic","Add Keystone Affix: Necrotic","","Add the Necrotic affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Bolstering","Add Keystone Affix: Bolstering","","Add the Bolstering affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Grievous","Add Keystone Affix: Grievous","","Add the Grievous affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Sanguine","Add Keystone Affix: Sanguine","","Add the Sanguine affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Quaking","Add Keystone Affix: Quaking","","Add the Quaking affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Explosive","Add Keystone Affix: Explosive","","Add the Explosive affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      "Add Keystone Affix: Bursting","Add Keystone Affix: Bursting","","Add the Bursting affix to a Mythic Keystone."
      Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
    • By Stan

      Highlights of this week's Alpha Build 26095 include Mythic keystone customization, new Holy Light animation for Paladins, and more!
      A new Alpha Build is now available for playtesting. You can read the latest development notes here. The level cap has been raised to 116 and premade characters now start in a new area with a scouting map.

      Broadcast Text
      "Azeroth be stirrin', champion. She be wantin' ye te have somethin'.
      "The Heart of Azeroth! It be housin' a portion of Azeroth herself."
      "This be the key te savin' our planet. Keep it close... and listen te it when it calls for ye."
      "Soldiers of the Horde, ready your blades! Today, we march on the Kal'dorei!"
      Char Races
      Orcs have been added to the table of playable races & NPCs. Holy Light Animation
      Paladins received a new Holy Light animation.

      Global Strings
      "ERR_CLIENT_ON_TRANSPORT","You can't do while on a vehicle or transport."
      "SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_361","There are no Wild Imps to sacrifice."
      "DISC_BOSS_ULTIMATE_POWER","Void Energy"
      "LEVEL_UP_PVP_TALENT_MAIN","New PvP Talent Available"
      "LEVEL_UP_PVP_TALENT_SUB","Your power in PvP increased!"
      "LEVEL_UP_PVP_TALENTPOINT_LINK","New |cffFF4E00|Htalentpane:|h[PvP Talent]|h|r Available!"
      "LEVEL_UP_PVP_TALENT_SLOT_MAIN","New PvP Talent Slot Available"
      "LEVEL_UP_PVP_TALENT_SLOT_LINK","New |cffFF4E00|Htalentpane:|h[PvP Talent Slot]|h|r Available!"
      "ERR_SPELL_FAILED_LEVEL_REQUIREMENT","You are not high enough level"
      "CLOUD_ADD_TIMER_BAR","Disc Boss Cloud Add Timer"
      "SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_362","You are carrying too much Iron"
      "SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_363","You have no Iron to collect"
      "ERR_BATTLEGROUND_JOIN_REQUIRES_LEVEL","Tournament rules requires all participants to be above level 120."
      Mythic Keystone Customization
      The newly introduced Blight affix has been renamed to Blighted.
      In addition to that we found many spells that allow customization of Mythic keystone runs. We covered that in a separate post here. Based on various spell descriptions, players should be able to set a desired keystone dungeon, level and add affixes to Mythic Keystones.
      Note: The customization options may only be intended for Alpha testing.
      Dungeons
      "Set Keystone Map: Black Rook Hold","Set Keystone Map: Black Rook Hold","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Black Rook Hold.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Cathedral of Eternal Night","Set Keystone Map: Cathedral of Eternal Night","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Cathedral of Eternal Night.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Court of Stars","Set Keystone Map: Court of Stars","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Court of Stars.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Eye of Azshara","Set Keystone Map: Eye of Azshara","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Eye of Azshara.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Halls of Valor","Set Keystone Map: Halls of Valor","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Halls of Valor.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Maw of Souls","Set Keystone Map: Maw of Souls","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Maw of Souls.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Lower Karazhan","Set Keystone Map: Lower Karazhan","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Return to Karazhan: Lower.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Upper Karazhan","Set Keystone Map: Upper Karazhan","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Return to Karazhan: Upper.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Seat of the Triumvirate","Set Keystone Map: Seat of the Triumvirate","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Seat of the Triumvirate.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: The Arcway","Set Keystone Map: The Arcway","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to The Arcway.",""
      "Set Keystone Map: Vault of the Wardens","Set Keystone Map: Vault of the Wardens","","Set the dungeon map of a Mythic Keystone to Vault of the Wardens.",""
      Keystones
      "Set Keystone Level: 15","Set Keystone Level: 15","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 16","Set Keystone Level: 16","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 17","Set Keystone Level: 17","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 18","Set Keystone Level: 18","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 19","Set Keystone Level: 19","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 20","Set Keystone Level: 20","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 21","Set Keystone Level: 21","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 22","Set Keystone Level: 22","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 23","Set Keystone Level: 23","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 24","Set Keystone Level: 24","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 25","Set Keystone Level: 25","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 26","Set Keystone Level: 26","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 27","Set Keystone Level: 27","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 28","Set Keystone Level: 28","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 29","Set Keystone Level: 29","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      "Set Keystone Level: 30","Set Keystone Level: 30","","Set the level of a Mythic Keystone to $s1.",""
      Affixes
      "Add Keystone Affix: Tyrannical","Add Keystone Affix: Tyrannical","","Add the Tyrannical affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Fortified","Add Keystone Affix: Fortified","","Add the Fortified affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Teeming","Add Keystone Affix: Teeming","","Add the Teeming affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Volcanic","Add Keystone Affix: Volcanic","","Add the Volcanic affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Skittish","Add Keystone Affix: Skittish","","Add the Skittish affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Raging","Add Keystone Affix: Raging","","Add the Raging affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Necrotic","Add Keystone Affix: Necrotic","","Add the Necrotic affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Bolstering","Add Keystone Affix: Bolstering","","Add the Bolstering affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Grievous","Add Keystone Affix: Grievous","","Add the Grievous affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Sanguine","Add Keystone Affix: Sanguine","","Add the Sanguine affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Quaking","Add Keystone Affix: Quaking","","Add the Quaking affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Explosive","Add Keystone Affix: Explosive","","Add the Explosive affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      "Add Keystone Affix: Bursting","Add Keystone Affix: Bursting","","Add the Bursting affix to a Mythic Keystone.",""
      Models
      Blood God Tentacle

      Blood God Tentacle Head

      Maps
      "Islands_MD_Flamegate_E","8.0 Islands - Platform - MD Flamegate E"
      "Islands_8HU_Kultiras_ShipMedium01","8.0 Islands - Ship - Player Alliance - Kul'Tiras Medium 01"
      "Islands_8TR_Zandalari_ShipMediumTransport01","8.0 Islands - Ship - Player Horde - Zandalari Medium 01 With Gangplank"
      "Islands_Deepholm_Mercury_Pool01","8.0 Islands - Platform - Deepholm Mercury Pool 01"
      "Islands_7AZ_Vashjir_Small_Cave_A","8.0 Islands - Platform - 7AZ Vashjir Small Cave A"
      "DevMapH","Dev Map - H"
      "KulTiranFlagship","Kul Tiran Flagship"
      "ZandalariFlagship","Zandalari Flagship"
      World Safe Locs
      "Vol'dun, The Eternal Spring - GY"
      "8.0 Zuldazar - World Quest - Temple of Rezan - Devilsaur Romp Safe Loc (JAK)"
      "Nazmir, Q47696 - Teleport on Logout - LWB"
    • By Stan

      A new Alpha Build is now live and Blizzard enabled Tol Dagor and two new zones for testing - Tirargarde Sound and Zuldazar. The level cap has been increased to 116 (up from 113).
      Find out more about this week's build here.
      Blizzard (Source)
      We’ve just updated with a new Alpha build, and we have some new things to test.

      This build focuses Alliance testers on the zone Tiragarde Sound, while Horde testers will be questing in Zuldazar.

      The Tol Dagor dungeon is available. This prison island outside Boralus was initially designated to hold ruthless pirates and criminals, but under Pricilla Ashvane’s malevolent influence, conditions therein have reached a boiling point. Once you’ve played through the dungeon, leave your feedback in the Tol Dagor discussion thread in our Alpha General Discussion forum.

      As before, the level cap is 116.

      A reminder – we’re working to fix issues that impact testing. This is an early Alpha test, and you may experience unexpected crashes and other misbehavior, including a known crash when minimizing the client. Please feel free to participate in the issue threads in our Alpha Bug Report forum.

      As always, we appreciate your feedback. Thank you very much for testing Battle for Azeroth with us!
    • By Stan

      Gladiators will get proto-drake mounts in Battle for Azeroth. The game files contain tints for up to 7 PvP Seasons.
      Flavor text: They say that proto-drakes can smell fear. This iron-bound monster FEEDS off of it.
      Black Gladiator's Proto-Drake

      Blue Gladiator's Proto-Drake

      Gold Gladiator's Proto-Drake

      Green Gladiator's Proto-Drake

      Pale Gladiator's Proto-Drake

      Purple Gladiator's Proto-Drake

      Red Gladiator's Proto-Drake

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    • By Stan

      Players will be able to acquire various frog mounts in Battle for Azeroth. The game currently lists three different tints that we cover in this article.
      Frog Mounts
      Players can ride frogs in Battle for Azeroth. We found three different toad tints in the game files. The ground mount has no source indicated yet (PH Frog (Green)) and shares models with the toad loa of Nazmir.
      Blue

      Green

      Yellow

      Mount Animations
      The toad mount jumps while running and has a cool /mountspecial animation!

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