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Battle for Lordaeron is available for testing on Battle for Azeroth Alpha and we're looking at both sides of the conflict in our preview!

Battle for Lordaeron is a scenario that will be available in the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch. It serves as a prelude to WoW's next expansion. The attack on Lordaeron takes place after the Horde allegedly burned down Teldrassil. 

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Highlights

  • There's a growing distrust between Sylvanas and High Overlord Saurfang.
  • Saurfang gets captured by the Alliance.
  • Sylvanas blows up the entire city instead of surrendering to Anduin and the Alliance forces. (Credit > Wowhead)

Alliance

The Alliance scenario starts with Anduin in Stormwind.

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King Anduin Wrynn: Champions of the Alliance, the time has come for us to claim what is rightfully ours! The final push to retake Lordaeron Keep commences at dawn. The Horde and their Warchief must answer for their crimes!

You talk to Captain Angelica to queue up for the Battle for Lordaeron scenario. The first objective is to follow General Hammond Clay to Brill and charge the battlefield with Genn Greymane.

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General Hammond Clay: Heroes of the Third Fleet, steel yourselves! Report to King Greymane at once! Follow me! Make haste and do not stray!

You arrive at Brill and Genn gives a speech about the Horde cowardly burning down Teldrassil.

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Genn Greymane: Brothers and sisters of the Alliance, hear me! The Horde's cowardly attack on Teldrassil brought war upon us... and made clear what is truly at stake. Their warchief's goal was not to capture a single city, but to destroy our way of life... and snuff out hope for generations to come. To secure our future, the Banshee Queen must answer for her crimes. Her dark reign ends today! Together we will drive her evil from this land... and raise our banners above Lordaeron once more!

Stormwind Footmen & Teldrassil Archers and the entire army yells: For the Alliance!

Genn Greymane: Soldiers! Fall in and form ranks!

The next objective is to defend Alliance Siege Towers.

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Genn Greymane: King Anduin is leading the assault! Push past the reserves and secure the battlefield!

Stormwind Priest: Heroes! We're overrun! I can't... keep them alive much longer...

Genn Greymane: Smoke is... so thick... These goblins must be stopped! Focus on the shredder!

Stormwind Footman: Champion, fetch me the cannon balls so that I may keep firing!

Anduin Wrynn: All units, to the gates! Victory for the Alliance!

The Horde now attacks you with their azerite war machine and your goal is to destroy it. After that, the Horde will start attacking Alliance forces with blight. The objective is to defend King Anduin and evacuate the wounded. Sylvanas begins raising the bodies of Alliance corpses as soldiers.

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Anduin Wrynn: She's raising their bodies! We must evacuate the wounded!

Genn Greymane: The blight is too dangerous, my king! We cannot afford to--

Anduin Wrynn: The Alliance leaves no soldier behind!

Wounded Soldier: Their attacks are relentless. Thank you for your help.

Anduin Wrynn: Not this time...

Wounded Soldier: It was foolish of me to get caught away from the line. Thank you for the second chance.

Wounded Soldier: I... I think I can make it. Thank you.

Running with Anduin protects you from the blight. Wounded Soldiers have a drop-shaped health indicator icon above their heads. The Alliance forces find themselves outnumbered...

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Genn Greymane: My king, our siege towers are lost! Our numbers are waning...

Anduin Wrynn: Father, help me. I need your guidance. I need...

There's a missing cutscene with Jaina arriving to aid the Alliance in battle.

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Anduin Wrynn: Jaina, your timing was impeccable!

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Sorry I'm late to the party. Lend me a hand with the enemy. I'll block off the entrance so we can regroup.

Jaina creates ice barriers to hold off Horde soldiers, but there's no time to lose!

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Lady Jaina Proudmoore: I don't know how long these walls will hold. We should not linger here.

Anduin Wrynn: Sound advice. We didn't give Sylvanas much time to prepare for this attack, but we can't afford to underestimate her. Everyone, fall into position. We strike on my command!

It's time to infiltrate the keep with Anduin, but Windseeker Durja blocks your way. She will cast cyclones to delay your advance.

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Anduin Wrynn: Genn, I need you to cover our backs. It's too risky to funnel everyone through the side of the keep all at once. There will certainly be traps.

Genn Greymane: Agreed. I'll guard the rear flank.

Windseeker Durja: Winds of da eagle spirit gonna SCOUR YA BONES!

Anduin Wrynn: Jaina! Block the exits! Don't let them call for reinforcements!

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Let's move.

The next phase begins once you defeat Durja and her Darkspear Trolls.

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Windseeker Durja: Da Warchief... will...stop ya...

Anduin Wrynn: Excellent work, everyone! Let's keep moving.

Lady Jana Proudmoore: I'm ready!

Assaulting Lordaeron City won't be easy! You suddently cross paths with Nathanos Blightcaller and his giant army. Jaina even suggests teleporting everyone to safety.

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Nathanos Blightcaller: It is you who is outnumbered now.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: That army is enormous... Give the word, and I will teleport us to safety.

Anduin Wrynn: If we turn tail now, we just become prey. No. We'll fight - and die, if we must - for what we believe in!

Nathanos Blightcaller: Your time is up, King Anduin! VICTORY FOR THE FORSAKEN!

Anduin Wrynn: ALLIANCE, HOLD YOUR GROUND!

Alleria arrives to aid the Alliance with her Void Elf army and Mekkatorque.

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Alleria Windrunner: Let us even the odds, King Wrynn!

Anduin Wrynn: Alleria! Thank the Light you've made it!

Alleria Windrunner: I am known for my timing, your majesty. Mekkatorque, are you ready for battle? As you wish. Champions, with me! 

High Tinker Mekkatorque: My machines are at your command!

Mekkatorque provides the Alliance forces with Flametron 5000 machines. Players use them to defeat the Horde forces. After this stage is done, it's time to find Sylvanas. Her forces are retreating and blight is blocking the path to keep up with her.

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Lady Jaina Proudmoore: The Horde is falling back again? What is their strategy here?

Genn Greymane: That accursed blight blocks our path. Our forces can't follow her.

Anduin Wrynn: We can't let the warchief escape. Capturing her is the only way to win this war.

Alleria Windrunner: Understood. We will not let you go alone.

Fortunately, Mekkatorque has some gyrocopters to get you past the blight barrier.

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Anduin Wrynn: Mekkatorque, can your flying machines get us past this blight?

High Tinker Mekkatorque: I don't have many of them, but the ones I do are at your disposal.

Anduin Wrynn: So be it. Champions, with me. Mekkatorque, backtrack through the keep with the rest of our forces, and station them at Brill. be ready to strike on my command.

High Tinker Mekkatorque: You've got it.

You use the gyrocopter to pursue Sylvanas and confront High Overlord Saurfang.

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Anduin Wrynn: Stand aside, Saurfang. This war is not yours to bear alone, and there is no honor in killing you.

High Overlord Saurfang: Your father was a man of honor, boy. You know nothing of the sort. I will NEVER stand down! I eat, sleep, and die by the sword. What price have you paid for your people?

Anduin Wrynn: My father gave everything for the Alliance. The question is, are you willing to do the same?

High Overlord Saurfang: MY LIFE FOR THE HORDE!

The Alliance captures him and Horde players save Saurfang later in a separate scenario.

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Genn Greymane: We've done it. Sylvanas will finally answer for her crimes. Champions, to my side...

Upon entering the throne room, there's a cutscene. 

Wowhead suggests that there will be a cutscene depicting Sylvanas waiting for Anduin's arrival. He gives her a chance to surrender, but she blows up the entire city instead.

Battle for Lordaeron Video Preview [Alliance PoV]

Horde

It all starts with Sylvanas giving you orders to report to Isabella in Orgrimmar. 

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Champions, the hour is at hand. The Alliance shall fall upon our blades as they desperately grasp at our prized Lordaeron Keep. Report to High Overlord Saurfang. Teach them the price of their folly. For the Horde!

Talking to her will queue you up for the scenario. The first objective is to find Saurfang.

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High Overlord Saurfang: Soldiers of the Horde, the time has come! Our enemies strike against the Undercity and seek to claim Lordaeron for their own. The Undercity is no longer safe for civilians. The war rages above, and dozens of spies have infiltrated our walls. We have herded the cowards to the Mage District and have secured the rest of the city. Your mission is to flush these worms out of hiding, eliminate them, and ensure that our citizens are evacuated safely to Orgrimmar.

You'll notice a bunch of sneaky SI:7 Operatives have infiltrated the Magic Quarter and in order to secure the Mage District, they must be eradicated. Next, you'll follow Saurfang to the Heart of the City.

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High Overlord Saurfang: More spies! We have them cornered!

Mirabelle: We've been compromised!

Renzik "The Shiv": I got the intel. We just gotta make it outta here with it!

Mirabelle: "Plan B" it is, then...

Renzik "The Shiv": <whistles>

High Overlord Saurfang: Find them!

Druid of the Claw: Druids of the Claw, ATTACK!

The next step is to evacuate the remainder of Undercity.

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High Overlord Saurfang: The tunnels have been secured. Open the gate!

Royal Dreadguard: They sprang from the shadows. They're everywhere!

In this stage, you will continue killing Alliance Druids of the Claw to fill the bar to 100% and talk to Undercity members to evacuate them. Next, you must take the portal to meet with Sylvanas Windrunner.

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High Overlord Saurfang: No time to waste! Open a portal to the keep and we will report to the warchief!

Using the portal will teleport you to the keep.

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Is the Undercity evacuated?

High Overlord Saufang: Yes, Warchief.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Then it's time to finish this once and for all. Saurfang, rally your troops. I will prepare the azerite war machine.

High Overlord Saurfang: Champions! Your warchief commands you! It is time to take arms against the Alliance! Their numbers are strong, but we are stronger. We are the Horde! We crush those who would bring us harm! Lok'tar ogar! 

You will follow Saurfang to the battle and break the Alliance frontline. Sylvanas prepares the azerite war machine and you must defeat three waves of attackers.

Wave #1

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Stormwind Footman: Riflemen! Lock and load! Advance!

Wave #2

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Darnassian Sentinel: Archers, nock your arrows! Advance!

Wave #3

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Mechanoranger Cogspark: Ladies and gentlemen, rev those engines! Attack!

After all three waves have been defeated, you will use blight on Alliance forces to drive them away. You can talk to the Sludge Guard and select if you only want a gask mask or a blight canister on top of that.

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High Overlord Saurfang: Soldiers of the Horde! Your brothers and sisters lie wounded on the battlefield! There is no honor in this victory if we abandon our own!

You will spread blight and heal Wounded Horde Soldiers that have been infected with blight. Their current health is indicated with a drop-shaped icon above their heads.

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Wounded Horde Soldier: Their attacks are relentless. Thank you for your help.

Wounded Horde Soldier: Thanks for the heal!

Wounded Horde Soldier: It was foolish of me to get caught away from the line. Thank you for the second chance.

Before you complete this stage of the scenario, you'll see the following broadcast text:

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Slay them all, champions! Mark my words, King Anduin and his army did not come here for their amusement. They mean to destroy us! Show them no mercy, for they would show you none in return!

High Overlord Saurfang: Maintain your honor, heroes. Lok-narash.

There's a placeholder cinematic that has not been implemented yet after this stage, but it probably depicts Jaina's arrival.

You learn that the Alliance have breached the wall and must follow Nathanos to the keep. High Overlord Saurfang is missing at this point when you regroup with your forces.

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Everyone, move! Cut them off with the reserves! Do NOT let them pass! Saurfang! Where did you go?

Nathanos Blightcaller: Leave it to me, Dark Lady. I will lead the reserves in the assault. The Alliance will go no further, I swear it.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Meet with Lor'themar. QUICKLY! Do not fail me, Nathanos!

Nathanos Blightcaller: I obey, my queen. Heroes, follow me!

Nathanos tells Baine to cover the warchief.

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Nathanos Blightcaller: Baine! Gather the catapults and every apothecary you can find. Send them to the keep at once!

Baine Bloodhoof: Yes, Blightcaller. But... where is Saurfang?

Nathanos Blightcaller: There is no time! We have but precious moments before we lose our terrain advantage! The chokepoint we create will funnel them through the side of the keep and thin their ranks. With us out in the open, we will outnumber them ten to one!

Baine Bloodhoof: Understood. I will meet you as soon as I can.

Nathanos Blightcaller: No. Lor'themar and I will handle the interlopers. I can't risk leaving the warchief unguarded. You are not to leave her side.

Baine Bloodhoof: How long are you expecting to hold them off? What is the warchief's strategy?

Nathanos Blightcaller: It is better if she tells you herself. Now go! Champions, with me! We rally in the keep! Your warchief commands it!

You meet up with Lor'themar.

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Nathanos Blightcaller: Lor'themar, command our rangers from the flank! Position them on the rooftops!

Lor'themar Theron: With pleasure, Blightcaller.

Nathanos Blightcaller: Blight throwers, you're our front line! You will create a swath of blight between us and the enemy! Soldiers, fall into position! The Alliance approaches!

Now you must intercept the Alliance.

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Nathanos Blightcaller: It is you who is outnumbered now.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: That army is enormous... Give the word, and I will teleport us to safety.

Anduin Wrynn: If we turn tail now, we just become prey. No. We'll fight - and die, if we must - for what we believe in!

Nathanos Blightcaller: Your time is up, King Anduin! VICTORY FOR THE FORSAKEN!

Anduin Wrynn: ALLIANCE, HOLD YOUR GROUND!

Alleria suddently joins the fight with her army of Void Elves and Mekkatorque, as portals begin to open.

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Alleria Windrunner: Let us even the odds, King Wrynn!

High Tinker Mekkatorque: Indubitably! I brought some extra machines for backup. Feel free to give 'em a spin!

Anduin Wrynn: Jaina, Genn, help me with Blightcaller and Lor'themar. Alleria, take the rest of our troops and focus on routing the enemy army.

Alleria Windrunner: As you wish. Champions, with me!

High Tinker Mekkatorque: My machines are at your command!

The next objective is to defeat King Anduin Wrynn and his allies.

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Nathanos Blightcaller: Hahaha! Look who joins the fray. Good, I was hoping you'd keep this interesting!

Alleria Windrunner: I assure you, Blightcaller, the pleasure is all mine.

Lor'themar Theron: The void elves... those traitors must be dealt with! Their assault will soon falter. Remain steadfast!

Unfortunately, the Horde must retreat yet again and follow Nathanos to the courtyard.

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Everyone! Follow Nathanos to the courtyard! I will block the Alliance from behind! Keep moving! We're almost there! Make haste, heroes! 

You find High Overlord Saurfang kneelling in the courtyard and he has quite an interesting conversation with Sylvanas.

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: So good of you to finally show up, High Overlord.

High Overlord Saurfang: I had to see it for myself. Was this your plan all along? Is this how you meant to achieve victory? This... honorless travesty?

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Honor means nothing to a corpse, Saurfang. You have the luxury of underestimating death, but it is something with which I am intimately familiar. Maybe you don't care if your people die so long as it is honorable. But to me, this Horde is worth saving. Anyone who disagrees does not deserve to stand among us. So die your warrior's death, High Overlord Saurfang. It means little to me. Perhaps I will raise your broken body to serve me once more. Or perhaps you will have a chance to say hello to your son.

Saurfang's son died at the Wrathgate back in Wrath of the Lich King and the Lich King raised his corpse to fight for him. He's a boss in Icecrown Citadel called Deathbringer Saurfang.

Saurgang is left behind and gets captured by the Alliance. In another Horde scenario, players help free him, as he's being held captured in the Stockades.

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Champions, with me. You are invited to bear witness to the grand finale.

As soon as you enter the Throne Room, there's another cutscene playing. Wowhead suggests that there will be a cutscene depicting Sylvanas waiting for Anduin's arrival. He gives her a chance to surrender, but she blows up the entire city instead.

Battle for Lordaeron Video Preview [Horde PoV]

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57 minutes ago, Stan said:

Anyone who disagrees does not deseve to stand among us.

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4 minutes ago, Yridaa said:

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Thanks! Uploading the Alliance video now...had to cut out all the random disconnects and Thrall Cataclysm trailers :D

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Heh, doesn't look like Saurfang and Sylvanas will ever be friends after that. I still remember him crying over his son's corpse in ICC. That definitely was a strike below the belt. I wonder if he will start a rebellion against her now? Not much sense in him not dying there otherwise, I feel.

He would look really weak if he came crawling back to Sylvanas to be her lackey again. Personally I wouldn't want to see that happening. I respect him far too much for that.

As much as I love him, I think a heroic death in Lordaeron, stalwart, fearless, alone, surrounded by hundreds of foes, preferably shown in a cool cutscene, would've been the best outcome in this situation. :/

 

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Doesn't seems as cool as the Legion prepatch open world fun, but I guess it will do for a pre-patch content. However with all the chemical attacks going on in Syria I wouldn't be suprised if they'd have to replace that toxic gas part of the scenario with *random magic*. I know the Royal Apothecary's meddlings have been part of the Warcraft universe for a long time, but the timing isn't really appropiate for that...

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I am really not getting Saurfang's objections here, he must have heard of a scorched earth tactic by now? Personally as Horde I am more concered of why (most likley) the Horde do burn up Teldrassil.

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29 minutes ago, Drachar said:

I am really not getting Saurfang's objections here, he must have heard of a scorched earth tactic by now? Personally as Horde I am more concered of why (most likley) the Horde do burn up Teldrassil.

I think it's going to be a false flag. Boy-king's third lie, anyone? ...or the Old Gods?

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18 hours ago, Stan said:

I think it's going to be a false flag. Boy-king's third lie, anyone? ...or the Old Gods?

I also wouldn't understand the logic behind burning down the large tree from Horde's PoV, with the sole exception of N'Zoth actually feeding from the tree's roots. In any case, if the Horde really DID do it themselves, there has to be a lot more behind it than just "I want to backstab Alliance because I can."

 

And even then I'm convinced the Horde would have a meeting with Alliance to talk about the threat beneath the tree instead of going for a blitzkrieg that just complicates things.

 

False Flag seems to be the most likely one; and/or perhaps in the vein of the Assault on Undercity after the Wrathgate event. (Which was Varimathras betraying Sylvanas)

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On 4/14/2018 at 3:27 PM, Stan said:

I think it's going to be a false flag. Boy-king's third lie, anyone? ...or the Old Gods?

Stan,

I think there is something else...if you saw my post regarding the Saurfang / Malfurion...I think the corruption of Teldrassil never ceased to exist. With that being said, I think that opens up the opportunity of maybe Malfurion being the one to burn it down.

 

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--Additionally: I think if all of this plays out and the Sylvanas blows up the city...I cannot disagree with what Sylvanas does...I mean the Forsaken is a large majority of Lordaeron citizens that were risen by their Fallen Prince. The Alliance had their chance to take in their undead citizens but because they couldn't fathom that the Alliance abandoned them. All in all, if this exactly how things play out, I commend her decision to destroy the whole city so alliance cannot gain it, and anyone surprised by these actions haven't played WC III, Sylvanas tactfully destroyed bridges, set up road blocks and burned down defenses to prevent Arthas from maintaining control. 

The only thing about Lordaeron that really grinds my gears a bit is the,  Genn and a few Alliance members saying its time to gain back Lordaeron for the Alliance. The Alliance abandoned the Forsaken and its people...there are people in the Forsaken that have living family members (Slyvanas being one) that are a part of the Alliance...and those family members abandoned them because they thought of them as monsters and still do. Its disgusting that the Alliance has the highest amount of Racism in the game but somehow the writers and Blizz want to model them to be the "good" guys.

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Nothing is better than the Original Battle For Undercity scenario that they took out expansions ago. I wished they would've kept it for those to experience it.

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      Set bonuses are gone in Battle for Azeroth and the legendary amulet is used to unlock Azerite traits on Azerite Armor. The plan is to introduce three pieces of Azerite Armor to the game - Head, Shoulders & Chest. In this section, you can find a list of Azerite traits that have been added to the game so far.
      PvP Azerite Traits (Beta Build 26788) Uldir Azerite Traits (Beta Build 26734) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26707) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26624) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26567) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26530) Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26476) Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26433) Azerite Traits on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Chest Piece) Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26231) Blizzard has recently updated the UI of Azerite Armor and you can find more details here. Azerite traits can be reset at an increasing gold cost that resets every week.
      Blue Posts
      A collection of blue posts dealing with a variety of subjects in Battle for Azeroth.
      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.
    • By Stan
      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!
    • By Stan
      Players continue to discover hidden perks of the 8.0 pre-patch. Redditor fgmenth noticed that it's possible to reach Exalted reputation standing with the Gelkis and Magram Clan Centaurs in Desolace.

      The cool thing is that you only need to complete a couple of quests to get to Exalted and both factions count toward the new 100 Exalted Reputations that rewards "the Esteemed" title and the Pureheart Courser mount.

      Quest Chain
      Maraudine Prisoner Manifest is needed to start the quest chain and the item drops from Maraudine Maulers in Desolace. You need to complete some quests in order for it to drop, more details can be found here. Completing the final quest will give you enough reputation with both factions to instantly reach Exalted.

      Individual Quests
      Behind Closed Doors Time For Change Into the Fray! Death to Agogridon Players that have completed the quest before the pre-patch are not able to reach Exalted, according to player reports. We're not really sure if the whole thing is a bug, but we'll let you know as soon as we know more!
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