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Here's the official preview of Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag'har Orcs by Blizzard.

Our preview of both Allied Races includes customization options and you can find it here.

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Good allies are hard to find, but don’t worry—we’ve got you covered in Battle for Azeroth. Meet two new Allied Races that will become available over the course of your adventures in the new expansion, the Dark Iron dwarves and Mag’har orcs, and learn a bit about the racial traits currently in development.

ALLIANCE: DARK IRON DWARVES

Known for their fiery tempers and fierce determination, Dark Iron dwarves have a turbulent history with the other clans. A failed coup in Ironforge ignited the War of the Three Hammers, and many of the Dark Iron once fought in the service of Ragnaros the Firelord. Though one faction is pledged to Queen-Regent Moira Thaurissan, others refuse to stand alongside their kin. The Alliance seeks a united Dark Iron clan to harness the power of Azerite and aid their struggle against the Horde.

Available ClassesHunterMageMonkPaladinPriestRogueShamanWarlockWarrior

Racials

  • FirebloodFireblood : Dark Iron dwarves can empower themselves and purge debuffs afflicting them.
  • Dungeon DelverDungeon Delver: Their time spent in the depths lets Dark Iron dwarves move faster while indoors.
  • Mass ProductionMass Production: Dark Iron dwarves have increased Blacksmithing skill and can craft faster.
  • Mole MachineMole Machine: These digging devices can transport their masters to new locations.
  • Forged in FlamesForged in Flames: Dark Iron dwarves take reduced Physical damage.

Learn more about Moira and the Dark Iron in our previously released stories:

HORDE: MAG’HAR ORC

For untold generations, the orc clans of Draenor battled one another in endless war. But when Gul'dan offered them the blood of his demonic masters, the disparate tribes of Mag'har—the orcish word for "uncorrupted"—refused the dark bargain and banded together to drive out the Burning Legion. United under the leadership of Grommash Hellscream, the Mag'har pledged to one day repay Azeroth's heroes for aiding their cause. As war against the Alliance intensifies, the Horde must call upon the might of the Mag'har to seize victory.

Available ClassesHunterMageMonkPriestRogueShamanWarrior

Racial Traits

  • Ancestral Call: Mag’har orcs can call upon the powers of their ancestors to assist in battle.
  • Open Skies: While outdoors, Mag’har orcs have increased flight speed.
  • Sympathetic Vigor: The health of the Mag’har orcs’ pets is increased.
  • Savage Blood: Poisons, diseases, and curses affect Mag’har orcs for a shorter duration.

Learn more about the orcs of Draenor in our previously released videos:

We’ll have more information on how to recruit these new allies in a future update; for now, those with Battle for Azeroth beta access will be able to create one of these new Allied Races within character creation screen and begin testing.

Which Allied Race will you choose?

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2 hours ago, Plergoth said:

The Dark Iron racials are way too good. Besides the fact they look amazing. 

eh imo all allied races have funnier and/or stronger and/or more useful racials than old races. Between portals, mailboxes, increased mount speed, it all looks much better thanwhat we had.

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Aye. A self cleanse isn't unheard of, but one that gives you a buff? Taking less physical damage as a passive? Increased move speed for mythic dungeon runs and so on? This kind of stuff is a min maxer's dream / nightmare 

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The dark iron dwarves have really exceeded my expectations. I have always been a fan of dwarves, their architecture and armor/weapon design in basically every fantasy universe that features them but i didn't expect to be so hyped for the dark irons. Even the female dark irons look pretty badass with some great tattoo/hair options.

Blizzard have with the allied races done a really great job of taking something that has for example always just been described as "just a brown orc" or "just an ash-colored dwarf with red eyes" and then making them something more, making them more visually distinctive and unique. There are two complaints i have, i wished for a ram for the dark irons, we basically have no new rams since vanilla. There's one visually updated ram and that one is from arena/RBGs so that one is off the table for most people.

Second complaint would be that the quest lines to aquire the allied races have so far been pretty lackluster. The addition of the allied races have also really shined a light on how messy and broken the old world leveling is. This was the danger of reworking all of the vanilla leveling for one expansion. Now nothing makes sense, where we used to get self-contained quest lines in the old zones that dealt with the unique issues of that zone now most quest lines has something to do with the overarching story of deathwing/the twilight's hammer cult and their impact on the world, also some horde/alliance conflicts that have been resolved for a long time. It is especially bad when the old leaders and lore characters show up. Like Garrosh/Sylvanas etc.

The old world leveling needs to be cleaned up. Especially now when everyone is going through it again to level their allied races. Right now the old leveling is a complete mess and it's just not a good look for blizzard. If started playing WoW today i'd be so confused leveling a new character and i'm not sure i'd stick around. Especially not when new MMO's like FFXIV and ESO have a much "cleaner" and straight forward story leveling up without all the time traveling back and forth.

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@Hjaldren

I see your point, but some of those lore problems during questing have been partly resolved. For instance, you do end up with Garrosh getting destroyed by Thrall in the questline, so at least you know that "chapter" has been closed off. It is however not nearly always consistent. i.e. in MoP you're introduced to the Sha but a really great chunk of that lore is behind "MoP max level content" (mantis rep farming where you start realizing it's an old god behind the Sha etc).

 

Then again there's also content referring to content no longer in the game, such as Vanessa VanCleef referring to her father. Or contradicting pieces of lore (Which is still quite contradicting today) where Sylvanas uses the Valkyr to sustain undead ranks, but in Legion she states that "her people" have no way of propagating (Resulting in her deal with Helya)

 

It's a very inconsistent mess, the result of retconning too much, open ended stories (Neptulon and the Battlemaiden for instance) or some stories told in quests and other stories told in raids or dungeons.

 

Good luck convincing a company who's sole purpose is pleasing people with briefcases and hidden faces.

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I'm just really pleased with Mahgar orcs. I was a big garrosh fan and I'll be able to go full fan boy with tusks of mannoroth and and gorehowl from og kara. Sad that the data mined leggo gorehowl that was supposed to be in wod didn't happen, would be an awesome transmog :)

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