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During the World of Warcraft Q&A panel at BlizzCon 2018, eight attendees didn't have the time to ask their questions. The developers have just answered these questions in a dedicated blog post.

The questions and their answers are quite interesting with topics ranging from the Mobile App and pet battles all the way to plans on removing warforging/titanforging (the answer is no by the way) and reforge costs for Azerite gear.

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On November 3 at the World of Warcraft Q&A at BlizzCon 2018, players questioned panelists Alex Afrasiabi, Ion Hazzikostas, John Hight, and Chris Robinson. Many of the questions deserved a bit more time to fully answer than we originally anticipated, and in the end, eight attendees were left without the chance to ask their questions. Here are the questions that didn’t make it in time, along with our answers to each:

Over the course of the last 14 years, we've killed many Warcraft villains. What is your strategy for introducing new characters and threats to this universe?

While many of the iconic villains in WoW over the years were first established in the RTS games (Illidan, Arthas, etc.), WoW has been introducing new characters and threats since its earliest days (such as Onyxia or the Defias). We’re keenly aware of the need to begin building up future threats even as we confront existing ones. A major villain shouldn’t come out of nowhere and be a surprise. We plan our expansions out far in advance, so that we can begin foreshadowing and weaving narrative threads to connect them. Garrosh Hellscream is an example of a character born within WoW and built up to eventually become a major villain and then a catalyst that led directly to Azeroth’s confrontation with the Burning Legion. If you look carefully, there are seeds that have been planted and clues that point to who central foes might be in the future.

When will the WoW Mobile App ever be complete?

If you mean “complete” in the sense of integrating the social features currently missing from the app, like guild/community chat and the calendar, that’s actively being worked on and we’re aiming to get that functionality added in the coming months. Due to some tech infrastructure changes in Battle for Azeroth, we had to basically rebuild the existing Companion App from the ground up, but we’ll end up with a more robust foundation as a result.

Do you have plans to make more reputation rewards account-wide?

We feel that it’s important for characters to retain a certain element of distinct progression. Part of making an alt can be having a fresh set of goals and rewards to pursue once you’re starting to run out of accessible goals on your main, so we don’t make reputation globally account-wide. But some players feel compelled to re-earn reputations in a way that’s frustrating and we want to do what we can to help alleviate their specific concerns. We’re addressing some of that in Tides of Vengeance:

  • Transmog appearances that have rep requirements will be unlocked account-wide once earned. You won’t need to re-earn a specific reputation on an alt if you want to use their tabard as part of your outfit.

  • The achievements that require a certain number of Exalted reputations will now aggregate progress across your entire account.

  • For Champions of Azeroth rep, access to the item level upgrades for the Heart of Azeroth will be account-wide. If you have at least one Revered character, any other fresh 120 alts can go visit Magni and collect all 45 item levels’ worth of upgrades right away.

What can you tell us about your future plans for pet battles?

Pet battles continue to be a fun system layered on top of the core WoW experience. As we introduce new zones and content, there will be new pets to tame or earn as reward. For players who are looking for a new challenge to overcome, we’re adding a new Gnomeregan pet battle dungeon in Tides of Vengeance. Beyond that, in the long-term, we’d like to take a fresh look at “PvP” pet battles to see if we can add a more structure to that system and elevate it beyond what is currently a niche pursuit.

Will gear ever return to the way it used to be with no warforging and titanforging?

That’s unlikely.

Gear used to be only available from a handful of activities, such as raiding or rated PvP. Obtaining a specific piece of gear could be a months-long pursuit. As the quantity and variety of sources of gear increased over the years, increasingly the pacing of rewards wasn’t matching the pacing of the activity itself. By Mists of Pandaria, a guild progressing through a raid zone over the course of a couple of months could reach a point where they were fully equipped with gear from that tier, before having finished the zone. Lacking individual motivation or excitement about rewards when raiding, even if the encounters themselves were still fun, meant a lack of continued progression for the group. If you were stuck on Sha of Fear, there was no real expectation that your group would get any stronger week over week to help you overcome that hurdle. That gave rise to Thunderforging as a system in Patch 5.2, which evolved into the system we know today.

We like that Warforging preserves a sense of possibility to most encounters, and it allows a group’s overall item level to continue to increase steadily. It also creates moments of surprise and excitement across all types of players and activities. Of course, we understand that when an exceptionally lucky player gets a perfect Titanforged item from a Raid Finder boss, that can feel like it undermines Mythic content, but ultimately, that’s just a single piece of gear. Overall, the Mythic raider will be better-geared than the Normal or Heroic raider, even if the latter gets lucky once. We restrict the ability of pieces like weapons or Azerite armor to Titanforge, and we’ve reduced the chance of extreme Titanforging in BfA. We used to see players who felt obligated to run content they’d outgeared just for a chance at lucky upgrades, and we now see far less of this behavior.

Players will always want to use the best traits on Azerite gear for every situation. Why punish the player with a big gold cost to reforge?

We draw a distinction between items and character attributes like spec or talents. Usually you can’t change the former at all, or there’s a destructive process involved like replacing a gem or enchantment, or Artifact Relic in Legion. A healer trinket is a healer trinket, and can’t be morphed into a tank trinket if you want to switch from Holy to Prot. If you want to perform at a given level in both specs, you need separate trinkets of similar quality for each.

However, we’re mindful of feedback we’d gotten regarding spec flexibility. We want Azerite armor to be flexible, so that you could switch from Fire to Frost if you want to, or you could switch from Arms to Protection for a week if your raid’s tank was absent. Without some friction, the system would just turn into a secondary (and awkward) set of talents, and a mere cooldown could create situations where you switched from one trait to another, and then couldn’t go back at all without having to wait. We ultimately settled on a respec cost that started out very low (5 gold) and increased and decayed rapidly, such that periodic respecs would be essentially free, but swapping back and forth routinely would be unsustainable.

Nonetheless, mistaken choices or experimentation can quickly spiral out of control and leave even occasional respecs feeling overly costly. In Tides of Vengeance, we’ll be doubling the rate at which the respec cost decays, so it will go down by 50% every 24 hours. Additionally, given the changes to several Azerite traits and the new ones coming with the update, we’ll provide a one-time reset of all respec costs when the update goes live.

How will you motivate Mythic Raiders to raid, when Mythic Keystone gear can titanforge to such high item levels?

Aside from prestigious titles and cosmetic rewards, Mythic raiding remains one of the most reliable sources of high-end gear in the game, with more ability to target specific pieces via bonus rolls and trading. It’s no coincidence that the best-geared players in the game are, almost without exception, Mythic raiders who also do other types of endgame content. Historically, raiding was the only way to get the best gear in the game, but our goal today is to provide parallel endgame item progression paths for different playstyles (raiding, dungeons, competitive PvP) to reward skill, dedication, and organization in various forms. Ideally, each of those paths also offers some unique benefits that set it apart from the others.

How do you plan to accommodate new players who are overwhelmed by the size of the content?

On one hand, the breadth and depth of World of Warcraft is one of the game’s strengths. A new player entering Azeroth gets access to fourteen years of content, with entire worlds to explore and stories to unravel. But that same content can also be a daunting. Including a character boost with our recent expansions is one way of making sure that players can always leap directly into the latest and greatest content, but that’s far from a complete solution.

We’re taking a fresh look at our new player experience, with the goal of making it better reflect the quality and scope of the modern game. That’s a long-term project, but it’s an essential one as many brand-new players try out WoW for the first time every way, and we want to make sure we’re welcoming them into Azeroth and really showing off everything that is awesome about World of Warcraft.

Thank you all very much for taking the time to participate in the Q&A. It was amazing to see so many players come to the Darkmoon Faire and submit questions (and sometimes, comments) for the development team. We read every single one of them, and we really enjoyed talking with everyone we could in Anaheim.

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"It’s no coincidence that the best-geared players in the game are, almost without exception, Mythic raiders who also do other types of endgame content"

It's also as you said in the past, people who do Mythic + are a majority of mythic raider because you rarely see people doing M+ only. so dodging Titanforged question by saying "yeah but look what the top gear guy's do" is fucking stupid, if you take 10 min to look deeper you would see a lot of them get their stuff from m+, personally I'm 377 with my "main" and at least half of my current gear is m10 proc into titanforged, I have literally 2 piece of Mythic after multiple weeks of using seal on the first 4 boss. Thanks blizzard to not learn from blizzcon 

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4 hours ago, Zadina said:

Players will always want to use the best traits on Azerite gear for every situation. Why punish the player with a big gold cost to reforge?

We draw a distinction between items and character attributes like spec or talents. Usually you can’t change the former at all, or there’s a destructive process involved like replacing a gem or enchantment, or Artifact Relic in Legion. A healer trinket is a healer trinket, and can’t be morphed into a tank trinket if you want to switch from Holy to Prot. If you want to perform at a given level in both specs, you need separate trinkets of similar quality for each.

However, we’re mindful of feedback we’d gotten regarding spec flexibility. We want Azerite armor to be flexible, so that you could switch from Fire to Frost if you want to, or you could switch from Arms to Protection for a week if your raid’s tank was absent. Without some friction, the system would just turn into a secondary (and awkward) set of talents, and a mere cooldown could create situations where you switched from one trait to another, and then couldn’t go back at all without having to wait. We ultimately settled on a respec cost that started out very low (5 gold) and increased and decayed rapidly, such that periodic respecs would be essentially free, but swapping back and forth routinely would be unsustainable.

Nonetheless, mistaken choices or experimentation can quickly spiral out of control and leave even occasional respecs feeling overly costly. In Tides of Vengeance, we’ll be doubling the rate at which the respec cost decays, so it will go down by 50% every 24 hours. Additionally, given the changes to several Azerite traits and the new ones coming with the update, we’ll provide a one-time reset of all respec costs when the update goes live.

Other words, "we are aware of the issue but we don't care and still going to charge you more gold each time you switch out Azerite traits.  But you will have 1 freebie when 8.1 launches."

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I am a fan of titanforging to be honest. I don't mind the azertite armor, but I am glad there are going to be improvements for sure! The legos in legion were cool, but getting the one you wanted was so random.

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12 hours ago, Zadina said:

Will gear ever return to the way it used to be with no warforging and titanforging?

That’s unlikely.

Yadayadyada...

I am willing to defend Blizz on a lot of their decisions, but come on, how can you be that daft?

Whatever their intention with WF/TF is, it simply does not work.

1. Nobody goes into a raid because they're hoping for a lucky forge. The fact that you don't see people run trivial content for forging (except for some extreme cases like WF mythic raiders, I'm sure they are having tons of fun farming the same M+ for hours...) shows that this idea doesn't work. I don't do M+ because I'm 370+ in every slot, and our raid is about to drop Heroic Uldir for the same reason, we are mostly just equipping new members now, and if anything WF/TF with forced Persoloot is actually preventing us from doing that.

2. If you can't beat an encounter even though you have all the loot you could possibly get, you are obviously out of your league. Either learn to play, or keep wiping until the end of time. Beating a hard encounter is supposed to be an achievement, not something that gets handed to you automatically over time.

3. There is no surprise or excitement with titanforging. It's not surprising because it happens so frequently that you start to expect it, so if anything, it's rather dissappointing if it doesn't happen. It's not exciting because it's not a reward for doing something exceptional, it's just a roll of a dice on top of a roll of a dice. 

4. Yes, it is unlikely I will one day run around in full mythic level gear just because of TF. But I still feel like a cheat when I run around with a 395 ring that I didn't earn. I have 3 items that are beyond Mythic level. None of them are from the Mythic. I did not earn this, I just pulled the leaver on the slot machine and got lucky.

5. If it's such a great system, why take it off Azerite Gear and Weapons?!

 

I was somewhat indifferent about WF in WoD because it was so insignificant that it didn't matter that much. TF made everything so much worse. That awesome item you got is not as awesome as it could be. Not because it's only the normal or heroic version, that's the content you did, that's the reward you get. It's because it could have been better simple because of RNG. And that feels aweful. As much BS the Legion leggo system was, at least once you had the item, you had it.

 

Edit: After some time to cooldown, I made a more constructive post on the official forum:

https://eu.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/item-upgrades-rng-vs-concrete-goals/

Maybe give it an upvote or something, I don't know...

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15 hours ago, Ragingwolf said:

Other words, "we are aware of the issue but we don't care and still going to charge you more gold each time you switch out Azerite traits.  But you will have 1 freebie when 8.1 launches."

Then quite honestly, stop trying to min/max every single fight. It's not required.

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20 hours ago, Zadina said:

A major villain shouldn’t come out of nowhere and be a surprise.

I mean, a whole alternate universe and evil horde came out of nowhere, but ok

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3 hours ago, Bnetmyke said:

Then quite honestly, stop trying to min/max every single fight. It's not required.

No, you miss the point.  It's a pain in the ass when players, like myself and others, are constantly switching from DPS to Tank to help out with Guild Mythic Keystones and or Uldir Raiding.  Not to mention the horrendous RNG drop on gear and trashy Azerite traits that don't compliment one or the other specs.

I am not talking about changing Traits for single and or AoE spec every other fight.

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Would I be mistaken to think that balance of power will become account wide now?  Having all those mogs for alts would be amazing!!  

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Am I the only one bothered by the fact that there are never any questions taken about the growing insignificance of guilds and how every “improvement” to the game further separates players from guilds (press a button for random gear, communities, broken UI for community/guilds) or further reduces the benefits of guilds (removing master loot, personal loot restrictions, etc).?

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On 11/17/2018 at 11:25 AM, jinsu2301 said:

I am willing to defend Blizz on a lot of their decisions, but come on, how can you be that daft?

Whatever their intention with WF/TF is, it simply does not work.

1. Nobody goes into a raid because they're hoping for a lucky forge. The fact that you don't see people run trivial content for forging (except for some extreme cases like WF mythic raiders, I'm sure they are having tons of fun farming the same M+ for hours...) shows that this idea doesn't work. I don't do M+ because I'm 370+ in every slot, and our raid is about to drop Heroic Uldir for the same reason, we are mostly just equipping new members now, and if anything WF/TF with forced Persoloot is actually preventing us from doing that.

2. If you can't beat an encounter even though you have all the loot you could possibly get, you are obviously out of your league. Either learn to play, or keep wiping until the end of time. Beating a hard encounter is supposed to be an achievement, not something that gets handed to you automatically over time.

3. There is no surprise or excitement with titanforging. It's not surprising because it happens so frequently that you start to expect it, so if anything, it's rather dissappointing if it doesn't happen. It's not exciting because it's not a reward for doing something exceptional, it's just a roll of a dice on top of a roll of a dice. 

4. Yes, it is unlikely I will one day run around in full mythic level gear just because of TF. But I still feel like a cheat when I run around with a 395 ring that I didn't earn. I have 3 items that are beyond Mythic level. None of them are from the Mythic. I did not earn this, I just pulled the leaver on the slot machine and got lucky.

5. If it's such a great system, why take it off Azerite Gear and Weapons?!

 

I was somewhat indifferent about WF in WoD because it was so insignificant that it didn't matter that much. TF made everything so much worse. That awesome item you got is not as awesome as it could be. Not because it's only the normal or heroic version, that's the content you did, that's the reward you get. It's because it could have been better simple because of RNG. And that feels aweful. As much BS the Legion leggo system was, at least once you had the item, you had it.

 

Edit: After some time to cooldown, I made a more constructive post on the official forum:

https://eu.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/item-upgrades-rng-vs-concrete-goals/

Maybe give it an upvote or something, I don't know...

 

 

Gave your forum post an upvote, mon.

Out of curiosity, which decisions are you willing to defend? 

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1 hour ago, Jinzuru said:

Out of curiosity, which decisions are you willing to defend? 

Things like mobscaling both in relation to character level and item level, or flexible raidsizes. Or even the removal of the old talent system which simply wouldn't work with the current way of leveling unless it all gets a complete overhaul.

If something they do makes sense from a certain game design standpoint, I can defend it to a degree.

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7 hours ago, GorditoLOL said:

Am I the only one bothered by the fact that there are never any questions taken about the growing insignificance of guilds and how every “improvement” to the game further separates players from guilds (press a button for random gear, communities, broken UI for community/guilds) or further reduces the benefits of guilds (removing master loot, personal loot restrictions, etc).?

Not to sound like a grandpa here, but back in my day, guilds had no benefits other than the social aspect. If forced persoloot or a broken UI is enough to keep you out of a guild, than that's your own problem. I for one would never want to raid without a guild. Playing with friends who share the same goal as you, working together as a team, that's when this game is the most fun it can possibly be. People whine about how the social aspect is missing from the game, yet they are actively avoiding it at all cost. 

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Back in the vanilla days, you joined a guild because it was the main way to interact with others. You could not just press a button if you wanted to run a dungeon or gather a group for a elite quest. Either you tried to pug in the general chat or you could join a guild and have chance that there were other players who wanted to run a dungeon too. And raids were almost out of the question since you needed a group of 25(I think. I only started raiding in WOTLK but I did have a friend who organized raids) attuned people. If you refused to join a guild then you had to rely on the general and the trading chat for any group content

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6 hours ago, jinsu2301 said:

Things like mobscaling both in relation to character level and item level, or flexible raidsizes. Or even the removal of the old talent system which simply wouldn't work with the current way of leveling unless it all gets a complete overhaul.

If something they do makes sense from a certain game design standpoint, I can defend it to a degree.

No issue with scaling while leveling. Max lvl ilvl scaling I find very dumb. Never tried flex raids, but also no issue for me there.

I've heard a rumor somewhere that this expansion will be the last one with current talent system, that they're gonna take their knowledge of all systems combined and deliver us something absolutely new.

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On 11/18/2018 at 9:56 AM, jinsu2301 said:

Not to sound like a grandpa here, but back in my day, guilds had no benefits other than the social aspect. If forced persoloot or a broken UI is enough to keep you out of a guild, than that's your own problem. I for one would never want to raid without a guild. Playing with friends who share the same goal as you, working together as a team, that's when this game is the most fun it can possibly be. People whine about how the social aspect is missing from the game, yet they are actively avoiding it at all cost. 

 

I don’t actively avoid it. I’m an officer in my guild and have been raid leading since BC. Recruitment gets worse every expansion, and guild activities are mostly just raiding now. 

22 hours ago, EBONHEART said:

Back in the vanilla days, you joined a guild because it was the main way to interact with others. You could not just press a button if you wanted to run a dungeon or gather a group for a elite quest. Either you tried to pug in the general chat or you could join a guild and have chance that there were other players who wanted to run a dungeon too. And raids were almost out of the question since you needed a group of 25(I think. I only started raiding in WOTLK but I did have a friend who organized raids) attuned people. If you refused to join a guild then you had to rely on the general and the trading chat for any group content

These are the benefits that I’m referring to.  Over the years many of the things that guilds were great for have shifted to group finder, with nothing being added to the other side to make up for it.  The guild ui being broken, and guild control hasn’t improved, they’ve actually removed features from it.  In game guild finder is depressingly bad, and hasn’t seen any improvement since its inception in cataclysm. It still looks like a feature that is in beta and it’s been almost 10 years.

That pressing the button thing makes it so organized guild activities outside of raiding, and even including raiding, are really easy to knock out in pugs. The personal loot system nonsense makes it so that rewarding attendance, participation, and doing what’s best for the raid group is totally non-existent. 

 

Guild raids have no benefit outside of consistency, and loot restrictions make it frustratingly hard to get gear to people that actually need it. Add to that the fact that instant gratification is the standard in almost every aspect of the game and you have an average player mentality where guild stuff is an afterthought. 

There SHOULD be some sort of benefit to guild activities. It used to be the only way to enjoy many aspects of the game and now that all of those aspects are enjoyable in solo play, guilds are sort of left behind. 

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The question that should have been asked....

"With the overwhelming number of guilds that were 10 man with split raid size raiding, why did you choose to go with 20 man and will we ever see Mythic raiding come back to 10 man size? Smaller mid progression guilds fall apart so easily, people just want to play with their friends."

 

Maybe add something about allowing flex for Mythic but locking the "Hall of Fame" to 20 man only as to keep the world race a "pristine accomplishment" for those who value that.

I get the whole bit of some fights are easier than others with more or less people, but it just confuses me at this point on why its locked in at 20 people only. The most difficult boss in the game is the roster boss.

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      Tides of Vengeance Patch Notes Class Guides for Patch 8.1 Tides of Vengeance Survival Guide New Patch 8.1 Folder Structure List of Known Issues [8.1] Crafted Gear Now Requires the Profession to Equip Artifact Power Catchup Disabled Until January 22 New Food in Tides of Vengeance Not all content will be available immediately upon launch and you can find the full unlock schedule here.
      PTR Coverage
      This section contains old PTR news coverage.
      Patch 8.1 Build #28616
      Patch 8.1 Build 28616 Highlights Highmountain Tauren Druid New Moonkin Incarnation Form Heritage Armor (Official Preview) Azerite Reforging Blue Posts Island Rewards Update Pet Battle Dungeon: Gnomeregan (Official Preview) Patch 8.1 Build #28440
      G.M.O.D. Mount Preview Ivus (New Darkshore World Boss) Darkshore Introduction Questline (Horde PoV) Patch 8.1: Dungeon Difficulty & Rewards Increase Patch 8.1 Heritage Armor (Official Preview) Tabards Account-Wide in Patch 8.1 Patch 8.1 Build #28366
      Patch 8.1 Build 28366 Highlights Mythic Jaina Mount Preview XP Per Level Nerfs & Leveling Improvements Patch 8.1 Build #28294
      Patch 8.1 Build 28294 Highlights Patch 8.1 Build 28294: Mechanical Parrot Mount Patch 8.1 Build #28202
      Patch 8.1 Build 28202: Tyrande's Ascension Scenario (Alliance PoV) Patch 8.1 Build 28202: New Horde War Campaign Overview Patch 8.1 Build 28202: Warfront Vendors & Commendations Patch 8.1 Build 28202: Frog Mounts Purchasable for 333,333 Gold Each Battle of Dazar'alor Sets Preview Patch 8.1 Build 28202: New Azerite Traits Patch 8.1 Build 28202: New Dubloon Trader (Island Expeditions Vendor) Hunters Can Tame Blood Beasts in Patch 8.1 Glory of the Dazar'alor Raider Reward Mythic+ Season 2 Affix: Reaping Azerite Armor Acqusition in Patch 8.1: New Mythic+ Currency The Fate of Saurfang Story: Alternative Ending Added in Build 28202 Battle of Dazar'alor: Unique Raid Flashback Mechanic Patch 8.1 Build #28151
      Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Overview Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Blood Elf Heritage Armor Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Marksmanship Hunter Changes Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Restoration Shaman Changes Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Marsh Hopper Mounts Upcoming Shadow Priest Changes The Story of Varok Saurfang in Patch 8.1 Orc Running Animation Updated Patch 8.1 Build #28048
      Patch 8.1 Build 28048 Overview Patch 8.1 Build #27985
      Patch 8.1 Build 27985 Overview Patch 8.1 Build 27985: New Creature Models Patch 8.1 Build 27985: New Paladin Animations Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Solo Queue for Legion Raids Enabled Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Dwarf Heritage Armor Preview Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Siege of Zuldazar Weapons Patch 8.1 Build #27826
      Patch 8.1 Build 27826 Overview (Datamined Broadcast Text, Zones, Strings, Scenarios) *Spoilers* Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Vol'jin's Story Continues (Datamined Broadcast Text Analysis) *Spoilers* Patch 8.1 Build 27826: New Creature Models Patch 8.1 Build 27286: New Night Elf Warrior Customization Options Patch 8.1 Build 27286: New Druid Forms (Highmountain Tauren/Kul Tiran Moonkin Forms, Zandalari Aquatic Form) Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Kul Tiran Horse Racial Mount Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Nightsaber Mounts Patch 8.1 Build 27286: The Hivemind Mount Returns Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Vicious PvP Mounts Patch 8.1 Content
      Blizzard recently announced improvements to Azerite Armor acquisition from Mythic+. You can find more details here. Heritage Armor will be added for non-Allied Races; Blood Elves & Dwarves are first on the list. There's no reputation grind behind this. If you're at max level and Exalted with Ironforge/Blood Elves, you can start the quest and complete a scenario to get your Heritage Armor. Reputation Paragon for BfA factions is coming. Champions of Azeroth reputation will be made account-wide. Incursions are a new feature similar to Legion assaults. Darkshore Warfront (Night Elves vs Forsaken theme) The outdoor zone will be updated just like Arathi Highlands with new quests, rares, etc. War Campaign continues with the Alliance leading a direct strike at the Zandalari Fleet. We can expect two new raids in 8.1: Siege of Zuldazar is a nine-boss raid where the foe is the opposing faction. Alliance players will join Jaina and her forces to fight their way up to the pyramid to confront Rastakhan. Horde players will try to defend the pyramid, fighting Jaina in the High Seas as the final boss. Crucible of Storms is a two-boss raid located under Shrine of the Storm that hints at Queen Azshara. It's Battle for Azeroth's "Trial of Valor" raid. Allied Races: Kul Tirans and Zandalari Trolls will become available for gameplay after the Siege of Zuldazar raid. You can find more details about how to unlock them here. Two New Islands: Jorundall (Vrykul-themed Island) & Havenswood (Gilnean-themed Island) Gnomeregan Pet Battle Dungeon Profession Changes New Scenarios Tyrande's Ascension - players will unlok new Night Elf Warrior customization options with dark eyes. Cooking Scenario with Nomi Unknown Tol Dagor Scenario Heritage Armor Scenarios Vol'jin's Story Continues - The Shadow Hunter is looking for answers in 8.1 as he tries to figure out why he appointed Sylvanas for Warchief. Allied Races
      You will be able to unlock Legion Allied Races faster in Patch 8.1.
      Class Changes
      Multiple Classes are subject to changes in Patch 8.1. These include Elemental Shamans, Shadow Priests, and Protection Warriors. So far, Blizzard outlined plans for Elemental Shamans. They haven't decided what to do with Protection Warriors just yet.
      Elemental Shaman Changes Model Updates
      Draenei totems received new models with a higher polygon count in 8.1.
      Draenei Shaman Totems Model Update Interviews/Livestreams
      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas unveiled Patch 8.1 on September 18.
      Tides of Vengeance Livestream with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Tides of Vengeance Live Developer Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Tides of Vengeance is Battle for Azeroth's first major content patch and we created a hub to keep track of everything.
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      An overview of new food added in Tides of Vengeance.
      Visit your faction's Cooking trainers  "Cap'n" Byron Mehlsack in Boralus or T'sarah the Royal Chef in Dazar'alor to learn new Cooking recipes added in Patch 8.1:
      Rank 1&2 Recipes
      Boralus Blood Sausage (Rank 1) - Increases your primary stat by 85 for 1 hour. Creates 5x Boralus Blood Sausage. Honey Potpie - Slow melee attackers' movement speed by 30% for 1 hour. Creates 5x Honey Potpie. Sanguinated Feast (Rank 1) - Increases your primary stat by 100 for 1 hour. Seasoned Steak and Potatoes (Rank 1) - Increases Stamina by 150 for 1 hour. Creates 5x Seasoned Steak and Potatoes. Seasoned Steak and Potatoes (Rank 2) - Available at Cooking Trainers. Creates 7x Seasoned Steak and Potatoes. Wild Berry Bread (Rank 1) - Increases Stamina by 112 for 1 hour. Creates 5x Wild Berry Bread. Wild Berry Bread (Rank 2) - Available at Cooking Trainers. Creates 7x Wild Berry Bread. Rank 2 Recipes
      The following patters can be purchased at Exalted with Tortollan Seekers.
      Boralus Blood Sausage (Rank 2) - Requires Exalted with Tortollan Seekers. Creates 7x Boralus Blood Sausage. Sanguinated Feast (Rank 2) - Requires Exalted with Tortollan Seekers. Rank 3 Recipes
      The new Sanguicell feast and other Rank 3 recipes can be looted from the Tortollan Seekers Reputation Paragon cache. Some are available at Exalted with Tortollan Seekers.
      Boralus Blood Sausage (Rank 3) - The pattern can be looted from Tortollan Seekers Supplies (Reputation Paragon Cache). Creates 10x Boralus Blood Sausage. Sanguinated Feast (Rank 3) - Can be looted from Tortollan Seekers Supplies (Reputation Paragon Cache). Drastically reduces the amount of ingredients needed to create the feast. Seasoned Steak and Potatoes (Rank 3) - Requires Exalted with Tortollan Seekers. Creates 10x Seasoned Steak and Potatoes. Wild Berry Bread (Rank 3) - Requires Exalted with Tortollan Seekers. Creates 10x Wild Berry Bread.