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Heart of Azeroth at Level 10: Exploit or Clever Use?

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Update: Well that didn't last long! It seems Blizzard have already patched the Heart of Azeroth with a minimum equip level of 40, as noted by the XPOff forums, where the low-level equip trick originated!


It seems players that have already gotten the neck at lower levels still have it equipped, but it doesn't give them any stats, nor do any Azerite powers on pieces they have work.


Here we are in another edition of "Exploit or clever use of game mechanics"! It seems some twink-oriented communities have found a way to get a very powerful item on their characters very early on, as players have been spotting chars with the Heart of Azeroth as early as level 10!

    The trick is pretty simple, but it might be considered an exploit so maybe don't necessarily try it for yourself. All you need is a max level friend to accompany you into a dungeon, get an Azerite item to drop and trade it to you. After a relog this will trigger the HoA quest where you get the level 50 neck, and since it auto-equips, there you have it, an item level 55 piece as early as level 10!


    This is quite an advantage in PvP for the lower brackets (especially for twinks who lock their levels), not to mention a very nice boost to general leveling speeds, and Blizzard will probably/hopefully hotfix it pretty soon. It remains to be seen if players who already have their HoA on low levels will get to keep it, and if there will perhaps be actions on the accounts that did this, since the line between exploit and clever use is and always have been pretty arbitrary when it comes to actual suspensions/warnings.

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    44 minutes ago, WolfpackCasey said:

    Curious, did Blizz add neck quests rewards anywhere in BFA zones so you actually can upgrade if you choose that area to level from 10-50?


    That's a good question.
    I don't know why they scrap things like this from non-current expansions - why not just remove their special powers but treat them as stat sticks? At least it makes the story and dialogue make a little more sense.

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    1 hour ago, WolfpackCasey said:

    Curious, did Blizz add neck quests rewards anywhere in BFA zones so you actually can upgrade if you choose that area to level from 10-50?


    I did get a few from Zuldazar and Voldun while leveling. Not sure if the were there before.

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