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Everything We Know About Cross-Faction System in Patch 9.2.5

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Find out more about the cross-faction system coming in Patch 9.2.5 in our latest article!

Cross-faction play will be added to the game in Patch 9.2.5. and the feature allows you to play with players of the opposing faction, with some restrictions.

  • Cross-faction play with features mimicking same faction play is vastly limited to instanced content: Mythic+, Rated Battlegrounds, and raids (Legacy included).
    • Note that you can group up with members of the opposite faction in the open world, but the capabilities are extremely limited (see below for more details).
  • Certain instances with faction-specific content are not cross-faction. This includes Trial of the Champion, Trial of the Crusader, Vault of Archavon, Icecrown Citadel, Baradin Hold, Siege of Boralus, Battle of Dazar'alor, and Darkmaul Citadel.
  • LFR, Normal and Heroic Dungeons, Arena Skirmishes, and Random Battlegrounds are not cross-faction. The same applies to outdoor content like World Quests.
  • You can't just walk up to a random member of the opposite faction and invite them. The whole process has some prerequisites that you must do to make the feature work.
  • To invite a member of the opposite faction to a group, you must be Battle.net Friends with them or a member of a Cross-Realm Community.
  • Another way to group up with the opposite faction is through the Premade Group Finder. However, the leader can choose to restrict the group to the same faction.

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  • Communities will play a big role in Patch 9.2.5. Existing ones can be converted to cross-faction, and they work just like guilds. It's easy for members of a cross-faction community to invite each other.

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Cross-faction play has some restrictions. In the following section we go through some of the most important ones:

  • Once you're in a cross-realm group, you can't use the opposite faction's portals. You can't use their multi-vendor mounts, you can't get buffed, or trade with them. 
  • The "/invite name" command works only if you're Battle.net Friends with the other person or member of the same cross-realm community.
  • You can summon members of the opposite faction to a dungeon, but you'll need another member of your faction to do so. If there's 1 Horde player and 4 Alliance players, you won't be able to summon the other Horde players.
  • You can send gold and items to your Alliance characters with your Horde character if they are on the same realm!
  • You cannot send mail to other factions.
  • In the open world, single-target resurrection does not work, however, Mass Resurrection Mass Resurrection works.
  • In open-world content, you must be in a physical group to understand the other faction, being members of the same community isn't enough.
  • With War Mode enabled, you can group up and attack players of the opposite factions.
  • Once you're in an instanced group (dungeon/raid), you can do anything you would with members of the same faction. You will receive buffs, use multi-vendor mounts, trade gold and items if, on the same realm, you can only use neutral city portals, 

This post is based on MrGM's video about the cross-faction system that you can watch below.

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1 hour ago, Stan said:

The cross-faction play is limited to instanced content: Mythic+, Rated Battlegrounds, and raids (Legacy included).

I'm confused. The post says this then describes the differences in open world content cross faction and instanced cross faction. Can you group with the other faction in open world?

Also, if you have a cross faction group in war mode then which faction is hostile to your group?

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Hopefully it's just an introduction before full integration, so people can finally play together wherever they want. For now, it's only going to help with pugs, so this doesn't solve this issue.

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25 minutes ago, Arcling said:

Hopefully it's just an introduction before full integration, so people can finally play together wherever they want. For now, it's only going to help with pugs, so this doesn't solve this issue.

The game has factions. The game should have factions. Factions should mean something.

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43 minutes ago, Prophet001 said:

I'm confused. The post says this then describes the differences in open world content cross faction and instanced cross faction. Can you group with the other faction in open world?

Also, if you have a cross faction group in war mode then which faction is hostile to your group?

I reworded the section to make it less confusing.

You can group up with players of the opposite faction in the open world, but you can't really do much. However, instanced content makes cross-faction play feel like playing the same faction.

Alliance players are friendly with all Alliance players in the group whereas Horde players will be friendly with other Horde players. if you're in a cross-faction group with War Mode enabled, the other faction's members of the group will be hostile.

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Imagine a new game coming out today with a key feature being that 1/2 the playerbase would not be able to play with the other 1/2.  It would be dead on arrival.  It was a dumb design decision when WoW launched and it's even dumber that it's still around and hasn't been completely eliminated

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1 hour ago, Prophet001 said:

The game has factions. The game should have factions. Factions should mean something.

shrug

thats the past when was good, now wow need cross faction for faster queves and other stuff

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1 hour ago, Prophet001 said:

The game has factions. The game should have factions. Factions should mean something.

shrug

I agree'nt with you, horde and alliance are always working together, garrosh and sylvanas ended Being overthrown, doesnt makes sense to have factions these times, and IF they managed to put something in game to put horde vs alliance, is going to be something retarded like azerite or horde having another garrosh or sylvanas, meaning that again horde and alliance Will stand up together.

Wow lore is long gone, or the writters fix with something New, and by new i dont mean another bs villain like vin diesel, or purple sea food that are a threat only in our minds (nyathola).

I really hope one Day wow lore Will go back about strong characters fighting and not about a single character with stronger laser beam. The most beloved characters in this game earned their places not by raw power.

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3 hours ago, Prophet001 said:

The game has factions. The game should have factions. Factions should mean something.

shrug

Because this isn't going to work, there is no population to sustain such division. Alliance PvE is pretty much dead. Eventually Alliance would cease working as a functional faction when queues would get too long. This is why they introduced mercenary mode for BGs before.

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On 4/8/2022 at 4:57 PM, Prophet001 said:

The game has factions. The game should have factions. Factions should mean something.

shrug

They should mean that I can't play with half of the playerbase?

ESO has factions, three to be precise, they mean something, and I can play with whomever I want.

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6 hours ago, Chanchi said:

They should mean that I can't play with half of the playerbase?

ESO has factions, three to be precise, they mean something, and I can play with whomever I want.

Well to be honest and fair the Alliance and Horde were meant to be rivaled factions that were to oppose one another throught strife and conflict.  However during the course of WoW's history, via expansions, there were exceptions/moments to work together.  But since WoW is an older game with a changing playerbase Blizzard developers are faced with dilemma of being relevant and up to date against other mmo's like ESO.

The problem with what Blizzard will face is the onset of possible bugs and exploits once the code has been changed to accomodate a full on integration of cross faction gameplay at the players disposal.

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