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With the Classic beta still in the spotlight and the game itself not that far away, redditor ChromedDragon took it upon himself to chart out the Vanilla zones in terms of which group controlled what, from bigger forces like the Night Elves, Horde Orcs and Tauren, to smaller ones like the Scarlet Crusade, Quilboar, Centaur and the many other Orc tribes, as well as a whole lot of other factions.
There are some inaccuracies in there as you'd expect for a project this size (as well as simple typos - I'll forgive the Tuaren, but just this once), and there's already plenty of corrections in the reddit thread, so it'll certainly be updated soon, but it's generally accurate enough and definitely an interesting look at the many forces present on Azeroth Classic.
There are several maps like this for Battle for Azeroth, but they're only big faction-based (at least the ones I could find, I'm sure there's more detailed ones out there), so it's not exactly a good comparison, but I thought it'd be nice to see anyway. So here's two examples, focusing on the BfA Horde/Alliance split:
If you know some better maps, either for Vanilla, BfA or any other expansion, share them in the comments.
The 8.2 raid has us venturing into Queen Azshara's Eternal Palace and face off against her most powerful minions, so today we'll be taking a stroll through the palace, courtesy of LeysTV. The Queen herself was only recently tested on the PTR, but first let's take a look at the first 7 bosses we'll be facing, as well as the lengthy intro to the raid:
Then it's on to one of WoW's bigger big bads, with the the first part of the former Night Elf queen encounter consisting of her standing on the sidelines and having us fight even more minions, as she tosses out decrees from the sidelines. This first test had us facing off against Aethanel and Cyranus, the cursed lovers as Azshara calls them.
We didn't get to see much more past these first two in the first batch of raid testing, as the queen's decrees proved quite tricky, as you can see from this testing session by Kalamazi.
The raid is looking good so far and hopefully it will live up to expectations, especially with the World First race, where we've recently gotten a brand new champion with Pieces having defeated Method in the Crucible of Storms, so the Eternal Palace should be a very exciting one in that department as well.
And finally, let's all remind ourselves just how much of a badass Azshara can be:
Today, we're looking at two faction-specific mounts which require Exalted reputation standing with the new Patch 8.2 factions.
Ankoan Waveray is an Alliance mount which can be purchased for 250 Prismatic Manapearls from Artisan Okata in Mezzamere and requires Exalted reputation standing with Waveblade Ankoan.
The Ankoan have been battling the naga for years, and with a natural affinity for the sea, training the local wildlife was a natural strategy.
The Unshackled have a natural kinship with the species of the deep seas that have seen cruelty at the hands of the naga.
Unshackled Waveray is a Horde mount which can be purchased for 250 Prismatic Manapearls from Finder Pruc in Newhome and requires Exalted reputation standing with the Unshackled.