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by Published on 2018-07-15 09:09 AM

What is Being Removed in Battle for Azeroth
With the launch of each new expansion there are certain items, achievements, and mounts which become unobtainable. Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to get done in the next couple of days!

Achievements
Antorus the Burning Throne
A lot of the achievements being removed revolve around raiding. As always, with the launch of a new raid tier or new expansion, Ahead of the Curve for defeating the final boss on Heroic, and Cutting Edge for defeating Argus on Mythic are being removed.


The Antoran Charhound is remaining as is, but the Shackled Ur'zul that drops from Mythic Argus, and the Fiendish Hellfire Core that drops from Mythic Gul'dan will have its drop rate drastically reduced after Battle for Azeroth is live.


It is believed that the Kirin Tor Summoning Crystal, which awards the Violet Spellwing mount, will no longer be obtainable after the launch of Battle for Azeroth. You can obtain this mount from defeating Heroic Argus the Unmaker and doing the quick quest Blood of a Titan from Blood of the Unmaker looted from the body.



Trial of Valor
The Chosen Achievement in the Trial of Valor is being removed, and along with it the title will no longer be obtainable. While this is one of the more difficult achievements to obtain, there are some weekly pug groups who can defeat it successfully. This achievement requires you to complete Mythic Trial of Valor without dying to any of the bosses with the Test of the Chosen buff. You receive a Mythic colored transmog appearance for the Trial of Valor transmogs on top of the title for completing this achievement.



Professions
In the Professions category, all of the First Aid achievements are being moved to the Legacy section. Because of the removal of this profession, it is very likely that all of the achievements that involve it will also be unobtainable. Most of these are currently easily obtainable, however the Field Medic might take some time to complete.




PvP
In PvP there are two large PvP instances as well as some transmog items being removed. The Legion Elite sets will no longer be obtainable after the last arena season ends. If your character did reach the needed arena rating, you will still be able to purchase the set later.


Strand of the Ancients and Ashran are also being retired along with all of their achievements. Some of these may see a return at a later date if the battlegrounds return in a special category of battlegrounds.



Artifact Appearance
Most Artifact appearances will remain available for collection after patch 8.0. Currently, the only appearance which needs to be completed before that is the base appearance of the Mage Tower Challenge. As long as the base appearance is unlocked prior to the prepatch you will still be able to obtain the different color of the weapon. The Mage Tower is permanently available until Patch 8.0 is live to give players a chance to complete all of the ones that they desire to obtain.





Brawler’s Guild
The Brawler’s Guild, along with the rewards and bosses, will likely be retiring for a set time when Battle for Azeroth launches. If you want to experience some interesting solo content, the Brawler’s Guild has some engaging challenges. After obtaining an invitation you can participate in your faction's capital city. The rewards will most likely be available again if the Brawler's Guild continues as it has in the past couple of expansions.



Pet Battle Charms
Current pet charms are being converted into Shiny Pet Charm in the prepatch and will now only be used to purchase pets from Legion and Warlords content. You might want to stock up on Ultimate Battle-Training Stone now as Battle for Azeroth will introduce a new pet battle currency called Polished Pet Charm which will be used to purchase any pet battle items in current content.


Order Hall Missions and Items
The prepatch will also do away with your prized 18 hour World Quest auto completion ability for certain classes as well as gold missions from the mission table.


Things That Might be Harder in Battle For Azeroth
This section is dedicated to things that are not necessarily limited to Legion, but you will most likely have an easier time doing them before we move into the next expansion.

Long-Forgotten Hippogryph
Currently all realms are limited to their own realms shard, making it easier to collect all the crystals necessary to obtain the mount. Once the next patch hits, all realms will move to a Cross Realm Zone system, increasing the competition to obtain the mount.



Raiding and Dungeons
The Glory achievements for all of the Legion raids and dungeons will be much more difficult to complete once the new expansion launches. Even though at some point most of them will be soloable, some achievements require multiple players, and finding a group to complete them is much easier while we are still in Legion.

Glory achievement rewards:


Fishing
Legion has fishing pools that are easier to do with a large groups of players. Conjurer Margoss has a fishing pool near Dalaran, and if you fish up enough Drowned Mana, you can purchase lures, bobbers, the Sting Ray Pup companion, and the Brinedeep Bottom-Feeder mount.

The Fisherfriend of the Isles achievement is also quicker to complete in the current patch, because it requires players to fish up special items, similar to Conjurer Margoss, making farming the reputation in large groups much more efficient.



Talon's Vengeance
If you want to collect the Ivory Hawkstrider mount, you might want to start grinding the Talon's Vengeance reputation to obtain the Ivory Feather. This can be done by obtaining the Ivory Feather, which you can use in the Falcosaur and PvP World Quest areas to obtain Marks of Prey that increase your reputation with the faction.

by Published on 2018-07-14 06:34 PM

Battle for Azeroth Beta - Build 27075 Class Ability Hotfixes
Blizzard applied some class tuning to beta today with hotfixes.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Obliteration: Frost Strike and Howling Blast grant Killing Machine and have a 30% chance to generate a Rune, down from a 40% to generate a Rune.

Frost

Unholy

Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • First Blood: Blade Dance's damage against the first target struck is now increased by 135%, down from 200%.
  • Trail of Ruin: Damage increased by 50%.

Azerite Powers
  • Cycle of Binding: Afflicting an enemy with a Sigil reduces the cooldown of your Sigils by 2 seconds, down from 4 seconds.

Havoc
  • Blade Dance: Damage increased by 50%.
  • Death Sweep: Damage increased by 50%.
  • Demon Blades: Damage decreased by 20%.
  • Eye Beam: Damage increased by 50%, but your primary target now takes 50% increased damage, down from 100% increased damage.
  • Fel Rush: Damage increased by 47.8%.
  • Havoc Demon Hunter: Damage and healing bonus for all abilities increased from 7% to 11%.

Vengeance

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
  • Moonfire: Initial damage decreased by 16.7% and damage over time decreased by 14.3%.
  • Soothe: Now learned at level 56 instead of level 60. Also, now available to all Druids, instead of only Balance, Feral, and Restoration, and usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Swipe: Damage increased by 50%.
  • Thrash: Damage increased by 28.5%.

Talents
  • Fury of Elune: Damage decreased by 18.5%.
  • Predator: Tiger's Fury lasts 5 additional seconds, up from 4 additional seconds.

Restoration
  • Lifebloom: Healing increased by 12.5%.
  • Restoration Druid: Damage and healing bonus for Moonfire, Sunfire, and Thrash increased from 25% to 31%.
  • Swiftmend: Healing increased by 14.3%.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Calling the Shots: Casting Arcane Shot or Multi-Shot reduces the cooldown of Trueshot by 2.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
  • Terms of Engagement: Generates 20 Focus over 10 seconds, down from 30 Focus over 10 seconds.

Beast Mastery
  • Dire Beast: Increases your Haste by 5% for 8 seconds, down from 10%.

Marksmanship

Survival

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Resonance: Arcane Barrage deals 10% increased damage per target it hits, down from 15% increased damage.
  • Reverberate: If Arcane Explosion hits at least 3 targets, it has a 40% chance to generate an extra Arcane Charge, down from a 50% chance to generate an extra Arcane Charge.
  • Touch of the Magi: Now accumulates 15% of the damage you deal to the target for 8 seconds, down from 20%.

Fire
  • Fire Mage: Damage and healing penalty for all abilities increased from -5% to -16%.
  • Flamestrike: Damage decreased by 9.1%.

Frost
  • Frost Mage: Damage and healing penalty for all abilities increased from -18% to -24%.
  • Frozen Orb: Damage increased by 15%.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • High Tolerance: Additional damage staggered bonus decreased from 10% to 8%.

Azerite Powers

Brewmaster
  • Guard: Amount of damage prevented decreased by 16.7%. Duration increased from 5 seconds to 8 seconds. Global cooldown reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1 second.
  • Ironskin Brew: Recharge time increased to 15 seconds, up from 14 seconds.
  • Purifying Brew: Recharge time increased to 15 seconds, up from 14 seconds.

Mistweaver
  • Life Cocoon: Shield amount decreased by 12.7%.
  • Mistweaver Monk: Direct damage and healing penalty of -20% removed from Rising Sun Kick.
  • Renewing Mist: Recharge time increased to 9 seconds, up from 8 seconds.
  • Vivify: Healing decreased by 9.5%.

Windwalker
  • Windwalker Monk: Damage and healing penalty for all abilities increased from -23% to -27%.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Divine Purpose: Your next ability that consumes Holy Power deals 30% increased damage and healing, up from 20%.
  • Inquisition: Increases your damage done and Haste by 7%, down from 8%.
  • Retribution Aura: Damage increased by 62.8%.

Holy
  • Holy Paladin: Damage and healing bonus for Consecration decreased from 150% to 110%.
  • Holy Shock: Damage decreased by 14.4%.

Protection
  • Light of the Protector: Recharge time decreased to 17 seconds, up from 20 seconds.
  • Protection Paladin: Damage and healing bonus for all abilities decreased from 12% to 4%. Added a 4% periodic damage and periodic healing bonus for all abilities. Damage and healing penalty for Judgment decreased from -42% to -30%.
  • Shield of the Righteous: Damage decreased by 22.4%.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Schism: Damage decreased by 6.7%.

Discipline & Holy
  • Smite: Damage decreased by 6.2%.

Discipline

Holy
  • Holy Priest: Damage and healing bonus for Divine Star, Halo, Holy Fire, Holy Nova, Holy Word: Chastise, Holy Words, and Smite increased from 10% to 16%.

Shadow
  • Shadow Priest: Damage and healing penalty for all abilities increased from -25% to -31%.
  • Shadow Word: Pain: Initial damage and damage over time both increased by 10%.
  • Vampiric Touch: Damage increased by 10%.
  • Void Eruption: Damage increased by 18.75%.
  • Void Bolt: Void Bolt extends the duration of your Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch on all nearby targets by 3 seconds, up from 2 seconds.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Crimson Tempest: Initial damage decreased by 11.1% and damage over time decreased by 9.1%.
  • Slice and Dice: Attack speed bonus decreased from 60% to 50%.
  • Shuriken Combo: Your next Eviscerate deals 8% increased damage for each enemy hit beyond the first, up from 5% increased damage.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Crashing Storm: Damage increased by 50%.
  • Exposed Elements: Earth Shock now increases the damage of your next Lightning Bolt on the target by 75%, down from 100%.

Elemental & Restoration

Elemental
  • Elemental Shaman: Damage and healing bonus for all abilities decreased from 2% to -3%. Damage and healing bonus for Healing Surge decreased from 100% to 92%.

Enhancement
  • Crash Lightning: Initial damage increased by 52.4%. Damage proc power increased by 49%.
  • Enhancement Shaman: Damage and healing penalty for all abilities increased from -44% to -46%.

Restoration

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Destruction
  • Destruction Warlock: Damage and healing penalty for all abilities increased from -8% to -20%.
  • Havoc: Single-target spells now strike the Havoc victim for 60% of normal damage, down from 75% of normal damage.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Rumbling Earth: When Shockwave strikes at least 3 targets, its cooldown is reduced by 15 seconds, up from 10 seconds.
  • Sweeping Strikes: For 12 sec your single-target damaging abilities hit 1 additional targets within 8 yds for 60% damage, down from 70% damage.

Arms
  • Arms Warrior: Damage and healing bonus for all abilities decreased from 25% to 12%.

Fury
  • Furious Slash: Damage increased by 15%.
  • Fury Warrior: Damage and healing penalty for all abilities decreased from -16% to -12%. Auto-attack damage penalty increased from -25% to -30%.
  • Whirlwind Off-Hand: Damage increased by 13.3%. Cleave damage bonus increased from 50% to 55%.

Protection
by Published on 2018-07-14 01:04 AM

Purchase Specific Legendary Items in BfA Pre-Patch

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Collector's Edition on Blizzard Gear Store
Battle for Azeroth Collector's Edition is now on the Blizzard Gear Store! In addition to the content from the Digital Deluxe version, the Collector's Edition of Battle for Azeroth (99.99 USD) will include:


  • Horde & Alliance Double-Sided Mark of Allegiance: Declare your allegiance with this hefty two-sided emblem (stand included).
  • Hardcover Double-Sided Book: Elegy & A Good War: This limited-edition hardback collects two new World of Warcraft novellas depicting the Burning of Teldrassil from the points of view of the Alliance and the Horde. Each story includes original artwork exclusive to this edition. Written by Christie Golden and Robert Brooks.
    • Digital versions of Elegy and A Good War without the exclusive artwork will also be available to read online later this year
  • Battle for Azeroth Digital Soundtrack: Each Collector’s Edition contains a key to download the stirring orchestral pieces from the expansion’s soundtrack—the perfect mood music for laying siege to your enemies.







Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Battle for Azeroth™: Collector’s Edition
While Azeroth bleeds, the armies of the Horde and Alliance meet again on the fields of battle. Prepare for all-out war with this limited edition collector’s set, featuring rare and commemorative items to boost morale for the coming conflict.

Double-Sided Story Book: Elegy & A Good War
Every great war story has two sides. This limited edition hardback version collects two new World of Warcraft novellas depicting the Burning of Teldrassil from the point of view of the Alliance (Elegy, by Christie Golden) and the Horde (A Good War, by Robert Brooks). Each story includes original artwork exclusive to this edition*.

Horde & Alliance Double-Sided Mark of Allegiance
Declare your allegiance with this hefty, double-sided Mark of Allegiance. Place it somewhere prominent, with your chosen faction proudly facing out into the world for all to see. Includes stand.

Collector’s Edition Digital Soundtrack
A digital key to download the stirring orchestral pieces from the Battle for Azeroth soundtrack, the perfect mood music for laying siege to your enemies.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth PC/Mac Game Key
Digital key to unlock the full version of Battle for Azeroth.

Epic In-Game Content
Unlock a treasure trove of Horde- and Alliance-themed in-game content within World of Warcraft and across other Blizzard games:

World of Warcraft
  • Gilded Ravasaur Horde Mount
  • Seabraid Stallion Alliance Mount
  • Tottle, The Baby Tortollan Pet
  • Character Boost to Level 110

Hearthstone
  • Azeroth is Burning Card Back

Heroes of the Storm
  • Primal Flamesaber Mount

Overwatch
  • Tracer Alliance Banner & Horde Banner Emotes
  • Torbjorn For the Alliance & For the Horde Emotes
  • Zandalar & Kul’Tiras Icons
  • Anduin, Jaina, Sylvanas and Varok Sprays

StarCraft II
  • Alliance & Horde Sprays

The Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition costs $99.99 and is available to pre-order now. Check with your local retailer for details.

Upgrading from Standard or Digital Deluxe to Collector’s Edition
If you’ve purchased a digital copy of Battle for Azeroth, but want to upgrade to the Collector’s Edition, we will automatically credit you the cost of the digital copy in Blizzard Balance - as long as you enter the Collector’s Edition key before 11:59pm PST on December 31, 2018. When you enter the key from your Collector’s Edition, we will see the original transaction on your account and the credit will kick in. Remember, you will need to enter the Collector’s Edition key before the end of the year, as automatic Blizzard Balance credits will be turned off at 11:59pm PST on December 31, 2018.

Please note, if you bought a standard edition then upgraded to a digital deluxe, you will be credited for the original copy only.

Standard Digital / Digital Deluxe > Collector’s Edition
If you bought the Standard OR Digital Deluxe copy of Battle for Azeroth and pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition, your Blizzard Balance credit will be the price you paid for the original copy.

Standard Digital > Digital Deluxe > Collector’s Edition
If you bought the Standard digital copy, upgraded to Digital Deluxe at a later date, then pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition of Battle for Azeroth, your Blizzard Balance credit will be the price you paid for the original Standard Edition.

*Both stories will become available online later this year, but buying the Collector’s Edition will remain the only way to own the exclusive hardback version containing original artwork.
by Published on 2018-07-13 09:46 PM

Purchase Specific Legendary Items in BfA Pre-Patch
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, you’ll notice that the vendor who sold tokens that granted a random Legion Legendary item will now allow you to purchase specific Legion Legendaries relevant to your specialization. These are sold for the same cost that the token was sold for previously.

Battle for Azeroth is just around the corner, so we wanted to take this opportunity to allow players who are trying to complete their Legendary collections a more straightforward way to do so, as well as give or new or returning players a way to pick up some strong items to prepare for leveling.

These items can be purchased from Arcanomancer Vridiel in Dalaran for 1000 Wakening Essence. To help with this, many sources of Artifact Power will now grant Wakening Essences instead. Enjoy!

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