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by Published on 2018-08-13 10:04 PM

Battle for Azeroth Cinematics
The launch of Battle for Azeroth has unlocked more cinematics!







by Published on 2018-08-13 10:00 PM

Battle for Azeroth is now Live!
The moment you've been waiting for is here, Battle for Azeroth is live!

WoW Companion App Update
The WoW Companion app has been updated for Battle for Azeroth! Grab it from the Google Play store or iTunes now.



Battle for Azeroth - The Music of Warbringers
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Warbringers animated shorts present the tales of iconic leaders Jaina Proudmoore and Sylvanas Windrunner during pivotal times in their lives. Now you can relive these moments with their haunting musical compositions.


Add it to your Battle for Azeroth playlist on Spotify or iTunes now.

VG247 Interview with Gary Platner and Terran Gregory
VG247 did a Battle for Azeroth interview with Gary Platner and Terran Gregory.

  • High end cinematics have limitations to how many characters can be created and the Battle for Azeroth cinematic was far more than the CGI team has created before.
  • Terran Gregory was personal disappointed that gnomes didn't make it into the cinematic, but thinks that as they grow their capabilities they will be able to showcase many more Alliance and Horde races.
  • The Legion epilogues were the "return to the shire" moments of an expansion that ended with a world shattering conclusion. They wanted to bring the story back to terrestrial Azeroth and foreshadow that something will go wrong.
  • The story team always discusses how to service both factions and it ultimately comes down to telling a compelling and emotional story.
  • You can't set out with a goal to make sure everyone enjoys the story in the same way. That is unattainable.
  • The team admires the passion of the fanbase and knew that bringing the story back to a faction conflict was gonna see bold decisions not yet done in WoW.
  • They knew that there would be strong reactions to the burning of Teldrassil, but it has exceeded expectations! Alex Afrasiabi was quoted as saying "all those feelings mean we’re doing our job as storytellers, and that the community cares about what we’re doing."
  • This single moment got extremely passionate and Blizzard still needs to make sure they make sure their people are being treated with respect, but they admire the passion.
  • They enjoy watching the reaction videos to the content, good or bad.
  • Storytelling involves highs and lows. Old Soldier would not have had as much impact without the Sylvanas Warbringer short.
  • The team still has a lot of work to do to improve the new player experience.
  • If something doesn't work the team will come back and refine it.
  • They plan to support the game for as long as the player base supports them.
  • From today's perspective, the team does not see World of Warcraft coming to an end. The game is evergreen and constantly attended to.
  • Gregory says that Alex Afrasiabi designed this expansion like it would be the last. He said not to hold back.
  • The team is committed to keeping WoW powerful and relevant as long as they can.


XGN Interview with Gary Platner and Terron Gregory
XGN interviewed Gary Platner and Terron Gregory in Amsterdam!

  • Boralus is the shining gem of the expansion in terms of art. The city reflects in the water and so it basically had to be signed twice.
  • Terran is most proud of the Broken Shore cinematic.
  • Terran is an Alliance Draenei Paladin player while Gary is a Horde Undead Warlock.
  • Terran wants to be a gnome paladin.
  • Not everyone on the team knows how Battle for Azeroth will end. They don't keep secrets; it's just only having time to give people the information to do their work.


PCWorld Interview with Dusty Nolting
PCworld interviewed Lead Character Artist Dusty Nolting on Battle for Azeroth's Heroes.[/b][/size]

  • Dusty loves Saurfang and seems him as a very important character this expansion.
  • Allied Races allow the team to take the traditional aspect of an existing race like orcs and draenei and play around with adding cool and new features such as tattoos and horns and such.
  • The team comes up with a huge story and the expansions allow them to further this story. It is not necessarily episodic like a television series.
  • Exploring the new cultures in Battle for Azeroth has been the most fulfilling part of creating Battle for Azeroth for Dusty.
by Published on 2018-08-13 04:04 PM

Battle for Azeroth Live Today!
Battle for Azeroth goes live globally today, releasing at the same time for everyone!



What is Not Coming This Week?
Blizzard has broken down the release of certain content post expansion launch!
  • The Uldir Raid
    • September 4 - Normal and Heroic open
    • September 11 - Mythic, Raid Finder Wing 1: Halls of Containment (Taloc, MOTHER, Zek’voz, Herald of N’zoth)
    • September 25 - Raid Finder Wing 2: Crimson Descent (Fetid Devourer, Vectis, Zul, Reborn)
    • October 9 - Raid Finder Wing 3: Heart of Corruption (Mythrax the Unraveler, G’huun)
  • Warfronts - A few weeks after launch
  • Mythic Plus Season 1 - September 4
  • Battle for Azeroth PvP Season 1 - September 4


How to Level Quicker in Battle for Azeroth
If you are a player who is interested mostly in max level content, there are ways of speeding up your leveling process.

Essential Items
Before the new expansion is released, there are a few items that you should stock up on.
  • Potion of Prolonged Power: a nice stat increase that you should be using every time before combat, especially during the first few levels
  • Defiled Augment Runes, or a Lightforged Augment Rune if you have the required reputation for it. These are a small stat increase, but as long as you always keep one active, they will help out a little.
  • Flasks: main stat increase that you should always have active
  • Food that increases your secondary stats. You can either stick with food that gives stats after eating, or craft some Sugar-Crusted Fish Feasts, which give Versatility instantly after sitting down to eat
  • Drums of Fury: great for speeding up fights against named enemies
  • Goblin Glider Kit: unless you’re a Demon Hunter, you should probably have a few of these to help you easily get to places from mountains.
  • Reins of the Azure Water Strider: having a mount that can walk on water can be very beneficial at times


Legendaries
During your leveling process, legendaries will be available up to level 116, after which they just become items with high ilvl.
Depending on the class and specialization you play, you will want to have at least two gear sets saved, but there may be more.
  • Combat Gear Set: this is what you will wear for most of your leveling process. Keep in mind that items such as Sephuz's Secret can be procced on cooldown while leveling, as long as you have an ability to do so.
  • Speed Set: moving around faster saves a lot of time when leveling.
  • Optional Defensive and AoE Set: if you feel like you might be a little undergeared, a defensive set to help you kill named enemies might be necessary. You can also make a gear set with AoE legendaries if want to group up more mobs.
  • Level 116 and Above: because legendaries lose their special effect, at this point you will want to equip two legendaries with the most stats on them.


Artifact Weapon
Hold on to any high ilvl relics you might have, even if they have bad traits on them. The artifact traits and relics become inactive while leveling, so having your weapon be at its highest possible ilvl will be the only thing that matters.


War Mode
Unless you’re uncomfortable with PvP, you should definitely enable War Mode for the 10% experience bonus, and the access to 3 new talents. PvP talents can offer very nice offensive, as well as defensive options when leveling, which on certain classes will speed up this process significantly.


Add-Ons
There are a few Add-Ons which can help you out during leveling, especially when it comes to pathing, and efficiency. Azeroth Auto Pilot (from the creator of ConsLegion) will guide you through a predetermined questing path, and give you specific directions on exactly what you should be doing. It also has a few other features, such as automatically accepting and turning in quests, which saves time.
If you want to follow your own questing path, you should use Auto Quest Turn In.


Leveling Tips
Here are some suggestions to make the process as efficient as possible.

  • The first expansion quest kicks off in Silithus, so you can wait at Magni for release. He will give you the Heart of Azeroth and your first Azerite Armor Piece.
  • Level through your continent's 3 zones -
    • Suggested Alliance Order - Drustvar then Tiragarde Sound then Stormsong Valley
    • Suggested Horde Order - Zuldazar then Nazmir then Vol'dun
  • Save your foothold War Campaign quests for after you complete a zone. Doing all 3 gives about one level. After your first zone is complete return to your capital hub to start the quest.
  • Instead of vendoring quest rewards, take them to the scrapper after each zone. This will reward you with reagents and Expulsom (the new Blood of Sargeras).
  • At 120 you will mainly gear up by queuing for normal dungeons (item level 310 gear) until you have a item level 305 and can gear for heroic dungeons (item level 325 gear).
  • Make sure to do your 10 Regular Mythic Dungeons for the week. (Note that you can manually zone into heroic dungeons with a 5 man group under the required item level.)
  • You need to have all reputations to friendly to unlock Battle for Azeroth world quests. Finish up any lingering quests until you make this requirement.
  • Prioritize the Champions of Azeroth reputation as each rank gives you +15 item level to your Heart of Azeroth, as well as a 355 item level Azerite Armor piece at exalted. Purchase a Contract: Champions of Azeroth as soon as possible!
  • You will want to work on getting 7th Legion / Honorbound reputations to revered for the War Campaign Completion and to unlock the Allied Races.


Patch 8.0.1 Recap
If you are just coming back, be sure to take a look at the Patch 8.0.1 recap for all of the system changes made to the game.



Class Guides
Icy Veins is ready to go with updated class guides!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion



New Continents
Battle for Azeroth introduces two new continents with 3 zones each to explore! Each faction levels in their respective zone and utilizes both continents for max level. Click the maps below for in depth previews!

  • Kul Tiras (Alliance) - Tiragarde Sound, Drustvar, and Stormsong Valley
  • Zandalar (Horde) - Zuldazar, Nazmir, and Vol'dun



Heart of Azeroth Necklace and Azerite Armor System
Battle for Azeroth has a new system of gear progression that involves the new Artifact necklace you receive right away, Heart of Azeroth, and Azerite Armor slots. Click below for a complete guide on how this new system works.




Island Expeditions
Battle for Azeroth brings a new Island Expeditions feature. Taking what the team liked from Mists of Pandaria's scenarios and stepping it up, these expeditions take a team of three players to uncharted islands across the Great sea in search of Azerite against advanced AI opponents.

  • The first team to collect a certain amount of Azerite wins.
  • Each island is randomly generated and so there is always something unique and new to find.
  • The enemy AI does not behave like normal scripted creature AI. They will fight in a much more unpredictable way.
  • Island Expeditions are role agnostic, meaning that they do not require a Tank, Healer and DPS in order to succeed.
  • Difficulties include Normal, Heroic and Mythic.
  • There is also a PvP mode where the enemy AI is replaced with 3 players of the opposite faction.



Warfronts
Warfronts are 20 man PvE large scale battles in which a team fights for control of a strategic point against the opposite faction AI.

  • Stromgarde in Arathi Highlands is the first Warfront.
  • Each faction will periodically take control of Arathi Highlands by doing a Warfront.
  • The faction who doesn't control Arathi Highlands contributes resources to open up the ability to get it back.
  • Having control of Arathi Highlands gives you access to rares and a world boss.
  • Gear is a reward for completing a Warfront.




Arathi Highlands Visual Updates
Arathi Highlands has received some major upgrades for level 120 characters who unlock Warfronts during the war campaign.




Battle for Azeroth Dungeons
Each faction has 4 leveling dungeons. All dungeons open up to both factions at level cap. Keep in mind that Kings' Rest and Siege of Boralus will only be available as Mythic dungeons, unlocked as you work through your war campaign.







Mythic Plus Changes and Additions
Blizzard has continued to build upon the Mythic Plus system for Battle for Azeroth, adding in some changes!



Allied Races




Battle for Azeroth PvP Changes
Several new additions to PvP are now live!

  • Doing PvP activities rewards you with Conquest Points again! You will receive a piece of gear when you reach the cap for the week.
  • War Mode Bounties introduced in the pre-expansion patch continue in the new continents.
  • War Mode Air Drops introduced in the pre-expansion continue in the new continents.
  • The Dueler's Guild is a new location in the faction hubs that lets you queue up to fight other players one on one in a style similar to Brawler's Guild.
  • New Arenas
    • Hook Point (Kul Tiras)
    • Magumbala (Zandalar)



Battle for Azeroth World Bosses
Battle for Azeroth has 3 new world bosses on each continent and 2 faction specific ones in Arathi Highlands for a total of 8 new bosses. Each one has a world quest associated with them and operate much like in Legion. The faction who controls Arathi Highlands has access to their boss during that time.




Battle for Azeroth Reputation Guides
Battle for Azeroth will feature a variety of new reputations to grind to exalted. Click below to learn more about each of them and what they have to offer. Especially important is the Champions of Azeroth faction, as they provide a boost to your Heart of Azeroth as you earn more reputation.

Alliance



Horde



Neutral


Additional Enemy Territory Flight Path Camps
As you progress through your War campaign you will set up foothold bases in each zone of the enemy continent. Initially, these are your only base of operations and flight paths in the continent, but gaining reputation with the 7th Legion/Honorbound will allow you to purchase Scouting Reports in order to unlock more flight path camps throughout the continent. Upon purchasing one of these reports you must complete a mission at the mission table to receive the quest to head to the location on the map and unlock the flight path.

Alliance Flight Path Scouting Reports

Horde Flight Path Scouting Reports


Battle for Azeroth World Quests
Battle for Azeroth has continued the world quest system and there is a multitude of new quests and emissaries. To unlock world quests you must reach Level 120 and complete the quest Uniting Kul Tiras (A) or Uniting Zandalar (H). This means that you must also have completed the War Campaign quests up this point, which involves doing all three war campaign foothold quests in the zones on the opposite continent.

  • Emissaries can reward Azerite Armor Caches.
  • Each faction will have World Quests on both continents at max level.
  • World Quests are a good source of Azerite.
  • World Quests can also give bonus reputation as a reward.






Battle for Azeroth Professions
As with any expansion, Battle for Azeroth offers a variety of new recipes and items to craft or gather. Click below to find out just what is being added for each profession!

  • Kul Tiran and Zandalari Professions are now available to learn and level!
  • Each profession is separated into expansions and leveled separately from one another.
  • Each expansion has its own leveling path for items from that expansion, similar to the Mists of Pandaria cooking.
  • You can choose to go back and level older expansion crafting, or you can simply level the current expansion.
  • This allows you to craft items with current expansion materials without needing older expansion materials to level.
  • You can still go back and level older expansion crafting skills as well.
  • To clarify further, an example of this means that you can level your "Cataclysm Tailoring" by crafting Cataclysm patterns, but this doesn't stop you from progressing your "Kul Tiran / Zandalari Tailoring" with the new expansion's patterns.
  • First Aid is gone and its patterns are redistributed into Tailoring and Alchemy. Your First Aid crafts will have to be relearned in their respective new profession.



New Black Market Auction House Locations
  • Alliance - You can find Madam Gosu in Boralus at Hook Point.
  • Horde - You will find Madam Goya just outside the dock area of the Horde capitol of Dazar'alor in a small Tortollan hub in Zuldazar.




Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Part 1 Requirements Guide
Players are able to start earning the requirements for the first part of the flying achievement in Battle for Azeroth. Earning the Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One achievement will increase your mount speed in all Battle for Azeroth zones. Here is a list of the requirements. Note that you do not need to complete both the Horde and Alliance questing zones to complete the achievement, but one or the other along with the War Campaign.



  • Battle for Azeroth Explorer - For this achievement you must fully uncover the map for all Battle for Azeroth zones on both continents.
  • Kul Tourist or Zandalar Forever! - For this achievement you must complete the main story quest chains in either all Kul Tiras zones or Zandalar zones.
  • Ready for War or Ready for War - This achievement requires completing either the Alliance or the Horde War Campaign quest chain.
  • Wide World of Quests - Complete 100 different world quests in Battle for Azeroth zones.
  • Azerothian Diplomat - Earn revered status with all Alliance/Neutral or Horde/Neutral reputations in Battle for Azeroth.


Mounts
There are a lot of new mounts to collect in Battle for Azeroth!




New Icons
Battle for Azeroth has a multitude of new icons!



New Music
There is a large amount of new music in Battle for Azeroth!




WoWDB Addon Data Collection
Quickly populating the database with new additions is done with the help of many players. The more people that contribute data, the more accurate and quickly we can update the database.

To help out, just click here if you have the Twitch Desktop App already installed.

When you are playing the addon will gather data and save it. When you are done playing, Twitch will see the game close and upload the collected data from the addon.

by Published on 2018-08-13 12:20 PM

Battle for Azeroth Professions Overview
As with any expansion, Battle for Azeroth offers a variety of new recipes and items to craft or gather.

  • Kul Tiran and Zandalari Professions are now available to learn and level!
  • Each profession is separated into expansions and leveled separately from one another.
  • Each expansion has its own leveling path for items from that expansion, similar to the Mists of Pandaria cooking.
  • You can choose to go back and level older expansion crafting, or you can simply level the current expansion.
  • This allows you to craft items with current expansion materials without needing older expansion materials to level.
  • You can still go back and level older expansion crafting skills as well.
  • To clarify further, an example of this means that you can level your "Cataclysm Tailoring" by crafting Cataclysm patterns, but this doesn't stop you from progressing your "Kul Tiran / Zandalari Tailoring" with the new expansion's patterns.
  • First Aid is gone and its patterns are redistributed into Tailoring and Alchemy. Your First Aid crafts will have to be relearned in their respective new profession.


New Bind on Pickup Rare Crafting Reagent
Battle for Azeroth Professions will carry on with the Blood of Sargeras and Obliterum system that was implemented in Legion. There are three new bind on pickup reagents that are utilized in crafting this time around.

  • Expulsom - Recovered from breaking down gear in the Scrapper, Battle for Azeroth's rendition of the Obliterum Forge. You can also receive it from certain transmutes.
  • Hydrocore - Looted from Battle for Azeroth dungeons.
  • Sanguicell - Looted from Battle for Azeroth raids.


The Scrapper
The Scrapper is the new Obliterum Forge in Battle for Azeroth. There has been a significant change, however, in that you can now scrap all equipable gear for crafting reagents that correspond to the item. This is also the main source of Expulsom.

  • There is no profession requirement to use the scrapper.
  • The Scrapper is located at the engineering trainer in the crafting areas of Boralus/Dazar'alor.
  • Gear is broken down into crafting materials based on what type of item is broken down.
    • Cloth Gear - Cloth
    • Leather Gear - Leather/Bones
    • Mail Gear - Scales/bones
    • Plate Gear - Ore/Flux
    • Rings - Ore/Gems
    • Bows/Crossbows - Bones/Wood
    • Swords, Maces, Polearms, Daggers, Shields, Guns, Axes, and Glaives - Ore/Flux
    • Staves - Ore/Gems
    • Fist Weapons - Scales/Bones
    • Offhands - Ink
    • Trinkets - Ink/Herbs
    • Wands - Enchanting Materials/Wood
    • Each item broken down has a chance to also give you an Expulsom.


Notable Gathering Profession Additions

Mining - New Ore


Herbalism - New Herbs


Skinning - New Skins


Notable Crafting Profession Additions

Alchemy


Blacksmithing


Enchanting


Engineering


Inscription


Jewelcrafting


Leatherworking


Tailoring


Notable Secondary Profession Additions

Archaeology


Cooking


First Aid
  • Rest in Peace. We hardly knew ye.


Fishing
  • New fishing mount - Great Sea Ray.
  • Can fish up Midnight Salmon which lets you fast travel to nearby fishin nodes in Battle for Azeroth content.


Battle for Azeroth - Profession Achievements

NameSide PointsCategory
Exotic DiscoveriesRestore one of each of the common Zandalari and Drust artifacts.
10Archaeology
Kul Tiran ArchaeologistObtain 950 skill points in archaeology.
Alliance 10Archaeology
Kul Tiran CuratorRestore and display pristine versions of all Drust and Zandalari artifacts.
Alliance 25Archaeology
Lengthy LegworkComplete 100 digsites across Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
10Archaeology
Light TravelComplete 50 digsites across Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
10Archaeology
Zandalari ArchaeologistObtain 950 skill points in archaeology.
Horde 10Archaeology
Zandalari CuratorRestore and display pristine versions of all Zandalari and Drust artifacts.
Horde 25Archaeology
Catering for CombatCook any combination of 50 Galley Banquets or Bountiful Captain's Feasts.
25Cooking
Kul Tiran CookObtain 150 skill points in the "Kul Tiran" category of cooking.
Alliance 10Cooking
The Kul Tiran MenuCook 10 of the Kul Tiran recipes listed below.
Alliance 10Cooking
The Zandalari MenuCook 10 of the Zandalari recipes listed below.
Horde 10Cooking
Zandalari CookObtain 150 skill points in the "Zandalari" category of cooking.
Horde 10Cooking
Angling for BattleCatch 100 normal fish in Kul Tiras or Zandalar.
10Fishing
Baiting the EnemyFish up an U'taka within Dazar'alor in Zuldazar.
Alliance 15Fishing
Baiting the EnemyFish up a Rasboralus within Proudmoore Keep in Tiragarde Sound.
Horde 15Fishing
Catchin' Some RaysFish up a Great Sea Ray from the oceans around Kul Tiras or Zandalar.
10Fishing
Fish Me In the MoonlightFish up 50 Midnight Salmon.
10Fishing
Kul Tiran FishermanObtain 150 skill points in the "Kul Tiran" category of fishing.
Alliance 10Fishing
Scent of the SeaConvert 100 fish from Kul Tiras and Zandalar into Aromatic Fish Oil.
10Fishing
Zandalari FishermanObtain 150 skill points in the "Zandalari" category of fishing.
Horde 10Fishing
Full of Scrap!Scrap 500 items using the Scrap-O-Matic 1000 or Shred-Master Mk1.
25Professions
Giving a ScrapLearn how to use the Scrap-O-Matic 1000.
Alliance 5Professions
Giving a ScrapLearn how to use the Shred-Master Mk1.
Horde 5Professions
Holy Scrap!Scrap 100 items using the Scrap-O-Matic 1000 or Shred-Master Mk1.
10Professions
Kul Tiran Master of AllRaise all primary professions to 150 skill points in the "Kul Tiran" category.
Alliance 50Professions
Professional Kul Tiran MasterObtain 150 skill points in a "Kul Tiran" category of a profession.
Alliance 10Professions
Professional Zandalari MasterObtain 150 skill points in a "Zandalari" category of a profession.
Horde 10Professions
Scraptastic!Scrap 250 items using the Scrap-O-Matic 1000 or Shred-Master Mk1.
15Professions
Working in Kul TirasObtain 150 skill points in a "Kul Tiran" category of two primary professions.
Alliance 10Professions
Working in ZandalarObtain 150 skill points in a "Zandalari" category of two primary professions.
Horde 10Professions
Zandalari Master of AllRaise all primary professions to 150 skill points in the "Zandalari" category.
Horde 50Professions

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