The War Within Alpha - Switching Between Skyriding and Steady Flight
In The War Within Alpha, you now have a spell called “Switch Flight Style” that allows you to switch between Skyriding (Dynamic) and Steady (Regular) flight.

  • You must be on the ground to cast this spell.
  • Switch Flight Style has a 5-second cast time.
  • Switch Flight Style dismounts you.



The War Within Alpha - Dornogal Portal
The Dornogal portal can be found in the Stormwind and Orgrimmer Portal Rooms on The War Within Alpha.

  • These portals are not finished.
  • The Alliance version is in the second portal room and occupies the first spot on the right. It is the same room as the Bel’ameth Portal.
  • The Horde version is in the basement portal room to the left of the Shattrath portal.



The War Within Alpha - Warband Character Select Screen
Today we are looking at the new character select screen in The War Within. This campfire scene allows you to select up to four of your favorite characters to be showcased, but all of your characters on your account belong to your Warband. You can see Blizzard's official blog post for Warbands here.

Lots of things are shared across your Warband:

  • The War Within faction reputations
  • Warbound items (until equipped)
  • Unbound items and reagents
  • Transmog appearances
  • Flight paths
  • Some achievements
  • Delve progress
  • Warband Bank - Holds items and gold, costs progressively more gold to unlock:
    • Tab 1 - 1,000 gold
    • Tab 2 - 25,000 gold
    • Tab 3 - 100,000 gold
    • Tab 4 - 500,000 gold
    • Tab 5 - 2,500,000 gold
    • Unlocking all tabs will cost you 3,126,000 gold!
  • Potentially some currencies when it makes sense




World of Warcraft: The War Within Alpha - UI Changes
There are a few UI changes to The War Within, including Arachnophobia mode and a work in progress update to the spellbook.

This article was originally published in forum thread: The War Within Alpha - Flight Switching, Portals, Warbands, UI Changes started by Stoy View original post
Comments 86 Comments
  1. Taen's Avatar
    "Arachnophobia Mode"? Really? I've got effortphobia, can they swap out quests and combat for free experience at a vendor?
  1. Ghostile's Avatar
    Arachnophobia mode always reminds me of the Skyrim mod that replaces spiders with spiderman.

    Made it even more horrifying
  1. Sentynel's Avatar
    "Arachnophobia Mode"

    What.The.Actual.God.Damn.Fuck

    What about a certain phobia, will they include it as well?
  1. Ghostile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sentynel View Post
    "Arachnophobia Mode"

    What.The.Actual.God.Damn.Fuck

    What about a certain phobia, will they include it as well?
    Ah yes, let's pretend arachnophobia isn't the one which usually gets modded support in a game, just so we can REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE at blizzard.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Today I found out that people HATE arachnophobes.
  1. Ghostile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Luthorite View Post
    Ok and what if people are afraid of crabs?

    Kaburophobia it is called.
    Probably when it becomes one of the most common phobias.

    You sound like the kind of a person who complains about the a ramp to a store because it doesn't make someone life with a broken arm easier.
  1. Lazerbrain's Avatar
    I love spiders, I had no idea people hated on them so hard its a phobia worth money.
  1. Ghostile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lazerbrain View Post
    I love spiders, I had no idea people hated on them so hard its a phobia worth money.
    It's one of the most common phobias.
    It's not exactly hate, it's something you can't control.
    As someone with pet spiders I don't really understand them either, but I understand the condition.
  1. leothar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Taen View Post
    "Arachnophobia Mode"? Really? I've got effortphobia, can they swap out quests and combat for free experience at a vendor?
    I have a friend who is deathly afraid of spiders and I'm very happy for him! He has in the past not been able to be in certain parts of the game.
  1. Pakheth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lazerbrain View Post
    I love spiders, I had no idea people hated on them so hard its a phobia worth money.
    Phobia does not equal hate. It equals fear, which is what phobias are.

    For example when I see a spider I get overwhelmed with a weird type of panic. I am not disgusted, nor do I hate the spider, but my brain equals spiders with danger. It's not something you can control and people with phobias all react differently. Some can't breathe, some faint, others freeze up, others scream and some run.

    I also have a fear of heights and it usually makes me unable to move and my legs turn to jelly and this doesn't stop before I am "safe" from the view that caused me to panic in the first place.

    True phobias are illogical but a remnant from when it was the difference between life and death. You could call it a sort of instinct, where your brain reacts before you actually gets time to assess the situation.

    I personally don't react to spiders in games, as they don't look realistic enough for me to think they are spiders. I think it's something about how they move that is very rarely captured in games. I also don't mind jumping spiders or tarantulas as much as daddy longlegs type spiders which freaks me out. It's definitely the thin legs that triggers me. It can be so bad that if I only see something that is spider shaped near my face my body panics.

    But I know others can't handle spiders in any form and there is a reason why games like Skyrim has mods that turns spiders into bears. I also know of WoW players who couldn't do Naxramas back in the day because of the Arachnid quarter and the spider boss, and the Nerubian dungeons.

    So I think an arachnophobia mode is definitely welcome.
  1. MarkTheMadMad's Avatar
    Switch flight style sucks for druids. The ability to dismount a dragon when you ran out of vigor in the air and instantly cast flight form and carry on flying is awesome
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lazerbrain View Post
    I love spiders, I had no idea people hated on them so hard its a phobia worth money.
    It is one of if not the most common phobia.
    You are actually lying.
  1. Lynexia's Avatar
    People legit mad they are putting in arachnophobia mode O_o

    This expansion is going to be so good if that's the only thing people can find to be mad about lol.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pakheth View Post
    Phobia does not equal hate. It equals fear, which is what phobias are.

    For example when I see a spider I get overwhelmed with a weird type of panic. I am not disgusted, nor do I hate the spider, but my brain equals spiders with danger. It's not something you can control and people with phobias all react differently. Some can't breathe, some faint, others freeze up, others scream and some run.

    I also have a fear of heights and it usually makes me unable to move and my legs turn to jelly and this doesn't stop before I am "safe" from the view that caused me to panic in the first place.

    True phobias are illogical but a remnant from when it was the difference between life and death. You could call it a sort of instinct, where your brain reacts before you actually gets time to assess the situation.

    I personally don't react to spiders in games, as they don't look realistic enough for me to think they are spiders. I think it's something about how they move that is very rarely captured in games. I also don't mind jumping spiders or tarantulas as much as daddy longlegs type spiders which freaks me out. It's definitely the thin legs that triggers me. It can be so bad that if I only see something that is spider shaped near my face my body panics.

    But I know others can't handle spiders in any form and there is a reason why games like Skyrim has mods that turns spiders into bears. I also know of WoW players who couldn't do Naxramas back in the day because of the Arachnid quarter and the spider boss, and the Nerubian dungeons.

    So I think an arachnophobia mode is definitely welcome.
    I have arachnophobia so bad I dislocated my shoulder getting out of a moving car to get away from one.
    But ingame they have zero effect on me.
    I have a salt-gun literally beside my desk and bed so I can blast the fuck out of any I see, cause fuck that, my whole body tenses up and the rare time they do get away I literally cannot sleep, missed many days of school cause I would see a spider, ask family to come kill it, it would get away, and then I would be sitting on my bed with a flash light unable to sleep all night worried it will crawl all over me in my sleep.

    There is a few games though where spiders are too realistic and make it trigger a bit, and god some movies, nope nope nope.

    Prob has to do with being attacked by a dock spider as a kid, those things are fucked, they eat fish and birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynexia View Post
    People legit mad they are putting in arachnophobia mode O_o

    This expansion is going to be so good if that's the only thing people can find to be mad about lol.
    Everything blizz does is bad, obviously.
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostile View Post
    It's one of the most common phobias.
    It's not exactly hate, it's something you can't control.
    As someone with pet spiders I don't really understand them either, but I understand the condition.
    NGL, I find it more weird that people choose to have spiders as pets than people having phobias of them.
  1. VoidSeeker199X's Avatar
    Fuck this shit. Remove flying alltogether. At least it shouldn't be unlocked right from the start. Jesus christ.
  1. doledippers's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VoidSeeker199X View Post
    Fuck this shit. Remove flying alltogether. At least it shouldn't be unlocked right from the start. Jesus christ.
    no thanks, dragonriding is dope
  1. Izalla's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    I have arachnophobia so bad I dislocated my shoulder getting out of a moving car to get away from one.
    But ingame they have zero effect on me.
    I have a salt-gun literally beside my desk and bed so I can blast the fuck out of any I see, cause fuck that, my whole body tenses up and the rare time they do get away I literally cannot sleep, missed many days of school cause I would see a spider, ask family to come kill it, it would get away, and then I would be sitting on my bed with a flash light unable to sleep all night worried it will crawl all over me in my sleep.

    There is a few games though where spiders are too realistic and make it trigger a bit, and god some movies, nope nope nope.

    Prob has to do with being attacked by a dock spider as a kid, those things are fucked, they eat fish and birds.

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    Everything blizz does is bad, obviously.
    I've definitely slept on the couch at least once as a kid when the spider in my room that I begged my dad to kill managed to get away. WoW spiders used to freak me out. Not to the point I couldn't play but they made my skin crawl and would jump if one came up on me from behind unexpectedly. Thankfully I'm immune to them now (WoW spiders, not real ones).
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Izalla View Post
    I've definitely slept on the couch at least once as a kid when the spider in my room that I begged my dad to kill managed to get away. WoW spiders used to freak me out. Not to the point I couldn't play but they made my skin crawl and would jump if one came up on me from behind unexpectedly. Thankfully I'm immune to them now (WoW spiders, not real ones).
    I actually screamed during the BFA alpha when I was questing in Drustvar and entered that cave...
    If you know you know...




    Oh also fuck this cave, hate it, its not super bad, but it def made me jump when I first noticed.
  1. Lynexia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    I actually screamed during the BFA alpha when I was questing in Drustvar and entered that cave...
    If you know you know...




    Oh also fuck this cave, hate it, its not super bad, but it def made me jump when I first noticed.
    pretty natural to hate this one... they're fuckin creepy lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luthorite View Post
    Flying is fine.

    This limited bs flying with a gauge isn't. It's boring. And punishes you if you make 1 little error or clip 1 millimetre worth of texture.
    You're boring.

    Seriously dude why do you have a problem with everything just toggle off dynamic flight and shut up about it nobody cares.

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