Battle for Azeroth - New Zones Preview
Battle for Azeroth is introducing two new faction specific continents to explore - Kul Tiras for the Alliance and Zandalar for the Horde. Each continent contains 3 zones that can be explored in any order. The continents have faction specific level-up dungeons as well.

At the level cap, each faction can visit the other continent for more content and world quests.


Kul Tiras Continent
Kul Tiras was founded 3,000 years ago when a group of Gilneans left the empire to explore the Great Sea. They came upon a mountainous region rich in resources and decided to settle in. Over the course of the next 2,500 years they built one of the most powerful navies on Azeroth. The Alliance is very interested in bringing this navy into their ranks. Kul Tiras is ruled by four houses that are in trouble.


Kul Tiras Region - Tiragarde Sound
Tiragarde Sound sits on an inland in the middle of the continent and connects the zones. It contains the capital of Kul Tiras, Boralus, which is the Alliance main hub for the expansion. Katherine Proudmoore, Jaina’s mother, is in charge. Kul Tirans hunt sea monsters and so are much heartier than normal humans. The main problem in Tiragarde Sound is pirates and their stronghold, Freehold, which is a dungeon in the expansion.


Kul Tiras Region - Drustvar
Drustvar is a forested mountainous region located in the southwest of Kul Tiras. It is governed by House Waycrest, but in recent months they have been suspiciously absent from public affairs. In their absence, arms and sausages have stopped being supplied to Boralus. Witchcraft and death magic are heavily prominent as the land is cursed.


Kul Tiras Region - Stormsong Valley
Stormsong Valley is located in the north of Kul Tiras and is lush, green and beautiful. House Stormsong is in charge and the people here are extremely devoted to the sea, providing ships for Kul Tiras. Sea Priests must bless each vessel that sails out of Stormsong Valley. Ship building operations have stopped as ancient dark forces are invading from the sea. Quilboars are also a huge problem.



Zandalar Continent
The Zandalari Empire formed 16,000 years ago. The continent of Zandalar was once a landlocked mountain but the sundering changed that. The empire sank into the sea, but the trolls adapted to island life and built a navy that rivals, if not surpasses, Kul Tiras. The Horde wants to add this navy to its cause.


Zandalar Region - Zuldazar
Zuldazar is the capital of the Zandalari Empire and is located in the southern part of the island. It is also the only safe haven on the continent. The Horde use this capital as a hub for the expansion. King Rastakhan and his daughter, Princess Talanji, rule over this empire. The Horde must investigate an internal uprising within Zuldazar while also fending off blood trolls from the north.


Zandalar Region - Nazmir
Nazmir was once a lush forest but has since become a festering swampland since Deathwing shook the earth. Blood trolls thrive here. To defeat these trolls, the Horde must enlist the help of the Loa, powerful troll gods. The Loa of Death Bwonsamdi and Krawgwa the Frog Loa play important roles in the story. Nazmir also contains a Titan facility that holds the key to destroying all life on Azeroth.


Zandalar Region - Vol'dun
To the northwest lies the desert of Vol'dun. It used to be a thriving jungle until the Aqir destroyed it. Zandalar send their criminals to this desert to die, however, some survive to cause problems. A native race of fox people called the Vulpera make their home in this desert as well. They will need help against the Sethrak, sentient snake people, who also cause trouble.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Battle for Azeroth - Kul Tiras and Zandalar started by chaud View original post
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  1. Wishblade's Avatar
    May 2018 be filled with lots of Battle news! ^_^
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    All look good, but I hope they increase performance across the board. No more 2 min loads into dal, character disappearing when mounting, general lag spikes. Theres have been common in Legion and they have done nothing to fix them.
  1. Combatbulter's Avatar
    Looks pretty nice so far.

    Though blizz has it again with its inconsistencies, Kul'tiras can't be 3.000 years old -.-'
  1. Tyron's Avatar
    Roleplayers must be excited about kul'tiras, that place looks like it's been designed to do it.
  1. javierdsv's Avatar
    Will there be any graphics improvement? Otherwise those pictures look all so retouched to me.
  1. MeTaL GuArD's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    All look good, but I hope they increase performance across the board. No more 2 min loads into dal, character disappearing when mounting, general lag spikes. Theres have been common in Legion and they have done nothing to fix them.
    I recommend you to get an M2 SSD. Mine runs a mind boggling 2,5 GB/sec read speed, and it fixed literally every single lag problem I had that wasn't connected to the internet. Dalaran loads in around 10-20 seconds, and the game no longer tries to crash your PC when you attempt to join a 40-man group in the middle of a world boss kill. Of course, those drives are still really expensive, but I find the time you save in load times more than makes up for it.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MeTaL GuArD View Post
    I recommend you to get an M2 SSD. Mine runs a mind boggling 2,5 GB/sec read speed, and it fixed literally every single lag problem I had that wasn't connected to the internet. Dalaran loads in around 10-20 seconds, and the game no longer tries to crash your PC when you attempt to join a 40-man group in the middle of a world boss kill. Of course, those drives are still really expensive, but I find the time you save in load times more than makes up for it.
    All sounds good, but we shouldn't have to buy one of those to not have these issues.
  1. tibblaye's Avatar
    if Vulpera dont become an allied race i will rage
  1. Miuku's Avatar
    Looking at the monsters, I'd say someone from the art team has been playing Witcher 3..
  1. bearlolzx's Avatar
    people will still afk in org
  1. PewPewGG's Avatar
    so underboobs are now a thing in WoW
  1. tristannarutofan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Miuku View Post
    Looking at the monsters, I'd say someone from the art team has been playing Witcher 3..
    Devs are allowed to play games and be inspired by them. But the fact is the aesthetic used by witches 3 isnt original the slightest bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    All sounds good, but we shouldn't have to buy one of those to not have these issues.
    I dont see why. I can't play modern console games on my GameCube.

    Next time u get a computer get one made for gaming. If u just go to office depot and get it out of the box expect to be underwhelmed
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tristannarutofan View Post
    Devs are allowed to play games and be inspired by them. But the fact is the aesthetic used by witches 3 isnt original the slightest bit

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    I dont see why. I can't play modern console games on my GameCube.

    Next time u get a computer get one made for gaming. If u just go to office depot and get it out of the box expect to be underwhelmed
    I do have a gaming computer.

    i5 6600k clocked at 4.4ghz
    8gb 2400 ram
    1tb hybrid drive
    GTX 1070
  1. Meat Rubbing Specialist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PewPewGG View Post
    so underboobs are now a thing in WoW
    When was it ever not?
  1. zanzan28's Avatar
    Where are the videos of these updates?
  1. Saadia's Avatar
    Duskvar mobs do indeed look a lot like Witcher 3 ones, but yeah you can see stuff like that everywhere nowadays.
  1. Xynen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Combatbulter View Post
    Looks pretty nice so far.

    Though blizz has it again with its inconsistencies, Kul'tiras can't be 3.000 years old -.-'
    Why can't it be that old?
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Voted for Vol'dun personally.

    First time we are getting a proper desert zone since Cata and Desert is right up there for me. Along with Jungle, Underwater and Snow.
  1. Combatbulter's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xynen View Post
    Why can't it be that old?
    The original human Kingdom Arathor expanded after the troll wars and those happened 2.800 before the opening of the dark portal officially it began expanding 2700 years ago so at that time Gilneas might have come to be, but since Kul'tiras is now an offshoot of Gilneas it should be even younger ca 2.500 years ago or so.

    This is how the human kingdom looked 2.800 years ago

    https://d1u5p3l4wpay3k.cloudfront.ne...l_Wars_Map.jpg
  1. Dartz1979's Avatar
    Hopefully beta will start soon and i get invited i hope my desktop pc can handle these new things all looks good.

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