Battle for Azeroth Alpha Live
Battle for Azeroth alpha servers are live! Only a very small number of people have been invited so far. Be sure to opt in if you want a chance to get an invite.


UI Updates
This build contains UI updates that were in the BlizzCon build.

  • The bottom right actionbar is now twelve buttons in two rows of six rather than two rows of ten.
  • The micromenu and bags have all been moved to the bottom right.



Alpha Development Notes - February 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Welcome to the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth alpha test!

Please note that this test provides a very early look at the next expansion, so your feedback and understanding are very much appreciated at this stage. As with any test environment, none of your progress here applies to your live character, and anything you see here is subject to change before the final version. You’re welcome to publicly share your experiences and adventures in the alpha , so feel free to stream, record video, and post articles and screenshots.

Here's a quick summary of what’s available in this phase of the alpha test:

Two Zones: Drustvar (Alliance) and Nazmir (Horde)

Drustvar: The harsh lands of Drustvar are ruled by House Waycrest, who conquered these lands after vanquishing the ancient, evil Drust. The edifices of the Drust still stand in ruin across the land, but that’s not all that remains of this accursed people. Recently, their evil leader has been awakened—and if left unchecked, his dark power will spread throughout all of Kul Tiras.

Upon arriving in Drustvar, you will be met with a request to visit Mayor Cyril White of Fallhaven in eastern Drustvar.

Nazmir: Once the shining heart of troll civilization, Nazmir is now a swamp riddled with bleak, ruined reminders of its greatness. Its inhabitants are the vile blood trolls, dedicated to the worship of the Blood God G’huun and to a single-minded purpose: the destruction of the last functioning titan disc within the city of Zuldazar. Should the trolls shatter this seal, G’huun will be freed from its eons-long confinement to rule the world.

Upon arriving in Nazmir, you will meet Princess Talanji, who will ask you to escort her as you look for signs of blood troll activity in the area.

Two Dungeons: Atal’Dazar and Freehold

Atal’Dazar: For millennia, the Zandalari kings were laid to rest within the tombs of Atal’Dazar, secluded high atop the mountain Mugamba. These pyramids grew more elaborate with each passing ruler, as new rooms were constructed to house the deceased’s vast wealth. Now, these once pristine halls have been corrupted by the Prophet Zul and his trusted lieutenant, Yazma, who seek to twist the power of these ancient kings for their own dark machinations.

Freehold: Freehold has traditionally served as a haven for pirates, scoundrels, and those who wish to live free of Kul Tiran control. Now, the Irontide Raiders have brought the city under their harsh rule and are coercing the various pirate crews under their banner. While the pirates gather, a small group of heroes must infiltrate the town and eliminate their leadership to dissolve this growing alliance of cutthroats.

Dungeons
You can access dungeons via the Dungeon Finder system (hotkey “I”). Select Random Battle for Azeroth Dungeon or specify which one of the dungeons you’d like to explore, then select Find Group.

General Known Issues:
  • Not all class talents will work as intended.
  • Boss mechanics may not work as intended.
  • Not all areas of the zones are active.
  • Players may receive UI errors.
  • Terrain and NPCs may clip.
  • Work-in-progress art assets will be present.
  • Limited voiceover, audio, and music is present.

Please feel free to report unexpected bugs in the Battle for Azeroth Alpha Bug Report forum.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Battle for Azeroth Alpha Live started by chaud View original post
Comments 89 Comments
  1. maccajoe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scroolooseuk View Post
    If they have reduced the number of buttons within the code, even bartender will only allow the set number of buttons the API will allow. The game currently allows you to create 10 action bars (using addons) with 12 buttons each, so that is 120 buttons in total if you wish to have that many. If they have reduced it to 6 per bar, that will be 60 buttons, which is a loss of almost half the amount of buttons in legion. That is seriously going to piss a lot of people off.

    PS no addons allowed in alpha
    Ill copy and paste this from another comment because it applies here.
    "As far as I am aware number of action bars and their size is still the same. The only thing they changed was split bottom right action bar in two six button bars and placed it where micro menu used to be. I asked one of BfA streamers to check if there is option to display two right side action bars and it was."

    Well obviously im not concerned nor talking about that.
  1. Goldielocks's Avatar
    Streamers being allowed in first is a good thing. It allows many more people to see the content.
  1. StoNe220022's Avatar
    Edit: The bottom right actionbar is now twelve buttons in two rows of six rather than one row of twelve.

    I was confused reading it as I couldn't work out what it was saying
  1. Duridi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by maccajoe View Post
    Bartender has millions of options that you can customize to exactly how you want. Im sure you could make it look the old way. There will prolly be an option for in in BFA. Personally i have no idea how you play on the default UI its horrible imo. Also addons are insanly easy to manage now no more putting them into folders yourself download the curse app ( now twich app) and it all does it automatically for you.
    I use macros and keybinds. That's how I play on the default UI. It works just as well as it did with addons back in TBC/WotLK which is the last time I used addons for frames/action bars. I am main role healer and have been since early TBC.

    Obviously i do have some addons, like Bagnon, but I don't have any that enhances my frames or action bars.
  1. valax's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nicode View Post
    I know lots of people do it, but I DESPISE the huge grid of buttons at the bottom of the screen. Not only does it cover up a bunch of screen space and hides things under them, but nothing says "clicker" more than that.

    The new UI isn't horrible I guess, but just shoving the menu bar and bag buttons into the far bottom right corner (which is what many people do with addons) just screams "LAZY".
    the presence of keybinds should be enough to dispel that impression , anyway i'm not shying away for the utility spells i'm a clicker too and having them clumped there together is faster than zigzag across the screen like you would in the normal layout
  1. muto's Avatar
    Wow really new UI looks like hot garbage. Why change it after all this time. If I wanted something different I would get any of the 5 million bar addons.
  1. maccajoe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Duridi View Post
    I use macros and keybinds. That's how I play on the default UI. It works just as well as it did with addons back in TBC/WotLK which is the last time I used addons for frames/action bars. I am main role healer and have been since early TBC.

    Obviously i do have some addons, like Bagnon, but I don't have any that enhances my frames or action bars.
    Well thats fair enough try bartender at least if you get the chance. I dont like the normal UI because of all the extra frames and i like to be able to move bars wherever i want, i can also change the size of them to occupy more or less space or even make them invisable outside of combat the things you can do are endless.
  1. muankan's Avatar
    they call the beta now alpha? A question to BETA Testing, they will honor that with free playtime or a free addon?
  1. Arkura's Avatar
    Why would blizz give out invites to normal players to begin with when streamers, mythic raiders etc invest alot of hours into the game, and normal players is completely random if they even play the game atm.
    I dont expect to get an invite to the alpha at all, if I do then cool. Not a big problem

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