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Arathi Highlands Updates - Battle for Azeroth
With the introduction of the Stromgarde Keep Warfront there have been some updates to Arathi Highlands.








Before the Storm Novel Graves
Those who have read the Christie Golden Battle for Azeroth prequel novel Before the Storm will recognize a small graveyard north of Stromgarde. You can click each grave to see who is buried there.




Faction Warfront Bases
Stromgarde is the hub for the Alliance while Az'Gorok is the hub for the Horde.



Stromgarde Keep
Stromgarde Keep has received many visual updates.




Az'Gorok
The Horde now have their own hub in Arathi Highlands called Az'Gorok. It is situated slightly Northeast of Stromgarde.



Azerite War Machine World Boss
To the East of Az'Gorok and North of Refuge Point is an empty field. An Azerite War Machine world boss spawns and is Horde or Alliance themed depending on which faction controls Arathi Highlands.


Refuge Point
The Alliance hub of Refuge Point has received a face lift.


Hammerfall
The Horde city of Hammerfall has also received some visual updates.


Witherbark Village
The troll village in the Southeast of the zone has received upgrades in the form of Zuldazar art.



Official Forum Maintenance - 6/20
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  1. mmocc27c8f7893's Avatar
    I wish they would update EK and Kalimdor with new tree models like this. On mobile but looks like the sky box has been done as well? Probably the two biggest contributors to the old zones looking old in my opinion.

    Not sure why Hammerfall isn't the Horde base though, maybe someone with better lore knowledge can fill me in there.

    And not to nit pick but that keep has had one entrance for 14 years and now they are under seige they add a side gate and fill in the moat?
  1. Dastreus's Avatar
    So annoyed that Hammerfall gets an update, and despite being in what's close to Forsaken territory, the buildings go from run-down old style Forsaken (pre-wrath) to YET AGAIN ORCISH. This is why I can't play horde. I got so tired of red, spikes, and horns on everything... MoP and WoD was the last I could stand of it. Keep the red if wanted, it's faction color, but FFS does every horde building HAVE to be orcish?

    Quote Originally Posted by javierdsv View Post
    I wonder why Blood Elves never taught the horde how to build real buildings. Hell, Nightborne could give them a lesson or two as well.
    Fucking this. I was so pissed in WoD when my belfs got Garrisons and then found out "lol no customizing the building appearances. Only orc versions of everything. Not even some default cut and paste belf buildings from Eversong. None of that. Only orc."
  1. tetrisGOAT's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scroolooseuk View Post
    I've just been to Arathi Highlands on the beta and there are no changes? Unless the article refers to just the warfront map?
    Make sure you go with a 120. Even if you visit it with a 119, it will look like olden times.
  1. mmoc2ee7b7fc27's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dastreus View Post
    So annoyed that Hammerfall gets an update, and despite being in what's close to Forsaken territory, the buildings go from run-down old style Forsaken (pre-wrath) to YET AGAIN ORCISH. This is why I can't play horde. I got so tired of red, spikes, and horns on everything... MoP and WoD was the last I could stand of it. Keep the red if wanted, it's faction color, but FFS does every horde building HAVE to be orcish?



    Fucking this. I was so pissed in WoD when my belfs got Garrisons and then found out "lol no customizing the building appearances. Only orc versions of everything. Not even some default cut and paste belf buildings from Eversong. None of that. Only orc."
    Well I agree that, the Horde building style is Orcish too often. For Hammerfall though? It used to be a Human internment camp for Orcs. Hell it is the place were Doomhammer fell, hence the name. In other words an Orcish style is the appropiate style for this specific case.
  1. oldgeezer's Avatar
    I still have no idea what Warfronts are. PVP garbage? Some kind of scenario? Single- or multiplayer content?
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Luciferstwin View Post
    Is it just me, or do these screenshots look like they are taken on a potato computer?
    The vast majority of people have shit computers lol.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgeezer View Post
    I still have no idea what Warfronts are. PVP garbage? Some kind of scenario? Single- or multiplayer content?
    They are PvE content, they are dynamic ongoing battles between the factions.
  1. Obelisk Kai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dastreus View Post
    So annoyed that Hammerfall gets an update, and despite being in what's close to Forsaken territory, the buildings go from run-down old style Forsaken (pre-wrath) to YET AGAIN ORCISH. This is why I can't play horde. I got so tired of red, spikes, and horns on everything... MoP and WoD was the last I could stand of it. Keep the red if wanted, it's faction color, but FFS does every horde building HAVE to be orcish?
    Well while you may have a point, on this occasion Hammerfall has always been an Orcish settlement. The vast majority of the current inhabitants are Orcish. It makes sense that this would be an Orcish settlement.

    Also, the real reason is that they are reusing a lot of garrison assets for these bases. Building this stuff takes time, they even did dev blogs on the effort they were going into creating these buildings.

    As the next warfront is probably the barrens, they'll probably repeat the process and the Horde base there will be similar.

    AFTER the barrens though things might get interesting, there could be more variety there.
  1. mingarrubia's Avatar
    It doesn't feel like Arathi anymore.
  1. zetitup's Avatar
    Actually looking forward to this!
  1. Stormykitten's Avatar
    The worst thing about these updates, is that more of Azeroth gets tamed. It's kinda reflecting iRL. :P It looks nice tho but Arathi won't be the same for sure.

    I'm kind of agreeing with the Horde base orc thing. Hammerfell already existed, I don't see why the orcs would build another fortress so close by, particularly when Hammerfall is situated better. I would have liked a forsaken fort by the arathi gate.
  1. Tupolew519's Avatar
    oh man. these new looks in arathi is so cool.
  1. Nurasu's Avatar
    Hopefully all of the "muh nostalgia" people will play classic and we can get a proper revamp without the need for the dumb dragon for every change.
  1. Dartz1979's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mingarrubia View Post
    It doesn't feel like Arathi anymore.
    You will have your old school stuff on classic just be patient.
  1. lyphe's Avatar
    VERY VERY HAPPY to see Blizz updating old zones.
    Looks great.
  1. xdunpealx's Avatar
    Mage.. hasnt been fun since WOTLK. Dunno why but it just has lost its "cool" factor to me. Like forfs cant they re-imagine the class.
  1. DoomReaver's Avatar
    More positive comments than negative....am I awake?
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Obelisk Kai View Post
    Well while you may have a point, on this occasion Hammerfall has always been an Orcish settlement. The vast majority of the current inhabitants are Orcish. It makes sense that this would be an Orcish settlement.

    Also, the real reason is that they are reusing a lot of garrison assets for these bases. Building this stuff takes time, they even did dev blogs on the effort they were going into creating these buildings.

    As the next warfront is probably the barrens, they'll probably repeat the process and the Horde base there will be similar.

    AFTER the barrens though things might get interesting, there could be more variety there.
    I hope every Warfront will have different style. Of course starter one has iconic human/orc theme (both main base and reward gear) but second one exactly like that would be redundant. Warfront:Barrens could be Tauren base (defend) vs. Night Elf base (attack) - all building and gear would be themed after these two. We could also get:

    - Forsaken vs. Worgen (well, this is must) - Warfront:Gilneas
    - Trolls vs. Dwarfes (because why not) - I have no idea where it could be located
    - Nightborne vs. Lightforged - Warfront:Suramar with Vindicaar (don't judge me, man can dream).
    - Blood Elves vs. Void Elves: Warfront:Edgefront
    - Goblins vs. Gnomes (ok, I went too far).
  1. Escepticus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    - Trolls vs. Dwarfes (because why not) - I have no idea where it could be located
    Maybe The Hinterlands?
  1. mmoc33e16fd495's Avatar
    Wonder who wins this battle, lore wise?
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by honoursword View Post
    Wonder who wins this battle, lore wise?
    I think all warfronts will be irrelevant for the main plot and H/A will just decimate themselves in final battle during 3rd (middle patch) or last tier.

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