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by Published on 2018-07-16 05:42 PM

New Trailer - Warbringers Animated Shorts Are Coming

Live Developer Q&A Thursday 7/19 - Submit Your Questions
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Join us live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft Thursday, July 19, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, as we sit down with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas for our next live developer Q&A where he’ll be answering your World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth questions.

You can submit your questions here in this thread or on Twitter by using the hashtag #WarcraftQA.

As a reminder, please keep your questions short (40 words or less) so that we can get to as many questions as possible. We look forward to you joining us live on Tuesday!
by Published on 2018-07-16 05:09 PM

Patch 8.0.1 - War of Thorns Quest Chain

New Trailer - Warbringers Animated Shorts Are Coming
Three new animated shorts focusing on Sylvanas, Jaina, and Azshara are coming soon!

by Published on 2018-07-16 05:05 AM

Patch 8.0.1 - War of Thorns Quest Chain
Spoilers ahead! The War of Thorns is the quest chain that leads up to the Burning of Teldrassil. This content may be broken up into multiple weeks.

  • The War of Thorns is a set of faction specific story quest lines that showcase the events leading up to the Burning of Teldrassil.
  • Sylvanas believes the key to the Horde’s survival is making sure that they gain as much Azerite as possible and keep it from the Alliance.
  • She wants to occupy Darnassus so they can’t use it as a hub to transport Azerite. The Night Elf army is currently in Silithus and so she wants to use this time to strike before they return.
  • If you are Alliance you will first be sent to Astranaar to defend it from Horde assassins. If you are Horde you are sent there to assassinate guards with the blood elf rogue Lorash.
  • The Horde is held back from advancing into Darkshore as Malfurion calls upon the wisps to create a wall.
  • Sylvanas theorizes that the wisps can be distracted by causing chaos in the forest. This allows the Horde to push through the barrier.
  • Sylvanas also has Saurfang take some troops and scale the mountains of Felwood to attack from the North.
  • Both factions fight for control at strategic points involving dealing with crazed furbolgs and fighting each other.
  • The Alliance and Horde then fight for control of the Azerite near the shoreline.
  • Sylvanas confronts Malfurion but he blinds her and flees There is then a stalemate at Wildbend River between the Darnassian forces and Horde army.
  • Both factions unlock the world quests in Darkshore after completing the quest chain up to this point. These world quests provide catch up gear, order hall resources, and gold.



  • The Alliance heads to Darnassus to rally what little troops they have.
  • The Horde reunites with Saurfang in Lor’danel after the wisp wall is taken out.
  • The Horde takes out Alliance troops and Saurfang wants to spare as many civilians as possible.
  • Finally, both factions’ player characters approach Malfurion who is confronting Sylvanas directly. It looks like he has the upper hand until Saurfang strikes a blow from behind. The orc realizes what he did was not honorable, but Sylvanas tries to convince him otherwise. She leaves him to kill Malfurion and heads to Darnassus.
  • Tyrande flies in to rescue her husband and Saurfang says he doesn’t deserve to kill him as he struck without honor. She aims her bow at him, saying she will kill him if he tries to stop her from saving Malfurion, to which he tells her to take him and get far away from Darnassus.
  • She does so and leaves the Alliance character to go make sure the occupation of the city is tolerable. Meanwhile, Horde characters head back to the conquered Lor’danel.
  • There is a missing cutscene before Darnassus is in flames and the tree is burning. Horde characters talk to Sylvanas on the Darkshore coast who says she didn’t anticipate this, but it will cause the Alliance to retaliate.
  • Meanwhile, Alliance players head to Darnassus to help Mia Greymane, Genn’s wife, with the evacuation. Greymane comes through a Stormwind Portal to convince his wife to leave with as many as possible.
  • In the end, Alliance players return to Stormwind and Anduin confirms that peace can never be achieved with Sylvanas as warchief.
  • Alliance players are rewarded with the Smoldering Reins of the Teldrassil Hippogryph while the Horde receives the War-Torn Reins of the Undercity Plaguebat.




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Burning of Teldrassil Aftermath Updates
After the events of the Burning of Teldrassil, Darkshore has received a new sky box and a red tint with ash in the sky. Gilnean and Darnassian refuges are now found on the dock of Stormwind Harbor that previously had the ship which sailed to Darnassus. There is now a portal to Darkshore here and a boat to Boralus has taken the spot.


by Published on 2018-07-15 09:09 AM

What is Being Removed in Battle for Azeroth
With the launch of each new expansion there are certain items, achievements, and mounts which become unobtainable. Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to get done in the next couple of days!

Achievements
Antorus the Burning Throne
A lot of the achievements being removed revolve around raiding. As always, with the launch of a new raid tier or new expansion, Ahead of the Curve for defeating the final boss on Heroic, and Cutting Edge for defeating Argus on Mythic are being removed.


The Antoran Charhound is remaining as is, but the Shackled Ur'zul that drops from Mythic Argus, and the Fiendish Hellfire Core that drops from Mythic Gul'dan will have its drop rate drastically reduced after Battle for Azeroth is live.


It is believed that the Kirin Tor Summoning Crystal, which awards the Violet Spellwing mount, will no longer be obtainable after the launch of Battle for Azeroth. You can obtain this mount from defeating Heroic Argus the Unmaker and doing the quick quest Blood of a Titan from Blood of the Unmaker looted from the body.



Trial of Valor
The Chosen Achievement in the Trial of Valor is being removed, and along with it the title will no longer be obtainable. While this is one of the more difficult achievements to obtain, there are some weekly pug groups who can defeat it successfully. This achievement requires you to complete Mythic Trial of Valor without dying to any of the bosses with the Test of the Chosen buff. You receive a Mythic colored transmog appearance for the Trial of Valor transmogs on top of the title for completing this achievement.



Professions
In the Professions category, all of the First Aid achievements are being moved to the Legacy section. Because of the removal of this profession, it is very likely that all of the achievements that involve it will also be unobtainable. Most of these are currently easily obtainable, however the Field Medic might take some time to complete.




PvP
In PvP there are two large PvP instances as well as some transmog items being removed. The Legion Elite sets will no longer be obtainable after the last arena season ends. If your character did reach the needed arena rating, you will still be able to purchase the set later.


Strand of the Ancients and Ashran are also being retired along with all of their achievements. Some of these may see a return at a later date if the battlegrounds return in a special category of battlegrounds.



Artifact Appearance
Most Artifact appearances will remain available for collection after patch 8.0. Currently, the only appearance which needs to be completed before that is the base appearance of the Mage Tower Challenge. As long as the base appearance is unlocked prior to the prepatch you will still be able to obtain the different color of the weapon. The Mage Tower is permanently available until Patch 8.0 is live to give players a chance to complete all of the ones that they desire to obtain.





Brawler’s Guild
The Brawler’s Guild, along with the rewards and bosses, will likely be retiring for a set time when Battle for Azeroth launches. If you want to experience some interesting solo content, the Brawler’s Guild has some engaging challenges. After obtaining an invitation you can participate in your faction's capital city. The rewards will most likely be available again if the Brawler's Guild continues as it has in the past couple of expansions.



Pet Battle Charms
Current pet charms are being converted into Shiny Pet Charm in the prepatch and will now only be used to purchase pets from Legion and Warlords content. You might want to stock up on Ultimate Battle-Training Stone now as Battle for Azeroth will introduce a new pet battle currency called Polished Pet Charm which will be used to purchase any pet battle items in current content.


Order Hall Missions and Items
The prepatch will also do away with your prized 18 hour World Quest auto completion ability for certain classes as well as gold missions from the mission table.


Things That Might be Harder in Battle For Azeroth
This section is dedicated to things that are not necessarily limited to Legion, but you will most likely have an easier time doing them before we move into the next expansion.

Long-Forgotten Hippogryph
Currently all realms are limited to their own realms shard, making it easier to collect all the crystals necessary to obtain the mount. Once the next patch hits, all realms will move to a Cross Realm Zone system, increasing the competition to obtain the mount.



Raiding and Dungeons
The Glory achievements for all of the Legion raids and dungeons will be much more difficult to complete once the new expansion launches. Even though at some point most of them will be soloable, some achievements require multiple players, and finding a group to complete them is much easier while we are still in Legion.

Glory achievement rewards:


Fishing
Legion has fishing pools that are easier to do with a large groups of players. Conjurer Margoss has a fishing pool near Dalaran, and if you fish up enough Drowned Mana, you can purchase lures, bobbers, the Sting Ray Pup companion, and the Brinedeep Bottom-Feeder mount.

The Fisherfriend of the Isles achievement is also quicker to complete in the current patch, because it requires players to fish up special items, similar to Conjurer Margoss, making farming the reputation in large groups much more efficient.



Talon's Vengeance
If you want to collect the Ivory Hawkstrider mount, you might want to start grinding the Talon's Vengeance reputation to obtain the Ivory Feather. This can be done by obtaining the Ivory Feather, which you can use in the Falcosaur and PvP World Quest areas to obtain Marks of Prey that increase your reputation with the faction.


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