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Battle for Azeroth: Horde Starting Scenario (Spoilers!) - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:41:28 -0600
The Zandalar Recruitment quest line was available on the Battle for Azeroth alpha for a short period of time. Thanks to Nobbel for running through the scenario and sharing the footage with us!

This post includes spoilers for the Horde introduction scenario for Battle for Azeroth.

You can watch the full playthrough of the opening scenario on Nobbel's YouTube channel.

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Freehold: Battle for Azeroth Alpha Dungeon Preview - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:08:33 -0600
Our second dungeon preview of the day is Freehold, a new dungeon open for testing in the Battle for Azeroth alpha. This is a dungeon Alliance players encounter as they level up; it is available for both factions at max level.

Official Description

Freehold has traditionally served as a haven for pirates, scoundrels, and those who wish to live free of Kul Tiran control.

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Battle for Azeroth Alpha - Class Raid Buff Abilities - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:11:17 -0600
With the Battle for Azeroth Alpha underway, we've noticed that the implementation of the class raid buffs seen at BlizzCon have changed. Now, only 5 classes have a specific raid buff, instead of every class having one.

The only remaining raid buffs only buff Primary Stats and apply a damage modifier on enemies hit. All utility and secondary stat raid buffs have been removed. If you want to see the removed buffs, you can see our BlizzCon Class Buff post.

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Atal'Dazar: Battle for Azeroth Alpha Dungeon Preview - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:09:18 -0600
Today we are previewing Atal'Dazar, a new dungeon open for testing in the Battle for Azeroth alpha. This is a dungeon Horde players encounter as they level up; it is available for both factions at max level.

Official Description

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.

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Zandalari Troll Allied Race Jokes and Flirts - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:19:06 -0600
Yesterday we covered the Dark Iron Dwarf flirts and jokes, and today we have an early look at the Zandalari Troll Allied Race Jokes and Flirts.

We've covered much more datamined dialogue, including major story points in our new Battle for Azeroth Broadcast Text post.

Who do you think has better lines - Zandalari or Dark Iron?

Zandalari Male Jokes

How loa can you go-a?
Ha! You call DAT a ship? DIS is a ship!
Troll healers have such an easy job.

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Battle for Azeroth Alpha - Talents and Spell Effect Visuals - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:02:49 -0600
Battle for Azeroth Friends and Family Alpha has started and with it, there are many new talents and spells, plus old spells with new effects. This post summarizes those additions and changes!

If you want to stay in touch with all that has been going on with Alpha, make sure to check our recent news! You might be interested in posts like:

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Battle for Azeroth Build 25976 Broadcast Text (Spoilers) - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:02:40 -0600
With playable Battle for Azeroth alpha comes a huge amount of datamined broadcast text. Piecing this text together, we can learn what NPCs say during important storylines and get a sense of the upcoming quest plots.

Story spoilers in the post.

We've tried to highlight the most important lines in this article, but there are still thousands of lines. Some highlights include:

Dialogue related to the Battle for Lordaeron and Burning of Teldrassil.

How we interact with the Vulpera race.

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Battle for Azeroth Datamined Alpha Quests - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:08:26 -0600
The Battle for Azeroth alpha is now playable, and we've datamined several hundred new quests. We are still sorting through the quests, but you can click on each one below to learn more!

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Updated Destruction Warlock Spell Effects - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:00:51 -0600
Legion started a process of updating all class animations. It started all the way back in 7.0 with a few classes, mostly melee, receiving new Casting Animations. Afterwards, during patch 7.3, most casters received updated animations, but a couple were left off, one of those being Destruction Warlocks.

Today with the launch of Battle for Azeroth Alpha we've had a first glimpse of the Updated Visual Effects of four Destruction Spells: Chaos Bolt, Immolate, Conflagrate, and Incinerate.

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Battle for Azeroth Alpha - New UI Changes, World Maps - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:51:05 -0600
The Battle for Azeroth playable alpha is now live! This post will cover UI changes in the alpha including new zone maps, new Friendly Nameplates, Heart of Azeroth, Azerite and more!

You can compare the two base UIs below. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

New Zone Maps

Zandalar is the Horde leveling zone.

Zandalar

Zandalar - Vol'dun

Zandalar - Nazmir

Zandalar - Zuldazar

Kul Tiras is the Alliance leveling zone.

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Alpha Development Notes - February 6 - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:35:41 -0600
Blizzard has posted the first round of Alpha Development notes for Battle for Azeroth. Drustvar and Nazmir are open for testing. We have articles rounding up all the expansion details as well as links to our early alpha datamining. Last night a new build hit and it included Dark Iron Racials and Customization, as well as the usual class changes.

Blizzard

Welcome to the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth alpha test!

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Battle for Azeroth Invite-Only Alpha Now Playable - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:30:52 -0600
Battle for Azeroth, the next WoW expansion after Legion, has started its playable Alpha phase. This alpha is invite-only and we've received an invitation to join, shown below:

The invitations may take a while to arrive in your email, but you can check if you are eligible to play the Alpha by refreshing your Battle.net client and checking for the Alpha tag.

We will keep you posted if there are any beta key giveaways available later in the testing process!

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Early Look at Class Combinations for Dark Iron Dwarves, Zandalari, and NPC Races - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:44:50 -0600
The most recent Battle for Azeroth build added associated classes for Dark Iron Dwarves and Zandalari Troll Allied Races, as well as classes for the NPC races Vulpera and Thin Human. Yesterday we highlighted the Zandalari but more races had interesting class information as well.

These classes seem incomplete. For example, Ion Hazzikostas confirmed in an interview last week to Forbes that Dark Iron Dwarves can be Paladins, but that is not visible in the data yet.

Dark Iron Dwarf:

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Battle for Azeroth Build 25976 - Profession Updates - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:52:40 -0600
The latest beta build included many profession updates, with most profession reagents now having a name instead of a placeholder tag. Some professions also received exciting changes, like new mounts and new consumables!

Build Highlights

New Alchemist Tinctures are trinkets with combat buffs either healing you on kill or granting you a bonus based on the Flask you're currently using.

Inscription received new buff scrolls that give you lesser versions of some of the new class buffs.

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New Weapons and Armor (Leather Zandalar Dungeon, Horde Warfronts) from 25976 - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:02:27 -0600
Battle for Azeroth build 25976 continues with a preview of new leather armor related to Zandalari Dungeons and Horde Warfronts, as well as more weapon models.

Last build added even more models--check them out at Battle for Azeroth Armor - Warfronts, Zandalari Troll, Questing and Battle for Azeroth Weapons.

Leather Zandalar Dungeon

Horde Warfronts

Leather Tier 1

Leather Tier 2

Leather Tier 3

You can see versions below with and without the kilt.

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Vulpera Customization Options Now Available in Dressing Room - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:15:47 -0600
Customizable Vulpera are now up in Wowhead's Battle for Azeroth Dressing Room! Now you can preview all of their customization options and dress them up in your favorite transmog armor. Earlier today we also added support for Dark Iron Dwarves.

Make sure to check out their animations in the Dressing Room; sleep is particularly cute!

Note that while this race can be loaded up in Wowhead's Dressing Room, they are not a confirmed Allied Race.

Click here for Female Vulpera!

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Dark Iron Dwarf Allied Race - Racial Abilities, Audio Flirts and Jokes - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 21:53:23 -0600
We've learned more information about the Dark Iron Dwarves - their racial abilities and unique flirts and jokes. Interested in customizing their appearance? Check out Dark Iron Dwarf Allied Race Customization Options Now in Dressing Room.

Edit: Added racial ability information.

New Racials

We've known the name of the racials for a while, and now we have the details for them:

Dungeon Delver: While indoors, move 4% faster.

Fireblood:

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Dark Iron Dwarf Allied Race Customization Options Now in Dressing Room - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:43:01 -0600
Customizable Dark Iron Dwarves are now up in Wowhead's Battle for Azeroth Dressing Room! Now you can preview all of their customization options and dress them up in your favorite transmog armor.

Click here for Female Dark Iron Dwarves!

Click here for Male Dark Iron Dwarves!

Overview

Details on Dark Iron Dwarves are mostly unknown, including their unlock requirements and racial mount:

They can play Paladins.

They have unique jokes and flirts. Listen to them here.

Their racials are:

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Database and Calculators Updated for Battle for Azeroth 25976 - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:43:01 -0600
Wowhead's database and calculators are now updated for the latest Battle for Azeroth build! Features a new Flight Master's Whistle, some ranged weapon scopes, and party buffs created by scribes.

Click here to see all the new items!

Item Highlights include:

New War Scrolls, made by Scribes, which increase a primary stat by 7%:

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Battle for Azeroth Build 25976 - Class Changes and Vulpera Race - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:24:03 -0600
The second Battle for Azeroth update is here - build 25976. In this post, we'll cover class changes, some creature models, Old God spells, the usual raw datamining, and the Zandalari class combinations.

Our our build coverage contains:

Vulpera and Dark Iron Dwarves in model viewer.

Dark Iron Racials and Flirts.

Highlights of interesting items.

The Vulpera are now marked as a character race, so we added them to the Dressing Room! Check out their animations in our model viewer.

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Hotfixes for February 6th - Class Changes and Mythic Argus Balance - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:49:00 -0600
Beast Mastery Hunters and Fire Mages are getting buffs, while Affliction Warlocks are getting nerfs, for February 6th.

With realm maintenance in each region, starting tomorrow (February 6), we plan to apply a few class tuning changes via hotfix. Details below.

Characters

Nightborne faces should now properly match the face texture selected by players during Character Creation or Barber Shop.

PvE

Hunter

Beast Mastery

All damage increased by 2.5%.

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New Events in WoW for February 6: World Quest Bonus Event, Southshore vs. Tarren Mill PvP Brawl - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:55 -0600
New World of Warcraft Legion Events for the week of February 6 includes the World Quest Bonus Event, the Southshore vs. Tarren Mill PvP Brawl, new Mythic+ Affixes and new World Bosses.

For the day-to-day updates on Emissary quests, Xurios, Mythic+ Affixes, Violet Hold Mythic and more, please visit the Today in Broken Isles section of Wowhead's front page.

PvP Brawl - Southshore vs Tarren Mill

Southshore vs Tarren Mill is back as this week's PvP Brawl.

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Battle for Azeroth Weapon Spotlight - Zandalar Quest Rewards, Xalzaix, One-Handed Fire Sword - Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:57:36 -0600
Battle for Azeroth comes with many new weapon models and in this post we'll spotlight the Xalzaix Offhand, some quest rewards from Zandalar and a one-handed Fire Sword.

Make sure to check out our previous Weapon Models Article for more Battle for Azeroth weapon models.

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Horde Allied Race Interaction - Complaints Against Forsaken Ambassador - Sun, 04 Feb 2018 23:05:39 -0600
Auditor Dawnporter is an NPC in Orgrimmar that can only be seen when on a Highmountain Tauren or Nightborne Allied Race. When interacting with him, he asks the player to describe their experience with the Horde Ambassador.

Thanks to Meadowsong for pointing this out to us!

For more information on the Highmountain Tauren or Nightborne, check out our Allied Race Survival Guide.

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