The Daily Grind: Will you be buying World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion?

In last week’s Daily Grind about what it would take to get you back into World of Warcraft, a whole lot of our commenters said an expansion. Any expansion, really. Just more of the same. Nothing wrong with that, either. Sometimes you’re content and just want more of that.

But now, thanks to BlizzCon, you know what that expansion, Battle for Azeroth, will actually entail. And while it’s got new landmasses and some new mechanics, like warfronts and radio missions island adventures, it doesn’t have a lot of the stuff you might have expected out of an expansion. It doesn’t appear to feature sailing mechanics or an new iteration on farms, garrisons, or class halls. It doesn’t even have a new class. In fact, we don’t really know much about how classes themselves might be changing just yet.

Is it enough for you? Will you be buying World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion? Is it enough to get you back?

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zeko_rena

Defiantly, what I have seen so far interests me.
The new zone previews they did looked amazing, and the new races look interesting as well, I look forward to hearing more details.

The bloody trailer they released for the expansion has really got me wanting to make an Orc Warrior though, that Orc roar after Sylvanas “FOR THE HORDE” was epic!

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Teala Te'Jir

Nope

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Vagabond Sam

Yeah. I fiddled with WoW back in the early days around Burning Crusade, but not much past level 53 or so. Following that I didn;t really stick my head in much until Legion Hit and I really enjoyed that expac.

Battle for Azeroth seems like a good chance to use the refresh of the levelling experience to re-level through WoW (I used a boost) and to have a more ‘vanilla’ story about the main protagonists of the world rather then the more inscrutable Burning Legion narrative.

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voydd

Only if needed to play WoW Classic

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Celestia

Yup

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mysecretid

Too early for me to say. Closer to the actual release, I should have enough information to make a decision.

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oldandgrumpy

Nope. Given up on MMO’s playing RPG’s instead.

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Rottenrotny

Duh. Of course.

and I’d wager lots who say they won’t will.

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Anthony

If they make Exodar and Silvermoon take part in the conflict to loosen the hold of the faction on their respective continents, i will, otherwise no thank you i don’t want a half baked story for the 3 time in a row.

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Rolan Storm

Want to. Not sure I will.

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agemyth 😩

I would probably pre-purchase it right now if it were on sale. Not necessarily because I am BLOWN AWAY by what I’ve seen of BfA, but because I always play WoW expansions anyway.

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Ukrutor

No, I don’t really consider WoW relevant enough to buy it at the full price. At the moment, getting another 6 months of ESO+ feels like much better deal for my entertainment money.

I don’t rule out the possibility of buying some sort of discounted “battle chest” someday, to catch up and see what happened to the world since the arrival of kung-fu pandas. But right now it’s not the time for me to go back to Azeroth. There’s so much more to do in other games – and unlike WoW, they won’t go away if I stop paying.

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Mark

Yes, I was actually rather energized by the blizzcon announcements. Granted, my excitement is mostly for classic and scaling, rather than the new expac, but the teaser and cg did a lot to get my hype train chugging along.

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Serrenity

I want to say maybe, but really – yes I’m going to buying it. Theres really nothing releasing in the near future that could inspire me away from the putzing I’m doing right now, so chances are I’ll pre-order it.

I am curious because the features did seem to be pretty light and details that they had on the features seem pretty light. As the team is the biggest it’s ever been, a significant slowdown in feature / content development seems somewhat unlikely … but possible I suppose.

So I’m wondering if they intentionally held a lot back to trickle out info over a longer time to make the ‘wait’ for the next expansion more palatable. Even what they presented of the story seemed like … half the story. Like “Look! Here’s a fire, and now here’s some fighting!” which isn’t very Blizzard-esque. Even the ‘filler’ expansions have had more content and substance than we were given at BlizzCon.

I guess I’m expecting a lot more reveals / features / discussions in the upcoming months to build the anticipation for the expansion because it did feel light. But I’m also not willing to say they plan to launch with a ‘light’ plan like it seems right now.

The other option I suppose is that they are releasing a smaller expansion (with a smaller price tag … *ahem*) to they can do it faster while they work on another, more substantial feature. not sure I believe that either, but ya know, possible I suppose.

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hurbster

Nope, not bought one since Cata.

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NeoWolf

As much as it surprises me to hear myself say it after so long, I probably might buy it, it sounds interesting enough to have piqued my interest again after so long.

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Danny Smith

I need to wait for the “buuuuut” shoe to drop on some garrison level sub trap bullshit honestly.

and its a little sad thats my default expectation from the WoW team nowadays.

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Angel

Well I’m in it for the long haul now. I need to see where this ride stops, so yeah of course I’ll be buying it.

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Zariarn

Nope! I haven’t purchased one since Burning Crusade.

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sirsam

Yes 1000x yes!

I hope there are more levels to conquer. More gear to acquire. More mobs standing around I can kill.

Wow is the innovator of the genre once again.

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Polyanna

Yes. Looking forward to pre-ordering it for the presumably included 110 boost as well.

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Pandalulz

I eventually end up buying them whether I end up playing them or not. I have with every other expansion. Probably won’t be right away. But honestly I think the scaling will help with the things that normally drive me away.

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Chillos Smith Jr.

No. I think the story presented is lazy and uninspired.

Given the journey we’ve all gone through, this feels artificial and forced now. The two have been allies more often than not in the series and several of the sub-factions really have poor reasons to be as united or against their enemies.
If they want fighting, I say break the factions – change them around to make more sense given what everyone has gone through.
And Anduin and Jaina leading the charge against the Horde is just dumb.
Jaina has always, even since before WoW, been a voice of reason – seeking to find a bridge between the two. Yes, Garrosh nuked her SO, but the way the writers had her react is out of character and idiotic. She’d be angry against Garrosh and his supporters. Her going insane and wanting to murder the entire Horde…that’s not Jaina. And Anduin has always wanted to find a middle ground – to work towards peace. He was a beacon of hope where his father was lost to his own hatred.
The story has just become stagnant and cyclical and not in a natural way.

I’d love to see the tauren and night elves splinter off on their own, the forsaken and blood elves go their way. Something like that.
Or go the EverQuest route – implement a faction system that is fluid. Race/classes have a base faction standing that can change based on merit. If I want to be a dwarf who earns favor and is eventually tolerated by and eventually earns the respect of the tauren – that’s awesome.

/shrug/
I like change where it is merited by the story. I enjoyed the frequency of how often the two factions were working together against common enemies. I disliked where they generated some sort of token conflict, usually based on the most flimsy of incidents, because “reasons”.
The entire angst at the beginning of Legion could have been resolved with a magic text message. :p

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Brix50 .

As of right now. No.

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rawhunger

I might check the new xpac out. It’s got some features that sound interesting… plus I would like to see how they are going to fix leveling or whatever. The “Classic” server announce doesn’t do anything for me. I still remember playing the old game… it was fun, but I don’t want to go back to it. Just like I don’t want to go back to other games that I have played before back in the day. I played that before, now I want to see something new.

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Vunak

As of right now. No. I generally don’t play WoW unless a few friends jump in and do some serious leg work to convince me to play it. My eyes are on Crowfall, Project W from BHS and Lost Ark for next year.

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styopa

Nope. I enjoy wow in little bits now. I *am* looking forward to the new expansion, as they seem to give out the last one as a free ‘catchup’ to old players. So I get a 1 month sub, play through the last-new expansion to cap, and I’m easily done in 3 weeks or so…

However, I will be paying Blizz $15/mo once the ‘classic’ server(s) are up. If that includes current (ie last-newest) that’d be a bonus.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

No, I won’t. Nothing against it – WoW is just part of the past to me.

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Michael18

Guess the expansion won’t launch before late summer next year, so almost a year off. No need to make plans for it right now. And WoW Classic will probably release even later, unfortunately.

For me the question is rather if I should pick up one of the two last expansions. But in WoD, which is free, I do not have much interest and getting Legion at full price right now does not feel very tempting. Not saying it isn’t worth the price in general, just a bit pricey for what I personally would get out of it.

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thalendor

Almost certainly. Unless something new comes out before BfA does and totally sucks me in, I’ll be picking it up. Even though I quit several months ago, I did enjoy most of my time in Legion and what I’ve seen so far makes me beleive I’ll get as much enjoyment out of BfA as well. Particularly, I’m happy to see Blizzard continue to work on repeatable content that’s more interesting than static dailies from previous expansions. World quests and Mythic dungeons were two of the best additions from Legion, IMO; I’m hoping that I can say the same for island expeditions and warfronts in Battle for Azeroth.

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starbuck1771

Yes I will

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Armsbend

I will be for certain. I’ve never played the game right when an expansion was released – this will be my first. I like what they’ve said about it so far – and I appreciate the cadence of releases over Blizzard’s low point – Draenor.

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hardy83

Unlikely.
I just don’t really care much. I played the last expansion as was… I dunno… Meh?

Flying will be block off (which I’m okay with as a concept) behind arbitrary grinds with rep and things (which I am not).
The story will probably be crap because at this point, the Horde vs Alliance continually makes little to no sense and these factions should’ve come together by now, but hey, gotta justify splitting your player base in half for no real reason other than I dunno.

The engine is OLLLLLDDDD They’ve done amazing work with it, but it’s well past its prime.

World Adventures turned WoW into like a gimped Diablo 3 game and that just didn’t make me care that much.

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johnwillo

Right now, I would say no. Past history, though, tells me that when my wife begins playing an expansion I get a kind of contact high and join her.

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A Dad Supreme

I don’t think so.

The odds are as an old former player who quit WoW several years ago, I’d probably be much better served by the planned Classic server rather than more new expansive content. Resubbing to WoW means I’d have to get a level 100 character and start from there just to get involved in the expansion, which would be a waste of time.

Hopefully they make it a time-locked progression server as I found that kind to be a good way to progress since you know exactly when “new” content will be unlocked. This gives players not only an exact idea what’s being released but how far they are from being ready for it.

Expansions are good ideas for people who are currently subbed and playing, or people who had completed all (recent) content, finished everything and unsubbed. I fit neither of those categories.

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Armsbend

You get a 110 character with the expansion. With Legion you got a 100 token. Or you could have rolled a Demon Hunter which started off at lvl 98.

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Dan

Level 100 can be done in three days of casual grinding and questing.

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Schmidt.Capela

Which means nothing if the player doesn’t actually enjoy the leveling process.

After all, why pay to play through something you don’t enjoy just to get to content you actually enjoy? It’s entertainment, so it’s supposed to be all enjoyable, and if it isn’t there is something very wrong with it.

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Dan

I completely agree. For me personally, considering how much wow has changed since I last played wotlk expansion, I’d need those three days to be able to pick up and play a vastly different game…

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TomTurtle

At the moment, no. That could always change, but right now, it sounds underwhelming. I liked the momentum that Legion had going for it with features and story. BfA going back with fewer interesting features and the uncreative, at this point, story of Horde vs. Alliance is a big turnoff. Maybe the actual interesting story about Old Gods/Void Lords or whatever that comes later in the expansion will catch my interest more.

Right now, it’d have to be on sale for me to jump in.

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Kala Mona

Scaling levels is such a dream to me, being 120 and all and being able to go back to Pandaria for example to finish those quests without one-shotting everything. I loved how Rift handles this (you can downlevel yourself, but you get rewards based on your true level, not your downleveled version).

So I was super excited when I heard that level scaling will be everywhere, but then the speaker detailed the restrictions and cooled me down :(

Islands seem like glorified scenarios. Opvp might be fun. New races are awesome. This new artifact-power-like-Azerite is confusing. I will buy that anyways, but I am afraid it won’t be as good as Legion.

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BDJ

You will still one shot pandaria content. The old stuff won’t scale all the way too 120. It’s capped. I think pandaria was capped at 100.

And azurite is pretty simplistic. You “gather” it just like AP. You just don’t spend it on your weapon. It increases the strength of your medallion.

In turn, as you level it, you unlock slots on 3 pieces of gear at various “power levels”.

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Kala Mona

“You will still one shot pandaria content. The old stuff won’t scale all the way too 120. It’s capped. I think pandaria was capped at 100.”

Yeah that is my pain, the speaker’s words got me excited first but when he detailed the system I realized this and made me sad. Anyways, I hope that one day they will expand this system to be more like Rift or Guild Wars 2 or City of Heroes or half of the MMO-s actually.

It is such a waste to have like hundreds of hours of content, and not used by players because doing dailies is better in terms of rewards.

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Joshua Dickerson

Yup. I started playing in Beta.

This is one game where I told myself I am going to see it through to the end, or as far as I can go with it. Its’ a cheap hobby to have in my 30s.

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Armsbend

You might be playing it in your 50s then at this rate. There are fewer MMOs worth playing today than there were when WoW came out.

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Hirku

I’ve gotten so used to every MMO I play being on the verge of death I can’t even wrap my head around the idea.

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teppic

Yes, but I’m a million times more interested in classic.

The new expansion is much of the same – new zones, new level cap, new raids, new dungeons. All and good but we’ve had this for 15 years.

The scaling change is welcome, will hopefully make things far nicer for alts.

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Bryan Correll

No. I haven’t played since WotLK and don’t have any particular desire to return. I (mostly) enjoyed the game back when I did play, but I’ve moved on.

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Dreema

Nothing about the expansion really interests me and I didn’t buy Legion which sounded like it had a lot more going for it than BfA does. Maybe I’ll buy it, maybe not. However, if a requirement for playing classic WoW is a subscription to BfA, then I’ll definitely be buying it.

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silverlock

Probably, if the wife wants to then I’ll get it to.

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ihatevnecks

I’m not really excited about it, but at the same time I know I’ll end up getting it. Expansion launches are some of the most enjoyable times for me in MMOs, and at least I’ll have friends to play with for a while.

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ceder

Next expansion just doesn’t have anything that interests me. I just cant justify buying and subbing to it when I can play so many other games over time for the same.

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Wes King

“I don’t know. It’s too early tell. I am just starting to have this conversation.”

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Jeffrey Meade

Yes, but I found the announcement and current released info about it to be underwhelming. It mostly feels like same thing, different xpac with a few new tricks thrown in that I don’t care about for the most part. The announcement for Legion definitely excited me more.

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Arktouros

Nope. Lost interest in the WOW model back in Cataclysm.

Not knocking it, fine game, just done with it.

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Sally Bowls

Of course

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Cate Mehlos

*groan* Probably.

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Ben Stone

Yeah, more of the same isn’t a bad thing at this point for WoW. Only thing that would stop me is if there was an amazing new MMO on the near horizon, which doesn’t seem to be the case.

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