World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion launches August 14

Who had August in the poll? Anybody have August 14th specifically? Because that, my friends, is precisely when World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion is launching. So sayeth Blizzard’s official Twitterbot this morning. Trailer too! Now that’s one way to kick off PAX East.

Additionally, details about the various buyable editions are reiterated today as prepurchasing is live. And yes, you get your character boost right off.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will be available in both a standard edition (physical and digital versions available; SRP $49.99) and Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP $69.99). The latter contains an arsenal of in-game bonuses for a variety of Blizzard games, including the Seabraid Stallion (Alliance) mount, Gilded Ravasaur (Horde) mount, and Tottle the Baby Tortollan pet for World of Warcraft; an “Azeroth Is Burning” card back for Hearthstone®; a Primal Flamesaber mount in Heroes of the Storm®; Horde and Alliance sprays for StarCraft® II; and a collection of faction-themed extras for Overwatch®.

Battle for Azeroth will also be available in a retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition (SRP $99.99). In addition to the in-game items from the Digital Deluxe Edition, the Collector’s Edition contains an array of loot to fuel players’ faction pride, including:

Horde & Alliance Double-Sided Mark of Allegiance: Declare your allegiance with this hefty two-sided emblem (stand included). Place it on your desk or shelf and proclaim your chosen faction to the world.
Hardcover Double-Sided Book: Elegy & A Good War: This limited-edition hardback collects two new World of Warcraft novellas depicting the Burning of Teldrassil from the points of view of the Alliance and the Horde. Each story includes original artwork exclusive to this edition.†† Written by Christie Golden and Robert Brooks.
Battle for Azeroth Digital Soundtrack: Each Collector’s Edition contains a key to download the stirring orchestral pieces from the expansion’s soundtrack—the perfect mood music for laying siege to your enemies.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition is available for preorder now. Supplies are limited; players should check with their local retailer for preorder details and availability. For players who have already pre-purchased a digital edition of the expansion and wish to upgrade to the Collector’s Edition at launch, Blizzard will credit their account Blizzard Balance in the amount of their original purchase if they redeem their Collector’s Edition key before December 31, 2018. For additional details, visit www.worldofwarcraft.com.

In addition, starting today, anyone interested in joining the fight with the next expansion can pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth digitally through the Blizzard Shop and receive the current expansion, Legion™, for free. This bundle also includes a level-110 character boost, making it a perfect jumping-on point for new and returning players.

Blizz just posted a ton of new information about island expeditions too:

Source: Twitter, official site, press release
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Bruno Brito

My GOD, that trailer looks hype.

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Utakata

From the MMO Champ liner notes:

“The team isn’t 100% sure why players are hesitant to engage in PvP combat. Is it the fact that there is a person on the other end, so they feel pressure and stress, or is it the behavior of the character on the other end.”

Source: https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7489-Battle-for-Azeroth-Releases-August-14th

…I can think of a multitude of reasons, starting with “gank” to “toxic behavior”. The latter which I thought you where discouraging, Blizz.

That said, congrats! Now I need to get cracking on levelling my last two toons to get my guild’s Classy Goblin Cheevo before I have another 10 extra levels I have to grind through in order to get it. o.O

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Nascent Visions

It’s the wildly uncertain outcomes coupled with ganks. Before the gear evening system in BGs, you could get rolled easily in multiple consecutive BGs. You still can, but it’s not nearly as common. I’m reminded of this every time I engage in world PVP and the usual result is I kill the target in four or five hits or I die in about the same amount of time. PvE, by contrast, produces predictable outcomes. Perform X actions against Y boss and collect Z reward. PvP, especially world PvP, isn’t like that. You can do everything “right” and still get exploded in two hits.

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Zora

That’s quite unexpected, not a bad move if you want to hoard the spotlight all to yourself as september is quite packed with heavy hitters… but honestly a wee too early judging by the current state of the “alpha” client. Been into testing for about a month now and the feeling they are behind schedule is palpable.

Ah well, suppose release this once means we are all invited to a summer open beta… you have to pay 50 bucks for to partake into.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’m ready at least on my goblin warlock! I finally ran LFR to finish my Felwort mastery quest, her ilevel is decent if not great (934), I’ve got the 4 allied races unlocked and that was after not playing for half of Legion’s time, got some alts in decent shape etc.

Not the biggest WoW fan but it can be fun in bursts and been enjoying it lately although man am I getting bunny ears put on my goblin as there aren’t many female goblins available for that achievement!

Those island expeditions look very cool, especially since you can play against AI or other players on the other side.

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Bryan Turner

In all seriousness, what’s it like being a DPSer now if you just PVE; I’m basically a tank but I always get the urge to just blow shit up, what do you do during these really long queues for example?

I’ve tried to come back to WoW a few times to experience the new leveling experience but I always get bored senseless half way through Elwyn Forest or Dun Morough, or Azure (Fucking Ambien) Aisle, perhaps I should just roll another Death Knight and go directly to Northrend and Blood Boil my way to victory because that pre 60 content is a snooze fest at this point. I think half my problem is that you can’t use mounts until level 20, in this day and age that is awful.

Yeah I guess that is what I may attempt, level a New Death Knight, circumvent Outland, and Pandy Land, liberate Argus etc.

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Eliandal

I main a hunter – and the queues usually aren’t that bad (longest I’ve had in recent history (been back for about 3 months now) is 30 minutes) If I know I want to run something – I’ll join LFR/LFG on login and then go do a few dailies.

Jumping around with content is certainly doable – just be aware that if you don’t have someone feeding gear – the initial few levels can be troubling when doing a zone jump with non-pet classes

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IronSalamander8 .

I’m usually a tank or healer so being DPS as a main is weird. The queues have been nothing compared to the ones in SWTOR, even a tank there had a wait, although in 2013 it was instant there. I only had an 8 minute wait for that raid to pop last night. My DPS in SWTOR had a 30 minute wait even back then!

Yeah the low level stuff can be tedious. I think that’s why allies races start at 20 now. My heirloom make levelling alts faster and that chauffeured mount helps before 20 as well

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Bryan Turner

Yeah I think that’s what demoralized me, seeing all these people riding in their Heirloom mounts while I’m running around on foot like some F2P Scrub (even though I’m Subbing), maybe I’ll just Sub and Buy a token to liquidate into gold and buy all the rest of the Heirlooms, how ever don’t you need to be honored in a guild to buy the rest of the heirlooms?

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IronSalamander8 .

I think so. I’m guildless now but still listed as exalted on her character sheet. Some require other things to, for example I can’t buy the heirloom pants.

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April-Rain

I subbed for a month and working on the rep to unlock the races on my alliance druid, now a week in and I am all ready fed up with it and it is very wash rinse and repeat, the invasions are lacking in any thought and decent design the hole rep grind is just bad design and and easy fix for lack of content.

Surely they could have been less lazy and thought of some fun quest lines or something and at the very least they could sort argus for flying.

I will probably buy the xpac but don’t see the point till the grind is over.

John Artemus
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John Artemus

Yeah, it was a real stupid decision. The longer I play FFXIV, the more I realize how wrong Blizzard does things. Even flying. In FFXIV, you unlock flying by simply playing the game naturally. Questing and exploration. That’s it. No “100 unique World Quests.” No grinding rep with every single faction, etc. Just do the quests, explore the zone. Get flying. Done.

I’m beginning to see this is because one game has content. The other one has a lack of it. You can guess which one is which.

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Arsin Halfmoon

I wouldn’t call what FFXIV is doing right, just more casual friendly

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Loyheta

I was happy that they are willing to credit your account if you have already purchased the digital deluxe… however, without the artbook or mousepad there is literally nothing I want in this edition.

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John Artemus

They drop the rep grind to access the new races yet? As soon as they do that, I’ll purchase BFA.

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John Buczek

I thought the rep grind was a permanent part of the Allied Race concept. You help them out enough that they send representatives to your Faction. I haven’t been following too closely though since I don’t have room in my stable for new toons. I don’t care as much about races as classes and I already have 1 of each class at 110.

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TomTurtle

Unlocking an allied race gave me a feat of strength achievement so my guess is the current restrictions will be eased up on.

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John Buczek

That makes sense. I have all the rep and level requirements for the Allied Races but have not pre-purchased BfA yet so didn’t know how it was implemented. Thanks.

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John Buczek

This is the first Xpac where I really don’t care for the theme. Before this it was Pandaria and then I was just “Meh”. But I actively dislike PVP and am sick of the Alliance v Horde conflict. Ready for it to just be all over. Maybe the end of BfA will be a permanent Truce. :)

But the new areas look cool. And I always play the new Wow Xpacs, at least for a while. So back to finishing leveling the last of my Tertiary Tiered Alts before August 14th.

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Dug From The Earth

2 things.

1. Despite the games name and theme of the xpack, pvp isnt any more a part of WoW than it has been in past expansions. This seems to be a common misconception, that this expansion is going to be more pvp focused… which its not.

2. Alliance v Horde conflict…. its the core element of Warcraft. Dating back to the original 3 RTS games. Its the heart of what defines the setting and lore. Remove it and its no longer WARcraft. Its like saying “I like starwars, but im so sick of this whole lightside v darkside conflict”

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John Buczek

Oh I know there is no more PVP in this expac than the rest. It means that I’ll still be playing. And I know that conflict has been at the core of the series for a long time. I’m just ready for that time to be over. Time to move on. The best stories they’ve told have been when both sides have worked together. Let us group/play together if we want.

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Minimalistway

Earlier than what i expected and hoped, but good news, Blizzard finely able to release expansion faster as they wanted and promised, and i don’t think this expansion have less content, from beta streams there is so much to do.

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Jack Pipsam

I feel just obligated at this point to get the physical collector’s editions for WoW XD

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John Buczek

Unfortunately they removed the only 2 things I ever used in the CE. The Art Book and the Mouse Pad. :(

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Loyheta

They removed those? Wow, that was the only reason I got the physical versions.