World of Warcraft is shifting the unlocks of artifact power and adding cross-faction elixirs

    
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Where do we go now

Remember when World of Warcraft launched and the developers specifically ensured that Forsaken and Human players couldn’t speak with one another to keep a cross-faction communication barrier in place? Times have changed, as the developers announced with the game’s most recent Q&A that the new Elixir of Tongues will allow you to communicate across faction lines. The addition is in response to an add-on’s cross-faction functionality getting broken by the recent patch 8.1, so while we don’t have an exact timeframe, we know that it will be soon and should be buyable in bulk.

The Q&A also noted that changes are on the way for how Azerite armor and the Heart of Azeroth work. After the newest raid, players will be getting their armor with all traits already unlocked; artifact power from Azerite will instead go to unlocking functionality within the heart itself, with further details to arrive later. You can take a peek at the full transcript from the Q&A if you’d like to get a touch more information on things like deleting Mythic+ keystones.

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Greaterdivinity

And here I was thinking the old trick of mind controlling someone on the other faction and then using custom emotes to chat was still functional. It worked in classic, at least.

http://pvpmeng.ytmnd.com/

If only the audio still worked. Good ol’ Soutalgon, he was a legend for how bad he was on our server back in the day.

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Paragon Lost

I’ve always and I mean always had a problem with the lack of cross faction ability to talk. Repeatedly in the books, and in the game you’d see the two factions speaking. It always was totally immersion breaking to me that characters couldn’t speak to each other due to faction when you’d see repeatedly cut scenes of npc’s talking to each other from the opposite faction.

As to the whole Azerite system, man do I dislike it. Seriously it makes playing multiple specs and multiple characters at the cap a total tedious, frustrating PITA. How Blizzard keeps making the worse mechanics design choices just baffles me.

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Alyn

Why even bother with factions? I know, I know. How dare me even pose this question. The current “friction” caused this past summer about lore of Slyvanas or Jaina Proudmore brought former players back into the game at least for the opening of BfA.

Roleplay is important, I do agree. Being able to speak to the other side is interesting an d I’ve been a proponent almost from the beginning. However even with each faction’s chat I have experienced toxic behavior from a few immature gamers. Sadly, this entire period in WoW’s history seems rather dark and very, very polarizing. I have seen it within the Alliance and the Horde internally. I hope this works, but I have become skeptical. I do NOT feel warm and fuzzy feelings.

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Sorenthaz

At this point ending the faction divide would be a win-win across the board, especially when Alliance is heavily outnumbered in many areas (both top raid guildes are predominantly Horde + Warmode is like 4:1 Horde to Alliance or possibly even higher than that). They just need to get rid of Sylvanas first and that’s currently what they’re building towards, I hope.

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Serrenity

That’s one of the rumors going around isn’t it? That after this expansion the factions will be able to play together?

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Veldara

@Serrenity, They’re taking baby steps first. See how this works out before moving forward. If it’s popular(which I think it will) cross-faction party and even guilding could be a real possibility.

@OP, I always had issue with the faction divide primarily because I have friends on both factions and I didn’t like the idea of leveling up two of the same class to just play with their respective faction guilds. Granted it’s gotten much easier to roll alts now but I’d rather have one character(Belf main) be the only one that I play as I have more identity with that character. Though I do roleplay it as an Alliance spy.

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Denice J. Cook

Everquest 2 has only been doing this since like forever! Er, not on the PvP servers when there were some, but on PvE, yes.

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Eliandal

Interesting. Also – the secret of the Hivemind mount has been solved for anyone interested. How they did that as quickly as they did is beyond me!!

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Paragon Lost

Yeah was seeing Hivemind mounts all over the place yesterday. I need to go and do that quest line and get one, I love how it just floats around, amuses my wife and I.

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TheDonDude

The Elixir of Tongues is already live, I believe. Glad to hear it for the RP community!

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Utakata

Wait, what? Suddenly becoming Forsaken allows one to speak fluently Orc while completely forgetting Common language skills is entirely believable! Not! o.O

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Dantos

Perhaps because of the Ner’Zhul part of the Lich King’s influence?

Still stupid

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Bruno Brito

The real reason: Forsaken players used the Common language to gank lowbies on contested zones. Redridge was such an spot. It also allowed Forsaken players to spy on ally’s pvp plans, but Ally doesn’t have a Orcish speaker race.

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Veldara

For the low price of 23g each that lasts only an hour.

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Nathan Aldana

in fairness. by level 120 23G is pocket change.