Take a look at the remastered battlegrounds heading to World of Warcraft in patch 8.1.5

    
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Whether or not you’re tired of Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch in World of Warcraft, those two battlegrounds are old. They’re the oldest ones in the game and are long overdue for a visual polish pass, which is exactly what they’re both getting in patch 8.1.5. YouTuber LeystTV took the time to examine what both of the improved battlegrounds look like when the patch rolls around, and both of them are significant updates from the current older assets while keeping the same basic layout.

Some of the choices for style are a bit odd; Arathi Basin, for example, has more emphasis placed on the Horde architectural style instead of the Forsaken structure, so the new base looks like a rather generic orcish building instead of the dying spaces common to the earlier version. Other choices make perfect sense, with the buildings throughout receiving clear and well-crafted polish and retexturing. Check out both videos just below.

Source: LesytTV via MMORPG.com
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Bannex

Lol one of the laziest “remasters” I’ve seen in awhile. Like dark souls remastered lazy.

They couldn’t even be bothered to update the cupcake mountains… sweet guys, way to delete and paste your new art assets…

I wish they’d just stop trying to improve the game themselves and start having fans compete for things like this. Recreational developers would end up making a better product in the end.

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Nate Woodard

Hey, at least they are learning to not completely destroy something in order to update it visually. Good on them! At least I severely hope they are. *crosses fingers*

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semugh

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Cosmic Cleric

Purty! Just wish I didn’t have to go thru Vegas-RNG style gameplay to get to these updated BGs.

Also, the end of the tunnels, where they empty into the flag room, it looks like they changed the up slope to gradual wider stairs, making it harder to hide and inspect, before entering the flag room.

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Ben Stone

You don’t, you can sign up for specific battlegrounds.

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Cosmic Cleric

I was speaking towards having to play the game with the current design, putting the hours in, to get gear to be able to go into battlegrounds. I’m assuming that you can’t be proficient in a BG while naked. :)

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Oleg Chebeneev

Man, Ive spent so much time in these 2 zones. Thousands upon thousands hours. Well over 10,000 matches. Like 300,000 total kills.

I was expecting them to revamp AB and WSG years ago, but I guess later is better than never. And I like the changes. Both BGs hold the old spirit, everything is in place. But those are big improvements in visuals and I think new versions represent zones where they supposed to be much better. Especially Arathi.

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Ben Stone

Probably the best time for them to do it now, with the upgrade to DX12 and system requirements in BFA. I would have a lot more interest in the Vanilla server if they updated all the zones visually this way.

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thalendor

I hope this just ends up being visual updates and nothing more. Despite being old, those are still two of my favorite BGs for those times when I do PvP.

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Nate Woodard

LOL. I can’t actually fathom what would happen to the game let alone the playerbase if they changed those two battlegrounds in any way other than visually.

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Zora

Won’t sate those thirsting for new BGs but these two are the most popular by far anyway and it’s a very nice update

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Bruno Brito

They’re beautiful. It’s just the playstyle that’s a bit bad, honestly.

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Dug From The Earth

CTF and C&H are a bit bad?

or are you referring more to WoWs combat mechanics, namely in pvp?

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Nate Woodard

Combat mechanics are awful. You have to admit. Now BG mechanics like the map and capture the flag style mechanics are fine. There’s literally nothing to change there.

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mystwen

Funny what memories come back that you didn’t even know you had. Didn’t play these two battlegrounds all that much, but in watching the Arathi Basin video, I remembered all the points, and how hard that point might have been to hold.

And, of course, how often I died on certain points. That little starting area house with the cute fence in the front yard looks charming. But I remember dying there too! LOL

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Matthäus Wey

They look amazing… I hope they rework the others as well (especially Alterca Valley)

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mystwen

I’m with you there! It’s my favorite BG.

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maydrock .

Can’t wait for some vanilla pre-zerg era AV!

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Baemir

I upvoted but I hope by zerg you mean the rushing part. Because the 40v40 battles are really the only good chance you get to spam AoE spells and cackle maniacally.