World of Warcraft clarifies Battle for Azeroth season timeline, still no date for Rise of Azshara

    
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Obviously it won't be a Blood Elf, though.

I don’t know why since I’m not even going to play it, but not knowing when Rise of Azshara is launching for World of Warcraft is really bothering me. Blizzard isn’t telling anyone today, either (though we’re taking bets it’ll conveniently coincide with Shadowbringers).

Anyway, what Blizzard did announce today is that when Rise of Azshara rolls out, it’ll also bring an end to Battle for Azeroth Season 2 and the PvP and Mythic Keystone competition for two weeks. “During the off-season, Mythic Keystone dungeons will still be playable using Season 2 affixes and rewards, but their seasonal achievements will no longer be available,” Blizzard writes. “Additionally, it will still be possible to queue for Rated PvP and earn based on your Season 2 rating, but seasonal rewards and titles will no longer be earnable. The end-of-season rankings will close when Rise of Azshara goes live. As always, we ask that competitive players refrain from transferring character(s) to another realm or faction until after BFA Season 3 has begun.”

While Battle of Dazar’alor and Crucible of the Storm raid achievements will keep rolling in the off-season, players will be waiting until Season 3 begins – two weeks after Rise of Azshara – to jump back into the fray. At that time, players should also expect “the opening of Azshara’s Eternal Palace, the new Operation: Mechagon dungeon, a new seasonal affix for Mythic Keystone dungeons, and the availability of higher item-level Azerite gear.”

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mysecretid

So, is Rise of Azshara a new expansion? Or is it simply the name they’ve given to the next part of the Battle for Azeroth expansion’s story?

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Daniel Reasor

It’s the latter. Blizzard likes to give titles to patches that include new raids.

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mysecretid

Thanks, Daniel!

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Danny Smith

Blizzards MO since at least Warhammer Online was ‘hold a patch till significant competition releases an update so we dont lose players to it’ and its been their go to ever since. With Shadowbringers on July 2nd theres no reason to assume otherwise. Especially considering the sheer bloody amount of ‘im a wow refugee trying XIV’ i see on youtube and twitch lately.

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Jaymes Buckman

Not worried about coincidence with FFXIV. But the new Marvel Ultimate Alliance game is the first console thing I’ve wanted since Super Smash, and I just heard that it’ll be out in July. But it’ll keep.