On April 17, 2018 — Blizzard Entertainment opened the War Fronts (Horde) to stress the server, and to submit bug reports and feedback. The War Front takes place in Arathi Highlands. The objective is to take the nearby Alliance outposts, reclaim iron and wood resources, and to build a stronghold and train your forces. Once a foothold is secured, players have to keep the invading Alliance forces at bay, while preparing for the final confrontation against Commander Danath Trollbane.
UPDATE: Video below is from Beta (June 9, 2018). The older Alpha stress test video (from April) can be found here.
In order to join the War Fronts, you have to reach the Port of Zandalar (Zuldazar). The War Front table is located on the eastern side of the port (near the Ogre vendors). Click the table to queue for the War Front: Battle for Stromgarde scenario.
Blizzard Entertainment announced to Alpha testers plans to bring the Warfronts (Horde) online on April 17 at 1PM Pacific (Los Angeles). The developers will play alongside testers for three hours.
We’re getting ready to begin our first round of public testing for the new Warfronts feature in Battle for Azeroth, and we’ll need your help!
On Tuesday, April 17, starting at 1 PM Pacific time (4 PM Eastern, 10 PM CEST), we’ll be enabling the first Warfront for testing. To participate, you’ll need to be on a Horde character and head to Zuldazar City, where you’ll find a small table you can click on and join the Warfront queue.
We’ll be running this test for about 3 hours, and will be watching and participating ourselves, so we hope to see you there!
Blizzard Entertainment deployed the Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26433 which introduced a Temporary Art work in progress (WIP) of the World Map. This allow us to see where Zandalar and Kul Tiras are located in the world map.
The Motherlode!! is a Battle for Azeroth dungeon located in the Isle of Kezan, near the Maelstrom. The Venture Co. has been harvesting Azerite, and according to Daniel Stahl during our PAX East 2018 interview, we will come across the Venture Co. in Island Expeditions as well.
Right before PAX East kicked in last week, Blizzard Entertainment introduced a patch that enabled the Heart for Azeroth for those who created a brand-new level 110 character in the Battle for Azeroth Alpha Test.
At this moment, only the Heart of Azeroth’s Chest armor is available for testing, and the UI is currently a placeholder. It looks like this when you press the SHIFT key and right-click the Chest item. The Heart of Azeroth necklace itself doesn’t have a UI window, except for the number at the bottom of the item which represents the level of your Heart of Azerite. In the image to the right, the level is 1.
Below you can browse through the traits of each Chest armor per Class. The purple numbers are the number correction for a character level 110 (not shown properly in WoWHead).
I had the opportunity to interview lead game producer Daniel Stahl at PAX East 2018. Daniel briefly discussed dynamic content, and dynamic/seasonal vendors, and possibly something akin to the Harbingers animated-drama for Battle for Azeroth. Alpha testing is its last phases as Beta Testing will begin rolling soon.
I had the opportunity to play Island Expeditions briefly at PAX East. For those who don’t know, you queue to Island Expeditions by going to a table on the west corner of the Zuldazar Port, or outside the lower end of the Boralus Inn.
The Battle for Azeroth CE contains a lot of digital cosmetics, a new novella titled Elegy & Good War double-side book. I was told at PAX East by a Blizzard representative that there is no CD, but you will get the Soundtracks in the CE as a digital download.
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