World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Release Nears

Many of you (like myself) are MMORPG players and play World of Warcraft. I have been immersing myself in Azeroth since Vanilla WoW, which almost seems like a shame to admit because it means that yes, I’m THAT old. Thinking back to the days when the game was harder, when grinding was unavoidable, and some seemingly simple quests required groups to complete – think Hogger in Elwynn Forest (my sister and I were just talking about this).

Also, hunters had to have ammo on them at all time because they could run out in the middle of a raid (had a guildie do this to us during a raid), and food for one’s pet was always needed otherwise he/she would run away if they were unhappy. This means even if you went AFK, if you didn’t dismiss your pet first, he would bolt. And if you were like me, who managed to tame Humar the Pridelord at 4 am in the Northern Barrens as he almost killed me (plus as an Alliance player, I had to worry about the Horde killing me – or him – first), you made sure you dismissed him before you went AFK. Plus, who remembers using an axe for multiple levels and then suddenly getting a rare sword drop, then going back to the lowbie areas to level your skill by killing rabbits and cows?  Fun times.

Fast forward to Legion, where now the game is pretty much dummy proof. Gear is easy to obtain and is overpowered. There’s virtually no more grinding unless you actually enjoy it and want to do it (and not many people do). Weapons were just handed to us and were increased by artifact relics so you no longer had to vie for that special weapon from a boss in some raid. The Horde and the Alliance collaborated often to help push back the legion, which was unimaginable in vanilla. And there have been so many other changes from when WoW first rolled out initially, but if you’re an avid WoW player you already know what they are.

And now the newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth (BfA), is to be released as of August 14, 2018. According to Blizzard (click HERE for their official page), the Horde and the Alliance will soon be at each other’s throats once again… finally! I hated working with the Horde. I just hate the Horde in general.

I was fortunate enough to be picked to participate in the BfA beta, so once I started playing it I knew it was worth buying and being a part of the action when the game initially rolls out.

From the official website:

“Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion’s crusade – but even as the world’s wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend. As this age-old conflict reignites, join your allies and champion your faction’s cause – Azeroth’s future will be forged in the fires of war.”

Blizzard offers a pre-purchase option for those who wish to join the fight early. Standard Edition goes for $49.99, while Deluxe costs $69.99. The features of the Standard Edition are:

  • Early access to the new Allied Races – the Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne for the Horde, and the Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves for the Alliance.
  • Two fabled kingdoms are introduced – Zandalar for the Horde and Kul-Tiras for the Alliance which will allow players to quest to the new level cap of 120.
  • Island Expeditions – New enemies, environments and objectives are being introduced.
  • Warfronts will be established which are large battlefields which focus on the capture of a key strategic location.
  • Azerite, a new resource being introduced, will help players customize their armor with new powers and traits.
  • And of course, the level 110 boost for any alts who have fallen by the wayside, or any new races that want to catch up (I’m saving mine for a Dark Iron Dwarf, a race I played in beta and can unlock by becoming exalted with the 7th Legion).

 

The Deluxe version offers a few more options, such as a new pet and mount, and some Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Starcraft goodies.

My only concern is whether or not it will actually work when launch time occurs. Blizzard had a pre-release patch that rolled out on July 17 that was nowhere near functional when they said it would be. Servers were supposed to be back up at 6 pm my time (3 pm server time), and yet it was 10 pm EST when I finally gave up for the night. So hopefully Blizzard will have better luck with this release.

In any event, don’t miss this newest expansion, and be sure to join the fight for Azeroth’s future!