With about a month away to the launch of the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth, the hype train has been building up and the community is bustling with activity. With beta key in hand with a good pint of Stormstout beer, resident gamer Kenneth dives into the next expansion from Blizzard from the Alliance perspective. Do take note that this article contains spoilers due to the nature of the preview and is subjected to change as it is based on the beta.
New Allies for the Alliance
The Alliance will see four new Allied Races join the Alliance to booster their ranks. These are the Void Elf, Lightforged Draenei, Dark Iron Dwarf, Kul Tiran Humans. While the Void Elf and Lightforged Draenei are available to players who have pre-purchased Battle for Azeroth for their account and completed the requirements (Exalted with the new fractions with the Argus Arc and completion of the storyline quest), the Dark Iron Dwarf race will require players to complete the new War Campaign when the expansion launches. Kul Tiran Humans however, will be coming later in the expansion.
The Seafaring Kingdom of Kul Tiras
Just like the Legion expansion brought players through the Broken Isles where each area was a separate storyline for players to explore, Battle for Azeroth will see players explore a new area as well. The difference though will be that Alliance players will venture through Kul Tiras to unite a Kingdom that is also home to one of the main characters in the Warcraft world, Jaina Proudmoore.
Made out of 3 main zones with their own storyline, Alliance players will be able to choose to quest in their preference of zone and in the order they want, much like how Legion gave players this flexibility. Whether it is to investigate a web of political betrayal in Tiragarde Sound, trek across the plains of Drustvar to aid the Waycrest house or seek out the power of the Tidesages in Stormsong Valley, players can look forward to 3 unique zones with their own flavor yet anchored by a sea faring theme.
For the Alliance
The Warcraft world has always been built upon two warring factions, the Alliance and the Horde since its real time strategy days. Recent expansions have diluted this where the enemy now was a common one and aggression between the Alliance and Horde while still happen as seen in Stormhiem, has not really been the main focus.
With Battle for Azeroth, this war between the two fractions is now back on the main stage and can be seen in the Alliance War Campaign. Similar to the Garrison and Class Hall mechanics, players will get to recruit Alliance Heroes that long time players will recognize to go on missions, select research to aid the war effort such as the ability to recruit more troops and go on missions to cripple the Horde’s war effort.
Battle for Azeroth looks to be shaping up nicely for the Alliance fraction from questing in the new Kul Tiras zones and the development of major Alliance character such as Anduin Wrynn growing into his responsibilities as King of the Alliance and Jaina returning home to her Kingdom and her mother. The expansion definitely looks exciting for the Alliance side for both new and returning players.
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