World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Adds a New Raid, Warfronts, and More Fresh Content
Last month Blizzard launched World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and now they’ve just dropped a whole mess of new Season 1 content to keep people engaged in the expansion. These additions include the first Battle for Azeroth raid, Uldir, the much-anticipated Warfront co-op battles, Mythic Keystone dungeons Season 1, and more! Scroll on down for more details.
First up, here’s the rundown on Warfronts, Battle for Azeroth’s new tactical co-op PvE experience. Check out a video explainer and description, below.
Warfronts represent large-scale war on the homefront as members of each faction fight for control of a location critical to the war effort between the Horde and Alliance.
Anchored in the real-time strategy (RTS) origins of Warcraft, you play the role of a lieutenant leading the charge on the ground of a massive battle. Together with 19 fellow allied players, you will create an outpost, secure resources, set up supply lines, and train troops to help push forward and assault an enemy stronghold. Unlike Warcraft III, you’ll be fighting in this conflict firsthand rather than commanding from a top-down perspective—putting you on the front lines of a large-scale, 20-player PvE experience. Once your faction controls the Stromgarde Warfront, you’ll be able to reap the rewards: access to a variety of new outdoor content for your faction in the nearby Arathi Highlands zone.
Here’s the rundown and schedule for the new raid, Uldir:
Millenia ago, seeking to understand the nature of their eternal foe, the titans constructed this sprawling underground facility to research and quarantine captured specimens. They hoped that by studying the void energy that bound the Old Gods, probing it for weaknesses and reactions, they could find some way to neutralize it. They were horribly, horribly wrong. The facility was sealed away so that the horrors within would never be unleashed upon Azeroth. But now those seals have broken. . . .
Raid Bosses: 8
Difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, Mythic
- September 4 – Normal and Heroic open
- September 11 – Mythic, Raid Finder Wing 1: Halls of Containment (Taloc, MOTHER, Zek’voz, Herald of N’zoth)
- September 25 – Raid Finder Wing 2: Crimson Descent (Fetid Devourer; Vectis; Zul; Reborn)
- October 9 – Raid Finder Wing 3: Heart of Corruption (Mythrax the Unraveler, G’huun)
Battle for Azeroth also adds several new World Bosses that freely roam the land:
T’zane (Nazmir) - Animated by the powerful voodoo of the nearby Necropolis, Tzane stalks the swamps of Nazmir in search of more souls to consume.
Ji’arak (Zuldazar) - This mighty pterrodax has a roost high up in the mountains of Zuldazar, where the air is too thin for most lungs to draw breath, and life struggles to take hold. Occassionally she descends upon the swamps below in search of heartier meals to bring back to her brood.
Hailstone Construct (Drustvar) - Built by the original inhabitatns of Drustvar, the Hailstone Construct was built to defend these lands from any invaders. However, years of dormancy have left it addled, and it now sees all residents as threats, vowing to destroy them all.
Azurethos, The Winged Typhoon (Kul Tiras) - Azurethos, the terror of the Kul Tiran seas, marshals the power of wind to force enemies out of its roost, cause waterspouts, and capsize ships. He has earned his reputation as one of the deadliest beasts in Kul Tiras.
Warbringer Yenajz (Stormsong Valley) – Dark whispers shroud Stormsong Valley, as rumors of eldritch creatures spread throughout the countryside and families mark their doors with runes from the local scribes. Often dismissed as exaggeration, sometimes housewives’ tales fall far short of the true horrors that lurk in the realm beyond our sight.
Dunegorger Kraulok (Vol’dun) – Revered by all trolls but the Zandalari especially, the bones of the giant reptiles of Zandalar dot the landscape. But as dark energies stir beneath the sands, sometimes that which was meant to remain dead, does not. Kraulok walks the sands once again, blinded by rage and the endless agony of his dying moments. Woe to those who find themselves in the beast’s path.
Blizzard is mixing up Mythic Dungeons with the addition of seasons, which will change up the loot available and apply different effects to the dungeons. Here’s what to expect from Season 1:
We’ve added a new layer to Mythic Keystone dungeons with the introduction of Mythic dungeon seasons that align with the latest content and rewards. As a part of Season 1, we are introducing the use of a new seasonal affix—Infested—which will appear on level 10 or higher Keystones.
The Infested affix reflects the extent of the corruption of the blood god G’huun as it seeps out into Azeroth to infect select denizens of each dungeon. With each new season, we’ll be changing out this third affix to keep players on their toes. Who will make it to the top of the Mythic Keystone Dungeon Leaderboards?
Finally, Battle for Azeroth PvP Season 1 will also be kicking off soon. Here’s how rewards will work:
Every week brings new rewards for PvP, and Conquest points are back as a measure of PvP activity. You’ll earn a specific piece of raid-quality PvP gear each week, adding up to full sets of increasing quality over the course of a season. Players who participate in rated PvP can now begin climbing the ratings to receive more-powerful rewards. Both weekly rewards and the occasional end-of-match piece of PvP gear will have higher item levels based on your rating:
PvP Tier are as follows – Unranked (0-1399), Combatant (1400-1599), Challenger (1600-1799), Rival (1800-2099), Duelist (2100-2399), Gladiator (2400+).
Unfortunately, PvP Season 1 had to be disabled shortly after it went live, due to a glitch that gave some players high-level Mythic+ gear too early, creating an unlevel playing field. Blizzard is working to remove all the erroneously awarded gear and, presumably, PvP will be back soon.
The PvP season is temporarily disabled while we clean up some unexpected issues.
No ETA right now, but getting it up and running is our #1 priority at the moment. https://t.co/h3nWp8LF2O
— WarcraftDevs (@WarcraftDevs) September 4, 2018
So yeah, phew! A lot of new stuff! Any WoWheads out there? Have you been enjoying Battle for Azeroth so far? Will you be taking a convenient sick day for this new stuff?
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Season 1 is available, right now.