If several aspects of the Battle for Azeroth end game don’t exactly strike your fancy, then rest assured that director Ion Hazzikostas hears you. A recent World of Warcraft AMA took several questions about Warfronts, Island Expeditions and several other talking points among the WoW community.
Regarding Warfronts, the devs recognize that Alliance players are kind of left twiddling their thumbs a bit, but additional Warfronts are due in future updates that will run in a cycle that hopefully won’t have players sitting around watching the clock.
On the topic of Island Expeditions, Hazzikostas stated that feedback regarding underwhelming rewards and frantic pacing have been heard. Future updates to BfA will look to refine things like more events to make Expeditions feel less predictable. Meanwhile, a hotfix kicked out on the 14th has ramped up the drop rates for transmog items, pets, quest starters, and mounts.
Ultimately, the systems that power Island Expeditions are still being ironed out, with the hopes of applying the tech to other settings that feel appropriate for the “gogogo” pacing inherent in Expeditions.
There are a number of other matters discussed in the AMA, of course, so be sure you check out this handy-dandy summary if you haven’t done so already.
That’s ultimately the problem with trying something new sometimes; it can every now and again not work out quite the way you expected. Still, we hope that the recent improvements to drop rates help a little bit and that future updates to BfA will flesh out everything that much more.
Yesterday had yet another Q&A session with Ion Hazzikostas full of Battle for Azeroth answers as the expansion continues to work through beta and its ultimate global release. Among other matters were details about Battle for Azeroth pre-patch content, along with a few words on flight, gear and the expansion’s patch cycle. The devs have also decided to offer up the expansion’s theme for your listening pleasure.
According to Hazzikostas, the pre-patch content will feature all of the expansion’s class changes; War Mode, the new Honor system and Honor talents; community and profession updates; and the stat squish. All of this content is heading soon to the PTR, as the test realm is being updated for 8.0.
As for other Q&A reveals, the broadcast covered the usual cornucopia of topics:
The inability to switch gear in Mythic+ is intended.
The buffing effect of Azerite will be proportional to the item level of the item, with higher-tier Azerite Armor being found in locked content like raids, weekly Conquest rewards and the weekly M+ chest.
The ability to unlock flying will not be part of 8.0; instead, it’ll be associated with a later point of the expansion.
BFA’s patch cycle isn’t going to focus on a regular schedule so much as focus on releasing content when the time is right.
No, Blood Trolls aren’t going to be a thing. The dev misspoke during that E3 interview and meant to say Zandalari Trolls.
Finally, the devs have shared the work of their “musical mages” and composer Glenn Stafford with the orchestral opening theme for Battle for Azeroth, which is titled “Before the Storm”. You can take in the epic tune in the embed below.
As ever, there’s plenty to unpack in this week’s Q&A, so we’d love to hear your thoughts on what’s coming to WoW, be it pre-patch content or BfA content or otherwise. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to listen to “Before the Storm” again.