With Battle for Azeroth now available for pre-purchase, many have questions and doubts about the new content. The most discussed topic at the moments are the Allied races. Let’s take a look at what we know so far and how Blizzard could improve them.
What is World of warcraft : Battle for Azeroth?
Battle for Azeroth is the newest World of Warcraft expansion that will be released on September 21th of 2018. The MMORPG will be introducing a lot of new content, including but not limited to, new races and new zones. The story takes place right after the Legion‘s crusade. Both factions can’t fight alongside any longer due to a tragic event. The conflict between the Horde and Alliance is reignited..
To get to fight through the Battle for Azeroth, players will first have to participate in what was revealed as The Battle for Lordaeron. In a similar fashion from World of Warcraft: Legion, there will be a kick off cinematic that will apparently change Warcraft history forever. But we do not know if the attack on Undercity is what lead to the burning of Teldrassil, or if it was the other around and why. This is going to be for us to discover in the future.
Allied races : The good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Horde and the Alliance are going to seek new allies for the upcoming war. Some of these allies were already met in Legion. More are to be introduced in Battle for Azeroth, we have little to no information on them but we know the Zandalari Trolls and Dark Iron Dwarves will join our ranks. Getting to unlock new races is always exciting for both new and current players! It is the first time in World of Warcraft when players have to ”unlock” a race by doing in-game content and not only purchasing the expansion.
Four allied races are already available to play in the game as of patch 7.5.3 for players who pre-ordered Battle for Azeroth. There are a few requirements that you need to accomplish to be able to unlock these races and this is where things gets ugly. There have been many complaints about the requirements and the fact that it seems easier to obtain the Horde races compared to the Alliance ones.
For the Horde!
The Horde has two races: the Higmountain Tauren and the Nightborne. Both were introduced in Legion at the very beginning of the expansion. To be able to unlock those, players need to reach exalted with their respective reputation and go through their respective lore. The lore achievement for the Tauren is Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and the one for the Nightborne is Insurrection. Both of these factions were required to be at revered to earn flying in the Broken Isles along with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. The Insurrection achievement was also needed for a mount reward and bringing their reputation to exalted was one of the final quests of the zone. Here is how your journey should go to reach Exalted.
Completing all the quests of the zone could get you around Honored reputation (and reward you with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough).
To reach Exalted you can use items such as the Darkmoon Top Hats or use the Darkmoon Carousel to boost your reputation gain. Then go through as many daily World quests in Highmountain as you can get, invasions also reward reputation.
Some Class Hall Missions can reward you with reputation Insignia that can boost your reputation as well.
There are two achievements for Suramar’s quests. Completing the first part should get you around Honored. There is a quest that required you to be Revered next and your last quest should be to reach Exalted with the Nightborne (depending on how many World quest you already did).
World quests, bonus and class hall missions can also give you a boost!
For the Alliance!
The Alliance also has two playable allied races : the Void Elves and the Lightforged Draenei. They both require the achievement You Are Now Prepared earned by completing the Argus campaign. Players also need to reach Exalted reputation with their respective faction. The Army of the Light and the Argussian Reach factions were introduced with the implantation of Argus, considered late game content at the moment. This is part of the reasons why so many players think these requirements are unfair towards the Alliance. There was not as much time to earn them before the pre-order, but their campaign is also significantly smaller and there were no gains previously from earning them other than the caches and purchasable items. But here’s how you can earn your reputation:
Complete all the Argus quests and as much daily World Quests as possible.
Using items to boost your reputation such as the Darkmoon Fair ones or Class Hall Insigna can help.
Completing the weekly quests will also earn you 1 500 reputation.
Exalted reputation with Argussian Reach can be a little troublesome as there are not as many world quests or lore quests to complete. But doing them is the only way to earn reputation for that specific faction.
Using items as mentioned above can also boost it significantly.
The weekly quests will also reward 1 500 reputation.
Why is reputation locked factions an issue?
Some of us do not mind to farm those reputations, some of us already had them. But the problem becomes more significant for the long term. With the release of Battle for Azeroth, Legion will become outdated content. New and returning players are going to want to go through it rather quickly to be able to play the newest content. However, part of that new content is locked behind a reputation grind. This will probably discourage new comers who will simply want to continue on their current character rather than grinding to unlock a race that will start at the bottom (level 20). But is it possible to keep the reputation requirement and not make it seem painful to gain? Maybe.
There are a few solutions that Blizzard could look into when Battle for Azeroth releases. We have seen different items added in previous expansions to support reputations such as Pandaria’s Grand Commandation items (unlock 100% bonus reputation gain on the chosen faction for all characters). There is also Draenor’s medaillon that many chose to farm to boost all of their reputations at once.
The come-back of Grand Commandation could allow players with multiple characters to earn their full Order Hall set much faster. The medaillon concept could be a great addition for Army of the Light and Argussian Reach. Another solution could be to add a series of quests for each of these factions that would let you earn just a little bit more reputation. There is also the good old way: Tabards. Bringing them back as reputation bonus items could make the journey seems like less of a chore.
In the end, the choice will be for Blizzard to make. Do you think that reputation locked factions are an issue? What are the other options that you would like to see added in the game?
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